Chicago has offered up one of its finest to the gods of political correctness, but the riots seem inevitable.

Obviously there’s bad cops.  I remember that video of a Chicago cop beating up a 100 pound bartender from about ten years ago, and it was sickening, as was the way his peers circled the wagons.

Chicago may even have more bad cops than average, for all I know.  But if there is one thing I’ve been taught in every defensive shooting class I have taken in the last fifteen years is that a knife inside of 21 feet is as good as a gun.  It’s more dangerous than it looks, and your reaction times can’t equal the knife. It’s time to shoot.

This “youth” with the future physics professor name of Laquan McDonald, like the “youths” in Ferguson and Baltimore, died from his own stupidity, recklessness, violent streak, and refusal to follow the cops’ legitimate orders.  He was creating a ruckus with a knife, and when the cops showed, he was defying them, even apparently slashing at the tires of one of their patrol cars. The video released didn’t disturb me in the least.  At the very least, what took place was clearly not a murder.

Chicago’s race relations are basically terrible.  I lived there 7 years during the 1990s in a small integrated island surrounded by 100% black and poor ghettos, i.e., Hyde Park.  The tension was palpable, and the mutual distrust and hostility was undeniable.  In fact, I began to become more conscious of racial issues at that time, when I had previously been somewhat of an idealist, blaming government programs, when basic differences of inherent ability and culture were the prime drivers of black failure. I realized then the basic impossibility of the two groups getting along aside from individual exceptions, particularly when blacks are a majority, poor, and otherwise living in dysfunctional communities, where any whites that are encountered present prime targets for theft, rape, and other atrocities.

I also became wise to the ways liberal whites, particularly Jews and well off blacks, cannot be counted on for their good faith.  They instead almost always try to make common cause with the ghetto blacks as harbingers of social reform, radicalism, or as avenging angels of whites’ alleged past misdeeds.  I never took either group even the least bit seriously again, and I realized we are speaking different languages with regard to moral and political issues.  I definitely became a gun rights fanatic at that time, resenting the ways well-off whites would cede all responsibility for self-protection to the police, whom they aim to corral with unrealistic rules of engagement.

I always thought things were on a precipice, and maybe now, in the age of social media and the idiotic black lives matter campaign, things will come to a head.  Unfortunately, there is no one with the clout and prestige of Richard Daley to sort things out, and, due to mass white flight, the whites living in the city now tend to be effete professionals, and not the tough Irish and Polish working class Chicagoans of yesteryear, who would stand up for themselves and their families.  The liberals sacrificing these cops to the unappeasable gods of political correctness might want to think about what they’re doing, before the cops all decide to “go Galt” and leave those left behind to their demographic destiny.

This is the terrible scenario most of us fear.  An unnecessary escalation of force by nominal NATO member Turkey that could easily spiral out of control to the detriment of every other country in NATO.  It has a whiff of Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination.

The shootdown is a consequence of the U.S.’s lunatic support for anti-Assad rebels while fighting an alleged war on ISIS.  It seems as much as we bomb ISIS, we’re also supplying them.  Wimpy concern for collateral damage has something to do with it too, but I think our desire to keep ISIS at a dull roar and focused on the Syrian regime is the real reason. This appears at least an equally plausible explanation for our actions, peculiar downgrading of ISIS rhetorically, and anodyne rhetoric following the Paris attacks.  We’ve certainly seen our leaders act in this cynical, realpolitik fashion before.

Russia’s strategy is sensible and simple:  fight Assad and support the Syrian government.  Turkey, however, is in NATO, very much anti-Kurd, and also anti-Assad, along with the Sunni coalition led by the Saudis.  So they have been providing tacit support to ISIS all along, and they oppose Russia’s involvement.

The Western powers are about to be aligned in the same fashion as the Crimean War, with the same unnatural alliance of Britain (now America) as the Atlantic power, France, and Turkey, against Russia.  Like that war, the dubious justice of the western powers could lead to a protracted, unnecessary, and bloody war.  And, like that war, the Russians will justifiably retreat further into their anti-western prejudices in its wake, assuming it does not metastasize into a world war or nuclear exchange.

Russia, to its credit, has had measured rhetoric in response to this event. They understand presumably the high stakes.  But surely it would make more sense for the West to dump Turkey–led by the fanatic Erdogan–than to continue to be lassoed to that provocative, unstable, and backwards country with a different religion, culture, and geopolitical orientation than western and central Europe. And, indeed, it would be nice if we could put our reflexive anti-Russian instincts to rest in order to combine with them against Islamic extremism, for which they and we both have suffered too much.

In this sense, our war on ISIS is something of a phony war, window dressing for our real policy, as I explained elsewhere.  And this is a terrible state of affairs, and, when coupled with their immigration policy, a sign of the complete divorce between our leaders’ goals and the interests of our people.



One thing that struck me in Obama’s widely criticized press conference in Turkey regarding ISIS, in the wake of this week’s attacks in Paris, is that he announced we’re “staying the course.” This rhetoric of “stay the course,” was one of George W. Bush’s defining features with respect to his Iraq Campaign.

In both cases, in spite of mounting evidence of backsliding, ineffectiveness, and meager results, the failure of imagination leads to the zombie-like appeal to “stay the course,” with the implication that only immaturity and inpatience would reveal the course to be an ineffective one.

Indeed, the one course he is also staying to keep consistent with “our values,” is keeping the front door open to Syrian refugees.  This incidentally is the one easily, cheaply, and effectively reversed course that might actually keep us all safer.

Paris Attacks

These attacks are not the first, nor the last, Muslim horror show Europeans must endure.  A sane policy would start with border control; after all, Muslims are not native to Europe, and recent refugees were among the attackers.  It seems pretty simple to me:  no Muslims in your country equals no Muslim extremists killing your people.  This group is simply not worth the risk.  No more should be brought in, and those already among us should be encouraged to leave. They, quite simply, do not belong.

The bang-for-the-buck of border control is significantly higher than the neoconservatives’ attempts to accomplish something with wars, drones, and never-ending attempts to practice diplomacy and social engineering at gunpoint, as in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.

Indeed, I am not convinced anything the West and its military power can do–short of genocide–will eliminate Muslim extremism. It is simply part of the terrain of the world, like African poverty or North Korean bellicosity. The only thing I believe we can do is create barriers to entry and limit our interactions with this disorderly, hostile part of the world.  In other words, we should do the same thing upwardly mobile people do domestically by avoiding the ghetto and ensconcing themselves in safe, gated communities.  There, as in the international arena, we don’t expect all crime to disappear. The point is to create a space in which one can live his life among friends, without the undue burden of constant disruption by hostile forces.  That is the most basic purpose of countries in general.

Anyway, the attacks were horrible, but they’re not the least bit surprising.  We’ve seen previews in the Charlie Hebdo shootings and the killing of Theo van Goth.  America can expect something like this again; let’s not forget we’ve already had the 9/11 bombings, the Nidal Hasan shootings, and the Boston Bombings, along with dozens of other lesser attacks.  Remember Chatanooga? Arkansas? The shoe bomber? The failed Times Square bombing?

Foreign policy has very little to do with how we can effectively respond to Islamic terrorism. Such terrorism is easily contained and restricted to the Middle East through immigration policy. Islamic terrorists have essentially no means to project power and harm us absent our immigration policies.  And it’s not so clear they would be nearly as obsessed with us if were were not also obsessed with them, involved in their wars, and determined to have them live among us. It is ironic that Obama said ISIS was mostly contained on the eve of these attacks.  They certainly were not, and their power grows in proportion to the number of Muslims in western countries.  Obama is simply engaging in magical thinking here to support his own political prestige.

Each Muslim newcomer is a potential recruit or sympathizer for ISIS, and no such recruits or sympathizers capable of harming the West would exist without ongoing, high-rate Muslim immigration.  Obama has done nothing to stop this immigration–indeed, he has been bragging on twitter about increasing the number of Syrian refugees to 100,000–and, indeed, there is little evidence our desultory bombing campaign has accomplished much of note to harm ISIS in a meaningful way.  And the focus on ISIS and al Qaeda before it misses something importnat.  ISIS is just a manifestation of a larger problem of Islamic extremism, of which al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, al Nusra, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Iranian mullahs, the Muslim Brotherhood, and a bunch of other groups are a part.

European leaders are similar to the US. They are allowing these immigrants as proof of their multicultural bona fides, as well as a means of propping up the support of Europe’s domestic leftists.  A thinking man might notice Israel is not taking in any of these refugees–supposedly the right thing to do–even as it dragoons us into wars against Assad and demands Europe deals with the refugee aftermath of that campaign.  You may also notice Assad, whom we have opposed, is fighting ISIS and protecting Christians. So why would Israel, at once, oppose Muslim immigration to itself, support Muslim immigration to Europe and America, and cajole us into fighting Assad, while not fighting him or ISIS directly?

It seems pretty obvious Israel has leveraged their supposed “great friendship” with the US for us to do their dirty work.  They’re not as concerned about Islamic terrorism in general, but rather the security of their state, of which they consider hostile state powers like Syria and Iran more relevant than mere terrorists, such as ISIS.  After all, Israel originally nurtured Hamas to oppose the PLO.

But the immigration thing is a little puzzling.  But here the answer also points to Israel, because, as long as western countries are harassed by and subject to domestic Islamic terrorism, then the more sympathetic we would be with Israel and the more concerned with what is happening in the Middle East.  What may otherwise appear as petty squabbles between Israel and its neighbors, now become our problems too, in the age of imported terrorism. In other words, terrorism makes us all “Israelis,” with an Israeli concern with what is going on in the Middle East, the balance of powers, and the like.

In addition, there is a local aspect to support immigration in general by Israel and the Jews for every nation but Israel.  Jews in countries other than Israel support diversity, multiculturalism, and other measures that make them just one more group among many in now less coherent ethnostates, rather than a uniquely distinct minority in a sea of Frenchman.  The connection of Jews and western immigration policy is well documented.

ISIS’s rise, our failure to support a pro-Christian leader like Assad, and the importation of pro-ISIS immigrants to Europe and America are all a direct result of the stranglehold the Israel lobby has on the US and its foreign policy. Indeed, one may argue that the West being subject to terrorism, which is otherwise unlikely, is a feature and not a bug of this foreign policy.  Terrorist incidents serve to keep our troops and our focus on a crummy part of the world that we would otherwise have little to do with.

I have never written this strongly on this subject before, but the awfulness of these attacks, and the continuing lunacy of our policy regarding Assad, compel me to do so. We need to recognize that our foreign and domestic policy ultimately should be subordinate to the interests of our own nation and people.  And we should admit that our leaders have done things directly contrary to our interests–assuming that being victimized by mass murder is so–in order to help Israel (or assuage the leftist Holocaust guilt in the case of Europeans) with little identifiable benefit to ourselves.  The only thing more unseemly than this betrayal, is the increasing lack of shame about who is pulling the strings.

What makes no sense through the lens of national interest makes perfect sense when viewed through the prism of “Is it good for Israel?” And, thus, what may seem objectively bad from an Israeli standpoint–Americans or Frenchman being slaughtered by Muslim extremists–turns out to be part of a grand plan of securing our continued involvement, solidarity, and commitment to their national project.  Would that we were committed as strongly to our own.

Leftist freaks took over our universities in the last 40 years.  It’s the same crowd that took over Columbia’s administration building in the 60s.  Let’s not forget former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn were tentured professors at prestigious universities until recently. These are not patriotic Americans.

So I have mixed feelings about seeing these craven administrators subject to the very monster they unleashed:  angry, Marxist, identity politics activists.  This week at Yale and Missouri, we’ve seen administrations cave to these increasingly obnoxious and angry groups, and it will only get worse, because there is no consensus-based way to limit it.  They’re taught that it’s all about power and wallow in their exquisite victimization, and the recipients of their tirades believe the same basic thing.  I learned a long time ago the only way to deprive these types of power is not to play the game and to reject this worldview entirely, but the white-guilt types running universities seemed to believe they’d be rewarded for their solidarity, rather than bullied for their weakness. I say, call me a racist, hater, homophobe, whatever you like.  I don’t accept your scale of values and realize it’s a power play.

Another dimension of all this is the corrupting influence of sports and affirmative action.  Two universities exist, one of less capable students seeking validation and credentials and professional athletic careers, versus more earnest types there to get an education, who value a university for what it used to be. 

The always on point Heather MacDonald observes as follows:

The precedent set here is monumental. Any student protester who can convince his college’s football or basketball team to threaten a strike will be able to bring administrators to their knees even more quickly than usual. Administrative cupidity and alumni fanaticism have turned the collegiate sports-industrial complex into the most powerful force on campus. If that behemoth can be reliably persuaded to support the latest racial agitation—and there will often be a critical mass of black athletes to appeal to—then an already supine leadership class will discard the reality principle once and for all.

I have a vestigal high regard for education and universities.  But they’re increasingly their universities, the play things of radicals and anti-whites, who don’t believe in truth, goodness, and beauty.  Real education is taking place increasingly independently, whereas university degrees less and less signal culture, erudition, curiosity, or much else of value.  Let them be delegitimized. The financial component is making them an increasingly shaky proposition as a practical matter, and, with scenes like we’ve seen in the last few weeks, parents may rightly wonder if there kids don’t emerge from them not merely questioning of received wisdom, but stupidly indoctrinated by hostile maniacs.

Ben Carson’s latest West Point fabrication troubles won’t help him.  His whole outsider schtick depends upon him being more ethical than the average politician, and it turns out he’s just as self-promoting as the rest of them. This shouldn’t be such a big surprise with his multi-year self-promotion in books and other media, but it is.   I’ve met this human type before, who is willing to fabricate with ease, because they are less committed to truth than they are to a narrative.  They’re not dishonest like crooks or frauds, but they just want to tell a great story, about themselves and others, and bending the truth to do it is totally natural to them.  They like to make people happy and make themselves look good, and what’s a little “white lie” in order to do that.  “Fake, but accurate,” as Dan Rather would say.  I find it odd.  Anyway, I think he’s toast now.

Merkel is traitorous.  And Europe is being invaded.  Like the US, the people are discovering their elites are not merely different or wealthier, but actively hostile to their flourishing.  It’s “do or die” time for Europe, even more profoundly than it is for the US.

The image below is based on a broader data set available here, showing the scale of enemy soldiers (i.e., refugees) now flowing to Europe and the acceleration of this invasion in the last year or two.



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