To an immigrant such as myself (not the undocumented kind, but documented up to the hilt, alas), one of the most striking features of Election Night analysis was the lightly worn racial obsession. (Snip) This is what less-enlightened societies call tribalism: for example, in the 1980 election leading to Zimbabwe´s independence, Joshua Nkomo´s ZAPU-PF got the votes of the Ndebele people while Robert Mugabe´s ZANU-PF secured those of the Shona – and, as there were more Shona than Ndebele, Mugabe won. That same year America held an election, and Ronald Reagan won a landslide victory. Nobody talked about tribal
Looks like we agree on this. The Republican Party just needs to talk solely about all the free ice cream. All we have to do is promise everybody that they can have all the ice cream you could ever want.
Completely forbidden to even breathe a word about who pays for it or where all the free ice cream is going to come from, just promise free ice cream. The Democrats can promise anything, free health care, free phones, but they will be forever preempted by the free ice cream cause we promised it first. Everybody loves ice cream, even Democrats. We will have people falling all over themselves voting for the "Free Ice Cream" party.
My wife is Peruvian. We won´t talk about the amount of money we spent getting her here LEGALLY.
I will only say what she said to me when she saw on Univision Latinos bragging that they had won the election for Obama: "Why are they bragging? Are they proud to be able to f--- up this country the way they f---ed up their own?"
I feel like the birthright of every American, those native born and those who legally join us, more and more comes from a pathetic crack prostitute who will sell it to whoever will provide the next rock. It is sickening. This is the unknown result of parties. The Founders feared political parties. And now, after 225 years, we know why. The entrenched corruption, the entrenched bureaucrats who make life less free, the entrenched government addicted individuals and corporations, the educational institutions that feed on government largess like crap birds in a pasture continue to suck the life blood from We the People.
And still, in the face of all evidence that America is fiscally broke beyond the ability of the human imagination to imagine, enough citizens voted for the absolute worst individual to ever occupy the office of president. The lies do not even bother them, since so many of them are addicted to the lie.
I honestly don´t know what to tell my son about his future. It certainly isn´t what my father told me.
Sorry for incomplete post (I hate touchscreen keyboards.) This is an excellent article, which discredits the wrong -headed advice of many Republican talking heads that the key to winning lies in embracing Hispanic immigration and courting Hispanic voters. This would only work if we could be selective about which Hispanics to admit, which is not the case--especially with those who enter the US illegally. Instead, we would just end up with more uninformed voters who would look to the Santa Claus party for handouts.
FTA: "While Canada and Australia compete for high-skilled immigrants, America fast-tracks an unskilled welfare class of such economic benefit to their new homeland they can´t even afford a couple of hundred bucks for the necessary paperwork."
I suspect that the marxists were too impatient to wait for their policies to destroy the American middle class and drive its former members into peasanthood. Here´s an idea: why not just import a few million peasants and accelerate America´s decline? Like gas on a fire. Brilliant, Watson!!
But there is something else going on here. Ever watch TV with the sound off? You see subtle little visual things you miss when your hearing gets in the way.
By continuing to call them Latinos and Hispanics we are failing to recognize who they really are and what is really happening. Look at them. They are not Spanish. They are not European. They are Indians. Incas, Mayas, Aztecs, and assorted southwest north American Indians who went south into Mexico.
North America is being resettled by Indians. Reclaimed. Forget the language you hear. Block it out. Just use your eyes. This is ALL race, and nothing BUT race.
Looking for the infusion of foreign blood and brain power to jump start our prosperity? I have been told by a resident of the American southwest that the people coming across the Mexican border are far from the sharpest knives in the drawer.
The Republicans are about to commit long-term political suicide. The illegal alien population consists mostly of poor generally uneducated people who earn very low wages. The liberal Democrats through ethnic politicians and a huge number of community organizers in ethnic and immigrant communities have been setting this up now for a couple of decades. The Republicans don´t know what to do, their business oriented constituency group seeking an unlimited supply of cheap labor got mass uncontrolled illegal immigration going in the first place, and now it is coming back to bite them big-time. If the Republicans now support any sort of liberal Democrat amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens the liberal Democrats will end up eventually granting the legalized aliens US voting rights, and the Republicans will have handed the liberal Democrats many millions of new socialist oriented foreign born voters to continue the transformation of America. Then the stupid party and their educated idiot politicians and consultants will never again be able to win national elections.
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Donna M, 11/16/2012 9:43:52 PM (No. 9019688)
Well, finally Mr. Steyn is telling the truth, which those of us who have to work with heavily immigrant populations already know.
Immigrants--not just Hispanics--are coming in such numbers that they are bringing over the culture they allegedly fled. We are unable to acculturate them, and we are also paying for not only uncontrolled immigration but also uncontrolled H1-B programs and outsourcing, which have been manipulated to collapse formerly strong American wages in IT, project management and increasingly many other areas such as administration, lab work and even creative services.
Reasons why immigrants aren´t adopting American values: 1) Too many immigrants are ´global (fill in the nationality)´ and weakly committed to the US for starters. Doesn´t matter if they are hard-working, it pays for more trips home. Mentality remains in the old country, no interest in really being more than superficially American. 2) We permit their ´tribal´ perspective, expectations of corruption, prejudices and working the system (a/k/a ´getting over´) from Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Latin America and the Middle East, and are imposing it here. Please note the mindset of the Kelley/Khawam sisters--pure ´getting over´ with powerful men, Lebanese style. 3) We fail to demand that they adopt our culture, not theirs, in areas like business practices and morals.
#5, exactly my point. My parents´ families came to this country specifically to GET AWAY from the corrupt ´culture´ of Italy and Sicily that prized graft and theft.
I´m so tired of conservatives thinking immigrants belong under the big tent, because few are suitable. We need to drastically wind down immigration, make citizenship meaningful by making it a difficult, long process, end H-1B programs, and not let down OUR standards.
The problem with all these "hard working immigrants" from south of the Border is that their children and grandchildren in the barrio increasingly become remorseless gangbanger thugs. Numerous Asians and eastern Europeans have also formed organized crime gang units as well. Why work when you can peddle drugs and live La Vida Loca.
In the small but cohesive Mormon community where he grew up, Hans Mattsson was a solid believer and a pillar of the church. (Snip) But when he discovered credible evidence that the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, was a polygamist and that the Book of Mormon and other scriptures were rife with historical anomalies, Mr. Mattsson said he felt that the foundation on which he had built his life began to crumble. Around the world and in the United States, where the faith was founded, the Mormon Church is grappling with a wave of doubt and disillusionment
Sanford, Fla. - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty on Saturday of the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. He also was acquitted of manslaughter, a lesser charge. After three weeks of testimony, the six-woman jury rejected the prosecution’s contention that Mr. Zimmerman had deliberately pursued Mr. Martin because he viewed the hoodie-clad teenager as a criminal and instigated the fight that led to his death. Mr. Zimmerman said he shot
SANFORD, Fla. — The jury deliberating George Zimmerman´s fate has reached a verdict. They reached the verdict after deliberating all day on Saturday. Late in the evening the jurors asked for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter. At about 6 p.m. ET lawyers for both sides appeared in court where Judge Debra Nelson conferred with them about the manslaughter question and then recessed court.
Just when I thought the George Zimmerman "trial" couldn´t sink any lower, the prosecutorial limbo dancers of the State of Florida magnificently lowered their own bar in the final moments of their cable-news celebrity. In real justice systems, the state decides what crime has been committed and charges somebody with it. In the Zimmerman trial, the state´s "theory of the case" is that it has no theory of the case: might be murder, might be manslaughter, might be aggravated assault, might be a zillion other things, but it´s something.
Justin Rose is the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open in 43 years. Rose shot a closing 70 Sunday at Merion Golf Club for a 1-over 281 total and his first major championship. He finished two shots ahead of Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. The 32-year-old Rose overcame his share of misadventures on a challenging course. He took the solo lead for good when Mickelson and Mahan both dropped shots at No. 15.
PARIS — World number one Serena Williams clinched her second French Open title when she beat defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4 6-4 in the final on Saturday. The 31-year-old American, who won her first Roland Garros title in 2002, became the oldest player since tennis turned professional in 1968 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup after overpowering the second seed on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Imagine this: Newspapers and broadcasters in China suddenly start to denounce the British government. They call it a ‘regime’. They say that its treatment of its Muslim minority is cruel and unjust. (Snip) All the time, foreign media report in a wholly one-sided way, credulously trumpeting British government ‘atrocities’ without verification. And then all the major countries in the world agree to permit the direct supply of weapons to the rebels. Absurd? Wait and see. Something quite like this actually happened on a small scale in Northern Ireland, where American individuals helped buy guns and bombs
Renowned author Dan Brown woke up in his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house – and immediately he felt angry. (snip) The critics said his writing was clumsy, ungrammatical, repetitive and repetitive. They said it was full of unnecessary tautology. They said his prose was swamped in a sea of mixed metaphors. For some reason they found something funny in sentences such as “His eyes went white, like a shark about to attack.”
Mark Sanford has won the South Carolina special election in a competitive race for what in normal circumstances is a safe Republican seat. The former governor beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert Busch, for the state’s 1st congressional district. The AP called the race for Sanford early in the evening, with the Republican leading Colbert Busch 54 percent 46 percent.
Most countries in the world have irrelevant numbers of "immigrants." In the Americas, for example, only Canada, America, and the British West Indies have significant non-native populations. In Mexico, immigrants account for 0.6 percent of the population, and that generally negligible level prevails all the way down through Latin America until you hit a blip of 1.4 percent with Chile and 3.8 percent in Argentina. (Snip) But profound sweeping demographic transformation through immigration is a phenomenon only of the western world in the modern era, and even there America leads the way.
A few years ago, after an enjoyable match at the nearby Victoria Cricket Club, I arrived at Rustico, a fine restaurant in the small village of Flatts at the western end of Harrington Sound in Bermuda. (Snip) If you fly in from overseas, as often as he does, you can’t help noticing America is extremely obese: It’s the first thing foreigners remark on, and, if they then prod a little deeper and notice the trillions of dollars of debt, there’s a general sense that a population this unhealthy-looking
Shortly after Barack Obama finished his press conference after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dramatic apprehension last night, a Russian newspaper reported that the president did not mention the “Russian footprint” in his address. (Snip) “Putin has repeatedly said there is no such thing as our terrorists and somebody else’s,” Peskov said. “One must not differentiate between them, deal with some and condemn others. They all deserve the same approach, the same rejection.” This was a reference to America’s vocal defense of the Chechen separatists in the 1990s
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
Oprah Winfrey said Americans by and large know “diddly-squat” about the history of the civil rights movement. The talk show queen and media mogul made her comments during the promotion of her new film, “The Butler,” about a black man who serves in that capacity through seven administrations at the White House. “They don’t know diddly-squat,” she said in a recent interview with Parade magazine. “Diddly-squat.” Ms. Winfrey also said that when she hears the N-word, she thinks of the “millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.”
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused