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African immigrants demanding Amnesty (h/t BET.com)
At this point it seems inevitable that America is going to have an Ebola experience on some scale. The Democrat-MSM complex is already moving to anathematize any discussion of the policy implications [Conservative Media Rush To Politicize First Case Of Ebola In U.S. by Alexandrea Boghun, MediaMatters, October 1, 2014] while the Conservatism Inc. outlets as far as I can see and notwithstanding the above are studiously confining themselves to medical and news-timing details.
I commend for following this issue the marvelously industrious Refugee Resettlement Watch site.
Ann Corcoran's article Feds won’t say if Ebola patient is Liberian national But, the Liberian community of Dallas apparently thinks so , October 1, 2014 was posted on Refugee Resettlement Watch at a time when the authorities were displaying deplorable instincts by, incredibly, still trying to keep the identity and Liberian connection of the victim a secret.
This caused the President of the Liberian Community Association of Dallas-Fort Worth to very reasonably beg
“We need to know who it is so that they (family members) can all go get tested,...If they are aware, they should let us know.”
Corcoran opened this piece by saying
Let’s send in Senator Jack Reed, Liberian defender par excellence to tell us the full story.
(Reed is Democratic Senator from Rhode Island - NumbersUSA ranking F)
Reed was thrilled recently to get Obama to once again extend Temporary Protected Status for Liberians in America who were given TEMPORARY refugee status here over a decade ago for a civil war that ended in 2003 and who should have been sent back to Liberia by now. Kind of crazy that they can stay here longer due to Ebola back “home,” but it seems that we let their fellow Liberians just fly in for visits from West Africa?
Can you imagine what the medical treatment of this visitor is going to cost American taxpayers!
This links to Liberians can thank Ebola (and Senator Jack Reed) for extended stay in the US which quotes...
Ann Coulter: The Theme Of All These Liberal Fantasies Is That The Greatest Threat Is Right-Wing White Men
I've barely been paying attention to the news, except to check Senate polls every night, because, as some of you may have noticed, I've been in the bat-cave under Swiss Guard protection, writing my next book. But based on only about an hour of media consumption a week, I've recently noticed mainstream "news" outlets telling huge whoppers, long ago disproved and forgotten.
First, this past Sunday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof repeated the canard about guns being dangerous to their owners. A " a study in the journal Injury Prevention ," he wrote, "found that the purchase of a handgun was associated with 2.4 times the risk of being murdered and 6.8 times the risk of suicide." [Stranger Danger And Guns, September 27, 2014]
No kidding. As a lifelong subscriber to Injury Prevention, I could have told Kristof that people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods or who have friends or professions that increase their likelihood of being killed—or who plan to commit suicide—are astronomically more likely to buy handguns than people whose lifestyles do not put them at such risks.
My own study, soon to be published in Injury Prevention—and which I expect will similarly amaze Nick Kristof!—establishes that people in hospitals are twice as likely to die within five years as people not in hospitals. To paraphrase Kristof: People think hospitals can save their lives. Nonsense!
And don't even get me started on my study on people in ambulances.
Second, once the MSM figured out how to blame a white guy for a black athlete punching his fiancée, and the only news was about Ray Rice and—the true villain—NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, MSNBC's Toure repeated the old chestnut about emergency room admissions for domestic violence spiking on Super Bowl Sundays.
As I have noted...
The passing of Wes McDonald has left a gaping hole in the lives of many, starting with his wife, mother and sister, but also including those who valued his friendship. It is entirely appropriate that we meet to commemorate this colleague and friend in a setting that meant so much to him. For Wes, his connection to this college was more than a random or practical association. It defined his very being, and it would be impossible to think of him without noting this connection.
When you went to Wes’s office, it abounded in students, and they were there not “to butter up the prof” but because they genuinely relished Wes’s company. He would also invite students to his home, perhaps sometimes beyond the capacity of his wife to entertain and cook for them, because he and his guests truly enjoyed being with one another.
Wes was genuinely restless when he was not preparing for or teaching his courses, and he would often describe students as his children. To which I’d respond that, if this was the case, he spent more time and energy on his adopted children than I lavished on my offspring. He understandably dreaded the prospect of retiring, because it would have removed him from his calling and social world.
As someone who loved the familiar, he also had a special relation to everything that surrounded the college. He cherished his home, particularly when Alice was cooking in the kitchen, and he gloried in the fact that he lived so close to his office and work. Wes was also fiercely committed to the well-being of Elizabethtown College and became annoyed when his colleagues did not show an enthusiasm equal to his.
A small college is fortunate if it can elicit the passionate attachment from those associated with it that Wes routinely exhibited. Wherever he went, he stood up for his place of employment, and the first time we met in Washington, D.C. thirty years ago, Wes spoke non-stop about the potential for growth that he found in Elizabethtown College. I was bowled over by the extent and exuberance of his praise.
For those who knew the two of us, it would be hard not to remember....
So the five Afghan soldiers who went missing from two [...]
The Fulford File | Alton Nolen Not A Muslim Terrorist, But An American Phenomenon—116 People, Mostly Whites, Have Been Killed By 18 Black “Disgruntled Employees” In The Last 40 Years
Alton Nolen, above, was taken into custody after beheading Colleen Duffy and stabbing Traci Johnson, both white, in Moore, Oklahoma.
The beheading of a white woman in a Western state by disgruntled African-American employee who had been fired for proselytizing the Muslim religion and for advocating the stoning of women reminds us that not everything is terrorism.
Or to put it another way, in black-on-white crime everything is terrorism. This suspect is not an immigrant from Pakistan or Saudi Arabia and he’s not involved in any external terrorist group. He’s a regular African-American man from a regular African-American family.[Mother of Muslim criminal who beheaded co-worker and stabbed another apologizes to his victims in online video... but adds 'there are two sides to every story', By Jill Reilly, Daily Mail, September 28 , 2014]
Because of the Main Stream Media policy of “Not Reporting Race”, we have no idea how many of the mass workplace shootings by disgruntled employees or ex-employees are actually committed by minorities, especially blacks.
For example Jezebel came out with an article saying Have You Noticed That White Dudes Keep Mass Murdering People?, to which we replied No, We`ve Noticed You Promoting It, and the Washington Post published a piece saying “White men have much to discuss about mass shootings.”. I replied that Yes, WASHINGTON POST, White Men Do Have “Much To Discuss About Mass Shootings”—Starting With Your Selective Reporting, and Ann Althouse said " I would have thought white men were the one group that American elite media does feel free to single out…". No kidding!
I noted a couple of years ago that the famous 1987 workplace shooting on an airplane mentioned in Gavin de Becker’s book The Gift of Fear was one that even I had only just learned involved a person of color—David Burke who crashed Pacific Southwest Airlines flight 1771, killing 43 people.
In the case of Omar Thornton (right) who was fired from a beer distributors in Connecticut and shot eight white people because he thought they were racist, the MSM did tell us that he was black—because the authorities made a posthumous attempt to investigate the victims for racism. [No proof of racism at site of 2010 shooting rampage: police, Zach Howard, Reuters, May 13, 2011]
Another such disgruntled shooter: Nathan Dunlap of Colorado, the Chuck E Cheese killer. That sounds comical (comedian Tracy Ullman had a character who married the “Wetwipe killer” on Death Row, and after the injection was looking to date the “Tastee-Freez Rapist”) but Dunlap committed a real and very serious crime: killing four people by shooting them in the head with a .25 caliber automatic in 1996.
In her column recently, in a discussion of John Hickenlooper’s general crapweaselness, Michelle Malkin reported:
Last month, Bob Crowell–father of 19-year-old murder victim Sylvia Crowell–blasted Hickenlooper for indefinitely delaying the execution of mass murderer Nathan Dunlap.[VDARE.com Note: Disgruntled Chuck E. Cheese employee and mass shooter Nathan Dunlap is on our list of black mass shooters, a category many people don't believe exists.] When Hickenlooper confided in CNN that he might grant Dunlap clemency if he loses in November, Crowell didn’t mince words. “I think that’s the coward’s way out, and I view John Hickenlooper as a coward.”
Malkin was quoting...
In his U.N. address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: "Russian aggression in Europe," "terrorism in Syria and Iraq," rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al-Qaida, Boko Haram.
And, of course, the Ferguson Police Department.
That's right. The president could not speak of war, terrorism and genocide without dragging in the incident in a St. Louis suburb where a white cop shot and killed a black teenager:
"In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri-where a young man was killed, and a community was divided."
What, other than its racial aspect, can explain why Obama is so hung up on Ferguson? At the Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday, he was back stoking the embers.
"Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement, guilty of walking while black or driving while black-judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness."
Obama is here implying that Michael Brown was profiled, judged "guilty of walking while black," when shot and killed.
But that is false, and Barack Obama knows it is false.
Brown had just knocked over a convenience store after collaring the clerk and was walking in the middle of the main street in Ferguson, blocking traffic, when officer Darren Wilson confronted him.
We do not know. And neither does Barack Obama.
For weeks, a grand jury in St. Louis County...
Brownback won his gubernatorial election in 2010 by a remarkable 30 point margin [Kansas Governor – Brownback vs. Holland, RealClearPolitics, 2010] He declared his intent to conduct a “real, live experiment” on the state by pushing through tax cuts under the theory that supply side economics would keep revenue up. Revenue collapsed, resulting in the state’s credit rating being downgraded and a political rebellion from within his own party. [What’s the matter with Sam Brownback?by Patrick Caldwell, Mother Jones, September 25, 2014]
More importantly, rural Kansans—the conservative base—may actually face higher property taxes as local communities try to make up the lost revenue [Insight Kansas: Governor’s experiment wallops rural property taxpayers, by H. Edward Flense, Leavenworth Times, June 19, 2014]
VDARE.com focuses on immigration does not take a position on fiscal policy but after long experience we are skeptical of the MSM account of Brownback’s Kansas katastrophe (or of anything else for that matter). Unfortunately, also after long experience with Steve Moore, we are also skeptical of his defense of Brownback [A Taxing Tale Of Two States: Illinois And Kansas, by Steve Moore, Forbes Magazine, September 27, 2014]. It may be that Kansas just needs to “stay the course,” as Ronald Reagan said during the 1981-2 recession. And, of course, displaced liberal Republicans are notoriously vindictive.
But regardless of the merits of Brownback’s actions, his efforts have clearly been politically expensive—recent polls show him trailing his Democratic opponent Paul Davis in his race for re-election. [Fox News poll shows Paul Davis, leading Sam Brownback, by Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, September 18, 2014]
Of course, this hasn’t stopped Conservatism Inc. exemplar and open borders zealot Grover Norquist from enthusiastically defending Brownback [Norquist defends tax cuts despite Brownback woes in Kansas, by Mike Lillis, The Hill, September 21, 2014] He can hardly do otherwise.
Though Brownback’s critics pillory him as “far right,” he is actually a fanatical supporter of Third World immigration, possibly (although misguidedly) because of his conversion to Catholicism in 2002. As a Senator, Brownback received lavish praise from Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times because of his efforts to expand “refugee programs” (although Brownback was careful to keep the flood away from his home state). Brownback was also instrumental in legitimizing the kind of “humanitarian” waivers for refugee programs that have led to the disastrous deluge of Central American “youths.”
But, above all, Brownback should also live in infamy because as a Kansas Congressman he played a leading role in derailing the Smith-Simpson Bill, which contained the critical recommendations of the Jordan Report, in 1996.
At the very moment when the majority Republican Party could have saved itself from eventual electoral extinction...
After World War I, laws were passed severely limiting immigration. Only a trickle of immigrants has been admitted since then…By keeping supply down, immigration policy tends to keep wages high.
As Professor Samuelson was then willing to say, in a competitive labor market immigrant workers will lower the wages of native-born American workers. No surprise there: If his Economics textbook taught us anything, it is that an increase in supply of any commodity will reduce its price.
But while immigrants lower wages, they also buy goods and services, creating more jobs. The tug of war between lower wages and higher economic growth is key to understanding immigration’s impact on native-born Americans.
The consensus among economists is that immigration’s major impact is distributional: it lowers the wages of native-born workers and raises the income of their employers and other upper-income natives who derive a disproportionate share of income from capital gains, stock options, and other unearned income derived from higher profits.
This modest surplus is the difference between an enormous $437 billion gain accruing to employers and a slightly less enormous $402 billion wage loss suffered by native-born workers.
Three factors influence the immigration surplus calculation...
Memo From Middle America | Clintons, Slims, Billionaires Scratch Each Others’ Backs—Americans Get Stabbed In The Back
Carlos Slim Jr. was married to longtime blonde girlfriend Maria Elena Torruco Garza in a church in Mexico City’s ritzy Polanco district in October of 2010. Slim is the son of Mexican mogul Carlos Slim, currently the richest man in the world, who not only personally profits from President Obama’s welfare programs, but also champions Open Borders policies that will increase his already stupendous fortune.
Some 2,500 guests attended the Slim wedding reception. It was a Who`s Who of the globalist elite. They included former Mexican president Vicente Fox and wife Martha, and then up and coming Mexican governor (and now president) Enrique Pena Nieto. Also in attendance were Mexican media billionaire Emilio Azcarraga and TV host Carlos Loret de Mola Jr. (the son of journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, who wrote a 1982 column hailing a Reconquista of the American Southwest through the “Mexican invasion” of mass immigration.) From the literary world there was Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian author, longtime resident of Mexico, and personal friend and defender of Fidel Castro. (Garcia Marquez has since passed away.)
And—this is the point— this glittering list of contacts included Microsoft mogul and immigrant enthusiast Bill Gates, who is neck-and-neck with Slim for the position of richest man in the world….and former US President Bill Clinton.
Slim recently had Mark down in Mexico to speak at a big conference, Foro México Siglo XXI. Once there, Zuckerberg dutifully declared...
What follows is therefore math-oriented. It’s on-topic, though; at any rate, most of it is, most of the time.
The article examines a 2004 claim by economists Lu Hong and Scott Page to have proved a rigorous mathematical theorem to the effect that, to quote the title of their original paper, “Groups of diverse problem solvers can out-perform groups of high-ability problem solvers.” [In Professor’s Model, Diversity = Productivity, By Claudia Dreifus, NYT, January 8, 2008]
Referring to that paper, the Notices writer tells us:
Its publication in 2004 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has given it credibility, and it is widely cited. Its conclusions are presented as mathematical truth. Referring to this work in his 2007 book The Difference (p. 165), Page says, “… the veracity of the diversity trumps ability claim is not a matter of dispute. It’s true, just as 1 + 1 = 2 is true.”
Under careful scrutiny, however, the paper is seen to have essential and irreparable errors.
[by Abigail Thompson, Notices of the AMS, October 2014.]
To summarize, the paper “Groups of diverse problem solvers can outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers” contains a theorem that has neither mathematical content nor real-world applications, and a contrived computer simulation that illustrates the well-known fact that random algorithms are often effective. What the paper emphatically does not contain is information that can be applied to any real-world situation involving actual people.
The noteworthy thing here is a major mathematical journal giving over six pages to debunk Hong and Page’s diversity-boosting “theorem.”
At the very highest levels of mathematical ability there is, in fact, a tradition of political stupidity. Einstein’s partiality to Stalin is well-known. The great British mathematician G.H. Hardy (1877-1947) recorded his desire “To be proclaimed the first president of the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, and Germany”—that, in the 1940s. It wasn’t all Left-wingery, either: The tremendous French mathematical genius Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789-1857) was the last European of any intellectual eminence to believe in the Divine Right of Kings.
My own, perhaps too charitable, opinion on this phenomenon: math at the highest levels is so difficult, so demanding of cognitive resources, that it leaves one with no mental energy to think critically about worldly matters.
However that may be, it’s encouraging to see a mathematician standing up for...