We Hear You

22 06 2015


Of course, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has made Stephanie Rawlings-Blake their new leader.

She says she “wants mayors to be heard in the next election.”  Indeedy, we need to hear them say such genius things as rioters need safe spaces to loot and smash and burn.

Darkest Before the Dawn

21 05 2015


Stay positive, even though it’s hard to do, and even though our cause seems absolutely hopeless about half the time.

Because, anything is possible.

Watch Me Drop the Hammer

2 05 2015

Your Blomgemister’s Desk


Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democratic Party’s Own Making

A few weeks ago, there was an election in Ferguson, Mo., the result of which was to treble the number of African Americans on that unhappy suburb’s city council. This was greeted in some corners with optimism — now, at last, the city’s black residents would have a chance to see to securing their own interests. This optimism flies in the face of evidence near — St. Louis — and far — Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco . . .

St. Louis has not had a Republican mayor since the 1940s, and in its most recent elections for the board of aldermen there was no Republican in the majority of the contests; the city is overwhelmingly Democratic, effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department. Baltimore has seen two Republicans sit in the mayor’s office since the 1920s — and none since the 1960s. Like St. Louis, it is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department. Philadelphia has not elected a Republican mayor since 1948. The last Republican to be elected mayor of Detroit was congratulated on his victory by President Eisenhower. Atlanta, a city so corrupt that its public schools are organized as a criminal conspiracy against its children, last had a Republican mayor in the 19th century. Its municipal elections are officially nonpartisan, but the last Republican to run in Atlanta’s 13th congressional district did not manage to secure even 30 percent of the vote; Atlanta is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.

American cities are by and large Democratic-party monopolies, monopolies generally dominated by the so-called progressive wing of the party. The results have been catastrophic, and not only in poor black cities such as Baltimore and Detroit. Money can paper over some of the defects of progressivism in rich, white cities such as Portland and San Francisco, but those are pretty awful places to be non-white and non-rich, too: Blacks make up barely 9 percent of the population in San Francisco, but they represent 40 percent of those arrested for murder, and they are arrested for drug offenses at ten times their share of the population.

And you can figure out where it goes from here.

Now, watch me drop the hammer on neocon skullduggery.

Under this logic, Indianapolis ought to be paradise and San Francisco ought to be a destitute hellhole.

Pardon me for a moment while I gloat.


Okay, I’m back.

Now, a couple of more points, because it mentioned Ferguson and the City of St. Louis:

1.  Yes, the elections last month tripled the number of aldermen in Ferguson from one to three, but it was big flop for the handsupdontshoot crowd because only one of those three is a handsupdontshooter.

2.  In St. Louis City, and a lot of other cities, there only seems to be one party rule.  In reality, homeostatic equilibrium always finds a way to work; the political center always readjusts.  For a very long time, the political battle in St. Louis has been between white Democrats and black Democrats; in recent years, some other races have come along to join the white side, though the white side is still almost entirely white.  Francis Slay and Sharon Tyus will both vote for the Democrat on Presidential voting day, because they’re both to the left of the national political center.  But they are on different sides of the St. Louis City political center.

Pretend You’re Blue When You’re Happy (It Isn’t Very Hard to Do)

28 04 2015

San Francisco

And pretend you’re upset that your city is losing NAMs like there’s no tomorrow; it isn’t very hard to do.

If you pretend publicly enough and hard enough, then maybe someone else will be so thrilled with diversity that they’ll take the rest of your NAMs off your hands before someone else gets them.

School Days

19 04 2015

Fairfax County, Virginia

What is the unspoken issue in this article and this article that is too hot to handle in either article?

Answer:  Public school districts and NAM students.

The Shocking Object Lesson

13 04 2015


Upper middle class whites are upper middle class and white, destitute NAMs are destitute and NAM.

I know, I was surprised, too.

St. Louis is featured in the study, however, neither in this article nor in the University of Minnesota’s PowerPointless of the research do we get a map of our area’s RCAAs or RCAPs.  I have a pretty good idea, though.  For instance, Census Tract 1103, Newstead-Natural Bridge-ish, is most likely a RCAP, while Tract 2175, southern Ladue, Warson Woods, Huntleigh, John Danforth country, is most likely a RCAA.

A few points:

1.  The author notes that there are virtually no programs or inducements or mandates to try to move well to do white people into poor black ghetto hovels.  As well there aren’t — One of the things that school deseg advocates learned just before it was too late is that white parents, even supposedly liberal ones, will turn the world inside out if their kids are bussed into black schools.  On the other hand, they will tolerate a few token blacks being bussed in from the ghetto to their white schools, and maybe the token “affordable housing” ghetto black or two in their census tracts.  The white backlash is far more severe if you try to take them or their kids and move them into the ghetto compared to moving just a little slice of the ghetto into their neighborhoods and schools.  This is why the fourth wave of school desegregation is a lot more nuanced and careful in what it does and how it does it.

2.  A RCAA tract is defined as at least 90% white and median income that is at least four times the Federal poverty level adjusted for the metro area’s cost of living.  It does not say whether it’s also adjusted for household size, because Federal poverty thresholds so adjust.  As a baseline, 4x Fed Pov 4 household is $97,000 for 2015.  That figure will be higher in expensive cities like New York but lower in cheap cities like St. Louis.  If the given metro area has a dead on average cost of living, then it stays at $97,000.  Yes, $97,000 allows four people to live very comfortably, but it’s not filthy rich.  Consider that three such households strung together can’t afford even one HRC speech.

3.  We’re still stuck on this hobby horse that the mortgage interest deduction is Federal spending on housing?  Oh well, whatever makes them feel better.


Assuming Census’s metro area cost of living fractions are what this study’s authors use, then the extremes are Manhattan (216.7%), and Harlingen, Texas (82.8%).  Phoenix (100.7%) is pretty much a dead on average area, while St. Louis is at 90.4%.  So the $97,000 national average means $210,200 in Manhattan, $80,300 in Harlingen, and $87,700 in St. Louis.  Assuming this study’s authors use a 4 person household, it means that a St. Louis area census tract has to have a median household income of $87,700 and be at least 90% white to be classified as a RCAA.

Husband wife and two kids with $87,700 of income in a 90%+ white census tract in St. Louis are going to live a pretty good life, but they’re not rich.

Circumstances Beyond Our Control

12 04 2015




Atlanta newspaper calls St. Louis a region that’s ‘lost its way’


In its comparison of a struggling St. Louis with Chicago, its more affluent — and much-larger — Midwestern rival, the newspaper calls St. Louis a “cautionary tale” and a region that has “lost its way.”

Its profile of St. Louis leads with a description of the memorial in Ferguson to Michael Brown, the teen killed by Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

And note the other article on the AJC front page with “Ferguson” in the title.

As if that was the whole metro area’s fault; as if it affected the whole metro area.  Remember, there were riots in Chicago after the assassination of MLK, there were not in St. Louis.  That’s what was so traumatic about Ferguson, that it ended our winning streak, ruined our reputation as the city that doesn’t riot, and meant that the cops around here lost the step ahead of the undertow which they previously had.

The recitation of St. Louis’ woes is a familiar one. It was once the fourth-most populated city in the nation, “a manufacturing and transportation colossus,” and the host city, in 1904, of the World’s Fair and the Summer Olympics.

When rivers were uber-important to commerce, St. Louis was important.  When other means of transportation supplanted the rivers, St. Louis’s importance declined.  It’s as simple as that.  Also, the reason Chicago and not St. Louis became a major railroad hub was because TPTB of the time wanted to punish Missouri for seceding from the union.  Even though St. Louis was a Union city, making St. Louis a major hub would have meant helping rural Missouri.

The 1904 Summer Olympics, while they were the first Olympics ever held in the Western Hemisphere, were only held in St. Louis because of the World’s Fair; originally, the Olympics were supposed to be in Chicago. And they were such a flop and a failure that it was seriously in doubt if any more Olympics would happen.

Special criticism goes to Harland Bartholomew, the renowned city planner who was hired by the St. Louis in 1916. “Bartholomew’s embrace of urban renewal and highways-to-the-suburbs fueled the exodus from St. Louis as well as the region’s fragmentation and racism.”

Because when you think of urban sprawl, Atlanta is the last metro area that comes to mind.  Chicago has no urban sprawl, either. Also remember that in relative terms, comparing square mileage to population within the urbanized footprint, St. Louis’s sprawl “problem” is probably the same as Chicago’s and not as bad as Atlanta’s. Meanwhile, Kansas City and Oklahoma City are two metro areas less populated than St. Louis but whose sprawl and urbanized footprints are really spread out.

As for Chicago, “at several inflection points, the city has taken action to build its status, while many peers slipped.” It was helped by its “heartland location,” the Atlanta paper reports.

One big problem for both Chicago and Atlanta is that neither one of them have a marquee industry on which they can hang their hats and become metro areas that matter in our era of wealth-income-cognitive stratification.  Boston has education, New York has banking, finance and the media, Washington, D.C. has the Federal government, L.A. has entertainment and movies, S.F./S.V./Bay Area have CSIT-WWW.  While it’s theoretically possible for Harvard to move out of Boston, Wall Street to move out of Lower Manhattan, the capital to move out of D.C., Hollywood to leave Southern California and the Silicon Valley to leave the place formermly called the Santa Clara Valley, the odds of even one of those things happening are just one wee little atom north of zero.  Meanwhile, the real cautionary tale for Chicago and Atlanta and their future viability and credibility comes from St. Louis, albeit in a way they don’t realize:  Since the late 1990s, Boatmen’s Bank sold out to Nations Bank which later merged with Bank of America, Mercantile Bank has sold out and merged and sold out several times, Ralston-Purina is now a subsidiary of Nestle, McDonnell-Douglas sold out to Boeing, Lambert Airport is no longer a national airline hub because American Airlines bought out TWA, and then there’s the big one.  Chicago and Atlanta have notable corporate citizens, but they’re the type which can go on the selling block at any time and just as easily exist in places other than Chicago and Atlanta.  Note that the aforementioned Boeing, once based in Seattle, is now based in Chicago.  Don’t think Coca-Cola can ever be bought out and moved out of Atlanta?  Well, let me remind you about St. Louis, and “the big one” that happened a few years ago.  Chicago is probably safe in it always being a railroad hub, and while rail commerce is still important and probably will be for a long time, it’s not quite as important as it used to be.

Also, one thing that St. Louis has going for it relative to Chicago and Atlanta is the ratio of whites to non-whites over the entire metro area.



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