Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Chronicles Magazine Chuck Baldwin Debate

Our frequent critic Savrola asked me what I thought of Thomas Fleming’s recent comments about Chuck Baldwin. I was unaware of such comments. Turns out they were in the comment thread of an article, not an article itself as I had supposed.

As a supporter of Chuck Baldwin and the Constitution Party, I obviously disagree. I posted my comments there and Dr. Fleming has already responded. I won’t reproduce my them here because they are rather long. I’ll just direct you to them.

Your thoughts there (requires registration) and here.

Anyone Watch Breaking Bad?

Mark this as my first foray into lightening the mood posts.

Anyone watch Breaking Bad?

I didn’t watch the first four seasons on AMC.  I discovered the first three seasons streaming on Netflix. (Netflix is the greatest invention since the car, by the way, although it has adversely affected my sleeping habits.) I recently was in a panic knowing that season five was about to start on AMC, and I didn’t yet have season four available to me. Thankfully it became available on Netflix on disc. I had to watch all of them in a rush so I could get season four in before season five started live, but I made it just under the wire.

Episode three of season five, the final season, aired last night. So far season five is keeping up the strong work of the earlier seasons. This is the first season I have actually watched as each episode airs. After the convenience of having all the episode available to me at once where I could watch back to back episodes into the wee hours of the morning when I really should have been sleeping, having to wait a week between episodes is a bit of a bummer.

So, anyone else watch Breaking Bad? What makes it such a great show? You still rooting for Walt?

Judge Roy Moore Stands With Chick-fil-A

Below is an e-mail from Judge Moore:

We are going August 1 in support of Mr. Cathy and their stand – will you?

JUDGE ROY MOORE AND THE FOUNDATION FOR MORAL LAW SUPPORT CHICK-FIL-A’S STANCE ON MARRIAGE

Montgomery (AL)  Judge Roy Moore and the Foundation for Moral Law support Chick-fil-A and the Cathy family for their stand for traditional marriage.

Judge Moore stated that, “Marriage between one man and one woman is an institution ordained by God and is the foundation of the family, upon which the future of our nation rests.  Like the great majority of the Country, Alabama has recognized in its law that marriage, to be valid, can only occur between one man and one woman.”

At a time when moral values are under attack by a philosophy which contradicts everything upon which our Country began, it is encouraging to see Chick-fil-A boldly stand for truth and virtue in our society.

The Foundation for Moral Law, a national non-profit legal organization, is located in Montgomery, Alabama, and is dedicated to restoring the knowledge of God in law and government through litigation and education relating to moral issues and religious liberty cases.

Did Andrew Sullivan score some bad weed, or what?

Andrew Sullivan is just another revolutionary posing as a conservative. We seem to have a lot of people pulling that scam these days. They get away with it – and now I’m talking mostly about the Neocons – because they embrace capitalism and the military. Those of us raised in the political hotbed of the 60s knew the left despised both – therefore, anyone who saluted the troops and praised the free market MUST be one of us.

In fact, Neocons are just Trotskyites who’ve accepted the fact that socialism is lousy for the economy. They still believe in big government as the primary weapon to bring about the global democratic revolution, but realize they need the engine of the free market to finance it.

Now, back to Andrew Sullivan. Like the Neocons he often challenges, he has this thing for the office of the presidency. All big-government proponents lust for centralized power, and the office of the chief executive is where centralized power usually sits. (Though the argument has been made that Sullivan’s fixation on the man in the Oval Office is slipping into the Freudian.)

Sullivan’s thing is to tout his own agenda as “conservative,” which includes same-sex “marriage,” legal pot, amnesty for illegal aliens, and socialized medicine. His latest blog post argues that the conservative choice for 2012, is – drum roll, please! – Barack Obama. Yes, really:

On almost every front, on almost every issue, in this crisis, Obama is more conservative than Romney. …Obama has made outreach to Hispanics real and supports a balanced McCain-style reform to integrate illegal aliens into the legal system, while toughening the border still further. Romney wants 12 million to “self-deport.” Obama has sought to integrate the growing numbers of gay couples into their own families and society. Romney seeks to keep this emergent community marginalized outside mainstream institutions.

And just to put the icing on the cake, Sullivan even posts a picture of Edmund Burke! There. That should convince even the biggest skeptic what REAL conservatism is.

Confucius is quoted as saying, “When words lose their meanings, people lose their freedom.” Looks like we’re already a long way down that road.

Ice T and the New Normal

Though it shouldn’t have been a grand irony, it was simply a bit of Trading Places, what with Ice T getting to the Right of his old nemesis, Charlton Heston, generating headlines with a classical defense of the 2nd Amendment.

It was not too shocking—Ice T’s position is in the words of one of the songs on the Cop Killer album that so troubled the Time Warner stockholder:

You try to ban the A.K.

I got ten of ‘em stashed  

With a case of hand grenades

 Heston scored some rhetorical points off the more egregious lyrics on the record, appealing to the old ladies and all that; he didn’t seem to mind other acts on the Time Warner label, like Slayer who was just keeping with the times, when serial killers were all the rage..

Ice T, is should be noted, seems to be to Heston’s Right on the gun issue, no trivial maneuver.  Heston supported gun control in the 60s in the wake of the Kennedy assassinations, so the story goes anyway.

What was a stop and take notice moment, was that Ice T could go out there and generate such headlines.  He still sells, apparently.

I’ll note here that Ice T and Body Count toured with the original Lollapalooza—a summer concert series, (1991-92) and was generally well received by the crossover audience he attempted to appeal towards.

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Also of note, was Dave Mustaine (frontman for Megadeth, and one of the more notorious alcoholics, amongst other things, of the 80s scene) to push the establishment line (Obama bad, Romney cannot be that awful) on Alex Jones show.

The new normal was pretty extreme back in the day.

Lighting Things Up at CHT

All this talk of economic implosion, cultural decline, PC thought police, declining electoral prospects, etc. is making me depressed. I thought I would try to lighten the mood around here by occasionally posting on some non-political subjects and see if I can gin up some conversation and liven things up a little. We’ll see how it goes. It they fall flat, I’ll stop. If they engender discussion I’ll keep it up. Expect the first example soon. Suggestions for off topic threads are welcome.

Eat at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday

There is an campaign underway to encourage people to eat at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday as a show of support against the bullies in the homosexual lobby.

Here and here are a couple of articles mentioning it.

I hadn’t heard about this until my preacher announced it in church this morning. Judging by the response, Chick-fil-A is going to be very crowded on Wednesday.

Pat Buchanan on the Demographic Doom of the GOP

Here is Pat Buchanan on US demography and why it dooms the GOP if current trends aren’t halted/reversed. Republicans who support amnesty and increased legal immigration either have a death wish or can’t do simple math.

Someone make sure Unz reads this, although I’m sure he’ll scrawl out some apologia telling us why up is down, black is white, and demography doesn’t dome the GOP.

League of the South Interstate Billboard Campaign

Below is an e-mail from Dr. Michael Hill, President of the League of the South:

The League of the South has a message all freedom-loving Southerners ought to hear. It is the message of Southern independence from a sinking, corrupt, and destructive government in Washington, DC. When our people hear this message, they usually react positively to it. After all, no one in his right mind wants to go down on an obviously sinking ship.GetOffTitanic.com

But how many never hear our message? As much as we hate to admit it, The League of the South is still unknown to most Southerners. Why? One reason is the clutter of mass information. We get buried beneath the crush of topics that dominate the conventional news cycle and the internet. Another is the nature of our message. It’s unpopular with the “powers-that-be,” and is therefore ridiculed, marginalized, or ignored. But perhaps the main reason we remain under the radar is our lack of advertising funds.

The League of the South Board o f Directors has approved a major billboard publicity campaign. At present, we have one billboard (design above) on I-75 in south Georgia. The early results have been very promising. Take a look at the website to which the billboard is linked: www.getofftitanic.com.

It will take a steady flow of money to do this project on the scale we envision, and we need your help to make it successful. As President of the League, I’m asking members and supporters to pledge $30 quarterly, $60 semi-annually, or $120 annually to the billboard campaign. If you can pledge more, we’d be much obliged. Our ultimate goal is to raise $12,000 ($3000 per quarter) over the next 12 months.

You can make a quarterly or semi-annual pledge, for which we will send you a “coupon book” as a reminder of your pledge, or you can simply make a one-time annual donation. Anything we raise over and above the necessary amount will be placed in a special fund to help with the continuation of the campaign.

We believe the campaign has merit and will prove successful in getting us out from under the radar and into the eye of the Southern public. Please make your contribution today to: LS, PO Box 760, Killen, Alabama 35645, or visit our website at http://dixienet.org/members/Outreach_Project.php to donate via credit card or PayPal.

Pro-Gay “Marriage” Grandstanding

In a couple of posts below I commended Chick-fil-A and the Boy Scouts of America for standing-up to the PC bullies. This sort of grandstanding PC bullying is an effort to intimidate any person, company, organization, etc. who might consider transgressing PC rightthink into remaining silent. There is also a flip-side to these grandstanding PC condemnations of wrongthinkers. It is the public act or statement intended to display just how much of a rightthinker someone is. Enter Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com. He’s giving 2.5 million to the efforts to defeat an anti-gay “marriage” referendum in Washington state. Expect more of this “How dare you be a wrongthinker!” and “Look at what a rightthinker I am!” grandstanding in the future.

Antifa angst

Remember the anarchist/antifa gang that tried to blow up a Cleveland bridge last May? Their goal was to boost the Occupy movement. (Not sure how that was supposed to work, but as you can see from their pictures, these boys can’t be firing on all cylinders. Maybe Arthur Jensen could tweak Spearman’s hypothesis to account for the low IQ of these Occupy types.)

Anyway, seems one of the conspirators, Anthony Hayne, has made a deal with prosecutors. And the antifa who once supported the “Cleveland 5″ are pitching a fit:

Anthony Hayne was brought into the court room wearing street clothes instead of the usual prison orange. Emotions were running high as what many of the supporters and loved ones feared the most unfolded before our eyes. Around 9:30 AM Anthony Hayne formally entered into a cooperating plea agreement with the government on the basis that he was found guilty on all three charges. The judge seemed hesitant about Hayne’s move, as it included a mandatory minimum sentence of roughly 16-20 years in prison (188-235 months served). The exact amount of time served would be dependent on the level of cooperation with the government. Formal sentencing will not occur until the trial is concluded.

As the Cleveland 5 support group, as friends and loved ones of all of them, we are shocked by his decision. Particularly by his decision to enter into a plea that would, by its nature, require the exchange of information that would implicate and/or potentially make worse the case of his other co-defendants. As this is and will remain a political case, we can no longer express support and advocacy on the behalf of Anthony.

Reckon Hayne will have to turn in his black hoodie?

Obama is not Anglo-Saxon

Anglo-Saxon King Alfred

The usual suspects are pointing and sputtering over Mitt Romney’s aid’s common-sense and factual statement that Obama does not understand the “Anglo-Saxon heritage” shared by  the U.S. and Britain. Or that “we are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”  Of course, this makes perfect sense.  As Thomas Fleming notes:

The most obvious point is that the anti-European Obama administration, which sent back a bust of Winston Churchill given as a present, and which has made clear its contempt not just for British but for all European and American traditions, cannot understand such quaint notions as the rule of law.

One might also mention Carl Jung’s archetypes where Jung believed that people are more likely to appreciate and preserve a tradition if it’s of their own ancestral / racial archetype.

But in the propositional United States of America, where anything is possible (where horses are sheep and 2+2=5, if only people will believe), some want to bend over backwards to prove Obama is a WASP – such is the ridiculous post by Walter Russell Mead.  Americans seem to be offended by any hereditarian notion that X cannot be Y.  After all, in the great Blank Slatist, Cultural Marxist US of A, X can be Y, if it so desires, although later it may be more fashionable for X to be Q.

Unfortunately for the Cultural Marxists, modern genetics shows otherwise.  As someone said on a popular email list:  “Regarding Cavalli-Sforza’s genetic distance charts, although Obama indeed has some English ancestry, his Sub-Saharan black ancestry would create an enormous genetic distance between him and the English. For instance, the English would be about 60x more closely related to the Danes than to Obama. Obama is no Anglo-Saxon.  Obama is no WASP.”

But heaven forbid that someone point out the obvious!

Racism strikes at Thomas Jefferson High!

There’s a discrepancy of outcomes at a prestigious public school – clearly this is a case of White privilege! The NAACP and the “Coalition of Silence” spring into action!

Will the Department of Education’s latest lawsuit against a state school uncover this latest conspiracy against minority children? Click here for the answer!

Boy Scouts of America Maintain Ban on Homosexuals … PC Gestapo Pitches a Hissy Fit

Another one for the “Dissent will not be tolerated!” file. The BSA reaffirmed their policy barring openly homosexual members and leaders. Predictably, the PC Thought Police are having a temper tantrum. Christopher Baker wants us to know he’s outraged and no longer wants to be “associated with the bigotry for which it (the BSA) now stands.” (emphasis mine) Ummm Einstein … er … I mean Chris, the BSA reaffirmed an already existing ban. What is new is that an age old and entirely defensible policy from both a moral, common sense and liability standpoint is now an issue because the Pro-Homosexual PC Thought Police are feeling their oats.

Greek Olympian Banned for Politically Incorrect Tweet

More from the dissent will not be tolerated file. Her tweet was admittedly tasteless and incredibly stupid, but it does not warrant a ban from the Olympics for which she has worked so long and hard.

Papachristou was scheduled to fly to London next week from her training base in Athens when the Hellenic Olympic Committee – Greek’s Olympic federation – made the decision to expel her from the team.

Hmmm … The “Hellenic Olympic Committee” “made the decision.” Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Anyone who doesn’t see the link that I noted between the NCAA’s grandstanding and the dynamic that empowers the PC Gestapo isn’t looking hard enough.

Addendum: The expelled Olympian is kinda hot. Did that have anything to do with her expulsion? She looked like a racist?

The “America System:” it is Un-American

Below is the expanded version of my blog post. It is now up at EtherZone:

President Obama’s recent “you didn’t build that” comment has ignited quite a debate.  Interestingly, this debate has brought to the forefront the terminology and the idea of the “American System.” James Pinkerton covers the history of the “American System” well in this article fromThe American Conservative, although, as you will see, I do not totally agree with his take.

Those of us who have been involved in the renewed debate over the merits of Abraham Lincoln are well aware of the term “American System” as one of the chief criticisms of Lincoln by his new antagonists is that he essentially remained a Henry Clay style Whig intent on advancing Clay’s “American System” including federally subsidized “internal improvements” (infrastructure), which is why he could not afford to let the South leave. So I was a bit surprised that this terminology seemed new to so many people, but I guess if you have not been following the Lincoln debate it could be.

While as a partisan Southerner I do not concede that the debate about Lincoln was ever over, there has clearly been a recent upsurge in Lincoln revisionism. I would date this “renewed” debate to the publication of Thomas DiLorenzo’s first Lincoln book. Lincoln as Clay style Whig was one of DiLorenzo’s main themes.

Of course for conservatives and constitutionalist, Clay’s “American System” is un-American. (It is probably more accurate albeit less alliterative to call it un-Constitutional rather than un-American because violating the Constitution has unfortunately been a feature of American reality for quite some time now.) According to conservative minded constitutionalists, the Constitution is a document of “enumerated powers” so if the power is not enumerated the Federal Government does not have it. By this reading of the Constitution there should be virtually no federal spending on infrastructure. Roads and bridges are a state and local concern.

I concede that there is always the question of what was intended and authorized by the term “post roads” in the Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 7), but the defenders of the interstate highway system did not even try to justify it on the basis of “post roads,” but rather they attempted to justify it on national defense grounds. Even if you allow for a liberal interpretation of what it means to “establish” post roads, the Federal Government does not have carte blanche authority to build infrastructure for the facilitation of enterprise which is what Clay’s “American System” envisioned.

Of course Romney will not make this constitutionalist argument. Instead he will continue to reinforce the impression that he is a Chamber of Commerce Republican and have his surrogates make vague insinuations that Obama is a collectivist or a socialist or whatever and does not respect entrepreneurs. (As Pinkerton points out, Obama is in fact an advocate of a “mixed economy,” but Republicans and movement conservative wags cannot effectively make this point because for so many of them their defense of “free-enterprise” is actually shilling for state corporatism gussied up with free-market platitudes. How can the same people who labeled Ron Paul a wacko for criticizing the Federal Reserve question the wisdom of Henry “Second Bank of the United States” Clay’s “American System?”) And a valuable opportunity to explain what the American System (constitutionally limited government) really is and should be will be lost.

Published originally at EtherZone.com

The NCAA Punishment of Penn State is a Farce!

I think the NCAA punishment of Penn State is a disgraceful farce! Here’s why:

While I can understand the desire to protect the institution, I do not pretend to know what went on in the heads of the four men at the center of this scandal – Paterno, Spanier, Curley and Schultz. Perhaps it is because I am in a business with reporting requirements, but to me this is brain dead. If someone says he witnessed the sexual abuse of a child, you go to the authorities. Preferably you facilitate the witness going to the authorities. Had that happened at the time, it would have been a big story, but it would have blown over. The University would have been seen as doing the right thing. What these four men did in the name, presumably, of protecting the institution has done incalculably more harm.

I didn’t read the whole Freeh report. I’m not that much of a glutton for punishment, but I did read the Executive Summary and the Timeline. I recommend everyone do so to get a feel for what the issues are. Those parts are entirely tolerable reading.

That said, this is NOT an NCAA issue. This is not about recruiting violations, academic cheating, performance enhancing drugs or some other issue that has to do with maintaining a level playing field in college sports. This is the NCAA doing something just to say it’s doing something. It is public outrage as a form of supposed action. It is an exercise in “I’m more outraged than thou.”

This is not unrelated to what Thomas Fleming calls the “pornography of compassion” that we see every time there is a shooting or whatever. The Colorado shooting has nothing to do with politics, other than perhaps the gun control issue, but Obama and Romney both felt the need to release statements, halt campaign activities, etc. Obama even flies in for a grandstanding photo op. This is shameless, but these days it is expected. Had either not done so they would have been accused of insensitivity at best, and condoning mass shootings at worst.

Precisely what NCAA rule was Penn State accused of violating? I’m sure there is some vague catchall rule that could be broadly interpreted to cover this, but moral policeman is not the NCAA’s mandate. Ensuring against cheating is. The NCAA sticking their nose in here where it doesn’t belong after the fact after other investigative authorities have done the heavy lifting  is both grandstanding for granstanding’s sake and analogous to an ex post facto law. Was Paterno paying players under the table? Was he shooting them in the butt with steroids? No one has suggested such. Penn State was as squeaky clean from this standpoint as any major college football team as far as we know. So the NCAA needs to but out and do what it is supposed to do (albeit poorly), police cheating.

To understand why this is grandstanding for the sake of doing something and the likely equally powerful sake of not being accused of doing nothing, ask yourself this. What if Sandusky had been accused of embezzling funds from Second Mile for personal gain instead of child molestation? Would these same penalties have been handed down if Paterno and company had been aware of that and failed to disclose it? So the issue here is wanting to be seen as sufficiently outraged at Sandusky’s actions and the Penn State Admin’s failure, not the technical offense.

The most ridiculous part of the sanctions is “vacating” the wins. You have got to be kidding me. “Vacating” wins is utter foolishness and hopefully sensible people will refuse to play along. Paterno is still the winningest coach in NCAA history and Penn State still won all those games and no amount of magical thinking on the part of the NCAA will ever change that.

Penn State has apparently signed on to these penalties. They likely had no real choice. Had they not they would have been accused of being insufficiently contrite. But I wish they would sue the NCAA’s pants off for their capriciousness.

There is something unsettling to me about this culture that requires visible public outrage (or obnoxious expressions of compassion about misfortunes that didn’t impact you) or else you are guilty by implication of condoning whatever behavior is being publicly condemned. This same dynamic is also one thing that gives the PC Gestapo such power. I hope our readers can see this.