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"The First Black President ... Spoke First as a Black American," ran the banner headline of Sunday's Washington Post.
But why, when the fires of anger over the Zimmerman verdict were dying down, did he go into that pressroom and stir them up?
"A week of protests outside the White House, pressure building on him inside the White House, pushed him to that podium," said Tavis Smiley on "Meet the Press." Black leaders demanded Obama come out of hiding and stand in solidarity with the aggrieved and outraged.
Belatedly and meekly, Obama complied.
"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," said Obama.
But which Trayvon?
The one walking home with Skittles and tea? Or the one who sucker-punched Zimmerman, decked him, piled on, pummeled him martial arts style, hammered his head on the sidewalk, ignored his screams for help and got shot by the guy he was assaulting?
If he agrees Zimmerman got away with murder—"an atrocity," Al Sharpton said of the verdict—why did Obama hide behind this mush: "Once the jury's spoken, that's how the system works."
The president sent his "thoughts and prayers" to Trayvon's family.
To George Zimmerman, painted as a racist monster for 16 months, hiding in fear of his life, his Peruvian mother and family under threat—not a word
“Detroit Is A Microcosm Of Black America”–Black Studies Professor’s 2010 Op-Ed Says What Conservatism Inc. Won’t
- It’s not Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, who lamented that “50 years of liberal policies” had doomed Detroit [Morning Bell: Jim DeMint’s First Day As Heritage President, Heritage Foundation, April 4, 2013].
- Sorry, Dr. Tim Stanley (who wrote an interesting biography on Patrick J. Buchanan), but 51 years of voting for Democrats doesn’t quite explain the fall of the Paris of the West either [Detroit bankruptcy – this is what happens if you vote Democrat for 51 years, Daily Telegraph, July 20, 2013]
- Nor is it Kevin D. Williamson of National Review— not for the first time, he fails to mention the elephant in the room when purportedly describing Detroit’s decline [Detroit Goes Down: A lesson for American cities, July 19, 2013].
- Nor Dave Hodges, host of something called The Commonsense Show, who wields what Steve Sailer has called “Occam’s Butterknife” to obfuscate Detroit’s demise [Who Killed Detroit City and Why?, CommonSense Show, July 18, 2013]. (Funny, because the motto of Hodges’ show is: Freeing America, One Enslaved Mind at a Time. And nothing, nothing, emancipates us from the dogma of racial denial than contemplating the bankruptcy of Detroit in 2013).
That one man: Black studies professor Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis [Twitter], who published Abandon Detroit, Abandon Black America back on June 2, 2010 at the now defunct black paper, the Atlanta Post. It lives on at the black website Madame Noire (and here’s the Archive.org link). It gave me the idea to write my own book Escape from Detroit: the Collapse of America’s Black Metropolis.
[VDARE.com note: Since publication of this piece, Lewis has changed his name to "R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, also known as Dumi Eyidiyiye". Don’t ask us why. ]
Right in Lewis [whatever]’s first paragraph, any confusion about the origins of Detroit’s collapse is blowtorched away:
Detroit is a microcosm of Black America. I believe if you cannot love Detroit, you cannot fully love Black people. The Detroit Metropolitan area
'Justice for Trayvon' rallies draw thousands across USA was USA Today’s headline posted on Saturday afternoon:
Thousands gathered Saturday at rallies in more than 100 cities nationwide to remember Trayvon Martin, to press for federal civil rights charges against the man who shot him, and to attack stand-your-ground self-defense laws. (by John Bacon, July 20 2013)
The Leftist-Main Stream Media Complex took a little time to get going, maybe because they really believed their own propaganda and were stunned by George Zimmerman’s acquittal, but the Community-Organizer-In-Chief’s disingenuous speech Friday has spurred things along—just like his helpful reminder that Martin would have looked like a little Obama Jr. as last year’s hysteria was being orchestrated.
I watched the Martin/ Zimmerman trial carefully. And—unlike many VDARE.com readers and, let it be noted, all MSM Bigfoots—I have lived all my life surrounded by “diversity” in New York’s outer boroughs. My thoughts:
I. Blacks Don’t Mean What They Say
On Friday, the race-man-in-chief led another “dialogue” on his favorite subject: Whites are racists.
For generations, it’s always been the same “conversation”: blacks lecture, hector, and demand that whites agree that 2 + 2 = 5.
In 2008, after Barack Obama was exposed as an adherent of genocidal Black Liberation Theology, he notoriously threw his octogenarian white maternal grandmother under the bus by saying that she had “once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street.” (Actually, she was just worried about a specific suspicious black man on her way to work.) [Transcript: Barack Obama's Speech on Race, NPR, March 18, 2008.]
In Friday’s monologue, Obama talked of, how prior to his political career, white women would see him approaching, and clutch their purses and lock their car doors; of his sponsorship as a state senator of an Illinois law prohibiting “racial profiling”; and of his desire to have all “Stand Your Ground” laws repealed, even though SYG was irrelevant to this case. [President Obama’s remarks on Trayvon Martin (full transcript), Washington Post, July 19, 2013.]
But blacks, even black nationalists like actor-director Mario Van Peebles who celebrate murderous black men, clutch their purses and lock their car doors at the sight of even harmless black men. Indeed, Obama himself has confessed to doing this.
And there’s a simple reason: A white who doesn’t take such precautions, as do prudent blacks, is a white who is going to be harmed or murdered. Every single day in America, blacks murder whites, often in horrific fashion.
Laws banning “racial profiling” have but one purpose:
Memo From Middle America | Lindsey Graham Wrong—Mexico Not A “Hellhole”, Doesn’t Need Northern “Safety Valve”
As long-time VDARE.COM readers know, I resided for a decade and a half in Mexico. A few years ago, I moved back to the United States. Since my wife is from Mexico, we go back at Christmas and in the summer. Of course, I can follow Mexico on the internet, but these visits allow me to get a real feel for the country.
The violence in Mexico? It’s certainly a consideration for us. Coincidentally, it was getting worse about the time we moved to the U.S. Now, when we visit, we’re more careful than we used to be. We take toll roads and try not to drive at night. On this trip, there was violence in the metropolitan area where we used to live and now visit, but we did not personally encounter it.
But that’s what Mexican violence is like. It’s not like some imagine, with the whole country a free fire zone 24/7. It’s just that, in certain regions of the country, violence might erupt and you could be in the crossfire. The odds are quite low, but woe unto those to whom it happens.
Nevertheless, life goes on in Mexico. People live their lives and go about their daily business.
My family and I had a good summer visit. We spent time with my wife’s family, we saw old friends and neighbors.
We visited a children’s home, where we delivered sheets and towels that my church in the U.S. had donated.
We ate in favorite restaurants and bought things that aren’t available where we live
Lilia and the boys and I went to see the new Superman movie in a Mexican movie theater.
We also took a trip within a trip, by bus, to the city and state of Aguascalientes. Besides being a tranquil city, Aguascalientes has been called “The Cleanest City in Latin America,” and it may well be.
While there, I was asked by some Mexican pro-life activists to sign a petition. I told them that though I agree with them, since I’m not a Mexican citizen I shouldn’t sign it so as not to get them in trouble. (Mexico has a total ban on foreign participation in politics.)
Also in Aguascalientes, we visited a hunting supply store which was actually licensed to sell ammunition. There’s only one legal gun shop in all of Mexico, but there are stores licensed to sell ammo, and there are hunters in the region. (People who already have guns, that is. Guns, if properly maintained, last for many, many years.) The store’s manager lightheartedly told me he’d formerly been an illegal alien in the U.S. We bought our two sons bows and arrows.
Our bus was stopped by agents of the INM, (Instituto Nacional de Migración), Mexico’s immigration bureaucracy. We were sitting right at the front, and the agent got on and asked me for my identification. Fortunately, we had brought my Mexican visitor’s permit. No problem. I wasn’t offended at all. Why should I be, if I’m there legally?
At night, we watched the Mexican news broadcast.
(But before that we watched a rather silly but entertaining telenovela La Tempestad. As usual, the main characters were white, including former Miss Universe Jimena Navarrete—in her first regular televised thespian performance, pictured below. See its website here and the other major characters here.)
The ongoing U.S. Amnesty/ Immigration Surge deliberations were
While the rest of the country was still up in arms over the George Zimmerman verdict, I watched a webinar from the Brookings Institution on The Future of the Republican Party: Is the GOP DOA? It wasn’t the most scintillating debate, but it did give some insight into how influential Republicans think—and what they don’t think about.
Zimmerman’s ordeal demonstrated once again the centrality of race and ethnicity in American political passions. But three of the four discussants—Elaine Kamarck, William A. Galston, and Alex Castellanos—played down the topic.
You might think that the violent, mindless rage directed by Democrats at Zimmerman as the face of white racism (despite his being Hispanic) might get Republicans thinking about how to exploit the inherent cracks in the Obama Coalition. But the idea seems never to have occurred to the participants.
The Brookings confab was mostly of interest because it offered a look the one speaker who did discuss race: at Sean Trende, the RealClearPolitics election data cruncher. Trende has a chance to evolve into the Nate Silver of the Right. He is a lucid speaker and a handsome fellow in a James Spader-sort of way, so he should get numerous opportunities to inject some reality checks into Republican thinking.
Trende’s recent four-part series on The Case of the Missing White Voters, Revisited basically introduced the Main Stream Media—at long last!—to the existence of the white voter. Trende is properly skeptical of the conventional wisdom, offered by such disinterested well-wishers of the GOP as Barack Obama, Charles Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi, that the House GOP must grant amnesty to illegal aliens now or never win another Presidential election.
In contrast, Trende noted that white turnout was weak in 2012. In particular, at the county level, total turnout tended to be limpest in counties where Ross Perot did best in 1992.
Perot, who turned in the strongest Third Party run since Teddy Roosevelt, ran strongest in regions somewhat distinct from the GOP’s current Southern and evangelical strongholds. The renegade billionaire appealed most to patriotic populists, the kind of more downscale white voters who were distinctly ungalvanized by Mitt Romney’s corporate executive style (Trende: “Romney got killed on ‘Who cares about people like me?’”) and by Paul Ryan’s budget wonkery.
As a thought experiment demonstrating “there are multiple ways to skin an electoral cat,” Trende pointed out three things the GOP could have done to get to fifty percent plus one of the popular vote in 2012:
- Win 21 percentage points more of Hispanics
- Win 16 points more of blacks
- Win 3 points more of whites
Which one seems easiest
In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous of the NAACP are calling on the black community to rise up in national protest.
Yet they know—and Barack Obama, whose silence speaks volumes, knows—nothing is going to happen.
"Stand-Your-Ground" laws in Florida and other states are not going to be repealed. George Zimmerman is not going to be prosecuted for a federal "hate crime" in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The result of all this ginned-up rage that has produced vandalism and violence is simply going to be an ever-deepening racial divide.
Consider the matter of crime and fear of crime.
From listening to cable channels and hearing Holder, Sharpton, Jealous and others, one would think the great threat to black children today emanates from white vigilantes and white cops.
Make the wrong move, son, and you may be dead is the implication.
But is this the reality in Black America?
When Holder delivered his 2009 "nation-of-cowards"
Yes, there's a war on women in America. But it's not the phony "war" that tampon-hurling feminists are always shrieking about—as they did last week in Texas to protest tougher regulations on dangerous late-term abortion clinics. No, I'm talking about a real war on women waged by Saudi royals and elites who've imported human trafficking and abuse of domestic workers onto U.S. soil.
Possibly the whole prosecution and trial was a media creation to which not enough ordinary citizens signed up. Possibly improvements in policing and (especially) surveillance discourage 1960s-style urban rioting. Possibly black Americans have, like the rest of us, lost their turbulence in the warm pacifying bath of welfareism and cheap mobile gadgetry.
Whatever the reason, we should give thanks.
Now that the fuss is dying down, the National Question mavens who check in to VDARE.com may want to take a break from present obsessions with race, class, and immigration. Let me therefore take you back on a brief historical trip to a simpler time.
Let us revisit the New York City draft riots, which occurred precisely 150 years ago this week.
What were the riots all about? The Civil War draft, obviously; but also, uh…race, class, and immigration.
The Confederacy, with a smaller pool of military-age men (about one million to the Union’s four), and facing the expiration of the one-year enlistments that had drawn in so many volunteers after Fort Sumter, passed the first conscription law—the first in North American history—in April 1862.
(There was much grumbling about it. Wasn’t the Confederacy supposed to be championing states’ rights and personal liberty against the heartless machine civilization of the North? The law also inspired a modest spike in desertions.)
The Union, with its greater resources, did not pass a conscription law until a year later. Like the Confederate law, Lincoln’s Enrollment Act of March 1863 allowed for “substitution”—a draftee could pay another man to take his place, thereby exempting himself for the entire term of service. There was also “commutation”—the paying of a $300 flat fee to exempt oneself from a single draft call. (There were four draft calls from 1863-65.)
This opened up a class divide. A New York laborer’s annual wage at the time was $600, so that substitution and commutation were beyond the reach of working men. The catch-phrase “a rich man’s war, a poor man’s fight” became current.
There was a race divide, too. The Enrollment Act applied to “able-bodied male citizens of the United States,” which was taken to mean whites only. New York City had a big black population—around 12,500 in 1860. The working classes already saw blacks as low-wage competition, and the city had strong mercantile connections to the South. The prospect of a flood of emancipated blacks further depressing wages, and a federal blockade of the South disrupting commerce, caused New Yorkers of all classes to have very mixed feelings about the war.
There was, indeed, sentiment in 1861 for New York to leave the Union a
Black liberals keep bemoaning the danger to their own teenage sons after the "not guilty" verdict in George Zimmerman's murder trial. To avoid what happened to Trayvon Martin, their boys need only follow this advice: Don't walk up to a stranger and punch him, ground-and-pound him, MMA-style, and repeatedly smash his head against the pavement.
The Justice-for-Trayvon crowd keeps pretending there hasn't been a trial where the evidence overwhelmingly showed that Trayvon committed the first (and only) crime that night by assaulting Zimmerman. Instead, the race agitators are sticking with the original story peddled by the media, back when we had zero facts. To wit, that Zimmerman had stalked a young black child and shot him dead just for being black and wearing a hoodie.
Dozens of these hair-on-fire racism stories are retold in my book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama. In the golden age of racial demagoguery, they came at a pace of about one a year. Al Sharpton was usually involved.
A normal person would hear some of the more outlandish allegations and think, "I can't believe it!" not meaning, "Wow! What a blockbuster story!" but rather, "I would like to hear the facts because I literally don't believe it." (That was much of America's reaction to the media's claim last year that a neighborhood-watch captain in Florida had hunted down a black teenager and shot him dead just for wearing a hoodie.)
Whenever a much-celebrated claim of racism turned out to be false—which was almost always—you'd just stop hearing about it. There would never be a clippable story admitting that the media's harrumphing had been in error: Attention, readers! That story we've been howling about for several months turned out to be a complete fraud.
A little time would pass, and then we'd get an all-new, excited "America is still racist" media campaign. Journalists are incapable of learning that they should get all the facts before launching moral crusades.
As a result, the official record shows: A few hate crimes and some unverified hate crimes with no clear resolution one way or another. As long as the fraudulent hate crimes didn't get counted as strikeouts, liberals always looked like Ted Williams.
Since they didn't keep an accurate batting average, I did it for them in "Mugged."
The case most like George Zimmerman's is the Edmund Perry case. In 1985, Perry, a black teenager from Harlem who had just graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, mugged a guy who turned out to be an undercover cop. He got shot and a few hours later was dead.
While the Main Stream Media celebrates the Inevitable End of the Republican Party in the Age of Obama, Southerners are quietly executing a plan that could easily work for the GOP/ Generic American Party nationwide. The Sailer Strategy is already in full swing in Alabama—and the result is one-party Republican rule. It's not surprising the Yankee press up North or from the Left Coast doesn’t like Dixie.
How complete is Republican victory in Alabama? Well, state Republicans have been joking for years that, with all the insane liberal nonsense the Alabama Democrats spew, it's high time somebody just stepped in and “cut their water off.”
The joke became a lot funnier when the Democratic Party admitted they are indeed going to have their water cut off.
The Alabama Democrats are headed by one Nancy Worley (pictured), who recently wiggled free from five felony charges. [Nancy Worley waits 5 years for trial, By Phillip Rawls, Associated Press, , August 12, 2012]
Worley stepped in to take over the shattered Democrat Party in the wake of the previous chairman who departed rather hastily (see below).
In an unintentionally amusing press statement, Worley said the water company told her to pay the Party's delinquent bill at headquarters within 24 hours, or it "would cut off her water."
Bank drafts from Party donors have been cut off and diverted to a new organization formed by the former Party chairman. The landlord for the Party's headquarters has asked them to leave due to non-payment of the rent. The Party's credit cards have been maxed out and canceled. And Democrat headquarters appears to have fallen prey to a burglar, having been efficiently stripped of property, including computers, cell phones, and paper. [The Alabama Democratic Party: "We're broke, broke, broke." by Charles J. Dean, AL.com, May 13, 2013].
The Democratic Chairman preceding Worley: Mark Kennedy, an erstwhile justice on the Alabama Supreme Court who is married to George Wallace's daughter Peggy Sue. He has been accused of stealing the resources of the Democratic Party to start his own organization. (See below again). His presence on the Dramatis personae list raises this production to near-Shakespearean status.
This looks like it's going to be one of the leading cultural events of the season—and admission is free.
But while I and my conservative cabal watch these developments with mirthful Schadenfreude, it’s just one facet of a monolithic fact—apparently not noticeable from Washington, but refreshing the whole of Alabama like a cooling, refreshing shadow.
- Republican Governor Robert Bentley was already in office, having been elected by a wide margin in 2010.
- A majority Republican House of Representatives was elected.
- A majority Republican Senate was elected.
- A Republican was elected to every statewide office.
- Republicans occupy every seat on the Supreme Court as well as on the two lower appellate courts.
- Republicans made inroads in local elections generally across the state, save in the Black Belt—named for the soil, not the population, but the two are substantially geographically coincident.
And that is not all. In this race-hypersensitive state, potentially the most consequential thing is shown in the tables below—not the Republican vs. Democratic results, but the black vs. white results.
Note that among the Democrats in the state Senate, there are only 3 whites with 8 blacks. In the House it's 12 whites and 26 blacks. Combining the House and Senate numbers, it's 15 whites to 34 blacks. In terms of percentages, the white-to-black ratios among the Democrats in the Senate, House, and the combination of the two, are 27/73, 31/68, and 31/69, respectively.
Meanwhile on the Republican side there are no blacks either in the Senate or in the House. In other words, in both the House and the Senate, the black members constitute the majority
Welcome to the Obama administration's cringe-inducing non sequitur of the week. On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder continued stoking the fires of racial resentment over a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman. In an address to NAACP leaders, who are demanding federal intervention, Holder attacked Stand Your Ground self-defense laws.
All together now: Squirrel!
While America braces for more rioting in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, and as Attorney General Eric (“my people”) Holder threatens a federal “hate crime” double jeopardy end run, this 17-month saga has obscured an accelerating phenomenon that may ultimately prove more significant.
As I noted in a March 26, 2012 VDARE.com column as the Main Stream Media narrative of the martyrdom of St. Martin was unraveling, cities across the country were being forced to enact emergency curfews to deal with rising racial anarchy since Obama’s election in 2008.
“Obama’s sons” were out of control:
- Columbia, South Carolina: Columbia curfew proposal faces opposition, September 30, 2010
- Newark, New Jersey: Newark seeks public's help in stemming bloodshed, forms 'Safe City Task Force', June 1, 2011
- Baltimore, Maryland: Baltimore teens are getting a curfew, June 15, 2011
- Cleveland Heights, Ohio: Cleveland Heights' teen curfew brings questions in regard to legality, and whether it targets minorities, July 01, 2011.
- Louisville, Kentucky.: Police enforcing city-wide curfew for teens in Louisville, July 19, 2011
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (which was quickly deemed racist) Philadelphia City Council passes new youth curfew law, October 28, 2011.
- New Orleans (which has also been deemed racist) New Orleans City Council passes 8 p.m. curfew for anyone under 16 in French Quarter, January 18, 2012
- Gary, Indiana: Gary police set to enforce curfew law, April 14, 2012
- East St. Louis: East St. Louis officials institute youth curfew, put limits on clothing for males, September 27, 2012. (Limits on clothing means no “royal blue or bright red clothing commonly associated with gangs.”)
- Memphis, Tennessee.: Memphis Police Speak Out on Curfew, February 1, 2013
- Kansas City, Missouri (wasn’t spared from being labeled racist either, because all of the curfew violators cited with tickets have been black.). Kansas City plans to crack down on curfew violators in Northland, May 30, 2013
- Macon, Georgia: Macon police increase attention to curfew during summer, June 13, 2013
.Calls for the National Guard to patrol Chicago (where 11 were killed and 72 shot over the July 4 holiday this year) continue to go unheeded, although Al Sharpton is moving to the city to “help with youth violence”— which
Trayvon Martin was an unarmed teenager walking home from a convenience store with Skittles and iced tea, when he was shot to death by a racist, profiling wannabe cop named George Zimmerman.
National Data | Labor’s Share Falls as Immigrant Workforce Rises—So Why Do Democrats Support The Amnesty/ Immigration Surge Act?
In Economics 101 students are taught that the share of national income received by labor and capital are so stable that they are virtually constant. In empirical work published in the 1920s, the labor economist Paul Douglas, a great liberal and friend of labor who ultimately became Democratic Senator from Illinois, accurately predicted GDP growth based on the growth of labor and capital—with the contributions of each equal to their respective income shares: about 75% for labor and 25% for capital. [A Theory of Production | The Estimation of the Cobb-Douglas Function: A Retrospective View, by J Felipe, FG Adams, Eastern Economic Journal, 2005]
Douglas found that, although total employment fell during recessions, the share of income going to labor remained constant as productivity (and wages) rose for those still working. Similarly, a big hiring boom would eventually increase the productivity of capital relative to labor, keeping income shares constant over the course the business cycle.[ "A Theory of Production", American Economic Review, March 1928 ]
Douglas would be horrified at the current state of the U.S. labor market. Over the past four decades—and especially since 2000—the share of income paid to workers in the form of wages, salaries, and other forms of labor compensation has steadily declined:
In 1970 about 65% of business income in the U.S. went to labor. By 1990 labor’s share dropped to 63%. Fifteen years later labor’s share had declined to 60%, and seven years after that—by 2012—it had fallen to a post World War II low of 57.6%.
The difference between 1970 and to today—about 7 percentage points
I have argued that the Beltway Right a.k.a. Conservatism Inc. is simply an elaborate corporate lobbying scam. And it's no secret that its leaders regard patriotic immigration reformers as enemies. But the fact remains that the grassroots American Conservative Movement itself is still a more-or-less coherent socio-cultural grouping. In the end, it will come down to this grouping—the “true conservatives”—to stop the 2013 Amnesty/ Immigration Surge Act…even in “Blue” states like New Jersey.
Leading the battle in the Garden State: Steve Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota, NJ. (Pronounced /bəˈɡoʊtə/ buh-GO-ta—unlike Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, whose name is accented on the final syllable. Bogota NJ’s Colombian population is less than 2%, in case you were wondering.)
Lonegan is cruising to the Republican U.S, Senate nomination in the October special election to replace the late lamented Senator from the Treason Lobby, Frank Lautenberg—author of the notorious Amendment.
In many ways, Lonegan is a surprising immigration patriot. His politics are typically Republican, notable for his Scott Walker-type confrontational approach and success in a Democratic town. Lonegan made a name for himself with attacks on unions and taxes, the kinds of issues that warm the heart of the Conservative Establishment. He privatized services and cut spending, notably in regard to education.
Needless to say, despite Lonegan’s success, he was a divisive figure in the opinion of New Jersey Democrats, who organized protests against him. He was the target of a typical liberal political documentary, Anytown USA, which made him out to be a heartless budget-cutter pitted against those who only want to help “our kids” boo hoo.
But, despite this fierce opposition, Lonegan won re-election an Mayor in 1999 and again in 2003. Since 2007, he has served as the state head of Americans for Prosperity, which appears to be a typical Conservatism Inc. free market group.
However, Lonegan does break from the typical Republican mold because of his long record as Mayor on Offical English, illegal immigration, and the National Question.
In 2006, Lonegan asked the CBS Outdoor company to remove a McDonald's billboard that advertised in Spanish. The corpocrats refused and called in their multicultural auxiliaries in the so-called Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (what???) to accuse Lonegan of, guess what, racism.
But, amazingly, Lonegan didn't back down, calling them “divisive,” and even attempting to make English the official language of Bogota, which the New York Times moaned was a “nativist quest.” [Editorial, September 10, 2006] Lonegan also supported efforts to allow local police to enforce immigration law.
In 2009, in his run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, Lonegan won the endorsement of the Minuteman Project's founder Jim Gilchrist, who contrasted his record with that of the eventual victor, Chris Christie, who notoriously said “being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime.” Lonegan's campaign rhetoric was admirably forthright. He said illegals “should not receive government services and should be deported.” Even the opposition of his own brother, an immigration attorney (isn't it great when moral posturing and profit coincide?) did not change Lonegan's position. [In a New Jersey Town, an Immigration Fight Pits Brother Against Brother, By Nina Bernstein, NYT, September 4, 2007]
More recently, Young Americans for Liberty invited Lonegan to speak on September 24, 2012
Six women jurors, five white and one Hispanic, now hold in their hands the fate of George Zimmerman and, to a considerable degree, that of equal justice in America. “I think the state’s case is kaput,” forensics expert Larry Kobilinsky said last week on the Jane Velez-Mitchell Show, whose eponymous host is pro-prosecution. [Transcript, July 10, 2013]But will these women have the courage to agree.
Remember, this is an anarcho-tyranny show trial. The lack of any credible prosecution case is not a bug but a feature. The Obama-Holder Justice Department organized black mobs to demand and get a show trial, despite there being no grounds even for an arrest. [Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests, Judicial Watch, July 10, 2013.] Florida officials cooperated, turning our legal system upside down and presuming the guilt of a white-enough defendant.
And remember, George Zimmerman is a liberal who fought, when no blacks cared, to avenge the maltreatment of a black homeless man, Sherman Ware, by a white policeman’s son.[In 2010 race-related beating case, George Zimmerman pushed to discipline same officers who investigated Trayvon Martin shooting, By Matthew Boyle, Daily Caller, April 4, 2012] As my mom always says, no good deed goes unpunished. And that goes in spades for Zimmerman’s yeoman efforts to protect his community.
Since my last column, this surreal trial has continued in the same direction. The prosecution called more witnesses that either helped the defense, or were laughably incompetent (Medical Examiner Dr. Shiping Bao). By Day 12 (Wednesday), the prosecution had come full circle: after starting out claiming that Zimmerman was on top of Martin, the prosecution now argued that Martin was on top, and even brought in a dummy to demonstrate, which elicited a lot of merciless puns about “dummies” from cable network lawyer-commentators otherwise supportive of railroading Zimmerman.
This case should never have been brought; once brought, the judge should have summarily dismissed it. But instead, anything could happen.
- This is an unusually ignorant jury.
There’s a saying that the ultimate insult is that one was too dumb to get out of jury duty. The prosecution team, including Judge Debra Nelson, has compounded that by withholding all sorts of information critical for the Zimmerman defense.
Judge Nelson refused to permit the defense to exhibit Trayvon Martin’s text messages, in which he bragged of bloody fights and swinging at bus drivers, of wanting to buy a gun, and a picture of a gun, giving the baseless assertion that it wasn’t clear that Martin was sending the messages from his own cell phone. Thus, the jury has no proper context in which to put Martin’s brutal beating of Zimmerman.
On top of that, the prosecution team has presented Martin as “a child”—“That child had every right to be in that 7-11…. Didn’t that child have the right to defend himself against that strange man?” (Prosecutor John Guy, in his emotional, baby-talk rebuttal to the defense’s closing argument,
In the current hiatus between the Senate’s passing of the Schumer-Rubio Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill and the House’s taking up, or deciding not to take up, the bill (or deciding to try for piecemeal legislation), bigfoot pundits have been peddling their immigration wares, like the girls who appeared in spotlights with trays full of ice cream for sale during intermissions in the movie theaters of my childhood.
Much of their commentary was not so much about the bill itself as about other people’s commentary.
Thus Bill Keller [Liberals vs. Immigration Reform, New York Times, July 7, 2013] sought to “address some of the liberal misgivings.”
As usual, reader’ comments on a NYT article about the Senate’s passing of the bill [Senate, 68 to 32, Passes Overhaul for Immigration, By Ashley Parker And Jonathan Martin , June 27, 2013] had included many that were negative, often from an Old Left viewpoint (“It’s a slap in the face of the American working class and the millions of unemployed Americans . . .,” etc.) Keller sought to shore up the globalist elite’s dwindling base of Old Left support.
Along the way he made some interesting concessions, saying things that are close to heretical by Times standards, although wearily familiar to VDARE.com readers:
As the demographer Michael Teitelbaum points out, you can find shortages of skilled labor at some times, in some fields, and in some places, but over all there is plenty of domestic STEM talent looking for work.
Disaffection among Outer Party members
[James Fulford writes: Tonight we're starting to run Ann Coulter's syndicated column. Ann Coulter has been fighting the good fight magnificently on immigration and other conservative issues since the administration of Bill Clinton , whom she almost had removed from office. Her work on the current Amnesty attempt is equally magnificent. Note to the $PLC and Media Matters—Ms. Coulter is not responsible for the links in this column, or the fact that we are running her column. I've had to explain this before—I call it "guilt by syndication."]
This week, instead of attacking a Hispanic senator, Marco Rubio, I will defend a Hispanic citizen, George Zimmerman, on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman would make a better senator.)
It's becoming painfully obvious why no charges were brought against Zimmerman in this case—until Al Sharpton got involved. All the eyewitness accounts, testimony, ballistics and forensics keep backing up Zimmerman. We should send a big, fat bill for the whole thing to Sharpton, courtesy of MSNBC.
With the prosecution's witnesses making the defense's case, the inquisitors' last stand is to claim that, if the races were reversed, the black guy would have been instantly charged with murder. As explained in The New York Times:
"Had Mr. Martin shot and killed Mr. Zimmerman under similar circumstances, black leaders say, the case would have barreled down a different path: Mr. Martin would have been quickly arrested by the Sanford Police Department and charged in the killing, without the benefit of the doubt." [Zimmerman Case Has Race as a Backdrop, but You Won’t Hear It in Court, By Lizette Alvarez, July 7, 2013]
The people who say this are counting on the rest of us being too polite to mention that it is nearly impossible to imagine such a case in a world where half of all murders and a majority of robberies are committed by blacks. To reverse the races with the same set of facts, first, we're going to need a gated, mixed-race community, similar to the Retreat at Twin Lakes, that has recently experienced a rash of robberies by white guys. The only way to do that is to enter "The Twilight Zone."
There were at least eight burglaries in the 14 months before Zimmerman's encounter with Martin. Numerous media accounts admit that "most" of these were committed by black males. I'm waiting to hear about a single crime at Twin Lakes that was not