Calvin Coolidge was the last President who signed legislation to reduce the amount of legal immigration into the United States.
Dwight Eisenhower was the last President who actually took enforcing immigration law seriously.
Calvin Coolidge was the last President who signed legislation to reduce the amount of legal immigration into the United States.
Dwight Eisenhower was the last President who actually took enforcing immigration law seriously.
The Superpower Takes a Breather
France just smashed al Qaeda in Mali with little more than moral support from the United States. Washington didn’t even lead from behind. Americans did not lead at all. This time we sat on the sidelines while France—France!—led and did everything from the front.
Last winter the entire northern part of the northwest African country was seized by Ansar al-Dine and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, who together transformed it into a Taliban-style terrorist state. The famous ancient trading city of Timbuktu—long a mecca for adventurous tourists and the host of an annual international music festival—became a grotesque, hand-chopping tyranny that hemorrhaged violence and refugees.
The international community dithered for almost a year, as if an al Qaeda state isn’t all that big a deal. But when the Islamists began expanding south toward the capital and took the city of Gao, France dispatched its war planes and ground troops and threw the bad guys out in a matter of weeks. Its fighter jets are currently pounding terrorist camps deep in the Sahara near the Algerian border.
President François Hollande visited Timbuktu over the weekend and was hailed as a liberator by throngs of residents, including imams, yelling “Vive la France!”
Yeah, it’s kinda ironic that the great Western African Taliban we got all worked up in a lather over, so much so that I would have never approved anything but drone and air strikes against, folded like the cheap deck of cards we now know they were all along and surrendered to a country which has an undeserved reputation as surrender monkeys.
But I totally forgot one crucial elementary difference between Taliban cum Afghanistan and Taliban cum Mali: The former is constituted by battle-hardened South Asians, almost Caucasian and Indo-European, who have been fighting off assault after assault, empire after empire, going back to the days of Alexander the Macedon. The latter is constituted of black Africans. So, the former is somewhere between well-organized militia and military, and the latter is somewhere between n-word-rigged street gang and militia.
New York State
And no, don’t bring Gandhi and MLK into this, as I suspect many of you want to. These two are probably two of the most overrated figures of the 20th Century. Do you honestly think that some brown hippie wearing a potato sack and spectacles dislodged the Indian subcontinent from the British Empire? No, it happened because at some point between Hitler’s invasion of Poland and Pearl Harbor, Churchill begged FDR to save England from Germany. The conversation went something like this: Churchill: “How much is this going to cost me?” FDR sticks his hand out to Churchill: “Exactly one empire, please, after tax.” (Payback for those little 1775 and 1812 deals, you know.) You think NORAD is just an outfit that produces cute videos every December 24? It’s actually how the American Empire annexed Canada from the British Empire after WWII. Ditto ANZUS for Australia and New Zealand. I’m sure there’s a similar “treaty organization” with India. Trivia: Rush Limbaugh Sr. (the grandfather) was one of many lawyers appointed by President Eisenhower to help design a legal system for the newly “independent” India after we dislodged India from the British Empire we were sawing apart piece by piece.
Similarly, that hustling whoremongering miscreant with “Michael King” on his birth certificate, whose “day” I’m not celebrating today, had nothing to do with the civil rights movement. That was largely a function of Irish-American and Jewish-American growing political power (and their dick riders like LBJ) getting back at WASP-y Brahmin-y “traditional” America for real or perceived slights from many decades before. (And don’t bitch at me — I have both Irish and Jewish as minor parts of my ethnic constitution).
Point is, you newly minted third class sub-human “gun owners” of New York State, you can’t play the same civil disobedience games. They’ll find the prison space for you even though there is none for actual murderers — You can count on it. Point is, you better move yourselves and your pieces south of the once and future international border while there still isn’t a border, and before one is put back up and we won’t want you because you helped fuck up your own state’s politics and we won’t let you immigrate across it so you can’t do to us what you did to yourselves. Or better yet you can grok this (*) and set your minds right, and maybe we might have a chance to re-Americanize all of America.
(*) – Even those of us on the correct side of the once and future international border should grok that, because it’s not as if we’re going much better by ourselves. I wish I had a dime for every “Don’t Mess With Texas” bumper sticker I see all the while I know that most of Texas’s elite is letting Mexico mess with Texas.
Libs orgasmic over “gun control” and practically getting their rocks off over “assault weapons.”
Ironically, as I told you back in the spring, lib law profs were floating the trial balloon to use the Militia Act of 1792 to defend ObamaCare’s individual mandate. That act required able bodied white men 17-45 to buy what was an “assault weapon” (for its day) plus an armament that was the rough equivalent of a handgun, plus enough gunpowder, ammo and a bayonet, among other things. I’m not a big gun geek, but I am told that roughly translating the construction of the MA 1792 to modern times, it would mandate an AR-15 and a Ruger 9, not based on raw functionality compared to each other, but based on common availability and affordability and their functionality relative to the available armaments of the day in the same class. Likewise, the best selling four-door family sedan in 2011 would be a far better more powerful more reliable car than the best selling four-door family sedan in 1957, (I know I’ll get some argument there), so if there was a law in 1957 that required every nuclear family to buy a Ford Fairlane, the best selling four-door sedan of that model year, the equivalently crafted law in 2011 would require every nuclear family to buy a Toyota Camry, ibid.
I don’t know if the Obamaites actually used that argument at SCOTUS, but I don’t remember any final SCOTUS opinion on ObamaCare, either majority, concurring or dissenting, mentioning it at all much less endorsing it or rebuking it as legal reasoning, so my guess is that they didn’t and it was just a leftist trial balloon. All I know is that Benedict Dyslexic Roberts somehow read “mandate” in the bill and wound up interpreting “tax” out of it.
My least favorite Christmas Carol. This was cut in 1984, a year before We Are The World, which probably means Africa must have been some serious PC/SWPL fad in the mid-1980s. For some strange reason, the all Christmas all the time stations have been overplaying this song every Christmas for the last five seasons, including this one. Maybe it has something to do with the person of Barack H. Obama II being either President or President-Elect during that time. Or maybe that’s just a coincidence.
The purpose of this cheerful song is to make honkeys feel guilty about feeling happy in our first world Christmas while there’s
black people suffering in Africa. The song asks rhetorically, “do they know it’s Christmas in Africa?”
Short answer: They wouldn’t, by themselves, for a very good reason.
Christmas is basically a warmed over observation of the Winter Solstice and its approximation with the new calendar year. From whence we honkies came, mid-northern to far northern latitudes, it made sense to reset the year at the WS, because you could fit an entire growing season within a year. Another reason it made sense that from the moment of the WS, the length of the day would start to get longer, so the first half of the year would by definition feature lengthening days, mid-year would be the longest day, and the latter half of the year would by definition feature shortening days.
Where black Africans are indigenous, tropical African latitudes, there is little variance in either the length of the day or the seasonal climate, save monsoonal seasons, depending. Mostly, the growing season is all the time, but “growing season” is a misnomer, because it’s not as if black Africans developed anything close to sophisticated agriculture on their own. The berries and the low hanging fruit just grew, and you went and got whenever you wanted to eat. The EBT of the day, so to speak. This makes the Band-Aid lyric “in our world of plenty” in this song misplaced, because in a base sense, a place with a shorter than year long growing season can’t be more of a “world of plenty” than a place with a year long growing season.
The long and short of it is that, no, they wouldn’t have known it’s Christmas, because they wouldn’t know or care that it’s the winter solstice. For the day we now think of as December 21 +/- was to the tropical black African just another day when the sun would rise about where it always has and set about where it always has, it might rain, it might not, it was hot and humid nonetheless, low hanging fruit was there, his rival might impale him with a spear, or maybe not, he might get lucky with only one woman, or the Chief would bring him a captured concubine of women from an enemy tribe to gang bang, but usually not.
But, thanks to cargo cult and gibsmedat, they know it’s Christmas now!
While there was a 91% top marginal personal income tax rate between WWII and the JFK Presidency, virtually no dollars were ever exposed to that tax rate, because the income threshold for that rate was so extremely high, plus deductions, and the existence of trust funds. In fact, there were many tax FIT tax brackets, compared to the two that existed from about 1985 to 1990, three from 1990 to 1993 and five from 1993 to the present. The reason nobody cared is because almost all income earners were in lower brackets. But, since the bracket thresholds weren’t automagically indexed to inflation, (doing that only started in 1985), as post-1964 inflation kicked in, household incomes kept experiencing bracket creep, and taxed at rates that almost nobody’s income was taxed at in the 1950s.
I think the best solution going forward is a single rate FIT with the only deductions being personal, spousal and dependent, with a relatively manageable rate, and extending FICA rates to all income. Tax-free trust funds and most non-profit organizations…gone. There should also be a 50% rule, in that no person should be made to pay more than half his income in total taxes to all levels of government, which means that if someone’s total tax remittances, FIT + FICA + State (if applicable) + Local (if applicable) + documented sales taxes paid + The personal property and real estate taxes on at most one residence and at most two automobiles (we don’t need to subsidize Jay Leno’s car collection) is more than half of his or her income, the Feds will send them a rebate for the delta amount that is over 50%.
I’m not for a VAT. If we’re going to have Federal sales taxes, they should be on the retail end only, because a 10% VAT means exactly the same end-user retail cost increase as would a 10% retail end-user sales tax, only a VAT is a bureaucratic nightmare and more of a lead anchor on the economy than a regular sales tax.
Mexico Del Norte
1980: Carter 56%, Reagan 35%, Anderson et al. 9%. D+21
1984: Mondale 61%, Reagan 37%. D+24
1986: Reagan signs amnesty bill, Simpson-Mazzoli Act
1988: Dukakis 69%, Bush 30%. D+39 (i.e. Hispanics rewarding Republicans for amnesty)
1992: Clinton 61%, Bush 25%, Perot 14%. D+36
1996: Clinton 72%, Dole 21%. D+51 (moderates are how you get Hispanic votes)
2000: Gore 62%, Bush 35%. D+27
2004: Kerry 58%, Bush 40%. D+18 (Even with Bush slinging the borders wide open, canceling immigration law enforcement, and handing out subprime mortgages to Hispanics like candy, a near-billionaire plutocrat still beats the Republican by 18 points)
2007: John McCain, Ted Kennedy and George W. Bush push hard for amnesty
2008: Obama 67%, McCain 31%. D+36. (That’s Juan McAmnesty to you.)
2012 March: Romney ditches Kris Kobach to embrace the amnesty and cheap labor lobby
2012 November: Obama 71%, Romney 27%. D+44
The future: Republicans push for more amnesty and more open borders, Andrew Cuomo beats Marco Rubio in the 2016 Presidential election by 45-50 points among Hispanics.
I’ve thought about this. I was reflecting on this over the weekend. I actually think Bill Clinton himself has been more damaging to our country than Watergate was. Watergate is considered the scandal of all scandals. I think Clinton’s eight years — and I’m not talking about just policy or issues. The overall decline in what was expected of leaders, the overall decline in the requirements that we had of people leading us.
They be better people than average. Smarter, morally rock solid — as much as anybody can be. (I mean, everybody fails.) If it were to happen today… Just to illustrate? If Watergate were to happen today, and it was a Democrat president, it would be accepted. It would maybe be, in fact, praised as a brilliant political move in winning the election. Because that’s all anything is about is the reelection of a Democrat.
So if a Democrat today perpetrated a Watergate or worse, it would be accepted. And anybody who criticized it or raised questions about it would be considered to be a troublemaker or a rabble-rouser or an “extreme right-winger” or what have you. And all because of the permitted and accepted rehabilitation of Bill Clinton to the status he now holds. All the stuff that he did has been forgotten, thrown away, or not kept properly in context.
It’s worse than Rush imagines. The reason the Watergate burglars broke into that hotel room is that they were trying to find evidence that George McGovern had solid links to the Communist Party, either the Soviet version or the American version. If the situation was reversed, and a Democrat President ordered a burglary of a hotel room to find out if the Republican nominee for President had links to some foreign fascist regime or domestic group with “Nazi” in its name, and then obstructed justice in the subsequent investigation, Official America would not only write it off as NBD, but quietly justify his actions, the actions of his cabinet and of the burglars, because “they were saving us from Hitler 2.0.” With a few “never agains” from the “poverty” and “defamation” groups scattered in for good measure.
‘Highly offensive’: Ark. GOP blasts candidates’ statements on slavery, Muslims
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all Muslims.
The claims were made in books written, respectively, by Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville. Those books received attention on Internet news sites Friday.
On Saturday, state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb called the books “highly offensive.” And U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican who represents northeast Arkansas, called the writings “divisive and racially inflammatory.”
Hubbard wrote in his 2009 self-published book, “Letters To The Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative,” that “the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise.” He also wrote that African-Americans were better off than they would have been had they not been captured and shipped to the United States.
Fuqua, who served in the Arkansas House from 1996 to 1998, wrote there is “no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States,” in his 2012 book, titled “God’s Law.”
Half right, he is.
Muslims can’t do anything to us that we won’t let them do by letting them immigrate to where we are to begin with. Remember, I have said here in this space that KSM confessed that he and AQ wanted to commit acts of terrorism in Japan when they co-hosted the Soccer World Cup in 2002, but they couldn’t get a ground network going in the country. And the reason they couldn’t do that is because Japan is an ethnostate and has and enforces immigration law like an ethnostate. Take the hint, America, Europe, Australia, etc.
True, Pak has nukes and Iran may soon have them, but they won’t nuke us because their leaders grok MAD.
As far as the other part, we have problems. To me, it’s as simple as the “if I would have known this, I would have picked my own damned cotton” doctrine. True, American blacks are far better off than they would have been, but American whites are worse off. One of the untold negative consequences of slavery of any sort in the South is that it precluded the development of a real middle class, just as today’s neo-slavery (cheap Hispanic labor) is degrading the middle and working middle class. When you add in the “Who? Whom?” factor of slavery, it eventually created an expensive and obnoxious black undertow that slowed American growth and progress.
Another lamer con publication is going there.
On the eve of perestroika
In the life of almost all civilizations, a time comes where, as Yeats put it, “things fall apart.” The internal principles and assumptions that used to seem to work begin to break down. If the engines of growth have not ground to a halt, they certainly could use some fresh oil: stagnation replaces new opportunities. Everything that used to work suddenly doesn’t. What would have been an easy projection of power settles into a stalemate.
Recent history tells a very different story, however. According to the BEA, between January 2001 and January 2012 the economy grew at an average annual rate of just 1.6%, less than half the average annual growth rate of the second half of the twentieth century. Nor can we entirely blame this stagnation on President Obama or even the Great Recession. During President George W. Bush’s presidency, from January 2001 to January 2009, annual GDP growth averaged 1.4%. Even during the period of growth between 2001 and 2007, annual GDP growth was just 2.7%. The supposed boom times in the past decade have lagged behind the average growth of the past; only about one year of the Bush presidency saw GDP growth greater than the average of the past. The Great Recession has only underlined the lost economic ground: as of April 2012, real GDP had only increased by about 2% since the economic peak of mid-2007. The U.S. economy has barely grown at all since 2007; that’s almost five years of average economic growth well under 1%.
Something has gone awry in the U.S. economy over the past decade. The Cold War provides a troubling parallel here. By the late 1970s and early 1980s, Soviet growth began to slow considerably. By how much it slowed remains a point of contention (the notorious secrecy of Kremlin bureaucrats makes exact economic numbers hard to pin down), but official C.I.A. numbers estimated that average annual economic growth for the Soviet Union was about 1.9% between 1975 and 1980 and 1.8% between 1980 and 1985. These estimates would give the Soviet Union a faster average growth rate between 1975 and 1985 than the United States has seen in the past decade. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many charged the C.I.A. with overestimating Soviet growth, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. An alternative measure, established by economist G.I. Khanin, finds that the U.S.S.R. grew at an annual rate of 1% between 1975 and 1980 and at an annual rate of 0.6% between 1980 and 1985. This statistic puts U.S. growth in a slightly better light, but one can only take so much solace from the fact that the United States has still had almost five years of average annual growth at or below the most pessimistic estimates of Soviet growth rates in the early 1980s. Even by the standards of a Soviet five-year plan, the last five years of the American economy’s growth have been disappointing.
One thing that might be going in our favor is that percentage growth figures will never be that large again because our denominator is so large. Who would you rather be? A 100% annual personal net worth growth rate person who had $1 last year and now has $2, or a 1% annual personal net worth growth rate person who had $1,000,000,000 last year and now has $1,010,000,000? I know for certain the latter person could afford to buy 2043 Park Avenue, the former person never.
Still, if the parallel holds, then the real reason for both the collapse of the USSR and the eventual collapse of the USA is a reason that “economic man” thinkers who write for Daily Caller can never grok: Multiethnic/multiracial polyglot countries don’t work.
American Political History
Jimmy Carter lead Ronald Reagan in the polls 58% to 33% in mid-February 1980. The only state to have voted by mid-February was Iowa, and George H.W. Bush narrowly beat Reagan in the Hawkeye Cauci. Polling a hypothetical race between Reagan and Carter in mid-February was about as useful as teeth on hens, because it was thought that Bush was the front-runner. Too, Jimmy Carter had a Ted Kennedy problem that season, but it was more of an acute rather than a chronic problem. It wasn’t until April 5 that Reagan had won nine of the previous ten primaries and caucuses, a long enough winning streak to make him credible as a Republican nominee in the minds of most people, and Ted Kennedy was laughed out of the Democrat games, such that Reagan-Carter polling was useful. Still, Reagan couldn’t break the low 30s versus Carter, and only broke 40 after the post-convention bounce in July. As late as mid-October 1980, Reagan was only polling at 39%.
John Anderson, the third party candidate in the race that year, polled as high as 24% in late May. His numbers predictably went down as the two-party dynamic heated up in the late summer and fall.
The actual vote? Reagan 50.7%, Carter 41%, Anderson 6.6%.
St. Louis History
I just remembered something.
Guess who wanted the Justice Department to have an even more muscular response than it did against the white people of the North St. Louis County suburb of Black Jack (the revolt mentioned in passing in The Pruitt-Igoe Myth) who were trying to keep their suburb from becoming an African colony.
Black Jack did eventually become literally true, unfortunately.
S.Africa, a ‘rainbow nation’ battling for cohesion
Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined the term in 1994 to celebrate post-apartheid South Africa but 18 years on, the “rainbow nation” is battling entrenched racial, social and economic divisions.
Observers argue that while the much-emulated 1996-2001 Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by the Nobel Peace prize laureate focused on the abuses of white minority rule, social issues were being overlooked.
The bitter realities sugarcoated by the euphoria of the early years of Nelson Mandela’s presidency are resurfacing to haunt South African society and spurring a bout of intense soul-searching.
After the end of apartheid, “the focus was on building the country… and the people were left behind,” Futhi Mtoba, the black chairwoman of Business Unity South Africa, said at a social cohesion forum.
“Now is the time to begin to understand each other and work on what divides us and try to heal those divisions and pull each other up,” she said.
A melting pot of diverse cultures, post-apartheid South Africa recognises 11 official languages. Besides the black majority, it is home to the descendents of British, Dutch and French settlers, as well as large Asian communities.
That last paragraph is the key. A lot of people reading these words think that the fall of South Africa was a one-moment-in-1994 process. In reality, South Africa was doomed from the start, because it was an African Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia wasn’t as bad a Yugoslavia as South Africa, because at least Yugoslavia was comprised of relatively related white people, who then turned on each other and slaughtered each other once the chokehold of the “Yugo” fell apart. South Africa was a British attempt to conglomerate the English, two Afrikaner-Boer-Dutch republics, various Indians (dot, not feathers) the British brought in from the Raj, and maybe about nine black tribes that drifted southward toward the white colonies that were established in previously uninhabited parts of southern Africa.
Apartheid really didn’t fall at one singular moment in 1994, either. It slowly disintegrated over time, and even at the height of its enforcement and enforceability, South Africa wasn’t that “apart.”
The moral of this story? Ethnostates or bust.
St. Louis History
Nova Hart and his father-in-law, J.H. Jackson, saw the mysterious thing soaring noiselessly over their July 4th picnic near Creve Coeur Lake, in what is now Maryland Heights. Hart said it was silver-gray and round.
“Our wives saw it too, and so did some people in an automobile who stopped when they saw us looking up,” said Hart, then of 3969A St. Ferdinand Avenue in St. Louis. “I can say it certainly was strange, and none of us drinks a drop.”
Hart and Jackson were the first St. Louisans to report one of the flying saucers that suddenly were all over the American sky in the summer of 1947. Some newspapers called them “flying discs.” Eventually, the accepted term became unidentified flying object, or UFOs.
One dork “sees” a green three-eyed monster kidnap his dog, and everyone’s missing dog will suddenly be the fault of the green three-eyed monster.
Back to reality, people: The Yankee government was spying on the Soviet Union’s nuclear ambitions, but they didn’t want the world to know that they were doing so. Therefore, when there was a SNAFU and the consequences landed in Roswell, New Mexico, they invented this good cop bad cop scheme — Good cop was “weather balloon,” bad cop was “ET.” And you wonder why Art Bell and George Noory are on 500 stations, yet Jared Taylor can count the number of times he’s a guest on a terrestrial broadcast station per year on one hand.
She’s mostly right, but the issue isn’t even this complicated if we accurately recalibrate our semantics. The only reason some of us think of them as samey same is that they’re both called “revolution.”
The American event was an act of secession, which is fundamentally a conservative or reactionary act. The French event was an out and outright revolution, which is fundamentally a progressive act. The former sought to reduce the jurisdiction of an existing country, the latter sought to change the political system of a country through violence. There was violence as a result of the former act, because the polity losing territory and its head of state reacted violently to the conservative-reactionary act, though they did not need to do that. Violence was the sine qua non of the latter.
America is practically bankrupt. We borrow money from China to give to Pakistan.
Yet, the new process to determine the national champion of college football will involve cities ponying up big big big money to host the semi-final and final games, and TV networks doing the same for the rights to show the games on TV.
Even when Rome was being invaded and surrounded in the latter days of the Western Roman Empire, and people inside the gates of the city were hurting for food, the Romans dying their last breaths found ways to run chariot races.
There’s something about this clod that calls himself “Joe the Plumber” that has always bothered me, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on it.
Until today. Things just suddenly became crystal clear.
‘Joe the Plumber’ links deaths of Jews in Nazi Germany, gun control, in Ohio campaign video
TOLEDO, Ohio — The Ohio congressional candidate known as “Joe the Plumber” is running a campaign video in which he suggests that Nazi gun controls contributed to deaths during the Holocaust because Jews didn’t have firearms to defend themselves.
I don’t think we need to go on with this foolishness.
As long as I’ve been a right winger of some sort, I’ve been hearing this canard. And this fancy theory is based on an oft-repeated supposed direct quote from Hitler about how his gun control legislation in 1935 or 1938 will make Germany safer than ever.
The problems are: For one, there is no evidence of Hitler actually saying that, and for another, German firearms laws weren’t really any more strict in the Nazi era than they were at any time after German unification in the 1870s and including to the present time, save the Soviet-occupied East from 1945-90. If the Nazi regime made gun laws stricter for Jews and only Jews, then that only disproves Joe the Dumber’s contention and proves the one I’m about to make below.
Another fashionable theory is to blame the centralized government power of the Nazi era in Germany, but again, Germany was no less centralized during the times of Bismarck, Wilhelm and the Weimar Republic than it was during the Nazi Regime, even if it wasn’t as despotic.
Fail to both of that. The proximate causation (“but for”) of the Holocaust is the anti-Semitism of Adolf Hitler and the senior leadership of his political party.
If gun control caused the genocide of Jews, why aren’t there gas chambers churning 24/7 in New York City?
One more thing, Joe: With a last name like Wurzelbacher, your Jewish pandering and playing the H-card is going to backfire like you never imagined.
To net this all out, JtP’s problem is much the same as Sarah Palin’s problem — Good instincts, and they are valuable if they are in certain limited situations, but neither have the brain chops or mental constitution to handle the serious national political scene. Because they both lack the ability to reason and think things through, they bite like suckers for any and every bromide which fits their cognitive dissonance and sounds good to their wee little brains, even if those bromides and the truth have a strained relationship. I wish I had a dime for everyone who told me that they liked Palin better as Alaska Governor than as a national figure, either Vice-Presidential candidate, national commentator or potential Presidential candidate, and those people who say and think that are on to something: Palin’s base instincts serve her and her constituents well in limited roles (Alaska Governor), but they’re the wrong recipe for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Likewise, JtP would probably be a great city councilman, but a pathetic Congressman.
Then again, all that is wrong with Joe the Plumber is also applicable to Joe the Vice-President.
And because of that, this area could have never amounted to anything.
Don’t cry for it, though: It got all the diversity it needed in the decades to follow.
St. Louis (KSDK) – A 34-year-old man has been charged after police say he doused his girlfriend with gasoline and set her on fire.
Jacob Lowery is charged with first-degree criminal domestic assault and armed criminal action.
Police were called to the scene in the 4600 block of Allemania in south St. Louis around 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
Police say the 35-year-old victim was driven to the hospital by her boyfriend.
Lowery was then taken into custody.
The victim is hospitalized in critical condition.
The street name is “Allemania,” which sounds like the French word for Germany, “Allemagne,” which comes from one particular tribe of Germanics that called themselves Alemanni, which translated to “all men.”
I don’t think they were thinking of one Jacob Lowery when they meant “all men.”
It feels like 1996, all over again.
Last night in New York City Obama and Clinton held a joint fundraiser. Bill Clinton had to remind everyone of the difference between his presidency and Obama’s
“And, I care about the long term debt of the country a lot. Remember me, I’m the only guy that gave you four surplus budgets out of the eight I sent.”
This is probably a dig at Obama. But I can’t help but notice that Clinton is getting on the Newt bandwagon to take credit for the surplus budgets in the late 1990s. When in reality, most of those budgets were passed when Dennis Hastert was Speaker, and Clinton just signed them. They were a result of a good economy bringing in much more new tax revenues to governments, and at a time when government spending was at a relative nadir compared to what it is today, before 9/11, the “War on Terror,” Medicare Part D, TARP, Porkulus, the beginning stages of ObamaCare, and the retirement of the Baby Boomers. IOW, a set of circumstances very unlikely to repeat.
Does anyone expect today’s teenagers and young adults actually to have learned about the Titanic in history class?
Official history pedagogy in the last half-generation about American and world events from 1800 to the present consists of only five things: Slavery, Colonialism, Lynching, Holocaust, Martin Luther King.
Today’s history students simply can’t learn about the Titanic because there’s no time. There were just too many incidents of white people wearing white robes yelling racial slurs at black scientists in Mississippi in April 1912 that have to be discussed and dissected before we can learn about some old rich white people on a boat.
It will jump right out at you:
Guided the American rebels to victory over the British in the War of Independence. Often outmanoeuvred by British generals with larger armies, his leadership enabled him to hold together an army of secessionists from 13 different states and keep it in the field – and ultimately prevail – during the protracted struggle.
Jackie Robinson Day.
Just to remind you of something I wrote in passing in my review of James Edwards’s Racism Schmacism, Official America now goes through an egalitarian orgy every April 15. However, the media of April 15, 1947 didn’t treat the Sacred Event (TM) with the same kind of reverence. Almost all articles from the New York papers and the national wire services about the Dodgers game that day treated the Sacred Event (TM) as an afterthought, burying news of the Sacred Event (TM) deep down into the paragraph count, and telling us more about how Robinson played that day than his race.
The New York Post referred to Robinson, 28 years old on that day, as a “colored boy.”
We’re on the vestibule of the 40th anniversary of the events that were the Watergate scandal. PJB devotes his latest column to debunking the “heroism” of that jealous loser that called himself “Mark Felt.”
Ironically, PJB himself was widely fingered as Deep Throat during the days when only Felt himself and Bob Woodward knew the truth. The reason that was bunk was that one of PJB’s few faults was inexplicable and dogged devotion to the Republican Party. The PJB that would pick apart Bob Dole in the spring of 1996 then endorse him in the summer of 1996 would hardly stab Richard Nixon in the back.
Probably not. But what of it if he actually is?
I thought we were supposed to reject genetic determinism as an example of Nazi evil.
Related: Bettina the Nutty
What do you do when you’re losing an argument or not winning it as decisively as you wish here in early 21st Century Official America?
When St. Louisan Rex Sinquefield starts a fire, he uses a flame-thrower.
Mr. Sinquefield is a retired investor and philanthropist who has spent millions of dollars trying to convince lawmakers to let individuals divert taxpayer dollars from public schools to help them pay for private education. Last week, he poured gasoline on the combustible public education debate. Then he tossed a very big match.
In a speech at Lindenwood University, the founder of the libertarian Show-Me Institute think-tank said this, quoting from a column in an Osage County newspaper about the alleged beginnings of the public school system:
“… he said a long time ago, decades ago, the Ku Klux Klan got together and said how can we really hurt the African-American children permanently? How can we ruin their lives? And what they designed was the public school system.”
In other words, Regal Rex is going into full SPLC mode.
Really, Rex. I doubt the K-people were thinking about “permanent damage to African-American children” when they did what they did. They didn’t exactly have the reputation of taking the long view. It should also be noted that American public education far predated the Klan, in fact, the legal foundation for the St. Louis City Public Schools was laid even before Missouri became a state, and the SLPS’s first schools opened in 1838. The Klan started in 1871. Just a little bit of inconvenient historical timing for the towering intellectual there.
The P-D Editorial Board goes on to denounce Regal Rex hauling out the K-weapon. But remember, this is the same P-D Editorial Board which in the late 1980s and early 1990s, drew editorial cartoons of anti-deseg members of the St. Louis City School Board wearing Klan robes and hoods, and a paper whose editorial bias isn’t one to reject the SPLC “linking” everything to the “Klan.”
Today is the Centennial anniversary of Arizona statehood, and therefore the hundredth anniversary of every part of the real estate now called the Lower 48 being part of a state.
Here’s hoping that Arizona lives long enough to celebrate its bicentennial, or even its sesquicentennial. The way the demographics are going, it’s far from a sure thing.
Incidentally, I found out on AR that one of the unfortunate side effects of SB 1070 combined with the subprime housing busts is that a lot of former California blacks pissed off at Hispanic dispossession have moved to Phoenix, not only for the suddenly cheap housing, but also because they falsely assume that SB 1070 is resulting in the state becoming a Hispanic-free “paradise.”
A few interesting Arizona MSM stories.
How Arizonans celebrated statehood, i.e. some 13,000 Tucsonians and 11,000 Phoenicians.
The February 14, 1912 front page of the paper now called the Arizona Republic.
On the semicentennial, Sen. Barry Goldwater predicts what his state would be like on the centennial. He got a lot right, but one thing he thankfully got wrong. That one thing speaks to his tragic and sometimes reality-blinding dogmatic libertarianism. As you read in the first article, his family’s department store was one of only three in Phoenix at the time of statehood.
It wouldn’t just steam Bloomberg. This firm was based in Massachusetts — Imagine a pissed off Deval Patrick.
As for the ad’s contention, I know this from personal experience. Like I have said many times here in recent weeks, I only learned how to be a good coward when I started legally carrying a pistol around. These things aren’t toys — Once you pick one up, you can’t really put them down. Once you pull the trigger, you can never un-pull it. If you hurt someone, you’ll never un-hurt them, and if you kill someone, you can never un-kill them. The implications of finality that come with a firearm sure worked wonders for my self-control.
The neos and lamers are really getting fruit with their Ron Paul histrionics. Their latest meme is that according to a disgruntled ex-confidant (disgruntled, there’s your clue, Sherlock), Ron Paul wouldn’t have used the American military to stop the Holocaust. If he actually did say anything along these lines, if taken into context, what RP likely means is that he is heavily relying on PJB’s reading of that era of history, where from he concludes that the Holocaust was a German war crime, ergo, if there was no war made against GNSWP-era Germany, there would have been no Holocaust. Like I have said in this space, you can’t really play “what if” games with history, because there hasn’t been enough computing power made to process all the variables to make the determination for sure. You would have to hop a wormhole to an alternate universe, but that’s entirely in the realm of science fiction. But, there are plenty worse things one can do than rely on the “What If History” games based on the interpretive, reasoning and deductive powers of one Patrick Joseph Buchanan.
I went nuts on Twitter last night, in a few minutes where I couldn’t sleep. Feast your eyes below. Start at the bottom and scroll up for older to newer tweets.
Did you know Ron Paul was once roommates with a guy whose third cousin once removed was a skinhead? #SBOT
Ron Paul: Supports terrorists, even though he drew legislation for up to a $40 billion bounty for the heads of the doers behind 9/11
Ron Paul can’t win because he wants to wrap up optional foreign wars. Isn’t that why Barack Obama won?
Ron Paul: Unelectable, b/c a 13-yo girl might do heroin. Rick Perry: Electable, b/c he wanted to force 9-yo girls to get Gardasil.
Ron Paul is a wacko who can ever win, not like Rick Santorum (who lost his election in 2006, while Ron Paul won his in 2006)
Ron Paul is only a member of House, and obviously unfit. Unlike Gingrich, Bachmann…
Ron Paul (76) too old, so saith the same people who demanded we elect Bob Dole in 1996 (73 years old at the time).
Ron Paul, married 54 years? Too immoral for the Presidency. No, the real moral paragon is Newt Gingrich. #SBOT
Ron Paul wants 13-year olds to do heroin, as if anyone with an advanced degree in medicine will advise a 13-year old to do heroin.
Ron Paul hates the military. Except he has more time in the military than all his Republican opponents plus Obama combined.
…As we all know, micromanaging Presidents are always a great success, cough, Jimmy Carter.
We can’t Ron Paul with the Presidency b/c he didn’t micromanage his newsletter business…but…
Seriously, Ron Paul, racist? We can’t even get him to support real border fencing.
Ron Paul: Fire-breathing Nazi who is opposed to invading countries. #SBOT
Seriously, what do you neo and lamer cons use for brains?
Ron Paul wants to kill all Jews, and that would have included the economists that inspired him. #SBOT
Ron Paul has been pictured with both Don Black and Cynthia McKinney. So is he an anti-black racist or an anti-white racist? #SBOT
Don’t vote for that racist Ron Paul. Vote for someone the “bruthas” grok, like Mitt Romney. #SBOT
@aaronburns Don’t worry, man. I’m busting neocon/lamer-con chops big time.
I hate Ron Paul b/c he’s anti-semitic, because he, like Obama, who got 80% of the Jewish vote, secretly wishes Israel didn’t exist. #SBOT
I hate Ron Paul because he’ll piss off black voters, hell, the GOP was on the vestibule of getting 2% of the black vote vs Obama. #SBOT
I hate Ron Paul because a newsletter in his name said something nasty about black people, my house is nowhere near a ghetto. #SBOT
I hate Ron Paul because his investment portfolio is oriented toward financial calamity during what some would call a near-depression. #SBOT
Seriously, do some of you people read your own tweets ever? It would do you some good to do so
Ron Paul secretly hates Israel (extremist) but wants to give them the ability to make their own decisions in their own interests (extremist)
Ron Paul secretly hates all the Jews (extremist) but wants to deny himself the power to kill them all (extremist)
What would Hitler have been without his Wehrmacht?
Ron Paul is a Nazi who wants a smaller military. Huh? Anyone see the contradiction?
Maybe I should try sleeping, from what I’m reading on my timeline
Added to the list of Ron Paul haters: Breitbart and “The Five.” Why am I not surprised?
UPDATE 11 AM: Then there’s this business about how RP “wishes Israel didn’t exist,” even though according to the same “disgruntled” ex-aide, RP has never said a “racist” or “anti-Semitic” thing in his life. If that’s RP’s real position, then that is pretty much the same position that anti-Zionist Jews outside of Israel hold, and it is roughly close to the position of at least one regular Jewish reader of this blog (I won’t say his name in case I’m wrong about that). While “wishing Israel didn’t exist” would send the neo-cons, AIPAC and the fundagelical-dispensationalist Christians into orbit, making the latter most mad (after all, Christ can’t come back again unless Israel was re-established as an identifiable independent polity), most people don’t care, because most American Jewish voters really don’t care one way or the other about Israel, of those that do, more are anti-Israel and anti-Zionist than pro, and while this may be hard to grok, because of the fundagelical-dispensationalist domination of Christian media, most Christians, especially Catholics and High Protestants, that belong to denominations whose clergy had to do a little more than open a cracker jack box to get a theology degree, aren’t pro-Israel fanatics, because they interpret the Book of Revelation spiritually and not physically, IOW, Christ is not making a corporeal second coming.
That said, Ron Paul can forget about winning any Deep or Mid Southern state.
Then there are these interesting bits:
When pressed, he often times brings up conspiracy theories like FDR knew about the attacks of Pearl Harbor weeks before hand, or that WWII was just ‘blowback,’ for Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy errors, and such,” he wrote.
He also said Paul opposed the warn in Afghanistan.
“He did not want to vote for the resolution. He immediately stated to us staffers, me in particular, that Bush/Cheney were going to use the attacks as a precursor for ‘invading’ Iraq.
Not only did FDR know that Pearl Harbor was coming, he wanted it to come, because he was practically begging the Japanese to hit us in some way in order to have an excuse to get a recalcitrant American public into WWII. The Germans weren’t going to fall for the same trick twice (hint: FDR:Pearl Harbor::Woodrow Wilson:Lusitania), so FDR had to somehow bait the Japanese into hitting us. The “Day of Infamy” speech was prepared before December 7, 1941. Hundreds of years from now, historians will consider WWI and WWII to be the same war, with the 1918-39 period being nothing more than an operational pause. And yes, if we wouldn’t have intervened into WWI, (and we did to save the American elites’ financial investment in Britain), the Allies and the Central Powers would have negotiated a truce, Germany would have never gone into a deep depression, Hitler would have lived his entire life as a starving artist, no WWII, no Holocaust. Like I said, I don’t play what-if games with history, so for me to say this means that I’m cock sure about it.
And, as far as “Bush/Cheney using 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq?” I’m glad Ron Paul was proven wrong on that one!
Race against time to record the language spoken by William the Conqueror before it dies out
The race is on to chronicle the Norman language before it slips into extinction.
A Cambridge University linguist is now studying the dialects of the Channel Islands – one of the last enclaves of Norman French – to ensure it is recorded for posterity.
Native dialects of the language spoken by William the Conquerer are still used by around 3,000 people on the islands.
On Sark they are estimated to number 20, on Guernsey 1,000 and on Jersey 2,000. The dialects on all three islands are distinct.
The language – which is also used in parts of Normandy – is now not spoken fluently by anyone under the age of 30 and is expected to disappear within a generation.
One thing I would like to know — Where did the direct ancestor of the modern French language come from? As late as the fourteenth century, the direct ancestor of Flemish was the dominant language spoken in Paris. The language spoken by the Norman conquerors of England was/is not really closely related to modern French.