Monday, January 13, 2014

George Orwell Explains in a Revealing 1944 Letter Why He’d Write 1984

Via Ninety Miles From Tyranny

I must say I believe, or fear, that taking the world as a whole these things are on the increase. Hitler, no doubt, will soon disappear, but only at the expense of strengthening (a) Stalin, (b) the Anglo-American millionaires and (c) all sorts of petty fuhrers of the type of de Gaulle. All the national movements everywhere, even those that originate in resistance to German domination, seem to take non-democratic forms, to group themselves round some superhuman fuhrer (Hitler, Stalin, Salazar, Franco, Gandhi, De Valera are all varying examples) and to adopt the theory that the end justifies the means. Everywhere the world movement seems to be in the direction of centralised economies which can be made to ‘work’ in an economic sense but which are not democratically organised and which tend to establish a caste system.

With this go the horrors of emotional nationalism and a tendency to disbelieve in the existence of objective truth because all the facts have to fit in with the words and prophecies of some infallible fuhrer. Already history has in a sense ceased to exist, ie. there is no such thing as a history of our own times which could be universally accepted, and the exact sciences are endangered as soon as military necessity ceases to keep people up to the mark. Hitler can say that the Jews started the war, and if he survives that will become official history. He can’t say that two and two are five, because for the purposes of, say, ballistics they have to make four. But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the fuhrer wished it. That, so far as I can see, is the direction in which we are actually moving, though, of course, the process is reversible.

More @ Open Culture

Gun owner unarmed, unwelcome in Maryland

Via The Lonely Libertarian

John Filippidis, silver-haired family man, business owner, employer and taxpayer, is also licensed to carry a concealed firearm.

He’d rather he didn’t feel the need, “but things aren’t like they used to be. The break-ins, the burglaries, all the crime. And I carry cash a lot of the time. I’m constantly going to the bank.

“I wanted to be able to defend my family, my household and the ground I’m standing on. But I’m not looking for any trouble.”

Filippidis keeps his gun — a palm-sized Kel-Tec .38 .380 semiautomatic, barely larger than a smartphone in a protective case — in one of two places, always: in the right-hand pocket of his jeans, or in the safe at home.

“There are kids in the house,” Filippidis says, “and I don’t think they’d ever bother with it, but I don’t want to take any chances.”

He’s not looking for any trouble, after all.

Trouble, in fact, was the last thing on his mind a few weeks back as the Filippidises packed for Christmas and a family wedding in Woodridge, N.J., so he left the pistol locked in the safe. The state of Florida might have codified his Second Amendment rights, but he knew he’d be passing through states where recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affirming the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms have been met by hostile legislatures and local officials.

“I know the laws and I know the rules,” Filippidis says. There are, after all, ways gun owners can travel legally with firearms through hostile states. “But I just think it’s a better idea to leave it home.”

More @ TBO

Islam and the Survival of the West: The Deep Roots of the Middle East Conflicts: Part 8 of a Series

Mike Scruggs

 “Every problem in our region can be traced to this single dilemma: the occupation of Dar al-Islam by Jewish infidels or Western imperialists…The everlasting struggle between Ishmael and Isaac cannot cease until one of the other is utterly vanquished.”

-Hashemi Rafsanjani
President of Iran (1989-1997)
December 19, 1989

In Islamic theology “Dar al-Islam” is the “house of submission” or the nations under Muslim government. “Dar al-Harb” is the “house of war” or the nations not yet under Muslim government.

The Middle East was the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Muslims believe that their Arabian spiritual predecessors and their Prophet, Muhammad, are descended from Ishmael, Abraham’s son by his wife Sarah’s female Egyptian servant, Hagar. Both Abraham and Sarai (later Sarah) were old and despaired of God’s promise to give them a son. Taking things into their own hands, they devised a plan to accomplish God’s promise by having Abraham impregnate Hagar. Later Sarah became jealous of Hagar and dealt so harshly with her that she fled. But God compassionately sought her in the wilderness and advised her to return to Sarah.  In addition, He gave her this promise in Genesis 16: 11-12:

“Behold you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall name him Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to your affliction. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”

Ishmael was circumcised at the age of thirteen at the same time as Abraham and all his male servants. But God again promised to bless Abraham through Sarah with a son who should be named Isaac. In Genesis 17: 19-21 God clarifies his promises for both Isaac and Ishmael:

“…Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.  As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly.  He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.”

Later Sarah again became jealous, and on God’s advice, Abraham reluctantly sent Hagar and Ishmael away, where God rescued them from perishing in the wilderness. He again promised Hagar that Ishmael would be the father of a great nation. Hagar found Ishmael an Egyptian wife, and he dwelled in Paran, probably near the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Sinai Peninsula.  He became an expert with the bow. Finally, in Genesis 25, we note that both Isaac and Ishmael buried their father, Abraham.

Although the Muslim and Biblical views of the relationship between Ishmael and Isaac are by no means the same, it is evident that there is a deep spiritual and cultural conflict underpinning the constant strife in the Middle East.

By the “Middle East,” political geographers usually mean Palestine (including Israel), Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran (or Persia), Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, and the nations on the Arabian Peninsula (the largest being Saudi Arabia) and the Persian Gulf.  Often the definition is extended to include Ethiopia, Somalia, the Sudan, and sometimes the Arab-Muslim nations of North Africa. With the exception of Israel and Lebanon, the people of all these nations are overwhelmingly Muslim. In 1953 approximately fifteen percent of the population of the Middle East was Christian. That figure has now dropped to two percent.

Besides being the birthplace of the world’s principal religions, the Middle East was also the birthplace of its earliest civilizations, preceding Chinese civilization by several centuries. The Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Assyrian, and Persian empires arose, flourished, and died there. Alexander the Great briefly established Greek cultural and military dominance there. The Romans conquered and governed much of the area for several centuries. They controlled Judea in the time of Christ and in 70 AD destroyed Jerusalem and dispersed the Jews. The Romans withdrew in the Fourth Century to defend their empire from onslaught by waves of Germanic-speaking barbarians from Northern and Central Europe. Rule of the eastern half of the Roman Empire including the Middle East then fell to the Greek-Christian Byzantium Empire in Constantinople. By the Fifth Century, Christianity became the dominant religion of the Middle East from Turkey and Egypt on the West to the Euphrates River in Iraq on the East.

In the Seventh Century, Islam came, conquering and converting by the sword. Between 634 and 642 AD they conquered all the Middle East except Western Turkey and Constantinople. Within two hundred years they had by oppression or force converted or driven out the Christian majority.  Late in the Eleventh Century, Christian Crusaders attempted to halt the spread of Islam and regain the formerly Christian lands of the Middle East. Although successful at first, the Crusaders were driven out of Jerusalem by 1187, and the last Crusader kingdom was crushed by 1291. The Muslim Ottoman Turks captured the last Byzantine stronghold, Constantinople itself, in 1453. Turkish Muslims thus displaced Arab Muslims as the dominant power in the Middle East until the end of the First World War in 1918.

The Turkish Ottoman Empire allied itself with Germany in 1914. With the defeat of Germany and Turkey in 1918, the British and French then proceeded to break up the Ottoman Empire and concluded a secret treaty to divide control of the Middle East between themselves. In the Balfour Declaration that same year, the British also promised Jewish Zionists in Europe that they would help create a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The problem was that Palestine had been predominantly Arab and Muslim for over 700 years. Massive Jewish immigration into their former homeland was met with fierce Arab resentment.

Goodies from Ol' Remus

 1936. Migrant family car in Brownsville Texas

Wonder Bread–hued
Wherein ol' Remus comments on
The White Ghetto art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif, by Kevin
Williamson at National Review

 Mr. Williamson continues.
A 2004 study found that the majority of impoverished households in Appalachia were headed by married couples, not single mothers. Kentucky and West Virginia have abortion rates that are one-fourth those of Rhode Island or Connecticut, and one-fifth that of Florida. More marriage, less abortion
Why, that there's crazy talk. Poor, yes, but mothers don't off their offspring? And they're married to their children's fathers? Poor, but more law abiding? And guns, lots of guns, but far less violence than most anywhere else? No flash mobs, knockout games or drive-by shootups? How odd. Same circumstances as Newark, lower crime than Minneapolis. (& much more)


 art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Why people don't, and shouldn't, trust the mainstream media. Watch this hilarious video from Conan O'Brien at TBS, via YouTube. 2m 35s.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Living in the West will feel like traveling through a ghetto in a limousine; don't dare open that door. How many countries are fighting each other at the beginning of 2014? The answer is none. "Battlefield deaths" have fallen dramatically. But that’s because battles are dying out; massacres, on the other hand, are back with a vengeance. In fact, there’s probably one going on as you read this, says Damian Thompson in this article, How ethnic conflict could dominate this century, at The Telegraph.

 art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Signal Armor's new $8.49 zip-lock portable Faraday cage design protects your cell phone by making it waterproof when you place your cell phone inside and zip it closed. Better yet, no one can activate your cell phone and listen in on any conversations you might be having in your home or car, says Pat Cascio in this article at Survival Blog.
art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The 25 Most Failed States On Earth, at Business Insider. Comments are closed, color us shocked.

Voters who still support Progressives - People who support criminal activity become accessories to the crime. That means you, yourself, are a criminal. My friend, you need to do some deep, serious soul searching. You need to understand the gravity of your position. You cannot claim any regard for morality or ethics or spirituality of ANY kind if your heart is so corrupt that you can fully embrace the deception and debauchery of the present administration and their allies in Congress.
Anthony Martin at 

 Every conceivable form of PC is being enforced upon our hard-pressed military with a zeal that only a Russian army zampolit — a political officer — would truly appreciate. We are seemingly concerned about everything except the most basic thing: how to fight and win the nation's wars. If we have forgotten that constraint, let me assure you that our enemies have not, from the Taliban to the drug cartels to the Iranian Quds Force.
Col. Ken Allard US Army Ret., via Rowan Scarborough at

Death of Alexander the Great - The most plausible culprit was Veratrum album, known as white hellebore. The white-flowered plant, which can be fermented into a poisonous wine, was well-known to the Greeks as a herbal treatment... The symptoms caused by consuming the plant also fit with the description of what Alexander experienced over the 12 days before he died.
April Holloway at

Experimenting with Federally-Occupied State Governments

The express purpose of the Northern invasion and occupation of Louisiana in 1862 was to forcibly hold the State in the Northern union, and through the imposition of a military-directed civil government. Despite the State already having a freely-elected legislature and governor, the Northern Congress proclaimed them criminals and supervised the establishment of a new administration under military control.  The Michael Hahn mentioned below was a German immigrant to New York and then Texas, and a prewar import to Louisiana. 
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Experimenting with Federally-Occupied State Governments

“Louisiana’s situation was particularly bad because from the time that General Benjamin F. Butler and his troops came to New Orleans on May 1, 1862, south Louisiana was lost to the Confederacy.  

The loss of control of the Mississippi River isolated most of Louisiana and Texas.  And while the war was going on in other places the Federal government was already experimenting with the “redemption” of Louisianians.

By January, 1864, Federal forces occupying Louisiana were intent upon effecting a civil government through which they could enact laws and render conditions amicable to their interests.  On January 11, General N.P. Banks issued a proclamation ordering an election of State officials in federally-occupied Louisiana.  By “federally-occupied,” he acknowledged the division within the State. 

In the meantime, Governor [Thomas O.] Moore delivered his farewell address, and on January 25 Henry Watkins Allen was inaugurated . . . governor of Louisiana.  On March 4, Michael Hahn was inaugurated governor of Federal Louisiana . . . [and] the reality of two State administrations was a source of despair [for Louisianians]. 

The Union army captured Fort DeRussey and the interior of Alexandria and Natchitoches in March of 1864.  A convention was held in New Orleans of April 6 to draft a constitution for federally-occupied Louisiana . . . [and on] July 23, 1864, a Republican convention revised the constitution and abolished slavery.  On October 12, a resolution of [the US] Congress ordered the attorney general to institute criminal proceedings against all members of the 1860 Louisiana legislature who had voted for the Convention of Secession.

O June 2, 1865, Governor Allen delivered a farewell proclamation to the people of Louisiana and went into exile in Mexico . . . “

(Louisiana Legacy, A History of the State National Guard, Evans C. Casso, Pelican Publishing, 1976, pp. 83-85)

NC: Obama Obamacare Raleigh Protest

President Obama is scheduled to speak on the economy at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, on Varsity Drive across from Doak Field, at 1 p.m. Wednesday (January 15, 2014).

We will have lunch at our office (200 W. Morgan Street, Raleigh) on the 2nd floor at 11pm.  We can eat then carpool over to NCSU Campus from there.

We will have some signs here and you can bring your own if you wish.  PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING – if your sign includes:

More @ NC Renegade

You Have to Play This 1,600-Year-Old Viking War Game: Especially if you’re a diplomat, soldier or spy, says one ex-spook

Via Ryan

Viking warriors storm into the torch-lit camp of a rival clan. Outnumbered, the ambushed Norsemen are far from their boats. Their one goal: flee to a nearby castle while keeping their king alive.

At first glance, Hnefatafl (prounounced “nef-ah-tah-fel”) might just look like a knock-off version of chess with Norse helms and impressive beards, but the game is at least 600 years older—already well-known by 400 A.D.—and is perhaps a lot more relevant to the conflicts of the 21st century.

“I love the asymmetry in this game. To win in this game, you absolutely have to think like your opponent,” emails Kristan Wheaton, a former Army foreign area officer and ex-analyst at U.S. European Command’s Intelligence Directorate. “Geography, force structure, force size and objectives are different for the two sides. If you can’t think like your opponent, you can’t win. I don’t know of a better analogy for post-Cold War conflict.”

More @ Medium

The South Africa Project

Via Nancy




Since 1994 with the take-over of the Christian ruled South Africa by the communist-terrorist-atheist-murderous African National Congress (please do not be deceived by the “national” in African National Congress, there is nothing national about this organization) the country became a cesspool of murder, torture, rape and corruption, every evil written in the handbook of communism-bolshevism.

  More than 80,000 White people have been tortured and murdered since 1994 thousands upon thousands of blacks suffered the same treatment. It is like we who have studied communism that in every communist country it is only the elite who benefit the raping of the riches of the country they destroyed. South Africa has lost her soul and reaping more than the whirlwind of this horrible change forced on her population.

More @ SFA

Wood Gas Part 2: Extras and In-Depth Info

Via Charlie

I posted a link to the European farm that runs on straw bales
to the original message but it's several pages back now.  I found this
video that gets into the science of the things a bit and tells what they
can do plus going into some detail about building them.

Race-Baiting 101: The Common Core on Civil Rights

The progressive takeover of the public schools—dreamed up by John Dewey and put into practice over the course of at least the last sixty years—has produced nothing other than absurdity, superficiality, and political bias in the nation’s classrooms. So utterly impoverished has become the quality of schooling and the nation’s conversation about it, that whenever a so-called “reform” comes into existence—engineered by the same folks who brought us school failure in the first place—we can hardly recognize it for the shell game that it is and the continued decline that it will produce.

More @ Townhall

Evangelical Marxism–part 4

Via Billy

Eileen Flynn did an article for Cox News Service on October 20, 2008 in which she said: “According to the Faith in Public Life survey, younger evangelicals are more likely than their elders to support bigger government with more services and show more support for diplomacy versus military strength abroad.” Now I have no problem with genuine diplomacy, although I don’t think we get much of that anymore, and I think it’s long past time that America should quit trying to be the world’s policeman. 

All that has done is to cost us American lives and much financial loss as well as the loss of good will around the world. Of course the multi-nationals are reaping big profits while everyone else suffers. As they say, follow the money. What bothers me is the seeming evangelical willingness to go along with more and bigger government.

Welfare Exceeds Minimum Wage In 35 States

Via avordvet


Our History: The Mother of Confederate Reunions


This video is from the documentary "Echoes from the Blue and Grey" and shows various Civil War veterans enjoying reunion events.   When I was in the classroom I used to show videos like this to students....and invariably one or two of my little sweethearts would wonder how in the world those old men could fight a war.

 Of course, they weren't old men during those years the war was fought – far from it, but for many years after the war they continued to get together for reunions.

The website for The Center for Civil War Research explains:

More @ Douglasville Patch

 My husband was killed at Winchester, Virginia, in 1864, and is buried there in the beautiful Stonewall Cemetery.  I had to toil to support and school my children and keep the wolf from the door.  

Must my children and the children of other brave men who fought and died for the love of home be branded as children of rebels and traitors?
 Must the men who were spared with their children be branded as rebels and traitors for all time?

 Must the finger of scorn be pointed at these men and their children for having fought for our cause and homes?  Must they be disgraced as were the Tories who fought for King George in the Revolution?  No, no, a thousand times no!

 The cause was just and right and by the help of God I vowed to teach this to my children and to call the men of our Company (A, 21st Georgia regiment) together, talk over the war and its incidents and charge them to teach their children for all time to come that the cause for which they fought was just and right; teach them to be proud of the part they took in the conflict; teach their children that we were overcome by numbers, three and five to one - not whipped, but overcome....

--Mrs. T.C. Glover

General Robert E. Lee's Hair for Sale: Guess How Much?


A lock of hair, letter and pen knife that belonged to Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be auctioned off Saturday at a Falls Church auction house.

The letter has been on loan and display at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial located at Arlington National Cemetery, for more than 20 years, according to a description of the item on

Queen of burlesque, who once dated Elvis 'The Pelvis' Presley and whose boobs are insured for $1m still loves performing at age 85

Via WiscoDave

Still going strong: Burlesque dancer, Tempest Storm, 85, hasn't hung up her G-string just yet and still pulls in a huge crowd every time she strips off

When most people reach the ripe old age of 85 they are enjoying a sedate retirement.

But burleque dancer Tempest Storm has no intention of hanging up her nipple tassles for the quiet life.

The pensioner, who claims to have had flings with Elvis 'the Pelvis' Presley and President JFK during more than 60 years as a performer, still pulls in a huge crowd every time she strips off.

More @ Daily Mail

New York Common Core Website Sent Students to Sex Quiz Page

Via avordvet

*The following article contains graphic, sexually explicit terms.


While lawmakers in New York State are considering delaying the Common Core standards initiative because of its disastrous rollout, new problems with the academic standards are now drawing intense criticism.

Carol Burris, New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year, reports at Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post blog that Anna Shah, the mother of a kindergarten student, discovered highly offensive materials on the Student Services Page of the Engage NY Common Core materials site. When Shah reported her discovery to NYSED, the page was taken down, though the link had reportedly been active since October of 2012.

The link below is to a screen shot made prior to the removal of the site.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) site contained a section called “Make test prep fun,” which directed students to a site with quizzes that help them find out if they are a “sexy bitch,” “evil,” a “freak,” “insane,” etc.

Scrolling down and right on the page, students could also click on the links to take quizzes that would help them find out if they are “sluts,” or “losers.”

Questions on the “Are you a slut?” test include:

More @ Breitbart

Eat More Venison: The Deer Meat Diet


It’s January. If you resolved to lose weight, forget the cotton ball diet. To become a lean, mean muscle machine: eat venison.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo feign to keep us healthy and safe by restricting our dietary choices and attacking our constitutional right to use guns for hunting and self-defense. Both men are dead wrong about health, hunting and guns.

Bloomberg chastises folks who slurp sugary soda pop while lambasting hunters who eat organic, lean, high-protein venison. Meanwhile, Cuomo has been known to holler at the top of his lungs: “No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer!” Cuomo’s claim is completely irrelevant. You could need ten shots to defend yourself and your family from intruders.

Elites with an entourage of armed guards like Bloomberg and Cuomo prioritize their own political power over our health, safety and freedom. Here are some reasons why you should include more venison—and hunting—in your diet and lifestyle:

More @ Townhall

Texas gun show pulls plug; refuses to comply with Dems’ background checks


A regular gun show that has been a staple of Austin, Texas, since 2010 will end this month because its organizer refuses to obey local Democrats’ demands for background checks that go beyond state and federal laws.

“It is not really my job to infringe on anyone’s rights,” said Todd Beiter, the owner of Saxet Gun Shows, which has hosted gun shows at the Travis County Exposition Center for four years, according to the Austin American-Satesman. 

The gun show set for Jan. 25-26 will go on because it has a lease on the site. The show won’t be held next year, though, because the contract will not be renewed.

At issue is the Travis County Commission Court’s demand that Saxet require background checks for private sales at the gun show.

More @ Biz Pac

Fox’s Roger Ailes On New World Trade Center: “We Should Fill The Last Ten Floors With Muslims So They Never Do It Again”…

 Roger Ailes

Unsurprisingly, the PC-obsessed lib rag New Republic is outraged.

Via TNR:

'The Abraham Lincoln Myth Serves The Purpose of the U.S. Regime'

Via Billy


The 2013 Federal Register contains over 80,000 pages of new rules, regulations, and notices

Via WiscoDave

1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe

 S179 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe Well Documented, NCRS Duntov Award Photo 1

In all of Corvette’s glorious history, there was never anything like the L88. It was solely intended for racing, and was so potent that Chevrolet actually actively discouraged its sale to the general public, even to the extent of understating its actual horsepower rating at 430 HP, less than the incredibly powerful L71 427/435 HP Tri-Power option; in reality, the L88’s figure approached 560 horses. The formula for the L88 engine was both simple and devastating: 4-bolt mains, forged crank, rods and pistons, 12.5:1 compression, aluminum heads with huge valves, a wild solid lifter cam and a gulping Holley 850 CFM 4-barrel double pumper on an aluminum intake.

There were no creature comforts, and it had to be ordered with transistor ignition, vacuum power brakes, a special master cylinder and dual pin brake calipers, heavy duty suspension, a Muncie M22 ”Rock Crusher” 4-speed and Positraction.

More @ MECUM


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Madame de Florian, a French socialite, abandoned her apartment In 1942. What was found inside is incredible.


Madame de Florian was a French socialite and actress who fled to the south of France during World War II. She kept her apartment in Paris on the Right Bank near the Opéra Garnier, though, in case she wanted to return. However, she never went back to it after the war. Since 1942, the apartment has been sitting untouched, until recently when an auctioneer entered her apartment. What he found was a time capsule, full of treasures.

The apartment was covered in dust, perfectly preserved.

Left Erupts Over Congressman Daring to Say the Things Everyone Else is Too Afraid To Say

When Texas Representative Louie Gohmert (R) took to the House floor on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” he used the opportunity to speak a few truths that the Left is obviously too afraid to admit.

Although the welfare system makes life worse for the people it affects, liberals on the web and at MSNBC have begun denouncing saying he is “demonizing” these young women.

Opposition to welfare, in liberals’ eyes, means passing judgement on single mothers. It means acknowledging that their current situation is bad. And liberals can’t handle that reality.

Watch the entire video from beginning to end and see if he’s he’s “outraged,” “uncaring,” or “out-of-control.”  As a judge in Texas, Gohmert saw young, single mothers come before him, charged with welfare fraud. He explains that these women with no other options would drop out of high school and have children out of wedlock in order to receive checks from the government, courtesy of “The War on Poverty.”

More with video @  Independent Journal Review