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John Derbyshire Asks: If THE ECONOMIST Thinks Automation Will Destroy Jobs, Why Is It So Fanatically Pro-Immigration?
You know a topic has attained the level of Mainstream Concern when it gets a cover story at The Economist magazine. The last (January 18th) issue of that magazine features as first leader a 1,300-word warning about imminent technological changes destroying great swathes of the market for human labor, in particular the office-worker sector of that market.
When Instagram, a popular photo-sharing site, was sold to Facebook for about $1 billion in 2012, it had 30m customers and employed 13 people. Kodak, which filed for bankruptcy a few months earlier, employed 145,000 people in its heyday. [Coming to an office near you, The Economist, Jan. 18th]
The leader comes with a longer (3,800-word) inside article and a lurid cover picture showing tornadoes sweeping destructively through an open-plan office. In a metaphor-switch almost as jarring as a pink slip from Kodak, the inside article is titled The onrushing wave and is illustrated with a tsunami.
VDARE.com’s Don Collins has been making this point about automation for a while. Now it seems to have arrived in Main Stream Media. Down at the other end of the gentility spectrum in journalism, MailOnline wants to make your flesh creep:
Claims made by an expert in artificial intelligence predict that in less than five years, office jobs will disappear completely to the point where machines will replace humans.
[Is your job under threat from ROBOTS? Expert warns that office jobs could vanish by 2018, by Victoria Woolaston, MailOnline, November 14th, 2013]
Warnings about automation destroying jobs are of course as old as the steam engine, as The Economist’s anonymous writers point out.
The indicators are, that this time it’s for real. Job-wise, economic
Justin Bieber being restrained from attacking paparazzi.
86 the O-1 or Fight! I used to think Justin Bieber's increasingly erratic behavior was some sort of Miley Cyrus-type publicity stunt to re-tool his image as he gets older and soon won't be able to rely on pre-adolescent girls to buy all his junk when he finally is able to grow facial hair.
TMZ, a paparazzi outfit, reports him admitting to cops during the arrest that he was under influence of prescription drugs, for which he doesn’t have a prescription. This is important because combining alcohol and drugs amplifies alcohol’s effects on one’s nervous system and further impairs the ability to drive safely.
At this point you may be asking, "So what? Is VDARE.com jumping on the celebrity-obsessed Main Stream Media’s bandwagon?"
Well, this is where things get interesting. Bieber is a Canuck here on an O-1 visa. And U.S. law has provisions to tell the likes of The Bieb to "take off you hoser!" all the way back to the Great White North from whence he came.
But as we all know, the follow-through on this simple duty of the U.S. government to protect its citizens from problematic foreigners is practically non-existent, especially after Obama's extra-constitutional refusal to enforce immigration law.
If I had to speculate, assuming his breathalyzer test results aren't "lost", I’d guess that Bieber will be convicted and if any immigration action is taken against Biebs, it will be some pro forma "investigation" that will ultimately go nowhere. Bieber will continue on the clichéd downward spiral of a young celebrity insulated from the consequences (for now) of his fast living by his enormous fortune and fame.
This is because Obama doesn't want it to go anywhere. You see, as an immigration enthusiast, Obama really doesn't believe in enforcing essentially any immigration law, and he wants the immigration authorities overwhelmed to the point where any immigration enforcement is some kind of quixotic effort in futility.
To some degree, all law enforcement depends on making an example of people who are caught doing what the authorities’ don't want done. Think about it. The police can't be everywhere all the time. The idea must be put in people's head: "Maybe I shouldn't do that, look at what happened to that guy."
It's as old as time. Back before the enlightened practice of incarceration and its attendant expense,
For those of you who do not follow football, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made a game-saving interception in the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. But shortly afterwards, ESPN reporter Erin Anderson interviewed Sherman and he responded like a professional wrestler:
Andrews: Richard, let me ask you about the final play; take me through it.
Sherman: Well I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like [San Francisco 49ers’ Michael Crabtree] that’s the result you gonna get! Don’t you ever talk about me!
Andrews: Who was talking about you?
Sherman: Crabtree. Don’t you ever open your mouth about the best! Or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick! L.O.B!
Sherman also made a choking gesture towards Crabtree.
Suffice to say, this is not exactly great sportsmanship. Many NFL fans did not like Sherman’s boorish behavior, and, as it’s the Age of the Internet, some posted Politically Incorrect language about it.
Significantly, almost all the ensuing Main Stream Media commentary about the Sherman incident, both positive and negative, focused on how smart Sherman is and how racist his detractors are.
In a Forbes Magazine article that went viral, 22 Brief Thoughts About That Richard Sherman Interview, January 19, 2014 Thought # 4 was
Sherman graduated second in his class in high school and also graduated from Stanford. So not only is he not a fool, odds are he’s smarter than you and me.
(In case you are wondering, Thought # 3 was “Sherman is black, and so of course there was an undercurrent of race to some—OK, a lot—of the discussion.”
Writing in the Washington Post’s black-oriented website The Root, Stephen Crockett wrote:
If being a thug means being salutatorian of your high school with a 4.2 GPA and 1,400 SAT scores, graduating from Stanford, delivering on your promise of greatness and showing no ability to humble-brag—then the black community could use more thugs like Richard Sherman.[ Seahawks’ Richard Sherman Is Not a Thug. Stop Calling Him One, January 21, 2014]
All in all, Crockett used the some variant of “intelligent” or “smart” 17 times in his article.
Seth Stevenson, one of the few MSM writers to come out against Sherman’s rant, still had to qualify: “The fact that Sherman is very smart and attended Stanford and
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a politically entrenched synod of special interests. These fat cats do not represent the best interests of American entrepreneurs, American workers, American parents and students, or Americans of any race, class or age who believe in low taxes and limited government. The Chamber's business is the big business of the Beltway, not the business of mainstream America.
If you are a business owner who believes your country should strictly and consistently enforce its borders and deport illegal immigrants who violate the terms of their visas, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn't represent you.
If you are a worker who believes the feds should punish illegal aliens who use fake documents to obtain jobs instead of rewarding them with "legal status," the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn't champion you.
If you are a parent or educator who opposes top-down federal education schemes such as Common Core that undermine local control, dumb down rigorous curricula and threaten family privacy while enriching big business and lobbying groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn't speak for you.
Last year, the Chamber poured more than $52 million into K Street lobbying efforts on behalf of illegal alien amnesty,
Heritage's DeMint: I need the money
It looked very bad in late 2012 when Senator Jim De Mint deserted the Congressional battlefield for the lucrative Heritage Foundation Presidency, not least because one of the safest seats where possible Conservative leaders could develop was promptly filled (with his approval) with, at best, ballast.
And it looked even worse last May when he allowed the Jason Richwine lynching as discussed by John Derbyshire “Burn The Witch!” Heritage Foundation Scuttles Away From Jason Richwine -And The Cold Hard Facts and analyzed by Peter Brimelow in “This Isn’t A Free Country”: The Heritage Foundation And The Fate Of Jason Richwine. This cowardice allowed the MSM to Memory Hole the devastating Rector/Richwine study on the huge cost of Amnesty, commissioned long before De Mint arrived and to which the Treason Lobby has no cogent answer.
The full extent of the De Mint betrayal became starkly apparent this week with the horrible news that Open Borders fanatic Stephen Moore is to be Chief Economist at Heritage. Commissar Jennifer Rubin crowed at The Washington Post
Moore is pro-growth, pro-immigration — a cheery conservative warrior. If allowed free rein — and I can’t believe he would have taken the job unless he was assured of intellectual freedom — he has the ability to restore Heritage Foundation’s luster
aka eliminate any outside-the-Beltway Patriotic influence: Heritage performs triage January21 2014
Heritage’s own blog suggests certified Immigration Crazy Rubin is correct: in WSJ’s Stephen Moore to Join Heritage as Chief Economist by Rob Bluey The Foundry January 21, 2014 we read
Last year in a Wall Street Journal column, Moore took issue with Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint’s characterization of the late Milton Friedman’s view of immigration. Moore said he discussed the issue with DeMint recently.
“Jim DeMint and I may not agree on everything about immigration, but what Jim wants me and others to do is develop a pro-growth immigration policy for the country. I don’t want Heritage to be viewed as anti-immigration. We all know immigration is vitally important to our economy. Our goal will be to develop an immigration policy that’s in the best interest of America, our economy, and allows the United States to get the best and brightest people to come here.”
Translated from the jargon:the Cheap Labor Lobby’s dream. That DeMint accepted this in total contradiction of his apparent personal views says a lot about the man.
Stephen Moore has never been anything other than an Open Borders bigot since he arrived on the policy scene working for the then public face of this racket, Julian Simon. Peter Brimelow observed him grubbing for payoffs for this stance after a 1996 Hoover Institution conference on immigration. It has brought him a lush MSM career and it is certainly not going to stop now. This is probably the end of Heritage’s occasionally useful work on immigration.
What has happened is clear. There has been a Large Donor Riot. The 2014 Amnesty/Immigration Surge battle has seen no new arguments and the only relevant new fact is that America, for whatever reason, is generating only a fraction of the jobs needed to absorb current immigration. What is new is the unprecedented volume of money being offered to Treason Lobby recruits as even some of the Establishment Immigration Restraint outfits have finally found the courage to say.
VDARE.com hopes Mrs. DeMint is enjoying spending some of it.
Memo From The Midwest | Edgar Tamayo: Mexico’s Government Goes To Bat For Yet Another Illegal Alien Murderer
Mexican national Edgar Tamayo, who first entered this country as an illegal alien, is scheduled for execution by lethal injection in Texas January 22nd. Tamayo was condemned for the murder of Houston police officer Guy Gaddis—almost exactly twenty years ago.
Mexico is vociferously protesting Tamayo’s execution. The Mexican Foreign Ministry (SRE) has requested a stay of execution; Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade met with Secretary of State Kerry about it; the Mexican government has denounced the U.S. before the Organization of American States.
In Cuernavaca, capital of Tamayo’s home state of Morelos, “migrants” burned an American flag in protest (photographs here) and symbolically closed a McDonald’s and a Burger King. [Migrantes queman bandera de EU en Morelos contra ejecución de Tamayo, LaJornadaEnLinea, January 16, 2014]
In Tamayo’s hometown of Miacatlan, 2000 people marched in his defense:
“…We think, we believe, that he [Edgar Tamayo] is innocent, there is much injustice in the United States…” said Adriana Puentes, a friend of the family.
Micatlan’s mayor, Sergio Arias, who is also Edgar Tamayo’s cousin explained that “we believe that they are blaming him unjustly only for the crime of being Mexican…””.
Con marcha, piden clemencia para Edgar Tamayo, Pedro Tonantzin, Excelsior, January 19, 2014
There are so many natives of Morelos state living north of the border
What is it that so excites the Establishment—left and right—when white people get together to discuss their interests? I have been asking this question for 20 years, ever since the first American Renaissance conference in 1994.
We have had 11 meetings since then, and every time there have been shrieks of “hate” and “white supremacy.” Our 12th meeting will be in April this year (details here), and the shrieking has already begun, months before the doors even open. Why?
Blacks have hundreds of organizations looking out for them, and they have a Congressional Caucus that picks over every new law to see what’s in it for “the bruthas.” The same is true for Hispanics and Asians. For American whites, though, a student union or a firefighters’ association apparently would be an offense against decency.
I’m puzzled by this. Why are whites the only people who are not supposed to talk about their interests?
It’s not as though we don’t have any. VDARE.com reported just a few days ago that most of the new recruits at the Los Angeles Fire Department are white—and that Mayor Eric Garcetti is furious. Only 29 percent of the city’s population is white, but they keep getting the best grades on the firefighting exam, so the new class of firemen is 60 percent white. “Unacceptable!” thunders the mayor, who promises to correct this outrage.
Do white people have a right to be curious how Los Angeles proposes to keep their sons and brothers from becoming firemen? No. Any organized curiosity would be “hate” and “white supremacy.”
At the upcoming conference, I plan to mention this sort of thing in a talk called “Why All Politics is Racial”—but by today’s standards, that will be an act of depravity.
Race is grimly serious business for Lefties. In December, a 30-year-old PR executive named Justine Sacco was on a flight to South Africa and tweeted that she would probably avoid getting AIDS because she is white. She became the latest of countless whites to lose a job because of a joke. Even her father turned on her.
Last year, a federal judge, Richard Cebull, was forced to retire when he posted this joke: “A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’ ”
RamZPaul, who will be speaking at the American Renaissance conference, will blast back at our humorless Establishment with his unique brand of irreverent wit. Nothing makes the reigning ideology look so ridiculous as to trap it in its own prissy foolish.
Europe is as humorless and hysterical about race as we are. Last December, a British sandwich shop owner wrote online that “my PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.” Police arrested him, grilled him for eight hours, took a DNA sample, and confiscated his computer for three weeks. They let him off with a warning.
Seventy-seven percent of Britons want immigration cut and only four percent want it increased, but immigration continues at a furious clip because Britain’s rulers think stopping it would be “racist.” Just this month European “human rights” officials told British authorities they could not deport a Jamaican criminal because that would separate the poor dear from his family. In December, an investigation concluded that the authorities failed to signs that Pakistani men were grooming young white girls for sex because
Law enforcement and criminal justice rely on modern, First-World police science—medical examiners, crime scene investigators, ballistics experts and forensic scientists. These people conduct autopsies; gather evidence at crime scenes; dust for fingerprints; test-fire and examine suspected murder weapons and ammunition; and weigh and test substances suspected to be drugs in narcotics cases.
If the “experts” are incompetent and/or dishonest, countless innocent people will be doomed to spend years in prison, some may even be executed, while the guilty will go free.
Thanks to the blessings of diversity, America has now reached this level of Keystone Kop police science.
- In Boston on November 22, Trinidadian-born Annie Khan Dookhan [pictured above] pled guilty to 27 counts of “obstruction of justice, perjury, and tampering with evidence,” during the ten years that she was a Massachusetts state police chemist, and was sentenced by Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Carol S. Ball to three-to-five years in prison, and two years’ probation.
Judge Ball said:
“[T]he consequences of her behavior, which she ought to have foreseen, have been nothing short of catastrophic…. Innocent persons were incarcerated, guilty persons have been released to further endanger the public, millions and millions of public dollars are being expended to deal with the chaos Ms. Dookhan created, and the integrity of the criminal justice system has been shaken to the core."
[Chemist who falsified drug tests in criminal cases goes to jail herself by Fabien Tepper, Christian Science Monitor, November 22, 2013.]
Dookhan’s misconduct-tainted cases involving over 40,000 defendants. So far, almost 350 convicted defendants have been released, and the state crime lab where Dookhan worked for ten years has been shuttered.
Dookhan lied in claiming to have a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. All Human Resources had to do was contact the school where she claimed to have earned it. But it would be “racist” to scrutinize a diversity applicant’s bona fides.
While Dookhan was working ever more rapidly, her colleagues’ work had slowed down, due to a Supreme Court decision requiring drug analysts to appear in court. Quality control should have caught what she was up to—except that she was the head of quality control! She also violated security, and deliberately contaminated thousands of samples.
Finally, Dookhan maliciously claimed that thousands of samples that she had not tested—that’s how she could “complete” her work so rapidly—had tested positive for narcotics, and on top of that, lied about their weights, so as to turn offenses into higher-level crimes entailing longer sentences.
Dookhan was only caught when she forged a colleague’s initials on documents to remove samples she had no business touching.
My reader-researcher RC wrote,
She's a twofer: A person of color as well as female.
How much will Taxachusetts pay to those whose civil rights were violated thanks to her falsified drug tests?
The answer: Potentially billions.
At least the winsome Dookhan has confessed to most of her crimes, and shown contrition. But what made her commit them?
Some observers suggested she sought to impress her superiors. However, I believe the simplest explanation is: she did it because she could. Dookhan worked in an institution in which, previously, applicants were thoroughly vetted prior to hiring, and worked in a secure environment under strong normative constraints on their behavior. But because she was a diversity hire, she found herself in a state of moral anomie, in which there was no vetting, security, or institutional constraints on her behavior. She was the proverbial kid in the candy shop.
Dookhan was merely the latest diversity police science scandal.
- Joyce Gilchrist
Gilchrist [above] was a legendary, black Oklahoma City Police Department forensic chemist whose (initially non-ironic) nickname was “Black Magic,” because for 21 years she was the consummate expert witness, her credibility unchallenged—until 2001:
“Oklahoma City Police Chief M.T. Berry on Tuesday fired
Diversity Bowl: NFC Championship Game Has Two Black Quarterbacks, AFC Two White Ones—Which Is The Future?
Oh, it’s so close to happening—at last!
Years of careful social engineering by the new, Main Stream Media-approved National Football League (NFL), and the promotion of a more athletic, “exciting” type of quarterback by the Main Stream Media, are nearing a triumphant conclusion.
In the National Football Conference championship game held Sunday to decide who goes to the Super Bowl, the two finalists—the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers—each start “dynamic” black quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick respectively.
A clearer contrast could not be seen than with the two American Football Conference finalists, also meeting Sunday: the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos, whose starting quarterbacks will be Tom Brady and Peyton Manning respectively.
Both are white—two old-style, immobile signal-callers, playing the role of Dennis Quaid’s drop-back passer who was contrasted with Wilson’s/Kapernick’s Jamie Foxx character in Oliver Stone’s prescient 1999 movie Any Given Sunday.
The NFL’s groupies in the MSM are ecstatic about Wilson and Kaepernick:
“It’s like the future of the league,” said John Middlekauff, a former NFL scout and now a radio host in the Bay Area. “They have the opportunity to be a Manning-Brady rivalry for the next 10 years.”
They also represent a shift at the quarterback position. The old guard is led by true pocket passers—Manning, Brady, Drew Brees. But when you look around the landscape, at the young quarterbacks who are excelling, most share a common makeup: They can hurt you with their arm and legs.
[New-breed quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick should have long rivalry: The future? As Peyton Manning and Tom Brady write another chapter in their rivalry this weekend, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick usher in a new era, Seattle Times, January 16, 2014]
Out with the old, in with the new! Oh…does that include the historic American nation?
ESPN analysts and executives must be particularly excited
No-one yet knows if New Jersey’s rabidly immigration-enthusiast governor Chris Christie will survive Bridgegate, but his presidential ambitions may very well be ended and many in the GOP Establishment are looking for a fallback plan. Some are even speculating that the yet more appalling Jeb Bush may answer the call.
But more interesting, in my opinion, to patriotic immigration reformers: the possibility that former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown will join the race. Brown has moved to New Hampshire and is expected to run for Senate in 2014. In December, Brown responded to a question about his presidential ambitions by stating that he does not “think anything’s off the table at this point.” [Scott Brown Not Taking Presidential Run Off the Table, ABC, December 9, 2013]
The Boston Herald’s Scott Battenfeld recently noted that Brown had defended Christie, which could ingratiate him with Christie supporters, and that
Panicked GOP officials and moderate leaders, faced with a White House field that lacks a dynamic and electable candidate, might turn to Brown to come to the rescue. Brown and Christie are both Northeast moderates, and have compelling personalities that could attract Democratic voters in 2016. [Battenfeld: Scott Brown to the rescue?January 10, 2014]
I can already hear the reaction: “Scott Brown is a RINO.” And it’s true: Brown supported Dodd Frank, Democratic jobs bills, and legalized abortion.
But patriotic immigration reform is my key issue. I personally do not care about whether someone is a “real Republican” when most leading “conservative” Republicans support Amnesty.
And, while it may be hard for younger people to remember, just twenty years ago another RINO (then called “moderate”) Republican governor gave us what is still arguably the most powerful demonstration of the electoral power of the patriotic reform issue: Pete Wilson won an upset come-from-behind re-election race by allying himself with Proposition 187—and went on to feature opposition to (illegal) immigration in his 1996 Presidential bid, unfortunately cut short by health problems. [Wilson Opens Election Bid, Using Liberty As His Theme, By B. Drummond Ayres Jr. , NYT, August 29, 1995]
In today’s intensifying Political Correctness, the only public
With Treachery is brewing amidst the Republican leadership, as Speaker John Boehner, House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte, and Congressman Paul Ryan are trying to sneak through nation-breaking Amnesty/ Immigration Surge legislation. However, patriots can take some solace in this astounding effort of political tomfoolery—for once, the GOP’s characteristic incompetence and short-sightedness may work to our advantage.
Goodlatte is a typical example of the kind of the tactical blundering that epitomizes the tragicomic performance art that is now the Grand Old Party. A key figure in any attempt to change immigration laws, Goodlatte quietly took anti-Amnesty language off his official House website earlier this year. Unfortunately for him, the news was reported on National Review and linked to by the Drudge Report. [Website of Top House Republican Drops Opposition to Amnesty, by Fred Bauer, January 10, 2014]
While we can only hope NR Editor Rich Lowry and the rest of the Kiddie Cons read the thousands of irate comments that this provoked, Goodlatte apparently did. Within days, the Congressman restored anti-Amnesty language to his website, with the absurd excuse that “Congressman Goodlatte’s website is updated periodically and unfortunately during an update early last year, his position on amnesty was inadvertently deleted.” [Goodlatte reverses statement on amnesty, again, by Neil Munro, Daily Caller, January 13, 2014]
While this is a small victory, it also shows the utter contempt and relentless hostility which the Republican leadership views its own voters. Like enemy scouts, the Republican leadership is probing at the defenses of its own political base, hoping to find even the slightest crack to send its forces through.
We know this because they told us—or, at least, Goodlatte told the Hispanic network Telemundo‘s “Enfoque” show, in remarks that obviously were not supposed to be heard by conservative voters, that
If we can have a way to get [enforcement] up and operating, I see no reason why we can’t also have an agreement that shows how people who are not lawfully here can be able to be lawfully here – able to live here, work here, travel to and from their home country, be able to own a business, pay their taxes.
[Bob Goodlatte pushes immigration solution, by Seung Min Kim, Politico, January 9, 2014]
At the same time, other meetings were taking place within the Republican Party Establishment. Congressman Jeff Denham of the formerly American state of California hosted
It’s hardly surprising that the Main Stream Media refused to mention the immigration invasion as a key reason for the failure of Lyndon Johnson’s “War On Poverty.” But there’s a glimmer of hope: TV host and financial journalist Jim Cramer is making the case for putting American workers first:
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, says Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's "Mad Money."
"Can we just help people get jobs who live here? We have so many problems in our country."
"Like, I'm trying to figure it out. How did it get to be bad that we should be thinking about the people who were here first before we start worrying about the people coming in?
"Tell me how the people coming in create jobs?""[Links added]
[Jim Cramer on Immigration: Take Care of U.S. Citizens First, by Bill Hoffman, Newsmax.com, January 13, 2014]
After years of denial because of the incestuous relationship between the MSM and our power elite, it’s about time someone with a top-ranked show tells it like it is. Cramer cut through the gatekeepers of the cheap labor importers, job exporters, ethnic tribalists, and religious hypocrites to speak out for Americans first!
Furthermore, Cramer pointed out how our so called leaders are putting America Last when it comes to our trade policies with China. He also notes how even saying this opens him up to retribution.
Cramer challenged current U.S. policy on two hot-button issues.
"These ideas of unlimited free trade with the Chinese and unlimited immigration have somehow become good, and I question that.
"By questioning that, there's a lot of people
"I've got a pen," said President Obama early this week.
"When I can act on my own without Congress, I'm going to do so," the president added Wednesday at North Carolina State.
Thus did Obama signal that he will bypass Congress and use his executive powers to advance his agenda of national transformation.
This dismissal of Congress has gone almost unprotested. In an earlier age it might have evoked talk of impeachment. But not now.
For though Congress may be the first branch of government in the Constitution, with the longest list of enumerated powers in Article 1, its eclipse has been extraordinary.
Congressional powers have eroded or been surrendered. The esteem in which Congress is now held calls to mind Emily Dickinson: "It dropped so low in my regard/I heard it hit the ground."
"Uncivil, incompetent in fulfilling basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned, often putting self (and reelection) before country—this was my view of the majority of the United States Congress."
At Congressional hearings, Gates says he was "exceptionally offended by the constant, adversarial, inquisition-like treatment," and lines of inquiry that were "rude, insulting, belittling, bullying, and all too often personal."
Admirers of Obama, Hillary and Biden have all come forward to defend them. Where are the defenders of Congress from this searing indictment by Gates? Almost nowhere.
High among the causes of Congress' decline has surely been the loss or surrender of its constitutional powers -- to presidents, the Supreme Court and a federal bureaucracy Congress itself created.
Consider this. Under Article 1, Congress is entrusted with the power to "regulate commerce with foreign nations."
With the exception of slavery, there was not a more divisive issue before the Civil War than the tariff question. In the Jacksonian era, South Carolina almost seceded over the tariff, and Andrew Jackson threatened an invasion.
Today, Congress first surrendered to the executive the authority to negotiate trade deals,
Finding oneself among distinguished company is always balm to the ego, even when the “among” consists only of seeing your name with theirs in some list.
So there I was, blushing with pleasure at seeing my name on the list of “Bullied and Badgered, Pressured and Purged” at the Handle’s Haus blog.
The list, as its name tells you, is of persons who have suffered various levels of indignity at the hands of PC enforcers. It has been widely noticed, linked to from Reason, the Chateau, Vox Day, and our own Steve Sailer.
Ego satisfactions aside, it’s an interesting list. The first thing I wanted to know: did it confirm the belief, common on the Dissident Right, that there was an era of relative openness about human-science realities in the years 1995-2005? I attempted to quantify this belief in a 2009 column. I later aired it here on VDARE.com, whereupon VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow gave the era a name: the Interglacial.
Does HH’s list confirm the existence of the Interglacial?
The list is a moving target, as HH has declared his intention to add to it as suitable comments come in. At the time of setting finger to keyboard, there are 91 entries—I’ll call them “incidents”—on the list, identifying 92 persons (plus the entire Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints).
Tallying the incidents by date, I get this, which I’ve compared
I agree with MSNBC! I find it hard to believe that Gov. Chris Christie knew nothing about his staff's plotting a massive traffic jam on the ramp to the George Washington Bridge for political retribution.
But most of all, I find it hard to believe that MSNBC host Al Sharpton didn't know Tawana Brawley was lying when she claimed to have been gang-raped by rogue cops on the Wappingers Falls, N.Y., police force.
Back in November 1987, 15-year-old Tawana Brawley was found curled up inside a plastic bag in an apartment building parking lot. She had feces and racist graffiti all over her body, her clothing was torn and burned, and she was apparently unconscious.
When she emerged from her (fake) unconsciousness, she claimed she had been held captive in the woods for several days, while being raped and beaten by six white men, including policemen and the local prosecutor.
The story being utterly preposterous, every law enforcement agency in the universe was called in to investigate—the FBI, local, county and state police. Gov. Mario Cuomo directed the state attorney general, Robert Abrams, to investigate Brawley's claims.
Eight months and 1.3 million taxpayer dollars later (in today's dollars), the purported attack was exposed as a complete fraud. It turned out that Brawley made up the gang-rape story to avoid explaining to her volatile stepfather why she hadn't come home for four nights straight.
- Witnesses saw Brawley getting into the plastic bag by herself, and then hopping around in it before curling up into a ball on the ground.
- The hospital rape tests were negative and no semen was found anyplace on her body.
- She had no recent bruises or other marks on her body consistent with rape.
- Hospital technicians who evaluated Brawley concluded that she was faking unconsciousness.
- Brawley was well-nourished, had clean breath, no bruises or injuries to her body and was not suffering from exposure, despite temperatures having dropped to freezing several times when she was allegedly being gang-raped in the woods.
- Witnesses had seen Brawley in a vacant apartment where she had once lived during the period of the alleged attack.
- In that apartment, investigators found charred fibers matching the burnt clothes Brawley had been found in, the source of the material that had been stuffed in her nose and ears, and the feces that had been smeared on her. Investigators even identified the dog whose feces it was. Her dirty clothes were still in a washing machine in the building.
At no point did Sharpton question Brawley's story or urge her to recant. To the contrary, as the case fell apart, Sharpton's demagoguery rose to Olympian heights.
He branded Abrams "Hitler," called Gov. Mario Cuomo a racist, and demanded