The F.B.I. has increased its surveillance of Syrians inside the United States in response to concerns that a military strike against the government of President Bashar al-Assad could lead to terrorist attacks here or against American allies and interests abroad, according to current and former senior United States officials.In the name of protecting Syrians from their own government, our government is ratcheting up its domestic surveillance program. What a perfect illustration of how DC's policies help no one but DC insiders. The American people have no stake in the Syrian civil war, and oppose intervening by wide margins. But perpetual war not only enriches the well-connected war industry, it also boosts the power of government. So who's going to protect us from OUR government?
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Here we go again:
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, August 31, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat." Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003, on Saddam's WMD. "We know where the rockets were launched from and at what time. We know where they landed and when." John Kerry, August 30, 2013, on Assad's WMD.
Good for Parliament! Looks like SOMEONE learned a lesson from Iraq, after all. So now, I suppose the gallant French are our comrades-in-arms in our never-ending war to liberate the world, while the craven British are crumpet-eating surrender monkeys. My, how times change! The only thing you can depend on is that whichever Temporary Dictator we have in DC, he's going to wage war. It's what DC does. Plus ça change...
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I'm not sure where the Constitution says that whenever Congress doesn't pass laws the president wants, the president can simply impose those laws by executive order. But that's the way the Obama regime is presenting these latest restrictions on gun rights:
The Obama administration unexpectedly announced two new gun control measures on Thursday, including one that would curb the import of military surplus weapons -- in a move that could anger collectors. Vice President Biden announced the new measures Thursday morning. The new rules, announced while Washington was otherwise focused on the crisis in Syria, took the form of executive actions, which President Obama added to the list of 23 steps the White House already determined the president could take on his own. The steps come after Congress declined to pass any gun control legislation earlier this year despite an aggressive White House push for action in the wake of the Newton, Conn., shooting massacre. With the political world focused on Mideast tensions and looming fiscal battles, the move signaled Obama's intent to show he hasn't lost sight of the issue.Obama once said about guns, "Sooner or later, we are going to get this right." It appears that his notion of "getting guns right" means only the government and crooks can have them.
Here's a partial transcript of this testimony by retired Marine Col. Pete Martino to the Concord, New Hampshire city council:
What we're doing here, and let's not kid about it, we're building a domestic army and we're shrinking the military because the government is afraid of it's own citizens. The last time more than 10 terrorists were in the same place at the same time was September 11th. And all these vehicles in the world wouldn't have prevented it or helped anybody. Is everybody blind? (crowd erupts in applause - "thank you" is heard from someone close to the camera).Are we?
Love it or hate it, there's no denying there's a growing wave against DC hegemony. This report from Fox makes that abundantly clear:
The Republican-led Missouri Legislature is expected to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that would expand gun rights and make federal gun regulations unenforceable -- even as similar laws adopted in other states to buck federal gun rules face legal challenges. The legislation is one of the boldest measures yet in a recent national trend in which states are attempting to nullify federal laws. A recent Associated Press analysis found that about four-fifths of the states have enacted local laws that directly reject or ignore federal laws on gun control, marijuana use, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver’s licenses. Relatively few of those go so far as to threaten criminal charges against federal authorities.Thanks to its selective enforcement of laws, its campaign to export our jobs, and its policy of "electing a new people" by importing clients for the welfare state, the District of Corruption is quickly losing its legitimacy. And as people learn to see it for what it is, the central government is fading into irrelevancy. Good riddance!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Let's just hope the murder of 13 soldiers doesn't make our diversity a casualty. Now that would be a tragedy.
Over at the League of the Anti-South, obsessed hater Kevin Levin is showing his true spots once again in this tribute to W.E.B. Du Bois. I'll quote the entire thing so you can savor the full force of its stench:
While this week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington it is also the 50th anniversary of the passing of W.E.B. Du Bois. It is unfortunate, though not surprising that he has all but been forgotten to our memory of the long civil rights movement. Was there anyone more important and for such a significant amount of time through the first half of the twentieth century? I make it a point to introduce Du Bois in my classroom every year, usually through one of his essays or a selection from The Souls of Black Folk. At least he has not been entirely forgotten in his home town of Great Barrington, MA. The photograph above comes from a local eight grade class, which recently spent some time exploring a local public mural done in honor of Du Bois. Du Bois on Robert E. Lee: “Either [Lee] knew what slavery meant when he helped maim and murder thousands in its defense or he did not” — From an essay on Lee (1928)That last little dig reveals just how consumed with anti-Southern hatred Levin really is. Here's a little background on the man Levin is promoting in the classroom:
As Du Bois grew older, he dropped any independent cover he had maintained and openly joined the Communist cause. In 1950, at the age 82, he made his first bid for public office, running for the New York State Senate on the American Labor Party ticket. He lost the election but remained committed to his cause. Eight years later, he joined Trotskyists, ex-Communists, and independent radicals in proposing the creation of a united leftwing coalition to challenge for seats in the New York State elections. In 1961 he joined the Communist Party USA and emigrated to Ghana to live in Kwame Nkrumah's socialist police state, which he preferred to his native land. He made Herbert Aptheker, the chief theoretician of the American Communist Party, the executor of his papers. DuBois became a citizen of Ghana. He died there in 1963, at age 95. In 1963 the Communist Party named its new youth group (a successor to the Young Communist League) the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs.Funny, isn't it, that those who despise the South and everything it stands for have nothing but nice things to say about followers of the most totalitarian, bloodthirsty ideology in history? Yeah. Funny.
The comment of the month comes from regular reader Southron. In the comments section of our post on the upcoming League of the South demonstration in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, persistent lefty troll Ema Nymton wrote: Look for me there. I'll be the one under the white sheet and hood. To which Southron responded: Ema: You'll be dressed like all the other government informants. Ha! Love it! Speaking of agents provocateurs, check out this scoop from the C of CC on an SPLC spy who attended the League's last demonstration in Uvalda, Georgia.
Ivan Eland explores the one option hardly anyone has proposed for ending ethno-sectarian violence in the Middle East: voluntary, peaceful decentralization and partition:
The hard truth is that at this juncture, these countries, as currently configured on a map, may be ungovernable without authoritarian leaders to prevent anarchy. Yet unlike Egypt – in which the divisiveness is over whether the state should govern using religious principles or secular ones – the conflicts in Libya, Syria, and Iraq are more tribally based or ethno-sectarian in nature. The latter three may be more solvable without the need for a despot, elected or not, at the helm. In Libya, instead of trying to strengthen the central government after the despotic Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow, perhaps instead the existing situation on the ground of many tribal militias governing certain local areas should simply be ratified. Such decentralized governance might prevent a civil war in which competing groups attempt to control a stronger government to prevent it from being used to oppress their group.Many peoples in the Middle East are still feeling the shock waves from having their borders drawn up for them by triumphant European powers. In those cases, the aim was to prevent the formation of social capital in these nations, the idea being that without unity, they would be more easily manipulated. Here in the multi-cultural DC Empire, the same idea is being implemented in reverse order. DC is importing hostile groups from around the globe to deliberately weaken existing social capital, again, to make it easier for the government to control the population. And of course, that's exactly where we're headed. For example, our handlers point to Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev to justify more citizen surveillance and the further erosion of that pesky Bill of Rights -- never mind that DC-sponsored Muslim immigration is the underlying problem.
From a reader: Dear Old Rebel: For the past week the media has been consumed with commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary of the "March on Washington." I would never begrudge another race the opportunity to celebrate their history and heritage. I only wish they had the common decency to let others do likewise. We all know one speech from that event. I too have a dream, a dream of state governors having the courage to use "words of interposition and nullification." Not so sure about the "lips dripping" part, though. Alex
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
And may I say, it's about time! Heck, even many Democrats talk about DC in less than loving terms. Must be something about illegal citizen surveillance and perpetual war that turns people off.
Jesse Jackson is so entertaining when he tries to make sense. In this exchange with a Politico reporter, however, he's wandered off into dementia-land:
Jesse Jackson has no doubt that on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Republican opposition to President Obama’s policies is motivated by racial animus reminiscent of the Civil War-era South. “The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy, it’s the Fort Sumter tea party,” Jackson told Politico’s Glenn Thrush. Jackson, who Thrush describes as the man “who more than anyone occupies the no man’s land between his mentor King and Obama,” is “absolutely” convinced that attempts to thwart the president’s agenda are motivated by his race. The question “To what degree is the partisan gridlock that is frustrating his attempts to govern racially driven?” is one that President Obama himself is “begging to ask,” according to Pulitzer Prize–winning author Taylor Branch. The president can’t broach the topic, Branch said, because “the slightest mention of race could alienate the millions of white Americans who voted for him.”Yes, if a white president advocated gun confiscation, pushed socialized medicine, and refused to enforce standing immigration laws, we conservatives would blindly support him.
And they are many -- blatant racism, homophobia, speciesism, ageism -- and worse, he's PROUD of it! As Williams implies, discrimination will never be eliminated until government controls EVERYTHING, and individual choice is prohibited. The Tolerance Totalitarians dream of the day.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Step 1: Don't call it "socialism." Step 2: Don't call it "Obamacare." Here's Mother Jones cackling over rubes who don't realize they're signing up for Obamacare:
A few days ago I mused on the possibility that when Obamacare finally hits the streets, the actual state programs that implement it will refer to it as the "Affordable Care Act" and all the folks who hate Obamacare might not even recognize it. It turned out that Jonathan Bernstein has been making this same point for a while—great minds think alike and all that—but today Sarah Kliff passes along the perfect anecdote to support this. It comes from HuffPo's Jason Cherkis, and what I'd forgotten is that the state programs don't even call it ACA. They all have their own names:Never trust a woman with a hyphenated last name.A middle-aged man in a red golf shirt shuffles up to a small folding table with gold trim, in a booth adorned with a flotilla of helium balloons, where government workers at the Kentucky State Fair are hawking the virtues of Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange established by Obamacare. The man is impressed. “This beats Obamacare I hope,” he mutters to one of the workers. “Do I burst his bubble?” wonders Reina Diaz-Dempsey, overseeing the operation. She doesn’t. If he signs up, it’s a win-win, whether he knows he’s been ensnared by Obamacare or not.This is officially too good to check, but I checked anyway. If you go to the Kynect website, you can look far and wide and never get a clue that it has anything at all to do with Obamacare or ACA or even the federal government.
Charles Dunn, a retired political scientist from Regent University, sees northern Colorado's secession effort as a harbinger of things to come:
“Perhaps the most important word to use regarding what is happening here is frustration,” Dunn warns. “This undercurrent of frustration has been building for many years and frustration leads to a distrust of government. “In recent years we have seen a rising percentage of Americans who distrust their government. From the mid-60s until now the only time trust in government stopped decreasing and went up was during the Reagan years. Apart from that the trust level has generally been on the decline. “This is a two-edged sword that is manifesting itself not just in the state of Colorado, but is also a manifestation of what is happening nationally as people are becoming concerned to where some even want to go to the extent of having their state secede from the nation. It is symptomatic of a broad array and undercurrent of frustration and distrust,” he said.Dr. Dunn is right -- this has been building up for some time. The demonization of dissent and the restriction of voting to one of two pro-regime political parties makes true reform impossible. The central government in DC continues to binge on taxpayer dollars while ignoring vital needs. Ever-tightening gridlock demonstrates how useless Congress is, and efforts by the people of the States to address problems DC has caused, such as uncontrolled immigration, are actively resisted by the central government. This cannot go on forever -- which is why we're finally seeing cracks in the foundation. Thanks to Kearney for the link!
Here's a great follow-up on the League of the South's protest against the La Raza mayor of Uvalda, Georgia. Warning: Graphic image!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
If you ever wondered what country ranks as "the worst rogue state," this story should dispel all doubt:
The U.S. National Security Agency has bugged the United Nations' New York headquarters, Germany's Der Spiegel weekly said on Sunday in a report on U.S. spying that could further strain relations between Washington and its allies. Citing secret U.S. documents obtained by fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel said the files showed how the United States systematically spied on other states and institutions.Thank you, Mr. Snowden.
Here's a text and video report on the League of the South rally against Third-World colonization in the South. Our thanks and admiration to those who stood up for us in Uvalda!
Only 9% of Americans favor US intervention in Syria. After the fiascos in Iraq and Afghanistan, people are tired of more imperial adventures. The latest Reuters poll reflects this:
Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria's government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians are confirmed, a Reuters/Ipsos poll says. About 60 percent of Americans surveyed said the United States should not intervene in Syria's civil war, while just 9 percent thought President Barack Obama should act.How long until the pro-war/any-war crowd starts to brand opponents of an attack on Syria as anti-Semitic?
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Obama just took the US one step closer to a policy of Open Borders:
The Obama administration issued a new policy Friday that says immigration agents should try not to arrest and deport illegal immigrant parents of minor children. The move adds to the categories of people the administration is trying not to deport. ... The move won praise from immigrant-rights groups who said it’s a step toward a less harsh detention policy.Wait a minute -- that last sentence isn't quite right. Let's see... "The move won praise from immigrant-rights groups who said it’s a step toward the Latinization of America." There. Fixed it.
Unpatriotic Americans are steaming over continuing revelations about the National Security Agency's domestic spying. Thanks to that trouble maker Edward Snowden, Americans are now aware of what their government is up to, and what good can come of that? Everyone knows we're all happier when our handlers and protectors can do what has to be done without having to worry about the common folk finding out. Here's the latest: Seems many of those "accidental" peeks at Americans' private communications weren't all that accidental. As the Guardian reports:
US intelligence analysts have deliberately broken rules designed to prevent them from spying on Americans, according to an admission by the National Security Agency that undermines fresh insistences from Barack Obama on Friday that all breaches were inadvertent. A report by the NSA's inspector general is understood to have uncovered a number of examples of analysts choosing to ignore so-called "minimisation procedures" aimed at protecting privacy, according to officials speaking to Bloomberg.Defenders of the welfare/warfare national security state realize their work is cut out for them. Fortunately, they work within a political system where the vast majority of citizens accept the regime's notion of what constitutes acceptable political thought. Politically, you can be anything you want, as long as it's Democrat or Republican. Or, as I like to phrase it, housebroken liberal or housebroken conservative. So, as these embarrassing revelations heat up the blogosphere, regime apologists are focusing on their base, and do so through the most transparent flattery. Housebroken liberals fancy themselves morally superior because they are so darn tolerant. Therefore, their designated handlers portray the whistle blowers as "racist." And no one beats the "racism" drum like Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs. Check out the Lizard King's latest counter-attack on critics of government spying: The Convergence of Glenn Greenwald and Rand Paul’s “Southern Avenger." Liberals have a gut-deep hatred of anything Southern, so left-leaning defenders of the DC Empire equate critics of government spying with "racist Southerners." On the other hand, housebroken conservatives imagine they're morally superior because of their patriotism and traditional morality. So DC's right-leaning apologists slam whistle blowers as traitors. And to keep the heartland distracted, The Other McCain has uploaded multiple posts on this story of under-age lesbians acting badly. Never mind the NSA -- Look! Lesbians! Con men know they must customize their acts by distracting their targets with different ruses. It all depends on the target audience.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Homosexuals not only have a right to marry in a state that does not recognize same-sex "marriage," but also have the right to compel others to violate their own beliefs:
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that, by refusing to photograph a gay wedding, a photography studio violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA). The court found that Elane Photography’s refusal to serve Vanessa Willock violated the act, which “prohibits a public accommodation from refusing to offer its services to a person based on that person’s sexual orientation,” according to the ruling. Justice Richard C. Bosson, writing in concurrence, said that the case “provokes reflection on what this nation is all about, its promise of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, and justice.” In addition, the case “teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation’s strengths, demands no less.”Have you ever heard so much nonsense from a public official? Originally, a right meant one was free from being forced into something. Now, it means that one is entitled to force others to do what you want, no matter their beliefs. Justice Bosson made that explicit. "The price of citizenship," he says, means we Americans "have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different.” What he's saying is that Christians must embrace homosexuality. This is just one more example of how multiculturalism is the enemy of liberty. Thanks to Jeff for the link!
This incident pretty much sums up the "anti-racism" movement: The target was white, and represented the "old America," the attackers represented multi-cultural, globalist America, and even wore the standard "antifa" uniform -- all they were missing was the balaclava. And, oh yes, as usual, the goons attacked someone who couldn't defend himself:
WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening. ... Spokane police are looking for two male suspects in the attack. They said the suspects are African Americans between 16 and 19 years old. One suspect was described as heavy set and wearing all black clothing.These self-styled "antifa" prefer elderly victims. If they're feeling really brave, they'll take on mild-mannered gentlemen in suits. Yeah, they're heroes...
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Now here's an opinion we MUST pay attention to -- because if a man who helped lie us into a war assures us we're doing something wrong, then we MUST be doing something wrong:
Colin Powell spoke out forcefully Thursday against a sweeping new voting law in North Carolina, arguing that Republicans should be courting minority voters rather than driving them away from the polls. ... North Carolina's Democratic senator, Kay Hagan, has called on Attorney General Eric Holder to review the law and a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed that half of Tar Heel State voters are opposed to the measure. Powell, who endorsed President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, has addressed his party's problems with minorities before. In January, he said that he still considers himself a Republican but acknowledged the presence of "a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party." He revisited that theme in a big way on Thursday, arguing that measures like North Carolina's voting law punish minority voters. "What it really says to the minority voters is ... 'We really are sort-of punishing you,'" Powell said, as quoted by The News & Observer.Kay Hagan, you may not know, is the junior senator from the District of Columbia, though her salary is paid for by the people of North Carolina. That may sound strange, but that's how government "of the people" works. But then, thanks to the 17th Amendment, EVERY US senator represents DC's interests. I hope NC Governor Pat McCrory tells Holder to go jump in a lake should this most biased and blatantly agenda-driven attorney general decide to intrude into North Carolina's affairs. But I'm not that optimistic. Pat's a carpetbagger, as well as a country-club Republican, so I don't expect much from him.
Today's hot term is "critical thinking skills," a term that frequently pops up in school board meetings, educational summits, and deep, late-night bull sessions at most universities. Many use it without knowing what it really means. As always, I'm here to help. "Critical thinking skills" refers to the ability of blank slates (aka, "students") to absorb and play back as needed leftist talking points. For example: "White privilege." That's how you respond to a question about ANYTHING negative in black society, such as "Why is there so much crime/poverty/illegitimacy/drug use/fill in the blank in black communities?"
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The American Conservative offers an insightful analysis of DC's interventionist welfare/warfare state. The author makes clear that the heavy hand of Abraham Lincoln in the growth of this frightening phenomenon is indisputable:
What started as a patriotic, nationalistic foreign policy has created a nationalist Left domestically as well, one that, as it has grown accustomed to wielding power, has started looking for ever more places to crusade employ it. Indeed when it comes to social questions like health care or gay marriage, the nationalist Left speaks like the old Whigs and Republicans of the 19th century.The deification of Lincoln is the opposite side of the coin of the demonization of the South. It's all about power, getting it, wielding it, and justifying it. That's why real conservatives who object to either present-day or past abuses of power are slamed as "extremist" and "anti-American." Yes, it's a total perversion of the Founders' principles, but that's exactly what Lincoln did to the "American tradition." Kudos to The American Conservative for publishing this.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Think that headline's nothing but "neo-Confederate" hyperbole? Read this article by Jonathan Turley and try to argue against his conclusion. Here are some of the modern-day realities of life in the last days of the Evil Empire: Assassination of U.S. citizens Indefinite detention Warrantless searches Secret court Government Immunity from judicial review Continual monitoring of citizens So, Ed Sebesta and Billy Yank -- what is it about the Lincolnian National Security State you think is worth defending?
Sad news from Detroit -- we've lost a rare talent:
Elmore Leonard, one of America's best known crime novelists, died Tuesday morning due to complications from a stroke, according to Leonard's Facebook page and his longtime researcher at the Detroit News, Gregg Sutter. Leonard, 87, was working on his 46th novel at the time of his death.Now that's the way a writer should go. Unlike Hemingway, one of Leonard's role models, the words kept coming, even toward the end. Here are Leonard's rules for writing: "Never open a book with weather; avoid prologues; keep your exclamation points under control; use regional dialect sparingly; avoid detailed descriptions of characters, places, and things; and try to leave out the part the readers tend to skip." I think I've figured out all but the last one.
Need to get your blood pressure up? Read this:
The Miami District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Orlando today with the Consulate General of Mexico in Miami and Consulate of Mexico in Orlando. The agreement establishes an ongoing collaboration between these entities to provide Mexican nationals with information, guidance, and access to resources on the prevention of discrimination in the workplace regardless of immigration status. Mexican Consul Efran Nicolas Leyva Acevedo of Orlando and Miami District Office Director Malcolm S. Medley signed the agreement. Acting Mexican Consul General Vladimir Hernandez Lara of Miami signed the document prior to the meeting today.Now read this: Unemployment rates rise in most US states in July. Yeah, you read that right: Despite rising unemployment, DC is actively assisting illegal aliens to take American jobs. DC is an organized criminal enterprise of, for, and by the globalist elite, which can't get enough cheap, exploitable labor. The American people can go to hell for all they care. Maybe it's time we returned the sentiment. Thanks to Dutchy for the link!
I consider this to be good practice for the real thing:
You’ve got North Carolina and North Dakota, so why not Northern Colorado? Voters in several rural Colorado counties will be asked whether they want to form a new state tentatively named Northern Colorado in the November election, a reaction to the Democrat-controlled state legislature’s “war on rural Colorado.” The Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to place a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot asking voters whether they want the county to join other rural counties in forming another state. “The concerns of rural Coloradans have been ignored for years,” William Garcia, chairman of the Weld County Commissioners, said in a statement. “The last session was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many people. They want change. They want to be heard.”What precedents will this set? First of all, it gets "secession" into the marketplace of political ideas. It opens people's eyes to the fact that certain cultures are simply incompatible and that separation is the best solution. Where will this lead? I don't know. But look at this headline: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches. Will some folks get fed up with always increasing surveillance? Let's see...
Monday, August 19, 2013
A special unit of the Saudi police search out "magical crime" and severely punish those who consort with "jinn":
The Saudi government's obsession with the criminalization of the dark arts reached a new level in 2009, when it created and formalized a special "Anti-Witchcraft Unit" to educate the public about the evils of sorcery, investigate alleged witches, neutralize their cursed paraphernalia, and disarm their spells. Saudi citizens are also urged to use a hotline on the CPVPV website to report any magical misdeeds to local officials, according to the Jerusalem Post. ... By 2011, the unit had created a total of nine witchcraft-fighting bureaus in cities across the country, according to Arab News, and had "achieved remarkable success" in processing 586 cases of magical crime, the majority of which were foreign domestic workers from Africa and Indonesia. Then, last year, the government announced that it was expanding its battle against magic further, scapegoating witches as the source of both religious and social instability in the country. The move would mean new training courses for its agents, a more powerful infrastructural backbone capable of passing intelligence across provinces, and more raids. The force booked 215 sorcerers in 2012.Don't laugh. In Saudi Arabia, they hunt witches. Here, the powers that be hunt "racists." The US also has its own special units for ferreting out prohibited activities and thought.
Tennessee reasserting its rights under the Tenth Amendment to block DC's Third-World colonization plan
Big happenings this coming Thursday, August 21st in Nashville, Tennessee:
When the framers crafted the 10th Amendment, they surely never dreamed Washington would encroach on the states to the extent it has. Here is what the 10th Amendment says: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. And surely, the framers could never have imagined a Federal Refugee program placing a financial and social burden on the citizens of certain states. This joint committee will hold their FIRST meeting on August 21st, at 9:00 am in Room 16 at Legislative Plaza. It is VITAL that we demonstrate support for the important work of this committee by filling the room with folks that support the 10th Amendment. The first issue that the committee will take up is the FEDERAL COST SHIFTING OF THE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM. Please make your plans to attend!!Thanks to SoCalPatriot for the link!
Thus enabling a US drone strike that killed the man. USA! USA! USA! And people wonder why we refer to DC as the Evil Empire.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Or is he merely a so-so ape? Merriment always ensues when Kevin Levin and Ed Sebesta get into one of their "more-politically-correct-than-thou" matches (see here, for example). Insults and malapropisms fly when these South-hating Lincoln-lovers tangle, and the results are always entertaining. Their latest kerfuffle stems from something you'd think would unite them, an anti-Southern, pro-empire video from the Cato Institute. Now, it's no surprise that the pro-war, pro-open borders Cato Institute would churn out pro-regime propaganda. It's what they do. But notice how Sebesta turns a point of agreement into a bone of contention:
Kevin Levine mentioned this video on his blog. His blog does have some interesting items and I do visit it. Though I find his "Road to Reunion" attitude a negative thing as well as his ad hominid attacks on myself when he has no real argument for his position, it doesn't mean that you can't learn some really interesting items at his blog. http://cwmemory.com/blog/In Sebesta's mind, Dr. Kevin Levin (whom he sloppily and consistently refers to as "Levine") just isn't as smart as he is, and must resort to personal attacks, which Sebesta hilariously calls "ad hominid attacks." Now most anyone who's argued online has resorted to an ad hominem attack on an individual. But I've never before seen an attack on the great apes, which is how Sebesta seems to self-identify. In the same post, Sebesta sneers at both Levin and "neo-Confederates":
This rejection of the Confederacy is a good first step, but it isn't adequate. As for Kevin Levine I think that his opposition to neo-Confederacy, a word which he has gone on record as not liking, is based on the fact that neo-Confederates are upsetting a historical discussion of the Civil War which regarded it as a sort of a toy soldiers game. He is largely if not entirely uninformed by critical theory in his thinking.What on earth does Sebesta mean by "toy soldiers game"? Who knows? But when he says Levin needs to learn more about "critical theory," does he really mean that Levin should improve his understanding of Marxist ideology? Is this an admission that Sebesta is a Marxist ape? Or is Sebesta carelessly tossing around phrases he clearly does not understand? The debate rages on.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Oh, look -- here's some good news for both the economy and academia:
As the field of “big data” continues to grow in importance, N.C. State University has landed a big coup – a major lab for the study of data analysis, funded by the National Security Agency. A $60.75 million grant from the NSA is the largest research grant in NCSU’s history – three times bigger than any previous award. The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences will be launched in a Centennial Campus building that will be renovated with money from the federal agency, but details about the facility are top secret. Those who work in the lab will be required to have security clearance from the U.S. government.Wonder what kind of "data" they'll be analyzing? Here's another thought: Will this windfall affect the opinions NCSU professors have about the National Security state?
Regime apologists of the left and right scream that it's "anti-American" to distrust our beloved government, and that Snowden is a traitor for revealing the extent of DC's citizen surveillance. But read the latest revelation about what the federal government does when it can get away with it:
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.Charles Johnson's attempted parry is priceless:
The Washington Post’s new article on the NSA uncovered “unauthorized use of data” of 3000 US citizens. That’s about 0.009% of the population, but you wouldn’t know from the headline: NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds. Wow, sounds bad. So what courageous whistleblower found these violations and took action to stop them? Well, that would be the NSA themselves. The source is an internal audit.Guess the Lizard King didn't read the next paragraph:
The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.In other words, we would NEVER have known about these violations if Snowden hadn't blown that whistle. Note to McCain, Johnson, and all the other defenders of the NSA: Loyalty to the government's levers of power IS NOT PATRIOTISM. It's state-worship.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Poor Kerry. The ruling class doesn't like having their secrets uncovered and broadcast. It makes it almost impossible to fool us and rule us. Thanks to Dutchy for the link!
For those who did not follow the trial, here is a brief summary, compiled from CBS, CNN, and MSNBC news reports: Eighth grade honor student Trayvon Martin is walking home from church, eager to do his homework. Aryan Nation member George Zimmerman is driving around in his pickup truck with Confederate flag license plate and decals. Zimmerman spots Martin in the dark by the light glowing from the little boy’s halo. The Klansman takes chase, hunting Trayvon down like a dog. The budding football star nearly outruns the racist, but he stops when he comes to a “Do Not Enter” sign. Unwilling to disobey a lawful sign, he turns to face his attacker. The child attempts to reason with his attacker, but the illiterate power-mad cop-wannabe is not inclined to listen to reason, or pleas for compassion. Despite numerous specific orders from police officers to not leave his vehicle, Zimmerman exits his truck and says, “Any last words, n****r?” “Praise Jesus. God bless you, Sir,” replies the helpless youngster. Zimmerman drags the future Nobel Peace Prize winner on top of him. A witness sees the youngster repeatedly swinging his arms, apparently attempting to make the sign of the cross. “White-Hispanic Power!” screams Zimmerman, as he empties the high-capacity clip loaded with armor-piercing hollow-point bullets from his semi-automatic assault gun with the shoulder thingy that goes up into the body. Zimmerman then fiendishly punches himself in the face, breaking his nose, and repeatedly bangs his head on the sidewalk while screaming “Help me! Help me!” which obviously is a secret racist code for “Heil Hitler.” When he is finished murdering Martin, Zimmerman gets back into his gas-guzzling, globe-warming pickup truck and makes his escape. Thanks to anti-antifa for forwarding!
The Hidden Valley Kings are a gang of raceless youths who have turned the Hidden Valley community into an urban battle zone. Charlotte Mecklenburg police have been playing Whack-a-Mole with this gang for years, busting up "trapping" operations, where the gang sells drugs from a protected street corner, only to have them pop up in different locations. Now the police want a new weapon in this war:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for an injunction to place restrictions on suspected members of the Hidden Valley Kings – a new tactic for battling one of the city’s oldest gangs. It’s the first time a North Carolina law enforcement agency has taken civil action against a gang, police said Tuesday. ... CMPD will ask a judge to approve an injunction next Thursday. If enacted, it would prevent members of the Kings from associating with other members in public or being near someone who is carrying drugs or guns, according to police.To get an idea of how powerful and menacing the Kings are, consider this: They managed to close what was once the biggest mall in North Carolina. Eastland Mall, which is near Hidden Valley, had four anchors and a skating rink, but finally succumbed to what is delicately referred to as "demographic changes." The rise of Section 8 and the destruction of the black family as a result of Aid to Families with Dependent Children have spawned communities populated by single mothers and fatherless children. Hidden Valley is just one example. From Wikipedia:
By the late 1990s, Eastland Mall's image and physical appearance began to degrade. Adding to the retail shift in Charlotte, demographic changes and ethnic shifts to the surrounding areas have changed the retail makeup of the mall. Crime rates also increased around the mall. In late 2005 there was a shooting inside the mall near the Gourmet Gardens food court and also a shooting outside in the parking lot. Another shooting took place in 2006 near the food court. A bullet smashed one of the glass doors and one person was shot.Eastland Mall is now a sprawling, vacant wasteland that the city of Charlotte has taken over and is trying desperately to find a buyer. To get an idea of what scared customers away, check out this video starring the Hidden Valley Kings. I would post a language alert, but hey, this is rap. See how much you can take: Of course, the social mayhem that results from government social engineering leads to what Sam Francis dubbed "anarcho-tyranny," where the government creates disorder while claiming the need for new powers to restore order. The result is a vast outlaw class on one side and whole communities of powerless victims on the other. On top is a powerful ruling class. So is the answer to give the police the power to prohibit freedom of association? Is it possible that power could be used in ways we never imagined? There is only one winner in this story, and it isn't us.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The report came from the White House, so it must be true:
The White House on Tuesday released a new report arguing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants would add 2 million jobs to the economy and boost gross domestic product by $1.4. trillion over the next decade. The report, penned by Director of Domestic Policy Cecilia Muñoz and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, is the latest in a series of releases touting the economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform as the White House pushes House Republicans to act on the issue.So the more poor Latinos we bring in, the richer we become. Not sure how that works...
Now if Nidal Hasan said he opened fire at Fort Hood to stop demon insects who were trying to burrow into his head, we could dismiss his mass murder as the actions of a crazy man. But that's not what he's saying -- instead, his testimony reveals he's chillingly logical about both his motives and actions:
Major Hasan, 42, an American-born Muslim of Palestinian descent whose long-delayed court-martial began last week in a Fort Hood courtroom, said in the documents and in previous statements in and out of court that he carried out the attack to wage jihad for what he has called the illegal and immoral wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the documents, he described in blunt and unapologetic terms how he killed soldiers as he stepped into a medical processing building on Nov. 5, 2009. He said he wore earplugs to muffle the sound of his semiautomatic weapon, and shot into areas that had the “greatest density of soldiers.” In the end, 13 people were dead. “I don’t think what I did was wrong because it was for the greater cause of helping my Muslim brothers,” he told the military panel. The three pages of documents were from a 49-page report of a military panel known as a sanity board, which concluded that Major Hasan was fit to stand trial.Hasan WANTED to be a martyr for Islam, and announced he wished he'd been killed during the assault. But he nevertheless sees a happy ending to this twisted tale: “I’m paraplegic and could be in jail for the rest of my life,” Major Hasan told the panel. “However, if I died by lethal injection I would still be a martyr.” That's an anti-human, other-worldly philosophy making war on life itself. That's something I think we should shield our country from.
“Arresting Evil – State Nullification” -- Saturday, 17 August in Burlington – 11AM to 3PM Please join us at our Summer NC LS Conference this Saturday, 17 August, in the Allred Banquet Room at the K&W Cafeteria, 2629 Ramada Rd, Burlington, NC 27215, from 11AM to 3PM. Scheduled speakers are LS Board Member, REBELLION! blogger and former NC LS State Chair Michael C. Tuggle, and NC LS State Chair Bernhard Thuersam (below). Their topics are the history and continued validity of State interposition and nullification, and underscoring that the States are the true solution to an out-of-control federal government in Washington. The concept of State nullification enjoys widespread support around the country and we need to help nurture it in North Carolina. The in-room dinner discussion will feature a brief presentation by NC Tenth Amendment advocates regarding the NULLIFY NOW! Event planned for 19 October; and an update on the North Carolina Legislature to include the NC GOP’s tax reform measures and -- Gov. McCrory just signing the Voter ID Bill – good news for our State. This is another informative NC LS Conference you wont want to miss! Conference admission is $10 per person, $15 for husband and wife – please pay at the door. For more information, please contact NC LS State Chair Bernhard Thuersam at email@example.com
Monday, August 12, 2013
In 1992, Francis Fukuyama proclaimed "the end of history," by which he meant that conflict between nations and belief systems was over, and that we were entering a "universalist" era. Guess Spain and Argentina missed that memo. They seem to think they have shared interests against the British:
Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo will use a trip to Buenos Aires next month to raise the possibility of forging a joint diplomatic offensive with the South American country over the disputed territories, sources told Spain's El Pais newspaper. Spain's foreign ministry was also discussing whether to take its complaints over Gibraltar to the United Nations, the newspaper reported on Sunday.Yes, political scientists can spin their theories, but as Robert E. Howard wrote, "But life, the tigress that bore you all,/ Has never changed her shape."
You have built a world of paper and wood,
Culture and craft and lies;
Has the cobra altered beneath his hood,
Or the fire in the tiger’s eyes?
You boast you have stilled the lustful call
Of the black ancestral ape,
But life, the tigress that bore you all,
Has never changed her shape.
Robert E. Howard
Culture and craft and lies;
Has the cobra altered beneath his hood,
Or the fire in the tiger’s eyes?
You boast you have stilled the lustful call
Of the black ancestral ape,
But life, the tigress that bore you all,
Has never changed her shape.
Robert E. Howard
Or that you were wrong. In response to the latest Sunni-Shiite violence in Iraq, Americaneocon blames Obama's foreign policy. Huh? It was the Bush administration that agreed to this non-negotiable provision with the
puppet Iraq government:
"All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011."
Now that U.S. occupation forces have left, old battles have resumed. In fact, no other outcome was possible since the Allies of WWI deliberately cobbled together random regions of the old Ottoman Empire to ensure oil-rich Iraq would be unstable and easily exploitable.
Iraq is fracturing into its component cultural regions, which Americaneocon notes, but wrongly attributes to Bush's "global democratic revolution":
There's been a few bright spots, like the northern Kurdish region, where democratization is taking hold. But that's despite the best efforts of this administration to sabotage the movement toward freedom in the country. What a shame.In fact, the Kurds have long agitated for their independence. One of the sad ironies of the run-up to the invasion of Iraq was the charge that Saddam "attacked his own people," referring to his use of poison gas against the rebellious Kurds. Of course, the U.S. government not only failed to condemn Iraq at the time -- after all, Saddam was D.C.'s paid-for client then -- but even tried to shift blame to Iran.
The LRC blog has this interesting map of what the USSA will look like after the Evil Empire collapses. Some of the possible regions make sense -- though I'd say they're ALL too big -- while others could use a bit of explanation. I mean, really -- Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee would be the "Progressive Southern Confederacy"?
Sunday, August 11, 2013
"The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles." Charles de Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, Book VIII, Chapter 1 With the continued centralization of all power in the hands of the chief executive, the once-proud USA is trashing its founding principle of dispersed power. The results speak for themselves.
Meet the "Carolina Hammerhead." At 11 feet long and weighing about 400 pounds, it's the latest addition to the growing list of scary things that infest South Carolina, though still not as gruesome as that State's sham senator. To quote that great philosopher Gomer Pyle, "Why do we need a fish like that?
"Help! We're trying to escape our dysfunctional culture! Can we export it into your country?" Who could resist an appeal like that?
Saturday, August 10, 2013
From Conservative Heritage Times: Attention Jack Hunter: this is how you respond to an attack by the PC Goosesteppers. You defend your position and you don't back down. This Richwine rebuttal appeared today at Politico.
For too many people confronted with IQ issues, emotion trumps reason. Some are even angry that I never apologized for my work. I find that sentiment baffling. Apologize for stating empirical facts relevant to public policy? I could never be so craven. And apologize to whom — people who don’t like those facts? The demands for an apology illustrate the emotionalism that often governs our political discourse.And don't apologize when you have nothing to apologize for.
Hmmm -- looks like more folks are checking out of the extended-stay hotel once known as "America." After all, what's left to be loyal to in a generic political entity that's lobotomized its own history, culture, and identity? "America"? There is no there there anymore.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Obama: More NSA Oversight But Domestic Spying Will Continue Well, I feel better. I'm sure you do, too.
Why do they hate us? Let's ask:
A headline in a major Egyptian state newspaper this week referred to the proposed U.S. envoy to Egypt as the "Ambassador of Death." Posters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, a center of pro-government rallies, depict President Barack Obama with a beard and turban, exclaiming his "support for terrorism." Another large Egyptian newspaper alleged Sen. John McCain, who traveled to Cairo this week in an effort to break a deadlock between the government and its Islamist rivals, has chosen sides by employing Muslim Brotherhood staffers in his office.And this isn't going to help matters one bit: Israeli Drone Strike Kills 5 in Egypt Thanks, Bibi.
Or is it now the land of the toadie, the snitch, and the shivering conformist? One way to judge is the public's reaction to whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden:
In view of America’s deep tradition of individual liberty and distrust of government, one might suspect that whistleblowers like Snowden are more likely to win sympathy in the US than in other countries. But the evidence suggests the opposite. In answer to the question of whether “people should support their country even if the country is in the wrong,” more Americans said yes than citizens of eight European countries, the International Social Survey Programme found in 2003. Asked whether “right or wrong should be a matter of personal conscience,” Americans came in next-to-last.I suppose the good citizens of North Korea came in last. Sadly, the combination of the Panopticon and the relentless and seductive propaganda from the entertainment/news/academic industries has effectively neutered independent thinking, and thus, dissent.
Forget the empty justifications the ruling class and its toadies offer us -- whatever the Empire does, it's all about power -- its power -- rather than protection of its subjects. As Sheldon Richman observes:
The United States has been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan for a dozen years, but not because the former rulers are a direct threat to the American people. Rather, the Bush and Obama administrations insisted, if the Taliban was not defeated, Afghanistan would again become a sanctuary for al-Qaeda. Now we see (if we hadn’t already) that this was a mere rationalization for the projection of American power. Al-Qaeda doesn’t need Afghanistan. Bin Laden wasn’t found there. Al-Zawahiri presumably isn’t there. And the latest alleged unspecified threat comes from Yemen, 2,000 miles from Kabul. Doesn’t that expose the 12 years of American-inflicted death and destruction, not to mention the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars, as a monumental waste of life and treasure?The escalating crisis in Yemen could still blow up in our faces here at home, all because Obama chose to prop up the dictator there. Folks don't like it when you stick your nose in their business, no matter how noble your excuse for doing so.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
When Representative John Lewis said Edward Snowden was “appealing to a higher law" by exposing the government's citizen surveillance programs, a lot of folks were puzzled. (See Rep. Lewis likens Snowden to Gandhi.) After all, the DC Interventionist State is founded on an alliance between the Civil Rights Industry and the Military/Industrial Complex. Each needs and serves the other. Didn't Lewis' handlers realize the boss was off-message? Well, they finally did realize it, and made sure Lewis toed the party line. Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs assured his readers that Lewis was still on the plantation:
Press Release:Yes, it's a bad thing that the public learned about their government's illegal spying. Bad!
Rep. John Lewis: No Praise for Snowden The Website of Congressman John Lewis, Serving the 5th Congressional District of Georgia Aug 8, 2013 “News reports about my interview with The Guardian are misleading, and they do not reflect my complete opinion. Let me be clear. I do not agree with what Mr. Snowden did. He has damaged American international relations and compromised our national security. He leaked classified information and may have jeopardized human lives. That must be condemned."
Do you want diversity? You'd better. The Housing Commissars at HUD have decided it's in your best interests. They already have a neat Orwellian name for the program: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. But seeing as how Congress just got a waiver from ObamaCare, how long until politically connected rich people such as Morris Dees and Tim Wise get exemptions for their upscale neighborhoods?
Lindsey Graham is facing a tough primary challenge this November, so he's pulling all the stops on his re-election efforts. In this campaign video, he's appealing to his solid support from the military. As much as I can't stand Graham, I must admit this is a clever ad:
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Everybody hates Lindsey Graham -- folks in Egypt can't stand him, and Republicans in South Carolina can't wait to replace him.
What kills cities? The same things that kill nations -- socialism and demographic revolution. The proof is right before our eyes:
For at least the last 20 years major U.S. cities have been playgrounds for left-wing experiments — high taxes on the rich; sanctuaries for illegal immigrants; super-minimum wage rules; strict gun-control laws (that actually contribute to high crime rates); regulations and paperwork that make it onerous to open a business or develop on your own property; crony capitalism with contracts going to political donors and friends; and failing schools ruled by teacher unions, with little competition or productivity. ... Another problem has been the decline in family structure that has become acute in so many big cities across the country, from Los Angeles to New York. In many cities, as many as two out of three children are born to a family without a father. As Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute has warned, "Single-mother families are a recipe for social chaos."Maybe -- just maybe -- folks will see what's happening and will demand change before it's too late.
What would motivate a Southerner to pose at the Lincoln Temple with the Confederate Battleflag, as seen in this picture? A must-read proclamation from the Southern Activist.
From a reader: Dear Old Rebel: The Confederacy holds much of the judicial system of the United States in its grasp, at least according to one of the two long-disbarred lawyers who were part of rape hoaxer Tawana Brawley's legal team. Long ago these imbeciles (along with arch-imbecile Al Sharpton and Miss Brawley) were found guilty of defamation and ordered to pony up damages to the innocent man they accused of being one of the assailants. The New York Post tracked Tawana down in the Old Dominion State, which led to her wages being garnished--$3,764.61 paid, just $431,000 to go! Veteran race huckster Alton H.Maddox petitioned the Surry County Virginia court to halt the garnishment, arguing that in New York, where the defamation case took place, two sets of laws apply. “The common law applies to whites. The slave code still applies to blacks,” Maddox said. The legal brief signed by Brawley says she would be unwilling to submit herself to the court’s jurisdiction because an appearance in the court, “which inferentially sympathizes with the Confederate States of America, would be contrary to the US Constitution and would amount to a ‘badge of slavery.’ ” Good gracious! I'm relieved to learn that the Virginia (and apparently New York) still hold allegiance to the Confederate States of America. This is progress, indeed! I reckon the Duke lacrosse rape hoaxer Crystal Mangum (who has since moved on to murder as an avocation--allegedly) can now claim she is a victim of fellow North Carolinian George Davis, the last Attorney General of the Confederacy. Incidentally, the years have not been too kind to ol' Tawana, who converted to Islam and now works as a licensed practical nurse in Richmond, Virginia. Imagine leaving the enlightened environs of Wappinger's Falls, Noo Yawk for the capitol of the CSA! Imagine having her giving you a sponge bath! Alex
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Julius Chambers, the black attorney who was instrumental in integrating Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, died over the weekend. His vision is being buried with him. Today in the Charlotte Observer, there's a story on the latest CMS task force, which has the unenviable task of salvaging this wasteful, dysfunctional, sprawling bureaucracy. Key among the task force's goals is to -- drum roll, please -- do something, anything, about the black-white performance gap. The chief recommendation is to create a separate school system for black males. Yes, you read that correctly: The best idea for improving black scores is an "all-male K-12 school targeting black students." Looks like Julius Chambers died just in time. In addition to reinventing segregation as an official school policy, the task force also calls for the superintendent "to recruit a more diverse teaching staff." Further, CMS must "revise disciplinary policies on 'discretionary' offenses" because "suspensions for those offenses, such as insubordination and classroom disruption, often fall most heavily on black males." ["Institutional racism" MUST be the reason.] So while blacks benefit from a system tailored to their needs, white students must cope with one deliberately designed to alienate them. I suppose the next step in equalizing outcomes will be to whack white students on the head with a baseball bat every morning. But for sheer, unadulterated gibberish masquerading as enlightened policy, this quote from a CMS educrat takes the cake:
Cotrane Penn, a CMS employee who led the cultural competence task force, urged CMS to expand the one-person diversity department to make sure all educators understand cultural differences. “I want to emphasize that cultural competence is not just about race,” she said. “It’s about issues of class. It’s about issues of gender. It’s about issues of sexuality.”In other words, in the holy name of "integration," we're going to stress division. Right.
Monday, August 5, 2013
While researching an article that referenced the Russian revolution, it struck me that utopian movements attract both dreamy idealists and psychopaths. The idealists are so focused on the good they just know will issue from their schemes, they never consider the harm they do to others -- if they do, they imagine it's simply collateral damage that will be vindicated by the glorious results. The psychopaths, on the other hand -- well, they have their reasons, too. My short story, Aquarius, was inspired by that realization. Enjoy.
From a reader: I ran across this on the left website Consortiumnews.com: "The Republican Party has been considered obstructionist and nihilistic for some time, even “crazy” – comprised of so many laissez faire corporatists and neo-confederates determined to roll back the 20th Century, take revenge on Reconstruction, reverse the outcome of the Civil War and create an oligarchic, antebellum South within the United States of the 21st Century while they attempt to re-write American history along with the Constitution." Golly, I had no idea the League had won!
From the transcript:
A 1930 video from the Library of Congress records Confederate soldiers, most in their 70s and 80s, performing the rebel yell. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to historian and author Fergus Bordewich about the origins of the unusual and complex sound. ... WERTHEIMER: That group yell, it sort of vibrates inside itself like a pack of wolves or coyotes or something when it becomes a scream. It's a very strange sound. BORDEWICH: Well, it is. And if you can imagine, for example, let's say the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 when 28,000 Rebel troops surprised the right wing of the Union Army coming out of the woods, whooping and yelling like this, it must have been a stunning and terrifying experience.Thanks to Alex for the link!
“The bottom line is we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it. The government has a right, the government and the people of the United States have a right to run the programs of the United States. Health, welfare, housing – all these things.” - Representative Keith Ellison Hmmm -- hasn't this been tried before?
Kevin Levin's Civil War Memory blog features numerous posts praising Lincoln and celebrating the Northern conquest of the South. It also devotes quite a bit of bandwidth to lampooning Southern heritage, which is why I refer to Levin and his camp followers as the League of the Anti-South. In a recent post, Levin mocked a new tee shirt from Dixie Outfitters that includes a picture of Stonewall Jackson and a map of the Confederacy. The usual band of bozos chimed in to comment that the shirt is "stupid looking" and proof that P.T. Barnum was right. At the end of his snarky little post, Levin wrote: "This has me thinking. Perhaps I should come up with a t-shirt design for the Civil War Memory community. Hmmm…I wonder what it would look like." Always eager to help, I whipped out a design for a tee shirt appropriate for a site that celebrates Saint Lincoln, Northern triumphalism, and the nation Lincoln founded by conquest. It reflects Robert E. Lee's prediction that the new centralized government would be "aggressive abroad and despotic at home." The historical record has vindicated Lee, and current events prove the spiral of interventionism at home and abroad is accelerating. Here's the "Lincoln Lover's tee shirt":
I sent the design to Levin in a comment to his original post. But would you believe the ingrate deleted my comment? I reckon some folks just can't handle the truth.
The latest artificial country to fall apart at the seams is Syria. Cobbled together by the victorious Allies at the end of WWI, it's now splitting up along more natural, cultural lines:
More than two years into Syria's civil war, the once highly-centralized authoritarian state has effectively split into three distinct parts, each boasting its own flags, security agencies and judicial system. ... "There is no doubt that as a distinct single entity, Syria has ceased to exist," said Charles Lister, an analyst at IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center. "Considering the sheer scale of its territorial losses in some areas of the country, Syria no longer functions as a single all-encompassing unitarily-governed state."These three regions had to have a highly centralized, authoritarian government to hold them together in the absence of organic, freely chosen loyalties. With the slow collapse of the Assad regime, the inevitable is happening. Free countries have a unified culture. Without that, freedom is impossible. With our own once-shared culture dying a slow death by multiculturalism, it's no wonder DC continues to expand its power over us day by day. It's almost as if they planned it that way...
Sunday, August 4, 2013
The Obama regime ordered the closing of more than 20 embassies and announced a worldwide travel alert for Americans in reaction to intelligence that a "major operation" planned by al Qaeda was in the works. The latest is that this latest terror threat comes from Yemen. Yemen? That sounds familiar -- oh, yes -- seems Obama has been ordering drone strikes in Yemen to prop up the US dictator their. And oddly enough, the Yemeni people don't like that:
"America’s actions are legal" claimed President Obama in a speech on drones earlier this year. It was the latest in a string of attempts made by his administration to justify covert strikes carried out by the US overseas - in countries including the Arab peninsula’s poorest nation, Yemen. But back in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, it appears the country’s civil society disagrees. Members of Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC) - a US-supported initiative which will map out Yemen’s post-Arab Spring future - overwhelmingly voted to criminalise drone strikes in Yemen. The Yemeni people have spoken. Now Presidents Hadi and Obama must listen - for their own sake, as much as that of Yemen. While it is clear that no leader may lawfully authorise another sovereign to slaughter his own people, the decision to criminalise drones strikes sends a clear warning message to Hadi - if the current practice is to continue, it may well lead to a criminal prosecution.So the very means that's supposed to reduce terror is actually increasing it. Drones are the weapons of cowards, and the folks on the receiving end have had enough. Maybe -- just maybe -- we should consider ending this morally indefensible and counter-productive tactic. Just an idea.
My spam filter has been working overtime lately. Here's one of the more interesting comments that ended up in my spam folder: "What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable experience on the topic of unpredicted feelings." That's almost poetic.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
Why not? We've got plenty of money. Problem is, a substantial majority opposes it:
Whites overwhelmingly oppose a federal bailout (63 percent against vs. 26 percent in favor) while a solid majority of African-Americans support a bailout (57 percent favor vs. 36 percent against) as do a plurality of Hispanics (48 percent favor vs. 36 percent against).Solution: Create a new majority.
Over at the New York Times, David Brooks celebrates the return to power of the big-government, pro-welfare, pro-war Neocons. Unlike those mean ol' paleoconservatives, Neocons, writes Brooks, "do not feel that kind of alarm or anxiety about the growth of the state in the past century, seeing it as natural, indeed inevitable." For that reason, are "at peace with modern America," presumably with citizen surveillance, Obamacare, and demographic chaos. Those are our choices, folks: Democrat or Republican authoritarianism. So which color of Kool-Aid do you prefer?
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Grab your barf-bag before reading this puff piece on Jess George, the white jefa of Charlotte's Latin American Coalition:
She’s not Latino, an immigrant, or even a minority. She’s not fluent in Spanish, either. ... Since taking over the Latin American Coalition four years ago, she has steadily increased its visibility with a series of rallies, marches and publicity stunts. ... It’s an unusual approach that has drawn national attention. The country’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization, the National Council of La Raza, called the coalition an “inspiration” for other immigrant advocates.I can remember when "civil rights" meant favoring voting rights for blacks who were US citizens. But we've evolved way past that. These days, "civil rights" means "the right of foreigners to invade and colonize another country." I guess that's progress. But there are sometimes speed bumps on the road to progress. George's ascent to the position of jefa of the Latin American Coalition was resented by Latinos who couldn't figure out why this gringa was telling them what to do:
“I’ve had other Latino leaders in Charlotte tell me: ‘Jess, it’s nice that you are doing this for the community. But when is a real leader going to show up?’ ” says George. “At first, it was really hard to hear. I’m the kind of person who likes to be told how I can do things better. But when you point to me and say, ‘You’re white,’ I can’t change that.” Former coalition board chairwoman Olma Echeverri admits that there was backlash when George was named executive director. Prior to that, George spent five years as an associate director at the coalition. “I supported her taking over, but I was approached by people asking why I didn’t find another candidate who was Latino,” said Echeverri, now chairwoman of the Hispanic-American Democrats of North Carolina.Nevertheless, despite such difficulties, this New York transplant continues to stand up "for a class of people she feels is being bullied by the system." How noble. And how courageous. After all, other than the federal government, the media, academia, and big business, NO ONE is helping illegal aliens in this country.
This is a picture of my flag at the grave of William Anderson (Bloody Bill). It was taken in Richmond, Missouri. He is buried In the Mormon cemetery there. It is said that he was ruthless with his enemies and would kill civilians and soldiers alike. But I also understand that he strictly forbade harming women and children as his sisters were killed by yankee jailers.Send your flag pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org