Monday, January 31, 2011

'Pay China First' -- Republicans' Wild Plan To Avoid U.S. Debt Default

Here's how scary the Federal government's fiscal irresposibility has become:

New Republican legislation in the House and Senate would force the U.S. government to reroute huge amounts of money to China and other creditors in the event that Congress fails to raise its debt ceiling.

"I intend to introduce legislation that would require the Treasury to make interest payments on our debt its first priority in the event that the debt ceiling is not raised," Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) wrote in a Friday Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Will DC default? Who knows?

This day in history

In 1865, Robert E. Lee was appointed commander-in-chief of the Confederate forces.

Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

Holy cow, I can hardly believe my eyes. Is there hope we can return to being a constitutional republic?

Jared Taylor calls for apology from city of Charlotte


All-white gang of Blackshirts

Here's a follow-up on my previous post, "Charlotte's mayor pro tem pressures hotel to cancel American Renaissance convention." It's my Examiner report on Jared Taylor's press conference, held today -- outside, of course -- in sub-arctic weather.

Be sure to check out the pics of the "antifa" protestors, who yelled obscenities and promised they would NOT allow Taylor to hold his meeting.

Losses at Afghan Bank Could Be $900 Million

Well, I was sceptical that DC could export American culture. But it looks like American Bankster culture has successfully planted itself in Afghanistan:

Fraud and mismanagement at Afghanistan’s largest bank have resulted in potential losses of as much as $900 million — three times previous estimates — heightening concerns that the bank could collapse and trigger a broad financial panic in Afghanistan, according to American, European and Afghan officials.

The extent of these losses make it clear that keeping the bank afloat — something the government has said it is determined to do — would require large infusions of cash from an already strained budget.

I guess now middle-class Afghans will have to bail out the banks. Mission Accomplished!

Over 99 Percent in Southern Sudan Vote for Secession

It's official -- there's a new nation on the world's political map:

Southern Sudan's referendum commission said Sunday that more than 99 percent of voters in the south opted to secede from the country's north in a vote held earlier this month.

The announcement drew cheers from a crowd of thousands that gathered in Juba, the dusty capital of what may become the world's newest country.

The weeklong vote, held in early January and widely praised for being peaceful and for meeting international standards, was a condition of a 2005 peace agreement that ended a north-south civil war that lasted two decades and killed 2 million people.

What the people of Sudan have done here is to demonstrate that secession is the way of peace, while forced "unity" is the way of war.

Thanks to Jeff for the heads up!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Neocon ideology meets political reality


Now that it's all but certain Mubarak is about to lose power, some Neocons claim it's a good thing. Why, they've always supported democracy, and free elections. Right. So why, one wonders, did these champions of empire freedom remain silent while the US propped up the Mubarak dictatorship with billions of financial support over the years? Why did the US provide arms to this tyrant? The Egyptians know that even the tear gas used against them is American made.

Apparently Neocons haven't noticed the anti-American rage behind the protests. Or maybe they're just so ideologically blind and deaf, it doesn't register.

Let's see how happy they are about what replaces their puppet in Cairo. Until then, Egyptians are partying like's it's 1979.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Footprints of Empire

"Teenager showed me teargas canister 'made in USA.' Saw the same thing in Tunisia. Time to reconsider US exports?" CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman in Cairo.

In other words, this is just another dictatorship we've been propping up with OUR tax dollars -- since 1975, US aid to Egypt has exceeded 28 billion dollars.

And we wonder why they hate us. Oh, yeah, it's because of our freedoms.

Controversial Muslim cleric caught being smuggled into U.S. over Mexico border

That laughably porous US-Mexican border -- it's not just for cheap labor and future Democratic voters anymore:

U.S. border guards got a surprise when they searched a Mexican BMW and found a hardline Muslim cleric - banned from France and Canada - curled up in the boot.

Said Jaziri, who called for the death of a Danish cartoonist that drew pictures of the prophet Mohammed, was being smuggled into California when he was arrested, along with his driver Kenneth Robert Lawler.

I guess he came here to do the job American jihadis won't do.

Southern Music break

Wooo-hooo! It's Friday, y'all! We're enjoying a respite from the cold, and the weekend looks even better! It's enough to make you think about spring!

I'm going to indulge in one of my own pieces today. It's "Bacca," from the musical play "Roseville," the story of the last harvest on a North Carolina tobacco farm in the early 1970s. I was raised on a tobacco farm, and the sight of a tobacco field always brings back memories. I hope you like the video.

Rand Paul: End foreign aid, including Israel

Rand Paul is right. Not only are we broke, I can't find anything in the Constitution about subsidizing other countries.

The big-government "conservatives" and Israel-Firsters will howl. But you know, I re-read Edmund Burke, Richard Weaver, and Russell Kirk, and darned if I can find the passage that says conservatives' first loyalty is to Israel, or any other foreign nation.

NC House Panel Challenges Federal Health Care Law

The people of the States effectively nullified DC's unconstitutional "RealID" Act, and are now challenging Obama's unconstitutional socialized medicine scheme. I'm proud to hear that North Carolina has joined the fight:

State Republican leaders are making good on campaign promises to fight the federal health care law.

Thursday a State House Judiciary Committee voted to block the federal government's health insurance mandate that takes effect in 2014.

Titled "An Act to Protect the Freedom to Choose Health Care and Health Insurance," the bill that would exempt North Carolinians from the law requiring most Americans to buy insurance.

"We're going to debate this bill and we're going to vote on this bill," Committee Chairman and Johnston County Republican Leo Daughtry said.

The bill would also require North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to either join a lawsuit with more than 20 other states fighting against the insurance mandate or file a separate lawsuit for North Carolina.

Now that States' Rights have returned to the political arena, the only possible trajectory is the growth of local self-government and the collapse of the oversized Federal dinosaur. Know hope.

A Decade Of Progress Wiped Out By Financial Policy

As scary as the economic numbers are these days, the numbers we DON'T get to see are even scarier. This report suggests the Feds know how bad things are, and realize the political consequences if the public discovers what's really going on:

QE1 was to save the financial sectors in the US, UK and Europe. QE2 is to save the US government. Very little if any of these funds have benefited the public. ... In order to keep the system from collapsing we have zero interest rates and quantitative easing. This may prolong the agony for the elitists, but it also causes higher inflation.

This day in history

In 1861, Confederate South Carolina adopted its flag.


From Herald Online:

Today, 150 years later, the state celebrates the first South Carolina Flag Day. Last May, the Legislature approved a joint resolution establishing the day at the request of the South Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

"Our flag has a rich and fascinating history dating back to the American Revolution and, while adopted after secession, it has continued to be a prominent icon of our state's heritage and history," said Mark Simpson, division commander for the state Sons of Confederate Veterans.

I'm flying my Palmetto Flag today!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Two headlines totally unrelated to current events

BlackBerry Internet Services now banned in Egypt

Internet 'Kill Switch' Act Back On Senate's Agenda

Hotels of the Rebellion


via The Other McCain

Send your flag pictures to rebellionblog@gmail.com

Quote of the day

"What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance." Henry Havelock Ellis

Open Season on Taxpayers

Charlotte's mayor pro tem pressures hotel to cancel American Renaissance convention


No matter what you think of the group's beliefs, the members of American Renaissance have the right to meet peacefully and express their ideas. So when the mayor pro tem of Charlotte abuses the power of his office to deny them their rights, everyone, left and right, should soundly condemn him. From the Charlotte Observer:

When a white nationalist magazine announced a conference in Charlotte, anarchists and other groups vowed to protest or disrupt the gathering.

But behind the scenes the conference apparently met an unexpected obstacle: Charlotte City Council member Patrick Cannon.

On Wednesday, American Renaissance magazine said plans for its annual conference are now in limbo because the hotel where it was scheduled to take place canceled the reservation.

An e-mail Cannon sent to a constituent early this week suggested he was lobbying local hotels to refuse to book American Renaissance.

Cannon wrote that he had contacted hotels and that "they seem to be cooperating."

"An attempt was made for accommodations at another hotel but based on what I ask to take place they were denied again," the e-mail said.

Read that line again and think about the implications of Mr. Cannon's boast: "They seem to be cooperating." Welcome to the Third World.

Cannon, a member of the powerful Mecklenburg Black Political Caucus and a life member of the NAACP, is clearly utilizing his elected office to advance his own agenda. That is wrong, and voters should tell him so.

Health law foes cite Jefferson, nullification

States' Rights and nullification have roared back into the political arena. State lawmakers in a dozen States claim these principles as their justification for challenging the unconstitutional Federal takeover of health care -- and wouldn't you know the League of the South gets the credit blame for re-introducing them into the marketplace of ideas.

Just spell the name right.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quote of the day

"Over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries." Barack Obama, who just named the vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase as his new chief of staff.

This day in history

In 1993, Vaclav Havel was elected president of the new Czech Republic.

Multicult thugs prepare for AmRen convention

The Charlotte Observer reports a number of leftist groups plan to confront American Renaissance members when they meet in Charlotte next month. This ominous threat stands out:

One of the groups is Anti-Racist Action, whose website says doesn't "rely on the cops to do our work for us."

"The cops uphold white supremacy and the status quo," the website says. "They attack us and everyone who resists oppression. We must rely on ourselves to protect ourselves and stop the fascists."

Translation: We can take the law into our own hands.

Americans who want existing immigration laws enforced are "Fascists"? These people are blinded by overgrown egos.

The Big Government Conservatives Love

The Pentagram maintains 750 bases in 170 nations, a dazzlingly inappropriate obsession with military power for the world's biggest debtor nation. DC can't even manage its own affairs, much less run the world. Jack Hunter draws the inevitable conclusion:

Like virtually every other federal department, the Department of Defense has become yet another inefficient, self-serving and special interest-laden mass bureaucracy, which not only characterizes big government–but the expense of which dwarfs almost every other department conservatives regularly target. Just like most of the Department of Education’s functions have less to do with actually educating America’s children and more to do with serving teachers unions and other special interests, most of the Defense Department’s functions have less to do with actual defense and more to do with serving special government, corporate or ideological interests.

Military spending is a millstone around our neck. Either it goes or we go.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

‘A Criminal Intent To Rewrite History’

We've exposed the dishonesty of Lincoln idolators before. But this act of fraud takes the cake:

That’s how a spokesman for the National Archives describes the actions of archivist Thomas Lowry, who changed the date on a document that contained a pardon by Lincoln of an army deserter. Lowry admits it. The date was changed from 1864 to 1865 so that Lowry could claim that The Most Compassionate Man in World History pardoned a deserter as one of the very last things he did before he was assassinated. He was a compassionate little angel to the end, says the lying Lowry, author of Sexual Misbehavior During the Civil War.

Lowry is also the author of the book, Don’t Shoot That Boy, which is a ridiculous piece of Lincoln idolatry that goes on and on about how super, super “compassionate” Lincoln was regarding deserters. This is the opposite of the truth. In reality, the Lincoln administration gruesomely executed hundreds, perhaps thousands of deserters, parading them in front of their fellow soldiers to be executed in the last two years of the war.

Is State sovereignty resurgent - or about to be surrendered?

The Hill reports on a promising movement in Nebraska which owes its existence to the distribution of a book to legislators. Via The Other McCain:

Last fall, the Nebraska Campaign for Liberty distributed copies of Tom Woods’s book Nullification to 44 of the 49 members of the Legislature. They followed up with discussion with some other senators about the kind of things they’d like to see done and provided some “model legislation” — courtesy of the Tenth Amendment Center.

“We didn’t have great expectations,” said Laura Ebke of Red State Eclectic. “We thought that perhaps we’d get a little bit of notice, establish ourselves as some sort of states’-rights/limited-government presence, and maybe scope out which senators we might be able to work with on some issues.”

Then she got an e-mail from a legislative aide for one of her senators about a bill that was getting ready to be introduced. Here is a piece of it:

Sec. 3. (1) The Legislature declares that the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers and is hereby declared to be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.

Could be an interesting battle, said Ebke.

But there's an ominous movement underway as well. From the same story:

The New York Times reports today that policymakers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers: “Unlike cities, the states are barred from seeking protection in federal bankruptcy court. Any effort to change that status would have to clear high constitutional hurdles, because the states are considered sovereign.”

Hmmm. And just what would these "policymakers" be planning? Is it possible the financial crisis can be used to manipulate the States to formally surrender the sovereignty they've possessed since it was proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and recognized in the Treaty of Paris?

I wouldn't put it past them.

Fun Fact!


The flag of the People's Republic of China represents both ethnic and ideological ideals.

The ethnic symbolism is a fact of Chinese life: The large star represents the majority Han people of China and the 4 minor races, Manchurians, Mongolians, Tibetans, and Uighurs.

The ideological interpretation is that the red field symbolizes communist revolution, while the four small stars represent the classes of the People's Republic: workers, peasants, petty bourgeoisie, and patriotic capitalists. The large star represents the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Molech strikes back!

The author of the article advocating Southerners be expelled from the conservative movement in favor of "real" conservatives -- pagans, homosexuals, and single mothers -- has responded on another blog. Be nice.

Michele Bachman, “The US was founded on diversity.”

This is from one of our "conservative" leaders:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had an interesting take this weekend on America's first European settlers, who she said "had different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions."

"How unique in all of the world, that one nation that was the resting point from people groups all across the world," she said. "It didn't matter the color of their skin, it didn't matter their language, it didn't matter their economic status."

THIS is our alternative to the multicult Left? Heaven help us.

The Sesquicentennial: WHY?

Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center recently published his latest expose of the eeeeevil that is inherent in Southern culture -- the only culture that can be openly reviled in post-racial America. He even titled it, "A heritage of shame."

Here's a nice smackdown of Potok's trash talk from our friend Harold Thomas of The Ohio Republic that I think you'll enjoy.

Call the SPLC!


Here are two cases we JUST KNOW the SPLC will jump on. One is a hate crime based on race, and the other one involves the cold-blooded murder of an immigrant.

Domestic use of aerial drones by law enforcement likely to prompt privacy debate

One message we push frequently is the relationship between an aggressive foreign policy and an authoritarian domestic policy. Mainstream conservatives who cheer on any and every military operation swear eternal opposition to a powerful central government that abuses our rights -- yet by supporting the former, they're also supporting the latter.

Here's the latest case in point:

The drone technology that has revolutionized warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is entering the national airspace: Unmanned aircraft are patrolling the border with Mexico, searching for missing persons over difficult terrain, flying into hurricanes to collect weather data, photographing traffic accident scenes and tracking the spread of forest fires.

But the operation outside Austin presaged what could prove to be one of the most far-reaching and potentially controversial uses of drones: as a new and relatively cheap surveillance tool in domestic law enforcement.

Let's not forget that powerful leftists are allied with the Department of Homeland Security to quash domestic dissent -- and if you're for gun rights, home schooling, and against abortion, you're considered suspect.

Quote of the day

"Fathom the hypocrisy of a Congress that requires every citizen to prove they are insured...but does not require everyone to prove they are citizens." Anonymous

Thanks to Joe for forwarding!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Virginia considers bill to stop DADT in National Guard

I don't know how far this will go, but the argument for it is compelling, as well as significant for the future:

The Virginia National Guard is one of the organized Militias of the several states. State organized Militias were not created by the United States Constitution or the United States Congress, but pre-existed the ratification of the United States Constitution. ...

3. The Militia provisions of the United States Constitution reflect both the importance of state Militias, and the founders’ concern of the dangers of a large standing army in times of peace.

4. Whereas the Armed Forces of the United States reports to the President of the United States, unless the Virginia National Guard has been called into “actual service,” it reports to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

5. Unlike the provisions authorizing Congress to "raise and support" armies and "provide for a navy," the Militia provisions of the United States Constitution did not grant to the federal government the power to "constitute" the Militia, but only to organize, arm and discipline "the Militia" Thus, the Constitution left it to the several states to determine eligibility for service in the Militia, that is, to decide who will actually comprise the Militia.

Redefining Conservatism to Death

Over at David Horowitz' NewsRealBlog site, Rob Taylor makes the case for a bold, modern version of conservatism that is so bold and so modern that it should be called liberalism -- because that's exactly what he's selling. He opens his strange piece with this:

American values are also universal values, and it is in our best interests as a nation to encourage the ideals of liberty, economic freedom, personal autonomy and the right to self-determination that are so central to conservative thought.

Ah, yes, "universal" values -- the very essence of liberalism, which proponents of "muscular government" refer to whenever they call for the use of force at home and abroad. In fact, universalism is the Bizarro World opposite of conservatism, which stresses tradition, continuity, and affection for the particular while shunning abstractions. Affection for one's own people is basic to true conservatism.

Taylor's psychedelic version of conservatism calls for expelling some people and embracing others (Taylor's recommendations are in block quote; my observations follow):

Sikhs: Sikhism is a monotheistic religion that believes in the equality of all people, has a strong marital [sic] tradition and emphasizes dedication to the family and sexual morality identical to most Christians.

He meant to say "martial tradition." (The comments section of this piece may explain his confusion.) Hey, Maoists and Al Qaeda have martial traditions. Can they join the club, too? And since "the family" forms the basis of every civilization on Earth, who isn't a conservative?

Single Mothers: Single mothers are also already embracing social conservatism.
Right. There's nothing like irresponsible sexual reproduction to advance traditional morality.

The Neo-Pagan Right: As a Pagan I can tell you that I, like many others, strongly support economic freedom, limited government, a strong nationals [sic] defense and law and order.
Who needs Christianity to preserve Western Civilization and its unique traditions?

African-Americans: Yet, the conservative movement is not only seemingly blase about this development, but we still tolerate voices withing the movement – like neo-Confederates and “Southern Nationalists” – who go out of their way to make Black conservatives feel unwelcome.
Yes, once conservatives expel Southerners from their ranks, victory at the voting booth is assured. Look, a simple Google search of this blog will show numerous quotes of Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell. So Taylor's charge that Southerners are hostile to black conservatives is false.

Gays: The Pink Pistols have worked hard to protect our 2nd Amendment rights and bring people who are otherwise not political into the fight to stop leftist gun control. Is their sexual activity more important to you than having an ally in the fight against civilian disarmament?
Where does this stop? If NAMBLA handed out National Rifle Association bumper stickers at their conventions, would that make them natural allies?

Although I do like the name "Pink Pistols." Catchy.

Friday, January 21, 2011

How the financial elite have dismantled the American middle class

Are you and your family hurting? Many are -- and it's not a bug in the system our handlers have created, but a feature:

The U.S. economy is now operating like a finely tuned engine bent on dismantling the middle class and protecting the tiny elites in our nation that have learned to manipulate both political parties to their financial benefit. This did not occur over night but started in the 1970s when the U.S. government and investment banks juiced up the nation with deficit and debt spending.

So your next neighborhood may be a tent city Obamaville.

Idaho Set to Nullify Obama's Health Care Law

The Tea Party majority in the House is against Obama's takeover of health care, and a majority of voters support repealing ObamaCare. Problem is, the Democratic-dominated Senate doesn't support repeal, and besides, Obama can veto anything the House does.

Bottom line: DC is hopelessly gridlocked.

So what can the people of the States do? They need to get their J.C. Calhoun on, and smack down a central government that refuses to abide by Constitutional constraints. Fortunately, there's already a movement to do just that:

After leading the nation last year in passing a law to sue the federal government over the health care overhaul, Idaho's Republican-dominated Legislature now plans to use an obscure 18th century doctrine to declare President Barack Obama's signature bill null and void.

Lawmakers in six other states -- Maine, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming -- are also mulling "nullification" bills, which contend states, not the U.S. Supreme Court, are the ultimate arbiter of when Congress and the president run amok.

It's a concept that's won favor among many tea party adherents who believe Washington, D.C., is out of control.

States' Rights. It's an idea whose time has come back.

Southern Music break

It's Friday! A reader sent me this link to a real tearjerker by Stephen Foster.



Fairer than the golden morning,
Gentle as the tongue can tell,
Was our little laughing darling;
Sweet Virginia Belle.

Chorus:
Bright Virginia Belle!
Our Dear Virginia Belle!
She bereft us
When she left us;
Sweet Virginia Belle!

How we used to roam together
O'er the mountain, through the dell,
In the smiles of springtime weather,
Sweet Virginia Belle!

While her life was in its morning
Came a sad solemn knell,
She was taken without warning,
Sweet Virginia Belle!

Two Californias

UPDATE BELOW:

Wonder of wonders! Here's Victor Davis Hanson, of all people, having second thoughts about DC's (and California's) de facto open borders policy. He warns that allowing Third-World Latinos to pour into California has not vitalized American democracy, but has instead led to "Abandoned farms, Third World living conditions, pervasive public assistance -- welcome to the once-thriving Central Valley."

He still remains an advocate of "diversity," but he is alarmed because when Latinos colonize huge swaths of California real estate, the result is not his idealized "melting pot," but a Latino colony on American soil. At some point, Hanson argues, something's got to give:

Do diversity concerns, as in lack of diversity, work both ways? Over a hundred-mile stretch, when I stopped in San Joaquin for a bottled water, or drove through Orange Cove, or got gas in Parlier, or went to a corner market in southwestern Selma, my home town, I was the only non-Hispanic — there were no Asians, no blacks, no other whites. We may speak of the richness of “diversity,” but those who cherish that ideal simply have no idea that there are now countless inland communities that have become near-apartheid societies, where Spanish is the first language, the schools are not at all diverse, and the federal and state governments are either the main employers or at least the chief sources of income — whether through emergency rooms, rural health clinics, public schools, or social-service offices. ...

Hundreds of thousands sense all that and vote accordingly with their feet, both into and out of California — and the result is a sort of social, cultural, economic, and political time-bomb, whose ticks are getting louder.

If an ideologue like Victor Davis Hanson now recognizes that demographic upheavals can have negative consequences, there's hope for other Americans. The question is whether the realization dawns in time to give hope to America.

UPDATE: see related story: California Declares Fiscal Emergency

Jerry Brown, California’s governor, declared a state of fiscal emergency on Thursday for the government of the most populous US state to press lawmakers to tackle its $25.4 billion budget gap.

Thanks to Robert S. for the link!

Who Would MLK Bomb?

I sent AntiWar.com a link to my posting about how the Pentagon used MLK day to sanctify its mission of advancing DC's power under the cover of "global liberation." As I pointed out in my original post, "We're supposed to believe the central government's 'wars of liberation' in Iraq and Afghanistan are extensions of the hallowed Civil Rights movement."

Instead, AntiWar used the link to the news story I'd commented on, and added their own commentary.

Well, harumph.

So I went to the comments section and inserted my own link. An argument ensued, which turned out to be a violent agreement.

Would-Be States Hope To Follow Sudan's Lead

Here's a startling example of how mainstream secession is becoming: NPR (yes, NPR!) ran a feature yesterday on Parag Khanna's new book, "How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance," which argues that letting minorities break away from one-size-fits-all central governments is the best path toward peace. Different cultures embrace different standards of social arrangements, and forcing others to conform to one "universal" standard only worsens conflicts between peoples. Left to chart their own course, says Khanna, they can preserve their traditional way of life, and create a compatible governmental structure. Everybody wins.

The result will be a world where all peoples will be able to live in conditions most conducive to their own happiness, which will lead toward greater harmony and mutually beneficial relations with other peoples.

Wow. I'm still not used to being mainstream. It's fun, though slightly disorienting.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Welfare Tab for Children of Illegal Immigrants Estimated at $600M in L.A. County

Lobbyists for big business, always hungry for cheap, exploitable labor, as well as the tolerance and civil rights industries, love to talk about the contributions of illegal immigrant. But it turns out there are costs, too:

Welfare benefits for the children of illegal immigrants cost America's largest county more than $600 million last year, according to a local official keeping tabs on the cost.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich released new statistics this week showing social spending for those families in his county rose to $53 million in November, putting the county government on track to spend more than $600 million on related costs for the year -- up from $570 million in 2009.

No wonder California's going broke -- and that Latino tsunami is heading east.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

19-year-old sexually assaulted in Charlotte home

We forward this crime alert as a public service:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for the public's help in finding who tied up and sexually assaulted a 19-year-old in her home on Edgewood Road off Freedom Drive at about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Officer Robert Fey said police have a limited description of the assailant: a 6-foot-tall muscular male wearing a black hooded jacket and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

What a helpful assailant description. That eliminates Danny DeVito as a suspect.

The Whiskey Speech

Here's to the oil of conversation!

Remembering Robert E. Lee


Today we honor a man who deserves the admiration of Southerners, Christians, and lovers of liberty everywhere.

From American Experience:

He is celebrated by handsome equestrian statues in countless cities and towns across the American South, and by no less than five postage stamps issued by the government he fought against during the four bloodiest years in American history. Nearly a century and a half after his death, Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Robert E. Lee examines the life and reputation of the general whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy, and who was elevated to almost god-like status by admirers after his death.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quote of the day

"Most of your patients get better no matter what you do to them." motto of Yale Medical School.

Democrats risk losing Southern Whites, says civil rights leader

Here's a totally unexpected development: Southern whites, who are routinely demonized and blamed for every ill from black illegitimacy to the black crime rate, have had enough of the party that's turned against them.

That's a problem, says this Democratic leader, because white Southerners' votes are crucial:

In an interview, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Democrats need to "go all out" to win back white Southern voters before the next election.

White voters preferred Republican candidates by almost two-to-one in the midterms last year. Their support helped the GOP win 22 seats in the states that make up the Old Confederacy.

But I didn't see a single suggestion by Lewis or any other Democratic strategist for fooling persuading white Southerners into returning to the party of Sam Ervin and James Webb. However, I can suggest a sure-fire way to win them back: Start an advertising campaign with the theme, "Support the Democratic Party, or we'll call you a racist."

It can't fail.

Another Court Historian’s False Tariff History

Ed Sebesta has teamed up with another confederate, James Loewen. The two have written a book aimed at enlightening Americans to the "truth" about the South, which is that it is populated by eeeevil racists whose war for independence was only a cover for their actual goal of abusing black people.

Tom DiLorenzo, who's commented here previously on the pithy and uproarious subject of Ed Sebesta's historical acumen, has published a devastating rebuttal of Loewen's mish-mash of anti-Southern, pro-Empire propaganda that appeared in the Washington Post. Here's a taste:

The only thing worse than a historian who calls himself a "Lincoln scholar" is a sociologist who does the same. This truth was on display recently in a January 9 Washington Post article entitled "Five Myths about Why the South Seceded" by one James W. Loewen.

Oh, that was good! And if you relish seeing half-truths and outright lies exposed for what they are, you'll want to read all of DiLorenzo's article. Ya gotta love it.

Monday, January 17, 2011

NAACP protests holiday school opening

Angered by the school board's decision to have Charlotte-Mecklenburg students attend school on MLK day to make up for snow days, the NAACP called for parents to pull their kids out of school and make the school board aware of their displeasure:

Local NAACP President Kojo Nantambu led around 100 people on a march through uptown this morning, protesting the decision to keep schools open on the Martin Luther King holiday.

And Nantambu, pledging to "expose Charlotte for the racist bastion it is," announced a petition drive to keep the CIAA, NCAA, PGA "and any other 'A'" from coming to Charlotte.

Wait a minute -- Charlotte is a "racist bastion"? The city that just elected a black mayor -- a mayor who publicly supported the school board's decision?

Sadly, some people actually followed Nantambu's bad advice:

The mainly African American marchers included many parents and students. One was Colby Johnson, a 10th grader from Rocky River High School.

"I wanted to do more than read about the dream," he said, alluding to King's vision of civil rights. "I wanted to live it."

Right. What better way to deal with the black-white performance gap than to skip classes?

The REAL Martin Luther King

The pro-war, big-government crowd over at Free Republic claims Martin Luther King as one of their own. As we've observed before, they have a point. But as the email below plainly shows, the real MLK was hardly a patriot or a conservative:

Each year Martin Luther King, Jr. is portrayed as more and more Christ-like by the Leftist US media. Turn off the radio and TV and tell the children the truth.

1) Martin Luther King, Jr. plagiarized his doctorate thesis. This is the biggest case of academic plagiarism in US history and the mainstream media censors this fact. In the 1980′s Boston University officials confirmed that King did in fact plagiarize his thesis paper, but claimed that they did not know it was plagiarized at the time it was accepted by the University. The officials said they could revoke his doctorate, but that revocation would serve no purpose.

2) Martin Luther King was a notorious user of prostitutes and even had multiple prostitutes in his hotel room the day he was murdered.

3) In 1957 King attended a training seminar run by Highlander Folk School. The school was a training center set up by the Communist Party USA and King attended functions with several known members of the Party. The subject matter of the seminar was on instigating race riots. Below is a newspaper photo of King at Highlander Folk School sitting next to communist Stanley Levison. Confronted with the photo on a later Meet the Press TV show, King claimed no knowledge of Highlander being a communist training facility.

4) For five years King’s personal secretary Bayard Rustin was a long time Communist Party USA member. He was also a convicted WWII draft-dodger, a homosexual, and had a conviction for a lewd act in public. Rustin formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) with King and organized the latter’s disruptive public marches. King completely surrounded himself with known members of the Communist Party USA.

5) Contrary to what has been claimed by King’s descendants, MLK never met Ghandi, nor did Ghandi ever endorse MLK. In fact, Ghandi was a major advocate of racial segregation while living in South Africa.

6) FBI Assistant Director Sullivan stated after King’s murder that the Bureau has evidence King embezzled money from the SCLC to finance his prostitution habit. King’s widow successfully lobbied congress to seal the FBI’s records on King for fifty years.

The end of the dollar?

China's president sees the beginning of the end of US economic dominance:

Some of Mr. Hu's most significant comments dealt with the future of the dollar and currency exchange rates.

"The current international currency system is the product of the past," he said, noting the primacy of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency and its use in international trade and investment.

Who would have ever guessed that DC's soaring deficits, imperial overstretch, and demographic revolution at home could have negative effects on our economy?

This day in history

In 1893, Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate by a group of US-backed planters and businessmen.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The hypocrite-in-chief, contd.

Obama is doing the job he's supposed to -- he can dress up the Empire's skunk works in the flowery language of "promoting democracy" as well as anyone:

US President Barack Obama on Friday called for free and fair elections in Tunisia and praised the courage and dignity of its people after the toppling of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Nice. But let's not forget how the US has worked to overthrow democratic elections that it didn't like. Next door in Algeria, for example, the US backed the "Iron Fist" military coup that prevented an Islamic group from winning that nation's 1992 elections. Truly free elections in Muslim nations will remove US-backed autocrats from power and replace them with Muslim fundamentalists.

Surely Obama knows that.

Local NAACP to protest school on MLK holiday

Is it possible to disagree about "the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday"? Yes, as long as the debate is about how best to honor King. Here's an example:

The president of the Charlotte Chapter of the NAACP is urging parents to keep their children out of school Monday and bring them to the Government Center to protest using the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a snow makeup day.

"Our opposition is very serious," said the Rev. Kojo Nantambu.

Following the protest at the Government Center on Monday, the NAACP plans to take students who show up to the Levine Museum of New South and then to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture to learn more about King's legacy.

And how did the school board chairman respond? Well, he looked the Rev. Kojo Nantambu in the eye, and with a low, measured voice that would put Clint Eastwood to shame, he stood his ground:

CMS School Board Chairman Eric Davis said on Thursday that students will spend time in the classroom Monday learning about King and the history of civil rights.

Yeah. Take that, NAACP! We'll adore King the way we think best. So there.

This day in history

In 1777, the Republic of New Connecticut declared its independence. Six months later it was renamed Vermont.

Here's to the establishment of the Second Vermont Republic!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Martin Luther King would approve of DC's wars

I've long argued the Evil Empire promotes the worship of Martin Luther King, Jr. because King's image sanctifies the projection of DC's power at home and abroad. We're supposed to believe the central government's "wars of liberation" in Iraq and Afghanistan are extensions of the hallowed Civil Rights movement. Condi Rice even made that explicit when she denounced opponents of the Iraq War as "racist." (What a handy word!)

Now another apparatchik has made my case. Yesterday, the Defense Department presented a "certificate of appreciation" to Jeh C. Johnson, the department's general counsel, at the 26th annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Pentagon. What critics would call illegal invasions, he assured his audience, are actually noble, selfless acts of kindness:

Volunteers in today’s military, he said, “have made the conscious decision to travel a dangerous road and personally stop and administer aid to those who want peace, freedom and a better place in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in defense of the American people.

“Every day, our servicemen and women practice the dangerousness -- the dangerous unselfishness Dr. King preached on April 3, 1968,” Johnson told the audience.

Yep -- the Pentagon is the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with cluster bombs.

The 10 Things That Would Be Different If The Federal Reserve Had Never Been Created

Perpetual war, intrusive government, and the imminent collapse of US currency -- those constitute the legacy of the Federal Reserve. Read this eye-opening expose of who benefits and who gets stuck with the bill.

Southern Music break

Whooo-hooo, it's Friday, y'all! What a crazy, frozen week! Here's a little Texas warmth on a freezing January day!



The only two things in life that make it worth livin'
Is guitars that tune good and firm feelin' women
I don't need my name in the marquee lights
I got my song and I got you with me tonight
Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of love

Let's go to Luckenbach, Texas
With Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we're livin'
Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys
Between Hank Williams' pain songs and
Newberry's train songs and Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain
Out in Luckenbach, Texas ain't nobody feelin' no pain

The Buckeye Copperhead

Hey, here's a great new blog dedicated to conservative politics and small government. It's by a regular reader who's done caught the blog bug. Check it out!

The science of patriotism

We've written before about scientific literature that explains the biological basis of patriotism. The following piece by the ever-fascinating Nicholas Wade sheds light on the way a certain hormone affects our level of social trust. Its implications are profound, which means those who ignore or dismiss it will be frustrated by the persistent and stubborn reality of human nature:

Oxytocin has been described as the hormone of love. This tiny chemical, released from the hypothalamus region of the brain, gives rat mothers the urge to nurse their pups, keeps male prairie voles monogamous and, even more remarkable, makes people trust each other more.

As oxytocin comes into sharper focus, its social radius of action turns out to have definite limits. The love and trust it promotes are not toward the world in general, just toward a person’s in-group. Oxytocin turns out to be the hormone of the clan, not of universal brotherhood. Psychologists trying to specify its role have now concluded it is the agent of ethnocentrism. ...

Despite the limitation on oxytocin’s social reach, its effect seems to be achieved more through inducing feelings of loyalty to the in-group than by fomenting hatred of the out-group. The Dutch researchers found some evidence that it enhances negative feelings, but this was not conclusive. “Oxytocin creates intergroup bias primarily because it motivates in-group favoritism and because it motivates out-group derogation,” they write. ...

What does it mean that a chemical basis for ethnocentrism is embedded in the human brain? “In the ancestral environment it was very important for people to detect in others whether they had a long-term commitment to the group,” Dr. De Dreu said. “Ethnocentrism is a very basic part of humans, and it’s not something we can change by education."

Problem is, much of modern governance is based on notions that are completely contrary to human nature. And I think that's why there's so much distrust and dysfunction in modern society. As Waylon once said, "Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of love." And here is how to do it.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The hypocrite-in-chief

Here's MSNBC's account of Obama's address at the tribute to Rep. Giffords:

At a time when "we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do," Obama said, the killings should make Americans ask themselves "Have we shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to people in our lives?"

How touching. But how believable are those words from the man who's ordered an increase in the number of cowardly drone attacks on civilians?

The New Ozymandias

The Evil Empire is busy gutting itself, as all empires inevitably do. While other countries bolster their demographics, their economies, and traditions, we've convinced ourselves it's better to sabotage ours.

And as Fred Reed warns us here, those nations that do not subscribe to the notion that self-immolation is noble are watching us -- very intently. There's the Chinese, for example:

Do not underestimate these people of the epicanthic fold. I have lived among the Chinese, in Taiwan years ago. I liked them, and still do. I know them to be smart, disciplined, studious, practical — as well as nationalistic and very racially conscious. No, we do not think these attitudes proper. It doesn’t matter what we think. ...

The US is midway through an inexorable suicide. If a country does not manufacture things, it does not have an economy, and manufacturing has fled American shores. Ship-building, steel, consumer electronics, railroads: gone. You may think your HP laptop is an American product, but in all likelihood every component was made overseas and it was assembled in Taiwan.

But -- the Chinese can't overtake us! Just because they're the world's biggest creditor nation, and we're the world's biggest debtor nation doesn't mean a thing.

Just keep repeating that idea until all worry disappears. And now, take it away, Mr. Shelley:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

States May Seize Control of Federal Deficit Spending Power

It's painfully clear that DC is unable to restrain itself. So there's a movement calling for the sovereign States to resume control over fiscal issues. To which I say, It's about time!

The state of Michigan is joining a growing number of states that have lawmakers who plan to draft and pass an amendment to the federal constitution that would put states in the driver’s seat, and require their approval as “co-signers” before the federal government can increase the national debt.

If RestoringFreedom.org’s National Debt Relief Amendment becomes part of the U.S. Constitution, a majority of the states would have the power to dictate to Washington the terms and conditions of increasing the national debt. According to USDebtClock.org, the U.S. is $14 trillion in debt as of Jan. 12. That will cost each taxpayer $126,828 to pay off.

Notice that no one's proposing that DC assume even more power over our lives -- instead, people are realizing that letting economic and political power accrue to an already over-centralized government is suicidal. So instead, we're seeing more proposals to de-centralize.

But is it too little too late?

Save your Confederate money, boys ...

... because the South will rise again!

Either that, or the present morally and economically bankrupt system will collapse -- so something has to take its place. Consider Virginia's Joint House Resolution 557, which establishes "a joint subcommittee to study whether the Commonwealth should adopt a currency to serve as an alternative to the currency distributed by the Federal Reserve System in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System."

Looks like the word is out that the Empire is collapsing around us.

America has ‘reached the point of no return,’ Reagan budget director warns

With the national debt ballooning past $14 trillion, housing prices falling, and jobs vanishing, it's time to cut the waste -- and our bloated military is pure waste:

The Obama administration's $78 billion cut to US defense spending is a mere "pin-prick" to a behemoth military-industrial complex that must drastically shrink for the good of the republic, a former Reagan administration budget director recently told Raw Story.

"It amounts to a failed opportunity to recognize that we are now at a historical inflection point at which the time has arrived for a classic post-war demobilization of the entire military establishment," David Stockman said in an exclusive interview.

"The Cold War is long over," he continued. "The wars of occupation are almost over and were complete failures -- Afghanistan and Iraq. The American empire is done. There are no real seriously armed enemies left in the world that can possibly justify an $800 billion national defense and security establishment, including Homeland Security."

We can no longer afford a global empire. But people don't want to hear that message -- they imagine that any criticism of Congress' nutty priorities is an attack on America itself. And so we remain clueless.

What an epitaph.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ex-Chair Of Atlanta-Based SCLC Indicted

The SCLC advertises that one of its chief goals is to reduce crime on the streets. This breaking story proves the group has done so by moving it to their boardroom:

The Rev. Raleigh Trammell, former local and national leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was indicted Wednesday by a Montgomery County grand jury on 51 felony charges.

The charges include grand theft, forgery and tampering with government records. Trammell faces one count of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony; 25 counts of forgery, five of which are fourth-degree felonies and 20 are fifth-degree felonies; and 25 counts of tampering with government records. All are third-degree felonies.

All of the counts allege crimes that happened from 2005 to 2010 and stem from the SCLC’s meal delivery program...

This is why liberals should donate to the SCLC instead of the SPLC. This is a heckuva lot more entertainment for the money!

Border Patrol Agent Accused of Aiding Illegal Immigrants

From our bulging "Blood is thicker than water" file:

A U.S. Border Patrol agent is accused of harboring illegal immigrants, including his father.

According to the FBI, Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr., 26, was arrested Monday at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station.

Quote of the Day

"The first lesson of economics is that we live in a world of scarcity. There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to ignore the first lesson of economics." Thomas Sowell

The Southern Cause rests in Hallowed Ground



Here's Part I of one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes. (At the end of the segment, click the second icon on left for Part II.)

Sergeant Joseph Paradine, a Confederate scout, obtains a book on magic spells from an old man named Teague. One of the spells gives the holder of the book the power to paralyze one's enemies. "You could use this to clear a path all the way to Washington," says Teague. Paradine realizes the book is the key to Confederate victory. But then he realizes he can only invoke the spell if he joins Satan and renounces God. Another soldier argues that if they don't use the book, it will be the end of the Confederacy. Paradine replies, "Then let it be the end. If it must come, let it come. But if this Cause is to be buried, then let it be put in hallowed ground." With those words, Paradine throws the book into a campfire.

The next day, he and his compatriots head toward Gettysburg.

The story symbolizes the South's refusal to emulate the North's policy of total war on civilians. As Pulitzer Prize winning historian
Mark Neely has observed, "It was Lincoln, Grant, and the Civil War that incorporated total war into modern experience." General William Tecumseh Sherman noted early on that the solid popular support for the Confederate Cause made Lincoln's war a war on the Southern people, rather than on just the Southern armies:

“This war differs from other wars, in this particular. We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.”

Whatever else he may have been, Sherman was a man of his word:

General Sherman set forth on a march to Savannah and the sea on November 15, 1864. He led his Union troops away from every Confederate army camp or stronghold. Instead, his army proceeded through the soft belly of the South, burning and destroying the civilians, their homes, their property, their farms, their food, their entire countryside. They murdered the children and the elderly, raped the women and then shot them, and stole every valuable they could get their hands on.

As Murray Rothbard observed, Lincoln's actual legacy had a tremendous and tragic influence on the 20th century:

For in this War Between the States, the South may have fought for its sacred honor, but the Northern war was the very opposite of honorable. We remember the care with which the civilized nations had developed classical international law. Above all, civilians must not be targeted; wars must be limited. But the North insisted on creating a conscript army, a nation in arms, and broke the 19th-century rules of war by specifically plundering and slaughtering civilians, by destroying civilian life and institutions so as to reduce the South to submission. Sherman’s infamous March through Georgia was one of the great war crimes, and crimes against humanity, of the past century-and-a-half. Because by targeting and butchering civilians, Lincoln and Grant and Sherman paved the way for all the genocidal horrors of the monstrous 20th century.

Jefferson Davis' and Robert E. Lee's refusal to wage war on civilians may have cost them in the short run, but the principles they and the Southern people upheld were timeless. Today, with the dissolution of 20th century megastates, and the resurgence of almost-forgotten nations, we are witnessing the victory that was denied the Confederacy, as well as the vindication of the Cause for which it fought.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

But what does Mark Potok say?

No one beats the Southern Poverty Law Center for squeezing all the juiciness out of a tragedy:

The seemingly incoherent nature of Jared Lee Loughner’s YouTube videos has led many to speculate that the alleged killer may suffer from schizophrenia. Mark Potok, who studies hate groups and hate crimes at the Southern Poverty Law Center, agrees that Loughner probably suffers from mental illness. However, he also writes that Loughner’s YouTube videos contain ideas and rhetoric popular among members of the right wing Patriot movement that gave birth to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh during the 1990’s.

Of course Potok sees a right-wing threat. His employer, the fabulously wealthy (and ironically named!) Southern Poverty Law Center, pays him piece rate on the number of eeeevil right-wing threats he discovers. Or imagines, which is just as good.

Peter King, Leading Republican, To Introduce Strict Gun-Control Legislation


Our handlers continue to squeeze the attempt on Giffords' life for all it's worth:

Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, is planning to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official, according to a person familiar with the congressman's intentions.

King is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The proposed law follows the Saturday shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and a federal judge that left six dead, including the judge, and 14 wounded.

But -- King is a Republican! Why would he want to create anti-Second Amendment force fields around every government official?

Because, as George Wallace once warned, there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two parties. And Peter King is an anti-Southern tub of venomous lard.

And here's a thought: Would that law apply to a government official packing heat? Betcha it doesn't.

Two Million Home Schooled, New Study Estimates

How to secede from the Evil Empire? Don't let it indoctrinate your children. More Americans are taking that path:

A new study from the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) estimates that there are over two million children currently being home schooled in the United States. The author of the study, NHERI’s president Dr. Brian D. Ray, analyzed data from both state and federal education agencies as well as private home-school groups, concluding that there are as many as 2.346 million home-schooled students across the nation.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 there were about 54 million children between the ages of five and 17 in the U.S., meaning that nearly four percent of school-aged kids — or one in 25 — are being home schooled.

Factored into the study was Ray’s calculation that an estimated ten percent of home-schooled families are “underground,” meaning that parents have chosen not to register their children with the state because of compulsory attendance laws and other concerns.

What do the government schools teach? Submission to the central government, cultural relativism, and the religion of multiculturalism. Don't let that happen to your children.

But what does Andrew Sullivan say?

The attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords prompts our favorite fake conservative to express his disapproval of what he sees as conservatives' "fixation" on violence:

There are two very powerful and competing notions of conservatism at play here: one is about violence; the other is about non-violence. And the reaction on the right so far suggests they have not the slightest notion that there is anything wrong about their fixation on physical force.

That outrage against conservative violence, by the way, comes from the same pundit who called for nuking Iraq because it was "clearly" the source of the anthrax attacks (it wasn't).

Monday, January 10, 2011

Stop US-Korea NAFTA

Check out the web site aimed at stopping Obama's expansion of NAFTA to Korea. And what a great lead article -- even if I do say so myself!

Let the backlash begin

The attempt to enflame hysteria against American Renaissance rebounds to AmRen's advantage here and here.

Update on exploiting the latest crisis

A nutcase commits a senseless act of violence, so of course we must outlaw firearms and stifle free speech.

This day in history

In 1861, Florida recalled its delegated rights and seceeded from the (allegedly) voluntary Union.

“Toning Down The Rhetoric” Means Obeying Big Government

Rahm Emanuel's maxim that a savvy political operator should never let "a serious crisis to go to waste" is clearly being applied to the mass murder in Tucson. For starters, we're supposed to ignore the classmate who described Loughner, the alleged gunman, as a "left-wing political radical" and are instead urged to accept Mark Potok's assertion that Loughner was influenced by the anti-government language of the right. Loughner's violent act is supposed to shock us into complete complacency, as this InfoWars article explains:

Despite the fact that Jared Lee Loughner was a psychotic loner with “left-wing” beliefs according to those who knew him, the establishment has hastily exploited yesterday’s tragic shooting in Tucson to demonize conservatives, libertarians and gun owners while ordering Americans to “tone down the rhetoric,” which is nothing more than a euphemism for stifling dissent and coercing people to roll over on Obamacare, bailouts and whatever big government is preparing to unleash next.

This note from our friend Al Benson, Jr. illustrates how all good subjects are supposed to react:

I remember one year driving through Tennessee on the way home from a conference, we saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car being driven by an elderly lady which said, "I trust my government and my president." My first thought was "well, there's one (sucker) born every minute."

So keep quiet and obey your handlers -- or the Inquisition will find a way to link you to a murderous madman, too.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Obama Administration Reportedly Plans to Create Internet ID for All Americans

Hmmm -- now why would the Feds want every American to have an Internet ID?

It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said. ...

The announcement came at an event today at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Schmidt spoke.

"We are not talking about a national ID card," Locke said at the Stanford event. "We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities."

Oh, they're doing this for our convenience. How thoughtful of them. That makes perfect sense -- IF you believe the same government that gave us the 1040 tax form wants to make it easier for us to use the Internet.

This day in history

In 1861, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union.

Friday, January 7, 2011

When Free Trade Isn't So Free

Hey, y'all! Be sure to read my article against the Korea Free Trade Agreement posted at Intellectual Conservative.

Tea Party Challenge

It's self-defeating to call for less government intervention at home while supporting more abroad. As Sean Scallon points out, both come from the same big government:

[O]ne cannot have a large military, national security and intelligence establishments and a small government at the same time. It doesn’t work that way contrary to what the politicians will have you believe. If Tea Partiers are serious (and Larison is betting they’re not), then they have to call for not just cuts in the Pentagon budget, but fundamental changes in the way the U.S. conducts foreign and military policy, in line with current budget, economic and resource realities. This is the challenge that must be presented to the Tea Partiers and must pushed upon them to meet.

Let's recall the cozy relationship between "national security" and the crushing of conservative dissent.

The new option: Secession!

More elected officials are invoking the ultimate response to DC's heavy-handed interference:

There’s some states rights talk floating around Frankfort, aimed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Secession is an option," Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, who has long been the Democrat’s top guy on the environment in the Kentucky House of Representatives, told me recently as I interviewed him for a story previewing what the Kentucky General Assembly might do on the environment this winter.

Now he wasn’t predicting that the General Assembly was going to vote to leave the Union. But the committee chairman of many years who expects to be returned to his natural resources committee post this week, was making the case for a strongly worded resolution against the EPA.

And Mr. Gooch is a Democrat.

Ed Sebesta is right: Secession is back as an issue in politics. Know hope.

Arizona Lawmaker Proposes State-Run Militia to Protect Border

If DC refuses to do its job, why shouldn't the people of the States recall their delegated authority and resume those responsibilities themselves?

I do believe we have a trend here, folks!

Congress discovers Constitution

Members of Congress were so astounded by their discovery, they took turns reading it on the floor of Congress. Supposedly, this indicated a new commitment to the purpose and letter of this long-forgotten document.

North Carolina Representative Mel Watt, who oversees a congressional district specifically drawn to elect a liberal black, read part of the 14th Amendment:

Also joining the reading of the Constitution on the House floor Thursday were Democratic Reps. Mel Watt of Charlotte and David Price of Chapel Hill.

Watt, formerly a lawyer in a Civil Rights firm, read from the 14th Amendment:

" ... nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

There was a smattering of applause as he left the podium.

"Equal protection of the laws"? Does that mean Watt will work to end Affirmative Action? Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

S.C. Majority whip invokes Confederate heritage to challenge 14th amendment

We have cheerfully noted various State efforts to end DC's anchor baby policy, as well as the predictable bawling and squalling from the trustafarian left.

The effort continues, and a South Carolina State senator has invoked the spirit of his Confederate ancestors to introduce the legislation at a press conference:

A group of state legislators came to Washington on Wednesday to unveil legal language they say is a blueprint for states to pass immigration laws that might force a Supreme Court review of the 14th Amendment, which grants U.S. citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil, regardless of the parents' citizenship. ...

Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican state representative from Pennsylvania who founded the group that brought together lawmakers from 14 states, said that the laws would force a re-interpreting of the 14th Amendment and help slow down an "illegal alien invasion."

When Danny Verdin, majority whip for the S.C. Senate, took the lectern at the news conference to explain his intention to introduce the proposed laws in his state, he raised the upcoming April commemoration of Confederate troops firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., at the start of the Civil War.

"South Carolina may have been out front leading 150 years ago at Fort Sumter; we are happy to work collaboratively on this to cure a malady," said Verdin, a Republican.

Looks like South Carolina has taken the lead once again. Know hope.

Construction of new "Super-Spy" center underway

The National Security Agency has begun construction of its $1.5 billion cyber snooping citadel, which, once completed, will begin "aggregating and verifying dizzying volumes of data for the intelligence community."

The Feds must really care about us to monitor us this lovingly.

Gerry Rafferty, RIP



This talented and tortured Scots artist has died at the age of 63. Although best remembered for "Baker Street," with its gorgeous and dreamy saxophone solo and dynamic guitar riffs, my favorite Rafferty song was "The Royal Mile." Take a few minutes to savor the bittersweet melody and haunting lyrics. The video, by the way, features shots of the real Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

I remember the sound of the passing train
As it rolled through the night in the pouring rain
And the touch of a hand and the way she said 'Goodbye'.

And we walked in the sun down the Royal Mile
Saw the light in her eye and the way she smiled
And she cried in the night and I heard her say 'Don't go'.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Elizabeth Edwards leaves John Edwards out of her will

Yes, that's the headline. Shocking, eh?

In other totally unexpected news, survivors of the USS Liberty will not hold their annual convention in Tel Aviv, the United Daughters of the Confederacy just announced Ed Sebesta won't be their keynote speaker, and the SPCA doesn't plan on selling Michael Vick tee shirts.

'Earmarks' to nowhere: States losing billions


Forget for a moment how immoral, murderous, and corrupt the central government is -- its ponderous size makes it unmanageable, grossly inefficient, and suitable for nothing but the scrapheap of history. Here's just one example, from USA Today:

The federal government treats an unspent earmark like an undated check that could be cashed at any time. It affects the federal budget only if it's cashed. Nevertheless, because lawmakers inserted some of the earmarks into particular sections of transportation bills, many of the orphan earmarks also count against a state's share of federal highway funds and have taken billions of dollars away from state transportation departments across the nation.

During the past 20 years, orphan earmarks reduced the amount of money that states would have received in federal highway funding by about $7.5 billion, USA TODAY found. That's $7.5 billion that states could have used to replace obsolete bridges, repair aging roads and bring jobs to rural areas.

Keep in mind that we're talking about gross inefficiency in redistributing funds originally taken from the people of the States. This is what happens when bureaucracy becomes so bloated, it just doesn't work any more.

Smaller and smarter political units, on the other hand (such as Switzerland), are closer to the people, and operate on a scale that encourages accountability and transparency.

Worried wife calls police after she thinks her husband is being held hostage

I would've liked to have seen the husband's face when the SWAT team swept in.

Brats disrupt Immigration Press Conference

Watch three white kids puffed up on their own self-righteousness get kicked out when they throw tantrums at a press conference on ending "birth right" citizenship. They really believe mouthing platitudes disconnected from the issue at hand trumps rational debate. Amazing.

Lincoln foreshadowed the rise of the Total State

Wow -- first, Daily Kos skewers the SPLC, now here's a mostly favorable discussion of the right to secede at -- drum roll, please -- the Wall Street Journal! Strange days indeed.

California should secede from the Union

Why should California secede? This modest proposal says it all comes down to money:

One sympathizes with the people of the Golden State. They do contribute more in federal taxes than any other state, and the ideology of our times has us all convinced that paying taxes is the same thing as flushing perfectly good cash down the toilet.

If the people of California helped accelerate the devolution of the Empire, I'd not only support the idea, I'd salute their rainbow flag.

Quote of the day

"We thought about it for a long time, 'Endeavor to persevere.' And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union." Lone Watie, in "The Outlaw Josie Wales."

Thanks to The Bonnie Blue Blog for forwarding!

Southern 'Poverty' Law Center's Cayman Islands bank account

You DO NOT WANT TO MISS this sizzling denunciation of the Southern Poverty Law Center! It exposes Dees & Co. for what they are in no-holds-barred language, and the most amazing thing about it is its source -- the left-of-center Daily Kos! Fasten your seat belt and enjoy!

As if an unquestionable and unblemished deity was handing down tablets of absolute truth, many gay bloggers and community leaders including Dan Savage wholly embraced the release earlier this week of a new list on 18 of the menacing antigay groups stirring up trouble from the Southern Poverty Law Center. ...

The SPLC's new 2009 IRS 990 filing shows they have a bank account in the Cayman Islands. Now, stop for a good long minute and ask yourself what the hell is a supposed poverty-fighting Alabama-based tax exempt organization doing with such an account. Then ponder this: how much money is in it. ...

For Dees, the P in SPLC has nothing to do with personal poverty. That P better stands for profit or profiteering for him, and foolish donors keep sending him checks, thinking they're helping poverty-stricken blacks or whites in Alabama move into better housing.

As a bonus, check out the author's blog, which features links to the SPLC IRS 990, photos of Morris Dees' mansion, and other juicy sources on the SPLC.

Yes, this is going to be a fun new year!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Quote of the day

"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm - but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." T.S. Eliot

This day in history

In 1948, Burma gained independence from Great Britain.

National Debt Tops $14 Trillion

How fast is the runaway train we call the Federal government approaching disaster? This fast:

It took just 7 months for the National Debt to increase from $13 trillion on June 1, 2010 to $14 trillion on Dec. 31. It also means the debt is fast approaching the statutory ceiling $14.294 trillion set by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last February.

DC is as vital to our security as a barbell set is to a swimmer.

Obama to oppose Congress on Guantanamo

This would be funny if the implications weren't so frightening. After all, we're talking about a prison run by the central government in a place where the Bill of Rights supposedly doesn't apply. What rational person would support such a thing -- other than a member of the ruling class?

Obama administration officials say they plan to reject Congressional efforts to limit the president's options on Guantanamo, setting the stage for a confrontation between the president and the new Congress on an issue that has been politically divisive since Inauguration Day. ...

The reliance on detention orders and a signing statement -- tools used repeatedly by former President Bush, who built Guantanamo nearly a decade ago -- is seen by Obama's advisers as among the few options left for an administration that has watched the steady erosion of its first White House pledge nearly two years ago: to close the prison.

Obama may have entered office with the best of intentions. If so, the allure of power has certainly changed him, hasn't it?

14 states may target birthright citizenship

Tired of DC's corruption and blatant unconcern for the problems the people demand action on, State legislators are focusing on the source of the problem, DC's illegal power-grabs. The 14th Amendment is the cornerstone of DC's usurped power, and a resurgent campaign to reclaim States' Rights is challenging it head-on:

Arizona state politicians will introduce model legislation this week to encourage states to prevent children of illegal immigrants from being granted citizenship under the 14th Amendment.

Lawmakers in at least 14 states have said they are committed to passing the legislation targeting birthright citizenship. Arizona's anti-illegal-immigrant bill, SB-1070, was also based on model legislation that could be easily copied by states, and at least seven states are likely to pass bills similar to the first Arizona immigration overhaul this year, according to one analysis by an immigrants rights group.

The 14th Amendment is key to halting DC's unrestrained power. The following infamous Supreme Court cases were based on the 14th Amendment:

Murray vs. Curlett, 1963, banned prayer in schools
Roe v. Wade, 1973, created the right to abortion
Stone v. Graham, 1980, banned 10 Commandments displays
Plyler v. Doe, 1982, made anchor babies US citizens
Lawrence v. Texas, 2003, struck down anti-sodomy laws

Notice that every one of those decisions was not only a direct assault on States' Rights, but on traditional society. An all-powerful centralized government is essential for wrecking heritage and the social order it preserves.

To those who squawk that the growing conservative rebellion is undermining the Constitution, remember: The 14th Amendment was forced upon the people. When Southern States rejected it, the Radical Republicans put the South under military occupation and made ratification a requirement of ending military rule.

It's all about the consent of the governed versus an oppressive government. It was Jefferson Davis who declared, "The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form."

Looks to me that time has come.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Tolerance Taliban


The globalist goon network known as One People's Project has updated its "Rogues' Gallery" post on Jared Taylor, and made it clear it intends to bully him into silence again. In this post on its previous acts of intimidation against Mr. Taylor, OPP brags about assaulting him and preventing him from speaking:

Anti-racist activists were there too, and it was bedlam. Dozens of them bangs [sic] on noisemakers and chanted . “Leave! Leave! The message is clear!” anti-racist activists yelled at Mr. Taylor. “Get out! Get out! Exit the building!” they said. Taylor tried to mock them, noting the obscenities being thrown at him as “such charming language” and noted “You can shout all you want, but the police will be here and they will maintain the peace.”

The police didn’t get there fast enough, however. Things got physical, and while no one was seriously injured, Taylor was grabbed by antifa and ushered out of the room.

Those are storm trooper tactics, plain and simple. And they're proud of it.

OPP is equally proud of the company it keeps:

Other organizations and individuals had also joined in the opposition, including the global union Workers Uniting, the Mormon Worker newspaper, Anti-Racist Action, the North Eastern Federation of Anarchist Communists (NEFAC), and several bloggers on the internet.

"Anarchist Communists"? Apparently, "anti-racism" justifies even the most bloodthirsty ideology these days.

In his email announcing the 2010 conference had been cancelled, Jared Taylor noted that threats of violence had been made against innocent hotel employees:

Hostile callers phoned the hotel and threatened employees with death. One was specifically warned, "If you hold this conference I will go in there and shoot you." Hotel management reported these threats to the police but felt it had no choice but to cancel.

The OPP posted this cute response to the death threats: "It is not known, however who is responsible for the threats alluded to in Jared Taylor's statement."

We know who's responsible. The real "haters" here are the OPP, who de-humanize immigration restrictionists as "scum," "neo-Nazis," and "Fascists." By injecting their venom into what should be a debate, the self-righteous bully boys of One People's Project are justifying violence against those who disagree with them. They should be ashamed.