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RING-A-DING-DING! -In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Francis Albert Sinatra [born 12-DEC-1915], Friend In The Ether Pundette has set up a website, SINATRA CENTENARY, where she'll be celebrating for all of 2015.
I spent the Weekend in RealWorld and had a rather good time [thank you to my Nieces, their Spouses, their kids, Mr. Beam, and Colonel Daniel].
Any free time today has been spent putting together my entry in the celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday Year — a list of my favorite one hundred performances by The Chairman Of The Board on vinyl and CD. I consider this task therapy that will keep me from going postal on the Left and the Quislings who provide it aid and comfort.
With any luck, I’ll be starting the countdown here soon.
As to the question in the post title, well…
God so loved man He gave us Francis Albert Sinatra.
Jeff is so good at mind-melding / peering-into the decrepit Souls of Apparatchiks, Useful Idiots, Dupes, Fellow Travellers, Quislings, and True Believers that one fears for his Sanity.
Over at his joint, Protein Wisdom, he links and conjoins with the sorry Spirit of David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of Foreign Policy Magazine.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of The FP Group, which publishes Foreign Policy magazine, warned against European authorities being too aggressive in fighting Islamic terrorism following the brutal attack in Paris: “I think we have to be just as worried about the reaction to the attack from nationalists, from right-wingers, from people who have sought to drive this wedge…between the Islamic communities and the mainstream communities in Europe….it’s very important that we recognize the value of restraint in response to these things.“
[emphasis in the original]
pw susses out the subtext so you don’t have to: “Instead of worrying about the mass killing of cartoonists, we should instead be focused on the backlash to such barbaric killings — which almost never come — so that we don’t find ourselves in a “cycle of violence” where one group keeps overreacting to mass murder in the name of Islam by way of cursing the Islamists who perpetrated the outrage. Which is just as bad as storming a building and shooting people in cold blood for cartoons, then killing police officers. I counsel restraint. And for the love of God — and his Prophet, peace be upon him — let the Islamists know that I’m one of the thinky kind of pundits who is on their side. Like Hillary, I empathize with the poor 7th-century throwbacks. So no need for them to show up to my place of business with AK-47s.”
‘Sleeping with the Enemy’?!? — how about ‘Fellating the Enemy’, like some prison bitch.
In the Comment section at PW, Squid remarks:
Because people standing up and insisting that the jihadis stop murdering their neighbors is exactly what is “driving a wedge” between communities. Riiiight.
Can you imagine the ratings and money that would accrue to the first cable news talking head who possesses the brains and the spine to recognize tripe like this and call it out? Imagine a straight-news version of Jon Stewart, except with actual powers of reasoning:
“So you’re saying that the treatment of terrorists in an American camp in Afghanistan is sufficient justification for mass murder against French cartoonists, but mass murder of French cartoonists is not sufficient justification for treating the Islamist movement with suspicion. Do you not realize just how stupid that argument makes you sound? Would you like to reconsider and try again?
“Larry — call the guys in Booking & Talent and tell ‘em they gotta find us an ‘expert’ with half a brain. This is just embarrassing.”
I’d like to see that happen just once, but, of course, I won’t be holding my breath.
The lack of Courage among those in positions of Power and Influence in The West is damn sickening. That they can maintain their positions is a clear sign that Apathy rules the people of this, the greatest civilization the World has ever known.
The Endgame here is Submission to the Mohammedins — which, ironically, is what the word ‘Islam’ means. How nice and neat (/sarc).
Thankfully, there are a few of us left who agree with the late Editor of Charlie Hebdo: ‘I’d rather die standing than living on my knees’.
The Leaders of the West have been living on their knees in the presence of Islam for over four decades now…oh!…we’re back to the ‘fellating’ aspect again, eh?
They may not all currently be terrorists, but they all have the potential to be terrorists because their ‘Bible’, their commanding book, demands that all Muslims take-up Jihad — it’s just a matter of when and if they will be called to choose between Islam and the rest of the World.
Regarding the assassinations by the Mohammedins in Paris yesterday…
…among the dead was Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier, the editor of Charlie Hebdo and a great cartoonist in the French style. Two years ago, he said:
It may seem pompous, but I’d rather die standing than live on my knees.
He did. He was an heroic figure, and he paid for it with his life. But he wasn’t being in the least bit pompous, merely stating what ought to be far more obvious to far more people.
In contrast to the bravery of Charlie Hebdo, at my old London home The Daily Telegraph some gutless pansies decided that their reporting on the story could only be accompanied by carefully blurred and pixilated images of the late cartoonists’ work in order to avoid giving offense. Unlike the late M Charbonnier, too many members of the media are perfectly happy to live on their knees. On page 297 of my book After America, I speculate on how future generations will look back on our time from a decade or two hence:
In the Middle East, Islam had always been beyond criticism. It was only natural that, as their numbers grew in Europe, North America and Australia, observant Muslims would seek the same protections in their new lands. But they could not have foreseen how eager Western leaders would be to serve as their enablers. … As the more cynical Islamic imperialists occasionally reflected, how quickly the supposed defenders of liberal, pluralist, Western values came to sound as if they were competing to be Islam’s lead prison bitch.
Among them is the so-called leader of the free world, who stood up before the world at the United Nations and, in service of his Administration’s lies over Benghazi, shamefully told the assembled leaders:
The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.
Mission accomplished – at least in Paris….
Charb, Cabu, Tignous, Georges Wolinski and the others who died today were braver men than the stunted eunuchs who dominate the west’s political class. The loss of the freedom to make jokes is not a small one, which is why there is an entire section in my latest book called "Last Laughs". To modify Charb and Charlie Hebdo‘s recent cover, I’d rather die laughing than live in the cowed, craven serf state the malign alliance of totalitarian Islam and a cowardly western leadership is building for us.
Now, normally at this point I would say something like, ‘maybe this will finally be the wake-up call that The West needs; maybe they will start to understand the grave danger posed by Islam just existing’, but I’ve given up that hope.
The Left is determined to continue to refuse to acknowledge Reality and too many on the Right refuse to admit what they know deep-down is true: Islam is a Death Cult, a false religion in the service of Evil.
The satirists of Charlie Hebdo thought there was a fire, and therefore considered they had a duty to cry fire. And they were right: There is a fire – in the expanding no-go areas of les banlieues, in the routine Jew-hate on the streets of Paris and Toulouse and other French cities, in the ranks of "mentally ill" "lone wolves" yelling "Allahu Akbar!" while mowing down pedestrians and stabbing policemen…
So they cried fire and were killed. And because they were rewarded for their honesty and bravery with death, more craven types in the politico-media class will find it easier to opt for cowardice and dishonesty. And so the fire will rage on, until it consumes us all.
I see all these teary candlelit vigils and everyone suddenly claiming to be for freedom of speech. I think a consequence of this is a lot of people will retreat even further into self-censorship. The New York Daily News …dishonors the dead in Paris by not even showing properly the cartoons. They pixelated Muhammad out of, it so it looks like Muhammad is in the witness protection program.
Here’s how The Daily Caller reported my appearance:
Free speech proponent Mark Steyn scolded Western media on "The Kelly File" for being all bark and no bite in support of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo following a brutal terrorist attack Wednesday that left 12 dead.
Steyn told Megyn Kelly the Western media needs to "man up" and not "retreat even further into self-censorship" in the aftermath of the massacre in Paris. The Canadian columnist also laid blame at the feet of the media for the killings, saying Charlie Hebdo was "forced to bear a burden" that other, more prominent outlets should have shared.
Indeed I did:
STEYN: Yes, they were very brave. This was the only publication that was willing to publish the Muhammad — the Danish Muhammad cartoons in 2006 because they decided to stand by those Danish cartoonists. I’m proud to have written for the only Canadian magazine to publish those Muhammad cartoons. And it’s because The New York Times didn’t and because Le Monde in Paris didn’t, and the London Times didn’t and all the other great newspapers of the world didn’t – only Charlie Hebdo and my magazine in Canada and a few others did. But they were forced to bear a burden that should have been more widely dispersed…
We will be retreating into a lot more self-censorship if the pansified Western media doesn’t man up and decide to disburse the risk so they can’t kill one small, little French satirical magazine. They’ve gotta kill all of us.
Newsmax reported my contempt for President Obama’s contribution to this civilizational struggle:
Steyn also quoted President Barack Obama’s United Nations speech after the Benghazi, Libya, attack, in which he said, "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."
Obama, Steyn said, "talked the talk. These savage murdering fanatics in Paris today walked the walk. So, words matter."
You can see my interview with Megyn here….
The weepy passive candlelight vigils and what Kathy Shaidle calls the "Smug Moral Preening overdose" aren’t enough. If you don’t want to put out the fire, it will burn your world to the ground.
It would seem that is exactly what has to happen before the civilized world wakes-up and smells the hooka.
Where’s a Vlad The Impaler when you need one [emphasis mine]:
Impalement was Vlad’s preferred method of torture and execution. Several woodcuts from German pamphlets of the late 15th and early 16th centuries show Vlad feasting in a forest of stakes and their grisly burdens outside Brașov, while a nearby executioner cuts apart other victims.It has also been said that in 1462 Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, returned to Constantinople after being sickened by the sight of 20,000 impaled [Muslim] corpses outside Vlad’s capital of Târgoviște
The only thing the Mohammedins will understand is swift and brutal force.
Islam Delenda Est.
We are not only engaged in a battle against a gang of Hamlets, who care what the Enemy thinks of them…
Thus do we oppose the anti-American revolutionary socialism of this imperial presidency: with milksops who look upon their offices as sinecures, and who view the optimal political situation as being becalmed in a sea of perpetual inutility.
GOP “realists” are, with few exceptions, nothing more than pom-pom-waving progressives rooting for “our” team over team D. But beside the brand-humping, very little else separates them, save the speed by which they wish to push us past the antiquated Constitution and keep the professional political class intact in order to Get Things Done.
That is, they advocate for a political elite, sneer at representative government, and view the Constitution as a sometimes useful evil. When they aren’t essentially dismissing it as irrelevant by way of deed (cf., the omnibus budget deal; the surrender of Congressional power to both the Executive and the administrative state; the party’s intimated pro-amnesty stance disguised as anti-amnesty).
They want an aristocracy. Me, I want the country that broke free of that kind of tyranny.
The Banality Of Evil Is Alive And Well would be the perfect title for a history of the current Republican Party. Any person that seeks to undermine Freedom and Ordered Liberty and to accumulate power at the expense of his fellow citizens is someone who wishes to deprive others of their God-given rights as free men. And such desires and acts are Evil.
During the days leading up to yesterday’s vote for Speaker Of The House, there were a number of those on the Right who denounced the efforts to garner votes in the House against the re-election of John Boehner.
Tammy Bruce was one of the denouncers, as Dicentra pointed-out in a comment over at Protein Wisdom:
Tammy Bruce Tweeted something revealing today: “Also, the last thing I want is @mialove to sacrifice herself in the name of theatre when Boehner’s reelection was more than likely”
“And because @MiaLove will do no one least of all her constituents, any good by throwing herself into a volcano.”
The “theater” jab really chaps my hide, right there….
Indeed. The attempts to belittle and, thus, delegitimize the actions of the opposers of the current Tyranny are not only disappointing but rather disgusting.
I say to the denouncers: Do you want to Restore the American Republic or not? If you claim that you do: why are you so dismissive of the efforts to fight and strike back against the Despots? Why do you fear confrontation?
Jeff Goldstein had these Quislings’s number in a post written before yesterday’s vote:
…I spent hours this morning arguing with heavily-followed, status-quo GOP pundits on Twitter who insist that a challenge to Boehner is nothing more than a “fundraising stunt” — the Alinskyite tactic on offer in such a sentiment being to trivialize and diminish those who don’t hew to some purported “common-sense, long-game” brand of GOP insider pragmatism, the very kind that has given us “leaders” like Boehner and McConnell in the first place.
The very fact that the challenge to Boehner will be difficult to win is itself posited as a reason to avoid the hard work of trying it. Which is not too far from where many on the left (and too many on the right) fall with respect to ideas of language: sussing out real intent in a complex work can be difficult and is impossible to ever claim with certainty; therefore, simply doing as you please with marks is every bit as legitimate an interpretive function as is attempting to reconstruct an author’s intent.
In both cases, however, one thing is certain: failure to try something difficult will result in its defeat nearly 100% of the time.
Losing a challenge is not the same thing as being unserious about making it. And no, we are not obliged to fall behind Boehner should he win the Speakership again — just as we weren’t obliged to fall in line behind Obama just because he won a couple elections. In fact, when Obama told McCain he was obliged to do the same thing in explicit terms, many of those now trivializing attempts at serious reform were among the first to claim OUTRAGE at Obama’s cocksure audacity and (at the time) latent imperial impulses.
It both astounds and saddens me to read Republican pundits arguing — without revulsion — that if you’re going to attempt to slay the king you’d better not miss, a formulation that, when presented in the context of the People’s House and representative government, is both deflating and, worse, completely ironic, and yet argued unironically.
Here’s a tip for the GOP Beltway status quo: if you are caught claiming that a challenge to a sitting Speaker who has broken nearly every promise he’s made to his constituency is “unprofessional,” you are concomitantly claiming that what you advocate for is a professional ruling class, one free of the troublesome challenges that may come from the Party’s constituency in any venue other than local elections, where name recognition, money, past pork, and gerrymandering assures an incumbency rate above 85%. Indeed, you are arguing for a kind of de facto aristocracy.
That you can do so with such ease while wearing an R behind your name is merely further proof that we live in a post-Constitutional America, one where party affiliation matters little and big government cronyism is to be protected at every turn.
Samuel Adams understood these Useful Idiots over two hundred years ago [re-paragraphing mine][emphasis mine]:
If the liberties of America are ever compleatly ruined, of which in my opinion there is now the utmost danger, it will in all probability be the consequence of a mistaken notion of prudence, which leads men to acquiesce in measures of the most destructive tendency for the sake of present ease.
When designs are form’d to rase the very foundation of a free government, those few who are to erect their grandeur and fortunes upon the general ruin, will employ every art to sooth the devoted people into a state of indolence, inattention and security, which is forever the fore-runner of slavery
– They are alarmed at nothing so much, as attempts to awaken the people to jealousy and watchfulness; and it has been an old game played over and over again, to hold up the men who would rouse their fellow citizens and countrymen to a sense of their real danger, and spirit them to the most zealous activity in the use of all proper means for the preservation of the public liberty, as “pretended patriots,” “intemperate politicians,” rash, hot-headed men, Incendiaries, wretched desperadoes, who, as was said of the best of men, would turn the world upside down, or have done it already.
– But he must have a small share of fortitude indeed, who is put out of countenance by hard speeches without sense and meaning, or affrighted from the path of duty by the rude language of Billingsgate
– For my own part, I smile contemptuously at such unmanly efforts: I would be glad to hear the reasoning of Chronus, if he has a capacity for it; but I disregard his railing as I would the barking of a “Cur dog”. [writing as ‘CANDIDUS’ in the Boston Gazette, 09 December 1771]
This whole business of ‘if you’re going to attempt to slay the king you’d better not miss’ is not applicable to the kind of struggle we are in. This is not a direct life-or-death fight. Rather, like the situation faced by The Founders, this is kind of warfare that requires ‘death’ by a thousand cuts, as it were, by the nibbling-away at the legitimacy of the unlegitimate Despots who rule us. Every attack does not necessarily need to result in the vanquishing of the target for a victory to be achieved.
Offensives which result in the weakening of a Tyrant are worthwhile because they help undermine the Despot’s position of Power And Control, his effectiveness, which can only be maintained through the appearance of Strength. Weaken the Tyrant in the eyes of his fellow Tyrants and you diminish him as far as they are concerned, causing him to lose Prestige and Influence. Do this to a number of the Despots and you force them to confront each other over perceived opportunities for accumulating more Power And Control, thus sowing Chaos, instability, among those who are working to enslave us.
Attack, attack, attack. Be relentless. Use mockery, sabotage — whatever will undermine the corruptly-won legitimacy the Tyrants have. Dare and be Audacious.
We need more Samuel Adamses and Jeff Goldsteins rather than the plethora of Hamlets who dominate our ranks.
Our Freedoms and Liberties are a stake. The security of our Posterity is in grave danger.
I know not what course others may take, but as for me: I will not be a slave; I will either Live Free Or Die.
John Boehner’s allies have thirsted for the speaker to strike back at those who betray him. He’s been walked all over for too long, they say, and he’s too nice to people who are eager to stab him in the back.
He finally has learned the lesson.
After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relative-unknown members of the House Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot Florida Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent from the influential Rules Committee.
The reason was simple: Webster ran against Boehner for speaker, distributing fliers outlining his candidacy and talking about how he would better adhere to the House rules than the Ohio Republican. Nugent supported his fellow Floridian in the quixotic endeavor, which garnered the support of 12 lawmakers….
Members are already making noises about reversing any punitive action by Boehner and the leadership, although the speaker’s allies warn that further retaliation could be on the way. The removal of Webster and Nugent was meant to provide a clear demonstration that what Boehner and other party leaders accepted during the last Congress is no longer acceptable, not with the House’s biggest GOP majority in decades.
The House Republican leadership is carefully reviewing the list of members who voted against the speaker and those who opposed a procedural motion in December on the so-called “crominibus,” the $1.1 trillion spending package to keep the government open through to September.
Subcommittee chairmanships might be stripped and other perks could fall away, top Republican sources suggested, in a process that could take months to unfold.
The rebels don’t think they deserve anything but respect from the leadership and their colleagues, and none suggested they were sorry about publicly seeking to oust Boehner.
They are also aware that a price may have to be paid, especially with Boehner having more leeway on votes thanks to his enlarged majority.
Tuesday’s tally brought “double the number” of anti-Boehner votes from 2013, noted Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), one of the most vocal thorns in Boehner’s side. Huelskamp said he was unhappy that “only three of the freshmen class” voted against Boehner.
Huelskamp said he was denied a chance to get his seat back on the Agriculture Committee because of his opposition to Boehner. The Kansas Republican was removed from the panel in 2012.
“I am already hearing from my colleagues, and myself, about retaliation against those who voted their conscience, their constituents, their principles, to change the status quo,” Huelskamp said. “My colleagues fully expect that. That’s what they expect out of this leadership team.”
Rep. Steve King, the Iowa Republican who voted against Boehner, said, “If you cannot vote your conscience … then it’s clearly a dysfunctional system here.”
We’re going to make your miserable little Soul even more miserable, Don Dipsomaniac. In this scenario, we’re Michael Corleone and you’re just one of the heads of the Five Families.
More from the same report:
Boehner and his team are firmly convinced that, despite 25 defections, they have a firmer grip on power than ever before. They say their “working majority” – members whom Boehner can work with – is around 220 members.
“We don’t need these fringe guys as much as we did anymore,” said a GOP leadership aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “We can let them walk on certain bills, and it just won’t matter. That gives us breathing room.”
If any of you had any doubt that the Quisling Despots in the GOP hate conservatives and will do whatever they can to neutralize and isolate us, that statement should be your wake-up call.
It’s time for all true conservatives to go OUTLAW.
We have to be prepared to sabotage, to undermine, to wreck havoc in [to cry ‘Havoc!’] the GOP Leadership. I’ll be writing more on this in the coming weeks.
…it is no Dishonor to be in the minority in the Cause of Liberty and Virtue.
—Samuel Adams, 1771.
The following is a list of those Republican members of the House who voted for John Boehner to continue as Speaker Of The House:
Babin of Texas voted Present
Not Voting: Boehner, Carter (TX), Gowdy, Nunnelee, Young (AK)
Mia Love is a disappointment…but she is very much not alone in her betrayal, in her declaration that she is a Loyalist.
The mindset of these Republicans is the same as those who refused to take action against the British Government before 1775 — they are in for a rude awakening.
Trey Gowdy did not cast a vote, but in a statement made clear that he is nothing but Loyalist Scum, ready to do the bidding of the Despots in Washington:
Washington, Jan 6
Rep. Gowdy (R-SC) released this statement on the Speaker vote:
“A cancelled flight, due to weather, from South Carolina to Washington this morning regrettably prevented me from being in Washington for today’s Speaker vote. I apologize to my constituents and my colleagues. My wife and I were traveling this morning in an effort to minimize the amount of school she (a 1st grade teacher) and our daughter (in high school) would miss.”
“Had our flight not been cancelled, I would have voted for our Conference nominee, John Boehner. The position of Speaker of the House is a difficult job as evidenced by the fact that so few members seek the position. Speaker Boehner was approved overwhelmingly by the Conference in November. In fact, not a single other name was placed in nomination.”
The Treachery of these Loyalists must never be forgotten, especially if we are able to effect a Restoration of our Freedoms and Liberties. Their political Perfidy, their Moral Treason, must disqualify them from ever having a say in the reclamation of America.
Let me end this post with a sentiment of Jeff Goldstein’s that I fully share:
…I will just say this: sayonara, national GOP. You don’t need me anyway, so you’ll take it as no real unkindness if I say I’m just not into you anymore. Now get dressed and take off. Your money’s on the dresser.
A sentence in a comment left by Friend In The Ether Ernst Schreiber in a post over at Protein Wisdom, prompted me to the following thoughts on Ideology and Ideologues…
Ernst wrote: ‘In the present age, ideology has defined reality.’
That, of course, is it’s purpose, which is born out of a profound dissatisfaction with Life as it is. All Ideologies are nothing but the fantasies of malcontents, immature dreamers who refuse to accept the hard-won Wisdom accumulated over the centuries by those who hoped to prevent their Posterity from launching on the painful process of reinventing the wheel every generation.
Once an Ideological system is implemented and it’s creators and proponents see it fail [as it always does], their frenzied reaction inevitably leads to the massacre of innocents.
The same thing happens, of course, whenever their plans for a Brave New World are frustrated long enough or when they launch their Revolutions.
The ending for the Ideologues’s progress is always the same: a Nihilistic Dance Of Death.
Yet, as we have seen, ideology becomes at the same time an increasingly important component of power, a pillar providing it with both excusatory legitimacy and an inner coherence. As this aspect grows in importance, and as it gradually loses touch with reality, it acquires a peculiar but very real strength. It becomes reality itself, albeit a reality altogether self-contained, one that on certain levels (chiefly inside the power structure) may have even greater weight than reality as such. Increasingly, the virtuosity of the ritual becomes more important than the reality hidden behind it. The significance of phenomena no longer derives from the phenomena themselves, but from their locus as concepts in the ideological context. Reality does not shape theory, but rather the reverse. Thus power gradually draws closer to ideology than it does to reality; it draws its strength from theory and becomes entirely dependent on it. This inevitably leads, of course, to a paradoxical result: rather than theory, or rather ideology, serving power, power begins to serve ideology. It is as though ideology had appropriated power from power, as though it had become dictator itself. It then appears that theory itself, ritual itself, ideology itself, makes decisions that affect people, and not the other way around.
It can be said, therefore, that ideology, as that instrument of internal communication which assures the power structure of inner cohesion is, in the post-totalitarian system, some thing that transcends the physical aspects of power, something that dominates it to a considerable degree and, therefore, tends to assure its continuity as well. It is one of the pillars of the system’s external stability. This pillar, however, is built on a very unstable foundation. It is built on lies. It works only as long as people are willing to live within the lie.
And they are willing to live within the Lie because it is all they have. Their whole existence, their whole worth to themselves lies in believing in the wretched thing.
While Ideologues are the creators and spreaders of The Big Lie [in it’s many forms], they are dependent for their ‘sanity’ on continuing to believe in The Biggest Lie: their System Of Ideas, their Ideology.
Well…certainly Mrs. B. and I would go…and are going to New Hampshire.
As you read this, my Lovely Bride and I will be on the road to the one state in New England that still believes in The American Founding [although, sadly these days, by only a majority vote].
We will be in the Wolfeboro area until sometime just before the New Year arrives [and that can’t come soon enough].
Unlike in years past, I have not prepared posts to fire-off whilst I am away, nor will there be a TCOTS Rule 5 Countdown To Christmas. There’s just been too much going on in RealWorld.
LET ME JUST WISH
YOU & YOURS
Live Free Or Die, Motherf–kers!…
-Besty Sanger Smellvedere-
-Babert Percy Nimrod-
2014 was a very busy year for we Nimrod-Smellvederes – being concerned, compassionate, and activist is nearly a full-time occupation!
Contrary to what you may think, that is not a picture of us standing in front of the Smithsonian Building in Washington, D.C. on the Festive Season Card. This year for our Summer Learning Vacation, we went to Berkley, California and had one of the Gender Studies Professors take this shot of us in front of the Che Guevara Reproductive Center, where we attended several fascinating lectures on the history of LGBT involvement in the developments of pasteurizing, bouffants, and runes.
Other family travel highlights this year include the Kinsley Institute, kayaking, the Alger Hiss Playwright’s Festivus, mountain biking, bitter-clinger baiting, and, of course, zip-lining at Garcia Pond in Vermont.
Family protests included protesting against the Ferguson and Garner Grand Jury decisions, against cis-normativism, against Israeli control of the home soda-making market, against all things Israel, against tampons, against epidemic gun ownership and rights, against Alex Trebek, against King Vaccine, and for equal rights for non-gendered little people and for dolphins.
Alin Ski expressed an interest in joining the military (!) after high school. We encouraged and eventually convinced him to ‘take it slow’ and to take his time making a decision on such a big move. So Alin will be spending part of 2015 questioning his role in promoting and sustaining patriarchal oppression and then his gender.
Speaking of sustainability: Apple Rainbow and her new ‘paramour’, Lahfisha Jones, devoted one day a week from April until October looking for recyclable materials in public restrooms at BDSM establishments. You’d be amazed at how much waste they found! Much thanks goes to the owners of these clubs for allowing 14 year-old Apple to do her duty to the environment. Lahfisha has been a welcome edition to the clan and Babert Percy was very happy to help in having those false domestic battery charges against her dropped from when she was 23. We also appreciate Lahfisha’s help in taking 12 year old Cumquat Melon to her first Anti-Slut Shaming March.
Cumquat surprised us all with her talent for Expressionist Painting! One of her works, Penis Oppressing A Field Of Free-Range Vaginas, was featured in an exhibition at the Jane Fonda Center For Non-Oppressive Art at Smith College! We were so proud of her that we put her in charge of the placenta garden.
Betty was honored to receive the Least Racist White Person Award from the Sheila Jackson Lee Family Foundation. The Award was presented by First Person Michelle Robinson Obama and Betty got to listen to Michelle tell her of being treated as a second-class citizen at Taco Bell, Denny’s, and Big Lots.
Betty also attended her 40th college reunion at Wellesley in June and embarrassed herself at the nude female consciousness-raising dance party by singing I Am Woman in Esperanto. No twerking, but plenty of slow dancing to Joni Mitchell tunes!
Babert recovered very nicely from his testosterone removal surgery and was quickly able to resume his sustainable woodworking classes and linen design circle activities.
The whole clan continued to attend group therapy and make significant progress in overcoming their Westerness. We don’t have to tell you that False Consciousness is a real b-tch!
When you get our next Annual Festive Season Letter, Apple will be in high-school, Cumquat will have been a camp counselor at Camp Clitoris, and Alin will, hopefully, not be in uniform oppressing the masses, but be in high-heels (hope and change are eternal!).
Betty Sanger, Babert Percy, Alin Ski, Apple Rainbow, & Cumquat Melon
Over at The Other McCain, Stacy McCain pulls no punches in his analysis of what it is exactly that Homosexual activists are after.
In a post on a lawsuit filed by two Lesbian students against Pepperdine University, Stacy remarked:
A rep for Pepperdine issued a statement to TMZ Sports saying, “We take allegations of this kind very seriously. We conducted an immediate and thorough investigation and found no evidence to support these claims.”
“The University remains committed to a diverse and inclusive environment.”
Well, thanks, Pepperdine, for that courageous statement in favor of diversity and inclusion, but don’t you see that the diverse people you are including don’t want to be merely included? No, they want the whip in their hands, so they can boss you around, tell you what to do, and compel you to grovel at their feet — “Please don’t hit me again!” — while you tell them how incomparably special they are.
Homosexuals now have a right to being treated exactly how they want to be treated, and if anybody should ever so much as hint that they are less than ecstatic with enthusiasm for homosexuality, that’s a hate crime, a violation of their constitutional rights!
Didn’t you read the Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling? The gay rights movement was never about freedom. It was always about power.
Now that our Supreme Court and our political elite have given 2.3% of the population 100% of the power — you did read the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision, didn’t you? — their unlimited power is going to be used to destroy every person and every institution that ever dared to oppose the totalitarian ambitions of gay rights activists.
They’re here, they’re queer, and they want revenge.
“HATER! BIGOT! HOW DARE YOU!”
That’s the answer you’ll get from the Gay Rights Totalitarians, who now have the constitutional right to make you bake them a cake.
You have no rights, you hillbilly holy rollers. The Supreme Court has ruled that there is no God and that homosexuality is sacred — sodomy is a constitutional right! — and while lawyers for the gay rights movement are busy suing into bankruptcy every person or institution who in any way opposes gay people in their exercise of those rights, public schools are teaching your children to celebrate homosexuality with books and videos and games and prizes for the child who most joyously praises the wonders of glorious gayness.
-Of course, the Homosexual activists are merely working from the Leftist Playbook. There’s no original thinking involved in their strategy or tactics [of course, most Leftists do not engage in original thinking — that’s why they’re Leftists].
-‘They’re here, they’re queer, and they want revenge.’
For the Left as a whole, the chant is:
We’re here, we’re alien, and we want revenge!
-Ever notice that every Leftist you meet seems to believe they have been wronged in some way, be it by ‘Society’ or by the ‘Patriarchy’ or by ‘Capitalists’ or by ‘Religious Nuts’ or by [fill-in-the-blank]?
They have been wronged!
The Dealer known as Life has cheated and dealt them a bad hand.
Life is UNFAIR!
Such thinking betrays a rampant immaturity that eventually metastasizes into a psychotic obsession with getting Revenge on the architects of their ‘misery’. Paranoia governs their plans and actions.
The Leftists are all members of the Tin-Foil Hat Brigade.
They are only achieving Legitimacy and any success because we grant these to them.
We are allowing the destruction of what we supposedly hold dear and sacred.
UPDATE at 2331…
In the Comments, Shermlaw remarks:
I cannot emphasize enough how contrived this is. Princeton Review once noted that Pepperdine is not the place to attend if one wishes to pursue an “alternative lifestyle.” It’s in an athletic conference for basketball which consists only of religious institutions, mostly Catholic, but also Brigham Young University. Pepperdine is affiliated with a very conservative denomination, The Churches of Christ.
No one can tell me, these women did not know any of the facts recited above.
With respect to playing hoops, these are transfer students. They are not listed on the roster. At best, they would have to serve a year off according to the NCAA without a guarantee they’d make the team. Plus, it seems one has other eligibility “issues.” That means she’s ineligible and the school cannot play her or have her on the team!
Finally, the WNBA business is laughable, if for no other reason that than the WNBA is barely afloat. Did either of these girls play on the U.S. team? I’ve not heard of them and I follow college basketball with a white hot passion, both men’s and women’s.
No, the sole purpose of this suit is the destruction of Christian colleges and universities.
Dead solid perfect.
Lost in the whirlwind that was the Republican party’s November tsunami was this obscure bulletin at“Ralston Reports”:
When I first wrote about Engage Nevada, I thought it would be a noble but probably futile effort by one of the state’s premier operatives, Chris Carr.
But after the smoke cleared Nov. 4, Carr’s efforts had paid off in the most dramatic Republican sweep the state has seen.
And the last filing of the year by the federal PAC for the “nonpartisan” 501c4 he set up shows who Carr encouraged to give money in the last month to ensure registration numbers were turned into voters. In late October, the PAC took in $200,000, with Gov. Brian Sandoval, Gondolier Numero Uno Sheldon Adelson and presidential hopeful past and maybe future Mitt Romney essentially giving all the money.
Here’s the tally:
►Sandoval for Governor, $65,000 on 10/24 ($125,000 for the year)
► Adelson, $75,000 on 10/23 (his only donation)
► Restore Our Future (Romney’s PAC), $50,000 on 10/21 (only one)
►NV Jobs PAC, controlled by Sandoval aides, $10,000 on 10/30 (only one)
A couple hundred grand in 10 days. Not bad.
Yes, certainly impressive funding but was this huge input of funds necessary to save Governor Sandoval from near defeat? Hardly. Here are the polls from Real Clear Politics for the Nevada governorship in the latter months of the campaign.
Clearly there was never a moment when Governor Sandoval was in any danger of losing whatsoever,never being ahead by less that 22 points and winning by an astonishing 46.7 points-so what was behind this scramble for such substantial sums for his campaign?
Consideration of the Electoral College map, and in particular the challenging road to the required 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, may give a clue. The GOP’s 2016 presidential candidate must win Florida-lose that state with its substantial Hispanic population, and it’s game over right from the start. Having a vice-presidential candidate of Hispanic heritage, as does Governor Sandoval who is of Mexican descent, would clearly not be an hindrance.
Once the hurdle of Florida has been overcome, which was only lost by less than 1 point in 2012, the much more severe challenge of Virginia and its 13 Electoral College votes comes into view.Virginia has swung to the Democrats twice as the northern part of the state has seen a substantial influx from the DC area. Losing Virginia would make the GOP’s task extremely difficult, not only would they have to win the swing state of Ohio, but claw back both Iowa and Colorado which went for President Obama twice-but with those three states there is a path to victory and it is winning Nevada’s six electoral votes.
Given that there was no need whatsoever to so substantially pour vast amounts of money into a campaign that was always going to win in a landslide the “long game” clearly indicates it might be money well spent.There is no question that Governor Sandoval has impressive aspects to offer the 2016 ticket. As mentioned, he is of Hispanic decent which could be vital in Florida,Colorado and of course his home state of Nevada-the loss of any one of which could doom the GOP to defeat. In a time when the electorate may have tired of senators with little or no management experience Sandoval can point to his state re-electing him with a massive majority. Further at a time,if current rends continue, the electorate is looking for fresh faces not connected with the current Congress Sandoval appears to carry no such baggage and is young and personable.
With former Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney currently doing the dance of the seven veils (Politico; “Backers,Romney More Open To 2016 Run”) as the party (and media of course) turns its immediate attention to 2016, the fact that his PAC dumped such a huge amount of money into a race where it was not needed could indicate that the Romney team see the same scenario as I outline above.
It is a compelling message if framed as “Romney lost by a fraction in Florida and by a small margin in Ohio, given that he was right about President Obama and with Governor Sandoval as his VP running mate winning those two states, plus Sandoval’s Nevada, would bring near certain victory in 2016″. That Romney, Sheldon Adelson and the powers that be in Nevada appear to have considered this, in my opinion, is perhaps confirmed by the tried and true adage “follow the money.”
Whether the primary season sees the rank and file wish to have a conservative as the nominee or former Governor Bush, or Governor Christie runs and splits the Establishment vote remains to be seen, but it would appear that significant Establishment leaders and money men may have made their choices for 2016 in October 2014.
Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016. He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste. Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.
One week early this month.
Look at me…
I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree…
I get misty the moment you’re near…
On my own
Would I wander through this wonderland alone
Never knowing my right foot from my left
My hat from my glove
I’m too misty…and too much in love…
[Music by Erroll Garner / Lyrics by Johnny Burke]
In a recent post, Mark Steyn on the Leftist strategy to create a ‘society of emasculated liars’ [these remarks by him start with a quote from the Cavalier Daily of Charlottesville]:
“I felt people were fixating on the details and quality of Rolling Stone reporting, and the fact is, whatever happened, something happened to Jackie,” Mirza said. “And even if she made up the story, things like this do happen, and there are sexual assaults that don’t get reported, so I meant to bring the focus back to Jackie. Whatever comes of this, we’re still behind her and we still think she did something brave by coming forward.”
“Even if she made up the story”, she “pulled back the curtain on rape”. And even if there was no rape going on behind the curtain she raised awareness of how rape culture is so prevalent that women are being traumatized into making up stories that they’ve been gang-raped by seven Phi Kappa Psi men even when they haven’t been. The blogger Oliver Willis thinks it’s “super dangerous” that the right is seizing on the implosion of Rolling Stone‘s story to insist that “all rape allegations can be ignored”. But isn’t it the left that’s trivializing real rape by according fake rape the same protected status? After all, if Jackie is incredibly “brave” for “coming forward” to “pull back the curtain” on something that never happened, if “gang rape” no longer requires either rape or a gang, if it is not necessary to have actually been attacked, brutalized and sexually violated in order to be a rape victim, then what’s the big deal if one has been?
My old Spectator comrade Theodore Dalrymple once observed:
Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
The less it corresponds to reality the better – if the purpose is to humiliate, and force you to acquiesce in the lies….
This Leftist strategy also has the benefit — a, perhaps, more important one — of eventually making people doubt the Truth of any claim or report. But the Human desire to know the Truth remains, so these people will start to believe in only those things that they have been trained to favor, those that fit-in with their way of thinking and feeling. If such conditioned people have been trained in the Leftist Way Of Thinking then they will be more receptive to the Leftist Narrative.
And, since the Leftist Narrative is based in fantastical thinking, such conditioned people will buy into the Leftist delusion.
The Leftist refuses to accept Reality, that things are what they are, that A is A.
He refuses to deal with the Truth of Life as it is.
The Leftist, therefore, is delusional is his approach to the problems of Human Existence.]
Such a buy-in will, inevitably, lead to the enslavement of the conditioned people because the Leftist Leaders seek this, so they will gear their lies to achieving this end.
A people that are able to separate the Truth from Lies are a people that can never be enslaved.
Take away the belief that Truth exists and you create conditions where people will believe in anything. Train such a people to think that everything is Relative and that Unicorns exist and you create the conditions where people will snap the locks on their own chains.
In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.
—William F. Buckley Jr., Up From Liberalism
[Tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain for the WFB quote]
So many Americans don’t want to believe that the Leftists among us are truly not like us, that their whole way of approaching everything is alien to our way of Life.
By use of an exaggerated example, Belmont Club commentator Pooledon4627 shows the alienness quite starkly:
I have long imagined that if President Obama was told that an asteroid is going to impact the Earth, he would call for legislation to change the gravitational constant of the universe while blaming the Republicans for the asteroid.
The Leftist refuses to accept Reality, that things are what they are, that A is A.
He refuses to deal with the Truth of Life as it is.
The Leftist, therefore, is delusional is his approach to the problems of Human Existence.
He thinks that all pain and suffering and misery and even Death can be overcome, wiped-out, so, in his delusional state, he plots and plans, not simply a better world, but one that will be Perfection itself, Heaven On Earth.
The Leftist believes that Reality can be molded into any shape and given whatever attributes one desires.
He is, once again, delusional; he is self-deceiving, mentally disturbed.
When such a person and his fellow self-deceivers gain Power And Control, they end-up bringing about pain and suffering and misery and Death.
The Leftist Way Of Thinking now dominates in America. And America is sliding into enslavement.
Soon, of we do not vanquish Leftism from this land, we will find ourselves prisoners of madmen.
Born 12 December 1915…
Heaven: Where the air is rarefied…
Please don’t talk about him when he’s gone…
No matter what…
There’ll be a swingin’ affair in Heaven tonight.
I want you to find out what he’s got under his fingernails.
—’Don Corleone’, The Godfather
I may have a bad head cold, but I think I have a healthy attitude when it comes to conservative politicians.
The verdict is still out on Mr. Gowdy.
K-Bob replied to moi:
He’s freaking fabulous on certain topics, but I’m afraid he’s been quite definite in his support for legalizing the illegal alien population.
As far as I’m concerned, we conservatives are at the stage where we should withhold placing our Trust in all conservative politicians for much, much longer — if at all — than we used to. We have been burned way too many times, especially since 2010, to ever so easily again invest our lives, our fortunes, our Freedoms, and our Liberties in the hands of such people.
Sustained Honor and Virtue are rare attributes found in most Americans today. Morality has become deranged. Behavior that was once worthy of the practitioner being shamed and shunned by Society is now tolerated, accepted as Normal [‘Whadda you expect? He’s a (fill-in-the-blank).’].
Toleration is a fine thing until it gets you enslaved.
Don’t trust and always verify…
…and listen to Frankie ‘Five Angels':
Michael Corleone: C’mon Frankie… my father did business with Hyman Roth; he respected Hyman Roth.
Frank Pentangeli: Your father did business with Hyman Roth; he respected Hyman Roth…but he never trusted Hyman Roth!
Over at Protein Wisdom, Squid is spot-on:
I just wish there were a way to make the networks stress that Gruber wasn’t talking about Republicans when he made his comments about the electorate’s stupidity.
What would happen if Brian Williams or Jon Stewart stated point blank that the GOP and the Tea Partiers were never going to vote for this thing under any circumstances, and so the Obamoids focused on tricking their own side into going along with the idea? “So basically, you lied to your own voters, thinking that they were ignorant enough to buy into your lies? That’s just cold. How do you think they’ll react now that they know what you really think of them?”
I suspect that their glazed-over eyes will blink in non-recognition, as they turn the channel to catch the latest episode of America’s Got Something Stupid.
Such has it always been — albeit with different specifics — since Mankind began civilizing itself.
Although, one has to admit: it’s a Helluva lot easier to fool some of the people all of the time when you have killed-off God and His Morality.