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Thomas Sowell On The Amnesty Threat: "Maybe There Are Just Too Many Clever GOP Consultants Inside The Beltway"
Thomas Sowell's latest syndicated column says
Phyllis Schlafly Report On Immigration: "How Mass (Legal) Immigration Dooms a Conservative Republican Party"
When you see in a headline that someone has died in a fraternity hazing incident, it's almost always a black fraternity. This is a fact unlikely to appear in a headline, but the Daily Caller seems to have removed it altogether:
Police charged four men in a hazing catastrophe that led to the deaths of two Virginia State University freshmen who drowned in the Appomattox River while completing an initiation ritual.
The students were attempting to become members of “Men of Honor,” a group with no official relationship to the university, officials said.Two students drown in hazing incident, By Robby Soave, [Email him]The Daily Caller, April 24, 2013
There's no mention of race, and this is the only graphic:
They do say that
Earlier this month, three students, including the student government president, were also charged with hazing pledges at the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Alpha Phi Alpha is a black fraternity. (There are, officially, no white fraternities, because of the Civil Rights act of 1964. There are sill black fraternities, as there are black colleges. ΑΦΑ claims that it's been open to "men of all races" since 1940.) But Alpha Phi Alpha was not the group involved in this drowning incident.
A university spokesperson described the group as “an underground,
The Fulford File | Ron Paul Lynching—Will GOP Insiders Attempt To Dissolve Iowa And Elect A New One?
The Washington Examiner’s Timothy Carney wrote a piece saying GOP will take off the gloves if Ron Paul wins Iowa, (“Just like they did to Pat Buchanan in 1996” as buchanan.org points out.) And the New York Times and The Weekly Standard opened the ball with a revival of attacks based on the Ron Paul Letters of the 1980s, an attack that was made in 2008 by the New Republic.
- The Company Ron Paul Keeps, Weekly Standard, by James Kirchick December 26, 2011]
- New Focus on Incendiary Words in Paul’s Newsletters, By Jim Rutenberg And Richard A. Oppel Jr., NYT, December 19, 2011
We covered the Kirchick attacks when they happened during the last election. The Ron Paul letters would not be a big deal in a society that actually believed in political debate. What's going on now is simply rampant Politically Correct hysteria.
But, apparently, we at VDARE.com are the only ones who were and are willing to defend what was in the original letters—see
- New Republic, Left Libertarians, Can't Face Facts—Ron Paul Letter's "Scandalous" Assertions (Mostly) True.
- Flashman, Ron Paul, James Kirchick-And Liberty
- Marty Peretz vs. Ron Paul. Kids (And "Mentor") vs. Grown-Ups
- Tarring and Feathering Ron Paul-- Establishment Elites "Decode" Maverick, Populist Libertarian
- Lew Rockwell And The Strange Death (Or At Least Suspended Animation) Of Paleolibertarianism
- It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It Department: Christopher Hitchens, The Ron Paul Letter, And Dr. King
Behind the excitement about the welcome exit from the GOP Presidential nomination contest of the seriously under-qualified Herman Cain is the emergence of a key existential question facing America: should anything be done, not just about sealing the border, but about the huge illegal alien population? The issue is making the weekend talk shows: Bachmann On Immigration: Deport All The Undocumented, By Sam Stein, Huffington Post, December 3, 2011).
(To say nothing of the resultant burgeoning anchor-baby population).
The current Politically Correct estimate of the illegal alien population seems to be 11 million—but in fact, as James Fulford noted for us in 2007, there is good reason to suppose it could be as high as 20 million. See also here and here [The Underground Labor Force Is Rising To The Surface, Robert Justich and Betty Ng, CFA, Bear Stearns Asset Management, January 3, 2005].
Competition is a wonderful thing. Responding to the Gingrich Amnesty/Immigration Facilitation proposal, both Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann have made decisive suggestions:
- “‘My policy will be to detain and deport every illegal alien who is apprehended in this country,’ Perry said. ‘And we'll do it with an expedited hearing process so that millions of illegal aliens are not released into the general population with some hearing date down the road."
Perry says he will deport all detained illegal immigrants by Jason McLure Reuters, November 29, 2011
- “Bachmann…called for massive deportation of illegal immigrants, for English to be designated the official language of the federal government, and for an end to automatic citizenship for babies born on American soil.
“‘When people are intercepted here illegally, they need to come within the confines of the law,' Bachmann said. 'If that means deportation, we need to have deportation.'"
[GOP contender Bachmann, in South Florida, calls for English to be official language of U.S. government , By Andrew Abramson, The Palm Beach Post, December 1, 2011]
At the time of the Bush Amnesty Wars, the battle-cry “What is it about 'illegal' you don’t understand?” was generally recognized to be effective. Unfortunately, similar respect is currently being accorded to the slogan: “You can’t deport 11 million people.”
Dealing with this problem definitely requires courage and intellectual precision. So why is it such a problem for Republicans?
In the wake of a report in the Politico’s report that Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment and five figure settlements with two of his accusers, the reaction of the conservative movement has been to accuse the mainstream media of racism for daring to make these accusations.
By the time the GOP debate finally cast its boring eye to immigration tonight, I was half asleep. Despite the guest appearance of an anchorman from Telemundo to deliver the question, Bachman at least gave an answer we can get excited about. Here's a "best/worst of" from each candidate on tonight's debate, with my comments in brackets (transcript at PajamasMedia):