The government of Venezuela has issued a decree that "effectively amounts to forced labor" in an attempt to fix a spiraling food crisis, according to a new report from Amnesty International. A Venezuelan ministry last week announced Resolution No. 9855, which calls for the establishment of a "transitory labor regime" in order to relaunch the agricultural and food sector. The decree says that the government must do what is "necessary to achieve strategic levels of self-sufficiency," and states that workers can be forcefully moved from their jobs to work in farm fields or elsewhere in the agricultural sector for periods of 60 days.Well, as long as everyone is miserable, then equality has been achieved. Utopia!
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Who says socialism is state-run slavery? Let's ask folks in Venezuela, whose socialist government has now resorted to forced labor in a last desperate effort to feed its people:
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, July 30, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
The fight to make Hillary Clinton the next president has begun. Step One: Make sure her most likely supporters can vote:
A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.” The ruling also invalidated limits the same state law placed in 2013 on early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration. The three judges assigned to the case — all Democratic appointees — were unanimous that the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act three years ago by enacting the measure requiring voters to show certain types of photo ID at the polls.So people who can't figure out where they're supposed to vote or think ahead in time to get a photo ID (a basic requirement for many transactions) have a special right to cast a vote. That's the sort that Hillary's depending on.
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
This is mind-blowing:
CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel has said Germany is facing a “major” threat from terrorism but that this should not stop refugees being welcomed to Europe. The German leader, who cut short her summer holiday to speak after a string of Islamist attacks rocked the country, said the entire continent was being “ravaged” by terrorism. She described recent attacks in Ansbach, Wurzburg and Munich as “horrifying and depressing” but insisted Germany would not turn its back on people fleeing the Middle East. In the wake of the killings, Mrs Merkel said Germany now needed a better “early warning system” to spot radicalised Muslims among the newly-arrived migrants. She said the central government would “redouble its efforts” against the threat, increasing staff numbers and resources for security services.As I've pointed out before, with big government, solving the problem is NEVER the answer. The answer is ALWAYS to expand and consolidate government power, and that's exactly what Momma Merkel is doing. This woman clearly doesn't give a damn about her own people.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
What will America be like after
Madam Mao Hillary takes over? It'll be the Obama regime on meth-laced cappuccinos, that's what.
Consider both the Democrats' actions and promises:
- Amnesty for illegal alien invaders "within the first 100 days."
- More bizarre quotas, similar to the sexual quotas imposed "without due process" on Democratic delegates.
- There'll be another round of assaults on traditional America and the South, as indicated by one delegate's desecration of her own State's flag.
- And though there's no room for the official flag of Mississippi, pro-Bernie demonstrators allowed the flag of the bloody Soviet Union.
The guns of the law-abiding will be confiscated, exposing them to the lawless -- though we can all take comfort in knowing that "hate speech" will be vigorously prosecuted. After four years of President Hillary's mandated madness, this is what we can expect the US to look like:
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Strange. Our intellectual and moral superiors have assured us uncontrolled immigration would not only enrich our otherwise drab cultures, but would make us feel good about ourselves and, most important, boost the economy. But the Belgian finance minister now disagrees with his colleagues:
The Belgian economy lost close to €1 billion as a result of the March 22 Brussels terror attacks, according to a new report, local media reports. An economic impact report commissioned by the government suggests Brussels’ tourism and shopping industries were hit hardest in the aftermath of the attacks, newspaper De Morgen wrote Tuesday. The Belgian capital recorded a €122.5 million drop in sales in the second quarter of this year, compared to the first months of 2016. Belgian Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt earlier estimated a decrease in federal tax revenues of €760 million, which represents about 0.1 percent of GDP, bringing the total loss to nearly €1 billion.€1 billion would currently exchange at $1,100,000. Sounds like real money to me.
UPDATED BELOW: American political scientist Samuel Huntington perceived the growing threat of a surging Islamic population within the West almost a quarter century ago:
Wherever one looks along the perimeter of Islam, Muslims have problems living peaceably with their neighbors. Muslims make up about one-fifth of the world's population but in the 1990s they have been far more involved in intergroup violence than the people of any other civilization.Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations, p. 256 The West received adequate warning, but chose to stumble toward disaster. A daily drumbeat of terrorist incidents has almost become the norm. The latest attack has struck France again:
Two knife-wielding attackers who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, shouting "Allahu Akbar," slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest and critically wounded at least one other person during a Tuesday morning terror attack on a Catholic church near the Normandy city of Rouen, officials said. The terrorists were later shot and killed by police. ISIS' Amaq news agency said the France attack was carried out by two Islamic State "soldiers," Reuters reported.Patriots in the West have two options: Fight or submit. Funny thing is, ISIS agrees. UPDATE: The Sun reports the priest was actually beheaded, and that a nun was also slashed and now fighting for her life.
Monday, July 25, 2016
The similarities between the Republican and Democratic conventions are a bit spooky. Consider: - Both conventions have serious divisions over nominees with unprecedented disapproval ratings. - Major figures get booed off the stage -- Ted Cruz was booed for failing to endorse the Republican nominee, and the DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was repeatedly booed for her behind-the-scene efforts to sabotage Bernie Sanders' primary. - At the Republican convention, Chris Christie cited Hillary Clinton's scandals, and after each, the crowd roared back, "Lock her up!" Of course, you'd expect that from Republicans. But many Democrats are ALSO demanding that Hillary be punished:
At a lively Sunday march in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, chants of “lock her up,” “Hillary for Prison” signs and t-shirts and calls for indictment were common among the most ardent supporters of Mr. Sanders, who arrived in Philadelphia to make their voices heard to the delegates attending the Democratic National Convention.Prediction: Philadelphia will see much more turmoil and protest than Cleveland. Should be some fun TV watching this week!
Posted by Old Rebel at Monday, July 25, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Okay, so the West has suffered another horrific attack by a Muslim. But hey, it's a small price to pay for diversity.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, July 24, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Remember the USSR, that utopian model of an inevitable future? It collapsed in 1991, a victim of its own hidebound ideology. Its socialist economy gave workers little motivation to work, and central control made it impossible to respond to local changes in the vast Soviet economy. The only reason the USSR lasted as long as it did was a totalitarian government that held its captive population in fear, fear amplified by the threat of external enemies. Arms reduction treaties reduced that fear, and the Politburo's clumsy attempts at loosening citizen surveillance unleashed a flood of open criticism of the Soviet System. The rest is history. The DC Empire is also dying of its own egalitarian ideology. The latest case in point comes from Colorado, where Dana Zzyym [sic] is fighting for his inalienable right to be addressed as "intersex":
A Colorado Navy veteran who identifies as neither male nor female has taken the State Department to court for refusing to administer a gender-neutral passport. U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson heard arguments in the lawsuit this week, according to a clerk of the court. No ruling has been issued. Dana Zzyym, 58, was born with ambiguous sex characteristics and identifies as intersex, according to Lambda Legal, which is handling the case. Zzyym uses the gender-neutral pronouns "they" and "them" and wants a passport that has an "X" for gender alongside "male" and "female." The State Department, which oversees the passport program, sent a statement to CNN this week explaining that its policy, "like other federal, state and local government agencies, requires the use of binary (M or F) sex identifiers."I wonder what it'll cost to change public and private databases to accommodate this latest madness from the "gender identity" movement. Whatever it is, as soon as that project's completed, another loopy cause will demand even more acknowledgement and endorsement of people's fantasies, such as the right to be recognized as an elf or dragon. Glory, glory hallelujah!
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, July 23, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
It turns out that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who attacked and killed 84 participants at a Bastille Day celebration with a truck, had long plotted his crime. Worse, he had help, and the implications are frightening:
The five suspects were brought before anti-terrorism judges yesterday and charged. They are 22-year-old Franco-Tunisian Ramzi A., 37-year-old Tunisian Chokri C., 40-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Oualid G., 38-year-old Albanian Artan H., and his wife Enkeledja Z. who holds both French and Albanian nationality. None of the suspects were known to intelligence services, and only Ramzi A., who was born in Nice, had a criminal record for robbery and drug offences.Big deal, you say. They were Muslims. We figured that. But what makes this development scary is the last line of the report: "None of the suspects were known to intelligence services ..." Lesson learned: Potential terrorists cannot be vetted out. Mao Tse-tung once observed that “The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.” In other words, a guerilla fighter -- or "terrorist," depending on whose side they're on -- MUST HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL POPULATION. Or at least a significant portion of that population. In fact, modern counterinsurgency strategy aims at separating the guerrilla from his support base in the population. And for the West, there's only one way to do that, and that is to STOP opening the gates to Muslim immigration, and start enforcing immigration laws. Anything else is meaningless. "But that's DISCRIMINATION! There MUST be an alternative!" Right on both counts, because there IS an alternative:
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Bottom line, it means "Race does not exist, except when it does." Got that? The Huff n' Puff Post explains it all in the latest article on politicized science in the DC Empire:
The race concept should be removed from genetics research for the following reasons: Genetic methods do not support the classification of humans into discrete races, [and] racial assumptions are not good biological guideposts. Races are not genetically homogenous and lack clear-cut genetic boundaries. And because of this, using race as a proxy to make clinical predictions is about probability. ... We also believe that a variable so mired in historical and contemporary controversy has no place in modern genetics. Race has both scientific and social meanings that are impossible to tease apart, and we worry that using such a concept in modern genetics does not serve the field well.Translation: Open borders must be imposed because it makes no sense to regulate who can and cannot settle in the US. (Guess these folks have never watched CSI, where you can take a blob from a rotted corpse and identify its DNA so precisely that scientists -- that is, real scientists, rather than Lysenko wannabes -- can determine the race and sex of the deceased, as well as reconstruct its facial features.) Okay, so race does not exist. However ...
Race also, of course, has social meanings. And by suggesting that race is not a useful tool for classifying humans, we do not mean to say that somehow race is not real. Race is, of course, real. We live in a country and a world where skin color has long been used as a way to systematize discrimination and brutality. But that is not what we are arguing in this paper. We are arguing simply that race is not a useful tool to study human genetic diversity and that there is potential harm in doing so. We acknowledge in the paper that using race as a political or social category to study racism and its biological effects, although fraught with challenges, remains necessary.Translation: When it comes to continuing to enforce affirmative action, racial set-asides, and blaming all minority ills on "White Privilege," race most definitely exists. There. That settles that.
Members of the Revolutionary Communist Party tried to set an American flag on fire outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last night. Ironically -- but predictably, knowing these clowns -- they set themselves on fire. When police started spraying these geniuses with fire extinguishers, this elite vanguard of the oppressed ran away, thinking it was pepper spray. Police had to yell at some of them to stop so they could extinguish the flames. These neo-communists sported black shirts with the motto "Revolution nada menos!" which means "Revolution, nothing less!" Talk about incendiary rhetoric.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
When the Supreme Soviet, I mean, Supreme Court ruled that same-sex "marriage" was a right guaranteed by some previously unknown sentence in the Constitution, all the good and wise people assured us it could never lead to group marriage. Don't look now, but the de facto legalization of "polyamory" has already established a beachhead in Portland, Oregon:
Polyamory is the practice of intimate relationships involving more than two people with the consent of everyone involved. In recent years, polyamory is working its way to becoming a household term. Researchers have estimated that 4 to 5% of Americans practice some form of consensual non-monogamy. A 2014 blog post by Psychology Today revealed that 9.8 million people have agreed to allow satellite lovers in their relationships, which includes poly couples, swinging couples and others practicing sexual non-monogamy. And in Portland – home to swingers’ clubs, the most strip bars per capita, and annual porn festivals – it seems you can’t throw a stone without finding a poly relationship. Although there’s no official data supporting an exact number, various Meetup groups boast a few thousand members each, while other Facebook groups have hundreds.Right. We were also promised the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would never lead to racial quotas, and today we're bogged down in a tangle of set-asides, diversity goals, and disparate impact lawsuits. When are we going to quit believing politicians?
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
We are now witnessing the fruits of the Civil Rights Revolution. Hatred of everything associated with traditional America is tearing us apart, and leaving a trail of carnage in its wake. Consider the latest pre-mortem from Heather Mac Donald:
The difference between the 1960s and today is that the hatred of law enforcement and of whites is being stoked by the highest reaches of the establishment. Universities sometimes seem like little else than factories of desperately ginned-up racial grievance. That the cop killer in Dallas and apparently in Baton Rouge as well came out of the military is an indication that the happy talk about how the military is an engine of racial reconciliation is naïve. The country has been pretending that the main source of racism today comes from whites. Anyone who has spent time in the inner city and even more middle-class black precincts—such as college campuses—knows differently.We're in the grip of our own version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. That began in 1966 when Mao sought to expand his power by removing "impure elements" within the Chinese Communist party. Mao and his cultish followers organized purges against "revisionists" who emphasized technical expertise over party dogma. Cultural treasures were destroyed in the name of "liberating" China from its past (sound familiar?), and over a million lost their lives. Is it too late for us to stop this escalating insanity?
This is why nations -- REAL nations, as opposed to extended stay motels -- regulate who can enter their territories. Some cultures are simply incompatible, as this story from Pakistan illustrates:
The brother of Pakistani social media star, Qandeel Baloch, says he's proud he killed his sister, claiming he did it because "girls are born to stay home." The 25 year-old Qandeel was strangled Friday at her family home in the city of Multan in the Pakistani province of Punjab. After going on the run, her brother was later arrested. In his confession video, he expresses no regret. "I am proud of what I did. I drugged her first, then I killed her," Waseem Baloch says. "She was bringing dishonor to our family." Waseem goes on to remark that he thinks he will be remembered with pride and honor, and by bringing honor to his family he has earned his place "in heaven." "Girls are born to stay home and follow traditions. My sister never did that," he says.And we can't dismiss this act as an isolated incident; it's ingrained in Pakistan's culture:
According to the Independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, violence against women is rampant, with as many as 212 women being killed in the name of 'honor' in the first five months of 2016.Globalists and their leftist cheerleaders pretend cultural differences are insignificant. Reality teaches otherwise.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, policemen are dead, and three are in the hospital, one in critical condition, as a result of an "ambush" by Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri. No word yet whether Long was enflamed by irresponsible BLM propaganda or by the one-sided tut-tutting of our Chief Executive. We need sane and moderate voices in Baton Rouge -- individuals or organizations that will hose down the red-hot rhetoric that has inspired nothing but more distrust and violence. Wait, I have a new Google alert coming in: New Black Panther Party forms Baton Rouge chapter Uh-oh...
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, July 17, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Obama, like every other gullible Western leader, has sided with Erdogan's Islamist government against the Turkish military. Per Obama, we must "support the democratically elected government of Turkey." No, we don't, not if we want to avoid giving ISIS the Islamist caliphate it yearns for. Since the days of Ataturk, the Turkish military has been a force for a secular, pro-Western Turkey. Now that the only brake toward radical Islamization has been shattered, there's nothing to stop the revival of a new, more powerful Islamist caliphate.
When Omar Mateen took hostages and shot to death 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, the usual suspects ran over each other trying to paint the attack as anything but what it was: an act of Islamic jihad. No, said the gun-grabbers, it's the fault of guns! No, said the SJWs, white privilege caused it. And Omid Safi, the director of the Islamic Studies Center at Duke University, blathered that Mateen had somehow been infected by racist, homophobic Southerners. Here's Safi's email: email@example.com But now that the FBI has conducted its thorough investigation, all the breathless speculation and finger-pointing has to be judged by the cold, hard facts. Here's the bottom line of the FBI's report on Omar Mateen:
The FBI has found no evidence so far that Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded more than 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, chose the popular establishment because of its gay clientele, U.S law enforcement officials said. ... Officials said there is nothing to suggest that he attempted to cover up his tracks by deleting files. They also added he did not make gay slurs during the shooting spree inside the club, based on witnesses. In a 911 call, Mateen pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State and did not make any homophobic comments. FBI Director James B. Comey has said Mateen was radicalized and previously been the target of a terrorism investigation.But then, people blinded by ideology never pay attention to mere facts. They have Greater Truths to promote.
Friday, July 15, 2016
"When we get in each other’s faces, we get on each other’s nerves. It’s time to get out of each other’s faces. Westerners and Muslims don’t agree on the basics of social order and don’t want to live under the same rules. That shouldn’t be a problem because that’s what separate countries are for. We should stop occupying their countries and stop letting them move to ours." - Steve Sailer
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, July 15, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
We didn't have to wait very long for the next Islamist terror attack:
ISIS is celebrating the apparent terrorist attack in Nice, France, on Thursday as retaliation for the death of Abu Omar al-Shishani—the terror group’s so-called “minister of war”—who was killed earlier this year by coalition forces while fighting in Iraq. At least 75 people were killed and dozens more were injured when a truck barreled through a large crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, a French holiday commemorating the storming of the famous Parisian fortress in 1789, an important milestone in the French Revolution. The driver of the truck reportedly was killed by French authorities.That's it. Have we had enough? If the West is to survive, it's time to quit waiting like cattle at the stockyard, and start defending ourselves. It's time to stop all immigration from Middle Eastern countries and start deporting all illegal aliens. That is, unless you LIKE news stories like this. And there will be more.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Wait a minute -- we were assured by the Wise Ones that this sort of thing would never happen:
A transgender Idaho Falls woman was arrested Tuesday on one count of felony voyeurism for a report that she took pictures of another woman changing clothes in a dressing room at Target in Ammon. Shauna Patricia Smith, 43, is in custody in the Bonneville County Jail under the name Sean Smith, according to the jail’s active inmate roster. A Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office news release said the suspect also is known as Sean P. Smith. Sheriff’s deputies responded Monday to the store after a woman reported that someone was taking pictures of her while she was inside a dressing room trying on clothes, the release said. The victim noticed the subject reaching over the wall with a cellphone taking pictures. The victim confronted the suspect who then fled the store on foot, the release said.So -- a person with XY chromosomes acts like a man, no matter what he's wearing or what he calls himself. And we thought the magic words "transgender woman" would change a man's chromosomes into XX. But nature makes the rules, not SJWs.
In 1863, the Anti-Draft Riots broke out in New York City. Angered by the provision in the draft law that allowed the rich to buy their way out of military service, the rioters also targeted abolitionists and blacks. "Many blacks were beaten to death, and a black orphanage was burned, leaving hundreds of children homeless. Business ceased, and robbing and looting flourished." These riots inspired the Leonardo DiCaprio/Daniel Day-Lewis classic Gangs of New York.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Or so said the experts. Here's the headline from the May 31 Guardian, weeks before the Brexit vote: "Brexit would prompt stock market and house price crash, says IMF" And here's today's financial headline from CNN: "Dow rises to all-time high"
"There will be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it by the back door, and no second referendum. The country voted to leave the European Union, and as Prime Minister I will make sure that we leave the European Union." Theresa May, Britain's next prime minister
Monday, July 11, 2016
The Empire's veneer of legitimacy just took another major hit with Hillary's email scandal:
A majority of Americans disapprove of the FBI's recommendation not to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime over her handling of email while secretary of state, and a similar number in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say the issue leaves them worried about how she would handle her responsibilities as president if elected. ... 56 percent disapprove of FBI Director James Comey's recommendation not to charge Clinton, while just 35 percent approve. Similarly, 57 percent say the incident makes them worried about how Clinton might act as president if she is elected, with most very worried about it. Just 39 percent feel the issue isn't related to how she would perform as president.56%. That's a landslide, folks.
Posted by Old Rebel at Monday, July 11, 2016