On November 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm, Brandy Edwards wrote:
While I likely disagree with most of Angela Nagel's politics, I found her article very informative. I think the most profound point in her article and in your comments on Tucker last night was the concept of "brain drain". The effect of immigrants leaving their countries and becoming highly educated, skilled workers (like doctors) in America, while depriving their home countries of these skills is something that never occured to me when thinking of mass immigration.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 70's and 80's. Being in the Bay at that time was great because it was such a melting pot of various ethnicities, but it didn't divide us. I had black friends, Hispanic friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends... literally friends of all races (my ethnicity is Hispanic and Irish). We were truly color-blind. Because we were all "Americans" and that is what tied us all together, not our ethnicity. It was actually a really beautiful time and place to be.
But then, illegal immigration really started to ramp up and I witnessed first hand the downward shift massive illegal immigration (without assimilation) caused. My hometown and surrounding cities in the Bay Area became garbage-covered, crime-ridden cesspools. The massive immigration into the Bay Area re-made our cities to look more like the cities the immigrants left behind. When I see that the majority of the current "migrants" are men, it often makes me wonder why don't these men stay in their home countries to fight to improve things there? Why do they bring the problems with them that caused them to leave their home countries, thus re-shaping American cities into what they left behind? Seems to defeat the purpose to me.
(As a side note, I guess it's not just immigrants that practice this phenomenon of re-shaping cities into what they left behind. Take Oregon and Washington as an example. Frustrated Californians flee to OR and WA because of the high taxes and messes caused by their liberal CA politicians, only to vote for the same the liberal policies in Oregon and Washington. I don't get it.)
On November 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm, Chris Hall wrote:
I seem to recall from "Brexit: the Movie" that fishing rights around the British Isles were a major reason for having Brexit, but it's my understanding that this remains under the auspices of the EU under the draft (daft?) agreement. Wouldn't a "Hard Brexit" be much more favorable to the fishing industry, and wouldn't it give the Royal Navy something useful to do?
Macedonian Content Farmers
On November 27, 2018 at 4:01 pm, John Frey wrote:
Mark, I have my own suspicions, but why does the "Nutter Left" refuse to acknowledge that the USA was formed based on laws that most everyone in the country thought were a good idea? Is it as simple as Dr. Sowell's response to those promoting socialism? "Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it."
On November 27, 2018 at 4:02 pm, Charles Moritz wrote:
The mistake the left makes under the guise of "multiculturalism" is to think they can homogenize differences
that naturally occur between people. "If everybody is somebody, then nobody is anybody". Would value your
thoughts. Thanks, Charlie
On November 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm, Shawn Saavedra wrote:
I watch/listen to a lot of what its own members call "the intellectual dark web" where freedom of expression still exists; but in this new conservativism of anti-leftist, anti-censorship, any discussion of "settled" social policy is absent - abortion, gay marriage, pornography, faith in public spaces, etc are all off the table, and most of them are all for legalization (oh, sorry, decriminalization) of pot.
The new conservatives are willing to argue for the reality that there are two genders, but apparently in all other matters, conservatives have all become social progressives overnight?? Are we obliged to concede all lost ground just to keep these new liberal-conservatives within the conservative tent?
(I'm referring to Dave Rubin, Sam Harris, Scott Adams, Andrew Klavan etc. just by way of illustration)
On November 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm, Timothy McDonnell wrote:
I read that Nigel Farage is outraged that the head of UKIP, Gerard Batten, appointed Tommy Robinson as, "An adviser on grooming gangs and prisons." I like both Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson, and so am unsettled by Mr. Farage's comments. As I believe you are on good terms with both, please fill us in on the complexities of Mr. Robinson's appointment and why Farage is so concerned. Does Mr. Farage feel squeamish to address the problem of the Muslim grooming gangs which are an obvious problem that won't go away? Is this in any way related to the fact that we still don't know who attacked the Magna Carta on October 25th? Discuss.....
On November 27, 2018 at 4:05 pm, Toby Pilling wrote:
I'm a freeborn, English yeoman - middle-class, middle-aged with a wife and two fine sons. But the betrayal of Brexit enrages me - to paraphrase the words of H.L. Mencken, I'm tempted to hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats. Am I wrong?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm, Owen Morgan wrote:
Of course, it's early days yet for the midterms results, but I wonder if already called results will still be being overturned, more than two years later, the way the Brexit result is being. Have we reached the stage where the actual votes cast are the least important element of the voting process and the political class simply awards itself the outcomes which it deems desirable?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm, Raj S wrote:
Hillary Clinton has spoken, against open borders this time! Is this initial volley of Hillary 2020?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm, Laura Rosen Cohen wrote:
Hi Mark, what's your take on the "caravan"? A few weeks ago, the media told us it didn't exist, and if it did exist it was harmless. Now the harmless appear to be strapping low-skilled men, who have, a la the migrant crisis in Europe left their women and children at home unless they are needed for Pallywood style photo ops. How dumb does the media think we are?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:16 pm, E. Williamson wrote:
Mark, I read of two horrific stories today, one in the Daily Mail, where UK social workers invited a Pakistani rapist to "be involved" in raising the baby that was born of the result of child rape. Another, a German refugee worker hired a 20 year old Afghani to do odd jobs at her own elderly father's home in northern Germany. He promptly slit her elderly father's throat, and took off in his car. Will the reality of the failed cult of diversity ever change our situation in Europe? How much misery is enough?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:19 pm, Ken wrote:
The US Left and their media lap-dogs are expanding on what Tony Blair did so effectively in the UK, that is, import new voters in enough numbers to swing the political tide Labor's way. Police cover-ups, state surveillance and prosecution of wrong-think quickly followed the bollardization of public life.
What was shocking to me was that the Tories fell in step behind all of it. My question is, is there a comparison to be made between British Tories, and the feckless GOP elite here in the US? If they're not both merely "wittols" - a word I learned by reading SteynOnline! - then where do their motives and methods intersect on this subject? My take is that GOP leaders in Congress are snakes, curled around the bosom of our freedoms. They will strike, it's just a question of when. What do you think?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:19 pm, Carmen wrote:
Isn't the UN's global governance blueprint for unelected, unaccountable command-and-control over everything and everyone, i.e. Agenda 21, and now its 2030 Agenda, the driving force behind unfettered, borderless mass migration, abrogation of national values/sovereignty/democracy, de-industrialization via fossil fuel demonization, wealth erosion/redistribution by means the manufactured menace of manmade climate change, the Islamophobiacation of free thought and speech, community-fracturing gender and identity politics, and more? I would guess that most people don't even know about these pernicious UN documents and plans to "transform our world", and the resultant "agreements" (always made without the consent of the people) which are supposedly "non-binding", yet inexorably lead to incremental implementation and enshrining in law by member states. We should be raising much more alarm over the UN's dangerous world-domination plans and help people to understand the big picture (most of the mainstream media et alia - such as politicians - being either too co-opted or willfully ignorant/blind/compromised to do so). How do we stop this globalist evil?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm, Robert Fox wrote:
Interesting takes on Tucker Carlson last night regarding the impact on wages in the United States from immigration both legal and illegal. When I was a child, labor unions would fight tooth and nail against any policy change that was perceived to have a dampening effect on wages, i.e. raising of the retirement age, etc. I've often wondered why labor unions have not been a force in the fight against illegal immigration which has caused a collapsed in wages in industries like construction and other skilled trades. Do you have any thoughts on this?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:24 pm, James wrote:
Tickets for Bill and Hillary Clinton's event in Toronto have been dropped from $100 to $10 and they still can't fill the room! Perhaps they need a cat music act...
On November 27, 2018 at 4:28 pm, Todd Williamson wrote:
OF HEROES, STAN THE MAN, AND REAL COURAGE
I have always felt that we should chose our heroes, both real and fictional, wisely. In the wake of Stan Lee's passing, I listened with great interest to your thoughts on "superheroes" vs "ordinary heroes". Some observers dismiss the comic book genre outright, but there is definitely some value to extract from the original comic stories. As you noted, many of these stories incorrectly teach us to relegate heroism and personal courage to the buff guys and attractive gals in tights who zoom over our heads, while the rest of us trudge along with our non-super lives. The whole notion of DC's Superman puts a lot of distance between us earthlings and the "strange visitor from another planet with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men". The only way to get at Supes is to kidnap his girlfriend, but even then, it's just a matter of time until the villain gets a Kryptonian butt-kicking.
Stan Lee took a different approach in his original comic book stories by showing us that we ALL can (and should!) be heroes. His most popular characters were deeply flawed and fought against huge obstacles in order to be "super". Sure, Peter Parker had the whole radioactive spider thing going on, but at his core, he was an insecure, skinny teenaged orphan who lived paycheck to paycheck. And just before donning the Spidey tights, he left the job of nabbing a two-bit crook to someone else, and that same perp later murdered his beloved Uncle Ben. So much for relegating heroism.
Tony Stark had to invent his iron chest armor as a medical device to keep his injured heart beating, and later had to battle alcoholism. Bruce Banner (the Hulk) struggled to control the beast inside him, and largely lived a life of isolation and despair. Matt Murdock was totally blind but honed his other senses to become the swashbuckling Daredevil. These guys rose above their circumstances to make the world a better place, and their popularity kicked the Last Son of Krypton's butt. I like to believe that Stan's heroes weren't meant to lord over us mere mortals; they were meant to inspire us to greatness.
My takeaway message from Stan Lee's career is this: despite our weaknesses, we ALL have it within ourselves to be heroes. In fact, the ONLY way to save ourselves and our world is for each of us to become a hero by cultivating our strengths, believing in our abilities, and being unafraid to take a chance.
-Todd Williamson, MD
On November 27, 2018 at 4:29 pm, Kate Smyth wrote:
Hi Mark. It was really interesting to hear Tucker's discussion on immigration with a thoughtful, left-leaning columnist, and to read her essay via your link.
She mentions that the underlying structural problem which must addressed is that of "globalisation that was designed to benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor" (including the impact on the native labour force, as well as the erosion of human capital in migrants' countries of origin), and she implicates the Left in providing "moral cover for the exploitative system of migration."
She also points out that the political class relies on "moral blackmail and public shame... to repress dissent in order to impose the open borders agenda", thereby encouraging "more and more ordinary people defect to far-right parties."
What is interesting is that you have made the very same points for some time now - as a "right winger"; the thesis outlined in America Alone is the conservative perspective on the same "crisis for democracy."
With the emergence of more and more faux-conservatives in the governing class, can the mass migration crisis be pinned on globalist elites across the political spectrum - regardless of whether their self-interest is financial enrichment or moral preening - as opposed to it being a conventional left-right issue? Thanks.
On November 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm, Joseph Dornisch wrote:
Any upperdates on the trial of the century? You gonna stop by PSU and say Hi Michael Mann while you're touring NY and PA?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:37 pm, Jessica from Baltimore wrote:
You had a great line while guest hosting for Tucker about the nefarious leaders who "are our sonofabitches" but are still sonofabitches. I've yet to hear a good explanation about why we should care about the whole lot of these sonofabitches: the Turks, the Saudis, and the Kashoggis more than the latest American soldiers who have been murdered by coalition, 'friendly fire' (read: jihad) in the hell hole of Afghanistan. Why are we still there letting our troops be murdered? For what? To what end?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm, Charles Boles wrote:
Kind Sir: Recently watched Part 1 of a three part 2010 movie of Atlas Shrugged on Amazon Prime. A few days later we started to watch part 2 and were surprised and disappointed to find that almost the entire cast was different and in our opinion diminished. We watched a few minutes of part 2 and then turned it off. Do you know the story behind this odd piece of cinema?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:45 pm, Babs from Cali wrote:
OFF TOPIC QUESTION: Mark, is there a growing lack of concern for others in our culture now or is this strictly a liability issue? I'm a senior citizen who became very ill while at my doctor's appointment last week and vomited when I was with the Physician's Assistant. After leaving, I went to the building restroom just steps away from their offices. After an hour and half in the bathroom (where I had now vomited 7 times and had to stay by a toilet), I called them for help, telling them I was very weak and had to lie down on the floor by the toilet. I asked them for a blanket or something to lie on and they ignored me. Twenty minutes later a random lady found me on the floor and chastised them twice before they finally called paramedics. The firemen said my blood pressure was too unstable to take me home so they took me to nearest hospital. I was in the hospital for 3 days over Thanksgiving. I couldn't believe that the young staff of my pain doctor wouldn't respond to any request for help until fully chastised twice by a total stranger on my behalf saying, "She's YOUR patient. Do something to help her!" It seems bad enough to treat anyone this way, but I'm turning 74 in 3 days, and it felt even more insensitive because I'm a senior citizen with higher risks. I guess I should have requested another appointment instead? Your thoughts?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:48 pm, George Pereira wrote:
One of the lesser news bits last week was that a 95 year old SS officer, responsible for 36,000 deaths was at last caught and being prosecuted.
An then I recalled one of the lines from the Gosnell discussions.
There was a female "abortion" doctor stating she did at least 40,000 abortions. (it must be higher than that now.)
How does anyone resolve that the first was evil and the second a public good?
On November 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm, Nicola Timmerman wrote:
On a lighter note I was wondering why you picked Alaska for your next SteynatSea cruise? I am all in favour and have already signed up for Sept. 4 next year, but a lot of the passengers I met had already done an Alaskan cruise. What was the second choice of the cruise participants that you polled, the Baltic cruise?
The photoshopped images of children running from tear gas at the U.S. border reminds me of photos and videos of Palestinians at the Israeli border which were either photoshopped or involved children used as human shields. But the media and Hollywood of course have not seen through these photos at all.