Friday, September 29, 2017

UPDATED: "Dirty Chinese Restaurant" game shut down by PC police

SPOILER ALERT added 6/10/17: Clicking on the video links below will get you nothing. Rien. Nada. Big-O-Tree games has removed the trailers from its website and YouTube, and has chosen not to release its Dirty Chinese Restaurant video game after "progressives" and Forces for Good (= PC police) slammed it as racist, "offensive" and "demeaning".

On its Facebook page, Big-O-Tree said the game was "not created with an intentional interest of inflicting harm or malice against Chinese culture. After careful consideration and taking the time to listen to the public's opinion we have decided it's not in anyone's best interest to release Dirty Chinese Restaurant. We would like to make a sincere and formal apology to the Chinese community." Once again, political correctness trumps fun. Nobody can take a joke anymore.

Markham ON is home to one of Canada's two largest Chinese-Canadian communities. (The other predominantly Chinese city is Richmond BC.) Agent 78, who should know, says that visiting Markham is just like visiting Hong Kong "only not so tall". Markham is also the home of Big-O-Tree Games. Their website says the company was founded "for one sole purpose: to make the offbeat games we know you want to play, but you didn't think anyone had the cojones to make!"

Case in point: Dirty Chinese Restaurant, in which players share the flame-broiling, veggie-pounding, meat-slicing exploits of restauranteur Wong Fu. If you're a gamer, you'll thrill as you chase cats and dogs with a cleaver, look through alleyways for entrée ingredients, and escape health inspectors and immigration officers. Big-O-Tree says the game is meant to be "tongue-in-cheek, shockingly humorous, and full of satire inspired by the mad world we live in." Here's a trailer.

Perhaps Walt doesn't need to tell you [but you will anyway, right? Ed.] that Dirty Chinese Restaurant has been roundly condemned by snowflakes, liberals, the PC police and all right-thinking (read: politically correct) people, including the Mayor of Markham and the proudly lesbian Premier of Ontario. For some reason they call the game "racist", and say it "exploits stereotypes". Go figure. Here's the second trailer.

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti [Are you sure? Odd name for a Chinese. Ed.] describes the game as "offensive", adding that he is "deeply disturbed by the game's demeaning depictions of the Chinese-Canadian community." In its defence, Big-O-Tree told Canadian Press the game "in no way is meant to be an accurate representation of Chinese culture." Rather, it's intended as satire and comedy "influenced by the classic politically incorrect shows we grew up watching, such as South Park, All in the Family, Sanford & Son, Family Guy, and The Simpsons."

Well sir... since I'm a big fan of two of those politically incorrect shows, that's good enough for me. Until now, the only video game I've ever downloaded is Angry Birds, but I'm going to get my mouse into the App Store right now, and have me some good clean fun in the Dirty Chinese Restaurant!

Footnote: On August 15th, Yan Can Cook, 3255 Hwy 7, Markham, received a closure order from the public health inspector for operating a food premise in a manner permitting a health hazard and failing to provide adequate protection against the entrance of insects, vermin or rodents. Two days later, Malay Thai Famous Cuisine, which by sheer coincidence operated at the same address, received a closure order for failing to provide adequate protection against the entrance of insects, vermin, or rodents. Source: "DINE SAFE YORK: 2 Markham restaurants closed, 9 businesses charged".

VIDEO: Steven Crowder undercover in Antifa

"Antifa is premeditatedly and proactively violent" says late-night podcaster Steven Crowder. That's hardly news. The real news is that the lamestream media completely ignore hard evidence -- video and statements from Antifa thugs themselves -- that they are not a bunch of good people protesting against "neo-Nazis" and "racists", but a group of left-wing haters themselves.

Mr Crowder and his producer went undercover for a long time to find out just how violent this group can get. They followed the preparation of a Utah-based group that intended to disrupt a speech by Ben Shapiro. (They didn't succeed. See "Ben Shapiro draws large crowds, inside and outside U. venue, for speech critical of progressive politics", Salt Lake Tribune, 28/9/17.)

If the exact same scenario played out with Nazis or KKK members or any hate group other than Antifa, this kind of domestic terrorism would have blown up bigger than football players kneeling during the national anthem. Since it exposed the group that the (((coast)))-controlled liberal media -- including people like John Oliver -- (somewhat) secretly support, they just ignore it.

Here's the video that exposes the truth about Antifa. Running time 11:32

Somebody needs to notice. Crowder and his producer need to have their footage and story told to the entire country.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Poor Len Canayen: Time for Habs fans to panic?

Poor Len Canayen here, with the first in what I hope will NOT be a series of posts on what could be a woeful hockey season for our beloved Montréal Canadiens. Sad to say, the outlook for 2017-18 isn't brilliant. In fact it's downright depressing.

So far, the Habs have (allegedly) played six pre-season games, and won... wait for it... none of them. Not one. They have failed to score more than two goals in any game, while allowing, errr, more. And the roster has showed great gaping holes in front and at the blue line. It's enough to make even a true believer nervous.

With two more exhibition games to be played, it may be a bit soon to start pointing the finger of blame, but I do want to say something about how last year's fine team was dismembered during the off-season. The fault, as I see it, lies chiefly with general manager Marc Bergevin, who's responsible for trades and acquisitions. Coach Claude Julien can only work with the players he's given, and must look down the bench and wonder where all the good guys went.

Let's start with defence, which looks like being the major problem this year. Last night Carey Price allowed an unPricelike four goals. One was a fluke, but two of them he never saw. Why? Poor defence. Coach Julien told La Presse, "Sur les buts marqués ce soir, Carey n'a jamais vu la rondelle. Il faut faire un meilleur travail pour lui permettre de voir la rondelle, car c'est un bon gardien qui va arrêter ce qu'il peut voir. Il faut faire du meilleur travail devant notre filet pour lui laisser voir la rondelle un peu mieux."

During the off-season, the Habs lost no fewer than five (count 'em, 5) defencemen, including two who are already sorely missed. Nathan Beaulieu was traded to Buffalo. No loss there but some say Bergevin should've been able to get more for him -- say a bag of pucks. Mikhail Sergachev found out (by Twitter!) that he'd been traded to Tampa Bay for Jonathan Drouin. Sergachev was a top defence prospect and we can only hope Drouin will prove to be the sniper the team sorely needs. Nikita Nesterov just disappeared, and is said to have gone back to Russia. Buhbye.

The two fine defenceman who are now conspicuous by their absence are Andrei Markov and Alexei "Boom" Emelin. It's hard to blame Bergevin for losing Emelin. He could only protect three defencemen from the expansion draft, and Emelin was No. 4. After being grabbed by the Las Vegas Golden Nuggets ["Knights", shurely! Ed.] Emelin got traded to the Nashville Predators, where he will get to play with his old friend (NOT) P.K. Subban. I'm not sure if it's possible for Montréal to get him back, but the team sure could use his thundering checks to keep the opposition honest.

And then there's Markov. After failing to negotiate a two-year renewal contract with the CH, Markov went home to Russia, rather than play with any other NHL team. He has now signed up for two years with Kazan of the KHL. For letting this stalwart top-four defenceman go, I invite Marc Bergevin to bend over so I can give his ass a good kick! Sure Markov is getting long in the tooth, but he proved last year that he can still play defence and contribute as a play-maker, especially on the power play. After 16 years with la Sainte Flanelle, was another two too much to ask? Whatever happened to loyalty?

Marc Bergevin asked the same question -- "Whatever happened to loyalty?" -- in discussing Alexander Radulov's jump to the Dallas Stars. "If you want loyalty," Bergevin is supposed to have said, "get a dog." He was referring to the fact that in 2016-17 the Habs took a chance on the previously troublesome Radulov when no other NHL team would touch him. It was a good bet, for which Bergevin deserved the praise he got. But when you're on a roll, why not double down? Radulov proved that he had cleaned up his act, motivated himself and become a real asset to the team. Why not loosen the purse-strings and give him a good long-term contract? He got give years at $31.25 million at Dallas. The Habs could have done better than that... and should have!

Bottom line: Some Leaf fans of my acquaintance -- I don't discriminate against anybody -- kidded me that last year's Canadiens looked a lot like Central Red Army, right down to the colours of their uniforms. The "Flying Frenchmen" of the Golden Age aren't French any more (they said), and the Habs are just a bunch of Russians masquerading as Canadians. I say, who cares. Habs fans are going to be sorry Markov, Emelin and Radulov are no longer with the team. Hell, we're sorry already!!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Here come da judge!

Three cheers and a tiger for Judge Roy Moore!!! To no-one's surprise (except perhaps the Republican establishment), the firebrand former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court soundly defeated Senator Luther Strange in a special primary runoff yesterday.

Since Alabama is about as solidly Republican as it's possible to be, Judge Moore's election to the United States Senate in December is now just a formality.

The New York Times calls the outcome of the closely watched race "a humbling blow to President Trump and other party leaders days after the president pleaded with voters in the state to back Mr. Strange." It is not.

To be sure, Judge Moore was opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican grandees who have opposed and obstructed President Trump. What was strange (pun intended) was Mr Trump's endorsement of Senator Strange. It's never easy to read the President's mind, but I think we can put this down to loyalty. During his short term in the upper house of Congress, Senator Strange was a strong supporter of the President, voting the right way as and when required. The President's endorsement recognized that.

But... a couple of days ago President Trump uttered an aside -- almost a throw-away line -- to the effect that his endorsement of Judge Moore might have been a mistake. I don't think it was. I think (and I am waiting for Scott Adams to say something similar) that Mr Trump gave Senator Strange his stamp of approval knowing that doing so would: a) placate the Republican establishment and show himself to be a team player, b) confuse the progressives and snowflakes who can't imagine voting for anyone that Mr Trump likes, and c) fire up the populists and hard right (Hello, Steve Bannon!) and make them work even harder to get Judge Moore elected. Which is exactly what happened!

To me, the selection of Judge Roy Moore bodes well for the future of the USA since it shows that voters are not as concerned as the liberals, SJWs and lamestream media... not to mention the United States Supreme Court... about the separation of church and state. Judge Moore stood up for Christian values -- the values on which America was founded -- on issues such as "gay marriage". In 2014, in an interview with AP, he declared, "The moral foundation of our country is under attack," and that the "government has become oppressive, and judges are warping the law."

Judge Moore is also famous for his refusal to remove from his courtroom a plaque showing the Ten Commandments. (The statue shown in the picture came later.) He told the Montgomery Advertiser that his intention in hanging the plaque was to indicate the importance of the laws given by God to man. It was not his intention to create controversy, he said, but "I wanted to establish the moral foundation of our law."

What is law but the expression of a set of principles and beliefs? Certain things are right; certain things are wrong. The question to be answered is which set of principles and beliefs should have the force of law in our society.

Do you want to live your life according to the customs and practices of Islam? Then you have no problem with Sharia law (but see "Sharia Law: Saudi king pardons gang-rape victim", WWW 26/9/17). Do you think the code of laws which govern our daily behaviour should have no reference to any religious creed? What you want then, is a legal code based on secular humanism, which is just as much a religion (belief system) for the liberals and progressives as Islam is for the Muslims or Christianity for traditional Catholics and evangelical Protestants.

Judge Moore stands for and stands up for the old-time religion, the Christian values on which the USA was founded, which, if restored to their rightful place in its courts and legislatures can indeed Make America Great Again. God bless him!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

VIDEO: Michael Matt on the Filial Correction sent to Pope Francis

Following up on "Traditional Catholics formally accuse Pope Francis of spreading heresy" (WWW 24/9/17), Walt is pleased to share the commentary of The Remnant's Michael Matt on the Filial Correction of/to Pope Francis, which has now been signed by some 70 scholars, priests and theologians from all around the world.

Mr Matt also discusses the ramifications of Bishop Bernard Fellay's signature on this correction, Cardinal Burke's forthcoming formal correction, and the centenary of the founding of St. Maximilian Kolbe's Militia Immaculatae in Rome. Running time: 23:46.

Further reading: "Why I Signed the Correctio Filialis": interview with Bishop Fellay, from FSSPX News, 26/9/17.

VIDEO: Sharia Law: Saudi king pardons gang-rape victim

The (not very carefully) hidden agenda of the Liberals and SJWs who are trying to push Motion M-103 through the Canadian parliament is to make Sharia Law "acceptable". "We're not trying to make it the law of the land," they say, "only to allow it to be used in Sharia courts to govern the lives of Muslims." Got it? Who could argue with that? "Islamophobes", that's who. If you think there's something wrong with that idea -- shame on you! -- you'd better not say so or write so, publicly, because we'll sic the PC police on ya!

On the other hand, if you agree with the premise, and are willing to allow your Muslim neighbours to submit themselves to Sharia Law, if that's what they want, as long as it doesn't apply to you, consider the following true story, told by Rex Murphy in one of his newspaper columns, nearly ten years ago. (I'm paraphrasing and editing a bit here, for the sake of brevity.)

"Saudi king pardons gang-rape victim"
has to be one of the oddest sentences ever written. It simply does not compute. We do not know a world in which gang-rape victims are the ones seeking or receiving pardons, from Saudi kings or other potentates. We know instead a world where those who have endured the near-unendurable torments and dehumanizing outrages of gang rape inspire the most profound sympathy and concern.

the headline springs from the story of a most unfortunate 19-year-old who was charged with the "crime" of being in a car with a man who was not a relative, when both were set upon by seven men, both raped -- she most violently, for two hours -- by all seven, and more than once. She was reduced to numbness, shock and near-suicide and suffered horrific psychological and physical trauma.

But in the world of Saudi Arabia's sharia jurisprudence, the gang-raped 19-year-old had to appear before her Islamic judges and be tried for the crime of sitting in a car with a man. At first, her sentence was considered lenient -- a mere ninety lashes and some months in jail.

She had both the dignity and simple force of character to protest this monstrous verdict, with the help of a lawyer of some courage and resource. For the temerity of appealing a mindless and barbaric sentence, she had her sentence increased to two hundred lashes. And six months in jail, presumably necessary to give the stripes from the whip time to turn into scars.

The world at large found this excessive and, to be truthful, both odd and cruel too, beyond even the odd and cruel bounds of the ancient codes that, sadly, are still imposed on so many of the women of so many countries. The king of Saudi Arabia must have felt the wave of revulsion and contempt that followed on the world's press coverage of this outrage, and thus is came to pass that a 19-year-old who had been raped, shamed and tormented by seven men was relieved of the further shame and torment of two hundred lashes and incarceration for half a year of her young life. But "King pardons gang-rape victim" remains an atrocious declaration, a simultaneously absurd and mean statement.

The apologists for the extreme forms of Islam [Is there any other form? Ed.] should read and rererad this cautionary tale and ask themselves if they would really, really be comfortable having Sharia law -- notice I didn't say "justice" -- meted out by the mullahs to their neighbours, even if they are Muslims and feel bound to submit to it. Is this consistent with the Western (add "Christian" if you like) values for which those people came to Europe and North America? Is there any reason, any reason at all why we should change our values, our culture, our society to accommodate the barbaric rules and practices of Islam? Well? Is there?!

If words aren't enough to convince you there's something wrong with the idea of making Sharia law the law of the land, here's a video that might persuade you. It's not Saudi Arabia, but the province of Aceh, Indonesia, where Sharia is the law of the land. It was posted just over a year ago.

Further reading
: I found the column by Rex Murphy, adapted and quoted above, in a compilation of his writings called Canada and Other Matters of Opinion (Doubleday Canada 2009). Highly recommended.

Monday, September 25, 2017

UPDATED: Black racist shoots up Nashville church

No, we're not talking about how Dylan Roof, an avowed white supremacist shot up the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston SC, back in June of 2015. He killed nine people and wounded three others, in hopes (the state alleged) of starting a race war. Mr Roof was found competent to stand trial in federal court, and in December 2016 was convicted of 33 federal hate crime and murder charges stemming from the shooting. On January 10th of this year, he was sentenced to death.

Mr Roof was separately charged with nine counts of murder in the South Carolina state courts. This past April, he pleaded guilty to all nine state charges in order to avoid a second death sentence and was sentenced to life imprisonment for each, clearing the way for his eventual federal execution.

Mr Roof was white. His victims were black. The massacre was undoubtedly a hate crime, and rightly denounced as such by all right-thinking people (and I mean "right-thinking" in a moral, not political sense). Let us see what happens now that the roles have been reversed.

Yesterday, in Antioch TN (just down the road from Nashville), one woman was killed and seven other people were hurt after a suspect identified as a Sudanese immigrant opened fire at the predominantly white Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.

Law enforcement officials identified the the perp as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, who immigrated, with his family, from Sudan in 1996. The family qualified as refugees from the civil war which was then (and still is) raging in that impoverished and backward country.

Mr Samson is suspected (LOL - "suspected") of bringing at least two pistols to the church, along with a ski mask which he donned before opening fire. An usher, Robert Engle, confronted the gunman at one point and was pistol-whipped, causing significant injury around his head. During the scuffle, Mr Samson too was injured. It was initially reported that he had shot himself, but police now say it might have been that his gun discharged unintentionally.

Nashville police took Mr Samson to the hospital. Following treatment he was released, and is expected to be charged with murder and attempted murder. The FBI and the US Attorney's office have opened a civil rights investigation. It is not yet clear whether the "civil rights" which may have been violated are those of Mr Samson or his victims. In today's America, who knows...

No word has reached us, yet, of demonstrations being planned by SPLC, BLM, the masked marauders of AntiFa or other SJWs.

UPDATE ADDED 30/9/17: The Washington Post reported yesterday that a note in Mr Samson's car indicated a possible plot spurred by the fatal 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME church in Charleston. Reuters tried to get confirmation or at least a comment from representatives of the US Attorney's Office, the FBI and the Nashville police. No-one would utter a word because, as we all know, racism is a white thing... only a white thing.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Oh no! She's going to do it again!

It's a lazy (and HOT) Sunday afternoon here amidst the pine trees. [How hot is it? Ed.] It's so hot that Mrs Walt is feeding crushed ice to her chickens to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs!

I'm holed up the basement -- 10 degrees cooler inside! -- surfing the net, and came across this meme on the People's Blog.

Following the link under the illustration led me to "Not Again: Hillary Reportedly Eyeing Another Presidential Run", posted on the Townhall website three weeks after the 2016 presidential election.

From what I understand, nothing Hellery wrote (with the help of a ghost...and Bill) in What Happened closes the door on the absurd possibility of another run for the Rose Garden. Indeed, her recent utterances -- one criticism after another of President Donald J. Trump and his handling of national and international affairs -- suggest that she is not just dreaming, but scheming to have another go at it. And why not? She hasn't yet had the turn to which she's so obviously entitled!

VIDEO: Douglas Murray explains the lie of multiculturalism

This morning, when correctly predicting the stunning result of the German election (lifetime pct .983), I recommended The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2017).

For those who are saying "Who he?"... Douglas Kear Murray is a British author, journalist, and political commentator. He is the founder of the Centre for Social Cohesion and is currently the associate director of the Henry Jackson Society and associate editor of The Spectator. The left-wing rag, The Grauniad called his new book "gentrified xenophobia". Here is a more balanced review, from Goodreads.

The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth rates, mass immigration, and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive alteration as a society and an eventual end.

This is not just an analysis of demographic and political realities, it is also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes accounts based on travels across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who pretend they want them to the places which cannot accept them.

Murray takes a step back at each stage and looks at the bigger and deeper issues which lie behind a continent's possible demise, from an atmosphere of mass terror attacks to the steady erosion of our freedoms. The book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel's U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation, and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, Lampedusa, and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away.

This sharp and incisive book ends up with two visions for a new Europe -- one hopeful, one pessimistic--which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next. But perhaps Spengler was right: "civilizations like humans are born, briefly flourish, decay, and die."

And here, to summarize his thinking about the lie of culturalism, is Mr Murray himself. Running time 11:05.

German election results "a political earthquake"

How many times have I told you: Don't listen to those other guys, listen to me! Earlier today I told you the AfD (Alternativ für Deutschland) would finish a strong third in the German elections, thanks to anti-immigrant/refugee/Muslim backlash. Here's a screenshot grabbed from the BBC News website.

According to exit polls, Chancellor Angela Merkel's quasi-conservative CDU-CSU bloc won 32.5% of the vote, which will make them the largest group in the new Bundestag. However, that was down from 41.5% in the 2013 election.

Support for their closest rivals, pinkish Social Democrats (SPD), who were junior partners in Frau Merkel's "grand coalition", slumped to 20% -- a new post-war low. They say now that they will take up the role of opposition to whatever coalition the Chancellor cobbles together.

In a solid third place, just as Walt predicted, is the AfD (Alternativ für Deutschland / Alternative for Germany) which stunned the liberal establishment, not just in Germany but across Europe, by winning 13.5% of the vote. Thus they will enter the Bundestag for the first time. The result is indeed, as Frauke Petry says, "a political earthquake".

Traditional Catholics formally accuse Pope Francis of spreading heresy

Way back in December of 1333, a group of Roman Catholic theologians met in Paris and decided in favour of the doctrine that the souls of the blessed departed see God immediately after death or after their complete purification. This teaching, known as the Beatific Vision, he been called into question by Pope John XXII, who, before his elevation to the Holy See, had written a work in which he stated that the souls of the blessed departed do not see God until after the Last Judgment. The theologians said that the pope was wrong, even heretical, and petitioned him to confirm their decision.

In a consistory held the following month, John XXII explicitly declared that he had never meant to teach anything contrary to Holy Scripture or the rule of Faith. Before his death he withdrew his former opinion, and declared his belief that souls separated from their bodies enjoyed in heaven the Beatific Vision.

Nothing like this happened again for nearly seven centuries... until now! Last month 40 Catholic clergy and lay scholars from around the world issued a "Filial Correction", a 25-page letter to Pope Francis, accusing him of spreading heresy about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments in his 2016 document Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) and subsequent "acts, words and omissions".

The initiative follows the formal act by four tradition-minded Cardinals who last year asked the Pope to clarify a series of questions, or "dubia" (= doubts), they had about Amoris Laetitia. Since no answer was received from the Holy Father, either to the Dubia or to the Filial Correction, the latter is being made public today, September 24th, Feast of Our Lady of Ransom and of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The letter, which is open to new signatories, now has the names of 62 clergy and lay scholars from 20 countries, who also represent others lacking the necessary freedom of speech. It is written in Latin, the official language of the Church (in spite of the efforts of modernists to suppress it) and is titled: Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis (= A filial correction concerning the propagation of heresies). Click here to read the complete text of the Filial Correction, in English.

It states that the pope has, by his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, and by other, related, words, deeds and omissions, effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church. These 7 heresies are expressed by the signatories in Latin, the official language of the Church.

None of the signatories of the new letter is a Cardinal. (Two of the four Cardinals who signed the Dubia have since died.) The highest-ranking churchman listed is Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior of the Society of St. Pius X. Several signatories are well-known admirers of the traditional Latin Mass. Organizers said the initiative was nevertheless significant and a sign of the concern of many academics and pastors over Francis' positions, which they say pose a danger to the faithful.

Walt predicts earthquake in Germany

Germans are trooping to the polls, even as I write, to cast their ballots for or against the destruction of their country. As a result of Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy of "Willkommenskultur", which has seen the Fatherland "welcome" nearly two million non-white Muslim "refugees" and asylum-seekers, Germany is being transformed from a white Christian society to a colony of Turkey and the IS "caliphate".

"Merkel muss weg!
" -- "Merkel must go!" -- read the signs and banners carried by tens of thousands of German citizens, fed up with the constant pandering to the "rapefugees" and the deluded one-worlders who goal is to impose Muslim culture and Sharia law not just on Germany but on all of Europe. But what are the chances that Frau Merkel and her liberal allies can be turfed out of office after three terms? Not so good.

The latest polls show Frau Merkel's Christian democrats with a substantial lead over the pinkish Social Democrats of challenger Martin Schulz. You can't call Herr Schulz the leader of the opposition, because for the last four years his party and that of Frau Merkel have governed the country in a so-called "grand coalition". Most forecasts suggest that coalition will win another majority today.

The only real opposition to the governing parties' suicidal Islamophiliac policies comes from the pro-German Alternativ für Deutschland, whose policies are populist, anti-migrant and anti-EU. Several German pollsters have forecast that the AfD, which appears assured of gaining seats in the national parliament for the first time, may come in as third-strongest party.

After Marine Le Pen and her Front National, and Geert Vilders' Partij voor de Vrijheid (Party for Freedom) did not do as well as expected in recent elections in France and the Netherlands, the liberals and one-worlders tried to tell us that "far right" populism was dead. It is not. Walt predicts that the AfD will indeed finish a strong third in today's elections, and, once they take their rightful place in Germany's Bundestag (federal parliament) will cause an earthquake whose tremors will be felt right across Europe. Lifetime pct .981.

Recommended reading: The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam
, by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2017)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Parsons Green suspects arrested at asylum-seekers halfway house

Time for a further update on the Parsons Green Islamic terror attack. British police today announced the sixth arrest in the course of their Parsons Green bombing investigation, with a 17-year-old Muslim taken into custody in the Thornton Heath district of south London.

He had his collar felt (Americans please read: was detained) pursuant to Section 41 of the Terrorism Act. Forensics experts were busy today scouring a three-storey house in the suburb, which neighbours say houses asylum-seekers being "dealt with" by the Home Office.

The online edition of the Daily Mail reports that three men aged 25, 30 and 48 were apprehended by Inspector Knacker while staying at a half-way house for refugees in South Wales. A 21-year-old, named in some reports a Yahyah Farroukh, a Muslim "refugee" from Syria, was arrested in West London.

The first man arrested was an 18-year-old Iraqi who is thought to have been referred to a deradicalization programme before the attack. Those who've been paying attention should remember that President Trump said the attack was perpetrated by people who were "within sight of Scotland Yard". For that, he was castigated by British Prime Minister Theresa May for "speculating" about something which was still under investigation. Turns out Mr Trump was right. Walt speculates (!) that he had inside information which wasn't given to Mrs May!

Meanwhile, an Iraqi painter-decorator who was first in the latest wave of arrests by anti-terror police investigating the Parsons Green tube bombing has been pictured for the first time. Mahdi Ramadi, known as Bilal, has been named locally as one of the three men detained in Wales. Witnesses said he smiled when police moved in to arrest him.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

All illegal aliens to be deported, government says

Hahahaha, you didn't think Walt was talking about any of the ABC countries (America, Britain, Canada), did you? Such a sensible policy would never receive even a minute's thought from the Islamophiliac (= opposite of Islamophobic) leaders of the UK and Canada. President Trump probably has something like that in mind, but can't get the co-operation of the refugee-huggers and SJWs in Congress and the lamestream media.

The "government" which actually has the cojones to deport illegal aliens (forcibly, if necessary) is that of the "Zionist entity" -- Israel! The Israeli Justice Minister announced at the end of August that his country will shortly be introducing a law which will forcibly deport all non-Jewish illegal aliens, including so-called asylum seekers. This follows a ruling from the Israeli Supreme Court which approved Israel's current deportation program, but limited it to those "volunteering" to leave the Jewish ethno-state.

The Times of Israel quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as telling his cabinet the tens of thousands of Africans who are living in Israel illegally "aren’t refugees, or at least most of them aren't. Most of them are looking for jobs." A week earlier, Mr Netanyahu announced the establishment of a ministerial committee to deal with the influx of largely Sudanese and Eritrean migrants to Israel in recent years, vowing to "remove [the] illegal aliens who don’t belong here."

The prime minister's remarks come on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling that said the government could continue its controversial practice of deporting undocumented migrants to an unnamed third country, but also said it could no longer jail for more than 60 days those who refuse to leave. Israel has for several years been pressuring migrants to relocate to Uganda and Rwanda, through incarceration in detention facilities and the promise of financial incentives. Following the ruling, Israeli officials said they would amend the law so that migrants could be deported without their consent as well.

The Supreme Court ruling, which would effectively hobble the deportation program, was met with outrage by many lawmakers and residents of south Tel Aviv, an area that has seen a large influx of illegal African migrants in recent years. Many local residents have protested the so-called asylum-seekers, who they claim engage in crime and have overrun their neighbourhood. Hundreds of residents protested outside the home of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor, demanding "human rights for citizens too." Now there's a slogan which fed-up Brits, Canucks and Merkans could well to adopt!

UPDATED: Latest stats from Parsons Green Islamic terrorist bombing

Here, in its entirety, is the latest update from AP on the attempt by radical Islamic terrorists to cause a catastrophic explosion on the London Underground at Parsons Green station.

British police have arrested a third suspect in connection with the bomb that partially exploded on a London subway last week. Police said they arrested a 25-year-old man in Wales on Tuesday evening under the Terrorism Act. They say a property in Newport, Wales, was being searched.

Two other men arrested over the weekend -- an 18-year-old refugee from Iraq and a 21-year-old from Syria -- remain in custody. Neither has been charged. The partially exploded bomb injured 30 people when it detonated inside a crowded subway car on Friday.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have claimed responsibility.

Apart from the references to the country of origin of the first two suspects (reported here on WWW before it was acknowledged by the police or UK government), there is no reference to the ethnicity (Arab) or religion (Islam) of any of the "usual suspects" so far rounded up by Inspector Knacker.

Also missing from the AP report is confirmation that the number of jihadists in detention is actually five -- this according to CBC Radio this morning. UPDATE added at 0750. AP has now included in its bulletin the arrests under the Terrorism Act of a 48-year-old man and a 30-year-old man under the Terrorism Act in Newport, Wales. As usual, nothing about the ethnicity or religion or immigration status of those arrested.

Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the UN meeting in New York today, British Prime Minister Theresa May is having a meeting today with senior executives from Google, Facebook and Microsoft, alongside her French and Italian counterparts, Emmanuel Macron and Paul Gentiloni. Why? To urge the giant internet companies to take down "extremist content" within two hours, so as not to aid "extremists" in spreading their propaganda.

Walt wonders which "extremists" Mrs May has in mind. She's the world leader (NOT) who told President Trump that he shouldn't "speculate" about the Parsons Green bombers' identities and motives. Her request to Google et alii to monitor and delete "extremist content" sounds to me like yet another politically correct attack on freedom of speech. That kind of censorship could easily be applied not just to Islamist websites, but to such moderate and helpful online publications as... errr... Walt Whiteman's World!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Number of illegals crossing into Canada just keeps growing

A couple of weeks ago Canada's Somali-born, Muslim Minister of Refugees, Immigration and Political Correctness assured worried Canuck taxpayers that the flood of "refugees" and asylum-seekers breaking across the US-Canada (See "1000s of Haïtians invade Canada as Trudeau government dithers", WWW 17/8/17) had slowed to a trickle. As surely as the sun rises in the east, statistics released today by his own department show the number of asylum seekers arriving at the Canada-US border increased by 82% in August, compared with July.

The latest data shows 5712 mostly non-white people intercepted (but not turned back) by the Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen [Mounties, surely! Ed.] in August, up from 3134 in July. More than 5550 of what the Liberal government calls "encounters" were in Québec, near the official border crossing point at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle. British Columbia also registered a small surge, with numbers there doubling from 51 people stopped in July (and then put on a bus to the welfare office) to 102 in August.

The figures released today show the problem is chiefly at land crossings along the world's longest undefended border. (And trust me, "undefended" is the key word there.) The number of asylum-seekers intercepted at airports has been steady at about 275 per month all year.

In total, 13,211 people have been intercepted by the RCMP in between official points of entry since the start of the year. The vast majority of them came to Canada in search of asylum from the evil racist regime of Donald Trump. At least, that's what they tell the Mounties while their luggage is being loaded onto the hotel shuttle. But the latest stats show that the number of actual asylum claims lodged once the border-jumpers get their welfare cheques is considerably smaller than the number of those stopped.

Meanwhile, the anti-refugee, anti-immigrant backlash continues to grow proportionately. The majority of Canadians, including immigrants who went through the proper channels to get into the Great Not-so-white North, is fed up. Will Junior and his diverse band of merry cisgendered acolytes pay any attention to the latest public opinion polls? Walt doubts it. Lifetime pct .978.

Further reading: "Canada braces for tsunami of DREAMers", WWW 5/9/17.

Monday, September 18, 2017

VIDEO: Scott Adams talks about "How to Fail at Almost Everything..."

Scott Adams' new book How to Win Bigly, is available for pre-order. Walt predicts it will be a best-seller, if for no other reason than 1000s of people noticed, during the 2016 election campaign, that Mr Adams understood better than almost any other political analyst why Donald Trump was going to be the 45th president of the Excited States of America.

He talks about his previous book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life (Penguin Portfolio 2013), and President Trump's "talent stack" and the art of persuasion in this interview with Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institute, recorded last July 12th. Running time: 43:32.

: For those who haven't heard of Scott Adams -- it's theoretically possible, right? -- he is the creator behind the Dilbert comic strip, which I read every day because it reflects the world as I understand it. I have to say, though, that it's gotten a bit lame since Dilbert, Wally and the Pointy-haired Boss stopped wearing collars and ties.

Suspicions confirmed: Parsons green suspects are Muslim migrants

Yesterday, in "UK cops arrest two in terrorist bombing, won't name names", Walt called attention to the British government's policy of not identifying terrorism suspects for fear of provoking -- or confirming -- Islamophobia. This refusal has been maintained in every one of the five terrorist "incidents" which have hit the UK this year, even though scores have been killed and hundreds injured. Yet the "authorities", from Prime Minister Theresa May on down, won't call out the Mohammeds by name until friends and neighbours give the game away.

Since the identities of the two suspects being held by Inspector Knacker have leaked out, the BBC (the Voice of the British state) now has little choice but to publish what has become general knowledge. They tell us, so quietly that they're almost whispering, the 21-year-old, arrested on Saturday in Hounslow (in west London) is "believed" to be Syrian-born Yahyah Farroukh. And, they say, the 18-year-old detained at Dover port is an Iraqi orphan who moved to the UK when he was 15, this according to local council leader Ian Harvey.

Both of the suspects are Arabs, asylum-seekers, and followers of the Prophet. Of course neither has been charged, let alone convicted, so Walt won't adjust his lifetime pct average yet. But anyone wishing to bet the other way is welcome to send a cheque to the usual address. Walt will pay 100 to 1 if my suspicions turn out to be unfounded.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

TN university prez apologizes for racist home decor

Randy Lowry, President of Lipscomb University, a private Christian college in Nashville TN, has made a fulsome public apology after decorations in his home were deemed racist by a handful of snowflakes. Mr Lowry had been hosting some black students in his home, and had decorated his house with centerpieces featuring... wait for it... stalks of cotton.

In an e-mail sent to the school Friday and posted on Facebook, Mr Lowry wrote, "The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity. I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness." He ended the e-mail by saying he welcomes the opportunity to "continue this conversation." Well, at least he didn't use the phrase "teachable moment"!

The clever lawyer rents a house

A lawyer who had a wife and 12 children needed to move because his rental agreement was terminated by the owner who wanted to reoccupy the home. But he was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house.

When he said he had 12 children, no-one would rent a home to him because they felt that the children would destroy the place. He couldn't say he had no children, because he couldn't lie, as we all know lawyers cannot and do not lie.

So, he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with eleven of their kids. He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent. He loved one of the homes and the price was right. The agent asked, "How many children do you have? He answered: "Twelve." The agent asked, "Where are the others?" The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look answered “They're in the cemetery with their mother."

MORAL: It's not necessary to lie. One only has to choose the right words...and don't forget, many politicians are lawyers.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to Agent 6.

UK cops arrest two in terrorist bombing, won't name names

Two men have now had their collars felt (North American readers please read: been arrested) by Inspector Knacker for "possible" roles in Friday morning's terrorist bomb attack on a rush-hour subway train at Parsons Green station in west London. 29 passengers were injured, but the amateurish IED failed to explode as planned, and no-one was killed. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the fifth terrorist attack in the UK this year.

On Saturday, police arrested an 18-year-old man in the departure area of the port of Dover, where ferries leave for France. Late Saturday night, a 21-year-old man was arrested in Hounslow in west London and is being held under the Terrorism Act at a south London station, where he is helping police with their enquiries.

Neither man has not been charged or identified. It wouldn't do to provoke Islamophobia, you know. But sooner or later someone will have to be identified as a perpetrator of the jihadist attack, or a conspirator at least. Walt predicts his name will be Mohammed, or some variant thereof. Lifetime pct .977.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Majority of Canucks think government "too generous" to asylum-seekers

Ten days ago, in "Canada braces for tsunami of DREAMers", Walt stated, as the fact is, that the anti-immigrant backlash in Canada is growing stronger and stronger, as 1000s of bogus "refugees" and asylum-seekers -- most of whom have lived in the USA for years -- cross the Canadian border illegally at places like Emerson MB and Lacolle QC.

Here we see a group of illegals, carrying their meager possessions, being welcomed by the Mounties at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle as they cross the border marked by the "No Pedestrians" sign. Since July 1st (Canada's sesquicentennial), nearly 8000 of these economic migrants -- that's what they are -- have walked across the border into Québec to make asylum claims.

Canada's Liberal -- very liberal -- government announced yesterday that the "temporary" reception centre at Lacolle will be made less temporary (not to say "permanent"), as hydro and other facilities are being installed and upgraded so the bogus refugees can be fed, sheltered and "processed" throughout the harsh Canadian winter.

How do Canuck taxpayers, who have to foot the bill -- minimum C$649 per month per asylum-seeker -- for all this openness to diversity feel about it? No need to guess. A recent public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds 53% of Canadians are of the opinion that the country's approach is too giving. That's more than eight times as many as those who say Canada is not being "generous enough".

Asked to weigh in on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s public statements about Canada welcoming refugees while also discouraging irregular border crossings, slightly more than half of Canadians (54%) say the PM’s messaging has been "unclear", and a majority (57%) disapprove of the Trudeau government's handling of the situation overall.

43% of the Canadians polled expected the number of illegal border crossings to increase "quite a bit" (23%) or "become a flood" (20%) before the end of 2017. (The poll was taken before Walt used the word "tsunami".) Asked how Canada should focus available resources, 70% would prioritize border monitoring and security over assistance to new arrivals, favoured by just 30%. No question was asked about the possibility of building a Trumpian wall, possibly for fear that the idea would appeal to a lot of Canucks who hadn't thought about it before.

Will Junior Trudeau and his Somali Muslim Minister of Refugees and Immigration pay any attention to this or other opinion polls? Errr, no. Lifetime pct .977.

VIDEO: A song for us oldies

Earlier this month, Walt posted two items specially written for us older folk: "'Why I like being retired': thoughts from the home" (WWW 8/9/17) and "'How it feels to be old': more thoughts from the home" (WWW 9/9/17). Thanks once again to Agent 9 for sending them along.

These pieces seem to have struck a chord with the blue-rinse and no-rinse (read: bald) set, so, in the spirit of giving readers what they want, here's a musical number forwarded by Agent 6. The singer/songwriter is Libby L. Allen and the song is called The Other Side of Fifty. Enjoy.

VIDEO: Subway explosion in London: who dunnit if not ISIS?

We had a bit of a vacation from Islamic terror this summer, but "the harvest is passed, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." (Jeremiah 8:20). This morning an explosion ripped through a packed London Underground (subway) train at Parsons Green. 29 people were injured, but no-one has died... yet.

Passengers reported seeing a device in one of the tube train cars, and hearing a bang during the Friday morning rush-hour. Footage posted on Twitter appears to show a burning device -- a white plastic bucket inside a foil-lined shopping bag. Flames and what appear to be wires can be seen emerging from the top.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, head of Inspector Knacker's counterterrorism unit, said "We now assess this was a detonation of an improvised explosive device." Walt says, "No shit, Sherlock!" In keeping with precedent and the British tradition of fair play, innocent until proven guilty and so on, the coppers declined to point the finger at Muslims or ISIS or Druids or anyone in particular. "There are many urgent inquiries ongoing with hundreds of detectives involved, looking at CCTV, carrying out forensic work and speaking to witnesses," Mr Rowley said in a statement to the meeja. Apparently no cries of "Allahu akbar!" were heard, and no group has so far claimed responsibility.

UPDATE ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: British Prime Minister Theresa May, politically correct to a fault, scolded President Trump for daring to "speculate on what is an ongoing investigation." The US president had described the attackers, in a Tweet, as "loser terrorists" and "sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard." Mrs May probably thought Mr Trump meant "Islamic terrorists", but of course it wouldn't be "helpful" to so describe them. By the sheerest coincidence, ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attack about two hours after Mrs May spoke.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Mrs May also objected to President Trump's suggestion that the British authorities should be more "proactive" in dealing with the terrorists. Mr Trump had tweeted "Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner." Walt had no sooner posted the above update when the mojo wire spat out news that the UK government has raised their national threat level to "critical" from "severe", which means it expects another attack imminently. Mrs May now says there will be a greater presence of armed police in public places. Sounds more proactive to me!

Footnote: By Ed.'s count this is the fifth terrorist attack in not-so-Great Britain this year. Used to be it was the IRA that the Brits had to worry about, but now it's not militant Catholics, but militant Muslims! Just because Islamophobia isn't "a real thing" doesn't mean the jihadists aren't out to get us!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Solving the problem of homelessness, Nashville style

Meet Katie Quackenbush, a 26-year-old Nashvillean who doesn't have much time for street people who can't afford a room or a decent car.

Ms Q was parked in her Porsche SUV near Music Row in the wee hours of August 26th, grooving on the fine country sounds, when she was disturbed by a knock on the passenger-side window. The knocker was Gerald Melton, 54, a homeless man who was trying to sleep on the sidewalk. Mr Melton was bothered by the exhaust fumes emanating from Ms Quackenbush's German auto, and didn't much like her taste in music either. So, he asked her to move.

According to Nashville police, the two began yelling at each other. Ms Quackenbush then got out of her car and shot Mr Melton twice before running up the street with another woman. She (Ms Q, not the other woman) has been charged with attempted murder. Mr Melton remains in hospital with serious injuries.

The AP report goes on to say that Ms Q's father, Jesse Quackenbush, disputes the police account, saying his daughter fired the shots in self-defence as a warning and didn't know Melton was hit.

The moral of the story is... ... Walt can't think of one.

Footnote from Poor Len Canayen
: I wonder if Jesse Quackenbush is related to Eddie Quackenbush, who played for the Boston Bruins back in the '50s. Maybe not. Eddie was a Kitchener ON boy, as I recall. At that time Boston inexplicably had several Krauts on the team, including Quackenbush, centre Milt Schmidt, left winger Woody Dumart, and right winger Bobby Bauer, who made up the famous Kraut Line. Not many people would remember that.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

VIDEO: Catholics! Let's take our Church back!

The Roman Catholic Church is suffering her worst assault in history. Enemies both without and within are campaigning hard to destroy not just the Church as an institution, but the Christian Faith itself. All sons and daughters of the Church are called to stand in her defence.

But... there are serious issues separating traditional Catholics. Every effort must now be made to unite the Catholic resistance, so the good people at The Remnant have taken a long overdue initiative to get everyone together to discuss a united and principled defence of Holy Mother Church. Next month, for the first time in history, a number of bishops as well as representatives of every major traditionalist priestly fraternity in the world (including the SSPX and FSSP), as well as journalists from both sides of the Atlantic, will come together for a weekend conference to discuss what must be done.

Dear Catholic reader, this short (3:23) video is your invitation to help take our Church back!

For more information, click here to visit The Remnant website.

"How it feels to be old": more thoughts from the home

Ed. here. After all that heavy talk about obesity (see this ayem's previous post), we need to lighten up a bit. (Geddit?) Luckily, we have some more random thoughts from Agent 9 about what it feels like to be getting on in years.

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, "How old was your husband?"
"98," she replied. "Two years older than me."
"So you're 96," the undertaker commented. "Hardly worth going home, is it?"

A reporter interviewed a 104-year-old woman. "And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?"
The old lady answered, "No peer pressure."

The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs and have fun finding them.

I've sure gotten old!
I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts.
I have bouts with dementia, poor circulation, and can hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.
I can't remember if I'm 85 or 92. And I've lost all my friends.
But, thank God, I still have my driver's licence!

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, "For fast relief".

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference.

And always remember this
You don't stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing!

Further reading: If you missed yesterday's contribution from Agent 9, click here to read "'Why I like being retired': thoughts from the home".

The fattitude of America, analyzed by race

If you want to see "typical Americans" or "average Americans", watch Judge Judy. I'm a big fan. The intro to the show says the people are real. "Real what?", I ask rhetorically. "Real stupid," I answer, "and real fat, too!" [Don't you watch your grammar when you talk to yourself? Ed.] The humungousness of some of these "real Americans" -- particularly the black women -- has to be seen to be believed. Used to be we'd go to the county fair to see the fat ladies, but now you can see them, in all their fattitude, right there on the idiot's lantern.

Before you get your shorts in a knot (or, for you Brits, your knickers in a twist) and start calling me racist, sexist or body-shamer, consider some statistics that I've found by diligent research and present here for your enlightenment (the opposite of "enheavyment" - geddit?).

First of all, it is beyond dispute that Americans, on average, are among the fattest people on Earth. Some say that Samoans are fatter, or Britons and Germans close behind, but Americans have been strong contenders for the "Mr/Ms 2x4" title for half a century. According to the 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 70% of people in the US of A are "obese or overweight". And...
  • The 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension are in the South 
  • 25% of young adults who try to join the military are ineligible due to fitness or weight concerns
  • Twenty-five states have an adult obesity rate of 30% or higher
The good news is that the growth in girth, so evident for so long, is levelling off. The report says that, between 2015 and 2016, adult obesity rates decreased in Kansas, increased in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and West Virginia, and remained stable in the rest of states. This supports trends that show steadying levels in recent years, yet adult obesity rates now exceed 35% in five states and top 30% in 25 states. West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate at 37.7% and Colorado has the lowest at 22.3%. Here's a map that shows you, county by country, where the fatties are.

Notice the shading, from light (in colour and weight) to dark. Similar patterns may be seen in maps of poverty and maps shaded according to... weight for it (geddit?)... race. The "Disparities" section of the report confirms that "Rates of overweight and obesity have increased across the United States among people of all ethnic and racial groups, all ages and both genders, but some groups are disproportionately affected. Among U.S. adults, Black and Latino populations have substantially higher rates of obesity than do White populations. This is true among both men and women."

National data for 2013-14 show obesity rates for the various races to be: Asian, 12.6%; Black, 48.4%; Latino, 42.6%; and white, 36.4%. The report also contains data on American Indians. According to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in states with reportable data for American Indian/Alaska Native populations, 14 of the 24 states analyzed had adult overweight and obesity rates above 70%. Here are the stats in tabular form.

When you factor in gender, you discover that black women have the highest obesity rates at 57.2%, while Asian women have the lowest rates at 12.4%.

The obesity epidemic is caused primarily by eating too much of the wrong sort of food, and too little physical exercise. However, there is a factor which the SJWs and race deniers refuse to acknowledge, which is that the races are different. Different races have different metabolic rates and require different diets in order to remain naturally healthy.

Races who originate in tropical or equatorial regions have a strong hereditary need for diets high in carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruits and grains and legumes. These foods tend to provide the kind of body fuel most compatible with the unique body chemistry of people who are genetically programmed to live in warm and humid regions of the world. Their body systems are not designed to process or utilize large quantities of animal protein and fat, which form the basis of much northern (read: European) food.

Europeans, on the other hand, aren't genetically equipped to survive on light vegetarian food. We are "meat-and-potatoes" people. We tend to burn body fuel quickly, so we need heavier foods to sustain ourselves. "Rabbit food" won't do! And the farther north you go, the greater the requirement for a high-protein diet. Eskimos (Canucks please read: Inuit), easily digest and assimilate large quantities of protein and fat -- whale blubber, for instance -- exactly the kind of foods that will cause all manner of health problems for people from the Mediterranean regions.

This is not an argument for white supremacy. The report and the many studies on which it is based just show the fact that the races are different, and have different dietary needs. People whose origins are in northwestern Europe origin people have nutritional requirements which are just the opposite of sub-Saharan Africans, and have a hereditary need for more fat than other populations.

The substantial difference in obesity rates between continental Asian populations and those Asian races living in North America (= American Indians, see chart) are directly attributable to the latter group eating "European" food. The same phenomenon is found in the Inuit of Canada's Arctic, and in China, where the burgeoning middle class is now eating more wheat than rice, and gobbling down KFC and Big Macs at an astonishing rate... and growing fatter and fatter in consequence.

Further reading
: Click here to view The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Friday, September 8, 2017

"Why I like being retired": thoughts from the home

Ed. here. Just in the nick of time (as Walt hasn't got out of second gear yet this month) Agent 9 sent us a piece of humour for us older folks, along with a note saying "I'm glad Walt isn't old! He just gets better." Many thanks.

Why I like being retired

Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday

Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? Answer: Two hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

Question: How many retirees does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.

Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees? Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.

Question: Why don't retirees mind being called "Seniors"? Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount.

Question: Among retirees, what is considered formal attire? Answer: Tied shoes.

Question: Why do retirees count pennies? Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.

Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? Answer: NUTS!

Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage? Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.

Question: What do retirees call a long lunch? Answer: Normal.

Question: What is the best way to describe retirement? Answer: The Never-ending Coffee Break.

Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.

Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with? Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.

And, my very favorite.... Question: What do you do all week? Answer: Monday through Friday, nothing. Saturday and Sunday, I rest.

Walt will be back when he's finished resting... ... ...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Canada braces for tsunami of DREAMers

Now that the flood of bogus refugees from Haïti has slowed to a trickle -- around 75 a day, down from 300 in July -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin "Junior" Trudeau and his alleged government were beginning to worry that there would be no more opportunities for virtue signalling. How fortunate for them that President Trump played right into their hands by announcing the end of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA, which was accomplished by an executive order which Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls unconstitutional, has allowed young, undocumented immigrants (read: "illegal immigrants" or just "aliens") to remain in the US of A for years. The reprieve from deportation was supposed to be temporary, renewable every two years, while a "path to citizenship" was worked out. That path is to be found in the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM), a legislative proposal first introduced in the US Senate on 1 August 2001. It has been reintroduced several times since, but has failed to pass. Those who think it will ever become law are therefore rightly known as "DREAMers".

Now the DREAM has ended, and the DREAMers must wake up to the reality that they are in USA illegally and might be deported at any time. But, as the saying goes, when one door closes, God -- or in this case Justin Trudeau -- opens another. Unmindful (or downright heedless) of the anti-immigrant backlash engendered by his January tweet that Canada welcomes all those who are fleeing persecution in President Trump's America, M Trudeau has already let it be known that the door to Canada is open to DREAMers, tens of thousands of them. Hell, they don't even have to come in by the door. Just walk across the world's longest undefended border and no-one will stop you, except to carry your bags and give you directions to the welfare office.

The bearer of this good (for the DREAMers) news is none other than the Honourable Ratna Omidvar, a Canadian senator supposedly representing Ontario. In fact the sentiments she expressed today would not be shared by many outside of the Greater Toronto Area, but since that's where these "refugees from America" will wind up, that's OK.

Senator Omidvar is supposed to be an Independent senator -- not affiliated to any political party -- but she was nominated by Junior and is, in fact, rolling out the red carpet (geddit?) on behalf of the Liberal government. Presumably that's to avoid having the announcement made by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (seriously, that's his title), who is himself a refugee from Somalia, and a tad darker than the senator. And a (shudder) man. And a Muslim. Bad optics.

But I digress. What Senator Omidvar told the CBC (surprised?) today is that the DREAMers are precisely the kind of immigrants Canada should be pursuing for its economic migrant program. "These individuals are low-hanging fruit for us," she said. "They speak fluent English, they've been educated in the US, most of them have been to college or university, some of them have work experience. They understand the North American working culture. On top of that, in order to qualify to be a 'DREAMer' you have to have biometrics testing, you have to have a criminality check. So this is America's loss but it could be Canada's gain."

How many DREAMers should Canada take? The number of young people protected under President 0's DACA program is estimated at 800,000, give or take 25%. Even the most liberal of Canadian snowflakes would find that a rather large crowd to accommodate all at once, so Senator Omidvar proposes that Canada give "special consideration" to only 10,000 to 30,000. Since the Liberals don't want to tell Canucks they have to take in another 20,000 "refugees" (give or take 50%), the senator suggests the DREAMers by admitted either through the existing economic stream or as international students.

"We know that international students have already been identified by our system as priorities for permanent residency," said the solon. "And in truth, we have not done so well in turning an aspiration into a reality because most international students still choose to go back. So, here are people who could apply for international student programs. Universities and colleges could come up with some special initiative or special outreach — college-to-college, university-to-university — maybe even a special scholarship program. But over time, they would be top of the line for economic integration."

Senator Omidvar didn't say anything about cultural integration. Slipped her mind, no doubt. Nor did she say anything about the additional costs to Canuck taxpayers of providing accommodation and education for another 20,000 (give or take 50%) newcomers. What do you suppose Canadians will think of the honourable senator's dream? Canadian citizens won't have a chance to vote their approval or otherwise until the fall of 2019. And even then, since the Canadian Senate is appointed, not elected, it won't matter to Senator Omidvar.

Footnote and innocent question: Agent 3 suggests that I ask the archtypical Canadian question about Senator Omidvar's background: What is she, anyway? (Whenever one Canuck meets another for the first time, that's the second question he/she asks: What are you, really?)

Senator Omidvar's official biography, on the Parliament of Canada website, says she is "an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. She came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have been the foundation of her work."

However, the Wikipedia version of her bio says the honourable senator was originally from Amritsar, in India's Punjab province. She was educated at the University of Delhi and (it goes on) "later moving to Canada, she became executive director of the Maytree Foundation, a charitable organization to combat poverty in Canada, before departing in 2014 to found the Global Diversity Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University where she is currently a distinguished visiting professor."

The Honourable Miriam Monsef, still a member of the Trudeau cabinet in spite of her demonstrated incompetence, was born in Iran but declared in her campaign for election that she was a refugee from Afghanistan. The Honourable Ratna Omidvar's narrative seems to go in the other direction -- an Indian who fled from the Ayatollah. Whatever she is, she's not an "old-stock Canadian", which, along with her SJW credentials, makes her perfect for Team Trudeau. "Independent"...HAH!

Footnote to the footnote: Speaking of old-stock Canadians, it's only a month until the start of the NHL season, which means the our old friend Poor Len Canayen will put on his toque and return to WWW... in about a month.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fat now in fashion as American women face reality

No more body-shaming, America! Double and triple chins, watermelon-sized boobs, 8-months-gone bellies, thunder thighs, and kankles are now not just acceptable but fashionable, as the "Body Positive" movement gains traction. Even New York Fashion Week is on board. Plus-size clothing brand Addition Elle (head office, Montréal!) is set to appear on the official Fashion Week calendar for the first time, as the label presenting its latest collection.

"We are so excited to be a part of the IMG Fashion Week schedule and to share the fashion forward collections that demonstrate there are no limits with regard to size," said (((Roslyn Griner))), Addition Elle's Vice President of Visual Planning and Marketing, in a press release. Walt wonders if Ms Griner means "no limits" to be taken literally. I've never seen (and never want to see) anything bigger than a G-cup bra. And I'm told that in the outlet malls on the Canadian side of the world's longest undefended border, clothing sizes on offer are S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL and "American".

Addition Elle's inclusion in the official Fashion Week lineup may well betoken a wider change within the New York fashion industry. Last February saw several brands use full(er)-figured models for their fall/winter 2017 shows. Brands now up-sizing or plus-sizing or out-sizing include Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung and Christian Siriano. This year also marked Prabal Gurung's collaboration with plus-size lingerie label Lane Bryant -- a brand that has previously teamed up with Siriano, in addition to Lela Rose, Sophie Theallet and Isabel Toledo.

So, ladies... don't let those mooing sounds men make as you walk down the street bother you. Fat is now fashionable. If any man body-shames you, just sit on him!

Note from Ed
.: Addition Elle has been mentioned in WWW before. See "'Well-dressed fat lady' deemed offensive, clothing store clerk fired", WWW 6/4/16.

Black snowflakes panic as banana peel thrown in tree at Ole Miss

Walt wouldn't be surprised if the "progressives" in Congress introduce a bill to amend the Constitution of the Paranoid States of America to guarantee every Merkan the right not to be offended. Such a provision is clearly necessary, given the increasing number of incidents of insensitivity to the feelings of LGBTQ2Setc, "new Americans" and persons of colour, across the country but particularly in the racist and unrepentant Souf.

Case in point: The abrupt ending of "Ole Miss Greek life", a retreat "to build leaders and bring campus closer together" [Was that written by an English student? Ed.] convened at Camp Hopewell in Lafayette County last weekend. The get-together was to have lasted for three days, but was cut short on Saturday night after three black students found a banana peel in a tree in front of one of the camp's cabins.

A student attending the conference admitted to tossing his banana peel into a nearby tree after he was unable to locate a garbage can. Soon thereafter, the peel was spotted by Makala McNeil, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha, one of Ole Miss's historically black sororities. The banana peel "triggered" feelings of persecution and insecurity. Ms McNeil claimed that students "didn't feel welcome" or "safe" on campus. Hysteria ensued and, despite the careless student's explanation cum apology, other students left the retreat in tears.

"The overall tone was heavy. I mean, we were talking about race in Mississippi and in the Greek community so there's a lot involved," said Ms McNeil, later adding that she and her friend were "all just sort of paranoid for a second" after spotting the banana.

In a statement included in an article in the campus newspaper, the Daily Mississipian/TheDMONLINE, Alexa Lee Arndt, Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said, "To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred at IMPACT. Because of the underlying reality many students of color endure on a daily basis, the conversation manifested into a larger conversation about race relations today at the University of Mississippi."

Walt can hardly wait for the now-customary banning of racist and culturally insensitive costumes at Hallowe'en. My fear... and it's a very real fear... is that we won't have space to report all the craziness.