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From the NYT:

Trump Administration Postpones an Obama Fair-Housing Rule
By EMILY BADGER and JOHN ELIGON JAN. 4, 2018

Undermining another Obama-era initiative, the Trump administration plans to delay enforcement of a federal housing rule that requires communities to address patterns of racial residential segregation.

This is Obama’s Daffy Duckish-sounding Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing policy. As I wrote in 2015 when Obama announced Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing:

You may wonder why The New York Times wants to disperse innocent blacks out to the hinterlands to be at the mercy of suburban white racists, but encouraging blacks to exit New York and D.C. is a feature, not a bug.

In the minds of Washington and New York elites, little Ferguson has come to embody their fears that obscure suburban nobodies are conspiring to slow the exodus of underclass African-Americans from gentrifying cities. What if suburbs like Ferguson don’t immediately welcome newcomers from the inner city with well-paying police jobs and city-council posts? How can New Yorkers and Washingtonians be sure of dumping their ghetto blacks on the rest of the country if the rest of the country isn’t wholly under their thumb?

The New York Times has been on a crusade over the manifest injustice that poor urban blacks are “segregated” out of suburbs by not being handed affordable housing in neighborhoods they can’t afford. Thus, to mark the first anniversary of Michael Brown’s assaults, the Times featured a long article entitled “An Indelible Black-and-White Line” about an unmarried, black St. Louis mother of three whose quest to live in a nice house in a nice suburb has been frustrated by the racist injustice that her Section 8 housing voucher isn’t lavish enough …

 
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  1. Hallelujah!

    • Replies: @james wilson
    Bold. Blunt. Done. No dancing in the end zone, he's been there before and he's coming right back.
  2. I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.

    Speaking of, what’s up with the travel ban?

    And on a related note, I bet there are thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs that could be delayed and ignored, and quietly hurt the people who hate us, or help the people we like get a boot off their neck. If they could be found, and then gotten in front of somebody who can make this stuff happen, it could have impact.

    • Replies: @Barnard
    The only problem with delay and ignore is that after Trump's term ends the next President can just as easily go back to the Obama policy. This is another example of why did it take so long.
    , @willieskull68
    Re; travel controls

    A federal judge is a tough nut to crack, but I did remember reading that the DOJ is investigating a Honalulu political machince which, if I may guess, got that judge appointed. Its going to be a long road, but it can be done.
    , @bartok

    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.
     
    How about furloughing half (or more) of federal employees? Personnel is policy and Washington DC voters went 95% for Hillary Clinton.

    Federal employees are protected from being fired, but can be furloughed. As part of a White House budget plan release, a massive furlough could be justified in light of planned budget cuts. If the budget cuts do not materialize, issue a new furlough with the following year's budget plan release. Repeat every year until the budget cuts come through. A majority of furloughed workers will find new jobs out of necessity. Causing a housing crash in DC-MD-VA would be a cherry on top in my plan to hurt the left.
    , @MBlanc46
    Interesting point.
    , @Weltanschauung
    Speaking of

    thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs
     
    From what our daughter tells us, our school district is still in enthusiastic compliance with the School Discipline Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices.
    , @Cato
    Section 8 itself would be a good candidate for executive branch neglect. The program has wrecked school systems in most urban counties, and has harmed the supposed beneficiaries, by scattering them out beyond easy reach of their social networks. Simply quit issuing new Section 8 vouchers.
  3. Bravo. Trump realizes that housing policy is an intersection of economics, culture, crime, tax and fiscal policy and that the last two administrations abused it. His moves on mortgage insurance, and write offs on HELOCs, million dollar homes and property taxes are magnificent. Hopefully he’ll replace Yellen with someone who can extract us from ZIRP as well.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
    Trump is replacing Yellen with Powell. He’s a good choice.
    , @Anonymous
    No major fan of the man here, but you're right--he's actually doing some good things.

    Imagine if the Hildebeest were in office *shudders*
  4. This is great news! And with more distractions like the Steve Bannon comments, maybe HUD could be abolished by Trump without the hyperventilating pantywaists in the media noticing.

  5. @27 year old
    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.

    Speaking of, what's up with the travel ban?

    And on a related note, I bet there are thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs that could be delayed and ignored, and quietly hurt the people who hate us, or help the people we like get a boot off their neck. If they could be found, and then gotten in front of somebody who can make this stuff happen, it could have impact.

    The only problem with delay and ignore is that after Trump’s term ends the next President can just as easily go back to the Obama policy. This is another example of why did it take so long.

    • Replies: @guest
    "after Trump's term ends the next president can just as easily go back to the Obama policy."

    That would be true whether Trump delayed or abolished the policy. It's not as though he can declare "no take-backs."

    It's really not very hard to dig up Obama's orders or write your own new ones.
  6. I like the Bannon cage match. It squelches the good stuff like this from the “media”.

  7. Another triumph! Exactly the kind of thing we voted for! Must be why NPR spent an hour with a bizarrely whispering guy, who from what I could tell had no qualifications and no information, babbling irresponsibly about “what might happen” in the Russian hacking investigation.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    One of those "low talkers."

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vKWYg9qFOpA
  8. It’s not just to accelerate the gentrification of prime urban real estate, the Obama plan was to tilt moderately and mostly white suburban House districts to the Democrats.

    • Replies: @gunner29

    It’s not just to accelerate the gentrification of prime urban real estate, the Obama plan was to tilt moderately and mostly white suburban House districts to the Democrats
     
    .

    That was one of the unintended consequences of making negro majority districts; they gerrymandered most of the available leftys into a few districts and left the rest of the state with many light of leftys districts that they would never win.

    Now they want to put them back and get some of the state legislatures and House seats....of course if they can truck them to the next red state, then the Senators and statewide offices are in play too.

    Putting immigrants from the arab countries in places like Boise was also being done. But the locals in Boise didn't want them, so they moved to Kali!

    This is just great on God, Emperor Trump's part. Just today he opened the Pacific to oil drilling and the enviro-nazi are going berzerk.

    He's got Sessions going after the dope sellers in Kali as well. It's a wonderful time to be a true conservative....
    , @Maj. Kong
    That process could still be seen to completion. Trump has a way of getting under the skin of our "educated" upper-middle class. In my opinion, the real target of the anger is the GOP base, but it is not yet seen acceptable to call for Kevin Williamson/Bret Stephens solutions on them.

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

    Manners maketh man

    Trump would do well to remember that phrase if he wants to get 60 GOP Senators.
    , @guest
    That, plus on a subconscious level at least they realize blacks are a problem we're just not going to solve. So they want to spread the pain around, so to speak.*

    "White Flight" took away tax revenue and left them with the burdens of Big City discivilization. One giant burden was you-know-who. Well, whites can run but they can't hide. Housing Redistribution will find them.

    This version of "affirmative action" shall work better than the last one. Unless the last one was actually intended to stick it to Whitey, too.

    *The burden already falls upon us on the regional, state, federal, and global level. But less so on the municipal level, unless we're hipsters with amusing facial hair or ugly, desaturated hair dye who live in warehouses.

    , @Hapalong Cassidy
    This plan may have ultimately backfired in that regard. A lot of the moderate swing-voting white in those suburbs might turn solidly Republican once they get a taste of fair-housing diversity. Generally speaking, the closer the proximity whites have to blacks, the more likely they are to vote Republican. See for example, the entire state of Mississippi (40% black).
  9. @Lugash
    Bravo. Trump realizes that housing policy is an intersection of economics, culture, crime, tax and fiscal policy and that the last two administrations abused it. His moves on mortgage insurance, and write offs on HELOCs, million dollar homes and property taxes are magnificent. Hopefully he'll replace Yellen with someone who can extract us from ZIRP as well.

    Trump is replacing Yellen with Powell. He’s a good choice.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    I believe Powell will be the first goyim Fed head in 40 years?
  10. An article in the Chicago Tribune states that a Dem candidate for Illinois Governor, Dennis Kennedy, claims Rahm Emmanuel is using gentrification to drive Blacks from Chicago. Basically the purpose of AFFH was to drive blacks from the city to the suburbs, or where ever else whites had fled.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    Christopher Kennedy, Bobby’s son.
  11. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    BUT…. think of us poor Eskimos! Don’t we deserve to have a peaceful, safe cities? Certainly more than those dogwhistling white yokels in suburbia. Why, just look at them expecting its okay to be able to walk down the street without being robbed, or having their homes broken into. It just screams racism. At least if it’s you wanting it.

    Haven’t you learned yet? The wants of the few outweigh the needs of the many. It’s okay if we do it, we’re us!

  12. @27 year old
    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.

    Speaking of, what's up with the travel ban?

    And on a related note, I bet there are thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs that could be delayed and ignored, and quietly hurt the people who hate us, or help the people we like get a boot off their neck. If they could be found, and then gotten in front of somebody who can make this stuff happen, it could have impact.

    Re; travel controls

    A federal judge is a tough nut to crack, but I did remember reading that the DOJ is investigating a Honalulu political machince which, if I may guess, got that judge appointed. Its going to be a long road, but it can be done.

  13. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED “SOUNDS GREAT!”

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon’s ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    >this is just like Bush
    Read more about what House Bush was actually doing, there is no comparison to be made.
    >what if Chelsea
    You don't know much about this, Democrats are way beyond that point with Uranium One and Fusion GPS, and the issue isn't that they dared legally speak to foreigners.
    >you are morons
    Wow, I didn't expect to be called names. You have completely changed ny worldview and now I am a Hillary supporter. I just hope -- as a Hillary supporter -- that nobody calls me names, because then I'd be right back where I started.
    , @AndrewR
    George HW had his son appointed... oops I mean "elected"... president. That tops any Trump nepotism.
    , @Opinionator

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED “SOUNDS GREAT!”
     
    What would be inappropriate about her doing that?
    , @Opinionator
    Oh come off it. This was an insurgency and Trump needed people he could trust.
    , @WJ
    Here's one for you Mr. Unhinged Anonymous guy typing in all caps:

    WHAT IF A TRUMP CAMPAIGN OPERATIVE HAD SENT AN OPERATIVE TO RUSSIA TO GET A FAKE DOSSIER INVOLVING TALES OF PISS AND PROSTITUTES AND THEN USED IT TO GET A FISA WARRANT TO ALLOW FOR SPYING ON THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN?
    , @guest
    Speaking as a Clinton-hater, if Team Clinton had a Don Jr. meeting "scandal" (Meeting-gate?), I would yawn.

    It's called opposition research, you boob. It literally happens all the time. The fact that it happened with a Russian is as meaningless as the punctuation Don Jr. used in his response.

    Now, if Don Jr. had used a phony "dossier" to obtain a warrant under false pretenses to eavesdrop on his political opposition, then illegally "unmasked" dirt dug up by the investigation, that'd be the sort of opposition research I'd actually care enough to denounce.
    , @27 year old
    I bet you have a great family...
    , @S. Anonyia
    Nepotism is normal and the human default as long as it’s not overboard.

    95 percent of people I know (working in non-technical jobs) got their positions due to nepotism. Outside of perhaps the Midwest or loony California/Oregon/Washington where the most naive of whites live this is normal.

    I don’t blame Trump for not wanting his kids to get charged with anything. Bannon has always kinda been a liability for Trump, I’d throw him under the bus too.
    , @Redman
    With all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?

    The Bush/Clinton “family” issues are of a different sort than Trump. Trump is a neophyte pol, who wanted friends and family in his inner circle. What’s wrong with that? Bush and Clinton were about perpetuating a dynasty of Presidents.

    The MSM is going haywire over a Deep State (and its leak machine)effort to save the Mueller probe, which is looking more and more like a fraud by the day.

    I’m disappointed with DJT’s neocon foreign Policy pivot, but I think his domestic agenda is still relatively on track.
    , @MBlanc46
    You’ve clearly taken a wrong turn somewhere. Hang on a minute, someone will show you put.
  14. Anonymous [AKA "Cautious"] says:

    Delays =/= suspends. The former is stronger and suggests a longer break. I don’t know why they didn’t scrap the rule entirely instead of just ‘delaying’ it. Not a good sign.

    The rule will likely get implemented. Either in 2021 under a new president or possibly even under Trump, given how easily he caves to mainstream pressure.

    • Replies: @Ed
    Trump does not cave easily to pressure, that’s just absurd. His ratings wouldn’t be below 40 if he caved to mainstream pressure.

    Also there’s no mainstream pressure for this rule. Quite the opposite when people actually learn what it is they become vehemently opposed. It’s the Dems and a section of the media that pushes it and they tend to do it quietly.
  15. C’mon Steve, Jeff Sessions’ latest move on legal marijuana sales is a lot more interesting.

    Serious 3d chess, a below the waterline shot at eGOP. Now they all have to stand up for legal pot rather than hypocritically grandstanding against it for their conservative base, many of whom are smoking it on the QT after the kids go to bed.

    The entire country is going to demand that legal pot remains untouched in states where legal. A real two-fer, the first being to reconcile national rhetoric with reality, the second getting everyone across the board to line up for states rights.

    Intelligent Dasein was spot on in a recent comment that Trump has a remarkable facility, perhaps his only one, for exposing the pretensions of others and then letting the cards fall where they may.

    Prediction: there will not be a single prosecution under this policy of anyone who doesn’t have it coming for some unrelated reason and even that is unlikely.

    Remember when Trump hypothetically inquired if abortion should be illegal, doesn’t it make sense to be prosecuting women seeking and obtaining abortions? Haven’t heard from abortion prohibitionists since after the sputtering died down.

    The guy single-handedly defused our decades-long abortion civil war with just one comment, and even when he was just a primary candidate.

    People think Trump is stupid? One may not agree with his policies, but he is anything but an idiot.

    • Replies: @anonguy
    Just look at The Atlantic, of all places, moralizing about the wisdom of respecting the 10th Amendment.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/the-superior-morality-of-a-states-rights-approach-to-marijuana/549707/
    , @Chief Seattle
    I sure hope that is what's going to happen medium term marijuana thing. What I suspect is that Sessions is a person that actually believes the job of the Attorney General is to enforce the laws as they are written by Congress. And that defunding prosecution of laws that happen to be inconvenient is something to be used very carefully and infrequently, and certainly not to set long term policy. However, the masses aren't going to see the distinction between standing on principal and a old throwback who wants to sick the cops on their weed habit. If the Republican congress could work to declassify marijuana as a schedule I drug then it would help a lot to shake their old, out of touch reputation. Even the religious conservative base could probably hold their nose on the issue if it was framed as state rights and left to their local jurisdictions.
    , @27 year old
    I don't buy that for a second with Sessions, I think he's an old school law and order guy and also an old fuddy-duddy type who just hates weed. I think this is a personal pet project he has wanted to do for a long time.

    It's just a kind of a dumb thing to do. With one possible silver lining that I can see.

    The states where it has been legalized are blue states, and the anti-weed operations teams still have to bust somebody, so they've probably been focusing on busting people in red states, and ignoring smug rich liberals in blue states.

    Maybe we can see some of these assholes get their doors kicked and their dogs shot. Instead of backwoods people in Tennessee. The semi legal weed industry is huge business and most of that money goes right into the hands of liberals, and they donate to a lot of nasty groups and causes.

  16. Ann Coulter today: “Perhaps if Trump hadn’t gone nuclear…”

    What’s funny about Trump is he pops off like a classic scots-irish hothead alcoholic. Yosemite Sam. But he’s totally dry like one of those counties in Carolina!

    • Replies: @Opinionator
    The Hill story reports that the White House withheld comment through the day awaiting a public statement from Bannon. They shouldn't have had to wait that long in the first place, but Bannon should have reached out to let them know a statement would be forthcoming.
    , @grapesoda
    Yeah that's right you cowardly leftist. Did you see that North Korea has agreed to diplomatic relations with South Korea now? I'm sure you didn't because you are ignorant and uneducated, and only know how to spout MSM pre-digested talking points.

    People like you and the other whiners on here don't know anything about creating or maintaining civilization. You only know how to tear things down, like a five year old.

  17. AFFH: not only a way speed up gentrification for elites in trendy cities, but also payback to bigoted lower-status whites who cruelly fled to “nice” suburbs in hopes of having good schools full of well-behaved kids, as well as quiet streets and low crime.

  18. Steve:

    This rule suspension must trace its origination or at the very least its affirmation to the HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson. This brings to mind the proverb that still waters run deep.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  19. Sure, give Trump a round of applause for sunsetting some of Obama’s most egregious directives.

    Except for DACA. Which is sacrosanct.

    If The Wall ever gets built it will be composed of 100 segments and 99 open spaces between each segment. For the wildlife.

    SHALOM

    • Troll: IHTG
    • Replies: @MKP
    The fact that all you whiners would come into a comment section under an article describing one of Trump's best moments - boldly un-doing one of the Obama administrations worst policies - only to complain about other shit he HASN'T done shows that you're all just Concern Trolls.

    This is one of the best moments of the Trump presidency. A destructive, overtly anti-white government initiative has been undone by an elected President who's sticking up for the people who voted for him. If you really were who you purport to be - "I had some hopes for Trump, but he hasn't done enough, he's really just another liar!" - you'd at least wait until a different moment.

    Jumping into an article where people are celebrating Trump taking concrete action to save their neighborhoods, just to complain about some other things he hasn't done, is the act of someone who has an interest in trying to ensure Trump's unpopularity among Steve's readers.
  20. The Millennials, although they are not as large a demographic force as the baby boomers, nonetheless drive some of these trends. They are now reaching the age where the appealing things about the city aren’t so appealing, and the appealing things about the suburbs (a lawn, good schools, etc.) are quite a bit more appealing. They’re having kids and settling down. Also a lot of the late Obama age collapse spooked people on buying in iffy neighborhoods in the city assuming they would gentrify. So… I expect some of this inner-city gentrification is going to go in reverse over the next ten years.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Don't count on millenials getting married or having children in their 20s or even 30s -- or in all too many cases, EVER.

    Here is an article from February 2016 with some useful statistics:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/02/few_millennials_are_getting_ma.html
  21. @Arclight
    It's not just to accelerate the gentrification of prime urban real estate, the Obama plan was to tilt moderately and mostly white suburban House districts to the Democrats.

    It’s not just to accelerate the gentrification of prime urban real estate, the Obama plan was to tilt moderately and mostly white suburban House districts to the Democrats

    .

    That was one of the unintended consequences of making negro majority districts; they gerrymandered most of the available leftys into a few districts and left the rest of the state with many light of leftys districts that they would never win.

    Now they want to put them back and get some of the state legislatures and House seats….of course if they can truck them to the next red state, then the Senators and statewide offices are in play too.

    Putting immigrants from the arab countries in places like Boise was also being done. But the locals in Boise didn’t want them, so they moved to Kali!

    This is just great on God, Emperor Trump’s part. Just today he opened the Pacific to oil drilling and the enviro-nazi are going berzerk.

    He’s got Sessions going after the dope sellers in Kali as well. It’s a wonderful time to be a true conservative….

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    A "true conservative" would have read and respected the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

    A "true conservative" would find that the Constitution does NOT give the federal government the authority to prohibit / criminalize marijuana or other drugs.

    A "true conservative" might work for enactment of anti-marijuana laws IN HIS OWN STATE, but he would not try to impose his views on the citizens of sister States through the federal government.

    Bullies and fools. They care about the Constitution and limited government only when they want to complain (rightly) about the Left forcing its views and policies on the whole country through the fed gov (e.g. on abortion and homosexual "marriage").

    When constitutionally illiterate hypocrites on "the Right" want to give the fed gov unconstitutional authority to impose THEIR views and policies on the whole country, though, well, that's just fine.
    , @Twodees Partain
    "He’s got Sessions going after the dope sellers in Kali as well. It’s a wonderful time to be a true conservative…."

    Trump obviously has no influence with Sessions. Sessions is wasting time and money and building up to creating a constitutional crisis with the states over cannabis instead of going after Clinton as Trump claimed he wanted the AG to do.

    What makes you a 'true conservative', anyway? You sound more like a Buckleyite government worshiper to me. I doubt you're even old enough to have actually met a true conservative. True conservatives were fiscally responsible and intended to hold government to the Constitution. They fought FDR at every turn.

    What passes for "conservatism" these days are authoritarians who practically worship FDR and Wilson.
  22. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Some guys just don’t get Kushnerism!


    Angelo Ray Gomez
    @AngeloRayGomez
    2h
    My family came to this country LEGALLY, so can everyone else. I was right about how @RealDonaldTrump could repeal ObamaCare. Here is my stance on we can end DACA and start construction of the wall. Retweet to get this message to @POTUS!!! #MAGA #BUILDTHATFREAKINGWALL #TRUMP2020 pic.twitter.com/hUC65V3HQt

  23. Bravo. What a relief. Funny that it took a developer to understand how developers would make a fortune off AFFH and every property owner would be screwed permanently.

    Not one of the other candidates would have stopped it.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    Like you say, Trump is a longtime New York real estate developer. My hypothesis: it colors everything he does.

    Steve's hinted at this. The developer is the guy who badgers the city to issue the permits and assures them that the financing is in place, then he badgers the banks to get the financing in place because the permits are in place, then he has to go yell at the contractors, and on and on. Trump is a brash, New York developer experienced in multi-party negotiations and playing other sides against other sides.

    He also made his bones in a city with lots of ethnic and professional affinity networks whose kids all go to the same schools and end up marrying each other. He built his brand and wants to pass it to his kids and their kids and them go on to connect his family to other wealthy, connected families. So he trusts family, like #1 princess-daughter, perhaps to his detriment.

    Good or bad, his upbringing colors everything he does.
  24. @anonguy
    C'mon Steve, Jeff Sessions' latest move on legal marijuana sales is a lot more interesting.

    Serious 3d chess, a below the waterline shot at eGOP. Now they all have to stand up for legal pot rather than hypocritically grandstanding against it for their conservative base, many of whom are smoking it on the QT after the kids go to bed.

    The entire country is going to demand that legal pot remains untouched in states where legal. A real two-fer, the first being to reconcile national rhetoric with reality, the second getting everyone across the board to line up for states rights.

    Intelligent Dasein was spot on in a recent comment that Trump has a remarkable facility, perhaps his only one, for exposing the pretensions of others and then letting the cards fall where they may.

    Prediction: there will not be a single prosecution under this policy of anyone who doesn't have it coming for some unrelated reason and even that is unlikely.

    Remember when Trump hypothetically inquired if abortion should be illegal, doesn't it make sense to be prosecuting women seeking and obtaining abortions? Haven't heard from abortion prohibitionists since after the sputtering died down.

    The guy single-handedly defused our decades-long abortion civil war with just one comment, and even when he was just a primary candidate.

    People think Trump is stupid? One may not agree with his policies, but he is anything but an idiot.

    Just look at The Atlantic, of all places, moralizing about the wisdom of respecting the 10th Amendment.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/the-superior-morality-of-a-states-rights-approach-to-marijuana/549707/

    • Replies: @donut
    One drawback to the states rights approach is that you can leave your home in a state where pot is legal have a little pot in the car and cross a state line for a pizza and wind up in prison for years .
  25. @Lugash
    Bravo. Trump realizes that housing policy is an intersection of economics, culture, crime, tax and fiscal policy and that the last two administrations abused it. His moves on mortgage insurance, and write offs on HELOCs, million dollar homes and property taxes are magnificent. Hopefully he'll replace Yellen with someone who can extract us from ZIRP as well.

    No major fan of the man here, but you’re right–he’s actually doing some good things.

    Imagine if the Hildebeest were in office *shudders*

  26. Undermining another Obama-era initiative, the Trump administration plans to delay enforcement of a federal housing rule that requires communities to address patterns of racial residential segregation.

    This is where elections really matter, and voting Trump paid off. For now, anyway.

    I live in an increasingly rare working-class village with affordable housing in the North. There are almost no blacks here — you can literally count them on one hand and have a couple of fingers left over. (There are no Mexicans, gays or Jews, either). The Census says we’re 98.6 white. My house is no palace, but it’s solid. It’s a 1950s, 1200 sqft single-family suburban dwelling. I paid off my mortgage 20 years early.

    We are, however, only 20 miles from the city, and in the black neighborhoods there are shootings and stabbings every night. The Obama policy terrified me because frankly, I am right in the crosshairs if the Federal government starts to force blacks into suburban towns. My town is not rich enough or well-connected enough or populated with enough lawyers and doctors and country-club types to effectively lobby to keep blacks out… or to price them out. It’s full of truck drivers and construction workers and corrections officers who maintain their properties and keep it nice.

    We voted for Trump 65-35… thank God he won.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Ed
    This is why I get mad when people on here are dismissive of Trump. Whatever his faults he slowed down the march of liberalism. If Clinton won this rule would not only be enforced but hypercharged. We’d have no immigration enforcement. It would have been an unmitigated disaster for conservatives.
    , @Barnard

    This is where elections really matter, and voting Trump paid off. For now, anyway.
     
    I figure we are getting 30-35% of what we wanted from Trump. The range for the other candidates would have been 10-15%. I can't help but think the overall trends are still negative, but a lot of that is outside the control of the White House.
    , @Redman
    I too live in an overwhelmingly white suburb. Just 15 miles from the center of NY. Same town Gavin McInnes loves to from Brooklyn a couple years ago (Although I still haven’t met him to my chagrin).

    Although my town is quite rich (I’m probably in the bottom 10 percent), it still is faced with the fed requirements for providing section 8 housing.

    Unlike you, this town voted about 90-10 for Trump. Go figure.
  27. Poor black single mothers on welfare should be given generous housing vouchers that would allow them to move into expensive rental units in Manhattan, San Francisco, Madison, etc.

  28. OT: Is this the beginning of the Auto de Fe of Woody Allen?

    I read decades of Woody Allen’s private notes. He’s obsessed with teenage girls.

    Washington Post contributor Richard Morgan is shocked – shocked! – that Woody Allen is:

    1.) Obsessed with sex

    2.) Attacted to young women

    3.) Especially teenage girls

    Is this news? Morgan also seems perplexed that Woody Allen has not reflected on his preoccupations and joined the ranks of the enlightened. As if 82 year old men are in the habit of changing their thinking.

    • Replies: @Johan Schmidt
    I checked that guy's bio to see if he's the same Richard Morgan who wrote Altered Carbon. Apparently not, this guy's only listed book writing credit is a memoir. How self-absorbed can you get?
  29. Well, its a good first step, but since HUD is part of the Executive Branch, why doesn’t the President simply rescind the rule, period? Just remove it. Nothing that can be done then.

    Remove the rule, period. End of story, and move on.

    • Replies: @Sandmich
    I'll post a theory on this as I've mulled on this myself in regards to several issues. It would appear that Trump generally wants the backing of law for what he would like done. On to many issues, such as healthcare (which Karl Denninger is constantly giving Trump flack over), Trump could make moves for which he is authorized, but he knows he has no real friends in Congress, so Congress could easily pass a law with veto proof majorities to stop him. For someone in Trump's position this is a real threat and not something that he would want to get Congress in the habit of doing.

    His best bet is, perhaps, to set congresscritter-versus-congresscritter in the hopes that he can squeeze out something that would give him backing for his agenda (witness the tax law which while flawed, still managed to meet at least some of his points). I'll grant that it smells like excuse making, but more popular presidents than he have been rolled by the criminals in Congress when they pushed too hard.
  30. This is great!

  31. @27 year old
    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.

    Speaking of, what's up with the travel ban?

    And on a related note, I bet there are thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs that could be delayed and ignored, and quietly hurt the people who hate us, or help the people we like get a boot off their neck. If they could be found, and then gotten in front of somebody who can make this stuff happen, it could have impact.

    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.

    How about furloughing half (or more) of federal employees? Personnel is policy and Washington DC voters went 95% for Hillary Clinton.

    Federal employees are protected from being fired, but can be furloughed. As part of a White House budget plan release, a massive furlough could be justified in light of planned budget cuts. If the budget cuts do not materialize, issue a new furlough with the following year’s budget plan release. Repeat every year until the budget cuts come through. A majority of furloughed workers will find new jobs out of necessity. Causing a housing crash in DC-MD-VA would be a cherry on top in my plan to hurt the left.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    DC is now a tech hub equal if not superior in status to Austin Texas, most of it tied to the national security apparatus. Contractor employees outnumber gov't employees.

    The DC metro also has almost a 360 degree pattern in which to expand, something that only Atlanta and Charlotte have among East Coast major metros.

    A good start would be drying up donors to the Conservatism Inc think tanks. They only serve the billionaires and corporate donors, so it is no loss for us. Prolonged exposure to the Beltway lifestyle corrupts nearly everyone sent there from the provinces.
    , @1661er
    Some searching on AFFH turned up this Slate article
    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/03/the_affirmatively_furthering_fair_housing_rule_is_still_working_under_trump.html

    a former HUD chief of staff and now the chief program officer with Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that’s assisted jurisdictions in complying with AFFH."
     
    A commenter looked up the Form 990 of ECP, and found out that person:

    was paid $346,450 plus $18,235 in other benefits that year. I wonder why she wants local jurisdiction to comply with AFHH? And she is just one out of thousands former Apparatchik rolling in dough thanks to the unfunded federal mandates they pushed through while in federal employment.
     
    So a solution would to bang former federal civil service people from any direct and indirect employment, "consulting" gig, etc., with state and local government, and any corporation/organizations that receives federal payments. Maybe allow them an option if they give any federal pension, retiree benefits and the complete balance of their Thrift Saving Plan.

    As of right now, seems too many federal apparachik writes complex regulation that's impossible to comply with unless you hire one of them as consultants.
  32. Perhaps not “talmudic” judges, but definitely an Obama appointed one:

    By The Washington Post

    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement an Obama-era rule on Jan. 1 that would give low-income families greater access to housing in more affluent neighborhoods.

    Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by President Barack Obama, ruled on Dec. 23 that HUD’s decision to delay implementing the rule was “arbitrary and capricious.” She said the agency failed to show sufficient reason for a pause, and that a delay would irreparably harm the plaintiffs: a Hartford, Connecticut, mother of five and a Chicago mother trying to move their families to safer suburban communities.

    It would operate by taking into account the rental prices in specific neighborhoods — instead of averaging across an entire metropolitan area — making it easier for poor people to afford apartments in middle-class neighborhoods with better schools, lower crime rates and more job opportunities.

    Under the current system, families receiving public rental assistance have been concentrated in deeply segregated, high-poverty communities.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    Sooner or later the Trump Administration will have to ask judges like this to enforce their own diktats.
  33. @Arclight
    It's not just to accelerate the gentrification of prime urban real estate, the Obama plan was to tilt moderately and mostly white suburban House districts to the Democrats.

    That process could still be seen to completion. Trump has a way of getting under the skin of our “educated” upper-middle class. In my opinion, the real target of the anger is the GOP base, but it is not yet seen acceptable to call for Kevin Williamson/Bret Stephens solutions on them.

    Manners maketh man

    Trump would do well to remember that phrase if he wants to get 60 GOP Senators.

  34. You will notice black underclasspeople are being redistributed to soft suburbs, not places like Nodaway County, Missouri.

    If Nodaway was in Washington State or Oregon, Covington would have most of his Northwest Volunteer Army already recruited. They’ve been practicing General Order Number Four for a while.

  35. The Trump administration needs more of this and less tweets and maybe he can restore his popularity in time for the midterms.

    • Replies: @Daniel Williams

    The Trump administration needs more of this and less tweets and maybe he can restore his popularity in time for the midterms.
     
    Exactly! He should follow the strategy that won him the election: appeal to his base of egghead wonks by promising to delay implementation of obscure policies that most "normal" Americans are unaware of.
    , @Jack Hanson
    You've been so wrong you're like some sort of anti-prophet.
  36. @Arclight
    It's not just to accelerate the gentrification of prime urban real estate, the Obama plan was to tilt moderately and mostly white suburban House districts to the Democrats.

    That, plus on a subconscious level at least they realize blacks are a problem we’re just not going to solve. So they want to spread the pain around, so to speak.*

    “White Flight” took away tax revenue and left them with the burdens of Big City discivilization. One giant burden was you-know-who. Well, whites can run but they can’t hide. Housing Redistribution will find them.

    This version of “affirmative action” shall work better than the last one. Unless the last one was actually intended to stick it to Whitey, too.

    *The burden already falls upon us on the regional, state, federal, and global level. But less so on the municipal level, unless we’re hipsters with amusing facial hair or ugly, desaturated hair dye who live in warehouses.

    • Replies: @Opinionator
    In what way will this version work better than the last one?
  37. Thanks, Steve. Now I’ve been walking around my house saying “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” like Daffy Duck.

    • Replies: @JimB
    More likely than not AFFH was given a name difficult to say and remember so you wouldn’t talk about it.
    , @Jus' Sayin'...

    ...Obama’s Daffy Duckish-sounding...
     
    from the appendix to 1984 describing Newspeak:

    "Ultimately it was hoped to make articulate speech issue from the larynx without involving the higher brain centres at all. This aim was frankly admitted in the Newspeak word DUCKSPEAK, meaning ‘to quack like a duck’. Like various other words in the B vocabulary, DUCKSPEAK was ambivalent in meaning. Provided that the opinions which were quacked out were orthodox ones, it implied nothing but praise, and when ‘The Times’ referred to one of the orators of the Party as a DOUBLEPLUSGOOD DUCKSPEAKER it was paying a warm and valued compliment."
     
  38. • Replies: @Opinionator
    Steve:

    Check out the reader comments to the article. Very encouraging.
  39. @bartok

    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.
     
    How about furloughing half (or more) of federal employees? Personnel is policy and Washington DC voters went 95% for Hillary Clinton.

    Federal employees are protected from being fired, but can be furloughed. As part of a White House budget plan release, a massive furlough could be justified in light of planned budget cuts. If the budget cuts do not materialize, issue a new furlough with the following year's budget plan release. Repeat every year until the budget cuts come through. A majority of furloughed workers will find new jobs out of necessity. Causing a housing crash in DC-MD-VA would be a cherry on top in my plan to hurt the left.

    DC is now a tech hub equal if not superior in status to Austin Texas, most of it tied to the national security apparatus. Contractor employees outnumber gov’t employees.

    The DC metro also has almost a 360 degree pattern in which to expand, something that only Atlanta and Charlotte have among East Coast major metros.

    A good start would be drying up donors to the Conservatism Inc think tanks. They only serve the billionaires and corporate donors, so it is no loss for us. Prolonged exposure to the Beltway lifestyle corrupts nearly everyone sent there from the provinces.

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
    "The DC metro also has almost a 360 degree pattern in which to expand, something that only Atlanta and Charlotte have among East Coast major metros."

    Not quite. There's a little glitch called the Potomac River that kind of busts up the 360 degree thingy for metro DC.
  40. Completely off topic: Starved of skilled chefs, Britain is facing a chicken tikka masala crisis

    https://qz.com/1171462/starved-of-skilled-chefs-britains-curry-restaurants-are-slowly-dying/

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    Like a lot of journalistic product, that article may be more interesting for what it doesn't ask. There's a hint that maybe these curry places could hire, you know, women. Some polite talk of "traditional households," not that there's anything wrong with that, and the article moves on.

    From my read, it looks like all the owners interviewed are in London, and they all suggest they have as much demand as they can handle. If they have a customer base they can find a labor base. Curry isn't magic--anybody with a basic culinary skillset can be trained to do it. When was the last time Mario Batali personally filled an order?

    Maybe they could hire all those Pakistani and MENA Muslims we are constantly told are a positive enrichment to our countries. Or even, God forbid, a native Brit. Or maybe they want Bengalis because a certain unique Bengali culture prevails in the kitchens, and the historical norm of peoples everywhere is cultural affinity? Interesting question--we should ask it more often.
    , @Holden McGroin III
    The curry is rotting in the fields!
  41. Where the black population of a major city can be relocated and concentrated in a single suburban county as Washington has done with Prince Georges County it may be a good idea. Here the negro can be truly isolated and left on his own without negatively impacting the urban core economy.

    This seems to be how France deals with its Muslim population and it works. Putting undesirable people in remote suburban locations limits their ability to destroy vital infrastructure and enables the police to quickly cordon off any civil unrest to the banlieues.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    >let's follow France's example in containing Muslims because they are so effective
    That must have been one hell of a party you attended before Sarkozy got elected, but now that you're awake there's some catching up in order.
    , @Redman
    New York has Mt. Vernon in Westchester and several towns in LI that are exactly that.

    NJ probably has several as well, but I try to never go there.
    , @Steve (not sloppy)
    Well I hate to break it to you, but P.G. County’s black population has metastasized to the mostly white and blue collar counties in Southern MD. Charles county is the new P.G. and it looks to me like Calvert/St. Mary’s will be next. Probably in another 10-20 years if Latinos take over P.G. (When I moved away a couple years ago, they established a beachhead in a “lovely” inner beltway suburb called Suitland.)
  42. Why postpone and not eliminate?

    • Replies: @Neuday
    Postponing is anesthesia for the media. More difficult to claim Impending Doom when you're cancelling a policy that's already been suspended for a year.
  43. @Mr. Anon
    OT: Is this the beginning of the Auto de Fe of Woody Allen?

    I read decades of Woody Allen’s private notes. He’s obsessed with teenage girls.

    Washington Post contributor Richard Morgan is shocked - shocked! - that Woody Allen is:

    1.) Obsessed with sex

    2.) Attacted to young women

    3.) Especially teenage girls

    Is this news? Morgan also seems perplexed that Woody Allen has not reflected on his preoccupations and joined the ranks of the enlightened. As if 82 year old men are in the habit of changing their thinking.

    I checked that guy’s bio to see if he’s the same Richard Morgan who wrote Altered Carbon. Apparently not, this guy’s only listed book writing credit is a memoir. How self-absorbed can you get?

    • Replies: @Lurker
    I was just wondering the same thing!

    Really enjoyed Altered Carbon but since I woke up to certain realities I came to see that Richard Morgan is purveying a nihilistic, pozzed narrative.
  44. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    >this is just like Bush
    Read more about what House Bush was actually doing, there is no comparison to be made.
    >what if Chelsea
    You don’t know much about this, Democrats are way beyond that point with Uranium One and Fusion GPS, and the issue isn’t that they dared legally speak to foreigners.
    >you are morons
    Wow, I didn’t expect to be called names. You have completely changed ny worldview and now I am a Hillary supporter. I just hope — as a Hillary supporter — that nobody calls me names, because then I’d be right back where I started.

  45. @unit472
    Where the black population of a major city can be relocated and concentrated in a single suburban county as Washington has done with Prince Georges County it may be a good idea. Here the negro can be truly isolated and left on his own without negatively impacting the urban core economy.

    This seems to be how France deals with its Muslim population and it works. Putting undesirable people in remote suburban locations limits their ability to destroy vital infrastructure and enables the police to quickly cordon off any civil unrest to the banlieues.

    >let’s follow France’s example in containing Muslims because they are so effective
    That must have been one hell of a party you attended before Sarkozy got elected, but now that you’re awake there’s some catching up in order.

  46. @Not Raul
    Trump is replacing Yellen with Powell. He’s a good choice.

    I believe Powell will be the first goyim Fed head in 40 years?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I've never seen any evidence that Volcker is Jewish. There are smart Americans with Germanic names who aren't Jewish.
    , @Hanoi Paris Hilton
    If yer gonna try to use Yiddishisms (actually Hebrew in the instant case), "Goyim" is the plural. "Goy" is singular.
    , @Kyle
    Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
  47. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    George HW had his son appointed… oops I mean “elected”… president. That tops any Trump nepotism.

  48. @LondonBob
    I believe Powell will be the first goyim Fed head in 40 years?

    I’ve never seen any evidence that Volcker is Jewish. There are smart Americans with Germanic names who aren’t Jewish.

    • LOL: iffen
    • Replies: @Peter Johnson
    Paul Volcker was not Jewish. He was from a Northern European Christian background.
    , @LondonBob
    Nonsense Germans are renowned for their indolence and stupidity.

    Makes it thirty years then, long time, and Volker was the last competent one too.
    , @Flip
    Volcker is a Lutheran German-American.
    , @james wilson
    Most German Americans have American names. Volker would be an easy fix. Maybe the smart ones didn't roll that way.
  49. @Anonymous
    Delays =/= suspends. The former is stronger and suggests a longer break. I don't know why they didn't scrap the rule entirely instead of just 'delaying' it. Not a good sign.

    The rule will likely get implemented. Either in 2021 under a new president or possibly even under Trump, given how easily he caves to mainstream pressure.

    Trump does not cave easily to pressure, that’s just absurd. His ratings wouldn’t be below 40 if he caved to mainstream pressure.

    Also there’s no mainstream pressure for this rule. Quite the opposite when people actually learn what it is they become vehemently opposed. It’s the Dems and a section of the media that pushes it and they tend to do it quietly.

  50. @Dr. X

    Undermining another Obama-era initiative, the Trump administration plans to delay enforcement of a federal housing rule that requires communities to address patterns of racial residential segregation.
     
    This is where elections really matter, and voting Trump paid off. For now, anyway.

    I live in an increasingly rare working-class village with affordable housing in the North. There are almost no blacks here -- you can literally count them on one hand and have a couple of fingers left over. (There are no Mexicans, gays or Jews, either). The Census says we're 98.6 white. My house is no palace, but it's solid. It's a 1950s, 1200 sqft single-family suburban dwelling. I paid off my mortgage 20 years early.

    We are, however, only 20 miles from the city, and in the black neighborhoods there are shootings and stabbings every night. The Obama policy terrified me because frankly, I am right in the crosshairs if the Federal government starts to force blacks into suburban towns. My town is not rich enough or well-connected enough or populated with enough lawyers and doctors and country-club types to effectively lobby to keep blacks out... or to price them out. It's full of truck drivers and construction workers and corrections officers who maintain their properties and keep it nice.

    We voted for Trump 65-35... thank God he won.

    This is why I get mad when people on here are dismissive of Trump. Whatever his faults he slowed down the march of liberalism. If Clinton won this rule would not only be enforced but hypercharged. We’d have no immigration enforcement. It would have been an unmitigated disaster for conservatives.

    • Replies: @Unladen Swallow
    Agreed, just looking at how deranged and apoplectic the left has been since he announced his campaign, and in particular since his election bodes well. The left really thought 2008 was a "tipping point" to use their favorite Gladwellian expression and thought they had a permanent majority in the Presidency. No Republican, even Reagan has driven them up the wall like Trump has, he is literally living rent-free in their head.
    , @The preferred nomenclature is...
    Exactly!

    I keep comparing the legit naysayers (not the paid concern Trolls, still haven't decided which way Andrew R., for example, swings) to the little girl that got a real pony for her birthday but complains that it doesn't have a horn in its forehead nor does it poop Skittles.
  51. Calling it “fair housing” is absolutely Orwellian. However unfair red-lining and housing covenants may have been, the solution isn’t shipping urban blacks out of cities in order to gentrify and ensure more Democrat congressscum.

  52. @anonguy
    C'mon Steve, Jeff Sessions' latest move on legal marijuana sales is a lot more interesting.

    Serious 3d chess, a below the waterline shot at eGOP. Now they all have to stand up for legal pot rather than hypocritically grandstanding against it for their conservative base, many of whom are smoking it on the QT after the kids go to bed.

    The entire country is going to demand that legal pot remains untouched in states where legal. A real two-fer, the first being to reconcile national rhetoric with reality, the second getting everyone across the board to line up for states rights.

    Intelligent Dasein was spot on in a recent comment that Trump has a remarkable facility, perhaps his only one, for exposing the pretensions of others and then letting the cards fall where they may.

    Prediction: there will not be a single prosecution under this policy of anyone who doesn't have it coming for some unrelated reason and even that is unlikely.

    Remember when Trump hypothetically inquired if abortion should be illegal, doesn't it make sense to be prosecuting women seeking and obtaining abortions? Haven't heard from abortion prohibitionists since after the sputtering died down.

    The guy single-handedly defused our decades-long abortion civil war with just one comment, and even when he was just a primary candidate.

    People think Trump is stupid? One may not agree with his policies, but he is anything but an idiot.

    I sure hope that is what’s going to happen medium term marijuana thing. What I suspect is that Sessions is a person that actually believes the job of the Attorney General is to enforce the laws as they are written by Congress. And that defunding prosecution of laws that happen to be inconvenient is something to be used very carefully and infrequently, and certainly not to set long term policy. However, the masses aren’t going to see the distinction between standing on principal and a old throwback who wants to sick the cops on their weed habit. If the Republican congress could work to declassify marijuana as a schedule I drug then it would help a lot to shake their old, out of touch reputation. Even the religious conservative base could probably hold their nose on the issue if it was framed as state rights and left to their local jurisdictions.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob, TomSchmidt
    • Replies: @anon
    At the time of Marijuana Prohibition in the Twenties, large cities had hundreds of Tea Houses, where the drug was consumed as tea..
    The mull left from the infusion was then sold to smokers.
    This is where the problem started, since the volatile medicinal and psychoactive elements are mostly consumed by the infusion, what's burnt in the smoke isn't particularly healthful.
    , @anonguy

    What I suspect is that Sessions is a person that actually believes the job of the Attorney General is to enforce the laws as they are written by Congress.
     
    Do you think that Sessions would be more effective were he perceived by Trump's opposition as being a super effective guy totally on board with Trump's agenda.

    Sessions is totally larping. A measure of his effectiveness at this is that all the commenters here can do is moan about DACA and the Wall, just like the left.

    Trump is directing a reality show. Sessions is doing a great job by Trump, who has shown zero compunction his entire life to immediately fire a subordinate who isn't measuring up.

    For instance, remember Chris Christie?
    , @RadicalCenter
    The first duty of the U.S. Attorney General is to respect and protect the rights of the American people as recognized by the Constitution (both those specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights, and the many unenumerated natural or traditional rights referred to by the Ninth Amendment).

    The USAG's first job is not just to "enforce the laws [sic] as written by Congress." It is to respect and obey the Constitution, including the Tenth Amendment.

    An honest, principled AG must refuse to harass, threaten, or jail Americans under the spurious "authority" of statutes that the Constitution did not authorize Congress to enact. That certainly includes federal statutes purporting to dictate whether people may use marijuana -- and, necessarily, dictate whether the people of each State may have different laws governing marijuana.

    What Sessions is doing is unconstitutional, as well as bad politics in much of the country (including among many patriotic conservative and libertarian and apolitical people who helped Trump get elected).

  53. AFFH is two-birds solution in that it drives up property values for loyal blue-city elites by emptying their lower-class denizens into red or purple Congressional districts in the hinterlands, flipping many of them into the blue column. This malign program cannot be killed quickly or thoroughly enough.

  54. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED “SOUNDS GREAT!”

    What would be inappropriate about her doing that?

    • Replies: @Redman
    Not sure she’s really smart (or driven) enough to give a crap. She seems utterly unimpressive to me.
  55. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Chief Seattle
    I sure hope that is what's going to happen medium term marijuana thing. What I suspect is that Sessions is a person that actually believes the job of the Attorney General is to enforce the laws as they are written by Congress. And that defunding prosecution of laws that happen to be inconvenient is something to be used very carefully and infrequently, and certainly not to set long term policy. However, the masses aren't going to see the distinction between standing on principal and a old throwback who wants to sick the cops on their weed habit. If the Republican congress could work to declassify marijuana as a schedule I drug then it would help a lot to shake their old, out of touch reputation. Even the religious conservative base could probably hold their nose on the issue if it was framed as state rights and left to their local jurisdictions.

    At the time of Marijuana Prohibition in the Twenties, large cities had hundreds of Tea Houses, where the drug was consumed as tea..
    The mull left from the infusion was then sold to smokers.
    This is where the problem started, since the volatile medicinal and psychoactive elements are mostly consumed by the infusion, what’s burnt in the smoke isn’t particularly healthful.

    • Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    "This is where the problem started, since the volatile medicinal and psychoactive elements are mostly consumed by the infusion"

    Lies. Pot consumed in any form cures nothing.

    I've heard at least dozens but probably hundreds of medical [sic] marijuana users describe their regimen, and it's always the same: they smoke or eat it before bed because it knocks them out and makes them oblivious to whatever pain they're allegedly suffering. So it's no different than guzzling a fifth of bourbon or dropping a couple Xanax before bedtime.

    Pot is a narcotic and nothing more.

    And the Trump administration is wasting time and political capital going after potheads. It's not the government's business.
  56. @Anonymous
    Ann Coulter today: "Perhaps if Trump hadn't gone nuclear..."

    What's funny about Trump is he pops off like a classic scots-irish hothead alcoholic. Yosemite Sam. But he's totally dry like one of those counties in Carolina!

    The Hill story reports that the White House withheld comment through the day awaiting a public statement from Bannon. They shouldn’t have had to wait that long in the first place, but Bannon should have reached out to let them know a statement would be forthcoming.

  57. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    Oh come off it. This was an insurgency and Trump needed people he could trust.

  58. @Steve Sailer
    I've never seen any evidence that Volcker is Jewish. There are smart Americans with Germanic names who aren't Jewish.

    Paul Volcker was not Jewish. He was from a Northern European Christian background.

  59. @Maj. Kong
    O/T

    Hell Freezes over, Crops NOT Rotting in the Fields

    http://beta.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-american-born-field-workers-20180104-story.html

    Steve:

    Check out the reader comments to the article. Very encouraging.

  60. @guest
    That, plus on a subconscious level at least they realize blacks are a problem we're just not going to solve. So they want to spread the pain around, so to speak.*

    "White Flight" took away tax revenue and left them with the burdens of Big City discivilization. One giant burden was you-know-who. Well, whites can run but they can't hide. Housing Redistribution will find them.

    This version of "affirmative action" shall work better than the last one. Unless the last one was actually intended to stick it to Whitey, too.

    *The burden already falls upon us on the regional, state, federal, and global level. But less so on the municipal level, unless we're hipsters with amusing facial hair or ugly, desaturated hair dye who live in warehouses.

    In what way will this version work better than the last one?

  61. Wall budget request:

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    I want a wall across the entire border. And Trump should known damn well that's one of the biggest issues propelling him to victory.

    I'd like the Army or National Guard stationed at frequent intervals behind the walls with orders to shoot to kill any invaders.

    Add ending birthright citizenship, the "diversity visa" lottery, and endless chain migration ("family reunification" and sponsorship), and Trump would be STARTING to get what most of his voters want.

    So wow, now he wants a wall to cover "almost half" of the SW border. I'm reassured.

    ...............................

    By the way, Trump (or whoever wrote that chapter) had a good idea in his campaign book about how to pay for the Wall: levy a tax on remittances of cash to recipients in foreign countries.

    Never heard about that again. Why not?

    As a side benefit, if we could eventually raise that remittance tax high enough, it could lessen one major incentive for people to immigrate here, whether "legally" or illegally -- the hope of sending money from US employment "back home."

  62. @George
    Completely off topic: Starved of skilled chefs, Britain is facing a chicken tikka masala crisis

    https://qz.com/1171462/starved-of-skilled-chefs-britains-curry-restaurants-are-slowly-dying/

    Like a lot of journalistic product, that article may be more interesting for what it doesn’t ask. There’s a hint that maybe these curry places could hire, you know, women. Some polite talk of “traditional households,” not that there’s anything wrong with that, and the article moves on.

    From my read, it looks like all the owners interviewed are in London, and they all suggest they have as much demand as they can handle. If they have a customer base they can find a labor base. Curry isn’t magic–anybody with a basic culinary skillset can be trained to do it. When was the last time Mario Batali personally filled an order?

    Maybe they could hire all those Pakistani and MENA Muslims we are constantly told are a positive enrichment to our countries. Or even, God forbid, a native Brit. Or maybe they want Bengalis because a certain unique Bengali culture prevails in the kitchens, and the historical norm of peoples everywhere is cultural affinity? Interesting question–we should ask it more often.

    • Agree: Opinionator
    • Replies: @Clyde

    From my read, it looks like all the owners interviewed are in London, and they all suggest they have as much demand as they can handle. If they have a customer base they can find a labor base. Curry isn’t magic–anybody with a basic culinary skillset can be trained to do it. When was the last time Mario Batali personally filled an order?
     
    All immigrants legal/illegal will tell the hard luck story that they think the opinion makers/journalists will buy into like the naive liberal suckers they are. In the USA, Thai and Chinese, Japanese restaurants hire Hispanics for the kitchen there days. The Bangladeshi owned curry houses of London and the UK can do the same. Hire other immigrants who can be taught the genius art of making curries. The subtext here is the Bangladeshi restaurant owners want to import cheap restaurant slave labor from Bangladesh. These slaves will work for zero (just for room n board) just to get a toehold in the UK for their extended family to immigrate.
    , @Expletive Deleted
    The usual excuse is that in a frenetic (ok chaotic) desi kitchen, only the local (out of God knows how many) language from Backhomistan is acceptable for 'Elf'nSafety/ mucked-up-order-avoidance reasons.
    Because English as a subcontinental lingua franca is an unacceptable relic of colonialism or something, particularly in England.

    The fact that this gambit excludes everyone except one's own tribe is a mere coincidence.

  63. @Alice
    Bravo. What a relief. Funny that it took a developer to understand how developers would make a fortune off AFFH and every property owner would be screwed permanently.

    Not one of the other candidates would have stopped it.

    Like you say, Trump is a longtime New York real estate developer. My hypothesis: it colors everything he does.

    Steve’s hinted at this. The developer is the guy who badgers the city to issue the permits and assures them that the financing is in place, then he badgers the banks to get the financing in place because the permits are in place, then he has to go yell at the contractors, and on and on. Trump is a brash, New York developer experienced in multi-party negotiations and playing other sides against other sides.

    He also made his bones in a city with lots of ethnic and professional affinity networks whose kids all go to the same schools and end up marrying each other. He built his brand and wants to pass it to his kids and their kids and them go on to connect his family to other wealthy, connected families. So he trusts family, like #1 princess-daughter, perhaps to his detriment.

    Good or bad, his upbringing colors everything he does.

    • Replies: @slumber_j
    Not only that, but DJT was brought up to be a New York developer by his father the developer: it really is who he is, and there's not much more to his nature.

    A really great book on the NYC development process is the out-of-print High Rise: How 1,000 Men and Women Worked Around the Clock for Five Years and Lost $200 Million Building a Skyscraper, by Jerry Adler, about the creation of a spec building at 1540 Broadway in Times Square. For anyone interested in that sort of thing, I can't recommend it highly enough.
    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    "Like you say, Trump is a longtime New York real estate developer. My hypothesis: it colors everything he does."

    Indeed; which makes this move all the more puzzling. After all, real estate developers (particularly of single family residential neighborhoods) tend to do well when Blacks ruin neighborhoods in the same commuting zone causing Whites to flee to new housing in outer ring suburbs and ruburbs.

    I have a better long term solution to this. Do some high profile AFFH moves on some tony developments that are only 20% sold through. That'll teach them developers a lesson.
  64. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    Here’s one for you Mr. Unhinged Anonymous guy typing in all caps:

    WHAT IF A TRUMP CAMPAIGN OPERATIVE HAD SENT AN OPERATIVE TO RUSSIA TO GET A FAKE DOSSIER INVOLVING TALES OF PISS AND PROSTITUTES AND THEN USED IT TO GET A FISA WARRANT TO ALLOW FOR SPYING ON THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN?

  65. NYT is just now getting around to reporting what was really news back on January 21 of last year?

    I contend that two of the real driving forces behind the left’s real contempt for Trump are AFFH and immigration. The modern left is heavily thrown into urban areas, urban interests and urban prosperity, which means above all else they must get black people out of urban areas. AFFH is how it’s done, and immigration creates a temporary comfort buffer between white people gentrifying cities and the black undertow they don’t want to have any contact with.

  66. Now if we could just get exclusively all-jew communities such as Kiryas Joel to “integrate”, we might just be on to something. a boatload of black somalis would do the trick, as they are a half-step below American blacks…

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    I, too, pity the patriotic, fair-minded, non-inbred "Americans" who live in Kiryas Joel for their lack of diversity. We could resettle some of the Somalis who currently plague Maine and Minnesota into Kiryas Joel.

    While we're at it, how about moving some of those Somali "Mainers" and "Minnesotans" into Beverly Hills and Santa Monica? The residents there fervently declare their dedication to diversity and multiculturalism on an hourly basis. Give 'em what they say they want.
    , @biz
    Before half this place erupts into orgasm I have to point out my standard fact when it comes to Kiryas Joel that the Satmar sect who inhabit that town are fanatically anti-Israel.
  67. @Realist
    Why postpone and not eliminate?

    Postponing is anesthesia for the media. More difficult to claim Impending Doom when you’re cancelling a policy that’s already been suspended for a year.

  68. @Steve Sailer
    I've never seen any evidence that Volcker is Jewish. There are smart Americans with Germanic names who aren't Jewish.

    Nonsense Germans are renowned for their indolence and stupidity.

    Makes it thirty years then, long time, and Volker was the last competent one too.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    For some people, it's not enough to be entitled to your own opinion. They also claim an entitlement to their own facts. You seem to be one of those people.

    What is your evidence that Germans are characteristically / typically indolent and stupid? What is your evidence that they are commonly considered such?

    (cue the Derb crickets .......)
    , @RadicalCenter
    Yeah, they're not nearly as intelligent and sensible as those Brits, who are busily submitting their capital and much of their country to African thuggery and Islamic intimidation and repression.

    There is an argument, though, that Germans recently BECAME as stupid as the Brits by admitting a couple million unvetted non-European mostly-Muslim "migrants."
    , @silviosilver

    Makes it thirty years then, long time, and Volker was the last competent one too.
     
    I'm sorry, but that is just bs. In what way, specifically, have his successors proven incompetent?
  69. @J.Ross
    Another triumph! Exactly the kind of thing we voted for! Must be why NPR spent an hour with a bizarrely whispering guy, who from what I could tell had no qualifications and no information, babbling irresponsibly about "what might happen" in the Russian hacking investigation.

    One of those “low talkers.”

    • Replies: @Kylie
    One of the two unforeseen benefits* of having tinnitus. I tell those low-talkers, loudly, "Speak up! I can't hear you!" Rinse and repeat until they are finally driven to cranking the decibel level, at which point I ask in a normal tone, "Why are you yelling at me?"

    *The other one is the social isolation. It's wonderful to know if you go out in public, you won't be able to hear anything but your tinnitus so you might as well stay home which is where you'd rather be anyway.

    , @J.Ross
    At the end of the program they found occasion to mention that he was an extremely high ranking Obama minion and now teaches law at Georgetown. You would never guess that he teaches law from his babbling. I found no legal reasoning or relevant information: he was saying, well, you know, if it looks like what Trump did was X, well then, you know, that would look really bad. Everything he said was total speculation and all the pseudo-conclusions he randomly arrived at were as obvious as breakfast cereal box illustrations.
    Reminder: there is no "Russia investigation." It's not just that there's nothing to investigate. They made a cynical calculation that aging Cold War graduates can be kept worried by repeating the word "Russians" every so often. They will continuously do so and actually reaching a conclusion would only interrupt their plans.
  70. The Jews in Westchester are dancing a jig.

  71. @Ed
    This is why I get mad when people on here are dismissive of Trump. Whatever his faults he slowed down the march of liberalism. If Clinton won this rule would not only be enforced but hypercharged. We’d have no immigration enforcement. It would have been an unmitigated disaster for conservatives.

    Agreed, just looking at how deranged and apoplectic the left has been since he announced his campaign, and in particular since his election bodes well. The left really thought 2008 was a “tipping point” to use their favorite Gladwellian expression and thought they had a permanent majority in the Presidency. No Republican, even Reagan has driven them up the wall like Trump has, he is literally living rent-free in their head.

  72. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The Trump detractors are claiming he’s crazy and dumb, disorganized, a Russian asset, etc. Yet then we get things like this, an end to the politics of hate aimed at the depolrables engineered by the Obamatrons. Every day is like Christmas since Trump took over, every day we’re getting new gifts.

    • Agree: Abe
  73. @The Anti-Gnostic
    Like you say, Trump is a longtime New York real estate developer. My hypothesis: it colors everything he does.

    Steve's hinted at this. The developer is the guy who badgers the city to issue the permits and assures them that the financing is in place, then he badgers the banks to get the financing in place because the permits are in place, then he has to go yell at the contractors, and on and on. Trump is a brash, New York developer experienced in multi-party negotiations and playing other sides against other sides.

    He also made his bones in a city with lots of ethnic and professional affinity networks whose kids all go to the same schools and end up marrying each other. He built his brand and wants to pass it to his kids and their kids and them go on to connect his family to other wealthy, connected families. So he trusts family, like #1 princess-daughter, perhaps to his detriment.

    Good or bad, his upbringing colors everything he does.

    Not only that, but DJT was brought up to be a New York developer by his father the developer: it really is who he is, and there’s not much more to his nature.

    A really great book on the NYC development process is the out-of-print High Rise: How 1,000 Men and Women Worked Around the Clock for Five Years and Lost $200 Million Building a Skyscraper, by Jerry Adler, about the creation of a spec building at 1540 Broadway in Times Square. For anyone interested in that sort of thing, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    I ordered the book from the library.

    You might like Here's The Deal, a similar book about the destruction of a block in Chicago's Loop to be replaced by... nothing.
  74. @Steve Sailer
    I've never seen any evidence that Volcker is Jewish. There are smart Americans with Germanic names who aren't Jewish.

    Volcker is a Lutheran German-American.

    • Replies: @Flip
    Robert Zoellick and Timothy Geithner are also German surnamed Protestants who are sometimes misidentified as Jewish.
  75. Instead of suspending the program, why not use it to our advantage. I would break out a map and look up all the wealthy blue counties. Then immediately start large low income housing projects in them. When the residents move to stop the projects, go to twitter and call the residents racists. Name names for maximum shaming.

    As added bonus Trump could say things like; “I know this will mean some of your wives and daughters will be raped and inseminated, some of your sons will become junkies, and even some of you will be murdered. Property crime will skyrocket and many areas in your neighborhoods will look like the third world. But these are the policies you voted for and if you object you are not only a racist but a hypocrite.”

    • Agree: anarchyst
    • Replies: @nebulafox
    I've occasionally wondered about that, too. That would actually be a wonderful move. It'd be a terrifically funny and enjoyable exercise, of course, and would further discredit the bien-pensants when they invariably come up with excuses. "No, no, that's generous, but we're trying to cure racism. It's really hard to say no, but we're making a sacrifice here for you ungrateful, middle-class and working-class racists in the suburbs and towns. We're doing you a favor, see."

    But there's a deeper point to it. I've always been of the opinion that in truly successful cultures, the ruling class has an obligation to set an example-and make it clear that people are to follow their actions, rather than listen to their words. The British aristocracy, for all their stuffiness and snobbery, were invariably the first on the ships to go to war, the first in the unfamiliar colonies, the first to go over the top in the trenches (which led to their demographic decimation in WWI). That was the sort of thing that helped forge their empire.

    Now, if we could just find a way for the neocons to end up "volunteering" to lead troops in the Middle East the next time they propose war. Churchill went into the trenches as atonement for Gallipolli, you know.

    , @RadicalCenter
    Completely agree. He should literally do it. No joke. They deserve it.
  76. Off-topic:

    Big bet on Coalition of Fringes not necessarily paying off for Marvel Studios

    http://www.spiked-online.com/spiked-review/article/comic-fans-take-on-identity-politics

    Although so-called social justice warriors (SJWs) in creative industries offer new alternatives, they also demand extensive changes to existing properties. The approach is primarily destructive rather than creative. To an SJW, the status quo is actively oppressive therefore it must be reformed, controlled or abolished in a no-holds-barred culture war. Beloved popular characters and fictional universes in all areas (from comic books and video games to literature and fine art) are targeted for immediate transformation. Marvel, aware or oblivious of exactly what activist creators had in mind, acted on the advice it received….

    Marvel, under the guidance of Axel Alonso, implemented a radical overhaul of existing properties and introduced new ones. Readers noticed dramatic changes to art: appearances of established characters altered, sometimes radically. Breast sizes diminished; androgynous body types began to proliferate; unisex clothing, haircuts and facial appearances became common. There was an explosion of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters. Ethnic-minority characters came to the fore. Female characters became assertively political. Social issues were the focus of more stories.

  77. @Dr. X

    Undermining another Obama-era initiative, the Trump administration plans to delay enforcement of a federal housing rule that requires communities to address patterns of racial residential segregation.
     
    This is where elections really matter, and voting Trump paid off. For now, anyway.

    I live in an increasingly rare working-class village with affordable housing in the North. There are almost no blacks here -- you can literally count them on one hand and have a couple of fingers left over. (There are no Mexicans, gays or Jews, either). The Census says we're 98.6 white. My house is no palace, but it's solid. It's a 1950s, 1200 sqft single-family suburban dwelling. I paid off my mortgage 20 years early.

    We are, however, only 20 miles from the city, and in the black neighborhoods there are shootings and stabbings every night. The Obama policy terrified me because frankly, I am right in the crosshairs if the Federal government starts to force blacks into suburban towns. My town is not rich enough or well-connected enough or populated with enough lawyers and doctors and country-club types to effectively lobby to keep blacks out... or to price them out. It's full of truck drivers and construction workers and corrections officers who maintain their properties and keep it nice.

    We voted for Trump 65-35... thank God he won.

    This is where elections really matter, and voting Trump paid off. For now, anyway.

    I figure we are getting 30-35% of what we wanted from Trump. The range for the other candidates would have been 10-15%. I can’t help but think the overall trends are still negative, but a lot of that is outside the control of the White House.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    You nailed it. Not being particularly happy is a whole lot better than being wrecked.
  78. Obama left so much low hanging fruit for Trump to pluck and keep his base happy as he makes America Great Again. Hopefully Trump keeps it up and ends DACA this month, and makes good on bios call to ban trannies from the military.

  79. @George
    Completely off topic: Starved of skilled chefs, Britain is facing a chicken tikka masala crisis

    https://qz.com/1171462/starved-of-skilled-chefs-britains-curry-restaurants-are-slowly-dying/

    The curry is rotting in the fields!

  80. @The Anti-Gnostic
    Like a lot of journalistic product, that article may be more interesting for what it doesn't ask. There's a hint that maybe these curry places could hire, you know, women. Some polite talk of "traditional households," not that there's anything wrong with that, and the article moves on.

    From my read, it looks like all the owners interviewed are in London, and they all suggest they have as much demand as they can handle. If they have a customer base they can find a labor base. Curry isn't magic--anybody with a basic culinary skillset can be trained to do it. When was the last time Mario Batali personally filled an order?

    Maybe they could hire all those Pakistani and MENA Muslims we are constantly told are a positive enrichment to our countries. Or even, God forbid, a native Brit. Or maybe they want Bengalis because a certain unique Bengali culture prevails in the kitchens, and the historical norm of peoples everywhere is cultural affinity? Interesting question--we should ask it more often.

    From my read, it looks like all the owners interviewed are in London, and they all suggest they have as much demand as they can handle. If they have a customer base they can find a labor base. Curry isn’t magic–anybody with a basic culinary skillset can be trained to do it. When was the last time Mario Batali personally filled an order?

    All immigrants legal/illegal will tell the hard luck story that they think the opinion makers/journalists will buy into like the naive liberal suckers they are. In the USA, Thai and Chinese, Japanese restaurants hire Hispanics for the kitchen there days. The Bangladeshi owned curry houses of London and the UK can do the same. Hire other immigrants who can be taught the genius art of making curries. The subtext here is the Bangladeshi restaurant owners want to import cheap restaurant slave labor from Bangladesh. These slaves will work for zero (just for room n board) just to get a toehold in the UK for their extended family to immigrate.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Clyde , good thinking because the staffs at all the pizza joints aren't all cuzins, you no wadda I mean.
  81. The New York Times has been on a crusade over the manifest injustice that poor urban blacks are “segregated” out of suburbs by not being handed affordable housing in neighborhoods they can’t afford.

    Say the people who charge six bucks for a newspaper.

  82. @Johan Schmidt
    I checked that guy's bio to see if he's the same Richard Morgan who wrote Altered Carbon. Apparently not, this guy's only listed book writing credit is a memoir. How self-absorbed can you get?

    I was just wondering the same thing!

    Really enjoyed Altered Carbon but since I woke up to certain realities I came to see that Richard Morgan is purveying a nihilistic, pozzed narrative.

  83. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Well, its a good first step, but since HUD is part of the Executive Branch, why doesn't the President simply rescind the rule, period? Just remove it. Nothing that can be done then.

    Remove the rule, period. End of story, and move on.

    I’ll post a theory on this as I’ve mulled on this myself in regards to several issues. It would appear that Trump generally wants the backing of law for what he would like done. On to many issues, such as healthcare (which Karl Denninger is constantly giving Trump flack over), Trump could make moves for which he is authorized, but he knows he has no real friends in Congress, so Congress could easily pass a law with veto proof majorities to stop him. For someone in Trump’s position this is a real threat and not something that he would want to get Congress in the habit of doing.

    His best bet is, perhaps, to set congresscritter-versus-congresscritter in the hopes that he can squeeze out something that would give him backing for his agenda (witness the tax law which while flawed, still managed to meet at least some of his points). I’ll grant that it smells like excuse making, but more popular presidents than he have been rolled by the criminals in Congress when they pushed too hard.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    These are excellent points, but the question does remain. HUD is part of the Executive Branch, and so he doesn't need congressional permission to rescind a law or a federal act. At some level, this is his chance to play CEO, literally, as the head of the Executive Branch. Example:

    "That's a very bad, very bad rule. Very bad. Its dumb, it's just plain dumb, stupid. It's gotta go. Now!"

    Basically he can do a "you're fired!" by rescinding the rule within HUD. Now, if he were to actually abolish HUD entirely, then the Congresscritters would indeed come out of the woodwork and go after him. But "reforming" certain laws, acts, rules, etc. within a cabinet dept. of lesser importance, that'd be ok.

    One question that Steve and others have not asked yet, and in fact little has been remarked about, is this: Has anyone any official inkling exactly what President Trump's cabinet meetings are like? I mean, he does have them, correct? And technically speaking, Ben Carson is in Trump's Cabinet. Surreal or what?

    But, seriously though. Is there any information out there regarding President Trump's cabinet meetings, what they're like, etc? SNL should be having a field day on this one.
  84. @LondonBob
    I believe Powell will be the first goyim Fed head in 40 years?

    If yer gonna try to use Yiddishisms (actually Hebrew in the instant case), “Goyim” is the plural. “Goy” is singular.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    And goyische is the adjective. But who cares?
  85. @kihowi
    Thanks, Steve. Now I've been walking around my house saying "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" like Daffy Duck.

    More likely than not AFFH was given a name difficult to say and remember so you wouldn’t talk about it.

  86. @anonguy
    C'mon Steve, Jeff Sessions' latest move on legal marijuana sales is a lot more interesting.

    Serious 3d chess, a below the waterline shot at eGOP. Now they all have to stand up for legal pot rather than hypocritically grandstanding against it for their conservative base, many of whom are smoking it on the QT after the kids go to bed.

    The entire country is going to demand that legal pot remains untouched in states where legal. A real two-fer, the first being to reconcile national rhetoric with reality, the second getting everyone across the board to line up for states rights.

    Intelligent Dasein was spot on in a recent comment that Trump has a remarkable facility, perhaps his only one, for exposing the pretensions of others and then letting the cards fall where they may.

    Prediction: there will not be a single prosecution under this policy of anyone who doesn't have it coming for some unrelated reason and even that is unlikely.

    Remember when Trump hypothetically inquired if abortion should be illegal, doesn't it make sense to be prosecuting women seeking and obtaining abortions? Haven't heard from abortion prohibitionists since after the sputtering died down.

    The guy single-handedly defused our decades-long abortion civil war with just one comment, and even when he was just a primary candidate.

    People think Trump is stupid? One may not agree with his policies, but he is anything but an idiot.

    I don’t buy that for a second with Sessions, I think he’s an old school law and order guy and also an old fuddy-duddy type who just hates weed. I think this is a personal pet project he has wanted to do for a long time.

    It’s just a kind of a dumb thing to do. With one possible silver lining that I can see.

    The states where it has been legalized are blue states, and the anti-weed operations teams still have to bust somebody, so they’ve probably been focusing on busting people in red states, and ignoring smug rich liberals in blue states.

    Maybe we can see some of these assholes get their doors kicked and their dogs shot. Instead of backwoods people in Tennessee. The semi legal weed industry is huge business and most of that money goes right into the hands of liberals, and they donate to a lot of nasty groups and causes.

    • Replies: @anonguy

    It’s just a kind of a dumb thing to do. With one possible silver lining that I can see.
     
    Do you really think that you, or me, who are just political hobbyists at best, can discern this and other factors at a glance and it never occurred to a guy who has spent his life in politics with considerable success?

    Think, McFly, think...
    , @Roderick Spode
    You lost me at shooting the dogs... dogs are not really major political players
  87. @Anonymous
    Ann Coulter today: "Perhaps if Trump hadn't gone nuclear..."

    What's funny about Trump is he pops off like a classic scots-irish hothead alcoholic. Yosemite Sam. But he's totally dry like one of those counties in Carolina!

    Yeah that’s right you cowardly leftist. Did you see that North Korea has agreed to diplomatic relations with South Korea now? I’m sure you didn’t because you are ignorant and uneducated, and only know how to spout MSM pre-digested talking points.

    People like you and the other whiners on here don’t know anything about creating or maintaining civilization. You only know how to tear things down, like a five year old.

  88. @CCZ
    Perhaps not "talmudic" judges, but definitely an Obama appointed one:

    By The Washington Post

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement an Obama-era rule on Jan. 1 that would give low-income families greater access to housing in more affluent neighborhoods.

    Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by President Barack Obama, ruled on Dec. 23 that HUD's decision to delay implementing the rule was "arbitrary and capricious." She said the agency failed to show sufficient reason for a pause, and that a delay would irreparably harm the plaintiffs: a Hartford, Connecticut, mother of five and a Chicago mother trying to move their families to safer suburban communities.

    It would operate by taking into account the rental prices in specific neighborhoods -- instead of averaging across an entire metropolitan area -- making it easier for poor people to afford apartments in middle-class neighborhoods with better schools, lower crime rates and more job opportunities.

    Under the current system, families receiving public rental assistance have been concentrated in deeply segregated, high-poverty communities.

    Sooner or later the Trump Administration will have to ask judges like this to enforce their own diktats.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  89. I still regard “Section 8” kinds of programs as simply seeding a target-rich environment when Mt. VesuviDebt finally erupts.

    Some day, maybe this year, maybe after a couple more, all of this financial silliness will end. As long as interest rates are low, debt is being issued by the galaxy. Anyone who thinks this is a perpetual motion machine is a complete moron. Nothing lasts forever. Rates will rise. The sky will fall. Think “Russia after the fall of the USSR.”

    When the volcano erupts, all the freebies and Gibs to which so many are addicted will end. So will all the great jobs in Higher Ed, medical services, welfare administration, finance, etc. that depend on Uncle Sammy’s “limitless” Mastercard and his 800 FICO score.

    A massive segment of the well-employed will suddenly be HOSED. And ANGRY. And in no mood to put up with misbehaving parasites.

    I will not envy those who took vouchers to live among people who will come to hate them.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    You're talking about a complete revolution.

    Sure, it'll happen eventually--as well it should.

    But don't gloat, or count your chickens just yet.
    , @TomSchmidt
    The debt isn't payable. Net assets in the USA are something like 80 Trillion. Right now, the unfounded liabilities on SS and Medicare exceed that by over $100 Trillion, but that of course isn't even officially debt.

    At some point, not too far off, we'll have a global reset and wipeout of all the debts. I don't know who gets the assets, but exponentially growing debt faced with arithmetically growing resources simp,y does not compute. You cannot pay 220 Trillion in u funded libabilites with 80 Trillion in assets,
  90. Hillary Clinton might want to call up President Trump and thank him for killing Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. Chappaqua, New York, where Hillary Clinton moved to in an effort to avoid living around Blacks and other non-Whites, was targeted to be diversified by Obama and the Democrat Party.

    Hillary Clinton is a foul baby boomer hypocrite who wants to live in a super rich town with no Blacks or non-Whites. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote because she won millions of Blacks and non-Whites in New York City and Los Angeles.

    Hillary Clinton is happy as a clam in her Chappaqua, New York compound. Hillary Clinton wants you to live amongst Blacks and non-Whites, while she glug glugs wine in the mostly White town of Chappaqua, New York.

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/10/inequality-affordable-housing-westchester-chappaqua-new-york-214360

  91. @27 year old
    I don't buy that for a second with Sessions, I think he's an old school law and order guy and also an old fuddy-duddy type who just hates weed. I think this is a personal pet project he has wanted to do for a long time.

    It's just a kind of a dumb thing to do. With one possible silver lining that I can see.

    The states where it has been legalized are blue states, and the anti-weed operations teams still have to bust somebody, so they've probably been focusing on busting people in red states, and ignoring smug rich liberals in blue states.

    Maybe we can see some of these assholes get their doors kicked and their dogs shot. Instead of backwoods people in Tennessee. The semi legal weed industry is huge business and most of that money goes right into the hands of liberals, and they donate to a lot of nasty groups and causes.

    It’s just a kind of a dumb thing to do. With one possible silver lining that I can see.

    Do you really think that you, or me, who are just political hobbyists at best, can discern this and other factors at a glance and it never occurred to a guy who has spent his life in politics with considerable success?

    Think, McFly, think…

  92. @Arclight
    It's not just to accelerate the gentrification of prime urban real estate, the Obama plan was to tilt moderately and mostly white suburban House districts to the Democrats.

    This plan may have ultimately backfired in that regard. A lot of the moderate swing-voting white in those suburbs might turn solidly Republican once they get a taste of fair-housing diversity. Generally speaking, the closer the proximity whites have to blacks, the more likely they are to vote Republican. See for example, the entire state of Mississippi (40% black).

    • Replies: @Arclight
    Not a bad point. Most (but not all) of my SJW friends that are most vocal in their support of any pro-minority position are people who have lived in lily-white neighborhoods their entire lives and went to schools where, if there were any black kids, they were from middle class or better backgrounds. None had the benefit of experiencing true diversity first hand, where you days at schools are an exercise in not getting your ass kicked, and walking around your neighborhood means hyper-vigilance to avoid being ambushed by some thug who would rob you for a quarter.

    When I lived in DC, it was amusing to see how many of my Democratic friends would confide after a few drinks that they always considered themselves non-racist but living in the District had given them a lot of uncomfortable feelings when it came to urban blacks.
    , @nebulafox
    The general position of liberal ideology is that as whites decrease as a proportion of the American populace-and presumably decrease in political heft-they will leave "whiteness" behind and essentially all become good postmodern cosmopolitans, embracing their new lack of power-all at a time where socioeconomic standards are declining for the majority of Americans who haven't bridged the gap to the upper-middle class. In the particular example of 21st Century America, they seem to expect that they will scramble obeying the exhortations of the people who enthusiastically champion their decline while offering non-subtly veiled sympathy trolling at best, or more often mocking them as historical relics. All while our elite increasingly seem to embrace some new form of neo-feudalism replacing the nation-state and traditional yeoman freedom in America.


    There is absolutely zero precedence for this in multi-ethnic societies in the past when this has occurred. Plenty of evidence of the opposite occurring, that the aforementioned demographic increasingly acts more as a cohesive political block, and is more problematic to deal with rather than less. This should shock nobody with the most rudimentary understanding of human nature. Basic human nature doesn't care about your feelings, historical injustices, or political correctness. At all. How a bunch of extremely well-educated progressives with doctorates can miss what a 10 year old can intuitively grasp never ceases to fascinate me, and always is a good example of how ideology can blind people-and often blinds intellectuals, as a class, more than anybody.

    (Basically, they'd like to rule like the CCP does: but without the Chinese sense of nationalism and Confucian obligation to the collective. Or without the competence, really. They are enthusiastic about aping their policies on freedom of speech. Not so much on long-term investment in biological engineering or the idea that regime change shouldn't be a goal of foreign policy.)

    , @Jack Hanson
    Which is why all those SWPL Californians fled and became dyed in the wool MAGA fanatics versus totally supporting the same policies that wrecked where they came from.

    Sarcasm aside, there's no need for 12D chess.

    , @Reg Cæsar

    Generally speaking, the closer the proximity whites have to blacks, the more likely they are to vote Republican. See for example, the entire state of Mississippi (40% black).
     
    Whites in Mississippi didn't form a bloc vote to counter their own blacks. They did so to counter other whites in other states.

    Really, the rest of us should do the same.
  93. @Chief Seattle
    I sure hope that is what's going to happen medium term marijuana thing. What I suspect is that Sessions is a person that actually believes the job of the Attorney General is to enforce the laws as they are written by Congress. And that defunding prosecution of laws that happen to be inconvenient is something to be used very carefully and infrequently, and certainly not to set long term policy. However, the masses aren't going to see the distinction between standing on principal and a old throwback who wants to sick the cops on their weed habit. If the Republican congress could work to declassify marijuana as a schedule I drug then it would help a lot to shake their old, out of touch reputation. Even the religious conservative base could probably hold their nose on the issue if it was framed as state rights and left to their local jurisdictions.

    What I suspect is that Sessions is a person that actually believes the job of the Attorney General is to enforce the laws as they are written by Congress.

    Do you think that Sessions would be more effective were he perceived by Trump’s opposition as being a super effective guy totally on board with Trump’s agenda.

    Sessions is totally larping. A measure of his effectiveness at this is that all the commenters here can do is moan about DACA and the Wall, just like the left.

    Trump is directing a reality show. Sessions is doing a great job by Trump, who has shown zero compunction his entire life to immediately fire a subordinate who isn’t measuring up.

    For instance, remember Chris Christie?

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    Nah, everyone here on a niche politics blog who's never stood for political office has sharper instincts and is 100% more "in the loop" than the current President.
  94. @Rosamond Vincy
    One of those "low talkers."

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vKWYg9qFOpA

    One of the two unforeseen benefits* of having tinnitus. I tell those low-talkers, loudly, “Speak up! I can’t hear you!” Rinse and repeat until they are finally driven to cranking the decibel level, at which point I ask in a normal tone, “Why are you yelling at me?”

    *The other one is the social isolation. It’s wonderful to know if you go out in public, you won’t be able to hear anything but your tinnitus so you might as well stay home which is where you’d rather be anyway.

    • Replies: @Ivy
    Folate supplements or in food for tinnitus.
  95. @Ed
    This is why I get mad when people on here are dismissive of Trump. Whatever his faults he slowed down the march of liberalism. If Clinton won this rule would not only be enforced but hypercharged. We’d have no immigration enforcement. It would have been an unmitigated disaster for conservatives.

    Exactly!

    I keep comparing the legit naysayers (not the paid concern Trolls, still haven’t decided which way Andrew R., for example, swings) to the little girl that got a real pony for her birthday but complains that it doesn’t have a horn in its forehead nor does it poop Skittles.

    • Agree: Jack Hanson
  96. @Barnard
    The only problem with delay and ignore is that after Trump's term ends the next President can just as easily go back to the Obama policy. This is another example of why did it take so long.

    “after Trump’s term ends the next president can just as easily go back to the Obama policy.”

    That would be true whether Trump delayed or abolished the policy. It’s not as though he can declare “no take-backs.”

    It’s really not very hard to dig up Obama’s orders or write your own new ones.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    They need to take lessons from the likes of Benjamin Netanyahu and David Geffen, who are able to write contracts in perpetuity.

    Probably an ethnic thing. Lawyers I mean.
  97. @Berty
    The Trump administration needs more of this and less tweets and maybe he can restore his popularity in time for the midterms.

    The Trump administration needs more of this and less tweets and maybe he can restore his popularity in time for the midterms.

    Exactly! He should follow the strategy that won him the election: appeal to his base of egghead wonks by promising to delay implementation of obscure policies that most “normal” Americans are unaware of.

  98. @Anon
    Hallelujah!

    Bold. Blunt. Done. No dancing in the end zone, he’s been there before and he’s coming right back.

  99. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    Speaking as a Clinton-hater, if Team Clinton had a Don Jr. meeting “scandal” (Meeting-gate?), I would yawn.

    It’s called opposition research, you boob. It literally happens all the time. The fact that it happened with a Russian is as meaningless as the punctuation Don Jr. used in his response.

    Now, if Don Jr. had used a phony “dossier” to obtain a warrant under false pretenses to eavesdrop on his political opposition, then illegally “unmasked” dirt dug up by the investigation, that’d be the sort of opposition research I’d actually care enough to denounce.

    • Replies: @Bernardo Pizzaro Cortez Del Castro
    Well said

    If Putin was really behind Trump , why was there no Clinton Dossier created by his Kremlin agents to implicate Hillary in a scandal....the Steele Dossier is proof of Russian collusion with the Clinton campaign to damage Trump. Clinton and the DNC paid millions to Fusion GPS which funded the Steele operation to bribe Russian agents to obtain dirt used in the Dossier.
  100. @Steve Sailer
    I've never seen any evidence that Volcker is Jewish. There are smart Americans with Germanic names who aren't Jewish.

    Most German Americans have American names. Volker would be an easy fix. Maybe the smart ones didn’t roll that way.

  101. @kihowi
    Thanks, Steve. Now I've been walking around my house saying "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" like Daffy Duck.

    …Obama’s Daffy Duckish-sounding…

    from the appendix to 1984 describing Newspeak:

    “Ultimately it was hoped to make articulate speech issue from the larynx without involving the higher brain centres at all. This aim was frankly admitted in the Newspeak word DUCKSPEAK, meaning ‘to quack like a duck’. Like various other words in the B vocabulary, DUCKSPEAK was ambivalent in meaning. Provided that the opinions which were quacked out were orthodox ones, it implied nothing but praise, and when ‘The Times’ referred to one of the orators of the Party as a DOUBLEPLUSGOOD DUCKSPEAKER it was paying a warm and valued compliment.”

  102. @guest
    Speaking as a Clinton-hater, if Team Clinton had a Don Jr. meeting "scandal" (Meeting-gate?), I would yawn.

    It's called opposition research, you boob. It literally happens all the time. The fact that it happened with a Russian is as meaningless as the punctuation Don Jr. used in his response.

    Now, if Don Jr. had used a phony "dossier" to obtain a warrant under false pretenses to eavesdrop on his political opposition, then illegally "unmasked" dirt dug up by the investigation, that'd be the sort of opposition research I'd actually care enough to denounce.

    Well said

    If Putin was really behind Trump , why was there no Clinton Dossier created by his Kremlin agents to implicate Hillary in a scandal….the Steele Dossier is proof of Russian collusion with the Clinton campaign to damage Trump. Clinton and the DNC paid millions to Fusion GPS which funded the Steele operation to bribe Russian agents to obtain dirt used in the Dossier.

  103. @Rosamond Vincy
    One of those "low talkers."

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vKWYg9qFOpA

    At the end of the program they found occasion to mention that he was an extremely high ranking Obama minion and now teaches law at Georgetown. You would never guess that he teaches law from his babbling. I found no legal reasoning or relevant information: he was saying, well, you know, if it looks like what Trump did was X, well then, you know, that would look really bad. Everything he said was total speculation and all the pseudo-conclusions he randomly arrived at were as obvious as breakfast cereal box illustrations.
    Reminder: there is no “Russia investigation.” It’s not just that there’s nothing to investigate. They made a cynical calculation that aging Cold War graduates can be kept worried by repeating the word “Russians” every so often. They will continuously do so and actually reaching a conclusion would only interrupt their plans.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    "You would never guess that he teaches law from his babbling"

    Current academic debate technique:

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

    Aristotle would be proud.
  104. @Berty
    The Trump administration needs more of this and less tweets and maybe he can restore his popularity in time for the midterms.

    You’ve been so wrong you’re like some sort of anti-prophet.

    • LOL: Twodees Partain
  105. @anonguy
    Just look at The Atlantic, of all places, moralizing about the wisdom of respecting the 10th Amendment.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/the-superior-morality-of-a-states-rights-approach-to-marijuana/549707/

    One drawback to the states rights approach is that you can leave your home in a state where pot is legal have a little pot in the car and cross a state line for a pizza and wind up in prison for years .

    • Replies: @Bernardo Pizzaro Cortez Del Castro
    Unlikely to get jail time for possession ..... much riskier to cross state lines with a legal firearm ..... a man did this in jersey and is doing 5 year hard time
    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    Who goes to prison "for years" for "just a little pot" in any state?

    I'd say only habitual felons on probation/parole. Why would you be concerned about them so much?

    In any case, your outlandish hypothetical scenario would simply call for people to have some forward thinking skills.
  106. @Maj. Kong
    DC is now a tech hub equal if not superior in status to Austin Texas, most of it tied to the national security apparatus. Contractor employees outnumber gov't employees.

    The DC metro also has almost a 360 degree pattern in which to expand, something that only Atlanta and Charlotte have among East Coast major metros.

    A good start would be drying up donors to the Conservatism Inc think tanks. They only serve the billionaires and corporate donors, so it is no loss for us. Prolonged exposure to the Beltway lifestyle corrupts nearly everyone sent there from the provinces.

    “The DC metro also has almost a 360 degree pattern in which to expand, something that only Atlanta and Charlotte have among East Coast major metros.”

    Not quite. There’s a little glitch called the Potomac River that kind of busts up the 360 degree thingy for metro DC.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    The Potomac River has many bridges and tunnels.
    It's Prince Georges County that's the real impediment.
    , @Autochthon
    Almost.
    , @Jim Christian

    There’s a little glitch called the Potomac River that kind of busts up the 360 degree thingy for metro DC.
     
    No impediment for the movement of people. The tax culture USED to be vastly different though. It used to be cheap to live in Virginia but Virginia gave massive tax breaks extending for decades to the biggest of all the contractors and corporations to entice the moving of headquarters to Fairfax, starting with Exxon/Mobil. Clinton allowed them to merge and then they moved to Fairfax County. From the middle 90s onward, Lockheed Martin and all THAT ilk moved to Fairfax from California and other liberal bastions bringing many of their workforce. Throw in a million Indians, Asians and Hispanics and their children and Northern Virginia and Fairfax in particular has recently become a tax vacuum cleaner in all sorts of ways and of course all the police in the region have been enlisted in the hunt for ticket revenue and there are lots of cops there to do the job. With those corporate entities living for free on the Tax-Break dime, you have to soak everyone with personal real estate, automobile taxes, excess tolls now, they're even starting in with ambulance fees for what was a delivered civic service. It's a nightmare and of course, with all the added liberals, Virginia is now Blue. And so all taxes are good and fair and are also enacted against the rednecks down-state , an added blessing.

    If we wanted to put a serious hurting on serious numbers of swamp people, we should find a way to crash the DC area housing market. Large, sweeping furloughs would be lovely. Charging the corporations that service the MIC their share would be good too. But nothing restrains them and focuses attention like a good housing crash in DC.

    , @ben tillman
    No kidding. I'm wondering why Philadelphia didn't make the list. The only impediment is the Delaware River. Yes, there are some hills, but Atlanta has that in spades.
  107. @The Anti-Gnostic
    Like you say, Trump is a longtime New York real estate developer. My hypothesis: it colors everything he does.

    Steve's hinted at this. The developer is the guy who badgers the city to issue the permits and assures them that the financing is in place, then he badgers the banks to get the financing in place because the permits are in place, then he has to go yell at the contractors, and on and on. Trump is a brash, New York developer experienced in multi-party negotiations and playing other sides against other sides.

    He also made his bones in a city with lots of ethnic and professional affinity networks whose kids all go to the same schools and end up marrying each other. He built his brand and wants to pass it to his kids and their kids and them go on to connect his family to other wealthy, connected families. So he trusts family, like #1 princess-daughter, perhaps to his detriment.

    Good or bad, his upbringing colors everything he does.

    “Like you say, Trump is a longtime New York real estate developer. My hypothesis: it colors everything he does.”

    Indeed; which makes this move all the more puzzling. After all, real estate developers (particularly of single family residential neighborhoods) tend to do well when Blacks ruin neighborhoods in the same commuting zone causing Whites to flee to new housing in outer ring suburbs and ruburbs.

    I have a better long term solution to this. Do some high profile AFFH moves on some tony developments that are only 20% sold through. That’ll teach them developers a lesson.

  108. @donut
    One drawback to the states rights approach is that you can leave your home in a state where pot is legal have a little pot in the car and cross a state line for a pizza and wind up in prison for years .

    Unlikely to get jail time for possession ….. much riskier to cross state lines with a legal firearm ….. a man did this in jersey and is doing 5 year hard time

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
    That's a helluva of a cool handle you got there Bernie.
  109. @Hapalong Cassidy
    This plan may have ultimately backfired in that regard. A lot of the moderate swing-voting white in those suburbs might turn solidly Republican once they get a taste of fair-housing diversity. Generally speaking, the closer the proximity whites have to blacks, the more likely they are to vote Republican. See for example, the entire state of Mississippi (40% black).

    Not a bad point. Most (but not all) of my SJW friends that are most vocal in their support of any pro-minority position are people who have lived in lily-white neighborhoods their entire lives and went to schools where, if there were any black kids, they were from middle class or better backgrounds. None had the benefit of experiencing true diversity first hand, where you days at schools are an exercise in not getting your ass kicked, and walking around your neighborhood means hyper-vigilance to avoid being ambushed by some thug who would rob you for a quarter.

    When I lived in DC, it was amusing to see how many of my Democratic friends would confide after a few drinks that they always considered themselves non-racist but living in the District had given them a lot of uncomfortable feelings when it came to urban blacks.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    You have SJW friends?
    , @J.Ross
    Sometimes even that doesn't help. Derb brought attention to the very brief but must-read book "Chinese Girl in the Ghetto." Its author became a democratic party operative and an anti-racism noisemaker.
  110. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    I bet you have a great family…

  111. @27 year old
    I don't buy that for a second with Sessions, I think he's an old school law and order guy and also an old fuddy-duddy type who just hates weed. I think this is a personal pet project he has wanted to do for a long time.

    It's just a kind of a dumb thing to do. With one possible silver lining that I can see.

    The states where it has been legalized are blue states, and the anti-weed operations teams still have to bust somebody, so they've probably been focusing on busting people in red states, and ignoring smug rich liberals in blue states.

    Maybe we can see some of these assholes get their doors kicked and their dogs shot. Instead of backwoods people in Tennessee. The semi legal weed industry is huge business and most of that money goes right into the hands of liberals, and they donate to a lot of nasty groups and causes.

    You lost me at shooting the dogs… dogs are not really major political players

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Yes, but unfortunately cops of all kinds shoot your dog as soon as they show up.
    Never has a single one been prosecuted for doing so.
    It's part of the punishment white people get.
    For being white in today's society.
  112. OT:
    One of the two national broadcasters in Germany (I always thought ZDF was it, apparently there is a second one called ARD, the German post-war Constitution is so decentralised they have two national broadcasters!) made a sci-fi movie about a future where at least Germany and implicitly most other European states are ruled by fascists who are persecuting progressives, gays and Muslims. It’s called Flucht Aus Europa.

    Our protagonists are a German family of progressives who smuggle themselves to asylum in South Africa (Weirdly it states many but not all European countries and that South Africa is in an economic boom. Are our protagonists asylum shoppers?) in the but the ship carrying them deposits them in overcrowded boats a little too far from the coast.

    It’s all so subtle.

    http://www.daserste.de/specials/ueber-uns/themenabend-flucht-aus-europa-100.html

    English translation.

    The television movie “Departure into the Unknown” (WDR / ARD Degeto), at 20:15 on Wednesday, 14 February 2018, describes the fate of a family fleeing the persecution of a totalitarian system in life-threatening circumstances from an unusual one Perspective: In the near future: Europe is lost in chaos. Right-wing extremists have taken power in many countries. The democratic state that once was Germany has become a totalitarian system that persecutes dissenters, Muslims and homosexuals. Jan Schneider (Fabian Busch) has stood as a lawyer on the side of dispossessed victims. When he learns that the regime wants to jail him again, he decides to flee. His goal is the South African Union, which enjoys political and economic stability after an economic boom. A freighter is to bring him, his wife Sarah (Maria Simon) and two children Nora (Athena Strates) and Nick (Ben Gertz) together with other refugees to Cape Town, but the tugs put their passengers in much too small boats off the coast of Namibia out.

    Impressive pictures were created under the direction of Kai Wessel based on the screenplay by Eva Zahn, Volker A. Zahn and Gabriela Zerhau.

    “Departure into the unknown” is a production of the Hager Moss Film in a German-South African co-production with Two Oceans Production on behalf of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln and ARD Degeto for Das Erste, funded by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa (dti) and the national film and video foundation South Africa (nfvf).

    The editors have Sophie Seitz (WDR) and Christine Strobl (ARD Degeto)

    The discussion round at “Maischberger”, which will take place at 9:45 pm, will also deal with this perspective.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    It would seem to be a typically modern-German exercise: utterly willingly deluded, and proudly out of touch with reality.

    Germany and the EU look to be ruled not by people who dislike homosexuals and Muslims, but by people who are homosexual or Muslim or busily kissing the ass of both.

    In time, demographic trends promise that the Muslims alone will be doing the ruling of Germany and western/central Europe. Not such a good outcome, one would think, for the homosexuals who are usually throwing slurs at their countrymen who don't want to exchange their culture for Islam's or Africa's.

  113. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    Nepotism is normal and the human default as long as it’s not overboard.

    95 percent of people I know (working in non-technical jobs) got their positions due to nepotism. Outside of perhaps the Midwest or loony California/Oregon/Washington where the most naive of whites live this is normal.

    I don’t blame Trump for not wanting his kids to get charged with anything. Bannon has always kinda been a liability for Trump, I’d throw him under the bus too.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    The accusation of nepotism is never about nepotism itself but that the guy could not get that job meritocratically. Up to now the clearest illustrations were in Hollywood, but I cannot defend Jared and Ivanka being in the White House for any reason other than a tour or a family visit.
    , @guest
    Nepotism is normal in the Midwest, but it's nothing like your 95%.
  114. @donut
    One drawback to the states rights approach is that you can leave your home in a state where pot is legal have a little pot in the car and cross a state line for a pizza and wind up in prison for years .

    Who goes to prison “for years” for “just a little pot” in any state?

    I’d say only habitual felons on probation/parole. Why would you be concerned about them so much?

    In any case, your outlandish hypothetical scenario would simply call for people to have some forward thinking skills.

  115. @anon
    At the time of Marijuana Prohibition in the Twenties, large cities had hundreds of Tea Houses, where the drug was consumed as tea..
    The mull left from the infusion was then sold to smokers.
    This is where the problem started, since the volatile medicinal and psychoactive elements are mostly consumed by the infusion, what's burnt in the smoke isn't particularly healthful.

    “This is where the problem started, since the volatile medicinal and psychoactive elements are mostly consumed by the infusion”

    Lies. Pot consumed in any form cures nothing.

    I’ve heard at least dozens but probably hundreds of medical [sic] marijuana users describe their regimen, and it’s always the same: they smoke or eat it before bed because it knocks them out and makes them oblivious to whatever pain they’re allegedly suffering. So it’s no different than guzzling a fifth of bourbon or dropping a couple Xanax before bedtime.

    Pot is a narcotic and nothing more.

    And the Trump administration is wasting time and political capital going after potheads. It’s not the government’s business.

    • Replies: @Corn
    Hearing medical marijuana advocates breathlessly describe all the conditions the green tobacco can alleviate reminds me of 19th century patent medicines.

    The sh— is so good you wonder why we have doctors or a pharmaceutical industry at all. Just give every citizen a Peterson pipe full of cannabis.
    , @RadicalCenter
    Medically, marijuana is not, in fact, a narcotic. Nor does it entail the intense physical addictiveness of narcotics.

    Also wrong to say that pot cures nothing, in the sense that it does lower intraocular pressure (important for glaucoma sufferers) and stimulate appetite for people otherwise unable to eat much due to the effects of chemotherapy or other treatment or medications.

    I live in Los Angeles and know a number of medical-marijuana-card holders. None of them reports "knocking themselves out" so they can sleep. Then again, that may be because most Cali med-marijuana-card holders have no real medical reason to use marijuana.

    Also, if one truly wants effective pain relief from marijuana, it seems that one has to seek out strains that are high in the substance CBD, not necessarily the psychoactive / euphoric THC.

    Agree with you, though, that it's not the government's business. Especially the fed gov.

    , @anon
    You're the one spinning lies.
    Cannabis was described as ''the King of herbs'' by Culpepper, it's always been drunk as an infusion.
    Burning anything and inhaling the smoke is a poor choice, compounds in Cannabis that are released at higher temperatures cause psychological addiction while the beneficial compounds are destroyed by burning.
    , @silviosilver

    So it’s no different than guzzling a fifth of bourbon or dropping a couple Xanax before bedtime.
     
    It's not nearly as damaging as alcohol, get real. (And I say that as someone who vastly prefers drinking.)
  116. @SimpleSong
    The Millennials, although they are not as large a demographic force as the baby boomers, nonetheless drive some of these trends. They are now reaching the age where the appealing things about the city aren't so appealing, and the appealing things about the suburbs (a lawn, good schools, etc.) are quite a bit more appealing. They're having kids and settling down. Also a lot of the late Obama age collapse spooked people on buying in iffy neighborhoods in the city assuming they would gentrify. So... I expect some of this inner-city gentrification is going to go in reverse over the next ten years.

    Don’t count on millenials getting married or having children in their 20s or even 30s — or in all too many cases, EVER.

    Here is an article from February 2016 with some useful statistics:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/02/few_millennials_are_getting_ma.html

  117. @gunner29

    It’s not just to accelerate the gentrification of prime urban real estate, the Obama plan was to tilt moderately and mostly white suburban House districts to the Democrats
     
    .

    That was one of the unintended consequences of making negro majority districts; they gerrymandered most of the available leftys into a few districts and left the rest of the state with many light of leftys districts that they would never win.

    Now they want to put them back and get some of the state legislatures and House seats....of course if they can truck them to the next red state, then the Senators and statewide offices are in play too.

    Putting immigrants from the arab countries in places like Boise was also being done. But the locals in Boise didn't want them, so they moved to Kali!

    This is just great on God, Emperor Trump's part. Just today he opened the Pacific to oil drilling and the enviro-nazi are going berzerk.

    He's got Sessions going after the dope sellers in Kali as well. It's a wonderful time to be a true conservative....

    A “true conservative” would have read and respected the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

    A “true conservative” would find that the Constitution does NOT give the federal government the authority to prohibit / criminalize marijuana or other drugs.

    A “true conservative” might work for enactment of anti-marijuana laws IN HIS OWN STATE, but he would not try to impose his views on the citizens of sister States through the federal government.

    Bullies and fools. They care about the Constitution and limited government only when they want to complain (rightly) about the Left forcing its views and policies on the whole country through the fed gov (e.g. on abortion and homosexual “marriage”).

    When constitutionally illiterate hypocrites on “the Right” want to give the fed gov unconstitutional authority to impose THEIR views and policies on the whole country, though, well, that’s just fine.

  118. @Hapalong Cassidy
    This plan may have ultimately backfired in that regard. A lot of the moderate swing-voting white in those suburbs might turn solidly Republican once they get a taste of fair-housing diversity. Generally speaking, the closer the proximity whites have to blacks, the more likely they are to vote Republican. See for example, the entire state of Mississippi (40% black).

    The general position of liberal ideology is that as whites decrease as a proportion of the American populace-and presumably decrease in political heft-they will leave “whiteness” behind and essentially all become good postmodern cosmopolitans, embracing their new lack of power-all at a time where socioeconomic standards are declining for the majority of Americans who haven’t bridged the gap to the upper-middle class. In the particular example of 21st Century America, they seem to expect that they will scramble obeying the exhortations of the people who enthusiastically champion their decline while offering non-subtly veiled sympathy trolling at best, or more often mocking them as historical relics. All while our elite increasingly seem to embrace some new form of neo-feudalism replacing the nation-state and traditional yeoman freedom in America.

    There is absolutely zero precedence for this in multi-ethnic societies in the past when this has occurred. Plenty of evidence of the opposite occurring, that the aforementioned demographic increasingly acts more as a cohesive political block, and is more problematic to deal with rather than less. This should shock nobody with the most rudimentary understanding of human nature. Basic human nature doesn’t care about your feelings, historical injustices, or political correctness. At all. How a bunch of extremely well-educated progressives with doctorates can miss what a 10 year old can intuitively grasp never ceases to fascinate me, and always is a good example of how ideology can blind people-and often blinds intellectuals, as a class, more than anybody.

    (Basically, they’d like to rule like the CCP does: but without the Chinese sense of nationalism and Confucian obligation to the collective. Or without the competence, really. They are enthusiastic about aping their policies on freedom of speech. Not so much on long-term investment in biological engineering or the idea that regime change shouldn’t be a goal of foreign policy.)

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    This is a really good comment. The plan is that we'll just accept death, because they didn't listen to Lee Kwan Kew.
  119. @Scott66
    Instead of suspending the program, why not use it to our advantage. I would break out a map and look up all the wealthy blue counties. Then immediately start large low income housing projects in them. When the residents move to stop the projects, go to twitter and call the residents racists. Name names for maximum shaming.

    As added bonus Trump could say things like; "I know this will mean some of your wives and daughters will be raped and inseminated, some of your sons will become junkies, and even some of you will be murdered. Property crime will skyrocket and many areas in your neighborhoods will look like the third world. But these are the policies you voted for and if you object you are not only a racist but a hypocrite."

    I’ve occasionally wondered about that, too. That would actually be a wonderful move. It’d be a terrifically funny and enjoyable exercise, of course, and would further discredit the bien-pensants when they invariably come up with excuses. “No, no, that’s generous, but we’re trying to cure racism. It’s really hard to say no, but we’re making a sacrifice here for you ungrateful, middle-class and working-class racists in the suburbs and towns. We’re doing you a favor, see.”

    But there’s a deeper point to it. I’ve always been of the opinion that in truly successful cultures, the ruling class has an obligation to set an example-and make it clear that people are to follow their actions, rather than listen to their words. The British aristocracy, for all their stuffiness and snobbery, were invariably the first on the ships to go to war, the first in the unfamiliar colonies, the first to go over the top in the trenches (which led to their demographic decimation in WWI). That was the sort of thing that helped forge their empire.

    Now, if we could just find a way for the neocons to end up “volunteering” to lead troops in the Middle East the next time they propose war. Churchill went into the trenches as atonement for Gallipolli, you know.

  120. @nebulafox
    The general position of liberal ideology is that as whites decrease as a proportion of the American populace-and presumably decrease in political heft-they will leave "whiteness" behind and essentially all become good postmodern cosmopolitans, embracing their new lack of power-all at a time where socioeconomic standards are declining for the majority of Americans who haven't bridged the gap to the upper-middle class. In the particular example of 21st Century America, they seem to expect that they will scramble obeying the exhortations of the people who enthusiastically champion their decline while offering non-subtly veiled sympathy trolling at best, or more often mocking them as historical relics. All while our elite increasingly seem to embrace some new form of neo-feudalism replacing the nation-state and traditional yeoman freedom in America.


    There is absolutely zero precedence for this in multi-ethnic societies in the past when this has occurred. Plenty of evidence of the opposite occurring, that the aforementioned demographic increasingly acts more as a cohesive political block, and is more problematic to deal with rather than less. This should shock nobody with the most rudimentary understanding of human nature. Basic human nature doesn't care about your feelings, historical injustices, or political correctness. At all. How a bunch of extremely well-educated progressives with doctorates can miss what a 10 year old can intuitively grasp never ceases to fascinate me, and always is a good example of how ideology can blind people-and often blinds intellectuals, as a class, more than anybody.

    (Basically, they'd like to rule like the CCP does: but without the Chinese sense of nationalism and Confucian obligation to the collective. Or without the competence, really. They are enthusiastic about aping their policies on freedom of speech. Not so much on long-term investment in biological engineering or the idea that regime change shouldn't be a goal of foreign policy.)

    This is a really good comment. The plan is that we’ll just accept death, because they didn’t listen to Lee Kwan Kew.

  121. @S. Anonyia
    Nepotism is normal and the human default as long as it’s not overboard.

    95 percent of people I know (working in non-technical jobs) got their positions due to nepotism. Outside of perhaps the Midwest or loony California/Oregon/Washington where the most naive of whites live this is normal.

    I don’t blame Trump for not wanting his kids to get charged with anything. Bannon has always kinda been a liability for Trump, I’d throw him under the bus too.

    The accusation of nepotism is never about nepotism itself but that the guy could not get that job meritocratically. Up to now the clearest illustrations were in Hollywood, but I cannot defend Jared and Ivanka being in the White House for any reason other than a tour or a family visit.

  122. @bartok

    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.
     
    How about furloughing half (or more) of federal employees? Personnel is policy and Washington DC voters went 95% for Hillary Clinton.

    Federal employees are protected from being fired, but can be furloughed. As part of a White House budget plan release, a massive furlough could be justified in light of planned budget cuts. If the budget cuts do not materialize, issue a new furlough with the following year's budget plan release. Repeat every year until the budget cuts come through. A majority of furloughed workers will find new jobs out of necessity. Causing a housing crash in DC-MD-VA would be a cherry on top in my plan to hurt the left.

    Some searching on AFFH turned up this Slate article
    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/03/the_affirmatively_furthering_fair_housing_rule_is_still_working_under_trump.html

    a former HUD chief of staff and now the chief program officer with Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that’s assisted jurisdictions in complying with AFFH.”

    A commenter looked up the Form 990 of ECP, and found out that person:

    was paid $346,450 plus $18,235 in other benefits that year. I wonder why she wants local jurisdiction to comply with AFHH? And she is just one out of thousands former Apparatchik rolling in dough thanks to the unfunded federal mandates they pushed through while in federal employment.

    So a solution would to bang former federal civil service people from any direct and indirect employment, “consulting” gig, etc., with state and local government, and any corporation/organizations that receives federal payments. Maybe allow them an option if they give any federal pension, retiree benefits and the complete balance of their Thrift Saving Plan.

    As of right now, seems too many federal apparachik writes complex regulation that’s impossible to comply with unless you hire one of them as consultants.

    • Replies: @27 year old
    Great find.

    I think the corruption laws we already have are more than sufficient to deal with these people.
    , @TomSchmidt
    This ought to bump up to be a separate post.
    , @guest
    I don't think anyone wants to bang most ex-civil servants.
  123. @Chief Seattle
    I sure hope that is what's going to happen medium term marijuana thing. What I suspect is that Sessions is a person that actually believes the job of the Attorney General is to enforce the laws as they are written by Congress. And that defunding prosecution of laws that happen to be inconvenient is something to be used very carefully and infrequently, and certainly not to set long term policy. However, the masses aren't going to see the distinction between standing on principal and a old throwback who wants to sick the cops on their weed habit. If the Republican congress could work to declassify marijuana as a schedule I drug then it would help a lot to shake their old, out of touch reputation. Even the religious conservative base could probably hold their nose on the issue if it was framed as state rights and left to their local jurisdictions.

    The first duty of the U.S. Attorney General is to respect and protect the rights of the American people as recognized by the Constitution (both those specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights, and the many unenumerated natural or traditional rights referred to by the Ninth Amendment).

    The USAG’s first job is not just to “enforce the laws [sic] as written by Congress.” It is to respect and obey the Constitution, including the Tenth Amendment.

    An honest, principled AG must refuse to harass, threaten, or jail Americans under the spurious “authority” of statutes that the Constitution did not authorize Congress to enact. That certainly includes federal statutes purporting to dictate whether people may use marijuana — and, necessarily, dictate whether the people of each State may have different laws governing marijuana.

    What Sessions is doing is unconstitutional, as well as bad politics in much of the country (including among many patriotic conservative and libertarian and apolitical people who helped Trump get elected).

  124. OT: College student gets hit by car and seriously injured on a freeway during a protest organized by her college. She’s suing her college. Legal liability could shut down administrator-encouraged SJW nonsense pretty thoroughly if she wins her case.

    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/40580/

  125. @Anonymous
    Sure, give Trump a round of applause for sunsetting some of Obama's most egregious directives.

    Except for DACA. Which is sacrosanct.

    If The Wall ever gets built it will be composed of 100 segments and 99 open spaces between each segment. For the wildlife.

    SHALOM

    The fact that all you whiners would come into a comment section under an article describing one of Trump’s best moments – boldly un-doing one of the Obama administrations worst policies – only to complain about other shit he HASN’T done shows that you’re all just Concern Trolls.

    This is one of the best moments of the Trump presidency. A destructive, overtly anti-white government initiative has been undone by an elected President who’s sticking up for the people who voted for him. If you really were who you purport to be – “I had some hopes for Trump, but he hasn’t done enough, he’s really just another liar!” – you’d at least wait until a different moment.

    Jumping into an article where people are celebrating Trump taking concrete action to save their neighborhoods, just to complain about some other things he hasn’t done, is the act of someone who has an interest in trying to ensure Trump’s unpopularity among Steve’s readers.

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    I used up my agree already but thanks for saying this.
  126. @IHTG
    Wall budget request:

    https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/949243210114662401

    I want a wall across the entire border. And Trump should known damn well that’s one of the biggest issues propelling him to victory.

    I’d like the Army or National Guard stationed at frequent intervals behind the walls with orders to shoot to kill any invaders.

    Add ending birthright citizenship, the “diversity visa” lottery, and endless chain migration (“family reunification” and sponsorship), and Trump would be STARTING to get what most of his voters want.

    So wow, now he wants a wall to cover “almost half” of the SW border. I’m reassured.

    ………………………….

    By the way, Trump (or whoever wrote that chapter) had a good idea in his campaign book about how to pay for the Wall: levy a tax on remittances of cash to recipients in foreign countries.

    Never heard about that again. Why not?

    As a side benefit, if we could eventually raise that remittance tax high enough, it could lessen one major incentive for people to immigrate here, whether “legally” or illegally — the hope of sending money from US employment “back home.”

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    Thanks for confirming you have no idea how any of this works.

    In the future, when you talk about the NG shooting anyone on sight you're highlighting that you've got no real solutions in the current paradigm and just want to publicly engage in mental masturbation.
  127. gutta percha [AKA "gp"] says:

    Alas, AFFH is gone too late for my community, which was bullied into planting a section 8 colony on the good side of town last year. The two expensively dressed HUD panjandrums threatened the city in person and in writing, and our local leaders folded instantly. Nobody had the guts to ask the two pr!cks: “Why don’t you locate these noble poor in YOUR neighborhood?”

    I just shudder to think where we’d be right now if HRC had won.

  128. @anarchyst
    Now if we could just get exclusively all-jew communities such as Kiryas Joel to "integrate", we might just be on to something. a boatload of black somalis would do the trick, as they are a half-step below American blacks...

    I, too, pity the patriotic, fair-minded, non-inbred “Americans” who live in Kiryas Joel for their lack of diversity. We could resettle some of the Somalis who currently plague Maine and Minnesota into Kiryas Joel.

    While we’re at it, how about moving some of those Somali “Mainers” and “Minnesotans” into Beverly Hills and Santa Monica? The residents there fervently declare their dedication to diversity and multiculturalism on an hourly basis. Give ’em what they say they want.

  129. @LondonBob
    Nonsense Germans are renowned for their indolence and stupidity.

    Makes it thirty years then, long time, and Volker was the last competent one too.

    For some people, it’s not enough to be entitled to your own opinion. They also claim an entitlement to their own facts. You seem to be one of those people.

    What is your evidence that Germans are characteristically / typically indolent and stupid? What is your evidence that they are commonly considered such?

    (cue the Derb crickets …….)

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    Germans aren't indolent and stupid, but the other stereotype that they don't do irony is also true.
  130. @LondonBob
    Nonsense Germans are renowned for their indolence and stupidity.

    Makes it thirty years then, long time, and Volker was the last competent one too.

    Yeah, they’re not nearly as intelligent and sensible as those Brits, who are busily submitting their capital and much of their country to African thuggery and Islamic intimidation and repression.

    There is an argument, though, that Germans recently BECAME as stupid as the Brits by admitting a couple million unvetted non-European mostly-Muslim “migrants.”

  131. @Barnard

    This is where elections really matter, and voting Trump paid off. For now, anyway.
     
    I figure we are getting 30-35% of what we wanted from Trump. The range for the other candidates would have been 10-15%. I can't help but think the overall trends are still negative, but a lot of that is outside the control of the White House.

    You nailed it. Not being particularly happy is a whole lot better than being wrecked.

  132. @Scott66
    Instead of suspending the program, why not use it to our advantage. I would break out a map and look up all the wealthy blue counties. Then immediately start large low income housing projects in them. When the residents move to stop the projects, go to twitter and call the residents racists. Name names for maximum shaming.

    As added bonus Trump could say things like; "I know this will mean some of your wives and daughters will be raped and inseminated, some of your sons will become junkies, and even some of you will be murdered. Property crime will skyrocket and many areas in your neighborhoods will look like the third world. But these are the policies you voted for and if you object you are not only a racist but a hypocrite."

    Completely agree. He should literally do it. No joke. They deserve it.

  133. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    "The DC metro also has almost a 360 degree pattern in which to expand, something that only Atlanta and Charlotte have among East Coast major metros."

    Not quite. There's a little glitch called the Potomac River that kind of busts up the 360 degree thingy for metro DC.

    The Potomac River has many bridges and tunnels.
    It’s Prince Georges County that’s the real impediment.

  134. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    "This is where the problem started, since the volatile medicinal and psychoactive elements are mostly consumed by the infusion"

    Lies. Pot consumed in any form cures nothing.

    I've heard at least dozens but probably hundreds of medical [sic] marijuana users describe their regimen, and it's always the same: they smoke or eat it before bed because it knocks them out and makes them oblivious to whatever pain they're allegedly suffering. So it's no different than guzzling a fifth of bourbon or dropping a couple Xanax before bedtime.

    Pot is a narcotic and nothing more.

    And the Trump administration is wasting time and political capital going after potheads. It's not the government's business.

    Hearing medical marijuana advocates breathlessly describe all the conditions the green tobacco can alleviate reminds me of 19th century patent medicines.

    The sh— is so good you wonder why we have doctors or a pharmaceutical industry at all. Just give every citizen a Peterson pipe full of cannabis.

  135. @Altai
    OT:
    One of the two national broadcasters in Germany (I always thought ZDF was it, apparently there is a second one called ARD, the German post-war Constitution is so decentralised they have two national broadcasters!) made a sci-fi movie about a future where at least Germany and implicitly most other European states are ruled by fascists who are persecuting progressives, gays and Muslims. It's called Flucht Aus Europa.

    Our protagonists are a German family of progressives who smuggle themselves to asylum in South Africa (Weirdly it states many but not all European countries and that South Africa is in an economic boom. Are our protagonists asylum shoppers?) in the but the ship carrying them deposits them in overcrowded boats a little too far from the coast.

    It's all so subtle.

    http://www.daserste.de/specials/ueber-uns/themenabend-flucht-aus-europa-100.html

    English translation.

    The television movie "Departure into the Unknown" (WDR / ARD Degeto), at 20:15 on Wednesday, 14 February 2018, describes the fate of a family fleeing the persecution of a totalitarian system in life-threatening circumstances from an unusual one Perspective: In the near future: Europe is lost in chaos. Right-wing extremists have taken power in many countries. The democratic state that once was Germany has become a totalitarian system that persecutes dissenters, Muslims and homosexuals. Jan Schneider (Fabian Busch) has stood as a lawyer on the side of dispossessed victims. When he learns that the regime wants to jail him again, he decides to flee. His goal is the South African Union, which enjoys political and economic stability after an economic boom. A freighter is to bring him, his wife Sarah (Maria Simon) and two children Nora (Athena Strates) and Nick (Ben Gertz) together with other refugees to Cape Town, but the tugs put their passengers in much too small boats off the coast of Namibia out.

    Impressive pictures were created under the direction of Kai Wessel based on the screenplay by Eva Zahn, Volker A. Zahn and Gabriela Zerhau.

    "Departure into the unknown" is a production of the Hager Moss Film in a German-South African co-production with Two Oceans Production on behalf of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln and ARD Degeto for Das Erste, funded by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa (dti) and the national film and video foundation South Africa (nfvf).

    The editors have Sophie Seitz (WDR) and Christine Strobl (ARD Degeto)

    The discussion round at "Maischberger", which will take place at 9:45 pm, will also deal with this perspective.

     

    It would seem to be a typically modern-German exercise: utterly willingly deluded, and proudly out of touch with reality.

    Germany and the EU look to be ruled not by people who dislike homosexuals and Muslims, but by people who are homosexual or Muslim or busily kissing the ass of both.

    In time, demographic trends promise that the Muslims alone will be doing the ruling of Germany and western/central Europe. Not such a good outcome, one would think, for the homosexuals who are usually throwing slurs at their countrymen who don’t want to exchange their culture for Islam’s or Africa’s.

  136. @LondonBob
    I believe Powell will be the first goyim Fed head in 40 years?

    Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

  137. @Hanoi Paris Hilton
    If yer gonna try to use Yiddishisms (actually Hebrew in the instant case), "Goyim" is the plural. "Goy" is singular.

    And goyische is the adjective. But who cares?

  138. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    "This is where the problem started, since the volatile medicinal and psychoactive elements are mostly consumed by the infusion"

    Lies. Pot consumed in any form cures nothing.

    I've heard at least dozens but probably hundreds of medical [sic] marijuana users describe their regimen, and it's always the same: they smoke or eat it before bed because it knocks them out and makes them oblivious to whatever pain they're allegedly suffering. So it's no different than guzzling a fifth of bourbon or dropping a couple Xanax before bedtime.

    Pot is a narcotic and nothing more.

    And the Trump administration is wasting time and political capital going after potheads. It's not the government's business.

    Medically, marijuana is not, in fact, a narcotic. Nor does it entail the intense physical addictiveness of narcotics.

    Also wrong to say that pot cures nothing, in the sense that it does lower intraocular pressure (important for glaucoma sufferers) and stimulate appetite for people otherwise unable to eat much due to the effects of chemotherapy or other treatment or medications.

    I live in Los Angeles and know a number of medical-marijuana-card holders. None of them reports “knocking themselves out” so they can sleep. Then again, that may be because most Cali med-marijuana-card holders have no real medical reason to use marijuana.

    Also, if one truly wants effective pain relief from marijuana, it seems that one has to seek out strains that are high in the substance CBD, not necessarily the psychoactive / euphoric THC.

    Agree with you, though, that it’s not the government’s business. Especially the fed gov.

    • Replies: @anonguy

    Also, if one truly wants effective pain relief from marijuana, it seems that one has to seek out strains that are high in the substance CBD, not necessarily the psychoactive / euphoric THC.
     
    A not insignificant segment of the medicinal marijuana consumers does seem to be in it for perceived medical benefit rather than it just being a sham excuse to get stoned.

    In Oregon, recreational marijuana has been legal for a couple of years now and pot shops abound, there are thousands in a state of 4 million.

    Any that I've ever visited always have a wide array of high CBD products with as little THC as possible, usually paralleling recreational, high THC/low CBD products - edibles, resins, etc, in addition to basic leaf/buds - often in the same packaging as the high THC products.

    Percentages of CBD/THC are all on the labels by law and medicinal remains a definite market segment, colloquially referred to as CBD products, etc.

    There is so much of this no (not low, but essentially no) THC product around and being sold, there clearly is a broad market for it.

    So quite a few people are indeed looking for marijuana products that won't get the stoned but does something else for them, whether it is just a placebo or some true medicinal/palliative effect.

    I tried some of the CBD only edibles a few times. It did not get me high at all in any sort of usual sense, but did lend a mild sense of physical well-being, like how one feels in the morning after a good nights sleep.

    On a personal level, so obviously just anecdotal, the CBD stuff seemed to help a friend, who didn't at all like getting high on pot, with an alcoholism problem.

    I don't know whether pot has any medicinal value or even what is a good definition of the term medicinal value. But a good segment of the medicinal marijuana users are not just disingenuous stoners as evidenced by the ubiquity of CBD-only products following legalization, at least in Oregon.

    There are pot shops on nearly every corner in places like Eugene, I figure it must be super easy to get licensed and very low capital to get into business, some are the most marginal types of businesses, but I'd be quite surprised to find one that doesn't sell any CBD stuff alongside the recreational THC product.
  139. @Roderick Spode
    You lost me at shooting the dogs... dogs are not really major political players

    Yes, but unfortunately cops of all kinds shoot your dog as soon as they show up.
    Never has a single one been prosecuted for doing so.
    It’s part of the punishment white people get.
    For being white in today’s society.

  140. @dc.sunsets
    I still regard "Section 8" kinds of programs as simply seeding a target-rich environment when Mt. VesuviDebt finally erupts.

    Some day, maybe this year, maybe after a couple more, all of this financial silliness will end. As long as interest rates are low, debt is being issued by the galaxy. Anyone who thinks this is a perpetual motion machine is a complete moron. Nothing lasts forever. Rates will rise. The sky will fall. Think "Russia after the fall of the USSR."

    When the volcano erupts, all the freebies and Gibs to which so many are addicted will end. So will all the great jobs in Higher Ed, medical services, welfare administration, finance, etc. that depend on Uncle Sammy's "limitless" Mastercard and his 800 FICO score.

    A massive segment of the well-employed will suddenly be HOSED. And ANGRY. And in no mood to put up with misbehaving parasites.

    I will not envy those who took vouchers to live among people who will come to hate them.

    You’re talking about a complete revolution.

    Sure, it’ll happen eventually–as well it should.

    But don’t gloat, or count your chickens just yet.

  141. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    With all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?

    The Bush/Clinton “family” issues are of a different sort than Trump. Trump is a neophyte pol, who wanted friends and family in his inner circle. What’s wrong with that? Bush and Clinton were about perpetuating a dynasty of Presidents.

    The MSM is going haywire over a Deep State (and its leak machine)effort to save the Mueller probe, which is looking more and more like a fraud by the day.

    I’m disappointed with DJT’s neocon foreign Policy pivot, but I think his domestic agenda is still relatively on track.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    I’m disappointed with DJT’s neocon foreign Policy pivot, but I think his domestic agenda is still relatively on track.
     
    His only choices were American Empire (the folks who allowed his election) and Post-American Empire. Going back to a mere Republic was never on the table. Dividing the American faction against the Post-American faction provides the only slim hope of getting there, so that's what he's done. Also distracts them from wrecking America the country domestically, so that helps too.
  142. OT: a shockingly reasonable think piece on #metoo or whatever by Daphne Merkin (aka Spanky, but an actually good writer) in the NYT:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/golden-globes-metoo.html?_r=0

    My wife and I in response now suppose that the transfer of responsibility at that paper to Soyboy Sulzberger may have something to do with Pinch’s proclivities, and that this is backfill. Still, it took guts for her to write it.

  143. @1661er
    Some searching on AFFH turned up this Slate article
    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/03/the_affirmatively_furthering_fair_housing_rule_is_still_working_under_trump.html

    a former HUD chief of staff and now the chief program officer with Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that’s assisted jurisdictions in complying with AFFH."
     
    A commenter looked up the Form 990 of ECP, and found out that person:

    was paid $346,450 plus $18,235 in other benefits that year. I wonder why she wants local jurisdiction to comply with AFHH? And she is just one out of thousands former Apparatchik rolling in dough thanks to the unfunded federal mandates they pushed through while in federal employment.
     
    So a solution would to bang former federal civil service people from any direct and indirect employment, "consulting" gig, etc., with state and local government, and any corporation/organizations that receives federal payments. Maybe allow them an option if they give any federal pension, retiree benefits and the complete balance of their Thrift Saving Plan.

    As of right now, seems too many federal apparachik writes complex regulation that's impossible to comply with unless you hire one of them as consultants.

    Great find.

    I think the corruption laws we already have are more than sufficient to deal with these people.

  144. @Dr. X

    Undermining another Obama-era initiative, the Trump administration plans to delay enforcement of a federal housing rule that requires communities to address patterns of racial residential segregation.
     
    This is where elections really matter, and voting Trump paid off. For now, anyway.

    I live in an increasingly rare working-class village with affordable housing in the North. There are almost no blacks here -- you can literally count them on one hand and have a couple of fingers left over. (There are no Mexicans, gays or Jews, either). The Census says we're 98.6 white. My house is no palace, but it's solid. It's a 1950s, 1200 sqft single-family suburban dwelling. I paid off my mortgage 20 years early.

    We are, however, only 20 miles from the city, and in the black neighborhoods there are shootings and stabbings every night. The Obama policy terrified me because frankly, I am right in the crosshairs if the Federal government starts to force blacks into suburban towns. My town is not rich enough or well-connected enough or populated with enough lawyers and doctors and country-club types to effectively lobby to keep blacks out... or to price them out. It's full of truck drivers and construction workers and corrections officers who maintain their properties and keep it nice.

    We voted for Trump 65-35... thank God he won.

    I too live in an overwhelmingly white suburb. Just 15 miles from the center of NY. Same town Gavin McInnes loves to from Brooklyn a couple years ago (Although I still haven’t met him to my chagrin).

    Although my town is quite rich (I’m probably in the bottom 10 percent), it still is faced with the fed requirements for providing section 8 housing.

    Unlike you, this town voted about 90-10 for Trump. Go figure.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    Bronxville? Distance is right.
  145. @guest
    "after Trump's term ends the next president can just as easily go back to the Obama policy."

    That would be true whether Trump delayed or abolished the policy. It's not as though he can declare "no take-backs."

    It's really not very hard to dig up Obama's orders or write your own new ones.

    They need to take lessons from the likes of Benjamin Netanyahu and David Geffen, who are able to write contracts in perpetuity.

    Probably an ethnic thing. Lawyers I mean.

  146. @unit472
    Where the black population of a major city can be relocated and concentrated in a single suburban county as Washington has done with Prince Georges County it may be a good idea. Here the negro can be truly isolated and left on his own without negatively impacting the urban core economy.

    This seems to be how France deals with its Muslim population and it works. Putting undesirable people in remote suburban locations limits their ability to destroy vital infrastructure and enables the police to quickly cordon off any civil unrest to the banlieues.

    New York has Mt. Vernon in Westchester and several towns in LI that are exactly that.

    NJ probably has several as well, but I try to never go there.

  147. @RadicalCenter
    I want a wall across the entire border. And Trump should known damn well that's one of the biggest issues propelling him to victory.

    I'd like the Army or National Guard stationed at frequent intervals behind the walls with orders to shoot to kill any invaders.

    Add ending birthright citizenship, the "diversity visa" lottery, and endless chain migration ("family reunification" and sponsorship), and Trump would be STARTING to get what most of his voters want.

    So wow, now he wants a wall to cover "almost half" of the SW border. I'm reassured.

    ...............................

    By the way, Trump (or whoever wrote that chapter) had a good idea in his campaign book about how to pay for the Wall: levy a tax on remittances of cash to recipients in foreign countries.

    Never heard about that again. Why not?

    As a side benefit, if we could eventually raise that remittance tax high enough, it could lessen one major incentive for people to immigrate here, whether "legally" or illegally -- the hope of sending money from US employment "back home."

    Thanks for confirming you have no idea how any of this works.

    In the future, when you talk about the NG shooting anyone on sight you’re highlighting that you’ve got no real solutions in the current paradigm and just want to publicly engage in mental masturbation.

  148. @Opinionator

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED “SOUNDS GREAT!”
     
    What would be inappropriate about her doing that?

    Not sure she’s really smart (or driven) enough to give a crap. She seems utterly unimpressive to me.

  149. @Hapalong Cassidy
    This plan may have ultimately backfired in that regard. A lot of the moderate swing-voting white in those suburbs might turn solidly Republican once they get a taste of fair-housing diversity. Generally speaking, the closer the proximity whites have to blacks, the more likely they are to vote Republican. See for example, the entire state of Mississippi (40% black).

    Which is why all those SWPL Californians fled and became dyed in the wool MAGA fanatics versus totally supporting the same policies that wrecked where they came from.

    Sarcasm aside, there’s no need for 12D chess.

    • Replies: @Steve (not sloppy)
    I was born and raised in Southern California and I endorse your statement 100%.
  150. @anonguy

    What I suspect is that Sessions is a person that actually believes the job of the Attorney General is to enforce the laws as they are written by Congress.
     
    Do you think that Sessions would be more effective were he perceived by Trump's opposition as being a super effective guy totally on board with Trump's agenda.

    Sessions is totally larping. A measure of his effectiveness at this is that all the commenters here can do is moan about DACA and the Wall, just like the left.

    Trump is directing a reality show. Sessions is doing a great job by Trump, who has shown zero compunction his entire life to immediately fire a subordinate who isn't measuring up.

    For instance, remember Chris Christie?

    Nah, everyone here on a niche politics blog who’s never stood for political office has sharper instincts and is 100% more “in the loop” than the current President.

  151. @MKP
    The fact that all you whiners would come into a comment section under an article describing one of Trump's best moments - boldly un-doing one of the Obama administrations worst policies - only to complain about other shit he HASN'T done shows that you're all just Concern Trolls.

    This is one of the best moments of the Trump presidency. A destructive, overtly anti-white government initiative has been undone by an elected President who's sticking up for the people who voted for him. If you really were who you purport to be - "I had some hopes for Trump, but he hasn't done enough, he's really just another liar!" - you'd at least wait until a different moment.

    Jumping into an article where people are celebrating Trump taking concrete action to save their neighborhoods, just to complain about some other things he hasn't done, is the act of someone who has an interest in trying to ensure Trump's unpopularity among Steve's readers.

    I used up my agree already but thanks for saying this.

  152. @anarchyst
    Now if we could just get exclusively all-jew communities such as Kiryas Joel to "integrate", we might just be on to something. a boatload of black somalis would do the trick, as they are a half-step below American blacks...

    Before half this place erupts into orgasm I have to point out my standard fact when it comes to Kiryas Joel that the Satmar sect who inhabit that town are fanatically anti-Israel.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    What does that have to do with anything? Are they not going to be privileged double-standard-bearers outside of ha'aretz? The major problem with Kiryas Joel is that, whatever it thinks about Israel, it behaves as though it *was* Israel (which I guess by their particular theological lights, it is).
  153. @gunner29

    It’s not just to accelerate the gentrification of prime urban real estate, the Obama plan was to tilt moderately and mostly white suburban House districts to the Democrats
     
    .

    That was one of the unintended consequences of making negro majority districts; they gerrymandered most of the available leftys into a few districts and left the rest of the state with many light of leftys districts that they would never win.

    Now they want to put them back and get some of the state legislatures and House seats....of course if they can truck them to the next red state, then the Senators and statewide offices are in play too.

    Putting immigrants from the arab countries in places like Boise was also being done. But the locals in Boise didn't want them, so they moved to Kali!

    This is just great on God, Emperor Trump's part. Just today he opened the Pacific to oil drilling and the enviro-nazi are going berzerk.

    He's got Sessions going after the dope sellers in Kali as well. It's a wonderful time to be a true conservative....

    “He’s got Sessions going after the dope sellers in Kali as well. It’s a wonderful time to be a true conservative….”

    Trump obviously has no influence with Sessions. Sessions is wasting time and money and building up to creating a constitutional crisis with the states over cannabis instead of going after Clinton as Trump claimed he wanted the AG to do.

    What makes you a ‘true conservative’, anyway? You sound more like a Buckleyite government worshiper to me. I doubt you’re even old enough to have actually met a true conservative. True conservatives were fiscally responsible and intended to hold government to the Constitution. They fought FDR at every turn.

    What passes for “conservatism” these days are authoritarians who practically worship FDR and Wilson.

  154. @biz
    Before half this place erupts into orgasm I have to point out my standard fact when it comes to Kiryas Joel that the Satmar sect who inhabit that town are fanatically anti-Israel.

    What does that have to do with anything? Are they not going to be privileged double-standard-bearers outside of ha’aretz? The major problem with Kiryas Joel is that, whatever it thinks about Israel, it behaves as though it *was* Israel (which I guess by their particular theological lights, it is).

    • Replies: @silviosilver
    You have to love the way that "biz" guy defends the indefensible. If there was an intentional pro-white community like Kiryas Joel, the Jewish media would be going apeshit. As it is, probably not one in a thousand Amerians realizes things like Kiryas Joel even exist.
  155. If it’s not repealed, it will just be UN-suspended by the next leftist in office.

  156. @unit472
    Where the black population of a major city can be relocated and concentrated in a single suburban county as Washington has done with Prince Georges County it may be a good idea. Here the negro can be truly isolated and left on his own without negatively impacting the urban core economy.

    This seems to be how France deals with its Muslim population and it works. Putting undesirable people in remote suburban locations limits their ability to destroy vital infrastructure and enables the police to quickly cordon off any civil unrest to the banlieues.

    Well I hate to break it to you, but P.G. County’s black population has metastasized to the mostly white and blue collar counties in Southern MD. Charles county is the new P.G. and it looks to me like Calvert/St. Mary’s will be next. Probably in another 10-20 years if Latinos take over P.G. (When I moved away a couple years ago, they established a beachhead in a “lovely” inner beltway suburb called Suitland.)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Most of the Washington metro is going that way.

    Birthrates + Immigration. Wypipo on de way out.

    Did I say "Washington"? I meant "America"
  157. @27 year old
    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.

    Speaking of, what's up with the travel ban?

    And on a related note, I bet there are thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs that could be delayed and ignored, and quietly hurt the people who hate us, or help the people we like get a boot off their neck. If they could be found, and then gotten in front of somebody who can make this stuff happen, it could have impact.

    Interesting point.

  158. @Buffalo Joe
    An article in the Chicago Tribune states that a Dem candidate for Illinois Governor, Dennis Kennedy, claims Rahm Emmanuel is using gentrification to drive Blacks from Chicago. Basically the purpose of AFFH was to drive blacks from the city to the suburbs, or where ever else whites had fled.

    Christopher Kennedy, Bobby’s son.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    MBlanc, thank you . Christopher not Dennis.
  159. @Anonymous
    Trump vs Bannon developments later today. Trump is a nutcase nepotist.

    This is more Bush, Clinton dynasty crap where all that matters is La Familia.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367452-bannon-allies-say-statement-praising-trump-jr-was-spiked-after-trump

    Dear fuckwad maga morons: WHAT IF CHELSEA CLINTON SET UP A MEETING WITH RUSSIANS WHO PROMISED DIRT ON TRUMP? WHAT IF SHE EMAILED "SOUNDS GREAT!"

    Trump Jr is a novice who deserved Bannon's ridicule. King Donnie doth protest too much!

    You’ve clearly taken a wrong turn somewhere. Hang on a minute, someone will show you put.

  160. @Arclight
    Not a bad point. Most (but not all) of my SJW friends that are most vocal in their support of any pro-minority position are people who have lived in lily-white neighborhoods their entire lives and went to schools where, if there were any black kids, they were from middle class or better backgrounds. None had the benefit of experiencing true diversity first hand, where you days at schools are an exercise in not getting your ass kicked, and walking around your neighborhood means hyper-vigilance to avoid being ambushed by some thug who would rob you for a quarter.

    When I lived in DC, it was amusing to see how many of my Democratic friends would confide after a few drinks that they always considered themselves non-racist but living in the District had given them a lot of uncomfortable feelings when it came to urban blacks.

    You have SJW friends?

  161. @Kylie
    One of the two unforeseen benefits* of having tinnitus. I tell those low-talkers, loudly, "Speak up! I can't hear you!" Rinse and repeat until they are finally driven to cranking the decibel level, at which point I ask in a normal tone, "Why are you yelling at me?"

    *The other one is the social isolation. It's wonderful to know if you go out in public, you won't be able to hear anything but your tinnitus so you might as well stay home which is where you'd rather be anyway.

    Folate supplements or in food for tinnitus.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    Thanks. I'll try that.
  162. @Arclight
    Not a bad point. Most (but not all) of my SJW friends that are most vocal in their support of any pro-minority position are people who have lived in lily-white neighborhoods their entire lives and went to schools where, if there were any black kids, they were from middle class or better backgrounds. None had the benefit of experiencing true diversity first hand, where you days at schools are an exercise in not getting your ass kicked, and walking around your neighborhood means hyper-vigilance to avoid being ambushed by some thug who would rob you for a quarter.

    When I lived in DC, it was amusing to see how many of my Democratic friends would confide after a few drinks that they always considered themselves non-racist but living in the District had given them a lot of uncomfortable feelings when it came to urban blacks.

    Sometimes even that doesn’t help. Derb brought attention to the very brief but must-read book “Chinese Girl in the Ghetto.” Its author became a democratic party operative and an anti-racism noisemaker.

  163. @Jack Hanson
    Which is why all those SWPL Californians fled and became dyed in the wool MAGA fanatics versus totally supporting the same policies that wrecked where they came from.

    Sarcasm aside, there's no need for 12D chess.

    I was born and raised in Southern California and I endorse your statement 100%.

  164. @RadicalCenter
    Medically, marijuana is not, in fact, a narcotic. Nor does it entail the intense physical addictiveness of narcotics.

    Also wrong to say that pot cures nothing, in the sense that it does lower intraocular pressure (important for glaucoma sufferers) and stimulate appetite for people otherwise unable to eat much due to the effects of chemotherapy or other treatment or medications.

    I live in Los Angeles and know a number of medical-marijuana-card holders. None of them reports "knocking themselves out" so they can sleep. Then again, that may be because most Cali med-marijuana-card holders have no real medical reason to use marijuana.

    Also, if one truly wants effective pain relief from marijuana, it seems that one has to seek out strains that are high in the substance CBD, not necessarily the psychoactive / euphoric THC.

    Agree with you, though, that it's not the government's business. Especially the fed gov.

    Also, if one truly wants effective pain relief from marijuana, it seems that one has to seek out strains that are high in the substance CBD, not necessarily the psychoactive / euphoric THC.

    A not insignificant segment of the medicinal marijuana consumers does seem to be in it for perceived medical benefit rather than it just being a sham excuse to get stoned.

    In Oregon, recreational marijuana has been legal for a couple of years now and pot shops abound, there are thousands in a state of 4 million.

    Any that I’ve ever visited always have a wide array of high CBD products with as little THC as possible, usually paralleling recreational, high THC/low CBD products – edibles, resins, etc, in addition to basic leaf/buds – often in the same packaging as the high THC products.

    Percentages of CBD/THC are all on the labels by law and medicinal remains a definite market segment, colloquially referred to as CBD products, etc.

    There is so much of this no (not low, but essentially no) THC product around and being sold, there clearly is a broad market for it.

    So quite a few people are indeed looking for marijuana products that won’t get the stoned but does something else for them, whether it is just a placebo or some true medicinal/palliative effect.

    I tried some of the CBD only edibles a few times. It did not get me high at all in any sort of usual sense, but did lend a mild sense of physical well-being, like how one feels in the morning after a good nights sleep.

    On a personal level, so obviously just anecdotal, the CBD stuff seemed to help a friend, who didn’t at all like getting high on pot, with an alcoholism problem.

    I don’t know whether pot has any medicinal value or even what is a good definition of the term medicinal value. But a good segment of the medicinal marijuana users are not just disingenuous stoners as evidenced by the ubiquity of CBD-only products following legalization, at least in Oregon.

    There are pot shops on nearly every corner in places like Eugene, I figure it must be super easy to get licensed and very low capital to get into business, some are the most marginal types of businesses, but I’d be quite surprised to find one that doesn’t sell any CBD stuff alongside the recreational THC product.

  165. @Redman
    With all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?

    The Bush/Clinton “family” issues are of a different sort than Trump. Trump is a neophyte pol, who wanted friends and family in his inner circle. What’s wrong with that? Bush and Clinton were about perpetuating a dynasty of Presidents.

    The MSM is going haywire over a Deep State (and its leak machine)effort to save the Mueller probe, which is looking more and more like a fraud by the day.

    I’m disappointed with DJT’s neocon foreign Policy pivot, but I think his domestic agenda is still relatively on track.

    I’m disappointed with DJT’s neocon foreign Policy pivot, but I think his domestic agenda is still relatively on track.

    His only choices were American Empire (the folks who allowed his election) and Post-American Empire. Going back to a mere Republic was never on the table. Dividing the American faction against the Post-American faction provides the only slim hope of getting there, so that’s what he’s done. Also distracts them from wrecking America the country domestically, so that helps too.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    That's a great point. I hadn't seen DJT in that light. Perhaps.
    I still think he's become a neocon shill. But I'll allow your possibility.
  166. @Ivy
    Folate supplements or in food for tinnitus.

    Thanks. I’ll try that.

  167. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    "The DC metro also has almost a 360 degree pattern in which to expand, something that only Atlanta and Charlotte have among East Coast major metros."

    Not quite. There's a little glitch called the Potomac River that kind of busts up the 360 degree thingy for metro DC.

    Almost.

  168. @Hapalong Cassidy
    This plan may have ultimately backfired in that regard. A lot of the moderate swing-voting white in those suburbs might turn solidly Republican once they get a taste of fair-housing diversity. Generally speaking, the closer the proximity whites have to blacks, the more likely they are to vote Republican. See for example, the entire state of Mississippi (40% black).

    Generally speaking, the closer the proximity whites have to blacks, the more likely they are to vote Republican. See for example, the entire state of Mississippi (40% black).

    Whites in Mississippi didn’t form a bloc vote to counter their own blacks. They did so to counter other whites in other states.

    Really, the rest of us should do the same.

  169. @S. Anonyia
    Nepotism is normal and the human default as long as it’s not overboard.

    95 percent of people I know (working in non-technical jobs) got their positions due to nepotism. Outside of perhaps the Midwest or loony California/Oregon/Washington where the most naive of whites live this is normal.

    I don’t blame Trump for not wanting his kids to get charged with anything. Bannon has always kinda been a liability for Trump, I’d throw him under the bus too.

    Nepotism is normal in the Midwest, but it’s nothing like your 95%.

  170. @1661er
    Some searching on AFFH turned up this Slate article
    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/03/the_affirmatively_furthering_fair_housing_rule_is_still_working_under_trump.html

    a former HUD chief of staff and now the chief program officer with Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that’s assisted jurisdictions in complying with AFFH."
     
    A commenter looked up the Form 990 of ECP, and found out that person:

    was paid $346,450 plus $18,235 in other benefits that year. I wonder why she wants local jurisdiction to comply with AFHH? And she is just one out of thousands former Apparatchik rolling in dough thanks to the unfunded federal mandates they pushed through while in federal employment.
     
    So a solution would to bang former federal civil service people from any direct and indirect employment, "consulting" gig, etc., with state and local government, and any corporation/organizations that receives federal payments. Maybe allow them an option if they give any federal pension, retiree benefits and the complete balance of their Thrift Saving Plan.

    As of right now, seems too many federal apparachik writes complex regulation that's impossible to comply with unless you hire one of them as consultants.

    This ought to bump up to be a separate post.

  171. @1661er
    Some searching on AFFH turned up this Slate article
    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/03/the_affirmatively_furthering_fair_housing_rule_is_still_working_under_trump.html

    a former HUD chief of staff and now the chief program officer with Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that’s assisted jurisdictions in complying with AFFH."
     
    A commenter looked up the Form 990 of ECP, and found out that person:

    was paid $346,450 plus $18,235 in other benefits that year. I wonder why she wants local jurisdiction to comply with AFHH? And she is just one out of thousands former Apparatchik rolling in dough thanks to the unfunded federal mandates they pushed through while in federal employment.
     
    So a solution would to bang former federal civil service people from any direct and indirect employment, "consulting" gig, etc., with state and local government, and any corporation/organizations that receives federal payments. Maybe allow them an option if they give any federal pension, retiree benefits and the complete balance of their Thrift Saving Plan.

    As of right now, seems too many federal apparachik writes complex regulation that's impossible to comply with unless you hire one of them as consultants.

    I don’t think anyone wants to bang most ex-civil servants.

  172. @Desiderius

    I’m disappointed with DJT’s neocon foreign Policy pivot, but I think his domestic agenda is still relatively on track.
     
    His only choices were American Empire (the folks who allowed his election) and Post-American Empire. Going back to a mere Republic was never on the table. Dividing the American faction against the Post-American faction provides the only slim hope of getting there, so that's what he's done. Also distracts them from wrecking America the country domestically, so that helps too.

    That’s a great point. I hadn’t seen DJT in that light. Perhaps.
    I still think he’s become a neocon shill. But I’ll allow your possibility.

  173. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    "The DC metro also has almost a 360 degree pattern in which to expand, something that only Atlanta and Charlotte have among East Coast major metros."

    Not quite. There's a little glitch called the Potomac River that kind of busts up the 360 degree thingy for metro DC.

    There’s a little glitch called the Potomac River that kind of busts up the 360 degree thingy for metro DC.

    No impediment for the movement of people. The tax culture USED to be vastly different though. It used to be cheap to live in Virginia but Virginia gave massive tax breaks extending for decades to the biggest of all the contractors and corporations to entice the moving of headquarters to Fairfax, starting with Exxon/Mobil. Clinton allowed them to merge and then they moved to Fairfax County. From the middle 90s onward, Lockheed Martin and all THAT ilk moved to Fairfax from California and other liberal bastions bringing many of their workforce. Throw in a million Indians, Asians and Hispanics and their children and Northern Virginia and Fairfax in particular has recently become a tax vacuum cleaner in all sorts of ways and of course all the police in the region have been enlisted in the hunt for ticket revenue and there are lots of cops there to do the job. With those corporate entities living for free on the Tax-Break dime, you have to soak everyone with personal real estate, automobile taxes, excess tolls now, they’re even starting in with ambulance fees for what was a delivered civic service. It’s a nightmare and of course, with all the added liberals, Virginia is now Blue. And so all taxes are good and fair and are also enacted against the rednecks down-state , an added blessing.

    If we wanted to put a serious hurting on serious numbers of swamp people, we should find a way to crash the DC area housing market. Large, sweeping furloughs would be lovely. Charging the corporations that service the MIC their share would be good too. But nothing restrains them and focuses attention like a good housing crash in DC.

  174. @Sandmich
    I'll post a theory on this as I've mulled on this myself in regards to several issues. It would appear that Trump generally wants the backing of law for what he would like done. On to many issues, such as healthcare (which Karl Denninger is constantly giving Trump flack over), Trump could make moves for which he is authorized, but he knows he has no real friends in Congress, so Congress could easily pass a law with veto proof majorities to stop him. For someone in Trump's position this is a real threat and not something that he would want to get Congress in the habit of doing.

    His best bet is, perhaps, to set congresscritter-versus-congresscritter in the hopes that he can squeeze out something that would give him backing for his agenda (witness the tax law which while flawed, still managed to meet at least some of his points). I'll grant that it smells like excuse making, but more popular presidents than he have been rolled by the criminals in Congress when they pushed too hard.

    These are excellent points, but the question does remain. HUD is part of the Executive Branch, and so he doesn’t need congressional permission to rescind a law or a federal act. At some level, this is his chance to play CEO, literally, as the head of the Executive Branch. Example:

    “That’s a very bad, very bad rule. Very bad. Its dumb, it’s just plain dumb, stupid. It’s gotta go. Now!”

    Basically he can do a “you’re fired!” by rescinding the rule within HUD. Now, if he were to actually abolish HUD entirely, then the Congresscritters would indeed come out of the woodwork and go after him. But “reforming” certain laws, acts, rules, etc. within a cabinet dept. of lesser importance, that’d be ok.

    One question that Steve and others have not asked yet, and in fact little has been remarked about, is this: Has anyone any official inkling exactly what President Trump’s cabinet meetings are like? I mean, he does have them, correct? And technically speaking, Ben Carson is in Trump’s Cabinet. Surreal or what?

    But, seriously though. Is there any information out there regarding President Trump’s cabinet meetings, what they’re like, etc? SNL should be having a field day on this one.

  175. @slumber_j
    Not only that, but DJT was brought up to be a New York developer by his father the developer: it really is who he is, and there's not much more to his nature.

    A really great book on the NYC development process is the out-of-print High Rise: How 1,000 Men and Women Worked Around the Clock for Five Years and Lost $200 Million Building a Skyscraper, by Jerry Adler, about the creation of a spec building at 1540 Broadway in Times Square. For anyone interested in that sort of thing, I can't recommend it highly enough.

    I ordered the book from the library.

    You might like Here’s The Deal, a similar book about the destruction of a block in Chicago’s Loop to be replaced by… nothing.

  176. @Redman
    I too live in an overwhelmingly white suburb. Just 15 miles from the center of NY. Same town Gavin McInnes loves to from Brooklyn a couple years ago (Although I still haven’t met him to my chagrin).

    Although my town is quite rich (I’m probably in the bottom 10 percent), it still is faced with the fed requirements for providing section 8 housing.

    Unlike you, this town voted about 90-10 for Trump. Go figure.

    Bronxville? Distance is right.

  177. @dc.sunsets
    I still regard "Section 8" kinds of programs as simply seeding a target-rich environment when Mt. VesuviDebt finally erupts.

    Some day, maybe this year, maybe after a couple more, all of this financial silliness will end. As long as interest rates are low, debt is being issued by the galaxy. Anyone who thinks this is a perpetual motion machine is a complete moron. Nothing lasts forever. Rates will rise. The sky will fall. Think "Russia after the fall of the USSR."

    When the volcano erupts, all the freebies and Gibs to which so many are addicted will end. So will all the great jobs in Higher Ed, medical services, welfare administration, finance, etc. that depend on Uncle Sammy's "limitless" Mastercard and his 800 FICO score.

    A massive segment of the well-employed will suddenly be HOSED. And ANGRY. And in no mood to put up with misbehaving parasites.

    I will not envy those who took vouchers to live among people who will come to hate them.

    The debt isn’t payable. Net assets in the USA are something like 80 Trillion. Right now, the unfounded liabilities on SS and Medicare exceed that by over $100 Trillion, but that of course isn’t even officially debt.

    At some point, not too far off, we’ll have a global reset and wipeout of all the debts. I don’t know who gets the assets, but exponentially growing debt faced with arithmetically growing resources simp,y does not compute. You cannot pay 220 Trillion in u funded libabilites with 80 Trillion in assets,

    • Replies: @Flip
    I don't see any way out except for very high inflation to reduce the burden of the debt. Brazil is our future in both racial and economic matters.
  178. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    "This is where the problem started, since the volatile medicinal and psychoactive elements are mostly consumed by the infusion"

    Lies. Pot consumed in any form cures nothing.

    I've heard at least dozens but probably hundreds of medical [sic] marijuana users describe their regimen, and it's always the same: they smoke or eat it before bed because it knocks them out and makes them oblivious to whatever pain they're allegedly suffering. So it's no different than guzzling a fifth of bourbon or dropping a couple Xanax before bedtime.

    Pot is a narcotic and nothing more.

    And the Trump administration is wasting time and political capital going after potheads. It's not the government's business.

    You’re the one spinning lies.
    Cannabis was described as ”the King of herbs” by Culpepper, it’s always been drunk as an infusion.
    Burning anything and inhaling the smoke is a poor choice, compounds in Cannabis that are released at higher temperatures cause psychological addiction while the beneficial compounds are destroyed by burning.

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    The Scythians and other Steppe nomads with whom the practice seems to have originated several thousand years ago had funky little head-wigwams they could stick their nit-infested bonces into, next to a small ceramic brazier/censer doohickey in which they had the stuff smouldering. Seeds mainly, IIRC.
    Classical reports say they got absolutely monged on the stuff. Then they started boozing. Surprised they ever managed to get even one 3-edged arrow off straight.
  179. @RadicalCenter
    For some people, it's not enough to be entitled to your own opinion. They also claim an entitlement to their own facts. You seem to be one of those people.

    What is your evidence that Germans are characteristically / typically indolent and stupid? What is your evidence that they are commonly considered such?

    (cue the Derb crickets .......)

    Germans aren’t indolent and stupid, but the other stereotype that they don’t do irony is also true.

  180. @Flip
    Volcker is a Lutheran German-American.

    Robert Zoellick and Timothy Geithner are also German surnamed Protestants who are sometimes misidentified as Jewish.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Old time movie mogul Darryl Zanuck was another Middle American gentile often assumed to be Jewish.
  181. @TomSchmidt
    The debt isn't payable. Net assets in the USA are something like 80 Trillion. Right now, the unfounded liabilities on SS and Medicare exceed that by over $100 Trillion, but that of course isn't even officially debt.

    At some point, not too far off, we'll have a global reset and wipeout of all the debts. I don't know who gets the assets, but exponentially growing debt faced with arithmetically growing resources simp,y does not compute. You cannot pay 220 Trillion in u funded libabilites with 80 Trillion in assets,

    I don’t see any way out except for very high inflation to reduce the burden of the debt. Brazil is our future in both racial and economic matters.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    Inflation is cooked into the books. The new Republican tax plan includes a bogus measure that understates inflation. Then, when actual inflation erodes the value of benefits, the plan achieves its ends.
  182. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Well, bravo! Whether he will succeed in the long run remains to be seen. The Powers That Be will fight this, concealing their own self-interest in fobbing off “the element” onto the laps of communities unable to cope with them with the usual high-toned banalities and not so subtle accusations of “racism.”

    In 1619 a Dutch ship sailed up the James River in Virginia and deposited a load of slaves on the dock of John Rolfe’s plantation. Now, nearly 400 years later, America’s “Negro Problem” continues…and with no end in sight.

  183. @The Anti-Gnostic
    Like a lot of journalistic product, that article may be more interesting for what it doesn't ask. There's a hint that maybe these curry places could hire, you know, women. Some polite talk of "traditional households," not that there's anything wrong with that, and the article moves on.

    From my read, it looks like all the owners interviewed are in London, and they all suggest they have as much demand as they can handle. If they have a customer base they can find a labor base. Curry isn't magic--anybody with a basic culinary skillset can be trained to do it. When was the last time Mario Batali personally filled an order?

    Maybe they could hire all those Pakistani and MENA Muslims we are constantly told are a positive enrichment to our countries. Or even, God forbid, a native Brit. Or maybe they want Bengalis because a certain unique Bengali culture prevails in the kitchens, and the historical norm of peoples everywhere is cultural affinity? Interesting question--we should ask it more often.

    The usual excuse is that in a frenetic (ok chaotic) desi kitchen, only the local (out of God knows how many) language from Backhomistan is acceptable for ‘Elf’nSafety/ mucked-up-order-avoidance reasons.
    Because English as a subcontinental lingua franca is an unacceptable relic of colonialism or something, particularly in England.

    The fact that this gambit excludes everyone except one’s own tribe is a mere coincidence.

  184. @anon
    You're the one spinning lies.
    Cannabis was described as ''the King of herbs'' by Culpepper, it's always been drunk as an infusion.
    Burning anything and inhaling the smoke is a poor choice, compounds in Cannabis that are released at higher temperatures cause psychological addiction while the beneficial compounds are destroyed by burning.

    The Scythians and other Steppe nomads with whom the practice seems to have originated several thousand years ago had funky little head-wigwams they could stick their nit-infested bonces into, next to a small ceramic brazier/censer doohickey in which they had the stuff smouldering. Seeds mainly, IIRC.
    Classical reports say they got absolutely monged on the stuff. Then they started boozing. Surprised they ever managed to get even one 3-edged arrow off straight.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Is this why they sent the Greeks a "message" of various animals, which could be interpreted in opposite ways?
    >no no no dude
    >I've got it, listen
    >[Joe Rogan wet inhale]
    >we'll send them weasels
    >weasels on top of birds
    >get it, man?
    , @Anonymous
    To paraphrase Tracey Jordan: I understood about half the words in your post.
  185. @27 year old
    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.

    Speaking of, what's up with the travel ban?

    And on a related note, I bet there are thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs that could be delayed and ignored, and quietly hurt the people who hate us, or help the people we like get a boot off their neck. If they could be found, and then gotten in front of somebody who can make this stuff happen, it could have impact.

    Speaking of

    thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs

    From what our daughter tells us, our school district is still in enthusiastic compliance with the School Discipline Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    FWIW, way back in the late 1970s when I was in jr high school, we already had a 'hands-off' policy with regard to negro student misbehavior. This was long before it was codified into law. And most of us kids could already tell it wasn't going to do these miscreants any good in the long run. Potomac (Montgomery County) Md.
  186. @Clyde

    From my read, it looks like all the owners interviewed are in London, and they all suggest they have as much demand as they can handle. If they have a customer base they can find a labor base. Curry isn’t magic–anybody with a basic culinary skillset can be trained to do it. When was the last time Mario Batali personally filled an order?
     
    All immigrants legal/illegal will tell the hard luck story that they think the opinion makers/journalists will buy into like the naive liberal suckers they are. In the USA, Thai and Chinese, Japanese restaurants hire Hispanics for the kitchen there days. The Bangladeshi owned curry houses of London and the UK can do the same. Hire other immigrants who can be taught the genius art of making curries. The subtext here is the Bangladeshi restaurant owners want to import cheap restaurant slave labor from Bangladesh. These slaves will work for zero (just for room n board) just to get a toehold in the UK for their extended family to immigrate.

    Clyde , good thinking because the staffs at all the pizza joints aren’t all cuzins, you no wadda I mean.

  187. @MBlanc46
    Christopher Kennedy, Bobby’s son.

    MBlanc, thank you . Christopher not Dennis.

  188. @Expletive Deleted
    The Scythians and other Steppe nomads with whom the practice seems to have originated several thousand years ago had funky little head-wigwams they could stick their nit-infested bonces into, next to a small ceramic brazier/censer doohickey in which they had the stuff smouldering. Seeds mainly, IIRC.
    Classical reports say they got absolutely monged on the stuff. Then they started boozing. Surprised they ever managed to get even one 3-edged arrow off straight.

    Is this why they sent the Greeks a “message” of various animals, which could be interpreted in opposite ways?
    >no no no dude
    >I’ve got it, listen
    >[Joe Rogan wet inhale]
    >we’ll send them weasels
    >weasels on top of birds
    >get it, man?

  189. @Flip
    Robert Zoellick and Timothy Geithner are also German surnamed Protestants who are sometimes misidentified as Jewish.

    Old time movie mogul Darryl Zanuck was another Middle American gentile often assumed to be Jewish.

  190. @Flip
    I don't see any way out except for very high inflation to reduce the burden of the debt. Brazil is our future in both racial and economic matters.

    Inflation is cooked into the books. The new Republican tax plan includes a bogus measure that understates inflation. Then, when actual inflation erodes the value of benefits, the plan achieves its ends.

    • Replies: @Flip
    Peter Schiff has it right.

    http://dailybail.com/home/peter-schiff-of-course-were-not-going-to-pay-back-the-chines.html
  191. @Bernardo Pizzaro Cortez Del Castro
    Unlikely to get jail time for possession ..... much riskier to cross state lines with a legal firearm ..... a man did this in jersey and is doing 5 year hard time

    That’s a helluva of a cool handle you got there Bernie.

  192. @27 year old
    I like the delay and ignore rather than the rescind or repeal, etc etc. Less vulnerable to talmudic scheming by judges that nobody has heard of.

    Speaking of, what's up with the travel ban?

    And on a related note, I bet there are thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs that could be delayed and ignored, and quietly hurt the people who hate us, or help the people we like get a boot off their neck. If they could be found, and then gotten in front of somebody who can make this stuff happen, it could have impact.

    Section 8 itself would be a good candidate for executive branch neglect. The program has wrecked school systems in most urban counties, and has harmed the supposed beneficiaries, by scattering them out beyond easy reach of their social networks. Simply quit issuing new Section 8 vouchers.

  193. @LondonBob
    Nonsense Germans are renowned for their indolence and stupidity.

    Makes it thirty years then, long time, and Volker was the last competent one too.

    Makes it thirty years then, long time, and Volker was the last competent one too.

    I’m sorry, but that is just bs. In what way, specifically, have his successors proven incompetent?

    • Replies: @Ivy
    Maestro Greenspan has been widely and deservedly criticized for his handling of the economy. He didn't act alone but as Fed Chair his vote and influence counted more. He admitted as much in his belated recognition about his incorrect and incomplete worldview.
  194. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    "This is where the problem started, since the volatile medicinal and psychoactive elements are mostly consumed by the infusion"

    Lies. Pot consumed in any form cures nothing.

    I've heard at least dozens but probably hundreds of medical [sic] marijuana users describe their regimen, and it's always the same: they smoke or eat it before bed because it knocks them out and makes them oblivious to whatever pain they're allegedly suffering. So it's no different than guzzling a fifth of bourbon or dropping a couple Xanax before bedtime.

    Pot is a narcotic and nothing more.

    And the Trump administration is wasting time and political capital going after potheads. It's not the government's business.

    So it’s no different than guzzling a fifth of bourbon or dropping a couple Xanax before bedtime.

    It’s not nearly as damaging as alcohol, get real. (And I say that as someone who vastly prefers drinking.)

  195. @J.Ross
    What does that have to do with anything? Are they not going to be privileged double-standard-bearers outside of ha'aretz? The major problem with Kiryas Joel is that, whatever it thinks about Israel, it behaves as though it *was* Israel (which I guess by their particular theological lights, it is).

    You have to love the way that “biz” guy defends the indefensible. If there was an intentional pro-white community like Kiryas Joel, the Jewish media would be going apeshit. As it is, probably not one in a thousand Amerians realizes things like Kiryas Joel even exist.

    • Replies: @biz
    Whoa, I didn't defend it. Kiryas Joel is a shit hole full of welfare cheats who wear ridiculous outfits and I would never want to live there. However if someone else wanted to live there for some reason I would support their right and oppose the Satmar's desire to keep outsiders out.

    However viewing the Satmar as representative of Jewish Americans is ridiculous. They are atypical in every conceivable way. In fact their being anti-Israel dickwads makes them more similar to some commenters here than to many mainstream Jews.

    , @Anonymous
    KJ is a sort of poster boy for bad racist ethnic enclaves which are nonetheless permitted to drive public policy. There's also Monsey, New Square, and a half-dozen more just in Rockland and Orange counties. None are Satmar, as far as I know, and as far as I care. All are fanatically anti-goyish.
  196. @silviosilver
    You have to love the way that "biz" guy defends the indefensible. If there was an intentional pro-white community like Kiryas Joel, the Jewish media would be going apeshit. As it is, probably not one in a thousand Amerians realizes things like Kiryas Joel even exist.

    Whoa, I didn’t defend it. Kiryas Joel is a shit hole full of welfare cheats who wear ridiculous outfits and I would never want to live there. However if someone else wanted to live there for some reason I would support their right and oppose the Satmar’s desire to keep outsiders out.

    However viewing the Satmar as representative of Jewish Americans is ridiculous. They are atypical in every conceivable way. In fact their being anti-Israel dickwads makes them more similar to some commenters here than to many mainstream Jews.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Silvio's point is inarguably correct -- an unapologetic white community would not be tolerated, not even in the planning stages -- and you are conflating unique illegal privilege, such as always just happens to stumble into the laps of organized Jewish people, with some Voltaire nonsense about freedom of conscience. Kiryas Joel has nothing to do with freedom of belief. It's not a matter of belief or conscience or obscure theology that a certain group and only that group gets their own armed recognized-in-law police force, which police force is the only one in the country that is allowed to shoot black people without astroturf and media outcry. It's not a matter of scripture that Jewish pedophiles and spies and immigrant-slavers are allowed an El Al get out of jail pass. It's not a matter of religion that Jewish problem stories in the news are routinely represented in entertainment media but always with the charming detail that the Jewish criminal is rewritten as a WASP. None of this has anything to do with conscience. It cannot. The people concerned have no conscience.
  197. @silviosilver

    Makes it thirty years then, long time, and Volker was the last competent one too.
     
    I'm sorry, but that is just bs. In what way, specifically, have his successors proven incompetent?

    Maestro Greenspan has been widely and deservedly criticized for his handling of the economy. He didn’t act alone but as Fed Chair his vote and influence counted more. He admitted as much in his belated recognition about his incorrect and incomplete worldview.

  198. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @silviosilver
    You have to love the way that "biz" guy defends the indefensible. If there was an intentional pro-white community like Kiryas Joel, the Jewish media would be going apeshit. As it is, probably not one in a thousand Amerians realizes things like Kiryas Joel even exist.

    KJ is a sort of poster boy for bad racist ethnic enclaves which are nonetheless permitted to drive public policy. There’s also Monsey, New Square, and a half-dozen more just in Rockland and Orange counties. None are Satmar, as far as I know, and as far as I care. All are fanatically anti-goyish.

  199. @Steve (not sloppy)
    Well I hate to break it to you, but P.G. County’s black population has metastasized to the mostly white and blue collar counties in Southern MD. Charles county is the new P.G. and it looks to me like Calvert/St. Mary’s will be next. Probably in another 10-20 years if Latinos take over P.G. (When I moved away a couple years ago, they established a beachhead in a “lovely” inner beltway suburb called Suitland.)

    Most of the Washington metro is going that way.

    Birthrates + Immigration. Wypipo on de way out.

    Did I say “Washington”? I meant “America”

  200. @Expletive Deleted
    The Scythians and other Steppe nomads with whom the practice seems to have originated several thousand years ago had funky little head-wigwams they could stick their nit-infested bonces into, next to a small ceramic brazier/censer doohickey in which they had the stuff smouldering. Seeds mainly, IIRC.
    Classical reports say they got absolutely monged on the stuff. Then they started boozing. Surprised they ever managed to get even one 3-edged arrow off straight.

    To paraphrase Tracey Jordan: I understood about half the words in your post.

  201. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Weltanschauung
    Speaking of

    thousands of virtually unknown small but nasty programs
     
    From what our daughter tells us, our school district is still in enthusiastic compliance with the School Discipline Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices.

    FWIW, way back in the late 1970s when I was in jr high school, we already had a ‘hands-off’ policy with regard to negro student misbehavior. This was long before it was codified into law. And most of us kids could already tell it wasn’t going to do these miscreants any good in the long run. Potomac (Montgomery County) Md.

  202. @biz
    Whoa, I didn't defend it. Kiryas Joel is a shit hole full of welfare cheats who wear ridiculous outfits and I would never want to live there. However if someone else wanted to live there for some reason I would support their right and oppose the Satmar's desire to keep outsiders out.

    However viewing the Satmar as representative of Jewish Americans is ridiculous. They are atypical in every conceivable way. In fact their being anti-Israel dickwads makes them more similar to some commenters here than to many mainstream Jews.

    Silvio’s point is inarguably correct — an unapologetic white community would not be tolerated, not even in the planning stages — and you are conflating unique illegal privilege, such as always just happens to stumble into the laps of organized Jewish people, with some Voltaire nonsense about freedom of conscience. Kiryas Joel has nothing to do with freedom of belief. It’s not a matter of belief or conscience or obscure theology that a certain group and only that group gets their own armed recognized-in-law police force, which police force is the only one in the country that is allowed to shoot black people without astroturf and media outcry. It’s not a matter of scripture that Jewish pedophiles and spies and immigrant-slavers are allowed an El Al get out of jail pass. It’s not a matter of religion that Jewish problem stories in the news are routinely represented in entertainment media but always with the charming detail that the Jewish criminal is rewritten as a WASP. None of this has anything to do with conscience. It cannot. The people concerned have no conscience.

    • Replies: @biz

    which police force is the only one in the country that is allowed to shoot black people without astroturf and media outcry
     
    This one I am not familiar with. Has there been an incident where the Kiryas Joel police shot a black person? I did a google search for "Kiryas Joel police shooting" and turned up nothing relevant.
  203. @J.Ross
    At the end of the program they found occasion to mention that he was an extremely high ranking Obama minion and now teaches law at Georgetown. You would never guess that he teaches law from his babbling. I found no legal reasoning or relevant information: he was saying, well, you know, if it looks like what Trump did was X, well then, you know, that would look really bad. Everything he said was total speculation and all the pseudo-conclusions he randomly arrived at were as obvious as breakfast cereal box illustrations.
    Reminder: there is no "Russia investigation." It's not just that there's nothing to investigate. They made a cynical calculation that aging Cold War graduates can be kept worried by repeating the word "Russians" every so often. They will continuously do so and actually reaching a conclusion would only interrupt their plans.

    “You would never guess that he teaches law from his babbling”

    Current academic debate technique:

    Aristotle would be proud.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Ah yes, heard about this from RadioDerb back when it happened. I was an incompetantly bad debater in high school, but I was debating. They're clearly poetry-slamming. The main early trick in school debate is teaching the responsible and clearly cited use of evidence. There's objectively nothing in there that could be called "evidence," it's the French essay style of uninterrupted logic.
    A companion video is the South African school meeting where the black students want Lightning Mages of the Dark Jungle taught alongside Tesla and Rutherford. When a white student objects that zapping your enemies isn't real he is publicly shamed and called to self-confess because he spoke out of turn. I wish I was there, I'd dramatically quote Henry Miller on the unlikelihood of being hit by lightning.
    Putting my head in the lion's mouth though I meant what I said more literally. If you try to reject Dawkins or Pinker or a hard scientist, you'll be proven wrong and rightly (and clearly) so.
    Law is different. There's nothing similarly ignorant about rejecting bad lawyers -- you won't get anywhere in court of course, but that's hardly an objective rebuttal, it only proves the conspiracy against the laity. A law that contradicts the Constitution is not a law. A lot of false authority will either get cleaned up, or it will exhaust its own facade, and then get cleaned up anyway.
    Lefties think that "behind" the Constitution is some framework of unquestionable back-up laws that will keep them safe. Actually in both scenarios all we have are armed men with varying attitudes about the seriousness of legal authority. Lefties would be a lot less eager to tear down legal authority if they thought of it that way.
  204. @TomSchmidt
    Inflation is cooked into the books. The new Republican tax plan includes a bogus measure that understates inflation. Then, when actual inflation erodes the value of benefits, the plan achieves its ends.
    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    Excellent. Even funnier version of same:

    http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/china-cold-open/n12611?snl=1
  205. @J.Ross
    Silvio's point is inarguably correct -- an unapologetic white community would not be tolerated, not even in the planning stages -- and you are conflating unique illegal privilege, such as always just happens to stumble into the laps of organized Jewish people, with some Voltaire nonsense about freedom of conscience. Kiryas Joel has nothing to do with freedom of belief. It's not a matter of belief or conscience or obscure theology that a certain group and only that group gets their own armed recognized-in-law police force, which police force is the only one in the country that is allowed to shoot black people without astroturf and media outcry. It's not a matter of scripture that Jewish pedophiles and spies and immigrant-slavers are allowed an El Al get out of jail pass. It's not a matter of religion that Jewish problem stories in the news are routinely represented in entertainment media but always with the charming detail that the Jewish criminal is rewritten as a WASP. None of this has anything to do with conscience. It cannot. The people concerned have no conscience.

    which police force is the only one in the country that is allowed to shoot black people without astroturf and media outcry

    This one I am not familiar with. Has there been an incident where the Kiryas Joel police shot a black person? I did a google search for “Kiryas Joel police shooting” and turned up nothing relevant.

  206. @Flip
    Peter Schiff has it right.

    http://dailybail.com/home/peter-schiff-of-course-were-not-going-to-pay-back-the-chines.html
  207. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    "The DC metro also has almost a 360 degree pattern in which to expand, something that only Atlanta and Charlotte have among East Coast major metros."

    Not quite. There's a little glitch called the Potomac River that kind of busts up the 360 degree thingy for metro DC.

    No kidding. I’m wondering why Philadelphia didn’t make the list. The only impediment is the Delaware River. Yes, there are some hills, but Atlanta has that in spades.

  208. @Rosamond Vincy
    "You would never guess that he teaches law from his babbling"

    Current academic debate technique:

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

    Aristotle would be proud.

    Ah yes, heard about this from RadioDerb back when it happened. I was an incompetantly bad debater in high school, but I was debating. They’re clearly poetry-slamming. The main early trick in school debate is teaching the responsible and clearly cited use of evidence. There’s objectively nothing in there that could be called “evidence,” it’s the French essay style of uninterrupted logic.
    A companion video is the South African school meeting where the black students want Lightning Mages of the Dark Jungle taught alongside Tesla and Rutherford. When a white student objects that zapping your enemies isn’t real he is publicly shamed and called to self-confess because he spoke out of turn. I wish I was there, I’d dramatically quote Henry Miller on the unlikelihood of being hit by lightning.
    Putting my head in the lion’s mouth though I meant what I said more literally. If you try to reject Dawkins or Pinker or a hard scientist, you’ll be proven wrong and rightly (and clearly) so.
    Law is different. There’s nothing similarly ignorant about rejecting bad lawyers — you won’t get anywhere in court of course, but that’s hardly an objective rebuttal, it only proves the conspiracy against the laity. A law that contradicts the Constitution is not a law. A lot of false authority will either get cleaned up, or it will exhaust its own facade, and then get cleaned up anyway.
    Lefties think that “behind” the Constitution is some framework of unquestionable back-up laws that will keep them safe. Actually in both scenarios all we have are armed men with varying attitudes about the seriousness of legal authority. Lefties would be a lot less eager to tear down legal authority if they thought of it that way.

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