Friday, December 31, 2010

Sing "Dixie" tonight after "Auld Lang Syne"

Tonight, as you savor your Mint Juleps and join in with friends and family to welcome the New Year, don't forget to sing the traditional New Year's anthem, "Auld Lang Syne." And be sure to sing "Dixie" as well, because the two songs complement each other.

Everyone knows that "Auld Lang Syne" is a song of remembrance of treasured days:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Loved ones we have lost still touch our hearts, and they will always remain a part of us because we will remember them. But present-day relationships make life worth living today, and the song includes this pledge to those who are close to us now:

And here's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

"Dixie" also recognizes the bonding of past and present by celebrating the history that is a vital part of who we are:

Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten,
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land.

In Dixie Land, where I was born in,
early on one frosty mornin',
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land.

"Dixie" also includes this promise to go forward while remaining true to the past:

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie Land I'll take my stand
to live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down South in Dixie.
Away, away, away down South in Dixie.

These songs celebrate our connections with our loved ones of the past and present, connections that make us mindful of things beyond ourselves -- connections that make us human. In an age when loyalty, patriotism, and love of one's own are attacked as anachronisms, when our only concern is supposed to be maximizing the bottom line, and the only values that matter are those of the deracinated, isolated psychopath, it's good to remind ourselves that stubborn human nature persists despite the pressure from our handlers. Let's take a cup.

New Year's Day in the South

My wife and I will be at at my mother's tomorrow chowing down on pork, cabbage, black-eyed peas, and home-made cornbread. My mom and millions of other ladies of the South have always served that on New Year's Day, and here's why, from

Back in the days of Civil War, Union troops swept through the South, confiscating crops and livestock to use as provisions for their troops. Southerners who weren’t off fighting were left with precious little, save for peas and greens. You see, Union soldiers considered “field peas” and greens to be fit only for animal fodder. These dishes became cherished and appreciated as what saved many a family from starvation during those times and the tradition of celebrating these dishes on the new year was born.

There are three things every Southerner must eat on New Years day, Black eyed peas, greens, and hog jowl or fatback.

Two-inch LEGO gun gets 4th-grader in trouble

A better title would've been, "Another example of why you should home school your children." Be sure to watch the accompanying video to see how absurd this is:

A tiny toy led to big trouble for one fourth-grade New York City boy.

Patrick Timoney, a 9-year-old student at PS 52 in Staten Island, N.Y., was in the school cafeteria Tuesday playing with LEGOs when he was taken to the principal’s office and threatened with suspension. One of his toys was a LEGO policeman that holds a 2-inch plastic gun. The school has a no-tolerance policy when it comes to toy guns.

“[The gun] was so little,” the boy told WNBC. “I wouldn’t really think that the principal would cause a lot of commotion just for a little gun."

"No-tolerance" polcy? How about a "no-brains" policy? Amazing!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mint Juleps of Venerable and Mellow Bourbon

“Aunt Lina,” said Mama, “you know the ladies didn’t drink in your day.”

“Drink?” said Aunt Lina, who had been born and brought up before the war (Civil War, of course) and even before the Victorian era, “I should say they did drink. Why, every evening at the Springs the gentlemen used to sent a tray of mint juleps up to the ladies in their rooms before supper.”

As a matter of fact, Aunt Lina was drinking a mint julep at that instant in her room at home. It was in the early afternoon, but there was no need for hurry. Her dinners (they were not lunches) rarely started before three o’clock in the afternoon – to give the diners time to let breakfast settle – and it would be two-thirty anyway before the turkey would be done properly. Violet, the colored cook, would see to that, and after she had finished her julep Aunt Lina would go in the kitchen and give the meal the finishing touches.

The gentlemen were having mint juleps in the parlor. These juleps had the confident simplicity of great works of art. Violet had picked a dozen handfuls of the mint from the mint bed between the woodhouse and the backhouse while the dew was still on it and kept it in the icebox. She had cracked the ice and got out the big silver goblets rimmed with the Greek key design. But nobody but Aunt Lina had made the juleps. She had put a lump of loaf sugar in the bottom of each goblet, dissolved it in a mite of spring water, pressed the mint with the back of a silver spoon against the goblet until it had yielded up its flavor, and then filled the goblet with cracked ice.

The next step was to pour from a bottle of venerable and mellow bourbon until the amber liquor reached a hair’s breadth of the top, then garnish with sprigs of mint until one was reminded of Coleridge’s words – “and ice mast-high came floating be as green as emerald.” The result was a drink which was smooth and sharp, sweet and biting, cold to the fingers and hot to the stomach, delicate but authoritative, and “annihilating all that’s made to a green thought in a green shade.”

“Gentlemen,” said Uncle John to Papa and me, “that is reverend stuff.”

(Southern Accent, From Uncle Remus to Oak Ridge, William T. Polk, William Morrow and Company, 1953, pp. 125-126)

Thanks to Bernie for forwarding!

If you haven't experienced the velvety seductiveness of a real Mint Julep, you need to rectify that, and this New Year's eve is the perfect time. Just follow this easy recipe, and you, too, can savor this Southern nectar that is truly bliss in a glass.

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WikiLeaks: How U.S. tried to stop Spain's torture probe

My, what interesting things we're learning from WikiLeaks:

It was three months into Barack Obama's presidency, and the administration -- under pressure to do something about alleged abuses in Bush-era interrogation policies -- turned to a Florida senator to deliver a sensitive message to Spain:

Don't indict former President George W. Bush's legal brain trust for alleged torture in the treatment of war on terror detainees, warned Mel Martinez on one of his frequent trips to Madrid. Doing so would chill U.S.-Spanish relations.

It's enough to make one suspect that elections don't matter. The Imperium rolls on, no matter which temporary dictator's in charge.

After all, the Feds need to protect us from "hate" speech.

Americans tired of war

Americans told Angus Reid pollsters they've had enough:

While 70 percent of U.S. residents believe Iran has a nuclear weapons program, only 24 percent would use force to stop it, a poll released Wednesday indicates.

Now that attitude is a problem for the Israel-Firsters and Neocons. But as this champion of robust, activist government reminds us, it's a problem that's easily managed:

“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

Should Texas Secede

This Open Salon readers' forum poses a question that's on the minds of more people every day.

Note to the Federal parasites who live off of us: This idea isn't going away.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

How brainless is the educational bureaucracy in this country? This brainless.

Want to help the poor?

And a whole lot of the middle class at the same time? The answer is so obvious, even liberal writer Mickey Kaus can see it:

If you're worried about incomes at the bottom, though, one solution leaps out at you. It's a solution that worked, at least in the late 1990s under Bill Clinton, when wages at the low end of the income ladder rose fairly dramatically. The solution is tight labor markets. Get employers bidding for scarce workers and you'll see incomes rise across the board without the need for government aid programs or tax redistribution. A major enemy of tight labor markets at the bottom is also fairly clear: unchecked immigration by undocumented low-skilled workers. It's hard for a day laborer to command $18 an hour in the market if there are illegals hanging out on the corner willing to work for $7. Even experts who claim illlegal immigration is good for Americans overall admit that it's not good for Americans at the bottom.

The law of supply and demand applies to labor, too? Whoa! What'll Kaus discover next? Gravity?

Video: Texas family forced to leave ranch because of drug/human smugglers

Here's the human cost of DC's open borders policy:

The Burns family in Brooks County, Texas, are packing up and leaving their 38,000 acre ranch because the area has become a war zone, thanks to the Mexican drug cartels and illegal aliens crossing on or near their property on a daily basis.

The Burns’ family home has been broken into, their land littered with garbage and the distinct sounds of gunfire can be heard from their front porch.

The ranch, which is located 60 miles from the Mexican border runs alongside Farm Road 755, which law enforcement calls a “main smuggling corridor” for the cartels.

But remember -- there is NO connection between crime and the influx of illegal undocumented immigrants.

Quote of the day

"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too." W. Somerset Maugham

Thanks to the Bonnie Blue Blog for the quote!

This day in history

In 1937, the Constitution of Ireland, which had been ratified in a national plebiscite months earlier, changed the Irish Free State into Eire.

Trouble in post-national paradise

In the globalist economy, only making a buck matters; such antiquated concerns as national interests will disappear, and the world will hum with the free flow of goods over now-meaningless borders.

Uh-huh. Tell that to the Chinese:

World manufacturers are heavily reliant on China for these minerals, which are essential for making many electronic goods, such as TVs and PC monitors.

China has 97% of the world's known supply of the goods. The US mined none last year.

Rare earth minerals have been a thorny trade topic for some time, and China has previously promised not to cut supplies drastically.

One rare earth product you may be familiar with is neodymium, which is used to make super-strong magnets, essential components of hard drives, generators, and microphones. The US once mined neodymium, but it was so much cheaper to get it from -- drum roll, please -- the People's Republic of China, so in the holy name of market efficiency, we closed our rare earth mines.

Should we re-think the assumption that we don't have to manufacture anything in this country?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Quote of the day

"When civil rights leaders commemorate the memory and legacy of Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, or most recently the 15th anniversary of 1995′s Million Man March in Washington, D.C., why do they leave out of their celebrations well-documented examples of anti-white rhetoric and anti-Semitism?" Jack Hunter

This day in history

In 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first vice president in U.S. history to resign from office.

And why did Calhoun resign? Don't read this unless you're ready to have your misconceptions about the North-South conflict shattered.

Is liberty just an idea?

That's what Jacob Hornberger thinks. From my correspondence with him, he appears to be a well-meaning soul, but he is committed to the notion that open borders is a universal right, and, as you can see at around 2:30 in this video, that liberty is just a good idea that only needs to be communicated to germinate and blossom:

The Power of Ideas on Liberty from The Future of Freedom Foundation on Vimeo.

Here's how it's supposed to work: All men are rational. "Liberty" is such a nifty idea that all who learn about it will abandon their old ways and will instead embrace the free market, private property, and the rule of law.

Now if Mr. Hornberger were correct, Mexico would not be corrupt, Russia would not be authoritarian, and Haiti and Zimbabwe would not be the hell-holes that they actually are. After all, they have the Internet, so people in those countries have access to libertarian ideas.

However, here on Planet Earth, ingrained standards of mutual obligation differ from society to society, so much so that some standards are incompatible with others. That's not a rejection of "the American way," which we're assured means a tradition of open arms to anyone who crosses our border for whatever purpose. In fact, the Founding Fathers recognized that some cultures should not be allowed to establish a presence here. Here's what Thomas Jefferson said about aliens settling in the United States:

"In proportion to their numbers, they will share legislation with us. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp or bias its direction and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent mass."

Or, to put it succinctly, "Culture matters."

How Washington Protects Your Privacy and Liberty

Here's an unsettling account of how the Feds have hoodwinked the American people into believing the government is safeguarding their privacy, when in fact, the government is the greatest threat to our civil liberties.

SPJ Diversity Committee launches journalistic campaign against the term ‘illegal immigrant’

It was George Orwell who warned that government seeks to control language to the extent that it becomes impossible for people to conceive anti-government ideas. Those renegades who manage to think in ways the government disapproves of are "thought criminals." In that spirit, the Society of Professional Journalists aims to scrub from our vocabulary a term of disapproval toward a group favored by the central government:

The Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is seeking to “inform and sensitize” reporters nationwide about how “offensive” the term “illegal immigrant” is to Latinos. ...

In his report, Laurence quotes SPJ Diversity Committee chairman George Daniels as saying, “this is not about being politically correct,” but about aiming to “minimize harm,” when reporting. When Daniels says “minimize harm,” he is referring to one of the major tenets of SPJ’s code of ethics, which many journalists nationwide follow.

And as we all know, the Prime Directive of the journalists' code of ethics is, "Always promote Big Business' agenda," especially its goal of creating an endless supply of cheap, exploitable labor.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Somali Insurgents: Obama Must Convert to Islam or Attacks on U.S. Will Come

At least they were nice enough to warn us:

A leader of Somalia's Islamist insurgency threatened to attack America during a speech broadcast Monday.

"We tell the American President Barack Obama to embrace Islam before we come to his country," said Fuad Mohamed "Shongole" Qalaf.

Al-Shabab has not yet launched an attack outside Africa but Western intelligence has long been worried because the group targeted young Somali-Americans for recruitment. About 20 have traveled to Somalia for training and at least three were used as suicide bombers inside Somalia. Al-Shabab holds most of southern and central Somalia and has the support of hundreds of foreign fighters, mostly radicalized East Africans.

Of course, we have nothing to worry about. How could they ever get past our air-tight security?

Oh, wait a minute ... they're already here.

Global warming captured on video!

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.

This day in history

In 1949, Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands.

South Carolina gun rights bill

Here's an interesting sign of the times:

State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, has prefiled legislation that would make a firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition that is commercially or privately manufactured in South Carolina and does not leave this state exempt from federal regulation, including registration.

The “South Carolina Firearms Freedom Act” cites the 10th Amendment, which gives states rights not granted to the federal government in the Constitution. The bill stipulates that the federal government doesn’t have the right to regulate such items that do not leave the state under the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution.

The people of the States are chipping away at Leviathan, and that's a good thing. However, I do have a problem with the wording of this story: The Tenth Amendment does not "give" the States rights -- that implies supreme sovereignty rests with DC, which can then give or take rights at its discretion. A better way to summarize the Tenth Amendment is to say it reserves rights not expressly delegated (and that's DELEGATED, not surrendered!) to DC.

After reclaiming stolen authority, the next step is to recall more delegated rights from the central government. That's the only way to restore sanity and stability.

Save Southern jobs!

If we're going to stop President Obama from expanding the job-killing legacy of NAFTA, we need to email, call, and mail our representatives in Congress! Please forward this editorial from the Salisbury Post to your friends.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Flags of the Rebellion

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The proud Palmetto Flag of the sovereign State of South Carolina surrounded by Christmas snow.

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A 1944 Christmas miracle for Gen. Patton

Here's the personal history behind General George Patton's famous prayer for favorable weather during WWII. His formative years were rich in faith, learning, and legends of Confederate heroes -- including his grandfather:

George Sr.'s father had commanded a Confederate regiment during the Civil War and was killed in Winchester, Va. Wilson's father, Benjamin David Wilson — the namesake of Mt. Wilson — had been the mayor of Los Angeles, a state senator and a powerful landowner.

Patton's childhood was an idyllic one, full of hunting, fishing, riding ponies around his parents' ranch and swimming in Lake Vineyard, which is now San Marino's Lacy Park. He was raised on stories of heroism; at night his father read to him Shakespeare's plays, the Odyssey and the Iliad, Scottish legends, Civil War tales and Bible stories. ...

Patton's religious beliefs were also set in childhood. His parents were devout Episcopalians who helped found the first Protestant church in the San Gabriel Valley, the Church of Our Saviour, according to Kenneth Veronda, headmaster of Southwestern Academy in San Marino. Patton used to pray nightly to a painting of two men he thought were God and Jesus but were really Civil War heroes Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, Hymel said.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas in Dixie

In addition to the post on buying trees from plantations, this little video is our other beloved Christmas tradition.

Merry Christmas from Rebellion!

This Week in History: Jews expelled from 3 US states

And all three were Southern States! Was Southern anti-Semitism to blame?

No. There's a little more to the story:
The Jews, as a class violating every regulation of trade… are hereby expelled from the department within twenty-four hours from the receipt of this order.”

This was not an order given in 1930s Germany, but rather in the midst of the US Civil War. On December 17, 1862, just over two weeks before Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the US, Maj.-Gen. (and future president) Ulysses S. Grant signed General Order No. 11, expelling all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

The two actions weren't contradictory: Freeing slaves in conquered territories was just another war tactic from a cynical, ruthless government.

Meanwhile, in Dixie, Judah P. Benjamin was serving in President Jefferson Davis' cabinet.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

This day in history

In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the Federal Reserve System.

The Wexford Carol

Snaggle-Tooth Jones forwarded the link to this sparkling rendition of the haunting 12th-century Irish carol by Allison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma. Below is a Christmas message from one of our most loyal readers.

Happy Christmas and a big old Rebel Yell from Snaggle-Tooth Jones!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Quote of the day

"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." Richard Weaver

Hate Crimes Drop

Another blow to the Southern Poverty Law Center's fundraising efforts:

Los Angeles County saw an overall 21 percent drop in hate crimes last year, though religiously motivated crimes in general increased, with the vast majority directed at Jews and Jewish institutions, according to a report released Tuesday. ...

The largest number of incidents overall involved race, with hate crimes between blacks and Latinos remaining high, Toma said.

“There is persistent evidence of tension and conflict” between the groups, he said.

A majority of Latino gang members were suspects in 77 percent of anti-black crimes, and blacks were suspects in 48 percent of the anti-Latino crimes, the report stated.

Can't you just hear the gnashing of teeth from the Poverty Palace in Montgomery? Not only are "hate crimes" down, most of them come from blacks and Latinos duking it out with each other over turf. The ONLY perpetrators of "hate crimes" are supposed to be musclebound white supremacists. And those helpless minorities are supposed to look up to courageous white liberals who sacrifice 2% of their trust funds to finance the SPLC.

No, this story does not fit the SPLC play book AT ALL. Clearly, reality is racist.

Secessionist Gala Opens Old Civil War Wounds

Oh, brother. "Old Civil War Wounds"? Just how old are these people?

In fact, what we really have here are prickly spoiled brats who are used to getting whatever they want. All they need do is throw a big enough tantrum, and all liberals, plus a majority of mainstream conservatives, will give them what they demand.

Here's what set them off:

About 300 South Carolinians, the vast majority of them white, gathered in hoop skirts and white gloves in Charleston where the ball took place Monday evening. The group, which included two state legislators, re-enacted the 1860 secession convention and sang "Dixie." They insisted that the event was meant to celebrate their ancestors, not slavery.

"For us the secession is not about a racial issue," Michael Givens, the head of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, told the Guardian at the $100-per-ticket event. "We are not celebrating slavery, we are celebrating the courage and the tenacity of the people who were prepared to go out and defend their homes."

Yes, we're talking about a DANCE. And how did the perpetually offended react? WARNING! The next two paragraphs contain toxic levels of militant ignorance which are clearly contagious. Read at your own risk:

Outside the ballroom, a crowd of black and white protesters condemned the gala as revisionist history and said there was nothing to celebrate about the decision of the Southern states to commit treason in order to preserve the institution of slavery.

"What would happen if Japanese Americans decided to have a ball to celebrate Pearl Harbor?" Nelson Rivers, a pastor and an NAACP official asked protesters outside the gala, according to the Guardian. "Or if German Americans celebrated the Holocaust? For African-Americans tonight, that is exactly what's happening here."

I warned you.

Here's an idea: Someone should protest the Fourth of July as a celebration of the genocide of Native Americans. And Kwanzaa? Clearly, that holiday honors African chieftains who sold their own people to the Dutch, Spanish, and English.

After all, turnabout is fair play.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quote of the day

"Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense." Steve Landesberg

Secession Day

Robert Stacy McCain shares some observations on the occasion of South Carolina's secession:

Ideas have consequences, as Richard Weaver once famously observed, and so it is with the idea of the indissoluble union. (Evidently, it’s like La Cosa Nostra — once you join, there’s no quitting.) What we now have is a national government without any effective limit to its power, except so far as regular elections may have any limiting effect.

Yes, the US Empire is like La Cosa Nostra, but without the code of honor. Actually, the principle embraced by those who say no State can secede is that joining the Union is like getting AIDS -- once you've got it, there's no getting rid of it.

This day in history

In 1620, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

And America has yet to recover.

Attorney General warns of "radical citizens"

Don't worry about foreigners, says Eric Holder, probably the most inept and biased US Attorney General ever. The real threat is -- cue the creepy music -- Americans:

"The threat has changed from simply worrying about foreigners coming here, to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens -- raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born," he said.

In the last 24 months, Holder said, 126 people have been indicted on terrorist-related charges. Fifty of those people are American citizens.

Uh-huh. But then look at the examples AG Holder cites:

"I think that what is most alarming to me is the totality of what we see, the attorney general said. "Whether it is an attempt to bomb the New York City subway system, an attempt to bring down an airplane over Detroit, an attempt to set off a bomb in Times Square ... I think that gives us a sense of the breadth of the challenges that we face, and the kinds of things that our enemy is trying to do."

But the man accused of trying to bomb the New York City subway was Najibullah Zazi, who was born in Afghanistan; it was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria who attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit last Christmas Day; and the hapless Time Square bomber was Faisal Shahzad, an immigrant from Pakistan. *

Can't Holder at least hire a fact checker? Or is the real point here to justify more government surveillance and control of American citizens?

* I had originally identified Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the Portland, Oregon, Christmas tree terrorist from Somalia, as the Time Square bomber.

Third Palmetto Republic interviewed

Tom Utley explains the growing appeal of seceeding from the Evil Empire:

Today I was interviewed by the television station Russia Today on the 150th Anniversary of South Carolina’s secession from the United States and how it applies to today. The interviewer was fair and genuinely interested in what I had to say and it was a pleasant experience. I have posted the video of the interview below as well as the article from their website. Enjoy!

Here's the link, with the video. Know hope.

Mainstream Media: The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Partner in Slime

Big Journalism explores the seamy world of the SPLC, and how it abuses its vast power and prestige. What fun!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Stop the Korea "Free Trade" Agreement!

But, in general, the protective system of our day is conservative, while the free trade system is destructive. It breaks up old nationalities and pushes the antagonism of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie to the extreme point. In a word, the free trade system hastens the social revolution. It is in this revolutionary sense alone, gentlemen, that I vote in favor of free trade.
Karl Marx, "On the Question of Free Trade" - January 9, 1848

Conservatives need to wake up to President Obama’s latest project, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KFTA). Like his DREAM Act (which narrowly failed!), KFTA disguises a radical agenda behind conservative and patriotic slogans. Supporters in academia and think tanks claim KFTA’s passage will boost American economic growth by opening markets and reducing trade restrictions – the same assurances President Bill Clinton gave American workers and small business owners about his North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA), which eliminated tariffs between the US, Canada, and Mexico. While NAFTA proved to be a bonanza for politically connected big business, it was disastrous for workers.

Look at just one example from North Carolina of what “free trade” agreements do to American jobs. When the Pillowtex plant closed in Kannapolis in 2003, 4,300 workers were let go in the largest single lay-off in North Carolina history. They knew they were all victims of NAFTA.

Even NAFTA supporters admitted Washington’s free trade policies were to blame. Economist Michael L. Walden, in an article entitled, “Pillowtex: Don't Forget the Benefits of Freer Trade,” identified “lower-cost foreign labor” as the reason so many American textile and apparel jobs had vanished overseas. From 1997 to 2002, North Carolina lost 100,000 textile and 70,000 apparel jobs.

It wasn’t just North Carolina, once the world capital of textile production, that suffered. In just the first nine years it was in effect, NAFTA was responsible for the loss of 879,280 U.S. jobs.

Now that another major so-called “free trade” bill has been proposed, this time with South Korea, Americans should consider the actual, as opposed to the theoretical, effects of discarding tariffs. Fortunately, many seemed to have learned this hard lesson. The AFL-CIO calls the KFTA the "last thing working people need."

Because the agreement does not adequately open US exports to Korean markets, businesses and workers in the Carolinas face even more direct losses from this proposed trade agreement. North and South Carolina are still home to 42.4% of the nation’s textile workers, and textiles are South Korea’s second-largest export. Just as troubling is the aggressive growth of South Korea’s automobile industry, which is now the fifth-largest in the world. South Carolina alone has more than 30,000 people in automotive-related manufacturing.

As bad as this agreement is for American workers, things could get even worse. With North-South reunification a growing possibility, another 21 million desperately poor people from North Korea could provide a vast supply of cheap labor, all eager to work for far less than American workers.

Not only are the real-world economic effects of KFTA troubling, its 1,000 + pages of conflicting rules, exceptions, and special favors contain provisions that directly threaten America’s sovereignty. If ratified by Congress, KDTA will set up foreign trade tribunals that will remove US courts from jurisdiction over US-Korean trade issues. When these tribunals determine the US has violated the KFTA agreement, compensation will come directly from US taxpayer-funded accounts. North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones has co-authored a letter with Congressman Ron Paul opposing KFTA for its power to cede US sovereignty to foreign entities.

The bottom line is that the Korea Free Trade Act is a trap. Instead of promoting fair, free trade, it legitimizes special advantages for politically connected corporations and undermines our national sovereignty.

"Just Keeping You Safe": The Cheka Checks In

Like to read scary stories? Read this account of how dissidents are surveiled and bullied by the Department of Homeland Conformity Security. Guaranteed to give you goose bumps.

Quote of the day

"The genius of American politics is to espouse democracy while keeping political power from the people." Fred Reed

Proposed Amendment Would Enable States to Repeal Federal Law

If only John C. Calhoun could see this:

The same people driving the lawsuits that seek to dismantle the Obama administration’s health care overhaul have set their sights on an even bigger target: a constitutional amendment that would allow a vote of the states to overturn any act of Congress.

Under the proposed “repeal amendment,” any federal law or regulation could be repealed if the legislatures of two-thirds of the states voted to do so.

I suppose a modern-day Calhoun would object that such an amendment is superfluous. But still, this is a healthy indicator of the resurgence of States' Rights, and the beginning of the end of big government.

Know hope.

The Devil's Christmas Letter

What's Old Scratch up to this time of year? Read his letter to his fallen angels and you'll find out!

"The Union is Dissolved"

This day in history: On December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first State to secede from the Union.

Citizens of nearby Wilmington, North Carolina, saluted South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession:

Upon the secession of South Carolina on December 20th, 1860, the Cape Fear Minute Men fired a one-hundred gun salute in Wilmington as the streets became crowded with anxious citizens. The schooner “Marine” at rest in the Cape Fear River let loose an equal salute, and Wilmington shipbuilder Benjamin Beery “added another salvo.”

Although many conservative North Carolinians denounced their neighbor’s precipitous action, Tarheels were united in opposing any use of force to coerce South Carolina back into the voluntary union. One conservative citizen stated, “I am a Union man, but when they send men South it will change my notions. I can do nothing against my own people.”

Just to the south of Wilmington, the citizens of Smithville (now Southport) “irrespective of party” affiliation held a “large and enthusiastic meeting” on December 29th, just 9 days after the secession of South Carolina. A strong speech in favor of self-determination was presented by Col. George Wortham of Granville County, and records of the proceedings were sent “to each of our representatives in the General Assembly and…to the Wilmington Journal and the Raleigh State Journal with a request to publish – and…to be copied by all papers friendly to Southern independence.” The meeting adjourned “with three cheers for Secession, and three cheers, long and loud, for the Old North State.”

Thanks to Bernie for forwarding!

League of the South Statement

From Dixienet:

On Monday, 13 December 2010, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond, Virginia, ruled that the requirement mandating that individuals purchase health insurance found in President Barack Obama’s health-care legislation goes beyond Congress’s powers to regulate interstate commerce.

Today, the Obama regime has appealed the ruling.

The League of the South believes the case will ultimately be decided in the US Supreme Court in favor of the Obama regime. "That is what happens," said League President Michael Hill, "when you have a government that has been allowed free reign under the Commerce Clause. Washington, DC, gets used to doing as it pleases when it pleases. The federal courts have been unwilling in most cases to stop such abuses of power."

It is the League's considered opinion that the States ought to call their respective legislatures into special session, if necessary, and prepare to invoke the powers of nullification, interposition, and secession to protect their citizens from an unjust and immoral act by the federal government.

To contact the League of the South, call (800) 888-3163 or by e-mail

Taking a stand against the SPLC

Here's an impressive line-up of moderates and conservatives fed up with the sleaze and dishonesty of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Check out the sponsors: several congressmen, including Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor; Mike Huckabee; Tim Pawlenty; Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana; Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia; and even the American College of Pediatricians.

From the web site (under the banner, "Start Debating, Stop Hating"):

How does the SPLC attack? By labeling its opponents "hate groups." No discussion. No consideration of the issues. No engagement. No debate!

We've been documenting the SPLC's bully tactics for years (see here and here, for example).

J. Matt Barber nails them: "Quotes cherry picked, taken out of context and misapplied are a powerful tool of the propagandist. Such are the Maoist techniques of the SPLC."

Of course, Barber is right. This is from a June, 2009 Rebellion post:

Here's an example of the SPLC's "solid intelligence." The latest "Intelligence Report" features an article entitled "Racists Threaten to Abandon Republican Party." It features this little sparkling gem of distortion:

Still reeling from Barack Obama's win last November, right-wing extremists were dealt another grievous body blow when former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele was elected by the Republican Party faithful in early February to become the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee. ...

The League of the South, a racist neo-Confederate hate group that has proposed that the South secede anew, blasted Steele for reaching out to moderates in a blog post titled, "New GOP chair to Southerners and conservatives: drop dead." It concluded: "Remind me again why I should vote Republican?"

No links, no context, no problem. Not for the SPLC. What they failed to mention is that the objection to Steele was not based on his race, but his advocacy of "gay marriage" and abortion.

But that's par for the course. Every word the SPLC issues aims for maximum flammability. The idea is to ignite its terrified donor base, using whatever dishonest rhetoric it takes.

The word is out. Pass it on!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Where's the most Christian city in America?

No surprises here -- the most Christian city is in the South, and the least religious is in the North.

What is marriage?

Only small-minded Neanderthals oppose same-sex marriage. Worse, they have no valid reasons for doing so -- it all comes down to mere prejudice.

Right? Everyone knows there's nothing wrong with "gay" marriage -- newspaper editors, Hollywood celebrities, the Southern Poverty Law Center -- you know, everyone.

Well, here's a scholarly presentation of the conservative case for traditional marriage written by a philosopher and two political scientists. It's lengthy and comprehensive, so here are the main points:

1. Comprehensive Union

Marriage is distinguished from every other form of friendship inasmuch as it is comprehensive. It involves a sharing of lives and resources, and a union of minds and wills—hence, among other things, the requirement of consent for forming a marriage. But on the conjugal view, it also includes organic bodily union. This is because the body is a real part of the person, not just his costume, vehicle, or property. Human beings are not properly understood as nonbodily persons—minds, ghosts, consciousnesses—that inhabit and use nonpersonal bodies. After all, if someone ruins your car, he vandalizes your property, but if he amputates your leg, he injures you. Because the body is an inherent part of the human person, there is a difference in kind between vandalism and violation; between destruction of property and mutilation of bodies.

Likewise, because our bodies are truly aspects of us as persons, any union of two people that did not involve organic bodily union would not be comprehensive—it would leave out an important part of each person’s being. Because persons are body‐mind composites, a bodily union extends the relationship of two friends along an entirely new dimension of their being as persons. If two people want to unite in the comprehensive way proper to marriage, they must (among other things) unite organically—that is, in the bodily dimension of their being. ...

By extension, bodily union involves mutual coordination toward a bodily good—which is realized only through coitus. And this union occurs even when conception, the bodily good toward which sexual intercourse as a biological function is oriented, does not occur. In other words, organic bodily unity is achieved when a man and woman coordinate to perform an act of the kind that causes conception. This act is traditionally called the act of generation or the generative act; if (and only if) it is a free and loving expression of the spouses’ permanent and exclusive commitment, then it is also a marital act. ...

2. Special Link to Children

Most people accept that marriage is also deeply—indeed, in an important sense, uniquely—oriented to having and rearing children. That is, it is the kind of relationship that by its nature is oriented to, and enriched by, the bearing and rearing of children. But how can this be true, and what does it tell us about the structure of marriage?

It is clear that merely committing to rear children together, or even actually doing so, is not enough to make a relationship a marriage — to make it the kind of relationship that is by its nature oriented to bearing and rearing children. If three monks agreed to care for an orphan, or if two elderly brothers began caring for their late sister’s son, they would not thereby become spouses. It is also clear that having children is not necessary to being married; newlyweds do not become spouses only when their first child comes along. Anglo‐American legal tradition has for centuries regarded coitus, and not the conception or birth of a child, as the event that consummates a marriage. Furthermore, this tradition has never denied that childless marriages were true marriages. ...

3. Marital Norms

Finally, unions that are consummated by the generative act, and that are thus oriented to having and rearing children, can make better sense of the other norms that shape marriage as we have known it. ...

Thus, the inherent orientation of conjugal union to children deepens and extends whatever reasons spouses may have to stay together for life and to remain faithful: in relationships that lack this orientation, it is hard to see why permanence and
exclusivity should be, not only desirable whenever not very costly (as stability is in any good human bond), but inherently normative for anyone in the relevant kind of relationship.

A homosexual advocate responds here. And the authors counter very effectively in this article.

South stands firm against DREAM Act amnesty

22 senators from the South voted against the DREAM Act, and 6 voted for it. Sadly, both Virginia senators voted for this monstrosity.

But before we start celebrating, let's not forget that a majority of Senators voted FOR the act, just 5 votes short of enacting it into law.