Monthly Archives: October 2011

The clueless throw a conniption


It’s bad enough the “Occupy [Fill in the Blank]” protesters lampoon themselves with their clownish antics, but when they pause their street theater to verbalize their aims, they embarrass themselves even more.

For example, InfoWars notes the irony of the protesters’ rage at Wall Street while they demand support for Barack Hussein Obama — whose cabinet is filled with Wall Street flunkies.

But this struck me as even more amusing. The “Occupy Boston” offshoot issued an “Internal Solidarity Statement” [!!??!!] to define who was welcome to join their tantrum and who was not. It starts with a rip-roaring hooter of an oxymoron. The first two sentences practically jump off the screen and start bare knuckling each other:

We are the 99%, and our task is to unify the 99%. Unfortunately, we live in a society that is racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, and ridden with various other forms of oppression.

Riiiight — these noble protesters represent an overlooked, righteous majority of a society composed of bad, bad people. Got it.

And in case you’re uncertain whether you’re invited to play with this group, the “Internal Solidarity Statement” specifies who’s not welcome:

We do not welcome any of the following in our community:

?White supremacy (racism against people of all colors)
?Patriarchy (sexism)
?Ageism
?Discrimination based on ability
?Homophobia or heteronormativity
?Transphobia
?Anti-Arab sentiment
?Anti-Jewish sentiment
?Religious intolerance or intolerance of nonreligious people
?Islamaphobia
?Class oppression (classism)
?Cultural intolerance
?Discrimination based on immigration status
?Discrimination based on experiences with the justice system
?Disregard for indigenous rights
?Weight-based discrimination

News flash: That list eliminates 99.99% of the American public. Not only are those who object to DC’s Open Borders policies not welcome, but anyone who has an opinion on either side of the Palestinian question is barred as well.

Even David Letterman isn’t welcome. How’s a revolution supposed to grow legs without celebrities?

Herman Cain Does Not Get The Federal Reserve Issue

My latest article is up at Intellectual Conservative. Here it is reprinted below.

Rising Presidential candidate Herman Cain reportedly complains is his new book, This is Herman Cain, that Ron Paul’s campaign is orchestrating an effort to “nail” him on the Federal Reserve. Cain is a former chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

According to the Daily Caller Cain writes:

“…Paul’s campaign ‘sends one of its ‘Paulites’ everywhere I show up…’

‘I get the same stupid question at almost every one of these events,’ Cain writes. ‘I know it’s a deliberate strategy. How can a person randomly show up at a hundred events and ask the same stupid question to try to nail me on the Federal Reserve? It’s really becoming annoying more than anything else.’”

First of all, I can pretty much assure Mr. Cain that this is not an orchestrated effort by the official Paul campaign. As someone who was involved in helping pull off the last minute effort that secured Ron Paul a second place finish in the Georgia GOP straw poll, I can testify that the official campaign isn’t that organized. And I say that not as a slight. Just as a nod to reality. The official Paul campaign is busy with their candidate’s own itinerary. I’m sure they don’t have the time or manpower to coordinate that kind of systematic effort to harass rival candidates.

I can confidently assure Mr. Cain that what he is experiencing is actually a spontaneous grassroots effort by Paul supporters, as so much of the Paul campaign is spontaneous and activist driven, to highlight a glaring weakness in a principle primary competitor. I’m surprised this upsets Mr. Cain so. One candidate highlighting a perceived weakness in a rival candidate’s platform is quite common really and is sometimes referred to by some of us as politics.

But what this demonstrates, beyond Mr. Cain’s naiveté and thin skin, is that he really has no idea what the Federal Reserve issue is all about. He says it is not true that he doesn’t support an audit of the Federal Reserve. OK so he does now, although this represents a reversal of his past opinion as documented in the New American article linked above. He just doesn’t think an audit will find anything.

In Dec 2010 when Cain was guest-hosting the Neil Boortz Show, he said this about the Fed (my comments in bold):

“Some people say we ought to audit the Federal Reserve. Here’s what I do know. The Federal Reserve already has so many internal audits it’s ridiculous. I don’t know why people think we’re going to learn this great amount of information by auditing the Federal Reserve…. Here’s the advice I’ve given to people who are worried about an audit of the Federal Reserve. Call them up and ask them! (Aww! How cute!) You can stop by and have one of their P.R. people or one of their public relations people explain to you how the Federal Reserve operates. (I hope you know a good bail bondsman.)”

Good luck to anyone who chooses to follow-up with Mr. Cain’s just “ask them” advice.

 What boggles the mind is how a “conservative” talk radio host who is supposed to have his ear to the ground of grassroots conservatism can be so clueless as to what is really behind the calls to audit the Fed. I’ll let Mr. Cain in on something although I really don’t think it is that much of a secret. The activist Paul supporters who are calling for an audit of the Fed don’t really want to audit the Fed. THEY WANT TO SHUT IT DOWN! The purpose of a Fed audit is not to ensure all the numbers balance moment to moment but to demonstrate the corruption and fantasy accounting that is inherent in the enterprise of central banking.

Personally, I have never quite understood how you would even go about starting to audit the Fed. I’m no accountant, but I do know enough to know that accounting deals with such things as debits, credits, balances, assets, liabilities, etc., and that there are general accounting rules and principles by which an honest audit would proceed. How then do you audit an entity that is empowered to CREATE MONEY OUT OF THIN AIR? Would the accountant note “and here magic happened” to explain a new infusion of cash (or more likely photons on a computer screen)? Heck, at least Enron and Bernie Madoff had to engage in some “creative accounting” to cover up their chicanery. Not even they claimed the ability to create money out of nothing.

Again, it boggles the mind that Mr. Cain does not realize the fundamental concerns that underlie the rise in anti-Fed activism, a rise that is largely attributable to candidate Paul. Or perhaps he does understand the concerns and is seeking to deflect them, former employee of the Fed that he is. Either way, Herman Cain is not qualified to be President, and he is certainly not qualified to carry the banner of conservatism in this campaign. That an unrepentant former chair of a Federal Reserve branch is actively campaigning with some success to become the consensus “conservative” candidate is a testimony to the sorry state of the “conservative” consensus already.

Paul Craig Roberts: Call Him Butter Because He’s On a Roll

PCR has turn out two blistering commentaries recently. I think advancing age has given PCR license to just let fly without regard for consequences or who he offends. As a result he goes too far and over states things at times, but he also tells truths few other are willing to tell so straight-forwardly. BTW, I don’t know if PCR still considers himself a conservative. His writing increasingly is posted at left-wing sites, and he is merciless in his criticism of conservatives.  He is also publicly embracing conspiracy theories.

First here is “Is the War on Terror a Hoax?” Read it.

I would not say that the threat of terrorism is entirely a hoax, because I don’t believe it is, and if you say that many people will just tune out everything you say after that. But I would say that the threat of terrorism has been vastly overblown. PCR makes a point I have made before. If you are a terrorist in America why would you try to blow up the Pentagon with a model airplane? That is just silly. There are many soft targets that could easily be attacked and there is nothing we could do to prevent it short of a completely locked down police state. Why no suicide bombers at the local mall? Why no car bombs outside the local kindergarten? If Muslims are such an unmitigable menace then why aren’t our home grown Muslims not out bombing targets on a routine basis? The sad fact is that modern Western society corrupts Muslims just like it corrupts Christians. The average Westernized Muslim young man is more interested in surfing the net for porn and getting it on with his girlfriend who dresses just as hoochie mama as the neighborhood “Christian” girls than he is committing acts of terror in the name of jihad. That’s not to say that there aren’t radicalized Muslims, but there aren’t as many or they aren’t as radical as the Muslim phobes would have us believe or else things would be blowing up around us all the time. (The Fort Hood shooter is a good example of the havoc that can be wrought by small scale acts of terror.)

Second here is “The Day America Died.”

This article is about the assassination of al-Awlaki. The assassination was illegitimate in the way it was done, although I don’t rule out the possibility of declaring war against Al-Qaeda and then treating people like al-Awlaki as irregular enemy combatants. I concede, however, that there isn’t an entirely clean way to do this since everyone in Al-Qaeda is an irregular combatant by definition. I also would be leery about using a declaration of war against al-Qaeda as an excuse to continue meddling. Any declaration of war should accompany our hasty disengagement from the region.

But PCR makes a point here that I was meaning to make and hadn’t gotten around to. (You’ll have to trust me on that I guess.) Since an executive order by Reagan we are theoretically not supposed to covertly attempt to assassinate anyone. Now whether this was just rhetorical window dressing and assassinations have been sanctioned since I don’t know, but that is our public stance nonetheless. But just for the sake of the argument, theoretically of course, if the US did decide it needed to covertly assassinate someone, then we should KEEP OUR BIG MOUTHS SHUT about it. (Al-Awlaki is dead? Really? I don’t know anything about that.) Calling a press conference and announcing you just assassinated someone is unseemly and couter-productive, and proves that the War on Terror is as much about PR as it is stopping terrorism. 

Before some readers write to declare that Awlaki’s murder is no big deal because the US government has always had people murdered, keep in mind that CIA assassinations were of foreign opponents and were not publicly proclaimed events, much less a claim by the president to be above the law. Indeed, such assassinations were denied, not claimed as legitimate actions of the President of the United States.

Is Justin Raimondo a Threat to National Security?

The FBI thinks so. This is an amazing story and should scare anyone who writes negatively against our war effort.

When I first saw the memo from the FBI’s counterterrorism center in Newark, declaring that I’m “a threat to National Security,” not to mention an “agent of a foreign power,” I was incredulous.  These can’t be real FBI documents, I thought to myself.  Someone is pulling my leg.

Sadly, no.  As I discovered upon further investigation, the memo is all too real.  The provenance of the documents, which indicate that the feds launched a “preliminary investigation” of Antiwar.com, myself, and our webmaster, Eric Garris, is as follows: An obscure blogger made an FOIA request for information about the FBI’s investigation of the “High Fivers”—the five Israelis who were arrested on September 11 and held for six months on suspicion that they had some foreknowledge of the events on that dark day.  I wrote about this subject in the August 2003 issue of Chronicles—and, what do you know, that piece is included in the FBI file!  Isn’t it encouraging to learn that our state-subsidized sneaks are reading this magazine?

Read more…

Steve Sailer responds to Ron Unz

Steve Sailer has responded to Ron Unz’s piece, which recently appeared at TAC.  Regarding the “Sailer Strategy” (aka, “the Majority Strategy”), here’s what Sailer writes:

But on the Sailer Strategy: my perspective is far less triumphalist than Ron makes it sound. I merely argue that the short-term electoral costs of taking steps to deal with the long-term electoral threats to the GOP posed by decades of mass immigration and Affirmative Action are more bearable than the eventual electoral costs of doing nothing … or of doing what the Democrats recommend.

The Democrats’ intention, as they’ve made clear in countless public venues, is literally to “elect a new people” who will turn the United States into Chicago writ large: effectively, one-party rule. Maybe the Democrats’ plan won’t work, but it’s hardly a secret that they expect to achieve permanent hegemony through demographic change.

This combination of mass unskilled immigration and Affirmative Action favored by the Democrats—a bizarre system under which foreigners, and their descendants unto the end of time, are legally preferred over American citizens—undeniably poses a severe threat to the long-term viability of the Republican Party.

My point: Republicans are better off dealing with this problem now rather than later. How, exactly, is this problem of hereditary privileges for illegal immigrants going to get better for Republicans by letting another generation go by?  Continue reading

Herman Cain’s Hip-Hop Presidency

CNN Politics reports that Herman “Big Daddy” Cain, if elected president, would like to give “Hail to the Chief” (the piece that is played when the president arrives at an event) a “fresher sound.” He doesn’t want it to be “hip hop” per se, but it probably would include some funky “gospel beats.”

Why not just use “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta” by the Geto Boys?  It already captures the spirt and has a funky beat:

Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
I mean one that you don’t really know
Ridin’ around town in a drop-top benz
Hittin’ switches in my black six-fo’
Now gangsta-ass niggas come in all shapes and colors
Some got killed in the past
But this gangtsa here is a smart one
Started living for the Lord and I’ll last

And now, a word from the president!
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
Gettin voted into the White House
Everything lookin good to the people of the world
But the mafia family is my boss
So every now and then I owe a favor gettin’ down
Like lettin’ a big drug shipment through
And send ‘em to the poor community
So we can bust you know who
So voters of the world keep supportin’ me
And I promise to take you very far
Other leaders better not upset me
Or I’ll send a million troops to die at war
To all you Republicans, that helped me win
I sincerely like to thank you
’cause now I got the world swingin’ from my nuts
And damn it feels good to be a gangsta

Maybe Herman Cain is just as bad as Rick Perry. Regardless, it’s only testament to the fact that we are living in Idiocracy. Check out these funky beats:

HT: Woden

Is Intellectual Conservative Editor Rachel Alexander Being Persecuted by the Arizona Bar for Her Politics?

Intellectual Conservative has published several of my articles in the past, so I noted this story with much interest.

The story is complicated but it seems that at base we have dueling allegation of politicization of the legal process. Alexander is one of three defendants (is that the right word?) in an Arizona Bar proceeding that could end with the suspension of her law license for six months. The primary defendant, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, alleges that liberal judges were undermining enforcement of the law for political reasons. (Maricopa County is home of the famous Sheriff Joe Arpaio.) He filed suit. Those named in the suit claim the suit was politically motivated and complained to the Bar.

I can not speak to the merits of the RICO case Thomas filed because it is beyond my scope. I will note that I am skeptical of RICO cases in general. But what seems clear is that Alexander simply briefly took over the RICO case as part of her job. According to Hawkins, “Her Supervisor Peter Spaw had a much larger role in the racketeering case than Alexander did. Yet Spaw has not been charged by the Bar.” So it is entirely reasonable to speculate that Alexander is being singled out because she is an outspoken and prominent conservative blogger.

The whole thing stinks. Liberal judges appeared to not be enforcing the law for political reasons. Now whether filing suit was the appropriate way to address this concern, I don’t know, but a politicized Bar disciplinary proceeding hardly seems like the way to address a charge of politicization, especially in the case of Alexander who was only minimally involved and less involved than others who are not facing discipline.

Addition information on this topic:

Read more about Alexander’s involvement here.

The Maricopa County Republican Committee has complained about the politicized Bar proceeding here.

Several prominent Arizona attorneys, not all conservative Republicans, complain about the Bar proceedings here.

Update: This blog post has also been posted at Intellectual Conservative.

Still 99% wrong

The spreading “Occupy Wall Street” protests, which we noted yesterday, are not only filled with the usual leftist silliness of drum beating and group yoga (yeah, that’ll fill your enemies with fear!), but once again illustrates the left’s wrong-headed aims.

Here’s how confused these people are: The “Occupy Kansas City” protesters wanted to bring in members of the far right who agreed that big business was responsible for middle-class suffering. They see themselves representing 99% of the population standing up to the 1% that controls the wealth. That sparked this outburst from a former leftist ally:

I have just read posts on the two OCCUPY KC Facebook sites that indicate that outright racists, even nazis would be welcome to join in by some since they agree with parts of the agenda. One site went so far as to say we need to find the one thing we all, including them, agree on, then we can gather together. If nazis and white supremacists are part of the 99 percent, then count me out until we weed down that percentage a bit.

What these folks don’t get is that the mega-corporations they so despise are the chief promoters and profiteers of the scheme to obliterate borders and nations in order to globalize both labor and capital. Both the cool cats and the fat cats want one world government, but while the first group thinks it’ll bring peace, love, and brotherhood, the second lusts for profit and power. In other words, the leftist agitators are free volunteers at the service of big business and big government.

Over at TakiMag, the ever-helpful Jim Goad spells it out for them:

The whole “Occupy Wall Street” thing was launched in July when consumer-culture-hating Canadian magazine Adbusters ran an ad asking whether America was “Ripe for a Tahrir Movement.” Adbusters founder Kalle Lasn seems to hate all things American and love all things global. He openly endorsed “Not just a carbon tax, but a global across-the-board pricing system.” Adbusters also hosted a “One Flag” competition to design a flag symbolizing “global citizenship.”

Over the past decade, Adbusters Media Foundation is said to have received over $300,000 from the giant progressive golden calf known as the Tides Foundation, which in turn has received millions in donations from culture-busting globalist currency-meddler George Soros’s Open Society Institute. Adbusters is also said to have received an additional $176,500 “from organizations associated with…George Soros’s Democracy Alliance.” The US Day of Rage site, another agitant in the Occupy Wall Street movement, has also allegedly received Tides Foundation cash injections.

The multicult left likes to imagine no countries — and no religion, too. They imagine all the people living life in peace. They see themselves as dreamers.

But what they don’t realize is that they’re not the only ones.

Herman Cain just as politically correct as Obama?

“Businessman Herman Cain on Sunday called it “insulting” that the family of Rick Perry owned a hunting camp with a racially charged name well into the 1980s and possibly even later.” ~ Fox News, Oct. 2, 2011

The pro-immigration, pro-war Rick Perry may well be the worst of all possible GOP presidential candidates, but Herman Cain is proving himself to be just as politically correct and racially charged as Barack Obama.  What’s particularly annoying about Cain is his preachy manner, and the last thing we need is another preachy black president demanding that European Americans atone for their “past sins” (i.e. past breaches of political correctness).