Thursday, June 13, 2019

Civic Nationalism Failure: Nation of Immigrants as a Cover for Plundering Invaders

From the New York Times: Why Should Immigrants 'Respect Our Borders'? The West Never Respected Theirs by Suketu Mehta

This must be one of the most wretched pieces of calumny and tortured logic to be printed by the New York Times and this is a high bar to cross indeed. Well, Suketu is apparently unaware of the old adage that two wrongs do not make a right. Not surprising as Suketu Mehta is not of American or western European descent and therefore does not have any tradition or understanding of western liberal democracy. This opinion piece proves he (or she or it) is as bad as the European colonialists of generations past if not worse despite the scoundrel's sanctimonious drivel.

The most immoral and intellectually bankrupt excuse for invasion and open theft is to redress some alleged past crime by victimizing people in the present, even if the victim only approximately shares the skin tone of  the accused past villain. The crimes of the past committed by long dead people against other long dead people belong in the pages of history books not in the most recent pages of the New York Times as a feeble excuse for plunder by third world invaders. It is wrong and inexcusable to punish people who have committed no crime to benefit people who were never the victim. Assuming it is even provable that an actual crime had been committed in the first place instead of the fractured fairy tales spewed by the Cathedral.

So whatever happened to this judged by the content of our character, not by the color of our skin business? Judging people according who they are and their deeds, not who their ancestors were?
And isn't the nation of immigrants through our magic dirt supposed to produce patriotic, liberal democracy loving "new Americans" just like past generations who flowed through Ellis Island?

So whatever happened to our "nation of immigrants", a nation based on high-falutin' ideals, not a people, where the poor, huddled masses simply yearned to be free and would be proud and grateful to be let in and called "Americans" in good standing? No matter our race, creed, culture or ethnicity, we're all "Americans", united in this multicultural nirvana and will all live together happily ever after. We'll make E Pluribus Unum great again!

It appears that flowery, good feels rhetoric was part of a long range strategy to gradually introduce a new caste system where specific identity/grievance groups would be given special protected status. In other words, high caste people with a special set of rights and privileges to make up for past wrongs with no definition of when or under what conditions will the grievance finally be assuaged. When the wrongs will have finally been righted and we can all get on with this judged by the content of our character in the multicultural nirvana business. All part of incrementalism, the classic leftist strategy. But start it slowly, with a reassuring, peaceful face that tells us what we want to hear, simply wants to be treated fairly and remedy a present wrong or problem then gradually step it up to demands, accusations and obligations.

Many Americans were encouraged at first by the friendly, reassuring face of the nation of immigrants thing as they recall their sainted ancestors who passed through Ellis Island as was used to sell the 1965 Hart-Celler Act then. With no limiting principles ever given, the line used has morphed from "we just want to work hard and have a better life" into "we demand you let us in and give us free stuff because you owe us for some transgressions or other committed in antiquity". Suketu Mehta here represents this angry, demanding face of the nation of immigrants and this is the only logical trajectory the civic nationalism /propositional nation dogma could have taken. Suketu and others who follow his line of gibberish are simply cashing in on the immigrant side of the identity victim/grievance politics game.

There is one other thing as an aside:
To make this all multiculturalism work, to unite different identity/grievance groups, including the latest crops of immigrants legal or illegal, of otherwise competing interests and end goals, the white supremacist devil must be created as a unifying object of hate. One cannot avoid the news of the recent congressional hearings about it and veritable deluge of news stories about the rise of daemon white supremacism of which the spectral evidence is overwhelming.

Thus the Identity Marx god has declared blood libel to be righteous and shall be pursued from all time past and forever into the future by the angels of the left. The cargo cultist followers shall answer all objections with heart string tugging sob stories,false comparisons and buhwahddabout deflections when the sob stories are questioned and the false comparison bluffs are called. Failing that, the cultists will berate all unbelievers and heretics as racists and nazis. For the Marxist/Marxian thesis will cease to exist without an antithesis to struggle against and if the antithesis does not already exist, the high priests of Identity Marx will invent one. However, I digress.

This NYT opinion piece should prove civic nationalism, the propositional nation and diversity is our strength were lies all along. The failure of civic nationalism was either a feature of the program, not a bug or it achieved certain goals and the collateral damage is a matter of indifference to our ruling class. A story for another time.

But a few last words regarding opinion piece author, Suketu Mehta: It appears to have escaped this prodigy's notice that he (or she or it, whatever) and other third worlders have benefited from, if indeed profited handsomely from technology which we Americans and Europeans invented, that Suketu and his ilk themselves or their ancestors had no hand in inventing. Roads, hospitals and modern medicine, railroads, schools, etc. that were built for them by their former colonizers have certainly benefited them.

So in light of this, I counter that we Americans owe third worlders who agree with this NYT piece absolutely nothing and that includes entry into our country. As there is no more colonialism to whine about, you should all return to your own home countries and work to improve the conditions there yourselves. Maybe invent your own new technological advances while you're at it.

Donald Cavaioli

Saturday, June 8, 2019

New York City's Forgotten Tragedy

Up until September 11th, 2001, the single worst disaster in New York City history wasn't the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire as some would say but a fire on a paddle wheel steamer named the General Slocum that claimed just over one thousand lives on June 15th, 1904. It stands as the 12th worst maritime disaster in the world.

The Slocum was chartered by St. Mark's Evangelical Luthern church on the lower east side of Manhattan with over 1400 passengers for a day trip to a picnic site at Eatons Neck Long Island.
The fire was reported to crewman by a young boy who was not believed and it would be about 10 minutes before the fire was reported to the Slocum's captain, William Van Shaick just as the ship had passed by Hell Gate on the East river. Due to the treacherous currents of Hell Gate and fear of spreading the fire to docks along the Bronx, Captain Van Shaick made the controversial decision to race at full speed to the shallow waters around North Brother Island.

This had the effect of fanning the flames that had started in the lamp room in the ship's bow to aft. In the less than 10 minutes race to beach the ship in the shallows around North Brother Island, the entire ship was engulfed in flames. Surviving passengers managed to jump onto the decks of other boats that had pulled alongside or were pulled from the water by other boats. 1021 people would lose their lives to fire or drowning and 367 people would survive.

It was a sorry story of steamship inspector corruption, a venal ship owner and crew incompetence made worse by rotted life vests and lifeboats wired and painted to the decks that could not be pried loose. Lives lost through gross negligence.

The above photos I took in Lutheran All Faiths cemetery in Middle Village, Queens. This is the memorial where some 30 victims burned beyond recognition and unidentified were laid to rest. As the 115th anniversary of the tragedy nears let us remember those so terribly and unnecessarily lost and may they rest in peace. 

Donald Cavaioli

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Adding color to the past

Black and white made color artificially but does look real enough. One of my better efforts.
Original B&W from image#141920 shows a pair of John Stephenson 1907 model trolley cars of the Meeker Ave line at its terminal. With the old penny bridge in the background, this photo dates to the late 1930's prior to the opening of the Kosciuszko Bridge on August 23,1939.

Donald Cavaioli

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Tears of a Cuck

From: The Gotham Gazette: Manhattan GOP Goes Full Trump Ruining Chances for Years to Come, May 3, 2019

When I read what the Gotham Gazette was pleased to call an "opinion" piece I had assumed it was written by one of the usual effete Manhattan liberal progressives who happened to be a 14 year old mean girl in a full drama queen meltdown at mention of the bad Orange Man. All the usual juvenile hissy fit ad hominems, guilt by association and liberally peppered the dreaded 'alt-right' term. Because anyone who deviates from the righteous path of northeastern establishment liberalism must be the worst person in the universe.

 I could be forgiven for assuming the party affiliation, age and gender of the author as this emotional incontinence was presented in a style and with a facility of writing that strongly suggested an 8th grade reading level so typical of the breed. But wait! The author of this puerile diatribe is none other then John William Schiffbauer, political consultant, former Deputy Communications Director for the New York Republican State Committee from 2014 to 2016 and like totally awesome millennial wunderkinder!

With brains like this guiding the New York State Republican party it's no wonder the GOP lost control of the state Assembly and state Senate and hasn't held the Governor's office for over 12 years. The Democrats are now just 2 senate seats away from a 66% super majority and the party already has a  70% domination of the state assembly. A truly stunning track record of failure. Being spineless toadies to the progressive liberal religion has really been working out well for the GOP, hasn't it, John.

Oh, but what a respectable failure characters like John bring us by appealing to progressive liberals with a bold "me too, Orange Man bad" message. As if "hello fellow progressives" really would fool the prog NPCs any more than the "I'm kind of liberal too but I would manage big government costs better and give you a tax cut too" blather swayed white working class/middle class Democrats over to the GOP. Nor did the Bushs' open border/amnesty for illegals fantasy pull more than a few more percentage of the Hispanic vote to the Republicans but they remain in the large part loyal to the Democrats.

More failure theater typical of the Republicans playing the Washington Generals to the Democrat's Harlem Globetrotters and just as staged. But hey, a guy like John adds a new character to the Generals, that of the hipster who tries to look cool by yelling "Orange man Trump bad, nazis bad" while one of the Democrat Globetrotters yanks his shorts down. It's all a game of fake opposition.

No, being the lite beer version of the progressive leftist Democrat impresses nobody because it ultimately comes off as watery, colorless and flavorless. People prefer the real thing, not the pale imitation that just looks a pathetic scenester desperate to be noticed. Poseur cucks impress no one and the dead elephant in the room is there for all to see. And although the intended tone of article is one of supercilious contempt, it is too over the top with howls of "alt right bad" to be anything other than a cuck sniveling in terror that his progressive leftist overlords will be wroth at him and the GOPe for Reilly's heresy. Or one should ask John to show us where on the doll the Bad Orange Man and mean alt-righters touched him.

Seriously though, John, what is so wrong with making or keeping America great? Why do you hate your own country so much and feel so frightened and sad when someone says "make America great again?

But this is the problem with political consultants, this packaging candidates like Madison Avenue ad-men as if politicians were consumer goods with carefully crafted images based on focus groups and speeches tailored to specific audiences. The candidate is not being himself telling prospective voters what he really thinks and everyone can see how fraudulent and condescending this is.

It's therefore understandable why Ian Walsh Reilly supports President Trump in that it makes the New York Republicans stand for something, a real opposition to the Democrats in the very heart of the progressive stronghold of Manhattan. It is a bold move which could draw in other supporters because people are attracted to such boldness because it signifies strength. Assuming it isn't torpedoed by the GOPe and swamped under an army of "Orange Man bad" chanting SJW robots. This is occupied New York, after all and the Republican political consultants are loath to break this near perfect record of failure.

In case John and the other cucks are unfamiliar with the concept, this is called leadership. He may not win many hearts and minds in New York City but this should rally the Republican base who have been waiting for some sign of life in the GOP let alone leadership. It could have some benefit in the outer boroughs with those working and middle class Democrats dissatisfied with how far left NYC Democrats have gone and who have been abandoned by their party. If it increases Trump's numbers by only a few more percent, call it a win as the beginnings of a crack in the progressive dam because it is something that will trigger the progressives into overreacting and further alienating the working/middle class.

As the New York Republicans have long since been fading into oblivion as moderate worms, boldly supporting President Trump, becoming a real opposition to the far left Democrats, could be the change that saves the party from the abyss. Even if it doesn't change the party's fate, isn't it better to go down fighting than to crawl on your belly begging mercy of an opponent who will show you none but add humiliation to your destruction? Or maybe that's been the plan all along.

I'll leave with this quote from Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican and New Yorker who did believe in making America great. A man our boy John Schiffbauer and the present sad crop of New York Republicans can learn something from.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,…"

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."

Donald Cavaioli

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Comments on Newtown Pentacle post 'calm calculativeness' posted April 24, 2019

From the Newtown Pentacle blog:

Blogger and photographer Mitch Waxman truly does care about what happens here in our obscure little corner of the world, the borough of Queens. He is active in local politics and advocacy groups and his heart is in the right place but sometimes the reader can discern the frustration. After all the meetings with local bureaucrats and politicians, all the work he puts in, he can make no headway against the momentum of the local managerial state's plans. The mistake made here is to try to work within a system that is designed to be changed only from the top. And by the top, we must understand this to be on the federal or even global level, not the local country squire C-list and and D-list government factotums. No amount of protest and activism will sway the plans the managerial state from implementing the schemes their think tanks and foundations have been working on for about a century. Nor can working within a system, scrupulously following the rules, be successful when the managers only follow the rules when it suits them with no repercussions or accountability. They do not care what we think, we have no power.  At best bro, be a good community council janissary and they'll let you pick the color of the curtains.

Finally, it must be realized that at the level of the managerial ruling class that makes the decisions, they are so isolated from the people over which they rule that they neither know us or how their plans affect us nor care what we think or want. I've covered all this before here, here, here, here and here.
Especially as many of the bureaucrats who are not native to New York City have this problem of not knowing anything about the neighborhoods or the people who live in them, are unlikely to be able to find them on a map or give a damn about them as they implement these oh, so brilliant plans.

In the end, all the ruling establishment cares about is implementing their agenda, their  agenda for their own purposes. Whatever unpleasant or negative effects it has upon us peons is either a feature of the program and not a bug or collateral damage our lords don't care about.

When you start out under these initial conditions then you've lost before the fight has even started.

You've got it right, Mitch, we are occupied territory so what are you gonna do about it, bro? You're a good friend but sometimes I wish you'd listen to me.

Donald Cavaioli

Hostile Identity Politics and Advocating Scarcity: The Engine of the Progressive Left's Own Destruction

If one were to live in a steadfast denial of reality and think with a woefully short time preference, the most preposterous and fatuous ideas that appeal to one's vanity would be accepted as the work of genius without question. These fabulous ideas would then need to be implemented without delay as such individuals typically have some difficulty with delayed gratification. This succinctly describes the progressive emoter, the social justice warrior, the liberal "stuff white people like" types. In a few words, modern day pharisee.

To deny reality is to go to war with reality eventually to lose. This is common sense but there is always someone who thinks he can win this war. Just as there is always someone who believes that the laws of thermodynamics are nonsense and it is possible to build a perpetual motion free energy machine made from unobtainium. Of course, these are the supporters of the Green New Deal. This program is intended to make energy more scarce and more expensive in the hopes of collapsing industrial civilization and destroying capitalism which will of course, mean many millions of deaths. But hey: In the end the watermelons fervently believe they will create a low-tech socialist version of the Shire populated world wide by 500 million to 1 billion of elite leftist cloud people.

Well, in reality it's not likely most modern leftists bugmen will survive the collapse of modern civilization. They already have a hard enough time eking out their meager dysfunctional existence on a cornucopia of psych meds and have to tweet to each other looking for someone else to assault or murder a 16 year old high school kid. They can't even do their own dirty work and even the ones who try, just screw it up. What sort of survival skills including the will and ability to effectively use violence (at least in self-defense), some planning intelligence, physical and psychological strength does a SJW who advocates such a passive-aggressive method of genocide bring to the table? Others more violence prone and psychologically and physically tougher will see them simply as food animals.

Even the ruling class and elites can only survive as long as their cordons of armed men have a use for them and that won't be for long. The elite and especially the ruling class are people of empty words and meaningless gestures, not at all true people of action, so they will not survive in a Darwinian environment for long on their own.

Then there's identity politics. Really, how much more blatantly stupid can it be for white SJW/SWPL people to jump on the white nationalist is nazi, white people bad bandwagon. Do any of them really believe that their pretending to be oppressed by self-identifying as otherkin "people of color" a la Rachel Dolezal will fool people of color? Nope, you will be on the chopping block as well as the deplorables and no amount of virtue signalling or avowed hatred of your own people will save you. If modern industrial civilization crashes and there are no bugmen left alive to hear it, does it make a sound?

Besides, once the white daemon and his supernatural force of white privilege is vanquished, who among the various identity groups will rule as nobody wants to be second fiddle in the game of power. What will become of the almost rans? If history is any guide, then the answer is ethnic cleansing and that can become quite messy.

So a word of advice to lefties: Don't rock the boat with your fatuous environmentalism or stir up people against each other as it won't work out well for you if you succeed. If it were only you paying the price for your imbecility, I wouldn't care but your idiocy will adversely affect me and many other innocent bystanders. So as this advice is given in self-interest, it will benefit you too. And in any case, you'd better pray that modern civilization lasts longer than you do.

However, worse than the true believing fool is the cynic who uses the promise of a saccharine utopia, driven by weaponized sob stories as a vehicle to power and demonizes even the slightest opposition. This type of sociopath doesn't care who gets hurt in his quest for power, including his own SJW followers. The left has long loved the "provocation", intentionally starting a violent confrontation then when the target of attack fights back, lie down, cry and play the victim. Or the leadership plays the victim on behalf of whatever leftist follower was injured or killed. What good can be said of people who use their followers as expendable pawns with such depraved indifference? What sort of moron would willingly follow such people?

This brings us finally to "normalization", the process by which the aforementioned sociopathic revolutionary leader employs to put an end to the revolutionary phase and begin his reign. This means that his agitators, former street muscle and various other useful idiots are no longer necessary and will be liquidated. It's often been noted that the rank and file wannbe revolutionaries more often than not end up as the body in the ditch rather than the commissar. Just ask Ernst Rőhm.

So even if the left wins, it eventually loses.

Donald Cavaioli

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Another colorized photo

Here I got a bit artsy with colorizing only the Peter Witt trolley and the people walking by. The original black and white image I got from image # 141027.

Donald Cavaioli

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