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Who Is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn And Why Should He Be Awarded The Medal Of Freedom?

15 September 2018 @ 19:21

[NOTE: This post will remain stuck here at the top of this column;
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Someone I know very well has put-up a petition at WhiteHouse.gov to ask the President to award Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn the Medal Of Freedom on the occasion of the One Hundredth Anniversary of his birth, which is 11 December 1918.

While engaged in a conversation with a few of my Friends In The Ether the other night, I lamented the fact that so few people had signed the Petition. 

NoWayJosê responded:

Maybe because only an infinitesimal percentage of people alive actually know who Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is. It’s not like they’re going to teach it in schools and colleges, it it?

I replied that I thought enough people over forty-five was sufficiently large enough to ensure enough signatures were gathered.

Methinks José is correct.  Either people around my age have short memories or they think of A. Solzhenitsyn has some kind of crank.  As for the younger people, he’s right again: in very few places is the story of this remarkable Man told.

So, I believe it behooves me to provide a short primer [please pass this around]…

ALEKSANDR ISAYEVICH SOLZHENITSYN
1918-2008

He was born and raised in Russia by a loving Mother [his Father had died in an accident right before he was born] during the early years of the Bolshevik Revolution.  His Mother and Grandparents tried to raise him as a Believer, but, as soon as the Communist School System got a hold of him, A. Solzhenitsyn was converted to Bolshevism.

As Daniel Mahoney and Edward Ericson write in their Introduction to The Solzhenitsyn Reader:

At school Solzhenitsyn inevitably experienced conflicts between his ex-tended family’s Christian values and his teachers’ ideological indoctrination. He gradually acquiesced to Marxism-Leninism and joined the standard Communist youth organizations. His increasingly heartfelt ideological commitment shaped his youthful literary interpretation of the revolution.Nevertheless, the battle for his heart and mind waged by two competing worldviews was in only its early stages and would become the central inner drama of his life. In adulthood his firsthand experience of Soviet reality would eventually cause an about-face in his attitude toward the revolution.He remained convinced that the totalitarian experiment inaugurated by the Bolsheviks gave the twentieth century its distinctive character, but he came to believe that it must be resisted on behalf of the human spirit….

He rejected God and all related beliefs like a good Marxist, although he never lost his love for Russia and it’s peoples.

In WWII, A. Solzhenitsyn served as a battery commander, still retaining his Marxism, but with a definitely more cynical attitude to The Soviet Union’s leaders.  Wikipedia has a good description of what happened next:

In February 1945, while serving in East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn was arrested by SMERSH for writing derogatory comments in private letters to a friend, Nikolai Vitkevich, about the conduct of the war by Joseph Stalin, whom he called “Khozyain” (“the boss”), and “Balabos” (Yiddish rendering of Hebrew baal ha-bayit for “master of the house”). Also he had talks with the same friend about the need of a new organisation against the Soviet regime.

He was accused of anti-Soviet propaganda under Article 58 paragraph 10 of the Soviet criminal code, and of “founding a hostile organization” under paragraph 11.[21][22] Solzhenitsyn was taken to the Lubyanka prison in Moscow, where he was interrogated…. On 7 July 1945, he was sentenced in his absence by Special Council of the NKVD to an eight-year term in a labour camp. This was the normal sentence for most crimes under Article 58 at the time.

Those eight years were to be spent in the GULAG [Glavny Upravlenie Lagerey (trans: Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps)].  It should be noted that it was often routine for prisoners sentenced under Article 58 to have their sentences doubled or tripled or made life terms.

Some truths about the Gulags from FactsAndDetails.com:

•Solzhenitsyn estimated that only 10 percent of Stalin’s victims were party or state officials. The remainder were primarily ordinary citizens—peasants, workers, intellectuals. Some were imprisoned for failing to die in German concentration camps. The gulag population in 1942 was 1,1777,043. Of these at least 352,560 died in captivity.

•An estimated 12 to 20 million people died in gulags under Stalin’s rule. The life expectancy of prisoners in many camps was about 2 years and 90 percent didn’t survive. The prisoners died from a variety reason: dehydration, tuberculous, typhus, frostbite, exposure, planned famine. Some were worked to death. Some had their heads crushed with crowbars. Suicides were common and prisoners were often so weak they feared that even a mild cold could do them in.

•Others were executed, mostly by a pistol shot to the back of the head. At Solovetsky, prisoners were killed by throwing them down long sets of outdoor stairs. At other places prisoners were asphyxiated with exhaust fumes. There were mass executions. At one camp 30 prisoners were shot a day just to frighten the rest of the prisoners.

•Prisoners in Siberia had to endure clouds of mosquitos and blood-sucking midges in the summer and -40°F temperature in paper thin clothes in the winter (if temperatures dropped below -50°they were allowed to stay inside). One survivor at a Siberia camp recalled” “the mosquitos crawled to our sleeves, under our trousers. One’s face would blow up from the bites. At the work site, we were brought lunch and it happened that as you as you were eating your soup, the mosquitos would fill up the bowl like buckwheat porridge. They filled up your eyes, your nose and throat, and taste of them was sweet, like blood.

•Prisoners in the gulags were routinely sent into solitary confinement, exposed to bright lights and deprived of sleep. Guards played on these fears by subjecting prisoners to strip searches in the freezing cold, sometimes as often as five times a day

•Punishments included beatings, torture and stints in shizo—a cold nine-foot-wide, wire-covered punishment cell that was entered through a hole only large enough for a an emaciated man or a small dog. At Solovetsky prisoners were forced to sit on a pole for 18 hours.

•In an effort to secure forced confession prisoners were slashed with knives, burned with cigarettes, beaten savagely, and tortured with ice water. There were even reports of men being chained to a truck that moved at four mph. Either they kept up the pace or were dragged. One former prisoner told the New York Times, “I saw people suspended on iron hooks under their ribs. I saw German shepherd eating living human flesh.”

It was in the Camps, despite the horrific conditions, that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn found he had time to think and reflect.  As a result of that and of his discussions with other prisoners, he started questioning everything he had been taught — all of the USSR’s propaganda.

More from The Solzhenitsyn Reader:

The first prison camps to which Solzhenitsyn was assigned were located in the Moscow area. His health deteriorated seriously, but worse were his psychological bewilderment and the mortifying moral compromises that he could not withstand. As he gained hitherto unimaginable insights into the Soviets’ systematic brutalization of innocent people, his faith in Marxist dogma, which wartime had undermined, now crumbled completely. By contrast, he encountered personal nobility in many of the so-called “enemies of the people.” Serene, radiant Christians particularly impressed him….

Solzhenitsyn’s sentence ended on February 9, 1953, the precise eight-year anniversary of his arrest. He was exiled to Kok-Terek, a village in Kazakhstan, and was forbidden any contact with persons from his past. His wife had earlier (with her husband’s permission) filed for divorce in order to escape the unbearable discrimination that accompanied being a prisoner’s spouse; by 1952 she had married another man. Solzhenitsyn survived in exile by teaching high school students mathematics and physics. In every spare moment he wrote, first putting onto paper what he had mentally composed while incarcerated. Later in 1953 his cancer recurred, and soon it was diagnosed as terminal. Given only a few weeks to live, unable to eat or sleep, he received permission to travel three hundred miles to Tashkent, Uzbekistan,for treatment. Before the trip he jammed his manuscripts into a bottle and—in a unique twist on the Soviet-era concept of “writing for the drawer”—buried it….

In 1956 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, in an effort to consolidate his hold on power, gave a now-famous secret speech to the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union denouncing Stalin for deviating from Leninist principles. This wide-ranging attack rocked both the Soviet leadership and Communists abroad. It called into question the Soviet Union’s monolithic impregnability. Soviet citizens experienced the after-effects in an unpredictably changeable cultural liberalization known as the“Thaw.” …In early 1957 he was officially “rehabilitated,” with the 1945 charges expunged from his record.Then he remarried Natalia Reshetovskaya and moved with her to the provincial city of Ryazan, where again he taught and wrote.

Aleksandr Tvardovsky, the editor of Novy Mir, worked courageously to publish Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s ground-shattering book, One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich.  Surprisingly, Premir Khrushchev agreed to publish the work.

From The Solzhenitsyn Reader again:

Novy Mir published One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in November1962. Establishment writers followed Khrushchev’s lead in praising the little book and politicizing its significance. The depiction of prison-camp life, a prohibited subject that was nonetheless known by myriad Soviets through their family members’ experiences, created a sensation among ordinary citizens. Millions of copies circulated from hand to hand. The work was a bomb-shell abroad, as well. The West hailed the author as a truth-telling freedom fighter and the text as great art. At a stroke, an unknown provincial school-teacher became famous worldwide. This fame protected Solzhenitsyn some-what through the long struggle to come. One unexpected but particularly welcome consequence was the flood of letters that ex-zeks sent to Solzhenitsyn. These eyewitness accounts were just what he needed to resurrect his plans to write The Gulag Archipelago [an expose of the Gulag from it’s origins until the 1960’s].

The ‘Thaw’ began to slowly freeze again and Aleksandr found himself gradually on the outs with Soviet Officials and, perhaps, most cowardly, with his fellow writers.

As The Solzhenitsyn Reader reports:

While the public skirmishes proceeded in one dizzying round after an-other, Solzhenitsyn was living virtually a second life in private. As an “underground” writer he was working on The Gulag Archipelago. Only when Invisible Allies appeared in 1991 did readers learn the spellbinding story of how he composed this immense work in the face of seemingly unbearable constraints, all the while keeping so occupied with other work that the authorities could never guess he was managing this project, too. Although his intermittent labors on Gulag ran from 1958 to 1968, during the mid-sixties he made four visits to a “Hiding Place” in Estonia provided by old gulag mates of his and their friends; and there, he reports, he worked as he never had before. He sent a microfilm of Gulag to the West in 1968, the same year in which [his next novels] The First Circle and Cancer Ward were published in the West.

In 1969 Solzhenitsyn was finally expelled from the Writers’ Union, an action that left him formally unemployed and thus vulnerable to legal sanctions for “social parasitism.”… [Any misstep on his part or concerted efforts of the Soviets could have led to his re-imprisonment or death.]

…The conflict between author and authorities that persisted through the 1960s reached its highest pitch in the early 1970s. Libraries followed orders to destroy their copies of One Day and the few other published works by Solzhenitsyn. KGB actions against him included ransacking his cottage and severely beating a friend of his who happened to be there, mailing him and his wife threatening letters, and—the topper—attempting to kill him by poisoning….

In [his novel] August 1914 the signs of Solzhenitsyn’s patriotic and Christian com-mitments were too clear to be ignored and bothered some reviewers.Plainspoken critic Mary McCarthy encapsulated the rising qualms in her complaint that Solzhenitsyn was “rude and unfair” toward the liberal “advanced circles” of 1914: “He has it in for those people, just as he would have it in for you and me, if he could overhear us talking.” Thus were the terms set for a major defection from Solzhenitsyn.

In mid-1973 the KGB, having gotten wind of The Gulag Archipelago and hunting for a copy, hauled in for interrogation Elizaveta Voronyanskaya, a Leningrad woman who had served Solzhenitsyn as an amanuensis. Against Solzhenitsyn’s instructions, she had not destroyed her copy, lest all others be confiscated and the work lost to posterity. After five days and nights of non-stop questioning, she cracked. The KGB got its manuscript. Shortly thereafter, she died, either by suicide or (as Solzhenitsyn thinks more likely) by murder. Knowing the KGB’s skill at quoting out of context to reverse in-tended meanings, Solzhenitsyn signaled his Swiss lawyer to publish Gulag in the West. His decade-long war with the authorities was entering its final battle. The publication of Gulag led directly to his expulsion from his homeland.

This happened on 12 February 1974.

The Gulag Archipelago exposed for the whole word to see the Tyranny — the Misery, Degradation, and Death — that Leftist Ideologies always ended-up committing.

While in Exile [1974-1994], Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn drew violent criticism for his denouncement of all Ideology [even if it work a Benevolent Face, such as in The West] and for his friendly warnings to Western Civilization that it too faced it’s own versions of Moral Crisis.  He was viciously maligned by The Left, who painted him as a Right Wing Reactionary — the farthest thing from The Truth.

WHY DOES ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN
DESERVE THE
MEDAL OF FREEDOM?

The Executive Order [#11085] clarifying the Award states it may be awarded ‘to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1), the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors’.

Mr. Solzhenitsyn has met all three conditions.

Aleksandr & Natalia Solzhenitsyn

Through his efforts to expose The Soviet Union’s crimes [and, indirectly, the crimes of all other Ideological regimes], he delegitimized the false ‘moral’ justification of The Union’s actions and positions.

Through his efforts to expose the Utter and Total Hypocrisy of Soviet Dogma, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn provided the main ammunition used by Ronald Reagan, Saint John Paul The Great, and Margaret Thatcher to bring about a peaceful end to The Cold War.

Through his efforts to warn the whole world against the dangers of Ideological Thinking, he fired the first, effective shots in The Cultural Wars in which we are engaged.

We are fortunate to have had him in our presence and, now, in our memory, where he warns us to always be on guard against, not only the Evil that exists outside of ourselves, but against the forces that seek to dominate our Souls and crush ‘the better angels of our nature’.

I ask you to sign the Petition and get the word out to your family, friends, and acquaintances before the 10 October Deadline

Please Click Here to Sign The Petition.

Thank you for your time.

While in Exile in Vermont, Aleksandr explains to his three children that they are on a rock that is actually a Magic Horse that will one day take them back to Russia.

 

Bert And Ernie: Dragging Our Children Into The Slimy Swamp

19 September 2018 @ 17:16

From Fox News, Tyler McCarthy reporting, we learn [worth quoting in full]:

Although they’re puppets, people have speculated for years that “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie are more than just roommates and best friends. However, after a former writer’s comments on the matter, the minds behind the show are setting the record straight.

The debate gained new life when Mark Saltzman, a writer on the show from 1984 to 1998, spoke to Queerty in an interview where he revealed that he always thought of the characters as a “loving couple.”

Saltzman was asked by the outlet directly if the characters were gay, and he recalled reading about a child asking his mother that question. Saltzman, a gay man, said the story made him laugh.

“I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were,” he revealed noting that he drew inspiration from his relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman. “I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie & I as ‘Bert & Ernie.’”

He continued: “Because how else? That’s what I had in my life, a Bert & Ernie relationship. How could it not permeate? The things that would tick off Arnie would be the things that would tick off Bert. How could it not? I will say that I would never have said to the head writer, ‘oh, I’m writing this, this is my partner and me.’”

Although Saltzman wrote for “Sesame Street” for many years, it’s worth noting that he did not create the characters, he merely wrote for them and several others in his long career. He also never made a canonical declaration, only gave insight into his writing process. Still, many took his words as confirmation of the long-running rumor that the characters are more than just roommates.

However, to quell rampant speculation about the “Sesame Street” canon, Sesame Street Workshop, which runs the children’s show, released a tweet explaining that the characters are meant to be without sexual orientation.

“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have sexual orientation.”

The show is still on the air after its initial debut in 1969. As a result of its long run, Saltzman is hardly the first to address the idea that Bert and Ernie are a gay couple. However, the tweet from Sesame Street Workshop on Tuesday confirms that the answer to whether they are gay or straight is a resounding, “neither.”

So…one of the writers on Sesame Street says he wrote Bert and Ernie with his homosexual relationship in mind.  In response, the people running the show claim that B&E are neither straight nor homosexual.

It’s come to this, eh?…of course it has; what did we expect?

Innocent Children are being dragged into a situation where one of the people who put dialogue into Bert and Ernie’s mouths admits he was using his Abnormal Sexual Relationship with another man as inspiration.  This is not surprising because we live in an age where the love that dare not speak it’s name can never seem to shut-up.  And, oh my, how subversive of Saltzman! — he’s one of them there ‘#Woke Gays’, too!

This Dullard’s response has become par for the course.

The reply of the Sesame Street officials is more disturbing and just another example of the Corrupting of our Children by our ‘Superiors’ in all-things Cultural.  It is also part of an effort to Politicize our Children, brainwash them into thinking that it’s perfectly ‘Okay’ to make the Abnormal Normal.

We have reached a stage where Parents and Families and Friends have to monitor EVERY LITTLE THING that is being thrust at our Children, where no Child is safe anywhere at anytime from the attempt to turn them into Weak, Insufferable, and Useless members of Society.

We allowed this to happen — this infusion of the Depravity of the Leftist Thinking Virus — by not taking the Threat seriously enough when it first showed it’s Deviated Head.

‘Live and let live’ is a fine philosophy to follow until it destroys you and your Children’s Souls.

But who, if not we ourselves, constitutes society? This realm of darkness, of falsehood, of brute force, of justice denied and distrust of the good, this slimy swamp was formed by us, and no one else. We grew used to the idea that we must submit and lie in order to survive -and we brought up our children to do so….

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, From Under The Rubble

Who To Blame For The Kavanaugh Fiasco?–> @Team_Mitch

18 September 2018 @ 14:18

‘Surprise, surprise, surprise!’, as Gomer Pyle used to say: the Democrats and their Leftist Apparatchiks and Fellow Travellers are now making demands that Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley delay the scheduled 24 September testimony of Bret Kavanaugh and his accuser.

Like clockwork [although it’s a funhouse mirror version of it], the Left has proceeded to the next step in their Smear and, yes, Defamation Campaign against the Judge.

They want more witnesses called.  Like who?  Supposedly, according to Christine Ford, only Mike Judge was in the room when the incident happened.

While all of the above is going on, I think it behooves us to look for the root of this Farcical Fiasco…

The fault, dear conservatives, lies with the GOP Establishment — specifically with the leaders of the two Houses of the Legislature. 

For all intents and purposes, McConnell and Ryan are in charge of the GOP.  They control tens of millions of dollars in monies raised by their institutions’s PAC’s and have chits they can call-in on various big, dumb, influence-hungry fundraisers.

If these two Fools had spent the past, say, decade or so helping to elect actual conservatives, instead of CINO’s like themselves, they would possess a solid-enough majority in both Houses.  Specifically, in the case of the Kavanaugh Confirmation, McConnell would have not had to worry if Party Traitors, like Collins, Flake, and Murkowski defected.  He wouldn’t have to worry about Lying Weasels like Bob Corker.

McConnell thinks he’s so damn smart, but, once again, for the hundredth time, he’s being played by the Leftists, who know their tactics in this matter will peel-off the Useful Idiots of the GOP [the aforementioned Traitors] and those of it’s members who are scared of their own damn shadows.

Does anyone in the Republican Party have the Testicular Fortitude to bring down this Motley Fool?

Asked and answered.

‘The Left Can Not Be Allowed To Regain Power’

17 September 2018 @ 14:49

Inquisitor Kaiju’s Tweetstorm is dead solid perfect [tip of the fedora to Wombat; picture mine]:

The left can not be allowed to regain power.

I have seen them break senate rules

Use 35 year old unprovable allegatolms to smear a man

Call for the senate in its current form to be destroyed

Dox and humiliate people for disagreeing

They are not dissuaded by any form of shame, or any kind of common humanity. Reality is molded at whim.

They will gladly ruin your life. They will get you fired, make you unemployable. Harass your children and your family members. All for stepping out of line win their understanding of “justice”

They run the schools.

They run the entertainment industry

They run the immovable bureaucracy

They run the modes of communication.

Churches to the gods of progress, and progress is a jealous god.

You must say the correct thing.

You must buy the correct brands.

You must eat the correct foods.

What you see and what you hear are interpreted for you.

You will be happy in the arms of the church.

If you are unable to comply they will gladly mold your children through the institutions they control.

Then they will laugh and rub it in your face as you watch them slip away from your grasp and into the arms of hedonistic nothing.

A man [I’m assuming from the fire-and-brimstone-ness of it] after my own heart.

Many on our side tell us that the difference between conservatives and the Left is that the latter believe we are evil and we believe they are misguided.

No.

The Left believes we are — not some supernatural force — but Sub-Human, that we on the Right are to be treated as worse than animals because we are sentient and should know better, but we continue to refuse to be ‘Enlightened’ by them.

The Left are Evil Incarnate [ie: Human].  They will do whatever it takes to achieve their ends.  They have no Shame.  They have rejected Morality and Tradition — it’s actually worse because they have gone beyond mere rejection and sought to wipe-out thousands of years of Wisdom and Beauty.  They have also sought to crush our Posterity under the jackboots of their Malice by seeking to ‘Engineer’ them.

The Leftists are Semi-Barbarians, seeking to drag us all into a Hellish Dark Age.

The Sum Of My @GOP Fears: #SmearingKavanaugh

16 September 2018 @ 20:36

Friend In The Ether Jim DelRay Tweeted the following thread:

If conservatives and GOPers can’t figure out that this was a stage-managed fake-o-la hit job on Kavanaugh, then they’re too stupid to live and should shuffle off into the memory banks like the Whig Party.

All you need to know is that DiFi said that she sat on this letter for 2 months. If it’s so damning, why not come out with it when Kavanaugh was first nominated? Why did this come out after the hearings? Oh, because it’s a two-bit smear job.

Again, if the GOP caves in to this obvious slime strategy, than they’re stupid. Not just, ‘ooops, we fell for a clever tactic’ stupid. No, if they fold up in the face of total Dem bullshit, it’s a sign that the GOP has neither the intelligence or the will to effectively fight.

I really fear they will cave-in.

Surprisingly, I think people like Grassley, Cornyn, and Graham will not, because I sense that they’re actually — this time only…probably — fed-up with the Leftist BS.

But Collins and Murkowski are the kind of RINO Fools who, despite the [often vicious] threats against them, would cave just to protect their Feminist bona fides.

The Congress, you see, is now nothing but a Clown Show that should have been canceled a long time ago.  Actually, it may be more appropriate to call them a Circus Show, because they’ve been morphing into a useless entertainment act since The Left decided that Power And Control resides in The Administrative State and the unelected Courts.  Like every good Circus, the Congress has it’s clowns and it’s freaks and it’s animals who prance around the arena, producing tons of excrement.  In short, it’s a bunch of pygmies.

So don’t be surprised if the cave walls come-a-tumblin’ down.

On The Continuing Presence Of The Clintons In Our Political Life

11 September 2018 @ 14:50

Over at SteynOnline, Club Member John Shuba makes some very good points about La Cosa Clinton:

…They remain incredibly wealthy, politically powerful, adored by the media and can look back on lives where they have gotten away with virtually everything. But why aren’t they happy? What do they still want?

There’s a great exchange between Humphrey Bogart’s world-weary Frank McCloud and Edward G. Robinson’s snarling Johnny Rocco in the classic “Key Largo.” Lionel Barrymore asks Rocco “What do you want Rocco?” Rocco isn’t sure how to answer but McCloud says, “Rocco knows what He wants – He wants MORE!” Rocco lights up and says, “Yeah – That’s what I want. I want more!

Thats the Clintons. They are up-to-date gangsters who want MORE. And they will never get enough.

They certainly conduct themselves like the most brazen of gangsters, and even more so when they find they can get away with it [which is most of the time — shame on us].

Club Member Fran replied:

It must have something to do with fear of being lost into permanent political oblivion. I can’t help but think they go around humming that Andrea True Connection song to themselves, the one Mark explained once to us was written by the former porn actress….

You are not alone [thanks for the earworm, Fran].

In response, I wrote:

Fran, La Cosa Clinton has no Life outside of Politics.

They are Empty Souls.

More like Dead Souls.

Fran responded:

I know, Bob, I know, and can’t for the life of me figure out what their attraction is. Power and money is a very potent, seductive and corrupting cocktail, but other than that what is their appeal? Myself, I find politics interesting, for sure, after all, it pertains to people and the machinations around the world, but I’ve got more the arts and literary leanings in my blood. It’s just a shame when people who have had their day in the spotlight, for better or for worse, just don’t savor their moment, but when it’s done, pack it up, and move on and let someone else get a chance to make a difference.

Unlike The Clinton Crime Family, Fran, you’re a conservative.  Politics does not dominate our lives.  We have more rewarding things to do.

As for The Clintons, they believed, and still believe, that they have a sufficiently-sized base out there that they can bamboozle and swindle and subdue.

And in some aspects, they are correct…

Typical Bill & Hillary supporter.

-Old and creaky Feminists and their Male Fellow Travellers like their brand of ruthless politicking. Like so many of an advanced age, they think the younger ones haven’t ‘paid their dues’.  Now, the Pelosis, Durbins, etc. have grown tired of La Cosa Clinton.  However, their solution is to commit Bill and Hillary to, figuratively, a Psych Ward, but still maintain the rest of the AARP Wing in Power and Control.  They may be in for a very rude awakening, perhaps as early as December.

-Middle aged and, mostly, barren Feminists have grown-up with Hillary as their hero, so they will stick around.  They are Pathetic to begin with and, to quote A. Solzhenitsyn in a related context: ‘have spent [their] whole lives floundering and wallowing in the stinking swamp of a society based on force and fraud’.

There is still hope in the Despicable Fool known as Chelsea Clinton.  I suspect that, once Hillaria Tiberius realizes that she is done [set a date, please], Bill and Hillary will Anoint Chelsea ‘to carry on the legacy’ — God, help us.

The Clintons are like a set of hemorrhoids that never really go away.

Face it, we’re stuck with them.

The @GOP And #NeverTrump: Into The Comforting Miasma Of Duplicity

06 September 2018 @ 14:43

Having watched the antics of Republicans since Donald Trump won The White House [I quit the the Party in May of 2016], I have come to a conclusion I want to share with you.

[It should be first noted that I was not a supporter of Trump, but I also refused to align with The Establishment in their near-Hysterical reactions to and predictions of the thought of a Trump Presidency.  If I issued a Tweet that contained the hashtag #NeverTrump, I always made sure to include a #NeverHillary as well.  I still see them both as would-be Caesars, who view The Presidency as a vehicle for exerting near-unlimited Power and Control.  If Pompey Trumpicus Magnus were elected, he certainly wouldn’t be any worse than Obama, Clinton, or either of the Bushes.

Along with a small group of people, like Jeff Goldstein, I believed [and I still believe] that the GOP betrayed conservatives again in the Nomination Process, by, first, seeking to silence us and then, when their ‘vaunted’ Pragmatism kicked-in, jumping like frightened little shits onto The Trump Bandwagon.

Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that I was fed-up with having to choose the ground-up hamburger the Republicans have been serving to we conservatives every four years for decades [except, of course, for Ronald Reagan] instead of the much more desirable Filet Mignon on offer.  I was sick and tired of being shafted again by a Party that treated me like crap and I certainly would never vote for Hillaria Tiberius Caesar.  I vowed never to vote for another non-conservative again, so I blanked my Presidential Ballot.

However, when Donald Trump did win, and knowing that he had promised to take actions that would please conservatives, I decided to praise him when he did conservative things (Ex: reduce Regulations), but just as willingly damn him when he didn’t (Ex: tariffs) — and, further, damn him, as well, when he did conservative things that violated The Constitution (Ex: impinge on State Sovereignty).

For Duty & Humanity!’

For the purposes of this blog, when I use the term #NeverTrumper, I am referring to people like Bill Kristol Rick Wilson, Jennifer Rubin, etc. — some of whom have gone as far as to suggest that ‘Real Conservatives™’ vote for the Democrats in the Mid-Term Elections.  I’m talking about those sore little sorry Spoiled Brat Losers who have put their petty grievances before all else.  I’m speaking of those short-sighted Dimwits who have been either Useful Idiots or Dupes of the Left in their efforts to stage a coup and overturn the election results of 2016.

Jeff Goldstein likes to use the term #OUTLAW to describe those of us who want our Filet Mignon.  I like it, but I also like #NeverCaesar.]

Getting back to the conclusion I have drawn about the GOP…

This theory encompasses both the #NeverTrumpers and those who jumped on board the Trump Bandwagon out of Fear and Panic.

Methinks the GOP, in general, is afraid of, specifically, The Presidency and, generally, of having majorities these days.  Afraid that they’d have to lead on issues of importance. Afraid that they’d have to ‘suffer’ consequences for their actions.  Afraid that they’d have to scale hills worth dying on.

Trumpicus Pompey Magnus has gone and upset their cocoon of Loserdom, where they only have to appear out of the Leftist-fired mist every so often, take an empty stand, and immediately retreat into the comforting miasma of Duplicity.

In other words, they’re Sorry-Ass Cowards.

That is why those within the Administration who joined the Campaign in it’s latter weeks want to soften-up Trump and, through leaks and such, want to undermine his efforts.  That is why the #NeverTrumpers join in the Demented and Deranged Choruses that seek to portray Mr. Trump as a Nazi, a Racist, a mentally-ill senior, etc.

The Establishment, in all it’s parts, fears utilizing Power.

Perhaps they Fear that they will not be able to control themselves once in positions to exert Power — who the Hell knows.

The thing is: The Left has no Fear of using Power and, let us not forget, they believe in achieving their Ends by any means necessary.

 

 

The Interminable Mournfests: Speaking Ill Of The Living

04 September 2018 @ 11:09

Last week on Twitter, I vowed to follow tradition and not to speak ill of the dead.  I committed to this course of action after observing the first few hours of venom emanating from the Left regarding their newly-found hero, John McCain.

One refrains from pointing out the negatives about a newly deceased person in order to relieve the family of any additional grief and, as in the specific case of McCain, to, in a small way, honor an aspect of his life that was Noble.

One also tends to refrain from criticizing the deceased’s Family and Friends as they grieve out of Respect for their situation.

However, after witnessing the Dismal and Petty and Feeble and, yes, Deplorable behavior of said Family and Friends, I feel myself relieved of my commitment because said pledge was made under the belief that they would behave themselves, conduct themselves [even in this Vile Virtue-Signalling Age] with a modicum of Dignity and Honor.  John McCain’s Family and Friends did not do so, so they are fair game.

It started with Cindy McCain’s decision to not invite Sarah Palin to any of the memorials or services showed a Pettiness and Vindictiveness that was a warning beacon of what lay ahead.

Mrs. Palin handled this useless Spite with a lot of Class.  She stood by John McCain when he needed her in the years after the 2008 Election, despite being roundly criticized by her supporters.  Sarah Palin remained loyal; Mrs. McCain did not.

Daughter Meghan McCain’s remarks were not in celebration of her Father’s life, but rather Gratuitous slaps at the sitting President:

“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,’ McCain’s daughter said, in what appeared to be a reference to Trump’s presidential campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again.”

…Notably she said that her father’s passing represented the passing of “American greatness. The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.”

This was neither the time nor the place for such remarks.  Funerals of famous people in this modern age have become forums for Political Grandstanding* [see also: Aretha Franklin’s services], for attacks that cannot be responded to by the targets of such attacks because they will immediately be damned by The Mob of Ignorant Fools, who follow in lockstep with The Establishment.

For once Donald Trump kept his mouth shut and Twitter hand idle [good for him].

But this was not going to stop those who Desperately wanted to join-in on the Virtue Signalling.

Some of the Republicans in attendance added, in their Weak and Milquetoast way, to the Chorus of Malcontents, Spoiled Brats, and Machiavellians.

All-in-all what we witnessed over these past few days [although it seemed as long as a month] was Puerile and Infantile behavior.

The McCain Family should be Ashamed of themselves.  Many of us thought they were better than this [which prompts a question: where were John McCain’s Sons while all this was going on?], but, as we’ve so clearly seen, they were not.

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*It’s one thing to see such Grandstanding in, say, a play like Marc Antony’s speech in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.  That is entertainment.  What we’re talking about here is Real Life and Real People who deserve a certain Respect.

 

The Tower Of Flower Power

27 August 2018 @ 14:52

Throughout it’s history, Islam has adhered to the practice of either erecting mosques and similar edifices or reconstituting existing captured buildings in the name of Allah.

A good example of the latter is the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople [called ‘Istanbul’ by the Muslims].  When the Ottoman Turks conquered the city in 1453, Sultan Mehmet II ordered the conversion of this magnificent example of Orthodox Christianity into a mosque.

A good example of the former are the three Islamic structures that sit on The [Jewish] Temple Mount: the al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, and the Dome of the Chain.

The Left and Islam share many traits, but the most all-encompassing is the desire of both to impose Totalitarianism.

In two Tweets, Richard Fernandez succinctly lays out a very plausible scenario for the plans of the Left In America:

Perhaps the greatest thing to fear in our new era of political correctness is a repeat of the destruction of the library of Alexandria, a purging of the past, which every progressive movement finds essential to its success.

The destruction of statuary, the renaming of streets, the revision of books, the proscription of ideas; in a word the leveling of a building site on which the Woke Tower will arise.

He is talking about a figurative Woke Tower that, like a specter, hangs over all of America, but, I ask: How long before we see what [in a very real sense] are Temples to this new Madness being physically erected?

The Left loves it’s statuary, too, as we’ve seen in every city and most towns of The Soviet Union and in Iraq, to cite just two of many examples.  So why shouldn’t they erect statues that their Devoted Dullard Drones can worship?

And they would certainly have enough subjects to have cast: Homosexuals, Feminists, Feminist Lesbians, Trans-Gendered whosie whatsis, Saul Alinsky, Barack, Michelle, and on and on and on and on and on.

Why not a Woke Tower, then?  —A place where those who have achieved Gnosis can gather in their Debauched and Depraved state and congratulate themselves and their fellow Illiterate Fools.

O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!

—William Shakespeare, The Tempest (V, i)

Degrees Of Difference – #FascismWatch

23 August 2018 @ 14:36

St. Petersburg, Florida, August 2018 [Lucia Sang, Fox News, reporting]:

For the past two days, a Florida city has been littered with fliers accusing a local businessman of being a predator who profits from “sexual violence, physical abuse and the caging of undocumented people” — all because he rents office space to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

…It’s an agreement that goes back 21 years and was recently renewed.

On Wednesday, dozens of fliers showing his image were posted around St. Petersburg’s downtown area, where he owns several businesses, including the Birchwood Inn.

“I was taking my son to school yesterday when my elderly neighbor who walks dogs for a living came up to me and said, ‘I need to talk to you,’” Prather said. “[She said] there are posters all over town. It has a big picture of you and it says that you are a predator. What is going on?’”

Prather added: “They were everywhere.”

The fliers, which call for people to boycott all of Prather’s businesses, say in part: “Charles ‘Chuck’ Prather of the Birchwood Inn directly profits from sexual violence, physical abuse and the caging of undocumented people in the greater Tampa community. Chuck has earned his wealth through leasing property to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as well as other border control offices.”

And the harassment campaign didn’t stop there.

On Thursday morning, Prather woke up to find more posters plastered around his home, and the words “EVICT ICE” spray painted on the sidewalk.

-Munich, Weimer Germany August 1926 [Lucia Sangfrieden, Fuchs News, reporting]:

For the past two days, a German city has been littered with fliers accusing a local businessman of being a ‘Jew Lover’ who profits from “sexual violence, physical abuse committed by blood-thirsty Hebrew people” — all because he rents office space to a Jewish business.

…It’s an agreement that goes back 21 years and was recently renewed.

On Wednesday, dozens of fliers showing his image were posted around Munich’s downtown area, where he owns several businesses, including the Birkenholz-Gasthaus.

“I was taking my son to school yesterday when my elderly neighbor who walks dogs for a living came up to me and said, ‘I need to talk to you,’” Karl Präther said. “[She said] there are posters all over town. It has a big picture of you and it says that you are a Jew Lover. What is going on?’”

Präther added: “They were everywhere.”

The fliers, which call for people to boycott all of Präther’s businesses, say in part: “Karol ‘Karl’ Präther of the Birkenholz-Gasthaus directly profits from sexual violence, physical abuse committed by blood-thirsty Hebrew people in the greater Munich community. Karl has earned his wealth through leasing property to Jews as well as other Jewish-controlled offices.”

And the harassment campaign didn’t stop there.

On Thursday morning, Präther woke up to find more posters plastered around his home, and the words “ACHTUNG! JUDEN” spray painted on the sidewalk.

-Not so different, eh?…just by degrees…for now.

Where will this end in America?…like it did in Germany when the Fascists gained enough Power And Control?

Arm yourselves ’cause a hard rain is gonna fall.

Redirecting Our Fields Of Fire

22 August 2018 @ 14:34

There is justifiably much Anger across America over the fact that Mollie Tibbetts was viciously Murdered and possibly Raped by an Illegal Alien [click here to see Stacy McCain’s professional reporting].

There are many, many calls for tightening-up our existing immigration laws and regulations and, if necessary, passing new laws to make it so these kind of people, in the future, have a very tough time getting into this country and, if they make it in, making it easier for Law Enforcement to summarily kick them out.

I agree [although, we do have to be careful that any new laws we pass are not done for emotional reasons — those are the kind that make Bad Law].

Much of the Fury and Exasperation we are feeling and expressing is being wasted.

Pictured: Two typical GOP leaders’s reaction to this post.

When we aim our justifiable Outrage at the Leftists, we are wasting what energy we have on people who are not open to arguments made from Right Reason, backed-up with Righteous Passion.  They are all Hopeless Causes.  The Left, in their constant Emotional Frenzy, are never going to change their closed, little minds.

We should be directing all of our anger at the Republican Party, certain conservatives, and Libertarians, which are infested with elected officials, Bureaucrats, and Businessmen.  They openly and without guilt have been lying to us for years about their commitment to securing our borders or who make no bones about their belief that Open Borders is a positive policy.

The former, especially, are vulnerable to being pressured to act properly, as they nothing but grifters, con artists.  The latter may only be able to be swayed through denying their elected officials our vote and boycotting the products of their Businessmen — many are Ideologues and, therefore, subject to the same Emotional Frenzy as the Leftists.

We only have so much energy to put to use fighting Evils like this, so we have to make sure that we are directing our Fire and Fury at worthy targets.

Sure, it feels good to attack and unmask the Leftists, but any Satisfaction we may feel as a result is a very Fleeting and ultimately Empty Gratification.

A Laughing Matter

22 August 2018 @ 13:49

From The London Daily Mail, Mark Prigg reporting, we learn:

Laughing gas was critical to the emergence of life on Earth, helping keep our young planet at the perfect temperature, researchers have found.

Early in the planet’s existence, the sun was dimmer than it it today, but the Earth stayed warm due to a strong greenhouse gas effect [Global WARMING!!!], geoscience theory holds.

Astronomer Carl Sagan coined this ‘the Faint Young Sun Paradox’, but for decades, researchers have been unable to find the right balance of atmospheric gases that could have kept the early Earth warm enough for life.

Now a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that nitrous oxide, known for its use as laughing gas, may have played a significant role.

How come I’m not surprised?

@HowieCarrShow: Strzok’s First Assignment – The Corrupt Boston FBI

17 August 2018 @ 14:29

From Boston columnist and talk show host Howie Carr, we learn:

Disgraced, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok worked in the Boston office of the Famous But Incompetent agency.

Why am I not surprised?

The most corrupt G-man in American history getting his start in the most corrupt outpost of the squalid agency — it makes perfect sense.

For those of you unaware of the disgraceful story of the Boston FBI Office in the latter decades of the 20th Century, here’s a primer:

The Boston FBI’s leading “domestic adversaries” in the Strzok days were honest cops — mostly the DEA and what was then the relatively clean Mass. State Police.

Yesterday I called the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, the former U.S. attorney for Boston, who knew all of the six or seven FBI agents who were accused in federal court of taking payoffs from gangsters.

Some of them were the agents who framed four innocent men for a murder they did not commit, while taking cash from Stevie Flemmi, whom they refused to arrest for 30 years while he was, by his own account, committing 50 murders in four different states.

Yes, the Boston office was the perfect place to train “Special” Agent Strzok.

My question for Mueller was, after he hired Strzok for his witch hunt, did they ever talk about how the FBI allowed the four innocent men to languish in prison for 35 years?

Mueller’s office declined to comment.

But it makes perfect sense that Mueller would want somebody from the Boston office to handle his frame-up, I mean investigation. Who knows more about railroaded people who didn’t commit a crime than the Boston FBI office?

Just ask former U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner. In 2003, she threatened to cite Mueller for contempt of court for his refusal to turn over exculpatory evidence when the wronged men sued. (She eventually awarded them $107 million.)

“The position the FBI is taking is chilling,” she informed Mueller. “This Court is not remotely satisfied.”

For many years, Steve ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi and his best buddy, Whitey Bulger, were allowed by the Boston FBI to commit numerous crimes, including murder, because the Agents classified them as ‘informants’ and, to be fair, the two provided the Federales with solid information against their rivals, The Angiulo Family.  Said information resulted in the decapitation of Boston’s ruling Mafia Family, who were replaced by — you guessed it — Whitey and Stevie, who still remained ‘informants’ until the whole disgusting show fell apart in the mid-1990’s.

Howie tried to reach Princely Petey, but had no luck:

I emailed his lawyer, and I left a voicemail at a number that may belong to Strzok in the 703 area code. But no one got back to me, which is too bad because there were so many questions I wanted to ask the extinguished G-man about his years in the corrupt FBI office here.

Like, when you first showed up, did the other crooks, I mean feds, show you Zip Connolly’s desk, where he used to throw his paychecks into the bottom drawer unopened in those pre-direct deposit days because he didn’t need them, given the $235,000 cash he took over the years from organized crime?

Did you ever meet the G-man known as “Agent Orange,” who gave the mob 40 pounds of C4 plastic explosives, some of which they tried to use to blow me up with?

Obviously, Sir Strzok learned a lot from his elders.  He’s still hasn’t been indicted for his crimes, which they were, so it seems he also learned what not to do [and from Mueller what to do — I mean, look where that bastard ended-up].  Of course, those dirty Boston FBI Agents didn’t have a whole political party and nearly the whole Media Complex covering his snide, little arse.

That Peter ‘Call Me Pete!’ Strzok is not sitting in a jail cell right now is an indictment of not only our Justice and Political Systems, but, also, a crime.

Please do take the time to click here and read the rest of Howie Carr’s column.

The Royal Catholic Church

17 August 2018 @ 11:14

In light of the recent report issued by a Pennsylvania Grand Jury on the massive abuse of children by priests and the extensive efforts to cover it all up, Kimberley Ross poses a question that I’m sure many are asking:

Perhaps the following explanation will help:

The Roman Catholic Church is a Medieval Monarchy. The Pope is the King and the Cardinals and Bishops are like The Witan under Alfred The Great, which was made up of the Nobles of Wessex & Mercia [Cardinals = ealdormen, Bishops = thegns].

In non-doctrinal matters, the Pope is not an absolute monarch. His ‘Witan’ can exert pressure on him and can act on their own in certain matters [hence, the labeling of the Cardinals ‘The Princes Of The Church’].

Like all such political organizations, The RCC’s members, especially those of a Bureaucratic turn of mind, are out to protect themselves and the institution that keeps them in Power.

Similar scandals have happened in nearly every monarchical system, even those where the RCC or Protestants have been in positions of Power advising the monarch, so being directly tied to a religion does not seem to effect such behavior.

We have come to expect more out the RCC since it lost it’s political power and supposedly become a more Spiritual institution, but it has never broken free from it’s old way of governing itself.  It remains Medieval in it’s structure.

The purpose of this explanation is not to excuse The Roman Catholic Church in any way [I, in fact, believe it has been taken over by Evil Men], but to explain why it’s actions often don’t make sense to we who live in the 21st Century.

Not being an Absolute Monarchy has benefited The Church in numerous ways.  If a country wishes to have a Monarch, I would certainly recommend it adopt either this type or the Constitutional version found in Britain, as both provide Stability and, unlike the Absolute version, have a check or checks on Monarchical Tyranny.

As a result I’m not sure abolishing this form of government for the RCC would help.  It’s dreadful Bureaucracy would still survive and the Corruptions would find a way to continue their Heinous Business.

No, the only way for The Church to truly straighten itself out and get back to it’s Mission is for a Massive Purge of the Leftists who inhabit every nook and cranny of it’s organization [we could start, perhaps, with the forced Abdication of the current Pope, who is a Jesuit Marxist].

The Left’s Long March Through Our Institutions didn’t spare The Roman Catholic Church.  In fact, because of the Failures of it’s Princes and Monarchs, starting some sixty-plus years ago, it found the RCC a very fertile field to promenade and goose-step through.

Where are you Saint Michael The Archangel — we need you now.


SIDENOTE: Friend In The Ether, Servative remarks:

This seems to be a case of absolute power corrupting absolutely, because … I have no other explanation for such … behavior.

This is just the way some governments operate.

In the centuries before Middle Class Values came to dominate the World, such behaviors [both the horribly disgusting acts and the subsequent cover-ups] happened frequently.  They still do, as we’ve seen in this case and in others.

Human Nature will not change [despite the often Murderous efforts of the Leftists].  The key is to put in place effective Checks against the Corrupt and, through maintaining personal, individual Virtue, vigorously enforce Proper Behavior in those who would dare think themselves worthy of running our governing and commercial institutions.

The House Of Special Purpose At 100

16 July 2018 @ 06:07

[NOTE: This is a republishing of a post I originally ran a eight years ago]
[NOTE for 2018: One hundred years on and Leftism is still treated as Legitimate and worthy of Respect. We have failed.]


This is the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia…

It was code-named The House Of Special Purpose by the Bolsheviks.  Lenin ordered that Nicholas II, ex-Tsar of all the Russias, and his family be imprisoned there, but that was not the ‘special’ purpose.  This is the Tsar and his family:

Parents: Nicholas, Alexandra
Children [in birth order]: Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia, Alexis

On the night/morning of 16/17 July 1918, the family was awakened, told to dress quickly as they would have to leave in a hurry, ushered into a basement room, and were murdered by a bunch of local Bolsheviks.  From Wikipedia:

Around midnight Yakov Yurovsky, the superintendent of The House of Special Purpose, ordered the Romanovs’ physician, Dr. Eugene Botkin, to awaken the sleeping family and ask them to put on their clothes. The Romanovs were then ordered into a 6×5 meter semi-basement room. Nicholas asked if he could bring two chairs for himself and his wife. A firing squad appeared next and Yurovsky announced:

“ Nikolai Aleksandrovich, your relatives have tried to save you, but they had not to. And we are forced to shoot you by ourselves… ”

Yurovsky then began to read the decision of the Ural Executive Committee (Uralispolkom), and Nicholas said “What?” As the weapons were raised, the Empress and the Grand Duchess Olga, according to a guard’s reminiscence, had tried to cross themselves, but failed amid the shooting. Yurovsky reportedly raised his gun at Nicholas and fired; Nicholas fell dead instantly. The other executioners then began shooting until all the intended victims had fallen. Several more shots were fired at the victims and the doors opened to scatter the smoke. Some survived the gunshots, so executioner P.Z. Yermakov stabbed them with bayonets because the shouts could be heard outside. The last ones to die were Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria, who were wearing several pounds (over 1.3 kilograms) of diamonds within their clothing, thus rendering them bullet-proof to an extent. However they were speared with bayonets as well. Olga sustained a gun shot wound to the head while Anastasia and Maria were said to have crouched up against a wall covering their heads in terror until Maria was shot down, and Anastasia had been finished off with the bayonets. Yurovsky himself killed Tatiana and Alexei. Tatiana died from a single bullet through the back of her head. Alexei received two bullets to the head, right behind the ear. Anna Demidova, Alexandra’s maid, survived the initial onslaught but was quickly murdered against the back wall of the basement, stabbed to death while trying to defend herself with a small pillow she had carried into the sub-basement that was filled with precious gems and jewels. Military commissar Peter Ermakov, in a drunken haze, stabbed at the dead bodies of the former Czar and Czarina, shattering both their rib cages in a pool of blood.

The bodies were then loaded into trucks, taken into the woods, desecrated, and buried.

This is the room where they were slaughtered in the name of Leftism:

This brutal murder of a whole family was certainly not the first, nor would it be the last, such action perpetrated by Leftists in their various ‘glorious’ marches to bring about Heaven on Earth [hundreds of millions of souls cry-out to us], but in it, in this one action, is to be found the ultimate representation of where Leftism will always lead: to the slaughter of innocent human beings in the name of ideas — ideology.  Logic dictates that there can be no other end.

As long as Leftism is allowed to thrive, to just exist, then the Olga’s, Maria’s, Tatiana’s, Anastasia’s, and Alexis’s of this world are not safe from the barrels of Bolshevik guns.  If the Leftists were to control the world, they would turn the whole of it into a House Of Special Purpose.

SIDENOTE: The whole family have been declared Saints by the Russian Orthodox Church…they are certainly Martyrs of Freedom…

Requiescat in pace

NEW ADDITION for the 2013 POSTING…

In view of the tens of thousands of lives which the Cheka would claim in the years that followed the Ekaterinburg tragedy, and the millions killed by its successors, the death at its hands of eleven prisoners hardly qualifies as an event of extraordinary magnitude. And yet, there is a deep symbolic meaning to the massacre of the ex-Tsar, his family, and staff. Just as liberty has its great historic days —the battles of Lexington and Concord, the storming of the Bastille—so does totalitarianism. The manner in which the massacre was prepared and carried out, at first denied and then justified, has something uniquely odious about it, something that radically distinguishes it from previous acts of regicide and brands it as a prelude to twentieth-century mass murder.

When a government arrogates to itself the power to kill people, not because of what they had done or even might do, but because their death is “needed,” we are entering an entirely new moral realm. Here lies the symbolic significance of the events that occurred in Ekaterinburg in the night of July 16–17. The massacre, by secret order of the government, of a family that for all its Imperial background was remarkably commonplace, guilty of nothing, desiring only to be allowed to live in peace, carried mankind for the first time across the threshold of deliberate genocide. The same reasoning that had led the Bolsheviks to condemn them to death would later be applied in Russia and elsewhere to millions of nameless beings who happened to stand in the way of one or another design for a new world order.

—Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution, Chapter 17.


NEW ADDITION for the 2017 POSTING…

We must never forget that the implementation of Leftism always leads to Houses Of Special Purpose.

For a detail explanation why this is forever and everywhere so, please read my book:

It’s currently available in PDF Format for free downloading here.

Coup And The Gang

09 December 2017 @ 19:07

Cel-ebrate End Times — Come on!

Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker wonders: ‘Is The Deep State Attempting A Coup?’

He was prompted to ask the question after he saw the following in a report in The New York Times about the new boss of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s efforts to rein-in that organization’s Tyrannical activities [or possibly, in the end, eliminate the un-Constitutional CFPB altogether]:

Some employees, including a few of the bureau’s top officials, have welcomed their new leader. Others, pointing to Mr. Mulvaney’s earlier hostility toward the agency and its mission, are quietly resisting. One small group calls itself “Dumbledore’s Army,” according to two of the people who were familiar with their discussions. The name is a reference to a secret resistance force in the “Harry Potter” books.

An atmosphere of intense anxiety has taken hold, several employees said. In some cases, conversations between staff that used to take place by phone or text now happen almost exclusively in person or through encrypted messaging apps.

Mr. Hinderaker also posted a comment Tweeted by Randy Barnett:

The trouble is, gentlemen: the Coup has already happened and what we’re seeing here is merely The Administrative State defending one of it’s seized territories.

If there’s a day or time you can point to where the Coup happened, it would be on that sad day in March of 2010 when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.  As Mark Steyn wrote at that time:

…It’s a huge transformative event in Americans’ view of themselves and of the role of government. You can say, oh, well, the polls show most people opposed to it, but, if that mattered, the Dems wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing. Their bet is that it can’t be undone, and that over time, as I’ve been saying for years now, governmentalized health care not only changes the relationship of the citizen to the state but the very character of the people. …there’s plenty of evidence to support that from Britain, Canada, and elsewhere.

As I wrote in my book, The Present Crisis:

The Beast Will Never Be Satisfied…

As mentioned above in the section on the Family, the passage of Obamacare in 2010 changed the fundamental relationship between the People and the Government. No longer do we American Citizens have Sovereignty over our own bodies.

Impersonal Bureaucrats and Scheming Politicians now have the Power And Control to Dictate what level of health care we receive. It is up to them what treatments and preventative measures will be offered and covered by the mandated health insurance plans they allow to exist. …The Power And Control of our Lives shifted with the passage of Obamacare and the strengthening of the Left’s thuggish hands in this matter by a Tyrannical Supreme Court.

Soon, the whole System will collapse — as it was designed to by the Leftists who created the Affordable Care Act — and then the ‘White Knight Saviors’ will ride in and ‘rescue’ our health care by imposing a Single-Payer System on all of us, at first.

This System will become the only one legally available. Gone will be all Choice in such matters [except, perhaps, for the option to commit suicide — and don’t be surprised when the Left starts putting high pressure on the Elderly and Crippled to do just that; ‘Cold Efficiency’, remember, guides all Despotic Governments].

Under the Single-Payer System, the government becomes everyone’s sole Health Care Insurance provider. This System allows the government full Dictatorial Powers over what kinds of treatments [procedures, medicines, etc.] you receive.

If you think the Left In America, once having gotten this Power will stop there, you’re either in Denial or a Fool. The Beast is never satisfied, so the Left will take the next step eventually to Socialize Health Care by becoming the sole employer of all medical personnel and sole owner of all clinics, hospitals, etc.

The Coup succeeded because we did not rise-up against the national government following the Obamacare signing ceremony.

The final blow came on the day the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the ACA and we did not rise-up against the national government, again.

The election of Donald Trump as President and the solidification of the GOP’s control over both Houses of the Congress have not resulted in the total repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  In fact, during the debate this past year it became quite clear that the Executive and the Congressional GOP want to keep most of it in place.  In other words: they have no problem further Legitimizing the Act’s Tyranny.

Control of our Lives is now in the hands of faceless and uncaring dullard Apparatchiks who serve the Government and not we The Sovereign People.

Let us remember that “if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.” It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.

—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘Candidus’ in The Boston Gazette, 14 October 1771

SIDENOTE: Mr. Hinderaker starts off his post with the following remark:

That is a question I never thought I would need to ask….

Where the Hell has he been his whole life?

The Left has been building-up to this Coup for well-over a century.  They have infected every, single institution in America with their Cancer and the smell of desiccation and of rot has been worsening for our whole lifetimes.

May I commend to your attention, John, my book, On The Causes And Effects Of The Present Crisis In America, which should be a ‘Come To Jesus’ moment for you and will most certainly cure you of your dangerous naivete.

Strange Brew: The Political Elixir

08 December 2017 @ 11:39

In his most recent appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show, Mark Steyn, at one point, said of members of the Congress: ‘These are very strange people’.

Only people who are, shall we say, ‘Out Where The Buses Don’t Run’ will run for office these days because they care not a wit for the preservation of their own Dignity. They have no Shame, no desire to act Honorably. The accumulation of Power And Control and/or Fame [ultimately empty in the grand scheme of things though they are] is all that matters to these Misfits. This is the opposite of Virtue, which enough citizens of a country must possess if it is to maintain Freedom and Ordered Liberty.

Who can blame well-adjusted people [like, say, the vast majority of conservatives] from refusing to enter the mental asylum that is Politics these days?

Unfortunately in The West these days, the song is no longer, it seems, titled Only The Strong Survive, but, rather, Only The Strange Survive.

God help us [although methinks The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost have already caught the last train for the Coast].

Divine Providence shines only on those who earn it. And, tragically, it is only with Divine Providence that Constitutional Republics can survive.

Strange Brew
Killing what’s inside of you

‘The Bookends Of Post-War Eutopia’

16 November 2017 @ 12:30

Over at SteynOnline, Mark and several fellow Mark Steyn Club Members offer some very insightful observations on the status of Jews in the World, especially in Europe.

-From Mark:

Karl Lagerfeld, the German couturier, caused an uproar on French TV over the weekend with a few remarks on his native land:

“One cannot — even if there are decades between them — kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place,” he told a French television show.

“I know someone in Germany who took a young Syrian and after four days said, ‘The greatest thing Germany invented was the Holocaust,'” he added…

The French TV regulator, the CSA, said it had received several hundred complaints over the weekend about Lagerfeld’s comment, and was looking at the programme.

The designer was roasted for the outburst on social media…

I don’t know why. His observation about killing millions of Jews and then importing millions of their worst enemies is as pithy a summation of the last eighty years of European history as anything else. It seems fairly obvious that these two acts — the Holocaust and mass Muslim immigration — will come to be seen as the bookends of post-war Eutopia, and that guilt over the former led to the insane embrace of the latter. Yours truly, five years ago:

Thus, posterity’s jest. Pre-war Europeans would never have entertained for a moment the construction of mosques from Malmö to Marseilles. But post-war Holocaust guilt, and the revulsion against nationalism and the embrace of multiculturalism and mass immigration, enabled the Islamization of Europe. The principal beneficiaries of the Continent’s penance for the great moral stain of the 20th century turned out to be the Muslims — with the Jews on the receiving end, yet again.

It would help to be able to talk about this issue honestly. But you have to be extremely successful and established and old enough to have nothing to lose even to bring it up.

That honesty will never come about because a sizeable majority of Europeans are in Denial about the problem.  Many, I suspect, have just given-up and simply hope that they can live out their lives fairly comfortably and die before things get really awful.  The thing is: Nemesis don’t play dat.

-From Sol Cranfill:

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of suicide. —Groucho Marx

Interesting that the pithiest comment to come out of Europe on its suicide in some time comes from a fashion designer. The killing of 6 million Jews, WWII, demography-altering socialism, the importation of poisonous Islam worry the hip not a whit. The same phenomenon that made Marxism the hip new flavor when it was a wee spectre haunting Europe is that which makes the cachet of bringing in refugees Raspail-style so transgressive-cool. Unfortunately, the US faux-sophisticates take their cues from Europe in nation-destroying social welfare and on immigration policies that offer explosive growth. The high cost in the human toll makes it that much more stylish.

I stated a number of years ago on this site, and I still stand by the statement, that converting to Islam will eventually become ‘the thing to do’ for the hipsters.  Why, already, Muslim-influenced fashion designs are ‘IN’ these days.  How soon before we see, say, Beyonce is a pseudo-Islamic style outfit?  When she or one of her compatriots takes that step, well, the floodgates will be opened.

In a later comment, he writes:

…Those doing the overreaction betray themselves by their haste to be aghast at Lagerfeld stating the obvious. They spotted an opening for moral preening and didn’t want to miss the opportunity to score points. This is similar in the US as the left tramples one another trying to get to the morally superior ground first on issues like gay marriage or transgender bathroom privileges, because they are appalled at the thought of themselves being looked back on later as slaveholders or segregationists are now, but it doesn’t have anything to do with right or wrong. It shows their relativism and, once again, that it’s only as deep as wanting to be fashionable.

Interestingly enough, of course: the philosophical / spiritual ancestors of the overreactors were slaveholders and segregationists [perhaps the cursing of many generations for the acts of an ancestor was a good thing].


…visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Exodus, 34:7


-David From Florida:

The Western European mentality is wrought with [cognitive dissonance] — they shed crocodile tears over the Jews they murdered or failed to protect, yet refuse to defend the few Jews left in Europe or those in Israel who are trying to defend themselves.

-Laura Rosen Cohen responds to David:

Quite right. Europeans and leftists in general are strangely fond of dead Jews. They go all out at the ceremonies, out-weeping each other, though they make sure to combine “Never Again” to antisemitism with Islamophobia/transphobia/homophobia/etc.

So, dead Jews, they like (moderately). Live ones, not so much.

But, then, why have so many Jews embraced Leftism over the centuries?  Perhaps, because, like their Gentile counterparts, they have been the Self-Hating ones?

-Edmond Watson remarks:

“The principal beneficiaries…turned out to be the Muslims — with the Jews on the receiving end, yet again.” Makes one suspicious that the deference to Muslims is actually another way for anti-semites to persecute.

As with so much of the history we have been taught about the 20th Century, I think it now Fair and Reasonable to say that the horrors inflicted on the Jews by the Nazis and the European Communists did not really change many European minds, did not make them shed their — what seems to be their instinctual — Anti-Semitism.

That Europeans saw The Holocaust and then Repented was just another Big Lie.

Of course, it was created and sold by the Left and, sadly, bought without question by the Right.

The best haven, outside of Israel, that the Jews have ever had continues to be in America. But this is changing as Leftist Thinking metastasizes more thoroughly throughout our Society.

However, I think Hope is still Alive in America because of the vastness of the territory we occupy. There’s enough room across The Fruited Plain for those of us, who seek to Restore the Freedom and Ordered Liberty gifted to us by The Founding Fathers, to gather in groups and mount an effective [and Truly Noble] Resistance.  And this will be made possible by the fact that there are enough of us who still understand why the fight to preserve The Founding is so important for the continued existence of Humanity.

Refugium inveniemus in provinciis!
[Find refuge in The Several States!]

SIDENOTE: As for Israel…

I Will Stand With Israel.

I Will Sit With Israel.

I Will Lay Down With Israel.

That MP Chap From Pommyland: Is His Name Not Bruce?

03 November 2017 @ 14:32

As The Anglosphere burns, judges in Australia are spending an inordinate and obscene amount of their time forcing elected officials to resign their seats — no Separation Of Powers doctrine is going to stop these stuck-up sticky-beaks.

Mark Steyn has the full, comical-if-it-weren’t-so-damn-serious-and-seditious-and-sad details here.

A few highlights:

Here is a news story that will make no sense whatsoever to anyone who is not Australian – and, indeed, shouldn’t really make any sense even if you are Australian.

And…

At any rate, a senior member of the Australian cabinet, born and bred in Australia, turns out to be ineligible for Parliament because the bureaucracy of another country from whom he has never sought a passport has determined that via a deceased parent he is a citizen of theirs.

Gotcha. Welcome to the wacky world of the Australian constitution, specifically Section 44, under whose expansive interpretation by the High Court Canberra’s most illustrious parliamentarians are dropping faster than Harvey Weinstein’s robe….

And…

Mind if we call you ‘Bruce’ to keep it clear?

Is this beginning to sound to you like bollocks on stilts? In breezily redefining Section 44 to mean a citizenship that was invented half-a-century after the law was written and whose anomalies and ambiguities persisted for another third-of-a-century after that, the modern High Court was engaging in a characteristic bit of post-colonial hyper-nationalism that has had the paradoxical effect of forcing not only the judges but the entire Australian political system to swear “allegiance to a foreign power”. It’s like instituting Nuremberg racial purity laws and then outsourcing their administration to random bureaucrats around the planet. As the contrasting treatments of Ms Waters and Mr Xenophon demonstrate, non-Australian laws now get to determine whether you’re eligible to sit in the Australian Parliament: If Canada were to introduce the category of “Canadian Overseas Citizen” and “reclassify” Ms Waters, why, her tenure in Canberra might be retrospectively legitimized. Conversely, if the United Kingdom were to re-reclassify Mr Xenophon (as it did for example citizens of dependent territories in 2002 when it restored their right of abode in the UK), then he’d be liable to be kicked out all over again. Alternatively, Kim Jong-un could simply pronounce all seven billion people on the planet North Korean Overseas Citizens, and there’d be no one on earth allowed to stand for election in Australia. Go for it, Rocketman!


Could this be one explanation? —Jean Raspail


This is just another example of a nation in The West piddling and diddling around in Absurd areas of trivialities that end-up undermining their Legitimacy, while it’s enemies score victory after victory in things that really matter.

The West, I’ve concluded, doesn’t deserve to survive in it’s present form — and it won’t anyway because it refuses to stop it’s obsessive desire to destroy itself.

We have to start preparing to form Islands Of Refuge where the Idea of The West survives [most especially the Anglo variety, which is the pinnacle of it].

We have to become, it seems sadly, like the Early Christians before Constantine The Great — perhaps practicing our rituals in figurative catacombs.

If the trend we are seeing towards Decentralization continues, this would be an advantage to us, The Remnant [one can perceive a possible Neo-Feudalism emerging, but this is a topic for another time]. In the breakdown of the Nation-State and the re-rise of a modern version of the Medieval City-State, we may be able to carve-out some defensible territories.

However this drawn-out Suicide by The West plays out, we owe it to our Posterity to preserve what our Ancestors fought hard — and suffered, often horribly — to gift to us. That is our Obligation and Duty if we are to dare call ourselves Virtuous, if we are to dare to hope that Divine Providence will shine on us once again.

Refugium inveniemus in provinciis!

and

Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!

Yes, @JakeTapper: ‘Allahu Akbar!’ Is ‘Beautiful’…

02 November 2017 @ 11:00

…but not for the reason you give:

Tapper: Shimon’s got some breaking news on this horrific incident.

Shimon: “That’s right Jake. So what we’re told, I’m told by three sources now that the NYPD and the FBI are investigating this as a terrorism incident. Our understanding is that, according to witnesses … they’re telling police that they heard the driver saying, yelling, ‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,’ during this incident.”

Tapper: The Arabic chant, Allahu Akbar, God is great, sometimes is said under the most beautiful of circumstance and too often, we hear it being said in moments like this.

The phrase [‘Allah Is Greater!’] is, indeed, ‘beautiful’ because it tells you everything you need to know about the person saying it and his attitude towards Life and his fellow Human Beings.

-It tells you that the shouter believes that the Muslim god, Allah, is (1) obviously, superior to any other god [most especially to God] and (2) that Mohammedins consider Allah a different god than the God of Christians and Jews — despite the insistence of Muslims [taqiyya anyone?] that all three merrily believe in the same deity.

St. Michael The Archangel slaying Mohammed.

-Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ tells you that the person using it believes that all non-believers in Allah, all Infidels, need to either convert to Islam or be killed [read the bloody Koran].  In other words, the screamer [pun intended] despises a keystone concept of The West: the Right To Worship Or Not To Worship A Deity Of One’s Choice — and, also, it follows the Right To Freely Speak One’s Mind.

-It tells you that the shrieker does not believe in the Inherent Dignity Of Human Life because he automatically deems those who do not worship his god and conform to his Ideology worthy of Death.  There’s very little Mercy in Islam — and what little there is is given only to those who meekly Submit to it Unconditionally, who sacrifice their Free Will.

Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ tells you many things about the shouter, most especially that he does not belong in a Free Society because he is committed, by being a Mohammedin, to utterly and completely destroying said Society.

[Inspired by a remark by Mark Steyn in the Comments section of this post.]