A man with a British accent seen in ISIS videos showing the beheadings of Western hostages was identified Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner, according to two U.S. officials and two U.S. congressional sources briefed on the matter. The Washington Post earlier reported that Emwazi is "Jihadi John," citing one of Emwazi's close friends.Now I see why a "Londoner" would turn against the West -- even though he lived and prospered in London, he wasn't OF London. Maybe there's a lesson here about open borders. Maybe not. This story would go in my "Blood is Thicker Than Water" file, but that folder's so overstuffed there's no room for another story. So, I'll do the same thing with it our government officials and general population will do, and that's to just forget this ever happened and learn nothing from it.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Blimey! Why would a Londoner join ISIS and make videos of himself decapitating prisoners? It just doesn't make any sense ... after all, this man enjoyed a well-to-do lifestyle in London -- and EVERYONE KNOWS that poverty is what drives people to crime and terrorism. No, there's just no explaining it ... wait, here's a report from CNN:
Over at the Abbeville Review, John Devanny offers a highly readable and invaluable introduction to the South, the predominant attitudes and values that define it, and how it is changing. Underneath the various changes occurring before our eyes, says Devanny, we can still see the essence that makes the South what it is:
The Southerner was, and a number of them still are, philosophical realists (or as Flannery O’Connor might have said, “hillbilly Thomists”). That is why the natural world was so important to the Southern way of life. The world was real, not a play-ground for the abstractions of secular Puritans or neo-Platonic fantastics. The hillbilly Thomist conforms his mind to reality, seeks to improve what can be improved, ameliorate what can be ameliorated, and endure what cannot be changed. He embraces reality, not virtual reality. We need more hillbilly Thomists.As Stark Young observed in I'll Take My Stand, "That a change is now in course all over the South is plain; and it is as plain that the South changing must be the South still, remembering that for no thing can there be any completeness that is outside its own nature." That was true in 1930 and it is true today. As our Southern grandparents would advise us, "Deal with it." This short and information-packed article is as encouraging as it is informative. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Al Benson Jr. eyeballs the smug and maddening warming alarmists who can't admit they could be wrong. I mean, here I am in a town that's been hit by a surprise snowfall and dozens of resulting traffic accidents. The computer modeling that failed to predict the snow outside my window is supposed to be infallible when applied to decades-long trends. C'mon, people!
Your tax dollars at work: John Kerry announces the creation of a new U.S. State Department office to spread the gospel of the LGBT agenda around the world. Pay special attention to the language Kerry uses in making this announcement:
I could not be more proud to announce Randy Berry as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. ... Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally – the heart and conscience of our diplomacy. That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world. It’s why we’re building our capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons, and it’s why we’re working with governments, civil society, and the private sector through the Global Equality Fund to support programs advancing the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.And how will the All-Tolerant Empire advance this newly discovered set of human rights around the world? Pick up a paper and read the headlines and you'll see how DC gets its way, and that's through threats and brute force. There's a mailed fist behind all of DC's pretty talk about human rights and democracy. The flowery, idealistic language is only a pretext for expanding its power for the benefit of an entrenched bureaucracy and the military-industrial complex. Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?
Monday, February 23, 2015
It may claim to be a bastion of democracy, but is actually the world's greatest exporter of misery, tyranny, and death. And that's not just rhetoric; that's the inevitable conclusion from the facts. Today, the US props up some of the world's worst dictatorships, including Saudi Arabia. This timeline of DC's wars show just how addicted its ruling elite is to interventionism:
Below, I have reproduced a year-by-year timeline of America’s wars, which reveals something quite interesting: since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence. In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars. To put this in perspective: * Pick any year since 1776 and there is about a 91% chance that America was involved in some war during that calendar year. * No U.S. president truly qualifies as a peacetime president. Instead, all U.S. presidents can technically be considered “war presidents.” * The U.S. has never gone a decade without war. * The only time the U.S. went five years without war (1935-40) was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression.Case in point: Barack Hussein Obama was "the peace candidate" who was going to get the US out of "the stupid war" in Iraq, which the people overwhelmingly wanted. Now he's revving up for yet another incursion in Iraq, and possibly into Syria as well. Bad for the long-suffering folks of the Middle East, bad for the US taxpayer, but good for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing. Feel the pride.
Posted by Old Rebel at Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Those dang Southerners are talking secession again -- only this time, it's Southern New Yorkers, and like the peaceful secessions of 1860-61, the cause is economic:
The local economy is pushing one organization in Upstate New York to pose a question: Is it possible to secede to Pennsylvania? The Upstate New York Towns Association is researching this very topic. The group says a few factors pushing its research are high property taxes, low sales tax revenue and the recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York. "The Southern Tier is desolate," said Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch (R). "We have no jobs and no income. The richest resource we have is in the ground."While consolidation, conquest, and forced union characterized the 19th and 20th centuries, the 21st looks to be the century of secession and human-scaled, regional political units. The grey dullness of globalism will continue to shock more and more into searching -- and finding -- historical roots and identity. It promises to be an exciting time to live in!
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, February 22, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Uh-oh. Despite all the gnashing of liberal teeth about the Colorado Sprints NAACP office being bombed, turns out the doofus who tried to set off a container of gasoline ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING was after his accountant, whom he blamed for his bankruptcy. But lack of evidence didn't stop the usual suspects from fanning the flames. The SPLC breathlessly reported "FBI agents and local law enforcement officials are seeking a middle-aged, balding white man this morning in connection with an explosion yesterday outside of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP, the oldest civil rights organization in the country." A White man? Eeek! Of course it was a racist attack. It couldn't be any clearer! And MSNBC did its best to spin this as a racial incident. A grim and disturbed Ed Schultz parroted the liberal line about how it JUST HAD TO BE an attack on the NAACP. He even brought in Mark Potok of the SPLC as a TOTALLY UNBIASED expert to back him up. Never mind that Potok is a yellow journalist rather than a law enforcement officer or terrorism expert. Potok told Ed Schultz it was no surprise the bombing occurred in Colorado Springs because even though Colorado's cities are liberal, "Once you get out into the country, it is a very conservative state." Yes, Mark, "mad bomber" is just a synonym for "conservative." And the SPLC says we're biased.
Robert sends this from England, regarding three school girls who left the country to fight for ISIS: While driving around Wales today, heard this story on the BBC. I don’t understand it though. These girls attended a good school, with a diverse study body. The school website lists a policy on gender equality, race equality and even a “Sex and Relationships Policy”, which includes a commitment to fighting homophobic bullying. Somehow, these kids just didn’t imbibe the universal values of radical secular egalitarianism and decided to go off and join ISIS, maybe “giving a spice their existence had lacked”, to quote Kipling. They don’t look very Anglo-Saxon, but what could have possibly possessed Shamima and Kadiza to do this? I notice one clue: their surnames are nothing like Telford or Brunel. Yes, very mysterious, isn't it? These second-generation of Muslim immigrants aren't embracing the culture of their parents' adopted land. In a way, you can't blame them. Western governments have decreed multiculturalism as official ideology, and as the basis of all government policy, as well as acceptable individual choices. The bottom line is that multiculturalism really means "no culture." It is the negation of all cultural norms. And just how loyal can one be to a negative? Not much, apparently.
Friday, February 20, 2015
The descent into madness continues. Here in Charlotte, nicknamed "The Queen City," the Solons of Charlotte City Council are considering whether to allow men to use women's bathrooms. It's a sign of progressivism, you see, to consider sex as a purely social construct. So if a cross-dresser says he's a woman, he's a woman, and never mind that pesky little Y chromosome. After all, if Charlotte is to conform to the ever-expanding Civil Rights agenda, it has to enact the LGBT agenda:
As the Charlotte City Council prepares for a March 2 vote to extend protections to gay, lesbian and transgender residents, some religious leaders are opposing the measure, saying the non-discrimination proposal would infringe on their own freedom. One flashpoint in the city proposal would allow transgender residents the ability to use the restroom of their choice in places of public accommodation, which would include restaurants and stores. Supporters of the proposal, including MeckPAC, a political action committee for the local LGBT community, said it is important for transgender residents to use the bathroom in which they feel comfortable. The issue can be a safety issue, the group has said, because a man who expresses himself as a woman might feel threatened in men’s restroom.Notice that the only consideration here is the subjective feelings of the cross-dresser, who might feel "uncomfortable" in a man's bathroom. What about girls and women who might feel not just "uncomfortable" about being in a closed bathroom with a half-naked man, but threatened? Do their feelings count? Apparently not. After all, who cares about cisgendered bigots? But here's a thought: Can you imagine any way this law could be misused? You don't have to imagine. Other communities have already seen it happen. In oh-so-politically-correct Washington state, there's this little incident:
A Washington college said their non-discrimination policy prevents them from stopping a transgender man from exposing himself to young girls inside a women’s locker room, according to a group of concerned parents. “Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period,” said David Hacker, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom. A group of concerned parents contacted the legal firm for help. Hacker said a 45-year-old male student, who dresses as a woman and goes by the name Colleen Francis, undressed and exposed his genitals on several occasions inside the woman’s locker room at Evergreen State College.The Cultural Marxist jihad against traditional society is picking up steam. The next decade should be REAL interesting.
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
More seditious truth-telling from Ron Paul. Speaking at the Mises Institute, he said:
Former Republican presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul says secession is happening and it’s “good news.” Paul later predicted the states would stop listening to federal laws. “I would like to start off by talking about the subject and the subject is secession and, uh, nullification, the breaking up of government, and the good news is it’s gonna happen. It’s happening,” Paul, the father of potential Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, told a gathering at the libertarian Mises Institute in late January. The event Paul was speaking at was titled “Breaking Away: The Case for Secession.”Of course it's already happening. Check out this lengthy list of sanctuary cities that do not enforce federal immigration laws. No empire can last forever, and the DC Empire has a lot of noisy fault lines.
Yes. Our self-styled leaders in DC really do think they're the Masters of the Universe. They imagine the world gets a little bit better every time they smear their thumb prints on some part of the world where they in fact have no business interfering. To these busy-bodies, it's not really "interfering"; it's a noble intervention launched in the name of spreading democracy. But as William Lind points out, it's pure delusion -- and a dangerous one at that:
On February 5, the New York Times reported that “the White House is rethinking its opposition to arming Ukraine in what is turning into a proxy war with Russia.” A proxy war with Russia? Are these people out of their minds? Unfortunately, President Obama’s request to Congress for new war powers to fight ISIS has crowded the Ukrainian situation off the front page. But in terms of America and its interests, Ukraine is more important. Since we have not cared about four defeats by Fourth Generation entities in the Middle East, a fifth defeat will presumably not matter much either. In contrast, getting into a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine could matter a great deal. Wars have the unfortunate habit of not remaining within their initial confines. Should Russia find itself on the losing end of such a war, it could remember that it is a major nuclear power—the only other country that is roughly equal to the United States in nuclear weapons. Do we really want to find ourselves in a Cold War-style eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Russia, with the possibility of escalation very real? The fact that we must ask the question shows the utter folly of current American foreign policy.Both the American people and its leaders now firmly believe this country is immune to repercussions from its military actions. With an all-volunteer army safeguarding the general public from feeling the effects of casualties, to lopsided wars against military basket cases such as Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, we imagine we can bomb at will for noble reasons and never have to worry about being hit back. But as Lind is warning us, Ukraine might be a little different from the other "wars of liberation" DC has waged.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
They may say they're Black people's best friends, but you know what they say about talk being cheap. Here in the real world, results are what matter, and the score card for liberalism doesn't look so good. Case in point: Minneapolis, the belly of the progressive beast. Its dirty little secret is that Whites prosper there while Blacks struggle. From an article entitled If is so great, why is it so bad for African Americans?:
Since the 1970s, the city’s minority population has swelled, and segregation has worsened, particularly in its schools. About 62 percent of black students attend high-poverty schools, compared with 10 percent of white students. Beyond Minneapolis, the state of Minnesota has one of the largest gaps in black-white student achievement. Recently, WalletHub analyzed the black-white gap in census indicators such as household income, homeownership and educational attainment. It ranked Minnesota as the worst state for financial inequality.Problem is, liberals don't gauge the desirability or goodness of anything by its real-world consequences. All that matters to them is the intention of a policy or action. So in the minds of liberals, they and everything they do is noble, true, and good. Just ask one.
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
There are two regime-approved liberation movements you can be part of in this country. Liberals would have you believe Blacks are still terrorized by the KKK, and stand as their protectors (since Blacks are assumed to be helpless victims). Then there are the Neocons, who are the protectors of Jews. And each side accuses the other of being the oppressor. These two recent examples are so over-the-top that they caught my eye. In a post entitled Anti-Semitic Graffiti Sprayed on Dozens of Wisconsin Homes (VIDEO) , the blogger who calls himself Americaneocon claimed, "Well, it's Madison, one of the most leftist 'progressive' cities in the country. Thus no surprise that leftist storm-troopers are laying the foundations for a progressive Kristallnacht." Kristallnacht? Of course! While Liberals claim it's always Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Neocons would have you believe the Holocaust has risen from the ashes and taken root right here in America. Here's another, even loopier, example: Netanyahu Address Divides Democrats, Because They Hate Israel. Americaneocon observes: "Netanyahu should be uniting the Democrats, but then, they're the party of progressive anti-Semitism, so this is no surprise." And there you have it. So which Liberation Movement do you belong to? In the DC Empire, you're free to choose which minority being brutally oppressed by the eeeevil White majority you want to champion. And of course, whichever side you pick, you're promoting Cultural Marxism. Ain't freedom great?
Monday, February 16, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Denmark is still reeling from two terrorist attacks that left one dead and six injured. Now the gunman has been killed and identified as Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, who was born in Denmark. Strangely, his loyalties didn't reside there. The reactions of Western sock-puppets have been laughable:
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has released a statement on the Copenhagen attacks: Quote The shootings in Copenhagen are an appalling attack on free speech and religious freedom. Two innocent people have been murdered simply for their beliefs and my thoughts are with their loved ones and all those injured at this tragic time. Denmark and Britain are both successful multi-ethnic, multi-faith democracies and we must never allow those values to be damaged by acts of violence like this.Well, it would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic. Last week we posted this quote of the day from Russell Kirk: “Our religion, our culture, and our political rights all are maintained by continuity: by the respect for the accomplishments of our forefathers, and by our concern for our posterity’s well-being.” A "culture" is simply the combined behavior of its people. If you want a European culture that respects free speech, then you want to live in a European society. That's what Kirk was saying -- and we have seen a forceful reminder of how right he was. We will ignore that reminder at our peril.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, February 15, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Or are you a bad Christian? If you're unsure how to respond, you'll find this article from VDare helpful:
The Left is not anti-Christian. They are against Christians who oppose gay marriage and wish you a Merry Christmas, but they welcome Christians who invoke scripture to march with illegal aliens, raise taxes, and contract ebola.Oh, yes. And leave it to the oh-so-politically-correct Charlotte Observer to provide a timely case in point. This confirmation of the left's view of Christians just happens to appear today in a puff piece on a local minister named Rodney Sadler. Here it is: Charlotte minister taps prophetic legacy in NC Medicaid push
He wants to talk about jobs and Jesus, money and morals, the way health insurance has kept him healthy and the thousands who aren’t so lucky. He and other founders of North Carolina’s Moral Monday movement hope to build on the momentum that drew tens of thousands to last year’s “ Moral March on Raleigh.” A Bible professor at Charlotte’s Union Presbyterian Seminary, Sadler recently agreed to lead the state National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s push to extend health coverage to as many as 500,000 impoverished North Carolinians shut out by the state’s decision not to take federal “Obamacare” money.Think the Observer or any other government spokesrag would coo like that about a minister opposed to abortion, same-sex-marriage, or the spread of Islam? No, that would be a BAD Christian. Now you know.
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, February 14, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Bruce P. Frohnen, a professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law, gives Lincoln's legacy the cool-headed, legal analysis that is totally beyond Lincoln's Neocon apologists:
But was Lincoln, the President, prudent? Did he act in a practical, reasonable fashion in order to uphold the duties of his office, which included upholding the Constitution and, in his mind, maintaining the fundamental character of the nation he served? Here Mr. Fornieri’s analysis cannot stand for the simple reason that he, like nationalists and Progressives at the time and ever since, assumes as an absolute good that which should be questioned—the necessity of maintaining the union at all costs. Only ideological attachment to a large, centralized continental empire justifies President Lincoln’s conduct in jailing presumed enemies without trial, taking legislative actions on his own authority, waging war without Congressional sanction, and turning a war waged over questions of state and national rights into a crusade to establish “equality” as the single principle on which a unified republic would stand or fall.Join in the comments. Was Lincoln worthy of the adulation he's received? Or was he a traitor to the basic principles of the Constitution?
From the Abbeville Institute blog:
Today we celebrate the birthday of the log cabin born, rough-hewn, rail-splitting, bare-knuckled, “pock-faced, stoop-shouldered, slab-sided assistant storekeeper,” lewd, vulgar, uninspiring, “ordinary Western man” from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln.You owe it to yourself to read the whole thing. Think of it as an inoculation against the Empire's propaganda.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Obama might have run as the antiwar candidate, but he's proving to be a fine War President. After all, he is the Warmonger-in-Chief, as this report from the Guardian makes abundantly clear:
Barack Obama’s proposed framework for the US-led war against the Islamic State will not restrict the battlefield to Iraq and Syria, multiple congressional sources said on Tuesday, placing the US into a second simultaneous global war that will outlast his presidency. Several congressional sources familiar with the outlines of the proposal, all of whom expected the White House to formally unveil it on Wednesday, told the Guardian the so-called Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) would bless the anti-Isis war for three years.Guess you could say Obama's views on waging war on Iraq have evolved -- just like his views on same-sex "marriage" did once he was in power. Funny how that works.
Oh, Rocky! What have they done to you? CBS reports on yet another exotic food for sale thanks to floodtide immigration:
The Health Department has taken action after a local supermarket’s frozen foods section featured an unusual item. Inspectors from the LA County Health Department visited the Metro Supermarket in Temple City on Tuesday, after being informed that the market was selling raccoons as food. Employees at the market declined to appear on camera, but did show entire raccoons, frozen, bagged, and selling for $9.99 per pound. The employees say raccoon is considered a delicacy in China.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
It's coming, says Rev. William Barber, the president of the North Carolina NAACP. And notice that he describes it as the inevitable overthrow of the white majority by Latinos, Blacks, and progressive Whites:
"The electorate that elected President Obama and pushed Southern states out of the so-called white Solid South was a sign of the birthing of the possibility of a third Reconstruction, which is why we believe there has been such an intensity on denying and suppressing the right to vote," Barber said. He added: "I say that we have the potential in the South right now -- we know that if ... registered black voters connect with progressive whites and Latinos, you could transform fundamentally the South. That the old Southern Solid South has a lot of cracks in it and that I believe a morally, constitutionally based fusion movement that stays its course has the potential to assist this birthing of a third Reconstruction. And I believe that is why extremists are not waiting like they did from 1868 to 1896 and from 1954 to 1968, but they are attacking it right now because they see it.Let's not forget that the Reconstruction the good reverend yearns for was a military dictatorship. The South was removed from the Union and divided into five military districts, each headed by a general. Southerners who had supported the Confederacy were denied the right to vote or hold office, and elected officials were removed from office. Barber is right -- that would certainly "transform Southern politics." And a coalition of minorities and latter-day conquistadores from Latin America would radically change the South, too. Notice the assumption that political policies depend on race, and that the ascendancy of minorities over the traditional White population would end conservative policies. And Rev. Barber isn't the only one anticipating that sea change. From The Daily Caller:
The spread of vibrant social diversity is constricting the GOP’s ability to champion conservative causes, such as smaller government and independent families, President Barack Obama said in a softball media interview. “Over the long term, I’m pretty optimistic, and the reason is because this country just becomes more and more of a hodgepodge of folks,” Obama told Vox editor Ezra Klein. “People are getting more and more comfortable with the diversity of this country, much more sophisticated about both the cultural differences but more importantly, the basic commonality that we have,” he said in his talk, which was recorded Jan 23.Oh, good. So once White conservatism is smothered by demographic forces, "the basic commonality" we share can triumph. Then Utopia can reign. So now we know what we can look forward to.
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
In 1861, Jefferson Davis was chosen as the president of the Confederate States of America. In 1991, Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union. Peaceful secession, like many other endeavors, doesn't always succeed. Jefferson Davis was too far ahead of his time.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
What do you do when the differences between peoples in the same country heat up to the point that what were once daily functions become flashpoints? If you're Abe Lincoln or Slobodan Milosevic, you unleash hellfire on your former countrymen. After all, what's more important, the government or the people? But both Lincoln and Milosevic held to the 19th- and 20th-century ideal of the unified megastate, an unholy notion birthed by Hegel. That toxic philosophy is what gave us two world wars. Gradually, most people have realized that a centralized, all-powerful government is an instrument of oppression and death. That's why oversized countries are breaking up. In 1900, there were only 57 sovereign nations. In 2000, there were over 19o. So it's heartening to see peaceful secession finally being considered in Yemen, where clashes between the south and north threaten to expand:
It’s finally time to start drafting the political obituary of the modern Yemeni state. The country now faces a perfect trifecta of fatal maladies – civil war, terrorism and secession. A civil war is starting to look inevitable. The announcement by the Houthi militia, a Zaidi Shiite rebel group, that it has dissolved parliament and taken over the government will probably eventually provoke an armed backlash from Sunni groups. The Houthis began the process in September by storming the capital Sanaa. And they have now all but completed their takeover.Yes, it looks like we've finally learned. Hegel's quasi-mystical dogma is responsible for snuffingout millions of lives. But as we see by recent history, his ideology of the omnipotent, all-consuming state, which he imagined as a manifestation of God on Earth, has been revealed as the murderous doctrine that it is. Good riddance.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, February 08, 2015