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Old Kentucky Ointment

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.

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I wrote on Kentucky elections here.

 

Find your way back

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.

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Gustavus Obamus

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.

 

9/11 Again

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.
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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.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/05/3434487/graham-fbi-hindered-congresss.html#storylink=cpy

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.

There are always more layers…

Benghazi Fugazi

In 1997, with the weight of several years of Internet and more primitive mail order activism accusing the Executive Branch of gross criminal behavior, a new scandal was suddenly injected into the conversation: Chinese political contributions—we have laws about that!

In retrospect, the move seems almost comically brilliant.  The scandal expanded to tech transfers from Loral (which Richard Perle cleared up –scroll to the comments from this chap, JohnGalt for my old fans–,for his usual fee of course.)  And without breaking a rhythm, Laurie Mylroie had turned the OKC Bombing into something Saddam done.  Like he done 9/11.

Laurie Mylroie had once worked for the Clinton Administration, and was clearly in the Gore faction—anyone who thinks Gore, had he won, wasn’t going to invade Iraq still doesn’t get it.

 In the aftermath of the Benghazi SNAFU, the old rightwing blogshpere suggested the ambassador was gay, and that might have something to do with his death.  I keep in the back of my mind, that maybe that is the cover-up.

Bonkers Bolton thinks Benghazi will bring Obama down—like China Money brought down Bill Clinton, not, as they said.

The heart of the matter is that the CIA was using Libya to traffic arms to terrorists in Syria and some noise has to be created to obscure this reality.  Back at the time, WND rolled out Family Research Council spook and Waco criminal, General Boykin to say that CIA is not running guns to jihadist terrorists—someone figure out why he could say such things if not one of the actors?

Like the top being down on Kennedy’s car, we’ll never know why the hit was  allowed, but one must continue to shut out the noise.

…to Find My Wooden Leg

For those who found themselves on the dissident side, rather than seek it out, one could find various soothing ideas from over a hundred years ago (e.g. “we win in the end”) to find some out for positivism.

Failing that, a piece of prose: “the system will collapse under the contradictions of its own message.”

But that is not true either.  The totalitarian state is embraced and celebrated; where a contradiction was imagined, none existed.  One doesn’t actually trade liberty (read power) for security of course, one just cedes power and has little say.

The humiliation of it all encourages the reactionary support for symbols of power and strength.

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The events in Boston constitute a confirmation of what that area is.  Boston, as most major cities do, lives off subsidies funneled to the “higher education system”, Pharma & Hospitals, the MIC, and some tech, though now a shadow of its former self, as the former Wang and Digital employees enter the latter stages.

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Neocons Heart Chechnya

American Committee for Peace in Chechnya was founded in 2004–it’s gone now– by the usual suspects, Right and Left–Frank Gaffney, Bill Kristol, Michael Ledeen–we have done this drill so often it gets boring, that same old cast of those who contrived a case for Republicans to support invading Iraq, as Saddam done 9/11 dontchaknow?

At the time, the Guardian’s John Laughland noted that the war on terror stopped in Chechnya for this crowd of the usual suspects.  The purpose, as always, was to use a force to destabilize Russia, just as they had used radical Islamists in Afghanistan against the then Soviet Russia many years prior.

It goes hand in hand with CIA or Pentagon intervention abroad, that the United States receives a boat load of refugees from said country, be it Hmong, Somalian, Iraqi, or…Chechnya.

There are certainly more angles to pursue, especially, on-going, bipartisan support (e.g. Obama/Clinton/Kerry, McCain, Graham, Rubio) from the usual suspects, to work with jihadists in Syria (including those from Chechnya as reported March 6).

Lone-wolf street theater, or some actor in the Black Arts will be the subject of speculation for the while, but  in the coming days of analysis, let it sink in that the members of the ACPC will sleep uninterrupted tonight.

For additional reading: Sibel Edmonds on the Neocons & Chechnya.

 

Marriage and meaning

There has been some discussion on the idea of conservative support for homosexual marriage. The reason I believe such sentiment, although certainly not widespread, exists is the notion being “conservative”  means living an Ozzie and Harriet lifestyle.  (And its not just Huntsman who thinks this way, so does leftist Ted Rall and libertarian Justin Raimondo do too.)

Certainly “mainstreaming” homosexuality away from the gay pride parade image  in has been a goal of said activists for many years whether through institutions like marriage (or the military for that matter). While that might be fine for them, it doesn’t do institution much good. Yes, many heterosexuals haven’t done the institution much good either  but that’s besides the point.The question isn’t about lifestyles it’s about meaning. And if marriage is not about one thing, it becomes about everything and then it means nothing. A man marries his horse, marries his favorite ball team or marries his dead mother? Yes, very extreme examples but with western civilization coming to the conclusion than persons can marry regardless of biology because marriage is all about love, then the possibilities are out there for the crazy or the attention seeker to indulge in.

But what’s  not crazy and what’s very real is marriage of men to multiple wives, men married to child brides or marriages prearraigned or the very old marrying the very young. These are common practices all throughout the world, primarily in non-Western cultures. When marriages can’t be a fixed thing and anything goes, then there’s nothing legally the state can do to prevent it, especially when latter cultures immigrate to the former. That should be the conservative view of marriage, not shoehorning couples into a televised fantasy of wedded bliss and family life.

And the band played…

The insignificance of Margaret Thatcher is underscored on CHT with the lack of a timely post on her passing.  Certainly, in a nation of stock jobbers, some ‘happy recollection’ would be understandable in Conservative Inc., and the absence on CHT, equally understood.  Nothing to do with us.

What struck me, reading the epitaphs and myths (both pro and con) was that Enoch Powell did not receive a mention.  Thatcher, like Powell, had been a rival to Heath (who?) in British conservative/Tory politics.  Powell removed himself from the scene that Thatcher inherited, bits and parts of the rhetoric retained, if not policy, execution, or even an inkling of understanding in Powell’s thought.  (Powell attended a Bilderberg gathering back in the day, so like Robert “Bonesman” Taft, has to be understood in a larger context of jobbing out.)

Thatcher was able to retain Powell’s wing despite being a Pro-American Cold Warrior (Powell considered the US of A an enemy and Russia, a natural ally) thanks to a compliant media that suggested the National Front was her street army—these were the days when Screwdriver was earning for the National Front and it would be news to that crew that they were Thatcher supporters, save they were Cold Warriors rather than Yockeyites or Powellites.

Powell, who still holds some position in American Right mythology, is famously recalled for his Rivers of Blood speech, which is a piece of rhetoric, but he is also the Anglo politician who introduced something close to Austrian School economics language into British political discourse.

Peter Brimelow called Powell the original paleolibertarian; Lew Rockwell recalled Powell’s support for gold and non-interventionism.  And I should mention that Brimelow dissents from Sam Francis and Rockwell on the idea that the Rivers of Blood speech cost Powell his career (and I agree).

Only point being is that the passing of Maggie Thatcher, reminded me of Powell and what might have been.

Lawrence Auster, R.I.P.

Blogger Lawrence Auster has passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. His funeral is Tuesday. May he Rest in Peace.

We had our differences with him (My feud with Auster re. Lincoln is immortalized at this unofficial Auster site. About half-way down in the left column.), but he was right about a lot of things.

Here’s what some people are saying.

VDARE

VDARE II

Steve Sailer

 

More Rand Paul Political Theater

With all the chatter over the Hagel nomination that not two in a thousand Americans really understood, Rand Paul took the floor today to filibuster Obama nominee, John Brennan, slated to run the CIA, on the narrow argument of Brennan’s support for the Drone program, and more specifically, the claimed right to kill US citizens with drones and secret evidence.

“I’m going to speak as long as I can to draw attention to something I find very disturbing,” said Paul, who started speaking at 11:45 a.m.

It’s not a partisan issue, Paul said, noting that he voted to support the nominations of John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, the secretaries of State and Defense.

Paul was joined in the afternoon by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Jerry Moran, R-Kan. Along with the overseas drone strikes, they questioned the constitutionality of the U.S. government attacking a U.S. citizen on American soil without due process.

“No American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found guilty of a crime by a court,” Paul said. “How can you kill someone without going to a judge, or a jury?”

Maybe it doesn’t get better then 20 in a thousand Americans understanding the actual arguments involved, but a vast majority are aware of the Drone program and it’s generally negative placement in popular folk mythology.

Rand Paul, after his gonzo trip to Israel, his shifty Hagel performance, is delivering a solid preformance of political theater, and throwing in a monkey wrench to boot.

Update: Live Filibuster blog at AmConMag

 

CPAC Shilling for Amnesty – Freezing Out Immigration Restrictionists

This whole article from VDARE is well worth a read. My how far Conservative Inc. has fallen.

Apparently the organizers (and funders) of CPAC, like the innumerate GOP pro-amnesty caucus, either have a death wish for their causes and their party or they can’t do simple math.

The demographic shift unleashed over the last 40 years by massive immigration—legal and illegal—is on course to crush Republicans and conservatives utterly.

Of course, paleoconservative writers have been warning about this since the 1980s. But Conservatism Inc. has done nothing to stop or even slow the invasion. 

Rambo 2013

In the latter half of the 1990s, Eric Rudolph emerged as a bit of a folk hero.  While a conservative Catholic, he was placed on the Christian Identity/white nationalist spectrum as had Tim McVeigh, a ‘patriot’ gun rights anti-racist–who BTW had a vendetta against the previously discussed, Lon Horiuchi, before him.

Rudolph’s targets—abortion clinics, the Olympics, and homosexual clubs—were not Far Right targets-well, I suppose the Olympics.  (The Far Right is generally tolerant of homosexuals and is tolerant of abortion for eugenic reasons.)

Nevertheless, as Gawker notes,  Rudolph was a version of a folk hero with t-shirts and bumper stickers (Run, Rudolph, Run!) as he headed into the mountains to allude the Man, as Bonnie & Clyde, Jesse James and Billy the Kid went before.

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Chris Dorner has entered the news cycle.  The ex-LAPD, military trained, Mr. Dorner, posted a manifesto and has gone rogue with a series of killings, but not exactly thrill or random killings.

While the rightish media has focused on the boilerplater liberalism of Mr. Dorner’s manifesto, fresh off their defense of gun rights as the final check on tyranny, it has downplayed the ‘revenge’ and avenging agent points, where Mr. Dorner details bad language, bullying, abuse of suspects, general corruption amongst supervisors, which apparently in his narrative, led to his dismissal.

His targets have been selected for righteous vengeance, and families are considered fair targets—similar to contemporary Drone logic, certified by the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Price winning President.

Comments on local California news stories appear to show some thought out sympathy and admiration for Mr. Dorner’s cause.

The LAPD is on edge, no doubt, and have made matters worse when six officers opened fire on a pick-up truck that perhaps matched a description.  A Hispanic woman was hit twice, and another women escaped with minor injuries, and apparently suffered from not understanding police commands.

Reports indicate that Dorner’s trail has gone cold…literally.  Apparently there is reason to believe Dorner has hit the mountains, perhaps having committed suicide, or perhaps not.

Ever the metaphysician, Charlie Sheen, old Matt Eckert avenging his Pa himself, has done a short video asking Mr. Dorner to give him a call, and see if they can figure out a way to work this thing out.

It will be a rather short story, or perhaps drag on a bit longer.

 

Here’s where the story ends…

Lon Horiuchi, conservative Catholic, was the most hated man of the 90s in ‘patriot’ circles in a storyline gone wrong, or worse, a designed storyline with ugly implications.  Horiuchi had shot and killed a woman at Ruby Ridge and was on post at Waco to kill targets by order of the American government.

The killer of Protestants in Idaho and Waco, he escaped punishment for simply following orders and being competent at his chosen occupation.

In the context of the same storyline, Catholic conservative, Eric Rudolph, began a lone wolf campaign against the modern world.  Of course, Eric Rudolph was painted in the Big Media as a crazy Prot, but that was not the case.

Like “Passion of the Christ” that would follow a few years later—if a bit of a reach here–the mildly aware, if few, Prot and Catholic, were sympathetic to the general authenticity of the position.

Our handlers observed as much and adjusted.

The appointment of Waco criminal Boykin–the very chap who suggested use of CS gas– to the ‘conservative’ Family Research Council and the apparent publicity around America’s “greatest” sniper, suggest a calculated marketing strategy.

Until very recently, when America’s greatest sniper, was gunned down at a rifle range, by an Iraq War vet.  The mental illness angle will be floated as it always is, but for readers of ‘90s patriot classic, “Unintended Consequences”, something else is to be observed.

It all falls apart, on so many level, and yet, all we have tried to do was prevent this unwinding.

 

More Ghosts of Waco: Boykin Does Libya Damage Control for the Company

April 2012’s article on PATCON in FP was a major breakthrough in high brow reporting on an often observed and discussed federal government operation of domestic agent provocateurs.

Coupled with Jesse Trenteadue’s FOIA releases as relating to his search for justice for his deceased brother, and placing Fast and Furious in the context of PATCON (as well as placing Waco and OKC within PATCON), the picture is pretty clear.

I came of age with the incident at Waco, and its corollary at OKC.  I have written a couple pieces over the past year (here, here) on one of the actors, General Boykin, the representative of Delta Force who came up with the idea to use CS gas on the women and kids at Waco, being hired by the Family Research Council after he, to borrow a pro-wrestling term, did a ‘turn’ into an anti-Islam Crusade conservative.

Soon after his hiring, there was a ‘lone nut’ who helpfully got Family Research Council in the news in a protest against their stance on gay marriage.  I am not suggesting that it was a publicity…well, whatever nevermind.

Boykin is out today exonerating the CIA for any ‘fast and furious’ connection to the recent unpleasantness in Benghazi, and guns for radical Islamic ‘rebels’ in Syria.   (Don’t hesitate to click over and give ole Local Ale a like bump.)  Boykin’s placement into the media stream splits the ‘evangelical’ media, as WND has leaned populist over the years.

Rand Paul is on his Plague Tour, comparing what happened in Libya/Syria to Fast and Furious. 

And of course, Jesse Trentaeadue has noted that Fast and Furious is but an extension of PATCON.

Might be an opportunity here.

The Ghosts of Waco

 

Pardoning Randal

Over in the Ron Paul collective, on-line and off-line, the angling between grassroots and professional/’regular’ “Libery Inc” folks organizing in defense of Rand Paul continues; quite a bit of tension has occurred over Randal Paul’s trip to Israel, paid for by one David Lane, a prominent Evangelical, not related to The Order.

Back in the ‘80s, the “conservative” Jesse Helms, recently fresh off travel with Larry McDonald*—if he took a different flight, went to Israel and ‘converted’ to the cause of foreign aid at the Wailing Wall—the humiliation on the Alt Right of the time should put Rand’s quaint trip in some perspective.

And in that light, reading about Rand’s designation for his trip to Israel as “The Plague Tour” , and poking fun at his benefactor’s trip, he asked for the Guns N Roses version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” a song that originally appeared on the soundtrack for the NASCAR/Tom Cruise film, “Days of Thunder” and then on Use Your Illusion II.   (The song was a staple of the original ‘88 Appetite for Destruction Tour, if far more punk anthem in style.)  There is a certain amiable gonzo quality to this tour, and one cannot help but entertain the notion of a certain calculation on Rand’s part.

And of course, Bob Dylan wrote the song from the perspective of Billy the Kid for the Sam Peckinpah film, “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.” 

Billy the Kid was famously pardoned by the Governor of New Mexico, Lew Wallace, who was then busy writing Ben Hur; Wallace failed to deliver on the pardon despite Billy providing his end of the bargain, promised testimony against corruption.

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*The link reprints a 1984 story from Hustler Magazine on the death of Larry McDonald.  I have written on the pre-internet distribution channel  of  ‘men’s’ magazines and alt. journalism in the past and point out another example.

How authoritarianism makes for strange bedfellows

I never thought I’d live to see the day the gun-control issue could bring together persons such Sen. Barbra Boxer (D-Calf.) and the NRA but in this crazy world you never know what you can expect.  And if  takes a horrible crime such as the Sandy Hook massacre to bring such strange bedfellows together in agreement, then perhaps some good can come out of such tragedy.

But it’s not good when it comes to when to heart of freedom, which is what the Second Amendment is about (NRA bumperstickers after all say “Defend Freedom”), when the NRA decides to ally itself with authoritarianism which its “alliance” with Boxer is about. For the NRA, in its recent press conference on Sandy Hook, basically allied itself with Boxer’s  proposal to have armed National Guard troopers guarding elementary schools by calling for armed police officers, paid for by the Federal Government, to do the exact same thing.

The disappointing part of the NRA’s press conference which took no questions, was the fact its tone and language put the organization not on the side of freedom, which claims to be about, but authoritarianism. Its remedies, taken to their logical conclusion, is a garrison state with official lists of mentally ill people and with censorship.  Libertarians, who have been their most valuable allies in the gun control debate, could only be disappointed in their presentation. Ron Paul thinks they’ve gone mad.

Does the NRA really want a society where everyone must be armed (like the town of Kennesaw, Georgia) rather than just having the freedom to have firearms? Force the Amish to own guns? If so, then this only lends more evidence to support the charge the NRA is simply bedfellows to the gun industry and working more to enrich them (which in turns funds the NRA) than looking out for the Constitutional rights of its membership. People have the right to own a gun then they should also have the right not own a weapon or allow weapons in their home, place of business or school. Some schools and public buildings may decide to allow licensed teachers or administrators to have guns on school grounds (which they are trying to do in Texas) and that’s fine if they wish to do so or have retire policemen or police officers on school grounds too. Fine, they should pay for them themselves.

Some states and communities may try to tighten existing gun laws (which didn’t work in Connecticut) and others may do what I had mentioned above. Whatever happens, one hopes the hysteria caused by this evil act does wind up as a replay of the aftermath of 9-11, which gave us the Patriot Act. To prevent this, the NRA and other conservatives need to be critiqued and need keep their heads instead of losing them in the mad rush to “do something”. It’s doubtful Wayne LaPierre wrote the statement he made. In that case, as a lobbyist, it will be easier to walk back what he said when talking to politicians in the gun control debate. But if this is a new line of argument, then the NRA is doing a great disservice to its membership by making it more friendless and isolated than ever before (and there’s no Charlton Heston out there to restore its credibility) with a demographic group that isn’t exactly a growing part of the populace. They had better be a lot wiser than they’ve acted so far.

 

New Study: 2/3 of Obama’s new jobs went to Third World immigrants

Who Got Jobs During the Obama Presidency?

Steven A. Camarota, CIS, Nov. 2012

A new analysis of government data shows that two-thirds of the net increase in employment since President Obama took office has gone to immigrant workers, primarily legal immigrants. Although the level of new immigration overall has fallen, legal immigration remains very high. While economists debate the extent to which immigrants displace natives, the new data make clear that there is no general labor shortage in the United States. This analysis calls into question the wisdom of bringing in more than a million new legal immigrants each year at a time when the employment situation remains bleak.

Among the findings of this analysis:

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Symposium of Destruction

While discussing the matter of whom one is voting for, the air seams a bit stuffy.  The rationale breaks down: voting Third Party is cool if slightly so 2004, not voting is a boring moral posture for the internet, voting Romney is gambling (for one’s eternal soul and all that); voting Obama is neocon spite.

I tend to lean that most of the major policy movements are already written and built into the system, and timing coupled with rationale being the only surprise which has always led to conservatives arguing about the last battle.  That said, some other sorts of predictions:

1)  If Romney wins, will there be urban “unrest”?  If Obama wins will there be urban “unrest”?

2) If Obama wins, will Conservative Inc lead with the charge of voter fraud?  Or will they favor blaming the Ron Paul wing and the Gary Johnson/Goode votes?  Or will they blame the bete noir, socons?

3) If Obama wins, will the storyline from Conservative Inc and the MSM be that the American people like divided government so lets all move along.

4) If Romney loses, will they blame anti-Mormon feelings?

5) Easy one:  will the debt ceiling be raised by a lame-duck Congress?

6)  What will be unleashed by a lame duck Congress?