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'Nil desperandum. That is a Motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a Spark of patriotick fire, we will enkindle it.'
—Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren, 09 December 1772
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'We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again'.
—General Nathanael Greene
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'Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.'
—St. John Paul The Great

Pantomime…Er…Paradigm Shift: #Winning Is The New #Losing

14 September 2017 @ 14:53

…At Least It Is For Those Who Put Their Faith In Donald J. Trump.

Here we are on the last Thursday in the seventh month of the reign of Trumpicus Pompey Magnus Caesar and the sun is brightly shining, the skies are crystal clear, with visibility at one hundred percent.

We can see clearly now
The self-created fog is gone
We can see all conman in our way…

But it’s not going to be a bright, sun-shiny day — at least, not for those who thought Pompey meant what he said during his campaign for the Consulship last year.  For both the Pragmatists, who thought they could mount enough pressure to keep him in-line, and those rubes, who actually believed he had turned into a Conservative Populist Nationalist [whatever the Tiber that is], this has got to be one, repleti excremento day.

At dawn this morning, Caesar issued a set of four Tweets that are, hopefully, causing a lot of his supporters to finally understand his Buddha-Nature.(1)

Herewith, the honest musings of our Beloved Princeps:

No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.

The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.

Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..

…They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security

Vino, all ’round!and keep it coming, Taberna Abel Pastor!

Let us now turn to the latest sermonizing from our Pontifex Sarcasticus, David Of Burge:

Further…

Indeed.

All right.  Enough with the Caesar-schtick: let us move to a more modern metaphor…

It was a bright clear day in September, and the clocks were striking thirteen….


1. From the Wikipedia definition, which is pretty good:

The terms refer to the notion that the luminous mind of the Buddhas is inherently present in every sentient being, and will shine forth when it is cleansed of the defilements, c.q. when the nature of mind is recognised for what it is.

Suicide By A Thousand Cuts: Losing The War

13 September 2017 @ 21:55

I found it interesting [and somewhat comforting] that I was not alone on Monday in not publishing any posts on 09/11 for the same reason that Mark Steyn did not:

The 16th anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s attack on New York and Washington provoked some gloomy reflections from me. I find it harder to mark as the years go by. If this is a war, there’s no agreement on what we’re up against: Terrorism? Islamic terrorism? Islamic extremism? Islam? Whatever it is, a president who, on the campaign trail, mocked his predecessor’s inability to use the words “radical Islam” himself eschewed all mention of the I-word today. September 11th 2001 was supposedly “the day everything changed” — if by “everything changed” you mean “the rate of mass Muslim immigration to the west doubled”. As that absurd statistic suggests, we are not where I thought we would be 16 years on: We run around fighting for worthless bits of barren sod like Helmand province in Afghanistan, while surrendering day by day some of the most valuable real estate on the planet, such as France and Sweden.

Why remember something in public that hardly anybody wants to remember?

Why, as I have done throughout the years, try to get my fellow Americans to ‘rally ’round the flag’ when very few people [such as you, my Friends In The Ether] are willing to look with clear eyes at the situation we’ve been in since 11 September 2001 and realize we are at War with Islam?

The motto of this site is Nil Desperandum — Never Despair — but I must admit it’s getting harder all the time to not give-in to a permanent Black Dogged Despondency over this War.  The majority of our fellow citizens [and the vast, vast majority of rest of The West] refuse to understand the threat we face from this Ancient and Enduring Enemy of Western Civilization.  Islam wants us not simply dead, but everything we are obliterated — wiped clean from the face of the Earth.  Those few of us they allow to live will be allowed to continue to breath because the Mohammedins need us for Slaves.  This is the Reality.

Yet, the majority of us proceed-on with our lives as if the War Islam is waging against The West is merely a chronic condition that can be treated with narcotics — ‘happy pills’ — most of the time, and very occasionally with strong medicine, which just barely retards the progress of the disease — and only temporarily.

The Truth of the matter is: Islam is a virulent Cancer that invades and then metastasizes in The Soul, rotting away any Humanity that was there.  It is merely another version of Leftism — a perfect vehicle for Malcontents and Misfits of a certain type to jump aboard and find a warm and comforting perverse home.  It is an Ideology.  And it, therefore, like Leftism, seeks the complete and total Dominance of Mankind [see: The Koran — and you really should read it, just like the truly wise people made sure they read Mein Kampf in the 1930’s and early 1940’s; knowing your Enemy’s thinking is the only way to truly defeat them].

Part of the reason so many Americans have decided to ignore Reality is that we’ve become a nation of spoiled brats.  Sure, we still retain that Big Ol’ American Heart when it comes to people in need due to natural disasters and disease — as we see every day.  But in other areas we pay lip service to Virtue: we signal our Virtue — often quite loudly — but, as the term ‘signal’ implies, we’re performing an act that’s easy to do, requires very little effort outside of posting something on some social media platform or holding candles in vigils or wearing tee-shirts that proclaim ‘[fill-in-the-blank] STRONG!’ in bold fonts or place little notes stuck to stuffed animals at make-shift memorials — all of these requiring no more energy than shaking one’s head and moaning: ‘Oh, those poooor people’.  None of these kind of acts contribute anything to defeating the dangers we face.  That we place such a high value on such acts is a sign of our Desiccation — a Times Square-sized gaudy flashing neon sign of our lack of seriousness, our lack of Maturity.

We live ‘The Good Life’ — modern people have it better than Kings and Emperors did two centuries ago — and we’ve become so addicted to our Luxuries and Leisures that we refuse to turn and face the Truth of our situation.  We’ve painted a fantastical picture of what our lives, our society, should be — one that looks like a Modern Art masterpiece — and we scorn any attempt to counter the Virtual Reality we insist is Actual Reality.  Most Americans have no Moral Imagination; they are wholly devoid of Right Reason.

[Add to this the fact that we’ve allowed our governments to be overrun by the slow-witted dullards known as Bureaucrats, who only care to maintain their safe positions and derive Orgiastic Pleasure from lording their Lilliputian spheres of authority over us, like little Hitlers.(1)]

This is not how you fight a War you want to win.

And this is why we are losing the current War so badly.

Yes, we are slowly going down to Defeat and we face an Enemy that has learned Patience — and how to weaken us from within.

As Mark Steyn writes:

…Yesterday [11 September 2017] President Trump said he was committed to ensuring that terrorists “never again have a safe haven to launch attacks against our country”.

By that he means “safe havens” in Afghanistan. But the reason the west’s enemies are able to pile up a continuous corpse count in Paris, Nice, Berlin, Brussels, London, Manchester, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Orlando, San Bernadino, Ottawa, Sydney, Barcelona, [Your Town Here] is because they have “safe havens” in France, Germany, Britain, Scandinavia, North America, etc. Which “safe havens” are likely to prove more consequential for the developed world in the years ahead?

Who’s winning what turf? After 16 years of western military occupation, the Taliban control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since the first US troops went in. On the other hand, after 16 years of accelerating Islamic immigration, Europe has more no-go zones, more sharia courts, more refugees, more covered women, more Muslim-dominated schoolhouses, more radical mosques, more female genital mutilation, more grooming and gang rape, more Muslim Brotherhood front groups, more Muslim mayors and legislators, more Muslim-funded Middle East Studies programs at universities …and fewer churches, fewer Jews in Toulouse, fewer gays in Amsterdam, fewer unaccompanied women out after dark in German and Swedish cities, fewer historical representations of Mohammed in Continental museums, art galleries and scholarly books, fewer mixed bathing sessions at municipal swimming pools, fewer lessons on the Crusades and the Holocaust in European schools …and less and less free speech in some of the oldest democracies on earth.

For Islam, the winning strategy is Death By A Thousand Cuts — and we, in our Delusional State, are holding the knives steady that they’re using:

To be fair, a lot of the ever increasing restraints on free expression are self-imposed: newspapers decide that it would be “insensitive” to publish certain cartoons, publishers politely decline novels on certain themes, and in Minnesota…white progressives agonize that remembering 9/11 is “Islamophobic“. Which is weird — because a space alien visiting the United States for Monday’s ceremonies would have been stunned to discover that Islam had anything to do with 9/11.

As I mentioned yesterday, the President forbore to mention Islam at all: Instead, we were attacked by “horrible, horrible enemies” and “enemies like we’ve never seen before”. Well, we’ve seen a lot of them since, and they appear to have certain things in common — things that this President was once not shy about mentioning. Yet, insofar as Islam got a look in from officialdom, it was a passing reference in the speech of Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis:

Maniacs disguised in false religious garb thought by hurting us they could scare us that day.

Well, whoever they are, these “maniacs” can evidently scare grizzled hard men called “Mad Dog” into concluding that, when it comes to mentioning the I-word, discretion is the better part of valor. [BOB: It seems that ‘Dog’ no longer hunts.] “False religious garb” means we’re back to the standard Euro-squish line that all this Allahu Akbar I’m-ready-for-my-virgins stuff is a “perversion” of the real Islam, which is a peaceful faith practiced by millions of people for whom self-detonation is an unwelcome distraction from traditional activities such as clitoridectomies, honor killings and throwing sodomites off tall buildings. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but these “maniacs” are hijacking this “religious garb” in order to peddle a “false” vision of Islam. Foaming-canine-wise, Mad Dog sounds about as mad as, say, Theresa May….

This is Suicide By A Thousand Cuts.

This is Mass Madness.(2)

We in The West seem to have lost our Will to continue to live Free — like the guy or gal who’s been on Welfare for too long and forsaken all notions of bettering the Spiritual and Material conditions he or she exists within.

The really lamentable and woeful thing about this whole thing is: the Mohammedins would not be that difficult to win victories against.  As Mark Steyn Club Member Andrew A writes in the Comments section of Mark’s post:

…the threat itself has not changed in 1400 years. We can not figure out what we are up against despite us being up against exactly the same threat, using exactly the same tactics, and with exactly the same objectives as the threat first faced by the Jews of Medina in 622 AD. Islam has an established track record of destroying civilizations for 1400 years; must we blindly fall into the all same traps as all the other civilizations and peoples who came before us? What is the point of deep introspection when it can’t be used to save yourself?

And…

The tragedy is that Islam operates the same way everywhere: a terrorist attack in Khandahar is as much jihad as one in Brussels; jihad now is as jihad was 1400 years ago. Muslims remain some of the most predictable people around, both the “moderates” and the “extremists”. What is complex and incomprehensible is the western politically-correct reaction. Westerners have changed, but Muslims have not. Maybe it is time for Westerners to revert back to an older version of themselves.

That is the only way we are going to have any chance of winning this particular War.

And only through such a Restoration of older selves are we going to preserve Freedom and Ordered Liberty for our Posterity.  To not perform such a reversion is to commit the most mortal of Mortal Sins.

So I did not mark the Anniversary of 09/11 because, to do so, would have been useless in the present climate as we endure The Present Crisis.

Is anybody there?
Does anybody care?….


1. A wonderful example of this, which also shows how Common Sense is a rarely found attribute in most people in The West these days is provided by Jeff Goldstein:

Just found out that TSA confiscated from my wife the inkless pen I bought her for Christmas.

To the TSA agent in Dallas, the pen — and that’s what it is, a pen — apparently “looked too much like a bullet.” To a .99999 caliber gun, I guess.

Not that it IS a bullet, you understand. Just that, to some douche in Dallas it “looked” like one. Only bigger. And without any powder or ignition system. That writes on paper.

They won’t even mail it back to her; instead, they must “destroy it.”

A. Fucking. Pen.

The terrorists have already won. Because if our best defense against them is taking away pens from business travelers who use CLEAR — under the pretense that said travelers may suddenly snap after 1000 flights and somehow throw writing implements so hard that they’ll do more than simply fall stupidly to the ground, having run up against gravity and other forces of physics — we’re a sad bunch of feckless, toothless, shit-brained pussies.

But hey: don’t you dare profile! There are pens to be had!

2. Regarding SecDef Mattis: Mark rightly condemns his 09/11 remarks as ‘the most feeble dissembling 16 years into an existential struggle’.  What a Grand Disappointment Mattis has turned-out to be.  I’m starting to suspect The Warrior Monk is nothing but another Perfumed Prince [more on this in the coming weeks].

We Purists Cannot Be Too Surprised

08 September 2017 @ 14:47

Your honor, if it may please The Court…

Please mark the following as Exhibit #456…

Watching some of those conservatives who voted for Trumpus Pompey Magnus trying to defend his recent work with those vile creatures — like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — who lead the Democratic Party, is cringe-inducing.

Seeing people who are supposedly principled, beyond Ideology, desperately seeking to paper-over and cover-up the fact that Caesar has betrayed them is Pathetic.

Nothing Trump does in this vein is surprising: after all, he’s not a conservative.  Never has been.  Never will be, because he lacks a Conservative Temperament.  It’s not Instinctual.  The President is a New York Liberal and, sadly, a typical Modern Big Businessman.

A dull and dreary Pragmatism permeates his Being.  ‘Making the deal’ is all.  Playing ‘The Game’ is the biggest joy in such a person’s life; racking-up the highest Score — no matter the content of the points won — is the be-all and end-all of Life.  Such people are not much different from Degenerate Gamblers, except they tend to play with other people’s [like investors and taxpayers] monies.


Pelosi herself bragged that she had gotten results after asking him to tweet reassurances that Dreamers shouldn’t worry about being deported over the next six months while lawmakers try to secure a DACA fix.

“I was telling my colleagues, ‘This is what I asked the president to do,’ and boom boom boom, the tweet appeared,” she said at a news conference Thursday.

‘Boom, Boom, Boom’, indeed.


Trumpus Pompey Magnus will team-up with anyone who can, he feels, enable him to ‘score’ more ‘points’ — be they Social or Political or Financial or…whatever.  There is not an atom of Right Reason that you will find in his Soul [though, to be fair, Trump, unlike Misfit-Malcontent Ideologues such as Schumer, Pelosi, Durbin, et. al., has shreds of Decency].

The bona fides of those conservatives who voted for him [for whatever reason] and who still defend him after he has shown his true colors, brightly and vividly, must be questioned.

But, to be fair, we Purists cannot be too surprised at the behavior of our supposed brethren.  After all, whether we admit it directly or just sense it, we know America is NOT as conservative as conservatives would like to believe — The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking in America has seen to that.

If therefore a people will not be free; if they have not virtue enough to maintain their liberty against a presumptuous invader, they deserve no pity, and are to be treated with contempt and ignominy. Had not Caesar seen that Rome was ready to stoop, he would not have dared to make himself the master of that once brave people. He was indeed, as a great writer observes, a smooth and subtle tyrant, who led them gently into slavery; “and on his brow, ‘ore daring vice deluding virtue smil’d”.

By pretending to be the peoples greatest friend, he gain’d the ascendency over them: By beguiling arts, hypocrisy and flattery, which are even more fatal than the sword, he obtain’d that supreme power which his ambitious soul had long thirsted for: The people were finally prevail’d upon to consent to their own ruin.

—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘CANDIDUS’ in the Boston Gazette,
14 October 1771

You Say You Want A Revolution?…

06 September 2017 @ 20:41

…Well-ell, you know
You all need to search the word
You have to know it’s evolution
Well-ell, you know
If you wanna free your mind, my friend

But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You are doing it wrong, every way, anyhow
Don’t you know it’s going to be Alt-Right
Alt-Right, Alt-Right, Alt-Right….

Revolution #Bob, found on The Whitey Album

In the Comments section of my post of yesterday, The Modern Devils: Of Misfits And Elitists, old Friend In The Ether, M. Thompson makes a spot-on observation:

The only two decent revolutions were the Glorious and American.

Every once since then has been more about drowning imagined enemies in blood.

Dead solid perfect.

As Russell Kirk wrote in his essay, ‘A Revolution Not Made But Prevented‘:

We need first to examine definitions of that ambiguous word “revolution.” The signification of the word was altered greatly by the catastrophic events of the French Revolution, commencing only two years after the Constitutional Convention of the United States.

Before the French explosion of 1789-99, “revolution” commonly was employed to describe a round of periodic or recurrent changes or events – that is, the process of coming full cycle; or the act of rolling back or moving back, a return to a point previously occupied.

Not until the French radicals utterly overturned the old political and social order in their country did the word “revolution” acquire its present general meaning of a truly radical change in social and governmental institutions, a tremendous convulsion in society, producing huge alterations that might never be undone.

Thus when the eighteenth-century Whigs praised the “Glorious Revolution” of 1688, which established their party’s domination, they did not mean that William and Mary, the Act of Settlement, and the Declaration of Rights had produced a radically new English political and social order. On the contrary, they argued that the English Revolution had restored tried and true constitutional practices, preservative of immemorial ways. It was James II, they contended, who had been perverting the English constitution; his overthrow had been a return, a rollingback, to old constitutional order; the Revolution of 1688, in short, had been a healthy reaction, not a bold innovation.

The Whigs, Burke among them, here were employing that word “revolution” in its older sense. This shift in usage tends to confuse discussion today. If we employ the word “revolution” in its common signification near the end of the twentieth century, what occurred in 1688-89 was no true revolution. In the Whig interpretation of history, at least, the overturn of James II was a revolution not made, but prevented (according to the later definition of “revolution”).

But what of the events in North America from 1775 to 1781? Was the War of Independence no revolution?

That war, with the events immediately preceding and following it, constituted a series of movements which produced separation from Britain and the establishment of a different political order in most of British North America. Yet the Republic of the United States was an order new only in some aspects, founded upon a century and a half of colonial experience and upon institutions, customs, and beliefs mainly of British origin. The American Revolution did not result promptly in the creation of a new social order, nor did the leaders in that series of movements intend that the new nation should break with the conventions, the moral convictions, and the major institutions (except monarchy) out of which America had arisen….

In fact — though many of us don’t want to know this — as Angelo Codevilla has correctly argued:

So what kind of freedom did America’s founders mean to establish? Fact is that, as they framed the American regime, they used the terms natural law and natural right interchangeably. Hence, they never choose explicitly between the implication of these terms as we have come to understand them.

They left no doubt, however, that their peculiar notion of right is something at the same time ancestral, natural, and divinely ordained.

Today’s dominant philosophical-political assumptions make it difficult for us to understand that. Since the Founders did not maintain the strict opposition between the concepts of “nature” and “convention” or “custom” to which academic philosophy has accustomed us, they found nothing incompatible about claiming that, as Britain was violating rights established by God and Nature, it was also violating the ancient rights of Englishmen—and vice versa.

Consider: this British regime had been ruling in the same way for almost 400 years. The Americans were rebelling against the 18th century’s ancien regime’s established customs. But they were doing so in the name of a regime that was even more ancien, whose customs were no longer customary but were somehow right in themselves. Where had these customs come from? What endowed them with right?

Our difficulty in understanding this stems in part from the assumption—as wrong as it is widespread—that history has moved more or less uniformly from less freedom to more freedom, that America’s Founders were revolting against the middle ages’ legacies (despotism mixed with and veiled by religion) and that they, Children of the Enlightenment, were trying to make it possible for people to live however they like.

In reality, the Founders knew that the regime that was oppressing them was anything but medieval. They faulted it for having trammeled medieval and downright ancient rights. Nor, aside from Franklin, were they libertines. To them, freedom was the capacity to live life free from arbitrary power. This is something of which there had been much more in remote times than in their time.

That is correct.  To resort to vulgarity: the Colonists wanted to go Medieval on the Britisher’s arses.  —And at this they were quite successful.

The French Revolution brought about a change in the meaning of the word ‘revolution’.  All the horrors associated with the French Revolution became the prime example of what a revolution is.

The misuse of the word ‘revolution’ by the Sane Right in these times is not a good thing because it automatically associates our Cause with the Destroyer Nihilists on the Left — the Modern Revolutionaries.

The fact of the matter is: We do not seek Revolution.  Rather, we seek a Restoration of our Natural Rights as Americans.  We seek exactly what The Founders sought and won.  More from Mr. Codevilla:

…To [The Founders], freedom was the capacity to live life free from arbitrary power. This is something of which there had been much more in remote times than in their time.

Insofar as the American revolution was about custom, it was about restoring customs of limited government, which they believed was also divinely ordained.

In fact, the British crown against which the Americans were revolting (Parliament had become the senior partner within it) was not a relic of the middle ages. Like other European monarchies, Britain had transcended medieval political forms as well as the Christian notion of right as independent of power. The regime against which the Americans revolted was like the rest of Europe’s in having shed all but the trappings of an earlier age.

It was a regime that embraced the doctrine of The Divine Right Of Kings — that monarchs were in a direct relationship with God and, therefore, beyond the reach of mortal men.  This ‘Divine Right’ had arisen out of The Reformation, which was a rebellion against the Catholic Church and the Pope.  Before it, there had been one person in direct conference with God: the Holy Father in Rome; after it, every monarch claimed such a relationship for his or herself: dozens of ‘popes’ came to rule in Europe.

In such a situation, it is no surprise that the Monarchies became Despotisms, for, when you assume a special relationship with God that goes beyond theology, you must assume that your are Sovereign over all, that The Sovereignty rests solely in your semi-devine bosom.

Alfred The GreatThe Founders totally rejected this idea and advocated for a return to the ideas that animated the Ancient West, as it were — specifically, the English West of the Anglo-Saxons, of Alfred The Great, of Henry II.  Mr. Codevilla again:

The extent to which any of America’s founders ever noticed [John] Locke’s references to specific medieval Christian scholars is irrelevant to the fact that that these scholars’ teachings about how regimes may be structured and what makes regimes legitimate are awfully similar to what the American founders wrought. Indeed kinship would be all the more remarkable had the Americans been wholly unaware of the medieval arguments, since that would show that these ideas were simply the “common sense” of educated Christians.

“God created man in his own image.” Genesis. “All men are created equal.” The Declaration of Independence. “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.” Jesus. “Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The First Amendment. These are old teachings, which had been propounded but honored in the breach for centuries, but which colonists on the edge of a wild continent now were laying down as the foundation of one of history’s greatest nations.

Not only are we not in any way like the Modern Revolutionaries, we are not like the Renaissance nor the so-called Enlightened Monarchs and their courtiers and their aristocracies.

We are the direct descendants of The Witan, The Thing, and Magna Carta.

I say I don’t want a Revolution.

The Modern Devils: Of Misfits And Elitists

05 September 2017 @ 21:16

Mark Steyn has, once again, written a very penetrating analysis of one aspect of The Present Crisis.

Entitled The Coming Terror, it is a warning that we must take very seriously, that must enter in as a major consideration when we strategize on how we are going to Restore Freedom and Ordered Liberty.

Two highlights…

-The first concerns a little-mentioned fact:

…the violence on American streets derives from today’s paramilitary wing of the Democrat Party — antifa — working itself up over yesterday’s paramilitary wing of the Democrat Party — the Ku Klux Klan. Both have stupid pseudo-exotic self-romanticizing names and, as many commentators have observed, both have strict dress codes intended to conceal their identities. From white sheets to black bandanas is a mere fashion evolution: the purpose is the same — to do ugly things one could not confidently do with one’s face known to all.

Both AntiFa and the Klan are non-surprising products of a political party that has in it’s very name the essence of it’s Evil: Democratic — Democrat, Democracy.  Mob rule.  And the Party has been infused with this foul spirit since it was founded by Thomas Jefferson — an Elitist who enjoyed watching his minions create Havoc and commit Mayhem from a safe distance [my emphasis on this trait will become clear if you read on].

-At one point, Mark mentions the case of one Mark Brey, lecturer in history at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth College(1)…

…Antifa, says Mark Bray, “have no allegiance to liberal democracy, which they believe has failed the marginalized communities they’re defending.” …Dartmouth College is in the town of Hanover (median family income $129,000), in the state of New Hampshire (93.9 per cent white, 1.1 per cent black). So, when it comes to “marginalizing” communities, Professor Bray knows whereof he speaks. It’s so much more rewarding, don’t you find, to defend marginalized communities from a safe distance: They look a lot more marginalized when they’re on the far horizon, somewhere south of the Massachusetts line.

Does Professor Bray want antifa rampaging down his pretty little Main Street and hurling bricks through Hanover’s upscale boutiques and bistros and its delightful designer gelato emporium? One would think not. But maybe he does. “White privilege” of the kind Mark Bray and Todd Gitlin and Wolf Blitzer enjoy is comfortable and lucrative, but kind of boring. The heady, seductive glamour of violence is one of the oldest siren songs on earth — which is why so many of antifa’s revolting masses are, in fact, upper-middle-class white students enjoying a leisurely, pampering, undemanding varsity, and for whom taking a truncheon to an Ann Coulter fan is far more satisfying than dozing through Transgender and Colonialism Studies at GRID. From pseudo-scholarship to pseudo-grievances to pseudo-heroism is an easy progress — easier than, say, volunteering to help out in Texas. Because it’s always easier to destroy than to build — and certainly much easier to destroy than to re-build:

Almost every word painstakingly engraved on that obelisk has been obliterated. It stood for 225 years, and it was destroyed in the blink of an eye.

When the statues are gone, what or who will be next? My humdrum observation, after time in Belfast, Mostar, Tikrit, the West Bank and elsewhere, is that violence is intoxicating — and, once you’ve picked up the habit, kicking it is awfully difficult.

More or less exactly 224 years ago, Bertrand Barère, a moneyed journalist, lawyer and intellectual and member of France’s Committee of Public Safety, told his fellow revolutionaries:

Plaçons la terreur à l’ordre du jour!

Let us make terror the order of the day! It will be, if this fever keeps up….

Indeed, the chances that constant Terrorism will come to the streets of America via Revolutionaries rather than via Muslims, I would say, is higher because the Elites are behind the former all-the-way.(2)  Considering the way they shed tears of joy over #Occupy’s actions but a few years ago and considering their deeply felt and hidden Nihilism, the Elites can’t wait to watch the ‘Fascists’ get a good beating at the hands of their Commie Dupes  [they will ‘watch’, mind you, on a TV or smart device far away from where their Tools are doing the deeds].

And these Masterminds would obviously prefer home-grown Terrorists to one’s that come from outside The West.  You see, the Muslims…well, they just lack a certain Romantic air that the Western Misfits have in spades [can I say that?].  I mean, what’s a young man in a Super Bowl loser’s championship tee-shirt, a ‘loyal customer rewards’ coupon for the local strip joint in his pocket, and stolen sneakers with a home-made suicide vest compared to a transgendered, bi-curious, bi-polar WASP, who is a graduate in Feminist Studies and wears a black silk scarf over his/her/its/[see footnote #1 again] face and carries an iPhone in his/her/its/yada-yada’s designer backpack?

The buttoned-down Revolutionaries always prefer their lesser [in their minds] comrades to be, basically, from the same stock as they are [see: The French and Russian Revolutions and, for a more literary portrait, The Devils by Dostoevsky(3)].  They’re easier to manipulate, don’t you know.

I had thought that in the aftermath of #Occupy this kind of Terrorism would take off.  I was wrong.  It seems it needed a few years to incubate in the lecture halls and internet cafes of America.  —Or, perhaps, the #Occupy’s failure forced a retreat and a regrouping, during which, by happy happenstance, Donald J. Trump, Demon Of Demons, came on the scene and was elected President.  I suppose we have to leave this kind of speculation to future Historians of The West — if there are any left.

I do take some satisfaction — grim-laced though it may be — that, if the Left triumphs, many of the Elites who sat back on their tailored arses, sipping fine wines and encouraging the Malcontents and Misfits, will find themselves subject to the dictates of their more committed comrades — their Strelnikovs — like Lenin:

We’ll ask the man, where do you stand on the question of the revolution?

Are you for it or against it?

If he’s against it, we’ll stand him up against a wall.

This is the way all Revolutions go — all of them.


  1. Then shouldn’t it read ‘lecturer in his/herstory’? or ‘lecturer in itsstory’? or, keeping grammatically correct [why, I don’t know, at this point]: ‘lecturer in zestory/xyrstory‘? or…[falls to the floor drooling and babbling-on about how ‘my brain hurts!’].
  2. This is not to claim that the Mohammedins will not play their part in the Revolution, but the Masterminds of The Left In America believe that they will be able to control the Allah Acolytes — Awakening, meet Rude.
  3. Reading The Devils [sometimes known as The Possessed or Demons] is not a pleasant experience.  There’s no one to root for, no hero.  What is portrayed is a world gone absolutely Mad, one that is populated by Souls that are either Desiccated or Dead or Dying slowly and painfully.  Feodor Dostoevsky’s fiction was, sadly, no exaggeration.  However, I would highly recommend you read it at least once to help in your understanding of The Leftist Mindset.  I would recommend the translation by David Magarshack.

The Lost Chord

30 August 2017 @ 14:59

Seated one day at the organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idly
Over the noisy keys.

I know not what I was playing,
Or what I was dreaming then;
But I struck one chord of music,
Like the sound of a great Amen.

To those of us who are truly, actually Sane, the events occurring around us these days confuse and befuddle because we have never witnessed in our lifetimes such Relentless Madness(1) on such a grand, encompassing scale.

There are many among us who find themselves thinking: ‘I don’t recognize this society any more’.

Those people are not overreacting.  They are not being Melodramatic — in fact, they are reacting quite rationally to the Histrionics, the Rabid Sentimentality, going on around them.

The hard Truth is: American Society [as well as the rest if The West] is not what it once was.  Most of what made us the envy of the World has been discarded(2).

One the main reasons this is so is because we are participating inhabitants of a Society that is living in The Eternal Present, a Society where the image we have of the Past is shaped and colored by the attitudes and thinking prevalent NOW — what Mark Steyn calls ‘the hyper-present-tense’.

As with everything else that ails American Society, this current highly-strung state we live in is the result of The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking in this country [a detailed explanation of which may be found in my free book: On The Causes And Effects Of The Present Crisis In America].

Wherever Leftist Thinking has conquered, the Actual Past has been altered [with the object being to eventually Obliterate it].  This must happen in order for Leftism to achieve Victory because it, at it’s basic root, is a violent rejection of all of the accumulated Wisdom Mankind has gained through the centuries.

In a brilliant essay over at his site, Mark Steyn shows us the results of this Annihilation:

…when today’s movies do the period stuff, we impose our values on their times – hence, all the “f*cks” and lesbo sub-plots in recent Miss Marples, or the ghastly boorishness of Robert Downey Jr’s outings as Sherlock Holmes. Their times, our values. And because we are, in fact, engaged in overthrowing and remaking “human nature”, the past’s eternal verities are a particular affront.

It would be foolish to think that contempt can be contained merely to electronic entertainments. Today we insist “empathy” is a virtue, and trumpet our own incessantly. As I note in my bestselling After America…:

In contemporary education’s flight from facts to feelings, ’empathy”‘has become a useful substitute for reality. In the schoolrooms of America, you’ll be asked to empathize with, say, a West African who’s sold into slavery and shipped off to Virginia, or a loyal Japanese-American in a World War Two internment camp, or a hapless Native American who catches dysentery, typhoid, gonorrhea and an early strain of avian flu by foolishly buying beads from Christopher Columbus. This would be a useful exercise if we were genuinely interested in socio-historical empathizing. But instead the compliant pupil is expected merely to acknowledge the unlucky Indian as an early victim of European racism, and to assign the slave a contemporary African-American identity and thereby ’empathize’ with his sense of injustice. At this level, empathy is no more than the projection of contemporary and parochial obsessions—racism, sexism, imperialism—over the rich canvas of the past and the other.

The more we boast of our “empathy”, the less we have – not in the sense of the definition offered by David Berger in his book Clinical Empathy:

The capacity to know emotionally what another is experiencing from within the frame of reference of that other person.

My emphasis. Not a lot of that in the bright new dawn of our statue-free land. In an empathy-flaunting age we demand the entirety of human history think just like us — “because it’s 2017”. Robert E Lee must be toppled because he was racist. Thomas Jefferson must come down because he owned slaves. Christopher Columbus has to go because he had no transgender-bathroom policy on the Niña, Pinta and Santa María. The mobs in the street have no idea who these guys are — except that they are not like them, and so cannot be permitted to stand.

I’ve said many times that, when a people lose their future, they also lose their past….

…Our age not only disdains its inheritance, but actively reviles it, and wishes to destroy it. It is a totalitarian impulse. Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit id est semper esse puerum: To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child. To despise what happened before you were born is to remain forever a juvenile delinquent in the thuggish gang of the present tense.

If you look-up at the face of the person whose boot is stamping on your face forever, you will see that it is a Human face of a spoiled rotten brat child.

We do not recognize the Society swirling around us because we are now deaf to the ‘mystic chords of memory’.

We must not allow The Past to be taken from us.  Therefore, we must be relentless in our pursuit of The Lost Chord.

But one of the first and most leading principles on which the commonwealth and the laws are consecrated is lest the temporary possessors and life-renters in it, unmindful of what they have received from their ancestors, or of what is due to their posterity, should act as if they were the entire masters; that they should not think it amongst their rights to cut off the entail or commit waste on the inheritance, by destroying at their pleasure the whole original fabric of their society: hazarding to leave to those who come after them a ruin instead of an habitation,—and teaching these successors as little to respect their contrivances as they had themselves respected the institutions of their forefathers.

By this unprincipled facility of changing the state as often and as much and in as many ways as there are floating fancies or fashions, the whole chain and continuity of the commonwealth would be broken; no one generation could link with the other; men would become little better than the flies of a summer.

—Edmund Burke, Reflections On The Revolution In France
[re-paragraphing mine]


  1. ‘…When everything in society suddenly stops functioning rationally, that’s when the misfits crawl out of the woodwork. And with them their resentments, their utopian visions, their neuroses and psychoses. Mad dogs on the loose. A merry-go-round of feeble minds, free at last of all social fetters….’ —Jean Raspail, The Camp Of The Saints, Chapter 40.
  2. The ongoing outpouring of Charity and Compassion in Texas notwithstanding, what we are witnessing there is the residue of a fallen Culture, one of the last gasps, as it were, of The American Way.

On The Cargo Shorts Culture

22 August 2017 @ 21:14

Shortly after Noontime yesterday, The Daily Caller published an opinion piece by Ford Springer (1), entitled: It’s High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He’s In the White House.

While the title pretty much summarizes the author’s take, a quote or two from the article certainly won’t hurt:

Donald Trump and Melania always depart the White House looking their best. The president wore a fine tailored suit and Melania wore an elegant dress just as jaw-dropping as the last. But then Barron steps out in a t-shirt, khaki shorts and some suede loafers.

As Mr. Springer remarks earlier, Master Barron ‘looked like he was hopping on Air Force One for a trip to the movie theater’.  Indeed, or to the beach or the local arcade.

He ends the piece:

…The youngest Trump doesn’t have any responsibilities as the president’s son, but the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public.

Since the article was published, Mr. Springer has faced a tsunami of rebukes and reprimands that surprised even old Cynical Bastard me.

Of course, I was not amazed at the brickbats and insults hurled at him by the Die-Hard Trumpists.  They will defend Pompey Magnus no matter what he does [even his unadmitted flip-flops and crass crudities].

No, what took me aback was the large amount of reproaches flung his way from conservatives I consider Sane.

The President and his Family represent the nation to the World and set the tone for our own Culture.  They are symbols and summations.  They reflect the state of our Culture.(1)  It is said that the fact that Jack Kennedy didn’t wear a hat was a big contributor to hats no longer being worn by men in America [another sad legacy of Screwupalot Years].

And this particular family comes to their roles with enough baggage already — the Trumps don’t need to make the situation any worse.  At the very least, they can make [and the fault here is solely with the Mother and Father] their teenage son look the part of the fine, young lad he seems to be.

But, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised at this slackening of the standards of deportment in America.  Our nation has become an Every-Day-Is-Casual-Dress-Friday society, where Formality — and the Respect it radiates and enshrines — is either ridiculed or ignored, all for the sake of an Unvirtuous Selfishness.

When you wear a suit or dress to work, your attire helps you to play the part, as it were.  Your clothing choices also reflect your personality, shed light on your who and what you are.

The lax attitude we take towards our clothing reflects the lax attitude most Americans take these days towards protecting their Freedom and Liberties.  And the younger the persons, it seems, the more negligent they are of their dress.

When a Culture rejects Formality’s proper place, it sends a clear message that it no longer cares about itself.

SIDENOTE: At least the Japanese seem to understand…

 


  1. That appears to be his real name.
  2. Ronald Reagan so respected the Office he held and the symbolism it carried that he would never enter The Oval Office unless he was wearing a suit and a tie.  That serious, that adult, spirit has, sadly, faded to near-invisibility since his time.

#BothSidesNow – Two Branches Of The Fukarwe Tribe

17 August 2017 @ 11:34

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

—John Adams at The Boston Massacre Trial

The various cells of the Left — be they the masked misfits of AntiFa or the clown-faced dingbats on CNN and MSNBC — have all been having a jolly angry old time ridiculing Donald Trump for denouncing both of the groups who clashed at Charlottsville.  You can see the froth forming around their mouths, the drool spilling from their lips, and on their crotches the outward stains of ejaculate that shows this is the kind of thing they pathetically live for.

But Truth is an unforgiving mistress and she will not be silenced forever.

Eventually, the Truth that the members of both sides are really on the same side: the Left.

In Saturday’s riot, you had the Fascist White Nationalists and Nazi Fellators squaring off against the Communist Fellators, the Anarchist Posers, and the Socialist Social Justice One-Worlders.  And as I’ve written many times [with slight variations]:

Fascism is merely a slightly less oppressive system than Socialism, which is very slightly less oppressive than Communism, which is a brother to Anarchism.

Over on his Facebook page, Jeff Goldstein is dead solid perfect in his analysis:

I told you all before and I’ll repeat it now: the alt right is not conservative, and it is every bit as driven by identity politics and blood essentialism as the prog left.

Antifa, BLM, CAIR, the New Black Panthers, La Raza, the Pussy Hatters, the KKK — these are all identity movements and all formed and animated by the kind of identity politics championed by the left….

Don’t listen to labels; follow the assumptions made by each movement — the alt right, the prog left — and you’ll soon recognize that they are the same. This is tribalism, no more and no less. And when tribes are at odds, they clash over territory — be it physical territory or political power. What we are witnessing is an attempt to corrupt the ideals of a propositional nation based on individualism and individual universal rights (and that’s how our Constitutional republic is designed to operate) — a lesson Google’s pillorying of a software engineer as “anti-diversity” should have made clear. Intolerance is a hallmark of every authoritarian movement. Simply pretending some intolerance is more noble, which is affected by self-servingly dismissing dissenters as purveyors of “hate,” is a ham-fisted surrender to anti-intellectual sophistry.

You should reject this archaic collectivism from whatever group espouses it, because in the end it is simply anti-individualism dressed in mob attire to bolster cowardice and bigotry in numbers.

Exactly.

What we are witnessing is the dominant force in American Society — Leftist Thinking — desperately trying to convince us that groups like AntiFa and Fellow Travellers, Apparatchiks, and Dupes of the group like themselves are not perfect, but really, really noble and as honest as the day is long.  What we are simply witnessing is another instance of the mechanism of The Big Lie being applied.

Sadly, but per usual, some people on the Right are letting the rancid muck of this Big Lie wash-over and saturate them [this habit I look at at length in my book, The Present Crisis].  They are nothing but Useful Idiots of the Left.

Don’t be fooled.  The future survival of Freedom and Ordered Liberty depends on as many of us as possible be aware of The Truth.

For more Jeff Goldstein on this subject, please read the article he published in The Federalist last September, The Alt-Right Is The Mirror Image Of The New Left — I highly, highly recommend it.

To Unbind The Nation’s Wounds

15 August 2017 @ 21:52

At the end of the American Civil War, this country entered a new and unstable age where all Americans had to work-out just how a nation torn so wretchedly asunder would achieve reconciliation so that it could resume moving on towards that bright future, the seeds of which were planted by The Founders.

The Unionists and the Confederates had to make peace with each other.  As the losers of the War, the latter had to reconcile themselves to the main triumph the former achieved: the end of Slavery.  The Unionists had to accept their prodigal brethren back into the family.

To accomplish these goals, these former foes had to find a way to establish a concord that would prevent them from wallowing in the deep resentments produced by a civil war.

In other words: enough Americans had to resolve to allow this wounded nation the necessary atmosphere and conditions to heal.

The patient had been so horribly injured in so many areas that the healing process took a long, long time to reach.  His condition suffered many setbacks along the way thanks to people on both sides who refused to reconcile, but, with every passing year, the situation was most definitely improving.

One of the most effective treatments applied to the wounded body of America was the unwritten agreement between both sides to honor those who had fought as soldiers, sailors, and marines.  It has long been a tradition in Human History to remember the gallantry and heroics of our enemies, as long as they conducted themselves in an Honorable fashion on the battlefield.  The incentive to apply this tradition to those who fought in The Civil War was made more appealing by the fact that doing so would clearly aid in the Reconciliation of Unionists and Confederates.

So began the tradition of erecting statues to the Military Heroes of The Civil War.(1)

Doing so was part of the Noble Call To Duty sounded by Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

What the Left is seeking to achieve by the removal [and, now, in some cases the destruction] of these statues is to unbind the nation’s wounds, to cause the resentments and hatreds to fester and reopen.  The Left seeks nothing less than to cause American Society to suppurate — to ulcerate and inflame to the point that it become gangrenous.  They also desire to Delegitimize the Noble, the Virtuous, in the hope that we will revert to the Tribal, the Primitive in our Souls

As Daniel Horowitz wrote recently over at Conservative Review:

Make no mistake, whether you care about history or monuments or not, this effort is not coming from a good place and is not headed in a safe direction. Let’s not forgot this is the same crowd that is tearing down the Ten Commandments and removing separate-gender bathrooms. All of this is part and parcel of a de-civilization agenda that desecrates every bit of our history, traditions, and commonsense values. It is truly regressive at its core.

The only thing this agenda will accomplish is rejuvenating the dark forces that were thankfully dormant until recently and turn a once innocuous and even inspirational heritage of reconciliation into a flashpoint for the worst elements on all sides of the political and social spectrum.

This effort is clearly in keeping with the desire of the Left In America to sow Chaos here — a ripping apart of the American Fabric that will aid them in their plan to utterly destroy America and everything we hold dear.

On this issue — as with so many others — we must

 


 

  1. I in no way mean to imply that people on both sides, especially in the South, did not abuse this practice for political and unreconstructed ends from time to time.  As with everything in a Representative Republic, our Freedoms will be taken advantage of by those of little Virtue.  You can try to stop such abuses, but it is very hard given the Nature of a Society built on Freedom and Ordered Liberty.

Do You Mean ‘Funny Ha-Ha’? Or…

14 August 2017 @ 14:26

…’Funny To Keep From Crying’ Funny?

Oh, it’s the latter.

It’s so damn easy to get caught-up enjoying the show that is Trump Vs. The Fake Newser Dickhead that one forgets this is serious business.

I often find the guy amusing — often because he’s a Classic, In-Your-Face New Yorker and sometimes because he’s so wrapped up in himself — but, even more so, I do so enjoy watching his opponents’s heads exploding again and again.

But, damn, this is not ultimately funny.

 

On #Charlottesville And The Temper Of America

13 August 2017 @ 22:23

Robert Tracinski has published a rather interesting analysis of, specifically, the Charlottesville situation and, generally, the volatile temper in America at this moment in time.

Regarding the participants in the rioting, he writes:

If [Richard] Spencer’s march was deliberately designed to provoke a riot, the “antifa” college kids gave him what he wanted. So far, I’ve seen this downplayed in press coverage, but antifa came ready for fighting, too. Check out the photos here. Both sides came with their helmets and their goofy homemade shields, as if this is some kind of lame, hellish parody of a Renaissance Faire. [BOB: One things thing missing from those photos he links to at BuzzFeed is the plethora of hammer and sickle flags the AntiFa rioters were carrying.]

Both sides were, indeed, rather lame looking. —But so were the Communists and Nazis in early- to mid-1920’s Germany.  Luckily for us, America has not progressed to a stage that rhymes with late-1920’s Germany…yet.  But Mr. Tracinski is correct in stressing the feeble and utterly pathetic nature of both Spencer’s Group and the AntiFa’s Cell.

He continues:

The two sides are mirror images of each other, and both have an interest in making our politics devolve into street fighting. Both sides have also been priming their people to be ready to kill for the cause, and it appears that Spencer’s gang got there first, with one of his followers ramming his car into a crowd and killing a young woman.

The ominous implication of this weekend’s riots is that we are letting our politics descend into a brutal, unprincipled, physical brawl between two illiberal caricatures—which drowns out real debates over opposing ideas and marginalizes any unifying principles that we might draw on as reasons not to just kill each other.

What are the ‘two illiberal caricatures’ he sees?

The first:

The Left has been doing this by styling themselves as revolutionaries and “the Resistance,” and by indulging its young “antifa” anarchists—Communist “anti-fascists” who behave a lot like fascists, employing rioting and street battles as their main form of political activism….

Actually, they’re behaving a lot like plain and simple, run-of-the-mill Communists [there are numerous examples of this throughout the last three centuries, but Russia in 1917-1918 is a damn fine example].  Don’t get me wrong: they are behaving like Fascists as well, but, then again, Fascism is merely a slightly less oppressive system than Socialism, which is very slightly less oppressive than Communism — they all are, in other words, brothers on the Left.

It also must be stated — perhaps shouted frequently — that: Those activist groups that seek to ‘be ready to kill for the cause’ are by their Nature, Leftist, in that it is only Leftists who promote preemptive violence against their opponents [be they on the Right or those they consider possessors of False Consciousness on the Left].  Whereas those truly on the Right, believe Violence is only justified in Self-Defense.

It should also be pointed out that ‘brutal, unprincipled, physical brawl[s]’ are not new in America.  The late 19th Century and early 20th Century saw Anarchists, Communists, and Socialists rioting in the streets of this country [often in support of Unionization] and these groups also engaged in bombings, assassinations, and other acts of Terrorism [for examples, see: Sacco, Vanzetti, and their associates; also, see: the 16 September 1920 bombing of Wall Street].  Further, for a very early set of examples, see The War For Independence and the actions of Loyalists versus Patriots [see: Holger Hoock’s book, Scars Of Independence: America’s Violent Birth].  We have descended to this state before — it occurs in Free Societies because of their very Nature.  The key is to prevent America from moving to the step from which the only options for a Restoration of Freedom and Ordered Liberty are ugly, as the situations did so progress [pun intended] in late-1920’s Germany and throughout most of Europe and Asia did after World War I.

The second of the ‘illiberal caricatures’:

…On the Right, the problems are summed up in President Trump’s lame statement on Charlottesville. Claims that Trump was somehow excusing white nationalism are overblown, given that he also condemned “bigotry.” But his only answer was a series of vague bromides about national unity and loving each other—a solution he has never managed to practice and for which he cannot be a credible advocate.

More on the ‘vague bromides’ later; let us deal with Mr. Trump now…

Mr. Tracinski explains:

Trump was elected precisely because he does not have any of the governing virtues of normal politicians, such as the ability to be gracious and inclusive to the opposition, to understand and defuse the objections of political opponents, and to make unifying gestures that unite Americans around shared values and ideas. His supporters argued that he could accomplish more by dispensing with this kind of prissy concern for civility….

Quite true…and this is one of the reasons I labeled him a ‘would-be Caesar’ last year and, since Hillary was one too, I refused to vote for either one.  Trump won, which was definitely the lesser-of-evils outcome, because it was clear that he would certainly be more a Julius than a Tiberius.

Trump united perhaps half the county [perhaps] around their shared values, which had been under relentless assault from the Left for well-over a century, but most brazenly in the last decade.  He tapped into a mounting, underlying Rage that had built-up in the breasts of many Decent Americans after eight years of the wild and arrogant Despotism of Barack Hussein Obama and his minions.  And as Trump did so, one was reminded [in rhyming verse] of Julius Caesar’s campaign to save his skin and achieve Power And Control in the last days of The Roman Republic.

Julius Caesar restored Order and a sense of Pride to Rome, but, because he did so using deeply felt emotions, he only increased the tempers of all of the Roman People.  What this resulted in was assassination and civil war.  What that resulted in was the fall of the already deathly-ill Roman Republic and the rise of a Despotic, Tyrannical Empire.

This is not to say that Donald Trump should have been ‘gracious and inclusive to the opposition’ because his opposition was, primarily, The Left, who have no idea what ‘gracious and inclusive’ mean, because they have rejected Morality.  Trump rode to The Presidency on Anger rather than, like Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, appealing to ‘the better angels of our nature’.  His position rests on a negative foundation and, like Julius Caesar, he is helping the forces of Tyranny [in this case, The Left In America] sow Chaos in our Society.

The blame for the violence and death in Charlottesville rests clearly with the Richard Spencer types, the AntiFa types, and, yes, as we’ve seen often enough these past few years, with the Morally Corrupt governments directly involved.

There is plenty of blame to go around here for the generally bad situation in America that we, those who believe in the Restoration of our Freedoms and Liberties, must confront and overcome.

As for the President’s supposed ‘vague bromides’, I thought he was right to condemn both sides of rioters.  Both the White Supremacists and the AntiFa’ers came, as we’ve seen, to the confrontation hoping that blood and violence would be spilled on the soil of Charlottesville.  As for the part of his statement where the President praised what he has done for the nation: well, Caesar will be Caesar — such men always return to the praising of themselves and how gosh-darn wonderful they are.  Pompey Magnus is in Da [White] House.

Mr. Tracinski ends his piece with the following:

I wrote recently about the steps required to condition people to accept totalitarianism. One of those steps—one of the last ones—is that we get used to political differences being settled by a contest of force in the streets. We’ve been closer to that point before, during the 1960s, when the violent protests and race riots were far bigger. But that was the brink of a very deep precipice, and we should be doing everything we can, on both sides of the political debate, to pull back from it.

Now who’s bromiding here, Mr. Tracinski?

There’s one side of the ‘both sides of the political debate’, the Left, who will never in Good Faith join in such an effort.  Have you not studied the History of Leftism since The French Revolution? —or, at the very least, the History of the Left In America over the last century?  They want us to jump into the depths of that precipice, so that the destruction of everything we hold dear can come about and they can then go about building their Heaven On Earth, their Evil, over the rubble of all that is Good.

We, the lovers of Freedom and Ordered Liberty, are on our own.  It is our decision whether America will Live Free or Die.

 

 

From Stealth Coup To Overt, Brazen Coup

08 August 2017 @ 21:03

During decades leading up to the current Administration, the Left In America conducted a stealth coup against The Constitution.  They undermined all of our governmental institutions and successfully unleashed their destructive thinking into our Culture.

Up until the coming of The Obama Regime, the Left proceeded fairly quietly with their dastardly plans to fundamentally transform America into a Socialist Paradise.  For the eight years that The Jarrett Junto ruled the Executive Branch, pretty much all of the factions of the Left in Washington became less covert and more overt in their actions.  I labeled them ‘brazen’ many a time on this site.  However, since Donald J. Trump won the Presidential Election, the Leftists have shifted into overdrive and outdone themselves in their impudence and shamelessness.  There’s hardly any stealth element remaining to their efforts to overthrow everything America stands for.

As Mark Steyn points out, one of the Left’s chief weapons is the leak.

The volume of leaks has caused a major amount of Chaos to descend on the Trump Administration.(1)  Time that should be spent working on reducing the myriad of serious foreign threats facing us is being spent dealing with the fallout from said leaks.  The current World — most especially because of Barack Hussein Obama and his minions — is a very dangerous place and the preservation of our safety requires our Commander-In-Chief to devote much of his time to handling said threats.  None of the other issues before him ultimately matter if America is subjected to a deadly and devastating attack.

Instead, and a lesser part of this is Trump’s fault, the Administration is being crippled by these leaks.

As Mark states, there are three kinds of leaks in play here:

The first is the palace-intrigue stuff: Spicer loathes Scaramucci, Scaramucci hates Priebus, Priebus despises Bannon, etc.

The second is the drip-drip-drip of the “Russia investigation”: Robert Mueller has empaneled a grand jury, he’s looking into eight-year-old Trump property deals, he’s going to flip Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort…

The third is the full transcripts in American newspapers of Trump’s conversations with the Mexican president and the Australian prime minister.

As he points out, the first kind, palace intrigue, is ‘irritating and undisciplined, but not particularly important’.  This kind of stuff goes on all the time, especially when one’s administration is full of self-important blowhards, egotists, and virulently selfish people.(2)

It is the second and third types of leaks that are the ones that are most destructive — destructive to the Trump Administration’s efforts to reach it’s sought-after goals and destructive to our National Security [I really don’t care about the former so much].

Mark Steyn on the second type of leak:

The Mueller leaks belong to one of the most repulsive of American prosecutorial traditions, especially at the federal level, where the prosecution enjoys such a stacked deck that, as my old boss Conrad Black is wont to point out, the feds win 99.5 per cent of cases (97 per cent without a trial) – a scorecard that would impress Saddam Hussein or Kim Jong-Un. …all the most malodorous aspects of this system – from prosecutorial leaks to the inevitable plea bargains – are intensified in the hands of a “special counsel”, and nuclearized when the special counsel is not just some dogged no-name lawyer but, as in this case, an A-list celebrity Beltway lifer like Bob Mueller – who is way too special to be a special counsel. [BOB: Perhaps Comrade Mueller needs a ‘special bus’ — you know: one of those short ones?]

He goes on to describe the Unethical [and, perhaps, Immoral] actions Mueller has taken, including abuse of the Grand Jury System [which, unlike Mark, I believe is a necessary and Good system].

It seems to me, if I recall correctly [and I do] that we got rid of the Independent Counsel Law because it was believed too many of IC’s had Usurped the powers of the Executive Branch [they had].

Mark then goes on to brilliantly tackle the problem of the Unmasking of American Citizens.  As he concludes:

…The scandal here is the ruling party’s use of the intelligence agencies to get the goods on its domestic political opponents. As some of us pointed out during the Lois Lerner IRS scandal, the merger of the party and the state is not a feature of free societies.

Indeed.  The gross and flagrant and repugnant misuse of Power by The Jarrett Junto proves once and for all that what many of us have claimed for nearly a decade is true: the Leftists, when in positions of Power And Control, act like classic Totalitarians.

Mark then deals with the third kind of leak, the one that is, perhaps, the most damaging to American interests: the illegal release of transcripts of the President’s conversations with foreign leaders…

…there’s no point in heads of government phoning each other unless they can talk candidly. Otherwise, they might just as well hitch a ride with the Queen in the Imperial State Coach and wave gloved hands to the crowd. In fact, I can’t see why my old chum Julie Bishop, the Oz Foreign Minister, should take a call from Rex Tillerson in the present conditions. Or my old boss Boris Johnson or anybody else, all the way down to the Deputy Tourism Minister of the South Sandwich Islands. These leaks make state-to-state relations impossible – which is the point: There’s nothing in the content to warrant “whistleblowing”; the purpose of the leaks is to cripple the business of the government, and thus neuter Trump’s presidency.

…We’re told that the President isn’t behaving presidentially. But it’s actually more disturbing and subversive that the civil service isn’t behaving civilly, or serving.

No, it’s trying to, not simply neuter this President, but undermine all of America’s foreign relations at a time when we are the only power capable of striking fear into the hearts of the Despots of the World.  These leakers are, in essence, holding knives to the jugular of The Free World.  They make Benedict Arnold look like a piker.

Mark again:

…The Deep State isn’t just deep, it’s broad and bloated – and it decided last November that it would not accept the result of a perfectly lawful and proper election. So it doesn’t care about putting the Turnbull transcript all over the press, because, while the Australian Prime Minister may recognize Donald Trump as the President of the United States, the Deep State does not. So anything goes.

From November to January we had three months of blather about the “peaceful transfer of power”, but that is in fact precisely what the losers have denied the winners: Instead, they weaponized the transfer. …What we are witnessing is a slow-motion coup against a duly elected government by people determined to use whatever they have to hand – national-security leaks by the permanent bureaucracy, money-no-object fishing expeditions by hopelessly conflicted prosecutors, domestic surveillance of political opponents by Obama officials, and indifference to most of the preceding by a GOP congressional leadership that has no interest in seeing Trumpism succeed.

If they prevail, they will be teaching the electorate a very dangerous lesson: you can vote for change all you want, but you ain’t gonna get any. And that leads nowhere good.

Some of us already know this [see: electing GOP majorities in the House and Senate; also see: the Administrative State unfettered].

Those who are actively working to undermine us are Traitors and they must be stopped before many of us die.


  1. Fomenting Chaos is one of the Revolutionary Goals of the Left, as it creates a situation where people tired of living with it look to those who promise to restore Order — and the Left is very good at portraying itself as the savior knight in shining armor.
  2. In this case also, ‘palace’ seems rather appropriate, given Mr. Trump’s love of building and living in very gaudy ones and the fact that he governs like a Mild Caesar.

It’s Been A Long Time Since I Rock And Rolled

07 August 2017 @ 21:12

It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled
It’s been a long time since I did the stroll
Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back
Let me get it back, baby, where I come from….

Fourteen months is a long time, but I’m back, it seems.

My disappearing act started in May/June of 2016 right after Ted Cruz lost the Republican Nomination to Donald Trump.  I was fed-up at that point — fed-up with the weaselly backstabbing of the Establishment GOP, fed-up with mealy-mouthed bromides of the Establishment Conservatives, and, most of all, fed-up with those of my fellow countrymen who had made Hillaria Tiberius and Pompey Magnus Trumpicus the only viable choices for the Presidency [two would-be Caesars, one mild in effect, the other dangerous as all Hell].

After nearly eight years of living under the utterly lawless regime of Barack Hussein Obama and his Jarrett Junto, I was burnt-out…so I faded away.

I committed the Sin of letting Despair overtake me in the War to Restore our Freedoms and Liberties.

What made this retreat from The Public Square easier was that I had a place to go to that allowed me to  keep somewhat in The Arena: I had a book to finish.

Since 2006, I have been contemplating writing a book containing my analysis of what factors have brought us to the current situation where The Constitution for all intents and purposes is dead, where The United States should rightfully be called The United State, where the chains of Enslavement are being tightened around our necks.  In other words: a book On The Causes And Effects Of The Present Crisis In America.  Though my conception of what the book would be has changed over the past decade, the main theme — that The Leftist Way Of Thinking has infected all of our Souls to varying extents and that this is THE cause of The Present Crisis — has not.

During the Spring and Summer of 2015, I began writing the book. A couple of drafts were completed by the Fall of that year.  And I chose to put it aside for a while to do further research.  That ‘a while’ turned into many months because of family issues and because I let a small level of Despair reign over me.

However, when I left The Public Square in June of 2016, I was determined to resume writing the book.

Doing so preserved my Sanity and tamped-down my Anger during the Summer and Fall of 2016.

The book was finished in September and I began researching how I would publish and get the word out about it — well, the gods in their twisted humor decided to have their way with me and my plans to publish the book in December were laid aside.

First they caused a major crisis with one of my parents [both of whom are in their early nineties], and then the kicker: I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in November.

Initially, my Oncologist [I already had one from my first bout with The Big C eleven years ago] believed that the Cancer had spread to my upper spine, so I was, basically, Stage IV – Terminal.  Luckily, the gods weren’t being that cruel.  As it turned out, the appearance of a metastasizing of the Cancer had been a ‘radiological illusion’ in the initial CT-SCAN.  In actuality, I only had Stage II Lung Cancer.  I immediately cancelled my funeral party and returned the parting gifts.

After many tests and lots of poking and prodding, I underwent surgery to remove the lower lobe of my left lung at the end of January 2017.  The surgery went well, although they couldn’t do it arthroscopically as the Doc had hoped; they had to cut me open, so the recovery time was longer.

Six weeks later, I began chemotherapy treatments, which lasted until late May [and which were way worse in side-effects than had been the case with my Rectal Cancer a decade ago — if I ever see a Steroid walking down the street, I’ll go medieval on it’s arse].

My recovery continues and it proceeds at a good pace.

In June, I performed a final, quick edit and update on the book and published the PDF Version on 17 June.  I am currently working on having it available in paperback and e-book formats.

So…that’s what has been happening, what has been going down [thank the Good Lord for the ease of use of Twitter, which, believe it or not, kept me with, at least, a toe in The Arena].

I’m back.  And I’m as ticked-off as ever.

OUTLAW.

Got on my dead man’s suit and my smilin’ skull ring
My lucky graveyard boots and a song to sing
I got a song to sing to keep me out of the cold
And I’ll meet you further on up the road….

99 Years On: The House Of Special Purpose Still Resonates

16 July 2017 @ 12:00

[NOTE: This is a republishing of a post I originally ran a seven years ago]
[NOTE: This post will be sticky for the rest of today; see newer posts below]

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.

PUBLISHED: The Present Crisis by Robert Belvedere |

13 July 2017 @ 21:46

Source: PUBLISHED: The Present Crisis by Robert Belvedere |

11 September 2001 A.D.

11 September 2016 @ 01:20

2001-09-11-B

Fifteen years on…

The West is dying of slow suicide.

Islam is making great headway in achieving hegemony.

The Constitution is dead.

God have Mercy on our Souls.

2001-09-11-C

Bob Highly Recommends: ‘Begat…Begat…Begat…’ by @Not_RSMcCain

19 June 2016 @ 19:46

‘…It’s important to be grateful for our blessings, however ordinary they seem. We ought to be thankful for every day of life, because sometimes survival is victory. Every one of my children is a miracle, when you consider how long the odds were against any of them ever being born….’

Source: Begat … Begat … Begat … : The Other McCain

Lest We Forget: 17 June 1775 – Bunker Hill

17 June 2016 @ 08:23

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The Day; perhaps the decisive Day is come on which the fate of America depends.
Abigail Adams, Letter to John Adams

On that day, Patriot Outlaws met the British in battle on the hills of Charlestown, Massachusetts.

The Red Coats won the Battle, but their losses were so horrific [especially among the Officers] they never dared venture out of Boston again.

A disorganized army of Colonists under shaky and sometimes non-existent command, fought bravely and held off the damned British as long as they could.

Their Spirit must never be forgotten.

From a letter written by Peter Brown, Colonial Soldier, on 18 June 1775, to his mother in Rhode Island [re-paragraphing mine]:

…The enemy landed, fronted before us, and form’d themselves, in an oblong square in order to surround, which they did in part — after they were well form’d they advanced towards us in order to swallow us up, but they found a Choaky mouthful of us, ‘tho we could do nothing with our small arms as yet for distance, and had but two Cannon, and no Gunner, and they from Boston, and from the shipping firing and throwing Bombs, keeping us down, till they almost surrounded us.

— But God in Mercy to us fought our battle, and tho’ we were but few in number, and suffer’d to be defeated by our enemy, yet we were presrev[ed] in a most wonderful manner, far beyond our expectation and to our admiration for out of our Regiment there were but 37 kill’d 4 or 5 taken captive, about forty seven Wounded

& Oh may I never forget Gods distinguishing Mercy to me, in sparing my Life, when they fell on my right hand, and on my left, and close by me, they were to the eye of reason no more expos’d than myself. — When the Arrows of death flew thick around me, I was preserv’d while others were suffer’d to fall a prey to our Cruel enemies. O may That God whose Mercy was so far extended in my preservation, grant me his grace to devote my future Life to his divine service

Nor do I conclude that the danger is yet over, unless God in his Mercy either remove our enemy, or heal the breach — but if we should be call’d again to action I hope to have courage and strength to act my part valiently in defence of our Liberties & Country trusting in him who hath hitherto kept me, and hath cover’d my head in the day of battle, and altho’ we have lost four out of our Company & several taken captive by the enemy of America, I was not suffer’d to be touch’d.

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From a letter written by Samuel Adams to his wife Elizabeth on 28 June 1775 from Philadelphia:

MY DEAR BETSY,

Yesterday I receivd Letters from some of our Friends at the Camp informing me of the Engagement between the American Troops and the Rebel Army, in Charlestown. I cannot but be greatly rejoycd at the tryed Valor of our Countrymen, who by all Accounts behavd with an Intrepidity becoming those who fought for their Liberties against the mercenary Soldiers of a Tyrant. It is painful to me to reflect upon the Terror I must suppose you were under on hearing the Noise of War so near you. Favor me, my dear, with an Account of your Apprehensions at that time, under your own hand. I pray God to cover the heads of our Countrymen in every day of Battle, and ever to protect you from Injury in these distracted Times. The Death of our truly amiable and worthy Friend Dr Warren is greatly afflicting. The Language of Friendship is, how shall we resign him! But it is our Duty to submit to the Dispensations of Heaven, “Whose Ways are ever gracious, ever just.” He fell in the glorious Struggle for the publick Liberty.

The Dr. Warren referred to is Dr. Joseph Warren, who was in charge of the Massachusetts Rebels in the absence of Samuel Adams.

He had been commissioned a Major General in the Massachusetts Militia, but insisted on serving as a Private during The Battle Of Bunker Hill.  From Wikipedia:

Warren was appointed a Major General by the Provincial Congress on June 14, 1775. He arrived where the militia was forming and asked where the heaviest fighting would be; General Israel Putnam pointed to Breeds Hill. He volunteered as a private against the wishes of General Putnam and Colonel William Prescott, who requested that he serve as their commander. Since Putnam and Prescott were more experienced with war he declined command. He was among those inspiring the men to hold rank against superior numbers. Warren was known to have repeatedly declared of the British: “These fellows say we won’t fight! By Heaven, I hope I shall die up to my knees in blood!” He fought in the redoubt until out of ammunition, and remained until the British made their third and final assault on the hill to give time for the militia to escape. He was killed instantly by a musket ball in the head by a British officer (possibly Lieutenant Lord Rawdon) who recognized him. This account is supported by a 2011 forensic analysis. His body was stripped of clothing and he was bayoneted until unrecognizable, and then shoved into a shallow ditch.

British Captain Walter Laurie, who had been defeated at Old North Bridge, later said he “stuffed the scoundrel with another rebel into one hole, and there he and his seditious principles may remain.” His body was exhumed ten months after his death by his brothers and Paul Revere, who identified the remains by the artificial tooth he had placed in the jaw….

The Enemy Within we face today is even more barbaric.

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Remember Bunker Hill!

Meet The New Tyranny, Same As The Old Tyranny

08 June 2016 @ 11:22

I’ve decided to re-post something I published two years ago in light of this news [tip of the fedora to @alexthechick]…

From News9 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aaron Brilbeck reporting, we learn:

You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture.

That’s where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting you, as long as they suspect that your property is somehow tied to a crime.

Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards.

It’s called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and state police began using 16 of them last month.

Here’s how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money.

“We’re gonna look for different factors in the way that you’re acting,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said. “We’re gonna look for if there’s a difference in your story. If there’s someway that we can prove that you’re falsifying information to us about your business.”

Troopers insist this isn’t just about seizing cash.

“I know that a lot of people are just going to focus on the seizing money. That’s a very small thing that’ s happening now. The largest part that we have found … the biggest benefit has been the identity theft,” Vincent said.

“If you can prove can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money it will be given back to you. And we’ve done that in the past,” Vincent said about any money seized.

State Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, said that removes due process and the belief that a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He said we’ve already seen cases in Oklahoma where police are abusing the system.

“We’ve seen single mom’s stuff be taken, a cancer survivor his drugs taken, we saw a Christian band being taken. We’ve seen innocent people’s stuff being taken. We’ve seen where the money goes and how it’s been misspent,” Loveless said.

Loveless plans to introduce legislation next session that would require a conviction before any assets could be seized.

“If I had to err on the side of one side versus the other, I would err on the side of the Constitution,” Loveless said. “And I think that’s what we need to do.”

News 9 obtained a copy of the contract with the state.

It shows the state is paying ERAD Group Inc., $5,000 for the software and scanners, then 7.7 percent of all the cash the highway patrol seizes.

Standing Armies
And Their Quartering In 2014
[and 2015 and 2016]

Two of the issues that most angered the Patriots of Boston in the 1760’s and 1770’s were the presence of standing armies among the civilian population and the lodging of the members of the British Army in civilian neighborhoods and, eventually, as forced tenants in the houses of it’s citizens.

In America, the location of military resources and day-to-day operations are required to be in bases cordoned-off from areas where civilians live.  When off-duty members of the military travel outside of their bases to destinations in the civilian areas, they are subject to the civil and criminal laws as if they were regular citizens.

These law, regulations, and practices were born out of the justified concerns of The Founding Fathers that standing armies placed among the civilian population were an invitation to said armies being used by politicians to enforce unjust laws, policies, and regulations, and impose their Will on the Sovereign People.  Throughout History, as the Founders well knew, Tyrants had used military forces to suppress those who had taken up the cause of Freedom and Liberty.  They had seen first-hand the wicked and oppressive use of such forces against themselves by the British and, therefore, they wanted to ensure that such a situation would be very hard to implement in the newly created nation of The United States Of America.

Writing in the Boston Gazette issue of 17 October 1768, Samuel Adams, remarking on the Quartering Act, wrote [re-paragraphing mine]:

…No man can pretend to say that the peace and good order of the community is so secure with soldiers quartered in the body of a city as without them.

Besides, where military power is introduced, military maxims are propagated and adopted, which are inconsistent with and must soon eradicate every idea of civil government. Do we not already find some persons weak enough to believe, that an officer is oblig’d to obey the orders of his superior, tho’ it be even AGAINST the law! And let any one consider whether this doctrine does not directly lead even to the setting up that superior officer, whoever he may be, as a tyrant.

It is morever to be observ’d that military government and civil, are so different from each other, if not opposite, that they cannot long subsist together. Soldiers are not govern’d properly by the laws of their country, but by a law made for them only: This may in time make them look upon themselves as a body of men different from the rest of the people; and as they and they only have the sword in their hands, they may sooner or later begin to look upon themselves as the LORDS and not the SERVANTS of the people: Instead of enforcing the execution of law, which by the way is far from being the original intent of soldiers, they may refuse to obey it themselves: Nay, they may even make laws for themselves, and enforce them by the power of the sword! Such instances are not uncommon in history, and they always will happen when troops are put under the direction of an ambitious or a covetous governor!…

These same arguments can be observed being made again and again during this time.  And they would continue to resonate and be recycled throughout the early decades of The American Republic’s existence.

Eventually, as practices designed to prevent such Tyrannical use of the Military became long-standing and achieved the status of tradition, the fear subsided.  However, it still lived in the back of the minds of vigilant Americans.

Sadly, in the past few decades, for various and varied reasons, most of us — even those of us who have been engaged in the struggle to preserve The American Republic — have let that justified fear of standing armies and their quartering among the civilian population be deactivated.  Many of us did so as a result of our noble support for law enforcement as it fought to preserve Law And Order when it began breaking down in the 1960’s.  We had watched rioters and radicals attempting to create Chaos.  We had watched the rioters’s fellow traveller radicals in suits with briefcases use the courts and legislatures to impose unworkable restrictions on our law enforcement officials and persecute those police officers who utilized Common Sense in the carrying out their duties — duties that we, the Sovereign People, had assigned to them.  In our Virtuous desire to support Law Enforcement, we went too far and forgot the danger such forces in the hands of those with Evil intentions pose to our Freedoms and Liberties.

So, we find ourselves in the year 2014 facing a situation very similar to that faced by the British citizens living in the American Colonies in the mid-18th Century.

Since we live in an age where erecting buildings is fairly cheap and where our enemy is not some foreign army that has been brought to our shores and needs quartering, the physical reality has changed, but the spirit of what is happening remains the same as it was in 1768 and 1774.

The standing para-militarized law enforcement agencies and police departments of 2014 and the enforcement arms of branches of the national [and state] governments, like the EPA, the IRS, the BLM, and the Department Of Agriculture, are the standing armies of 1768/74 reborn.  Dressed in uniforms designed for use on the battlefield and using equipment conceived for use by soldiers in war, these civilian troops are being used by politicians to enforce encroachments on our Rights as Americans, to terrorize civilians, and to instill a fear that leads to voluntary submission to Tyrants who run our governments.

Instead of being quartered forcibly in our own homes, these troops own homes in our neighborhoods next to ours. Instead of doing the bidding of King and Parliament, these enforcers of ‘the Law’ are doing the bidding of politicians seeking to enslave us. Unlike the lobster-backs of 1768/74, these law enforcement troops are unionized and their unions are engaged in corrupt bargains with the Statist Politicians.

Too many of the civilians who, out of a desire ‘to protect and to serve’, joined law enforcement organizations have been turned against those very people who they have been charged with protecting and serving as designated guardians of Law And Order.  They have forgotten that the ultimate Power rests in the bosoms of the Sovereign People and not with bureaucrats and politicians.  They have chosen to make common cause with those who would enslave all of Mankind.  As Jeff Goldstein wrote:

To those of you who believe that the vast majority within the law enforcement community will turn on a tyrannical government should the shit ever really hit the fan and, forced to choose between the constitutional support of the citizenry and those barking out orders and paying their salaries, that they are natural allies to the citizenry … well, I’m afraid you haven’t been paying attention. Many, of course, will. But many, drunk on power and in control of vast reserves of firepower, will let their inner bullies shine through.

The Founders refused to acquiesce in the British Government’s attempt to impose de facto Martial Law on them.  They refused to accept the presence of standing armies and their quartering among civilians.  They refused to become the willing slaves of Tyrants.

If we dare to call ourselves ‘Americans’ so must we.

OUTLAW.

Bob Recommends: ‘Social Justice’ And The End Of Fun by @Not_RSMcCain

05 June 2016 @ 20:05

Today I was scrolling around feminist sites when I saw another angry young Tumblrina ranting about the patriarchy (because a guy was rude on the subway) and it hit me why this bothers me so much: When I was a teenager, life was fun because America was a free country…

Source: ‘Social Justice’ and the End of Fun : The Other McCain