George Washington University dropped its testing requirement for most freshman admissions Monday, becoming one of the largest and most prominent schools to declare that its applicants don’t have to take the SAT or ACT. The announcement from the private university in the nation’s capital underscores a growing belief in some college admission circles that standardized tests are a barrier to recruiting disadvantaged students. While that view is sharply debated, many say it is possible to assemble a strong class without forcing applicants to submit a score from tests that critics say are culturally biased and often fail to reflect academic potential.What's behind this radical move? Seems officials were "worried that their efforts to diversify were hitting obstacles." Yep. This should help.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Here's another bold step toward equality (i.e., the eradication of excellence), brought to you by otherworldly academics at George Washington University:
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
This is indefensible:
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States totaled 11.3 million in 2014, outnumbering the 9.6 million Americans who were unemployed in the same year, according to data from Pew Research Center and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).But it's great news for big business, which can't get enough cheap, exploitable labor.
"Most interesting to me was our response to the Chattanooga killings. As in previous such cases, from the president on down we responded with anguish, with weeping, with great sorrow for this terrible tragedy. That is the response of a womanized culture. A masculine culture responds by getting mad and hitting back, hard." William Lind
Here's how the Lavender Leviathan rolls in Houston after hitting a judicial speed bump:
The Texas Supreme Court dealt Houston’s contentious LGBT ordinance a major blow Friday. The court ruled that the city of Houston must repeal or allow a vote on the Equal Rights Ordinance, an ordinance that qualified for the ballot but was kept off by Houston’s mayor, who sparked outrage when she tried to subpoena sermons and communications of local pastors. After the ordinance was passed in May of 2014, conservative activists fought to get a repeal vote on the issue, but the mayor and other city officials refused to allow the repeal vote, saying the activists did not obtain enough signatures. The court disagreed, and told the city to either repeal the measure or allow the city to vote on the repeal. Houston has until Aug. 24 to decide. “The legislative power reserved to the people of Houston is not being honored,” reads the court’s opinion.LGBT, by the way, stands for Leftist, Gruesome, Bullying Totalitarians.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Is it a radiant goodness that most of us cannot comprehend? Or perhaps a heightened sense of altruism that transcends ordinary existence? I have another theory. Remember James Tyson, who helped take down the memorial to Confederate dead in Columbia? Here's his explanation for why he vandalized that memorial: "The reason I felt compelled to get involved with this is because racism in America is perpetuated by white people. Being an informed white person, I feel like I have moral obligation to try to dismantle it." You see, unlike the ordinary herd of white people Tyson is "informed," and is therefore compelled to make himself a media hero. Of course. We can guess Ed Sebesta's motivation from a sampling of headlines from his dreary, one-note blog:
"Richmond Free Press" publishes interview with me "I am quoted a couple times as an expert so media knows who to contact" Max Blumenthal interviews me for article in Alternet Black Commentator has published my commentary about the Neo-ConfederatesHmmm. Notice the abundance of "I," "me," and "my" in those headlines? And check out this passage from another Sebesta post about his protest against the Museum of the Confederacy: "The important thing is that people know there are protests going on. That there is an investigative researcher of the neo-Confederates and they learn there is a term "neo-Confederates" and they learn I am going to be going to Richmond." Yes, in these troubling times, what could possibly be more important than knowing that Ed Sebesta is "going to be going to Richmond"? I don't know. I really don't know -- unless it's the fact that Ed Sebesta has a distinguished curriculum vitae, as he informs the Historic Richmond Foundation in this online letter:
"I am an investigative researcher regarding the neo-Confederate movement. I have had two books published by university presses and articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. I enclose a copy of my online curriculum vitae which is also online at http://templeofdemocracy.com/curriculum-vitae.html. Additionally there have been other articles published at Black Commentator also accessible from my online curriculum vitae."What can we conclude about what drives anti-Southern leftists? Rather than a desire to lift up the oppressed, it looks like they're motivated by egos more puffed up and bloated than a pig carcass left out in the hot sun. Or so it appears to me.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, July 26, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I post this not as an endorsement of Donald Trump -- his "foreign policy" is just as bloody and disconnected from reality as any of the other GOP candidates -- but as an illustration of the growing anger over the government-approved invasion now going on in our country. Note that this story is from the pro-Open Borders Wall Street Journal:
A woman whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant thanked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday for drawing national attention to what she described as some cities’ fatal failure to uphold federal immigration law. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Laura Wilkerson, whose 18-year-old son Josh Wilkerson was killed near Houston in 2010, urged Congress to “do something.” “Quit sitting silently because it’s going to help you get a vote,” she said. “I thank you, Mr. Trump, for getting the message out.”Do you think it's a coincidence the anti-Southern Cultural Revolution is mushrooming at the same time as DC's war on its traditional population? They're two coordinated attacks. The first part is an all-out psychological assault on people's sense of self, which motivates one to defend heritage. And the floodtide of immigrants is the physical aspect of the war.
The anti-Southern hysteria is getting even MORE hysterical. It's so volatile, it's now made the jump into hyperspace, banning not just Confederate figures, but all things Southern:
Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson are history in Connecticut. Under pressure from the NAACP, the state Democratic Party will scrub the names of the two presidents from its annual fundraising dinner because of their ties to slavery. Party leaders voted unanimously Wednesday night in Hartford to rename the Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner in the aftermath of last month’s fatal shooting of nine worshipers at the historic black church in Charleston, S.C.The anti-Southern Cultural Revolution will probably take a trajectory similar to the Chinese Communist version, and will turn on itself, as all radical campaigns do. As the tottering DC Empire descends into totalitarianism, it will wage total war against all memory and history that it sees as legitimizing dissent and resistance to the central government. Things are about to get REALLY ugly.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Citing continuing pressure from out-of-control spending by Madrid and Third-World immigration, the Catalan independence movement is taking a bold step:
Separatists in Spain’s autonomous Catalonia region have announced readiness to declare unilateral independence in case the Madrid government torpedoes a secession process they hope to launch in September’s regional elections. “If in this process, the Spanish state, through its political or legal decisions, blocks the autonomous government of Catalonia or the Catalan parliament, we will move forward with a declaration of independence,” said Raul Romeva, a former member of the European parliament and prominent figure in the coalition that brings together the center-right CDC and left-wing ERC political parties. “(We are) going for broke. We are betting everything on this, no turning back,” he stated at the presentation of the Junts pel si (Together for yes) coalition’s list of candidates at the Museo de Historia de Catalunia on Monday.But Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy put on his Lincoln hat and declared, “There will be no independence for Catalonia.” No telling how this will work out. But the Catalans' motivations are something a LOT of people around the world can identify with.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The Holy Writ of the DC Empire is that in 1861, virtuous Northern citizens suddenly noticed the eeeevil Southerners had slaves, so out of the kindness of their hearts, they marched into Dixie to free them. Hold on, says Walter Williams. Wars aren't waged to perform good deeds. As Williams puts it, "Following the money might help with an answer." In today's Lew Rockwell.
Monday, July 20, 2015
"Twisted people like Dylan Roof are not the product of traditional Southern families. They are the offspring of divorced parents who named their son after the pseudonym (Dylan) adopted by a repulsive Minnesota pop singer. Why not blame the shootings on Bobby “Dylan” Zimmerman, his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, and a pop music industry that celebrates fornication and adultery, violence, and stupidity? Ridiculous? Not so ridiculous as blaming the Battle Flag." Thomas Fleming
We are instructed NOT to associate the actions of Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez with Islam or Middle Eastern immigration. All the right-thinking people say so. Instead, we are to consider his murder of 5 members of the US military as a tragic accident resulting from Abdulazeez' delicate mental state:
The portrait emerging of Abdulazeez isn’t one of a committed Muslim or vengeful jihadist, but rather an aimless young man who came from a troubled home and struggled to hold down a job after college, said friends and law enforcement officials.And today, the oh-so-politically-correct Charlotte Observer has a story on the "Chattanooga Shooter" with the following headline: Mental state questioned. Never mind that Abdulazeez sent the following "war text" the night before his rampage: "Allah the Almighty has said: 'Whosoever acts with enmity towards a friend of Mine, I will indeed declare war against him. Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do'." Notice how this echoes Osama Bin Laden's number one reason for waging jihad against the West: "Because you attacked us and continue to attack us." Abdulazeez didn't attack churchgoers; he attacked the US military. But rather than conclude that Abdulazeez acted in accordance with a call to commit terror in the name of Islamic jihad, we should instead feel sorry for Muslims who suffer scrutiny for the actions of one of their own. This story is typical: Muslims in Charlotte take precautions after Chattanooga shootings:
Jibril Hough is the spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Charlotte. "What happened yesterday is sad. We renounce it and we renounce anyone who kills people simply for being who we are." Hough said it would be wrong to portray the suspect in the shootings as a devout Muslim, citing his recent arrest on a DUI charge. Said Hough, "I think this was a troubled young man. He was a misguided young man. He doesn't represent us."Okay. But compare the above statements to what's being said about another "troubled young man" who turned violent, Dylan Roof:
John Mullins, who went to school with Roof, told The Daily Beast that he remembers him as being “kind of wild.” “He used drugs heavily a lot,” Mullins said. “It was obviously harder than marijuana. He was like a pill popper, from what I understood. Like Xanax, and stuff like that.”And yet, Roof's senseless act of mass murder is not ascribed to his deviant, drug-induced mental state, but to the Southern Cause and its symbols, as the governor of South Carolina made explicit in her demand the Confederate flag be taken down:
Gov. Nikki R. Haley called on Monday for South Carolina to do what just a week ago seemed politically impossible — remove the Confederate battle flag from its perch in front of the State House building here. She argued that a symbol long revered by many Southerners was for some, after the church massacre in Charleston, a “deeply offensive symbol of a brutally offensive past.” “The events of this week call upon us to look at this in a different way,” said Ms. Haley, an Indian-American, who is the first member of an ethnic minority to serve as governor of the state as well as the first woman.Two drug-addled, violent sickos. And two radically different views of what motivated them. Why?
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Don't worry, it's all for the most noble of causes: enforcing equality:
A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.” Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites. This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already is using to make “disparate impact” cases against: banks that don’t make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks; cities that don’t offer enough Section 8 and other low-income housing for minorities; and employers who turn down African-Americans for jobs due to criminal backgrounds.And remember, "disparate impact" assumes that everyone is equal, which these days means "equality of outcome." So if the numbers show different outcomes, the Feds will have a prima facie case for intervention. Welcome to the Diversity Police State.
What xenophobic, white supremacist fringe group says immigrants are taking natives' jobs? Brace yourself:
American teen employment has dropped 20 percent from the late 1980s, in part because more and more immigrants have flooded into the market to displace native-born kids from jobs in percentages far higher than on adults, according to the Federal Reserve. "The displacement effect of immigration on the employment of younger persons is much larger than on the employment of prime-age adults," said the September 2014 report, "Labor Force Participation: Recent Developments and Future Prospects." The Fed report is the second to blame immigrants for taking jobs "native" teens would normally fill and come as new media reports show teen employment down this year.Any minute now, the Soviet Poverty Law Center will brand the Federal Reserve as another "hate" group.
The anti-Confederate witch hunt that's embroiled the country has hit Charlotte, where some right-thinking citizens are demanding the removal of a memorial erected in honor of the Confederate veterans reunion held here in 1929. So the county commissioners did what commissioners do best, and that's to hold meetings. Fortunately, an historian attended one of those meetings, providing pertinent historical background to the debate. According to the 7-18-15 Charlotte Observer:
Gary Ritter, a history instructor at Central Piedmont Community College, said at a meeting last week that removing the monument is "long overdue." The memorial is across the street from the college's Elizabeth campus. "This monument was part of the propaganda campaign in support of white supremacy," he said. "The county of Mecklenburg should not continue to provide space on public land for these kind of celebrations of discredited and shameful beliefs."Thank you for that background, Mr. Ritter. Now I'll provide some historical background on the mind of people like Mr. Gary Ritter:
The Soviet Union recognized that the foundation of their system depended upon complete dedication of the people to the state through education in the broad fields of engineering, the natural sciences, the life sciences and social sciences, along with basic education. The Bolshevik revolution of November 1917 caused radical change from the systems of tsarist Russia, and the Bolsheviks had to struggle to keep the revolution from failing. ... Soviet education in 1930s–1950s was inflexible and suppressive. Research and education, in all subjects but especially in the social sciences, was dominated by Marxist-Leninist ideology and supervised by the CPSU. Such domination led to abolition of whole academic disciplines such as genetics. Scholars were purged as they were proclaimed bourgeois and non-Marxist during that period.Of course, in the old Soviet Union, the government not only enforced intellectual orthodoxy, but also spied on its citizens. Lucky for us, we live in the land of the free, where there is no enforced ideology.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Why the Pentagon tiptoes around Southern heritage:
In the wake of the Charleston massacre, Amazon and Walmart have announced that they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise. Ebay says it will stop offering Confederate items for electronic auction. Mississippi’s Republican speaker of the house calls his state flag, which includes the Stars and Bars in the top left corner, “a point of offense that needs to be removed.” ... Yet the Department of Defense says it isn’t even “reviewing” the possibility of a ban on the flag, deciding instead to leave any such move to the various service branches, while military bases named after Confederate officers will remain so. One factor in this decision — the South provides more than 40 percent of all military recruits, many of them white; only 15 percent are from the Northeast.It is one of the great ironies of history that the DC Empire depends on Southerners. If the Pentagon had to resort to recruiting among the metrosexuals of the Northeast, it'd be in BIG trouble. After the Supreme Court's imposition of same-sex "marriage" and the removal of Confederate flags from Southern graves on federal property, I think EVERY Southern family should keep their young men out of the Imperial Forces. Any young man considering the military should hear from family members what it is he's considering supporting.
A nattily-dressed Ed Sebesta ventures outdoors for the first time in his life to protest the Museum of the Confederacy for not sharing his obsessive hatred of all things Southern. Ed is joined by what appears to be the extras from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Boyd Cathey tears into the deceptive Neocons:
You see, the conflict over the Confederate Battle Flag is only the tip of the iceberg: it symbolizes something larger and much deeper. It symbolizes a resistance dating from 150 years ago to the Enlightenment Idea of Progress, opposition to the Triumph of the Heresy of Equality, and standing athwart the march of an ideology which, while firmly ensconced on the Left, also forms the motivating principle of modern Neoconservatism, whose eventual goal is the same as that of the Cultural Marxists, just a bit slower and by another, more circuitous route. The Neconservative genealogy is strictly Marxist in origin, or, rather Trotskyite Marxist. Back in the 1960s and then in the 1970s when I was assistant to the late Dr. Russell Kirk and was close friends with the great Southern scholar, Dr. Mel Bradford, I was pre-warned about the Neocon infiltration and subversion of an older conservatism and constitutionalism. I read Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, and others of that ilk. But, too many of our friends and leaders bought into the Neocon vision, and now, instead of honoring Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jefferson, or George Washington (the one-time father of this country, but, alas, a horrid slave owner!), we honor “the liberator” Abe Lincoln, the philandering plagiarist and communist Martin Luther King, and Karl Rove’s favorite historian, the hard core Stalinist Eric Foner.For more background on the Trotskyites who put the "con" in "Neocon," read Why Neocons Love MLK.
Earlier this week, I reported that two Confederate monuments had been defaced by slinking, cowardly vandals here in Charlotte. One of the monuments is located at the American Legion Memorial Stadium. It's dedicated to the Confederate veterans who "preserved the Anglo-Saxon civilization of the South and became master builders in a re-united country." As quoted in the 7-16-2015 Charlotte Observer, Dan Morrill, the president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historical Landmarks Commission, believes that monument "is overtly racist." Really? How is it that defense of one's civilization is "racist"? And if that is the case, what would you call support for imposing an alien civilization on an existing one? For example: Art Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party: "Remember 187 — proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to non-citizens — was the last gasp of white America in California." Mario Obledo, co-founder of the La Raza Lawyers of California bar association, and once California's Secretary of Health and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown: "California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn't like it should leave." Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles City Council: "They're afraid we're going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They're right. We will take them over ... We are here to stay." We could list countless other examples, but the ones quoted above were spoken by people in positions of power.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Seems we have a little backlash to the Red Guard's efforts to erase Southern history. From WRAL:
Counties, cities and universities would have to get permission from state lawmakers to remove or replace state-owned monuments or memorials under a bill expected on the House floor next week. The measure passed the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday afternoon. Senate Bill 22 would create a new classification of state-owned monuments called "objects of remembrance," defined as a "monument, memorial, plaque, statue, marker, or display of a permanent character that commemorates an event, a person, or military service that is part of North Carolina's history."The slinking vandals who deface memorials to the dead won't like this bill. All the more reason to support it.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Here are two Charlotte, NC, news items I RANDOMLY selected for the blog: English-only speakers need not apply in Charlotte Second Confederate monument vandalized in Charlotte Random though they may be, they dovetail nicely with the Quote of the Day.
Fabulous States of America:
The Pentagon’s announcement Monday that it intends to lift its prohibition on transgender people serving in the military still leaves transgender troops and veterans facing a variety of challenges, ranging from health care and discrimination to being allowed to choose a uniform that corresponds to their gender identity. ... “It’s a good starting point for those that are already in,” said Evan Young, a transgender veteran and president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. “But anyone who is qualified should be able to join. Hopefully, that will come in time.” ... Young’s story is not unique. When Gene Silvestri joined the Army in 2002 as a female and a lesbian, “don’t ask, don’t tell” was still in place. Silvestri, now a transgender man, said he immediately felt the effects of the ban.The headline says it all. Whatever the Cultural Marxists win, conquer, or finagle through compromise, it's never enough. There's always more demanded of traditional America for the endless forced march toward equality. And it couldn't be otherwise -- with an impossible goal as the ultimate objective, there's always a reason to push for more concessions. And they'll get it, too.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The hustlers in the NAACP can shape-shift from helpless victim to menacing bully. These days, they're in Full Metal Jacket Bully mode. Their latest demand is that the memorial at Stone Mountain be demolished:
A sculpture in Georgia larger than a football field – depicting Civil War luminaries Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson – has become the latest target in the push to purge the South of signs of the Confederacy. The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP called Monday for the elimination of all symbols of the Confederacy from Stone Mountain Park, whose marquee attraction is the 90-foot-high, 190-foot-wide sculpture carved deep into the mountain. "Those guys need to go,” chapter leader Richard Rose told WSB-TV, referring to Davis, the former president of the Confederate States of America, and the two Confederate generals. “They can be sand-blasted off, or somebody could carefully remove a slab of that and auction it off to the highest bidder.This is intentionally inflammatory. The NAACP wants angry reprisals so they can morph back into victim mode and make even more demands. Sickening.
Another gem from Walter Williams:
The 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the war between the colonies and Great Britain. Its first article declared the 13 colonies “to be free, sovereign and independent states.” These 13 sovereign nations came together in 1787 as principals and created the federal government as their agent. Principals have always held the right to fire agents. In other words, states held a right to withdraw from the pact — secede. During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, a proposal was made that would allow the federal government to suppress a seceding state. James Madison rejected it, saying, “A union of the states containing such an ingredient seemed to provide for its own destruction. The use of force against a state would look more like a declaration of war than an infliction of punishment and would probably be considered by the party attacked as a dissolution of all previous compacts by which it might be bound.” In fact, the ratification documents of Virginia, New York and Rhode Island explicitly said they held the right to resume powers delegated should the federal government become abusive of those powers. The Constitution never would have been ratified if states thought they could not regain their sovereignty — in a word, secede.Too bad the very people who need to read this defense of the South will ignore it.