Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Ages of Purim

Posted by Daniel Greenfield Posted @ the Sultan Knish blog

Tonight begins the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim.

Like so many Jewish holidays, it is an inconvenient fit for liberal clergy and parishioners who insist that Jewish values consist of social justice.

There is no peace process conducted with Haman, the chief villain of the Purim story. No one tries to understand his point of view or figure out how much bowing he will accept in exchange for calling off the genocide.

Instead he and his fellow conspirators must die.

Purim is a reminder that real Jewish values are not a suicide pact or a soppy tale of moral ambiguity and bleeding heart empathy for genocidal monsters.

Jewish holidays mark historical events by testifying to a G-d of history who is less concerned with feelings and tolerance, than with justice and truth.

Mordechai, like most Jewish Biblical figures, makes for a terrible progressive role model. He doesn't compromise. Even after Haman has passed his decree, he still won't bow to him. He causes the crisis and resolves it by being uncompromising.

Purim began when he refused to bow to the Grand Vizier of a multicultural empire. Jewish leaders hurriedly reassured him that this fanatic was in no way representative of their values. Hadn't they attended the feast where the sacred vessels of their own people were used to serve spirits to the mob? Rather than anticipating the return to their land at the end of the prophesied period of exile, they had cheered the brutish tyrant and made Sushan, his capital, into their new holy city.

The illusion of history is that every age brings with it the end of history, a new age whose awesome achievements break with the past and usher in a boundless future. And then the walls come crashing down and the new era of history ends up buried under the rubble of time.

History never ends. That is the lesson of the Holocaust, of Purim and of countless other horrifying intrusions of the old into the new. The shining new era that begins with grand public spectacles and displays of the power and might of an empire, ends with corpses and men and women fighting and running for their lives.

The Jewish people, break down into Jews and New Age Jews.

The Jews wandered a meandering course through history using ancient maps and concerning themselves with a past that modern people dismissed as myth and legend. The New Age Jews saw a new era of history that made all those old moldy beliefs completely irrelevant. History had ended and a new age had begun. How could they be expected to take a few fairy tales retold by barbarians seriously? Such things weren't for enlightened people who were witnessing the end of history.

The old Jews know what the New Age Jews do not, that history has not ended, that the past is still with us and that it has sharp teeth. They know that Man has not changed, that his sophistication is still only a shell and that sooner or later the shell cracks. If it does not crack from within, then it is cracked from without. While the New Age Jews sneer at the Holocaust obsession, Jews know that the past in all its awful terrors is a map and that forgetting it carries a terrible price.

Those who feel time in their bones know the patterns of history and can never lose themselves in one age or fall into the fallacy of a new era. They know that there is nothing new under the sun. Machines may come and go, but the world is a broken place because the hearts of men have not turned from their ways. And so they remember that every age carries within it the seeds of its ruin. They witness the ruin, climb out of the rubble and move on.

Liberal pieties embrace the new age, fixate on a final transformative era of history at the hands of messiahs who promise to make the world into a better place. Clergy who preach the cant of Tikkun Olam cannot meaningfully cope with that history. Their tattered scraps of philosophy that they mistake for a religion has no room in it for the bloody-minded men who stride through history without saving the whales.

Purim, a holiday preceded by a fast kept by the men going into battle and their loved ones, is not about progressive. It is about survival. Not mere survival, but the skin of the teeth sense of how close we came, that moment of revelation which pulls back the curtains of the material world and reminds us of the impossibility of our survival under all the ordinary rules of the world that new ages are founded on. It reminds us that behind the brick and mortar of the material world is a force that breaks apart history, that saves us when we should have died, that has entrusted us with a mission. It reminds us of what the world is and reminds us of Itself and of what we are.

When you stand on the edge of death, life is a revelation. It is not our deaths under the Egyptian sun, the blades and bullets of a thousand empires and kingdoms, or the ovens of Dachau that we are obsessed with. It is that moment of survival. The revelation that even amid the horrors of all that we have witnessed and the terrible things that we had to do to survive, we have risen out of the ground, watched the flesh cover our bones and stood alive again upon the earth. Every time we survive, we are reminded of the fragility of the material world and of our enemies who wielding every power and trick, have failed to destroy us. Each time we rise, we transcend the world, in confronting our dead, we confront our immortality.

It is not a purely joyous experience. The day of Purim is preceded by a day of fasting. Before the celebration comes a day of battle as the struggle to survive, the long decline into the abyss, the final desperate hours, suddenly give way to the upheaval of an impossible salvation. We remember the pain, the sense of the grave closing over us, the bodies lying everywhere, the certainty that we will be next.

We accept the hopelessness of our situation and then we walk out of the grave and praising G-d, sit down to the feast.

This is Jewish history. It is an alien one to the New Age Jew who clings tightly to the new era and its rules, to its pieties and its mores, who scowls at the old ones for refusing to come and join the imperial festivities where the vessels of the temple are used to serve drinks and the mob toasts that the seventy years have come and gone, and still there is no chance of the Jews returning to their Jerusalem and reclaiming the lost history.

"The past is the past," says the New Age Jew. "The past is the present is the future," says the Jew.

The feast of the New Age is the celebration of the end of history, a golden time with an unlimited bounty for all, where the wine and the free health care will never run out, where everyone will live together under one government in perfect brotherhood for all time. Many Jews are drawn to this feast, its golden vessels, its vast bounty and its glorious ideals. But then the Grand Vizier begins to speak and some of them grow uneasy for though he speaks soothing words, they sense that he is a monster.

They don't always know how they know it, but the nagging feeling creeps into them that there is something rotten at the heart of this new age.

Most of them still bow to him, touching their heads to the floor, some even celebrate his vision. They assure others that he is our friend, the only man who can realize the promise of this age, a wise and noble leader whose vision of change brings new hope. But one or two stay away from the feast and refuse to bow to him. Instead they look to Jerusalem, to where the battle between good and evil was once fought, and where it will be fought again. They know him for what he is.

The Grand Vizier knows that he must destroy them, must destroy them all, because they have seen through what he is, and through the shallow trappings of the golden age of fools. They know that there is more to the world than the might of men and the cornucopias of kings. They know that he is not all-powerful and when he looks at them, a scowl wrinkles his face, because now he knows it too.

 

So he casts a lot, random chance in a random world where chance is supreme and the whim of every ruler outweighs the weight of history. The bills are signed, the laws are passed, the decrees go out, the officers from the vast imperial bureaucracy are assigned to inform every citizen that their new age will be inaugurated with blood. A people who are not a proper part of the multicultural empire of laws must be wiped out in a properly democratic fashion.

Crowdsourced genocide.

And then the Grand Vizier ends up dangling from a rope, the tanks break through to Berlin, the chariots fall into the sea, the mustachioed dictator dies in a bedroom outside Moscow his clothes soaked in his own urine-- and everything has gone completely wrong.

It's an old story and a new story. We tell it over and over again because it is always happening. It is our story and the story of the world. It is the story we have accepted from our parents and it is the story that we will pass on to our children. It is the story of the blood sacrifice of the New Age that goes wrong. The sacrifice survives, bloodied and scarred, while the New Age goes down to ruin.

Once again we are the sacrifice to be slaughtered on the altar of peace with the Muslim world, of an age of global government and the brotherhood of man for which only a few million people need to die. The knife is sharpened, the Grand Vizier and his aides smile, and the time is almost here. But it is not here yet. Now we sit down to hear the Megillah and remember how the story always ends.

Daniel Greenfield is a New York City based writer and blogger and a Shillman Journalism Fellow of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Ethanol: The GOP-Supported Rip-Off

Larry Elder | Mar 05, 2015

 Can someone explain why the "party of limited government" continues, with a straight face, to support ethanol? Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says about the heavily subsided product, "Everything about ethanol is good, good, good."

Really? Really? Really?

Supporters of ethanol -- which we make from corn -- say it reduces our dependence on foreign oil, is cheaper and aids the environment because it burns cleaner than non-blended fossil fuels. In 1996, The New York Times wrote: "At a time when Congress has been overhauling the nation's systems of agricultural subsidies, and public officials across the country have considered huge cuts in benefits to big corporations, ethanol has been untouched. Largely through the efforts of (then soon-to-be 1996 GOP presidential nominee Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas), it has remained one of the most subsidized American industries."

 Dole's office said......of this clean-burning all-American renewable fuel to promote new markets for American grain, jobs for our nation's farm belt and energy self-sufficiency."...... Ethanol doesn't burn cleaner than gasoline, nor is it cheaper. Our current ethanol production represents only 3.5 percent of our gasoline consumption -- yet it consumes twenty percent of the entire U.S. corn crop, causing the price of corn to double in the last two years and raising the threat of hunger in the Third World. And the increasing acreage devoted to corn for ethanol means less land for other staple crops, giving farmers in South America an incentive to carve fields out of tropical forests that help to cool the planet and stave off global warming." ..... Ethanol is a rip-off, pure and simple.....it is not justifiable on any basis, not least from a Republican Party that supposedly believes in free, unfettered, non-subsidized markets. Ethanol is an inexcusable theft from taxpayers. That the Republican leadership still supports this undermines the "Republican message" and makes the party look like a band of hypocrites.......To Read More....

My Take We absolutely know ethanol is a scam – financially, environmentally and morally.  So, can someone explain to me why it isn’t absolutely contemptible to continue to adopt and support green policies which been clearly proven to be detrimental to humanity because it's profitable?  In ancient times the pagans threw babies into burning pits as sacrifices to their gods hoping to insure good harvests.  Is this so far different morally and philosophically?  We’re sacrificing the health and well being of third world children by putting food in our gas tanks!  To insure good profits!

Prosecutors Mull Charges In Brown Family Attack

Late teen's kin could face arrest for ransacking of t-shirt stand

Prosecutors are now considering criminal charges against members of Michael Brown’s family in connection with a violent confrontation over the sale of merchandise commemorating the late teenager, who was shot to death last year by a police officer.  The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney recently received the results of a months-long investigation by Ferguson Police Department detectives who probed the October 18 beating and robbery of t-shirt vendors, one of whom was hospitalized following the assault.  A prosecutor’s spokesperson told TSG that lawyers are now reviewing material forwarded by police, a package that addresses charges that could be filed against the suspects.  The decision on whether to pursue charges in connection with the ransacking of the “Justice for Mike Brown” merchandise operation is particularly sensitive since Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, is named in a police report as one of the “attackers” who participated in the assault, which cops classified as a felony armed robbery......To Read More.....

My Take - Irony is so .....ironic! Here we have race baiters making money off the death of a thug, and parents of the thug are outraged this entrepreneurial race baiting isn't profiting them. So what's a mother to do? What else? Beat the entrepreneurial race baiters as badly as they can, and destroy their property. Apparently that's always the solution in Ferguson to every problem. Well, every kid needs mentors as he grows up so that he can become all that he can be. But a thug?

The T-Shirts have "I AM MIKE BROWN" written on them. I wonder if the entrepreneurial race baiters still feel so strongly about being MIKE BROWN that since the thug’s mother and her cohorts are acting like thugs, just like ......well...... Mike Brown?

Hmmmm, I just had a thought. What if the entrepreneurial race baiters had a gun when these thug race baiters were beating them senseless? Would they have felt their lives were in jeopardy and shot someone? If that happened would anyone have cared enough to burn down their city? And in one case one blithering idiot accidently burned down his own home, and then was outraged when the fire department couldn’t come to save his home because there were so many fires all over the city. Even though he was trying to burn down someone else’s property he claimed racism was the reason they ignored his plight. Yes, a lot of mentoring has gone on in Ferguson over the decades.  All of it seems to have been bad. 

According to two FCC commissioners, those new regulations are bad all around

Posted By Brad Matthews here on March 4, 2015 / 1641 Comments

MORE POWER, LESS LIMITS: The FCC’s new regulations are ideological, wide-ranging, costly and baseless, according to two FCC commissioners interviewed by TechFreedom.

By Brad Matthews | Watchdog Arena

The Obama administration and proponents of the FCC’s version of net neutrality may be ecstatic at the passing of regulations that make the Internet a public utility on Feb. 26th, but not all FCC members are so sunny in their outlook for the future.

TechFreedom held a fireside chat on Feb. 27th with two FCC commissioners, Ajit Pai and Mike O’Rielly, and the two of them concurred that the new regulations are far-reaching, largely unchecked and pose a threat to consumer bills and to innovation in the industry.

Ajit Pai openly questioned what the problem was, saying, “There’s never been a systemic analysis of what the problem with the Internet is. In this order, you see scattered niche examples [Comcast and BitTorrent, Apple and FaceTime, others] all of which were resolved, mind you, through private sector initiatives.” He continued, saying that the FCC’s net neutrality regulatory regime is a solution that won’t work in search of a problem that doesn’t exist.” Essentially, this is, contrary to the assertion of activists and others, a vaguely justified power grab by a government agency.

Mike O’Rielly added, in a bit of humor that “there is a problem, and it’s the document we adopted [Feb. 26].” Neither of them were reticent in explaining exactly how and why the document was the problem. For one, the document was, as Commissioner Pai pointed out, written to solve a problem that wasn’t readily apparent. O’Rielly said the document is “guilt by imagination, trying to guess what will go wrong in the future”; instead of tackling a readily apparent and current issue, the FCC proposal is instead stumbling forward, trying to find future, hypothetical transgressions to retroactively justify its own regulations.

This conspiratorial and wide-ranging thinking on the part of FCC is not a bug, but rather a feature. O’Rielly openly said that “it’s intended to catch everybody”. Pai noted that the FCC was going to centralize powers over what infrastructure was deployed and where through the use of statutes and other laws; O’Rielly mentioned specifically that the FCC was going to “use Section 201 [of the Communications Act] to do it’s dirty work.”

Pai continued, saying that the FCC was largely focused on the ends of Internet regulation rather than the means, and that “a lot of these promises of regulatory restraint are pretty ephemeral.” O’Rielly mentioned that mobile data policies were likely to be subsumed by the new regulations into policies on the wider Internet as a whole. This one-size-fits-all approach ignores the differences in how mobile data is used versus the way the Internet is used by a normal computer or other devices. Many features of mobile service, the two said, could be construed as a company favoring one app or one site over another in terms of data, which would violate the FCC’s standards.

The consumer will inherit many of these new costs and burdens. O’Rielly outright told the audience that “Rates are going to go up because of this.” The new regulations also fail to recognize the burden of local telecommunications taxes, especially in major cities where tax rates on mobile service are often incredibly high. The new regulations, combined with the laws of local governments, stand to impose even more costs onto consumers.

The outlook the two gave was anything but bright–the worries of small government advocates seem justified. The new FCC regulations will, in concert with other laws and under the directive of an organization looking for future problems rather than current problems, give more power to government, more restrictions to innovators, and more costs to the people.

Commissioner Pai summed it up best: “This issue has been largely fact-free for the better part of a decade, and I think it’s frankly shocking that decision-making on something as important as this has been thrown by the wayside in favor of what I consider to be an ideological agenda.”

The net may be “neutral” but the FCC is most certainly not.

This article was written by a contributor of Watchdog Arena, Franklin Center’s network of writers, bloggers, and citizen journalists.

The Betrayal Papers: Obama’s Scandals and Assaults on Freedoms Explained

The Betrayal Papers Part I – Under Obama: U.S. Captured by the Muslim Brotherhood, presented a picture of a conspiracy that is manipulating the American government. Part II – In Plain Sight: A National Security "Smoking Gun" named several people in the Obama administration who have documented associations to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the State of Qatar. This article will explore the deliberate strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration to cripple the middle class and to steer the American economy, as well as identify, to the extent possible, their role in many Obama scandals…..To Read More…..

Obama Looks to Unconstitutionally Takeover Local andState Police - Suzanne Hamner 193 Comments - With Obamacare, the government took control of the health care insurance industry and, in effect, the health care of Americans under the ruse of insuring the 20-30 million individuals who did not have health care insurance. Obama is now set to do another takeover – local and state policing. Yesterday, Obama unveiled his plan for the takeover, which the Daily Caller has dubbed "Obamalaw."  According to the Daily Caller:

"We have a great opportunity … to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations," he said on Monday.

"We need to seize that opportunity … this is something that I'm going to stay very focused on in the months to come," Obama said, as he touted a new interim report from his Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Obama also instructed his media allies to help a federalization of policing, and to sideline critics of centralized policing rules. "I expect our friends in the media to really focus on what's in this report and pay attention to it."…….

Now it begins. The federal government under the control of one Barry Soetoro, aka Obama, is following the move by Adolf Hitler in creating a "brown shirt" law enforcement army……To Read More…..

From Freedom Force


Obama Supporters Endorse Karl Marx for President in 2016 - Social and political commentator (as well as just plain funny guy) Mark Dice has once again taken to the streets of San Diego to meet with the common liberals on the streets and talk politics. In his latest video, Dice……..Read more ›

Pam Geller's Atlas Shrugs

Mayor De Blasio to Close NYC Schools for Muslim Holidays - Fourteen years after 911, Mayor Bill de Blasio, nee Warren Wilhelm, caved to Islamic supremacist demands and added Muslim holidays to the school calendar. The only Muslim holiday that should have been added was September 11th. The city is far too diverse for schools to observe every holiday. NYC has a huge Hindu population. Why weren’t the Hindu holidays added? The education is sub-par as it is; the last thing NYC kids need is more time off from school.This is but another device in which Islam is imposed on the public school. The Islamic curriculum in the public schools do not include the 1,400 years of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements. CNN quotes people like Islamic supremacist...

Imam Who Said Ayaan Hirsi Ali Deserved Death Penalty Hired By DOJ To Teach Muslim Classes To Fed Prisoners - Department of Justice? More like Department of Jihad. The most learned and informed of the scholars on Islam and jihadic doctrine are blacklisted, prohibited from speaking, but jihadists and Islamic supremacists are given free reign, unparalleled access. The inmates are running the asylum. How long before we have to go underground?

And the “Most Disgusting Jew on the Planet Award” goes to ….. No contest. This vicious traitor, smug and self righteous, has long been working for the other side under the guise of comedy. Vile. Even the way he mocks the word, “shalom.” Jon Stewart defines self-loathing Jew. But that’s not enough. He means to take us down with him. The Poo Award - He is leaving Comedy Central, thankfully. But don’t get too happy; they’ll turn the show over to another leftist radical. When does Dennis Miller or someone like that get an HBO or Comedy Central gig? The cultural landscape is under siege by these killers. And what’s next for Stewart? Politics, I fear.  As if Israel didn’t have enough problems …..

Egyptian Government Closes 27,000 MOSQUES in Move to Fight Islamic Terrorism - The West will have to follow suit at some point. Here in the States, over 80% of the mosques are teaching and preaching jihad. It’s just a matter of time. “Supporters of the decision such as intellectuals and scholars say that those mosques are time bombs that threaten national security.”….. An Egyptian administrative court on Feb. 18 upheld the Ministry of Religious Endowments’ decision issued in September 2013 to close down neighborhood places of worship of less than 80 square meters (861 square feet), a move intended to protect young people from the militancy and extremism that can prevail in such places, which...

Face to Face With Race: Part VIII

One man’s struggle for community

Interview by Robert S. Griffin

I grew up in the 1950s in a little town called Fairview Village in south Jersey. It was a planned community designed by a fellow named Litchfield, and offered a pleasant environment for people who worked in the shipyard in nearby Camden. Fairview Village had what you could call garden community architecture. Brick houses were attached to each other in clusters of four, and sometimes two, so the houses were in rows, but the rows were broken up. The houses all had yards, and there were common areas on every block where they didn’t build houses. Some blocks had no houses at all; there was just grass and trees. Neighbors would walk their dogs, and kids would play football.

People planted lovely oak trees, so by the time I lived there the trees were mature, maybe sixteen to eighteen inches in diameter. There was a town square with park benches, and people would sit and talk and get to know each other, and there were stores and businesses. It was a socially and economically self-contained unit. Looking back on it, the neighborhood where I grew up seems idyllic, with its parks and shaded streets. In fact, one fellow who had lived in England remarked that Fairview Village was like a little English town….. To Read More….




 

From the Washington Examiner

House GOP's 'War of the Roses, By David M. Drucker| March 4, 2015

House Republicans, who seemed so happy together when they started the session in January, now appear to be trapped in a bad marriage filled with distrust, miscommunication and mutual accusations. With the very public defeat for conservative House Republicans who wanted to defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration, the family dysfunction has boiled over into a public scene — and many Republicans say they're fed up with uncompromising insurgents for disrupting the party's unity…… Acknowledging the breakdown within the caucus, Speaker John Boehner of Ohio Tuesday told House Republicans during a private meeting that he "and your entire leadership team are going to redouble our efforts to listen and find our way forward together," according to a source in the room. But it doesn't appear that Boehner's team or anyone else in the GOP conference has any idea how to fix things.…….. Insurgent conservatives were furious, accusing Boehner of selling them out after vowing to fight Obama's executive order "tooth and nail." Even pragmatic Republicans disgusted with Tea Party tactics concede that there is simply no trust between House GOP leadership and the party's insurgent wing. "He just caved," Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., told reporters Tuesday after Boehner announced his intention to move a clean DHS bill during the morning conference meeting. "'Tooth and nail' ended in there today.".......To Read More.....

Everybody but Republican base claims victory in Homeland fight, By Susan Ferrechio - "[Democrats] demonstrated through our unity that we can get results while Republicans eat each other alive."

Override vote on Keystone XL veto looks doomed,By Zack Colman - "Nothing's changing," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told the Examiner. "It's inevitable. It's coming back."

Not much new in Netanyahu speech, but it still packs a punch, By Susan Crabtree- After all the fury over the Netanyahu's anti-Iran message and questions of protocol, not much had changed.

Generals: Iran's influence in Iraq growing, By Tara Copp- Lawmakers are growing concerned that Iran's influence will lead to future sectarian violence.

Netanyahu makes powerful case against emerging Iran deal, By Philip Klein - Netanyahu explained why the deal would guarantee that Iran would obtain a nuclear weapon.

Republicans take up casino donor's fight against Internet gambling, By Timothy P. Carney- For billionaire GOP donor Adelson, pushing to ban online gambling is a corporate thing, not personal.

The Great 2014 Cashout: Mark Pryor used to be against the revolving door, By Timothy P. Carney - Sen. Mark Pryor, who 10 years ago led the initiative against the revolving door, has now gone through it.

Volkswagen punishes worker for opposing union - Eric Wilson is a maintenance specialist at Volkswagen in Chattanooga. He is also a veteran. Wilson served in the U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry from 1978 to 1980 in Germany, running border operations along the Iron Curtain. Wilson, like thousands of Americans, volunteered to protect not only American democracy, but also the fragile democracy of West Germany at a time when Soviet tanks and ballistic missiles were aimed right at his head.
Which makes it an unhappy irony that Wilson now feels he is a victim of Germans subverting the democratic process — right here in America.

Americans getting taste of what a second Clinton presidency would look like, By Washington Examiner- Recent events can provide an early taste of what a second Clinton administration would have in store.

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson won't be charged in shooting - Wilson won't be charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. "There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson's stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety," said the Justice Department report.

 

 


Nutrition and IQ

Posted by Jon Ray on Dissecting Leftism

 One of the oldest claims about low IQ by Leftists is that it's all due to poverty. Sound familiar? More specifically, they say that low IQ just reflects poor nutrition. Considering that African Americans are on the whole even more overweight than Caucasian Americans, that rather clearly flies in the face of the facts. African Americans are on average 15 points behind white Americans but they aren't going hungry.

And in any case, if it were all due to nutrition, feeding up the children of poor people should make them all into Einsteins, should it not? There is no known example of anything like that being achieved, however.

Aha! But it's not the quantity alone that matters. It's quality too. People need to eat "healthily" rather than eat more. And the prime candidate for a "healthy" diet is the Mediterranean diet. We all know that, don't we? If we all ate like the Greeks with plenty of vegetables, plenty of garlic and plenty of olive oil we would be so much healthier -- and slimmer to boot. The main reason the Mediterranean diet is lauded is that accords with Ancel Keys' famous demonstration that red meat it bad for you (high red meat consumption is correlated with shorter lifespan).

Pesky fact: Keys only looked at death from cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes). He did not look at overall mortality. When you include all causes of death in the correlation, the correlation with red meat consumption vanishes.

Pesky fact: The traditional Australian diet (beef, beef and more beef in various forms) is about as opposite to the Mediterranean diet as you can imagine yet Australians live longer than any people of any Mediterranean nation -- so scrub the Mediterranean diet idea once and for all.

Another pesky fact: Eskimos eating a traditional diet eat little else than meat and blubber. It's hard to grow vegetables near the North Pole. Yet at any age point, Eskimos have LESS cardiovascular disease than we do.

So: There may be such a thing as a healthy diet but nobody so far has been able to track it down convincingly. Maybe some day somebody will find a magic vegetable that will make blacks as smart as whites but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Funnily enough, however, there is a SMALL element of truth in what Leftists say. In very nutritionally deprived people -- such as Africans whose dietary staple is "Mealie-pap" (corn-porridge) -- adding micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to the diet of their children does bring about an IQ gain -- but only of about 5 points. On better nourished people, there is no such gain, however.

Some reinforcement of that story can be found
here. The amount of red meat eaten by different nations is tabulated. And amount of red meat is a pretty good proxy for a high quality food supply generally.

And we find, of course, that the nations of Africa all have a low per capita meat consumption. They are too poor for anything else. And they are also nations that show very low IQs, as tabulated by Lynn and VanHanen. Compared to Africans, African Americans (who are about 20% white genetically) are an intellectual elite. So a largely vegetarian diet has not helped Africans much.

But there are some black countries that do have a high meat consumption. Saint Lucia in the Caribbean lives well off the back of American tourism so has one of the highest meat consumptions per capita (though not nearly as high as the New Zealanders with their seven tasty sheep per person). Yet the average IQ in St Lucia is an abysmal 62, very similar to what we see in Africa.

So vegetables are not the magic cure for low IQ in blacks nor is a rich diet. What else is there? Can we concede that diet is essentially irrelevant to IQ?

From the American Council on Science and Health

Athletes being given narcotics so they can play through injuries? Dangerous, unethical, perhaps criminal? - A chilling segment featured on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel describes how young, injured athletes are given narcotics so they can stay in the game, a practice which has caused both addiction and death. This is wrong on so many levels.

FDA bans marketing of testosterone for non-specific symptoms, concerned about possible heart effects  - The Food and Drug Administration pulls the rug out from under "low-T" therapy: testosterone prescriptions can no longer be given for vague symptoms more consistent with aging than with actual illness. 

Federal committee encourages tuna consumption for pregnant women - There is strong evidence that fish consumption by pregnant women is beneficial to developing fetuses and nursing infants. Now, federal committee is saying that even for tuna, the benefits outweigh the risks.

The New York Times On Drugs - Wrong, Naive Or Misleading? - Dr. Josh Bloom writes on Science 2.0 in response to a misleading editorial in the NYTimes, "Painkiller Abuses and Ignorance." He sets the record straight and concludes that the "war on drugs" has been a dismal failure, turning those in pain into collateral damage.

Sobbing parents of Martin Richard hear how Boston bomber purposely planted explosive behind their 8-year-old son – blowing off his arms and leaving him to bleed to death

usa-boston-marathon-bombing-victimThe child lost so much blood, there was almost none left in his body. The Boston jihadi Tsarnaev “believed what he had done was good, that he is a Muslim soldier in a holy war against America and had taken a step to reaching paradise.” And what was the take away?

Not to be islamophobic.

The anniversary of the deadly Boston jihad Marathon bombing approaches, and what have we learned? ......Dzhokhar’s defense is he was led by older brother Tamerlan and should not be sentenced to death. Sobbing parents of Martin Richard hear how Boston bomber purposely planted explosive behind their 8-year-old son – blowing off his arms and leaving him to bleed to death Prosecutors’ opening statement said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev purposely placed one bomb behind a row of children which included Martin Richard, 8.....To Read More....

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats

A study published this week looked into the parasites found on New York’s rats

Payton Guion Tuesday 03 March 2015

 Spend any length of time in New York City and a rat will show its whiskery face or worm-like tail. It could be on the subway tracks or nibbling through the garbage on the side of the street. It could also be carrying the bubonic plague.  Scientists studying rats in New York found the flea that carries the plague - the Oriental rat flea - hosting on some of the city’s rat population, according to the study published Monday in the Journal of Medical Entomology.  Bubonic plague is infamous as one of the most devastating pandemics in world history, known as the Black Death. During the 14th Century, the plague killed between 25 million and 50 million people in Europe.

Before panic ensues, it must be noted that researchers found no trace of the plague or typhus – another disease carried by the Oriental rat flea – in any of the fleas they sampled. Check out the full report here..While this study did not turn up any sign of bubonic plague in the fleas living on New York’s rats, bubonic plague has been found in the city. A study published earlier this year found the bacteria that causes the plague at an Uptown subway station. Read more about that study here......To Read More....
 
My Take - There are four things we need to be aware of.

First, the plague pathogen can be found in many places, as well as on arthropods such as cockroaches. I remember reading twenty five years ago where one cockroach in a hospital in Hong Kong was found to have a plague pathogen on its body, along with numerous other pathogens, many of them associated with feces. No plague epidemic occurred, nor was there even a small outbreak, so let's not be hyperbolic about this.

Secondly, why do these epidemics occur? I don’t know and it’s my belief no one really knows until after they occur, and that’s as a result of an after the fact investigation. Will there be another insect borne epidemic in the future? I can answer that! Yes, it’s inevitable!

But we should do everything we can to prevent insect borne epidemics that can only be controlled and/or prevented with the use of pesticides. When we abandon the tools that gave society healthy pest free environments we abandon sanity.

Third, when we adopt the positions promoted by the green movement and their acolytes in the media and government we embrace insanity and misanthropy.

Fourth, when we embrace green initiatives that are clearly dystopic in hopes of greater profits - it's contemptable!

Face to Face With Race: Part VII

Confessions of a Public Defender

Still liberal after all these years.

Michael Smith

I am a public defender in a large southern metropolitan area. Fewer than ten percent of the people in the area I serve are black but over 90 per cent of my clients are black. The remaining ten percent are mainly Hispanics but there are a few whites.

I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns. Hispanics usually commit two kinds of crime: sexual assault on children and driving under the influence. Blacks commit many violent crimes but very few sex crimes. The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes. In my many years as a public defender I have represented only three Asians, and one was half black. As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive. Actual black behavior was a shock to me…..To Read More….
 
Editor's Note: Regular readers of Paradigms and Demogrphics will recognize I published a link to this article when if first appeared last year. But since this is the next chapter in the book Face to Face With Race I'm continuing with that progression. 

Muslim Congressman: Obama is “An Amazing Patriot and One of the Best Presidents our Country will ever have Seen”

Onan Coca February 27, 2015

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) is the only Muslim member of Congress, and he is one of the most acerbic voices in our legislature. Ellison has said some terribly offensive things about conservatives, Christians and Republicans. But I'm not sure that anything to compare to the ridiculous things he said on Sunday's episode of This Week on ABC……”I think that the president's an amazing patriot and one of the best presidents I think our country will ever have seen.” Okay, I can forgive a Democrat for defending President Obama. I can be fine when they say something that … "stretches" the truth a bit to bolster their party's credibility. But Rep. Ellison's little fairytale is a bridge way too far.

Under President Obama's leadership our economy has remained stagnant. Under President Obama, our standing in the world has collapsed. We've gone from pushing the terrorists to the brink of anonymity to seeing the rise of several new, ferocious and terrifying terrorist organizations. We went from being the country that the world was usually mad at to being the country that the entire world finds completely irrelevant.

Obama has been a failure in every appreciable and measurable way. Rep. Ellison is either a complete fool, a pathological liar, or some combination of both…. Read more at

Veterans Place Corrupt County Board Under Citizen’s Arrest – They Laugh, Until the Sheriff Shows Up

Tim Brown February 27, 2015

Don't you love it when ordinary citizens bring justice to bear on corrupt politicians? Isn't it even sweeter when our veterans do it? Well, that was what two military veterans did in Illinois to the Clark County Park District Board last year. Illinois, like many states, is filled with corrupt politicians from the state legislature on down to the city and county level.

So, what are those that these corrupt public servants supposed to do about it? Two of them took action. Kirk Allen and John Kraft, nicknamed the "Watchdogs," decided that it was time to hold county public servants accountable. These two military veterans decided to deal with their County Board of Clark County Park District. The Ocala Post reports on the two veterans' efforts:……Read more at

My Take – For those who think blogging has no impact on day to day realties – this is just one more demonstration that shows just how inaccurate is that kind of thinking.

Only Organic, Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg promote “hate speech” against American farming?

Steve Savage | March 3, 2015 | Genetic Literacy Project

 There is a new video about farming which is so nasty and misleading that I believe it qualifies as “hate speech” for financial gain. Only Organic, a consortium of organic marketers, hired a professional ad agency to produce a YouTube video staging a fake elementary school performance about Old MacDonald vs New MacDonald–a critique of conventional farming.  A primary spokesperson for “Only Organic”, Stonyfield Farm Organics founder Gary Hirshberg, describes it this way:….To Read More…..

From Pam Geller's Atlas Shrugs


Guess how much Jail time social workers got who ignored Muslim child sex trafficking gangs, afraid of “Islamophobia” charges - Prime Minister Cameron’s jihad denial is part of the problem. The UK barred me from speaking in the UK for fear of Muslim reprisal. This is the same thing, so what does Cameron intend to do differently? David Cameron vows to eradicate the “culture of denial”surrounding the issue. But he is part of that denial. He doesn’t discuss the religious sanction behind sex slaves in Islam. “Five years in jail for social workers who ignore sex abuse cases: Cameron vows to end ‘culture of denial’ around the issue,”.....“Government decided to act following revelations of Rotherham scandal. “At least 1,400 children were abused in area between 1997 and 2013.

How radical and extreme is Obama? - In a shocking op-ed by the editor-in-chief of the fiercely anti-Israel paper, al-Arabiya, Faisal Abbas admits that Netanyahu is right, Iran must be dealt with. Obama is out-radicalizing the radicals……

Thank You, Benjamin Netanyahu - A thank you to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his brilliant speech today in front of Congress. As the man noted – with Jewish pride and honor – “We are an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people.” Indeed, the Jewish people live and live on. As a politician must do, he was politically correct and said the right words to a disastrous American president. Netanyahu rightfully noted that if need be, the Jewish people will stand alone, letting the world knowThe days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies – those days are over!”...

Iran rejects Obama nuclear call before Netanyahu speech - A little more than an hour before the Israeli PM Netanyahu is to speak to Congress, Iran has already humiliated Obama today by rejecting the deal, and Russia has announced it has agreed to produce nuclear fuel in Iran.

Hamas-CAIR to sue FBI in death of friend of Boston jihad bomber- With this lawsuit, Hamas-CAIR, designated a terror organization by the UAE, is smearing and defaming a decorated FBI officer. Ibragim Todashev, one of the Boston jihad bomber’s accomplices, lunged at his FBI interrogators with a weapon and was shot and killed. After a year of smears and libel, the FBI was exonerated in the relentless CAIR public smear and libel campaign against the agency.

Muslim Costco employee refuses to touch pork; sues after getting transferred to different department - Bear in mind that Costco was completely reasonable. The Muslim cashier refused to check out people with alcohol and pork, and so they transferred him to another position. That should have been sufficient. But he is suing. Apparently he wants Costco to have to check-out lines, one for Muslims and one for kaffirs.These demands for special accommodation are everywhere. Back in 2011, I reported that Hertz had was forced to suspend 35 Muslim workers because they were abusing their extra special “prayer break times” and refusing to clock out when praying. There was no way of knowing when their Muslim workers returned from their lengthy prayer breaks — five times a day. Muslim workers officially filed a lawsuit against...

From The Freedom Outpost News

Thinking About Lying - Lying has been making the headlines the past several weeks. We've seen NBC anchor Brian Williams suspended for lying about a wartime story, as well as lying in a Hurricane Katrina report. How about the Imposter's chief strategist, David Axelrod, admitting in a new book that Obama lied all along during his first-term election campaign about his position on sodomite un-marriage. He was for it all along, but lied to get black Christians to vote for him (which, by the way, they did in droves). Don't forget this one: "We will keep this promise to the American people . If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period." It turns out that was a whopper of a lie as has been admitted by another adviser to the imposter. So much so that if he were that wooden puppet, his nose would be ten feet long……We discover that the lies seem endless as "many elements of the Obama administration have engaged in lying on a level that goes beyond "politics."……

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