Friday, July 23, 2010

UN's International Court of Justice declares multiculturalism a spent force

Just kidding. What they actually said was Kosovo was legally entitled to declare its independent and sovereign status from Serbia. The NATO powers and Kosovars are taking the advisory opinion and running with it, practically ready to give this impoverished region that's half the size of New Hampshire a seat on the Security Council.

Now, I'm actually one of those people who thinks one United States is too few--there should be fifty state sovereigns, and for that matter, why not five hundred? Of course, Kosovo is a free-rider, pathetically dependent on foreign aid and third party maintenance of the public order. There are probably American counties more autarchic than this landlocked region of Albanian Muslims.

One wonders why the UN/NATO elites have decided to grab this particular tiger by the tail. Maybe they read Pat Buchanan and have just decided to go with the flow.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Addition to the blogroll

Roissy a/k/a Citizen Renegade

I have been reading Roissy for the past two years. He is a PUA who, for the most part, dispenses advice on pumping and dumping women. Beneath the bluster and decadence is a very substantive, traditionalist message. All men, single and married, are well advised to read his posts. Vox Popoli is a fan, and conservative, monogamous 51-year old Steve Sailer links him.

Roissy is one of those people despised in turn by the Left for his reactionary opinions and by the Right for his (purportedly) dissolute lifestyle. Anybody demonized by all sides of the political spectrum is usually worth a listen in my experience.

Game is the equalizer for men seeking female sexual partners in feminist society, and it works whether a man seeks a one night stand or his partner in the marriage sacrament. Game is a tremendous affront to the ruling cultural Marxists who insist, in the face of all scientific evidence to the contrary, that men and women are fundamentally the same and that human evolution has ceased.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Save the burqas...

pleads Rod Dreher, via Serge.

The ironic part of Dreher's plea for tolerance is that such conundrums were simply not an issue for the Christendom of Dreher's historic Faith. It is only a problem for Christians under the heel of an Atheist State that, as Dreher believes, could turn on a dime on his creed. So it turns out the real problem is a secular globalist government that puts us on the horns of these particular dilemmas. And let's be honest, Dreher's real motivation is not fear of religious persecution, but fear of professional and personal ostracism from criticizing the State's multicultural agenda.

And just how far is Dreher willing to take this? Today the Sikh who enforces in-marriage with physical violence, tommorow our nuns? Today the Congolese animist who sacrifices albinos, tomorrow our nuns?

France is a secular democracy. The dar al-Islam is antithetical to secular democracy. France is trying to force Arab and African Wahabbists and Shi'ites to become citizens of equal standing with native French, because the alternative is Muslim ghettoes which are no-go zones for everybody else.

The Great Gamble of the West is that Muslims will show reciprocal tolerance in those areas where the West allows them to become a market-dominant majority. Perhaps this may work with urbane Syrians (who, by the way, keep a heavy and ruthless hand on Islamic fundamentalists). Otherwise, I'd prefer those who wish to make that gamble do so with their own patrimony.

All of this begs the question why Western governments decided that this particular Great Leap Forward had to be made in the first instance. In inviting Muslims to our shore, we buy into a triangular conflict which we did not have to purchase.

I wonder what the martyred emperor Constantine XI Paleologos thinks of all this? Or perhaps God in His mercy has spared him the knowledge. I think I'll ask Rod.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Clean, safe jobs Americans won't do

American Dream Is Elusive for New Generation

GRAFTON, Mass. — After breakfast, his parents left for their jobs, and Scott Nicholson, alone in the house in this comfortable suburb west of Boston, went to his laptop in the living room. He had placed it on a small table that his mother had used for a vase of flowers until her unemployed son found himself reluctantly stuck at home.

The daily routine seldom varied. Mr. Nicholson, 24, a graduate of Colgate University, winner of a dean’s award for academic excellence, spent his mornings searching corporate Web sites for suitable job openings. When he found one, he mailed off a résumé and cover letter — four or five a week, week after week.

Over the last five months, only one job materialized. After several interviews, the Hanover Insurance Group in nearby Worcester offered to hire him as an associate claims adjuster, at $40,000 a year. But even before the formal offer, Mr. Nicholson had decided not to take the job.

Rather than waste early years in dead-end work, he reasoned, he would hold out for a corporate position that would draw on his college training and put him, as he sees it, on the bottom rungs of a career ladder...

I stopped reading there and perused the comments. As one person noted, there are plenty of folks named Park, Abdallah, Gomez, etc., who will take that job in their teeth and run with it.

And people like Scott Nicholson will be begging them for a job emptying the trash cans.

What a great idea

Let Treasury Rescue the States
HERE in California, where people tiresomely boast that the state’s gross domestic product exceeds that of all but seven nations, I keep expecting a ballot initiative demanding admission to the Group of 8 industrialized nations. I’d consider voting for it, too; then maybe Washington would work as hard to synchronize its economic policy with Sacramento as it does with Tokyo and Berlin. The lack of coordination within the United States — and, equally important, the failure to recognize the states as macroeconomic players — helps explain our sluggish recovery.

To make matters worse, several states have country-sized G.D.P.’s, but none has the macroeconomic tools of an independent country. Every state except Vermont has some sort of balanced budget requirement that prevents it from weathering a recession by running up big deficits to keep teachers employed, students in college, welfare payments flowing and construction humming. Nor can New York and California stimulate their economies by, say, printing more currency. Instead, states are managing huge budget crises with the only tools they have, cutting spending and raising taxes — both of which undermine the federal stimulus.

That’s why the best booster shot for this recovery and the next would be to allow states to borrow from the Treasury during recessions. We did this for Wall Street and Detroit, fending off disaster. It’s even more important for states.

Here’s how this would work. States already receive regular federal matching grants to help pay for Medicaid, welfare, highway construction programs and more. For instance, the federal government pays a share of state Medicaid costs, from 50 percent to more than 75 percent, depending on a state’s wealth. The matching rates were temporarily sweetened by last year’s stimulus.

But Congress should pass legislation that would allow a state to simply get an “advance” on these future federal dollars expected from entitlement programs. The advance could then be used for regional stimulus, to continue state services and to hasten our recovery.

The Treasury Department, which writes the checks to the states, could be assured of repayment (with interest) by simply cutting the federal matching rate by the needed amount over, say, five years. Of course, when Treasury eventually collected what it was owed, the state would have to cut spending or find new revenue sources. But that would happen after the recession, when both tasks would likely prove easier economically and politically...

How much 'road' do people think is left for us to kick the can down? How many shell games before the debt markets run out of suckers? Absolutely nuts.