Politicians who begged Scotland to stay in the Union should not complain if the SNP calls the shots at Westminster after the election, Nicola Sturgeon said last night. Polling last night showed that the nationalists are extending their lead – threatening to all but wipe out Labour north of the border Yesterday she said: ‘During the referendum campaign last year, we were told repeatedly by politicians who were trying to persuade Scotland to vote no – and they succeeded – that Scotland was an integral part of the UK, that our view mattered,’ Miss Sturgeon said. ‘It’s completely unacceptable now for those politicians to say, when Scotland is perhaps going to make its view heard by voting SNP, to say your voice can’t be heard in the UK.’ She said her MPs – who could number as many as 50 after May 7 – would vote to roll back reform of the NHS in England.Traditionally, Scottish nationalists have not voted on health and matters that do not affect their constituents, since they are controlled in Scotland by the Holyrood parliament.Sturgeon's right -- those who defeated the independence referendum are getting exactly what they wanted. I wonder how much more they can stand?
Saturday, April 18, 2015
This is just TOO funny! Seems the SNP is gaining strength, and is using that new power to make Scotland ungovernable. I wonder if the pro-Empire bloc regrets its cowardly and deceptive campaign to convince Scots to remain in Britain? From The Daily Mail:
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, April 18, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
And you thought only white people discriminated against others. From CNN:
Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard -- killing them -- because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday. Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said. The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants -- Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal -- threw the 12 overboard, police said.As Third-World refugees scramble from every hell-hole on the planet for a Western country, they're bringing more than just cheap labor, they're also sneaking in old conflicts. Here in the West, they'll find exciting new opportunities and resources to get even with their ancient enemies.
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, April 17, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
corrupt and degenerate empire in its dying throes: Two TSA officers fired for scheme to grope hot men at Denver Airport
Ain't that America hey somethin' to see baby
Ain't that America oh home of the free
Ooh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Two Transportation Security Administration employees have been fired and two others reassigned after they allegedly set up a system to allow a male screener to pat down attractive men going through security at Denver International Airport, authorities said. The employees were not identified, and there will be no criminal charges because no victims have come forward, according to a police report. Denver Police got involved in March, after a tipster brought it to the attention of the TSA in November, which conducted an investigation and contacted police. The male screener would give a signal to a female employee when a male passenger arrived that he thought was attractive, and she would falsely enter the sex of the passenger as female, so the machine would report an anomaly that triggered a pat down of a passenger’s groin, police said in a report. She told the TSA investigators she did this for the other officer at least 10 times in the past, according to the report.That pretty much says it all, doesn't it? You've got a police state that ignores the 4th amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. You have an all-powerful Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security -- heck, the name alone should give you the creeps. Government power is ALWAYS abused, so it's no surprise that power is placed at the service of a sicko who gets his kicks kneading the genitals of helpless, unsuspecting victims. Pardon me while I throw up. And pardon me if I do not pledge allegiance to such a sick regime. Don't insult me by objecting that these are just two bad apples. The TSA -- which used to stand for Totalitarian Search Administration, but could now stand for Total Sex Abuse -- is an agency of the federal government created by that great conservative George W. Bush. The agency's purpose is to violate the privacy rights of Americans. And there's no escape from it, as this official gloated:
"TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass-transit locations around the country," the Los Angeles Times reported. Ray Dineen, the air marshal in charge of the TSA office in Charlotte, N.C., told the paper, "We are not the Airport Security Administration. We take that transportation part seriously."And the peculiar sexual tastes that screener indulged now have the official stamp of approval of the same federal government, whether the people of the once-sovereign States like it or not. The only reason the Denver Deviant got in trouble is because he didn't get informed consent from the hot men he fondled. So take it away, John Cougar Mellencamp: Ain't that America for you and me
Ain't that America hey somethin' to see baby
Ain't that America oh home of the free
Ooh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
I continue to be pleasantly surprised by growing scepticism toward Lincoln's handling of Southern secession. This article from Doug Bandow, a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute, is sure to have considerable influence:
Despite the unnecessary casualties and destruction of the Civil War, most Americans today reflexively call Lincoln a great president who “saved” the country. He did end slavery, a notable achievement, yet war probably wasn’t necessary to do so. ... One can argue that Americans are better off as a result, but that conclusion is not self-evident. Two smaller, less centralized and intrusive governments, competing for the loyalty of citizens able to freely move between the North and South, almost certainly would have better respected Americans’ liberties. In any case, it’s unlikely that whatever advantages came from a national union warranted the high human cost of the Civil War. The U.S. government now usually criticizes foreign governments which similarly use force to prevent secession. Few advanced industrialized states would imagine using force to prevent citizens from leaving, whether Scots in Great Britain, Catalonians in Spain, Flemish in Belgium, or Quebecers in Canada. What is history to us was reality for tens of millions of Americans, especially the three-quarter million who died in the conflict. We should learn from the conflict. Americans should pledge never again to use military force to compel people to stay together politically, either at home or abroad.Thanks to Dutchy for the heads-up!
Whoa. When I first saw this, I assumed it was released on April Fools Day. But it doesn't look tongue-in-cheek -- the makers appear to be presenting this video as the real thing. The thesis is that the War Between the States attracted the attention of space aliens:
The Civil War nearly destroyed the great experiment known as the United States of America, but is it possible that the preservation of the republic was influenced by extraterrestrial beings? Abraham Lincoln described strange visions and premonitions that occurred before pivotal moments in his presidency. Union officer Ambrose Bierce wrote about mysterious disappearances and inter-dimensional travel, and a ghostly image of George Washington was witnessed by hundreds of soldiers at Gettysburg prompting an official government investigation. Were alien observers on site during the war and did they take an active roll to preserve the Union?Actually, the theory that ET ensured a Union victory makes more sense than the theory that Northerners endured 360,000 + casualties to do a good deed for Southern blacks. Thanks to Robert for the link!
Friday, April 10, 2015
If you needed any additional proof the central government and all of its agencies intend to transform this country into a Third-World hodge-podge, here it is:
The U.S. Army is expanding a controversial program under which immigrants, including some illegal who have certain health care or foreign language skills, can get on a fast track to citizenship. The MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) program, which had been capped at 1,500 immigrant enlistees per year, has been expanded to 3,000 for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, and to 5,000 for fiscal year 2016, The Wall Street Journal reports. Also, for the first time, the program will accept Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants, reflecting President Barack Obama's 2012 executive action blocking deportations of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who have undocumented immigration status.Can we stop worshiping the military now? It's just another weapon being used against traditional America. Period.
From a review of Chuck Thompson's book, "Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession":
In Thompson's vision, the seceded south would become a neighborly pal like Canada. Both northerners and southerners would get 10 years to decide which country they want to live in. Separating the new nations' military forces would be little tricky, and there would be a few international trade complications, like making sure the north has access to all that Confederate oil. But Thompson sees no deal-breaking obstacles. All in all, if you read Thompson's book, you may well conclude, as I have, that after Gettysburg, the south lost the war but won the peace. [Emphasis mine] If the Confederate flag-flying secessionists who keep fighting that war want to get serious about going off to form their own country, I'm OK with that.The value of articles like this is that it gets people thinking about secession. "Do we REALLY need DC siphoning our money for its own projects?" That's why I believe a lot of folks in the 21st century will be "OK" with various secession movements. It promises to be an interesting time.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
The very existence of opposition gnaws at radical leftists. They particularly despise Southerners because the South's resilient culture is a major impediment to their agenda. Culture is an organic and tireless organizing force, and therefore a threat to far-left schemes that would dismantle society and put the left in charge. Just look at how traditional culture overthrew the Soviet bloc in the 1990s, and how it's challenging overgrown governments around the world today. So it's no surprise to see yet another slam against the South by the tag team of Euan Hague, Heidi Beirich, and Ed Sebesta. Their latest hit piece, entitled "Why the Confederacy Lives," neatly and blindly dismisses Southern heritage, the rise of self-government, and growing distrust of social reengineering as -- drum roll, please -- racist. What, again? Yes, again. It's an entirely predictable article. As Hague and company see it, there is no reason for distrusting big government other than blind, irrational racial hatred. Here's just one example they cite:
In more public venues, the SCV’s dog-whistle politics come into play. Casting an eye over recent events in Ferguson and elsewhere, although never explicitly stating this, SCV deputy commander-in-chief Thomas V. Strain Jr. recently decried the “young men with no guidance attacking law-abiding citizens and law enforcement officers,” officers who, when they “remedy the situation and protect the innocent … are called murderers.”Of course, it's not just "neo-Confederates," as Hague & Co. call their various targets, who now realize that government welfare and other programs have undermined traditional family formation and unleashed a mostly black underclass of rootless, anti-social young people. Just last month, Nicholas Kristof, hardly a pro-Southern pundit, said this of failed federal programs that have done more harm than good:
Fifty years ago this month, Democrats made a historic mistake. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, at the time a federal official, wrote a famous report in March 1965 on family breakdown among African-Americans. He argued presciently and powerfully that the rise of single-parent households would make poverty more intractable. “The fundamental problem,” Moynihan wrote, is family breakdown. In a follow-up, he explained: “From the wild Irish slums of the 19th-century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows large numbers of young men to grow up in broken families ... never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future — that community asks for and gets chaos.” Liberals brutally denounced Moynihan as a racist.Kristof concluded that tossing the word "racist" at every study of black dysfunction is counter-productive:
Growing up with just one biological parent reduces the chance that a child will graduate from high school by 40 percent, according to an essay by Sara McLanahan of Princeton and Christopher Jencks of Harvard. They point to the likely mechanism: “A father’s absence increases antisocial behavior, such as aggression, rule-breaking, delinquency and illegal drug use.” These effects are greater on boys than on girls.Read the Hague hit piece and you'll see no mention of how the resurgence of smaller, more responsive political units are in direct response to the horrendous history of big governments. Post-Lincoln America has a bloody record of launching wars of aggression, and will continue its policy of perpetual war as long as it exists. The central government in DC is the greatest threat to our safety and liberty. That's not hype -- that's fact. Yet, Hague sees what he calls "Confederate ideology" as the real problem. If you're looking for dangerous ideologies, look no further than Mr. Hague himself. He's a Marxist, an adherent of the most anti-human, murderous ideology the world has ever seen. Hague's Marxist allegiance is documented here and at the World Socialist Web Site. This isn't the first time the SPLC has played footsie with Marxists. And seeing as how communism has re-branded itself as "anti-racism," it probably won't be the last. Thanks to Gail for the heads-up!
The media, academia, government, and Hollywood all agree: Importing a Third-World majority to replace America's traditional population isn't just the right thing to do, it will magically usher in economic and cultural riches galore. (Of course, they never explain how those who created the impoverished hell-holes they spawned in the old country will morph into creators of culture and wealth once they come here.) Meanwhile, the SPLC and other bully-boys slam dissidents who fail to embrace the party line as unhip-white-supremacist-neo-nazi-bad-people. Despite all that, an overwhelming majority doesn't buy it, as this Rasmussen survey on illegal immigration shows:
More voters than ever feel the United States is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally, even as President Obama continues to push his plan to make up to five million illegal immigrants safe from deportation. Just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. government is too aggressive in deporting those who are in the country illegally. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% believe the government is not aggressive enough in deporting these illegal immigrants, up from 52% a year ago and 56% in November.How about that? There's still a stubborn spirit of rebellion in this country. No matter how much the ruling elite and its flying monkeys threaten and curse, we still refuse to believe their lies. Makes you proud. The inevitable question is this: Will DC's policies change in response? No. The 1 Percenters want even more cheap, exploitable labor, and Democrats want more clients. So brace yourself for more illegal immigration and the problems it will import. And those childish fools who think we live in a "democracy" have some 'splainin' to do.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Change is a-comin' to Great Britain, and that's not just wishful thinking; that's a fact. Britain's old party system is going down:
On 7 May, Britain goes to the polls. Voters are deserting Labour and the Tories in favour of resurgent Scottish nationalists and an English version of the Tea Party. The result could spell the end for the system as we know it Public mistrust of government is high in Britain, and deference to the political elite has also collapsed as economic woes erode living standards. Amid all that, voters are deserting the Conservatives and Labour, Britain’s two main parties of the right and left since the 1920s, in droves. In the 1951 election, Labour and the Conservatives – or Tories – shared 96% of the vote. By 2010 they could only manage 66% between them.Serves the old parties right -- they're the ones engineering the displacement of Britain's native population with the Third World. Now if we could just jump-start a similar revolt here in the Colonies...
Once upon a time, leftists denounced marriage as a relic of the bad ol' past. They slammed marriage as the primary institution responsible for inequality. After all, inherited wealth perpetrated uneven distributions of property through generations of the same bloodline. Can't have that. Alexandra Kollontai, one of the leaders of the Communist Revolution in Russia, issued this challenge to Soviet women: “Cast off your chains! Do not be slaves to religion, to marriage, to children. Break these old ties, the state is your home, the world is your country!” And when the so-called Women's Liberation movement revved up, marriage remained the number one target. This denunciation from feminist Linda Gordon is typical: "The nuclear family must be destroyed... Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process." That couldn't be any clearer, could it? But that was then. These days, the left is howling that homosexuals should be allowed to marry because AS EVERYONE KNOWS, marriage is the most important of all civil rights. Julian Bond, the chairman of the NAACP Board, has said, “Discrimination is discrimination no matter who the victim is, and it is always wrong. There are no special rights in America, despite the attempts by many to divide blacks and the gay community with the argument that the latter are seeking some imaginary special rights at the expense of blacks.” And in its continuing crusade to find more oppressed persons to liberate, the Southern Poverty Law Center has set up a special page dedicated to promoting the "right" of homosexuals to marry. Why the flip-flop? The issue is not that leftists have no scruples (they don't!) or that they lack any principles whatsoever -- they still want to raze traditional society and place themselves in charge of reconstructing the world. No, the point is that, per Gramsci, they've learned that screaming for the destruction of traditional society simply doesn't work. Undermining traditional society from within is the ticket to power. I believe traditional society is much more resilient than its enemies realize because it reflects human nature as expressed over millennia. But how much suffering can the left inflict? Sadly, the answer is a lot, as the history of leftist devastation in pursuit of utopia graphically illustrates. That's the challenge confronting us.
Monday, April 6, 2015
I've been getting an unreal amount of spam lately. Fortunately, Blogger has a very good spam detection algorithm, so no matter how many land in the spam folder, all I have to do is click two buttons, and they're flushed down the digital drain. Their aim is free advertising. One thing I've noticed is that almost all spam is poorly written, and often makes little sense. Here's one entertaining example as it appeared in my spam folder today:
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Saturday, April 4, 2015
If ever you doubted that Civil Rights were designed to reconstruct this country, you need to read this:
Federal civil rights officials will meet Monday with two immigrant mothers who’ve been leading a hunger strike at a family detention camp in Karnes, Texas. ... Some of the women have been held for as long as 10 months, according to one of the detainees, Kenia Galeano, a 26-year-old from Honduras who spoke with McClatchy. They began refusing food on Monday to protest the lengthy detention of their children. “We have come to this country with our children seeking refuge and we’re being treated as delinquents,” the women wrote in a letter explaining their actions.I wonder who'll win?
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, April 04, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
Pretend you're a staff writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Which of the following headlines from around the world would you pick for your latest post? Remember, you're an employee of a professional fearmonger, so choose carefully: Muslim Militants Kill 147 Students in Kenya Two Muslim Women arrested for bombing plot in New York Muslim Terrorists behead 40 people with chainsaws Well, if you picked any of the above headlines in order to frighten potential donors enough to contribute to the SPLC, you just don't have what it takes to work for Morris Dees. Sorry to have to break the news to you. Below is the kind of headline that makes the SPLC's Hatewatch: European and American Racists Set To Gather In Belgium The SPLC post that follows that headline is chock-full of lurid, chill-inducing details of what these eeeevil "Racists" plan to do at their planned meeting: There will be "speeches" to foster "bridge-building" they hope will promote their horrible goals, such as the "survival interests of the German people." Yikes! I don't know about you, but reading the above just sent a shiver down my spine. But then, the SPLC is a professional organization. They know how to terrify their readers better than Stephen King.
As the country formerly known as the United States unravels, reasons for breaking up are diverse and numerous. The latest secession news comes from New York state:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York has driven residents in 15 small towns in the state’s southern tier to consider leaving New York to become part of Pennsylvania.The article cites this interesting bit of history I was not aware of:
Lee Lane, a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute, says New York’s state government has a long history of driving towns to the brink of secession. “In early 1788, Albany's delay in ratifying the U.S. Constitution nearly drove New York City to secede from the state. Today, Albany’s continuing ban on fracking is driving the southern-tier towns toward the same step. Now, just as in 1788, the state government’s resistance to needed change is the root of the problem,” said Lee.I've read about Mayor Fernando Wood's efforts to make New York an independent city-state in the early days of the War Between the States. But Mr. Lane's comment shows that reasons for local secession in New York are deep indeed. Tick-tock...
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Political gadfly and all-around bad boy Fred Reed takes a long, hard look at what's left of the entity once known as the United States of America, and concludes there ain't much "United" left in it any more:
illegal alien invaders New and Improved Americans are in open defiance of existing federal law. And it's not just left-leaning States standing up to DC's authority. President George W. Bush signed the REAL ID act in 2005, but several States have refused to comply, including Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maine and Utah.
Leviathan is staggering, and can't hide that fact any longer.
The country is not a happy place. Today it is more consciously and resentfully divided, politically, regionally, racially and by sex and class than perhaps ever before. The rich prosper and the middle class sink. Three major racial blocs eye each other with fear and hostility. The hard left controls the media and government against the desires of much of the country, enforcing social engineering that is deeply disliked. Feminists make war on men, and destroy the schools and universities. Washington is widely loathed. Rules, laws, and regulations never voted on grow ever more burdensome and intrusive. Many quietly want out. The question is how to get there. A breakup will not come by armed secession. We tried that, with poor results. It will come, if it does, by gradual degrees, by inadvertence, by quietly ignoring the central government, by incremental defiance. This has begun. Whether it will continue remains to be seen. ... In the past the rock-solid unity of the United States existed because people wanted it. The foundation was a largely uniform white, Christian, European culture which no one thought about because there was no reason to think about it. Minorities were minor enough that they had to conform to the dominant culture. People shared ideas of morality, education, crime, music, religion, dress, manners, and patriotism. That unity is gone forever. The old, functioning system has been replaced, not by another functioning system, such as that of Japan, China, or Korea, but by civilizational chaos. A law of human behavior is that people want to live among people like themselves. Another is that they do not like being ruled from afar by people they detest. Who likes Washington today?Is Reed correct? His last question is easily answered by polls that reveal increasing distrust of DC (see here and here, for example). I agree with the author that the process will be gradual rather than sudden and violent. And it's already started -- States and cities that brag they're sanctuaries for
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, April 02, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Loyal reader Robert sends this: Old Rebel, as you know, the SCV lawsuit against the State of Texas for denying us our license plate was heard by the Supreme Court last week. Here’s a little historical background while waiting the outcome. You may recall that Pope Pius IX was the only European ruler to have recognized the Confederacy; he addressed Jefferson Davis as “President of the Confederate States of America” in correspondence and then wrote to Davis while he was imprisoned in Fortress Monroe after the war. Now it turns out that license plates issued by the Vatican State begin with the letters “SCV”, and guess who is SCV # 1?
The University of Southern California has voted to create a "Black House" on campus, because, in the words of one proponent, "We need a space where students who feel like they're marginalized feel comfortable." Now let me get this straight: Civil Rights demands that Blacks be integrated into all institutions. And Civil Rights also means that Blacks be segregated in all-Black institutions. My head hurts.
The people of Catalonia are ready for self-government. Madrid keeps telling them "No." What will be interesting is who gets the last word. Looks like an independence vote for Catalonia is in the works:
Catalan nationalist parties and associations have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote. The election will "serve as a legal mechanism to determine the Catalan people's will", two main Catalan nationalist parties and several associations said in an agreement published Monday.The aging, corrupt central governments that seized power by force and fraud in the 19th can 20th centuries will be left behind in the dust. Those unwieldy organizations cannot respond to the rebirth of nationalism and traditional cultures. And a lot of people are saying, "Good riddance!"
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
If you had any doubt about DC being a rat's nest of psychopaths, this story should convince you:
As Iran talks appear to be coming to a close with a successful agreement that would both lead to the lifting of international sanctions and restrictions that would prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons, most in the international community are relieved. Yet Republicans have teamed up with their counterparts in the Israeli political system to do everything they can to obstruct a deal – with tactics such as drafting new sanctions legislation and warning the Iranian leadership that the nuclear agreement will not outlast President Obama. But this past week Senator John McCain (R-AZ) ratcheted up this sabotage to a new level. During a floor speech he gave on March 24th, the senator suggested that Israel “go rogue” and that if they don't they may not survive the next 22 months of the Obama presidency.This is deadly serious. Netanyahu might take this as a green light for launching a war that could ignite the entire Middle East powderkeg. And remember: McCain is viewed as a "moderate" in modern-day America, and folks like me who oppose DC's interventions are considered "extremist." Being on the outside of this bloodthirsty regime is a badge of honor.
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Jamie Foxx, that is. Certain citizens of the land of the 1st Amendment are hyperventilating over a joke Foxx told last night at the iHeartRadio Music Awards:
Foxx, the actor and musician who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles, hosted the second annual awards show in Los Angeles. "We got some groundbreaking performances, here too, tonight," Foxx said. "We got Bruce Jenner, who will be doing some musical performances. He's doing a his-and-her duet all by himself."The CNN report tells us that all right-thinking Americans are outraged, yes, outraged! Which goes to show that these hair-trigger watchdogs of accepted thought not only despise free speech, but have no sense of humor. Get a life.
Charles Johnson, the chief upholder of all right and proper thought at Little Green Footballs, gushes over Apple CEO Tim Cook for condemning State "Religious Freedom" laws. Says Johnson: "Apple CEO Tim Cook drops the mic at the Washington Post. It’s rare to see the head of a massive corporation put himself on the line like this; good on ya, Tim." Johnson quotes Cook's statement:
Tim Cook: Pro-Discrimination ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Are Dangerous. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law. Others are more transparent in their effort to discriminate. Legislation being considered in Texas would strip the salaries and pensions of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — even if the Supreme Court strikes down Texas’ marriage ban later this year. In total, there are nearly 100 bills designed to enshrine discrimination in state law. I remember what it was like to grow up in the South in the 1960s and 1970s. Discrimination isn’t something that’s easy to oppose. It doesn’t always stare you in the face. It moves in the shadows. And sometimes it shrouds itself within the very laws meant to protect us. Our message, to people around the country and around the world, is this: Apple is open. Open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. Regardless of what the law might allow in Indiana or Arkansas, we will never tolerate discrimination.So -- the powerful and wealthy CEO of a global corporation parrots the opinions of the US Justice Department, the media, and academia, and THAT'S putting "himself on the line"? I'm so old, I remember when heroes stood up against big government and the mob. My, how times have changed.
Can you imagine the reaction at Huffington Post, CNN, and all the other liberal media if someone on the right called for nullifying elections and establishing military rule? But that's exactly what the left is clamoring for these days. William Barber,the president of the North Carolina NAACP, announced his support in 2008 and in 2015 for a Third Reconstruction. He's not alone. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture recently hosted a panel discussion featuring Eric Foner, Darryl Pinckney, Mychal Denzel Smith, Isabel Wilkerson and Patricia J. Williams. You can watch the video, or just read a summary of what they advocate in an article featured by The Nation entitled Toward a Third Reconstruction. They agree that nothing less will advance the civil rights revolution. And the New York Times recently published Eric Foner's argument that a Third Reconstruction is needed to promote what he calls "political and economic democracy." If you're wondering what Foner means by that term, he means communism, as Tom DiLorenzo has noted:
Indeed, Foner is such an apologist for Soviet communism that he opposed the breakup of the Soviet Union and, naturally, invoked Abraham Lincoln as his reason. He railed against the secession movements in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia in the early 1990s and urged Gorbachev to deal with them in the same manner that Lincoln dealt with the Southern secessionists.
In an editorial in the February 11, 1991 issue of The Nation magazine entitled "Lincoln's Lesson," Foner called the breakup of the Soviet Union, which at the time was being wildly cheered by freedom lovers everywhere, as "a crisis" that threatened the "laudable goal" of creating a system that demanded "overarching loyalty to the Soviet Union" while at the same time allowing separate republics to exist. No "leader of a powerful nation," Foner wrote, should allow such a thing as "the dismemberment of the Soviet Union."
He concluded that "The Civil War was a central step in the consolidation of national authority in the United States," which he of course views as a great event. One cannot adopt socialism – in the United States or anywhere else – without a highly centralized, monopolistic government. "The Union, Lincoln passionately believed, was a permanent government . . . and . . . Gorbachev would surely agree."
Of course, there's no need to worry that such a thing could happen -- after all, it's not like the US military is occupying American cities.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The media mindlessly echoes the feminist claim that one in five women will be sexually assaulted on campuses. Heather Mac Donald scrutinizes the numbers:
Detroit is America’s most violent city. Its violent crime rate for all four violent felonies—that’s rape, murder, aggravated assault, and robbery—is 2%. Its rape rate is 0.05%. A 20% crime rate for any crime, much less one as serious as rape, is virtually unheard of. Not even in Africa’s most brutal civil wars has anything been experienced in human history like a 20% crime rate. And yet despite a rape rate that is allegedly 400 times that of Detroit’s, sophisticated, highly educated baby boomer mothers are beating down the doors of campuses to try to get their daughters in.... If the rape epidemic was going on as claimed, we wouldn’t merely have rape administration Title IX bureaucracy sprouting up on campuses because there would be no more campuses. You would have had a massive exodus of girls from college campuses years ago, and a demand to create actually safe environments for student learning. Why hasn’t that happened? Because the campus rape epidemic does not exist.Reality is the best cure for leftist fantasies. Yet look what happened to Jeremiah True, who was kicked out of class at Reed College in Oregon because he questioned those same bogus statistics. Force and fraud are all leftists have, but they keep getting their way because they're not ashamed to use those weapons.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, March 29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
That's the conservative estimate from Physicians for Social Responsibility. There's simply no doubt more have died because the study does not include DC's undeclared wars in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, or Syria. Also, deaths among the 3 million Iraqi refugees displaced by the US invasion could not be counted, either. Keep those numbers in mind the next time some airhead leftist or Neocon yaps about DC's noble crusades to liberate the oppressed at home and abroad. In fact, the DC War Machine uses pretty lies to justify the consolidation and expansion of its power. These "crusades" fatten the politically connected while spreading death and misery. USA! USA!
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, March 28, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The oh-so-politically correct Charlotte Observer just published an op-ed by two members of the Charlotte Immigration Integration Task Force. Stefan Latorre and Emily Zimmern co-authored the piece, entitled Charlotte, start now integrating immigrants. The message is direct: The Charlotte region is undergoing "seismic demographic shifts" which "translate into a time of dramatic change." Can't argue that point -- history is full of examples of the dramatic changes resulting from demographic shifts, including Lebanon, Kosovo, and Tibet. But Latorre and Zimmern assure us that the seismic demographic shift heading our way will bring nothing but prosperity. That shift is inevitable anyway, so we might as well enjoy it. Co-author Stefan Latorre will certainly benefit from more mass migration from Latin America. He's an immigration attorney born in Colombia and raised in Miami. He now has law offices in Charlotte; Monroe; Hickory; Greensboro; Columbia, South Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida. So we know his views are not only well-informed, but totally without bias. Emily Zimmern is the executive director of the Levine Museum of the
No New South. She's also held leadership positions in the United Jewish Appeal. Interestingly, the UJA does not believe in open borders for Israel. In fact, it is dedicated to preserving Israel as a Jewish state, even if that involves the blockade and military assault on Gaza. The United Jewish Appeal's stance is so rigid, it's angered Jews who reject Israel's harsh measures:
Members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) gathered outside the offices of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in New York today, criticizing the group’s support for Israel’s policy towards Gaza, including the blockade of the coastal territory and the ongoing military assault. ... The JVP petition is also addressed to Jerry Silverman, the head of the umbrella group Jewish Federations of North America, which UJA is a part of. But when JVP members tried to set up a meeting with Silverman last week, the Federations had a blunt message: there would be no in-person meeting. The umbrella group said they refuse to be in “direct communication” with JVP. “Your ongoing support for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel render any kind of direct communication, beyond this email, impossible,” said Federations’ Managing Director of Communications Rebecca Dinar in an e-mail to JVP. “If you alter those tactics, accept Israel as a Jewish State and explicitly condemned BDS we would be open to arranging a meeting.”I have no problem with Zimmern or anyone else defending Israel's right to protect its identity. But the hypocrisy and self-promotion of the co-authors of the Observer piece is troublesome.
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
From NC Fire:
It's Official; N.C. Rep. Harry Warren (R- Rowan County) introduces a bill to give driver permits to illegal aliens in N.C. The bill language reads, “TO ENSURE THAT CITIZENS AND LAWFULLY PRESENT ALIENS CAN TRAVEL SAFELY ON THE ROADS OF THIS STATE BY ENSURING THAT EVERY DRIVER ON THE ROADS OF THIS STATE HAS BEEN PROPERLY LICENSED OR PERMITTED.” Please feel free to contact these N.C. Representatives and tell them how you feel about their proposal. They will tell you, "that's simply not true", BUT - keep in mind, “lawfully present aliens” INCLUDES illegal aliens that qualify under the DACA deferred deportation program. They are considered “lawfully present” even though they have no “legal status”. Hold their feet to the fire. Don't let them get away with it!Notice this stab in the back is sponsored by Republicans. While Democrats can't wait for new clients for the welfare state, Republicans are slobbering at the prospect of cheap, exploitable labor. Who represents North Carolinians in the NC Legislature? I have no idea.
Southern Florida is a Cuban and Northeast colony, and is very different from the panhandle. I've heard natives refer to it as "LA": Lower Alabama. South Floridians resent the conservative climate of the Panhandle, and feel not enough attention is given to "global warming." The bottom line is that the division between South Florida and the Panhandle is intensifying:
The difference between South Beach and the Panhandle feel like different worlds sometimes, much less different states. After an unsuccessful attempt last year, South Florida is again trying to become the 51st state in the Union. The committee of South Miami passed a resolution to help open talks on creating a separate state. With the passing of the resolution, the committee calls for the Miami-Dade County League of Cities to investigate the details behind and reasons for creating a new state. ... For most Floridians, there is already a distinct line between the two parts of Florida. If the bottom half of the state were to secede, the border would be drawn just north of Hillsborough, Brevard, Orange, Polk and Pinellas counties.Secession: It's not just for conservatives -- or Southerners -- any more.