Sunday, October 30, 2011
The continued dominance of the doctrines of Political Correctness and Multiculturalism depends on a set of unexamined premises. If the axioms underlying PC/MC were ever carefully examined by a large proportion of the populace, the entire political superstructure of the West would collapse.
The practitioners of the Multicultural Arts are at least subliminally aware that the basic assumptions of their dogma cannot stand up to close scrutiny. This is why the proponents of PC/MC tend to respond to reasonable criticism with accusations of “racism”, vicious ad-hominem attacks, and physical violence. They fear that the edifice in which they have invested so much emotional and physical energy may in fact be spun from pure gossamer. Fear generates anger, and their fury demands the destruction of those who would expose their delusions.
The other day former British prime minister Tony Blair invoked one of the major unexamined premises of Multiculturalism while defending his party’s immigration policy during his time in office: “Britain cannot succeed unless it opens its borders to more people from different backgrounds.”
Where is the evidence for this assertion?
How has it been tested?
In what ways was Britain unsuccessful while it was still, well, British? In what ways is it more successful now?
None of these questions is asked by any significant public figure, because the axioms of Multiculturalism must not be questioned. They wouldn’t axioms if they were open to debate. Immigration is good for the country, and that’s that. It’s true because Tony Blairs says so.
Here’s the story from The Daily Mail:
VERBATIM POSTThere is a video if you can stomach it HERE. (Not that I have done so.)
President Obama has been no stranger to the Occupy Wall Street crowd and in fact has gone out of his way to encourage the violent, vile, unsanitary, vitriolic and greedy movement. But, this week Obama took it to a whole new level, dedicating half of his weekly address to vilifying the "top 1 percent," while claiming the middle class has been losing ground as "the rich become richer." His message this week is purely "spread the wealth around." Like I've said before, if Obama is going to continue to support the OWS crowd, he better be willing to accept the consequences of their actions too, which up to this point include rape, encouragement of cop killing and rioting.
Reality check #1 for Obama: The middle class has lost ground because of your failed economic policies, not because of the top 1 percent in America. In addition, the middle class will continue to lose ground as you stoke the flames of class warfare and threaten to raise taxes on the job creators who employ the middle class in this country. For all those millionaires you claim are willing to pay more to support your big government programs and worthless stimulus packages, they can send their money right on over into the black hole of Washington spending at pay.gov.
Reality check #2 for Obama: Your $447 billion "jobs" plan that we just "can't wait" to pass, was rejected by both the Republican House and the Democrat Senate (twice).
If the Tea Party had a theme song, it would be written in the key of common people crying out for accountability. It might rail against the hypocrisy of elites who lecture others about tolerance. It would chastise politicians who stuff their pockets while refusing to listen to those who elected them.
It would, in short, be something like “I Am America,” an anti-establishment anthem recorded 18 months ago by Krista Branch and written by her husband, Michael. She has performed the song at Glenn Beck rallies, on Fox News shows and at several Tea Party events, including one on Saturday for Herman Cain, a Republican presidential candidate, who a few months ago adopted the song for a campaign that is now receiving intense attention as he surges in recent polls.
“The first time I heard that song, the message was so right-on I felt goose bumps just listening to it,” Mr. Cain said in an interview after the campaign rally on Saturday that drew several hundred supporters to this town in eastern Tennessee. “It captured this whole citizen’s movement that a lot of people were — and some still are — in denial of,” he said.
The song is gaining additional attention as the spotlight on Mr. Cain intensifies. Like the Tea Party itself, the song was born out of frustration with politics as usual, and out of personal hardship and a burning desire for self-sufficiency that has changed the lives of the people behind it.
The song’s growing popularity has brought the Branches a measure of attention.
“It’s been a rallying cry,” Mrs. Branch said. “I’ve gotten so many e-mails from people saying, ‘You are expressing exactly what I’ve been feeling for a long time.’ ”
When the Nazis took Wales: The truth behind Resistance, the new film about Britain's secret underground army
The little-known story of the British Resistance Organisation (BRO)
Autumn, 1944: Russia has fallen, the D-Day landings have failed and the German Wehrmacht has invaded Britain. The country is now under enemy occupation. Panzer divisions and columns of Nazi troops sweep westwards, striking fear into a demoralised nation whose forces lie decimated across the shell-pocked landscape of mainland Europe.In a remote valley in the Black Mountains of Wales, farmers’ wives awake to discover that the men of the village have vanished during the night. Like women across Britain, they silently suspect their husbands, brothers and sons have melted away to join the Resistance, whose members are hiding out in the hills and woods, awaiting the inevitable arrival of German troops.
Although this might sound like just another imagined account of what might have been had Britain failed to hold Hitler at bay, Resistance, a new British film starring Michael Sheen, famous for his portrayals of Tony Blair and Brian Clough, shines a light on the little-known story of the British Resistance Organisation (BRO). This top-secret and highly trained civilian army was designed to wreak havoc on occupying enemy forces.
The author of the novel the film is based on insists this fictional past is based on ‘what was, at one point in time, an all too possible future’.
Owen Sheers explains his book was inspired by the stories he heard of wartime farmers in his native Wales going on training missions in the dead of night, armed with caches of weapons that were stashed away in elaborate underground bunkers in the woods. Such stories, it transpires, were not the stuff of local folklore, but rooted in the truth.
Established in 1940 on the orders of Winston Churchill, the British Resistance Organisation was the government’s highly classified response to the threat of imminent invasion following the evacuation of British troops at Dunkirk. Churchill stated that regular defences required ‘supplementing with guerrilla-type troops’ that would ‘be responsible for hitting the enemy in the comparatively soft spots behind zones of concentrated attack’.
The aim was to deny mobility and disrupt vital supply lines.
‘The order for a government-funded and -trained insurgency was extremely controversial,’ says Sheers. ‘It casts a chilling new light on Churchill’s 1940 speech in which he vowed that “we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”. Churchill was effectively advocating continuing acts of sabotage regardless of the reprisals.’
Ed Thompson may well have been the brother of former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson but he carved out his own political legacy over the past decade. It’s with sadness that he recently died of cancer. Admitting such last year during the middle of a campaign cost him a state Senate seat but attested the honesty and decency of the man.
Thompson had quite live quite a life and brought his real world experience to politics, going from the owner of a popular supper club in Tomah, Wisconsin all the way to mayor, He ran for governor in 2002 on the LP line and gained the most votes for a non-major party candidate in more than half a century. Ed Thompson’s biggest political legacy is bringing decentralist ideals down from the academic and hipster and cosmo realm of most libertarians to the masses. He was a precursor of the Ron Paul campaign.
Rest in Peace to a good man who fought the good fight.
Despite cold temperatures, rain, and even sleet, yesterday was a great day in the Capital of the Confederacy. 15 folks from as far away as Georgia, North Carolina, and points all over Virginia gathered to line the Boulevard in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with Confederate flags. From 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, we talked with pedestrians, VMFA employees, reporters and let anyone within earshot know what the VMFA has done and that we are not going away until the flags are returned to the Chapel.
Flagging Week 5 10/28/2011
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
“Complaints having come across the ocean that Northern recruiting agents were in Europe plying their trade, the Senate of the United States passed a resolution on the 24th of June 1864, requesting President Lincoln to inform that body “if any authority has been given any one, either in this country or elsewhere, to obtain recruits in Ireland or Canada,” etc.
On July 13, 1864, Gov. [John] Andrew, of Massachusetts, informed Secretary Stanton that citizens of Massachusetts were recruiting a large number of aliens. On July 14, 1864, the US Congress passed an act authorizing the Governor of each State in the Union to send recruiting agents into any Confederate States, except Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana; and declaring any volunteers these agents might enlist should be “credited to the State, and to the respective subdivisions thereof which might procure the enlistment.”
Thereupon agents were sent from all the New England States, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois…into all the accessible parts of the Confederacy. New Hampshire’s agents, for an example, to receive $20 for each one-year man enlisted, $25 for each two-years’ enlistment, and $40 for each three years’ man; and these recruits to receive, respectively, $100, $200, and $300, a proviso being added to her law that the Governor might, if he found it advisable, pay a bounty of $500 for each three-years’ man enlisted in “the insurgent States.”
But, the “commercial spirit” not having yet taken possession of the South, Secretary Stanton said this in a report to President Lincoln, March 1, 1865: “The results of the recruitments under the act of July 4, 1864, for recruiting in the rebel States, were reported as unfavorable.”
On August 28, 1864, Prov. Mar. Gen. Fry telegraphed to his assistant in Boston: “Hon. J.D. Baldwin writes me from Worcester that towns in his district enlist their own citizens, provide bounties for them, and send them to camp or rendezvous to be mustered in and credited. That after reaching rendezvous they are beset by recruiting agents for other places, especially Boston. These agents, offering higher local bounties, succeed in getting the men credited to other towns, etc.”
“[A] Colonel of one of the negro regiments at Natchez “stated that in consequence of the presence of recruiting agents from Northern States offering large bounties for recruits his men were deserting, procuring citizens’ clothing, and secreting themselves until an opportunity offered of escaping from the place for purpose of enlisting. The same state of things,” he continued, “exists in the other colored regiments….”
On January 19, 1865, the Actg. Asst. Prov. Mar.-Gen., Concord, N.H., wrote to Prov. Mar. Gen. Fry, Washington, saying among other things: “I would respectfully call your attention to the fact that burglars, house-burners, and thieves, felons of all classes and kinds, are daily taken from jails and prisons with the consent of the judges, both high and low, and enlisted under false names and false pretenses in the service of the U.S.”
(The South’s Burden, the Curse of Sectionalism, Benjamin Franklin Grady, Nash Brothers, 1906, pp. 116-118)
Bounties for Mercenary “Volunteers”
My story today on Operation Fast and Furious is print-only, so you'll have to pick up a copy of the paper to read it. Or wait till Tuesday afternoon, when it will be available at azstarnet.com.
In the meantime, suffice it to say that some of the story analyzed statements that Sheriff Paul Babeu has been making about Operation Fast and Furious. I asked the sheriff some questions about Fast and Furious via email. Here are the questions and answers.
Q: When you says that those officials who carried out Fast & Furious should be considered accomplices or accessories to murder, are you serious, or is that a rhetorical point, that they could be charged? If serious, who in the ATF/DOJ chain of command should be investigated as possible accomplices or accessories to murder and other crimes? The line agents? Their supervisors? The U.S. Attorney's Office or Justice Department officials involved?
A: The American people deserve a thorough, impartial, and independent review of what happened here. Nothing short of that will ever be acceptable. The Justice Department has a serious conflict of interest in policing itself. So no more scapegoats--let's find out just how this happened, exactly who is responsible, and hold them accountable.
This is why the Sheriffs of Arizona both Republicans and Democrats are demanding a Special Counsel to investigate Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for their roles in Operation Fast and Furious.
The Sheriffs are demanding the truth from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and believe that those responsible should be held criminally accountable for allowing 2,000 guns including assault weapons and 50 caliber rifles to be purchased on U.S. Soil and then turned over to the drug cartels of Mexico. As a result of their reckless facilitation and distribution of these weapons, our deputies and American citizens may now face the barrel of a gun that was placed in the hands of criminals by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Citizens of the United States and Mexico have already been murdered by cartel members who now posses these weapons. There is no doubt more bloodshed will occur on both sides of the border, since over 1,500 weapons still remain unaccounted for.
Q: What, if anything, could you and your office do to pursue an investigation (and possible criminal charges) against those who carried out Operation Fast & Furious? Are you considering doing that, or already doing it? Would you do it if a criminal suspect were caught with a F & F weapon in Pinal County?
A: At this time we are assisting the Congressional Committee investigating this matter by providing information records regarding weapons we have seized to see if any of them are linked to Fast and Furious. As stated above we agree with the other Sheriffs’ of Arizona that a Special Counsel should be appointed to investigate this matter.
Weapons from Fast and Furious have already been recovered during one of our drug smuggling investigations.
Q: You have said repeatedly that you think Operation Fast and Furious was designed to lead to gun-control measures. What evidence of this have you seen? How can I find it?
A: This administration has repeatedly stated in the media that “90% of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.” They have used this argument in their support of tougher gun control measures. If you google search the quoted information, you will see numerous stories about it. Here is one such story link regarding the quote:
.........note that Schulz is aware of the very distinct possibility that the organizers behind OWS will try to stifle his work there. If or when they do, that will simply reveal them for the frauds they are. They talk about being open to all views, about welcoming Tea Party people, etc. but I suspect that when it comes down to it, they will try to stop Bob. And they will have to tip their hands to do it, because Bob is himself a formidable organizer, and knows how to get it done, so unless they shut him down in a very overt way, he WILL turn the majority of that crowd into constitutionalists. If anyone can do it, he can. So, whether they shut him down or not, what he is doing has great value. Every other liberty and Constitution loving group and leader in America should be doing the same thing.
Stewart========MORENote from Elias Alias: I have personally been following Bob Schulz and his “We The People Foundation For Constitutional Education” since 1999. The man is one of America’s greatest Patriots and his story is remarkable. All readers here who have not discovered his “We The People” foundation, please take time to explore his site: http://www.givemeliberty.org/
Gives The Constitution A Voice
At 9 AM on Saturday, October 8, I was tuned into CNN, broadcasting from Atlanta. The Host was interviewing three young people who had participated in “Occupy Atlanta” the day before. One was a 26 year old female veteran back from the hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan and enrolled in College. The other two were males in their 20’s who were employed.
The host asked what the Occupy movement was all about. The young people said, “We want to fix the system.”
The host asked how the system could be fixed. The young people struggled to find an answer but had none. Eventually they suggested more people should vote.
I turned to Judy, my wife, saying, “That’s it. I’m going down there. These folks need to know about the Constitution and how it can solve their grievances.” Four hours later, we were in New York City. I had a thought to find a meeting room somewhere near to the protests so I could talk about Liberty and the Constitution to whomever might come. Research uncovered a new community center two blocks away called Charlotte’s Place.” We were able to make contact with and then meet with the director in between visits to the Park who agreed to give us time to meet there with interested people.
As we walked among the protesters, we observed many who were clean-cut, bright eyed as they moved throughout the crowd open to exchanging ideas with strangers.
I noticed a table with a homemade sign, “INFO.” I approached and asked, “How can I conduct a teach-in on the State and Federal Constitutions? The young man said, “Start a Working Group.” I asked, “How do I do that.” He said, “Announce it.” I asked, “How.” He said, “Get up on a bench and yell, ‘Mic Check.’” That will get the attention of the People.”
I did just that. The People turned their attention to me and began to repeat, in waves, every few words I said. I announced I was starting a Constitution Working Group, that the Constitution can be used to control the Bankers, the Corporations and the Politicians, end undeclared wars, end Bailouts, end the Fed and end our debt-based, fiat currency. Each part of the message was repeated two or three times as the crowds carried the words and energy back to others farther away. I announced the first meeting of the State and Federal Constitution Working Group would be at 6 PM on the steps at the east end of the Plaza.
It's interesting to see that even some stalwart liberal Democrats are beginning to see that this isn't a Democrat-Republican problem:Many Egyptians were convinced that they lived in a deeply unjust society where the game had been rigged by the Mubarak family and its crony capitalists. Egypt shows what happens when a country adopts free-market capitalism without developing real rule of law and institutions.I came up with a better term for the evil alliance between Washington and Wall Street in the column that will run tomorrow. The Washington-Wall Street Axis of Oligarchy is the real enemy of both the Tea Party Republicans and the Occupy Wall Street Democrats. And both the TP and OWS will have to give up their delusion of Republicans/Democrats good, Democrats/Republicans bad before anything positive is even possible.
But, then, what happened to us? Our financial industry has grown so large and rich it has corrupted our real institutions through political donations. As Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, bluntly said in a 2009 radio interview, despite having caused this crisis, these same financial firms “are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they, frankly, own the place.”
Our Congress today is a forum for legalized bribery. One consumer group using information from Opensecrets.org calculates that the financial services industry, including real estate, spent $2.3 billion on federal campaign contributions from 1990 to 2010, which was more than the health care, energy, defense, agriculture and transportation industries combined. Why are there 61 members on the House Committee on Financial Services? So many congressmen want to be in a position to sell votes to Wall Street.
I am nearly certain it is too late for any curative measures already. The contraction is already well underway, while crisis and collapse appears to be guaranteed. The only serious question is when it will occur in an unmistakable manner. But even if that is the case, it's still worthwhile helping people understand the true source of the trouble.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned against Western intervention in his country’s 7-month-old uprising, saying such action would trigger an “earthquake” that “would burn the whole region.”
Mr. Assad’s comments, published in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, were made against a backdrop of growing calls from anti-regime protesters for a no-fly zone over Syria and increasingly frequent clashes between government troops and army defectors, which left at least 30 troops dead late Saturday.
“Syria is the hub now in this region. It is the fault line, and if you play with the ground, you will cause an earthquake,” Mr. Assad said. “Do you want to see another Afghanistan, or tens of Afghanistans?”
Mr. Assad’s remarks appeared to reflect his regime’s increasing concern about foreign intervention in the country’s crisis after the recent death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was toppled by a popular uprising backed by NATO airstrikes.
- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich contends that the “grotesque failure” of President Barack Obama’s Mideast policies has propelled an “anti-Christian spring.”
The number of Christians in Iraq plunged from 1.2 million to 500,000 since the American invasion in 2003, and Christianity is under siege throughout the region, Gingrich told an audience in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Saturday.
“This is why the current strategy in the Middle East is such a total grotesque failure,” the National Journal quotes Gingrich as telling a crowd of about 200. “People say, ‘Oh, isn’t this great, we’re having an Arab Spring.’ Well, I don’t know, I think we may in fact be having an anti-Christian spring. I think people should take this pretty soberly.”
An open letter from a Federal Firearms Licensee to members of law enforcement.
As one of many cooperating FFL dealers in the Fast & Furious ongoing debacle, I simply want those rank and file members of both State and Federal law enforcement to know that weapons that were deliberately allowed to find themselves into criminal hands by this administration's hidden agenda for gun control has put all of you at risk.
And let's be clear here. This administration's high ranking officials, that is to say, your own directors and supervisors could care less. Brian Terry proved that with his life last December. Your directors and your bosses will simply continue to turn a deliberate blind eye to what all of you know already. That the end will justify the means. Insane isn't it?
We are witnessing top officials going under oath before congressional leaders and outright lying. To put it mildly, this is the worst case of acute collective amnesia we have all ever seen in any of our lifetimes. And it gets much worse, for as one of those dealers ATF & DOJ used to allow hundreds of guns to slip into the wrong hands, I am scared to death that another one of either yourselves, or one of your loved ones, or just another fellow law enforcement member, may again fall victim to this administration's illegal and clandestine operation for their hidden agenda.
Notwithstanding, there are untold Mexican citizens that have paid the ultimate price for this administration's policy of gunwalking, while catering to the Hispanic voters with promises of amnesty. What has happened here is plain to see, for it is what it is,....Genocide.
When this government's officials know the brutal war going on every day south of the border, killings that now top over 45,000, and yet they initiate an operation designed for the sole purpose of allowing thousands of military grade weapons to be put into the hands of existing killers. And with the full knowledge and anticipation of their desired outcome, well it's much like pouring gasoline on an already existing fire is it not?
There exists a term for this act which many of you may have heard of in your vast law enforcement experience. It's called premeditated murder.
And this administration has embarked on an ongoing campaign of fluid deception and despicable tactics that are criminal in every sense of the word. To those of you in law enforcement that were either involved directly or indirectly, I appeal to your fundamental sense of good, what is right, and to the oath you swore, and most importantly to our nation. Many of you like myself know what actually happened, and how attempts to cover it up are being orchestrated at the highest levels. They will not succeed for it has already been proven. What I am really saying here is that many of you have been caught up in this and your jobs and careers are being held over your head. Wake up! You allow this to occur now and next time it will be much worse, and I don't want another of you killed by this administration's insane ideas.
You have a simple choice to make. Continue to go along with it and destroy your own futures and that of your children, or pick up the phone and talk with a young congressional investigator dealing with this. He is fair and will certainly listen to what you have to say.
Stephen Castor 202-225-5074. Trust him. We do! Be safe.
This post is to begin laying the ground for the Call to Action and Call to Arms that will come at the end of this series. We are going to take a very quick analysis of the politcal stakes for the 2012 cycle. This entire discussion, this series of posts, is predicated on the wisdom and insight of Concerned American's Polygonal Battlespace concept.
There are many fronts in this war against Liberty. If we focus on only one, we lose. If we do not engage and win on the several most dangerous threats that are in our faces right now, we lose. I may lose, but I will never surrender.
We must identify, engage, win, and then move on.
I am starting with Politics. It matters. It matters who the politicians are when they dive into the bunkers. If you tell me that it would not be better to have Obama out of the White House, Reid demoted from Majority Leader, and dozens of RINO's and fake Tea Party Congressmen sent home, don't bother reading any further.
First: There are 10 serious Battleground States for the Oval office, worth 132 Electoral Votes.