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From the Washington Post news section:

Va. judge rules Black defendant can’t get a fair trial in courtroom largely featuring portraits of White judges

By Justin Jouvenal
Dec. 22, 2020 at 12:26 p.m. PST

A Fairfax County judge has ruled that a Black defendant can’t get a fair trial in a courtroom decorated overwhelmingly with portraits of White judges and has ordered the paintings to be removed for the man’s upcoming legal proceeding.

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge David Bernhard wrote in an opinion issued late Monday that the portraits of past judges from the Fairfax County Circuit Court could create the impression that the court is biased. Bernhard wrote that he won’t allow any portraits to be on display for any trial he presides over.

“The Court is concerned the portraits may serve as unintended but implicit symbols that suggest the courtroom may be a place historically administered by whites for whites, and that thus others are of a lesser standing in the dispensing of justice,” Bernhard wrote. “The Defendant’s constitutional right to a fair jury trial stands paramount over the countervailing interest of paying homage to the tradition of adorning courtrooms with portraits that honor past jurists.”

Bernhard’s ruling came in response to a request to remove the portraits contained in a motion from Terrance Shipp Jr., who is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 4 on charges of eluding police, assault on a law enforcement officer and other counts.

Isn’t the new Negative First Amendment “That Congress shall make no law requiring a Black man to be arrested if he’s not damn well in the mood to be arrested”?

Bernhard wrote in his opinion that the country is at a moment that calls for “heightened attention to the past inequities visited upon persons of color,” an apparent reference to the nationwide protests over the treatment of minorities in the criminal justice system in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

In his opinion, Bernhard pointed out that 45 of the 47 past judges whose portraits hang in the Fairfax County courthouse are White, and the Circuit court has had only three Black judges in its history.

Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017, describes himself as “White Hispanic.” He was born to parents of Jewish and German descent in El Salvador, before seeking asylum in the United States in the 1970s.

A reader points out that Jewish concerns over the totemic power of portraits go back to Medieval Spain:

This remind me of this from Paul Johnson’s The History of the Jews:

“In Spain, at any rate for a time, the debates were more genuine and covered a wide area. Were cathedrals better than the Temple? Should priests/rabbis marry? ‘Why are more of the gentiles white and handsome whilst most of the Jews are black and ugly?’, to which the Jews replied that Christian women had sexual intercourse during menstruation, so passing on the redness of blood to their children’s complexion, and also that when gentiles had sex ‘they are surrounded by beautiful paintings and give birth to their likeness’.”

 
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  1. Steve have you looked into the illegal alien mortality or do you just enjoy carrying water for the deep state? Gives your arms a heck of a work out.

    • Agree: Marco de Wit
  2. Bernhard? No shit. “Parents of Jewish descent”? Dig it.

    And the poor colored guy can’t get a break? Thank goodness Bernhard was there looking after his interests.

  3. describes himself as “White Hispanic.”

    Wrong on both counts.

    • Agree: dcthrowback, ben tillman
  4. Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017, describes himself as “White Hispanic.” He was born to parents of Jewish and German descent in El Salvador, before seeking asylum in the United States in the 1970s.

    It’s performance art at this point

    • LOL: ben tillman
    • Replies: @Barnard
    @Pop Warner

    Trump should have used people like this as evidence to end refugee resettlement in addition to all the violent felons it brings into the country. A 50 years moratorium and taking anyone seeking asylum would be a good start.

    , @SMK
    @Pop Warner

    He "describes himself as a 'white Hispanic' because he was born to parents of Jewish and German descent in El Salvador." Then Jared Taylor, if born in Cuba or Peru rather than Japan, should also describe as a "white Hispanic." And since he was born in Japan, he should describe himself as a "white Japanese."

  5. I’m sure a lot of death sentences were handed out in that court over a couple of centuries. My folks moved there in 1956, sleepy little Civil War town then. Our neighborhood became Fairfax City in 1960 and the liberalization was on. It’s a crime infested shithole outside the gated communities, it’s home to the Deep State for sure. McLean is a nicer town, but it was all very serious with courts back then. Big money in the hands of a relative few. The rest are on treadmills. Maybe the first insertions of Section 8 Blacks and their nutcase kids into the nice neighborhoods of 800K dollar homes. Obama got it kicked off, but Trump killed it. Hopefully it gets tried out in Fairfax County. They deserve it turning Blue and all. Tolerating this IDIOT judge is further torment for them. They’re going to get their Woke good and hard.

    Me, I bailed to New England, close to, near or in New Hampshire. Nice up here. I don’t recognize the region when I pass through Fairfax, Vienna, Tyson’s Corner, all within Fairfax County. It reminds me of the belly of the whale. It’s a tar pit. Dip your toe in, hard to get out.

    • Replies: @RichardTaylor
    @Jim Christian

    Every White liberal and every "moderate Republican" community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.

    They need to be shamed into taking it. They deliberately pushed forced integration, desegregation, and affirmative action, thinking only the White proles would suffer.

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Matt Buckalew, @AnotherDad

    , @black sea
    @Jim Christian


    Big money in the hands of a relative few. The rest are on treadmills.
     
    The American Dream, circa 2020.
    , @Neoconned
    @Jim Christian

    I forget who's idea it was.....maybe Whiskey....but basically its use court orders to send Section 8 types to various "covenant communities" full of lily white virtue signalling wokesterz....

    Start with Marin County & the Hamptons and work your way down from there.....build a Section 8 project right outside Nancy Pelosis winery etc .....

  6. Anonymous[503] • Disclaimer says:

    Bernhard wrote in his opinion that the country is at a moment that calls for “heightened attention to the past inequities visited upon persons of color.”

    In his opinion, Bernhard pointed out that 45 of the 47 past judges whose portraits hang in the Fairfax County courthouse are White.

    Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017, describes himself as “White Hispanic.” He was born to parents of Jewish and German descent in El Salvador, before seeking asylum in the United States in the 1970s.

    Every single time.

    • Agree: Kylie
    • Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country
    @Anonymous

    No, no. Jack D will explain why you shouldn't believe your lying eyes.

    Jews are just another group or, maybe, hey, this is just one guy, he doesn't represent us. Whatever argument makes the goy go back to sleep. Whatever works to make the sale.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Anonymous

    FiveOThree, next the statue of blind justice with an afro, hoop earrings and a mega butt. Works for me.

  7. Anonymous[101] • Disclaimer says:

    Why is it that so many of Sailer’s articles revolve around “race”? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not “race”. Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different “races” can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    Gender is biologically real, species are biologically real, but “race” is biologically meaningless, a concept that was literally invented in the 19th century to justify European colonialism. They just randomly selected an arbitrary trait, in this case skin color, and they decided to create a category out of it. For instance, there are black people with blue eyes. I could say that it is eye color and not skin color that determines “race”, and then a black man with blue eyes and a Swede with blue eyes would be of the same “race”, while a Swede with blond hair and white skin but brown eyes would be of a different “race” to the one that the black man with the blue eyes and the Swede with the blue eyes belong to. It is completely arbitrary and meaningless. It is 100% asinine.

    I don’t think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    • LOL: AnotherDad, TWS
    • Replies: @Blubb
    @Anonymous

    I can not find a single true statement in this post.

    1. England does HEAVILY classify races, even for your doctor's visit you have to register as "white English - white Irish - white other" - and that's just the white category.

    2. The races there get along much worse with Asians committing thousands of ethnically motivated rapes against white children every year

    3. Blacks are a tiny minority, so there weren't as many tensions, yet, but they've also stated ethnically motivated rapes against white children (everyone else gets away with it, so why not) and have staged several race riots). Where they can, they keep themselves to themselves regardless of class

    4. Mixed children don't experience hybrid vigor, but rather outbreeding depression, being more likely to be feral and psychologically ill than pure breds of either race.

    5. Race wasn't invented during colonialism, it was OBSERVED for the first time during colonialism, because prior to that whites just didn't have much contact with blacks or Asians. Race is a classifier of biology which takes a number of features of a given animal into account, and in humans, it affects not just skin colour, but bone structure, facial structure, disease proneness, biochemical processing, and brain structure.

    I don't know how you think you can come here with your hogwash and stand in a discussion in the comment section. You must be severely deluded. Jew?

    , @anon
    @Anonymous

    Why is it that so many of Sailer’s articles revolve around “race”?

    Perhaps because it is shoved into the faces of Americans 24 / 7 just for a start. Did you even bother to read the article at all?

    Gender is biologically real,

    Gender is a linguistic concept. Sex is a biological reality.

    , @black sea
    @Anonymous


    No one in the rest of the World talks about race.

     

    I stopped reading here.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Anonymous


    Gender is biologically real
     
    Comment dit-on "Yeah, right..." à Paris?


    https://study.com/cimages/videopreview/sc3aasc3pd.jpg
    , @Kronos
    @Anonymous


    Why is it that so many of Sailer’s articles revolve around “race”? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not “race”.
     
    It’s not so much that Sailer obsesses about race but that it’s the primal obsession of contemporary US politics. Our legal system is much more configured to process race by the 1964 Civil Rights Act compared to class. (Though I myself find class to be a much more important indicator outside the stark comparison of US black-white relations.) But the US system with such legal procedures as “disparate impact” never really allows class into consideration.

    Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different “races” can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.
     
    I’d argue race is more of a social (helpful statistical) construct, but ethnicity is the real deal in genetic testing and comparison. Humans more belong in different sub-species compared to separate races. The “hybrid vigor” thing can go either way. If one group has a deadly mutation that another diverse group can genetically randomize into pacification that can work. Or, it can create a whole new set of unique genetic problems. One human gene can have around five different functions and messing around with that can be iffy. Also, the “whites” are generally pulling up the IQs of their mixed race children. (With the large exception of East Asian spouses.)

    I don’t think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.
     
    It’s the fact that America imposes its neoliberal views on the world that such issues deserve ample attention. One frequent observation of the iSteve community is that Steve doesn’t so much supports but “notices” things in the international arena. If US feminists really want to launch a imperial crusade in Nigeria to stop female circumcision is that really worth our blood and treasure?

    You sound too well spoken to be a typical troll. How about researching the iSteve archive and look for anything you might find interesting. Steve’s views on real estate has certainly saved me money.

    http://s9.favim.com/orig/131229/cute-exo-funny-rich-Favim.com-1198840.gif

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Hibernian
    @Anonymous


    For instance, there are black people with blue eyes.
     
    One in a hundred at most.
    , @Foreign Expert
    @Anonymous


    Why is it that so many of Sailer’s articles revolve around “race”? This is like an American obsession.
     
    This sophisticate has obviously never lived in Asia. Asians can’t speak two sentences without mentioning race.
    , @martin_2
    @Anonymous

    600,000 white English moved away from London to escape diversity. Much of this was to do with white girls and boys not being able to go out socially without being threatened and having their personal possessions stolen by gangs of black youths. It happened to me, (I was one of the parents).

    White European brains are on the average one cubic inch smaller than Chinese, Japanese and Korean (Orientals) brains. Orientals have higher IQ than whites. So Racial differences are not just superficial, they are salient in explaining much of what we witness in Western societies.

  8. Your Honor, I move that we adorn the courtroom with the likeness of Li’l Wayne for the duration of the current proceedings.


    PS: Assault on a law enforcement officer? I thought we weren’t prosecuting that any more. Defendant isn’t white is he? It’s 2020. Case Dismissed.

    • LOL: Voltarde, HammerJack
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Mr McKenna

    Just have him preside over the case, while we're at it.

    , @Neoconned
    @Mr McKenna

    I always loved Wayne.....i think he lives in Metairie now though.....he got out of the hood & lives in a gated community now.

  9. The portraits aren’t judging anyone. Judge Bernhard is.

    And how would Judge Bernhard feel if a devout Christian came into his courtroom and said he couldn’t get a fair trial from a Jewish judge?

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Aardvark
    @Wilkey

    Perhaps he needs to experience a Jeffersons style black man to come in the court room and address him as "Honky"... We may proceed to see how amused he is by this.

  10. “Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017…”

    Reminds me of Larren Lyttle, the black judge in Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent who the narrator — a deputy chief prosecuting attorney, accused of killing one of his female colleagues with whom he had had an affair — described as a defense lawyer who never shed his affection for the criminal defendant, even after ascending to the bench. I don’t have the book anymore, but I remember Turow writing something like, “In Judge Lyttle’s courtroom, there were two lawyers for the defense, and the better one of the two wore black robes.”

    Once a defense lawyer, always a defense lawyer.

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Oh so true in Philadelphia, where the Soros-allied DA, Larry Krasner, was (heh) a long time defense attorney. His ability to now make sweeping decisions about who, and/or how fully, criminal defendants will be charged or prosecuted must be a dream come true for this empowered shitlib.

    Philly, and the Old Dominion, too, now circle the drain with increasing velocity under the rule of these leftists. And not just there, but anywhere these scumbags hold sway.

    , @ben tillman
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Except this judge wasn't a defense lawyer; he was an aggressor. He invaded this country as an asylee, and he continues to cooperate with his fellow aggressors like this black defendant.

  11. @Jim Christian
    I'm sure a lot of death sentences were handed out in that court over a couple of centuries. My folks moved there in 1956, sleepy little Civil War town then. Our neighborhood became Fairfax City in 1960 and the liberalization was on. It's a crime infested shithole outside the gated communities, it's home to the Deep State for sure. McLean is a nicer town, but it was all very serious with courts back then. Big money in the hands of a relative few. The rest are on treadmills. Maybe the first insertions of Section 8 Blacks and their nutcase kids into the nice neighborhoods of 800K dollar homes. Obama got it kicked off, but Trump killed it. Hopefully it gets tried out in Fairfax County. They deserve it turning Blue and all. Tolerating this IDIOT judge is further torment for them. They're going to get their Woke good and hard.

    Me, I bailed to New England, close to, near or in New Hampshire. Nice up here. I don't recognize the region when I pass through Fairfax, Vienna, Tyson's Corner, all within Fairfax County. It reminds me of the belly of the whale. It's a tar pit. Dip your toe in, hard to get out.

    Replies: @RichardTaylor, @black sea, @Neoconned

    Every White liberal and every “moderate Republican” community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.

    They need to be shamed into taking it. They deliberately pushed forced integration, desegregation, and affirmative action, thinking only the White proles would suffer.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @Wilkey
    @RichardTaylor


    Every White liberal and every “moderate Republican” community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.
     
    Indeed. If I had a few billion one thing I would do is build massive amounts of Section 8 housing in every left wing town in the country, from Malibu to Martha's Vineyard (Ahoy there, President Obama!). I would build Section 8 apartments next to the home of every single congressman. I would buy mansions next to them and rent them out to 30 illegals from El Salvador, all of them single men. All of the playgrounds of the rich would be flooded with Somali immigrants - Jupiter Island, Aspen, Vail, Park City, Telluride, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole - all of them. And not way across town, but right next door.
    , @Matt Buckalew
    @RichardTaylor

    I’d build every section eight housing complex within ten miles of Jack D’s house.

    , @AnotherDad
    @RichardTaylor


    Every White liberal and every “moderate Republican” community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.

    They need to be shamed into taking it. They deliberately pushed forced integration, desegregation, and affirmative action, thinking only the White proles would suffer.
     

    Spot on Richard. And this is why we need some form of separation.

    I'll try to do some actual work toward solutions here:

    The way to sell separation is the idea that we can *immediately* simply get out of each other's hair and go about our business in our own communities.

    -- You vote your choice of ideology.
    (New America) "Our diversity is our greatest strength"
    (Traditional America) "America is a child of Western Christian civilization and peoples and our liberties flow from our Anglo-Saxon roots."

    -- The nation then splits--probably best at the county level--into blue (Rainbow)/red (American) communities forming two separate nations.

    -- We have two separate--but treaty bound, cooperating--national governments. Collecting taxes--as they wish--only from their own citizens and "resident aliens".

    -- You maintain your current residency and property rights (at least for some period). And through transit rights.

    -- But the key aspect -- you no longer are a citizen or can vote in a community of the nation that you are not part of.

    -- And people who are not citizens have no right to move into a community of the other nation.

    These last two are the critical protection of Americans from the Rainbow people. They can wreck *their* communities, but not *our* communities. I.e. ... we have a border!!!


    Of course--as i've noted before--once the prospect of separation is mooted, and the Rainbow Jews, Asians and good-whites contemplate life
    -- without the prospect of looting deplorables through commerce and taxes
    and
    -- with the prospect of actually enjoying the benefits of diversity with their "people of color"
    a lot of lies get unmasked and our politics would be improved.

    Separation rips the mask off of who is looting whom.

    Replies: @dvorak

  12. Even though I don’t buy the SJW reasoning, I also don’t think actual courtrooms should have portraits of old retired judges, or anybody else.

    With the possible exceptions of a George Washington or Abe Lincoln portrait, and maybe an American flag, or image of the Constitution, courts should be austere temples to the business of justice. Art galleries of retired guys can go out in the hall.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Hypnotoad666


    With the possible exceptions of a George Washington or Abe Lincoln portrait, and maybe an American flag, or image of the Constitution, courts should be austere temples to the business of justice.
     
    Lincoln was a mass murderer and a tyrant. He is a symbol of injustice.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @ben tillman

    , @bomag
    @Hypnotoad666

    Agree.

    But the judge could have just quietly moved the portraits. That he made a spectacle of it points to the political nature of his existence.

    , @Orville H. Larson
    @Hypnotoad666

    " . . . courts should be austere temples to the business of justice. Art galleries of retired guys can go out in the hall."

    Exactly. (Also, one doesn't see portraits of doctors lining the walls of operating rooms!)

    What belongs in a courtroom? (1) A competent, impartial judge, (2) an ethical prosecutor, and (3) an able, zealous defense lawyer. Of course, the reality is often at odds with the ideal. . . .

    , @Anonymous
    @Hypnotoad666

    Yes, I was thinking similarly during the controversy over 'dude walls' in colleges. Lecture halls should have bare walls. There should be nothing on them to distract the students. Put the pictures somewhere else.

  13. Jewish refugee shows complete lack of gratitude to his generous host country: more at 11

    • Agree: Johnny Smoggins
    • Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country
    @AndrewR

    The real question is why countries keep letting them in. Be interesting to see if the pattern continues in Asia. I can only hope they're watching and noticing.

  14. @Anonymous
    Why is it that so many of Sailer's articles revolve around "race"? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not "race". Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different "races" can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    Gender is biologically real, species are biologically real, but "race" is biologically meaningless, a concept that was literally invented in the 19th century to justify European colonialism. They just randomly selected an arbitrary trait, in this case skin color, and they decided to create a category out of it. For instance, there are black people with blue eyes. I could say that it is eye color and not skin color that determines "race", and then a black man with blue eyes and a Swede with blue eyes would be of the same "race", while a Swede with blond hair and white skin but brown eyes would be of a different "race" to the one that the black man with the blue eyes and the Swede with the blue eyes belong to. It is completely arbitrary and meaningless. It is 100% asinine.

    I don't think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    Replies: @Blubb, @anon, @black sea, @Reg Cæsar, @Kronos, @Hibernian, @Foreign Expert, @martin_2

    I can not find a single true statement in this post.

    1. England does HEAVILY classify races, even for your doctor’s visit you have to register as “white English – white Irish – white other” – and that’s just the white category.

    2. The races there get along much worse with Asians committing thousands of ethnically motivated rapes against white children every year

    3. Blacks are a tiny minority, so there weren’t as many tensions, yet, but they’ve also stated ethnically motivated rapes against white children (everyone else gets away with it, so why not) and have staged several race riots). Where they can, they keep themselves to themselves regardless of class

    4. Mixed children don’t experience hybrid vigor, but rather outbreeding depression, being more likely to be feral and psychologically ill than pure breds of either race.

    5. Race wasn’t invented during colonialism, it was OBSERVED for the first time during colonialism, because prior to that whites just didn’t have much contact with blacks or Asians. Race is a classifier of biology which takes a number of features of a given animal into account, and in humans, it affects not just skin colour, but bone structure, facial structure, disease proneness, biochemical processing, and brain structure.

    I don’t know how you think you can come here with your hogwash and stand in a discussion in the comment section. You must be severely deluded. Jew?

  15. Is a “fair” trial one that only results in acquittal?

    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @The Alarmist


    Is a “fair” trial one that only results in acquittal?
     
    Only if you're a POC. Whites are always guilty.

    Try to keep up.
  16. @Anonymous
    Why is it that so many of Sailer's articles revolve around "race"? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not "race". Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different "races" can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    Gender is biologically real, species are biologically real, but "race" is biologically meaningless, a concept that was literally invented in the 19th century to justify European colonialism. They just randomly selected an arbitrary trait, in this case skin color, and they decided to create a category out of it. For instance, there are black people with blue eyes. I could say that it is eye color and not skin color that determines "race", and then a black man with blue eyes and a Swede with blue eyes would be of the same "race", while a Swede with blond hair and white skin but brown eyes would be of a different "race" to the one that the black man with the blue eyes and the Swede with the blue eyes belong to. It is completely arbitrary and meaningless. It is 100% asinine.

    I don't think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    Replies: @Blubb, @anon, @black sea, @Reg Cæsar, @Kronos, @Hibernian, @Foreign Expert, @martin_2

    Why is it that so many of Sailer’s articles revolve around “race”?

    Perhaps because it is shoved into the faces of Americans 24 / 7 just for a start. Did you even bother to read the article at all?

    Gender is biologically real,

    Gender is a linguistic concept. Sex is a biological reality.

    • Agree: Dissident
  17. @Jim Christian
    I'm sure a lot of death sentences were handed out in that court over a couple of centuries. My folks moved there in 1956, sleepy little Civil War town then. Our neighborhood became Fairfax City in 1960 and the liberalization was on. It's a crime infested shithole outside the gated communities, it's home to the Deep State for sure. McLean is a nicer town, but it was all very serious with courts back then. Big money in the hands of a relative few. The rest are on treadmills. Maybe the first insertions of Section 8 Blacks and their nutcase kids into the nice neighborhoods of 800K dollar homes. Obama got it kicked off, but Trump killed it. Hopefully it gets tried out in Fairfax County. They deserve it turning Blue and all. Tolerating this IDIOT judge is further torment for them. They're going to get their Woke good and hard.

    Me, I bailed to New England, close to, near or in New Hampshire. Nice up here. I don't recognize the region when I pass through Fairfax, Vienna, Tyson's Corner, all within Fairfax County. It reminds me of the belly of the whale. It's a tar pit. Dip your toe in, hard to get out.

    Replies: @RichardTaylor, @black sea, @Neoconned

    Big money in the hands of a relative few. The rest are on treadmills.

    The American Dream, circa 2020.

  18. @Anonymous
    Why is it that so many of Sailer's articles revolve around "race"? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not "race". Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different "races" can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    Gender is biologically real, species are biologically real, but "race" is biologically meaningless, a concept that was literally invented in the 19th century to justify European colonialism. They just randomly selected an arbitrary trait, in this case skin color, and they decided to create a category out of it. For instance, there are black people with blue eyes. I could say that it is eye color and not skin color that determines "race", and then a black man with blue eyes and a Swede with blue eyes would be of the same "race", while a Swede with blond hair and white skin but brown eyes would be of a different "race" to the one that the black man with the blue eyes and the Swede with the blue eyes belong to. It is completely arbitrary and meaningless. It is 100% asinine.

    I don't think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    Replies: @Blubb, @anon, @black sea, @Reg Cæsar, @Kronos, @Hibernian, @Foreign Expert, @martin_2

    No one in the rest of the World talks about race.

    I stopped reading here.

    • Thanks: Hibernian
  19. Perhaps these portraits are more to his comfort level?



    This one just cries out “Justice”:

    [MORE]

  20. @Anonymous
    Why is it that so many of Sailer's articles revolve around "race"? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not "race". Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different "races" can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    Gender is biologically real, species are biologically real, but "race" is biologically meaningless, a concept that was literally invented in the 19th century to justify European colonialism. They just randomly selected an arbitrary trait, in this case skin color, and they decided to create a category out of it. For instance, there are black people with blue eyes. I could say that it is eye color and not skin color that determines "race", and then a black man with blue eyes and a Swede with blue eyes would be of the same "race", while a Swede with blond hair and white skin but brown eyes would be of a different "race" to the one that the black man with the blue eyes and the Swede with the blue eyes belong to. It is completely arbitrary and meaningless. It is 100% asinine.

    I don't think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    Replies: @Blubb, @anon, @black sea, @Reg Cæsar, @Kronos, @Hibernian, @Foreign Expert, @martin_2

    Gender is biologically real

    Comment dit-on “Yeah, right…” à Paris?

    • LOL: ben tillman
  21. @Anonymous
    Why is it that so many of Sailer's articles revolve around "race"? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not "race". Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different "races" can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    Gender is biologically real, species are biologically real, but "race" is biologically meaningless, a concept that was literally invented in the 19th century to justify European colonialism. They just randomly selected an arbitrary trait, in this case skin color, and they decided to create a category out of it. For instance, there are black people with blue eyes. I could say that it is eye color and not skin color that determines "race", and then a black man with blue eyes and a Swede with blue eyes would be of the same "race", while a Swede with blond hair and white skin but brown eyes would be of a different "race" to the one that the black man with the blue eyes and the Swede with the blue eyes belong to. It is completely arbitrary and meaningless. It is 100% asinine.

    I don't think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    Replies: @Blubb, @anon, @black sea, @Reg Cæsar, @Kronos, @Hibernian, @Foreign Expert, @martin_2

    Why is it that so many of Sailer’s articles revolve around “race”? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not “race”.

    It’s not so much that Sailer obsesses about race but that it’s the primal obsession of contemporary US politics. Our legal system is much more configured to process race by the 1964 Civil Rights Act compared to class. (Though I myself find class to be a much more important indicator outside the stark comparison of US black-white relations.) But the US system with such legal procedures as “disparate impact” never really allows class into consideration.

    Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different “races” can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    I’d argue race is more of a social (helpful statistical) construct, but ethnicity is the real deal in genetic testing and comparison. Humans more belong in different sub-species compared to separate races. The “hybrid vigor” thing can go either way. If one group has a deadly mutation that another diverse group can genetically randomize into pacification that can work. Or, it can create a whole new set of unique genetic problems. One human gene can have around five different functions and messing around with that can be iffy. Also, the “whites” are generally pulling up the IQs of their mixed race children. (With the large exception of East Asian spouses.)

    I don’t think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    It’s the fact that America imposes its neoliberal views on the world that such issues deserve ample attention. One frequent observation of the iSteve community is that Steve doesn’t so much supports but “notices” things in the international arena. If US feminists really want to launch a imperial crusade in Nigeria to stop female circumcision is that really worth our blood and treasure?

    You sound too well spoken to be a typical troll. How about researching the iSteve archive and look for anything you might find interesting. Steve’s views on real estate has certainly saved me money.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Kronos


    Also, the “whites” are generally pulling up the IQs of their mixed race children.
     
    You have this backward. Blacks pull up the IQs of their mixed race children by mating with whites but whites pull theirs DOWN by mating with blacks. But people don't really select spouses based on IQ.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @Art Deco, @Kronos, @res

  22. I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @Merv Gold silver

    Oh boy, a return of the great Warren-style judges of the 1960s-1970s! The great Liberal Imperials return having fought and won against Neptune himself! For their wise legal decisions bring forth the most harmonious society ever configured.

    https://youtu.be/Fmum3glL1DA

    , @Gary in Gramercy
    @Merv Gold silver

    "You know what word I'm not comfortable with? Nuance. It's not a real word. Like 'gesture'. Gesture is a real word. With gesture, you know where you stand. But nuance? I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong."

    , @Hibernian
    @Merv Gold silver

    Tiny, you're back!

    Replies: @William Badwhite

    , @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia
    @Merv Gold silver

    Compassion should be shown to the victims of the crime first, way WAY before any potential perpetrator, especially when the ACTUAL perpetrator is more than likely sitting next to the defense attorney in said courtroom as the accused.

    But hey, that's just me. The current DA in Los Angeles county is of different opinion, but he has lots o' compassion for convicted criminals, as well as accused ones.

    Maybe you should congratulate him on his compassion.

    Meanwhile, the robe I wear is white, and it goes on after a shower.

    , @Craig Nelsen
    @Merv Gold silver


    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

     

    Then you'll appreciate the compassionate and nuanced thinking behind Lin-Manuel Miranda's campaign to change the names of Broadway's Sondheim, Minskoff, Simon, Friedman, Gershwin, Shubert, Hirschfeld, Jacobs, and Schoenfeld Theatres so that young Puerto Rican Catholic playwrights don't feel like the American theater is a Jewish enterprise favoring Jewish writers.
    , @Art Deco
    @Merv Gold silver

    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    He's not showing that and neither should be a priority in selecting a judge. Conscientiousness and fidelity are what you want in a judge.

  23. What, nobody’s posted “Here Comes The Judge”?!

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @Redneck farmer

    Saving that for a judge who looks like Pigmeat Markham.

    How about "Cry Mercy, Judge," by Tom Verlaine?

    Or "Eight Men, Four Women," by O.V. Wright?

    Or "The Judgment," by Elvis Costello (Solomon Burke's cover version on Don't Give Up On Me is even better)?

  24. @Redneck farmer
    What, nobody's posted "Here Comes The Judge"?!

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy

    Saving that for a judge who looks like Pigmeat Markham.

    How about “Cry Mercy, Judge,” by Tom Verlaine?

    Or “Eight Men, Four Women,” by O.V. Wright?

    Or “The Judgment,” by Elvis Costello (Solomon Burke’s cover version on Don’t Give Up On Me is even better)?

  25. @Merv Gold silver
    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    Replies: @Kronos, @Gary in Gramercy, @Hibernian, @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia, @Craig Nelsen, @Art Deco

    Oh boy, a return of the great Warren-style judges of the 1960s-1970s! The great Liberal Imperials return having fought and won against Neptune himself! For their wise legal decisions bring forth the most harmonious society ever configured.

  26. @Merv Gold silver
    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    Replies: @Kronos, @Gary in Gramercy, @Hibernian, @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia, @Craig Nelsen, @Art Deco

    “You know what word I’m not comfortable with? Nuance. It’s not a real word. Like ‘gesture’. Gesture is a real word. With gesture, you know where you stand. But nuance? I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong.”

    • LOL: black sea
  27. What is it with the Jews? This is madness.

  28. Virginia Judge David Bernhard = “Hebru vajina grind*. ¿Verdad?” “I dig.”

    *grind: one who works or studies excessively

  29. @Mr McKenna
    Your Honor, I move that we adorn the courtroom with the likeness of Li'l Wayne for the duration of the current proceedings.

    https://i.ibb.co/4YynQdP/Lil-Wayne-GKUA-Ultra-Premium-e1575557238150.jpg

    PS: Assault on a law enforcement officer? I thought we weren't prosecuting that any more. Defendant isn't white is he? It's 2020. Case Dismissed.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Neoconned

    Just have him preside over the case, while we’re at it.

  30. @Wilkey
    The portraits aren't judging anyone. Judge Bernhard is.

    And how would Judge Bernhard feel if a devout Christian came into his courtroom and said he couldn't get a fair trial from a Jewish judge?

    Replies: @Aardvark

    Perhaps he needs to experience a Jeffersons style black man to come in the court room and address him as “Honky”… We may proceed to see how amused he is by this.

  31. @Anonymous
    Why is it that so many of Sailer's articles revolve around "race"? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not "race". Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different "races" can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    Gender is biologically real, species are biologically real, but "race" is biologically meaningless, a concept that was literally invented in the 19th century to justify European colonialism. They just randomly selected an arbitrary trait, in this case skin color, and they decided to create a category out of it. For instance, there are black people with blue eyes. I could say that it is eye color and not skin color that determines "race", and then a black man with blue eyes and a Swede with blue eyes would be of the same "race", while a Swede with blond hair and white skin but brown eyes would be of a different "race" to the one that the black man with the blue eyes and the Swede with the blue eyes belong to. It is completely arbitrary and meaningless. It is 100% asinine.

    I don't think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    Replies: @Blubb, @anon, @black sea, @Reg Cæsar, @Kronos, @Hibernian, @Foreign Expert, @martin_2

    For instance, there are black people with blue eyes.

    One in a hundred at most.

  32. @Hypnotoad666
    Even though I don't buy the SJW reasoning, I also don't think actual courtrooms should have portraits of old retired judges, or anybody else.

    With the possible exceptions of a George Washington or Abe Lincoln portrait, and maybe an American flag, or image of the Constitution, courts should be austere temples to the business of justice. Art galleries of retired guys can go out in the hall.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @bomag, @Orville H. Larson, @Anonymous

    With the possible exceptions of a George Washington or Abe Lincoln portrait, and maybe an American flag, or image of the Constitution, courts should be austere temples to the business of justice.

    Lincoln was a mass murderer and a tyrant. He is a symbol of injustice.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @Anonymous


    Lincoln was a mass murderer and a tyrant. He is a symbol of injustice.
     
    I am going to go out on a limb, and guess that you are from the South. But history is written by the winners, so . . . .

    Replies: @Johann Ricke

    , @ben tillman
    @Anonymous

    Yes, you're right.

  33. @Merv Gold silver
    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    Replies: @Kronos, @Gary in Gramercy, @Hibernian, @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia, @Craig Nelsen, @Art Deco

    Tiny, you’re back!

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
    @Hibernian

    Notice this guy always picks a jewish name. Pretty anti-semitic of him!

  34. Isn’t the new Negative First Amendment “That Congress shall make no law requiring a Black man to be arrested if he’s not damn well in the mood to be arrested”?

    This reminds me of Henry Hill reassuring his wife Karen that wise-guys only go to jail if they want to, usually to get away from a nagging wife.

  35. Send him back. We’ve reached the point in our institutional evolution where we require very crude methods to secure some approximation of justice. In re Bernhard, that means he’s taken into custody by the Proud Boys, loaded on a plane to San Salvador, and reminded that if he attempts to return he’ll be hunted down and shot.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    If that happens, America will officially be a shitty country like Argentina. It will be all over for us.

    There are legal mechanisms for the removal of judges. They need to be used. Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there's no getting it back.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton, @Art Deco, @Matt Buckalew, @William Badwhite, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    , @ben tillman
    @Art Deco

    Wow -- that's the spirit!

  36. Funny how no one insists on how immoral it is for a white surgeon, let alone a team of white doctors, to operate on a black man or woman.

  37. @Art Deco
    Send him back. We've reached the point in our institutional evolution where we require very crude methods to secure some approximation of justice. In re Bernhard, that means he's taken into custody by the Proud Boys, loaded on a plane to San Salvador, and reminded that if he attempts to return he'll be hunted down and shot.

    Replies: @Jack D, @ben tillman

    If that happens, America will officially be a shitty country like Argentina. It will be all over for us.

    There are legal mechanisms for the removal of judges. They need to be used. Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there’s no getting it back.

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
    @Jack D

    You got that right Jack. Once respect for the Law evaporates it don't come back. That's why judges are supposed to be impartial. We're crossing that bridge right now, as we burn it.

    , @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    There is no rule of law. There is merely gamesmanship among lawyers. If you want a rule of law, you need for the legal profession to have a different culture. Especially the judiciary and the law professoriate.

    , @Matt Buckalew
    @Jack D

    AKA cousin Davey shouldn’t face any consequences.

    , @William Badwhite
    @Jack D


    Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there’s no getting it back.
     
    That ship has sailed Jack. Its rule of lawyers, not rule of law. This asshole has no business in this country at all, let alone being a judge.
    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @Jack D


    There are legal mechanisms for the removal of judges. They need to be used. Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there’s no getting it back.
     
    Too late. Rule of Law is officially out of fashion in much of the United States. Sanctuary cities, rioters with DA protection running amok, etc. As a nation we are operating more and more with contradictory rulings and enforcement on fundamental matters in different jurisdictions, depending on identity and local partisan politics. Natural Law is increasingly the new national norm, and institutional ‘judges’ like the alien Bernhard may find themselves subject to it, despite any sentiments they or you may hold about possible removal procedures.

    More aliens in NOVA committing treason (thwarted by patriots, peacefully for now):

    https://twitter.com/Julio_Rosas11/status/1229419536451088385

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/why-is-philadelphia-not-much-like-new-york-city/#comment-3827518 (#39)

  38. @Kronos
    @Anonymous


    Why is it that so many of Sailer’s articles revolve around “race”? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not “race”.
     
    It’s not so much that Sailer obsesses about race but that it’s the primal obsession of contemporary US politics. Our legal system is much more configured to process race by the 1964 Civil Rights Act compared to class. (Though I myself find class to be a much more important indicator outside the stark comparison of US black-white relations.) But the US system with such legal procedures as “disparate impact” never really allows class into consideration.

    Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different “races” can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.
     
    I’d argue race is more of a social (helpful statistical) construct, but ethnicity is the real deal in genetic testing and comparison. Humans more belong in different sub-species compared to separate races. The “hybrid vigor” thing can go either way. If one group has a deadly mutation that another diverse group can genetically randomize into pacification that can work. Or, it can create a whole new set of unique genetic problems. One human gene can have around five different functions and messing around with that can be iffy. Also, the “whites” are generally pulling up the IQs of their mixed race children. (With the large exception of East Asian spouses.)

    I don’t think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.
     
    It’s the fact that America imposes its neoliberal views on the world that such issues deserve ample attention. One frequent observation of the iSteve community is that Steve doesn’t so much supports but “notices” things in the international arena. If US feminists really want to launch a imperial crusade in Nigeria to stop female circumcision is that really worth our blood and treasure?

    You sound too well spoken to be a typical troll. How about researching the iSteve archive and look for anything you might find interesting. Steve’s views on real estate has certainly saved me money.

    http://s9.favim.com/orig/131229/cute-exo-funny-rich-Favim.com-1198840.gif

    Replies: @Jack D

    Also, the “whites” are generally pulling up the IQs of their mixed race children.

    You have this backward. Blacks pull up the IQs of their mixed race children by mating with whites but whites pull theirs DOWN by mating with blacks. But people don’t really select spouses based on IQ.

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @Jack D

    "But people don't really select spouses based on IQ."

    Well, true enough in the strictest sense: no man, faced with a choice of marriageable women, holds a "Summarize Proust" contest for the strongest contenders, and picks the gal whose classical French is the most authentic. Either he goes for the lady named Madeleine (for some inexplicable reason), or like Michael Palin's smarmy game show host in the Python sketch, the one with the most impressive rack...of lamb.

    But there's this thing called "assortative mating." High-IQ young men and women don't have to seek one another out as if in search of the secret of fire: admissions offices at elite colleges and universities do all the sorting for them in advance. You know this, as your own children have attended top schools.

    "Progressive," that is, left-wing, economists attack this phenomenon as reinforcing and increasing social and economic inequality (by producing intelligent offspring, who themselves will have a head start in life). Thus we can be sure it's a good thing: smart, responsible, conscientious people meeting, mating, reproducing? -- heaven forfend!

    So: yes, people do choose spouses by IQ. They just don't tell anyone -- sometimes, not even themselves -- they're doing it.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    See Thos. Sowell on this point. Research on the question indicates spouses commonly do have similar IQ scores, though the parties seldom know each other's scores. It's all in the conversation.

    Replies: @Kronos

    , @Kronos
    @Jack D

    Wait, are you telling blacks can have initiative? They’re not just helpless bodies flailing through time and space? Also, I was more referring to the genetics of whites as pulling IQ up in a form of tug-of-war. Yeah, they might be marrying down, but the “gravitational pull” (g-factor) is pulling IQ “up.”

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @res
    @Jack D


    But people don’t really select spouses based on IQ.
     
    https://www.nature.com/articles/mp2014105

    Assortative mating is far greater for intelligence than for most other traits. For example, assortative mating is about 0.20 for height68 and for weight,69 and about 0.10 for personality.70 For intelligence, assortative mating is about 0.40.19,71 Moreover, verbal intelligence shows greater assortative mating (~0.50) than nonverbal intelligence (~0.30), perhaps because it is easier to gauge someone’s verbal ability such as vocabulary than their nonverbal intelligence such as spatial ability.
     
  39. @Pop Warner

    Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017, describes himself as “White Hispanic.” He was born to parents of Jewish and German descent in El Salvador, before seeking asylum in the United States in the 1970s.
     
    It's performance art at this point

    Replies: @Barnard, @SMK

    Trump should have used people like this as evidence to end refugee resettlement in addition to all the violent felons it brings into the country. A 50 years moratorium and taking anyone seeking asylum would be a good start.

  40. @Gary in Gramercy
    "Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017..."

    Reminds me of Larren Lyttle, the black judge in Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent who the narrator -- a deputy chief prosecuting attorney, accused of killing one of his female colleagues with whom he had had an affair -- described as a defense lawyer who never shed his affection for the criminal defendant, even after ascending to the bench. I don't have the book anymore, but I remember Turow writing something like, "In Judge Lyttle's courtroom, there were two lawyers for the defense, and the better one of the two wore black robes."

    Once a defense lawyer, always a defense lawyer.

    Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian, @ben tillman

    Oh so true in Philadelphia, where the Soros-allied DA, Larry Krasner, was (heh) a long time defense attorney. His ability to now make sweeping decisions about who, and/or how fully, criminal defendants will be charged or prosecuted must be a dream come true for this empowered shitlib.

    Philly, and the Old Dominion, too, now circle the drain with increasing velocity under the rule of these leftists. And not just there, but anywhere these scumbags hold sway.

  41. It’s just a bit of virtue signalling theater. Let’s see if Shipp gets convicted anyway. That way, Bernhard gets the best of both worlds – dangerous black sent to prison AND Leftist virtue signalling points. Bernhard is crazy like a fox. He didn’t get to be a judge by being stupid. 99.9% of all Salvadorans who arrived the same year as Bernhard work in chicken processing plants or something but Bernhard sits on the bench.

    • Replies: @teo toon
    @Jack D

    "Duh Judge" Emmet Sullivan disproves your point.

    , @Gary in Gramercy
    @Jack D

    Jack, we both know that a judge is a lawyer who knows a governor or a U.S. Senator (or, at least, the right U.S. Senator).

    That David Bernhard -- who graduated from the Northfield Mount Hermon School, Brandeis and the Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law -- sits on the Fairfax Circuit Court, while Miguel Estrada -- a Honduran native whose academic and professional credentials were on a par with, if not superior to, all three of President Trump's Supreme Court nominees -- saw his own 2001 nomination to the D.C. Circuit languish at the hands of Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin, is a travesty of a mockery of a sham.

    Bernhard is a typical defense lawyer turned judge, i.e., a second counsel for the defendant in every case. That's precisely why he was selected for the bench in the first place. The "immigrant becomes judge: only in America!" storyline is a convenient way to distract attention from the judge's pro-criminal bias. Maybe it's a consequence of having represented criminal defendants for so long, eventually one comes to identify with them. In this case, call it San Salvador Syndrome.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @bomag
    @Jack D


    He didn’t get to be a judge by being stupid.
     
    Reminds us again that intelligence alone is not enough.

    We need a better filter against evil.
  42. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    If that happens, America will officially be a shitty country like Argentina. It will be all over for us.

    There are legal mechanisms for the removal of judges. They need to be used. Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there's no getting it back.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton, @Art Deco, @Matt Buckalew, @William Badwhite, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    You got that right Jack. Once respect for the Law evaporates it don’t come back. That’s why judges are supposed to be impartial. We’re crossing that bridge right now, as we burn it.

  43. What we really need are judges’ portraits that come alive — a la Harry Potter — and taunt or ridicule the defendant. Or in this case, the sitting judge. Same at that medical school where the portraits of great white scientsts make the BIPOC kids uncomfortable.

  44. @RichardTaylor
    @Jim Christian

    Every White liberal and every "moderate Republican" community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.

    They need to be shamed into taking it. They deliberately pushed forced integration, desegregation, and affirmative action, thinking only the White proles would suffer.

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Matt Buckalew, @AnotherDad

    Every White liberal and every “moderate Republican” community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.

    Indeed. If I had a few billion one thing I would do is build massive amounts of Section 8 housing in every left wing town in the country, from Malibu to Martha’s Vineyard (Ahoy there, President Obama!). I would build Section 8 apartments next to the home of every single congressman. I would buy mansions next to them and rent them out to 30 illegals from El Salvador, all of them single men. All of the playgrounds of the rich would be flooded with Somali immigrants – Jupiter Island, Aspen, Vail, Park City, Telluride, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole – all of them. And not way across town, but right next door.

  45. There needs to be a new Constitutional amendment under Article III: That all Federal judges must be native born Americans; and the biological father must be a native born American as well. Nor shall the appointee have dual citizenship.

  46. @Jack D
    It's just a bit of virtue signalling theater. Let's see if Shipp gets convicted anyway. That way, Bernhard gets the best of both worlds - dangerous black sent to prison AND Leftist virtue signalling points. Bernhard is crazy like a fox. He didn't get to be a judge by being stupid. 99.9% of all Salvadorans who arrived the same year as Bernhard work in chicken processing plants or something but Bernhard sits on the bench.

    Replies: @teo toon, @Gary in Gramercy, @bomag

    “Duh Judge” Emmet Sullivan disproves your point.

  47. Once again, immigrants and first generation ( using the correct definition, the children of immigrants) American citizens should not be permitted to run for office, to which I’ll add they should not be judges either. Moving to someone else’s country ( let alone as one seeking asylum) and spending your time condemning a country that took you in out of pity is undignified and the height of ingratitude.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    So Trump is out then? Trump's mother, the youngest of 10 children, immigrated to the United States at age 17 with $50 in her pocket and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. English was not her first language. The people in her area lived in wretched poverty because they had been force off the land by wealthy landowners so many fled to America. Does any of this sound familiar? Except for the fact that she had white skin, her profile is not really different from the lady who cleans your hotel room. It's a great thing about America that the son of such a woman could become a billionaire and then the POTUS. There are very few countries where this would be possible.

    The Constitution makes a special exception for Presidents only and requires that they be natural born citizens (which included the children of immigrants like Trump so long as they are born here) but all other offices are open to all citizens. The Founding Fathers considered this question and they felt (rightly I think) that as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States your place of birth or that of your parents should be irrelevant to your fitness for office.

    Although you may not think so, Bernhard meets that test - in his view, he is taking action to make our country "a more perfect union". Now he may be deeply misguided as to what is best for America but I don't think he is disloyal.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Art Deco, @Paco Wové, @Adam Smith

    , @Shango
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    What is the other definition of children of children of immigrants?

    Replies: @Kronos, @Hibernian

  48. James Fields and a few White men couldn’t receive a fair trial in Virginia either it seems. Despite all the video tape showing the White defendants WERE ATTACKED and merely defending themselves, in the case of Fields, he was backing his car away from an angry mob of maybe 40-50 people who had bashed in his car with bats and lead pipes, one Antifa/BLM domestic terrorist reportedly even had a rifle. I guess Fields was supposed to sit in his car until they pulled him out and beat him to death. Remember Reginald Denny in the Rodney King riots? Fields was supposed to be a good White boy, allow the thugs to pull him from the vehicle and beat him senseless, in the case of Fields, it would have been beat him to death. To try and protect yourself while White in America seems to be a criminal act in Virginia.

  49. @Anonymous

    Bernhard wrote in his opinion that the country is at a moment that calls for “heightened attention to the past inequities visited upon persons of color.”

    In his opinion, Bernhard pointed out that 45 of the 47 past judges whose portraits hang in the Fairfax County courthouse are White.

    Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017, describes himself as “White Hispanic.” He was born to parents of Jewish and German descent in El Salvador, before seeking asylum in the United States in the 1970s.
     

    Every single time.

    Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Buffalo Joe

    No, no. Jack D will explain why you shouldn’t believe your lying eyes.

    Jews are just another group or, maybe, hey, this is just one guy, he doesn’t represent us. Whatever argument makes the goy go back to sleep. Whatever works to make the sale.

  50. @AndrewR
    Jewish refugee shows complete lack of gratitude to his generous host country: more at 11

    Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country

    The real question is why countries keep letting them in. Be interesting to see if the pattern continues in Asia. I can only hope they’re watching and noticing.

  51. Anon[494] • Disclaimer says:

    This guy?:

    Shipp gets six years for assault, car chase
    Jul 21, 2009 Updated May 14, 2019

    Culpeper teenager will serve six years in prison for shooting at another man, eluding police and destroying property in November.

    Terrence Shipp Jr., 19, was sentenced to 18½ years before Culpeper County Circuit Court Judge John G. Berry suspended 12½ years.

    Shipp was facing up to 41 years in prison for attempted aggravated malicious wounding, disorderly conduct, eluding police, malicious wounding and destruction and damaging property worth more than $1,000.

    In May, prosecutors told the court that Shipp pistol-whipped, then shot at a man after an argument over drugs broke out Nov. 7 at a residence on Lake Rillhurst Drive.

    According to court records, Shipp assaulted a male victim when he didn’t leave the house fast enough, then shot two rounds in the air and five or six at the victim’s vehicle as it tried to leave the premises.

    Later that evening, Shipp led police on a chase through three counties before wrecking his car on Route 3 near U.S. 522.

    Is this an appeal of this case?

  52. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    If that happens, America will officially be a shitty country like Argentina. It will be all over for us.

    There are legal mechanisms for the removal of judges. They need to be used. Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there's no getting it back.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton, @Art Deco, @Matt Buckalew, @William Badwhite, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    There is no rule of law. There is merely gamesmanship among lawyers. If you want a rule of law, you need for the legal profession to have a different culture. Especially the judiciary and the law professoriate.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  53. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Once again, immigrants and first generation ( using the correct definition, the children of immigrants) American citizens should not be permitted to run for office, to which I’ll add they should not be judges either. Moving to someone else’s country ( let alone as one seeking asylum) and spending your time condemning a country that took you in out of pity is undignified and the height of ingratitude.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Shango

    So Trump is out then? Trump’s mother, the youngest of 10 children, immigrated to the United States at age 17 with $50 in her pocket and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. English was not her first language. The people in her area lived in wretched poverty because they had been force off the land by wealthy landowners so many fled to America. Does any of this sound familiar? Except for the fact that she had white skin, her profile is not really different from the lady who cleans your hotel room. It’s a great thing about America that the son of such a woman could become a billionaire and then the POTUS. There are very few countries where this would be possible.

    The Constitution makes a special exception for Presidents only and requires that they be natural born citizens (which included the children of immigrants like Trump so long as they are born here) but all other offices are open to all citizens. The Founding Fathers considered this question and they felt (rightly I think) that as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States your place of birth or that of your parents should be irrelevant to your fitness for office.

    Although you may not think so, Bernhard meets that test – in his view, he is taking action to make our country “a more perfect union”. Now he may be deeply misguided as to what is best for America but I don’t think he is disloyal.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    @Jack D


    as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States
     
    Seems hizzoner had his fingers crossed when he did that.

    in his view, he is taking action to make our country “a more perfect union”
     
    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. However, his intentions seem malicious.

    I don’t think he is disloyal
     
    With loyalists like that, who needs enemies?
    , @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    So Trump is out then? Trump’s mother, the youngest of 10 children, immigrated to the United States at age 17 with $50 in her pocket and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. English was not her first language. The people in her area lived in wretched poverty because they had been force off the land by wealthy landowners so many fled to America. Does any of this sound familiar? Except for the fact that she had white skin, her profile is not really different from the lady who cleans your hotel room. It’s a great thing about America that the son of such a woman could become a billionaire and then the POTUS. There are very few countries where this would be possible.

    1. Trump's father and uncle were born in the United States to legal residents.

    2. In 1929, $50 was 7.3% of nominal domestic product per capita. A contextually similar sum today would be $4,600.

    3. In 1920, 3/4 of the British labor force worked outside the agricultural sector. The effects of enclosure of common lands was largely complete a century before Mary Anne MacLeod was born. People leave the countryside because they think they can make a better living in non-agricultural pursuits. Per capita product in Britain was in 1920 about 1/8 th of what it is in the United States today (in real terms). All but an odd minority would have counted as poor by our standards. Note, though, that Britain's real income levels exceeded those of every country in the world bar the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Miss MacLeod's family may have been contextually wretched, but they were wretched in one of the world's most affluent countries.

    4. As for the lady who cleans my hotel room, given the composition of the Mexican labor force today, there's about an 85% chance that she didn't grow up on the land. It's also a reasonable wager she wouldn't be living in the United States bar that she had a proximate relative here. You have crises which provide pioneer migration. Wage arbitrage takes place when you have a social network in the receiving country. The foundation of the social network is a stochastic event.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Paco Wové
    @Jack D

    "as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States"

    Facts not in evidence, your honor!

    , @Adam Smith
    @Jack D

    Merry Christmas Mr. D.,

    I hope this message finds you well...

    I agree, the founders considered this question very carefully and deliberately. I do however believe that you are incorrect when you say "the founders felt that as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States your place of birth or that of your parents should be irrelevant to your fitness for office" unless you are not talking about the Presidency.

    The founders decided that "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President". This requirement was designed to protect the nation from foreign influence.

    Please stop it with the children of immigrants can be President nonsense. Unless those immigrants are naturalized before the birth of their child, that child is clearly not eligible to the Office of President.

    "natural born citizens (which included the children of immigrants Citizens like Trump so long as they are born in the country, or on a military base like Juan McAmnesty, or are the children of diplomats serving abroad)"

    Mary Anne MacLeod Trump became a naturalized citizen in March 1942.
    Donald Trump ws born on June 14, 1946.

    As Vattel wrote...

    “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are Citizens”.

    “The Constitution and the laws of a State are rarely attacked from the front. It is against gradual attacks that a nation must stand guard”.

    I hope you have a nice evening Mr. D.

    Replies: @Art Deco

  54. @Anonymous
    Why is it that so many of Sailer's articles revolve around "race"? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not "race". Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different "races" can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    Gender is biologically real, species are biologically real, but "race" is biologically meaningless, a concept that was literally invented in the 19th century to justify European colonialism. They just randomly selected an arbitrary trait, in this case skin color, and they decided to create a category out of it. For instance, there are black people with blue eyes. I could say that it is eye color and not skin color that determines "race", and then a black man with blue eyes and a Swede with blue eyes would be of the same "race", while a Swede with blond hair and white skin but brown eyes would be of a different "race" to the one that the black man with the blue eyes and the Swede with the blue eyes belong to. It is completely arbitrary and meaningless. It is 100% asinine.

    I don't think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    Replies: @Blubb, @anon, @black sea, @Reg Cæsar, @Kronos, @Hibernian, @Foreign Expert, @martin_2

    Why is it that so many of Sailer’s articles revolve around “race”? This is like an American obsession.

    This sophisticate has obviously never lived in Asia. Asians can’t speak two sentences without mentioning race.

  55. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    If that happens, America will officially be a shitty country like Argentina. It will be all over for us.

    There are legal mechanisms for the removal of judges. They need to be used. Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there's no getting it back.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton, @Art Deco, @Matt Buckalew, @William Badwhite, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    AKA cousin Davey shouldn’t face any consequences.

  56. Even here in the wokest of Toronto – where Jews and blacks basically run the show – the walls of the judicial buildings are still mostly adorned with pictures of 19th-century British aristocratic white male jurists. No one can deny that this specific subset of people built the buildings where justice is served and devised the entire judicial system from scratch.

    There’s a new wing of the Law Society building, however, where the current powers-that-be hastily hung up photographs and modern portraits of the latest-appointed Jewish, black and white lady judges, most of whom were appointed for affirmative action reasons. Still, being around these portraits just doesn’t have the same feel as being around the old white dudes. You feel as if you are in a room full of imposters rather than creators.

    It just pisses everyone off.

  57. @RichardTaylor
    @Jim Christian

    Every White liberal and every "moderate Republican" community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.

    They need to be shamed into taking it. They deliberately pushed forced integration, desegregation, and affirmative action, thinking only the White proles would suffer.

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Matt Buckalew, @AnotherDad

    I’d build every section eight housing complex within ten miles of Jack D’s house.

  58. I have no problem with how a lawyer-judge chooses to blandly decorate his own courtroom.

    Furtherance of the goal of fair trials — even if it’s just window dressing — should not upset anyone.

    Better still, keep the portraits and stop admitting evidence illegally obtained, allowing purchased testimony, etc.

    This whole US Government standard of jurisprudence, that a jury should be allowed to decide for itself what’s un/fair, is a big load of legalistic crap.

  59. @Jack D
    It's just a bit of virtue signalling theater. Let's see if Shipp gets convicted anyway. That way, Bernhard gets the best of both worlds - dangerous black sent to prison AND Leftist virtue signalling points. Bernhard is crazy like a fox. He didn't get to be a judge by being stupid. 99.9% of all Salvadorans who arrived the same year as Bernhard work in chicken processing plants or something but Bernhard sits on the bench.

    Replies: @teo toon, @Gary in Gramercy, @bomag

    Jack, we both know that a judge is a lawyer who knows a governor or a U.S. Senator (or, at least, the right U.S. Senator).

    That David Bernhard — who graduated from the Northfield Mount Hermon School, Brandeis and the Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law — sits on the Fairfax Circuit Court, while Miguel Estrada — a Honduran native whose academic and professional credentials were on a par with, if not superior to, all three of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominees — saw his own 2001 nomination to the D.C. Circuit languish at the hands of Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin, is a travesty of a mockery of a sham.

    Bernhard is a typical defense lawyer turned judge, i.e., a second counsel for the defendant in every case. That’s precisely why he was selected for the bench in the first place. The “immigrant becomes judge: only in America!” storyline is a convenient way to distract attention from the judge’s pro-criminal bias. Maybe it’s a consequence of having represented criminal defendants for so long, eventually one comes to identify with them. In this case, call it San Salvador Syndrome.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Bernhard is a state judge, so he needed to know VA state senators, not US Senators. He seems to be very well respected by his peers (from the Wiki):


    Bernhard .. was Co-Chair of the Fairfax Bar Criminal Law Practice Section, ... for which effort he was recognized with a Fairfax Bar Association President's Award.[5] In 2012 he was named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.[24]

    On March 2, 2020, Judge Bernhard was among six candidates from a wider initial candidate pool, interviewed by the Virginia General Assembly as a prerequisite for election to a vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Virginia.[47][48] Bernhard received top ratings from eight legal bar organizations, including rare unanimity in the vote of "Highly Qualified" from the Virginia State Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee tasked with vetting candidates for the General Assembly.[49][50][51][52] The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates failed to arrive at a consensus candidate potentially leaving future selection of the position in the hands of the Governor[53] or to the 2021 session of the General Assembly.
     
    We have no rule that defense lawyers can never be made judges. They are familiar with criminal procedural law and the tricks that defense (and prosecution) lawyers use so they can make pretty good judges. A good lawyer understands that the role of a judge is different than the role of a defense lawyer.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Hibernian

  60. @Jack D
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    So Trump is out then? Trump's mother, the youngest of 10 children, immigrated to the United States at age 17 with $50 in her pocket and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. English was not her first language. The people in her area lived in wretched poverty because they had been force off the land by wealthy landowners so many fled to America. Does any of this sound familiar? Except for the fact that she had white skin, her profile is not really different from the lady who cleans your hotel room. It's a great thing about America that the son of such a woman could become a billionaire and then the POTUS. There are very few countries where this would be possible.

    The Constitution makes a special exception for Presidents only and requires that they be natural born citizens (which included the children of immigrants like Trump so long as they are born here) but all other offices are open to all citizens. The Founding Fathers considered this question and they felt (rightly I think) that as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States your place of birth or that of your parents should be irrelevant to your fitness for office.

    Although you may not think so, Bernhard meets that test - in his view, he is taking action to make our country "a more perfect union". Now he may be deeply misguided as to what is best for America but I don't think he is disloyal.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Art Deco, @Paco Wové, @Adam Smith

    as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States

    Seems hizzoner had his fingers crossed when he did that.

    in his view, he is taking action to make our country “a more perfect union”

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. However, his intentions seem malicious.

    I don’t think he is disloyal

    With loyalists like that, who needs enemies?

  61. @Hibernian
    @Merv Gold silver

    Tiny, you're back!

    Replies: @William Badwhite

    Notice this guy always picks a jewish name. Pretty anti-semitic of him!

  62. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    If that happens, America will officially be a shitty country like Argentina. It will be all over for us.

    There are legal mechanisms for the removal of judges. They need to be used. Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there's no getting it back.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton, @Art Deco, @Matt Buckalew, @William Badwhite, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there’s no getting it back.

    That ship has sailed Jack. Its rule of lawyers, not rule of law. This asshole has no business in this country at all, let alone being a judge.

  63. Blackstone and Coke are bad ju-ju…..

  64. @Hypnotoad666
    Even though I don't buy the SJW reasoning, I also don't think actual courtrooms should have portraits of old retired judges, or anybody else.

    With the possible exceptions of a George Washington or Abe Lincoln portrait, and maybe an American flag, or image of the Constitution, courts should be austere temples to the business of justice. Art galleries of retired guys can go out in the hall.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @bomag, @Orville H. Larson, @Anonymous

    Agree.

    But the judge could have just quietly moved the portraits. That he made a spectacle of it points to the political nature of his existence.

    • Agree: Orville H. Larson
  65. @Jack D
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    So Trump is out then? Trump's mother, the youngest of 10 children, immigrated to the United States at age 17 with $50 in her pocket and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. English was not her first language. The people in her area lived in wretched poverty because they had been force off the land by wealthy landowners so many fled to America. Does any of this sound familiar? Except for the fact that she had white skin, her profile is not really different from the lady who cleans your hotel room. It's a great thing about America that the son of such a woman could become a billionaire and then the POTUS. There are very few countries where this would be possible.

    The Constitution makes a special exception for Presidents only and requires that they be natural born citizens (which included the children of immigrants like Trump so long as they are born here) but all other offices are open to all citizens. The Founding Fathers considered this question and they felt (rightly I think) that as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States your place of birth or that of your parents should be irrelevant to your fitness for office.

    Although you may not think so, Bernhard meets that test - in his view, he is taking action to make our country "a more perfect union". Now he may be deeply misguided as to what is best for America but I don't think he is disloyal.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Art Deco, @Paco Wové, @Adam Smith

    So Trump is out then? Trump’s mother, the youngest of 10 children, immigrated to the United States at age 17 with $50 in her pocket and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. English was not her first language. The people in her area lived in wretched poverty because they had been force off the land by wealthy landowners so many fled to America. Does any of this sound familiar? Except for the fact that she had white skin, her profile is not really different from the lady who cleans your hotel room. It’s a great thing about America that the son of such a woman could become a billionaire and then the POTUS. There are very few countries where this would be possible.

    1. Trump’s father and uncle were born in the United States to legal residents.

    2. In 1929, $50 was 7.3% of nominal domestic product per capita. A contextually similar sum today would be $4,600.

    3. In 1920, 3/4 of the British labor force worked outside the agricultural sector. The effects of enclosure of common lands was largely complete a century before Mary Anne MacLeod was born. People leave the countryside because they think they can make a better living in non-agricultural pursuits. Per capita product in Britain was in 1920 about 1/8 th of what it is in the United States today (in real terms). All but an odd minority would have counted as poor by our standards. Note, though, that Britain’s real income levels exceeded those of every country in the world bar the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Miss MacLeod’s family may have been contextually wretched, but they were wretched in one of the world’s most affluent countries.

    4. As for the lady who cleans my hotel room, given the composition of the Mexican labor force today, there’s about an 85% chance that she didn’t grow up on the land. It’s also a reasonable wager she wouldn’t be living in the United States bar that she had a proximate relative here. You have crises which provide pioneer migration. Wage arbitrage takes place when you have a social network in the receiving country. The foundation of the social network is a stochastic event.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Art Deco


    1. Trump’s father and uncle were born in the United States to legal residents.
     
    So what? I assume that Ghost of Bull Moose wants American office holders to be FULLY American, not half-American.

    2. In 1929, $50 was 7.3% of nominal domestic product per capita. A contextually similar sum today would be $4,600.

     

    There are many different ways of comparing past sums. Based on inflation, $50 is only $760 today or 14x 1929 prices.

    3. In 1920, 3/4 of the British labor force worked outside the agricultural sector. The effects of enclosure of common lands was largely complete a century before Mary Anne MacLeod was born. People leave the countryside because they think they can make a better living in non-agricultural pursuits. Per capita product in Britain was in 1920 about 1/8 th of what it is in the United States today (in real terms). All but an odd minority would have counted as poor by our standards. Note, though, that Britain’s real income levels exceeded those of every country in the world bar the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Miss MacLeod’s family may have been contextually wretched, but they were wretched in one of the world’s most affluent countries.
     
    The fact that the UK was then one of the richest countries in the world must have meant nothing to a girl on an impoverished island on the edge of nowhere. Very little of the wealth of Manchester or London would have reached her isolated rock.

    4. As for the lady who cleans my hotel room, given the composition of the Mexican labor force today, there’s about an 85% chance that she didn’t grow up on the land. It’s also a reasonable wager she wouldn’t be living in the United States bar that she had a proximate relative here. You have crises which provide pioneer migration. Wage arbitrage takes place when you have a social network in the receiving country. The foundation of the social network is a stochastic event.
     
    This is all well and good but how is Maria any different from Mary (other than racially, which is the real answer, BTW)? You are right that immigration doesn't alway IMMEDIATELY follow displacement from the land. Sometimes it takes a few generations before people throw in the towel on the land of their ancestors. This doesn't usually happen overnight except in extreme cases like the Irish potato famine. People try to remake their lives according to the new normal but it stinks. A few of the braver ones leave. Maybe they go to the big city first but it STILL stinks. So then they decide to try their luck in another country. These are not usually the poorest of the poor - you need to be able to afford a ticket and to pay a smuggler sometimes and if you have any brains you want to bring a nest egg with you like Mary did because you know it may take a while to adjust. Then the early pioneers write home to their relatives (or nowadays phone) and let them know that they can increase their income by a factor of 10 or 20x by immigrating and it would be OK to stay with them for a while until they are set up. This is how it worked for Mary and how it still works for Maria.

    On an individual level this process makes complete sense and up to a point it is beneficial. Not only is it beneficial to the immigrant but in most cases (not all) it is beneficial to the recipient country UP TO A POINT. The dose makes the poison. If I sip a wee dram of Scotch whisky it's very pleasant. If I down a couple of liters at once it might kill me. The problem is that there are billions of people living in countries with substantially lower incomes than the US and they can't ALL come here so we have to say no to most of them.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Johann Ricke

  66. @Jack D
    It's just a bit of virtue signalling theater. Let's see if Shipp gets convicted anyway. That way, Bernhard gets the best of both worlds - dangerous black sent to prison AND Leftist virtue signalling points. Bernhard is crazy like a fox. He didn't get to be a judge by being stupid. 99.9% of all Salvadorans who arrived the same year as Bernhard work in chicken processing plants or something but Bernhard sits on the bench.

    Replies: @teo toon, @Gary in Gramercy, @bomag

    He didn’t get to be a judge by being stupid.

    Reminds us again that intelligence alone is not enough.

    We need a better filter against evil.

  67. In an ongoing effort of gifting all you losers with my latest pet crank theories about the Bezos-es (more- MUCH MORE- to come in 2021; haters go hate)-

    Being closer in age to the Bezos-es than Steve, I think I get a better sense for what makes them tick, and- at heart- they are pretty much just a pair of Alternative Nation bookies who as young adults thought Borders (about the only place in early 90’s America one could get a halfway decent cup of coffee AND browse a book on Wittgenstein AND flip through a decent catalog of Lou Reed CD’s) was cool as sh!t and in the beginning were simply trying to make an online replica of it with AMZN. Locating AMZN HQ in Seattle was of course mainly for tax purposes, but in choosing WA over TX or FL I think in the back of their minds must have been the fantasy of Eddie Vedder (and- OMG!- is that Dennis Rodman in tow?) showing up for an impromptu poetry slam at their world’s coolest book store.

    Anyway, AMZN is apparently returning to its bookie roots and nicely synergizing it with its GloboHomo Leviathan present by pioneering synthetic fiction. Every time I check to see if a Jonathan Franzen novel is on sale, I get a bunch of “sponsored content” dreck interleaved in the search results, most often these days of the furry shapeshifter romantic porn ilk where girl is in love with a guy who has a PREDATOR-era Arnold physique but will only ravish her when in the form of a honey badger (really, there’s a book like that- maybe several). Women supposedly buy this stuff by the customer reviews, though I’m wondering if it’s the sort of “woman” who in her childhood dreamed of becoming a gold medal-winning male decathlete.

    Parallel to this is synthetic literary fiction, books which seem like such copy-n-paste rip-offs of “real” literary fiction you’d think a machine could do it (maybe a machine is doing it?). For example, you don’t know how many times in my searches a book has come up with a title like THE SO-AND-SO’s DAUGHTER. For example: THE TEA MAKER’S DAUGHTER . THE INK MAKER’S DAUGHTER. (Both real titles you can buy now). Synthetically written by Alexa? So cut-n-paste they may as well have been?

    Anyhoo, for all this judge’s book smarts and I guess weed-like family robustness (getting the heck out of Europe before the Hitler train started to roll counts for something) he is played for a chump by the schoolyard-level antics of some dindu lowlife- and lauded for it by the personal ragsheet of the world’s richest man. Maybe Mrs. ex-World’s Richest Man can see to it this noble act gets the literary immortality it deserves, followed by an AMZN Studios film- THE JUDGE WHO TORE DOWN DUDEWALLS ? THE JUDGE WHO TORE DOWN DUDEWALLS’S DAUGHTER?

    White people with the greatest concentration of private capital at their disposal in human history. Putty in the hands of room temperature IQ intersectional clowns. Master-Blaster. Fuck me.

  68. Magic Portraits.

    • Replies: @SMK
    @Jim Don Bob

    Given his logic or illogic, she should recuse himself to be replaced by a black judge, male or female, and in all other cases with black defendants. If blacks can't receive "fair trials" because of the portraits of white judges, then they obviously can't receive "fair trials" with white judges presiding, and with juries that have even a few whites to decide the fate of black defendants.

  69. @The Alarmist
    Is a “fair” trial one that only results in acquittal?

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Is a “fair” trial one that only results in acquittal?

    Only if you’re a POC. Whites are always guilty.

    Try to keep up.

  70. @Jack D
    @Kronos


    Also, the “whites” are generally pulling up the IQs of their mixed race children.
     
    You have this backward. Blacks pull up the IQs of their mixed race children by mating with whites but whites pull theirs DOWN by mating with blacks. But people don't really select spouses based on IQ.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @Art Deco, @Kronos, @res

    “But people don’t really select spouses based on IQ.”

    Well, true enough in the strictest sense: no man, faced with a choice of marriageable women, holds a “Summarize Proust” contest for the strongest contenders, and picks the gal whose classical French is the most authentic. Either he goes for the lady named Madeleine (for some inexplicable reason), or like Michael Palin’s smarmy game show host in the Python sketch, the one with the most impressive rack…of lamb.

    But there’s this thing called “assortative mating.” High-IQ young men and women don’t have to seek one another out as if in search of the secret of fire: admissions offices at elite colleges and universities do all the sorting for them in advance. You know this, as your own children have attended top schools.

    “Progressive,” that is, left-wing, economists attack this phenomenon as reinforcing and increasing social and economic inequality (by producing intelligent offspring, who themselves will have a head start in life). Thus we can be sure it’s a good thing: smart, responsible, conscientious people meeting, mating, reproducing? — heaven forfend!

    So: yes, people do choose spouses by IQ. They just don’t tell anyone — sometimes, not even themselves — they’re doing it.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Gary in Gramercy


    You know this, as your own children have attended top schools.
     
    I also know that students at elite colleges don't get married during their college years anymore or even during grad school. The average age of marriage for those with graduate education is over 30. The Mrs. degree is a thing of the past. That said, elite school grads still do mate assortatively, just not when they are in college.
  71. @Gary in Gramercy
    @Jack D

    Jack, we both know that a judge is a lawyer who knows a governor or a U.S. Senator (or, at least, the right U.S. Senator).

    That David Bernhard -- who graduated from the Northfield Mount Hermon School, Brandeis and the Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law -- sits on the Fairfax Circuit Court, while Miguel Estrada -- a Honduran native whose academic and professional credentials were on a par with, if not superior to, all three of President Trump's Supreme Court nominees -- saw his own 2001 nomination to the D.C. Circuit languish at the hands of Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin, is a travesty of a mockery of a sham.

    Bernhard is a typical defense lawyer turned judge, i.e., a second counsel for the defendant in every case. That's precisely why he was selected for the bench in the first place. The "immigrant becomes judge: only in America!" storyline is a convenient way to distract attention from the judge's pro-criminal bias. Maybe it's a consequence of having represented criminal defendants for so long, eventually one comes to identify with them. In this case, call it San Salvador Syndrome.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Bernhard is a state judge, so he needed to know VA state senators, not US Senators. He seems to be very well respected by his peers (from the Wiki):

    Bernhard .. was Co-Chair of the Fairfax Bar Criminal Law Practice Section, … for which effort he was recognized with a Fairfax Bar Association President’s Award.[5] In 2012 he was named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.[24]

    On March 2, 2020, Judge Bernhard was among six candidates from a wider initial candidate pool, interviewed by the Virginia General Assembly as a prerequisite for election to a vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Virginia.[47][48] Bernhard received top ratings from eight legal bar organizations, including rare unanimity in the vote of “Highly Qualified” from the Virginia State Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee tasked with vetting candidates for the General Assembly.[49][50][51][52] The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates failed to arrive at a consensus candidate potentially leaving future selection of the position in the hands of the Governor[53] or to the 2021 session of the General Assembly.

    We have no rule that defense lawyers can never be made judges. They are familiar with criminal procedural law and the tricks that defense (and prosecution) lawyers use so they can make pretty good judges. A good lawyer understands that the role of a judge is different than the role of a defense lawyer.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    He seems to be very well respected by his peers (from the Wiki):

    Does that make this better or worse?

    , @Hibernian
    @Jack D

    In Chicago some of them served in both the states' attorney's office and the Public Defender's before becoming judges.

  72. @Gary in Gramercy
    @Jack D

    "But people don't really select spouses based on IQ."

    Well, true enough in the strictest sense: no man, faced with a choice of marriageable women, holds a "Summarize Proust" contest for the strongest contenders, and picks the gal whose classical French is the most authentic. Either he goes for the lady named Madeleine (for some inexplicable reason), or like Michael Palin's smarmy game show host in the Python sketch, the one with the most impressive rack...of lamb.

    But there's this thing called "assortative mating." High-IQ young men and women don't have to seek one another out as if in search of the secret of fire: admissions offices at elite colleges and universities do all the sorting for them in advance. You know this, as your own children have attended top schools.

    "Progressive," that is, left-wing, economists attack this phenomenon as reinforcing and increasing social and economic inequality (by producing intelligent offspring, who themselves will have a head start in life). Thus we can be sure it's a good thing: smart, responsible, conscientious people meeting, mating, reproducing? -- heaven forfend!

    So: yes, people do choose spouses by IQ. They just don't tell anyone -- sometimes, not even themselves -- they're doing it.

    Replies: @Jack D

    You know this, as your own children have attended top schools.

    I also know that students at elite colleges don’t get married during their college years anymore or even during grad school. The average age of marriage for those with graduate education is over 30. The Mrs. degree is a thing of the past. That said, elite school grads still do mate assortatively, just not when they are in college.

  73. @RichardTaylor
    @Jim Christian

    Every White liberal and every "moderate Republican" community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.

    They need to be shamed into taking it. They deliberately pushed forced integration, desegregation, and affirmative action, thinking only the White proles would suffer.

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Matt Buckalew, @AnotherDad

    Every White liberal and every “moderate Republican” community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.

    They need to be shamed into taking it. They deliberately pushed forced integration, desegregation, and affirmative action, thinking only the White proles would suffer.

    Spot on Richard. And this is why we need some form of separation.

    I’ll try to do some actual work toward solutions here:

    The way to sell separation is the idea that we can *immediately* simply get out of each other’s hair and go about our business in our own communities.

    — You vote your choice of ideology.
    (New America) “Our diversity is our greatest strength”
    (Traditional America) “America is a child of Western Christian civilization and peoples and our liberties flow from our Anglo-Saxon roots.”

    — The nation then splits–probably best at the county level–into blue (Rainbow)/red (American) communities forming two separate nations.

    — We have two separate–but treaty bound, cooperating–national governments. Collecting taxes–as they wish–only from their own citizens and “resident aliens”.

    — You maintain your current residency and property rights (at least for some period). And through transit rights.

    — But the key aspect — you no longer are a citizen or can vote in a community of the nation that you are not part of.

    — And people who are not citizens have no right to move into a community of the other nation.

    These last two are the critical protection of Americans from the Rainbow people. They can wreck *their* communities, but not *our* communities. I.e. … we have a border!!!

    Of course–as i’ve noted before–once the prospect of separation is mooted, and the Rainbow Jews, Asians and good-whites contemplate life
    — without the prospect of looting deplorables through commerce and taxes
    and
    — with the prospect of actually enjoying the benefits of diversity with their “people of color”
    a lot of lies get unmasked and our politics would be improved.

    Separation rips the mask off of who is looting whom.

    • Replies: @dvorak
    @AnotherDad


    The way to sell separation is the idea that we can *immediately* simply get out of each other’s hair and go about our business in our own communities.
     
    Why would the side that --simply rules over-- the other side, be interested in separation?

    History shows that our rulers are willing to go to the ends of the earth (Cape Town) to destroy white dissidents. It's impossible that our rulers would ever allow us to separate in their back yard.

  74. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    If that happens, America will officially be a shitty country like Argentina. It will be all over for us.

    There are legal mechanisms for the removal of judges. They need to be used. Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there's no getting it back.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton, @Art Deco, @Matt Buckalew, @William Badwhite, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    There are legal mechanisms for the removal of judges. They need to be used. Once you say goodbye to the rule of law there’s no getting it back.

    Too late. Rule of Law is officially out of fashion in much of the United States. Sanctuary cities, rioters with DA protection running amok, etc. As a nation we are operating more and more with contradictory rulings and enforcement on fundamental matters in different jurisdictions, depending on identity and local partisan politics. Natural Law is increasingly the new national norm, and institutional ‘judges’ like the alien Bernhard may find themselves subject to it, despite any sentiments they or you may hold about possible removal procedures.

    More aliens in NOVA committing treason (thwarted by patriots, peacefully for now):

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/why-is-philadelphia-not-much-like-new-york-city/#comment-3827518 (#39)

  75. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    So Trump is out then? Trump’s mother, the youngest of 10 children, immigrated to the United States at age 17 with $50 in her pocket and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. English was not her first language. The people in her area lived in wretched poverty because they had been force off the land by wealthy landowners so many fled to America. Does any of this sound familiar? Except for the fact that she had white skin, her profile is not really different from the lady who cleans your hotel room. It’s a great thing about America that the son of such a woman could become a billionaire and then the POTUS. There are very few countries where this would be possible.

    1. Trump's father and uncle were born in the United States to legal residents.

    2. In 1929, $50 was 7.3% of nominal domestic product per capita. A contextually similar sum today would be $4,600.

    3. In 1920, 3/4 of the British labor force worked outside the agricultural sector. The effects of enclosure of common lands was largely complete a century before Mary Anne MacLeod was born. People leave the countryside because they think they can make a better living in non-agricultural pursuits. Per capita product in Britain was in 1920 about 1/8 th of what it is in the United States today (in real terms). All but an odd minority would have counted as poor by our standards. Note, though, that Britain's real income levels exceeded those of every country in the world bar the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Miss MacLeod's family may have been contextually wretched, but they were wretched in one of the world's most affluent countries.

    4. As for the lady who cleans my hotel room, given the composition of the Mexican labor force today, there's about an 85% chance that she didn't grow up on the land. It's also a reasonable wager she wouldn't be living in the United States bar that she had a proximate relative here. You have crises which provide pioneer migration. Wage arbitrage takes place when you have a social network in the receiving country. The foundation of the social network is a stochastic event.

    Replies: @Jack D

    1. Trump’s father and uncle were born in the United States to legal residents.

    So what? I assume that Ghost of Bull Moose wants American office holders to be FULLY American, not half-American.

    2. In 1929, $50 was 7.3% of nominal domestic product per capita. A contextually similar sum today would be $4,600.

    There are many different ways of comparing past sums. Based on inflation, $50 is only $760 today or 14x 1929 prices.

    3. In 1920, 3/4 of the British labor force worked outside the agricultural sector. The effects of enclosure of common lands was largely complete a century before Mary Anne MacLeod was born. People leave the countryside because they think they can make a better living in non-agricultural pursuits. Per capita product in Britain was in 1920 about 1/8 th of what it is in the United States today (in real terms). All but an odd minority would have counted as poor by our standards. Note, though, that Britain’s real income levels exceeded those of every country in the world bar the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Miss MacLeod’s family may have been contextually wretched, but they were wretched in one of the world’s most affluent countries.

    The fact that the UK was then one of the richest countries in the world must have meant nothing to a girl on an impoverished island on the edge of nowhere. Very little of the wealth of Manchester or London would have reached her isolated rock.

    4. As for the lady who cleans my hotel room, given the composition of the Mexican labor force today, there’s about an 85% chance that she didn’t grow up on the land. It’s also a reasonable wager she wouldn’t be living in the United States bar that she had a proximate relative here. You have crises which provide pioneer migration. Wage arbitrage takes place when you have a social network in the receiving country. The foundation of the social network is a stochastic event.

    This is all well and good but how is Maria any different from Mary (other than racially, which is the real answer, BTW)? You are right that immigration doesn’t alway IMMEDIATELY follow displacement from the land. Sometimes it takes a few generations before people throw in the towel on the land of their ancestors. This doesn’t usually happen overnight except in extreme cases like the Irish potato famine. People try to remake their lives according to the new normal but it stinks. A few of the braver ones leave. Maybe they go to the big city first but it STILL stinks. So then they decide to try their luck in another country. These are not usually the poorest of the poor – you need to be able to afford a ticket and to pay a smuggler sometimes and if you have any brains you want to bring a nest egg with you like Mary did because you know it may take a while to adjust. Then the early pioneers write home to their relatives (or nowadays phone) and let them know that they can increase their income by a factor of 10 or 20x by immigrating and it would be OK to stay with them for a while until they are set up. This is how it worked for Mary and how it still works for Maria.

    On an individual level this process makes complete sense and up to a point it is beneficial. Not only is it beneficial to the immigrant but in most cases (not all) it is beneficial to the recipient country UP TO A POINT. The dose makes the poison. If I sip a wee dram of Scotch whisky it’s very pleasant. If I down a couple of liters at once it might kill me. The problem is that there are billions of people living in countries with substantially lower incomes than the US and they can’t ALL come here so we have to say no to most of them.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    Very little of the wealth of Manchester or London would have reached her isolated rock.

    Actually it does, just not without friction. There weren't any impediments preventing her from migrating to Glasgow for work, which will affect local wage rates.

    In the U.S. ca. 1929, the least affluent state was Mississippi, wherein personal income per capita was about 60% below national means. Real incomes 60% below the British mean of the era would have put a territory on a par with Portugal.



    This is all well and good but how is Maria any different from Mary (other than racially, which is the real answer, BTW)?

    Mary spoke English off the boat. (She also spoke Scots Gaelic, which was rare at that time and is now rarer). Scots nestle readily in North America and don't form social or political knots composed of people demanding institutional accommodation. On an individual level, Mary had the social skills to turn Fred Trump's head. It's New York in 1935; I'll wager there were lots of women trying to get his attention.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Johann Ricke
    @Jack D


    There are many different ways of comparing past sums. Based on inflation, $50 is only $760 today or 14x 1929 prices.
     
    In 1931, the average (male) baker made about $29/week, or $1500 a year. Today, that number is $28,000.

    https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/baker/salary/
    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112032654953&view=1up&seq=892

    In 90 years, the salaries are roughly 18.5:1. So if we're comparing sums that would be meaningful to a baker, $50 in 1929 would be about $925 today, closer to your figure than to Art Deco's number of $4,600.

    Angus Maddison is the principal person cited re numerical comparisons between economies during a time when there were few standard measures. The problem with his numbers is that many of them make very little intuitive sense, even when applied to WWII Axis vs Allies calculations. My impression is that he was doing work in a very specialized niche, and he made assumptions that were problematic. Mainly because there weren't too many other people to bounce ideas off or similar past efforts he could build off.
  76. @Jack D
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Bernhard is a state judge, so he needed to know VA state senators, not US Senators. He seems to be very well respected by his peers (from the Wiki):


    Bernhard .. was Co-Chair of the Fairfax Bar Criminal Law Practice Section, ... for which effort he was recognized with a Fairfax Bar Association President's Award.[5] In 2012 he was named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.[24]

    On March 2, 2020, Judge Bernhard was among six candidates from a wider initial candidate pool, interviewed by the Virginia General Assembly as a prerequisite for election to a vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Virginia.[47][48] Bernhard received top ratings from eight legal bar organizations, including rare unanimity in the vote of "Highly Qualified" from the Virginia State Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee tasked with vetting candidates for the General Assembly.[49][50][51][52] The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates failed to arrive at a consensus candidate potentially leaving future selection of the position in the hands of the Governor[53] or to the 2021 session of the General Assembly.
     
    We have no rule that defense lawyers can never be made judges. They are familiar with criminal procedural law and the tricks that defense (and prosecution) lawyers use so they can make pretty good judges. A good lawyer understands that the role of a judge is different than the role of a defense lawyer.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Hibernian

    He seems to be very well respected by his peers (from the Wiki):

    Does that make this better or worse?

  77. @Jack D
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    So Trump is out then? Trump's mother, the youngest of 10 children, immigrated to the United States at age 17 with $50 in her pocket and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. English was not her first language. The people in her area lived in wretched poverty because they had been force off the land by wealthy landowners so many fled to America. Does any of this sound familiar? Except for the fact that she had white skin, her profile is not really different from the lady who cleans your hotel room. It's a great thing about America that the son of such a woman could become a billionaire and then the POTUS. There are very few countries where this would be possible.

    The Constitution makes a special exception for Presidents only and requires that they be natural born citizens (which included the children of immigrants like Trump so long as they are born here) but all other offices are open to all citizens. The Founding Fathers considered this question and they felt (rightly I think) that as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States your place of birth or that of your parents should be irrelevant to your fitness for office.

    Although you may not think so, Bernhard meets that test - in his view, he is taking action to make our country "a more perfect union". Now he may be deeply misguided as to what is best for America but I don't think he is disloyal.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Art Deco, @Paco Wové, @Adam Smith

    “as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States”

    Facts not in evidence, your honor!

  78. @Jack D
    @Art Deco


    1. Trump’s father and uncle were born in the United States to legal residents.
     
    So what? I assume that Ghost of Bull Moose wants American office holders to be FULLY American, not half-American.

    2. In 1929, $50 was 7.3% of nominal domestic product per capita. A contextually similar sum today would be $4,600.

     

    There are many different ways of comparing past sums. Based on inflation, $50 is only $760 today or 14x 1929 prices.

    3. In 1920, 3/4 of the British labor force worked outside the agricultural sector. The effects of enclosure of common lands was largely complete a century before Mary Anne MacLeod was born. People leave the countryside because they think they can make a better living in non-agricultural pursuits. Per capita product in Britain was in 1920 about 1/8 th of what it is in the United States today (in real terms). All but an odd minority would have counted as poor by our standards. Note, though, that Britain’s real income levels exceeded those of every country in the world bar the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Miss MacLeod’s family may have been contextually wretched, but they were wretched in one of the world’s most affluent countries.
     
    The fact that the UK was then one of the richest countries in the world must have meant nothing to a girl on an impoverished island on the edge of nowhere. Very little of the wealth of Manchester or London would have reached her isolated rock.

    4. As for the lady who cleans my hotel room, given the composition of the Mexican labor force today, there’s about an 85% chance that she didn’t grow up on the land. It’s also a reasonable wager she wouldn’t be living in the United States bar that she had a proximate relative here. You have crises which provide pioneer migration. Wage arbitrage takes place when you have a social network in the receiving country. The foundation of the social network is a stochastic event.
     
    This is all well and good but how is Maria any different from Mary (other than racially, which is the real answer, BTW)? You are right that immigration doesn't alway IMMEDIATELY follow displacement from the land. Sometimes it takes a few generations before people throw in the towel on the land of their ancestors. This doesn't usually happen overnight except in extreme cases like the Irish potato famine. People try to remake their lives according to the new normal but it stinks. A few of the braver ones leave. Maybe they go to the big city first but it STILL stinks. So then they decide to try their luck in another country. These are not usually the poorest of the poor - you need to be able to afford a ticket and to pay a smuggler sometimes and if you have any brains you want to bring a nest egg with you like Mary did because you know it may take a while to adjust. Then the early pioneers write home to their relatives (or nowadays phone) and let them know that they can increase their income by a factor of 10 or 20x by immigrating and it would be OK to stay with them for a while until they are set up. This is how it worked for Mary and how it still works for Maria.

    On an individual level this process makes complete sense and up to a point it is beneficial. Not only is it beneficial to the immigrant but in most cases (not all) it is beneficial to the recipient country UP TO A POINT. The dose makes the poison. If I sip a wee dram of Scotch whisky it's very pleasant. If I down a couple of liters at once it might kill me. The problem is that there are billions of people living in countries with substantially lower incomes than the US and they can't ALL come here so we have to say no to most of them.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Johann Ricke

    Very little of the wealth of Manchester or London would have reached her isolated rock.

    Actually it does, just not without friction. There weren’t any impediments preventing her from migrating to Glasgow for work, which will affect local wage rates.

    In the U.S. ca. 1929, the least affluent state was Mississippi, wherein personal income per capita was about 60% below national means. Real incomes 60% below the British mean of the era would have put a territory on a par with Portugal.

    This is all well and good but how is Maria any different from Mary (other than racially, which is the real answer, BTW)?

    Mary spoke English off the boat. (She also spoke Scots Gaelic, which was rare at that time and is now rarer). Scots nestle readily in North America and don’t form social or political knots composed of people demanding institutional accommodation. On an individual level, Mary had the social skills to turn Fred Trump’s head. It’s New York in 1935; I’ll wager there were lots of women trying to get his attention.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Art Deco


    Real incomes 60% below the British mean of the era would have put a territory on a par with Portugal.
     
    Which would have meant very poor. Portugal until recently was a very poor country. The empire faded away and the industrial revolution never arrived so all there was was fish and grape vines and olive trees. Even now, if you take away their tourist sector and the EU money, there's not much there and what there is is unevenly spread.

    Replies: @Art Deco

  79. @Jack D
    @Kronos


    Also, the “whites” are generally pulling up the IQs of their mixed race children.
     
    You have this backward. Blacks pull up the IQs of their mixed race children by mating with whites but whites pull theirs DOWN by mating with blacks. But people don't really select spouses based on IQ.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @Art Deco, @Kronos, @res

    See Thos. Sowell on this point. Research on the question indicates spouses commonly do have similar IQ scores, though the parties seldom know each other’s scores. It’s all in the conversation.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @Art Deco

    I think Charles Murray pointed out that potential mates what to get each other’s jokes. That can be a decent IQ proxy.

  80. There’s no reason judge portraits should be in a courtroom anyway. Hallways, fine, but why the courtroom? And needless to say, every former judge gets a portrait regardless of competence. One of the standing jokes in SV is that the dumbest judge in 50 years received a wake in which everyone agreed he was a “judge’s judge.”

  81. @Pop Warner

    Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017, describes himself as “White Hispanic.” He was born to parents of Jewish and German descent in El Salvador, before seeking asylum in the United States in the 1970s.
     
    It's performance art at this point

    Replies: @Barnard, @SMK

    He “describes himself as a ‘white Hispanic’ because he was born to parents of Jewish and German descent in El Salvador.” Then Jared Taylor, if born in Cuba or Peru rather than Japan, should also describe as a “white Hispanic.” And since he was born in Japan, he should describe himself as a “white Japanese.”

  82. @Merv Gold silver
    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    Replies: @Kronos, @Gary in Gramercy, @Hibernian, @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia, @Craig Nelsen, @Art Deco

    Compassion should be shown to the victims of the crime first, way WAY before any potential perpetrator, especially when the ACTUAL perpetrator is more than likely sitting next to the defense attorney in said courtroom as the accused.

    But hey, that’s just me. The current DA in Los Angeles county is of different opinion, but he has lots o’ compassion for convicted criminals, as well as accused ones.

    Maybe you should congratulate him on his compassion.

    Meanwhile, the robe I wear is white, and it goes on after a shower.

  83. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    See Thos. Sowell on this point. Research on the question indicates spouses commonly do have similar IQ scores, though the parties seldom know each other's scores. It's all in the conversation.

    Replies: @Kronos

    I think Charles Murray pointed out that potential mates what to get each other’s jokes. That can be a decent IQ proxy.

  84. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    Very little of the wealth of Manchester or London would have reached her isolated rock.

    Actually it does, just not without friction. There weren't any impediments preventing her from migrating to Glasgow for work, which will affect local wage rates.

    In the U.S. ca. 1929, the least affluent state was Mississippi, wherein personal income per capita was about 60% below national means. Real incomes 60% below the British mean of the era would have put a territory on a par with Portugal.



    This is all well and good but how is Maria any different from Mary (other than racially, which is the real answer, BTW)?

    Mary spoke English off the boat. (She also spoke Scots Gaelic, which was rare at that time and is now rarer). Scots nestle readily in North America and don't form social or political knots composed of people demanding institutional accommodation. On an individual level, Mary had the social skills to turn Fred Trump's head. It's New York in 1935; I'll wager there were lots of women trying to get his attention.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Real incomes 60% below the British mean of the era would have put a territory on a par with Portugal.

    Which would have meant very poor. Portugal until recently was a very poor country. The empire faded away and the industrial revolution never arrived so all there was was fish and grape vines and olive trees. Even now, if you take away their tourist sector and the EU money, there’s not much there and what there is is unevenly spread.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    Which would have meant very poor. Portugal until recently was a very poor country.

    Actually, Portugal ca. 1755 century was an affluent country. comparing favorably to just about every part of the world bar Britain, the Netherlands, northern Italy, the Cape Colony, and British North America. Over the succeeding 190 years it had slow growth and lost it's relative position. They actually suffered an absolute loss in real per capita product between 1755 and 1840. The loss of Brazil in 1822 did not have much manifest effect on the trend line. (They retained a portfolio of insular and coastal territories, but these may not have been as effective as they once were in enhancing their position in seaborne trade). It began to gain ground against the rest of the west ca. 1945. In 1920, their standard of living was roughly on a par with Latin America.

  85. @Jack D
    @Kronos


    Also, the “whites” are generally pulling up the IQs of their mixed race children.
     
    You have this backward. Blacks pull up the IQs of their mixed race children by mating with whites but whites pull theirs DOWN by mating with blacks. But people don't really select spouses based on IQ.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @Art Deco, @Kronos, @res

    Wait, are you telling blacks can have initiative? They’re not just helpless bodies flailing through time and space? Also, I was more referring to the genetics of whites as pulling IQ up in a form of tug-of-war. Yeah, they might be marrying down, but the “gravitational pull” (g-factor) is pulling IQ “up.”

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Kronos


    They’re not just helpless bodies flailing through time and space?
     
    They are worse than that - they have agency and they use their agency to make poor choices. Ghetto black women could try to "improve the race" by seeking out white baby daddies but they would rather mate with sexy black "aspiring rappers" like the late Walter Wallace, Jr. who was both mentally ill AND the father of 9 at age 27.

    Replies: @Kronos

  86. @Jim Christian
    I'm sure a lot of death sentences were handed out in that court over a couple of centuries. My folks moved there in 1956, sleepy little Civil War town then. Our neighborhood became Fairfax City in 1960 and the liberalization was on. It's a crime infested shithole outside the gated communities, it's home to the Deep State for sure. McLean is a nicer town, but it was all very serious with courts back then. Big money in the hands of a relative few. The rest are on treadmills. Maybe the first insertions of Section 8 Blacks and their nutcase kids into the nice neighborhoods of 800K dollar homes. Obama got it kicked off, but Trump killed it. Hopefully it gets tried out in Fairfax County. They deserve it turning Blue and all. Tolerating this IDIOT judge is further torment for them. They're going to get their Woke good and hard.

    Me, I bailed to New England, close to, near or in New Hampshire. Nice up here. I don't recognize the region when I pass through Fairfax, Vienna, Tyson's Corner, all within Fairfax County. It reminds me of the belly of the whale. It's a tar pit. Dip your toe in, hard to get out.

    Replies: @RichardTaylor, @black sea, @Neoconned

    I forget who’s idea it was…..maybe Whiskey….but basically its use court orders to send Section 8 types to various “covenant communities” full of lily white virtue signalling wokesterz….

    Start with Marin County & the Hamptons and work your way down from there…..build a Section 8 project right outside Nancy Pelosis winery etc …..

  87. @Mr McKenna
    Your Honor, I move that we adorn the courtroom with the likeness of Li'l Wayne for the duration of the current proceedings.

    https://i.ibb.co/4YynQdP/Lil-Wayne-GKUA-Ultra-Premium-e1575557238150.jpg

    PS: Assault on a law enforcement officer? I thought we weren't prosecuting that any more. Defendant isn't white is he? It's 2020. Case Dismissed.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Neoconned

    I always loved Wayne…..i think he lives in Metairie now though…..he got out of the hood & lives in a gated community now.

  88. @Anonymous
    @Hypnotoad666


    With the possible exceptions of a George Washington or Abe Lincoln portrait, and maybe an American flag, or image of the Constitution, courts should be austere temples to the business of justice.
     
    Lincoln was a mass murderer and a tyrant. He is a symbol of injustice.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @ben tillman

    Lincoln was a mass murderer and a tyrant. He is a symbol of injustice.

    I am going to go out on a limb, and guess that you are from the South. But history is written by the winners, so . . . .

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
    @Hypnotoad666


    I am going to go out on a limb, and guess that you are from the South. But history is written by the winners, so . . . .
     
    History is written by historians. While historians are, by and large, white (i.e. on the winning side), if they are also anti-American by inclination, the winning of the West will be portrayed as the worst event in all of creation, and wypipo as literally Nazis, but worse. But if you asked these historians if they were prepared to unass these United States as a token of their contrition, I suspect the answer would be no.
  89. @Kronos
    @Jack D

    Wait, are you telling blacks can have initiative? They’re not just helpless bodies flailing through time and space? Also, I was more referring to the genetics of whites as pulling IQ up in a form of tug-of-war. Yeah, they might be marrying down, but the “gravitational pull” (g-factor) is pulling IQ “up.”

    Replies: @Jack D

    They’re not just helpless bodies flailing through time and space?

    They are worse than that – they have agency and they use their agency to make poor choices. Ghetto black women could try to “improve the race” by seeking out white baby daddies but they would rather mate with sexy black “aspiring rappers” like the late Walter Wallace, Jr. who was both mentally ill AND the father of 9 at age 27.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @Jack D

    I know it’s a bit random but any idea what the average IQ is of a Nation of Islam member? I’d imagine they’d try and take that stuff pretty seriously. That developing a program to defeat Yakub’s would be paramount.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/fxqwRJPFAik/maxresdefault.jpg

    Replies: @Jack D

  90. @Jack D
    @Art Deco


    Real incomes 60% below the British mean of the era would have put a territory on a par with Portugal.
     
    Which would have meant very poor. Portugal until recently was a very poor country. The empire faded away and the industrial revolution never arrived so all there was was fish and grape vines and olive trees. Even now, if you take away their tourist sector and the EU money, there's not much there and what there is is unevenly spread.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    Which would have meant very poor. Portugal until recently was a very poor country.

    Actually, Portugal ca. 1755 century was an affluent country. comparing favorably to just about every part of the world bar Britain, the Netherlands, northern Italy, the Cape Colony, and British North America. Over the succeeding 190 years it had slow growth and lost it’s relative position. They actually suffered an absolute loss in real per capita product between 1755 and 1840. The loss of Brazil in 1822 did not have much manifest effect on the trend line. (They retained a portfolio of insular and coastal territories, but these may not have been as effective as they once were in enhancing their position in seaborne trade). It began to gain ground against the rest of the west ca. 1945. In 1920, their standard of living was roughly on a par with Latin America.

  91. @Jim Don Bob
    Magic Portraits.

    Replies: @SMK

    Given his logic or illogic, she should recuse himself to be replaced by a black judge, male or female, and in all other cases with black defendants. If blacks can’t receive “fair trials” because of the portraits of white judges, then they obviously can’t receive “fair trials” with white judges presiding, and with juries that have even a few whites to decide the fate of black defendants.

  92. This is the reverse of the scene in Revenge of the Nerds where the nerds first meet Bernie Casey and the rest of the Lambda Lambda Lambda leadership.

  93. @Jack D
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Bernhard is a state judge, so he needed to know VA state senators, not US Senators. He seems to be very well respected by his peers (from the Wiki):


    Bernhard .. was Co-Chair of the Fairfax Bar Criminal Law Practice Section, ... for which effort he was recognized with a Fairfax Bar Association President's Award.[5] In 2012 he was named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.[24]

    On March 2, 2020, Judge Bernhard was among six candidates from a wider initial candidate pool, interviewed by the Virginia General Assembly as a prerequisite for election to a vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Virginia.[47][48] Bernhard received top ratings from eight legal bar organizations, including rare unanimity in the vote of "Highly Qualified" from the Virginia State Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee tasked with vetting candidates for the General Assembly.[49][50][51][52] The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates failed to arrive at a consensus candidate potentially leaving future selection of the position in the hands of the Governor[53] or to the 2021 session of the General Assembly.
     
    We have no rule that defense lawyers can never be made judges. They are familiar with criminal procedural law and the tricks that defense (and prosecution) lawyers use so they can make pretty good judges. A good lawyer understands that the role of a judge is different than the role of a defense lawyer.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Hibernian

    In Chicago some of them served in both the states’ attorney’s office and the Public Defender’s before becoming judges.

  94. @Jack D
    @Art Deco


    1. Trump’s father and uncle were born in the United States to legal residents.
     
    So what? I assume that Ghost of Bull Moose wants American office holders to be FULLY American, not half-American.

    2. In 1929, $50 was 7.3% of nominal domestic product per capita. A contextually similar sum today would be $4,600.

     

    There are many different ways of comparing past sums. Based on inflation, $50 is only $760 today or 14x 1929 prices.

    3. In 1920, 3/4 of the British labor force worked outside the agricultural sector. The effects of enclosure of common lands was largely complete a century before Mary Anne MacLeod was born. People leave the countryside because they think they can make a better living in non-agricultural pursuits. Per capita product in Britain was in 1920 about 1/8 th of what it is in the United States today (in real terms). All but an odd minority would have counted as poor by our standards. Note, though, that Britain’s real income levels exceeded those of every country in the world bar the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. Miss MacLeod’s family may have been contextually wretched, but they were wretched in one of the world’s most affluent countries.
     
    The fact that the UK was then one of the richest countries in the world must have meant nothing to a girl on an impoverished island on the edge of nowhere. Very little of the wealth of Manchester or London would have reached her isolated rock.

    4. As for the lady who cleans my hotel room, given the composition of the Mexican labor force today, there’s about an 85% chance that she didn’t grow up on the land. It’s also a reasonable wager she wouldn’t be living in the United States bar that she had a proximate relative here. You have crises which provide pioneer migration. Wage arbitrage takes place when you have a social network in the receiving country. The foundation of the social network is a stochastic event.
     
    This is all well and good but how is Maria any different from Mary (other than racially, which is the real answer, BTW)? You are right that immigration doesn't alway IMMEDIATELY follow displacement from the land. Sometimes it takes a few generations before people throw in the towel on the land of their ancestors. This doesn't usually happen overnight except in extreme cases like the Irish potato famine. People try to remake their lives according to the new normal but it stinks. A few of the braver ones leave. Maybe they go to the big city first but it STILL stinks. So then they decide to try their luck in another country. These are not usually the poorest of the poor - you need to be able to afford a ticket and to pay a smuggler sometimes and if you have any brains you want to bring a nest egg with you like Mary did because you know it may take a while to adjust. Then the early pioneers write home to their relatives (or nowadays phone) and let them know that they can increase their income by a factor of 10 or 20x by immigrating and it would be OK to stay with them for a while until they are set up. This is how it worked for Mary and how it still works for Maria.

    On an individual level this process makes complete sense and up to a point it is beneficial. Not only is it beneficial to the immigrant but in most cases (not all) it is beneficial to the recipient country UP TO A POINT. The dose makes the poison. If I sip a wee dram of Scotch whisky it's very pleasant. If I down a couple of liters at once it might kill me. The problem is that there are billions of people living in countries with substantially lower incomes than the US and they can't ALL come here so we have to say no to most of them.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Johann Ricke

    There are many different ways of comparing past sums. Based on inflation, $50 is only $760 today or 14x 1929 prices.

    In 1931, the average (male) baker made about $29/week, or $1500 a year. Today, that number is $28,000.

    https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/baker/salary/
    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112032654953&view=1up&seq=892

    In 90 years, the salaries are roughly 18.5:1. So if we’re comparing sums that would be meaningful to a baker, $50 in 1929 would be about $925 today, closer to your figure than to Art Deco’s number of $4,600.

    Angus Maddison is the principal person cited re numerical comparisons between economies during a time when there were few standard measures. The problem with his numbers is that many of them make very little intuitive sense, even when applied to WWII Axis vs Allies calculations. My impression is that he was doing work in a very specialized niche, and he made assumptions that were problematic. Mainly because there weren’t too many other people to bounce ideas off or similar past efforts he could build off.

  95. @Anonymous
    Why is it that so many of Sailer's articles revolve around "race"? This is like an American obsession. No one in the rest of the World talks about race. In England, for instance, whites and black get along MUCH better as the divider is class, not "race". Race does not actually even exist as a biological category, as people from different "races" can not only breed, but their children tend to be healthier due to the phenomenom of hybrid vigor, where differing immune systems from the parents result in healthier children.

    Gender is biologically real, species are biologically real, but "race" is biologically meaningless, a concept that was literally invented in the 19th century to justify European colonialism. They just randomly selected an arbitrary trait, in this case skin color, and they decided to create a category out of it. For instance, there are black people with blue eyes. I could say that it is eye color and not skin color that determines "race", and then a black man with blue eyes and a Swede with blue eyes would be of the same "race", while a Swede with blond hair and white skin but brown eyes would be of a different "race" to the one that the black man with the blue eyes and the Swede with the blue eyes belong to. It is completely arbitrary and meaningless. It is 100% asinine.

    I don't think Sailer even realizes how much being an American, born and raised, who never actually lived outside the U.S.A, molds his thinking almost completely. All his biases are stereotypically American.

    Replies: @Blubb, @anon, @black sea, @Reg Cæsar, @Kronos, @Hibernian, @Foreign Expert, @martin_2

    600,000 white English moved away from London to escape diversity. Much of this was to do with white girls and boys not being able to go out socially without being threatened and having their personal possessions stolen by gangs of black youths. It happened to me, (I was one of the parents).

    White European brains are on the average one cubic inch smaller than Chinese, Japanese and Korean (Orientals) brains. Orientals have higher IQ than whites. So Racial differences are not just superficial, they are salient in explaining much of what we witness in Western societies.

  96. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Once again, immigrants and first generation ( using the correct definition, the children of immigrants) American citizens should not be permitted to run for office, to which I’ll add they should not be judges either. Moving to someone else’s country ( let alone as one seeking asylum) and spending your time condemning a country that took you in out of pity is undignified and the height of ingratitude.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Shango

    What is the other definition of children of children of immigrants?

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @Shango

    Mini Immi’s?

    , @Hibernian
    @Shango

    It isn't always clear if the immigrant parents, or their children, are first generation Americans. Generally the former is the rule most often used; however, GBM is positing the latter as the proper rule.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose

  97. @Jack D
    @Kronos


    They’re not just helpless bodies flailing through time and space?
     
    They are worse than that - they have agency and they use their agency to make poor choices. Ghetto black women could try to "improve the race" by seeking out white baby daddies but they would rather mate with sexy black "aspiring rappers" like the late Walter Wallace, Jr. who was both mentally ill AND the father of 9 at age 27.

    Replies: @Kronos

    I know it’s a bit random but any idea what the average IQ is of a Nation of Islam member? I’d imagine they’d try and take that stuff pretty seriously. That developing a program to defeat Yakub’s would be paramount.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Kronos

    I dunno - I doubt that it's very high. Probably no higher than the black average of around 85, maybe even lower because they recruited mainly from the black lower classes.

    Yaqub on the other hand, was super smart - you can tell from his picture that he's got a really big brain. But like many high IQ plans, his plan backfired on him.

    If you read the whole story of Yacub, white devils were bred from blacks in a eugenic scheme over a span of 600 years. So I think the lesson that the Nation of Islam was trying to draw was (in part) that eugenics is evil.

  98. @Shango
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    What is the other definition of children of children of immigrants?

    Replies: @Kronos, @Hibernian

    Mini Immi’s?

  99. @Anonymous

    Bernhard wrote in his opinion that the country is at a moment that calls for “heightened attention to the past inequities visited upon persons of color.”

    In his opinion, Bernhard pointed out that 45 of the 47 past judges whose portraits hang in the Fairfax County courthouse are White.

    Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017, describes himself as “White Hispanic.” He was born to parents of Jewish and German descent in El Salvador, before seeking asylum in the United States in the 1970s.
     

    Every single time.

    Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Buffalo Joe

    FiveOThree, next the statue of blind justice with an afro, hoop earrings and a mega butt. Works for me.

  100. @Merv Gold silver
    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    Replies: @Kronos, @Gary in Gramercy, @Hibernian, @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia, @Craig Nelsen, @Art Deco

    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    Then you’ll appreciate the compassionate and nuanced thinking behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s campaign to change the names of Broadway’s Sondheim, Minskoff, Simon, Friedman, Gershwin, Shubert, Hirschfeld, Jacobs, and Schoenfeld Theatres so that young Puerto Rican Catholic playwrights don’t feel like the American theater is a Jewish enterprise favoring Jewish writers.

  101. @Hypnotoad666
    Even though I don't buy the SJW reasoning, I also don't think actual courtrooms should have portraits of old retired judges, or anybody else.

    With the possible exceptions of a George Washington or Abe Lincoln portrait, and maybe an American flag, or image of the Constitution, courts should be austere temples to the business of justice. Art galleries of retired guys can go out in the hall.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @bomag, @Orville H. Larson, @Anonymous

    ” . . . courts should be austere temples to the business of justice. Art galleries of retired guys can go out in the hall.”

    Exactly. (Also, one doesn’t see portraits of doctors lining the walls of operating rooms!)

    What belongs in a courtroom? (1) A competent, impartial judge, (2) an ethical prosecutor, and (3) an able, zealous defense lawyer. Of course, the reality is often at odds with the ideal. . . .

  102. @Shango
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    What is the other definition of children of children of immigrants?

    Replies: @Kronos, @Hibernian

    It isn’t always clear if the immigrant parents, or their children, are first generation Americans. Generally the former is the rule most often used; however, GBM is positing the latter as the proper rule.

    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Hibernian

    The parents are immigrants; their children are first generation of native born Americans. This is the original definition.

  103. @Hibernian
    @Shango

    It isn't always clear if the immigrant parents, or their children, are first generation Americans. Generally the former is the rule most often used; however, GBM is positing the latter as the proper rule.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose

    The parents are immigrants; their children are first generation of native born Americans. This is the original definition.

  104. @Jack D
    @Kronos


    Also, the “whites” are generally pulling up the IQs of their mixed race children.
     
    You have this backward. Blacks pull up the IQs of their mixed race children by mating with whites but whites pull theirs DOWN by mating with blacks. But people don't really select spouses based on IQ.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @Art Deco, @Kronos, @res

    But people don’t really select spouses based on IQ.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/mp2014105

    Assortative mating is far greater for intelligence than for most other traits. For example, assortative mating is about 0.20 for height68 and for weight,69 and about 0.10 for personality.70 For intelligence, assortative mating is about 0.40.19,71 Moreover, verbal intelligence shows greater assortative mating (~0.50) than nonverbal intelligence (~0.30), perhaps because it is easier to gauge someone’s verbal ability such as vocabulary than their nonverbal intelligence such as spatial ability.

  105. @Gary in Gramercy
    "Bernhard, a former defense attorney who has been on the bench since 2017..."

    Reminds me of Larren Lyttle, the black judge in Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent who the narrator -- a deputy chief prosecuting attorney, accused of killing one of his female colleagues with whom he had had an affair -- described as a defense lawyer who never shed his affection for the criminal defendant, even after ascending to the bench. I don't have the book anymore, but I remember Turow writing something like, "In Judge Lyttle's courtroom, there were two lawyers for the defense, and the better one of the two wore black robes."

    Once a defense lawyer, always a defense lawyer.

    Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian, @ben tillman

    Except this judge wasn’t a defense lawyer; he was an aggressor. He invaded this country as an asylee, and he continues to cooperate with his fellow aggressors like this black defendant.

  106. @Anonymous
    @Hypnotoad666


    With the possible exceptions of a George Washington or Abe Lincoln portrait, and maybe an American flag, or image of the Constitution, courts should be austere temples to the business of justice.
     
    Lincoln was a mass murderer and a tyrant. He is a symbol of injustice.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @ben tillman

    Yes, you’re right.

  107. @Art Deco
    Send him back. We've reached the point in our institutional evolution where we require very crude methods to secure some approximation of justice. In re Bernhard, that means he's taken into custody by the Proud Boys, loaded on a plane to San Salvador, and reminded that if he attempts to return he'll be hunted down and shot.

    Replies: @Jack D, @ben tillman

    Wow — that’s the spirit!

  108. @Kronos
    @Jack D

    I know it’s a bit random but any idea what the average IQ is of a Nation of Islam member? I’d imagine they’d try and take that stuff pretty seriously. That developing a program to defeat Yakub’s would be paramount.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/fxqwRJPFAik/maxresdefault.jpg

    Replies: @Jack D

    I dunno – I doubt that it’s very high. Probably no higher than the black average of around 85, maybe even lower because they recruited mainly from the black lower classes.

    Yaqub on the other hand, was super smart – you can tell from his picture that he’s got a really big brain. But like many high IQ plans, his plan backfired on him.

    If you read the whole story of Yacub, white devils were bred from blacks in a eugenic scheme over a span of 600 years. So I think the lesson that the Nation of Islam was trying to draw was (in part) that eugenics is evil.

    • Agree: Kronos
  109. @Merv Gold silver
    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    Replies: @Kronos, @Gary in Gramercy, @Hibernian, @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia, @Craig Nelsen, @Art Deco

    I think it says a lot about the cruelty of the people here that they mock and belittle a judge that shows compassion and nuance of thought

    He’s not showing that and neither should be a priority in selecting a judge. Conscientiousness and fidelity are what you want in a judge.

  110. @Hypnotoad666
    Even though I don't buy the SJW reasoning, I also don't think actual courtrooms should have portraits of old retired judges, or anybody else.

    With the possible exceptions of a George Washington or Abe Lincoln portrait, and maybe an American flag, or image of the Constitution, courts should be austere temples to the business of justice. Art galleries of retired guys can go out in the hall.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @bomag, @Orville H. Larson, @Anonymous

    Yes, I was thinking similarly during the controversy over ‘dude walls’ in colleges. Lecture halls should have bare walls. There should be nothing on them to distract the students. Put the pictures somewhere else.

  111. @Jack D
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    So Trump is out then? Trump's mother, the youngest of 10 children, immigrated to the United States at age 17 with $50 in her pocket and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. English was not her first language. The people in her area lived in wretched poverty because they had been force off the land by wealthy landowners so many fled to America. Does any of this sound familiar? Except for the fact that she had white skin, her profile is not really different from the lady who cleans your hotel room. It's a great thing about America that the son of such a woman could become a billionaire and then the POTUS. There are very few countries where this would be possible.

    The Constitution makes a special exception for Presidents only and requires that they be natural born citizens (which included the children of immigrants like Trump so long as they are born here) but all other offices are open to all citizens. The Founding Fathers considered this question and they felt (rightly I think) that as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States your place of birth or that of your parents should be irrelevant to your fitness for office.

    Although you may not think so, Bernhard meets that test - in his view, he is taking action to make our country "a more perfect union". Now he may be deeply misguided as to what is best for America but I don't think he is disloyal.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Art Deco, @Paco Wové, @Adam Smith

    Merry Christmas Mr. D.,

    I hope this message finds you well…

    I agree, the founders considered this question very carefully and deliberately. I do however believe that you are incorrect when you say “the founders felt that as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States your place of birth or that of your parents should be irrelevant to your fitness for office” unless you are not talking about the Presidency.

    The founders decided that “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President”. This requirement was designed to protect the nation from foreign influence.

    Please stop it with the children of immigrants can be President nonsense. Unless those immigrants are naturalized before the birth of their child, that child is clearly not eligible to the Office of President.

    “natural born citizens (which included the children of immigrants Citizens like Trump so long as they are born in the country, or on a military base like Juan McAmnesty, or are the children of diplomats serving abroad)”

    Mary Anne MacLeod Trump became a naturalized citizen in March 1942.
    Donald Trump ws born on June 14, 1946.

    As Vattel wrote…

    “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are Citizens”.

    “The Constitution and the laws of a State are rarely attacked from the front. It is against gradual attacks that a nation must stand guard”.

    I hope you have a nice evening Mr. D.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Adam Smith

    Please stop it with the children of immigrants can be President nonsense. Unless those immigrants are naturalized before the birth of their child, that child is clearly not eligible to the Office of President.

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22Citation_needed%22.jpg

    Replies: @Adam Smith

  112. @Adam Smith
    @Jack D

    Merry Christmas Mr. D.,

    I hope this message finds you well...

    I agree, the founders considered this question very carefully and deliberately. I do however believe that you are incorrect when you say "the founders felt that as long as you pledged your allegiance to the United States your place of birth or that of your parents should be irrelevant to your fitness for office" unless you are not talking about the Presidency.

    The founders decided that "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President". This requirement was designed to protect the nation from foreign influence.

    Please stop it with the children of immigrants can be President nonsense. Unless those immigrants are naturalized before the birth of their child, that child is clearly not eligible to the Office of President.

    "natural born citizens (which included the children of immigrants Citizens like Trump so long as they are born in the country, or on a military base like Juan McAmnesty, or are the children of diplomats serving abroad)"

    Mary Anne MacLeod Trump became a naturalized citizen in March 1942.
    Donald Trump ws born on June 14, 1946.

    As Vattel wrote...

    “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are Citizens”.

    “The Constitution and the laws of a State are rarely attacked from the front. It is against gradual attacks that a nation must stand guard”.

    I hope you have a nice evening Mr. D.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    Please stop it with the children of immigrants can be President nonsense. Unless those immigrants are naturalized before the birth of their child, that child is clearly not eligible to the Office of President.

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
    @Art Deco

    Good morning Mr. Deco,

    I hope this message finds you well.

    “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are Citizens”. Vattel (Law of Nations)

    “The true bond which connects the child with the body politic is not the matter of an inanimate piece of land, but the moral relations of his parentage. The place of birth produces no change in the rule that children follow the condition of their fathers.” Vattel (Law of Nations)

    “To what nation a person belongs is by the laws of all nations closely dependent on descent. It is almost a universal rule that the citizenship of the parents determines it, that of the father where children are lawful, and, where they are bastards, that of their mother, without regard to the place of their birth; and that must necessarily be recognized as the correct canon, since nationality is in its essence dependent on descent.” Bar ( International Law , No. 31 )

    When one reads through the documents of the day it is overwhelmingly clear that the founders not only debated whether simply being a citizen or “born a citizen” should be enough to qualify one for the presidency but that they ultimately rejected the idea in favor of Vattel's “natural born citizen”. This is no accident. These men chose their words very carefully when penning that document.

    When Alexander Hamilton delivered to the Constitutional Convention a proposed draft of the US Constitution, his proposal was that the President must be "a citizen of one of the states or hereafter be born a citizen of the United States".

    In response to this proposal, Congress was warned that it would open the Presidency to the possibility of foreign influence.

    Future Chief Justice John Jay wrote in a letter to George Washington...

    "Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Commander in chief of the American army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen."

    Recognizing the danger, Congress rejected the proposal of "born a citizen", and instead inserted the much more strict requirement of a "natural born citizen". They are not the same thing, as anyone reading the definition clearly understands.

    The correct understanding has been known throughout US history until it recently became politically inconvenient.

    For example, on June 2, 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S.

    Why would they do that if everyone born on our magic soil was already a citizen under the 14th?

    The civil rights act became law on April 9, 1866, and provided that “all persons born in the United States, and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States.”

    In 1884, 16 years after the 14th amendment was ratified, John Elk, who was an Indian (feather not •) went to the Supremes to argue that he was an American citizen because he was born in the United States.

    He lost. In Elk v. Wilkins, 112 U.S. 94, the Supremes ruled that the 14th amendment did not grant Indians, or the children of non-citizens, citizenship.

    During a debate regarding a certain Dr. Houard, who had been incarcerated in Spain, the issue was raised on the floor of the House of Representatives as to whether the man was a US citizen. Representative Bingham (of Ohio), stated on the floor:

    “As to the question of citizenship I am willing to resolve all doubts in favor of a citizen of the United States. That Dr. Houard is a natural-born citizen of the United States there is not room for the shadow of a doubt. He was born of naturalized parents within the jurisdiction of the United States, and by the express words of the Constitution, as amended to-date, he is declared to all the world to be a citizen of the United States by birth.”

    Bingham declares Houard to be a “natural-born citizen” by citing two factors – born of citizen parents and born in the US.

    Here's another pair of quotes from Bingham, an author of the 14th amendment...

    "Every human being born within the jurisdiction of the US of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of the Constitution itself, a natural born citizen." - John Bingham, framer of the 14th Amendment’s first section

    “All from other lands, who by the terms of congressional laws and a compliance with their provisions become naturalized, are adopted citizens of the United States; all other persons born within the Republic, of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty, are natural born citizens. Gentleman can find no exception to this statement touching natural-born citizens except what is said in the Constitution relating to Indians.”- (Cong. Globe, 37th, 2nd Sess., 1639 (1862))

    There are many examples of this understanding through out history...

    "If it was intended that anybody who was a citizen by birth should be eligible, it would only have been necessary to say, "no person, except a native-born citizen"; but the framers thought it wise, in view of the probable influx of European immigration, to provide that the president should at least be the child of citizens owing allegiance to the United States at the time of his birth." - "NATURAL-BORN CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES: ELIGIBILITY FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT" (Albany Law Journal Vol. 66 (1904-1905))

    "...the term ‘natural born citizen’ is used and excludes all persons owing allegiance by birth to foreign states." - The New Englander and Yale Law Review, Volume 3 (1845), p. 414

    From June 11, 2003 to February 28, 2008, there were eight different congressional attempts to alter the Article II – Section I – Clause V – natural born citizen requirements for president in the U.S. Constitution, all of them failing in committee.

    Here are those Congress.gov links...

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/108th-congress/house-joint-resolution/59

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/108th-congress/house-joint-resolution/67

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/108th-congress/house-joint-resolution/104

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-joint-resolution/2

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-joint-resolution/15

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-joint-resolution/42

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/110th-congress/senate-bill/2678

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/108th-congress/senate-bill/2128

    Clearly some powerful people want anchorbabies and foreigners to be eligible to the presidency.

    Unsurprisingly, most of the articles I've read in support of the elimination of the “natural born citizen” requirement come from immigrants and foreigners themselves.

    The evidence is overwhelming that the framers did not intend the children of foreigners who owed allegiance to a foreign power at the time of their birth to ascend to the presidency.

    I hope you have a nice day Mr. Deco.

  113. @AnotherDad
    @RichardTaylor


    Every White liberal and every “moderate Republican” community deserves as much Section 8 as we can give them.

    They need to be shamed into taking it. They deliberately pushed forced integration, desegregation, and affirmative action, thinking only the White proles would suffer.
     

    Spot on Richard. And this is why we need some form of separation.

    I'll try to do some actual work toward solutions here:

    The way to sell separation is the idea that we can *immediately* simply get out of each other's hair and go about our business in our own communities.

    -- You vote your choice of ideology.
    (New America) "Our diversity is our greatest strength"
    (Traditional America) "America is a child of Western Christian civilization and peoples and our liberties flow from our Anglo-Saxon roots."

    -- The nation then splits--probably best at the county level--into blue (Rainbow)/red (American) communities forming two separate nations.

    -- We have two separate--but treaty bound, cooperating--national governments. Collecting taxes--as they wish--only from their own citizens and "resident aliens".

    -- You maintain your current residency and property rights (at least for some period). And through transit rights.

    -- But the key aspect -- you no longer are a citizen or can vote in a community of the nation that you are not part of.

    -- And people who are not citizens have no right to move into a community of the other nation.

    These last two are the critical protection of Americans from the Rainbow people. They can wreck *their* communities, but not *our* communities. I.e. ... we have a border!!!


    Of course--as i've noted before--once the prospect of separation is mooted, and the Rainbow Jews, Asians and good-whites contemplate life
    -- without the prospect of looting deplorables through commerce and taxes
    and
    -- with the prospect of actually enjoying the benefits of diversity with their "people of color"
    a lot of lies get unmasked and our politics would be improved.

    Separation rips the mask off of who is looting whom.

    Replies: @dvorak

    The way to sell separation is the idea that we can *immediately* simply get out of each other’s hair and go about our business in our own communities.

    Why would the side that –simply rules over– the other side, be interested in separation?

    History shows that our rulers are willing to go to the ends of the earth (Cape Town) to destroy white dissidents. It’s impossible that our rulers would ever allow us to separate in their back yard.

  114. @Art Deco
    @Adam Smith

    Please stop it with the children of immigrants can be President nonsense. Unless those immigrants are naturalized before the birth of their child, that child is clearly not eligible to the Office of President.

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22Citation_needed%22.jpg

    Replies: @Adam Smith

    Good morning Mr. Deco,

    I hope this message finds you well.

    “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are Citizens”. Vattel (Law of Nations)

    “The true bond which connects the child with the body politic is not the matter of an inanimate piece of land, but the moral relations of his parentage. The place of birth produces no change in the rule that children follow the condition of their fathers.” Vattel (Law of Nations)

    “To what nation a person belongs is by the laws of all nations closely dependent on descent. It is almost a universal rule that the citizenship of the parents determines it, that of the father where children are lawful, and, where they are bastards, that of their mother, without regard to the place of their birth; and that must necessarily be recognized as the correct canon, since nationality is in its essence dependent on descent.” Bar ( International Law , No. 31 )

    [MORE]

    When one reads through the documents of the day it is overwhelmingly clear that the founders not only debated whether simply being a citizen or “born a citizen” should be enough to qualify one for the presidency but that they ultimately rejected the idea in favor of Vattel’s “natural born citizen”. This is no accident. These men chose their words very carefully when penning that document.

    When Alexander Hamilton delivered to the Constitutional Convention a proposed draft of the US Constitution, his proposal was that the President must be “a citizen of one of the states or hereafter be born a citizen of the United States”.

    In response to this proposal, Congress was warned that it would open the Presidency to the possibility of foreign influence.

    Future Chief Justice John Jay wrote in a letter to George Washington…

    “Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Commander in chief of the American army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.”

    Recognizing the danger, Congress rejected the proposal of “born a citizen”, and instead inserted the much more strict requirement of a “natural born citizen”. They are not the same thing, as anyone reading the definition clearly understands.

    The correct understanding has been known throughout US history until it recently became politically inconvenient.

    For example, on June 2, 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S.

    Why would they do that if everyone born on our magic soil was already a citizen under the 14th?

    The civil rights act became law on April 9, 1866, and provided that “all persons born in the United States, and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States.”

    In 1884, 16 years after the 14th amendment was ratified, John Elk, who was an Indian (feather not •) went to the Supremes to argue that he was an American citizen because he was born in the United States.

    He lost. In Elk v. Wilkins, 112 U.S. 94, the Supremes ruled that the 14th amendment did not grant Indians, or the children of non-citizens, citizenship.

    During a debate regarding a certain Dr. Houard, who had been incarcerated in Spain, the issue was raised on the floor of the House of Representatives as to whether the man was a US citizen. Representative Bingham (of Ohio), stated on the floor:

    “As to the question of citizenship I am willing to resolve all doubts in favor of a citizen of the United States. That Dr. Houard is a natural-born citizen of the United States there is not room for the shadow of a doubt. He was born of naturalized parents within the jurisdiction of the United States, and by the express words of the Constitution, as amended to-date, he is declared to all the world to be a citizen of the United States by birth.”

    Bingham declares Houard to be a “natural-born citizen” by citing two factors – born of citizen parents and born in the US.

    Here’s another pair of quotes from Bingham, an author of the 14th amendment…

    “Every human being born within the jurisdiction of the US of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of the Constitution itself, a natural born citizen.” – John Bingham, framer of the 14th Amendment’s first section

    “All from other lands, who by the terms of congressional laws and a compliance with their provisions become naturalized, are adopted citizens of the United States; all other persons born within the Republic, of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty, are natural born citizens. Gentleman can find no exception to this statement touching natural-born citizens except what is said in the Constitution relating to Indians.”- (Cong. Globe, 37th, 2nd Sess., 1639 (1862))

    There are many examples of this understanding through out history…

    “If it was intended that anybody who was a citizen by birth should be eligible, it would only have been necessary to say, “no person, except a native-born citizen”; but the framers thought it wise, in view of the probable influx of European immigration, to provide that the president should at least be the child of citizens owing allegiance to the United States at the time of his birth.” – “NATURAL-BORN CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES: ELIGIBILITY FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT” (Albany Law Journal Vol. 66 (1904-1905))

    “…the term ‘natural born citizen’ is used and excludes all persons owing allegiance by birth to foreign states.” – The New Englander and Yale Law Review, Volume 3 (1845), p. 414

    From June 11, 2003 to February 28, 2008, there were eight different congressional attempts to alter the Article II – Section I – Clause V – natural born citizen requirements for president in the U.S. Constitution, all of them failing in committee.

    Here are those Congress.gov links…

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/108th-congress/house-joint-resolution/59

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/108th-congress/house-joint-resolution/67

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/108th-congress/house-joint-resolution/104

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-joint-resolution/2

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-joint-resolution/15

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-joint-resolution/42

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/110th-congress/senate-bill/2678

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/108th-congress/senate-bill/2128

    Clearly some powerful people want anchorbabies and foreigners to be eligible to the presidency.

    Unsurprisingly, most of the articles I’ve read in support of the elimination of the “natural born citizen” requirement come from immigrants and foreigners themselves.

    The evidence is overwhelming that the framers did not intend the children of foreigners who owed allegiance to a foreign power at the time of their birth to ascend to the presidency.

    I hope you have a nice day Mr. Deco.

  115. @Hypnotoad666
    @Anonymous


    Lincoln was a mass murderer and a tyrant. He is a symbol of injustice.
     
    I am going to go out on a limb, and guess that you are from the South. But history is written by the winners, so . . . .

    Replies: @Johann Ricke

    I am going to go out on a limb, and guess that you are from the South. But history is written by the winners, so . . . .

    History is written by historians. While historians are, by and large, white (i.e. on the winning side), if they are also anti-American by inclination, the winning of the West will be portrayed as the worst event in all of creation, and wypipo as literally Nazis, but worse. But if you asked these historians if they were prepared to unass these United States as a token of their contrition, I suspect the answer would be no.

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