It Is A Madhouse Out There

It Is A Madhouse Out There

by Chuck Baldwin

chuckbaldwinI think we need to face it: 2010 is more than a new year; it is also part of a new era in which all vestiges of normalcy and common sense have been left behind. In other words, it is a madhouse out there. Let me give you some examples of what I’m talking about.

Example Number One: In the world of anti-gun elitists, only common people are not allowed to defend themselves.

According to the Richmond (North Carolina) Times-Dispatch, “A sheriff says a North Carolina state senator shot one of two intruders at his home and hospital officials say the man is in fair condition.

Has Obama Lost White America? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Has Obama Lost White America?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

If Republicans will study the returns from Massachusetts, then review the returns from Virginia and New Jersey, light will fall upon the path to victory over Barack Obama in 2012.

Obama defeated John McCain by winning the black vote 24 to one, the Hispanic vote two to one and taking a larger share of the white vote, 44 percent, than did John Kerry or Al Gore. As the white vote was three-fourths of the national turnout, Obama coasted to victory.

Now consider Massachusetts. In the 2008 election, no less than 79 percent of the voters were white, and Obama carried them by 20 points, winning the state 62 to 36.

How did Scott Brown turn that 26-point deficit into a six-point victory? By winning the white vote as massively as did Obama. While there are no exit polls to prove it, we do have exit polls from Virginia and New Jersey, which tend to corroborate it.

Bob McDonnell won the Virginia governor’s race by 17, while McCain lost Virginia by six. As McDonnell did equally poorly with African-Americans, losing the black vote 90 to nine, while McCain’s lost it 92 to eight, what explains his Virginia landslide?

The white vote. McDonnell won Virginia’s white vote 68 to 32, though his opponent was a downstate Democrat more conservative than the Northern Virginia candidates he beat in the primary.

In New Jersey, same story. McCain won 8 percent of the black vote. Gov. Chris Christie won 8 percent of the black vote. How did Christie turn a McCain loss of New Jersey by 16 points into a five-point victory?

The white vote. McCain won the white vote in New Jersey 50 to 49, but Christie won the white vote 59 to 34, almost two to one.

Republicans have won three major races—two of them upsets and one a Massachusetts miracle—because the white share of the vote in all three rose as a share of the total vote, and Republicans swept the white vote in Reagan-like landslides.

What explains the white surge to the GOP?

First, sinking white support for Obama, seen as ineffectual in ending the recession and stopping the loss of jobs.

Second, a growing perception that Obama is biased. When the president blurted that the Cambridge cops and Sgt. James Crowley “acted stupidly” in arresting black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates—a rush to judgment that proved wrong—his support sank in white America and especially in Massachusetts, where black Gov. Deval Patrick joined in piling on Crowley. Deval is now in trouble, too.

Then there was Obama’s appointment of Puerto Rican American Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Her militant support for race and ethnic preferences and her decision to deny Frank Ricci and the white firefighters of New Haven a hearing on their case that they were denied promotions they won in competitive exams because they were white caused 31 GOP senators to vote against her.

While Massachusetts is Democrat over Republican three to one, Reagan carried the state in 1984 and Hillary Clinton clobbered Obama in the 2008 primary, though the Kennedys were in Obama’s corner. The Scott Brown Democrats were the Hillary Democrats were the Reagan Democrats.

But if McDonnell, Christie and Brown could roll up large enough shares of the white vote to win in three major states McCain lost, why did McCain lose all three?

Answer: In 2008, the working and middle class had had a bellyful of the Bush-McCain Republicans. They were seen as pro-amnesty for illegal aliens and pro-NAFTA, when U.S. workers had watched 5 million manufacturing jobs disappear in a decade—and reappear in China. They were willing to give Obama a chance because Obama had persuaded them by November he was not just another big-spending utopian liberal.

So what have Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi been doing for a year? Crafting a federal takeover of health care with a vast plan that provides coverage for the uninsured—most of whom are minorities—while sticking it to Medicare recipients, 80 percent to 90 percent of whom are white.

Immigrants are 21 percent of the uninsured, but only 7 percent of the population. This means white folks on Medicare or headed there will see benefits curtailed, while new arrivals from the Third World, whence almost all immigrants come, get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance. Any wonder why all those Tea Party and town-hall protests seem to be made up of angry white folks?

What the McDonnell, Christie and Brown victories teach is that the GOP should stop listening to the Wall Street Journal and start listening to these forgotten Americans.

An end to affirmative action and ethnic preferences, an end to bailouts of Wall Street bankers, a moratorium on immigration until unemployment falls to 6 percent, an industrial policy that creates jobs here and stops shipping them to China appear a winning hand in 2012.


Patrick J. Buchanan needs no introduction to VDARE.COM readers; his book State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, can be ordered from His latest book is Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, reviewed here by Paul Craig Roberts.

Soledad O’Brien Wins VDARE.COM’s Seventh Annual Worst Immigration Reporting Award!

Soledad O’Brien Wins VDARE.COM’s Seventh Annual Worst Immigration Reporting Award!

[Previous Winners: Andrew Lam, Pacific News Service, 2002; Michael Hiltzik, LA Times, 2003; Jim Spencer, Denver Post, 2005; Bart Jones And Mae Cheng, Newsday, 2006; Nina Bernstein, New York Times, 2007; Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal, 2008]

By Joe Guzzardi

What a coincidence!

O’Brien, who is all over CNN with its non-stop coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, is also VDARE.COM’s unanimous winner of our annual “Worst Immigration Reporter” contest.

In a departure from tradition, O’Brien is our first worst immigration winner from the broadcast, not print, media.

O’Brien, who is reportedly half Cuban black,  half Australian Irish, has gathered many boring conventional awards, including one named after herself: the “Soledad O’Brien Freedom’s Voice Award” from the Morehouse School of Medicine for being a “catalyst for social change”.

But, because the competition is stiffer, ours is harder to win—and therefore more prestigious.

I note that the “O’Brien Award” given to O’Brien is significant because, as you will soon learn, she’s in love with herself.

O’Brien has also been included twice in Irish America Magazine’s list of top 100 Irish Americans—as well as on Black Enterprise’s hottest list!

Newsweek featured O’Brien on a cover story and named her as one of the 15 People Who Make America Great”.

Therein lies the secret of O’Brien’s success. No matter what the assignment O’Brien, ethnically speaking, is the right reporter for the job.

When CNN wants a black to interview Michelle Obama, the Hurricane Katrina displaced, or Haiti’s victims, there’s O’Brien posing as a black. (See O’Brien with Obama, her “passion for justice” for New Orleans’ residents displaced by Katrina and the Haitian orphan victims here, here and here. More evidence: in this interview discussing another of her documentaries, “Black in America”, O’Brien identifies herself as black.)

However, if CNN decides that it would be a good idea to run a documentary about being “Latino in America”, they can call on O’Brien, a self described Latina. (Here, among a Hispanic audience, O’Brien reconfirms that description.)

When a highfalutin’ organization needs an ethnically all-purpose speaker, O’Brien is their girl. Her appointment calendar is booked solid because she’s everything all rolled up into one: female, African-American, Hispanic and Irish.

For example, last year on November 10th O’ Brien travelled to Yale University as the guest of the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism to present her speech agonizingly titled “Diversity in the Media: Behind the Scenes & in Our Lives”.

Chances are good that O’Brien used the same notes from her October 28th speech at St. Joseph’s University: “Diversity on TV, Behind the Scenes and in our Lives”.

Or perhaps O’Brien rehashed her January speech given at Duke University, “Black in America: African Americans in the Last Forty Years”. (Watch here.)

Before I launch into why O’Brien won this year, a little biographical information will help you understand why my choice is an easy one.

O’Brien never misses a chance to literally cash in by referring to herself by her complete name, María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien.

Although she doesn’t speak Spanish, this gives O’Brien an excellent opportunity to define herself as a multicultural maven who’s perfect for CNN or any other mainstream media outlet. Maybe if she looks back far enough in her genealogical tree, she’ll find Asian ancestors!

Against all evidence, O’Brien stretches to make a point of her black/Latina roots. In an interview for her official CNN biography, O’Brien states that she has: “a mass of kinky hair, light brown skin and lots of freckles”.

Photographs of O’Brien do not support her claim. In this ethnically ambiguous photo I see a traditional hairstyle, no freckles and either light brown skin or too much make up.

Now to my topic: During her seven year CNN career and before that at NBC, O’Brien has been consistently terrible on immigration and race.

What iced our award for O’Brien is her two-part documentary, “Latino in America”, which bombed in the ratings and had the curious effect of angering everyone including some Latinos. Her 2007 documentary, “Black in America”, also raised the ire of many blacks.

Defending “Latino in America”, O’Brien tries to make the case that she represents a “voice for the voiceless”.

This position is patently absurd. Anyone who follows immigration knows that immigration reform patriots are the voiceless ones, to the point that the media regularly censors us.

The immigrant story is told repeatedly in the most sympathetic terms on CNN or in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and other major dailies.

What the CNN documentary does, apparently without O’Brien catching the irony, is emphasize why illegal immigration does not—as she would have you believe—make the case for diversity but instead exacerbates the problems of multiculturalism.

One of O’Brien’s subjects is Francisca Abreau, a Dominican high school student apparently in the U.S. illegally, who when pregnant at 14, contemplated suicide. Then, after Abreau gave birth to her anchor baby daughter Destiny (!!!), she received therapy for her continued identity struggles.

Here’s what I take from Abreau’s story: at taxpayer’s expense she took up a seat in a New York classroom, delivered a baby and underwent costly psychological treatments. In the light of my twenty-five years in the California public school system, I would place Francisca’s odds for success as an adult at near zero.

In another segment, O’Brien featured Tucson illegal alien activist Isabel Garcia, who during an open borders rally beheaded a pinata that resembled Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (See it here.) Garcia (email her) defended it as free speech.

One of the interesting things about O’Brien is that for as much time as she spends defining herself as black or Latino, she never refers to herself as American—even though she is American-born, raised in Long Island in comfortable, middle class surroundings.

When O’Brien discussed the conceptual evolution of Latino in America, she said that she was approached by many ethnic groups urging a special on Asian in America, Gay in America, and Muslim in America. But O’Brien never mentioned what would be the most interesting of all: White in America. At least one black viewer agrees.

O’Brien is sharp enough to realize that the multicultural angle works for her. She’s parlayed it into a fat salary and inflated speaking fees. Moreover, she’s married to an investment banker and lives the high life in Manhattan.

Her ethnic roots, whatever they may be, have paid O’Brien rich rewards.

Along with her five siblings, O’Brien is a Harvard graduate. However, she didn’t learn much.

During her recent appearance on Celebrity Jeopardy, she came in last and finished behind basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (UCLA).

The final jeopardy question that O’Brien couldn’t answer: “Trees with biblical names include the Joshua tree and the world’s oldest tree, a 4,700-year old pine named for him. What is it?” O’Brien’s reply: “Who is Moses?” (Correct answer: “Who was Methuselah?”)

O’Brien’s excuse: the buzzer is hard to operate.

Along with her complete failure to report honestly about immigration, I deducted points for O’Brien’s smug attitude and grating voice, a big minus for a television anchor. (Watch her talk about Spike Lee here.)

Finally, O’Brien is not only a phony but flat out just not a nice person!

In a non-journalism related incident, last year O’Brien signed an eviction notice for her co-op neighbor because she did not like his dog!

According to O’Brien, a Neapolitan Mastiff in her building offended her because of its “size, slobbering, shedding, drooling, gassiness and odors”.

Luckily for Ugo and his owners, the judge threw O’Brien’s case out.

We’re resigned to lousy media immigration coverage.

But for O’Brien to try to kick out a beloved family dog out because of her delicate sensibilities is something I will never tolerate!

Joe Guzzardi [email him] is a California native who recently fled the state because of over-immigration, over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the growth rate stable. A long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School, Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It currently appears in the Lodi News-Sentinel.