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From my movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing at Taki's Magazine. By the way, here's video of the 2008 mushroom cloud over Tirana, Albania. It almost certainly wasn't Diveroli's fault, although it involved people he was involved with. Albania's paranoid dictator Enver Hoxha, who hated both the West and the Soviets, made... Read More
From the Los Angeles Times: Germany's open-door policy in migrant crisis casts nation in a new light A migrant from Syria holds a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he arrives from Hungary at Munich's main railway station on Sept. 5. Germany has agreed to set aside more than $6 billion next year to... Read More
From the WSJ:* Not getting much for their money, apparently.This Panorama City mall in the WSJ article has be
In the comments, wren writes:And if you can't trust a Shoebat, who can you trust? Basically, Nakoula and Shoebat's cousin sound like Southern California crank dealers who have various lines of fraud as well. Shoebat's cousin might be connected to some scary organizations in the Muslim world. (Keep in mind that the dividing line between... Read More
I finally got around to watching 15 minutes of the Shahs of Sunset reality show about a bunch of rich Iranians in Beverly Hills who, in the grand tradition of such shows, shop and complain. Anyway, I thought it was interesting enough to spend 15 minutes watching because we are frequently told that America must go to... Read More
From the LA Times, in an article on a Libyan government-owned mansion in Englewood, NJ: But it is the one [homeowner] who has never been seen who commands the most attention: Moammar Kadafi, Libyan leader and lord of a multimillion-dollar mansion that flies Libya's flag and sits next door to one very peeved Orthodox Jewish... Read More
A couple of years ago, the NYT broke the story of a 22-year-old Miami Beach arms dealer, Efraim Diveroli, who had landed a $300,000,000 Pentagon contract to deliver ammunition to the fledgling Afghan Army, and was illegally fulfilling the deal using aged Chinese ammo. It was a  nine-days-wonder of a story as many were sure... Read More
From a Los Angeles Times article on the extravagance of Persian weddings in LA:Status-striving among the kind of white people featured in Stuff White People Like comes in for some ribbing around here now and then, but I've got
In Time, Joel Stein writes a column packed with traditional iSteve themes:I called James W. Hughes, policy-school dean at Rutgers University, who explained that Lyndon Johnson's 1965 immigration law raised immigration caps for non-European countries. LBJ apparently had some weird relationship with Asians in which he liked both inviting them over and going over to... Read More
guys from somewhere roughly between St. Petersburg and Kabul. From the LA Times, we have the story of Pavel Valkovich, who hired a second hit man to behead the first hit man he'd hired:A Sherman Oaks man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a bank fraud charge has admitted to federal authorities that he... Read More
With Iran much in the news, it's interesting to take a look at the most influential Iranian community in the U.S.:While the Persian Jews of Beverly Hills certainly make (and spend) lots of money, it's not clear if the Oriental Jews of Beverly Hills will follow their Ashkenazi Jewish predecessors into more intellectual pursuits.I don't... Read More
In Miami New Times, Penn Bullock updates us on the latest adventures of Efraim Diveroli, who is back in business supplying ammunition to the U.S. Government, despite being under indictment on 71 counts. He's now operating under the corporate name AmmoWorks rather than AEY. Check out the last line of the article (page 2) for... Read More
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Penn Bullock has the first press interview with an executive officer of AEY, Inc., the Miami Beach weapons dealership charged with defrauding the Pentagon and the Afghan Army in a $200 contract using old made-in-China ammunition from Albania, etc etc (you know the story).My published articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
Here's an NYT article, "Questions of Size and Taste for Queens Houses," on the Bukharian Jews from Central Asia who are building vast Oriental palaces in the formerly sedate, tree-lined Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills, paving over all the lawns:The Bukharian construction binge is much to the displeasure of the middle class Ashkenazis who have... Read More
The New York Times reports: Arms Dealer Had Troubled History By ERIC SCHMITT WASHINGTON — When the Army last year awarded a contract worth up to nearly $300 million to a tiny Miami Beach munitions dealer to supply ammunition to Afghanistan’s security forces, it overlooked a very checkered past. A Congressional committee revealed Tuesday that... Read More
22-year-old international arms dealer Efraim Diveroli and three associates were indicted on 71 counts of fraud in the Awfully Alliterative Albanian Afghan Army AEY Ammunition uh ... Affair (bingo!). There doesn't seem to be much new in the story. So, it looks like it's turning out just like I said months ago -- not the... Read More
Back in March, the New York Times ran a big story on the 22-year-old high school dropout hustler Efraim Diveroli, who had snagged a $200,000,000 Pentagon contract for his AEY Inc. to supply ammunition to the Afghan government. He supplied Chinese-made ammo bought from crooked Albanian politicians.Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) immediately sent him a... Read More
A reader sent me a long write-up on the illegal immigration scandal at the Lubavitcher slaughterhouse in a small town in Iowa, which I'll post below. This business run by New York ultra-Orthodox Jews first became notorious a number of years ago when a Jewish academic named Stephen Bloom exposed how the newcomers were treating... Read More
When the New York Times broke the story that a 22-year-old high school dropout in Miami Beach had gotten a $298 million contract to supply ammunition to the Afghan army, there was much speculation about the no doubt complicated and nefarious conspiracy behind it all.But the more I thought about it, as I wrote back... Read More
Back in March, energetic Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform committee, announced he would be holding hearings on Efraim Diveroli's Albanian Afghan Ammo scandal at 10am on April 17, which was last Thursday.Yet, I can't find any mention on Google News of anything happening this past week. Does anybody... Read More
I notice that 22-year-old AEY arms dealer Efraim Diveroli, who was "out of the country," when the Albanian-Afghan Ammo story broke was supposed to be in a Miami courtroom last Friday, April 11 for hearing related to his March drunk driving arrest. Does anybody know if he showed up?My published articles are archived at Read More
Now that Albania is joining NATO, we can rest easy because the crack Albanian army is pledged to come to America's military defense in case we're invaded by, uh, Venezuela. So, let's check in on the latest from our latest ally ...Oddly enough, the news from Tirana sounds a lot like the news from Miami... Read More
Robert Brodsky and Elizabeth Newell write in Government Executive magazine: And the news article has lots of the fun human interest details that my readers will be familiar with (like the grandfather's palimony suit and the family connection to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach), the facts that the MSM have been prissily avoiding reporting for fear of... Read More
Not surprisingly, the MainStream Media have pretty much dropped the AEY Afghan Ammunition scandal now that certain awkward facts have emerged. As usual, the Jewish press is much better at following up on such things.As I've suggested before, this isn't the worst scandal in history. It's pretty much just Business As Usual for a type... Read More
Via American Goy, here's a transcript that's supposedly of a secretly recorded conversation between young AEY arms dealer Efraim Diveroli and some Albanian who is involved in the Afghan ammunition deal for which the American taxpayers anted up $300 million.I have no idea if it's authentic, but it sounds like what I surmised -- the... Read More
All the firms intimately or tangentially associated with the Afghan Ammo scandal -- 22-year-old Efraim Diveroli's AEY Inc., his father Michael Diveroli's Worldwide Tactical, and his uncle Bar-Kochba Botach's Botach Tactical -- are listed in federal contractor databases as "disadvantaged" or "minority owned." This implies that the owners must be Hasidic Jews, because only Hasidics,... Read More
The AEY Afghan ammo scandal has raised many questions around the blogs about who or what is behind it all. But I think the answer isn't all that mysterious.Have you ever tried to buy a camera from the ads in the back pages of a camera magazine? There are pages and pages in tiny type... Read More
This is one of those blog posts where I start writing about one thing and in the middle of it, I discover something I never expected, so the whole thing lurches off in a different direction. I apologize for the lack of pre-planned structure.In the wake of the NYT's story on 22-year-old high school-dropout Efraim... Read More
Following up on the story of the 22-year-old international arms dealer E
With some readers' help, I've done some digging into the cast of characters in that NYT article about the 22-year-old international arms dealer who got a huge contract from the U.S. government to supply ammunition (which turned out to be shoddy) to the Afghan government. I asked the question the NYT wouldn't: "Who are these... Read More
The NYT has a long article on a Miami Beach company that has gotten a contract worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars from the U.S. government to supply Afghan government forces with ammunition, even though it is supposedly run by a 22-year-old. (Here's CEO Efraim Diveroli's MySpace profile.) Much of the ammo has... Read More
I recently heard about a young man who majored in philosophy in college complaining about the materialism of the young ladies in his West Asian ethnic group here in Southern California. As I've mentioned before, mercantile minorities from West Asia are becoming ever more numerous in SoCal. They tend to be economically successful but, as... Read More
I've been having a hard time getting across the idea that the
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