Bob Thomas (e-mail
My comments follow a short summary of a
Wall Street Journal opinion article I read this
week about the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suing the
Salvation Army for
directing its employees to speak English-only while
on the job. [Mi
Casa, Su Casa, By John Fund, Wall Street
Journal, November 19, 2007]
According to the article,
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Hispanic
Caucus have jumped into the lawsuit-fray by opposing a
Senate amendment sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander that
protect businesses from the
The article also details the ugly confrontation between
non-Hispanic Democrats and the Hispanic Caucus.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a moderate
Democrat from Maryland, confronted two reconquistas,
Joe Baca and
Illinois`s Luis Gutierrez, reminding them that their
objections to English only would: “destroy the party.
This will be the worst loss in ten years.“
But the reconquistas held firm with their usual
Baca: "This [English-only] is against me. This
is against me personally…”
Gutierrez said that English-only efforts were symbolic
of "bigotry and prejudice"
For everyone like Baca and Gutierrez who oppose
assimilation, I`d like to share my 20 years worth of
experiences in the U.S. Navy.
When I first joined back in 1987, I was stationed aboard
a warship home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
The ship`s crew had a considerable number of Filipino
sailors. At the time, we the U.S. had a special
agreement with the Government of the Philippines that
allowed Filipinos to serve in the American military.
Most enlisted in the Navy.
We had signs posted on the mess decks of our ship that
read, "No Tagalog, Speak English Only!”
The reason is obvious. We couldn`t fight together if we
communicate with one another.
Some (like the EEOC) might make the argument that as
long as the Filipinos could speak English during battle,
they should be allowed to speak Tagalog during meal
But that would have been counter-productive to unit
cohesion and our sense of trust and loyalty to one
Sailors don`t just fight on the ship. We eat together,
stand watch together and live in
close quarters together at sea. Therefore, it is
essential that everyone conforms to a standard—and that
Mastering English helped the Filipinos become terrific
to the core from the bottom ranks on up. They made
especially good Chief Petty Officers because they were
no-nonsense guys who got the job done.
Many became proud American citizens.
The language signs on Navy warships have been taken
down, in part because there are fewer Filipinos today
than there were two decades ago.
But learning English helped the Filipinos assimilate not
only into the Navy`s culture but also America`s.
Baca, Gutierrez and all the other advocates of multiple
languages should pay attention to that lesson.
Thomas lives in the
Washington D.C. area. He received a BA in history from
Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and an MA in
National Security from the Naval Postgraduate School in
Monterey, CA. Thomas specializes in Christian-Islamic
relations and politics.
Re: David Vallejo`s
A Hispanic Reader Responds To Steve Sailer On Race And
While I agree in principle with Vallejo`s recent letter
stating that people should be treated as individuals, I
point out that the relevance of group membership is
Politically correct dogma is captured in the so-called
`striver`s scenario`, where standardized scores
or test results for under-achieving minority students
are supposed to under-predict their potential.
For example, Nathan Glazer
wrote in the New Republic in 1999:
"It stands to reason that a student from a materially
and educationally impoverished environment who does
fairly well on the SAT and better than other students
who come from a similar environment is probably stronger
than the unadjusted score indicates."
In other words, according to Glazer, a black student who
achieves a SAT score of 1200 should really be more
qualified than a white student who achieves a SAT score
of 1200, as the black student has had to overcome
various society-imposed hurdles to have come so far.
Had they both started off on equal footing, Glazer`s
thinking goes, the black student would have scored
higher than the white student. A black student`s "face
value" score of 1200 is therefore worth more than
that of a white student`s score of 1200.
Reality proves otherwise. As this very illuminating but
article illustrates (see pages 10-22), when matched
for SAT scores, black students` performance in college
courses is much lower than that of white students. If
the same predictor were applied to blacks and whites
indiscriminately, it under-predicts black
students` subsequent performance at all levels. This is
Meaning this: future performance of an individual is
best predicted not by that individual`s score
alone. A composite of an individual`s score
and that particular individual`s group membership`s
average score serves as a better predictor of that
particular individual`s future performance.
Given that blacks and Hispanics score significantly
below whites in many cognitive indices, a negative
weight will need to be applied when predicting their
individual future performance.
A spin-off from the above regression towards the mean is
in the area of immigration.
Even if one were to apply a uniform cutoff point as a
criteria for entry, say, someone with a cognitive
ability of an IQ of 120 or some other criterion that
correlates with cognitive ability such as educational
attainment, identical profile immigrants from different
ancestral ethnic or racial or religious groups will
not have identical descendant profiles, again due to
regression towards different means of their respective
familial or ancestral pool.
“In this school district, blacks and whites who were
perfectly matched for a true-score IQ of 120 had
siblings whose average IQ was 113 for whites and 99 for
blacks. In about 33 percent of the white sibling pairs
both siblings had an IQ of 120 or above, as compared
with only about 12 percent of black siblings.”
Since offspring are merely non-contemporaneous siblings,
the inference is clear.
Incidentally, this is a predictable result of regression
to the mean when the frequency of intelligence-enhancing
genes differs in the two populations, and is predicted
by a genetic theory of racial differences. There is no
environmental theory that predicts such differences in
the siblings of highly-intelligent children.
All other factors being equal, if a country takes the
long-term view and takes into account human capital not
just for the present generation but for future
generations as well, group membership is not entirely
This point has been touched on in a previous
VDARE article by J. Philippe Rushton demonstrating
how blacks and whites regress towards their respective
means, with VDARE.COM editors astutely commenting on the
logical implication that affirmative action preferences
cannot be a stable solution in the long term as black
elite`s children will not be able to take advantage of
their parents` success, as well as a more recent
VDARE article by Jared Taylor.
The above is all borne out by data in SAT scores, a
proxy for cognitive ability.
Black parents from the wealthiest family income bracket
(over $70,000) have kids who score lower than
kids of white parents from the poorest income bracket
(under $10,000). See the details
Taken in total, because of huge and intractable
inter-group differences, group membership is not of zero
relevance in modern America.
And this implies a fundamental conflict between
non-discrimination (not using group membership for
selection) on the one hand, and merit selection
on the other.
himself as a former modern liberal turned
"evolutionary conservative". He is of Northeast
Asian descent and is a professional who is currently
residing and working in Toronto, Canada. His previous
letter in defense of Rushton is
A California Reader Says The Nebraska Sheriff`s Association—Of All People—Has An Apple Pie Recipe For Guzzardi
From: Jimmie Leona (e-mail
Re: Joe Guzzardi`s
On Thanksgiving—Apple Pie Or Bust!
Nebraska Sheriff`s Association has published its own
cookbook featuring the best recipes of Nebraska law
Included are “jailbird wings,” chicken wings in
habenero sauce, and “Dispatcher Texas
spaghetti.” Read all the recipes here:
Law enforcers and cooks, By Tracy Overstreet, Grand
Island Independent, November 22, 2007]
But what caught my eye was Hall County Sheriff Jerry
Watson`s “Dad`s Apple Pie” According to Watson,
he parted with his recipe reluctantly.
Since Watson claims that: “Everyone really loves my
apple pie,” maybe Guzzardi should give it a try.
comments: I notice that Watson`s pie has oatmeal in the
crust and the topping. That, as far as I am concerned,
is a no-no—way too healthy!