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  • 5 Reasons Donald Trump Should Focus On The White Vote

    07/22/2016 3:58:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies ^ | July 22, 2016 | John Gibbs
    Prepare to be mindblown. A black dude is going to tell you why the GOP’s winning strategy is to focus like a laser on the white vote. One key result of the increased polarization happening in America under President Obama is that Republicans have a chance to decisively capture the white vote in a historic fashion. In fact, the key to a Trump victory will be the white vote, not the Hispanic vote, the black vote, or any other vote. Why? For one, the Democratic Party has already lost the white vote, and lost it big. Mitt Romney won the...
  • A bar bet on Trump’s appeal to African-Americans(Says Trump can reach 20% of black voters)

    05/29/2016 2:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 28, 2016 | Jim Galloway
    If you had a decent history teacher in high school, you were taught that European democracies are slightly different from those in the Americas, both north and south. Democracies in this Western Hemisphere tend to be ethnic stews governed, with varying degrees of faithfulness, by constitutions and compacts. European democracies are built around nationalities — tribes of same-language peoples. A President Donald Trump and his “great again” appeals would push us closer toward the European model than we already are, his critics contend. If they’re right, a heightened season of racial tension could be in our Southern future. Some of...
  • Greenfield: Why Islam is a Religion of War

    11/16/2015 1:31:07 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 12 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, November 15, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, November 15, 2015 Why Islam is a Religion of War Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog "He it is who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist." Koran 61:9 Islamic violence is a religious problem. Islam derives meaning from physical supremacy, so war becomes an act of faith. To believe in Islam, is to have faith that it will conquer the entire world. And to be a true Muslim, is to feel called to aid in that...
  • It’s Not Just Islam, It’s the Tribal Mentality

    03/13/2015 4:57:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 12, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    The “nothing to do with Islam” mantra took a hit recently in one of the premier organs of liberal received wisdom, The Atlantic. Many have greeted as a revelation Graeme Wood’s article on the Islamic doctrines behind ISIS’s atrocities. Regular readers of FrontPage and Jihad Watch will not be as impressed. For years they have understood the link between jihadism and Islam. In 1994 Andy McCarthy made this connection when he prosecuted the perpetrators of the first World Trade Center bombing the previous year, a connection that the FBI ignored or discounted at the time––a failure, by the way, that...
  • Uganda: Museveni Dedicates Uganda to God

    10/09/2012 11:51:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    New Vision ^ | 9 October 2012 | Moses Mulondo
    President Yoweri Museveni has repented his sins and the sins of Uganda as a nation in a move aimed at establishing Uganda as a God-fearing nation. The President made this historic move at Mandela National stadium Namboole in the early morning of today (Tuesday) at 2:00am during national prayers for dedicating Uganda to God. "I denounce witchcraft and satanic practices. I repent on behalf of Uganda. We confess our sins. We repent of the sins of shedding innocent blood, corruption, bribery, sexual immorality, drunkenness, rebellion, insubordination, tribalism and sectarianism," Museveni repented amidst ululations from the Christians. The president dedicated Uganda...
  • Tribalism and Peak Left

    01/01/2015 2:22:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The American Interest ^ | December 30, 2014 | Nicholas M. Gallagher
    “Where you stand depends on where you sit” is favorite aphorism of progressive activists. It’s used to imply that “privilege” can blind someone to inconvenient facts, e.g. police aggression against minorities. But based on the events of the past few months, from Ferguson onward, it has become pretty clear that both left- and right-leaning groups suffer from this sort of narrowed vision. Writing in USA Today, Glenn Reynolds (a.k.a. Instapundit) points out that tribalism—the desire to identify “your” group and stick with it, no matter what—explains an awful lot about these recent national tensions: [T]here is much opportunity for political...
  • The Temptations of Tribalism

    08/22/2014 9:32:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 22, 2014 | Maggie Gallagher
    The one-sided media and the mob aim to beat doubters into silence, but striking back is not the answer. I stayed silent, like a lot of white folks, while events unfolded in Ferguson, Mo. I was flabbergasted at the anger of the protesters and their certainty, which seemed to doubt any narrative but the one presented by the family attorney, who replayed his Trayvon Martin appearance: Brown was “executed in broad daylight.” A young man — not a boy — lay dead in the streets of a quiet suburb that, whatever its flaws, does not fit our usual image of...
  • Man Without a Country [Must read]

    08/16/2014 9:50:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | August 16, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    The statement of the convenience store owner allegedly robbed by Michael Brown seemed almost straight out of a 1950s TV show. The owner, of subcontinental or Middle Eastern appearance on the robbery surveillance tape, issued a statement to the public through his lawyers. Leave me out of it. The store’s owners, through their attorney, sent the message that they want to stay as far away from the situation as possible. In fact, he said, even after the initial alleged theft, it was a customer who called police. “It’s not about them. They didn’t call the police, they didn’t ask the...
  • The Case against Reparations - A reply to Ta-Nehisi Coates

    05/24/2014 3:18:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | May 24, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    It may very well be the case that African Americans will never, no matter what policies are enacted, catch up economically with whites. Even assuming that invidious racism were an entirely negligible factor, it is likely that economic development will tend to proceed along broad racial channels if, for example, people of various ethnicities tend to largely marry within their ethnic group, live in neighborhoods largely populated by co-ethnics, and engage in other social-sorting behavior that is racial at its root but not really what we mean by the word “racism.” If that is the case — and it seems...
  • Patriotism from Life-Saving to Destructive Force

    03/17/2014 1:56:19 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 March 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Below is one of the most lucid and insightful analyses of patriotism I've come across, dissecting the various stages through which this sentiment can go and clarifying at which of them it can or does become toxic. "All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy.", said the Swiss Paracelsus, one of the early chemists, founder of the discipline of toxicology. Even the best life-giving medicine, capable of restoring health if used in the appropriate way, may cause serious harm if misused and administered in the wrong...
  • There was something about the 20th Century, something awful. Did Pope Leo have the answer?

    03/30/2012 12:01:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 29, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What are we to make of the 20th Century? Like any period it is marked with its glories and its horrors. In his now classic work Modern Times, historian Paul Johnson gives a sober assessment of the 20th century and estimates, many think conservatively, that 100 million died in war and for ideological reasons in that violent century. Perhaps no century can be said to have been bloodier.It was a century of the imposition of every sort of collectivism from communism, fascism, tribalism, and socialism , all with catastrophic results. Whole populations were the subject of social experiments; and here...
  • S.African royals concerned at Mandela family 'instability'

    12/29/2013 2:20:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Cape Town (AFP) - The tribal royal house in South Africa of which Nelson Mandela was a member on Sunday expressed concern at "instability" in the icon's family and urged calm as his estate is settled. The AbaThembu royal family called the meeting in Qunu where Mandela was buried on December 15 and "shared their concern" amid reports of internal strife and warring over his estate. ... The meeting also backed Mandela's grandson Mandla as head of the family, dismissing as "disrespectful" his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's naming of his surviving daughter Makaziwe in the position.
  • Have you heard and seen the Cattle Death Low? (Vanity)

    03/18/2013 7:02:40 PM PDT · by One Name · 37 replies
    N/A ^ | 3/18/2013 | One Name
    I was on my way home today when my mom texted me that my dad's next younger brother had died of surgical complications. He was a great guy, took over my granddad's gun business, solid dude all the way. Pulled into the drive wanting to get more info and noticed something awry in the cow lot. The cows are still on hay welfare as it has not warmed up enough to spring the incipient grass up, though they are starting to pick around a bit for something fresh and green. One of my oldest cows, the last full-blood Texas Longhorn...
  • ‘Racially Motivated’: Black Attackers Allegedly Yell ‘Trayvon’ Before Beating White Man

    04/10/2012 8:45:23 AM PDT · by Justaham · 35 replies ^ | 4/10/12 | Christopher Santarelli
    Gainesville, Florida, police are investigating what they believe may have been a “racially motivated” attack early Tuesday morning stemming from the nationally covered Trayvon Martin case involving the tragic death of an unarmed 17-year-old. According to local news affiliates, a 27-year-old Gainesville man was walking home from the bars early Tuesday morning when he said he was jumped by five to eight men who yelled “Trayvon” before the attack. The call before the attack appears to be in reference to the Sandford case that has rocked national headlines, and led to broader societal discussions on crime and race.
  • African-American Lynch Mob

    03/25/2012 9:24:59 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 91 replies · 2+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 3-25-2012 | David Horowitz - Commentary
    March 25, 2012 African-American Lynch Mob David Horowitz Is anybody else out there as sick and tired as I am of lynch mob racists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton (vide: Tawana Brawley, the Duke Lacrosse kids) who don the mantel of the “civil rights” movement to indict non-blacks in advance of the facts, and incite racial rage against them? Yet that is exactly what they – and scores of black leaders — are doing to an Hispanic individual named George Zimmerman. Along with a cast of thousands, they are holding him guilty of racism before the fact, justifying a...
  • Back to the Byzantine Blues and Greens? (Tribalism in US politics)

    03/13/2012 11:29:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | March 13, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Ethnic politics have always been a facet of American politics. But recently the frightened Obama reelection campaign seems to be going to unusual lengths to appeal overtly to voters by virtue of Obama’s race — a sort of retrograde tribalism that Obama in 2004 promised that we would transcend. What are we to make of the coach of the Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith, announcing on a campaign video, “I have the president’s back and it’s left up to us, as African Americans, to show that we have his back. Also join African Americans for President Obama today.” Does Coach Smith...
  • Crime Surging at "Occupier" Sites - Scenes From "Lord of the Flies"

    10/20/2011 10:25:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 20, 2011 | JWF
    As the national media continues to promote the idea that these absurd "Occupy" protests demonstrate some groundswell of popular opinion, reports continue to emerge from localized media showing how ugly these encampments are becoming. A report out of Cleveland that  police are investigating a rape claim made by a 19-year-old woman last weekend has received little attention. Do you suppose if a rape claim was made against a tea partier that it would receive more attention?It's gotten so bad in Baltimore that organizers are discouraging alleged victims from going to the police (maybe they should go to Sheriff Biden).Meanwhile,...
  • Dan Walters: Cities' revenue tricks are step toward tribalism

    02/19/2010 7:57:32 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 475+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/19/10 | Dan Walters
    California's city governments, especially those that overspent windfall revenues during the housing boom, are in trouble as the state's recession grinds on. Vallejo already has filed for bankruptcy protection. Dozens of other cities face severe budget deficits that, unless closed, could lead to the same sorry place. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa even suggested it as a possibility while calling for spending cuts. The B-word has also been kicked around in San Diego, which has an immense unfunded retirement obligation. Stockton, hard hit by the housing meltdown, is finding that the lavish sports and entertainment venues it constructed – not...
  • Matthews Frets Over ‘Idiots’ in America ‘Riling’ Up ‘White Tribalism,’ Shows anti-Obama Protesters

    12/13/2009 7:34:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies · 3,152+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/12/2009 | Brad Wilmouth
    On the Sunday, December 13, syndicated Chris Matthews Show, as he ended the show with words of praise for Morgan Freeman’s latest film Invictus and its depiction of Nelson Mandela uniting blacks and whites in South Africa in the 1990s, host Matthews referred to "white tribalism" having been stirred up in America, and showed clips of anti-Obama protesters. Matthews: "In this world of ours today, it seems that any idiot – almost any idiot can rally the forces of tribalism, including white tribalism in this country. You can do it with a frown or a smile – easiest thing in...
  • Pakistan - Burying of women alive defended in Senate

    08/30/2008 1:27:15 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 350+ views (Islamabad) ^ | August 30, 2008 | Ahmed Hassan
    ISLAMABAD, Aug 29: Balochistan Senator Sardar Israrullah Zehri stunned the upper house on Friday when he defended the recent incident of burying alive three teenage girls and two women in his province, saying it was part of “our tribal custom.” Senator Bibi Yasmin Shah of the PML-Q raised the issue citing a newspaper report that the girls, three of them aged between 16 and 18 years, had been buried alive a month ago for wishing to marry of their own will. The barbaric incident took place in a remote village of Jafarabad district and a PPP minister and some...
  • Is Mugabe the real problem in Zimbabwe?

    06/28/2008 1:32:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 147+ views
    Times of London ^ | 06/28/08 | Matthew Parris
    June 28, 2008 Is Mugabe the real problem in Zimbabwe? We are deluding ourselves if we think that getting rid of one mad, old tyrant will stop the barbarism Matthew Parris In politics as in our personal lives, just six words comprise one of the commonest falsehoods around. Those six words are: “It can't go on like this.” But it can. I've come to the melancholy conclusion that in Zimbabwe it must. This weekend there will be voices in our Prime Minister's ear suggesting how in one bound he might cast off his dithering reputation. To help to broker the...
  • The true enemy: human tribalism

    12/18/2007 11:37:23 AM PST · by BGHater · 48 replies · 409+ views
    National Post ^ | 18 Dec 2007 | Jonathan Kay
    The clash of civilizations we're living through is widely seen as a battle between Islam and Christendom. I'm convinced it's more basic than that. The reason Iraq and Afghanistan remain unsettled battlefields isn't that our two civilizations can't agree on the nature of God. It's because we can't agree on the nature of man. In the West, we take it for granted that human beings are autonomous individuals. We decide for ourselves how we dress, where we work, whom we marry. Our political system is an atomized democracy, in which everyone is expected to vote according to their own idiosyncratic...
  • Muslim antisemitism is becoming our fetish

    11/21/2007 6:45:42 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 1 replies · 60+ views
    The Jewish Chronicle ^ | 11/20/'07 | David Klinghoffer
    Setting priorities in keeping with your values is a daily task for us all. I may, for example, feel the need to spend two hours exercising every day. But if that conflicts with my family responsibilities, I have to consult an overall worldview, a scheme of values, to decide which imperative comes first. So it goes in public life no less than in private. The world Jewish community is united in few things, but a rough consensus has emerged that our greatest worry, our top priority in need of being addressed, is the threat posed by Muslim extremists. With some...
  • So, what did you learn in school today? (reinforcing the ghetto mentality)

    06/12/2007 4:09:47 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 18 replies · 711+ views
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada) ^ | Tuesday, June 12, 2007 | Margaret Wente
    So, what did you learn in school today? Margaret Wente Toronto Globe and Mail Tuesday, June 12, 2007 Shortly after the shooting death of Jordan Manners, the 15-year-old Toronto student, eighth-grade students at nearby Oakdale Park Middle School were called to an assembly. The subject: relations with the police. It's a hot issue in that part of town. The community is in an uproar over the shooting and allegations are flying that police have been heavy-handed in their hunt for Jordan's killer. But the group invited by the school to address the students weren't interested in improving relations with...
  • Article about Tribal, Institutional, Market and Network Societies

    01/23/2007 3:59:51 PM PST · by sociotard · 7 replies · 270+ views
    RAND Corporation ^ | David Ronfeldt
    I just finished a (long) article by David Ronfeldt called "IN SEARCH OF HOW SOCIETIES WORK; Tribes — The First and Forever Form" Here, I'll post the Abstract: The latest in a string of efforts to develop a theoretical framework about social evolution, based on how people develop their societies by using four forms of organization — tribes, hierarchical institutions, markets, and networks — this installment focuses on the tribal form. The tribal form was the first to emerge and mature, beginning thousands of years ago. Its main dynamic is kinship, which gives people a distinct sense of identity and...
  • Why We Will Never See Democracy in the Middle East

    10/08/2006 7:11:46 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 94 replies · 2,703+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2006 | Steven Pressfield
    September 11, 2006— In the five years since 9/11, much looking-back has been done. The problem is we haven't looked back far enough. To understand the nature of the enemy in the Middle East and to evaluate the prospects for democracy and peace, we need to extend our gaze not five years into the past, but five hundred and even five thousand. I've spent the last four years writing two books about Alexander the Great's campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, 331-327 B.C. What has struck me in the research is the dead-ringer parallels between that ancient East-West clash and the...
  • CBS reveals 'Survivor: Cook Islands' cast, confirms ethnic tribe divisions

    08/23/2006 11:28:27 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 45 replies · 1,433+ views ^ | 08/23/06 | Steve Rogers
    Confirming weeks of rumors, CBS has revealed the identities of the twenty castaways who will be competing in this fall's Survivor: Cook Islands and announced that the castaways will -- in what the show's producer and host both acknowledge to be a controversial move -- initially be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and White.) "We're going to take some heat for it," Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett acknowledged to People about the segregated tribe decision that will no doubt give the thirteenth edition of the long-running reality series -- which will also include the...
  • Celebrate the 'Canadian achievement' (anti-multicultural, also applicable Stateside)

    07/11/2006 7:56:36 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 6 replies · 582+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Tuesday, July 11, 2006 | John Geiger
    Celebrate the 'Canadian achievement' John Geiger, National Post Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 When Australian Prime Minister John Howard visited Canada in May, commentators noted just how much Stephen Harper owed to him -- from his family-friendly platform of tax benefits to his determination to strengthen ties with the United States. During their talks, Harper also expressed interest in emulating the Australian approach to climate change outside Kyoto. But there is one policy area Harper and his government have yet to borrow and should, namely a Canadian version of Howard's concept of the "Australian Achievement." Howard used his Australia...
  • CIRCUMCISION: Did you know?

    04/05/2006 5:19:29 PM PDT · by Giant Conservative · 580 replies · 13,865+ views
    The Daily Barometer ^ | Today | Daniel Cullen
    The debate about neonatal circumcision is over. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), neonatal circumcision is the result of ignorance, bad medical practice and American social and cultural pressure. Regarding the three most commonly cited justifications for neonatal circumcision (penile cancer, venereal disease and penile hygiene), the AAP now states that the benefits are negligible, which means that the majority of American men are walking around without foreskins for no good reason. Yet, the barbaric practice shows no sign of abating, and for this reason I plan to shed some light on the cultural dark spot of circumcision....
  • A question of loyalty ("a new type of immigrant whose goal is not to fit in")

    03/10/2006 6:18:44 AM PST · by GMMAC · 11 replies · 1,498+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Friday, March 10, 2006 | George Jonas
    A question of loyalty George Jonas National Post Friday, March 10, 2006 As a footnote to Martin Collacott's outstanding report on Canada's refugee system, excerpted in these pages, I'll revisit a topic I've touched upon many times since the mid-1980s. It's a topic of increasing importance, I believe. Until recent times, the West has been spoiled by the loyalty of immigrants, even from hostile regions or cultures. During the First World War, with negligible exceptions, immigrants from enemy countries as well as their children remained loyal to Canada and the U.S. throughout the hostilities. During the Second World War,...
  • Sunni From Shinola (Its The Middle East Tribalism, Stupid Alert)

    10/18/2005 12:58:21 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 660+ views ^ | 10/18/05 | Christopher Hitchens
    Ever wonder how to piss off an Iraqi? It's relatively simple. Just ask one, no sooner than you have been introduced: "So you're an Iraqi? How absolutely fascinating. Do tell: Are you a Kurd or a Sunni or a Shiite?" This will work every time, just as it's always so polite and so useful to ask a brown-skinned American if he or she is Chicano or, you know … Latina. If you fall into conversation with an Iraqi, you will soon enough find out what you want to know. Kurds are not shy about mentioning their nationhood, and followers of...
  • Tribes...A Bill Whittle Essay

    09/05/2005 10:47:12 AM PDT · by alfa6 · 81 replies · 2,163+ views
    Eject,Eject.Eject, website ^ | Sept 5, 2005 | Bill Whittle
    I’m generally an optimist, and it’s been my pleasure to be able to write mostly about the good and the noble things in our lives. But the events in the Gulf – of Mexico – have brought to a head a summer and a year that has been getting progressively uglier and more painful to watch. Who can not see the way the country has changed, not since 9/11, but before that – since the 2000 election? Who cannot feel the split, the division, that rips like a shredding sail on a broken mast, canvas tearing like the sound of...
  • Fascism in a Lei: "Native Hawaiian" Racism

    09/07/2005 6:12:40 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 10 replies · 1,327+ views
    The Objectivist Center ^ | September 6, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    Fascism in a Lei By Edward Hudgins What could be friendlier or more welcoming place than Hawaii, America's 50th state? If S-147, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005, introduced by that state's Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka, is passed by the U.S. Congress, the ugly scourge of racism — the real, honest-to-badness type, not the name calling type that gets flung around too often — will rule those islands which, in the future, might cease to be part of the United States. The proposed legislation would divide Hawaiians into "natives" and all others. Anyone with a drop of...
  • Senate May Approve Race-Based Government for Native Hawaiians (Hawaii moving toward "Nationhood"?)

    09/05/2005 6:14:23 PM PDT · by gobucks · 41 replies · 1,238+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 2 Sept 2005 | David Freddoso
    With most of the nation distracted by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and the first Supreme Court confirmation hearings in nearly a decade, the Senate may quietly approve a bill to recognize native Hawaiians as a new Indian tribe and establish a separate governing authority for people of their race within Hawaii. “This is the worst bill you’ve never heard of,” said John Fund, political analyst for the Wall Street Journal, speaking at the Heritage Foundation August 30. The bill would create an open-ended negotiation process between a proposed native-Hawaiian governing entity and the federal and state governments. The process...
  • Globalism, Neo-Tribalism And False Reality

    12/18/2004 7:34:52 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 101 replies · 1,169+ views ^ | 07/07/99 | Graham L. Strachan
    Brock Chisolm, former Director of the (United Nations) World Health Organization, is quoted as saying, "To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas." [GWB quote of the day, 7/7/1999]. Remove from the minds of men? Doesn't that sound like mental conditioning? How does that square with the Alexander Downer/Tim Fischer version of globalism as freer markets? It doesn't, does it? Some years ago another hero of the globalist-Left, B.F.Skinner, in his book Beyond Freedom and Dignity, mounted a concerted attack on what he...
  • Move Over, Irish; Italians Now Rule Boston

    10/05/2004 12:54:35 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 99 replies · 1,574+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 5, 2004 | Jennifer Peter
    BOSTON (AP) - In this land of Kennedys, O'Neills, Fitzgeralds and Flynns, where shamrocks grace the jerseys of the basketball team, the Italians are taking over. With the ascendancy of Salvatore DiMasi to the speakership of the Massachusetts House last week, Italian-Americans hold the two top positions in the state Legislature for the first time in its 224-year history. "Finally," said Sheryl Iftikhar (maiden name Spataro), who works at a convenience store in DiMasi's lifelong home, the city's North End, a neighborhood where visitors can buy signs that read "Parking for Italians Only." DiMasi, who took over from Irishman Tom...
  • The Real Museum Looters

    05/15/2003 8:46:14 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 4 replies · 588+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 15, 2003 | Dr. Keith Lockitch
    Initial reports of the looting of the Iraqi National Museum sparked a frenzy of outrage. Denied their desert quagmire, their civilian massacres, their oil-fire eco-disaster, and their inflamed "Arab street," leftists all but leaped at the opportunity to denounce our armed forces—with some even urging that our soldiers be prosecuted for war crimes for their alleged failure to prevent the looting. It turns out, though, that our troops were not standing "idly by" but were being fired at from the museum complex. And the number of missing artifacts—initially assumed to be in the thousands—is now thought to be closer to...
  • On the Causes for the General Failures Encountered by Africa Post-Independence

    05/05/2003 8:55:01 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 14 replies · 357+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 5, 2003 | G. Stolyarov II
    The majority of Africa’s economic and political lag behind the remainder of the world can be attributed to three key factors, the fomentation of strife and lack of preparation for independence on the part of certain Western powers, power-lusting governments that drain wealth from the nations into their own rulers’ accounts, and a prevalent tribalist/collectivist mindset within the populace that has frequently been evoked to bring about colossal tensions. Numerous Western powers performed scant actions to grant their African colonies the requisite experience with the democratic system, technological preparation, and overall enlightenment of the population to achieve genuine functionality at...
  • The Caste Impeding India's Social Mobility

    05/04/2003 8:40:24 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 2 replies · 480+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 4, 2003 | G. Stolyarov II
    In 1947, upon India’s independence, the secularist government of Jawaharlal Nehru avowedly renounced the hierarchical rigidity of the caste system and embarked upon erasing its impositions off the face of India. However, instead of eliminating the power structures, the Indian government has half-inverted them, fueling mutually escalating antagonisms among members of upper and lower castes. While caste-consciousness and institutionalized discrimination have risen to a record high, the sociopolitical barriers to the ascent of aspiring individuals from lower castes remain firmly entrenched in rural India. If India were to receive a grade for its performance in fostering equality of opportunity and...
  • In Remotest Kenya, a Supermodel Is Hard to Find

    04/22/2003 6:31:49 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 14 replies · 492+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 22, 2003 | MARC LACEY
    Guillaume Bonn for The New York Times Searching for a new African supermodel, Lyndsey McIntyre, right, traveled to a remote village in Kenya, where she had heard the girls were tall, slim and striking. BURA, Kenya — Lyndsey McIntyre, a scout for Elite Model Management, had visions of the supermodels Iman and Alek Wek in her head when she arrived in this remote village near the Somalia border, where she had heard the girls were tall, slim and striking. A new African supermodel was what she was after, someone with a breathtaking new look. The recruit had to be at...
  • Rebuilding Iraq After the war is over

    03/06/2003 11:29:59 AM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 6 replies · 321+ views
    From The Economist print edition ^ | Mar 6th 2003 | CAIRO | From The Economist print edition
    Iraq will need coaxing towards democracy. It will be a long haul “THE nation of Iraq, with its proud heritage, abundant resources and skilled and educated people, is fully capable of moving toward democracy and living in freedom.” That was George Bush, in a speech on February 26th. His view of a sweeping and natural transformation, however, is not widely shared. Reconstructing Iraq will be “difficult, confusing and dangerous”, says the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. “It will be a very, very nasty affair,” agrees Joseph Wilson, an American diplomat who once served in Baghdad. Recent precedents for...
  • Girl Ordered Gang-Raped in Pakistan

    07/02/2002 12:57:29 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 17 replies · 826+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 02 jul 02 | KHALID TANVEER
    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistani tribal council ordered an 18-year-old girl to be gang-raped in order to punish her family after her brother was seen walking with a girl from a higher class tribe, police said Tuesday. The private Human Rights Commission of Pakistan demanded that all those involved in the rape, which took place June 22 in the village of Meerwala in southern Punjab province, be punished.Police said the victim's father had filed criminal charges against the four men involved in the case. Police said they picked up eight relatives of the suspects to pressure the perpetrators into...
  • Meager Harvests in Africa Leaves Millions at the Edge of Starvation

    06/23/2002 3:20:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies · 454+ views
    New York Times | June 23, 2002 | Rachel L. Swarns
    DOWA, Malawi - In February, when the food ran out, Ezlina Chambukira started selling her precious possessions one by one. First, her goat. Then an old umbrella. Then two metal plates and a battered pail. When she had nothing left, she started praying for a miracle. For the first time in a decade, severe hunger is sweeping across southern Africa. The United Nations says that two years of erratic weather - alternating droughts and floods - coupled with mismanagement of food supplies have left seven million people in six countries at risk of starvation. Here in this dusty village of...
  • School may drop Lincoln holiday in favor of Cesar Chavaz birthday [California]

    05/07/2002 3:01:35 AM PDT · by snopercod · 149 replies · 654+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | May 6, 2000 | Jason Bono
    SAN LEANDRO -- Abraham Lincoln may have to forfeit his solo holiday to Cesar Chavez on the San Leandro school calendar. Beginning next year, Lincoln's holiday may be dropped to honor labor leader Cesar Chavez on his birthday, March 31, pending school board approval. Several board members have already expressed support for the idea. The San Leandro Teachers Association voted last month to make the change; 65 percent were in favor. "The diversity of our community is growing, and it looks beautiful and we want to honor our Latino families," said Thomas Morse, political action chairman for the union. "And...