If a nation is defined by an idea, its people become irrelevant

If a nation is defined by an idea, its people become irrelevant. By Tucker Carlson. He neatly skewers the sheer stupidity of the new left’s immigration ideas, in under two minutes.

The new left seems to believe that the current populations of the West could be replaced by third world immigrants from “shithole” countries, and the West would remain essentially the same.

Even more amazingly, the new left believe that because the new people would vote  for them — the current people increasingly don’t because they are too deplorable — they would be in charge. Don’t be ridiculous. The newcomers will vote for themselves to be in charge, not some old white male lefties. Soon they would change the culture towards what they prefer — perhaps like where they came from?

A reader adapts a well-known saying:

You can take the boy out of the shithole, but …

Black Protest Has Lost Its Power

Black Protest Has Lost Its Power, by Shelby Steele, a (courageous) black scholar.

Have whites finally found the courage to judge African-Americans fairly by universal standards?

The recent protests by black players in the National Football League were rather sad for their fruitlessness. …

It is not surprising, then, that these black football players would don the mantle of protest. The surprise was that it didn’t work. They had misread the historical moment. They were not speaking truth to power. Rather, they were figures of pathos, mindlessly loyal to a black identity that had run its course.

What they missed is a simple truth that is both obvious and unutterable: The oppression of black people is over with. This is politically incorrect news, but it is true nonetheless. We blacks are, today, a free people. It is as if freedom sneaked up and caught us by surprise.

Of course this does not mean there is no racism left in American life. Racism is endemic to the human condition, just as stupidity is. We will always have to be on guard against it. But now it is recognized as a scourge, as the crowning immorality of our age and our history.

Protest always tries to make a point. But what happens when that point has already been made — when, in this case, racism has become anathema and freedom has expanded? …

The NFL protests were not really about injustice. Instead such protests are usually genuflections to today’s victim-focused black identity. Protest is the action arm of this identity. it is not seeking a new and better world; it merely wants documentation that the old racist world still exists. It wants an excuse. …

Watching the antics of Black Lives Matter is like watching people literally aspiring to black victimization, longing for it as for a consummation.

Pentagon Document Confirms Existence of Russian Doomsday Torpedo

Pentagon Document Confirms Existence of Russian Doomsday Torpedo, by Kyle Mizokami.

A key U.S. nuclear weapons document confirms that the Russian government is developing the most powerful nuclear weapon in more than a half century. …

Kanyon is reportedly a very long range autonomous underwater vehicle that has a range 6,200 miles, a maximum depth of 3,280 feet, and a speed of 100 knots according to claims in leaked Russian documents.

But what really makes Kanyon nightmare fuel is the drone torpedo’s payload: a 100-megaton thermonuclear weapon. By way of comparison, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 16 kilotons, or the equivalent of 16,000 tons of TNT. Kanyon’s nuke would be the equivalent of 100,000,000 tons of TNT. That’s twice as powerful as Tsar Bomba, the most powerful thermonuclear weapon ever tested. Dropped on New York City, a 100-megaton bomb would kill 8 million people outright and injure 6 million more.

Kanyon is designed to attack coastal areas, destroying cities, naval bases, and ports. The mega-bomb would also generate an artificial tsunami that would surge inland, spreading radioactive contamination with the advancing water. To make matters worse there are reports the warhead is “salted” with the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60. Contaminated areas would be off-limits to humanity for up to 100 years.

Kanyon is designed to get around American ballistic missile defenses.

The Humanitarian Hoax of Net Neutrality: Killing America With Kindness

The Humanitarian Hoax of Net Neutrality: Killing America With Kindness, by Linda Goudsmit.

The Humanitarian Hoax is a deliberate and deceitful tactic of presenting a destructive policy as altruistic. The humanitarian huckster presents himself as a compassionate advocate when in fact he is the disguised enemy.

Barack Obama, the humanitarian huckster-in-chief, weakened the United States for eight years presenting his crippling policies as altruistic when in fact they were designed for destruction. …

Humanitarian hoaxes are deceitfully given positive sounding names that disguise their negative intent and mislead the trusting public. The Affordable Care Act was not affordable, the Southern Poverty Law Center is the enemy of free speech, George Soros’ Open Society Foundation funds anarchy all over the world. The deceptive names are the opposite of what the organizations and policies actually do….

“Net Neutrality” sounds constructive and fair but it is actually a Leftist attack on Internet freedom designed to restrict freedom of speech — particularly the opposition speech of conservatives and libertarians. This is how it works.

The World Wide Web (WWW) for non-governmental commercial use has been an open unrestricted American business since its launch over twenty years ago. The WWW is the 21st century public square for information sharing in the world.

Internet business is divided into two separate sections. There are Internet Service Providers (ISP) like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T and there are Internet Content Providers like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter. In 2015 Obama disingenuously decided to “protect” the open Internet and passed regulation FCC 15-24 deceptively tagged “Net Neutrality.” … Roger Stone has written an exceptional article on the subject explaining what it all means.

“Net Neutrality” binds Internet Service Providers to the rules but exempts Internet Content Providers.

The Tech-Left was instrumental in the formulation of “Net Neutrality” and helped write the new rules. Not surprisingly, the consequence is that the Leftist content providers who currently dominate the WWW are “free to restrain content by censoring out all conservative and libertarian views at will, without so much as an explanation to anyone why the objectionable views were banned.” …

The leftist elites in Silicon Valley funded generously by George Soros embraced Marshall McCluhan’s famous saying “the medium is the message.” They understood that political control is only possible with communication control — control the medium and you control the message. The purpose of Net Neutrality was control of the Internet to control its ideological content. …

The left-wing liberal narrative already dominates American universities, the entertainment sector, and the mainstream media. Net Neutrality is a power grab for the WWW. …

If the Leftist behemoths are free to regulate and censor content on the Internet then we no longer are living in a free society or a free world — we are living in the dystopian society described by George Orwell in his famous book 1984. … Only in the Leftist/Orwellian world of subjective reality is censorship considered “fair” and truth labeled “hate” speech. …

Obama’s Net Neutrality is a deceitful attempt to bypass the Constitution and award exclusive control of Internet content to the Leftist behemoths that currently dominate the WWW.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

The Islamization of Germany in 2017

The Islamization of Germany in 2017, by Soeren Kern.

The Muslim population of Germany surpassed six million in 2017 to become approximately 7.2% of the overall population of 83 million …

German authorities have admitted to losing track of potentially hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, many of whom are living on German streets and are believed to be sustaining themselves on a steady diet of drug dealing, pickpocketing, purse snatching and other forms of petty crime. …

“As a refugee, it is difficult to find a girlfriend.” — Asif M., a 26-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan, responding to charges that he had raped one woman and attempted to rape five others in Berlin. …

Sudanese migrants, many of whom were allowed to enter Germany without having their fingerprints taken, have “created a business model” out of social security fraud. …

Only 6,500 refugees of the more than one million who have been allowed into Germany during the past two years are enrolled in work training programs. …

The German Parliament approved a controversial law to fine social media networks up to €50 million euros ($57 million) if they fail to remove so-called hate speech. Critics said the purpose of the law is to silence criticism of the government’s open-door migration policy. …

The article lists the outrages, day by day, in chronological order, starting with January 1:

January 1. Two thousand “highly aggressive” migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East gathered in front of the central railway station in Cologne, where, in 2015, hundreds of German women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve. A massive police presence prevented mayhem. In Berlin, at least 22 women were sexually assaulted at the Brandenburg Gate, despite the presence of 1,700 police officers. In Hamburg, at least 14 women were sexually assaulted.

Some days have multiple entries. Overwhelming.

Meanwhile the government and media are doing their best to deny the problem and prevent people from finding out. Amazing.

There is simply a massive cultural divide between these people and their new home.

hat-tip Bob

Donald Trump declares January 16 to be “Religious Freedom Day”

Donald Trump declares January 16 to be “Religious Freedom Day”, by Jonathon Van Maren.

This is why people are so conflicted about Donald Trump, and this is why Ben Shapiro does his “Good Trump, Bad Trump” shtick: Because when he’s good, he’s really good. I don’t know who wrote his proclamation on “Religious Freedom Day,” but Trump hasn’t been this on point since his phenomenal speech in Warsaw, where he defended the much-maligned concept of Christian civilization. Anyway, read it for yourself. It’s worth the time.

Some excerpts from Trump’s speech:

Our forefathers, seeking refuge from religious persecution, believed in the eternal truth that freedom is not a gift from the government, but a sacred right from Almighty God. …

Today, Americans from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds remain steadfast in a commitment to the inherent values of faith, honesty, integrity, and patriotism. Our Constitution and laws guarantee Americans the right not just to believe as they see fit, but to freely exercise their religion.

Unfortunately, not all have recognized the importance of religious freedom, whether by threatening tax consequences for particular forms of religious speech, or forcing people to comply with laws that violate their core religious beliefs without sufficient justification. These incursions, little by little, can destroy the fundamental freedom underlying our democracy. …

No American — whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner — should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law. …

The United States is also the paramount champion for religious freedom around the world, because we do not believe that conscience rights are only for Americans. …

The free exercise of religion is a source of personal and national stability, and its preservation is essential to protecting human dignity. Religious diversity strengthens our communities and promotes tolerance, respect, understanding, and equality. Faith breathes life and hope into our world. We must diligently guard, preserve, and cherish this unalienable right.

But remember, some “religions” are really totalitarian political ideologies — communism, environmentalism, and Islam jump to mind. The crucial point is: do they tell others (i.e. non-believers) what to do?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

US Democrats Block 2018 Budget, Gain Another Month to Push Amnesty

US Democrats Block 2018 Budget, Gain Another Month to Push Amnesty, by Neil Munro.

Democrats have successfully blocked the government’s 2018 budget for another month, giving them more time to exhaust and frustrate President Donald Trump and GOP leaders into accepting the Democrats’ game-winning amnesty for millions of illegals. …

The amnesty talks are being overseen by the four deputy leaders of the Senate and House … Democrats’ negotiations tactics include emotional public claims of racism, televised sob stories from migrants, skewed polls, as well as intense back-room lobbying by illegal immigrants, open-borders advocates and by the CEOs whose stock-options would be reduced if a shortage of labor drives up wages.

If the amnesty does get approved by an exhausted Trump and GOP, it would wreck Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” presidency, 2018 turnout and his reelection. The approval would prove that Democrats, the establishment media, and business lobbies have the political power to simply raise the supply of cheap imported labor whenever companies are forced to pay higher wages to Americans, regardless of Trump’s stunning victory in 2016. …

Aided by favorable media, Democrats in the Senate are playing so tough that they plan to formally introduce their amnesty-plus plan on Wednesday.

That amnesty-plus has already been rejected by Trump on January 11 in a meeting where Trump opposed migration quotas from “shithole” countries. Since then, Democrats have repeatedly claimed that Trump can partially expiate his sins by endorsing their amnesty. …

Trump and some GOP immigration experts oppose the Democrats’ amnesty-plus because it offers only token changes to the visa lottery program and to the chain-migration rules, and only offers one year’s worth of wall-building money. …

Polls show that Trump’s American-first immigration policy is very popular. For example, a December poll of likely 2018 voters shows two-to-one voter support for Trump’s pro-American immigration policies, and a lopsided four-to-one opposition against the cheap-labor, mass-immigration, economic policy pushed by bipartisan establishment-backed D.C. interest-groups.

The swamp versus the people.

When a Democrat strategist seems a random white person in the US he sees 35% of a vote — because about two thirds of whites in the US vote Republican. But when he sees a random brown or black person, he sees 80% of a vote — much better! So for him, how to win? Import more brown and black people. Oh how short sighted.

US and China prepare for trade clash of the titans

US and China prepare for trade clash of the titans, by Andrew Browne.

The last time Washington ­mobilised for a trade war, Ronald Reagan was president and Japan the adversary.

Today, the White House is readying the same big guns — a mix of tariffs and quotas — aimed mainly at Chinese imports. It has in its sights everything from steel to solar panels and washing ­machines. …

In this brewing battle fuelled by protectionists in both camps (Trump’s “America First“ finds its nationalist counterpoint in President Xi Jinping’s “China Dream”), each side has an exaggerated sense of its own advantages.

“A trade war is coming because of ideological zealotry and absolutely contradictory estimates of who has more leverage,” says Scott Kennedy, an expert on ­Chinese industrial policy at the Centre for Strategic and Inter­national Studies, a Washington-based think tank. …

If it escalated far enough, a trade war could take down the entire global trading architecture. That may, indeed, be Trump’s goal. His longstanding view is that one of the biggest mistakes the US ever made was to usher China into the World Trade Organisation in 2001, enabling a competitor. Aides say he regularly threatens to pull out of the rules-setting body. …

In private … senior Chinese officials point to Beijing’s tactical strengths. Some are cultural; the Chinese people, one says, are better able to “eat bitterness”— endure hardship. Perceptions of US bullying would rally the population around the Communist Party, this official argues, whereas US opinion would fracture among constituencies for and against trade hostilities. …

While the White House scrambles to assemble a coherent strategy — Trump’s hands are still tied by congress — China has a detailed game plan for a trade war, and total flexibility to carry it out. A switch to Airbus purchases is one obvious move. Diversifying soybean supplies another.

Count on Chinese retaliatory actions being highly targeted — state by state, congressional district by congressional district — to inflict the maximum US job losses, and single out those politicians most gung-ho about trade action. ….

In the 1980s, Japan had to back down, agreeing to voluntary export restraints and moving large parts of its auto manufacturing base to the US to create jobs and defuse tensions. China won’t be pushed around in the same way.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

State Broadcaster Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC): People Who Have Big Families Should Be Publicly Shamed, Import Migrants Instead

State Broadcaster Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC): People Who Have Big Families Should Be Publicly Shamed, Import Migrants Instead. By Jack Montgomery.

The publicly-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has published an opinion piece arguing Canadians who have big families should be shamed, and that the country should be importing migrants instead.

The crown corporation, which is roughly analogous to Britain’s BBC, ran the article in response to Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines’s announcement that they were expecting a fifth child.

Kristen Pyszczyk, a Toronto-based writer whose interests include “feminism, mental health, addiction, pop culture, and digital media”, claimed that having a child was not just a personal choice, but “a choice that affects everyone who inhabits our planet”. …

The main thrust of Pyszczyk’s piece is that Westerners should not be having children because they are bad for the environment. …

How simply replacing Canadian children with migrants would in any way mitigate people’s impact on the environment is never explained.

We know people in middle class Australia who have received a fair bit of push-back from friends and strangers when they have a fourth child. Several independent cases.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Has identity politics shattered Martin Luther King’s dream?

Has identity politics shattered Martin Luther King’s dream? By Arthur Chrenkoff.

Martin Luther King Jr … was a plagiarist, a serial adulterer, and, at most charitable, a flirt with communism and far-left politics. He was also a man of a truly powerful word — and the Word — as well as of courage, a great moral leader of the century, a beacon lighting up both the injustices suffered by his people in the land of the free and at the same time showing his people the way to the Promised Land.

Today, like the Man-God in whose steps he followed and whose Gospel he preached, Dr King is claimed by all.  …

He is a hero of the secular left who was staunchly pro-life and whose beautiful rhetoric is steeped in the language now completely alien to the progressive discourse.

“I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — MLK

How has his dream fared then, fifty-five years later?

On one level, it has been achieved. … On the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners are able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. … Even in Alabama, little black boys and black girls are able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. …

On another level, however, that dream, after a promising start, seems to be receding even further away. …

The new Democratic Party, which eventually ditched its Bull Connors and George Wallaces, the left more broadly, the African-American leadership, the civil rights establishment are all increasingly beholden to the false prophecy of identity politics; the neo-Marxist vision that sees people not as individuals but as members of a group, and judges them by the color of their skin and not the content of their character. …

Sadly, by a twisted logic, those who like him try to preach colour-blindness are now more often than not called out as racists, or at best naive.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Stock markets are unusually high, while commodities are unusually low

Stock markets are unusually high, while commodities are unusually low. The biggest theme in investing is reversion to the mean. All meaningful ratios tend to take excursions for a while, before returning to their mean. It’s as if markets have an inbuilt force pushing them gently to the historic average, just as a pendulum pulls back to the center under the insistent tug of gravity.

The Dadirri Imposture

The Dadirri Imposture, by Anthony Morris.

For those inclined to signal their virtue, Aboriginal ‘culture’ presents a problem. With no written language or literature, permanent architecture, horticulture or animal husbandry there is little on which to lavish patronising praise. The solution? Stitch together a ‘philosophy’ from whole cloth. …

What is called dadirri has been embraced by the Roman Catholic and Anglican communions in Australia for its spiritual benefits and its powers of emotional and psychological healing, while institutions as diverse as the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Technology Sydney, James Cook University and the Lowitja Institute have commended it as a “research methodology”, and Curtin University has gone so far as to endorse it as an “Indigenous philosophy”. …

Needless to say, the key to this acceptance lies in the word indigenous. Do a Google search for dadirri, and you will find repeated references to it as an “Aboriginal tradition”, or as a feature of “Indigenous culture”. For clergy given to “virtue signalling”, as much as for academics determined to parade their credentials for proactive inclusiveness, there are no sweeter sounding words in the English language than Aboriginal and indigenous, especially when linked with words like tradition or culture.

Even on the most generous view, it is no more accurate to label dadirri as an “Aboriginal” or “indigenous” tradition than it would be to call the Welsh [meditation] practice of myfyrdod a “European” tradition. The only anthropological evidence — limited to a single source — confines dadirri exclusively to women of the Ngangikurungkurr people, some 150 to 200 individuals in the communities of Nauiyu, Peppimenarti and Wudigapildhiyerr, and in outstations on nearby traditional lands near Daly River in the Northern Territory south of Darwin. …

For goodness sake, spare us the claptrap about relief from pain and trauma, about remediation of mental illness, about it being a “research methodology” or a “philosophy”. If dadirri has anything to offer white Australians, that offering will not be enhanced by such ludicrous claims. It will only encourage thinking Australians to place dadirri in the dustbin with all the other fatuous promises offered by the bleeding-heart Leftist high-priesthood, regardless of whether they happen to be attired in clerical vestments or academic gowns. …

“Oldest culture” is patronizing and saying it is primitive:

It has become fashionable to refer to indigenous Australians as representing “the oldest continuous culture on Earth”. But it takes only a moment’s reflection to recognise that, even if it were accurate, this description is deeply patronising, insulting and frankly racist. In some contexts, “oldest” may be considered complimentary: say, “the oldest family in the county”, or “the oldest recipient of a gold medal”. But, in speaking of a culture, “oldest” is practically a synonym for “most primitive”. The term “continuous” merely adds an imputation of stagnation to the slur of decrepitude. …

hat-tip Stephen Neil