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By John Derbyshire on 07/02/2022

JOHN DERBYSHIRE: Comrade Garland Purging Immigration Judges—But At Least He’s Not On SCOTUS

Earlier: THE FULFORD FILE: The Garland Raids Vs. The Palmer Raids—Now The Communists Are In Control

The temper of immigration patriots like myself and my colleagues at VDARE.com was not improved by the news that Comrade Merrick Garland's Department of Justice has been ridding itself of immigration judges (not actually judges, of course, see here) who are insufficiently accommodating to illegal aliens. Judges appointed by the Trump Administration have of course been the principal targets.

The Washington Times broke this news last week, telling us that at least six judges have been fired, or let go on thin and implausible pretexts [DOJ engaged in 'court packing on steroids' with immigration judges, by Stephen Dinan, June 20, 2022].

It's not just judges, either. These immigration courts are supervised by the Executive Office of Immigration Review, an agency within the Justice Department run by career administrators; and four of this agency's top officials have been dismissed.

One of that four was the agency's actual Director; and this was the first time in the agency's history that a Director has been removed involuntarily.

One of the judges now out of a job, name of Matthew O'Brien, who'd presided over an immigration court in Arlington, Virginia, told the tale on Laura Ingraham's show last week:

The immigration courts are supposed to give people who are seeking to remain in the United States or have violated the immigration law a fair review of any claims they have made. The Biden administration is trying to turn the immigration court into, essentially, a free candy store,

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Article By John Derbyshire on 07/01/2022

The blessings of insignificance    In my June 17th Radio Derb I indulged in one of my periodic gushes about Uruguay.

A few days before that I had heard from a friend in England who was himself gushing, but about a different country. He and his girlfriend had taken a vacation in Portugal and were now seriously thinking of moving there permanently, away from the expense, crowding, class and ethnic rancor of the U.K.

(Somewhat later in June I spotted a gushy tweet about Lisbon from a tweeter unknown to me: "such a gorgeous city!" I was in Lisbon myself very briefly in 2007—stopover on a cruise—and yes, for whatever such a short acquaintance is worth, it seemed like a very civilized and hospitable place with many elegant old buildings and cheerful, well-mannered inhabitants.)

Catching up later in the month I read Ed West's fine piece on Denmark. Talk about gushing! Ed makes you want to run out and buy plane tickets for wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. He notes, however, that:

There is a sting in the tail for the country's many English-speaking admirers. Denmark's happiness, relative equality and sense of cohesion will never be imitated by Britain, let alone the United States. Denmark is like it is because it's full of Danes—and they're quite keen on keeping it that way.

The trade-off between diversity and solidarity is a long-established finding of social science, a fact of human behaviour visible in almost any setting. Yet it's a dilemma that politicians and social commentators across the western world hope can be overcome through good will and education, despite all evidence to the contrary.  [On Danish Exceptionalism, by Ed West; Substack, June 8, 2022]

I closed out June reading Rod Dreher's American Conservative June 27th and 29th double-header about Hungary; more precisely about Andrew Marantz's ignorant and dishonest New Yorker story about that country.

Hmmm… Uruguay, Portugal, Denmark, Hungary. What do they have in common? Well, they're all small without being pointlessly small like Tonga or Brunei: in thousands of square miles 68, 37, 17, 36. (Florida to West Virginia, very roughly.) They are modestly well populated: in millions 3.4, 10.2, 5.9, 9.7. Population density is middling: in persons per square mile 51, 298, 346, 270. (Colorado to Florida.) Prosperity is likewise middling: per capita GDP in thousands of dollars 22, 32, 56, 31 (U.K. 42).

And they are all inconsequential, hardly ever in the news. These are countries blessed with unimportance, with insignificance.

Most to the point, as Ed West noted in respect of Denmark, they are all ethnically homogenous.

There are of course downsides to a nation being small and unimportant. Big aggressive neighbors can

 

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“American patriots have rights,” I said when introducing our Legal Defense Fund in early 2019. “They simply have not been organized to enforce them.”  But, quite frankly, the following three years of bitter struggle have caused me to question my optimism—and to wonder if the current communist coup has already ended Equal Justice in America. So I’m happy to announce one small but significant legal victory. It’s especially important because it took place in VDARE.com’s new home of Berkeley Springs, WV, where we are now headquartered in the Berkeley Springs Castle.

On August 21, 2000, at the height of the Black Lives Matter moral panic, some local Leftists held a BLM protest in Berkeley Springs. Perhaps unique in the country (but this is West Virginia), there was a massive counterprotest. The Leftists were totally swamped and humiliated. We posted two accounts with video, here and here.

This especially annoyed a local Leftist called Ted Stein, who had already emerged as a Twitter troll on my personal and VDARE.com’s Twitter accounts. (Stein’s Twitter handle is @tedstein. He’s got us blocked now, presumably for the reasons discussed below.)

Stein accused us of having “organized this violent counter protest to locals having a BLM vigil in the park. Biker gang. A militia. And hundreds of armed racists.”

In August 2020, the Brimelow family had not yet even moved to Berkeley Springs. (Although I came down from Connecticut to be present at the Castle, where at that time the late Martin Rojas [below right, with Brimelow daughter] was our castellan. I remember working in my tower office and hearing a chant erupt in the valley below: “USA! USA! USA!” I thought: “That’s not a typical BLM chant.”)

We knew absolutely nothing about the Mountaineer Warrior Alliance, the local motorcycle club that reportedly organized the counterprotest, although they certainly sound like fine people. And, of course, we had nothing to do with the counterprotest.

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By John Derbyshire on 07/02/2022

JOHN DERBYSHIRE: Comrade Garland Purging Immigration Judges—But At Least He’s Not On SCOTUS

Earlier: THE FULFORD FILE: The Garland Raids Vs. The Palmer Raids—Now The Communists Are In Control

The temper of immigration patriots like myself and my colleagues at VDARE.com was not improved by the news that Comrade Merrick Garland's Department of Justice has been ridding itself of immigration judges (not actually judges, of course, see here) who are insufficiently accommodating to illegal aliens. Judges appointed by the Trump Administration have of course been the principal targets.

The Washington Times broke this news last week, telling us that at least six judges have been fired, or let go on thin and implausible pretexts [DOJ engaged in 'court packing on steroids' with immigration judges, by Stephen Dinan, June 20, 2022].

It's not just judges, either. These immigration courts are supervised by the Executive Office of Immigration Review, an agency within the Justice Department run by career administrators; and four of this agency's top officials have been dismissed.

One of that four was the agency's actual Director; and this was the first time in the agency's history that a Director has been removed involuntarily.

One of the judges now out of a job, name of Matthew O'Brien, who'd presided over an immigration court in Arlington, Virginia, told the tale on Laura Ingraham's show last week:

The immigration courts are supposed to give people who are seeking to remain in the United States or have violated the immigration law a fair review of any claims they have made. The Biden administration is trying to turn the immigration court into, essentially, a free candy store,

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By John Derbyshire on 07/01/2022

The blessings of insignificance    In my June 17th Radio Derb I indulged in one of my periodic gushes about Uruguay.

A few days before that I had heard from a friend in England who was himself gushing, but about a different country. He and his girlfriend had taken a vacation in Portugal and were now seriously thinking of moving there permanently, away from the expense, crowding, class and ethnic rancor of the U.K.

(Somewhat later in June I spotted a gushy tweet about Lisbon from a tweeter unknown to me: "such a gorgeous city!" I was in Lisbon myself very briefly in 2007—stopover on a cruise—and yes, for whatever such a short acquaintance is worth, it seemed like a very civilized and hospitable place with many elegant old buildings and cheerful, well-mannered inhabitants.)

Catching up later in the month I read Ed West's fine piece on Denmark. Talk about gushing! Ed makes you want to run out and buy plane tickets for wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. He notes, however, that:

There is a sting in the tail for the country's many English-speaking admirers. Denmark's happiness, relative equality and sense of cohesion will never be imitated by Britain, let alone the United States. Denmark is like it is because it's full of Danes—and they're quite keen on keeping it that way.

The trade-off between diversity and solidarity is a long-established finding of social science, a fact of human behaviour visible in almost any setting. Yet it's a dilemma that politicians and social commentators across the western world hope can be overcome through good will and education, despite all evidence to the contrary.  [On Danish Exceptionalism, by Ed West; Substack, June 8, 2022]

I closed out June reading Rod Dreher's American Conservative June 27th and 29th double-header about Hungary; more precisely about Andrew Marantz's ignorant and dishonest New Yorker story about that country.

Hmmm… Uruguay, Portugal, Denmark, Hungary. What do they have in common? Well, they're all small without being pointlessly small like Tonga or Brunei: in thousands of square miles 68, 37, 17, 36. (Florida to West Virginia, very roughly.) They are modestly well populated: in millions 3.4, 10.2, 5.9, 9.7. Population density is middling: in persons per square mile 51, 298, 346, 270. (Colorado to Florida.) Prosperity is likewise middling: per capita GDP in thousands of dollars 22, 32, 56, 31 (U.K. 42).

And they are all inconsequential, hardly ever in the news. These are countries blessed with unimportance, with insignificance.

Most to the point, as Ed West noted in respect of Denmark, they are all ethnically homogenous.

There are of course downsides to a nation being small and unimportant. Big aggressive neighbors can

 

By Peter Brimelow on 06/30/2022

“American patriots have rights,” I said when introducing our Legal Defense Fund in early 2019. “They simply have not been organized to enforce them.”  But, quite frankly, the following three years of bitter struggle have caused me to question my optimism—and to wonder if the current communist coup has already ended Equal Justice in America. So I’m happy to announce one small but significant legal victory. It’s especially important because it took place in VDARE.com’s new home of Berkeley Springs, WV, where we are now headquartered in the Berkeley Springs Castle.

On August 21, 2000, at the height of the Black Lives Matter moral panic, some local Leftists held a BLM protest in Berkeley Springs. Perhaps unique in the country (but this is West Virginia), there was a massive counterprotest. The Leftists were totally swamped and humiliated. We posted two accounts with video, here and here.

This especially annoyed a local Leftist called Ted Stein, who had already emerged as a Twitter troll on my personal and VDARE.com’s Twitter accounts. (Stein’s Twitter handle is @tedstein. He’s got us blocked now, presumably for the reasons discussed below.)

Stein accused us of having “organized this violent counter protest to locals having a BLM vigil in the park. Biker gang. A militia. And hundreds of armed racists.”

In August 2020, the Brimelow family had not yet even moved to Berkeley Springs. (Although I came down from Connecticut to be present at the Castle, where at that time the late Martin Rojas [below right, with Brimelow daughter] was our castellan. I remember working in my tower office and hearing a chant erupt in the valley below: “USA! USA! USA!” I thought: “That’s not a typical BLM chant.”)

We knew absolutely nothing about the Mountaineer Warrior Alliance, the local motorcycle club that reportedly organized the counterprotest, although they certainly sound like fine people. And, of course, we had nothing to do with the counterprotest.

By Martin C. Rojas on 06/29/2022

Earlier: Townsman of a Stiller Town—In Memoriam Martin Rojas

VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: When I learned that Martin was working on this article, I begged him to let VDARE.com publish it, but he very honorably felt obligated by his agreement with Kevin MacDonald (whose tribute to Martin is here) and it was posted on Occidental Observer (where you can leave comments) on September 15, 2021. We reproduce it here by kind permission. Originally attributed to “Christopher Martin,” we have here substituted his real name, as far as I know the only time it has occurred as a byline, because of the freedom granted him by death after it was denied him in life by the country he loved. For the pseudonyms that America's ongoing communist coup forced him to use, see note at the end of this article.

Introduction

For years, I’ve wanted to go to southern West Virginia and do original reporting on what’s alternatively called “the white death” and “the opioid crisis.” It is the greatest social malady of our time, and people who read this publication should care about its resolution more than anyone else. After more than a year of false starts, I secured private funding to go there, specifically, to McDowell County, the nation’s poorest and least healthy county, just east of Kentucky and abutting Virginia to the south in what used to be “coal country.” By way of disclaimer, I told everyone the truth: That this project was taken on as a freelance project and I wasn’t sure where it would be published. I did not advertise my more controversial views. For the sake of everyone’s privacy, each person I spoke to is described and quoted anonymously.

Finally, this essay is not the end result of a research project. I leave the task of documenting the sociological and economic origins of this crisis to historians and authors capable of obtaining grants and book deals. What I set out to do here was speak to actual residents of the area. I wanted to know what they had to say about it all and what they had seen over the course of their lives.

Photo of downtown Welch in 2004 when its population was around 2500

My drive into Welch (pop. 2406 in the 2010 census, estimated to be 1904 in 2019), McDowell County’s seat, is a long one, and what’s most striking is that the last two hours of it are nothing but turns on windy country roads surrounded by mountains covered in the lushest forests I’ve ever seen. I’d read a lot about this place, but nobody ever mentioned its natural beauty—or what a hassle it is to get to.

 

 

I arrive late on a Saturday and figure my best starting point is the bar I can walk to from where I’m staying. It’s small and largely unadorned. There’s a separate room full of slot machines, and everyone’s in there except me and

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