Texas and 10 other states filed suit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. The suit was filed in a Texas federal court in response to the directive handed down to schools by the Obama administration earlier this month. “Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights,” the lawsuit says. Joining Texas in the suit were: Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona's Department of Education, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. Conservative states had vowed to defy the federal directive, calling it a threat to the safety of students. Texas' lieutenant governor has previously said the state is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than comply.Hooray for Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick! It's time the people had a leader who won't grovel for DC's borrowed funds. It'll be interesting to see where all this leads.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Look what North Carolina has started -- an actual movement to stop a runaway central government:
UPDATED BELOW: Check out this Daily Caller report on the violent protest last night outside a Trump rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump held a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico Tuesday. Outside the event, a large group of liberal activists and illegal aliens caused a near-riot attempting to shut down the event. The mob, holding anti-Trump signs and Mexican flags, began throwing rocks and bottles at police on foot and horseback.This wasn't a protest against Trump; this was an assault and repudiation of Western civilization, including the rule of law. Many of the protesters held signs proclaiming they were "Undocumented and Unafraid." Translation: "I sneer at your laws." If these invaders display this kind of contempt for us and our culture now, what will they do when they get amnesty and citizenship? The videos in the report linked above prove the amnesty movement is a clash of civilizations, with Americans on one side and Hispanics with their leftists allies on the other. UPDATE: From CBS News:
Here's a sobering -- and ominous -- look at the backgrounds of the platoon of radicals the Obama regime has unleashed on the people of North Carolina:
PJ Media published the Every Single One series in 2011. The series documented the Obama administration’s hiring of radical lawyers to fill the career ranks in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Every single one of the new attorney hires were radical leftists or partisans. Since 2011, the situation has only gotten worse. Much worse. The Civil Rights Division exercises enormous power over the everyday lives of Americans: they are involved in employment, education, housing, religious liberty, abortion, prisons, policing, and much, much more. The radical beliefs of these radical lawyers have turned into radical administration policies.These people aren't after justice or equal rights -- they're hell bent on inflicting punishment for thought crimes.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
In case you haven't noticed, the Empire's machinery of control is breaking down. The illusion of the consent of the governed vanishes into thin air if neither candidate for Temporary Dictator can mobilize a majority. But now, for the first time in American history, both candidates for president have more negative polls than positive. Wow. From NBC News:
This week's poll probed how American voters feel about both Trump and Clinton. A majority of voters expressed negative feelings about both leading candidates. Traditionally a fair number of partisans on either side of the aisle express negative opinions about the other party's candidate, but the latest poll found that a majority of voters express negative feelings about both leading candidates. Nearly six in 10 Americans said they either "dislike" or "hate" Clinton, while slightly more — 63 percent — expressed negative opinions about Trump. Four in 10 voters said they "admire" or "like" Clinton, and 36 percent said they "admire" or "like" Trump.The old joke about voting for the lesser of two evils is now reality. Don't expect a political system that descends this low to stick around very long. Tick-tock ...
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Joe Biden (who else?) spoke to the 2016 graduating class at the US Military Academy at West Point. While past speakers inspired graduates to serve their country in the name of duty, honor, and faith, Vice President Biden invoked that greatest of values, the one that's supposed to be the US military's secret weapon: diversity:
Joe Biden told the United States Military Academy’s class of 2016 on Saturday that greater diversity, including more women and openly gay soldiers, will strengthen the country’s armed forces. “Having men and women together in the battlefield is an incredible asset, particularly when they’re asked to lead teams in parts of the world with fundamentally different expectations and norms,” the vice-president said, in his speech at a graduation ceremony at Michie Stadium on the West Point grounds, along the Hudson river.And in a scene that past graduating classes could never have imagined, Biden singled out one particular graduate for special recognition:
Biden saluted class president Eugene “EJ” Coleman, for publicly coming out as gay. Before the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in 2010, Biden said, “EJ would have been discharged from the army and we would have lost an incredible talent. “Thanks for your courage, EJ, and I expect we’re going to hear big things from you, pal.”Yes, it takes a special kind of courage these days to draw attention to yourself so the powers that be can gush over you and dub you as an oh-so-special minority. Here's an idea: The military already awards the Silver Star for outstanding courage in battle. Why not give a Lavender Star for coming out as homosexual? If that's the new definition of courage, we might as well hand out awards for it.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms – and vice versa – might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort – with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage – then realizing that it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.Yes, the "battle for equality" is never ending, so the majority must suffer for the benefit of a supposedly oppressed minority. The ultimate goal is the eradication of all social norms, since Cultural Marxism is war against traditional society. On a lighter note, the Observer editorial quoted above had about 50 comments from readers yesterday, almost unanimously opposed. You'll notice that all comments have been deleted, and additional comments have been disabled. Free speech. It's a wonderful thing -- as long as the sheeple bleat the right words.
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Well, looky here -- someone has actually stood up to the Cultural Marxist bullies in the LGBTQMNOPRSTUVWXYZ movement. A war veteran was dismissed from his teaching post at Hampden-Sydney after LGBT crybabies threw a fit. But then came the backlash:
When given the choice of standing alongside a decorated military hero or a bunch of militant LGBT activists – choose wisely. The leadership of Hampden-Sydney College learned that lesson the hard way. On May 19 I reported to you that the Virginia all-male college had chosen not to renew retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin’s contract – ending his stellar, nine-year career teaching leadership and ethics. Less than six hours later, the college reversed its decision and offered the retired general a one-year contract. “Hampden-Sydney College is a fine school with a proud history of young men who have led our country, and I am honored to be a part of shaping the next generation of leaders,” Boykin told me. “I would like to thank the leadership of Hampden-Sydney College for the courage they have demonstrated in reversing their decision and allowing me to remain a part of the Hampden-Sydney community.”Boykin's statement was classy. Good to see that rolling over and playing dead isn't automatic for some folks. Who knows, maybe sanity is back in fashion.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wow. Human trafficking. Prostitution. Okay. Waiting for the Southern Poverty Law Center to cover this story. Still waiting ...
Why is Donald Trump winning? Because he's tackling issues no one in the DC Establishment will touch. The Establishment loves its wars, though the majority of Americans reject them. And Trump is with the people on this issue:
While Donald Trump took a lot of heat for his recent “America First” speech, which foreign-policy experts rejected as “isolationist,” a scathing new Pentagon report on Afghan reconstruction backs his stance against nation-building. In virtually every category — from infrastructure to education to security — our virtual adoption of that nation has been a costly fiasco. In a report to Congress, the Defense Department reveals that Washington so far has spent an eye-popping $113.2 billion to rebuild Afghanistan — an amount that, adjusted for inflation, tops by $10 billion the total we committed to rebuilding post-WWII Europe under the Marshall Plan. Yet in this case, taxpayers have almost nothing to show for it.However, I still don't trust the man. My fear is that conservatism is being set up for a big disappointment and fall. On the bright side, Trump's campaign is galvanizing opposition to the Cultural Marxist agenda. We'll have to wait and see how this ends.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
If Martians landed on Earth today, they'd take one look around and flee for their lives. Who'd want to colonize a planet that's obviously insane? From Rod Dreher:
The Social Justice Warriors have done their work well. Especially in New York City. Eugene Volokh reports that in NYC, the Human Rights Commission advises that you can be fined if you don’t refer to someone by the name and crackpot pronoun (“ze,” “hir”) that they prefer. How can you avoid trouble under the NYC Human Rights Law? Says the Commission: Covered entities may avoid violations of the NYCHRL by creating a policy of asking everyone what their preferred gender pronoun is so that no individual is singled out for such questions and by updating their systems to allow all individuals to self-identify their names and genders. They should not limit the options for identification to male and female only. Oh for freak’s sake. Volokh is not having it: So people can basically force us — on pain of massive legal liability — to say what they want us to say, whether or not we want to endorse the political message associated with that term, and whether or not we think it’s a lie.Actually, this is worse than insanity; the government is demanding that sane people acknowledge and affirm the ravings of the delusional. Here's what happens when otherworldly notions slam up against reality. Watch these kids from Seattle University mouth the slogans about "gender fluidity" they've been trained to echo, then twist themselves into knots trying to defend those slogans. You'll laugh, you'll cry.
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Here we go again. It's DC's madcap Libyan adventure, Phase II:
US and other Western nations are reportedly planning to begin arming Libya’s “unity government,” one of three extent governments in Libya, and the one with by far both the smallest territory and the fewest military forces. Secretary of State John Kerry met with the prime minister of this government, again, one of three, insisting the US has to start backing the unity government because it is “the only legitimate one in Libya” and has to “start to work.”Talk about win-win for the ruling elite! The military-industrial complex makes a ton selling arms and training its forces how to use them. This shadow intervention will escalate conflict in the region, inciting even more war migrants to clamor for asylum in the West. The corporate media will run images of dewy-eyed Muslim children yearning to breathe free in the US. Big business gets more cheap labor, government gets more clients, and the Cultural Marxists get more unassimilable huddled masses to grind down Western civilization. Did I leave anyone out? No, it's a win-win for all!
Minnesota Department of Health:
The most common risk factor for TB cases in Minnesota is being from a country where TB is common (see Figure 1). TB screening is offered to all refugees during the domestic refugee health exam. In 2014, 22 percent of refugees screened tested positive for LTBI [latent TB infection]. Minnesota’s LTBI treatment completion rate for refugees who start treatment is one of the highest in the nation at 86 percent in 2013.So in addition to increased costs of importing, housing, and educating Somalis, we have to coax them into screening themselves and their children for infectious diseases. What do you want to bet who foots the bill when they do decide to get tested? And notice that the high success rate this news release brags about means that 14% don't complete their treatment. Sheesh. Yes, believe it or not, there are actually negative consequences to open borders. Who knew?
Hmm -- this is almost enough to make a person think they can't trust their government:
Federal agents planted hidden microphones and conducted secret video surveillance at Alameda County’s Rene C. Davidson Courthouse for ten months, despite having no court warrant. The surveillance operation was part of an investigation into alleged bid rigging at foreclosed property auctions where thousands of houses and apartment buildings were sold by banks. But defense attorneys for some of the individuals accused say the FBI's surveillance tactics violated their clients' constitutional rights, and everyone else whose conversations might have been captured on tape.I have an idea! Let's put an amendment into the Constitution that prohibits agents of the central government from conducting any search unless they prove probable cause in court and get a warrant TEMPORARILY allowing them to eavesdrop. That'll stop 'em!
Monday, May 16, 2016
"Osama Bin Laden was a 'freedom fighter' when he was fighting the Soviet Union, but when he started opposing the United States, he became a 'terrorist.' Likewise, if an enemy uses a torture method like water-boarding, it is simply called torture and is utterly deplorable. When we do it, it is 'enhanced interrogation.'" - Jonathan Revusky
Here's the latest creepiness from the sultans of creep, Al Qaeda:
The latest issue of Al Qaeda’s online magazine Inspire released Saturday calls on would-be jihadis to undermine the American economy by targeting business leaders and entrepreneurs, according to analysts who monitor web chatter from the jihadist organization. The newest edition obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) features a cover with the headline “Professional Assassinations” and the subhead “Home Assassinations,” which the depiction of a hooded killer watching an upscale home from the outside. Additional photos include in the issue include one of Microsoft founder Bill Gates splatted in blood with a pistol nearby. The magazine is published by Al Qaeda’s main affiliate located in Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.Hmm ... wonder if this could make these globalists reconsider their support for open borders? The problem with letting EVERYONE into your country is that just ANYONE might show up at your door. Border security was put in place for a good reason.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Well - it might be. The Texas Republican Convention platform won't include support for a referendum on secession. But it was a close vote - 16-14. Here's what CNN has to say:
At the Texas Republican Convention here, state delegates met and struck a resolution from being added to the party's platform that endorses the idea of a referendum for Texans to vote to secede from the United States. Just the fact that it got this far is pretty surprising for the Lone Star State, and shows this once grassroots movement is becoming mainstream. The Texas Nationalist Movement has been leading the effort for 10 years to get the referendum on a ballot, and the president of the group said he won't give up.Here's the weird thing - I agree with Ed Sebesta's take on this vote, as well as his prediction on what might happen next:
Going as far as they did with this effort, they have achieved a victory in terms of making the possibility of secession more plausible, getting more people aware of their movement. It would be reasonable for them to expect that with the next state convention they might pick up a couple votes and it would be out for a vote by the convention. I think that if Donald Trump is elected, they will face a difficult time getting support. If Hillary Clinton is elected, I think the Texas Nationalists will get a lot of support and will win the vote at the next Republican Party state convention. At some point the Republican Party base will realize that their agenda has no future in the nation. At that time there will likely be secession movements all over the place.Wow. Crawfish and Old Rebel finally see eye to eye on something. These are indeed days of miracle and wonder.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, May 15, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Ah! In the sacred name of equality, we finally have this great leap forward towards sexual -- or is that gender? -- parity in being enslaved by the Empire to fight its continuous wars:
Re-established by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 in retaliation for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Selective Service program has been spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past 36 years registering all men aged 18-26 for a military draft which not only doesn’t exist, but which the Pentagon has repeatedly expressed public opposition to. And while the program’s website brags that “It’s What a Man’s Got to Do,” the program is about to get a lot bigger, and by extension, a lot more expensive, as the Senate Armed Services Committee has followed its House counterpart in passing the Draft America’s Daughters Act of 2016, which would expand the registration requirement to women.So thanks to Obama, identifying as female won't let you dodge the draft. Nice!
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
latest diktat from the Obama regime should remove all doubt:
The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday, adding to a highly charged debate over transgender rights in the middle of the administration’s legal fight with North Carolina over the issue. The declaration — signed by Justice and Education department officials — will describe what schools should do to ensure that none of their students are discriminated against.I'll make a prediction: Parents will rebel, there'll be some angry meetings with school boards, and the lapdog media will sniff out an unattractive rube who'll make hot-headed comments for the camera, and our handlers in DC will impose mandatory "gender theory" indoctrination in the government schools. Remember, the Revolution is NEVER over. Never. On the bright side, this should spur more parents to yank their kids out of the brainwashing centers and start home schooling. Here's a short introduction to Cultural Marxism, including its goals and methods.
Ah, poor little G-man. It's one thing to let Americans have a Bill of Rights that includes the 4th Amendment, but to actually let them EXERCISE that freedom from random government searches is just -- well, it's extreme, says Obama's FBI Director:
James Comey, FBI director and encryption skeptic, hates that you can communicate privately and securely. Yesterday, Comey bemoaned WhatApp’s technical triumph of automatically encrypting the text messages and phone calls of its users, Politico reports. Now, thanks to WhatsApp, a billion people can communicate without fear that a hacker might compromise their private and intimate communications. Additionally, users don’t have to worry that a massive government surveillance dragnet is sweeping up the private details of their lives to be stored in a secret database until the end of time.What do you want to bet Comey eventually gets his wish?
Thursday, May 12, 2016
This was inevitable:
During a "Managing Microaggressions" event last Monday at the University of Virginia, students spoke out against microaggressions like identifying as “American” and criticizing someone’s taste in food. The event, which was hosted by the Queer Student Union, was described as an opportunity for students to tell “stories of microaggressions they have experienced in their lives and [frame] them inside of the larger forces of their respective worlds, such as identity, culture, and others.” A Hispanic student from the School of Education began by declaring that “I refuse to take up [the] identity” of “American” because “this country has decided to take it upon itself to identify as an entire hemisphere,” which he called “the most blatant microaggression in the context of this country.”Yes, this revelation about American identity took place at the University of Virginia. After declaring Southern identity to be verboten, it was just a matter of time before the same happened to American identity. After all, for a long, long time, Americans were considered to be White. And all Whites are patriarchal, heteronormative racists. How long can a country hold together without a unifying identity? Looks like we'll soon find out.
The genie of self-determination is definitely out of the bottle. Not to ruling elite: Good luck stuffing it back in. Looks like the Republican party of Texas has brought the question of independence out into the open with an historic secession vote:
Supporters of the Texas Nationalist Movement feel a celebration is in order after two-thirds of the Texas Republican Platform Committee voted to vote on Texan independence. “We have said this for years. The people of Texas want an open debate and a vote on the issue of independence. None more so than Texas Republicans,” TNM President Daniel Miller said. The reasons for Texan independence are similar to those usually cited in standard Republican rhetoric. According to their website, they promote “a secure border and a sane immigration policy” as well as “an end to the failed Federal policy of unrestricted spending and limitless debt.” However, TNM places much of this focus on Texas getting “a government that begins and ends in Texas.”On a related topic, there are folks in Charlotte agitating for secession from North Carolina, and there's even been talk of St. Louis breaking away from Missouri. To which I respond: Let a thousand flowers bloom.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Michael Brown dissects the claim that "trannies" have a right to override social mores. It's a great piece to read before writing a letter to the editor or rebutting SJWs you may encounter. And when you've read it, be sure to let Governor Pat McCrory know you appreciate his stand for common sense and plain decency: I urge every reader to encourage Gov. Pat McCrory to stand strong now and to thank him for his courageous leadership. You can reach him at: http://governor.nc.gov/contact/email-governor
Yes, you read that correctly -- there's a vast racial divide between Whites and Blacks in Chicago. Gee, I thought all Northern cities were egalitarian utopias, and that only in the South were the two races unable to see eye to eye. Silly me. While the punditocracy tends to perpetuate that stereotype, a different view emerges when people on the street are allowed to give voice to their own experience. From the Washington Post:
Nearly half of parents with children at home said they would like to leave the city. Three-quarters of all respondents said they believed the city had seriously gotten on the wrong track. The data, though, is particularly revealing for what it says about the very different experiences in Chicago of blacks and whites, who, because of largely decades-old patterns of segregation, largely inhabit separate sides of the city. Whites and blacks offered bluntly different responses to many questions. Sixty-three percent of blacks said they thought the biggest problem facing the city was crime, violence or gangs; just 35 percent of whites said the same (they're more likely to cite economic and budget issues). Forty-six percent of blacks said they'd made changes to their daily routine as a result of the recent rise in violent crime; only about half as many whites report having done so.Yes, it's a mystery. Chicago has no Confederate monuments, yet Blacks there still experience more crime and poverty than Whites. There's just no explaining it ...
Saturday, May 7, 2016
"Divide and conquer" is nothing new -- the Romans honed the practice to perfection to create their vast and brutal empire. Having been subjects of that empire, the British and French learned the lesson well, and utilized it against the defeated Ottoman Turks after WWI. The plan for carving up the old Ottoman Empire was called the Sykes-Picot agreement:
The Sykes-Picot Agreement launched a nine-year process—and other deals, declarations, and treaties—that created the modern Middle East states out of the Ottoman carcass. The new borders ultimately bore little resemblance to the original Sykes-Picot map, but their map is still viewed as the root cause of much that has happened ever since. ... Its map ignored local identities and political preferences. Borders were determined with a ruler—arbitrarily. At a briefing for Britain’s Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, in 1915, Sykes famously explained, “I should like to draw a line from the ‘E’ in Acre to the last ‘K’ in Kirkuk.” He slid his finger across a map, spread out on a table at No. 10 Downing Street, from what is today a city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast to the northern mountains of Iraq. “Sykes-Picot was a mistake, for sure,” Zikri Mosa, an adviser to Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani, told me. “It was like a forced marriage. It was doomed from the start. It was immoral, because it decided people’s future without asking them.”The same strategy is being wielded here in the US. Without our consent, and at our expense, the central government is importing millions of Third-World peoples with alien, often hostile, cultures, belief systems that will inevitably clash with day-to-day interactions. Resentments and hostilities will grow, often spilling over into overt violence, as they did in San Bernardino, California, last December, resulting in the deaths of 14 innocent and unarmed victims. Of course there's method to our handlers' madness -- not only do they get to boost the number of clients dependent on the welfare state, but provide for an endless supply of cheap labor. And the more they wreck the natural order of a unified European-based culture, the more need for a powerful central government to impose order. The ancient Romans would be envious.
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, May 07, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
William Wallace's dream may be realized:
On Thursday, Scottish voters head to the polls for the 2016 parliamentary elections. The leading Scottish National Party (SNP) expects to dominate, growing in popularity following the narrow defeat of its Scottish Independence referendum two years ago. The coalition has garnered momentum in recent years, adopting social democratic policies including free college and healthcare, and SNP’s brand is increasingly interwoven with the popular hope for greater autonomy, if not full independence, from the UK.Could be the political map of Europe will have to be updated -- again.