Loki is playing Hank Williams Sr.? What? I agree with Hank 3. Couldn’t they find an American to play an American icon? And preferably a Southerner.
This video of the designer of the F-15 explains just what a mess the disastrous, and disastrously expensive, F-35 has been. It’s worth watching the whole thing.
When I was first in the Air Force, I recall a lot of people talking up the new generation fighter. We weren’t going to believe what it could do, we were told. I think a lot of people were misled.
I originally accessed this video here.
Freelance Russia analyst Mark Hackard is one of the few people who can make the accusation of fascism without coming off as a leftist:
Also set in historical precedent is US collaboration with fascists. Far from limited to sponsorship of Pinochet-style military governments in Latin America, it’s worth recalling that Wall Street actively financed Adolf Hitler’s rise to Weltmacht. And so today the ultra-nationalists of Ukraine enjoy Washington’s tacit support as they drive to ethnically cleanse the country’s south and east of Russians and attain a pyrrhic victory for their ideology. Since Right Sector, Svoboda and other radical parties are enraptured by the legacy of National Socialism, they would do well to remember not only its fate, but also its dialectical function. The wholesale destruction and dehumanization wrought by Nazism merely cleared the way for the triumph of international capital, which from the end of World War II has enforced its dictates through liberal political economy, cultural Marxism and American military power.
Hackard’s point is that fascists often inadvertently pave the way for Marxism.
For what little it’s worth, I don’t mind saying that my own reservations about the Ukrainian nationalist movement have had less to do with the Ukrainian experience of World War II than with said nationalists’ connection to the US government.
How’s that Big Three working out for you now?!
Reaction to the situation in Iraq is breaking down two ways on my FaceBook feed. Either it’s Obama’s fault for withdrawing the troops too early, or it’s Bush’s fault for invading in the first place. Here is what I posted:
If you think the original invasion of Iraq was a good idea, then you will believe that the current mess means we left too soon. If you think the original invasion of Iraq was a bad idea, then you will see the current mess as evidence that you were right all along. I’m very firmly in the latter group, but I think we should all be able to agree that the people who said the war would be a “cakewalk” and that we would be greeted as liberators were deluded ideologues. So perhaps we should stop listening to them.
Jim Hellwig, aka the Ultimate Warrior, died yesterday at the age of 54, shortly after being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame and giving a speech, that whatever the case, was prophetic, and recalls the epic The Wrestler.
Jim Hellwig came up through the Von Erich run Texas outfit, World Class Championship Wrestling, as the Dingo Warrior. The last living member of the tragic Von Erich family, Kevin, tweeted on the news:
“Jim Hellwig, Warrior, who ever, he was Kerry’s friend, and was always up front with me. RIP Dingo, life turns on a dime”
Jim Hellwig flamed out in professional wrestling after one too many disputes with Vince McMahon, going so far as to legally change his name to the Ultimate Warrior to protect his copyright, which Vince claimed. After leaving wrestling, he hit the speaking tour scene, as a conservative Republican, until he spoke too plainly in those early Oughts for Young Republicans–sensitive as they are, long before A&E met with the Duck Dynasty Clan.
From Hellwig, on Monday Night television, hours before his death:
“Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that’s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers—by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever.”
I saw the sleeper hit movie God’s Not Dead this weekend with my family. It has some pretty significant flaws, but the overall emotional impact of the film is surprisingly powerful inspite of itself. I’ll write more on it later. Has anyone else seen it? Thoughts?
Oh well. It was sweet while it lasted. At least the SEC is representin’. Maybe the much maligned (basketball wise) SEC was better this season than the critics were giving them credit for, as 3 of the remaining 16 teams are from the SEC (Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee).
Well, this is interesting. Richard Spencer is taking his National Policy Institute (NPI) show on the road to CPAC this year.
For years, supporters have urged NPI to make an appearance at CPAC. This year, we’re doing it.
I will be attending panels that are relevant to our movement, and on Friday, March 7, we will host a private gathering for friends, supporters, and interested attendees. We will be joined by a special guest, whose identity will be revealed in the coming days.
In attending CPAC, we must be realistic about what can be accomplished. NPI is not an official sponsor, and thus our ability to affect CPAC’s agenda is limited to say the least.
While I have my disagreements with Spencer, I agree with this approach. That said, I do see how this could go awry. CPAC made the news last year because a group of white nationalists attended and managed to go viral. I’m sure CPAC wants to avoid that outcome this year. Once word of this gets out to the SPLC and other PC enforcing organizations, it wouldn’t surprise me if CPAC makes an effort to prevent it. CPAC can not, as far as I know, prevent a private get together at the hotel. (Unless they have some sort of contract with the hotel that gives them a say with regard to all room usage? I’m no lawyer, so I’m just shooting from the hip here.) But I do think that they, as a private entity, could refuse to allow a particular person to register. Maybe Spencer will be going as press. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
Boy, those Dark Enlightenment folks have sure gotten the attention of (what they call) the Cathedral recently. The hit pieces continue to roll in. John Derbyshire discusses the situation in an essay at TakiMag. He also discusses it in a separate article at VDare. Two recent articles in The Telegraph, formerly a somewhat conservative paper, have taken their shots. The first is by Jamie Bartlett who I am not familiar with. The second, very disappointingly, is by Tim Stanley, who you may recall wrote a fairly friendly biography of Pat Buchanan and was thought by many to harbor some conservative sympathies.
Update: Tim Stanley is taking it on the chin in the comments section. It helps to make them sort oldest to newest, then just start reading them from the beginning.
Oklahoma politics is the place to watch. Don’t bother looking for it, it’s not there, to quote Marti DeBergi, but I wrote about it a few years ago on a defunct blog, anyway.
A couple sessions ago, the Congress decriminalized home brewing, and placed a referendum on the ballot banning Sharia Law-passed, if to be struck down-only the humorless cannot see the natural consistency–and the gonzo political humor.
Word, from WorldNetDaily, that an Oklahoma legislature, a Republican, is moving forward with a plan to eliminate marriage is ever more encouraging as it seems to have conservative support.
Seeing as the other legislative angle would be to make divorce impossible,..
Retired General conman, Paul Vallely (pension receiver who would never risk it—lets face it) is leading a plan amongst so-called Tea Party groups, strangely popular in “conservative” South Carolina, to push forward with a Congressional strategy of voting “No Confidence” in the Executive Office holder.
The subject of ex-military men, generals in particular, sold as “rightwingers” is a topic of mine (here, and here), just as an aside, as I point out the most recent incarnation. My angle carves back to General Walker who Oswald is said to have taken a shot at…
General Vallely—Vallely appears to be an Irish name– was leading up the charge for the Syrian rebels not a few months ago–literally in theater, but of note, “late to the game by design”/I see nothing sort of sites like WND are going along with the ruse.
While the rest of us are turning up on lists, even if just by the algos, let it stew on your person, that this tool is taking a government pension, in spite (LOL) of the entire surveillance state.
Mitt Romney, back in the day, supported bailing out all those who found themselves a loser when the mortgage backed securities were revealed as worthless and the collateral calls were made. One of those companies, GE, owner of MSNBC, made out okay–good to employ Alan Greenspan’s wife after all.
MSNBC, is a worthless cable channel, literally, as nobody watches it. Street theater with the up-and-coming is all they have left, and hence the comments about the Romney Christmas card, where Mitt clearly uses children as a political prop–unless this card was not meant for public consumption–with the newest Romney, an adopted ‘African-American’ child, seated on his lap. If it looks like a “see, I am not a racist” sort of pandering, it is a fair and reasonable observation (of course the MSNBC host is walking back, short lived street theater.)
And at the same time, if the angle the MSNBC team was working is that adoption should be done within the most similar circumstances, that is a fair point as well, and the conservative point up until the 1970s, where black social workers were adamant that whites should not adopt black babies. It should be further noted Mitt Romney supports homosexuals adopting children (reducing supply) and signed the surrogate contract for his son Tagg (that included an abortion clause, and not just for life of the mother.)
The predictable response from Conservative Inc., was to play the victim–look at those liberal racists! as they start showcasing their bona fides as the true promoters of ‘diversity’ (which is code word–wait, you have heard this one before.)
The whole thing is embarrassing and pathetic, in light of Mr. Robertson over at Duck Dynasty running rings around the media. Classic pathetic Romney and all that–he must seriously be thinking of running again.
Aww… how sad. Pardon me a moment while I shed a tear.
Sen. John McCain’s daughter says her dad is “depressed” and “frustrated” with the tea party faction of the Republican Party, which she called “the hyper-conservative wing.”
What ought to make John McCain sad is looking at his traitorous mug in the mirror every morning and knowing he has to live with himself.
To clarify the following: A plane flying over North Carolina actually falls apart, two bombs stronger than those used on Japan (WWII) were dropped, one nearly activates.
From The Guardian:
This document was written on 22 October 1969 by Parker F Jones, the supervisor of the nuclear weapons safety department at Sandia national laboratories. The document has recently been declassified having been acquired under freedom of information provisions by the investigative reporter Eric Schlosser for his new book Command and Control. It is published here for the first time.
In the document, Jones gives his response to a passage in a book by Dr Ralph Lapp, a physicist involved in the Manhattan Project that developed the first nuclear bombs, that describes the accident in 1961 in which two hydrogen bombs were dropped inadvertently over North Carolina. An extract of Lapp’s book is reprinted on the left hand column of the first page of this document, and Jones’s expert response is printed on the right hand column.
From the first page of the document, Lapp writes:
[T]he 24 megaton warhead [Jones: bomb, not warhead] was equipped with six [Jones: not six, four] interlocking safety mechanisms, all of which had to be triggered in sequence to explode the bomb. When Air Force experts rushed to the North Carolina farm to examine the weapon after the accident, they found that five of the six had been set off by the fall [Jones: one "set off" by the fall. Two rendered ineffective by aircraft breakup.]
From the second page of the document, Jones writes:
One simple, dynamo-technology, low voltage switch stood between the United States and a major catastrophe!
If a short to an “arm” line occurred in a mid-air breakup, a postulate that seems credible, the Mk 39 Mod 2 bomb could have given a nuclear burst.
A Russian promoter has offered Tim Tebow $1 million dollars to play two games of American football in Russia. Reports indicate that Tebow’s advisers are telling him not to, though Tebow wishes to accept as an ambassador of American football—let alone the payday.
The dissident Right community has been very critical of the American Old Right such as it is, from Ron Paul (let alone Rand) to the Evangelical Community. They raise solid points, particularly around the Evangelical Community as being found hopeless politically and culturally.
And yet, if ever there was a movement for a Yockeyite Right in the States, it is found in the populist “libertarian” community that has found a place on RT, and finds itself in line with Putin and Assad on the case of Syria.
Tim Tebow playing in Russia for $1 million would be well watched on the Internet. It would be a major propaganda coup—yet another—for Putin’s outreach to a “normal” American political instinct.
American professional football is owned and run by the Corporate Cowards. The NFL was the one entity that had the power to achieve some justice for Pat Tillman, and yet, they chose to side with the State and just took the exploitation for commercial gain, while running off singing songs of patriotism.
Tebow should go visit Russia.
This past January, on a Patroon column criticizing Jack Hunter amongst others, I wrote:
Would you agree that the best message that can be sent is a hard right challenger against McConnell/Benton?
It’s never so simple as one Matt Bevin, a native of New Hampshire, reached out to “Tea Party” sorts a few weeks, maybe a month back, and put together a challenge. Bevin is a typical stock jobber Republican of the Romney mold, but unlike Romney, actually seems to have a nose to for politics.
Not exactly Hard Right-don’t mention the War, drones, NSA, and no mention on immigration, but if Bevin wants to win, he might just start using some now tried and true tactics in Kentucky…might be worth following.
When I attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the early 1990s, there was a fella who sold fruit drinks from a mobile stand on the campus’s Library Mall. It was called “Loose Juice.” If the name Karleton Armstrong didn’t ring a bell, you would have figured the bald, 6-4, pony-tailed guy as just another street vendor. But if you did know your history, you would have also realized Armstrong was one of the most notorious domestic terrorists in U.S. history, causing millions of dollars of damage as the often one-man shown known as the “New Year’s Gang” and who, along with three other co-conspirators, was also responsible for the destruction of Sterling Hall on the UW campus and the death of researcher Robert Fassnacht. back in 1970 to protest the Vietnam War.
Now Armstrong isn’t running for public office and is more or less a regular fellow in Madison these days. But there were other 1960s radicals from Tom Hayden to Bill Ayers to Bernadine Dohrn who went onto careers in politics and academia who advocated the violent overthrow of the United States government and some cases tried to bring this about. Yet these persons were allowed back into the “mainstream” of American life to the point where they can get elected to public office, become important public figures or teachers and generally be accepted in many walks of life.
Jack Hunter, on the other hand, simply advocated the secession of the South from the United State, not the overthrow of its government. The most controversial thing he did was wear a wrestling mask with a Confederate flag on it, not make bombs or rob banks. Yes he wrote some anti-Lincoln/pro-Conferedate things but in recent years he was trying to put that past behind him and work for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. Unfortunately, there is no “mainstream” for Jack. He stepped down from Paul’s staff and is probably done with national politics. It goes without saying this case is an example of how some people’s way back to the “mainstream” is a lot easier than others depending on your point of view and the controversial things you did. If you’re going to be an ex-anything, be an ex-Commie. They don’t elect or sing the songs from ex-Nazis or ex-LOS members that’s for sure.
I’ve mentioned how the internal conflict in Syria in some ways is similar to that of the Thirty Years War. Well, in those very same “some ways” we’re witnessing history try to repeat itself with the announcement the U.S. will begin to directly arm the insurrectionists in Syria against Assad government for its reported use of chemical weapons in the conflict, even if such claims are once again regarded as dubious and unfounded (you see, history repeating itself.)
The Thirty Years War was on the surface a sectarian conflict between Catholic and Protestant in central Europe but very powerful political, financial and imperial reasons influenced the fighting as well, at least for those major powers who were either directly involved in the fighting or working their influence behind the scenes. The U. S. announcement of intervention is reminiscent of the Swedish intervention into the conflict, led the warrior king Gustavus Adolphus.
While the Swedes intervened in the conflict with every intention of saving the Protestant side from defeat, its larger aims basically transcended this religious conflict. Sweden wanted to be the dominant power in the Baltic by securing control of both Pomerania and Courland directly and secure the means of making itself a power through economically controlling the resources of the Baltic area, both natural and through trade routes. Likewise, Gustavus Obamus, may want a democratic Syria but has much larger goals than just setting up ballot boxes. He wishes for the U.S. to to have a role in Syria’s political future (which depends upon military intervention) and economic future (which depends upon the political intervention). U.S. intervention cannot make the Syrian rebels “win” but it can keep them at least going for the foreseeable future so that conflict drags out and some settlement is reached (which would likely mean a partition of some sort). The U.S is also intervening because Iran and its Lebanese Shiite allies in Hezbollah are intervening in the conflict (the real “red line” which has been crossed) and Gustavus Obamus wants to make sure they gain no advantage for themselves if the Assad regime survives.
Swedish intervention was crucial in preventing the defeat of the Protestant armies and blocking the continental ambitions of Hapsburg family. Gustavus Obamus hopes U.S. intervention has the same kind of decisive impact. But sending small arms to a bunch of doctors, lawyers and merchants turned soldiers and training them doesn’t sound too decisive to me. Right now it’s the only kind of intervention Gustavus Obamus can get away with politically. Pretty soon however, if nothing changes, the calls for intervention on a greater scale (like no-fly zones, special forces incursions, and the ultimate move, boots on the ground) will grow now that the U.S. is committed itself to both supporting the rebel side but seeing to it Bashar al-Assad falls in the process. At least Gustavus Adolphus, an acknowledged military genius, went into the Thirty Years War fully committed with his forces and his nation’s prestige. Gustavus Obamus, on the other hand, has just entered the Syrian war with the U.S. prestige but not much else to back it up. And as repeats itself once again, steady but inevitable escalation (unless you wish to cut and run and leave the insurrectionists to their fate) will be the only U.S. option as well.
It seems that the year 2014 could well be out of Afghanistan and into Syria.
When Americans found themselves lucky enough to receive the vestiges of something representing an Anglo-Saxon or Classical Education, and received, if nothing but, a sketch of English History, say from King Alfred down to the George III, one likely had a taste for the nature of intrigue and esoteric politics.
What is now called “conspiracy theory” was the proper mindset offered to those who were “educated.” The purpose of educating a certain segment of folks on how things really were, was to encourage order by showing the ways of the world, and not to be shocked by it. That virtue still mattered, even if one became part or some adjunct of the elite.
Of course, this was not our time.
The reader likely missed that the owner of the Venice, Florida area flight school that trained, amongst others, Mohammed Atta, one Rudi Dekkers, was arrested last December on charges of attempt to traffic heroin (and where does the H come from?). What should have been, at least, a worthwhile footnote, barely registered.
This past week, a FOIA court battle, forced the FBI to concede that a local Venice, Florida, Saudi family (of some import) was quite familiar with the 9/11 hijackers, and ingesting the syntax, the FBI had lied about their supposed lack of knowledge,
After the story broke, the FBI acknowledged its investigation but claimed it found no evidence to connect the Ghazzawis or the al-Hijjis to the hijackers or the 9/11 plot. Agents maintained, too, that the FBI made all of its 9/11 records available to Congress.
The Freedom of Information lawsuit was filed last September, after the FBI declined to release any records on the matter.
In March, as the case moved toward trial this summer, the Bureau unexpectedly released 31 of 35 pages it said had been located. The partially censored records flatly contradict the FBI’s earlier public comments and state that the Sarasota Saudis had “many connections” to persons allied with the hijackers.
and further, withheld the information from the 9/11 Commission.
The educated man doesn’t assume that the numerous hay-makers thrown at the “official story” finally landed a punch, as he considers that perhaps, particularly in light of the assault on the IRS at this moment, there is some broader agenda in play.