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Post By Steve Sailer on 10/24/2021
In Dune, computers don’t exist anymore due to the old Butlerian Jihad against thinking machines. Are we heading toward our own Butlerian Jihad against artificial intelligence for its tendency to be the little boy who points out that the emperor has no clothes on embarrassing questions of race? From Futurism: Scientists Built an AI to Give Ethical Advice, But It Turned Out Super Racist The bot is ...
Article By Washington Watcher II on 10/24/2021

Previously: “Learned Nothing, Forgotten Nothing”—Texas Senator John Cornyn Leads GOP Establishment Rush To Dump Trumpism

“The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants,” GOP Texas Sen. John Cornyn told newly arrived Afghan refugees last week. He further claimed that America has a “moral obligation” to import tens of thousands of unvetted Afghans who supposedly helped the 20-year disastrous war effort [Cornyn meets with Afghans, by Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, October 15, 2021]. Cornyn has always been at least mildly tough on immigration, as his career B report card with Numbers USA shows. But his latest on the Afghan influx suggests that he isn’t so good on The National Question as you might think. The problem: he just might become the next Senate majority leader. That would be a disaster because Cornyn is a Business First Republican who wants to ride out the nationalist wave in his party.

Cornyn is shifty on the Amnesty question; i.e., he’ll oppose particular proposals, but supports it on principle. Back in 2007, when the GOP told its rank-and-file that Amnesty was the only way for the party to survive, he resisted. And Cornyn was considered a key figure in mustering Republican opposition to the Gang of Eight Amnesty. He recently derided the Democrats’ immigration agenda as a “a sweeping Amnesty with no effort to control the growing immigration crisis and the southern border.” He continues to support a degree of border security and to oppose a total Amnesty [Democrats Scramble to Keep Immigration Overhaul Alive in Reconciliation Bill, by Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Luke Broadwater, New York Times, October 13, 2021].

But those are now the bare minimum in the party of Donald Trump, which has moved decisively to the right on immigration and border security. No longer do GOP voices warble about a pathway to citizenship for illegals. Nor do they pretend illegal immigration isn’t a problem. Even notorious moderates such as Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski aren’t open to Biden’s Amnesty proposals. So Cornyn’s stance on that doesn’t differ from the average Republican lawmaker’s.

Post By James Fulford on 10/24/2021
Usually the border crossing numbers from last month are released near the beginning, or in the middle, of the month, often on a Friday,  the traditional day for burying bad news. This time, they were released on October 22, the fourth Friday of a five-Friday month. The Washington Post constructed this chart before the release of the official numbers, using "unpublished U.S. Customs and Border Prote...
Post By Paul Kersey on 10/24/2021
When the Muslims took Constantinople in 1453, one of the first things they did was take down the monumental Column of Justinian. The column had stood for nine centuries; this act by the conquering Saracens in dismantling the statue was a reminder they were in control. What once was, was now lost to those who now determined what would be. An act of humiliation. You’ve been conquered and there’s no...
Post By Steve Sailer on 10/24/2021
From the New York Times: New Zealand Wants a 90% Vaccination Rate. Its Street Gangs May Hold the Key. The country’s leaders have set aside some misgivings and cooperated with gang leaders to reach their communities. By Natasha FrostOct. 22, 2021 … Already, 86 percent of the eligible population has received at least one dose. But the final few percent are the most difficult to reach, and one group...
Article By Lance Welton on 10/23/2021

See also: College Bubble Bursting—Left Hardest Hit. Too Bad.

Traditional “universities” continue to collapse before our eyes. The politicization of institutions that were once focused on the cold pursuit of truth is so extreme that they are turning on their own. Thus Prof. David Miller, of England’s prestigious Bristol University, was recently fired, for anti-Semitism, due his being persistently critical of Israel [Bristol University: Professor David Miller sacked over Israel comments, BBC News, October 1, 2021]. And Yale University Law School recently declared that its merely having an association with a conservative organization—the Federalist Society—was “triggering” for its students. This can’t go on.

Universities are no longer “elite” if 50% of the age cohort attend them, meaning they don’t give you the edge in employment [“We will beat Germany!” Tory Williamson unveils plot to supercharge British education, by Macer Hall, Express, October 1, 2019]. Quality has been dumbed down by this expansion. Worse still, universities have been completely taken over by Woke ideology, meaning that they’re not even teaching students critical thinking or useful information [Lackademia, by Noah Carl, Adam Smith Institute, 2016]. American confidence in universities fell from 41% in 2006 to 14% in 2018 [(Dis)trust in Science, by Gleb Tsipursky, July 5, 2018, Scientific American].

But this is not the first time universities have gone into decline. For example, by the early seventeenth century, English universities were completely taken over by religion. Student numbers started to fall, and they began to be perceived as seminaries and as finishing schools for the upper class [see The University in Society, by L. Stone]. (Similarly, Britain’s top Oxford University now explicitly discriminates in favor of black students for entirely non-academic reasons: Oxford University agrees to let in disadvantaged students with lower grades, by Gabriela Swerling, Daily Telegraph, May 21, 2019.)

Post By John Derbyshire on 10/23/2021
Earlier: British MP Stabbed By Somali: Why Don't People Listen To Derb? Related to the above item, in a way I'll leave you to figure out for yourselves. Headline from Breitbart.com, October 17th, headline: Demographic Collapse: British Fertility Rate Lowest in History, But Number of Foreign Mothers at Record High. Edited quotes from text: The fertility rate in England and Wales has fallen to the l...
Post By Steve Sailer on 10/23/2021
From Business Insider a couple of weeks ago: Biden administration cancels remaining Laredo, Rio Grande Valley contracts for Trump’s border wall, angering Republican lawmakers Kevin Shalvey Oct 9, 2021, 5:31 AM From the Washington Examiner yesterday: DHS awards $455,000 contract to build fence around Biden beach house Luke Gentile 1 day ago A $455,000 fence may soon surround President Joe Bide...
Post By John Derbyshire on 10/23/2021
A British Member of Parliament, Sir David Amess, was stabbed to death by a Somali fanatic while holding one of his weekly open-door sessions for his constituents. That got a roll of the eyes from me. Ten years ago at Taki's Magazine I published the definitive column on Somalis, with examples from all over the Anglosphere showing what a simply terrible idea it is to admit them into our countries in ...
Post By Steve Sailer on 10/23/2021
Words go in and out of fashion all the time. For example, the phrase “the debate over” is fading out in favor of “the conversation around.” My guess is that the change in prepositions is merely a fad. After all, prepositions in English are somewhat arbitrary, which is why it’s hard for people learning English to remember which preposition to use. On the other, the shift from “the debate” to the “th...
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By Washington Watcher II on 10/24/2021

Previously: “Learned Nothing, Forgotten Nothing”—Texas Senator John Cornyn Leads GOP Establishment Rush To Dump Trumpism

“The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants,” GOP Texas Sen. John Cornyn told newly arrived Afghan refugees last week. He further claimed that America has a “moral obligation” to import tens of thousands of unvetted Afghans who supposedly helped the 20-year disastrous war effort [Cornyn meets with Afghans, by Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, October 15, 2021]. Cornyn has always been at least mildly tough on immigration, as his career B report card with Numbers USA shows. But his latest on the Afghan influx suggests that he isn’t so good on The National Question as you might think. The problem: he just might become the next Senate majority leader. That would be a disaster because Cornyn is a Business First Republican who wants to ride out the nationalist wave in his party.

Cornyn is shifty on the Amnesty question; i.e., he’ll oppose particular proposals, but supports it on principle. Back in 2007, when the GOP told its rank-and-file that Amnesty was the only way for the party to survive, he resisted. And Cornyn was considered a key figure in mustering Republican opposition to the Gang of Eight Amnesty. He recently derided the Democrats’ immigration agenda as a “a sweeping Amnesty with no effort to control the growing immigration crisis and the southern border.” He continues to support a degree of border security and to oppose a total Amnesty [Democrats Scramble to Keep Immigration Overhaul Alive in Reconciliation Bill, by Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Luke Broadwater, New York Times, October 13, 2021].

But those are now the bare minimum in the party of Donald Trump, which has moved decisively to the right on immigration and border security. No longer do GOP voices warble about a pathway to citizenship for illegals. Nor do they pretend illegal immigration isn’t a problem. Even notorious moderates such as Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski aren’t open to Biden’s Amnesty proposals. So Cornyn’s stance on that doesn’t differ from the average Republican lawmaker’s.

By Lance Welton on 10/23/2021

See also: College Bubble Bursting—Left Hardest Hit. Too Bad.

Traditional “universities” continue to collapse before our eyes. The politicization of institutions that were once focused on the cold pursuit of truth is so extreme that they are turning on their own. Thus Prof. David Miller, of England’s prestigious Bristol University, was recently fired, for anti-Semitism, due his being persistently critical of Israel [Bristol University: Professor David Miller sacked over Israel comments, BBC News, October 1, 2021]. And Yale University Law School recently declared that its merely having an association with a conservative organization—the Federalist Society—was “triggering” for its students. This can’t go on.

Universities are no longer “elite” if 50% of the age cohort attend them, meaning they don’t give you the edge in employment [“We will beat Germany!” Tory Williamson unveils plot to supercharge British education, by Macer Hall, Express, October 1, 2019]. Quality has been dumbed down by this expansion. Worse still, universities have been completely taken over by Woke ideology, meaning that they’re not even teaching students critical thinking or useful information [Lackademia, by Noah Carl, Adam Smith Institute, 2016]. American confidence in universities fell from 41% in 2006 to 14% in 2018 [(Dis)trust in Science, by Gleb Tsipursky, July 5, 2018, Scientific American].

But this is not the first time universities have gone into decline. For example, by the early seventeenth century, English universities were completely taken over by religion. Student numbers started to fall, and they began to be perceived as seminaries and as finishing schools for the upper class [see The University in Society, by L. Stone]. (Similarly, Britain’s top Oxford University now explicitly discriminates in favor of black students for entirely non-academic reasons: Oxford University agrees to let in disadvantaged students with lower grades, by Gabriela Swerling, Daily Telegraph, May 21, 2019.)

By John Derbyshire on 10/22/2021

[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

See, earlier: Establishment Reprising Emmett Till Narrative, Again. But White Lives Don't Matter, by John Derbyshire; and Derek Chauvin, Human Sacrifice, by Ann Coulter

The gentle, soulful, indigenous people who inhabited the Americas before Christopher Columbus arrived had very demanding gods. What their gods most particularly demanded were human hearts and human blood.

These sensitive, colorful indigenous peoples would therefore conduct periodic rituals of human sacrifice. On high platforms in view of the crowds below, sacrificial victims would have their hearts ripped out with sharp stone knives. Then their dying bodies would be thrown down the steps, to be gathered up by merchants, who chopped them up and sold the flesh in the marketplace [I Left My Heart in Tenochtitlan, by Stephen Cox, Liberty Magazine, November 1995].

But in appeasing our gods, the Holy Trinity of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, we are more cruel than those aborigines. Having your heart ripped out with a stone knife hurts like a bitch, to be sure, but only for a minute or two if done with proper professional skill.

When we offer up our sacrifices, we take a member of the lowest, most despised class in our society—a working-class white male—and parade him before the mob. We tell them he has committed some grave offense against our gods, even though he has done nothing that would be thought wrong if a member of some more privileged class did it [Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt reveals identity in NBC interview, says ‘I saved countless lives’ on Jan. 6, by Amy B Wang and Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post, August 27, 2021].

We stage a show trial modeled on the actual trials that used to be conducted before our justice system was taken over by ideological fanatics. The verdict is of course a foregone conclusion. Then we lock up our sacrificial victim for decades in a place of humiliation and despair, parted forever from his work, his home, and his family.

This is far more cruel than anything the Aztecs would have contemplated.

By James Fulford on 10/21/2021

Earlier by Washington Watcher: The U.S. Military Is Woke—Patriots Must Demand Court Martials, Forced Retirements

As Ann Coulter noted last night, we’ve just learned that near the end of his term as President, Donald Trump wanted to send troops to the border to protect America from the invasion—an idea “quashed” by Mark T. Esper, Secretary of Defense:

Trump’s Pentagon Chief Quashed Idea to Send 250,000 Troops to the Border, by David E. Sanger, Michael D. Shear and Eric Schmitt, October 19, 2021

“Top national security aides to former President Trump also talked him out of launching military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico.”

As Ann said:

Of course, the Times’ take is: Isn’t he awful? Yes, New York Times, because he didn’t do it. Not because he said he would.

It is obviously wrong for the Secretary of Defense—a Trump appointee—to “quash” attempts by the President to defend the country. Esper had earlier “quashed” attempts to defend Americans (and the White House) from the looting, burning, and murdering mobs of Black Lives Matter and antifa, as James Kirkpatrick reported in July of last year:

Defense Secretary Mark Esper, a Trump appointee, reportedly opposed the President’s desire to use federal troops to quell the BLM riots in Washington, D.C., and the Pentagon countermanded the president’s troop deployment orders. James Mattis, Trump’s former defense secretary and a former Marine general, strongly criticized Trump’s riot response and sided with the protesters [Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests, by Zeke Miller, Jonathan Lemire, Michael Balsamo and James LaPorta, Associated Press, June 4, 2020].

Here's how, according to the New York Times, Esper is supposed to have reacted to proposals to use the American Armed Forces to actually defend America:

In the spring of 2020, Mark T. Esper, the defense secretary, was alarmed to learn of an idea under discussion at a top military command and at the Department of Homeland Security to send as many as 250,000 troops — more than half the active U.S. Army, and a sixth of all American forces — to the southern border in what would have been the largest use of the military inside the United States since the Civil War. [Emphasis added throughout.]

When the NYT says “inside the United States,” it means “defending the border with Mexico.” My position (repeated here on our site over a dozen times) is that defending borders is what armies are for.

By Patrick J. Buchanan on 10/21/2021

Before the NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels this week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took a side trip to Georgia and Ukraine.

Purpose: Assure these nations that America has their back and encourage their hopes of future admission to NATO. Austin, said the Pentagon, would tell both nations there is an "open door to NATO."

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