Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Separatism haunts austerity-wracked EU

Sara Firth: "One thing seems certain, that Scotland's recent success is only going to strengthen the cause of those who are demanding their right to choose."

Just in time to accompany my response to Ed Sebesta! Thanks to Kearney and Ryan for forwarding!

PBS newsman sees danger in fragmented nation

Folks get their news from the Internet, and this makes it hard for the central government to mold public opinion. Now, if you're in love with big government, that's a bad thing. And PBS transcriptionist reporter Jeffrey Brown is just craaaazy about big, centralized government. The fact that news and information have become decentralized makes people "more difficult to govern," he says.

Which is precisely why the powers that be are itching to seize control of the net. For our safety, of course. And, oh yeah, for the children.

Quute of the day

"Republicans are far more blatantly racist in attitudes than Republicans." Andrew Sullivan, trying to make sense.

Report: Corruption in Iraq At All-Time High

Who said we can't turn Muslims into Americans? Baghdad is now almost as corrupt as Chicago. Mission accomplished!

Secession is bad

Ed Sebesta's latest post is an instant classic. It has EVERYTHING Sebesta fans want: loopy logic, psychedelic spelling, and smug, rock-solid certainty despite jaw-dropping ignorance.

The aim of this specific screed, like ALL the others he's written, is to expose anti-imperialists and "small-is-beautiful" advocates, which he calls "neo-Confederates," as not only eeeevil, but tragically misinformed. He cites one of my posts as evidence that "neo-Confederates" have deluded themselves into imagining there are viable secessionist movements from which they can find inspiration.

Sebesta argues that secession isn't real if the seceeding nation maintains ties to the EU. That's a strange argument, and surely even stranger to the governments trying to stop regional secession. They know they will lose control over taxation in those areas. I guess Ed Sebesta wouldn't deem a secession effort successful unless its people voided all trade and defense treaties, and somehow launched their new countries into outer space.

Sebesta claims small government isn't even a desirable goal. He offers the example of the nations of Central America:

"For those enamoured of having their very own small toy nation, I suggest they look at the fate of the peoples in the Unted States of Central America who opted for being independent nations of Central America. Like many small states they ended up as victims of more powerful forces, in this case companies raising bananas, acquiring the nickname banana republics as [a] term of contempt."
Of course, no political entity called the "Unted States of Central America" has ever existed. Nor has there ever been a "United States of Central America." There was once a "United Provinces of Central America" which did eventually devolve into the seven nations we have today. But to argue that size creates wealth and protects you from having to pick bananas for a living is simply inaccurate. Some of the freest and most prosperous nations are the smallest, such as Iceland, Denmark, Austria, and heck, Singapore is just a city-state. Tiny Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world.

Secession at home, argues Sebesta, is also a mistake. Vermont's independence movement, he says, overlooks the secret benefit of having two (count 'em, two!) senators, both of which are busy bamboozling the rest of the country to prop up Vermont's dairy farms:

"As an independent nation Vermont wouldn't have two U.S. Senators pushing for higher milk prices for the rest of the nation. In fact they would have a lot of milk and no price supports. I am sure there are probably other instances where Vermont finds it very advantageous to have this 10X over representation.

In fact, Vermont should be careful not to discuss secession too much. Has anyone looked at the Constitution in regards to state being expelled? What if the American consumers realized that milk would be cheaper if Vermont was an independent nation?"
After all, why declare independence and make your own decisions when it's MUCH BETTER to have two senators rubber-stamping the decisions made by the other 98? And clearly, without the price supports Vermont is able to fool the other 48 states into subsidizing, Vermont could go the way of Central American countries and turn into a "Dairy Republic." It would be sad if Americans ever discovered Vermont's scam, expelled the state from the Empire, and started referring to Vermonters with a term of contempt.

Sebesta does concede that some small countries are successful:

"Some small nations do get along reasonably well. They have special circumstances remote [sic] like Iceland or they are in mountaineous [sic] regions like Switzerland and do not present great prizes for conquest or otherwise interest powerful nations. However, a great many other small nations find themselves dealing with adverse circumstances.

They are dependent on more powerful states for support or find themselves dominated in various ways by more powerful neighbors when they are not actually invaded."

Right. Switzerland doesn't have anything anyone would want - other than the 7,000 tons of gold it's sitting on. Oh, and then there are the trillions in financial assets Switzerland holds and manages. Sebesta must think Swiss economic activity is limited to Heidi and her grandfather herding goats.

And who dominates those hapless Swiss? Clearly, Sebesta is unaware of the efficacy of the Swiss military.

But it doesn't matter - the rest of the world DOES realize how robust and adaptable the Swiss Confederacy is, and that invading it would be suicidal - which is why Switzerland has been able to guard its neutrality, wealth, and independence for many centuries -without having to join NATO. And I'm willing to bet that long after the bloody DC Empire collapses, little Switzerland will still be there.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Netanyahu: A War on Iran Would Be Good for Arabs

How kind of Netanyahu to be thinking about the best interests of his Arab neighbors. What a guy!

Quote of the day

"Obama is is a weak little man whose only saving grace is his laziness, while Romney's greatest strength, his executive competence, only makes him the more dangerous candidate for the country." Vox Day

Which man would you prefer to hold the power of life and death in his hands - the Choomba King, or the aggressive go-getter? Just a thought.

Peter King, defender of the Empire

Peter King of New York has quite a record. He hates Southerners and has undermined gun rights as a congressman. So this exchange with a citizen reporter, in which he defends the power of the president to kill Americans without a trial, is no surprise:

"Due process? We have the CIA to decide who's a terrorist!" Besides, if you oppose Obama's power to do good and stop evil, you will be called a white supremacist, anti-government extremist. And nothing is worse than being called bad names. Nothing.

Obama Tries to Block Challenges to Illegal Surveillance

Think "liberal" Obama will safeguard civil liberties? Think again:

The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in Clapper v. Amnesty International, a case which will determine whether or not the government’s warrantless surveillance of American citizens can be challenged in court, even when the specifics of the program are secret.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was enacted by Congress in the 1960s and 70s and regulates the government’s conduct of intelligence surveillance inside the United States. In 2001 – following the 9/11 attacks – President Bush illegally authorized the National Security Agency to launch a warrantless wiretapping program, in breach of FISA “and in 2008 Congress ratified and expanded that program, giving the NSA almost unchecked power to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and emails,” the ACLU explains.
The old political groupings of liberal and conservative are no longer relevant. That's because the ONLY RECOGNIZED standard in politics these days is what advances the power of the Empire. As of right now, opposition to the Empire is unthinkable. There IS NO organized opposition to it.

You are authorized to support any one of the two mainstream, interchangeable candidates - or you can ignore your civic duty as an American and not vote. Yeah, you can write in the Green Party or Libertarian candidate if you want, but that's just the Empire's way of accommodating - and isolating - the occasional oddball.

Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

PETA wants memorial where fish died in Irvine car crash

Well, do we believe in equality or not? If we do, we have to do this:

On behalf of a leading animal rights group, an Irvine woman is asking the city to erect a memorial at the street corner where 1,600 pounds of live fish died this month when a container truck was involved in a three-vehicle crash.

Dina Kourda, a volunteer with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote to the Irvine Public Works Department to request that a sign be placed at the intersection of Walnut and Yale avenues to honor the lives of the fish -- believed to be saltwater bass -- lost in the accident.
Anyone who laughs at this noble and enlightened effort will be condemned as racist, homophobic, ageist, and speciesist. And we don't want to be called names, do we?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Charles Johnson watch

The latest news from Little Green Footballs: All criticism of Barack Obama is racist.

The GOP's Geography And The Confederacy

Andrew Sullivan, faux conservative and war booster, notes Obama's unpopularity in the South and concludes it must be a vast "racist" conspiracy:

I think America is currently in a Cold Civil War. The parties, of course, have switched sides since the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The party of the Union and Lincoln is now the Democratic party. The party of the Confederacy is now the GOP. And racial polarization is at record levels, with whites entirely responsible for reversing Obama's 2008 inroads into the old Confederacy in three Southern states. You only have to look at the electoral map in 1992 and 1996, when Clinton won, to see how the consolidation of a Confederacy-based GOP and a Union-based Democratic party has intensified - and now even more under a black president from, ahem, Illinois.
Now let me get this straight - Romney has a slim lead in the South, so it's assumed that proves those bad, bad Southerners are misbehaving again. But Obama has the support of 94% of blacks, and what does that prove? Why, it proves Romney is running a "racist" campaign, that's what. I'm not making this up.

However, Sullivan's term "Cold Civil War" is very interesting - it explains a lot.

Darkness descending in England

How nervous are the multicult rulers of England? So nervous that they have resorted to using Soviet-style intimidation tactics against dissidents:

The arrest of over 53 people in the United Kingdom is the beginning of the end for once-great Britain. The leaders of the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, were among those arrested, as well as Paul Weston of the British Freedom Party (BFP). I spoke with Kevin Carroll about his recent arrest and that of Robinson and Weston, and he told me the appalling details.

Carroll told me that British authorities tried everything in the book to stop him from running for police and crime commissioner (PCC) for the Bedfordshire Police Authority. Nonetheless, he officially won the right to run for PCC last Friday. But then, the very next day, British authorities carried out these mass arrests of EDL and BFP members, stripping them and forcing them to wear white paper overalls like those given to incarcerated terrorists. They were allowed no phone calls.
Think this couldn't happen here? The machinery is already in place. The government has declared its authority to imprison and even execute without a trial.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ron Holland on Gold, Switzerland and the European Secessionist Movement

In Ron Holland's recent interview with The Daily Bell, he sees the rising tide of secessionism as a welcome alternative to the policies of central banking and endless war pushed by big government. Here's an excerpt:

This is a positive development for Europe as nations become smaller and more localized around historic boundaries and cultural beliefs. Smaller nations and withdrawal from the European Union is just what Europe needs to get its economic house back in order. This is a far more important development than who will be president of the United States or the latest manufactured statistics or central bank proclamation. Again, we live in exciting and interesting times.
So what's it going to be - a future of endless war and fear, or peace and security? As Ron says, we live in exciting times. Know hope.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quote of the day

"Whoever becomes a lamb will find a wolf to eat him." Vilfredo Pareto

Those Muslim immigrants you ordered are on their way

Think the Afghan War is a failure?

Well, it isn't. Remember, DC has a different notion of success than ordinary folk. It's true Afghan interpreters and other collaborators (as well as their families) have received death threats from a resurgent Taliban. To protect them, Congress has authorized at least 7,500 special immigration visas. As with any big-government program, there have been problems implementing it. Only a few Afghans have received their visas. Up to now.

But that was then. As one unnamed US official was quoted in this Washington Post article, those special visas are now a "top priority."

So even though a friendly government in Kabul isn't a likely outcome of DC's longest war ever, more Third-World immigration is. And of course, those 7,500 visas are just a start - when the extended families of those collaborators get wind of this, they, too, will seek refuge in the land of the food stamps and the home of affirmative action.

Oh, and the unfortunate history host nations have had with a growing Muslim population won't be a problem, thanks to America's status as the "exceptional nation." In America, EVERYONE who comes here shares our values. Well, maybe there are exceptions, but only bad, bad people remember things like that.

Here's an idea: Let's invade Syria next!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Obama moves to make the War on Terror permanent

Glenn Greenwald posts this somber warning to cheerleaders for unlimited government:

A primary reason for opposing the acquisition of abusive powers and civil liberties erosions is that they virtually always become permanent, vested not only in current leaders one may love and trust but also future officials who seem more menacing and less benign.

The Washington Post has a crucial and disturbing story this morning by Greg Miller about the concerted efforts by the Obama administration to fully institutionalize – to make officially permanent – the most extremist powers it has exercised in the name of the war on terror.
You'll want to read the entire article and forward it to those who see nothing wrong with a Chief Executive wielding the power to imprison and execute at will in the name of protecting us.

Greenwald's judgement that those powers are themselves "extremist" grabbed my attention. The irony is that those of us who condsider Obama's acts outside the limited powers granted by the Constitution are routinely demonized as the "extremists." In fact, the consensus of Americans, centuries-old historicial precedent, and the principles spelled out in our founding documents make clear that we are the mainstream while those who side with Obama are the actual extremists.

Just another of life's little ironies.

Quote of the day

"Abraham Lincoln is the Christ-figure of the Nationalist Narrative, and the Lincoln gospel goes something like this: God led English Puritans to the City Upon the Hill on the Banks of Massachusetts Bay, but these budding Americans ruined paradise by allowing slavery to gain a foothold in North America. After many years of wandering in the Great American Desert and watching slavery flourish among the Southern descendants of Cain, Americans were awakened when John “The Baptist” Brown burst onto the scene, preparing the way for the Lord, who appeared, lying in a log cabin, in the little town of Somewhere, Kentucky." Stephen M. Klugewicz

Why Are States So Red and Blue?

Psychologist Steven Pinker shares his observations about the political differences between Red states and Blue states. It comes down to ethnic differences:

The historian David Hackett Fischer traces the divide back to the British settlers of colonial America. The North was largely settled by English farmers, the inland South by Scots-Irish herders. Anthropologists have long noted that societies that herd livestock in rugged terrain tend to develop a “culture of honor.” Since their wealth has feet and can be stolen in an eye blink, they are forced to deter rustlers by cultivating a hair-trigger for violent retaliation against any trespass or insult that probes their resolve. Farmers can afford to be less belligerent because it is harder to steal their land out from under them, particularly in territories within the reach of law enforcement. As the settlers moved westward, they took their respective cultures with them. The psychologist Richard Nisbett has shown that Southerners today continue to manifest a culture of honor which legitimizes violent retaliation. It can be seen in their laws (like capital punishment and a stand-your-ground right to self-defense), in their customs (like paddling children in schools and volunteering for military service), even in their physiological reactions to trivial insults.
Compare Pinker's argument to this essay by Dr. Michael Hill of the League of the South:

Twenty years ago, my academic mentors at The University of Alabama, historians Forrest McDonald and Grady McWhiney, began looking seriously into the Celtic (Scottish, Irish, and Welsh) influence on Southern culture. As Southerners themselves, McDonald and McWhiney knew that most crackers claimed to be at least partly Celtic, and that the Celts were products of a martial society in which men of action were held in high regard. In one sense, these historians did not tell Southerners of Celtic descent anything they did not already know: that they were a people prone to commit violent acts over questions of honor and repute. What they did was provide a proper historical understanding of why this cultural trait is so prevalent in Dixie. Professors McDonald and McWhiney advanced their “Celtic thesis” with understandable regional pride. It gave Southern crackers and rednecks (the only group that can still be insulted with impunity in polite company) a wider historical identity and made them proud to be descended from a fierce and independent people. In doing so, it suggested to them that their “culture of honor” was nothing to be ashamed of.
Political philosophers, particularly those who take the "Enlightenment" as their chief inspiration, from Neocons to Objectivists to progressives to communists to antifa, would argue it's ideology, not heritage, that determines political behavior, and that behavior can be shaped by instilling (by whatever means) the "right" ideas into the target population. As we saw in the Soviet Union, behavior can indeed be altered temporarily by violence and intense propaganda, but at a horrendous human cost. Problem is, when the outside force stops, human nature inevitably reasserts itself. As we have argued for some time (see here and here, for example), a political system that ignores human needs and desires will inevitably self-destruct.

BTW, be sure to check Pinker's thoughts about the origin of the gender gap, and why women tend to vote for big government. Interesting! You'll want to read the whole thing.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

There is no voter fraud!

No one reacted more shrilly to Voter ID laws than Democrats and the NAACP - and what a strange coincidence that the worst voter fraud cases came from Democrats and the NAACP.

Texas AG Tells International Election Monitors to Butt Out

The sovereignty of the people isn't just a slogan in Texas - it actually MEANS something. Better yet, the people of Texas have an attorney general who's serious about protecting that sovereignty:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has warned the OSCE that its observers risk criminal prosecution if they approach polling stations in the state.

“The OSCE’s representatives are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place,” Abbott wrote. ‘It may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance. Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law.”
There is no self-government if busybodies from the other side of the world can tell you what to do. It's great when a public official gets it - so send Attorney General Greg Abbott a note of thanks by clicking here.

Thanks to nativetexian for the link!

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 US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

Thanks to Robert for sending!

Guilty as sin, free as a bird

Here's the scoop on unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, the darling of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Barack Obama. A sample:

Bill Ayers ... set off explosives at the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a police station, two Army recruiting stations and a New York judge’s home while his entire family slept inside. He is the founder and leader of the now-defunct radical group, The Weather Underground, of which three members perished while building additional bombs that were, ironically, intended to cause harm to others.
Some hero, eh?

How Stupid Are Americans?

These handy graphs illustrate just how bad things are.

Police follow trail of money to suspected bank robber

Wow. I thought that kind of thing only happened in cartoons. But that's exactly how police nabbed a California bank robber. Too funny!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Secession Fever Sweeping Europe

But repudiating illegitimate sovereign debt is the first and most vital step, writes Ron Holland:

It is time for the restoration of formerly independent countries, each with their own unique cultural and ethnic heritage, that were forced at gunpoint into larger empire states. My recommendation is to leave most of the illegitimate sovereign debt behind when they go.

Venice wants out of Italy, Catalonia out of Spain, Bavaria out of Germany, Scotland and Wales want to leave the United Kingdom, the Flemish want out of Belgium. Even Vermont and some in the South want to regain their former status as sovereign republics separate from the most debt-ridden empire in world history, the United States.

Just as important, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Portugal – and there are even demands in Germany itself – want to leave the EU and euro witches' brew created by their leaders. After all, the EU is a failure and these member nations may have to leave the European Union and restore their national currencies in order to grow their economies once again.
There are a number of trends that doom big government. Information and know-how are no longer centralized, news and opinion are no longer controlled by a handful of networks, and the exportation of jobs, as well as the central government's support of demogaphic revolution, have delegitimized the ruling elite.

As Holland points out, the rising tide of historical cultures reasserting their right to govern themselves according to their own values is just one more indicator of the dissolution of the 20th-century megastate. Good riddance.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A real choice for president?

I've seen only one intelligent comment about last night's clash of the midgets, and it came from John Derbyshire. He noted that both candidates, in response to Bob Schieffer's question about America's role in the world, both parroted the usual he-man, moralistic blather that translates to throwing US weight around whenever and wherever it wants.

How nice, Derb imagines, if a candidate said this about America's role:

"To be a prosperous and well-defended commercial nation, friendly with all willing to do business with us on fair terms, cherishing out distinctive culture, honoring our national heroes, and nurturing our domestic talent."
But then, Derb is an extremist whose ideas are anathema to enlightened people. The mainstream knows that eternal war and the mass-murder of brown people in the name of liberation is what makes America exceptional and sooooo good.

Quote of the day

“I think they hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy Al Qaeda. Their No. 1 enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred, hatred for Obama. And we can go into that about the white working class in the South and looking at these numbers we're getting the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases … this isn't about being a better president, they want to get rid of this president.” Chris "Tweety" Matthews, ragging on Southerners since racial hatred is THE ONLY REASON anyone could oppose Obama.

Thanks to Gail for forwarding!

Hispanic groups complain Disney character hardly ‘Latina Princess’

Disney's latest princess is supposed to be Hispanic. But it seems little Princess Sofia just doesn't look Latino enough for Latinos:

With her fair skin and blue eyes, a new character in a Walt Disney TV movie doesn’t look like the Hispanic princess she was intended to be. Advocacy groups are questioning whether Princess Sofia is an accurate representation of Hispanics and Latinos.

­The President of the Mexican Heritage Corporation, Marcela Davison Aviles, told AP that calling Sofia a Latina princess is "not an accurate use of the term as many in our community understand its meaning."
Strange - it wasn't that long ago that saying "la Raza" referred to mestizos was the grossest of insults. In fact, the Southern Poverty Law Center condemned John Derbyshire for making just that conclusion.

Seems to me both Derb and Aviles have a point. Dora the Explorer looks like a Latina. Princess Sofia looks like a young cartoon version of Maureen O'Sullivan.

What you're not supposed to say

Walter Williams is one of my favorite iconoclasts. Not only does he wield hard facts to make mincemeat of liberal orthodoxy, he clearly enjoys doing it - and it's a pleasure to watch him.

Here, Williams tackles the politically correct view on slavery in the US:

Slavery is widely misunderstood, and as such has been a tool for hustlers and demagogues. Slavery has been part of the human condition throughout recorded history and everywhere on the globe. Romans enslaved other Europeans; Greeks enslaved other Greeks; Asians enslaved Asians; Africans enslaved Africans; and in the New World, Aztecs enslaved Aztecs and other native groups. Even the word slave is derived from the fact that Slavic people were among the early European slaves.
Williams concludes that blacks in America are demonstrably better off than their cousins in Africa, an opinion that will undoubtedly rankle both liberals and civil rights warlords.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Jack Hinson Project Shoot

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The first ever Missouri Jack Hinson Shoot is in the books! A great time was had by all on this beautiful weekend (20-21 Oct) that the Lord provided. We started bright and early on Saturday Morning with 21 shooters turning to test their skills. The shoot was opened with prayer by Pastor Wade Rabun, followed by a short introduction by Shoot Boss/Instructor Ralph Alkire. Next up was a little history on the namesake of this project, Jack Hinson. After this history lesson the first round of shooters was called to the line. There were 10 shooters in the first group. After instructions, explanation of shooting positions, and some demonstrations on marksmanship, the shooting was started. The rest of the morning was spent verifying zeros and shooting practice targets. After a lunch break, the first AQTs (Army Qualification Tests) were posted for the first group, when all was said and done (for some it was done more than once) there were nine of the ten shooters who scored above 215 to earn their Hinson Patch. After that kind of performance you could bet the heat was on for the second group when they took the line. After a second history lesson the second group was also a group of ten shooters who were chomping at the bit for their patch, and when it was all done four of those had reached their goal. After this group we had one lone shooter who needed to qualify, our Pastor Wade Rabun took the line with a bolt action rifle and fired a qualifying AQT to earn his Hinson Patch. After a closing prayer there was a lot of discussion at the close of the first day of Missouri's first Hinson Shoot. Lots of chili was consumed, lots of shots fired downrange, and lots confidence was built for day two.

Day two started just like day one, sunny and bright. Morning Church was conducted, with a great lunch to follow and shooting mats were laid out for the second day of shooting. Those who didn't qualify the day before took the line. There were a total of four shooters who took the line on day two, since some had already left before the second day attempt. When the afternoon shooting was over and we were preparing to learn about our local history, William Quantrill, there were four more Hinson Patches distributed. That would qualify everyone who stayed for the two day training and shoot (three of the shooters only attended day one and did not qualify).

In all Missouri had eighteen Hinson Patches earned. Of these patches, three were with bolt action rifles with open sights, and one with a Ruger 1022 with open sights. The top shooter for the weekend was 11- year- old Liberty R. with a score of 239. Missouri League is proud of this accomplishment and this opportunity to see our regular training pay off. We would like to thank those who worked hard to get this Jack Hinson Project together. We had a great time in this competition and are looking forward to hearing from other Hinson Shoots.

From the Missouri LS chapter

Sen. Graham: ‘Time for talking is over’ with Iran

Senator Lindsey Graham just can't wait for another war so he can strut around DC looking macho. War is an exciting and glorious affair for those who don't have to fight - and as a member of Congress, he can't be called, despite his status in the Air Force Reserve.

So Graham gets to talk tough without any risk. Guess that's just one of the benefits of being an Ambidextrous Airman.

Southern music break

Okay, this might be a bit of a stretch, but not by much. This English folk rock group incorporates elements of Southern sounds in their music. You'll hear the banjo, upright bass, and mandolin in this song, "I will wait." It's a bright, moving melody. Enjoy!

This day in history

In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

So who will be the next one?

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Paleo Diet goes mainstream

The artificial world we've imprisoned ourselves in includes an anti-human political, social, and dietary regimen that's perverting and ruining us. Basic human needs cannot long be ignored. Fast foods are the nutritional equivalent of the multicultural empire - they're superficially attractive, but don't give us what we need. Slowly, we're rediscovering what makes and keeps us human.

The paleo lifestyle is a good place to start.

via Karen De Coster

Trotskyites for Romney

Robert E. Lee foresaw the consequences of Lincoln's victory in a letter to Lord Acton: "the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it."

General Lee was right. The centralized regime that arose during the WBTS has indeed brought ruin, not just to the victims of DC's wars, but to Americans as well, in the form of crushing debt and assaults on basic liberty. The government justifies its acts at home and abroad with the same assurances Lincoln used: it's promoting democracy and equality, a scam we have exposed before. But even though the Empire puts a benevolent face on its acts, those acts are still those of a rogue, predatory force that is the world's greatest threat to peace and liberty. Its campaigns in remote battlefields have rebounded to diminish liberty at home - the news that the government plans to use drones to patrol American skies is just the latest grim proof.

Two powerful and seemingly disparate groups fuel the endless cycle of intervention, pro-war Neocons and pro-equality civil rights activists. Each aids the other: Civil rights activists provide the narrative of government-backed liberation that justifies a government big enough to finance a global military force. And Neocons are happy to reciprocate by backing civil rights initiatives. The result is an ever-expanding central government.

Justin Raimondo of AntiWar.com has just published a remarkable piece that reenforces that argument. Despite apparent differences, both Neocons and civil rights activists advocate an all-powerful central government as an enabler of their agendas. So it's no surprise that both groups evolved from the same source, the ideology of an American Marxist named Max Shachtman. Raimondo writes:

Shachtman ... had become an advisor to AFL-CIO chieftain George Meany, and a confidante of Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson, the warlike Democratic Senator from Washington state whose foreign policy views often led his critics to describe him as "the Senator from Boeing." In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Shachtman’s followers became influential in the labor movement and in the budding civil rights movement: Bayard Rustin, the real organizer of Martin Luther King’s famous "March on Washington," was a Shachtmanite, although kept out of the limelight by his homosexuality.
That's why I'm pulling for an Obama win in November - DC's endless wars, which were launched in the name of defending and promoting democracy, are instead accelerating the loss of American liberty. Since 9/11, which was itself blowback from DC's earlier interventions in the Middle East, we have the two Patriot Acts, the Department of Homeland Security, fusion centers for domestic surveillance, and a chief executive that claims the power to indefinitely detain and even execute Americans without a trial. As bad as Obama is, Romney will be worse - he'll launch a war against Iran that will further impoverish us and justify even more totalitarianism.

It's increasingly clear that Leviathan cannot be reformed. The good news is that big government is dissolving in a global movement toward smaller, human-scaled political units. Know hope.

Getting a grasp on the National Debt

$16 trillion is a LOT of money. That's how much debt DC has piled up. Folks who have a hard time grasping how bad that is will find this graphic both useful and enraging.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fusion Center, Boston Police Spied on Peace Activists

The Southern Poverty Law Center would have us believe only right-wingers fear "fusion centers," federally run centers of domestic surveillance we have examined previously.

But it turns out the Boston fusion center spied on the ACLU, Cindy Sheehan, and (gulp!) even Howard Zinn. In other words, lawless regimes threaten EVERYBODY, regardless of belief.

New York appeals court strikes down DOMA

DC's war on normalcy just ratcheted up a notch. From CNN:

A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday became the nation's second to deem the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

The divisive Clinton-era law was passed in 1996 and bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and says states cannot be forced to recognize such marriages from other states.
Our handlers plan to undermine and pervert traditional norms until there are no norms left. The less society can self-organize and regulate itself, the more opportunities for Leviathan.

The only antidote to an oppressive, militaristic central government is a rebirth of a multitude of small, local governments. Don't fool yourself into believing that elections will reform DC - remember that George W. Bush was the "answer" to Clinton's big-government programs, and W. gave us No Child Left Behind and Homeland Security. Just as Obama was the "answer" to George W. Bush's domestic spying and endless wars. Look where that got us.

Obama regime prosecutes whistle-blowers as spies

Here's the latest crackdown on dissent from the "most transparent administration" in history:

Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft.

The indictments of six individuals under that spy law have drawn criticism from those who say the president’s crackdown chills dissent, curtails a free press and betrays Obama’s initial promise to “usher in a new era of open government.”
Yeah, implementing Obama's agenda requires the fist of big government, but that's okay - his motives are pure - or so his zombie-like supporters keep assuring us. Domestic spying is rampant, executive power is out of control, and soon, drones will patrol the skies over our heads - all to enforce DC's control over an increasingly restless population.

If dissident GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS are increasingly rankled by the government's misdeeds, then our handlers are losing control. The lesson might be that runaway debt, government-sponsored demographic revolution, and domestic repression might have a negative effect after all. Whodathunk it?

A New Declaration of Independence

Here's a great response to the "Generation of National Identity" video manifesto we featured last week.

Amen!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More Muslim Terrorism

Or is that quasi-terrorism? From CNN:

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafism, a 21-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of planning to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, federal officials said. Authorities say he attempted to detonate what he believed was a 1,000-pound bomb.
Yes, this looks like just another example of the FBI setting up a stupid bin Laden wannabe.

But there's no doubt the moron WANTED to blow people n' stuff up rather than enrich us with his magic diversity dust. So the government's response will be MORE surveillance (of everyone) and MORE Third-World immigration. Count on it.

Joke of the day

A liberal, a moderate, and a conservative walked into a bar. The bartender looked up and said, "Hello, Mitt!"

Thanks to Billy for the email!

More on the INTERESTING happenings in Belgium

From Robert:

I have a colleague who lives in Bruges; his family has been established there since the Middle Ages. Here are his comments on the Flanders independence issues.

Robert,

There are similarities with Texas,

Flanders with its 6 million people is -after Switzerland- the richest and strongest economy in all of Europe.

In 1830 the French secret service + French army + the Roman Catholic church organized a revolution to punish the Dutch for joining the Prussian army and to take revenge for the beating inflicted on Napoleon at Waterloo at the last minute.

In 1830 the French took Flanders into virtual slavery for 150 years and tried to obliterate its language and culture.

Flanders is now ready to become an independent nation as it was from 1300-1568.

In 1568 the Spanish Jesuit Inquisition killed the Flemish Protestants and the Flemish economy.

Apparently it may take centuries to right the historical wrongs...

Flanders is now preparing for the decisive next federal election in 2014.

Best Regards, Hans.

Sent via BlackBerry

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Embracing Diversity is difficult ...

... especially when you can't decide what you're supposed to embrace.

For example, Joshua Esskew was severely beaten last April by a group of black teens because they thought "he walked gay." Here's the video.

But Esskew isn't the typical homosexual saint they show on television. He's a drug addict who's in the pokey for stealing hydrocodone.

Who do we root for here? The drug addict homosexual thief, or the bigoted black bullies? Decisions, decisions ...

Romney financial plan explained

Maybe I was wrong about the Republican nominee. There are answers to how Romney can cut taxes, elminate the debt, restore world peace, and blow the hell out of Iran at the same time. Just click on the Romney Tax Plan web site.

Ole Miss crowns first African-American homecoming queen

Why did the Ole Miss student body elect an overweight, unattractive black woman as homecoming queen? Gail Jarvis offers this explanation:

Mike, I believe the Ole Miss student body decided to make a political statement with its selection of a homecoming queen. This was a result of too many sanctions imposed by college authorities - they were forbidden to wave Confederate banners, their mascot Colonel Reb was banned and finally the song “Dixie” was prohibited. So I think they are saying, “O.K., you want us to be politically correct! All right, we’ll be politically correct!

JJJr. watch

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s behavior (see background here) is getting curiouser and curiouser:

Jackson sometimes boasted that he was a reincarnated Greek chariot driver, [political operative Frank] Coconate said. “I really thought he had a problem with reality,” Coconate said. “He’d get in his own little world. He’d come out with outlandish things.” At one of Jackson’s hangouts — a Turkish bath — he’d prance naked, demonstrating martial arts moves, while the others stayed wrapped in towels, said Frank Avila Jr., a former supporter who is a Democratic operative.
Sorry for the unfortunate mental images that post may implant in readers' heads.

News flash: Neocons love Lincoln

Dishonest Abe is the "favorite president" of one of the web's most bloodthirsty war cheerleaders. Surprise, surprise.

See this link for background on why sofa samurai, chickenhawks, laptop bombardiers, and ordinary emperor worshipers just LOVE Abe Lincoln.

Quote of the day

"A 'hate group' has nothing to do with criminality… [or] potential for violence… It’s all about ideology." Mark Potok

The SPLC fund-raising machine has made a fortune terrorizing elderly liberals with tales of white supremacists breaking into their gated communities, stealing their Peruvian wind chimes, and scraping the "Embrace Diversity" bumper stickers from their Toyota Priuses. Now the SPLC has so much money (nearly a quarter billion!), it has to stash some of it in a Cayman Islands tax shelter.

Flags of the Rebellion

Click image to Texas-size!

Robert sent in this gorgeous picture of a dedication of an oil platform he was involved with. He included this note:

"We can tell Mr. Lincoln that with these flags, the 'Father of Waters' may run unvexed to the sea, but it encounters a lot of Confederate handiwork when it gets there."

Send your flag pictures to rebellionblog@gmail.com

Monday, October 15, 2012

Scotland seals terms of historic independence vote

This just in:

Scotland set up a historic independence referendum on Monday after its leader and Britain's prime minister finalized arrangements for a vote that could lead to the demise of its three-centuries-old union with England.

Scotland's drive for sovereignty, led by its nationalist leader Alex Salmond, echoes separatist moves by other European regions such as Catalonia and Flanders which feel they could prosper as separate entities inside the European Union.
The 20th century was the age of ideology, which insisted there is a single best way for everyone, everywhere. That ideology forged the superstate, which, in exchange for meeting the needs of its citizens, expects absolute obedience in return.

The power those states wielded, however, led to the mass slaughter of two world wars. The 21st century is shaping up to be the age of devolution and the rebirth of ancient historical cultures.

How long until WE get a referendum on OUR independence?

Secessionist wave sweeps Belgium

The artificial nation-state of Belgium is fracturing along cultural and ethnic lines. From Financial Times:

Flemish nationalists made sweeping gains across northern Belgium in local elections on Sunday, a success that will bolster separatists’ hopes for a break-up of the country.

Bart De Wever, leader of the New Flemish Alliance (NVA), is set to become mayor of the northern city of Antwerp, Belgium’s economic heartland, after his party emerged as the largest one, ending about 90 years of socialist rule.

Soon after the ballot results were made public, Mr De Wever, who had turned the tough mayoral race into a referendum on Flander’s independence for Belgium, demanded that the country’s prime minister give greater independence to the Dutch-speaking north.
Think this world-wide trend won't reach the US? Our all-knowing rulers are hell-bent on transforming the US into a new Babel, a multicult empire even more artificial than Belgium. Force can only bind diverse populations in one political unit for so long - sooner or later, all empires implode.

New $100 bills stolen en route to Fed

A "substantial" number of crisp, newly designed and unbacked $100 bills were taken in New Jersey while on their way to a Federal Reserve facility. And boy, are the Feds angry!

Apparently, counterfeiters don't like other crooks barging in on their territory.

Thanks to Dutchy for the heads up!

Jesse Jackson Jr. Allegedly Misused Campaign Funds

Yes, this story sends thrills up my leg. Call it Jessefreude. Click here and here to see how JJJr. earned his notoriety among Southerners.

Louis Farrakhan takes Charlotte

Ain't we lucky? We were blessed with the presence of none other than Louis Farrakhan last night. Before an admiring crowd of 6,000, he urged Obama to go on the offensive against those eeeeevil people who do not embrace diversity and want to keep America white.

I heard some of his remarks on the radio. Farrakhan revved up the crowd when he claimed that opposition to Obama is solely because of "race," a word he hissed with icy venom. Yes, his voice can creep out even the staunchest of souls.

And he was honored by Charlotte-area civil rights warlords and public officials:

He was backed on stage by family members, out-of-town African-American Muslim leaders and several of Charlotte’s prominent black religious and political figures, including NAACP President Kojo Nantambu, the Rev. Dwayne Walker, pastor of Little Rock AME Zion Church, and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake.
Funny how Charlotte elected officials can cozy up to Farrakhan, but conspire to prevent Jared Taylor from speaking.

Unlike those officials, Louis Farrakhan is no hypocrite:

He also addressed an audience largely absent from the event: white America.

“What have I done that you could hate me so?” he said.

He then answered his own question with harsh words that had the arena on its feet: “You can’t buy me, and you can’t make me into your n-----.”
Well, Louis, maybe whites and Jews don't like you because you refer to Jews as "Satanic" and "bloodsuckers," and you believe whites are "blue eyed devils" who were created in a lab by an evil black scientist named Yakub. Some people actually take offense to talk like that.

And "buy" you? I wouldn't buy you if you were offered on a two-for-one special.

Quote of the day

"To have a foreign policy, there has to be recognition that there is such a thing as a foreigner." James Kirkpatrick

Sunday, October 14, 2012

New Lincoln Movie Is Another Obama Promotion?

As Orwell observed, "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past." And as we've noted previously (see here and here), subservient scholars who want to get and keep their jobs know they cannot praise Lincoln too much. Lincoln is the secular deity who personifies the Benevolent Empire. If you don't believe that, take a look at the "temple" to Lincoln in DC.

Spielberg's latest movie on Lincoln, however, is so blatantly propagandistic that it borders on self-parody. Its ultimate purpose is to sanctify the ruling elite. Check out this analysis from The Daily Bell:

As we analyze dominant social themes, we find the Lincoln meme to be ubiquitous. The idea, of course, is that transformative change comes from the state itself and those who are elected "leaders."

The idea of transformative change is not restricted to "leaders" but to any agency of government. ...

Again, these themes have to do with government generally and the need for regulatory authority. The power elite that wishes for global governance needs to support and expand government in order to realize its larger goals. The mechanism used is mercantilism.
Let's hope viewers recognize Spielberg's Lincoln as the biased dreck it is and the movie is just as successful as Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Florida Passes Plan For Racially-Based Academic Goals

After years of stubbornly trying to implement pie-in-the-sky goals that assumed all children are above average, one state school board has decided to give reality a try:

The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent.
Naturally, this evoked the expected howls of protest from the usual suspects:

But Palm Beach County School Board vice-chairwoman Debra Robinson isn’t buying the rationale. ...

Robinson called the state board’s actions essentially “proclaiming racism” and said she wants Palm Beach County to continue to educate every child with the same expectations, regardless of race.
Handy word, "racism." In this case, Robinson is using it to defend the old "anti-racist" policy of penalizing teachers and dooming children to failure in the name of upholding ideological bias. "You're equal, dammit! Act that way!"

The cult of egalitarian multiculturalism is collapsing before our eyes.

Quote of the day

"California is going to become a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn't like it should leave." Mario Obledo, California Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Birds of a feather

The communist Workers World joins the Southern Poverty Law Center to oppose Alabama's immigration enforcement efforts. Those efforts, says Workers World, violate civil rights.

After all, what human right is more basic than the right of aliens to violate our border security laws and establish Third-World colonies here?

This notice is from Workers World. Nice graphics, eh?

TV ad from Numbers USA

Increased immigration means more unemployment for American blacks.

Modern-Day Galileo: J. Philippe Rushton (1943-2012)

A tribute from Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist and intelligence researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

As Kanzawa point out, unlike Galileo, Rushton never backed down.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Quote of the day

"Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left." Herbert Marcuse

Remember that definition the next time a leftist brags about how he practices "tolerance."

This day in history

Gen. Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Va., at age 63.

Southern Music break

It's Friday, y'all! Loyal Rebellion Reader Pat sent this link to Rodney Atkins' hit, "About the South."

What I love (what I love)
About the South (about the South)
If you need a Dixie Fix just a' come on down
It's what I love (what I love)
About the South (about the South)
Southern Belles with a drawl make you stop and drop your jaw,
come on y'all, shut your mouth

Is Democracy dead?

Carl E. Olson, the editor of Catholic World Report, interviews author and pundit Chilton Williamson, Jr. about the future of democracy. Williamson offers crisp responses to questions about the conditions favoring limited government, the threat of creeping totalitarianism, and the vital difference between a republic and a democracy. Here's his verdict on the Neocon/Wilsonian project to export democracy to the Middle East:

CWR: In recent weeks, riots, violence, and murder have “broken out” in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East. Why do we persist with the grand goal of importing and establishing democracy in the Middle East?

Williamson: It is of course impossible for any country to export democracy to the Middle East, whose societies have no history of democratic institutions and whose people lack a tradition of public civility and restraint. The reasons why we persist in trying to do so include self-delusion; national grandiosity, self-importance, moral superiority, and arrogance; want of knowledge of history combined with ideological thinking that feeds millennial illusions; the lust for global political and economic power; the military-industrial complex decried by President Eisenhower; the anti-republican conviction that the United States must always be “doing something” in the world; and concern for imperial show and international publicity and a fixation with global public relations.
This is a handy introduction to paleoconservative thought. And what a powerful and devastating summary of DC's foreign policy of the last 11 years! You'll want to read the whole thing.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Tolerance Police punish one of their own

The chief "diversity officer" of Gallaudet University has been placed on leave for signing a petition to put a traditional marriage initiative on the Maryland ballot.

Apparently, "diversity" does NOT mean diversity of thought. Cultural Marxists demand uniformity, which is the diversitycrats' real agenda.

via Vital Remnants

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Obama Quietly Extends National Emergency Declaration

Now let me get this straight - after our magnificent victories in Iraq and Afghanistan, after the creation and expansion of the Department of Homeland Security, and the news that DC is putting surveillance drones over our heads so they can protect us, we're STILL in a state of national emergency? And this FORCES Obama to grant himself greater powers than the Constitution allows?

You know, it's enough to make you suspect DC wants us to stay in emergency mode FOREVER. And with the news that Obama has inserted us into yet another war, this time in Syria, of all places (damn the Constitution), you might even wonder if war, terror, and surveillance are DC's permanent policies.

"We discovered we have roots, ancestry, and therefore a future."

Interesting video from the French "The Generation of National Identity." The multicultural experiment has failed in France. Of course, that's not really news - former French President Sarkozy declared it a failure almost two years ago.

For a full transcript, check out Gates of Vienna.

The World's Most Dangerous Cities

I counted around a dozen cities in Brazil, that model of multiculturalism. South Africa, which the US helped transform into a Third-World country, has two. In the US, New Orleans and Detroit are the worst.

From the article:

The 20 most violent cities were all in Latin America. The USA had some alarming scores too, led by New Orleans at 21. Other dangerous cities were located in Africa. None of the top 50 were in Europe or Asia, despite great unrest in those regions.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Washington DC area tops list of America's richest cities

Who says Obama hasn't been good for the economy? Folks in DC are doing just fine:

The Washington region is well off financially.

The D.C. metro area sits atop The Wall Street Journal’s list of America’s richest cities.

D.C. area residents have a median household income of $86,680, well above the national average of $50,502.

The large salaries may be attributable to the nearly 47 percent of workers who hold college degrees, making Washington one of the most highly educated areas in the country.

The list also shows more adults in the area were able to find employment during a down economic time. Just 5.8 percent of the workforce were unemployed in 2011.
And I thought people went into "public service" because they wanted to serve others rather than selfishly pursuing wealth. Silly me.

US Department of Homeland Security to test drones in US

Here they come:

The US Department of Homeland Security this week issued a call for unmanned systems makers to participate in a program that will ultimately determine their safety and performance for use in first responder, law enforcement and border security situations.

In a twist that will certainly raise some eyebrows, the program's results of the ironically named program -- The Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) -- will remain unavailable to the public, which considering how involved the actual public may be with these drones is shall we say, unfortunate. Specifically the DHS says: "The information within each test report will be classified as For Official Use Only, and will not be shared with the general public. All company-restricted information will remain proprietary to the SUAS provider, and not shared publicly without explicit consent."
Still think there's no connection between an aggressive foreign policy and an oppressive domestic policy?

These drones have been field-tested on hapless Iraqis, Pakistanis, and Palestinians. Now DC is ready to use them for domestic "public safety" purposes. After all, a government that has "public safety" as its top priority needs a secret program with flying robots to monitor the population.

Occupy Charlotte goes out with a whimper

The Occupy [your name here] movement, which was supposed to be a mighty outpouring of leftist rage against inequality, has sputtered out in Charlotte with a pathetic last gasp. The Charlotte Observer reports that only four occupiers were camped out in the damp cold of the Old City Hall grounds when police moved in at 4:30 a.m. When police ordered them to vamoose, all meekly complied - except for Debra Alexander, who was promptly arrested.

Oh, c'mon fellas - you let a girl show you how a protester is supposed to resist authority? Pitiful. Just pitiful.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Magical Hip-Hop Get Out of Jail Free Card

The blatant and maddening double standard on talking about race in this country. Another Jim Goad classic!

Raccoons Slowly Taking Over New York City

That WOULD be an improvement ...

Discrimination is good!

... when it's being done by government against the right people. Or by a corporation that wants insurance against racial shakedown artists.

But when Abigail Fisher was denied admission to the University of Texas while less-qualified minorities were admitted, she believed it was wrong, and a denial of her rights. Her case will now be considered by the Supreme Court.

Here's the kind of airy rhetoric that attempts to justify government-sanctioned discrimination against whites:

“Diversity prepares students to engage with the modern world, but that is not its only benefit,” stated a brief filed by 40 education groups, including the American Association of Colleges and Universities. “Diversity serves time-honored, indispensable goals . . . it prepares them to maintain the robust democracy that is their inheritance; and it enables them to overcome barriers that separate them from one another.”
So - no one in America was able to deal with the modern world until the 1965 Immigration Act opened the country to Third-World immigration? How DID we put a man on the moon without them?

And the second sentence of that statement is clearly based on the imaginations of tenured radicals rather than reality. The notion that a jumble of cultures can foster democracy clashes with the actual record. In fact, political scientist Robert Putnam of Harvard determined from his research that diversity corrodes the social trust that makes a free society possible.

The supposed "benefits" of government-mandated diversity are all purely theoretical. However, one thing we do know about affirmative action is that it harms those it claims to benefit, as this article from CNN notes:

“The problem is what is called mismatch,” said Gail Heriot [of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission]. “As a result of affirmative action, black students in particular, Hispanic students as well, are likely to go to a school where their entering credentials put them towards the bottom of the entering class,” at top schools like Harvard or Texas. Their lower grades as a result, said Heriot, mean those students are much more likely to give up on the ambition to major in science, or go into medicine or the law.

“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “If only the students would go to the school where their entering credentials are pretty much in the middle or towards the top of that particular college.”
Debo Adegbile of the NAACP disagrees:

“I think those studies and arguments don’t really jive with the real world,” said Adegbile. “The admissions officers are best situated to make the determination and some of the tradeoffs, to have a mix of students that can accomplish all of the things that college and universities are engines to do.”
Of course, Debo! Lowering standards so more minorities can pretend to succeed isn't going to harm anyone, such as turning out graduates who use the word "jive" when then mean "jibe." Like affirmative action, the two words are close enough for government work.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Southern Music Break

Grandpa Jones performs his signature piece! Thanks to Dutchy for the link!

Quote of the day

"Those who were ranting at the GOP Convention about our duty to spread human rights globally did not sound even vaguely 'conservative.' They seemed to be imitating the zealots of the French Revolution who worked to bring their “Rights of Men and Citizens” at bayonet point to the rest of the human race." Paul Gottfried

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mass rally in Venice to call for independence from Italy

The 19th and 20th centuries were the age of empire. The ideology-based superstates that arose in that period were directly responsible for the massive bloodshed of both world wars.

However, the 21st century is quickly shaping up as the age of devolution. In place of the megastate, human-scaled, organic political units are reasserting themselves. The Republic of Venice is the latest example:

Inspired by the nationalist aspirations of Scotland and Catalonia, pro-independence campaigners will hold a mass rally in the heart of the lagoon city on Saturday, calling for an urgent referendum to be held on the issue.

Indipendenza Veneta, a newly-founded pro-independence movement, says it expects several thousand people to turn up for the rally.

They will be ferried across the Grand Canal in gondolas to deliver a "declaration of independence" to the headquarters of the Veneto regional government.
Don't you know that Napoleon, who forced Venice to surrender its independence, and Mussolini, the Italian dictator, are rolling in their graves?

4 Decades After Clashes, Boston Again Debates School Busing

Attention, ruling class: Your multicultural experiment is a failure. Here's the latest indicator:

Nearly four decades after this city was convulsed by violence over court-ordered busing to desegregate its public schools, Boston is working to reduce its reliance on busing in a school system that is now made up largely of minority students. ...

Many students go so far that transportation alone costs the city $80.4 million a year — about 9.4 percent of the school system’s operating budget, almost twice the national average.

But expense is not the only concern. Children who live on the same block often go to different schools. In the violence-torn Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester, school officials said, 1,912 students attend 102 schools out of 128 schools in the entire district. These include high school students, who are not limited by zone.

Under such a hodgepodge, the mayor and others argue, fewer people in a neighborhood are invested in the local school. And neither children nor parents develop the bonds that create a strong neighborhood and can improve other aspects of life, like public safety.
In pursuit of an impossible goal, equality, this country has effectively hamstrung itself. Jobs do not go to the most qualified, but to those who fulfill racial quotas. College admissions are determined not by grades or, heaven help us, IQ, but by the race of the applicants.

How long can we squander our resources on an unrealistic agenda? Will we continue this insane crusade until we've bankrupted ourselves? I don't know. But if the headstrong and proud liberals in Boston can finally admit failure, there's hope.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quote of the day

"The very core of liberty secured by our Anglo-Saxon system of separated powers has been freedom from indefinite imprisonment at the will of the Executive." Justice Scalia, in his Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld dissent.

Of course, only we Anglo-Saxon bigots still believe we should preserve our historical legal and political system.

Appeals Court Restores NDAA’s Indefinite Detention Provisions

Only racists and throwbacks want to limit the power of the federal government, which only wants to protect us and give us an occasional nudge toward progress. Those "Tenthers" who claim the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution was intended to keep power in the hands of the people of the sovereign states have an old-fashioned view of government, a view that progressives and Neocons both reject. Why, the more power DC has over us, the more good it can do.

Besides, say the proponents of omnipotent government, we have the courts to protect our rights. And of course, they're talking about federal courts. So this news item really isn't surprising - at least not to us "throwbacks":

A federal appeals court of three Obama-appointed judges has rejected a previous ruling barring the government from enforcing the indefinite detention provisions in a recent national defense bill.

Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act last year, which includes provisions codifying indefinite detention for individuals suspected of allying with or supporting al-Qaeda or its affiliates.
This law, which in effect nullifies the Bill of Rights, is the Empire's Enabling Act. Like its predecessor, the NDAA was passed by the people's supposed representatives.

Let's see how long it takes for this power to be abused. Tick-tock, tick-tock ...

New study on Hate Group Southern Poverty Law Center

It's not often I describe a featured article as "must-read." When I do, I mean it.

THIS piece on the Southern Poverty Law Center is the "must-read" article of the month. It's written by one of the SPLC's intended victims who had the audacity to fight back:

We need to recognize that the SPLC does not merely represent an organized example of leftist lunacy. It is a dangerous organization, whose goal is to isolate its enemies and make them politically radioactive. They achieve this through calculated, disingenuous and hate-filled propaganda.

The SPLC has become a consultant to both the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. These federal law enforcement organizations and others take SPLC's "Hate List" and other similar products seriously. This incentivizes law enforcement and creates an automatic institutional bias against the SPLC's foes; people with genuine concerns and legitimate gripes suddenly become societal pariahs.

The Painful Truth About Affirmative Action

This expose of the actual harm done by affirmative action isn't from a "race realist" publication, but from The Atlantic - yes, the home of Ta-Nehisi Coates says there's a problem with mandating egalitarianism. Who suffers as a result of this other-worldly policy? The supposed beneficiaries:

Large preferences often place students in environments where they can neither learn nor compete effectively -- even though these same students would thrive had they gone to less competitive but still quite good schools.

We refer to this problem as "mismatch," a word that largely explains why, even though blacks are more likely to enter college than are whites with similar backgrounds, they will usually get much lower grades, rank toward the bottom of the class, and far more often drop out. Because of mismatch, racial preference policies often stigmatize minorities, reinforce pernicious stereotypes, and undermine the self-confidence of beneficiaries, rather than creating the diverse racial utopias so often advertised in college campus brochures.
That's liberalism for you - it wants to be judged by its intentions, rather than its actual effects. We're not supposed to notice its failures.

By the way, the fall issue of The Free Magnolia will feature an article I did on the unintended consequences of other egalitarian projects.

Schools respond to 'Mix It Up' day, SPLC exposed

How do you hype your propaganda projects? Just make stuff up. It works for the SPLC. From the American Family Association:

The homosexual activist group, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), has been called to task by public school administrators across the nation for falsely listing schools as participants in "Mix It Up" day without authorization or permission.

See if your child's school is on the list.

"Mix It Up" day is an entry-level "diversity" program designed specifically by SPCL to establish the acceptance of homosexuality into public schools, including elementary and junior high schools.
Be sure to click on the link to see if you child's school has been listed. And don't forget to give administrators a call.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Teaching Intolerance

Forget the spiralling federal debt. Or the Wall Street greed and government policies that have forced millions into foreclosure. And don't worry about Obama's new war in Libya.

No, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch blog wants us to panic about a college student who wants to organize a white student union. Oh, the horror.

Yes, the fabulously wealthy, politically connected SPLC is savagely attacking Matthew Heimbach, a senior at Towson University in Maryland. No matter the harm done to this young man's job prospects - he has uttered dissenting words contrary to the dominant orthodoxy, and must suffer.

The author of this attack, Arthur Goldwag, apparently never took the SPLC's anti-bullying workshop.

Goldwag tosses out all the pre-packaged terms of canned outrage the SPLC recycles in all of its breathless posts. Matthew Heimback supports "white supremacy," "white nationalism," and a "militantly racist" agenda. Blah, blah.

Goldwag dismisses Jared Taylor, who's been invited to speak at the organization Matthew Heimbach hopes to form at Towson, as someone "whose contribution to American discourse is 'racial realism'—which upon closer examination turns out to be racism dressed up in academic clothing." There. No need for refutation of any of Taylor's arguments. That's the SPLC way. All you have to do is toss the SPLC's Holy Hand Grenade at a dissenter, and nothing he has to say matters.

The regular commenters pile on like a pack of hyenas. One of them stiffly proclaims that no one has the right to utter “hate speech.” Of course not. Any idea the SPLC regards as heretical is blasphemous, so anyone who dissents must be crushed.

C'mon Goldwag. Don't you have anything better to do than publicly humiliate college kids? Pick on someone your own size.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

3 North Carolina soldiers killed by suicide bomber

That's three more lives snuffed out by this senseless and unwinnable war.

Empire and Liberty

I've previously argued we should hope Obama wins because with a Republican in the White House, rank-and-file conservatives will assume everything's okey-dokey and let Mitt impose whatever agenda he wants because, hey, he's a conservative, right? And if a "conservative" backs the Dream Act, then it MUST BE the conservative thing to do.

A win by Obama, however, will allow the Democrats to toss caution to the wind and back radical schemes that will rouse conservatives to action. Imagine a Tea Party on steroids.

Romney's bootlicking visit to Netanyahu should scare anyone from voting for him. And although Obama has indulged in his own military adventures, such as the totally useless surge in Afghanistan, he has so far resisted launching a war against Iran, the latest Neocon target.

Yes, Obama has expanded on the National Security State, so he's hardly a friend of liberty. But it could get worse. As Justin Raimondo at AntiWar.com points out, it is the Empire's militarism that is the greatest threat to our liberty - which is why he's rooting for Obama:

... in spite of the Republicans’ formal commitment to “less government,” the expenditures required to carry out their foreign policy of perpetual war ensure the expansion of the size and power of government, and its growing involvement in every aspect of our lives. Our interventionist foreign policy — and the even-more-interventionist policy championed by Republican hawks — means more money in Washington’s pocket, and less in the pockets of ordinary Americans. It means power continues to be transferred from the people and the states to the lords of the District of Columbia.
If we can keep the war machine from expanding, we stand a much better chance of reclaiming lost liberties. And that means holding our noses and hoping for an Obama win this November.

10 Horrible Leftists People Respect

Here are ten people the author describes as having Dr. Jekyll images with Mr. Hyde realities.

Be sure to catch number seven:

Morris Dees

By scaring gullible donors into believing that mainstream conservative organizations have a Klansman in every closet, Dees has transformed his Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) into the nation’s wealthiest civil-rights organization. Not that this money filters down to the unfortunates about whom Dees purports to care. In 1986, Dees’ entire legal staff resigned in protest over his refusal to tackle problems that would actually help poor minorities — but that wouldn’t make him money. Another SPLC lawyer who resigned later, Gloria Browne, said that the organization’s goal was to cash in on "black pain and white guilt."

Former business partner Millard Fuller summed Dees up well: “He's the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement — though I don’t mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye."
Thanks to Earl for the link!

Quote of the day

"Race may be noticed, but only for progressive purposes. You can even make invidious racial generalizations, as long as they’re about whites." Joe Sobran

2 US Border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona

Yes, there's a negative side to surrendering control of your border. Not everyone who sneaks through is coming here to mow your yard cheaper than the teens in your neighborhood. Some have more sinister plans, as this story from Fox illustrates.

Homosexual 'Mix It Up' day - Is your child's school on the list?

Does your child's school participate in this indoctrination campaign sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center? Click here to find out.

Thanks to Gail for the link!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Re-defining Conservatism

Conservatives have the same problem as DC's garrison in Afghanistan, and that's enemies claiming they're on your side. When you least expect it - Wham! - you've been back-sided.

Previously, we've talked about Neocons posing as conservatives while pushing their neo-imperial agenda of open borders and endless war. One of the worst is Andrew Sullivan, who also advocates same-sex "marriage" as part of what he calls a "conservative" platform - see here and here, for example.

So it should surprise no one that the big-government Neocons are now pushing for socialized medicine. In a New York Times op-ed entitled, Why Obamacare is a Conservative's Dream, J.D. Kleinke of the American Enterprise Institute - the Death Star of Neoconservatism - argues conservatives should embrace Obamacare. After all, says Kleinke, government economists who call themselves "conservative" approve of Mr. Obama's ambitious plan:

The core drivers of the health care act are market principles formulated by conservative economists, designed to correct structural flaws in our health insurance system - principles originally embraced by Republicans as a market alternative to the Clinton plan in the early 1990s.

The real problem with the health care plan - for Mr. Romney and the Republicans in general - is that political credit for it goes to Mr. Obama. Now, Mr. Romney is in a terrible fix trying to spin his way out of this paradox and tear down something he knows is right - something for which he ought to be taking great political credit of his own.
It's bad enough we have to fight the overt leftists without having to watch our backs from infiltrators claiming to be on our side. Of course, the best defense against being fooled by these ideological hucksters is to know what we believe in and why.

Quote of the day

"We are all here on earth to help others. What on earth the others are here for, I don’t know." W. H. Auden