Saturday, January 30, 2010

The New Class Within the Nation

“Pathocracy is a disease of great social movements followed by entire societies, nations, and empires. In the course of human history, it has affected social, political, and religious movements as well as the accompanying ideologies and turned them into caricatures of themselves. This occurred as a result of the participation of pathological agents in a pathodynamically similar process. That explains why all the pathocracies of the world are, and have been, so similar in their essential properties.

“…Identifying these phenomena through history and properly qualifying them according to their true nature and contents - not according to the ideology in question, which succumbed to the process of caricaturization---is a job for historians….The actions of [pathocracy] affect an entire society, starting with the leaders and infiltrating every town, business, and institution. The pathological social structure gradually covers the entire country creating a “new class” within that nation. This privileged class [of pathocrats] feels permanently threatened by the “others”, i.e. by the majority of normal people. Neither do the pathocrats entertain any illusions about their personal fate should there be a return to the system of normal man.”

From Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Red Pill Press, 2006

Sounds like the Second Law of Thermodynamics applied to organizations.

Thanks to 1898 Wilmington for the quote!

Lech Walesa speaks at Tea Party rally

Lech Walesa has a soft spot for those who stand up to a corrupt central government.

Via The Other McCain

Not Our Fight

From The Western Confucian:

Not our fight -- But one we could be sucked into, such is the nature of the "entangling alliances" George Washington's Farewell Address warned us against — "Seoul and Pyongyang exchange fire in Yellow Sea."

Patrick J. Buchanan said it best three years ago in More Troops—or Less Empire: "If the 60 million Koreans, North and South, were raptured up to heaven, how would America be imperiled?"

Obama administration to reform college football

No, really. I can't think of a more serious problem than that.

Does Tony Blair have a soul?

"No," he says, "and I'm proud of the fact."

That's pretty much what he told a government inquiry:

His voice was hoarse from six hours of questioning. But still he was unrepentant. To gasps of anger from grieving relatives Tony Blair used the final moments of his evidence to the Iraq war inquiry to justify leading Britain in one of the country's most divisive conflicts in its history.

People yelled "Liar!" and "Murderer!" But Bloody Blair didn't give a rip:

Asked by the inquiry chairman, Sir John Chilcot, whether he had any regrets, he replied: "Responsibility but not a regret for removing Saddam Hussein. I think that he was a monster."

And what do you call a politician who launched an illegal war of aggression that killed 100,000 innocent civilians, made refugees of another 4 million, and killed 4,300 US soldiers?

Amazingly, he still defends the war:

"The decision I took -- and frankly would take again -- was if there was any possibility that he could develop weapons of mass destruction, we should stop him," he said.

There's a possibility the computer nerd next door is perfecting his
Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, but paranoia shouldn't be a basis for policy.

Do you have to be a psychopath to win elections?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Southern Music break

We've got a socialist president, a government that spies on us, a looted treasury, and open borders. And it's Friday -- as good a time as any to dream about how it could've been, and WILL BE ONE DAY!

I'd have every girl child sent to Georgia to learn to smile
and talk with that Southern accent that drives men wild.
I'd have all the fiddles made in Virginia, 'cause they sure can make 'em sound so fine.
I'm going up on Wolverton Mountain and see ole Clifton Clowers and have a sip of his good ole Arkansas wine.

Oh if the South woulda won we woulda had it made.
I'd probably run for president of the Southern states.
The day young Skynyrd died, we'd show our Southern pride.
If the South woulda won we woulda had it made.

Charles Johnson, again

The Lizard King continues to wring the last little drop of publicity from his "break" with the right in a blog post entitled -- drum roll please -- "Why I Left the Right."

Oh, please. Johnson was NEVER a conservative, but he's rolling around in newfound fame like a mutt in mutt-doo because the media just loves the idea of a conservative who's seen the light. As we've documented on this blog, Johnson is a left-globalist who joined with right-globalists (aka "Neocons") and gullible conservatives and patriots to boost the Neocon Wars. The latter groups denounced those who opposed those wars as leftists, and believed in their heart of hearts that only red-white-and-blue conservatives stood with Bush and the troops.

So in his latest bid to keep his name in lights, Charles Johnson reveals his true self even more by linking to the Southern Poverty Law Center to denounce Glenn Beck, Accuracy in Media, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, and the "fanatically anticommunist" (?) John Birch Society -- as if opposing leftist totalitarianism were a bad thing.

Bottom line -- only globalists, both left and right varieties, believe the SPLC.

Senate Votes Along Party Lines to Raise Debt Limit

The insanity isn't just continuing; it's picked up speed:

The Senate voted on Thursday to raise the nation’s debt limit to $14.3 trillion, a $1.9 trillion increase that would allow the government to keep borrowing to cover operations beyond the November election and into early next year.

The measure, which is always politically unpopular but essential to avoid default, needed 60 votes to pass and got not a vote more, for a 60-to-39 tally. The House is expected to pass the measure next week.

By the way, your share of DC's debt is now $45,000.

Scientists claim they can read your politics from your face

That's what they say.

I don't believe it, and here's why. Pictured below are two well-known liberals. How could these two very different faces mask the same leftist orientation?

Sorry, fellas, but I ain't buying this one.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

State of the Union: Obama v. Constitution

From the Patriot Post:

Our Constitution is devoted to clearly delineating the limited role of the central government from the unlimited rights of the states and the people.

To that end, James Madison, author of our Constitution, wrote, "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."

Accordingly, Obama mentions freedom only once, and made absolutely no reference to liberty.

Nowhere in our Constitution is there any authority or provision for these key proposals from Obama's SOTU:

1. The power to further centralize regulation of our economy.

2. The power to completely regulate our national health care system. (Note: both the Democrat and Republican proposals lack constitutional authority). Obama even repeated his claim that the American people are just not smart enough to get on board: "I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people."

3. The power to further regulate and tax the production of CO2.

So far, it's Obama 1, Constitution 0.

Thanks to D.V. Arminius for the link!

States Can Stop Obama

It's pretty clear the clueless Republicans in Congress aren't going to stop the Obama Revolution. As we saw last night, they're capable of little more than mouthing feeble protests against Obama's big-government agenda. But that doesn't mean we should give up hope. Sheriff Richard Mack reminds us the real battle is not in the District of Corruption, but here in our back yards:

The truth of the matter is all the slogans of “Don’t Tread On Me” or “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” or “We’re Mad As Hell And We’re Not Taking It Anymore,” don’t mean a thing when compared to the real and actual answer to all the protests, marches, and outrage.

The answer is in our own backyards! The States can stop every bit of it! That’s right, the individual States can stop “Obamacare” and all other forms of out-of-control federal government mandates and “big brother” tactics. If Arizona, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Texas, etc. want nothing to do with National Health care as proposed by Barack Obama or Congress, then all they have to do is say “No!”

Tyrants have never stopped their own corrupt ways. However, in our system of “dual sovereignty,” the States can do it. If we are to take back America and keep this process peaceful, then state and local officials will have to step up to the plate.

So what are we waiting for? Find the candidates in your sovereign State that stand for reclaiming our stolen rights, and work for them.

Proceeding Boldly

The Proceeding Boldly blog features this classic from Murray Rothbard:

...we must always remember, we must never forget, we must put in the dock and hang higher than Haman, those who, in modern times, opened the Pandora’s Box of genocide and the extermination of civilians: Sherman, Grant, and Lincoln.

Perhaps, some day, their statues, like Lenin’s in Russia, will be toppled and melted down; their insignias and battle flags will be desecrated, their war songs tossed into the fire. And then Davis and Lee and Jackson and Forrest, and all the heroes of the South, "Dixie" and the Stars and Bars, will once again be truly honored and remembered. The classic comment on that meretricious TV series The Civil War was made by that marvelous and feisty Southern writer Florence King. Asked her views on the series, she replied: "I didn’t have time to watch The Civil War. I’m too busy getting ready for the next one." In that spirit, I am sure that one day, aided and abetted by Northerners like myself in the glorious "copperhead" tradition, the South shall rise again.

Here's to the day when our heroes are honored and remembered as they should be. And here's a toast to the departed Murray Rothbard, who will always be our favorite Copperhead:

Six members of notorious MS-13 gang found guilty

Lord knows what the immediate costs of this trial were -- and there's no telling what the long-term costs will be of continuing to import a membership pool for MS-13:

Six members of the notorious MS-13 gang were convicted Tuesday on a variety of charges involving violence and conspiracy, wrapping up a two-week trial marked by extraordinary security and testimony about gang life and crimes across Charlotte.

Family members of the murder victim cried as they left the courtroom. One gang member's family hurried from the courthouse without speaking to reporters.

The Salvadoran gang has as many as 12,000 members across the country and has been linked to homicides, drug trafficking and extortion in the Carolinas.

The six men convicted Tuesday were rounded up in a 2008 sweep after 26 alleged MS-13 gang members were indicted in Charlotte. Three of the suspected gang members were accused in the indictment of murdering two people in Charlotte and two in Greensboro. Some of the suspected gang members faced drug and firearms charges.

Eighteen of the defendants pleaded guilty. One is imprisoned in El Salvador. One faces a death penalty trial this spring.

Plenty more where they came from.

The great tool of freedom...the internet!

It's taken for granted, but still an under-used resource -- but here's one activist who appreciates what the Internet offers:

I know, this subject has probably been written to death. But as someone who is a long time spokesperson for a lost Cause, the Confederate States of America, and the right of Secession, the internet has proven to be a real, and possibly only, avenue to the mass media where inconvenient history and ideas can be openly discussed.

Yes, the 'net is today's samizdat -- and like the old underground papers that kept hope alive during the Soviet era, it could be whisked away from us at any time by a corrupt and bungling central government.

Thanks to Harold at The Ohio Republic for the link!

Chris Matthews: I forgot Obama was black

Last night, Tweety got more tingles while admiring Obama:

"You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he's gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two. I was watching, I said, 'Wait a minute, he's an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people.' And here he is. President of the United States, and we've completely forgotten that tonight. Completely forgotten it. I think it was in the scope of his discussion -- it was so broad-ranging, so in tune with so many problems, of aspects, and aspects of American life that you don't think terms of the old tribalism, the old ethnicity."

And I forgot Chris Matthews is supposed to be a professional newsman.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Old ‘War-Bloggers’ Never Die…

Justin Raimondo of delivers this razor-sharp critique of Charles Johnson, Andrew Sullivan, and all the other war-bloggers -- ostensible conservatives -- who've learned to appreciate Obama now that the former "peace" candidate is a war president.

Raimondo concludes with this age-old question:

Why, one wants to know, is it the ones who were right from the beginning – the prophets without honor, the Cassandras who weren’t listened to – who labor in obscurity, while the idiots who tout the conventional wisdom are hailed and given plaudits without end?

I've often wondered the same.

The State of the Union

Quote of the day

"I'm not qualified. I served in the military, didn't go to a prep school, didn't go to an Ivy League university, and didn't have a trust fund. And I'm physically fit." Military-affairs columnist Ralph Peters, a retired Army intelligence officer, on why he is not a Neocon.

Public fed up with DC

That's MSNBC's headline, not mine! And this is what the NBC/WSJ poll reveals:

As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address Wednesday night, he will be speaking to an American public that’s fed up with Congress, the country’s two main political parties, and the federal government, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Only 28 percent believe the federal government is “working well” or even works “okay,” versus seven in 10 who think it’s “unhealthy,” “stagnant” or needs large reforms.

By comparison, in December of 2000 — during the height of the disputed Bush-Gore presidential election — 55 percent said the government was working well or okay.

How much more harm does DC have to inflict on us before we dump it?

American Conservative Website Attacked

From the AntiWar blog:

Late last night the website for The American Conservative magazine was attacked by unknown hackers. They wiped out the content and replaced it with spyware.

The site is currently offline and will hopefully be restored this morning.

Our spotlight of the day (“Add Yemen to America’s Long List of Easy Enemies” by Mark Ames) is from that site, so it is not currently working.

It is a shame when some people feel their counter-arguments are so weak that they must resort to such attacks.

This act of political vandalism isn't a fluke. The Rebellion blog was hacked over a year ago, corrupting three years of blog posts, which is why we switched to Blogger and started over. Radicals of all stripes, whether brownshirt or red, cannot tolerate opposition, and claim the right to silence those who dare dissent.

Remember last spring when multicult thugs shut down a talk by Representative Tom Tancredo at Chapel Hill? And here's another example of leftist intimidation from the powerful and wealthy Southern Poverty Law Center:

Movement to Boot Pacifica Forum Off Oregon Campus Gains Steam ... students packed the Walnut Room, where Pacifica Forum was holding its weekly meeting, to protest the group’s presence in the Erb Memorial Union, the university’s student union. As campus security officers stood guard, the protesters — including some faculty and staff — held signs saying “Hate Speech is not Free Speech” and “Pacifica Forum = Nazi Dupes.”

Notice how the goal of the "Heidi Youth" is not to disprove the Pacifica Forum speakers, but to "boot" them. So much for free speech.

We can guess what kind of boot they'll use.

Diversity strikes again

Here's a genuinely sad story:

A couple who accused former police Officer Marcus Jackson of misconduct filed civil suits against him and the city of Charlotte Friday, alleging an abuse of power and "inept" hiring practices by the city. ...

The suits say Jackson, 26, pulled them over after midnight Dec. 28, then made them follow him to the Eastway Baptist Church parking lot. There, the suits say, he fondled the woman under the guise of searching her, then ordered her boyfriend to pull down her bra and touch her while Jackson watched.

Since late December, six women have come forward alleging Jackson sexually assaulted them. A grand jury has indicted Jackson in three cases and asked prosecutors to investigate the other women's claims.

The couple are Hispanic, and both are illegal aliens. The man tried to protect his girlfriend, only to be arrested for -- now get this: "interfering with a police officer." Yeah. And now the Hispanic man is facing deportation. You have to feel sorry for him.

Worse, the accused policeman had prior arrests for sexual assault. So it appears the police department looked the other way in the name of affirmative action:

Attorney Neal Rodgers said Friday the suit raises questions of larger public interest, such as whether the police department lowered its standards for new recruits as part of Chief Rodney Monroe's effort to get more officers on the street, particularly minorities. Jackson was hired in 2008 and went on patrol in Charlotte's Eastway division in May 2009.

"Chief Monroe has made no secret of the fact that he wants the Police Department to represent the diversity of Charlotte," Rodgers said. The suit will seek to discover "whether or not there was created in some fashion a sort of 'don't-ask-don't-tell' policy in order to achieve the goal chief Monroe has set."

We're seeing more examples of how DC's mania for diversity directly threatens our security and undermines our economy. But this story of affirmative action colliding with open borders shows diversity turning on itself.

Obama’s Socialist Advisers Are Behind His Push For Immigration Reform

As we've been warning for some time, Obama intends to complete W's unfinished effort to grant amnesty to the 20 million illegal alien invaders occupying this country. Here's an analysis of what we can expect to hear from Obama tonight, from Gateway Pundit:

Byron York reported this morning that Barack Obama will push for some sort of immigration reform in his State of the Union Address tonight. ... You can thank a group of socialist advisors for being behind the push for immigration reform. These radicals believe “reform” could add another 8 million voters to their longterm governing coalition. Their goal then is not to reform the system or secure the border but to add numbers to the democratic power base.

At the “progressive” America’s Future Now! conference in Washington, DC on June 2, 2009, SEIU International Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina addressed attendees on the issue immigration reform:

Transcript: "We reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters. Can you imagine if we have, even the same ratio, two out of three? If we have eight million new voters who care about …… and will be voting. We will be creating a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle."

Could they be more blatant about it?

Could the American people be any more blind to what's being done to their country?

The American System of Liberty: Nullification, Secession and States Rights

From the Stephen Dill Lee Institute:

The Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is pleased to host the Meet the Speakers Reception in the Belle Meade Room of the Music City Sheraton Hotel. Featuring a period band, the evening will allow conference attendees to converse with our speakers and have them autograph books. The Division is proud to offer as an evening speaker THOMAS CARTWRIGHT, famed historian and former Director of the Carter House Historic Site on the Franklin Battlefield.

Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo - Host and Moderator

Dr. Brion McClanahan -"The Politically-Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers"

Dr. Marshall DeRosa - "The South Shall Rise Again- The New State Sovereignty Movement"

Dr. W. Kirk Wood - "The Truth About States Rights"

Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo - "The South was Right (Again): The Implosion of the Yankee Empire"

Dr. Don Livingston - "The Case for Secession"

Kent Masterson Brown - "Indissoluble Union: The Ultimate Nonsequitur"

Group Question and Answer Session

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Somalia: The Bad Boys Just Got Worse

The smoldering Islamic insurgency in Somalia is heating up again:

Al Shabaab's effort to control all of southern and central Somalia has failed, and the Islamic radical group now has to deal with internal dissent, and attacks from rival militias.

A lot of Islamic radical gunmen appear to have become bored with the religious life. Al Shabaab, and other Islamic radical groups, are having an increasing problem with some of their factions turning into common criminals. It starts with Islamic radical gunmen "taxing" locals for food and other basic supplies. But now some radicals are stealing cash and consumer goods. Islamic radical leaders say they will halt these crimes, but appear unable to do so.

These are bad dudes. Remember the ferocity of the attacks on American troops in Blackhawk Down? Good thing we don't have these people here in the USA.

Oh, wait a minute:

USA takes in 6,000 Somali from Uganda: THE American government is to resettle 5,800 refugees from Nakivale refugee camp in Isingiro district to the United States, Prosy Katura, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) protection officer, has revealed.

Not to worry! Thanks to American Exceptionalism® immigrants magically shed their old cultures and quarrels once they move here.

Oh, wait a minute:

On a recent afternoon, a group of mourners for three East-African men shot to death at a Minneapolis market shoveled heaps of dirt onto caskets.

At the gravesite, men chanted in Arabic: "There is no God but Allah."

This is how Somalis bury their dead in Mogadishu, one of the most violent places in the world. But the cemetery is in a suburb of Minneapolis, long a haven for East Africans fleeing their war-torn homelands.

That painful irony wasn't lost on members of Minnesota's Somali-American community, who are mourning the deaths of two of their young men, and an Ethiopian, all shot to death at a Minneapolis corner store earlier this month.

Authorities have charged two teenage Somali boys in the fatal shootings of Anwar Mohammed, Mohamed Warfa, and Osman Elmi.

Looks like the Bad Boys are on their way.

Keyboard Cat takes on the Reverend Jesse Jackson

This is the best KC ever!!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

The fall of Big Government

We knew the League of the South, Second Vermont Republic, Texas National Movement, and others were onto something -- something big. And that something big is smaller government -- not just here, but all around the world:

America’s most vibrant political force at the moment is the anti-tax tea-party movement. Even in leftish Massachusetts people are worried that Mr Obama’s spending splurge, notably his still-unpassed health-care bill, will send the deficit soaring. In Britain, where elections are usually spending competitions, the contest this year will be fought about where to cut. Even in regions as historically statist as Scandinavia and southern Europe debates are beginning to emerge about the size and effectiveness of government.

We're not claiming to be all that smart -- after all, the League of the South was formed just a few years after the fall of the Soviet Union, which was supposed to have represented the inevitable wave of the future. We saw ideology-based megastates collapse as culture-based nations sprang up like mushrooms to replace them. Those who make their living off Big Government still controlled the media, and pretty much ignored the gasping from oversized countries as insignificant. A cushy salary can blind even smart people to facts they don't want to acknowledge.

Devolution isn't so insignificant now, though, is it?

Goldman Sachs Had Bomb-Sniffing Dogs, Police Barricades At Its Headquarters Before Earnings Announcement

Concerned the natives who'd been forced to bail them out might get riled at news Goldman Sachs planned to pay lavish bonuses, the investment firm beefed up security:

As Goldman Sachs prepared to announce its fourth quarter earnings and employee compensation levels yesterday, the bank had bomb-sniffing dogs and police barricades on hand at its New York City headquarters, the New York Post reports.

The decision to boost security as its offices was apparently driven by growing fervor over the bank's huge profits and bonuses. Yesterday, the bank announced that it earned $13.4 billion for the year, and set aside $16 billion for employee compensation.

It's like they know they're getting away with legal larceny.

Obama defends FBI acquisition of phone records

Earlier, we reported how the FBI lied about non-existent "terror threats" to justify warrantless seizures of American citizen's telephone records.

And what does the Obama Regime say about this blatant violation of the 4th Amendment? That they'll do it again:

Although the FBI has acknowledged it improperly obtained thousands of Americans' phone records for years, the Obama administration continues to assert that the bureau can obtain them without any formal legal process or court oversight.

The FBI revealed this stance in a newly released report, troubling critics who'd hoped the bureau had been chastened enough by its own abuses to drop such a position.

In further support of the legal authority, however, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel backed the FBI in a written opinion issued this month.

Does anyone else out there remember the days when government officials caught breaking the law would apologize and promise to never do it again?

Now they're so arrogant, so completely unconcerned about what mere voters think, they just continue to do whatever they want.

I consider this final proof that elections won't help us recover our stolen rights. I think these fellas from It's My Blog have the only possible answer:

South Carolina Freedom Rally

Here's an event I missed somehow. On January 9, around 2000 people demonstrated at the South Carolina Freedom Rally in Columbia, braving 30 degree weather to air their disgust at the Federal government. It's My Blog posted this report. And check out the pictures!

I see at least three South Carolina Secession flags and three Gadsden flags. These folks in South Carolina know how to throw a protest!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Rush Limbaugh, League of the South attacked on MLK Day

In a speech honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., students at Vermont Law School were urged to agitate for leftist causes, to strive to be more like animals, and to beware of Rush Limbaugh and the League of the South.

No, really:

James Perkins Jr., the first black mayor of Selma, Ala., marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Tuesday by urging Vermont Law School students, faculty and staff to dedicate themselves to a cause for social justice. ...

"Find yourself a reason, a cause, and make a difference," Perkins told more than 250 people in Chase Community Center. "There is a call to action in America" to combat racism, poverty and problems in health care, housing and other quality-of-life issues. ...

The King Day celebration opened with a dedication to Professor Michael Mello, who died in November 2008, and the singing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the African American national anthem, led by Jefferson and Kendra Brown, 1L. ...

Perkins opened his remarks by citing the instinctive ability of birds, bees and other creatures to work together to improve their lot, an ability he said that human beings seem to lack.

He cited the "challenges and confusion and conflicts" that humans ceaselessly bring upon themselves rather than cooperating to improve their families and communities and to live in peace and prosperity.

"One would have thought we'd have figured it out by now," Perkins said. ...

Yes, humans just don't have the ability to improve their lot in life, unlike such superior beings as woodchucks and musk oxen. Clearly, it's because they avoid the sly propaganda offered by conservative talk radio and conservative web sites:

Perkins said he was uncertain if a conspiracy exists against black political candidates in America, but he warned against radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, the League of the South and others who promote "deceitful political talk."

Sean Williams, the president of the Black Law Students Association, found Mr. Perkins' speech "amazing." I agree.

Obama White House Is Lying to You

Thanks to Obama's massive borrowing, the US economy is sailing back toward Prosperity. Right? Well, maybe not:

Author, investor and longtime Wall Street observer James Dale Davidson says our government is lying to us: There is no genuine economic recovery happening.

“I think what we have seen ... is a simulated recovery which has been generated by the government faking it in a lot of different ways," putting out what he calls statistical falsehoods on economic numbers "to make it seem that the economy is stronger than it is,” Davidson told Newsmax.

For example, calculations for the recently released unemployment figures released failed to include the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics had undercounted the number of unemployed people in 2009 by 824,000 persons.

No jobs, no recovery. Meanwhile, DC's idiotic military interventions (now including Haiti) are burning dollars faster than the space shuttle burns liquid hydrogen.

Your Southern music break

It's Friday, y'all! Time for Alan Jackson with "You ain't just whistlin' Dixie!"

To Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, gorgeous Georgia
Now if you think I'm happy down there your on the right track.

And you ain't just whistling Dixie you ain't just slapping your knee
I'm a grandson of the Southland and heir to the Confederacy
You ain't just whistling Dixie cause the cattle calls calling me home
So put me down there where I want to be, plant my feet with Robert E. Lee.

Has Obama Lost White America?

Right and left read the same writing on the wall from Scott Brown's upset victory in Massachusetts, and draw conflicting conclusions. Both Pat Buchanan and Thomas B. Edsall of The New Republic see Obama's agenda as slanted toward minorities -- but each views that agenda in a starkly different light.

Here's Pat Buchanan:

So what have Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi been doing for a year? Crafting a federal takeover of health care with a vast plan that provides coverage for the uninsured—most of whom are minorities—while sticking it to Medicare recipients, 80 percent to 90 percent of whom are white.

Immigrants are 21 percent of the uninsured, but only 7 percent of the population. This means white folks on Medicare or headed there will see benefits curtailed, while new arrivals from the Third World, whence almost all immigrants come, get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance. Any wonder why all those Tea Party and town-hall protests seem to be made up of angry white folks?

Buchanan sees an opportunity for Republicans to reverse their 2008 loss if they stake out positions that will attract white voters:

An end to affirmative action and ethnic preferences, an end to bailouts of Wall Street bankers, a moratorium on immigration until unemployment falls to 6 percent, an industrial policy that creates jobs here and stops shipping them to China appear a winning hand in 2012.

I'd vote for that.

Now, back to Mr. Thomas B. Edsall, who sees the same social-political alignment but takes the opposite side. The magazine he writes for, The New Republic, combines liberal social and economic policies with a hawkish foreign policy. Translation: It's another Neocon tabloid. (No wonder homosexual activist Jamie Kirchick used TNR to launch his smears against Ron Paul, and Neocon patriarch Robert Kagan toils there as an associate editor.)

Edsall is even more explicit in describing the significance of the Federal takeover of health care:

The harsh reality is many voters consider the health care bill a multibillion-dollar transfer of taxpayer money to the uninsured, a population disproportionately, although by no means exclusively, made up of the poor, African Americans, Latinos, single parents, and the long-term unemployed. Providing medical care to this population is an explicit goal of the legislation, and a worthy goal, but political suicide in the current environment.

As everyone knows, the United States is undergoing a profound demographic transformation. Non-Hispanic whites are likely to become a minority by the year 2042. This shift underlies the theory of a Democratic realignment: Pro-Democratic groups are growing while the pro-Republican white population is declining.

And that's a good thing, according to Edsall. The progressive agenda -- shared by liberals and Neocons -- requires a demographic revolution to succeed. That's why Bush/Cheney pushed amnesty for illegal aliens, and why Obama planned to take it up after he passed his health care takeover. But despite that temporary setback, Edsall sees hope for the progressive agenda in current population trends:

From 1988 to 2008, [Ruy Teixeira of the Center for American Progress] wrote, the importance of moderate and low-income white voters had steadily diminished: “The minority share of voters in presidential elections has risen by 11 percentage points, while the share of increasingly progressive white college graduate voters has risen by four points. But the share of white-working class voters, who have remained conservative in their orientation, has plummeted by 15 points.” It was the dawn of an enlightened political era, he explained: “A new progressive America is on the rise.”

That's the fork in the road we've paused at. Will we agree to go down the path toward that new progressive America, or not?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Democrats Propose $1.9T Increase in Debt Limit

Yesterday I linked to a article entitled, Is The U.S. Economy Being Tanked By Mistake or By Intent? It argued that the Federal government is deliberately sabotaging the economy for the short-term gain of politically connected big business and the long-term advantage of the Federal government.

I wasn't sure if I should have posted something that blunt and accusatory -- until I read this from ABC News:

Senate Democrats on Wednesday proposed allowing the federal government to borrow an additional $1.9 trillion to pay its bills, a record increase that would permit the national debt to reach $14.3 trillion.

The unpopular legislation is needed to allow the federal government to issue bonds to fund programs and prevent a first-time default on obligations. It promises to be a challenging debate for Democrats, who, as the party in power, hold the responsibility for passing the legislation.

Well, that does it. The Democrats are either howling-at-the-moon insane, or evil.

Senator Chappaquiddick's legacy

Freshmen in Congress introduce NO-AMNESTY resolution

Looks like the election of the anti-amnesty Scott Brown to replace Ted Kennedy got someone's attention. From NumbersUSA:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has introduced a bi-partisan House Resolution along with Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) and 20 other House Members that would express the House's intent to 1) mandate the nationwide use of E-Verify, 2) secure the borders, and 3) prevent any amnesty as part of an immigration reform bill.

It's interesting that 12 of the 18 sponsors are from the South.

Mirror, mirror

The Empire's economy continues to sputter. World markets diversify holdings amid fears of the Empire's weakening currency. And a major economic, political, and military rival ratchets up an arms race that could ignite the Empire's economic self-immolation.

Does this series of events remind anyone else of what happened to the Soviet Union in the 1980s?

Danger ahead -- the nullification of the Congress

The writer acknowledges the right of State nullification as a valid and useful weapon against centralization and inevitable tyranny. The danger he warns about is the effective nullification of the entire legislature, and the usurpation of all power by the executive:

Consider this: Every major move, initiative, proposal or policy of the Obama White House and its willing enablers down the street in DC has, at its dark heart, a pernicious power grab or power shift. The intent? To restructure the balance of power into the hands of an almighty Executive.

He may be on to something. We've done our best to document how the Obama administration is racing to consolidate and expand the Executive Powers claimed by Bush/Cheney. Now that the voters are rising up in legitimate protest, effectively blocking Obama's hard-left agenda, the continuing neutering of the people's representatives is an imminent and frightening threat.

Feds prepare to give 200,000 Haitian illegal immigrants 'protected status'

Voters are angry. A crucial election in Massachusetts, supposedly the safest of safe houses for liberals, goes wrong. Democratic pollsters admit fear of major losses in the 2010 congressional races.

What's a besieged administration to do? Simple -- just use a trick honed to perfection by Chicago politicians: ship in more reliable voters:

The Obama administration is preparing to handle applications from as many as 200,000 undocumented Haitian immigrants who want to live and work legally in the United States under a new immigration program unveiled last week in the aftermath of Haiti's destructive earthquake.

The federal government will begin accepting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applications on Thursday, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, whose agency will process the paperwork.

Prediction: These immigrants will be as temporary as "temporary" taxes.

Mass. Voters Opted for 'Visceral Comfort' of a White Guy

Did you know those Massachusetts voters who sent Scott Brown to the Senate did so for racial reasons? It's a fact:

He is a traditional-looking middle-aged white male. We’re going back to basics, we’ve obviously had our first African American president we’ve had the female candidates and what-not – you look at him, he looks like the candidate, the traditional view of the candidate, and is there a visceral comfort in that for people? I’m just curious from real kind of sociological point of view. MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch

Anytime voters pull the wrong lever -- "wrong" defined as "against the progressive/establishment agenda" -- it always comes down to racism. Always.

Even in Massachusetts!

Alabama lawmakers pass historic resolution

Here's something to cheer about -- history in the making:

Alabama state leaders sent a strong message to Washington, reminding our nation's leaders that the state can secede from The Union if people here don't like what's going on at the capitol.

Not since the civil war has a state tried to leave the union, but after Tuesday's vote on the Alabama State Sovereignty Resolution cleared both state legislative chambers, local lawmakers sent a strong hint they're watching what's going on in the nation's capital and they know their constitutional rights.

"We went down to Montgomery on Monday," said Angela Laughlin who was in the capital as the votes were tallied.

The mother of four is a member of the Shoals area Patriots, a group that pushed through grassroots campaigning to let legislators know what she said people were telling her.

"You're supposed to be quiet in the gallery but everybody was cheering," said Laughlin.

What did I tell you? I would've cheered, too, right there in the gallery.

The Tea Parties, electoral upsets, the explosion of interest in States' Rights and secession, States invoking their Tenth Amendment rights against a rapacious and negligent Federal government -- all proclaim that an exciting time of renewal has arrived. Don't let this historic opportunity pass us by. Want to join in and be part of the rebellion against socialism, crony capitalism, and the surrender of our sovereignty? Start by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Is The U.S. Economy Being Tanked By Mistake or By Intent?

Who would profit from manipulation of the economy -- beside politically connected big business?

Haitian Illegals Can Help NYC Economy

Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?

New York City can revive its economy by helping Haitians and other immigrants get small business loans, creating jobs and other programs for at-risk youths, boosting anti-foreclosure efforts, and setting up neighborhood credit unions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday.

Earthquake-stricken Haitian New Yorkers should be given the federal immigration agency's support of "Temporary Protected Status" so they can find better-paying legal jobs and send more money back home, Bloomberg said in a copy of his annual State of the City address.

New York City has the largest population of Haitian descent outside Port-au-Prince, the earthquake-torn capital city of this Caribbean nation.

Bad Intelligence–But in Which Direction?

Justin Logan notes the history of DC's slanted interpretation of the Iranian "threat":

“Late 1991: In congressional reports and CIA assessments, the United States estimates that there is a ‘high degree of certainty that the government of Iran has acquired all or virtually all of the components required for the construction of two to three nuclear weapons.’ A February 1992 report by the U.S. House of Representatives suggests that these two or three nuclear weapons will be operational between February and April 1992.”

“February 24, 1993: CIA director James Woolsey says that Iran is still 8 to 10 years away from being able to produce its own nuclear weapon, but with assistance from abroad it could become a nuclear power earlier.”

“January 1995: The director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, John Holum, testifies that Iran could have the bomb by 2003.”

“January 5, 1995: U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry says that Iran may be less than five years from building an atomic bomb, although ‘how soon…depends how they go about getting it.’”

“April 29, 1996: Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres says ‘he believes that in four years, they [Iran] may reach nuclear weapons.’”

“October 21, 1998: General Anthony Zinni, head of U.S. Central Command, says Iran could have the capacity to deliver nuclear weapons within five years. ‘If I were a betting man,’ he said, ‘I would say they are on track within five years, they would have the capability.’”

“January 17, 2000: A new CIA assessment on Iran’s nuclear capabilities says that the CIA cannot rule out the possibility that Iran may possess nuclear weapons. The assessment is based on the CIA’s admission that it cannot monitor Iran’s nuclear activities with any precision and hence cannot exclude the prospect that Iran may have nuclear weapons.”

Despite the record of hyping up the imaginary Iranian threat, the pro-war, any war crowd keeps sounding the alarm. John Bolton's "United Against Nuclear Iran" organization, for example, keeps the Chicken Littles screaming for a pre-emptive strike against a nation that has not threatened us, and is not occupying the lands of any other nation.

This is the way DC keeps its subjects in line -- with a steady diet of fear. That way, we will humbly look to our overlords for protection, and will surrender whatever they demand, whether it be our children to serve in DC's armies of "liberation" or tax dollars.

One last post on MLK

I have to quote this report on a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest held here in Charlotte:

Nine-year-old Bree Shipp got a standing ovation when she read the essay that won first prize in the MLK Writing Contest.

She touched on King's educational background, and reflected on how different things would have been if he hadn't lived.

"I wouldn't be writing this," she said. "Obama wouldn't be president. I wouldn't be able to go to the same school as white children. The world would be a disaster if Martin Luther King hadn't existed."

People leaving the program gave it high praise.

This intense brainwashing of young students reminds me of the flowery rhetoric you'd expect to hear praising Comrade Stalin or Beloved Leader Kim Jong-il.

Nations and the nation-state

PalmettoPatriot is a regular reader known for on-target comments on this blog. He sent this link to a clip from a radio call-in show in which he participated:

Hey Old Rebel,

I was on the radio last night calling in to a libertarian show in NH. I argued that while involuntary gov't is definitely illegitimate, nations of people are real. Anyhow, thought you might enjoy it. I cut out the clip from the show and it's here...

It's a great point he makes here: There's a vast difference between the bureaucracy of the 20th-century nation-state, which ruled by force and fraud, and an historical nation, which is an extended family. The breakup of the British Empire, the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and the rise of self-aware nationalities in other oversized nation-states prove people can easily live without the nation-state (and often fare much better without it), but that nationality, identity, and ethnicity matter now more than ever.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Brown Beats Coakley in Massachusetts Senate Race

I never would've dreamed it possible that an Establishment liberal could lose to a Republican. It isn't exactly a win for conservatism -- after all, we're only talking about one Massachusetts politician beating another here, folks -- but this is BIG. Obama's hook to the left has been repudiated, big time.

My only regret is that Ted Kennedy didn't live to see this.

A Banner Year for Bank Failures

Karen De Coster looks past official happy talk about the economy and sees trouble within the banking industry. Guess what this means for us?

A Tradition of Resistance

Here's why the Southern Cause still inspires genuine hope for the future. From a report on a Louisiana Tea Party rally on The Tenth Amendment Center blog:

... States’ rights were dealt a heavy blow by The Civil War. The states, exhausted and depleted, were unable and unwilling to raise serious protests against the federal government after combat had ceased. All branches of the federal government thereafter took on new powers which had formerly been exercised exclusively by the state and local governments, private associations, and individuals.

But an extraordinary thing has begun to happen of late. The creature left for dead at the end of The Civil War – state interposition against federal acts – is beginning to stir again. The states are beginning to reassert their powers, to defend themselves against an ever more expansive federal government.

As the author makes clear, this is no time to sit back and watch others have all the fun. Here are two essential steps any of us can undertake to help reclaim our stolen liberties:

1.) First, convince the general public that their rights and freedoms would be safer if power were returned to state and local authorities from the federal government; and that one of the best ways of accomplishing this is through the act of interposition, in whatever form. Call talk radio shows, write letters to the editor, e-mail information to family and friends, hold a 10th Amendment rally – all of these are good ways to inform the public.

2.) Second, convince government officials – be they city, parish, or state – to join the effort to nullify unconstitutional laws within their jurisdictions. Personal visits; letters or faxes; rallies outside their offices – these and other ideas should be considered.

I have one question to readers: What are we waiting for?

FBI broke law for years in phone record searches

Gee, this is almost enough to make you not trust "our" government:

The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews. FBI officials issued approvals after the fact to justify their actions.

Illegal searches, threats that socialized medicine will be imposed on us "one way or another," and elections to the contrary be damned, a government that manipulates its citizens into supporting its policies, government-sponsored demographic revolution -- looks like DC is going to do what it wants, no matter the will of the people.

Guess they're leaving us no alternative ...

States' rights protesters rally for change at Capitol

Now this protest rally sounds more like what we need. When people brandish signs that read, "Oust this regime," "Texas Independence Now" and "Secede," they're throwing more than a tantrum, they're ready to throw out their overlords. From The Statesman:

Al Hays said he was a longtime Republican Party precinct chair in the Houston area, cheerleading for Gov. Rick Perry and the state's GOP leadership.

No more.

On Saturday, Hays drove to Austin to join more than 600 fellow Texans at a grass-roots State's Rights Rally on the Capitol grounds that roused more than two hours of cheering as speaker after speaker charged up a take-back-our-country agenda.

"We stand on the cusp of a new era," said George Scaggs, director of NewRevolutionNow, a group demanding that the Legislature pass a so-called nullification resolution to block the federal government from enacting President Barack Obama's health care initiative and other unfunded — and what they say are unconstitutional — federal mandates.

"This is a fledgling revolution, that's what it is."

Now it's time to ditch the flags of our handlers and adapt the real flags of freedom. The Gadsden and Texas flags are great, but we need some Rebel flags to spice things up.

NAACP vows stronger Confederate flag fight

It's time to take down the monument to fallen South Carolina soldiers from over 140 years ago. Because blacks in America face no greater threat.

US accused of 'occupying' Haiti as troops flood in

That's what the French minister in charge of humanitarian relief has charged. "This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti," Mr Joyandet said.

Which raises the ticklish question: Why so much feverish effort? As VDare noted yesterday:

First of all, [Obama] thanks the members of his National Security team for standing with him and announces that the Haitian earthquake is to be "the top priority for their departments and agencies right now."

Really? We’re at war. We had an attempted terrorist attack less than a month ago. We can’t even sort out airport security and yet a natural disaster in a country that has never had any link to America is the “top priority” for Obama’s National Security team?

Meanwhile, Florida braces for "a mass migration of Haitian nationals."

Robert E. Lee

From Wikipedia:

After the war, as a college President, Lee supported President Andrew Johnson's program of Reconstruction and inter-sectional friendship, while opposing the Radical Republican proposals to give freed slaves the vote and take the vote away from ex-Confederates. He urged them to re-think their position between the North and the South, and the reintegration of former Confederates into the nation's political life. Lee became the great Southern hero of the war, and his popularity grew in the North as well after his death in 1870. He remains an iconic figure of American military leadership.

Benjamin Hill:

He possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guile. He was a Caesar without his ambition; Frederick without his tyranny; Napoleon without his selfishness; and Washington without his reward.

Dwight D. Eisenhower:

General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his belief in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history.

From deep conviction I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s caliber would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained.

Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall.

"Duty is the sublimest word in the language. You can never do more than your duty. You should never wish to do less." Robert E. Lee

"Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand." General Robert E. Lee, August, 1870 to Governor Stockdale of Texas

Champions of Liberty

Yesterday we held our magnifying lens over a mythical figure whose reputation doesn't square with the hype. Today, we'll focus on praiseworthy individuals.

Here's a great piece published by our friends at Ohio Republic. It focuses on four champions of true liberty: Walter E. Williams and Thomas Sowell, whose deadly accurate insights into the pathology of liberalism and government supremacy we use often, Ian Baldwin of Vermont Commons, and the one and only H. K. Edgerton, a man I've marched with and shared the podium with a number of times.

My hat's off to you, gentlemen!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Why does Haiti suffer so much?

Looks like Danny Glover isn't the only one blaming Haiti's problems on an angry planet. Elizabeth McAlister, a professor of religion at Wesleyan University, shares her insights on how the Haitians interpret the devastating earthquake:

Afro-Creole religion, known as Vodou, still underpins the philosophy of many Haitians, though by no means everyone. A spirit-priest I know reads the earthquake as an allegorical message from the spirits who infuse the land. "The land is our mother," he said. When you abuse the land -- deforest her, plant only one crop, overpopulate her, erode her soil -- she explodes, searching for a way to rebalance.

The spirit of the land had become sick with abuse. Her children -- the eldest ones, the ones in charge, the Haitian government -- had no policies, no laws to protect the land or use it wisely. The spirit-mother exploded with fever. "We know this has a scientific cause," said the spirit-priest. "But look how the government buildings caved in. This tells us something."

Then there's Steve Sailer's explanation.

Real Conservatives Are Anti-State and Anti-War

For those of you who enjoyed my post on a radical Islamist who rejected nihilism and violence, here's an interview with Dr. Thomas Woods, who rejected the pro-war, any war mindset:

Daily Bell: We think one of the main challenges facing America today is the growth of the so-called pro-military conservative movement. We believe the movement almost purposefully confuses people about Jeffersonian classical liberal thought and is far more challenging to the growing Misesian free-market ideology than the Democrats. Agree? Disagree?

Woods: I think they're both pretty awful. I used to be one of these "the Pentagon can do no wrong" conservatives until I realized a few things: (1) the contradiction at work in my holding up this one government institution as beyond reproach; (2) the fact that government lies surrounding foreign policy are especially egregious and embarrassing, if we're going to be honest about it; (3) I would have had a field day if the Soviet Union had tried to pull off some of these lies, but when it's "my" government I instead searched around for supporting evidence to back up the lies; (4) no supporter of the free market can look at military procurement and the military-industrial complex in any detail (and I am confident most conservatives haven't) without recoiling in utter disgust.

Why are American professors overwhelmingly leftist?

Maybe that's the wrong question. Is it better to ask why so many professors are liberal, or should we ask why so many liberals want to be professors?

Or maybe there's an entirely different way of analyzing this. Our universities have degenerated from their roles as centers of learning and the unbiased quest for knowledge to bought-and-paid-for think tanks for bigger and bigger government.

Radicals of all stripes despise human nature, traditional society, and liberty, and are convinced they know how to reconstruct the world for the better. This mindset attracts bright people who lack wisdom and humility. So no matter the issue, look for the universities to back any policy that boosts government’s power and reach.

Reader inquiry

Would someone please tell me what provision of the Constitution authorizes the President to appoint a "council of governors"? Steve K

Old Rebel is here for you.

The authority for Obama's Council of Governors or anything else that pops into his head comes from a well-established Constitutional theory of interpretation called the "Read-between-the-lines" school. Its central tenet is that anything that increases the power of the Federal government is Constitutional. That's how a compassionate Federal government is able to force us to buy health insurance.

I hope that helps.

Multiculturalism and radical Islam

Ed Husain's book, The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left, explains what attracted Husain to radical Islam, and why he ultimately rejected it. In that book and in this interview he explains how he felt drawn to radical Islam as a result of his early life as the child of immigrants growing up in multicultural England:

People who arrived in Britain in the 1960's, my parent's generation, after the winding up of the British Empire, came initially for economic purposes with some hope of going back. That going back never happened, so for my generation growing up, we were confused as to who we were. At home we were exposed to one culture and at school we were exposed to another.

So Britishness was never defined for our generation growing up. The fact is we've got communities up and down the country that lived totally separate lives. In the name of multiculturalism we've created monocultural ghettoes in Birmingham, London, Bradford, where there's no interaction between native white English communities and the children of immigrants.

When we went to mosques, most of the imams came from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and they spoke about an Islam that was very village-based, a folkloric Islam. ... It's about identity, and radical Islam attracted us because we didn't have a very strong identity to start off with. So when the radical Muslims come onto the scene and say, hey, you're not just Muslim, you're a "True Muslim" with a capital "T" and a capital "M."

The ideal of the "ummah," the universal brotherhood of Muslims, became his life goal. However, the more he learned about the "real" Islam, the more he realized how unrealistic it was. Studying in Mecca, he witnessed first hand the emptiness of Islam's promise as a unifying ideology transcending race and class:

All my talk of ummah seemed so juvenile now. .... Racism was an integral part of Saudi society. My students often used the word “nigger” to describe black people. Even dark-skinned Arabs were considered inferior to their lighter-skinned cousins. I was living in the world’s most avowedly Muslim country, yet I found it anything but.

Reading Husain's comments, I couldn't help but notice the similarity between the appeal of radical Islam and radical multicults -- both reveal unfulfilled needs to exhibit virtue, to define identity, and to lay claim to special power and authority.

All of which says much about the extremes people -- especially young people -- will go to when normal, natural pathways to discovering self and identity and a sense of belonging are denied by misguided social and political policies.

Secession and the Bankruptcy of Ideas

Here's what it all boils down to, courtesy of DumpDC:

There is a war being waged for your mind. There are only two sides in this fight.

One side believes that government is good, and more government is better. They want to minimize individual liberty, and they promote the interests of groups. ...

The other combatant camp believes in individual liberty and natural rights bestowed upon man by his Creator. They know that power corrupts. They know that any government must be bound with strong chains to protect life, liberty and property.

As the DumpDC posting says, if you choose to do nothing, you're in effect submitting to the government supremacists. It's time lovers of liberty to organize and take back their country (or what portion of it they can).

Rebellion blog observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In the true spirit of the man being idolized today, I will plagiarize selected bloggers, conspire with communists, and cap off the evening with a little illicit sex.

It's a tradition.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Andrew Sullivan watch

This self-described "conservative" lashes out against Scott Brown in the Massachusetts senatorial race and urges Democrats to support the dreadful and leaden, but properly thinking, and thoroughly establishment-friendly Oakley:

Hold your nose and vote for Coakley on Tuesday. The message is already clear to Obama about the need to pivot quickly to debt and spending (something his record already proves he can do). But losing health insurance reform now, and crippling the Obama presidency as the far right wants, would be to throw away the last chance for a decade of any meaningful change.

If you voted for Obama in 2008, don't abandon him now.

Can't we sue Andrew Sullivan for fraud? Identity theft? Something?

Unlock your doors and throw away the keys

Here's a perfect illustration of how other-worldly and anti-human the ideology of anarchy is:

In the wake of the earthquake, a number of countries – including the u.s., France, and the Dominican Republic – are calling a temporary halt to the deportation of Haitian immigrants.

While this falls far short of the freeing-up of the borders that justice and compassion alike demand, it represents a little bit of very welcome decency.

Yes, this is the kind of thinking you get from those who spend too much time thinking -- thinking that is divorced from human nature, from history, from reality itself.

The hideous movement that claimed Utopia would blossom once workers demolished all private property rots in the Dempster dumpster of history. The ideology behind it still hangs on, but only as a laughable relic. Today, the greatest challenge to humanity is globalism, which is determined to undermine and eventually eradicate all natural forms of human association and community, and leave in their place rootless, unconnected, helpless individuals.

Unlike communism, the globalist threat emanates from a number of ideologies, including left-libertarianism (such as the blogger quoted above) and Neoconservatism. Many liberals and self-described "conservatives" also tout multiculturalism, unaware of its corrosive effects on communities. But those who wish to cripple small and large associations that provide refuge to the individual and resistance to tyranny know exactly what they're doing.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal

Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs believes the government should send undercover infiltrators into dissident organizations and online discussion groups to "increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility" of dissident groups.

Can you imagine the uproar we would've heard from the left if a member of the Bush administration had said something like that?

But as Glenn Greenwald notes, it all boils down to the tyrant's ultimate excuse: The end justifies the means:

... how could it possibly be justified for the U.S. Government to institute covert programs designed to undermine anti-government "conspiracy theories," discredit government critics, and increase faith and trust in government pronouncements? Because, says Sunstein, such powers are warranted only when wielded by truly well-intentioned government officials who want to spread The Truth and Do Good -- i.e., when used by people like Cass Sunstein and Barack Obama:

Throughout, we assume a well-motivated government that aims to eliminate conspiracy theories, or draw their poison, if and only if social welfare is improved by doing so.

But it's precisely because the Government is so often not "well-motivated" that such powers are so dangerous. Advocating them on the ground that "we will use them well" is every authoritarian's claim.

Exactly -- that's one of the messages this blog is dedicated to publicizing. The pro-war, any war bloggers cheered on W's assaults on the Bill of Rights in the name of "national greatness" and denounced those of us who objected as "unpatriotic conservatives."

I wonder how those "conservative" cheerleaders for empire feel about the Chief Executive's power grabs now that a socialist is in the White House?

More at memeorandum.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Obama: Haitians in country illegally can stay


The Obama administration will allow the estimated 100,000 to 200,000 illegal Haitian immigrants to remain in this country -- as a "humanitarian" gesture, of course. I was afraid of something like this:

Undocumented Haitian immigrants don't have to worry about being sent home to hell on Earth - the Obama administration has halted deportations.

The feds are being urged to go further and grant Haitians in the U.S. special status to stay here until conditions improve.

"This is just so tragic that we don't want immigration problems to add to the tragedy," said Chung-Wha Hong of the New York Immigration Coalition.

"The thing that we need to realize is that the biggest resource that victims have in Haiti is probably their relatives in the United States."

As Rahm Emanuel advised, "Never let a good crisis go to waste." And the devastation in Haiti could be a great opportunity to import more Democratic voters. Since Haiti has lost the last vestiges of social and political order, more than a brigade of the US military is establishing order there. Those supply lines could easily be turned into means of evacuation and/or resettlement.


Schools Brace For Possible Influx Of Haitian Students

Haiti's massive earthquake has left millions of its residents looking for a place to call home.

Gov. Charlie Crist seems confident the state of Florida is prepared to take in a sudden influx of Haitian refugees and U.S. citizens living in Haiti.

"We have one of the best preparedness, hurricane preparedness on the planet frankly because of all the hurricanes we've dealt with in the past, so Florida will be ready," Crist said.

I hate it when I'm right. Thanks to Steve for the heads up!


Miami advocates are pushing to relocate Haitian children to the U.S.

Southern music break

Hey, it's FRIDAY, y'all! Here's Rodney Atkins with a little Dixie fix he calls "About the South."

What I love about the South
If you need a Dixie Fix just come on down
That's what I love about the South
Southern bells with a drawl
Make you stop and drop your jaw
Come on ya'll shut your mouth
That's what I love about the South

Glover: Haiti earthquake caused by an angry planet

Danny Glover on the Haiti disaster: "When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?"

Yes, oh esteemed Enyioma, we know. The insanity starts at 2:00 in the video.

Oklahoma Gubernatorial candidate denounces Obama's Council of Governors

More thunderclaps from the growing rebellion. Oklahoma has a Tenth Amendment supporter ready to oppose DC's power grabs:

Gubernatorial candidate state Senator Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso) today announced his adamant opposition to the Obama administration's Council of Governors.

"This power grab eliminates the lines between federal and state authority," Brogdon said. "This move by the administration undoubtedly violates our Tenth Amendment rights as a state."

The establishment of the Council was directed by the 110th Congress in 2008 by the enactment of Public Law 110–181, Section 1822. However, an executive order was signed by President Obama on the 11th of January to initiate the action.
The Council of Governors, according to the White House web site, will consist of ten governors selected by the President and will work directly with federal military and security agencies on military activities within the United States.

"As governor I would never sit idly by and allow the federal government to usurp power clearly delegated to the State of Oklahoma," Brogdon said.

All, right Oklahoma -- don't let Vermont get ahead!

9 Vermont State Office Candidates Favor Secession

Forget Sarah Palin. Forget the Republican Party. Heck, you can scratch DC off the list while you're at it, because the entrenched ruling elite is hopelessly beyond reform. The smart money is on local politics, because that's where the people can reclaim their delegated and stolen rights back from the Feds. These candidates know that's where the action is:

Several Vermont political candidates want their state to call it quits with America.

In what organizers call the first statewide slate of pro-secession candidates, nine people under the Vermont Independence Day banner are planning to run for governor, lieutenant governor and seven seats in the state Senate.

They say they want a fresh start with a real democracy.

Thanks to Jeff for the heads up!

Secession and the AIDS Doctrine of Government

Do you know the eight symptoms of GOVAIDS? More important, do you know the cure? From DumpDC.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Officials: 'Credible Intelligence' on Terror Attack Planning Against U.S.

This makes no sense whatsoever. Fox News reports Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is planning a major attack against the United States.

How could this be? We're doing everything we can to prevent this sort of thing. We have the best-paid intelligence bureaucracy in the known universe. We have over half a million U.S. troops, spies, contractors, dependents, and others on military bases located in more than 130 countries. We're ramming democracy down the throats of ungrateful Iraqis and Afghans to make the world a safer place.

And on top of all that, we're letting people from Muslim countries immigrate here so they can see how tolerant we are.

And despite all that, terrorists are plotting to hurt us. There's just no explaining it.

Well, if it's good for the ecomomy ...

Gay marriage good for economy, says San Francisco's top economist

Amnesty for illegals Good For the Economy, says Cato Institute

Selling your children's organs good for the economy, says ethicist

"There is more money to be made in the breaking apart of a civilization than in the building of one." Rhett Butler

The Path to National Suicide

A reader recommends this free pamphlet on the consequences of DC's Open Borders agenda:

Mike – this was written in 1990 and now it sounds quite prophetic. I don’t think even the author of this prescient essay envisioned immigration from Somalia and Nigeria via the immigration lottery.

Some very good background on history of immigration policy and congressional hearings at the time of the 1965 Immigration Reform Act. There seems to be only one senator who was concerned about this and questioned Teddy and Bobby Kennedy pretty hard. Can you guess who?

But did the 1965 Act actually put an end to discrimination?

Sam Ervin of North Carolina, co-chairman of the immigration subcommittee, thought not. In sharp distinction from his colleagues, who seemed ready to launch America into the unknown on the basis of idealistic dreams and falsified numbers, Ervin practiced the Confucian standard of leadership; he used words that corresponded with facts.

The Economy Has Six Months to Live

That's this expert's opinion.

HIV-positive foreigners enter US after ban lifted

We have lived long enough to witness this great moment in Civil Rights:

A Dutch citizen who arrived in New York on Thursday was among the first HIV-positive foreigners to enter the United States since the Obama administration repealed a 22-year-old travel ban that opponents said unfairly stigmatized people living with the virus.

"I see it as a victory for human rights," said Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch's LGBT program who monitored Ruland's arrival through customs. "I'm very pleased with the decision by the Obama administration. Human Rights Watch has pleaded for this for years. So now we're very happy this change has come about."

Clemens Ruland, 45, of the Netherlands, arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport on a flight from Amsterdam with his partner, Hugo Bausch, 50, for a one-week vacation.

Ruland, a psychiatric nurse and AIDS activist who works with criminal and troubled youth, told reporters he was thrilled that HIV-positive travelers to the U.S. were being treated equally.

"For the first time, in a legal way, without lying about my HIV status, I'm very proud to be here as myself," Ruland said. "People with HIV are not a threat to anybody, so there is no reason to exclude them," he added.

That's right, HIV carriers aren't a threat. Just ask Ryan White. Well, he isn't returning phone calls. Then there's Kimberly Bergalis, one of five patients infected by a homosexual dentist who didn't inform his patients he had HIV. I guess we'll have to put her down as "no comment."

Green Guilt -- and anti-Southern bias explained

This insightful piece explains the fanaticism behind global warming zealots -- and a lot more:

Every culture feels the call of conscience—the voice of internal self-criticism. But Western Christian culture, according to Nietzsche and then Freud, has conscience on steroids, so to speak. Our sense of guilt is comparatively extreme, and, with our culture of original sin and fallen status, we feel guilty about our very existence. In the belly of Western culture is the feeling that we're not worthy. Why is this feeling there?

All this internalized self-loathing is the cost we pay for being civilized. In a very well-organized society that protects the interests of many, we have to refrain daily from our natural instincts. We have to repress our own selfish, aggressive urges all the time, and we are so accustomed to it as adults that we don't always notice it. ...

When aggression can't go out, then it has to go inward. So we engage in a kind of self-denial, or self-cruelty. ... There are still those who believe that God is watching them and judging them, so their feelings of guilt and moral indignation are couched in the traditional theological furniture. But increasing numbers, in the middle and upper classes, identify themselves as being secular or perhaps "spiritual" rather than religious.

Now the secular world still has to make sense out of its own invisible, psychological drama—in particular, its feelings of guilt and indignation. Environmentalism, as a substitute for religion, has come to the rescue. Nietzsche's argument about an ideal God and guilt can be replicated in a new form: We need a belief in a pristine environment because we need to be cruel to ourselves as inferior beings, and we need that because we have these aggressive instincts that cannot be let out.

You've seen the self-hatred of white multicults at pro- and anti-amnesty rallies. These self-flagellators and street toughs fantasize they're tragic heroes right out of Hemingway. In their minds these "antifa" (anti-fascists) are demonstrating their nobility and self-righteousness. They denounce opponents of Open Borders as modern-day Nazis -- a confusion of terms born of adolescent angst and thorough indoctrination by the multi-national corporations that control the media and determine orthodox thinking.

Of course, these "antifa" -- which I prefer to call "the Heidi Youth" -- have made themselves enforcers for the rich and powerful who profit from the importation of poor, easily exploited immigrants, and the displacement and impoverishment of American workers.

What better way to explain their sad grasp at meaning and purification than the hollowed-out remnants of Christian morality? That's why you need to read this article.

An Unlikely Enemy

How ploddingly inept is our overgrown intelligence bureaucracy? This inept:

Michael Winston Hicks’s mother initially sensed trouble when he was a baby and she could not get a seat for him on their flight to Florida at an airport kiosk; airline officials explained that his name “was on the list,” she recalled.

The first time he was patted down, at Newark Liberty International Airport, Mikey was 2. He cried.

After years of long delays and waits for supervisors at every airport ticket counter, this year’s vacation to the Bahamas badly shook up the family. Mikey was frisked on the way there, then more aggressively on the way home.

“Up your arms, down your arms, up your crotch — someone is patting your 8-year-old down like he’s a criminal,” Mrs. Hicks recounted. “A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don’t catch him. But my 8-year-old can’t walk through security without being frisked.”

Words fail me.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Missouri lawmakers speak at States’ Rights event

Here's another rousing endorsement of State sovereignty as the most effective means of stopping an out-of-control central government:

More than 500 people flooded the Capitol rotunda Wednesday calling for more states’ rights and less government.

State legislators touted their beliefs on states’ rights to those gathered from across the state, the majority from the St. Louis area.

Many of the attendees said they were disheartened by the direction of the federal government and chose to become politically active at the grassroots level. They say they hope their action in local communities will encourage state and federal lawmakers to respect states’ rights.

Of most importance to the rally’s organizers was the issue of health care reform, which has stalled in the federal government and has caused concern for some Tenth Amendment advocates.

As DC spins faster in its death spiral, people will increasingly look to their State governments, and those who feed on the central government's control over us know it. That's one of the reasons Obama is pushing his council of state governors -- to rein in those who might try to leave the reservation.