The Old Man Is Rolling Over In His Grave

5 02 2017

Soulard

A-B InBev’s xenophilic Super Bowl buy is going to have you think that A-B’s first generation founders were penniless refugees.

Believe me, they were no such thing.

In related news, a few years ago, A-B InBev moved its advertising division out of Soulard and to New York.





Concealing Acquiescence

16 01 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Hotel Room

After being presented incredulity on AR over my contention that MLK and Gandhi were overrated, I wrote this comment, which seems appropriate for the day:

What you’re really saying is that everyone here deserves for there to be more meat on the bone of my contention.

Gandhi and MLK were well-timed (in terms of the years of their birth) and relatively accidental beneficiaries of the sea change of the politics of white and also (((white))) people. If either man had been born 50 years before when they were actually, and had the same political proclivities, then the British and the Jim Crow South (respectively) would have crushed them to the point of bone pulverization. If either man was born 20 years after they were actually, and again, had the same political proclivities, they would have been considered gadflies, trying fight and win an already won cause.

India didn’t gain its independence because of Gandhi. It gained its independence because the British gave up on their empire, because of the blatant moral contradiction between its own empire and the way it won it on the one hand, and helping to fete a successful world war against expansionist-nationalist Germany on the other hand. On some level, Winston Churchill knew he was signing away the rights to the Empire when he signed the Atlantic Charter. It’s just that at the time the British were packing up and leaving India, Gandhi was a local loudmouth. When it was all over, he got the undeserved credit.

Likewise, it was the same anti-nationalist and anti-racist mania that got a shot in the arm after the outcome of WWII that compelled victorious white countries into dismantling pro-white and separatist-based public policies domestically. The same United States of America that helped beat Hitler in Germany couldn’t well tolerate segregation in Dixie. It was only a matter of time. And when the iron was hot, there was a semi-charismatic half wit preacher in Atlanta armed with a Boston University doctorate gotten off a plagiarized doctoral thesis by the name of Martin Luther King Jr (Michael King Jr, but that’s another story). A convenient colored fall guy who got stuck with the credit so that nobody would comprehend the white self-surrender and self-acquiescence that took place.

Before you start nuance-mongering with me, and make the accusation that I know you want to, I’m not insinuating that some cabal of white or (((white))) people deliberately sought out non-white figures like Gandhi and MLK. What I’m saying is that both men were smart enough and perceptive enough to understand the change in the social, political and cultural climate that was taking place, and struck while the iron was hot. Likewise, if it’s hot on Monday, a massive cold front rolls through on Tuesday, and it’s bitter cold on Wednesday, and in the process, the lemonade stand that was out on Monday packs up and goes in on Tuesday, and then the next day, a hot chocolate stand shows up where the lemonade stand was, we don’t conclude by reason that the lemonade stand going in and/or the hot chocolate stand coming out was the cause of the drastic temperature drop, they were the effects of it, and the cause is meteorological. Think of the white surrender and acquiescence as the cold front, and Gandhi and MLK as the hot chocolate stand.

However, the lack of non-white fall guys did not preclude white countries without them or with a paucity of them from dismantling segregation-ish systems. For instance, the United Kingdom had a major watershed civil rights act in 1965 (“Race Relations Act of 1965”). Australia abolished the White Australia Policy in stages between 1947 and 1975. Neither the UK nor Australia had a Martin Luther King or a Gandhi.

Anyone want to check me on the history?





Caves As Social Justice

11 12 2016

Benton Park

Leave it to the P-D to turn the history and existence of caves underneath the city into a social justice narrative.

And also, the cat’s name is Mr. Cat?  No wonder he ran away.  He wants to find a more creative owner.





Historical Racism Porn, ESL Edition

2 12 2016

ESL

Shot:  East St. Louis to commemorate the deadly race riots of 1917

Chaser:  East St. Louis Township Supervisor admits to fraud, embezzling public funds

The more we scream about what white people did in the town coming up on a full century ago, (and there were actually two riots, there was an earlier bout in May), the more we don’t think about how black people have made the very name of “East St. Louis” an international laughing stock for the most recent almost half of that century.

“ESL” is its own hangover.





Showed Him 270

13 11 2016

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

1988 was the first quadrennial Presidential election cycle when I was old enough (ten years old, having turned 11 during the primary season) to observe and absorb the whole process.  During those years, my mother was partial to Channel 4’s local eyeball newscasts, so because of dial lock, CBS network news and Dan Rather was our national news source on the ‘tube, back in the days when TVs had tubes.  It was why I was watching Dan Rather talk about space on two occasions in January 1986 — Voyager 2 swung by Uranus in about the middle of the month, and then Challenger late in the month.

For the hell of it, just to go down memory lane, I asked Mr. YouTube if he had CBS’s 1988 Election Night coverage on file, and behold:

At one point, Leslie Stahl tells of a Socialist party mayor of Burlington, Vermont who tries to win the state’s at-large Congressional seat as an independent. He wound up not winning that year, but two years later, he would.  The rest is, as they say. Except Stahl forgot to tell us his name: Bernie Sanders. You’ll note that Vermont voted Bush, which was the last time it was a Republican state. California, too. Michigan and Pennsylvania ultimately went for Bush, and had not been Republican until Tuesday.

But there’s another thing I totally forgot and should have remembered. At 1:35:30:

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At least according to CBS’s series and timing of calls that night, Missouri put Bush above 270.

Other Missouri election results from that night and the events of the 28 years that followed got me to thinking about the chess board interactions between politicians or wannabes named Ashcroft, Carnahan and Blunt; all three of those names were on the statewide ballot in 1988, as it was, and all three families would play a major role in state politics, and John Ashcroft would have a national impact, in the coming almost three decades.  Back to election night 1988, John Danforth won his third and final Senate term; he was so popular that the big name Missouri Democrats sat out, and the sacrificial lamb Democrat nominee was an obscure state senator from Jefferson County named…Jay Nixon.  Who, as you can see, wouldn’t be obscure for long.

One thing you did not see here was an announcement for the Arkansas Governor’s race. When Bill Clinton won re-election in 1986, that was the first election of four-year terms; before, it was a two-year office, as is Governors of Vermont and New Hampshire currently. This means 1988 was the first Presidential year where AR-GOV was not on the ballot. The change was made from a voter-approved state constitutional amendment in 1984; the legislature put it on the ballot because they knew their Governor had Presidential ambitions, and they wanted Clinton to be able to run for President while being in a situation to where he had the Governor’s office to fall back on if he didn’t make it. As a matter of fact, Clinton came this close to running for President in 1988. He wound up getting cold feet, but because he didn’t run himself and wound up being an early endorser of the party’s ultimate nominee, Michael Dukakis gave him a prime convention speaking slot, in which he spent more than a half hour giving a 15 minute speech. Of course, all was forgiven four years later. The rest, as they say.

Someone else was somewhat interested in 1988’s Presidential politics:





Germany Abolishes Itself (What Else Is New?)

22 10 2016

Berlin

That which many of you have seen by now.

While some of this is about what the headline suggests it is, some of it is about internal white flight.  Which I know you’re all familiar with, many of you personally and directly.

But I think the German nation is just plain star-crossed.  A handful of years ago, in AR, back in the old pre-Disqus days, on a thread about Germany, someone wrote this comment which I thought was so good that I saved:

German nationalism was actually strong historically and the failure of the German-speaking peoples to be properly ensconced in one state at an earlier time is a great tragedy for European history. For many generations there had been a saying among German speakers that wherever the German language was spoken there lived Germany. Why didn’t German unification come then at an earlier date? 1) The land beyond the Rhine was never part of the Roman Empire. Because of the disaster at the Teutoburger Wald Forest, the Romans stopped at the Rhine. This meant that there were none of the Roman roads or bridges running through Germany as was the case for France, England and other countries. The lack of Roman roads was a major fact in not tying German lands together. Unlike the Gauls and the Celts the Germans never got the benefits of several centuries of Roman civilization. 2) The Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther basically created a north-south sectarian schism across the German-speaking areas of Europe. In contrast France just kicked out it Huguenots, while England became very largely Protestant. 3) The Thirty Years war. This horror show was basically fought out all across the German-speaking lands. It set back German civilization by at least 100 years. Maybe 200. It also created in German political subconsciousness a strong desire for a strong leader to avoid what Hitler called “a return to the chaos of the small states”. 4) France. France did everything in it’s power to keep the German speaking regions of Europe divided and weak. Between 1675 and 1813 France invaded German lands no fewer then 14 times, on average once every decade. The 1870 Franco-Prussian war was basically caused by French unwillingness to see the emergence of a unified German state. France LOST this war, which it started, then spent the next 43 years crying about Alsace-Lorraine. 5) The United States. This is the law of unintended consequences. The existence of America acted as a pressure valve where ambitious energetic Germans could go to escape the political morass in German-Europe. After the failure of the 1848 rebellion to create a German democracy about 2,000,000 Germans left for the U.S. 6) The many small states. The princes and politicians didn’t want to lose power in their little statelets by subsuming into a larger entity for the common good of all Germans. They put their narrow political interests ahead of the national and genetic interests of all Germans. Sound familiar?

Number five sounds familiar, as a majority of my DNA is its several generations removed consequences.

I have a few minor disagreements with this:  Martin Luther didn’t create the north-south religious schism, he just exposed it, because the fundamental cause of it was the seemingly slight differences between Nordic and Alpine peoples.  Even though major stuff can break out over dime-thin differentials.  And Germany-to-America migration didn’t start in 1848, it started way earlier, in 1722.

Even after successful German unification, one of its big hurdles was Britain, that growing German power drew London’s ire, because London always wanted no one single continental power to be that mighty.  (Ironically, London probably helped German unification happen because the history of the previous handful of decades and few centuries was that London feared France being the mighty continental unipower, and propped up German and Italian unification to stick to to Paris.)  And now in the current year, as a long-track ideological overreaction to the united German state’s biggest clusterfuck, the irresponsible territorial aggrandizement of its most noted head of state, massive immigration of hostile non-whites is driving Germans out of cities and out of the country.

But if all these dime-thin marginal factors had turned slightly in the other direction, Germany would be far more powerful and dynamic than it is today.





RIP, Al Smith Dinner

21 10 2016

Manhattan

The bitch couldn’t even make a joke about herself.

Even the obsessive insecure whiny narcissist that calls himself Baraq Obama was able to kick lots of good self-deprecating jokes at this shindig in 2012 and 2008.

On top of that, she tried to hook Al Smith’s Catholicism to her sex.  She tried to make us think that there was a yuge wave of anti-Catholic contempt that was solely responsible for denying Smith the Presidency.  First off, I don’t think either the outgoing incumbent President, Calvin Coolidge, nor the Republican nominee, Herbert Hoover, ever said a word about Smith’s Catholicism, or even countenanced it as a sub rosa campaign tactic.  Second, the outcome of that election was a foregone conclusion even if Smith would have been a Protestant.

As far as Trump being booed, that’s a non-issue, and entirely a function of interborough cultural politics in New York.  Trump could own every non-public piece of real estate in Manhattan and be worth trillions, and it wouldn’t matter one whit to Manhattan’s elite — To them, Trump was, is and will always be an outer borough untermensch.