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Monday, August 21, 2017

Jason Kessler (Only a Big Hairy Question Mark)

POSTED BY WARREN:

Originally, I was going to do some research and post my findings.

I've got nothing but questions that can't be answered in a fashion that I find believable or reliable.

Everyone seems to agree that Mr. Kessler is a 2009  graduate of the University of Virginia and is a "journalist, activist and author from Charlottesville, VA,". Even that is suspect because the information appears to have came from Mr. Kessler's
LinkedIn account.

His first appearance in "White Nationalist" circles seems to have been about January of 2017 but his notoriety precedes that date in his attempt to unseat  Wes Bellamy,  the only Black member of the Charlottesville city council and a member of the Virginia Board of Education. Mr. Bellamy's position on the city council is that of Vice-Mayor.

Mr. Kessler unearthed several Tweets by Mr. Bellamy forcing him to resign from the Virginia Board of Education and caused him a great deal of embarrassment (bad blood there). Mr. Bellamy, still the Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville, entered upon a campaign to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee, (which by this time we are all familiar with), and Mr. Kessler seems to have organized the protest.

This begins to look like a couple of tireless self-promoters trying to make a name for themselves on a national level. 

But wait, there's more!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Amrika's Long March

Guest post by Silverfiddle

"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda." -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951

We are witnessing North American Maoism on the march, the...

"total destruction of the traditions and values of the past."

Human nature does not change, and history repeats itself, but in new and interesting ways contoured to time and place, so no historical analogy is perfect. The neonazi racists and Orwellian-named antifa street fascists are indeed 21st century avatars of demons that have plagued humankind throughout our history.

The neonazis are about as subtle as a club to the face; any analysis of them would be uninteresting.

The unfurling of Maoism right here right now is fascinating, starting with how the rural/urban conflict is flipped, as it was in Argentina by the Peronists: 

America's urban ant heaps are the revolutionary vanguard, fighting the rural demons and small-minded traditionalists who prevent "progress,"

"Cultural Revolution directed against traditionalism"

"People's War"

"Revolutionary struggle of the vast majority of people against the exploiting classes and their state structures."


Hate Totems

Its not enough to disagree with the dissidents and stubborn nonconformists. You must demean them and make your enemies objects of hatred. They are a threat to the hive. Has anyone on the Maoist left said anything charitable about any person who diplomatically opposes gay marriage, transgenders in the military, or climate change?

Speech Codes

Maoism demands forced public mea culpas & compulsory statements that echo the ideology and include zombie-like repetitions of approved words, phrases and credos. Just ask President Trump or Governor McAuliffe following their incorrect statements in the wake of Charlottesville neonazi-leftwing fascist riot.

Only a Progressive Icon like Barack Obama, on the event of yet another assassination of police officers, can issue a double-message: condolences to the families of the officers bla bla bla, and in the same breath, suggest it was all justified by police oppression.

Taliban-like Iconoclasm

Once the Maoist mob has toppled the last confederate statue, do you think they will clap the dust from their hands, exchange satisfied smiles and flop down for a nice nap? Anyone who believes that is a fool, is not paying attention, has not studied history, and is ignorant of human nature. Washington and Jefferson are next. The red brigades would love to jackhammer those white slaveowner faces off Mount Rushmore.

Next, a great wave of renamed streets, universities, whole neighborhoods. Even town and city names will fall in the great purge.

All this will be aided and abetted by dissidents being banned from twitter, facebook, YouTube, blogs and other social media, all in the name of stopping "Hate Speech," which is whatever the People's Councils say it is.

"Control the Language, Control the Debate"

Leftwing deconstructionists are also hijacking the vocabulary for the purposes of putting certain dangerous and "incorrect" concepts off limits.

Repeating "White Nationalism" (an academic term, just like black nationalism) over and over, using it to besmirch the age-old and non-racist concept of nationalism.

The goal is to paint everyone outside the hive as evil and racist, goading those caught in the middle to take sides.

Take Sides! There is no middle ground.


Do you voice incorrect opinions about gender, immigration, pop culture? You're a bigot

Keeping your own counsel won't protect you. You must mouth the platitudes and credos: If you do not give vocal support to high school men who think they are women showering and using the toilet with your daughter, you are a homophobe, transphobe cisgendered troglodyte and you cannot be trusted.

Better to "Go Green!" than be thought an anti-science moron by the cool kids (who will out you for "triggering" them)

So, good people throw up their hands and allow themselves to be frog marched into the hive...

..But in the hive, some drones have more privileged than others by virtue of their special victim status.

They may insult others, but to insult them is to commit a grave transgression.

They may self-segregate, but you may not.

They can start and stop conversations at will, force you to participate, but you may not ask inconvenient or embarrassing questions.

They can call names, casually slipping derisory pejoratives like "Old white men" into our cultural mainstream, giving the proles a good laugh as the "old white people" "die off," ushering in a glorious progressive tomorrow.

The protected classes also enjoy full license to stereotype whole groups of people by race, religion, etc as bigots, racists, murderers, usurpers of privilege, etc.

Often, this linguistic vandalism slips into petty, catty revenge: Calling an act of violence by a white person Christian terrorism, white nation terror or some such clunky formulation. That'll teach those white devils to defame Muslims!

Will we end up like Mao's China or Pol Pot's Cambodia?

No. No one will be marched to the country to be machine-gunned or worked to death in the rice paddies. No mountains of conservative skulls.

Dissidents will simply be cut off from Twitter and Facebook (having their tongues cut out) or get their websites shut down (printing presses smashed), and the red hordes will cheer the "progress."

We are a cloven nation, most likely permanently.

The feel good pheromones of urban ant heaps will continue to attract.

But rural and small town America's intangible benefits of lifelong friend and family ties, tradition, and community will keep that half of America from wasting away. Also, there will always be jobs there. You can't drill for oil, mine and farm in the city, and although some dumbarrogant urban hipsters don't realize it, they wouldn't last a week if the trains, trucks and tankers from the hinterlands stopped rolling in.

Will we end up like Mao's China?


No. We are becoming Argentina built upon a Tower of Babel, with DC politicians dividing us up and pitting us against one another, while they get fat and rich off "public service." 

 Argentina: Once government corruption, regulation, and debt have hobbled our economy, and social engineering has reduced our military to the level of the average NATO nation, we'll be there.

Related Links:
http://thefederalist.com/2016/05/23/how-anti-white-rhetoric-is-fueling-white-nationalism/

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Recommended Reading

To this inanity we have come! See How Serena Williams’s baby shower helped those who want to make America great again: The shower's nostalgia for the 1950s encourages the restoration of the politics and hierarchies of the era, written by Karen Dundak and appearing in the August 15, 2017 edition of the Washington Post. Comments posted thereto have thus far ridiculed this "analysis."

For those of you without a subscription to the Washington Post, the entire ludicrous essay is below the fold.  My brief commentary is also below the fold.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This morning MSNBC reported that...

......President Trump stated on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, that some of the torch bearers in Charlottesville were good people. The MSNBC report included the word torches in quotation marks.

I went to YouTube and listened to the entire speech:


Did President Trump state what MSNBC reported as mentioned in the first paragraph of this blog post?

He did say (emphases mine):

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jason Kessler: Agent Provocateur?

[The second blog post today! Please scroll down, and, if you can, address the question posted there]

From the Southern Poverty Law Center (emphasis mine):
...Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.

At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.

Kessler himself has placed his “red-pilling” around December of 2013 when a PR executive was publicly excoriated [NYT] for a tasteless Twitter joke about AIDS in Africa.

Regarding the incident, Kessler stated '… so it was just a little race joke, nothing that big of a deal, she didn’t have that many followers, she probably didn’t think anybody was gonna see it,'

Regardless of Kessler’s past politics, the rightward shift in his views was first put on display in November, 2016 when his tirade against Wes Bellamy began....
The SPLC page also states:
...Arrest records indicate that Kessler was convicted in 2005 for shoplifting, obstructing justice and for a string of failures to appear and register, in addition to numerous traffic violations and citations....
On a different web page (August 14, 2017), Zero Hedge offers the following screenshot (Click directly on the image to enlarge it):


At the same post, Zero Hedge also offers the following:
Nothing smells right about any of this. In fact, Lee Stranahan has connected the “Unite the Right” rally to an identical Neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine supported by John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

POLITICAL THEATER!

And...

Help me out here. I have a question.

2003 photo

Why aren't we hearing the mainstream media thumping U.S. District Court Judge Glen E. Conrad, the judge who cleared the way for Unite the Right so that the group had the right to protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12, 2017?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thought For Today — And Beyond

My reaction to the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia...

Independent of President Trump's statements about these events, I am concerned that too many in our nation have descended into the Cult of Victimology.

Self-pity, whatever the topic or cause — be it a legitimate or an illegitimate cause — is unhealthy for the body of our republic.

Furthermore, in my view, such victimology-identities predate the arrival of Donald Trump upon the political landscape.

We are watching the devolution of America.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Musical Interlude

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

Asturias, composed by Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (1860-1909):


The above piece was originally written for piano, but the transcription for guitar is particularly beautiful and captures the spirit of Asturias, Spain, and has become one of the most important works of the classical guitar repertoire.

For whatever reason, I find this piece particularly-evocative listening on a summer's evening.

Bonus music/video below the fold:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flashback To 1999: Donald Trump And North Korea

(with a hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance)

Transcript below the fold.

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Warning For Our Ever-Connected Times

Thus opined my good friend Silverfiddle of the now-archived blog Western Hero, in response to this blog post at FreeThinke:

[W]e're pestered on all sides by mass consumers who wouldn't have a thought in their heads were it not for the Infotainment Media Complex.

We are being poisoned.


Let us remember that many of these "mass consumers," who do not have a single original thought in their heads, will vote in future elections. Therefore, we should not expect the onslaught of the "Infotainment Media Complex" to discontinue.

I'm hitting the Off Button more and more frequently.

Moreover, I find that Watership Down, the novel I'm reading right now, is much more interesting than anything on a screen. Another excellent novel by Richard Adams (May 9, 1920-December 24, 2016 ): Traveller.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

The Rondo Capriccioso For Piano, Opus 14 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), a German composer of the early Romantic Period (performed by Cuban-born, virtuoso pianist Jorge Bolet):


[about the Rondo Capriccioso, at Musical Musings]

Felix Mendelssohn may be best known for his connection to the music of the Christmas carol Hark! The Herald Angels Sing:
In 1840—a hundred years after the publication of [Charles Wesley's] Hymns and Sacred Poems—Mendelssohn composed a cantata to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, and it is music from this cantata, adapted by the English musician William H. Cummings to fit the lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, that propels the carol known today.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Recommended Reading

See Why Trump Is Right about Immigration: An immigration plan that serves the national interest, an essay by Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and published in the National Interest on August 2, 2017 (hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance).

A little something that I haven't heard mentioned anywhere else and quite interesting:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ford Cobra Kit Car

(For politics, please scroll down)

Posted by Warren

This is a replica (kit car) of the original Shelby Ford Cobra, a show car. It belongs to a friend of mine and I did the body work and painted it for him.





That means that you get the unfinished body, with some parts for the exterior, sent to you and you provide everything else including all the labor involved in the process. It took the owner twelve years to complete only working on it as time allowed.





I finished the rough body, removed and repaired the imperfections and fitted the doors, bonnet and boot lid. I also prepped and painted the car.

More pictures and commentary below the fold.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Paul Harvey's 1964 Prophecy

Worth the less-than-three minutes needed to watch this video (homily published in 1964 and broadcast on ABC Radio on April 3, 1965):


The YouTube blurb for the above:
Published on Mar 22, 2012

Dear American Citizen: Most would agree the reach of the Federal Government is simply too big, and has lacked true accountability by the press - Yet now the mainstream media (seemingly) is beginning to show signs of investigative journalism. And they should! Admittedly, the IRS has been targeting "Pro-America, Patriot, less Government, more God" non-profit groups. Using Paul Harvey's words and images from our current culture, this video has a message that clearly speaks into the souls of American citizens.

America is not lazy. America is not apathetic. America is not complacent. Yes, some American's are lazy, complacent and apathetic. Some choose laziness and complacency over hard work and creativity. Some stumble through this life completely dependent upon the government, faith based organizations, and the kindness of neighbors...and as American's we support them, not because we have to - but because we want to. We want to help our fellow countryman. But their comes a point where a line must be drawn. There comes a time when we say, "We will go this far, but no further." We cannot carry you forever. You must "want it" yourself. You must begin to walk...and run - on your own. And in time, you will see, that you must begin to help others as well.

And the hard workers? Yes, we dream. We work. We keep the country rolling. We give financially to our churches. We help our neighbors. We pay our taxes. Not out of any sense of shame or compulsion but because we WANT to...

Between the two Paul Harvey Videos I have made they have been viewed over 2,000,000 times. Not bad for a video I put together for our student ministry...but future America needs your help today in spreading the message of this video.

Please share, post, embed, re-post, email and get this message into the hands of Americans. This is not about an election. This is about fighting for the Heart of America...Freedom. You would be surprised who may watch this video and begin to reject complacency and dependency upon the government...together we can slowly rise to rebuild America.
Paul Harvey lived from September 4, 1918-February 28, 2009. He received the Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Go to Paul Harvey ~ The Rest of the Story to listen to more of Paul Harvey's homilies.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Break From Politics

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

I'll never again complain about the price of bananas!


Since his stroke of September 15, 2009, Mr. AOW is required by the doctor to eat at least one banana a day. Here's why:

Friday, July 28, 2017

Video: Ball of Confusion

Kid recently stated at Z's blog (emphasis mine):
Yes, a lot of people would love to be poor in America. Many have poured across the border now for decades, and if we didn’t have oceans separating us from the rest....

Still Democrats do maintain the lower standard of living areas in America.

From 1971. You’d think it was today.
Then Kid quoted the lyrics from the Temptations' tune "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)."

Here is the "Ball of Confusion," with lyrics (apologies to FreeThinke, who will, no doubt, wish to silence the sound track):


Truly...
There is no new thing under the sun. — Ecclesiastes 1:9b (KJV)