Tuesday, April 30, 2013
es·tab·lish·ment (noun) the existing power structure in society; the dominant groups in society and their customs or institutions; institutional authority (usually preceded by the) The various organizations behind the DC Empire have different objectives, or rather, different perspectives on how to realize their ultimate objective, which is to expand and consolidate the power they enjoy as card-carrying members of the ruling elite. They appear to hold different, even conflicting, values and objectives, but that's part of their success. The faux left corrals mainstream liberals with certain slogans, and the same goes for the faux right. Thanks to the faux left institutions, liberal voters will cheer on a supposedly liberal president who expands an unpopular war, and conservative voters will support a supposedly conservative president who favors amnesty for illegal aliens. Without realizing it, mainstream voters are gulled into abandoning their own interests in favor of their handlers. One thing these groups share is their advocacy of centralized power. That's what unites them. Little wonder, then, that both supposedly "left" and "right" institutions should denounce Ron and Rand Paul's recent efforts to restore constitutional constraints on the federal government and its military. For example, Dorothy Rabinowitz of the War, I mean, Wall Street Journal recently scourged Rand Paul for his fillibuster against domestic spy drones. She threw in a dig against Southerners (see the embedded video), and went on to denounce Paul for arguing the Boston bombers should have the right to a trial. Paul, claimed Rabinowitz, was “making the U.S. more vulnerable” by insisting the Bill of Rights still applied here in the 21st century. Doesn't he know there's a permanent War against Terror going on? Faux conservative Andrew Sullivan could only comment "Ugh" to the news that Ron Paul had launched his "Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity" to promote "a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home.” In his brief post, Sullivan linked to James Kirchik's Daily Beast hit piece entitled, "The Ron Paul Institute: Be Afraid, Very Afraid." Kirchik, by the way, is a fellow at the Neocon Foundation for Defense of Democracies. So OF COURSE he's an objective voice when it comes to understanding activists for peace and smaller government. The Southern Poverty Law Center has made a bundle demonizing anyone who opposes expanded government, so naturally they had to put in their 2 cents' worth. Their anti-Paul blog post quotes Kirchik's piece, adding that Ron Paul associates with "neo-Confederates" and scholars who have argued the South was justified in asserting its right to self-determination. Oh, the horror. All of which proves just how other-worldly and detached from reality our rulers are. We're supposed to believe that people who defend constitutionally limited government are threats, while warmongers and unelected bureaucrats who want to nullify the right to a trial are the good guys. I'd say the Establishment is getting a little nervous.
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Oh, brother. Some school kids in Martinsville, Virginia, made a quilt that included the image of a black figure as a gift for the city council. Councilwoman Sharon Brooks interpreted the image as insulting, and announced she was "offended," even though the kids assured her they meant nothing negative. But Brooks was in full metal jacket offended mode, and kept ranting until the schoolchildren were in tears. When questioned about the incident, Brooks huffed, "I don’t shuffle, I don’t tap dance, and I don’t take out the garbage… Some of the citizens in Martinsville need to wake up because I am black. I am also a voice for black people and we are tired, we are fed up and we are not taking it anymore." Sounds to me like someone who's been riding that victimization train too long. The "Civil Rights Movement" has mutated into a warped, dehumanizing revolt against decency.
This artificial nation, cobbled together by the victorious Allies after WWI, is falling apart. Without the heavy hand of a Saddam Hussein to hold these different peoples together, they're all clamoring for a political system that reflects their unique culture. The Iraqi army is unable to hold the northern Kurdish section, and desertions are rising. How long until the worldwide trend toward smaller, human-sized political units reach the Evil Empire? Tick-tock ...
Donations have been mighty sparse lately, so when one does come in, it's appreciated. I sent a thank-you email to a reader who hit my tip jar today, and here's how he responded:
To be honest, I haven't been too regular at reading Rebellion. I changed computers and lost my list of favorites. So I remembered to check it out last night, Mike, and dang if you didn't flare up my blood pressure!!! and keep up the good work!I'll do my darndest!
There's a new front in DC's war against traditional America - the Supreme Court. Guess how it's going? Answer: Not so good - the government-backed invasion just got a thumbs up from the black-robed deities:
The Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed the state of Alabama, and gave a win to the Obama administration, by declining to review a lower court ruling that had blocked a controversial part of the state's tough immigration law. Alabama had asked the high court to review an appeals court decision to stop enforcement of the 'harboring' provision that made it illegal to harbor or transport anyone in the state who had entered the country illegally. The appeals court had acted in 2012 at the Obama administration's request. The White House had said that Alabama's law was trumped by federal immigration law. The Alabama law, enacted in 2011, is considered one of the toughest state immigration statutes in the nation. The law also made it illegal to encourage people to either enter or stay in the country in violation of federal immigration laws.This is why the League of the South argues there's no reforming the central government. DC has nullified the rule of law it claims to uphold. By refusing to uphold existing federal immigration laws, DC is mandating demographic revolution. "No, Old Rebel, what we need is to elect Republicans to office who will appoint good justices to the Supreme Court." We tried that. The current court has a 5-4 majority of Republican appointees, and they just told the people of Alabama that they will be occupied by foreign invaders and that resistance is futile. Actually, it's time resistance got started.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
A recent gathering of the living ex-presidents at the George W. Bush Library inspires one blogger to see reflections of recent history and intimations of the future that awaits:
History will recall the Clinton/Bush/Obama descent as the time when globalism ended and perhaps America as we knew it ended as well. Separatist movements began in America with The League of the South in the first Clinton days. They spread to Vermont and New Hampshire with Bush II. They morphed into 35-state sovereignty movements in Obama’s first term, and at the gateway to his second, people in all 50 states petitioned the government for secession.
"We killed tens of thousands of American citizens, maybe hundreds of thousands, with no due process whatever in the Civil War, and it was the right thing to do." John Bolton, telling good Americans they must submit to an outlaw, totalitarian regime. From Western Rifle Shooters Association
A liberal troll attacks the author of a conservative web site for his "unenlightened" views on homosexuality. The author's response is both hilarious and on-target. Instead of me ruining this gem by attempting to describe it, click here and enjoy (comments 1 and 3).
Friday, April 26, 2013
What better way to help the 12 million Americans who are out of work than to import more cheap labor? Makes sense to me. But then, I only made a C- in Economics.
... which is why big government seeks to disrupt and erase traditional culture. In the absense of natural order, the government fills the void, thereby expanding its power. This interview at The Imaginative Conservative explores the process:
When we lose community, which is what you’re describing, what is there left? If there’s no community, what’s left other than the computer to tell the operator at the convenience store that’s not owned by “Sam Drucker” who you used to know and went to high school with? It is now owned by the Umbrella Corporation — just to throw a name out there — that has offices around the globe and 16,000 of those little stores and over a million employees and is known to cooperate with governments the world over. You’re describing a lack of and the end of community as it was once known. As I said, that is a dehumanizing thing.The current drive toward "immigration reform" (translation: the death-blow to traditional America) is backed by the Chamber of Commerce, various ethnic lobbies, and leftist advocacy groups. What the big business fails to comprehend, though, is the long-term effect of the sociocide it's lusting for. Sure, business can profit in the short term by displacing Americans with cheap, exploitable foreign workers, which is the real reason our sell-out "representatives" in DC support amnesty. Problem is, commerce depends on mutual trust. When people suspect the other party doesn't adhere to the same standards they do, commerce breaks down. That's why low-trust countries, such as Mexico, Iraq, and Zimbabwe, despite their wealth in natural resources, cannot attain the economic success of Switzerland, the US, or Germany.
My, how things change. Seems like only yesterday Free Republic was all rah-rah for the Neocon Wars and "American Exceptionalism." I was kicked off the site for questioning the Bush-Cheney power grab and arguing the right of secession is the foundation of our liberty. And at the height of the war fever that gripped mainstream conservatives, the Day by Day comic glorified nationalism and militarism. But that was then. The Free Republic crowd has finally realized that centralized power, not Afghans resisting foreign occupiers, is the greatest threat to our freedom, and support of secession has become the norm. Today, the Day by Day comic denounces New England for its big-government culture, and celebrates the South as the last bastion of liberty, and as the modern-day champion of the Spirit of '76. Be sure to check it out.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
And it's about time. We'll add the Sikh-American Congressional Caucus to the growing list of ethnic congressional caucuses. So far we have: Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Congressional Black Caucus Congressional Hispanic Caucus (for Hispanic Democrats) Congressional Hispanic Conference for (Hispanic Republicans) There. I can't think of anyone who's left out. Can you?
Leonard Pitts addresses angry readers who emailed their displeasure at some of his liberal opinions. The tone of those emails, he writes, betray a growing chasm within the country, one that cannot be ignored any longer. Since he is a liberal, he makes conservatives out to be the bad guys, but his observation about the gulf between the Red and Blue states in on target:
The road to Civil War began 153 years ago as Southern states, led by South Carolina, passed ordinances of secession from the Union. But, as a nation is more than just geography, so, too, is secession therefrom. The act represents a tearing away that is as much spiritual and emotional as it is geographic. Maybe even more. So if the likes of you and Mr. Bell are right, if it is really beyond us now even to stand shoulder to shoulder with stricken fellow citizens, then we have lost more than bombs could ever destroy. And secession has already occurred.Recently, Pat Buchanan made a similar observation, though of course from a conservative perspective:
If we Americans cannot even agree on what is right and wrong and moral and immoral, how do we stay together in one national family? If one half of the nation sees the other as morally depraved, while the latter sees the former as saturated in bigotry, sexism and homophobia, how do we remain one united nation and one people? Today, half of America thinks the country some of us grew up in was bigoted, racist, homophobic and sexist, while the other half sees this morally “evolving” nation as a society openly inviting the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah and that is hardly worth preserving. A common faith and moral code once held this country together. But if we no longer stand on the same moral ground, after we have made a conscious decision to become the most racially, ethnically, culturally diverse people on earth, what in the world holds us together?Rhode Island is on the brink of passing same-sex "marriage," yet another issue that enflames passions and further separates New England from the South and West. Will the people of the Red States be forced to abandon traditional marriage? Isn't peaceful secession a better solution than forcing different peoples together under one, mutually disliked political system? If the Soviet Union, the most brutal and barbaric regime the world has ever seen, can peacefully secede, why can't we?
Who's inspiring domestic terrorism in the US? Let's ask a domestic terrorist:
Floyd Lee Corkins II told investigators he chose the Family Research Council to attack last August because the Southern Poverty Law Center listed it as an anti-gay hate group on its website. The FRC, a Washington group that promotes family issues and is opposed to abortion and gay marriage, is listed on a “Hate Map” by the SPLC. Corkins told investigators he used the Southern Poverty Law Center’s information when picking an anti-gay marriage group to target. ... Corkins was angered after Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy stated his belief in traditional marriage in a magazine interview. Corkins said he loaded his gun, bought 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches and headed to Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, where he planned to kill staff members and rub the sandwiches in their dying faces as a symbolic act.al-Qaeda should send donations to Morris Dees.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Latinos, that's who. This Pew Hispanic Center poll makes that pretty clear. 81% of first generation Latino immigrants say they want a "bigger government with more services," compared to only 48% of Americans overall. And wouldn't it be interesting to see a racial analysis of the general American population on bigger vs. smaller government? That's why Democrats are licking their chops at the prospect of an amnesty. And that's also why Sam Francis called Republicans the "stupid party."
The Easter Rebellion begins in Dublin, Ireland. Although unsuccessful, the uprising was an important symbolic event leading to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland. The Foggy Dew is a musical tribute to the 1916 Easter Rebellion: As down the glen one Easter morn to a city fair rode I
There Armed lines of marching men in squadrons passed me by
No fife did hum nor battle drum did sound it's dread tatoo
But the Angelus bell o'er the Liffey swell rang out through the foggy dew Right proudly high over Dublin Town they hung out the flag of war
'Twas better to die 'neath an Irish sky than at Sulva or Sud El Bar
And from the plains of Royal Meath strong men came hurrying through
While Britannia's Huns, with their long range guns sailed in through the foggy dew
There Armed lines of marching men in squadrons passed me by
No fife did hum nor battle drum did sound it's dread tatoo
But the Angelus bell o'er the Liffey swell rang out through the foggy dew Right proudly high over Dublin Town they hung out the flag of war
'Twas better to die 'neath an Irish sky than at Sulva or Sud El Bar
And from the plains of Royal Meath strong men came hurrying through
While Britannia's Huns, with their long range guns sailed in through the foggy dew
Stories like this expose all the empty talk about America being a "democracy." It's actually an imperial plutocracy with an insatiable appetite for cheap labor:
A just-released Fox News poll finds 55 percent of voters think fewer legal immigrants should be accepted into the U.S. That’s up from 43 percent in 2010. Majorities of Republicans (67 percent) and independents (53 percent) as well as a plurality of Democrats (47 percent) want to decrease legal immigration.Remember, our handlers openly lied to us about the actual intent and effect of the 1965 Immigration Act. We were assured that act would NOT disrupt America's ethnic balance, when in fact, it has directly led to a demographic upheaval that's still shaking our foundations. Think we'll get a referendum on that? Some democracy.
Well, this news certainly adds insult to injury:
Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.And that's not all:
In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state.I couldn't imagine a more perfect illustration of the self-destructive cluelessness of a dying country.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
"Relax, most immigrants aren't going to kill you. They're only going to lower wage rates, pollute the environment, live off your social benefits, transform your culture and your legal system, and make the USA considerably more like the third world hellholes from which they have escaped." Vox Day
DC's insane policy of "Invade the world/Invite the world" continues to spread mayhem at home and abroad. This time, the mayhem struck here at home:
The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews. From his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has acknowledged his role in planting the explosives near the marathon finish line on April 15, the officials said. The first successful large-scale bombing in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era, the Boston attack killed three people and wounded more than 250 others.Yoohoo, Ed Sebesta! And Americaneocon! Are you paying attention now? If not, why not? Then again, some ideologues are SO MULE-HEADED, no amount of reality will open their eyes.
Monday, April 22, 2013
"[Y]ou’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, arguing Americans must surrender the rights to privacy or own guns in an age of multicultural anarchy.
Lesson Number 1: DC is totally unable to protect the American people from terror attacks. It was bad enough the Bush regime failed to act on the intelligence report entitled, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” Shortly after that failure, 19 Muslims, including 15 Saudis, murdered almost 3,000 Americans. Okay, we can probably buy W's explanation that that information was too broad to act on in such short notice. But in the Boston case, the FBI had Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the palm of their hands two years ago. Even though the Russians had alerted them to Tsarnaev's Islamic ties, they still failed to stop him from committing mass murder. In fact, the Feds haven't stopped any terror attack other than the choreographed plots they lured idiot, would-be jihadis into that the FBI could then claim they'd "saved" us from. Lesson Number 2: Diversity and Freedom are mutually exclusive. A nation shares a common ancestry, history, and culture. Without shared bonds, mutual trust is impossible, as sociologist Robert Putnam has documented. Problem is, most Americans act as if nothing's changed - they go to malls, attend street fairs, and crowd together at sporting events in the confidence that all who attend have peaceful intentions. However, such behavior conflicts with the reality of multiculturalism. As I noted earlier:
I'm afraid the inescapable lesson of this is that we cannot have a free society with open borders. Our handlers aren't about to adopt sane immigration policies, so we're stuck with the nightmarish combination of an increasingly diverse, alienated population and a police state to impose order.Lesson Number 3: We are becoming a police state. From Conservative Heritage Times:
On Friday, April 19, 2013, during a manhunt for a bombing suspect, police and federal agents spent the day storming people’s homes and performing illegal searches. While it was unclear initially if the home searches were voluntary, it is now crystal clear that they were absolutely NOT voluntary. Police were filmed ripping people from their homes at gunpoint, marching the residents out with their hands raised in submission, and then storming the homes to perform their illegal searches.Still think it can't happen here? It's happening. Even more disturbing is the widespread acceptance of creeping totalitarianism. Typical is this comment from a mainstream "conservative" site about Tsarnaev's treatment as an enemy combatant despite his American citizenship: "Well, I'm all broken up over that man's rights." As thankful as we all are that this cowardly murderer was stopped, it's a tragedy that our rights should be surrendered in the name of national security. As I pointed out in Lesson Number 2, the so-called "security" an all-powerful government offers is an illusion. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev MUST be tried according to the constraints of the Bill of Rights. If he can be treated like a prisoner of the Gulag, no one is safe.
From Southern Nationalist Network:
Stickers bearing the message ‘secede‘ and ‘secede from Obamaland‘ are popping up all across the Southland as polls show that millions of Southerners want to be independent and an overwhelming majority distrust the US Federal Government. Increasingly, secession is becoming a mainstream political cause as a majority of people now believe the Federal Government is a threat to their freedom. The admitted US policy of demographic replacement may also be driving popular support for secession from the United States.The genie is out of the bottle.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Okay, this thing's getting scary now:
The FBI was last night hunting a 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the Boston marathon bomb brothers. Police believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack. More than 1,000 FBI operatives were last night working to track down the cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday. A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from GoogleWith DC's insane immigration policies, plus its abdication of its responsibility to secure the borders, terror attacks like what we saw in Boston can only continue. And let's not forget: The Neocon Wars were launched to fight them over there so we wouldn't have to fight them over here. Well, guess what? They're here, and they're fighting mad.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, April 21, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
This is so silly, yet so ominous, you have to read the whole thing:
The “master suite” is being phased out — not from our homes, but from our lexicon. A survey of 10 major Washington, D.C.-area homebuilders found that six no longer use the term “master” in their floor plans to describe the largest bedroom in the house. They have replaced it with “owner’s suite” or “owner’s bedroom” or, in one case, “mastre bedroom.” Why? In large part for exactly the reason you would think: “Master” has connotation problems, in gender (it skews toward male) and race (the slave-master).What's next? How about the "master" and "slave" flashes in photography? And when are we going to quit referring to "male" and "female" connectors in plumbing and electronics? As George Orwell warned, an assault on language is an assault on the human mind.
I don't like Representative Peter King of New York. But then, he doesn't like me, or any other Southerner. King is a pro-Empire bully who thinks the good ol' U.S. of A. is justified in doing whatever it wants. He once sponsored a bill that would empower the federal government to deny gun rights to anyone it merely suspected of having "terrorist connections." So King's latest proposal should be scrutinized with suspicion. He now demands “increased surveillance” of all Muslims in the US. With the understandable public anger at the two Muslims behind the Boston bombing, King's proposal might just gain traction. All the more reason to resist it. Notice he doesn't offer a direct, simple solution, such as repealing the disastrous 1965 Immigration Act. No, that's unthinkable. Remember, with the federal government, solutions are never the answer. Instead, the answer to every problem is to increase the power and scope of government. We all know what will happen next. Someone will say it's not right that the government pick on one ethnic group, so the government should spy on EVERYONE. That's fair. And that's how freedom is lost.
Friday, April 19, 2013
You can tell a lot about a nation when it faces a bit of trouble. The yankee nation has gone full-bore apoplectic over the Boston bombing. Several traits, none of them attractive, have surfaced. First, indignation. "How dare you attack us! We're innocent people who have never harmed anyone." Second, fear. "Stay in your homes, lock your doors and pull down the shades, and if someone knocks, don't answer it. Leave everything to the authorities." These are commands to a servile, effeminate people. And third, despair. I heard the former Mayor of Boston, Ray Flynn, say that this was the worst things that had ever happened to his city. How indeed will they ever recover? Perhaps they could look to Columbia, Charleston, Atlanta, or several other once-devastated Southern towns and cities for some historical advice on how to survive and recover from real tragedies. As a Southerner, I've had a belly full of all this whining, complaining, hyperbole, and fear-mongering from New England. Meanwhile, our Southern kinfolk in Texas are quietly going about the business of cleaning up and looking to the future amidst a much greater and more deadly disaster in the little community of West. We are indeed two very different nations. Michael Hill
The turf war between blacks and Hispanics in Los Angeles is getting real nasty. From the Los Angeles Times:
Attack on family in Compton latest incident in wave of anti-black violence. A Latino gang is intimidating blacks into leaving the city that was once an African American enclave. It's part of a violent trend seen in other parts of the L.A. area.Looks like Hispanics don't want to live in the same neighborhoods as blacks. Just like Tim Wise.
"HEy, OR, with a Muslim terrorist loose in their neighborhoods and SWAT teams armed to the teeth searching door to door, do ya think those Boston liberals would like to have semi-automatics with high cap magazines right now?" Ha! Love it.
First, the leftist fantasy that white supremacists murdered Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife was upended when it turned out the actual killers were a disgraced justice of the peace and his wife who killed the McLellands out of revenge. Then, when the FBI released pictures of light-skinned Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the anti-white left whooped for joy. David Sirota at Slate openly hoped the culprits were white, and Tim Wise bloviated that the real lesson of the tragedy was, like everything else in the Tim Wise Alternate Universe, all about "white privilege." Over at Little Green Footballs, the FBI pictures were the object of much anti-white ridicule. One commenter noted the hat worn by one of the suspects and wondered, "Could that be a Dale Earnhardt hat?" Oh, if only a Christian Southerner did it! Now comes word that the Boston terrorists are (were?) Chechnyan Muslims. Showing once again that leftism isn't so much an ideology as it is a pathology.
"With 14 percent of our U.S. labor force — more than 21 million Americans — unemployed, working part-time but seeking full-time work or having stopped looking, Congress is going to vote an amnesty for 12 million illegals and bring in a million new immigrants a year — and hand them green cards. What happened to putting our own country and people first?" Pat Buchanan
The Boston bombers are Muslim terrorists. Here's the latest:
The surviving Boston bomb suspect hails from Chechnya and has lived in the United States for as long as a decade. Federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that authorities are investigating whether Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass., and his brother Tamerlan may have had military training overseas. The two men believed to be the suspects from Monday's terror attack apparently surfaced just hours after the FBI released their imaged late Thursday afternoon, shooting the police officer, robbing a convenience store, carjacking a man who later escaped and engaging in a wild shootout with Boston police, in which they hurled explosives from their stolen car.Here are other headlines from Diversityland: Syria’s six simultaneous conflicts (Lots of diversity here) More Baghdad Bloodshed: 42 Killed, 62 Wounded 15 minority Sunni candidates assassinated before Iraq election Actually, there's no need to conduct my little experiment to see the actual results of diversity - the regions where different peoples have been denied self-determination and are forced together are the most repressive and violent in the world. Only a police state can maintain order when there is no unifying culture, as Iraq and Syria amply prove. And it's happening here. Think it's a coincidence that the rise of diversity and the loss of our civil liberties are happening at the same time?
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Little by little, the DC Empire is chiseling away at our traditional rights. The latest weakening to our Constitutional rights comes from the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. If passed by the Senate, it will enable government goons to demand customer data from internet providers WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT. But remember, we have to give DC whatever power it demands so it can protect us from Islamic extremists.
"Time was, protest meant brave dissenters standing in proud defiance against the massed forces of Establishment power. Nowadays those massed forces believe exactly what the protesters outside our hotel believe, and they propagate it with unflagging zeal through the institutions they control: the media, business, labor, the big political parties, all branches of all federal, state, and municipal government (including the military), and all universities, colleges, schools, kindergartens, and playgroups." John Derbyshire, on the antifa protesters at American Renaissance
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I have awakened a sleeping giant. Over at his blog (which only I seem to read), Ed Sebesta gleefully condemns yours truly for having quoted an early report about a Saudi national having been apprehended in the Boston Marathon bombing. Sebesta says I should have questioned that story. Lord, give me strength ... The story I quoted was from a New York Post report, which was featured on the clearinghouse of Internet news, memeorandum. The Post story was based on actual facts: the Saudi was apprehended by the police when he was caught running from the scene of the crime. The police obtained sufficient evidence to execute a search warrant of the Saudi's apartment. And the police DID restrict him to the hospital. When it was reported the next day that the Saudi was being questioned as a witness rather than as a suspect, I posted a correction and update. (Compare the way I handled that to Mr. Sebesta, who, rather than acknowledge his errors, prefers to alter his posts as if nothing had happened after his big, fat falsehoods are exposed. And here's another example.) Sebesta then tsk-tsked at my conclusion that "we cannot have a free society with open borders." Guess Ed never heard of 9/11, the Balkans, or Watts. But if he's serious about going after those who seek to politicize a tragedy, there are plenty of bigger fish to fry. Over at Salon, David Sirota is hoping the bomber is white, not because of any evidence supporting that possibility, but because it just isn't fair that people notice the disproportionate terror acts committed by Muslims. The smell of blood in the air lured anti-white ghoul Tim Wise to the surface. On his own blog, Wise preached that the real lesson of the Boston Marathon bombing is, surprise!, about "white privilege." Whites, he says, also commit terrorist acts. Who knew? Wise even lists white terrorists from history to prove his point. Oddly, he left out John Brown and Bill Ayers. Wonder why? No wonder neither Tim Wise nor Ed Sebesta allow comments on their sites. It takes guts to confront debate and hard facts.
Careful - reading the details of the latest sleaze from DC will make your skin crawl:
While Congress might be stuck in a deadlock on just about every issue imaginable, there’s one piece of legislation that both Democrats and Republicans hate unanimously: the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, a law passed last year designed to prevent insider trading among lawmakers and government officials by requiring them to post disclosures of their financial transactions online. Both parties and both houses of Congress hated the disclosure portion of the law so much that it was repealed on Friday without debate—the measure was sent to the president by unanimous consent. The ordeal took about 10 seconds in the Senate and 14 seconds in the House, according to official records.And folks wonder why Americans hate DC.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
"I have this crazy conspiracy theory. Yeah, I know conspiracies never happen. Still, call me nuts, but I suspect that there is this massive conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. Leaders of both political parties are conspiring together to write secret long term nation-changing legislation. To pass it they are conspiring with the President, the press, big business, the Catholic Church, radical leftists, the financial industry, an Antipodal media baron, big landowners, lobbyists, foreign interests, Facebook, and the world's richest man to cheat the average American out of his patrimony." Steve Sailer
Here's an update from CBS News:
“Following the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon that has claimed two lives and dozens injured, a Saudi national is being held in custody in relation to the incident who was near the scene of the blast, CBS News correspondent John Miller reported.”The Saudi is “being held in custody” but is NOT charged. And here's Ram Z. Paul. Check out his conclusions at the end of his video:
Okay, I promise not to make the same joke about the spiralling loss of public confidence in DC. But it's a fact that the federal government has once again hit a new low:
Even as public views of the federal government in Washington have fallen to another new low, the public continues to see their state and local governments in a favorable light. Overall, 63% say they have a favorable opinion of their local government, virtually unchanged over recent years. And 57% express a favorable view of their state government – a five-point uptick from last year. By contrast, just 28% rate the federal government in Washington favorably. That is down five points from a year ago and the lowest percentage ever in a Pew Research Center survey.Remember, we're talking about a government that is actively fighting the States' efforts to halt foreign invasions, as well as illegally spying on citizens who are subject to indefinite detention, the Bill of Rights be damned. It's no surprise such a regime is losing its legitimacy in the eyes of its people.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Horrific casualties are being reported in the Boston Marathon terror bombing, and police have made an arrest:
Investigators have a suspect — a Saudi Arabian national — in the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, The Post has learned. Law enforcement sources said the 20-year-old suspect was under guard at an undisclosed Boston hospital. It was not immediately clear why the man was hospitalized and whether he was injured in the attack or in his apprehension. The man was caught less than two hours after the 2:50 p.m. bombing on the finish line of the race, in the heart of Boston.I'm afraid the inescapable lesson of this is that we cannot have a free society with open borders. Our handlers aren't about to adopt sane immigration policies, so we're stuck with the nightmarish combination of an increasingly diverse, alienated population and a police state to impose order. Some future.
This isn't a joke, nor is it an ironic commentary by a defender of traditional marriage - the author wants marriage equality for everyone. Why stop with homosexuals?, he argues. After all, once the genie's out of the bottle, what's stopping the polygamists? Or trans-species marriage? We've seen the Age of Exploration, the Era of Good Feelings, the Atomic Age, and now we're entering the glorious Age of Whatever.
No one cuts through the crap better than Thomas Sowell. Look how he purees the hypocrisy of the Open Borders lobby:
Most laws are meant to stop people from doing something, and to penalize those who disregard those laws. More generally, laws are meant to protect the society from the law breakers. But our immigration laws are different. Here the whole focus is on the "plight" of those who have broken the laws, and on what can be done to lift the stigma and ease the pressures they feel, so that they can "come out of the shadows" and "normalize" their lives. Merely using the word "illegal" to describe their breaking the law is considered to be a sign of mean-spiritedness, if not racism. The Associated Press refuses to let their reporters refer to people who sneaked across the border into this country, in violation of American immigration laws, as "illegal immigrants." On the other hand, if an ordinary American citizen breaks a law, no one cares if he has to live in fear for years — "in the shadows," as it were — worrying that his illegal act will be discovered and punished. No one bothers to come up with euphemisms to keep from calling what he did illegal.I do not use the term "illegal immigrants" on this blog. I prefer "illegal alien invaders," which better describes what's happening to us and who's doing it - our civilization is being replaced day by day, just as our handlers in DC want. As Sowell points out, American immigration policies are supposed to benefit the American people, not aliens, and certainly not just the globalist elite, which has an endless appetite for cheap, exploitable labor, nor are they supposed to serve the government bureaucracy, which seeks more clients for the welfare state. The entire immigration/amnesty debate shows just how sick this Empire is.
"It's like Barack Obama using flying robots to bomb brown folk overseas – critics chuckle and say: 'Man, I didn't expect the first black president to do THAT!'" Charlie Brooker, in the Guardian It's a fact: two-thirds of the U.S. fatalities in the war in Afghanistan have occurred during the Obama administration. Obama knew what he wanted to do, and he's doing it. He's the Temporary Dictator of the DC Empire, which expands its power by killing people and blowing stuff up.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
This is astounding. The Senate is poised to pass a bill that not only provides
amnesty a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but also "new visa programs for low-skilled and highly skilled workers."
How can they, when we have headlines like this?
NC unemployment rate increase for January, with double-digit unemployment in Western NC
The Terrifying Reality of Long-Term Unemployment
How? Because they don't give a damn, that's how.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, April 14, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
A regular reader sends this: Heard on the radio this morning on the way to work: "Celebrate Confederate History Month by coming by Half-Priced Books and pick up a history book and read about our history." Now, how long until someone pitches a fit about that going over the air? I'm just glad someone had the guts to advertise that way, and for the station to air it. Jeff
A dying civilization is one that cannot or will not defend its own people. Here's how bad things are in the People's Republic of Massachusetts:
The illegal immigrant who was drunk driving when he hit and dragged a Milford man to his death has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. Judge Janet Kinton-Walker says Nicolas Guaman’s “unique cultural background” and language barrier means that he doesn’t understand the court process. The court also said that he lacks the ability to consult with his attorney properly. The judge ordered Guaman’s attorney to find an interpreter and educate him on the court process. Judge Kinton-Walker was appointed in 2009 by Gov. Deval Patrick.If that doesn't get your blood boiling, nothing will. So - what will it take to make you fight back?
This analysis by Glenn Greenwald proves once again that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Another body blow to the middle class:
A new study suggests rising health care costs have taken a particularly large toll in North Carolina, where the number of residents who receive health insurance through their employers has dropped sharply over the past decade. The proportion of nonelderly North Carolinians with employer-sponsored insurance declined from 69 percent in 2000 to 56 percent in 2011, according to the report released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Back in the eeeevil days before the 1965 Immigration Act was passed, American workers enjoyed a standard of living envied by the world. Yes, in the old, pre-enlightened times, employers had to offer paid vacations, pensions, sick days, matching funds for charitable donations, and even - hold on to your hats - health care to lure Americans to work for them. But that was then. Today, thanks to the insatiable greed of big business, and the 1965 Immigration Act, companies can replace American workers with Third-World substitutes who will accept Third-World working conditions. That's why the Chamber of Commerce is slobbering with excitement to see amnesty for illegal aliens passed.
But we can trust our government with a gun registry collected from background checks. EVERYONE knows only white supremacist haters distrust the government - and what could be worse than being called a bad name?
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The energetic discussion generated by the question of what organizing principle best advances liberty has been a pleasant surprise to me. Check out the various arguments raised here, here, and here. Another worthy contribution to the debate is posted at The Classic Liberal. It's definitely worth reading in its entirety. Here's as brief a summary as I can offer of the difference between conservatism and all the other little isms: Conservatism was first described in reaction to the advent of leftism in the Western world, the French Revolution. The Jacobins saw reason as sovereign, and desired to sweep away all the imperfections and irrational practices that they imagined had held mankind back. Burke vigorously rejected that notion, and countered that custom and tradition are sovereign. The accumulated wisdom of an organic society is priceless and irreplaceable. If one accepts the notion that reason - excuse me, Reason - is sovereign, then society must be reorganized according to one's premises. Marxists start with the basic equality of all men, and demand the flattening of all to achieve it. Libertarians start with the premise of the rational individual, therefore, all government power must be curtailed (or eliminated). Sound nice? Problem is, you start with a people's revolution in the name of the universal rights of man, and you get the Terror and the Gulag. If you insist on limiting government's power so the individual can blossom, you end up with Jacob Hornberger demanding open borders - and the "right" of same-sex marriage must inevitably follow. The bottom line is that people historically self-organize around an historical culture. For that reason, conservatives conclude that the best organizing principle for a free society is a shared culture. If the Roman Empire, the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, or Czechoslovakia had devolved into Objectivist clubs, the libertarians would have an argument. But instead, those artificial entitites broke up into organic, cultural units. And this trend continues today - Uighurs want to break from China, Catalonia wants to secede from Spain, and Kurds in Turkey and Iraq want a country of their own. Bear in mind that none of this says conservatives and libertarians cannot ally for a common purpose - the Classic Liberal notes that we both oppose DC's policy of endless war. Political cooperation among those who differ in many ways is not only possible, but desirable. It's a lot like marriage.
More illegal immigrants are pouring into this country, confident of the many spoils to be had in a nation so enfeebled and unsure of itself that it cannot halt a slow-motion invasion. The will is there among the people - the problem is a treasonous, corrupt central government that's sold out to the Chamber of Commerce and latter-day Robber Barons.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It has been determined that white kids exert a magical calming effect on black kids. And no, this isn't from some hate-filled white supremacist rant, but from the enlightened writers at Slate:
"Despite cushioning minority students from academic decline, the resegregation of Charlotte schools nonetheless led to a jump in arrests and incarcerations of minority students—particularly among poor black males, who are most at risk for crime. According to the authors’ calculations, a poor black male was 15 percent more likely to get arrested if assigned to a school that had 60 percent minority students rather than 40 percent minority."So the presence of White kids couldn't make black kids perform better on tests, but they did make them behave. How about that? It appears, then, that educational theorists face the same challenge J. K. Rowling did when she created the world of Harry Potter. As Rowling put it, "The most important thing to decide when you're creating a fantasy world is what the characters CAN'T do." And as we all know, no one dwells deeper in a fantasy world of their own creation than the educrats. No one. At least Rowling KNEW she was fantasizing.
No, not Kim Jong Un. I'm talking about John Kerry, who actually has the muscle to back up his wild threats:
Speaking today in Jerusalem, US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the Obama Administration would “not hesitate” to launch a military strike on Iran if it decides that diplomacy has failed in the ongoing dispute over Iran’s civilian nuclear program. “No option is off the table. No option will be taken off the table,” Kerry added, saying that the international desire for diplomacy would not be allowed to “stand in the way” of attacking Iran.Let's hope this is just empty talk to make Netanyahu happy. We can't afford another war.
"During the 1960s, one neighborhood in San Francisco had the lowest income, the highest unemployment rate, the highest proportion of families with incomes under $4,000 per year, the least educational attainment, the highest tuberculosis rate, the highest proportion of substandard housing of any area of the city. That neighborhood was called Chinatown. Yet in 1965, there were only five persons of Chinese ancestry committed to prison in the entire state of California." James Q. Wilson and Richard J. Herrnstein, in Crime and Human Nature Thomas Sowell has also documented the fact that discrimination does not create crime or poverty.
Gov. Pat McCrory is, from all accounts, a man dedicated to helping North Carolina move ahead. However, on March 29, he made a serious mistake. At first glance, maybe ordering (through his Secretary of Cultural Resources) the removal of an historical exhibit of period flags from the historic old State Capitol might seem like a minor concern. After all, we’re not talking about the budget, roads or schools. But the removal of that exhibit of the historic Confederate battle flag because of political pressure from an individual, the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, who has never supported McCrory in anything and most likely never will, is both in error historically and politically. Please click here and sign this petition to let Governor McCrory to know how we feel!! Share it with anyone else you know that feels the same way.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Hear that sound? It's the sound of Empire slowly being dismantled:
Distrust of the Federal Reserve and concern that U.S. dollars may become worthless are fueling a push in more than a dozen states to recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender. Lawmakers in Arizona are poised to follow Utah, which authorized bullion for currency in 2011. Similar bills are advancing in Kansas, South Carolina and other states.Tick-tock ...
Just ask Barack Obama. He's becoming a bit frustrated with those who say they don't like the idea of a background check because they don't trust the government. Obama dismisses such concerns. After all, the government can't be tyrannical because we have elections. So we, the people, are in charge. Say, didn't the Soviet Union also stage elections? Thing is, such distrust not only exists, but is spreading. It's not just hate-filled white supremacists who're expressing concern about the abuse of firearms background checks. Now the ACLU - yes, the ACLU - also warns that background checks could be misused:
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, a top lobbyist for the ACLU announced that the group thinks Reid’s current gun bill could threaten both privacy rights and civil liberties. The inclusion of universal background checks — the poll-tested lynchpin of most Democratic proposals — “raises two significant concerns,” the ACLU’s Chris Calabrese told TheDC Wednesday. ... Calabrese wouldn’t characterize the current legislation’s record-keeping provision as a “national gun registry” — which the White House has denied pursuing — but he did say that such a registry could be “a second step.”As history so graphically illustrates, the bigger government becomes, the more it SHOULD be distrusted. The bloated monster in DC has proven itself as untrustworthy as any regime in history. Sorry, Barrack, but "trust me" isn't going to cut it anymore.
Of course it did. The military is part of the government - its enforcement division, as a matter of fact. The government views its subject population with contempt and suspicion. So naturally the views of the people are deemed "extreme" - they're directly opposite of the values of the ruling elite. And this gulf is growing. 53% of Americans see the federal government as a threat to individual rights, rather than a protector. 65% of voters favor Arizona's border security law, which the Obama regime has targeted. No wonder that as the central government takes stands directly opposing the interests of its own people, public support for secession is growing. And will continue to grow as DC is recognized as the burden and threat that it is.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Here are two entirely unrelated stories from Afghanistan: Ten Afghan children killed by Nato air strike Afghanistan: Taliban Kill Six Americans The motive for killing six American
occupiers liberators has not been determined. Either the Afghans are insane, or they hate us for our freedom. Pentagon officials are investigating.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, April 07, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Chiquita pays protection money to left-wing Columbian terrorists. Big deal. I pay protection money to DC terrorists, who've killed many more civilians than the Columbian commies.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Go, Arizona, go! Arizona's Confederate roots are showing again:
If the federal government wants to lock up U.S. citizens without trial it should not count on Arizona to cooperate, the state House announced Thursday. Lawmakers also voted to have the United Nations butt out of trying to affect Arizona laws and policies. And the House agreed to have the state take the first steps to recognize privately minted gold and silver coins as legal tender in anticipation of the collapse of the dollar. Underlying all these actions is the argument that Arizona is a sovereign state, and the votes stake out a position to defend that sovereignty.How long until the editorials come out condemning anyone opposed to the National Defense Appropriations Act as a hate-filled white supremacist? Because only they would object to Obama ordering indefinite imprisonment of a suspect.
Jeffrey sent an email asking why we weren't doing something for Confederate History and Heritage Month. Let's start with this video of a discussion of the Confederate battle flag. SCV Commander Michael Givens does a great job here:
Thursday, April 4, 2013
This report from NPR - yes, NPR - reveals how the H-1B program is misused to exploit both foreigners and Americans:
For the past decade, [Ron Hira has] been studying how consulting firms use temporary work visas to help American companies cut costs. He says they use the visas to supply cheaper workers here, but also to smooth the transfer of American jobs to information-technology centers overseas. "What these firms have done is exploit the loopholes in the H-1B program to bring in on-site workers to learn the jobs [of] the Americans to then ship it back offshore," he says. "And also to bring in on-site workers who are cheaper on the H-1B and undercut American workers right here."The pattern that emerges here is the dispossession of American workers for short-term profit by big business. Yes, this tactic boosts profits, but also breeds anger and resentment. I'm reminded of a line from Terminator: "There's a storm coming."
There's nothing like a red-blooded debate to clarify your thinking and focus your activism. We have such a debate here and here about the difference between conservatism and libertarianism. Let's cut to the chase: The real distinction between the two is the question of what man is and what political arrangement suits him best. The answer to that question determines everything else. For example, if you believe man is a peaceful, sharing creature, and that all people are equal, then the inequality you see all around MUST be evil and artificial. You would then be acting consistently with your basic belief to advocate an all-powerful government that nationalized all private property for the good of all. That government would be doing good by destroying traditional society and forcing people to live according to your ideals. And you don't have to imagine the consequences: It's been tried. Every political policy rests on its answer to that question. Libertarians, like other ideologues, also imagine an ideal of what man is, and insist political questions be settled based on that ideal. The sovereign, rational individual they use as their standard requires total freedom, free not only from the restrictions of government, but of others' expectations as well. Conservatives, on the other hand, view man through the prism of history, rather than through an imagined ideal. Man has proven himself to be a social creature who can thrive only within a compatible society. People are not robots, nor are they angels. Social norms guide our behavior and enable us to thrive. "The individual within his society" is the standard conservatives use to determine political questions. The rights and duties of the individual and the society he lives in differ from one society to another. Conservatives view culture, then, as the foundation of government. Without a unifying culture, chaos ensues. No voluntary political unit can be established without a cultural foundation uniting the people. As professor Ghia Nodia of the University of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, has observed: "Democracy has always emerged in distinct communities; there is no record anywhere of free, unconnected, and calculating individuals coming together spontaneously to form a democratic social contract ex nihilo. Whether we like it or not, nationalism is the historical force that has provided the political units for democratic government. 'Nation' is another name for 'we the people'." That basic truth cannot be ignored without consequences. That's why the Neocon Wars ended in disaster in Iraq and Afghanistan. John Agresto, who served as an adviser to the Iraqi government after the war, admits the campaign to spread democracy in Iraq was based on an illusion: "The simple fact is that freedom and democracy have political, social, and cultural preconditions, and there are some nations, many nations, where the pre-conditions for just and free democratic rule are absent." Bottom line: The organic, historical societies that enable freedom to exist must be defended if freedom is to survive. Without Western culture, Western standards of liberty will die. To preserve those standards, we must have immigration control, which conservatives view as a legitimate function of government. Here’s a challenge for all the multiculturalists, whether you call yourself a Neocon, a socialist, or a libertarian. Why not put your beliefs on the line and start your own little multicultural nation-state? For the first time in history, unrelated peoples will come together to create free institutions out of thin air. For safety purposes, we'll put the whole experiment on an island. Since culture, and especially ethnicity, are supposed to be irrelevant, I get to choose who populates this island. Let’s make a diverse society composed of: all the inhabitants of Watts, balanced by the residents of all of the gated communities in Los Angeles; 50,000 each of Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites; 100,000 each of Hutus and Tutsis; 20,000 each of Ibo and Yoruba from Nigeria; 10,000 Turks, balanced by 5,000 Greeks and 5,000 Armenians; and finally, just to add a little extra spice to this multicultural stew, 50 pro-Kelley Objectivists and 50 pro-Peikoff Objectivists. The multicults can then bring in their top-notch tolerance trainers to lecture these pioneers about the noble philosophy of individual liberty. Then we'll release them so they can let freedom ring all over their new land. I’ll watch and document the results – from a safe distance.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Time Magazine explores a new trend in the movies: blowing up Washington, D.C. The article speculates whether movie violence breeds real-world violence, then concludes:"Violence against politicians and Washington is apparently very popular in the rest of the country." But he doesn't tell us why.
"I have concluded that it would make more sense to describe myself as a National Libertarian, which some might erroneously conclude is synonymous with paleoconservative or some form of conservatism." Vox Day Pace, Vox Day. I know you respect words and their meaning, which is one of the many reasons I admire your fiction and turn to your blog every day. So let's explore this. Conservatism recognizes mankind as it actually exists, rather than as a work in progress to be perfected in some social reengineer's laboratory. For conservatives, history, custom, and tradition illustrate man's true nature. That's why, as Russell Kirk noted, conservatives look to an "enduring moral order" and "custom, convention, and continuity" as the guiding principles for government policy. For that reason, conservatives oppose open borders and same-sex "marriage" as direct threats to traditional society. Destroy the continuity of the generations, and the standard of liberty made possible by that continuity dies. On the other hand, what do libertarians believe in? Their standard is the unfettered "liberty" of the "sovereign" rational individual. To libertarians, society has no claim to an individual's loyalty, and cannot restrict a person's choices in any way. So libertarians heartily support open borders (why should any individual not be permitted to live where he/she/it wants?). Libertarians cheer on same-sex "marriage" for the same reason. I understand Day's objection that only a madman (or a leftist) would want to "conserve" current practices and attitudes. Reading the daily news, one sees gangbangers and sodomites glorified. Who wants to "conserve" that? But that's just what the corporate press focuses on. There are no news stories or in-depth interviews of the hundreds and thousands of good and decent people guided by traditional morality as they live their lives. While libertarians would argue that each person rationally pursuing his own self-interest is all we need to create a free and peaceful society, conservatives see deeper bonds at work. That's what is worth conserving, and from what I've read of Vox Day, he would agree.
If Hispanics magically create wealth, then we have the solution to the economic woes of Cyprus, Zimbabwe, or any other tottering economy - airlift Hispanics into those regions and watch the miracles happen.
“And in a groundbreaking move, the Associated Press, the largest news gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term ‘illegal immigrant.’ That is out. No longer ‘illegal immigrant.’ They will now use the phrase ‘undocumented Democrat.’" Jay Leno But idiot Republicans will mouth all the right cliches about how Hispanics are "natural conservatives." Egalitarianism has become the ruling ideology, and EVERYONE has to at least pretend to believe in it.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
"So what if someone is "prejudiced"? You don't allow strangers to live in your home, so that must be prejudiced too. And if it were "prejudiced", or "bigoted", does that mean that those concerns shouldn't count? People are allowed to be prejudiced all they want (morally) when it comes to things concerning what is closest to you: whom to marry, where to live, what trade or profession you follow, and, dare one say it, who you want to be neighbors or fellow citizens." Mangan
Monday, April 1, 2013
"Marxism, like all other totalitarian movements in our century, must be seen as kind of secular pattern of redemption, designed to bring hope and fulfillment to those who have come to feel alienated, frustrated, and excluded from what they regard as their rightful place in a community. In its promise of unity and belonging lies much of the magic of totalitarian mystery, miracle, and authority. Bertrand Russell has not exaggerated in summing up the present significance of Marxism somewhat as follows: dialectical materialism is God; Marx the Messiah; Lenin and Stalin the apostles; the proletariat the elect; the Communist party the Church; Moscow the seat of Church; the Revolution the second coming; the punishment of capitalism hell; Trotsky the devil; and the communist commonwealth kingdom come." Robert A. Nisbet via The Classic Liberal
No, this isn't another April Fools' post. This report from CNS News is for real. Thanks to Earl for the link!
In 1776, the Society for the Protection of Loyal Colonists (SPLC) issued a report warning of the rise of the so-called "Patriot Movement" in the American colonies. As reported in the Boston General Advertiser, SPLC spokesman Marcus Potok announced his organization had been monitoring the takeover of royal legislatures, militias, and town councils by anti-government extremists. "Dangerous men such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, and Benjamin Franklin have stoked the fires of sedition and radicalism among the King's subjects," Potok wrote in his report. "As a result, illegal militias have seen explosive growth, fueled by a furious reaction to much-needed revenue laws duly enacted under the authority of the King." Potok promised that his organization, in close coordination with King George III's government, would work to end extremist activity in the colonies. "Our aim is sometimes described as just monitoring these hate groups. I want to say that our aim is to destroy these groups." Then he added, "After all, we're talking about the mightiest empire in the world, one that a vast majority of its subjects will remain loyal to, despite the heated rhetoric of a few rabble-rousers." Loyalists were assured the "Patriot Movement," while boisterous and potentially violent, had little chance of success. Said Potok, "As long as the enlightened merchants of New York and Boston continue to donate to our organization, the SPLC will expose these self-styled 'Patriots' for what they are, dangerous, hateful radicals."