Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Poster found in a Gun Shop

I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this adulation.

Guess we'll have to add that to his ever-expanding resume along with Auto Executive, First Physician, and Mechanic-in-Chief.

Obama Sacks Wagoner, GM CEO-How Should Michigan React?

Obama's socialist takeover of American business is generating some real anger. How much? Would you believe -- this much:

Make no mistake, Michigan has been abandoned. So has at least a dozen other states where General Motors has a footprint and relies on Americans to produce parts for General Motors cars.

Since the Federal Government has abandoned Michigan, I offer the following draft ordinance of secession to the political leadership of Michigan. Governor, Senators and Representatives, we are alone, ask yourself the question, why do we remain in this union? What benefit do you see in our continued participation in the Union?

Welcome to our world, Michigan. As Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens once said, "the cause of the South is the cause of us all."

More Neocon lovin' for CIC Obama

This love affair has been blossoming ever since Obama wooed the pro-war, any war crowd with prospects of more of the chest-thumping, second-hand thrills of overseas conquests that W had given them. But Obama's latest moves in Afghanistan have made them positively giddy.

Here's David Horowitz ordering war supporters to tone down their criticism of Obama's domestic Big-Government agenda:

Even as astute a conservative thinker as Mark Steyn has been swept up in the tide that thinks Obama is a “transformative” radical. But look again at his approach to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In both cases, as noted, he is carrying out the Bush policies – the same that he once joined his fellow Democrats in condemning. And that should be reassuring to anyone concerned about where he is heading as commander-in-chief.

After all, what's a little socialism among fellow war supporters?

But for sheer bloodlust masquerading as patriotism, you can't beat this post entitled, "Obama's Neoconservative Pragmatism":

Of course, "losertarians" like Justin Raimondo have made common cause the leading factions of the neo-Stalinist left, and here we have Daniel Larison excoriating the Iraq deployment as "folly," as if U.S. forces under General David Petraeus had not engineered the greatest military/strategic turnaround since World War II. And this is after even some of the most hardline "paleos" have conceded to reality in acknowledging the magnitude of the American victory.

Holy cow, where to start? This kind of happy war talk warps right past "willful suspension of disbelief" into the realm of the hallucinatory.

First, what military masterminds are calling the Iraq timebomb a victory on the scale of WWII? I may not be an historian, but I do know the Allies didn't win by paying off Nazi war leaders and allowing them to organize their own militias, which is what's behind the momentary lull in Iraq's Sunni-Shiite civil war.

But then, what else can we expect from a blogger who believes the Battle of Kasserine Pass was an Allied victory over the Axis? Is it possible an alleged Neocon has never watched “Patton”?

And those "hardline paleos" he claims have conceded to the magnificent victory in Iraq are not paleoconservatives, but libertarians who acknowledged the lull in Iraqi violence. But there's an even deeper problem with that statement: there's no such concession of victory. One of the libertarians cited, Thomas Knapp, even demanded this of the author in the comments: "I would appreciate that your lie either be redacted or corrected."

But that ain't gonna happen. In the phantasmagoric world of the vicarious warrior, sweet victory shines bright upon every display of Imperial power. Can't you see how that luster reflects the goodness of those who cheer it on? Of course you can.

Obama’s Attack on the Middle Class

... is just the continuation of Clinton's and Bush's attacks. Paul Craig Roberts' latest broadside of righteous anger toward the DC ruling elite packs in documentation to back up his condemnation. Don't let the numbers scare you off -- this is a must-read piece. And don't miss this killer quote:

In the United States, government has become expert at manipulating both left-wing and right-wing ideologies. It keeps those on both ends of the spectrum set at each other’s throats in order to ensure the government’s continuing independence from accountability.

As I wrote just last week:

But that's how the game's played, boys and girls. It's always "us" against "them." "Our" candidate for Beloved Leader is better than "their" candidate because our candidate speaks the Holy Words. Patriotic but naive conservatives support the candidate who invokes "family values," "tradition," and "conservative," no matter that that candidate pushes an authoritarian agenda once in office.

The Chatanooga Declaration confirms this:

The deepest questions of human liberty and government facing our time go beyond right and left, and in fact have made the old left-right split meaningless and dead.

In other words, it's time for REAL change! Start by clicking here.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Government bailout explained in pictures

I was wondering how more debt was going to get us out of debt. Now I get it!

Support North Carolina's Sovereignty Resolution!

Please take time to write and thank these NC representatives for their fine efforts in presenting HB849, a long overdue patriotic measure. Here is a reply received today from Representative Carolyn Justice, the prime mover behind the bill:

"You will be pleased to know that I have sponsored a Resolution titled Sovereignty Under The 10th Amendment along with Representatives George Cleveland, Curtis Blackwood, and Mark Hilton. We have 25 co-sponsors. The Bill # is HB 849. Thanks for writing and for your interest in a strong America." Rep. Carolyn Justice

Let your own local State representative know that you expect them to support this important State Sovereignty bill!

Rep. Curtis Blackwood, Union County, curtis.blackwood@ncleg.net
Rep. George Cleveland, Onslow County, george.cleveland@ncleg.net
Rep. Mark Hilton, Catawba County, mark.hilton@ncleg.net
Rep. Carolyn Justice, carolyn.justice@ncleg.net

Depression or Not, Immigration Continues Unabated

Think the Federal government's looking out for Americans facing hard times? Instead of protecting us, it's opened the gates to another 1.1 million who'll compete with the native-born for scarce jobs. And that doesn't even count the illegal aliens who (whoops!) keep sneaking past Uncle Sam.

But relax. The Democrats get more voters, and the Republicans get more exploitable labor. It's a win-win.

Angie Harmon: I'm Not Racist Because I Disagree With Obama

Will the newest feeble slogan of the politically disenfranchised be "Heterodoxy, not Hate"? It certainly looks that way, even for pretty actresses:

Angie Harmon is not afraid to come out and say she doesn’t like how President Obama is handling the job — but she’s sick of having to defend herself from being deemed a racist.

"Here's my problem with this, I'm just going to come out and say it. If I have anything to say against Obama it's not because I'm a racist, it's because I don't like what he's doing as President and anybody should be able to feel that way, but what I find now is that if you say anything against him you're called a racist ..."

So. Opposition to Obama's Big Government programs is racist. That can join the growing list of Thought Crimes we've already documented. They include:

Condi Rice says opponents of Iraq War are racist

It's racist to oppose expanding the Afghan War

Opposing Open Borders and Amnesty for Illegal Aliens is racist

Questioning Israeli treatment of Palestinians is racist

Bottom line: If you resist the globalist agenda of Big Government, you will be called bad names. That's one of the Empire's most effective means of stifling dissent.

The only question is how much anger has to build up until the lid blows.

The Illegal Stimulus

The normally staid George Will doesn't go around sounding alarms, so maybe we should pay attention when he breaks the glass. And here, he does so in no uncertain terms:

It is high time Americans heard an argument that might turn a vague national uneasiness into a vivid awareness of something going very wrong. The argument is that the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) is unconstitutional.

By enacting it, Congress did not in any meaningful sense make a law. Rather, it made executive branch officials into legislators. Congress said to the executive branch, in effect: "Here is $700 billion. You say you will use some of it to buy up banks' 'troubled assets.' But if you prefer to do anything else with the money -- even, say, subsidize automobile companies -- well, whatever." ...

The Vesting Clause of Article I says, "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in" Congress. All. Therefore, none shall be vested elsewhere.

In other words, DC once again flagrantly ignores the restraints of the Constitution. But as we've said before, the Constitution was designed to restrict Congress' powers to those delegated to it by the sovereign States, who were the primary enforcers of the Constitution. After 1865, however, when Lincoln's counter-revolution centralized power, the Constitution was neutered and converted into a stage prop for DC's foreign and domestic interventions.

Before the Constitution can be reclaimed and restored, we have to understand what it was originally meant to be. Only then can we appreciate how it was corrupted and misused. And the ongoing debate about the Constitution, as well as the proper roles of the Federal and State governments are additional bright spots of hope generated by the current crisis.

States Rebel Against Washington

"Revolution is on the horizon," says Rep. Michael Pitts. And he's right -- if DC continues to spiral out of control, the people will be forced to restore sanity, and the only way to do that is by reasserting local control. The constant stream of other-worldly dictates from DC are eating us alive. No wonder we're seeing more news reports like this from the Christian Science Monitor:

There's an old joke in South Carolina: Confederate President Jefferson Davis may have surrendered at the Burt-Stark mansion in Abbeville, S.C., in 1865, but the people of state Rep. Michael Pitts's district never did.

With revolutionary die-hards behind him, Mr. Pitts has fired a warning shot across the bow of the Washington establishment. As the writer of one of 28 state "sovereignty bills" – one even calls for outright dissolution of the Union if Washington doesn't rein itself in – Pitts is at the forefront of a states' rights revival, reasserting their say on everything from stem cell research to the Second Amendment.

"Washington can be a bully, but there's evidence right now that there are people willing to resist our bully," said Pitts, by phone from the state capitol of Columbia.

For the past few years, I've often wondered out loud what it would take for people to finally stiffen up and resist an increasingly authoritative, uncaring central government. Looks like we're there.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials

This reminds me of what mathematician James Roy Newman warned about the Law of Large Numbers: "The fact is, it is a nest of subtleties and traps; the harder one thinks about it, the more one grows uneasy." Yes, it would be fine and fitting that Bush & Co. should be prosecuted for the whole "War on Terror" nightmare, from launching a war of aggression against Iraq based on lies, to undermining the Bill of Rights, and to their authorization of torture. And how delicious it would be to see John Yoo, Alberto Gonzales, and Doug Feith doing the perp walk and sweating it out in court. But this just isn't worth it:

A high-level Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, on whether they violated international law by providing a legalistic framework to justify the use of torture of American prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an official close to the case said.

I feel the same about this as I do the Federal Marriage Amendment, or various Federal measures to protect gun rights: it's the wrong way to go about it. In fact, the notion of relying on "international law" to prosecute American officials has the same bad smell as the proposal to use the Federal government to advance any item on the "conservative" agenda, because the means will ultimately undermine the end. Just as increasing DC's power over the States will only diminish liberty in the long run, relying on international bodies to do the jobs Americans won't do will further erode the entire idea of national sovereignty, which is already weakened to the point of tottering.

That's a trap we should have the wits to avoid.

Leonard Pitts is right

Here's the link to his latest. The headline is from the CNN home page:

Commentary: Blacks, whites not on same page

And this headline proves just how right he is:

Dozens march for Mixon, against police

Friday, March 27, 2009

Brazil’s leader blames white people for crisis

This comes from the post-racial utopia of Brazil:

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Thursday blamed the global economic crisis on “white people with blue eyes” and said it was wrong that black and indigenous people should pay for white people’s mistakes.

Speaking in Brasília at a joint press conference with Gordon Brown, the UK prime minister, Mr Lula da Silva told reporters: “This crisis was caused by the irrational behaviour of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing.”

Of course, nobody attacks an entire race around the great, cosmopolitan Gordon Brown. And, boy, did he ever let da Silva have it:

Mr Brown appeared to distance himself from Mr Lula da Silva’s remarks. “I’m not going to attribute blame to any individuals,” he said.

Yeah! Way to stand up for your people, Gordo!

Question: If someone had slammed Muslim Pakistanis in Britain as terrorists-in-waiting, do you think Brown would've only "appeared to distance himself" from such remarks?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

States' rebellion begins to rumble

Walter Williams has heard the alarm bell in the night, and knows exactly what it means:

Put simply, these 10th Amendment resolutions insist that the states and their people are the masters and that Congress and the White House are the servants. Put yet another way, Washington is a creature of the states, not the other way around.

Williams is right -- it's just a rumble now. Just noise. But the noise arises from real tension along real fault lines, so it's just a matter of time before the States put teeth in their assertions of sovereignty. One State has already shown the rest how to do it. No, not South Carolina in 1860, but Colorado in 1994:

Congress and the White House will laugh off these state resolutions. State legislatures must take measures that put some teeth into their 10th Amendment resolutions. Congress will simply threaten a state, for example, with a cutoff of highway construction funds if it doesn't obey a congressional mandate, such as those that require seat belt laws or that lower the legal blood-alcohol level to .08 for drivers. States might take a lead explored by Colorado.

In 1994, the Colorado Legislature passed a 10th Amendment resolution and later introduced a bill titled "State Sovereignty Act." Had the State Sovereignty Act passed both houses of the legislature, it would have required all people liable for any federal tax that's a component of the highway users fund, such as a gasoline tax, to remit those taxes directly to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

What happens next? No telling. But Williams joins a growing chorus of advocates for restoring self-government, and with resistance to Obama's Big Government schemes gaining strength every day, no other course may be possible.

HB 430: Constitutional Tender Act - Franklin Sanders

HB 430 would return the State of Georgia to adherence to the U.S. Constitution's legal tender provisions, which declare that "no State shall... make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts..." Here, the League's Franklin Sanders gives expert testimony to the Georgia House combined Financial Institutions & Services Subcommittee / Regulations & Oversight Subcommittee hearing.

Muslim-only community in New York

More diversity! Yay! This is exactly why the Founding Fathers bled and died -- so that Muslims with ties to terrorists would one day colonize the nation they risked so much for:

Islamberg was founded in 1980 by Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, a Pakistani cleric who purchased a 70-acre plot and invited followers, mostly Muslim converts living in New York City, to settle there.

The town has its own mosque, grocery store and schoolhouse. It also reportedly has a firing range where residents take regular target practice. Gilani established similar rural enclaves across the country — at least six, including the Red House community in southern Virginia — though some believe there are dozens of them, all operating under the umbrella of the "Muslims of the Americas" group founded by Gilani.

Big deal. Some communities have municipal golf courses or playgrounds, and Islamberg opted for a firing range instead.

Nothing to worry about.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Border Patrol battles influx of dangerous criminals

This can't possibly be true:

Border Patrol agents are arresting an increased number of dangerous criminals at the border, officials say.

"We're talking about major things. Homicides, sex offenders, big robberies, armed robberies--things to that degree," says agent Mike Scioli.

Scioli says more dangerous criminals are trying to enter the U.S. -- a disturbing yet growing trend along the southern border.

But -- Bush told us all those Mexicans crossing the border were just bringing Family Values.

I'm so confused ...

U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapers

Newspapers, like the Big Government they consistently endorse, are headed toward extinction. Both sprang from an age when information and opinion were under central control. No surprise that the Federal government seeks to preserve these relics:

With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.

"This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat," said Senator Benjamin Cardin.

A Cardin spokesman said the bill had yet to attract any co-sponsors, but had sparked plenty of interest within the media, which has seen plunging revenues and many journalist layoffs.

Cardin's Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.

I have mixed feelings about the approaching demise of dead-tree journalism.

On one hand, it's good to see these petri dishes of anti-Southern political correctness get the disinfectant. For example, the Charlotte Observer consistently attacked everything Southern for years, from denouncing the Confederate Battleflag Memorial in South Carolina, to running slimy attack pieces on Southern culture in its editorial section. When it did a smear job on me and the Sons of Confederate Veterans camp I belonged to (I mean, really, "explode"?), we decided we'd had enough and organized a boycott. Members dropped subscriptions and encouraged friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to do the same. When the heavy-handed, sanctimonious, and VERY uh, creative reporter who wrote that story was fired, we felt vindicated. As the Observer continues to shed jobs, we feel we played some small part.

On the other hand, as papers cut investigative reporting, the natural temptation will be to rely even more strongly on the propaganda mills, such as Neocon "think tanks" and groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, for press releases. Yes, I know such organizations enjoy rock star status with the media already, but the deterioration of journalism will erode standards even more and make news organizations increasingly dependent on them.

Like everything in life, every change has its pluses and minuses.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Giant, Razor-Clawed Bioengineered Crabs Pose No Threat

The usual naysayers warn of hidden dangers, but the experts agree this is a good thing, so it must be ok to have giant crabs working for us. They're going to be a great help on construction projects, and will boost our economy. The only debate is how much they'll benefit America. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

Experts Agree Giant, Razor-Clawed Bioengineered Crabs Pose No Threat
I love the Onion!

Profiling is just fine

... as long as it's aimed at conservatives. Chuck Baldwin takes a stand.

US Food Czar?

Yep -- in charge of a new Food Safety Administration, which will oversee the production of ALL food, including hobby gardeners.

All to take good care of you.

Obama’s job approval slipping to ‘50-50’

We noticed some time back that Obama's halo had lost some of its sparkle. But now it's drooping:

The honeymoon is over, a national poll will signal today as President Obama’s job approval stumbles to about 50 percent over the lack of improvement with the crippled economy.

The sobering numbers come as the president backpedals from two prime-time gaffes - one comparing his bowling score to a Special Olympian and another awkwardly laughing about the economy, which prompted Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” to ask “are you punch-drunk?”

Pollster John Zogby said his poll out today will show Americans split on the president’s performance. He said the score factors out to “about 50-50.”

Sometimes a little devastation is a good thing

Looks like bad teachers have their uses:

The effect of poor teaching on students is devastating and cumulative. Avoiding an ineffective teacher is far more important than having a good principal or attending a school with lots of computers. If African American children could have high-performing teachers for five consecutive years while white children in the district had teachers of average quality, the test score gap between blacks and whites would largely disappear.

As Proscutean progress trudges on ...

When Zimbabwe catches a cold ...

Mugabe vows to seize more farms

Geithner to Ask Congress for Broad Power to Seize Firms

Obama doesn’t talk like Bush; he just acts like him

Liberal Ted Rall has had a good chance to inspect Obama in action, and doesn't like what he sees:

Obama’s inaugural address may have promised to “reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals,” but — in all the ways that matter — he’s keeping all of Bush’s outrageous policies in place. Sure, he talks a good game about “moving forward.” But nothing has really changed. From reading your e-mails to asserting the right to assassinate American citizens to bailing out companies whose executives pay themselves big bonuses, Obama’s changes are nothing but toothless rhetoric.

What? Obama's doing nothing but hanging new window dressing on an imperial agenda? Who could've seen that coming?

But that's how the game's played, boys and girls. It's always "us" against "them." "Our" candidate for Beloved Leader is better than "their" candidate because our candidate speaks the Holy Words. Patriotic but naive conservatives support the candidate who invokes "family values," "tradition," and "conservative," no matter that that candidate pushes an authoritarian agenda once in office.

And as Rall sadly observes, educated, cosmopolitan liberals fall for the same trick as Middle America:

Unlike the word count limit of this column, Obama’s perfidy knows no limits. He’s already become more dangerous to democracy and basic human rights than George W. Bush. Unlike Bush, he has no political opposition. Cheney may nitpick, but most Republicans are happy to see Bush’s policies remain in place. Meanwhile, liberals remain loyal, silent and tacitly pro-torture.

The good news is that Obama's radicalism has galvanized conservative opposition -- just as we'd hoped.

No doubt, Ted Rall will soon be denounced as an "unpatriotic liberal" for failing to toe his party's line.

Word of the Day


Monday, March 23, 2009

FEMA Says Founding Fathers Are Terrorists

Words fail me.

Our next debacle

The pro-war, any war crowd just can't wait for more chest-thumpin' fun! Arthur Borden, the author of "A Better Country: Why America Was Right to Confront Iraq," rallies the laptop bombardiers and other Neocon faithful with this other-worldly, damn-the-consequences war whoop:

President Bush was right to confront Iraq. While the decision to go to war is in the past and cannot be reversed, the emerging consensus that it was a mistake is not. Unless we can revisit the debate over the invasion, and comprehend President Bush's reasons for removing Saddam Hussein, we will be unprepared to debate policy toward Iran - and potentially ill-equipped to prevent Tehran from achieving the regional domination through weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which we denied Baghdad.

In other words: Forget the lies that led us into a counter-productive, obscenely wasteful war, and let's get on with the next one!

I am moved to verse:

Arthur Borden took an ax.
He chopped and trashed some awkward facts
That halted Dubya's Mid-East plan
So Neocons can bomb Iran.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Gregg: 'This country will go bankrupt'

This is how serious things have become:

Even though he was almost a member of the new Obama administration, New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg Sunday slammed President Obama’s approach to handling the country’s fiscal outlook.

“The practical implications of this is bankruptcy for the United States,” Gregg said of the Obama’s administration’s recently released budget blueprint. “There’s no other way around it. If we maintain the proposals that are in this budget over the ten-year period that this budget covers, this country will go bankrupt. People will not buy our debt, our dollar will become devalued. It is a very severe situation.”

Who would've guessed doubling the national debt would be a bad thing?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Obama: We're Moving Toward Broader Regulation

It's begun:
In remarks underway now, President Obama said he is pushing toward new and broader regulation of the financial sector that he hopes will prevent the "bubble/bust mentality" and prevent larger systemic risk.

As we've noted before, Obama is exploiting this crisis to expand DC's power, just as Bush used 9/11. And yes, both crises directly resulted from DC's policies, proving once again that with DC, solutions are never the answer. The only acceptable answer to any problem is to expand the power of government.

The good news is that there's a backlash ...

Friday, March 20, 2009

A trillion here, a trillion there . . .

"Do any other old codgers out there in my audience remember back when $1 trillion was a noteworthy figure, rather than the minimum price needed to get people to take your policy seriously?"

Seen on The Other McCain

Preparing for Civil Unrest in America

Global Research examines possible Federal responses to popular resistance to Obama's sweeping expansion of government powers. It might not be pretty:

How will the US government face an impending social catastrophe?

The solution is to curb social unrest. The chosen avenue, inherited from the outgoing Bush administration is the reinforcement of the Homeland Security apparatus and the militarization of civilian State institutions.

Directly related to the issue of curbing social unrest, cohesive system of detention camps is also envisaged, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon.

A bill entitled the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (HR 645) was introduced in the US Congress in January. It calls for the establishment of six national emergency centers in major regions in the US to be located on existing military installations.

Of course, this is just wild speculation and paranoia. The Federal government would never imprison people just out of suspicion.

Then again ...

Don't blame me -- I voted for Kodos!

Terence Corcoran: Is this the end of America?

The world is beginning to notice DC's grip is weakening. Here's a clear-eyed assessment from the Financial Post of what we can expect from Obama's hyper-ambitious agenda:

Reform of health care, environmental policy, education, energy, banking, regulation — every nook and cranny of the U.S. economy has been put on alert for major change. Expansion of government spending, plunging the U.S. into unprecedented deficits, is without parallel. In economic policy, through regulation and control of energy output, financial services and monetary expansion, the U.S. government has embarked on a fundamental reshaping of America. It is designed, in short, to bring on the end of America.

Of course -- that's the whole point of revolution and reconstruction -- you destroy the old and rebuild according to your own inspired vision. But as the author warns, sometimes the revolution you ignite isn't the revolution you expect, and unforeseen consequences mock your brilliant scheme.

This observation from the field of organization science hints at one of the surprises possibly awaiting us:

Major changes, however, occur when a system reaches a 'far-from-equilibrium' state, much like the condition of intense conflict and antagonism that precedes a war. When the intensity of the fluctuations reaches a level of disorder that the system is unable to suppress, it will become highly unstable and unable to continue unaffected.

At this stage, known as 'bifurcation point,' it may disintegrate and become extinct or, like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, become completely reorganized. When the latter occurs, some of the fundamental aspects will be preserved, even though the system will be completely restructured. The preservation of some key features establishes 'points of self-reference,' constants which are crucial to its continued existence. Self-reference provides a code that allows a system to retain its essential identity while undergoing even catastrophic change.

Have we arrived at such a "bifurcation point," when the still-distinct components of America break away in order to survive?

Maybe a better question is, Will Obama bring us to that point?

Join the Obama Youth

... and complete the Revolution ...

And as if that weren't enough, Congress is providing even more domestic troops to spread the government's agenda:

The House of Representatives passed a measure Wednesday that supporters are calling the most sweeping reform of nationally-backed volunteer programs since AmeriCorps. But some opponents are strongly criticizing the legislation, calling it expensive indoctrination and forced advocacy. ... Others say they are concerned that the increased funding will be used to promote one ideology over another.

"It's allowing taxpayer funding of the left-wing organizations," said Larry Hart, director of government relations for the American Conservative Union.

Just don't get in their way, and everyone will be fine ...

H/T to Gail!

Treasury Department admits pushing for bonus loophole

This pit just keeps getting deeper:

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNN Thursday his department asked Sen. Chris Dodd to include a loophole in the stimulus bill that allowed bailed-out insurance giant American International Group to keep its bonuses.

And then there's this little doozy:

"President George W. Bush’s administration 'specifically contemplated' paying bonuses to American International Group Inc. employees in its November agreement to provide federal bailout funds to the insurance giant, the inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program said today."

So remind me again -- what's the difference between Obama and Bush? Looks to me like Obama is simply continuing Bush's globalist agenda of subsidizing Big Business and intervening abroad. The only major component of the Bush agenda Obama has not yet undertaken is amnesty for illegal alien invaders -- and word on the 'net is that it's on the way.

More cheap, exploitable labor for Big Business, plus more shock troops to assault the "old American" culture.

Quote of the day

"Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?" Justice William O. Douglas

Ties in nicely with our previous post, doesn't it?

Presidential Jeopardy on Jay Leno

H/T to Bernie!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Journalism 101, revised

I'm paid to type, not think.

Question your sources, say professors of journalism. Do your sources have any reason to color their opinions? Is their point of view skewed by the prospect of money to be made, or power to be had, in pushing a particular agenda? Those are questions a professional reporter must ask.

That is, unless the source is the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is the modern secular equivalent of a burning bush. Its every pronouncement is to be accepted without question. Every column inch you give the SPLC is like buying indulgences from a Pardoner representing the Holy Church of Multiculturalism.

The latest example from the Santa Fe Reporter (email the editor here) has it all -- lurid graphics, maps of the US showing yet another explosive growth in Klan and Nazi activity, and sensationalistic quotes from the master of selective outrage, Mark Potok, who sees a "white-hot nativist backlash" sweeping the nation. With cherry-picked statistics, argumentation from anecdote, and lumping together violent nutcases with legitimate dissenters, it's a piece any leftist McCarthyite would be proud of.

And you'd better believe every word of it or -- well, you know what that would make you.

A Sellout of Our Unemployed

Pat Buchanan delivers this well-deserved haymaker to our rat-like "representatives" in DC:

In writing the $789 billion stimulus bill, Congress revealed that, for all its “Buy American” blather, it does not truly put America first. It does not believe that 10 million jobless Americans, in the country their fathers built, should receive any preference in hiring 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens who broke into this country and owe her no loyalty, allegiance or love.

Is this a slur on the patriotism of some of our congressmen? You betcha.

What other conclusion can one reach after Congress refused to require that employers on construction projects, paid for by U.S. tax dollars in the stimulus bill, verify that their workers are Americans?

For that is precisely what Congress did.

After all, isn't it "discrimination" to favor your own people over aliens? Of course, members of Congress wouldn't even acknowledge they have any loyalties at all except some fuzzy notion of allegiance to "American values," whatever that might be. They might mutter something about "tolerance," "equality," and "multiculturalism." You know, all that stuff somewhere in the Constitution.

Thus, there's no patriotism in DC. Only platitudes. The globalization of America is nearly complete.

Army Investigating How and Why Troops Were Sent Into Alabama Town

Another indication of Federalized law enforcement? Or is this just the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding?

The U.S. Army has launched an inquiry into how and why active duty troops from Fort Rucker, Ala., came to be placed on the streets of Samson, Ala., during last week's murder spree in that tiny South Alabama community. The use of the troops was a possible violation of federal law.

The presence of active duty troops in the streets is a "possible violation" of the Posse Comitatus Act? That's like saying a bullet-ridden body suggests a possible murder.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Socialism or Secession?

The Southern Avenger strikes again!

From the Los Angeles Times report on the Second North American Secessionist Convention (quoted in video):

The dominant idea among the delegates was that the U.S. experiment had failed; it had become impractical, tragically ridiculous, its leaders and institutions bought off, whored out, unaccountable and unanswerable to the needs of citizens. The United States would have to be reborn smaller -- our loyalties realigned to the needs of localities -- if the American dream was to survive. The convention presented, in effect, a marriage of progressives, paleo-conservatives, libertarians, Christian separatists, Southern nationalists, all united "to put an end to the American empire and reestablish freedom and democracy on the state and regional level," as organizer Kirkpatrick Sale put it.

And as Governor Sarah Palin told the secessionists of the Alaskan Independence Party, "Keep up the good work." We will.

Subversive Stickers!

Don't be the last in your neighborhood to get one! Available through the North Carolina League of the South.

AIG bonus bonus

We howled along with the rest of the country when news first leaked out about AIG execs getting megabonuses courtesy of American taxpayer dollars. Of course people are angry. But now, the proposed "cures" for this problem -- created, may we remind you, by the Federal government -- are that the Federal government, now AIG's majority stockholder, should either void the contracts requiring the bonuses, or should enact an ex post facto law to confiscate up to 100% of the bonuses.

No good can come of this. Either way, the power of the Federal government will be expanded at the expense of private enterprise. Again, in response to a crisis it precipitated. Surprised? Not if you follow this blog.

Should Timothy Geithner resign?

As the AIG stinkeroo sucks Team Obama ever deeper into the DC muck, powerful people (of BOTH parties!) are wondering if Geithner should be deep-sixed:

As Americans become increasingly frustrated over millions of dollars in bonuses awarded to executives at bailed-out AIG, Democrats are starting to heap blame on treasury secretary Timothy Geithner.

Robert Menendez, a senator from New Jersey, says he warned Geithner about the $165m in bonuses two weeks ago. Senator Chris Dodd, whom Republicans criticise for inserting a last-minute pay limit amendment in Obama's stimulus package, said the treasury department failed to inform him about the bonuses.

Should Geithner be held responsible for the AIG bonus scandal and resign?

Less than two months in office, and Geithner's already in deep doo. This must be some kind of record for a Cabinet member. Go Team Obama!

The Obama File

Wow. Someone's done a righteous amount of muckraking and plain old-fashioned work to put all this together. It's all here -- everything you wanted to know about 44, and maybe a lot you don't want to know.

So good, even the Library of Congress is paying attention!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dole, Hayes have millions in AIG stock

No conflict of interest here, folks:

Some N.C. members of Congress have more than a typical stake in the health of the financial services industry.

Most notable are Rep. Robin Hayes, a Concord Republican, and Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., who have substantial personal investments in American International Group, the insurance giant that was rescued by a federal loan.

Hayes had between $2.8 million and $11.5 million of his personal fortune invested in AIG, according to his 2007 personal financial disclosure forms. That was more than any other member of Congress, the Center for Responsive Politics said.

Dole had between $1.1 million and $5.3 million invested in the company's stock. Lawmakers are required to report each asset in ranges, such as $500,000 to $1 million, rather than specific amounts.

Lawmakers may be asked in coming days to vote on a major bailout of the industry, with price tags as high as $700 billion for the White House's initial proposal.

In her defense, Dole said, "What's the big deal in forcing the little people to protect our investments? All the other plutocrats do it."

Good enough for me. Case closed!

SPLC Webcast

The Southern Poverty Law Center will announce today that "hate groups" have increased to the point that they now include everyone in the United States -- except for the last stand of tolerance and goodness within the SPLC compound.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Welcome aboard a brand new country

Now this sounds like fun:

It sounds like the plot of a pre-Daniel Craig Bond film: an internet tycoon invests part of his vast fortune to fund a fiefdom afloat in international waters. He is joined by the libertarian grandson of one the world’s most famous economic thinkers and advertises for like-minded citizens “who are dissatisfied with our current civilisation” to join him aboard his brave new world.

However, this is not fiction. It is happening now and the group, called the Seasteading Institute, has just released the first detailed plans of what its utopian water world will look like. The first architectural stage is being financed by a $500,000 (£362,000) donation from Peter Thiel, billionaire co-founder of PayPal, the online payments system that was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002. More funding will follow, and the group hopes to start building a small-scale version off the coast of San Francisco this year.

No need to secede; just build your own country. Neat!

The demonization of dissent, part II

Can you spot the violent extremist in this picture?

Can't tell? Maybe this will help:

The [Missouri Information Analysis Center] report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.

The article linked above goes on to describe the MIAC as part of the Federal "fusion" effort to coordinate local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.

I feel safer already.

And doesn't the following sound familiar?

In order to artificially heighten the perceived threat threshold, MIAC rolls in Christian Identity, white nationalism, “militant” anti-abortion activists, opposition to illegal immigration, and income tax resistance. MIAC deceptively blurs the lines between these disparate political ideologies and underscores the possibility for violence in a summary of the organizational structure of the militia movement and a section describing how members strive to train in “combat readiness.”

Let's see -- deliberately lumping together legal, small-government movements with violent groups to discredit dissent to big government. Now who does that sound like?

The demonization of dissent, part I

In an article entitled, Is anti-Zionism hate?, Judea Pearl answers, "Yes. It is more dangerous than anti-Semitism, threatening lives and peace in the Middle East."

Think about that before you question sending $3 billion a year to prop up the Israeli government, or object to how that government treats Palestinians.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

DC winning the war against the Middle Class

These two stories appeared on the same page of my local paper:

A.I.G. Planning Huge Bonuses After $170 Billion Bailout

Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits

Just imagine the uproar if a Republican administration had proposed taxing health benefits at a time when most folks are struggling just to pay their mortgages, much less expect bonuses. This says loud and clear that the politically connected are using the government to feed off working people.

I think AIG stands for "Arrogant Insatiable Gluttons."

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Want to be a Virtual Texas Deputy?

Want to diss Dees? Sign up today!

Then sign up here to monitor an online border camera, and call in when you spot invaders.

Of course, doing so means you believe existing US immigration law should be enforced, which will mark you as an "extremist." That's because the Enlightened intuitively know which laws should and should not be enforced, a gift we troglodytes do not possess.

Friday, March 13, 2009

It's "racist" to oppose Afghan war

The latest example of how the all-purpose condemnation of "racism" can be applied to any act or policy the speaker dislikes is a real doozy. Afghanistan's ambassador doesn't like what he sees in his backyard, as resistance to the US-led invasion stiffens and NATO resolve withers. Poor fellow could end up picking poppies (or worse!) if the NATO-installed puppet government he works for can't hold on to power. And without popular support, the Afghan puppet government can't stand on its own, so it must have more NATO troops to prop it up. To spur NATO forces to action, the Afghan ambassador accuses them of the most unforgivable shortcoming of New-Age Western man:

Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States attacked Western governments fighting in and providing billions in aid to his country, saying that those who claim the international community is not winning the war against extremists there "should know that they never fully tried."

"We never asked to be the 51st state," Ambassador Said T. Jawad said, a reference to a suggestion last month by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) that the United States should concentrate on "realistic goals" and its "original mission" of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan.

"To suggest that Afghans do not deserve peace, pluralism and human rights is wrong and racist," Jawad said.

The notion that opposing a US-led invasion is "racist" is nothing new. Condi Rice once judged critics of the Neocon fantasy of reconstructing Iraq into a Jeffersonian republic as "racist." But now that idea is being used to control us.

DC projects a self-image to the rest of the world as the purest, most secularly sacred force for doing good on the planet. So any criticism of its actions, or any limitation on its power, is wrong-headed, retrograde, or just plain evil. It's a reputation than can intimidate critics both domestic and foreign. But that reputation can be turned on its owner to manipulate him, too, as the esteemed and increasingly nervous Afghan ambassador illustrates.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Abe Lincoln Gets PWNed

I noticed the story about the hidden message in Abe Lincoln's pocketwatch, but hadn't noticed this nifty little detail. From Saberpoint:

Supposedly the watchmaker in 1861 was a Union man and probably that's true. Jeff Davis wasn't President when Fort Sumter was attacked. He was installed later, when additional states followed South Carolina out of the Union. But someone put that "Jeff Davis" notation in that watch.

So Honest Abe got to walk around with his pocket watch, never knowing he was carrying around the name of his number one enemy. Abe Lincoln had been PWNED.

That's rich. As a Confederate descendant, I heartily approve.

See photo of the watch. Jeff Davis is inscribed on the piece of metal shaped roughly like a sleeve.

Be sure to check out the picture. Ha!

The Rules Change

That's how "Las Reglas Cambian" translates. Demographic revolution, like any other kind of revolution, has that effect.

Say, how many CPAs can you fit in the back of a pickup?

Natives are Restless

Crime is in my blood

Empress Heidi Beirich, Über-Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Department of Dissident Surveillance, Intimidation, and Entrapment, and Defender of the Faith of Political Correctness, has declared that all persons who look like her (an artificial construct vulgarly referred to as "white"), are more criminal than the virtuous masses pouring in over the Mexican border.

Dismissing claims that those persons who have violated US immigration laws have actually violated any laws, Empress Heidi assured her loyal subjects that such claims are based on little more than "a few highly publicized cases," and should be ignored. Her Most Tolerant Highness then proclaimed that charges of illegality by illegal aliens constitute "... argument by anecdote. There's no question that this population is far less criminal than white people like me."

Sadly, there are a number of treasonous heretics who do not recognize Empress Heidi's authority, and even reject the official faith of political correctness. Some would go so far as to argue the Empress' pronouncement itself falls under the definition of hate speech as defined by the Realm's own self-appointed Inquisitor, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has written, "hate groups have beliefs or practices that target an entire class of people," and hate speech consists of "statements that have the effect of denigrating or defaming an entire group of people."

Fortunately, the Golden Rule allows enforcers of orthodoxy to ignore inconvenient standards. And Empress Heidi has the gold.

The United States of Zimbabwe?

Mark Sanford of South Carolina has been catching flak for spurning DC's generosity. California's Governor Steroid-Brains says he'll take anything other States reject, ignoring the fact that money has to be paid back, as Governor Sanford notes:

The United States faces a Zimbabwe-style economic collapse if it keeps "spending a bunch of money we don't have," South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday.

Sanford, a Republican, has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration's $800 billion stimulus plan. He said he'll turn down about a quarter of his state's $2.8 billion share unless Washington lets him use that money to pay down debt.

"What you're doing is buying into the notion that if we just print some more money that we don't have and send it to different states, we'll create jobs," he said. "If that's the case, why isn't Zimbabwe a rich place?"

And worse, there are escape-proof strings attached to this "free money," as Paul Greenberg reminds us here:

We, as in We the People, aren't supposed to notice the strings attached to federal funds, or the unintended consequences that may result from taking them.

Maybe every federal grant should come with a warning label: Taking this money could have deleterious effects on your fiscal health.

Consider the offer of increased federal funding for states that agree to expand their unemployment benefits. A state can't lose on a deal like that, right?

Wrong. Because the states would have to increase their benefits permanently; the stimulus package lasts only two years.

Interesting, isn't it, that most of the objections to DC's "generosity" comes from Southern States, where suspicion toward the Federal government runs the highest?

H/T to David for the Greenberg link!

The more Obama changes DC, the more it remains the same

If this wasn't so tragic, it'd be hilarious:

President Barack Obama signed a $410 billion spending bill Wednesday that includes thousands of pet projects inserted by lawmakers, even as he unveiled new rules to restrict such so-called earmarks.

At the same time, after Democrats criticized former President George W. Bush's signing statements, Mr. Obama issued one of his own, declaring five provisions in the spending bill to be unconstitutional and nonbinding, including one aimed at preventing punishment of whistleblowers.

So let's see -- the Obama Regime expands DC's foreign military adventures, defends John Yoo's doctrine of the imperial presidency, and is working on another amnesty scheme for illegal aliens.

Oh, and now we can add the abuse of executive signing statements to Obama's resume. Looks like the age of color-blindness has indeed arrived, because it's impossible to distinguish George W. Bush from Barack Hussein Obama.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Looting of America’s Coffers

Ask any Country Club Republican about welfare dependency, and they'll agree programs such as Aid to Families with Dependent Children are counter-productive -- why, even Bill Clinton realized that shielding people from their own mistakes sent the message that there were no real consequences to one's actions. Worse, making society liable for paying for bad choices bred irresponsibility, which would lead to even greater societal harm.

But would those who wag their fingers at those on public assistance imagine they could be just as easily corrupted? Probably not:

Promised bailouts mean that anyone lending money to Wall Street — ranging from small-time savers like you and me to the Chinese government — doesn’t have to worry about losing that money. The United States Treasury (which, in the end, is also you and me) will cover the losses. In fact, it has to cover the losses, to prevent a cascade of worldwide losses and panic that would make today’s crisis look tame.

But the knowledge among lenders that their money will ultimately be returned, no matter what, clearly brings a terrible downside. It keeps the lenders from asking tough questions about how their money is being used. Looters — savings and loans and Texas developers in the 1980s; the American International Group, Citigroup, Fannie Mae and the rest in this decade — can then act as if their future losses are indeed somebody else’s problem.

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?" Matthew 7:3-4.

Orders we will not obey

Darned if I can see anything controversial about this web site:

Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers, and veterans who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic … and meant it.

Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the President, and that oath will be kept. We won’t “just follow orders."

After all, this is nothing but a restatement of US policy as formulated and enforced in the aftermath of WWII. Nuremberg Principle IV states:

"The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him."

Tower of Babel Economy

There are over $1.28 quadrillion of what Warren Buffet calls “Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Don't know how much a quadrillion is? Then you don't realize how bad the economy is.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

SPLC attorney calls Latino immigration most significant civil rights issue

I'm sorry, I didn't hear a thing you said.  The sound of my own greatness must have drowned you out.

Here's Morris Dees' latest pronouncement, complete with exegesis:

"Latinos are the sharecroppers of the 21st century," said Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who will speak Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale. "The immigrant movement is probably the most significant civil rights issue."

In other words, continuing problems in the black community, including the black-white achievement gap in the schools, the black incarceration rate of 37% though blacks are only 13% of the population, and an illegitimacy rate of 70% are now off the SPLC's radar. Those problems are insignificant compared to Latino needs. Looks like brown is the new black.

But immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries are suffering the same discrimination, he said from his headquarters in Montgomery, Ala. Whether it's homes or health care or insurance, a lot of [discrimination]has nothing to do with race," Dees said. "It has to do with ... sharing the resources of the country.

That means the United States does not possess the basic right of all nations, which is sovereignty over its own lands. Dees is saying that anyone who wants to violate US territorial integrity and break immigration law is justified in doing so. Further, Dees believes we are obligated to subsidize the lifestyles of our colonizers.

"Obama was handed two wars and the collapse of the banking system, and people are already asking why hasn't he changed things," Dees said. "I think it's from systemic prejudice."

In other words, traditional America is evil, and must be repopulated with a better class of people.

Barack James Buchanan?

Obama's been tagged as the new Lincoln, FDR, Carter, Clinton, and Bush -- but Israpundit explores another intriguing possibility:

It comes as no surprise that these states probably support carbon taxes, or cap-and-trade, because it would effectively transfer wealth from the industrialized South and Midwest, and from coal-producing states like PA and WV, to New England and CA.

The forcible transfer of wealth from one region of our country to another has happened twice in the past, and each time it led to secession and civil war. Most likely today is the peaceful demotion of the fifty states’ “marriage” into a “civil union,” perhaps a North American Commonwealth similar to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth or Austro-Hungarian Empire.

And be sure to read the rest of Israpundit's entry, which pretty much dissects the approved Yankee version of the WBTS.

Stimulus Loophole Gives 300,000 Jobs to Illegals

Great story on how DC continues to stab us in the back -- but who wrote that headline? "Loophole"? That makes it sound like a mistake, which the article clearly shows it was not:

The House version of the $787 billion stimulus bill required verification of the legal residency of anyone put to work by its spending. But that provision was removed from the bill before members of Congress met to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Steven Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), tells Newsmax the verification provision was deleted by Democratic leaders even before the bill reached the conference committee, where differences between House and Senate legislation are normally ironed out.

“When it got to conference, the top people -- not just the conference members, but the top people: Reid, Pelosi, and Obama -- chose to kill the provision and not include it,” Camarota says. “This was a purposeful decision.”

Face it -- the strategy is to use the financial crisis as a vehicle for implementing the left/globalist agenda. And it's working.

Lyndon Baines Obama

Pat Buchanan sees Obama for what he is:

Barack Obama is making the same mistakes today that LBJ made in 1965.

He has ordered 17,000 more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, as the
situation deteriorates and the NATO allies pull out. He has no exit
strategy. He has read a repudiation of George Bush as a mandate for a government seizure of wealth and power that exceeds anything attempted in the Great Society.

Fully half of the $3.55 trillion in spending Obama will preside
over this year will not be covered by tax revenue but by red ink. The money will have to be borrowed from abroad or printed by the Fed.

While Obama sold himself to the voters as the un-Bush, he's proving himself to be just another hired gun for the Empire -- and his policies can only accelerate its end.

Yes, our eeeeevil plan is working...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Obama's Ideological Father

Here's another eye-opener revealing Obama's modus operandi:

Gramsci converted Marxist economic theory into a cultural battle -- as he saw it, a march through conventional and normative institutions. The first stratagem was the assault on Christianity by arguing religion should not inform or be employed in public discourse. Gramsci realized that if religion were confined to private worship, its hold on Italians would dissipate. ...

Second, Italians took great pride in their newly constituted nation fifty years old in the 1920s. Gramsci contended Italians were part of a grand global mission, merely one story in the narrative of mankind. He therefore cleverly attempted to transform national loyalty into an abstract identification with human rights by describing patriotism as an anachronistic and childish fetish.

As we've noted before, Gramsci's theories were turned into street-wise fighting techniques by that master left-wing agitator, Saul Alinsky, and Alinsky's influence on Obama as a community organizer has been documented here and here.

Paying income tax in America is Voluntary!

Harry Reid says so here:

Guess that's what happens to a person after fighting too many boxing matches with no helmet ...

I may run for president of Texas

The emergency escape route of secession continues to find support from surprising sources. Here's Chuck Norris' latest:

On Glenn Beck's radio show last week, I quipped in response to our wayward federal government, "I may run for president of Texas."

That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.

From the East Coast to the "Left Coast," America seems to be moving further and further from its founders' vision and government.

Norris cites America's founding document as his justification:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

As the League of the South keeps reminding people, the Declaration does NOT say, "This can only be invoked once," but instead asserts it is up to the people to decide when government can be altered or abolished. And clearly, any government that uses force against this most basic human right is tyrannical and oppressive.

Good to see you're on our side, Chuck.

H/T to Jeff of Texas!

Big Bumper Sticker on a Tarheel Truck

Thanks to Bernie from North Carolina for the great pic!

Is the little Tarheel Truck right? Here's the latest on the Obama Revolution:

President Obama is expected to appoint Thomas Saenz as the nation's top civil-rights enforcer. It's a key appointment because Obama has promised to "reinvigorate" the division Saenz will lead. And the Civil Rights Division carries a wide-ranging portfolio, covering everything from hate crimes and police misconduct to voting rights and redistricting laws

Thomas Saenz served as the vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). It was Mario Obledo, the co-founder of MALDEF, who tossed this challenge at Americans: "California is going to be a Mexican state, we are going to control all the institutions. If people don't like it, they should leave." Think Saenz will pursue the same goal? Or will he fulfill Obama's campaign promise of representing all Americans? From the horse's mouth:

"Currently in California, thousands and thousands of people live in fear because of widespread Border Patrol sweeps," he said. "It is critical that comprehensive immigration reform includes nondiscrimination against people on the basis of immigration status."

By reform he means amnesty. "At a certain point," he said, referring to the 20 million illegals in the U.S., "people have earned a right to stay here with their families."

Once again, we should thank Team Obama for clarifying the battle lines. Under Bush, we were soothingly assured accepting amnesty for illegal aliens was a "conservative" goal, and McCain would've continued that scam. But now, with the issue starkly in focus, maybe now -- finally -- people will wake up to what the government is doing to us.

Let's follow that truck...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Legacy Masquerade Gala benefits civil rights center

The Montgomery Advertiser sent a reporter to cover a masquerade benefit held for the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights. The Southern Poverty Law Center was the "cor­porate sponsor" for the event:

To support the theme and promote excitement, guests were encouraged to be crea­tive in their attire by repre­senting historic periods or a historic figure in world his­tory. Dorothy Autrey, a mem­ber of the National Center's steering committee, was among the arrivals, as was former Montgomery County School Board member and National Center board mem­ber Herman Harris, who arrived as a safari hunts­man.

His wife, Barbara, wore a colorful gown as a queen of the Nile, as did Lettie Ross, who added a mask to her Cle­opatra ensemble.

And Morris Dees went as a selfless crusader for the oppressed.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Obama calls on Chávez to Join Him in the Socialist Revolution

Or did I get that backward? Socialists all sound alike to me.

About that "nation of cowards"

Only grumpy reactionaries and secret haters would object to Attorney General Holder's scolding on race, right?

Wrong. Seems like this fella -- who happens to have impeccable leftist credentials -- doesn't approve, either.

School Posts Opening for Janitor Job, Gets 700 Applications

Stories like this prove we need to open the borders even wider to immigrants who do the jobs Americans won't do.

Barney Frank: Threat or Menace?

In an earlier post, I linked to a Saturday Night Live skit on DC's role in the housing crisis. In that skit, Bush asserts the Democrats ignored warning signals regarding government housing loans years earlier, which Pelosi denies. Barney Frank admits Bush is right, but Pelosi hushes him.

The real punch line is that the skit is absolutely right! Here's a report on what actually happened:

Even after federal regulators discovered in 2003 that Fannie and Freddie executives had overstated earnings by as much as $10.6 billion in order to boost bonuses, Frank didn't miss a beat.

President Bush pushed for what the New York Times then called "the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago."

If it had passed, the housing crisis likely would have never boiled over, at least not the extent it did, taking the economy with it. Instead, led by Frank, Democrats stood as a bloc against any changes.

"Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not facing any kind of financial crisis," Frank, then the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, said. "The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."

It's hard to say why Frank did all this. It could be his close ties to the Neighborhood Assistance Corp., a powerful housing activist group based in Boston, which controls billions in loans. Or that he received some $40,100 in campaign donations from Fannie and Freddie from 1989 to 2008. Or that he has been romantically linked to a one-time executive at Fannie during the 1990s.

Wait a minute -- Barney Frank was ro -- ewwwwwww!

Of course, George W. Bush is hardly blameless in the ever-worsening financial crisis. Not only did he work with Hispanic activists to boost minority home ownership, the Iraq and Afghanistan money pits both have big "W" brands on them.

Bank Crisis in Terms I Can Understand

The gang at Saturday Night Live explains the housing/financial crisis here.

But as funny and on-target as the SNL explanation is, I prefer this narrative, which mysteriously appeared on my computer via the Intertubes:

Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Berlin. In order to increase sales, she decides to allow her loyal customers - most of whom are unemployed alcoholics - to drink now but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).

Word gets around and as a result increasing numbers of customers flood into Heidi's bar.

Taking advantage of her customers' freedom from immediate payment constraints, Heidi increases her prices for wine and beer, the most-consumed beverages. Her sales volume increases massively.

A young and dynamic customer service consultant at the local bank recognizes these customer debts as valuable future assets and increases Heidi's borrowing limit.

He sees no reason for undue concern since he has the debts of the alcoholics as collateral.

At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert bankers transform these customer assets into DRINKBONDS, ALKBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then traded on markets worldwide. No one really understands what these abbreviations mean and how the securities are guaranteed. Nevertheless, as their prices continuously climb, the securities become top-selling items.

One day, although the prices are still climbing, a risk manager (subsequently of course fired due his negativity) of the bank decides that slowly the time has come to demand payment of the debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi's bar.

However they cannot pay back the debts.

Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations and claims bankruptcy.

DRINKBOND and ALKBOND drop in price by 95 %. PUKEBOND performs better, stabilizing in price after dropping by 80 %.

The suppliers of Heidi's bar, having granted her generous payment due dates and having invested in the securities are faced with a new situation. Her wine supplier claims bankruptcy, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor.

The bank is saved by the Government following dramatic round-the-clock consultations by leaders from the governing political parties.

The funds required for this purpose are obtained by a tax levied on the non-drinkers.

Finally an explanation I understand...

Thanks to Dan in North Carolina!

Notice how both explanations zero in on the social and cultural failings behind the financial crisis.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Quote of the day

The New York Times recently wrote that “the nativists have already lost,” nativists being those who want restrictions on immigration. Isn’t this just another way of saying that Americans have been overrun and defeated in their own land by foreigners? Clyde Wilson

Freakonomics takes on the SPLC

Most of us ho-hummed at the SPLC's latest report crying -- no, screaming, "Wolf!" After all, we've seen it before. Other patriotic and non-PC groups have long known the inside scoop on the SPLC's questionable fundraising efforts, which Dees & Co. try to keep shrouded in self-righteous silence.

However, the SPLC's latest report claims the alleged rise of "hate groups" is significantly influenced by the deteriorating economy. Is that so? Some scholars decided to scrutinize this claim, and what they found is rather interesting. Here's the bottom line:

But economic downturns don’t necessarily stoke racial tension or violence. In fact, most economic research finds no correlation at all between hate crimes and the economy.

Looks like the days of blindly accepting the SPLC's every utterance are over.

Support Virginia's Sovereignty!

HR 61 is sitting in House Committee on Rules of the Virginia General Assembly. This resolution expressly states the federal government of the United States of America is the agent of the State of Virginia. Though this resolution does not have the same "daring" tone as do the resolutions of South Carolina and Tennessee, it still makes it clear Virginia will not stand for any more strong arm tactics by the federal government.

Call the Constituent Viewpoint operators at (800) 889-0229 (outside Richmond) or 698-1990 (Richmond area) to let your Delegate and Senator know you support this resolution.

Secession is the fundamental Human Right

Citizens rally in New Hampshire to support States' Rights. Looks like we started something.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Robert E. Lee was a terrorist

Yes, that was the Bush Administration's position. In a memo authored by that great defender of totalitarianism, John Yoo, and approved by George W. Bush, the Executive Branch declared the president "had the authority (a) to deploy the U.S. military inside the U.S., (b) directed at foreign nationals and U.S. citizens alike; (c) unconstrained by any Constitutional limits..."

While this sounds like something Lincoln might have written, it's actually from a just-released document entitled "Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities Within the U.S." It goes on to declare this:

Suppose that an armed and violent group of United States citizens seized control of a part of the country or of one of the territories, and declared itself to be independent, as occured during the Civil War. Federal Armed Forces must be free to use force to put down this insurrection without being constrained by the Fourth Amendment...

Do notice this is not just an academic opinion about the right of the Confederacy to secede, but a statement of modern-day policy toward uppity citizens who may exercise their right to peacefully secede -- which is exactly what the Confederate States did. The bottom line is that the Declaration of Independence has been declared null and void.

How many times have we argued that the events and issues of the WBTS still have significance today? Don't look now, but that argument was just validated -- by the Federal government.

And do you really think it's just a coincidence this document is being made public now when so many State governments are re-asserting their sovereignty?

Texas on alert in response to border violence

"If the Federal government doesn't protect the border, Texas will." State Senator Dan Patrick

You can watch the video here.

H/T to the FIRE Coalition

Five More States Invoke the 10th

Maybe Rome wasn't built in a day, but its modern manifestation seems to be self-destructing pretty quickly. Here's more proof the DC megastate can't sustain itself:

Last week, HUMAN EVENTS reported that eleven states, Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas, had all “all introduced bills and resolutions” declaring their sovereignty over Obama’s actions in light of the 10th Amendment.

These actions are in response to the Obama administration’s faux-“stimulus” legislation which directly assaults the rights of states to reject the money coming from the federal government. So far, several Republican governors -- among them South Carolina’s Mark Sanford and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal -- have said they would refuse all or part of the stimulus money because of the constitutional infringements and because of the additional unfunded liabilities they impose on the states.

This week, HUMAN EVENTS is happy to report that five more states have decided to invoke the 10th as well.

Let there be no doubt that this sort of thing will gather speed. With an economic depression possibly already upon us, and with the clueless Federal government determined to push through policies guaranteed to make things worse, the centrifugal forces will accelerate -- not out of ideology, but out of the urgent necessity of escaping a collapsing political system.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sean Penn Calls for ‘Harvey Milk Day’

That's a good start. But why stop there? I think we need an Al Sharpton Day.

Is America Being Deliberately Destroyed?

"Everyday our enemies think of new ways to harm our country, and so do we." George W. Bush.

It was just a matter of time before others started to say this:

As the Dow continues to plummet and President Obama's approval rating continues to diminish, it is time to ask if all the programs being put forth by his administration are a deliberate effort to destroy the nation's economy.

These mindless borrowing, spending and taxing programs can have no other rational purpose than the deliberate impoverishment of all Americans through joblessness, rising taxes, the debasing of the dollar's value, and environmental regulations that will cripple industry and increase the cost of energy.

If a foreign power had invaded our nation and imposed these measures we would be at war with it.

Well, a foreign power has invaded our nation. It's called the Federal Government, a Frankenstein that is no longer under our control. That entity collaborates with other foreign powers to exploit -- no, rape is a more accurate term -- this country, including its people and resources.

Meanwhile, that same occupying power works with other alien forces, notably academia and Hollywood, to brainwash us into believing we should roll over and let foreigners colonize and supplant us. Sadly, too many people buy this perverted notion of morality. Our own cultural self-destruction is a badge of honor, something to be eagerly pursued as noble.

Kinda like this ...

Not only should we welcome our own demise as a people, say the elites, we must stop thinking of ourselves as a people. We should instead be disconnected, deracinated atoms with no concern for others -- after all, feelings of "patriotism" are based on ethnic loyalties, and must be eliminated. The resulting "rugged individualism" has led to a mindset that views others as nothing more than things to be used. That's what prompted Paul Craig Roberts to note how the traditional bonds that once united us have been lost, which has worsened our quality of life:

There was a time in America when the interests of elites were connected to those of ordinary Americans. Henry Ford said that he paid his workers good wages so they could buy his cars.

Today, American corporations pay foreign workers low wages so CEOs can pay themselves multi-million dollar “performance” bonuses.

The new face of Uncle Sam is that of Bernie Madoff.

It’s Obama’s War Now

Now antiwar liberals feel betrayed by Obama:

The occupation of Iraq will not be disrupted. Lies and deception, which launched the war in the first place, are being employed by Democrats to maintain it. This is not a withdrawal. It is occupation lite. And as long as American troops are on Iraqi soil the war will grind on, the death toll on each side will continue to mount and we will remain a lightning rod for hatred and rage in the Middle East. Add to this Obama’s decision to increase troop levels in Afghanistan and even his most purblind supporters will have to admit the new president is as intent on maintaining American empire as the old.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention. It's not about "liberal" or "conservative," it's about power -- getting it and expanding it. That's what empires do, at home and abroad. The ruling elite's universalist, egalitarian worldview justifies their globalist agenda. Vestiges of left and right within the ruling elite may emphasize one over the other, but the dominant philosophy calls for the forcible reengineering of all mankind into one flattened, deracinated, and pliable whole.

Robert E. Lee predicted what would happen when power centralized in DC:

I yet believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people, not only essential to the adjustment and balance of the general system, but the safeguard to the continuance of a free government. I consider it as the chief source of stability to our political system, whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it...

No wonder those who cherish the classical liberal values of community, justice, and peace cannot comprehend what's going on. Like the traditional conservatives dismayed by the Bush regime's flagrant authoritarianism, they've been played for fools.