Saturday, May 31, 2008

South Carolina tackles illegal immigration

Once again, with Congress unable and unwilling to stop the illegal alien invasion, the people decide to do it themselves:

State lawmakers agreed Thursday to one of the nation’s toughest illegal immigration reform packages, which Gov. Mark Sanford says he’ll sign into law.

After months of fighting, House members approved a Senate-amended bill Thursday. It requires all S.C. businesses, both public and private, to take new steps to verify newly hired employees are in the country legally. And businesses that fail to comply could be temporarily shut down.

“This is a historic day,” said Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Richland, who led the House charge to push the bill through. “Although we’re disappointed that Congress has yet to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with illegal immigration, (South Carolina) has done as much as it can do.”

No wonder Congress' approval rating is at a record low 18%. Now let's see if some Federal mullah tries to overrule this.

How much longer can DC go in one direction, and the people of the South in another?

'World's Largest' Confederate Flag to fly in Tampa

I love stories like this:

A Confederate heritage group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to fly the 30-by-50 flag atop a 139-foot pole, the highest the FAA will allow.

The group, which bills its Confederate flag as the "world's largest," expects to have it in place by 2009, The St. Petersburg Times reported.

The group has building permits but still needs $30,000 to complete the project, which will be located on private property at the intersection of Interstates 4 and 75.

Although you know they've got to include a little canned outrage:

Local NAACP president Curtis Stokes, however, says he was shocked to hear about plans to have the flag flying next year.

"I'm surprised that they would allow something like this to go on in Hillsborough County," he told The St. Petersburg Times.

You're surprised at what, Curtis? Freedom of speech? The promotion of history?

I'm looking forward to the day when any report on the NAACP must include a quote from a spokesman for the League of the South. We'll be sure to remind readers of The NAACP's long history of corruption and misuse of power.

I can dream, can't I?

Quote of the day

Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) on the Neocon invasion of Iraq: “The true conservative position, the traditional conservative position is against this war.”

Thousands protest in Iraq against proposed security agreement with US

Maybe US occupation forces have worn out their welcome:

Tens of thousands rallied in several cities Friday against a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, raising doubts that negotiators can meet a July target to finalize a pact to keep U.S. troops in Iraq after the current U.N. mandate expires.

So what happens when peaceful means fail to expel US troops?

Priest who mocked Clinton again draws spotlight

Add Michael Pfleger to the growing list of looney-tune radicals whose association with Barack Hussein Obama increasingly defines him.

Pfleger's history not only reveals close ties to Obama, but also casts doubt on Obama's promise to reform the political system. What else can you conclude except that we're seeing more of the same scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-yours political corruption that's turned so many people off:

As a state senator, Obama secured two grants related to Pfleger's church - one for $100,000 to repair The Ark community center at the church in 2000 and the other for $125,000 for computers at the church's employment resource center.

For his part, Pfleger, 59, has donated $1,500 to Obama's campaigns for state office and another $1,500 to his presidential campaign.

Aides say Obama has rarely visited St. Sabina, although he cited Pfleger, along with Wright, as one of his spiritual advisers in a 2004 Chicago Sun-Times story. Pfleger helped Obama's Iowa campaign by taking part in a faith forum.

Sounds like old-time Chicago politics to me.

Friday, May 30, 2008

The wrath of Bob

Watch it, Scott McClellan - you don't mess with Bob Dole:

In the e-mail, Dole basically describes the former White House press secretary as a traitor looking to cash in on the "liberal" media's distaste for President Bush.

"There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don't have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues," the five-term Kansas senator wrote to McClellan. "No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique."

And this story suggests McClellan couldn't help but betray Bush -- after all, he came from traitorous stock.

But the more I think about this, the less I think he wrote it out of petty revenge for being fired. The book's title says a lot: What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception. I think McClellan has three goals here. First, he wants to warn the American people about the real quagmire we're facing -- no, not Iraq, but Washington DC itself. It's a snakepit, a fever-swamp of illusion and bluff addicted to power, getting it and keeping it. As ugly as it can be, it's overwhelmingly seductive. Good men with good intentions can be warped out of recognizability here.

And that leads to goal number two: to explain to himself, the world, and to George W. Bush what happened to a good man with good intentions inside the District of Corruption. McClellan had served Bush back in Texas, and grew increasingly uneasy with the allure unlimited power holds for some men and the depravity it can lead them to. He saw what he believed to be a decent man get swept away by that greatest of temptations after 9/11, which led Bush to launch a wave of destruction on an innocent nation, then try to cover it up with what McClellan called "obfuscation" and "propaganda." After the Plame scandal, McClellan could take no more.

Finally, I think he's trying to warn us not to let another cycle of hyped and cropped data lead to another unnecessary war in Iran. Bush, desperate to leave a legacy as a successful war president, may see a surgical strike on Iran as his last chance to knock out a threat to Israel and US hegemony in the Middle East. McClellan, apparently no blinkered ideologue, now realizes how power and ideology can blind one to unforseen consequences -- and even blind some men to forseeable consequences. Guilty of helping justify one wrongful aggression, McClellan couldn't sit back and let another one lead us to an even more horrible level of destruction and future problems.

Israel rejects death by demographics

... and so should the US, says Ilana Mercer:

Ironically, Bill Clinton has spoken glowingly about the prospects of the demise of the very historical majority upon which his wife's candidacy now depends.... Israel hasn't. The plucky Jewish state can teach the U.S. a thing or two about cultural and creedal survival. Israel has endured to celebrate its 60th birthday in so small part because it has rejected American-style immolation by immigration.

Despite Israel's protestations to the contrary, it is neither a multicultural state, nor a free-for-all pluralist pottage with open borders à la post-1965, Immigration Act America. Rather, Israel upholds the right to retain its religious and cultural distinctiveness and its Jewish majority. It therefore controls immigration and guards its borders.

The US, argues Mercer, should also insist "on the right to remain what it was when founded," which means rejecting multiculturalism.

I couldn't agree more. Minority rights, as she explains, can be guaranteed while also preserving cultural continuity. And, she implies, such rights can only be guaranteed by a culture that respects the rule of law and the freedom of Western civilization. Anything less leads to chaos -- if you disagree, try living in Lebanon or Iraq for a while.

Republic of Montana?

Reason's report on Montana's threat to withdraw its delegated powers from DC is just the latest example of the resurgence of self-determination:

Several dozen Montana politicians, including Secretary of State Brad Johnson, have adopted an unconventional take on the Second Amendment case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court: They’ve threatened secession. D.C. v. Heller, the first substantive Second Amendment case the Court has heard in nearly 70 years, could definitively settle whether the right to bear arms is an individual right or a collective right.

In a joint resolution, the Montana politicians argue that when Washington approved the state constitution, including a clause granting “any person” the right to bear arms, upon the Treasure State’s entry into the Union in 1889, the federal government recognized that clause as consistent with the Second Amendment. If the Court comes down on the side of a collective right, they argue, it would breach the compact for statehood between Montana and the federal government.

Devolution will continue to change the political landscape and the world map. The fire and intensity of such issues as illegal immigration, same-sex "marriage," and gun rights indicate the cultural divisions in this country are widening. Add to this volatile mix a growing Latino population with no loyalty to its host country, and the bonds of Union can only atrophy and fade.

Bush has been bush-whacked!

Once again, Pat Buchanan cuts to the heart of the matter. Why is the regime so unified in its message and ferocity as it reacts to McClellan's book? Simple -- the Neocon convoy took a direct hit:

The synchronized savagery of the attacks on McClellan as turncoat suggests he drew blood. For what he has done is offer confirmation to the president's war critics, from within the White House inner circle, that Bush's motive in going to war was not a clear and present danger of attack by Iraq with weapons of mass destruction, but to advance a Bush crusade to impose democracy on the Middle East.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Obama's Church: Hillary Cried Because White Supremacy Failed

This has to be seen to be believed.


You'll have a hard job finding a more narcissistic, holier-than-thou, preening blowhard -- unless you go to DC.

UPDATE: Obama has rejected Pfleger's statements, but you have to wonder. In the video, the congregation -- Obama's congregation -- eats up the anti-white message, and responds with roars of approval and laughter. Here's a partial transcript:

“When Hillary was crying … I really don’t believe it was put on. I really believe that she just always thought ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white. And this is mine’,” he said, shouting at times. “Then out of nowhere came, ‘Hey I’m Barack Obama’. And she said, ‘Oh damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show’!”

After that, he simulated Clinton crying and then said: “She wasn’t the only one crying. There was a whole lot of white people crying … I’m sorry. I don’t wanna get you in any more trouble. The live streaming just went out again.”

He also said at one point, “America has been raping people of color and America has to pay the price for the rape."

Not only that, but Pfleger is well known as an avid Obama supporter. Can we believe Obama when he claims Pfleger doesn't represent his views?

Can we believe any politician?

John McCain "Fit as a fiddle"

That's the consensus after reporters combed through his 1,200 pages of medical records, leading one TV talking head to conclude:

Last night The Daily Show played a news clip of a talking head discussing John McCain's medical records and, noting that he seemed in good health, proclaimed that "71 is the new 30."

McCain's already ineligible since he wasn't born in the US -- and now we learn he isn't old enough to be president, either, since the minimum is 35.

In Miami, Spanish becoming primary language

The demographic revolution continues:

In many areas of Miami, Spanish has become the predominant language, replacing English in everyday life. Anyone from Latin America could feel at home on the streets, without having to pronounce a single word in English. ...

But this situation, so pleasing to Latin American immigrants, makes some English speakers feel marginalized. In the 1950s, it's estimated that more than 80 percent of Miami-Dade County residents were non-Hispanic whites. But in 2006, the Census Bureau estimates that number was only 18.5 percent, and in 2015 it is forecast to be 14 percent. Hispanics now make up about 60 percent.

"The Anglo population is leaving," said Juan Clark, a sociology professor at Miami Dade College. "One of the reactions is to emigrate toward the north. They resent the fact that (an American) has to learn Spanish in order to have advantages to work. If one doesn't speak Spanish, it's a disadvantage."

Kinda reminds you of Kosovo, doesn't it?

Terrorists sabotage US base, electrocuting Green Beret

A shadowy, malignant terrorist group known as "Al-K'br" has assassinated another US soldier:

A highly decorated Green Beret, Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth died a painful death in Iraq this year. He died not on the battlefield. He died in what should have been one of the safest spots in Iraq: on a U.S. base, in his bathroom.

The water pump was not properly grounded, and when he turned on the shower, a jolt of electricity shot through his body and electrocuted him January 2.

Which is more despicable, killing alien occupiers in battle, or needlessly risking your own soldiers' lives for profit? You decide:

At least 12 U.S. troops have been electrocuted in Iraq since the start of the war in 2003, according to military and government officials.

In fact, the Army issued a bulletin in 2004 warning that electrocution was "growing at an alarming rate." It said five soldiers died that year by electrocution, with improper grounding the likely culprit in each case.

Army documents obtained by CNN show that U.S.-paid contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) inspected the building and found serious electrical problems a full 11 months before Maseth was electrocuted.

KBR noted "several safety issues concerning the improper grounding of electrical devices." But KBR's contract did not cover "fixing potential hazards."

Yeah, I was just joking. KBR isn't really a terrorist organization. They're just a politically connected business that's made a mint over-charging for shoddy work conducted after receiving no-bid contracts. Terrorists, on the other had, do their killing for free.

Do you see now why we can't pull out of Iraq?

Federal judge strikes down Dallas suburb's ban on renting homes to illegal immigrants

Who cares what the people voted for? Ignoring a massive invasion of illegal alien invaders is the Federal government's prerogative. Sometimes the peasants need to be reminded:

A Dallas suburb's ban on apartment rentals to illegal immigrants, an ordinance passed by city leaders and later endorsed in a vote by its residents, is unconstitutional, a federal judge found Wednesday.

Only the federal government can regulate immigration, U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay concluded in his decision.

Still think we can reform this monster? Pick a problem: outsourcing jobs, violating the Bill of Rights, importing the Third World, and what's the cause?

More terrorists under our national bed

Yet another ex-Bushie spills the beans about the propaganda that whipped up war-fever, gas prices are through the roof, the dollar is plummeting -- but never mind that, look, Islamomeanies! They're behind you:

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff warned Thursday that the radical Islamic group Hezbollah "makes Al Qaeda look like a minor league team," and poses the greatest threat to national security.

"Someone described Hezbollah like the A-team of terrorists in terms of capabilities, in terms of range of weapons they have, in terms of internal discipline," Chertoff told FOX News. "To be honest, they make Al Qaeda look like a minor league team.

"They have been more disciplined, and they've been in some senses more restrained in the kinds of attacks they carry out ... in recent years, but that's not something we can take for granted," he warned.

So -- Chertoff, who holds dual Israeli-US citizenship, denounces an organization dedicated to ending Israeli domination over Lebanon as a threat to the US... hmm ...

OK. No conflict of interest here. Move along.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Radical Islam is filling a ‘moral vacuum’ left by decline of Christianity in Britain

Pay attention -- he's not just talking about the imposition of multiculturalism in Britain:

The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, has said that the decline of Christian values has meant that Britain is now gripped by the doctrine of ‘endless self-indulgence’ which had led to the destruction of family life.

He warned that the ‘newfangled and insecurely founded doctrine of multiculturalism' has led to immigrants creating ‘segregated communities and parallel lives’. ...

'While the Christian consensus was dissolved, nothing else, except perhaps endless self-indulgence, was put in its place.'

Immigrants who come to improve their standard of living need connections to their adopted country to feel that vital sense of belonging. But if the host country officially offers nothing to belong to, nothing is left to identify with but the old ways. Multiculturalism means induced amnesia, and directionlessness as a virtue.

Who in his right mind wants to be nothing? Doesn't strike me as something to be proud of.

The March of the Prevaricators

Do you have to be a psychopathic liar to get into the White House? It certainly seems to help:

Obama admits reference to Auschwitz was wrong

Clinton Claims to Lead in “Every Poll”

McCain busted!

Bush's 'Culture of Deception:' McClellan

Swiss bank paid McCain co-chair to push agenda on U.S. mortgage crisis

Yet more proof that "Maverick" McCain is just another lying mercenary:

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s national campaign general co-chair was being paid by a Swiss bank to lobby Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis at the same time he was advising McCain about his economic policy, federal records show. ...

News of Gramm’s involvement as a paid advocate for the banking industry, simultaneous with his unpaid work on McCain’s economic policies, comes as McCain’s campaign continues to reel from the purge of four other lobbyists.

Yeah, McCain's waist-deep in lobbyist sludge, but he's really on OUR side. Tell me another one.

Middle Class taking a beating

With their communities open to invasion by Third-World thugs, their jobs outsourced overseas, and savings depleted by unnecessary, immoral foreign wars financed by deficits, the Middle Class is paying the price for the Federal government's incompetence and criminality, and knows it:

Meanwhile, Americans aren't feeling flush. Home values have plummeted more than 14% in the past year, according to the S&P Case/Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks 20 of the largest markets. That's the sharpest rate in two decades. And wages are basically stagnant, rising only 0.6% between the first quarter of 2000 and the same period this year on an inflation-adjusted basis. ...

Weighing even more heavily on consumers is uncertainty about where the economy is headed, said Ken Goldstein, economist with The Conference Board. It's unusual to have such slow growth for so many months and Americans don't know how to respond.

"What's really pushing consumers into a funk is the fear of what's coming next," Goldstein said. "You can't be sure you know exactly where we are or where we're going. Consumers are afraid that the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train."

Why is this happening now? Why does the Middle Class feel abandoned?

The answer is simple: they're right. Abandoning the Middle Class is official Federal policy.

It's racist, we're told, to protect jobs for native-born Americans. It's somehow wrong for us to defend our interests, but it's the ultimate virtue to allow the Third World to establish colonies among us or to take our jobs. However, instead of an act of charity, encouraging these outposts actually provides the globalist elite with a permanent supply of exploitable labor.

At the same time our handlers scold us for objecting to the Latinization of our cities, they lecture us that welcoming any and all immigrants is "patriotic." But real patriotism is not obedience to the central government and its policies. Real patriotism is love of one's own people and their culture, their institutions. Tragically, it's real patriotism that has been condemned as "racist." By outlawing concern and protection of one's own people, DC has made every individual both prey and predator. Other people are simply objects, things to avoid when necessary or exploit when possible.

Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam realized this after a study of the harmful effects of mass immigration on community trust:

Putnam’s study reveals that immigration and diversity not only reduce social capital between ethnic groups, but also within the groups themselves. Trust, even for members of one’s own race, is lower, altruism and community cooperation rarer, friendships fewer. The problem isn’t ethnic conflict or troubled racial relations, but withdrawal and isolation. Putnam writes: “In colloquial language, people living in ethnically diverse settings appear to ‘hunker down’—that is, to pull in like a turtle.”

These mortal wounds to our social well-being aren't unintentional consequences of an otherwise noble policy; they're the deliberate harm done to us by a predatory and greedy ruling class. By assaulting natural bonds and relations, the globalists make organic social interaction impossible. It's our links to our past, our heritage, our ties to our compatriots they've targeted, and the purpose is simple: to leave us isolated and defenseless and easily controlled.

But daily rumblings grow louder. Protests against illegal immigration, NAFTA, and government spying have stirred many to action. And the ruling political parties are straining to keep us under control. The sound you here is that of a corrupt system groaning under pressure.

Bush misled U.S. on Iraq, former aide says in new book

Sometimes "I told you so" just doesn't compensate for the damage done. However, I can't wait to see what the delusional flag-wavers have to say about this:

"History appears poised to confirm what most Americans today have decided — that the decision to invade Iraq was a serious strategic blunder," [former press secretary Scott] McClellan wrote in "What Happened," due out Monday. "No one, including me, can know with absolute certainty how the war will be viewed decades from now when we can more fully understand its impact."

"What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary," he wrote in the preface....

The president's real motivation for the war, he said, was to transform the Middle East to ensure an enduring peace in the region. But the White House effort to sell the war as necessary due to the stated threat posed by Saddam Hussein was needed because "Bush and his advisers knew that the American people would almost certainly not support a war launched primarily for the ambitions purpose of transforming the Middle East," McClellan wrote.

"Rather than open this Pandora's Box, the administration chose a different path — not employing out-and-out deception, but shading the truth," he wrote of the effort to convince the world that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, an effort he said used "innuendo and implication" and "intentional ignoring of intelligence to the contrary."

Folks don't like being lied to, especially when the cost of the scam includes the lives of their sons and a mountain of debt. As a result, we can now look forward to President Obama, a loony leftist.

Thanks, Neocons.

UPDATE: The White House has a perfectly reasonable explanation for McClellan's revelations -- an evil demon has taken over his body.

UPDATE: More here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Get Chris Sullivan!

The Southern Poverty Law Center fulfills a conspicuous and honored role in our political process, roughly equivalent to that of Cotton Mather in the Salem Witch Trials. The latest dissident wretch it's had to deal with is Lee Bright, who's running for the South Carolina State Senate. Seems his campaign manager holds certain ideas judged abhorrent and perilous to the realm:

Chris Sullivan, the campaign manager for state Senate District 12 candidate Lee Bright, helped lead a purge of non-racists from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Umm -- no sources cited, no names? Yes, that's the lead paragraph, which most folks will carelessly read and conclude Bright's a bad, bad man -- just like his campaign manager:

Sullivan also is editor of Southern Partisan magazine, which the Montgomery, Ala.-based SPLC claims is "soft propaganda" for the neo-Confederate movement.

"They like to depict slaves as being happy, they say the emancipation proclamation was sinister and they once said John Wilkes Booth was not only sane, but sensible," said SPLC spokeswoman Heidi Beirich.

What could be more pertinent to a present-day political race than issues and personalities from 150 years ago? They must be all-important, or the SPLC wouldn't have sicced its meanest, most ruthless bully on Bright. No wonder Beirich is referred to as "Pushy Galore."

Every member of the corporate media who interviews Mark Potok or Heidi Beirich secretly thinks, "I wish I could get a cushy job like that!" That's why they add their own little slam against the SPLC's victim du jour to show off their own mastery of innuendo, and this piece is no exception. The article goes on to reveal another of Sullivan's heresies:

In an article currently on its Web site, www.southernpartisan.net, the magazine gives its Scalawag Award to Virginia and North Carolina because their state legislatures apologized for slavery. The article also says "black agitators like the Rev. Jesse (Jackson) and the Rev. Al (Sharpton)," take advantage of a double standard that holds the South responsible for slavery but not the North.

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are -- agitators? Oh, the intolerance. What a wicked magazine this Southern Partisan must be.

Never mind that the liberal Huffington Post and Slate have said the same thing about Sharpton. It doesn't matter because those comments were made in an entirely different context.

They weren't made by a conservative Southerner.

McCain calls for slashing U.S. nuclear arsenal

McCain wants to get rid of some spare US nukes:

"Today we deploy thousands of nuclear warheads. It is my hope to move as rapidly as possible to a significantly smaller force," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said at the University of Denver.

He plans to do so by detonating a few dozen over Tehran.

Identity theft increases thanks to illegal aliens

The Mexican culture of corruption is establishing itself quickly here in America:

Across America, perhaps millions of U.S. citizens are sharing their identities with undocumented workers who are virtually hiding behind Social Security numbers like Rodriguez. The data on the subject are incomplete, but each year nearly 10 million workers pay their taxes using the wrong Social Security number. While this can happen for a variety of reasons, most often it involves restaurant and farm workers, suggesting many of those 10 million workers are employees who are using someone else's SSN to satisfy federal employment requirements.

There will be more transition pains as we are forcibly transformed from a Western culture of law to a Third-World kleptocracy.

But apparently we'll pay any price for more diversity.

UPDATE: Here's yet another story on the Mexican culture of corruption. Coming soon to a barrio near you.

Iraqi Christians Warn of 'New Catastrophe for Humanity'

Here's a group you don't hear too much about, thanks to an uninterested media:

"A new wave of ethnic cleansing is going on in Iraq," Iraqi Christian representative Behiye Hadodo told the gathering. "If these atrocities continue, the Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian communities there will be wiped out altogether, creating a new catastrophe for humanity."

Iraq's Assyrians are a non-Arab ethnic minority located mainly in northeastern Iraq, and adherents of Christian denominations including the Chaldean Catholic and Syriac Orthodox churches.

Of course, the red-white-and-bloodthirsty crowd will swear it's not the fault of the Great Liberator. All Bush's Legions did was pull the rug out from under these people. Whatever happens to them afterward is gravity's fault.

McCain says Obama should visit Iraq

Hmmm -- so while Hillary spins assassination scenarios for her opponent, McCain's double-daring him to stroll down sniper's lane in Baghdad.

Yep -- she's just a talker -- McCain's a doer.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rev. Al Sharpton urges Hillary Clinton: Watch what you say

Uh-oh:

Cool it with the assassination talk, the Rev. Al Sharpton warned Saturday.

Sharpton said he spoke to Hillary Clinton Saturday morning about her recent reference to the assassination of Robert Kennedy - "and she understands my feelings firmly."

Her team did not immediately divulge the details of their chat.

When Al Sharpton warns you to quit with the crazy talk, you've got REAL problems.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

whaddaya know?

An Esquire news flash:

888 hate groups are currently operating in the United States, an increase of 48% since 2000. Source: Southern Poverty Law Center

In other breaking news, a Japanese psychic has been arrested for convincing victims they were possessed by evil spirits only he could exorcise -- for a fee.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Inside the mind of Condi Rice

Much has been written about the ethical shortcomings of Condoleezza Rice and other top officials in the Bush administration, but attempts to understand their psychology have usually degenerated into Maureen Dowd-inspired sneers. This marvelous piece is the exception. Rather than condemn or lampoon, it simply presents overlooked accounts of Rice's early life to uncover the most significant influences on the mind of America's present Secretary of State. It's rather startling:

"Before Korbel's class," Mabry points out, "Condoleezza had only glimpsed the world of international power and intrigue while sitting with her father watching the nightly news, worrying about Castro's missiles." Korbel was a defender, according to Mabry, of the Stalin-Hitler pact, which the Central European-born professor saw "as another example of Stalin's strategic genius and his success in building the Soviet state." According to Elizabeth Bumiller, when Rice heard him lecture, she "fell in love" -- the phrase she has used in virtually every interview she has given about this moment in her life. ...

The lecture that so transfixed Rice was about the ruthless maneuvering and consolidation of power that allowed Stalin to propel himself from general secretary of the Communist Party to effective dictator of the Soviet Union. ... Terry Karl, a Stanford political science professor who later taught with Rice, [said] ... "Like some political scientists of the time, she was impressed with the efficiency and effectiveness of how the Communist parties exercised power."

A Stanford faculty member quoted by Mabry noticed that when Rice became the university's provost in the 1990s, communicating with her "was like talking to a brick wall. You'd try to say something, and she would say [banging on the table], 'No, no, no!' All I could think of was Khrushchev banging the shoe at the UN ... She was a Sovietologist; she learned her lesson well from her subjects."

It's interesting how the belligerent and impermeable Neocon ideology, based as it is on its Trotskyite roots, exudes an abstract, martial appeal on such an emotional level. Rice, it appears, still holds a schoolgirl's crush on the mythical man on a white horse, and is swept away by the display of raw power and male decisiveness, not unlike some female pro-war bloggers.

No wonder she never married. What flesh-and-blood man could measure up to her Spartan fantasy?

Obama, Clinton, McCain Join Forces To Form Nightmare Ticket

Once again, the Onion tells it like it is:

"This nightmare ticket presents the American people with an unprecedented lack of opportunity in 2008," Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote Tuesday. "For just one vote, citizens will get four years of McCain's brilliant temper, the incredible inexperience of Barack Obama, and the powerful two-headed monster of Hillary and Bill Clinton."

"It will be very exciting to see what they're capable of destroying, " Cohen added.

After you're finished laughing, take a deep breath and let the realization slowly grip every one of your screaming synapses: this is for real.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Concord, Massachusetts wants to secede?

Well, at least it did on Boston Legal last night. The snappy dialogue fairly crackled with powerful arguments for secession. When Denny Crane (William Shatner) objected it's traitorous for a town to want to secede from the United States of America, the lawyer representing the good folk of Concord responded, "This country was founded by traitors, then."

Another great moment in politically themed TV brightened the screen when Denny Crane said it's silly to want to secede just because the Federal government is violating the Bill of Rights. He reminded the court of Federal oppression of anti-war activists in WWI, Japanese internment camps in WWII, Nixon's spying on political opponents, and Clinton's expanded surveillance of US citizens in a time of peace. "So, your honor, none of this is new." Beautiful.

If nothing else, it was great publicity for the idea of secession. The word is getting out ...

Voter drive registers more than 200 inmates

The more people who participate in elections, the healthier our republic. So why not look for potential citizen-electors in new places? Here, for example:

The get-out-the-vote effort in Maine broke new ground Wednesday when more than 200 inmates in the Maine State Prison registered to cast ballots.

Prison officials said it was the first prisoner education and registration drive held at the facility.

Deputy Warden Leida Dardis said the event, which was organized by Maine chapters of the NAACP, allowed representatives from the state Democratic, Republican and Green Independent parties to meet with prisoners in morning and afternoon informational sessions.

Let's review some necessary discrimination civilized societies observe:

1 - Some people should not be allowed to drive.

2 - Some people should not be allowed to run around loose.

3 - Some people should not be allowed to buy alcohol.

4 - And crooks should not be allowed to vote.

Of course, by excluding these neo-con voters (I've been waiting a long time to write that!), we're preventing diverse views from enriching our political process. Such as the insights from this convict:

Sean Higgins of Portland said he had not given much thought to politics before he registered to vote Wednesday.

I'll bet.

2008 - The last American election?

Democratic party analysts are deeply worried about Obama's inability to draw white votes (which may boost Jim Webb's prospects for serving as his VP). But that's just one more signal that the divisions in this country are so deep, the usual political stagecraft isn't working any more:

Clemson University political scientist David Woodard said the big-margin victories show that the Democratic Party — like the nation — is divided philosophically and geographically.

Clinton, he said, has been winning in "red" states and Obama has dominated in the "blue" ones.

"The results show that the country remains divided into the red and blue divisions so familiar to those who follow presidential elections," he said of the Democratic primaries. "But the fissures are getting deeper. ... The country is separating along cultural lines, and it is deep-seated, very emotional and seemingly permanent."

Hmmm ... red states vs. blue states separated by cultural lines that are deep-seated, very emotional, and permanent ... now where have we heard that before? Oh, yeah ...


Which reminds me of another observation: "A question settled by violence, or in disregard of law, must remain unsettled forever." - Jefferson Davis

Could this election be the beginning of the long-delayed resolution of the unsettled question President Davis warned us about?

Clearly, this unnaturally overgrown, increasingly artificial, unsustainable political mess we're in is coming apart along natural socio-political dividing lines -- and though the pundits try to deny it, the people can see it happening before their eyes:

Concerns about the direction of the country and personal finances rose sharply, and dissatisfaction with Bush, Congress and the administration's economic and foreign policy all climbed.

Bush's approval rating fell 4 percentage points to 23 percent, a record low for pollster John Zogby, and positive marks for the U.S. Congress fell 5 points to tie an all-time low at 11 percent.

The number of Americans who believe the country is on the right track fell from 23 percent to an abysmal 16 percent, another record for pessimism, as uncertainty about the economy and rising gas prices fueled growing doubts about the future.

It's not just the economy that troubles us. We see more and more how DC's belligerent foreign policy directly harms our lives. The war that was going to pay for itself with stolen Iraqi oil has now cost us over $500 billion -- that's the same war, you'll recall, that Bush launched to save us from Saddam's horrendous WMD. The debt Bush & Co. have run up to wage this useless war has crippled the dollar, and sent shock waves throughout the Middle East, further driving up the price of oil. No wonder our revulsion against the central government is so deep:

Positive marks for the Bush administration's foreign policy also tumbled, from 24 percent to 19 percent, and approval ratings for economic policy fell from 16 percent to 12 percent.

Slightly fewer Americans feel safe from foreign threats and are proud of the United States, and the number of Americans confident their children will have a better life dropped from 65 percent to 59 percent.

Where does that leave us? With our own resources, that's what. DC is in such a mess, expecting solutions from that sinkhole would be comical if it wasn't so tragic. We have no choice but to roll up our shirtsleeves and do it ourselves. It worked in 1776, and we can do it again. Here's the place to start.

Should Clinton reject Rednecks?

A prickly Anderson Cooper can't believe whites could reject a candidate as perfect as Barack Obama, and asks DC insider David Gergen what needs to be done. This video records Gergen's answer. Here's the transcript:

GERGEN: You know race is really playing an increasing issue. And it also raises the question in my judgment of whether she shouldn't say, you know, if you want to vote against him because he's black, I don't want your vote. I don't want to win that way. This has no place in this primary.

COOPER: Do you see her saying that?

GERGEN: Well, she has been a champion -- she's been a champion of civil rights for a long, long time. She and her husband both have I think well-earned reputations in the civil rights front. She's never had redneck votes before in her life.

I'll let readers chew on that last sentence without commentary from me.

But I'm a little confused here. Why is it "racist" for whites to prefer a candidate they perceive as supporting their interests, but perfectly okey-dokey for other groups to do the same? And the racial polarization here isn't as clear-cut as these huffy pundits make it appear -- actually, it's black voters who're more closely aligned with Obama than whites to Clinton. Clinton has been winning around 60% of white votes while black voters support Obama around a high 80% level.

So which candidate should scold voters about their racial politics?

High gas prices drive farmer to switch to mules

What once was past is now future:

High gas prices have driven a Warren County farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules to gather hay from their fields. T.R. Raymond bought Dolly and Molly at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained them and also modified the tractor rake so the mules could pull it.
T.R. Raymond says the mules are slower than a petroleum-powered tractor, but there are benefits.

"This fuel's so high, you can't afford it," he said. "We can feed these mules cheaper than we can buy fuel. That's the truth."

And Danny Raymond says he just likes using the mules around the farm.

"We've been using them quite a bit," he said.

Brother Robert Raymond added, "It's the way of the future."

Maybe these farmers were on to something:

Oil prices hit a record above $135 a barrel before falling back in Asia Thursday, with supply worries, rising global demand and a slumping dollar keeping crude futures on an upward track.

And this analyst sees gas going to $12 and $15 per gallon.

Gee, who would've ever guessed we couldn't depend on Thailand and Nigeria to produce all of our food for us forever?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Report: U.S. Soldiers Did 'Dirty Work' for Chinese Interrogators

Just when you think the DC empire can't outdo itself:

U.S. military personnel at Guantanamo Bay allegedly softened up detainees at the request of Chinese intelligence officials who had come to the island facility to interrogate the men -- or they allowed the Chinese to dole out the treatment themselves, according to claims in a new government report.

So the deal is, we get cheap goods manufactured by Chinese slave labor, and in return, we'll help them keep their ethnic Uighur dissidents in line.

Sounds fair.

Obama's Scots-Irish problem

From the ever-insightful and iconoclastic Steve Sailer:

Is Webb the solution to Obama's Scots-Irish problem?

Obama continues to do very well in Puritan-descended states, such as Oregon (with the exception of Massachusetts, where the bloom is off the David Axelrod / Deval Patrick rose), but yesterday he got annihilated in another Scots-Irish state, Kentucky. So, that makes Virginia Senator and hillbilly intellectual James Webb all the more plausible as a running mate.

Those familiar with Albion's Seed will know exactly what Mr. Sailer is talking about.

Thanks, Neocons

Talk about injustice.


Like Cary Grant in North by Northwest, conservatives are being shot at for the crimes of others. In our case, we're condemned for the belligerent, authoritarian, and anti-Constitutional agenda of post-Trotskyites who call themselves Neoconservatives. To quote Scar from the Lion King, "Life's not fair."

And was that ornery lion right! We're the victims of the biggest case of identity theft in political history, but with few to defend us. The tradition that belongs to John Calhoun, Mel Bradford, and Russell Kirk is somehow responsible for an agenda defined by Leo Strauss, Irving Kristol, and other Big-Government Conservatives (a term that would be recognized as an oxymoron in saner times).

Even other conservatives bad-mouth conservatism these days. Here's Paul Craig Roberts, who ought to know better, in an article entitled, "The Conservative Movement: From Failure to Threat":

Conservatives regard civil liberties as coddling devices for criminals and terrorists. They see the First Amendment as a foolish protection for sedition. The neoconservative magazine Commentary has called for the New York Times to be prosecuted for informing Americans that President Bush was illegally spying on them without warrants....

In America the Constitution has no friends. It is always in the way of one agenda or the other and, thus, always under threat.

For now, however, the threat is from the Right. Conservatives have confused loyalty to country, which is loyalty to the Constitution, with loyalty to the Bush regime. It is purely a partisan loyalty based in emotion – "you are with us or against us."

What about our erstwhile friends in the paleolibertarian blogosphere? Looks like no joy here, either:

[Cal] Thomas has supported the war in Iraq, which is responsible for much of the growth in spending. Is Thomas against torture, the decimation of habeas corpus, or the way that Americans have been creating havoc abroad?

No, in the end, "conservatism" is about the power of the American state and nothing else. Thomas has been the cheerleader for the Leviathan State for many years, and he is not about to change now.

Speaking of libertarians, how about those who are just as gung-ho about dumping habeas corpus and cheering on endless military adventures as Doug Feith and Max Boot? Look at Randy Barnett, Virginia Postrel, and, if you can stomach it, Neal Boortz. Why isn't libertarianism condemned as a militaristic, authoritarian ideology?

Or how about leftists? Christopher Hitchens is as militant in his support for imperial conquest and Big Government as any Neocon, as is Joe Lieberman and Nancy Pelosi, but do you see liberalism denounced for these sins against Constitutonal liberty and peace?

No, life's not fair at all.

Another disgruntled reader

A reader responds to my post on Morris Dees:

I looked at the video, and thought the skinheads and neo-nazis were very threatening. Count me as one law-abiding American who's glad there are people like Morris Dees taking on those who are stirring up racial hatred. If you ask me, you're helping the neo-nazis with your remarks against Morris Dees.

Name withheld

Dear Name,

But these thugs WERE prosecuted -- both of the attackers are in jail serving three-year sentences. Sounds about right to me for a vicious attack.

They got what they deserved -- to me, nothing is more evil than initiating violence, a standard I think applies to both individuals and governments -- or at least, should apply.

My point is that Dees is grandstanding as the protector of the oppressed, when in fact he is peddling tolerance snake oil to the unsuspecting. Worse, as I mentioned, he's deliberately trying to poison the debate on illegal immigration, painting the Open Borders crowd and their growing clientele as the forces of goodness and light, whereas border security activists are motivated solely by irrational hatred.

That's propaganda, not debate.

Finally, I'm a little ticked by the hypocrisy here. Assault and battery on a Latino triggers the SPLC's hate-crime alarms, which the corporate media obediently promotes with its usual puff-pieces. But the same crime against a white kid -- I'm thinking of the six-on-one assault in Jena -- is treated as just retaliation for perceived white racism -- and just to rub salt in the wound, these would-be murderers are hailed as heroes at the BET Hip-Hop awards. The liberal media and the race hustlers get to frame the story as a struggle against evil white racists, despite the actual facts. And nary an objection from Dees & Co.

So, who's stirring up racial conflict here, those who ramp up hatred and suspicion with distortions and half-truths, or those exposing them?

County Sheriff Can Bust Big Bro

Here's a whiff o' good news -- seems some people in this country remember who's really sovereign in this country:

The duly elected sheriff of a county is the highest law enforcement official within a county. He has law enforcement powers that exceed that of any other state or federal official.

This is settled law that most people are not aware of.

County sheriffs in Wyoming have scored a big one for the 10th Amendment and states rights. The sheriffs slapped a federal intrusion upside the head and are insisting that all federal law enforcement officers and personnel from federal regulatory agencies must clear all their activity in a Wyoming County with the Sheriff’s Office. Deja vu for those who remember big Richard Mack in Arizona. ...

The court confirms and asserts that "the duly elected sheriff of a county is the highest law enforcement official within a county and has law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state OR federal official." And you thought the 10th Amendment was dead and buried — not in Wyoming, not yet.

It's not dead legally, but practically, we have to remember one thing: DC has the standing army. And the few protectors we have in the form of what used to be the State Militias, the "National Guard," can be Federalized at the order of the Commander-in-Chief.

Nothing to see here


Question: is it possible for Hillary to wrestle the nomination away from Obama?

Pro-Obama pundit Michelle Bernard replies, "There’s no way the super delegates can take this away from Barack Obama. There will be race riots in the streets if he wins enough super delegates—"

And then a shocked and embarrassed Chris Matthews cuts her off, just as she's getting started. Poor Tucker Carlson suffers total nervous system meltdown -- his expression is that of a gerbil frozen in front of a python.

Here's a fun thought experiment -- just imagine some random pundit -- how about Pat Buchanan? -- warned that if Ron Paul didn't win the election, there'd be race riots in the streets.

Do you think THAT remark would slide under the media radars the way this one has? Which would Al Sharpton demand, that Buchanan be exiled or burned at the stake?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Happy Secession Day!

Today is North Carolina’s Secession Day – the second to be exact (May 20, 1775 and May 20, 1861).

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA.
A PROCLAMATION,
BY JOHN W. ELLIS,
GOVERNOR OF NORTH CAROLINA

Whereas: By Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, followed by a requisition of Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, I am informed that the said Abraham Lincoln has made a call for 75,000 men to be employed for the invasion of the peaceful homes of the South, and for the violent subversion of the liberties of a free people, constituting a large part of the whole population of the
late United States:

And, whereas, this high-handed act of tyrannical outrage is not only in violation of all constitutional law, in utter disregard of every sentiment of humanity and Christian civilization, and conceived in a spirit of aggression unparalleled by any act of recorded history, but is a direct step towards the subjugation of the whole South, and the conversion of a free Republic, inherited from our fathers, into a military despotism, to be established by worse than foreign enemies on the ruins of our once glorious Constitution of Equal Rights.

... I furthermore exhort all good citizens throughout the State to be mindful that their first allegiance is due to the Sovereignty which protects their homes and dearest interests, as their first service is due for the sacred defence of their hearths, and of the soil which holds the graves of our glorious dead.

United action in defence of the sovereignty of North - Carolina, and of the rights of the South, becomes now the duty of all. Given under my hand, and attested by the Great Seal of the State. Done at the City of Raleigh, the 17th day of April; A.D . ,1861, and in the eighty-fifth year of our Independence.

Notice how secession was invoked not to achieve "Independence," but to preserve it.

Here's what we mean by police state


Well, she deserved it. She did have subversive materials in her car, which the Stasi police read off in hushed, fearful tones: a Tom Clancy novel, a copy of the Constitution, a pamphlet arguing against the Constitutionality of Social Security -- as the Stasi trooper says, she must be a Klan member or something.

I'm so old I can remember when knowing the Constitution was a good thing.

Who does McCain remind you of?

Someone's been drinking too much of that McCain juice:

Chairwoman Sue Everhart, who spoke first, was one of the few to mention the name of the current Republican president, George W. Bush.

Everhart, like almost all the others, praised McCain. She at one point likened McCain's years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam to Jesus Christ's suffering on the cross.

"John McCain is kind of like Jesus Christ on the cross," Everhart said. "He never denounced God, either. I'm not trying to compare John McCain to Jesus Christ, I'm looking at the pain that was there."

Everhart and others, including Gov. Sonny Perdue, warned their fellow Republicans that the party has much work to do to prepare for November.

Yes, it will take a lot of work to explain how a man who divorced his wife after she was disfigured in an automobile accident so he could marry a much younger rich woman is kind of like Jesus Christ.

Sorry, but I just don't see the resemblance. But then, I'm not a Republican.

Protecting us from bad thoughts

College student Paul Carroll declined a job as an FBI mole to infiltrate protesters at the Republican Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. There was money involved, but only if his work led to arrests. He declined, but wanted to learn more about the FBI's interest in sabotaging legitimate protest:

What they were looking for, Carroll says, was an informant—someone to show up at “vegan potlucks” throughout the Twin Cities and rub shoulders with RNC protestors, schmoozing his way into their inner circles, then reporting back to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership between multiple federal agencies and state and local law enforcement. The effort’s primary mission, according to the Minneapolis division’s website, is to “investigate terrorist acts carried out by groups or organizations which fall within the definition of terrorist groups as set forth in the current United States Attorney General Guidelines.” ...

“This is all part of a larger government effort to quell political dissent,” says Jordan Kushner, an attorney who represented Ganley and other Critical Mass arrestees. “The Joint Terrorism Task Force is another example of using the buzzword ‘terrorism’ as a basis to clamp down on people’s freedoms and push forward a more authoritarian government.”

I know, I can hear you now -- we're not losing our freedom -- we have nothing to worry about if we're not doing anything wrong -- such as having an opinion that differs from government-approved thought. Thinking such thoughts, and expressing them in public, is now terrorism. And the USA PATRIOT Act, as presently written, makes it explicit:

802 - the term `domestic terrorism' means activities that--

(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended--
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion;

Waving a sign in public is clearly dangerous -- and most anything can "appear to be intended to intimidate." So our rulers' subjective interpretations of our actions can condemn us as little Bin Ladins.

Land of the free. Home of the brave. Repeat as needed to maintain the illusion.

DC confidential

Bush memo expands Federal secrecy - Washington Post

"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off." Samuel Johnson

Monday, May 19, 2008

Morris Dees rides again

The Southern Poverty Law Center is all about PC. Not just Political Correctness, which it shovels out by the truckload, but what it's really about is political coercion -- and if it can turn a few million bucks in the process, fine.

So the SPLC's latest gig should be scrutinized very carefully, and with a sceptical eye. Seems a young man named Jordan Gruver was jumped by Andrew Watkins and Jarred Hensley, two KKK goons. Gruver, who's part Latino, suffered two cracked ribs, a broken left forearm, and cuts and bruises.

Did someone say "Latino" and "KKK" in the same sentence?

Ka-ching! The SPLC pounced on this case like Hillary on a superdelegate. Their goal? According to Morris Dees, the SPLC's goal couldn't be loftier:

Our first goal is to obtain justice for young Jordan Gruver. He has been scarred for life by this trauma. We also would like to obtain a crushing verdict that would put the Imperial Klans of America out of business.

The accompanying SPLC video showcases skinhead and Klan clowns behaving as if they'd been hand-picked by central casting to star in an SPLC fundraising video. It's all there -- swastikas, head tatoos, awful skinhead music screamed by goons for goons. But the real message here is that Dees presents these thugs as representative of the entire border security movement:

Crimes against Latinos have risen as much as 40 percent in some states, driven by the heated debate about immigration. Hate groups are leading many of these assaults. ...

The much larger object of this litigation is to shine the light of public opinion on politicians and media pundits who promote bias against Latinos and show the danger of such hate getting out of hand. There are now 888 hate groups in our country, a 48 percent rise since 2000 that has been fueled by this anti-immigrant sentiment.

The SPLC paints two portraits in stark black-and-white colors. First, there are the evil "anti-immigrant" forces motivated purely by blind hatred. Anyone who claims to want Federal border laws enforced actually promotes "bias against Latinos." Morris Dees' rhetoric and his self-congratulatory video pound home images of white racists terrorizing defenseless Latino immigrants. After all, crimes against Latinos increase yearly. What Dees fails to mention is that as the Latino population expands, it's going to represent a larger share of all crime in this country. And many urban law enforcement agencies confirm that blacks commit most of the violent crimes against Latinos.

But despite this and other SPLC propaganda, the truth is that whites commit a relatively small number of hate crimes as well. Here, for example, is what the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations found in its 2005 Hate Crimes Report:

As in the past, there are distinct patterns of victimization. In anti-black hate crimes, 68% of the suspects were Latino and 29% were white. In anti-Latino crimes, 76% of the suspects were black and 22% were white. In anti-white crimes, 72% of the suspects were black, 21% were Latino and 7% were white.

The reason for omitting these inconventient facts is simple: the SPLC aims for sensationalism, not objective truth. Objective truth makes poor fuel for fundraising. And the only truth you need to know is that if you're not for uncontrolled immigration, then you're acting out of hate, just like the skinheads. Period.

The other portrait the SPLC paints, representing the forces of light and reason, is that of frightened immigrants and their enlightened champions ...

One may wonder why the SPLC would risk charges of adverse pre-trial publicity arising from its sensationalistic video. Couldn't that harm their case? The answer is in Dees' previous remarks, as well as in his firm's past history, which makes clear winning the case isn't always the point:

In 1987, Dees won a $7 million judgment against the United Klans of America on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, whose son was lynched by two Klansmen. The UKA's total assets amounted to a warehouse whose sale netted Mrs. Donald $51,875. According to a groundbreaking series of newspaper stories in the Montgomery Advertiser, the SPLC, meanwhile, made $9 million from fund-raising solicitations featuring the case, including one containing a photo of Michael Donald's corpse.

Ah, fundraising. Like Dr. Hook, the SPLC seeks more than the adulation of guilty white liberals as they fight for justice and equality:

We sing about beauty and we sing about truth
At ten thousand dollars a show.

As Dees frankly boasts, his other goal is to discredit border security advocates. This, too, is an area in which the SPLC shines:

Thus Glenn Spencer’s grass-roots anti-illegal immigration organization in California, American Patrol, is baldly characterized as a “racist hate group,” while John Tanton, the founder of the Federation for American Immigration Reform and other mainstream organizations, is described as forming a network of “like-minded white supremacist activists.”

The true source of the SPLC's money and power is its government connections, which are many:

Randall Williams, who worked with the SPLC's Klanwatch project from 1981 to 1986, recalls: "We were sharing information with the FBI, the police, undercover agents. Instead of defending clients and victims, we were more of a super snoop outfit, an arm of law enforcement."

In short, it pays to serve the king. While it portrays itself as the guardian of the oppressed, the SPLC is an instrument of the globalist cabal that demands an endless supply of cheap, exploitable labor. No matter that economically depressed American blacks and others find it increasingly difficult to compete with Third-World workers willing to work below the going rate. And by continually sounding the white supremacist alarm, the SPLC justifies greater government powers to investigate and prosecute an increasingly beleaguered and intimidated citizenry.

McCain busted!

Watch McCain's cockiness melt into blinking, blubbering embarrassment when he's hit with the facts. Priceless.

Does Obama put the South in play?

Meanwhile, in the real world, McCain's Big-Government, globalist agenda turns off voters who actually pay attention to his deeds rather than his promises -- and the consequences may be seismic:

In North Carolina, McCain only garnered 74% of the primary vote on May 6, despite having a lock on the nomination. Over one out of 10 Republicans -- 12% -- registered a protest vote for evangelical Mike Huckabee.

Conservative Christians aren't the only Southern Republicans with questions about McCain. The GOP's active libertarian wing -- which feeds off the distrust of government that runs through Southern conservatism -- also seems to have doubts. Seven percent of NC Republican voters went for Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr is now actively pursuing the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination.

In other words: Two of the Republicans' biggest voting blocks in the South are disenchanted, and the most loyal and energized Democratic constituencies in the South are mobilizing in record numbers.

I'm not so comfortable with the characterization of traditional Southern conservatism as "libertarian," but the point is well taken -- McCain's politics are his worst enemy here in the South.

McCain the champion of conservatism

... because he says so:

"There are going to be stark choices between a liberal Democrat and a conservative Republican," McCain says at nearly every turn as he seeks to portray Obama as out of step with the nation. The more the GOP nominee-in-waiting can frame the debate along those lines, and capture a larger chunk of the electorate's center, the better his chance to eke out a victory in an extraordinarily challenging political environment.

Sure, McCain's an Open Borders globalist whose actual record is that of limiting both freedom of speech and gun rights, and he's against the Confederate flag -- but you're supposed to believe he's a conservative.

And he's succeeding in making formerly disgruntled conservatives believe him. After all, while they've been cheering on a fun little war,the government has boosted its power to wiretap without a warrant and suspend habeas corpus -- in order to preserve their freedom from Islamomeanies.

Yes, some people will believe anything. And those are the people McCain's counting on.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

What Does Granting Amnesty Have to Do With Funding Our Troops in Iraq?

Just everything, that's all. But this writer doesn't get it:

What were the compelling interests that led the august Senate Appropriations Committee to include major legislation as part of the military spending bill on Thursday? Amnesty for illegal aliens, and lots of new foreign workers for powerful business interests.

In one afternoon, the Appropriations Committee approved amnesty for 1.35 million illegal alien agricultural workers, and made available an additional 650,000 skilled and unskilled foreign guest workers over the next three years. That’s 2 million new, or newly legalized, foreign workers entering our labor force over the next three years – even as our economy has been losing jobs.

That last sentence reveals why he's dumbfounded by this -- he actually thinks Congress represents the people. How naive. Congress represents its fat cat contributors, who lust for cheap, exploitable, foreign labor. But those contributors also include the military-industrial complex, which makes money by breaking things and killing people -- for noble causes, which gasbags in Congress supply. That's why Ike originally called it the military-industrial-congressional complex.

Both multi-national corporations and the good folks at Halliburton, Raytheon, and McConnell Douglas know it's all about power and its projection. In other words, empire. And empires grow and prosper by absorbing different peoples under one political system, which must be authoritarian to hold these often-clashing cultures together.

So no wonder that the same folks who supported the Iraq War, and dream about genocide against Iranians also support Open Borders. What a coincidence.

McCain to NRA: You're stuck with me

Yet another conservative group surrenders to the unpleasant truth, and accepts McCain despite his past hostility toward them. As bad as he is, they tell themselves, the Democrats are worse:

But even the encomiums of McCain's former GOP presidential rivals and other Republican elected officials could not dispel the suspicions of many gun enthusiasts.

"He's the lesser evil," said one young self-described "gunnie" from the Memphis area who blogs at squeakywheelseeksgrease.com. "But I'm still looking for the right candidate. . . . I'm not thrilled at all with John McCain." Many bloggers who write about gun issues use pseudonyms because of the controversial nature of the debate.

The forces of Big Government are on a tacking course, zig-zagging from left to right, throwing up whatever smoke screens they must to take us closer and closer to authoritarianism. And McCain is the closest thing voters have to a conservative candidate. But he's not offering a watered-down conservatism, he's merely the only candidate using conservative terminology to describe his Big-Government agenda -- with the added incentive of tossing us a few bones.

We can either be thankful for what they'll give us, or -- recall the powers we've delegated to a failed system and build a government that actually promotes our values and protects our way of life.

That's the choice the mainstream parties don't want you to know you still have.

Welcome to the Age of Homeland Insecurity

And to the age of the loss of American liberty. Oh, it's also the age of $4.00 gasoline, spiralling mortgage foreclosures, unstoppable gang violence, and who would've thought it possible, 82% of Americans grimly facing the fact that the country is seriously on the wrong track.

What we cannot ignore is that all of these problems were caused by the central government in DC, which, argues the author, was tricked into self-imploding. 9/11 magnified and accelerated inherent faults in an obscenely wasteful, unaccountable regime:

Think of it as a grim cosmic joke -- that the 9/11 attacks, as apocalyptic as they looked, were anything but. The true disasters followed and the wounds were largely self-inflicted, as the most militarily powerful nation on the planet used its own force to disable itself. ...

Osama bin Laden and his scattering of followers may be credited for goading the fundamentalist leaders of the United States into using the power in their grasp so -- not to put a fine point on it -- stupidly and profligately as to send the planet's "sole superpower" into decline. Above all, bin Laden and his crew of fanatics will have ensured one thing: that the real security problems of our age were ignored in Washington until far too late in favor of mad dreams and dark phantoms.

Governments like this do not deserve our loyalty. It's time to dump this rotten mess.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The roots of Total War

Where did the Neocons get the idea they could obliterate any who stand in their way? From the Radical Republicans, of course. A great piece by Al Benson, Jr.

U.S. Role in Iraq Threatens Security

9/11 demonstrated that intervening where you don't belong is going to blowback on you sooner or later. At least, that's what it showed most of us. To Bush's handlers, it wasn't a lesson; it was an opportunity. Though it was sold to a frightened, confused public as retaliation for the death of nearly 2,000 innocent Americans, it was later justified as a pre-emptive invasion to keep Americans safe.

But that was disproven, too:

Indeed, an April 2006 National Intelligence Estimate concluded that “the war in Iraq has become a primary recruitment vehicle for violent Islamic extremists, motivating a new generation of potential terrorists around the world whose numbers may be increasing faster than the United States and its allies can reduce the threat,” and that “the Iraq conflict has become the ‘cause célèbre’ for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement.”

In other words, instead of stopping the brutal interventions that led to 9/11, the Bushies decided to toss even more fuel on the fire.

McCain takes campaign to liberal blogs

Sounds to me like McCain has once again demonstrated his distaste for conservatives:

On yesterday's call, Mr. McCain fielded seven questions, including three from non-conservative bloggers: Kate Sheppard, political reporter for environmental Web site Grist.org; Joanne Bamberger of PunditMom (http://punditmom1. blogspot.com); and Erin Kotecki Vest, who blogs at catchall site BlogHer.com as well as liberal sites HuffingtonPost.com and MOMocrats.com.

"I give them an A for effort," Ms. Vest said in a phone interview after the conference call.

I'm sure environmentalists like Ms. Vest were impressed with McCain, seeing as how he's embraced global warming -- another bouquet from McCain to his actual constituency.

And this exchange regarding McCain's reversal on setting a timetable for pulling out of the Iraq fiasco is priceless:

She asked Mr. McCain whether the vision he laid out yesterday of U.S. troops succeeding in Iraq by 2013 didn't amount to the sort of timetable he has criticized when Democrats propose a specific date for withdrawal.

Mr. McCain shot right back: "Either you didn't read or didn't understand my speech. One of the two."

Ms. Vest said she "read it and understood it just fine, and I don't understand how 2013 isn't a date."

Sure, Johnny. Whatever you say.

Bill Kristol wants a domestic surge

I suppose Neocons have to express everything in military terms -- even reform:

What was the surge about? It was Dave Petraeus changing the way the U.S. military works, and it worked. It succeeded. Why can’t we do this for the rest of the U.S. government? Lots of the U.S. government is broken. We need, in effect, a surge, a reformist surge, for the whole U.S. government.

That's because they're hypnotized by top-down power. Here's another example, from the Weekly Standard's editor Fred Barnes, explaining that Neocons differ from real conservatives in their promotion of big government:

Sure, some conservatives are upset because he has tolerated a surge in federal spending, downplayed swollen deficits, failed to use his veto, created a vast Department of Homeland Security, and fashioned an alliance of sorts with Teddy Kennedy on education and Medicare. But the real gripe is that Bush isn't their kind of conventional conservative. Rather, he's a big government conservative. This isn't a description he or other prominent conservatives willingly embrace. It makes them sound as if they aren't conservatives at all. But they are. They simply believe in using what would normally be seen as liberal means--activist government--for conservative ends. And they're willing to spend more and increase the size of government in the process.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Alliance for the Separation of School & State

Here's a practical step you can take to monkeywrench the Empire: take your children out of the government schools. Don't have kids? Then donate to a church or private school, or to a homeschool association. By denying the government propaganda mills of victims, you pave the way for future generations to take this country back. The Alliance for the Separation of School and State is one organization providing materials for returning sovereignty to parents. Here's their website and intro:

The brightest future for education begins here.

We believe parents, and not the state, should be in charge of their children's education. That control may take many forms and levels of involvement, but the state will never be part of the picture.

If this seems like an impossible idea, consider that 8 million children already learn free of state control. We're not starting from scratch here. The snowball of educational independence is already rolling.

The coming crash

Smell that? It's the smell of fear -- and it seems to be coming from the Stupid Party:

A third-straight special election defeat in as many months left congressional Republicans reeling Wednesday, seriously concerned about what the November elections have in store for their party.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the defeat a "wakeup call."

"We have to show Americans that we can fix the problems here in Washington and fix the problems that they deal with every day," Boehner said.

But Congressman, DC is the SOURCE of nearly all of our problems. A wrecked economy, instability in the Middle East jacking up the price of gas, a crime wave fueled by illegal immigration -- so why do you think we look to you to fix ANYTHING?

Here's the latest Republican bellyflop that's got them worried:

Democrat Travis Childers defeated Republican Greg Davis on Tuesday in a Mississippi district that hasn't voted Democratic in more than 15 years, one where George W. Bush defeated John Kerry by 25 points in 2004.

It was a result that even Republicans admit is ominous sign of what could happen in the fall.

And they can't say they didn't give it everything they have -- including a visit from Mr. Sunshine himself, "Deadeye" Darth Cheney:

Republicans and conservative independent groups pulled out all the stops to defend the seat, pouring upwards of $2 million into the contest and dispatching party heavyweights there in the final days to drum up support, including Vice President Dick Cheney.

The American people are sickened by both sorry excuses for political parties. But there is a bright side -- with the choices narrowed down between two Open Borders globalists, the Evil Party and Stupid Party are making the idea of secession look better EVERY DAY. So, thanks, fellas -- we couldn't buy better spokesmen than you to make our case.

John McCain: Illegal immigration no longer a problem

Not only has he declared victory in Iraq, McCain has now announced that the illegal immigration problem is fixed, and that we shouldn't worry our little heads about it any more.

No, really:

Border state governors have certified and the American people recognize that after tremendous improvements to border security infrastructure and increases in the border patrol, and vigorous prosecution of companies that employ illegal aliens, our southern border is now secure. Illegal immigrants who broke our laws after they came here have been arrested and deported. Illegal immigration has been finally brought under control, and the American people accepted the practical necessity to institute a temporary worker program and deal humanely with the millions of immigrants who have been in this country illegally.

In his next surprise announcement, McCain will reveal his cure for the common cold and how to make teenagers keep their rooms clean.

McCain announces Iraq withdrawal timetable

With Democrats winning elections even in conservative districts, it's time for the Republicans to reverse their disastrous course. So McCain has taken a bold but necessary first step to end the ongoing disaster in Iraq by declaring victory and announcing a timetable for withdrawal:

In a speech he's about to give shortly at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio, Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will for the first time talk about a specific date for when he envisions direct American military involvement to be over in Iraq.

It's January, 2013. By then, he says, American combat involvement will be over and most U.S. troops back home.

McCain's surprising remarks this morning are an early indicator of a significant shift in the former fighter pilot and POW's stance on the controversial and unpopular war. ...

Maybe you remember during their most heated debate exchange of the Republican primary season, McCain going right after former Gov. Mitt Romney for even hinting at a vague timetable for U.S. troop withdrawals because the Arizona senator alleged it would be taken by the enemy as a sign of surrender and a date they need only await.

Yes, we do remember. But McCain is finally admitting to the inevitable: the Neocon project in Iraq is a dismal failure. Instead of lasting 6 weeks, it's now going on into its sixth year. Instead of paying for itself with stolen Iraqi oil, its spiralling costs are wrecking the US economy. And instead of reconstructing Iraq into a model of democracy, the war has delivered the region into the hands of the Iranians.

But will McCain's actions save face for the once swaggering, now stumbling Republican party? I doubt it. Much damage has been done to American prestige. American resources, both human and economic, have been squandered -- and the damage is far from over. McCain knows this. He will continue to play Nixon and try to back away from a bloodletting while pretending to have won it, but the public isn't going to buy it anymore. Despite Obama's many negatives, his antiwar rhetoric alone might win him the election.

Meanwhile, Clio draws a dark line through the name of yet another empire mortally wounded by imperial overstretch.

Bush sacrifices for the dead and wounded troops

I swear, I cannot tell the difference between reports from this insane administration and Onion satire. Guess what this is:

U.S. President George W. Bush said on Tuesday he quit playing golf in 2003 out of respect for the families of Americans killed in the war in Iraq.

"I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the Commander-in-Chief playing golf," Bush said in an interview with Yahoo and Politico.com.

"I feel I owe it to the families to be as -- to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal," he said.

Sadly, this one's for real.

UPDATE: And then, maybe -- just maybe -- this swaggering coward lied to us again.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Can the West be saved?

If it is saved, it will first have to be saved from its leaders, as Serge Trifkovic warns us:

Topping the list is elite hostility to all forms of solidarity of the majority population based on shared historical memories, ancestors, and common culture; the consequences are predictable:

- the loss of a sense of place and history among Europeans and North Americans;
- rapid demographic decline, especially in Europe, unparalleled in history;
- rampant Third World (and in Europe, overwhelmingly Muslim) immigration;
- collapse of private and public manners, morals, and traditional commonalities;
- imposition of “diversity,” “multiculturalism,” “sensitivity”; and
- demonization and criminalization of any opposition to any of the above.

The end-result is the Westerners’ loss of the sense of propriety over their lands.

And how do they accomplish this? The government indoctrination system -- which we refer to as "public schools" -- cranks out enough brainwashed converts who welcome multiculturalism as the inevitable wave of the future -- even though the multicultural "ideal" is a fantasy of the American ruling class.

But the more insidious method is that of undermining the opposition, and that's where they're achieving their greatest success. They do that by convincing us that conservatism is a universal ideology, instead of the accumulated wisdom of generations which aims to preserve our traditional heritage. Look at the chief spokesmen of the universalists -- Bush, McCain, Lindsey Graham -- all Open Borders advocates, amnesty peddlers, and friends with La Raza.

McCain is the worst of them all. Let's not forget his blatant pandering to the Open Borders lobby during the Republican presidential debates. In response to Tom Tancredo's plea to call a "time out" in record levels of Third-World immigration, McCain dismissed the idea with, "It's beyond my realm of thinking." I suspect that for once, McCain was telling the truth. Cultural revolution is his one and only goal.

And how can we forget how McCain later mocked those of us determined to preserve our culture:

"A questioner asked Mitt Romney to explain his tough talk against illegal immigration, in light of political ads the former Massachusetts governor is airing in Spanish. This presented another moment for Tancredo to pontificate on the need to preserve the English language. When it was McCain's turn, he couldn't resist quipping, "Muchas gracias."

Cute, huh? That was a deliberate slap in the face to Americans who do not want to be colonized by Latin America. And yet, he calls himself a conservative -- at least, he does when he wants our votes. It is that bait-and-switch with genuine conservatism that enables the neoliberals and Neocons to convince us that America is not an historical nation founded on Western, Christian heritage, but the "proposition nation" that Abraham Lincoln imposed on us.

Both socialists and Neocons sneer at Pat Buchanan's defense of the traditional America as "blood and soil" conservatism. These pro-amnesty ideologues have managed to turn "blood and soil" into the worst possible insult, thanks to enforcers of political correctness such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and a compliant corporate media. They know that by slandering those who seek to preserve our "historical memories, ancestors, and common culture" as racists, they are attacking the social cohesion that makes limited, Constitutional government possible, thereby paving the way for the authoritarian, socialist government they are determined to impose on us.

And it's working.

McCain's Latino Fifth Column

The Open Borders propagandists are becoming even more brazen in their assertions. Here's the latest example -- but be warned -- it's a doozy:

I first met McCain 10 years ago when I was a working at the Arizona Republic. What I remember is that, in a political climate where so many elected officials — Republican and Democrat alike — were wearing themselves out pandering to racists who demanded action on illegal immigration, McCain was one of the few who didn't play that game.

That's right, it's just those "racists" who want action on illegal immigration. Because everyone knows only goose-stepping, cross-burning, Archie Bunker types want to enforce Federal immigration law.

In 1998, while Texas Gov. George W. Bush made headlines for earning an impressive 49 percent of the Hispanic vote in his re-election, McCain walked off with an unheard-of 65 percent in his Senate re-election bid. Six years later, he did even better, earning around 70 percent of the Hispanic vote.

Translation: You think George W. Bush was a sell-out? Wait until Presidente McCain gets his hands on the levers of power -- he'll set a new standard for selling out the American people.

Another Hispanic Republican called McCain the original compassionate conservative, someone who wore that label before there ever was a label. And, she said, as someone who has faced his share of challenges in life, McCain's compassion bleeds over to anyone picked on or preyed upon.

Except he doesn't have compassion for Americans who've lost their jobs to illegal aliens -- but then, they don't count.

And here are my favorites:

"If you look at Latino families, we've all got someone who has been in the military," said Ruben Alvarez, a McCain supporter and principal at the Molera Alvarez Group, a public affairs firm in Phoenix. "The fact that McCain is so patriotic is a draw for many Latinos." ...

But there's another factor that helps explain McCain's appeal to Hispanics — he's spent 20 years quietly recruiting them into his campaigns and building up personal relationships in that Arizona community.

McCain marked Cinco de Mayo by launching his Hispanic outreach effort, which includes a Spanish-language Web site. Those gimmicks don't hurt.

It's called character, and Hispanics — like many other Americans — may not always be able to define it. But they know it when they see it.

So if you oppose McCain, you're not patriotic. And you lack character. Because nothing proves your patriotism and character like selling out your country to illegal alien invaders.