Monday, November 30, 2009

Huckabee answers the wrong question

Robert Stacy McCain asks another of his brutally honest questions:

On his radio show:

"If I could have known nine years ago, looked into the future, would I have acted favorably upon the parole board's recommendation? Of course not . . ."

Isn't foresight one of those qualities that is essential to statesmanship? Haven't both presidents Clinton and Bush been excoriated for failing to anticipate and prevent the 9/11 attacks?

Ouchie. There goes Huck's bid for temporary dictator.

Even Michael Moore gets the blues


From Truthdig

Is Michael Moore really this naive? In response to Obama's trial balloon of pouring yet more troops into the Afghan hell-hole, Moore recoils in disbelief:

If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics.

Who will then hopefully turn into secessionists who've had enough.

You will teach them what they've always heard is true -- that all politicians are alike. I simply can't believe you're about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn't so.

But Michael, they ARE all alike. Anyone who's drawn to DC lusts for the power and fortune it monopolizes. Obama's agenda looks, smells, and tastes just like Bush's agenda, whose agenda was just like Clinton's: more big government, more war, more control over our lives and incomes, more lucre for the politically connected, and more lies to cover their crimes.

Voting Democrat or Republican means choosing one set of empty slogans over another.

Andrew Sullivan watch

We've been blowing the whistle for years on fake conservatives and sell-out Southerners. But Andrew Sullivan has a permanent claim to the Guinness Book of World Records for political fraud. This self-described "conservative," who supports same-sex "marriage," socialized medicine, and Barack Obama now proclaims there is "no conflict between gay civil rights and limited government conservatism."

Right. This from the pundit who recently urged the Federal government to invoke the spirit of Lincoln to overturn State laws that do not promote the radical homosexual agenda.

Unbelievable.

Upstate wants a divorce


If Jimmy Durante commented on the rising tide of secession talk today, he'd probably say, "Everybody wants ta get inta the act!" Now upstate New Yorkers, tired of subsidizing the city, want more control over their tax dollars:

Periodically, one or the other of the partners in New York City's nervous marriage with parts north threatens to leave. This time, a State Senator from solid red upstate has weighed our value as a revenue source against our New Yorker cooties and found us wanting.

This outbreak of what Capitol Confidential memorably calls "The War Between the State" started with State Sen. Joseph Robach, a Republican from Greece, NY. Robach is sponsoring a bill with Republican state officeholders from rural and suburban districts which would allow, but not compel, counties to place the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?" on the ballot.

As the creaking machinery of an overgrown government continues to break down, these meek attempts at downsizing will grow into full-blown independence movements.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Swiss Approve Constitutional Ban on Mosque Minarets

The Swiss want to live in Switzerland, not Saudi Arabia:

Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.

The referendum by the nationalist Swiss People's Party labeled minarets as symbols of rising Muslim political power that could one day transform Switzerland into an Islamic nation. The initiative was approved 57.5 to 42.5 percent by some 2.67 million voters. Only four of the 26 cantons or states opposed the initiative, granting the double approval that makes it part of the Swiss constitution.

The reaction of Muslims was predictable, as well as laughably ironic:

Muslim groups in Switzerland and abroad condemned the vote as biased and anti-Islamic. Business groups said the decision hurt Switzerland's international standing and could damage relations with Muslim nations and wealthy investors who bank, travel and shop there.

"The Swiss have failed to give a clear signal for diversity, freedom of religion and human rights," said Omar Al-Rawi, integration representative of the Islamic Denomination in Austria, which said its reaction was "grief and deep disappointment."

It's Muslim nations where freedom of religion and human rights are imperiled. Worse, as Muslim culture colonizes areas of Europe, it begins to assert itself politically.


It isn't "xenophobic" to protect your way of life from an invasive, hostile culture.

Update: Left-Neocon Charles Johnson continues to campaign for fighting them over there but welcoming them over here.

More at memeorandum.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saudi Columnist: Obama Will Be President of the 'United Collapse of America'

Continuing economic decline, grinding, unwinnable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a growing awareness that DC is unable to do anything right could make Obama the last American president, says this Saudi columnist and activist.

Try as they may, the ruling class and its flunkies in the media cannot hide the truth any longer. The world sees what's happening despite all the happy talk and empty bravado.

China’s Lincolnophilia

The communists of China have stepped up their use of Abe Lincoln's rhetoric to justify their brutal oppression of Tibetans seeking self-determination.

Birds of a feather.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Southern music break

It's Friday, y'all!

Charlie says, "Save your Confederate money! Be proud you're a rebel, 'cause the South's gonna do it again and again!"

Iraq rebuilding has cost $53B; much wasted

While we're debating whether or not to fund a new government entitlement program, spending on reconstructing battered Iraq continues -- meaning Cheney's Halliburton, Bechtel, Blackwater, and all the other buzzards that shadow the military's movements around the world, are making a killing:

In its largest reconstruction effort since the Marshall Plan, the U.S. government has spent $53 billion for relief and reconstruction in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, building hospitals, water treatment plants, electricity substations, schools and bridges.

But there are growing concerns among U.S. officials that Iraq will not be able to adequately maintain the facilities once the Americans have left, potentially wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and jeopardizing Iraq’s ability to provide basic services to its people. ...

Exacerbating the problem, Iraqi and U.S. officials say is that hundreds of thousands of Iraq’s professional class have fled or been killed during the war, leaving behind a population with too few doctors, nurses, engineers, scientists and others.

I can't think of a better use of that money. Can you?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The United States Is Not a Nation!

You could look it up, says Brion McClanahan:

Nation – noun: a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own. (from dictionary.com)

State – noun: the territory, or one of the territories, of a government. (from dictionary.com)


In fact, says McLanahan, the United States was founded on the sovereignty of the distinct cultures that compose it:

Certainly no one in the founding generation would have argued that Virginia and Massachusetts possessed the same cultural heritage. Virginia, with its strong Cavalier tradition, and Massachusetts, with its Puritan or roundhead foundations, were clearly at odds during the seventeenth century and beyond. The two colonies may have been populated by white, English Christians and who shared a common language, "English," but as David Hackett Fischer beautifully explained in his Albion’s Seed, the two cultures were diametrically opposed in almost every conceivable way. From dress to food to speech, Virginia Cavaliers and Massachusetts Yankees were in many ways two separate nations, not simply separate cultures. The "shining city upon a hill" Puritans and their decedents never let Southerners forget their differences, nor did Southerners want to be lumped together with self-righteous Yankees. William Berkeley, the dominant figure in Virginia during the seventeenth century, despised Puritans and fought against them in the English Civil War. Later American sectionalism was little more than an explicit recognition of cultural differences and the existence of separate nations in North America dating to the early days of English settlement.

So the original 13 States were independent nations in the original sense of the word, and the central government was the servant of those States.

How times have changed.

Karl Who?

Where have all the commies gone? Gone for patriots, everyone:

On several occasions during my 10 days in China, I've been told that there are 70 million members of the Chinese Communist Party. And yet it's nearly impossible to find an orthodox Marxist in Beijing. When you stand in Tiananmen Square and look toward the Forbidden City, you see a huge portrait of Mao flanked by slogans. The slogans used to say things like "Long Live Marxism-Leninism." Today, they're simply nationalistic: "Long Live the People's Republic of China!"

When China was ruled by a universalist ideology, it was poor. At the same time, the US was a Western, patriotic nation, and prosperous. Now China's abandoning communism and is becoming prosperous, while the US is being reconstructed into a "universal" nation, and becoming poorer.

Enforcers of political correctness fanned the flames in Sparkman case

It's good to see others notice:

The rush to judgment was found mostly on partisan websites but also in mainstream media outlets, which some commenters say shows that paranoia about political insurrection and violence is no longer restricted to the fringes of American politics. ...

Recent reports on right-wing groups by civil rights groups such as Southern Poverty Law Center, the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, and the Anti-Defamation League have also warned of a "toxic atmosphere of rage in America."

But the politicization of Sparkman's death, some conservative bloggers say, points to a new willingness to not only sharply disagree with opponents, but also to paint political enemies with the worst of motives. "What's uniquely disgusting about stories like this is the eagerness ... to find an ideological motive with which to bludgeon one's opponents," wrote Allahpundit on the conservative blog, Hot Air, on Sept. 24.

My only gripe is that this makes it sound like the ruling elite's Inquisition just slipped up in this case, when in fact, bludgeoning conservatives is what these people do for a living.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What's sauce for the gay is sauce for the gecko

You'd think the official determination that Bill Sparkman's death was the result of suicide would behoove those who fanned the flames of anti-Southern and anti-conservative hysteria to apologize. But both Charles Johnson and Andrew Sullivan refuse to do so. Here's what Johnson said at the time when Sparkman's body was found:

There’s not enough information yet to say for sure what was behind this killing, so let’s not jump to conclusions. But the description of the circumstances and the timing (around the time of the Washington DC tea party) raises a strong suspicion that anti-government sentiment may have been the motivation.

And here's what Sullivan originally wrote:

It's possible, I suppose, that anger at the feds in general could make a drug dealer murder a census worker. But the most worrying possibility - that this is Southern populist terrorism, whipped up by the GOP and its Fox and talk radio cohorts - remains real. We'll see.

In defending his refusal to apologize, Sullivan wails that he never drew "firm conclusions" about what had happened; he only aired his "suspicions."

Fair enough. We can assume Johnson and Sullivan wouldn't mind a blog entry like this:

The gruesome discovery of the body of one of the Bay Area's leading activists against same-sex marriage was found today with a nearby note that read "Bigot." In view of the threats made against Christians and conservative activists who donated to the Proposition 8 campaign to define marriage as between a man and a woman, the possibility the murder was an act of homosexual terrorism is a strong possibility. However, the police have not completed their investigation.

Any objections? I can't think of any.

FDIC in The Hole Over 8 Billion

Think DC's taking care of your financial security?

To quote Nancy Pelosi, "Are you serious?"

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The government insurance fund that protects more than $4.5 trillion of U.S. bank deposits slipped into the red at the end of September, after fifty banks collapsed during the third quarter.

The deposit insurance fund dropped by $18.6 billion during the third quarter of 2009 to negative $8.2 billion, as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. set aside $21.7 billion in provisions for additional bank failures. This is the second time in the agency's history that the balance has fallen into negative territory.

But don't worry -- they'll just print more money.

Rally for Virginian sovereignty!

Virginia proudly joins the ranks of States opposed to Obama's unconstitutional imposition of socialized medicine! The proposed Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act prohibits any officer of the State from enforcing any mandate to participate in a Federal health care program. And the Virginia Firearms Freedom Act, which will be introduced at the next session, asserts the right of the people of Virginia to own firearms, free of any Federal interference.

There is a rally planned to show support for these two bills. Here's the web page:

The Virginia 10th Amendment Revolution Lobby Day/Rally is to be held on capital grounds in support of 10th amendment legislation to challenge the powers of the federal government not delegated to it by the states.

Lobbying will begin at 9:00AM and go on throughout the day with a Rally hosted by Virginia Campaign for Liberty at the Bell Tower from 10 - 11AM.

Patrick Henry impersonator, Mike McHugh of the Virginia Gun Owners Coalition, will emcee the event dressed in period costume and will give the famous Patrick Henry speech.

Confirmed speakers include Attorney General Elect Ken Cuccinelli, and Delegates Charles (Bill) Carrico and Robert (Bob) Marshall, who are sponsoring these bills.

Let's hear it for our brethren in Virginia!

Remember the Bushwhackers!

Here's a video tribute to the Bushwhackers of Missouri. William Quantrill, "Bloody" Bill Anderson, Jesse James, Bill Noland, and "Lady Bushwhacker" Eliza Mayfield are all here. Don't miss the scene at 3:50 where a Confederate Bushwhacker plugs a Yankee invader as he informs him, "You're in the wrong State!"

The Real Damage of Obama

We're not the only ones who can see how shaky DC's control over its subjects has become. This blogger sees it, but doesn't like it:

This nation is more deeply divided than it has been since before the Civil War. It is so bad that the governor of the second largest state, Texas, has talked openly about secession. There are secessionist movements in several states and twelve state legislatures have passed legislation re-asserting State’s rights. ...

If Obama continues to divide and govern as irresponsibly as he has, pushing legislation that is unpopular and locking the GOP out of the process, the political divide will continue to widen. There is no good that can come of what may be Obama’s greatest threat, failing to keep the fabric of the nation from unraveling.

Yes, fault lines widen every day. Yes, interest in local self-government and States' Rights is growing in response. And it's true this is leading toward the breakup of the empire.

But is it Obama's fault? No -- his big government agenda, and the lefties in his administration who're trying to impose that agenda on us, are only the symptoms of the real corrosive, and that is unlimited, over-centralized government power. That's why I welcomed an Obama administration, as a bucket of ice water in the faces of conservatives who'd supported George W. Bush's assaults on our culture and liberties.

I also disagree that what's unfolding before us is a bad thing. The DC empire is a monster that spreads death and dictatorship around the world, enriching and empowering its war industry and power brokers. If it takes yet another Obama administration to rouse the people to pull the plug on the DC parasite, then let's get it on.

Obama Weighs Options In Afghanistan

I love the Onion:

Here are the options currently being considered:

* Not only learn the lessons of Vietnam, but apply them as well
* Visit; act fascinated by their rugs
* Remove every American soldier; see if fighting continues
* Legalize gambling, as that's worked well domestically
* Thunderdome-style battle to the death between Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Omar
* Call the Taliban pretending to be the Prophet Muhammad and tell them to stop ambushing American soldiers
* Announce you're raising troop levels by 15,000, then pull everybody out, then come back with a half million soldiers, in the process convincing al-Qaeda that you're loco and not to be messed with
* Arm and finance a group of religious fighters

That last suggestion is brilliant. Look at how well that worked last time DC did it. Can you say blowback?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Investigators: Kentucky Census Worker Killed Himself

Just released on Fox News:

Authorities are saying a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with "fed" scrawled on his chest committed suicide and staged his death to look like a homicide.

A news release from Kentucky State Police said Tuesday that Bill Sparkman died at the same location where his body was found Sept. 12 near a cemetery in a heavily wooded area of southeastern Kentucky.

A man who found the body in the Daniel Boone National Forest said the 51-year-old was bound with duct tape, gagged and had an identification badge taped to his neck.

Investigators say Sparkman acted alone in manipulating the scene to conceal the suicide.

The news release says Sparkman had recently taken out two life insurance policies that would not pay out for suicide.

That's going to be a real letdown for the government supremacists who'd painted this as proof of their paranoia:

Friends of Sparkman had warned to him to be careful when heading out there for his job, "but he'd just shrug his shoulders," says friend Gilbert Acciardo. Having "Fed" written on his body has prompted the obvious question: was Sparkman killed in some frenzy of antigovernment rage? Both the Department of Homeland Security and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have warned of a dramatic spike in antigovernment militia activity.

And don't miss Robert Stacy McCain's take on this. Will anti-Southern bigot Andrew Sullivan apologize for jumping to conclusions about "Southern populist terrorism"? Don't hold your breath.

Obama Quietly Backs PATRIOT Act Provisions

We're not supposed to worry about this because Obama is a liberal:

With the health care debate preoccupying the mainstream media, it has gone virtually unreported that the Barack Obama administration is quietly supporting renewal of provisions of the George W. Bush-era USA PATRIOT Act that civil libertarians say infringe on basic freedoms.

Those provisions would leave unaltered the power of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to seize records and to eavesdrop on phone calls and e-mail in the course of counterterrorism investigations. ...

This past summer, Congress passed a law that permits the government to conduct warrantless and suspicion-less dragnet collection of U.S. residents’ international telephone calls and e-mails.

But remember -- anyone who objects to Obama's actions is racist.

S.C. Gov. Sanford Impeachment Debate Begins

What a sad, sordid tale:

Legislators irked for months over Gov. Mark Sanford's summertime vanishing act and his tearful revelation that he was in Argentina for a rendezvous with his lover plan to start debating a measure Tuesday that ultimately would remove him from office.

They say the wife is always the last to know her husband's cheating on her. And in this case, it was the husband who was the last to know he's getting impeached.

Quo vadis, America?

Pat Buchanan sees Obama and the country he represents getting less respect in the world -- a world that's increasingly nationalistic:

Brazil, Japan, China, Russia and Israel are all countries with their own national interests that do not necessarily comport with those of the United States. All have come to see Obama as a diffident, dithering, doubting dilettante who can be dissed with impunity. And none of these nations is going to sacrifice what it considers critical to win a smile from Barack Obama.

Multilateralism and globalism are on the way out. Unilateralism and nationalism are on the way in.

As other countries look out for their national interests first, why do we not do the same?

If we Americans will not put America first, who will?

The problem is that it's increasingly more difficult to define a shared national interest when this country is being colonized by differing, and often conflicting, cultures. While other nations celebrate their heritage, we're being taught to revile ours, and to transform our country into something, anything, else.

That's why national unity is unraveling.

Unclear on the concept

34.5 percent of young African American men are unemployed

Congressional Black Caucus supports higher immigration levels.

Obama plans to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Oh, Stogie! Have you seen this? Seems the "peacenik" candidate has turned into a hawk:

President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he's called "a war of necessity" in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy.

Here's a bit of historical trivia: In 1965, Lyndon Johnson announced his decision to escalate the war in Vietnam. Here's what he said:

I have asked the Commanding General, General [William C.] Westmoreland, what more he needs to meet this mounting aggression. He has told me. We will meet his needs.

I have today ordered to Vietnam the Air Mobile Division and certain other forces which will raise our fighting strength from 75,000 to 125,000 men almost immediately. Additional forces will be needed later, and they will be sent as requested.

That's because we HAD to win in Vietam. Yeah -- had to. And they say history doesn't repeat itself.

More at memeorandum.

Questions Regarding the Fort Hood Massacre

Chuck Baldwin posts a revealing hypothetical:

Can one imagine how the mainstream media, federal police agencies, and the Southern Poverty Law Center would have reacted had Hasan shouted "Jesus is greatest!" instead of what he really said, "Allah is greatest!" right before opening fire?

Yes -- the pupils in Morris Dees' eyes would morph into dollar signs.

La Raza gloats over Lou Dobbs' firing

Janet Murguía of La Raza (translation: Das Volk) indulges in a long, cold taste of schadenfreude over Lou Dobb's ouster from CNN. His transgressions were many, says Murguía, including:

"... 1) his regular use of guests representing hate groups, vigilantes, and nativists as commentators on immigration; 2) his relentless repetition of stories on immigrants and crime, projecting an impression of extreme threat to American communities—an impression far from reality ..."

Well, as for 1), all enlightened people know that anyone who doesn't support La Raza's agenda of amnesty for illegal alien invaders will be condemned as a hateful hater who spews hate.

And it's interesting that a recent report from, of all places, the Department of Homeland Security, documents what we already knew about illegals and illegality: "The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports that 26.4 percent of inmates in federal prisons are non-U.S. citizens. Non-citizens are 8.6 percent of the nation’s adult population."

That's disproportionate criminality. Of course, we're talking about people who've already displayed their contempt for our laws by jumping the border in the first place. The truth so many can't grasp is that criminals cause crime. Not that hard to understand, really.

Perhaps aware, at some level, that the case for supporting the illegal alien lobby is a little weak, Murguía resorts to playing the victim card:

Over the past five years, the vitriolic debate surrounding immigration has created a toxic climate for our communities. During that time, we have seen a double-digit increase in the number of hate crimes against Latinos and substantial growth in the number of hate groups targeting Latinos. As was brutally demonstrated last year by the murders of Marcelo Lucero and Jose Sucuzhanay, lives are literally at stake.

In other words, speaking out against amnesty for illegal aliens creates "a toxic climate" that leads to the murder of Latinos.

But there's a problem with that argument: the stats just don't back it up. In fact, the latest FBI figures show that hate crimes against Latinos are rare. While more than half of the hate crimes reported were race-related, about two-thirds were against Jews. And according to the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, Latinos are more inclined to hold anti-Semitic views than whites or blacks: 12 percent of Americans hold anti-Semitic views – but among African-Americans, the figure is 28 percent, and among foreign-born Hispanics it is 35 percent.

In fact, the real threat to Mexicans is -- other Mexicans. According to the Los Angeles Times, 8,150 Mexicans have been killed in drug violence since December 2006. And the history of Mexican-on-Mexican violence is pretty grim: 1,417,000 were killed by the Mexican government between 1900 and 1920.

It's pretty clear why so many would want to leave. And still clearer why we do not want to import that culture here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Iraqi refugees re-define Detroit

Southeastern Michigan now has 300,000 Middle Easterners. The cultural impact grows with each passing day:

A U.S. government policy is trying to limit refugee resettlements in the Detroit area. However the Detroit area saw a big jump in Iraqi refugees from other U.S. cities, according to a Michigan-based refugee resettlement agency. ...

Kabobs are easier to come by than Big Macs in some areas of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn that more closely resemble a Middle Eastern city than a Midwestern one. Arabic signs are common on storefronts, headscarves are worn by many women and at some fast food joints in the city, the meat is halal which means it is prepared according to Islamic law.

How long until Islamic law extends to more than just meat?

Legislation Could Lead to States’ Rights Showdown

The Afghanistan quagmire worsens day by day, the Federal government is facing the cold, hard facts of economic reality, and Obama's approval rating continues to sink. Looks like the people are starting to roll up their shirt sleeves so they can start fixing these messes themselves -- and the only way they can do it is to recall their delegated powers back from DC. Now Missouri's jumping in:

Missouri State Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) drew much applause Saturday afternoon when she informed the crowd at the Million Med March about the Health Care Freedom Act she is going to introduce soon in the Missouri Senate.

The favorable response was due, in part, to the fact that the crowd of more than 300 included physicians, nurses, other health care professionals and “ordinary Joes” gathered in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton to protest the possibility of a government takeover of the nation’s health care system.

A Constitutional amendment, the act would protect Missourians from the un-Constitutional federal health care mandates and protect their rights to make their own medical and insurance choices, according to Senator Cunningham.

Best of all, she said, the Constitutional amendment will not require the signature of the governor if it gets through the House and the Senate.

“Instead,” Senator Cunningham said with a smile on her face, “it will go directly to a vote of the people.”

Similar efforts are being waged in at least 20 states, the senator added.

“If we get all of these through our legislatures,” she explained, “it will set up a showdown on states’ rights before the U.S. Supreme Court, and I say, ‘Bring it on!’”

Not that we can trust the Supreme Court, which is nothing but a branch of the District of Corruption, to objectively determine the Federal government's own powers -- but this is still a bold step in re-asserting States' Rights against an increasingly useless, out-of-control regime.

Wave of Debt Payments Facing US Government

Who would've ever guessed that fighting two ruinous wars abroad and piling up mountains of deficits at home would have repercussions? Apparently, the Federal government never thought so:

The United States government is financing its more than trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing with i.o.u.’s on terms that seem too good to be true.

But that happy situation, aided by ultralow interest rates, may not last much longer.

Treasury officials now face a trifecta of headaches: a mountain of new debt, a balloon of short-term borrowings that come due in the months ahead, and interest rates that are sure to climb back to normal as soon as the Federal Reserve decides that the emergency has passed.

And Obama wants to expand the war in Afghanistan -- AND create a health care entitlement? Words fail me. More at memeorandum.

Why Obamacare is unconstitutional

Think the Commerce clause gives Congress unlimited power? Read this powerful rebuttal, and think again. Take that, Nancy Pelosi!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sweeteners for the South

Robert Stacy McCain wonders if shady political deal-making will dump Obamacare on us. That concern is valid. For example, there's speculation Mary Landrieu of Louisiana switched her vote for a $100 million bribe.

Two investigative reporters confronted her to dig up the truth. Landrieu declared that Louisianians need health care reform, and that the sacrifices, including even greater deficits and loss of freedom, are worth it. "The infection is strong," she said, adding that her actions were for "the good of the body." But the reporters received an added bonus -- their probing not only found out why Landrieu voted for the health care bill, but also discovered Landrieu's actual identity.

Here's the video:


Now we know who Landrieu really is -- just another politician for sale.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Secession from Obama’s America

Even Australians are talking about American States seceeding from Obamerica:

To have a shot at successfully seceding, it is likely that a state must first have a large majority of its population that is interested in independence, who are self-reliant, who as a group have not been used to taking more than their fair share of federal tax dollars, who are not looking for ways to avoid fair taxes but who don’t want to be carrying the load for the above named states, who have reasonable expectations of government; and most importantly, who care about freedom, equality and the principles of the United States Constitution more than the “Federal Government”. America is its people; it is not the buildings, institutions, and politicians in Washington, D. C.

The parasites in DC pretend secessionists want to destroy America. In fact, it's they who're destroying this country with massive deficits, insane wars, and open borders. We're the ones determined to save America.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The other-worldly wisdom of Charles Johnson

Flora is fauna. And though Islamic jihad is a serious domestic threat, opposing the spread of Islamic colonies in the US is racist.

Senate panel notes 'red flags galore' in Fort Hood incident

Why, oh why didn't anyone see the Fort Hood jihad coming? We need a committee to investigate this mystery, says Susan Collins:

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the committee's top Republican, said the military and the FBI failed to follow "red flags galore" about the accused killer, Maj. Nidal Hasan, 39. "It appears we did have a failure to share critical information and a failure to ask critical questions," Collins said.

It's no mystery, Senator. Hasan's peers didn't see the red flags of imminent jihad because they were indoctrinated to NOT see them. It's called "tolerance."

God Bless Ron Paul

A glimmer of light will be shined on the dark workings of the Federal Reserve, thanks to the efforts of Ron Paul.

Just knowing that Barney Frank (D, Rainbowtopia) and Mel Watt (D, Bank of America) were against Paul's bill to audit the Fed is reason enough to celebrate.

Via The Other McCain.

Walter E. Williams: Horrors of academic dereliction

Walter Williams is up to his usual mischief, asking embarrassing questions and supplying even more embarrassing answers. His latest is a doozy sure to induce migraines within certain thick skulls: Why are the horrors of Nazism so well known and widely condemned, but not those of socialism and communism? Williams points to the obvious problem:

But here's the record: Nazis were responsible for the deaths of 20 million of their own people and those in nations they conquered. Between 1917 and 1983, Stalin and his successors murdered, or were otherwise responsible for the deaths of, 62 million of their own people. Between 1949 and 1987, Mao Tsetung and his successors were responsible for the deaths of 76 million Chinese.

And here's his answer:

... the world's leftists give the world's most horrible murderers a pass is because they sympathize with their socioeconomic goals, which include government ownership and/or control over the means of production. In the U.S., the call is for government control, through regulations, as opposed to ownership. Unfortunately, it matters little whether there is a Democratically or Republican-controlled Congress and White House; the march toward greater government control continues. It just happens at a quicker pace with Democrats in charge.

Bush gave us the unconstitutional and big government boondoggles known as No Child Left Behind, Prescription Drug Coverage for Seniors, and the US PATRIOT Acts. Obama is only building on what W started.

The implication is clear: Support of either mainstream party is support for the development of socialism. We need a new direction. We need this.

Arianna’s PC Delta Force

Whoooweee!

Over at TakiMag, David Nathan takes aim and fires at Sam Stein of the oh-so-politically-correct Huffington Post, and even liberals will have to admire his deadly precision.

Seems Stein had huffed about Glenn Beck hosting Michael Hill of the League of the South, as well as Tom Naylor of Second Vermont Republic, and author and historian Tom Woods. All three champion decentralized, human-scaled government, and object to DC's interventionism at home and abroad. Such heresy exasperates and befuddles Sam Stein, who just can't believe Beck would air opinions counter to the official dogma of the All-Powerful, All-Benevolent Empire.

You'll want to enjoy every bit of the knuckle sandwich Nathan serves Stein, but this knock-out closing inspires pure awe:

Note that no neoconservatives are attacked in the Stein piece. So it’s all right, or at least within the range of acceptable opinion, to favor (as many neocons do, some quite vocally) preemptive war, the deliberate targeting of civilian areas, lying to the population to win their support for war, and the killing of at least hundreds of thousands of innocents while displacing millions more. That’s all right.

On the other hand, people who oppose all these things on moral grounds, but who believe that a system in which the perpetrators of these atrocities enjoy monopolistic control of all political decisions for 300 million people might not be the most humane form of social organization—now these people need to be smeared.

As I said earlier: Whoooweee!

Southern Music break

It's Friday! And here's Lynyrd Skynyrd with "The Last Rebel."



There's a grey horse standin' still
As a soldier climbs in the saddle for one last ride
As the rain pours off his hat
You can see the shadows of the past written in his eyes

There'll never be another like him
He's the last of a dying breed
Ain't no use in tryin' to tame him
'Cause he's the last rebel

Thursday, November 19, 2009

War not conservative (Rep. John J. Duncan)

We need more Southern conservatives to break with the leftists in conservative clothing who've lied us into two disastrous wars. John Duncan of Tennessee tells it like it is:

There is nothing conservative about the war in Afghanistan. The Center for Defense Information said a few months ago that we had spent over $400 billion on the war and war-related costs there. Now, the Pentagon says it will cost about $1 billion for each 1,000 additional troops we send to Afghanistan. One Republican Member from California told me recently that we could buy off every warlord in Afghanistan for $1 billion.

We have now spent $1.5 trillion that we did not have--that we had to borrow--in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eight years is long enough. In fact, it is too long. Let's bring our troops home and start putting Americans first once again.

Americans first? What a concept!

The SPLC was right about domestic terrorists!


Heidi Beirich, SPLC Femme Fatale

Last February, the Missouri Information Analysis Center on "right-wing extremism" used the Southern Poverty Law Center as a source to alert law enforcement personnel to the domestic terror threat posed by gun owners, conservatives, and anyone who utters "anti-government rhetoric." Two months later, the Department of Homeland Security rehashed much of the SPLC's speculations, and added that "patriot groups" as well as current and past "members of the military" were also suspect.

Looks like the SPLC was right. Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 14 soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, perfectly fits the SPLC's depiction of a domestic terrorist.

He was born in Virginia, where the capital of the Confederacy was located. He's in the military. He owns a gun. Before his mass-murder spree, he often badgered associates with "anti-government rhetoric" about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he bitterly opposed. And CNN now reports that two imams it interviewed recall that Hasan was noted for his "conservatism." Even more damning, Hasan had sought "a wife who would stand by him, is [a] loyal American, who will help him do his work and his service for the U.S. military." That means Hasan not only saw himself as a patriot, but -- sad to say -- was a heterosexual.

Yep -- just the kind of character the SPLC has tried to warn us about.

More on Sarahmania

Yesterday's post on Sarah Palin prompted this response from Elizabeth Wright of Issues and Views:

Mike, you write, about Palin:

You'd think that after eight years of George W. Bush's betrayal of the American people, complete with the gutting of the Bill of Rights, the enslavement of us and our posterity with massive debt, and the near-miss of amnesty for illegal alien invaders, we'd have learned to be wary of a skirt-wearing W clone.

Mike, as horrifying as it is to admit, and I know it's been said before, but I think this devotion to Palin boils down to nothing more than the simpleminded joy of sticking it to the "immoral, pagan Left." In spite of her questionable attachment to any principles, conservative or otherwise, Palin helps to heal the wound of the loss of their beloved George W., while fulfilling the need to, at least, imagine that she's bringing discomfort and anguish to their opponents.

It's sad that this is all the conservative movement has come to, but this seems to be all they've got left.

Regards,

Elizabeth

Well said. This reminds me of what Ilana Mercer warned about last month when she distanced herself from paleoconservatives whose opposition to the Neocons and the excesses of the Likud Party mutated into condemnation of Israel itself, which remains an outpost of Western civilization -- what paleos ultimately stand for.

Similarly, many conservatives, repulsed by Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, and Van Jones, support the ambitious and unprincipled Sarah Palin as a counter-reaction to the shrill, obsessive hatred shown by the loopy left.

But enough about Andrew Sullivan ...

More at memeorandum.

The disease and its cure

Running a world-wide empire has coarsened Americans' humanity, and made a mockery of our self-proclaimed Christian values, says Paul Craig Roberts:

For whatever the reason, morality has shown itself to be an impotent force in 21st century America. Americans show no remorse at over one million dead Iraqis and four million displaced Iraqis due entirely to an American invasion based on lies and deception. The lies and deception are now well proven. Yet, there has been no apology for the horrors that Americans inflicted on Iraq.

Why is the president of the United States contemplating sending yet tens of thousands more US troops to kill people in Afghanistan?

The answer is that the United States is an immoral country, with an immoral people and an immoral government.

The government is hopelessly immoral. But there is hope for the people, says Believers Against The War:
Believers Against The War was founded to challenge all Christian believers to examine the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq in the light of the Bible and the Constitution - both of which prohibit unprovoked aggression. We hold the same position on the occupation of Afghanistan.

Today, many of God's people have forsaken the gospel of Christ and turned their hearts toward the corrupted teachings of men. Political allegiances have been bought in exchange for the love of sound doctrine - many have gone astray.

The sprawling bureaucracy of the Federal government has only one aim, and that is to extend and tighten its grip on the people it feeds from and rules. There is no other means of keeping that monstrosity alive. The evil perpetrated in our name is not of our doing, but does depend on our passive acceptance, on our support -- ultimately, on our consent.

Do we sit back and let that hellish machinery continue to grind away? Or do we accept the responsibility for the crimes committed in our names, and end them by taking up the cause of working for subsidiarity, for human-scaled, responsive government -- the only cure for empire and its soulless, inhuman policy of perpetual war?

Quote of the day

“You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.” Jesse Jackson, condemning Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Southern Music break

Hey, it's Hump Day!


If heaven ain't a lot like Dixie, I don't wanna go
If heaven ain't a lot like Dixie, I'd just as soon stay home

I was one of the chosen few, to be born in Alabam',
I'm just alike my daddy's son, I'm proud of who I am.
I went through a lot of good women, and shook old Jim Beam's hand,
If I never see the pearly gates, I've walked through the promised land.


If the righteous noise from that crowd of proud Southerners doesn't rile you up, then you're clinically dead (or a Yankee).

"Mix it Up or Else! Day" another big success

The Southern Poverty Law Center's Demanding Diversity Teaching Tolerance program racks up yet another success story in its never-ending crusade against voluntary association:

Midvale is a diverse school that, like most others, has its share of cliques that divide along ethnic, economic and social lines. Minority students made up about 38 percent of the school's population last school year. Midvale is a magnet school for the district's accelerated learning program, meaning many students come from outside the school's boundaries. The school also has many students who qualify for free and reduced price lunches.

"One thing about this school is there's a lot of groups, and they usually don't go out of their way to talk to someone new," said ninth-grader Akina Bosley, a leader of the school's Project Change group, which helped organize the lunch event. ...

As part of Mix it Up at Lunch Day, teachers at Midvale handed out surveys to students about cliques. Teacher Mandy George, who advises the school's Project Change student group, said her students named language, where they live and clothes as things that create "group boundaries" at Midvale.

George said she's hoping the Mix it Up at Lunch Day, which the school plans to do once a month for the rest of the year, will help students see that those barriers are not insurmountable.

Of course those recurring barriers are not insurmountable. All it takes is constant prodding and pounding and propagandizing. True, as soon as external force ends, people go back to self-organizing into self-selected groups. But it's for a noble cause, and there are historical precedents.

Huffington Post slams Glenn Beck and his 'Irish' roots group

People of African descent should be proud of their heritage. Columnist Leonard Pitts says so (with more than a touch of bitterness).

Latinos view their growing political clout with "awe and pride," says CNN editor Ruben Navarrette, Jr.

But the Huffington Post warns that Southerners who revere their Anglo-Celtic heritage are racist:

There is a significant Irish presence on a Southern separatist group known as the League of the South that calls itself Anglo-Celtic and has been featured on the Glenn Beck show on Fox News. Now, The Huffington Post has attacked the group as racist — and Beck for allowing them to appear on his show.

The Southern Poverty Law Center labeled League of the South a "racist hate group" and issued a report filled with allegations of racist statements, especially by the League's president Michael Hill. According to a news article, Hill "welcomed the designation as a 'badge of honor'" and stated SPLC has "a very leftist agenda, these sorts of things are designed to discredit you public.

Hill – the man who appeared on Beck’s show – spoke of his connections with Ireland. “My family emigrated from Ulster back in the 1680s and 1690s,” he said. Hill has spent time in the Republic of Ireland and in the North. “It’s almost like home,” he said, adding that in Ireland “I see an organic, deeply-rooted historical culture that stands at odds with the international global elite.”

Multiculturalism tells us that all races are equal, but some are more equal than others. Still not sure how that works.

Sarah, Plainly a fraud

For the life of me, I don't get the populist right hullabaloo over Sarah Palin.

You'd think that after eight years of George W. Bush's betrayal of the American people, complete with the gutting of the Bill of Rights, the enslavement of us and our posterity with massive debt, and the near-miss of amnesty for illegal alien invaders, we'd have learned to be wary of a skirt-wearing W clone.

At the very least, with the Neocon Wars now exposed as fraudulent and counter-productive, not to mention as having justified DC's citizen surveillance programs and massive deficit spending, people would reject any candidate promising more of the same. But as she made clear on her recent interview with Rush Limbaugh, Palin fantasizes about not only "victory" over Afghans fighting foreign invaders, but even more aggression against Iran:

RUSH: You mentioned earlier you wanted to talk about national security, that you hoped it came up. Well, here it is: What do we face? What are our threats, and are we prepared, or not?

GOV. PALIN: Well, I think domestically a threat that we're facing right now is the dithering and hesitation in sending a message to the terrorists that we're going to claim what Ronald Reagan claimed. Our motto is going to be: "We win, you lose." The way that we do that is allow McChrystal to have the reinforcements that he's asking for in Afghanistan. That sends that message to the terrorists over there that we're going to end this thing with our victory. We need to start facing Iran with tougher and tougher sanctions that need to be considered.

Wake up, people. The biggest threat to our security is a rogue central government that's burdened us with $12 trillion in debt, which was nothing but theft from the middle class for the benefit of politically connected big business, which not only includes the Wall Street bailout, but the armaments makers who're making a killing (sorry!) these days.

The Empire is hopelessly corrupt. Switching the nameplate of the puppet in charge won't change a damned thing.

When McCain snatched Palin from near-obscurity and propped her into the national limelight, she instantly became star-struck by the DC glitterati. This former supporter of Alaskan independence mutated into another rah-rah nationalist, dazzled by the trappings of imperial glory. She's now just another vote-getter intoxicated with fame and the allure of power. Voter beware.

Obama just like Reagan

It's true ... with Reagan, it was "Morning in America." It's the same with Obama, except every morning, we're hearing "I got you, babe" on the clock radio, and the headlines are the same:

Dollar Drops; Gold Reaches Record...

Obama 'VERY CLOSE' to troop decision

Too much Federal debt could fuel double-dip recession...

Yet for some reason, our confidence level isn't the same as we get out of bed. I wonder why?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Open season on taxpayers

What do these seemingly unrelated financial stories have in common?

15 million taxpayers may owe penalties for government error

More than 15 million taxpayers could unexpectedly owe taxes when they file their federal returns next spring because the government was too generous with their new Making Work Pay tax credit.

Taxpayers are at risk if they have more than one job, are married and both spouses work, or receive Social Security benefits while also earning taxable wages, according to a report Monday by the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration.

Federal regulators let AIG keep billions due taxpayers

Federal regulators, in rushing to rescue AIG last year, failed to use their clout to negotiate concessions from business partners of the troubled insurer, a bailout overseer said on Monday.

As a result, $62.1 billion of taxpayer and AIG funds were essentially funneled to 16 banks, which were counterparties to AIG insurance contracts, according to a report by Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for the $700 billion bailout.

These seemingly unrelated stories both involve preying on the middle class. And the predator in both stories is an out-of-control Federal government.

Plouffe Shocker: Edwards Camp Offered To Endorse If Obama Would Pick Him As VP

Sleaze is as sleaze does. We're talking about John Edwards, of course:

In the thick of the Democratic presidential primary, a top operative offered up John Edwards' withdrawal from the race and endorsement - on the condition the person he endorsed would offer him a spot on the ticket.

David Plouffe details the deal that "a senior Edwards" adviser" tried to ink before the South Carolina primary, spilling the beans in his book "The Audacity To Win."

More at memeorandum.

Monday, November 16, 2009

How to Reply to the Southern Poverty Law Center (If You Must)

I didn't think anyone would equal, much less excel, Joe Guzzardi's polite but potent rejoinder to the SPLC's Empress of Political Correctness, but hey, records exist to be broken.

What does it take to handle an SPLC inquiry? The facts -- and just enough fancy footwork to make 'em stick.

Gingrich: Contract with America, Round 2

Lord, give me patience.

Here's snake-oil salesman Newt Gingrich reeling in the gullible -- again. Seems he's been hatching a new scheme for bamboozling voters, this time working with GOP chair Michael Steele, who famously claimed Republicans now stand for abortion and "gay rights." So now we have a brand-spanking-new CWA. Pardon me if I yawn.

It was the realization of the cynicism and fraudulence of the first CWA that finally turned me against the Republican party. I'd served as president of the Young Republicans when I was in college, and had worked on the Jesse Helms campaign here in Charlotte. When Newt Gingrich announced the first Contract With America, which was to be a Republican-led "revolution" against Big Government, I believed. But like Fox Mulder, I wanted to believe. However, those self-proclaimed "revolutionaries" in the Republican party not only failed to abolish the Department of Education and to cut back government regulation, they sided with Bill Clinton in showering $50 billion of Americans' tax dollars on the corrupt Mexican government.

I scanned the Constitution for the authority to do that, but couldn't find it.

Just like I can't find a reason for believing in the Republican party today.

It's not amnesty!

Providing "documentation" to "undocumented" immigrants will help our national security, says this brave advocate for cheap, exploitable labor and future Democratic voters immigrants. Anyone opposed is a racist, Southern, home-schooling, teabagging, terrorist-hugging nativist.

Any dissent from the above will brand you as one of them.

Andrew Sullivan watch

Yes, the competition's intense, but there's an emerging consensus that Andrew Sullivan has elbowed his way to the top of the list of the most obnoxious bloggers on the Internet. The latest confirmation come from Robert Stacy McCain:

Having been on the road a lot lately, I've had little time to keep track of the psycho-dramatic peregrinations of Andrew Sullivan. One of the most hysterically laughable aspects of Sully's recent blogging is how he engages in psychological projection, accusing others of his own most obvious faults, to wit:

I've heard it before from a source very close to her - a source who also told me that Palin was obsessed with this blog for much of the campaign.

Right. Dr. Andrew Sullivan, M.D., OB-GYN, excecutive director of research at the Atlantic Memorial Center for Republican Obstetric Investigation, accuses Palin of being obsessed with him. (Really rather reminiscent of Charles Johnson accusing me of attacking him.)

Go to Sullivan's blog and search on Sarah Palin to see how wound up Sullivan is over her -- heck, even the topic of Carrie Prejean makes him think of Palin. Whoa.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The world's greatest conservative ...

... can only be recognized and appreciated by the world's greatest conservative theorist and blogger. That man is Andrew Sullivan, of course.

Sullivan, you'll recall, champions "same-sex marriage" as a conservative goal (pro-family, you see). He even argues the Federal government should impose the radical homosexual agenda on those States that have failed to legalize same-sex marriage. Sullivan takes so many pot-shots at Southerners, you'd think he was auditioning for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Robert Stacy McCain recently skewered Sullivan for assuming "Southern populist terrorism" was behind the death of a census worker in Kentucky. In a recent blog, Sullivan extolled Leo Strauss as one "of the greatest conservative minds of the last century." Strauss was one of the intellectual founders of "Neoconservatism," a government supremacist ideology that justifies the ruling elite's use of the "Noble lie" to manipulate a gullible, fickle public.

Oh, and just who is the world's greatest conservative, according to this self-appointed judge of proper conservative thought? Brace yourselves:

At the core of real conservatism is a distinction between theory and practice, a deep resistance to ideology, a respect for free inquiry and the philosophic spirit, a respect for social stability and coherence, a moderation in governance and a deliberation in action.

And yes, this makes the actual, living breathing representative of political conservatism in our time the current president of the United States. And anyone with any passing concern for the legacy of conservative philosophy knows it.

Why yes, any wretch who fails to grasp just how conservative Barack Hussein Obama is doesn't even have a passing concern for the REAL conservative philosophy. As Count Orsini informed Mozart about proper musical technique, "All educated people agree on that."

There's only one possible response to Sullivan's notions of conservatism:

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

Why States should secede

Here are just a few good reasons:

- Counterfeiting, bailouts, nationalization and massive inflation: Just another way that Washington says "you belong to me."
- Regulation of every facet of human life: Try to think of a second of your life that is not regulated in some way by Washington. Quick answer: that second does not exist.
- Two-party political system: two sides of the same coin, both Washington cheerleaders and sycophants. Both want to spend unconstitutional money.
- Out of control military, bases in 130 nations.

Read the rest here.

Obama promises amnesty, tougher border security

I believe the first half of that promise. The second part? Well ...

Of course, Big Sister assures us -- and she really, really means it -- that the Obama administration will get tough -- real tough -- on future border jumpers:

The Obama administration will insist on measures to give legal status to an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants as it pushes early next year for legislation to overhaul the immigration system, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Friday.

In her first major speech on the overhaul, Ms. Napolitano dispelled any suggestion that the administration — with health care, energy and other major issues crowding its agenda — would postpone the most contentious piece of immigration legislation until after midterm elections next November.

Laying out the administration’s bottom line, Ms. Napolitano said officials would argue for a “three-legged stool” that includes tougher enforcement laws against illegal immigrants and employers who hire them and a streamlined system for legal immigration, as well as a “tough and fair pathway to earned legal status.”

See? Something for everybody. The leftists and Neocons get amnesty for illegal aliens, and working Americans and conservatives get yet another promise the Federal government will do its job. Win-win! I can hear Li'l Lindsey Graham now: "This bill guarantees a get-tough approach that we conservatives -- cough, cough -- can accept along with a path to legal status."

And we all know that if Obama and his folks promise something, you can take that to the bank, right? Remember when the great "Peace candidate" promised to end the Neocon Wars? Here's a reminder, from a video made in October 2007, with a transcript:

"I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war.... you can take that to the bank."

Friday, November 13, 2009

Brady Center vs. the Constitution

Here's a great online discussion between John Lofton, a self-described "Recovering Republican," and Dennis Henigan of the Brady Center. Here's what Mr. Lofton said of Mr. Henigan:

I think he has undoubtedly set a new Guinness World Indoor Record for saying the most idiotic, unConstitutional things on a one-hour radio show, mine. In fact, I think he has retired the title. Comments welcome.

Enjoy!

Southern music break

Hey, it's Friday, y'all!


We`ll lay back and observe the constellations
and watch the moon smiling bright
I`ll play the radio on Southern stations
`cause Southern belles are hell at night

you say you came to Baltimore from Ole Miss
a class of `74 gold ring
the eastern moon looks ready for a wet kiss
to make the tide rise again

And then Lou was gone

SPLC devours Lou Dobbs. Click this link to hear Mark Potok's burp.

Whiskey vs. cigars?


I have a pro-Southern friend who's not only stuck on the Left Coast, but also spars with me from time to time on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's for 'em, I'm against 'em. On his blog, he recently condemned Obama for rejecting the recommendations of the national security team. The blogger, Stogie, whose nom-de-blog acknowledges his taste for fine cigars, concluded Obama would not send additional troops into Afghanistan.

However, I don't believe Obama could've been nominated if he didn't support the Empire's wars. So I posted this comment and challenge:

I'll bet Obama's just sending up trial balloons to gauge the American sheeples' reaction before he ups the number of boots on the ground.

I'll go one step further: I'll bet you a sample pack of CAO Black cigars that by the 1st of March, 2010, Obama will have sent in at least 12,000 more troops, boosting the total from the present 68,000 to 80,000.

If you win, I'll post a picture of myself on my blog buying your cigars. And if I win, you can send me a bottle of Rebel Yell bourbon. Interested?

The challenge was quickly accepted:

Sure OR. It's a deal. I'd buy you a bottle of Rebel Yell anyway, even more so if you would come over and smoke those cigars with me while we down the bourbon!

So I responded in kind:

Now I'd like that. Talk about win-win! It'd be like Denny Crane and Alan Shore relaxing at twilight on their office balcony.

Thus the gauntlet has been thrown down and taken up! What will happen? Two headstrong and determined bloggers, each seeking the vindication of his views and his preferred poison, await the outcome.

Stay tuned!

New domain name for Rebellion

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Kentucky Joins the Nullification Movement

The people of the States continue to recall powers stolen by the Federal government. In the spirit of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, the Kentucky legislature seeks to re-assert its sovereignty regarding firearms and ammunition made or used in the state:

In states around the country, there’s a growing movement to address and resist two of the most abused parts of the Constitution – the Commerce Clause and the 2nd Amendment. Already being considered in a number of state legislatures, and passed as law in Montana and Tennessee this year, the Firearms Freedom Act (FFA) is a state law that seeks to do just that.

The latest to join the FFA movement? Kentucky. Pre-filed for the 2010 legislative session, HB87 seeks to “Create new sections of KRS Chapter 237, relating to firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition that are made in Kentucky, marked made in Kentucky, and used in Kentucky, to specify that these items are exempt from federal law”

While the FFA’s title focuses on federal gun regulations, it has far more to do with the 10th Amendment’s limit on the power of the federal government.

That last sentence is vital to understanding why this move is significant. The precedent is now established for other, much-needed State actions, including stopping Obamacare and re-establishing control over the State National Guards to put an end to the senseless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Look at how the States effectively blocked the unconstitutional Real ID act.

The Rebellion has begun.

Constitutional Contempt

Could Congress outlaw Tea Party demonstrations? Should it?

Could Congress ban anti-war demonstrations? What if doing so helped the war effort?

Walter Williams shows how Nancy Pelosi's reasoning on health care legislation could be easily used to do just that.

A government that can give you everything can take everything away.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Italian mayors respond to Strasbourg ruling by hanging more crucifixes in schools

Now this is the way David can beat Goliath (hint, hint, Ole Miss students):

A number of Italian officials have responded to the ruling by the European Human Rights Court that ordered schools in Italy to remove crucifixes from the classrooms by taking unprecedented measures to preserve the Christian symbol.

According to the Italian daily “Avvenire,” the mayor of Sezzadio, Pier Luigi Arnera, has leveled a fine of 500 euros against anyone who removes a crucifix from a public place.

Arnera explained that the displaying of the crucifix in “places other than churches does not affect the dignity of anyone, because it is one of our cultural references.”

Exactly. Big government doesn't care about protecting minorities; the point is to destroy organic culture, which impedes the growth of government power.

Cultural genocide at Ole Miss


Some cultures can be celebrated. Others must be snuffed out:

Tempers are flaring all over the Ole Miss campus. They're fighting over a fight song.

The school's chancellor says the band must stop playing "From Dixie With Love" because of a chant students added to the lyrics.

'No love for Dixie' read the headline Wednesday on the Ole Miss student newspaper. School leaders pulling the piece from the marching band's playlist is something everyone on campus is talking about.

Dean Reardon, who banned the song, dismisses the students' complaints with the Roman Polanski defense -- the kids brought it on themselves:

The students who chose to say "The South will rise again" killed the tradition” says Dean of Students Dr. Thomas Reardon.

Reardon says there were several warnings to stop the chant. When it continued at a game last weekend, that was the final straw.

“That does not convey who we are” says Reardon. “It also does not convey the progress we've made as a university or show any respect to the people who have made tremendous sacrifices to bring us where we are.”

Whoa, there, Dean. Shouting "The South will rise again" fails to show respect to the people who brought us where we are? So these young Southerners should respect the Yankee invaders who subjugated their ancestors?

Memo to Ole Miss students, from the office of the Dean: Stop this talk about wanting to rise back up. Accept the fact your people were defeated, and we won't take anything else away from you.

Perry: Obama 'hell-bent' on socialism

The Texas governor who fired up Tea Party supporters with his endorsement of secession from an increasingly oppressive central government is at it again. This time, he's voicing the concerns many Americans share about DC's out-of-control arrogance and ambition:

Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of “punishing” Texas and being “hell-bent” on turning the United States into a socialist country.

Speaking at a luncheon for a Midland County Republican Women’s group, Perry said that “this is an administration hell-bent toward taking American towards a socialist country. And we all don’t need to be afraid to say that because that’s what it is.”

It wasn't just talk when Perry agreed that Texas must assert itself against an unresponsive central government. Not long after his famous remarks at a Texas Tea Party rally, Perry sent teams of Texas Rangers to the Texas-Mexico border to do the job DC refused to do, stopping the waves of illegal alien invaders. And it looks like Obama didn't like that:

Perry also accused the Obama administration of intentionally dumping illegal immigrants from other western states in Texas, recalling a conversation he had with local officials notifying him that illegal aliens that were caught in Nogales, Arizona were being dropped off by federal authorities in Presidio, Texas. ...

The Texas governor said he sees the action as “punishing this state” and urged the assembled Republicans to “stand up” to Washington.

“I say it’s time to make tea parties twice as big as what they were,” Perry declared. “I think it’s time for us to stand up and say to Washington, D.C. that we are no longer going to accept that kind of stuff sitting down and being quiet.”

There's only one direction this can lead, because if you're not sitting down, you're taking a stand. In other words, Perry needs to back up his words with action again. It's time to give the people of Texas the option of reclaiming the powers delegated to the Federal government. Otherwise, DC will only continue its insane policies.

More at memeorandum.

When Barrack met Dubya

The Empire and its military-industrial complex didn't change last November; they just got new Mad Men to pretty up their image. Here's The Southern Avenger's post entitled, "Liberals refuse to admit Obama's policies look a lot like Bush's":

Notes observant liberal Noam Chomsky, "As Obama came into office, [former Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice predicted he would follow the policies of Bush's second term, and that is pretty much what happened, apart from a different rhetorical style."

During the Bush years, conservatives loved to portray the outspoken antiwar group "Code Pink" as a perfect example of liberal wackiness. It turns out conservatives were right, but for reasons even they couldn't have imagined, as the same Code Pink that so vehemently denounced Bush's war in Iraq now supports Obama's war in Afghanistan. ... A piece in the Christian Science Monitor, which Code Pink is now strenuously trying to spin, reports that the famous antiwar group is seriously amending their position after listening to the views of Afghan women."

Sheldon Richman at the libertarian Future of Freedom Foundation seconds Hunter's observations:

In Obama we have a new Jekyll and Hyde. From harsh critic of Bush’s trampling of individual rights, Obama has transmogrified into a champion of the omnipotent state that cannot let the niceties of the traditional criminal-justice system stand in the way of “national security.”

The logic behind these decisions and reversals is bizarre. Obama said releasing the abuse photos would “inflame anti-American sentiment” and endanger the troops. Does he really think that that is not happening every day because of the brutal U.S. occupations and bombing of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan? Does he think that withholding the much-publicized photos itself doesn’t inflame anti-American sentiment?

Obama has clearly adopted not only Bush’s policies, but also his premise: that the United States is in a war in which the world is the battlefield and restraints on the power of government are a luxury the government cannot afford.

Hunter noted how lefties such as Code Pink changed their tune about the Afghanistan occupation after one of their own took title to it. Similarly, old-time war supporters who disguise their bloodlust as patriotism also cheer on Obama's war.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Billy Ray Hasan - average American Southerner


What the BBC would've reported had Nidal Hasan been a Southerner:

In the land of cotton, some hear echoes of Civil War in latest violent redneck rampage.

American-born killer was son of the Jim Crow South.

NASCAR may have been involved.

Britons warned: limit U.S. travel to safe areas such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles.

NPR, Newsweek, and MSNBC jump on board, too. Great spoof of the media and the post-Western West by the Iowahawk.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Some things we are just not meant to understand

Via Steve Sailer:

From the Washington Post:

Sniper John Allen Muhammad is executed
10 died in Oct. 2002 rampage; motivation remains unclear

Another mystery! If only Muhammad's partner, Lee Malvo, would tell us what the motivation was ...

Oh, that's right -- he did.

Dangerous extremists lurk among us!


No, no, not the fellows pictured above. They're just spreading diversity, which is a good thing.

Here are the dangerous extremists:


Forget Nidal Hasan. What we should be terrified of, according to this SPLC report, are extremist nativists (are there any other kind?) who want to enforce existing Federal immigration law! From the stileto-tipped purple pen of Heidi Beirich, here's a report on the real menace, with the spine-tingling title, "Dangerous Liaisons: Congressmen to Join Nativist Hate Group Today":

At noon today, five members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a press conference at the House Triangle with Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). FAIR has been listed as an anti-immigrant hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center since 2007.

And if the SPLC issues a fatwa against any person or group, they are banned from civic participation. Or oughta be.

Funny, isn't it, that a whole week's gone by since the Fort Hood massacre, yet the SPLC's had NOTHING to say about a case of REAL domestic terrorism? But when immigration reformers work peacefully within the system, it's time to hit the panic button.

But that's the way it is in the wacked-out world of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Phantom Backlash

The entire body of the ruling elite now sounds like the SPLC, invoking images of lynch mobs and racist zombies overtaking the streets in a ruthless hunt for terrified minorities. This time it's innocent Muslims in the wake of the Fort Hood massacre. Of course, the motivation for this hyped-up guilt-mongering is the same as the SPLC's -- to shame us into passive obedience to the globalist one-world agenda. Robert Spencer captures and skewers their rhetoric with deadly precision:

Backlash fever is sweeping the nation: thirteen Americans are dead and thirty-eight wounded in a jihad attack at Fort Hood, and our government’s primary concern -- from the Chief of Staff of the Army to the Islamic pressure groups such as CAIR -- are focused entirely on ensuring that Muslims in the United States are not being victimized by a “backlash.” ...

Had there been any report -- any report at all -- of any innocent, random Muslim being attacked in a “backlash” after the Fort Hood jihad?

Nope. Not one. Americans are decent people. Americans believe people are innocent until proven guilty. But Ibrahim Hooper and his fellow thugs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) need to be able to claim that hate crimes are being committed so that they can claim victim status for Muslims and deflect attention away from such small matters as the jihad at Fort Hood. And, naturally, the clueless and/or complicit mainstream media in their hip pocket. ...

The only actual incidents of “backlash” that AP could come up with were incidents of people calling the Fort Hood massacre a jihad attack -- as if it is “Islamophobic” and hateful to note that a man was shouting “Allahu akbar” as he gunned people down, and that he gave out Korans hours before he started shooting people, and that he expressed sympathy for suicide attackers.

From Big Sister Janet Napolitano to General of the One People's Army George Casey, the message is the same: traditional America is the real enemy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Federales Demand Indie Newsite Provide IP Addresses

DC keeps bullying Internet providers, and gets nosier every day about what we read and think. Here's one solution, courtesy of the Indentured Servant Girl.

Chicago Mayor Daley discovers the real cause of Fort Hood massacre

The Fort Hood victims weren't killed by jihad -- the Second Amendment did it.

Fortunately the Obama administration will be more than happy to protect us from that threat:

US judge bans Christian car plate

A Federal judge has decided the South Carolina legislature cannot acknowledge the Christian faith on license tags:

A US judge has ordered South Carolina not to issue a vehicle number plate with a Christian image and slogan.

The state legislature had approved a licence plate with a cross in front of a stained glass window and the words "I Believe" written along the top.

District Judge Cameron Currie said that the plate violated the First Amendment, which enshrines the separation of church and state.

A similar bid by a group in Florida last year did not pass state lawmakers.

The case was brought by Americans United, which backs the separation of church and state, on behalf of several individuals and Hindu and American-Arab groups.

Did you catch that last sentence? This story says just as much about DC's growing arrogance as it does about demographic and cultural reconstruction.

Hey, South Carolina, have you had enough? Then click here.

Keep adjusting those politically correct blinders

" ... there are going to be acts of violence that are inexplicable. Even within the extraordinary military that we have -- and I think everybody understands how outstanding the young men and women in uniform are under the most severe stress -- there are going to be instances in which an individual cracks." President Obama, on the deepening mystery of why Nidal Hasan committed jihad killed his fellow soldiers made a desperate cry for help last Thursday.

Major Hasan and the Unravelling Of America

Pat Buchanan points out yet another inconvenient truth about what the Fort Hood jihad reveals:

America is unraveling. No longer are we one nation and one people. ...

There is no American Melting Pot anymore. It was discarded by our elites as an instrument of cultural genocide. Now we celebrate America as the most multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural country on earth, the Universal Nation of Ben Wattenberg's warblings.

And, yet, we are surprised by ethnic espionage in our midst, the cursing of America from mosques in our cities, the news that Somali immigrants are going home to fight our Somali allies, and that illegal aliens march under Mexican flags to demand American citizenship.

Eisenhower's America was a nation of 160 million with a Euro-Christian core and a culture all its own. We were a people then. And when we have become, in 2050, a stew of 435 millions, of every creed, culture, color and country of Earth, what holds us
together then?

The answer you'll get to that question will depend on whom you ask. Reality-challenged multicults will say, "Our common ideals as Americans," despite the fact that Nidal Hasan's ideals clashed directly with the ideals of his victims. Ask a member of the ruling globalist elite, and you'll hear the same response, though they won't tell you the real answer, the only answer possible, which is that without a shared culture, only brute force can hold the country together -- administered regularly and with appropriate ferocity.