John Derbyshire: Cecil The Lion And The Goodwhite-Badwhite Cold Civil War

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adX48efQ3arAEpsQe5LS_simba-the-lion-king-30983414-292-400[1]The subject of our latest Two Minutes Hate: 55-year-old Dr. Walter Palmer, a dental practitioner from the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie. Early in July, Dr. Palmer, on a hunting vacation in Zimbabwe, killed a lion. Now he's in hiding, his office is under siege by furious mobs, and his patients have all deserted him.

All the emotional stops have been pulled out for this one. The mobs around Dr. Palmer's office are weeping and rending their garments. Mothers are taking their little kiddies—known in lion-speak as "midnight snacks"—to lay bouquets of flowers on Dr. Palmer's doorstep in memoriam for the lion.

I suppose the tots have images of Simba in their silly Disneyfied heads. Come to think of it, probably the "adults" do, too.

Sentimentality about animals is not a new thing in the world, of course. I can remember my sister, back in the Truman administration, crying when the hunters shot Bambi's mother.

That was fiction, though; my sister was five; our fellow-countrymen had just gotten through reducing Hamburg and Berlin to piles of rubble; and anyway Bambi's Mom was a herbivore. This fuss over the lion is way more preposterous.

Latest news as we go to tape: this incident—which happened in Zimbabwe, remember—is now a federal case, literally. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday that it is investigating the killing. They will, they tell us, quote, "go where facts lead." [ US Fish & Wildlife Service Investigating Killing Of Cecil The Lion « CBS Minnesota, June 30, 2015]

Why all the hullabaloo? What are the facts? Let's take a look.

This wasn't just any lion. This was Cecil, a star attraction in Hwange National Park. That's a huge safari park—it's about eighty miles across—in the west of Zimbabwe.

The late Cecil was 13 years old at time of death, equivalent to mid-fifties in human years. He was named after 19th-century empire-builder Cecil Rhodes—as indeed was Zimbabwe, when it used to be called Rhodesia. Concerning Rhodes, historian James Morris had this to say in 1968:
article-1338791-0C7E429E000005DC-684_634x415[1]Rhodes died in 1902, and was buried at a site of his own choosing in the Matopo Hills in Rhodesia, which he called The World's View. There, in a place of silent beauty, he lies with his friend Jameson and the dead of Allan Wilson's Shangani patrol—all the heroes of Rhodesia, awaiting one fears not the Last Trump but the next regime. [ Pax Britannica: Climax of an Empire, p. 298]

Rhodes was the man who said, "To be born an Englishman is to win first prize in the lottery of life." Read more >>

If Donald Trump Is So Offensive, Why Does He Have Better Hispanic Numbers Than Jeb?

Donald Trump’s hard hitting remarks on illegal immigration at his announcement speech took him from novelty candidate to frontrunner of the GOP within weeks. But predictably, Conservatism Inc. immediately began wringing their hands about how The Donald would cost the GOP the Hispanic Vote. For example, Hispanic conservative Ben Domenech (a white Hispanic of Catalan ancestry) argues, “Donald Trump's comments are hurtful for the cause of Republicans who want to reach out not just to Latinos but across many different ethnic barriers,” while GOP Chairman Reince Priebus fretted the comments were “not helpful” to the Party’s multi-million dollar Latino outreach. [ GOP worries about Donald Trump fallout, by Chris Moody, CNN, July 8, 2015]

With his typical bravado, Trump responded to these complaints
 I have a great relationship with the Mexican people. I have many people working for me - look at the job in Washington - I have many legal immigrants working with me. And many of them come from Mexico. They love me, I love them. And I'll tell you something, if I get the nomination, I'll win the Latino vote. [ Donald Trump: 'I Will Win the Latino Vote', by Katy Tur and Carrie Dann, NBC News, July 8, 2015]

Salon described this as Trump’s “most delusional

Mexican Media Memo: Rape As A “Family Value”, Mexico’s Most Violent State, And A (Mexican) Indian Gets Dropped...

I just returned from our family’s annual summer visit to Mexico. It always provides some useful insights into the reality of life in that country.

For example, my elder son David, who already has his learner´s permit, did some of the driving (quite an experience for us). After returning home, he remarked it’s much easier to drive here, as the lines dividing lanes in Mexico aren’t always clear. (It could be worse— after our trip to Cuba last summer, my Mexican wife concluded that Cubans are worse drivers than Mexicans!)

We also had some work done on the car while in Mexico. It’s far cheaper than having it done in the United States because of the low cost of labor—a vivid illustration of how illegal aliens can earn sub-minimum wages without employer benefits in the U.S. and still be making more than in Mexico.

Yet to me what was most fascinating were the headlines in the Mexican media.

As you might expect, there’s a continuing frenzy over Donald Trump and the escape of the drug lord “El Chapo.” Yet other headlines in Mexico suggest tacitly that Trump only scratched the surface about the country’s problems. After all, it was the Mexican media that originally turned me into an immigration restrictionist.

  • Rape as a “Family Value”

In the northern Mexican state of Durango (birthplace of Pancho Villa):
[R]apes are not reported because 70 percent of them are committed by close family members such as fathers, brothers and uncles.

([L]as violaciones sexuales no son denunciadas

Now the Turks Are All In

All through the Cold War, the Turks were among America's most reliable allies.

After World War II, when Stalin encroached upon Turkey and Greece, Harry Truman came to the rescue. Turkey reciprocated by sending thousands of troops to fight alongside our GIs in Korea.

Turkey joined NATO

Desperate Dems Recycle Planned Parenthood’s Mammogram Lie

The gruesome hits keep coming for the baby butchers of Planned Parenthood. President Obama and his top health officials have one last-ditch response left: Quick, hide behind the imaginary mammogram machine!

As more graphic, money-grubbing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood's for-profit aborted baby parts racket emerge thanks to the investigative work Read more >>

First They Ignore You, Then You Laugh At Them, Then You Win: How The “Cuckservative” Meme Is Undermining...

mattlewsGandhi probably never uttered his most quoted aphorism: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” but many dissident movements--both before and after the misquote—have adopted it to describe their hoped-for trajectory from marginalization to victory. [ The 10 most famous things never actually said, by Eoin O’Carroll, Christian Science Monitor, June 3, 2011]

For the past several years, Conservatism Inc. and the Main Stream Media have effectively ignored the Dissident Right and all other heretical thinkers on race. In fact, the only time groups like American Renaissance or typically receive any attention is when the Left tries to tie them tenuously to Conservatism Inc. and/or nutjobs like Dylann Roof.

Well, now, the Establishment. Left and Right, is paying attention to race realists—but they aren’t laughing at us, we’re laughing at them. Over the past few months, snarky right wingers have popularized the term “cuckservative”—a portmanteau of cuckold and conservative—on social media and message boards, most notably the website and Facebook group, The Right Stuff, My Posting Career, and twitter accounts like @Cuckservative and Snark Enlightenment. [ note: This marks the first time the term has appeared on, because of Editor Peter Brimelow’s notorious prudishness]

Some of these memes were vulgar and even more Politically Incorrect than sites like VDARE and American Renaissance. Yet many were original, funny, and struck at the truth of the Republican Party and Conservatism Inc.’s failure to actually conserve the people who created and support it. A couple of examples: Read more >>
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