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John Derbyshire Asks: Endemic Corruption--The Ukraine Is Ex-Soviet, But What Excuse Do Black American Politicians Have?

Reading up on the Ukraine in order to say something about it on Radio Derb, I checked the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2013 compiled by the  think tank Transparency International.

The CPI ranks 175 nations by how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. Ukraine came in at 144, tied with Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Iran, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea.

For countries with European populations, Ukraine is the lowest-ranked—that is, most corrupt. Next lowest is Russia at 127. The lowest-ranked nation that (a) has a European population and (b) is not ex-communist is Greece at 80.

The U.S.A. ranks 19th, although Puerto Rico, listed separately, ranks 33rd.

Why are some countries corrupt and others not? Looking at the map on the Transparency International site, a number of general and approximate rules stand out.

  • For really low corruption, be a European country from west of the Hajnal Line, or a settler nation therefrom.
  • For high corruption, be African, an ex-Spanish colony, ex-Soviet, or South Asian.
  • Unless you’re a Turk or a homeland Arab (Saudi, Omani, U.A.R, Jordan), Islam makes things worse.

There are exceptions all over, of course: Botswana ranks better than Italy; North Korea ties with Somalia; Uruguay (heh) ties with the U.S.A.

Furthermore, that map is of today. Some of those virtuous north-European countries could, in the past, have shown Somalis and Afghans a thing or two about corruption.

Here, for example, is historian E. Royston Pike on Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister:

But, it will be asked, did not Walpole practice corruption on a very large, even an unprecedented scale? Yes he did: no doubt about it … But his contemporaries thought nothing of [his misdeeds], or not very much. Almost the only people who complained were those who felt that their services had not been well enough rewarded.[ Britain's Prime Ministers from Walpole to Wilson p. 23]

Similar things could of course be said of the 19th-century U.S.A.  One of the greatest achievements of 20th-century civilization in First World nations was the near-total banishing of corruption from public life.

So far as the U.S.A. is concerned, my guess is that this high level of political virtue peaked, like so many other good things, in the two or three decades after WW2 and has been gradually declining since.

If that’s right, no doubt the causes are manifold, but it’s hard not to think that grievance culture, increasing racial diversity, and enforced looking-the-other-way at minority misbehavior have been factors.

Critics of my infamous 2012 TakiMag column The Talk: Nonblack Version took particular umbrage at the following two advice points:

(10f) Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.

(10g) Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.

Those followed an earlier observation that the higher levels of antisocial behavior among blacks are manifested, among other places, in political corruption. [Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers, by John Bresnahan, Politico, November 3, 2009.] All three points were inspired by years of reading about local corruption scandals in the New York Post.

To see how things have been going since I wrote “The Talk,” I have just read back through the last 23 daily issues of the Post tallying all local corruption stories. Bear in mind that the NYP mainly covers New York City, which is 28 percent Hispanic, 33 percent white, 23 percent black, and the rest mostly Asian.

Here are all the corruption stories from the past 23 days (February 25th to March 19th).

  • Wendell Walters. This former Assistant Commissioner of the city housing department was arrested in 2011 for corruption. He admits to taking $2.5 million in bribes from developers and contractors. [Ex-NYC housing honcho: I raked in $2.5M in bribes, By Selim Algar, March 17, 2014]
  • Eric Adams. The Brooklyn Borough President and former state senator is being investigated “following complaints that he and his staff hit up local business and

Thoughts After St. Patrick’s Day: How Irish Immigration Became Idealized

His —probably mythical—slogan: "Americay for Americans, Begorrah!"It was bittersweet for me to read James Fulford’s St. Patrick’s Day tribute to Dennis Kearney (pictured right) the 19th century Irish-born labor leader who fought for the American working man against imported Chinese cheap labor.   The issue has long interested me (see my Forgotten Victims—American Workers Immiserated By Chinese Immigration In Nineteenth Century California). But at the same time, I have to recognize that my own Irish immigrant ancestors also had an immiserating effect in their day.

As a child, I thought that my Irish immigrant ancestors were wonderfully good, literally kind of magic! Mother indoctrinated me, saying, “Kathy, there are only two kinds of people in the world, those that are Irish, and those that wish they were.” I was honestly excited to cover my school uniform with green, and some of this feeling lasted until I was a journalism student at Michigan State University.

There, I met, for the first time in my life, a person who was actually born in Ireland. I’m rather embarrassed to reveal that I felt a flood of joyous emotion as I interviewed the slight, red-haired man for my school newspaper. Apparently, I was expecting some kind of Irish mystical experience from this direct human contact from the Old Sod. (Though he was rather touched by this happy reunion of Irish blood, no magic took place.)

Well, all I really knew about the Irish then was what my mother told me!!

 Mom had three grandparents born in Ireland. But by my birth, in 1951, there were virtually no immigrants in the provincial, medium- sized Midwest city I grew up in. The only negative thing I ever heard about the Irish in my entire youth was a brief mention about discrimination against Irish immigrants in my Catholic school textbook. My Mom explained that this was just cruel prejudice against the Irish, and I agreed.

Then, in 2013, as I was writing an article about immigration for VDARE, some of these childhood beliefs about my Irish immigrant relatives really started echoing in my mind. I came across things like this line in the book “Immigration and American Unionism,” by Vernon Briggs:

…The majority of American families in 1920 lived in poverty, and many more just barely above its threshold. Most urban workers lived in crowded urban slums that lacked adequate sanitation and minimal public health services; disease spread easily, fires were frequent and general lawlessness prevailed.

The history began to sound too much like today, when “experts” keep swearing that we need more noble immigrants to join the army of unemployed American citizens.

New York City, the historic immigration destination, did not even have most homes connected to the city sewer system. Most residents relied on disgusting outhouses, or even just dug trenches behind

Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy: A Profile In Treason

GOP House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R- Bakersfield, Calif.) used to oppose Amnesty. His official position was that “we should not provide any Amnesty that would benefit those who defy our laws and enter the United States illegally.” [ Issue Position: Immigration,  Project Vote Smart, Jan. 1, 2011]

But now he’s just another Hispandering Republican who would betray American citizens in exchange for what he hopes is another few years in Congress. [House Majority Whip: Legalize undocumented immigrants, by Jose Gaspar, KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News, Jan. 21, 2014]

McCarthy is the third-ranking Republican in the House. His 23rd District has become more “diverse” over the years. Most of Kern and Tulare counties are within McCarthy’s district, and those counties are among those suffering the brunt of Mexifornication.

 

 Kern Population By Race

Is Putin the Irrational One?

Demography Is Destiny—In Crimea And In The U.S.

See also: The Enemy Of Ukraine’s Protesters Is Not Necessarily The American Right’s Friend, by Roman Skaskiw

In regions like Crimea, Donestk, and Luhansk, more than two-thirds consider Russian to be their native tongue.

In regions like Crimea, Donestk, and Luhansk, more than two-thirds consider Russian to be their native tongue. (Map courtesy CBS News)

Demography is destiny not just in American politics, but global geopolitics. Mysteriously, the American Main Stream Media is suddenly capable of understanding the consequences of ethnic identity, mass immigration, and demographic displacement—but only when analyzing Politically Incorrect subjects like Putin’s Russia. The true importance of this foreign quarrel, however, is not that we need root for one side or the other in the Ukraine, but rather must understand that the forces at work also apply here—for example, in the rapidly-Mexicanizing American Southwest.

The results are in in from the Crimea. Anywhere from 93 to 95 percent of the voters have chosen to reunite with the Rodina. [Crimeans vote in referendum on whether to break away from Ukraine, join Russia, by Carol Morello, Pamela Constable, and Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, March 16, 2014] While the high percentage may suggest fraud, it may be actually legitimate—after all, as Slate’s Dave Weigel argued, in 2012 Barack Obama quite literally won 100% of the vote in some black districts. [If We Lose, It Was Stolen, by David Weigel, Slate, November 14, 2012]

The MSM has savagely turned on Russia ever since Vladimir Putin imposed restrictions on homosexual activism directed at children, prompting what Steve Sailer has called “World War G.” Thus, the coverage is mostly negative—a startling contrast to the celebratory tone about the secession of Kosovo from Orthodox Serbia.  [The Media’s War Against the Serbs, by Stella Jatras, Antiwar.com, January 15, 2001]

Things are not helped by the Establishment conservative movement, which features John McCain calling the Third Rome “a gas station masquerading as a country” and calling for military aid to Ukraine [McCain: ‘Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country, by Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News, March 16, 2014] (If only he were so militant in defense of America’s borders as he is of Ukraine’s.)

Sen. Ted Cruz offered the subtle geopolitical insight that the situation in the Crimea is a battle of “good vs. evil.” Even Tea Party Republicans seemingly feel it is safer to engage in saber rattling against a nuclear power than give a plain statement of opposition to Amnesty. [“Exclusive: Sen Cruz Describes Ukraine vs. Russia as ‘Good vs. Evil’by Awr Hawkins, Breitbart, March 6, 2014]  

As for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she immediately invoked Godwin’s Law by comparing the Russian President to Adolf Hitler, not surprisingly attracting “attracting rare notes of support from hawkish Republicans in Congress.” [Hillary Clinton’s Putin-Hitler comments draw rebukes as she wades into Ukraine conflict, by Philip Rucker, Washington Post, March 5, 2014] Also not surprisingly, Hitler mentions have the Pavlovian effect of making Americans more willing to take action against Russia. [ Mentioning Hitler makes Americans more willing to intervene in Ukraine,  by John Sides, Washington Post, March 14, 2014]

That said, the rationale for President, uh, Mrs. Clinton’s comparison was revealing. She noted

Should We Favor American College Grads Or Aliens?

The Winter 2014 issue of The Social Contract’s theme is "Whatever Happened To The American Dream?” Editor Wayne Lutton reports four powerful articles arguing for less immigration:

"Edwin Rubenstein reveals how the Middle Class is now confronting a nightmare future, thanks to a flooding of labor markets from immigration.

In her article, "Three Stakes in the Heart of the American Dream," Brenda Walker explains how mass immigration, outsourcing, and increasing automation are leading to the systematic loss of middle-class jobs.

Dr. Gene Nelson details that there is no shortage of college-educated Americans and thus no case for increasing the numbers of foreign "skilled" immigrants and "temporary" workers, especially in science, engineering, and related fields.

Peter Gemma reminds us that President Eisenhower appointed General Joseph Swing to head the Immigration & Naturalization Service, who then launched a campaign to arrest and deport illegal aliens. Over one million Mexican illegals were deported during the first year of operations. This contrasts with more recent American presidents, who claim we can't repatriate aliens residing illegally in the U.S.

Lutton also quotes my assessment of the dire situation:

"A coalition of what Donald Collins identifies as "cheap labor importers, job exporters, ethnic tribalists, and religious hypocrites" is lobbying to pass a set of "comprehensive" immigration laws that would triple legal immigration over the coming decade by providing 30 million green cards to immigrants while giving "temporary" work permits to a minimum of 15 million guest workers. As CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer responded, "The United States needs to focus on getting jobs for U.S. citizens instead of hiring immigrants and making deals with other nations for cheap labor .... To me, this is so basic. We obviously should be taking care of our own."

When I shared the above with an old and trusted friend, he replied as follows:

"I know this won't change your opinion, but consider this.

Our institutions of higher education are full of foreign students especially in the math, science and engineering graduate areas.

Walk around Carnegie Mellon U and Pitt and look at the faces.

If they don't work here after graduation what will they do? Short answer: they will go

Funny Thing: Coming Or Going—Gentrifying Or Fleeing—It’s Always Whitey’s Fault!

Spike Lee’s notorious February 25 lecture at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in honor of Black History Month., was an expletive-filled, overtly racial, hypocritical rant. During the supposed Q&A, Lee jettisoned the format and steamrolled the adoring liberal white attendees:

Here’s the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn’t picked up every [bleepin’] day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren’t around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o’clock in the morning on 125th Street [NS: highly unlikely], that must tell you something….

Then comes the [bleepin’] Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart [steal]. There were brothers playing [bleepin’] African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-[bleepin’]-sixty-eight, and the [bleepin’] people moved in last year and called the cops on my father….

Nah. You can’t do that…. You have to come with respect. There’s a code. There’s people. …

And we had the crystal ball, mother [bleepin]’ Do the Right Thing with John Savage’s character, when he rolled his bike over Buggin’ Out’s sneaker. I wrote that script in 1988. He was the first one. How you walking around Brooklyn with a Larry Bird jersey on? You can’t do that. Not in Bed Stuy.

[Spike Lee’s Amazing Rant Against Gentrification: ‘We Been Here!’ by Joe Coscarelli, New York Magazine, February 25, 2014]

It’s important to note that the New York Magazine editor who called Lee’s rant “amazing” was not being ironic. Liberal whites must always re-define racist black behavior as something positive, anodyne, or just misrepresented and misunderstood, probably by white racists.

Of course, Lee’s position would only make sense if he still lived in the Fort Greene neighborhood he’d grown up in. In fact, he fled it back in 2000, to live far away from blacks in a $32 million mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. [“Spike Lee’s Upper East Side mansion hits market at $32 million,” by Matt Chaban, New York Daily News, February 2, 2014]

But while Lee insists upon his own right to enter elite white neighborhoods, he simultaneously claims that whites should be banned from so much as wearing a Larry Bird jersey in a “black” neighborhood. Lee’s definition of “respect” isn’t English, but the black street thug version: submission to threats of physical force.

What Lee advocates is Politically Correct asymmetrical apartheid—blacks can live anywhere, but they can also maintain (through force) segregated black neighborhoods. [“Spike Lee and other sentimental segregationists,” by Harry Siegel, New York Daily News, March 4, 2014]

What’s worse is that Lee’s hypocritical tribalism is in line with what our rulers have been imposing on us for 60 years. Government at all levels moves with ruthless fanaticism to destroy any neighborhoods that are “too white.” Even Republicans get in the act—like Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead strategizing to culturally enrich his largely white state with Somali “refugees.”

Those pushing these policies live far away from the consequences they create. Like Lee, they say “Diversity for thee, but not for me.”

None of the nine white Supreme Court justices of the unanimous Brown decision

That Live Oak High School Flag Decision: What Will Happen When Hispanics Rule (With Help From The Treason Court)

 American Students In A Formerly Free Country

The February 27 decision by the notorious U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that California school officials could ban students from wearing the U.S. flag on Cinco de Mayo because of an alleged fear it would “provoke” racial violence was a disgusting capitulation to Hispanic supremacism and Mexican Reconquistas, and a betrayal of white Americans. There is no other way to describe it. As VDARE.com’s Allan Wall asked, what country are we living in?

But no one in the Main Stream Media, liberal or “conservative,” has pointed out the decisive fact: 2010 was the first year in Live Oak High School’s history that Hispanics outnumbered whites.

Schooldigger.com, a popular source of information about schools, lists the racial composition of the student body and the way it changed over the decades.

Live Oak Race Chart

From 1988 until 2009, whites outnumbered Hispanics at Live Oak High. But Hispanics slowly grew in number, while whites decreased—until they became a minority in 2010.

Not coincidentally, 2010 was also the year that Mexican students threatened American students for wearing their flag on Cinco de Mayo—and the American students were sent home or told to change their clothes, while the Mexicans were allowed to celebrate their national flag.

2010 was simply the flashpoint in the mounting conflict brought about by racial population change.

Imagine the sense of dispossession and loss on the part of those poor American parents, as an American school took on the trappings of the Mexicans who had been allowed into the district in overwhelming numbers—legally and illegally, remember there an estimated 2.5 million illegal aliens in California

Now the immigrants, and their ungrateful anchor-baby progeny, are a living curse,

John Derbyshire On Nicholas Wade’s A TROUBLESOME INHERITANCE—A Small, But Significant, Step For Race Realism

John Derbyshire On Nicholas Wade’s A TROUBLESOME INHERITANCE—A Small, But Significant, Step For Race RealismEvery Tuesday the print edition of the New York Times includes a Science section. I don’t bother with it much, in spite of having been a science geek since infancy. Like most aspects of our metropolitan culture, the NYT Science section has been colonized by the hipster lifestyle. Girly concerns dominate, and there is very little hard science to be found.

The March 11th Science section, for example, had articles on:

  • gadgets to track your physical activity
  • brain workouts
  • online dating
  • apps to help you sleep
  • apps to help you relax
  • kids’ ice-hockey helmets
  • apps to monitor pets
  • better eating
  • parental smartphone usage
  • cycling skills
  • treadmill desks
  • more on activity-tracking gadgets

The writers’ forenames were: Albert, Tara, Abby, Claire, Anahad, Albert again, Nick, Catherine, Perri, Meghan, Amy, and Gretchen.

If you don’t own a smartphone and don’t worry about your health, diet, and kids, there is not much of interest in the Science section. It’s hard to imagine Niels Bohr absorbed in it over his Tuesday cornflakes. (The online version, which has additional posts, is slightly better.)

All the more reason to treasure Nicholas Wade, longtime science reporter at the Times. Wade belongs to the older tradition of science writer. Before joining the Times he worked for Nature, the most prestigious British general-science journal (Wade is British-born), and for Science, the U.S. equivalent. His scientific interests are deep and wide. It is possible—I don’t know, but it is possible—that he does not own either a smartphone or a bicycle.

Although Wade certainly knows his periodic table and undoubtedly could tell you how many miles there go to the light year, most of his writing in recent years has been on the human sciences. In his articles on genetics he has distinguished himself for at least the past dozen years by writing frankly about biological race differences—for example Race Is Seen as Real Guide to Track Roots of Disease, NYT, July 30, 2002.

This is unusual in mainstream science reporting. For the New York Times, it is astounding. Charles Murray expressed the general bafflement: “Do any of the reporters at the New York Times who cover other beats read the Science section?”

All journalists in the West—including all the conservative commentators you have ever heard of—and most other educated people cleave to the Standard Social Science Model (SSSM) of human nature, which declares race to be a “social construct,” a sort of figment of our collective imagination.

There has, says the SSSM, been no significant evolutionary change in Homo sapiens since one group of us left Africa to begin the colonization of Eurasia and the Americas 50,000 years ago.

Even academic professionals in the “soft” human sciences like anthropology and sociology take the SSSM as gospel.  Wade’s 2006 book Before the Dawn in fact occasioned heated criticism from anthropologists: for example, see Jonathan Marks response to the Leakey Foundation regarding controversial writer Nicholas Wade, by Mark Dawson [Ethnography.com, October 15th, 2007] and Nicholas Wade Speaks to Leakey Audience | Productive Dialogue or Dangerous Advocacy? by Rachel Dvoskin, Anthropology News, September 2007. (I reviewed the book here.)

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In his new book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, scheduled for publication May 6th, Wade raises high the banner of race realism and charges head-on into the massed ranks of the SSSM. He states his major premise up front, on page two:

New analyses of the human genome have established that human evolution has been recent, copious, and regional.

Those last four words are repeated at intervals throughout the narrative. They are, as it were, the keynote of the book; Wade returns to them many times to anchor his observations—and some speculations—on the history and development of human societies.

Along the way he has fun tweaking the SSSM-niks:

A few biologists have begun to agree that there are human races, but they hasten to add that the fact means very little. Races exist, but the implications are “not much,” says the evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne. Too bad—nature has performed this grand 50,000-year experiment, generating scores of fascinating variations on the human theme, only to have evolutionary biologists express disappointment at her efforts.

That “too bad” is priceless. Even better is Wade’s tossing and goring of Jared Diamond’s absurd best-seller Guns, Germs, and Steel:

It is driven by ideology, not science. The pretty arguments about the availability of domesticable species or the spread of disease are not dispassionate assessments of fact but are harnessed to Diamond’s galloping horse of geographic determinism, itself designed to drag the reader away from the idea that genes and evolution might have played any part in recent human history.

In a dry little footnote to Diamond’s well-known assertion that the tribes of New Guinea are “in mental ability probably genetically superior to Westerners,” [Guns, Germs, and Steel, p. 21] Wade notes, with a reference, that the mean IQ for Papua New Guinea is 83, and adds:

If Diamond is thinking of some more appropriate measure of intelligence, he does not cite it.

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker is also

My Message to Girls: Be Bossy!

Diversity Is Strength! It’s Also…Inevitable University of North Carolina-Type Student Athlete Scandals

Back in 2007, Rush Limbaugh told a caller, “Look it, let me put it to you this way. The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.” This January, Stanford alumni Richard Sherman confirmed Limbaugh’s observation with his loutish behavior at the end of the National Football League’s (NFL) NFC Championship game.

But NCAA college football is the feeder league for professional thuggery and a scandal far greater than Sherman’s screeching is all but ignored by the national Main Stream Media—above all, its undeniable racial angle.  One of the top public colleges in America is embroiled in not one, but two huge racial scandals that prove the NCAA has nothing to do with anything resembling “higher education.”

The University of North Carolina (UNC) is one of the top institutions of higher learning in the South.  Not surprisingly, this means the black male student population is low, and a high proportion of what “diversity” there is functions as “student-athletes” on the football or basketball team. [Only 98 of nearly 4,000 new first-years are black males, By Julia Craven, The Daily Tar Heel, October 14, 2013]. A 2013 study conducted by the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, [Black Male Student-Athletes and Racial Inequities in NCAA Division I College Sports, By Shaun R. Harper, Collin D. Williams Jr., and Horatio W. Blackman (PDF)] noted that only 3.5 percent of the undergraduate population of UNC was black, but 69.9 percent of the revenue-generating athletes (football and men’s basketball) were black.

Stripped of Political Correctness, what this means is that black males are not capable of earning admission to UNC on academic grounds, but that the college thinks it requires blacks to staff profitable athletic teams.  

The perennial problem for UNC and other universities: how to keep these black male athletes academically eligible to compete for the school, while maintaining academic integrity and credibility.

The solution UNC developed: fraud!

The first scandal is the revelation that the UNC “Afro-American Studies” department engaged in massive fraud to ensure black athletes received grades they didn’t (and couldn’t) earn.  [The Scandal Bowl: Tar Heels Football, Academic Fraud, and Implicit Racism, by Paul Barrett, Business Week, January 2, 2014]

The fraud including changing grades, forging professors’ signatures, and “little or no class time” for supposed students.  It extended back to 1997.  [UNC probe reveals academic fraud, by Robbi Pickeral, ESPN, December 2, 2012]

Professor Julius Nyang’oro, a Tanzanian immigrant, was criminally indicted in December 2013 for the disgrace and has hid in a “cone of silence.”  According to the New York Times, before the scandal broke, Nyang’oro was an “internationally respected scholar.”  Now, it has been alleged that though students received grades, some of his classes never even existed.  [A’s for Athletes, but Charges of Fraud at North Carolina, by Sarah Lyall, December 31, 2013

The University has been reduced to spot checks of scheduled classes to make sure they are actually real.  [“UNC holds unannounced inspections of classes to make sure they exist,” by Robby Soave, Daily Caller, February 28, 2013]

For those wondering, an internal audit found that 40 percent of those enrolled in 54 classes at the heart of the scandal were football or basketball players. What percentage went on to get masters or even PhDs in Black studies or some other made-up liberal arts degree? [UNC players made up 39 percent of suspect classes: Nearly 40% in certain UNC courses played football or basketball, Charlotte News and Observer, May 7, 2012

Long-time NFL star Julius Peppers was one of those black athletes who

Malaysian Air Disappearance: Why Do Immigration Enthusiasts Sabotage Identity Security?

As I wrote in a recent letter to the editor, Malaysian Air flight MH370 has literally disappeared into thin air. The most seasoned aeronautic veterans are scratching their heads and wondering how an apparently well-maintained modern jet airplane can just up and vanish when it has reached cruising altitude in untroubled clear blue skies. They all seem to agree it must have been something fairly sudden and catastrophic because no communication has been detected by authorities, which one would assume would happen given something like a jammed jack screw.

No, something more sudden seems to be the consensus, it’s increasingly pointing into the direction of murder most foul. Investigation into the passenger manifest has revealed two people traveling with stolen passports. Which of course makes us all suspect that perhaps one of both of these people boarded the plane under-cover with a bomb with the intention of meeting Allah in a hurry. [Passport Theft Adds to Mystery of Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet, By Thomas Fuller And Eric Schmitt, NYT, March 8, 2014]

Malaysian  FlagBut it is odd, if that is the case, that they would target a Malaysian airline. It is a Muslim country, after all. But maybe they saw Malaysia’s candy-striped flag (right) and said to themselves, “Close enough, I want me my 72 virgins, Allahu Akbar!”

Given all this hand-wringing and speculation, it’s a wonder that the Main Stream Media has not picked up on the deplorable state of U.S. identity security. Here in the U.S., any attempt at improving the security and validity of identification is met with full-throated defiance by the usual suspects, who happen to run the country. We are meant to believe that asking for basic forms of identification routinely needed for something as simple as renting a movie is tantamount to poll-taxes and Jim Crow.

This mentality can be seen in the Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill being pushed by the Great and the Good. It actually has a provision that makes it illegal to “forge, counterfeit, alter, or falsely make 3 or more passports”.

See? The first two are free! [Rubio Didn't Know His Own Bill Allows Someone to Forge 2 Passports Before It's a Crime,By Alissa Tabirian, CNSnews.com, July 19, 2013.]

But honestly, what is the thinking behind this? Why on earth, given our apparent state of perpetual war against whole swaths of mankind, would we attempt to lay avenues of attacks unobstructed to foreigners whose designs may be anywhere from rudely imposing to murderous? I mean, what’s that point of having an official document if in fact the law actually has provisions allowing it to be counterfeited?

I’ll answer my own question: it’s because the person(s) who wrote this bill are wild-eyed Open-Border Treason Lobby fanatics. They don’t want ANY form of identification that hinders the absolute free-movement of people.

This Gang Of Eight bill was written by the likes of

More Evidence CPAC (“CorporatePAC”) Thinks America Is Not A Country, It’s Just A Business

Mickey Kaus, moderator Jonathan Garthwaite, and Ann Coulter "Debate" Immigration

Mickey Kaus, moderator Jonathan Garthwaite, and Ann Coulter "Debate" Immigration

I’ve made it pretty clear that Conservatism Inc. exists for the benefit of its wealthy donors, not to protect the interest of its voters. But protesting participants tell me that this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, which I discussed here, took price gouging and abuse of the loyal grass roots to new lows. The Beltway Right increasingly resembles the hitman antihero of the film Killing Me Softly, who concludes at the end of the movie: “America’s not a country; it’s just a business. Now f***ing pay me.”

As even the Leftist Main Stream Media has discovered, major corporations don’t just fund CPAC—they set its agenda. [Why CPAC isn’t as grassroots as you think, by Eli Clifton, Slate, March 7, 2014] Chief among the donors: oil, tobacco, and gun companies. Xbox, Motion Picture Association of America, and even Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook (!!!), also had booths at CPAC, part of the increasing corporate presence. CPAC now really stands for Corporate Political Action Conference.

But while the Left usually loves to bash Big Business, it is silent about the consequences of this corporate corruption—because it approves of the political consequences: above all the blatant repression of immigration patriots and the steady drumbeat for Open Borders and mass immigration.

Of course, in order for this plan to work, "CorporatePAC" (CPAC) has to control not only the views presented from the main stage but the organizations that participate in the Exhibit Hall. Over the past few years, the sponsoring American Conservative Union (Al Cardenas, caudillo) has steadily increased prices, limited access, and discouraged grassroots participation to make sure no unapproved views are aired at its swanky party.

This year, "CorporatePAC" (CPAC) dramatically cut down the hours in which paying exhibitors could display their booths: just 11 AM - 4 pm during Thursday and Friday, and 10 AM to 2 pm on Saturday. That's only 14 hours for small groups that paid $4,000 to attend the event just to have a booth—nearly $300 an hour.

For the second year in a row, the main stage where the speakers talk was on a different floor from the Exhibit Hall. Many people now never bother to go down to visit the Exhibitor Hall because they spend their whole time in the main Ballroom.

But at least last year exhibitors had a nice view of the harbor from the exhibit hall, and there were big-screen TVs in the hall so attendees could follow events. In contrast, this year all exhibitors were closed off from views, TV’s were eliminated, and “side events" also took place in the noisy Exhibit Hall, rendering them hard to hear and all but ignored. Small groups paid huge amounts of money for no perks, receiving as consolation prizes only "free lunches” and live music in the Exhibit Hall, which no one listened to. The obvious intent of all of this was to actively discourage participation by the grassroots.

Many exhibitors feel insulted by the way they were treated. Some libertarian groups are disgusted but take in stride because they think they are making a “hostile takeover” of the Establishment conservative movement. If the gray old men are eventually forced out by socially liberal, openly hostile left-libertarians, they have only themselves to blame given the way they treat their own supporters. Rather than a meeting place for a movement, "CorporatePAC" (CPAC) has become a gathering place for opposing tribes of con artists plotting how to exploit each other.

"CorporatePAC" (CPAC)’s venue, the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, is very far away from any Metro subway station. This makes it very hard or expensive for people who do not have cars to attend the event. The obvious target is students, once seen as the very heart and soul of the annual event. CPAC claimed to have shuttle buses running from Union Station, but they were shut down at about 8:00 pm on Friday, making it all but impossible for students to stick around for late night events. The younger libertarians grousing about this in their “Stand With Rand” T shirts speculate that the Gaylord Hotel was chosen to make it difficult for the Ron Paul/Rand Paul student brigades to swamp the vote for their candidate.

This failed—Senator Paul won the straw poll this year, as he did the year before. Still, "CorporatePAC" (CPAC)’s manipulations have ensured that the Paulistas

CPAC 2014: Conservatism Inc. Tries To Finesse Amnesty/ Immigration Surge—But Ann Coulter Doesn’t Let Them

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CPAC: The Good—Ann CoulterThe Bad and The Ugly—ACU chairman Al Cardenas

They have learned nothing. They have forgotten nothing. They are doing nothing. And they may win by default.

Thus is the state of “the movement” at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2014 Anno Domini.

Much was the same as the year before. Once again, ACU organizers did their best to prevent any dissent against their preferred policy of Amnesty. Once again, speakers used militant rhetoric on tangential issues. Once again, there were laughable efforts at minority outreach, greeted with hooting scorn by an openly hostile Main Stream Media. And once again, the only person who bluntly told the truth about the dispossession of the historic American nation was Ann Coulter.

One MSM mini-meme for this year’s CPAC: “sanity” (as defined by Leftists) has been restored to CPAC. This was duly dissected by VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow, whose appearance in 2012 seems to have been nominated as the nadir by whatever replaced Journolist.

The problem, of course: the goal posts for “racism” keep being moved. Thus the collection of clickbait clichés known as Gawker dispatched one Gabrielle Bluestone who duly kvetched that “on the second day of CPAC, all of the main speakers are white men.” [A Sea of White: Day Two at CPAC, by Gabrielle Bluestone, Gawker, March 7, 2013] (Like the demographic that created the country.)

CPAC did try its usual tactic of presenting a Great Black Hope—in this case, Dr. Ben Carson, who received a raucous reception. Conference organizers also tried to head off race-baiting stories with panels on minority outreach—unfortunately for them, no one showed up, at least not at the beginning of the panel. Thus, liberal journalists were able to write triumphalist stories about how CPAC is neglecting diversity. The smug John Hudak gloated

Attendance at the diversity panel was low.

“The diversity panel is the path to the party being successful and making inroads into traditionally Democratic groups. If the GOP wants to see the Democratic Party struggle to elect a president, they should win 20% of the African American Vote or 50% of the Latino vote…If the attendance pictured above reflects the party’s future approach to diversity outreach, it is probably safe to say that for some the given future, the White House will be a solid hue of deep blue.”

[Live from CPAC: The Most Important Panel Everyone Missed, by John Hudak, Brookings Institution, March 6, 2014]

The deliberate exclusion of immigration patriots was intensified this year—as Rosemary Jenks of NumbersUSA  put it, CPAC has become a “kind of the corporate elites playground instead of [about] conservative principles. [Immigration hardliners: No room for us at CPAC, by Jackie Kucinich, The Washington Post, March 7, 2014]. The Huffington Post celebrated that “Cuban-born lawyer and lobbyist Al Cardenas has invited several Latino activists and leaders to take part in panels and immigration and health care.” [CPAC, Once Again An Obstacle To GOP Attempts To Soften Message, Shows Signs of Moderation, by Jon Ward, Huffington Post, March 6, 2014]. (See here for more disgusting details on corruptocat Cardenas.)

However, there was an odd defensiveness about the entire conference