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Sunday, July 14 has been like 10 years of iSteve happening at once.

Here’s the candidate with his mother and father:

His mother is a dead ringer for Meryl Streep in this picture. His dad was born in Malta, a Christian island in the Mediterranean that speaks a unique language blending Arabic and Italian. His Maltese grandparents were Maria Concetta “Cettina” Portelli Buttigieg and Joseph Anthony Buttigieg.

The late Professor Buttigieg reminds me ethnically of the Marxist intellectual Antonio Gramsci, who was born in Sardinia and whose family name tracked back to Christian Albania. Indeed. Prof. Buttigieg founded the International Gramsci Society.

 
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  1. Buttgeek served in the military – in “intelligence” of course. The Democratic Party has been recruiting all kinds of spooks to run for elective office. Mayor Pete was a naval intelligence officer in the land-locked country of Afghanistan. He is an officer of the empire.

    Long March through the Institutions.

    • Agree: Gordo
    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    Wasn't there a book called Silent Coup, that claimed Watergate was a Naval Intelligence operation to get rid of Nixon?
    , @DCBillS
    I don't like him either but he did serve. Did you?
    , @L Woods
    Intel is chock full of liberals, never-Trumpers, and all other manner of invertebrate, knave and sycophant. Not surprised in the least.
    , @Tony
    "The Democratic Party has been recruiting all kinds of spooks to run for elective office." Well they won with Obama so why not.
  2. Well, he’s certainly cynical enough to qualify for the nomination!

    What proof is there that his dad’s little vignette is accurate?

    • Replies: @Lurker
    If true at all - in the Current Year it's only white immigrants who would get the "Go Home!" treatment. Either from patriotard types or non-whites.
    , @Patrick in SC
    I don't think this ever happened; he's making it up. But unless someone has some 1980s shoulder- mounted video cam corder footage, we'll never know for sure, which is exactly why he's making it up in the first place.

    A pro-Apartheid counter-protest or heckler on a college campus in the 1980s using "go home" as an insult (as if that has anything to do with the one's position regarding sanctions or whatnot)?

    I realize there were people on the right who were against going all out against the Apartheid regime in S.A., communism and the fact that S.A. would end up sort of like it is now, but they operated sort of the Alt-Right does now: passing literature around and publishing in National Review, not shouting at people on college campuses.
    , @Hypnotoad666

    Once, when he was speaking at a campus protest against Reagan’s accommodation of apartheid, a passing student noticed Dad’s brown skin and unique accent and called out: “go home!” He answered: “I am home.”
     
    . . . . and then everybody clapped" https://www.reddit.com/r/thatHappened/comments/3mw196/and_then_everyone_clapped/


    0% chance it happened. But the "larger truth" is that it could have happened.
  3. OFF TOPIC from WNYT NBC Albany:

    Closing the tech gender and diversity gap through coding

    12 July 2019

    ALBANY – Tucked away in a second floor non-descript classroom on Warren Street with a flickering projector tied to a laptop sit 15 soon-to-be 8th graders. This is how they are spending part of their summer.

    “I love this stuff,” says Zoey Volmer of Hackett Middle School. “I just have always liked STEM and wanting to make a difference in the community and I feel it’s really important to just so we can keep moving forward and expanding.”

    She’s not alone. The kids from Hackett, Myers and O’Neal Middle Schools are part of the AT&T Capital Region STEMHub All-Girls Summer Coding Camp. The free two-week class covers cyberbullying prevention, online safety and web design.

    “STEM is solving problems at the end of the day and however that’s going to be solved ranges from building jet turbines to making web pages,” said teacher Greg Westover.

    “I think it’s interesting, because I haven’t really gotten to do any of this coding and like going really into it, so this was interesting and fun to learn it,” said Bianca Grabocka, a student at Hackett MS.

    🙂

  4. I guess Mayor Pete’s Dad didn’t play Sun City either, then.

  5. “……International Gramsci Society….”

    Holy hell. Apples falling from trees and all that.

  6. Maltese is spoken on Malta. A mixture of Italian and Arabic.

  7. The Maltese don’t speak Arabic, but a mixture of Italian and Arabic. Very unique language, and surprisingly pleasant to listen to.

  8. The Maltese Vulture.

    Gramsci’s motto was “capture the culture”. I’m afraid when Buttigieg’s culture comes back from the lab, it will exhibit signs of “gay bowel syndrome”.

    Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t even think

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna

    The Maltese Vulture.
     
    Okay, I have to admit that one's pretty good. Daresay we won't find precious jewels underneath, though, even if we use a chisel.

    PS: What's that? It's a 'thing'??

    , @Desiderius
    Don’t worry - he hasn’t hit puberty yet. Married (sic) the first guy he ever dated, named Chasten. First gay beard in history.
    , @MikeatMikedotMike
    "Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t even think…"

    But definitely do act upon urge.
  9. Albanians in Italy doesn’t sound any odder than Finns in Sweden, but Sardinia seems like an unlikely destination.

    Frank’s Zappas had an Arab strain. That’s a little harder to explain.

    • Replies: @al anon
    in native dress.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qSkASy-ofE
  10. Anonymous[201] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve got news for Buttigieg.

    Malta is currently being overwhelmed by hordes of unwanted black African fraudulent ‘refugees’ – gradually taking over that small, overcrowded, unique Mediterranean isle.

    • Replies: @Romanian
    Is that a thing? I thought they were pretty ruthless in keeping them out, given how close they are to Libya. I was there last time three years ago and the only swarthy people I saw were sunburnt natives without parasols, but maybe it has changed.

    What Malta and Cyprus have to watch out for are all of the Russians, Euros and assorted 2nd worlders trying to park their cash there, bidding up housing prices and turning the places into little Babels, some also angling for passports. Malta struck me as very crowded and overbuilt, as did Cyprus.
  11. @Reg Cæsar
    The Maltese Vulture.

    Gramsci's motto was "capture the culture". I'm afraid when Buttigieg's culture comes back from the lab, it will exhibit signs of "gay bowel syndrome".

    Don't ask, don't tell, don't even think...

    The Maltese Vulture.

    Okay, I have to admit that one’s pretty good. Daresay we won’t find precious jewels underneath, though, even if we use a chisel.

    PS: What’s that? It’s a ‘thing’??

  12. @Mr. Anon
    Buttgeek served in the military - in "intelligence" of course. The Democratic Party has been recruiting all kinds of spooks to run for elective office. Mayor Pete was a naval intelligence officer in the land-locked country of Afghanistan. He is an officer of the empire.

    Long March through the Institutions.

    Wasn’t there a book called Silent Coup, that claimed Watergate was a Naval Intelligence operation to get rid of Nixon?

    • Replies: @Corn
    I have an old copy of that book lying around somewhere. It claims Admiral Thomas Moorer led a cabal within the Pentagon that wanted Nixon crowbarred from office because they thought he was too soft on communism (Kissinger’s realpolitik, detente with China and all that).

    Not saying I believe the thesis but an interesting book.
  13. @Reg Cæsar
    The Maltese Vulture.

    Gramsci's motto was "capture the culture". I'm afraid when Buttigieg's culture comes back from the lab, it will exhibit signs of "gay bowel syndrome".

    Don't ask, don't tell, don't even think...

    Don’t worry – he hasn’t hit puberty yet. Married (sic) the first guy he ever dated, named Chasten. First gay beard in history.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Married (sic) the first guy he ever dated
     
    Someone actually saved himself for his same-sex marriage?

    Chasten can't chastise him for unchastity.
  14. If his father is “brown” than so is every Mediterranean man and woman. Something tells me the rationalization never gets that far, for some odd reason.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    Yeah, I hooked up with a girl from Malta when traveling in Europe. Somewhere I have a letter from her. She looked at least as white as your typical southern Italian.
  15. Anonymous[388] • Disclaimer says:

  16. @Anonymous
    I've got news for Buttigieg.

    Malta is currently being overwhelmed by hordes of unwanted black African fraudulent 'refugees' - gradually taking over that small, overcrowded, unique Mediterranean isle.

    Is that a thing? I thought they were pretty ruthless in keeping them out, given how close they are to Libya. I was there last time three years ago and the only swarthy people I saw were sunburnt natives without parasols, but maybe it has changed.

    What Malta and Cyprus have to watch out for are all of the Russians, Euros and assorted 2nd worlders trying to park their cash there, bidding up housing prices and turning the places into little Babels, some also angling for passports. Malta struck me as very crowded and overbuilt, as did Cyprus.

    • Replies: @cliff arroyo
    The one time I was in Cyprus signs in Russian, Chinese and Arabic were all over the place and the government clearly doesn't care at all about the provenance of money invested there and will ask no questions.

    Malta also seems to be run by grifters who would gladly sell out the country's heritage for a sufficiently large private bank account...

    Globalism essentially means "Rule of grift"
  17. His dad kind of looks like Lewis Black.

    Lewis Black, now there’s an amiable gent to love, and here is his take, that what America really needs is Ronald Reagan once again as President, especially because he is dead (audio only):

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
    Lewis Black has as bad a case of TDS as anyone else in the "entertainment" industry.
  18. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    a passing student noticed Dad’s brown skin and unique accent and called out: “go home!”

    Picturing Pete running after the student and asking, “Excuse me, was the motivation for what you just yelled based on skin tone, accent, clothing, name, content of speech, or something else?”

    “Oh, it was definitely skin tone plus accent.”

    “Thanks. I may need this information about your internal thoughts for use in an anecdote in the future.”

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  19. Maltese is something like a Maghrebi (North African) dialect of Arabic without the distinctive consonants and a ton of Italian and Sicilian words and some English (a co-official language) and is written in the Roman alphabet with some diacritics.
    A friend from North Africa visited and could understand about 80% of it upon arrival.

    Unfortunately, while it is an official EU language and use by the native Maltese remains very vigorous, there doesn’t seem to be much official or informal pressure for migrants to learn it (no matter how long they stay) and at present Malta is crawling with migrants. The largest groups are African (mostly men), Philippinas (overwhelmingly female) and Central-Eastern Europe.

    I’ve seen a larger percentage of African men actually doing physical labor in Malta than in other Southern European countries but they all look incredibly resentful every second on the job.

    It’s a lovely place to visit when it’s not too hot (from October to May or so) but I wonder what its future will be…

    • Replies: @Cortes
    I wonder how vibrant its past was. A female colleague whose mother was Maltese had one of these:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolian_spot

    She also looked like (and did as, er, much work as) the Dowager Empress of China, with Arab hints. Her sister looks Somali.
    , @Jake
    If Malta does not rediscover its orthodox Catholicism in Traditional form, Malta will die a suicide.
    , @Johann Ricke

    I’ve seen a larger percentage of African men actually doing physical labor in Malta than in other Southern European countries but they all look incredibly resentful every second on the job.
     
    That's probably just the way they look. Same reason that Tom Cruise always got the hero roles, and Gary Sinise got the bad guy parts. That would be Tom Cruise the serial monogamist closet case vs Gary Sinise the actual monogamist. That's not to say that Africans aren't, on average, more crime-prone and less intelligent. But the way they look is just a matter of bone structure.
  20. @Romanian
    Is that a thing? I thought they were pretty ruthless in keeping them out, given how close they are to Libya. I was there last time three years ago and the only swarthy people I saw were sunburnt natives without parasols, but maybe it has changed.

    What Malta and Cyprus have to watch out for are all of the Russians, Euros and assorted 2nd worlders trying to park their cash there, bidding up housing prices and turning the places into little Babels, some also angling for passports. Malta struck me as very crowded and overbuilt, as did Cyprus.

    The one time I was in Cyprus signs in Russian, Chinese and Arabic were all over the place and the government clearly doesn’t care at all about the provenance of money invested there and will ask no questions.

    Malta also seems to be run by grifters who would gladly sell out the country’s heritage for a sufficiently large private bank account…

    Globalism essentially means “Rule of grift”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    There's an infrequent commenter on iSteve, "pc22.." something-or-other, that lived on Cyprus for a while. He should chime in. Hello???
  21. It must be really awesome, to be able to get all the Pokemon Points of being an “immigrant” (and an off-white one at that) and get to walk around all chest out about being a better “American” than homegrown Americans. No wonder people like this sort of LARPing so bad.

  22. @The Alarmist
    His dad kind of looks like Lewis Black.

    Lewis Black, now there's an amiable gent to love, and here is his take, that what America really needs is Ronald Reagan once again as President, especially because he is dead (audio only):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV5YDPiCKJo

    Lewis Black has as bad a case of TDS as anyone else in the “entertainment” industry.

  23. Perhaps the student yelled for him to go home not because of he’s brown (he’s not) but because he’s red (he is).

    • Replies: @Jake
    Exactly.

    Back when Notre Dame was fairly new to hiring Leftist professors, Jewish and Gentile, religiously orthodox and culturally conservative ND grads and South Bend residents often voiced their opposition.

    Mayor Pete's daddy was opposed because he was a Commie-excuser, a Commie-defender, as well as (rightly) suspected of being anti-Catholic and Freemasonic at his core.
  24. @cliff arroyo
    Maltese is something like a Maghrebi (North African) dialect of Arabic without the distinctive consonants and a ton of Italian and Sicilian words and some English (a co-official language) and is written in the Roman alphabet with some diacritics.
    A friend from North Africa visited and could understand about 80% of it upon arrival.

    Unfortunately, while it is an official EU language and use by the native Maltese remains very vigorous, there doesn't seem to be much official or informal pressure for migrants to learn it (no matter how long they stay) and at present Malta is crawling with migrants. The largest groups are African (mostly men), Philippinas (overwhelmingly female) and Central-Eastern Europe.

    I've seen a larger percentage of African men actually doing physical labor in Malta than in other Southern European countries but they all look incredibly resentful every second on the job.

    It's a lovely place to visit when it's not too hot (from October to May or so) but I wonder what its future will be...

    I wonder how vibrant its past was. A female colleague whose mother was Maltese had one of these:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolian_spot

    She also looked like (and did as, er, much work as) the Dowager Empress of China, with Arab hints. Her sister looks Somali.

  25. The elder Buttigieg studied to become a Jesuit priest before he turned to literature and philosophy.

    Malta took a massive pounding from German bombers and naval ships during WWII, and the island itself was uniquely awarded a George Cross, the second highest decoration in the UK, for the bravery of its besieged people, who endured starvation.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    I read Joseph Heller's Catch-22 a long time ago, and I had it in my head the Malta was the fictional location of the B-25 base in the story. Wiki says Pianosa was the location, but, upon reading about that small island, I don't think it's level enough for a good airstrip.
  26. @Reg Cæsar
    Albanians in Italy doesn't sound any odder than Finns in Sweden, but Sardinia seems like an unlikely destination.

    Frank's Zappas had an Arab strain. That's a little harder to explain.

    in native dress.

  27. @Reg Cæsar
    The Maltese Vulture.

    Gramsci's motto was "capture the culture". I'm afraid when Buttigieg's culture comes back from the lab, it will exhibit signs of "gay bowel syndrome".

    Don't ask, don't tell, don't even think...

    “Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t even think…”

    But definitely do act upon urge.

  28. Perhaps the guy at the Reagan protest was simply yelling at the guy to “go home”, as in his house. Hadn’t Buttedge ever thought of that? Maybe his Dad had a chip on his shoulder.

    • Replies: @Barnard
    That would be very likely explanation assuming the incident happened at all. The first step would be proving his dad attended a protest of Reagan.
    , @Forbes
    Yeah, the "go home" yelled meant, "get out of here/scram/get off the stage/beat it/go away/go back to the hole you crawled out of."

    It wasn't "go back to your native and ancestral home."
  29. @PiltdownMan
    The elder Buttigieg studied to become a Jesuit priest before he turned to literature and philosophy.

    Malta took a massive pounding from German bombers and naval ships during WWII, and the island itself was uniquely awarded a George Cross, the second highest decoration in the UK, for the bravery of its besieged people, who endured starvation.

    I read Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 a long time ago, and I had it in my head the Malta was the fictional location of the B-25 base in the story. Wiki says Pianosa was the location, but, upon reading about that small island, I don’t think it’s level enough for a good airstrip.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    The most recent siege of Malta:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Malta_(World_War_II)

    Malta was one of the most intensively bombed areas during the war.
     
    In 1954 the Maltese voted to become British, for the island to become British. A sentiment perhaps cemented through the WW2 siege. Presumably Malta would have acquired similar status to Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands.

    The British government turned them down.

    This is one of those events that has me convinced we are subject to a hostile conspiracy.

    Malta is a strategic strongpoint and still is or will be again (look at a map), has been fought over for centuries, besieged, invaded, besieged again. Countless people have died over Malta. Yet here was the British government being offered fully legitimate control of the island and throwing it away!
    , @Jack D
    The real Pianosa is not big enough to be the place that Heller calls by that name in his (semi-fictional) book. IRL, Heller was stationed on Corsica so it is likely that the fictional Pianosa stands in for nearby Corsica, not Malta. I suppose setting his book in the fictional Pianosa rather that the real Corsica gave Heller artistic license to fictionalize some of the other details.

    Corsica is conveniently located not far from both northern Italy and the south of France so it made a good location for basing a bomber group. A 300 mile circle covers the entire French coast of the Mediterranean and all of Italy north of Naples. Malta sits south of Sicily and is closer to North Africa than it is to the European mainland.
  30. @cliff arroyo
    The one time I was in Cyprus signs in Russian, Chinese and Arabic were all over the place and the government clearly doesn't care at all about the provenance of money invested there and will ask no questions.

    Malta also seems to be run by grifters who would gladly sell out the country's heritage for a sufficiently large private bank account...

    Globalism essentially means "Rule of grift"

    There’s an infrequent commenter on iSteve, “pc22..” something-or-other, that lived on Cyprus for a while. He should chime in. Hello???

  31. Say what you like about young Bottygig, he’s much better looking than his parents.

  32. This little manlet lies a lot, doesn’t he? Here’s an article from TAC explaining how Buttigieg lied about his military service: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/warrior-mayor-petes-sanctimonious-chest-thumping/comment-page-1/

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    I read through the entire article. The author hit a home run in dealing with TRUTH.
  33. @PseudonymousMe
    Perhaps the student yelled for him to go home not because of he’s brown (he’s not) but because he’s red (he is).

    Exactly.

    Back when Notre Dame was fairly new to hiring Leftist professors, Jewish and Gentile, religiously orthodox and culturally conservative ND grads and South Bend residents often voiced their opposition.

    Mayor Pete’s daddy was opposed because he was a Commie-excuser, a Commie-defender, as well as (rightly) suspected of being anti-Catholic and Freemasonic at his core.

    • Replies: @Farrakhan.DDuke.AliceWalker.AllAgree
    Your credibility here established at near absolute, and with this display of detailed knowledge of ND/SB, I must share my view of the event which drew my focus there for the sole time this century (aside from a singular visit, now that I think about it): the inviting of abortion promoting Pres. BHO as commencement speaker.

    Just had to watch to try to figure out what in HELL they were thinking about.

    Their Pres.'s intro made the motive clear:

    THE GREATER HONOR AND GLORY OF TED HESBURGH.
  34. @cliff arroyo
    Maltese is something like a Maghrebi (North African) dialect of Arabic without the distinctive consonants and a ton of Italian and Sicilian words and some English (a co-official language) and is written in the Roman alphabet with some diacritics.
    A friend from North Africa visited and could understand about 80% of it upon arrival.

    Unfortunately, while it is an official EU language and use by the native Maltese remains very vigorous, there doesn't seem to be much official or informal pressure for migrants to learn it (no matter how long they stay) and at present Malta is crawling with migrants. The largest groups are African (mostly men), Philippinas (overwhelmingly female) and Central-Eastern Europe.

    I've seen a larger percentage of African men actually doing physical labor in Malta than in other Southern European countries but they all look incredibly resentful every second on the job.

    It's a lovely place to visit when it's not too hot (from October to May or so) but I wonder what its future will be...

    If Malta does not rediscover its orthodox Catholicism in Traditional form, Malta will die a suicide.

  35. @Achmed E. Newman
    Perhaps the guy at the Reagan protest was simply yelling at the guy to "go home", as in his house. Hadn't Buttedge ever thought of that? Maybe his Dad had a chip on his shoulder.

    That would be very likely explanation assuming the incident happened at all. The first step would be proving his dad attended a protest of Reagan.

  36. @Redneck farmer
    Wasn't there a book called Silent Coup, that claimed Watergate was a Naval Intelligence operation to get rid of Nixon?

    I have an old copy of that book lying around somewhere. It claims Admiral Thomas Moorer led a cabal within the Pentagon that wanted Nixon crowbarred from office because they thought he was too soft on communism (Kissinger’s realpolitik, detente with China and all that).

    Not saying I believe the thesis but an interesting book.

    • Replies: @Ancient Briton
    Bob Woodward (Robert Redford in the movie) was Moorer's errand boy.
  37. Malta a generation ago was the most intently Catholic country in Europe, with the possible exception of Ireland. It’s a reasonable wager that his father’s emigration wasn’t the only act of apostasy.

  38. @Mr McKenna
    Well, he's certainly cynical enough to qualify for the nomination!

    What proof is there that his dad's little vignette is accurate?

    If true at all – in the Current Year it’s only white immigrants who would get the “Go Home!” treatment. Either from patriotard types or non-whites.

  39. @Mr McKenna
    Well, he's certainly cynical enough to qualify for the nomination!

    What proof is there that his dad's little vignette is accurate?

    I don’t think this ever happened; he’s making it up. But unless someone has some 1980s shoulder- mounted video cam corder footage, we’ll never know for sure, which is exactly why he’s making it up in the first place.

    A pro-Apartheid counter-protest or heckler on a college campus in the 1980s using “go home” as an insult (as if that has anything to do with the one’s position regarding sanctions or whatnot)?

    I realize there were people on the right who were against going all out against the Apartheid regime in S.A., communism and the fact that S.A. would end up sort of like it is now, but they operated sort of the Alt-Right does now: passing literature around and publishing in National Review, not shouting at people on college campuses.

  40. Maltese like Buttigieg has some Arab admixture, however I don’t think most of them would appreciate being called “brown-skinned”

    • Replies: @cliff arroyo
    Very true, they mostly look more like Italians than Arabs though overall a bit on the.... diminutive side.
  41. @Achmed E. Newman
    I read Joseph Heller's Catch-22 a long time ago, and I had it in my head the Malta was the fictional location of the B-25 base in the story. Wiki says Pianosa was the location, but, upon reading about that small island, I don't think it's level enough for a good airstrip.

    The most recent siege of Malta:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Malta_(World_War_II)

    Malta was one of the most intensively bombed areas during the war.

    In 1954 the Maltese voted to become British, for the island to become British. A sentiment perhaps cemented through the WW2 siege. Presumably Malta would have acquired similar status to Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands.

    The British government turned them down.

    This is one of those events that has me convinced we are subject to a hostile conspiracy.

    Malta is a strategic strongpoint and still is or will be again (look at a map), has been fought over for centuries, besieged, invaded, besieged again. Countless people have died over Malta. Yet here was the British government being offered fully legitimate control of the island and throwing it away!

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke

    Malta is a strategic strongpoint and still is or will be again (look at a map), has been fought over for centuries, besieged, invaded, besieged again. Countless people have died over Malta. Yet here was the British government being offered fully legitimate control of the island and throwing it away!
     
    There's a reddit covering this issue. I think it boils down to British movers and shakers seeing the writing on the wall for its overseas possessions - the end of empire meant no further need to an expensive naval base in the Mediterranean. Integration would have meant a significant bill for UK taxpayers who were already on the hook for significant welfare state expansions implemented just before that time (1956).

    https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/355vj7/why_was_malta_offered_integration_into_the_uk/
    , @Anonymous
    Britain already had Suez and Gibraltar. They didn't need Malta as well.
  42. @Mr. Anon
    Buttgeek served in the military - in "intelligence" of course. The Democratic Party has been recruiting all kinds of spooks to run for elective office. Mayor Pete was a naval intelligence officer in the land-locked country of Afghanistan. He is an officer of the empire.

    Long March through the Institutions.

    I don’t like him either but he did serve. Did you?

    • Replies: @joe2.5
    Sure, he served as a rat, a spy, a criminal against peace, a probable war criminal and torturer. Thank him for the "service", will you.
    , @Mr. Anon

    I don’t like him either but he did serve. Did you?
     
    No. Do I have to? Since when has it been the case that you had to have served in the military to have an opinion on matters of War? Last I checked this is a republic founded by people who distrusted standing armies and not a Heinleinian garrison state where "service guarantees citizenship".

    Mayor Pete served an empire engaged in a war we have no business being in. He probably served as a credential, so he could tout it now while he's running for office. I'm not impressed.

    I'm no longer buying all that "support the troops" horses**t. They are not "defending our freedom" nor are they "keeping us safe".
  43. Malta is a strategic strongpoint and still is or will be again (look at a map), has been fought over for centuries, besieged, invaded, besieged again. Countless people have died over Malta. Yet here was the British government being offered fully legitimate control of the island and throwing it away!

    Let’s trade for Puerto Rico straight up.

  44. Calling BS on this story. Knew several Maltese people growing up, even dated a young lady who’s mom was Maltese. Maltese-Americans mostly blended in with Italian-Americans. and really there isn’t much difference genetically nor physical appearance nor accent between Maltese people than people from Sicily or Naples or descended from those places. If anything like these remotely happened possible the crowd didn’t like Grandad Buttplugs because he was espousing nonsense. Butplugs makes it sound like his dad looked like Buckwheat rather than a guy who might plausibly own a pizzeria. And Buttplugs of course gets to badmouth Reagan while in his uniform(camo for Navy desk jockey stateside; the point of that?). Which is what we get from a military hellbent on being Gods Love We Deliver with AR15s crossed with a strong dose of social justice nonsense.

  45. @Achmed E. Newman
    Perhaps the guy at the Reagan protest was simply yelling at the guy to "go home", as in his house. Hadn't Buttedge ever thought of that? Maybe his Dad had a chip on his shoulder.

    Yeah, the “go home” yelled meant, “get out of here/scram/get off the stage/beat it/go away/go back to the hole you crawled out of.”

    It wasn’t “go back to your native and ancestral home.”

  46. anon[320] • Disclaimer says:

    OT (not really). White Male Democrat Self-Immolation: Robert O’Rourke Reveals He is the Descendant of Slave Owners in a Medium Post. Supports Bad Dirt Theory: blacks have it bad because their ancestors existed on bad dirt. Seems to contrast with the Magic Dirt Theory, though: Beto’s ancestors had it good because those same areas of dirt were good for them.

    https://medium.com/@BetoORourke/rose-and-eliza-51d8be9fb675

    Beto:

    “Ownership of other human beings conferred advantages not just to Andrew Jasper and Frederick Williams, but to Jasper’s and Williams’ descendants as well. They were able to build wealth on the backs and off the sweat of others, wealth that they would then be able to pass down to their children and their children’s children. In some way, and in some form, that advantage would pass through to me and my children.”

    How, exactly? Slavery was abolished and slave owners weren’t financially compensated. Since the local economy was based on slavery, its abolition likely impoverished his ancestors, doing the opposite of what he suggests. His ancestors started from a lower place relative to non-slaveholding areas of the country. His ancestors, if they succeeded at all, succeeded in spite of this, not because of it.

    “That those enslaved Americans owned by my ancestors were denied their freedom, denied the ability to amass wealth, denied full civil rights in America after slavery also had long term repercussions for them and their descendants.”

    ~160 years ago, Bud. How much longer can they keep up the charade that slavery is responsible for all that troubles blacks in the United States? Mao killed 20 million Chinese. Millions of Germans died in the second world war. Japan was nuked – twice. South Korea was a military dictatorship until the 1980s; they were decimated by the Korean War – horrendous destruction. Those areas of the world seem to be doing just fine now, despite those events being arguably much worse than the American domestic slave trade and much more recent.

    “The way that fortune was passed through the generations from Andrew to me, misfortune was passed through the generations from Rose and Eliza to their descendants who are alive today.”

    Again, how exactly? Besides, even if that were true, it certainly can’t be true for all whites. Most whites didn’t own that many slaves. Therefore, this can’t be used to explain away racial gaps between blacks and literally every other group. Hispanics have more wealth than blacks, Asians have more wealth than whites. How exactly does a supposedly institutionally racist system explain that phenomenon? How does slavery?

    Maybe blacks are responsible for a lot of their own predicament, moreso than Beto’s ancestors. High crime, low social trust, low educational achievement, rampant racism, and high numbers of fatherless homes (despite being located in or near to some of the best urban real estate in the country) seems to be contributing factors to their troubles. And before you say “slavery” is responsible – nope. Let’s nip that in the bud. Ann Coulter has previously pointed out that marriage rates have been falling dramatically among blacks for decades. If slavery were fully responsible, then social dysfunction shouldn’t be increasing with time. More likely, blacks simply can’t compete in modern society due to other factors. Free traders have made things worse than they otherwise would have been, but don’t blame populist whites for that. Blame Wall Street truecons and liberal interventionists like Robert O’Rourke.

    “endured open terrorism”

    The total number of blacks who died in supposed terrorist attacks were very minor. Far more people die every year in auto accidents.

    “economic exclusion”

    True, but that is also true of other groups like the Chinese, and they do just fine now. It’s also certainly not true anymore and hasn’t been true for decades. Billions have been poured into this group through affirmative action and government jobs. Blacks are the beneficiaries of decades of reverse discrimination that others do not benefit from. For example, more than half of blacks with an MCAT score between 24 and 26 got into medical school while Obama was president. Just 8% of whites with the same score did.

    “and racism in the form of Jim Crow”

    Pretty minor compared to other racist systems throughout history and even in the present day. Besides, minorities are now demanding (and getting) segregated everything – college graduation ceremonies, neighborhoods, school cafeterias, music festivals, etc etc etc.

    “lynchings”

    Number of blacks lynched by the KKK over the entirety of its history: less than two thousand. Number of blacks killed by fellow blacks in gun homicides: 8,000 – 10,000 per year.

    “voter suppression”

    Is that really such a bad thing considering some of the people blacks vote for? They elected and then re-elected mayor Marion Barry, a guy caught on tape buying crack. Besides, isn’t voter suppression what the democrats are doing now through mass immigration? Isn’t that what they wanted after Trump got elected? I seem to remember several stories of the radical left threatening electors with violence should they not change their votes to Hillary.

    “predatory lending”

    Affects poor whites, too. There are more poor whites by numbers than poor blacks. Why don’t we ever hear about that group?

    “and mass incarceration”

    As a result of mass black crime. Black men are maybe 6% of the US population. Yet they commit massively disproportionate amounts of crime – maybe 40% of gun homicides and a similar proportion of home invasions and car thefts in major urban areas. Entire companies avoid doing business with black areas due to black crime; Car2Go stopped service in Chicago due to rampant black fraud:

    “The executive team in Europe, where rates of fraud are much lower, was eager to lower barriers to entry. So in April, Car2Go stopped conducting the manual background checks. … We’ve never seen this type of fraudulent activity at this scale ever, ever. … Car2Go sent several workers to retrieve the vehicles, only to find that a group of thieves had claimed them as their own. Some blocked the vehicles in to prevent repossession; others threatened the company’s employees.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-11/mercedes-thieves-showed-just-how-vulnerable-car-sharing-can-be

    “Everything their descendants have accomplished in their lives is despite having all of these odds stacked against them.”

    Odds stacked against them? Har har har. We let one of them become president, despite him being a nobody with precisely zero life accomplishments; we even let the same guy into Harvard despite mediocre ability. And how many stories have we heard of a black student being accepted to every major Ivy League school, despite mediocre scores, the kind that would result in any white student getting rejected? We put them in our movies at disproportionate rates, white authors (the overwhelming majority of best-selling authors) include them in their books, we give them free-ride tuition and government contracts, target them for promotion.

    Seriously, if I could put my white brain into a black male body, my life would have been soooo much easier. I’d be a Harvard grad and possibly collecting a hefty pension after having been a high-ranking member of the congressional black caucus for decades. I’d be praised as some kind of “civil rights” icon or intellectual genius. I might possibly have made the history books for having done nothing much in particular compared with any famous white.

    “We all need to know our own story as it relates to the national story, much as I am learning mine. It is only then, I believe, that we can take the necessary steps to repair the damage done and stop visiting this injustice on the generations that follow ours.”

    Haven’t we been doing that for decades? Any indication this might end within the next few hundred years?

    “In addition to making significant changes to education policy (immediately address $23 billion in underfunding for minority-majority public schools)”

    But blacks do better academically in this country than in any African country. And what do you mean “underfunded?”

    “The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students’ education each year … experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe … The United States routinely trails its rival countries in performances on international exams despite being among the heaviest spenders on education.”

    “Underfunded” seems a bit subjective.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-education-spending-tops-global-list-study-shows/

    “economic policy (ensuring equal pay, deploying capital to minority- and women-owned businesses, $25 billion in government procurement to these same businesses)”

    We already do all of that. Equal pay is mandated by federal law and no large cases of blacks being systematically discriminated against in terms of hourly pay has been adjudicated in many years. The federal government also already helps black businesses secure government contracts. There are myriad other federal handout and affirmative action programs giving blacks unfair advantage.

    “healthcare (universal healthcare and home health visits to women of color to reverse trend in maternal and infant mortality)”

    Er, sounds a bit like China’s forced reeducation camps.

    “For example, there is 10 times the wealth in white America than there is in black America.”

    Well, there are far more whites and far more educated whites than blacks. And far from being evidence of discrimination, that figure is evidence of how hard whites work. Also, there are far more poor whites by numbers than there are poor blacks, and those poor whites don’t get the same affirmative action benefits poor blacks do.

    “Black men are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men.”

    …because they are more likely to commit criminal acts. Studies have also shown white cops are more likely to shoot and kill white suspects than black suspects. White juries are also more likely to convict white defendants than black juries are likely to convict same race defendants (OJ Simpson anyone?).

    “The disparity in infant mortality between black families and white families is greater today than it was in 1850.”

    But doesn’t that prove slavery can’t be much of a contributing factor to black dysfunction if black dysfunction has only increased since slavery, back when there was arguably FAR more racism against them? Sure, things could get better, but I doubt it will come from demonizing whites or excusing blacks by demonizing whites.

    “Whether it’s the economy, healthcare, education, criminal justice or even in the inherent biases revealed by technology, there really are two Americas.”

    More like four or five. Keep this up and maybe they’ll make it official one day. BTW, none of this is evidence of any kind of inherent bias. Studies have shown whites go out of their way to hire blacks, hire women over men, work harder in the work place, are more likely to contribute to their communities, commit less crime, are more likely to use physical force on whites over blacks, white have better opinions of blacks than blacks do of whites, blacks are given all manner of handouts and helping hands, and whites massively discriminate against themselves to help blacks. The best these people have is some BS over marijuana conviction rates, but even that fails to account for 1) blacks being more likely to sell (intent to distribute is a crime on top of possession) 2) pleading down from higher crimes to mere marijuana possession … etc etc etc.

    Why do we never hear about whites being far more likely to die in drug overdoses compared with blacks? Or shot by white cops? Why do we never hear about skyrocketing white male suicide rates, which are much higher than the black counterpart rate? Beto just told us about the infant mortality rate. Has he EVER addressed the opioid crisis which affects white men? Rural poverty is an issue, so why isn’t it being addressed? Oh, … rural = white. Nevermind.

    These white male democrats seem to be getting desperate. Someone should tell them the party is over. There is no future in the democrat party for them, and that is their own fault. Party is over for racist anti-white whites like Robert O’Rourke, a white guy who goes by a fake Hispanic nickname to make people think he’s a Mexican.

  47. @Desiderius
    Don’t worry - he hasn’t hit puberty yet. Married (sic) the first guy he ever dated, named Chasten. First gay beard in history.

    Married (sic) the first guy he ever dated

    Someone actually saved himself for his same-sex marriage?

    Chasten can’t chastise him for unchastity.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    He’s saving himself for his mission in life ala Newton.
  48. Pete Buttigieg served as a Naval Intelligence Analyst in Iraq, which can only mean he was assigned to NSA. He speaks and read several languages fluently, among those are Norwegian. It may be he had a liaison role between the Norwegian E-Service and NSA. Or maybe not.

    ps
    Had you forgotten that the Norwegian E-service admitted after the Snowden leak that they had snooped on every call in Afghanistan?

    • Replies: @Corn
    No disrespect to Norwegians intended but what prompts an anglophone of Maltese parentage to learn Norwegian?
    , @Johann Ricke

    He speaks and read several languages fluently, among those are Norwegian.
     
    He's full of crap. He probably speaks them about as well as the First Lady speaks French, i.e. haltingly and incomprehensibly. Because mastering languages is hard, and a full-time job in itself. Kissinger, a veritable genius, spoke one other language (apart from his native German) well - English.
    , @Art Deco
    He speaks and read several languages fluently

    So he says.
  49. @Andy
    Maltese like Buttigieg has some Arab admixture, however I don't think most of them would appreciate being called "brown-skinned"

    Very true, they mostly look more like Italians than Arabs though overall a bit on the…. diminutive side.

  50. @DCBillS
    I don't like him either but he did serve. Did you?

    Sure, he served as a rat, a spy, a criminal against peace, a probable war criminal and torturer. Thank him for the “service”, will you.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Actually, he was mostly a driver in the motor pool. Almost everyone is familiar with M*A*S*H. Remember how, whenever some colonel or general or other muckity muck came to the 4077, he rode as a passenger and some functionary, a lieutenant or captain, or maybe an enlisted man, did all the driving? Yeah, that's what the homosexual who would be president was: the driver.

    I'm not completely disparaging it. It can be dangerous, what with ambushes and such, if one must go outside a secured area.

    But it ain't hardly Seal Team Six shit, either.
  51. “. . . a passing student noticed Dad’s brown skin . . .”

    Perhaps that will help Pete to hustle a few votes in the Democratic primaries.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Looking at his competition, Pete's worried that gay and veteran don't earn him enough points. Gotta work PoC in there somehow.
  52. Maybe he’s descended from the Knights Templar. They were also whites who went native and became fruits like the Arabs with the kissing and the sodomy.

  53. @Achmed E. Newman
    I read Joseph Heller's Catch-22 a long time ago, and I had it in my head the Malta was the fictional location of the B-25 base in the story. Wiki says Pianosa was the location, but, upon reading about that small island, I don't think it's level enough for a good airstrip.

    The real Pianosa is not big enough to be the place that Heller calls by that name in his (semi-fictional) book. IRL, Heller was stationed on Corsica so it is likely that the fictional Pianosa stands in for nearby Corsica, not Malta. I suppose setting his book in the fictional Pianosa rather that the real Corsica gave Heller artistic license to fictionalize some of the other details.

    Corsica is conveniently located not far from both northern Italy and the south of France so it made a good location for basing a bomber group. A 300 mile circle covers the entire French coast of the Mediterranean and all of Italy north of Naples. Malta sits south of Sicily and is closer to North Africa than it is to the European mainland.

  54. @Yngvar
    Pete Buttigieg served as a Naval Intelligence Analyst in Iraq, which can only mean he was assigned to NSA. He speaks and read several languages fluently, among those are Norwegian. It may be he had a liaison role between the Norwegian E-Service and NSA. Or maybe not.

    ps
    Had you forgotten that the Norwegian E-service admitted after the Snowden leak that they had snooped on every call in Afghanistan?

    No disrespect to Norwegians intended but what prompts an anglophone of Maltese parentage to learn Norwegian?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    He didn't learn Norwegian. There is no such thing as 'Norwegian'. Danish is spoken and written in Norway (in urban loci) while a synthetic compromise between country dialects ("landsmal") was generated privately during the 19th c. Added to that are state-sponsored versions for written and spoken use.

    The whole Buttigieg-the-Linguist meme is barely credible and another example of the lack of due diligence on the part of the media. Unless he's a rare prodigy, it would take roughly four academic years worth of disciplined study to acquire a modest conversational and epistolary proficiency in that many languages. When did he ever have time? It's easy to imagine he learned Maltese in his father's house (though such efforts by immigrant parents usually fail), but the only time in his life his capsule biographies identify him as having lived abroad were a couple of years in Britain and seven months in Afghanistan during his deployment (as a Naval Intelligence officer, go figure).

  55. @Mr McKenna
    Well, he's certainly cynical enough to qualify for the nomination!

    What proof is there that his dad's little vignette is accurate?

    Once, when he was speaking at a campus protest against Reagan’s accommodation of apartheid, a passing student noticed Dad’s brown skin and unique accent and called out: “go home!” He answered: “I am home.”

    . . . . and then everybody clapped” https://www.reddit.com/r/thatHappened/comments/3mw196/and_then_everyone_clapped/

    0% chance it happened. But the “larger truth” is that it could have happened.

    • Agree: ic1000
  56. @cliff arroyo
    Maltese is something like a Maghrebi (North African) dialect of Arabic without the distinctive consonants and a ton of Italian and Sicilian words and some English (a co-official language) and is written in the Roman alphabet with some diacritics.
    A friend from North Africa visited and could understand about 80% of it upon arrival.

    Unfortunately, while it is an official EU language and use by the native Maltese remains very vigorous, there doesn't seem to be much official or informal pressure for migrants to learn it (no matter how long they stay) and at present Malta is crawling with migrants. The largest groups are African (mostly men), Philippinas (overwhelmingly female) and Central-Eastern Europe.

    I've seen a larger percentage of African men actually doing physical labor in Malta than in other Southern European countries but they all look incredibly resentful every second on the job.

    It's a lovely place to visit when it's not too hot (from October to May or so) but I wonder what its future will be...

    I’ve seen a larger percentage of African men actually doing physical labor in Malta than in other Southern European countries but they all look incredibly resentful every second on the job.

    That’s probably just the way they look. Same reason that Tom Cruise always got the hero roles, and Gary Sinise got the bad guy parts. That would be Tom Cruise the serial monogamist closet case vs Gary Sinise the actual monogamist. That’s not to say that Africans aren’t, on average, more crime-prone and less intelligent. But the way they look is just a matter of bone structure.

  57. @Yngvar
    Pete Buttigieg served as a Naval Intelligence Analyst in Iraq, which can only mean he was assigned to NSA. He speaks and read several languages fluently, among those are Norwegian. It may be he had a liaison role between the Norwegian E-Service and NSA. Or maybe not.

    ps
    Had you forgotten that the Norwegian E-service admitted after the Snowden leak that they had snooped on every call in Afghanistan?

    He speaks and read several languages fluently, among those are Norwegian.

    He’s full of crap. He probably speaks them about as well as the First Lady speaks French, i.e. haltingly and incomprehensibly. Because mastering languages is hard, and a full-time job in itself. Kissinger, a veritable genius, spoke one other language (apart from his native German) well – English.

    • Replies: @tomv
    I'm skeptical, too, whenever I hear the word "fluent", but Melania is a poor example. Her English is awful for someone who's lived in America with an American husband for well more than a decade. She's just not talented linguistically.

    I don't use the slippery word "fluent", but I've met many who are perfectly conversational and even impressive in three or more languages. Jared Taylor's French is very good, even though he probably doesn't get to use it all the much. Based on that, I suppose his Japanese is even better.

    If I have to guess, the mayor probably doesn't speak most of those languages that he supposedly speaks well anymore (if he ever did), but he likelyretains a decent ability to listen and read in them. And he should be able to get up to speed on some of those languages quickly in an emersive environment.

    , @Autochthon
    What prompted him to speak Norwegian was probably a course in Monterey at the Naval Postgraduate School he weaseled into, which also goes to how fluent he is in it. Not very.

    I second the inflation of fluency everywhere lately. The world of people able to hold stilted, rudimentary conversations about only the most common topics claiming fluency.

    I interact occasionally with people whose claimed fluency in Spanish leaves me dubious, so I launch into Spanish conversation with them. They immediately beg me to slow down and repeat everything multiple times as their eyes get larger, realising they are speaking to someone who really is fluent in Spanish. I bet the Derb could tell similar stories about Chinese.

    Languages associated strongly with one race (mestizos; Orientals) aren't "supposed" to be known by Whitey, so you can really ruin a jackass' day by knowing one. (Yet no one is expected to be at all surprised to see mestizos and Chinamen speak English, and it would be racist to be surprised, anyway!)
  58. Mayor Buttchug is an oppressed POC.

  59. @Lurker
    The most recent siege of Malta:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Malta_(World_War_II)

    Malta was one of the most intensively bombed areas during the war.
     
    In 1954 the Maltese voted to become British, for the island to become British. A sentiment perhaps cemented through the WW2 siege. Presumably Malta would have acquired similar status to Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands.

    The British government turned them down.

    This is one of those events that has me convinced we are subject to a hostile conspiracy.

    Malta is a strategic strongpoint and still is or will be again (look at a map), has been fought over for centuries, besieged, invaded, besieged again. Countless people have died over Malta. Yet here was the British government being offered fully legitimate control of the island and throwing it away!

    Malta is a strategic strongpoint and still is or will be again (look at a map), has been fought over for centuries, besieged, invaded, besieged again. Countless people have died over Malta. Yet here was the British government being offered fully legitimate control of the island and throwing it away!

    There’s a reddit covering this issue. I think it boils down to British movers and shakers seeing the writing on the wall for its overseas possessions – the end of empire meant no further need to an expensive naval base in the Mediterranean. Integration would have meant a significant bill for UK taxpayers who were already on the hook for significant welfare state expansions implemented just before that time (1956).

    Why was Malta offered Integration into the UK? from AskHistorians

  60. @Reg Cæsar

    Married (sic) the first guy he ever dated
     
    Someone actually saved himself for his same-sex marriage?

    Chasten can't chastise him for unchastity.

    He’s saving himself for his mission in life ala Newton.

  61. @anon
    This little manlet lies a lot, doesn't he? Here's an article from TAC explaining how Buttigieg lied about his military service: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/warrior-mayor-petes-sanctimonious-chest-thumping/comment-page-1/

    I read through the entire article. The author hit a home run in dealing with TRUTH.

  62. The man admired by Mayor Pete’s dad was definitely ahead of his time — completely in tune with The Current Year’s mainstream progressives.

    Fair-use excerpt from a 2016 essay by Samuel Gregg, The Most Dangerous Socialist in History.

    Gramsci focused on culture. Still a Marxist, he viewed art, literature, education, and all its other elements through the jaundiced lens of a class struggle. But he realized that these things didn’t just respond to political and economic power; they also produced it. So if the Left wants to win, it must seize these things first, get control of the “cultural means of production.” Gramsci insisted that Marxists had underestimated the importance of culture-forming institutions such as the media, universities, and churches in deciding whether the Left or the Right would gain control (or to use his favorite word, “hegemony”).

    Gramsci thought that all these cultural institutions weren’t neutral, but in fact were serving as a vast propaganda machine on behalf of capitalism. Until leftists came to dominate them, they would never be able to convince enough people to support their revolution.

    This part of his thesis was like manna from heaven for many left-wing Western intellectuals. Instead of joining a factory collective or making bombs in basements, a leftist professor could help free society from capitalist exploitation by penning essays in his office or teaching students. In this scenario, the revolutionary force shifts away from the proletariat toward middle-class intellectuals.

    To seize society’s “cultural heights” such leftists must spread what the French Reformed theologian Paul Ricœur called “the hermeneutics of suspicion.” Put simply, this means that nothing is as it seems. Seemingly benign ideas (such as “justice” and “due process”) must be exposed as cynical bourgeois ploys that serve to disguise systematic injustices.

  63. Anonymous[378] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lurker
    The most recent siege of Malta:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Malta_(World_War_II)

    Malta was one of the most intensively bombed areas during the war.
     
    In 1954 the Maltese voted to become British, for the island to become British. A sentiment perhaps cemented through the WW2 siege. Presumably Malta would have acquired similar status to Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands.

    The British government turned them down.

    This is one of those events that has me convinced we are subject to a hostile conspiracy.

    Malta is a strategic strongpoint and still is or will be again (look at a map), has been fought over for centuries, besieged, invaded, besieged again. Countless people have died over Malta. Yet here was the British government being offered fully legitimate control of the island and throwing it away!

    Britain already had Suez and Gibraltar. They didn’t need Malta as well.

  64. @Mr. Anon
    Buttgeek served in the military - in "intelligence" of course. The Democratic Party has been recruiting all kinds of spooks to run for elective office. Mayor Pete was a naval intelligence officer in the land-locked country of Afghanistan. He is an officer of the empire.

    Long March through the Institutions.

    Intel is chock full of liberals, never-Trumpers, and all other manner of invertebrate, knave and sycophant. Not surprised in the least.

  65. @Yngvar
    Pete Buttigieg served as a Naval Intelligence Analyst in Iraq, which can only mean he was assigned to NSA. He speaks and read several languages fluently, among those are Norwegian. It may be he had a liaison role between the Norwegian E-Service and NSA. Or maybe not.

    ps
    Had you forgotten that the Norwegian E-service admitted after the Snowden leak that they had snooped on every call in Afghanistan?

    He speaks and read several languages fluently

    So he says.

  66. @Corn
    I have an old copy of that book lying around somewhere. It claims Admiral Thomas Moorer led a cabal within the Pentagon that wanted Nixon crowbarred from office because they thought he was too soft on communism (Kissinger’s realpolitik, detente with China and all that).

    Not saying I believe the thesis but an interesting book.

    Bob Woodward (Robert Redford in the movie) was Moorer’s errand boy.

  67. How dare these people try to claw privilege away from Blacks! Shame on them! Pete’s Dad is clearly Whiter than Kamala Harris who is being questioned more and more as to HER color intersectional pokemon points. These folks could hardly be whiter. Where does Pete get off with THAT? Quite like THIS one, Rachael Dolezal:

    What I see is a bunch of half-crackers playing make-believe they have ANYTHING to do with the poorest 95% of African Americans. It’s UN-fuggin-believeable. And if they’re homosexual Democrats, they can be Whiter than snow and STILL claim Color privilege? How does that work? Talk about going where the privilege is. Sixty years ago they used to straighten their hair and try to ‘pass’ for White. Now, every One-Dropper is claiming race privilege. Full-Blood African Americans ought to be looking at this and raising hell.

  68. @Mr. Anon
    Buttgeek served in the military - in "intelligence" of course. The Democratic Party has been recruiting all kinds of spooks to run for elective office. Mayor Pete was a naval intelligence officer in the land-locked country of Afghanistan. He is an officer of the empire.

    Long March through the Institutions.

    “The Democratic Party has been recruiting all kinds of spooks to run for elective office.” Well they won with Obama so why not.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  69. “His mother is a dead ringer for Meryl Streep in this picture.” Wow Steve, you must really hate Meryl Streep.

  70. @Johann Ricke

    He speaks and read several languages fluently, among those are Norwegian.
     
    He's full of crap. He probably speaks them about as well as the First Lady speaks French, i.e. haltingly and incomprehensibly. Because mastering languages is hard, and a full-time job in itself. Kissinger, a veritable genius, spoke one other language (apart from his native German) well - English.

    I’m skeptical, too, whenever I hear the word “fluent”, but Melania is a poor example. Her English is awful for someone who’s lived in America with an American husband for well more than a decade. She’s just not talented linguistically.

    I don’t use the slippery word “fluent”, but I’ve met many who are perfectly conversational and even impressive in three or more languages. Jared Taylor’s French is very good, even though he probably doesn’t get to use it all the much. Based on that, I suppose his Japanese is even better.

    If I have to guess, the mayor probably doesn’t speak most of those languages that he supposedly speaks well anymore (if he ever did), but he likelyretains a decent ability to listen and read in them. And he should be able to get up to speed on some of those languages quickly in an emersive environment.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    If he retains only one of the two, it is almost certainly speaking, not listening; it is much easier to speak a second (or third, fourth...) language than to understand its being spoken, because as the speaker you control the speed and vocabulary; what the other fellow says, and how quickly he says it, can leave one stultified if out of practice....

    Reading (and writing) is indeed usually the last skill to lapse.

    *immersive

    , @Art Deco
    Mrs. Trump speaks satisfactory English. She has an accent. So does Henry Kissinger.
  71. @Paul
    ". . . a passing student noticed Dad’s brown skin . . ."


    Perhaps that will help Pete to hustle a few votes in the Democratic primaries.

    Looking at his competition, Pete’s worried that gay and veteran don’t earn him enough points. Gotta work PoC in there somehow.

  72. @DCBillS
    I don't like him either but he did serve. Did you?

    I don’t like him either but he did serve. Did you?

    No. Do I have to? Since when has it been the case that you had to have served in the military to have an opinion on matters of War? Last I checked this is a republic founded by people who distrusted standing armies and not a Heinleinian garrison state where “service guarantees citizenship”.

    Mayor Pete served an empire engaged in a war we have no business being in. He probably served as a credential, so he could tout it now while he’s running for office. I’m not impressed.

    I’m no longer buying all that “support the troops” horses**t. They are not “defending our freedom” nor are they “keeping us safe”.

  73. Buttigieg and Harris, both top-tier candidates, are red-diaper babies.

    The ’68 generation rules the world, in our Satanic age, one century in the books in the long decline of the Anglo-American empire. (1914 the peak, before the Great War).

  74. @joe2.5
    Sure, he served as a rat, a spy, a criminal against peace, a probable war criminal and torturer. Thank him for the "service", will you.

    Actually, he was mostly a driver in the motor pool. Almost everyone is familiar with M*A*S*H. Remember how, whenever some colonel or general or other muckity muck came to the 4077, he rode as a passenger and some functionary, a lieutenant or captain, or maybe an enlisted man, did all the driving? Yeah, that’s what the homosexual who would be president was: the driver.

    I’m not completely disparaging it. It can be dangerous, what with ambushes and such, if one must go outside a secured area.

    But it ain’t hardly Seal Team Six shit, either.

  75. @Johann Ricke

    He speaks and read several languages fluently, among those are Norwegian.
     
    He's full of crap. He probably speaks them about as well as the First Lady speaks French, i.e. haltingly and incomprehensibly. Because mastering languages is hard, and a full-time job in itself. Kissinger, a veritable genius, spoke one other language (apart from his native German) well - English.

    What prompted him to speak Norwegian was probably a course in Monterey at the Naval Postgraduate School he weaseled into, which also goes to how fluent he is in it. Not very.

    I second the inflation of fluency everywhere lately. The world of people able to hold stilted, rudimentary conversations about only the most common topics claiming fluency.

    I interact occasionally with people whose claimed fluency in Spanish leaves me dubious, so I launch into Spanish conversation with them. They immediately beg me to slow down and repeat everything multiple times as their eyes get larger, realising they are speaking to someone who really is fluent in Spanish. I bet the Derb could tell similar stories about Chinese.

    Languages associated strongly with one race (mestizos; Orientals) aren’t “supposed” to be known by Whitey, so you can really ruin a jackass’ day by knowing one. (Yet no one is expected to be at all surprised to see mestizos and Chinamen speak English, and it would be racist to be surprised, anyway!)

  76. @tomv
    I'm skeptical, too, whenever I hear the word "fluent", but Melania is a poor example. Her English is awful for someone who's lived in America with an American husband for well more than a decade. She's just not talented linguistically.

    I don't use the slippery word "fluent", but I've met many who are perfectly conversational and even impressive in three or more languages. Jared Taylor's French is very good, even though he probably doesn't get to use it all the much. Based on that, I suppose his Japanese is even better.

    If I have to guess, the mayor probably doesn't speak most of those languages that he supposedly speaks well anymore (if he ever did), but he likelyretains a decent ability to listen and read in them. And he should be able to get up to speed on some of those languages quickly in an emersive environment.

    If he retains only one of the two, it is almost certainly speaking, not listening; it is much easier to speak a second (or third, fourth…) language than to understand its being spoken, because as the speaker you control the speed and vocabulary; what the other fellow says, and how quickly he says it, can leave one stultified if out of practice….

    Reading (and writing) is indeed usually the last skill to lapse.

    *immersive

    • Replies: @tomv
    You must be wired differently than most people are. It should be axiomatic that consumption is easier than creation. So listening is easier than speaking and reading than writing, just as appreciating music is easier than composing and recognizing a picture than drawing one.

    Talk to foreigners around you. In America, most can understand you perfectly well, but their speaking ability varies widely. And if they can't understand you well, then it defies belief that their speaking is any better.

    Chinese graduate students in America often write poorly, but they read and understand academic papers perfectly well.

    Speaking for myself, my spoken French is embarrassingly rusty now (very halting), but I can understand broadcast news surprisingly well. Even movies are not too much of a stretch (especially w/ the help of the rewind button). Reading ranges from very comfortable (Poincaré's Valeur de la science) to tough-going (Madame Bovary), but to write a proper response paper to either would be a project instead of a pastime.

    Similar for my Chinese, except the gulf between reading and writing is even wider thanks to the characters.

    In one's own native language, why do people use a thesaurus? They know most if not all of the synonyms already, but it's hard to recall them on demand. When they hear or read those words, on the other hand, no aid is needed to recognize them. The same dynamics is at play in a foreign language.

    Beyond vocabulary, there's grammar. It's easy to make a grammatical mistake when speaking or writing (sometimes even for native speakers), but that's almost impossible when listening or reading except for the greenest of novices.

    The only case I can think of in which one may "speak" better than listen is when one reads phonetics from a phrasebook without knowing anything about the language, but that's not what we're talking about here.

    PS Thanks for "immersive". The mistake actually illustrates my point.
  77. @Autochthon
    If he retains only one of the two, it is almost certainly speaking, not listening; it is much easier to speak a second (or third, fourth...) language than to understand its being spoken, because as the speaker you control the speed and vocabulary; what the other fellow says, and how quickly he says it, can leave one stultified if out of practice....

    Reading (and writing) is indeed usually the last skill to lapse.

    *immersive

    You must be wired differently than most people are. It should be axiomatic that consumption is easier than creation. So listening is easier than speaking and reading than writing, just as appreciating music is easier than composing and recognizing a picture than drawing one.

    Talk to foreigners around you. In America, most can understand you perfectly well, but their speaking ability varies widely. And if they can’t understand you well, then it defies belief that their speaking is any better.

    Chinese graduate students in America often write poorly, but they read and understand academic papers perfectly well.

    Speaking for myself, my spoken French is embarrassingly rusty now (very halting), but I can understand broadcast news surprisingly well. Even movies are not too much of a stretch (especially w/ the help of the rewind button). Reading ranges from very comfortable (Poincaré’s Valeur de la science) to tough-going (Madame Bovary), but to write a proper response paper to either would be a project instead of a pastime.

    Similar for my Chinese, except the gulf between reading and writing is even wider thanks to the characters.

    In one’s own native language, why do people use a thesaurus? They know most if not all of the synonyms already, but it’s hard to recall them on demand. When they hear or read those words, on the other hand, no aid is needed to recognize them. The same dynamics is at play in a foreign language.

    Beyond vocabulary, there’s grammar. It’s easy to make a grammatical mistake when speaking or writing (sometimes even for native speakers), but that’s almost impossible when listening or reading except for the greenest of novices.

    The only case I can think of in which one may “speak” better than listen is when one reads phonetics from a phrasebook without knowing anything about the language, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.

    PS Thanks for “immersive”. The mistake actually illustrates my point.

  78. @Jake
    Exactly.

    Back when Notre Dame was fairly new to hiring Leftist professors, Jewish and Gentile, religiously orthodox and culturally conservative ND grads and South Bend residents often voiced their opposition.

    Mayor Pete's daddy was opposed because he was a Commie-excuser, a Commie-defender, as well as (rightly) suspected of being anti-Catholic and Freemasonic at his core.

    Your credibility here established at near absolute, and with this display of detailed knowledge of ND/SB, I must share my view of the event which drew my focus there for the sole time this century (aside from a singular visit, now that I think about it): the inviting of abortion promoting Pres. BHO as commencement speaker.

    Just had to watch to try to figure out what in HELL they were thinking about.

    Their Pres.’s intro made the motive clear:

    THE GREATER HONOR AND GLORY OF TED HESBURGH.

  79. @Corn
    No disrespect to Norwegians intended but what prompts an anglophone of Maltese parentage to learn Norwegian?

    He didn’t learn Norwegian. There is no such thing as ‘Norwegian’. Danish is spoken and written in Norway (in urban loci) while a synthetic compromise between country dialects (“landsmal”) was generated privately during the 19th c. Added to that are state-sponsored versions for written and spoken use.

    The whole Buttigieg-the-Linguist meme is barely credible and another example of the lack of due diligence on the part of the media. Unless he’s a rare prodigy, it would take roughly four academic years worth of disciplined study to acquire a modest conversational and epistolary proficiency in that many languages. When did he ever have time? It’s easy to imagine he learned Maltese in his father’s house (though such efforts by immigrant parents usually fail), but the only time in his life his capsule biographies identify him as having lived abroad were a couple of years in Britain and seven months in Afghanistan during his deployment (as a Naval Intelligence officer, go figure).

  80. @tomv
    I'm skeptical, too, whenever I hear the word "fluent", but Melania is a poor example. Her English is awful for someone who's lived in America with an American husband for well more than a decade. She's just not talented linguistically.

    I don't use the slippery word "fluent", but I've met many who are perfectly conversational and even impressive in three or more languages. Jared Taylor's French is very good, even though he probably doesn't get to use it all the much. Based on that, I suppose his Japanese is even better.

    If I have to guess, the mayor probably doesn't speak most of those languages that he supposedly speaks well anymore (if he ever did), but he likelyretains a decent ability to listen and read in them. And he should be able to get up to speed on some of those languages quickly in an emersive environment.

    Mrs. Trump speaks satisfactory English. She has an accent. So does Henry Kissinger.

  81. @Mister.Baseball
    If his father is "brown" than so is every Mediterranean man and woman. Something tells me the rationalization never gets that far, for some odd reason.

    Yeah, I hooked up with a girl from Malta when traveling in Europe. Somewhere I have a letter from her. She looked at least as white as your typical southern Italian.

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