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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

There's danger to blacks, and then there's danger to blacks...

Jonah Goldberg at the Corner:
"The richest and most successful African-Americans spend a lot more time in elite “white” America than they do in Compton or East St. Louis. And, my hunch is, they’re more understandably more worried about white men with guns than they are about guns in their kids’ private schools."
Interesting, if I understand it correctly:  Al Sharpton, because he is rich & famous, doesn't have to worry about his grandchildren being shot by black thugs in the ghetto because Al Sharpton would never allow his grandchildren anywhere near either black thugs or the ghetto.  Therefore black-on-black violence, which causes the greatest mayhem among other blacks, does not personally effect Sharpton or his family.  The potential of white-on-black violence, however rare, is of more concern to him because Al Sharpton's grandchildren are more likely to hang out with rich whites than with poor blacks.

Maybe I'm reading too much into what Goldberg is writing.  The post is here.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Only Thing That's Changed is the Englishmen

Just posted a review of  The Tragedy of the Korosko at Amazon.  Reprinted here:

Light stuff but worth reading. I'm happy I spent my time with this (I read the free Kindle version) rather than anything I might have picked up from the paperback bestseller rack at the grocery store. I don't suffer from Western self-loathing, nor do I have any trouble recognizing the good side of Victoria's British Empire, so I enjoyed the action, the dialog, and the satisfying finish you expect in this sort of thing. This is a standard-model Victorian adventure melodrama. That's not a bad thing, especially in the hands of a writer like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who knew his trade.

The plot won't surprise you: a group of European tourists (inexplicably) take a boat trip up the Nile and are taken prisoner by Muslim raiders of the Khalifa's army in the Sudan. Will the jihadis kill them if they refuse to convert to Islam? Will the jihadis kill them regardless? What will happen to the women? Can a rescue force reach them before they get to Khartoum and will it even be strong enough if it does catch up? The tension just keeps building! Lots of fun.

Doyle doesn't specify the year the action takes place but he first published the story in serialized form for the Strand Magazine in 1897. The British were still fighting the Sudan Campaign so this would have seemed like an adventure `ripped from the headlines'. The characters are the usual. There's the retired British colonel, the parson, the lawyer, the Irish couple, a spinster from Boston travelling with her beautiful young niece, etc. There's even a Frenchman around to bitch about British imperialism. The Frenchman sounds like your average Western academic of today, and probably the only difference between the jihadis in this story and the modern ones in the Sudan is that today's jihadis have automatic rifles. It's a shame the one thing that's changed is that today they don't seem to make Englishmen like they used to.

If Sherlock Holmes is the only thing you've read by Doyle, spend a couple hours with this.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Martin Shooting

The interracial shooting death of young Trayvon Martin in Florida is one of those tragic  incidents that quickly becomes a focal point of public outrage.  Naturally this draws race-baiters, ideological opportunists, self-promoting news mediocrities and other assorted carrion eaters like a road-kill whitetail draws turkey buzzards.  The facts of the case are clear in broad strokes:  a young black man was shot dead by a less young Hispanic white man.  They are less clear in the legally important ways, such as, did the shooter, one George Zimmerman, actually commit a crime by shooting the late Mr. Martin?  If not, should what he did be a crime?  Some have already decided the answers are obvious, but Jack Dunphy suggests caution:

"Trayvon Martin’s death was tragic, but it is a tragedy that will not find a neat resolution in the criminal courts. The only certainty is that the tragedy will be rendered into farce by the cast of characters who will use it to raise their own questionable profiles."

It's the most sensible thing I have seen written about the event.  I therefore doubt anyone will pay attention to it.  The second most sensible thing I’ve seen is Geraldo Rivera’s editorial at Fox:

"(A)fter listening to the 911 tapes and hearing the witness' testimonials, I believe Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for his hoodie."

Neither of these two sensible views will hold much attention. Nor is it likely anyone will bother pointing out that, however this particular case turns out, the most dangerous natural predator of young black men in America today is other young black men. It is not and never will be Hispanic white neighborhood watch members with licenses to carry firearms. So there will be great rage expressed over this homicide. Professional African-Americans will engage in vicious stereotyping of others in the name of opposing stereotypes. Professional gun-haters will take the opportunity to express their hatred of gun owners. News readers will breathlessly bray shallow and inane reports into the camera, their faces rigid with their trained ‘empathy’ looks. And (this just in) our current president can be counted on to think of something to say that will make matters worse.

But after this killing fades from public memory, young black men will continue to wander the streets, covering their faces with hoods and emulating thuggishness. And they will continue to die violently – mostly at each others’ hands. And the vile likes of Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan will likely have done nothing to save a single one of them.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Winston Churchill: The Story of the Malakand Field Force

Recently finished Story of the Malakand Field Force; An Episode of Frontier War and put up this review at Amazon.
1897: The Northwest Frontier of British India, the infamous `tribal areas' of Pakistan that still vex the news today, is in one of its periodic eruptions. The Empire reacts and local events get interesting for a time. The modern technology of the telegraph brings the proceedings into the drawing rooms of London and for a (very) short while this bloody episode engages the attention of the world. Winston Churchill - some aristocratic young cavalry officer, contracted as a war correspondent - records it in detail for posterity in the workmanlike and literary style which will become the trademark of his writing. Churchill wrote this book at an age when, if he were an American alive today, he would still be covered by his parents health insurance.

This book (I read the free Kindle edition) is well worth the read for anyone that wants a quick, well-written immersion in the British Empire of the late 19th Century. Among all the jewels of period detail that abound, for instance, the brief biography of the officer commanding the British force is not to be missed. You will think it must have been made up, and it's hard to imagine any modern author or Hollywood screenwriter daring to create such a figure, let alone giving him his ancestry and then naming him: Brigadier-General Sir Bindon Blood, K.C.B.

Churchill's enthusiastic love of Queen and country certainly shines through. But this book is written by a thoughtful, perceptive, and intelligent man, unashamed (in fact, proud) to set his own views to paper, but well aware of the fact that many people disagree with him.

Monday, March 19, 2012

No more Gurkhas in India, UK Armies

"Indian and British Armies may no longer be able to employ Gurkhas, known for their valour, following a Nepalese government decision to eventually stop their recruitment in foreign countries."

Full story here in the Deccan Chronicle.

It seems the old ways are truly passing.

What would James Q Wilson tell Mexico?

Spengler talks hard things in the Asia Times:

(I)f it is to break the hold of criminal gangs on many of its cities, Mexico has no choice but to take a page from James Q Wilson's book. To undertake the Herculean labor of suppressing criminality from the bottom will have terrible consequences, as in Enrique Krauze's chilling analogy to the 1910 Revolution. The only thing worse is the alternative. It is not enough to arrest the drug lords; it is also necessary to attrite the ranks of their gunmen. How much will it cost? If you have to ask what it costs, you can't afford to be a country.
Whole thing is here.

White Tweeter's Burden

John Derbyshire at his gloomy and sensible best:

"These Kony 2012 folk are, as Dickens said, absurd in their conceit. At one point in the video, Russell says, quote, “If we succeed, we change the course of human history,” end quote. I can think of several things that might change the course of human history, but none of them is located in Central Africa. In fact, I can’t think of any aspect in which Central Africa has made any contribution to civilized human history at all."

The whole thing is well worth reading.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012