Lawyers for groups opposed to same-sex marriage in California petitioned to reverse a federal appeals court order that OK'd the resumption of such unions -- doing so a day after that ruling. Attorneys applied Saturday to the U.S. Supreme Court for "an immediate order vacating" a decision Friday by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to copies of the document from ProtectMarriage.com and the Alliance Defending Freedom. That appeals court Friday lifted a previous injunction on same-sex marriages in California, "effective immediately."So - despite NEVER having delegated sovereignty to regulate marriage within its borders, the State of California is begging the Supreme Court to change its mind about same-sex "marriage." Has anyone in California ever read the 10th amendment? Apparently not.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Jeff Olson, the 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for scrawling anti-megabank messages on sidewalks in water-soluble chalk last year now faces a 13-year jail sentence. A judge has barred his attorney from mentioning freedom of speech during trial. According to the San Diego Reader, which reported on Tuesday that a judge had opted to prevent Olson’s attorney from "mentioning the First Amendment, free speech, free expression, public forum, expressive conduct, or political speech during the trial,” Olson must now stand trial for on 13 counts of vandalism. In addition to possibly spending years in jail, Olson will also be held liable for fines of up to $13,000 over the anti-big-bank slogans that were left using washable children's chalk on a sidewalk outside of three San Diego, California branches of Bank of America, the massive conglomerate that received $45 billion in interest-free loans from the US government in 2008-2009 in a bid to keep it solvent after bad bets went south.Obviously, Mr. Olson got whacked for what he said, NOT for the "damage" caused by water-soluble chalk. So how long until ANY criticism of politically connected megabanks is prohibited?
Friday, June 28, 2013
A federal judge has issued a ruling striking down as unconstitutional a Michigan law barring public employers from offering benefits to same-sex domestic partners. The decision from U.S. District Judge David S. Lawson grants an injunction which prevents Gov. Rick Snyder and state officials from enforcing the 2011 law prohibiting cities, counties and other public employers from offering benefits to same-sex domestic partners.Same-sex marriage: coming soon to your neighborhood, whether you like it or not. Mad enough yet? If not, just wait. There are more outrages on the way. Count on it. UPDATE: And here's our vice-president proving me right: Biden: America 'on the verge' of moving 'even further' on gay marriage
Yes, the George Zimmerman trial here has thousands of African-Americans getting ready for some serious bloodletting.This is a purely political trial based on "facts" spun out of thin air. A Latino man has been re-cast as a "cracker" who stalked and murdered an innocent black child, no matter that the child in question was beating the crap out of him at the time. This cannot end well.
I don’t want to make idle and dire predictions but this nation has never been so divided and racially sensitive. Our African-American President took sides on this case at the very beginning. That ratified a George Zimmerman guilty verdict in the minds of millions.There’s just one little problem, and that is the murder case should have never been filed. It was filed purely for political reasons despite the fact that it was a simple justifiable homicide. Zimmerman was the block watch lookout program and followed a suspicious Trayvon Martin after he used an improper entrance to a gated community. Zimmerman was acting at the eyes and ears of the Sanford Police Department. Martin did not like being followed and knew that he could easily beat up the out-of-shape Zimmerman and did so. The force was unequal and Zimmerman was getting his head pounded on the concrete sidewalk. Zimmerman was fighting for his life when he removed his Kel-Tec pistol and put a round into Martin’s chest. The Sanford Police Department investigated the shooting and had no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman who regrettably cooperated with them fully. They made no arrest.
Citing a series of fatal malfunctions dating back to 1777, flag manufacturer Annin & Company announced Monday that it would be recalling all makes and models of its popular American flag from both foreign and domestic markets.... Millions of U.S. flag–related injuries and fatalities have been reported over a 230-year period in locations as far flung as Europe, Cuba, Korea, Gettysburg, PA, the Philippines, and Iraq. In addition, the company found that U.S. flag exports to Vietnam during the late 1960s and early 1970s resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, a clear sign that there was something seriously wrong with its product. Despite fears about the flag's safety—especially when improperly used or manipulated in ways not originally intended—sales continued unabated over the years, potentially putting billions of unsuspecting people in danger.The best satire always rings true. The monster that's taken over the machinery of power in D.C. now commands our lives and fortunes, and uses them to benefit the politically connected. If the little people get in the way - well, that's just too bad. Just as the Onion piece says, D.C.'s list of victims - all snuffed out, by the way, for the most noble reasons - will only continue growing.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The traditional, agrarian society kept the family intact, secured hearth and home, and provided stability, leisure, and peace for its inhabitants. The South offered a continuous illustration, through more than three hundred years of history, of such an agrarian community. Rooted in “family, blood- kinship, clanship, folk-ways, custom, community” Southern society was “stable, religious, more rural than urban, and politically conservative.” The agrarian tradition existed as an organic and spiritual bond between southerners.If you're not checking out The Imaginative Conservative every day, you're missing out on some of the best writing on the web today. In just the past couple of weeks, the site has offered brilliant articles on Russell Kirk, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Gettysburg, and movie reviews. A must-see for Southerners!
Our present-day wranglings over issues such as gun control, homosexual marriage, immigration, and race are a continuation of that “war of sentiment and opinion” by other means. Call it the Cold Civil War. Here are some recent battles and skirmishes in the Cold Civil War. Immigration. This is the big one—the Gettysburg of the conflict. If conservatives lose this one, we shall eventually lose the war, though it will take longer than the 21 months from Gettysburg to Appomattox.Sadly, he's right. While libertarian ideologues and brain-dead mainstream conservatives welcome floodtide Third-World immigration, the truth is that the culture of a land is determined by its occupants. The ruling elite knows that, though it swears otherwise in public. I'm not quite as pessimistic as Derb that amnesty means the fight will be over, but there's no doubt things will get messy when the inevitable crisis hits, and the country breaks up into rival mobs.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Did you know that the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand participate together in an electronic eavesdropping cooperative called "The Five Eyes Alliance"? Or that Britain "has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency"? That's big news, right! It's also four days old. Maybe some of you caught it, but you know what: The surveillance news is coming so fast these days that it's nearly impossible to process it all. One day, the scandal is that big Internet companies secretly share data with the U.S. government. A few more days pass, and then this drops.The bottom line is that foreign governments are helping Uncle Sam spy on Americans, and Uncle Sam returns the favor. That way, NSA and CIA spooks can say THEY haven't broken any laws. Now THAT'S scary.
In a pair of landmark decisions, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the 1996 law blocking federal recognition of gay marriage, and it allowed gay marriage to resume in California by declining to decide a separate case. The court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to gay couples who are legally married in their states, including Social Security survivor benefits, immigration rights and family leave. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in a 5-4 decision, said that the act wrote inequality into federal law and violated the Fifth Amendment’s protection of equal liberty.Wait, I know what to do! We'll nominate a good conservative for president - someone like Ronald Reagan, who'll appoint good conservative justices to the Court. What's that you're saying? Anthony Kennedy IS a Reagan appointee? So now what can we do? Well, I suppose there's nothing the people can do. EVERYONE KNOWS there are no other options but submission when the central government commits a long train of abuses and usurpations leading to absolute Despotism. Just be sure to remember what you're pledging allegiance to the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance. Welcome to Sodom and Gomorrah!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The debate over the U.S. government’s monitoring of digital communications suggests that Americans are willing to allow it as long as it is genuinely targeted at terrorists. What they fail to realize is that the surveillance systems are best suited for gathering information on law-abiding citizens. People concerned with online privacy tend to calm down when told that the government can record their calls or read their e-mail only under special circumstances and with proper court orders. The assumption is that they have nothing to worry about unless they are terrorists or correspond with the wrong people.Mainstream conservatives will readily agree that gun control laws have no effect on thugs, but instead disarm law-abiding Americans. Gun control laws are really citizen control laws, they say. But many of them will turn around and argue the government just HAS to monitor our private conversations because "OUR ENEMIES WANT TO KILL US ALL!" In other words, the government must be totally obeyed and trusted.
I hate to say this. Well, maybe I don’t. It appears that Edward Snowden, the 30-year-old computer analyst hiding in broad daylight, has managed not only to throw a wrench into U.S. foreign policy, but to outfox the very national security apparatus whose overreach he warned against. It’s pretty astonishing that our government can figure out a way to vacuum up our every phone call, email and text message, but can’t get its hands on Snowden.Snowden's flea-powered crusade has exposed government spying and deception, as well as revealing just how inept our rulers really are, but has also twisted U.S. officials in knots as they try unsuccessfully to get foreign governments to play ball. Incompetence at that many levels at the same time cannot remain unnoticed. This is a big hit against the DC Empire. Big. Military analyst William Lind argues that in the Age of the Internet, a huge military and administrative machinery is a liability. Real power belongs to those organizations that are small, smart, and nimble. By exposing DC's inability to catch one whistleblower, Ed Snowden has demonstrated to the world that the Empire is an oversized and lumbering dinosaur. Tick, tock...
Monday, June 24, 2013
But most of it is what I have long criticized them for most: they are far more servants to political power than adversarial watchdogs over it, and what provokes their rage most is not corruption on the part of those in power (they don’t care about that) but rather those who expose that corruption, especially when the ones bringing transparency are outside of, even hostile to, their incestuous media circles. They’re just courtiers doing what courtiers have always done: defending the royal court and attacking anyone who challenges or dissents from it. That’s how they maintain their status and access within it. That’s what courtiers to power, by definition, do.Isn't that exactly what the Southern Poverty Law Center does? They're just like the national pundits and "respectable" bloggers who appear to side with grass-roots America while actually defending the machinery of power.
Having seen quite a few of you at the LS conference this past weekend, I am happy to say that the general level of physical fitness and mental toughness has increased markedly. If you haven't taken steps to increase these things, I recommend that you start today. PT or Physical Training is not just for the young; you can tailor a PT program to your particular age, weight, health, and general overall condition. The point is: do something . . . now. I also talked to numerous LS members who are on the Paleo or Cave Man Diet. Of course, everyone has different dietary standards based on taste, allergies, food tolerance, health concerns, etc. However, I can say this unequivocally: you are killing yourself if you consume lots of processed "foods." Lay off of them! First of all they are not real "food." And secondly, they are actually poison. Eat fresh stuff as much as possible. As I said in my speech, we have all been "reconstructed" to one degree or another. It is part of living in a society in which the leftist revolutionary agenda has triumphed--and it has. We must drain this poison from our minds and bodies everyday, and it takes work. For every drop of Cultural Marxist poison you purge from your mind and body, replace it with the strength of Southern Nationalism. For me, that means working out at the gym, eating right, training with my firearms (individually and with my compatriots), reading and studying, and working to make The League a stronger and more effective organization. It also means praying, reading Scripture, and taking care of the needs of my family as a husband, father, and grandfather. All these things I consider my Christian duty as a Southern man.One of the traps folks fall into is the notion that self-defense means buying a gun. But what if you're too sickly to fight? What if you or your family are threatened and you can't get to a gun? There's no substitute for basic physical fitness and some knowledge of unarmed self-defense. For more information on the "caveman" or "paleo" lifestyle, click here. To appreciate how mental and physical fitness reinforce each other, check out this post. The Confederate Colonel has a lot to say about a Southern man's responsibilities to get fit and take care of himself and those who depend on him. The Colonel also provides a handy tag cloud of resources to get you started.
A senior Democratic senator predicted Sunday there could be massive demonstrations in Washington if House Republicans try to block a bill to grant legal status to millions of immigrants. Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the Senate immigration reform bill, said House Republicans would likely spark massive civil rights rallies if they try to quash measures to create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country."Civil rights"? Really? Yes, people who scoff at our laws now claim civil rights. Nice to be able to cherry pick the advantages of American citizenship without any of the responsibilities. But that's the ultimatum we've been given. Resistance to Latino invasion is futile - and if we do resist, Despicable Schumer will unleash his minions in the places you live and work. You have been warned.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).And just think - there are people who argue we couldn't manage our daily lives without the guiding hands of these morons in DC.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the last major battle in one of the most brutal military occupations in American history, and one that has gone almost entirely forgotten, left as little more than a footnote in the history books of children. I am speaking, of course, of the U.S. occupation of the Philippines. The United States took control of the Philippines in 1898, after it was ceded to them by Spain following the Spanish-American War. The big problem was that the people of the Philippines had already declared independence from Spain several months prior. What followed was 15 years of bloody crackdowns by U.S. forces under the pretext of what President McKinley called a goal of "benevolent assimilation" of the islands into a dominion of the United States."Benevolent assimilation," like George W. Bush's "Global Democratic Revolution," was just a pretty slogan to mask the aggression of an authoritarian, centralized regime. We're still seeing the bloody results of that regime today.
To stage last year’s Democratic National Convention, the local host committee raised millions of dollars, much of it for computers, phones and other communication devices. Now it appears a sizable amount of that equipment was lost, stolen – or perhaps kept by the staffers it had been assigned to.Wow. Democrats were entrusted with nearly $3.9 million worth of electronic goodies that weren't nailed down, and ONLY a half-million dollars worth are missing? Now THAT'S newsworthy.
The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday. Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft. “Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?”Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr Mueller during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Yes,” Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBI’s operation of drones is “very seldom.”How to react? You have two choices: You can submit to illegal government surveillance and swallow the party line that all patriotic Americans support their government. Or you can join the resistance.
No licenses for ‘illegal aliens’ Our nation was founded on the principal of rule of law, meaning that people are responsible for their actions and the consequences that follow. In a civil society, it is necessary to not reward illegal behavior otherwise more illegal behavior will follow. Soon, the General Assembly will decide whether or not North Carolina will award illegal aliens with drivers’ permits. Rewarding illegal aliens with a privilege that is reserved for citizens and those lawfully present in North Carolina is wrong. This bill, if passed, will lead to two consequences. First, an influx of illegal aliens will come to our state for the purpose of working unlawfully. The drivers’ permit will exempt them from the E-Verify system, and they will be able to obtain an illegal job with little to no enforcement of their unlawful status. Second, if they choose not to work, they can use the state issued drivers’ permit to live here free from enforcement and tap into our state’s social welfare safety net. Either way, the law-abiding taxpayers of North Carolina will pay the price through social services or through unfair competition for jobs, driving down wages and taking employment away from North Carolina citizens. North Carolina has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the nation. Ill-conceived legislation that harms our legal citizens who are struggling to make ends meet only exacerbates the problem. LT. GOV. DAN FOREST RALEIGHThanks to Mike Scruggs for forwarding!
The persistent inflow of Hispanic immigrants threatens to divide the United States into two peoples, two cultures, and two languages. Unlike past immigrant groups, Mexicans and other Latinos have not assimilated into mainstream U.S. culture, forming instead their own political and linguistic enclaves—from Los Angeles to Miami—and rejecting the Anglo-Protestant values that built the American dream. The United States ignores this challenge at its peril.Well, he was partly right - Hispanics are NOT assimilating into American culture. In fact, Hispanic colonies are building up within our borders. Here in Charlotte, there are sections of town where the store signs and billboards are all in Spanish. But the notion that this would result in conflict is just silly. This article, entitled Whole Foods changes English-only store policy, proves Huntington wrong:
Aqui se habla espanol. Faced with a boycott, Whole Foods has revised its English-only language policy for employees on the job. After two of the chain's employees in New Mexico were temporarily suspended from work for speaking Spanish, they claimed, calls for a boycott prompted Whole Foods to change its company language policy.See? Just the threat of a boycott brought Whole Foods management to its knees - typical of what's happening throughout the country. That's not conflict - that's total, abject surrender to an invader. If Hispanics can exert that kind of power as a minority, what will they do when they become the majority?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Often dubbed the "love hormone" because of its role in forging ties between lovers (and parents and children), oxytocin may also have a role in politics. Paul Zak, a neuroeconomist at Claremont Graduate University, describes research in which a nasal spray containing oxytocin made research subjects more generous in sharing money with one another. But before you jump to the conclusion that oxytocin simply fuels generosity, consider another study, in which the hormone seemed to promote cooperation with your in-group or tribe, but quite the opposite with an outside group or tribe that threatens you. Clearly there are strong political implications here—and not entirely cuddly ones.That reminds me of Robert Ardrey's observations on what he called the "amity/enmity complex":
Human nature has a dual constitution; to hate as well as to love are parts of it; and conscience may enforce hate as a duty just as it enforces the duty of love. Conscience has a two-fold role in the soldier: it is his duty to save and protect his own people and equally his duty to destroy their enemies… Thus conscience serves both codes of group behavior; it gives sanction to practices of the code of enmity as well as the code of amity.Humans will always embrace others like themselves, and band together against invaders. Those who are trapped in an unnatural environment in which they're expected to tolerate intolerable behavior will be as adversely affected as a soldier in a war zone suffering from PTSD. Now you know why more and more people these days suffer from depression, panic disorders, and other forms of mental illness.
In the 21st century the two hundred year-old propaganda that the American people control their government has been completely shattered. Both the Bush and Obama regimes have made it unmistakenly clear that the American people don’t even influence, much less control, the government. As far as Washington is concerned, the people are nothing but chaff in the wind. Polls demonstrate that 65% of the US population opposes US intervention in Syria. Despite this clear indication of the people’s will, the Obama regime is ramping up a propaganda case for more arming of Washington’s mercenaries sent to overthrow the secular Syrian government and for a “no-fly zone” over Syria, which, if Libya is the example, means US or NATO aircraft attacking the Syrian army on the ground, thus serving as the air force of Washington’s imported mercenaries, euphemistically called “the Syrian rebels.”Pace, Mr. Roberts, but the myth that the American people are sovereign was upended in 1865. Generals Grant and Sherman forced the people to realize that the commander of the armed forces is sovereign, and that's the way it's been ever since. That's why the welfare-warfare state is what it is. A politically connected elite heavily invested in perpetual war tosses benefits to the underclass, which in turn keeps the elite in power. Sweet deal.
Monday, June 17, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Arizona law that required people registering to vote in federal elections to show proof of citizenship, a victory for activists who said it had discouraged Native Americans and Latinos from voting. In a 7-2 vote, the court, in an opinion written by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, ruled the voter registration provision of the 2004 state law was trumped by a federal law, the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.Read that last sentence again, and you'll see why I say the battle can only be won at the State and local level. So-called "conservative" Scalia sided with the invaders and against the people of Arizona. The federal government is a hostile, alien, occupying force.
"Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices."And after Edward Snowden leaked the documents revealing massive government spying on Americans, the regime's mouthpieces assured us our Lords and Protectors were not gathering private information, but only "metadata" useful in tracking those nasty ol' terrorists. Turns out metadata can be cross-indexed and analyzed to reveal much more than you'd think. That's what outed Paula Broadwell and General David Petraeus:
The general’s biographer and mistress thought she was being clever by using anonymous e-mail accounts and sending messages using hotel WiFi networks. But metadata — in this case the Internet protocol addresses pointing to network locations — gave the Charlotte woman away.... Metadata is so rich with clues that entities from Google and eBay to the world’s largest spy agency, the National Security Agency, are collecting and mining this deceptively innocuous information: e-mail addresses to and from, times of e-mails, phone numbers dialed and received, lengths of calls, unique device serial numbers.They see you when you're sleeping. They know when you're awake. They see if you've been bad or good ... SO WATCH IT!
What is interesting is that Lowry decided that this article needed writing. The anti-Lincoln campaign of the neo-Confederates has been going on for some time. I think this might be a sign that the anti-Lincoln campaign is going somewhere and the leadership of conservatism in America is beginning to get concerned.Amen, Brother Sebesta! The concern is real because Lowry knows that exposing Lincoln exposes the Empire. The Lincoln Myth of the Great Liberator is the founding myth of the rogue global empire headquartered in DC today. That myth justifies the ruling elite's power and privilege in the name of spreading freedom and democracy, terms we heard ad nauseum in the run-up to the illegal invasion of Iraq. Lincoln's role as the founder and model of today's authoritarian American Empire isn't just my idea. Here's what Lowry himself wrote recently in an article entitled, "Lincoln Can Teach Us Today":
The National Security Agency telephone and Internet surveillance program is similar to Abraham Lincoln's Civil War act of suspending habeas corpus, National Review editor Rich Lowry tells Newsmax. "When he did it initially, any reasonable person would think it was an appropriate measure because troops were coming down from the North at the beginning of the war when Washington was isolated and not protected, and they were stopped in Baltimore by mobs." However, many in Lincoln's day believed the suspension went too far when it became almost a matter of routine, Lowry said.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed "simply based on an analyst deciding that." If the NSA wants "to listen to the phone," an analyst's decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. "I was rather startled," said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.Welcome to the United Stasi of America.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
There is little public support for the sweeping and unaccountable nature of the National Security Agency surveillance program along with concerns about how the data will be used. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide believe it is likely the NSA data will be used by other government agencies to harass political opponents. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 30% consider it unlikely and 14% are not sure.
The bicyclist doesn’t remember seeing the youths run at him as he pedaled home late Tuesday afternoon on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, but he certainly recalls one knocking him off his bike and at least a dozen others piling on, punching and kicking him in the head. What the 37-year-old can’t understand is why they did it. ... “I would be fine if they took my things, that I understand,” said the man, recovering at home from broken bones above his left eye and bruises too numerous to count. “But violence for violence’s sake is troubling.”Yes, everything would've been fine if they'd just mugged him and taken his iPhone, wallet, and expensive bike. That way, his white liberal world view would've made it unscathed. Urban youth - damn useful code word, that - are FORCED to rob because white privilege makes it impossible for them to get jobs in advertising and wealth management. Leave it to the police to sprinkle a little obtuseness on the victim's cluelessness:
Cmdr. Andrew Solberg, head of the 5th Police District, called the assault isolated. He said officers patrol the trail on foot, bicycle and Segway. “I would like to reassure folks that the trail is very safe,” he said. “It’s very unfortunate that every once in a while there are acts of violence that take place.”If you thought bad people committed a violent act of racial intimidation against the cyclist, you were wrong. You see, "acts of violence" just "take place" every once in a while. No one understands why. Maybe the cop could win the "Most Clueless Liberal" award.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Americans' confidence in Congress as an institution has hit an all-time low, according to a new national poll. Asked about a list of institutions in American society, only 10% of those questioned in a Gallup survey released Thursday say they have confidence in Congress. That's down three percentage points from last year, and according to their release, "this is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record."I'm curious just how long the people will put up with these losers. They should be fired.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The states are diverging sharply on almost every issue you can imagine. ... Federalism is as old as the Republic, but not since the real Civil War have we witnessed such a clear divide between the states on central issues affecting Americans.I've always said peaceful secession is the best solution to gridlock.
A federal agency filed a lawsuit against BMW Manufacturing, alleging the company discriminated against African-Americans in the hiring and firing process because of criminal background checks. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), BMW began working with a new logistics company in 2008 and when current employees re-applied to continue working for the new logistics provider, BMW discovered that 88 employees had conviction records, which violated the company's policy. BMW's conviction policy at the time excluded from employment anyone with convictions of certain categories of crimes, regardless of the age of the conviction or making a distinction between felony and misdemeanor convictions, the EEOC said. The EEOC said BMW violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act with this hiring practice and is seeking lost wages and benefits, as well as reinstatement or front pay for the 69 claimants. The agency said it's also seeking an order barring future discrimination and other injunctive relief.The
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Ronald Reagan once said, "Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem." I happen to agree. Hewitt seems to agree with his old boss too, being against against ObamaCare for example. In fact, most small government conservatives claim to agree with Reagan's quip among many others like it: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'" Yet, quite incongruently I must add, these same people trust the government to collect and analyze the "metadata" of millions of phone calls per day?I'd LOVE to see their answer to this one!
All I can say is that people who are surprised that the US government is spying on them need to “get out more,” as it were. Did you really think that they wouldn’t use all that high tech capability to monitor citizens because it was both illegal and immoral? Did you really think they respect your rights under the Constitution and Bill of Rights? Did you really believe they weren’t liars? Now . . . do you still believe they have your best interests at heart? Do you believe they are giving you “good government?” Do you really believe anything they say anymore?At some point, people will be fed up with DC's endless wars, domestic spying, and cronyism. So read the whole thing, and take a stand. PS - You HAVE to click on the article just to see that SCARY Michael Hill and his accomplice.
"Being watched" alters one's behavior. The right to privacy is the freedom from being watched. But not everyone is a fan of privacy. Here's Richard Posner, a federal judge: "As a social good, I think privacy is greatly overrated because privacy basically means concealment. People conceal things in order to fool other people about them. They want to appear healthier than they are, smarter, more honest and so forth."Obama prefers a "balance" between our constitutional rights and security - but what kind of security do we really have when the government is monitoring us 24/7? Yes, it's true that our banks, phone companies, and Internet service providers are already aware of much of what we consider personal information, but those institutions aren't backed up by the CIA, FBI, and assorted other goon squads empowered to assassinate or "indefinitely detain." It's one thing to provide information about yourself in the free market of your own volition, and quite another to have it stolen without your consent.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. Snowden will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world's most secretive organisations – the NSA.There's a great price to be paid for resisting the Empire, and Snowden knew that when he exposed the government's surveillance program:
He has had "a very comfortable life" that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. "I'm willing to sacrifice all of that because I can't in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building."Mr. Snowden, here's a toast of Rebel Yell to a real rebel!
A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.Now, before anyone objects that the number of home-schooled students is relatively small, let me point out that home-schooled students far outperform their peers in the government schools at a cost of $600 per student, as compared to $10,000 per student in the government schools. Enforced mediocrity is not a flaw in the government education system, but the purpose. Equality, being the anti-human ideology that it is, can only be propped up by an all-powerful government. Excellence, pride, and self-actualization are the engines of organic order, and are thus the enemies of egalitarianism. The superior educational acheivements of home-schoolers is an embarrassing fact that can no longer be ignored:
The high achievement level of homeschoolers is readily recognized by recruiters from some of the best colleges in the nation. Home-educated children matriculate in colleges and attain a four-year degree at much higher rates than their counterparts from both public and private schools. Schools such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Stanford, and Duke Universities all actively recruit homeschoolers.Want to do something REALLY subversive? Home school your kids, or start a business that supplements home schools. It won't just send Big Brother into a sputtering rage; it'll cut him off at the knees.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Hakeem Oufkir’s teachers at East Mecklenburg High say he’s ready for success in a world that’s constantly shrinking. His father is a Muslim from Morocco. His mom is a Catholic from Colombia. And his best friend is Jewish. “That cultural diversity was really important for (our family),” said Oufkir, who speaks four languages and is Muslim. “I think it gave us a balanced view of the world.”So the rest of us are unbalanced? It must be true - not only is it on the Internet, but the Observer also has a (rapidly shrinking) print version. But hold on! Hakeem has no roots in the sub-Saharan part of Africa. Nor in Asia, or the Pacific Islands. How can he claim to have a "balanced view of the world"? How can we go on pretending this kind of talk makes ANY sense at all?
Sean Conway, the Weld County commissioner, is leading the collection of counties such as Weld, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson counties in forming the new state. These primarily Republican counties feel as though the Democrat-controlled legislature has been ignoring the values of rural counties when passing recent legislation including gun control measures, expanding oil and gas production and creating new renewable energy standards for rural areas.This is another example of the divide between the country and the city that Thomas Jefferson warned about. Of course, the growing Red State/Blue State divide carries even greater political significance. My, what interesting times we live in!
Friday, June 7, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
If we are to cultivate our own traditions—to let thrive those things that make Vermont unique—we need to detach from the national system. So long as decisions about our schools, forests, and water are being made by senators from South Carolina, presidents from Texas, and judges from Chicago, Vermont’s best interests are not going to be kept in mind… . There’s no question that the things that make Vermont Vermont are under increasing pressure from a variety of external sources. The question is what to do about it. Does Vermont make more sense, does it become more itself somehow by going its own way? A simple test helps answer this. If Vermont had been an independent republic all along, would you now vote for it to join the United States? Of course not. It would be unthinkable.States' Rights - they're not just for conservatives any more.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Most organizations founder because they lack self-definition and a definite goal. The League of the South is a Southern Nationalist organization whose ultimate goal is a free and independent Southern republic. To reach this goal, we intend to create the climate for a free South among our people by 1) de-legitimating the American Empire at every opportunity; 2) by proving our willingness to be servant-leaders to the Southern people; and 3) by making The League of the South a strong, viable organization that will lead us to Southern independence.Be sure to read the whole thing. It's a must-read road map of activism in a time of shifting realities and alliances.
Obviously, the South is the only place where old times are not forgotten. On Friday afternoon, a New York motorist called police with a tip about a potential terror threat. Seems someone was hauling a suspicious-looking object — it resembled a torpedo — on the highways around the city. Before long 30 agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, were searching for this potential menace. Even Coast Guard cutters in the area were on the lookout, since the thing looked sort of like a boat. They should have set the terror color chart to Rebel Gray, because they were just hunting for a bunch of good ol’ boys from Summerville hauling a replica of the H.L. Hunley to Connecticut for the weekend.Be sure to check out the article and the accompanying picture. It'll make your day.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Pentagon has been clear about the last Afghan surge being a resounding success, despite death tolls soaring throughout the period and the level of violence still enormous nationwide. That doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t going to do it again. After being given a recommendation in a report by retired Gen. John Allen, the Pentagon is now said to be considering another surge post-2014, adding a secondary “bridging force” on top of the deployment already planned for the nominally “post-war” period.Yeah, just toss a few hundred thousand to Freddy and Li'l Kim Kagan for "scholarly" analysis justifying the move, crank up the Hannitys and the left and right war cheerleaders, and Americans will submit to yet another pointless waste of their taxes and young people in the name of Empire.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Among other facts of life utterly ignored by many advocates of de facto amnesty is that the free international movement of people is different from free international trade in goods. Buying cars or cameras from other countries is not the same as admitting people from those countries or any other countries. Unlike inanimate objects, people have cultures and not all cultures are compatible with the culture in this country that has produced such benefits for the American people for so long. Not only the United States, but the Western world in general, has been discovering the hard way that admitting people with incompatible cultures is an irreversible decision with incalculable consequences. If we do not see that after recent terrorist attacks on the streets of Boston and London, when will we see it?The Treason Lobby and its propagandists swear the Boston Bombings were the work of madmen who do not represent all Muslim immigrants. Problem is, we've been racked by actual attacks and close calls launched in the name of Islam or in retaliation for US actions in Muslim countries. Closing our eyes to that fact is not "tolerance," but foolishness.