Quote of the day
“I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
“I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Ron Maxwell, the director of Gods and Generals and Copperhead, points out that Putin is not Hitler, and that the redrawing of boundaries in eastern Europe is not our business:
We as Americans should think twice before we say or do anything to provoke one side or the other towards civil war. When I hear John McCain and others loudly calling for our government to send arms to Ukraine, to my ears it sounds like advice from Hell. This may be seen by some as an echo of Neville. But this is not 1938. Putin, for all his brash bellicosity is not Hitler and Russia is not Nazi Germany. If we allow ourselves to be persuaded by the skewered logic that excites us to war, it’s not only the people of the immediate region who will suffer the consequences, but potentially our own sons and daughters.Read the rest at the American Conservative.
Looks like some people don't like Yankee occupation. Check out these images of the seething anger driving Filipinos into the streets to protest Obama:
Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines. Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message: "Obama not welcome."What ingrates! After all the US has done for Filipinos...
Here in the DC Empire, we tell ourselves that demography may be destiny everywhere else in the world, but not in the Exceptional Nation®, where "shared ideals" mystically unite us. But recent events in Venice and Ukraine have gotten folks to thinking. And whenever folks get to thinking, they start asking questions. For example: Though born in the Ukraine, Russian ethnics in Crimea overwhelmingly chose to secede and join with Mother Russia. Could the same happen in eastern Ukraine? And here's another question: Could the same happen here? This recent Pew Research Poll may be of interest:
According to the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project, a majority of U.S. Hispanics (51%) say they most often identify themselves by their family's country of origin. About half (47%) say they consider themselves to be very different from the typical American. And just 21% say they use the term "American" most often to describe their identity.As noted writer Ed Sebesta has observed in an analysis of the growing Scottish independence movement, "We are a particular nationality because we think we are." Here, Sebesta echoes Pat Buchanan, who recently wrote "Nationalism is the natural enemy of empires, and it seems on the rise almost everywhere." Both see identification with the megastates of the 20th century fading, while loyalty to historical culture is sweeping the world - and making the globalists at Davos very, very nervous.
Wonder of wonders - the Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on racial quotas in college admissions. Naturally, this doesn't sit too well with the perpetually offended. One such group, BAMN - whose name, "By Any Means Necessary," is an open threat to any who oppose them - issued this response:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on affirmative action in Michigan is a racist decision. It is this Court’s Plessy v Ferguson. The decision of the Court today makes clear that this Court intends to do nothing to defend the right to equality in politics, opportunity, rights, hopes and aspirations of its Latina/o, black, Native American and other minority citizens. At the very moment that America is becoming a majority minority nation this Court is declaring its intention to uphold white privilege and to create a new Jim Crow legal system."Who would've predicted BAMN would see this as "racist"? But then, ANYTHING they don't like is branded as "racist."
Walter Williams has uncovered even more disparities in income Team Obama should investigate:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Asian men and women have median earnings higher than white men and women. Female cafeteria attendants earn more than their male counterparts. Females who are younger than 30 and have never been married earn salaries 8 percent higher than males of the same description. Among women who graduated from college during 1992-93, by 2003 more than one-fifth were no longer in the workforce, and another 17 percent were working part time. That’s to be compared with only 2 percent of men in either category. Hymowitz cites several studies showing significant career choice and lifestyle differences between men and women that result in differences in income.Hey, I wonder if minorities at the Southern Poverty Law Center make as much as Whites? Inquiring minds want to know ...
City-owned cars here in Charlotte have long featured the motto "People-Pride-Progress." Today, I noticed they've added "Partnerships." "Partnerships"? I have a better idea: Make the new slogan "People-Pride-Progress-Payola Politicians."
"Was it really the U.S. Army, which never crossed the Elbe or engaged in battle with the Red Army, that brought down the Soviet Empire and dissolved the Soviet Union? No. What liberated the nations of Eastern Europe and the USSR was the determined will of these peoples to be free to decide their own destinies and create, or re-create, nations based on their own history, language, culture and ethnic identity." Pat Buchanan Exactly. Communism wasn't overthrown by some abstract movement for democracy or individual liberty, but by the timeless urgency of defending one's own people from invaders. Call it the Territorial Imperative, if you will. It will rouse men to action as long as there are men.
In 1836, the Texan army under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto.
We know the DC Empire is immoral and spending itself into oblivion. It's unsustainable, largely because its own ideology is killing it, just as socialism killed the Soviet Union. The Empire's central article of faith about the equality of all peoples and cultures dictates that Western standards are no better than others. The latest manifestation of this is a real doozy: There's a bizarre new style of college-level debate that's replacing real debate. Instead of making a logical case for or against a debate topic, participants change the topic at will, ignore the rules, and base the power of their arguments not on the standard of logic but on which debater has more “nigga authenticity.” No, I'm not making this up. It's from an Atlantic article entitled, so help me, "Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?" Here's an excerpt:
Many of their arguments, based on personal memoir and rap music, completely ignored the stated resolution, and instead asserted that the framework of collegiate debate has historically privileged straight, white, middle-class students. Indeed, to prevail using the new approach, students don’t necessarily have to develop high-level research skills or marshal evidence from published scholarship. They also might not need to have the intellectual acuity required for arguing both sides of a resolution.This "new approach" means that instead of presenting relevant facts to build a case, the "debaters" scream, curse, toss insults, and demand they be declared the winner. Not everyone in collegiate debating likes what they see:
[Debate coach] Aaron Hardy and others are also disappointed with what they perceive as a lack of civility and decorum at recent competitions, and believe that the alternative-style debaters have contributed to this environment. “Judges have been very angry, coaches have screamed and yelled. People have given profanity-laced tirades, thrown furniture, and both sides of the ideological divide have used racial slurs,” he said.The Western ideals of objectivity and detached reason are dismissed as tools of oppression of minorities whose cultures stress subjective, emotional justifications for making choices. The Atlantic article continues:
Liberal law professors have been making this point for decades. “Various procedures—regardless of whether we're talking about debate formats or law—have the ability to hide the subjective experiences that shape these seemingly ‘objective’ and ‘rational’ rules,” said UC Hastings Law School professor Osagie Obasogie, who teaches critical race theory. “This is the power of racial subordination: making the viewpoint of the dominant group seem like the only true reality.”If you're not familiar with "critical race theory," here's a definition from one of its proponents: CRT as applied to court cases, for example, "seeks to highlight the ways in which the law is not neutral and objective, but designed to support White supremacy and the subordination of people of color." It's Cultural Marxism, which sees everyone and everything through the lenses of socialist ideology. If minorities aren't as successful as the majority, it's all due to oppression. Period. Can you imagine the real-world consequences if abiding by the rules of logic are discarded? Imagine if the NASA engineers during the Apollo 13 crisis, instead of scrambling to find a way to rescue the stranded astronauts when the ship's air supply was running out, just stood and screamed "Screw the time limit!" and declared the problem solved? This country has been propping up its official ideology through willful blindness. But despite affirmative action, prohibitions against the use of IQ tests, and racial gerrymandering, sooner or later reality is going to smack us in the face. Signs of that are already evident, and the longer we make believe everyone's equal, and that Western standards are no better than others, the worse things will get.
One of the neat things about being the Exceptional Nation® is that you can insist everyone play by the rules while you ignore them - that is, until you're caught. The Snowden leaks revealed DC has been eavesdropping on world leaders, and that's made quite a few of them understandably angry:
A meeting in Brazil this week will reveal whether Washington has succeeded in preventing international anger over the Edward Snowden revelations clouding discussions about future governance of the internet. São Paulo is to host a two-day international meeting, starting on Wednesday, called by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, one of the international leaders who was a target of US surveillance. International unrest over US and British internet surveillance has weakened Washington’s ability to shape the debate about the internet’s future, according to people involved in the process.Willfully ignorant and dangerously arrogant, our rulers are digging themselves into a hole so deep they'll never slither out of it.
Looks like the pro-London, anti-Scotland crowd is losing ground:
ALEX Salmond is on the brink of securing a historic victory in the referendum, according to an exclusive poll suggesting Yes Scotland needs a swing of just over 2 per cent to win independence. A landmark ICM survey for today’s Scotland on Sunday reveals a decline in the No vote from 46 per cent to 42 per cent over the past month. Over the same period, the Yes vote has remained steady at 39 per cent, resulting in a significant tightening of the gap between the two sides.Whichever way the Scottish independence vote goes, it will have profound, far-reaching consequences around the world. More captive nations will ask, "When do WE get to vote?"
Fed up with DC's arbitrary and heavy-handed misrule, the people of the sovereign States are re-asserting their rights. The Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1980s has rekindled into a direct challenge to DC's authority. This time, the State legislators are lining up with the people. From the Salt Lake Tribune:
It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. "It’s simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now."As the people of the States stand up to DC's arrogance and incompetence, folks will realize just how many problems they can solve by breaking free from their distant and self-serving masters in the central government. Looks like we have a trend on our hands. Tick, tock...
Venice, renowned for incomparable Gothic architecture and placid canals plied by gondolas that make it one of the most recognizable cities in the world, may have had enough of Italy. A movement for the Italian region that includes Venice to declare itself an independent state, as it was centuries ago, is gaining momentum here amid chaotic national economic policies from Rome and local pride in the region's 1,000-year history of achievement in the arts and merchant class. "It bothers a lot of people to work hard and see the money just disappear, but I think that just feeds the region's independent spirit," said Angelo Alberti, 34, a coffee bar worker who said he supports the movement. The region of Veneto, one of Italy's richest and the country's fifth-largest with a population of around 5 million, is preparing a formal referendum about whether to secede from Italy.When I first joined the League of the South in 1997, folks accused us of being out of step with the times. Columnist George Will even ridiculed us for advocating Southern independence when that Cause "was settled 130 years ago in the living room of a McLean farmhouse at Appomattox." Now it turns out those critics were right - The League of the South has indeed been out of step with the world. We were twenty years ahead of our time, and now the rest of the world is finally catching up with us. Feels kinda nice, doesn't it?
A study published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that race, far from being a social construct, is recognized even by infants - or at least by white infants:
According to a recent study, babies tend to play with others that look more like them. Researchers from the University of Washington noticed that babies were more willing to share their toys with others who shared their ethnicity. ... “Babies are sensitive to how people of the same ethnicity as the infant, versus a different ethnicity, are treated – they weren’t just interested in who was being fair or unfair,” Monica Burns, co-author of the study and a former UW Psychology undergraduate student, and currently a psychology graduate student at Harvard University, said.So it looks like race is a fundamental part of one's identity, no doubt a huge disappointment to the One-Worlders. Fortunately, there is a solution, courtesy of Bill Ayers's old friends in the Weather Underground:
Uh-oh. Al-Qaeda's latest nefarious scheme might just work:
WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord. ... “We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.” “And unfortunately, based on information we have from intelligence assets on the ground, this plot is already well under way,” he added.Gotta love the Onion. That's the way good satire works - it just mirrors reality in an unexpected and comical way. The biggest threat to DC's authority is DC's own policies. The Neocons lament Americans' lack of enthusiasm for more wars of liberation, apparently unable to fathom that the Afghanistan and Iraq disasters they talked us into are to blame. Meanwhile, on the home front, our wise leaders have opened the gates to refugees from the Third World. Yep, DC is playing right into Al-Qaeda's hands.
Jim Hightower argues that we can demand reform of our out-of-control surveillance agencies all we want, but nothing is going to stop them - they're too "heavily invested" in their endless cycle of spying and then scaremongering to justify their spying. Hightower reminds us of the revelations of NSA dirty deeds from last year:
Embarrassed and irritated by Edward Snowden's leaks, Obama charged last year at a press conference that Snowden was presenting a false picture of NSA by releasing parts of its work piecemeal: “... America is not interested in spying on ordinary people,” he assured us. The government, he went on, is not “listening in on people's phone calls or inappropriately reading people's emails.” Six days later, a Washington Post headline declared: “NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year.” In an internal audit in May 2012 of its DC-area spy centers, the agency itself found 2,776 “incidences” of NSA overstepping its legal authority. As the American Civil Liberties Union noted, surveillance laws themselves “are extraordinarily permissive,” so it's doubly troubling that the agency is surging way past what it is already allowed to do. The ACLU adds that these reported incidents are not simply cases of one person's rights being violated – but thousands of Americans being snared, totally without cause, in the NSA's indiscriminate, computer-driven dragnet.Hightower is right - every bureaucracy tends to expand and consolidate and become self-serving, even to the point of working AGAINST the purpose it was created for. The National Security Agency, like the illegitimate central government that spawned it, does not protect us. The NSA is just another tool of the ruling class to keep an eye on increasingly restless subjects. As Joe Sobran once observed, the only way to get rid of corruption in high places is to get rid of the high places. In this case, the overgrown parasite that dwells in DC will continue to abuse its host population as long as we prop it up.
It's clear the Russians in Ukraine want self-determination, and for them, that means demanding and exercising their right to join with Greater Russia. Their efforts are stirring up other peoples in their own battles for independence:
The dramatic upheaval in Ukraine, its population split between the attractions of Europe and loyalty to Russia, has thrown into focus the stubborn clamour for self-determination in many areas of the world. From the shores of Scottish lochs to the elegant waterways of Venice, from Canada’s French-speaking province of Quebec to the far west Chinese region of Xinjiang, the desire for freedom from central power often runs deep. Throughout history, the world map has presented a changing face. Civil insurrection, warfare and popular pressure have all helped to shift territorial boundaries, creating new states or just defining autonomous areas. People engaged in struggles for separatism act on differing motives. Tradition and culture, religion or language, economic imbalances and current or deep-rooted fears and grievances can all be factors.The globalist project, backed by an unholy alliance of trans-national corporations and leftists, is coming apart. Human beings need a sense of belonging and continuity. That's why they look to tradition, culture, religion, and language as sign posts of identity.
Here's a fairly balanced report on the competing billboards in Tallahassee from Sunshine State News. While the reporter does invoke the SPLC (though the SPLC has NOTHING to do with the story), he also informs the reader of that organization's "liberal" bias. So it's a pretty good testament to the increased traction we're getting in the political arena these days. More folks are realizing they have an alternative to the Democrat/Republican treadmill. Tick, tock...
Yes, that's the headline from ABC News. If you ask me, those last two words sound like a threat. Read the story, and see what you think:
President Obama has no plans to enact unilateral immigration overhaul by executive action, faith leaders from across the country said Obama told them today. ... “I think the president believes that there is an opportunity that still exists for House Republicans to follow the lead of the Senate, including Republicans in the Senate, and take up and pass comprehensive immigration reform,” [White House spokesman Jay] Carney said at today’s press briefing.In other words, if Congress doesn't do what Obama and La Raza demand, Obama can issue amnesty on his own authority. His "assurance" that he has no plans "for now" implies he has the power to do so. And of course, he's absolutely right. He commands the most powerful armed forces in the world, and sits on top of a domestic surveillance network Hitler and Stalin would have envied. So maybe Congress will obey. Maybe the American people will submit. But if they don't, Obama has a Plan B. Maybe we need a Plan B:
Don't look now, but the debate we've been hoping and working for is on. In response to the League of the South's "Secede" billboard in Tallahassee, the Florida Chamber of Commerce issued this mixed message:
While Washington remains stuck in neutral, Florida continues leading as a national model for economic growth, job creation and academic achievement – the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) said today. This shared message – “Succeed Florida!” – proudly appears on a Tallahassee billboard, and debunks another area billboard message encouraging Florida to secede from the union. “There are some who would like to see Florida fail, and even break away from the rest of the country. At the Florida Chamber, we share their frustration with Washington, D.C., but seceding is not the answer,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce in a video message. “Instead, we must continue down the path that has opened doors of opportunity for Florida’s families and businesses. We are succeeding and we will continue to lead this nation back to prosperity.”The League of the South's Michael Hill is pleasantly surprised at the Chamber's reaction:
It is indeed heartening to see Florida's economic success, especially in this day of widespread economic and financial hardship. The Florida Chamber of Commerce and all those businesses that have made this happen indeed have a right to crow about this achievement. Congratulations! But there seems to be a bit of cognitive dissonance at work here, and it is captured in the very first sentence of the CoC press release: "While Washington remains stuck in neutral, Florida continues leading as a national model for economic growth, job creation, and academic achievement . . . ." What is wrong with this picture? The answer to us is simple: Why keep the economic millstone of Washington, DC, around your neck when you could do even better without it? Why would Florida want an entity at best "stuck in neutral" (many think it is going hard in reverse) acting as a drag on her already notable achievements, as pointed out by the CofC? Upon reflection, the CofC's position makes no sense. What good does Washington, DC, do for you, Mr. and Mrs. Floridian, except to tax you, regulate you, and otherwise punish hard work and initiative by its own wastefulness and ineptitude? We in The League think you can do even better on your own. But having said this about the economic issue, let us not forget that money is not everything. There is more to life than money and jobs and economic growth. The League of the South is concerned with all aspects of Southern life, not just the material aspect. Is the CofC concerned about more than the State's "bottom line?" The League of the South's simple message to Floridians--"Secede"--in this day of bloated, over-weaning centralized government makes much more sense than the old "business as usual" position of the Chamber of Commerce. Oftentimes, the future belongs to the bold and those willing to think and act outside the box. We in the League of the South offer this advice to the good people of the sovereign State of Florida: "Secede to Succeed."As writer and activist Ed Sebesta has observed, "Secession is back as an issue in politics."
"To love one's country isn't the same as loving one's government: This is the main draw of Captain America." A Chinese reviewer
Think the Bundy Ranch situation is all over? Think again. The Bundys and their compatriots won a battle, not a war. The war is yet to come. Check out the latest at revisedhistory.com:
Why should the federal government own so much land in so many states? Once a state has been given statehood, the land in that state should belong to that state, not to the federal government. If you have a state, anywhere, where the feds control 75% of the land in that state, is that state really a sovereign state or is it, in effect, still mostly a federal territory with the feds calling all the shots? What states rights do the people in any state have if the feds still control 75% of the real estate in their state?If you're not checking out Al Benson Jr. every day, you're missing some of the best commentary on the Internet.
Pat Buchanan sees the end of the Cold War not as the triumph of secular liberalism, but as the death of the ideology-based megastate. The force that's quickly replacing ideology as the engine of history is nationalism. The proof is literally changing the global map under our very noses:
The call of tribe and nation appears more compelling. And the Western gospel that all religions, races, nations, and tribes are equal and should be treated equally, while paid lip service, is disbelieved. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called democracy a bus you get off of when it reaches your stop. His stop was a moderate Islamist state that conformed to his own and his party’s principles. Understandably, countries all over the world want America to come fight their wars. But while that may be in their interest, is it any longer in ours? The American imperium, the last of the great Western empires, may be about to come down with the suddenness of the other empires of the 20th century.Both the USSR and the US claimed to be the champion of a universal ideology that promised peace and prosperity for all. In fact, both were criminal gangs that hid behind fancy slogans to justify their power and privilege. As Buchanan says, only "the American imperium" is left, and it is bleeding wealth and influence at an astonishing rate. As with all artificial countries, it is unsustainable. It's time to acknowledge the evidence of the coming collapse and make plans for the aftermath.
Once again, we see how futile it is to imagine the federal government can protect us from the federal government:
A Bay Area federal judge says the Obama administration can keep secret a memo spelling out the legal rationale for a 2011 drone attack in Yemen that killed a U.S. citizen and alleged terrorist mastermind. The Justice Department was entitled to withhold the memo on the grounds of national security and lawyer-client confidentiality, Chief U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland said Friday.The bottom line is that DC can do WHATEVER IT WANTS. If it can't justify its actions on "national security," it can always count on "civil rights." And if you object, it's because you're an extremist racist hater. Or something.
What country (it certainly isn't a nation) is most responsible for overthrowing elected governments, mass murder, and violating basic human rights? It's not Iran, Russia, or even wacky North Korea. Hint: It's supported by your tax dollars. Here's Paul Craig Roberts:
It is a paradox that Putin is portrayed as the heavy while Washington pretends to be the champion of “freedom and democracy.” In the 21st century Washington has established as its hallmarks every manifestation of tyranny: illegal and unconstitutional execution of citizens without due process of law, illegal and unconstitutional indefinite detention of citizens without due process of law, illegal and unconstitutional torture, illegal and unconstitutional rendition, illegal and unconstitutional surveillance, and illegal and unconstitutional wars. The executive branch has established that it is unaccountable to law or to the Constitution. An unaccountable government is a tyranny.This hard fact isn't well known because DC has the most formidable propaganda machine ever.
Here he is, courtesy of Clyde Wilson, who argues that Thomas Jefferson's life and thought were founded on the principle of State sovereignty:
State rights and American liberty were inseparable in Jefferson’s mind—always. This idea he repeated again and again and again to the end of his life. And when Jefferson suggested the usefulness of a little rebellion now and then, what he had in mind was the people rising to curtail the usurpations of rulers and return the government to its original limited powers.Though displayed as a nationalist deity on Mount Rushmore, Jefferson believed in liberty and self-government. Were he alive in 1861, Jefferson would have sided with Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. And if he lived today, Jefferson would support the League of the South.
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From Conservative Heritage Times:
A microstate would aim to fill itself with highly skilled, productive workers who would provide useful services within the international economy. Other segments of the international economy would not want to be severed from a useful partner. If economic integration isn’t enough, pay tribute. The hard working segment within the American empire today is already paying tribute. The US redistributes money heavily. Part of the appeal of a microstate is the opportunity to separate from those who refuse to work.