Category Archives: Culture

ISIS Destroys Tomb of Jonah

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Russia Today reports on ISIS’s destruction of the Tomb of Jonas. RT estimates the original site dates back to the eighth century BC.

The Tomb was a holy site for both Christians and Muslim (as well as Jews?). It is just one of a number of holy sites recently destroyed by ISIS, which must view them as false idols. According to RT: “Thirty shrines and 15 hussainias and mosques in the Mosul area have been destroyed by IS in recent months.”

ISIS would have never risen to power without US aid given to Syrian rebels. Whenever the US gets involved in the Middle East, we see archaeological sites and museums looted, ancient ethnic minorities chased out (especially Christians, some of the oldest Christian communities), and world heritage sites destroyed.

And of course in America, there are increasing calls for destroying native heritage sites here.

No Emmy Nominations for The Walking Dead or Longmire?!

This is an outrage!!!

Seriously, surely The Walking Dead deserves a nomination for best dramatic series. And surely David Morrissey (a Brit) deserves a best supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of The Governor and Robert Taylor (an Aussie) deserves a best leading actor nomination for his role as Sheriff Walt Longmire.

The Emmys did get it right by recognizing Fargo with multiple nominations. If Billy Bob Thornton doesn’t win his category, something is wrong with the world.

On a side note, as Dr. Clyde Wilson has pointed out before, it is probably of interest to our “thing” to note that so many stereotypically masculine American males (for example, The Gov. and Sheriff Walt) are played by foreigners.

Wrestling and MMA Phenom Ben Askren Knows What It’s all About

From BloodyElbow.com:

“When I’m thinking of sports, when I’m thinking of a boy growing up and being a man, I’m thinking of three things – honor, integrity, and toughness. And a grown man, faking an injury, rolling around on the field fails all three of those tests. Listen folks, if you want your son to grow up to be a man, don’t have him run around on a field kicking a ball, get him wrestling.”

Anne Coulter Gives as Good as She Gets

Anne Coulter has a follow-up to her much criticized soccer column. Dang! She sure knows how to give it back as good as she gets it. This is great stuff.

The massive and hysterical response to my jovial sports piece proves how right I was. Nothing explains the uniform, Borg-like caterwauling, but that soccer is a game for beret-wearers. Most of the articles attacking me are verbless strings of obscenities, their subject matter identified only in the title.

See more here…

“Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet”

Here is my Facebook post for today. So far it has 3 likes and 3 positive comments:

As I recall, the jingle went “baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevolet,” but you could replace each element with, for example, “football, hamburgers, pecan pie and Ford,” and it would still ring just as true. However, if you said “soccer, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet” you would sound like a fool. Ergo, soccer is un-American and should be shunned by all true patriots.

Free the Big Gulp!

The courts have restored sanity. You can once again drink Big Gulps in NYC. I know some people question the wisdom of going to the mat for the right of people to drink unhealthy amounts of Coke, but I don’t think that people in NYC recognized what a laughing stock this ban made them to the rest of the country. The ban was the height of nanny state liberalism to normal Americans in Flyover Country.

The court largely ignored the merits of the ban in the 20-page ruling, but determined that the city’s Board of Health engaged in policy-making, and not simply health regulations, when it imposed the restrictions on restaurants, delis, movie theaters, stadiums and street cart vendors.

“The Board of Health engaged in law-making beyond its regulatory authority,” the opinion reads. “… It is clear that the Board of Health wrote the Portion Cap Rule without benefit of legislative guidance.”

Read more…

You don’t say.

It Looks Like Anne Coulter has been Reading CHT

Because she doesn’t like soccer either.

I’ve held off on writing about soccer for a decade — or about the length of the average soccer game — so as not to offend anyone. But enough is enough. Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay.

Read more here http://www.humanevents.com/2014/06/25/americas-favorite-national-pastime-hating-soccer/

She even makes the soccer/metric connection.

Fascinating Interview of Aleksandr Dugin by Vladimir Pozner

I’m not entirely sure what to make of controversial Russian philosopher Aleksandr Dugin. What I am pretty sure of is that this interview refutes the claim that Russia is substantively less free than America.

Can anybody imagine Steve Sailer getting interviewed by Katie Couric?  Donald Livingston by Dan Rather?

Mexico’s Regulators

After a brief exchange on Kiefer, Doc Skurlock and the story of Bill Bonney, news that Mexico is deputizing Regulators to confront the cartels (i.e. the provincial government) should be one happy reminder that the key part of the story stays the same in that part of the planet.  The farmer, the rancher, and the outcasts that make up his firm going ‘legit’ and readying for whatever comes next (if not quite delivering warrants for arrest–Dick Brewer then Bonney’s gang will always have that one on them all.)

May they get the pardons, when that day of peace comes, if it comes, they will so rightfully deserve.

Perhaps, Bonney made it down to Old Mexico after all, at least, a few of the Regulators…like Dave Rudabaugh?

National Saints

At Mark Hackard’s excellent inventory of new and classic translations Soul of the East, we encounter Russian science fiction writer Natalya Irtenina’s comments regarding Russian saints and their role in Russian identity:

Russian saints have been wholly undeservedly forgotten and ousted beyond the frontiers of modern non-Church culture. They’ve become but another “tradition out of deep antiquity.” And this is not only a misunderstanding; in the final analysis, it is a crime against Russian history and culture, from which the heart has practically been excised [...]

The moral and spiritual authority of the saints was very high: they could give orders to rulers, and by the force of their words and personality subdue rebellious tempers. And, of course, it is impossible to compare anything with the spiritual and moral influence of the saints on the Russian people as a whole.

National saints are, of course, found in places other than Russia.

For that matter even 21st-Century multicultural America has its own “saints,” though they represent a quite different faith.

Cadillac Three – The South

Now this is some good country music.

Oh yeah.

Boots and buckles, red clay and sand
My point ain’t subtle here, I’m a Southern man
Where the beer seems cooler and the women seem hotter
Where the world don’t seem so damn modern
And a good ole boy like me still has a chance

This is where I was Born this is where I’ll die
Yeah, this is where I was born and this is where I’ll die

It’s all about the South (emphasis mine)

Lyrics courtesy of…

Why we will win

We know the DC Empire is immoral and spending itself into oblivion. It’s unsustainable, largely because its own ideology is killing it, just as socialism killed the Soviet Union. The Empire’s central article of faith about the equality of all peoples and cultures dictates that Western standards are no better than others.

The latest manifestation of this is a real doozy: There’s a bizarre new style of college-level debate that’s replacing real debate. Instead of making a logical case for or against a debate topic, participants change the topic at will, ignore the rules, and base the power of their arguments not on the standard of logic but on which debater has more “nigga authenticity.”

No, I’m not making this up. It’s from an Atlantic article entitled, so help me, “Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?” Here’s an excerpt:

Many of their arguments, based on personal memoir and rap music, completely ignored the stated resolution, and instead asserted that the framework of collegiate debate has historically privileged straight, white, middle-class students.

Indeed, to prevail using the new approach, students don’t necessarily have to develop high-level research skills or marshal evidence from published scholarship. They also might not need to have the intellectual acuity required for arguing both sides of a resolution.

This “new approach” means that instead of presenting relevant facts to build a case, the “debaters” scream, curse, toss insults, and demand they be declared the winner. Not everyone in collegiate debating likes what they see:

[Debate coach] Aaron Hardy and others are also disappointed with what they perceive as a lack of civility and decorum at recent competitions, and believe that the alternative-style debaters have contributed to this environment. “Judges have been very angry, coaches have screamed and yelled. People have given profanity-laced tirades, thrown furniture, and both sides of the ideological divide have used racial slurs,” he said.

The Western ideals of objectivity and detached reason are dismissed as tools of oppression of minorities whose cultures stress subjective, emotional justifications for making choices. The Atlantic article continues:

Liberal law professors have been making this point for decades. “Various procedures—regardless of whether we’re talking about debate formats or law—have the ability to hide the subjective experiences that shape these seemingly ‘objective’ and ‘rational’ rules,” said UC Hastings Law School professor Osagie Obasogie, who teaches critical race theory. “This is the power of racial subordination: making the viewpoint of the dominant group seem like the only true reality.”

If you’re not familiar with “critical race theory,” here’s a definition from one of its proponents: CRT as applied to court cases, for example, “seeks to highlight the ways in which the law is not neutral and objective, but designed to support White supremacy and the subordination of people of color.” It’s Cultural Marxism, which sees everyone and everything through the lenses of socialist ideology. If minorities aren’t as successful as the majority, it’s all due to oppression. Period.

Can you imagine the real-world consequences if abiding by the rules of logic are discarded? Imagine if the NASA engineers during the Apollo 13 crisis, instead of scrambling to find a way to rescue the stranded astronauts when the ship’s air supply was running out, just stood and screamed “Screw the time limit!” and declared the problem solved?

This country has been propping up its official ideology through willful blindness. But despite affirmative action, prohibitions against the use of IQ tests, and racial gerrymandering, sooner or later reality is going to smack us in the face. Signs of that are already evident, and the longer we make believe everyone’s equal, and that Western standards are no better than others, the worse things will get.

Walk Back Down…

The Bureau of Land Management has walked backed their escalation of the standoff in Nevada, siting safety of their employees.

To finish the theater, “libertarians” in Congress must be activated to introduce a bill to do away with the BLM, and I recommend as part of the bill, cutting pensions in half (I am a centrist, after all) on the spot for all employees of this entity.

I’ll leave it to the militia sorts who did the street theater in full regalia to crowd source for names and addresses of the employees who used tasers, rustled cattle or held a sniper rifle.

The Week in Street Theater

Nevada rancher, Clive Bundy, 67 years old/14 children, is the last rancher in his county. He’s had an on-going feud with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights that recently led to his cattle being called trespassers and commenced a round-up.  (Atrocity stories quickly followed.)

“What’s happened the last two weeks, the United States government, the bureaus are getting this army together and they’re going to get their job done and they’re going to prove two things. They’re going to prove they can do it, and they’re gonna prove that they have unlimited power, and that they control the policing power over this public land. That’s what they’re trying to prove.”Clive Bundy

Federal agents (snipers included) have cut off roads to the ranch.

Facebook postings from the rancher and his family show a call for help to local law enforcement (useless), “militias,” and Oath Keepers amongst other such groupings—and they have arrived.

With Environmentalists supporting the government’s efforts to protect a desert turtle, a new propaganda front was provided—the Fed is protecting fracking rights—sure enough, to monkey wrench “Leftwing” reflex.

Ed Abbey approves.

Just takes one Lon Horiuchi or one Andre Strassmeir to turn the events ugly.  Stay tuned…

The right to secede

As the Tom Toles cartoon above illustrates, secession in Crimea, like secession in Scotland or Catalonia, is not an academic issue. Nor is it a trend that only affects people “over there.” In fact, all the overgrown political units bound together by brute force in the 19th and 20th centuries are now confronting populations demanding more autonomy, if not outright secession, from their former conquerors.

Writing in The New York Daily News, Dr. Robert Barro of Harvard notes this rising tide as a natural and benevolent development. The ruling elites of the world make a great deal of noise about their commitment to all sorts of human rights, but somehow overlook the one basic right from which all others flow, and that is the right of self-determination:

The potential switch of Crimea and parts of Eastern Ukraine to Russia raises the more general issue of the right of secession. Many individual freedoms — for example, of speech, the press and religion — are viewed as central elements of liberal constitutions, but the right to secede is seldom viewed this way. …

If I were able to design a constitution from scratch, I’m sure I would include provisions for peaceful secession. The procedure would have to define the underlying sub-regions, such as U.S. states, designate a voting mechanism for residents of a potentially departing region, and might require a super-majority, such as 75%, of the voters. This structure would provide a useful check on central authority, make country borders align better with underlying population characteristics and minimize conflict.

Barro makes clear that secession is not motivated by some irrational hatred of “others,” as nervous apologists for the old order, such as the online snitches at the Southern Poverty Law Center, would have you believe. Secession is instead “the process of generating the optimal sizes and compositions of countries.” Behind that process, says Barro, is “the desire to have a reasonably homogeneous population within its borders.” Without cultural unity, conflict is inevitable. As conflict between sparring ethnic groups rises, social cohesion and liberties can only degrade, as both history and objective scholarship have proven. The old model of a multicultural population kept in check by an authoritarian government is no longer sustainable.

The dustbin of history has a space reserved for that imperial model.

Why Don’t They Just Get it Over With and Start Calling the Oscars the PCscars?

Why Don’t They Just Get it Over With and Start Calling the Oscars the PCscars?

Let’s see, Ellen, practically dressed like a man, was the hostess.

Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor.

Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor.

Twelve Years a Slave won Best Picture.

The bottom three were entirely predictable.

I’m not saying that McConaughey and Leto didn’t give deserving performances or that Twelve Years a Slave wasn’t well done. What I’m suggesting is that having a PC angle clearly gives you a leg up on the competition. For example, last year Django Unchained won recognition way out of proportion to its merit because it was a white guilt fest.