Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Kinist’s Take on the 2012 AMREN Conference

Have you ever felt exhilarated and discouraged at the same time? Put a name to that emotion and that’s how I’m feeling in the aftermath of the 2012 American Renaissance conference. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews so far (see here and here) and that’s part of the reason I feel a little discouraged.

If Jared Taylor’s organization represents a movement (and I think I’m being kind in granting that it does) then it’s not a movement that is interested in the sensibilities of a Christian Southerner like myself. On the other hand, getting the chance to flex my intellectual muscles among like-minded folk was thrilling. The company of compatriots was a refreshing end to the long night of isolation. To say out loud the things I’ve only been able to write (or type) was well worth the drive to Nashville.

My journey through Nashville warrants a brief mention. I arrived early and decided to explore. I wanted to see the famous Vanderbilt University — the institution that birthed the Twelve Southerners who penned that famous book of essays, “I’ll Take My Stand” and helped spark a Southern renaissance. Vanderbilt has a beautiful campus, (some of her female students match the blooming dogwoods in appeal, though, as you’re soon to learn, have nothing of the dogwood’s glamor).

I wandered around the campus and talked to some of the students. I wanted to see if any of them were going to be the next John Crowe Ransom or Stark Young. I struck up a conversation with a young lady ( a few years younger than myself) who, after learning about the Twelve Southerners and having gained some small insight about their thinking, assured me that nothing of that sort was taught at Vanderbilt and that she was appalled that I was so stuck in “another century” that I’d dare bring up such a politically incorrect subject. She, erm, “politely” declined my invitation to have lunch.

And so it went (though not as dramatic) with other students.

In memory of the Twelve, I wanted to leave tire-tracks across the well-manicured campus — something in the shape of a Confederate Flag, maybe — but thought better of it. Instead, I hung my head and whistled Dixie all the way back to my car, in long, mournful notes. Later that evening, I raised a glass (or twelve) to my literary heroes.

But then, there was the conference.

More @ Shotgun Barrel Straight

Are We Out of Options?

Via Looking in the Mirror

Let’s face it, the federal government is broken.

It is dysfunctional, unconstitutional, careening towards a cliff at breakneck speed, and if it is not stopped, it will drag us all down with it. Am I being too harsh? Am I flat out wrong? Or am I saying what a lot of you are thinking?

We have been watching this process as it has pickup speed since the sixties, but it has really taken off since 9-11. For those who believe in big government and they sit on both sides of the aisle, 9-11 was a crisis too good to let go to waste. In the name of security we have seen a federal government grow like a black hole sucking in state powers, sovereignty and our liberties.

But they tell us it’s for our own good, you know, “to keep us safe from the bad guys.”

If I am spied on, arrested and thrown in jail indefinitely, have my free speech curtailed, am not allowed to show my displeasure at the government, and finally I can be killed at the pleasure of the government, does it really matter if it was done by “bad guys” the or the “good guys?”

So, what do we do about it? Well let’s look at the ways that we have up to this point used to express our displeasure with the federal government.

Option #1

More @ Tenth Amendment Center


Radio Patriot

On the heels of NDAA, ObamaCare, Stimulus, Son of Stimulus, Patriot Act, takeover of auto, energy, media and movie industries, and the relentless implementation of Agenda 21… the Obama regime running our country into the ground has issued an updated Executive Order which suggests the probability of impending MARTIAL LAW.

We are left to scratch our heads and ask……… Why now?

The only possible answer is…

America is in fact, right now, in the vicious throes of a Cold Civil War.

Cold as in non-violent and Civil as in nationwide; an attempt to force a new government-controlled ideology upon an unwilling public.

And the forces implementing this agenda are relentless.

The National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order is nothing more than a blatant attempt to stir trouble of the highest intensity. The regime is looking to see who jumps and to see the movement that happens amongst the most vocal defenders of our rights, (you and me). They are poking us to see if we will go over the edge and do something so stupid that there will be a crisis… it will be our fault… and if any of our number are provoked enough to rise to the proverbial bait — they will finally lower the hammer… all in the name of “national security and public safety.”

These are classic Soviet style tactics designed and implemented in an effort to make us react, get us to either flinch and shut up, or overreact and get suppressed. It is also an exercise so they can gather intel on who is who and who has pull.

Many of us are trained. We know this game.

But we cannot stand down. We cannot be silent. We MUST stand together as one…WITHOUT VIOLENCE, for there is no going back from that; we MUST speak out with the conviction and the authority granted by our unalienable rights and the United States Constitution!

Remember Martin Niemöller and his immortal wisdom about the failure of courage in speaking out; “Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The regime is limiting our speech on a daily basis, so speak up while you still can. But be smart about what you say. Do not be tempted to phrase your words in terms of violence. For this is the way of the enemy and we should never stoop to their low and bloody tactics, whether in word or deed.

Keep preparing for rough times ahead. Stock your pantry in preparation for lean days, even as the regime attempts to make such things illegal. Focus your mind on liberty, that it should never die.

I cannot tell you exactly what is coming but I know, as do you, that something unprecedented in American history, perhaps even all human history, is coming soon.

This is the common theme in most of all the conversations that I hear… there is something coming, no one really knows what it is; they just know that whatever it is, it will be momentous. The discussions range from quantifying this “something” to describing what we will do after “IT” happens. I even hear serious open conversation of the Biblical “End of Times.” People, even those outside the grassroots Tea Party movement, feel it in their bones.

Speculation runs rampant as people ponder the feeling in their gut. It could begin with something as simple as personal unemployment. It may be the 2012 general election — or NOT. Or it could be any number of events that will trigger Martial Law and the now legal occupation of America by her own troops, under the un-Constitutional NDAA.

Those types of events are limitless and terrifying. It could be a full scale crash of our economy and dollar. It could be a new World War launched by Israel attacking Iran, or vice versa. It could be the launch of the rumored North Korean EMP attack designed to hurl America 100 years back into pre-electronic time. It could be Islamic jihadists succeeding in a catastrophic terrorist attack. It could be the enemy within if the Obama Administration’s aided and abetted “Occupy” movement transfers and escalates the violence witnessed in Oakland to the rest of the country.

Whatever the trigger might be, we are about to get the education of a lifetime on what it is to struggle. It will either make us more committed Americans, earning the Latin communitas – or it will literally tear us apart. I believe that the source of this struggle springs from the complex sublimity of global despotic tyranny – ultimate oppression.

Our culture is in the midst of a moral dilemma where bad is now good and what was deemed originally American by our Founders is now un-American. The Founders are all but outlawed because soon, unless those who hate freedom are halted, after the regime finishes destroying the Bill of Rights they will also totally erase the Founders from the educational curriculum. They will outlaw the works of our Founding Fathers and destroy their very existence, burning books and erasing American liberty from history. It will be done incrementally and they will transform our history into one that aligns with their totalitarian views.

Every single day we have now turned to reacting to what the regime is putting out instead of looking to where they are taking us. The powers pulling the levers of tyranny are every day more draconian and daring in scope as they usurp our institutions and drain the power from our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Most all of the stories that are important and should be seen are buried by the complicit media at the end of the weekly news cycles and under the cloak of darkness.

In Quantum Theory there is a concept called a singularity or a black hole. Just as a black hole cannot be seen in space, the actual truth and facts of the world situation and the intentions of the U.S. government must be judged by the influence exerted on the objects around it — extortion, manipulation, intimidation, czars, fascist over- regulation designed to purposefully strangle an economy and legislate away your right to defend and provide for yourself — all in an effort to force you into their food line dependency and powerlessness!

The gravity of a black hole is so monumental that even light collapses upon itself. And in the same way, the lights of liberty are also collapsing upon themselves as media, government officials and useful idiots corrupt our understanding of American Exceptionalism so we can never really know the nefarious plot that seeks to turn our good country into an empty carcass they can declare the “failed” American Experiment. Their answer to the great philosopher’s question, “Can man govern himself” will surely be no.

It must be noted that this current Administration is not the only perpetrator. A long history of Administrations, both Republican and Democrat, have eaten away at our freedom. This Obama Administration, so fatally attacking our liberty, is just the one closing the noose. The broad strokes of true Communism were tightly woven into the ObamaCare and Stimulus bills, yet most Americans had no clue. The technocratic, lawyer-istic drool contained within those bills made it even harder to comprehend that Soft Tyranny was the true intent. And Soft Tyranny always ends in Hard Tyranny — a horror not yet experienced by Americans never exposed to adversity and real stress — where tyrannical forces purposefully separate us from each other, turn us against each other (compulsory service, Ready Reserve, NDAA and the coercions in 5201 of ObamaCare) and control every aspect of our lives… lives which then become CRUEL because YOUR life will now be totally and completely ruled by THEIR choice.

IF THEY WIN, even the passion to be free and ultimately the reality itself of being free will be as if these blessings have never existed. Tyranny can never allow such powerful ideas to remain in the collective consciousness.

They will burn our books and they will attempt to erase our God. Because without the concept of freedom codified in books by the brilliant minds of Cicero, Locke and Montesquieu; without the inspiration and institutions from our Founders; without the guidance of God to the understanding that there is a higher power than the government, there would never have been our nation “conceived in liberty.”

But while I believe this struggle in which we are engaged is the struggle of the century, nay, the struggle of all centuries, I also believe in American Exceptionalism.

I believe that the heart and soul of America is strong and vibrant and that we shall not falter in our commitment to liberty.

We live NOW in the times that will try men’s souls.


Are you a Summer Soldier, a Sunshine Patriot only to speak out when times are easy and there is no risk?

Or are you an American Exceptionalist who will STAND with me, RIGHT NOW to preserve our liberty, our beliefs and the American Way?

About Benjamin Smith:
Former Navy SEAL, Benjamin Smith took an oath to defend our Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. That oath has no expiration date. As a writer, speaker, political strategist and ardent Constitutionalist, Benjamin Smith continues to battle tyranny and defend the freedoms that enabled American exceptionalism. Benjamin is a regular contributor to multiple news outlets including Breitbart and Fox News.

One Nation Under Socialism - Jon McNaughton

Roundabout via The Feral Irishman

Some goodies from Ol' Remus

Your average member of the lunchpailetariat is acutely aware that those who are presently in charge of the Democratic Party hate him. Rednecks are villainized in the media, in academia, and in the private lives of folks who think they know better because of their sociology class. Many of the problems minorities experience in American society are laid at the feet of working-class white people. The irony is that these pallid scapegoats are politically powerless, unlike the latte tribe that demonizes them. Hating rednecks is the anti-Semitism of Democratic asses.
--Scott Locklin, takimag.com

Harvard Business Review - Diversity training doesn't extinguish prejudice. It promotes it. A study of 829 companies over 31 years showed that diversity training had “no positive effects in the average workplace.” Millions of dollars a year were spent on the training resulting in, well, nothing. Attitudes—and the diversity of the organizations—remained the same. [Half way to understanding]
--Peter Bregman, http://blogs.hbr.org/bregman

The Supreme Court is not the sole arbiter of Constitutionality. It was written for the people and finally to be enforced by them. I have no faith in justices, they are removed from the conditions we, the people, are subject to. They too often see wisdom in their own thoughts and too rarely see the folly. You, Sir and Madame, are the Supreme Court. You always have been.
--T. Davis, tlinexile.blogspot.com

Said Thursday - Virtually the entire non-parked naval fleet will be in the Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf in the next 4-6 days, where 3 aircraft carriers and one big-deck amphibious warfare ship are just waiting for the order. [And the US/UK are releasing stocks from the strategic oil reserves]
--Tyler Durden, zerohedge.com

Paraphrasing Daron Acemoglu - He, like a select few others, believes that TPTB have lost control of the propaganda war, as the masses realize a large gap between what they're being told by the media and government officials, lose confidence in the very structure and foundation of the system, and that given this awakening taking place, TPTB that rely on the Fed Reserve as their wealth transfer mechanism can no longer afford to try to slowly simmer the frogs, and a quick boil it will have to be... He's not saying we're headed for a depression, but rather, a total collapse.
--TruthInSunshine, comment at serohedge.com

The bureaucratic elites of the former Soviet Union turned on the system and quickly gutted it through privatization, when their privileges were reduced... The big question for those of us in the US/EU is whether we are seeing this process at work in our system. Are the government/business elites turning against the system?
--John Robb, globalguerillas.typepad.com

Pictures: East Germany before & after reunification

Via Ol' Remus

Photographer Stefan Koppelkamm took these pictures of East Germany in the early 90s, soon after the German reunification, when much of the buildings had yet to be rebuilt. He returned ten years later to take photos of the same locations, and found them completely transformed for the better.

Here @ IziSmile

The "Entitlement Mentality"

So, I'm reading the Wall Street Journal guest editorial by Congressman Paul Ryan, "The GOP Budget and America's Future" (budget available here).

But the best part of the editorial to my mind lies in the following comment and counter-comment to the piece:

More Grathwohl testimony on Ayers & Dohrn

Via Ann Barnhardt

Parents Are The Experts In Education

BURTON: Congress must say go

As the situation in Syria has continued to devolve, the calls for U.S. intervention have continued to grow louder. Recently, Sen. John McCain became the first U.S. official to call publicly for U.S.-led airstrikes to halt the violence in Syria.

With all due respect to my friend and colleague, Mr. McCain, I must categorically disagree with these calls. Anyone who knows my 30 years of service on the House Foreign Affairs Committee knows that I am certainly not a dove when it comes to protecting the national security interests of the United States. However, I have never supported the idea that the United States is or should be the world’s policeman. If we accept that role, we are committing to act and to put our soldiers and civilians in harm’s way where our nation’s interests may be very modest at best.

More @ The Washington Times

Billionaire Bundler abandons Obama for Romney over Israel

President Obama’s controversial request that Israel retreat to its 1967 borders has caused at least one prominent billionaire to switch parties, the Washington Post reports:

Susan Crown, a philanthropist and member of the billionaire Crown family, has switched sides from supporting Obama in 2008 to backing Romney now, although some of her relatives remain Obama supporters. Crown said in an interview that she was prompted to support Romney after Obama spoke in favor of a return to 1967 borders with land swaps as part of a potential Israeli- Palestinian peace settlement.

More @ The Free Beacon

Ebonic Airways

Hope someone makes a Redneck one next. I'll fit right in and no, you imbecilic PC liberal morons, I won't be "offended." It's a joke, don't cha' know?

Via Billy

GOA Action Alert: CCW

Senators Thune and Vitter Introduce Reciprocity Bill with more than 25 Cosponsors

Today, Senators John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced legislation to recognize national reciprocity for gun owners who can legally carry concealed firearms in the state where they reside.

The Thune-Vitter bill, S. 2213, was introduced with a huge show of support. Twenty-nine Senators sponsored or cosponsored the bill, and this is, in large part, thanks to you! Because of all your efforts over the last week, the following Senators signed on in support of the legislation:

Ayotte (NH), Barrasso (WY), Boozman (AR), Burr (NC), Chambliss (GA), Coburn (OK), Cochran (MS), Cornyn (TX), Crapo (ID), DeMint (SC), Enzi (WY), Graham (SC), Grassley (IA), Hatch (UT), Inhofe (OK), Isakson (GA), Ron Johnson (WI), Lee (UT), Lugar (IN), McConnell (KY), Paul (KY), Portman (OH), Risch (ID), Rubio (FL), Sessions (AL), Thune (SD), Toomey (PA) Vitter (LA) and Wicker (MS).
This bill, the Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, treats concealed carry as a RIGHT belonging to the people – not a privilege granted by the government.

“Rather than establish a national standard, our bill will ensure that law-abiding citizens are able to carry concealed firearms while at the same time respecting the laws of the respective states they visit,” said Sen. Thune.

The Thune-Vitter bill provides national recognition for concealed carry permit holders (who have obtained one from their home states), but it also recognizes the right to carry for residents of Constitutional Carry states (where no permit is required).

This is a huge win for gun owners! Constitutional Carry is currently the law in five states, and more than a dozen states have legislation to move in that direction.

A competing bill, S. 2188, offers reciprocity ONLY for permit holders -- and thus it would prevent many gun owners, who can legally carry in their home states, from carrying firearms when they travel out-of-state. This compromise bill, sponsored by anti-gun Senate Democrats Mark Begich (AK), Joe Manchin (WV) and Max Baucus (MT), would deal a severe blow to the momentum we have in passing Constitutional Carry at the state level.

It is crucial that Senators support the Constitutional Carry-friendly bill, and to oppose any efforts to weaken the Thune-Vitter legislation.

ACTION: Contact your Senators right away. Thank those who have sponsored S. 2213. If your Senators have not yet cosponsored, please urge them to do so … and to stay off of the Begich-Manchin bill.

There are two different letters, depending on whether your Senators are cosponsoring S. 2213.
By clicking here, the appropriate letter will be automatically selected.

May 6, 1944

Wedding tanker William John Robert Cavendish, Marquis of Hartington,
and nurse Kathleen Agnes Kennedy.

Godfather during the wedding ceremonythe bride's brother was the pilot,
Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr.

Lt. Joseph Kennedy was killed, along with the bomber exploded over the village
Blitburg (Suffolk, UK), August 12, 1944.

Major William Cavendish, a sniper killed September 10, 1944 in the battle for
the city of Happy in Belgium.


“Education or Indoctrination? The Treatment of Islam in 6th through 12th Grade American Textbooks.”

Turning Cads Into Klansmen

I spoke too soon when I reported back in January that women no longer have any problems.

The armchair Freedom Riders at the weirdly named Southern Poverty Law Center *(or “$PLC” as one of its dogged critics prefers),*Another person besides me? Goodness.::) have been courageously, er, browsing the Internet and have uncovered a potentially devastating threat to not only America’s females, but its national security:

Dudes trading tips on getting laid.

Forget Arabs flying planes into buildings, you stupid cops and spies. The SPLC—whose dispatches are “sent to every law enforcement agency in the country”—has named the real enemy: white men unzipping their flies.

More@ Taki's Magazine

Demolishing Due Process

Listen to Ron Paul

It is ironic but perhaps sadly appropriate that Attorney General Eric Holder would choose a law school, Northwestern University, to deliver a speech earlier this month in which he demolished what was left of the rule of law in America

In what history likely will record as a turning point, Attorney General Holder bluntly explained that this administration believes it has the authority to use lethal force against Americans if the President determines them to be a threat to the nation. He tells us that this is not a violation of the due process requirements of our Constitution because the President himself embodies "due process" as he unilaterally determines who is to be targeted. As Holder said, "a careful and thorough executive branch review of the facts in a case amounts to 'due process.'" That means that the administration believes it is the President himself who is to be the judge, jury, and executioner.

As George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley wrote of the Holder speech:

"All the Administration has said is that they closely and faithfully follow their own guidelines – even if their decisions are not subject to judicial review. The fact that they say those guidelines are based on notions of due process is meaningless. They are not a constitutional process of review."

It is particularly bizarre to hear the logic of the administration claiming the right to target its citizens according to some secret selection process, when we justified our attacks against Iraq and Libya because their leaders supposedly were targeting their own citizens! We also now plan a covert war against Syria for the same reason.

More @ LRC

Gee, Wonder How This Will Go Over At The Trial

Another “Green Energy” favorite of God/King Obamandias is going down in flames. Heavily subsidized First Solar is being sued for failing to disclose defects in its panels.

According to the complaint, First Solar: “deceive(d) the investing public…, artificially inflated(d) and maintain(ed) the market price of First Solar securities…, and cause(d) Plaintiff and other members of the Class to purchase First Solar securities and options at artificially inflated prices.”

Can you say “Ponzi Scheme backed by the SCOAMF?” Yes, we can…

First Solar has received enormous financial backing from taxpayers. The Department of Energy provided a $646 million loan guarantee for the Antelope Valley (Calif.) Solar Ranch 1 project, and also partially guaranteed $1.46 billion in borrowing for its Desert Sunlight Solar Farm west of Blythe, Calif. DOE loans of $967 million covered First Solar’s Agua Caliente Solar project in Yuma County, Ariz. Its Topaz Solar farm, which Warren Buffett just bought for about $1.9 billion, also qualifies for a federal grant (like the others) that pays a 30 percent rebate on construction costs. Also, the U.S. Export-Import Bank backed $455.7 million in loans to First Solar for projects in Canada. The facilities also reap job training, state and local incentives, in addition to enjoying mandates that force utilities to buy their renewable power.

But wait, there’s more…That last one, from Ex-Im…First Solar used that to sell panels…wait for it…to itself.

More @ Soylent Green

Confederate Independence and the Lure of Profit

The American Confederacy could have won foreign recognition and independence by taking proffered loans from European capitalists – in the very same manner that American capitalists who extended loans to England and France in the early years of World War One would clamor for eventual US intervention to save their investments.

Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Confederate Independence and the Lure of Profit:

“When the South went in [to the war], she had no government but had to form one. It had not a soldier but had to call out an army, clothe, arm, and discipline it. It had no treasury and not a dollar to put in it. It was without factories to make munitions or arms and without adequate facilities to clothe or feed the troops, for we had relied for years upon the North for manufactured articles and upon the northwest for meat and corn and flour.

[The] Confederate Government….persistently refused, in the summer of 1861, to negotiate a loan of six hundred millions of dollars which was tendered by capitalists in Europe, and President Davis gave positive instructions that in no event should more than $15,000,000 be accepted.

If the loan had been taken, of the magnitude offered, the Confederacy would early have been supplied with ammunition, arms, provisions, and a navy, and the blockade later, to which we owed our defeat, would have been impossible. It is quite clear that it was the failure of Confederate officials to take this step of preparedness, even at that late date, which rendered vain the valor of our troops and the genius of our generals.

Indeed, aside from the preparedness which we could even then had made, the European governments would have intervened, if necessary, to have preserved the investment of their capitalists in the $600,000,000 loan which would have been taken if secured on cotton.”

(Raising, Organizing, and Equipment of North Carolina Troops During the Civil War, Walter Clark, Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Session of the State Literary and Historical Association, Edwards & Broughton, 1918, pp. 104-105)

Confederate Independence and the Lure of Profit


Beleaguered Rush advertiser: This is not a boycott, it’s an organized terrorist attack!

MSCO CEO Mark Stevens told Varney and Company about the campaign against his company to stop him from advertising with Rush Limbaugh. He emphatically says that the story isn’t getting out, that this isn’t a boycott, but rather an organized terrorist action.

He describes emails from people telling him that his company is now under constant surveillance, that they are watching every move he makes. His employees, even female employees, are getting emails calling them woman haters.

More @ The Right Scoop

Obama v. Ryan Budget Plans

Via Legal Insurrection

U.S. President NOT Commander in Chief Until Congress Calls Him?

Everyone assumes as soon as a new U.S. president is sworn into office that they automatically become Commander in Chief of all of America’s . This is NOT true according to the .

Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States says,

“The shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States.”

The key phrase in this is “when called into actual Service of the United States.” So the question then lies in what does it mean “when called into Service?” To get our answer, we must look to Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States which states,

“The shall have Power…

To declare War…

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”

As I read the Constitution, Congress has the authority over the military and only Congress can declare . That also means that Congress is the body of government that calls the president to become Commander in Chief. Until that time comes, the president has no vital role in the military and its use.

More @ Godfather Politics

New iPad vs Assault Rifle: Tech Assassin HK53

Facts erased from schoolbooks

Who perpetrated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 – a group of men merely fighting “for a cause,” or a band of radical Muslims bent on violent jihad?

According to a new, comprehensive study of 6th-12th grade textbooks used by schools across the country, America’s children are being taught a very different answer to that question than many alive to witness 9/11 remember.

The non-profit organization ACT! for America Education studied 38 textbooks from popular publishers like McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin, for example, to determine whether American schoolchildren are being taught the truth about Islam and its role in 9/11.

The report, titled “Education or Indoctrination? The Treatment of Islam in 6th through 12th Grade American Textbooks,” compares what it found in the textbooks with 275 historical sources, listing 375 footnoted citations, to conclude that America’s textbooks are laced with “historical revisionism.”

“This report shines a bright light on a pattern of errors, omissions and bias in the textbooks reviewed,” explained ACT! for America Education founder Brigitte Gabriel in an email. “To give you just one example of the errors our research uncovered, in discussing the 9/11 attacks, the textbooks typically fail to mention the perpetrators were Muslims or that they acted in the cause of Islamic jihad. In one book the terrorists are portrayed as people fighting for a cause.

More @ WND

Controlling Drones with Hand Gestures

Via Global Guerrillas

Ted Nugent: Holder Promotes Outrageous Lie to ‘Brainwash’ People Against Guns

Conservative rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent denounced U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s “outrageous lie” in encouraging fellow Democrats to “brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way” to turn them against guns with the same tactics used against smoking.

“Eric Holder's call for brainwashing America about guns comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention to this administration,” Nugent, a member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association, told Newsmax exclusively on Monday.

More @ NewsMax

'Racial Discrepancy' Madness Spreads

Via Looking in the Mirror

I recently suggested that our secretary of education, Arne Duncan, had his brain hacked by enemies of the United States. As proof I offered his bizarre reaction to a report recounting racial discrepancies in school discipline. I argued, for example, that forcibly equalizing discipline across racial lines would devastate racially mixed schools, with the biggest losers being decent African-American students, who typically lack a safer school option.

The capturing of brains may be worse than I initially suspected. A PBS Newshour show also took up how blacks were being disproportionally punished. The host (Jeffrey Brown) interviewed two distinguished educators. Christopher Edley is dean of Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and co-chair of the U.S. Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission, and Chester Finn is the president of the Fordham Institute, a well-regarded conservative think-tank that covers K-12 education (Finn also served in the Reagan administration).

Let me summarize how these experts, including a bona-fide conservative, view racial discrepancies in school discipline.

Taking a "civil rights perspective," Dean Edley implied that where there is smoke, there's fire -- these statistics reflect racial discrimination. More important, these gaps suggest that "we are not providing equal educational opportunity." After all, if schools cannot eliminate disorder, how can they impart knowledge to all students? And, Dean Edley continues, by kicking out students, we are pushing them away from academic commitment. We need alternatives to discipline -- for example, training teachers in classroom management and interventions, plus upgraded skills to understand the lives of unruly students. Civil rights means developing school interventions to eliminate both violence and academic inadequacy.

Perhaps only in today's PC-dominated academy does a dean of a Law School reflexively equate plain-to-see divergence in behavior with difficult-to-prove accusations of discrimination. Dean Edley surely knows that blacks are more likely than whites to be convicted of criminal offenses and that this gap cannot be blamed on "discrimination."