Monthly Archives: May 2009

Wise Latina woman gets it right

While we need to vigorously debate Sotomayor’s political and ethnic biases, as revealed in her outrageous statement about white males, as well as her membership in La Raza, we also need to avoid the bear traps along the way.

There’s been a lot of noise about Sotomayor’s ruling that the 2nd Amendment does not apply to the States. Here’s what she said:

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor ruled in January 2009 that states do not have to obey the Second Amendment’s commandment that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed …

The opinion said that the Second Amendment only restricted the federal government from infringing on an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. As justification for this position, the opinion cited the 1886 Supreme Court case of Presser v. Illinois.

“It is settled law, however, that the Second Amendment applies only to limitations the federal government seeks to impose on this right,” said the opinion. Quoting Presser, the court said, “it is a limitation only upon the power of Congress and the national government, and not upon that of the state.”

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Praise where praise is due, even for Obama

To show that CHT is not a knee-jerk anti-Obama website but a more intelligent and reasoned anti-Obama website, I would like to offer our President a probably rare, but deserved note of praise for his decision to have a memorial wreath laid at the Confederate Soldiers Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Now, Obama did this just as he received a letter from 60 academics (including Bill Ayres of all people who, unlike Davis and the Confederate government, really did want to overthrow the U.S. government and replace it with a Maoist state)  who asked him not do this, not to “honor” the Confederacy. Indeed such there are such persons  in academia and no doubt at the SPLC who have long wished to equate the Confederacy with Nazi Germany and treat Southern soldiers as though they were members of the Waffen SS and Jefferson Davis as Adolph Hitler.

So in having the wreath laid at the Memorial as is tradition, Obama ignored such hateful people and their divisive anti-Southern drivel. It would not have surpised me if he done the opposite. In fact, I would have expected it from him.  That he didn’t does deserve a modicum of praise, even if it’s the blind-pig-hitting-the-acorn kind.

Campus Activism Award – Vote Your Preference

The prestigious Campus Activism Award of May 2009 is being voted on at The Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program.

Candidates:

  1. UNC Chapel Youth for Western Civilization host Tom Tancredo
  2. Wake Forest Young Americans for Liberty host Ron Paul
  3. Live Action Claremont Video Activism
  4. Seattle Young Americans for Liberty Tax Day Tea Party

About the Campus Activism Award.

EU MP Tom Wise Admits to Corruption on Video

Tom Wise:

What is an MEP’s job? I have no idea, and no-one’s ever given me a job description. I have no idea what I’m supposed to achieve. I have no idea what an MEP should or shouldn’t do. No one’s ever told me. So you make it up as you go along. … What have we got to do for it? Not a lot. It’s the opportunity to make shedloads of money.

And then he goes on to admit to corruption. Brilliant!

What is a RINO?

The designation RINO is being applied to a lot of people these days. Please define in the comment section below what RINO means to you. It would be helpful if you included examples of people you would and would not consider RINOs.

I will explain later, but I do not want to reveal my reason for asking this because I don’t want to skew the responses in a particular direction. (BTW, I obviously know it is an acronym for Republican in Name Only. That is not what I am asking. I’m asking what the word means to you when you hear it and/or use it.)

Thanks.

Don’t look now Hendrik Hertzberg but secession and nullification are all around you

The New Yorker’s Henrik Hertzberg, for whatever reason, moved himself from writing about 5th Avenue to blog about the Georgia State Senate’s recent 43-1 vote in favor of a state sovereignty resolution. He had this to say in particular:

“that the Georgia state senate, by a 43-1 vote, has passed a resolution that mixes three parts inanity and one part prospective treason into a Kompletely Krazy Kocktail of militia-minded moonshine and wacko white lightning—a resolution that not only endorses defiance of federal law but also threatens anarchy and revolution. “

One does not write for the New Yorkerand uses the phrase “militia-minded moonshine” and “wacko white lightning” as throwaway lines. Mr. Hertzberg chose these phrases carefully and deliberately, to once again give the impression from Cosmoland that the state sovereignty movement was dreamt up by backwoods rednecks. Apparently the boys from Deliverance are lawyers too. Ergo the whole thing is just nuts from nutty people.

Mr. Hertzberg, may I introduce you to left-secessionist  Kirkpatrick Sale and the Second Vermont Republic.  Maybe you’ll insult them with a joke about maple syrup.

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Pro-Life Students at Notre Dame Hold Alternative Graduation

Many pro-life students at Notre Dame boycotted the commencement address by Baby-Killer-in-Chief Obama and attended an alternative commencement presided over by Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. Of course every Priest is a Priest for life. Congressman Bob Dornan was fond of pointing out how all Priests, even the most loony left-wing liberation theology types, are united on the issue of life. The travesty of inviting Obama and giving him an honorary degree can not just be wiped away, but next year if Notre Dame’s administration has any remaining decency at all they will invite an ardent pro-lifer to give the address. I suggest Father Pavone.

Join the Boy Stormtroopers

Apparently according to this link from Lew Rockwell.com, if you’re in the Boy Scouts long enough, not only will you earn merit badges and perhas become an Eagle Scout, but you can also become a part of this quasi- government police force to train you to become a future “terrorism fighter.” And if the Feds decree that something like the recent Tea Parties is an act of terrorism, well, then you might get a visit from the little “blueshirts” now employed by the state.

Needless to say the Rockwellians are having a field day over this.

Some articles for your consideration..

J.J. Jackson’s latest: The Flaccid Right

Chuck Baldwin’s latest: Can Christians Serve in the New World Order Army?

There’s a good debate and discussion going on Dan Larison’s Eunomia about how our rootless culture and economic system prevents a true conservative polity from even forming. You can also link to articles on Front Porch Republic on the same topic from there.

Just when you thought it was safe to get into the stock market again, Gary North over at Lew Rockwell.com warns about a “suckers rally.”

Derek Turner writes a good piece on Takimag about the banning of Michael Weiner (a.k.a Michael Savage) in the UK .

And Chronicles magazine is taking up the immigration question again leading in with a good online piece by Dr. Feming on the subject.

Surprise!

I must confess my endless amusement at the gnashing of teeth from what I call the “grass roots” left and right. Those are the principled, idealistic activists of both camps, as opposed to the power brokers who profit from the sweat of their respective foot soldiers.

Those poor soldiers are a little shell-shocked these days. And they feel betrayed.

For instance, many loyal troops from the left, who imagined they were trudging door to door, working phone banks, and stuffing envelopes to elect a “peace” candidate, are horrified at Obama’s warmongering, which smells, tastes, and feels just like the warmongering of his predecessor. As dutifully (and cheerfully) noted by the American Conservative:

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Vote for Ray McBerry in this Poll

The question is who do you think will be in the run-off.

Oxendine is viewed as the front runner. Handel the most obviously moderate. Some are picking Handel vs. McBerry to signal they aren’t buying Oxendine’s phoney conservatism. I picked Oxendine vs. McBerry because I didn’t want to prop up the moderate Handel.

Editor’s Note: I added a tag for Election 2010

Ron Paul has a “Republican” Primary Challenger

This clown is stunningly clueless. Is he a Democrat/liberal plant? Such cluelessness almost has to be deliberate.

Here he has a website ominously titled “Do You Know Ron Paul?” Ooh… scary. And then he proceeds to list as negatives all the reasons authentic conservative love Ron Paul. Cherry complains about libertarianism, but it is impossible to make a case that all the supposedly scary and outrageous positions he lists are not the authentic conservative position. Is he really so dense that he doesn’t know this? Ron Paul needs to hire this guy for his campaign staff. With enemies like him, who needs friends?

HT: Jason Seagraves on Facebook.

Oh when will they ever learn?

NSA Advisor Jim Jones says we can’t stop use air strikes on the Taliban because if we did we would be fighting with one hand behind our backs.

I would prefer our generals would fight with a full brain.

It is obvious that the U.S. military has learned nothing from either Vietnam or Iraq or any other insurgency campaign. Air power against an insurgency doesn’t win the war, it only drives more unaligned into the enemy camp because even the best of targeting devices cannot compensate for human error, thus you have civilian casualties. Those who survive, seeing the destruction of their home, death of the friends and family, death of their livestock, join the enemy to fight back. Look at the 60 Minutes report on drone aircrafts. If the technology is so good that the pilots back home in Vegas can pick out friend and foe, then why are civilans getting killed?

Once again these fellows are more concerned about body counts. At least Operation Rolling Thunder had some potential strategic value i.e. destruction of North Vietmanese infratsurcture to make it impossible for the NVA to aid their Viet Cong allies. What is going on in Afghanistan amounts to nothing more than indescriminate killing.

Ask yourself this question, if predator drone strikes were so valuable to our military sucess, why are the Taliban stronger than they were seven years ago?

Oh, I would be remiss not to point Jones typical U.S. arrogance at the Karzai Administration’s megar request that the U.S. quit killing innocent Afghanis. Obviously Karzai can’t be that important to us if we can dismiss our peon so cavalierly. His Adminsitration doesn’t even have the illusion that it runs Afghanistan. No wonder the Taliban continue to fight. They believe they’re being occupied by the U.S and NATO, not assisted by it.

That’s why the war will sadly go on.