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Southerner Fred Reed writes about Yankee hypocrisy, “You’ve heard about white flight. In nearly about every city in the North, white people streak for the suburbs so’s not to be near black people, and then they talk about how bad Southerners are for doing the same thing […] Fact is, you can see more social, comfortable integration in a catfish house in Louisiana than you can in probably all of Washington.”

As of 2010, Philly was 41% white, 43.4% black and 6.3% Asian, and I would guess there are more whites and Asians now, thanks to obvious gentrification in several neighborhoods. See what I just did there, equating gentrification with fewer blacks? But that’s just how it is in contemporary America, where fewer blacks in any neighborhood means fewer crimes, better schools and rising house prices. Even Spike Lee can’t refute this.

I live in Passyunk Square, a white, Asian and Hispanic neighborhood that’s adjacent to Point Breeze, a gentrifying ghetto. Broad Street is the dividing line, and for the longest time, it would not be wise to cross into Point Breeze, unless you were begging for a mugging. I know one white guy who was relieved of his wallet, at gunpoint, and a white woman who was punched and kicked by a bunch of black teens, just for the fun of it.

Just before Christmas, a black acquaintance had his apartment burglarized, with the thief breaking in by taking out the air conditioner from a window. He took that, plus the television and a Michael Kor watch. “It’s weird he knew where it was. I kept it in a drawer. I think he’s a friend,” or a lover of this gay man. With 24,137 people, Point Breeze had 112 burglaries in 2017.

With its cheap rent and proximity to Center City, Point Breeze has lured many non-blacks over the years, however, and the first group to move in were poor Asian immigrants. In 1984, I visited an overcrowded house that had people sleeping in the living room. I remember a tiny pregnant woman, lying on the floor. By 2000, there were 900 Vietnamese in Point Breeze, or 12% of the population. Now, Point Breeze has Indonesian groceries and restaurants, an Indonesian storefront mosque, a Chinese Buddhist temple, and a Laotian one. At St. Thomas Aquinas, a magnificent church founded by Italian immigrants in 1885, there are Vietnamese and Indonesian services each Sunday.

Rocky marries Adrian in this church. From its website, “St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community, through our cultural diversity, united in our expressions of faith, lives the Gospel message in our neighborhood through worship, education, service, and advocacy.” Inside, there’s a beautiful shrine to the Vietnamese Catholic martyrs of the 18th and 19th centuries. For following the Western religion and, in many cases, supporting the invading French, at least 130,000 were tortured and killed by Vietnamese authorities.

I know all you lovers of diversity can’t wait to move into Point Breeze now, for it has every color in the rainbow, but by the time you get here, there won’t be too many African-Americans left, I’m afraid, so let me give you a quick tour of black Point Breeze. Our first stop is Scotty’s Bar, famous for its Obama shrine. Our handsome, half-white 44th president is seen smiling inside an oval, blue background frame, with tinsel and colored string lights all around him.

Other black men are honored throughout Point Breeze for, well, being shot. Walk around and you’ll run into their wall portraits, such as that of “FAT CAT.” Seen holding his daughter, he was killed in 2005 at age 23. In the bay window of a well-kept middle-class home, there are two colorful banners with purple stars and red roses. Under the message “ALWAYS AND FOREVER” is the face of a young soldier in uniform.

Nearby, there’s a framed print of a black Jesus.

Since it’s just around the corner, let’s stop in Sit on It, my favorite black bar in Point Breeze, and it’s dirt cheap too. Here, the bartenders are Miss Cynthia, Miss Mary and Miss Rose, all old ladies. Fifty-four, Rose is divorced and has four grown kids, “They’re doing OK, except my boy. He’s giving me a bit of trouble.”

Rose works three days a week, and is also a home nurse. Although Rose lives five miles away in West Philly, she still comes here to drink on her days off.

“You don’t get sick of looking at the same people?”

“No, no, I love the people here. I’m a people person!” She certainly is. Rose remembers every name and is always cheerful.

“Yours is easy. I just think of Ding a Ling!”

“That’s right!” I laughed.

Since it’s the afternoon crowd, the patrons are all old heads. With so many young black men dead or in prison, those who make into old age tend to be exceedingly mild and pleasant. The worst of the tribe cull themselves. When I walked into Sit on It on January 2nd, several strangers shouted, “Happy new year!”

In North Charleston, South Carolina, I chanced upon a ghetto bar that was owned by a South Asian who wouldn’t allow anyone younger than 35 to enter his establishment, “They cause too many problems,” he smiled. In Trenton, a Middle Easterner who owned a liquor store told me he had set up a bar, “But it wasn’t worth it. Too many fights.”

Point Breeze was home to John Blake and the Heath Brothers, but since this is 2018, you’re not going to hear any jazz in Sit on It. Even for those with white hair, it’s mostly rap, varied by a bit of rhythm and blues, soul and rock oldies.


Across the bar is an 86-year-old Korean War vet. Like us, he’s eating two small pieces of fried chicken, free of charge. It’s a bit salty, yes, but damn good! In Jackson, Mississippi, I wandered into a black bar in a frightful neighborhood littered with burnt out houses and, what do you know, they gave me a free plate of food, since it was a barbecue day. Like Sit on It, it was filled with older folks, nattily dressed.

As with many black neighborhood bars, Sit on It is actually not black-owned, but neither are most ghetto grocery stores and restaurants, and one can only conclude that blacks generally can’t compete with non-blacks in running small businesses. Even the black barbershop, that social institution, is being undercut by Asian barbers. On YouTube, there’s a hilarious commentary by Jay Love, a Philly homeboy, on black vs. Asian hair cutters:

Y’all sitting there, criticizing me, because I didn’t get my hair cut at a black barbershop […] Y’all got some motherfucking nerve, saying that shit. You goddamn right I don’t like going to black barbershops […] I don’t go to black barbershops because they’re not professional. The Asian barbershops don’t cut hair as good as the black barbershops. If you get a baldy or low fade, you go to the Asian joints, that’s all good or whatnot. I mean, they cut you down […] If I was getting a hustler two or three, I would basically have a black barber shape me up, because the Asians don’t know how to shape up for shit.

So for a basic haircut, Jay Love prefers the Asians:

I’m not gonna go to no black barbershop. They’re unprofessional […] You don’t conduct yourselves like businessmen. Every time I go to a motherfucking black barbershop, y’all motherfuckers up in the air. Instead of doing my hair, it takes you 45 minutes to do anybody’s hair, because you’re busy leaving out the barbershop, answering your cellphone in the middle of cutting somebody’s hair, leaving out the barbershop, talking to your girl for 15 minutes. I guess you must have forgotten that your client was in the chair, and maybe you think he don’t got nothing better to do with his day […] Y’all talking about Floyd Mayweather, the latest fight, this sports event or gossiping about how many bitches you fucked […] You know, nobody wants to hear that.

Providing a quicker service, Asian barbers also charge less than half of their black peers’ prices. At Da’ Thairapist Hairquarters, a haircut by Skeet da Barber costs $25, but it’s $30 if you want an appointment, which must be made at least 24 hours in advance. If not, it’s $35.

It’s curious that socialist, universal brotherhood types are usually quite militant about supporting multiculturalism, when it’s in fact a capitalist tool to drive wages down and squeeze the most from each worker. More insidiously, it can often turn him into a caricature, for in any multicultural society, each ethnic group is forced to become more specialized in its working, and thus social, roles. Just think of all the Latinos in the kitchens of American restaurants, serving whatever food.

With my chance of becoming a professional athlete near zero, I might have to paint finger and toe nails for a living. Others with longer limbs and a much better vertical leap may decide to shoot hoops all day. Before integration, there were many more black business owners, for they had to provide not just their own bars, restaurants and barbershops, but also banks, insurance companies and car dealerships, etc. Though meant to blur racial differences, integration actually accentuates them.

James Howard Kunstler dissects:

The Civil Rights victories of 1964 and 1965—the public accommodations act and voting rights act—created tremendous anxiety among African Americans about how they would fit into a desegregated society, so the rise of black separatism at exactly that moment of legislative triumph was not an accident. It offered a segment of the black population the choice of opting out of the new disposition of things. Opting out had consequences, and over several generations since then, the cohort of poorer black Americans has grown only more oppositional, antagonistic, and economically dysfunctional—with the sanction of America’s non-black “diversity” cheerleaders, who remain adamant in their own opposition to the idea of common culture.”

Ah, but race, ethnicity and border are but reactionary social constructs, designed to keep us apart! Though dwelling on this resource-depleting population time bomb and babbling 7,000 languages, we are all kin. Those who think such may consider moving to, say, Equatorial Guinea, where they can decide for themselves if border, ethnicity or race matters. Most of us are bred to function reasonably well within one society only. Expelled for just an hour, most would freak. At the very least, home is where they speak your language.

At Sit on It, there’s a curious sign, “Grab Your Passport All Abroad / Cynthia’s World Travel To China / BIRTHDAY Celebration.”

Miss Rose, “Cynthia is not going to China! It’s just a China-themed party, right here!”

Cynthia has worked at Sit on It for two decades. Thoroughly at home in Point Breeze, she doesn’t really want to go anywhere, and hasn’t. The world, though, is coming right at her, and with the cut throat competition intrinsic to multiculturalism, Cynthia may even find herself evicted before too long.

Linh Dinh’s latest books are Postcards from the End of America (non-fiction) and A Mere Rica (poetry). He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

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  1. If a picture is worth a thousand words then two thousand words from Linh Dinh paints many vivid pictures.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  2. Dan Hayes says:

    Hi Linh,

    When I was much younger in Queens County, New York City, all the barbers were either Italians off-the-boat or their descendants. There were never any Black barbers since my area was essentially non-Black.

    Seemingly overnight, it all changed with emigration from the then tottering Soviet Union. Nowadays all barbers in my area are Bukharan Jews who seemed to have parachuted out of the sky.

    Of course in Flushing the barbers are all Chinese.

    As an aside, the Bukharan invasion just nipped in the bud a seemingly imminent invasion from some more undesirable ethnic/racial groups. Need I say more?

    • Replies: @Anon
  3. I have heard from someone who ought to know that the ultimo in BLACK barbershops is when they have a pool table, maybe even two tables. Now that’s some shit!

    • Replies: @Johann
  4. Truth says:

    Linh, I’m proud of you, My Boy:

    You put the dog whistle away, too many of your denizens were unable to hear it, AND STARTED YELLING THROUGH A MICROPHONE!

    Thumbs Way Up!

  5. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Actually, yes. How did the Bukharan manage that? What were the tactics?

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  6. US is testing ground of Zionists for reverse development of humanity.
    Diversity is our strength. is the greatest oxymoron Zionists ever invented.
    Parasite is destroying the host.
    Cattle is more easily manipulated.
    Blood is changing to poison.
    Russians and Chinese are laughing their heads off.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    , @uslabor
  7. Jake says:

    Absolutely brilliant insight that reactionaries like me have said for many years: “It’s curious that socialist, universal brotherhood types are usually quite militant about supporting multiculturalism, when it’s in fact a capitalist tool to drive wages down and squeeze the most from each worker. More insidiously, it can often turn him into a caricature, for in any multicultural society, each ethnic group is forced to become more specialized in its working, and thus social, roles. Just think of all the Latinos in the kitchens of American restaurants, serving whatever food.

    With my chance of becoming a professional athlete near zero, I might have to paint finger and toe nails for a living. Others with longer limbs and a much better vertical leap may decide to shoot hoops all day. Before integration, there were many more black business owners, for they had to provide not just their own bars, restaurants and barbershops, but also banks, insurance companies and car dealerships, etc. Though meant to blur racial differences, integration actually accentuates them.”

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  8. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Again you are jumping into conclusion.

  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “….socialist types” In other words, people who aren’t socialist at all.

  10. Wow, I thought paying €30 to an Italian barber in Germany was a bit pricey, but I got a cup of espresso and a scalp massage in the deal. Then I found a nice Iranian lady haircutter, who only charged €16, but I lost the the espresso in the deal. But I left her whe she jacked rates up to €18 for a nice Turkish lady haircutter who only charges €12. I get a free tea if I buy a döner from her cousin a couple doors down. Such are the ways of capitalism. But given that local rents are every bit as high as Philly, there would still seem to be a lot of squeezing out to be had in Philly.

  11. I’ve had quite a bit of business over the years down in Point Breeze in the real estate game. Thank God Pennsylvania is a concealed carry state that’s all I got to say!

  12. The core problem with American immigration is that Muslims are being let in. If Asiatic brown skinned Christians were only coming over here there wouldn’t be these issues.

    • Replies: @Druid
  13. Dan Hayes says:


    In response to your query, the Bukharans gained ascendance in parts of Queens New York just by sheer numbers. The same pattern as Mexicans displacing Blacks in Los Angeles, but in this case without overt violence. The Bukharans as nominal religious refugees were given essentially unlimited emigration rights from the then Soviet Union. Afterwards it was chain migration for family members.

  14. I can’t help but notice that the portrait of Obama in the bar shows him being about 5 shades darker than he is. Obama is kind of an ecru shade, not sepia or even umber.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  15. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Twodees Partain

    That’s Tiger Woods as painted by an artist intending to do a portrait of Obama, nevertheless ending up with a self-portrait of sorts. Same thing happens when Dinh, Kunstler, you or me write something.

    • Replies: @TonyVodvarka
    , @Truth
  16. It was in the sixties, in a high school exchange, that a USA student stayed with my parents for a few weeks.
    USA segregation was front page news with us in the Netherlands daily.
    We asked him about blacks, ‘they live on the other side of town’, was his sole reply.

    • Replies: @Wally
  17. pyrrhus says:

    Linh Dinh moves rapidly from the red pill to the black pill…Wonder how many will take his challenge to move to Equatorial Guinea?!

  18. @Anonymous

    Many black folks might call him a paper bag negro. If we weren’t such a racist nation, he might have been thought of as our first half-black president. I’ve never heard Tiger Woods referred to as the first Thai golf champion.

    • Replies: @Wally
    , @Truth
  19. Wally says:

    It’s the Jew leftist media that initially referred to him as ‘black’.
    He clearly seems smarter than 99% of blacks.

  20. Wally says:
    @jilles dykstra

    And how are those no-go zones in The Netherlands?

  21. Johann says:
    @Grandpa Charlie

    When I grew up in Philly most of the “Irish” pubs were owned by Jews in the suburbs. The more things change etc.

  22. republic says:

    Those high prices for getting a haircut are due to the state requirement in Pa to have 1250 hours of training and to take an exam.

    Prices of haircuts would much cheaper otherwise.

    In the 19th century and probably in the early 20th, no one needed a license to cut hair. Good hair cutting kept one in business, poor barbers had to find other work.

    • Replies: @Da Wei
    , @Alden
  23. unit472 says:

    The lack of businesses is what makes negro communities so bleak. Most feature little beyond a beauty salon and possibly a fried chicken/bbq sole proprietorship. If there is proper store it is owned by a Muslim or Asian willing to risk their life operating it.

    In Latino or Asian neighborhoods small businesses are everywhere. Some Latino businesses are mere fronts to launder drug money I suspect as a nearby strip mall has a Latino restaurant that never seems to have customers but it pays the rent as it stays open despite the lack of traffic. Next door is the Chinese take out and it stays busy.

    Black people just don’t seem to be able to manage even a small business and their drug kingpins only run nightclubs or rap ‘music’ studios.

    • Agree: Triumph104
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  24. “But since this is 2018 you’re not going to hear any Jazz in sit-on-it”

    Sad, sad, sad, ( black) Jazz star Wynton Marsalis said in interview a few years ago that it breaks his heart to look out at an audience and see only white faces.

    I sincerely believe that the loss of their own music : Jazz, has had a major impact within the decline of the black community.

    Young black kids who are listeners and fans of “Bird”, or Miles or Coltrane, will be far less likely get themselves in trouble with the law, as compared to “Rap” fans.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro Jazz musician.

    PS Jimmy Heath ( Sax ) is in his ninties and still performing.

  25. alot of new york chinese are buying up properties in philly. when I asked why, was told it was super cheap compare to nyc. and it is only like 2-3 hours away. they buy it to rent and for future retirement.

  26. chris says:

    Wynton was always a bigoted, pompous ass; but he used to be smart enough to know that those stupid white faces staring at him were the ones paying his bills.

    I liked the rest of his family much better than him; although one classical music album he recorded ( was pretty good, … maybe I like that album of his even more precisely because I always thought he would just hate knowing that stupid whities would like it :-). I asked him something about his classical music playing at one of his lectures in NY in the 1980s and he gave me a bored look and answer, like one Barbara Streisand would give if someone had asked her about her Christmas Albums.

    Very good point you’re making about tracing the loss of jazz in the black community to their general loss of identity. Yeah, the black community has been ravaged by government hand-outs and regulation; maybe the loss of jazz was just a symptom.

    To your list of greats I have to add my absolute favorite Oscar Peterson ! And I know that he was more of an interpreter than a writer, but I really like him for that. Instead of writing really original music 3 people would like, he dedicated himself to playing everyone’s music better than the authors themselves !

    Thanks for all your comments Jazzman !

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  27. By-tor [AKA "Jesse James"] says:

    Why do you feel compelled to repeatedly publicly claim Mensa status and US paratrooper job training in your posts? There is no way to verify that you are telling the truth about either one. Do you think your claims lend exceptional legitimacy to your opinions?

    • Replies: @bluedog
  28. fnn says:


    Nick Kaldor in 1971 said our trade model will change "a nation of creative producers into a community of rentiers increasingly living on others, seeking gratification in ever more useless consumption, with all the debilitating effects of the bread and circuses of Imperial Rome."— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) December 29, 2017

  29. @Authenticjazzman

    I don’t know any black jazz fans. All of the jazz fans I know are white liberals who are probably only pretending to like the atonal, discordant honks and tweets that identify jazz “music” because they think they’ll be accepted as equals by the black heroin addicts who run the scam. Jazz today is nonsensical noise played by people who can’t actually play an instrument, and listened to by people who desperately want to be seen as cool.

    The jazz scene is reminiscent of the tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes. Everyone pretends to see (or hear) something that isn’t actually there, out of fear of looking normal to their abnormal peers.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    , @gruff
  30. Golobki says:

    Haven’t been in a barber shop in over 20 years.
    Trim my own or let it sprout.

  31. Renoman says:

    More great writing, thanks Ldinh.

  32. @chris

    “Thanks for all your comments”

    And thank you for thanking me.

    Anyway, aside from any personal antipathy, Wynton, when soloing, simply plays his butt off.
    One thing I appreciate about him is he dresses well when performing, as rejecting the leftist image of jazz being some kind of leftist “Revolutionary” art form.
    Miles was notorious for roaring around Manhattan in his non-leftist Ferrari, and Sonny Rollins stated in an interview that he owns two non-leftist Mercedes Benz’s, not one.

    Myself, I have been an Alfa Romeo buff for decades, having owned (in succession) eleven of these non-leftist automotive works of art.

    Yeah Oscar P was a bad dude on the piano, a bit “busy” at times, but otherwise endless ideas.

    I am a born Detroiter and I was, for all practical purposes raised by an angelic black lady, hired as a house-keeper by my mother, while she went out working to put food on the table.
    This kindly, heart-felt lady kept the blue and Jazz radio stations turned on, and as a result brought me to this wonderful music.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborn trained US Army vet, and pro jazz artist (last gig sunday past)

  33. @Twodees Partain

    ” All of the jazz fans I know are white liberals”

    Well you most certainly don’t know my sister, a dyed in the woll jazz lover, who voted for DT, and you most certainly did not know my (conservative) mother who loved jazz as much as she loved opera and the marvelous “tin-pan-alley” creations.

    “Atonal, dissonant, honks”

    I really don’t know what you are claiming here as Jazz, even today, is most certainly not “atonal”, as the bulk of jazz soloing is based upon the harmonic structure of tunes from the “Great american Songbook”, which are most definitely “tonal”, and in no way “atonal”.

    “Jazz today is nonsensical noise played by people who can’t actually play their instruments”

    This is beyond rediculous, and a total untruth. Myself, I studied classical flute peformance in a conservatory, and the jazz-studies courses in universities today are populated by young folks, each and every one of them already masters of their respective instruments.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz musician.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Delinquent Snail
  34. Strange that black Jesus has straight silky hair instead of an afro.

    I occasionally watched Jay Love back when he had dreadlocks. As a youth while doing time in juvenile detention, his IQ was tested. His score was 85. He revealed his score because he didn’t know that 85 was below average and removed the video after he grasped that it wasn’t good. He later took another test (not IQ as he states) and didn’t do well on that either.

  35. Truth says:

    You are so correct about people’s art coming out looking like the artist.

    Looking at the artist that “portrait of Obama” probably looked more like he himself at 40.

  36. Truth says:

    Well that’s not that complicated, Tone.

    If Eldrick Woods, the retail assistant manager came home when you were in high school to schtup your sister, would your dad have said, “hey, my daughter has a Thai boyfriend?”

    • Replies: @Clyde
  37. Before integration, there were many more black business owners, for they had to provide not just their own bars, restaurants and barbershops, but also banks, insurance companies and car dealerships, etc. Though meant to blur racial differences, integration actually accentuates them.

    MLK’s integration destroyed the black community. Envy of the white mans wealth turned self sufficiency into dependency.

    There are some very rich and successful black nations – Barbados, Bermuda etc. Perhaps richer than the US per capita. They are all places where there is role for each individual. They aren’t the bleak concrete results of forced integration.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  38. Hibernian says:

    Those are small islands and therefore have a large ratio of beachfront to land area, which helps.

  39. @Authenticjazzman

    You play the flute? Not very jazzy……

    • Replies: @Whoever
    , @Authenticjazzman
  40. Whoever says: • Website
    @Delinquent Snail

    Tell that to Katisse Buckingham.

    • Replies: @Delinquent Snail
  41. gruff says:
    @Twodees Partain

    PS “Ding a Ling” lol that’s your name now! Trump himself couldn’t have come up with a better handle for you.

  42. I have never visited the USA. When hurricane Katrina happened, I was traveling in India with an American lady from Florida. The news on TV would show scenes of devastation and all the folks would be blacks. She never did explain why it was so and I still haven’t figured it out.
    Was low lying land cheaper in New Orleans and so populated by blacks???

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
    , @Triumph104
  43. @Reverend Spooner

    Yes. I watched a documentary about a year before Katrina predicting the very thing that happened. It was a special screening but I think it did go to air. I’ve since read reports that a couple of Chicago RE companies were buying up commercial buildings and insuring them very well in a way that would make Milton proud. There were even reports that explosions occurred at certain points on the levies and that shootings occurred there.

  44. @Delinquent Snail

    ” You play the flute? Not very jazzy”

    Flute is and has been a major factor in modern jazz since the forties, and there are many Jazz stars who specialize/specialized on flute starting with Herbie Mann, James Moody, Sam Most, Eric dolphy, Jerome Richardson, Leo Wright, Hubert Laws, James Spaulding, Frank Wess, and an army of other competent Jazz flute players, and almost every Saxophone player “doubles” on flute.

    Why don’t you go to Youtube and type in : “Jazzflute”.

    It would be better if you would inform yourself before making such rediculous statements.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army Vet, and pro jazz musician.

    PS : I also play soprano and alto Saxophone. ( and sing )

    • Replies: @Truth
  45. bluedog says:

    Well he has to put down something rather than just playing jazz,but you notice he never put down his combat time in Nam or anywhere else for that matter,reminds me of Quarter Master in that respect, but yet I expect he could tall you some whoppers of war stories where they were the hero’s,…

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  46. @bluedog

    ” He never put down his combat time in Nam”

    So why don’t you put down your combat time in Nam?

    ” He could tell you some whoppers of war stories”

    You are trying to put words in my mouth.

    “Sounds like quartermaster”

    Nope Medic would be correct.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army Vet and pro Jazz musician.

  47. bluedog says:

    Hmm, for some strange reason you remind of of Chuck Norris airborne medic wasen’t much he haden’t done, the only thing you left out was medic when and where,did you ever smell the smell of napalm after it had been dropped on a village or hamlet or the sweetish smell of toasted humans,I bet not…

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  48. @Reverend Spooner

    1. New Orleans is a black city. Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was 67% black. After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is 60% black.

    2. In the US, blacks are poorer than whites and blacks in New Orleans are poorer than blacks nationally. Hurricane Katrina struck at the end of the month when many people/blacks did not have any money left until their next month’s paycheck. Many did not own a car so they had no way to leave. Through news stories, I encountered at least three black adults who had never in their lives set foot outside of New Orleans until they were evacuated after Hurricane Katrina.

    3. Areas with large populations of blacks have cheaper real estate. Black neighborhoods are often undesirable to live in due to crime, bad schools, and few jobs. Until at least 1965 and probably later, New Orleans was segregated like apartheid South Africa thanks to local, state, and federal Jim Crow laws. In addition, wealthier whites built homes on higher ground, leaving the flood-prone areas for blacks. Blacks in New Orleans can live anywhere they want now, but many cannot afford to move, plus some are happy where they are.

    Many American cities like New Orleans have few poor white people. City whites tend to be upper-class because they need a higher income to avoid living among blacks and to avoid sending their children to black schools. This higher income also allows them to leave town on a moment’s notice when a hurricane approaches.

  49. Clyde says:

    Eldrick looks like a darker skin Thai from the mountains. The rural areas. His facial features are 5o/50 black and Asian. In a large Thai city he would not be given a second glance due to his Asian enough look. A straight on Nigerian on the streets of China or Thailand is a different deal.
    If a pack of little boys are around they might start imitating a monkey eating a banana and laughing a lot. Or trying to imitate a gorilla they saw on TV.

    • Replies: @Truth
  50. Truth says:

    And the answer to the “daughter” question, is?

    • Replies: @Clyde
  51. Clyde says:

    We will put a fresh off the boat Somalian (an alleged 17 year old) onto your putative daughter and register your reaction. First things first.

    • Replies: @Truth
  52. Truth says:

    Well Clyde, I’d say:

    “Honey, why the [email protected]# are you F#$%^&* the God-forsaken [email protected]#$%^ Thai Boy?!”

    …Just as you would with Tiger Woods.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  53. @Truth

    Yeah great Anchorman solo by Katisse Buckingham. His style being quite different from my own as I tend to play ( sax and flute) in more of the swing, be-bop vein, although I am sure he, Buckingham, is a master of all Jazz styles.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz msuician.

  54. @bluedog

    Look pal you are simply attacking me, and being hostile and acrimoneous, and I do not owe you any explanations or justifications whatsoever, and I have no inclination to be in a competition with you, so lets leave it at that.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet and pro Jazz musician.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  55. bluedog says:

    Oh I’m not attacking you just checking your credentials is all to see if your qualified to comment on affairs that you have so little knowledge of..

  56. @Authenticjazzman

    Given your greater than average intelligence, has it not occurred to you that you invite scorn with the irrelevant nonsense you place at the end of each and every comment? Has it escaped your notice that nobody else feels the need to try to bolster their credibility in this way and instead simply allow their comments to stand or fall based on the content of the comment?

    • LOL: HogHappenin
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  57. @unit472

    “If there is proper store it is owned by a Muslim or Asian willing to risk their life operating it.”

    An Indian shopkeeper in London (he moved there from India in 2006, we don’t seem to have border controls. In India no Brit can buy property and you need to show ID to get a Sim card) has just been killed by three under age “youths” for refusing to sell them Rizla papers for their spliffs/blunts/joints.

  58. @NoseytheDuke

    Let the Jazzman do what the Jazzman does. Are you a Mensa member?

    (I guess I just have tremendous respect for anyone who can play sax and flute. Johnny Almond was my favourite. The 1970-odd Mayall drummerless line up of Steve Thompson on bass, Jon Mark on accoustic and Almond was wonderful)

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  59. uslabor says:

    Laughing their heads off at what, you? China and Russia both enjoy the “benefits” of diversity at least as much as US does.

  60. @YetAnotherAnon

    Thank you kindly sir for you support and praise.

    ” I guess I just have tremendous respect for anyone who can play sax and flute”

    Almost anyone can do it , it just involves thousands of hours of frustrating practice and determination.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained Us Army Vet, and pro jazz musician.

  61. Clyde says:

    Pathetic. Are you Truth’s substitute?

  62. Da Wei says:

    republic, maybe you are a barber. I suspect not. Either way, this subject is one where government regulation has been productive, and I’d like to explain.

    The Moler Barber College organization began training barbers in 1910. I attended in 1963 in California, fresh out of high school. As the porter, too, I got to know the place and its owner/manager, pretty well. It was spit and polish time, learning to hone and strop a razor and shave winos from nearby skid row, as well as to use shears and clippers correctly. We learned the muscles and nerves of the head, face and neck and a whole lot more. The course lasted 7 1/2 months (1,250 hours) and was followed by an exam, written and practical, administered by the State Barber Board. After an 18 month apprenticeship I was tested again to become a Journeyman Barber. Hygiene standards were rigid and shops were checked regularly by the Barber Board. Having a sponge or lump alum (used to stop bleeding) in a shop was forbidden, since neither would likely be sanitized.

    The $450 school tuition fee was forgotten and never factored into the price of haircuts. Nobody would charge less, because we still had to pay the bills to survive. We cut kids’ hair for a dollar and a half and men’s hair for two and a quarter. Some shops charged more, but we were spanking clean, friendly and efficient and we never sat down. We made a living, the men left looking like Robert Taylor and nobody got hacked by a total greenhorn.

    Over the years things changed. The Barber Board was dissolved into the Cosmetology Board, people could challenge the Board test after a tenure in a barber shop and eventually nobody even seemed to know what a good haircut looked like. Look around now. People aren’t getting prettier, but they don’t seen to know it.

    republic, eliminating the requirement for schooling wouldn’t make hair cuts cheaper, nor would it improve the quality of barbers. Anyone who wants a cheap haircut can find a barber college, where the cost will be minimal, as will be the barber’s expertise.

    By the way, anybody who wants to see what lack of regulation in barbering looks like, come pay me a visit in China. These slouches don’t sweep the hair up off the floor, don’t sanitize their tools, don’t use their tools properly and then they blow the hair off your neck with little puffs of air from their mouths.
    I have to give instruction whenever I get a haircut.

    Who’s next!

    • Agree: Alden
  63. @Whoever

    Didnt know about that. I liked it too. So, ya. Thanks for showing me something new. I guess a flute can jazzy.

  64. Whoever says: • Website

    You’re very welcome! (^_^)

  65. Alden says:

    Why do you object to occupational training and skills? Why do you object to barbers earning a decent living?

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