Saturday, December 31, 2011

TSA expands its reach

Thought you could avoid illegal government searches if you didn't fly, huh? Well, our overlords are one step ahead of you - maybe two. If you don't come to them, they'll come to you:

Weren't airport pat downs enough? The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its reach of checkpoints and control far beyond protecting airports.

"TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass-transit locations around the country," the Los Angeles Times reported. Ray Dineen, the air marshal in charge of the TSA office in Charlotte, N.C., told the paper, "We are not the Airport Security Administration. We take that transportation part seriously." ...

The VIPR teams in 2011 checked ferry, cruise-ship, bus and train passengers. According to News Channel 5, a Nashville, Tenn., TV station, in October, "Tennessee was first to deploy VIPR simultaneously at five weigh stations and two bus stations across the state.

Random checks of private passenger autos is the logical next step. And why not? These unconstitutional searches serve many purposes. Not only do these totalitarian measures keep citizens in a constant state of fear, and therefore make them look to the government to protect them, but they also reinforce the government's authority over us, making us more submissive.

Are you mad enough yet?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Occupy Charlotte protesters arrested

Looks like the Occupy Charlotte protest has attracted the far, far left:

Four protesters, including a teenager, were charged after setting fire to two American flags early Friday near the Occupy Charlotte camp in Center City, police said. ...

Officers arrested 20-year-old Stephen Christopher Morris of Matthews, 28-year-old Jason Bargert of Charlotte, 23-year-old Michael Alan Behrle of Matthews and 19-year-old Alex Macon Tyler of Fort Mill.

All four men were charged with being careless with fire. That charge is a misdemeanor under the city ordnance.

Police officers told WBTV the protesters gave them a verbal tongue-lashing while being detained, calling then fascists, as well as using other colorful words.

I chuckled when I read that Michael Behrle and his fellow occupiers called the police "fascists." He's a member of an "antifa" group, which considers everyone to the right of Che Guevera a fascist.

Here's an interview I did with Mr. Behrle, and here's a story on his confrontation with Jared Taylor last January.

Small towns bear the brunt of war

Who profits from war? People like leftist Democrat Dianne Feinstein, whose husband's firms won multi-million dollar contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Think MAYBE that had something to do with her vote in favor of the Iraq War?)

And who pays for these wars? People like this:

This month, as the last U.S. combat forces left Iraq, the holiday parade in Hickory, North Carolina, featured a first: marchers carrying the names of all the state’s troops who died in that war and in Afghanistan.

“The older men stood and saluted; some people cried,” said Mike Beasley, an ex-Marine who organized the display through his church. “It opened a lot of people up to what had happened.”

Places like Hickory, with a population of 40,010, bore much of the burden of Iraq war casualties. Roughly half of those who died came from towns with fewer than 50,000 people, and of those, about a quarter were from places with less than 10,000, a Bloomberg analysis of U.S. Census figures suggests.

The all-volunteer military gets many front-line troops from rural areas, where there’s a culture of patriotism, a tradition of service and often limited economic opportunities, said Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in defense policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

“Infantry forces, which take the brunt of a lot of the casualties, do tend to draw predominantly from these regions,” O’Hanlon said.

Yes, folks from rural areas, and especially the South, do maintain a culture of patriotism and service. And ironically, as the article explains, the depressed economy provides few options other than enlisting in the military, an economy that's been hamstrung by the policies of the government these soldiers serve.

Does that kind of exploitational government deserve our loyalty and sacrifice?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

If Sean Hannity used the SPLC's standards ...

... and he probably would, especially against Ron Paul ... this is what he'd sound like:

Hannity: Congressman, I did some digging into your connections and found something I didn’t like.

Paul: Really?

Hannity: Yes. I viewed the profiles of some of your Facebook fans, and was shocked, horrified to see the kind of people whom you associate with.

Paul: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Hannity: Well let me give you an idea. Hank Rommel - does that ring a bell Dr. Paul?

Paul: No.

Hannity: He’s been a Facebook fan of yours for nearly two years, and was recently convicted of armed robbery in Tallahassee, Florida. What do you have to say about yourself Congressman?

Paul: Well, I didn’t know him personally nor ever heard of –

Hannity: Excuse me, you should have known about this Congressman. This is serious business. The American people deserve to know the type people whom you associate with.

As a matter of fact, this satire sounds EXACTLY like the SPLC. And it sounds like Hannity, too. If I didn't know this was fake ...

Congress Really Is As Bad As You Think, Scholars Say

Regular readers of this blog already knew that. But what's surprising is the source of this story - NPR!

Happy Kwanza!

Kathy Shaidle:

Kwanzaa, the brainchild of radical black activist and convicted felon, Ron Karenga, is a festival of tradition African principles. Mr. Karenga uses Swahili words for this fictional African feast, though American blacks are descended from Ghana and other parts of West Africa. Kenya and Tanzania, where Swahili is spoken, is thousands of miles away. This makes about as much sense as having Irish-Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by speaking Polish.

Thanks to Bernie for the heads up!

The ethnic group that infects America

An evil force threatens American democracy.

The two-party system teeters on the verge of collapse, warns Robert Reich. "Radicals" in the Republican Party have commandeered the party of Lincoln and steered it to anti-government positions that can only wreak havoc. For you see, if the Republican Party does not continue its noble function of corralling the unenlightened electorate to support the Democratic Party's agenda - socialized medicine, multiculturalism, and affirmative action - then the entire system loses legitimacy.

And who are these "radicals"? They are whites, which is bad enough, but whites from a region that has produced nothing but trouble, says Reich:

As political analyst Michael Lind has noted, today's Tea Party is less an ideological movement than the latest incarnation of an angry white minority -- predominantly Southern, mainly rural, largely male -- that has repeatedly attacked American democracy in order to get its way.

It's no coincidence that the states responsible for putting the most Tea Party representatives in the House are all former members of the Confederacy. Others are from border states with significant Southern populations and Southern ties.

I have an idea - Why not let the South secede? That way, the North will be rid of those Southerners who hold back progress. Win-win!

Omaha struggles with street gangs

Once-peaceful Omaha, Nebraska, has become hostage to a new wave of violence from brutal street gangs:

James Mun, 19, was gunned down in an empty lot on Omaha's gritty north side, as he drank beer with a group of friends early one Saturday morning. Police have made no arrests in the case.

"I can never imagine that I would end up losing my son on the streets of the United States," Koak said.

Mun's murder is the grim consequence of a rising tide of youth and gang violence afflicting Sudanese refugees in the U.S., who have settled mainly in Nebraska, Iowa and other Midwest states. From weekend brawls to shootings and robberies, young Sudanese are victims and victimizers, ending up in hospital beds, behind bars -- or dead.

Sudanese street gangs that began forming around 2003 are responsible for the most serious violence, according to Bruce Ferrell, a former gang unit detective with the Omaha Police Department.

What's behind this invasion from Sudan, of all places? Guess who:

The federal government, through the Office of Refugee Resettlement, provides newly arrived refugees with 90 days of intensive assistance, including housing, food, clothing and employment.

Your tax dollars at work.

Decentralize now!

It's the only solution, says Andrew P. Napolitano. But don't expect any of the Establishment candidates to advocate anything other than more centralization. Here's why:

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney don't want to shrink government. They love government. They just want to manage it better. The problem with that approach is that government by its very design is always mismanaged. The centralization of decision-making amplifies the effects of poor decisions while disincentivizing prudent ones.

Unlike an individual or a well-run corporation, government is not motivated by how efficient it can be, but rather by how lucrative it can be for those associated with it, and how those who run the government can stay in power.

The only alternative to centralization is for people at the local level to reclaim self-government.

Quote of the day

"But I must remember who I am dealing with and be content with the knowledge I have and that they lack." Billy Yank, telling the world that no matter how many arguments he loses with Southerners, he's still superior to them.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This day in history

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

From Infoplease:

As the preeminent spokesman for the South, Calhoun tried to reconcile the preservation of the Union with the fact that under the Union the South's dominant agricultural economy was being neglected and even injured for the benefit of the ever-increasing commercial and industrial power of the North. When a still higher tariff replaced (1832) the Tariff of Abominations of 1828, he maintained that the Constitution, rightly interpreted, gave a state the power to nullify federal legislation inimical to its interests. He returned to South Carolina, had a state convention called, and directed the passage of the famous ordinance of nullification.

But remember - despite the long-brewing economic conflict between the agricultural South and the industrial North, the South seceded over slavery, period.

Technology Civil War? South's Tech Sector Thrives

Why are high-tech companies prospering in the South? It's not just the climate - it's our culture:

Southern businesses look to build companies that provide their employees with healthy lifestyles, something they say stands in stark contrast to Silicon Valley's mentality.

“Silicon Valley has more of a culture of working 24/7, where Atlanta is a little more laid back," Pardot CEO David Cummings told FoxNews.com. His five-year-old firm provides on-demand Web marketing automation products that integrate with popular sites, such as Salesforce.com and SugarCRM.

"We are still very successful while keeping a good balance between life and work,” he said.

Both Cummings and Graham commented on the emphasis Southern companies place on family life.

“If you follow our tech entrepreneurs on Twitter, the first thing you are going to see in their bios is not the business they run but something about their family or who they are,” Graham said. “I still try to be home at six to have dinner with my family.”

You want a flash in the pan? Go to Silicon Valley. You'll make more money at first, but you'll burn out before you know it. The South is all about the long term, the permanent things.

Thanks to Jeff and Scott for the link!

Why the establishment really fears Ron Paul

What's behind all the frothing attacks on Ron Paul, the "scary racist"? As Jack Hunter says, "Let's cut the crap":

The GOP establishment’s main beef with Ron Paul is his foreign policy. This ideological chasm is the subtext to most attacks on Paul from the right. To their credit, some of Paul’s critics are man (or woman) enough to confront the congressman on this subject directly. Paul welcomes these challenges and wants his fellow Republicans to debate what a true conservative foreign policy should look like. But the members of the Republican establishment do not want any such discussion. In fact, they fear it.

It's not just the "GOP establishment" that fears and loathes Ron Paul. Charles Johnson, the liberal interventionist at Little Green Footballs, has also piled on Paul, and he's joined by the multicult storm troopers at One People's Project.

What do these three seemingly divergent groups have in common?

They're all totalitarian wannabes, that's what. They know that only an all-powerful central government can feed their endless appetite for control over others. And an aggressive foreign policy is the prerequisite of an aggressive domestic policy.

The good news is that their fear is very real. Ron Paul's success is a direct rejection of big government. With 64% of Americans now viewing the government as their greatest threat, and active duty military personnel backing Ron Paul more than any other candidate, vital support of the warfare-welfare state is rapidly evaporating.

So no wonder the chickenhawks and their leftist allies are screaming "Racist!" at the top of their lungs. It's their last resort, and they know it.

"I Am Denmark"


Here's a video and a link to the platform of the Danish People's Party. Whether it's possible to be "just a little multicult" is debatable, but at the core of this message is a stubborn declaration of love for one's own heritage, as well as a refusal to submit to occupiers. Here's the DPP platform:

Danish independence and freedom are the primary objectives of Danish foreign policy. The Danish People's Party wishes friendly and dynamic cooperation with all the democratic and freedom-loving peoples of the world, but we will not allow Denmark to surrender its sovereignty.

As a consequence, the Danish People's Party opposes the European Union.

The country is founded on the Danish cultural heritage and therefore, Danish culture must be preserved and strengthened. This culture consists of the sum of the Danish people's history, experience, beliefs, language and customs. Preservation and further development of this culture is crucial to the country's survival as a free and enlightened society.

Denmark is not an immigrant-country and never has been. Thus we will not accept transformation to a multiethnic society. Denmark belongs to the Danes and its citizens must be able to live in a secure community founded on the rule of law, which develops along the lines of Danish culture.

Is Western Civilization finally stirring back to life?

Segregated Charter Schools Evoke Separate But Equal Era in U.S.

Give people too much freedom, allow them to choose where and how their kids are educated, and look what happens - they start self-segregating! And not just the whites, but the blacks, too!

That's why we need socialism!

Flags of the Rebellion


Click image to Texas-size!

"Electricity from New Orleans, Raleigh, or Atlanta can help light lamps in Des Moines."

In 1963, everyone accepted the Confederate Battleflag as a symbol of a proud culture.

Today, that's still true. And to the globalist elite, that's a problem.

Tip o' the slouch hat to Bernie!


Send your flag pictures to rebellionblog@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Quote of the day

"While projecting guilt onto the enemy always precedes their annihilation, instilling guilt in them can win a war without a shot being fired." Jim Goad

Please click on this and read the whole thing. It's a classic.

Welcome to the Barack H. Obama Indefinite Detention Center

Here's a handy Q&A to help you adjust to post-American America.

For background, see this and this. And watch what you say.

This day in history

In 1979, the Soviet Union took control of Afghanistan, installing Afghan politician Babrak Karmal as president. Soviet goals included liberating the Afghans, and halting the expansion of Islamic extremism.

Hmmm... that sounds awfully familiar. Where have I heard that before?

Muslim who threatened Pam Geller killed in attack on police officer

Let's see if we can figure out who's ultimately responsible for this:

Using a knife and a handgun, Jameela Cecila Barnette, 53, assaulted an officer from the department’s Precinct 3 who had knocked on her apartment door after responding to an alarm, Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. Despite receiving injuries to his arm, Pierce said the officer, who is not being identified at this time, fired his service weapon to stop the assault.

On her blog, Pam Geller notes that the suspect had not only threatened her, but also U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-New York), and New York state Sen. Greg Ball, who had investigated Muslim influence on domestic terrorists.

What Geller overlooked, though, is how much Jameela Barnette may have been influenced by the Southern Poverty Law Center's slander against Geller and her Stop Islamization of America organization. According to the SPLC, Pam Geller is an "Islamophobe" and "professional Muslim hater", and the organization Geller and Robert Spencer founded is a "hate group."

It seems easy to conclude that Jameela Barnette would see anyone who questioned the role of Islam in domestic terror as an enemy motivated only by "hate."

After all, when nutcase Jared Loughner killed six people at a Tucson, Arizona, political rally, the SPLC didn't hesitate to conclude Loughner had acted on the "antigovernment paranoia" caused by conservatives who opposed Obama's leftist agenda.

So it seems fair to me to condemn the SPLC by the same standards it condemns others.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas in Dixie



It's windy in Chicago.
The kids are out of school.
There's magic in Motown.
The city's on the move.
In Jackson, Mississippi to Charlotte, Caroline.
And all across the Nation, it's a peaceful Christmas time.

Christmas in Dixie, it's snowing in the pines.
Merry Christmas from Dixie, to everyone tonight.
And from Fort Payne, Alabama.

God bless you all, We love ya,
Happy New Year, Good night, Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas tonight...

Lee's Christmas letter to his daughter

“Coosawatchie, South Carolina, December 25, 1861

My Dear Daughter,

May God guard and preserve you for me, my dear daughter! Among the calamities of war, the hardest to bear, perhaps, is the separation of families and friends. Yet all must be endured to accomplish our independence and maintain our self-government. In my absence from you I have thought of you very often and regretted I could do nothing for your comfort. Your old home, if not destroyed by our enemies, has been so desecrated that I cannot bear to think of it. I should have preferred it to have been wiped from the earth, it’s beautiful hill sunk, and its sacred trees buried rather than to have been degraded by the presence of those who revel in the ill they do for their own selfish purposes.

I pray for a better spirit and that the hearts of our enemies may be changed. In your homeless condition I hope you make yourself contented and useful. Occupy yourself in aiding those more helpless than yourself. Think always of your father.

R.E. Lee.”


Thanks to Bernie for the link!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Iraq must divide to survive

The Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds of Iraq are slaughtering each other because each has its own interests, traditions, and ideas of what government should and should not do.

There's only one option left, says this timely article from the UK Guardian. The author recommends the Iraqi version of States' Rights.

But in view of the depth of division among these groups, maybe it's time they agree to "shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better."

The DC Empire imposed on the Iraqis the 19th- and 20th-century model of the all-powerful central government. But recent events have repudiated that model all over the world. It's time it died a natural death.

This day in history

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

Who Leads the Attack On Ron Paul?

The usual suspects, that's who:

From the remorseless liars that brought America into the Iraq War, have kept the US mired in Afghanistan for now over a decade, oversaw the genocide in Libya wrought by NATO-backed Al Qaeda terrorists, and are attempting to incite war with both Syria and Iran, comes a frothing, if not entirely elementary attack against one of the few obstacles that stands in their way of perpetual war fought at America’s expense but for their personal gain. That obstacle is Ron Paul and the Constitutional reawakening he has spurred.

These people profit from the Empire's international murder racket, and Ron Paul's call to restore sanity would put an end to their sweet little gig. So naturally the pro-war, any war gang tosses anything it can at him.

These people can't argue the facts, so they scream "Racism!" at their enemies. As I've argued before, both buttoned-up Neocons and the Halloween Left share the same lust for power and hatred of traditional America, and see big government as a weapon they can use to take what they want.

Orly Taitz calls for Arizona to secede

And other states should follow, says Dr. Taitz. DC has demonstrated time and again that it does not intend to fulfill its duties; in fact, it is siding with foreign powers against the people's interests. A secession referendum is our legal right. Nothing else, Taitz argues, will get DC's attention:

Just calling the referendum in one state, like the state of AZ, would send chills down the spines of the scoundrels in the federal government. They will know, that one state seceding from the union, will create an avalanche of seceding states. Those states might form one new union or several unions, but one important thing, is that the scoundrels in Washington will be out of work. We have seen such corrupt unions dismantling. Soviet Union came apart, so did Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. People and individual states can chose to dismantle a union and build a new union, if the government in the old union became too bloated and corrupt. I do not know, if we will need to go as far as dismantling the union, but just calling a referendum would be a good start to send a message.

Please, let’s start a petition to the governor of AZ to schedule a referendum. I need volunteers to help me with this petition.

Friends, we've been waiting for a prominent person to take up the banner of State secession. Here's our opportunity. Contact Dr. Taitz here:

29839 Sta Margarita Pkwy,
Ste 100
Rancho Sta Margarita, CA 92688
orly.taitz@gmail.com
(949) 766-7687

Secession is an idea whose time has come ...

... to Australia. The National Forum features an argument for Western Australia's independence using Thomas Jefferson's compact theory as justification. Toward the end of the piece, it also cites an article by Dr. Thomas Woods to bolster its case.

How long until Jefferson's ideas catch on here at home?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This day in history

In 1989, communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania was overthrown.

Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons

Our recent post on the increasingly totalitarian measures the Obama regime is resorting to in the never-ending war on terror takes on an even chillier significance in light of this story on the militarization of local law enforcement:

[T]housands of ... local police departments nationwide have been amassing stockpiles of military-style equipment in the name of homeland security, aided by more than $34 billion in federal grants since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a Daily Beast investigation conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Thank you, Department of Homeland Security. Once again, we're seeing the harmful domestic effects of an aggressive foreign policy.

And the ruling elite wonder why Ron Paul's attracting so much support.

Facing the race issue in America

Stogie at Saberpoint offers some observations on both the Ron Paul newsletter story and race in general that are worth reading. Facts are facts, he insists, and defends Paul's comments about black crime rates by quoting Heather McDonald from the New York Post:

Nearly every day, the police experience a reality that is kept assiduously out of public awareness: the overwhelming disproportion in crime. In 2009, for example, blacks, who are 23 percent of the city’s [New York's] population, committed 80 percent of all shootings, according to reports filed by the victims and witnesses. Whites, who are 35 percent of the population, committed 1.4 percent of all shootings.

It's time we discarded the wishful thinking and denial that Americans have allowed to define "acceptable" views on race. It's a topic that continues to incite passions despite the efforts of government, academia, and Hollywood to declare the issue settled. They all demand we pretend everyone's equal despite the embarrassing facts, as well as many other realities that insist the differences between the races are more than superficial.

Why is this important? Like global warming, equality is a bottomless gold mine for those who seek political and economic power over others. If we imagine that everyone's equal, and measures of success such as test scores, income, and crime statistics stubbornly reflect persistent inequalities, OBVIOUSLY there's evil afoot that can only be met with more government programs, more bloated bureaucracy, and more taxes to pay for it all.

However, if the word gets out that such programs are hopeless wastes of money and effort, we can begin to put together more sane educational and political policies - policies based on reality instead of an ideology of, for, and by an ambitious ruling class and its dependent constituencies.

Who suffers from policies that conflict with reality? Everyone, including blacks whose communities are devastated by the unforeseen consequences of liberal social programs, such as families broken by welfare dependence and marauding gangs of fatherless youths. At some point, we all have to say, "Enough is enough."

Neocons Urge Obama to intervene in Syria

As Iraq slides into chaos and civil war, thanks to the destabilizing Bush invasion, spokesghouls for the war industry are itching for yet another romp through the Middle Eastern minefield. In a letter published in The Weekly Standard (of course!), Elliott Abrams, Max Boot, Douglas J. Feith, Robert Kagan, and, of course, William Kristol, demand Obama use his imperial authority to launch a new war we can't afford in a region of the world where we shouldn't be messing.

In other words, the same gaggle of draft dodgers and war speculators that lied us into Iraq want us to mire ourselves in Syria. America needs to lay off that Kristol Meth.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

President Obama Can Kill You On His Own Discretion Without Charge or Trial

And if you object to this new power, you're obviously a racist terrorist white supremacist. Or something. Whatever you are, the Homeland will be better off without you.

US Citizen Convicted of Providing ‘Material Support’ to Terrorists

Okay, this is scary:

An American citizen from a Boston suburb was convicted on Tuesday on terrorism charges, but the charges were loosely defined and the verdict may represent a significant blow to free speech rights.

Federal prosecutors claimed that Tarek Mehanna, 29, traveled to Yemen in 2004 with the hope of training as a terrorist and going on to fight American soldiers in Iraq. He failed to find any training camps, but returned home and allegedly promoted al Qaeda by writing about violent jihad against U.S. foreign policy on the Internet.

Mehanna and his lawyers instead claimed that he traveled to Yemen to receive training to become an Islamic scholar and that his writings on the Internet amounted to free speech.

In other words, Mehanna didn't commit or plot violence. He only advocated jihad. But the government successfully prosecuted him for "supporting terrorism."

This, combined with Obama's new law making the US part of the battlefield in the never-ending war on terror, thereby enabling the military to imprison suspects, including citizens, without a trial, should slap everyone awake to the growing threat of the rogue regime in DC.

I'm sure the pro-war, any way crowd will shrug and say, "Hey, the guy's a Muslim! Glad they got him!" But the bottom line is that the man is a US citizen who's been jailed for broadcasting unpopular opinions.

Where does it end? If you disagree with the US occupation of Afghanistan, are you providing support to the Taliban?

Ask not for whom the bell tolls.

I've changed my mind about amnesty

It's all about fairness.

Consider: A man who only wanted a share of the American dream ignored a law. But his children are blameless. So why shouldn't they be allowed to remain in the home their father provided for them through years of hard work? And why should they have to surrender the only life they've ever known?

After all, the children have gone to college and are working at becoming contributing citizens and good Americans. Can't we all find a place in our hearts to forgive them and accept them, rather than condemn them for something they had no say in? Should the children be punished for the crimes of their father?

Amnesty isn't a popular term, but sometimes it's the right thing to do.

So it's agreed: Bernie Madoff's children should be allowed to keep their father's money. Because it makes just as much sense as amnesty for illegal aliens.

Email scam of the week

I love the unique approach this one takes. Plus, it's one of the best written scam emails I've ever seen. Enjoy:

Greetings,

I am Mrs.Safia Farkash Gahdafi the wife of the late Libyan Leader Colonel Muammar Gahdafi. Following the recent rebellion in my country and the brutal death of my husband on the 20 Oct 2011, I have been thrown into a state of utter confusion, frustration and hopelessness; I have been subjected to physical and psychological torture by the security agents in Algeria where we seek refuge at present.

You must have heard over the media reports and the internet on the recovery of various huge sums of money deposited by my husband in different firms abroad, some companies willingly give up their secrets and disclosed our money confidently lodged
there or many outright blackmail. In fact the total sum discovered by the Government so far is in the tune of $900 Million Dollars. And they are not relenting to make me poor for life; I got your contact email address through my research and out of desperation decided to reach you through this medium.

Please note that honesty is the watch word in this transaction. I will require your full names and address and telephone so that we can commence communication immediately and I will give you a more detailed picture of things. In case you don’t accept please do not let me out to the security as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence.

Sincerely

Safia Farkash Gaddafi

Now we finally know how to spell Gaddafi's name!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Apple hates Southerners

The Siri voice recognition app in Apple's new iPhone can't understand Southerners.

Thanks to Jeff for the link!

The Village Voice hates bass players

Read how the mighty Village Voice (a leftist rag, as we all know) misrepresented the comments of Stogie, a blogger and pretty good bass player.

Quote of the day

"What the US government means by 'the enemy' is the rest of the world outside official Washington." Justin Raimondo

Former U.S. Afghanistan Commander McChrystal scores new gig

One thing you have to admit about the military-industrial complex: It takes care of its own:

Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, hired Stanley McChrystal, a former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, for a new unit seeking U.S. government contracts.

McChrystal, 57, will serve as chairman of Siemens Government Technologies, which spans security systems to engineering software for defense equipment, the Munich-based company said in a statement today. Siemens appointed former U.S. Army Lieutenant General John Sylvester and Robert Coutts, a former Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) executive, as board members.

“General McChrystal brings us tremendous knowledge from a soldier’s perspective and from a policy perspective,” Judy Marks, president and chief executive officer of the government technology unit, said in a telephone interview. “He is the perfect fit.”

Yes. I'm sure he is.

Why we fight

The coincidence of Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong Il dying within hours of each other provides us with a rich opportunity to contrast two very different men. This cartoon from Kevin Siers says it all:


Here's the full quote from Havel:

“A state that denies its citizens their basic rights becomes a danger to its neighbors as well: internal arbitrary rule will be reflected in arbitrary external relations. The suppression of public opinion, the abolition of public competition for power and its public exercise opens the way for the state power to arm itself in any way it sees fit. A state that does not hesitate to lie to its own people will not hesitate to lie to other states.”

What struck me was how this echoed Robert E. Lee's prophetic warning to Lord Acton:

"[T]he consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it."

Both Lee the Confederate and Havel the anti-communist described the ultimate enemy of freedom and security: the consolidation of power. R.J. Rummel's studies confirm that the greatest threats to an individual's life and liberty come not from foreign sources, but from his own government. Just as the tyranny of Reconstruction gave birth to the imperial rampages of the DC Empire (which continue to this day), the domestic and war crimes of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were made possible - or inevitable - by the same mechanism, an all-powerful central government. The message is clear: Big Government is the enemy.

That's why electing the other Establishment party is no solution. For proof, look at how Obama expanded both the war in Afghanistan and the Bush-Cheney assault on the Bill of Rights.

The only answer is devolution, the resumption of local self-determination. The only way to end the terror and corruption of the megastate is to dismantle it, and that means the return to human-scaled political units.

The good news is that the process has already begun. Secession is on the rise all around the world. Know hope.

This day in history

In 1860, South Carolina reclaimed its delegated powers from the Union.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Quote of the day

"It should never be forgotten: a libertarian is a type of liberal, he is not a conservative. A libertarian doesn't believe in a cultural or moral order; he believes in equal freedom. And the consistent pursuit of equal freedom requires the destruction of all cultural and moral order, which is done by calling the defenders of any cultural or moral order 'haters.'" Lawrence Auster

Walter Reed "accidentally" bans Bibles

This is one of those stories that make you go "hmmmm":

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is backtracking on an order that banned family members from bringing Bibles and other religious materials to injured soldiers and a religious organization is demanding an explanation.

Issued on the date of the official consolidation of the region's two military medical centers, the memo on visitor and patient policy contained a section stating "No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit." The Sept. 14 memo came from the desk of Col. Norvell Coots, the commander of the Walter Reed Healthcare system.

A spokeswoman for Walter Reed told The Washington Examiner on Friday that the policy was "written incorrectly," and that a ban on religious items was never enforced.

I have another theory. I say Col. Coots wrote exactly what was on his mind and skeedaddled away from his own words when he started catching heat.

Typical bureaucrat.

Another racist plot

The first black Attorney General has a real scandal on his hands with the "Fast and Furious" story revealing mind-blowing levels of incompetence and bungled attempts to cover up the facts. So there's only one thing to do: scream racism! Why not? It's worked before.

Attorney General Eric Holder accused his growing chorus of critics of racist motivations in a Sunday interview published in the New York Times. When reached by The Daily Caller Monday morning, the Department of Justice provided no evidence to support the attorney general’s claims.

Holder said some unspecified faction — what he refers to as the “more extreme segment” — is driven to criticize both him and President Barack Obama due to the color of their skin. Holder did not appear to elaborate on who he considered to make up the “more extreme segment.”

“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” Holder said, according to the Times. “Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”

Yes. Because if a white liberal was responsible for a sting operation that ended up putting weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, resulting in over 300 deaths, no one would've made a peep.

Civil War Manipulation

At the pro-Empire site Civil War Memory, Kevin Levin and his Lincoln-Lovin' Legion have tired of "raging" at noted author and vexillologist Ed Sebesta, and have returned to their regularly scheduled program of mocking the South.

In a typical post, Levin makes some catty remark about the South, and the Legionnaires hoot, snicker, and pile on with their own snitty comments. Anyone who doesn't embrace the approved history of the Empire's wars of liberation is met with jeers, and the Lincoln Lovers congratulate each other for their superior intelligence and orthodoxy.

Sound like fun? Well, in a post entitled Deep Thoughts With the Kennedy Brothers, Levin offers this quote from Lincoln's Marxists by Al Benson, Jr., and Walter Donald Kennedy (though Levin sloppily attributes it to Kennedy and his brother James Ronald, whom he dismisses as the "dynamic duo"):

“Adolf Hitler admired Lincoln’s attack upon state’s rights and emulated Lincoln by destroying the last vestiges of “statal rights” in the German Federal Republic. Lincoln, Marx, Engles, and Hitler–what a band of brothers!”

Regular commenter Andy Hall added this:

In reference to the quote about Hitler’s supposed admiration for Lincoln, Donnie Kennedy cites the work’s author as “Kennedy” which is kind of a douchey thing to do to the work’s first author, Al Benson, Jr.

I don’t know what Benson and Walter Kennedy cite as evidence of Hitler’s deliberate emulation of Lincoln, but Hitler himself explicitly expected to develop kinship with the states of the old Confederacy on attitudes of race. From Mein Kampf, pp 401-02, in the footnotes:

"In practice the word ['Aryan'] is officially used today as a racial term excluding Jews and negroes [sic.]. The second are frowned upon because (i.a.) they are admitted into the French army; and because, it is hoped, sympathy for the Nazi cause may be thus awakened among Southerners in the United States."

I’m guessing that quote doesn’t appear in any of the Kennedys’ books.

To which I replied:

Hitler may have hoped for support from the South, but then he also hoped that Britain would join him against the Soviets. Does that impugn the people of Britain, or what they fought for?

As far as actual philosophy and policy, Lincoln's regime comes much closer to mirroring Hitler. Not only is there the genocide of American Indians, but opposition to States' Rights. From page 831 of Mein Kampf:

"The states that make up the American Union are mostly in the nature of territories, more or less, formed for technical administrative purposes, their boundaries having in many cases been fixed in the mapping office. Originally these states did not and could not possess sovereign rights of their own. Because it was the Union that created most of the so-called states."

Sounds rather Lincolnian, doesn't it?

Of course, there's only one way for a defender of the Empire to respond to such a heretical comment: Delete it. Which is exactly what Kevin Levin did.

So much for reasoned and impartial discourse in pursuit of the truth.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Vaclav Havel, Anti-Communist Hero, RIP

Former Czech president Havel died "peacefully in his sleep" at the age of 75. He will long be remembered for his role in overthrowing the communist regime in his native country, and for continuing his anti-communist activism all over the world until the very end.

But there's a special place in the hearts of self-determination activists for Vaclav Havel. Faced with a secessionist movement by the eastern half of Czechoslovakia, he took the role of the anti-Lincoln, and respected the Slovaks' right to govern themselves. The two nations continue to live in peace.

Now that's a legacy to be proud of.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Farm profits up?

How is that possible, considering how eeeevil xenophobes have passed laws to stop the flow of illegal aliens, who are the ONLY ones who can pick crops? Steve Sailer is simply bumfuzzled:

As all know from reading the newspapers, food in America would cost more per ounce than gold if we weren't lucky enough to have a constant stream of undocumented workers to do all the work. Without a vast influx of newcomers each year, our poor farmers would be ruined, ruined I tell you. It's economically, and perhaps biologically, impossible to grow food in America without an endless supply of semi-literate but highly fertile foreigners.

Which raises another question: How did we helpless Anglos ever feed ourselves before the Latinization of America? I don't know. I just don't know.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens, RIP

Yes, it's possible to feel compassion, even a sneaking admiration, for a man who was once accurately described as “lying, self-serving, fat-assed, chain-smoking, drunken, opportunistic [and] cynical.” Christopher Hitchens was all those things, but also a gifted writer, polemicist, and story teller, and now he is gone, following an excruciating battle with esophageal cancer. You'd have to be pretty hard-hearted not to be touched by what he endured.

But questions remain. What does Hitchens' legacy tell us about ourselves and our time? That legacy, of course, is that of articulate and militant promotion of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Look at how that legacy is celebrated by supposedly antagonistic camps in the political blogosphere. Over at The Other McCain, Hitchens is recognized as an "atheist [who] abandoned the Left for conservatism." Meanwhile, at Charles Johnson's Little Green Footballs, Hitchens is mourned with this farewell: "One of the real heroes of rational humanism and critical thinking has left us, and we’ll all be poorer for his leaving. I’ll miss you, Christopher."

Despite the ferocity of his prose, Hitch has in death transubstantiated into a revered figure of unity. Those who once were far off have been brought near by his life's work, and especially by his advocacy of war, the great unifier.

Problem is, Hitchens never "abandoned the Left for conservatism"; he remained a self-described Trotskyite. The Neocon Wars he supported were conceived and implemented as grand Trotskyite projects to promote big government and globalism. Yes, he despised Islam, but he despised all religion. Hitchens also had nothing but the leftist's contempt for traditional culture, especially the South, for daring to defend its beloved symbols.

Now why, in the middle of a euology, would some trouble-maker elbow his way to the podium to demand time for a rebuttal? Because if we continue to spread the misconception that support for war, any war, somehow defines conservatism, we will end up abandoning genuine conservatism and its love of liberty for a bizarre ideology that promotes and glorifies war's chief sponsor and beneficiary, which is authoritarian government. These days, the policies of open borders, perpetual war, and the scuttling of the Bill of Rights in the name of national security are sold in the name of "conservatism."

Can we mourn the man while repudiating his projects? We must do both.

Quote of the day

"I've wandered much further today than I should / And I can't seem to find my way back to the Wood." Kenny Loggins, Return to Pooh Corner