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Thursday, August 31, 2017

The SPLC Calls For Bloodshed?

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SPLC website screenshot, a map listing "Confederate monuments," including elementary and middle schools

From the Southern Poverty Law Center's website (dated August 15, 2017):
More than 1,500 Confederate monuments stand in communities like Charlottesville with the potential to unleash more turmoil and bloodshed.

It's time to take them down.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is overtly calling for lawlessness, the destruction of public and private property, violence, and terrorism.

Has the SPLC become a de facto organized crime ring?

Related reading...PJ Media offers this essay on the above: SPLC Warns of 'Turmoil and Bloodshed' With New Map Identifying Confederate Monuments, Cities, MIDDLE SCHOOLS, which states:
...[The] SPLC...warns of "more turmoil and bloodshed" unless the statues are removed.

The group does not only list statues, either. Its Confederate map includes counties named after Confederate generals like Lee County, Fla., in the Fort Myers area. It also includes parks like Confederate Park in Demopolis, Ala. It lists cities like the city of Fort Bragg in California.

Most dangerous of all, the map lists dozens of schools, including: Jeff Davis Middle School in Hazlehurst, Ga.; Lee Elementary School in Tulsa, Okla.; Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Columbia, Mo.; J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School in Richmond, Va.; Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Petersburg, Va.; and Stonewall Jackson Elementary School in Bristol, Ga.

This listing of schools is utterly vile behavior, given the SPLC's track record of inspiring politically motivated violence.
Read the entire essay HERE.

On the good new front:
...Looks like the Charlottesville to DC march has fizzled. Down to 35 participants at the close yesterday. Police escorts, pep talks, and provisioning from liberal churches along the way can't seem to make it work....
See The Charlottesville March to DC Lost Almost All of Its Marchers After One Day. My question: Why have they disbanded?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Erratum Iocosum

A moment of levity amid tragedy:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Pray For Texas (With Two Addenda)

(For politics, please scroll down. Active thread below)

The August 27, 2017 photograph that went viral:

Article: Nursing home residents evacuated from Harvey flood waters.


Facebook photo posted by the Louisiana Cajun Navy:

Remember the picture of patients at an assisted living center that flooded in Dickinson TX sitting around in waist high water?. Here is a new picture. All safe,warm, and dry.
One of the many comments to the photo update:
These ladies lived through the years after the Depression and WWII. I tell ya, there won't be another generation as resilient as they are. God bless the rescuers still respecting our elders. Thank you.


Hurricane Harvey: First Person Witness. Excerpt:
The Last English Prince [Tammy Swofford] has a friendship with a general manager of a country club near the city of Houston. These images were taken by my friend and permission has been received to populate them on this site. I have also included an image from a news grab which provides a strong metric for what the region has endured thus far.
See the photo essay HERE.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Are We Still a Nation?

CAUTION: Silverfiddle Guest Post

Nation: A large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular state or territory. (Oxford Dictionary)

What binds us together as a nation?

Are we still a nation, or are we a competing collection of identity tribes sharing the unhappy circumstance of all squatting on the same piece of global real estate?

Are we more fractured now than...

... during the revolutionary war?

... during the civil war?

... Vietnam era?

... Civil rights movement?

... "the sixties?"

What bound us together then? Do those ties still exist today?

What values do we all share?

What does it mean to be an American?

What does America represent?

What distinguishes the United States of America from other nations?

Are we still a nation?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Jason Kessler (Only a Big Hairy Question Mark)


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.

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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.



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: