Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 30, 2013

Merle Haggard – If You Got the Money

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare


The Tolerance That Is Only Skin Deep by Jim Goad

Born in 1961, I caught at least two decades of the so-called Red Scare, but what’s going on now with political correctness, AKA the bloody afterbirth of the civil-rights movement, is the most egregious moral panic I’ve seen.


George Jones

Country singer George Jones, who to my ears had the greatest voice ever recorded, died on Friday. A genius of phrasing and nuance, Jones had a stratospheric voice that captured human heartbreak with bottomless poignancy. I once read that when he was a kid, Jones’s father would wake him up in the middle of the night and threaten to beat him if he didn’t sing for him. Whether or not that’s true, his voice conveyed a tortured soul that was unmistakably human.

Standing outside an Atlanta club on Friday night where I’d performed an amped-up version of “White Lightning” in honor of Jones’s passing, a self-proclaimed fan of mine told me he’d mentioned Ol’ Possum’s death on Facebook, only to receive a verbal feces-smearing by someone who called Jones a “racist” and a “redneck” who deserves to “rot in hell.”

As far as this guy could tell, his Facebook buddy felt Jones’s main transgression was that he was a white man who sang country music and was therefore automatically less than human.

Apparently, progressives only believe in hell when their perceived ideological enemies have died, hence the joyous “death parties” when Margaret Thatcher gave up the ghost and the cowardly gloating over Andrew Breitbart’s still-warm corpse by sneering, bucktoothed hacks who weren’t fit to sniff his underwear.

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April 29, 2013

Complete Classic Movie: Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Santa Fe Trail is a 1940 American western film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey and Ronald Reagan. Written by Robert Buckner, the film is about J.E.B. Stuart and his romance with Kit Carson Holliday, his friendship with George Armstrong Custer, and his battles against John Brown in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Civil War.


Quick Pix: Carroll Baker w/Video

Carroll Baker (born May 28, 1931) is an American film, stage and television actress who has enjoyed popularity as both a serious dramatic actress and as a movie sex symbol. Cast in a wide range of roles during her heyday in the 1960s, Baker was especially memorable playing brash, flamboyant women, thanks to her beautiful features, striking blonde hair, and distinctive Southern drawl. Her star turn came in Elia Kazan’s controversial Baby Doll (1956), for which she received an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe.

Carroll Baker Wikipedia article.


Video: The Hate that Hate Produced

Black Liberation Theology is a part of the Black Nationalist cult movement. Even the founder in the 1920’s of the modern mass movement, Marcus Garvey, called himself a Christian. Black Nationalists pose as Jews, Muslims and Christians, but in reality they are none of these, but a racist religious cult movement.

This 90-minute documentary describes black supremacist doctrine of Nation of Islam and other such Black Nationalist groups. The doctrine of Obama’s Trinity United Church of Christ, is part of this Black Nationalist tradition. Black Liberation Theology is largely derived from the theology of the Nation of Islam, which is not orthodox Islam but a black Gnostic sect. Black Liberation Theology is more sophisticated and appeals more to black professionals, like Obama. It has he same basic genocidal concepts as the Nation of Islam.

The basic belief is that the white man is literally the Devil/Antichrist, the black race is the manifestation of God on earth. A messiah, or messiahs, will arise from the black race to destroy the white race and America, which will bring on a physical, black-ruled utopian millennial paradise on earth.


Americans fear government more than terror

Now, it would seem, the famous quote widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin – “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety” – is holding more sway with Americans than it has in over a dozen years.

According to a pair of recent polls, for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist hijackings, Americans are more fearful their government will abuse constitutional liberties than fail to keep its citizens safe.

Even in the wake of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing – in which a pair of Islamic radicals are accused of planting explosives that took the lives of 3 and wounded over 280 – the polls suggest Americans are hesitant to give up any further freedoms in exchange for increased “security.”

A Fox News survey polling a random national sample of 619 registered voters the day after the bombing found despite the tragic event, those interviewed responded very differently than following 9/11.

For the first time since a similar question was asked in May 2001, more Americans answered “no” to the question, “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?”

Of those surveyed on April 16, 2013, 45 percent answered no to the question, compared to 43 percent answering yes.

In May 2001, before 9/11, the balance was similar, with 40 percent answering no to 33 percent answering yes.

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Time to scrap affirmative action

Although the groups covered by affirmative action tend to be poorer than their neighbours, the individuals who benefit are often not. One American federal-contracting programme favours businesses owned by “socially and economically disadvantaged” people. Such people can be 87 times richer than the average American family and still be deemed “disadvantaged” if their skin is the right colour.


Governments should be colour-blind

Above the entrance to America’s Supreme Court four words are carved: “Equal justice under law”. The court is pondering whether affirmative action breaks that promise. The justices recently accepted a case concerning a vote in Michigan that banned it, and will soon rule on whether the University of Texas’s race-conscious admissions policies are lawful. The question in both cases is as simple as it is divisive: should government be colour-blind?

America is one of many countries where the state gives a leg-up to members of certain racial, ethnic, or other groups by holding them to different standards. The details vary. In some countries, the policy applies only to areas under direct state control, such as public-works contracts or admission to public universities. In others, private firms are also obliged to take account of the race of their employees, contractors and even owners. But the effects are strikingly similar around the world (see article).

The burden of history

Many of these policies were put in place with the best of intentions: to atone for past injustices and ameliorate their legacy. No one can deny that, for example, blacks in America or dalits in India (members of the caste once branded “untouchable”) have suffered grievous wrongs, and continue to suffer discrimination. Favouring members of these groups seems like a quick and effective way of making society fairer.

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Dutch Study: Anti-Racism Instruction in Schools Increases Discrimination

Brenda Walker: “Anti-Racism” education is having the reverse effect of what is said to be intended, according to recent research. Emphasizing human tribal differences apparently makes kids dwell on those characteristics to a degree that becomes negative for normal social interaction.

So how is all that diversity hectoring in schools working out?

Not very well. In fact, it is having the reverse effect of what is said to be intended, according to recent research. Emphasizing human tribal differences apparently makes kids dwell on those characteristics to a degree that becomes negative for normal social interaction. Human nature is inherently tribal, so promoting themes of ethnic dissimilarity among young minds is a dicey undertaking.

Public education once served to teach kids the shared values of the community, well described by Victor Davis Hanson in a 2002 recollection of his school experience, The Civic Education America Needs. Even though his 1960’s California valley classroom was 2/3 Mexican-born or -descended, all kids learned American history as a heritage worthy of pride. The inclusive education of earlier times served to define the national community of Americans — unlike the divisive ethnic obsessions of today’s curriculum.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro Slams Jihad Mom: Lady, You Shouldn’t Be Allowed Here” (Video)

“We should not be required to breathe the same air as you, we should not be required to share the indignity of your presence” says Judge Jeanine Pirro in her opening statement to the Jihadi mother of the Boston bomber, as she exposes the facts that are being brought to light behind the terrorist attack in the Boston Marathon.


San Bernardino bankruptcy could spell the end of the city

The inability to create effective public policy is also a result of the toxic and unhealthy relationship elected officials have with the public safety unions that have consistently spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy elections, castrate elected officials to vote their way and threaten those who vote against their selfish interests.

Since the city of San Bernardino declared bankruptcy in July 2012, there have been many opinion pieces written with all sorts of different ideas about how the city got to where it is.

While the entire story really is comprised of lost industries, closed military bases, re-routed freeway systems, an influx of renters without the same financial interest in maintaining property values and neighborhoods, a sinking tax base and a county seat that is home to many of the social services needed by those resting upon society’s safety net, the crux of the issue resides with the system that dictates the operations of the city as a municipal corporation – the City Charter.

At the end of the day, we are where we are – and that is on the brink of insolvency, disincorporation, no longer being the city of San Bernardino, and losing the oldest historic city in the county.

The City Council is fundamentally unable to make the difficult decisions that are needed to pull the city back off the brink of the precipice. This is the result of a council that is bound by rules imposed by a charter that dictates to those decision-makers what to pay certain city employees (public safety) – a specific rate that is compared to cities throughout the state that share no commonalities with San Bernardino.

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