I'm off to the 16th annual League of the South conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With the resurgence of self-determination and States' Rights in the marketplace of ideas, it's bound to be an exciting weekend.
That's the original headline from this report on Muslim immigration in Australia:
A FEW weeks ago in London, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told me that 75 per cent of the terrorist plots aimed at Britain originated in the federally administered tribal areas of Pakistan. Some 800,000 Pakistanis live in Britain. The vast majority, it goes without saying, are law-abiding citizens. But there is a link between uncontrolled Muslim immigration and terrorism.
The real historic significance of the illegal immigration crisis in our northern waters is that this could, if things go wrong, be the moment Australia loses control of our immigration program, and that would be a disaster.
And as all regular readers of this blog already know, a growing Muslim population is not just a problem in Oz, as this recent example reminds us:
The leader of a group of African-American converts to Islam was fatally shot Wednesday, federal authorities said.
Luquman Ameen Abdullah was one of 11 men charged Tuesday with conspiracy to commit federal crimes, including theft from interstate shipments, mail fraud to obtain the proceeds of arson, illegal possession and sale of firearms, and tampering with motor vehicle identification numbers, the FBI said in a news release.
He had been seeking to establish a separate Sharia-law state in the United States, the FBI said.
Now if you're cool with the idea of Sharia law taking over in the United States, then there's nothing to worry about. However, those of us who wish to preserve our Western, Christian civilization find this unacceptable. You might even say we have no tolerance for the idea. As of this moment, we are the majority. But that is changing.
The split between the majority of Americans and their handlers in DC hinges on just that question: Is America an ideological construct that can include whoever wants to pitch a tent here, or is it an historical nation with a distinct, traditional culture?
That split is reflected in the nasty spat that boiled over recently between left-globalist Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs and his conservative allies. (See here and here, for example.) While the conservatives who rallied to his site supported the Neocon wars as a patriotic duty, Johnson shared the Neocon's underlying justification for those wars, as Neocon Victor Davis Hanson explains in this defense of Johnson:
I once rode a bike down in LA for an afternoon with Johnson and found him both a serious and bright guy with all sorts of original ideas about radical Islam and the anti-Enlightenment dangers it posed.
Out of curiosity I went to the site today. All I discovered different was a change in emphasis, but not necessarily attitude. He still is strongly anti-jihad; the difference is that he now worries just as much about creationism, paleo-right tribalism, and the white supremacists’ piggy-banking onto efforts to stop radical Islam. Those are legitimate worries for any liberal (as in 19th-century liberal) minded. Almost monthly I am smeared by the far far right for defending the Anglo-American effort in World War II or support for the melting-pot traditional of racial integration and intermarriage.
That's why Charles Johnson and many other ideologues tolerated the presence of the unwashed who joined them in cheering on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those wars were aimed at smashing all traditional cultures, both at home and abroad. Those of us who paid attention pointed out that leading Neocon writers were openly proclaiming their true goals. America, said the Neocons, was to be the world's "truly revolutionary country" whose mission was not conservation of traditional values, but the "Creative destruction" of the old order. Burke would not approve.
I've never understood the position that said Islamic fanaticism 5,000 miles away is a threat, while we should welcome Islamic colonies in our own back yards -- and if you don't, you're a racist white supremacist neo-Nazi, as folks like Charles Johnson call us. The problem is that Islamic footholds always, ALWAYS mutate into Islamic insurgencies. If you don't believe it, check out Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations," starting at p. 256. Frightening.
This is the first president that actually writes his own books since Teddy Roosevelt and arguably the first to write them really well since Lincoln. If you accept the premise, and I do, that the United States is the most powerful country in the world, then Barack Obama is the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar. That has to be good for American artists.
That smacking sound you just heard was Rocco Landesman, the president's chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, hailing his beloved president's extraordinary skill in picking suck-ups for cushy jobs.
Perhaps "hail" was the wrong word. Wasn't Caesar responsible for killing off the Roman Republic and transforming it into an empire? Uh-oh.
The jingoistic, kill-'em-all-let-God-sort-'em-out militarism of the Bush years is collapsing, and is being replaced by the same healthy distrust of government that motivated both the Founders and our Confederate forefathers. Below are reader comments from Hot Air, once a bastion of red-white-and bloodthirsty nationalism, in response to Obama's latest socialized medicine scheme:
"In the new United Maoist States of America, Texas will be our Taiwan." [my favorite!]
"The only way the Constitution will be honored again, is if (when?) Texas and the other red states break off from the hyper-corrupt and criminal federal government."
"Secession. Every day it becomes clearer and clearer that it’s going to be the only way."
"If the blue states want to live under a crushing socialist government run by a cult of personality, let them. Let those who want to live in freedom under the rule of law, let us go to do so."
"Strategically, the dynamic between the North and South is exactly opposite from the first war between the states, the lion’s share of population, agriculture, and industry is in the South, moreover it will be the South fighting for freedom, the North fighting for slavery. Another fact is the federal military is almost 40% Texans, the majority from red states. The federal government’s monopoly of force will be cut in more than half instantly. The new “Republic of America” will have from the get-go a large and highly experienced military. Would 0bama or other fascist start a war on such unfavorable grounds? Doubtful.
With the federal government no longer bound by constitutional limits, secession is inevitable, but violence is not. Let the blue states have their fascism, as they go bankrupt and descend into 3rd world poverty, they can apply for statehood in the new America, under the pre-progressive Constitution and laws of course."
Ed Sebesta continues to inspire us. His latest nutty obsession scholarly contribution regarding the South is what appears, sadly, to be the final post on a web site he calls the "Arlington Confederate Monument Report," which he describes as "A blog to report on the campaign to get Presidents of the United States to not send a wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument."
And you thought he was one-dimensional.
Anyway, this once-promising blog features archives extending all the way back to May of this year, in which Sebesta posted two thoughtful pieces documenting his efforts to, as we noted above, "get Presidents of the United States to not send a wreath to the Arlington Confederate monument." This third and final posting not only demonstrates the dizzying pace at which Sebesta thinks and works, but displays a level of professional objectivity all scholars should aim for.
I started researching neo-Confederates in 1991, and have become aware of the ways the Federal government aids and enables neo-Confederacy.
That is true. Every time League of the South leaders were desperate for funds and moral support, they always knew they could count on their friends in the Federal government to assist them in any way.
Sebesta then proceeds to indict Southernophilic organizations he has become aware of as a result of his voluminous research:
Currently the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), a racist organization, is an eligible charity in the Combined Federal Campaign, an equivalent of the United Way, for Federal employees. The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), another racist organization, gives awards named after Confederates to cadets in the American military service academies.
The numbered citations that document the moral failings of these organizations are a dead giveaway that deep study is involved here. I was especially impressed by footnote number three, which substantiates the racist menace of rogue grandmothers providing genealogical services. It reads as follows:
http://www.blackcommentator.com/274/274_clinton_udc.html, the information in this article about the UDC is accurate, I supplied it myself.
Now that's rigorous scholarship. What could be more objective and trustworthy than a researcher who not only quotes himself, but assures his readers that his judgments are indeed accurate?
Here's my response to Mr. Barrett Brown's attack on the League of the South and Southern heritage:
You take issue with my point about how Neocons and their fellow travelers have misled conservatives into supporting the Neocon's radical agenda, but the truth is, they have -- the bait-and-switch ideology of "neoconservatism" has well-documented Trotskyite roots. Charles Johnson even posted a little tribute to Irving Kristol, the “godfather of neoconservatism,” who adapted Leon's theory of permanent revolution into global democratic revolution. Neocons exalt centralized power and despise faith and tradition as much as their far-left ancestors, as Pat Buchanan has noted. And the never-ending War on Freedom, I mean, Terror, has clearly expanded DC's power to surveil, imprison, and silence us, and the Constitution be damned. Some of us think that's a bad thing, but you're entitled to your opinion.
You're right that many Southerners and conservatives support the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The martial tradition is very strong in Southern culture, as biologist Edward O. Wilson expressed it so movingly in his autobiography. As I said, the Neocon deception amounts to identity theft of genuine conservatism, and one of the goals of the League of the South is to unmask this noxious ideology for what it is.
As to the slur about the League founding a "People’s Republic of Crackerland," well, I can only observe that the sanctimonious are blind to their own hypocrisy. You bristle at McCain's alleged insensitivity toward other ethnic groups, but you think it's amusing to denigrate Southerners. Typical.
Finally, I know it's a lot to ask, but could you at least get my nom-de-blog right? It's "Old Rebel," not "Confederate fellow" or "Johnny Reb." Oh, and the title of your little verbal spitwad should be corrected to "League of the South Denounces Me," instead of "Myself." Political activism and blogging have inured me to inept insults, but I refuse to become more tolerant of many things, especially poor grammar.
Ever wonder what kind of other-worldly, desk-bound military "experts" got American troops into the Afghan hell-hole? People like this:
Kimberly Kagan is described as an adviser to General Stanley McChrystal and that she is brought on national television to speak authoritatively about strategy in Afghanistan. Kagan admittedly has a resume studded with the sorts of sinecures that neoconservatives are so adept at inventing and filling, but she actually studied ancient history at Yale before marrying her professor’s son in what was a major career enhancing move. She has never served in the armed forces of the United States and is so utterly shameless and clueless that she once wrote a hagiography of the plodding General Ray Odierno entitled "The Patton of Counterinsurgency." Kimberly’s husband Fred also is a desk wallah who has never served in the US military. The redoubtable two-for-the-price-of-one uber hawks were among the leading advocates of the surge in Iraq and Kimberly heads an oddly named think tank called The Institute for the Study of War.
What is particularly disturbing is that Kimberly’s qualifications or lack thereof notwithstanding, the United States taxpayer pays General McChrystal $198,000 a year plus considerable perks and entitlements because HE is the expert on the fighting in Afghanistan and on counterinsurgency in general, not because he has been able to field a neocon heavy team of advisers who, surprise! surprise!, completed a sixty-day study advocating a major surge of troops for Afghanistan.
Neocon warmongers like the Kagans are as detached from the real world of war as their blood brothers and sisters in DC's bureaucracy are from the real world of raising families, running businesses, and paying bills -- but that doesn't stop them from trying to control things they don't have the faintest clue about. Snug and smug inside the Beltway -- or as they see it, the center of the universe -- they have their paws on the levers of power, supremely confident of their superior knowledge and abilities. And despite growing local rumblings against these distant rulers, most Americans believe DC's power is unquestionable, and that there's nothing we can do to stop their insane, bloody schemes.
Newspaper circulation is down 10.6%. Who could've seen this coming? The corporate papers had the perfect business model -- coverage and editorials slanted toward big government, Open Borders, and for every proposed tax increase. Top that off with a sneering attitude toward Christianity, the traditional family, and extra-special hatred of the South, so what's not to love?
Click here for a list of the papers with the biggest losses of readership. And try not to chuckle.
"What do these phenomena have in common? In two words: disillusionment and disgust," says Lara Brown, Villanova University political science professor.
Registered and likely voters, in particular, are disillusioned and disgusted with both parties and their candidates, who seem to over-promise, under-deliver, ask for too much and take advantage of their positions, explains Brown.
Americans are worn out by inflated rhetoric and Washington insiders who just months ago said they were outsiders.
Voters wonder what happened to candidates they elected to clean up Washington, stop partisan bickering and remove Wall Street titans who retained fat bonuses only because taxpayers bailed out their companies. ...
"When you look at all of these things, it is no great surprise that the thousands of tea party activists haven't embraced any one political party and that Glenn Beck's anti-administration, small-government, pro-individual-freedom tirade continues to draw some of the highest ratings of all three cable news networks," observes Brown.
What does all this portend? Very possibly a Ross Perot moment -- the emergence of someone with serious charts and serious language that angry Americans will see as more authentic than "hope and change."
I just love it when the other side tosses ammunition into my greedy little hands. This epiphany about Charles Johnson, the pro-war left-globalist blogger, comes from Barrett Brown, an oh-so-politically correct atheist. You'll agree it's a gem:
The whole affair has led me into a friendly coordination with Charles Johnson, the blogger who helped break the Rathergate story, co-founded the conservative blog consortium Pajamas Media, and otherwise served for many years as one of the right’s most celebrated citizen journalists. It turns out, though, that Johnson is not so much a conservative as he is simply an adamant critic of Islamic fundamentalism – and, to the horror of many, an opponent of Christian fundamentalism as well, this being an unforgivable offense among many of those who once thought the noted blogger to be swell but today routinely dismiss him as “Mad King Charles.”
Now this isn't little ol' me claiming that Johnson, like many other war supporters, deliberately manipulated patriotic and conservative Americans to advance a revolutionary agenda -- it's a fellow traveler saying this. As I've said before, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have advanced big government, not freedom, so it isn't Charles Johnson who's gone mad. It's especially noteworthy how Brown is pleasantly surprised that Johnson regards both Christianity and Islam as backward worldviews that should be opposed.
That's what makes the Neocons so dangerous. As ideologues who've stolen conservative rhetoric to advance a revolutionary and secular leftist agenda, they have nothing but contempt for tradition and culture, whether at home or abroad.
Such a revelation from an atheist lefty makes it impossible to dismiss.
This war is pointless if we do not understand the enemy, Islam. If it's jihadis you want to kill, without addressing the ideology, then dispense with the suicidal rules of engagement. Again, what is the objective?
B-R-I-N-G T-H-E-M H-O-M-E.
The best of Americans are sitting ducks under the Obama regime. And stop the insane immigration of Afghans into America.
Amen to that! Our troops are indeed being used for political purposes. But we have to understand that WE are being mis-used as well. And worse, the objective of these wars IS being met.
The entire purpose of the Middle East invasions was to advance globalization, that is, flattening all organic culture, including Western civilization, and replacing it with a uniform, world-wide monoculture. Government and politically connected big business benefit, while we, the people, are left uprooted, powerless, and easy to exploit.
Bush/Cheney sounded the alarm about non-existent WMD to whip up war frenzy, but always added that our ultimate purpose was to advance the Neocon "global democratic revolution." In the name of fighting these wars, we not only accepted new government powers to monitor our activities, but also embraced -- in the name of "patriotism" -- eternal war to liberate the world in the name of universal rights. Egalitarianism also justified increased Third-World colonization of our nation. (Interestingly, the government brought in Iraq and Afghan Muslims as part of the war effort, protecting collaborators and their extended families against retaliation.)
The proof is in the pudding. In the eighth year of this grinding war, we are burdened by debt, while big business and big government grow more powerful at our expense. The end result? In addition to floodtide immigration from the Third World, we now have a socialist regime wielding the expanded powers claimed by Bush/Cheney.
Afghanistan's opposition candidate backed Gen. Stanley McChrystal's recommendations for more troops Sunday, saying "the future of the country is at risk" without a "dramatic increase" in troop levels.
Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, who faces off against President Hamid Karzai in a Nov. 7 runoff, said on "Fox News Sunday" that he's also leaving open the possibility of an election boycott if recommendations aren't met to ensure transparency and stem fraud in the second round of voting.
Now that's democracy for you -- the people of Afghanistan have a choice in how many foreign troops will occupy their nation. Take that, war critics!
“Country music is the white man’s rap,” says Tony Powell, guest host on the Don Imus show on the Fox Business network, (a razor-sharp, smart and truly funny comedian, Powell has racked up appearances on “The Chris Rock Show,” NBC’s “Showtime at the Apollo” and a stint as the studio warm-up act for Bill Cosby).
And the country music industry is “a community, they share their music and they share their songs,” adds Woody Fraser, top executive producer at Fox News’ the Huckabee Show.
Trends Research Institute founder Gerald Celente's record of predictions is nearly flawless. His accurate forecasts include the 1987 stock market crash, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the 1997 Asian currency crash, the sub-prime mortgage scandal and the latest economic downturn caused by the breakdown of major corporate giants.
Dubbed as the world's greatest trends forecaster by CNN, USA Today and CNBC, Celente insists that despite the latest market bounce, and increase in consumer confidence, the economy's fundamentals are broken.
"This is a sucker's flame," Celente said from his office in Kingston, N.Y. "It's a false-flag recovery. The stimulus, bailout and buyout packages being forced on the nation, by an administration that misread how bad the economy was, will only lead to Obamageddon: The Fall of Empire America." ...
"There could be a day the U.S. goes the way of the former Soviet Union," Celente said. "It's going to start breaking up because people are going to realize Washington does not have the answers."
Oh, but DC does have all the answers -- all the wrong answers. No matter the question, the answer is ALWAYS more: more regulation, more government control, more troops, more spending. That's what's killing us.
Obama Every Bit as Bad as Bush/Cheney on Patriot Act
This should come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog. To those who think we have two principled, oppositional parties running this country, however, it's a wake-up call:
While battling the FBI's expanded surveillance guidelines, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., also revealed (Daily Kos, Oct. 8) that in the Senate Judiciary Committee review of the Patriot Act (also Oct. 8), Republicans protecting the Act were joined, in a closed-door classified session, by Obama officials with amendments further preserving it. Then, in a public session, all but three Democrats voted for a watered-down "compromise" bill by Patrick Leahy and Diane Feinstein.
The unconstitutional PATRIOT Act claims the power to bypass the Bill of Rights, granting the government the power to monitor law-abiding Americans for any or no reason. More ominously, Obama has endorsed the Bush-Cheney policy of denying habeas corpus with a prettified version he calls "permanent detention."
The government's intent is not to toss all dissenters into concentration camps -- it doesn't have enough money for that. But what it can do is intimidate dissenters with the threat of intense surveillance and harrassment -- because, as the author puts it:
If Big Brother is always watching you, you become careful of what you say and with whom you associate.
DHS admits 90 percent of U.S. borders wide open, Americans remain at risk
DC's campaign to supplant America's traditional demographics continues full steam ahead:
The Department of Homeland Security has just reported that only 894 miles of this country’s 8,607 miles of America’s land borders, are actually being protected. The announcement came in the agency’s 2009 Performance Report.
While that admission is maddening, given the federal government’s recent history on border issues, it should come as a surprise to no one.
We have seen the Obama administration water-down the highly effective 287g program, covertly offer government funded healthcare to illegal aliens, and promise amnesty to illegal aliens.
Of course, the Bush administration was every bit as weak on the issue of controlling the border as are their successors.
That's because Open Borders is a bipartisan goal.
So what comes in when the Federal government throws open the gates? This, from today's Charlotte Observer:
In the largest single strike at Mexican drug operations in the U.S., authorities arrested more than 300 people in a sting that demonstrates an upstart cartel's vast reach north of the border. ...
In North Carolina, targeted cells operated from the Raleigh area to the eastern cities of Rocky Mount and Greenville, a region with a large Hispanic population to help the targets blend in and quick access to three interstate highways. They made four arrests Wednesday but totaled 49 arrests over the past year.
In Nashville, after more than a year of surveillance, agents converged on a home when two people arrived in a Toyota Camry from Atlanta Aug. 14, according to a complaint. A search of the vehicle discovered hidden compartments that "contained nine similarly wrapped packages, each of which were the size of a kilogram of cocaine." One package tested positive for cocaine.
Inside the home, agents found drug ledgers, a money counter and a loaded pistol. At another home, they found about 50 pounds of marijuana, several loaded handguns and two bulletproof vests.
Texas Child Protective Services removed 20 children from houses in the Dallas area when authorities executed 44 search warrants, said James Capra, the DEA's special agent in charge in Dallas. All the homes where children were found had drugs, guns or cash derived from drug sales.
So George Bush was right when he assured us illegal aliens brought their family values with them.
There. Fixed the headline! The original read, "Anti-fascist protesters breach security at BBC," which is nonsense. Fascism means totalitarian government, militarism, and an alliance of big business and government -- it does NOT mean wanting to end Third-World colonization of your country.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the BBC Television Center in a rowdy rally against British National Party chief Nick Griffin, who appeared on the broadcaster's "Question Time" program. At one point about 25 people breached a police cordon and ran into the center's lobby.
BBC footage showed some being pulled across the floor by their arms and legs by security. The broadcaster said the protesters were "escorted promptly" from the building.
Clearly, these "antifa" thugs have a problem with free speech. Their only response is to forcibly shut down those who disagree with them, not unlike the thugs who violently silenced Congressman Tom Tancredo at UNC last April.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has introduced legislation to double – or in some cases triple – the H1B cap. The cap of 65,000 could be raised to 180,000. Why would a congresswoman from Arizona, who pretended to be tough on immigration during the last election, want to triple H1B visas in the middle of perhaps the worst depression in American history?
Good question. Makes you wonder whom Giffords really represents.
To worry about oppression in America is un-American. To refuse to obey illegal orders is to endanger the country. To decline to use violence against the people is the equivalent of calling for violence against the state, which is the same as violence against the people. To think the president might violate the Constitution is the same as thinking UN black helicopters will kidnap you. And forget about Japanese Internment, the Patriot Act and the Bush administration’s abuses, and all other historical reasons to be wary of political power – to worry about liberty now is purely partisan, and only fueled by anti-Obama hysteria. This is the twisted logic of Chris Matthews, although his friend from the SPLC is even more pronounced in his paranoia of the paranoid. The biggest problem? Not the potential of armed agitation. The problem is the anti-government “mindset.” In today’s America, could there be a worse thought crime than being unhappy about the federal government?
Believe it or not, Chris Matthews -- "Tweety" -- manages to grate the nerves more than SPLC spokesghoul Mark Potok. Of course, the morose and scruffy Potok only mouths the SPLC's standard canned message that anyone who distrusts the central government is a bad, bad person. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes keeps his cool and stays on-message despite Tweety's insistence that Oath Keepers is a military coup in the making -- the exact opposite of what Oath Keepers is all about.
And folks complain about liberal bias in the media! Incredible.
Boxer Seeks to Ratify U.N. Treaty That May Erode U.S. Rights
The Rights of the Child. How could anyone oppose such a compassionate goal? Here's why:
Everywhere we turn, government is intruding, taxing and managing our lives.
Add another potential encroachment to our liberties. The Trojan horse treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, was signed but has not yet been adopted by the United States. If this treaty is ratified, all 50 states' family laws will be overruled to comply with the treaty, which will be reviewed by a U.N. commission in Geneva. The treaty has some provisions that are beneficial for children, no doubt. However, an unelected and unaccountable commission in a foreign country would have the authority to monitor our country's implementation of this treaty.
Sen. Barbara Boxer is urging the U.S. to ratify a United Nations measure meant to expand the rights of children, a move critics are calling a gross assault on parental rights that could rob the U.S. of sovereignty.
The California Democrat is pushing the Obama administration to review the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, a nearly 20-year-old international agreement that has been foundering on American shores since it was signed by the Clinton administration in 1995 but never ratified.
Critics say the treaty, which creates "the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion" and outlaws the "arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy," intrudes on the family and strips parents of the power to raise their children without government interference.
How many times have we seen this scam? In the name of protecting an oppressed minority, the central government oppresses the majority.
Do you have a credit card with Capital One? Maybe you shouldn't. Here's why:
Capital One has their fraud "investigation" and "call center" in some nameless Caribbean Island. This means your financial information is also present on that Caribbean Island, where you have no United States legal protections whatsoever. Their staff have access to not only your purchase history (obviously) but also your social security and account number(s).
Capital One has their "customer service" call center in India. Same issues apply - your financial information is present over in India, where United States Legal protections do not apply, and your personal banking information is being handled by non-United States Citizens.
The outrage doesn't begin and end with the fact that your personal financial information and history, including your Social Security number, the key item for identity thieves, is present offshore and accessible to people who cannot be prosecuted under United States Law.
A Tennessee legislative committee on Tuesday moved the state to the forefront of efforts by conservatives to reassert "state sovereignty" and rein in the federal government for usurping its constitutional authority.
Acting on a resolution overwhelmingly approved by the legislature in May, a specially appointed "Committee of Conference and Correspondence" voted to send letters to the other 49 state legislatures, inviting them to join Tennessee in a "working group ... to enumerate the abuses of authority by the federal government and to seek repeal of its assumption of powers" and mandates it has imposed on states.
Only one other state -- Alaska -- has adopted a similar "state sovereignty" resolution being pushed nationally by the "tea party" movement and other conservative groups and pundits.
The committee chair, Rep. Susan Lynn, then ticked off the long train of Federal abuses and usurpations that prompted the action, including ceding American sovereignty to the UN on "global warming" issues, and the takeover of insurance, banking, and health care.
If you live in the land of Forrest and Crockett, click here to send your message of support to your representative in the Tennessee legislature.
Who knows where this might lead? Just before the committee convened, Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville, entered the room and asked if the representatives had "seceded yet."
This is the lamest attack on Oath Keepers I've seen yet. Why, we can't have troops refusing illegal orders! After all, argues the anonymous writer,
If there was an armed insurrection in some area of the country, I’d find it hard to object to warrantless searches of homes and the disarming of persons in the area of operations.
I would. And so would a lot of other people.
The nonsense purveyed by this group would have prevented Lincoln from opposing Secession ...
Yeah, wouldn't that have been a shame? The idea that government rests on the consent of the governed could lead to all sorts of horrors -- like this, for example.
Then he repeats the oath taken by all service personnel:
Read it again, slowly and carefully:
I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me
Yeeeessss -- but that's in the context of the ENTIRE oath:
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
Notice how the Constitution comes first, and that allegiance to the President and other officers is secondary to the Constitution. If there's a conflict between the two, it's crystal clear which predominates.
Then the anonymous author resorts to this:
Read the oath carefully. There is not an Obama Exception to the oath.
That is so dishonest that it's not worthy of a rebuttal. It doesn't matter who makes the illegal order; if it's illegal, it's illegal.
Lacking an argument based on legal or moral grounds, he had to resort to racism, the last refuge of today's scoundrel.
Notice that for Buchanan in this column, it is axiomatic that America was once defined by its whiteness. This is what he means by "tradition." America - once uniformly white - is now, for him and those he speaks for, bewilderingly multicultural and multi-confessional. Hence the anxiety. Hence the panic. Hence, in some ways, the confluence of fear and paranoia among the 20 percent of Americans who seem to feel this way and see the federal government in some way as the enabler of this destruction.
But this axiom, while useful as a myth, has a problem. It is untrue. And this "country" that white Americans are allegedly losing is not, in fact, a country. It is merely a self-serving and solipsistic illusion of a country that some white Americans feel they are losing.
From its very beginning, after all, America was a profoundly black country as well.
First of all, the sinking feeling a growing number of Americans experience these days as they contemplate the news is not an illusion -- something is profoundly wrong when the Federal government openly champions demographic revolution and transfers billions from the middle class to politically connected big business.
More to the point, the institutions, both cultural and political, that made America what it used to be were the heritage of our British origins. No African nation created a comparable system that protected individual rights, or created such prosperity, as the United States, or any other European society. In fact, American blacks have a higher standard of living and more freedom than their distant African cousins. Keith B. Richburg, in Out of America: A black man confronts Africa, came to the same conclusion, that the rights and prosperity he took for granted in America could never have been possible in Africa:
And so it was that I came to be born in Detroit and that 35 years later, a black man born in white America, I was in Africa, birthplace of my ancestors, standing at the edge of a river not as an African but as an American journalist - a mere spectator - watching the bloated bodies of black Africans cascading over a waterfall. And that's when I thought about how, if things had been different, I might have been one of them -or might have met some similarly anonymous fate in one of the countless ongoing civil wars or tribal clashes on this brutal continent. And so I thank God my ancestor survived that voyage.
Thank God my ancestor got out, because, now, I am not one of them.
That's just another way of saying what Buchanan did in his article -- if America loses its European majority, the values and attitudes that make it what it is will be forever lost, for its majority population, as well as its minorities. Some of us think that's worth preserving.
The Establishment Left tried to warn us about the terror threat from Ron Paul supporters, and the Enlightened Ones of the blogosphere (Charles Johnson in particular) did their best to spread the word.
But we didn't listen. And now there's another Ron Paul terrorist in the news. Tarek Mehanna planned to shoot people at a local mall while shouting "End the Fed!" Of course, the damage is already done -- who knows how many Ron Paul supporters are loose in the country now, disrupting a land of diversity and tolerance?
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I've always loved this song. I remember it playing on the radio one August afternoon as my mother was trying to convince me I was going to enjoy going to school. First grade was a passage, all right, and like most, it brought its share of good and bad experiences. These days, the good memories stand out more distinctly than the others.
Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party
We've known for some time that "Civil Rights" has always been nothing but a fig leaf to cover the Fed's naked power grabs. But at least they usually attempted to sugar-coat their assaults on States' Rights with um, "imaginative" interpretations of the Constitution to justify them.
But this direct attack on the will of the people -- made by the same unelected bureaucrat who decided not to prosecute the Black Panthers for intimidating white voters in Philadelphia -- is so blatantly partisan, not even oceans of legalese could give it the appearance of legitimacy:
Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.
The Justice Department's ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their "candidates of choice" - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.
Isn't it amazing that the so-called advocates of blacks openly assume blacks are too uninformed and child-like to make their own informed decisions?
The Southern Avenger asks, "Is Lindsey Graham a 'conservative'?" After this performance, featuring Li'l Lindsey strutting and fretting upon a stage before angry constituents, it's a legitimate question. This sad excuse for an heir to the seat of John Calhoun and Strom Thurmond SAYS he's a conservative -- which leads Southern Avenger to observe that fake conservatives such as Graham talk a good fight, but actually spend their time whooping up support for foreign wars, bailouts for big business, and amnesty for illegal aliens. It's a sleight of hand that's doesn't work anymore because the audience finally sees how they're being tricked:
For his entire career, Graham’s strategy for victory has been the same as his party’s - dangle conservative-sounding rhetoric before easily duped constituents during an election year so that Republicans can be returned to Washington to do as much damage as the Democrats. It’s refreshing to learn that according to some experts, a growing number of grassroots conservatives are tired of being duped.
Of course, that's been the Neocon playbook for the last 9 years. Let's hope it's all played out.
Pat Buchanan takes a swing at the question of why "majorities of whites" distrust the government, and knocks it out of the ballpark:
Yet, we had seen these folks before. They were Perotistas in 1992, opposed NAFTA in 1993, and blocked the Bush-Kennedy McCain amnesty in 2007.
In their lifetimes, they have seen their Christian faith purged from schools their taxes paid for, and mocked in movies and on TV. They have seen their factories shuttered in the thousands and their jobs outsourced in the millions to Mexico and China. They have seen trillions of tax dollars go for Great Society programs, but have seen no Great Society, only rising crime, illegitimacy, drug use and dropout rates.
They watch on cable TV as illegal aliens walk into their country, are rewarded with free educations and health care, and take jobs at lower pay than American families can live on—then carry Mexican flags in American cities and demand U.S. citizenship. ...
America was once their country. They sense they are losing it. And they are right.
I hear the same thing wherever I go. The sense of betrayal ordinary Americans feel toward the Federal government is deep. The ruling class views us as nothing more than the funding source for their pet projects. No wonder people increasingly regard the government as hostile, foreign, and illegitimate.
We've looked at Oath Keepers before and have tried to figure out what's so controversial about a group whose mission is to re-emphasize the military's and law enforcement officers' commitment to obey the Constitution, as well affirming the official policy of the United States government to support Principle IV of the Nuremberg Principles.
New atheists like Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins and journalist Christopher Hitchens are selling millions of books and drawing people by the thousands to their call for an uncompromising atheism.
For example, Hitchens, a columnist for Vanity Fair and author of the book God Is Not Great, told a capacity crowd at the University of Toronto, "I think religion should be treated with ridicule, hatred and contempt, and I claim that right." His words were greeted with hoots of approval.
Religion is "sinister, dangerous and ridiculous," Hitchens tells NPR, because it can prompt people to fly airplanes into buildings, and it promotes ignorance. Hitchens sees no reason to sugarcoat his position.
"If I said to a Protestant or Quaker or Muslim, 'Hey, at least I respect your belief,' I would be telling a lie," Hitchens says.
What draws atheists together? What bond can there be among people who share a negative? I can just imagine myself approaching people with, "Hey, I don't play the saxaphone! Do you?" "No, neither do I!" "Great! Let's form a club!"
Hitchens' more honest approach is also the more revealing. Only hatred can bring such folks together. Hitchens, a Trotskyite who's equally vocal about his hatred of Southern heritage, is certainly more consistent, too. Ideologues who regard both tradition and Western culture as speed bumps impeding their notion of progress go by numerous names -- Neocons hiss at any favorable mention of the South, and their fellow traveler leftists often fantasize about eliminating the West's traditional demographics, the essential soil that sustains Western, Christian civilization.
I hope the more militant faction of atheists wins so conservative Christians can see the face of evil for what it really is, as opposed to letting it hide behind its old mask of showy tolerance.
The Treason Lobby, backed by the Wall Street Journal's Open Borders jihad on the native-born, insists "good" Americans must support ever-increasing immigration, legal or illegal. After all, there's that Emma Lazarus plaque on the Statue of Liberty that somehow converted that monument to liberty into a "help wanted" ad. So accepting constant demographic revolution is the patriotic thing to do. Or so we're supposed to believe.
Here's Thomas Woods, Jr. setting the record straight on what America's Founding Fathers REALLY believed about immigration. Turns out both Federalists and Republicans grasped that the survival of liberty and republican government depended on cultural cohesion, something that can only be preserved by controlling the borders.
Faith Whittlesey, who served as director of the Office of Public Liaison in the Reagan administration, proposes flushing the Neocon legacy:
First, we conservatives must redefine our foreign policy in accordance with the prudence and caution of our Founding Fathers. As John Adams said, "We do not go abroad in search for monsters to destroy." We should reread the history of empires that lost blood and treasure in foreign wars. The U.S. military and homeland security budgets consume resources that America can no longer afford to expend on arguably imprudent and utopian missions to remake other governments and cultures. Most Americans do not wish to be seen by the world as empire builders.
Mexicans say Mexican-Americans Owe Loyalty to Mexico Over U.S.
From our ever-expanding "Blood is thicker than multiculturalism" file comes this report of a poll of Mexican opinion. And pay particular attention to how the poll question was worded:
When asked “Should the primary loyalty of Mexican-Americans be to Mexico or to the U.S.?” 68.8 percent of respondents in Mexico said that it should be to Mexico, while only 19.7 percent said it should be to the United States. Another 11.5 percent of respondents said they were not sure.
Steven Camarota, director of research at the CIS, told CNSNews.com that the Spanish phrase translated as “Mexican-Americans” (“los estadounidenses de origen mexicano”) was carefully selected to ensure that respondents knew that it included those born in the U.S. He particularly stressed the Spanish word ‘estadounidenses.’
“It means ‘United States-ian’ -- (that's) how it translates,” he said, “and it’s understood by everyone in Mexico to include, clearly, people born in the United States of Mexican ancestry.”
No surprises here. What is there to be loyal to in the US? To the dying cult of "nothingism"? If the official culture of the US is multiculturalism, then what body of values, what shared history, what identity are newcomers supposed to be loyal to? What self-respecting Mexican wouldn't rather identify with a healthy, vibrant Latino culture that's self-assured and looks hopefully to the future, instead of with a silly, faddish, gringo fantasy that glorifies cultural suicide?
You might be asking, "How does some minor league columnist from Charleston, S.C., possess the proper intel to refute what Washington leaders and our national media are all saying about Iran's nuclear capabilities?"
That's easy. They're all full of crap.
In hindsight, virtually everything our leaders told us about the supposed threat posed by Iraq was either a lie or a drastic exaggeration to garner public support for a war that was unnecessary. These are the same leaders who lied about or exaggerated the immediate need for the $787 billion TARP bill, a criminal piece of legislation that recently passed its one-year mark having accomplished nothing.
I opposed the war in Iraq and TARP for the same reason — politicians tell any lie necessary to get what they want. In Iraq, I knew the neoconservatives who ran the Bush administration had been aching to invade that country long before 9/11, something they made clear on numerous occasions. I watched them manipulate facts, twist logic, and shamelessly use the terrorist attacks as their public excuse for their war, knowing full well their true motives lie elsewhere.
All governments lie. The bigger they are, the more lies they tell. And the more harm they can do. That's why they need to be kept within their proper confines. If they refuse to stay within those limits established by the people, and continue to ignore the people's wishes by pursuing ill-conceived wars of aggression and domestic surveillance, the people have the ultimate weapon:
Yeah, this is from Think Progress, and the intent is to ridicule benighted South Carolinians who can't appreciate their Rockefeller Republican senator. It's still great fun to watch Li'l Lindsey prance on the stage while a fed-up crowd heckles him. The last half of the video features this priceless exchange:
One attendee of the event asked the senator, “when are you going to announce that you are switching parties?” The question drew loud applause from the crowd. Graham defended himself, and denounced the influence of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) on the Republican party:
GRAHAM: I’m going to grow this party, I’m not going to let it get [inaudible], I’m not going to let it be hijacked by Ron Paul. [...] I’m going to find people in Maine, Delaware, Illinois, other places–
Leaders of the Maryland NAACP, worried that a Baltimore mayor's criminal conviction could result in the appointment of a white or Republican leader who may not fully represent the majority black and Democratic city, are asking state lawmakers to strip the governor of authority to permanently fill the office.
Remind me again: Who is it who keeps injecting race into politics, those bad ol' conservatives, or the hyper-hypocrites in the National Association of Arrogant Charlatan Phonies?
Charles Johnson Now So Anti-Racist He's Denouncing Fake Racist Quotes
Here's a lefty/Neocon blogger whose MO is gobsmackingly similar to that of the Southern Poverty Law Center's. Both toss out accusations based on the premise that the thought crime of racial hatred is so unworthy of a human being that the mere accusation is sufficient to condemn. And if "others" think you're guilty, why, that's an open-and-shut case.
Caught making unfounded accusations against Rush Limbaugh, Johnson fires back with this squib:
There will be no retraction. The quote is disputed, but it has not been proven false. And there are plenty of other racist quotes that you seem to be just gliding right past that are NOT disputed.
Guilty until proven innocent. Sounds like someone wants to join the Inquisition.
A classic from the Capital Research Center. You'll want to bookmark this for future reference (such as the next time your local paper quotes the SPLC's latest diktat):
Are conservatives Senator George Allen (left) and Representative Tom Tancredo (right) racists? Yes, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a fundraising powerhouse that poses as a public interest law firm.
Obsessed with fundraising, the fabulously wealthy Southern Poverty Law Center exaggerates the scope of racism in the United States to frighten donors into opening their wallets. SPLC is nominally a public interest law firm, but it spends little on actual litigation. Instead, it uses politically skewed definitions of racism to indoctrinate children while smearing conservatives who question racial preference programs.
Southern culture does get an occasional nod from the mainstream media, so we should acknowledge it when they do get it right:
Nine months after skidding to salvation on the icy Hudson River, passengers of Charlotte-bound Flight 1549 have their say in a book being released today, one that contains an intriguing hypothesis:
A key reason that evacuation of the jetliner went so smoothly was because it was largely populated by Southerners.
While there were sporadic acts of ugliness in the chaos after the splashdown - at least two passengers said their seat-cushion floatation devices were snatched by others - an inbred politeness seemed to be at work, says William Prochnau, author of "Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549." ...
About 100 of the passengers were from the South.
Even when the ferries pulled up to the bobbing fuselage to pluck passengers from wings and rafts, there was a cry of "women and children first," a gesture some female passengers later considered an arcane courtesy, Prochnau says.
It's not an arcane courtesy, it's what gentlemen do in an emergency, no matter how sexist or unenlightened such behavior might appear to metrosexuals. As one famous Southerner once put it:
The South continued her antebellum dream of the officer and gentleman, honorable, brave, unswerving in service to God and country. ...
Up to college age I retained the Southerner’s reflexive deference to elders. Adult males were “sir” and ladies “ma’am,” regardless of their station. These salutations I gave with pleasure. I instinctively respect authority and believe emotionally if not intellectually that it should be perturbed only for conspicuous cause. At my core I am a social conservative, a loyalist. I cherish traditional institutions, the more venerable and ritual-laden the better.
I have a special regard for altruism and devotion to duty, believing them virtues that exist independent of approval and validation. I am stirred by accounts of soldiers, policemen, and firemen who have died in the line of duty.
Sounds to me like a culture worthy of being cherished and preserved.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said law-enforcement authorities are tracking terrorists with al-Qaeda leanings in the U.S.
“It is fair to say there are individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaeda-type beliefs,” Napolitano said in an interview with Bloomberg Television today. “And so it makes information-sharing, it makes effective law enforcement and it makes the shared responsibility of law enforcement ever so important.”
How could this have happened? It's just a mystery.
Looks like our only option is to request our benevolent protectors in DC to open our mail, monitor our conversations, and search our homes and businesses without warrants so they can keep us safe from those wily al-Qaeda types.
Wonder if this will make the pro-war, any-war crowd happy?
In an unannounced move, President Barack Obama is dispatching an additional 13,000 US troops to Afghanistan beyond the 21,000 he announced publicly in March, The Washington Post reported Monday.
The additional forces are primarily support forces -- such as engineers, medical personnel, intelligence experts and military police -- the Post said, bringing the total buildup Obama has approved for the war-torn nation to 34,000.
So -- if you're a Commander-in-Chief whose top brass wants 45,000 additional troops in a misguided foreign war, and you only send 75% of what they ask for, that qualifies you for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Say what you want about Barney Frank, but he's a great source for revealing quotes. From MarketTicker.org:
I'm going to go back to this quote by Barney Frank of the US House, because it says everything those in state and local governments need to know:
Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said in an interview that the defaults were, in essence, worth it.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing that the bad loans occurred,” he said. “It was an effort to keep prices from falling too fast. That’s a policy.”
Got it? It's a policy to screw the state and local governments.
Huh, you say? It's simple, really: State and local governments rely on property tax revenues. Yet defaulted mortgages don't pay property taxes. Yes, there's a lien on the property but this doesn't help the municipal budget now.
Translation: The gods on Mount Olympus require sacrifice.
Yet, you open any textbook on our best of all possible governments, and you'll read that the Federal government is the SERVANT of the people of the States.
Dr. Walter Williams on the ultimate threat to freedom, security, and prosperity -- centralized government:
Today's leftists, socialists and progressives would bristle at the suggestion that their agenda differs little from Nazism. However, there's little or no distinction between Nazism and socialism. Even the word Nazi is short for National Socialist German Workers Party. The origins of the unspeakable horrors of Nazism, Stalinism and Maoism did not begin in the '20s, '30s and '40s. Those horrors were simply the end result of long evolution of ideas leading to consolidation of power in central government in the quest for "social justice." It was decent but misguided earlier generations of Germans, like many of today's Americans, who would have cringed at the thought of genocide, who built the Trojan horse for Hitler to take over.
Few Americans have the stomach or ruthlessness to do what is necessary to make their governmental wishes come true. They are willing to abandon constitutional principles and rule of law so that the nation's elite, who believe they are morally and intellectually superior to the rest of us, can have the tools to implement "social justice." Those tools are massive centralized government power. It just turns out last century's notables in acquiring powerful central government, in the name of social justice, were Hitler, Stalin, Mao, but the struggle for social justice isn't over yet, and other suitors of this dubious distinction are waiting in the wings.
"Social justice" translates into "my noble vision of how everyone SHOULD live their lives," and is therefore just another fig leaf for totalitarianism. Treating all people fairly and with compassion is an achievable and worthwhile goal; making them all equal according to some bureaucratic formula is so impossible and anti-human, only an all-powerful central government can attempt to enforce it.
For years, when asked which governmental program I would most like to see disappear, my answer has been a consistent one: the government school systems. The latest example of the institutionalized child abuse that is synonymous with government schools is that of the 6 year old boy who has been suspended from school, and now faces a 45 day sentence in reform school, for bringing his Cub Scout knife/fork/spoon camping tool to class.
School officials defended this action as an expression of a “zero tolerance” policy regarding anything that could be used as a “weapon.” “Zero tolerance” is but a euphemism for “inability to discriminate.” It being a central purpose of government schools to discourage the development of the capacity for making clear distinctions among competing ideas and values, one must quash any tendency for people to act upon selective judgments whenever the practice raises its ugly head.
Of course, "Total Tolerance" of alien cultures and exotic lifestyles also requires mindlessness. A discriminating mind, on the other hand, is one that holds freely chosen, definite goals and values by which it determines its choices.
In other words, the very thing the control fiends in bureaucracy despise and fear.
Ok, let's see if I can keep up with all that's happening. Homosexual activists and leftists feel Obama's White House has just poked them in their collective eye:
So the gay community, and its concerns about President Obama's inaction, and backtracking, on DADT and DOMA, are now, according to President Obama's White House, part of a larger "fringe" that acts like small children who play in their pajamas and need to grow up. (And a note to our readers: The White House just included all of you in that loony "left fringe.")
So now the left is as angry at Obama as the right. Whoa. I suppose when these folks protest Obama, they'll have REAL Tea Bag rallies.
Meanwhile, in a poor Muslim country, far, far away, former rivals are allying against a common enemy:
Recent U.S. intelligence assessments have found that the Taliban and other Pakistan-based groups that are fighting U.S.-led forces have much closer ties to al Qaida now than they did before 9/11, would allow the terrorist network to re-establish bases in Afghanistan and would help Osama bin Laden export his radical brand of Islam to Afghanistan's neighbors and beyond, the officials said.
You gotta hand to Obama. He does indeed have the ability to bring people together.
Potok covered the 1992-93 Waco standoff and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing for USA Today. That experience apparently convinced him that when you scratch a Republican, a dangerously violent militia crackpot bleeds. Potok's paranoia landed him a job at the Southern Poverty Law Center, the $170 million outfit that smart liberals recognize as a flimsy scam to frighten stupid liberals out of their money.
Tired of high taxes and wars in far-away countries? Angry at bailouts for fat-cat bankers? A growing number of Americans are pushing their states to defy federal laws — and some are advocating secession. ...
Experts, such as Jason Sorens at the University of Buffalo in New York, say their growth is being fueled by the recession, government growth, and the explosion in federal spending.
"There is more talk today about nullification (invalidating federal laws) and secession... than any time since 1865," said Kirkpatrick Sale, who heads the South Carolina-based Middlebury Institute, which studies separatism, secession, and self-determination.
There are active secessionist groups in at least 10 US states, including Vermont, Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, and the US commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Sale said.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is running for re-election, raised eyebrows in April by suggesting at a conservative "Tea Party" rally that he favored seceding from the union.
Kim Kagan takes some softball questions on Afghanistan from Paul Gigot of the War Wall Street Journal:
Q. Gen. McChrystal has submitted his plan for a counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. You support that. Why?
A. In order to have a correct strategy for a war, we actually have to understand, first, the nature of the conflict. And the nature of the conflict in Afghanistan is an insurgency. That is to say, there are elements of the population that are rejecting the legitimacy of the government and trying to overthrow that government and establish a government of their own.
Imagine that -- native Afghans don't like being ruled by a puppet government backed by an alien occupation force. These ingrates must be destroyed.
Gigot then wonders if 40,000 more troops can make a difference in sprawling, ungovernable Afghanistan. The wolfish wonkette of war, as always, has a simple answer:
Afghanistan, first of all, is governable, and throughout history, throughout recent history, has been governed, with the exception of the past 30 years, when Afghanistan has been torn by civil war.
See? No need to document that assertion; it just IS governable! (Reminds me of that joke about how many women on PMS it takes to change a light bulb.)
Of course, Kim Kagan pitching more war is as newsworthy as Jesse Jackson demanding more affirmative action.
"Culture and morality are machines for transmitting basic survival truths across generations. ... In 21st-century America, life is soft enough that our over-educated upper-middle classes are able to do away with moral codes that serve a purpose, and adopt more byzantine ones which demonstrate their freedom from concern. I see this as a form of conspicuous consumption, a status marker for viewing themselves above the lower orders."
Nicely put. Which is precisely why the pampered sons and daughters of millionaires are the ones most likely to demand everyone else share their fascination with alien cultures and other-worldly value systems that dismiss tradition and extol novelty and weirdness for weirdness' sake. And also why we benighted middle-class types still go to church and take the time to know who our great-grandparents were.
Establishing close connections to one's own family members is essential for normal moral and psychological development. Most people quietly live rich lives of loving relations with their loved ones. But there's another standard, one based on pure flash and show, that denigrates natural affection for one's own and instead lauds concern for distant strangers. In "Bleak House," Charles Dickens presented the character of Mrs. Jellaby, who let her own children starve while she focused on raising funds for the Africans of Borrio-boola-Gha. Such telescopic philanthropy was the burning motivation of Mitch Snyder, who left his wife and two sons to agitiate for the homeless. Martin Sheen even starred in a made-for-TV movie about the secular saint entitled, "Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story." Then there's Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who outdid Snyder by not only getting his own movie, but a king's ransom to boot, and near-universal renown for his tireless efforts for minorities (never mind the stories of his domestic sexual escapades.)
Genuine relationships with real people take patience, sacrifice, and love -- hard work for an age that expects instant gratification. It's much easier to advertise one's profound anguish for distant abstractions. And who knows, there might even be a movie about you one day.
Check out Indentured Servant Girl's observations on the government's efforts to keep us safe from untaxed liquor. And while you're at it, you might want to take a gander at her collection of racy shots of Brigitte Bardot from her glory days. Vive la différence!
Police have arrested 34 people amid tense scenes at an anti-Islamic demonstration in central Manchester.
The English Defence League (EDL), which opposes "radical Muslims" and Sharia Law, staged the protest, but the anti-far right group Unite Against Fascism (UAF) arranged a counter demonstration bringing both sides together in the city centre. ...
EDL supporters waved Union Flags and chanted “we love our country”. The UAF responded by shouting “fascist scum off our streets” and playing music through loud speakers.
The "antifa" UAF should rename themselves "Globalist Goon Squad."
The readers' comments were especially telling:
"An Englishman is no longer covered by lawful protection in this country.
Unite Against Fascism is a cover for well paid pro-government bully-boys whose sole purpose is to denigrate those who dare take an opposing line to government thinking.They are in fact the Stazi of Westminster."
"I have lived around the world. I know of no other country that welcomes foreigners into it that hate it with a venom. I know of no other country that destroys it's own culture, traditions, values and everything that makes it that particular country, as we do when we try to change it to suit incomers. I know of no other country embarrassed of it's own flag, where any patriotism that on the one hand we are urged to celebrate is slammed as racism at other times."
Make no mistake about it -- protests such as this are on their way. That is, if we allow DC to continue its own campaign to elect a new people.
“News of the death of Robert E. Lee, beloved chieftain of the Southern army, whose strategy mainly was responsible for the surprising fight staged by the Confederacy, brought a two-day halt to Richmond’s business activities.”
The United States flag, which Robert E. Lee had defended as a soldier, flew at half mast in Lexington, Virginia and throughout the USA.
Find a Confederate Battleflag, and give a little prayer of thanks for Robert E. Lee. Then pray for our embattled people.
The corporate media have been given their orders to throw the focus back on to Iran. ...
We all need to be Joe Wilson right now. We need to stand up and scream, "LIAR!" at every politician and every talking media moron that is pushing this war in Iran. And we need to keep dong it until they get the message that we will not be deceived any more.
Click on the link to see the evidence, then decide for yourself.
Arizona Sheriff Vows to Enforce Immigration Law Whether ‘Feds’ Like it or Not
Need a hero? Here's one -- a man who stands up to a treacherous central government hell-bent on imposing demographic revolution:
Calling himself “the poster boy” for those who oppose the enforcement of federal immigration laws, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he will continue to arrest individuals who are in the country illegally, even if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not renew the 287(g) agreement that the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s Office has operated under for the past two years.
“We’ve been doing it for two years and have been very successful, but I guess they don’t like to enforce illegal immigration laws,” Arpaio told CNSNews.com. “[It] doesn’t make any difference. I’m still going to continue my programs, regardless of what the feds like or don’t like.”
This is the immigration law program the Hispanic Caucus recently demanded Obama kill. It appears they'll get what they want, leaving only one unanswered question: Can he give it to them fast enough?
Goodbye, Fourth Amendment. Killed Republicans, buried by Democrats. It's Washington, DC bipartisanship at its best. Here's the story:
A deeply divided Senate committee on Thursday forwarded legislation to the full Senate that reauthorizes three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act hastily adopted in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks.
The measures greatly expanded the government’s ability to spy on Americans in the name of national security. ...
But when the hearing was over, the committee approved renewing measures that include allowing broad warrants to be issued by a secretive court for any type of record, from financial to medical, without the government having to declare that the information sought is connected to a terrorism or espionage investigation. A proposal that would put limits on such requests was defeated.
So those of you hoping and wishing and praying that "liberal" Democrats would restore the Constitutional rights savaged by those totalitarian Republicans can see now what the real difference is between the two parties. When it comes to expanding control over the American people, there's none. Both care for nothing but consolidating their power. The two parties are merely two different designs of window dressing designed to pretty up authoritarian government for the gullible.
A new video produced in association with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI and narrated by former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway urges people to report suspicious activity that could constitute terrorism, behavior that includes buying gold, owning guns, using a watch or binoculars, donating to charity, and all manner of mundane things.
The eight minute video was produced by the Colorado-based Center for Empowered Living and Learning (CELL) in conjunction with the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference to promote CELL’s $7 million dollar exhibit entitled “Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism,” which is currently on display at the Mizel Museum in Denver, Colorado.
The production was funded by a $30,400 grant from the Department of Homeland Security and made in association with the Colorado Information Analysis Center.
The video wastes no time in advancing the DHS agenda to single out average Americans as the new target of the war on terror, a process that we have exhaustively documented for years through all manner of official reports, from the infamous MIAC document to the DHS “Domestic Extremism Lexicon” memo that equates people who question authority with violent extremism and terrorism.
In every single instance portrayed in the CELL video, the terrorists are either white or black American citizens.As the Denver Westworld blog notes, in John Elway’s world, everything is suspicious and everything is indicative of “a world where average-looking white people want to murder you and everyone around you.”
“Anyone can become a victim of terrorism, any time, anywhere. Together, we can change this. Each of us has a responsibility to protect our community and we can do so by recognizing the signs of terrorism and taking proper action to stop it,” says Elway.
The clip characterizes all manner of mundane activities as potential signs of terrorism, splitting them into eight different categories, and shows other Americans reporting people to the authorities for such behavior.
Under the heading of “funding,” the video shows an image of U.S. Liberty Head gold coins, suggesting that people who buy or handle gold bullion are probable terrorists. In the same montage, an image of a handgun is flashed, implying that gun owners are also under suspicion.
Using a watch, a pair of binoculars, or donating to a charity are all potential Al-Qaeda behavior, the video implies.
Do you use e mail or the telephone to find out information about things? You’re probably a terrorist, according to the DHS, which classifies such behavior as “elicitation,” one of the eight signs of terror.
Do you occasionally monitor police radio, as thousands did during the recent G20 protests in Pittsburgh? You’re a terrorist.
Do you notice surveillance cameras or occasionally attempt to watch big brother back? You’re a terrorist.
Petty criminal behavior such as theft and trespassing is also flagged as a sign of terrorism.
“The success of defending our community’s safety depends upon our shared commitment,” says Elway at the end of the clip. “It’s a beautiful day here in Colorado and there can be many more like this with the help of people like you.”
In other words, report your neighbors for everyday activity otherwise you’ll be hit by another 9/11.
As we have continually highlighted, the entire apparatus of the war on terror has been shifted to target the American people. By defining mundane activities as potential terror, those in power want to create a society where everyone feels under suspicion and guilty even if they are a completely law-abiding citizen. Indeed, the implication is that only those who join the tyranny and become informers for the state can feel truly patriotic and avoid the glare of big brother.
As we discussed with the MIAC report and a whole host of others, the federal government apparently has very little concern for any perceived terrorist threat to America coming from the MIddle East or Al-Qaeda cells within the country, and indeed if any such threat existed we are only in more danger, because the feds have been busy training law enforcement and brainwashing the public that law-abiding American citizens who exercise their legal right to purchase firearms, who own gold, who take photographs, donate to charities or who attempt to find out information about things, are potential terrorists who should be reported to the authorities without delay.