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By James Fulford on 2019-01-21 18:21:00 -0500
Peter Brimelow asked me if the arrest of an illegal alien for the alleged murder of three white women and one white man had gotten much news coverage. I tested it by searching for the name of one of the earliest victims, Connie Koontz, 56. A search for “Connie Koontz” in news comes up with 554 results. A search for "Wilbur Martinez- Guzman", the illegal alien suspect in custody comes up with 661 re...
By Steve Sailer on 2019-01-21 10:58:00 -0500
From CNN: Beto’s excellent adventure drips with white male privilege Analysis by Nia-Malika Henderson, Senior Political Reporter Updated 5:07 PM ET, Thu January 17, 2019 With handsome white Catholic Irishman Beto O’Rourke doing well in 2020 nomination polls, what will he have to do to prove he’s not one of those white male Catholics? Donate a kidney to Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Perform a late-term abo...
By Steve Sailer on 2019-01-21 10:55:00 -0500
Jessica Valenti obsessing over the youth in the MAGA hat is much like the opening of countless romance novels: I honestly haven’t stopped thinking about that horrible Mr. Darcy all day — in part because I think so many of us have been on the receiving end of the face he was making: smug, untouchable, entitled … iSteve commenter Reactionry snarks: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a s...
By Steve Sailer on 2019-01-21 10:47:00 -0500
Willie Brown was the speaker of the California Assembly and then when term limited out of that job became mayor of San Francisco. The man is a political prodigy. With the demographics of 2020 he might well have been elected President in, say, 1992. Of course, back then, America could only take Slick Willie, not Sleaze Willie. But the times they are a changing. But Willie Brown, now 84, has lined u...
By Steve Sailer on 2019-01-21 10:47:00 -0500
Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady is a graduate of Junipero Serra HS in posh San Mateo, CA and Rams’ QB Jared Goff is a graduate of Marin Catholic HS in Marin County, CA, two of the nicest suburbs in the country. As Kingsley Amis said in Lucky Jim, there’s no end to the ways that nice things are nicer than not nice things. From Tom Wolfe’s 2012 novel Back to Blood: If you ask me, newspaper reporter...
By James Fulford on 2019-01-20 22:38:00 -0500
Earlier, I depicted the Current Year view of General Lee in an item from Slate. After the Civil War, North and South reconciled, and in 1959, this reconciliation could be considered complete, although that's no longer the case. This non-current year view of Lee is from the Civil War Dictionary (not online, I have a paper copy)published in 1959, and written by a United States Army officer of Souther...
By Peter Brimelow on 2019-01-20 20:46:00 -0500
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James Fulford writes: Once again, as I noted earlier today, the birthdays of two famous Southerners are being celebrated on the same day: General Robert E. Lee, born Stratford, Virginia, on January 19, 1807, and the the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA.
 
While Current Year sentiment is all about abolishing all memory of Lee, and glorifying King, Peter Brimelow writes, in an article we've republished annually since, 2015, that the wheel may turn around, and future generations may decide than that honoring King with a national holiday was a mistake.

VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: I’ve decided to keep on reposting my 2015 essay questioning the utility of Martin Luther King Day until we, so to speak, Overcome. (See 2016, 2017, 2018. Note that, while Robert E. Lee Day is fixed, Martin Luther King Day is set to be celebrated on the third Monday in January, and so fluctuates).

Infuriating to all who care about America and its history, this last year proved that traditions and heroes can indeed be attacked and undone, from the peerless Robert E. Lee to George Washington. But perhaps this is heartening to those of us who’ve had it with Martin Luther King Day—the wheel turns, and even that monstrous statue may one day be cut down to size.

Unfortunately, 2017 also made seem more likely the possibility I allude to below: that by 2027, when King’s FBI files are due to be released, criticism of him will be banned as “Hate Speech.” America took a real step toward totalitarianism in Charlottesville, VA, on August 12, 2017 when a lawful assembly protesting the proposed vandalism of a Robert E. Lee statue was repressed and physically attacked by elected, uniformed, civilian and paramilitary Democrats, followed by an obviously pre-planned nationwide pogrom against Dissident Right individuals and outlets that were not remotely connected with the rally (i.e. VDARE.com). Significantly, the publication of the Heaphy Report, which confirmed VDARE.com’s account of Leftist and police culpability, has made absolutely no difference to the MSM/ Ruling Class Narrative...because they DON’T WANT TO KNOW

Another ominous trend I note below is also in more evidence this year: radical Leftists asserting that MLK was one of them, as of course he was: e.g. If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, politicians would denounce him, by Stephen W. Thrasher, The Guardian, January 15, 2018; Giving Up Patriotism and Integration Myths for MLK Day, by William C. Anderson, Truthout, 2018.  Thus, typically, Anderson [Tweet him] writes

The currents of white supremacy that are intrinsic to the US political system should lead us to question the system's purpose and reason for existence.

The “system’s purpose and reason for existence,” of course, is that the American Republic was founded as, and remains in its essence, a white ethnostate. The cusswordwhite supremacy” has simply come to mean the very existence of white America and, what the Left is desperate to prevent above all, its dawning self-awareness—as exemplified by its decisive vote for Donald Trump.

Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther KingHappy Robert E. Lee Day! His January 19 birthday was once widely celebrated across the South (it still is mentionable in Alabama) but during the Second Reconstruction has been quietly suppressed to the point where even such a devoted son of the Confederacy as American Renaissance’s Jared Taylor was unaware, when I talked to him on Sunday night, that its local variant in his and Lee’s state of Virginia, Lee-Jackson Day, was supposed to be celebrated last Friday. (Not surprisingly—it seems to have been recently crudely scrubbed from Virginia’s webpage).

But there’s a silver lining, sort of, in this tale of attempted historical lobotomy: it shows that public holidays come—and they go. Martin Luther King Day, rushed through Congress with Obamacare-style disregard of process in 1983, has been by now weighed in the balance for almost thirty years. It has inarguably (but unmentionably) been found wanting. It is time for it to go.

And in fact, I believe it will go, or at least be quietly suppressed like Robert E. Lee Day. The reasons:

  • MLK Day’s 2027 Problem
It is obvious to everyone that there is a reason King’s FBI files were sealed for fifty years back in 1977, and only the Main Stream Media’s typically relentless Politically Correct air cover prevented this flagrant maneuver from discrediting the Martin Luther King Day legislation in 1983.

The problem that these sealed files pose, the MSM/ Ruling Class determination to repress it—and incidentally the unimpeachably reasonable nature of the MLK Day opponents’ position—emerged at President Ronald Reagan’s famous October 19, 1983 press conference:

[Sam Donaldson, ABC News]. Mr. President, Senator [Jesse] Helms has been saying on the Senate floor that Martin Luther King, Jr., had Communist associations, was a Communist sympathizer. Do you agree?

The President. We'll know in about 35 years, won't we?

No, I don't fault Senator Helms' sincerity with regard to wanting the records opened up. I think that he's motivated by a feeling that if we're going to have a national holiday named for any American, when it's only been named for one American in all our history up until this time, that he feels we should know everything there is to know about an individual. As I say, I don't fault his sincerity in that, but I also recognize there is no way that these records can be opened, because an agreement was reached between the family and the government with regard to those records. And we're not going to turn away from that or set a precedent of breaking agreements of that kind.

Sir, what do we do then in 35 years if the records are opened and we find that Dr. King was a Communist sympathizer? Do we then try to undo the law? I mean, I'm not quite certain where the logic is there.

The President. The logic is there in that there is no way that this government should violate its word and open those records now.

I happen to — while I would have preferred a day of recognition for his accomplishments and what he meant in a stormy period in our history here, I would have preferred a day similar to, say, Lincoln's birthday, which is not technically a national holiday, but is certainly a day reverenced by a great many people in our country and has been. I would have preferred that, but since they seem bent on making it a national holiday, I believe the symbolism of that day is important enough that I'll sign that legislation when it reaches my desk.

The President's News Conference, Reagan Library, October 19, 1983

At the time, there was much MSM hyperventilating because Reagan had not roundly rejected the idea that King had Communist connections. [Not A 35-Year Question, Editorial, New York Times, October 21, 1983] But this was simply a demand, now familiar, for religious conformity to the burgeoning King Cult. Reagan’s was the only rational position, especially given the (widely-known but little-reported) information that Senator Helms had already placed in the Congressional Record.

Note, also, the bizarre MSM claim (which Reagan sidestepped) that there would be no “logic” in revoking MLK Day if King turned out to be a Communist. To put this in perspective, consider the protracted and merciless persecution, then just getting underway, of Arthur Rudolph, creator of the Saturn V moon rocket, because of the discovery of his alleged connection with forced labor projects in World War II Germany.

By James Fulford on 2019-01-20 19:00:00 -0500
The story about Maga-Hat wearing boys harassing a Native American protester is turning to be EXTREMELY Fake News. How fake? This fake (all links from Gateway Pundit today): MUST READ: Covington Catholic Student Begs Local TV News to Tell the Truth About Native American Incident In DC HUGE! MEDIA BACKTRACKS FROM LIES: AP Admits Students “Were Singing” with Phillips — CNN’s Tapper “Video Contradicts...
By Audacious Epigone on 2019-01-20 15:07:00 -0500
Joe Sobran famously quipped “in their mating and migratory habits, liberals are indistinguishable from members of the Ku Klux Klan.” That observation, astute for its time, is covered in dust and growing moldy. The percentages of whites, by age, who have a non-white spouse or partner: Just 1-in-20 young white Republicans are flirting with the idea of having children who don’t look like them. Have ...
By Steve Sailer on 2019-01-20 14:01:00 -0500
In 1995 leftist anthropologist Jonathan Marks coined the term “human biodiversity” in his book of that name. I came up with the phrase independently but second in history, as I immediately discovered by entering the phrase into the early Alta Vista search engine. In the later 1990s, Dr. Marks and I agreed to propose to magazines that we debate whether race exists for the edification of their reader...
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By Peter Brimelow on 2019-01-20 20:46:00 -0500
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James Fulford writes: Once again, as I noted earlier today, the birthdays of two famous Southerners are being celebrated on the same day: General Robert E. Lee, born Stratford, Virginia, on January 19, 1807, and the the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA.
 
While Current Year sentiment is all about abolishing all memory of Lee, and glorifying King, Peter Brimelow writes, in an article we've republished annually since, 2015, that the wheel may turn around, and future generations may decide than that honoring King with a national holiday was a mistake.

VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: I’ve decided to keep on reposting my 2015 essay questioning the utility of Martin Luther King Day until we, so to speak, Overcome. (See 2016, 2017, 2018. Note that, while Robert E. Lee Day is fixed, Martin Luther King Day is set to be celebrated on the third Monday in January, and so fluctuates).

Infuriating to all who care about America and its history, this last year proved that traditions and heroes can indeed be attacked and undone, from the peerless Robert E. Lee to George Washington. But perhaps this is heartening to those of us who’ve had it with Martin Luther King Day—the wheel turns, and even that monstrous statue may one day be cut down to size.

Unfortunately, 2017 also made seem more likely the possibility I allude to below: that by 2027, when King’s FBI files are due to be released, criticism of him will be banned as “Hate Speech.” America took a real step toward totalitarianism in Charlottesville, VA, on August 12, 2017 when a lawful assembly protesting the proposed vandalism of a Robert E. Lee statue was repressed and physically attacked by elected, uniformed, civilian and paramilitary Democrats, followed by an obviously pre-planned nationwide pogrom against Dissident Right individuals and outlets that were not remotely connected with the rally (i.e. VDARE.com). Significantly, the publication of the Heaphy Report, which confirmed VDARE.com’s account of Leftist and police culpability, has made absolutely no difference to the MSM/ Ruling Class Narrative...because they DON’T WANT TO KNOW

Another ominous trend I note below is also in more evidence this year: radical Leftists asserting that MLK was one of them, as of course he was: e.g. If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, politicians would denounce him, by Stephen W. Thrasher, The Guardian, January 15, 2018; Giving Up Patriotism and Integration Myths for MLK Day, by William C. Anderson, Truthout, 2018.  Thus, typically, Anderson [Tweet him] writes

The currents of white supremacy that are intrinsic to the US political system should lead us to question the system's purpose and reason for existence.

The “system’s purpose and reason for existence,” of course, is that the American Republic was founded as, and remains in its essence, a white ethnostate. The cusswordwhite supremacy” has simply come to mean the very existence of white America and, what the Left is desperate to prevent above all, its dawning self-awareness—as exemplified by its decisive vote for Donald Trump.

Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther KingHappy Robert E. Lee Day! His January 19 birthday was once widely celebrated across the South (it still is mentionable in Alabama) but during the Second Reconstruction has been quietly suppressed to the point where even such a devoted son of the Confederacy as American Renaissance’s Jared Taylor was unaware, when I talked to him on Sunday night, that its local variant in his and Lee’s state of Virginia, Lee-Jackson Day, was supposed to be celebrated last Friday. (Not surprisingly—it seems to have been recently crudely scrubbed from Virginia’s webpage).

But there’s a silver lining, sort of, in this tale of attempted historical lobotomy: it shows that public holidays come—and they go. Martin Luther King Day, rushed through Congress with Obamacare-style disregard of process in 1983, has been by now weighed in the balance for almost thirty years. It has inarguably (but unmentionably) been found wanting. It is time for it to go.

And in fact, I believe it will go, or at least be quietly suppressed like Robert E. Lee Day. The reasons:

  • MLK Day’s 2027 Problem
It is obvious to everyone that there is a reason King’s FBI files were sealed for fifty years back in 1977, and only the Main Stream Media’s typically relentless Politically Correct air cover prevented this flagrant maneuver from discrediting the Martin Luther King Day legislation in 1983.

The problem that these sealed files pose, the MSM/ Ruling Class determination to repress it—and incidentally the unimpeachably reasonable nature of the MLK Day opponents’ position—emerged at President Ronald Reagan’s famous October 19, 1983 press conference:

[Sam Donaldson, ABC News]. Mr. President, Senator [Jesse] Helms has been saying on the Senate floor that Martin Luther King, Jr., had Communist associations, was a Communist sympathizer. Do you agree?

The President. We'll know in about 35 years, won't we?

No, I don't fault Senator Helms' sincerity with regard to wanting the records opened up. I think that he's motivated by a feeling that if we're going to have a national holiday named for any American, when it's only been named for one American in all our history up until this time, that he feels we should know everything there is to know about an individual. As I say, I don't fault his sincerity in that, but I also recognize there is no way that these records can be opened, because an agreement was reached between the family and the government with regard to those records. And we're not going to turn away from that or set a precedent of breaking agreements of that kind.

Sir, what do we do then in 35 years if the records are opened and we find that Dr. King was a Communist sympathizer? Do we then try to undo the law? I mean, I'm not quite certain where the logic is there.

The President. The logic is there in that there is no way that this government should violate its word and open those records now.

I happen to — while I would have preferred a day of recognition for his accomplishments and what he meant in a stormy period in our history here, I would have preferred a day similar to, say, Lincoln's birthday, which is not technically a national holiday, but is certainly a day reverenced by a great many people in our country and has been. I would have preferred that, but since they seem bent on making it a national holiday, I believe the symbolism of that day is important enough that I'll sign that legislation when it reaches my desk.

The President's News Conference, Reagan Library, October 19, 1983

At the time, there was much MSM hyperventilating because Reagan had not roundly rejected the idea that King had Communist connections. [Not A 35-Year Question, Editorial, New York Times, October 21, 1983] But this was simply a demand, now familiar, for religious conformity to the burgeoning King Cult. Reagan’s was the only rational position, especially given the (widely-known but little-reported) information that Senator Helms had already placed in the Congressional Record.

Note, also, the bizarre MSM claim (which Reagan sidestepped) that there would be no “logic” in revoking MLK Day if King turned out to be a Communist. To put this in perspective, consider the protracted and merciless persecution, then just getting underway, of Arthur Rudolph, creator of the Saturn V moon rocket, because of the discovery of his alleged connection with forced labor projects in World War II Germany.

By Lance Welton on 2019-01-19 12:25:00 -0500

Gillette's Grid Girls

Above, Gillette, which has been attacking toxic masculinity, previously appealed to normal male feelings with "grid girls". (Hat tip, Larry Elder.)

Masculinity is under attack. The American Psychological Association was long ago taken over by the Left, so the APA’s bizarre recent guidelines claiming that “Traditional Masculinity” is psychologically harmful to males and implying that by males should be encouraged to be feminine, shouldn’t be that much of a surprise [Psychologists call ‘traditional masculinity’ harmful, face uproar from conservatives, By Alia Dastagir, USA Today, January 10, 2019,  . And nor it should be a surprise that this statement is absolute nonsense.

According to APA—which is so scientifically neutral that it has previously passed resolutions in favor of same sex marriage—“Traditional Masculinity” is defined as “a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence.”

The guidelines [PDF] published in the January issue of the APA’s magazine Monitor on Psychology assert that pressure, on boys and men, to conform to traditional masculinity leads to poor health outcomes, high rates of suicide, substance abuse, violence, premature death and suicide, in comparison to females, who feel no such pressure. [CE Corner: APA Issues First-Ever Guidelines For Practice With Men And Boys, by Stephanie Pappas, Monitor on Psychology, January 2019]

Pappas begins by wondering aloud why, considering the high levels of male achievement in comparison to female, guidelines should be necessary on masculinity at all. She then asserts—and you really have to read the whole thing to pick up on the brilliant sleight of hand—that

By John Derbyshire on 2019-01-18 23:49:00 -0500

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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.]

This has been the week of the weasels—unpleasant little rodents. cowardly when cornered but viciously vindictive when they think they have the advantage. Most recent victims: Nobel Laureate James Watson and immigration patriot Congressman Steve King (R.-IA). Plus, of course, truth, justice and the American Way.

  • First Weasel Atrocity: Cold Spring Harbor Lab stripping James Watson of his few remaining privileges and honorary positions. I learn, for example, that the lab will no longer provide a limousine if Dr Watson needs to go into New York City.

Background: Two weeks ago I reported on the new PBS documentary Decoding Watson in the American Masters series. It aired on January 2nd. You can now watch it on the internet.

James Watson—with whom, I should say, I have some slight personal acquaintance—is the world-famous, Nobel-prize-sharing geneticist who in 1953 co-discovered the structure of DNA. He went on to run Cold Spring Harbor lab near where I live on Long Island. After forty years of that. the lab sidelined him in 2007 for remarks he made about Africa and about blacks in general:

All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours whereas all the testing says not really…There's a natural desire that all human beings should be equal [but] people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.

Fury at DNA pioneer's theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners, By Cahal Milmo, Independent, October 17,  2007

In this new PBS documentary Watson doubled down:

There's a difference on the average between blacks and whites on IQ tests. I would say the difference is, it's genetic.

Enter the weasels. Leading the weasel pack was science reporter Amy Harmon at the New York Times.[ James Watson Won’t Stop Talking About Race, January 1, 2019] Ms. Harmon had no difficulty bringing forth properly credentialed weasels to support her accusations of thoughtcrime against Watson: NIH Director Francis Collins [Email him]joined in with quite a blatant lie, as I noted in my piece two weeks ago.

Scientists like Collins, in prestigious and well-financed positions, learned the appropriate lesson from what happened to Watson in 2007. If you'll excuse my mixing up the animal metaphors and slightly modifying a Chinese idiom: "Kill a chicken to scare the weasels."

By Robert Henderson on 2019-01-17 20:42:00 -0500

The parallels between British and American politics are simply eerie. In 2016, after British voters unexpectedly rebelled against their political class and chose to leave the European Union, Donald J. Trump took to calling himself Mr. Brexit—and guess what? Since then, of course, the political classes in both countries have been conspiring to reverse the election results. But Theresa May just suffered the greatest defeat of any British Prime Minister  when her BRINO (Brexit In Name Only) deal negotiated with the EU was rejected by the House of Commons 432-202. Subsequently, May has survived a vote of No Confidence and the outlook is confused. But clearly the Deep State has not yet tamed British populism. A good omen for Trump?

May’s defeat was terrible enough, but it was even worse because the “payroll vote,” of Members of Parliament (= Congressmen) holding government office, is around 140. Hence, BRINO only attracted around 60 backbenchers (who within reason can vote as they like). The Spectator has a list, with names, of the 118 Tories to voted against May’s deal.

This gives May and her government a tremendous problem because ever since she came back with the draft deal she has been saying it is her way or the highway, stubbornly insisting that no other deal is available. But such was the deal’s subordination of UK interests that many commentators argued would leave the UK as a vassal state. [May’s Brexit deal: the legal verdict | The PM’s plan isn’t bad – it’s atrocious, by Martin Howe QC, Spectator, November 24, 2018]

By Patrick J. Buchanan on 2019-01-17 17:43:00 -0500
"Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last."  So said President Charles De Gaulle, who in 1966 ordered NATO to vacate its Paris headquarters and get out of France. NATO this year celebrates a major birthday. The young girl of 1966 is no longer young. The alliance is 70 years old. And under this aging NATO today, the U.S. is committed to treat an attack on any one of 28 nati...
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