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Bob's Message To Sarah Palin.
Kevin saved me some time, and for that I thank him [tips of the fedora to Sister Toldjah and Ladd Ehlinger]:
THIS! RT @ExurbanKevin: Out of control cops, out of control rioters, a media w/ an out of control sense of entitlement… Can they all lose?
— Stacey-SisterToldjah (@sistertoldjah) August 14, 2014
If they don’t all lose, we lose.
And this woman is the latest exhibit submitted for your consideration.
From Mark Steyn, we learn:
A Tweet from Yasmina Haifi:
ISIS heeft niets met Islam te maken …is vooropgezet plan van zionisten die bewust Islam willen zwart maken
Which translated into English means roughly:
ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It’s a preconceived plan by Zionists who want to deliberately blacken Islam’s name.
Who is Yasmina Haifi? She’s an official at the Dutch Ministry of Justice who serves as project leader at the Netherlands’ National Cyber Security Center. And she thinks Isis is a Zionist plot to make Islam look bad.
She could be right. On the other hand, maybe Yasmina Haifi is a Zionist plot to make Islam look bad — or at any rate deranged. Presumably the many Dutch Muslims out on the streets holding pro-Isis demonstrations would disagree with her — because they surely wouldn’t be demonstrating in favor of a Zionist front group, would they? Unless, of course, they’re also in on the Zionist plot…
Look at Yasmina Haifi in the photograph at right — she’s not a burqa-wreathed crone, but a modern western career woman in a foxy red jacket with just a hint of cleavage. And yet she cannot bear the truth about her religion and what is done in its name. So she takes refuge in the laziest conspiracy of all. In the Netherlands, an “extremist” Muslim supports Isis because it’s chopping the heads off infidels, but a “moderate” Muslim opposes Isis because it’s a Zionist front group.
That this fool wasn’t laughed out of office for her insane remarks is all the evidence you need that Europe is the Sickman Of Europe.
For the West is empty, even if it has not yet become really aware of it. An extraordinarily inventive civilization, surely the only one capable of meeting the challenges of the third millennium, the West has no soul left. At every level — nations, races, cultures, as well as individuals — it is always the soul that wins the decisive battles. It is only the soul that forms the weave of gold and brass from which the shields that save the strong are fashioned. I can hardly discern any soul in us….
But the petty bourgeois, deaf and blind, continues to play the buffoon without knowing it. Still miraculously comfortable in his lush fields, he cries out while glancing toward his nearest neighbor ‘Make the rich pay!’ Does he know, does he finally know that it is he who is the rich guy, and that the cry for justice, that cry of all revolutions, projected by millions of voices, is rising soon against him, and only against him. That’s the whole theme of [my novel] Camp of the Saints.
During his radio show Tuesday Evening, Mark Levin played an audio clip from the speech delivered by Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor before that non-august body of Despots.
The snippet was, as Mr. Levin commented, ‘Churchillian’, so I decided to seek out the full speech to see if all of it was in the same spirit and it is.
Here is the transcript in full [emphasis in the original]:
Winston Churchill, one of the great architects of this institution, is remembered for his remarkable ability to perceive danger long before the rest of the world had woken up to the fact. In 1935, four years before World War II, Churchill criticized the international community for standing by as Germany rapidly rearmed. In his words: “The family of nations suffered from a want of foresight, an unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, and a lack of clear thinking and confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.”
The international community is once again facing the severe lack of foresight and unwillingness to see. Every day we are confronted by stories of radical Islamic terrorism: ISIS is purging Iraq of Christians, Boko Haram has kidnapped school girls in Nigeria, Al-Shabab gunmen are raiding fishing villages on the Somali coast. And yet this Assembly does not utter a word. It can only muster its outrage when Israel acts to defend its citizens.
The double standards are absolutely appalling. In Iraq, over 1,600 people were killed in July. In Libya, clashes between rival militias killed 200 people last month. In Nigeria, Boko Haram has slaughtered nearly 3,000 people this year. It may just be me, but I didn’t hear the Arab group rally to condemn these atrocities. Instead, this group gangs up against the only democratic nation in the Middle East that is defending its citizens from the totalitarian forces threatening every enlightened country in this Assembly.
It might be too much to ask you to stand on our side in this battle between civilization and barbarism. But at least have the decency to swallow your selective outrage as Israel wages war against the extremist groups, seeking to eradicate the values that we all hold very dear.
Israel is on the frontline of the war against radical extremism. The battle we fight today is the same battle that you all will fight tomorrow. Hamas, like ISIS and al-Qaeda, shares a disdain for democracy, a contempt for modernity, and a willingness to target innocent civilians.
And yet, some of you have abandoned the only democracy in the Middle East standing against the tide of terrorism. What does this say about your values? What does it mean for the next generation? This institution is being held hostage by some in this Assembly who are the worst human rights abusers.
The Arab nations, backed by some members of the non-aligned movement, may have the numbers, but they don’t have the morals. They use the majority to convene special sessions, issue condemnations, and push through resolutions demonizing Israel. In fact, I won’t be surprised if the Arab states pass a resolution saying that the terror tunnels were actually simply an irrigation system, and that the rockets were nothing more than shooting stars.
Few nations have the courage to admit that Hamas is committing a double war crime, targeting Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians. Fewer still have the courage to admit that Hamas is willing to see its own children killed so it can build sympathy for its cause. By not vocally and unequivocally condemning Hamas, you are condemning another generation of Israelis and Palestinians to further suffering.
There is only one way to achieve sustained quiet in Israel and build a peaceful and prosperous Gaza. Hamas must be disarmed, Gaza must be demilitarized. And the international community must divorce itself from the romantic notion of Hamas as ‘freedom fighters’.
Seventy years ago Winston Churchill bemoaned what he saw as the inability of mankind to act until the emergency comes. Today I am here to issue a warning: Stand with Israel and stand against terror before it is too late, before the danger lands on your doorstep and self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.
Thank you Mr. President.
Would that we had such a man in a leadership position of our national government.
Instead we have had to suffer through three Presidencies filled with, in the oldest case, teenage college freshmen [Clinton] and, in the middle case, insiders so inside the System that they had forsaken and then forgotten their obligations as our representatives [Bush II], and, in the present case, preteens and children ['Obama'].
I am of the belief that we get the leaders we deserve…and we’ve deserved these ones good and hard.
The most frustrating aspect is that it seems quite a large majority of us still haven’t learned the hard lessons. Even many of those who realize what damage The Jarrett Junto has and is inflicting on this country still refuse to admit to themselves that a Silent Coup has taken place, that The Constitution has been declared null and void, that that only sure guarantee of Ordered Liberty existing, The Rule Of Law, has been overthrown.
A corner has been turned and our only hope of avoiding enslavement to a Despotic State is to turn around and retrace our steps back to The Founding.
Any other course will lead us, ultimately, to The Gulag.
Richard Fernandez published a brilliant column yesterday over at PJ Media on the world situation that is depressing and very perceptive.
I strongly urge you to click here and read all of it, as it starkly lays before the reader the grim realities of a world where two Totalitarian forces dominate in the absence of what once was the greatest force for Good: The West — especially the part of it known as The Anglosphere.
A few excerpts:
The story adds, almost superfluously, that ISIS is attempting to shoot down aid deliveries. They would do that, wouldn’t they? Yet all this time the world was assured there was nothing to worry about in the hundreds of radical mosques, the thousands of militants eagerly received into the West and creeping sharia law in its institutions. The dangers, they were told, all lay in the Tea Party and elusive militia groups holed up in a cabin in the Ozarks.
…Obama’s negotiations with Iran are in shambles. The Telegraph reports that “Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions”. How long before Iran gets the bomb? How long before everything is so bad that nobody notices Iran has the bomb? It’s almost a parody re-imagining of World War 2 with an Axis but no Allies. Or rather there are Allies but Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin are on vacation and unavailable for comment.
The Middle Eastern crisis is no longer a regional crisis. It has now become part of a global crisis, a link in a great chain of blunders engineered by the Great Golfer, whose most profound utterance is now, ‘who me?’ That explosive sequence includes but is not limited to the tensions in Eastern Europe, the continuing crisis in Southwest Asia and the ever-growing danger in the East as the Chinese dragon stirs. That clamor can now be heard even in Western streets, yet it beats like noiseless rain upon the glazed glass panes of the White House. The most amazing sight is not the catastrophe itself but the seeming paralysis of the Western institutions. Prominent newspapers may issue warnings, former high military officers might wring their hands, congressmen even threaten impeachment, yet but only momentary awareness flits across the dull countenances of the bovine LIVs as they await their next dose of spectacle and reality TV.
The Western left has finally manufactured a world that it likes, led by the object of their adulation. How could they have known it would be this way? They are like the dog that caught the car and found the occupants liked dog meat. And now we are about to witness a clash between the “how could we know” PC elites and a resurgent militant Islam. What can those caught in the middle do? Many are simply stupefied. The remainder seem to lack to tools to return to their previous homely, but familiar lives. The Yehzidis found there was no way back; no way forward either except through the slave market or the mass grave. Can the rest of the world still roll back events? Or do they let the monsters fight and scurry beneath their trampling feet?
The rest of the world outside of The Anglosphere can do little because it’s governments are not grounded in a tradition of Freedom and Liberty and The Rule Of Law. So any hope for the world lies with us, the English-Speaking Peoples, and, as the British seem exhausted into uselessness, the burden falls on America, Israel, perhaps Australia, perhaps Canada [they've certainly been showing signs of life lately].
In other words: the heaviest part of the burden falls on America.
The problem is: The United States is no more — we are living in a Post-Constitutional America, where the Left [the 'PC elites'] is running the show.
Not only for the sake of Restoring our own Freedoms and Liberties must we retake control of the national government, but we must do so for the sake of the World, otherwise we shall witness Holocaust after Holocaust [the Yehzidis situation on an unimaginable scale]
A world where Chaos and Totalitarianism dominate is a world that threatens to crush our Freedom and Liberty.
We have no choice but to police the world, not as nation builders or Democracy advocates — those are the fantasies of the PC Elites, the Ideologues — but to ultimately ensure the security of our own people. A fairly stable World gives us room to prosper.
The unanswerable question is: Can we effect our Restoration before it’s too late for the rest of the world and, more importantly, for America?
Apologies for the lack of blogging the past two days.
Since late, late Saturday Night, I’ve been on a quest to gather and download some primary source material on the Colonial Era, and it has taken more time than I thought it would.
I’ll leave you with John Locke from his Second Treatise On Government:
Secondly, I answer, such revolutions happen not upon every little mismanagement in public affairs. Great mistakes in the ruling part, many wrong and inconvenient laws, and all the slips of human frailty, will be born by the people without mutiny or murmur. But if a long train of abuses, prevarications and artifices, all tending the same way, make the design visible to the people, and they cannot but feel what they lie under, and see whither they are going; it is not to be wondered, that they should then rouze themselves, and endeavour to put the rule into such hands which may secure to them the ends for which government was at first erected; and without which, ancient names, and specious forms, are so far from being better, that they are much worse, than the state of nature, or pure anarchy; the inconveniencies being all as great and as near, but the remedy farther off and more difficult.
Nor let any one say, that mischief can arise from hence, as often as it shall please a busy head, or turbulent spirit, to desire the alteration of the government. It is true, such men may stir, whenever they please; but it will be only to their own just ruin and perdition: for till the mischief be grown general, and the ill designs of the rulers become visible, or their attempts sensible to the greater part, the people, who are more disposed to suffer than right themselves by resistance, are not apt to stir. The examples of particular injustice, or oppression of here and there an unfortunate man, moves them not. But if they universally have a persuasion, grounded upon manifest evidence, that designs are carrying on against their liberties, and the general course and tendency of things cannot but give them strong suspicions of the evil intention of their governors, who is to be blamed for it? Who can help it, if they, who might avoid it, bring themselves into this suspicion? Are the people to be blamed, if they have the sense of rational creatures, and can think of things no otherwise than as they find and feel them? And is it not rather their fault, who put things into such a posture, that they would not have them thought to be as they are? I grant, that the pride, ambition, and turbulency of private men have sometimes caused great disorders in common-wealths, and factions have been fatal to states and kingdoms. But whether the mischief hath oftener begun in the peoples wantonness, and a desire to cast off the lawful authority of their rulers, or in the rulers insolence, and endeavours to get and exercise an arbitrary power over their people; whether oppression, or disobedience, gave the first rise to the disorder, I leave it to impartial history to determine. This I am sure, whoever, either ruler or subject, by force goes about to invade the rights of either prince or people, and lays the foundation for overturning the constitution and frame of any just government, is highly guilty of the greatest crime, I think, a man is capable of, being to answer for all those mischiefs of blood, rapine, and desolation, which the breaking to pieces of governments bring on a country. And he who does it, is justly to be esteemed the common enemy and pest of mankind, and is to be treated accordingly.
Algernon Sidney from his work Discourses Concerning Government, Section 40:
…Gentle ways are first to be used, and ’tis best if the work can be done by them; but it must not be left undone if they fail. ’Tis good to use supplications, advices and remonstrances; but those who have no regard to justice, and will not hearken to counsel, must be constrained….
In response to a spot-on comment by Friend In The Ether Blake and with apologies to Shelby Foote…
Before The Civil War, people said, ‘The United States are…’.
After The War, people said, ‘The United States is…’.
Now, in the Post-Constitutional Era, we have to say, ‘The United States was…’.
President Booji Boy on vacation after he has taken-off his make-up.
[photo by Norma Kumqat, of the Associated Arsekissers]
Many commentators on the Right, and now even some on the Left, believe that the fictional character known as ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ is drowning in the tempests of his miserable failures.
My Take: ‘Obama’ doesn’t think he’s drowning at all. And the rest of the members of The Jarrett Junto [ie: those who actually reign and rule over America] either have their heads buried in the dreck that’s up their arses or they are refusing to tell their puppet that he is, indeed, drowning.
Based on what I know of her, I don’t believe Valerie Jarrett believes Obama, overall, has failed at all. And neither do the Davids, Axelrod and Plouffe. They think their have been problems occasionally in the execution of their fundamental transformation, but they see these as ultimately minor and not accumulating errors.
Now, of course, Reality doesn’t appreciate such wishful, willfully blind thinking, so she will eventually slap back hard. The trouble is, a lot of us will feel the impact of her blows.
By the way: did you know that Reality has multiple personalities? She is multi-faceted and -faced. And one her names is: Nemesis.
Nemesis, winged tilter of scales and lives,
Justice-spawned Goddess with steel-blue eyes!
Thou bridlest vain men who roil in vain
Against Thy harsh adamantine rein.
Great hater of hubris and megalomania,
Obliterator of black resentment,
By Thy trackless, churning, wracking wheel
Man’s glinting fortunes turn on earth.
Thou comest in oblivion’s cloak to bend
The grandeur-deluded rebel neck,
With forearm measuring out lifetimes
With brow frowning into the heart of man
And the yoke raised sovereign in Thy hand.
Hail in the highest, O justice-queen
Nemesis, winged tilter of scales and lives,
Immortal Resenter! I sing Thy song,
Almighty Payback on proud-spread wings,
Lieutenant of fairness, Requiter of wrongs.
Despise the lordly with all Thine art
And lay them low in the Nether-dark.
—Hymn to Nemesis, by Mesomedes of Crete [translated by A.Z. Foreman]
I wonder…why it is that the Africans cannot develop a vaccine for Ebola themselves. After all, have we not been told over and over again that evil racist whites are evil? Have we not been told that all cultures are equal, that Western scientific thinking is racist and not applicable to Africa? Very well. Let Liberia and Guinea and Sierra Leone and other places create their own research centers and staff them with their own doctors. I am sure they will find plenty of volunteer help from their brother African-Americans. They can then develop their own vaccines free from the evil white man.
As for the Haj, well, let it proceed as normal. The Islamic world has said repeatedly it despises the infidel. So, they need no medicine or medical advice from the Jew or Christian whom they despise. If someone attends who is stricken with Ebola, well, that is merely the will of Allah. Let it be.
One thing I know for sure…I no longer have the will to try to prevent people from suffering the consequences of the belief systems they profess.
That’s the Spirit!…and a very healthy one, at that.
Now you know what to do, Africans, Muslims, so you bust a move…
You want it, you got it
You want it, baby you got it — (Just bust a move)
You want it, you got it
You want it, baby you got it
Anyone who believes the talk about how Barack Obama is already a lame-duck president, detached and irrelevant, is deluding himself. President Obama has accomplished more or less what he set out to accomplish. He has made himself the most consequential and transformative president since Lyndon Johnson. His foreign policy has been more systematically destructive of the world order and American power than LBJ’s Vietnam War. His wrong-headed domestic policy has proved more catastrophic and intentionally hard to correct than Johnson’s madcap War on Poverty, whose consequences still bedevil our society.
This is a point regular readers of these Dispatches know I have been making for some time now. Free of the need to be re-elected, ‘Obama’ believes he can act with impunity on bringing about the fundamental transformation of America. He and the other members of The Jarrett Junto, along with their allies in the Axis Of Leftism, have succeeded in achieving what past Presidential Despots like FDR, LBJ, and Woodrow Wilson could only dream of. The United States Of America, the American Republic gifted and passed on to us by The Founding Fathers, is no more; The Constitution has been effectively declared null and void. The Rule Of Law has been discarded in favor of the nearly unrestrained satisfying of the goals and whims of the Left In America — that alien force that long ago breached our ramparts and began to spread it virus, plague-like, through our Society.
Paco’s insight from Monday instant is worth quoting at this point:
I don’t believe there’s any room left for intelligent doubt concerning the president’s psychological alienation from the very concept of America, and his belief that the world would be a better place if our country were an amorphous and heterogeneous stew of competing cultures, unassimilable because, in his ideal polity, there would be no central body of normative beliefs for people to assimilate – save for the primacy of the state, of course, and the necessary elimination of such outmoded ideas as individual liberty and personal responsibility.
Yes, Obama is an unmitigated disaster, but the effectiveness of the body politic’s “immune system” has been declining for generations, so Obama or someone like him was inevitable. More’s the pity that the opposition is led by mental midgets, self-dealing scoundrels and quaking poltroons. How this political dog’s breakfast is to be rectified short of another revolution is quite beyond me; if this lawless administration, and its fellow-travelers in the GOP, gets what it wants with respect to amnesty, I’m not sure that a revolution at the ballot box is even going to be possible for much longer. Even without the prospect of hordes of new Democratic voters, our future is looking grim, as a secular cloud of unknowing has descended on millions of our fellow citizens, enveloping them in the grossest ignorance of the tangible value of freedom and the soul-destroying consequences of its absence, leaving them prey to the blandishments and bribery of the ruling class’s shrewdest confidence men, unwitting hitchhikers on the road to serfdom.
Damn well put.
One quibble: The Revolution, as I, Mark Levin, Jeff Goldstein, and others have been stressing for some time, has already happened. For over a century now, we have been subjected to a Silent Coup perpetrated by the Left In America. The only reason the idea of such a Coup as having happened is no longer seen as being the ravings of lunatics is because The Jarret Junto and it’s Axis Allies have ratcheted it up considerably since 2007 — the Coup is not so silent anymore — to the point where it’s existence has become rather obvious to a growing number of Americans. This is because the Left In America believes that this is THEIR MOMENT, the age that Destiny has called them to act brazenly to seal the deal on their long hoped for plan to transform America into a Leftist Paradise.
What we, those Americans who are fighting to end the Coup, desire is a Restoration of those Freedoms and Liberties bequeathed to us by The Founding Fathers. What we seek is a Restoration of our Rights as Americans, not the tearing down of Society.
The Left would like nothing better than for us to launch a Revolution against their Revolution. The Jarrett Junto, and their allied forces, would like nothing better than for us to ‘fire the first shot’, as it were, and then launch a destructive war [ie: a Counter Revolution] so they could have an excuse to use unrestrained violence against us and crush us under the jackbooted heels.
As Samuel Adams always urged: Keep our Enemy always in the wrong. Let them be the ones to attack first, but be prepared when it comes.
While we must learn to be better hardball players, we must never allow ourselves to become the same low-life criminals as the Left In America are. Adopt the Ways of the Tyrant and you eventually become a Tyrant.
A Governor legally appointed may usurp powers which do not belong to him: And it is ten to one but he will, if the people are not jealous and vigilant. Charles the first was legally appointed king: The doctrines advanced by the clergy in his father’s infamous reign, led them both to believe that they were the LORD’S anointed and were not accountable for their conduct to the people. — It is strange that kings seated on the English throne, should imbibe such opinions: But it is possible they were totally unacquainted with the history of their English predecessors.
— Charles, by hearkening to the council of his evil ministers, which coincided with the principles of his education, and his natural temper, and confiding in his corrupt judges, became an usurper of powers which he had no right to; and exercising those powers, he became a Tyrant: But the end proved fatal to him, and afforded a solemn lesson for all succeeding usurpers and tyrants: His subjects who made him king, called him to account, dismiss’d and PUNISH’D him in a most exemplary manner! Charles was obstinate in his temper, and thought of nothing so little as concessions of any kind: If he had been well advis’d, he would have renounced his usurped powers: Every wise governor will relinquish a power which is not clearly constitutional, however inconsiderable those about him may perswade him to think it; especially, if the people regard it as a PART OF A SYSTEM OF OPPRESSION, and AN EVIDENCE OF TYRANNICAL DESIGNS. And the more tenacious he is of it, the stronger is the reason why “the SPIRIT OF APPREHENSION” should be kept up among them in its utmost VIGILANCE.
—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘CANDIDUS’ in the Boston Gazette, 9 December 1771
Richard Fernandez’s column from yesterday afternoon accomplishes two things: it gives one a clear-headed assessment of what the future seems to hold and it sends shivers up the spine that threaten to become chronic.
This is the key part [although I do recommend you take the time to read the whole column]:
War, Famine and Pestilence all obey the laws of physics. The media, government and the academy have heretofore cared about the laws of political correctness and the tyranny of appearances. Now we get to see who wins. In recent years it has become fashionable to claim the Narrative trumps reality. Yet you can’t bribe viruses, can’t “hide” infectious victims, can’t appease dictators and you can’t print money. As I’ve written many times before, nobody beats arithmetic.
Not even Saudi Arabia. If the Saudis don’t act rationally then the Haj can become one giant virus distribution system, their K street lobby notwithstanding. If Obama doesn’t close the border, if something can come along, something will come along . Something like Ebola, which if unchecked will teach the Boko Haram and ISIS that chopping off people’s heads and having sex with hundreds of kidnapped African schoolgirls isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
The narrative of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is often given a mystical interpretation. But it can be viewed as a straightforward secular warning against folly. According to Billy Graham, the First Horseman is the great liar, the false prophet, the anti-Christ. But even if you’re not a Billy Graham fan, and even if you hate him, it’s easy to see how a venal government, a debased culture, a system of self-deception can lead to famine, pestilence and war.
Corrupting the information store will get you every time.
It may be happening already. As I noted elsewhere, for the first time since the Second World War, globalization is contracting. Air routes are being trimmed to detour around the threat of surface to air missiles posed by the Islamic world and on the Russian border. Diseases know the difference between real and paper countries. Liberia has announced the closure of its borders, and disease knows it has no borders.
ASKY and Arik, Emirates Airlines and British Airways have halted flights to West Africa. And unless the situation is physically reversed, more and more destinations will be declared off limits. The map of Africa may slowly become blank again. Unless the trend is reversed the global elites will eventually reach the point the Chinese called ‘losing the Mandate of Heaven’.
That’s the point when people impeach their leaders not on the basis of party affiliation but on the basis of whether they want to physically survive an epidemic or not; when competence finally matters. Perhaps we’re already there. Charles Krauthammer observed that things have reached the point when ’no one cares what Obama says’, adding he’s “almost animatronic”, like those plastic dinosaurs in a theme park, acting out his theme park presidency.
We often forget that the sacred texts of mankind began as practical documents. They were checklists. And we may well rediscover this fact before the end. One can imagine the last two postmoderns crawling towards each other in the ruins of a once great city to die, and while waiting to expire engage in conversation to pass the time.
“Waldo,” the first said, “do you remember that tablet displayed in front of the Texas Statehouse. You know, back when there was a Texas?”
“Yeah, didn’t it have a whole bunch of stuff scrawled on it? Tell me again what it said,” replied the other.
“Waldo, it said, ‘thou shalt not kill.’ And ‘thou shalt not lie’.”
“Yes it also said, ‘thou shalt not steal’. Plus somewhere in the middle said, ‘thou shalt not have sex with people you weren’t married to.’”
“Yeah, I remember it now,” the second post-modern said. “What a bunch of hooey. It’s a right wing, nutjob, racist document called the Ten Commandments. It’s a religious document.”
“No Waldo,” the first replied. “That’s where you’re wrong. It ain’t no religious document. I just figured out it was a survival manual.”
Since Ideology [especially of the Leftist variety] began it’s long, but triumphal march throughout the World in the 18th Century, we have seen an ever increasing retreat of people from Reality.
With each victory for Ideological Thinking, there has been a coinciding slow, self-imposed closing of all senses to the Truth Of Life.
This is not surprising because Ideologies are systems of ideas dreamed up in the sterile laboratories of the mind, far away from the Real World. They are fragile fictions that are based on a denial of the Truths of Human Nature. This explains why all Ideologues end up seeking to force Human Beings to be re-educated, to have their individual ‘false consciousness’ destroyed ['You must love Big Brother'], rather than tailoring their proposals to the varying rhythms of Human Nature.
As Mr. Fernandez demonstrates, the ingrained denial of Reality, the belief in a false set of commandments, can have dire and deadly consequences.
For over two hundred years, the World has been soaking in the waters of Denial River and it seems it may be catching a fatal disease – both figuratively and literally – from that stagnant waterway.
Whenever I feel afraid
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect I’m afraid
While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows I’m afraid
The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people
I fear I fool myself as well
Specifically, the cell known as The Clinton Family.
Ed Driscoll is worth quoting in full:
As the Washington Times noted last week, “a joint statement from spokesmen for Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton reportedly blasts authors Ed Klein, Daniel Halper and Ronald Kessler as ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense for a quick buck:’”
The statement singles out Mr. Klein’s “Blood Feud,” Mr. Halper’s “Clinton, Inc.” and Mr. Kessler’s soon-to-be-released “The First Family Detail,” Politico reported.
The books, which paint the Clintons in a less-than-desirable light, are “an insult to readers [and] authors, and should be reserved for the fiction bin, if not the trash,” a joint statement from spokesmen for the Clintons read, Politico reported.
“With Klein, Halper and [author Ronald] Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense for a quick buck, at the expense of anything even remotely resembling the truth,” the statement reportedly said.
“Their behavior should neither be allowed nor enabled, and legitimate media outlets who know with every fiber of their being that this is complete crap should know not to get down in the gutter with them and spread their lies.”
Huh. The “allowed” is the tell here. In the past, liberal fascists such as Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Richard Nixon, and Barack Obama waited until they were in office before they began to trample on the First Amendment. It’s a rare, refreshingly honest moment from Hillary Clinton to admit her presidential intentions upfront.
It seems to me that The Clinton Crime Family doth protest too much. One might venture to say that it is they who are full of crap…lots of it…we’re talking amounts of diarrheic proportions.
SIDENOTE: If Ed Driscoll’s blog is not a daily stop for you on your travels through the Innerwebs then you’re missing out on some of best analysis and commentary [and wit] on it.
On Monday, HuffPost Religion reported that Pope Francis has just reinstated Father Miguel D’Escoto of Nicaragua after 29 years of suspension by the sternly anti-communist Pope John Paul II for supporting Nicaragua’s revolutionary government during the 1970’s.
The decision came after D’Escoto sent a letter to the Vatican requesting that he be allowed to resume the priesthood so that he could reportedly “celebrate Mass before dying.” While suspended, D’Escoto served on the UN General Assembly from September 2008 until September 2009. He also currently acts as Senior Adviser on Foreign Affairs to President Daniel Ortega Saavedra.
In the letter, D’Escoto made no recantations of his communist beliefs, in fact, D’Escoto still belongs to the Sandista National Liberation Front (SNLF), a Marxist political movement with past ties to the Soviet Communist Party. According to Trevor Loudon, D’Escoto joined the group in 1985 as its foreign minister and was given the Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviets.
D’Escoto has also been a harsh critic of American foreign policy. In a letter to Barack Obama, he said American foreign policy was guided by Satan guilty of “terrorist, murderous and genocidal U.S. imperialism.” He also urged Obama to have “the courage to acknowledge also that capitalism is, in fact, the most un-Christian doctrine and practice ever devised by man to keep us separate and unequal in a kind of global apartheid.
D’Escoto doesn’t much like the tiny, Jewish state of Israel either and has, in fact, accused Israel of genocide against the Palestinians. His comments would later be used by Al Jazeera in 2009 as propaganda.
That action by Pope Francis may well be the proof needed that he is out to
destroy fundamentally transform The Church into a Heretical Abomination.
One by one, the pillars on which Western Civilization rests are being reduced to rubble by rot from within them. And it would seem that this Pope is a necrosis.
The last, best hope for Mankind would seem to truly lie with those of us here in the former United States Of America who still hold Virtue, Morality, Tradition, and Free Will in high regard — Sacred things that must be jealously guarded — and are willing to fight for their Preservation and Restoration.
We are engaged in a Crusade against those forces that would plunge us into the darkness Savagery.
There is a building whirlwind sweeping across America, one that is a mixture of discontent, anger, and helpless frustration.
This wind storm is brewing and accelerating because the nation that once existed, The United States Of America, is no more.
What once was the envy of the World, a nation based on The Rule Of Law and not The Rule Of Man, Of Whim, has been replaced by a grisly mutated form of the old Republic. It is an ugly thing: a Despotic Regime where those we have elected to Constitutional Offices and those we have allowed to be employed to run our national government believe they do not have to obey the Constitutional Provisions and Laws and Regulations they are charged with enforcing unless they choose to, where ordinary citizens — the Sovereign People, I need not remind you — are expected to follow and comply with those same Constitutional Provisions and Laws and Regulations those in positions of Power And Control can disregard at will, while ordinary citizens face financial ruin and incarceration if they dare violate one of the myriad and confusing strictures on their Freedom and Liberties. And the Sovereign People cannot help but break the Laws and Regulations because these vile constraints have been designed to turn every citizen into a violator by the simple act of trying to live normally in the World.
To enforce this confused mass of Laws and Regulations, the national government has unleashed a swarm of officers and Bureaucrats, acting in it’s name, to harass and threaten and instill Fear in the ordinary citizens, to eat away and destroy their Property and suffocate their Liberty and strangle their Freedom — and many of them are now armed.
These Despots are lead by a Tyrant who, though elected in apparent compliance with The Constitution, has chosen to discard the Solemn Oath Of Office he took and rule as he and his advisers want to — the only restraint on their actions being that they believe a certain act or decree will put their continuation in office in jeopardy.
Having had over a half a decade to corrupt the national government by creating and nurturing civilian forces within it that are loyal to only themselves — to ‘Caesar’ and his ‘Royal Court’ and not to The American Republic — the Tyrants in Power And Control now believe themselves under a lesser restraint then they had in the early days of the current Administration. They are emboldened and their brazenness is nearly fully unleashed. Soon, it will be in full-flower, and these Despots will no longer hesitate to act on their more ambitious plans for a Fundamental Transformation of America into a Socialist Paradise.
Look around you; see what has been happening since the dark cloud of Tyranny finally descended and enveloped America on 20 January 2009. Despite what some reasonable people speculate may be happening or will happen in the near future, the Coup has already taken place.
Daily, those people in positions of Power And Control in America, have been relentlessly working to undermine and collapse the fragile ties that have held this country together since The Founding — a shared Morality, a common Virtuous Interest, a belief in The Golden Rule — and the despoilers of all that is Honest and Decent and True have been enjoying much success.
The vast majority of citizens — and those here illegally, at the behest of the Tyrants — now identify themselves with particular groups, unthinking tribes who all believe they have been victimized in some way or, often, in multiple ways. As each day passes, the Balkanization of America, the splitting of Americans into hostile, warring camps of disaffected factions, becomes more pronounced, as the majority begin to believe that they are put upon by the nefarious, ultimately nebulous ‘Other’.
No government of this kind can ever be considered legitimate.
Where there is The Rule Of Law, there is legitimacy.
Where Whim, Capriciousness, and Impulsiveness are the fuel that runs the engines of government, there can be no legitimacy.
That glorious invention, known as The United States Of America, was the most legitimate government ever conceived and implemented. What we are living under now is not — in any way, shape, or form — that kind of government. If it bears a resemblance to that form of government gifted to us by The Founders and by Nature’s God, it is only because the current regime is engaging in a grand masquerade, is setting-out to deceive it’s citizens into believing that it has any legitimacy. It does not.
The self-imposed restrictions we, The Sovereign People, gladly place upon ourselves so that we may enjoy an ordered governing of our societal affairs no longer apply because the Compact between us and our Government has been dissolved by the Tyrants who have taken control of the Government.
It is now our Moral obligation, our Sacred Duty, to seek the end of the current Tyranny in order to restore our Freedoms and Liberties and to be worthy of the admiration of our Posterity.
The choice is stark: Liberty or Slavery.
I first read this message by the irrepressible Doug Ross over at Protein Wisdom and obtained his permission to reprint it here:
Like you, I spent a lot of time trying to keep up-to-date on the hottest significant news stories. Since we free-thinking folks have to largely bypass vintage media, which have largely become a public relations arm of the Obama administration, it isn’t easy to do. There are thousands of great sites out there, any of which can have a noteworthy news story.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time to check thousands of websites for breaking news.
Yes, there are some great aggregators out there: Drudge, Twitchy, etc. But all of them rely upon human editors and, most importantly, don’t give smaller blogs and websites much of their attention.
That’s why we created BadBlue News. It’s a very different type of news aggregator because it uses machine learning and automation to achieve massive scalability in assessing news sources and breaking stories. Here’s how it’s different:
1. It uses social network buzz, not a set of human editors, to determine how important a story is.
2. It levels the playing field for smaller websites and blogs by taking into account traffic patterns; that is, a story on a small blog with 15 retweets might be equivalent to a story on Fox News with 1,000 retweets. The traffic patterns and social buzz are both factored in by BadBlue to offer a much wider range of news coverage than any other aggregator.
3. It never sleeps: BadBlue runs 24×7 and never relies upon human editors making decisions.
BadBlue is growing quickly. From September 2013 to January 2014, page views grew by 20 percent with Google Analytics reporting the average time onsite is a startling 31 minutes!
In this election year, BadBlue can play an important role for advancing the conservative agenda by cutting through the media censors and offering a level playing field for websites and blogs of all sizes.
I’d love for you to come visit and, if you like it, to tell your friends, tweet about it, or like it on Facebook.
2014 will be a big year for liberty and I believe getting the word out on uncensored news stories — bypassing the state-run media — will be critical.
This is one of the most useful aggregation sites out there [just as Doug's blog, Director Blue].
If, like me, your online time is limited, BadBlue News is a great aid in finding out what’s really going on in this world turned upside down by those forces who would strip us of our Freedoms and Liberties and enslave us to a Totalitarian State.
When you’re good, you’re good.
When you’re BadBlue, you’re even better.
And don’t forget to follow the site on Twitter:
Obama spoketh, PBTO, to the moon god worshippers who were inviteth into The Whitey House:
As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.
In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy….
Indeed, the Musselmen sold early Americans their slaves…that’s about it in terms of their contribution to the now-defunct United States Of America.
Edward Rutledge from South Carolina:
Molasses to rum to slaves
Oh, what a beautiful waltz,
You dance with us, we dance with you,
In molasses and rum and slaves
Who sail the ships outta Boston, laden with Bibles and rum?
Who drinks a toast to the Ivory coast?
Hail, Africa, the slavers have come,
New England with Bibles and rum!
Then it’s off with the rum and the Bibles,
Take on the slaves, clink, clink.
Then hail and farewell to the smell
Of the African coast…
…Whose fortunes are made, in the triangle trade?…
Mr. Adams, I give you a toast!
Hail Boston, hail Charleston!
Who stinketh the most!
UPDATE at 2233…
Friend In The Ether, M.Thompson, makes a good point in the Comments section:
About the only thing the Moslems have done for the long-term good is to start a war that built up the Navy and Marine Corps, all the way back in 1801.
He’d be four and living in England, it seems.
Angelo Codevilla has penned another post full of penetrating insight into our present situation.
The arguments by which the Obama administration is countering lawsuits that seek to limit Obamacare subsidies to participants in “exchanges” established by states—a limit that is specified in the Obamacare law itself—have raised the outcome’s stakes. Administration officials argue that the plain, unmistakable, uncontested language of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is less important than what they want the law to mean, and that hewing to its words would deprive millions of people of the subsidies that the administration had granted them regardless of those words. Therefore the courts should enforce what the administration wants rather than what the law says.
The Democratic Party, the bulk of its appointees in the judiciary, and the mainstream media echo these arguments.
America has moved away from the rule of law in recent decades, as more and more of the decisions by which we must live are made by administrative agencies in consultation with their favorite constituencies and judges rather than by the people’s elected representatives. More and more, statutes passed by Congress are lengthy grants of power to administrative agencies, the content of which is determined by complex interactions between bureaucrats, special interests, and judges aligned with either. Hence House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s famous statement—that the ACA’s meaning would be determined only after its passage—was true of it and most other modern legislation as well. This is the rule of men, not of law.
But the transition away from the rule of law has been masked by the (ever thinner) fiction that the administrators are merely filling in the interstices of laws. Were they to prevail, the administration’s arguments for casting aside the ACA’s explicit provision because it conflicts with its will and its clients’ convenience would mark the dropping of the mask. America’s transition from the rule of law to the rule of the sovereign, largely accomplished some time ago de facto, would now be fulfilled de jure. Openly, this President and his partisans would have trumped law by will. Thereafter, continuing to pretend that America lives by law would be a mockery.
The importance of this is difficult to exaggerate. The nation’s slide into something foreign to its past would accelerate.
Damn well put. There is no longer a set of Laws, including a Supreme Law, that restricts the actions of those entrusted with positions in the government. We now live under in an Arbitrary Regime, where the only restraint placed on them is the fear of being dragged-out onto the streets. In other words: Fear is the only motivating factor in their curtailment of their wielding of Power And Control.
However, as I have said of him before, Mr. Codevilla, at the end of the above quote, ‘is engaging in a bit of wishful thinking’ here.
We are in a post-Constitutional state, where The Rule Of The Sovereign [a wonderful and accurate turn of phrase] is now not only in fact true [de facto], but where it is claimed by ‘right’ [de jure] by those who hold and exercise Power And Control in this country. Yes, it is true, this Rule has not been written into Law — there is no statute that can be cited in the U.S. Code — but, rather, The Rule Of The Sovereign has become The Spirit Of The Law. It animates and invigorates the actions of The Jarret Junto and their fellow Axis Of Despots members in everything they do.
More from Mr. Codevilla:
The demonstration by persons at the top of society that plain words of law—and these happen to be plainer than usual—don’t mean what they say or are superseded by interest and will is scary to the powerless majority for whom the words of laws are the only protection against arbitrary treatment. The words of the law are the ordinary person’s assurance of freedom. The moment people begin to think the system is rigged, the next thought follows: “To hell with the system. They’re looking out for themselves. I’ve got to look out for myself.” That is how nations dissolve.
Quite right — there is much Wisdom in his words.
But most people in this country already believe ‘the system is rigged’ and, in their spoiled and brattish frame of mind, are acting accordingly. The Culture Of Corruption counts among it’s members, not only elected officials and Bureaucrats, but a sizable portion of the people of America.
If The United States Of America has not fully dissolved as yet, it is because there are a fair number of us left who believe in The Rule Of Law, who believe in leading and trying to live Virtuous lives, who refuse to engage in Slothful Self-Interest — The Remnant, if you will. We are not perfect at it, but we know we must never stop trying to do Good.
We have drunk many a sip from the bitter cup of our failure to honor our Ancestors and secure for our Posterity the blessings of Freedom and Liberty, but it is still within our power and control to bring about ‘a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour’ and ‘arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time’.
The voice of your fathers’ blood cries to you from the ground; ‘MY SONS SCORN TO BE SLAVES! in vain we met the frowns of tyrants; in vain, we crossed the boisterous ocean, found a new world, and prepared it for the happy residence of LIBERTY; in vain, we toiled; in vain, we fought; we bled in vain, if you, our offspring, want valour to repel the assaults of her invaders!’
Stain not the glory of your worthy ancestors; but like them resolve, never to part with your birthright; be wise in your deliberations, and determined in your exertions for the preservation of your liberties. Follow not the dictates of passion, but enlist yourselves under the sacred banner of reason; use every method in your power to secure your rights; at least prevent the curses of posterity from being heaped upon your memories.
—Dr. Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, 1772
Dr. Cranky-D shares the results over at Protein Wisdom:
…Islam is not a religion. Mohammed made it up to support his ideology of conquering other tribes. It’s a political system. Allah is not G-d. When I was younger and stupid I thought we were all talking about the same G-d I knew, the G-d of Abraham and Isaac. The G-d I know from the New Testament. I know now we are not talking about that. Anyone who claims Allah is G-d is either an idiot or lying.
G-d and Satan disagreed about free will. G-d said all must come to him voluntarily. Satan thought G-d should force obedience. Which “religion” forces compliance or death now? Hint: it isn’t the Jews or Christians.
Mohammedism is truly a monument to Evil.
In a Comment further along in the thread, Eingang Ausfahrt quotes a rather reliable observer of Mankind:
“Mohammed had not only religious doctrines descend from Heaven and placed in the Koran, but political maxims, civil and criminal laws, and scientific theories. The Gospels, in contrast, speak only of the general relationships of men to God and among themselves.”
— Alexis de Tocqueville
Islam is a whole, all-encompassing system of ideas. In other words: it is an Ideology.
Ideology — that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors….