Today, I am going to talk about immigration and integration. I am going to mention Québec and Canada, Québecois and Canadians, and New York State. Along the line, fake news will be mentioned and references to President Trump will be made. So will references to Canada's interprovincial trade barriers and Federal Canadian Conservative Party leadership candidate Maxime Bernier, the Liberal Party of Québec of Phillipe Couillard, as well as the Parti Québecois and the Coalition Avenir Québec. Racism will also be discussed, as will be the topic of Jews. Finally, I want to try to clear up a few misconceptions around YouTuber extraordinaire Tommy Sotomayor.
One of the things that inspired the present entry was yesterday's news that President Trump intends to ban citizens of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering America. Conspicuously absent from that list is Saudi Arabia, which provided most of the 9/11 hijackers and which has been covertly supporting ISIS. In the aftermath of 9/11, then-President George W. Bush went out of his way to be nice to the Saudis despite knowing the first fact in the previous sentence. On the lengthy campaign trail, Candidate Trump blasted Bush Deuce and, in his inaugural address, President Trump pledged to stamp out radical Islamic terrorism and to put America first. The absence of Saudi Arabia from his list of banned countries strongly suggests that, his bombastic declarations notwithstanding, President Trump is trying to outdo George W. Bush as a virtuoso of Ye Olde Saudi Skin Flute.
Another thing that inspired the present entry was a particular stream (which one, I forget) of Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee--the swell folks behind ProblematicPeople.com--on one of their superb YouTube channels. One more quick related programming note on that matter. Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee have also been talking a lot about this rad new site which, like ProblematicPeople.com, I also write for, called AkkadianTimes.com. Both are very much worth a look-see. They have a diversity of contributors and a diversity of opinions. As the late great Mayor of New York City Ed Koch said, "If you agree with me on nine out of ten issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on ten out of ten issues, you belong in a lunatic asylum."
So, this recent stream of the Bumblebees, the one of which I forget the particular date and title at the moment, talked about immigration and integration. In essence, the panel was in favour of immigration and of the idea that immigrants have a duty to integrate, however hard this admittedly is. I have a couple of insights into that. You see, I was born in Québec and my mother is a pur laine ("100% Aryan") French-Canadian (she hates separatists and the term "Québecoise," which she regards as something those radical 1960's hippies--who form the core of the ethnonationalist separatist movement in Québec today--shat out of their bell bottoms in a reefer-induced daze.) However, I spent my formative years in New York State, moving back to Québec due to a family situation.
As a result of this, I am in somewhat of a position to talk about integration. I am in somewhat less of a position to speak about immigration and trade deals. You see, while Brexiters, Stephen Bannon, Richard Spencer and Millennial Woes whinge about the free movement of people and goods between countries, Canada has massive barriers to the free movement of people and goods within, between the constituent Provinces of, the country. The situation is so infamous that The Economist, a world-class publication from the Mother Country, felt obliged to report on this, a situation from one of the Empire's most backwards, embarrassing colonies. Canadian truckers cannot drive through another Province without specific permits to do so from that other Province and all the municipalities along the way. Canadian welders from one Province are not allowed to work in another Province without jumping to said another Province's hoops-and-permits-and-certifications process. Like truckers and welders, grapes, cheese, alcohol and vegetables cannot be shipped freely from one Province to another. The most extreme case of this is Canada's version of Saudi Arabia, New Brunswick, which arrests anyone caught in possession of alcohol purchased anywhere other than that Province's liquor monopoly. For this reason, I do not feel well-placed to comment on things like Brexit or immigration between countries as a whole. (There is one faint glimmer of hope in this regard. He is Federal Conservative Party leadership Candidate Maxime Bernier, who in a French-language debate last week, openly condemned Canada's cartel economy, only to be roundly attacked by his fellow "Frenchman" with the very French name of Steeve Blaney.)
But I am in a position to comment on integration into a new place. When I first moved back to Québec, there were several things I had to adjust to because these were things with which I vehemently disagreed. You see, in New York, familial multitasking is against the law. In Québec, not only is familial multitasking fully legal, it is also standard-issue. In New York, bribery is a criminal offence (Google the name "Preet Bharara" for details.) In Québec, bribery (locally called "le pot de vin") is even more standard-issue than berets and baguettes. New York has gun laws that resemble those of the Soviet Union and North Korea, but is otherwise a free market. Certain segments of Québec can be described as free market. For example, it is not illegal--at least not at the time of writing, anyway--to possess in Québec DVD's of Continuum, Lost Girl, or Orphan Black or a CD of July Talk, even though the first was produced in Vancouver and the latter three were produced in Toronto. However, it is very much illegal in Québec for producers of maple syrup to sell the fruits of their labour to anyone other than the Provincial Cartel, in complete contrast, as noted in The Economist, to New York (which has more Maple trees than does Québec), where any producer can sell to any buyer. Likewise, Québec microbreweries have only two options: sell outside the Province or sell to the Provincial liquor cartel.
Familial multitasking, bribery and cartel economics are all things I find thoroughly abhorrent. Yet, since they are the law of the land, I do not take any action to contravene them save to vociferously condemn them. I accept that these are things that nauseate me which I have to live with. Another such thing is the massive, on-going episode of fake news that is the Québec national motto, the Québec "Sieg Heil," which goes along the lines of "Je me souviens de mes origines françaises." (" I remember my French origins.") Why is this fake news? Because even though this is the national motto, enshrined into law, and, at best, not vigourously opposed by the majority of Québecois, said majority of Québecois are nothing at all like the Foreign Legion or the Garde Républicaine, i.e. they go on to behave like ANYTHING BUT real Frenchmen. Québec is one of the most extreely-unionised places on the planet, which means that some Québecois is always on strike somewhere, despite the fact that not a single Québecois in Québec today works in conditions anywhere remotely resembling those faced by real Frenchmen at Dien Bien Phu. Some, particularly English-speakers from pluralistic countries like Britain, America and Canada outside of Québec may declare that what I have just said is racist or stereotyping, assuming that Québecois are a collective instead of a group of individuals with individual identities who share a common language and history. This is false. Allow me to explain.
The French--the real French, the ones that live in cities with names like Hampont, Mulhouse, Douamont, Metz, Constantine, Bône or Oran as opposed to the "French" Québecois, who mostly live in places named some variant/permutation of Saint Asshole-de-Motherfucker or Saint Motherfucker-de-Asshole--hold themselves to be a superior race. Google "mission civilisatrice," and see who came up with that term (hint; it ain't the Brazilians and it ain't the Uganadans.) By their Basic Law, their Prime Directive, Québecois hold themselves to be the equivalent of the real French in this regard. Not all Québecois feel this way. Maxime Bernier, Phillipe Couillard, Lise Thériault and Luc Lavoie are notable exceptions. But enough Québecois feel this way. The majority of Québecois tacitly approve, in their non-opposition, of their own Prime Directive. This means that it is perfectly reasonable to point out standard issue Québecois behaviour and point out that it falls far short of the standard of real Frenchmen. Consider the following pieces of video evidence.
How real Frenchmen behave. Note and contrast the paralinguistics exhibited by this real Frenchman
with the paralinguistics of this standard-issue Québecois
Now compare this real French song
with this standard-issue, extremely popular Québec "French" song.
It should be evident, even to those who do not speak a word of French, that the line that Québecois "are a French people" is manifestly fake news. Sadly, however, this is not merely a matter of fake news. Phillippe Couillard's Québec Liberal Party, the only explicitly anti-racist of the larger Provincial parties, has only 21% of the Québecois vote, while the rival Parti Québecois and Coalition Avenir Québec--each vying to outdo the other to be the Richard Spencer/Millennial Woes of Québec, respectively have 36% and 27% of the Québecois vote. The Liberals can only survive with this 21% of the Québecois vote plus 69% of the vote of those the Québecois overwhelmingly view is the same light as Richard Spencer and Millennial Woes view Blacks/Africans, those Canadians who live in Québec. By certain measures, the PQ and CAQ are worse than Donald Trump at his worst. Among his many proposals, President Trump has never announced any plan to make it a crime for Jewish doctors to wear yarmulkes. The PQ has just such a plan. President Trump is expected to ban Syrians, Iranians, Iraqis, Yemenese, Libyans and Somalis from entering America, but he has never said he would ban Beatles legend Paul McCartney from entering America. The PQ tried very had to have McCartney declared persona non grata because he is English.
With the exception of people like Maxime Bernier, Phillippe Couillard and Lise Thériault, Québecois are very insular and isolationist. In Upstate New York, there is an excellent news show called Mountain Lake Journal that regularly broadcasts stories from both Plattsburgh AND Montréal. None of Montréal's major news stations--French, English or third-language--regularly mention Plattsburgh at all.
Briefly, on the topic of news shows in Québec. Contrary to the impression you may have gained from the previous paragraphs, I much prefer the French-language service of Canadian state television (the CBC), called ICI RDI,to state television's English-language service. The journalists of ICI RDI are not the Foreign Legion or the Garde Républicaine, but they at least TRY to be professionals like Walter Cronkite, Scott Pelley, Karin Giannone and Laura Bicker. State television's English language service honcho Peter Mansbridge, by contrast, speaks with in retardate Old Canadian (instead of Nice, Normal Person English.) What is more, far from being professional, he habitually adopts the "I'm choking on shit!" look on his face when he interviews someone he does not like (see below), which makes him as much of a morning show/TMZ assclown peter-principled to the nightly news as Don Anderson of the CNN and Valley Girl Megyn Kelly of--wherever the fuck she is now.
(At this point, I have to say that the state broadcaster's Québec English radio news service, unlike Mansbridge, is thoroughly professional. If one can bear their Old Canadian, they are actually listenable.)
Québecois overwhelmingly call Canadians living in Québec "the English." This shows their isolationism more than it shows their ability to accurately perceive and understand, since a good number of these "English", being either Roman Catholics or descendants of subjects of the former Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires, are ineligible for membership in the Loyal Orange Institution. (This book gives you a good idea of the actual nature of those the Québecois call "English.") Most of the older ones speak Old Canadian instead of proper English. As with their Québecois counterparts, many of the younger ones, at least the ones I have come across in points of service, have zero concept of the sterile cockpit rule in the workplace and are in absolutely no danger of ever being mistaken for a Formula 1 pit crew in terms of professionalism and efficiency.
Indeed, the most professional people in Québec I have come across tend largely to be of Italian, Black/African and Muslim extraction. The latter two groups, in my experience, make for vastly better Frenchmen than do the vast majority of Québecois. The least professional people in Québec I have come across are the various Ostlegionen, who overwhelmingly dominate a particular service sector which is perpetually and violently whinging against modernisation (and who, in my experience, are overwhelmingly actually misogynists.)
This segues nicely into my last topic in the present entry, Tommy Sotomayor. I have long been a fan of Tommy Sotomayor just as I have long been a fan of Jordan Owen. I like Tommy Sotomayor because, in terms of style, there is no other like him.I also like him because one of his main thrusts is professionalism and his ongoing criticism or embarrassingly unprofessional behaviour. As Mr. Sotomayor criticises the lack of professionalism of certain sub-demographics, I find myself often criticism the lack of professionalism of Québecois, Canadians who speak Old Canadian instead of speaking Nice,Normal Person English, New Yorkers who speak with thick, outer borough hoodlum Edward G. Robinson/George Raft accents instead of speaking Nice, Normal Person English and English YouTubes Atheists--of both the Atheism Plus and anti-social justice jihadist gods-in-their-own-minds varieties who moonlight as Ronnie and Reggie Kray, forgetting to turn off the Ronnie and Reggie Kray act and speak Nice, Normal Person English when on the YouTubes (see previous entry for video evidence of what constitutes Nice, Normal Person English and what constitutes bampots butchering the English language.)
That being said, I also have to point out that I do not agree with everything Tommy Sotomayor says. I disagree with his central thesis that single motherhood is the root of all evil. George Washington lost his father at a young age and Alexander Hamilton was raised by a single mother, yet both turned out to be great men. Andrew Jackson was orphaned by the age of fourteen, yet he turned out to be a great man. Nathan Bedford Forrest was fatherless at fourteen, yet he went on to become America's greatest cavalryman, facts that Forrest's involvement with the Klan do not negate. Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh and Jimmy Doolittle all had absent or distant fathers, yet each, in turn, became a racer, pioneering aviator and Medal of Honour winner. And, while Andrew Dice Clay had a father, his mother was predominant, calling up and yelling at the mothers of boys young Dice got into scrapes with, and Dice has done and is doing all right for himself. The verdict of history is therefore that, pace Mr. Sotomayor, single motherhood alone does not account for all evils.
As well, Mr. Sotomayor has made several uncomfortable remarks about Jews. Specifically, he called out Tariq Nasheed for not mentioning the Jewish role in slavery, he alleged that NWA were exploited by a Jewish manager and, although he supported former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, he went out of his way to mention that both Sterling and the NBA commissioner who got him expelled were Jewish. I am not familiar with the history of Jewish involvement in the slave trade and about the only thing I know about NWA is that they are immensely preferable to Celine Dion. That being said, unlike the boyosphere's cyber-iteration of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Mr. Sotomayor does not blame all Jews for Communism and all that is wrong in the world today, nor does, nor has he, to my knowledge, denied the Holocaust the way the boyosphere does. As well, although there is no credible, non-boyosphere-generated history of white Christians being exploited by Jews, there is an unfortunate history of Jewish New York City schoolteachers going on strike instead of teaching Black students. Tommy Sotomayor speaking about Jews, however extremely uncomfortable this is to hear, occurs in a context vastly different from that of Stephen Bannon, Richard Spencer and Millennial Woes speaking about Jews. What is more, unlike the PQ, Tommy Sotomayor has never proposed making it a crime to wear a yarmulke.
Now, that is the background. I want to talk about Tommy Sotomayor in the present entry because I have heard all kinds of things said about him, things which I know from having listened consistently to Mr. Sotomayor for several years now, are half- and quarter-truths at best. What are some of these things? "Tommy Sotomayor is an adjunct to Steve Crowder," "Tommy Sotomayor only puts down his fellow Blacks," "Tommy Sotomayor is a Men's Rights Advocate." Well, Mr. Sotomayor has indeed described himself as a Men's Rights Advocate. He did this once or twice. What he did far more often, as those of us who followed him through the years know, is openly declare that Tommy Sotomayor stands first, foremost and virtually exclusively for Tommy Sotomayor. Mr. Sotomayor has said that, when he is asked to do an interview, or to appear on someone else's show, the first thing he considers is what he can gain out of this. Mr. Sotomayor is upfront about this, in contrast to Sargon of Akkad who holds himself to be the YouTubes version of Socrates, selectively bashing some unknown political science professor for a tweet, and simultaneously (and entirely unironically, at that) slobberingly putting out YouTubes hagiographies to professor Jordan Peterson, ignoring (or perhaps being too thick to notice) that Peterson cannot even speak English properly, shitting out Old Canadian every time he opens his mouth.
As to the accusation that Tommy Sotomayor only attacks his fellow Blacks, he has been having a long-running, openly discussed DMCA feud with the Amazing Analist and the Drunken Dildos Podcast. Now, do I believe each and every thing Tommy Sotomayor says about Blacks? No. Mr. Sotomayor and I are acquainted with two rather different samples of Blacks/Africans. His sample is most likely much larger than mine. My sample is more diverse than his. What Mr. Sotomayor says about Black women clearly does not apply to Jennifer Teege. What Mr. Sotomayor says about Blacks in general clearly does not apply to Opiyo Oloya or to AMISOM or to the King's African Rifles.