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From the Washington Post:

The little firm that got a big chunk of D.C.’s lottery and sports gambling contract has no employees

By Steve Thompson August 28 at 9:48 PM

The Greek company Intralot, which last month received a $215 million contract to bring sports gambling to the nation’s capital and to continue running its lottery, says more than half the work will go to a small D.C. firm — a condition that helped the gaming giant win the no-bid contract.

The firm, Veterans Services Corp., will “perform the ENTIRE subcontract with its own organization and resources,” according to a document signed this summer by a top Intralot executive.

District law requires companies with large public contracts to subcontract some work to small local businesses to create new jobs, expand the tax base and grow the local economy.

However, Veterans Services appears to have no employees, according to interviews and District records. Until recently, the company’s website touted executives who didn’t work there. The man who leads it, Emmanuel Bailey, is a Maryland resident who is employed by an Intralot subsidiary, public records and company financial statements show.

Intralot said it formed DC09 with Veterans Services to meet the city’s goals of supporting small, local minority businesses.

“Mindful of the District’s support for minority vendors and Intralot’s commitment to diversity, Intralot searched for [an approved] minority firm as a subcontractor,” said an Intralot statement provided by its Ohio-based communications consultant, Sandy Theis.

Veterans Services said it is a D.C. business because Bailey’s 75-year-old mother, Barbara, holds a majority stake and lives in the city.

It’s pretty common in government contracting for firms to be nominally owned by some guy’s mom to check off the Female box. The Baileys can check off the Black box. Mom lives in D.C. so check the Local box.

And probably somebody in the family, living or dead, was a veteran, or if not, well the word “Veterans” is in the name of the firm, so … Check!

Bailey received $618,562 last year as DC09’s chief executive, according to Intralot’s financial statements, which include revenue and expenses of DC09. …

Indeed, as city officials recently approved the plan delegating up to $109.7 million in work to Veterans Services, they repeated Intralot’s boasts of local business involvement.

“The District’s sports wagering contract is the only one in the U.S. to date that mandates 35% local and minority business participation (let alone delivers 55.58% participation),” David Umansky, a spokesman for the District’s chief financial officer, Jeffrey DeWitt, wrote in an email to The Washington Post.

… Bailey, 56, has donated more than $30,000 to D.C. political candidates since 2006, campaign finance reports show. He has served on the boards of the Greater Washington Urban League, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and other groups.

A onetime bank branch manager and a former chief diversity officer at Fannie Mae, Bailey has also played roles in several small businesses.

In 2008, Bailey and another officer of one of these companies, Wilson Technologies, settled a lawsuit brought against them by a subcontractor, Fresh Air Duct Cleaning, that accused the company of improperly holding a federal contract to provide janitorial services to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, court records show.

The plaintiff accused Wilson Technologies of having “no experience with providing cleaning services much less cleaning services in a hospital.” So, it subcontracted all the work to Fresh Air, despite federal regulations requiring the prime contractor to perform at least 51 percent of the work, according to the complaint.

… At a D.C. Council committee meeting in November 2009, then-council member Marion Barry, a champion of minority-owned businesses, spoke of how the city wanted to foster bonds between large companies and smaller local firms, “where they share in the work, and they share in the profits or they share in the losses.”

… A week later, the council approved the $38 million contract to Intralot to run the city’s lottery. “This can be a model for the country,” Barry said, lauding “this situation where you have the largest minority vendor in the lottery in the nation located right here in Washington, D.C.” …

The website has also continued to list Bailey’s mother as the company’s chairman, “with primary responsibility for strategy planning and business execution.”

One afternoon last month, a reporter knocked on the door of Veterans Services’ former headquarters, where Barbara Bailey still lives. She said she couldn’t talk because she had something on the stove; she promised to call the reporter but didn’t.

I’m looking forward to Elizabeth Warren being the Democratic nominee so we can finally have that National Conversation about Affirmative Action that Democrats have been wanting to have for 50 years.

Do you think Donald Trump knows any amusing affirmative action anecdotes?

 
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  1. Steve,

    I wonder if Boss Tweed in his Tammany Hall heyday operated as openly and with such brass as today’s DC politicos?

    • Agree: jim jones
    • Replies: @George
    Boss Tweed didn't have the military industrial complex and foreign wars, so he had to do everything in the US and shady.
    , @Kronos
    He’d have a interesting Twitter handle. @TweetingwithTweed.

    Do any other good names come to mind?
  2. One afternoon last month, a reporter knocked on the door of Veterans Services’ former headquarters, where Barbara Bailey still lives. She said she couldn’t talk because she had something on the stove; she promised to call the reporter but didn’t.

    That’s just another reason to have a women chairperson – too busy tending the beans to spill them.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief

    That’s just another reason to have a women chairperson – too busy tending the beans to spill them.
     
    Love this one! Btw. - aren't we all mother's little helpers?
  3. So, it subcontracted all the work to Fresh Air, despite federal regulations requiring the prime contractor to perform at least 51 percent of the work, according to the complaint.

    Let subcontractor Fresh Air take care of the men’s rooms, while primary contractor Wilson “Technologies” cleans the women’s rooms. I don’t think men’s rooms take much work, from my time spent in ’em, unless the client has hired an H-1B visa crew of .Indians.

    Is it really a “technology” anyway, providing janitorial services? (I suppose if cutting and pasting bits of Java is, then … well, sure …)

  4. Do you think Donald Trump knows any amusing affirmative action anecdotes?

    Maybe about his son-in-law’s ‘success’?

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt

    Do you think Donald Trump knows any amusing affirmative action anecdotes?

     

    Maybe about his son-in-law’s ‘success’?


    Jared Kushner personifies the corruption and rot that is Harvard.

    Harvard's 40 billion dollar endowment loot pile must be legally taxed down to about 400 dollars so as to minimize the further damage that Harvard might do to the rest of the world.

    Harvard Hates America -- Harvard Loves Its 40 Billion Dollar Endowment Loot Pile

    Trump has not taken any action as yet to completely and totally dismantle the anti-White nonsense known as RACE QUOTAS.

    Trump seems to fully support race quotas and set-asides and other anti-White crud.

    The JEW/WASP ruling class of the American Empire uses race quotas and set-asides and other shady games to pacify and placate enough of the reasonably intelligent non-Whites so as to buy off the non-Whites who could present problems for the plutocrats in their continued financial plundering of the USA.

    Race quotas could be considered Riot Prevention Payments(RPP) just like Boo Boo Checks or Cuckoo Checks from the federal government. The problem for the ruling class of the American Empire is that the government debt game might bring on a currency collapse or a debt repudiation or the de-legitimization of the federal government due to its inability to buy off enough boobs to keep the peace.

    The peasant boob buy off game is heavy duty business at the end of empires. The Romans tried to buy off the Krauts and the Limey bastards bypassed the buy off game by handing the imperial hot potato to the dumb boob hayseeds in the American Empire.

    Tweets from 2015:

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/609363754019614720

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/609356048584081409
    , @El Dato
    Reminds me of that scene in HBO's "Generation Kill" where Captain America finds out that the guys they just killed in Iraq were volunteers from Syria:

    "Do you think President Bush will ever find out about this"?

    (Rolling of eyes of the rest of the team.)
  5. anonymous[182] • Disclaimer says:

    Intralot is the company of Greek oligarch Socrates Kokalis, a person who back in the 1980’s and 1990’s was accused of being a Stasi agent. He started selling East German communication equipment in Greece back in the 1970’s…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokratis_Kokkalis

    His father was a minister in the government of the communist insurgents during the civil was of 1946-49.

    As you can imagine his companies Intracom and Intralot got all government contracts in Greece because he was such a good businessman….

    • Replies: @El Dato
    Greek kind of people are all through EC organizations too.
    , @Dieter Kief
    Uh. Intralots Socrates Kokalis, selling East German communication equipment in Greece - meaning what? Barbed wire sets; wrapped leather whips (NO traces - GAUARANTEED), lockable glass for smelling-samples, to improve dog-instructions, telephone-surveillance kits?
    , @Lugash
    The 'Academy of Achievement' looks like one of those nebulous NGOs that just scream spook outfit to me. The lotto contract is probably a payoff for his work.
    , @Jack D
    Everything old is new again.

    In the '70s, Left leaning Western governments bought East Bloc telecom equipment. Now they buy Chinese telecom equipment.

    The Commies would steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it. The ChiComs still steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it.

    The Commies would facilitate these deals with bribery, putting spies inside of Western governments and by the willingness of the Left and the business community to look the other way in the name of friendship and free trade. Leftists also liked these deals because they cut the global hegemony of the US down a notch.

    The ChiComs facilitate these deals with bribery, putting spies inside of Western governments and by the willingness of the Left and the business community to look the other way in the name of friendship and free trade. Leftists still like these deals because they cut the global hegemony of the US down a notch.
    , @George
    Sort of interesting that a Greek, a Balken nation, does all its business in a Balken way, through local partners. So DC is just another Balken or North African country. Selling a gambling service in Muslim countries must involve competent local partners. But a Greek company doing business in countries Greece was at war with, Bulgaria and Turkey, does make one sort of optimistic.
  6. Aww, what’s a piddling hundred million in the grand scheme of things? Just put it on the Reparations bill. Unless perhaps you’re racist or something? Wouldn’t be that now would it?

  7. Marion Barry, a champion of minority-owned businesses

    That’s rather selective, even creative: of all the things one might say about Marion Barry, that would certainly not be the first to come to my mind (‘The city did not exercise sufficient oversight’ — lack of “sufficient oversight” seems to be a widespread, general problem in government — I guess a deliberate lack of “sufficient oversight” is another way to say corruption).

    I take it this whole article is an example of what is today called “the swamp”.

    • Replies: @bomag
    That link was quite a read.

    By this time[1986, before the third of his four terms as mayor], Barry was openly suffering from the effects of longstanding addictions to cocaine and alcohol; he would later admit that he lost control of his drug habit soon after being sworn in for a third term.[3] His public appearances were marked by his glassy eyes and slurred speech. His aides began scheduling all of his daily events later and later in the day as he was arriving to work as late as lunchtime, and nodding off to sleep at his desk. His ability to function as mayor had become so impaired that even his closest associates urged him not to run again. They tried to create an endowed professorship for him at the University of the District of Columbia.

    Interesting that he could inspire such loyalty despite the dysfunction.

    I guess vibrancy means that, in politics, personality trumps ability.
    , @Kronos
    You really need to read this book on the numerous misadventures of Mayor Barry and company.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71xBqVwrLvL.jpg

    My favorite one is on page 118. It regards one of Barry’s cronies his “spiritual advisor” Reverend Willie Wilson of Union Temple Baptist Church of Anacostia.

    “Wilson had first come into public view a decade earlier. In 1987 a black boycott of Chan’s, a Chinese fast-food restaurant in Anacostia, was set off by a dispute over whether a partially eaten chicken had to be paid for. When, according to an eyewitness, the patron, and older woman, threatened to have her son blow Mr. Chan’s Head off, Chan pulled a gun. The Patron fled.”

    Essentially Wilson tried turning the (black) patron into a Rosa Parks.
  8. Its just a scam. Also the argument for these policies never made any economic sense. Paying a few token blacks six figures isn’t going to uplift the community, it’ll just make the few token blacks rich.

    • Replies: @Arclight
    Exactly - I remember when I lived in DC the Post did some piece on black businesses and for the more legitimate ones (like a guy who owned a successful landscape business) the owner might be black, but his employees were Latin. I can remember this specific guy commenting on it and essentially saying he wouldn't have a successful company if he tried to only hire 'from the community' because in his experience they don't work as hard and are far more likely to stop showing up.

    I am in a business where we sometimes have to use so-called disadvantaged businesses. I'd say about a third are good at what they do and charge a fair price. Another third are just awful and the final third we've never hired because they charge an insane premium for the work. We've seen bids where it's triple the going rate.
    , @ScarletNumber
    Umm, yes, we all understand this. This is like when that kid in class is trying to get participation points so he states the obvious.
    , @rexl
    We had a small construction company in San Diego, and we used to have job walks as part of the bidding process. When a black subcontractor showed up, everyone gave him/her their card. We offered a contained plan room, coffee, donuts, bathrooms, etc. We never, and I mean never, had a black subcontractor show up, or give us a bid, or give anyone else a bid, as far as I know. The Black Association of General Contractors used to give its pitch once in awhile, about how prejudice everyone was. We had lots of Mexican American and others show up, and deliver bids to us for aspects of the work, but never blacks. San Diego does not have a large black community but still.
    O well.
  9. Well at least this puts to rest the myth that black people are too dumb to think of complicated financial crimes!

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    Hey, whaddaya mean complicated here? This shit's all pretty simple and straightforward. - Watch out for one of those parrot-videos on the internet - you'll find birds doing stuff that's more complicated than this lottery-business here. It's just fraud in disguise, isn't it?
    , @Svevlad
    Heh, since when are Greeks black? Afrocentrism much?
    , @Known Fact
    Nah, there's always a harried little Milton Selzer-type guy running the numbers for them in some broom-closet-sized back room

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZXeWDawCcBk/UIgskYQe0-I/AAAAAAAAOqs/7QrruN7LFCA/s1600/vlcsn122.jpg
    , @Noman
    "Well at least this puts to rest the myth that black people are too dumb to think of complicated financial crimes!"
    The black guy and his mother are just stage props. And the fall guys.
    An upper middle class Uncle Tom.
    In the right place at the right time.

    VP in charge of Diversity. This guy's been skating his whole career on his skin color.

  10. The system does what the system was designed to do.

    USA! USA! USA!

  11. Talk about gaming the system.

  12. Fun story about California’s motor voter law. Not only do they register non-citizens, but (if you read carefully) you’ll see that the software was designed to register new voters only, and to confuse those who are already registered.

    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/california/story/2019-08-09/duplicate-voter-records-audit-california-motor-voter-system

    Also in the article: a reference to similar results in Los Angeles County.

    Amy Tong, the director of the California Department of Technology and a key leader of the project, insisted the audit found no actual errors. In a written statement, she called the problems “expected differences resulting from architectural differences” between the database systems used by Padilla’s office and the DMV.

    Well now. That clarifies things.

  13. @Ed
    Its just a scam. Also the argument for these policies never made any economic sense. Paying a few token blacks six figures isn’t going to uplift the community, it’ll just make the few token blacks rich.

    Exactly – I remember when I lived in DC the Post did some piece on black businesses and for the more legitimate ones (like a guy who owned a successful landscape business) the owner might be black, but his employees were Latin. I can remember this specific guy commenting on it and essentially saying he wouldn’t have a successful company if he tried to only hire ‘from the community’ because in his experience they don’t work as hard and are far more likely to stop showing up.

    I am in a business where we sometimes have to use so-called disadvantaged businesses. I’d say about a third are good at what they do and charge a fair price. Another third are just awful and the final third we’ve never hired because they charge an insane premium for the work. We’ve seen bids where it’s triple the going rate.

  14. Does Trump know some anecdotes? Almost assuredly.

    Will Trump find out some personal Biden/Warren/Bernie anecdotes of AA fraud that he will publicly air during a debate? Likely.

    Win, lose, or draw next summer should be quite the spectacle.

  15. In NYC you see a lot of contracting firms owned by women with Middle Eastern and South Asian names.

    This is because Middle Eastern immigrants know how to play the game and put the company in their wives’ names.

  16. @anonymous
    Intralot is the company of Greek oligarch Socrates Kokalis, a person who back in the 1980's and 1990's was accused of being a Stasi agent. He started selling East German communication equipment in Greece back in the 1970's...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokratis_Kokkalis

    His father was a minister in the government of the communist insurgents during the civil was of 1946-49.

    As you can imagine his companies Intracom and Intralot got all government contracts in Greece because he was such a good businessman....

    Greek kind of people are all through EC organizations too.

  17. We are but one ‘bear market’ away from forcing state and local governments to choose between keeping their AA supernumeraries on the payroll or sending out pension checks to their retired employees.

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt

    We are but one ‘bear market’ away from forcing state and local governments to choose between keeping their AA supernumeraries on the payroll or sending out pension checks to their retired employees.

     

    The real estate asset bubble -- residential/commercial -- that imploded in 2007/2008 was ballooned back up again by the Federal Reserve Bank in part to keep the property tax clam rake game going to pay for government workers.

    The stock and bond market bubbles were ballooned back up again by the Fed in part to pay for the pensions and benefits of government workers.

    The Fed didn't re-inflate the asset bubbles solely to benefit government workers, of course, but it certainly was a consideration by the ruling class.

    The Pewitt Conjured Loot Portion(PCLP) will solve a lot of problems by having the central bank called the Fed conjure up currency out of thin air to give each American citizen with all four grandparents born in the USA before 1924 ten thousand dollars a month.

    Debt and Demography

    Monetary Extremism and Mass Immigration

    GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  18. @eah
    Marion Barry, a champion of minority-owned businesses

    That's rather selective, even creative: of all the things one might say about Marion Barry, that would certainly not be the first to come to my mind ('The city did not exercise sufficient oversight' -- lack of "sufficient oversight" seems to be a widespread, general problem in government -- I guess a deliberate lack of "sufficient oversight" is another way to say corruption).

    I take it this whole article is an example of what is today called "the swamp".

    That link was quite a read.

    By this time[1986, before the third of his four terms as mayor], Barry was openly suffering from the effects of longstanding addictions to cocaine and alcohol; he would later admit that he lost control of his drug habit soon after being sworn in for a third term.[3] His public appearances were marked by his glassy eyes and slurred speech. His aides began scheduling all of his daily events later and later in the day as he was arriving to work as late as lunchtime, and nodding off to sleep at his desk. His ability to function as mayor had become so impaired that even his closest associates urged him not to run again. They tried to create an endowed professorship for him at the University of the District of Columbia.

    Interesting that he could inspire such loyalty despite the dysfunction.

    I guess vibrancy means that, in politics, personality trumps ability.

  19. Off topic but very interesting

    Steve

    Go to Youtube…..type in:Matt Boiling…University of Georgia Football Team…..

    The University of Georgia Football Coach invited Matt Boiling ito run a 4X400 competition with and against the Bulldog football team….You won’t be disappointed…..

    Matt Boiling came from behind and beat Jamaica’s two best High School Sprinters in the 100m at the Pan American Games a few weeks ago….

    • Replies: @Don't Look at Me
    Good news I guess. But what do you want to bet that the Jamaican kids will have at least four kids each while Matt Boiling has just two, if that?
  20. Anon[412] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t have time to go down the Google rabbit hole right now, but I seem to remember that the Trump campaign gave a contract for some campaign merch to a company owned by a black woman in Georgia. When reporters looked into it, it was a one-woman company that was outsourcing the manufacturing and dropshipping. In her defense, the company seemed to have a lot of such contracts, and seemed to be able to find subcontractors and make the customer happy. This was obviously not a government imposed case of affirmative action, and I’m not even sure to what extent the campaign knew anything about the company or its owner. (The MAGA hats are famously made by Latino immigrants in California … not sure of their citizenship status. NPR was thrilled to find this out.)

  21. Maybe you should write about incels again. It might increase traffic to iSteve which has fallen off drastically of late.

  22. OT: Jungle Fever in the Legal Department Hunting Grounds at Google

    White naive lady in the legal department bonks married Big Black Man at Google, gets a kid, gets told she’s on the dumping grounds while he frolicks with two concubines in Hawaii and later continues to bonk through the department.

    I’ve spent the last 11 years taking on one of the most powerful, ruthless lawyers in the world.

    “Blackpill Becky finds out that Google is one of the shittest leftist goodthink shitfests ever.”

    • Replies: @anonymous
    Holy shit that article is hilarious. Slut tries to cuckoo her way into high powered lawyers relationship, gets taken for a ride and then of all things- blames google!

    And the part about the lawyer wanting nothing to do with the child is just so predictable- though being a highly paid ruthless lawyer he might just be a psychopath.
    , @Triumph104
    https://youtu.be/sPV7gHT94mA
    , @Annnnnon
    And this is how sociopaths reproduce.
    , @Cato
    Searched for the word "black" in the article. Didn't see it once. How did you know?
    , @Don't Look at Me
    https://pics.me.me/21st-week-of-pregnancy-we-know-the-babys-sex-25341497.png
    , @Don't Look at Me
    Toll Paid.

    https://k50.kn3.net/taringa/2/8/7/9/3/4/71/hieronymus-xiii/4CB.jpg
  23. There was a similar incident in Denver when they built the DIA. A black guy went out and got a fax machine and spent $100.00 creating a corporation. He was instantly awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts that he “subcontracted” to the same large company he left to start his business.

    Instant ghetto lottery.

  24. @Achmed E. Newman

    One afternoon last month, a reporter knocked on the door of Veterans Services’ former headquarters, where Barbara Bailey still lives. She said she couldn’t talk because she had something on the stove; she promised to call the reporter but didn’t.
     
    That's just another reason to have a women chairperson - too busy tending the beans to spill them.

    That’s just another reason to have a women chairperson – too busy tending the beans to spill them.

    Love this one! Btw. – aren’t we all mother’s little helpers?

  25. @Declane
    Well at least this puts to rest the myth that black people are too dumb to think of complicated financial crimes!

    Hey, whaddaya mean complicated here? This shit’s all pretty simple and straightforward. – Watch out for one of those parrot-videos on the internet – you’ll find birds doing stuff that’s more complicated than this lottery-business here. It’s just fraud in disguise, isn’t it?

  26. @anonymous
    Intralot is the company of Greek oligarch Socrates Kokalis, a person who back in the 1980's and 1990's was accused of being a Stasi agent. He started selling East German communication equipment in Greece back in the 1970's...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokratis_Kokkalis

    His father was a minister in the government of the communist insurgents during the civil was of 1946-49.

    As you can imagine his companies Intracom and Intralot got all government contracts in Greece because he was such a good businessman....

    Uh. Intralots Socrates Kokalis, selling East German communication equipment in Greece – meaning what? Barbed wire sets; wrapped leather whips (NO traces – GAUARANTEED), lockable glass for smelling-samples, to improve dog-instructions, telephone-surveillance kits?

  27. As the Boston Irishman said about Mayor Jim Curley “He may be a crook, but he’s OUR crook.”

  28. Anon[281] • Disclaimer says:

    “I can remember this specific guy commenting on it and essentially saying he wouldn’t have a successful company if he tried to only hire ‘from the community’ because in his experience they don’t work as hard and are far more likely to stop showing up.”

    Why work hard at a landscaping company when you can get a job with DC Metro and spend your days eating sandwiches on trains? At 95 percent black, Metro is peak “blacks in charge,” where snitches get stitches.

  29. a $215 million contract to bring sports gambling to the nation’s capital

    Where is broke-ass, broke-dick DC getting all this money to set up a system to drain even more of the meager bankrolls of its poorest (and dumbest) citizens while also undermining one of the few remaining real entrepreneurs, your local bookie?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Where is broke-ass, broke-dick DC getting all this money to set up a system to drain even more of the meager bankrolls of its poorest (and dumbest) citizens ...
     
    You probably just answered it right there.
  30. Anonymous[254] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m looking forward to Elizabeth Warren being the Democratic nominee so we can finally have that National Conversation about Affirmative Action that Democrats have been wanting to have for 50 years.

    If you really want a national conversation about affirmative action, browbeating Warren and forcing her to submit and apologize (all of which you have supported) is the exact opposite of what you should be doing.

  31. @anonymous
    Intralot is the company of Greek oligarch Socrates Kokalis, a person who back in the 1980's and 1990's was accused of being a Stasi agent. He started selling East German communication equipment in Greece back in the 1970's...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokratis_Kokkalis

    His father was a minister in the government of the communist insurgents during the civil was of 1946-49.

    As you can imagine his companies Intracom and Intralot got all government contracts in Greece because he was such a good businessman....

    The ‘Academy of Achievement’ looks like one of those nebulous NGOs that just scream spook outfit to me. The lotto contract is probably a payoff for his work.

    • Replies: @Svevlad
    If you want to see maximum spooking and glowing, just take a look at the endless lists of NGOs that operate in the Balkans. You're gonna need protective goggles man
    , @Reg Cæsar

    one of those nebulous NGOs
     
    Pronounced "niggo"?

    spook outfit
     
    Nebulous and numinous.
  32. Emmanuel Bailey? Sounds Jamaican or something. And if so, he’s another example of Afro-Caribbeans arbitraging their color.

  33. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7402925/White-cyclist-gets-prison-beating-black-driver-lock.html

    OT: man, them Russians and Ukrainians sure dont have the timidity of your average white American cuck…..

    • Replies: @bomag
    Interesting link:

    friend told the judge that everyone in Smith's [White guy in incident] social group is black and that the man has no white friends.
     
  34. Kokalis imported industrial and communications equipment from East Germany (AHB Elektrotechnik) and sold it to the Greek state owned power and telephone monopolies DEI and OTE.

    It was a triumph of the free market.

  35. @Kent Nationalist

    Do you think Donald Trump knows any amusing affirmative action anecdotes?

     

    Maybe about his son-in-law's 'success'?

    Do you think Donald Trump knows any amusing affirmative action anecdotes?

    Maybe about his son-in-law’s ‘success’?

    Jared Kushner personifies the corruption and rot that is Harvard.

    Harvard’s 40 billion dollar endowment loot pile must be legally taxed down to about 400 dollars so as to minimize the further damage that Harvard might do to the rest of the world.

    Harvard Hates America — Harvard Loves Its 40 Billion Dollar Endowment Loot Pile

    Trump has not taken any action as yet to completely and totally dismantle the anti-White nonsense known as RACE QUOTAS.

    Trump seems to fully support race quotas and set-asides and other anti-White crud.

    The JEW/WASP ruling class of the American Empire uses race quotas and set-asides and other shady games to pacify and placate enough of the reasonably intelligent non-Whites so as to buy off the non-Whites who could present problems for the plutocrats in their continued financial plundering of the USA.

    Race quotas could be considered Riot Prevention Payments(RPP) just like Boo Boo Checks or Cuckoo Checks from the federal government. The problem for the ruling class of the American Empire is that the government debt game might bring on a currency collapse or a debt repudiation or the de-legitimization of the federal government due to its inability to buy off enough boobs to keep the peace.

    The peasant boob buy off game is heavy duty business at the end of empires. The Romans tried to buy off the Krauts and the Limey bastards bypassed the buy off game by handing the imperial hot potato to the dumb boob hayseeds in the American Empire.

    Tweets from 2015:

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    In case you weren't aware, Vijay/Jojo is the brother of Mindy Kaling of The Office.
  36. @Oleaginous Outrager

    a $215 million contract to bring sports gambling to the nation’s capital
     
    Where is broke-ass, broke-dick DC getting all this money to set up a system to drain even more of the meager bankrolls of its poorest (and dumbest) citizens while also undermining one of the few remaining real entrepreneurs, your local bookie?

    Where is broke-ass, broke-dick DC getting all this money to set up a system to drain even more of the meager bankrolls of its poorest (and dumbest) citizens …

    You probably just answered it right there.

  37. @Declane
    Well at least this puts to rest the myth that black people are too dumb to think of complicated financial crimes!

    Heh, since when are Greeks black? Afrocentrism much?

  38. @Lugash
    The 'Academy of Achievement' looks like one of those nebulous NGOs that just scream spook outfit to me. The lotto contract is probably a payoff for his work.

    If you want to see maximum spooking and glowing, just take a look at the endless lists of NGOs that operate in the Balkans. You’re gonna need protective goggles man

  39. This is small potatoes. According to City Journal in my in the last 20 years my home town the budget more than doubled after adjusting for inflation yet its streets are potholed and its sidewalks are covered in poop.

    • Replies: @Alden
    Have they replaced the 170 year old crudded up with mineral deposits main water pipes yet? I doubt it.
  40. @anonymous
    Intralot is the company of Greek oligarch Socrates Kokalis, a person who back in the 1980's and 1990's was accused of being a Stasi agent. He started selling East German communication equipment in Greece back in the 1970's...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokratis_Kokkalis

    His father was a minister in the government of the communist insurgents during the civil was of 1946-49.

    As you can imagine his companies Intracom and Intralot got all government contracts in Greece because he was such a good businessman....

    Everything old is new again.

    In the ’70s, Left leaning Western governments bought East Bloc telecom equipment. Now they buy Chinese telecom equipment.

    The Commies would steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it. The ChiComs still steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it.

    The Commies would facilitate these deals with bribery, putting spies inside of Western governments and by the willingness of the Left and the business community to look the other way in the name of friendship and free trade. Leftists also liked these deals because they cut the global hegemony of the US down a notch.

    The ChiComs facilitate these deals with bribery, putting spies inside of Western governments and by the willingness of the Left and the business community to look the other way in the name of friendship and free trade. Leftists still like these deals because they cut the global hegemony of the US down a notch.

    • Replies: @El Dato

    In the 70s, left leaning Western governments bought East Bloc telecom equipment.
     
    I doubt this very much. What kind of 70s Telecom equipment are we talking about? Creating bakelite phones ain't hard. Building relais-based switches is better done locally. Anything based on discrete logic and the rare & expensive Integrated Circuit was completely unavailable out East - or incompatible, even for placement (because we did inches and they did mm)

    The East did reverse engineering, yup. Down to the Zilog Z-80 and IBM/360.

    The Commies would steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it.
     
    Even more doubtful.

    Telecom equipment was just getting to implement the venerable SS7 based on rare hardware and rare software (it's still in use btw and very insecure). Even in the 80s, relays switching was still a thing.

    The ChiComs facilitate these deals with bribery, putting spies inside of Western governments and by the willingness of the Left and the business community to look the other way in the name of friendship and free trade.
     
    I dunno where this idea comes up that "the Left" (who exactly?) is involved in this in any particular shape or form. That idea is stupid. The only driver here is that you can get your not-so-bleeding or commodity edge stuff from China, the more edgy stuff from Taiwan, and this cheaper than you could do it yourself. Of course, quality control and assurance often are dropped too, leading to nice surprises.
  41. … finally have that National Conversation about Affirmative Action …

    such as in cities like Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia and Detroit, Michigan where Whites are the smallest minority – yet they don’t get any of the AA gibs?

    Asking rhetorically for a friend . . .
    everyone knows Whites are oppressive no matter how small a percentage of the population . . . much work to be done toward the final solution of the White problem . . .

  42. Why on earth is there a government sports gambling contract?

  43. @Declane
    Well at least this puts to rest the myth that black people are too dumb to think of complicated financial crimes!

    Nah, there’s always a harried little Milton Selzer-type guy running the numbers for them in some broom-closet-sized back room

  44. @Lugash
    The 'Academy of Achievement' looks like one of those nebulous NGOs that just scream spook outfit to me. The lotto contract is probably a payoff for his work.

    one of those nebulous NGOs

    Pronounced “niggo”?

    spook outfit

    Nebulous and numinous.

    • Replies: @JimB
    Eeny, meeny, miney, moe. Catch a NGO by the toe...
    , @ScarletNumber


    one of those nebulous NGOs
     
    Pronounced “niggo”?
     
    In case you're serious, NGO is pronounced as an initialism (nee gee oh), not an acronym.
  45. Ooooooooweeeee! Gettin’ paaayyyed! Now, that’s what I call reparations.

  46. OT: 25% of Germans are from migrant backgrounds and an incredible 42% of German children are from migrant backgrounds.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/08/22/one-quarter-of-germans-now-come-from-migrant-backgrounds/

    Germany is over and it’s over already. In 25 years, unless there is some kind of civil war, the country cannot possibly exist.

  47. Lol

    Story reminds me of a friend of ours who lost his San Francisco airport contract last year. Some federal gestapo agency discovered that all his black female employees were 2 grandmas and some great aunts of one of his black employees.

  48. Lizzie Warren, possibly alongside Lizzo would live to talk affirmative action.

    Fire all White men. Replace them with Blacks and White Women.

    That’s the Dem coalition of the Ascendancy right there.

    Don’t think for a second that pretty much most White Women are not happy to have White men purged so they can move up.

    Stalins terror worked because so many wanted another’s job, girlfriend or wife etc. Warrens angry Wine Aunt terror will work the same way. She will get 98% of the White female vote.

    • Replies: @sayless
    ...Liz Warren will get 98% of the white female vote...

    Come on Whiskey, no she won’t. More than half of us voted for Trump, and were blamed for putting him over the top.
  49. @Reg Cæsar

    one of those nebulous NGOs
     
    Pronounced "niggo"?

    spook outfit
     
    Nebulous and numinous.

    Eeny, meeny, miney, moe. Catch a NGO by the toe…

  50. anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Asian for Asians, African for Africans, White places for Everybody!

    Mass third world immigration is promoted in Every White country and Only in White countries.

    Massive immigration and forced assimilation is called g… when it’s done in Tibet. When it’s done in White populations it’s called “diversity.”

    Slavery, colonialism, were universal human norms, giving and receiving. African and Native tribes enslaved and sold each other. Muslims owners were the most sadistic, raping their White slaves and castrating their Black slaves. Whites uniquely fought and died to end it.

    Diversity is a code word for White G…
    Anti racist is code for Anti White

  51. @Jack D
    Everything old is new again.

    In the '70s, Left leaning Western governments bought East Bloc telecom equipment. Now they buy Chinese telecom equipment.

    The Commies would steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it. The ChiComs still steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it.

    The Commies would facilitate these deals with bribery, putting spies inside of Western governments and by the willingness of the Left and the business community to look the other way in the name of friendship and free trade. Leftists also liked these deals because they cut the global hegemony of the US down a notch.

    The ChiComs facilitate these deals with bribery, putting spies inside of Western governments and by the willingness of the Left and the business community to look the other way in the name of friendship and free trade. Leftists still like these deals because they cut the global hegemony of the US down a notch.

    In the 70s, left leaning Western governments bought East Bloc telecom equipment.

    I doubt this very much. What kind of 70s Telecom equipment are we talking about? Creating bakelite phones ain’t hard. Building relais-based switches is better done locally. Anything based on discrete logic and the rare & expensive Integrated Circuit was completely unavailable out East – or incompatible, even for placement (because we did inches and they did mm)

    The East did reverse engineering, yup. Down to the Zilog Z-80 and IBM/360.

    The Commies would steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it.

    Even more doubtful.

    Telecom equipment was just getting to implement the venerable SS7 based on rare hardware and rare software (it’s still in use btw and very insecure). Even in the 80s, relays switching was still a thing.

    The ChiComs facilitate these deals with bribery, putting spies inside of Western governments and by the willingness of the Left and the business community to look the other way in the name of friendship and free trade.

    I dunno where this idea comes up that “the Left” (who exactly?) is involved in this in any particular shape or form. That idea is stupid. The only driver here is that you can get your not-so-bleeding or commodity edge stuff from China, the more edgy stuff from Taiwan, and this cheaper than you could do it yourself. Of course, quality control and assurance often are dropped too, leading to nice surprises.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    See #33 above.

    Kokalis imported industrial and communications equipment from East Germany (AHB Elektrotechnik) and sold it to the Greek state owned power and telephone monopolies DEI and OTE.
     
    AHB's were the E. German state's arms for import/export - there was one for each economic sector. They didn't actually make the stuff but acted as the exclusive channels for export.

    E. German computer hardware was made by VEB Robotron and was the most advanced in the E. Bloc (which was not saying much). If you were inside the E. Bloc and Western hardware was not available to you, then the Robotron stuff was as good as you were going to get. They made reverse engineered copies of the DEC VAX-11's and ceased production around 5 minutes after the Berlin Wall fell because the stuff was not at all competitive in a free market.

    I don't know whether they made phone switches. While there was plenty of legacy relay equipment around thru the '80s (this stuff was very reliable and could last 50 years or more with minimal downtime) , if the Greek government was contracting for new equipment at that point it would have probably been for digital switches but who knows.
  52. @Kent Nationalist

    Do you think Donald Trump knows any amusing affirmative action anecdotes?

     

    Maybe about his son-in-law's 'success'?

    Reminds me of that scene in HBO’s “Generation Kill” where Captain America finds out that the guys they just killed in Iraq were volunteers from Syria:

    “Do you think President Bush will ever find out about this”?

    (Rolling of eyes of the rest of the team.)

    • Replies: @Kronos
    I remember, they found the passports on the dead bodies.
  53. The Commies would steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it. 

    Back doors in 1970ies style east bloc telco equipment?
    Unknown to the buyer?
    Allow me some doubts.

    Theft of intellectual property seems plausible however.

    And let’s not get started on the backdoors in recent western supplied telco equipment.

  54. The sad thing is, the level of graft and corruption in the US is actually far LESS than almost any other place in the world, outside of the Anglosphere and W Europe.

    Our country would be a lot better off in every way if it were less corrupt, and more transparent. One of the benefits of immigration from corrupt places is we import their corruption on top of ours.

    I think the biggest communication problem in the “dialogue” over reparations is that most people don’t have a clue what affirmative action is really about. They don’t know, for example, that some guy from India can get a minority SBA loan to set up a motel or a tech recruitment business. I swear, I have gotten several emails in the past couple of days from a recruiter named “Hari Krishna”.

    He claims to be recruiting for programming jobs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=pqmCqboCgJs

    Anyway, most Americans naively believe that Affirmative Action is to help blacks and American Indians (feathers, not dots). They don’t realize the biggest recipients of AA have been white women, followed by immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I felt a little guilty having one of my kids go to college on a scholarship for minority and poor students, since I have a tiny bit of American Indian blood. (My kid would’ve qualified anyway, since my wife is non-white, and also never completed college, so the kid of someone without a college degree qualified).

    One time I met the roommate of my kid, on this scholarship. The kid was the Asian adopted kid of an upper middle class white family, but non white, so therefore qualified.

    I once got a nice minority scholarship in grad school, being mostly white but a member of the Cherokee tribe (OK). Most of the other people I met with that scholarship were the kids of professionals who had emigrated from Latin America. They claimed to be pure Spanish.

    Also, Barack Obama, raised by a white family, is a minority because his father was an African foreign student just passing through.

    In other words, most Americans think Affirmative Action IS reparations for slavery and the genocide of American Indians. Blacks have figured out that is simply not the case, that most blacks don’t get the AA benefits, and most people who do get the AA benefits are not the descendants of slaves and Native Americans.

    With that disparity between perception and reality, no wonder people can’t agree on reparations. One group thinks the other is already getting reparations, while they really aren’t.

    I actually like Steve’s idea. Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans. (There might be one or two other groups, but that is a quibble). Then, make sure that Affirmative Action is accepted as reparations.

    • Replies: @Jack D

    Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans.
     
    If by blacks you mean American slave descendants that is not going to work at all. Harvard now aims for a 15% black class (slightly more than their % of the general population). The way they are able to achieve that and still come up with a group of blacks that are at least minimally qualified and capable of earning a Harvard degree (albeit mostly in non-STEM areas) is by taking a lot of Obama type mulattoes raised by white mothers, Nigerian Igbos, Caribbean blacks, Jack and Jill "blacks" who have 90% white blood, etc. If the only blacks that they could take were American blacks with two slave descended parents and say at least 50% black DNA then filling their class with 15% of those (even though they have their pick of the cream of the crop) would be disastrous. And as you went further down into the lower ranking schools it would be beyond disastrous. You could still have Affirmative Action but the set aside for blacks would have to be 1 or 2%, not the 13 or 15% that they are running at present and blacks would not be willing to accept 2% representation.

    I think we should keep going in the opposite direction - if EVERYONE is eligible for affirmative action, then nobody gets a leg up because of it. The Left has said that race doesn't exist and racial classification is based upon self identification. Apply Alinsky tactics - make them live up to their book of rules. Claim that you are a minority. It worked for Liz Warren.

    , @Dan Hayes
    Paleo Liberal:

    I respectfully disagree with both you Steve on the matter of Affirmative Action. End it entirely since by its very nature there will always be loopholes which only exacerbate racial tensions and inequities! (Nothing personal, but you are a living AA loophole practitioner.)

    , @Achmed E. Newman

    In other words, most Americans think Affirmative Action IS reparations for slavery and the genocide of American Indians.
     
    No, I disagree that most Americans are that naive anymore, Paleo. Most white Americans believe AA is still in place in order to prevent major freakin' riots all over the big cities. Steve Sailer may chime in here if he likes, but I am under the impression this is part of his thought process too.

    Ann Coulter is a lost cause on the AA issue, truly believing that we will get these black people on track (the ones whose father's father's father's father's were slave) with just a schose more AA. I forgive her for this stupidity because Ann is on the mark 98% of the time. Her latest column on drunk driving Mexicans is a good example of her batting a .980 or so. It's on VDare today.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    Affirmative action is the domestic counterpart to foreign aid. And the rule of thumb there is, the only recipients it helps are the ones who need it least. Indeed, it may retard their progress-- look at Taiwan. They didn't take off until they were cut off.

    Then, make sure that Affirmative Action is accepted as reparations.
     
    Ha! It's been in place for half a century already.

    They don’t realize the biggest recipients of AA have been white women...
     
    Royal Zeno was an old black man who ran the main shoeshine stand at Minneapolis-St Paul Int'l Airport for decades. He had a lot of loyal, and more than a few influential, customers. But he and they were blindsided.

    A nominally "woman-owned" shoeshine franchisor from Kentucky (it was actually a married couple) snagged a contract for the entire facility with the notoriously cheapskate (and technically private, or NGO) airport commission.

    Well, that blew up into a furor that even got on the network news. (Even my folks back in New York called when it appeared. Royal was a neighbor of mine.) He not only kept his prime location, he got a marquee with his name on it.

    The narrative of the fuss focused on out-of-state corporation vs. local small businessman, not white-vs-black. But Royal's daughter did mention once to a reporter that she thought the deal was "racist".

    She was wrong. It was sexist!

    Oh, Royal made the network news a second time a decade later, when the press would quote him on the incident next door to him. You can see his marquee on Wikipedia:


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Craig_scandal
    , @Don't Look at Me
    "I actually like Steve’s idea. Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans."

    It just won't work though. The reason Affirmative Action is accepted now is because the majority of the population is eligible for it. All white women and all non-white men can benefit from it, which leaves one group, white men, who are hurt by it. Since that group is a minority, we don't have a good chance of shutting AA down. But if white women were to join us in the fight, we would have the numbers to kill it. My theory anyway.

    So when blacks complain that the biggest beneficiary of AA is white women, they're correct, but with them no one would get AA.
  55. @Paleo Liberal
    The sad thing is, the level of graft and corruption in the US is actually far LESS than almost any other place in the world, outside of the Anglosphere and W Europe.

    Our country would be a lot better off in every way if it were less corrupt, and more transparent. One of the benefits of immigration from corrupt places is we import their corruption on top of ours.

    I think the biggest communication problem in the "dialogue" over reparations is that most people don't have a clue what affirmative action is really about. They don't know, for example, that some guy from India can get a minority SBA loan to set up a motel or a tech recruitment business. I swear, I have gotten several emails in the past couple of days from a recruiter named "Hari Krishna".

    He claims to be recruiting for programming jobs.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=pqmCqboCgJs

    Anyway, most Americans naively believe that Affirmative Action is to help blacks and American Indians (feathers, not dots). They don't realize the biggest recipients of AA have been white women, followed by immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I felt a little guilty having one of my kids go to college on a scholarship for minority and poor students, since I have a tiny bit of American Indian blood. (My kid would've qualified anyway, since my wife is non-white, and also never completed college, so the kid of someone without a college degree qualified).

    One time I met the roommate of my kid, on this scholarship. The kid was the Asian adopted kid of an upper middle class white family, but non white, so therefore qualified.

    I once got a nice minority scholarship in grad school, being mostly white but a member of the Cherokee tribe (OK). Most of the other people I met with that scholarship were the kids of professionals who had emigrated from Latin America. They claimed to be pure Spanish.

    Also, Barack Obama, raised by a white family, is a minority because his father was an African foreign student just passing through.

    In other words, most Americans think Affirmative Action IS reparations for slavery and the genocide of American Indians. Blacks have figured out that is simply not the case, that most blacks don't get the AA benefits, and most people who do get the AA benefits are not the descendants of slaves and Native Americans.

    With that disparity between perception and reality, no wonder people can't agree on reparations. One group thinks the other is already getting reparations, while they really aren't.

    I actually like Steve's idea. Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans. (There might be one or two other groups, but that is a quibble). Then, make sure that Affirmative Action is accepted as reparations.

    Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans.

    If by blacks you mean American slave descendants that is not going to work at all. Harvard now aims for a 15% black class (slightly more than their % of the general population). The way they are able to achieve that and still come up with a group of blacks that are at least minimally qualified and capable of earning a Harvard degree (albeit mostly in non-STEM areas) is by taking a lot of Obama type mulattoes raised by white mothers, Nigerian Igbos, Caribbean blacks, Jack and Jill “blacks” who have 90% white blood, etc. If the only blacks that they could take were American blacks with two slave descended parents and say at least 50% black DNA then filling their class with 15% of those (even though they have their pick of the cream of the crop) would be disastrous. And as you went further down into the lower ranking schools it would be beyond disastrous. You could still have Affirmative Action but the set aside for blacks would have to be 1 or 2%, not the 13 or 15% that they are running at present and blacks would not be willing to accept 2% representation.

    I think we should keep going in the opposite direction – if EVERYONE is eligible for affirmative action, then nobody gets a leg up because of it. The Left has said that race doesn’t exist and racial classification is based upon self identification. Apply Alinsky tactics – make them live up to their book of rules. Claim that you are a minority. It worked for Liz Warren.

  56. @Paleo Liberal
    The sad thing is, the level of graft and corruption in the US is actually far LESS than almost any other place in the world, outside of the Anglosphere and W Europe.

    Our country would be a lot better off in every way if it were less corrupt, and more transparent. One of the benefits of immigration from corrupt places is we import their corruption on top of ours.

    I think the biggest communication problem in the "dialogue" over reparations is that most people don't have a clue what affirmative action is really about. They don't know, for example, that some guy from India can get a minority SBA loan to set up a motel or a tech recruitment business. I swear, I have gotten several emails in the past couple of days from a recruiter named "Hari Krishna".

    He claims to be recruiting for programming jobs.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=pqmCqboCgJs

    Anyway, most Americans naively believe that Affirmative Action is to help blacks and American Indians (feathers, not dots). They don't realize the biggest recipients of AA have been white women, followed by immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I felt a little guilty having one of my kids go to college on a scholarship for minority and poor students, since I have a tiny bit of American Indian blood. (My kid would've qualified anyway, since my wife is non-white, and also never completed college, so the kid of someone without a college degree qualified).

    One time I met the roommate of my kid, on this scholarship. The kid was the Asian adopted kid of an upper middle class white family, but non white, so therefore qualified.

    I once got a nice minority scholarship in grad school, being mostly white but a member of the Cherokee tribe (OK). Most of the other people I met with that scholarship were the kids of professionals who had emigrated from Latin America. They claimed to be pure Spanish.

    Also, Barack Obama, raised by a white family, is a minority because his father was an African foreign student just passing through.

    In other words, most Americans think Affirmative Action IS reparations for slavery and the genocide of American Indians. Blacks have figured out that is simply not the case, that most blacks don't get the AA benefits, and most people who do get the AA benefits are not the descendants of slaves and Native Americans.

    With that disparity between perception and reality, no wonder people can't agree on reparations. One group thinks the other is already getting reparations, while they really aren't.

    I actually like Steve's idea. Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans. (There might be one or two other groups, but that is a quibble). Then, make sure that Affirmative Action is accepted as reparations.

    Paleo Liberal:

    I respectfully disagree with both you Steve on the matter of Affirmative Action. End it entirely since by its very nature there will always be loopholes which only exacerbate racial tensions and inequities! (Nothing personal, but you are a living AA loophole practitioner.)

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    I completely agree that I am a living AA loophole practitioner. 100% agree with that. No offense taken.

    I used to feel guilty about that. Then I realized what a scam AA is. I figured if MOST of the people talking AA are using loopholes, why not me and my family?
  57. @Ed
    Its just a scam. Also the argument for these policies never made any economic sense. Paying a few token blacks six figures isn’t going to uplift the community, it’ll just make the few token blacks rich.

    Umm, yes, we all understand this. This is like when that kid in class is trying to get participation points so he states the obvious.

  58. @Reg Cæsar

    one of those nebulous NGOs
     
    Pronounced "niggo"?

    spook outfit
     
    Nebulous and numinous.

    one of those nebulous NGOs

    Pronounced “niggo”?

    In case you’re serious, NGO is pronounced as an initialism (nee gee oh), not an acronym.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    In case you’re serious, NGO is pronounced as an initialism (nee gee oh), not an acronym.
     
    To answer your acrimony to acronymy, I've always preferred quango.
  59. @Dan Hayes
    Paleo Liberal:

    I respectfully disagree with both you Steve on the matter of Affirmative Action. End it entirely since by its very nature there will always be loopholes which only exacerbate racial tensions and inequities! (Nothing personal, but you are a living AA loophole practitioner.)

    I completely agree that I am a living AA loophole practitioner. 100% agree with that. No offense taken.

    I used to feel guilty about that. Then I realized what a scam AA is. I figured if MOST of the people talking AA are using loopholes, why not me and my family?

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    Paleo Liberal:

    Thanks for your usual (and expected) honesty. And let's be honest, if AA loopholes were available to me I too would push my snout into the trough.
    , @Intelligent Dasein

    I used to feel guilty about that. Then I realized what a scam AA is. I figured if MOST of the people talking AA are using loopholes, why not me and my family?
     
    Because there is no free lunch. Ultimately, you are just helping yourself to the fruits of other people's labors, which is still wrong.

    People like you are the absolute worst. Enjoy your ill-gotten gains while you can. There is a judgment coming.
    , @Don't Look at Me
    You've nothing to feel guilty about. Affirmative action is unjust. Therefor finding a way around it is perfectly just.

    Those who use it for the very purpose it was intended are as guilty as those who use a loophole or even out and out lie about their ethnicity in order to take advantage of it.

    It isn't wrong to "cheat" your way into getting something you need, such as employment or an education, that should never have been denied you in the first place.

    It is not wrong to steal food from someone who is starving you.
  60. @unit472
    We are but one 'bear market' away from forcing state and local governments to choose between keeping their AA supernumeraries on the payroll or sending out pension checks to their retired employees.

    We are but one ‘bear market’ away from forcing state and local governments to choose between keeping their AA supernumeraries on the payroll or sending out pension checks to their retired employees.

    The real estate asset bubble — residential/commercial — that imploded in 2007/2008 was ballooned back up again by the Federal Reserve Bank in part to keep the property tax clam rake game going to pay for government workers.

    The stock and bond market bubbles were ballooned back up again by the Fed in part to pay for the pensions and benefits of government workers.

    The Fed didn’t re-inflate the asset bubbles solely to benefit government workers, of course, but it certainly was a consideration by the ruling class.

    The Pewitt Conjured Loot Portion(PCLP) will solve a lot of problems by having the central bank called the Fed conjure up currency out of thin air to give each American citizen with all four grandparents born in the USA before 1924 ten thousand dollars a month.

    Debt and Demography

    Monetary Extremism and Mass Immigration

    GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  61. @Paleo Liberal
    I completely agree that I am a living AA loophole practitioner. 100% agree with that. No offense taken.

    I used to feel guilty about that. Then I realized what a scam AA is. I figured if MOST of the people talking AA are using loopholes, why not me and my family?

    Paleo Liberal:

    Thanks for your usual (and expected) honesty. And let’s be honest, if AA loopholes were available to me I too would push my snout into the trough.

  62. @El Dato

    In the 70s, left leaning Western governments bought East Bloc telecom equipment.
     
    I doubt this very much. What kind of 70s Telecom equipment are we talking about? Creating bakelite phones ain't hard. Building relais-based switches is better done locally. Anything based on discrete logic and the rare & expensive Integrated Circuit was completely unavailable out East - or incompatible, even for placement (because we did inches and they did mm)

    The East did reverse engineering, yup. Down to the Zilog Z-80 and IBM/360.

    The Commies would steal the technology for this equipment from the West and plant who know what kind of back doors into it.
     
    Even more doubtful.

    Telecom equipment was just getting to implement the venerable SS7 based on rare hardware and rare software (it's still in use btw and very insecure). Even in the 80s, relays switching was still a thing.

    The ChiComs facilitate these deals with bribery, putting spies inside of Western governments and by the willingness of the Left and the business community to look the other way in the name of friendship and free trade.
     
    I dunno where this idea comes up that "the Left" (who exactly?) is involved in this in any particular shape or form. That idea is stupid. The only driver here is that you can get your not-so-bleeding or commodity edge stuff from China, the more edgy stuff from Taiwan, and this cheaper than you could do it yourself. Of course, quality control and assurance often are dropped too, leading to nice surprises.

    See #33 above.

    Kokalis imported industrial and communications equipment from East Germany (AHB Elektrotechnik) and sold it to the Greek state owned power and telephone monopolies DEI and OTE.

    AHB’s were the E. German state’s arms for import/export – there was one for each economic sector. They didn’t actually make the stuff but acted as the exclusive channels for export.

    E. German computer hardware was made by VEB Robotron and was the most advanced in the E. Bloc (which was not saying much). If you were inside the E. Bloc and Western hardware was not available to you, then the Robotron stuff was as good as you were going to get. They made reverse engineered copies of the DEC VAX-11’s and ceased production around 5 minutes after the Berlin Wall fell because the stuff was not at all competitive in a free market.

    I don’t know whether they made phone switches. While there was plenty of legacy relay equipment around thru the ’80s (this stuff was very reliable and could last 50 years or more with minimal downtime) , if the Greek government was contracting for new equipment at that point it would have probably been for digital switches but who knows.

    • Replies: @snorlax
    And for the most part the backdoors wouldn't have been so much in the equipment itself as in the use of East German technicians to install it.
    , @El Dato
    Interesting ... Well, the only greek backdoor in telecom equipment was a big deal, but it was not due to Germany.

    Big heist around 2005, based on loading software onto Vodafone's Ericsson switches (yay for dynamic change of running software, in this case the PLEX language "developed since the 70s"). Complete with "Suicide".

    https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/security/the-athens-affair

    Vodafone conveniently went into panic mode and erase the offending software before more could be found out.
  63. @Ed
    Its just a scam. Also the argument for these policies never made any economic sense. Paying a few token blacks six figures isn’t going to uplift the community, it’ll just make the few token blacks rich.

    We had a small construction company in San Diego, and we used to have job walks as part of the bidding process. When a black subcontractor showed up, everyone gave him/her their card. We offered a contained plan room, coffee, donuts, bathrooms, etc. We never, and I mean never, had a black subcontractor show up, or give us a bid, or give anyone else a bid, as far as I know. The Black Association of General Contractors used to give its pitch once in awhile, about how prejudice everyone was. We had lots of Mexican American and others show up, and deliver bids to us for aspects of the work, but never blacks. San Diego does not have a large black community but still.
    O well.

  64. @Jack D
    See #33 above.

    Kokalis imported industrial and communications equipment from East Germany (AHB Elektrotechnik) and sold it to the Greek state owned power and telephone monopolies DEI and OTE.
     
    AHB's were the E. German state's arms for import/export - there was one for each economic sector. They didn't actually make the stuff but acted as the exclusive channels for export.

    E. German computer hardware was made by VEB Robotron and was the most advanced in the E. Bloc (which was not saying much). If you were inside the E. Bloc and Western hardware was not available to you, then the Robotron stuff was as good as you were going to get. They made reverse engineered copies of the DEC VAX-11's and ceased production around 5 minutes after the Berlin Wall fell because the stuff was not at all competitive in a free market.

    I don't know whether they made phone switches. While there was plenty of legacy relay equipment around thru the '80s (this stuff was very reliable and could last 50 years or more with minimal downtime) , if the Greek government was contracting for new equipment at that point it would have probably been for digital switches but who knows.

    And for the most part the backdoors wouldn’t have been so much in the equipment itself as in the use of East German technicians to install it.

  65. anonymous[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato
    OT: Jungle Fever in the Legal Department Hunting Grounds at Google

    White naive lady in the legal department bonks married Big Black Man at Google, gets a kid, gets told she's on the dumping grounds while he frolicks with two concubines in Hawaii and later continues to bonk through the department.

    I’ve spent the last 11 years taking on one of the most powerful, ruthless lawyers in the world.
     
    "Blackpill Becky finds out that Google is one of the shittest leftist goodthink shitfests ever."

    Holy shit that article is hilarious. Slut tries to cuckoo her way into high powered lawyers relationship, gets taken for a ride and then of all things- blames google!

    And the part about the lawyer wanting nothing to do with the child is just so predictable- though being a highly paid ruthless lawyer he might just be a psychopath.

    • Replies: @Peterike
    “And the part about the lawyer wanting nothing to do with the child is just so predictable- though being a highly paid ruthless lawyer he might just be a psychopath.”

    Nah, he’s just black.
    , @bomag
    From the article:

    David would go for months or even years at a time completely ignoring my pleas to see his son

    She wants a father for her son.

    So she doesn't get married, and has a kid with a Black man.

    Doh!
    , @Reg Cæsar

    ...and then of all things- blames google!
     
    Blame the two individuals, for sure, but don't leave Google out. They don't have to be evil, they can outsource it.

    She names the guilty man. We've gone from Bulldog Drummond to Horndog Drummond.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/74/Bulldog_Drummond_Strikes_Back.jpg/240px-Bulldog_Drummond_Strikes_Back.jpg

    , @Moses
    A Black classmate of mine in grad school knocked up his White girlfriend, also in our class.

    She had the amazing, incredible kid. He left her I think before the kid was born.
  66. We’ve suffered this nightmare too long! Where’s our brave men, (maybe women he’s not always too sure) of color to end this national crisis? Men (or maybe women he’s claimed to be both) like tiny Krauthammer, capable of bold action and clear vision.

  67. @Paleo Liberal
    I completely agree that I am a living AA loophole practitioner. 100% agree with that. No offense taken.

    I used to feel guilty about that. Then I realized what a scam AA is. I figured if MOST of the people talking AA are using loopholes, why not me and my family?

    I used to feel guilty about that. Then I realized what a scam AA is. I figured if MOST of the people talking AA are using loopholes, why not me and my family?

    Because there is no free lunch. Ultimately, you are just helping yourself to the fruits of other people’s labors, which is still wrong.

    People like you are the absolute worst. Enjoy your ill-gotten gains while you can. There is a judgment coming.

  68. Does this pummeled female “Nazi” count as a success story? –

  69. @Ibound1
    OT: 25% of Germans are from migrant backgrounds and an incredible 42% of German children are from migrant backgrounds.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/08/22/one-quarter-of-germans-now-come-from-migrant-backgrounds/

    Germany is over and it's over already. In 25 years, unless there is some kind of civil war, the country cannot possibly exist.

  70. @Jack D
    See #33 above.

    Kokalis imported industrial and communications equipment from East Germany (AHB Elektrotechnik) and sold it to the Greek state owned power and telephone monopolies DEI and OTE.
     
    AHB's were the E. German state's arms for import/export - there was one for each economic sector. They didn't actually make the stuff but acted as the exclusive channels for export.

    E. German computer hardware was made by VEB Robotron and was the most advanced in the E. Bloc (which was not saying much). If you were inside the E. Bloc and Western hardware was not available to you, then the Robotron stuff was as good as you were going to get. They made reverse engineered copies of the DEC VAX-11's and ceased production around 5 minutes after the Berlin Wall fell because the stuff was not at all competitive in a free market.

    I don't know whether they made phone switches. While there was plenty of legacy relay equipment around thru the '80s (this stuff was very reliable and could last 50 years or more with minimal downtime) , if the Greek government was contracting for new equipment at that point it would have probably been for digital switches but who knows.

    Interesting … Well, the only greek backdoor in telecom equipment was a big deal, but it was not due to Germany.

    Big heist around 2005, based on loading software onto Vodafone’s Ericsson switches (yay for dynamic change of running software, in this case the PLEX language “developed since the 70s”). Complete with “Suicide”.

    https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/security/the-athens-affair

    Vodafone conveniently went into panic mode and erase the offending software before more could be found out.

  71. @anonymous
    Holy shit that article is hilarious. Slut tries to cuckoo her way into high powered lawyers relationship, gets taken for a ride and then of all things- blames google!

    And the part about the lawyer wanting nothing to do with the child is just so predictable- though being a highly paid ruthless lawyer he might just be a psychopath.

    “And the part about the lawyer wanting nothing to do with the child is just so predictable- though being a highly paid ruthless lawyer he might just be a psychopath.”

    Nah, he’s just black.

  72. @Dan Hayes
    Steve,

    I wonder if Boss Tweed in his Tammany Hall heyday operated as openly and with such brass as today's DC politicos?

    Boss Tweed didn’t have the military industrial complex and foreign wars, so he had to do everything in the US and shady.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Cato
    Boss Tweed also didn't have ideology. It was all about power and patronage.
  73. All of these government mandated quotas for allegedly disadvantaged groups are simply open doors for graft, corruption, favor selling, lying and other scams. Every single one.

    Only by accident are firms hired which actually qualify for the special privileges and actually benefit hard working targeted groups.

    No one with any sense spends their own hard earned money under some absurd quota system. Don’t believe it? Just ask anyone you know.

  74. @Dan Hayes
    Steve,

    I wonder if Boss Tweed in his Tammany Hall heyday operated as openly and with such brass as today's DC politicos?

    He’d have a interesting Twitter handle. @TweetingwithTweed.

    Do any other good names come to mind?

  75. @El Dato
    OT: Jungle Fever in the Legal Department Hunting Grounds at Google

    White naive lady in the legal department bonks married Big Black Man at Google, gets a kid, gets told she's on the dumping grounds while he frolicks with two concubines in Hawaii and later continues to bonk through the department.

    I’ve spent the last 11 years taking on one of the most powerful, ruthless lawyers in the world.
     
    "Blackpill Becky finds out that Google is one of the shittest leftist goodthink shitfests ever."

  76. OT but this is the facial expression worn by kids executing adults for Pol Pot.

    [MORE]

    https://postimg.cc/xc6676jy

    The “iconic refugee boy” has risen from his carefully choreographed photo op, and is moving around like a living person (but without a soul), and never leaves a sealed environment of mass media hysteria.

  77. @El Dato
    Reminds me of that scene in HBO's "Generation Kill" where Captain America finds out that the guys they just killed in Iraq were volunteers from Syria:

    "Do you think President Bush will ever find out about this"?

    (Rolling of eyes of the rest of the team.)

    I remember, they found the passports on the dead bodies.

  78. Key phrase, “No-bid contract”.

    A generation ago, Michael Kinsley pointed out that ‘affirmative action’ was commonly a six syllable synonym for ‘good old-fashioned graft’. It’s hard to imagine anyone saying such a thing these days, much less a loyal Democrat like Kinsley. (Though Kinsley himself’s enough of a good-natured sperg to repeat the remark). Funny, Kinsley also skewered the DC Lottery in that era, noting that administrative costs exceeded the revenue to the city treasury (“just another civic gravy train”).

    NB, ‘set asides’ or ‘minority and disadvantaged business utilization’ have been around for > 40 years. Remember when Sandra Day O’Connor’s law clerks had her say, ” “We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary …” Tick tock.

    • LOL: Johann Ricke
  79. @eah
    Marion Barry, a champion of minority-owned businesses

    That's rather selective, even creative: of all the things one might say about Marion Barry, that would certainly not be the first to come to my mind ('The city did not exercise sufficient oversight' -- lack of "sufficient oversight" seems to be a widespread, general problem in government -- I guess a deliberate lack of "sufficient oversight" is another way to say corruption).

    I take it this whole article is an example of what is today called "the swamp".

    You really need to read this book on the numerous misadventures of Mayor Barry and company.

    My favorite one is on page 118. It regards one of Barry’s cronies his “spiritual advisor” Reverend Willie Wilson of Union Temple Baptist Church of Anacostia.

    “Wilson had first come into public view a decade earlier. In 1987 a black boycott of Chan’s, a Chinese fast-food restaurant in Anacostia, was set off by a dispute over whether a partially eaten chicken had to be paid for. When, according to an eyewitness, the patron, and older woman, threatened to have her son blow Mr. Chan’s Head off, Chan pulled a gun. The Patron fled.”

    Essentially Wilson tried turning the (black) patron into a Rosa Parks.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Whether a person has reflexive sympathy for black injustice stories can probably be predicted by their reading tolerance (and vice versa). The ones who scan headlines and first paragraphs will drip with white guilt, the ones who read await el dia de la cuerda.
    , @Dan Hayes
    Kronos:

    Fred Siegel is a good, level-headed academic. Can't say the same for his son who has dabbled in the worst of New York Daily News journalism.
  80. @Paleo Liberal
    The sad thing is, the level of graft and corruption in the US is actually far LESS than almost any other place in the world, outside of the Anglosphere and W Europe.

    Our country would be a lot better off in every way if it were less corrupt, and more transparent. One of the benefits of immigration from corrupt places is we import their corruption on top of ours.

    I think the biggest communication problem in the "dialogue" over reparations is that most people don't have a clue what affirmative action is really about. They don't know, for example, that some guy from India can get a minority SBA loan to set up a motel or a tech recruitment business. I swear, I have gotten several emails in the past couple of days from a recruiter named "Hari Krishna".

    He claims to be recruiting for programming jobs.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=pqmCqboCgJs

    Anyway, most Americans naively believe that Affirmative Action is to help blacks and American Indians (feathers, not dots). They don't realize the biggest recipients of AA have been white women, followed by immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I felt a little guilty having one of my kids go to college on a scholarship for minority and poor students, since I have a tiny bit of American Indian blood. (My kid would've qualified anyway, since my wife is non-white, and also never completed college, so the kid of someone without a college degree qualified).

    One time I met the roommate of my kid, on this scholarship. The kid was the Asian adopted kid of an upper middle class white family, but non white, so therefore qualified.

    I once got a nice minority scholarship in grad school, being mostly white but a member of the Cherokee tribe (OK). Most of the other people I met with that scholarship were the kids of professionals who had emigrated from Latin America. They claimed to be pure Spanish.

    Also, Barack Obama, raised by a white family, is a minority because his father was an African foreign student just passing through.

    In other words, most Americans think Affirmative Action IS reparations for slavery and the genocide of American Indians. Blacks have figured out that is simply not the case, that most blacks don't get the AA benefits, and most people who do get the AA benefits are not the descendants of slaves and Native Americans.

    With that disparity between perception and reality, no wonder people can't agree on reparations. One group thinks the other is already getting reparations, while they really aren't.

    I actually like Steve's idea. Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans. (There might be one or two other groups, but that is a quibble). Then, make sure that Affirmative Action is accepted as reparations.

    In other words, most Americans think Affirmative Action IS reparations for slavery and the genocide of American Indians.

    No, I disagree that most Americans are that naive anymore, Paleo. Most white Americans believe AA is still in place in order to prevent major freakin’ riots all over the big cities. Steve Sailer may chime in here if he likes, but I am under the impression this is part of his thought process too.

    Ann Coulter is a lost cause on the AA issue, truly believing that we will get these black people on track (the ones whose father’s father’s father’s father’s were slave) with just a schose more AA. I forgive her for this stupidity because Ann is on the mark 98% of the time. Her latest column on drunk driving Mexicans is a good example of her batting a .980 or so. It’s on VDare today.

  81. @Kronos
    You really need to read this book on the numerous misadventures of Mayor Barry and company.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71xBqVwrLvL.jpg

    My favorite one is on page 118. It regards one of Barry’s cronies his “spiritual advisor” Reverend Willie Wilson of Union Temple Baptist Church of Anacostia.

    “Wilson had first come into public view a decade earlier. In 1987 a black boycott of Chan’s, a Chinese fast-food restaurant in Anacostia, was set off by a dispute over whether a partially eaten chicken had to be paid for. When, according to an eyewitness, the patron, and older woman, threatened to have her son blow Mr. Chan’s Head off, Chan pulled a gun. The Patron fled.”

    Essentially Wilson tried turning the (black) patron into a Rosa Parks.

    Whether a person has reflexive sympathy for black injustice stories can probably be predicted by their reading tolerance (and vice versa). The ones who scan headlines and first paragraphs will drip with white guilt, the ones who read await el dia de la cuerda.

  82. @anonymous
    Holy shit that article is hilarious. Slut tries to cuckoo her way into high powered lawyers relationship, gets taken for a ride and then of all things- blames google!

    And the part about the lawyer wanting nothing to do with the child is just so predictable- though being a highly paid ruthless lawyer he might just be a psychopath.

    From the article:

    David would go for months or even years at a time completely ignoring my pleas to see his son

    She wants a father for her son.

    So she doesn’t get married, and has a kid with a Black man.

    Doh!

  83. @Neoconned
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7402925/White-cyclist-gets-prison-beating-black-driver-lock.html

    OT: man, them Russians and Ukrainians sure dont have the timidity of your average white American cuck.....

    Interesting link:

    friend told the judge that everyone in Smith’s [White guy in incident] social group is black and that the man has no white friends.

  84. Ouch.

  85. @Kronos
    You really need to read this book on the numerous misadventures of Mayor Barry and company.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71xBqVwrLvL.jpg

    My favorite one is on page 118. It regards one of Barry’s cronies his “spiritual advisor” Reverend Willie Wilson of Union Temple Baptist Church of Anacostia.

    “Wilson had first come into public view a decade earlier. In 1987 a black boycott of Chan’s, a Chinese fast-food restaurant in Anacostia, was set off by a dispute over whether a partially eaten chicken had to be paid for. When, according to an eyewitness, the patron, and older woman, threatened to have her son blow Mr. Chan’s Head off, Chan pulled a gun. The Patron fled.”

    Essentially Wilson tried turning the (black) patron into a Rosa Parks.

    Kronos:

    Fred Siegel is a good, level-headed academic. Can’t say the same for his son who has dabbled in the worst of New York Daily News journalism.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    I’m utterly unfamiliar with the son.

    Is the father’s book on Giuliani any good? I doubt David Dinkins could be as amusing as Mayor Barry.
  86. @Larry, San Francisco
    This is small potatoes. According to City Journal in my in the last 20 years my home town the budget more than doubled after adjusting for inflation yet its streets are potholed and its sidewalks are covered in poop.

    Have they replaced the 170 year old crudded up with mineral deposits main water pipes yet? I doubt it.

  87. @Dan Hayes
    Kronos:

    Fred Siegel is a good, level-headed academic. Can't say the same for his son who has dabbled in the worst of New York Daily News journalism.

    I’m utterly unfamiliar with the son.

    Is the father’s book on Giuliani any good? I doubt David Dinkins could be as amusing as Mayor Barry.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    Kronos:

    I agree. Dinkins had none of Barry's flamboyance. He was a pernicious dud who set about destroying NYC in his own quiet, methodical way!

    Unfortunately I'm not familiar with his Giuliani book. I'm mostly acquainted with his "City Journal" articles. (Despite its neocon/libertarian background, CJ is quite good).

    When last heard Fred had a position at St Francis College in downtown Brooklyn (probably after retiring from Cooper Union).
  88. the same thing happened in Pittsburgh when Pennsylvania opened up legal gambling. obviously, state licenses to open a casino were few and far between, and highly sought after by developers. many developers wanted one, very few got one.

    Pennsylvania was offering one single license to build one single casino in Pittsburgh. improbably (not really), the only license was given to Don Barden, a small time developer without the background or resources to suggest he could make it happen. his primary qualification was that he was african.

    he held the license hostage for a few years, bumbling around, doing nothing, until he eventually reluctantly relinquished it to a real developer, who quickly built a real and functional casino called Rivers Casino in downtown Pittsburgh.

    Barden had the courtesy to die a few year later, after wasting everybody’s time, but there’s a large supply of useless government preferred contractors, so there’s many more Don Barden’s where he came from.

    Don Barden’s rather generous wikipedia page. How does this guy even rate a page at all?

  89. @El Dato
    OT: Jungle Fever in the Legal Department Hunting Grounds at Google

    White naive lady in the legal department bonks married Big Black Man at Google, gets a kid, gets told she's on the dumping grounds while he frolicks with two concubines in Hawaii and later continues to bonk through the department.

    I’ve spent the last 11 years taking on one of the most powerful, ruthless lawyers in the world.
     
    "Blackpill Becky finds out that Google is one of the shittest leftist goodthink shitfests ever."

    And this is how sociopaths reproduce.

  90. @Kronos
    I’m utterly unfamiliar with the son.

    Is the father’s book on Giuliani any good? I doubt David Dinkins could be as amusing as Mayor Barry.

    Kronos:

    I agree. Dinkins had none of Barry’s flamboyance. He was a pernicious dud who set about destroying NYC in his own quiet, methodical way!

    Unfortunately I’m not familiar with his Giuliani book. I’m mostly acquainted with his “City Journal” articles. (Despite its neocon/libertarian background, CJ is quite good).

    When last heard Fred had a position at St Francis College in downtown Brooklyn (probably after retiring from Cooper Union).

  91. @Whiskey
    Lizzie Warren, possibly alongside Lizzo would live to talk affirmative action.

    Fire all White men. Replace them with Blacks and White Women.

    That's the Dem coalition of the Ascendancy right there.

    Don't think for a second that pretty much most White Women are not happy to have White men purged so they can move up.

    Stalins terror worked because so many wanted another's job, girlfriend or wife etc. Warrens angry Wine Aunt terror will work the same way. She will get 98% of the White female vote.

    …Liz Warren will get 98% of the white female vote…

    Come on Whiskey, no she won’t. More than half of us voted for Trump, and were blamed for putting him over the top.

  92. @Paleo Liberal
    The sad thing is, the level of graft and corruption in the US is actually far LESS than almost any other place in the world, outside of the Anglosphere and W Europe.

    Our country would be a lot better off in every way if it were less corrupt, and more transparent. One of the benefits of immigration from corrupt places is we import their corruption on top of ours.

    I think the biggest communication problem in the "dialogue" over reparations is that most people don't have a clue what affirmative action is really about. They don't know, for example, that some guy from India can get a minority SBA loan to set up a motel or a tech recruitment business. I swear, I have gotten several emails in the past couple of days from a recruiter named "Hari Krishna".

    He claims to be recruiting for programming jobs.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=pqmCqboCgJs

    Anyway, most Americans naively believe that Affirmative Action is to help blacks and American Indians (feathers, not dots). They don't realize the biggest recipients of AA have been white women, followed by immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I felt a little guilty having one of my kids go to college on a scholarship for minority and poor students, since I have a tiny bit of American Indian blood. (My kid would've qualified anyway, since my wife is non-white, and also never completed college, so the kid of someone without a college degree qualified).

    One time I met the roommate of my kid, on this scholarship. The kid was the Asian adopted kid of an upper middle class white family, but non white, so therefore qualified.

    I once got a nice minority scholarship in grad school, being mostly white but a member of the Cherokee tribe (OK). Most of the other people I met with that scholarship were the kids of professionals who had emigrated from Latin America. They claimed to be pure Spanish.

    Also, Barack Obama, raised by a white family, is a minority because his father was an African foreign student just passing through.

    In other words, most Americans think Affirmative Action IS reparations for slavery and the genocide of American Indians. Blacks have figured out that is simply not the case, that most blacks don't get the AA benefits, and most people who do get the AA benefits are not the descendants of slaves and Native Americans.

    With that disparity between perception and reality, no wonder people can't agree on reparations. One group thinks the other is already getting reparations, while they really aren't.

    I actually like Steve's idea. Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans. (There might be one or two other groups, but that is a quibble). Then, make sure that Affirmative Action is accepted as reparations.

    Affirmative action is the domestic counterpart to foreign aid. And the rule of thumb there is, the only recipients it helps are the ones who need it least. Indeed, it may retard their progress– look at Taiwan. They didn’t take off until they were cut off.

    Then, make sure that Affirmative Action is accepted as reparations.

    Ha! It’s been in place for half a century already.

    They don’t realize the biggest recipients of AA have been white women…

    Royal Zeno was an old black man who ran the main shoeshine stand at Minneapolis-St Paul Int’l Airport for decades. He had a lot of loyal, and more than a few influential, customers. But he and they were blindsided.

    A nominally “woman-owned” shoeshine franchisor from Kentucky (it was actually a married couple) snagged a contract for the entire facility with the notoriously cheapskate (and technically private, or NGO) airport commission.

    Well, that blew up into a furor that even got on the network news. (Even my folks back in New York called when it appeared. Royal was a neighbor of mine.) He not only kept his prime location, he got a marquee with his name on it.

    The narrative of the fuss focused on out-of-state corporation vs. local small businessman, not white-vs-black. But Royal’s daughter did mention once to a reporter that she thought the deal was “racist”.

    She was wrong. It was sexist!

    Oh, Royal made the network news a second time a decade later, when the press would quote him on the incident next door to him. You can see his marquee on Wikipedia:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Craig_scandal

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    So it snuck up on Zeno?
  93. @anonymous
    Holy shit that article is hilarious. Slut tries to cuckoo her way into high powered lawyers relationship, gets taken for a ride and then of all things- blames google!

    And the part about the lawyer wanting nothing to do with the child is just so predictable- though being a highly paid ruthless lawyer he might just be a psychopath.

    …and then of all things- blames google!

    Blame the two individuals, for sure, but don’t leave Google out. They don’t have to be evil, they can outsource it.

    She names the guilty man. We’ve gone from Bulldog Drummond to Horndog Drummond.

  94. @ScarletNumber


    one of those nebulous NGOs
     
    Pronounced “niggo”?
     
    In case you're serious, NGO is pronounced as an initialism (nee gee oh), not an acronym.

    In case you’re serious, NGO is pronounced as an initialism (nee gee oh), not an acronym.

    To answer your acrimony to acronymy, I’ve always preferred quango.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Quangos are today what espionage was at midcentury, and that makes it interesting that America's media went with the less pronunciable acronym.
  95. @Declane
    Well at least this puts to rest the myth that black people are too dumb to think of complicated financial crimes!

    “Well at least this puts to rest the myth that black people are too dumb to think of complicated financial crimes!”
    The black guy and his mother are just stage props. And the fall guys.
    An upper middle class Uncle Tom.
    In the right place at the right time.

    VP in charge of Diversity. This guy’s been skating his whole career on his skin color.

  96. @Reg Cæsar

    In case you’re serious, NGO is pronounced as an initialism (nee gee oh), not an acronym.
     
    To answer your acrimony to acronymy, I've always preferred quango.

    Quangos are today what espionage was at midcentury, and that makes it interesting that America’s media went with the less pronunciable acronym.

  97. @anonymous
    Holy shit that article is hilarious. Slut tries to cuckoo her way into high powered lawyers relationship, gets taken for a ride and then of all things- blames google!

    And the part about the lawyer wanting nothing to do with the child is just so predictable- though being a highly paid ruthless lawyer he might just be a psychopath.

    A Black classmate of mine in grad school knocked up his White girlfriend, also in our class.

    She had the amazing, incredible kid. He left her I think before the kid was born.

    • Replies: @Don't Look at Me
    "He left her I think before the kid was born."

    He had accomplished his mission.
  98. @George
    Boss Tweed didn't have the military industrial complex and foreign wars, so he had to do everything in the US and shady.

    Boss Tweed also didn’t have ideology. It was all about power and patronage.

  99. @El Dato
    OT: Jungle Fever in the Legal Department Hunting Grounds at Google

    White naive lady in the legal department bonks married Big Black Man at Google, gets a kid, gets told she's on the dumping grounds while he frolicks with two concubines in Hawaii and later continues to bonk through the department.

    I’ve spent the last 11 years taking on one of the most powerful, ruthless lawyers in the world.
     
    "Blackpill Becky finds out that Google is one of the shittest leftist goodthink shitfests ever."

    Searched for the word “black” in the article. Didn’t see it once. How did you know?

  100. @Reg Cæsar
    Affirmative action is the domestic counterpart to foreign aid. And the rule of thumb there is, the only recipients it helps are the ones who need it least. Indeed, it may retard their progress-- look at Taiwan. They didn't take off until they were cut off.

    Then, make sure that Affirmative Action is accepted as reparations.
     
    Ha! It's been in place for half a century already.

    They don’t realize the biggest recipients of AA have been white women...
     
    Royal Zeno was an old black man who ran the main shoeshine stand at Minneapolis-St Paul Int'l Airport for decades. He had a lot of loyal, and more than a few influential, customers. But he and they were blindsided.

    A nominally "woman-owned" shoeshine franchisor from Kentucky (it was actually a married couple) snagged a contract for the entire facility with the notoriously cheapskate (and technically private, or NGO) airport commission.

    Well, that blew up into a furor that even got on the network news. (Even my folks back in New York called when it appeared. Royal was a neighbor of mine.) He not only kept his prime location, he got a marquee with his name on it.

    The narrative of the fuss focused on out-of-state corporation vs. local small businessman, not white-vs-black. But Royal's daughter did mention once to a reporter that she thought the deal was "racist".

    She was wrong. It was sexist!

    Oh, Royal made the network news a second time a decade later, when the press would quote him on the incident next door to him. You can see his marquee on Wikipedia:


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Craig_scandal

    So it snuck up on Zeno?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    So it snuck up on Zeno?
     
    Yes. On everybody.

    It was Zeno's paradox.


    https://itotd.com/files/2018/05/Zeno_Dichotomy_Paradox-696x331.png

    https://digitalines.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/runner1.png

  101. @Charles Pewitt

    Do you think Donald Trump knows any amusing affirmative action anecdotes?

     

    Maybe about his son-in-law’s ‘success’?


    Jared Kushner personifies the corruption and rot that is Harvard.

    Harvard's 40 billion dollar endowment loot pile must be legally taxed down to about 400 dollars so as to minimize the further damage that Harvard might do to the rest of the world.

    Harvard Hates America -- Harvard Loves Its 40 Billion Dollar Endowment Loot Pile

    Trump has not taken any action as yet to completely and totally dismantle the anti-White nonsense known as RACE QUOTAS.

    Trump seems to fully support race quotas and set-asides and other anti-White crud.

    The JEW/WASP ruling class of the American Empire uses race quotas and set-asides and other shady games to pacify and placate enough of the reasonably intelligent non-Whites so as to buy off the non-Whites who could present problems for the plutocrats in their continued financial plundering of the USA.

    Race quotas could be considered Riot Prevention Payments(RPP) just like Boo Boo Checks or Cuckoo Checks from the federal government. The problem for the ruling class of the American Empire is that the government debt game might bring on a currency collapse or a debt repudiation or the de-legitimization of the federal government due to its inability to buy off enough boobs to keep the peace.

    The peasant boob buy off game is heavy duty business at the end of empires. The Romans tried to buy off the Krauts and the Limey bastards bypassed the buy off game by handing the imperial hot potato to the dumb boob hayseeds in the American Empire.

    Tweets from 2015:

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/609363754019614720

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/609356048584081409

    In case you weren’t aware, Vijay/Jojo is the brother of Mindy Kaling of The Office.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    Yes, the {{{Kalings}}} and their ilk are quietly taking over America.
  102. @J.Ross
    So it snuck up on Zeno?

    So it snuck up on Zeno?

    Yes. On everybody.

    It was Zeno’s paradox.

  103. @ScarletNumber
    In case you weren't aware, Vijay/Jojo is the brother of Mindy Kaling of The Office.

    Yes, the {{{Kalings}}} and their ilk are quietly taking over America.

  104. @War for Blair Mountain
    Off topic but very interesting

    Steve

    Go to Youtube.....type in:Matt Boiling...University of Georgia Football Team.....

    The University of Georgia Football Coach invited Matt Boiling ito run a 4X400 competition with and against the Bulldog football team....You won’t be disappointed.....

    Matt Boiling came from behind and beat Jamaica’s two best High School Sprinters in the 100m at the Pan American Games a few weeks ago....

    Good news I guess. But what do you want to bet that the Jamaican kids will have at least four kids each while Matt Boiling has just two, if that?

  105. @El Dato
    OT: Jungle Fever in the Legal Department Hunting Grounds at Google

    White naive lady in the legal department bonks married Big Black Man at Google, gets a kid, gets told she's on the dumping grounds while he frolicks with two concubines in Hawaii and later continues to bonk through the department.

    I’ve spent the last 11 years taking on one of the most powerful, ruthless lawyers in the world.
     
    "Blackpill Becky finds out that Google is one of the shittest leftist goodthink shitfests ever."

  106. @El Dato
    OT: Jungle Fever in the Legal Department Hunting Grounds at Google

    White naive lady in the legal department bonks married Big Black Man at Google, gets a kid, gets told she's on the dumping grounds while he frolicks with two concubines in Hawaii and later continues to bonk through the department.

    I’ve spent the last 11 years taking on one of the most powerful, ruthless lawyers in the world.
     
    "Blackpill Becky finds out that Google is one of the shittest leftist goodthink shitfests ever."

    Toll Paid.

    • Replies: @Neoconned
    Black male/white female couples are quite common in the Deep south.

    Sadly 75%+ you see is single mom with toll paid status or worse white grandmother raising unwanted brat while Mama is in the can on drug charges or running the roads w a different drughead brotha ....
  107. @Paleo Liberal
    The sad thing is, the level of graft and corruption in the US is actually far LESS than almost any other place in the world, outside of the Anglosphere and W Europe.

    Our country would be a lot better off in every way if it were less corrupt, and more transparent. One of the benefits of immigration from corrupt places is we import their corruption on top of ours.

    I think the biggest communication problem in the "dialogue" over reparations is that most people don't have a clue what affirmative action is really about. They don't know, for example, that some guy from India can get a minority SBA loan to set up a motel or a tech recruitment business. I swear, I have gotten several emails in the past couple of days from a recruiter named "Hari Krishna".

    He claims to be recruiting for programming jobs.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=pqmCqboCgJs

    Anyway, most Americans naively believe that Affirmative Action is to help blacks and American Indians (feathers, not dots). They don't realize the biggest recipients of AA have been white women, followed by immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I felt a little guilty having one of my kids go to college on a scholarship for minority and poor students, since I have a tiny bit of American Indian blood. (My kid would've qualified anyway, since my wife is non-white, and also never completed college, so the kid of someone without a college degree qualified).

    One time I met the roommate of my kid, on this scholarship. The kid was the Asian adopted kid of an upper middle class white family, but non white, so therefore qualified.

    I once got a nice minority scholarship in grad school, being mostly white but a member of the Cherokee tribe (OK). Most of the other people I met with that scholarship were the kids of professionals who had emigrated from Latin America. They claimed to be pure Spanish.

    Also, Barack Obama, raised by a white family, is a minority because his father was an African foreign student just passing through.

    In other words, most Americans think Affirmative Action IS reparations for slavery and the genocide of American Indians. Blacks have figured out that is simply not the case, that most blacks don't get the AA benefits, and most people who do get the AA benefits are not the descendants of slaves and Native Americans.

    With that disparity between perception and reality, no wonder people can't agree on reparations. One group thinks the other is already getting reparations, while they really aren't.

    I actually like Steve's idea. Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans. (There might be one or two other groups, but that is a quibble). Then, make sure that Affirmative Action is accepted as reparations.

    “I actually like Steve’s idea. Continue Affirmative Action, but make it ONLY for blacks and Native Americans.”

    It just won’t work though. The reason Affirmative Action is accepted now is because the majority of the population is eligible for it. All white women and all non-white men can benefit from it, which leaves one group, white men, who are hurt by it. Since that group is a minority, we don’t have a good chance of shutting AA down. But if white women were to join us in the fight, we would have the numbers to kill it. My theory anyway.

    So when blacks complain that the biggest beneficiary of AA is white women, they’re correct, but with them no one would get AA.

  108. @Don't Look at Me
    Toll Paid.

    https://k50.kn3.net/taringa/2/8/7/9/3/4/71/hieronymus-xiii/4CB.jpg

    Black male/white female couples are quite common in the Deep south.

    Sadly 75%+ you see is single mom with toll paid status or worse white grandmother raising unwanted brat while Mama is in the can on drug charges or running the roads w a different drughead brotha ….

  109. @Paleo Liberal
    I completely agree that I am a living AA loophole practitioner. 100% agree with that. No offense taken.

    I used to feel guilty about that. Then I realized what a scam AA is. I figured if MOST of the people talking AA are using loopholes, why not me and my family?

    You’ve nothing to feel guilty about. Affirmative action is unjust. Therefor finding a way around it is perfectly just.

    Those who use it for the very purpose it was intended are as guilty as those who use a loophole or even out and out lie about their ethnicity in order to take advantage of it.

    It isn’t wrong to “cheat” your way into getting something you need, such as employment or an education, that should never have been denied you in the first place.

    It is not wrong to steal food from someone who is starving you.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    One of my kids got into college on an Affirmative Action program. Would've qualified without my Indian blood, since anyone who had a parent who didn't finish college qualified, and my wife never completed her bachelor's degree. Didn't matter that I got a Ph.D.

    Anyway, my kid made the honor roll every semester, and I think has a cumulative GPA about 3.9 in a pre-med program.

    In other words, probably more qualified for that spot than a white kid on the bubble.

    So my kid gets a good education. Senior now. I can't invite all of you to the graduation, unfortunately. Limited number of tickets per family.
  110. @Moses
    A Black classmate of mine in grad school knocked up his White girlfriend, also in our class.

    She had the amazing, incredible kid. He left her I think before the kid was born.

    “He left her I think before the kid was born.”

    He had accomplished his mission.

  111. @anonymous
    Intralot is the company of Greek oligarch Socrates Kokalis, a person who back in the 1980's and 1990's was accused of being a Stasi agent. He started selling East German communication equipment in Greece back in the 1970's...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokratis_Kokkalis

    His father was a minister in the government of the communist insurgents during the civil was of 1946-49.

    As you can imagine his companies Intracom and Intralot got all government contracts in Greece because he was such a good businessman....

    Sort of interesting that a Greek, a Balken nation, does all its business in a Balken way, through local partners. So DC is just another Balken or North African country. Selling a gambling service in Muslim countries must involve competent local partners. But a Greek company doing business in countries Greece was at war with, Bulgaria and Turkey, does make one sort of optimistic.

  112. @Don't Look at Me
    You've nothing to feel guilty about. Affirmative action is unjust. Therefor finding a way around it is perfectly just.

    Those who use it for the very purpose it was intended are as guilty as those who use a loophole or even out and out lie about their ethnicity in order to take advantage of it.

    It isn't wrong to "cheat" your way into getting something you need, such as employment or an education, that should never have been denied you in the first place.

    It is not wrong to steal food from someone who is starving you.

    One of my kids got into college on an Affirmative Action program. Would’ve qualified without my Indian blood, since anyone who had a parent who didn’t finish college qualified, and my wife never completed her bachelor’s degree. Didn’t matter that I got a Ph.D.

    Anyway, my kid made the honor roll every semester, and I think has a cumulative GPA about 3.9 in a pre-med program.

    In other words, probably more qualified for that spot than a white kid on the bubble.

    So my kid gets a good education. Senior now. I can’t invite all of you to the graduation, unfortunately. Limited number of tickets per family.

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