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01 October 2020

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BABAK MAKKINEJAD

3.5%: the proportion of the British population who are black. 2011 census.

By now, probably 5%. A total of 15% in Greater London as things stand.

BBC -- Carry On virtue signaling

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54344961

Postboxes painted black to honour black Britons
Sir Lenny Henry is among a variety of figures to feature on the postboxes in Black History Month.
www.bbc.co.uk

English Outsider


Our Prince Harry is very good at Rugby and was House Games Captain at Eton.

He'd do very well in the NFL, which I believe is a far less demanding sport technically and nowhere near as tough as anything he'd have had to put up with at Eton. He seems already to have acquired a rudimentary knowledge of Critical Race Theory so should have no difficulty with the academic side of the sport.

All in all quite an acquisition for you Colonel and if it means that we're one Royal lighter - well, we're in a generous mood at the moment so think of it as a hands across the Atlantic gesture.

We've also got a slightly used Heir Apparent going spare at the moment so should you want to add to your collection of Royals ...


turcopolier

EO

Perhaps we could do a trade and you could make him governor of Gibraltar. Charles could be set up in some post in the Northern Marianas.

blue peacock

Michelle vs Megan 2024. Woke & woker.

JM Gavin

EO,
I'm not sure how to pick HRH out from all the other woke multi-millionaires in SoCal. Could you please swap this young man out for someone that is less predictable, or more intelligent or even interesting in any way? As a favor, we'll keep the "princess" here when we send HRH back. We owe you that for trying to palm her off on the cousins.

JMG

Fred

EO,

We should probably thank you for the Little Prince. Unlike Prince Rainier he fell for a 4th level actress of little note or talent, which was kind of charming in that made for tv movie kind of way. The dynamic duo and all their doings have, even in the era of Trump's Curtain of Oz revealing pandemic, helped the Msparkle wear off, not just of starlets but of European royalty. Meghan at least need not worry for a few years; as long as he keeps his democratic-socialist distance from other Hollywood starlets she's probably going to stay happily married. Perhaps "mind the gap", as you say over there, should be her family motto.

Deap

South Africa is already playing this scenario out, with the Zimbabwe learning curve thrown in. Black countries run by black people, after taking economic and voting power away from white people.

I am surprised Harry and Meghan did not consider moving to South Africa, a far better fit than Montecito, California where it is silly to claim you are one among the people in a virtually all white town with one of the most expensive zip codes in the country.

Their newly reduced income goes a lot farther in South Africa, - beautiful home for mere pennies today - check out Capetown and Johannesburg on Zillow. It is a buyers market and there are plenty of sellers.

Go where you have to actually lift a finger for your causes, Meghan and Harry. Not test the waters in super blue California which is so woke you would think the surrounding green hills near your new home were all coffee plants, and not pot.

They moved to the largest pot growing county in the entire state, just to give their child a normal life.

LondonBob

Well done to Catherine for manoeuvring her out of the Royal Family, a latter day Eleanor of Aquitaine in looking after her broods interests. Not a coincidence they formally resigned from 'The Firm' on Catherine's birthday.

rjj

Seems to me there are captor-based variants of the Stockholm Syndrome so common/normal as to be unnamed, therefore unrecognized, VIZ.

Conjugal (see above)

Group Feeling [membership/fellowship], one of the reinforcers of Group Think or fitting-in-ness as the equivalent of fitness.

Look around. See also news.

English Outsider


Colonel Lang. I really do go for your site. It's forceful, it's witty and it's jam packed with insight and information.

Not a lot I can contribute to it because I'm not big on the insight and information side of things. But I chip in the odd comment and enjoy doing so.

So I was doing above. Then my wife told me the news that your President was ill. End of the fun. I read round the American sites and saw such an outpouring of bile it sickened me. A man falls ill and half the country celebrates.

Then I looked round the English sites. The same. Just fired off a comment on that to one that used to be my favourite -

" ... These comments on the President of the United States falling ill -

"I hope it kills him. I never feel things like that but on this....."

"It could be worse. He may be asymptomatic. Think of how he and his base would use that......"

"Perhaps he’ll take his own advice and start injecting bleach."

So the response to Trump catching Covid. On the leading Brexit site in the UK."

Colonel - what the hell's happening in your country and mine. Strong politics, yes, and let's all fight like wildcats. But politics so far outside any norms of propriety or civilised dispute?

I take refuge in AG Barr's remarks at the Federalist Society -

"The fact of the matter is that, in waging a scorched earth, no-holds-barred war of “Resistance” against this Administration, it is the Left that is engaged in the systematic shredding of norms and the undermining of the rule of law. This highlights a basic disadvantage that conservatives have always had in contesting the political issues of the day. It was adverted to by the old, curmudgeonly Federalist, Fisher Ames, in an essay during the early years of the Republic.

In any age, the so-called progressives treat politics as their religion. Their holy mission is to use the coercive power of the State to remake man and society in their own image, according to an abstract ideal of perfection. Whatever means they use are therefore justified because, by definition, they are a virtuous people pursing a deific end. They are willing to use any means necessary to gain momentary advantage in achieving their end, regardless of collateral consequences and the systemic implications. They never ask whether the actions they take could be justified as a general rule of conduct, equally applicable to all sides.

Conservatives, on the other hand, do not seek an earthly paradise. We are interested in preserving over the long run the proper balance of freedom and order necessary for healthy development of natural civil society and individual human flourishing. This means that we naturally test the propriety and wisdom of action under a “rule of law” standard. The essence of this standard is to ask what the overall impact on society over the long run if the action we are taking, or principle we are applying, in a given circumstance was universalized – that is, would it be good for society over the long haul if this was done in all like circumstances?

For these reasons, conservatives tend to have more scruple over their political tactics and rarely feel that the ends justify the means. And this is as it should be, but there is no getting around the fact that this puts conservatives at a disadvantage when facing progressive holy far, especially when doing so under the weight of a hyper-partisan media."

Puts any one "at a disadvantage", the means now used to pursue political ends. But I also saw, in my look around this morning at the reaction to Trump testing positive, a fair number of comments more measured and more civilised, from both sides of the political spectrum. I hope that's the side that wins out in this snake pit that we see politics becoming.

Ed Lindgren

COL Lang -

Rather than Gibraltar, I would suggest either the British Indian Ocean Territory or Tristan da Cunha.

The Duchess of Sussex would find either location delightful!

Fred

EO,

The president 'testing positive' has managed to change the narrative, hasn't it? Biden's got cover for labeling a 17 y.o. a white supremecist in his tweet immediately after the debate (Which pretty much tells you they had that one lined up and ready to go beforehand), though it won't save him from being sued. As Joe pointed out in his "not my job" defense about the riots, he's no longer in office - and thus no longer immune from suits for slander. The president will also enjoy shows of compassion "we're all in this together" and hey, he's human after all. Equally all the bile you point out just re-inforces the message that it is the radical left that is unhinged. Trump will also get to enjoy 14 days not interrupted by campaign travel and press battles. (Though there's a negative side to that as well). I'ld be interested to see which federal agency's "resistance" groups he's going to take a blowtorch to for not following his executive orders? The DOD is probably first up, followed by the behomouth of NIH with all the other lettered and credential leaders who've been sabotaging him for 3 years.

hypoxis.exilis

The Californicated Duke and Duchess of Sussex should be in a zoo

Deap

Recent pass by Pitcairn Island a few years ago revealed the UK has a very generous settlement program for anyone who wishes to set up residence on this Bit-O-Britain.

Clean air, lovely views, topical setting, few neighbors, good farm land, state health care and schools, and plenty of historic resonance. What's not to like. And a stipend too. Help defeat the current in-breeding that is so often endemic in these far flung but isolated outposts. Twice a year ferry service connects one to Polynesia. When the weather allows docking.

Note to Meghan: your worries about Archie and the paparazzi would be over.

fakebot

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8796045/Prince-Harry-Williams-rift-worse-think-says-Royal-biographer-Robert-Lacey.html

The Daily Mail is running a serialized account of a new book that breaks down the rift that has grown between Harry and his family.

For his own book, Robert spent months talking to royal insiders about when the cracks in the brothers’ relationship started to appear (spoiler alert: it happened earlier than you think), and, pointedly, how the system of monarchy conspired to fan the flames of resentment rather than broker a compromise between the two.

(...)

‘What you’ve got to realise is that the whole strategy of the monarchy was based on them sticking together. Meghan changed all that. She is difficult. She has an incredible and dangerous level of self-belief.

‘But the Palace got this very wrong, as it always does with the second-born. They always treat the second-born badly, not to say cruelly. It happened with Princess Margaret. It happened with Prince Andrew. It’s the classic heir and the spare thing. They just don’t know what to do with the spare. And they certainly didn’t know what to do with the spare’s wife.’

(...)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as depicted in the book, are self-pitying, and assume an astonishing level of entitlement. Prince William is praised for having the duty gene but described as having a terrible temper. Even the Queen comes in for criticism. Harry is, by turns, hapless and hurt, but a young man who finds in Meghan an escape.

‘He finds new destiny,’ Robert says today. ‘He realised there was something rotten at the heart of royalness that is not for him.’

Then there is Diana, the late Princess of Wales, whom he describes as an ‘anti-royal’ — he points out the parallels with Meghan, going as far as to say ‘in her own way Meghan walks through minefields like Diana did. Metaphorical minefields’.

(...)

‘There is only one self-made millionaire in the Royal Family and that is Meghan Markle. If they had sat down with her at the start and said, “Let’s talk about the things you are interested in”, things might have been different.

‘They just sent her off to watch the Queen opening the Mersey Bridge. There is nothing wrong with that, but they made the mistake of dealing with the spare’s wife thinking she was just a routine royal. She was never going to be a routine royal.’

Balint Somkuti, PhD

@hypoxis.exilis and @Ed Lindgren

Spot on!

Give her what she deserves. I have seen way too many aggressive females of her type incl. my own family.

Destroying family bonds, friendships and alike. Of course it always take a weak man too.

Diana Croissant

I come from a large extended family. I grew up with 35 cousins in a two-county area. My mother came from a family of six children, my father from a family of eight children. My grandmother's sister was married to my grandfather's brother. That great aunt and great uncle had eleven children, though two died young. My dad had therefore an enormous number of "double cousins." My mother's extended family was also quite large.

We had our "problem" relatives, of course. The factor that has kept our families close, however, is one I think is missing in this world in many families. No one here on the blog may want to agree with me; however, here is my point: Our families were all born and raised in the same churches. My mother's in the German-speaking Evangelical Lutheran church and my father's in the German speaking Evangelical Congregational Church--where I still attend.

The expression we use at all times for some of the lapses in judgement in family members is that we "should give them God's grace."

There is much need for God's grace in this world, and we are all the family of Man.

I have grown so tired of the political wrangling that I've decided to quit following it. I've made my decisions already for local, county, state and national elections. Election day can't come fast enough for me. I've already located the nearest lock box in my city's Town Hall where I can deposit my ballot, which the Clerk and Recorder has assured me is coming soon to my mail box.

Then I will simply put my concerns in God's hands.

walrus

Harry and Meghan emigrating to the USA? I thought It raised the IQ of both countries. :p

turcopolier

walrus

Mebbe so. I always heard that the reason American soldiers on R&R leave during VN did so well with Australian women was that all Australian men were interested in was footy, beer and hanging out with their mates.

walrus

Col. Lang,

Correct! It’s football finals time here and the only purpose of womenkind is to bring more beer!

Have a great weekend.

Deap

I visited North Vietnam shortly after it was "okay" for Americans to finally make the trip. I assumed I was doing the equivalent of visiting the dark side of the moon.

Until I got to Hoi An and found it was loaded with spaghetti and pizza joints, bawdy Aussies and rapacious local merchants who had already set the new "open tourism standards for this place, so long off limits for those in the US. Needless to say, I got out of Hoi and as fast as I could and headed for less frequented spots at that time.

Glad I saw it then; because a later visit showed a very different, overly impacted Vietnam - it was "discovered" now by everyone, but the Australians landed first and why not, It was their back yard, not ours. However, no matter when the visit it is a bit of a sacred pilgrimage for Americans of a certain age who had these foreign place names pounded into our heads on the TV for years - with horrific overtones for all concerned. We knew their names as well as Grover's Corners.

Then to find oneself eating creme caramel lakeside in Hanoi on a breezy summer's day, after strolling to both the real Hanoi Hilton by the Opera House and the other Hanoi Hilton by the Palace of Justice, only a short distance apart.

A highlight was my very young guide who said her parents had stories about hard times, but as a nation they wanted to live the example of the Americans after WWII who helped rebuild Japan and Germany with outstretched hands of reconciliation. I also translated this as.... bring us US dollars. Thank you very much.

Plus the French were a lot worse for a longer time than the US had been, and no one was as bad as the centuries of Chinese domination. So our own less than a decade of blood and tears was just a brief chapter in their long national struggles - so she said.

jerseycityjoan

I agree they belong in the UK too but they do not agree. They seemed to think that when they moved here their roles came with them from the UK. But they did not. They are not our royal family. They want to be our moral and political leaders when most Americans barely pay attention to them or know who they are. There seem to be a lot of people in the entertainment business who want to help them achieve their goals. I really resent that.

I think we can only hope that the American people just continue to ignore them as their publicity machine continues to jam them down our throats. Stripping them of their titles and taking Harry out of the line of succession would help. Since they want to pick sides in our politics I think that should be and will be done by the royal family.

chris moffatt

That society "created by white people, for white people" was indeed so because for millenia (until after WW2) it was pretty much only white people who lived and had lived there. Of course they created a society for themselves. But are we allowed to comment on the responsibility of immigrants to integrate into their new country - rather than the modern requirement for host nations to accept any and all cultural practices of immigrants?

turcopolier

jjackson

To observe history is one thing. To do one's sworn duty is another. BTW, until WW2 you British were considered by the US Government to be the most likely adversaries of the US. All out war plans and positioning of troops along the Canadian border reflected that. then, as you say, your global position simply fell apart.

Deap

Immigrants for decades flocked to this "white country created by and for white people".

They did not flock to any country in Africa or the Middle East or want to stay in India, or Pakistan, or Mexico or Central America. How do they explain they wall wanted to come to this wretched "white country".

WASP values actually attract people to this country and those who absorb them do very well themselves, even when they are not technically "White -Anglo Saxon or Protestants." It is the hard work, thrift, discipline and prudence part of WASP values that creates the magic.

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