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01 — Intro. And Radio Derb is on the air!
I must apologize for the traffic noises and police sirens in the background. As was the case this time last year, I am in my makeshift New York City studio, having been called to the Big Apple on private business.
It's probably for the best: The girls have set up a Halloween party over on the island, and on previous form those things degenerate into chaos faster than a protest march against police brutality. For the sake of a lucid and orderly presentation, I'm better off here. Still, I'm sorry for the distracting noises off.
OK, so yes, this is your irrepressibly genial host John Derbyshire with news from those last few days of October.
Also some ruminations on the prospects for November, which is shaping up to be a newsy month. We have the midterm elections in the U.S.A. on the 4th; then the Rochester by-election in Britain on the 20th; and then we'll likely get a decision from the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri on whether or not white police officer Darren Wilson will go to trial for shooting black guy Michael Brown — that's "Mike Brown" if you're a liberal or close relative.
I'll chew over the November prospects later in the show. First, some news items about the Religion of Peace.
02 — A new way to say "homicidal maniac. If your day job is editing somebody's thesaurus, you might want to note that we now have a new synonym for "homicidal maniac." To the synonyms we already know — "aspiring rap singer," "twice-deported Mexican illegal immigrant," and so on, you can now add: "recent convert to Islam."
You can even say it with a Canadian accent — assuming there is such a thing as a Canadian accent. I nurse the private suspicion that they're just Brits trying to fake an American accent, but we'll leave that aside for another time.
Yes, on Monday October 20th a recent convert to Islam carried out an intentional automobile hit-and-run on two Canadian soldiers outside a recruiting station in the military town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. One of the soldiers subsequently died from his injuries, the other survived.
After calling 911 to claim responsibility, the soldier of Allah tried to get away, but lost control of his car and flipped it over. He crawled out from under it brandishing a knife, whereupon a cop who'd been following him shot him dead. He is now ravishing virgins in Paradise.
The killer turned out to be 25-year-old French Canadian Martin Rouleau, proprietor of a power-washing company, who lived with his Dad. Rouleau had had his own brain power-washed by radical Muslims, most particularly by Syrian ISIS leader Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, who in September distributed an audio clip via Twitter that included the following suggestions, quote:
If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war … kill him in any manner or way however it may be. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.
So, just following orders, then. The Nuremberg Defense.
And then, on Wednesday that same week, there was another jihadist killing up there in the Friendly Giant To The North.
03 — Mounties get their man. This one was way more dramatic. Two days after the Quebec incident, on the 22nd, another recent convert to Islam showed up at Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa, the nation's capital. A soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, was on guard at the memorial, but was armed only with an unloaded ceremonial rifle.
The jihadi shot Cpl. Cirillo dead, then headed for the nearby Parliament building. He actually got in to the parliament chamber, but was spotted by the parliamentary Sergeant-at-Arms, 58-year-old Kevin Vickers. Mr Vickers is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the fabled Mounties, who, in the Empire Boys' Annuals of my own British childhood, always got their man. Sergeant-at-Arms Vickers, who will never again pay for a drink, certainly got his, taking down the jihadi, who is now up there in Virgin Palace with M. Rouleau. I hope they're not fighting over the cutest virgins.
This second jihadi was 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau from Montreal, sired by a Libyan Arab father on a French-Canadian mother.
A curious ironic feature of Zahef-Bibeau's background is that his mother, Susan Bibeau, is Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Who they? Well, according to their website, they are, quote:
Canada's largest independent administrative tribunal … responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law. The IRB decides, among other responsibilities, who needs refugee protection among the thousands of claimants who come to Canada annually.
Hm. I wonder if, somewhere in the labyrinths of Canadian bureaucracy, there's an "independent administrative tribunal" deciding which immigrants and refugees Canadians need protection from.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's Dad, perhaps, who went back to Libya in 2011 to join the rebels fighting to overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Relevant quote from the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, September 30th, quote:
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, includes a large number of volunteers from Libya who fought in the 2011 uprising that overthrew dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
As in all the best fairy tales, these events come in threes. Just to remind you of the chronology here: Monday the 20th was the Quebec automobile killer, Wednesday the 22nd was the shooter in Ottawa, Ontario, the next province over from Quebec.
Thursday the 23rd the Sword of Allah struck one further jurisdiction over, across the border in New York State.
04 — Kill a cracker for Allah. Actually on Jamaica Avenue in Queens Borough of New York City.
I know that part of the city. Jamaica Avenue there, around 162nd Street, is the boundary between a very black area on one side and a much more mixed, working-class and lower-middle-class black-Hispanic-Asian area on the other.
Well, that Thursday afternoon, 32-year-old Zale Thompson, a black New Yorker and, yes, a recent convert to Islam, attacked a party of four New York City police officers on patrol in the busy street. One of the officers was what the New York Times would call a "white Hispanic"; the others were plain vanilla white … so to speak.
Thompson's weapon of choice was a small hand axe. It looks like something you'd buy at Home Depot. With this axe, Thompson chopped one of the officers on the arm, wounding him. Then he struck a second officer in the back of the head, seriously injuring him.
The two other cops had their weapons out by then, and fired 19 rounds, killing Thompson and badly wounding a passer-by, LaToya James. Ms James may end up paralyzed.
Thompson was a Navy veteran who was expelled from the service in 2003 for drug offenses. He had a civilian rap sheet too, with arrests for assault and domestic violence. He was unemployed and moved between the homes of his mother and father, separated but both living there in Queens. He seems to have converted to Islam two years ago.
Looking into his recent lifestyle, law enforcement tells us that, quote: "This guy spent every waking moment on the internet," end quote. He particularly favored radical Islamist websites.
Thompson also hated white people, according to his Dad. Longish quote from the New York Post report:
"He wanted white people to pay for all that slavery and all that racism," the father of slain hatchet loon Zale Thompson, 32, told The Post Saturday. "I think he committed suicide — and he was taking one of y'all with him," his father, Ralph Thompson, said, speaking through the screen door of the two-story Queens Village house where his unhinged son also once lived.
Not to rake over old fires here, but I got into a world of hurt a couple of years ago for writing, among other thing, quote:
A small cohort of blacks — in my experience, around five percent — is ferociously hostile to whites.
Are there really people who deny this? People, I mean, who haven't spent their entire lives at the bottom of a well? Zale Thompson belonged to that cohort.
To reinforce that point, here's Frank Sha Francois, head of the local chapter of the New Black Panther Party. Mr Francois told the New York Post that Zale Thompson was, quote, "a crusader seeking justice," end quote. A crusader? I'm not sure that brother Francois is totally current on Muslim sensibilites, but let that pass. Further quote from him:
I don't condone violence, but something needs to be done. We need to have some type of deterrent and real oversight to deter the police from violating the laws …
You don't condone violence? When a guy attacks cops with an axe and you call him "a crusader for justice," isn't that sort of like condoning violence? But I guess we're not in the realm of calm logic here. Logic is a tool of the white oppressors.
05 — Lessons from the jihad. So what do we learn from this, comrades? Well, a couple of things.
In the first place, I note that both the Quebec guy and the Ottawa guy had issues with border control. No, neither was an illegal immigrant into Canada. The issues in both cases concerned leaving Canada to go and join the jihadis in Syria.
Martin Rouleau — that's the Quebec guy who killed a soldier with his car — posted on Facebook that he wanted to go to Syria to fight for ISIS. This got the attention of the Mounties, and in June this year Rouleau was arrested at Montreal airport trying to leave for Turkey, next door to Syria. They took away his passport, but he agreed to some counselling sessions at a local mosque, and the police sent him home on that understanding.
Similarly with Zehaf-Bibeau, the Ottawa shooter. Quote from the Toronto Globe and Mail, October 22nd, quote:
Sources say he intended to travel abroad, but he had not been able to secure a valid travel document from federal officials, who have been taking measures to prevent Canadians from joining extremists overseas.
I guess "valid travel document" means "passport." I don't know how else the government of a free nation can prevent people travelling abroad.
So here's the first thing we learn: When a "recent convert to Islam" wants to go off and join the jihadis fighting in Trashcanistan, LET HIM GO! Just make damn sure he doesn't come back.
Next lesson: If you give a trained soldier a gun, give him some ammunition to go with it, especially if he's guarding a patriotic monument.
Third lesson: Islam may very well be a noble and ancient religion, supplying purpose in life to millions of people, most of them harmless. It is none the less true that Islam does not play well with others. Muslims belong in Muslim countries, of which there are more than 50 to choose from. In Western countries, their presence creates problems. We have problems of our own, internal to our own civilization; we don't need these extra problems.
Final lesson: Infidel-hating jihadis are bad news, and so are white-hating blacks; but when the two things are incarnated simultaneously in one skull, you have a really toxic level of hatred.
But wait: What am I talking about? "Hate" is an attribute only of white male non-Hispanic non-Muslim heterosexuals! Just check out the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Hatewatch Headlines." I just did.
Et cetera. Now that's true hate! — Sheriff Joe rounding up illegal aliens, Kris Kobach trying to prevent voter fraud, the N-word, Golden Dawn and the Tea Party … that's real hate!
06 — The election about nothing. Now for the coming attractions in November. I'll take them seriatim, which is a pedantic old math geek's way of saying "one by one."
First, the midterm elections in the U.S.A. I'm finding it hard to summon up much interest. There are of course a few interesting individual races, which I'll get to for an upbeat end to this segment, but overall, so far as the state of the nation is concerned, it's an election about nothing.
The big news point is that the Republican Party may take the Senate, giving them control of both houses of Congress (since it's extremely unlikely they'll lose the House).
To have one party controlling Congress while the President is of the other party, is a thing that happens a lot. It was the case in George W. Bush's last two years; Bill Clinton's last six years; all four of Poppy Bush's years; Ronald Reagan's last two years; the entire Nixon and Ford Presidencies; and so on.
There's a line of argument that says this Congress-Presidency split is more important now than in the past because we're a more partisan nation now, each party more determined than before to block the other's programs.
That's true in some secondary areas like abortion rights or estate taxes, but on the big national issues, there's very little daylight between the parties, so I can't see that GOP control of the Senate will make much difference where it matters.
Last week I mentioned Monica Wehby in Oregon, whose campaign ads bang away about growth, which nobody's against, corruption, which everybody's against, same-sex marriage, which she supports, and equal pay for women, likewise. If you never heard of this candidate and knew nothing about Oregon, which party would you suppose she belongs to? Hard to tell, right?
It's like that all over. Laura Ingraham had a nice Radio Derb-style rant the other day about GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, who's running for the Senate against incumbent Democrat Mark Udall in Colorado. Laura referred to a Reuters poll just released showing 59 percent of Colorado voters want all or most illegal aliens deported.
What does the Republican candidate for Senate have to say about the issue? I went looking. Here's what I got, just reading the words off my computer screen, quote:
Your search — site:corygardnerforsenate.com immigration — did not match any documents.
If I change the word "immigration" to "marriage" I likewise get no results. How about affirmative action? I change the search word to "affirmative" — nada. Am I doing the search right? I changed the word again, this time to "economy." Now the screen says: "About 30 results," so Gardner's talking a lot about the economy.
That's good; I favor a healthy economy as much as the next citizen. [Am I still allowed to say "citizen"? That's not racist or anything, is it? Good, thanks.] There are other issues people care about, though. Immigration ranks number three in voters' concerns, behind the economy and government performance. What does Rep. Gardner think about it? I looked up his immigration grade on NumbersUSA: F-minus. This, once again, is in a state 59 percent of whose voters want illegal aliens deported.
It's like that all over, clueless RINOs everywhere: Ed Gillespie in Virginia, Matt Mead in Wyoming, Dan Sullivan in Alaska, Tom Foley in Connecticut … Why would anybody bother to vote for these people? — anyone, I mean who wasn't looking for cheap illegal labor and/or a whole new generation of welfare-dependent Democratic voters?
Let's try to look on the bright side, though. [Clip: "Always look on the bright side …] That's right. Here comes the sort-of upbeat ending to the segment.
Rep. Tom Cotton, running for Senate in Arkansas against Mark Pryor, looks sensible, if he can keep the state's agriculture cheap-labor lobbies at bay. NumbersUSA grades him B-plus. That's also the grade for Mitch McConnell, who's been Senator from Kentucky since the last Glacial Maximum. I was mildly astounded to see McConnell an immigration B-plus. I've always thought privately of McConnell as pretty much defining the term "RINO," but let's take what we can get … and incredibly, for such a long-serving incumbent, the race is flagged as "competitive." However bad McConnell is, the Democrat will be worse, so go! Mitch.
There are some promising unknowns, too: I like the look of Mike McFadden in Minnesota, and it would be pleasant to see him wipe the permanent smirk off Al Franken's face. McFadden's polling ten points behind the commie comedian, but you never know.
Joni Ernst, running for Tom Harkin's seat in Iowa, also looks like a good sort, though again she's going to need a backbone of steel to stand up to all those meat-packing outfits hungry to privatize profits while socializing costs.
So not totally an election about nothing. A Republican Congress might do some good, I suppose; or at least stave off some bad, like the crazier kind of executive and judicial appointments. I won't be breaking out any champagne next week, though.
07 — Brits want their sovereignty back. Second November item: the Rochester by-election in Britain, November 20th.
The Brits, like us, have two big national parties with precious little daylight between them on National Question issues. Both favor open borders and displacement of native people; both drop to the floor, curl into a fetal position, and whimper like wounded puppies if anyone calls them racist.
The National Question is altogether hotter over there, though, because
(a) much British sovereignty has been surrendered to the EU, the European Union, and
Hence the rise of UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party. Two sitting Tory Members of Parliament have defected to UKIP so far. Both have done the gentlemanly thing and re-submitted themselves to their voters. The first, Douglas Carswell, won a thumping victory October 9th, to become UKIP's first Member of Parliament.
The second, Mark Reckless, faces his electors on November 20th. The latest poll I've seen is from October 24th; it shows Reckless with a 13-point lead over his nearest challenger, the Tory, with the Labour candidate nine points further behind that.
A win for Mark Reckless on November 20th will be a political earthquake. Two sets of voters in two different constituencies will have rejected globalism, open borders, and growth-is-everything economism. Next year's general election will be up for grabs.
At the moment the probability is of a hung election next year, with UKIP taking seats from both Tories and Labour, and some kind of coalition government emerging. In strict logic, the coalition would be Tories plus Labour, since the two big old parties have more in common with each other than either has with UKIP, both favoring globalism, multiculturalism, and open borders.
It's most unlikely that would happen, though. It's no coincidence that both parliamentary defectors to UKIP have come from the Tory Party. A Tory-UKIP coalition is more probable than a Labour-UKIP one — far more probable. There is still, lurking in hidden recesses in the Tory Party, some of the old insular patriotism of Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, waiting to be warmed back to life by the UKIP flame.
And if you listen to Ukippers, they've taken in a lot of American libertarianism, though of course minus the open-borders idiocy. They seem in fact to be inclined towards the view I expressed eight years ago in a column titled Libertarianism in one country, to favor maximum strictness at the nation's borders, allowing maximum liberty inside them.
If UKIP does follow that line, I'll be looking for a consultancy position in the next UKIP government.
08 — Febrile Ferguson. And then, the upcoming grand jury decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Gentle Giant Michael Brown, when all Brown was trying to do was beat Officer Wilson to a pulp and steal his gun.
Much of the continuing fuss about that shooting is driven by the Democratic Party — including very senior names like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — doing their utmost to scare black voters into voting. After six years of Obama and Holder with nothing to show in terms of black advancement, blacks have lost interest. For whites too, outside the core left-liberal heartlands of the northeast and West Coast, the bloom is off the Magic Negro rose.
The Democrats are desperate to stir up voters' emotions. For whites, the strategy is just to mention Obama as little as possible. To white voters outside the liberal hard core, Obama is the girl or guy you used to be crazy about, but now can't for the life of you remember why.
Towards blacks, the strategy is more straightforward: Just scare the pants off them. In North Carolina, for example, where lackluster open-borders RINO State Representative Thom Tillis is challenging incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan for her Senate seat. Hagan gets grade F on immigration from NumbersUSA, but she could be worse. She was one of only five Democratic Senators to vote against the DREAM Act back in 2010. Tillis quite probably would be worse.
Be that as it may, Harry Reid's Political Action Committee has been running ads on black radio stations in the Tar Heel state accusing Tillis of responsibility in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. An October 30th New York Times story describes one of the ads thus in part, quote:
"Tillis even led the effort to pass the type of 'Stand Your Ground' laws that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin," the announcer says. The music playing in the background abruptly stops.
Stand Your Ground laws of course had nothing to do with the Trayvon Martin case. George Zimmerman wasn't standing his ground, or standing at all: He was flat on his back with Martin astride him slamming his head into the sidewalk. Harry Reid's people obviously assume North Carolina blacks are too dumb or inattentive to bother with facts like that.
The Ferguson case plays into this game very nicely. The Times story quotes a Democratic Party leaflet in Georgia with a picture of two black children and the words: "If you want to prevent another Ferguson in their future, vote. It's up to you to make change happen."
My suggestion to the black voters of Georgia would be: If you want to prevent another Ferguson in your future, get off the road and onto the sidewalk when a cop tells you to. Perhaps I should get some leaflets of my own printed up.
How much of the hyperventilating over Ferguson is genuine indignation and how much is Democratic electioneering, we'll find out after the election, when there's no longer any point to the electioneering.
09 — Miscellany. And now, our closing miscellany of brief items.
Imprimis: I'm a wee bit ashamed of this one, but I'll lay it on you anyway. Take it as an apologetic confession.
Reading a news report on the shooting at the Canadian parliament building in Ottawa, my attention got snagged on this, quote:
Politicians and their staffers scrambled down scaffolding that was in place for renovations, while others hid inside barricaded meeting rooms …
I'm sorry, but the thought of congresscritters scrambling down scaffolding in their Gucci loafers and twelve hundred dollar suits, and cowering in barricaded rooms behind piles of briefcases and sacks of lobbyist cash, just made me smile. Sorry, really sorry.
Item: Here's a headline from Drudge: Google's New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself. You don't say.
If you get an argument going about artificial intelligence, some ignoramus always pipes up with: "The machines can only do what we program them to do!" Well, fiddlesticks. The whole von Neumann architecture, which is what our computers are built around, rests on the idea that data and instructions are the same kind of thing, dwelling in the same memory space. It follows that if instructions can modify data, they can modify intructions.
Set up some code like that, with instructions modifying instructions modifying instructions modifying instructions, and you're off to the fractal races. Pretty soon the program running has lost all resemblance to the one you wrote.
This has been understood for decades. When I started coding Basic Assembler Language for the old IBM mainframes almost fifty years ago, there was an instruction, the EX instruction, that could modify another instruction. I remember thinking at the time that this opened a door to unpredictable chaos; and indeed, the EX instruction came festooned with warnings about how careful you should be with it.
In a related news story this week, high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk told an MIT symposium that artificial intelligence research is a danger to humanity. "Summoning the demon," he called it. I believe he's right.
Item: Entrepreneur of the week: Mr Li of Jiangsu Province, eastern China, don't know the rest of his name.
Mr Li makes a living by climbing up the scaffolding on construction sites then threatening to jump unless the construction company pays him off.
Apparently it's a nice little earner, pulling in as much as $120 per threat, a lot of money in China. He's quite famous over there, under the epithet "Brother Building-Jumper."
Of course, the trick only works until some construction company says: "So jump." Still, if Mr Li can survive and get himself a U.S. visa, he'll have a great future in politics over here.
Item: Finally, a culinary note, possibly the first ever for Radio Derb.
I can't cook worth a damn. If I try to make toast, I burn it. Back in my bachelor days I would have either beggared myself with restaurant checks or else starved to death if I hadn't discovered this wonderful invention, the crock pot. Before going out in the morning you throw some meat, veg, spices, and water in there, switch it on, and when you come home there's a stew, good for three or four days eating.
Now meet 50-year-old Tewana Sullivan of Detroit. Ms Sullivan was visiting a friend, 66-year-old Cheryl Livy, when she got stewed about something and beat Ms Livy to death with a crock pot. She is now in custody.
Aside from confirming my worst suspicions about the inmates of Detroit, this left me wondering when we shall see legislation out of Congress to ban assault crock pots. Chuck Schumer should be all over this.
10 — Signoff. That's it, ladies and gents. Once again, I apologize for the traffic noises. Like other working stiffs, once in a while I have to be a road warrior.
Normal service will be resumed at Radio Derb next week.
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