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Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe, who was always being mentioned in the 1980s as the Democrats’ next Supreme Court nominee, has an amusingly demented Twitter account these days. Today, Tribe intuits the anti-Semitic conspiracy behind a Trump misspelling in a Tweet:

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Tribe once wrote a law review article entitled “The Curvature of Constitutional Space: What Lawyers Can Learn From Modern Physics” for which noted physicist Barack Obama did the sciencey parts, so you know it’s totally legit. Here’s Tribe and Obama brainstorming the physics bits:

Here’s a question: With Trump as President, Professor Tribe doesn’t seem quite right in the head. Ok, he’s 76 years old, that’s understandable, that happens to people. Or was he always like this? Was he like this back when he was advertised as the liberal legal giant?

 
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  1. OT: Speaking of monsters, Charlie Manson has died.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    @Anonymous

    He was my favorite Beach Boy.

    Cease to resist, come on say you love me
    Give up your world, come on and be with me
    I'm your kind, I'm your kind, and I see

    Come on come on, ooo I love you pretty girl
    My life is yours, and you can have my world
    I'm your kind, I'm your kind, and I see

    Never had a lesson I ever learned
    I know I could never learn not to love you
    Come in now closer
    Come in closer closer closer ahhhh

    Submission is a gift, give it to your lover
    Love and understanding is for one another
    I'm your kind, I'm your kind, and I see

    Never had a lesson I ever learned
    I know I could never learn not to love you
    Come in now closer
    Come in closer come in closer ahhhh

    Ahhh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhhhhh
    Ahhh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhhhhh

    , @Anon
    @Anonymous

    His death is a symbol for the death of liberal philosophy run amok. The whole Manson gang was pure 1960s extreme leftism.

  2. Didn’t Freud eschew the term “subconscious”, using “unconscious” instead?

    • Replies: @guest
    @Dave Pinsen

    Maybe, but he spoke Austrian, so who knows?

  3. What percentage of Jewish-Americans even “know” (read: believe) that “Frankenstien” is “the one distinctively Jewish spelling”?

    Tribe’s “knowledge” of this borders on the anti-Semitic.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Opinionator

    "Tribe's 'knowledge' of this borders on the anti-Semitic"

    No, because he's one of the "tribe" (ha-ha).

    He's not even guilty of speaking out of school, because all's fair in war against Trump.

    Replies: @Opinionator

    , @Jack D
    @Opinionator

    No, it borders on the idiotic. The one distinctive Jewish spelling would be פראַנקענסטעין. But even in the Yiddish, the ending translates as "eyn". If you were really going for a Jewish (Yiddish) spelling it would be Frankenshteyn but 99% of the time this was Anglicized to Frankenstein (for the post 1970s wave of Russian Jewish immigrants there seems to have been less Anglicizing).

    AFAIK, stien is a rare variation and the result of error (or overgeneralization of the i before e rule) and has nothing particular to do with Jews except that Yiddish or Russian spellings were the only ones in need of Romanization to begin with - German immigrants would have just kept their original spelling.

    BTW, does anyone know whether or what Franken was shortened from? Growing up I knew a German Jewish family named Frankenberg but no Frankensteins outside of the movie monsters.

    Replies: @Old Palo Altan, @IBC

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Opinionator

    Opi, "Did you eat yet?" "No, Jew?"...Woody Allen. anti- Semites are everywhere.

  4. It’s always Kristallnacht eve 1938. Jewish ethnic cohesion depends on it.

    They’ll create or manufacture threats to meet demand, real or imagined.

    • Agree: AndrewR
  5. A very interesting interview from Israel. Google-translated (with some minor corrections)
    A lesbian left-wing woman became an activist against the population of her neighborhood with African refugees.


    They call us racists, but the truth is that we are too tolerant”
    From the roof of her house, Shefi Paz – one of the leaders of the protest against the infiltrators in south Tel Aviv – looks at the area abandoned by the municipality, the government and her past friends from the Israeli left. Unlike them, she does not intend to stop fighting for the residents of the neighborhoods

    “Where to go?” I wrote in a SMS to Shafi. “And what are the chances of beating me?”
    “Cute,” was the answer. “Relax, I’ll look after you.”
    It seems that Paz is no longer afraid of anything, and in her struggle for the residents of the neighborhoods of southern Tel Aviv, for her, no one is an enemy too strong to oppose. In the past few weeks, Paz has dared to touch the heart of the most sacred consensus of the Israeli media, and every Saturday evening she is demonstrating with her friends in front of the home of Esther Hayut, the new president of the Supreme Court.

    How many people come to demonstrations, I’m asking when we meet. “At first, there were 300-350, now about 100,” Paz replies. When I wonder why people do not come, the web is full of discussions by right-wing scholars who explain to each other that the problem is not in the government or in the opposition, but in the High Court of Justice. “The right does not like to leave the house.”
    Well, maybe he’s afraid it will be ruined when he’s out.

    Paz smiles in despair. “The right does not come to the demonstrations, I speak to quite a few religious people, and they tell me that they have stopped believing in the demonstrations since the disengagement … At first I was angry, then I understood them more, the right is in power and the voters expect the government to do the job for which it was elected. , It is conservative. ”

    [MORE]

    And you are not afraid that the demonstrations will lead to violence?
    “You have to come to the demonstrations, you will not believe how non- violent they are, we just want the High Court justices to place the citizens of the state first. The point of reference for the judges should be Israeli citizens, not their counterparts in European courts. ”
    Do you want to be arrested?
    She smiles again.
    When Paz opens the door to me in a black T-shirt, I think I’ve known her for years, even though we never really met. Here and there I saw her at a demonstration, and we also talked on the phone once or twice when she needed some help on the net, but this is the first time we’ve been standing face-to-face. And there is also a feeling of embarrassment, or perhaps shame. For ten years I have been living in Tel Aviv, and this is perhaps the second time I visit the Shapira neighborhood. It is easy to criticize Israelis’ indifference to the problem, but if I have not yet reached the scene of this struggle myself, why should we complain about the residents of Netanya, Arad or Afula? I assume that if my quiet neighborhood would have taken over tens of thousands of infiltrators, I would have been a little more involved in what was happening. But hey, far from sight, far south of Tel Aviv.

    On the wooden table in the center of Paz’s living room is a megaphone, so that no one will be confused by the calm and calm appearance of the hostess. Next to the megaphone there is a flag of Peace Now. Paz says she took him from a demonstration and since then she has not been able to get rid of him, because her dog likes to sleep on him. On the right are metal shelves with piles of books on them. Paz will forgive me if I say that the house in general is not very orderly. Asked whether it is related to her liking the mess, she says it has to do with the fact that someone who spends all day fighting, has no time for cleanliness.

    I sit on the table. She offers coffee and asks if I smoke. I tell her I’m sorry not anymore. “I smoke, so if you do not mind, we’ll go up to the roof.”

    She has a roof. One that looks out over all of southern Tel Aviv, as if to ensure that Paz will always see the neighborhoods she is so fighting for. This roof serves her and her partner Tali (we’ll get to that) also to grow tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and more.

    Is it scary to go here to the grocery?
    “Not everything needs an explanation, sometimes people just like to grow vegetables on the roof.”

    To call her a strange bird would be an understatement that would do an injustice to ordinary strange birds. Paz is the surprising element of the bodies fighting for the removal of the infiltrators from southern Tel Aviv. Ashkenazi, a leftist in the past, who lived with a partner and spent many years wandering around in those circles that barely manage to scratch a few notes at the polling stations of southern Tel Aviv.

    When she tells about her childhood, you can get an idea of where she came from. She was born in Poland 65 years ago and at the age of four immigrated to Israel, directly to a transit camp in the Krayot area. From there she remembers “the bathroom outside,a bothy with a hole.” Her parents were Holocaust survivors. “The Holocaust lived in a cellar we did not have, we did not talk about it, but it was everywhere – in nightmares and under the tiles, I was a Holocaust freak, I read all the books, maybe that’s why I admired Lehi. As a girl I had a very strange time. On the one hand I was in Hashomer Hatzair, on the other hand on the wall in the room I had a picture of Geula Cohen. ”
    In the army, she served in the Ordnance Corps, and she says she suffered greatly because she was never a mainstream. So she held right-wing positions. She tells of the euphoria she felt after the Six Day War, when she was 15, and of participating in demonstrations in Tel Aviv for the settlements. It was the exit from the closet that fixed her deep in the opposite wing. “My connection to the left started at that time, at the age of 22. There was not even room to think twice, and my automatic connection after leaving the closet was for the Ratz party, with figures like Shulamit Aloni and Yael Dayan, with people who took care of our rights.”

    From that moment she was on the left with all her might. Participates in demonstrations by Peace Now, a protestor against settlements, believes that this is the right place for her as a humane person. “You will not believe it, but until five years ago I voted for Meretz,” she says. I really do not believe: Today she is one of the most hated women in the left (certainly in second place, after Irit Linor). Well, when the rivalry grows inside it’s much more painful.

    By the way, I ask her what she thinks about the recent discussion about the removal of the term “Zionism” from Meretz’s platform. Is this party still Zionist? “Look, I would like to believe that yes, but Meretz is composed of several streams, and no doubt post-Zionist elements have entered it in recent years.

    To the south of Tel Aviv, ironically, Paz arrived precisely because of multiculturalism and human diversity. “Until 1995, I lived in the Habimah area, but the monoliths there killed me, I’m tired of living next to people who look the same way, I hear the same music, I moved in and fell in love, Who became my best friends, were here from all places – Filipinos, South Americans, Romanians, Africans – and there was coexistence. ”

    So what’s the difference between those days and what’s happening today?
    There were very few families with children, people did not come to settle in. There were problems, I do not deny them, but in general they respected the local people, the people in the neighborhoods, they did not take over the business and did not threaten the way of life. Group protection, there were not any rights organizations at the time. ”

    For several years Paz employed a foreign worker from Togo for cleaning work, and he became a housekeeper and served as a therapist for Yotam, her son. “Yotam even asked me when he would turn black,” she recalls. In 2002, during the great deportation initiated by Arik Sharon, every night there were raids by the Immigration Police, and once I woke up to the sound of sirens and shouts, and I went down to check what was happening and saw that the police were about to raid the building. I saw the Nigerian guy who lived in the building and another guy, I called them and hid them in my house until the police left, and I will not be taught about liberalism. ”

    As she rolls herself a cigarette, I try to understand how the neighbor who hosts the immigrant families on holidays and saves strangers from the police has turned into someone who does not even accept the solution of dispersing the infiltrators between Israeli cities, but only expels them outside the borders of the state. “Today we are talking about the people of southern Tel Aviv as racist, intolerant, but we came here as a lesbian couple with a child, and religious people would ask us how we are doing, how is the child. And this is one of the reasons for our situation – the people are too tolerant, it took the neighborhood a long time to understand that tolerance will not help here.

    “Let me give you an example: One of our first struggles was against the phenomenon of infiltrators who defecate in some garden in the neighborhood, and we were so naive that we wanted the municipality to construct toilets for them. excessive tolerance overcame the neighborhoods.”

    I ask her to give me some numbers. How many infiltrators are we talking about? “The population census says that the number is around 40,000, of which 20 percent are Sudanese and 80 percent Eritreans, but I do not trust their word, but they also do not include children between the ages of 0 and 18. Our assumptions are about 80,000. The formal number of infiltrators living in Tel Aviv today is only 15,000, which is certainly nonsense. “

    Paz is a woman of opposites. The processes are cooked in the head, but the outward transition is fast. As one morning she woke up and resigned herself to being a lesbian, so at once she understood that she had to cross the political lines.

    Facebook, which brought a lot of positive things and a lot of problems, also gives us the ability to return to precise moments from the past. And here was this refined moment when she realized that she was no longer in the camp they had expected her to belong to. “After I was just returned from the demonstration in the Shapira neighborhood,” Paz wrote in April 2012. “After unknown people set fire to refugee apartments and kindergartens tonight, we set out to express an unequivocal stand against violence, and we could also tell the authorities what we think about the abandonment of the residents of the south and of the refugees But someone could not resist, so that the residents of the neighborhood, exhausted by neglect and contempt and loss of security, found themselves confronted with signs that accused them of racism and called on the refugees to come and settle among them.

    They were standing on one side of the square, surrounded by their sense of justice and enlightenment, a united front against hard-working, less-young people. The fact is that there is no neighborhood that is less racist than the Shapira neighborhood and there is no neighborhood that deserves to be heard more than the Shapira neighborhood. ”

    “That morning I received a call to organize demonstrations in the neighborhood,” she tells me. “I come and see a group of beautiful people with beautiful guitars and nice signs – ‘No to racism’, ‘Shapira welcomes refugees,’ but none of them is a resident of the neighborhood, and angry, angry people are screaming at them. But when I got home I knew exactly which side I was in. The people with the guitars were so beautiful and so not out of here that I knew I was on the other side. ”

    Sheffy began to take charge of the struggle, and to do so in her own style. She initiated demonstrations (“At the peak of which I burned pictures of mayor Huldai”), invested in documentation in southern Tel Aviv, confronted numerous infiltrators and left-wing activists a lot, organized lots of field trips, worked with the police in closing businesses and provided support to people in the neighborhood. At the same time, she came to all the ministers, sat on committees in the Knesset and visited the High Court of Justice, thus becoming the most prominent voice in the struggle that people from outside are actually comfortable keeping silent about.

    After a post, another post, and a column on Ynet, she received a phone call from Susie Cohen, a key activist in the struggle against infiltrators and someone connected to the hard right wing. “She hated me before, but she saw me on television and asked me to come and help them, and she and her friends identified a left-wing lesbian and said, ‘We will use it, these people did not know how to reach the public and I came with new ideas.We participated in the local elections. A seat in the municipality council – in fact almost two, but no one agreed to sign a surplus agreement with us. ”

    Since then she is identified, and identifies itself, with the right side of the political map. Quite interesting, considering that for years this side has done nothing to deal with the problem of the infiltrators. “I have an ambivalent attitude toward Bibi,” says Paz. I always said that the only person who can solve the problem here is Bibi. He is going to be prime minister until the day he dies. ”

    Still, it’s strange that when he comes here they kiss his hands.
    The question irritates her a bit, but then she lights another cigarette and relaxes. “A few months ago, they called from the Prime Minister’s Office and said that he wanted to meet me,” she says. “I went there, he let me talk, and I told him: Look, blaming you for ten minutes will not get me anywhere, They are very angry at neighborhoods, because while you’re protecting us on the outside, you’re handing over territory to an enemy and expelling Jews from their homes.”

    Is that what he thinks he is doing?
    “When I told the prime minister wanted to come to visit, I asked if it was only for declarations, and he said, No, he wants to come secretly, and two days after the well-publicized tour, Bibi arrived with interior minister Deri for a secret tour.

    “I did not like the picture of kissing his hands,” she says, “it is not that the residents of southern Tel Aviv kissed his hands, she was one woman, but hey, I will kiss his legs after he takes care of the problem. But I saw closely how it was going on. There are serious people working on amending the Infiltrators Law, and with them are legal advisers who reject everything and do not agree to defend anything. ”

    So why are you demonstrating before the Supreme Court justices?
    “We believe that the court has deviated from its authority, and not only on the issue of infiltrators,” she said.

    I ask her if, for her, the dispersal of the infiltrators is an option for a solution. “We are in the south of Tel Aviv, relatively strong and connected, there are weak places in other cities that suffer from the problem, and they do not even know how to do it, Start fighting. ”
    We stand on the roof and look at the neighborhoods. When two hipsters pass below, I ask Paz what she thinks about the new populations that arrive in the Shapira neighborhood, including quite a few young couples. “On the one hand, they are mostly people who support the infiltrators,” she replies. “On the other hand, every apartment they occupy is less of an apartment for Eritreans, so I’m in favor.”

    When the conversation turns into the disturbing men shaming campaign that has been going on for the past few weeks, Paz describes what her neighborhood residents are experiencing. “There is almost no woman who is not sexually harassed, it starts with sexual curses when you pass by the infiltrators on the street, and there are countless cases of nakedness, they send me porn on the phone, sexual violence is routine here, and the sad part is that 99 percent of the cases are not heard, No one here will complain.

    “Yes, it’s not that there is no crime by Israelis, and I hear the people who claim that in the past it was not easy in south Tel Aviv, to all of them I answer – go to the woman who was raped as a child and tell her it’s okay that they raped her as an adult. “.

    We go down to the bottom floor, and Paz shows me her room – a tiny room full of documents and stickers, along with two computers, a printer and a telephone: “I manage everything from here,” she says, and pulls out some stickers that I will take with me. “Do not despair, soon the expulsion”, “Employing infiltrators – do not call yourself an Israeli.”
    I tell her we have to go eat something once. “It’s fun,” she replies. “Just keep in mind that I do not eat in places that employ infiltrators.”

    . With all the human empathy, when it comes to choosing between the people of the neighborhoods and the infiltrators,she will stand at the forefront for its people.

    The taxi I ordered arrives and we part. A moment before I leave, she stops me and asks: “Yotam, I do not care what they write about me, but there are two sentences that are important to me to bring in. I open my entire lecture: I did not ask to become a refugee. We did not ask to be your conscience

    I assure her they will appear, and go down. I get into a cab and the driver looks me over. “What the hell do you have to do here?” He asks. “What do you mean?” I ask back. “This is a place for infiltrators,” he says. I look at him and answer: “So, there is someone who will not agree with you.”

    • Replies: @International Jew
    @JayJay2

    Wow, Google Translate just gets better and better. Did you just touch up the style or do you know some Hebrew?

    The “And what are the chances of beating me?” is really, "What are the chances I'll get mugged?"

  6. The interview was given to Sheldon Adelson’s news website – http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/902/688.html

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    @JayJay2

    JayJay2:

    Paz reminds me of the late Bella Abzug. (Bella was a ferocious NYC over-the-top leftist politician whose milquetoast relative is now the city's Comptroller.)


    Unlike Paz, Abzug was never mugged by reality so she never deviated from her quasi-Communist convictions. (BTW, Bella's husband was a Wall Street shark - they truly deserved each other!)

  7. • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Trelane

    My, what knockers!

    First!

  8. anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    OT: Speaking of monsters, Charlie Manson has died.

    Replies: @anonymous, @Anon

    He was my favorite Beach Boy.

    Cease to resist, come on say you love me
    Give up your world, come on and be with me
    I’m your kind, I’m your kind, and I see

    Come on come on, ooo I love you pretty girl
    My life is yours, and you can have my world
    I’m your kind, I’m your kind, and I see

    Never had a lesson I ever learned
    I know I could never learn not to love you
    Come in now closer
    Come in closer closer closer ahhhh

    Submission is a gift, give it to your lover
    Love and understanding is for one another
    I’m your kind, I’m your kind, and I see

    Never had a lesson I ever learned
    I know I could never learn not to love you
    Come in now closer
    Come in closer come in closer ahhhh

    Ahhh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhhhhh
    Ahhh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhhhhh

  9. Here’s an interesting statistic. Rape (on a per capita basis) has declined by over 85%. This decline has occured over the last several decades in the United States.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/18/AR2006061800610.html

    The number of rapes per capita in the United States has plunged by more than 85 percent since the 1970s, and reported rape fell last year even while other violent offenses increased, according to federal crime data.

    This seemingly stunning reduction in sexual violence has been so consistent over the past two decades that some experts say they have started to believe it is accurate, even if they cannot fully explain why it is occurring.

    Rapes are more likely to be reported now.

    Justice Department estimates that 61 percent of rapes and sexual assaults are still not reported. But that is down from 69 percent in 1996, and experts say the trend remains downward.

    The decline in sexual violence is most pronounced among younger women.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/feb/18/opinion/op-males18

    The crime surveys further indicate that the decline in sexual violence is greater among younger females than older women. In the last dozen years, they found that sexual victimization rates among girls ages 12 to 19 fell by 78% and among women ages 20 to 24 by 70%, nearly double the drop among women older than 25.

    California has seen a huge decline in teenage rape arrests.

    The decrease in violence is reflected in big drops in teenage rape arrests. Led by decreases of 90% in San Francisco, 85% in Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, and 80% in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Sacramento counties, California’s teen rape-arrest rate fell by 70% over the last three decades. Fewer teens were arrested for rape in 2005 (236) than in 1957 (331), the first year statistics were reported, in a teenage population just one-third today’s.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @JohnnyWalker123

    If rape has decline by 85% since the early 70s, that implies the average American man back then was 7x more likely to commit rape. Does that sound plausible? Did American men used to be exceptionally rape prone?

    Really, if that 85% figure is true, that'd imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S. It'd also imply that a relatively large percentage of older men have raped a woman at some point in their life.

    Replies: @anonymous, @Steve Sailer, @theMann, @Travis, @Hippopotamusdrome

    , @eah
    @JohnnyWalker123

    https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/html/cjusew96/cjuse20.gif

    , @Almost Missouri
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Those are 10 year old articles. Any idea where the stats are now?

    , @ex-banker
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Somewhat analogous to this would be Boston University president John Silber's reaction to reports of prostitutes soliciting business in Kenmore Square (middle of the city campus): Why would someone pay when the coeds are giving it away for free?

    , @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    The largest demographic of men are baby boomers, and they're getting too old to get it up. The rapists among them are likely in prison by now or dead by misadventure.

  10. amusingly

    OK — personally I’m no longer ‘amused’ by Jews trying to smear Whites as racist — which counts as malevolent, not “demented”.

    What is “distinctively Jewish” about Trump’s misspelling? — “Frankenstien” — maybe he was following the ‘i before e except after c’ rule — Norman G Finkelstein is also Jewish — since the origin is Germanic: -stein = stine, -stien = steen (pronunciation).

    Everyone can see Trump is unpolished, something of an oaf — but he isn’t illiterate.

  11. @JohnnyWalker123
    Here's an interesting statistic. Rape (on a per capita basis) has declined by over 85%. This decline has occured over the last several decades in the United States.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/18/AR2006061800610.html


    The number of rapes per capita in the United States has plunged by more than 85 percent since the 1970s, and reported rape fell last year even while other violent offenses increased, according to federal crime data.

    This seemingly stunning reduction in sexual violence has been so consistent over the past two decades that some experts say they have started to believe it is accurate, even if they cannot fully explain why it is occurring.
     
    Rapes are more likely to be reported now.


    Justice Department estimates that 61 percent of rapes and sexual assaults are still not reported. But that is down from 69 percent in 1996, and experts say the trend remains downward.
     
    The decline in sexual violence is most pronounced among younger women.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/feb/18/opinion/op-males18

    The crime surveys further indicate that the decline in sexual violence is greater among younger females than older women. In the last dozen years, they found that sexual victimization rates among girls ages 12 to 19 fell by 78% and among women ages 20 to 24 by 70%, nearly double the drop among women older than 25.
     
    California has seen a huge decline in teenage rape arrests.

    The decrease in violence is reflected in big drops in teenage rape arrests. Led by decreases of 90% in San Francisco, 85% in Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, and 80% in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Sacramento counties, California's teen rape-arrest rate fell by 70% over the last three decades. Fewer teens were arrested for rape in 2005 (236) than in 1957 (331), the first year statistics were reported, in a teenage population just one-third today's.
     

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @eah, @Almost Missouri, @ex-banker, @Anon

    If rape has decline by 85% since the early 70s, that implies the average American man back then was 7x more likely to commit rape. Does that sound plausible? Did American men used to be exceptionally rape prone?

    Really, if that 85% figure is true, that’d imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S. It’d also imply that a relatively large percentage of older men have raped a woman at some point in their life.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Can’t help you, I’m too busy watching sportspuck.

    , @Steve Sailer
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Rape where a guy with a knife or a gun jumps out of the bushes has pretty much vanished, but it happened a lot in, say, 1967-to sometime later.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Art Deco

    , @theMann
    @JohnnyWalker123

    If any of you can find it, I strongly recommend watching a French film called "Les Ripoux" for some reason released in the US as "My New Partner".



    That film will help educate you in the realization that all crime "statistics" are pure politics and always have been.

    , @Travis
    @JohnnyWalker123

    testosterone levels were 50% higher in men 30 years ago....in addition pornography was less readily available. The increase in Porn with the advent of the VCR and then the internet has granted men more sexual outlets which has reduced the number of rapes...the rise of Asian Massage parlors across America has also given men more outlets to find sexual release. Studies have shown that when prostitution is legalized reported rapes declines. Many potential rapists find it easier, less risky to pay a women $60 instead of bothering to rape a female.

    While rapes were 7 times more common 50 years ago, it was most because the rapists were raping more women than the today , today they have less opportunity (less women hitchhikers...) and rapist today have access to more porn and it is easier to find a massage parlor today than in 197o.. With DNA evidence and women more likely to report being sexually assaulted today, rapists are more likely to get caught before they can rape 7 women, while back 50 years ago it was easier for a rapists to keep raping for years, as less women reported it and the cops had less tools to catch them it would not be unusually for a rapist to have a dozen victims before getting caught. So we did not have 7 times the number of rapists in 1970 , although we may well have had 10 times the number of victims with just 2 times as many rapists in America.

    Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome

    , @Hippopotamusdrome
    @JohnnyWalker123



    that’d imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S.

     

    Ever hear of "white flight"?

    Replies: @guest

  12. It’s unclear to me how “Frankenstien” is a distinctively Jewish spelling. Isn’t “-stein” the one traditionally (but not exclusively) associated with Jewish people? Granted I’m not as bright as Herr Tribe, so maybe one of our astute readers can clue me in.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Space Ghost

    Ah, but you see, clever Trump hinted at "-stein" without actually spelling it out, because plausible deniability.

    We know he didn't intend "-steen" and screw up, because crypto-anti-semitism is more damaging to Trump's reputation.

    Good rule of thumb: whatever's worst for Trump is true, because that makes Larry Tribe's job easier. Call it Tribe's Razor.

    , @dearieme
    @Space Ghost

    "stein" is German rather than specifically Jewish. The American mispronunciation of it as 'steen', rather than 'stine', is a source of chuckles for many. For some reason Americans don't say Eensteen.

    P.S. There was an unpleasant American financier some time ago whose surname was Weil. That's pronounced 'Vile' in the land of his ancestors.

    Replies: @guest, @LondonBob

    , @theo the kraut
    @Space Ghost

    “Frankenstien” is a typical and common misspelling by native English speakers, there's nothing distinctively Jewish ie Yiddish or German about it, there's no such Yiddish or German spelling variant--it's "stein" meaning stone. I can't say for Yiddish speakers, but I haven't seen a German misspelling "Frankenstein" with "stien" ever, it looks and sounds all wrong.

    Replies: @International Jew

  13. @JohnnyWalker123
    @JohnnyWalker123

    If rape has decline by 85% since the early 70s, that implies the average American man back then was 7x more likely to commit rape. Does that sound plausible? Did American men used to be exceptionally rape prone?

    Really, if that 85% figure is true, that'd imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S. It'd also imply that a relatively large percentage of older men have raped a woman at some point in their life.

    Replies: @anonymous, @Steve Sailer, @theMann, @Travis, @Hippopotamusdrome

    Can’t help you, I’m too busy watching sportspuck.

  14. Apropos of nothing, yet another black serviceman causes an incident on Okinawa:

    A US service member has been arrested following a deadly vehicle crash on the Japanese island of Okinawa early Sunday morning.

    Marine Pvt. First Class Nicholas James-McLean was driving a truck when it collided with another vehicle at 5:25 a.m. in Okinawa’s capital of Naha, killing the other driver — a 61-year-old local man identified as Jun Tamanaha, the Naha police department told CNN.

    Police said James-McLean’s blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.

    Would this incident have happened without racial quotas letting in less-qualified blacks? A previous incident also involved a black guy:

    CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A former U.S. base worker charged with raping and killing an Okinawan woman fantasized about raping women for years and thought about shooting fellow Marines as a way of attempting suicide, his lawyer said.

    Former Marine Kenneth Franklin Gadson made the revelations, including gruesome details of the crime, during a jailhouse interview with his lawyers. The transcripts were released to Stars and Stripes under the condition that they not be released in their entirety.

    Gadson, who worked at a Kadena Air Base cable and internet company and went by his Japanese wife’s surname of Shinzato, has been charged with murder, rape resulting in death and the illegal disposal of a body in the death of Rina Shimabukuro, 20, who disappeared April 28.

  15. @JohnnyWalker123
    Here's an interesting statistic. Rape (on a per capita basis) has declined by over 85%. This decline has occured over the last several decades in the United States.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/18/AR2006061800610.html


    The number of rapes per capita in the United States has plunged by more than 85 percent since the 1970s, and reported rape fell last year even while other violent offenses increased, according to federal crime data.

    This seemingly stunning reduction in sexual violence has been so consistent over the past two decades that some experts say they have started to believe it is accurate, even if they cannot fully explain why it is occurring.
     
    Rapes are more likely to be reported now.


    Justice Department estimates that 61 percent of rapes and sexual assaults are still not reported. But that is down from 69 percent in 1996, and experts say the trend remains downward.
     
    The decline in sexual violence is most pronounced among younger women.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/feb/18/opinion/op-males18

    The crime surveys further indicate that the decline in sexual violence is greater among younger females than older women. In the last dozen years, they found that sexual victimization rates among girls ages 12 to 19 fell by 78% and among women ages 20 to 24 by 70%, nearly double the drop among women older than 25.
     
    California has seen a huge decline in teenage rape arrests.

    The decrease in violence is reflected in big drops in teenage rape arrests. Led by decreases of 90% in San Francisco, 85% in Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, and 80% in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Sacramento counties, California's teen rape-arrest rate fell by 70% over the last three decades. Fewer teens were arrested for rape in 2005 (236) than in 1957 (331), the first year statistics were reported, in a teenage population just one-third today's.
     

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @eah, @Almost Missouri, @ex-banker, @Anon

  16. Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theory is a meme that should be propagated. It might bring some self-awareness to those who might otherwise succumb to paranoia.

    Although it needs to be made clear, these are conspiracy theories, on the same level as Area 51 material, not conspiracies by people who are anti-Semitic, but rather looney tunes theories by those who see anti-Jewish conspiracy under every bed.

    • Replies: @Opinionator
    @Anonymous

    Although it needs to be made clear, these are conspiracy theories, on the same level as Area 51 material, not conspiracies by people who are anti-Semitic, but rather looney tunes theories by those who see anti-Jewish conspiracy under every bed.

    Your proposed phrase is ambiguous and will be immediately interpreted (in a sort of Sapir-Whorff phenomenon) by almost everyone who encounters it to mean theories that are anti-Semitic.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Space Ghost

  17. @Anonymous
    Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theory is a meme that should be propagated. It might bring some self-awareness to those who might otherwise succumb to paranoia.

    Although it needs to be made clear, these are conspiracy theories, on the same level as Area 51 material, not conspiracies by people who are anti-Semitic, but rather looney tunes theories by those who see anti-Jewish conspiracy under every bed.

    Replies: @Opinionator

    Although it needs to be made clear, these are conspiracy theories, on the same level as Area 51 material, not conspiracies by people who are anti-Semitic, but rather looney tunes theories by those who see anti-Jewish conspiracy under every bed.

    Your proposed phrase is ambiguous and will be immediately interpreted (in a sort of Sapir-Whorff phenomenon) by almost everyone who encounters it to mean theories that are anti-Semitic.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Opinionator

    Your proposed phrase is ambiguous and will be immediately interpreted (in a sort of Sapir-Whorff phenomenon) by almost everyone who encounters it to mean theories that are anti-Semitic.

    I'm afraid you are right.

    Please anyone, be thinking of another phrase that might make clear Jewish paranoia.

    Replies: @27 year old, @Almost Missouri

    , @Space Ghost
    @Opinionator

    The salient feature of recent conspiracy-theory memeing is to take whatever the person believes in and stick a -er at the end, and use that as the epithet. For example a "truther" believes in the "truth" of what really happened on 9/11; a "birther" believes that the circumstances of Obama's "birth" were suspicious. So in that vein I'll suggest (more as a starting point for discussion; I don't necessarily think this one is particularly good) the word "goyer" - a person who believes that "goys" are constantly conspiring against the Jews. Bonus in that it rhymes with "lawyer".

    Replies: @guest

  18. @Dave Pinsen
    Didn't Freud eschew the term "subconscious", using "unconscious" instead?

    Replies: @guest

    Maybe, but he spoke Austrian, so who knows?

  19. Does Twitter have auto-correct?

    One wonders about the effect Mr. Tribe’s name has on his subconscious.

    • Replies: @Glaivester
    @Anon

    It notifies of misspellings, but does not automatically correct them.

    , @Anon
    @Anon

    I wonder if Tribe knows of the cultural significance of Dracovefefe.

  20. @Opinionator
    What percentage of Jewish-Americans even "know" (read: believe) that "Frankenstien" is "the one distinctively Jewish spelling"?

    Tribe's "knowledge" of this borders on the anti-Semitic.

    Replies: @guest, @Jack D, @Buffalo Joe

    “Tribe’s ‘knowledge’ of this borders on the anti-Semitic”

    No, because he’s one of the “tribe” (ha-ha).

    He’s not even guilty of speaking out of school, because all’s fair in war against Trump.

    • Replies: @Opinionator
    @guest

    But Tribe seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Jews.

  21. OT, but related to Steve’s previous post about golf clubs:

    On Sunday night’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David’s Hispanic handyman asks Larry if he can take his family to Larry’s golf club to use the pool over the weekend. Dialogue along these lines ensues:

    Larry David: “No, you can’t go there. They’re racist.”

    Cesar the handyman: “You belong to a racist club?”

    Larry David: “All clubs are racist.”

  22. @Space Ghost
    It's unclear to me how "Frankenstien" is a distinctively Jewish spelling. Isn't "-stein" the one traditionally (but not exclusively) associated with Jewish people? Granted I'm not as bright as Herr Tribe, so maybe one of our astute readers can clue me in.

    Replies: @guest, @dearieme, @theo the kraut

    Ah, but you see, clever Trump hinted at “-stein” without actually spelling it out, because plausible deniability.

    We know he didn’t intend “-steen” and screw up, because crypto-anti-semitism is more damaging to Trump’s reputation.

    Good rule of thumb: whatever’s worst for Trump is true, because that makes Larry Tribe’s job easier. Call it Tribe’s Razor.

  23. Did it occur to Tribe that Trump was slyly referencing Harvey Weinstein? Franken and Weinstein would make a scary two-headed molesting monster.

    Admittedly all sardonic references to Harvey Weinstein are by definition racist, as Steve knows. So that doesn’t help.

    I wish Trump were clever enough to tie Franken, Weinstein, and others of their ilk into one intentional misspelling. But I’m afraid he’s not Dave Barry, or whatever appropriately high-brow wordplay humorist you have in mind.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @guest

    guest, good call. Franken and Weinstein=Frankenstein. Too bad Elliot Spitzer and Antony Weiner are passe' or we could have Weinerspitz.

  24. @guest
    @Opinionator

    "Tribe's 'knowledge' of this borders on the anti-Semitic"

    No, because he's one of the "tribe" (ha-ha).

    He's not even guilty of speaking out of school, because all's fair in war against Trump.

    Replies: @Opinionator

    But Tribe seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Jews.

  25. @JayJay2
    The interview was given to Sheldon Adelson's news website - http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/902/688.html

    Replies: @Dan Hayes

    JayJay2:

    Paz reminds me of the late Bella Abzug. (Bella was a ferocious NYC over-the-top leftist politician whose milquetoast relative is now the city’s Comptroller.)

    Unlike Paz, Abzug was never mugged by reality so she never deviated from her quasi-Communist convictions. (BTW, Bella’s husband was a Wall Street shark – they truly deserved each other!)

  26. @Space Ghost
    It's unclear to me how "Frankenstien" is a distinctively Jewish spelling. Isn't "-stein" the one traditionally (but not exclusively) associated with Jewish people? Granted I'm not as bright as Herr Tribe, so maybe one of our astute readers can clue me in.

    Replies: @guest, @dearieme, @theo the kraut

    “stein” is German rather than specifically Jewish. The American mispronunciation of it as ‘steen’, rather than ‘stine’, is a source of chuckles for many. For some reason Americans don’t say Eensteen.

    P.S. There was an unpleasant American financier some time ago whose surname was Weil. That’s pronounced ‘Vile’ in the land of his ancestors.

    • Replies: @guest
    @dearieme

    Kurt Weill composed the Threepenny Opera, and you always hear his name pronounced "vile."

    Though regular people are familiar Mack the Knife, he's not a household name and the only people who talk about him are pretentious hipsters.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    , @LondonBob
    @dearieme

    I was watching My Cousin Vinny, Italian Americans as a metaphor for Jews, and the Karate Kid's friend complains about the stein in his name being mispronounced, I don't which is deemed the right way in that film.

  27. @Space Ghost
    It's unclear to me how "Frankenstien" is a distinctively Jewish spelling. Isn't "-stein" the one traditionally (but not exclusively) associated with Jewish people? Granted I'm not as bright as Herr Tribe, so maybe one of our astute readers can clue me in.

    Replies: @guest, @dearieme, @theo the kraut

    “Frankenstien” is a typical and common misspelling by native English speakers, there’s nothing distinctively Jewish ie Yiddish or German about it, there’s no such Yiddish or German spelling variant–it’s “stein” meaning stone. I can’t say for Yiddish speakers, but I haven’t seen a German misspelling “Frankenstein” with “stien” ever, it looks and sounds all wrong.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    @theo the kraut

    Yeah, this could have been a senior moment for the 76-year-old Larry Tribe. My first thought was also that stien (a rare spelling I've never even seen before) would be pronounced "steen" anyway.

    But maybe Tribe's thinking was this: that Trump is so appallingly illiterate he thinks stein is always pronounced "steen", and that stien would be pronounced "stine", which sounds more "Jewish"?

    As it happens, the most "Jewish" pronunciation of stein would be neither "stine" nor "steen" but rather "shtane" — that's how it's pronounced in Yiddish.

  28. @Opinionator
    @Anonymous

    Although it needs to be made clear, these are conspiracy theories, on the same level as Area 51 material, not conspiracies by people who are anti-Semitic, but rather looney tunes theories by those who see anti-Jewish conspiracy under every bed.

    Your proposed phrase is ambiguous and will be immediately interpreted (in a sort of Sapir-Whorff phenomenon) by almost everyone who encounters it to mean theories that are anti-Semitic.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Space Ghost

    Your proposed phrase is ambiguous and will be immediately interpreted (in a sort of Sapir-Whorff phenomenon) by almost everyone who encounters it to mean theories that are anti-Semitic.

    I’m afraid you are right.

    Please anyone, be thinking of another phrase that might make clear Jewish paranoia.

    • Replies: @27 year old
    @Anonymous

    Jewish fragility

    , @Almost Missouri
    @Anonymous

    Anti-Goy Paranoia

  29. @Trelane
    https://youtu.be/WED9UNIdZbI?t=102

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    My, what knockers!

    First!

  30. Almost every lawyer in the country has been taught constitutional law using Tribe’s treatise.

    • Replies: @guest
    @william munny

    Since the upshot is to decide everything on the basis of current progressive opinion, it doesn't really matter what treatises law students are taught. Law schools could have them recite wordless chants with the same result.

    , @ben tillman
    @william munny

    Not even close.

  31. @dearieme
    @Space Ghost

    "stein" is German rather than specifically Jewish. The American mispronunciation of it as 'steen', rather than 'stine', is a source of chuckles for many. For some reason Americans don't say Eensteen.

    P.S. There was an unpleasant American financier some time ago whose surname was Weil. That's pronounced 'Vile' in the land of his ancestors.

    Replies: @guest, @LondonBob

    Kurt Weill composed the Threepenny Opera, and you always hear his name pronounced “vile.”

    Though regular people are familiar Mack the Knife, he’s not a household name and the only people who talk about him are pretentious hipsters.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @guest

    I saw a Kurt Weill jukebox musical about 30 years ago. It was pretty good, although I'm not sure how well he'd be remembered without Bobby Darin.

    Replies: @guest

  32. @william munny
    Almost every lawyer in the country has been taught constitutional law using Tribe's treatise.

    Replies: @guest, @ben tillman

    Since the upshot is to decide everything on the basis of current progressive opinion, it doesn’t really matter what treatises law students are taught. Law schools could have them recite wordless chants with the same result.

  33. @guest
    @dearieme

    Kurt Weill composed the Threepenny Opera, and you always hear his name pronounced "vile."

    Though regular people are familiar Mack the Knife, he's not a household name and the only people who talk about him are pretentious hipsters.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I saw a Kurt Weill jukebox musical about 30 years ago. It was pretty good, although I’m not sure how well he’d be remembered without Bobby Darin.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Steve Sailer

    Probably not well, outside of jazz aficionados. Although, the Doors did a popular version of the Alabama Song ("show me the way to the next whiskey bar/Oh, don't ask why").

    I remember Weill songs from One Touch of Venus, but that's only because I enjoy looking at Ava Gardner.

  34. @Steve Sailer
    @guest

    I saw a Kurt Weill jukebox musical about 30 years ago. It was pretty good, although I'm not sure how well he'd be remembered without Bobby Darin.

    Replies: @guest

    Probably not well, outside of jazz aficionados. Although, the Doors did a popular version of the Alabama Song (“show me the way to the next whiskey bar/Oh, don’t ask why”).

    I remember Weill songs from One Touch of Venus, but that’s only because I enjoy looking at Ava Gardner.

  35. @Anonymous
    @Opinionator

    Your proposed phrase is ambiguous and will be immediately interpreted (in a sort of Sapir-Whorff phenomenon) by almost everyone who encounters it to mean theories that are anti-Semitic.

    I'm afraid you are right.

    Please anyone, be thinking of another phrase that might make clear Jewish paranoia.

    Replies: @27 year old, @Almost Missouri

    Jewish fragility

  36. @JohnnyWalker123
    @JohnnyWalker123

    If rape has decline by 85% since the early 70s, that implies the average American man back then was 7x more likely to commit rape. Does that sound plausible? Did American men used to be exceptionally rape prone?

    Really, if that 85% figure is true, that'd imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S. It'd also imply that a relatively large percentage of older men have raped a woman at some point in their life.

    Replies: @anonymous, @Steve Sailer, @theMann, @Travis, @Hippopotamusdrome

    Rape where a guy with a knife or a gun jumps out of the bushes has pretty much vanished, but it happened a lot in, say, 1967-to sometime later.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Steve Sailer

    When Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver in the bestseller Soul on Ice talked about raping white women, he wasn't talking about first plying them with drinks, he was talking about jumping out of the bushes.

    , @Art Deco
    @Steve Sailer

    The frequency of forcible rape has declined by about 1/3 in the last 25 years. It's still about 3x what it was in 1960. I'd wager that the share which occur in public settings has declined, in part due to the ubiquity of commercial security cameras.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Johann Ricke, @TipTipTopKek

  37. @Steve Sailer
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Rape where a guy with a knife or a gun jumps out of the bushes has pretty much vanished, but it happened a lot in, say, 1967-to sometime later.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Art Deco

    When Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver in the bestseller Soul on Ice talked about raping white women, he wasn’t talking about first plying them with drinks, he was talking about jumping out of the bushes.

  38. @Anon
    Does Twitter have auto-correct?

    One wonders about the effect Mr. Tribe's name has on his subconscious.

    Replies: @Glaivester, @Anon

    It notifies of misspellings, but does not automatically correct them.

  39. @JohnnyWalker123
    @JohnnyWalker123

    If rape has decline by 85% since the early 70s, that implies the average American man back then was 7x more likely to commit rape. Does that sound plausible? Did American men used to be exceptionally rape prone?

    Really, if that 85% figure is true, that'd imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S. It'd also imply that a relatively large percentage of older men have raped a woman at some point in their life.

    Replies: @anonymous, @Steve Sailer, @theMann, @Travis, @Hippopotamusdrome

    If any of you can find it, I strongly recommend watching a French film called “Les Ripoux” for some reason released in the US as “My New Partner”.

    That film will help educate you in the realization that all crime “statistics” are pure politics and always have been.

  40. Robert Bork offered a brief critique of Laurence Tribe’s mode of constitutional interpretation in 1989. Per Bork, it was protean and entirely result-oriented and did not merit serious consideration bar for the influence Tribe had over liberal discourse among law professors. Stanley Brubaker also published a critique of Tribe’s writings on the subject of abortion, the burden of which was that it was ultimately a political theory justifying the transfer of discretion from elected officials to committees of lawyers meeting in secret. He’s always been a repellent creature (as are liberal law professors generally).

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Art Deco


    He’s always been a repellent creature (as are liberal law professors generally).
     
    And yet Tribe is considered to be one of the most eminent, if not the pre-eminent, constitutional scholar in the country.

    And - yet - you pooh-pooh any and all assertions that Jews are a powerful and influential minority.

    So, how do you square that, reference-desk-boy?
  41. @Steve Sailer
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Rape where a guy with a knife or a gun jumps out of the bushes has pretty much vanished, but it happened a lot in, say, 1967-to sometime later.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Art Deco

    The frequency of forcible rape has declined by about 1/3 in the last 25 years. It’s still about 3x what it was in 1960. I’d wager that the share which occur in public settings has declined, in part due to the ubiquity of commercial security cameras.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Art Deco


    The frequency of forcible rape has declined by about 1/3 in the last 25 years. It’s still about 3x what it was in 1960. I’d wager that the share which occur in public settings has declined, in part due to the ubiquity of commercial security cameras.
     
    By the way - "Art" - appropos your good opinions of lazy, incompetent, and callous nursing home workers expressed in a previous thread, would you care to put in a good word for rapists as long as you're here?
    , @Johann Ricke
    @Art Deco


    The frequency of forcible rape has declined by about 1/3 in the last 25 years. It’s still about 3x what it was in 1960.
     
    Given the stigma surrounding rape victims in 1960 vs the halo today, I expect the true numbers in 1960 may have been understated just as today's numbers are overstated.
    , @TipTipTopKek
    @Art Deco

    Hmm, the 1960s, and then 25 years ago would be the 1990s or thereabouts. I wonder what might have happened between then and now to create a skyrocketing rate of forcible rape, followed by a slow decline?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Housing_Act (and snivel rights and desegregation in general)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison%E2%80%93industrial_complex#1990s

  42. Tribe is a notorious plagiarist. Seems like kind of a dumb/crazy thing to be when you are one of the most high profile people in the country (at one time). Chances are he was never “all there”

  43. Ann Althouse had a very good, sober, law professorish take on this yesterday:

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2017/11/laurence-tribe-calls-trumps-misspelling.html

  44. @Anonymous
    @Opinionator

    Your proposed phrase is ambiguous and will be immediately interpreted (in a sort of Sapir-Whorff phenomenon) by almost everyone who encounters it to mean theories that are anti-Semitic.

    I'm afraid you are right.

    Please anyone, be thinking of another phrase that might make clear Jewish paranoia.

    Replies: @27 year old, @Almost Missouri

    Anti-Goy Paranoia

  45. @JohnnyWalker123
    Here's an interesting statistic. Rape (on a per capita basis) has declined by over 85%. This decline has occured over the last several decades in the United States.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/18/AR2006061800610.html


    The number of rapes per capita in the United States has plunged by more than 85 percent since the 1970s, and reported rape fell last year even while other violent offenses increased, according to federal crime data.

    This seemingly stunning reduction in sexual violence has been so consistent over the past two decades that some experts say they have started to believe it is accurate, even if they cannot fully explain why it is occurring.
     
    Rapes are more likely to be reported now.


    Justice Department estimates that 61 percent of rapes and sexual assaults are still not reported. But that is down from 69 percent in 1996, and experts say the trend remains downward.
     
    The decline in sexual violence is most pronounced among younger women.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/feb/18/opinion/op-males18

    The crime surveys further indicate that the decline in sexual violence is greater among younger females than older women. In the last dozen years, they found that sexual victimization rates among girls ages 12 to 19 fell by 78% and among women ages 20 to 24 by 70%, nearly double the drop among women older than 25.
     
    California has seen a huge decline in teenage rape arrests.

    The decrease in violence is reflected in big drops in teenage rape arrests. Led by decreases of 90% in San Francisco, 85% in Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, and 80% in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Sacramento counties, California's teen rape-arrest rate fell by 70% over the last three decades. Fewer teens were arrested for rape in 2005 (236) than in 1957 (331), the first year statistics were reported, in a teenage population just one-third today's.
     

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @eah, @Almost Missouri, @ex-banker, @Anon

    Those are 10 year old articles. Any idea where the stats are now?

  46. Now that we are all agreed on the vowel in “stein” we can look at the leading consonant. In German the syllable would sound like ‘shtine’. Fair enough, but it seems to me to be going too far to expect people to copy that in English.

    The Scottish surname Stein really is usually pronounced Steen: the internet tells me that it originated as a variant of Steven. Did you ever?

  47. @JohnnyWalker123
    @JohnnyWalker123

    If rape has decline by 85% since the early 70s, that implies the average American man back then was 7x more likely to commit rape. Does that sound plausible? Did American men used to be exceptionally rape prone?

    Really, if that 85% figure is true, that'd imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S. It'd also imply that a relatively large percentage of older men have raped a woman at some point in their life.

    Replies: @anonymous, @Steve Sailer, @theMann, @Travis, @Hippopotamusdrome

    testosterone levels were 50% higher in men 30 years ago….in addition pornography was less readily available. The increase in Porn with the advent of the VCR and then the internet has granted men more sexual outlets which has reduced the number of rapes…the rise of Asian Massage parlors across America has also given men more outlets to find sexual release. Studies have shown that when prostitution is legalized reported rapes declines. Many potential rapists find it easier, less risky to pay a women $60 instead of bothering to rape a female.

    While rapes were 7 times more common 50 years ago, it was most because the rapists were raping more women than the today , today they have less opportunity (less women hitchhikers…) and rapist today have access to more porn and it is easier to find a massage parlor today than in 197o.. With DNA evidence and women more likely to report being sexually assaulted today, rapists are more likely to get caught before they can rape 7 women, while back 50 years ago it was easier for a rapists to keep raping for years, as less women reported it and the cops had less tools to catch them it would not be unusually for a rapist to have a dozen victims before getting caught. So we did not have 7 times the number of rapists in 1970 , although we may well have had 10 times the number of victims with just 2 times as many rapists in America.

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
    @Travis

    I have a more mundane explanation. In 1970, about 400,000 people were in prison. Now about 2.5 million are. An extra 2 million blacks in prison helps reduce crime.

    Now we have 4.3% of the black male population incarcerated, which is 3.3 times more than in 1960.

    Incarceration gap widens between whites and blacks
    In 1960, 1.3% of the black male population were incarcerated.
    In 2010, 4.3% of the black male population were incarcerated.

    Also, the Death Penality was declared to be Constitutional in 1976 after a short hiatus of un-Constitutionality.
    Number of executions:
    1976-0
    1977-1
    1978-0
    1979-2
    ...
    2013-39
    2014-35
    2015-28
    2016-20

    Replies: @Travis

  48. @theo the kraut
    @Space Ghost

    “Frankenstien” is a typical and common misspelling by native English speakers, there's nothing distinctively Jewish ie Yiddish or German about it, there's no such Yiddish or German spelling variant--it's "stein" meaning stone. I can't say for Yiddish speakers, but I haven't seen a German misspelling "Frankenstein" with "stien" ever, it looks and sounds all wrong.

    Replies: @International Jew

    Yeah, this could have been a senior moment for the 76-year-old Larry Tribe. My first thought was also that stien (a rare spelling I’ve never even seen before) would be pronounced “steen” anyway.

    But maybe Tribe’s thinking was this: that Trump is so appallingly illiterate he thinks stein is always pronounced “steen”, and that stien would be pronounced “stine”, which sounds more “Jewish”?

    As it happens, the most “Jewish” pronunciation of stein would be neither “stine” nor “steen” but rather “shtane” — that’s how it’s pronounced in Yiddish.

  49. @Art Deco
    Robert Bork offered a brief critique of Laurence Tribe's mode of constitutional interpretation in 1989. Per Bork, it was protean and entirely result-oriented and did not merit serious consideration bar for the influence Tribe had over liberal discourse among law professors. Stanley Brubaker also published a critique of Tribe's writings on the subject of abortion, the burden of which was that it was ultimately a political theory justifying the transfer of discretion from elected officials to committees of lawyers meeting in secret. He's always been a repellent creature (as are liberal law professors generally).

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    He’s always been a repellent creature (as are liberal law professors generally).

    And yet Tribe is considered to be one of the most eminent, if not the pre-eminent, constitutional scholar in the country.

    And – yet – you pooh-pooh any and all assertions that Jews are a powerful and influential minority.

    So, how do you square that, reference-desk-boy?

  50. @Art Deco
    @Steve Sailer

    The frequency of forcible rape has declined by about 1/3 in the last 25 years. It's still about 3x what it was in 1960. I'd wager that the share which occur in public settings has declined, in part due to the ubiquity of commercial security cameras.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Johann Ricke, @TipTipTopKek

    The frequency of forcible rape has declined by about 1/3 in the last 25 years. It’s still about 3x what it was in 1960. I’d wager that the share which occur in public settings has declined, in part due to the ubiquity of commercial security cameras.

    By the way – “Art” – appropos your good opinions of lazy, incompetent, and callous nursing home workers expressed in a previous thread, would you care to put in a good word for rapists as long as you’re here?

  51. It occurs to me there might be a large number of big-and-medium name Lefty Jewish folk fervently lurking around here and other alt-right sites, such as Vox Day. This would explain the uptick in Jewish paranoia about othering we’re seeing in the media.

    The open discussion of (((certain people’s))) influence here must be quite paranoia-inducing after they thought such discussion banished, especially in the wake of Trump and actual logical arguments, in contrast to their stereotype of anti-semites being toothless idiots ranting at the sky.

    In their heightened paranoia, (((such lurkers))) have mistaken/conflated Trump for the bogeyman of articles/commenters they’re reading here, forgetting that Trump has a Jewish son–in-law, a converted Jewish daughter, Jewish grandchildren, made political commercials for Israeli politicians, and has worked for 40 years in NYC real estate without a hint of anti-semitisim touching him.

    I’m reminded of a story I read about a female orthodox Jewish psychotherapist. She was challenged by a colleague to read/listen to current “white supremacist/anti-semitic” criticisms of Jews. She spent about a week/month diligently reading to them and was quite horrified to discover that….she agreed with most of them.

    The punchline is she immediately stopped reading the arguments, because she didn’t want to deal with the real substantive criticism of Jews as Jews., and went right back to calling antisemitism a mental disease.

  52. @JohnnyWalker123
    Here's an interesting statistic. Rape (on a per capita basis) has declined by over 85%. This decline has occured over the last several decades in the United States.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/18/AR2006061800610.html


    The number of rapes per capita in the United States has plunged by more than 85 percent since the 1970s, and reported rape fell last year even while other violent offenses increased, according to federal crime data.

    This seemingly stunning reduction in sexual violence has been so consistent over the past two decades that some experts say they have started to believe it is accurate, even if they cannot fully explain why it is occurring.
     
    Rapes are more likely to be reported now.


    Justice Department estimates that 61 percent of rapes and sexual assaults are still not reported. But that is down from 69 percent in 1996, and experts say the trend remains downward.
     
    The decline in sexual violence is most pronounced among younger women.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/feb/18/opinion/op-males18

    The crime surveys further indicate that the decline in sexual violence is greater among younger females than older women. In the last dozen years, they found that sexual victimization rates among girls ages 12 to 19 fell by 78% and among women ages 20 to 24 by 70%, nearly double the drop among women older than 25.
     
    California has seen a huge decline in teenage rape arrests.

    The decrease in violence is reflected in big drops in teenage rape arrests. Led by decreases of 90% in San Francisco, 85% in Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, and 80% in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Sacramento counties, California's teen rape-arrest rate fell by 70% over the last three decades. Fewer teens were arrested for rape in 2005 (236) than in 1957 (331), the first year statistics were reported, in a teenage population just one-third today's.
     

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @eah, @Almost Missouri, @ex-banker, @Anon

    Somewhat analogous to this would be Boston University president John Silber’s reaction to reports of prostitutes soliciting business in Kenmore Square (middle of the city campus): Why would someone pay when the coeds are giving it away for free?

  53. @Anon
    Does Twitter have auto-correct?

    One wonders about the effect Mr. Tribe's name has on his subconscious.

    Replies: @Glaivester, @Anon

    I wonder if Tribe knows of the cultural significance of Dracovefefe.

  54. Does Trump even type these tweets himself or does he write/dictate them to a scribe who then prepares a tweet Trump can publish by hitting a button?

  55. @Opinionator
    What percentage of Jewish-Americans even "know" (read: believe) that "Frankenstien" is "the one distinctively Jewish spelling"?

    Tribe's "knowledge" of this borders on the anti-Semitic.

    Replies: @guest, @Jack D, @Buffalo Joe

    No, it borders on the idiotic. The one distinctive Jewish spelling would be פראַנקענסטעין. But even in the Yiddish, the ending translates as “eyn”. If you were really going for a Jewish (Yiddish) spelling it would be Frankenshteyn but 99% of the time this was Anglicized to Frankenstein (for the post 1970s wave of Russian Jewish immigrants there seems to have been less Anglicizing).

    AFAIK, stien is a rare variation and the result of error (or overgeneralization of the i before e rule) and has nothing particular to do with Jews except that Yiddish or Russian spellings were the only ones in need of Romanization to begin with – German immigrants would have just kept their original spelling.

    BTW, does anyone know whether or what Franken was shortened from? Growing up I knew a German Jewish family named Frankenberg but no Frankensteins outside of the movie monsters.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
    @Jack D

    As I am sure I don't need to tell any of you, it is Frankenstein's creation who is the monster, not Frankenstein himself.
    The name comes from Frankenstein Castle, and there is to this day a family of the German nobility who took their name from it, although these days they spell it Franckenstein. Thus in Germany and Austria the name does not suggest Jews, but nobles of ancient lineage.
    The doctor, by the way, is not "Baron Frankenstein" in Shelley's novel, but only in the Hammer films.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @IBC
    @Jack D

    "Franken" is from the old Rhenish vulgate frankencense, an occupational term meaning "one who blows smoke." And it still means that today depending on your political perspective, of course.

  56. This is part of why I’m an open countersemite. So many Jews get so worked up, obsessing over countersemitism, wondering when they’ll be caught. Drives ’em bonkers. I figure dissipating that tension is an act of mercy.

  57. The one distinctive Jewish spelling would be פראַנקענסטעין.

    Haha good one.

  58. Because Trump has NEVER had weird spellings before.
    I can’t covfefe how this could happen.

  59. @Anonymous
    OT: Speaking of monsters, Charlie Manson has died.

    Replies: @anonymous, @Anon

    His death is a symbol for the death of liberal philosophy run amok. The whole Manson gang was pure 1960s extreme leftism.

  60. @JohnnyWalker123
    Here's an interesting statistic. Rape (on a per capita basis) has declined by over 85%. This decline has occured over the last several decades in the United States.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/18/AR2006061800610.html


    The number of rapes per capita in the United States has plunged by more than 85 percent since the 1970s, and reported rape fell last year even while other violent offenses increased, according to federal crime data.

    This seemingly stunning reduction in sexual violence has been so consistent over the past two decades that some experts say they have started to believe it is accurate, even if they cannot fully explain why it is occurring.
     
    Rapes are more likely to be reported now.


    Justice Department estimates that 61 percent of rapes and sexual assaults are still not reported. But that is down from 69 percent in 1996, and experts say the trend remains downward.
     
    The decline in sexual violence is most pronounced among younger women.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/feb/18/opinion/op-males18

    The crime surveys further indicate that the decline in sexual violence is greater among younger females than older women. In the last dozen years, they found that sexual victimization rates among girls ages 12 to 19 fell by 78% and among women ages 20 to 24 by 70%, nearly double the drop among women older than 25.
     
    California has seen a huge decline in teenage rape arrests.

    The decrease in violence is reflected in big drops in teenage rape arrests. Led by decreases of 90% in San Francisco, 85% in Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, and 80% in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Sacramento counties, California's teen rape-arrest rate fell by 70% over the last three decades. Fewer teens were arrested for rape in 2005 (236) than in 1957 (331), the first year statistics were reported, in a teenage population just one-third today's.
     

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @eah, @Almost Missouri, @ex-banker, @Anon

    The largest demographic of men are baby boomers, and they’re getting too old to get it up. The rapists among them are likely in prison by now or dead by misadventure.

  61. ‘Ok, he’s 76 years old, that’s understandable, that happens to people.’

    You do realize you’re writing with your fellow writers on Unz.com?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @anony-mouse

    mouse, Thank you says an "old guy."

    Replies: @Truth

  62. Pronunciations vary across the German-speaking areas.

    -ei like eye in some places and
    -ee like ee in other places.

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

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Ivy

    Very few Jews in Switzerland and the ones who are there are recent arrivals. Most Ashkenazi Jews lived in NON-German speaking areas (E. Europe) for the last 500 years or so. The Yiddish pronunciation would have been -sheytn (more or less rhymes with dine).

    As I said before, I'm not sure that Franken is shortened from Frankenstein to begin with. For Franken, -berg was the more common ending for some reason (and - man was not a thing at all).

    Replies: @Anon, @res

  63. @Opinionator
    @Anonymous

    Although it needs to be made clear, these are conspiracy theories, on the same level as Area 51 material, not conspiracies by people who are anti-Semitic, but rather looney tunes theories by those who see anti-Jewish conspiracy under every bed.

    Your proposed phrase is ambiguous and will be immediately interpreted (in a sort of Sapir-Whorff phenomenon) by almost everyone who encounters it to mean theories that are anti-Semitic.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Space Ghost

    The salient feature of recent conspiracy-theory memeing is to take whatever the person believes in and stick a -er at the end, and use that as the epithet. For example a “truther” believes in the “truth” of what really happened on 9/11; a “birther” believes that the circumstances of Obama’s “birth” were suspicious. So in that vein I’ll suggest (more as a starting point for discussion; I don’t necessarily think this one is particularly good) the word “goyer” – a person who believes that “goys” are constantly conspiring against the Jews. Bonus in that it rhymes with “lawyer”.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Space Ghost

    The "-er" thing is not all that recent. "Bircher" is a nickname for members of the John Birch Society, which has been a punching bag of the left since the 60s.

  64. I have no reason to believe that Tribe is senile – he was probably always that stupid (in an “intellectual” way) judging by his body of work.

    It’s sort of sad that he will never get a chance on the court (or it would be if he wasn’t such a raging Leftist). He’s way too old now (recent Presidents like to appoint younger guys so they will stay on the court longer) and when he was of the right age and there was a Democrat President, the available slots went to females or minorities or both. The only exception would have been Breyer – I don’t know whether Tribe was considered for Breyer’s spot but he didn’t get it. Anyway, the other recent trend is to appoint people who are sitting judges so that they have a track record of opinions that can be vetted.

    I’m not sure a Democrat President will ever appoint a white male, even a Jewish one, ever again, or at least until the court already has 4 females, 1 black, 1 Hispanic and 1 Asian (if you assume 50% overlap between race and gender that would mean 3 or 4 seats remaining for white males and chances are most of those will be Republican.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @Jack D

    If an attorney from Cambridge was needed for any bench, Harvey Silverglate would have been a much better choice than the likes of Tribe.

  65. We have sophisticated people wallowing in muck or lunacy.

    From connoisseurs to connoisewers.

  66. I don’t get it. What did Trump’s tweet say?

    The one distinctively Jewish spelling of what?

    If he’s talking about Frankenstein, every spelling is distinctively Jewish.

  67. @william munny
    Almost every lawyer in the country has been taught constitutional law using Tribe's treatise.

    Replies: @guest, @ben tillman

    Not even close.

  68. When I was in college I was taking some sort of 100 level English literature class in a lecture hall with 120 some odd students, and we were discussing the Diary of Ann Frank.

    This fat, white gay guy in the front of the class must have loved the book because he started going on and on about, “The Diary of Ohhhhn Frohhhhnk…The Diary of Ohhhhn Frohhhnk.” Trying to sound intellectual. Which was funny because he was a fat, gay, American teenager in a cardigan. Finally he is droning on and on (think Priss Factor’s posts) and after about the fifth time he says “Ohhhhn Frohhhnk”, one f the white, farmer/rancher kids, who was probably majoring in business or agriculture, at the back of the hall yells out;

    “It’s Annnn Frannnnk you dick!”

    • Replies: @G Pinfold
    @Truth

    LOL.

    Maybe the young professor was thinking of Frohhhnk Bohhnks in Father of the Bride.

  69. @Ivy
    Pronunciations vary across the German-speaking areas.

    -ei like eye in some places and
    -ee like ee in other places.

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

    Replies: @Jack D

    Very few Jews in Switzerland and the ones who are there are recent arrivals. Most Ashkenazi Jews lived in NON-German speaking areas (E. Europe) for the last 500 years or so. The Yiddish pronunciation would have been -sheytn (more or less rhymes with dine).

    As I said before, I’m not sure that Franken is shortened from Frankenstein to begin with. For Franken, -berg was the more common ending for some reason (and – man was not a thing at all).

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Jack D


    "-sheytn (more or less rhymes with dine)"
     
    Pity. I was hoping it was a cognate of Shaitan.
    , @res
    @Jack D

    Wikipedia only talks about Franken being Dutch for son of Frank: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franken_(surname)

    But this page gives a few alternatives: https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=franken


    Dutch: patronymic from Frank. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Frank. In some cases it may be a shortened form of the various Jewish ornamental compound names beginning with German Franken ‘Franconian’.
     
  70. @Opinionator
    What percentage of Jewish-Americans even "know" (read: believe) that "Frankenstien" is "the one distinctively Jewish spelling"?

    Tribe's "knowledge" of this borders on the anti-Semitic.

    Replies: @guest, @Jack D, @Buffalo Joe

    Opi, “Did you eat yet?” “No, Jew?”…Woody Allen. anti- Semites are everywhere.

  71. Anonymous [AKA "Old Observer"] says:

    One thing that he apparently did for a long time was plagiarize and cut corners:

    https://royallasses.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/timeline/

  72. @guest
    Did it occur to Tribe that Trump was slyly referencing Harvey Weinstein? Franken and Weinstein would make a scary two-headed molesting monster.

    Admittedly all sardonic references to Harvey Weinstein are by definition racist, as Steve knows. So that doesn't help.

    I wish Trump were clever enough to tie Franken, Weinstein, and others of their ilk into one intentional misspelling. But I'm afraid he's not Dave Barry, or whatever appropriately high-brow wordplay humorist you have in mind.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    guest, good call. Franken and Weinstein=Frankenstein. Too bad Elliot Spitzer and Antony Weiner are passe’ or we could have Weinerspitz.

  73. @anony-mouse
    'Ok, he’s 76 years old, that’s understandable, that happens to people.'

    You do realize you're writing with your fellow writers on Unz.com?

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    mouse, Thank you says an “old guy.”

    • Replies: @Truth
    @Buffalo Joe

    Hey Dawg, all hail Nathan Peterman, your new LORD AND SAVIOR!

  74. Anonymous [AKA "joe4"] says:

    I’m no fan of Tribe, but he did get an A.B. in Math from Harvard… summa cum laude. No dummy.

  75. @Jack D
    @Ivy

    Very few Jews in Switzerland and the ones who are there are recent arrivals. Most Ashkenazi Jews lived in NON-German speaking areas (E. Europe) for the last 500 years or so. The Yiddish pronunciation would have been -sheytn (more or less rhymes with dine).

    As I said before, I'm not sure that Franken is shortened from Frankenstein to begin with. For Franken, -berg was the more common ending for some reason (and - man was not a thing at all).

    Replies: @Anon, @res

    “-sheytn (more or less rhymes with dine)”

    Pity. I was hoping it was a cognate of Shaitan.

  76. I believe that The Donald really does make intentional misspellings. He does it primarily because the progressive crusaders rushing to correct him, and point out how stupid and ignorant he must be, draw even more attention to the tweet. This is a key part of Trump’s bargain-basement method of getting free publicity in hostile media — remember, he got elected President while being outspent. He’s quite capable of combining that with lowbrow humor like calling Al Franken “Frankenstein”, which works no matter how it is spelled. Did he really mean to also evoke Harvey Weinstein? I wouldn’t put it past him.

    • Replies: @anon
    @CJ

    I believe that The Donald really does make intentional misspellings. He does it primarily because the progressive crusaders rushing to correct him, and point out how stupid and ignorant he must be, draw even more attention to the tweet.

    This reminds me of how Bush 2 always said "nucular", and how people acted like they were so smart for saying "It's NUCLEAR!".

    Did they really think the president didn't have anyone around him who knew the right way to pronounce it?

  77. @Jack D
    @Opinionator

    No, it borders on the idiotic. The one distinctive Jewish spelling would be פראַנקענסטעין. But even in the Yiddish, the ending translates as "eyn". If you were really going for a Jewish (Yiddish) spelling it would be Frankenshteyn but 99% of the time this was Anglicized to Frankenstein (for the post 1970s wave of Russian Jewish immigrants there seems to have been less Anglicizing).

    AFAIK, stien is a rare variation and the result of error (or overgeneralization of the i before e rule) and has nothing particular to do with Jews except that Yiddish or Russian spellings were the only ones in need of Romanization to begin with - German immigrants would have just kept their original spelling.

    BTW, does anyone know whether or what Franken was shortened from? Growing up I knew a German Jewish family named Frankenberg but no Frankensteins outside of the movie monsters.

    Replies: @Old Palo Altan, @IBC

    As I am sure I don’t need to tell any of you, it is Frankenstein’s creation who is the monster, not Frankenstein himself.
    The name comes from Frankenstein Castle, and there is to this day a family of the German nobility who took their name from it, although these days they spell it Franckenstein. Thus in Germany and Austria the name does not suggest Jews, but nobles of ancient lineage.
    The doctor, by the way, is not “Baron Frankenstein” in Shelley’s novel, but only in the Hammer films.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Old Palo Altan


    As I am sure I don’t need to tell any of you, it is Frankenstein’s creation who is the monster, not Frankenstein himself.
     
    One could argue that it was the monsters' creator who was the real monster.
  78. @JayJay2
    A very interesting interview from Israel. Google-translated (with some minor corrections)
    A lesbian left-wing woman became an activist against the population of her neighborhood with African refugees.

    --
    They call us racists, but the truth is that we are too tolerant”
    From the roof of her house, Shefi Paz – one of the leaders of the protest against the infiltrators in south Tel Aviv – looks at the area abandoned by the municipality, the government and her past friends from the Israeli left. Unlike them, she does not intend to stop fighting for the residents of the neighborhoods

    “Where to go?” I wrote in a SMS to Shafi. “And what are the chances of beating me?”
    “Cute,” was the answer. “Relax, I’ll look after you.”
    It seems that Paz is no longer afraid of anything, and in her struggle for the residents of the neighborhoods of southern Tel Aviv, for her, no one is an enemy too strong to oppose. In the past few weeks, Paz has dared to touch the heart of the most sacred consensus of the Israeli media, and every Saturday evening she is demonstrating with her friends in front of the home of Esther Hayut, the new president of the Supreme Court.

    How many people come to demonstrations, I’m asking when we meet. “At first, there were 300-350, now about 100,” Paz replies. When I wonder why people do not come, the web is full of discussions by right-wing scholars who explain to each other that the problem is not in the government or in the opposition, but in the High Court of Justice. “The right does not like to leave the house.”
    Well, maybe he’s afraid it will be ruined when he’s out.

    Paz smiles in despair. “The right does not come to the demonstrations, I speak to quite a few religious people, and they tell me that they have stopped believing in the demonstrations since the disengagement … At first I was angry, then I understood them more, the right is in power and the voters expect the government to do the job for which it was elected. , It is conservative. ”



    And you are not afraid that the demonstrations will lead to violence?
    “You have to come to the demonstrations, you will not believe how non- violent they are, we just want the High Court justices to place the citizens of the state first. The point of reference for the judges should be Israeli citizens, not their counterparts in European courts. ”
    Do you want to be arrested?
    She smiles again.
    When Paz opens the door to me in a black T-shirt, I think I’ve known her for years, even though we never really met. Here and there I saw her at a demonstration, and we also talked on the phone once or twice when she needed some help on the net, but this is the first time we’ve been standing face-to-face. And there is also a feeling of embarrassment, or perhaps shame. For ten years I have been living in Tel Aviv, and this is perhaps the second time I visit the Shapira neighborhood. It is easy to criticize Israelis’ indifference to the problem, but if I have not yet reached the scene of this struggle myself, why should we complain about the residents of Netanya, Arad or Afula? I assume that if my quiet neighborhood would have taken over tens of thousands of infiltrators, I would have been a little more involved in what was happening. But hey, far from sight, far south of Tel Aviv.

    On the wooden table in the center of Paz’s living room is a megaphone, so that no one will be confused by the calm and calm appearance of the hostess. Next to the megaphone there is a flag of Peace Now. Paz says she took him from a demonstration and since then she has not been able to get rid of him, because her dog likes to sleep on him. On the right are metal shelves with piles of books on them. Paz will forgive me if I say that the house in general is not very orderly. Asked whether it is related to her liking the mess, she says it has to do with the fact that someone who spends all day fighting, has no time for cleanliness.

    I sit on the table. She offers coffee and asks if I smoke. I tell her I’m sorry not anymore. “I smoke, so if you do not mind, we’ll go up to the roof.”

    She has a roof. One that looks out over all of southern Tel Aviv, as if to ensure that Paz will always see the neighborhoods she is so fighting for. This roof serves her and her partner Tali (we’ll get to that) also to grow tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and more.

    Is it scary to go here to the grocery?
    “Not everything needs an explanation, sometimes people just like to grow vegetables on the roof.”

    To call her a strange bird would be an understatement that would do an injustice to ordinary strange birds. Paz is the surprising element of the bodies fighting for the removal of the infiltrators from southern Tel Aviv. Ashkenazi, a leftist in the past, who lived with a partner and spent many years wandering around in those circles that barely manage to scratch a few notes at the polling stations of southern Tel Aviv.

    When she tells about her childhood, you can get an idea of where she came from. She was born in Poland 65 years ago and at the age of four immigrated to Israel, directly to a transit camp in the Krayot area. From there she remembers “the bathroom outside,a bothy with a hole.” Her parents were Holocaust survivors. “The Holocaust lived in a cellar we did not have, we did not talk about it, but it was everywhere – in nightmares and under the tiles, I was a Holocaust freak, I read all the books, maybe that’s why I admired Lehi. As a girl I had a very strange time. On the one hand I was in Hashomer Hatzair, on the other hand on the wall in the room I had a picture of Geula Cohen. ”
    In the army, she served in the Ordnance Corps, and she says she suffered greatly because she was never a mainstream. So she held right-wing positions. She tells of the euphoria she felt after the Six Day War, when she was 15, and of participating in demonstrations in Tel Aviv for the settlements. It was the exit from the closet that fixed her deep in the opposite wing. “My connection to the left started at that time, at the age of 22. There was not even room to think twice, and my automatic connection after leaving the closet was for the Ratz party, with figures like Shulamit Aloni and Yael Dayan, with people who took care of our rights.”

    From that moment she was on the left with all her might. Participates in demonstrations by Peace Now, a protestor against settlements, believes that this is the right place for her as a humane person. “You will not believe it, but until five years ago I voted for Meretz,” she says. I really do not believe: Today she is one of the most hated women in the left (certainly in second place, after Irit Linor). Well, when the rivalry grows inside it’s much more painful.

    By the way, I ask her what she thinks about the recent discussion about the removal of the term “Zionism” from Meretz’s platform. Is this party still Zionist? “Look, I would like to believe that yes, but Meretz is composed of several streams, and no doubt post-Zionist elements have entered it in recent years.

    To the south of Tel Aviv, ironically, Paz arrived precisely because of multiculturalism and human diversity. “Until 1995, I lived in the Habimah area, but the monoliths there killed me, I’m tired of living next to people who look the same way, I hear the same music, I moved in and fell in love, Who became my best friends, were here from all places – Filipinos, South Americans, Romanians, Africans – and there was coexistence. ”

    So what’s the difference between those days and what’s happening today?
    There were very few families with children, people did not come to settle in. There were problems, I do not deny them, but in general they respected the local people, the people in the neighborhoods, they did not take over the business and did not threaten the way of life. Group protection, there were not any rights organizations at the time. ”

    For several years Paz employed a foreign worker from Togo for cleaning work, and he became a housekeeper and served as a therapist for Yotam, her son. “Yotam even asked me when he would turn black,” she recalls. In 2002, during the great deportation initiated by Arik Sharon, every night there were raids by the Immigration Police, and once I woke up to the sound of sirens and shouts, and I went down to check what was happening and saw that the police were about to raid the building. I saw the Nigerian guy who lived in the building and another guy, I called them and hid them in my house until the police left, and I will not be taught about liberalism. ”

    As she rolls herself a cigarette, I try to understand how the neighbor who hosts the immigrant families on holidays and saves strangers from the police has turned into someone who does not even accept the solution of dispersing the infiltrators between Israeli cities, but only expels them outside the borders of the state. “Today we are talking about the people of southern Tel Aviv as racist, intolerant, but we came here as a lesbian couple with a child, and religious people would ask us how we are doing, how is the child. And this is one of the reasons for our situation – the people are too tolerant, it took the neighborhood a long time to understand that tolerance will not help here.

    “Let me give you an example: One of our first struggles was against the phenomenon of infiltrators who defecate in some garden in the neighborhood, and we were so naive that we wanted the municipality to construct toilets for them. excessive tolerance overcame the neighborhoods.”

    I ask her to give me some numbers. How many infiltrators are we talking about? “The population census says that the number is around 40,000, of which 20 percent are Sudanese and 80 percent Eritreans, but I do not trust their word, but they also do not include children between the ages of 0 and 18. Our assumptions are about 80,000. The formal number of infiltrators living in Tel Aviv today is only 15,000, which is certainly nonsense. “

    Paz is a woman of opposites. The processes are cooked in the head, but the outward transition is fast. As one morning she woke up and resigned herself to being a lesbian, so at once she understood that she had to cross the political lines.

    Facebook, which brought a lot of positive things and a lot of problems, also gives us the ability to return to precise moments from the past. And here was this refined moment when she realized that she was no longer in the camp they had expected her to belong to. “After I was just returned from the demonstration in the Shapira neighborhood,” Paz wrote in April 2012. “After unknown people set fire to refugee apartments and kindergartens tonight, we set out to express an unequivocal stand against violence, and we could also tell the authorities what we think about the abandonment of the residents of the south and of the refugees But someone could not resist, so that the residents of the neighborhood, exhausted by neglect and contempt and loss of security, found themselves confronted with signs that accused them of racism and called on the refugees to come and settle among them.

    They were standing on one side of the square, surrounded by their sense of justice and enlightenment, a united front against hard-working, less-young people. The fact is that there is no neighborhood that is less racist than the Shapira neighborhood and there is no neighborhood that deserves to be heard more than the Shapira neighborhood. ”

    “That morning I received a call to organize demonstrations in the neighborhood,” she tells me. “I come and see a group of beautiful people with beautiful guitars and nice signs – ‘No to racism’, ‘Shapira welcomes refugees,’ but none of them is a resident of the neighborhood, and angry, angry people are screaming at them. But when I got home I knew exactly which side I was in. The people with the guitars were so beautiful and so not out of here that I knew I was on the other side. ”

    Sheffy began to take charge of the struggle, and to do so in her own style. She initiated demonstrations (“At the peak of which I burned pictures of mayor Huldai”), invested in documentation in southern Tel Aviv, confronted numerous infiltrators and left-wing activists a lot, organized lots of field trips, worked with the police in closing businesses and provided support to people in the neighborhood. At the same time, she came to all the ministers, sat on committees in the Knesset and visited the High Court of Justice, thus becoming the most prominent voice in the struggle that people from outside are actually comfortable keeping silent about.

    After a post, another post, and a column on Ynet, she received a phone call from Susie Cohen, a key activist in the struggle against infiltrators and someone connected to the hard right wing. “She hated me before, but she saw me on television and asked me to come and help them, and she and her friends identified a left-wing lesbian and said, ‘We will use it, these people did not know how to reach the public and I came with new ideas.We participated in the local elections. A seat in the municipality council – in fact almost two, but no one agreed to sign a surplus agreement with us. ”

    Since then she is identified, and identifies itself, with the right side of the political map. Quite interesting, considering that for years this side has done nothing to deal with the problem of the infiltrators. “I have an ambivalent attitude toward Bibi,” says Paz. I always said that the only person who can solve the problem here is Bibi. He is going to be prime minister until the day he dies. ”

    Still, it’s strange that when he comes here they kiss his hands.
    The question irritates her a bit, but then she lights another cigarette and relaxes. “A few months ago, they called from the Prime Minister’s Office and said that he wanted to meet me,” she says. “I went there, he let me talk, and I told him: Look, blaming you for ten minutes will not get me anywhere, They are very angry at neighborhoods, because while you’re protecting us on the outside, you’re handing over territory to an enemy and expelling Jews from their homes.”

    Is that what he thinks he is doing?
    “When I told the prime minister wanted to come to visit, I asked if it was only for declarations, and he said, No, he wants to come secretly, and two days after the well-publicized tour, Bibi arrived with interior minister Deri for a secret tour.

    “I did not like the picture of kissing his hands,” she says, “it is not that the residents of southern Tel Aviv kissed his hands, she was one woman, but hey, I will kiss his legs after he takes care of the problem. But I saw closely how it was going on. There are serious people working on amending the Infiltrators Law, and with them are legal advisers who reject everything and do not agree to defend anything. ”

    So why are you demonstrating before the Supreme Court justices?
    “We believe that the court has deviated from its authority, and not only on the issue of infiltrators,” she said.

    I ask her if, for her, the dispersal of the infiltrators is an option for a solution. “We are in the south of Tel Aviv, relatively strong and connected, there are weak places in other cities that suffer from the problem, and they do not even know how to do it, Start fighting. ”
    We stand on the roof and look at the neighborhoods. When two hipsters pass below, I ask Paz what she thinks about the new populations that arrive in the Shapira neighborhood, including quite a few young couples. “On the one hand, they are mostly people who support the infiltrators,” she replies. “On the other hand, every apartment they occupy is less of an apartment for Eritreans, so I’m in favor.”

    When the conversation turns into the disturbing men shaming campaign that has been going on for the past few weeks, Paz describes what her neighborhood residents are experiencing. “There is almost no woman who is not sexually harassed, it starts with sexual curses when you pass by the infiltrators on the street, and there are countless cases of nakedness, they send me porn on the phone, sexual violence is routine here, and the sad part is that 99 percent of the cases are not heard, No one here will complain.

    “Yes, it’s not that there is no crime by Israelis, and I hear the people who claim that in the past it was not easy in south Tel Aviv, to all of them I answer – go to the woman who was raped as a child and tell her it’s okay that they raped her as an adult. “.

    We go down to the bottom floor, and Paz shows me her room – a tiny room full of documents and stickers, along with two computers, a printer and a telephone: “I manage everything from here,” she says, and pulls out some stickers that I will take with me. “Do not despair, soon the expulsion”, “Employing infiltrators – do not call yourself an Israeli.”
    I tell her we have to go eat something once. “It’s fun,” she replies. “Just keep in mind that I do not eat in places that employ infiltrators.”

    . With all the human empathy, when it comes to choosing between the people of the neighborhoods and the infiltrators,she will stand at the forefront for its people.

    The taxi I ordered arrives and we part. A moment before I leave, she stops me and asks: “Yotam, I do not care what they write about me, but there are two sentences that are important to me to bring in. I open my entire lecture: I did not ask to become a refugee. We did not ask to be your conscience

    I assure her they will appear, and go down. I get into a cab and the driver looks me over. “What the hell do you have to do here?” He asks. “What do you mean?” I ask back. “This is a place for infiltrators,” he says. I look at him and answer: “So, there is someone who will not agree with you.”

    Replies: @International Jew

    Wow, Google Translate just gets better and better. Did you just touch up the style or do you know some Hebrew?

    The “And what are the chances of beating me?” is really, “What are the chances I’ll get mugged?”

  79. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @CJ
    I believe that The Donald really does make intentional misspellings. He does it primarily because the progressive crusaders rushing to correct him, and point out how stupid and ignorant he must be, draw even more attention to the tweet. This is a key part of Trump's bargain-basement method of getting free publicity in hostile media -- remember, he got elected President while being outspent. He's quite capable of combining that with lowbrow humor like calling Al Franken "Frankenstein", which works no matter how it is spelled. Did he really mean to also evoke Harvey Weinstein? I wouldn't put it past him.

    Replies: @anon

    I believe that The Donald really does make intentional misspellings. He does it primarily because the progressive crusaders rushing to correct him, and point out how stupid and ignorant he must be, draw even more attention to the tweet.

    This reminds me of how Bush 2 always said “nucular”, and how people acted like they were so smart for saying “It’s NUCLEAR!”.

    Did they really think the president didn’t have anyone around him who knew the right way to pronounce it?

  80. @Space Ghost
    @Opinionator

    The salient feature of recent conspiracy-theory memeing is to take whatever the person believes in and stick a -er at the end, and use that as the epithet. For example a "truther" believes in the "truth" of what really happened on 9/11; a "birther" believes that the circumstances of Obama's "birth" were suspicious. So in that vein I'll suggest (more as a starting point for discussion; I don't necessarily think this one is particularly good) the word "goyer" - a person who believes that "goys" are constantly conspiring against the Jews. Bonus in that it rhymes with "lawyer".

    Replies: @guest

    The “-er” thing is not all that recent. “Bircher” is a nickname for members of the John Birch Society, which has been a punching bag of the left since the 60s.

  81. @Art Deco
    @Steve Sailer

    The frequency of forcible rape has declined by about 1/3 in the last 25 years. It's still about 3x what it was in 1960. I'd wager that the share which occur in public settings has declined, in part due to the ubiquity of commercial security cameras.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Johann Ricke, @TipTipTopKek

    The frequency of forcible rape has declined by about 1/3 in the last 25 years. It’s still about 3x what it was in 1960.

    Given the stigma surrounding rape victims in 1960 vs the halo today, I expect the true numbers in 1960 may have been understated just as today’s numbers are overstated.

  82. Freud was a phoney:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2017/09/frederick_crews_freud_and_the_value_of_the_hatchet_job.html

    Crews will always have a special place in Western culture for his exquisite spoof of English Lit Crit: “The Pooh Perplex” a series of essays “interpreting” the book by the lights of the major fads of the day.

  83. I don’t know if someone already posted this and maybe it’s so obvious that only I am stupid enough to do so, but…

    In German, if it’s spelled ei then it’s pronounced long i. If it’s spelled ie then it’s pronounced long e. Whichever letter is last is the one pronounced. So, schneiden (to cut) is pronounced long I as in “a snide remark”. Wieder (again) is pronounced like Colleen

    So, as someone said above, stein (stone) is long i. “Stien” would be long e. I’m not positive but don’t think that “stien” is a stand alone word in German.

    • Replies: @HunInTheSun
    @ThreeCranes

    Correct. This rule of pronunciation is called the Germanic diphthong. However, exceptions are frequent in America, so we get Anthony Weiner pronounced "wiener" as with the hot dog.

    Replies: @guest

  84. @Art Deco
    @Steve Sailer

    The frequency of forcible rape has declined by about 1/3 in the last 25 years. It's still about 3x what it was in 1960. I'd wager that the share which occur in public settings has declined, in part due to the ubiquity of commercial security cameras.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Johann Ricke, @TipTipTopKek

    Hmm, the 1960s, and then 25 years ago would be the 1990s or thereabouts. I wonder what might have happened between then and now to create a skyrocketing rate of forcible rape, followed by a slow decline?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Housing_Act (and snivel rights and desegregation in general)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison%E2%80%93industrial_complex#1990s

  85. You don’t have to be Sigmund Freudberg to diagnose Tribeowitz’s paranoia.

  86. My only knowledge of the “-stein” controversy comes from a long-ago Tom Wolfe essay. He was describing a meeting at Leonard Bernstein’s house with Black Panthers, and when someone mispronounced his name as ‘Bernsteen’ he roared back ‘STEIN’!! I later read that there was a trend among Jews who wished to pass as Gentile (or at least, less obviously Jewish) to alter the pronunciation of their last name from -stein to –steen. They didn’t change the spelling, just the pronunciation.

    For Trump, I expect he just struggled with the “i before e except after c” rule, plus he writes in a hurry, so he just gave it a shot and hoped for the best.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Wanda

    BernSTEIN was playing up his fashionable Otherness, in solidarity with the wretched of the earth, especially soul brothas.

    When the "steen"/"stein" thing comes up, I'm always reminded, for some reason, of the cartoon the Critic. In it, a Jewish character refers to Bruce Springsteen as Bruce SpringSTEIN, presumably claiming him as one of his kind. Bruce is ambiguously Jewish for some, though his persona is associated with the white working class. I don't think his Otherness goes beyond being part-Italian and Roman Catholic.

  87. @JohnnyWalker123
    @JohnnyWalker123

    If rape has decline by 85% since the early 70s, that implies the average American man back then was 7x more likely to commit rape. Does that sound plausible? Did American men used to be exceptionally rape prone?

    Really, if that 85% figure is true, that'd imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S. It'd also imply that a relatively large percentage of older men have raped a woman at some point in their life.

    Replies: @anonymous, @Steve Sailer, @theMann, @Travis, @Hippopotamusdrome

    that’d imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S.

    Ever hear of “white flight”?

    • Replies: @guest
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    Or lynchings.

  88. @Truth
    When I was in college I was taking some sort of 100 level English literature class in a lecture hall with 120 some odd students, and we were discussing the Diary of Ann Frank.

    This fat, white gay guy in the front of the class must have loved the book because he started going on and on about, "The Diary of Ohhhhn Frohhhhnk...The Diary of Ohhhhn Frohhhnk." Trying to sound intellectual. Which was funny because he was a fat, gay, American teenager in a cardigan. Finally he is droning on and on (think Priss Factor's posts) and after about the fifth time he says "Ohhhhn Frohhhnk", one f the white, farmer/rancher kids, who was probably majoring in business or agriculture, at the back of the hall yells out;

    "It's Annnn Frannnnk you dick!"

    Replies: @G Pinfold

    LOL.

    Maybe the young professor was thinking of Frohhhnk Bohhnks in Father of the Bride.

  89. @Travis
    @JohnnyWalker123

    testosterone levels were 50% higher in men 30 years ago....in addition pornography was less readily available. The increase in Porn with the advent of the VCR and then the internet has granted men more sexual outlets which has reduced the number of rapes...the rise of Asian Massage parlors across America has also given men more outlets to find sexual release. Studies have shown that when prostitution is legalized reported rapes declines. Many potential rapists find it easier, less risky to pay a women $60 instead of bothering to rape a female.

    While rapes were 7 times more common 50 years ago, it was most because the rapists were raping more women than the today , today they have less opportunity (less women hitchhikers...) and rapist today have access to more porn and it is easier to find a massage parlor today than in 197o.. With DNA evidence and women more likely to report being sexually assaulted today, rapists are more likely to get caught before they can rape 7 women, while back 50 years ago it was easier for a rapists to keep raping for years, as less women reported it and the cops had less tools to catch them it would not be unusually for a rapist to have a dozen victims before getting caught. So we did not have 7 times the number of rapists in 1970 , although we may well have had 10 times the number of victims with just 2 times as many rapists in America.

    Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome

    I have a more mundane explanation. In 1970, about 400,000 people were in prison. Now about 2.5 million are. An extra 2 million blacks in prison helps reduce crime.

    Now we have 4.3% of the black male population incarcerated, which is 3.3 times more than in 1960.

    Incarceration gap widens between whites and blacks
    In 1960, 1.3% of the black male population were incarcerated.
    In 2010, 4.3% of the black male population were incarcerated.

    Also, the Death Penality was declared to be Constitutional in 1976 after a short hiatus of un-Constitutionality.
    Number of executions:
    1976-0
    1977-1
    1978-0
    1979-2

    2013-39
    2014-35
    2015-28
    2016-20

    • Replies: @Travis
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    good point, mass incarceration did reduce the number of perps on the streets....

    in addition there are actually less potential victims today than in 1970.

    due to feminisms and the pill the number of young white women was actually less in 1995 than 1975

    1980 - there were 36 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (18 million white women)
    2010 - there were 28 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (14 million white women)

    The demographic transformation in America is quite amazing when you realize the white youth population is significantly lower today than in 1970...not just the percentage of whites but the actual number of young white Americans has been falling (as the number of elderly whites is still rising). In 1970 9% of whites were over the age of 65 , while today 20% of whites are over the age of 65.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  90. @ThreeCranes
    I don't know if someone already posted this and maybe it's so obvious that only I am stupid enough to do so, but...

    In German, if it's spelled ei then it's pronounced long i. If it's spelled ie then it's pronounced long e. Whichever letter is last is the one pronounced. So, schneiden (to cut) is pronounced long I as in "a snide remark". Wieder (again) is pronounced like Colleen

    So, as someone said above, stein (stone) is long i. "Stien" would be long e. I'm not positive but don't think that "stien" is a stand alone word in German.

    Replies: @HunInTheSun

    Correct. This rule of pronunciation is called the Germanic diphthong. However, exceptions are frequent in America, so we get Anthony Weiner pronounced “wiener” as with the hot dog.

    • Replies: @guest
    @HunInTheSun

    People named "Weiner" who insist it be pronounced "whiner" sound like special-pleaders to most people. Many either get sick of correcting people, or they go in-your-face with it. "Yeah, my name's Wee-ner. So what? Wanna fight about it?"

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

  91. @Wanda
    My only knowledge of the "-stein" controversy comes from a long-ago Tom Wolfe essay. He was describing a meeting at Leonard Bernstein's house with Black Panthers, and when someone mispronounced his name as 'Bernsteen' he roared back 'STEIN'!! I later read that there was a trend among Jews who wished to pass as Gentile (or at least, less obviously Jewish) to alter the pronunciation of their last name from -stein to --steen. They didn't change the spelling, just the pronunciation.

    For Trump, I expect he just struggled with the "i before e except after c" rule, plus he writes in a hurry, so he just gave it a shot and hoped for the best.

    Replies: @guest

    BernSTEIN was playing up his fashionable Otherness, in solidarity with the wretched of the earth, especially soul brothas.

    When the “steen”/”stein” thing comes up, I’m always reminded, for some reason, of the cartoon the Critic. In it, a Jewish character refers to Bruce Springsteen as Bruce SpringSTEIN, presumably claiming him as one of his kind. Bruce is ambiguously Jewish for some, though his persona is associated with the white working class. I don’t think his Otherness goes beyond being part-Italian and Roman Catholic.

  92. @Hippopotamusdrome
    @JohnnyWalker123



    that’d imply that there used to be (by current standards) horrific levels of sexual violence in the U.S.

     

    Ever hear of "white flight"?

    Replies: @guest

    Or lynchings.

  93. @HunInTheSun
    @ThreeCranes

    Correct. This rule of pronunciation is called the Germanic diphthong. However, exceptions are frequent in America, so we get Anthony Weiner pronounced "wiener" as with the hot dog.

    Replies: @guest

    People named “Weiner” who insist it be pronounced “whiner” sound like special-pleaders to most people. Many either get sick of correcting people, or they go in-your-face with it. “Yeah, my name’s Wee-ner. So what? Wanna fight about it?”

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @guest


    People named “Weiner” who insist it be pronounced “whiner” sound like special-pleaders to most people.
     
    In German, which is the origin of the name, "Weiner", the second letter of the i-e combination determines the sound. "Weiner" would be pronounced Vai-ner, which is closer to "whiner". "Wiener" would be pronounced Vee-ner.
  94. @Old Palo Altan
    @Jack D

    As I am sure I don't need to tell any of you, it is Frankenstein's creation who is the monster, not Frankenstein himself.
    The name comes from Frankenstein Castle, and there is to this day a family of the German nobility who took their name from it, although these days they spell it Franckenstein. Thus in Germany and Austria the name does not suggest Jews, but nobles of ancient lineage.
    The doctor, by the way, is not "Baron Frankenstein" in Shelley's novel, but only in the Hammer films.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    As I am sure I don’t need to tell any of you, it is Frankenstein’s creation who is the monster, not Frankenstein himself.

    One could argue that it was the monsters’ creator who was the real monster.

  95. @guest
    @HunInTheSun

    People named "Weiner" who insist it be pronounced "whiner" sound like special-pleaders to most people. Many either get sick of correcting people, or they go in-your-face with it. "Yeah, my name's Wee-ner. So what? Wanna fight about it?"

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    People named “Weiner” who insist it be pronounced “whiner” sound like special-pleaders to most people.

    In German, which is the origin of the name, “Weiner”, the second letter of the i-e combination determines the sound. “Weiner” would be pronounced Vai-ner, which is closer to “whiner”. “Wiener” would be pronounced Vee-ner.

  96. @Buffalo Joe
    @anony-mouse

    mouse, Thank you says an "old guy."

    Replies: @Truth

    Hey Dawg, all hail Nathan Peterman, your new LORD AND SAVIOR!

  97. I’m reminded of a story I read about a female orthodox Jewish psychotherapist. She was challenged by a colleague to read/listen to current “white supremacist/anti-semitic” criticisms of Jews. She spent about a week/month diligently reading to them and was quite horrified to discover that….she agreed with most of them.

    The punchline is she immediately stopped reading the arguments, because she didn’t want to deal with the real substantive criticism of Jews as Jews., and went right back to calling antisemitism a mental disease.

    Funny, her response is straight out of countersemitic critique, too. The real punchline is missing: what she did to destroy the life of the challenging colleague.

    And yet Tribe is considered to be one of the most eminent, if not the pre-eminent, constitutional scholar in the country.

    And – yet – you pooh-pooh any and all assertions that Jews are a powerful and influential minority.

    So, how do you square that, reference-desk-boy?

    It’s the goyim’s fault. We’re always pushing Jewish interests.

  98. Tribe’s Twitter photo depicts one of the more punchable faces in recent memory.

  99. Ann Althouse had a very good, sober, law professorish take on this yesterday:

    A Righteous Jewish response.

    *g**gles Ann Althouse*

    Drat – not Jewish. I was suckered by how free she seemed to arbitrate the matter.

  100. @dearieme
    @Space Ghost

    "stein" is German rather than specifically Jewish. The American mispronunciation of it as 'steen', rather than 'stine', is a source of chuckles for many. For some reason Americans don't say Eensteen.

    P.S. There was an unpleasant American financier some time ago whose surname was Weil. That's pronounced 'Vile' in the land of his ancestors.

    Replies: @guest, @LondonBob

    I was watching My Cousin Vinny, Italian Americans as a metaphor for Jews, and the Karate Kid’s friend complains about the stein in his name being mispronounced, I don’t which is deemed the right way in that film.

  101. @Hippopotamusdrome
    @Travis

    I have a more mundane explanation. In 1970, about 400,000 people were in prison. Now about 2.5 million are. An extra 2 million blacks in prison helps reduce crime.

    Now we have 4.3% of the black male population incarcerated, which is 3.3 times more than in 1960.

    Incarceration gap widens between whites and blacks
    In 1960, 1.3% of the black male population were incarcerated.
    In 2010, 4.3% of the black male population were incarcerated.

    Also, the Death Penality was declared to be Constitutional in 1976 after a short hiatus of un-Constitutionality.
    Number of executions:
    1976-0
    1977-1
    1978-0
    1979-2
    ...
    2013-39
    2014-35
    2015-28
    2016-20

    Replies: @Travis

    good point, mass incarceration did reduce the number of perps on the streets….

    in addition there are actually less potential victims today than in 1970.

    due to feminisms and the pill the number of young white women was actually less in 1995 than 1975

    1980 – there were 36 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (18 million white women)
    2010 – there were 28 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (14 million white women)

    The demographic transformation in America is quite amazing when you realize the white youth population is significantly lower today than in 1970…not just the percentage of whites but the actual number of young white Americans has been falling (as the number of elderly whites is still rising). In 1970 9% of whites were over the age of 65 , while today 20% of whites are over the age of 65.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Travis

    <due to feminisms and the pill the number of young white women was actually less in 1995 than 1975

    1980 – there were 36 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (18 million white women)
    2010 – there were 28 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (14 million white women)

    In 1970 9% of whites were over the age of 65 , while today 20% of whites are over the age of 65.

    Can you provide us with a cite to these numbers?

    Replies: @Travis

  102. I would call Tucker’s turn in The Fifth Element more amusing than funny, but it was impressive (just remembering all those lines and delivering them rapid-fire was impressive). Tucker is a talented guy, but the other commenter was right, he’s only good in small doses.

  103. Will no one rid us of this troublesome Tribe?

  104. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Travis
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    good point, mass incarceration did reduce the number of perps on the streets....

    in addition there are actually less potential victims today than in 1970.

    due to feminisms and the pill the number of young white women was actually less in 1995 than 1975

    1980 - there were 36 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (18 million white women)
    2010 - there were 28 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (14 million white women)

    The demographic transformation in America is quite amazing when you realize the white youth population is significantly lower today than in 1970...not just the percentage of whites but the actual number of young white Americans has been falling (as the number of elderly whites is still rising). In 1970 9% of whites were over the age of 65 , while today 20% of whites are over the age of 65.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    <due to feminisms and the pill the number of young white women was actually less in 1995 than 1975

    1980 – there were 36 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (18 million white women)
    2010 – there were 28 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (14 million white women)

    In 1970 9% of whites were over the age of 65 , while today 20% of whites are over the age of 65.

    Can you provide us with a cite to these numbers?

    • Replies: @Travis
    @Anonymous

    The US census...1970 , 1980, 2000, 2010

  105. @Jack D
    @Opinionator

    No, it borders on the idiotic. The one distinctive Jewish spelling would be פראַנקענסטעין. But even in the Yiddish, the ending translates as "eyn". If you were really going for a Jewish (Yiddish) spelling it would be Frankenshteyn but 99% of the time this was Anglicized to Frankenstein (for the post 1970s wave of Russian Jewish immigrants there seems to have been less Anglicizing).

    AFAIK, stien is a rare variation and the result of error (or overgeneralization of the i before e rule) and has nothing particular to do with Jews except that Yiddish or Russian spellings were the only ones in need of Romanization to begin with - German immigrants would have just kept their original spelling.

    BTW, does anyone know whether or what Franken was shortened from? Growing up I knew a German Jewish family named Frankenberg but no Frankensteins outside of the movie monsters.

    Replies: @Old Palo Altan, @IBC

    “Franken” is from the old Rhenish vulgate frankencense, an occupational term meaning “one who blows smoke.” And it still means that today depending on your political perspective, of course.

  106. @Jack D
    @Ivy

    Very few Jews in Switzerland and the ones who are there are recent arrivals. Most Ashkenazi Jews lived in NON-German speaking areas (E. Europe) for the last 500 years or so. The Yiddish pronunciation would have been -sheytn (more or less rhymes with dine).

    As I said before, I'm not sure that Franken is shortened from Frankenstein to begin with. For Franken, -berg was the more common ending for some reason (and - man was not a thing at all).

    Replies: @Anon, @res

    Wikipedia only talks about Franken being Dutch for son of Frank: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franken_(surname)

    But this page gives a few alternatives: https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=franken

    Dutch: patronymic from Frank. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Frank. In some cases it may be a shortened form of the various Jewish ornamental compound names beginning with German Franken ‘Franconian’.

  107. @Anonymous
    @Travis

    <due to feminisms and the pill the number of young white women was actually less in 1995 than 1975

    1980 – there were 36 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (18 million white women)
    2010 – there were 28 million American born whites between the age of 19-29 (14 million white women)

    In 1970 9% of whites were over the age of 65 , while today 20% of whites are over the age of 65.

    Can you provide us with a cite to these numbers?

    Replies: @Travis

    The US census…1970 , 1980, 2000, 2010

  108. @Jack D
    I have no reason to believe that Tribe is senile - he was probably always that stupid (in an "intellectual" way) judging by his body of work.

    It's sort of sad that he will never get a chance on the court (or it would be if he wasn't such a raging Leftist). He's way too old now (recent Presidents like to appoint younger guys so they will stay on the court longer) and when he was of the right age and there was a Democrat President, the available slots went to females or minorities or both. The only exception would have been Breyer - I don't know whether Tribe was considered for Breyer's spot but he didn't get it. Anyway, the other recent trend is to appoint people who are sitting judges so that they have a track record of opinions that can be vetted.

    I'm not sure a Democrat President will ever appoint a white male, even a Jewish one, ever again, or at least until the court already has 4 females, 1 black, 1 Hispanic and 1 Asian (if you assume 50% overlap between race and gender that would mean 3 or 4 seats remaining for white males and chances are most of those will be Republican.

    Replies: @Brutusale

    If an attorney from Cambridge was needed for any bench, Harvey Silverglate would have been a much better choice than the likes of Tribe.

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