There are at least a couple of sane people left in America…
Before we start, a few facts. Somewhere between 5-10% of the Israeli population are Jews who fled persecution in Ethiopia. They are what we in America would call “black”. (I reject this; they are simply Jewish, but let that go.) Something like 45% of the Israeli population is comprised of Jews who fled persecution and/or were forced to flee by government policy from places like Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, etc. They are either “brown” or “black”. Again, that is an American hang-up; they are simply Jewish. So Israel is more than half “people of color”. It is also true that the “people of color” married “people of pallor” so that most Israelis are a blend of the imaginary color spectrum.
Barack Obama, race obsessed as always, wishes we had the old socialist/communist group in power, the “white guys” who somehow survived the Holocaust. And, of all people, the Washington Post is calling him out for this.
Oh, the irony. Here’s an excerpt from the president’s interview with Jeffrey Goldberg:
Obama: And I care deeply about preserving that Jewish democracy, because when I think about how I came to know Israel, it was based on images of, you know—
Goldberg: We talked about this once. Kibbutzim, and—
Obama: Kibbutzim, and Moshe Dayan, and Golda Meir, and the sense that not only are we creating a safe Jewish homeland, but also we are remaking the world. We’re repairing it. We are going to do it the right way. We are going to make sure that the lessons we’ve learned from our hardships and our persecutions are applied to how we govern and how we treat others.
To understand how this sounds to someone sensitive to the history of various historically disfavored groups in Israel, imagine a foreign leader had said “I came to know America based on images of Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, the American Federation of Labor, the Daughters of the American Revolution…” Each of these individuals and groups had their virtues, but lots of us would think, “Geez, you’re nostalgic for an America dominated by White Protestants, and you aren’t even sensitive enough about the course of American history to recognize it, or assumedly you wouldn’t say it.”
The Israel of kibbutzim (kudos to Obama for using the proper Hebrew plural), Dayan, and Meir, was perhaps a more idealistic, and certainly more socialistic Israel. But it was also an Israel dominated by a secularized, Ashkenazic elite.
Mizrahim (Jews from Arab countries), though more than half the population, were marginalized at every level of society. Discrimination was to a large extent institutionalized; the governing Labor Party was run by socialistic Ashkenazim, and given that state capitalism dominated the Israeli economy one’s political and social connections (protectsia in Hebrew) went a long way toward determining one’s economic prospects.
Most Americans don’t understand this, but the duo that Obama supported in the Israeli election last March, Herzog and Livni, are the children of powerful Ashkenazi politicians. They are the Hilary Clinton types of Israeli. Jews who either directly fled the slaughter of Muslim countries, whether in Africa or the Middle East, are a whole lot less naive about the tactics and intentions of Israel’s enemies. They understand them, having lived among them for generations. Obama wants the old socialist, kibbutznik leadership because he believes he can manipulate them. I don’t think they are that stupid, but that is what he is saying in this section of the interview.
And there’s more at the link. We are a dumb country being led by a real dolt.
“Can racism be stopped in the third grade?”
That’s the question asked in this week’s New York Magazine cover story by journalist Lisa Miller. The short answer, of course, is that it all depends on how you define racism.
At the Fieldston Lower School, a $43,000-per-year Riverdale institution, the administration sees racism everywhere. Just consider the “microaggressions” that have been uncovered.
According to the piece: “A girl puts her hands in another girl’s hair; a boy asks his Asian friend where he’s really from. A number of years ago, a white student in a fourth-grade biography unit delivered a presentation on Jackie Robinson while in blackface.”
Here’s a news flash, folks: This is not racism. It’s children being curious about the way their friends look and trying their best to look like an American hero.
If you want it to stop, you can tell them that it’s not appropriate to touch other people without their permission, that many people who look different were born in this country. and that if you’re going to dress up as someone else, you don’t have to change the color of your skin.
You want to know what real racism looks like? Try this. In response to these incidents, as well as a whole bunch of multi-culti-educational mumbo-jumbo, Fieldston has decided to institute a policy of … segregation. Yes, that’s right. We have finally come full circle.
IF YOU ALLOW 8-YEAR-OLDS TO HAVE AN OPEN DIALOGUE ABOUT RACE, THEY MIGHT DO THINGS LIKE ASK ABOUT ANOTHER KID’S HAIR OR HERITAGE.
The new liberal solution to the problems of racial tension in America today is to have third-graders fill out a questionnaire identifying their races and then spend time once a week with people who look just like them.
Because people who look alike also think alike. And let’s face it, you can only really feel comfortable with people who look like you.
More at the link. What they are teaching here is to be hyper-aware of race and also to be angry about it. Forever. I can’t imagine why we would do this to our kids.
All six Baltimore police officers charged for the death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.
Additionally, the state attorney said the charges to the officers – previously imposed on May 1 – have been modified to better reflect her office’s investigation.
“As our investigation has continued, additional info has been discovered, and, as is often the case, additional charges can be added,” Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said during a press conference.
Mosby did not not take questions after the announcement. The officers will be arraigned on July 2.
Go to the link for the descriptions of the charges for each officer. Baltimore is going to have a wild summer, guys.
At last Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama declared he was determined to “make the most of every moment” left in office, saying he had been working on a “bucket list” that included executive action on immigration and climate regulation. Aware that his critics believe he’s often acted lawlessly, Mr. Obama joked that the title for his list rhymes with “bucket.”
Regardless of what items Mr. Obama checks off, he will leave to his successor a staggering array of domestic problems, some he ignored and many he made worse.
Slow economic growth will be at the top of the list of problems. The pattern of American history has been that the more severe the recession, the stronger the recovery. Until now. In Mr. Obama’s recovery, average annual growth has been the slowest since the U.S. began compiling reliable economic statistics near the 20th century’s beginning—a feeble 2.9%. This year is off to an even slower start, with GDP growing 0.2% in the first three months.
The number of jobs also will be on that list. It took from June 2009 to April 2014—nearly five full years—to get back to having the same number of people working as when the recession began in December 2007. That’s a longer period of time to return to the starting point than in any recession in U.S. history. Meantime, roughly 14.7 million people came of age without a job available. The last time the job participation rate was this low was 1978. A third of Americans between 18 and 31 last year were living with their parents, the highest percentage in at least four decades.
The quality of jobs available will be another topic on that list. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 4.5 million Americans were working part time for economic reasons in December 2007, meaning they could not find full-time work. Last month the number was 6.6 million—a 46% increase. More part-time workers are getting fewer than 30 hours a week, in part probably because of ObamaCare.
Then there is the size of Americans’ paychecks. Inflation-adjusted median household income has dropped, from $54,059 in 2009 to $51,939 in 2013 (the latest year available), the only time this has happened during an economic recovery. The president who harps on inequality as a “defining issue of our time” has demonstrated that the middle class fares badly under progressive economic policies.
Mr. Obama will also leave behind a difficult economic climate in which to start a business. According to a recent Brookings Institution study, every year of his presidency more American businesses have died—closed, merged or gone bankrupt—than have been created.
The national debt has risen to 74.1% today from 40.8% the month he took office. This is the largest increase in a six-year period since World War II. The Congressional Budget Office says that within 25 years the public debt will exceed 100% of GDP unless Washington changes its policies.
The ballooning debt reflects the administration’s—and the Democratic Party’s—deficit spending. Mr. Obama compliments himself on reducing the deficit to 2.8% of GDP in fiscal year 2014, down from 8.7%, 8.5%, 6.8%, and 4.1% in the proceeding fiscal years. But 2.8% only matches the average deficit for the last 50 years, and the decline is attributable in large part to Republicans’ controlling the House since the 2010 midterms and slowing spending.
There’s more at the link. My take, for what its worth: The American public voted for this twice. And certain segments of American society – see Baltimore – have voted for this for decades. The only remaining question is whether or not these voters are now at critical mass, meaning that the entire country will become Baltimore. Baltimore isn’t about race, guys, it is about living in La-la-land and refusing to do what is necessary to improve your life. It is about expecting others to do it for you. It is about being so bored sitting around watching paint peel that you turn to mind-numbing drugs and/or alcohol. It is about needing money to support that habit, and, lacking job skills, taking what you need. Don’t get me wrong: Baltimore, our inner-city problems began with race. The white people, by and large, absolutely refused to let the black people participate in society – not at work, not in church, and especially not in the schools. But the remedy, which was badly needed, hasn’t panned out. I think it is because along with the necessary funding and integration laws, the message was defective. The culture allowed the sense of victimhood to replace a sense of agency, of belief in one’s own competence. Large parts of the money went to convincing people that they couldn’t ever make it on their own, that the deck was stacked against them.
Actually, I’m being too negative. The entire country won’t become Baltimore. Instead there will be an ever-widening, impassable divide between competent adults and folks who have chosen … whatever you wish to call it. You know the images of polar bears floating away on small ice floes, the kind the environmentalists use to terrify us all? Let’s mentally borrow the image. The country breaks apart into islands. The islands drift farther and farther apart. (Let’s drop the ice, let’s imagine warm islands with good beaches). Some islands have jobs, good schools, grocery stores, street lights, that kind of thing. Others have just about nothing. As the islands drift apart, those left on remaining mainland (aka the middle-class) will get to decide – quickly – which future they want. They will swim or canoe or glide to the island they choose.
The era when communities worked together to help everyone in need is slipping away, or perhaps already gone. We don’t live together; we don’t raise our kids together; we don’t share the same values. We can soberly tell our friends at the dog park or the coffee shop that we just feel terrible about this, but reality is that we can’t change it.
There’s big trouble at Stevenson College in California. Students are accusing the school of racism and insensitivity after they were served Mexican food during a sci-fi theme night.
The students were specifically upset about the use of the word “aliens” – as in space aliens. They say combining refried beans with creatures from another world is racist – because apparently mistaking Chewbacca for an illegal jumping a border fence is a thing.
Instead of telling the offended students blow it out their burrito, the college ran for the border. The school’s Diversity & Inclusion office fired off this apology:
“We would never want to make a connection between individuals of Latino heritage or undocumented students and aliens and I am sorry that our College Night appeared to do exactly that.”
The college went on to say, “This incident demonstrated a cultural insensitivity on the part of the program planners.”
Oh, I guess it isn’t a joke. I thought it was a joke. Oh well. I’ll just practice the egg-shell walk, so as to avoid offending anyone, how ’bout you?
Among the more ghastly themes we return to here (and the competition is stiff) is the harvesting of Tanzanian albinos for body parts.
An albino toddler missing since Sunday has been found dead in northern Tanzania with all his limbs hacked off.
Yohana Bahati, aged one, was snatched from the house of his mother, who was cut with a machete.
His body was found a few miles away. Two people have been arrested in connection with the killing.
At least 74 albino children have been killed this century in Tanzania, where some witchdoctors use albino body parts to make their charms.
Why can’t we have just the good Africa, with rhinos and smiling children, and not the bad Africa, with animal poaching and mutilated albino toddlers? I’ve often wondered.
Last month the Tanzanian government placed a ban on all witchdoctors in the country. The ban is part of a nationwide operation to clamp down on attacks on people living with albinism.
The UN has condemned the attack and warned that 2015 could be a “dangerous year” for albinos. It fears that the forthcoming general and presidential elections will cause some candidates to turn to influential witchdoctors for help.
Come on, people—this is the 21st century! Do you think David Axelrod used body parts to get Obama elected (even though that would explain a lot)? Obama ate dog (tough), but that doesn’t mean anything.
Another albino toddle remains missing after being kidnapped in December.
Tanzanian police have offered a reward for information leading to the recovery of Pendo Emmanuelle Nundi, aged four. Police have arrested 15 over her disappearance, including her father.
In a Friday sermon delivered in Maarat Al-Nu’man, Syria, Saudi fighter Sheik Abdallah bin Muhammad Al-Muhayseni cited several hadiths glorifying martyrdom.
A black man came to see the Prophet Muhammad in one of his raids, and asked him: “What will I get if I fight those people with you?” The Prophet Muhammad said to him: “You will go to Paradise.” The man said “Oh Prophet of Allah, I am black, I smell bad, and I have no money. If I am killed, will I still go to Paradise?” The Prophet Muhammad said: “Yes. I swear by Allah.”
I hope Mohammed told the black guy with the inferiority complex that this is the desert—everyone smells bad.
They send their black guys to Paradise; we send ours to the White House. And ours are “clean”, according to Biden. I can’t say which is worse.
No, not that leader of African descent! (Or not just.)
It all started with a tweet. Following a ceremony commemorating the abolition of slavery, French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira was criticised by fellow politician Geoffroy Boulard for declining to sing the national anthem, La Marseillaise.
Boulard’s tweet says: “Taubira isn’t singing La Marseillaise under the pretext that she doesn’t know the words. Resignation!” This ignited a conversation which trended on Twitter for several days around the hashtag #LaMarseillaise. For some, Christiane Taubira is a controversial figure associated with the radical left, and she was accused of deliberately not singing to make a political point. Others argued that the attack was racially motivated and that Christiane Taubira was being unfairly singled out (she is black and was born in French Guyana).
Taubira herself defended her decision not to sing by telling her Facebook followers, “some occasions are more suitable for contemplation… than stage karaoke”. This didn’t defuse the tension. Instead, the hashtag #karaokedestrade (“stage karaoke”) began trending on Twitter and generated further criticism of Taubira.
Was race a factor in this discussion? “To be black or white is not the problem,” Geoffrey Boulard, the centre-right politician who started the discussion, told BBC Trending. “It’s not a racist tweet. It’s about national identity and national pride.”
In fact, rows about La Marseillaise are nothing new in France. French football players are regularly condemned for not singing along heartily to the anthem. For others, the real problem is the song itself. Written in 1792 to rally French troops battling foreign armies, the refrain includes the phrase “may impure blood water our fields”. The debate was revived on Wednesday when the French actor Lambert Wilson was asked about the most recent controversy. He described the lyrics as “terrible, bloody, racist and xenophobic” and called for them to be changed.
Wilson’s remarks meant the #LaMarseillaise hashtag continued to trend, with many agreeing with his view and others taking offence. One tweet said: “Those trendy liberals can spit as much as they want on #Marseillaise, people are still attached to it and we are in a democracy.”
What’s French for: “Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.
“I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”
PS: Obama was right again, as usual. I looked up patriotism in the dictionary, and it really did say “speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security”. Of course, it was the Ayers-Alinsky Unabridged Dictionary for Radicals, Fugitives, and Community Organizers.
Ye sons of France, awake to glory,
Hark, hark! what myriads bid you rise!
Your children, wives and white-haired grandsires.
Behold their tears and hear their cries! (repeat)
Shall hateful tyrants, mischiefs breeding,
With hireling hosts, a ruffian band,
Affright and desolate the land,
While peace and liberty lie bleeding?
To arms, to arms, ye brave!
The avenging sword unsheath,
March on, march on!
All hearts resolv’d
On victory or death!
Now, now, the dangerous storm is rolling
Which treacherous kings confederate raise!
The dogs of war, let loose, are howling,
And lo! our fields and cities blaze! (repeat)
alt: And lo! our homes will soon invade!
And shall we basely view the ruin
While lawless force with guilty stride
Spreads desolation far and wide
With crimes and blood his hands embruing?
To arms, to arms, ye brave!…
With luxury and pride surrounded
The vile insatiate despots dare,
Their thirst of power and gold unbounded,
To mete and vend the light and air! (repeat)
Like beasts of burden would they load us,
Like gods would bid their slaves adore,
But man is man, and who is more?
Then shall they longer lash and goad us?
To arms, to arms, ye brave!…
O Liberty, can man resign thee
Once having felt thy generous flame?
Can dungeons, bolts or bars confine thee
Or whips thy noble spirit tame? (repeat)
Too long the world has wept, bewailing
That falsehood’s dagger tyrants wield,
But freedom is our sword and shield,
And all their arts are unavailing.
To arms, to arms, ye brave!…
PPPS: It is a bit “terrible, bloody, racist and xenophobic”, isn’t it? But then, so was the French Revolution.
Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book, in which he depicts blacks with roots in sub-Saharan Africa as genetically less adapted to modern life than whites and Asians.
Was The New York Times uncomfortable with Wade’s science or his conclusions? It’s unclear. Neither Wade nor his former employer returned requests for comment.
Wade’s last Times article appeared April 24. His Penguin Press book “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” arrived in bookstores on Tuesday, May 6. In excerpts from his book posted by Time.com on Friday, he is identified as a “former science editor” of the Times. Until then, coverage of his book called him a current Times journalist.
Wade’s main thesis is that “human evolution has been recent, copious and regional.” He writes, “Though there is still a large random element, the broad general theme of human history is that each race has developed the institutions appropriate to secure survival in its particular environment.”
Blogs that focus on genetics — in particular those which see racialism as a given of life — have been anticipating the book’s publication since review copies were distributed in mid-winter. Some wondered if it would prove a cultural bombshell — “The Bell Curve” on steroids. That 1994 book argued that racial differences were key to understanding intelligence.
Yet to date, Wade’s book has drawn relatively little attention from the mainstream media and prominent pundits.
Fox Butterfield, is that you?
Charles Murray, the author of the aforementioned “Bell Curve” did put on his lead-lined oven mitts to review the radioactive work:
The reigning intellectual orthodoxy is that race is a “social construct,” a cultural artifact without biological merit.
The orthodoxy’s equivalent of the Nicene Creed has two scientific tenets. The first, promulgated by geneticist Richard Lewontin in “The Apportionment of Human Diversity” (1972), is that the races are so close to genetically identical that “racial classification is now seen to be of virtually no genetic or taxonomic significance.” The second, popularized by the late paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, is that human evolution in everything but cosmetic differences stopped before humans left Africa, meaning that “human equality is a contingent fact of history,” as he put it in an essay of that title in 1984.
Since the sequencing of the human genome in 2003, what is known by geneticists has increasingly diverged from this orthodoxy, even as social scientists and the mainstream press have steadfastly ignored the new research. Nicholas Wade, for more than 20 years a highly regarded science writer at the New York Times, has written a book that pulls back the curtain.
The title gives fair warning: “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History.” At the heart of the book, stated quietly but with command of the technical literature, is a bombshell. It is now known with a high level of scientific confidence that both tenets of the orthodoxy are wrong.
Let me emphasize, as Mr. Wade does, how little we yet know about the substance of racial and ethnic differences. Work in the decade since the genome was sequenced has taught us that genetically linked traits, even a comparatively simple one like height, are far more complex than previously imagined, involving dozens or hundreds of genes, plus other forms of variation within our DNA, plus interactions between the environment and gene expression. For emotional or cognitive traits, the story is so complicated that we are probably a decade or more away from substantial understanding.
The statistical tendencies (and they will be only tendencies) that differentiate groups of humans will be just as impossible to add up as the qualities of an individual. Vive les différences.
We don’t yet know what the genetically significant racial differences will turn out to be, but we have to expect that they will be many. It is unhelpful for social scientists and the media to continue to proclaim that “race is a social construct” in the face of this looming rendezvous with reality.
But you can be sure that they will:
The genetic findings that Mr. Wade reports should, in a reasonable world, affect the way social scientists approach the most important topics about human societies. Social scientists can still treat culture and institutions as important independent causal forces, but they also need to start considering the ways in which variations among population groups are causal forces shaping those cultures and institutions.
How long will it take them? In 1998, the biologist E.O. Wilson wrote a book, “Consilience,” predicting that the 21st century would see the integration of the social and biological sciences. He is surely right about the long run, but the signs for early progress are not good. “The Bell Curve,” which the late Richard J. Herrnstein and I published 20 years ago, should have made it easy for social scientists to acknowledge the role of cognitive ability in shaping class structure. It hasn’t. David Geary’s “Male/Female,” published 16 years ago, should have made it easy for them to acknowledge the different psychological and cognitive profiles of males and females. It hasn’t. Steven Pinker’s “The Blank Slate,” published 12 years ago, should have made it easy for them to acknowledge the role of human nature in explaining behavior. It hasn’t.
I don’t know any of this material to be true, but I can understand how it might be (evolution being what it is, and the timeline of racial separation being as long as it’s been). Now what?
My particular prejudice (if I amy employ that word here) is that the facts of life are conservative. People around the world, regardless of race, need the rule of law, lightly regulated capitalism, a modicum of decency and honesty among their elected or appointed or inherited leaders—stir gently, and then leave it alone. But my worldview doesn’t take genetics into account. How anti-science of me.
I should probably leave it to the intellectual titans to battle over this book and its thesis. But I reject the idea that any subject is taboo. If this theory is wrong, that should be proven in debate, not a shouting match.
What if Donald Sterling had said this? (He probably has.)
In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Rep. Bennie Thompson doubled down on controversial remarks he made about race over the weekend.
The Mississippi Democrat had argued Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a black conservative, is an “Uncle Tom” who doesn’t stand up for African Americans.
Bash: When you said Clarence Thomas was an “Uncle Tom,” what did you mean by that?
Thompson: “Well if you look at his decisions on the court, they have been adverse to the minority community, and the people I represent have a real issue with an African American not being sensible to those issues.”
Bash: Isn’t that a racially charged term?
Thompson: “For some it is, but to others it’s the truth.”
Bash: Because looking at that and hearing that kind of language, that certainly wouldn’t be appropriate if it was coming from somebody who was white.
Thompson: “But I’m black.”
Bash: That makes it OK?
Out of respect for the office, if not the man, I will spare you his answer. I wouldn’t want to be accused of racism.
On to Obama:
Bash: The other thing you were talking about is the fact that you believe some of the opposition, maybe even much of the opposition, to the president is because of the color of his skin.
Thompson: “Well, I’ve been here a long time. I’ve seen a lot of issues come before Congress. I’ve never seen the venom put forth on another candidate or a president like I’ve seen with this president and that’s my opinion.”
Bash: Are there specific things that people have said that are racially tinged that make you say that, or are you reading the tea leaves of what’s going on?
Thompson: “I’ve seen quite a few State of the Union messages, I’ve never heard a president called a liar in a State of the Union message.”
Bash: You think Congressman Joe Wilson was race based?
Thompson: “Well, I’ve never heard it before, it was a stupid decision…statement, but it has no real bearing.”
It has no real bearing…yet he brought it up? I’m trying real hard to be racially sensitive here, but he’s not giving me much to work with.
Bash: Were Mitch McConnell’s comments were [sic] racist?
Thompson: “It had nothing to with that. The comments are insensitive. To say to a president that you’re going to oppose anything that he puts out there is just totally…”
Bash: You think it was race based?
Thompson: “Well I’ve never heard him say it to any other president.”
Mitch McConnell has been leader of the Senate Republicans since 2006. The only other president about whom he would have said anything is George W. Bush, a fellow Republican. And as we’re so frequently reminded, Barack Obama is the first black president of the United States. So, what, pray tell, is his point?
We’re told black people can call each other “ni**er”, and it has nothing to do with us. We have no business minding, even. I guess the same thing goes with “Uncle Tom”. Maybe between African Americans, it’s also a term of endearment.
What’s up, Uncle Tom?
Not much, n-word. What up with you?
Same old, same old, [racial epithet]. Keeping on keeping on.
I hear that, [vile slur]. How’s the old lady?
That [private body part]? She’s fine. Yours?
Oh, you know. Still [performing sexual act] on my [private body part]. Can’t complain.
I can’t help feeling I’ve gone too far, but I don’t know when I crossed the line. I’m out of my depth here. I apologize for any offense I may have caused.