Lion of the Blogosphere

Sautéed chicken udon

A week or two ago, Yakov criticized me for reviewing Taco Bell. So here is a more SWPL review.

I bought this from the Korean take-out place, and I enjoyed, although I think it was a little bit too salty. It is also difficult to eat elegantly without risking splattering sauce on your shirt. I think that rice is a more practical base for Asian food.

With tax, it cost $14.10.

Thanks to immigrants, we have so many delicious food choices that didn’t exist in the 1950s. Of course, white people theoretically can cook Asian food, but for some reason, they never bothered to.

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I’m trolling you guys. I’d be happier eating crappy American food for lunch if it meant working at an office where everyone shared my culture, instead of one where 90% of the people were born in another country, many with heavy hard-to-understand accents, some with bad body odor, and I’m like a foreigner in my own country.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 18, 2019 at 2:29 PM

Posted in Bobos, Proles

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  1. This is the standard Yuppie/SWPL take on immigration. It’s all worth it becuase of the wonderful ethnic restaurants, which have delicious food at reasonable prices. They really see the world that way. Their lives are very very sheltered. (I live surrounded by them.)

    amused observer

    January 18, 2019 at 2:44 PM

    • Many ethnic restaurants near me have Mexicans doing the cooking.

      January 18, 2019 at 6:57 PM

      • Mexicans are great cooks!

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 19, 2019 at 12:28 AM

      • I was eating in my friend’s restaurant, so I asked him if he still has the old cook.
        – No man, I’ve fired him and I’ve promoted his Mexican assistant.
        – She manages?
        – What do you say?
        – I say I can’t believe that she can prepare this. The food is excellent as usual. What she costs?
        – That’s the thing, man. All old cooks were over a $100,000 cash. The last one I’d sponsored for a green card (he’s obviously from the tribe). This one I’ve raised to a $1,000 a week and she is in the sky!
        – Gonna need more money soon though, she has a major talent.
        – We’ll see. She is a single mom with a kid living with her mom and aunt. She still gets all the programs. Who is gonna pay her a $1,000 cash?

        I was amazed at the level of cooking and I’m happy for my friend considering the circumstances in which we have to operate because of the damn politicians. But mates, do we need a fascist dictatorship! This is the only thing that can save this poor country.


        January 19, 2019 at 6:15 PM

  2. You could always move to New Hampshire. Nice place, okay people. They like guns there.

    Sail Boat Sailor

    January 18, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    • True, but Concord NH seems to have an increasingly large Indian population these days, Lion’s least favorite minority. North Conway is still a pretty white town with enough SWPL culture to keep Lion happy.

      Peter Akuleyev

      January 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM

  3. Immigration is an overlooked cause of the obesity epidemic IMO. So many cheap, delicious takeout spots that cater to all denominators. $14 is a lot for what was probably less than a dollar of ingredients.


    January 18, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    • You’re right. Restaurant food is very high in salt, sugar, butter, fat, calories, etc. All the things that taste good and keep you coming back. Not just fast food but high end restaurants as well. That’s one of the reasons I rarely eat out. Other reasons include cost, lack of privacy and not wanting to subsidize immigration. There’s no telling what kind of diseases some of those illegals handling the food have.


      January 19, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    • Agreed – one thousand percent. The first thing many people say when you tell them we need to cut immigration is, “B-b-but all of those restaurants would shut down!” My reply is, “Where ‘s the downside?” And a lot of ethnic cuisines are not really that delicious. I would much rather have a good hamburger than some Chinese-themed junk food at a buffet. Indian, Mexican and Thai are pretty good; the rest of it is either outright bad or nothing special (the latter being one of two reasons that Cuban food never became popular).

      I think of how many great meals my mother cooked for us back home and how those recipes won’t last because people don’t cook as much anymore.


      January 19, 2019 at 11:22 PM

      • On supersize vs superskinny, 90% of the obese participants consume massive amounts of takeout. Usually they order a huge lunch, huge dinner, breakfast is leftovers then they start all over again. It’s a british show so a lot of the ‘takeaway’ is indian food, which apparently includes french fries and onion rings over there.


        January 20, 2019 at 12:05 PM

  4. for it to be a spwl review you would need to include photos

    grey enlightenment

    January 18, 2019 at 3:34 PM

  5. Japan is a good example that guidos are not needed to sing opera or for the occasional toss up of pizza dough. The Japanese are the greatest imitators of the Eastern Asiatics.

    Quite frankly, the uncivilized Anglo Saxons and their British Isles cousins are perhaps the last remaining barbaric vestiges of the White race. Throughout history, barbarians needed to absorb other barbarians to form a band of cohesion among the more unified, well grounded, and older entities of people.

    Other Northern Europeans like the Scandinavians, Germanics and Slavics have already established their unified and well grounded nations. The Anglo Prole Sphere is still up in the air as to what defines it, besides the English language.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    January 18, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    • Don’t nt make me laugh now. The British invented the noble sport of boxing, which, unlike the Savate, is perfectly suitable for a getlman and has taken over the world. They had that great long bow with which they would take the air out of all these bragging French and Spanish nights.
      ‘The well established and unified Slavic nations’. Lol!


      January 18, 2019 at 3:56 PM

      • Eastern Europe will never be like a Londonistan.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 18, 2019 at 6:21 PM

      • Don’t forget divide and conquer. If they didn’t invent it they sure perfected it. Now it’s being used on us!


        January 18, 2019 at 9:30 PM

  6. Thank god. no more gun posts.


    January 18, 2019 at 3:46 PM

  7. So you had that chicken or not? I’m confused now.


    January 18, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    • Of course I ate it.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 18, 2019 at 4:16 PM

      • So here is your problem, Lion. The 2nd amendment isn’t about militias or states having nuclear weapons. It reflects the value that the Founding Fathers and the colonists put on fighting for freedom. This value hasn’t changed. Nothing is more important then the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. In ompatibility of the masses if immigrants with these values is the problem, not the values themselves.

        There is no right to own guns in Russia, but the real murder rate is twice that of the US. Analyse this!


        January 18, 2019 at 4:23 PM

      • “There is no right to own guns in Russia, but the real murder rate is twice that of the US. Analyse this!”\

        Russians are a violent ethnicity, more like blacks than like white people in Sweden?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 18, 2019 at 4:38 PM

      • I lived among Russians and got alone with lots of fighting, but I got alone. Don’t see that happening with blacks. Russians have a deep culture. Give them guns and the oligarchs will be running scared to rob them. Russia needs guns.


        January 18, 2019 at 4:44 PM

      • Most of the violent crime in Russia comes from people who are “Russian” in name only mainly people from the Caucuses. Much like how non-whites especially negros inflate the American crime rate.


        January 19, 2019 at 8:23 PM

      • Ethnic Russians are very violent, compared to other whites. It’s an open questions to what extent that is nurture vs. nature. Hundreds of years of serfdom, then the brutality of the Soviet era have created a lot of social dysfunction among working class Russian whites that really is reminiscent of African-American culture – absent fathers, women having children by multiple fathers, strong brutal men are respected, soft intellectual men are despised, having spent time in prison is a badge of honor, belief in conspiracy theories, that sort of thing.

        Peter Akuleyev

        January 20, 2019 at 9:20 AM

      • “Hundreds of years of serfdom, then the brutality of the Soviet era have created a lot of social dysfunction among working class Russian whites”

        Serfdom ended in 1861 right? The Soviet Union ended 29 years ago. Were average Russians (not the Cheka) unusually brutal and violent during either regime? If not, why blame ‘historical forces’ for their alleged brutality? Sounds like historicism.


        January 20, 2019 at 11:57 PM

      • I think Russians were always violent. It’s mostly the culture. They are just fine in 1 generation when they immigrate. Akuleyev is right.


        January 21, 2019 at 11:17 AM

      • Serfdom was not a big deal or a bad thing historically. The difficult soil and weather made productive agriculture hard even in the best of times in Russia. Only large farms could be economically viable and kept safe from foreign/domestic threats. Unlike today the average workday was like five hours and people got to enjoy themselves with friends/family. The church also served people’s needs, argued on their behalf, and could petition the sovereign directly.

        Russia was also an Enlightenment power which suggests her development was far superior compared to most Europeans. Not all Enlightenment was based on Locke and Rousseau but also Hobbes and Voltaire.

        The dysfunction you’re describing is common to many industrialized societies and also a product of the Soviet collapse. Russia has just now regained the economic position she had in the late Soviet period.

        You’re right that Russia isn’t European she’s Scandinavian at her core with Viking blood. Some might even argue the entire Soviet epoch was the real Russia asserting itself and destroying all that was European which was artificially imposed on her.


        January 22, 2019 at 4:15 AM

  8. if it meant working at an office where everyone shared my culture, instead of one where 90% of the people were born in another country,

    That’s because you have a prole job. If you work in management consulting, investment banking or at a white shoe law firm the office is mostly white. Diversity means Jewish and Catholic guys working in the same office. For that matter, my friends who do things like run craft breweries in Maine seem to have lives even whiter than mine, and they’re all SWPLs. Needless to say, all these people favor immigration.

    Peter Akuleyev

    January 18, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    • Based on my world: Engineering firms are pretty white Architectural firms are white with some Asians. Manufacturing management is white. Construction management is white. These are not white shoe worlds like investment banking, but they are run by, and mostly employ, white people in their offices and management. I do find that the computer departments of these companies are mostly immigrants.

      amused observer

      January 18, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    • “Needless to say, all these people favor immigration.”

      Immigration for thee, but not for me.

      Oswald Spengler

      January 18, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    • Lion isn’t a hipster so craft breweries aren’t his thing.

      Opposite of hipsters are the yuppies who embark on the professions. Both are sheep like, but hipsters get called out for their sheepish think, because they are of a lower status in the monetary scale.

      Honestly, the professions suck. There isn’t anything pleasurable about work in the professions, if you depend on it to pay rent.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      January 18, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    • Bulge bracket finance is 29% Asian. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, then I will tell you that Big Tech is 36% Asian, so it’s a lot. BigLaw is 11% Asian (which is still significant Asian overrepresentation, no matter what talking heads may say). NAMs? Not very many of those, but I think Lion is annoyed at Indians, not NAMs.

      NGOs are pretty white, but the minorities there are mostly NAMs.

      Plus, political climate matters. Only 64% of financial analysts, 71% of engineers, and 73% of lawyers are Democrats. Medicine is 53% Democrat, mostly thanks to the efforts of surgeons, who are collectively Republican and very loud about it. If you want to know how fucked the political situation is, all the crazy stories about diversity in Silicon Valley or Wall Street represent the *moderates*. The NGO world is 93% Democrat, and mostly the craziest kind.

      Monsieur le Baron

      January 18, 2019 at 11:16 PM

    • I figured there would be a lot of Asians (East, West and South) working as management consultants in New York.


      January 18, 2019 at 11:52 PM

  9. People should have known you were trolling from the comment about white people being able to cook Asian food. Liberals think it’s cultural appropriation for white people to cook non-white food.

    I too have often said that I would gladly eat nothing but the kind of boring, old-fashioned white person food liberals are always making fun of for the rest of my life, if it meant getting to live in an overwhelmingly Anglo society.


    January 18, 2019 at 4:04 PM

  10. Do you have to work with Indians? I don’t know what it is specifically about their culture, but for Americans they have got to be the most unlikable group of people to work with.


    January 18, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    • Sneaky, conniving, double-crossing, cunning, lying bastards.


      January 18, 2019 at 4:53 PM

      • Not many Indians where I live but friends in Boston and Jersey City describe them similar to what you said. But they say the same about Jews.


        January 18, 2019 at 5:48 PM

      • I don’t know what you and the lion are talking about, I worked with a lot of Indians, immigrants, company workers in India, outsourcing, even an all Indian small company where I was the only non Indian. I didn’t find them so problematic with those traits you mention and though I encountered the BO situation here and there most of them had no problem in this department. My main problem with them is that they are boring and subservient, they are simply not fun to hang out with. Pakistanis and Sri lankans were much more fun, the Srilankans are just more chilled and the Pakistanis are wittier, sharper and the women look better.


        January 18, 2019 at 6:51 PM

      • Yakov, just curious, what do you think of Armenians?


        January 18, 2019 at 10:50 PM

      • @Armando
        ‘But they say the same about Jews’.

        You gotta compare applese to apples. Jews, who work in IT, where I’d interacted with the Indians, are not like that. In other fields like law, politics, journalism, entertainment, bussines, which are occupations requiring all these traits to succeed, I don’t see why that wouldn’t be true, especially given the Jews’ high IQ and overall abilities.

        I’ve just read a good book about Israel’s right wing prime ministers by Arieh Eldad: ‘דברים שרואים מכאן’. Not available in English. It examines the question why the righr wing leaders had moved to the left once elected and had pursued policies opposed by their electorate. Except for Itzhak Shamir, who did what he had promised his voters, the rest were scum. I would remove Begin from power and shot everyone else. But that’s the nature of their occupation. Politician = traitor, lier, thief, you name it – the lowest of the low. Shamir was that exception that proves the rule.

        I would ban the Jews from politics, law and finance, because I think that their overall contribution to these fields is negative. The Jews should be in medicine, science, engineering, trades – there they make a positive contribution to the world.


        January 19, 2019 at 6:38 PM

      • @Yakov

        Do you ascribe Indian conniving and double crossing to hi IQ as well or are these general character traits in them.


        January 20, 2019 at 3:06 AM

      • Yakov is a proponent of productive, hands on work?

        Only fools and immigrants embark on productive work in America to enrich value transference parasites at the top.

        Smart people should only engage in parasitic activities in a sociopathic country that only rewards parasitism.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 20, 2019 at 11:29 AM

      • Yakov makes a good point about professions requiring certain traits. I don’t know if people have noticed, but a lot of police officers share a certain personality type. I’ve always wondered if it was because law enforcement attracts people with this personality or if it changes their personality to be like this.

        Also, people despise certain professions and businesses such as politicians, lawyers, lenders, credit card companies, wall street, etc. and respect other professions such as doctors, scientists and engineers. I don’t know whether those professions/businesses attract certain types of people or make them that way. But I agree that certain professions and businesses tend to be sneaky. Not that everyone in those professions and businesses is like that. But I think the stereotypes have merit.


        January 20, 2019 at 1:51 PM

      • @Armando

        I don’t ascribe double crossing to high IQ, but to occupations that by their very nature are border line criminal in the best cases. High IQ and other genetic trates give Jews an advantage when it’s apples to apples.

        I want to see 3rd and 4th generation assimilated Indians, before I can have an opinion to what extend it’s genetic or cultural. As Jayman always says: ‘Where does the culture come from?’ Im not sure at this time.

        As far as Armenians, in the USSR they were one notch above Jews as far as being liked. I personally have never had a bad expirience with them. They are a talented and capable race.


        January 20, 2019 at 3:49 PM

      • ‘Smart people should only engage in parasitic activities in a sociopathic country that only rewards parasitism.’

        I’m not that smart, so I can’t speak for the smart people. I just believe in being yourself, enjoying your work and life and being happy. So for a low IQ guy like myself, I would be disgusted and miserable in a parasitic occupation.


        January 20, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    • I am always surprised when I hear this. The Indians I met in college and grad school were charming. That was in humanities and social sciences, so maybe it’s a different cohort than the people you guys are moaning about.


      January 18, 2019 at 8:09 PM

      • I’ve found them on average to be very friendly and constantly smiling with a total lack of integrity


        January 19, 2019 at 12:52 AM

      • Non-techie Indians who are college educated are no different from Lion’s co-workers. What really drives them is money. Unlike Eastern Asiatics, the majority of Indians seem be proud of their identity and not relish in “assimilating” to the White majority.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 19, 2019 at 10:02 AM

      • ‘I’ve found them on average to be very friendly and constantly smiling with a total lack of integrity’.

        Is it normal to be constantly smiling? Only clowns and sneaky bastards do it.


        January 20, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    • They are from a caste society and they view most whites as an underclass. I knew a Brahmin from India working in finance. He viewed white non-SWPL women the way Plantation owners viewed slave women in the confederacy.


      January 18, 2019 at 9:36 PM

      • Clearly they do come from a caste society, but where Indians place whites depends on their own caste, and what they estimate the white’s social station to be. A Brahmin would tend to see most whites as less-than, and he’d probably be right most of the time.

        But most Indians aren’t Brahmins. They are a mixed bag, coming from such a large and diverse population. Most Indians would generally be happy to see their child marry a white person, if not totally psyched. Some Indians even see whites as their distant cousins, even though that is mostly inaccurate.


        January 19, 2019 at 3:05 AM

      • I had Indian neighbors for a few years. Truly kind decent wonderful people.

        amused observer

        January 19, 2019 at 1:54 PM

      • @amused observer

        We are talking in general about the ethnic stereotype, obviously there are kind and wonderful Indians.


        January 19, 2019 at 6:42 PM

  11. What I don’t understand about the Korean chicken and all these animals is why they don’t have slanty eye like people? Because is it’s due to the evolutionary adaptation, they should have also adapted, or at least some of them, but nobody did, it looks like. A Chinese Lion or a tapir should have Chinese eyes. Why don’t they?


    January 18, 2019 at 4:52 PM

    • Those animals also have slanty eyes. You are just not animalized to notice it.

      My 2¢

      January 18, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    • Foxes and bob cats are slanty eyed, go figure they are both untrustworthy animals.


      January 20, 2019 at 3:12 AM

  12. Who needs to cook or worry about cuisine choices when you have peanuts? Once you’re fast-and-easily fed with this food that has fiber, vitamins, and protein, go on to do what you really want to do in your waking moments besides eating or preparing food, the latter of which very few people like to do, despite all the TV shows and books that say we should like it and become skilled at it.


    January 18, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    • I’m not a fan of how peanuts taste.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 18, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    • @ Emeril

      Nice screen name.

      If you’re going to tell us we should eat peanuts to save time cooking, you’d better tell me you’ve abandoned dishware in favor of eating your peanuts out of a dispenser, like a gerbil.


      January 18, 2019 at 6:27 PM

      • You eat them out of the can. Then you properly recycle the can so you can virtue signal if anyone says you’re a low-class barbarian. Never mind that the can is not recycleable. But the plastic lid is.


        January 19, 2019 at 2:24 AM

  13. “people born in another country, many with heavy hard-to-understand accents, some with bad body odor”

    You think the immigration agents a hundred years ago at Ellis island thought any different about the Jews coming in


    January 18, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    • I doubt the Jews smelled worse than the incoming Italians or Irish.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 18, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    • Of course, there was more of an understanding 100 years ago that immigrants should adapt to the cultural norms of the host nation.

      Nowadways, even the demand to learn English has had to be dropped.

      Prolier Than Thou

      January 20, 2019 at 5:54 AM

  14. There’s no reason, in law or logic, why the rule couldn’t be, “good cuisine, your group can stay, lousy food, out you go.” The Indians would have to leave.

    Department 11

    January 18, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    • dude, you don’t like chicken tikka masala? it’s delicious.


      January 18, 2019 at 6:33 PM

      • Yeah Indian food is the best food on earth.

        S.J., Esquire

        January 21, 2019 at 9:58 AM

      • Check out panni poori and bel poori, if you haven’t already done so.


        January 21, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    • SWPLs love Indian food, though. So by that logic, with our elites being SWPLs, they would continue to let in tons of Indians.


      January 18, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    • I like the way Department 11 thinks. If leftists think food justifies immigration then it also makes sense that immigrants with crappy food should have to leave.


      January 19, 2019 at 7:42 PM

  15. Why is it so hard for you to work around people who don’t share your culture? Are you otherwise very lonely? I just don’t get that.


    January 18, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    • It’s not enjoyable.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 18, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    • >>Why is it so hard for you to work around people who don’t share your culture? Are you otherwise very lonely? I just don’t get that.

      You do get that. You’re either bullshitting, naive or signaling. And if you want some intellectual creds as to why you get it read Robert Putnam’s “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.”

      Daniel Heneghan

      January 18, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    • It is hard to work or live around people who do not share your culture because sharing culture is a favorite human pass time. We are social animals. Instincts are impossible to get around.

      My 2¢

      January 18, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    • Foreigners rdp Asians will never be your friend when they have so many of their own kind around. Even when they don’t .. only people who matter to them are boss and family. With some exceptions.

      Mrs Stitch

      January 18, 2019 at 10:26 PM

    • “Why is it so hard for you to work around people who don’t share your culture?

      Fuck you! That’s why. We don’t have to justify anything.


      January 19, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    • “Why is it so hard for you to work around people who don’t share your culture? Are you otherwise very lonely? ”

      It would be easier to take the question seriously without the obvious slight that follows it. But ‘culture’ does not just mean wearing funny hats on your Holy Day, or jumping around ullulating on your National Liberation Day–vibrant as those things may be, it can also mean many, many different standards of behaviour regarding ettitquete, personal space, interaction betwen sexes, using other people’s stuff, the kind of things that strangers can and cannot discuss, sense of humour, shared history and values, and just feeling like you are on the same wavelength.

      On top of all this, which can be draining, there is the added burden on the white person that they have to navigate this potential minefield without the minority ever cottoning on that they may be causing offence or irritation. Because whereas a white person causing a minority offence and irritation is proof that the white person is racist, a white person feeling irritated and offended by a minority is also proof of the white person’s racism.

      Prolier Than Thou

      January 20, 2019 at 6:06 AM

    • “Why is it so hard for you to work around people who don’t share your culture?’

      For example, in IT it’s absolutly crucial not to hide problems. There is nothing that I hate more than that. These cowardly, sneaky bastards would do exactly that and then deny responsibility. They come from a different society and are afraid to get fired, I get it, but why the hell do I need them? Why do I have to find out from the users, when the problem is known in the IT?


      January 20, 2019 at 5:09 PM

  16. There is a burgeoning of high rises in America’s liberal centers like NYC.

    Who will get their hands bloody to build these spectacular metal glass towers so someone could live in luxury?

    Only non-white immigrants are not envious of their masters who will pay them a measly salary to erect an luxuriating oasis for SWPLs while proles rot in living hell.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    January 18, 2019 at 6:15 PM

    • I have seen stuff like this in Denver. Maybe not as expensive as Manhattan, but only cause land is cheaper in Denver.


      January 19, 2019 at 5:13 AM

    • First class buildings like this are built with union labor, so worker compensation is decent, but move away from first-class construction, take a walk along the Hudson littoral, and traverse the streets inland, go from Greenpoint to Astoria, there are 100s, 1000s of buildings put up over the past 15 years and very few to none used union labor, not for excavation, iron work, concrete, wall board, electricity, plumbing, nothing. Those workers were paid a NYC subsistence wage. And this is just fine with your betters. This is the America that they want.


      January 19, 2019 at 4:48 PM

      • Given that 3rd world migrants from Mexico and Africa are willing to put up with substandard pay and benefits, because it is better than anything back home, my betters have no issue with it.

        And most importantly, they aren’t envious of their SWPL masters, unlike their inferior yet entitled prole brethren. They are just trying to survive. This is all that matters to our superiors who want the best of America for themselves and their families.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 19, 2019 at 5:33 PM

      • And you may ask again if I understood your comments.

        I don’t.

        Most of the construction workers I see on uncompleted luxury condominiums in NYC aren’t White.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 19, 2019 at 5:38 PM

  17. The brilliant Lion! At it again…


    January 18, 2019 at 9:28 PM

  18. Do you get stomach cramps from eating Taco Bell?


    January 18, 2019 at 9:37 PM

  19. Ah yes, the old :so many wonderful ethnic restaurants” argument. I was on a business trip to San Diego this past week, and when I asked Google for “restaurants near me,” and all of the choices that came back were goddam foreign food. Not even a normal American fast food place. Coincidence?

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    January 19, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    • A related phenomenon is that nowadays people will ask you “what’s your favorite kind of food?” and expect an “ethnic” reply. I want to reply, “uh, just a ‘nice’ restaurant that serves finely prepared, you know, Western European-based food,” but we seem to lack a concise word or phrase to describe this. I have the vague impression that when I was growing up in the eighties, people used the phrase “gourmet restaurant.” In any event, if you don’t answer with the expected Thai, Mexican, Indian, or whatever, you reveal yourself as a racist deplorable.


      January 19, 2019 at 9:43 PM

      • ” I want to reply, “uh, just a ‘nice’ restaurant that serves finely prepared, you know, Western European-based food,” but we seem to lack a concise word or phrase to describe this”


        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 19, 2019 at 10:25 PM

      • Cool, I’ll try that next time. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the person who was expecting some nonwhite ethnicity as a reply.


        January 19, 2019 at 10:43 PM

      • Couldn’t live without Thai food, beats the hell out of Chinese. Chinese sucks.


        January 20, 2019 at 2:58 AM

      • Yes, Chinese food is bad.


        January 20, 2019 at 3:15 PM

      • Thai and Indian, yeah, that’s the best!


        January 20, 2019 at 5:26 PM

      • I want to reply, “uh, just a ‘nice’ restaurant that serves finely prepared, you know, Western European-based food,” but we seem to lack a concise word or phrase to describe this.

        Huh? “French” or “Italian” is not concise enough for you? There’s nothing controversial about saying Italian, a Western European based food, is one’s favorite food, and that would probably be the top or among the top choices for favorite kind of food in the US. Scandinavian food is trendy, and Spanish cuisine is considered somewhat exotic still. Besides these, you’re basically left with British or German food among Western European cuisines, in which case, if either was your favorite, you’d just say that British or German food are your favorite, since “Western European based food” typically doesn’t refer to British or German cuisine. People typically think of French and Italian.


        January 20, 2019 at 7:12 PM

  20. OT: NYT, 01/18/19 – U.N.C. Admissions Lawsuit Brings Another Attack on Affirmative Action

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill weighs race so heavily in its admissions process that it is the predominant factor in determining whether many black and Hispanic students get in, according to court papers filed on Friday by an anti-affirmative action group that is also suing Harvard.

    The group, Students for Fair Admissions, says the university is excluding white and Asian applicants in favor of less qualified black and Hispanic students.

    The plaintiffs accuse U.N.C., a public flagship university, of using race “at every stage” of the admissions process, in violation of the law, “even when the application gives no indication that race affected the student’s life in any way.”

    “This is wrong,” the university said in a brief in its defense, also filed Friday. An applicant’s race does not provide an automatic boost or guarantee admission, the university said. Rather, “This factor, like all others, is always considered in the context of everything else known about a candidate and in light of the range of contributions the candidate might make to the University.”

    The case has many similarities to a deeply divisive lawsuit that Students for Fair Admissions brought against Harvard, leading to a hard-fought trial last fall and a national conversation over the role of race in college admissions.

    But unlike the Harvard case, which focused on whether the university was particularly unfair to one minority group, Asian-Americans, the U.N.C. case is more akin to high-profile affirmative action suits of the past, which accused schools of favoring black and Hispanic students over others.

    The cases are also somewhat different in legal approaches. The plaintiffs accuse Harvard of violating federal civil rights law, and U.N.C. of violating civil rights law and the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Both lawsuits were tailored to reach the Supreme Court, and they amount to a two-pronged attack that maximizes the chances for a hearing.

    Originally filed in 2014, both suits were engineered by Edward Blum, a conservative activist who opposes racial preferences. At this point it is a tossup which of the cases will reach the high court first. It is possible that if one gets there first, the Supreme Court could decide to call up the other as well, lawyers said. …

    E. Rekshun

    January 19, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    • This isn’t a school to the riches and the elite, and thus it isn’t a real story!

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      January 19, 2019 at 5:41 PM

  21. All the talk about robots doing food processing: from vine/tree/ground to table, can anyone give an example of a food that is planted, grown, harvested, processed, prepared, sold without humans handling it at some point before consumption? Agriculture is one of the most important things we have, yet no one here, including me, knows @#$ about it. The breezy talk about robots doing everything is ignorant and insulting.


    January 19, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    • Too many people get their ideas about the future from The Jetsons.


      January 20, 2019 at 10:14 AM

      • “Too many people get their ideas about the future from The Jetsons.”

        That’s interesting, explain more.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2019 at 11:21 AM

      • I could start with Tom Friedman, who has on multiple occasions written lines like “landing at Kennedy Airport from Hong Kong was, as I’ve argued before, like going from the Jetsons to the Flintstones.”

        I’ve even heard intelligent people talk about jetpacks, flying cars, and foodarackacycles as things we should have by now.


        January 20, 2019 at 11:25 PM

      • Kennedy Airport’s architecture looks like it came out of the Jetsons. So I don’t get it.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 20, 2019 at 11:53 PM

      • “landing at Kennedy Airport from Hong Kong was, as I’ve argued before, like going from the Jetsons to the Flintstones.”

        Isn’t he talking about operational efficiency?

        I’ve noticed it flying to Gatwick from US. Land at Gatwick and you get off the plane turn a corner and you are at a big well staffed and efficient customs checkpoint. Customs moves fast and you turn another corner and there is a line of express buses taking you to any major city in the country. You can be on the road to your destination in less time than it takes to get through customs at Houston International. Compare that to Atlanta International. To connect to Amtrak you have to take subway to a location about 10 blocks from the station, wait for a bus or walk the 10 blocks with your luggage (or hope for a taxi). Once at Amtrak you are in a facility that resembles a welfare office in Johannesburg.


        January 21, 2019 at 1:23 PM

      • Here’s his original piece, dated Dec. 23, 2008. Friedman describes “Hong Kong’s ultramodern airport after riding out there from downtown on a sleek high-speed train — with wireless connectivity that was so good I was able to surf the Web the whole way on my laptop.” Then says of JFK that it has an “ugly, low-ceilinged arrival hall was cramped, and using a luggage cart cost $3.”

        My post is that popular culture, from The Jetsons to Back to the Future, from Dick Tracy to Buck Rogers, from Roert Heinlein to Philip K. Dick, is a major influence on how people expect the future to be. It may seem obvious, but its impact is so persavise that we see it as normal.


        January 21, 2019 at 5:59 PM

      • Do the Jetsons actually live on Earth? Do they ever go down to the surface? I would wonder about this occasionally when I saw the show as a child.

        Most people’s conception of future technology is based on the implicit assumption there will be a lot of white men to invent things, which will not be the case. The future will be less Jetsons and more gradual decline, simply on the basis of demographics.


        January 22, 2019 at 11:24 AM

      • Yes, the future will be more dystopian than Jetsons or Star Trek, more like Blade Runner.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 22, 2019 at 11:29 AM

  22. There was time when Italian was considered ethnic, even British food would have been considered exotic. I don’t believe my grandpa ever ate pizza.


    January 20, 2019 at 2:55 AM

    • In SF there’s a hugely popular pizza/Italian joint which opened, under another name, in 1958. The owner, who bought the place in the ’80’s from the founder, told me that for the first couole of years, the founder, despite being in a prime neighborhood location, just sat around with no business coming in. Then all of a sudden pizza exploded, and the guy had to stay open till 3:a.m. every night. Later, he cut back to 1:a.m. I’ll never forget being in there around ’02-04, seated next to a bunch of 20-something SWPL’s and one of them yells, “this place rocks!” Woody Allen shot part of Blue something-or-other there. Anyway, the way my friend came to own the place is tgat he was a captain at one of SF’s famous “Continental” restaurants (frog legs and such). Tastes changed and that place closed.


      January 21, 2019 at 3:05 PM

  23. I’m old enough to remember when we had ethnic restaurants but for some reason didn’t yet have tens of millions of foreign immigrants who supposedly are necessary to provide authentic food.


    January 20, 2019 at 2:53 PM

  24. Texas homeowner shoots, kills 3 men and injures 2 during home invasion, officials say


    January 21, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    • Don’t be like the fake news and jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts.

      Note that this was in the bad part of Houston. This is why you want to live in a good neighborhood, or in a gated community.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 21, 2019 at 9:37 PM

      • Wrong! I don’t wanna live in a gated community jail. I wanna be free.


        January 21, 2019 at 11:01 PM

  25. When you live in a shithole like New York it’s better to live gated or in a co-op if you can afford it. You might feel free without gates but the guy trying to mug you is also free.


    January 22, 2019 at 12:47 AM

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