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By Michelle Malkin on 2018-12-12 00:28:00 -0500
This week, I did something that USA Today's executive leadership apparently hadn't done lately: I read the newspaper's "principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms." It's pretty highfalutin. The media manifesto of virtue, posted online, applies to all employees "working with any news platform, including newspapers, websites, mobile devices, video, social media channels and live story events." Wheth...
By Steve Sailer on 2018-12-11 23:58:00 -0500
From Pacific Standard in 2014: HOW THE OTHER HALF LIFTS: WHAT YOUR WORKOUT SAYS ABOUT YOUR SOCIAL CLASS Why can’t triathletes and weightlifters get along?DANIEL DUANE JUL 23, 2014 I first heard the term strength sports—referring to football, weightlifting, and any other sport dependent upon sheer muscular force—in my early 40s. I’d spent half a lifetime dedicated to athletics more common among ...
By Brenda Walker on 2018-12-11 23:51:00 -0500
On Tuesday, the New York Times presented the liberal case for opening the border to crime-ridden Central Americans by showing a murder scene plus a story about the normal violence there. The paper admitted “El Salvador has one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America — 60 killings per 100,000 residents,” but excessive crime is not a good reason for increased immigration in pursuit of liberals...
By Brenda Walker on 2018-12-11 23:45:00 -0500
It’s disappointing that nobody in official Washington is paying attention to the threat of automation to the human workforce and existing economy. After all, the predictions from experts about the automated future are daunting — remember the worst unemployment rate during the Great Depression was 25 percent, but far worse is forecast for coming decades. Ominous predictions have been accumulating....
By Allan Wall on 2018-12-11 20:47:00 -0500

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Mexico has a new president: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, commonly known as AMLO. His Leftist political coalition holds majorities in both houses of the Mexican Congress and hopes are high—not least among envious American socialists [Mexico in the Era of AMLO| In an inauguration ceremony unlike any other in Mexican history, Andrés Manuel López Obrador called neoliberalism a disaster. Now he must dismantle it, By Laura Carlsen, Jacobin, December 9, 2009]. But, not for the first time, a Mexican government is notably more cautious on immigration than activists’ rhetoric might suggest.  Mexican politicians know they are vulnerable to U.S. pressure. It’s up to the Trump Administration to apply it.

As AMLO proclaimed in his December 1 inaugural speech, he believes that his administration is to usher in the Cuarta Transformación—the “Fourth Transformation” of Mexico, a follow-up to what are generally regarded as the three previous transformations:

  1. The Independence Period (1810-1821) in which Mexico, formerly known as Nueva España (New Spain), became independent.
  2. La Reforma (1854-1861) which took power from the Catholic Church and secularized Mexican politics.
  3. The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), a revolution and civil war which established the current political order in Mexico.

In the standard version of Mexican history, all three of these were positive but didn’t go far enough. In AMLO’s vision, Mexico’s Fourth Transformation will make the country more prosperous and egalitarian.

He calls for “Republican Austerity”—nothing to do with Paul Ryan’s obsessions, of course—cutting government costs and salaries, believing that the funds freed up by austerity and ending corruption will be channeled to Mexico’s needy multitudes and close gaps between rich and poor. AMLO also says he won’t increase Mexican debt and won’t raise taxes. [AMLO’s Republican Austerity Law bans pensions for ex-presidents, by Horacio Jiménez and  Alejandra Canchola, El Universal, September 13, 2018].

By A.W. Morgan on 2018-12-11 17:36:00 -0500
In its article about the confrontation between President Trump and putative House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a headline and teaser on the front page of the Washington Post put it this way: Pelosi, Schumer, Trump clash in Oval Office over border security, shutdown: President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schume...
By Audacious Epigone on 2018-12-11 17:14:00 -0500
WaPo's motto:     Democracy Dies in Darkness.From R-I, the percentages of respondents who say they are either "not very confident" or "not at all confident" about elections in the US being "accurate and legitimate":     Credit where credit is due!   Not unrelatedly:     The contemporary US is an empire. It is not a republic and it is certainly not a nation: United by descent? Nope.United by hi...
By Steve Sailer on 2018-12-11 13:57:00 -0500
From the NYT: I’m for Affirmative Action. Can You Change My Mind?I have a rational argument for my position. But I want to hear yours. By Gary GuttingMr. Gutting is a emeritus professor of philosophy at Notre Dame. Dec. 10, 2018 … The last step, then, in the defense of affirmation [sic] action in college admissions is an appeal to the moral demand to compensate for the damage done to by minorit...
By Steve Sailer on 2018-12-11 07:50:00 -0500
From the Daily Mail: REVEALED: 158 million migrants want to move to the U.S. despite Trump introducing stricter immigration policies Many left-leaning news outlets suggesting President Donald Trump’s immigration policies is scaring off immigrants But the United States is still the top pick for migrants seeking a new homeThe U.S. even beats other countries including Canada and parts of EuropeBy DA...
By Federale on 2018-12-10 18:56:00 -0500
Superficially this sounds like good news, ICE News at VDare.com reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has raided New Jersey just after the immigrant-stock Attorney General of New Jersey, Gurbir S. Grewal, issued orders to New Jersey law enforcement officials and agencies not to cooperate with ICE. Four individuals in the country illegally who have Interpol warrants based on c...
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By Michelle Malkin on 2018-12-12 00:28:00 -0500
This week, I did something that USA Today's executive leadership apparently hadn't done lately: I read the newspaper's "principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms." It's pretty highfalutin. The media manifesto of virtue, posted online, applies to all employees "working with any news platform, including newspapers, websites, mobile devices, video, social media channels and live story events." Wheth...
By Allan Wall on 2018-12-11 20:47:00 -0500

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Mexico has a new president: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, commonly known as AMLO. His Leftist political coalition holds majorities in both houses of the Mexican Congress and hopes are high—not least among envious American socialists [Mexico in the Era of AMLO| In an inauguration ceremony unlike any other in Mexican history, Andrés Manuel López Obrador called neoliberalism a disaster. Now he must dismantle it, By Laura Carlsen, Jacobin, December 9, 2009]. But, not for the first time, a Mexican government is notably more cautious on immigration than activists’ rhetoric might suggest.  Mexican politicians know they are vulnerable to U.S. pressure. It’s up to the Trump Administration to apply it.

As AMLO proclaimed in his December 1 inaugural speech, he believes that his administration is to usher in the Cuarta Transformación—the “Fourth Transformation” of Mexico, a follow-up to what are generally regarded as the three previous transformations:

  1. The Independence Period (1810-1821) in which Mexico, formerly known as Nueva España (New Spain), became independent.
  2. La Reforma (1854-1861) which took power from the Catholic Church and secularized Mexican politics.
  3. The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), a revolution and civil war which established the current political order in Mexico.

In the standard version of Mexican history, all three of these were positive but didn’t go far enough. In AMLO’s vision, Mexico’s Fourth Transformation will make the country more prosperous and egalitarian.

He calls for “Republican Austerity”—nothing to do with Paul Ryan’s obsessions, of course—cutting government costs and salaries, believing that the funds freed up by austerity and ending corruption will be channeled to Mexico’s needy multitudes and close gaps between rich and poor. AMLO also says he won’t increase Mexican debt and won’t raise taxes. [AMLO’s Republican Austerity Law bans pensions for ex-presidents, by Horacio Jiménez and  Alejandra Canchola, El Universal, September 13, 2018].

By Patrick J. Buchanan on 2018-12-10 17:40:00 -0500
If Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels about a one-night stand a decade ago, that, says Jerome Nadler, incoming chair of House Judiciary, would be an "impeachable offense." This tells you what social media, cable TV and the great herd of talking heads will be consumed with for the next two years—the peccadillos and misdeeds of Trump, almost all of which occurred befo...
By Washington Watcher on 2018-12-10 17:01:00 -0500

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We all knew that President Trump was going to shake up the administration after the election, but what direction would he take with these changes? Will the President surround himself with more Establishment hacks, or finally let in those loyal to his agenda? The answer is not clear at the moment, but it looks like Trump may be making serious improvements in his administration.

On Thursday, Trump announced his candidate to succeed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General: George H.W. Bush’s Attorney General William Barr. The pick was a disappointment for many immigration patriots, who were hoping for another strong immigration patriot to lead the Justice Department. Kris Kobach and Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe were both solid choices from Trump’s shortlist and could be counted on to push patriotic immigration policies.

Barr is not in the same category. A long-time Establishment apparatchik, he apparently was picked for his lack of controversy, so he could sail through the Senate. A few liberals have even praised the pick as someone who will maintain the DOJ’s independence and protect Robert Mueller’s investigation: Count me as one Democrat who thinks Trump made an excellent choice in William Barr, by Harry Litman, The Washington Post, December 7, 2018. But other liberals have are worried Barr may be another Sessions due to the law and order policies he pursued in the early 1990s.

It is true that the AG nominee cracked down on illegal immigration and made securing the border a top priority when he served under George Bush the First. He was also a supporter of mandatory minimum criminal sentencing and doesn’t now seem in favor of criminal justice reform. [Attorney general nominee William Barr will fit right in with Trump’s immigration agenda, by Dara Lind, Vox, December 7, 2018]

Hopefully, Barr lives up to liberals’ worst fears and carries on Sessions’ legacy. But it’s been a long time since he last served as AG and Washington may have changed him in the years since. Still, on the positive side, he’s a far better pick than Chris Christie, who was once considered the favorite to replace Sessions.

By Edwin S. Rubenstein on 2018-12-09 23:15:00 -0500

In Tucker Carlson’s now-famous interview with Die Weltwoche’s Urs Gehriger, he said flatly that Trump had not “kept his promises” (“there are a lot of reasons for that”) and that Trump’s historic role may just be “to begin the conversation about what actually matters”--above all, immigration policy. November’s jobs report supports Carlson: The “Trump Effect,” immigration reduction through jawboning and administrative changes, seems to have vanished; American Worker Displacement, Immigrant Workforce population and illegal immigration are all surging. With or without Trump, whatever “conversation” takes place about this problem clearly must include legislation—a border wall to stop the illegal alien flow; a second Operation Wetback and E-Verify, to get the illegal alien self-deporting; and above all, a moratorium on legal immigration—to secure the fruits of the current economic expansion for Americans.

Border Patrol statistics for November show continued deterioration in security along the U.S.-Mexican border. The Border Patrol apprehended more illegal intruders along the southern border than in any other month of the Trump era. The number of people apprehended rose to 62,456, the highest monthly level of the Trump presidency.

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