Sunday, October 8, 2017

Don't Miss This: Fugitive Agrarians

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I’ll Take My Stand, the classic statement of Southern Agrarianism, was first published in 1930. Since that time, it has never been out of print. You have to ask yourself why people have continued to read it. There are several good reasons why they shouldn’t.

It’s a quirky book. The 12 essays—written by men of varying backgrounds and talents—are uneven in quality, ranging from the fiercely polemical to the hyper-intellectual.

The book has little thematic unity. Ex post facto, John Crowe Ransom—a quiet little man who exercised an almost frightening intellectual authority over his colleagues—wrote a “Statement of Principles” which was published as an introduction to the essays. However, the essays themselves don’t necessarily illustrate these principles; and when they do, the illustrations seem almost accidental.

The society the essays defended has long since vanished. In 1930, the United States of America was still a nation of small towns. About 25 percent of Americans lived on farms, a disproportionate number of these in the South. Today that figure has shrunk to barely 1 percent.

UTT Assesses Las Vegas Attack As A Jihadi Operation

Via Mike "Keep in mind we have eight years of Obama "deepstate" holdovers in the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies that have not been replaced. The Obama Admin. was pro-Muslim Brotherhood, so naturally MB infiltration was rampant and probably still is."  
Many of the things I've been saying since the attack occurred.I spoke with John Guandolo yesterday, he and I are both convinced this was an Islamic attack. Stephan Paddock not a convert to Islam? ISIS not responsible? He was just "Mentally deranged"? Can someone tell me why it is that ISIS has NEVER claimed responsibility for anything that they haven't had a hand in? How is it I said when his name was released that we would soon hear "he was mentally ill"? That's an awful lot of planning from weapons, to ammo, to cameras and days in the hotel for someone "mentally ill". Why was his girlfriend, Marilou Danley in Dubai recently? (According to her Facebook page before it was deleted) MD THINK PEOPLE! --Gadi Adelson



There has been a lot of speculation in both mainstream media and social media about Sunday night’s tragedy in Las Vegas, where, according to the latest from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 516 people were injured and 59 people were murdered by Stephen Paddock.

Before any real information about the shooter was put out via U.S. media outlets, UTT published a tweet at 6:34 AM CST on Monday assessing the Las Vegas attack was likely a jihadi operation.  So far as UTT has been able to ascertain, we were the first organization in America to reach this conclusion.

The following were the basis for that assessment:

More @ UTT

State Department: Turkish leaders not protecting US embassy

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, waves to supporters after he delivered a speech at his ruling political party's conference in Afyonkarahisar province in western Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Pool Photo via AP)

The U.S. government publicly accused the Turkish government of not acting to protecting to protect the American embassy.

The statement followed the arrest of an employee of the US consulate in Istanbul on charges the US called "without merit." The US shut down a wide swath of services between the countries in response to the Turkish government's actions.

To the left, everything is a political nail needing to be hammered

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 To the left, everything is a political nail needing to be hammered

Roughly 12,000 federal employees are part of the FEMA response, augmenting the FEMA teams that were on the ground before the storm. The federal government has delivered 7 million liters of water and 9 million meals to the island, with more arriving every day, and private non-government agencies and charitable groups bringing even more. 

Democrats in Congress and their friends in the media can’t help but pile on the crisis that is Puerto Rico. They couldn't do it in Texas or Louisiana or Florida, but they are throwing haymakers at the Trump administration's response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria and Puerto Rico. 

Days after Hurricane Irma left a million in Puerto Rico without power, Hurricane Maria slammed into the island on Sept. 20, crossing the entire island, leaving millions more without water, shelter, or power.

More @ The Hill

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: Any player who 'disrespects the flag' won't be allowed to play

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers that any Cowboy who "disrespects the flag" will not play.

Said Jones:  "If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period. We're going to respect the flag and I'm going to create the perception of it. ...

More @ Sports Day

Trump unveils new strict 70-point immigration enforcement plan

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Determined to finally solve illegal immigration, the White House submitted a 70-point enforcement plan to Congress Sunday proposing the stiffest reforms ever offered by an administration — including a massive rewrite of the law in order to eliminate loopholes illegal immigrants have exploited to gain a foothold in the U.S.

The plans, seen by The Washington Times, include President Trump’s calls for a border wall, more deportation agents, a crackdown on sanctuary cities and stricter limits to chain migration — all issues the White House says need to be part of any bill Congress passes to legalize illegal immigrant “Dreamers” currently protected by the Obama-era deportation amnesty known as DACA.

But the plans break serious new ground on the legal front, giving federal agents more leeway to deny illegal immigrants at the border, to arrest and hold them when they’re spotted in the interior, and to deport them more speedily. The goal, the White House said, is to ensure major changes to border security, interior enforcement and the legal immigration system.

Satanist wins transfer of her abortion rights case to the Missouri Supreme Court

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A Missouri woman who is an adherent of the Satanic Temple won a victory in court last week in her quest to show that state abortion law violates her religious beliefs.

The Western District Court of Appeals ruled in her favor Tuesday, writing that her constitutional challenge — rare for its basis in religion — presented “a contested matter of right that involves fair doubt and reasonable room for disagreement.”

The woman, identified as Mary Doe in court documents, argued that her religion does not adhere to the idea that life begins at conception, and, because of that, the prerequisites for an abortion in Missouri are unconstitutionally violating her freedom of religion protected by the First Amendment.

A Robot Pizza-Making Company Is Silicon Valley's Latest Obsession

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Zume Pizza, a Silicon Valley-based storeless food delivery startup targeting the San Francisco Bay Area which uses robots to bake its pies, has secured a $48 million investment in its latest VC funding round according to Axios. The company, which uses proprietary trucks to deliver robot-made fresh pizzas to Palo Alto, Stanford and Mountain View, and claims to have pioneered a robot-assisted technique for pressing pizza dough in a perfect circle in just nine seconds, previously raised over $23 million from AME Cloud Ventures, Maveron, SignalFire, and Kortschak Investments.

1950s Nostalgia merchants vindicated: African-Americans

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"The nostalgia merchants sell an appealing Norman Rockwell-like picture of American life half a century ago, one in which every household was made up of stable parents, two kids, a dog, and a cat who all lived in a house with a manicured lawn and a station wagon in the driveway.  I understand that nostalgia.  I feel it myself when the world seems too much to take."  –Hillary Clinton

The controversy about the 1950s has been rekindled by an article two law professors, Amy Wax and Larry Alexander, wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  They decry the breakdown of the country's bourgeois culture and suggest that this has resulted in increase opioid abuse, homicidal violence, out-of-wedlock births, and a general decline in human capital.  They describe these bourgeois values as follows:
Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.
                                                  More @ American Thinker

ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

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Soldiers who promised to be martyrs for the Caliphate are surrendering "en masse," according to Kurdish forces. ISIS fighters, they say, have been turning themselves in by the hundreds after realizing they won't be fed or paid for their contribution to the cause.

"More than a thousand" Islamic State fighters have already passed through processing, The New York Times reports, and Kurdish authorities expect hundreds more, if their intelligence – gathered through interviews with those who have deserted their ISIS cohorts – proves correct.

Iraqi forces are moving quickly to oust ISIS from strongholds in Hawija, where ISIS once brutally massacred Kurdish prisoners; they say ISIS fighters are laying down weapons. Hawija itself fell in only three days; Kurdish forces told reporters in Iraq that ISIS soldiers gave up and ran after planting a handful of half-hearted booby traps.

When the Kurds caught up with them, the fighters clearly hadn't seen a bathroom in a few days, or any sort of creature comforts in months, and many were starving – not that anyone felt sorry for them. Their biggest complaint, however, is that they weren't paid, and the promises ISIS made in videos, about comfortable homes and plenty of lusty wives, just didn't come true.

Surprise, surprise.

Professors: ‘Diversity Educators’ Suffer From Burnout Due To Microaggressions

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Lonely college student needs to get a grip (Shutterstock/Gardinovachki)
Lonely college student needs to get a grip  
So-called “Diversity Educators” are suffering from burnout due to the “emotional weight” of their jobs, according to a recent academic journal article published this week in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

The study, written by University of North Carolina-Charlotte professor Ryan Miller and six colleagues from the University of North Texas, interviewed seven interviewed diversity educators from a “predominantly white research institution” who claim that they suffer from “compassion fatigue,” “burnout,” and “racial battle fatigue” in their efforts to combat microaggressions on campus.

According to Miller, the burnout is caused by the diversity educators’ “consistent exposure to various microaggressions” from students who don’t see things their way. He notes that these microaggressions have been conceptualized by some scholars “as forms of assault and torture.”


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Feinstein Can’t Name Any Laws That Would Have Prevented Vegas Massacre

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) couldn't name any laws in an interview airing Sunday that might have prevented last week's massacre in Las Vegas.

NBC host Chuck Todd asked Feinstein what laws could have prevented the massacre if she had her way with writing all laws.

"Let me ask you this: give me the slate of laws that if you could wave your wand and have enacted that could have prevented Vegas?" Todd said.

"Well, I don't know. I would have to take a good look at that and really study it," Feinstein said. "I'm not sure there is any set of laws that could have prevented it."

Hannah Scherlacher pushes back against SPLC hate labels

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Emails reveal UMich president's undisguised disdain for Trump influenced his public work

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The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has settled a lawsuit against the University of Michigan after the school finally agreed to release emails exposing President Mark Schlissel’s anti-Trump sentiments.

As Campus Reform reported in March, the university was sued by the Mackinac Center for repeatedly failing to release internal correspondences related to Donald Trump’s election.

"Trump supporters...feel marginalized and ostracized in our campus milieu and post election activity. Ironic."   

After missing several self-imposed deadlines, the school finally provided a mere four documents on February 27 and then March 2, more than 100 days after the initial request, even though school officials had disclosed that the request would take only three hours to fulfill.

Kaepernick says he'll stand for anthem if signed to NFL team

Kaepernick says he'll stand for anthem if signed to NFL team

NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick told CBS that he would stand for the national anthem if signed to an NFL team.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora spent time with Kaepernick this week. The former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback told him that he was constantly working out in hopes of being signed to an NFL team and if he was signed, he would stand for the anthem.

“He’s not planning on kneeling, he’s planning on standing for the anthem, if given the opportunity to,” La Canfora said. 

More @ The Hill

The Civil War (sic) Sketches of Adolph Metzner (1861–64)

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From gilt-framed ambrotypes of glassy-eyed new recruits to grim and grainy shots of the muddy dead, the American Civil War was the first major conflict to leave behind an extensive photographic record. Apart from the stylised scenes of battle that found their way on to painted canvas, it is perhaps to these photographs that one might automatically tend if asked to think of the visual record of the war. However, in both the photographic record and the more official war art, as engaging as they can be, there does seem to be something important missing: the immediacy and intimacy of everyday life as a soldier.  

FEMA Administrator Rips San Juan Mayor’s Criticisms: ‘We Don’t Have Time for the Political Noise’

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Spanish leader Rajoy mulls suspending Catalonia autonomy

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"We are going to stop independence from happening. On that, I can tell you with absolute frankness, that it will not happen. 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will consider taking the dramatic measure of suspending Catalonia's autonomous status, as the region's leaders escalate threats to declare independence from the country.
Spanish politics has been plunged into disarray since Catalonia held an independence referendum a week ago. Catalan leaders say the people voted overwhelmingly to split, but Madrid has declared the vote illegal.
More @ CNN

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock calculated where to shoot to kill maximum number of people

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 In a interview with CBS

Police found a note in the hotel room of Stephen Paddock, the gunman behind the mass shooting in Las Vegas, that had hand-written calculations about where he needed to aim to kill as many people as possible.

In an interview that will be aired Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes," Officer Dave Newton from the Las Vegas Police Department's K-9 unit said he noticed a note on the shooter's bedside table after officers entered the room. The note was next to one of the windows that Paddock smashed with a hammer to clear an opening to fire into the crowd from his 32nd-floor hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

"I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for for the crowd," Newton said. "So he had had that written down and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there."