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.
Monday, April 24, 2017
This seemingly insignificant story reveals the mainstream media's hidden agenda. From Fox News:
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 Unpublished data from an exit poll by Litbang Kompas, which Reuters reviewed, found “same religion” was by far the most common reason why voters supported the victor.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
Friday, March 31, 2017
Here's an insightful and deeply frightening interview with a young Belgian man who converted to Islam. What's fascinating is how Michael Delefortrie's life story illustrates much of what's gone wrong with Western nations that are hell-bent on jettisoning their historic cultures and replacing them with a dismally uniform multiculturalism. As Delefortrie makes clear, the rot that's eating the West emanates from the decay of the family unit. What's left is a generation without a past, and therefore, with nothing to belong to, that is, to identify them. The libertarians may howl, but nature abhors a vacuum. Islam offers hard, certain answers to the questions all young people seek, and it's obvious Delefortrie has taken those answers to heart. From CNN:
He doesn’t shake hands with me, as a woman, but he is polite, makes eye contact, apologizes for being late, cracks jokes and even flirts a little with my young producer. And while he dismisses his own nationality — “I’m not Belgian. I am Muslim” — and wants to see Western democracy replaced by the strictest form of Sharia law, the returned ISIS fighter is more than happy to accept welfare checks from the Belgian government. “We were raised like normal Catholic people, with their holidays,” he remembers. “On Sunday, we thank God, and that’s the way it is.” But after a rocky childhood that he says was marred by his mother’s alcoholism, his parents’ divorce and his own ADHD diagnosis, he began smoking weed, experimenting with harder drugs, and doing badly in school. “You’re searching for your identity, like everybody else in the world,” he says as he remembers his troubled teenage years. At about 16, he came across a book that he says changed his life. It was called “The Way of the Muslim.” He says Islam offered him the promise of purpose and structure, providing strict rules and moral clarity in a world where the prevailing liberalism favored shades of gray over black and white."Liberated" individuals, who are unconnected to others and free to choose any identity, are in fact rootless and half-alive. Nature abhors cultural vacuums as well, and the alien, anti-human beliefs of Islam are ready to replace the mush of "tolerance" and liberalism the ruling elite and its intellectual flacks have pushed onto the general population. We'd better wake up to what's happening all around us.
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
There was never a real debate about race and IQ. Most egalitarians simply resorted to cutting off any debate before it got started. The noisy, petulant response to Charles Murray at Middlebury College would've been laughable had it not been so totalitarian in its aim. So much for reasoned discourse on today's college campuses. But leftists can clamp their hands over their ears and sing "la-la-la" all they want; reality isn't going away. This article from Quillette summarizes what Murray and his co-author Herrnstein argued in The Bell Curve. As the authors point out, these theses are now mainstream:
Claim 1: There is a g factor of cognitive ability on which individuals differ. Claim 2: Intelligence is heritable. Claim 3: Intelligence predicts important real world outcomes. Claim 4a: There are race differences in intelligence, with East Asians scoring roughly 103 on IQ tests, Whites scoring 100, and Blacks scoring 85.Why is this important? Because they all fly in the face of the ruling ideology, which claims the right to use force at home and abroad to uphold equality and democracy. There's a lot of political and economic power riding on the preservation of that ruling ideology. Also, recognizing racial averages in IQ are NOT about oppressing anybody; they're all about learning to work with what we've got. As a society, we've squandered millions on domestic policies based on the assumption of basic equality, and we have nothing to show for it, other than a lot of disappointment and resentment. Since everyone is equal, persistent disparities MUST be based on a racist conspiracy, right? Should we continue to pour more millions into the bottomless pit of equality? Seems to me, if we're going to implement genuine educational reforms, those reforms MUST arise from fact, not fantasy.
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The people of Britain have reclaimed their right to self-government, popular sovereignty, and British identity. The globalist elite is still sulking, but Prime Minister May has made it clear her government intends to carry out the will of the people as expressed in the Brexit referendum:
Theresa May vowed to restore Britain's 'self-determination' as our historic EU divorce letter was finally delivered to Brussels today - including a stark warning that trying to punish the UK would be a 'costly mistake'. The Prime Minister delivered an upbeat vision of a country whose 'best days lie ahead' as she confirmed her envoy Sir Tim Barrow had handed the formal notification to European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels. She insisted she wanted to forge a 'deep and special special partnership' with the Brussels club and appealed for 'constructive' engagement during the looming negotiations.The Globalist Experiment is dead.
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Looks like there are nasty, unexpected side effects to letting people from all over the world colonize a city. Paris is no exception - heck, it's quickly becoming the world's object lesson in multiculturalism:
French police said on Tuesday they opened an inquiry after a Chinese man was shot dead by police at his Paris home, triggering rioting in the French capital by members of the Chinese community and a sharp reaction from Beijing. The shooting on Sunday, which led China's foreign ministry to call in a French diplomat, brought about a 100 members of the French-Chinese community on to the streets in Paris's main Chinatown district on Monday night. Some protesters threw projectiles outside the district's police headquarters and a number of vehicles were torched in a confrontation with riot police. Media reports said a 56-year-old man of Chinese origin was shot dead at his home on Sunday night in front of his family after police were called to investigate an altercation with a neighbor.Is there a single place in the Western world where diversity is a strength, and not a festering problem? I don't know of one.
Enforcing long-established immigration law is suddenly a flashpoint for new conflicts, and Trump's vow to deny federal funds to cities that openly defy the law is heating things up. Battle lines are forming between Anglo America and Hispanic America:
Responding to the latest warnings by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Department of Justice funds will be withheld from sanctuary cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he will fight efforts by the Trump administration to take away federal funding needed for law enforcement in Los Angeles. Garcetti said that such actions would be unconstitutional, adding that the city’s policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.” “Slashing funds for first-responders, for our port and airport, for counterterrorism, crime-fighting and community-building serves no one — not this city, not the federal government, not the American people,” he said. “We will fight to protect the safety and dignity of all Angelenos, and we will work closely with our representatives in Congress to make sure that Los Angeles does not go without federal resources that help protect millions of people every day.”The way this is shaping up, it's sure to add more impetus to the growing Calexit movement. California has already sided with the sanctuary cities, and is even considering making the entire state a sanctuary for illegal aliens. Funny how liberals, who think their ideology is universal, keep proving that demographics is destiny without realizing it.
Monday, March 27, 2017
The Evil Empire's Pentagram has struck again:
While Pentagon statements on them insisted everyone killed was an ISIS fighters, mounting evidence suggests US airstrikes against the city of Mosul have killed nearly 300 civilians, with attacks just last week burying over 150 people under the rubble of residential buildings in the city’s west.But don't worry - the Pentagram promises a FULL INVESTIGATION. Yeah. But after all, you have to break a few eggs to make a democratic omelet. Liberating the world is hard work, and mistakes will be made (notice the passive voice). Think we've learned any lessons from this? Check out this report:
Iraqi officials had previously predicted they’d have western Mosul fully “liberated” by the end of March. With just a few days left, the offensive remains largely stalled however, with the offensive moving at a snail’s pace. Hoping to speed things up, the US has announced another escalation, sending more combat troops into the city.I just hope no one ever tries to liberate me.
Posted by Old Rebel at Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
“We've seen this rise of a kind of a right-wing movement here and throughout Europe. And this is only going to put wind in the sails of those who would say that this is an issue that needs to be looked at, that needs to be examined in terms of refugees.” - NBC News reporter Matt Bradley on today's terror attack in London that's claimed at least four people. Of course, Mr. Bradley is right -- all good, right-thinking people must ignore their lying eyes and believe in diversity.
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Earlier this month, the latest educational crusade to reduce the Black/White performance gap received some dismal news:
A new progress report for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that shows no academic impact for its Project LIFT schools that are on a year-round calendar. Bruns Academy and Walter G. Byers received an F-grade. Druid Hills Academy and Thomasboro Academy received a D-grade. All of the schools scored well below 50-percent proficiency for End of Grade reading and math tests. Channel 9 reached out to incoming Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox to see if he has seen the report. Channel 9 is waiting to get a response.I mean, was it too much to expect a little something for a project that's already chugged down $55 million? Taxpayers finally have an answer, in an op-ed entitled "Project LIFT’s results are better than you think" from today's Charlotte Observer:
It is true that we have not documented that the district’s Continuous Learning Calendars have resulted in improvements. But limits on what we can do with data prevent us from knowing why that’s the case. While it’s possible that they are ineffective, it’s equally possible that our research did not capture changes that have occurred. It’s also possible that it’s too early to tell.Of course. The auditors can only do so much with the data, so they're not qualified to evaluate the program. Now THAT inspires confidence in the system! Besides, you can't disprove that there MIGHT be positive changes from Project Lift, so the only possible conclusion is that it's a success. Yay! And there's more:
After four years, our research shows that LIFT is starting to get real results. Teachers and principals are reporting healthier school climates, and attendance is up in middle and high schools. We see promising evidence of increased academic achievement across most grade bands, and middle grade students are showing particularly impressive results. Finally, West Charlotte’s high school graduation rate is nearing 90 percent – and has nearly caught up with the rest of the CMS district.Yeah, take that, sceptics! Who could argue that the "healthier school climates" reported by school employees aren't real? Not me. And then there's the higher graduation rate compared to prior years -- never mind that starting in 2010, Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools dropped the number of credits to graduate from 28 to 24. And pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
This story is not only sad, but soooo revealing of the insane times we live in. From WBTV:
A Salisbury woman accused of conducting medical procedures using non-medical silicone is facing murder charges after police say a teen received injections at her home and later died. Salisbury police say 42-year-old Kavonceya Iman Cornelius, also known as Kenneth Rudolph Cornelius, gave 19-year-old Eugene Jones II silicone injections at her home on Union Heights Boulevard in Salisbury. Jones went back to Fayetteville where he later died from the procedure on Jan. 12, police say.So, a fake woman who is a fake doctor gave fake medical silicone to another fake woman. Now the oh-so-politically correct chorus will cry, "If only our society were more accepting of gender fluidity!" No, that's not a solution, that attitude is the PROBLEM. Your imagination cannot change your chromosomes. Believing otherwise, and DEMANDING that everyone else agrees with you, is what killed this young man.
Posted by Old Rebel at Monday, March 20, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
The last Turkish invasion of Europe struck down 50,000 souls, but Europe successfully fought for its independence and survival as a culture. Now it sounds like President Erdogan is calling for a rematch. But instead of the old-fashioned way with messy armies and wide-scale battles, Erdogan is whipping the flames of 4th Generation Warfare to conquer Europe from within:
Calling Turks the “future of Europe,” Turkey’s president on Friday implored his compatriots living on the Continent to have multiple children as an act of revenge against the West’s “injustices.” “Go live in better neighborhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a rally on Friday in the city of Eskisehir, while campaigning for a referendum that would solidify his power. “Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you.”I bet the Dutch are wondering about a do-over of their recent election ...
“It is very clear. The policy of the admission to Mexico of persons of any country—Central Americans or of any other nationality—is defined by Mexico. That is the sovereign power of a country, and we are a sovereign country and we exercise our full sovereignty. Who decides who enters Mexico is Mexico and thus we will have to confront the problem.” - Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray I have no problem with the minister's policy on immigration. BUT I do have a problem with his hypocrisy.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Three cheers for the people of Tennessee!
The State of Tennessee sent an unprecedented message to the federal government on Monday: NO MORE REFUGEES. A lawsuit filed by Tennessee lawmakers claims that the federal government violated the 10th Amendment with its resettlement program. There goes that pesky Constitution. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” – U.S. Constitution, Amendment X. But it gets better. Not only is the government not following the Constitution, they aren’t complying with the Refugee Resettlement act of 1980. The lawsuit urges that the Federal Government halt refugee resettlement until they’re willing to foot the bill themselves. Forcing individual states to incur the massive financial burden of refugee resettlement is unconstitutional. The fed forces states to participate, while saddling them with an insurmountable economic burden. Although TN is not the first state to sue the feds over refugees, the 10th Amendment basis is unique. Undoubtedly, this lawsuit will spur a flurry of states-rights debates, and perhaps similar suits.No where in the Constitution do the people of the sovereign States authorize DC to commit demographic suicide in the name of promoting globalism. So Tennessee has the law of the land on its side, if not the power to enforce it. Interesting how California and other states are doing their utmost to stop the enforcement of current immigration law, while Tennessee and others are suing to stop DC's brazen attempts to bypass it. How long can the US remain united with this escalating tug of war? Thanks to loyal reader Dutchy for the link!
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
It's easy to be one of those endlessly suffering martyrs the news media LOVES to interview. First, get all of your news and commentary from sources that specialize in stoking the egos of the perpetually offended, such as Huffington Post or the Southern Poverty Law Center. Then, watch the following video so you, too, can preen your politically correct tailfeathers. Takeaway quote: "Listen to what someone says, and then selflessly make it all about you by taking it personally, even if it has nothing to do with you."
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Surprise! The San Francisco Chronicle disapproves of Calexit, the California secession movement. All the efforts to put secession on the ballot for voter consideration is futile, says David Carrillo, a lecturer at Berkeley:
All that will be for naught. Expect the courts to bar this measure from appearing on the ballot — or strike it down if approved by voters — because the initiative process cannot make fundamental changes in the nature of state government. Revising the state Constitution to become an independent nation is the definition of a fundamental change. And citizens can sue to prevent secession because it would deny their rights guaranteed as U.S. citizens.Right of self-determination? Never heard of it. And besides,
Even if these acts survived judicial review, they would have no legal effect. States have no power to secede: Neither the state nor federal constitutions permit leaving the Union, and the U.S. Supreme Court long ago rejected the idea that states can secede.Yes, in every independence movement, patriots had to ask permission from the government they wanted to secede from. You remember George Washington begging King George III to let the colonies form their own governments, don't you? You don't? You must be some sort of extremist!
Posted by Old Rebel at Monday, March 13, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Former Rutland Mayor Chris Louras, an Angela Merkel clone in left-of-center Vermont just got booted from his job for importing Syrian refugees into his small town:
Rutland Mayor Chris Louras, who endured months of withering criticism for his plan to bring Syrian refugees to the city, lost his reelection bid on Tuesday. In unofficial voting results, David Allaire, a city alderman and leading critic of the resettlement, trounced Louras, a 10-year mayoral incumbent, by a 776-vote margin, according to results cited by the Rutland Herald and WCAX-TV. "I'm simply wishing him luck and I'm moving on," Louras told Seven Days Tuesday night. He declined further comment, saying he would "not hazard a guess" as to what the election results say about Rutland's support for refugees.I'm sure the Deep State is watching and learning. Lesson learned? Don't let the rubes vote on the important issues.
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, March 08, 2017