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Kamala Harris is from an academic family (father is a Stanford professor, mother a medical researcher) but her own academic track record is less than impressive for somebody who qualifies for affirmative action as black.

She went to Howard U. in Washington DC, which is a famous Historically Black College or University, but it’s still an HBCU. She majored in psychology and economics. I don’t see anything about academic honors.

Then she went to the Hastings law school in San Francisco, which has some vague connection to the U. of California. It’s significantly easier to get into than the UC Berkeley law school (Boalt Hall) across the bay. Hastings grads are slightly below the California average for ABA accredited law schools at passing the bar exam.

She failed the difficult California bar exam on her first try and then passed on her second crack.

This is a pretty similar academic background to Mike Pence, another lawyer, or to Biden and Trump for that matter. But only Harris was eligible for affirmative action.

In contrast, Kamala’s younger sister Maya graduated from UC Berkeley and then Stanford Law School despite becoming a single mother at 17. Maya’s daughter Meena Harris went to Stanford undergrad and then Harvard Law School. So it’s not all that hard for the descendants of a mulatto Jamaican professor to get accepted by elite universities and law schools. But Kamala Harris was not.

iSteve commenter Lloyd1927 points out a pretty hilarious article about Kamala’s niece Meena Harris, who is working the Diversity Gravy Train pretty hard, despite not looking terribly black:

Kamala Harris’ niece wants to inspire the next generation of social activists

I like the URL (i.e., original headline) better: businessinsider.com/activist-meena-harris-building-social-justice-empire-2020-5

Dominic-Madori Davis Jun 2, 2020, 12:30 PM

Meena Harris, the niece of former presidential candidate Kamala Harris, is a social justice activist and entrepreneur.

In 2017, she launched the clothing line Phenomenal Woman, which seeks to highlight social justice causes throughout the world.

This year, she released a children’s book, hoping to provide more representation for young children of color.

In existing children’s books, 50% of all characters are white and 27% are anthropomorphic.

In an interview with Business Insider, Harris talks about her entrepreneurial projects, and how she hopes to inspire the next generation of activists.

Harris’ book, “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea,” is available now.

Meena Harris always thought she was going to be a lawyer. She did, after all, grow up in a family of lawyers…

But Harris was also very creative. After attending Stanford University, graduating from Harvard Law School, and embarking on a brief legal career, Harris decided a traditional career path wasn’t for her.

Instead, she sought to forge her own path. Being a public servant, she figured, didn’t necessarily mean she had to become a lawyer.

Harris turned to fashion to highlight social injustices and inequality in the world.

The project that launched Harris’ social justice-focused entrepreneurship began shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump, with a T-shirt that had the words “Phenomenal Woman” on it — a phrase borrowed from the Maya Angelou poem of the same name.

The shirt was an expression of female empowerment, a political statement in a time where women still face economic disparity and where intersectionality has yet to become a mainstay in modern-day feminism.

In many ways, the shirt was simple in its political message. But in other ways, it was quite radical.

“I never thought Phenomenal Woman would turn into something big, you know?” she said.

But the shirt did become big. And after its success, Harris decided to launch an entire clothing line that highlighted sociopolitical injustices throughout the world. Officially, on International Women’s Day in 2017, Phenomenal Woman was born.

… Harris now works at the company full-time and has helped expand it into a cultural commentary force. Shirts for sale now include slogans such as “Phenomenal Mother,” “Phenomenally Asian,” “Phenomenally Latina,” and “Powerful Black Voter.”

How about: “They’re real, and they’re Phenomenal”?

The company has launched numerous campaigns and lent its support to non-profit organizations such as the Essie Justice Group, which seeks to end mass incarceration; the Black Futures Lab, which helps to build black political power; Native Voices Rising, which promotes advocacy and civic engagement in indigenous communities, as well as the TGI Justice, which seeks to end discrimination against transgender, intersex, and gender-variant people.

Harris decided to expand beyond clothing and write a children’s book to help educate the youngest generation

In 2019, Lee and Low Books surveyed 153 publishing companies and found that 85% of people who work in editorial self-identified as white. Meanwhile, only 1% self-identified as being black. The study also found that, overall, the publishing industry is 76% white, 7% Asian, 6% Latinx, and 5% black.

With the publication of “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea,” released today, Harris became one of the few black authors to have a published children’s book.

Based on a true story about Harris’ mother and aunt, the book follows two sisters who turn the unused courtyard in their apartment building into an area for kids to play. It’s a simple premise that could have significant impact in terms of the representation it will give to young children of color. Only 7% of new children’s books published in 2017 were written by black, Latinx, and Native authors, Lee and Low’s survey found.

Read the whole thing. It’s great.

 
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  1. I’ll bet she’s smart enough to realize that old white Joe has lost his marbles and if they win she’ll be sitting in the oval office next year.

    • Replies: @Escher
    @tyrone

    She’s just Biden her time.

    Replies: @Richard B

    , @Prester John
    @tyrone

    I suspect that has been "The Plan"all along. Sooner or later, Ramblin' Joe will ramble off the table and into a room at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Georgetown, at which point she will have the distinction of being the first Womyn of Kullah to be POTUS. The question for the house at that point becomes: Who will be HER veep.

    Replies: @Richard B

    , @SaneClownPosse
    @tyrone

    What would happen if Biden-Harris wins the Electoral College vote, then before the Inauguration, Old Joe "retires"/"is retired"?

    Ms. Harris is smart enough to know whom to blow to get ahead.

  2. Biden-Goodhairris is an attempt to recast & reboot the Obama-Biden success of somewhat-Black-plus-white-guy-with-Reassuring-Voices. Except the new good-time girl is even less Black and not really reassuring, more like syrupy & passive-aggressive

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Anonymous


    Except the new good-time girl is even less Black and not really reassuring, more like syrupy & passive-aggressive
     
    Creepy (Joe) and phony (Kamala) are like ivory and ebony (-ish).
  3. Niece Meena Harris is far from “black.” Her father’s identity is apparently a secret.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/activist-meena-harris-building-social-justice-empire-2020-5

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Lloyd1927

    I find it more problematic that she's building a social justice, 'empire.'

    Oh well, what can I do?

    Maybe I'll be lucky enough to bunk out with some of you guys in the FEMA work camps they have planned for us.

    Replies: @Richard B

    , @SaneClownPosse
    @Lloyd1927

    Meena's father is most likely one of The Usual Suspects. As was someone in Kamala's lineage. Damn plantation owners and their breeding programs. Creating fast horses and strong field hands.

    Named after MENA?

    Meena "hopes" that her children's book represents more figures of color? She supposedly authored it and she doesn't know what's in it? Future Congress critter potential.

  4. You’ve picked up on most of the reasons, but you left out the fact that a black woman with any kind of chops wouldn’t have accepted two do-nothing commission appointments to assure a salary while she was Willie Brown’s beck and call girl.

    • Replies: @Servant of Gla'aki
    @education realist


    ...you left out the fact that a black woman with any kind of chops wouldn’t have accepted two do-nothing commission appointments to assure a salary while she was Willie Brown’s beck and call girl.
     
    I'm confused...do smart people not like free money, then?

    This seems like a dubious proposition.
    , @TontoBubbaGoldstein
    @education realist

    Either I'm really cynical or you're really naive, Chief.

    , @BB753
    @education realist

    Well, it was a gamble that paid off.

  5. How do you know that Howard was a safety school?

    Maybe that’s where she actually wanted to go.

    Lots of people need two tries to pass the bar.

    Some people fail lots of times.

    California is a big state. You have to compete against a lot of talent to get in to the Senate.

    • Agree: ScarletNumber
    • Replies: @SOL
    @Not Raul

    "California is a big state. You have to compete against a lot of talent to get in to the Senate."

    LOL.

    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @Not Raul

    OK. So Comma-La has abundant Zizzwheel talent.

    , @Peter D. Bredon
    @Not Raul

    George Murphy, the original Hollywood star turned politician?

    , @Authenticjazzman
    @Not Raul

    " You have to compete against a lot of talent to get in to the Senate"

    Bullshit, all you have to do is parrot the Democrat party line louder and more agressive than the other leftist nut-cases and bingo you are on the tax-slave dollar money train.

    None of these freaks, not one single Democrat politician, knows his ass from a hole in the ground about law, or it's related fields, they are without exception born grifters of the highest order.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

  6. How Smart Is Kamala Harris?

    Smart enough to get on her knees for Willie Brown to advance her career, and smart enough to become a millionaire by marrying a Jewish lawyer willing to accept Willie’s “used goods.”

    • Replies: @JohnnyD
    @Dr. X

    She was also smart enough to play up her blackness by going to Howard.

    , @Olorin
    @Dr. X

    At 50 no less.

    She immediately began tweeting "mom stuff" about her husband's former wife's two daughters. Such necessary accoutrements for a career in national politics.

    Just unbelievable how phony she is. And how tentacular is the Left's funding and power Octopus.

  7. She didn’t learn any more than rudimentary French despite living in Montreal from ages 12 to 17. She “struggled” in a French-language school before her mother got her transferred to Westmount High School. ( link) Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard. Verdict: seriously, not all that bright.

    • Replies: @OscarWildeLoveChild
    @CJ

    It is not uncommon for "high achieving" blacks, or "light skinned" blacks to regress to the mean, in college, regarding crime, etc.

    As for her inability to learn French, even living there during the impressionable teen years so many absorb languages, no surprise at all. Consider that we had a president for 8 years, who lived overseas at least part time, had a foreign father, and grew up in a very diverse and multi-lingual cultural Hawaii, and lastly, attended prestigious schools--yet he cannot speak a foreign language.

    One of the constant "America sucks" claims, by (white) liberal/prog types, is how most Americans are too stupid to learn a foreign language--but they only are ever talking about white Americans (who other than actual immigrants who are dual language) are probably the most likely to be bilingual, certainly tri-lingual. Even that "dummy" from Texas spoke Spanish, even before he became president. (I have heard him speak it and would put him at A2/B1).

    Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country, @ScarletNumber

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @CJ


    She didn’t learn any more than rudimentary French despite living in Montreal from ages 12 to 17. She “struggled” in a French-language school before her mother got her transferred to Westmount High School. Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard. Verdict: seriously, not all that bright.
     
    Norm Macdonald [sic] grew up in Quebec City, and his French may be worse.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @CJ

    Hastings actually used to be ranked much higher as a law school when Harris went there. In the late 80's-early 90's it cracked the top 20 and was tied with USC Law in prestige. Over the years it has drifted down to about No. 60 on the USN&W rank (which admittedly uses lame methodology but whose results become self-fulfilling).

    Back in the day, the Bar pass rate for "regular" students at Hastings or other UC law schools would be about 90%. For the affirmative action cases at those schools, it was like 60%. The fact that Kamala didn't pass on the first attempt is pretty solid evidence she got in on affirmative action -- and probably wasn't even above average for that group.

    I'd set the over/under on her IQ at about 115, on a good day.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @HammerJack, @Amerimutt Golems, @Dieter Kief

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @CJ


    Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard.
     
    McGill is one of the Top 3 universities in Canada, rotating in and out of the #1 spot with U of Toronto and U of British Columbia.
    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @CJ

    Anybody whose first language is a Greco-Roman alphabet language (English) who fails to achieve an FSI rating of at least 3.5 in a second Greco-Roman alphabet language (Quebecois French) by age 17 after living five years in a total immersion First World new language environment has some serious cognitive issues, is just plain lazy, or has some antipathy issues on actually practicing multi-culturalism.

    Replies: @Hibernian

  8. According to Trump’s aggrieved niece, he paid someone to take the SAT for him. The score helped him get into the prestigious Wharton Business School.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-cheated-on-his-sat-penn-wharton-mary-trump-2020-7

    President Donald Trump cheated on his SAT in high school, according to Mary Trump’s coming book.

    In her tell-all, the president’s niece claims that he paid a proxy to take his SAT for him, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the book.

    The book said the score helped him get admitted to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business school, according to The Times.

    I have no idea if the allegation is credible.

    Jews, East Asians, Subcons, and certain West subgroups (Cubans, Armenians, Persians, Lebanese, etc.) are infamous for corruption and nepotism. So are some of the White ethnics, like Irish and Italians.

    However, it’s difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves. Almost impossible. It sounds like something out of an outlandish Sci-Fi movie.

    Yet stuff like this really did happen as recently as the 60s.

    Imagine you took a time machine back to the year 1960. You told Anglo-Germanic elites that their grandchildren would be pushed out of the elite by the Jews and various immigrant groups. I wonder what they would’ve said.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @JohnnyWalker123

    How would she even know something like that about an uncle 20 years her senior? It is such a strangely specific "allegation" like Trump paying hookers to piss on a hotel bed previously inhabited by Obama.

    Perhaps Trump family dinners are like Clintons where they reminisce in past misadventures :)

    , @International Jew
    @JohnnyWalker123


    However, it’s difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves.
     
    LOL

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @HammerJack

    , @Hibernian
    @JohnnyWalker123


    However, it’s difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves.
     
    Are you kidding? The British Empire was based on this kind of thing.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Anon

    , @Jack D
    @JohnnyWalker123


    The book said the score helped him get admitted to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business school, according to The Times.
     
    Trump transferred to Wharton as a junior. He spend his first two years at Fordham. So this is a half-truth at best. For a junior transfer, his Fordham transcript would have had a lot more weight than his SATs. This is a very typical MSM hit job where you tell something that (might) be true but you leave out other salient facts that you would highlight the hell out of if the person in question was a Democrat.

    Keep in mind also that Wharton undergrad was not as prestigious or as difficult to get into then as it is now. When Trump applied in the '60s, the acceptance rate was 40% (vs. something like 7% today). Most Wharton undergrads in those days were not headed for Wall Street but rather were going to go back to their family business (as Trump did) or become CPA's. It was much more blue-collarish than the MBA program.
  9. Howard is interesting, it’s a bold tactical move. Academically, it’s a joke. But in terms of “Brand Identity”, it’s very, very strong. I bet the top xyz % of Howard have similar outcomes to Harvard.
    If you’re a Major Employer, you KNOW you can tick the hell out of a box with a HBCU big hitter.
    As an example, the script writers of The Cosby Show found it plausible that dentist’s sons would seek out Howard.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang


    Howard is interesting, it’s a bold tactical move.

     

    I wondered about that also. Would KH really have been that politically astute at just 18 years old? Did a member of her family map it out for her?

    Otherwise, it doesn't make a lot of sense.
    , @Eagle Eye
    @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang


    Howard is interesting, it’s a bold tactical move.
     
    Remember Kamala's father was a prof at Stanford, and her mother was also an academic insider.
    , @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang

    The Cosby show and spinoff featured 'Hillman College,' a prestigious, imaginary HBCU. The Lisa Bonet character went to Hillman before dropping out and ending up at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn(which is real and, uh, not phenomenal). Hillman's year abroad was in Wakanda IIRC.

  10. Niece Meena Harris looks white, no matter what she calls herself. Was secret dad white?

    https://today.law.harvard.edu/meena-harris-12/

    https://www.uber.com/blog/corporate-change-meena/

    https://elle.in/article/meena-harris/

    • Replies: @International Jew
    @Lloyd1927

    When I saw that picture I thought it was Sarah Silverman.

    Replies: @Tlotsi

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Lloyd1927


    Niece Meena Harris looks white, no matter what she calls herself.
     
    She easily lands on the YES side of The Only Question That Matters.

    Replies: @Calvin Hobbes, @nokangaroos

  11. If she weren’t black, she’d be a typical state-level politician, possibly in the statehouse representing her district. It would take her 10 -20 years longer to rise to a national position, unless she lucked into a congressional D seat if the incumbent retired or died while she was around.

    In short, she’d have a Jerry Nadler-like career, except Nadler was more of backroom hustler while Kamala is more a camera seeker (and if you looked like Nadler, you’d stay in the back room more often as well).

  12. Anonymous[352] • Disclaimer says:

    All that matters is what Scott Adams has to say about Kamala and he says she has the “x factor.” WTF.

    She finished at the bottom of the dem primaries.

    Seriously people tune into Adams’ periscopes for 1 some good insights and 2 lots of bizarre circular reasoning and 3 unintentional humor, extreme arrogance and judgmentalism.

    Watched today for his zany explanation of how Kamala beats Trump even while chasing blacks to Kanye but Adams totally avoided any mention of Kanye.

    Scott seems like a good person but the persuasion expert’s main persuasion technique when faced with inconvenient facts is to avoid; omit; ban.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @Anonymous

    I pointed out Kamala's "x factor" back in January 2019 in this comment on Steve's "Kamasutra Harris" post:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/sure-i-dated-kamala-harris-so-what/#comment-2783782

    To briefly re-cap: Harris is "intersectionally sexy" in the current moment, even though commenters on iSteve might not see the attraction themselves.

    Compare photos of her initial meetings with Biden with your mental image of Hillary. Our image of Hillary is a puffed up, stiff, entitled bitch. Harris looks instead rather girlish, more like AOC despite being chrono-biologically more on the matronly side.

    I still stand by my Jan'19 comment and think that, unless she makes some big blunder that turns people off (which is very possible), her lizard-brain-activating "x factor" is going to be more potent than people like Steve realize.

    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age. We are now in a much less serious and more lizard-brain-driven time, and sexual magnetism in women is going to be a draw rather than a turnoff. Part of the reason for this is that sexiness can project fun and relaxation. Like Reagan was a relief after the 70s, AOC and Harris's sexiness can project the promise of some relief from the mind-numbing negativity and cynicism of the McConnell-Schumer intra-uniparty squabbling. For Harris to capitalize on this, though, she has to keep the accusatory SJW stuff to a minimum or at least balance it with some flirtatiousness.

    Countering Harris, or making her a liability, will involve turning her into a nasty bitch. I think Trump understands this intuitively, which is why his initial reaction was to say she was "the meanest". What the Republicans really need to do is bait her into a blow-up or two, which is where the issue of her intelligence may come into play.

    Also, not playing up her sexuality is a good idea. Like salesmen making you "think past the sale", referencing things like the Kamasutra make the listener see Harris in that context in their minds, which creates an association. James Woods' hashtag "#HeelsUpHarris" is much more effective because it reminds you of her history while making the sexual angle comedic and exploitative/icky.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @kaganovitch, @bomag

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @Anonymous

    Scott seems like a good person but the persuasion expert’s main persuasion technique when faced with inconvenient facts is to avoid; omit; ban.

    Scott has been blathering a lot lately about how the reason blacks can't get a good education is the teachers' unions. Not that I'm a fan of the teachers' unions, but before he offers an opinion Scott ought to try teaching at an inner city school and see what the teachers have to deal with.

  13. “Kamala’s younger sister Maya graduated from UC Berkeley and then Stanford Law School”

    Also Michelle Obama, Princeton/Harvard Law.

    Wise for her to go into criminal law, where being good with juries is more important that interpretation of complicated laws and regulations, 100-page contracts, etc.

  14. A pedantic point:

    Hastings is not really UC.

    As the first public law school in California, Hastings is allowed to use “University of California” in its name. But that’s about it.

    Hastings is not part of the UC System. The UC Regents and the UC President have no authority over Hastings. Nor do any of the Chancellors of the individual UC campuses.

    Hastings is a stand-alone institution, with its own board of directors and its own dean — none of whom are answerable to the real UC.

    The best connection I could find is that UC handles some of Hastings’ HR functions, like the employee health and pension plan.

    Here’s the Legislative Analyst’s report on Hastings’ finances.

    • Thanks: Mr McKenna
  15. If you were an empleomaniac at the turn of the century and had a chance to date a lecherous mayor of San Francisco or be an academic with a degree from Stanford which would you choose? Fashionable schools are not the only route to success. The former gives you celebrity the latter, not so much. There are thousands of Stanford graduates but only a few make it into the big leagues. The Hindu/Mulatto made her choice to be a party girl and it is paying off big time.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    @unit472

    Yeah. But a ho remains a ho. Famous hoes are remembered through history.

    With contempt.

  16. Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.

    • Agree: ScarletNumber
    • Replies: @Jesse
    @Tor597

    Considering that the poorest Whites equal/outscore the richest Blacks, and how racially stratified Black (or "Black" America) is, it's a valid preoccupation.

    Plus, it's interesting to think about the differing types of intelligence/competence.

    , @Adam Grant
    @Tor597

    How Smart is Sarah Palin
    By Steve Sailer November19, 2008
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-smart-is-sarah-palin/

    Steve thought Palin was about as smart as Joe Biden, although he figured Biden knew more about foreign affairs.

    My recollection is that in 2011 Biden said getting rid of Gaddafi was "the right thing to do." In 2016 Biden said he had opposed the war in Libya.

    As for Kamala being "black", how black is she? 25%? 33%? How Caucasian is she, given the genetic makeup of Tamils? Does Kamala really think of herself as being "black"?

    Replies: @Cloudbuster

    , @Father Coughlin
    @Tor597

    We all did question Pence's smarts. Especially since Trump didn't have a lot of resumes, because Never Trump.

    Plus we did give credit to Obama for being smart, even if his achievements were meagre-plus-AA driven.

    So we're not being unfair here. She's obviously a 25th-Amendment heartbeat away from the Presidency, so she should get extra scrutiny.

    , @bomag
    @Tor597


    Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.
     
    Well, we're hectored that there is a vast talent pool kept down by the Man.

    When someone is offered up from said talent pool, we're interested in measuring how much the Man has been cheating us.
    , @AnotherDad
    @Tor597


    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.
     
    Tor597, who knows about Harris, but you're clearly not very perceptive about Steve. He asks the "how smart?" question about candidates pretty much every cycle. One's i can remember just off the top of my head--Bush and Kerry (a bunch), McCain, Palin, Obama, Biden, Trump.

    Trump--not a particularly smart guy--may well be the smartest of this bunch. If i had to guess, i supposed i might go:
    -- Pence
    -- Trump
    -- Harris
    -- Biden
    (Currently, Biden's obviously the dumbest, but i'm going by native, what they had while still in possession of their talents).

    But heck if i know. Clearly there are no Nixon or Clinton intellects in this bunch.

    Pretty sad this is the "leadership" on offer in a nation of 330 million.

    Replies: @anon, @Authenticjazzman

    , @Art Deco
    @Tor597

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I see you have trouble thinking in terms of spectra.

    The real Mike Pence attended satisfactory schools, practiced law for about 10 years before making a career in topical commentary, and is an experienced executive. Liberals tend to make shallow (and commonly malicious) judgments about people, of course, which is why it's a waste of time to ask most liberals their opinion about anything.

    Replies: @Jack D

  17. Ms. Harris’s dad is a ghost, and from the looks of her, white as a ghost.

    Her t-shirt line as per the article is phenomenally short of any financial data. Not saying this is all nonsense but if you are so proud of your success, would expect to see “In Year 1 we had $X million in sales, and doubled it in Year 2”.

    “Read the whole thing. It’s great.” This is called sarcasm.

  18. Shirts for sale now include slogans such as “Phenomenal Mother,” “Phenomenally Asian,” “Phenomenally Latina,” and “Powerful Black Voter.”

    Put me down for a “Phenomenally White” shirt when they’re ready.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Rob McX

    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says "Phenomenal Woman"? It would be absurd on a woman who's actually phenomenal, and pathetic on one who's not. This sort of thing always makes me think of Fredo: "I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!"

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Calvin Hobbes, @Gianni in Guernsey, @Neuday

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @Rob McX


    Put me down for a “Phenomenally White” shirt when they’re ready.
     
    Me too. But I want mine to have a big arrow pointing down.
  19. There’s “smart” and then there’s smart.

    She’s managed to cobble together a political “career”, become California’s AG, then its US Senator and now has perhaps a 25% chance of becoming President of the United States. So you can say she made “smart choices”.

    On the other hand she has done nothing of any note or meaning and has no children.

    Actually smart would have been to skip Howard, go to a decent California university, find a smart, capable white man, have a few children and she’d now be looking forward to retirement and joys of being a grandmother, and looking back on truly fulfilling and meaningful life with deep satisfaction.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    @AnotherDad

    Kamala is more cunning than strictly smart. Guess which one's more useful in a political career? And she did find herself a smart, capable white man, so long as 'fellow white man' counts. Sometimes I imagine what California would have been like had no one from NYC been permitted to relocate there. Water way under the bridge.


    (Steve:) I like the URL (i.e., original headline)
     
    That's a good catch, and not unusual in the MSM. Editors make a lot of 'important' decisions on how stories are played. Maya and Meena clearly had more smarts than Kamala, but that wouldn't stop any of them from hopping on the Gravy Train and taking the reins whenever possible.

    Granted, it's cynical behavior in virtually every case, but most of us here are never put to that particular test--the path of least resistance--simply because that avenue has never been open to us. And never will, I daresay.

    Replies: @Father Coughlin

    , @MBlanc46
    @AnotherDad

    That’s our idea of a meaningful life, AD. If you expounded that that to Harris, she’d look at you as if you had lobsters coming out of her ears.

    , @anon
    @AnotherDad

    Becoming a mother is smarter than (may be) becoming VP (or P) and making the changes she wants to see? We may not agree with her vision, but to say that if she is one out 100 million mothers,that is greater achievement than becoming the first female VP in a quarter millennium of a great country?

    Replies: @bomag

  20. Before anyone claims that Howard is a good school:

    From http://www.collegeresults.org/collegeprofile.aspx?institutionid=131520

    Six year graduate rate: 63%
    Mean SAT: 1140
    Percent admitted: 30%
    Percent black: 89%
    Federal loan default rate: 8%

    • Replies: @anon
    @guest007

    Before anyone claims that Howard is a good school:

    Howard U is indeed a good school -- in comparison to other historically black colleges.
    Don't compare eggplant to watermelon.

    As for Kamasutra's smarts -- obviously smart enough for government work, know what I mean? Catch my drift?

    Replies: @guest007

  21. 1- she did not graduate even cum laude from Howard … or their alumni office surely would have mentioned it

    https://web.archive.org/web/20110112015549/http://www.howard.edu/newsroom/releases/2010/20101215HowardAlumnaTrailblazerBecomesFirstWomanElectedasCaliforniaAttorneyGeneral.html

    2- Anecdotally, the black bar failure rate is colossal. They don’t release the numbers because they aren’t 100% sure they can blame whitey yet.

    3-The key with Harris is not just how smart she is, But how her intelligence (or lack) dovetails with her other achievements. Someone who has shown great virtue and achievement in life, you might give them a pass for not being all that smart or academically ambitious, back when she was young and foolish.

    Or vice versa: someone who has not done too much in life but you know She’s whip-smart and can perhaps rise to the occasion.

    When youve plausibly slept your way to the top, you better have the smarts to back it up. And ps shes running for leader of the free world so “qualified” is not enough.

    4-

    … Harris now works at the company full-time and has helped expand it into a cultural commentary force.

    what is a … “cultural commentary force.” pray tell, BusinessInsider? What SIC code is that?

    5- This was a dumb pick for Democrats. The obvious pick was Whitmer … then run on promising to manage Covid better than Trump. An executive ready to jump in for Biden when the 25th amendment strikes. But Democrats always paint themselves into corners.

    • Replies: @dearieme
    @Father Coughlin

    "she's running for leader of the free world"" how charmingly anachronistic.

  22. @Not Raul
    How do you know that Howard was a safety school?

    Maybe that’s where she actually wanted to go.

    Lots of people need two tries to pass the bar.

    Some people fail lots of times.

    California is a big state. You have to compete against a lot of talent to get in to the Senate.

    Replies: @SOL, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Peter D. Bredon, @Authenticjazzman

    “California is a big state. You have to compete against a lot of talent to get in to the Senate.”

    LOL.

    • Agree: bomag
  23. @AnotherDad
    There's "smart" and then there's smart.

    She's managed to cobble together a political "career", become California's AG, then its US Senator and now has perhaps a 25% chance of becoming President of the United States. So you can say she made "smart choices".

    On the other hand she has done nothing of any note or meaning and has no children.

    Actually smart would have been to skip Howard, go to a decent California university, find a smart, capable white man, have a few children and she'd now be looking forward to retirement and joys of being a grandmother, and looking back on truly fulfilling and meaningful life with deep satisfaction.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna, @MBlanc46, @anon

    Kamala is more cunning than strictly smart. Guess which one’s more useful in a political career? And she did find herself a smart, capable white man, so long as ‘fellow white man’ counts. Sometimes I imagine what California would have been like had no one from NYC been permitted to relocate there. Water way under the bridge.

    (Steve:) I like the URL (i.e., original headline)

    That’s a good catch, and not unusual in the MSM. Editors make a lot of ‘important’ decisions on how stories are played. Maya and Meena clearly had more smarts than Kamala, but that wouldn’t stop any of them from hopping on the Gravy Train and taking the reins whenever possible.

    Granted, it’s cynical behavior in virtually every case, but most of us here are never put to that particular test–the path of least resistance–simply because that avenue has never been open to us. And never will, I daresay.

    • Replies: @Father Coughlin
    @Mr McKenna

    She didnt marry til 49, when sex almost doesnt matter any longer to women. Before then, it was strictly the BBD. I feel for my "fellow white", here.

    she did find herself a smart, capable white man, so long as ‘fellow white man’ counts.
     

    Ps really dumb to pick as a running mate someone who is fresh off calling you racist in debates.

    If she is going to use the "r" word against Trump and Pence (and thats virtually her sole job on this ticket) isnt that going to induce the chortle, "you call everybody that, even your own running mate"?

    Replies: @HammerJack, @bomag

  24. It would be ironic if those phenomenal t-shirts were made by black and brown women earning peanuts. I’m surprised nobody has bothered looking.

    It would be like the time that reporter tracked down the Chinese factory manufacturing Oxfam ‘Make Poverty History’ wristbands, where workers toiled seven days per week for below minimum wages.

    Oops.

    It’s time the Right started using the tactics so beloved by the people trying to destroy us.

  25. @JohnnyWalker123
    According to Trump's aggrieved niece, he paid someone to take the SAT for him. The score helped him get into the prestigious Wharton Business School.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-cheated-on-his-sat-penn-wharton-mary-trump-2020-7

    President Donald Trump cheated on his SAT in high school, according to Mary Trump's coming book.

    In her tell-all, the president's niece claims that he paid a proxy to take his SAT for him, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the book.

    The book said the score helped him get admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton business school, according to The Times.

     

    I have no idea if the allegation is credible.

    Jews, East Asians, Subcons, and certain West subgroups (Cubans, Armenians, Persians, Lebanese, etc.) are infamous for corruption and nepotism. So are some of the White ethnics, like Irish and Italians.

    However, it's difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves. Almost impossible. It sounds like something out of an outlandish Sci-Fi movie.

    Yet stuff like this really did happen as recently as the 60s.

    Imagine you took a time machine back to the year 1960. You told Anglo-Germanic elites that their grandchildren would be pushed out of the elite by the Jews and various immigrant groups. I wonder what they would've said.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @International Jew, @Hibernian, @Jack D

    How would she even know something like that about an uncle 20 years her senior? It is such a strangely specific “allegation” like Trump paying hookers to piss on a hotel bed previously inhabited by Obama.

    Perhaps Trump family dinners are like Clintons where they reminisce in past misadventures 🙂

  26. ‘…Based on a true story about Harris’ mother and aunt, the book follows two sisters who turn the unused courtyard in their apartment building into an area for kids to play…’

    I can really see that firing the imagination of the six-year old set. Exactly the sort of thing I used to seek out.

  27. So who is Meena married to/or who’s her BF? Is he white? Also, if she is married, wonder if her husband is wealthy and helping to fund a portion of her empire?

    Definitely looks like Meena can pass at this point. The hair looks European, it doesn’t look like a weave.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    In some photos she looks like Alyssa Milano. They should get together and do a social justice intiative, maybe in collaboration with Princess Meghan, Royal Duchess of Royal Rolyalty Royaltown.

    Replies: @MEH 0910

  28. Harris seemed at her smartest when she worked a code/track that someone else had set.

    She’s not an original thinker (no crime) but as a moderate law and order prosecutor, working other people’s ideas and laws, she was certainly more than competent at maintaining order. Plus, like it or not, her demographics gave her a credibility that was needed.

    She’s neither original nor independent in her thinking. In a sane world, probably on a smaller scale, she could be very, very good at actually fighting crime. The problem is that (1) the “someone else” setting the law has gone insane and (2) they’re so desperate for Diverse Talent that they’re taking her way past her best case competency.

  29. @guest007
    Before anyone claims that Howard is a good school:

    From http://www.collegeresults.org/collegeprofile.aspx?institutionid=131520

    Six year graduate rate: 63%
    Mean SAT: 1140
    Percent admitted: 30%
    Percent black: 89%
    Federal loan default rate: 8%

    Replies: @anon

    Before anyone claims that Howard is a good school:

    Howard U is indeed a good school — in comparison to other historically black colleges.
    Don’t compare eggplant to watermelon.

    As for Kamasutra’s smarts — obviously smart enough for government work, know what I mean? Catch my drift?

    • Replies: @guest007
    @anon

    Howard University's medical school and pharmacy school are always on the verge of losing their accreditation. I believe Howard University is one of the worst medical schools for the student passing their board exams. Howard University has a lower median SAT versus nearby George Mason University, a local commuter school.

  30. Anonymous[352] • Disclaimer says:

    Kamala better be a lot craftier now than she was in the primaries. She didn’t display great chops then.

    Now it’s high stakes pressure and everyone knows she was chosen by the party elites to replace Biden not be his VP. Guaranteed there is dem voter resentment against this coup. And black voters actively dislike her. She will have to be very clever indeed.

    Bernie voters were screwed hard in 2016 by Hillary and now in 2020 Kamala and her backers (Clintons) are trying to steal the nomination after winning only 3% in the primaries.

    How much abuse will dem voters take? Does it even matter anymore? Maybe the dem oligarchs are planning so much fraud that they no longer actually need their own voters.

    I say a ton of black guys will refuse to vote for Kamala and will vote for Kanye or Trump instead. This is a fraud busting scenario because of the numbers. I’m not a Trump fan but I say the numbers will be YUUUGE.

  31. @Tor597
    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.

    Replies: @Jesse, @Adam Grant, @Father Coughlin, @bomag, @AnotherDad, @Art Deco

    Considering that the poorest Whites equal/outscore the richest Blacks, and how racially stratified Black (or “Black” America) is, it’s a valid preoccupation.

    Plus, it’s interesting to think about the differing types of intelligence/competence.

  32. Hastings College of Law has a stain-glass art piece tribute to the Battle of Hastings, which is the sort of faintly kitsch/tacky “complete coincidence”(tm) that mayors from Wasilla get dragged for.

    Also it’s not really in the UC system; I think it may be even older than the Berkeley campus which IIRC was a compromise site, much like the repeatedly moved state capital.

  33. @Mr McKenna
    @AnotherDad

    Kamala is more cunning than strictly smart. Guess which one's more useful in a political career? And she did find herself a smart, capable white man, so long as 'fellow white man' counts. Sometimes I imagine what California would have been like had no one from NYC been permitted to relocate there. Water way under the bridge.


    (Steve:) I like the URL (i.e., original headline)
     
    That's a good catch, and not unusual in the MSM. Editors make a lot of 'important' decisions on how stories are played. Maya and Meena clearly had more smarts than Kamala, but that wouldn't stop any of them from hopping on the Gravy Train and taking the reins whenever possible.

    Granted, it's cynical behavior in virtually every case, but most of us here are never put to that particular test--the path of least resistance--simply because that avenue has never been open to us. And never will, I daresay.

    Replies: @Father Coughlin

    She didnt marry til 49, when sex almost doesnt matter any longer to women. Before then, it was strictly the BBD. I feel for my “fellow white”, here.

    she did find herself a smart, capable white man, so long as ‘fellow white man’ counts.

    Ps really dumb to pick as a running mate someone who is fresh off calling you racist in debates.

    If she is going to use the “r” word against Trump and Pence (and thats virtually her sole job on this ticket) isnt that going to induce the chortle, “you call everybody that, even your own running mate”?

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Father Coughlin

    Very good point! Something to look forward to, then.

    , @bomag
    @Father Coughlin


    If she is going to use the “r” word against Trump and Pence (and thats virtually her sole job on this ticket)...
     
    Very much so.

    I imagine a travelling show where the D faithful line up to hear this daughter of Jamaican and Subcon immigrants denounce Amerika as racist and in need of destruction, sprinkled with stories of people wanting to touch her hair, and political opportunities she missed because a White man wouldn't give them to her.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

  34. @Not Raul
    How do you know that Howard was a safety school?

    Maybe that’s where she actually wanted to go.

    Lots of people need two tries to pass the bar.

    Some people fail lots of times.

    California is a big state. You have to compete against a lot of talent to get in to the Senate.

    Replies: @SOL, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Peter D. Bredon, @Authenticjazzman

    OK. So Comma-La has abundant Zizzwheel talent.

  35. @Lloyd1927
    Niece Meena Harris looks white, no matter what she calls herself. Was secret dad white?

    https://today.law.harvard.edu/meena-harris-12/

    https://www.uber.com/blog/corporate-change-meena/

    https://elle.in/article/meena-harris/

    Replies: @International Jew, @The Wild Geese Howard

    When I saw that picture I thought it was Sarah Silverman.

    • Replies: @Tlotsi
    @International Jew

    Me, too.

  36. @unit472
    If you were an empleomaniac at the turn of the century and had a chance to date a lecherous mayor of San Francisco or be an academic with a degree from Stanford which would you choose? Fashionable schools are not the only route to success. The former gives you celebrity the latter, not so much. There are thousands of Stanford graduates but only a few make it into the big leagues. The Hindu/Mulatto made her choice to be a party girl and it is paying off big time.

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

    Yeah. But a ho remains a ho. Famous hoes are remembered through history.

    With contempt.

  37. Anon[176] • Disclaimer says:

    The problem with Kamala isn’t so much that she isn’t “smart”; I’m sure she’s above average in intelligence and in any event I don’t think it is necessary for any of these politicians to be that smart anyways.

    The thing with Kamala is that she isn’t that American where it matters. She has nothing to do with the average African-American, but is pawned off as a step forward for “Black Women”; her Wikipedia page even has her as an “Asian-American”. Rice was at least the descendant of American slaves. Probably doesn’t make a difference to elite whites that have no real exposure to blacks anyways. But if you look hard enough, you can find video clips of what authentically American blacks like Jesse Jackson think of “blacks’ like Obama.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    @Anon

    Obama never struck me as black, just another ivory tower lib. And look at the "blacks" who staffed his administration. He clearly needed Michelle and that African relative who was living in a hut or a box or something, to fill out his sitcom family cast with enough blackitude

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @Anon

    Authentic blacks like JJ don't like the High Yeller blacks or the Rachel Dozals like Kamala. Sharon Pratt Kelly found that out when she succeeded Marion "bitch set me up" Barry as Mayor of DC

  38. @JohnnyWalker123
    According to Trump's aggrieved niece, he paid someone to take the SAT for him. The score helped him get into the prestigious Wharton Business School.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-cheated-on-his-sat-penn-wharton-mary-trump-2020-7

    President Donald Trump cheated on his SAT in high school, according to Mary Trump's coming book.

    In her tell-all, the president's niece claims that he paid a proxy to take his SAT for him, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the book.

    The book said the score helped him get admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton business school, according to The Times.

     

    I have no idea if the allegation is credible.

    Jews, East Asians, Subcons, and certain West subgroups (Cubans, Armenians, Persians, Lebanese, etc.) are infamous for corruption and nepotism. So are some of the White ethnics, like Irish and Italians.

    However, it's difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves. Almost impossible. It sounds like something out of an outlandish Sci-Fi movie.

    Yet stuff like this really did happen as recently as the 60s.

    Imagine you took a time machine back to the year 1960. You told Anglo-Germanic elites that their grandchildren would be pushed out of the elite by the Jews and various immigrant groups. I wonder what they would've said.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @International Jew, @Hibernian, @Jack D

    However, it’s difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves.

    LOL

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @International Jew

    Give me some contemporary (last 2 decades) of Anglo-Germanics using aggressive ethnic networking strategies to dominate a niche.

    Irish and Italians can't be included.

    Neither can "White" Hispanics (like Cubans or South Americans).

    Don't include Middle Easterners or Armenians either.

    Where exactly do Anglo-Germanic ethnic networks still predominate? I'm genuinely curious.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Hibernian, @Flip

    , @HammerJack
    @International Jew

    He means in real life, not TV and movies.

  39. It’s ironic that white TDS-sufferers complain so much about Trump’s boasting, when that’s practically all their little charges do 24-7. They run whole companies off the urge to boast.

    The project that launched Harris’ social justice-focused entrepreneurship began shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump, with a T-shirt that had the words “Phenomenal Woman” on it — a phrase borrowed from the Maya Angelou poem of the same name…..
    … Harris now works at the company full-time and has helped expand it into a cultural commentary force. Shirts for sale now include slogans such as “Phenomenal Mother,” “Phenomenally Asian,” “Phenomenally Latina,” and “Powerful Black Voter.”

  40. @International Jew
    @JohnnyWalker123


    However, it’s difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves.
     
    LOL

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @HammerJack

    Give me some contemporary (last 2 decades) of Anglo-Germanics using aggressive ethnic networking strategies to dominate a niche.

    Irish and Italians can’t be included.

    Neither can “White” Hispanics (like Cubans or South Americans).

    Don’t include Middle Easterners or Armenians either.

    Where exactly do Anglo-Germanic ethnic networks still predominate? I’m genuinely curious.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Oil and energy. Ag and materials, Logistics.

    Koch boz, only one now

    Cargill

    Fedex UPS

    Replies: @bomag

    , @Hibernian
    @JohnnyWalker123

    What about sophisticated cheating, which you originally mentioned? And why the 20 year time limit? Bill Gates did a lot of sophisticated cheating in the '80s and '90s. Overhyped software, for example. And all kinds of tie ins so you almost had to use all of his (mediocre) software if you used his operating system.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    , @Flip
    @JohnnyWalker123

    We’ve deracinated ourselves to our detriment.

  41. @Not Raul
    How do you know that Howard was a safety school?

    Maybe that’s where she actually wanted to go.

    Lots of people need two tries to pass the bar.

    Some people fail lots of times.

    California is a big state. You have to compete against a lot of talent to get in to the Senate.

    Replies: @SOL, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Peter D. Bredon, @Authenticjazzman

    George Murphy, the original Hollywood star turned politician?

  42. Divided self of divided people.

    Who we, basically, are?

    We’re not white, everyone says: let’s pump-up the color segment, whatever it may mean. It’s not only lucrative, but is essentially true- we’re not white & will never feel to be. That’s not who we are.

    Not exact parallel can be found among modern secular & educated Jews.

    Who are we, Europeans or Middle Easterners?

    Sure, we can be proud of our history, we’ve lasted long. We got Hebrew Bible, Rothschilds, Einstein, Freud, now Israel. But real Europeans, knowledgeable, trace their lineage to Marathon, Plato, Rome, Ceasar, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Beethoven,…. which we may admire- but, is this our origin?

    Not quite.

    And we may thrive, but in essentially alien culture. What then to do? Completely go back to Middle eastern roots or to live this life where we feel we are at home- but where we feel danger lurks & we are condemned, by others & by ourselves, to remain eternal aliens.

    To try to be both results in being neither.

  43. Anon[316] • Disclaimer says:

    I’d say Harris is a not-so-bright person with an IQ a little above average-say, 110 or so, but who is also ruthless and very ambitious, and who recognizes this about herself. After going to 3rd tier schools, she realized she had no great career prospects, and that’s why she prostituted herself to Willie Brown. She knew she’d climb the ladder of success much better that way than by relying on her own efforts. The fact that she considers whoredom (and facelifts) a normal part of her career plan indicates how ruthless and desperate she is for power. She views her own body as simply a tool to be used for her ambition, and that is narcissism on the level of a personality disorder. She’s as ruthless as Hillary Clinton, who married Bill because ‘she knew he was going to be president,’ and she wanted to ride his coattails.

    It’s worth noting that Harris hasn’t really gotten anywhere by herself. She was given massive career boosts by Brown and Biden. If Willie Brown thought she was bright and talented, he wouldn’t have been trying to talk her out of the Veep slot with his editorial. He likely has her mental measure as well as anyone can. Harris is just so ambitious that she doesn’t care that she might be promoted beyond her level of competence.

    • Replies: @Nicholas Stix
    @Anon

    "The fact that she considers whoredom (and facelifts) a normal part of her career plan indicates how ruthless and desperate she is for power."

    Well, she is a politician, isn't she?

    Replies: @J.Ross

  44. No one is talking about Kamala’s husband. His name is Doug Emoff. Those close to him call him Jack.

  45. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Im surprised to hear that she failed the bar. This is the third consecutive woman in prominent political roles to fail the bar. Hilary clinton, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris. Its actually appalling much like the Yale faculty whod graduated Clinton felt. It was all but unknown among them to be implicitly maligned by a graduate failing. ( eccentrics, drug addicts )

    Ive never heard of a top 100 firm partner who failed the bar. These guys arent always brilliant but they get to see every major transaction in the US in great detail and know what goes down.

    • Replies: @Anonymous Jew
    @Anonymous

    To be fair, the CA bar was considered the hardest in the country with a high failure rate. She may not be too bright, but passing after one fail doesn’t imply stupid either.

  46. @CJ
    She didn’t learn any more than rudimentary French despite living in Montreal from ages 12 to 17. She “struggled” in a French-language school before her mother got her transferred to Westmount High School. ( link) Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard. Verdict: seriously, not all that bright.

    Replies: @OscarWildeLoveChild, @Reg Cæsar, @Hypnotoad666, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    It is not uncommon for “high achieving” blacks, or “light skinned” blacks to regress to the mean, in college, regarding crime, etc.

    As for her inability to learn French, even living there during the impressionable teen years so many absorb languages, no surprise at all. Consider that we had a president for 8 years, who lived overseas at least part time, had a foreign father, and grew up in a very diverse and multi-lingual cultural Hawaii, and lastly, attended prestigious schools–yet he cannot speak a foreign language.

    One of the constant “America sucks” claims, by (white) liberal/prog types, is how most Americans are too stupid to learn a foreign language--but they only are ever talking about white Americans (who other than actual immigrants who are dual language) are probably the most likely to be bilingual, certainly tri-lingual. Even that “dummy” from Texas spoke Spanish, even before he became president. (I have heard him speak it and would put him at A2/B1).

    • Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country
    @OscarWildeLoveChild

    I hate that "Americans are so provincial/stupid. They can't even learn another language" BS.

    We don't learn other languages because there's no need. My German friends used to tell me all the time that they didn't really understand why some Americans were embarrassed about that. They didn't learn other languages for fun; they did it because they had to.

    Replies: @Ganderson, @Ancient Briton

    , @ScarletNumber
    @OscarWildeLoveChild

    Yeah, this dog won't hunt. Some people just don't have an ear for foreign languages. It isn't a measure of intelligence. There are plenty of dumb people who are bilingual.

  47. She’s smart enough to get herself on the ticket as VP candidate, and she may be the first female President.

    As others have mentioned, there are different kinds of smart.

    If you want to look at pure IQ points and how good a student someone was, the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton. But that didn’t prevent her from running a truly bad campaign and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Paleo Liberal

    Weren't tulips a couple of centuries before him, but he got sucked into the South Sea Bubble right at the crest?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    , @anon
    @Paleo Liberal

    If you want to look at pure IQ points and how good a student someone was, the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton.

    Evidence?

    Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Lol, no. Not even close.

    chuckle.

    Ok, just as a gift: the Tulipmania was not the same thing as the South Seas Bubble. Read Charles MacKay's Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds sometime. Or get a copy of Kindleburger's Manias, Panics and Crashes.

    You're welcome.

    , @Giancarlo M. Kumquat
    @Paleo Liberal

    Ironic,that Kam gained success with "tulips!"

    , @Art Deco
    @Paleo Liberal

    the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton.

    She failed the DC bar exam. Remember the Whitewater imbroglio? The point of origin was irritation on the part of the other partners at the Rose firm about how little business she brought into the firm.

    And, no, I don't think she has more IQ points than Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, or Michael Dukakis (or her 'husband', while we're at it).

    Replies: @syonredux, @ScarletNumber

    , @PiltdownMan
    @Paleo Liberal


    ... the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton.
     
    Hillary Clinton = Kamala Harris + 15 IQ points, I'd say.

    Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton = Hillary +15 IQ points. Perhaps more.
    , @nebulafox
    @Paleo Liberal

    >Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Isaac Newton was a bit of an odd bird...

    Replies: @anon

  48. @JohnnyWalker123
    @International Jew

    Give me some contemporary (last 2 decades) of Anglo-Germanics using aggressive ethnic networking strategies to dominate a niche.

    Irish and Italians can't be included.

    Neither can "White" Hispanics (like Cubans or South Americans).

    Don't include Middle Easterners or Armenians either.

    Where exactly do Anglo-Germanic ethnic networks still predominate? I'm genuinely curious.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Hibernian, @Flip

    Oil and energy. Ag and materials, Logistics.

    Koch boz, only one now

    Cargill

    Fedex UPS

    • Replies: @bomag
    @Anonymous

    Pretty thin stuff.

    I have a relative in oil and energy; it is pretty well cucked by DIE.

    Ag is an ersatz Hunger Games (less than 1% pop. in the field) run by machines and south-of-the-border labor.

    Etc.

  49. Give Kamala some credit, she passed Willie Brown’s oral exam on the first try.

  50. @JohnnyWalker123
    According to Trump's aggrieved niece, he paid someone to take the SAT for him. The score helped him get into the prestigious Wharton Business School.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-cheated-on-his-sat-penn-wharton-mary-trump-2020-7

    President Donald Trump cheated on his SAT in high school, according to Mary Trump's coming book.

    In her tell-all, the president's niece claims that he paid a proxy to take his SAT for him, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the book.

    The book said the score helped him get admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton business school, according to The Times.

     

    I have no idea if the allegation is credible.

    Jews, East Asians, Subcons, and certain West subgroups (Cubans, Armenians, Persians, Lebanese, etc.) are infamous for corruption and nepotism. So are some of the White ethnics, like Irish and Italians.

    However, it's difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves. Almost impossible. It sounds like something out of an outlandish Sci-Fi movie.

    Yet stuff like this really did happen as recently as the 60s.

    Imagine you took a time machine back to the year 1960. You told Anglo-Germanic elites that their grandchildren would be pushed out of the elite by the Jews and various immigrant groups. I wonder what they would've said.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @International Jew, @Hibernian, @Jack D

    However, it’s difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves.

    Are you kidding? The British Empire was based on this kind of thing.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Hibernian

    You missed the next sentence in my post.


    Yet stuff like this really did happen as recently as the 60s.

     

    So, yes, this use to happen a lot. Now it doesn't happen anymore.

    Ethnic networking has collapsed among Anglo-Germanic Gentiles, but it continues to thrive among Jews, Subcons, East Asians, and West Asians.

    Why has this happened?

    Is it because modern Whites are too nice for it?
    No longer much drive and ambition?
    Social atomization breaking once strong bonds?

    Replies: @anon, @Anon

    , @Anon
    @Hibernian

    Amazing when Anglo-Americans genuinely don’t seem to understand the underhanded way the English Empire was built, and continues.. if the Pilgrims Society is not a friends-and-family affair, I don’t know what is. And what about the Young President’s Organization? But it should be evident just from looking at the social edifice of fraternities, sundry professional and social clubs and masonic lodges.

    The fair-play England could not confront the Spanish Empire, so they settled on undermining it. To this end, they sent their trusty jewish minions to America, from Valparaiso to Rhode Island. This masonic network would be used to promote and finance the “Independence” of Hispanoamérica.

    The first spanish Masonic Lodge was founded by Manuel de Lima y Sola, a wily cryptoJew from Curazao. The Rhode Island and Providence Plantations were instituted by jewish masonic slave traders (Moises Seixas and Moises Levy) which is why there you find the first Synagogue (Touro). Of course British Jamaica was a den of crypto Jew pirate-thieves who got readmitted to England for spying on the Spanish Armada. At this point, Spain was evangelizing and civilizing the locals, not understanding that she would soon be dispossessed of her territory. And yes, Nueva España was never a colony, but rather a part of Spain with full rights. The first “culture wars”, with the usual suspects involved, was the one done to discredit Spain with the Black Legend.

    Funnily enough, this very British Deep State has funded revolutions and coups for 400 years. In Wickham Steed’s memoirs, for example, you can read that the “Young Czech” NGO used to topple the Habsburg Empire was funded by ’South American Czechs’.. and where exactly were those located in 1918? Well, in Valparaiso, of all places, just check wiki. The Young Czechs were but one initiative amidst all the Young Europe cells leveraged by the judeo-masonic Perfidious Albion. The jewish Young Turks included.

    If now the Anglo-Americans have been beaten at their game by their once junior partners, they should really just applaud the better player. They were played as useful idiots in the destruction of ancient Christian Europe.

    https://www.eleconomistaamerica.cl/sociedad-eAm-chile/noticias/7942775/11/16/Lanzan-libro-sobre-el-fundador-de-la-masoneria-en-Chile.html

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/rhode-island-jewish-history

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2962276-jewish-pirates-of-the-caribbean

    https://gagrule.net/israel-turkey-armeniangenocide-the-donmeh-the-middle-easts-most-whispered-secret-part-i/

    Replies: @Hibernian, @Anonymous

  51. @Tor597
    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.

    Replies: @Jesse, @Adam Grant, @Father Coughlin, @bomag, @AnotherDad, @Art Deco

    How Smart is Sarah Palin
    By Steve Sailer November19, 2008
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-smart-is-sarah-palin/

    Steve thought Palin was about as smart as Joe Biden, although he figured Biden knew more about foreign affairs.

    My recollection is that in 2011 Biden said getting rid of Gaddafi was “the right thing to do.” In 2016 Biden said he had opposed the war in Libya.

    As for Kamala being “black”, how black is she? 25%? 33%? How Caucasian is she, given the genetic makeup of Tamils? Does Kamala really think of herself as being “black”?

    • Thanks: Cloudbuster
    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    @Adam Grant

    There's a blast from the past, including an appearance from Half Sigma!

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

  52. This part,

    After attending Stanford University, graduating from Harvard Law School, and embarking on a brief legal career, Harris decided a traditional career path wasn’t for her.

    reminds me a bit of another diverse Harvard Law alumna who bailed on law, A.J. Delgado, the former Trump campaign worker who got knocked up by Jason Miller. Why does Harvard Law waste admission spots on women like this? They must have some way to deduce that they’re unlikely to enjoy the work load expected of a Harvard-trained lawyer in the legal industry.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Dave Pinsen

    Why does Harvard Law waste admission spots on women like this? They must have some way to deduce that they’re unlikely to enjoy the work load expected of a Harvard-trained lawyer in the legal industry
     

    Because they need to maintain their admission and enrollment stats , even though as graduates these women often wash out of the profession.

    Law chews up and spits out a good number of associates , even though women and minorities have endless mentoring and support structures available to them.

    Women typically have more alternative paths available to them as well, though we're supposed to pretend that isn't true. It goes treble for the kind of women who get into Harvard Law School.

  53. @International Jew
    @Lloyd1927

    When I saw that picture I thought it was Sarah Silverman.

    Replies: @Tlotsi

    Me, too.

  54. Meena Harris, the niece of former presidential candidate Kamala Harris…

    What do they mean, “former”?

    Harris turned to fashion to highlight social injustices and inequality in the world.

    “Harris turned to fashion to [further] social injustices and inequality in the world.”

    Phenomenal Woman

    Phenomenal Woman = Alpha women, no men.

  55. She seems pretty smart to me, based on some interviews I just watched on Youtube. She was mostly repeating stock Dem phrases, as expected, but here and there she said something original.

    I can’t put her in the same class as Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren — yet — but there’s no question she’s way smarter than any other black(ish) politician I’ve ever heard (outside Barack Obama).

    Going to Howard must have just been a “cultural” thing. Same as Pence going to Hannover College in southern Indiana. The Hastings Law thing, however, is a mystery (or if you prefer, a gaping hole in my logic here).

    • Replies: @Father Coughlin
    @International Jew


    Going to Howard must have just been a “cultural” thing. Same as Pence going to Hannover College in southern Indiana
     
    I dont know what you mean "by a cultural thing." She didnt live with her black father after age 7. But perhaps she saw some future advantage in being black. See? She's not so dumb!

    it's strange that with both her and Obama these half-AA people go out and try to be more black than white, even though they're not really raised around black.

    Hanover is a fine school by the way. Viva! small, old independent midwestern colleges.

    Replies: @International Jew, @Jack D

  56. She doesn’t need to be clever; just politically smart not to think for herself: just think of herself…

    …as we all know, she had the smarts to know with whom to get down on her knees for- literally- and now we know she has the smarts to know with whom to get down on her knees for- figuratively…

    Democrat Establishment
    Wall Street
    Israel
    Deep State
    Military Industrial Complex/War Party
    Health Insurance Industry
    Wokeness (no Willie Brown level of belief here- just lip service only)
    Pay-to-play

    …and, of course, we know, she has the smarts to know not to be troubled or inconvenienced in the least by scruples, principles, core beliefs, ethics, moral codes, honesty, or concern for non-elite Americans.

    That all the smarts she needs- and look where it’s getting her.

    I was going to add the real gauge of her smartness will be the extent she enriches herself while in the White House; but, silly me, of course, brains don’t enter into it all (exhibit A: Hunter Biden).

    See you all by the pool at her Martha’s Vineyard seaside mansion in 2029!

  57. @CJ
    She didn’t learn any more than rudimentary French despite living in Montreal from ages 12 to 17. She “struggled” in a French-language school before her mother got her transferred to Westmount High School. ( link) Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard. Verdict: seriously, not all that bright.

    Replies: @OscarWildeLoveChild, @Reg Cæsar, @Hypnotoad666, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    She didn’t learn any more than rudimentary French despite living in Montreal from ages 12 to 17. She “struggled” in a French-language school before her mother got her transferred to Westmount High School. Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard. Verdict: seriously, not all that bright.

    Norm Macdonald [sic] grew up in Quebec City, and his French may be worse.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Reg Cæsar


    Norm Macdonald [sic]
     
    Why the sic? That's how the family spells their name. Norm's brother is a TV journalist with the CBC and spells his name the same way.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  58. @JohnnyWalker123
    @International Jew

    Give me some contemporary (last 2 decades) of Anglo-Germanics using aggressive ethnic networking strategies to dominate a niche.

    Irish and Italians can't be included.

    Neither can "White" Hispanics (like Cubans or South Americans).

    Don't include Middle Easterners or Armenians either.

    Where exactly do Anglo-Germanic ethnic networks still predominate? I'm genuinely curious.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Hibernian, @Flip

    What about sophisticated cheating, which you originally mentioned? And why the 20 year time limit? Bill Gates did a lot of sophisticated cheating in the ’80s and ’90s. Overhyped software, for example. And all kinds of tie ins so you almost had to use all of his (mediocre) software if you used his operating system.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Hibernian

    I meant using a combination of cheating and ethnic nepotism to take over a niche.

    For example, Subcon managers claiming there's a "skill shortage" in IT, so they need to import their caste kinsmen.

    Or Cuban politicians spreading out building contracts to shady businessmen within their community, who then kick back some cash.

    Or Chinese absorbing American IP and taking back to their homeland, helping China (or at least a Chinese company) to dominate a certain industry niche.

    I'm not saying Anglo-Germanics can't be crooked, but they typically don't operate with the support of a large number of co-ethnics. They're individual operators or involve just a few people. They don't utilize ethnic networks.

    As for Bill Gates, his next CEO was Ballmer (Jewish) and then Nadella (Indian). He also imported tons of H-1bs. So I probably wouldn't use him as an example of ethnic networking.

    Replies: @epebble

  59. Why does Harvard Law waste admission spots on women like this? They must have some way to deduce that they’re unlikely to enjoy the work load expected of a Harvard-trained lawyer in the legal industry.

    Technically, Harvard Law School wasted two spots on Barack and Michelle Obama, since neither achieved distinction in the legal profession. The question is, how much of Harvard’s prestige derives from its best students succeeding in their fields of study?

  60. and 27% are anthropomorphic
    So just like with Star Wars, where aliens are part of the whole reason to even bother with it but take up valuable screen time which could be going to Hottentots or Druze, so too Richard Scarry’s four-legged motorists must make room for Sentinelese and Bahamians. Sad to bring up Scarry, his books have already been posthumously truthminned to get rid of such atrocities as male dentists and pretty stewardesses.

    • Replies: @Kibernetika
    @J.Ross

    Sad to bring up Scarry, his books have already been posthumously truthminned to get rid of such atrocities as male dentists and pretty stewardesses.

    Those were such great books. To this day I can clearly recall those illustrations. So again, I'm doing better than Biden.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    , @Amerimutt Golems
    @J.Ross

    She is just projecting her own anxieties over her Amerimutt identity.

  61. @CJ
    She didn’t learn any more than rudimentary French despite living in Montreal from ages 12 to 17. She “struggled” in a French-language school before her mother got her transferred to Westmount High School. ( link) Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard. Verdict: seriously, not all that bright.

    Replies: @OscarWildeLoveChild, @Reg Cæsar, @Hypnotoad666, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Hastings actually used to be ranked much higher as a law school when Harris went there. In the late 80’s-early 90’s it cracked the top 20 and was tied with USC Law in prestige. Over the years it has drifted down to about No. 60 on the USN&W rank (which admittedly uses lame methodology but whose results become self-fulfilling).

    Back in the day, the Bar pass rate for “regular” students at Hastings or other UC law schools would be about 90%. For the affirmative action cases at those schools, it was like 60%. The fact that Kamala didn’t pass on the first attempt is pretty solid evidence she got in on affirmative action — and probably wasn’t even above average for that group.

    I’d set the over/under on her IQ at about 115, on a good day.

    • Thanks: Father Coughlin
    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Hypnotoad666

    At one time they hired professors forced into retirement, or about to be, from higher rated schools.

    , @HammerJack
    @Hypnotoad666

    Hastings was never a top 20 school, unless you're talking about some ranking I've never heard of. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    , @Amerimutt Golems
    @Hypnotoad666



    I’d set the over/under on her IQ at about 115, on a good day.

     

    She is also Machiavellian which is more essential in modern politics.
    , @Dieter Kief
    @Hypnotoad666

    I have no idea just how right your assumptions are but feel a bit sorry nonetheless. - And I can't even say for whom. - For us?

  62. @Paleo Liberal
    She’s smart enough to get herself on the ticket as VP candidate, and she may be the first female President.

    As others have mentioned, there are different kinds of smart.

    If you want to look at pure IQ points and how good a student someone was, the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton. But that didn’t prevent her from running a truly bad campaign and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @anon, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat, @Art Deco, @PiltdownMan, @nebulafox

    Weren’t tulips a couple of centuries before him, but he got sucked into the South Sea Bubble right at the crest?

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @J.Ross

    That may be correct. I get a little confused at times.

  63. @education realist
    You've picked up on most of the reasons, but you left out the fact that a black woman with any kind of chops wouldn't have accepted two do-nothing commission appointments to assure a salary while she was Willie Brown's beck and call girl.

    Replies: @Servant of Gla'aki, @TontoBubbaGoldstein, @BB753

    …you left out the fact that a black woman with any kind of chops wouldn’t have accepted two do-nothing commission appointments to assure a salary while she was Willie Brown’s beck and call girl.

    I’m confused…do smart people not like free money, then?

    This seems like a dubious proposition.

  64. @Tor597
    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.

    Replies: @Jesse, @Adam Grant, @Father Coughlin, @bomag, @AnotherDad, @Art Deco

    We all did question Pence’s smarts. Especially since Trump didn’t have a lot of resumes, because Never Trump.

    Plus we did give credit to Obama for being smart, even if his achievements were meagre-plus-AA driven.

    So we’re not being unfair here. She’s obviously a 25th-Amendment heartbeat away from the Presidency, so she should get extra scrutiny.

  65. @JohnnyWalker123
    @International Jew

    Give me some contemporary (last 2 decades) of Anglo-Germanics using aggressive ethnic networking strategies to dominate a niche.

    Irish and Italians can't be included.

    Neither can "White" Hispanics (like Cubans or South Americans).

    Don't include Middle Easterners or Armenians either.

    Where exactly do Anglo-Germanic ethnic networks still predominate? I'm genuinely curious.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Hibernian, @Flip

    We’ve deracinated ourselves to our detriment.

  66. @Anonymous
    All that matters is what Scott Adams has to say about Kamala and he says she has the "x factor." WTF.

    She finished at the bottom of the dem primaries.

    Seriously people tune into Adams' periscopes for 1 some good insights and 2 lots of bizarre circular reasoning and 3 unintentional humor, extreme arrogance and judgmentalism.

    Watched today for his zany explanation of how Kamala beats Trump even while chasing blacks to Kanye but Adams totally avoided any mention of Kanye.

    Scott seems like a good person but the persuasion expert's main persuasion technique when faced with inconvenient facts is to avoid; omit; ban.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Harry Baldwin

    I pointed out Kamala’s “x factor” back in January 2019 in this comment on Steve’s “Kamasutra Harris” post:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/sure-i-dated-kamala-harris-so-what/#comment-2783782

    To briefly re-cap: Harris is “intersectionally sexy” in the current moment, even though commenters on iSteve might not see the attraction themselves.

    Compare photos of her initial meetings with Biden with your mental image of Hillary. Our image of Hillary is a puffed up, stiff, entitled bitch. Harris looks instead rather girlish, more like AOC despite being chrono-biologically more on the matronly side.

    I still stand by my Jan’19 comment and think that, unless she makes some big blunder that turns people off (which is very possible), her lizard-brain-activating “x factor” is going to be more potent than people like Steve realize.

    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age. We are now in a much less serious and more lizard-brain-driven time, and sexual magnetism in women is going to be a draw rather than a turnoff. Part of the reason for this is that sexiness can project fun and relaxation. Like Reagan was a relief after the 70s, AOC and Harris’s sexiness can project the promise of some relief from the mind-numbing negativity and cynicism of the McConnell-Schumer intra-uniparty squabbling. For Harris to capitalize on this, though, she has to keep the accusatory SJW stuff to a minimum or at least balance it with some flirtatiousness.

    Countering Harris, or making her a liability, will involve turning her into a nasty bitch. I think Trump understands this intuitively, which is why his initial reaction was to say she was “the meanest”. What the Republicans really need to do is bait her into a blow-up or two, which is where the issue of her intelligence may come into play.

    Also, not playing up her sexuality is a good idea. Like salesmen making you “think past the sale”, referencing things like the Kamasutra make the listener see Harris in that context in their minds, which creates an association. James Woods’ hashtag “#HeelsUpHarris” is much more effective because it reminds you of her history while making the sexual angle comedic and exploitative/icky.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Chrisnonymous


    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age.
     
    Lady Marjory Allen (1897-1976), an advocate for real playgrounds in the UK, looks and sounds like a twin of Mrs Thatcher in this clip:



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lztEnBFN5zU&t=50s

    Replies: @Brutusale

    , @kaganovitch
    @Chrisnonymous

    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age.

    Eh, my model is the great Ma Ferguson, an American original and two term governor of Texas. She is alleged to have said , when rejecting an early proposal for Spanish language instruction in Texas schools, " If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, then it's good enough for the children of Texas".

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous

    , @bomag
    @Chrisnonymous


    ...unless she makes some big blunder that turns people off (which is very possible), her lizard-brain-activating “x factor” is going to be more potent than people like Steve realize
     
    Such an "x factor" is a thing, but it didn't help Harris in the primaries.

    I thought she suffered more from the "uncanny valley": she doesn't really look Black; she doesn't really look South Asian; she's in a weird area.
  67. anon[362] • Disclaimer says:
    @Paleo Liberal
    She’s smart enough to get herself on the ticket as VP candidate, and she may be the first female President.

    As others have mentioned, there are different kinds of smart.

    If you want to look at pure IQ points and how good a student someone was, the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton. But that didn’t prevent her from running a truly bad campaign and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @anon, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat, @Art Deco, @PiltdownMan, @nebulafox

    If you want to look at pure IQ points and how good a student someone was, the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton.

    Evidence?

    Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Lol, no. Not even close.

    chuckle.

    Ok, just as a gift: the Tulipmania was not the same thing as the South Seas Bubble. Read Charles MacKay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds sometime. Or get a copy of Kindleburger’s Manias, Panics and Crashes.

    You’re welcome.

  68. @International Jew
    She seems pretty smart to me, based on some interviews I just watched on Youtube. She was mostly repeating stock Dem phrases, as expected, but here and there she said something original.

    I can't put her in the same class as Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren — yet — but there's no question she's way smarter than any other black(ish) politician I've ever heard (outside Barack Obama).

    Going to Howard must have just been a "cultural" thing. Same as Pence going to Hannover College in southern Indiana. The Hastings Law thing, however, is a mystery (or if you prefer, a gaping hole in my logic here).

    Replies: @Father Coughlin

    Going to Howard must have just been a “cultural” thing. Same as Pence going to Hannover College in southern Indiana

    I dont know what you mean “by a cultural thing.” She didnt live with her black father after age 7. But perhaps she saw some future advantage in being black. See? She’s not so dumb!

    it’s strange that with both her and Obama these half-AA people go out and try to be more black than white, even though they’re not really raised around black.

    Hanover is a fine school by the way. Viva! small, old independent midwestern colleges.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    @Father Coughlin


    I dont know what you mean “by a cultural thing.”
     
    I'm saying Howard, like Hanover, offers something that may attract kids who could, if they wanted to, attend more high-profile, conventionally "prestigious" schools.

    There were guys in my high school class who went to conservative church-oriented places like Hanover. Those guys were smarter than me, and could have gone to the fancy northeastern school I attended. They just didn't want to; they were looking for a certain kind of cultural environment.

    Harris evidently wanted to be around blacks. That she wasn't raised "black" doesn't in any way illegitimize her desire. Same as there'd be nothing wrong with the son of atheist parents wishing to become a devout Presbyterian and choosing Hanover.
    , @Jack D
    @Father Coughlin

    Aside from seeing the advantage (which I don't rule out), half black kids raised by non-black (white or Asian) mothers (with absent black fathers - black dads rarely stick around) often choose a place like Howard in order to learn how to be black. They want their inner identity to match the face that they see in the mirror. (As a practical matter they can also pick up tips on things like black hair and skin care that their white mothers never really fully understood). They know better than anyone that they don't really know how to be black and hope that at a place like Howard they can resolve the conflict and emerge with a fully black identity instead of feeling like an Oreo. Obama did the same thing by marrying an American slave descendant black woman. Of course if you can gain professional benefits by being "black" then you are not going to refuse those either.

    In Harris's case (unlike Obama), I think it was a passing phase and the blackness didn't really "take" as evidenced by the fact that she married a white Jewish guy who must have reminded her of her high school classmates in the Jewish section of Montreal. Barry Otero was really destined to marry the (white) daughter of some State Dept. officer or someone in the international NGO sector or something like that but he rejected it and became Barrack Obama instead.

    Replies: @Father Coughlin, @Art Deco

  69. Kamala has an IQ >105 but <120. I estimate 112.25. Bright but not very bright.

  70. @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang
    Howard is interesting, it’s a bold tactical move. Academically, it’s a joke. But in terms of “Brand Identity”, it’s very, very strong. I bet the top xyz % of Howard have similar outcomes to Harvard.
    If you’re a Major Employer, you KNOW you can tick the hell out of a box with a HBCU big hitter.
    As an example, the script writers of The Cosby Show found it plausible that dentist’s sons would seek out Howard.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist, @Eagle Eye, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Howard is interesting, it’s a bold tactical move.

    I wondered about that also. Would KH really have been that politically astute at just 18 years old? Did a member of her family map it out for her?

    Otherwise, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

  71. UC Hastings was considerably more prestigious in 1989, when Harris graduated, than it is now. It benefitted from the so-called “65 Club,” under which it recruited seasoned law professors who had been forced into mandatory retirement from other law schools. That ended eventually when mandatory retirement was phased out, but it was still a factor in 1989.

    However, since 1969, Hastings has also reserved about a fifth of its classes for an affirmative action program called the “Legal Education Opportunity Program.” And yes, Harris is an alumna of that program.

    https://www.uchastings.edu/2018/08/14/uc-hastings-2018-magazine-preview-opening-doors-for-students-of-promise/

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Thomas

    Thanks.

  72. How Smart Is Joe Biden?

    University of Delaware (BA)
    Syracuse University (JD)

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @George

    Joe went off on rant about his IQ once when he got sore at a heckler.

    Biden and Trump have a fair amount in common in terms of personality.

    Replies: @res, @Reg Cæsar

    , @syonredux
    @George


    How Smart Is Joe Biden?

    University of Delaware (BA)
    Syracuse University (JD)
     
    Based on his law school records, I would say that Joe is dumber than Obama but smarter than Ibram X Kendi:

    Sen. Joe Biden claimed during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire last spring that he finished in the top half of his law school class, although records indicate he finished near the bottom.

    In a videotape aired by the public service cable network C-SPAN several months ago, the Delaware Democrat was asked at a campaign stop in Claremont, N.H., on April 3 about what law school he attended and how well he did.

    On the videotape, a clearly angered Biden told the questioner: ″I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do.
     

    ″The first year in law school I decided I didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class and then decided I wanted to stay and went back to law school and in fact ended up in the top half of my class,″ he went on.
     

    But last week Biden released his law school records showing he had graduated 76th in a law school class of 85. The law school transcript also showed he made little progress in class standing through the three-year course, ranking 80 out of 100 in the first semester of the first year, and 79th out of 87 the second semester of his second year.

     

    https://apnews.com/cd977f7ff301993f7976974ba07c5495

    Replies: @J.Ross

  73. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    So who is Meena married to/or who's her BF? Is he white? Also, if she is married, wonder if her husband is wealthy and helping to fund a portion of her empire?

    Definitely looks like Meena can pass at this point. The hair looks European, it doesn't look like a weave.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

    In some photos she looks like Alyssa Milano. They should get together and do a social justice intiative, maybe in collaboration with Princess Meghan, Royal Duchess of Royal Rolyalty Royaltown.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1293525128396115969

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Anonymous

  74. @education realist
    You've picked up on most of the reasons, but you left out the fact that a black woman with any kind of chops wouldn't have accepted two do-nothing commission appointments to assure a salary while she was Willie Brown's beck and call girl.

    Replies: @Servant of Gla'aki, @TontoBubbaGoldstein, @BB753

    Either I’m really cynical or you’re really naive, Chief.

  75. @J.Ross
    @Paleo Liberal

    Weren't tulips a couple of centuries before him, but he got sucked into the South Sea Bubble right at the crest?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    That may be correct. I get a little confused at times.

  76. @Hibernian
    @JohnnyWalker123


    However, it’s difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves.
     
    Are you kidding? The British Empire was based on this kind of thing.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Anon

    You missed the next sentence in my post.

    Yet stuff like this really did happen as recently as the 60s.

    So, yes, this use to happen a lot. Now it doesn’t happen anymore.

    Ethnic networking has collapsed among Anglo-Germanic Gentiles, but it continues to thrive among Jews, Subcons, East Asians, and West Asians.

    Why has this happened?

    Is it because modern Whites are too nice for it?
    No longer much drive and ambition?
    Social atomization breaking once strong bonds?

    • Replies: @anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Why has this happened?

    What changed in 1965?

    , @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Different Anon, same one as #182.

    Of course “discreet” networking still happens, perhaps you don’t notice. I already mentioned two instances. There’s more, all “by invitation” clubs. Nurole.com currently helps driven children of prominent people network or find jobs.

    Philanthropy —not to be confused with charity— is a great channel for Anglo jewish networkers.. there’s tons.. try reading between the lines of Legatum Institute, with ties to many other institutions like say MIT. https://theferret.scot/doubts-raised-legatum-charity-work/

    Not Anglos with Germans of course. That never happened. The last half of the XIX century for England was about making sure Germany never controlled mittel-Europa and never united with Russia, no matter how much their upper classes intermarried. And the Germanic states were crushed by British policy in WWI. WWII and the iron curtain and the current tensions with Putin we all know about. Today.. we’ll today it’s about the NWO and population control.

    If you buy the “High IQ individualistic Anglo race ” schtick you can’t understand world history.

  77. @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    In some photos she looks like Alyssa Milano. They should get together and do a social justice intiative, maybe in collaboration with Princess Meghan, Royal Duchess of Royal Rolyalty Royaltown.

    Replies: @MEH 0910

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @MEH 0910

    Trying not to laugh. Women "lose" their hair more often than you would think from perfectly standard salon tinkering, it's what probably happened to Violet, and it grows back. If this was WuFlu then this is the first time I have heard of this symptom. Funny that others have suffered much worse (with things like difficulty breathing or loss of taste) but kept their bristles.

    Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey, @Chrisnonymous, @MEH 0910

    , @Anonymous
    @MEH 0910

    Everybody loses hair in their late 40s. Nothing to do with wu-flu.

  78. @George
    How Smart Is Joe Biden?

    University of Delaware (BA)
    Syracuse University (JD)

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @syonredux

    Joe went off on rant about his IQ once when he got sore at a heckler.

    Biden and Trump have a fair amount in common in terms of personality.

    • Replies: @res
    @Steve Sailer

    Biden made some rash comments (aka lies) related to his IQ during his 1988 campaign.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/biden-flashback-i-think-i-probably-have-a-much-higher-iq-than-you-do


    In his statement today, Mr. Biden, who attended the Syracuse College of Law and graduated 76th in a class of 85, acknowledged
     
    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Steve Sailer


    Joe went off on rant about his IQ once when he got sore at a heckler.
     
    He thinks it stands for "Irish Quintessence".
  79. @Paleo Liberal
    She’s smart enough to get herself on the ticket as VP candidate, and she may be the first female President.

    As others have mentioned, there are different kinds of smart.

    If you want to look at pure IQ points and how good a student someone was, the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton. But that didn’t prevent her from running a truly bad campaign and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @anon, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat, @Art Deco, @PiltdownMan, @nebulafox

    Ironic,that Kam gained success with “tulips!”

  80. I go back to the debate where Gabbard lit into her, and Harris couldn’t even mutter one syllable in response. This showed me 2 things. She’s not quick on her feet, and she failed to prepare for such an attack. Surely she should have known that one of the progressives would mention her dismal career as “top cop” in San Fran. Maybe she’s so full of herself that she didn’t anticipate it.

    • Agree: Bumpkin
    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    @Bragadocious


    I go back to the debate where Gabbard lit into her, and Harris couldn’t even mutter one syllable in response...Maybe she’s so full of herself that she didn’t anticipate it.
     
    Affirmative action creatures like Harris are used to be treated with kid gloves their entire lives.

    That (imh0) is why Willie Brown begged her to not accept the VP nod from Biden.

    Willie knows that the Trump campaign will attack, attack, attack, and then attack again.....

    Replies: @Anonymous

  81. @OscarWildeLoveChild
    @CJ

    It is not uncommon for "high achieving" blacks, or "light skinned" blacks to regress to the mean, in college, regarding crime, etc.

    As for her inability to learn French, even living there during the impressionable teen years so many absorb languages, no surprise at all. Consider that we had a president for 8 years, who lived overseas at least part time, had a foreign father, and grew up in a very diverse and multi-lingual cultural Hawaii, and lastly, attended prestigious schools--yet he cannot speak a foreign language.

    One of the constant "America sucks" claims, by (white) liberal/prog types, is how most Americans are too stupid to learn a foreign language--but they only are ever talking about white Americans (who other than actual immigrants who are dual language) are probably the most likely to be bilingual, certainly tri-lingual. Even that "dummy" from Texas spoke Spanish, even before he became president. (I have heard him speak it and would put him at A2/B1).

    Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country, @ScarletNumber

    I hate that “Americans are so provincial/stupid. They can’t even learn another language” BS.

    We don’t learn other languages because there’s no need. My German friends used to tell me all the time that they didn’t really understand why some Americans were embarrassed about that. They didn’t learn other languages for fun; they did it because they had to.

    • Replies: @Ganderson
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    I agree, even though I do speak a couple of (pretty useless) languages. I learned them because it amused me, and I figured there’d be cute girls in the classes. What bugged me is Barry Obama chiding Americans for not knowing languages, when he couldn’t speak one either.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Jack D

    , @Ancient Briton
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    One of the benefits of being Anglospherical!
    An empire on which the sun never sets.

  82. Anthropomorphic: Attributing human characteristics or behavior to a god, animals, or an object.

    ‘In existing children’s books, 50% of all characters are white and 27% are anthropomorphic.’ – Dominic-Madori Davis Jun 2, 2020, 12:30 PM

    Wat?

  83. @Chrisnonymous
    @Anonymous

    I pointed out Kamala's "x factor" back in January 2019 in this comment on Steve's "Kamasutra Harris" post:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/sure-i-dated-kamala-harris-so-what/#comment-2783782

    To briefly re-cap: Harris is "intersectionally sexy" in the current moment, even though commenters on iSteve might not see the attraction themselves.

    Compare photos of her initial meetings with Biden with your mental image of Hillary. Our image of Hillary is a puffed up, stiff, entitled bitch. Harris looks instead rather girlish, more like AOC despite being chrono-biologically more on the matronly side.

    I still stand by my Jan'19 comment and think that, unless she makes some big blunder that turns people off (which is very possible), her lizard-brain-activating "x factor" is going to be more potent than people like Steve realize.

    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age. We are now in a much less serious and more lizard-brain-driven time, and sexual magnetism in women is going to be a draw rather than a turnoff. Part of the reason for this is that sexiness can project fun and relaxation. Like Reagan was a relief after the 70s, AOC and Harris's sexiness can project the promise of some relief from the mind-numbing negativity and cynicism of the McConnell-Schumer intra-uniparty squabbling. For Harris to capitalize on this, though, she has to keep the accusatory SJW stuff to a minimum or at least balance it with some flirtatiousness.

    Countering Harris, or making her a liability, will involve turning her into a nasty bitch. I think Trump understands this intuitively, which is why his initial reaction was to say she was "the meanest". What the Republicans really need to do is bait her into a blow-up or two, which is where the issue of her intelligence may come into play.

    Also, not playing up her sexuality is a good idea. Like salesmen making you "think past the sale", referencing things like the Kamasutra make the listener see Harris in that context in their minds, which creates an association. James Woods' hashtag "#HeelsUpHarris" is much more effective because it reminds you of her history while making the sexual angle comedic and exploitative/icky.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @kaganovitch, @bomag

    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age.

    Lady Marjory Allen (1897-1976), an advocate for real playgrounds in the UK, looks and sounds like a twin of Mrs Thatcher in this clip:

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @Reg Cæsar

    This reminds me of John Boorman's semi-autobiographical Hope and Glory.

    https://youtu.be/_qVvpKkYchw

  84. @MEH 0910
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1293525128396115969

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Anonymous

    Trying not to laugh. Women “lose” their hair more often than you would think from perfectly standard salon tinkering, it’s what probably happened to Violet, and it grows back. If this was WuFlu then this is the first time I have heard of this symptom. Funny that others have suffered much worse (with things like difficulty breathing or loss of taste) but kept their bristles.

    • Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey
    @J.Ross

    Or sjw types have to have a corona reference because people are not noticing them any more. Just like Greta whatshernameborg?

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @J.Ross

    It may not be COVID per se, but "telogen effluvium" is stress-related hair loss.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    , @MEH 0910
    @J.Ross

    This guy had hair loss after getting coronavirus (at 7:58):

    My Experience Getting CORONAVIRUS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g2TiLqWEgo&t=478s

  85. @Rob McX

    Shirts for sale now include slogans such as “Phenomenal Mother,” “Phenomenally Asian,” “Phenomenally Latina,” and “Powerful Black Voter.”
     
    Put me down for a "Phenomenally White" shirt when they're ready.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Jim Don Bob

    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says “Phenomenal Woman”? It would be absurd on a woman who’s actually phenomenal, and pathetic on one who’s not. This sort of thing always makes me think of Fredo: “I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!”

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Harry Baldwin

    Virtually no one who brags can perceive how it looks. If they could, they wouldn't brag.

    , @Calvin Hobbes
    @Harry Baldwin


    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says “Phenomenal Woman”?
     
    Answer: A woman who wears a sweatshirt that says “Female Genius”.

    Female IU business students turn professor Eric Rasmusen controversy into a big fundraiser

    https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2019/11/22/eric-rasmusen-twitter-controversy-inspire-women-in-business-at-iu-fundraiser/4273520002/

    QUOTE:
    After an Indiana University business professor came under fire for using social media accounts to denigrate women, people of color and gay men, female business students at the university used their entrepreneurial education to capitalize on the controversy.

    Since Thursday, the Women in Business at IU club has been selling black sweatshirts reading "Female Genius" on the front and "Support women in academia" on the back. As of Friday evening, more than 1,300 sweatshirts had been sold, blowing past the initial goal of selling 100 in a week.

    , @Gianni in Guernsey
    @Harry Baldwin

    It sounds like something Elizabeth Holmes would have worn if she wanted words on her Steve Jobsh like Black turtleneck.

    , @Neuday
    @Harry Baldwin


    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says “Phenomenal Woman”?
     
    I'd like to see a meme where some wine aunt wearing a Phenomenal Woman t-shirt sneers as she passes a paper sign claiming "It's ok to be white."
  86. Seems like a good way to get some of that sweet Soros bucks.

  87. @Dave Pinsen
    This part,

    After attending Stanford University, graduating from Harvard Law School, and embarking on a brief legal career, Harris decided a traditional career path wasn’t for her.
     
    reminds me a bit of another diverse Harvard Law alumna who bailed on law, A.J. Delgado, the former Trump campaign worker who got knocked up by Jason Miller. Why does Harvard Law waste admission spots on women like this? They must have some way to deduce that they're unlikely to enjoy the work load expected of a Harvard-trained lawyer in the legal industry.

    Replies: @HammerJack

    Why does Harvard Law waste admission spots on women like this? They must have some way to deduce that they’re unlikely to enjoy the work load expected of a Harvard-trained lawyer in the legal industry

    Because they need to maintain their admission and enrollment stats , even though as graduates these women often wash out of the profession.

    Law chews up and spits out a good number of associates , even though women and minorities have endless mentoring and support structures available to them.

    Women typically have more alternative paths available to them as well, though we’re supposed to pretend that isn’t true. It goes treble for the kind of women who get into Harvard Law School.

  88. @anon
    @guest007

    Before anyone claims that Howard is a good school:

    Howard U is indeed a good school -- in comparison to other historically black colleges.
    Don't compare eggplant to watermelon.

    As for Kamasutra's smarts -- obviously smart enough for government work, know what I mean? Catch my drift?

    Replies: @guest007

    Howard University’s medical school and pharmacy school are always on the verge of losing their accreditation. I believe Howard University is one of the worst medical schools for the student passing their board exams. Howard University has a lower median SAT versus nearby George Mason University, a local commuter school.

    • Thanks: Father Coughlin
  89. @Lloyd1927
    Niece Meena Harris is far from "black." Her father's identity is apparently a secret.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/activist-meena-harris-building-social-justice-empire-2020-5

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @SaneClownPosse

    I find it more problematic that she’s building a social justice, ’empire.’

    Oh well, what can I do?

    Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to bunk out with some of you guys in the FEMA work camps they have planned for us.

    • Agree: Father Coughlin
    • Replies: @Richard B
    @The Wild Geese Howard


    Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to bunk out with some of you guys in the FEMA work camps they have planned for us.
     
    You're probably right.

    FEMA camps will be the destiny of many Americans since fighting back or going out swinging is inconceivable for them.

    Obviously, or they wouldn't be in the position they're in now.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

  90. @Harry Baldwin
    @Rob McX

    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says "Phenomenal Woman"? It would be absurd on a woman who's actually phenomenal, and pathetic on one who's not. This sort of thing always makes me think of Fredo: "I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!"

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Calvin Hobbes, @Gianni in Guernsey, @Neuday

    Virtually no one who brags can perceive how it looks. If they could, they wouldn’t brag.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  91. @CJ
    She didn’t learn any more than rudimentary French despite living in Montreal from ages 12 to 17. She “struggled” in a French-language school before her mother got her transferred to Westmount High School. ( link) Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard. Verdict: seriously, not all that bright.

    Replies: @OscarWildeLoveChild, @Reg Cæsar, @Hypnotoad666, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard.

    McGill is one of the Top 3 universities in Canada, rotating in and out of the #1 spot with U of Toronto and U of British Columbia.

  92. @Lloyd1927
    Niece Meena Harris looks white, no matter what she calls herself. Was secret dad white?

    https://today.law.harvard.edu/meena-harris-12/

    https://www.uber.com/blog/corporate-change-meena/

    https://elle.in/article/meena-harris/

    Replies: @International Jew, @The Wild Geese Howard

    Niece Meena Harris looks white, no matter what she calls herself.

    She easily lands on the YES side of The Only Question That Matters.

    • Replies: @Calvin Hobbes
    @The Wild Geese Howard


    She [Meena Harris ] easily lands on the YES side of The Only Question That Matters.
     
    I googled “ The Only Question That Matters” and found lots of meanings.

    I’m guessing that the meaning you had in mind was,” Is she a WILF?”

    , @nokangaroos
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Still no comparison to Yvette Mimieux :D

    Replies: @AnotherDad

  93. @International Jew
    @JohnnyWalker123


    However, it’s difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves.
     
    LOL

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @HammerJack

    He means in real life, not TV and movies.

  94. And here we go… again…

  95. Steve, you missed this Kamal connection.

    Maya Harris is currently married to Tony West, the later for Marin Taliban John Walker Lindh, and currently a executive with Uber! You cant make this stuff up.

  96. Kamala Harris Mother , is Tamil-Brahmin-Iyer sub-caste and related to

    Dhruva Jaishankar of Brookings

    Father of Dhruva is Jaishankar, Indian Foreign Minister and former Indian Ambassador to USA

    • Replies: @Eagle Eye
    @rec1man

    Thanks.

  97. @JohnnyWalker123
    @Hibernian

    You missed the next sentence in my post.


    Yet stuff like this really did happen as recently as the 60s.

     

    So, yes, this use to happen a lot. Now it doesn't happen anymore.

    Ethnic networking has collapsed among Anglo-Germanic Gentiles, but it continues to thrive among Jews, Subcons, East Asians, and West Asians.

    Why has this happened?

    Is it because modern Whites are too nice for it?
    No longer much drive and ambition?
    Social atomization breaking once strong bonds?

    Replies: @anon, @Anon

    Why has this happened?

    What changed in 1965?

  98. @Thomas
    UC Hastings was considerably more prestigious in 1989, when Harris graduated, than it is now. It benefitted from the so-called "65 Club," under which it recruited seasoned law professors who had been forced into mandatory retirement from other law schools. That ended eventually when mandatory retirement was phased out, but it was still a factor in 1989.

    However, since 1969, Hastings has also reserved about a fifth of its classes for an affirmative action program called the "Legal Education Opportunity Program." And yes, Harris is an alumna of that program.

    https://www.uchastings.edu/2018/08/14/uc-hastings-2018-magazine-preview-opening-doors-for-students-of-promise/

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Thanks.

  99. You don’t need much intellect to be a politician, as the last few years have shown us, but what you do need is common sense. Whether she has it or not, I do not know.

    I’m not crazy about the fact that she has no children, because it limits her ability to bring a female perspective to politics.

    Anyway, if she does make it to vice-president or even to president, US journalists will eventually learn to pronounce her name.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jonathan Mason


    Anyway, if she does make it to vice-president or even to president, US journalists will eventually learn to pronounce her name.
     
    Ha! They haven't pronounced protestor correctly in decades. And now it's back in fashion.

    Replies: @syonredux

  100. @George
    How Smart Is Joe Biden?

    University of Delaware (BA)
    Syracuse University (JD)

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @syonredux

    How Smart Is Joe Biden?

    University of Delaware (BA)
    Syracuse University (JD)

    Based on his law school records, I would say that Joe is dumber than Obama but smarter than Ibram X Kendi:

    Sen. Joe Biden claimed during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire last spring that he finished in the top half of his law school class, although records indicate he finished near the bottom.

    In a videotape aired by the public service cable network C-SPAN several months ago, the Delaware Democrat was asked at a campaign stop in Claremont, N.H., on April 3 about what law school he attended and how well he did.

    On the videotape, a clearly angered Biden told the questioner: ″I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do.

    ″The first year in law school I decided I didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class and then decided I wanted to stay and went back to law school and in fact ended up in the top half of my class,″ he went on.

    But last week Biden released his law school records showing he had graduated 76th in a law school class of 85. The law school transcript also showed he made little progress in class standing through the three-year course, ranking 80 out of 100 in the first semester of the first year, and 79th out of 87 the second semester of his second year.

    https://apnews.com/cd977f7ff301993f7976974ba07c5495

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @syonredux

    That's good work but how much information about Twentysomething Joe Biden's brain is meaningful now?

  101. @Paleo Liberal
    She’s smart enough to get herself on the ticket as VP candidate, and she may be the first female President.

    As others have mentioned, there are different kinds of smart.

    If you want to look at pure IQ points and how good a student someone was, the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton. But that didn’t prevent her from running a truly bad campaign and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @anon, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat, @Art Deco, @PiltdownMan, @nebulafox

    the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton.

    She failed the DC bar exam. Remember the Whitewater imbroglio? The point of origin was irritation on the part of the other partners at the Rose firm about how little business she brought into the firm.

    And, no, I don’t think she has more IQ points than Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, or Michael Dukakis (or her ‘husband’, while we’re at it).

    • Replies: @syonredux
    @Art Deco


    And, no, I don’t think she has more IQ points than Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, or Michael Dukakis (or her ‘husband’, while we’re at it).
     
    Doesn't Nixon have the highest measured IQ of any president?

    Nixon biographer Roger Morris says RMN tested at 143 when he was in Fullerton High School in California.
     
    https://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1991/07/15/75242/index.htm
    , @ScarletNumber
    @Art Deco


    The point of origin was irritation on the part of the other partners at the Rose firm about how little business she brought into the firm.
     
    The ability to generate business is not a sign of intelligence per se.

    Replies: @Art Deco

  102. @Steve Sailer
    @George

    Joe went off on rant about his IQ once when he got sore at a heckler.

    Biden and Trump have a fair amount in common in terms of personality.

    Replies: @res, @Reg Cæsar

    Biden made some rash comments (aka lies) related to his IQ during his 1988 campaign.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/biden-flashback-i-think-i-probably-have-a-much-higher-iq-than-you-do

    In his statement today, Mr. Biden, who attended the Syracuse College of Law and graduated 76th in a class of 85, acknowledged

  103. @tyrone
    I'll bet she's smart enough to realize that old white Joe has lost his marbles and if they win she'll be sitting in the oval office next year.

    Replies: @Escher, @Prester John, @SaneClownPosse

    She’s just Biden her time.

    • LOL: TomSchmidt
    • Replies: @Richard B
    @Escher


    She’s just Biden her time.
     
    TUR needs to add a Rimshot option.
  104. @Steve Sailer
    @George

    Joe went off on rant about his IQ once when he got sore at a heckler.

    Biden and Trump have a fair amount in common in terms of personality.

    Replies: @res, @Reg Cæsar

    Joe went off on rant about his IQ once when he got sore at a heckler.

    He thinks it stands for “Irish Quintessence”.

  105. If those are her degrees despite being from an academic family on top of the double affirmative action of being a ‘black’ woman, then she is not very bright at all.

    It is surprising that she could pass the CA Bar Exam even on the second try.

    Everyone knows that with Law School, getting into a Top-14 is essential (called T14), and even within that group, T5 is an exclusive club that even the lower nine are not part of.

    And the ranking of a Law School matters more than with almost any other type of degree.

    I think the masterstroke was going to an HBCU, as that made her ‘black’, which is a definition she would have trouble falling under if not for the HBCU.

  106. @Jonathan Mason
    You don't need much intellect to be a politician, as the last few years have shown us, but what you do need is common sense. Whether she has it or not, I do not know.

    I'm not crazy about the fact that she has no children, because it limits her ability to bring a female perspective to politics.

    Anyway, if she does make it to vice-president or even to president, US journalists will eventually learn to pronounce her name.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Anyway, if she does make it to vice-president or even to president, US journalists will eventually learn to pronounce her name.

    Ha! They haven’t pronounced protestor correctly in decades. And now it’s back in fashion.

    • Replies: @syonredux
    @Reg Cæsar


    Anyway, if she does make it to vice-president or even to president, US journalists will eventually learn to pronounce her name.

    Ha! They haven’t pronounced protestor correctly in decades. And now it’s back in fashion.
     
    No one pronounces anything correctly these says. Just listen to how they pronounce "templar" and "exemplar. " It's ər, dammit! Then there's route (as in paper route and route 66). It should be pronounced "root," but morons give it the "ow" of rout. Well, at least I've got Nat King Cole on my side:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCeGi6a-eK4

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @not a hacker

  107. @Reg Cæsar
    @Jonathan Mason


    Anyway, if she does make it to vice-president or even to president, US journalists will eventually learn to pronounce her name.
     
    Ha! They haven't pronounced protestor correctly in decades. And now it's back in fashion.

    Replies: @syonredux

    Anyway, if she does make it to vice-president or even to president, US journalists will eventually learn to pronounce her name.

    Ha! They haven’t pronounced protestor correctly in decades. And now it’s back in fashion.

    No one pronounces anything correctly these says. Just listen to how they pronounce “templar” and “exemplar. ” It’s ər, dammit! Then there’s route (as in paper route and route 66). It should be pronounced “root,” but morons give it the “ow” of rout. Well, at least I’ve got Nat King Cole on my side:

    • Thanks: PiltdownMan
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @syonredux


    It should be pronounced “root,” but morons give it the “ow” of rout.
     
    The Midwest is totally lost on this one. But I've held my ground for 40 years. The router in the hardware store is not a homonym of the router in the computer store. One routs, one routes.

    At least Milwaukee and St Louis (and their hinterlands) drink soda, not that godawful pop. Must be the beer.

    Now with presidential season upon us, we not only have to defend the Electoral College, we have to teach people how to pronounce it. Stress on the antepenultimate. Nothing oral about it.

    Replies: @Ganderson

    , @not a hacker
    @syonredux

    San Franciscans pronounce things correctly. When I delivered the Chronicle, it was always “paper rowt.”

  108. @Chrisnonymous
    @Anonymous

    I pointed out Kamala's "x factor" back in January 2019 in this comment on Steve's "Kamasutra Harris" post:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/sure-i-dated-kamala-harris-so-what/#comment-2783782

    To briefly re-cap: Harris is "intersectionally sexy" in the current moment, even though commenters on iSteve might not see the attraction themselves.

    Compare photos of her initial meetings with Biden with your mental image of Hillary. Our image of Hillary is a puffed up, stiff, entitled bitch. Harris looks instead rather girlish, more like AOC despite being chrono-biologically more on the matronly side.

    I still stand by my Jan'19 comment and think that, unless she makes some big blunder that turns people off (which is very possible), her lizard-brain-activating "x factor" is going to be more potent than people like Steve realize.

    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age. We are now in a much less serious and more lizard-brain-driven time, and sexual magnetism in women is going to be a draw rather than a turnoff. Part of the reason for this is that sexiness can project fun and relaxation. Like Reagan was a relief after the 70s, AOC and Harris's sexiness can project the promise of some relief from the mind-numbing negativity and cynicism of the McConnell-Schumer intra-uniparty squabbling. For Harris to capitalize on this, though, she has to keep the accusatory SJW stuff to a minimum or at least balance it with some flirtatiousness.

    Countering Harris, or making her a liability, will involve turning her into a nasty bitch. I think Trump understands this intuitively, which is why his initial reaction was to say she was "the meanest". What the Republicans really need to do is bait her into a blow-up or two, which is where the issue of her intelligence may come into play.

    Also, not playing up her sexuality is a good idea. Like salesmen making you "think past the sale", referencing things like the Kamasutra make the listener see Harris in that context in their minds, which creates an association. James Woods' hashtag "#HeelsUpHarris" is much more effective because it reminds you of her history while making the sexual angle comedic and exploitative/icky.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @kaganovitch, @bomag

    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age.

    Eh, my model is the great Ma Ferguson, an American original and two term governor of Texas. She is alleged to have said , when rejecting an early proposal for Spanish language instruction in Texas schools, ” If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, then it’s good enough for the children of Texas”.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @kaganovitch

    That's very parochial, which may be why Thatcher is remembered all over Christendom for statesmanship while Ma so-and-so is only remembered in Texas for her promotion of Jesus Christ.

  109. @Art Deco
    @Paleo Liberal

    the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton.

    She failed the DC bar exam. Remember the Whitewater imbroglio? The point of origin was irritation on the part of the other partners at the Rose firm about how little business she brought into the firm.

    And, no, I don't think she has more IQ points than Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, or Michael Dukakis (or her 'husband', while we're at it).

    Replies: @syonredux, @ScarletNumber

    And, no, I don’t think she has more IQ points than Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, or Michael Dukakis (or her ‘husband’, while we’re at it).

    Doesn’t Nixon have the highest measured IQ of any president?

    Nixon biographer Roger Morris says RMN tested at 143 when he was in Fullerton High School in California.

    https://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1991/07/15/75242/index.htm

  110. @Harry Baldwin
    @Rob McX

    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says "Phenomenal Woman"? It would be absurd on a woman who's actually phenomenal, and pathetic on one who's not. This sort of thing always makes me think of Fredo: "I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!"

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Calvin Hobbes, @Gianni in Guernsey, @Neuday

    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says “Phenomenal Woman”?

    Answer: A woman who wears a sweatshirt that says “Female Genius”.

    Female IU business students turn professor Eric Rasmusen controversy into a big fundraiser

    https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2019/11/22/eric-rasmusen-twitter-controversy-inspire-women-in-business-at-iu-fundraiser/4273520002/

    QUOTE:
    After an Indiana University business professor came under fire for using social media accounts to denigrate women, people of color and gay men, female business students at the university used their entrepreneurial education to capitalize on the controversy.

    Since Thursday, the Women in Business at IU club has been selling black sweatshirts reading “Female Genius” on the front and “Support women in academia” on the back. As of Friday evening, more than 1,300 sweatshirts had been sold, blowing past the initial goal of selling 100 in a week.

  111. @AnotherDad
    There's "smart" and then there's smart.

    She's managed to cobble together a political "career", become California's AG, then its US Senator and now has perhaps a 25% chance of becoming President of the United States. So you can say she made "smart choices".

    On the other hand she has done nothing of any note or meaning and has no children.

    Actually smart would have been to skip Howard, go to a decent California university, find a smart, capable white man, have a few children and she'd now be looking forward to retirement and joys of being a grandmother, and looking back on truly fulfilling and meaningful life with deep satisfaction.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna, @MBlanc46, @anon

    That’s our idea of a meaningful life, AD. If you expounded that that to Harris, she’d look at you as if you had lobsters coming out of her ears.

  112. @Hibernian
    @JohnnyWalker123

    What about sophisticated cheating, which you originally mentioned? And why the 20 year time limit? Bill Gates did a lot of sophisticated cheating in the '80s and '90s. Overhyped software, for example. And all kinds of tie ins so you almost had to use all of his (mediocre) software if you used his operating system.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    I meant using a combination of cheating and ethnic nepotism to take over a niche.

    For example, Subcon managers claiming there’s a “skill shortage” in IT, so they need to import their caste kinsmen.

    Or Cuban politicians spreading out building contracts to shady businessmen within their community, who then kick back some cash.

    Or Chinese absorbing American IP and taking back to their homeland, helping China (or at least a Chinese company) to dominate a certain industry niche.

    I’m not saying Anglo-Germanics can’t be crooked, but they typically don’t operate with the support of a large number of co-ethnics. They’re individual operators or involve just a few people. They don’t utilize ethnic networks.

    As for Bill Gates, his next CEO was Ballmer (Jewish) and then Nadella (Indian). He also imported tons of H-1bs. So I probably wouldn’t use him as an example of ethnic networking.

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @epebble
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Hmm, "Ethnic Networking" was once known as "Self Organizing" for which WASPs were once (rightly) famous for.

  113. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Lloyd1927


    Niece Meena Harris looks white, no matter what she calls herself.
     
    She easily lands on the YES side of The Only Question That Matters.

    Replies: @Calvin Hobbes, @nokangaroos

    She [Meena Harris ] easily lands on the YES side of The Only Question That Matters.

    I googled “ The Only Question That Matters” and found lots of meanings.

    I’m guessing that the meaning you had in mind was,” Is she a WILF?”

  114. @Paleo Liberal
    She’s smart enough to get herself on the ticket as VP candidate, and she may be the first female President.

    As others have mentioned, there are different kinds of smart.

    If you want to look at pure IQ points and how good a student someone was, the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton. But that didn’t prevent her from running a truly bad campaign and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @anon, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat, @Art Deco, @PiltdownMan, @nebulafox

    … the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton = Kamala Harris + 15 IQ points, I’d say.

    Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton = Hillary +15 IQ points. Perhaps more.

  115. Here’s Social Justice Empire-Builder Meena Harris’ headliner tee shirt:Yours for $35 plus $6 shipping. Brings to mind Tom Lehrer’s quip, “Doing well by doing good.”

    Other offerings can be had for the same price, including Phenomenally Trans, Phenomenally Latina, Phenomenally Asian, Phenomenally Indigenous, Phenomenally Muslim, Phenomenally Jewish, and Phenomenally Black.

    I didn’t see the listing for “It’s OK To Be white.”

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @ic1000


    I didn’t see the listing for “It’s OK To Be white.”
     
    Bruh, just wait until I get my print on demand store rolling.
    , @Neuday
    @ic1000


    Other offerings can be had for the same price, including Phenomenally Trans, Phenomenally Latina, Phenomenally Asian, Phenomenally Indigenous, Phenomenally Muslim, Phenomenally Jewish, and Phenomenally Black
     
    Considering how these Harris girls look, perhaps a t-shirt reading "Nominally Black".
  116. @kaganovitch
    @Chrisnonymous

    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age.

    Eh, my model is the great Ma Ferguson, an American original and two term governor of Texas. She is alleged to have said , when rejecting an early proposal for Spanish language instruction in Texas schools, " If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, then it's good enough for the children of Texas".

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous

    That’s very parochial, which may be why Thatcher is remembered all over Christendom for statesmanship while Ma so-and-so is only remembered in Texas for her promotion of Jesus Christ.

  117. @Adam Grant
    @Tor597

    How Smart is Sarah Palin
    By Steve Sailer November19, 2008
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-smart-is-sarah-palin/

    Steve thought Palin was about as smart as Joe Biden, although he figured Biden knew more about foreign affairs.

    My recollection is that in 2011 Biden said getting rid of Gaddafi was "the right thing to do." In 2016 Biden said he had opposed the war in Libya.

    As for Kamala being "black", how black is she? 25%? 33%? How Caucasian is she, given the genetic makeup of Tamils? Does Kamala really think of herself as being "black"?

    Replies: @Cloudbuster

    There’s a blast from the past, including an appearance from Half Sigma!

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Cloudbuster

    Wow, Half Sigma. I used to read his blog all of the time. His new blog doesn't have the same cache. He grew tiresome long ago, and I don't think he ever married. Personally he seems like a loser.

  118. @JohnnyWalker123
    @Hibernian

    I meant using a combination of cheating and ethnic nepotism to take over a niche.

    For example, Subcon managers claiming there's a "skill shortage" in IT, so they need to import their caste kinsmen.

    Or Cuban politicians spreading out building contracts to shady businessmen within their community, who then kick back some cash.

    Or Chinese absorbing American IP and taking back to their homeland, helping China (or at least a Chinese company) to dominate a certain industry niche.

    I'm not saying Anglo-Germanics can't be crooked, but they typically don't operate with the support of a large number of co-ethnics. They're individual operators or involve just a few people. They don't utilize ethnic networks.

    As for Bill Gates, his next CEO was Ballmer (Jewish) and then Nadella (Indian). He also imported tons of H-1bs. So I probably wouldn't use him as an example of ethnic networking.

    Replies: @epebble

    Hmm, “Ethnic Networking” was once known as “Self Organizing” for which WASPs were once (rightly) famous for.

  119. @Dr. X

    How Smart Is Kamala Harris?
     
    Smart enough to get on her knees for Willie Brown to advance her career, and smart enough to become a millionaire by marrying a Jewish lawyer willing to accept Willie's "used goods."

    Replies: @JohnnyD, @Olorin

    She was also smart enough to play up her blackness by going to Howard.

  120. @Anonymous
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Oil and energy. Ag and materials, Logistics.

    Koch boz, only one now

    Cargill

    Fedex UPS

    Replies: @bomag

    Pretty thin stuff.

    I have a relative in oil and energy; it is pretty well cucked by DIE.

    Ag is an ersatz Hunger Games (less than 1% pop. in the field) run by machines and south-of-the-border labor.

    Etc.

  121. anon[429] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad
    There's "smart" and then there's smart.

    She's managed to cobble together a political "career", become California's AG, then its US Senator and now has perhaps a 25% chance of becoming President of the United States. So you can say she made "smart choices".

    On the other hand she has done nothing of any note or meaning and has no children.

    Actually smart would have been to skip Howard, go to a decent California university, find a smart, capable white man, have a few children and she'd now be looking forward to retirement and joys of being a grandmother, and looking back on truly fulfilling and meaningful life with deep satisfaction.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna, @MBlanc46, @anon

    Becoming a mother is smarter than (may be) becoming VP (or P) and making the changes she wants to see? We may not agree with her vision, but to say that if she is one out 100 million mothers,that is greater achievement than becoming the first female VP in a quarter millennium of a great country?

    • Replies: @bomag
    @anon


    ...but to say that if she is one out 100 million mothers,that is greater achievement than becoming the first female VP in a quarter millennium of a great country?
     
    Arguably so.

    She's really not "one out of a 100 million"; she's a high-achiever of which there is a shortage of progeny. Her kids could well have an outsized influence.

    Politically, though, she doesn't have any particular vision or leadership ability above her cohorts; she mainly checks the AA boxes; being the "first" is not all that meaningful.

  122. @Anonymous
    All that matters is what Scott Adams has to say about Kamala and he says she has the "x factor." WTF.

    She finished at the bottom of the dem primaries.

    Seriously people tune into Adams' periscopes for 1 some good insights and 2 lots of bizarre circular reasoning and 3 unintentional humor, extreme arrogance and judgmentalism.

    Watched today for his zany explanation of how Kamala beats Trump even while chasing blacks to Kanye but Adams totally avoided any mention of Kanye.

    Scott seems like a good person but the persuasion expert's main persuasion technique when faced with inconvenient facts is to avoid; omit; ban.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Harry Baldwin

    Scott seems like a good person but the persuasion expert’s main persuasion technique when faced with inconvenient facts is to avoid; omit; ban.

    Scott has been blathering a lot lately about how the reason blacks can’t get a good education is the teachers’ unions. Not that I’m a fan of the teachers’ unions, but before he offers an opinion Scott ought to try teaching at an inner city school and see what the teachers have to deal with.

    • Agree: Dissident
  123. @Hypnotoad666
    @CJ

    Hastings actually used to be ranked much higher as a law school when Harris went there. In the late 80's-early 90's it cracked the top 20 and was tied with USC Law in prestige. Over the years it has drifted down to about No. 60 on the USN&W rank (which admittedly uses lame methodology but whose results become self-fulfilling).

    Back in the day, the Bar pass rate for "regular" students at Hastings or other UC law schools would be about 90%. For the affirmative action cases at those schools, it was like 60%. The fact that Kamala didn't pass on the first attempt is pretty solid evidence she got in on affirmative action -- and probably wasn't even above average for that group.

    I'd set the over/under on her IQ at about 115, on a good day.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @HammerJack, @Amerimutt Golems, @Dieter Kief

    At one time they hired professors forced into retirement, or about to be, from higher rated schools.

  124. @Tor597
    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.

    Replies: @Jesse, @Adam Grant, @Father Coughlin, @bomag, @AnotherDad, @Art Deco

    Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Well, we’re hectored that there is a vast talent pool kept down by the Man.

    When someone is offered up from said talent pool, we’re interested in measuring how much the Man has been cheating us.

  125. @syonredux
    @Reg Cæsar


    Anyway, if she does make it to vice-president or even to president, US journalists will eventually learn to pronounce her name.

    Ha! They haven’t pronounced protestor correctly in decades. And now it’s back in fashion.
     
    No one pronounces anything correctly these says. Just listen to how they pronounce "templar" and "exemplar. " It's ər, dammit! Then there's route (as in paper route and route 66). It should be pronounced "root," but morons give it the "ow" of rout. Well, at least I've got Nat King Cole on my side:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCeGi6a-eK4

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @not a hacker

    It should be pronounced “root,” but morons give it the “ow” of rout.

    The Midwest is totally lost on this one. But I’ve held my ground for 40 years. The router in the hardware store is not a homonym of the router in the computer store. One routs, one routes.

    At least Milwaukee and St Louis (and their hinterlands) drink soda, not that godawful pop. Must be the beer.

    Now with presidential season upon us, we not only have to defend the Electoral College, we have to teach people how to pronounce it. Stress on the antepenultimate. Nothing oral about it.

    • Replies: @Ganderson
    @Reg Cæsar

    Reg- don’t forget the “rough” (not exactly right, but the closest I can get, phonetically speaking) that keeps the rain out. I’m going to go get some shingles, you wanna come with? And next time you go to Milwaukee County (or Worcester County, MA) don’t forget to get a drink of water from the “bubbler”.

  126. @Anon
    I'd say Harris is a not-so-bright person with an IQ a little above average-say, 110 or so, but who is also ruthless and very ambitious, and who recognizes this about herself. After going to 3rd tier schools, she realized she had no great career prospects, and that's why she prostituted herself to Willie Brown. She knew she'd climb the ladder of success much better that way than by relying on her own efforts. The fact that she considers whoredom (and facelifts) a normal part of her career plan indicates how ruthless and desperate she is for power. She views her own body as simply a tool to be used for her ambition, and that is narcissism on the level of a personality disorder. She's as ruthless as Hillary Clinton, who married Bill because 'she knew he was going to be president,' and she wanted to ride his coattails.

    It's worth noting that Harris hasn't really gotten anywhere by herself. She was given massive career boosts by Brown and Biden. If Willie Brown thought she was bright and talented, he wouldn't have been trying to talk her out of the Veep slot with his editorial. He likely has her mental measure as well as anyone can. Harris is just so ambitious that she doesn't care that she might be promoted beyond her level of competence.

    Replies: @Nicholas Stix

    “The fact that she considers whoredom (and facelifts) a normal part of her career plan indicates how ruthless and desperate she is for power.”

    Well, she is a politician, isn’t she?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Nicholas Stix

    There's a sub-subplot in the TV series Cop Rock where a vaguely Hillary-like female politician character pursues plastic surgery and her doctor rattles off high level female politicians who have (according to Steven Bochko) had work done.

    Replies: @Ganderson

  127. @Chrisnonymous
    @Anonymous

    I pointed out Kamala's "x factor" back in January 2019 in this comment on Steve's "Kamasutra Harris" post:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/sure-i-dated-kamala-harris-so-what/#comment-2783782

    To briefly re-cap: Harris is "intersectionally sexy" in the current moment, even though commenters on iSteve might not see the attraction themselves.

    Compare photos of her initial meetings with Biden with your mental image of Hillary. Our image of Hillary is a puffed up, stiff, entitled bitch. Harris looks instead rather girlish, more like AOC despite being chrono-biologically more on the matronly side.

    I still stand by my Jan'19 comment and think that, unless she makes some big blunder that turns people off (which is very possible), her lizard-brain-activating "x factor" is going to be more potent than people like Steve realize.

    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age. We are now in a much less serious and more lizard-brain-driven time, and sexual magnetism in women is going to be a draw rather than a turnoff. Part of the reason for this is that sexiness can project fun and relaxation. Like Reagan was a relief after the 70s, AOC and Harris's sexiness can project the promise of some relief from the mind-numbing negativity and cynicism of the McConnell-Schumer intra-uniparty squabbling. For Harris to capitalize on this, though, she has to keep the accusatory SJW stuff to a minimum or at least balance it with some flirtatiousness.

    Countering Harris, or making her a liability, will involve turning her into a nasty bitch. I think Trump understands this intuitively, which is why his initial reaction was to say she was "the meanest". What the Republicans really need to do is bait her into a blow-up or two, which is where the issue of her intelligence may come into play.

    Also, not playing up her sexuality is a good idea. Like salesmen making you "think past the sale", referencing things like the Kamasutra make the listener see Harris in that context in their minds, which creates an association. James Woods' hashtag "#HeelsUpHarris" is much more effective because it reminds you of her history while making the sexual angle comedic and exploitative/icky.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @kaganovitch, @bomag

    …unless she makes some big blunder that turns people off (which is very possible), her lizard-brain-activating “x factor” is going to be more potent than people like Steve realize

    Such an “x factor” is a thing, but it didn’t help Harris in the primaries.

    I thought she suffered more from the “uncanny valley”: she doesn’t really look Black; she doesn’t really look South Asian; she’s in a weird area.

  128. Anon[410] • Disclaimer says:

    Kamala never struck me as all that bright, which is weird considering the mom was a breast cancer scientist and taught at UCB, while the dad was an Economics professor at Stanford. You’d think they’d produce some seriously smart kids, unless both were AA beneficiaries. I think maybe the sister has all the smart genes.

    Kamala looks more like her dad, i.e. more black, while Maya looks more like her mom, i.e. more Indian. Both are very good looking, as is the niece.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Anon

    There is something called "regression toward the mean". If two very tall people have children, they tend to be taller than average but less tall than their parents. OTOH the children of a short couple tend to be a little taller than mom and dad and closer to average height. Same with IQ.

    Generally speaking you regress toward the mean of your race(s), even if your parents are outliers for their race. So in matters of IQ, black offspring have further to regress to and tend to fall farther than for example Jewish offspring. Say you have 130 IQ parents and a racial mean of 85 - on average you might expect their kids to come in at around 108, which is about where Kamala is.

    Kamala is no dummy but neither is she any great genius. For that matter, neither is Biden. If they win, America will be ruled by people with a very middling intellect - slightly above average but only slightly.

    Replies: @Jesse

  129. @J.Ross
    and 27% are anthropomorphic
    So just like with Star Wars, where aliens are part of the whole reason to even bother with it but take up valuable screen time which could be going to Hottentots or Druze, so too Richard Scarry's four-legged motorists must make room for Sentinelese and Bahamians. Sad to bring up Scarry, his books have already been posthumously truthminned to get rid of such atrocities as male dentists and pretty stewardesses.

    Replies: @Kibernetika, @Amerimutt Golems

    Sad to bring up Scarry, his books have already been posthumously truthminned to get rid of such atrocities as male dentists and pretty stewardesses.

    Those were such great books. To this day I can clearly recall those illustrations. So again, I’m doing better than Biden.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Kibernetika

    The first time I ever saw a Sturmpanzerwagen A7V was in a Scarry book. (You know the one I'm talking about, it's a concretization of the rigid insanity of Imperial Germany, and looks like a somewhat mobile barn.)

  130. @Father Coughlin
    @Mr McKenna

    She didnt marry til 49, when sex almost doesnt matter any longer to women. Before then, it was strictly the BBD. I feel for my "fellow white", here.

    she did find herself a smart, capable white man, so long as ‘fellow white man’ counts.
     

    Ps really dumb to pick as a running mate someone who is fresh off calling you racist in debates.

    If she is going to use the "r" word against Trump and Pence (and thats virtually her sole job on this ticket) isnt that going to induce the chortle, "you call everybody that, even your own running mate"?

    Replies: @HammerJack, @bomag

    Very good point! Something to look forward to, then.

  131. @Kibernetika
    @J.Ross

    Sad to bring up Scarry, his books have already been posthumously truthminned to get rid of such atrocities as male dentists and pretty stewardesses.

    Those were such great books. To this day I can clearly recall those illustrations. So again, I'm doing better than Biden.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    The first time I ever saw a Sturmpanzerwagen A7V was in a Scarry book. (You know the one I’m talking about, it’s a concretization of the rigid insanity of Imperial Germany, and looks like a somewhat mobile barn.)

  132. @Hypnotoad666
    @CJ

    Hastings actually used to be ranked much higher as a law school when Harris went there. In the late 80's-early 90's it cracked the top 20 and was tied with USC Law in prestige. Over the years it has drifted down to about No. 60 on the USN&W rank (which admittedly uses lame methodology but whose results become self-fulfilling).

    Back in the day, the Bar pass rate for "regular" students at Hastings or other UC law schools would be about 90%. For the affirmative action cases at those schools, it was like 60%. The fact that Kamala didn't pass on the first attempt is pretty solid evidence she got in on affirmative action -- and probably wasn't even above average for that group.

    I'd set the over/under on her IQ at about 115, on a good day.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @HammerJack, @Amerimutt Golems, @Dieter Kief

    Hastings was never a top 20 school, unless you’re talking about some ranking I’ve never heard of. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @HammerJack


    Hastings was never a top 20 school, unless you’re talking about some ranking I’ve never heard of. Correct me if I’m wrong.
     
    Look at the tables at pp. 8-12 of this doc: https://www-cdn.law.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/lomio_etal-rp20.pdf

    Hastings was No. 20 in 1991 and 1994 according to the US News & World Report ranking. You owe me a beer, or something.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Father Coughlin, @HammerJack

  133. @Nicholas Stix
    @Anon

    "The fact that she considers whoredom (and facelifts) a normal part of her career plan indicates how ruthless and desperate she is for power."

    Well, she is a politician, isn't she?

    Replies: @J.Ross

    There’s a sub-subplot in the TV series Cop Rock where a vaguely Hillary-like female politician character pursues plastic surgery and her doctor rattles off high level female politicians who have (according to Steven Bochko) had work done.

    • Replies: @Ganderson
    @J.Ross

    Looking at her in her recent pressers she looks as if she’s had some work done, particularly in the neck and chin area. Anyone else notice, or am I crazy? No need to answer part II.

  134. @rec1man
    Kamala Harris Mother , is Tamil-Brahmin-Iyer sub-caste and related to

    Dhruva Jaishankar of Brookings

    Father of Dhruva is Jaishankar, Indian Foreign Minister and former Indian Ambassador to USA

    Replies: @Eagle Eye

    Thanks.

  135. @Father Coughlin
    @Mr McKenna

    She didnt marry til 49, when sex almost doesnt matter any longer to women. Before then, it was strictly the BBD. I feel for my "fellow white", here.

    she did find herself a smart, capable white man, so long as ‘fellow white man’ counts.
     

    Ps really dumb to pick as a running mate someone who is fresh off calling you racist in debates.

    If she is going to use the "r" word against Trump and Pence (and thats virtually her sole job on this ticket) isnt that going to induce the chortle, "you call everybody that, even your own running mate"?

    Replies: @HammerJack, @bomag

    If she is going to use the “r” word against Trump and Pence (and thats virtually her sole job on this ticket)…

    Very much so.

    I imagine a travelling show where the D faithful line up to hear this daughter of Jamaican and Subcon immigrants denounce Amerika as racist and in need of destruction, sprinkled with stories of people wanting to touch her hair, and political opportunities she missed because a White man wouldn’t give them to her.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    @bomag

    It'll sell. And BTW, I must note that subcon asians have been the most venomous of all in condemning America for its many sins, racism of course foremost among them. As we've noted here before, India is possibly the most racist country on the face of the globe. Even the Washington Post agrees.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/05/15/a-fascinating-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-racially-tolerant-countries/

    ETA: I note that the Post has now appended "a professor's reaction" which points out that it's really complicated, and whites probably are more racist when you think about it, and the absolute worst thing is for different people to be separated from one another.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

  136. @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang
    Howard is interesting, it’s a bold tactical move. Academically, it’s a joke. But in terms of “Brand Identity”, it’s very, very strong. I bet the top xyz % of Howard have similar outcomes to Harvard.
    If you’re a Major Employer, you KNOW you can tick the hell out of a box with a HBCU big hitter.
    As an example, the script writers of The Cosby Show found it plausible that dentist’s sons would seek out Howard.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist, @Eagle Eye, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Howard is interesting, it’s a bold tactical move.

    Remember Kamala’s father was a prof at Stanford, and her mother was also an academic insider.

  137. Judging from the video of Kamala’s father, Donald Harris, I’d guess that he’s roughly 1/4th African, 3/4th European. Perhaps slightly more African that that, but not by much.

    That means that Kamala is maybe 1/8th African, 3/8th European, and 1/2 Indian. Yet she is being presented to us as “the first black female on a presidential ticket.”

    And Leftists wonder why so many people think the news media is full of shit.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Wilkey

    The kind of intellect (and looks) that are necessary to be a VP candidate are vanishingly rare among full blooded American slave descendants (despite the fact that most are themselves maybe 20% European) so what passes for "black" leadership at the national level has to be mostly folks like Kamala and Valerie Jarrett and Obama. (In dysfunctional black majority or close to majority cities you can have actual black leadership.)


    Everyone knows this but you are not allowed to say it, so we ignore the elephant in the room and pretend that Kamala is "black". Race is a social construct anyway blah blah blah (ever mind that she (and Obama) didn't grow up in a black household either. Young octoroons like Kamala "identify" as black because they realize that this entitles them to all sorts of AA benefits. Kamala the Anglo-Indian isn't getting into Hastings with her LSAT score but Kamala the "black" girl is.

    So shut up you racist. Kamala is black enough.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Thomm

    , @PiltdownMan
    @Wilkey


    Judging from the video of Kamala’s father, Donald Harris, I’d guess that he’s roughly 1/4th African, 3/4th European. Perhaps slightly more African that that, but not by much.
     
    Here's a picture of Oscar Joseph Harris. He was Donald Harris' father and Kamala Harris' paternal grandfather.

    https://i.imgur.com/ejJ1Nkd.jpg?1
  138. @Anon
    Kamala never struck me as all that bright, which is weird considering the mom was a breast cancer scientist and taught at UCB, while the dad was an Economics professor at Stanford. You'd think they'd produce some seriously smart kids, unless both were AA beneficiaries. I think maybe the sister has all the smart genes.

    Kamala looks more like her dad, i.e. more black, while Maya looks more like her mom, i.e. more Indian. Both are very good looking, as is the niece.

    Replies: @Jack D

    There is something called “regression toward the mean”. If two very tall people have children, they tend to be taller than average but less tall than their parents. OTOH the children of a short couple tend to be a little taller than mom and dad and closer to average height. Same with IQ.

    Generally speaking you regress toward the mean of your race(s), even if your parents are outliers for their race. So in matters of IQ, black offspring have further to regress to and tend to fall farther than for example Jewish offspring. Say you have 130 IQ parents and a racial mean of 85 – on average you might expect their kids to come in at around 108, which is about where Kamala is.

    Kamala is no dummy but neither is she any great genius. For that matter, neither is Biden. If they win, America will be ruled by people with a very middling intellect – slightly above average but only slightly.

    • Replies: @Jesse
    @Jack D

    Not quite. You regress to the mean of your extended biological family, weighted by distance. So the children (and later descendants) of two tall people might average out taller, shorter or the same as their parents, depending on how tall their ancestors were, and the luck of the draw on what genes they end up with.

    This is why whatever changes happen in family status, happen incredibly slowly. They regress to, more or less, the family mean and tend to breed with similar people from similar backgrounds.

    Race is a useful tool if you have no other info, but it's a blunt one. A Black couple with IQs of 150 each, from an average Black family will almost certainly see their kids regress down substantially (less than you might expect, though, since the genes that gave them that high IQ are still in play). If they are both from genuine elite families, the regression will be much less. If they have IQs of 115, but their extended family averages 125, their kids will regress *up* towards the mean.

    (This is why you should look at your partner, *and* their extended families.)

  139. @Wilkey
    Judging from the video of Kamala's father, Donald Harris, I'd guess that he's roughly 1/4th African, 3/4th European. Perhaps slightly more African that that, but not by much.

    That means that Kamala is maybe 1/8th African, 3/8th European, and 1/2 Indian. Yet she is being presented to us as "the first black female on a presidential ticket."

    And Leftists wonder why so many people think the news media is full of shit.

    Replies: @Jack D, @PiltdownMan

    The kind of intellect (and looks) that are necessary to be a VP candidate are vanishingly rare among full blooded American slave descendants (despite the fact that most are themselves maybe 20% European) so what passes for “black” leadership at the national level has to be mostly folks like Kamala and Valerie Jarrett and Obama. (In dysfunctional black majority or close to majority cities you can have actual black leadership.)

    Everyone knows this but you are not allowed to say it, so we ignore the elephant in the room and pretend that Kamala is “black”. Race is a social construct anyway blah blah blah (ever mind that she (and Obama) didn’t grow up in a black household either. Young octoroons like Kamala “identify” as black because they realize that this entitles them to all sorts of AA benefits. Kamala the Anglo-Indian isn’t getting into Hastings with her LSAT score but Kamala the “black” girl is.

    So shut up you racist. Kamala is black enough.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    The kind of intellect (and looks) that are necessary to be a VP candidate are vanishingly rare among full blooded American slave descendants

    See Wm. Schneider on VP candidates. Based on past performance, your single best guess is that your VP candidate will net you 2% of the vote in his home state, and that's all you get out of them in terms of electoral advantage. Selecting a VP candidate, per Schneider, is an exercise in avoiding pitfalls - distractions which will interfere with public relations (see Thos. Eagleton, Geraldine Ferraro). Even in those cases, the ill-effects can be contained (see the media smear-job on Dan Quayle, which wrecked his reputation but didn't much injure the top of the ticket).

    Looks? Edmund Muskie, Spiro Agnew, Walter Mondale, Robert Dole, Geraldine Ferraro, Lloyd Bentsen, Joseph Lieberman, Richard Cheney, Tim Kaine?

    Intellect? Intellect in electoral politics above and beyond what ordinary professional-managerial people have isn't much of an asset and can be a liability. Richard Nixon had a lot of 'g'. He didn't have many principles and he was an incompetent administrator. Ronald Reagan had less 'g' than did Nixon, but he knew his own mind and he had satisfactory management skills. You have 18 million working blacks in this country. The number with the intelligence of ordinary professional-managerial people makes it into seven digits.

    Replies: @anon, @Jack D, @Prester John

    , @Thomm
    @Jack D


    so what passes for “black” leadership at the national level has to be mostly folks like Kamala and Valerie Jarrett and Obama.
     
    Don't forget Cory Booker, who is exactly 47% black, as per Henry Louis Gates' show.

    Condi Rice was 51% black, and thus the blackest high-profile government figure of this era.
  140. @OscarWildeLoveChild
    @CJ

    It is not uncommon for "high achieving" blacks, or "light skinned" blacks to regress to the mean, in college, regarding crime, etc.

    As for her inability to learn French, even living there during the impressionable teen years so many absorb languages, no surprise at all. Consider that we had a president for 8 years, who lived overseas at least part time, had a foreign father, and grew up in a very diverse and multi-lingual cultural Hawaii, and lastly, attended prestigious schools--yet he cannot speak a foreign language.

    One of the constant "America sucks" claims, by (white) liberal/prog types, is how most Americans are too stupid to learn a foreign language--but they only are ever talking about white Americans (who other than actual immigrants who are dual language) are probably the most likely to be bilingual, certainly tri-lingual. Even that "dummy" from Texas spoke Spanish, even before he became president. (I have heard him speak it and would put him at A2/B1).

    Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country, @ScarletNumber

    Yeah, this dog won’t hunt. Some people just don’t have an ear for foreign languages. It isn’t a measure of intelligence. There are plenty of dumb people who are bilingual.

  141. @Reg Cæsar
    @CJ


    She didn’t learn any more than rudimentary French despite living in Montreal from ages 12 to 17. She “struggled” in a French-language school before her mother got her transferred to Westmount High School. Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard. Verdict: seriously, not all that bright.
     
    Norm Macdonald [sic] grew up in Quebec City, and his French may be worse.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    Norm Macdonald [sic]

    Why the sic? That’s how the family spells their name. Norm’s brother is a TV journalist with the CBC and spells his name the same way.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @ScarletNumber


    Why the sic? That’s how the family spells their name.
     
    Because it's unusual, and many readers might not know. If you already do, it wasn't meant for you.

    Heather Mac Donald separated her surname herself; her family doesn't spell it that way. In the British Isles, Mac- and Mc- are alphabetized together, often in their own section separate from other Ms.
  142. @Art Deco
    @Paleo Liberal

    the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton.

    She failed the DC bar exam. Remember the Whitewater imbroglio? The point of origin was irritation on the part of the other partners at the Rose firm about how little business she brought into the firm.

    And, no, I don't think she has more IQ points than Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, or Michael Dukakis (or her 'husband', while we're at it).

    Replies: @syonredux, @ScarletNumber

    The point of origin was irritation on the part of the other partners at the Rose firm about how little business she brought into the firm.

    The ability to generate business is not a sign of intelligence per se.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @ScarletNumber

    Persuading people to use your services does benefit from intelligence, up to the point where intelligence begins to injure your social skills.

    She was an underperforming partner. NB, she landed a position there after her 'husband' was elected state attorney-general. She'd done legal aid work for two years because she was dead inventory. She'd previously been employed by the House Judiciary Committee, whose chief counsel later said that in 14 years as chief counsel, he'd employed three lawyers for whom he'd not give a reference; she was one of the three.

    Hellary is willful, status-seeking, avaricious, unscrupulous, and driven to achieve her disordered ends. She isn't a great legal mind compared to other mid-law attorneys. BTW, about 70% of all those who take the bar exam in their area pass it on the first try. Nowadays, the number of people who are awarded law degrees exceeds the number necessary to staff the legal profession by 1.5-fold. A lot of overlap between those who cannot build a career in law (or cannot be bothered) and those who require multiple passes at the bar exam.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

  143. @Tor597
    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.

    Replies: @Jesse, @Adam Grant, @Father Coughlin, @bomag, @AnotherDad, @Art Deco

    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.

    Tor597, who knows about Harris, but you’re clearly not very perceptive about Steve. He asks the “how smart?” question about candidates pretty much every cycle. One’s i can remember just off the top of my head–Bush and Kerry (a bunch), McCain, Palin, Obama, Biden, Trump.

    Trump–not a particularly smart guy–may well be the smartest of this bunch. If i had to guess, i supposed i might go:
    — Pence
    — Trump
    — Harris
    — Biden
    (Currently, Biden’s obviously the dumbest, but i’m going by native, what they had while still in possession of their talents).

    But heck if i know. Clearly there are no Nixon or Clinton intellects in this bunch.

    Pretty sad this is the “leadership” on offer in a nation of 330 million.

    • Replies: @anon
    @AnotherDad

    Before his age-related degeneration, ole' Joe had the components of intelligence and personality that make for cunning.
    He had that in boatloads.
    Plus he is aggressive, used to have ample testosterone.

    Just recall how he ran over the hapless GOPe beta-boy Paul Ryan in debate. Biden left Ryan as splattered roadkill.
    Definitely would rank Biden in his prime above Harris in her prime.

    Kamala's Indian sista (dot not feather) Tulsi easily ran over Kamala in debate. Pence has been playing the part of "quiet nice guy" as his VP schtick but the Dems don't realize that. Pence will easily win the debate with Harris. The dems won't know what happened to their P.R. product.

    Replies: @anon

    , @Authenticjazzman
    @AnotherDad

    " Trump-not a particularly smart guy"

    So just how do you "know" this? Do you read minds across continents, just what are your qualifications in the area of determining the intelligence of total strangers?

    Myself, I have been Mensa qualified since 1973, am a so-called artist, speak three lingos fluently and am married to a (ret) teacher, and I would place DT's IQ in the 140-150 zone.

    AJM

  144. Won’t it be great to finally have again a President who is not an Ivy-league grad?

  145. @Anonymous
    Biden-Goodhairris is an attempt to recast & reboot the Obama-Biden success of somewhat-Black-plus-white-guy-with-Reassuring-Voices. Except the new good-time girl is even less Black and not really reassuring, more like syrupy & passive-aggressive

    Replies: @Twinkie

    Except the new good-time girl is even less Black and not really reassuring, more like syrupy & passive-aggressive

    Creepy (Joe) and phony (Kamala) are like ivory and ebony (-ish).

  146. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Lloyd1927


    Niece Meena Harris looks white, no matter what she calls herself.
     
    She easily lands on the YES side of The Only Question That Matters.

    Replies: @Calvin Hobbes, @nokangaroos

    Still no comparison to Yvette Mimieux 😀

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @nokangaroos


    Still no comparison to Yvette Mimieux 😀
     
    True that.

    But if the bar for testicular engagement is Yvette circa 1965 ... a lot of us would be consigned to live a very lonely lives.
  147. @Father Coughlin
    @International Jew


    Going to Howard must have just been a “cultural” thing. Same as Pence going to Hannover College in southern Indiana
     
    I dont know what you mean "by a cultural thing." She didnt live with her black father after age 7. But perhaps she saw some future advantage in being black. See? She's not so dumb!

    it's strange that with both her and Obama these half-AA people go out and try to be more black than white, even though they're not really raised around black.

    Hanover is a fine school by the way. Viva! small, old independent midwestern colleges.

    Replies: @International Jew, @Jack D

    I dont know what you mean “by a cultural thing.”

    I’m saying Howard, like Hanover, offers something that may attract kids who could, if they wanted to, attend more high-profile, conventionally “prestigious” schools.

    There were guys in my high school class who went to conservative church-oriented places like Hanover. Those guys were smarter than me, and could have gone to the fancy northeastern school I attended. They just didn’t want to; they were looking for a certain kind of cultural environment.

    Harris evidently wanted to be around blacks. That she wasn’t raised “black” doesn’t in any way illegitimize her desire. Same as there’d be nothing wrong with the son of atheist parents wishing to become a devout Presbyterian and choosing Hanover.

  148. @Cloudbuster
    @Adam Grant

    There's a blast from the past, including an appearance from Half Sigma!

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    Wow, Half Sigma. I used to read his blog all of the time. His new blog doesn’t have the same cache. He grew tiresome long ago, and I don’t think he ever married. Personally he seems like a loser.

  149. Meanwhile, only 1% self-identified as being black.

    No word on what percent of readers are black.

    • LOL: nokangaroos
  150. @J.Ross
    and 27% are anthropomorphic
    So just like with Star Wars, where aliens are part of the whole reason to even bother with it but take up valuable screen time which could be going to Hottentots or Druze, so too Richard Scarry's four-legged motorists must make room for Sentinelese and Bahamians. Sad to bring up Scarry, his books have already been posthumously truthminned to get rid of such atrocities as male dentists and pretty stewardesses.

    Replies: @Kibernetika, @Amerimutt Golems

    She is just projecting her own anxieties over her Amerimutt identity.

  151. How about: “They’re real, and they’re Phenomenal”?

    How about ‘Phenomenally White’?

  152. @Harry Baldwin
    @Rob McX

    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says "Phenomenal Woman"? It would be absurd on a woman who's actually phenomenal, and pathetic on one who's not. This sort of thing always makes me think of Fredo: "I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!"

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Calvin Hobbes, @Gianni in Guernsey, @Neuday

    It sounds like something Elizabeth Holmes would have worn if she wanted words on her Steve Jobsh like Black turtleneck.

  153. @bomag
    @Father Coughlin


    If she is going to use the “r” word against Trump and Pence (and thats virtually her sole job on this ticket)...
     
    Very much so.

    I imagine a travelling show where the D faithful line up to hear this daughter of Jamaican and Subcon immigrants denounce Amerika as racist and in need of destruction, sprinkled with stories of people wanting to touch her hair, and political opportunities she missed because a White man wouldn't give them to her.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

    It’ll sell. And BTW, I must note that subcon asians have been the most venomous of all in condemning America for its many sins, racism of course foremost among them. As we’ve noted here before, India is possibly the most racist country on the face of the globe. Even the Washington Post agrees.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/05/15/a-fascinating-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-racially-tolerant-countries/

    ETA: I note that the Post has now appended “a professor’s reaction” which points out that it’s really complicated, and whites probably are more racist when you think about it, and the absolute worst thing is for different people to be separated from one another.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    @Mr McKenna

    Ran out of edit window. Here's the good professor's logic:


    Ethnic conflict comes from "concentration," not "fractionalization." Here's where Saideman really shows off his expertise. "The one consistent finding for ethnic conflict is not about fractionalization but about group concentration," he writes. "That where ethnic groups have distinct areas apart from each other within a country, there is more conflict. Why? Well, partly because it facilitates separatism.
     

    Replies: @Father Coughlin

  154. @Mr McKenna
    @bomag

    It'll sell. And BTW, I must note that subcon asians have been the most venomous of all in condemning America for its many sins, racism of course foremost among them. As we've noted here before, India is possibly the most racist country on the face of the globe. Even the Washington Post agrees.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/05/15/a-fascinating-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-racially-tolerant-countries/

    ETA: I note that the Post has now appended "a professor's reaction" which points out that it's really complicated, and whites probably are more racist when you think about it, and the absolute worst thing is for different people to be separated from one another.

    Replies: @Mr McKenna

    Ran out of edit window. Here’s the good professor’s logic:

    Ethnic conflict comes from “concentration,” not “fractionalization.” Here’s where Saideman really shows off his expertise. “The one consistent finding for ethnic conflict is not about fractionalization but about group concentration,” he writes. “That where ethnic groups have distinct areas apart from each other within a country, there is more conflict. Why? Well, partly because it facilitates separatism.

    • Replies: @Father Coughlin
    @Mr McKenna

    (((Saideman)))

    gotta be .. that's definitely Finkelthink

  155. @Hypnotoad666
    @CJ

    Hastings actually used to be ranked much higher as a law school when Harris went there. In the late 80's-early 90's it cracked the top 20 and was tied with USC Law in prestige. Over the years it has drifted down to about No. 60 on the USN&W rank (which admittedly uses lame methodology but whose results become self-fulfilling).

    Back in the day, the Bar pass rate for "regular" students at Hastings or other UC law schools would be about 90%. For the affirmative action cases at those schools, it was like 60%. The fact that Kamala didn't pass on the first attempt is pretty solid evidence she got in on affirmative action -- and probably wasn't even above average for that group.

    I'd set the over/under on her IQ at about 115, on a good day.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @HammerJack, @Amerimutt Golems, @Dieter Kief

    I’d set the over/under on her IQ at about 115, on a good day.

    She is also Machiavellian which is more essential in modern politics.

  156. @Citizen of a Silly Country
    @OscarWildeLoveChild

    I hate that "Americans are so provincial/stupid. They can't even learn another language" BS.

    We don't learn other languages because there's no need. My German friends used to tell me all the time that they didn't really understand why some Americans were embarrassed about that. They didn't learn other languages for fun; they did it because they had to.

    Replies: @Ganderson, @Ancient Briton

    I agree, even though I do speak a couple of (pretty useless) languages. I learned them because it amused me, and I figured there’d be cute girls in the classes. What bugged me is Barry Obama chiding Americans for not knowing languages, when he couldn’t speak one either.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Ganderson

    What bugged me is Barry Obama chiding Americans for not knowing languages, when he couldn’t speak one either.

    But he did say "Pockistan", thus proving he was cooler and more virtuous than you flyover mouth breathers. So there's that.

    Replies: @anon

    , @Jack D
    @Ganderson

    Obama was lying when he said that he did not speak any foreign languages because he did not want to highlight his un-American background. He attended local Indonesian language schools from ages 6 to 10 so unless he was flunking (and he wasn't) he was able to read, write and speak in Indonesian at at least the 4th grade level. His Indonesian might be little rusty but I'll bet it would come back to him in a jiffy.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @J.Ross

  157. @MEH 0910
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1293525128396115969

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Anonymous

    Everybody loses hair in their late 40s. Nothing to do with wu-flu.

  158. @Reg Cæsar
    @syonredux


    It should be pronounced “root,” but morons give it the “ow” of rout.
     
    The Midwest is totally lost on this one. But I've held my ground for 40 years. The router in the hardware store is not a homonym of the router in the computer store. One routs, one routes.

    At least Milwaukee and St Louis (and their hinterlands) drink soda, not that godawful pop. Must be the beer.

    Now with presidential season upon us, we not only have to defend the Electoral College, we have to teach people how to pronounce it. Stress on the antepenultimate. Nothing oral about it.

    Replies: @Ganderson

    Reg- don’t forget the “rough” (not exactly right, but the closest I can get, phonetically speaking) that keeps the rain out. I’m going to go get some shingles, you wanna come with? And next time you go to Milwaukee County (or Worcester County, MA) don’t forget to get a drink of water from the “bubbler”.

  159. @J.Ross
    @Nicholas Stix

    There's a sub-subplot in the TV series Cop Rock where a vaguely Hillary-like female politician character pursues plastic surgery and her doctor rattles off high level female politicians who have (according to Steven Bochko) had work done.

    Replies: @Ganderson

    Looking at her in her recent pressers she looks as if she’s had some work done, particularly in the neck and chin area. Anyone else notice, or am I crazy? No need to answer part II.

  160. @ic1000
    Here's Social Justice Empire-Builder Meena Harris' headliner tee shirt:
    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1857/6179/products/Featured-_Sasheer_Zamata_Photographer-Itaysha_Jordan_CROPPED_720x.jpg
    Yours for $35 plus $6 shipping. Brings to mind Tom Lehrer's quip, "Doing well by doing good."

    Other offerings can be had for the same price, including Phenomenally Trans, Phenomenally Latina, Phenomenally Asian, Phenomenally Indigenous, Phenomenally Muslim, Phenomenally Jewish, and Phenomenally Black.

    I didn't see the listing for "It's OK To Be white."

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @Neuday

    I didn’t see the listing for “It’s OK To Be white.”

    Bruh, just wait until I get my print on demand store rolling.

  161. anon[866] • Disclaimer says:

    With the publication of “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea,” released today, Harris became one of the few black authors to have a published children’s book.

    Looking at her photo, it appears The Left uses The One Drop Rule in order to bestow the highest honor in the land: Black.

  162. anon[866] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad
    @Tor597


    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.
     
    Tor597, who knows about Harris, but you're clearly not very perceptive about Steve. He asks the "how smart?" question about candidates pretty much every cycle. One's i can remember just off the top of my head--Bush and Kerry (a bunch), McCain, Palin, Obama, Biden, Trump.

    Trump--not a particularly smart guy--may well be the smartest of this bunch. If i had to guess, i supposed i might go:
    -- Pence
    -- Trump
    -- Harris
    -- Biden
    (Currently, Biden's obviously the dumbest, but i'm going by native, what they had while still in possession of their talents).

    But heck if i know. Clearly there are no Nixon or Clinton intellects in this bunch.

    Pretty sad this is the "leadership" on offer in a nation of 330 million.

    Replies: @anon, @Authenticjazzman

    Before his age-related degeneration, ole’ Joe had the components of intelligence and personality that make for cunning.
    He had that in boatloads.
    Plus he is aggressive, used to have ample testosterone.

    Just recall how he ran over the hapless GOPe beta-boy Paul Ryan in debate. Biden left Ryan as splattered roadkill.
    Definitely would rank Biden in his prime above Harris in her prime.

    Kamala’s Indian sista (dot not feather) Tulsi easily ran over Kamala in debate. Pence has been playing the part of “quiet nice guy” as his VP schtick but the Dems don’t realize that. Pence will easily win the debate with Harris. The dems won’t know what happened to their P.R. product.

    • Replies: @anon
    @anon

    Tulsi Gabbard is of Samoan (and European) origin. Her religion is Hindu.

  163. @ScarletNumber
    @Art Deco


    The point of origin was irritation on the part of the other partners at the Rose firm about how little business she brought into the firm.
     
    The ability to generate business is not a sign of intelligence per se.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    Persuading people to use your services does benefit from intelligence, up to the point where intelligence begins to injure your social skills.

    She was an underperforming partner. NB, she landed a position there after her ‘husband’ was elected state attorney-general. She’d done legal aid work for two years because she was dead inventory. She’d previously been employed by the House Judiciary Committee, whose chief counsel later said that in 14 years as chief counsel, he’d employed three lawyers for whom he’d not give a reference; she was one of the three.

    Hellary is willful, status-seeking, avaricious, unscrupulous, and driven to achieve her disordered ends. She isn’t a great legal mind compared to other mid-law attorneys. BTW, about 70% of all those who take the bar exam in their area pass it on the first try. Nowadays, the number of people who are awarded law degrees exceeds the number necessary to staff the legal profession by 1.5-fold. A lot of overlap between those who cannot build a career in law (or cannot be bothered) and those who require multiple passes at the bar exam.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Art Deco

    Hellary is willful, status-seeking, avaricious, unscrupulous, and driven to achieve her disordered ends. She isn’t a great legal mind compared to other mid-law attorneys. BTW, about 70% of all those who take the bar exam in their area pass it on the first try.

    So, I'm guessing you weren't the guy I saw on the street last week wearing an "I'm with her" t-shirt?

  164. @Father Coughlin
    1- she did not graduate even cum laude from Howard ... or their alumni office surely would have mentioned it

    https://web.archive.org/web/20110112015549/http://www.howard.edu/newsroom/releases/2010/20101215HowardAlumnaTrailblazerBecomesFirstWomanElectedasCaliforniaAttorneyGeneral.html

    2- Anecdotally, the black bar failure rate is colossal. They don't release the numbers because they aren't 100% sure they can blame whitey yet.

    3-The key with Harris is not just how smart she is, But how her intelligence (or lack) dovetails with her other achievements. Someone who has shown great virtue and achievement in life, you might give them a pass for not being all that smart or academically ambitious, back when she was young and foolish.

    Or vice versa: someone who has not done too much in life but you know She's whip-smart and can perhaps rise to the occasion.

    When youve plausibly slept your way to the top, you better have the smarts to back it up. And ps shes running for leader of the free world so "qualified" is not enough.

    4-


    … Harris now works at the company full-time and has helped expand it into a cultural commentary force.
     
    what is a … "cultural commentary force." pray tell, BusinessInsider? What SIC code is that?

    5- This was a dumb pick for Democrats. The obvious pick was Whitmer ... then run on promising to manage Covid better than Trump. An executive ready to jump in for Biden when the 25th amendment strikes. But Democrats always paint themselves into corners.

    Replies: @dearieme

    “she’s running for leader of the free world”” how charmingly anachronistic.

  165. @Tor597
    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.

    Replies: @Jesse, @Adam Grant, @Father Coughlin, @bomag, @AnotherDad, @Art Deco

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I see you have trouble thinking in terms of spectra.

    The real Mike Pence attended satisfactory schools, practiced law for about 10 years before making a career in topical commentary, and is an experienced executive. Liberals tend to make shallow (and commonly malicious) judgments about people, of course, which is why it’s a waste of time to ask most liberals their opinion about anything.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    Satisfactory is about right and that is damning with faint praise. Indiana University has 2 law schools. The one in Bloomington is rated a respectable #38 nationally and would be the #2 law school in Indiana after Notre Dame.

    However the one that Pence attended (McKinney) is ranked #122, which puts it in nowheresville, even below black Howard University and Biden's Syracuse. Students who attend such a school might practice in their own state but have zero chance of landing an out-of-state job with a major firm.

    Which is not to say that Mike Pence is not a very nice man with a lot of valuable skills in public speaking, governing a state, etc. It's just that it is unlikely that he has a very high IQ (but neither is he an idiot). He is probably slightly above average, in the same range as Biden and Harris. You could guesstimate circa 110-115 for all 3 of them. Trump is probably slightly smarter but not much. As others have pointed out, high IQ is not a prerequisite to being a successful President.

    Replies: @nebulafox

  166. @Jack D
    @Anon

    There is something called "regression toward the mean". If two very tall people have children, they tend to be taller than average but less tall than their parents. OTOH the children of a short couple tend to be a little taller than mom and dad and closer to average height. Same with IQ.

    Generally speaking you regress toward the mean of your race(s), even if your parents are outliers for their race. So in matters of IQ, black offspring have further to regress to and tend to fall farther than for example Jewish offspring. Say you have 130 IQ parents and a racial mean of 85 - on average you might expect their kids to come in at around 108, which is about where Kamala is.

    Kamala is no dummy but neither is she any great genius. For that matter, neither is Biden. If they win, America will be ruled by people with a very middling intellect - slightly above average but only slightly.

    Replies: @Jesse

    Not quite. You regress to the mean of your extended biological family, weighted by distance. So the children (and later descendants) of two tall people might average out taller, shorter or the same as their parents, depending on how tall their ancestors were, and the luck of the draw on what genes they end up with.

    This is why whatever changes happen in family status, happen incredibly slowly. They regress to, more or less, the family mean and tend to breed with similar people from similar backgrounds.

    Race is a useful tool if you have no other info, but it’s a blunt one. A Black couple with IQs of 150 each, from an average Black family will almost certainly see their kids regress down substantially (less than you might expect, though, since the genes that gave them that high IQ are still in play). If they are both from genuine elite families, the regression will be much less. If they have IQs of 115, but their extended family averages 125, their kids will regress *up* towards the mean.

    (This is why you should look at your partner, *and* their extended families.)

    • Agree: Jack D
  167. @Hypnotoad666
    @CJ

    Hastings actually used to be ranked much higher as a law school when Harris went there. In the late 80's-early 90's it cracked the top 20 and was tied with USC Law in prestige. Over the years it has drifted down to about No. 60 on the USN&W rank (which admittedly uses lame methodology but whose results become self-fulfilling).

    Back in the day, the Bar pass rate for "regular" students at Hastings or other UC law schools would be about 90%. For the affirmative action cases at those schools, it was like 60%. The fact that Kamala didn't pass on the first attempt is pretty solid evidence she got in on affirmative action -- and probably wasn't even above average for that group.

    I'd set the over/under on her IQ at about 115, on a good day.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @HammerJack, @Amerimutt Golems, @Dieter Kief

    I have no idea just how right your assumptions are but feel a bit sorry nonetheless. – And I can’t even say for whom. – For us?

  168. @Jack D
    @Wilkey

    The kind of intellect (and looks) that are necessary to be a VP candidate are vanishingly rare among full blooded American slave descendants (despite the fact that most are themselves maybe 20% European) so what passes for "black" leadership at the national level has to be mostly folks like Kamala and Valerie Jarrett and Obama. (In dysfunctional black majority or close to majority cities you can have actual black leadership.)


    Everyone knows this but you are not allowed to say it, so we ignore the elephant in the room and pretend that Kamala is "black". Race is a social construct anyway blah blah blah (ever mind that she (and Obama) didn't grow up in a black household either. Young octoroons like Kamala "identify" as black because they realize that this entitles them to all sorts of AA benefits. Kamala the Anglo-Indian isn't getting into Hastings with her LSAT score but Kamala the "black" girl is.

    So shut up you racist. Kamala is black enough.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Thomm

    The kind of intellect (and looks) that are necessary to be a VP candidate are vanishingly rare among full blooded American slave descendants

    See Wm. Schneider on VP candidates. Based on past performance, your single best guess is that your VP candidate will net you 2% of the vote in his home state, and that’s all you get out of them in terms of electoral advantage. Selecting a VP candidate, per Schneider, is an exercise in avoiding pitfalls – distractions which will interfere with public relations (see Thos. Eagleton, Geraldine Ferraro). Even in those cases, the ill-effects can be contained (see the media smear-job on Dan Quayle, which wrecked his reputation but didn’t much injure the top of the ticket).

    Looks? Edmund Muskie, Spiro Agnew, Walter Mondale, Robert Dole, Geraldine Ferraro, Lloyd Bentsen, Joseph Lieberman, Richard Cheney, Tim Kaine?

    Intellect? Intellect in electoral politics above and beyond what ordinary professional-managerial people have isn’t much of an asset and can be a liability. Richard Nixon had a lot of ‘g’. He didn’t have many principles and he was an incompetent administrator. Ronald Reagan had less ‘g’ than did Nixon, but he knew his own mind and he had satisfactory management skills. You have 18 million working blacks in this country. The number with the intelligence of ordinary professional-managerial people makes it into seven digits.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Art Deco

    See Wm. Schneider on VP candidates.

    For that matter, see John Nance Garner on what the actual office of the Vice President is worth.

    , @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    Black incompetence often goes beyond just what an IQ test will tell you. For example, very often the personal financial affairs of even (relatively) high IQ blacks with professional degrees are a bloody mess (and this gets them into all sorts of trouble when they begin to make up the shortfall by stealing client funds, taking bribes, etc.). Or else if they remain honest (John Lewis) then they die poor.

    An IQ test doesn't tell the full story - there is nothing in an IQ test that directly tests future time orientation. There is no Marshmallow Subtest on the Wechsler. If you could test that you would see that blacks score lower than their IQs would indicate.

    , @Prester John
    @Art Deco

    The need for copious levels of "g" in politics is vastly overrated. Totally agree regarding Nixon, but I would also add Carter and Clinton. Carter was mediocre and Clinton was fair/middling. FDR was described as a man with a "second class intellect but a first-class temperament." The latter is as important as intellect, if not even more important.

  169. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    The kind of intellect (and looks) that are necessary to be a VP candidate are vanishingly rare among full blooded American slave descendants

    See Wm. Schneider on VP candidates. Based on past performance, your single best guess is that your VP candidate will net you 2% of the vote in his home state, and that's all you get out of them in terms of electoral advantage. Selecting a VP candidate, per Schneider, is an exercise in avoiding pitfalls - distractions which will interfere with public relations (see Thos. Eagleton, Geraldine Ferraro). Even in those cases, the ill-effects can be contained (see the media smear-job on Dan Quayle, which wrecked his reputation but didn't much injure the top of the ticket).

    Looks? Edmund Muskie, Spiro Agnew, Walter Mondale, Robert Dole, Geraldine Ferraro, Lloyd Bentsen, Joseph Lieberman, Richard Cheney, Tim Kaine?

    Intellect? Intellect in electoral politics above and beyond what ordinary professional-managerial people have isn't much of an asset and can be a liability. Richard Nixon had a lot of 'g'. He didn't have many principles and he was an incompetent administrator. Ronald Reagan had less 'g' than did Nixon, but he knew his own mind and he had satisfactory management skills. You have 18 million working blacks in this country. The number with the intelligence of ordinary professional-managerial people makes it into seven digits.

    Replies: @anon, @Jack D, @Prester John

    See Wm. Schneider on VP candidates.

    For that matter, see John Nance Garner on what the actual office of the Vice President is worth.

  170. @Father Coughlin
    @International Jew


    Going to Howard must have just been a “cultural” thing. Same as Pence going to Hannover College in southern Indiana
     
    I dont know what you mean "by a cultural thing." She didnt live with her black father after age 7. But perhaps she saw some future advantage in being black. See? She's not so dumb!

    it's strange that with both her and Obama these half-AA people go out and try to be more black than white, even though they're not really raised around black.

    Hanover is a fine school by the way. Viva! small, old independent midwestern colleges.

    Replies: @International Jew, @Jack D

    Aside from seeing the advantage (which I don’t rule out), half black kids raised by non-black (white or Asian) mothers (with absent black fathers – black dads rarely stick around) often choose a place like Howard in order to learn how to be black. They want their inner identity to match the face that they see in the mirror. (As a practical matter they can also pick up tips on things like black hair and skin care that their white mothers never really fully understood). They know better than anyone that they don’t really know how to be black and hope that at a place like Howard they can resolve the conflict and emerge with a fully black identity instead of feeling like an Oreo. Obama did the same thing by marrying an American slave descendant black woman. Of course if you can gain professional benefits by being “black” then you are not going to refuse those either.

    In Harris’s case (unlike Obama), I think it was a passing phase and the blackness didn’t really “take” as evidenced by the fact that she married a white Jewish guy who must have reminded her of her high school classmates in the Jewish section of Montreal. Barry Otero was really destined to marry the (white) daughter of some State Dept. officer or someone in the international NGO sector or something like that but he rejected it and became Barrack Obama instead.

    • Agree: Jesse
    • Replies: @Father Coughlin
    @Jack D

    Agree with everything, except:

    marrying, at age 49, a Jewish entertainment lawyer who is partner-in-charge of the 64th largest law firm in the US is is not evidence that "the blackness didn't really take". Aside from the fact that Jews stridently insist they are not white, tiring of the whole rat-race of finding a compatible man of your own race and marrying a Jew with connections who can help you go places, is a trope. Just look at the relationship side-bar in Wikipedia of a handful of women in the public eye, white or black, and then smash the Early Life section of their spouse or boyfriend, it should be like shooting fish in a barrel.

    To tell whether it didn't "take", you'd have to look at her dating history for the 20 years before she married and see if there were any white guys. The willingness to be Willie Brown's mistress is a clear indication that her time at a HBCU did in fact "take". He's not exactly "high yellow".

    , @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    black dads rarely stick around)

    About 38% of all black youths live with their father or with a step-father, so it's a tad more frequent than 'rarely'.

    Most divorced men are so because their wife insisted on it, and it's atypical for women to have what used to be called 'grounds'. In re the fathers of ba*tard children, it's murkier, but a not inconsiderable number are shoo'd away; trashy single mothers want money from men, and, often, attention; the demand for actual husbands and fathers is spottier.

  171. @Anon
    The problem with Kamala isn't so much that she isn't "smart"; I'm sure she's above average in intelligence and in any event I don't think it is necessary for any of these politicians to be that smart anyways.

    The thing with Kamala is that she isn't that American where it matters. She has nothing to do with the average African-American, but is pawned off as a step forward for "Black Women"; her Wikipedia page even has her as an "Asian-American". Rice was at least the descendant of American slaves. Probably doesn't make a difference to elite whites that have no real exposure to blacks anyways. But if you look hard enough, you can find video clips of what authentically American blacks like Jesse Jackson think of "blacks' like Obama.

    Replies: @Known Fact, @Jim Don Bob

    Obama never struck me as black, just another ivory tower lib. And look at the “blacks” who staffed his administration. He clearly needed Michelle and that African relative who was living in a hut or a box or something, to fill out his sitcom family cast with enough blackitude

  172. @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang
    Howard is interesting, it’s a bold tactical move. Academically, it’s a joke. But in terms of “Brand Identity”, it’s very, very strong. I bet the top xyz % of Howard have similar outcomes to Harvard.
    If you’re a Major Employer, you KNOW you can tick the hell out of a box with a HBCU big hitter.
    As an example, the script writers of The Cosby Show found it plausible that dentist’s sons would seek out Howard.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist, @Eagle Eye, @Ghost of Bull Moose

    The Cosby show and spinoff featured ‘Hillman College,’ a prestigious, imaginary HBCU. The Lisa Bonet character went to Hillman before dropping out and ending up at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn(which is real and, uh, not phenomenal). Hillman’s year abroad was in Wakanda IIRC.

  173. @tyrone
    I'll bet she's smart enough to realize that old white Joe has lost his marbles and if they win she'll be sitting in the oval office next year.

    Replies: @Escher, @Prester John, @SaneClownPosse

    I suspect that has been “The Plan”all along. Sooner or later, Ramblin’ Joe will ramble off the table and into a room at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Georgetown, at which point she will have the distinction of being the first Womyn of Kullah to be POTUS. The question for the house at that point becomes: Who will be HER veep.

    • Replies: @Richard B
    @Prester John


    The question for the house at that point becomes
     
    How long before the purges start?
  174. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    The kind of intellect (and looks) that are necessary to be a VP candidate are vanishingly rare among full blooded American slave descendants

    See Wm. Schneider on VP candidates. Based on past performance, your single best guess is that your VP candidate will net you 2% of the vote in his home state, and that's all you get out of them in terms of electoral advantage. Selecting a VP candidate, per Schneider, is an exercise in avoiding pitfalls - distractions which will interfere with public relations (see Thos. Eagleton, Geraldine Ferraro). Even in those cases, the ill-effects can be contained (see the media smear-job on Dan Quayle, which wrecked his reputation but didn't much injure the top of the ticket).

    Looks? Edmund Muskie, Spiro Agnew, Walter Mondale, Robert Dole, Geraldine Ferraro, Lloyd Bentsen, Joseph Lieberman, Richard Cheney, Tim Kaine?

    Intellect? Intellect in electoral politics above and beyond what ordinary professional-managerial people have isn't much of an asset and can be a liability. Richard Nixon had a lot of 'g'. He didn't have many principles and he was an incompetent administrator. Ronald Reagan had less 'g' than did Nixon, but he knew his own mind and he had satisfactory management skills. You have 18 million working blacks in this country. The number with the intelligence of ordinary professional-managerial people makes it into seven digits.

    Replies: @anon, @Jack D, @Prester John

    Black incompetence often goes beyond just what an IQ test will tell you. For example, very often the personal financial affairs of even (relatively) high IQ blacks with professional degrees are a bloody mess (and this gets them into all sorts of trouble when they begin to make up the shortfall by stealing client funds, taking bribes, etc.). Or else if they remain honest (John Lewis) then they die poor.

    An IQ test doesn’t tell the full story – there is nothing in an IQ test that directly tests future time orientation. There is no Marshmallow Subtest on the Wechsler. If you could test that you would see that blacks score lower than their IQs would indicate.

    • Disagree: botazefa
  175. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    The kind of intellect (and looks) that are necessary to be a VP candidate are vanishingly rare among full blooded American slave descendants

    See Wm. Schneider on VP candidates. Based on past performance, your single best guess is that your VP candidate will net you 2% of the vote in his home state, and that's all you get out of them in terms of electoral advantage. Selecting a VP candidate, per Schneider, is an exercise in avoiding pitfalls - distractions which will interfere with public relations (see Thos. Eagleton, Geraldine Ferraro). Even in those cases, the ill-effects can be contained (see the media smear-job on Dan Quayle, which wrecked his reputation but didn't much injure the top of the ticket).

    Looks? Edmund Muskie, Spiro Agnew, Walter Mondale, Robert Dole, Geraldine Ferraro, Lloyd Bentsen, Joseph Lieberman, Richard Cheney, Tim Kaine?

    Intellect? Intellect in electoral politics above and beyond what ordinary professional-managerial people have isn't much of an asset and can be a liability. Richard Nixon had a lot of 'g'. He didn't have many principles and he was an incompetent administrator. Ronald Reagan had less 'g' than did Nixon, but he knew his own mind and he had satisfactory management skills. You have 18 million working blacks in this country. The number with the intelligence of ordinary professional-managerial people makes it into seven digits.

    Replies: @anon, @Jack D, @Prester John

    The need for copious levels of “g” in politics is vastly overrated. Totally agree regarding Nixon, but I would also add Carter and Clinton. Carter was mediocre and Clinton was fair/middling. FDR was described as a man with a “second class intellect but a first-class temperament.” The latter is as important as intellect, if not even more important.

  176. @JohnnyWalker123
    According to Trump's aggrieved niece, he paid someone to take the SAT for him. The score helped him get into the prestigious Wharton Business School.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-cheated-on-his-sat-penn-wharton-mary-trump-2020-7

    President Donald Trump cheated on his SAT in high school, according to Mary Trump's coming book.

    In her tell-all, the president's niece claims that he paid a proxy to take his SAT for him, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the book.

    The book said the score helped him get admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton business school, according to The Times.

     

    I have no idea if the allegation is credible.

    Jews, East Asians, Subcons, and certain West subgroups (Cubans, Armenians, Persians, Lebanese, etc.) are infamous for corruption and nepotism. So are some of the White ethnics, like Irish and Italians.

    However, it's difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves. Almost impossible. It sounds like something out of an outlandish Sci-Fi movie.

    Yet stuff like this really did happen as recently as the 60s.

    Imagine you took a time machine back to the year 1960. You told Anglo-Germanic elites that their grandchildren would be pushed out of the elite by the Jews and various immigrant groups. I wonder what they would've said.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @International Jew, @Hibernian, @Jack D

    The book said the score helped him get admitted to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business school, according to The Times.

    Trump transferred to Wharton as a junior. He spend his first two years at Fordham. So this is a half-truth at best. For a junior transfer, his Fordham transcript would have had a lot more weight than his SATs. This is a very typical MSM hit job where you tell something that (might) be true but you leave out other salient facts that you would highlight the hell out of if the person in question was a Democrat.

    Keep in mind also that Wharton undergrad was not as prestigious or as difficult to get into then as it is now. When Trump applied in the ’60s, the acceptance rate was 40% (vs. something like 7% today). Most Wharton undergrads in those days were not headed for Wall Street but rather were going to go back to their family business (as Trump did) or become CPA’s. It was much more blue-collarish than the MBA program.

  177. @Rob McX

    Shirts for sale now include slogans such as “Phenomenal Mother,” “Phenomenally Asian,” “Phenomenally Latina,” and “Powerful Black Voter.”
     
    Put me down for a "Phenomenally White" shirt when they're ready.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @Jim Don Bob

    Put me down for a “Phenomenally White” shirt when they’re ready.

    Me too. But I want mine to have a big arrow pointing down.

  178. @Anon
    The problem with Kamala isn't so much that she isn't "smart"; I'm sure she's above average in intelligence and in any event I don't think it is necessary for any of these politicians to be that smart anyways.

    The thing with Kamala is that she isn't that American where it matters. She has nothing to do with the average African-American, but is pawned off as a step forward for "Black Women"; her Wikipedia page even has her as an "Asian-American". Rice was at least the descendant of American slaves. Probably doesn't make a difference to elite whites that have no real exposure to blacks anyways. But if you look hard enough, you can find video clips of what authentically American blacks like Jesse Jackson think of "blacks' like Obama.

    Replies: @Known Fact, @Jim Don Bob

    Authentic blacks like JJ don’t like the High Yeller blacks or the Rachel Dozals like Kamala. Sharon Pratt Kelly found that out when she succeeded Marion “bitch set me up” Barry as Mayor of DC

  179. So you can heat transfer some letters on a $3 t-shirt and sell it for $35 plus $6 shipping—gee you just made $35—also her childrens book looks a lot like the one done by Baltimore’s Mayor Pugh—illustrations are very similar—-by the way the good mayor is now in the federal slammer (where she belongs)

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Possumman

    That's basically the entire print on demand business model, as well as the business model for Supreme, a brand much-loved by the hip with too much money and not much common sense.

  180. Anon[289] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Hibernian
    @JohnnyWalker123


    However, it’s difficult to contemplate Anglo-Germanic White people using unfair means (such as sophisticated cheating and accessing ethnic networks) to advance themselves.
     
    Are you kidding? The British Empire was based on this kind of thing.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Anon

    Amazing when Anglo-Americans genuinely don’t seem to understand the underhanded way the English Empire was built, and continues.. if the Pilgrims Society is not a friends-and-family affair, I don’t know what is. And what about the Young President’s Organization? But it should be evident just from looking at the social edifice of fraternities, sundry professional and social clubs and masonic lodges.

    The fair-play England could not confront the Spanish Empire, so they settled on undermining it. To this end, they sent their trusty jewish minions to America, from Valparaiso to Rhode Island. This masonic network would be used to promote and finance the “Independence” of Hispanoamérica.

    The first spanish Masonic Lodge was founded by Manuel de Lima y Sola, a wily cryptoJew from Curazao. The Rhode Island and Providence Plantations were instituted by jewish masonic slave traders (Moises Seixas and Moises Levy) which is why there you find the first Synagogue (Touro). Of course British Jamaica was a den of crypto Jew pirate-thieves who got readmitted to England for spying on the Spanish Armada. At this point, Spain was evangelizing and civilizing the locals, not understanding that she would soon be dispossessed of her territory. And yes, Nueva España was never a colony, but rather a part of Spain with full rights. The first “culture wars”, with the usual suspects involved, was the one done to discredit Spain with the Black Legend.

    Funnily enough, this very British Deep State has funded revolutions and coups for 400 years. In Wickham Steed’s memoirs, for example, you can read that the “Young Czech” NGO used to topple the Habsburg Empire was funded by ’South American Czechs’.. and where exactly were those located in 1918? Well, in Valparaiso, of all places, just check wiki. The Young Czechs were but one initiative amidst all the Young Europe cells leveraged by the judeo-masonic Perfidious Albion. The jewish Young Turks included.

    If now the Anglo-Americans have been beaten at their game by their once junior partners, they should really just applaud the better player. They were played as useful idiots in the destruction of ancient Christian Europe.

    https://www.eleconomistaamerica.cl/sociedad-eAm-chile/noticias/7942775/11/16/Lanzan-libro-sobre-el-fundador-de-la-masoneria-en-Chile.html

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/rhode-island-jewish-history

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2962276-jewish-pirates-of-the-caribbean

    https://gagrule.net/israel-turkey-armeniangenocide-the-donmeh-the-middle-easts-most-whispered-secret-part-i/

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Anon

    I was replying to what I considered an example of WASP self righteousness. I didn't intend to provide a launching pad for an Ant-Semitic conspiracy theory.

    Replies: @Anon

    , @Anonymous
    @Anon

    The Spanish bitching that the British refused to help them reconquer their empire after the Napoleonic wars is like the British/French/Dutch/etc bitching that the U.S. refused to do ditto after WWII. In both cases, why the hell was this any of their responsibility?

  181. @Bragadocious
    I go back to the debate where Gabbard lit into her, and Harris couldn't even mutter one syllable in response. This showed me 2 things. She's not quick on her feet, and she failed to prepare for such an attack. Surely she should have known that one of the progressives would mention her dismal career as "top cop" in San Fran. Maybe she's so full of herself that she didn't anticipate it.

    Replies: @Justvisiting

    I go back to the debate where Gabbard lit into her, and Harris couldn’t even mutter one syllable in response…Maybe she’s so full of herself that she didn’t anticipate it.

    Affirmative action creatures like Harris are used to be treated with kid gloves their entire lives.

    That (imh0) is why Willie Brown begged her to not accept the VP nod from Biden.

    Willie knows that the Trump campaign will attack, attack, attack, and then attack again…..

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Justvisiting

    Yes exactly, these people are used to 'opponents' always pulling punches and never hitting them hard. Obama benefited from this his entire term, beginning with the 2008 election which was effectively thrown by his opponent.

    McCain refused to attack Obama where he was weakest: his strange origin story about being/not being born in Kenya. He should have hammered on this incessantly and forced Obama to apologize for having lied about it, albeit a long time ago.

  182. @Jack D
    @Father Coughlin

    Aside from seeing the advantage (which I don't rule out), half black kids raised by non-black (white or Asian) mothers (with absent black fathers - black dads rarely stick around) often choose a place like Howard in order to learn how to be black. They want their inner identity to match the face that they see in the mirror. (As a practical matter they can also pick up tips on things like black hair and skin care that their white mothers never really fully understood). They know better than anyone that they don't really know how to be black and hope that at a place like Howard they can resolve the conflict and emerge with a fully black identity instead of feeling like an Oreo. Obama did the same thing by marrying an American slave descendant black woman. Of course if you can gain professional benefits by being "black" then you are not going to refuse those either.

    In Harris's case (unlike Obama), I think it was a passing phase and the blackness didn't really "take" as evidenced by the fact that she married a white Jewish guy who must have reminded her of her high school classmates in the Jewish section of Montreal. Barry Otero was really destined to marry the (white) daughter of some State Dept. officer or someone in the international NGO sector or something like that but he rejected it and became Barrack Obama instead.

    Replies: @Father Coughlin, @Art Deco

    Agree with everything, except:

    marrying, at age 49, a Jewish entertainment lawyer who is partner-in-charge of the 64th largest law firm in the US is is not evidence that “the blackness didn’t really take”. Aside from the fact that Jews stridently insist they are not white, tiring of the whole rat-race of finding a compatible man of your own race and marrying a Jew with connections who can help you go places, is a trope. Just look at the relationship side-bar in Wikipedia of a handful of women in the public eye, white or black, and then smash the Early Life section of their spouse or boyfriend, it should be like shooting fish in a barrel.

    To tell whether it didn’t “take”, you’d have to look at her dating history for the 20 years before she married and see if there were any white guys. The willingness to be Willie Brown’s mistress is a clear indication that her time at a HBCU did in fact “take”. He’s not exactly “high yellow”.

  183. @Jack D
    @Wilkey

    The kind of intellect (and looks) that are necessary to be a VP candidate are vanishingly rare among full blooded American slave descendants (despite the fact that most are themselves maybe 20% European) so what passes for "black" leadership at the national level has to be mostly folks like Kamala and Valerie Jarrett and Obama. (In dysfunctional black majority or close to majority cities you can have actual black leadership.)


    Everyone knows this but you are not allowed to say it, so we ignore the elephant in the room and pretend that Kamala is "black". Race is a social construct anyway blah blah blah (ever mind that she (and Obama) didn't grow up in a black household either. Young octoroons like Kamala "identify" as black because they realize that this entitles them to all sorts of AA benefits. Kamala the Anglo-Indian isn't getting into Hastings with her LSAT score but Kamala the "black" girl is.

    So shut up you racist. Kamala is black enough.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Thomm

    so what passes for “black” leadership at the national level has to be mostly folks like Kamala and Valerie Jarrett and Obama.

    Don’t forget Cory Booker, who is exactly 47% black, as per Henry Louis Gates’ show.

    Condi Rice was 51% black, and thus the blackest high-profile government figure of this era.

  184. @Jack D
    @Father Coughlin

    Aside from seeing the advantage (which I don't rule out), half black kids raised by non-black (white or Asian) mothers (with absent black fathers - black dads rarely stick around) often choose a place like Howard in order to learn how to be black. They want their inner identity to match the face that they see in the mirror. (As a practical matter they can also pick up tips on things like black hair and skin care that their white mothers never really fully understood). They know better than anyone that they don't really know how to be black and hope that at a place like Howard they can resolve the conflict and emerge with a fully black identity instead of feeling like an Oreo. Obama did the same thing by marrying an American slave descendant black woman. Of course if you can gain professional benefits by being "black" then you are not going to refuse those either.

    In Harris's case (unlike Obama), I think it was a passing phase and the blackness didn't really "take" as evidenced by the fact that she married a white Jewish guy who must have reminded her of her high school classmates in the Jewish section of Montreal. Barry Otero was really destined to marry the (white) daughter of some State Dept. officer or someone in the international NGO sector or something like that but he rejected it and became Barrack Obama instead.

    Replies: @Father Coughlin, @Art Deco

    black dads rarely stick around)

    About 38% of all black youths live with their father or with a step-father, so it’s a tad more frequent than ‘rarely’.

    Most divorced men are so because their wife insisted on it, and it’s atypical for women to have what used to be called ‘grounds’. In re the fathers of ba*tard children, it’s murkier, but a not inconsiderable number are shoo’d away; trashy single mothers want money from men, and, often, attention; the demand for actual husbands and fathers is spottier.

  185. How Smart Is Kamala Harris?

    Not as smart as she thinks she is.

  186. @Ganderson
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    I agree, even though I do speak a couple of (pretty useless) languages. I learned them because it amused me, and I figured there’d be cute girls in the classes. What bugged me is Barry Obama chiding Americans for not knowing languages, when he couldn’t speak one either.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Jack D

    What bugged me is Barry Obama chiding Americans for not knowing languages, when he couldn’t speak one either.

    But he did say “Pockistan”, thus proving he was cooler and more virtuous than you flyover mouth breathers. So there’s that.

    • Replies: @anon
    @kaganovitch

    But he did say “Pockistan”, thus proving he was cooler and more virtuous than you flyover mouth breathers. So there’s that.

    Yeah, well, I can speak Austrian.

  187. @nokangaroos
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Still no comparison to Yvette Mimieux :D

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    Still no comparison to Yvette Mimieux 😀

    True that.

    But if the bar for testicular engagement is Yvette circa 1965 … a lot of us would be consigned to live a very lonely lives.

  188. @Art Deco
    @ScarletNumber

    Persuading people to use your services does benefit from intelligence, up to the point where intelligence begins to injure your social skills.

    She was an underperforming partner. NB, she landed a position there after her 'husband' was elected state attorney-general. She'd done legal aid work for two years because she was dead inventory. She'd previously been employed by the House Judiciary Committee, whose chief counsel later said that in 14 years as chief counsel, he'd employed three lawyers for whom he'd not give a reference; she was one of the three.

    Hellary is willful, status-seeking, avaricious, unscrupulous, and driven to achieve her disordered ends. She isn't a great legal mind compared to other mid-law attorneys. BTW, about 70% of all those who take the bar exam in their area pass it on the first try. Nowadays, the number of people who are awarded law degrees exceeds the number necessary to staff the legal profession by 1.5-fold. A lot of overlap between those who cannot build a career in law (or cannot be bothered) and those who require multiple passes at the bar exam.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    Hellary is willful, status-seeking, avaricious, unscrupulous, and driven to achieve her disordered ends. She isn’t a great legal mind compared to other mid-law attorneys. BTW, about 70% of all those who take the bar exam in their area pass it on the first try.

    So, I’m guessing you weren’t the guy I saw on the street last week wearing an “I’m with her” t-shirt?

  189. @Harry Baldwin
    @Rob McX

    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says "Phenomenal Woman"? It would be absurd on a woman who's actually phenomenal, and pathetic on one who's not. This sort of thing always makes me think of Fredo: "I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!"

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Calvin Hobbes, @Gianni in Guernsey, @Neuday

    What could be more lame than a woman who wears a t-shirt that says “Phenomenal Woman”?

    I’d like to see a meme where some wine aunt wearing a Phenomenal Woman t-shirt sneers as she passes a paper sign claiming “It’s ok to be white.”

  190. @Reg Cæsar
    @Chrisnonymous


    Our model for successful female politicians is Margaret Thatcher. But I think they were what was needed in a previous age.
     
    Lady Marjory Allen (1897-1976), an advocate for real playgrounds in the UK, looks and sounds like a twin of Mrs Thatcher in this clip:



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lztEnBFN5zU&t=50s

    Replies: @Brutusale

    This reminds me of John Boorman’s semi-autobiographical Hope and Glory.

  191. Anon[884] • Disclaimer says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    @Hibernian

    You missed the next sentence in my post.


    Yet stuff like this really did happen as recently as the 60s.

     

    So, yes, this use to happen a lot. Now it doesn't happen anymore.

    Ethnic networking has collapsed among Anglo-Germanic Gentiles, but it continues to thrive among Jews, Subcons, East Asians, and West Asians.

    Why has this happened?

    Is it because modern Whites are too nice for it?
    No longer much drive and ambition?
    Social atomization breaking once strong bonds?

    Replies: @anon, @Anon

    Different Anon, same one as #182.

    Of course “discreet” networking still happens, perhaps you don’t notice. I already mentioned two instances. There’s more, all “by invitation” clubs. Nurole.com currently helps driven children of prominent people network or find jobs.

    Philanthropy —not to be confused with charity— is a great channel for Anglo jewish networkers.. there’s tons.. try reading between the lines of Legatum Institute, with ties to many other institutions like say MIT. https://theferret.scot/doubts-raised-legatum-charity-work/

    Not Anglos with Germans of course. That never happened. The last half of the XIX century for England was about making sure Germany never controlled mittel-Europa and never united with Russia, no matter how much their upper classes intermarried. And the Germanic states were crushed by British policy in WWI. WWII and the iron curtain and the current tensions with Putin we all know about. Today.. we’ll today it’s about the NWO and population control.

    If you buy the “High IQ individualistic Anglo race ” schtick you can’t understand world history.

  192. @ic1000
    Here's Social Justice Empire-Builder Meena Harris' headliner tee shirt:
    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1857/6179/products/Featured-_Sasheer_Zamata_Photographer-Itaysha_Jordan_CROPPED_720x.jpg
    Yours for $35 plus $6 shipping. Brings to mind Tom Lehrer's quip, "Doing well by doing good."

    Other offerings can be had for the same price, including Phenomenally Trans, Phenomenally Latina, Phenomenally Asian, Phenomenally Indigenous, Phenomenally Muslim, Phenomenally Jewish, and Phenomenally Black.

    I didn't see the listing for "It's OK To Be white."

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @Neuday

    Other offerings can be had for the same price, including Phenomenally Trans, Phenomenally Latina, Phenomenally Asian, Phenomenally Indigenous, Phenomenally Muslim, Phenomenally Jewish, and Phenomenally Black

    Considering how these Harris girls look, perhaps a t-shirt reading “Nominally Black”.

    • LOL: ic1000
  193. @CJ
    She didn’t learn any more than rudimentary French despite living in Montreal from ages 12 to 17. She “struggled” in a French-language school before her mother got her transferred to Westmount High School. ( link) Although her mother was working at McGill, which is pretty close to a northern branch of the Ivy League, she went to Howard. Verdict: seriously, not all that bright.

    Replies: @OscarWildeLoveChild, @Reg Cæsar, @Hypnotoad666, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Anybody whose first language is a Greco-Roman alphabet language (English) who fails to achieve an FSI rating of at least 3.5 in a second Greco-Roman alphabet language (Quebecois French) by age 17 after living five years in a total immersion First World new language environment has some serious cognitive issues, is just plain lazy, or has some antipathy issues on actually practicing multi-culturalism.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Jim Bob Lassiter

    In Montreal there used to be, before the explosion of French nationalism there, a large, separate Anglophone community, which included many of the elite. She's 57, so a substantial remnant of that may have still been around when she was age 12 to 17. She went to an Anglophone high school, after a short time in a Francophone or bilingual one. She quite likely has at least one, probably two, maybe all three of the issues you mention, to some extent.

  194. @Anonymous
    Im surprised to hear that she failed the bar. This is the third consecutive woman in prominent political roles to fail the bar. Hilary clinton, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris. Its actually appalling much like the Yale faculty whod graduated Clinton felt. It was all but unknown among them to be implicitly maligned by a graduate failing. ( eccentrics, drug addicts )

    Ive never heard of a top 100 firm partner who failed the bar. These guys arent always brilliant but they get to see every major transaction in the US in great detail and know what goes down.

    Replies: @Anonymous Jew

    To be fair, the CA bar was considered the hardest in the country with a high failure rate. She may not be too bright, but passing after one fail doesn’t imply stupid either.

  195. @syonredux
    @Reg Cæsar


    Anyway, if she does make it to vice-president or even to president, US journalists will eventually learn to pronounce her name.

    Ha! They haven’t pronounced protestor correctly in decades. And now it’s back in fashion.
     
    No one pronounces anything correctly these says. Just listen to how they pronounce "templar" and "exemplar. " It's ər, dammit! Then there's route (as in paper route and route 66). It should be pronounced "root," but morons give it the "ow" of rout. Well, at least I've got Nat King Cole on my side:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCeGi6a-eK4

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @not a hacker

    San Franciscans pronounce things correctly. When I delivered the Chronicle, it was always “paper rowt.”

  196. @Escher
    @tyrone

    She’s just Biden her time.

    Replies: @Richard B

    She’s just Biden her time.

    TUR needs to add a Rimshot option.

  197. @Prester John
    @tyrone

    I suspect that has been "The Plan"all along. Sooner or later, Ramblin' Joe will ramble off the table and into a room at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Georgetown, at which point she will have the distinction of being the first Womyn of Kullah to be POTUS. The question for the house at that point becomes: Who will be HER veep.

    Replies: @Richard B

    The question for the house at that point becomes

    How long before the purges start?

  198. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Lloyd1927

    I find it more problematic that she's building a social justice, 'empire.'

    Oh well, what can I do?

    Maybe I'll be lucky enough to bunk out with some of you guys in the FEMA work camps they have planned for us.

    Replies: @Richard B

    Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to bunk out with some of you guys in the FEMA work camps they have planned for us.

    You’re probably right.

    FEMA camps will be the destiny of many Americans since fighting back or going out swinging is inconceivable for them.

    Obviously, or they wouldn’t be in the position they’re in now.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Richard B


    FEMA camps will be the destiny of many Americans since fighting back or going out swinging is inconceivable for them.
     
    Richard-

    If the WuFlu hysteria of the past 5 months is a modest preview of the beautiful new future our betters have planned for us, I'd rather be dead.

    Replies: @Richard B

  199. @kaganovitch
    @Ganderson

    What bugged me is Barry Obama chiding Americans for not knowing languages, when he couldn’t speak one either.

    But he did say "Pockistan", thus proving he was cooler and more virtuous than you flyover mouth breathers. So there's that.

    Replies: @anon

    But he did say “Pockistan”, thus proving he was cooler and more virtuous than you flyover mouth breathers. So there’s that.

    Yeah, well, I can speak Austrian.

  200. @HammerJack
    @Hypnotoad666

    Hastings was never a top 20 school, unless you're talking about some ranking I've never heard of. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    Hastings was never a top 20 school, unless you’re talking about some ranking I’ve never heard of. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Look at the tables at pp. 8-12 of this doc: https://www-cdn.law.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/lomio_etal-rp20.pdf

    Hastings was No. 20 in 1991 and 1994 according to the US News & World Report ranking. You owe me a beer, or something.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Hypnotoad666


    Hastings was No. 20 in 1991 and 1994 according to the US News & World Report ranking. You owe me a beer, or something.
     
    26-year-old beer isn't going to taste good. Try wine.
    , @Father Coughlin
    @Hypnotoad666

    Hastings gets whatever cachet it has from its name, I guarantee you. Find some way to cancel Mr. Hastings whoever he is, and call it "Jujambi Law School" and see what happens...

    Same with Boalt Hall .. which is Top 14 and has been actually cancelled. (Earlier this year in fact ... and renamed U Cal Berkeley School of Law, the actual name plate coming down in the midst of the George Floyd riots.)

    , @HammerJack
    @Hypnotoad666

    Wow, I'm amazed. Thanks. (I couldn't wade through the PDF on my phone but I'll trust you.)

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

  201. @Possumman
    So you can heat transfer some letters on a $3 t-shirt and sell it for $35 plus $6 shipping---gee you just made $35---also her childrens book looks a lot like the one done by Baltimore's Mayor Pugh---illustrations are very similar----by the way the good mayor is now in the federal slammer (where she belongs)

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    That’s basically the entire print on demand business model, as well as the business model for Supreme, a brand much-loved by the hip with too much money and not much common sense.

  202. @anon
    @AnotherDad

    Becoming a mother is smarter than (may be) becoming VP (or P) and making the changes she wants to see? We may not agree with her vision, but to say that if she is one out 100 million mothers,that is greater achievement than becoming the first female VP in a quarter millennium of a great country?

    Replies: @bomag

    …but to say that if she is one out 100 million mothers,that is greater achievement than becoming the first female VP in a quarter millennium of a great country?

    Arguably so.

    She’s really not “one out of a 100 million”; she’s a high-achiever of which there is a shortage of progeny. Her kids could well have an outsized influence.

    Politically, though, she doesn’t have any particular vision or leadership ability above her cohorts; she mainly checks the AA boxes; being the “first” is not all that meaningful.

  203. @Not Raul
    How do you know that Howard was a safety school?

    Maybe that’s where she actually wanted to go.

    Lots of people need two tries to pass the bar.

    Some people fail lots of times.

    California is a big state. You have to compete against a lot of talent to get in to the Senate.

    Replies: @SOL, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Peter D. Bredon, @Authenticjazzman

    ” You have to compete against a lot of talent to get in to the Senate”

    Bullshit, all you have to do is parrot the Democrat party line louder and more agressive than the other leftist nut-cases and bingo you are on the tax-slave dollar money train.

    None of these freaks, not one single Democrat politician, knows his ass from a hole in the ground about law, or it’s related fields, they are without exception born grifters of the highest order.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

  204. @AnotherDad
    @Tor597


    Give me a break. Steve is obviously asking about her IQ just because she is black.

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I doubt but hurt Steve ever asked for Sarah lol Palins IQ test.
     
    Tor597, who knows about Harris, but you're clearly not very perceptive about Steve. He asks the "how smart?" question about candidates pretty much every cycle. One's i can remember just off the top of my head--Bush and Kerry (a bunch), McCain, Palin, Obama, Biden, Trump.

    Trump--not a particularly smart guy--may well be the smartest of this bunch. If i had to guess, i supposed i might go:
    -- Pence
    -- Trump
    -- Harris
    -- Biden
    (Currently, Biden's obviously the dumbest, but i'm going by native, what they had while still in possession of their talents).

    But heck if i know. Clearly there are no Nixon or Clinton intellects in this bunch.

    Pretty sad this is the "leadership" on offer in a nation of 330 million.

    Replies: @anon, @Authenticjazzman

    ” Trump-not a particularly smart guy”

    So just how do you “know” this? Do you read minds across continents, just what are your qualifications in the area of determining the intelligence of total strangers?

    Myself, I have been Mensa qualified since 1973, am a so-called artist, speak three lingos fluently and am married to a (ret) teacher, and I would place DT’s IQ in the 140-150 zone.

    AJM

  205. Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Of course, the comparison is with white men, not the more appropriate black men, or white and/or Asian women.

    Today, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Shows Just How Much They Are Undervalued

    Excerpts:

    Despite all of the barriers they face, despite the wage gaps and discrimination, the report found that Black women are deeply ambitious, more so than white women.

    “If we only get to equality to white women, we will have failed.”

    I say we should help these poor women in lodging their complaints. How much greater is the gap between black women and Jewish men?

    Or even just Asian men. Or H-1B men. It must be dramatically larger.

    “If we only get to equality to white men, we will have failed.”

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Reg Cæsar


    Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
     
    To get equal pay they would have to, you know, get a job.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Jack D
    @Reg Cæsar

    I am writing to the Board of Directors of all the companies that I own stock in and demanding that they immediately fire all their white male employees and replace them with black women. They could save almost 40% on their labor costs according to this article. Labor cost is the single greatest cost for most businesses so a 40% savings in labor cost would be HUGE. It amounts to a breach of their fiduciary duty that they don't replace all their white male employees with black women who would do the exact same work (maybe even better!) at 40% less cost.

    Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey

  206. @Hypnotoad666
    @HammerJack


    Hastings was never a top 20 school, unless you’re talking about some ranking I’ve never heard of. Correct me if I’m wrong.
     
    Look at the tables at pp. 8-12 of this doc: https://www-cdn.law.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/lomio_etal-rp20.pdf

    Hastings was No. 20 in 1991 and 1994 according to the US News & World Report ranking. You owe me a beer, or something.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Father Coughlin, @HammerJack

    Hastings was No. 20 in 1991 and 1994 according to the US News & World Report ranking. You owe me a beer, or something.

    26-year-old beer isn’t going to taste good. Try wine.

  207. @Reg Cæsar
    Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. Of course, the comparison is with white men, not the more appropriate black men, or white and/or Asian women.

    Today, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Shows Just How Much They Are Undervalued

    Excerpts:

    Despite all of the barriers they face, despite the wage gaps and discrimination, the report found that Black women are deeply ambitious, more so than white women.


    "If we only get to equality to white women, we will have failed."
     
    I say we should help these poor women in lodging their complaints. How much greater is the gap between black women and Jewish men?

    Or even just Asian men. Or H-1B men. It must be dramatically larger.

    "If we only get to equality to white men, we will have failed."

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob, @Jack D

    Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.

    To get equal pay they would have to, you know, get a job.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jim Don Bob


    To get equal pay they would have to, you know, get a job.
     
    Or, in Kamala's case, give one.
  208. @anon
    @AnotherDad

    Before his age-related degeneration, ole' Joe had the components of intelligence and personality that make for cunning.
    He had that in boatloads.
    Plus he is aggressive, used to have ample testosterone.

    Just recall how he ran over the hapless GOPe beta-boy Paul Ryan in debate. Biden left Ryan as splattered roadkill.
    Definitely would rank Biden in his prime above Harris in her prime.

    Kamala's Indian sista (dot not feather) Tulsi easily ran over Kamala in debate. Pence has been playing the part of "quiet nice guy" as his VP schtick but the Dems don't realize that. Pence will easily win the debate with Harris. The dems won't know what happened to their P.R. product.

    Replies: @anon

    Tulsi Gabbard is of Samoan (and European) origin. Her religion is Hindu.

  209. @ScarletNumber
    @Reg Cæsar


    Norm Macdonald [sic]
     
    Why the sic? That's how the family spells their name. Norm's brother is a TV journalist with the CBC and spells his name the same way.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Why the sic? That’s how the family spells their name.

    Because it’s unusual, and many readers might not know. If you already do, it wasn’t meant for you.

    Heather Mac Donald separated her surname herself; her family doesn’t spell it that way. In the British Isles, Mac- and Mc- are alphabetized together, often in their own section separate from other Ms.

  210. @Ganderson
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    I agree, even though I do speak a couple of (pretty useless) languages. I learned them because it amused me, and I figured there’d be cute girls in the classes. What bugged me is Barry Obama chiding Americans for not knowing languages, when he couldn’t speak one either.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Jack D

    Obama was lying when he said that he did not speak any foreign languages because he did not want to highlight his un-American background. He attended local Indonesian language schools from ages 6 to 10 so unless he was flunking (and he wasn’t) he was able to read, write and speak in Indonesian at at least the 4th grade level. His Indonesian might be little rusty but I’ll bet it would come back to him in a jiffy.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    There's a Youtube out of him devoting 40 seconds to an attempt at speaking the Malay traders' dialect which is used as a lingua franca in Indonesia. His trusty TelePrompTer couldn't help him with that one. Not sure what sort of school he attended. His mother worked for the Ford Foundation or some such and his stepfather had a skilled job with the state oil company; school fees are modal in the 3d world; his step-father attended the University of Hawaii, so was conversant in English. It's doubtful any courses his mother took would have been extensive enough to allow her to attain proficiency before decamping to Indonesia in 1967. I'd wager his sister could handle it; not him.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    , @J.Ross
    @Jack D

    Educated Indonesian can get pretty complicated, but Pasar Indonesia is wierdly analogous to English: vocabulary and word order almost replace grammatical work, the syllable count and balance of vowels to consonants feel English without ever looking like it cognate-wise, it uses the same alphabet and more straightforwardly, and perfectly adequate elementary school work is possible with a minimum of time. So the language Barry spoke first seems exotic but is far from it, like a white person trying to impress a Spanish speaker with her French.

  211. @J.Ross
    @MEH 0910

    Trying not to laugh. Women "lose" their hair more often than you would think from perfectly standard salon tinkering, it's what probably happened to Violet, and it grows back. If this was WuFlu then this is the first time I have heard of this symptom. Funny that others have suffered much worse (with things like difficulty breathing or loss of taste) but kept their bristles.

    Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey, @Chrisnonymous, @MEH 0910

    Or sjw types have to have a corona reference because people are not noticing them any more. Just like Greta whatshernameborg?

  212. @Reg Cæsar
    Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. Of course, the comparison is with white men, not the more appropriate black men, or white and/or Asian women.

    Today, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Shows Just How Much They Are Undervalued

    Excerpts:

    Despite all of the barriers they face, despite the wage gaps and discrimination, the report found that Black women are deeply ambitious, more so than white women.


    "If we only get to equality to white women, we will have failed."
     
    I say we should help these poor women in lodging their complaints. How much greater is the gap between black women and Jewish men?

    Or even just Asian men. Or H-1B men. It must be dramatically larger.

    "If we only get to equality to white men, we will have failed."

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob, @Jack D

    I am writing to the Board of Directors of all the companies that I own stock in and demanding that they immediately fire all their white male employees and replace them with black women. They could save almost 40% on their labor costs according to this article. Labor cost is the single greatest cost for most businesses so a 40% savings in labor cost would be HUGE. It amounts to a breach of their fiduciary duty that they don’t replace all their white male employees with black women who would do the exact same work (maybe even better!) at 40% less cost.

    • Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey
    @Jack D

    At last someone who understands economics. Also Kampala is smart enough to personage the MeTs or the Browns. why did spell checker call the Mets the mess? That is where the upper case t came from.

  213. @Mr McKenna
    @Mr McKenna

    Ran out of edit window. Here's the good professor's logic:


    Ethnic conflict comes from "concentration," not "fractionalization." Here's where Saideman really shows off his expertise. "The one consistent finding for ethnic conflict is not about fractionalization but about group concentration," he writes. "That where ethnic groups have distinct areas apart from each other within a country, there is more conflict. Why? Well, partly because it facilitates separatism.
     

    Replies: @Father Coughlin

    (((Saideman)))

    gotta be .. that’s definitely Finkelthink

  214. @Jack D
    @Ganderson

    Obama was lying when he said that he did not speak any foreign languages because he did not want to highlight his un-American background. He attended local Indonesian language schools from ages 6 to 10 so unless he was flunking (and he wasn't) he was able to read, write and speak in Indonesian at at least the 4th grade level. His Indonesian might be little rusty but I'll bet it would come back to him in a jiffy.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @J.Ross

    There’s a Youtube out of him devoting 40 seconds to an attempt at speaking the Malay traders’ dialect which is used as a lingua franca in Indonesia. His trusty TelePrompTer couldn’t help him with that one. Not sure what sort of school he attended. His mother worked for the Ford Foundation or some such and his stepfather had a skilled job with the state oil company; school fees are modal in the 3d world; his step-father attended the University of Hawaii, so was conversant in English. It’s doubtful any courses his mother took would have been extensive enough to allow her to attain proficiency before decamping to Indonesia in 1967. I’d wager his sister could handle it; not him.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Art Deco

    Malay and Bahasa Indonesia are actually the same language except for a discreet vocabulary of a few hundred words which either split due to colonial influence (Malay adopting an English word and Indonesian going Dutch) or because the word remains the same but actually reverses meaning. It's something like the mutually unintelligible phenomenon between British and American English. So an Indonesian should be able to speak normal Malay without any work provided he avoid (or take time to memorize) those wierd "serviette/diaper/napkin" inversions.
    So in other words, for an Indonesisn speaker to not be able to get through Malay at all ...

    Replies: @nebulafox

  215. @Jack D
    @Ganderson

    Obama was lying when he said that he did not speak any foreign languages because he did not want to highlight his un-American background. He attended local Indonesian language schools from ages 6 to 10 so unless he was flunking (and he wasn't) he was able to read, write and speak in Indonesian at at least the 4th grade level. His Indonesian might be little rusty but I'll bet it would come back to him in a jiffy.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @J.Ross

    Educated Indonesian can get pretty complicated, but Pasar Indonesia is wierdly analogous to English: vocabulary and word order almost replace grammatical work, the syllable count and balance of vowels to consonants feel English without ever looking like it cognate-wise, it uses the same alphabet and more straightforwardly, and perfectly adequate elementary school work is possible with a minimum of time. So the language Barry spoke first seems exotic but is far from it, like a white person trying to impress a Spanish speaker with her French.

  216. @Jack D
    @Reg Cæsar

    I am writing to the Board of Directors of all the companies that I own stock in and demanding that they immediately fire all their white male employees and replace them with black women. They could save almost 40% on their labor costs according to this article. Labor cost is the single greatest cost for most businesses so a 40% savings in labor cost would be HUGE. It amounts to a breach of their fiduciary duty that they don't replace all their white male employees with black women who would do the exact same work (maybe even better!) at 40% less cost.

    Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey

    At last someone who understands economics. Also Kampala is smart enough to personage the MeTs or the Browns. why did spell checker call the Mets the mess? That is where the upper case t came from.

  217. @Hypnotoad666
    @HammerJack


    Hastings was never a top 20 school, unless you’re talking about some ranking I’ve never heard of. Correct me if I’m wrong.
     
    Look at the tables at pp. 8-12 of this doc: https://www-cdn.law.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/lomio_etal-rp20.pdf

    Hastings was No. 20 in 1991 and 1994 according to the US News & World Report ranking. You owe me a beer, or something.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Father Coughlin, @HammerJack

    Hastings gets whatever cachet it has from its name, I guarantee you. Find some way to cancel Mr. Hastings whoever he is, and call it “Jujambi Law School” and see what happens…

    Same with Boalt Hall .. which is Top 14 and has been actually cancelled. (Earlier this year in fact … and renamed U Cal Berkeley School of Law, the actual name plate coming down in the midst of the George Floyd riots.)

  218. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    There's a Youtube out of him devoting 40 seconds to an attempt at speaking the Malay traders' dialect which is used as a lingua franca in Indonesia. His trusty TelePrompTer couldn't help him with that one. Not sure what sort of school he attended. His mother worked for the Ford Foundation or some such and his stepfather had a skilled job with the state oil company; school fees are modal in the 3d world; his step-father attended the University of Hawaii, so was conversant in English. It's doubtful any courses his mother took would have been extensive enough to allow her to attain proficiency before decamping to Indonesia in 1967. I'd wager his sister could handle it; not him.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Malay and Bahasa Indonesia are actually the same language except for a discreet vocabulary of a few hundred words which either split due to colonial influence (Malay adopting an English word and Indonesian going Dutch) or because the word remains the same but actually reverses meaning. It’s something like the mutually unintelligible phenomenon between British and American English. So an Indonesian should be able to speak normal Malay without any work provided he avoid (or take time to memorize) those wierd “serviette/diaper/napkin” inversions.
    So in other words, for an Indonesisn speaker to not be able to get through Malay at all …

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    @J.Ross

    Bahasa Indonesia is a creole tongue used as a common language between Indonesia's innumerable ethnic groups. Tagalog serves the same function in the Philippines.

    Singaporean Malays will comment that Javanese domestic workers tend to talk in a very soft-spoken "country" twang in their ears, if that makes sense. Interestingly, they also say Tagalog sounds like a hyper-sped up, Hispanized version of Malay: they can pick some stuff out, but it isn't mutually intelligible. Probably similar to how a Mandarin speaker hears Cantonese or a German speaker hears Dutch.

  219. @Art Deco
    @Tor597

    Do you really think Pence is a genius? He is an idiot but no one asks what his pedigree is.

    I see you have trouble thinking in terms of spectra.

    The real Mike Pence attended satisfactory schools, practiced law for about 10 years before making a career in topical commentary, and is an experienced executive. Liberals tend to make shallow (and commonly malicious) judgments about people, of course, which is why it's a waste of time to ask most liberals their opinion about anything.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Satisfactory is about right and that is damning with faint praise. Indiana University has 2 law schools. The one in Bloomington is rated a respectable #38 nationally and would be the #2 law school in Indiana after Notre Dame.

    However the one that Pence attended (McKinney) is ranked #122, which puts it in nowheresville, even below black Howard University and Biden’s Syracuse. Students who attend such a school might practice in their own state but have zero chance of landing an out-of-state job with a major firm.

    Which is not to say that Mike Pence is not a very nice man with a lot of valuable skills in public speaking, governing a state, etc. It’s just that it is unlikely that he has a very high IQ (but neither is he an idiot). He is probably slightly above average, in the same range as Biden and Harris. You could guesstimate circa 110-115 for all 3 of them. Trump is probably slightly smarter but not much. As others have pointed out, high IQ is not a prerequisite to being a successful President.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    @Jack D

    The thing that worries me about Biden-and Trump-is less IQ than age.

    >As others have pointed out, high IQ is not a prerequisite to being a successful President.

    Herbert Hoover. Entirely self-made engineering tycoon who taught himself Mandarin long before it was cool. Nor was he some cloistered geek: he saved millions of Europeans from starving to death after WWI and the Russian Civil War. And still completely the wrong man at the wrong time in the White House.

  220. @Anon
    @Hibernian

    Amazing when Anglo-Americans genuinely don’t seem to understand the underhanded way the English Empire was built, and continues.. if the Pilgrims Society is not a friends-and-family affair, I don’t know what is. And what about the Young President’s Organization? But it should be evident just from looking at the social edifice of fraternities, sundry professional and social clubs and masonic lodges.

    The fair-play England could not confront the Spanish Empire, so they settled on undermining it. To this end, they sent their trusty jewish minions to America, from Valparaiso to Rhode Island. This masonic network would be used to promote and finance the “Independence” of Hispanoamérica.

    The first spanish Masonic Lodge was founded by Manuel de Lima y Sola, a wily cryptoJew from Curazao. The Rhode Island and Providence Plantations were instituted by jewish masonic slave traders (Moises Seixas and Moises Levy) which is why there you find the first Synagogue (Touro). Of course British Jamaica was a den of crypto Jew pirate-thieves who got readmitted to England for spying on the Spanish Armada. At this point, Spain was evangelizing and civilizing the locals, not understanding that she would soon be dispossessed of her territory. And yes, Nueva España was never a colony, but rather a part of Spain with full rights. The first “culture wars”, with the usual suspects involved, was the one done to discredit Spain with the Black Legend.

    Funnily enough, this very British Deep State has funded revolutions and coups for 400 years. In Wickham Steed’s memoirs, for example, you can read that the “Young Czech” NGO used to topple the Habsburg Empire was funded by ’South American Czechs’.. and where exactly were those located in 1918? Well, in Valparaiso, of all places, just check wiki. The Young Czechs were but one initiative amidst all the Young Europe cells leveraged by the judeo-masonic Perfidious Albion. The jewish Young Turks included.

    If now the Anglo-Americans have been beaten at their game by their once junior partners, they should really just applaud the better player. They were played as useful idiots in the destruction of ancient Christian Europe.

    https://www.eleconomistaamerica.cl/sociedad-eAm-chile/noticias/7942775/11/16/Lanzan-libro-sobre-el-fundador-de-la-masoneria-en-Chile.html

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/rhode-island-jewish-history

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2962276-jewish-pirates-of-the-caribbean

    https://gagrule.net/israel-turkey-armeniangenocide-the-donmeh-the-middle-easts-most-whispered-secret-part-i/

    Replies: @Hibernian, @Anonymous

    I was replying to what I considered an example of WASP self righteousness. I didn’t intend to provide a launching pad for an Ant-Semitic conspiracy theory.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Hibernian

    Fair enough. But how the Anglo American empire came to world dominance, using secret and semi-secret networks, is not a conspiracy theory. It’s history. Henry Wickham Steed was editor of The Times 1919-1922, his autobiography “Through thirty years” would be a primary source and is quite illuminating.

    I provided another historical narrative for how the West came to be in the sorry state it is, and a few links, because once you understand the basic plot (who-whom and how), it is easy to find solid corroboration.

    The quite trendy YPO and the elusive Pilgrims Society are today’s examples of the same kind of practices. Some academics term it “public diplomacy”. Whether there’s abusive power and profit in such schemes, you can decide for yourself. I happen to know two young brothers (mom American, dad a longtime super-successful London banker whose own father was a middling british diplomatist) who use the nurole.com club.

    I tend to be surprised when Americans (perhaps the good-hearted ones) believe in “individualistic, high IQ , fair-play race” arguments about Western culture. It’s all very well for evolutionary psychologists, but hardly the whole story in the real life.

  221. @syonredux
    @George


    How Smart Is Joe Biden?

    University of Delaware (BA)
    Syracuse University (JD)
     
    Based on his law school records, I would say that Joe is dumber than Obama but smarter than Ibram X Kendi:

    Sen. Joe Biden claimed during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire last spring that he finished in the top half of his law school class, although records indicate he finished near the bottom.

    In a videotape aired by the public service cable network C-SPAN several months ago, the Delaware Democrat was asked at a campaign stop in Claremont, N.H., on April 3 about what law school he attended and how well he did.

    On the videotape, a clearly angered Biden told the questioner: ″I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do.
     

    ″The first year in law school I decided I didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class and then decided I wanted to stay and went back to law school and in fact ended up in the top half of my class,″ he went on.
     

    But last week Biden released his law school records showing he had graduated 76th in a law school class of 85. The law school transcript also showed he made little progress in class standing through the three-year course, ranking 80 out of 100 in the first semester of the first year, and 79th out of 87 the second semester of his second year.

     

    https://apnews.com/cd977f7ff301993f7976974ba07c5495

    Replies: @J.Ross

    That’s good work but how much information about Twentysomething Joe Biden’s brain is meaningful now?

  222. @Citizen of a Silly Country
    @OscarWildeLoveChild

    I hate that "Americans are so provincial/stupid. They can't even learn another language" BS.

    We don't learn other languages because there's no need. My German friends used to tell me all the time that they didn't really understand why some Americans were embarrassed about that. They didn't learn other languages for fun; they did it because they had to.

    Replies: @Ganderson, @Ancient Briton

    One of the benefits of being Anglospherical!
    An empire on which the sun never sets.

  223. Anon[289] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hibernian
    @Anon

    I was replying to what I considered an example of WASP self righteousness. I didn't intend to provide a launching pad for an Ant-Semitic conspiracy theory.

    Replies: @Anon

    Fair enough. But how the Anglo American empire came to world dominance, using secret and semi-secret networks, is not a conspiracy theory. It’s history. Henry Wickham Steed was editor of The Times 1919-1922, his autobiography “Through thirty years” would be a primary source and is quite illuminating.

    I provided another historical narrative for how the West came to be in the sorry state it is, and a few links, because once you understand the basic plot (who-whom and how), it is easy to find solid corroboration.

    The quite trendy YPO and the elusive Pilgrims Society are today’s examples of the same kind of practices. Some academics term it “public diplomacy”. Whether there’s abusive power and profit in such schemes, you can decide for yourself. I happen to know two young brothers (mom American, dad a longtime super-successful London banker whose own father was a middling british diplomatist) who use the nurole.com club.

    I tend to be surprised when Americans (perhaps the good-hearted ones) believe in “individualistic, high IQ , fair-play race” arguments about Western culture. It’s all very well for evolutionary psychologists, but hardly the whole story in the real life.

  224. @education realist
    You've picked up on most of the reasons, but you left out the fact that a black woman with any kind of chops wouldn't have accepted two do-nothing commission appointments to assure a salary while she was Willie Brown's beck and call girl.

    Replies: @Servant of Gla'aki, @TontoBubbaGoldstein, @BB753

    Well, it was a gamble that paid off.

  225. As for Kamala’s smarts, lawyers aren’t rocket scientists (despite the usual online protestations of lawyers). Somewhere between 110 and 120 IQ, probably lower. Mid-Wit, to use Prof. Dutton’s coinage. She’s probably less intelligent than either of her parents, but more “worldly”.

  226. Like most of our governing class, I don’t think she’s a genius, but she also clearly has well above average intelligence levels. The pseudo-meritocracy is called that for a reason.

    Intelligence is not the same thing as wisdom, let alone character. I think guys like Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton did dumb, self-destructive things precisely because they had more intellectual firepower than most people in Washington and they knew it: they got arrogant and thought they could outfox everybody indefinitely.

  227. @Dr. X

    How Smart Is Kamala Harris?
     
    Smart enough to get on her knees for Willie Brown to advance her career, and smart enough to become a millionaire by marrying a Jewish lawyer willing to accept Willie's "used goods."

    Replies: @JohnnyD, @Olorin

    At 50 no less.

    She immediately began tweeting “mom stuff” about her husband’s former wife’s two daughters. Such necessary accoutrements for a career in national politics.

    Just unbelievable how phony she is. And how tentacular is the Left’s funding and power Octopus.

  228. @J.Ross
    @Art Deco

    Malay and Bahasa Indonesia are actually the same language except for a discreet vocabulary of a few hundred words which either split due to colonial influence (Malay adopting an English word and Indonesian going Dutch) or because the word remains the same but actually reverses meaning. It's something like the mutually unintelligible phenomenon between British and American English. So an Indonesian should be able to speak normal Malay without any work provided he avoid (or take time to memorize) those wierd "serviette/diaper/napkin" inversions.
    So in other words, for an Indonesisn speaker to not be able to get through Malay at all ...

    Replies: @nebulafox

    Bahasa Indonesia is a creole tongue used as a common language between Indonesia’s innumerable ethnic groups. Tagalog serves the same function in the Philippines.

    Singaporean Malays will comment that Javanese domestic workers tend to talk in a very soft-spoken “country” twang in their ears, if that makes sense. Interestingly, they also say Tagalog sounds like a hyper-sped up, Hispanized version of Malay: they can pick some stuff out, but it isn’t mutually intelligible. Probably similar to how a Mandarin speaker hears Cantonese or a German speaker hears Dutch.

  229. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    Satisfactory is about right and that is damning with faint praise. Indiana University has 2 law schools. The one in Bloomington is rated a respectable #38 nationally and would be the #2 law school in Indiana after Notre Dame.

    However the one that Pence attended (McKinney) is ranked #122, which puts it in nowheresville, even below black Howard University and Biden's Syracuse. Students who attend such a school might practice in their own state but have zero chance of landing an out-of-state job with a major firm.

    Which is not to say that Mike Pence is not a very nice man with a lot of valuable skills in public speaking, governing a state, etc. It's just that it is unlikely that he has a very high IQ (but neither is he an idiot). He is probably slightly above average, in the same range as Biden and Harris. You could guesstimate circa 110-115 for all 3 of them. Trump is probably slightly smarter but not much. As others have pointed out, high IQ is not a prerequisite to being a successful President.

    Replies: @nebulafox

    The thing that worries me about Biden-and Trump-is less IQ than age.

    >As others have pointed out, high IQ is not a prerequisite to being a successful President.

    Herbert Hoover. Entirely self-made engineering tycoon who taught himself Mandarin long before it was cool. Nor was he some cloistered geek: he saved millions of Europeans from starving to death after WWI and the Russian Civil War. And still completely the wrong man at the wrong time in the White House.

  230. @Richard B
    @The Wild Geese Howard


    Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to bunk out with some of you guys in the FEMA work camps they have planned for us.
     
    You're probably right.

    FEMA camps will be the destiny of many Americans since fighting back or going out swinging is inconceivable for them.

    Obviously, or they wouldn't be in the position they're in now.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    FEMA camps will be the destiny of many Americans since fighting back or going out swinging is inconceivable for them.

    Richard-

    If the WuFlu hysteria of the past 5 months is a modest preview of the beautiful new future our betters have planned for us, I’d rather be dead.

    • Replies: @Richard B
    @The Wild Geese Howard


    If the WuFlu hysteria of the past 5 months is a modest preview of the beautiful new future our betters have planned for us, I’d rather be dead.
     
    Our betters?

    "I'd rather be dead."

    Hope you're kidding.

    But, if not, sorry you feel that way.
  231. @Hypnotoad666
    @HammerJack


    Hastings was never a top 20 school, unless you’re talking about some ranking I’ve never heard of. Correct me if I’m wrong.
     
    Look at the tables at pp. 8-12 of this doc: https://www-cdn.law.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/lomio_etal-rp20.pdf

    Hastings was No. 20 in 1991 and 1994 according to the US News & World Report ranking. You owe me a beer, or something.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Father Coughlin, @HammerJack

    Wow, I’m amazed. Thanks. (I couldn’t wade through the PDF on my phone but I’ll trust you.)

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @HammerJack

    For real. I even missed one year, 1992, when it got to No. 19. It's been all downhill from there for some reason, though.

    Replies: @lysias

  232. @Jim Don Bob
    @Reg Cæsar


    Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
     
    To get equal pay they would have to, you know, get a job.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    To get equal pay they would have to, you know, get a job.

    Or, in Kamala’s case, give one.

  233. @HammerJack
    @Hypnotoad666

    Wow, I'm amazed. Thanks. (I couldn't wade through the PDF on my phone but I'll trust you.)

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    For real. I even missed one year, 1992, when it got to No. 19. It’s been all downhill from there for some reason, though.

    • Replies: @lysias
    @Hypnotoad666

    I also missed voting in 1992. I was so busy in law school that I let the deadline for registering to vote slip past me.

  234. @tyrone
    I'll bet she's smart enough to realize that old white Joe has lost his marbles and if they win she'll be sitting in the oval office next year.

    Replies: @Escher, @Prester John, @SaneClownPosse

    What would happen if Biden-Harris wins the Electoral College vote, then before the Inauguration, Old Joe “retires”/”is retired”?

    Ms. Harris is smart enough to know whom to blow to get ahead.

  235. @Lloyd1927
    Niece Meena Harris is far from "black." Her father's identity is apparently a secret.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/activist-meena-harris-building-social-justice-empire-2020-5

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @SaneClownPosse

    Meena’s father is most likely one of The Usual Suspects. As was someone in Kamala’s lineage. Damn plantation owners and their breeding programs. Creating fast horses and strong field hands.

    Named after MENA?

    Meena “hopes” that her children’s book represents more figures of color? She supposedly authored it and she doesn’t know what’s in it? Future Congress critter potential.

  236. @Wilkey
    Judging from the video of Kamala's father, Donald Harris, I'd guess that he's roughly 1/4th African, 3/4th European. Perhaps slightly more African that that, but not by much.

    That means that Kamala is maybe 1/8th African, 3/8th European, and 1/2 Indian. Yet she is being presented to us as "the first black female on a presidential ticket."

    And Leftists wonder why so many people think the news media is full of shit.

    Replies: @Jack D, @PiltdownMan

    Judging from the video of Kamala’s father, Donald Harris, I’d guess that he’s roughly 1/4th African, 3/4th European. Perhaps slightly more African that that, but not by much.

    Here’s a picture of Oscar Joseph Harris. He was Donald Harris’ father and Kamala Harris’ paternal grandfather.

  237. @Paleo Liberal
    She’s smart enough to get herself on the ticket as VP candidate, and she may be the first female President.

    As others have mentioned, there are different kinds of smart.

    If you want to look at pure IQ points and how good a student someone was, the smartest P or VP candidate we’ve had In the past few decades was Hillary Clinton. But that didn’t prevent her from running a truly bad campaign and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @anon, @Giancarlo M. Kumquat, @Art Deco, @PiltdownMan, @nebulafox

    >Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Isaac Newton was a bit of an odd bird…

    • Replies: @anon
    @nebulafox

    Isaac Newton was a bit of an odd bird…

    Odder than you think.

    Isaac Newton was born in 1643
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton

    Tulip mania happened in 1637
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_mania

    "Math is hard" -- Barbie

    Replies: @J.Ross

  238. Anonymous[382] • Disclaimer says:
    @Justvisiting
    @Bragadocious


    I go back to the debate where Gabbard lit into her, and Harris couldn’t even mutter one syllable in response...Maybe she’s so full of herself that she didn’t anticipate it.
     
    Affirmative action creatures like Harris are used to be treated with kid gloves their entire lives.

    That (imh0) is why Willie Brown begged her to not accept the VP nod from Biden.

    Willie knows that the Trump campaign will attack, attack, attack, and then attack again.....

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Yes exactly, these people are used to ‘opponents’ always pulling punches and never hitting them hard. Obama benefited from this his entire term, beginning with the 2008 election which was effectively thrown by his opponent.

    McCain refused to attack Obama where he was weakest: his strange origin story about being/not being born in Kenya. He should have hammered on this incessantly and forced Obama to apologize for having lied about it, albeit a long time ago.

  239. @Anon
    @Hibernian

    Amazing when Anglo-Americans genuinely don’t seem to understand the underhanded way the English Empire was built, and continues.. if the Pilgrims Society is not a friends-and-family affair, I don’t know what is. And what about the Young President’s Organization? But it should be evident just from looking at the social edifice of fraternities, sundry professional and social clubs and masonic lodges.

    The fair-play England could not confront the Spanish Empire, so they settled on undermining it. To this end, they sent their trusty jewish minions to America, from Valparaiso to Rhode Island. This masonic network would be used to promote and finance the “Independence” of Hispanoamérica.

    The first spanish Masonic Lodge was founded by Manuel de Lima y Sola, a wily cryptoJew from Curazao. The Rhode Island and Providence Plantations were instituted by jewish masonic slave traders (Moises Seixas and Moises Levy) which is why there you find the first Synagogue (Touro). Of course British Jamaica was a den of crypto Jew pirate-thieves who got readmitted to England for spying on the Spanish Armada. At this point, Spain was evangelizing and civilizing the locals, not understanding that she would soon be dispossessed of her territory. And yes, Nueva España was never a colony, but rather a part of Spain with full rights. The first “culture wars”, with the usual suspects involved, was the one done to discredit Spain with the Black Legend.

    Funnily enough, this very British Deep State has funded revolutions and coups for 400 years. In Wickham Steed’s memoirs, for example, you can read that the “Young Czech” NGO used to topple the Habsburg Empire was funded by ’South American Czechs’.. and where exactly were those located in 1918? Well, in Valparaiso, of all places, just check wiki. The Young Czechs were but one initiative amidst all the Young Europe cells leveraged by the judeo-masonic Perfidious Albion. The jewish Young Turks included.

    If now the Anglo-Americans have been beaten at their game by their once junior partners, they should really just applaud the better player. They were played as useful idiots in the destruction of ancient Christian Europe.

    https://www.eleconomistaamerica.cl/sociedad-eAm-chile/noticias/7942775/11/16/Lanzan-libro-sobre-el-fundador-de-la-masoneria-en-Chile.html

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/rhode-island-jewish-history

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2962276-jewish-pirates-of-the-caribbean

    https://gagrule.net/israel-turkey-armeniangenocide-the-donmeh-the-middle-easts-most-whispered-secret-part-i/

    Replies: @Hibernian, @Anonymous

    The Spanish bitching that the British refused to help them reconquer their empire after the Napoleonic wars is like the British/French/Dutch/etc bitching that the U.S. refused to do ditto after WWII. In both cases, why the hell was this any of their responsibility?

  240. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Richard B


    FEMA camps will be the destiny of many Americans since fighting back or going out swinging is inconceivable for them.
     
    Richard-

    If the WuFlu hysteria of the past 5 months is a modest preview of the beautiful new future our betters have planned for us, I'd rather be dead.

    Replies: @Richard B

    If the WuFlu hysteria of the past 5 months is a modest preview of the beautiful new future our betters have planned for us, I’d rather be dead.

    Our betters?

    “I’d rather be dead.”

    Hope you’re kidding.

    But, if not, sorry you feel that way.

  241. @nebulafox
    @Paleo Liberal

    >Remember, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, lost a ton of money on tulip bulbs.

    Isaac Newton was a bit of an odd bird...

    Replies: @anon

    Isaac Newton was a bit of an odd bird…

    Odder than you think.

    Isaac Newton was born in 1643
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton

    Tulip mania happened in 1637
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_mania

    “Math is hard” — Barbie

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @anon

    Well bad luck, I would have bet Jeopardy money that it was a different century.

  242. @J.Ross
    @MEH 0910

    Trying not to laugh. Women "lose" their hair more often than you would think from perfectly standard salon tinkering, it's what probably happened to Violet, and it grows back. If this was WuFlu then this is the first time I have heard of this symptom. Funny that others have suffered much worse (with things like difficulty breathing or loss of taste) but kept their bristles.

    Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey, @Chrisnonymous, @MEH 0910

    It may not be COVID per se, but “telogen effluvium” is stress-related hair loss.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Chrisnonymous

    Oh yeah, she's been under a lot of stress what with her workload.

  243. @Chrisnonymous
    @J.Ross

    It may not be COVID per se, but "telogen effluvium" is stress-related hair loss.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Oh yeah, she’s been under a lot of stress what with her workload.

  244. @anon
    @nebulafox

    Isaac Newton was a bit of an odd bird…

    Odder than you think.

    Isaac Newton was born in 1643
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton

    Tulip mania happened in 1637
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_mania

    "Math is hard" -- Barbie

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Well bad luck, I would have bet Jeopardy money that it was a different century.

  245. @Hypnotoad666
    @HammerJack

    For real. I even missed one year, 1992, when it got to No. 19. It's been all downhill from there for some reason, though.

    Replies: @lysias

    I also missed voting in 1992. I was so busy in law school that I let the deadline for registering to vote slip past me.

  246. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @CJ

    Anybody whose first language is a Greco-Roman alphabet language (English) who fails to achieve an FSI rating of at least 3.5 in a second Greco-Roman alphabet language (Quebecois French) by age 17 after living five years in a total immersion First World new language environment has some serious cognitive issues, is just plain lazy, or has some antipathy issues on actually practicing multi-culturalism.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    In Montreal there used to be, before the explosion of French nationalism there, a large, separate Anglophone community, which included many of the elite. She’s 57, so a substantial remnant of that may have still been around when she was age 12 to 17. She went to an Anglophone high school, after a short time in a Francophone or bilingual one. She quite likely has at least one, probably two, maybe all three of the issues you mention, to some extent.

  247. Thanks. I’m inclined to think that the more relevant and heavily weighted issues here are the last two. Laziness certainly squares up well with her screwing her way to the other side of the rim of the crab bucket approach to her government career. That is not to say, however, that her IQ is much above 100.

  248. @J.Ross
    @MEH 0910

    Trying not to laugh. Women "lose" their hair more often than you would think from perfectly standard salon tinkering, it's what probably happened to Violet, and it grows back. If this was WuFlu then this is the first time I have heard of this symptom. Funny that others have suffered much worse (with things like difficulty breathing or loss of taste) but kept their bristles.

    Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey, @Chrisnonymous, @MEH 0910

    This guy had hair loss after getting coronavirus (at 7:58):

    My Experience Getting CORONAVIRUS

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