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September 08, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (9-8-2015)

Quote of the Day I

If Germany had robust economic and demographic growth, it could absorb and assimilate the influx. It doesn't, so it can't. Growth has averaged 0.31% a year since 1991. The country has the world's lowest birthrate. Tolerant modern Germany now looks with justified disdain toward the petty nationalism, burden-shifting and fence-building of the populist Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán. But it would be foolish to think of Hungary as a political throwback rather than as a harbinger. There is no such thing as a lesson from the past that people won't ignore for the sake of the convenience of the present.

-- Bret Stephens

Quote of the Day II

But not any more. Now assimilation is imperialist and racist and bad. Indeed, in Europe, which is several kilometer markers further down this road than we are, assimilation is actively discouraged. No, no, Mr. Refugee... You don't need to learn the language; you'll never be one of us anyway. You just sit there and let us feed you and keep you like a zoo animal to look at and remind ourselves that we don't feed you into ovens anymore like our parents did because we're so much better now.

We'll see who cracks first, the guests or the hosts, but sooner or later, somebody's getting loaded into cattlecars, because that's how things go in Europe.

-- via Tam from View from the Porch

Comment of the Day

146 Posted by: Dyrndl-clad German College girls applying for asylum at September 07, 2015 11:51 PM (DhpXG)

*You may enter*
*You may enter*
Not so fast, there, "Caitlyn."

Posted by: Splunge at September 07, 2015 11:53 PM (iMxBJ)

Let Melissa Fabello Put You Some Knowledge on How To Do Interracial Dating Correctly

While interracial dynamics always add a layer of work to romance, it's important to note that I'm white. Because when you're a white person in an interracial relationship, there's this whole - ohhh, ya know - white supremacy thing hanging in the air. And that has to be acknowledged - and dealt with - constantly.

...As a feminist and a woman, I could never be in a relationship with someone who didn't feel comfortable talking about patriarchy. 

...The same goes for race... While it's okay for conversations about white supremacy to make you uncomfortable (hey, we should be uncomfortable with that shit), being generally aware of how race plays out and feeling fairly well versed in racial justice issues is important.

...I'd love to be able to give you a formula - some kind of fool-proof ratio of number-of-white-to-POC partners - to help you determine if you're racist.

But such a thing simply doesn't exist.

I get the feeling that Ms. Fabello doesn't really see her non-white partners as actual people so much as just a way to entertain a racial other fetish and an opportunity to smug. But here's the kicker:

"she currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, with her cat."

A Cat of Color I'm sure.

Italy's Highest Court Slams Amanda Knox Case Prosecutors for "Glaring Errors", "Investigative Bouts of Amnesia"

And basically accuses them of finding scapegoats first then constructing the evidence to convict them while letting the real killer escape.


Sweden and Germany Call For Refugee Sharing Among EU States

Well of course they do. Otherwise they'll have to back up their feel-good sentiment with their own Euros.

Denmark Sends Refugees Back to Germany

Refugees Now Biking Into Norway at Remote Arctic Border Crossing

Such Nice Refugees Who Will Surely Appreciate Europe's Culture and Charity

The head of a UNHCR camp called Syrian refugees "The most difficult refugees I've ever seen. In Bulgaria, they complained that there were no jobs. In Sweden, they took off their clothes to protest that it was too cold.

In Italy, Muslim African "refugees" rejected pasta and demanded food from their own countries. But the cruel Europeans who "mistreat" migrants set up a kitchen in Calais with imported spices cooked by a Michelin chef determined to give them the stir-fried rabbit and lamb meatballs they're used to. There are also mobile phone charging stations so the destitute refugees can check on their Facebook accounts.

It had to be done because the refugees in Italy were throwing rocks at police while demanding free wifi.

Guy Sorman: The Unspeakable Comparison

Here Sorman plays the Godwin card and explicitly compares the Syrian refugees to the Jews in the 30s and the European countries to well European countries (and the US) in the 30s. But to complete his analogy would require acknowledging that ISIS are the new Nazis and he seems intellectually unable to do this. But he will imply that you're a Nazi-style bigot if you don't accept every refugee who wants in.

Report: Russia Directly Involved in Syria, Russian Troops Fighting Along Side Syrian Army

Russia will also gain brownie points among allies (and potential allies) in the region by stepping up to defend a client state.  While the U.S. makes--and breaks--promises, Vladimir Putin looks like a man of his word, something that isn't lost on other countries looking for support against ISIS.  So far, he hasn't committed enough forces to make a difference militarily, but the Russian leader understands the power of symbolism and its importance in the Middle East.  Against the backdrop of a U.S. retreat in the region, even a token deployment by Moscow projects an image of power and strength.


On Slavery and the Never Ending Struggle

In the mid 19th century Islamic jihad against black Africans was in full force. The Muslims had invaded central Africa and were killing and enslaving Africans on a massive scale. They would march the newly minted African slaves out to the coast in chain gangs. These poor sick undernourished Africans were forced to march with elephant tusks on their heads. Many of the men were castrated out in the field.

The Britisher who was most influential missionary in fighting Muslim depredations in Africa was a Scottish missionary named David Livingstone (19 March 1813 - 1 May 187). The primary mission of the early British missionaries to Africa was to protect the Africans from Islamic jihad. David Livingstone and the other missionaries fought Islamic jihad against Africans primarily through education both in England where the English were alerted to the tragedy which was unfolding in Africa and in Africa where the Africans received the education necessary to enable them to repel the Muslim invaders. It is ironic that leftists accuse missionaries of destroying traditional African society and to some extent they did however since Christian missionaries relied on education and persuasion to win converts rather than by force they ended up saving much of what is uniquely African from the impending destruction by Islamic jihad.

The name of the modern day Islamic jihadis in central Africa, Boko Harem (roughly translated - Western education is a fraud which is forbidden in Islam) is not a fluke. The Islamists know exactly what the missionaries hoped to accomplish by establishing schools and hospitals throughout Africa and they hate them because they stand as bulwark against their violent jihad.

Puerto Ricans: Please Take Us Back Spain

As Puerto Rico grapples with crippling debt and double-digit unemployment, a far-fetched idea to tackle the US territory's economic woes may be gaining modest traction - one that would see Puerto Rico break off from the United States to re-join Spain.

"By returning to Spain, we'll have autonomy," said José Nieves Seise, who in 2013 founded the group Reunification of Puerto Rico with Spain. "With autonomy Puerto Rico could have sufficient powers to boost the economy and attract foreign investment."

Rolling Stone Requests a Gag Order in the UVA Dean's Defamation Case

The Prison That is So Dangerous That Even the Guards Won't Go In

In El Salvador Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) prisoners are considered so dangerous that they're essentially allowed to run their own prison.


1 Hour of Binaural Nut Sack ASMR

You know you want to listen.

Just One Problem With the IoT: Nest Outage Cuts Remote Users Off From Dropcams, Thermostats


Key & Peele Spoof Neil deGrasse Tyson


Star Wars Adding Gay Characters But Lagging on Transgendered Storm Troopers

Because the one thing you care about when you see a bunch of storm troopers is whether any of them self-identify as trooperettes and what's really under their imperial armored codpiece.

Idiocracy Watch: PornHub Now Offering A $25K College Scholarship


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