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After Sunday mass at Holy Trinity, the parents left their four boys in Georgetown to drive to Griffith Stadium to join 27,000 fans to watch "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Already a legend, Baugh was the greatest football player of his era. Record-setting passer, runner, punter, place kicker, defensive back. Yet, not until the fourth quarter did Sammy throw for a pair of touchdowns to finish off the Eagles 20-14.
Something else was happening that Sunday. As the scoreless tie went on, there came a series of public service announcements calling on admirals, generals and officials to leave the stadium and report to their posts. Only when mom and dad left did they learn why.
Seven years on, after a black Tuesday in the family on my 10th birthday, Nov. 2, 1948, the day Harry Truman waxed Tom Dewey, I was the privileged son taken out to see the Redskins face the same Eagles.
But now the Eagles had the NFL's leading running back Steve Van Buren and the great All-Pro end Pete Pihos.
Surfing the web to conform my memories, I came across some things I did not know then. Van Buren, an NFL immortal who would set all-time rushing records, had been orphaned as a boy in Louisiana.
Pihos had a more arresting story. His father had been murdered. An All-American at Indiana, he had his career interrupted. He had been with the 35th Infantry under Gen. George Patton, took part in D-Day, was commissioned a second lieutenant on the battlefield, and won a Bronze Star and a Silver Star for bravery.
And for a tiny fraction of what players make today, these tough men were battling it out in the '40s in a boys' game in leather helmets.
Washington was another city then, a deeply rooted city, not the cosmopolitan world capital of today where our multicultural elites all seem to come from somewhere else.
Yet, one still recalls from boyhood that when the Redskins would score the fans would all take up the team's fight song written by Corinne Griffith, wife of owner George Preston Marshall. Redskin bandleader Barnee Breeskin wrote the music in the '30s. Here is how it went:
Hail to the Redskins!
Braves on the warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Yeah, I know. Pure unadulterated racism. We just didn't know it.
Fortunately, we now have sensitive souls
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Veterans know the country they fought for is being given away.
Last Sunday, to pep up his homily, a visiting monsignor regaled our Long Island congregation with an anecdote about how he had recently learned, at the cost of bruised ribs, just what a firm-grippin’, bear-huggin’ guy good old Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and president of the <a href="http://www.vdare.com/art
If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. So goes the old quip. I apply some similar principle to reading. I can’t read one tenth of the books I’d like to; but at least I can read the reviews. In that way I feel I am supporting literature, albeit indirectly.
The South American Invasion: In GLOBAL CROSSINGS, Alvaro Vargas Llosa Turns Schoolboy Resentment Into Policy
[Previously by Martin Witkerk: The “Myth” Of The Muslim Tide—Is Eurabia Inevitable? ]
Alvaro Vargas Llosa is the eldest son of Peruvian Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. When his father made a surprise bid for the Presidency of Peru in 1990 on a platform of economic liberalization, twenty-four year old Alvaro served as campaign press spokesman. Since then he has become a prolific author in his own right. Global Crossings is his sixth book in English; he has also authored or coauthored ten titles in Spanish. His subjects have included free market economics, Latin American politics and the myth of Che Guevara. Senor Vargas currently lives in Washington, DC.
Like most authors of a classical liberal bent, Senor Vargas’s orientation is fundamentally economic. He is capable of equating culture with economic activity: “by and large, the Hispanic community can be seen as part and parcel of the American cultural body. The sheer economic power of Hispanic consumers and producers speaks precisely to that fact.” Apparently, if people buy, sell, produce and consume within the borders of America, they are ipso facto American.
Senor Vargas continually contrasts what he takes to be the natural realities of the market with the supposedly artificial and even unreal character of nationhood and politics. “Nativism stems from a collectivist myth,” he writes; “a superstitious notion of nationhood is almost everywhere the basis for the fear and rejection of immigrants.”
International migration, on the other hand, is as natural as the earth and sky: “the levees of anti-immigration policy and enforcement are fighting to contain, along the border between the US and Mexico, a tide as natural as the flow of the sea and the rivers.” (If Senor Vargas thinks there are no boundaries in nature, he should read up on territoriality in animals.)
The preference of business interests for cheap labor is a “need”—sometimes even an “acute” or “desperate need.” Yet there is no corresponding talk about any “need” for American workers to earn enough to marry or raise families. Indeed, higher wages would harm workers:
If fewer foreigners were employed in production, natives would have to be paid higher wages, which in turn would force prices for those goods and services to rise. People would then consume less of them, leading to a loss of jobs for natives.
One wonders how America survived before wages flatlined in the 1970s!
Immigration is said to promote ethnic understanding and peace: “The more flexible, porous and open a society, the better chance it has of creating a peaceful environment in which different groups can co-operate.” Tell it to the Sri Lankans, who let in Tamils until they had a civil war on their hands.
But in any case, “different groups” hardly exist, because people are all pretty much the same:
Race is an almost meaningless concept in today’s world, of course. [Tell it to Eric Holder.] Time has reduced to absurdity the pseudo-scientists who invented racial demography.... A race would be a genetically homogeneous group of individuals... [but] what “race” fits that description in any modern society?
And yet, somehow, it is also imperative to eliminate these meaningless differences:
“Tensions will be defused as people from different backgrounds mingle, intermarry, and coexist, a social mélange that modern life and globalized cities make almost inevitable.... Pro-immigration advocates...should not shy away from confronting the remnants of tribalism.”
Remnants? Senor Vargas is innocent of a vast literature indicating
"History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
Mark Twain's insight comes to mind as one observes the panic of Beltway Republicans over the latest polls in the battle of Obamacare.
Hispanics, we have been assured again and again by the spokesmen of Conservatism Inc., are limited government natural conservatives who would flock to the Republican Party if only we’d be more open about immigration.
But the reality is that Hispanics are flocking to Obamacare. They may just tip the scales to bring about its irreversible establishment.
I refer readers to an article of mine back in May of 2012, describing how the Obama campaign ran Spanish language advertising playing up Obamacare as a plus while the Romney camp ran advertising in Spanish pledging to repeal it.
Well, who won the election—and who won the Hispanic vote?
A recent Bloomberg article Obamacare’s Latino Push May Give Democrats Political Edge [by Alison Vekshin, September 29, 2013]spells out pretty clearly what is going on:
The battle over Obamacare is taking on political importance as Democrats hope a successful roll-out among Hispanics will further bind those voters to the Democratic Party and undermine Republican efforts to build more support before the 2016
By Roman Bernard and Richard Spencer
The National Policy Institute’s 2013 Leadership Conference will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC on October 26th, with related events on Friday 25th and Sunday 27th. There is still time to register online at NPI's website
Though there’s much talk about “identity” in political debates these days, it’s not always clear what we are talking about. Is identity defined by Race? Language? Religion? Ethnicity? Nationhood?
The National Policy’s Institute (NPI)’s coming conference—After the Fall: the Future of Identity—will raise such questions and provide the audience with important perspectives.
While the entire Western world is facing similar and inter-related challenges nowadays—from mass non-European immigration to
The government shutdown over Obamacare may not be the preferred battle for immigration patriots, but at least Ted Cruz is fighting. However, current election contests in New Jersey and Virginia show that the GOP Establishment’s cowardly policy of fleeing the immigration issue is a loser. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is facing defeat in Virginia on November 5. U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan is trailing Cory Booker in New Jersey by double digits in the special election October 16. Yet even in the face of catastrophe, both Cuccinelli and Lonegan have apparently been persuaded not to play the National Question card.
In Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli purged opposition to (illegal) immigration from his website and backed away from his previously strong positions on the issue. He now has no position on whether illegals should receive a “path to citizenship” as part of an Amnesty bill. He even fell into the Beltway Right collaborationist rhetoric about getting the “immigration issue off the table so that we could move on to other issues.” [Ken Cuccinelli immigration tone varies with venue, by James Hohmann, Politico, July 25, 2013]
Needless to say, this has done Cuccinelli no good. Mother Jones magazine and other Leftist mouthpieces
Nina Davuluri, Miss New York, 25, was recently crowned Miss America. [New York's Nina Davuluri crowned 2014 Miss America, NY Daily News, September 15, 2013] She was born in Syracuse, New York—her parents immigrated from India in 1981. That made Nina the first Miss America of Asian Indian ancestry.
What a step forward!
And think of this – it was in 1983, exactly thirty years ago, that the pageant crowned its first black Miss America, Vanessa Williams! (Also from Syracuse!!)
The Miss America pageant is definitely on the cutting edge, isn’t it?
Wikipedia’s Miss America page even has a list of “Miss America Firsts for Minorities”!
In other words, identity politics trumps all. The Main Stream Media goes on and on about the first XYZ Miss America, the first XYZ astronaut, the first XYZ President of the United States—you name it.
And as a result, even the white contestants too are now promoted by their “firsts.” Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, was touted as the first pageant contestant to show off tattoos in the swimsuit competition!
Miss Montana was the first autistic contestant! Miss Iowa was the first contestant to be born without part of an arm!
Just being a pretty girl is passé these days.
In hyping the Indian Miss America, the MSM stressed two points:
- The First Miss America of (Asian) Indian ancestry—what a milestone! Translation: “Look how far we’ve come.”
- The supposed racist backlash against the Indian Miss America, perpetrated by racist American whites who don’t like Diversity. Translation: “Look how far we still have to go.”
So what sort of horrible abuse was visited upon Miss Davuluri?
- Was she physically attacked, as many white American women are by minorities?
- Was she hanged in effigy? That’s what somebody did with a dummy of Sarah Palin.
- Was she kicked out of the pageant, as John Derbyshire was kicked out of National Review, Pat Buchanan off MSNBC, and Jason Richwine out the Heritage Foundation?
No, Miss Davuluri, Miss America, was at the receiving end of some ugly “tweets”.
Horror of horrors! Not the tweets!
Let’s allow the Washington Post to explain this outrage to us….
….As soon as Davuluri was declared the first Indian American titleholder, a chorus of jerks on Twitter expressed their outrage that Miss America could be a “terrorist,” mistakenly saying she was of Middle Eastern origin and making clumsy leaps from there. The racist jokes about 7-Eleven convenience stores seemed to get her heritage right but were no less offensive.
WaPo hastened to assure us, however, that the new Miss America was handling this situation well, even using it to promote multiculturalism:
As her new job requires, Davuluri handled the onslaught with positivity and poise, and related it back to her platform, conveniently called “Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency.” She’s also launched “Circles of Unity,” a social-media campaign to promote multiculturalism and civil discourse.
Miss America fights post-pageant racism with a beauty queen’s poise, By Maura Judkis, Washington Post, September 22, 2013
Yes, the Indian Miss America is going to use her position as a platform to educate retrograde Americans, as CNN assures us:
The fact that her win Sunday spurred a torrent of racist reactions online—many along the lines that she doesn't represent what the United States is—didn't surprise Davuluri. She'd experienced it on a smaller scale when she became the first Miss New York of Indian descent. Davuluri sees it as her mission to tackle such stereotypes head on. It's why the daughter of two Indian-born parents has a pageant platform of "celebrating diversity through cultural competence." "I wanted to be the first Indian Miss America, to be that symbol