Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sam Francis was right!

A book coming out tomorrow persuasively argues that Thomas Jefferson did not father a child with slave Sally Hemings. Jefferson’s brother Randolph was the more likely culprit.

But ol' Sam Francis figured this out almost ten years ago.

How to Prepare for A Future Increasingly Defined By Localized Food & Energy

Big Agriculture is a creation of Big Government -- which means we, the taxpayers, are subsidizing our own dependence on industrialized food. But as Big Government goes the way of the dodo, so will Big Ag. The consequences are serious, writes Joel Salatin:

"[I]n the future we are going to see more food localization, we are going to see more energy localization, we are going to see more personal responsibility in ecological lifestyle decisions because it's going to be forced on us to survive economically."

Who in his right mind would want to poison his own farm? Et voila, the pollution problem is solved.

This day in history

In 1962, Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Great Britain.

In 1980, Poland's Solidarity labor movement had its beginnings when an agreement ending a 17-day strike was signed in Gdansk.

Let's just dump dollars into the ocean

Should North Carolina shell out the $200 million plus it'll cost to rebuild NC 12? After all, as Mark Washburn points out, nature will just grind that road up again. Heck, there's a storm already forming in the Atlantic as I type this.

We imagine we can reconstruct nature. But some projects are pure wastes of time and money. Washburn suggests we stop squandering millions on useless, politically motivated boondoggles.

And in a completely unrelated story, it seems North Carolina will be spending nearly $200 million this year on Smart Start, which aims to give minority students an early boost in learning ability.

Massive waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan

According to Fox News -- yes, Fox News! -- $60 billion so far of taxpayer money has been forever lost through negligence, fraud, and corruption.

Hmmm -- but then again, those three things are what DC does best. And remember, we're still neck-deep in both quagmires -- at the cost of $12 million a day.

Remind me again why we need DC?

Contra naturam, contra libertas

Economist and iconoclast (and League of the South member) Murray Rothbard reveals why egalitarianism is the favored weapon of the ruling class.

As always, Rothbard is insightful and provocative. If nothing else, you'll learn the answer to the question, "Who is Harrison Bergeron?"

Rehabilitating Lincoln?

John Yoo, the mouthpiece for the Bush regime who argued the president can ignore the Constitution, will address the American Political Science Association. The title of his talk is "Rehabilitating Lincoln."

It's no mystery as to why Yoo is doing this. With the insane and evil Neocon project under intense scrutiny these days, those who profit from the interventionist state need to restore consent and support. As Dr. Tom DiLorenzo observes, "The Lincoln myth is the cornerstone of the propaganda apparatus of American military imperialism."

I'd add that not only is Lincoln the cornerstone of the Empire's propaganda machine, but that Martin Luther King is the benign public face of the Empire, the "martyr" who re-energized and updated Lincoln's "unfinished revolution."

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

La Raza member predicts "war" between Latinos, Anglos

Miguel Perez is the president of Chicanos Unidos Arizona and claims membership in two other prominent and powerful Latino ethnic advocacy groups, La Raza, (translation: Das Volk) and MECHA. On the Phoenix, Arizona Examiner site, Perez quotes Cecilia Maldonado of Chicanos Unidos Arizona as saying such a war is "unavoidable."

He ends this rant with the ominous question, "Who’s side will you be on?" [sic]

Hmmm. His bio says he plans to attend law school. I'd suggest he first take a few more classes in English as a second language.

This day in history

In 1862, Southern armies routed Northern invaders at Second Manassas. (My gg-grandfather was killed in that battle fighting in Jubal Early's army.)

In 1999, East Timor residents voted to secede from Indonesia.

Quote of the day

"WHY is it not a surprise to learn that Dick Cheney’s ancestor, Samuel Fletcher Cheney, was a Civil War soldier who marched with Sherman to the sea? Scorched earth runs in the family." Maureen Dowd, reviewing Dick Cheney's book

Over the course of his too-long career, Cheney has consistently insulted Southerners and their culture in his quest for empire.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Warmongers love MLK

Charles Krauthammer's latest column on MLK is an embarrassing, gushy love letter to the Empire's official mascot.

Krauthammer swoons that Martin Luther King, Jr., is part of the "greatest cohort of political thinkers ever." And it gets worse. In Krauthammer's fevered imagination, MLK is "miraculous," a "prophet" who possesses a "supremely nuanced, creative, humane soul."

Really, Charles? A man who hired prostitutes, plagiarized, and consorted with known communists?

Sadly, yes. Krauthammer means it. But let's not forget his motives, which are to pretty up the Empire's bloody crusades. He was one of the most vocal supporters of Bush's illegal and idiotic invasion of Iraq. Krauthammer's latest project is to rally Americans to invade and overthrow Iran, another country that has not threatened us.

You see, to Charles Krauthammer, as well as to lesser-known pro-war, any-war cheerleaders, it's not militarism, but a "freedom agenda," taking King's "civil rights" crusade on the road, so to speak. What cynics (like me!) dismiss and despise as an out-of-control military-industrial complex is portrayed by the Empire's apologists as a force for global liberation.

King is the face of a dying empire that thinks it can still create a world government under its domination. No wonder the King monument is festooned with quotes from the Great Man himself urging Americans to "develop a world perspective" and "develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole."

My problem with King and with militarism is that both aim to boost big government at the expense of our liberty. So no wonder the two are in cahoots together.

Obama's Uncle Omar arrested outside the Chicken Bone Saloon

Wow. What a headline. And it's true -- Barack Hussein Obama's illegal alien uncle was nabbed for DUI in Massachusetts last week.

This administration is a blogger's dream come true!

Quote of the day

"The colossal scale and Social Realist style of the proposed sculpture recalls a genre of political sculpture that has recently been pulled down in other countries." The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument

The Southern National Congress

The Catholic Knight says it's time to get behind the Southern National Congress, and wants reader input about the best way to support it.

With all the insanity coming out of DC these days, I think he's right!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Another Shining Illustration of Left-Wing, Anti-Racist "Tolerance"

Where's the real hate these days? Over on the "tolerant" left, as usual.

Email from a puzzled reader

Old Rebel,

I thought you'd have something to say about the ugly statue of Michael King that was unveiled this week up in the District of Criminals.

It's hard to believe you're not poking fun at the Empire's chief mascot!

Maximilian


There's a time to make fun, and there's a time to keep quiet. So here, without any comment from me, is the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Signs of the Rebellion


Click image to Texas-size!

Old Rebel,

I'm in North Carolina working the hurricane. A group of us happened to meet near the Bennett House (where Gen Johnston surrendered to Sherman, effectively ending the War in the east). The sign that advertises it refers to the "Civil War" - but notice the nice sticker that someone put on the sign.

-Michael

Wherefore art thou Cherokee?

Are bloodlines authentic criteria for determining membership in the 21st century? You could ask the hundreds of secessionist movements around the world -- or, if you don't have the time to travel to those places, you could ask the Cherokee in Oklahoma:

On Monday, the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved constitutional amendment that revoked tribal membership for the so-called Cherokee Freedmen, the modern descendants of black slaves whom Cherokee tribesmen had owned prior to the Civil War. The 16-page ruling argued that the Cherokee, and only the Cherokee, had a right to define exactly who is a Cherokee. ...

The Cherokees, may the Great Spirit bless their ruddy cojones, insist they have a sovereign right to determine tribal membership along genetic bloodlines. Such a sentiment seems simultaneously antiquated and refreshing.

Meanwhile, the blacks who want to claim Cherokee membership plan to sue. Problem is, certain blacks claim that bloodlines, as long as they're black bloodlines, are indeed legitimate criteria for determining who's in and who's out.

Sauce for the goose, fellas.

You didn't think it was possible ...

... but the latest poll shows Congress has hit a new record low. From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Americans are plenty angry at Congress in the aftermath of the debt crisis and Republicans could pay the greatest price, a new Associated Press-GfK poll suggests.

The survey, conducted Aug. 18-22, found that approval of Congress has dropped to its lowest level in AP-GfK polling — 12 percent. That’s down from 21 percent in June, before the debt deal reached fever pitch.

Our handlers assure us that we are the bosses and they are the hired help. But if a contractor had screwed up multiple jobs as DC has, the firm would've been dismissed long ago. It's not just the costly blunders the central government makes, it's the corruption, too -- I mean, would you retain the services of a financial adviser who put you in debt because he gave away your money to his friends? No. But we've let Congress shower billions on Wall Street, and we hardly make a peep.

I just keep wondering how bad it has to get.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Yugo Solution

David McElroy joins the growing list of pundits who see the writing on the wall. As he puts it, "There’s nothing united about today’s United States." If crummy little Yugoslavia can finally realize that breaking up is the right thing to do, he argues, surely we can do the same.

Let's hope he's right.

Thanks to Jeff for the link!

Quote of the day

"I support my darling, black African woman. ... I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders. ... I love her very much. I admire her, and I'm proud of her because she's a black woman of African origin." Moammar Gadhafi, waxing poetic about Condoleeza Rice.

Oh, my ...

Obama the healer

And what's the affliction he's going to heal? Too many whites with federal jobs:

A week ago, an item buried in The Washington Post reported that Obama had “issued an executive order requiring government agencies to develop plans for improving federal workforce diversity.”

Obama, wrote Isaac Arnsdorf, is targeting “a problem that has been on the administration’s radar. Whites still hold more than 81 percent of senior pay-level positions.”

Why is the color of their skin a “problem” for Barack Obama? ...

As reported here previously, African-Americans are hardly underrepresented in the U.S. government.

Though only 12 percent to 13 percent of the U.S. population, blacks hold 18 percent of all federal jobs. African-Americans are 25 percent of the employees at Treasury and Veterans Affairs, 31 percent of State Department employees, 37 percent of the Department of Education, 38 percent of Housing and Urban Development. They are 42 percent of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 55 percent of the Government Printing Office, 82 percent of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

So what's Obama up to here?

And Buchanan points out that among Democrats in the Senate, not one is black. But as always, he has a rational solution -- one that will make these liberal hypocrites how. It's Pat at his irreverent best!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Quote of the day

"That's quite a strategy Col. Qatthafi has come up with -- luring the enemy into the downtown of your capital. Amazing nobody has ever thought of that ploy before." Steve Sailer

We Do NOT Have a Federal Government

Paul Rosenberg is absolutely right -- the monster in DC is a central, national government, the opposite of what the Founders established.

However, we DO have a Feral government ... which is why this blog and this organization exist.

It's Diversity Month in North Carolina

From a loyal but irritated reader:

Thank goodness that Governor Perdue proclaimed September as Diversity Month in North Carolina.

I'm sure that the first thing she'll do to promote diversity is to encourage a the promulgation of many different views. After all, it's not really diversity if you only include folks who pass your political and cultural litmus tests. That's , ain't it?? I'm certain the Governor will invite Jared Taylor to have a statewide podium, particularly after his shameful and bigoted treatment by government officials in Charlotte earlier this year. Of course, Youth for Western Civilization, whose UNC-Chapel Hill chapter has been subject to numerous attacks by "antifa" thugs, will have the opportunity to explain the tremendous diversity within the Western tradition, and the hope it can offer for a culture choking on the poison of multiculturalism. Why, I'll even bet that the good Governor will want to hear from the League of the South and our ideas on how ordered diversity, just like ordered liberty, can produce a Southern civilization of peace and prosperity.

Yes, I'll just stand by, waiting for these exciting new developments in diversity....coming up...soooon....

Take care,
Alex

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tweet of the 21st century

In response to the DC quake:

@Ben_Howe: As all of DC leaves work at the same time, the United States experiences a brief economic recovery.

The word is getting out: DC is the problem, not the solution.

This day in history

In 1305, Scottish leader and national hero, William Wallace, was executed in London.


Here's a loyal reader displaying the Third National atop the Wallace Monument at Stirling Battlefield.

Is there a Greece fire in America's kitchen?

A loyal reader writes:

OR, here in London for the week on business and saw this interesting article in today's Daily Telegraph:

"...the state has become a hydra with seven heads: cronyism, statism, nepotism, clientelism, corruption, closed shops and waste. Kleptocrats have been running the show and their predilection for thieving and bribery has poisoned the nation."

Oops, that's Greece he is talking about; for a minute, I was thinking of Obamamerica.

Hope for change, if we would just elect more of the right people?

"Did they really believe that by letting Greece join the eurozone, it would start behaving responsibly? How could anyone in Brussels with even a bluffer’s knowledge of budgets have been fooled by Greece’s numbers racket? Inviting a country with Greek productivity (soft) to function with a German currency (hard) is not common sense. So why do it? Was faith in 'political will' so blind that even the EU’s elite expected financial gravity to be defied indefinitely?"

Well, at least we have something the Greeks didn't: exceptionalism & diversity. It's what sets us apart and makes us strong, eh?

Robert

The US Navy: A "Global Force for Good"?

Red Phillips knows where this kind of thinking will lead us:

Over the weekend I was watching a television program that was sponsored by the US Navy, thus I was inundated with ads exclaiming the Navy’s new slogan: ”America’s Navy: a Global Force for Good.”

“A global force for good?” Seriously? Have neocons taken over advertising and image making as well as policy? Is this seriously supposed to sway the wavering potential enlistee? If it is just about “accelerating his life” (the old slogan) then maybe not. But if it is about being part of “a global force for good” then were can he sign? What is the Navy now? The Peace Corp at sea?

How about this as a slogan: "We go abroad in search of monsters to destroy"? Catchy, huh? And soooo much more fun than minding our own business.

Monday, August 22, 2011

US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million

Some bargain, huh? And what do we get for our lost billions? Another regime based on Sharia.

Proud to be a what?


We previously noted how the artificial economy in the DC area is booming while the people it feeds from suffer. But this story about who's benefiting from DC's wasteful spending will rile you even more:

Millions of dollars worth of federal contracts transformed Anita Talwar from a government accounting clerk into a wealthy woman — one who can afford a $2.8 million home in the Washington suburbs with its own elevator, wine cellar and Swarovski crystal chandeliers.

Talwar, a 59-year-old immigrant from India, had no idea that she and her husband would amass a small fortune when she launched a company providing tech support to the federal government in 1987. But she shrewdly took advantage of programs for minority-owned small businesses and rode a boom in federal contracting.

The government we established to secure "the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" is now hell-bent on creating a Third-World majority.

Images of hope




Old Rebel

Here are two pictures that should fill any Southern nationalist's heart with happiness & hope. Even 15 years ago seeing something like this on a major TV network would have been impossible - even unimaginable.

Michael

Ain't that the truth! "Lincoln the Liberator" is the central myth of today's welfare/warfare state. Once it's refuted, the regime it justifies will be exposed as illegitimate.

This day in history

In 1775, King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in open rebellion.

Quote of the day

"Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves." Joseph Sobran

A Lesson That May Not Be Lost on Others

1) Gaddafi, at the behest of the US, gives up his WMD. 2) The US overthrows him.

From LewRockwell.com

Sunday, August 21, 2011

This day in history

In 1991, Latvia declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

Naturally, the return of self-determination as a political force angered pro-Lincoln, Marxist historian Eric Foner. Get used to it, bub, 'cause there's more to come.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Antifa vigilantism in Denver

And Antifa central command approves. What prompted it? Here's their version of how a black drug user died at the Denver zoo:

On July 18th, Denver Police took human life once again. The victim in this case was Alonzo Ashley, a 29 year old man visiting the Denver Zoo during one of the summer's hottest days. As the visit went on, he suffered increasingly from heat exhaustion and decided to cool off by sticking his head in a water fountain, after which Zoo Security tried forcefully to remove him. What followed is still debated, though the police story continues to be debunked detail by detail, but the event resulted in 18 police cars being called, 5 tasings of Ashley and ultimately the death of an innocent man.

And here, in their own words, is what the antifa did in retaliation: They took the law into their own hands by attacking the city of Denver:

A couple weeks later, on July 31st, the International Day of Action Against Fascism and Racism, 160 city parking meters were sabotaged in retaliation for the murder. This action was chosen for numerous reasons - it being a clear attack on the same city government responsible for the Ashley murder, that also benefits the general populace in the form of a free parking spot, to draw a connection between the racism of the far right and that of the police forces; and above all to deliver a significant financial blow to the city responsible for this death in an extremely easy, simple way.

I'm sure these brave and pure-hearted punks enjoyed vandalizing municipal property in the name of street justice. But there's a slight problem -- the "victim" wasn't all that innocent. From the Denver Post:

Ashley, 29, died July 18, after a zoo security officer received a call from a staff member reporting a man had passed out near the elephant compound. The guard who responded found Ashley standing with his head under a water fountain.

The guard said Ashley made some irrational statements, including a claim to be a lion, then started yelling at his girlfriend and threw a trash can.

When the guard called police, Ashley began chasing him. Ashley tackled the guard and repeatedly punched him, zoo spokeswoman Tiffany Barnhart said.

The guard was scraped and bruised, she said.

Denver police arrived a short time later, and when officers tried to restrain Ashley, he attacked - hitting one officer and biting another officer and a security guard, police said.

Officers then used a Taser without success, and Ashley continued to fight.

Police were able to hold the man down, and, while waiting for paramedics, he started to convulse and stopped breathing, police said. He was taken to Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

That's the problem with vigilantism, whether it's done in the name of "anti-racism" or national security -- meting out punishment before proving guilt does not promote justice; it only spawns more injustice.

I'm waiting for the Southern Poverty Law Center to denounce antifa terror tactics.

DC is a different country

What are those whiny subjects so mad about? The economy in the District of Corruption is just fine and dandy. If you don't believe it, take a look at these numbers, then recall that a tick can continue fattening itself long after its host collapses.

The last days of empire

Pat Buchanan spells out DC's dilemma: Its ability to deliver on the goodies it dishes out to maintain its hold on power is slipping away. The predominantly white middle class is tired of paying for its own disenfranchisement, and the central government's black base feels not only neglected, but betrayed. Here's why:

First, black Americans held a significant share of the subprime mortgages that went sour when housing prices went south, and are thus over-represented among those who lost homes.

Second, black Americans, with a higher rate of poverty, depend more on the entitlement and social programs that Obama cannot avoid hoisting onto the chopping block in any “balanced” plan for dealing with the deficit-debt crisis.

Third, African-Americans are over-represented among the 22 million who work for local, state and federal governments.

The debt crisis means the party is over for the DC Empire. What will take its place?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bank of America hearts Rick Perry

Of course Bank of Anti-America will boost Rick Perry as Temporary Dictator -- he's made it clear he's all for continuous war, the life blood of the parasitic big-business/big-government cabal.

Federal assault on self-government in Alabama

What do the people do when jobs, quality of life, and security are threatened by invaders? They work legally through the system to take action, that's what. And that's what the people of Alabama did when their legislators overwhelmingly enacted legislation to enforce existing federal laws.

But hostile alien forces, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and, worst of all, the Obama regime, filed suit against Alabama.

However, fourteen Alabama legislators are determined to fight back:

“The federal government has willfully relinquished its right to enforce its immigration law and now, the Department of Justice is trying to take away Alabama's right to enforce our own laws,” Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said in a statement.

“If the federal government won't do its job and protect us, we must protect ourselves,” he said.

That's the kind of fighting spirit we need in times like this.

Stealth amnesty, stealth reparations

"And the people got them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle." 2 Samuel 19:3

While the people are distracted by a tanking economy made worse by frightening developments in jobs market, the Obama regime is sneaking in amnesty for illegal aliens simply by not enforcing the law. At the same time, Obama has effectively implemented a stealth reparations program by forcing taxpayers to pay "at least" $30 million to 6,000 blacks who were "passed over" by a presumably racist entrance exam for firefighters. Add this to the Pickford settlement, which is shoveling a billion dollars to black farmers claiming the federal government didn't give them the subsidized loans and other aid they wanted, and another of Jesse Jackson's demands will have been met.

Only 500 more to go.

Iraqi, Mexican organized crime rings

Weapons, including grenade launchers and combat shotguns, are confiscated, and more than 60 suspects arrested in a bust on an Iraqi/Mexican criminal gang in Los Angeles.

I can't think of a better time to relax enforcement of our immigration laws, which the Obama regime just announced.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Obama the Neocon?

The Rebellion blog isn't alone in pointing out that Obama's policies are nothing but an extension of those of the George W. Bush regime. But this piece from The American Spectator not only agrees, but takes the next, logical step:

"When it comes to neoconservatism's global agenda, the question is now closed. We can't afford it."

Spread the word.

Quote of the day

“Obama is a guy who has a thin skin and does not take criticism well.” Marxist historian Eric Foner

Hat tip to Dan!

Caption this photo!

Happy Birthday, Virginia Dare!

Here's to the first North Carolinian!

Which do you believe, the League of the South, or the SPLC?

Gold just hit a record high.

Now, if you'd listened to Franklin Sanders, who advised attendees of the League of the South convention three weeks ago to transfer Federal Reserve notes into gold, you'd have made money.

But if you'd followed the Southern Poverty Law Center's advice, you'd have given all that money to them, adding to their $190,000,000 plus stockpile.

Which gave the better advice?

lmmigration debate looks at the other side

You can count on the corporate media to publish puff pieces on illegal immigrant invaders who are supposed to merit our sympathy. The storyboard usually relates how an illegal worked at a job for x number of months or years (with no mention of the native born American who DIDN'T get that job), then is caught. A glamor shot of one of his kids, with a quote about how "a family is being torn apart" by "harsh" immigration laws, and the reporter's job is done -- and no mention that the family is free to re-unite in Mexico.

So when a story like this manages to see the light of day -- and I know three people with their own stories of being harmed by drunken illegals who didn't compensate them one dime (or even a peso) -- it's worth reading. Consider the story of grieving parents Dan and Terri Mattle of Huntsville, Alabama:

Their oldest son, Tad, was stopped in traffic at the busy intersection of Whitesburg Drive and Airport Road when Felix Dominguez Ortega, an undocumented resident fleeing from Huntsville police, slammed into the back of Tad's Toyota Supra.

Police estimated Ortega's pickup truck was traveling nearly 70 miles an hour; no skid marks were found.

Tad, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout who had just earned a full academic scholarship to the University of Alabama in Huntsville, died in the fiery crash along with his girlfriend, Grissom High School sophomore Leigh Anna Jimmerson.

Ortega, with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit, survived.

The Mattles don't think Alabama's new immigration law is harsh at all. In fact, they probably wish it'd been passed before they lost their son to a drunken illegal.

Folks are getting tired of this DC-supported invasion. This has got to stop. And since DC isn't going to do it, it's up to the people of the sovereign States.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Southern heritage today

Billy Yank has thrown in the towel. He no longer has an appetite for trolling Southern Heritage sites and starting fights he can't win. I can't blame him, seeing how rough we were on him on his visits to this site (see here and here, for example).

In a related post, Mr. Yank makes this odd assertion about defenders of Southern heritage who support modern-day secession:

So, in my humble opinion, to save face not only for themselves but their ancestors as well they must root for the United States to fall apart. That way they and their ancestors will be vindicated for what happened 150 years ago. For them there is no other course to prove that what their ancestors did during the War of the Rebellion was correct…or as the Kennedy Brothers say..”The South Was Right”.

Wrong again, Billy. But Old Rebel is here for you.

It's a lot simpler than that. As Dr. Walter Williams has explained in many articles, such as this one, the real legacy of Mr. Lincoln's War was the end of government by consent, and the imposition of an unaccountable, all-powerful central government.

Today, that government claims the power to launch wars, assassinate individuals, to surveil and arrest American citizens in defiance of the Bill of Rights, impose demographic revolution, and to lavish taxpayer dollars on politically connected big business.

Abroad, that government is the world's greatest source of chaos and misery, and has been since it consolidated power after 1865. Consider: Over a million Filipinos murdered resisting Yankee conquest in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War; numerous invasions of Latin American countries; support for dictators around the world, including the Shah of Iran and Allende in Chile; military support of the massacre of civilians, such as the 200,000 Christian Timorese killed with American arms and approval in 1975; the ongoing death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

I could go on. But you get the point: The DC Empire is authoritarian, wasteful of lives and fortunes, and completely corrupt. And in case you hadn't noticed, it's also overextended militarily and financially. Its time is up.

Fortunately, the trend is toward smaller, more peaceful political units as overgrown nations collapse. The resurgent movements of long-lost nations are based on traditional, historical peoples reasserting their right to self-determination. Yes, we Southerners revere our ancestors. Pride in who you are and where you came from defines all authentic cultures, and provides the foundation of representational government.

It is the revival of historical nation-states that is challenging the old 20th century, ideological megastates. And our time has come.

Get used to it.

Jared Taylor: The SPLC Wants To Starve My Family (Among Others)

The greatest threat to free speech these days comes from the leftist establishment.

Why Local Enterprise Is The Solution

Forget Wall Street -- and why not, since Wall Street has certainly forgotten about you? (Unless it needs a bailout!) Put your money into local enterprises, says investment adviser Charles Hugh Smith. It's not only a more sound investment, but is the first step toward economic independence.

And here's how you can get started with both worthwhile goals.

The Battle of Wilson's Creek

Here's a report on a reenactment worthy of the men it honored. From The Catholic Knight:

What was so striking about the whole affair was how unabashedly Christian the atmosphere was. The reenactors did such a good job playing the role of people during this period, that it wasn't long before the manners of Christendom's remnant began to rub off on the rest of us. Within just minutes of arriving we found ourselves addressing each other as "sir" and "ma'am," as we gentlemen began lifting our hats off to the ladies almost instinctively.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

White House Will 'Consider' Staying in Iraq

How insane is the War Party?

This insane:

Pretending as usual with that months of haranguing the Maliki government into allowing US troops to remain didn’t happen, the White House today insisted that it would “certainly consider” any “requests” by the Iraqi leadership to keep troops in the nation.

Oh, yes, if DC's Baghdad puppets say "pretty please!" then the occupation troops remain -- and never mind the cost. Anything to advance the spread of democracy, you know.

Just how useless is the NAACP?

I really don't know the answer to that question. Every time I think that scandal-ridden, bullying organization has hit bottom, darned if it doesn't pull some stunt that manages to surprise me.

Here's the latest example of how harmful this group has become, and how the corporate media slavishly props it up. The head of the Charlotte NAACP managed to get 30 marchers together to protest "racism" in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Naturally, that's worthy of a puff piece in the local paper, complete with two pictures.

The NAACP president, Kojo Nantambu, wasted no time in dragging his tiny audience into the muck:

"We want everybody in Charlotte to know that even though (former Superintendent) Peter Gorman may be gone, there's still racism and discrimination in the school system in Charlotte," Nantambu told the crowd.

Wait a minute ... "racism and discrimination" in the Charlotte school system? Is this guy nuts? Every teacher, every principal, every administrator in the Charlotte government school system purrs about their commitment to "diversity" and "tolerance." When asked to cite an example of racism in the schools, Nantambu mentioned the "Teach for America" program.

Well, that answers my question, doesn't it? Click here to see the "Teach for America" web site, which proclaims the program's core mission of ELIMINATING THE BLACK-WHITE PERFORMANCE GAP.

But according to Kojo Nantambu, a program that uses recent college grads to boost the number of teachers in "low-poverty" areas is a secret racist conspiracy.

That's par for the course for the NAACP. By constantly accusing everyone in sight of "racism," this over-indulged organization poisons public debate and sows mistrust and the seeds of violence.

But hey, it's worked for them so far. By stirring up racial animosity, the NAACP keeps passions high and the donations rolling in. Why give up on a good thing?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Honey, Stop The Car: Monuments That Move You

Here's a snarky little piece from NPR (where else?) on the Nathan Bedford Forrest monument in Nashville. It includes the interesting story of how Jack Kershaw, the sculptor, started the piece -- and a cool picture of the general! Who would want to fight that man?

I am the proud owner of a hand-painted print of that statue, signed by the artist himself. To NPR I say, Humph!


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The Republican presidential circus

A regular reader can't hide his disgust:

Been listening to Sean Hannity’s “Conservative Underground” this afternoon whilst working as I was too engrossed and busy to change the channel. It is truly amazing how immoveable and disconnected these Republican shills are from reality, and how they ignore, or condemn a large Republican vote-getter like Ron Paul. A woman caller is now fawning over her hero Newt with Sean adding butter and sugar to her words – despite him being a confirmed loser and far behind anyone else.

The Kool-Aid these people have consumed must work well – and the recent YouTube of Rush ridiculing Ron Paul was over the top. This morning on FOX News the newsreader spoke of Republican frontrunners Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry and “their spirited opposition to Obama,” no mention of RP who was a point behind her, and Perry wasn’t even in Iowa. I am no blind RP supporter, but it is obvious the man has a grasp of reality and solid, reasoned answers to questions that face this country. No one else there has his ability.

It is simply amazing the fear they have of Ron Paul in their party of big government and big business, who they know would threaten their modern-day Tammany Hall should they embrace him, no matter how it has wrecked the country. One has to look at these GOP “contenders” beyond RP and ask the question – “is this the best they could do to oppose the empty shirt of Obama?”

Bernie

Why they rioted

A young black in England made it perfectly clear why Third-World residents torched buildings, overturned cars, and looted shops -- and why they'll do it again:

"It's going to happen again. With the spending cuts, I guarantee it. People are going to be pushed. There's more to come. This is just a start. When the people's voice doesn't get heard, the only way to hear it is with riots."

Translation: We came to this country for the welfare. Stop paying it and you'll be sorry.

Quote of the day

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff." Mariah Carey

Reid expects Tea Party to fade away

And I'm sure the Tea Party thinks Harry Reid will fade away.

It reminds me of an old graffiti:

"God is dead." Nietzsche

"Nietzsche is dead." God

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quote of the day

Attention reporters and editors. They are not "UK" riots or "British" riots. They are English riots. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are behaving themselves, thank you. Peter Gemma

Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll

Forget bipartisanship -- the Republican party has gone bipolar. How else do you explain results like this?

Rep. Michele Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll Saturday, affirming her status as a top-tier candidate in the Republican race to challenge President Obama in 2012.

Bachmann received 28 percent of the nearly 17,000 votes cast. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was close behind her with 27 percent. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty came in a distant third with 13 percent of the vote, followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 9 percent and businessman Herman Cain with 8 percent.

Bachmann is just another "Israel-First" Republican who thinks the US just has to attack Iran before they nuke us, or worse, do something Israel doesn't like.

But Ron Paul came in a close second. It's good to see a for-real anti-war candidate attracting supporters, because it demonstrates that at least some Americans have had enough of perpetual war. However, I have no confidence Paul will get the nomination or head a genuine effort to unplug the Pentagon. No such movement can succeed within a system designed by and for the military-industrial-congressional complex -- you might as well try to market tofu at a Beer, Barbecue, and Bourbon festival.

Besides, the rest of the Republican slate is as bloodthirsty as Bachmann, including George W. Bush clone Rick Perry of Texas.

I'm voting for Jefferson Davis.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Quote of the day

"Big government conservatives don’t mind big government as long as people like themselves are in charge of it." Thomas DiLorenzo

Comment of the week

In response to my post observing the date the Berlin Wall went up, "Anonymous" said...

"I have an idea for you, Old Rebel.

Why not start a movement to build a new Berlin wall? Only this time, put it around DC to keep them from getting out."

It's the end of the world as we know it

It must be. If the Southern Poverty Law Center can observe that Black "flash mobs" target Whites, but the local news media in Greensboro, North Carolina dare not, then the end is surely near.

This day in history

In 1961, construction began on the Berlin Wall, a desperate attempt to contain East Germans trying to escape Marxist dictatorship.

Totalitarian egalitarianism must resort to violence to impose its unnatural agenda. That's why it is bound to lose.

Alabama’s immigration law is hateful and racist

If communists say a policy is "racist," it must be "racist." After all, the original meaning of "racism," a Marxist term invented by Trotsky, was loyalty to one's historical community and its traditions. Mass immigration is the globalist/Marxist secret weapon.

Friday, August 12, 2011

This day in history

In 1898, Hawaii was illegally annexed by the United States.

Southern Music break

Wooo-hooo, it's Friday, y'all! And what a week it's been! A little Southern philosophy from Southern Rock band Wet Willie seems to be in order:



You say you found a peace of land
Gonna change from city boy to country man
Try to build your life with your hands
You got to keep on smilin, keep on smilin

Keep on smilin through the rain, laughin at the pain
Rollin with the changes til the sun comes out again
Keep on smilin through the rain, laughin at the pain
Rollin with the changes, singin this refrain

‘Gardasil’ Rick Perry for President?

Look, I don't recommend anyone for president unless I think he's going to stir up more opposition to DC's hegemony -- which is why I'm all for the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama.

That said, I also do NOT want to see the rise of a leader who can whip up support from enough conservatives and Southerners to further empower DC to do further harm, such as more wars, more centralized control over our lives, and more diversity crammed down our throats -- all for our own good, of course.

Yes, I'm talking about Governor Rick Perry. Here's an expose from the Classic Liberal that every Southerner should read. It's well-researched and loaded with links. You'll want to read the whole thing.

The Fire This Time

He's at it again! Here's Pat Buchanan asking a question that no one is supposed to think, much less pose to the public:

But with no common faith or culture to hold the nation together, Britain is coming apart. Multiculturalism has "utterly failed," said Germany's Angela Merkel, only to be echoed by Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron.

Is multiculturalism a success here? Or does the sudden eruption of flash mobs suggest that the curtain has begun to be pulled back on diversity's dark side here in America?

The answer depends on your point of view. Since the whole idea of multiculturalism is to wreck Western civilization and usher in a Marxist dictatorship, then you must agree it's a smashing success.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rick Perry for President?

Just what we need -- George W. Bush back in the White House, complete with his pro-amnesty, pro-war platform camouflaged with anti-DC rhetoric.

One day, the people will figure out that a real anti-DC stance will mean recalling power FROM the District of Corruption, rather than giving it more, as Perry, Bachman, and Bolton advocate.

One day ...

Not Just Whistlin' Dixie!

After noting that voters in his native Ohio rejected same-sex "marriage" in 2004 "by a thumping 62%," Ken Blackwell says this about the nation-within-a-nation that is even more committed to traditional morality:

There is one region of the country where marriage is even more strongly supported: The South. In the ten states of the Old Confederacy where Americans have voted thus far, marriage initiatives have averaged a stunning 71.44% support. North Carolina has just advanced a marriage initiative. If we are successful there, Tarheel voters will give new meaning to the Solid South.

It gets better: Blackwell dismisses the liberal hand-wringers who sob that traditional marriage is a "divisive" issue -- in fact, says Blackwell, it's a "bridge" issue that blacks and whites agree on.

And don't you know that's driving the libs crazy! (And why they don't trust the people to vote on the issue!)

Today's jaw-dropper

At the end of this report that 5 more US troops have been killed in Afghanistan comes this observation:

Despite a surge of U.S. troops into Afghanistan since 2010, insurgent violence has persisted in the country, and the Taliban has waged a campaign to assassinate top government officials.

"Despite?"

An arrogant, fading empire invades a country on the other side of the world, installs a corrupt, authoritarian puppet government, then is surprised when the natives resist foreign rule.

Just how clueless is the ruling elite that's dragging us down with it?

And what does that say about us if we're ruled by morons of this magnitude?

Violent riot in Scotland!

We've been paying so much attention to black flash mobs in America and black immigrant riots in London that we've overlooked marauding Presbyterians in Edinburgh.

Tea Party Rediscovers Promise to Cut War Spending

The bloated military is not only a parasite on taxpayers, but is the central government's ultimate weapon of intimidation and control over its subject population. The Founders had good reasons to distrust a standing army. (Today, it's standing all right -- standing over us.)

There can be no movement toward the restoration of liberty until we rid ourselves of this monster. So this story is a hopeful sign that the Tea Party finally gets it:

From the moment they came in to office, a number of the “Tea Party” darlings in Congress were talking openly about cutting Defense Department spending, something which earned them scorn from the military and condemnation from many of the establishment Republicans, for whom military spending can only go in one direction – up.

Those calls quieted down considerably at a particularly inopportune time, when the massive budget deficit debate began. But now, some of the grassroots groups that command the loyalty of the key voting bloc are remembering what they were saying in January, and are renewing calls for military spending cuts.

While I have no confidence the Tea Party will rid us of this obscenely wasteful and malicious occupation force, it's still a healthy sign that people are waking up to the fact that something has to be done about the Empire's insanely oversized military.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The First Conservative

In his latest contribution to American Conservative, Dr. Donald W. Livingston notes that Edmund Burke is generally credited to be the first conservative. Burke famously exposed the venomous ideas driving the French Revolution, namely, that all institutions and beliefs must be destroyed and replaced if they do not measure up to universalist, rationalist criteria. Since all must be reconstructed, say radicals of all ages, the power of the omnipotent state is necessary.

Stop for a moment to imagine what type of personality would be attracted to such a project. If you're visualizing images of Lenin, Hitler, and Pol Pot, then you "get" Burke.

But more crucial than Burke to the hope for a revival of true conservatism, argues Livingston, is David Hume, who gifted us with a philosophical analysis to help us understand, and more effectively oppose, radicalism in all of its flavors.

Livingston points out that Hume was the first to demonstrate that tradition and custom are essential components of human existence, and that a rigid ideology that calls for ignoring or eradicating either is a recipe for state-sponsored disaster. Thus it follows that conservatism is not another ideology with universalist pretensions. (Which is why Neoconservatism is NOT conservatism.)

Radicalism boils down to a war against reality. With this in mind, it's easy to comprehend how Marxist "idealists" could support a regime that massacres millions of its people, and how liberals, who are nothing but cautious Marxists, take a little longer to reap the slow-acting damage they've caused. The leftist programs of mass immigration and welfare do not strengthen communities or families, but instead cripple them, as the latest news reports of mass violence in London and across the US remind us.

You'll want to read the whole thing.

73% Of Americans Think US Is Headed In Wrong Direction

With that fact in mind, I'm going to propose something really wild and extremist:

"Maybe we should consider new ideas."

Okay, I warned you. But I'm serious -- instead of playing musical chairs with the two wings of the Big-Government/Big-Business cabal that's ruining us, maybe we should start talking about real alternatives, including the recall of delegated powers from the numbskulls in DC.

Just a thought.

Alabama Leaders Slam Justice Department for Suing Over Immigration Law

Yeah, the economy's tanking, black "flash mobs" are allowed to roam and rampage in the cities, and the Obama regime is determined to continue its disastrous wars in Libya and Afghanistan, the American people be damned.

But there is good news, if you know where to look for it. In Alabama, for example, someone is finally resisting DC's Open Borders agenda:

Alabama GOP leaders slammed Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for suing the state over H.B. 56, saying the Federal failure to secure the border and enforce immigration laws has compelled the states to act. And they showed strong defiance that they would prevail against Holder and his ACLU legal team.

Mike Hubbard, the Alabama House Speaker said:

“Make no mistake, this lawsuit will not undo Alabama’s immigration law. If the court finds problems with parts of the law, tweaks can be made,” Mr. Hubbard said. “But Alabama is not going to be a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. Alabama will have a strict immigration law and we will enforce it.”

Whoa! Must be that thing Southern men have about standing up to bullies.

Greatest Al Sharpton clip, ever

An instant classic, via Breitbart:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dollar Tumbles on Fed’s Rate Pledge; Swiss Franc Soars the Most Since 1971

Here are two radically different political models: The first says that bigger is better; that security and prosperity depend on the support and maintenance of a huge military; that a powerful, highly centralized government is necessary to provide guidance to a swelling, diverse population. The other model says that a decentralized confederation provides the freedom to take advantage of opportunities and meet threats; that local pride and local self-government are the foundations of true security and prosperity; that different cultures can cooperate when they allow local regions to regulate themselves, and the central government only coordinates efforts pertaining to joint security.

The acid test of reality tips the scales in favor of the second model:

The dollar tumbled the most in 40 years against the Swiss franc after the Federal Reserve pledged to keep its key interest rate at a record low at least through mid-2013 to revive the flagging economic recovery.

Big, clunky, and warlike is SOOOOO 20th century, folks. In the 21st century, small is not just beautiful, but better.

London, 2011: Enoch Powell was right

The Health Minister who foresaw that multiculturalism would destroy England has been validated by the continuing bloodshed in London.

UPDATE: Check out the Telegraph's live blogging of the riots.

UPDATE: The Mail has these pictures of the violence. Don't miss the picture of Mark Duggan, the gang member whose shoot-out with the police sparked the riots. The self-hating, suicidal left is braying about this senseless violence as "social justice." How pathetic.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Southern Women

Southern-themed magazines and books proliferate on news stands, bursting with advice on how to brighten your home with Southern culture. Belk department stores have a new motto: "Modern. Southern. Style." As the meaning of "American" dissolves into the tepid meaninglessness of "multiculturalism," it's no wonder people are attracted to the most enduring and distinctive culture in the crumbling DC Empire. From Garden and Gun:

Sex in the City may have been revolutionary for the rest of America, but not for Southern women. Of course we bond and adore each other, and talk about all topics savory and otherwise. That’s what being a woman means.

In Terms of Endearment, a dying Debra Winger visits a friend in New York and is immediately bewildered by the alternately indifferent and aggressive way the women relate to each other.

“Why do they act like that?” Winger asks a friend, genuinely confused. Why indeed.

Southern women see no point in the hard way. Life is hard enough. So we add a little sugar to the sour. Which is not to suggest Southern women are disingenuous cream puffs. Quite the opposite. When you are born into a history as loaded as the South’s, when you carry in your bones the incontrovertible knowledge of man’s violence and limitations, daring to stay sweet is about the most radical thing you can do.

Any culture that can thrive despite what the South has endured is worthy of respect, not to mention preservation. That's why the League of the South was founded.

Vibrancy in the UK

London looks like The Battle of Britain has resumed, except this time, the enemy is already on the ground in the form of roving packs of young black immigrants.

But the rioters attacking the police and setting fires to homes and businesses are the VICTIMS, you see. From Reuters:

"Tottenham is a deprived area. Unemployment is very, very high ... they are frustrated," said Uzodinma Wigwe, 49, who was made redundant from his job as a cleaner recently.

"We know we have been victimised by this government, we know we are being neglected by the government," said another middle-aged man who declined to give his name. "How can you make one million youths unemployed and expect us to sit down?"

Tottenham has a large number of ethnic minorities and includes areas with the highest unemployment rates in London. It also has a history of racial tension with local young people, especially blacks, resenting police behavior including the use of stop and search powers.

The majority whites are clearly to blame for this minority majority area being "deprived." When an anonymous source tells you the government has victimized the area and has made one million young people unemployed, it's an open-and-shut case.

So once again, white racism is to blame.

via Mangan's Adventures in Reaction

Friday, August 5, 2011

This day in history

In 1861, the Lincoln regime levied the first national income tax.

Record number of Americans disapprove of Congress

Yes, Congress is hopelessly corrupt, serving the interests of the big-government/big-business cabal, and nearly everyone agrees it's unreformable, but what can we do?

I know -- we'll vote Democratic! No, I mean, Republican!

That'll fix things in DC, by golly.

Four Afghans killed as anti-NATO demonstration turns violent

Once again, the DC Empire props up a repressive puppet regime that murders its own people.

But it's being done under the holy name of exporting democracy, so it's okay.

From the Department of Huh?

A Black teen attacks a White "transgender woman" and faces up to ten years for committing a hate crime. (Homosexual advocate Andrew Sullivan frequently confesses his dismay at the vehemence with which Blacks oppose the "gay rights" agenda.)

Yet the SPLC posts a report of this crime under its "Hatewatch" blog, whose motto is "Keeping an Eye on the Radical Right." Say what?

100 Ways Barack Obama Is Just Like George W. Bush

From pimping for the armaments industry to driving demographic revolution, Obama has taken the ball W handed him and run with it.

Will we let him reach the goal post, where he'll spike that ball in our faces? We'll see.

Southern Music break

Wooo-hooo, it's Friday, y'all! What better song to post at the end of a week like this than "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty. It kinda sums up my feelings right now.

Meanwhile, in Hell ...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Comment of the day

Old Rebel,

Concerning the topics the SPLC seems so concerned about that took place at the League's conference: Living on the gulf coast, I actually go through the 'ordeal' of my wife's check list every year before hurricane season, and the list is eerily similar to what the SPLC says was covered at the conference. And we're just getting ready for bad weather! Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go buy more gold before getting home to clean my guns and check our food and water reserves, then settling down for a night of reading 'Texas Hunter' magazine, and then a quick Christian devotional before hitting the sack. (Ha, ha)

Jeff

Quote of the day

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills." Senator Barack Obama in 2006.

Panic alert!

Oh, no! The Southern Poverty Law Center's latest blog post warns that the League of the South is now chin-deep in "armed militancy and survivalist resistance."

As proof, it cites transcripts of classes conducted at the League's national conference held last weekend where people were taught gun safety by a chaplain, and how to invest in gold.

Even more blood-chilling, attendees were actually instructed in the basics of "how to stock and maintain a home pantry."

Lord help us, they're canning vegetables!

Clearly, all liberals are supposed to run around the room screaming, then dash off to the bank, withdraw all of their savings, and donate everything to Morris Dees so he can save them from these lunatics -- or at least enable this selfless advocate of the poor to afford some basic necessities.

No, really, that's what the SPLC said about the League convention. Look:

For two days, more than 100 members sat through workshops focused on surviving the repeatedly predicted unrest. John Weaver, an LOS member and former chaplain for the Southern heritage group Sons of Confederate Veterans, gave lessons on basic gun safety. Franklin Sanders, considered the League’s No. 2 man, encouraged members to invest in silver and gold – the idea being that when the government collapses so will the Federal Reserve. There were also training sessions on how to stock and maintain a home pantry, lessons on how to hunt and track, and calls for members to buy short-wave radios and begin using them instead of telephones.

I mean, what kind of nutcase would advise people to buy gold when stocks are doing so well? And why would any rational person think it prudent to stock up on food, emergency supplies, and means of self-defense? It's not like economic turmoil has ever caused riots and shutdowns of essential services. Right?

C'mon, SPLC -- how am I supposed to ridicule you when you do the job for me?

Diversity = Empire

John Derbyshire (always worth reading!) proposes a solution for the Uighurs in China who're tired of their Han Chinese rulers -- then does the right thing by advocating the same for every other historical people on the planet:

I’d give every ethny its own government that wanted one. Imperial rule over subject populations sometimes worked in the pre-modern era—the Ottomans pulled it off quite well, as did the British and Austro-Hungarians. There is something in modernity that forbids that old imperial order, though. Diversity—big populations of different ethnies under a common jurisdiction—is a bust in the modern world. Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia are gone. Cyprus is two countries. Belgium soon will be. ...

The Uighurs should certainly have their own nation. So should the Kurds, the Catalans, the Scots, the Jews, the South Tyroleans, the Chechens, and any other people sufficiently civilized to run a statelet and sufficiently coherent to think themselves a single ethny.

Such arrangements would, it seems to me, go with the grain of our times. It more and more looks as though the age of big nations is passing. The attempt to make one big nation out of Europe is obviously failing; and the USA’s current troubles are so deep and systemic one cannot but suspect that this whole unwieldy arrangement must soon fall apart, to the general benefit.

DC and the other fattened bureaucracies left over from the 19th and 20th centuries will resist to the bitter end, but their power over their subject peoples cannot continue. So they desperately try to make those who resist their heavy-handed rule appear to be vicious opponents of progress. No wonder the Chinese Communists denounce the Uighurs as "terrorists" who savagely and irrationally attack innocent Han Chinese.

My, doesn't that sound familiar?

But as Derbyshire points out, big government is dying of its own unsustainable weight everywhere you look.

When did the American empire start to decline?

The redoubtable Stephen Walt points to the moment in time when the imperial death spiral began.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

6 Creepy New Weapons the Police and Military Use To Subdue Unarmed People

Gee, you'd think the government is expecting trouble:

The US is at the forefront of an international arms development effort that includes a remarkable assortment of technologies, which look and sound like they belong in a Hollywood science fiction thriller. From microwave energy blasters and blinding laser beams, to chemical agents and deafening sonic blasters, these weapons are at the cutting edge of crowd control.

The Pentagon's approved term for these weapons is "non-lethal" or "less-lethal" and they are intended for use against the unarmed. Designed to control crowds, clear streets, subdue and restrain individuals and secure borders, they are the 21st century's version of the police baton, pepper spray and tear gas. As journalist Ando Arike puts it, "The result is what appears to be the first arms race in which the opponent is the general population."

Why would the government prepare for crowd control? Is it because the government has forbidden governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance that the people demand? Has it lavished the people's money on politically connected cronies in big business?

No wonder they're worried.

I think the antidote to this kind of intimidation is suggested in the headline: Don't be an unarmed person.

New Yorkers Fleeing State

Yesterday we posted an article by Michael Lind that blamed the South for the debt crisis because Southerners don't support the liberal tax-and-spend agenda.

So what would the South, and all of the DC Empire, look like if we agreed to every tax scheme that came along? We'd look like New York:

Taxed-out New Yorkers are voting with their feet, with a staggering 1.6 million residents fleeing the state over the last decade.

For the second consecutive decade, New York led the nation in the percentage of residents leaving for other states, according to the report by the Empire Center for State Policy.

The population loss is "the ultimate barometer of New York's attractiveness as a place to work, live and do business," the report's co-author, E.J. McMahon, said. "It's the ultimate indication that we've been doing things wrong."

Most analysts blamed New York's high taxes and skyrocketing cost of living for the mass exodus.

Lewis Grizzard once advised Northerners who didn't like the way Southerners did things, "If y'all don't like Dixie, Delta is ready."

Instead, the reverse is happening: Folks are packing their bags and heading to areas where the culture keeps the government small and the people well-mannered. But don't take my word for it. From the New York Post:

Lynn Mueller was once a successful business consultant in New York, running his Decision Strategies Group out of Albany. He's still successful -- but in South Carolina.

It came down to dollars and sense. ...

Mueller, who is 70 and still working, moved his consulting business along with his home.

And he said he hasn't regretted the move, adding, "Government [in South Carolina] works -- we still have traffic lights, police and roads. The school system is no better or worse than anything we had in New York. And people here are really nice."

Take that, Lind.

What Would It Take To Get You To Fight?



At 1:20 in, Stonewall Jackson shares With Jeb Stuart his view of the consequences of a Northern victory, and what Southerners had to steel themselves for to prevent it:

The black flag, sir.

If the North triumphs, it is not alone the destruction of our property. It is the prelude to anarchy, infidelity...the loss of free and responsible government. It is the triumph of commerce. The banks, factories.

We should meet the Federal invader on the verge of just defense...and raise the black flag. No quarter to the violators of our homes and firesides. Our political leadership is too timid to face the reality of this coming war.

They should look to the Bible. It is full of such wars.

At the League of the South national convention last weekend, Dr. Michael Hill spelled out the consequences of the victory of big government and big business Stonewall Jackson warned Stuart about:

Since the fall of 2008, we have been robbed, and not just we who are alive today but our children, grandchildren, and generations of Southerners yet unborn. The American kleptocracy has stolen your patrimony in broad, open daylight, laughing at you all the while. When anyone questioned their tactics, they trotted out the old “financial Armageddon” argument, bolstered by visions of martial law across the land. Our people acted as if they barely noticed and then went back into their self-induced coma. It is truly pitiful to see an enslaved population that believes it is free. They wear their chains as if to make a fashion statement.

Read the whole thing. Then click here when you're ready to join the battle.

Quote of the day

"Big government is us by another name." The Reverend Jesse Jackson

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A 'Civil War Atmosphere' in Washington

The Empire's falling apart -- and once again, it takes an overseas observer to point out what we can't, or won't, see for ourselves:

"No one can forget the Civil War atmosphere in which this debt fight has taken place. It weighs on America's international reputation. From the point of view of financial markets, the dysfunctional nature of Washington is a risk factor that must be calculated for in the future."...

"The countries that until recently had controlled the destiny of the world, now largely find themselves on an unsustainable financial path. The grotesque behavior in Washington over the past weeks have made that abundantly clear. But the fact that the European debt crisis has noticeably not been solved yet (also) costs Europe influence in the world."

We'd be lost without DC

We're over $14 trillion in debt. (Hey, anyone out there know who got us into that mess?) Anyway, the best and the brightest convened in DC, where they squabbled, haggled, and hectored to find a way out of this crisis. Finally, they hammered out a solution, one that I must confess I would never have thought of:

Add another $7 trillion to our debt.

Wow.

Yes, you read that right. Already drowning in debt, the DC Empire just passed "the largest increase in the debt limit in U.S. history."

As I've said before, trying to survive in the 21st century without a huge central government would be like trying to swim the English Channel without your barbells.

Quote of the day

"I want to use my experience to show Muslims how we can lead our lives. And to try and put a good positive spin out there that Islam is a good, peaceful religion. We're not all terrorists, you know?" Pvt. Naser Abdo, to ABC News in 2010, now accused of plotting a second Fort Hood terror attack.

via Steve Sailer

The Tea Party: A Southern phenomenon?

Surprise! The most conservative region of the DC Empire backs the Tea Party, the latest conservative movement resisting DC's runaway spending. And it's making Michael Lind a little crazy:

The four states with the most Tea Party representatives in Congress are all former members of the Confederate States of America. The states with the greatest number of members of the House Tea Party caucus are Texas (12), Florida (7), Louisiana (5) and Georgia (5). While California is in fifth place with four House Tea Party members, the sixth, seventh and eighth places on the list are taken by two former Southern slave states, South Carolina and Tennessee, and a border state, Missouri, each with three members of the congressional Tea Party caucus.

If states with significant white Southern diasporas were included, the Southern proportion of the House Tea Party caucus would be even bigger. Many of the other states with Tea Party representatives are border states with significant Southern populations and Southern ties.

Here's an example of the "extremism" of those horrible Southerners:

On tax policy, the South almost always votes for lower taxes, and is sometimes overridden by the US congress. In 1998 the thirteen State South voted by the required two-thirds margin for a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote of both houses of congress to raise taxes. Southerners voted in favour [sic] of this constitutional amendment 90 to 41. In the full House the amendment failed by 238 to 186 opposed, far short of the constitutionally required two-thirds margin. ...

In light of this recent history, it is clear that the origins of the debt ceiling crisis are to be sought, not in generic American conservatism, but in idiosyncratic Southern conservatism.

See? If those pesky Southerners would agree to higher taxes, DC wouldn't have a debt problem.

Here's an idea, Mr. Lind: Since the South is nothing but a political speed bump slowing down the Northeast's and West Coast's advance toward a progressive utopia, why not let us reclaim our independence? Then you'd be free to speed toward the cliff of your own choosing.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Obama's Justice Department files court challenges Alabama's new immigration law

You knew Alabama's new immigration enforcement law was good when the Southern Poverty Law Center attacked it. Now the Obama regime is standing with the Open Borders lobby and against the people of Alabama. Janet Napolitano had this to say about Alabama's law:

"Legislation like this diverts critical law enforcement resources from the most serious threats to public safety and undermines the vital trust between local jurisdictions and the communities they serve."

Translation: Communities don't include the majority, historical population. Only the colonies of illegal aliens matter.

Napolitano: "We continue to support comprehensive reform of our immigration system at the federal level because this challenge cannot be solved by a patchwork of inconsistent state laws."

Translation: State enforcement of existing immigration laws will only get in the way of Obama's plans to ignore those laws.

It's time for the people of Alabama to tell DC to mind its own damn business.

Rival Libyan rebel factions fight, 4 dead

This shows there are deep divisions within the rag-tag Libyan rebellion, making Obama's support of it all the more questionable. It reminds me of the fighting between Spanish anarchists and communists during the Spanish Civil War, which all but guaranteed Franco's victory.

Secession is not an anti-American objective

Well, this ties in nicely with my previous post!

Asked by Judge Andrew Napolitano where he sees the country headed, noted writer Robert Ringer gave this surprising response:

“Well, there’s a couple ways it could go. The country could break apart into different countries. There are serious movements on the part of some [states] to secede. The notion that secession is un-American is absurd. The whole country was founded when it seceded from Great Britain, and the act of joining the Union is merely a legislative act, and any legislative act can be undone by a legislature.

“The states formed the federal government, not the other way around, and the powers they gave to the federal government they can take back. So I could see liberty-loving people flocking to different parts of the country. New Hampshire, Texas come to mind."

You'll want to read the whole thing.

I'll take the CSA!

Patrice Lewis poses an intriguing solution to the never-ending wrestling match between the left and the right:

And what are the irreconcilable problems on which the left and the right cannot agree? Simple: It's the vision of government. It's the degree to which government should be involved in the lives of individuals.

That's why I'm still of the mind that the only solution is division. We need a Progressive States of America, or PSA, and a Constitutional States of America, or CSA. As cruel and unfair as the mechanics of separating our nation would be, what other answer is there?

Wish I'd thought of that!

Scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announced last week that when ten percent of the population embraces a new idea, that idea will inevitably spread to the general population. As Ed Sebesta has observed, "Secession is back as an issue in politics." Looks like it's about to advance from an issue to a policy.

Know hope.

The Story of Jonah as Told by The Cutest Little Girl

Quote of the day

"If [the Declaration of Independence] justifies the secession from the British empire of 3,000,000 of colonists in 1776, we do not see why it would not justify the secession of 5,000,000 of Southrons from the Federal Union in 1861." New York Tribune, December 17, 1860

via Chuck Demastus