Here’s what some people are saying.
Here’s what some people are saying.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
It’s 0840 EST 21 Dec 12, and we’re still here. At what time can we officially call this whole Mayan end of the world thing bunk?
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:
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?
So Takimag still has some interesting pieces from time to time, including this one from Nicholas Farrell:
One of the reasons the West is in such deep trouble is that it has allowed “rights” to kill off what’s “right,” as in “that which is right.”
Rights are used to justify a whole series of wrongs, from the declaration of unwise or unjust wars to the condemnation of smokers to a life on the streets.
No greater Americana legend in music then Ronnie Van Zant, has been trampled on. With only one remaining member who ever played a recorded lick on a track or two, Lynyrd Skynyrd has decided to drop the Confederate flag as part of their aesthetic.
On the strength of Atlanta music scene indie heroes, Drive By Trucker’s, Southern Rock Opera, all got a fuller picture of the legend:
Now Ronnie and Neil became good friends their feud was just in song
Skynyrd was a bunch of Neil Young fans and Neil he loved that song
So He wrote “Powderfinger” for Skynyrd to record
But Ronnie ended up singing “Sweet Home Alabama” to the lord
And Neil helped carry Ronnie in his casket to the ground
And to my way of thinking, us southern men need both of them around
-”Ronnie and Neil”, Drive By Truckers
In the glam rock scene, there is much discussion, all negative, about the multiple acts using the same name–there are two Great Whites, and two LA Guns touring right now, for example. And Axl takes a load of heat for still using the Guns N Roses name, even though he is the only one left–Axl who once covered himself in the Confederate flag to sing the Midwest isolationist anthem, “Civil War”, and one who lost a relative in the late Unpleasantness that seemed to play on his mind.
But whatever have we done, to live long enough, to see the great Lynyrd Skynyrd bastardized by the corporate manager, attempting to promote an album with of all titles, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed”?
Neil Young helped lower the coffin into the ground.
The author of The Tyranny of Liberalism scrutinizes the supposed Golden Age of high ideals:
A class that rules by claiming not to rule needs to hide what it is. Our new rulers deny their identity as a class while denouncing the influence of classes that remain identifiable as such. If the Supreme Court is all white or male, that’s domination by a particular class and something must be done about it. If it’s all graduates of Yale and Harvard Law School, and recent presidential elections have all been contests between various Yale and Harvard graduates, that’s not domination by a particular class, it’s just proof that Yale and Harvard are superior and the more power we give the Supreme Court and president the better.
Canada maybe the last place on earth you expect political violence but after Wednesday’s provincial election in Quebec that’s exactly what happened. And this wasn’t the work of some deranged loner. Apparently a local businessman tried to assassinate Quebec’s new premiere Pauline Marois, killing one person and wounded one in the process. He also tried to set fire to the Montreal club the Parti Quebecois was holding its victory celebration in.
There has been violence recently in Quebec but it’s been more of the Occupy-kind, rioting students in Montreal protesting tuition hikes which helped to undermine the ruling LP government. The alleged assassin, 62-year old Richard Henry Bain, reportedly shouted anti-Quebecois slogans while being taken away into custody. Marois was trying to revive the sovereignty debate after its has fallen into the doldrums over the past decade of Liberal Party rule. Although the PQ won this was due more to the Grits mismanagement, corruption and voter fatigue with the Liberals (even outgoing Premiere Jean Charet lost his riding) more than a desire for a another referendum (which if held only 30 percent would vote for, if that.) It would be political suicide for her minority government to try something like this (and no one expects her government to last very long anyway).
Still, there is one thing which could revive the debate, and that’s the attitude the ruling Tories takes toward the PQ. If they treat them with contempt, not only could it help the PQ provincially it could help the NDP consolidate their Quebec gains from the last Federal election and truly send the Grits to the ashbin of history. How the Harper government treats Quebec with a distinctly unfriendly, leftist government will show whether Canada’s politics have become as polarized as American politics (and unavoidably so) now that the NDP is the official opposition.
Our secret Charlotte correspondent, Harrison Bergeron, files two reports. Here are his pix of Democratic bigwigs he saw, and here is his reaction to a death threat against Mitt Romney made by a Democratic delegate.
Pat Buchanan’s column on the fortunes of would-be Senator for Missouri, Todd Akin, seemed perfect. Akin, who does not believe in the so-called “rape” exception to “abortion law”, was made to look foolish with his attempt to explain, as I surmise, the rarity of rape related pregnancies that are terminated.
Right and Left, his science, or rather pseudo-science, has been mocked, one supposes, in an attempt to deflect from the actual Christian position on abortion.
All well and fair in these tactical battles–it is an election year in a battleground state.
Over at Apocalypse Cometh, an article this week in the Daily Mail was highlighted, regarding the positive nature of, ahem, ‘male fluid’ on the female psyche—typical Euro sex obsessed one supposes, but there was this highlighted nugget in the Daily Mail article:
Other recent findings from Gallup’s laboratory suggest that semen-exposed women perform better on concentration and cognitive tasks and that women’s bodies can detect ‘foreign’ semen that differs from their long-term or recurrent sexual partner’s signature semen.
They suggest the ability to detect foreign sources is an evolved system that often leads to unsuccessful pregnancies – via greater risk of preeclampsia – because it signals a disinvested male partner who is not as likely to provide for the offspring.
For the sake of argument, if the study is 100% correct, Todd Akin actually does have a scientific point to make, perhaps speculative, but reasonable.
The point being is that the Left is allowed to say what Todd Akin says, and the Republicans/Conservative Inc are the true enforcers of Political Correctness.
Jim Antle, a paleo-sympathetic voice at American Spectator, is moving to the Daily Caller. Antle brought some balance to the commentary at AS. He’ll be missed.
Daniel Larison makes an important point here. Leftist and moderate conventional wisdom is that the GOP Presidential nomination is controlled by conservative ideologues. This is simply not true. You can’t win the GOP nomination and violate certain Republican orthodoxies such as taxes, abortion and guns, but as long as you have checked all the boxes, the GOP generally nominates the relatively moderate choice of the Establishment. Part of this is because there are often a lot of conservative candidates competing in the primary against one (by nature) Establishment choice, but the conservative movement hasn’t done a good job of fielding consensus picks if such candidates even exist. 2000 was unique in that conservatives rallied around the Establishment candidate, Bush II, rather quickly.
The Republican Party has a tendency to nominate the relative moderate in any given presidential field. That has been the rule since 1988. Republican VP selections have so often been “base-pleasing moves to the right” because many conservatives are usually uninspired or even disappointed by the nominee. Republican VP nominees are usually expected to balance the ticket mostly in the sense that they are supposed to compensate for the nominee’s perceived ideological liabilities.
The principal reason that 1980 was the last time there was a moderate VP nominee on the Republican ticket is that 1980 was also the last time that a relatively more conservative contender prevailed in an open nominating contest. In every open Republican nominating contest since then, the relative moderate has prevailed over a number of conservative challengers. In every case, the relative moderate was considered the early front-runner or heir apparent, very conservative rank-and-file voters and activists were dissatisfied that the party had “settled” for the relative moderate, and the nominee sought to appease them by choosing a running mate that would satisfy them.
When will conservatives learn? They are the Republican Party’s fools. This is why I say, work in the GOP in the primary, but you have to be willing to vote third party in the general if you are dissatisfied. What else is going to change this dynamic?
The Reform Party held their convention this weekend and nominated Andre Barnett. (My IPR post here.) Barnett doesn’t sound like a bad guy, but my how the Reform Party has fallen. They will be on few ballots this year.
In some news closer to home, the California American Independent Party nominated Alan Keyes sidekick Tom Hoefling. For those unfamiliar with this sorry tale, the CA AIP was formerly affiliated with the national Constitution Party but a rump faction left in 2008 in a huff over the fact that their boy Alan Keyes didn’t get the nomination. The CA SoS sided with the rump faction in a mindless decision. Some Virgil Goode supporters had hoped that they would nominate Virgil Goode despite not being formerly affiliated with the CP any longer, but instead they nominated Hoefling. The Hoefling nomination strikes me as pure spite. See IPR discussion of this mess here, here, here, here and here. Also see the Ballot-Access News thread here.