Tuesday, September 30, 2008

America's fall from power

Here's a British view on what the Bush train wreck has accomplished:

The fate of empires is very often sealed by the interaction of war and debt. That was true of the British Empire, whose finances deteriorated from the First World War onwards, and of the Soviet Union. Defeat in Afghanistan and the economic burden of trying to respond to Reagan's technically flawed but politically extremely effective Star Wars programme were vital factors in triggering the Soviet collapse. Despite its insistent exceptionalism, America is no different. The Iraq War and the credit bubble have fatally undermined America's economic primacy. The US will continue to be the world's largest economy for a while longer, but it will be the new rising powers that, once the crisis is over, buy up what remains intact in the wreckage of America's financial system.

I can't think of a single word to add.

Bailout vote underscores U.S. leadership crisis

The people, roused to action by eeeevil talk radio and the Internet, defeated the Bush-Kennedy amnesty bill for illegal aliens last summer. And by golly, we've done it again with the Wall Street Bailout, at least for now. Once again, we've demonstrated the breadth of the boundless chasm between DC and the people. But more important, the impotence and arrogance of DC's political machine is illuminated for the world to see. Bush's utter irrelevance couldn't be more stark:

Bush limps toward the end of his second term with among the lowest job-approval ratings in history — a recent Gallup poll found just 27 percent approving and 69 percent disapproving.

Worse, he's lost credibility in Congress, notably for leading the country into war in Iraq on false claims that Iraq had ties to al Qaida and weapons of mass destruction. When he dispatched Vice President Dick Cheney to lobby House Republicans to support the Wall Street bailout, the closed-door session grew heated, and some members reportedly reminded Cheney that they'd trusted him on Iraq.

And let's not forget that both Obama and McCain also supported this bill, so they share the blame for its failure. Not only has Bush been discredited, but so have his successors.

What does that say about the future of the Empire?

This stunning populist victory is much, much more than a failure for just a few political figures. The meltdown has ignited a fire that casts an unwelcome but powerful light on the incompetence and irrelevancy of both of the ruling parties, and, of course, the entire political system. Could this be the death blow to the Republican party? In this climate, anything's possible.

As noted above, the hysteria over this is all too reminiscent of the fevered weeks leading up to the invasion of Iraq, and only the willfully blind can still ignore the devastation that has unleashed on both victim and perpetrator. Of course, the irony here is that the obscene cost of Iraq -- a war that was supposed to pay for itself -- is a major factor in bringing on the present crisis. Saddam's revenge?

Minority Mortgage Meltdown could cause Diversity Recession

Steve Sailer is up to his old tricks again, making Americans think about things they don't want to think about, but better start:

Last week, the mainstream conservative punditry finally picked up an idea I had first put forward in August 2007 (and developed with more detail last June): that an underestimated factor in the financial crisis set off by the mortgage meltdown is our reigning ideology of multiculturalism and diversity.

In other words, this is a minority mortgage meltdown—and it may trigger a Diversity Recession.

And don't miss the part about how the Bushies' promotion of Latino home ownership was part of their strategy to build the Republican base, supposedly dovetailing into their amnesty bill for illegal aliens. Sailer's research is, as usual, right on target.

Monday, September 29, 2008

We are under Martial Law!

That's the grim judgment of Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas, just the latest Southerner to uphold the traditional Southern opposition to big-business, big-government juntas.

Burgess denounces the secretive, underhanded means used to push through what he calls the "largest fundamental change in our economic system in history."

Want to stand with him? Here's his contact page. Call or write today and let him know you, too, are shocked and ashamed by this bailout and the way it's being shoved down our throats.

Obama one-ups McCain

Both Obama and McCain support the Wall Street Bailout. Both want to expand the war in Afghanistan. Both assure us it's a great idea to bomb the crap out of Iran, the latest nation to end up in DC's sights though it has not threatened us. Both want mandatory national service.

Now Obama has one-upped McCain by plugging for a return of a military draft, which he identified as just another flavor of "national service." He went on to suggest that a draft may be needed to invade Georgia or expand the war in Afghanistan. Here's what he said at a forum on national service at Columbia University in New York City this month:

“But it’s also important that a president speaks to military service as an obligation not just of some, but of many. You know, I traveled, obviously, a lot over the last 19 months. And if you go to small towns, throughout the Midwest or the Southwest or the South, every town has tons of young people who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s not always the case in other parts of the country, in more urban centers. And I think it’s important for the president to say, this is an important obligation. If we are going into war, then all of us go, not just some.”

So what's the difference between the two globalist candidates?

New York Sun: good riddance!

It's just too ironic that a dead-tree, pro-war, government supremacist paper should go the way of the dodos before the dodo political system it aided and abetted did, but that's the legacy of the New York Sun.

There is no love lost here. Readers will recall the unwarranted attack the Sun launched against me, the South, and the League when it tried to smear conservative opposition to the Neocon Wars as "anti-Semitic" and, you guessed it, disloyal.

And that was par for the course for a paper specifically launched to cheer on aggressive war and authoritarian government, a government that the Sun's editorial staff argued should try war opponents for treason.

So we can't help but look at this as a small victory for the South and liberty. If the leftists and globalists can mock Jesse Helms when we lost him, we can openly savor the news that one of their propaganda organs has gone belly up.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Uncle Sam, RIP

Pat Buchanan, as usual, cuts through the malarkey about the Wall Street Bailout. He's a dangerous man, because he looks past the smoke and mirrors and sees what our handlers don't want us to see:

And even if this is passed, say Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, there is no guarantee this will resolve the crisis. If the $700 billion is not provided and the toxic paper is not pulled off the books of the world's banks by U.S. taxpayers, however, we face an almost certain collapse, surging bankruptcies, rising unemployment, a shrinkage of GDP and a recession, if not worse.

Yet, the fellows who tell us we face a financial mushroom cloud over every American city if we do not act at once to provide the $700 billion did not see this coming and can make no guarantee that this will succeed and end the crisis.

Nevertheless, it must be done, and done now, as collapse is imminent.

Notice that this daylight robbery is being perpetrated by the same crowd of liars and parasites who lied us into the disastrous war against Iraq. And once again, they think they can spook us into stampeding into the holding pen where they can start skinning. But the livestock has turned rebellious. Maybe we have learned something over the past 5 years.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Russia offers Chavez nuclear help amid US tensions

Here's some news for that dwindling minority that still believes expanding US global hegemony makes us more secure. Looks to most of us that it has the opposite effect. Just ask these two best buds:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was to meet Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Friday after Russia risked Washington's wrath by offering the fierce US foe help developing nuclear energy. ...

The countries have boosted ties in recent weeks following sharp US criticism of Russia's incursion into Georgia, with Moscow dispatching long-range bombers and warships to Venezuela for exercises near US waters.

Of course, Putin hasn't said anything as idiotic as, "We are all Venezuelans" yet, but the meaning of these actions is crystal clear.

And let's not forget who started this insanity.

The 50-State Secession

Here's an interesting idea: instead of focusing on the secession of one state, such as Vermont or Ohio, or even the entire Southland, why not create a movement of all 50 States to secede at the same time? Such a movement could be called "Dump DC!" The author notes the potential appeal of such a movement:

A lot of people, across the spectrum, would love to give Washington, DC the boot. A 50-state secession is a way to do that, without worrying about repercussions as the Old South had to deal with.

Arizonans angry about lack of federal control on the border? They could now do it themselves. Wyomingites mad about federal meddling in bear and wolf populations? Cheyenne would now be in control. Oregonians hating the federal invasions of other countries? Oregon would no longer be a part of it. People in all western states thinking BLM and Forest Service land should belong to their own states, not controlled by a federal government and Senators from New York or California? Their lands would be restored to them. Southerners wanting to feel proud of their heritage? A new secession would validate their past, and end Lincoln worship.

Once again, we see continued growing interest in local self-government. DC has become a clown car full of fools, totally unable to accomplish anything but waste and warfare. More people are saying, "Enough!"

Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the "Homeland"?

To protect us from Islamomeanies, silly. Because our government loves us. Since both liberals, such as Ted Kennedy and Carl Levin, as well as conservatives, such as John Warner and Duncan Hunter, supported this move, it must be a good thing.

I guess that's what the Army Times article is saying:

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack. . . .

The 1st BCT's soldiers also will learn how to use "the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded," 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.

D'you think they're concerned that roving crowds of Islamomeanies might create civil unrest in our communities? Yeah, that must be it.

So we must go to bed tonight convinced that the military is being stationed here at home for our protection. Only authoritarian regimes with un-American practices such as torture, denying citizens the right of habeas corpus, and wars of aggression would use the military to control its own citizens. And my 4th-grade civics book taught me that the American government is infinitely benevolent and wise.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

No Wall Street bail-out - yet!

Seems like the vultures in DC couldn't agree on how to split the carcass:

The summit at the White House, which included Barack Obama and John McCain, was intended to be a consensus-building exercise — one of the final stops on the rocky road to approving the controversial rescue package. Congressional leaders just hours earlier had announced they had reached an agreement in principle on the rescue package.

But as Obama and McCain left, officials and aides who had attended the meeting said the summit ended on a very low note.

"This meeting ended bad — real bad," one source told FOX News. Others described the tone as "angry" and "heated," saying Democrats were upset with House Republicans in particular who would not drop their opposition to the administration's proposal.

"We may have gone backward," another source said.

Maybe we went backward -- maybe we went sideways. Who knows?

And these fools are supposed to be sovereign over us? That's a bitter thing to have to admit to, folks. The District of Corruption is now as impotent as it is incompetent. Where ARE those pink slips?

Southerners denounce Bush Bail-Out

Check out these juicy quotes:

Representative Lloyd Doggett, Democrat of Texas, as he reminded his colleagues that President Bush had recently described Wall Street as suffering from a hangover. “Mr. President, you gave them the keys to the liquor cabinet, by failing to enforce our laws,” he said. “And now you’re really demanding that Americans, who didn’t get invited to the party, must pay for everything destroyed in the drunken brawl.”

Or the patriotic approach, courtesy of Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky. “It is financial socialism, and it’s un-American,” he said, attacking the bailout plan before the administration financial heavyweights gathered to press their case to the Senate banking committee.

Then there is the Old Testament diatribe. “Just because God created the world in seven days doesn’t mean we have to pass this bill in seven days,” said Representative Joe L. Barton, Republican of Texas ...

“They believe socialism works in a crisis, and I am not prepared to say that,” Representative Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas, said after the session.

Isn't it refreshing to see someone has the guts to call 'em as they see 'em?

US government in default?

It's no longer unthinkable:

... American International Group, the world’s largest insurer, was judged “too interconnected” to collapse. So the Fed effectively “nationalised” AIG – the biggest rescue of a private firm in human history. And it’s only a few weeks, of course, since the even more expensive bail-out of quasi-government lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – which, between them, account for a mind-boggling $5,300bn of mortgages, around half of America’s home loans.

And you thought only Third-World revolutionaries nationalized businesses.

CEO murdered by mob of sacked Indian workers

As multi-national corporations scour the globe for cheap labor, they might want to keep in mind the priceless value of a stable social and political culture:

The murder has stoked fears that outbreaks of mob rule risk jeopardising the sub-continent’s economic rise. Thousands of violent protesters recently forced Tata, the Indian conglomerate that owns Land Rover and Jaguar, to halt work on a plant being built to produce the world’s cheapest car, the £1,250 Nano. The move could result in £200 million in investment costs being written off.

I bet that CEO won't forget.

The end of empire, illustrated

In living color, no less.

What it's all about

Trust the government. Surrender your rights and earnings to Our Beloved Leader, and he will keep you safe and secure.

That was the message after 9/11. That was the message during the build-up to the Iraq invasion. (And if you dared to wonder out loud why Beloved Leader didn't prevent 9/11, you would've been hammered as disloyal.)

Bottom line: think and do as you're told, if you know what's good for you.

And that's the message they're hitting us with over the Wall Street bail-out (the No CEO Left Behind bill). Trust the government to do what's best, and it'll protect you. Here's Steven G. Calabresi, one of the Neocons' more prolific academic cheerleaders, and a long-time proponent of the expansion of executive power, assuring us that we should submit to whatever Bush wants:

Q. Is distrust or disbelief or lack of confidence in the administration complicating the bailout issue? Do you trust the administration?

A. This Administration deserves to be trusted because it has kept us safe from terrorist attack since 9/11, has fought and won two wars, has presided over eight years of economic growth, has appointed two stellar justices to the Supreme Court, and has even learned how to do Louisiana’s job of protecting that state from hurricanes. The day will come, and not before long, when Americans will wish that George Bush was still president.

Those were the words of a government supremacist. Whatever the central government does, it's right. Period.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Do political beliefs have a biological basis?

Yes. Inherited culture is just the social aspect of inherited characteristics within families. That's why demographics are such a vital component of political strategy -- something even the leftists know, and work feverishly to use to their advantage in campaigns, though they won't admit to the implications of doing so.

Unclear on the concept

There's a fun new phenomenon on the Internet, and I can only hope it grows. Pro-empire bloggers are unintentionally attacking their own cohorts or positions, and it's a hoot. A couple of days ago, I pointed out how Heidi Beirich tried to smear John Tanton for allegedly dealing with "former Klan lawyers," hilariously oblivious to the fact that Morris Dees, the man who signs her paycheck, once represented the Klan.

But it gets even better. Here's the militantly pro-invasion FrontPage Mag scolding the Bush regime for harming innocent Christians in Iraq:

American political correctness and the Bush Administration’s fear of Islamic backlash have caused the greatest “urban refugee” crisis in history. More than half of the Christian population has been forced to flee their homes in Iraq because of Islamic violence against them. Their churches have been burned and bombed. The official position of the Administration has been that “Coalition Forces assisting the Christians would cause them to be identified with the United States and have even more problems.” As a result they receive no assistance in defending themselves at all.

Hello? Chaos is the inevitable result of every war, and deliberately destroying any existing order guarantees upheaval and civilian suffering. That's why war is the last, rather than the first, resort. Christians were much better off before the Iraq invasion. The number two man in Saddam's Baathist regime was Tariq Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq. No other Middle Eastern country had a Christian serving at such a high level, not even Israel, the pro-war crowd's "Country-That-Can-Do-No-Wrong." Bush's invasion has been a disaster for Iraqis, especially Christians.

Here's another doozie. Ed Morrissey at the pro-war, any war Hot Air tears into the Great Wall Street Bail-Out. He's particularly incensed at this provision:

“Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.”

Ed lays out the reason why we should oppose such a measure:

It’s absurd, and at its heart, it’s un-American, in the sense that America exists precisely because of our desire to rein in government and make it accountable to the people. We gave up on the monarchy in 1776. We certainly didn’t do that to trade in King George for Czar Henry. Only in a panic, in which Congressional leadership abdicates its role to keep executive power in check, would any American Congress agree to surrender its Constitutional mandate for oversight.

What happened to similar objections that Executive Power to declare ANY American an "unlawful combatant" outside the law was contrary to American tradition? Or the Executive's assumed authority to order warrantless wiretaps? Or to bypass Congress in expanding war? When the enemy was Islamomeanies, people like Morrissey screamed we were fighting for our survival and had no choice but to submit to autocracy and secretive government that could not be questioned or stopped.

Keep it up, heel-clickers. Once in a while it's fun to shoot fish in a barrel.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

No street for Bush in Baghdad

Another Neocon prediction fails. How many will it take?

Area officials tackle illegal immigration

Why are local officials meeting in Durham, NC, to see what they can do about illegal immigration? First, it's a growing problem, contributing to crime, economic turmoil, and cultural decay. Second, DC is so corrupt, so distrusted, and so incapable of doing anything, it's up to local government to act. And act they did:

In the absence of federal immigration reform, a group of state and local leaders came together Friday to consider ways to drive out illegal immigrants.

``People are tired of inaction,'' said Jameson Taylor, policy director for the N.C. Civitas Institute, which sponsored the event. ``This is about addressing the myth that local governments can't do anything about illegal immigration.''

Those who attended included a few state legislators, a representative of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, an employee of the N.C. Sheriffs Association, candidates for elected office and commissioners from six counties, including Alamance.

As DC spins faster in its imperial death spiral, look for more local action in response to long-ignored problems.

Palin and the ultimate taboo

Palin deserves scrutiny, as well as criticism. But I'm mystified by how so many pundits instantly dismiss the idea of Alaskan independence, a cause she flirted with in the past. (See here, and here, for example.) In the two examples I just cited, just the mention of the word "secession" is supposed to elicit spontaneous condemnation.

I'm just trying to figure out why.

What is so alluring and irresistible about unquestioning submission to DC? Is there some sort of loyalty we're supposed to feel toward a regime that forcibly takes our tax dollars to benefit corporate pirates? Are warrantless searches supposed to hush us into mute obedience? What is so invaluable and pure about being controlled by the sprawling, wasteful bureaucracies in DC that the very thought of freeing ourselves from it cannot even be considered? Or could it be the prospect of paying for DC's eternal war with our incomes and children that deserves our unthinking devotion?

Maybe it's a nationwide "beaten wife" mentality that says we're not supposed to even question or openly discuss the possibility of a better life.

I just don't get it.

Homeschooling Surges in U.S.

For those who think secession is hopelessly out of reach, chew on this fact: parents and their children are seceeding from the government schools every day. And it looks like they've started something:

Homeschooling is no longer just an offbeat trend or an avant-garde educational choice. It is growing exponentially and its proponents are fighting for new legal rights in the U.S.

With more than 2 million homeschooled students in the United States, parents' reasons for opting out of traditional public school are as varied as their demographics.

"It used to be that homeschooling was the domain of people on the two extremes of the political spectrum, and now you have families from every possible religious, political, philosophical, socio-economic position," said Celeste Land, chairwoman of the Government Affairs Committee for the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.

Of course, the real purpose of government schools is to indoctrinate loyalty and obedience in young minds. The more young people who are freed of central control, the weaker the system becomes.

Don't look now, but the empire is losing hearts and minds faster than its economic power.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Phone And Fax Numbers For All US Senators; More On What To Do

Angry at having to bail out these corporate pirates -- who get to keep their obscene, multi-million dollar bonuses? A lot of people are -- and for good reason:

As financial guru Ric Edelman writes, ''The insurers got rich selling policies with fat premiums, brokerages got rich selling new securities, lenders got rich selling more loans than ever, builders, real estate agents, title settlement companies, appraisers, inspectors - everyone got rich from the ensuing real estate boom.''

He could have included the politicians who enabled the irresponsible lending of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because they knew these ''government-sponsored enterprises'' - since bailed out by the government at a potential cost of $200 billion to taxpayers - would line their campaign coffers.

Want to vent? Here's a handy list of congressional fax numbers. Let 'em rip.

The next Neocon War

You guessed it -- DC will invade Iran. There's nothing like war to distract the peasants from their gripes with the central governmnet. And Palin has bought into the War Party's agenda. Of course, she has to -- she wants the job that badly.

The job, of course, is cheerleader for aggressive war, and she's got the patter down already. She has an op-ed in the notoriously Neocon, anti-Southern (but I repeat myself) New York Sun, and it's pretty clear what the McCain-Palin regime will blow up first:

We gather here today to highlight the Iranian dictator's intentions and to call for action to thwart him.

He must be stopped.

The world must awake to the threat this man poses to all of us. Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust ever took place. He dreams of being an agent in a "Final Solution" — the elimination of the Jewish people.

He has called Israel a "stinking corpse" that is "on its way to annihilation." Such talk cannot be dismissed as the ravings of a madman — not when Iran just this summer tested long-range Shahab-3 missiles capable of striking Tel Aviv, not when the Iranian nuclear program is nearing completion, and not when Iran sponsors terrorists that threaten and kill innocent people around the world.

Got that? If you oppose this illegal, totally immoral war, then obviously you're anti-Semitic.

Contrast her position on launching an aggressive war against Iran with Obama's, which is much more nuanced:

"I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything in my power. Everything."

Is that nuanced enough for you, all you egghead types? As Bill Kristol so nicely summed up the two candidates' positions, Obama And McCain "Don't Actually Differ" On Iran.

The amazing thing here is that this belligerent, paranoid rhetoric echoes the Neocon lies during the build-up to invading defenseless Iraq: we KNOW Saddam has nukes, or is building nukes, or maybe wants nukes. And we KNOW his intentions are eeeeevil, so we must stop him now before he destroys us all.

Isn't American democracy wonderful? We get to chose who will be the CIC during the next War of Yankee Aggression.

Barack Obama could lose six percentage points on election day for being black

Calling all guilty white liberals!

Here's your daily fix:

Six percentage points is the price Barack Obama could pay on election day for being black.

That disturbing calculation was found in a groundbreaking new Associated Press-Yahoo News poll conducted with Stanford University which probes the effect of the Democratic presidential candidate's race on his historic campaign for the White House.

"There's a penalty for prejudice, and it's not trivial," Stanford University political scientist Paul Sniderman told the AP.

And what about the prejudice of those who will vote FOR Obama because he's black? Is that also a disturbing fact?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Heidi hiccups again

Empress Heidi Beirich has pounded out yet another of her trademark hit pieces, this time against border security activist John Tanton, a favorite SPLC target of late. This latest slam against immigration reform is standard SPLC boilerplate, chock-full of guilt by association, rumor, and speculation-as-fact.

But I nearly sprayed coffee on the keyboard when I encountered her accusation that among Tanton's transgressions, he has corresponded with "former Klan lawyers."

Umm -- Heidi? Guess you forgot that in 1961, your boss Morris Dees represented Claude Henley, who'd been charged with beating one of the "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery. Henley's legal fees were paid by the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizen's Council (The Progressive, July 1988).

Mark Potok would never have made such a glaring mistake. That's why he gets the big bucks.

Too big to fail?

Here's that damn radical Steve Sailer spouting common sense again:

The analogy to antitrust legislation is obvious: we don't permit businesses to get too big to compete, so why let financial firms get too big to fail?

Surely he must realize that if government actually prevented problems from developing, there'd be little for politically connected bureaucracies to do. Worse, he's advocating government should not use its power for the benefit of big business. Thinking like his could gum up the entire corrupt, wasteful system. Then where'd we be?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Old Confederacy could be Obama's stumbling point

One thing this campaign has done is to bring into sharp focus the resurgent ethnic loyalties that are replacing allegiance to the dying American empire. Check out this report from The Independent:

A smoky haze hung over the mountains of south-east Virginia yesterday as the sun burned into the pine. Here in the Appalachian Mountains the descendents of Scots-Irish settlers are a stubborn obstacle to Barack Obama's hopes of becoming the first Democratic candidate in 40 years to win in the once proud heartland of the old Confederacy. ...

It is full of descendents of Scots-Irish immigrants who form the heart of the Christian evangelical movement and have a long tradition of joining the military.

Their champion is US senator and author James Webb, who says that “sophisticated” America misunderstands this culture.

“The Southern redneck is an easy target, with his stubbornness, his capacity for violence and his curious ways,” he says.

That "once proud heartland" is still proud, whether it's fashionable or not. Pride of heritage is essential to a people's survival. And Southerners' capacity for survival, a quality the citified elite despises, will come in handy in the next few years of economic meltdown.

Beijing to buy Morgan Stanley?

Hear that? It's the sound of the American economy falling to its knees and being devoured:

Morgan Stanley, the second-biggest independent U.S. securities firm, may sell a larger stake to China Investment Corp. and is in talks about a possible merger with Wachovia Corp., a person familiar with the matter said.

China's state-controlled fund may buy as much as 49 percent of the New York-based investment bank, said the person, who declined to be identified because the talks aren't public and may end in no agreement. Morgan Stanley resumed its decline on the New York Stock Exchange, falling as much as 22 percent.

Ok, so what if Communist China buys the second-largest securities firm in the country? With globalism, the international market erases national boundaries. In this glorious new age, people no longer need national identity -- why, we're all just consumers now! Won't we all become friends and mutual investors in each other's prosperity when national identity gives way to the glorious globalist future?

Oh, look! There's a unicorn...

and a rainbow...

You blew it up!

Combine greed with hubris, short-sightedness, and more power than humans can be trusted with, and you get the Wall Street demolition derby. Here's a German view of the Big Business-Big Government economic pileup:

"Nothing will be like it was before," said James Allroy, a broker who was brooding over his chai latte at a Starbucks on Wall Street. "The world as we know it is going down."

"I fear the government has passed the point of no return," financial historian Ron Chernow told the New York Times.

Uh-huh. Kinda like this fella feels:

Former National Review publisher backs Obama

Still think we're living in normal times? Here's Wick Allison endorsing Barack Obama. Mr. Allison is not hallucinating; he admits there's much about Obama he disagrees with. But, he argues, the Republican party is much, much worse. We agree. Of the Bush regime's implementation of Neocon ideology in domestic and foreign policy, he writes:

That is not conservatism; it is profligacy using conservatism as a mask.

Today it is conservatives, not liberals, who talk with alarming bellicosity about making the world “safe for democracy.” It is John McCain who says America’s job is to “defeat evil,” a theological expansion of the nation’s mission that would make George Washington cough out his wooden teeth.

This kind of conservatism, which is not conservative at all, has produced financial mismanagement, the waste of human lives, the loss of moral authority, and the wreckage of our economy that McCain now threatens to make worse.

Now I do not believe Obama represents any hope of a conservative revival -- his history and rhetoric tell us that much. But Allison's judgment of Neoconservatism is right on the money.

Attacks on Palin expose leftist bias

This is oh-so-typical of the left-globalist-statist mindset:

She is anti-choice, even in cases of rape or incest. On the non-religious front, she has sought the support of the Alaska Independence Party, whose members seek secession from the union. We need leaders who believe in America -- not those who will preside over a split-up like that of the former USSR.

So -- a woman's right to choose whether to have her baby is the essence of "believing in America" -- but affirming the right to alter or abolish bad government is not.

How times have changed.

British Conservatives reject 'neo-conservatives' label

Looks like the term "neo-conservative" is about as popular as "Third term for Bush!" buttons. Is it possible that sanity is making a comeback in politics? The Tories want nothing to do with the name:

The Tory leader used a speech in Pakistan to shift Conservative foreign policy away from the "neo-conservative" ideology that informed the invasion of Iraq.

The address suggests that as prime minister, Mr Cameron would be reluctant to commit British troops to "interventionist" wars abroad. ...

"We should accept that we cannot impose democracy at the barrel of a gun; that we cannot drop democracy from 10,000 feet - and we shouldn't try," Mr Cameron said.

Who in his right mind would want to identify with an ideology that wrecked Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as the wrecker, the US of A?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gates defends US right to attack in Pakistan

Supporters of terrorism have no place to hide, says Gates:

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has defended the right of American forces to strike at militants on the Pakistani side of the Afghan border.

Asked by the BBC if Pakistan had authorised such air strikes, he said that the US would take "whatever actions necessary" in self-defence.

But I wonder how the pro-war, any war crowd would react if China struck at US supporters of Tibetan Independence? I know most of the red-white-and-bloodthirsty crowd wouldn't mind if the Chinese lobbed a smart bomb at Nancy Pelosi -- but what if the raid hit innocent civilians? Collateral damage, you know, sorry 'bout that. The Chinese Communists would simply claim "self-defense."

Economic meltdown caused by Empire

The DC empire's overseas and domestic projects aimed at reconstructing the world into a multicultural "empire of liberty." Instead, we have an increasingly authoritarian government overseeing the rising flames of imperial collapse. The horrendous human and economic costs have eroded the foundations of our society, crippling our constitutional government and economy. As economists Linda J. Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz concluded in an article earlier this year, "You can't spend $3 trillion -- yes, $3 trillion -- on a failed war abroad and not feel the pain at home."

And yes, there are economic costs to DC's war against its traditional demographics, as Steve Sailer has warned us:

More than a negligible amount of the blame for the mortgage meltdown can be traced back to multiculturalism: government-mandated affirmative-action lending, demographic change, illegal immigration, and the mind-numbing effects of political correctness.

The chickens have finally come home to roost.

About half of all mortgages for blacks and Hispanics are subprime, versus roughly one-sixth for whites. Not surprisingly, the biggest home price collapses have occurred in heavily Hispanic cities such as Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.

Stability is a precious thing, built on an organic society's time-tested reserves of tradition and inherited wisdom. A traditional society is an emergent system of greater complexity than our limited understanding can ever comprehend. That's why anyone who proclaims himself to be of such elevated genius and vision that he intends to wreck it all and rebuild things for the better should be treated as we would any other madman.

Barack Obama's black voice

For those of you who didn't think Obama could out-pander Hillary, he certainly does it here. Remember how she made you squirm with her black accent when she spoke before a black audience in Selma? (Click here if you think you can endure it again!)

Anyway, this video catches Obama giving a "shout-out" to Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, the "black values" rabble-rouser Obama had to toss under the bus to salvage white support.

Then compare that Obama with the one appealing to rich whites in San Francisco, where he makes his "clinging to guns and religion" remarks about the benighted white middle class. This man's more talented than Mel Blanc and Phil Hartman combined.

Oh, and he's the "post-racial" candidate whose magic DNA will bridge the races. Got it!

I only regret that I have but one paycheck to give my country

Joe Biden lays it all out in this interview:

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says that paying higher taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans. ...

Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that, in his words, “it’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”

Naturally, he oozes the usual muck about taxing the wealthy for the benefit of the middle class, whose tireless advocate he is. But anyone with eyes, a brain, and a newspaper can tell you those funds will go toward propping up politically connected big business.

And here's what you get with Obama

From the International Socialist Review, September-October 2008 Issue:

“Reformist-Socialism, argues that modern representative government affords the working class the opportunity to achieve socialism by electing a socialist majority into office. This view emphasizes the peaceful, gradual transition to socialism, and sees campaigns around elections and the work of socialist elected officials as the most important aspect of socialists’ activity.

The task of social democracy is to organize (community organizers) the working classes politically and develop them as a democracy and to fight for all reforms in the State, which are adapted to raise the working classes and transform the State in the direction of democracy.”

“The highest form of the state, the democratic republic, which in our modern social conditions becomes more and more an unavoidable necessity and is the form of state in which alone the last decisive battle between the proletariat and bourgeoisie can be fought out.”

Thanks to the esteemed investigative journalist, Talbot Buxomly, for the heads up!

How many shares did you get?

Socialism means the central government controls wealth-producing property. And the central government in any country will be that country's pushiest, greediest, most corrupt elements. In a great new blog called The Anti-Federalists, our old friend damoncrowe offers this provocative Q & A on the District of Corruption's latest socialist project:

"So now who is responsible for reduced household wealth and weak economic performance?"

Answer: The very men that are claiming to save us from such by stealing more of our money then telling us how great they are for making us prosperous. Are we that stupid, really?

All conducted, by the way, in the name of free enterprise and the Constitution. How do they do this without laughing?

Disdain of Spain comes mainly from McCain

Well, after Insane McCain bomb-bombs Iran and Russia, looks like Spain is next on his growing enemies list:

During an interview in Miami earlier this week with Spanish-language station Union Radio, a reporter asked McCain whether, if elected, he would receive [Spanish prime minister] Zapatero in the White House. McCain answered, "Honestly, I have to analyze our relationships, situations, and priorities, but I can assure you that I will establish closer relationships with our friends, and I will stand up to those who want to harm the United States."

Ouch. The question about Zapatero, clearly framed by the reporter as a question about Spain, came after inquiries on Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba. ... As Spanish newspaper El PaĆ­s put it, "In the best-case scenario, [his answer] demonstrates his ignorance with respect to Zapatero."

Militant ignorance plus unlimited power is a deadly combination. That's what we get with McCain.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fourth grader suspended for using broken pencil sharpener

Here's what's being done to our children in the Federalized government schools:

A 10-year-old Hilton Head Island boy has been suspended from school for having something most students carry in their supply boxes: a pencil sharpener.

The problem was his sharpener had broken, but he decided to use it anyway.

A teacher at Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School noticed the boy had what appeared to be a small razor blade during class on Tuesday, according to a Beaufort County sheriff's report. ...

The boy -- a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student -- cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school's assistant principal.

He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff's report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.

District spokesman Randy Wall said school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district's zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.

That last paragraph can be translated as: "We're government employees -- we're not paid to think."

And what has the boy learned from this? Some VERY valuable lessons for his future as a subject of an authoritarian regime:

1) You can be plucked from the crowd at any time, for any reason by the authorities, so you'd better be VERY respectful toward your handlers and not stand out in any way.

2) You will do whatever they say, no matter how unreasonable. There is no arguing with them.

3) You, too, will want to mindlessly follow the rules, just like your immediate handlers. It's the only way you can feel empowered within such a system.

Don't imagine for a moment that some error was made here. The school's web site brags that it's preparing its victims, I mean, students for "a rapidly changing global society." Big Bureaucracies work hard to ingrain the attitudes demonstrated by the teacher, the deputy, and the school system's spokescritter. And the apparent submission by the boy's mother to the random, senseless application of other-worldly rules shows what kind of citizenry the government school system aims to create.

It's people like her that keep such systems in business.


The "security measures" that protected delegates to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul from seeing or hearing anything disrespectful of their big-government, pro-war, anyway agenda went a lot further than most folks realize. This account gives us a peek at the coming National Security State, as well as the attitude of our domestic occupation forces:

The most significant of those arrests involved eight people detained during the pre-convention raids who were eventually charged with "conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism" under Minnesota's version of the PATRIOT (sic) Act. Where mere "conspiracy to riot" is a misdemeanor, re-classifying it as an act of terrorism leaves the defendants facing the prospect of seven years in prison.

This is the first time American citizens have been accused, in a civilian court, of committing a crime "in furtherance" of terrorism. It will not be the last.

In 2003, while petitioning an uninterested Charlotte city council to resist the USA-PATRIOT Act as other local governments had done, I predicted the abuses we could expect from it:

This act gives the Attorney General and the Secretary of State the power to designate domestic groups, including religious and political organizations, as "terrorist organizations" for any reason they choose. Worse, it effectively repeals the 4th amendment, allowing the government to conduct searches secretly and without a warrant. The USA PATRIOT Act gives the FBI and the CIA greater rights to wiretap phones, monitor e-mail, survey medical, financial and student records, and break into homes and offices without prior notification. It creates a new crime of domestic terrorism that is so broadly defined that it may be applied to citizens acting legally to express their dissent.

I feel like Jeff Goldblum's character in Jurassic Park: "Boy, do I hate being right!"

Michael Hill adds: Notice the use of "organized criminal enterprise." That's what we've been calling the US imperial regime for years.

And for good reason ....

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Killing dissent

Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) petitioned its representatives in Congress as part of a program they called their "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" lobbying initiative. FAIR's goals include revamping border security, halting all illegal immigration, and -- most radical of all -- "to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest," by which they mean promoting the American national interest rather than the interests of the corrupt Mexican ruling elite, which wants to dispose of its poorer citizens. Wow -- American policy that supports America? Some concept, huh? Here's a picture of the event, from the FAIR web site:

Eek! Border security activists!

That's FAIR president Dan Stein and Oklahoma State Representative Randy Terrill. Pretty shady-looking characters, huh?

Of course they are. That's because FAIR and the people it represents have no legitimacy, and should be excluded from civic participation -- at least, according to the SPLC Inquisition. Here's how one pro-Open Borders organization characterized FAIR's lobbying efforts, in an article with the objective title of "Hate Groups Lobby Congress":

The Southern Poverty Law Center has named FAIR a "hate group." The list of other groups which have earned this distinction from SPLC include: the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nations.

Got that? When someone mentions FAIR, you're supposed to think of skinheads and goons with pointy hats sieg-heiling each other, rather than sensible, distinguised, and patriotic Americans concerned about border security, the loss of jobs, and the environment. The SPLC's special job is to de-legitimize any who object to the multicult, globalist agenda. With its many ties to all levels of government, and with a compliant corporate media transcribing its every fatwa and excommunication as if they represented the undeniable truth, the SPLC commands greater power to censor and silence any and all dissidents than the old Spanish Inquisition dreamed of. That power to intimidate dissent supplies effective ammo to the ethnic lobbies, as vividly illustrated above.

And folks wonder why so little's being done to stop the illegal immigration problem. The reason is that it's only a problem for the majority of us, and a windfall for big business and the diversitycrats.

Odierno warning on Iraq security

While John McCain may imagine that victory in Iraq "is finally in sight" and pro-war, any-war bloggers thump their chests in response, the facts remain the same -- the US has lost thousands of lives, billions of dollars, and the respect of the world for an illegal war of aggession. As a result, the Federal government has acculated new, formerly unheard of power over its subjects, the US military is dangerously overstretched, and instead of creating a pro-DC puppet government there, Iran has expanded its influence over the Shiite majority.

What's happened in Iraq isn't anything like what the Allies achieved in WWII. Imagine Eisenhower issuing a warning in May, 1945 like the one the new commander just made:
The new US military commander in Iraq, Lt Gen Ray Odierno, has said that recent security gains there are "fragile and reversible".

His immediate boss, Defence Secretary Robert Gates, seems to agree with that assessment:

[Gen Odierno] knows we are at a pivotal moment where progress remains fragile and caution should be the order of the day.

And the same article notes that Petraeus, the departing commander, also acknowledges DC's forces cannot claim victory:

In a BBC interview before his departure, Gen Petraeus said he would never declare victory in Iraq and that the US still faced a "long struggle" in the country.

Does that sound like a win to you?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Revolution you can believe in

If you truly want to understand what makes Barack Hussein Obama tick, or how he was able to rise as quickly as he did to the top of the Democratic Party, you need to understand his core beliefs, strategies, and goals -- and his number-one goal was evident from his membership in Jeremiah Wright's "black values" church:

Far from being – as he has been painted – a ‘post-racial’ politician, Obama’s politics are all about promoting the cause of black people and achieving ‘reparations’ from white society (a perspective through which his whole welfare redistribution agenda is framed). Accordingly, he saw his three-year role as a community organiser in Chicago as mobilising black people for action against their white oppressors. Finding himself hampered in creating an activist network among black churches, he decided to join such a church to give himself more credibility. That’s why he joined the infamous black-power Trinity Church of Christ – a move, it seems, that had less to do with any spiritual quest than as a radical tactic for mobilising the black proletariat.

This piece is worth reading, not just to understand Obama -- he's just one of the more prominent exponents of radical revolution -- but to understand the forces determined to eradicate our culture and way of life.

"48 Liberal Lies About American History"

Your readers should enjoy this book as much as Morris Dees probably hates it.

Here is a question on the KKK:

FP: In your book you discuss how the KKK is the most common 20th century image in many American history books. Your thoughts?

Schweikart: This is sick, isn't it? It's true the KKK had a resurgence of sorts in the 1920s, but nowhere near the level that the textbooks imply. It's the same today: here in Dayton, the news covers a Klan "rally" downtown . . . where nine guys in robes show up in front of 200 protestors. But back to the textbooks: what is so striking about the inclusion of the KKK as a focal point of the 20th century is that photo space is limited. For every picture of the Klan you include, you are excluding a picture of the moon landing, JFK, Ronald Reagan, or (God forbid) a pro-life march. So it's emphasis by photo selection, and the historians clearly see America as a racist country. (By the way, there is not a single photo or image of a pro-life march in the textbooks save one that made sure to include pro-abortion protestors---but note the Klan photos don't show protestors or opposition)

One more thing about the Klan: discussions of the Klan are always spatially linked with paragraphs about "nativism" and the Scopes Trial, so the clear message to the student is, "The same people who opposed teaching evolution in school were bigots and terrorists." It's nonsense. We now know that the more-educated people of the day opposed evolution, and it was the less-educated who believed it---but that's another entry.

Thanks to Gail from Georgia!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ultra-Orthodox vigilantes spread fear in Jerusalem

The bloggers and readers at all the anti-Islamomeanie sites should read this. Looks like the Muslims aren't the only ones violently imposing their religious beliefs:

Shaking as she recalled her brutal beating at the hands of Jewish ultra-Orthodox vigilantes, a 28-year-old Jerusalem woman who would only identify herself as M. said she feared for her life.
Some residents say the self-styled "modesty squads" are spreading terror among those seen as straying from the strict moral code demanded of the ultra-Orthodox in the more conservative neighbourhoods of the Holy City.

There life revolves largely around the study of holy texts and a strict dress code that has men sporting black coats and wide-brimmed hats and women covering their heads, arms and legs.

Two weeks ago police arrested two alleged members of a modesty patrol accused of brutally beating M.

The gang allegedly gagged her, hit her, kicked her and said she would be killed if she did not move out of the ultra-Orthodox Maalot Dafna neighbourhood.

Every people, every country, every religion has its zealot bully-boys. So let's tone down the righteous indignation about the sins of others. We're all sinners who should know better.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Rule Changes Would Give FBI Agents Extensive New Powers

No more Terrorists' Bill of Rights!

First the good news: In the continuing struggle to keep us safe 'n protected, our ever-vigilant government is breaking through archaic rules to keep a closer watch over us:

The Justice Department will unveil changes to FBI ground rules today that would put much more power into the hands of line agents pursuing leads on national security, foreign intelligence and even ordinary criminal cases. ...

The overhaul touches on several sensitive areas. It would allow, for example, agents to interview people in the United States about foreign intelligence cases without warrants or prior approval of their supervisors. It also would rewrite 1976 guidelines established after Nixon-era abuses that restrict the FBI's authority to intervene in times of civil disorder and to infiltrate opposition groups.

The bad news is that those archaic rules are what we used to call the Bill of Rights.

But then, if you've got nothing to hide, there's no reason to worry. So if you object to this, maybe you should be watched a little more closely ...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Obama's getting some love from the Neocons

Sarah Palin, who once cheered on the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party, now endorses the total imperial agenda. She supports the Iraq War, whatever the Israeli government demands, and is even willing to risk nuclear war with Russia for Tbilisi. Palin’s even being embraced as a full-fledged, card-carrying Neocon by at least one “pro-war, any war” web site. Similarly, Barack Obama, the supposed "anti-war" candidate, now backs the dirtiest, bloodiest military actions the Neocons could ever dream of -- even some actions that hadn't yet occured to some of them. In August, 2007, Obama promised that as president, he'd order covert missions inside the territory of Pakistan if he thought he could hit al-Qaeda, even if that US ally objected.

This was sheer madness. It declared the entire world to be a legitimate US target. It even took Neocon ghoul John Podhoretz by surprise, who condemned it at the time. But now that Our Infallible Leader has actually implemented Obama's plan, that plan has now been sanctified in the eyes of the faithful, and that shining glow that adorns Barack Obama has gotten a little brighter -- at least, according to Podhoretz:

I was among many people who ridiculed the Obama proposal at the time, on the grounds that a) no nation violates the territorial integrity of an ally, even if that ally is problematic, and b) Obama’s bellicosity seemed entirely unbelievable, given that he spoke in the wake of his remarks about meeting with the leaders of the world’s worst regimes “without preconditions.” On the latter point, he was and remains wrong and foolish.

On the former point, though, he was, apparently, precognitive, and may be due an apology.

Palin and Obama are just two job applicants at a firm that amasses and projects power. Is it any surprise they parrot the mission statement of that firm?

Racist decoder ring revealed

Uh-oh. They're on to us. Another of our double-secret code words has been unmasked:

On Monday, Gov. David Paterson angered some state lawmakers by comparing them to vampires, calling them a bunch of "blood suckers." On Tuesday, he raised eyebrows again, and tempers, by accusing the John McCain campaign of veiled racism.

At the Crain's Business Forum this morning, Paterson drew attention to a phrase used numerous times by speakers at the Republican National Convention to describe Barack Obama's leadership experience: community organizer.

"I think the Republican Party is too smart to call Barack Obama 'black' in a sense that it would be a negative. But you can take something about his life, which I noticed they did at the Republican Convention – a 'community organizer.'

Whew! I'm losing track here of the list of secret code words. We can add "community organizer" to the list that includes:

"States' Rights" -- supposedly refers to Constitutional limits on Federal power as a means of preventing tyranny, but really means "racism."

"Southern Heritage" -- organizations such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the League of the South claim this means the history, culture, and art of the South, but it really means "racism."

And don't forget this one:

"Neoconservative" -- a term used to describe an anti-American philosophy of big government, militarism, and citizen surveillance to advance a world democratic revolution, but is actually an anti-Semitic slur.

I'm sure there are other such phrases. The key to all of them is this: any term or idea that objects to the central government's expansion of its power is nothing but a ruse to conceal racism.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Real Lesson of 9/11

An oldie but goodie, on the subject of Obama and McCain:

The fact is, both of these big-government, interventionist candidates have the "September 10th" mindset. Both want to expand the US military and attack Iran. Which means neither learned the real lesson of 9/11: that America cannot meddle in other nations' affairs without getting its fingers burned.

Palin and "the Fringe"

Someone's leftie blinders are on a little too tight. Check out this air ball from the Jackson Free Press:

The extreme right is declaring a third-party victory with Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on the presidential ticket this fall. “News of Sarah Palin’s ties to the Alaskan Independence Party inflamed the left yesterday, and what a joy it was to behold!” crowed League of the South board member Michael Tuggle on the League’s “Rebellion” blog. The “LS Blog” button on the League’s home page, dixienet.org, links directly to Rebellion (subtitled “Current events and commentary from a Southern perspective. The most powerful political forces of our time—localism, secession, and confederalism—vindicate the Southern Cause”).

First of all, I have most certainly not declared Palin's nomination as any kind of victory. As I wrote in The Palin Puzzle, Palin and everything she represents have been coopted by the system to support McCain's globalist agenda, which means more big government, more intervention, more illegal surveilance -- in other words, all the crimes perpetrated by the central government against the people. That's a victory for our Cause?

That said, it is gratifying to see the growing interest in secession getting even more exposure, a topic I touched on in this post.

The real significance of the Palin candidacy is twofold. First, by coopting Palin, the Neocon-dominated GOP is channelling the strengths of the American people -- local and family loyalties, love of liberty, and faith -- into supporting the unsustainable DC empire. The globalists must have our energies to prop up their tottering, over-extended, over-centralized system. (Who else will do their fighting for them -- Doug Feith? Andrew Sullivan? Ed Sebesta?) Of course, that robs our strengths and virtues for the benefit of those who would exploit and destroy us. But that's what parasites do. And that's exactly what our people must be made to realize.

The other point is that the multicult left's visceral hatred of those very qualities vividly paints a stark picture of the cultural and political war that's ruining this country. The vitality, confidence, and strength Palin exudes is emblematic of the working-class majority that leftists and globalists openly resent and dream of destroying. Their cosmopolitan, abstract notions have no foundation in actual human nature, no basis in reality, and therefore cannot survive on their own -- which is precisely why leftists hate us.

Those are points which must be made frequently and emphatically.

Another language bigot exposed

I'm sure y'all remember when Newt Gingrich was condemned as a "racist" when he complained that store clerks couldn't speak proper English, which he called "the language of prosperity." And there've been numerous cries of "bigotry" and "racism" against frustrated customers who publicly expressed their exasperation at so-called customer service reps who couldn't "speak American."

Well, see if you can guess what well-known pundit recently made these disparaging remarks about customer service reps who are unable "to speak English":

"One time I did try to call HP help. The phone call didn't get far since the person on the other end of the line really didn't seem to understand spoken English and after three or four attempts at reciting my phone number and getting it understood I gave up. I have standard American pronunciation. I am sure some spokesperson from HP will say "blah blah blah" and have some Powerpoint presentation on how their service is so great.

I work with engineers and technicians from around the world, sometimes in web conferences and I hear heavily accented speech and can get by. So I know the difference between a heavy accent and novel pronuciations and just not being able to speak English."

a) David Duke

b) Jared Taylor

c) Ed Sebesta

Answer appears below this depiction of how "speak American" bigots view Indian call centers.

Hello! My name is Bob! How can I help?

No, the answer is c) Ed Sebesta. C'mon! The novel spelling of "pronuciations" should have been a dead giveaway.

Looks like someone needs some Remedial Diversity Training.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Palin Lifts McCain's Support with Southerners

While I do not think the election of McCain-Palin is in Southerners' best interests (see here, for example), it's still worth noticing that we're so much in the minds of the political elite. This piece from the (ugh!) Wall Street Journal zeroes in on the sucess of McCain's snazzy little bit of stagecraft in selecting Palin as VP:

Sen. John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate has shaken up the presidential race, lifting enthusiasm among his once-subdued supporters and boosting the ticket's appeal with women, rural voters and Southerners. ...

Looking at the battleground map, the McCain campaign believes that enthusiasm for Palin will secure several traditionally Republican states where Sen. Obama hopes to compete. Senior advisers cite Georgia, Montana, North Carolina and her home state of Alaska.

Southern Effect

The poll suggests they may be right about the Southern states. Nearly six in 10 Southern voters now favor the McCain ticket, up from fewer than half in August.

An improved McCain performance could also help Republican Senate candidates in Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi, said Jennifer Duffy of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Sen. Obama is no longer running TV ads in Georgia, she noted. "It's a heck of a lot harder [for Democrats running for Senate] if Obama has no presence there," she said.

The real question is this: What happens after we elect McCain? What would you like to bet that McCain goes right back to pushing through his amnesty bill for illegal alien invaders?

Let's not be fooled again, people.

The American secessionist streak

As we've previously noted, the excitement Sarah Palin aroused with her involvement with the Alaskan Independence Party has sparked renewed interest in secessionist movements. And here's Christopher Ketcham, a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair and Harper's, who makes this intriguing observation about Palin and the AIP in the Los Angeles Times:

Sarah Palin's secessionist sympathies sparked minor hysteria last week. Her crime was hailing with round praise the work of the cranky Alaskan Independence Party, which advocates a statewide plebiscite on the secession of Alaska from the Union. "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government," the party's late founder, gold miner Joe Vogler, once said. "And I won't be buried under their damn flag."

My, but those words sound familiar. Where have we heard sentiments like that expressed before? Oh, yes ...

I like Joe already.

But check out what Mr.Ketcham observes taking place on the American political landscape:

The thing is, it's not just residents of the Last Frontier who favor breaking away from the Union. According to a Zogby poll conducted in July, more than 20% of U.S. adults -- one in five, about the same number of American Colonists who supported revolt against England in 1775 -- agreed that "any state or region has the right to peaceably secede from the United States and become an independent republic." Some 18% "would support a secessionist effort in my state."

The motivation of these quiet revolutionaries? As many as 44% of those polled agreed that "the United States' system is broken and cannot be fixed by traditional two-party politics and elections."

It gets even better. Ketcham gives an unbiased, objective sketch of the second North American secessionist convention that the League co-hosted last year in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and even quotes from the Chattanooga Declaration that all delegates signed. But his conclusion is the real show-stopper:

It could be argued that secession is the primal American act, as old as the concept of the states themselves. What else did our founders accomplish in 1776 but secession from the tyranny of England? In other words, what the secessionists would argue is that although they are anti-United States, they are most certainly pro-American.

Welcome to the age of secession. The wave that's transforming the world's political map has finally returned to the shores where it was born.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Obama pledges to build on Bush's Big Government programs

Okay, that's not what the actual headline said, but that's what it meant. Bush's totally unconstitutional No Child Left Behind legislation would've been howled down by both Republicans and conservatives had it been pushed by the usual liberal suspects. But this massive takeover of State-controlled public schools is something any big-government liberal could love.

That's where Obama comes in:

Barack Obama said Tuesday that the No Child Left Behind Act is broken, and he vowed to fix it — proposing a $1 billion education reform effort that includes $500 million in matching funds for technology investments and a doubling of federal cash for privately run charter schools.

And that's how the Federal government metastasizes. One wing of the ruling party manages to pursue its agenda, then when the other wing takes over, it builds on what the former wing began. We taxpayers are trapped in the middle, paying the bills for the ruling elite's endless projects.

Meanwhile, the central government absorbs more power and treasure.

As I said in the previous post, the American people have no choice within the present, carefully stage-managed electoral system -- no matter who or what they vote for, they're going to get a First Consul who will lead a big-business, globalist, military empire. Both candidates have made that very clear.

Tweedledee or die!

We've been arguing for some time there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two major-party candidates for First Consul. (See here, here, and here.)

So it's interesting that a member and apologist of the ruling elite would say the same thing:

Presidential campaigns are so much about posturing that it's easy to miss what's really going on. Take national security policy. John McCain and Barack Obama want you to think they represent diametrically opposed approaches to national security, when in fact they have quite similar views. ...

Obama endorses Bush's call for a bigger military, but he also says "we must rebalance our capabilities to ensure that our forces can succeed in both conventional war-fighting and in stabilization and counter-insurgency operations." His positions on cyber warfare, rebuilding global partnerships and reforming the acquisition process all sound similar to those of McCain.

See? No matter which "choice" you make, you're going to cast a ballot approving an internationalist (which means interventionist), authoritarian, multicult globalist.

Calling all Hatewatchers!

The Southern Poverty Law Center, in an effort to show that they're much, much more than a bunch of cold-blooded, self-promoting enforcers for political correctness, are attempting to inject a little humor into their cold-blooded, self-promoting enforcement of political correctness. And boy, that first effort is truly a laugh riot! They've dreamed up a "tongue-in-cheek" award, which they're going to call "the Dobbsy" to punish Lou Dobbs for supporting efforts to enforce existing Federal immigration law. In their own words:

We figured this would be a great time to introduce a new tongue-in-cheek award, to be given to “mainstream” figures — politicians, pundits, preachers and pedants — who make utterly false or misleading statements that have the effect of denigrating or defaming an entire group of people.

They ask readers to submit nominations. Hey, I have a nominee. Here's a pedant from Yale the SPLC once featured who claims the heritage of all Southerners is based on hate:

“As a white Southerner for eight generations, my heritage is the Confederate past,” says Yale history professor Glenda Gilmore. “My ancestors fought for the Confederacy and owned slaves. But I know that my heritage is based on hate, on the hatred that grew from owning other human beings and fighting one’s countrymen for the right to own those human beings.”

Yep, that's all there is to Southern heritage. So where's her Dobbsy?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Both parties agree: DC is the enemy

John McCain stresses how he "fought crooked deals in the Pentagon" and how he'll protect American citizens from power-hungry bureaucrats.

Joe Lieberman, though a liberal Democrat, supports McCain's jihad against DC, and in his speech at the Republican convention, agreed the system works against the people:

That’s why the McCain-Palin ticket is the real ticket for change this year.

The Washington bureaucrats and power brokers can’t build a pen strong enough to hold these two mavericks.

Even the Obama campaign promises to fight those nasty Washington bureaucrats, who, according to this posting on the Obama-Biden web site, have impoverished and disenfranchised Americans:

There are people getting involved who have NEVER been involved in politics. I've never really been involved (except for voting)/excited until now. Why? Because I feel that Obama is about putting the power back into the hands of the people. We have been asleep while Washington bureaucrats...and their pocket lining corporate lobbyists bought our voices.

The middle class has awakened to a nightmare of ending up homeless and without insurance after years of working hard toward their American dream at "good" companies. Things that we never thought could happen in America are happening. The middle class are now regulars at local food banks.

Everyone's against DC. Every four years, candidates for president promise Americans they'll fight the central government on their behalf. But the logical and simple answer somehow eludes us. And it's not by changing the name plates in the halls of unlimited, irresponsible government.

Want to REALLY put the power back into the hands of the people?

Dump DC.

Bush's gift to McCain

Have you noticed how the Federal government is making most of its highly publicized Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in the South, where folks have been fed up with illegal immigration for some time?

Did you see that Bush has announced more troop cuts in Iraq -- making it appear everything's just peachy in that disaster that just won't end?

And don't you think the timing of both is nothing more than George W. Bush's little gift to the man he cheated out of the nomination back in 2000? Yeah, me too.

Obama 'wanted to join US military'

At least that's what he told George Stephanopoulos:

"And I actually always thought of the military as an ennobling and, you know, honourable option. But keep in mind that I graduated in 1979. The Vietnam War had come to an end. We weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point. And so, it's not an option that I ever decided to pursue."

That makes perfect sense. I wanted to be a fireman when I got out of high school, but nothing was on fire the day I graduated.

Obama and McCain get key endorsements

Obama wins over foreign Muslims -- and here's why:

There is overwhelming support among Saudis and expatriates here in the Kingdom for Democratic candidate Barack Hussein Obama as the next US president.

A cross-section of both groups told Arab News yesterday that they wanted Obama to succeed George W. Bush. One Saudi said Obama was preferred because he is black while an expatriate felt his middle name suggested a willingness to tackle the contentious issues facing the Muslim world.

And little gaffes like this one will keep that impression alive for both Obama's overseas Muslim admirers and his enemies at home.

Meanwhile, the McCain camp goes after the homosexual lobby -- and wins them over:

...for years now, openly gay Republicans not only have stayed the course in the party, but sought to raise their profile through the Log Cabin organization. And today, that group reveled in a visit from John McCain's campaign manager, Steve Schmidt. Schmidt spoke at a luncheon in Minneapolis hosted by Log Cabin and, according to a release quickly sent out by Scott Tucker, its communications director, he said, "I admire your organization."

Other quotes from Schmidt, as related by Tucker: "Keep fighting for what you believe because the day is going to come," and, "We are the party of freedom. We will keep fighting as a party to reach it in full."

Friday, September 5, 2008

Secret Service confiscates books & buttons from Ron Paul delegates

We're from the government, and we're here to protect you

How the GOP makes sure we put "Country First" -- by stifling any and all dissent:

Today at the Republican National Convention, as the Ron Paul Delegates were taking a picture in front of the model White House inside the Convention Center, they were surrounded by Secret Service which proceeded to search the bags of all the delegates. They took any and everything related to Ron Paul including signs, buttons, videos, slim jims, cards, even books.

Aren't you glad Bush & Co. are bravely sacrificing our armed forces in Iraq to protect our freedom?

Whoopi Goldberg: Sarah Palin 'Is a Very Dangerous Woman'

Why does one of America's most profound thinkers deem Sarah Palin dangerous? Because Palin once supported the Alaskan Independence Party -- and you know what they wanted:

I also thought that this idea of America first coming from her was kind of strange because she was one of the people who wanted to succeed from the United States. She was part of a campaign to succeed Alaska from the United States of America. So I’m glad she’s back, putting America first.

I hope the AIP does succeed someday.

The Palin Puzzle

This is pretty representative of the Southern and conservative reaction to Sarah Palin:

"No one can question that she's a genuine social and economic Conservative, as well as a committed Christian. Her and her husband's association with the Alaskan Independence Party is non-debatable; she even sent a message of congratulations to the AIP as governor.

How can anyone doubt that Palin is the feminine version of Ronald Reagan, a fighter for State Rights and small government?"

Let's boil this argument down to its core:

"Washington DC can be reformed. All we have to do is elect conservatives to key positions, and the Federal government will be restored to what the Founders intended."

Now that it's stated in stark, unmistakable terms, who still wants to defend it?

Palin may indeed have sincerely supported the goals of the AIP. She may even believe that she can best promote them within the District of Columbia. And while Palin may have been totally faithful to her husband over the years, she's clearly been seduced by the prospect of power. She won't be the first.

McCain is no dummy. Not only has he recruited an attractive and effective communicator, he's pulled off one of the great cooptation maneuvers in American political history, one that will be studied by budding political strategists the way Cannae is studied by military strategists. It's a common strategy. Obama might have coopted a leery Anglo-Celtic Southern majority when he considered Virginia Senator Jim Webb as his vice-president. (Of course, he could've unified the Democratic party, thereby coopting Hillary supporters, and won over a substantial number of white voters by tapping his chief rival, but in what may be the biggest political blunder in recent history, he instead chose Boring Biden instead. That, too, will be studied and debated for some time.)

Palin has already redirected her considerable energies toward supporting the Neocon agenda. The Iraq War, she affirms, is "a task that is from God," and war, as we've pointed out frequently, is the central government's key weapon for expanding its power at home and abroad. So a leader of a successful movement toward genuine self-determination has been transformed into a defender of the regime. Cooptation Mission accomplished.

Here's another example. Here in Mecklenburg County, Sheriff Jim Pendergraph, one of the last of the old-time conservative Southern Democrats, turned his department into a formidable force for nabbing illegal aliens. The local lefties despised him. Then came news that Pendergraph was taking a job in DC, working for the Department of Homeland Security.

I immediately smelled a rat.

When I passed on my suspicions to a deputy in the sheriff's department, he frowned. No, he assured me, Jim's going to train sheriffs all over the country how to track down and remove illegal aliens. I pointed out that Pendergraph's boss, Michael Chertoff, supported the amnesty bill for illegal aliens, and would likely sabotage any genuine efforts to deport them. The bottom line, I insisted, was that Mecklenburg County had lost a leader that would actually do something about the growing illegal alien problem. The deputy patiently shook his head, and talk turned to less controversial topics.

Last week, this report hit the news:

Former Mecklenburg County Sheriff Jim Pendergraph has resigned from his position with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.

Pendergraph told Eyewitness News his last day will be at the end of October. He said he will be moving back to Charlotte.

Pendergraph would not give further details on his resignation or his plans for the future.

Right. Mission accomplished.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Obama: Surge Succeeded Beyond ‘Wildest Dreams’

Obama lays it all out for Bill O'Reilly:

“I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated,” Obama said while refusing to retract his initial opposition to the surge. “I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.” ...

Speaking on other national security matters, Obama said he would not take military action off the table in dealing with Iran, but diplomacy and sanctions can’t be overlooked.

The Islamic republic is a “major threat” and it would be “unacceptable” for the rogue nation to develop a nuclear weapon, he said.

“It is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon, it would be a game changer,” Obama said. “It’s sufficient to say I would not take military action off the table and that I will never hesitate to use our military force in order to protect the homeland and the United States’ interests.” ...

Obama said he “absolutely” believes the United States is fighting a War on Terror, with the enemy being, “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, a whole host of networks that are bent on attacking America, who have a distorted ideology, who have perverted the faith of Islam.”

So now both major candidates support:

1) Amnesty for illegal aliens

2) An unending "War on Terror"

3) Increased surveillance of Americans

4) Attacking Iran

Can anyone doubt that Obama is nothing but a left-leaning Neocon? And that McCain is nothing but a right-leaning Neocon? Big government, more enforced multiculturalism, more militarism -- tell me again, what's the point of voting?

Bush pushes for more police power

This unsettling, but by now routine, report reveals just the latest Bushian expansion of Federal power:

In his last months, President Bush is working to ensure that his successor will have the greatly expanded power of the executive branch — unprecedented in American history — that Bush instituted after 9/11. His chief enabler in this ever-increasing surveillance of American citizens is Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

So let's quit kidding ourselves. This has nothing to do with our security. It's all about the government's insecurity. Our handlers in DC are afraid of us. They hear the deep rumblings against a government that empowers illegal immigrants while enriching the globalist elite, all at the expense of the Middle Class.

What to do? Simple: they bulldoze our places of refuge, including the protections in the Bill of Rights, as well as slicing away at what's left of States' Rights. The once-sovereign States still have some capabilities of resisting DC, so the Federal government is busily eating away at them. Think of DC as the Alien, furiously corroding your defenses with single-minded determination.

And as we note below, Bush isn't even the real threat. What will Bush's more ambitious, more capable successors do with the powers Bush and Cheney snagged for them?

Last thing we need now is a great leader

It's always a pleasant surprise to stumble across little gems in unexpected places. Here's magician Penn Jillette expressing something truly rare these days -- distrust of government, especially Big Government:

Obama is a great leader. He can fire people up and get them to do what he wants. He does smart speeches that promise everyone everything they need and make us feel good about our country and how much greater our government could be.

But I don't think our next president being a great leader is a good thing.

I'm worried about someone smarter than Bush taking over that tremendous power. Charisma and ambition increase my fear exponentially, and a great leader scares me to death.

We need someone stupid enough to understand that the president of the United States can't solve many problems without taking away freedom and therefore shouldn't try. The only reason John McCain scares me a little less is because I think he's a little less likely to win. They both promise a government that will watch over us, and I don't like that.

He's right of course -- Cheney and Bush have usurped a great deal of power from the States, from the blatantly unconstitutional "No Child Left Behind" and "RealID" mandates from DC, to their aggressive assertion of unlimited executive power. The result is a centralized, authoritarian regime. While Bush is little more than a spoiled brat mindlessly joy-riding his father's sports car, people like Giuliani, Hillary, and Obama have definite ideas what they'd do behind the wheel. And yes, that makes them even scarier.