Not A Blog


To Blog Or Not To Blog

We`ve now published several
compilations of short items by me, using titles like

I Keep Saying We Should Have A Blog…
,

I Still Think We Should Have A Blog…
,

We Definitely Should Have A Blog!
, and

Blog! Blog!
Readers have written us letters saying
“it`s not really a blog.” (Goodness knows what the title
of this one is, by the way. I`m not responsible for the
titles.)

And that brings me to the reason
why this isn`t a Blog. The Editorial Process. Everything
that I write has to go through the Editorial Process.

What that means is that I write
something and send it in, and then Peter Brimelow calls
me on the phone, saying “This is very good, but…”
asking “What exactly do you mean by this?” and
saying “This has to be tightened up a bit.” All
in what he has

called
his “stubbornly-unassimilating English
accent”
(a modified

Lancastrian
) which occasionally requires me to say
“Say again, please?”

A real blog (short for

weblog
) is just its author`s musings, and no one but
him can be blamed for it. But VDARE.COM is always in
danger of accusations of

racism,
not to mention insensitivity, and therefore
the authorities have to pass everything before posting.
Otherwise accidents happen. Look how much

heat
Rich

Lowry
got for merely

suggesting
that the U.S. might consider nuking
Mecca. And NRO is

much
more sensitive than VDARE.COM.


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Sensitive NRO

It`s too bad, because the advantage
of blogging is the speed at which you can react to items
like this extraordinary example on Monday: 

The Empire, 2003
, in which National Review,
(now Transnational Review [Goldberg
Review
as per VDARE.COM house style])
has given a soapbox for Iranian-French

Amir Taheri
to advocate the abolition of Europe
through amalgamation with the Turks and the Egyptians.
Taheri writes:

“Against that background
it is interesting to see some Europeans cling to old
prejudices to promote a `little Europe` ideology.
France`s former President Valery Giscard d`Estaing
claims that Turkey`s entry into the EU could mean `the
end of Europe.`

“The reason?

“Giscard answers with one
word: Islam.

“Germany`s former
Chancellor Helmut Kohl, despite the fact that his own
son has married a Turkish Muslim lady, takes a similar
position.

“What Giscard and Kohl
ignore is the fact that Islam already forms the
second-largest, and the fastest growing, religious
community in the European Union. Giscard and Kohl are
yesterday`s men, with a vision oriented toward the past
rather than the future.

“What would happen if the
entire European continent, including all those that have
refused to join the EU, enter the club alongside with
Turkey, Egypt and the four North African countries? This
new and expanded version of the old Roman Empire will
have a total population of around 800 million of which
some 250 million would be Muslims.”

Taheri says it`s the new Roman
Empire. I say it`s the new

Siege of Vienna
. I was going to say that it`s the
new

Fall of Constantinople
– but no,

Constantinople
is still in the hands of the Turks.

See? That only took a moment, and
there you are: We attack NRO, Islam, and stand up for
Europe, all in one item.


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Wanted: A New Word For Blog

But we have to stop saying “Blog,”
it`s confusing people. One liberal woman, who had never
heard of blogging, wrote to say that “I will pray for
your conversion, that you will become a decent,
Christ-centered human being without any of this hate in
your soul.  This attitude will condemn you to hell
unless you repent
Blog, whatever the hell you
mean by that, is jeopardizing your soul, my friend.”

She promised to light a candle for
me, which is why I`m not publishing her name and email
address. But we need a new name for this thing.

“Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene”
is taken. Any
suggestions?


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Tarantold You So! Great
Moments In Wall Street Journalism

Under the heading of “Great
Moments In Law Enforcement,”
our old friend James
Taranto

[“Tarantoad”
– VDARE.COM house style]

of the Wall Street Journal recently

linked to
an ABC report of the case of

Gamal Abdel-Hafiz,
an FBI agent who, some time
before 9/11, refused to wiretap a fellow Muslim during
an investigation of al Queda on the grounds his loyalty
to Islam was greater than his loyalty to America.
According to ABC:

“[FBI whistleblower
Robert] Wright says Abdel-Hafiz told him, Vincent and
other agents that "a Muslim doesn`t record another
Muslim."

“`He wouldn`t have any
problems interviewing or recording somebody who wasn`t a
Muslim, but he could never record another Muslim,` said
Vincent.

“Wright said he `was
floored` by Abdel-Hafiz`s refusal and immediately called
the FBI headquarters. Their reaction surprised him even
more: `The supervisor from headquarters says, `Well, you
have to understand where he`s coming from, Bob.` I said
no, no, no, no, no. I understand where I`m coming from,`
said Wright. `We both took the same damn oath to defend
this country against all enemies foreign and domestic,
and he just said no? No way in hell.`

“Far from being
reprimanded, Abdel-Hafiz was promoted to one of the
FBI`s most important anti-terrorism posts, the American
Embassy in Saudi Arabia, to handle investigations for
the FBI in that Muslim country.”

Taranto calls Abdel-Hafiz behavior
“appalling.” I agree.

But I have a question. When an Arab
member of Bush`s Secret Service detail was refused
permission to board a plane, (inexplicably, the pilot
was

suspicious
of an armed Arab who said he was going to
see the president) I wrote a column asking “Er…Why
Does Bush Have An Arab Bodyguard Anyway?

And Taranto
was appalled – at me. See  The
Wall Street Journal And The Arab On The Airplane
and

Establishment Thought-Crime Watch
. Why, he demanded,
should “one James Fulford” suspect an Arab-American of

Arab sympathies
, to the point of asking why the
most sensitive job in the Federal government
should
not be given to someone whose relatives President Bush
may be bombing at any moment?

This is

another
VDARE.COM we-told-you so moment. My
question: why hasn`t Taranto admitted that I was right
and he was WRONG? (You can

email
him or

his colleagues
and ask)

The Arab
Secret Service agent, by the way, may have been
perfectly harmless, albeit apparently excitable. My
point is that it`s unreasonable to be so unsuspicious in
wartime. Ask Agent Wright.


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Fit to Print

The New York Times reports
(January 6) about the dangers to American businesses of
having programming done overseas.


“`Anyone tells you that `offshoring` computer systems
does not put the infrastructure at risk is lying,` said
Ken O`Neil, a programmer who lives on Long Island. He
and other programmers talk of `sleeper bugs` that could
be set to go off at a later date, or back doors that
would let intruders in to shuttle money around, steal
fractions of a penny from millions of transactions or
shut down the system entirely. They warn of risks from
political instability, organized crime and terror cells,
and even from governments that might demand the ability
to spy.”

[“Experts
See Vulnerability as Outsiders Code Software
,” by
John Schwartz]

VDARE.COM`s John Miano reported
this

first
.  But this story is interesting because the
New York Times
is telling its readers that people
are losing their jobs as a result of immigration
. It
must suddenly have become Fit To Print.

“Such
talk could be dismissed as the grumblings of disgruntled
white-collar workers who have seen their high-paying
jobs move elsewhere. `Nobody is going to cry for people
who make $75,000 or $100,000 a year,` said Marc Alan
Fink, who lost his programming job more than a year
ago. 

“In
fact, some of the newly expressed concern is part of a
long-running and acrimonious fight by programmers to
hold on to their jobs in the face of relaxed immigration
standards for technical workers and increased
outsourcing. They attack the rise in special visas for
immigrant engineers, known as H1-B visas, and the trend
toward sending jobs overseas.”

The whole business of H1-B
visas that we`ve spent so much

time and effort
covering is news to the readers of
the New York Times.

Not to NYT management, though.
Reporter John Schwarz could also have interviewed
the 5 H1-B visa holders Rob Sanchez`s invaluable

H1B Database
 [Send


Rob Sanchez
money
]
says that the New York Times has working for it,
including the $40,000 a year web developer, or the $45,
00 a year editor.


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Good News, Bad News on
Deportation

The Los Angeles Times
reports (January 5) that the pace of deportations
speeding up, because the

Attorney General
has been putting pressure on the
Board to clear its backlog. (“Speedier
Rate of Deportation Rulings Assailed
,” by Lisa
Getter and Jonathan Peterson.)

The subhead of the LA Times
story is


Ashcroft`s goal to clear a backlog of immigration
appeals has board members deciding cases in minutes.
Increasingly, foreigners are losing

Actually, the whole point of
deportation is for foreigners to lose. There are
estimated to be four million

Mexican illegals
in the United States. If the
immigration appeals board had to spend as much as ten
minutes each on four million people it would take …no,
never mind, it`s not going to happen anyway.

But a speedier appeals process
means that more people will be deported, which is good
news.

In the bad news section, if you`re
being persecuted because you`re white, like

Frieda and Wessel Steenkamp
, who left the

South African countryside
to work on farms in the
United States, you`re in trouble. They`re being
deported, because the

persecution of white farmers
, according to Human
Rights Watch, is not because they`re white, but because
they`re farmers.

"There is no asylum for people leaving a poor economic
situation or generalized crime. Asylum-seekers have to
show persecution based on race, religion, national
origin, political opinion or membership in a social
group."

Although international journalists and others describe
the situation as a "powder keg," Peterson points out
that

Human Rights Watch
maintains the attacks on white
farmers are criminally, not racially, motivated.

Double
standards again?  In fact, Human Rights Watch has
produced a

report on rural violence
that would tend to show
that the Steenkamps are victims of persecution, and the
new South African government is allowing this
persecution, in the same way that authorities looked the
other way during

lynchings,


pogroms,


Nicaraguan turbas,
 and

modern race riots
, from

Los Angeles
to the

North of England.

If the
authorities decide that you aren`t worth protecting,
then you`re being persecuted by default, which is the
situation in rural South Africa, and one that is
spreading to formerly civilized places like

Britain.


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January 08, 2003