It’s “ethically inappropriate” for government and medical organizations to describe breastfeeding as “natural” because the term enforces rigid notions about gender roles, claims a new study in Pediatrics. “Coupling nature with motherhood… can inadvertently support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family (for example, that women should be the primary caretaker,” the study says. The study notes that in recent years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and several state departments of health have all promoted breastfeeding over bottle-feeding, using the term “natural.”I love the phrase "biologically deterministic," which is clearly used as an epithet here. It reveals much about the leftist mindset, which demands unfettered freedom for the sovereign individual - something, by the way, which does not exist in nature - and the elimination of all traditional, social ties. Problem is, lefties, man is a social animal, which is why you're going to lose. The sad news is that the left can do a lot of damage in the meantime. Just look at the human wreckage caused by the old Soviet bloc, for example.
Friday, April 28, 2017
More leftist lunacy, from Heatstreet:
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, April 28, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute details the misery and waste spawned by "The Great War":
A century ago Congress declared war on Imperial Germany. It was a bizarre decision: the secure New World voluntarily joined the Old World slaughterhouse, consigning more than 117,000 Americans to death for no intelligible reason. The chief outcome of the war was to sweep away several reasonably benign if imperfect “ancien regimes” while loosing various totalitarian bacilli. All too naturally, even, seemingly, inevitably, emerged communism, followed by fascism and Nazism. The so-called Great War’s unfinished business was finally settled only in World War II, after consuming as many as 80 million additional lives.The entire article is worth reading. Woodrow Wilson convinced Americans to export "democracy" to tottering European autocracies, but that wasn't what we got. The article's underlying premise is that the quest for perfection usually results not in utopia, but unnecessary human and economic loss. Of course, we still haven't learned our lesson. The brainless and disastrous toppling of Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi did not unleash liberty; instead, those "regime change" interventions created ISIS and Europe's ongoing migrant problem -- a problem that will soon be ours, too. That unlearned lesson doesn't just apply to foreign policy. Look at the actual results created by school integration. We abandoned an imperfect but functioning educational system and created the Performance Gap. Billions have been squandered trying to erase that gap, and we are nowhere close to succeeding decades later. I could give countless other domestic policy examples: No Child Left Behind. AFDC. Section 8. All have been expensive disasters. The notion that we can force people into paradise is alien to the true conservative. As Richard Weaver observed, "The Southerner accepts the irremediability of a certain amount of evil and tries to fence it around instead of trying to stamp it out and thereby spreading it. His is a classical acknowledgment of tragedy and of the limits of power." Weaver was right. It's time we learned a little intellectual humility.
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
This seemingly insignificant story reveals the mainstream media's hidden agenda. From Fox News:
A top New York Times editor decided the paper shouldn’t use the term “female genital mutilation” because the phrase is too “culturally loaded” and widens a divide between the Western world and “people who follow the rite.” Health and Science editor Celia Dugger said she came to the conclusion to refer to the act of removing the female genitalia of young girls as “genital cutting” during a trip to Africa in the 1990s. She spoke about her decision in a Times mailbag article in response to a reader’s question.They ditched the term "illegal alien" in favor of "undocumented immigrant." Soon, they'll be referred to as "American citizens." Eliminating the disapproving term "female genital mutilation" is the first step toward legalizing this practise. Just wait and see.
The American Taliban is busy, busy, busy these days! Under cover of night, they're already dismantling monuments to Robert E. Lee, P.G.T Beauregard, and Jefferson Davis in New Orleans. Now they want to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson at Columbia University. At least the Afghani Taliban operates openly and in the light of day.
Here's another example of growing Islamic militancy around the world. From Reuters:
A polarizing election for Jakarta governor saw Islamic identity politics come to the fore and exposed fractures in Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s fragile ruling coalition, an exit poll has revealed. Widodo’s political ally Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the ethnic Chinese Christian incumbent, was resoundingly defeated by Muslim rival Anies Baswedan in a vote seen as a litmus test of the secular traditions of the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. Unpublished data from an exit poll by Litbang Kompas, which Reuters reviewed, found “same religion” was by far the most common reason why voters supported the victor. "The biggest share of Anies supporters based their choice on similarity in religion and ethnicity,” said Bestian Nainggolan, a researcher at Litbang Kompas, a leading pollster. “Programmes and performance were not a dominant consideration.”It would be a lot easier to trust those who assure us multiculturalism will work in this country IF there were ONE EXAMPLE of it working somewhere else in the world. Instead, racial, ethnic, and religious differences grow until they spin the various groups off into their own polities.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Here's some good news from CNN:
Voters in France have comprehensively snubbed the country's political establishment, sending far-right populist Marine Le Pen and political novice Emmanuel Macron through to the second round of the country's presidential election, early results indicate. With 80% of polling stations declared, National Front leader Le Pen and newcomer Macron were virtually neck-and-neck on about 23% of the vote each..Maybe France has finally realized it wants to remain French. We'll see what the second round brings. But this alone is almost enough for me to forgive France for 1789. Almost.
Here's a must-read article on the one and only Pat Buchanan. Not only does it provide a fairly balanced picture of one of the most influential and insightful pundits of our time, the picture of Pat holding a replica of Robert E. Lee's Navy Revolver with a portrait of the general in the background makes it a piece well worth your time.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The antifa - who fancy themselves "anti-fascist," but are actually "anti-First-Amendment," are political pests who like to play dress-up, slink in the shadows, and attack the elderly. These heroes wear masks for a reason; they're looking for easy, defenseless targets. Here in Charlotte, many were spotted throwing fuel onto the fire during the September riot. So here's a handy web site for defenders of free speech. Along with news reports of antifa crimes, there's a resource for identifying these cowardly thugs. It's called the Dark Triad Man. The web master thinks his team has identified the would-be antifa assassin who tried to kill a Trump supporter in San Francisco. Check it out!
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, April 22, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Know-it-all educrats are trying to eliminate grits in the government schools - but Southern kids are rebelling:
The 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act strictly limited calories, fat, salt, sugar and just about everything else that makes food edible – including grits. It was the War of Culinary Aggression. “We could originally serve half whole grains but that changed in 2012 when we had to start serving 100 percent whole grains,” said Stephanie Dillard, the child nutrition director for Geneva County Schools in Alabama. That meant no more grits. “And grits are a staple in the South,” Ms. Dillard told me. “Students really want to eat their grits.”Food is almost as important as flags as cultural symbols in the dawning Age of Devolution. Fight for your grits, kids.
"The neighborhood-towns [of Chicago] were part of larger ethnic states. To the north of the Loop was Germany. To the northwest was Poland. To the west were Italy and Israel. To the southwest were Bohemia and Lithuania. And to the south was Ireland…you could always tell, even with your eyes closed, which state you were in by the odors of the food stores and the open kitchen windows, the sound of the foreign or familiar language, and by whether a stranger hit you in the head with a rock." - Mike Royko
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Talk about nerve! The Southeast Asian Coalition, Comunidad Colectiva, and Alerta Migratoria have presented the Charlotte city council with their DEMANDS. The short version is "Surrender to your Third World overlords." The long version is that Charlotte effectively declare itself a sanctuary city, starting with immediately withdrawing from the 287(g) program. So any illegal alien who commits a crime should be shielded from deportation. Sure. But it gets better! Check out the other demands, as reported in the Charlotte Observer:
Protect the access of undocumented immigrants to city benefits and services. Delete citizenship status questions from all applications, questionnaires and forms used in relation to the city. Prohibit city agencies and employees from requesting information or investigating a person’s citizenship or immigration status. End all CMPD motor vehicle checkpoints. Cut CMPD funding and “reinvest” the money in housing, health and education programs. Decriminalize or create alternative forms of accountability for: crimes of survival, such as theft and sex work; offenses that take place in public schools or other public educational facilities; and “minor” traffic offenses such as DUIs, not having an operators license and driving with a revoked license. (Undocumented immigrants are not allowed to get a North Carolina driver’s license, making it a key issue among advocates.) Provide money for immigrants in need of legal representation and create an office within the city to provide legal services to immigrants and refugeesSo what they want - excuse me, DEMAND - is that we legalize illegal immigration, prostitution, drunk driving, and driving without a license - and PAY them to colonize us. Wow. Just wow. And just to let the gringos know they mean business, the three groups plan a march on May Day. As the Observer has noted, this event aims at much, much more than merely ending immigration law enforcement - "Efforts are being made to unite African-American, immigrant and LGBT groups into a single political block in the state. This includes an upcoming May 1 march and business boycott planned at Marshall Park that hopes to show a united front to city leaders." In other words, the Cultural Marxists will be on the move on May Day. So it looks like things are going to get messy,folks. Keep your powder dry.
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Ah, diversity. It opens us to all sorts of, um, interesting traditions. The growing Muslim population is importing Female Genital Mutilation into the US:
Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville Michigan is accused of performing female genital mutilation on underage girls. According to a criminal complaint, Nagarwala performed the procedure on girls ages six to eight years old at a medical clinic in Livonia. Some of the children were brought from out of state for the illegal procedure. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is considered the complete removal or partial removal of the clitoris, known as a clitoridectomy. FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of women and girls. Some consider FGM as a religious and cultural practice. The purpose of this illegal practice is to suppress female sexuality in order to reduce sexual pleasure.There's an obvious and simple solution to this growing problem: Just revoke our laws against FGM. After all, we've surrendered to alien cultures in the past when our laws and customs clashed. Who are we to require immigrants to assimilate to our ways?
Homo economicus can now be safely buried. Like his cousin, the Piltdown Man, he never really existed, except in the minds of ideologues, who can never accept what is because all that matters to them is what should be. This article from Prospect offers a glimpse of what we can expect to unfold within the next few decades, and not just in Scotland, but all over the world:
Scottish nationalism will not go away. Once separatist glory is embedded in the subconscious, it becomes a badge of honour. As long as independence is the cry of Scotland’s dominant party, the Scots seem happy to indulge it, even if not fully support it. But Brexit has been a lesson to us all. Who knows what independence really means? The continued appeal of nationalism is no mystery. Half a century ago, Isaiah Berlin adapted Kant’s image of the “crooked timber” of mankind by describing nationalism as “the bent twig.” He attacked those who dismissed it as “a passing phase… a pathological inflammation of a wounded national consciousness.” To relegate nationalism to past history was, he thought, to play with fire. Berlin was right. In 50 years, the number of independent nations has not shrunk but doubled. They may have been born of imperial collapse, civil war, partition or, sometimes, peaceful negotiation. But the seeds of separatism swiftly take root and do not blow away.Brace yourselves, globalists, Neocons, and leftists, because the world about to be born will not be the dreary one-world regime you lust after, but a lively world of region-states, city-states, and other human-scaled political units nurturing thousands of historical cultures. Get over it and get out of the way.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
One of the victims of the latest jihadist attack in Stockholm had worked on behalf of others like her murderer:
A Belgian psychologist and mother-of-one who worked with asylum seekers facing deportation has been named as the latest victim of Friday’s jihadi atrocity in Stockholm. Maïlys Dereymaeker, 31, was waiting for friends from work on the corner of Drottninggatan and Olof Palmes gata when the terrorist struck. She was the first victim to be hit by the speeding lorry and died instantly at the scene. It took forensic experts two days to identify her mangled body from DNA samples. Ms Dereymaeker, who was from the small town of Lembeek near Brussels and had an 18-month-old toddler, worked with illegal immigrants facing deportation like her killer, Rakhmat Akilov.Liberalism has a new martyr; one carrying on the tradition of Amy Biehl.
“Let’s hope members of Congress, the members Allegheny College has already honored — Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain — the women of the Senate, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Lindsey Graham — let’s hope that they and others of goodwill will lead in restoring harmonious work ways." - Ruth Ginsberg
Sunday, April 9, 2017
We're getting only sketchy details about the "terror truck" attack in Stockholm. Eyewitnesses report he swerved to hit children - which makes sense, seeing as his anger was aimed at the future of the West. But once again, the imposing challenge of keeping track of so many hostile aliens has contributed to the perfect storm:
Swedish authorities said the 39-year-old man suspected of driving a truck into a crowd in downtown Stockholm had been wanted by police for failing to comply with a deportation order. The Uzbek national, who was detained late Friday, had sought residency in Sweden in 2014, a request the state denied in June last year, police said on Sunday. In late February, police issued a warrant in his name for failing to report for his deportation. ... In Sweden, where about 200,000 people applied for asylum in the past two years, police have been overwhelmed by a steep rise in the number of deportation orders referred to them by immigration authorities. Each year, thousands of foreigners disappear from authorities’ radar after being ordered to leave the country. In the first 10 months of 2016, nearly 70% of the individuals in 6,647 deportation cases police received from the immigration agency had absconded.Odd that the press hasn't released the name of this terrorist. However, I did manage to find a picture of two of his enablers:
Think that's cynical? Just check out these two stories: Hillary Clinton called for Donald Trump to 'take out' Assad airfields hours before air strikes Dianne Feinstein calls cruise missile strikes "a limited but necessary response."
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Now THIS is interesting! The New York Times reports on a LEGAL challenge to a big hunk of the western US:
Some Mexicans are proposing to remind Mr. Trump exactly what country was the first victim of American imperialism. They are calling for a lawsuit that would aim to nullify the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (signed on Feb. 2, 1848), in which Mexico — invaded by American soldiers, its capital occupied, its ports and customs stations seized — was forced to accept the American annexation of Texas and concede more than half the rest of Mexican territory, now including most of the states of Arizona, New Mexico and California. This effort is being led by Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, the elder statesman of the Mexican left. Mr. Cárdenas is convinced that the Mexican government — especially given the need to confront Mr. Trump’s aggression — has a solid legal case. In his opinion, the 1848 treaty violates essential international legal norms and a case can be brought before the International Court of Justice, proposing reparations and indemnification.Imagine - no more California! No more Dianne Feinstein! No more Hollyweird. I might have to start celebrating Drinko de Mayo.
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, April 08, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Trump's Troll Army Isn't Ready for War in Syria.
Call the SPLC! And the ADL! And CAIR! While we're at it, let's also alert the national news media, 'cause nothing stirs reporters to action like a hate crime, and the latest one sounds like a doozy:
Police say one of the door’s windows was shattered after a suspect threw a rock through it during the incident. According to investigators, a note was also left at the scene near the front door that said the suspect did not want refugee business owners and that they would torture the owner if they did not leave and go back to where they came from. CMPD says the suspect signed the letter from “White America.”No doubt this is the work of one of those foaming-at-the-mouth Trump supporters. If ONLY we had a surveillance video. Wait - we do? What's it show?
CMPD says surveillance video of the incident was recovered and that it showed a black male suspect, who is approximately 5-foot-8, around 200 pounds, and has a short afro and goatee. The suspect was seen wearing a gray hoodie under a black coat with light jeans and black shoes.Go home, folks, nothing to see here...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
I'm in total shock. This plain-speaking and well-reasoned piece is from Foreign Affairs, long a Neocon journal. It states facts that the Open Borders crowd wants you to ignore. While LEGAL and MANAGED immigration has benefited both the American nation and its people, today's climate is vastly different from those days:
First, World War I and then legislation in the early 1920s dramatically reduced new arrivals. By 1970 less than 5 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born, down from 14.7 percent in 1910. This reduction helped immigrant communities assimilate, as they were no longer continually refreshed by new arrivals from the old country. But in recent decades, the dramatic growth of immigrant enclaves has likely slowed the pace of assimilation. Second, many of today’s immigrants, like those of the past, have modest education levels, but unlike in the past, the modern U.S. economy has fewer good jobs for unskilled workers. Partly for this reason, immigrants do not improve their economic situation over time as much as they did in the past. Third, technology allows immigrants to preserve ties with the homeland in ways that were not possible a century ago. Calling, texting, emailing, FaceTiming, and traveling home are all relatively cheap and easy. Fourth, the United States’ attitude toward newcomers has also changed. In the past, there was more of a consensus about the desirability of assimilation. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, the son of Jewish immigrants, said in a 1915 speech on “True Americanism” that immigrants needed to do more than just learn English and native manners. Rather, he argued, they “must be brought into complete harmony with our ideals and aspirations.” This was a widely held belief. In his book The Unmaking of Americans, the journalist John J. Miller has described how at the turn of the twentieth century, organizations such as the North American Civic League for Immigrants put out pamphlets celebrating the United States and helping immigrants understand and embrace the history and culture of their adopted country.As the Foreign Affairs article points out, "multiculturalism" has replaced "True Americanism" as the model for immigration. Not only are the people moving here predominantly Third World, as opposed to Western, as was the case up to 1965, but they're gathering in their own enclaves, retaining not only their language and culture, but their old loyalties as well. And thanks to modern communication technology, they can stay in touch with their old countries, nourishing and sustaining their alien ways. That's a recipe for disaster. What can such a collection of random populations do but to go their own ways?
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, April 06, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
John C. Calhoun, please call your office! California wants to nullify a federal law - actually, several of them:
In defiance of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, the California Senate passed a bill to limit state and local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Senate Bill 54, which unofficially has been called a "sanctuary state" bill, bars state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources, including money, facility, property, equipment or personnel, to help with immigration enforcement. They would be prohibited from asking about immigration status, giving federal immigration authorities access to interview a person in custody or assisting them in immigration enforcement.Time to grab a beer and some popcorn, 'cause the show's about to begin!
Al Benson Jr. wonders just how loony the left has become. Here's the latest case in point:
We have been duly informed by the politically correct, the cultural Marxists among us, that anyone politically to the right of Ho Chi Minh or Fidel Castro is a “deplorable” racist. Evidence for this accusation? Well, who needs evidence? Just say it long enough and loud enough and people will believe it. The Social Justice warriors way over on the Far Left fringe have decreed it. Ain’t that enough? After all, who would even think of questioning “social justice” or its provocateurs? However, in recent days the social justice campaign seems to have reached new and more glorious heights. According to the website Intellihub the animal rights group PETA has continued to add to its list of “unusual” claims, and this time they have put out a video that literally claims that drinking milk just might mean you are a closet racist. Intellihub recently said: “The group posted the video on Friday in a Tweet that reads, ‘Did you know that milk has long been a symbol used by white supremacists?”Wow. So all these years, the slogan "Got milk?" was a stealth campaign to promote racism! Who knew?
Sunday, April 2, 2017
In celebration of Confederate History Month, I'm posting this video of a live (and lively!) performance of Dixie. It features the 2nd South Carolina String Band and friends. It's drawn 1,271,702 views and 1,950 comments. Does the disembodied, rootless left have anything to compare to this kind of exuberance and energy? No wonder globalism is in retreat around the world.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, April 02, 2017