(Last) Weekly Roundup: “when you just want to do a heckin smol human trafficking and be a cozy bean” Edition

It’s time for another game of Who Gets Fired And Who Gets Promoted In The Current Year Edition. Today, our two contestants are:

* someone whose parents engaged from the Nineties to 2003 in an exhaustively documented process of bribing public officials, creating visas for jobs which did not exist, bringing immigrants to the United States, forcing those immigrants to incur debt with interest rates of 50% or 60% percent, making them sleep 10 or 15 to a room, and then extracting money from their families back home;

* someone whose father said THE N-WORD during an interview in 1983.

One of these people lost their financial support (and effectively, their job) as a consequence of an action taken by their parents. The other one was promoted to staff editor at The New Yorker. Go ahead and guess who is who…

Chances are, you guessed correctly. Conor Daly, who has Type 1 diabetes, got dropped by a diabetes medication firm after a report about his father surfaced. Apparently, Derek Daly used “the slur” during an interview almost forty years ago. Some of my readers will no doubt point out that it’s never kind or decent to use a racial slur in an interview, and they are correct. On the other hand… the notion that your children can be punished because you said something four decades ago which doesn’t fit with the mores of The Current Year? My God, what if my son loses a job in 2060 due to rumors that I said “freshman year” instead of “first-year student year” or something like that? Or because I wrote “woman” instead of “femme”, an offense which is rapidly acquiring the character of racial/sexual discrimination?

Jia Tolentino, former Jezebel writer, is the other person. A second-generation Filipino-American who grew up in a Texas megachurch then publicly repudiated her upbringing in print for profit and credibility within the media-industrial complex, she specializes in matters of race, color, gender, and grievance for the New Yorker. She wrote a book, Trick Mirror, about how other people engage in self-deception. She has been compared to Joan Didion. Her star is on the rise. Yet there is one small problem: her parents appear to have engaged in systematic and horrifying exploitation of Filipino immigrants, culminating in Federal prosecution, a cunningly arranged mistrial, and a subsequent plea deal.

Obviously Tolentino is not responsible for the sins of her parents, any more than Conor Daly is. As a member of the Twitter Bluechecks and an Approved Media Voice, however, she has a power that Daly does not have: she can rewrite the past, 1984-style, to create a narrative in which her parents are the victims, George Bush is the boogeyman who persecuted them, and Donald Trump is the racist monster who is preventing their exoneration. (The eight years of President Obama’s administration-of-color, in which her parents were never so much as considered for exoneration, goes tactfully unmentioned.) She does this knowing that the media will line up behind her without so much as checking a single fact, and that she will therefore be able to alter history from the trial record and numerous historical sources to her own wishful thinking, thanks to her ability to “signal-boost” her version of events over the historical record.

Tolentino’s blogpost on the subject is a Current Year masterclass on how to misuse authentic difficulties of race and class for personal gain. I’d like to show you a few excerpts, but first you might want to get some actual facts. The Tolentinos, operating as OMNI International, imported 273 Filipino teachers to the United States on visas for teaching work. They charged over $10,000 for this service, plus 50 to 60 percent interest, via loans which were supposed to be paid back once the teachers started working. Each loan had to be secured by property in the Philippines. But fewer than 100 of those people had real jobs waiting for them. The rest were stored in Texas apartments, 10 or 15 to a room, while the interest accrued on their secured loans. They were told that they would be deported by ICE, which was portrayed as a vicious and possibly dangerous group of thugs, if they told anyone about their situation. Eventually, some of the teachers escaped and went to ICE for help.

With testimony from several victims and hard paper evidence of the financial arrangements, the US Government prosecuted several people, including school officials who had been given all-expenses-paid luxury travel by the Tolentinos. The trial of the Tolentinos ended in a mistrial because the jurors were exposed to TV coverage of the event. The Tolentinos then pled guilty to lesser offenses.

It’s no secret that the United States Government can occasionally persecute people for little or no reason: ask Randy Weaver, whose wife was shot in the head while she held their infant daughter, or the parents of the children burned to death near Waco, Texas. In this case, however, the Feds were acting at the request of the exploited immigrants, who told Texas papers that the intervention of Customs and Border Protection had basically kept them from starving to death. The Feds could have reopened the trial against the Tolentinos, but they let it go because it was 2003 and they were busy with a little thing called “9/11”. Those are the facts. Now let’s hear Tolentino’s eloquent restatement:

In 2004, to their horror, my parents were charged with a battery of things that, if they were found guilty, would add up to over a hundred years in prison for each of them: the counts included alien smuggling, harboring and transporting aliens, conspiracy to defraud the government, money laundering, and more. The company’s open, earnest, lawful work helping fellow Filipinos move to America for good jobs in teaching had been swiftly reframed as hideous criminal activity. (Seeing people on the internet gleefully call my parents “human traffickers” has been a reminder of the vast, brutal gap between those initial charges and the reality they purported to describe—a gap in which my parents have to live every day.)… It’s been interesting, in observing the gossip about this, to see the way many white people implicitly see criminality as a status that is only achieved through egregious, malicious actions; many black and brown people understand that this is not at all the case… my dad was tortured, if you believe solitary confinement is torture, which it is… Two months later, after nearly two hundred witnesses were called against the company, the judge declared a mistrial.

Think about that. The government was able to produce nearly two hundred witnesses against the Tolentinos, all of whom just magically happened to think something bad had been done. Mass brainwashing!

on the plane to Puerto Rico, I drafted a pathetic handwritten letter begging for a pardon from the Presidential administration that had created the legal atmosphere that had facilitated all of this in the first place. My dad, surely with deep reservations, granted me permission. But my mom felt that, in the current political environment, there could be tangible repercussions for resurfacing this part of their history. I’ve never really been able to communicate, no matter how many ways I tell them, how grateful I am for the bone-deep familiarity with injustice that I acquired through watching what happened to them. Their case solidified my ethical commitments; it clarified my understanding of power, of truth and complication. I learned from their life trajectory, as I had to. And I hope, one day, under a different administration, that I get the chance to report it all out.

Look past Tolentino’s facility with language to the assertion she is actually making: that the Trump Administration is somehow responsible for her parents’ 2003 conviction and that Trump could somehow harm her, and her parents, for telling “the real story”. And she ends her insane whitewash of her parents’ activities with another reference to Trump. Guys, my parents were literally keeping immigrants in cages against their will, but… Trump! He’s a Nazi! Am I right!

Naturally, every criminal (or child of criminals) has a story about why they, or their parents, were somehow the victims instead of the perpetrators. Sit in any county jail for ten minutes and you will hear a dozen tales of conspiracy, hidden evidence, and outrageous coincidence which all somehow lead to the fellow telling the story being caught red-handed with a “slim jim”, three stolen car radios, and a cellphone video of him stealing the car radios while laughing “I can’t believe how good I am at stealing car radios!” What makes Tolentino’s situation unique is the rapidity with which she was affirmed and supported by virtually all the major players in New York Media. Senior staffers for The Atlantic, the New Yorker, the Daily Beast, Pro Publica, Vox, Esquire, Elle, Huffington Post, and elsewhere all expressed sympathy, condolences, and perfect faith. The story could have ended there, as I’m sure Tolentino would have liked — but the Internet wasn’t having it.

This democratization of media has had a variety of hugely unpleasant consequences — such as the virtual abandonment of conventional literacy, an acceleration of the rate at which our attention spans are shrinking, the existence of “OnlyFans” — but it’s also done a great deal to teach us about the various ways in which a false “consensus” is manufactured by a very small group of people who have been molded and shaped by a very small number of educational institutions into a frankly eerie similarity. Yes, the English aristocracy did this for centuries with their “public schools” and their clubby social circles, but the aristocrats in question were also fiercely proud and individual people thanks to the certainty of their birth and circumstances, so they were naturally resistant to the programming they received.

Today’s opinion-makers are taught to revile their families and cling to their institutions, which take people who are both morally and spiritually empty then remake them into keyboard-driving shock troops whose hunger to enforce the policies of those institutions is all but insatiable. The vast majority of them aren’t paid terribly well, and most of them live miserable existences in rat-infested apartments, but their sights are set on something else: power. To punish, to “cancel”, to remake the past and thereby remake the present. You fellows know where I’m going with this… the same Orwell quote as always:

There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always—do not forget this Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.

The purest expression of this, I think, was Sam Biddle trashing Justine Sacco. Because Sacco was beautiful, and successful, and charming — everything Biddle is not. Which left him just one option: he couldn’t make himself better, but he could make Sacco’s life worse. That’s power. The power of media. You can harm people. I mean, you could also help people, but there’s no point in that. It doesn’t pay. Over the past few months, I spent a reasonable amount of time and effort coordinating a plan to get a dying man into his dream car before it was too late. I was materially assisted in this by a small group of wonderful people. The resulting story was a dead fish, a flopper on the bottom of our Analytics charts. Nobody cared. I could have done more traffic by picking some random street racing accident off Instagram and making fun of the person involved. Would have taken thirty minutes and cost nothing.

I read a couple of Jia Tolentino’s pieces today. They’re remarkable for the distance they impose between the viewer (Tolentino, directing the reader’s vision) and the subject. She has a real knack for making happy people seem unhappy; a piece on a championship cheerleading team is intended to evoke contempt, derision, and finally pity. Another piece, on “Instagram Face”, makes the rather outrageous claim that white women are stealing beauty from women of color but at the same time are also forcing all women of color to become more white, or something like that. Never do we see any affection for the subjects of her literary focus, and rarely do we get the sense that they have any redeeming qualities. She is the only authentic person in her writing, the only person to come by her emotions and accomplishments honestly. Everyone else is an evil white robot. This sort of writing must feel powerful, when you do it. It must be intoxicating. It must, in the final analysis, make you think that you can rewrite the past in the image of your own imagination.

Part of me wants Tolentino to succeed in this outrageous enterprise. Her success would then suggest that it would be possible for me to rewrite my own history, or my family history, in a softer and more flattering focus. It’s all a matter of what you emphasize, what gets air to breathe in your stories and what does not. Why, it turns out that I’ve always been a great father, a caring husband, a reliable friend, a successful businessman, a winning racer. I’ll lay it all out for you, right here, an amplification of the good and a tasteful muting of the bad. Alas, reality has different plans, both for Ms. Tolentino and for me. Balzac wrote

Le secret des grandes fortunes sans cause apparente est un crime oublié, parce qu’ il a été proprement fait

It translates (very) roughly as “The secret behind every perplexing success is a crime which has remained secret because it was done well.” Jia Tolentino’s rise to fame has, indeed, been “sans cause apparente” — but the crime which made it possible has not, as of yet, been quite forgotten.

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For Hagerty, I considered the future of an LR3 used for commuting duty and stole Tom Klockau’s car.

52 Replies to “(Last) Weekly Roundup: “when you just want to do a heckin smol human trafficking and be a cozy bean” Edition”

  1. AvatarC

    What Mercury do you have? I’ve seen you allude to it on the linked articles over the past few weeks.

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    • AvatarJeff

      For the record I loved the dream corvette story. Screw analytics. Keep doing what you’re doing. RG and Hagerty are daily reads.

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      • Avatarstingray65

        I agree – the Corvette story was one of the best on many levels, and I am surprised it wasn’t a bigger hit. Has the market gone so pickup and CUV crazy that a touching story about a Corvette dream is considered uninteresting to click or read?

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        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          Private feedback I got from other media was “who fuckin cares about a white boomer getting a corvette”.

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          • Avatarstingray65

            I assume that a substantial portion of Hagerty customers are white boomers, which would suggest that the poor analytic score for the article are based on a lack of mentions and links from other media sources that would increase potential audience size and click rate. If your feedback is accurate, this would just further confirm that the media is full of “journalists” and “contributors” who can’t wait for all the old white guys to die off.

            On the other hand, the story and poor analytics may also confirm the sad state of sports cars in the market today. The old white boomer cancer patient who got his dream C8 thanks to the kind efforts of people like you, was also a new Corvette buyer 40+ years ago when he was a young man. How many 20 or 30 something males (or females) today have a Corvette as their dream car and/or the means to purchase or lease one? I’m guessing far fewer than in the 1950s to 80s, which cannot be attributed to family situations since far fewer 20-30 something people today have families and the need for a back-seat and roomy cargo area than back in the peak silent generation and boomer years. Perhaps it is higher college debt and higher taxation that lead to less take-home income to afford a dream car, but a fair number seem to find the money to buy/lease a loaded pickup, SUV, or Tesla so I’m not sure that is an excuse either, but in any case the future does not look bright for sports cars.

          • AvatarCJinSD

            I probably didn’t read the story about the guy getting his car, but not because I have any bias against older guys enjoying their cars. I just have complete Corvette fatigue. I don’t care about them. There was a time around the introduction of the C6 ZO6 when I was gaining in interest, but then I saw enough of them being flat-bedded off the track with blown engines to lose interest again. The C7 was an ersatz Ferrari that weighed hundreds of pounds more than the C6, and the C8 makes me think of a hideous ’80s bass boat every time I see a picture. Had the story been about a ‘white boomer’ getting an LC500, I’d have been all over it.

          • Avatarstingray65

            CJ – to each his own, and Corvettes certainly don’t appeal to everyone, but an LC500 as the unattainable dream car of a boomer? Certainly they are nice cars, but anyone with $100K can walk off the street to any Lexus dealer in the country and drive away the same day with an LC at a significant discount, which is certainly not the case with a C8. Second, the story in part is about a nostalgia driven car experience using the modern version of a favorite car from 40+ years ago. What would be the relative of the LC500 from 40+ years ago – a Celica? No, I just don’t see a compelling story with an LC as the “hero” car. I suspect the only current model that might work similarly to a C8 would be trying to get an early version of the new Bronco by someone who had a first gen back in the 60s or 70s.

          • Avatarsgeffe

            I think we’ve just about jumped the shark!

            And yet we have to deal with trash who wish the worst on certain groups in the name of “compassion” and “diversity,” among other buzzwords!

          • AvatarCarmine

            I had to look up LC500 to remember what that was…

            At first I was wondering why this guy was all heated up about a water filer or copier attachment…..

          • AvatarCJinSD

            It must be very comforting for someone like you to read each month about every new combination of three digit alphanumeric characters that Porsche dreams up to glue onto their cars after the number 911. Wouldn’t want to have to know about too many different cars.

        • Avatarrambo furum

          I never like Queen For a Day stories, and this one was no different. This was supposed to be a human interest story, but I saw no particular reason to be interested in the human. We all die, so that’s not enough. If anyone thinks the purchaser came off as likable or relatable or intriguing, enlighten me on what I missed. I suspect that the author was embarrassed by the schmaltz and shameless spectacle of it all.

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          • AvatarCompaq Deskpro

            I agree, I hear about the kids with cancer who get a chance to go to Disneyland, and my first thought is “Who the f wants to go to Disneyland?”

          • Avatar-Nate

            “Who the f wants to go to Disneyland?”

            _Children_ of course…..

            That’s the entire point .

            -Nate

  2. AvatarJW

    I am genuinely shocked that the cost of keeping a 14 year old Land Rover on the road is the financially sound advice.

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    • AvatarJohn C.

      I thought your shock would be that a Land Rover could last 14 years. Despite that you probably see older ones than that all the time. Open your mind.

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  3. Avatarstingray65

    Another interesting essay Jack – thank you. You bring up a number of important points that can easily be solved with a little intersectionality and moral licensing. As a person of color identifying as female Tolentino wins the intersectionality battle with Daly who identifies as a white male (as does his father), and with such white patriarchal privilege does not deserve any forgiveness for the KKK mimicking sins of his father, while Tolentino obviously deserves forgiveness for overcoming being raised as a Christian by her slave owning parents (who are also people of color). Now if Daly or his father identified as black, intersectionality theory would predict their would be no sin to forgive or punish because blacks are allowed and even encouraged to use the N word. Similarly, if he or his father identified as female or transgender we could celebrate their accomplishments as the most successful female racers of all-time, and great role models for girls everywhere in overcoming the patriarchy and misogyny of auto racing.

    Moral licensing is another explanatory factor in how the two cases should be considered. Some might argue that running a slave operation is a bigger sin than saying the N word, but moral licensing offers a way to evaluate the totality of sin by evaluating the importance of the acts that have been done to make up for sinful behaviors – in other words what have Tolentino and Daly done to offset the respective sins of their parents? It is clear that Tolentino wins again because she has done so much for people-kind by totally condemning her Christian upbringing, while her journalism career has been spent advocating for world-saving things such as fighting Trump and supporting the Green New Deal. In contrast, Daly (and his father) have been actively killing the planet by going around in circles burning fuel and rubber in a totally wasteful manner.

    So while it may seem at first blush that Daly has gotten a raw deal while Tolentino has been rewarded for the sins of their parents, intersectionality and moral licensing provide a lens to show that all is just in the world.

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  4. AvatarJohn Van Stry

    A bit off topic, but have you considered writing something on what Hertz’s bankruptcy and their future dumping of about a half million cars on the used car market is going to do?

    Was talking about that Saturday with some friends.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      They filed for 11, not 13, so I don’t think the dumping will happen quite like people expect.

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      • AvatarJohn Van Stry

        I don’t know enough about financials to know, but a friend in the business (works for another rental company) is pretty sure that they’re going to be dumping a lot of cars.
        I may have made the mistake of thinking he meant all of them, but even if they were to only dump ten percent, that’s still a lot.

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    • Avatarsnorlax

      Even in good times Hertz is “dumping” cars, since it is (was) constantly refreshing its fleet.

      I would say that this will have a much bigger impact on the new car market than the used car market.

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      • AvatarDirty Dingus McGee

        I read somewhere that Hertz has already canceled ALL new car purchases for this year. The number I heard thrown around was around 250,000 cancellations.

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    • AvatarCrancast

      I also would like to see an insiders take on how the supply-demand balance will play out. By my take, there is drastic oversupply on both the new and used sides today with —

      ** Fleet sales completely dead or deferred for a year plus.
      ** Rental agencies resizing inventory and while trying to hold on to assets for a valuation recovery, they will need to sell vehicles for cashflow sometime between now and Aug-Sept regardless of COVID-19 depreciation. Turning off the fleet purchasing spigot only does so much.
      ** Unemployment at all time highs and unlikely to recover in 2020, there will be many leases handed over with no replacement vehicle sought and loads of repo’s on those 72-84 month loans. The next wave of unemployment hits heavy in October with the way the COVID-bailout is structured.

      When does it boil over and do the banks – manufacturers – dealers(lesser extent) have a magic rabbit in their hat? The luxury brands and Honda (without fleet sales) are most likely to right size / adjust the best. The rest are in trouble. Understandably, Bark is not in a position to offer a take, but he’d be my choice. The auto journalists writing on the topic – they think it’ll recover and the best deals are now close to over. These journalists A. know something, B. are optimistic, C. just restating what their mfg contacts want them to say to pull in sales,, or D. are oblivious.

      Highly related question – the Hertz Corvette’s, are they a good deal and a good option? Is there a better way to spend $55-60k on a 2019 Corvette? You can skip the manual vs. auto – the person I am asking for is a retiree and doesn’t care.

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      • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

        Its a cheap way into a 3LZ in a popular color and the car will have some historical interest in the long run. I’d spend 10k more for a 2lz stick.

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  5. AvatarRich

    Twitter is adding a feature to disable replies. Like all the left wing newspapers have disabled their comment sections

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    • Avatarstingray65

      It is very difficult to maintain the desired narrative when deplorable types keeping using facts to trump Leftist “truths”. Without censorship and restrictions on free-speech, too many people might start to believe that there are real biological and cognitive differences between men and women and between different racial/ethnic groups that result in different outcomes, that transgenders are mentally ill, that higher energy prices help the poor, that renewables can supply 100% of the energy needs of a modern economy, that mass Covid-19 lock-downs actually save lives, or that Obamagate is the biggest political scandal in American history and that Obama, Hillary, Biden, Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Storzak, Yates, Rice, etc. should be doing serious time in Leavenworth for treason. Thus it is important to stop deplorables from presenting facts that might prevent the populous from being taught to believe that the Obama administration was scandal free and that all bad things in life are caused by White privilege, patriarchy, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, capitalism, Big-Oil, SAT tests, Republicans, and Donald J. Trump.

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      • AvatarJohn C.

        Agree with you there Stingray, but all too often the tolerance you would prefer from the other side is not matched by tolerance for slight differences of view points on our side. Say the recent attempts at cancelling Nick Fuentes or Michelle Malkan. Not by lefties but by Conservative Inc.

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        • Avatarstingray65

          It is difficult for the Right to cancel anyone because they control very few outlets. Some Republican Big Business groups that favor open borders may not like Malkin’s border control message, but they can’t actually shut anyone down since they don’t control any social media platforms, any mainstream media outlets, and certainly don’t control any college campuses. Fuentes is an idiot, but as far as I have heard, any actual cancellation he has experienced is also from Leftist controlled outlets.

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        • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

          Have you ever considered that Nick Fuentes hates Jews more than he loves America? Has he ever criticized the left? It seems to me that he’s just a collectivist identity politician of a different stripe.

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          • Avatarstingray65

            Good point Ronnie – I have yet to hear about any anti-semite /Holocaust denier/white supremacist /Nazi type person or group who is for small government, low taxes, light regulation, is supportive of free-speech, and believes people should be judged on their character and the quality of their ideas rather than skin color, ethnicity, gender, or race, and yet for some reason they always get labeled far Right.

          • AvatarJohn C.

            You have the absolute right to argue, withhold support, even not invite him to wherever the current sex slave island operates. Instead away goes the well watched utube channel and he is strangely lacking on Fox. Same with Malken who was a fixture there. Cancel culture by our side.

            Both are doing good work on what really happened in Brunswick to the “jogger”. Con Inc’s banning keep them off Fox where Governor Kemp/Trump might learn and be able to prevent those two and now 3 men getting railroaded. Yet Con Inc wants to quash that the way they they sold out the Covington Catholic boys.

          • Avatarrambo furum

            Is this because of the cookie question? Have you actually seen more of any episode? Or are you like the cornballs that think they know what Rush Limbaugh says despite never having actually tuned in?

        • AvatarOne Leg at a Time

          (ignoring Nick Fuentes and Michelle Malkin) I think that part of the problem is that “Conservative Incorporated” is far more about the “incorporated” than the “conservative”

          It’s all well and good to be the ‘loyal opposition’ when the president is Ivy-educated, and vetted by all of the right people. It’s something different when the president wants to (GASP) reduce the regulatory state, and cut jobs in DC! That might actually affect property values in Falls Church!

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  6. Avatar-Nate

    ? Why shouldn’t a white Female Boomer or anyone else who wants, get a corvette ? .

    This boggles the mind .

    Anyone who says no one needs a car/truck/Motocycle, should be forced to ride the Ghetto bus for a few months, preferably whilst very well dressed .

    See how that works out for you .

    Revisionist history is bullshit .

    -Nate

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  7. AvatarKeith

    I applaud your dedication to finding and reading these idiots and sociopaths work. I avoid all of their platforms like the plague and can hardly bring myself to click the links. Keep on fighting the good fight.

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  8. AvatarRonnie Schreiber

    “The secret behind every perplexing success is a crime which has remained secret because it was done well.”

    My maternal grandmother’s family were poor glaziers living in Suvolk, a provincial capital in northeastern Poland, near the border with Lithuania. My great uncle would tell me stories about their dirt floor and sometimes having to survive for weeks on root crops boiled in milk. My grandfather lived in a small town outside of Suvolk, where his family operated a cattle business. My grandmother’s entire extended family emmigrated to the United States. I have lots of cousins on that side of the family. Since they were apparently of means with a going business, with the exception of my grandfather and one of his cousins, the entire Smolinsky family stayed in Poland, where they were all exterminated. My zayde was literally the last Smolinsky as his cousin Sidney changed his last name to Small.

    After hearing one particular story about my grandfather’s family, I said to my mom, “So, Zayde’s family were cattle smugglers?” She got indignantly angry. “They weren’t smugglers. They just bought cattle in one place, and sold it in another place.”

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    • AvatarJohn C.

      Interesting history, thanks for including it. You might find that some of your relations survived the slaughter that I do believe happened. Suvolkti originally fell to the Red Army in 1939. There was a large migration of communists almost all Jewish eastward. Stalin formed something called the Union of Polish Patriots from them. I recently wrote up a stamp about Hilary Minc, one who was influential in post war Poland trying to get the old IG Farben industries operating again under his auspices.

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  9. AvatarMike

    I really enjoyed the Corvette article, and shared it around with a few dozen people. I’m not active on the ‘book though, so it was done the old-fashioned way, via email.

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  10. AvatarMike

    By the way, I just looked at the back panel of my microwave. It says, “Made in Korea, Date of MFR: 1985”.

    Between my wife and I, we also own a double-digit quantity of automobiles.

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  11. AvatarJoe

    I met Bob Lutz once, a pilot friend wanted a ride to Willow Run where Mr. Lutz kept both of his Jets, he was going for a ride with Mr. Lutz in the Alpha jet as I recall, Lutz Flew in in his helicopter, when he was going through his preflight brief, he was grumbling about the FAA not allowing him to keep the explosives that operate the ejection seats, so they didn’t work and that if there was an engine failure or something else that required leaving the aircraft, he would put the aircraft into a nose high attitude and blow the canopy off, and they would both climb out and deploy there parachutes, I had to chuckle, very interesting dude

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  12. AvatarMatt Montes

    I understand that you need to present this dichotomy to create a better story but from some cursory research, Eli Lilly withdrew sponsorship from multiple race teams during 2018 in what was certainly a corporate value analysis and perhaps the Daly incident was a convenient excuse. In any event, they seem to have become disenchanted with advertising diabeetus drugs to NASCAR fans. With that information your link between Daly and Tolentino is tenuous in the most generous sense of the word. Conor was a victim of corporate funding capriciousness and Tolentino’s parents were and are real pieces of shit with no real link between the two.

    The most disturbing thing I read on this article was John C’s comments about the “jogger” and support of Fuentes. I could not disagree more with John about those items but wish to see him flesh out this arguments in full and also understand that this may not be the forum for that discussion.

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    • AvatarPanzer

      You’re kinda missing the point.
      Jack isn’t linking the two. He’s making a valid comparison between the two in order to show the corrupt ways in which our society rewards some and punishes others based on nothing other than certain dogmas which are not to be questioned apparently.

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      • Avatarstitt1974

        I disagree. I think Eli Lilly was pulling out of racing regardless and used the stupidity of the father as a convenient excuse to discontinue the sponsorship. His linking of the two is an attempt to to create a false equivalency in my view. Eli Lilly discontinued sponsorship for not only Conor but also Ryan Reed and has been completely absent from racing since 2018. The Tolentino parents are obviously complete shit but comparing Conor’s loss of sponsorship to Tolentino’s ascension as a writer is a completely false equivalency. Eli wanted out, Conor was underwhelming and Derek as long been an idiot and Tolentino’s family are evil shits. All of those things are true and unrelated and some kind of weak excuse about societal rewards had nothing to do with it. When you believe that shit, you start to believe the same shit that Alex Jones espouses. The Tolentino’s are despicable and Eli Lilly decided to stop sponsoring racing with their group of losers. Full stop.

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        • AvatarPanzer

          Sorry, but you’re fucking blind if you can’t see the problem here.

          You have two people, Conor Daly and Jia Tolentino. One is a white guy who is a pro race driver and the other is a ‘woman of colour’ who disowned her Christian upbringing and lives in New York. Both of their parents did unacceptable things in the past.. (but how using an offensive word is the same as selling humans like cattle is beyond me)

          -But-

          Mr Daly lost his job in an extraordinarily competitive environment and can probably never work again because of what his father did.

          Ms Tolentino on the other hand, not only did not lose her job because of what her parents did but probably had her hireability increased in the eyes of her employer because of it. Moreover she was able to use her position as a journalist in a prominent leftist publication to try and whitewash her parents crimes.

          What is the difference? You have two people living their lives who have parents who committed serious wrongdoing.

          The difference is that one of those people is a white guy who is an athlete in a sport despised by the self appointed trendsetters of our society. So he loses his job.

          The difference is that the other person is a member of the privileged liberal elite and as such not only keeps her job but is able to use her influence to rewrite history and exonerate her parents.

          Does this strike you as fair? Is this the sort of thing that should happen in the egalitarian meritocracy that we want our society to be?

          These are the questions Jack is bringing to our attention.

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          • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

            I value all my readers, including this fellow, but he has a long and distinguished history of saying “Well, actually…” then pointing out his superior understanding of something I’ve suggested or stated. Vox Day calls readers like this “Secret Kings” because they are always know better and are always right but are usually responsive to a discussion rather than originative. Virtually everything he ever writes here is along the lines of, “well, you may think you have a point when you say that the earth rotates around the sun, but if you were to look at them from the perspective of another galaxy you would see that they are both rotating around something else, which only I can understand.”

  13. AvatarBill

    This may be old news, but Issue 1, 2020 of Cycle World just reached me. After a thumb through I started on the GS 500 article. The first paragraph dealt with the discovery of a prehistoric fish. Who the heck wrote this I thought….Oh Baruth. I forgot you’re still with print. I haven’t paid for the mag in two years but they still send it.

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