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John Derbyshire On Opera: Tolerance, Multiculturalism, Immigration—And Toreadors

We don’t write much about opera here on VDARE.com, other than in the phrase “soap opera.” A search of our articles for “+opera –soap” brought up just ten items, two of them by me, and none really engaging with opera.

Well, it’s high time.

There have been three news stories about opera in the past few days, all to some degree pertinent to issues of tolerance, multiculturalism, and immigration. I’ll take them in order.

First story:The opera here is Carmen, still a great favorite—number two on the Operabase list, with 667 professional performances carmen-opera[1] worldwide in the last five seasons. You know some of the tunes from Carmen even if you don’t know you know them: the Toreador Song, for instance. (To which, as children, we used to sing the words: “Toreador, please don’t spit on the floor …”)

Carmen, in common with at least three other A-list operas, opens in the city of Seville; to be exact, outside a cigarette factory. From the Daily Caller:

In his cultural history of cigarettes, Cigarettes Are Sublime, [Richard] Klein explained that “Carmen’s Seville, it is no accident, was in the 19th century the principal center and probable origin of cigarette making in Europe—a city famous for its immense factory where thousands of women, many young and barely dressed, languorously rolled cigars and manufactured cigarettes in dense heat and the poisoned air of tobacco smells and human sweat, intoxicated by the thick effluvia arising from leaves and bodies and by their own continuous smoking; their skin was dyed to ravishing or ravished shades of nut-brown color by the stain of nicotine.”

In Act I of the opera, a chorus of girl workers from the cigarette factory sings in praise of the weed:

Dans l’air, nous suivons des yeux

la fumée, la fumée,

qui vers les cieux

monte, monte parfumée.

Cela monte gentiment

à la tête, à la tête,

tout doucement cela vous met

l’âme en fête!

(“We follow with our eyes the smoke in the air, which rises, scented, towards the sky. Pleasantly it rises to your head and gently fills your soul with joy.”)

That was too much for Healthway, a government agency which “seeks to promote and support healthy lifestyles to reduce the burden of preventable disease in Western Australia.” When West Australia Opera staged a production of Carmen recently, Healthway … well, they didn’t exactly tell them to stub it out, but they cleared their collective throat suggestively.

WA Opera canceled the production.

This wasn’t just a matter of the opera company kowtowing to government health bureaucrats. There were financial considerations. To quote from Chapter 52 of the 21st century’s greatest opera novel (so far): “The first truth about modern opera production....

Where Was President Obama When AMERICAN Soldiers Were Being Killed By Muslims On AMERICAN Soil?

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Ottawa bystanders render attempt to render first aid to shooting victim

President Obama says he's "shaken" by this week's violent attacks on three soldiers in Ottawa by an Islamic jihadist. He immediately phoned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer support and "solidarity." He vowed to "remain vigilant."

Too bad Obama didn't show the same resolve after multiple attacks and plots against our troops by Muslim terrorists on our soil. And I'm not just talking about the "workplace violence" of jihadist Nidal Hasan, whose Koran-inspired Fort Hood rampage took the lives of 13 American servicemen and servicewomen and one unborn baby.

An entire parade of infidel-hating fanatics targeted U.S. soldiers long before Islamic State barbarians issued threats against our military personnel and their families this fall. What happened in Canada--what ISIS wants worldwide--has been happening here for years under Barry-come-lately's watch.

Where was President Obama when Muslim convert Muhammad Hussain was arrested in Maryland in 2010 after scheming to blow up an Army recruitment office to avenge his "Muslim brothers and sisters"? Hussain's message: "Whoever joins the military, they will be killed." He planned to "blow one recruiting center up ... then we hit another ... and just keep it movin' ... Insha' Allah. ... Insha' Allah. ... Do it for jihad." Next, Hussain told informants he would take on Andrews Air Force Base, blow it up and then take over the homes of military personnel.

Where was President Obama when...

Things Fall Apart–America In Crisis

When this writer was 3 years old, the Empire of [...]

Ann Coulter On Jeanne Shaheen’s Ebola Opportunities Team–Scott Brown Fights On Obamacare And Illegal Immigration

Scott Brown Using Immigration To Attack Shaheen

[See also Scott Brown In New Hampshire—2014’s Most Important Election for Immigration Patriots, by James Kirkpatrick]

In this year's midterm elections, New Hampshire's Scott Brown is taking on the slickest Democratic politician since John Edwards.

Incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presents herself as a regular mom who "rearranges the dishes in the dishwasher if it is packed by someone else"—as she told The Boston Globe when she ran for governor.

But then she backs policies that only Fidel Castro's mom would like. (And based on her immigration stance, I think we all know it's her Guatemalan maid who's packing the dishwasher.)

Shaheen took the Anti-Tax Pledge in her first run for governor. (That's governor of New Hampshire, not Missouri, where she grew up, or Pennsylvania, where she was high school prom queen—as she also confessed to The Boston Globe.) Within a few years, a Washington anti-tax group had ranked Shaheen as one of the nation's "biggest tax hikers and proposers," along with Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont.

As a U.S. senator, Shaheen co-sponsored a nakedly partisan bill to prevent Republicans from filibustering anything put forward by the majority Democratic Senate, despite that body's historical role as the place where hot passions go to die. Shaheen's bill was so contrary to the deliberative spirit of the Senate that even liberal Democrat Sen. Chris Dodd opposed it.

At least you can count on a hard-core lefty like Shaheen to be squeaky-clean. Oh, wait—Shaheen's husband, William, set up a "stimulus opportunities team" to apply for government money under the stimulus bill supported by his senator-wife. I wonder if sharing a name with a U.S. senator helped him attract clients.

Both The Boston Globe and Annenberg's "Factcheck.org" indignantly denounce this fact by recycling a nonsense defense put out by the Shaheen family law firm. They dramatically reveal that the Shaheens didn't actually make much from the sleazy enterprise.

The amount of money they made is not the point. Mr. Shaheen traded on his wife's position as a U.S. senator to attract clients to a "stimulus opportunity team." Your honor, the vault was empty when we broke into it.

Most devastating for New Hampshire families, Shaheen told aggressive lies in order to pass Obamacare. She repeatedly promised....

A Cultural Marxist Tries To Deconstruct Japan. Guess What, He’s American

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Above, Takezaki Suenaga Fighting The Mongol Invasion Of 1274--What Would He Think Of The UN?

[See also: Federale in Japan: It Works—And It Could Work In The U.S. Too]

The same forces deconstructing the United States are targeting the most successful ethno-state the world has ever known—Japan. The country politely insists on remaining a successful nation-state with one language, culture, and race, despite the relentless attacks which simultaneously deny and decry the uniqueness of the country. In the eyes of Cultural Marxists and globalists, this living rebuttal to multiculturalism cannot be allowed to exist.

A leading voice in the fight to destroy Japan: U.S.-born Jake Adelstein, a long-time resident in Japan. Adelstein [Tweet him] wages a war against the existence of the Japanese from his column at the English-language newspaper The Japan Times, which is helpfully slugged Dark Side Of The Rising Sun. The essence of a recent column was that the Japanese government is illegitimate because figures in the Cabinet “socialized” with activists whom Adelstein finds “disturbing.”

In most countries, police officers and criminals are supposed to be on opposite sides of the law, especially the higher up the chain of command you go, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn’t appear to think this is necessary.

Last month, photographs surfaced showing several members of Abe’s new Cabinet socializing with members of an anti-Korean hate group known as Zainichi Tokken wo Yurusanai Shimin no Kai (more commonly known as Zaitokukai). The appearance of such images raises some disturbing issues.

Founded circa 2006, Zaitokukai is an ultranationalistic, right-wing group that seeks to eliminate the “special privileges” extended to non-Japanese who have been granted Special Foreign Resident status. These people are predominantly ethnic Koreans, many of whom were conscripted and brought to Japan as slave labor in the 1930s and ’40s. Zaitokukai also hates other non-Japanese as well — it just has a special hatred for Koreans. [Links added throughout]

[Yakuza Do What Abe Cabinet Pick Can’t, by Jake Adelstein, The Japan Times, October 4, 2014]

Well, not exactly. The issue of Koreans in Japan is not the slave laborers who were impressed into the service of the Emperor in the 1940s. Few of those are still alive, and they were free to return to Korea at the end of the war, although as it turned out many remained to enjoy the benefits of Japanese society.

But the Koreans are a red herring. The real target: Japanese nationhood itself. And the tactic to be used, as you might expect, is the suppression of free speech.

Adelstein continued...

The Hunter Biden Chronicles

Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. Where are the Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousers and enemies of elitist privilege when you need them? Straining their neck muscles to look the other way.

The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden made news last week after The Wall Street Journal revealed he had been booted from the Navy Reserve for cocaine use. His drug abuse was certainly no surprise to the Navy, which issued him a waiver for a previous drug offense before commissioning him as a public affairs officer at the age of 43. The Navy also bent over backward a second time

PROTECT OREGON DRIVER LICENSES’ Cynthia Kendoll On The Long Road To No On 88

VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: I was very impressed by this recent presentation to the Social Contract Magazine’s Writers Workshop conference by Oregon’s Cynthia Kendoll on the struggle to block state legislation giving driver’s licenses to illegals. Just as in Montana in 2012, an immigration patriot initiative seems likely to prevail overwhelmingly, while GOP statewide candidates run away—and are defeated.

Good morning everyone. Thank you to K.C. [McAlpin, US Inc. Executive Director] for inviting me here today to tell our Oregon story. It’s been a wild ride!

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After the terrorist attacks of 2001, the 9/11 Commission gave very specific suggestions about what to do next. One of the most important items was to secure our driver’s licenses.

It took Oregon, which seemed determined to drag its feet, until 2008 to comply. But in 2008, our state legislature passed a secure driver's license bill that required proof of legal presence in the United States. At the same time, it passed a companion bill requiring that uninsured motorists be tracked.

Unfortunately, since 2008, the state government has been working to undo that legislation

Our organization [Oregonians for Immigration Reform] works to motivate and educate citizens. When I took over as President, I felt that there was a very tight-knit board that did everything. We had a lot of members, but they were not really participating as I felt they could be. So we tried to make our organization consist of thousands of individual activists instead of one organization with a bunch of members. We did a billboard campaign and we were just amazed. We would put up a billboard and then we would go to the legislature and listen to the phones ring. It really makes you feel like your money is well spent when phones are ringing off the hook!

We focused on what our state government was trying to do. Just to give you an idea, on May Day 2012, our Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner read a letter from our Governor, John Kitzhaber, on the steps of the Capitol to a huge crowd. In the letter he said that the Governor was hoping to find a way to restore driving privileges to those “Oregonians” (i.e. illegal aliens) who did not qualify for a regular Oregon driver’s license. He was going to form a work group to investigate how he could go about doing that. [Gov. Kitzhaber promises action on immigrant driver's license issue, By Ryan Kost, Oregonian.com, May 1, 2012]

I left the steps of the Capitol and ran into the Capitol building, to the legislative services office, and said, “I want to volunteer to be on that work group.” The woman laughed at me and said, “Oh good grief, it will be weeks before they put that together. We’ll keep you posted.”

Nothing happened, so every three days I would check back and ask if they had started the group. All of our board members were calling and asking to be in this group to make sure that all voices are heard. Finally the lady got really annoyed and said: “We’re going to have letters prepared. We have selected the group, we have letters prepared, and they will be in the mail today for everybody, whether you are in the group or not.”

I went home and waited for five days. I didn’t get a letter. So I went back and, just by chance, there was an intern at the front desk and I said: “I would like to know about the Governor’s workgroup that’s looking into the driver’s licenses for people that are not here legally.”

And she said: “What about it?”

I said: “I would like a seat at that table.”

She said: “Well that group has been meeting for over a year.”

Well, that’s how they wanted to play it. Time to regroup.

We asked...

The Price of Papal Popularity

Pope Francis is hugely popular. But his worldly popularity has not come without cost to the church he leads and the truths he is sworn to uphold.

"Who am I to judge?" says the pope. But wasn't that always part of the job description? And if not thee, Your Holiness, who?

The Fulford File | Robert Sussman’s “Tainted Sources”—Playing The Telephone Game Against AMERICAN RENAISSANCE’s Jared Taylor

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Professor Robert W. Sussman (email him) of Washington University in St. Louis recently published an attack on Jared Taylor in Salon.com: America’s virulent racists: The sick ideas and perverted “science” of the American Renaissance Foundation. [October 11, 2014]

Unlike everything published on VDARE.com, and for that matter in American Renaissance, this attack contained no links and no footnotes.

If I say someone said something, I say where they said it and provide both a link and a citation. Leftists apparently don’t feel the need to bother.

This made somewhat difficult for American Renaissance Editor Jared Taylor to reply to Sussman’s attack, as he can only say he didn’t say the things he’s accused of saying. Nevertheless, he was easily able to show that Sussman’s piece was riddled with factual errors. See: Harvard University Press Defames American Renaissance, Amren.com, October 16, 2014.

The reason Taylor’s headline mentions Harvard University Press rather than Salon.com is that Sussman’s crazy piece is excerpted from his book The Myth of Race, published by that venerable, respectable, and now very Leftist press.

The Myth of Race is already published in hard copy, although it hasn’t been released as an e-book. It is, however, in Google Books. Using the “search inside” feature, I see that it does have the critical apparatus of footnotes you’d expect from a scholarly book. This allows us to prove Sussman’s horrifying sloppiness because we can compare what he said to what he’s quoting from.

There’s a lot of horrifying sloppiness. But there’s a limit to how much time Sussman is worth.

For example, however, this is from Sussman’s Salon piece:

To the foundation, [JF: i.e. the American Renaissance magazine] race is an essential ingredient for citizenship. “Blacks and Third World immigrants did not really belong in the United States and certainly could not be ‘real’ Americans.”

That bit inside the quotation marks was utterly mystifying to Jared Taylor. He wrote: "Prof. Sussman offers this sentence as a quotation from AR...This sentence has never appeared in AR."

The answer: this picture of the inside of Sussman’s book shows the footnote, which looks like this:

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For the benefit of those who can’t see the graphic, the reference is “(Taylor 1992a, quoted in Tucker 2002, 182).”

funding“Taylor 1992a” in Sussman’s bibliography is Jared Taylor’s great book Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America. “Tucker 2002” turns out to be an awful book called The Funding of Scientific Racism |Wickliffe Draper and the Pioneer Fund, by William H. Tucker, University of Illinois Press, 2002. (Reviewed by Kevin Lamb in The Occidental Quarterly here.) Tucker [Email him] is a professor at Rutgers-Camden who specializes in this kind of witch-hunting.

You can read Tucker’s book online, via...

On Being Culturally And Biologically Enriched by West Africa’s Ebola Zone

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Members of a body-removal team spray each other with chlorine disinfectant after removing a body from a home in Unification Town, Liberia. Note improvised HazMat headgear--made from a plastic bag.

The latest episode in our Third World President’s quest to impose Third World government is the appointment of a political crony with no medical experience as the nation’s “Ebola czar.” [Obama’s New Ebola ‘Czar’ Does Not Have Medical, Health Care Background, Washington CBS, October 17, 2014] But even this pales compared to the chaos in Liberia, and throughout the Third World, that President Obama seems dogmatically determined to import.

Just as Third World doctors in America are willing to defraud patients for personal gain, so are Third World health officials in Liberia willing to lie about Ebola statistics if it means they can receive bribes.

Liberian rapid response teams who are officially supposed to be removing the corpses of Ebola patients from their homes are instead soliciting bribes from victims’ families in exchange for fraudulent death certificates saying the patients did NOT die of Ebola. [Some Ebola-Stricken African Families Pay Bribes for Fake Death Records by Heidi Vogt, Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2014]

Not surprisingly, official reports of “just ten deaths from Ebola in the capital of Freetown…” were belied by non-governmental reports “that just in the last eight days 110 Ebola victims were buried in just one of the city’s cemeteries.” [The View from Olympus: Don’t Shop at This WAWA by William S. Lind, Traditional Right, September 25, 2014.]

Local funeral practices, which the response teams were supposed to restrain, are not helping matters. Mourners wash the corpse with bare hands and kiss the dead before burial.

Germs? What germs? Keep in mind that, as VDARE.com's James Fulford has reported, one of the locals’ many charming and vibrant characteristics is their ignorance of or rejection of germ theory. They believe that Ebola is caused either by a curse being put on the victim, or by an evil poison cooked up by the white man to kill blacks.

Indeed, a Liberian academic [CV PDF] who teaches in America is actually arguing just that. Dr. Cyril Broderick [Email him] of Delaware State University, a black public university funded by (white) taxpayers, argued in an African newspaper that Ebola was created by the American government to commit genocide against blacks. As evidence, he offers uncited “reports” and a novel. [A professor in U.S. is telling Liberians that the Defense Department ‘manufactured’ Ebola, by Terrence McCoy, Washington Post, September 26, 2014]

According to Dr. Broderick:

Scientists allege deadly diseases such as Ebola and AIDS are bio weapons being tested on Africans. Other reports have linked the Ebola virus outbreak to an attempt to reduce Africa’s population. Liberia happens to be the continents’s [sic] fastest growing population.

[Ebola, AIDS Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD? by Dr. Cyril Broderick, (Liberian) Daily Observer, September 9th, 2014]

What “scientists”? They don’t exist.

This tendency to blame whitey