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Africa Subsaharan
'I'm Saddened by the White Man's Emasculation': An African Sets the Record Straight
[PJ] Since the 1990s, Tigori has vigorously denounced the political class ruining his country, and the general lack of prospects compelling Africans to leave their countries in droves, in search of a better future.

Welfare Europe is a powerful magnet for the thousands who keep washing up on its shores, lured by the promises of this new Eldorado*. Meanwhile, the exodus causes standards of living to decline steadily back home, as well as human safety and the value of human life itself, often reduced to that of merchandise.

It saddens me to see the white man too emasculated to put up any resistance

Regarding Europe, Tigori warns that uncontrolled migration from the South to the North shore of the Mediterranean may destabilize it beyond repair and that ethnic wars could well be looming on the horizon.

"It saddens me", he says," to see the white man beating his breast over and over, too emasculated to put up any resistance to people who’ve come to threaten him on his own doorstep". He believes that a toxic mix of guilt, "human rightsism", political naivety and crass ignorance of History have a debilitating effect on Europeans’ capacity to fight the invasion.

He accuses the corrupt African leaders of destroying the lives of hundreds of millions of human beings in all impunity but is equally critical of the ideologues who are paving the way for them. They should stop blaming it all ‐ slavery, the slave trade, colonialism, neocolonialism, and racism ‐ on a forever repentant Europe, which now has to carry the burden of this mass immigration to atone for its supposed sins against Africa.

Tigori explains how the History of black Africa from the 15th to the 20th centuries has intentionally been falsified in the 1940s by Stalinist strategists and their Communist followers, whose covert aim it was to tarnish the image of Western European nations, in order to drive them out of their colonial possessions and take their place. Up until now, that is 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the lies have stuck.

He has harsh words, too, for fake humanists and do-gooders, wolves in sheep’s clothing who jump on the humanitarian bandwagon to better conceal their motives. These predators are deft at playing gullible public opinion like a fiddle, while reaping juicy profits in their smuggling rings and transnational underground networks.

The myth the author debunks is twofold. No, Europe is not responsible for the practice of slavery in black Africa, nor is it guilty of colonial crimes. And, no, Africans did not allow themselves to be enslaved or colonized as "poor hapless victims".

Skipping down to the bottom line and actual causes.

The problems of postcolonial Africa, concludes Tigori, can neither be blamed on the historical myth of its colonial enslavement, nor on the present-day myth of Europe’s racism, xenophobia or white supremacism.

They should rather be attributed to its local elites who continue to betray the masses through their lawlessness, corruption, nepotism, lack of economic rationality, widespread mismanagement and more. Since 1960, he says, bloodthirsty African dictators who looted their countries have done much more harm to their people than the European colonial masters.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 06:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....attributed to its local elites who continue to betray the masses through their lawlessness, corruption, nepotism, lack of economic rationality, widespread mismanagement and more.

All of which is rapidly being exported to the west.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 7:13 Comments || Top||

#2  ...next we'll be talking about Chicago, Baltimore...
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2020 7:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Long piece by the excellent author Paul Theroux, skewering the idiotic "debt relief" campaign and African-related virtue-signaling by the likes of western oligarchs and other Global Grifters - so many astute gems here that it's worth posting this 2005 NYT piece in full:

The Rock Star's Burden
By Paul Theroux
Dec. 15, 2005

Hale'iwa, Hawaii - THERE are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can't think of one at the moment. If Christmas, season of sob stories, has turned me into Scrooge, I recognize the Dickensian counterpart of Paul Hewson -- who calls himself "Bono" -- as Mrs. Jellyby in "Bleak House." Harping incessantly on her adopted village of Borrioboola-Gha "on the left bank of the River Niger," Mrs. Jellyby tries to save the Africans by financing them in coffee growing and encouraging schemes "to turn pianoforte legs and establish an export trade," all the while badgering people for money.

It seems to have been Africa's fate to become a theater of empty talk and public gestures. But the impression that Africa is fatally troubled and can be saved only by outside help -- not to mention celebrities and charity concerts -- is a destructive and misleading conceit. Those of us who committed ourselves to being Peace Corps teachers in rural Malawi more than 40 years ago are dismayed by what we see on our return visits and by all the news that has been reported recently from that unlucky, drought-stricken country. But we are more appalled by most of the proposed solutions.

I am not speaking of humanitarian aid, disaster relief, AIDS education or affordable drugs. Nor am I speaking of small-scale, closely watched efforts like the Malawi Children's Village. I am speaking of the "more money" platform: the notion that what Africa needs is more prestige projects, volunteer labor and debt relief.

We should know better by now. I would not send private money to a charity, or foreign aid to a government, unless every dollar was accounted for -- and this never happens. Dumping more money in the same old way is not only wasteful, but stupid and harmful; it is also ignoring some obvious points.

If Malawi is worse educated, more plagued by illness and bad services, poorer than it was when I lived and worked there in the early 60's, it is not for lack of outside help or donor money. Malawi has been the beneficiary of many thousands of foreign teachers, doctors and nurses, and large amounts of financial aid, and yet it has declined from a country with promise to a failed state.

In the early and mid-1960's, we believed that Malawi would soon be self-sufficient in schoolteachers. And it would have been, except that rather than sending a limited wave of volunteers to train local instructors, for decades we kept on sending Peace Corps teachers. Malawians, who avoided teaching because the pay and status were low, came to depend on the American volunteers to teach in bush schools, while educated Malawians emigrated. When Malawi's university was established, more foreign teachers were welcomed, few of them replaced by Malawians, for political reasons. Medical educators also arrived from elsewhere. Malawi began graduating nurses, but the nurses were lured away to Britain and Australia and the United States, which meant more foreign nurses were needed in Malawi.

When Malawi's minister of education was accused of stealing millions of dollars from the education budget in 2000, and the Zambian president was charged with stealing from the treasury, and Nigeria squandered its oil wealth, what happened? The simplifiers of Africa's problems kept calling for debt relief and more aid. I got a dusty reception lecturing at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation when I pointed out the successes of responsible policies in Botswana, compared with the kleptomania of its neighbors. Donors enable embezzlement by turning a blind eye to bad governance, rigged elections and the deeper reasons these countries are failing.

Mr. Gates has said candidly that he wants to rid himself of his burden of billions. Bono is one of his trusted advisers. Mr. Gates wants to send computers to Africa -- an unproductive not to say insane idea. I would offer pencils and paper, mops and brooms: the schools I have seen in Malawi need them badly. I would not send more teachers. I would expect Malawians themselves to stay and teach. There ought to be an insistence in the form of a bond, or a solemn promise, for Africans trained in medicine and education at the state's expense to work in their own countries.

Malawi was in my time a lush wooded country of three million people. It is now an eroded and deforested land of 12 million; its rivers are clogged with sediment and every year it is subjected to destructive floods. The trees that had kept it whole were cut for fuel and to clear land for subsistence crops. Malawi had two presidents in its first 40 years, the first a megalomaniac who called himself the messiah, the second a swindler whose first official act was to put his face on the money. Last year the new man, Bingu wa Mutharika, inaugurated his regime by announcing that he was going to buy a fleet of Maybachs, one of the most expensive cars in the world.

Many of the schools where we taught 40 years ago are now in ruins -- covered with graffiti, with broken windows, standing in tall grass. Money will not fix this. A highly placed Malawian friend of mine once jovially demanded that my children come and teach there. "It would be good for them," he said.

Of course it would be good for them. Teaching in Africa was one of the best things I ever did. But our example seems to have counted for very little. My Malawian friend's children are of course working in the United States and Britain. It does not occur to anyone to encourage Africans themselves to volunteer in the same way that foreigners have done for decades. There are plenty of educated and capable young adults in Africa who would make a much greater difference than Peace Corps workers.

Africa is a lovely place -- much lovelier, more peaceful and more resilient and, if not prosperous, innately more self-sufficient than it is usually portrayed. But because Africa seems unfinished and so different from the rest of the world, a landscape on which a person can sketch a new personality, it attracts mythomaniacs, people who wish to convince the world of their worth. Such people come in all forms and they loom large. White celebrities busy-bodying in Africa loom especially large. Watching Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently in Ethiopia, cuddling African children and lecturing the world on charity, the image that immediately sprang to my mind was Tarzan and Jane.

Bono, in his role as Mrs. Jellyby in a 10-gallon hat, not only believes that he has the solution to Africa's ills, he is also shouting so loud that other people seem to trust his answers. He traveled in 2002 to Africa with former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, urging debt forgiveness. He recently had lunch at the White House, where he expounded upon the "more money" platform and how African countries are uniquely futile.

But are they? Had Bono looked closely at Malawi he would have seen an earlier incarnation of his own Ireland. Both countries were characterized for centuries by famine, religious strife, infighting, unruly families, hubristic clan chiefs, malnutrition, failed crops, ancient orthodoxies, dental problems and fickle weather. Malawi had a similar sense of grievance, was also colonized by absentee British landlords and was priest-ridden, too.

Just a few years ago you couldn't buy condoms legally in Ireland, nor could you get a divorce, though (just like in Malawi) buckets of beer were easily available and unruly crapulosities a national curse. Ireland, that island of inaction, in Joyce's words, "the old sow that eats herfarrow," was the Malawi of Europe, and for many identical reasons, its main export being immigrants.

It is a melancholy thought that it is easier for many Africans to travel to New York or London than to their own hinterlands. Much of northern Kenya is a no-go area; there is hardly a road to the town of Moyale, on the Ethiopian border, where I found only skinny camels and roving bandits. Western Zambia is off the map, southern Malawi is terra incognita, northern Mozambique is still a sea of land mines. But it is pretty easy to leave Africa. A recent World Bank study has confirmed that the emigration to the West of skilled people from small to medium-sized countries in Africa has been disastrous.

Africa has no real shortage of capable people -- or even of money. The patronizing attention of donors has done violence to Africa's belief in itself, but even in the absence of responsible leadership, Africans themselves have proven how resilient they can be -- something they never get credit for. Again, Ireland may be the model for an answer. After centuries of wishing themselves onto other countries, the Irish found that education, rational government, people staying put, and simple diligence could turn Ireland from an economic basket case into a prosperous nation. In a word -- are you listening, Mr. Hewson? -- the Irish have proved that there is something to be said for staying home.
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ In a word -- are you listening, Mr. Hewson? -- the Irish have proved that there is something to be said for staying home.

Institutio Christianae Religion - John Calvin's seminal work of systematic theology.

Finally, this point is to be noted: the Lord bids each one of us in all life’s actions to look to his calling. For he knows with what great restlessness human nature flames, with what fickleness is borne hither and thither, how its ambition longs to embrace various things at once. Therefore, lest through our stupidity and rashness everything be turned topsy-turvy, he has appointed duties for every man in his particular way of life. And that no one may thoughtlessly transgress his limits, he has named the various kinds of living “callings.” Therefore each individual has his own kind of living assigned to him by the Lord as a sort of sentry post so that he may not heedlessly wander about throughout life (Institutes, 3.10.6).
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 7:45 Comments || Top||

#5  If nothing else it is not wise to kill the host because then he party is over.
Posted by: ruprecht || 01/16/2020 8:26 Comments || Top||

#6  He's absolutely right.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/16/2020 10:55 Comments || Top||

What a lost prison manuscript reveals about the real Nelson Mandela
From 2014, but no less interesting. Though the speculation of what President Obama would have thought if he’d know the truth about Mr. Mandela’s Soviet connections strikes an odd note half a decade later.
[Spectator] This is a story about Nelson Mandela, and it begins on Robben Island in 1974. Prisoner number 466/64 is writing up his life story, working all night and sleeping all day. Finished pages go to trusted comrades who write comments and queries in the margins. The text is then passed to one Laloo Chiba, who transcribes it in ’microscopic’ letters on to sheets of paper which are later inserted into the binding of notebooks and carried off the island by Mac Maharaj when he is released in 1976.
So, a 'Secret'. If you wonder why, read on.
Outside, the intrepid Mac turns the microscopic text into a typescript and sends it to London, where it becomes the Higgs boson of literary properties, known to exist but not seen since it passed into the hands of the South African Communist Party, or SACP, in 1977. Years pass; the mystery deepens. Mandela goes from being an obscure South African prisoner to possibly the most famous living human, subject of global adulation and a ghostwritten autobiography that sells 15 million. His cult is such that prints of his hands are sold for thousands, and yet the prison manuscript stays missing. Until last week, when Professor Stephen Ellis of the University of Leiden sent out an email saying: ’You’ll never guess what I’ve just found in the online archive of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.’

So yes, the lost manuscript has come back to us and, with it, a range of fascinating questions. Why was it not published earlier? Why did it surface now? And above all, what light does it shed on Mandela’s Awkward Secret, first reported by Professor Ellis in 2011?
There's More!
...and it kind of goes along with what we already knew about him (or most of us anyway)
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Yes, an article from 2014, which might indicate we've known "Madiba" (his clan name) was a communist, a terrorist bomber and convicted murderer for a considerable amount of time. Foto of the statue atop Naval Hill in Bloemfontein, SA. An even larger statue sits in front of the Union Building in Pretoria. The adulation and legacy of this man is sickening.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 2:23 Comments || Top||

#2  @ #1 - Sickening, indeed...to the nth degre.
Posted by: Clem || 01/16/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||

#3  What did Soetoro know and when did he know it?
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 8:44 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Yes, not unlike Soetoro mentor and avowed communist Frank Marshall Davis, Mandela was a Soetoro icon.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 8:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't care about his writings so much. First thing he did after getting freed was visit Qaddafi. That about says it all.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/16/2020 11:37 Comments || Top||

#6  ...he was or pretended to be a democrat, But by night he became a leader of a fanatical sect known for its attachment to the totalitarian Soviet ideal.

And the difference is?
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/16/2020 17:46 Comments || Top||

Maitra: Harry is another Diana-Narcissist: All Noblesse, and Zero Oblige
[Federalist] How Prince Harry Turned Into Lena Dunham: Composure and class, stoic fortitude, and a sense of duty are not due to bloodline or money. Some people naturally possess them, and some can attain them through discipline, but most do not.
If they’d let him have a career in the army instead of bringing him home to do meaningless goodwill photo ops around the empire while waiting to see if his brother was knocked out of the heirship, none of this would have happened.
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If he'd stayed in the Army - where he was successful, thriving, and apparently respected and like by his mates -- he'd never have met the little mixed-race global grifter/hollywood-wannabe who's causing so much grief for everyone now.
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 0:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Taking the title of Sussex and using a UK passport, has our little miss(take) given up her American citizenship? Does she have to apply and follow the law to reenter the US just as any other foreigner?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2020 5:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Is it true the little minx introduced him to Oprah and Zero, who are now advising the couple on their strategy to pose as Wokester Celebs shaking down US corporates for gigs and Woke mail/payola - a la Zero, Big Mike, ClintonGlobalGrifter, Colin Shroomhead, Blowsey Ford et al.?
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 7:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Ref #3: Is it true the little minx introduced him to Oprah and Zero, who are now advising the couple on their strategy to pose as Wokester Celebs

Seems plausible, but certainly metaphorically accurate.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 7:17 Comments || Top||

#5  has our little miss(take) given up her American citizenship?

Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2020 7:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Que Forrest Gump meme...

And just like that everyone stopped talking about Andrew the pedophile.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 01/16/2020 11:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Harry = Lena Dunham. Ouch.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/16/2020 17:11 Comments || Top||

#8  In an AOSHQ Fantasy Football League, my team name is Lena Dunham's FUPA. Might have to update next season :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2020 19:00 Comments || Top||

#9  All we really need to know we saw in his dorm room photo poster of Halle Berry. The poor dude was a target before he was a prince.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2020 23:45 Comments || Top||

Nobody Makes Money Like Apollo's Ruthless Founder Leon Black
[Bloomberg Business Week] Leon Black, the most feared man in the most aggressive realm of finance, wants you to know he’s misunderstood. Not about the feared part‐that much is indisputable.

Black built his company, Apollo Global Management Inc., by buying struggling businesses with huge piles of debt at bargain-basement prices, imposing austerity measures on the staff, and extracting huge dividend payments and management fees. Many of Apollo’s most lucrative deals have been from companies other firms wouldn’t go near, and Black is concerned this has left him with a reputation for taking on inordinate risk. "We’ve actually made our most money during recessions," he says, growing agitated. As his face reddens over his blue Hermès tie, his incongruously soft voice rises by an octave, and he stabs a pile of printed-out emails with an eraserless No. 2 pencil. "Everybody else is running for the doors, and we’re backing up the trucks."

The most recent recession, triggered by the 2008 financial crisis, created an unprecedented opportunity for private equity firms, and few have taken better advantage than Apollo, Wall Street’s apex predator. During the past 10 years, its assets grew sixfold, to more than $320 billion. Black has amassed a personal fortune of $9.5 billion. Now 68, he became chairman of New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2018, a coronation of sorts among the wealthiest of the wealthy. His office, which is guarded by a display of antique French long guns and has spectacular views of Central Park, is just above that of Henry Kravis, the most infamous corporate raider of the 1980s.

Who bears the risk in situations where Black is involved is an interesting question. A private equity takeover can involve deep payroll cuts, massive asset sell-offs, and taking on dangerous levels of debt. The process can mortally wound a company and trigger zero-sum fights over the corpse. Even if you don’t know Apollo, you know its targets: Caesars casinos, Claire’s jewelry stores, Linens ’n Things, all purchased just before the financial crisis and driven to bankruptcy under Black’s watch. That’s not always the outcome, but when it is, creditors are on the hook. Apollo, known for guarding its hoard, usually manages to walk away richer.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 08:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2923 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I fail to see how any of this is predatory. Black did not take on the underlying debt in question, then keep doubling down until the situation was beyond any salvage. The former management did that, he found a way to take current reality and make something of it.

Short story long, he didn't destroy the companies, former management did. There is this whole entire funny thing known as mathematics and past a certain point there is no return. You don't need an MBA or to have gone to Stanford, a legal pad and calculator will do.

If you're interested in predatory, how about the degenerate swine Corzine? The crimes he committed were first codified by Hammurabi for God's sake.
Posted by: Cesare || 01/16/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Other Peoples Money(1991). If you think that every failing company should must be saved then you are either a Socialist or just an idiot.
Posted by: magpie || 01/16/2020 9:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Paying himself dividends from a failing business is clearly predatory. Aka looting.
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#4  I'd ban dividends from any company with net debt.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/16/2020 11:36 Comments || Top||

#5  /\ +1000, BP! Pay off the creditors first or its theft.
Posted by: magpie || 01/16/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

#6  #3 That sounds great and makes sense and I'm certainly for it. But here's the deal, we are idly chatting online and rapidly reached that conclusion. Debt agreements are individually tailored, and the more distress in the mix the more individual the document.

If a bunch of anonymous guys can spitball the solution in moments, what in the wide world of jurisprudence is wrong with their legal counsel?

Let's also keep in mind that practically speaking extending the already hopeless situation may not even be open to discussion if the beggar thinks they can dictate.
Posted by: Cesare || 01/16/2020 13:10 Comments || Top||

#7  re: #6 & #3

Sounds good at this level but what is the unintended consequence? No one buys the company?

You have to remember that if you change one variable the whole equation will change.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/16/2020 14:48 Comments || Top||

#8  There is an enormous amount of people that want to ban things...
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 01/16/2020 17:15 Comments || Top||

More Than A Quarter Of Prospective Millennial Home Buyers Have Less Than $1,000 Saved
[Zero] In one of the most comprehensive reports we've seen about millennial attitudes toward home buying, Clever surveyed 1,000 millennials to discern their thoughts about homeownership as part of the company's second annual "Millennial Home Buyer Report."

And what they found - while not exactly surprising - certainly speaks to the difficulties that millennials are facing compared with their predecessors: 84% of millennials believe that owning a home is a critical part of the American dream. This is true, despite the fact that the number of millennials who own homes is 10% lower than the number of Gen Xers who owned homes at the same age.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 03:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Really? Back in the ancient times which I seemed to have lived through, 10% down and enough to cover the costs of processing were the standard. In other words, they're not even close to be being a home buyer (unless you're working hard on the next big mortgage default to shut down the economy).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2020 6:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Seems all the "liar loan" action is in new car financing these days. The housing market is tight enough supply-wise that there's no need for it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/16/2020 7:14 Comments || Top||

#3  We bought our first house in 1982 with an FHA mortgage. In those days it was about 2% down at 19.5% interest — and we were thrilled we caught it on the dip from 21% in those early Reagan years — plus another fraction of a percent for mortgage insurance until we’d paid the thing down to 20% equity.

The house did have to pass a more stringent FHA inspection, but we were happy for the added feeling of security — especially because we were buying a fixer-upper. Mr. Wife wanted profit and pleasure from exercising skills acquired working for his uncle the contractor. That first house was a two-family, and the rent from the first floor apartment paid about half our monthly payment, which mean most of our paychecks went into building materials for the next five years. Working ‘til midnight five days a week is fun when one is young, and one saves a small fortune by not going out drinking...

FHA-backed mortgages are still available, according to the website.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2020 8:29 Comments || Top||

#4  I bought when Las Vegas started going to big tract subdivisions. Talked to the sales team, filled out the paperwork, got a Visa card, then used the card cash advance for the down payment.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2020 8:47 Comments || Top||

#5  $1000 would buy about 3 tattoos - kids have their priorities...
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/16/2020 9:22 Comments || Top||

#6  3.5% down is needed for FHA financing. The article points out that many of those prospective buyers plan on using gift funds from family for that down payment.
Posted by: Crusader || 01/16/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Almost nobody has money to buy a house in China. We bought a small one, but that is mostly because GF had some equity built up in two small houses we sold.

Here, parents normally give their son a house, so someone will marry him. Girl's are on their own, and they know it, so they are incredibly tough.
Posted by: Beau || 01/16/2020 12:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Bet they have $1,000 phones, $5k computers, and a new car.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/16/2020 18:18 Comments || Top||

#9  Millennials are ass deep in college debt too.
Posted by: Texhooey || 01/16/2020 23:44 Comments || Top||

Great White North
Unskilled foreigners seek move to Canada
[The Beaverton] A British and American couple, both unemployed, are seeking to emigrate to Canada despite having no real skills to offer the country, early reports indicate.
lord garth submitted the same article this morning, commenting:
btw, nice to see that Canada now has multiple satire websites
thebeaverton and

The US leads on this with

and many others
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Technically, he has a skill if the Canadian armed forces are interested. Some immigrants have been known to bring similar valuable skills. Just not with egoistical spouses in tow.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2020 5:54 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ This. The man's problems began when he was told he could no longer serve in the Army. Had he continued to do so, there's no way he ever would have married this ridiculous little wannabe Hollywood C-lister and race pimp who is now his wife and mother of his child.

He's not fundamentally a Duke of Windsor type. He's just lost sight of right reason, having been seduced by a stupid, vulgar, conniving woman and her race-pimping pals, Oprah, Zero and Bog Mike.
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 7:15 Comments || Top||

#3  *Big Mike the Bog Man
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 7:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Good one.

Big fan of The Peoples' Cube.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/16/2020 11:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Duffelblog is good too.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/16/2020 17:28 Comments || Top||

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With medieval conditions in California, Gov. Newsom looks back to the old Poor Laws
[American Thinker] California was once called "the Golden State." It has a mellow climate; its agricultural industry was "the fruit basket of America"; San Francisco was "the City that Knows How"; Los Angeles was the "City of Dreams"; and the Sierra mountain range, one of the most beautiful in the world, was a summer and winter pleasure paradise. That's the California in which I grew up.

The current California isn't quite so nice. The climate is still lovely, but the agricultural industry has been struggling because of environmental concerns over the Delta Smelt, a small fish.

Regularly occurring droughts, which are part of California's natural cycle, are proving devastating, mostly because California has refused to upgrade its water system in the last 60 years, even as the population almost doubled. The new plan is to limit people to 55 gallons a day, which gives them a choice on many days between cleaning their clothes and cleaning themselves.

Punishing taxes and regulations routinely drive businesses (AKA employers) out of the state.

Those are all bad things, but what people really know about California today is that it has a homeless problem ‐ 156,000 homeless people, to be specific. Tucker Carlson spent a week looking at the way in which San Francisco, once one of the world's most beautiful cities, has seen its quality of life collapse under the weight of the homeless. Los Angeles has vast tent cities that have become breeding grounds for medieval disease, while Sacramento is overrun with rats.

But fear not! Governor Gavin Newsom has a plan. He wants to amend the California constitution to mandate that all cities and counties must provide housing and shelter enough for every homeless person within the region:
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 03:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Soviet central planning! Someday it might work. Someday we'll all win big in Vegas!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2020 6:03 Comments || Top||

#2  But fear not! Governor Gavin Newsom has a plan.

You know who else liked plans, and lots of them? Elizabeth Warren and the Soviets.
Posted by: Raj || 01/16/2020 9:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Electricity rationing.
Water rationing.
Need some good ol price fixing next.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/16/2020 12:22 Comments || Top||

#4  When Jesus said "the poor will always be with you," he wasn't saying "so go ahead and make more of them with legalized drugs, non prosecution of crimes by certain classes of people and closure of mental health inpatient facilities."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/16/2020 12:30 Comments || Top||

#5  I have no problem with providing shelter for the homeless: I'd put them in tent cities out in the boondocks surrounded by concertina wire. They would be provided with food, water and port-a-potties. Somehow I suspect Governor Newsom has something more elaborate, not to mention more expensive, in mind.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/16/2020 14:48 Comments || Top||

#6  More graft-enabling in mind.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/16/2020 14:49 Comments || Top||

#7  A new homeless shelter just opened in Datona Beach. Read the article to see how it sure is costing a lot and that money (salaries, benefits) is going to county employees. It is a racket...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/16/2020 15:08 Comments || Top||

#8  A plan?

Is it glorious and designed to last 5 years?
Posted by: charger || 01/16/2020 16:40 Comments || Top||

Michael Moore Laments ‘The Sad Downfall of Elizabeth Warren'
[Free Beacon] Michael Moore, the multi-millionaire socialist filmmaker best known for losing a bunch of weight, could not contain his anguish over the recent campaign spat between Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).

In the most recent episode of Moore's podcast, Rumble, the filmmaker lamented "the sad downfall of Elizabeth Warren" and expressed his despair and disbelief that the candidate would promote such a "malicious lie" about Sanders.

"Any of us who have known Bernie forever know automatically, we don't even have to hear him denying it, that there's no way he would say this because there's no way he thinks that," said Moore, who recalled being "paralyzed" earlier this week after reading the CNN report accusing Sanders of telling Warren he did not think a woman could be president.
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#1  Warren vs Bernie (limousine commies) - Stalin vs Trotsky (classic commies). Can't wait for the ice axes to come out.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2020 5:58 Comments || Top||

#2  People who are guilty of something will often accuse others of the same thing. It's called psychological projection.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/16/2020 6:17 Comments || Top||

#3  of course Warren has been less than truthful on many issues, not just the fake Indian issue but also pretending she wasn't hired because she was pregnant, that her father was a janitor, etc.

also, my personal favorite was when she plagiarized the 'crab and tomato mayonnaise dressing' recipe and the 'cold omelets with crab meat' recipe she submitted to the pow wow chow cookbook
Posted by: lord garth || 01/16/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ don't forget her posturing as an enemy of Evil Corporations when she herself was an attack-dog attorney for a shitty corporation that tried to get out of paying the victims of its defective breast implants.

That lie was a trifecta for Fauxcahontas:
- lied about fighting for the little guy
- lied about one of the sources of her wealth
- lied about standing up for women and ACTUAL women victims -- she was on the other side in fact.
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 10:13 Comments || Top||

#5  How can she be a liar? After all, she attacked Bernie for lying about not having said to her that a woman could not win the presidency.

Irritating, isn't it, Liz?
Posted by: gorb || 01/16/2020 12:59 Comments || Top||

#6  "Lets look at the record" - Al Smith
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/16/2020 13:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Warren should finish her campaign run claiming she is pregnant with a black baby. Maybe brown. Undecided. Gender also undecided. Yeah, that's the ticket.
Posted by: Beau || 01/16/2020 13:10 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ Except she's so old she'd gestate a mothball
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2020 13:32 Comments || Top||

#9  I suddenly have a totally genius idea for a movie script about an Unwed Mother President and her First Baby of Indeterminate Gender. It will be totally woke and have socialism up the wazoo. The plot twist is that after winning the election and then Woman of the Year, "she" turns out to be trans.

Hey, I bet I could even get Lumpy Reifehnstahl to direct. Lumpy, have your people call my people!
Posted by: SteveS || 01/16/2020 13:48 Comments || Top||

#10  They’re both idiots. He probably is just that sexist — the Soviets of his youth certainly believed in pretend equality, and he hasn’t developed his views in any way since then. But she is not the woman capable of winning against Donald Trump, and she is exactly the type to pretend umbrage if she can find a button to push.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2020 15:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Bernie-Squeaky Fromme is cleverer. He talks and talks but the man has done nothing - literally nothing - in 50 years of public life, so as a candidate he's a blob, a vapor. Here's nothing in his record to attack because he has no record.
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 16:28 Comments || Top||

#12  Downfall? I can't recall a time she was up.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/16/2020 23:36 Comments || Top||

The Dems Could Bern It All Down
It's Kurt time
[TownHall] - Communist curmudgeon Bernie Sanders is having his moment, threatening to actually win some of the early primaries and maybe even the nomination. This is bad, at least for the Democrats, since the idea of a weird crusty admitted socialist as their candidate is problematic ‐ the problem being Americans aren’t insanely stupid enough to elect this guy president.

We hope.

Also note that I am excluding Vermont, New York and California from that statement, if you have somehow confused those mutant provinces with America.

...Gropey Joe is collapsing, and we still have not seen the full effect of what happens when America gets a load of his loser son, the $50,000 a month stripper impregnator. Once Joe takes his first real body blow, he’s going down.

Heap Big Hack is the one trying to get as close to Sanders as she can without going full socialist ‐ never go full socialist ‐ but she’s flailing. Recently she decried our shameful failure to respond to America’s greatest crisis, that boy criminals pretending to be girl criminals still have to go to boy jails instead of girl jails.

...And there’s Pete Buttigieg, the Hero of Kandahar, the Moses of the Midwest. That pretentious little doofus. Never has someone had so much self-esteem and so little reason for it. Let’s put it this way ‐ if the Democrat primary was Hogan’s Heroes, Pete Buttigieg would assume he was Bob Crane but he would really be Larry Hovis.

...We could hope that the nomination of Bernie would lead the Democrats to a massive electoral repudiation that would spark a long-overdue re-think of the Democrat Party’s drift to the far left. That seems the most likely result. But imagine if Sanders won. If you are one of the two nominees, you have a shot at it, as Donald Trump proved.

...So, Sanders could win. Now it gets really scary. Him with executive power. Shiver. Think of his administration, a motley collection of weirdos, trustafarians, hipsters, professors, and beret-topped activists. Look at that psycho from Iowa Project Veritas exposed. It would be a socialist Freaknik.

What would these cadres of Bernie Bros with some power do? Nationalization of businesses. Giveaways to freeloaders, paid for by all his new taxes. If you want your health care run by a guy who never had a job until those idiots in Vermont elected him, vote Bernie. Say "Bye" to free speech, freedom of religion, and your guns. Our enemies would be emboldened, our allies betrayed, our military ruined, and our economy destroyed. But hey ‐ maybe Bernie Sanders is the one guy in all of human history talented enough to make socialism work.

And, if he keeps true to the form of his idols, he would try to turn the full power of the government against anyone who objects. But gee, lucky our federal law enforcement, intelligence, and tax agencies are packed with non-partisan professionals who would never, ever abuse their power and position to help a Democrat politician go after his opponents!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/16/2020 01:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sad to say, the experience with Trump tells us the unelected government rules us. They will overrule President Sanders whenever his agenda conflicts with their own.

Remember before the British elections when Britain's unelected government were openly stating they wouldn't take orders from Corbyn? Same thing.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/16/2020 2:32 Comments || Top||

Why we need to embrace female body hair, writes @ZoyaAnwerNaqvi#BodyHair
No thanks. Body lice are vectors for the transmission of epidemic typhus, trench fever, and relapsing fever, all of which sound dreadful. Think of body hair removal as risk-free vaccine.
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#1  Well, at least once of the sexes should have body hair.
Posted by: gorb || 01/16/2020 0:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Her suit should NOT be hirsute.
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 0:55 Comments || Top||

#3  There need to be a painless hair removal method, current practice is too painful and razor is too frequent!
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 01/16/2020 1:50 Comments || Top||

#4  They should feel free to embrace it as that's probably all the embracing they can look forward to. Sort of like "Good thing you take yourself so seriously, because nobody else does..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/16/2020 7:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Paging Zenobia -- need a riff on Lucy Van Pelt and her Pelt...
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 7:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Body lice are vectors for the transmission of epidemic typhus, trench fever, and relapsing fever, all of which sound dreadful

So going full San Francisco upon her own personal world?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2020 7:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Seeking Cure For Ignorance, although I agree and would love a painless option most men shave their faces daily. How frequent is too frequent?
Posted by: ruprecht || 01/16/2020 8:29 Comments || Top||

#8  There need to be a painless hair removal method, current practice is too painful and razor is too frequent!

Try Chemo.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2020 8:52 Comments || Top||

#9  ^My vote for snark of the day. Made me laugh out loud, Skid.
Posted by: BrujoTejano || 01/16/2020 8:56 Comments || Top||

#10  Feminists should embrace female body hair. Warn the rest of us away.
Posted by: Iblis || 01/16/2020 9:46 Comments || Top||

#11  "Huh? First time I've seen thigh-high Uggs.."
"I'm not wearing Uggs"

Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2020 10:18 Comments || Top||

#12  ugh!
Posted by: Lex || 01/16/2020 10:20 Comments || Top||

#13  Try Chemo.

You mean one of those impossible burgers?
Posted by: gorb || 01/16/2020 10:57 Comments || Top||

#14  One of those 'you had to be there' experiences.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2020 11:09 Comments || Top||

#15  There need to be a painless hair removal method, current practice is too painful and razor is too frequent!

A propane torch works well if you are quick and careful and don't mind the smell of burnt hair.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/16/2020 11:13 Comments || Top||

#16  Outliers promoting themself as the new normaĺ.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/16/2020 11:16 Comments || Top||

#17  Cornrow pits. I wanna see cornrow pits.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2020 11:17 Comments || Top||

#18  Try Chemo.

You mean one of those impossible burgers?

Nice one.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/16/2020 11:18 Comments || Top||

#19  A hairy hooker once told me her clients insisted on hair there, because some of her clients were damaged by child molesters who required it bald. It's just a awful thing to bring up, no matter how you knit it.
Posted by: Beau || 01/16/2020 12:42 Comments || Top||

#20  Thought of a few comments but none would have passed the TW test....
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/16/2020 12:55 Comments || Top||

#21  I won't comment before Joe Biden has sniffed in.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/16/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||

#22  Re: #7 by ruprech, I shave every few days to once a week. If you haven't notice, according to various TV shows, stubble is the new grooming standard!
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 01/16/2020 14:45 Comments || Top||

#23  OK__ Here goes:

Been there. Done that. Boiled the T-shirt.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/16/2020 16:15 Comments || Top||

Yukon Women Song
A lyric exerpt:
We've go liberated views on whose loving who
And we don't shave our armpit hair...
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/16/2020 17:55 Comments || Top||

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#1  That old guy can sure ramble.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2020 9:17 Comments || Top||

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