Sunday, March 27, 2016

Syrians, Russians, Hezbollah, Take Palmyra

A combined force consisting of ground forces from Syria, Russia, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, in conjunction with the Russian air force, have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra from the US-backed “rebels” in a highly symbolic victory announced on Easter Sunday.
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According to a report on the Syrian national news service, SANA, the city had been retaken after “heavy fighting against the terrorist Daesh organization,” and the “UNESCO World Heritage List city was now stable and free of terrorists.”
Daesh is an acronym for the Arabic phrase al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham, which translates as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
The SANA report said that the Syrian military had completely destroyed Daesh and had taken “absolute control over all parts of the city, including the ancient city and the airport.”
The victory is made even more significant because of the fact that it was made possible by a combined assault of forces which many western governments—in western Europe and the US in particular—vehemently oppose.
The European Union still has sanctions against Russia, and many liberals oppose Vladimir Putin’s government because of its non-toleration of homosexual marriages and propaganda.
Hezbollah is hated by the Jewish lobby because it successfully defended Lebanon against an Israeli invasion in 2006, and of course, the Syrian government is hated because of its opposition to Israel.
Russian ground forces were also involved in the assault on Palmyra. Col. Gen. Aleksandr Dvornikov, deputy commander of the Central Military District in Russia, confirmed to RT that the Special Operations Forces (SOF) are deployed in Syria.
Read More: http://newobserveronline.com/syrians-russians-hezbollah-take-palmyra/

Nelle Harper Lee, 1926–2016: Minorities Never Lie About Rape by Duke Dougherty


Harper Lee’s death on February 19 drew the international attention one would expect given her status as the Martin Luther King of literature. Her novel To Kill a Mockingbird is annually visited on high schools everywhere with a demand for its reverence equal to the demand for unquestioned veneration of the reverend doctor himself. And yet, the mockingbird cried a complex tune last month, hitting notes not long ago thought to be beyond its range.
As expected, January’s holiday for MLK elicited the sniveling sighs of White supplication. In contrast, February’s eulogies lacked the once-anticipated chorus for Lee’s immediate canonization. The problem last month, of course, was actually the problem of last year with the sinful publication of Lee’s other novel, Go Set a Watchman. In it, Lee revealed that St. Atticus Finch was a segregationist(!)
Progressives and cuckservatives everywhere gasped! But then they remembered they control the narrative. In fact, they invented it. And they can modify it whenever the facts so require. After all, they had been claiming for decades that women never lie about rape while simultaneously Biblicizing a novel in which a woman does in fact lie about rape.
The Mockingbird mainstreamers eventually gathered themselves and saw the error of their initial shock. Unfortunately, Atticus hadn’t been immaculately conceived as they had previously believed. But he still had done right when the faith had been challenged, and if his motives had been mixed, that only demonstrated the nuanced characterization they always claimed to admire in literature.
Read More: http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2016/03/nelle-harper-lee-1926-2016-minorities-never-lie-about-rape/

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Why Belgium Should Be Rioting, Not Crying

The Belgians should be rioting, not crying. Enough of the wreath laying. You’re filling landfills, which is where your government and its security apparatus belong. Make government officials cry. Overthrow your flaccid overlords. The contempt this left-liberal, impotent outfit evinces for the lives of its citizens is unparalleled.
The Turks are way better than the Europeans. When the butcher Brahim Abdeslam commenced his pilgrimage to Syria, the Turks were sharp enough and responsible to send him packing back to Brussels, where he was wanted, but not a Wanted Man. Brussels let Brahim go.
This time, even Washington, less diligent than Ankara, is hot under the collar about indifference and incompetence that goes beyond what is expected from government. (Government can never do anything right, because the incentives are inverted; the worse the functionaries do; the more funding they get.)
European citizens, like Americans, are being placed in danger by their governments’ policies of egalitarian, indiscriminate mass immigration. The only thing individuals can do is refuse to die; which means stop frolicking like idiots. Realize that the mindless mantra, “Don’t let the terrorists win,” is also the European State’s mantra. Other than East-European governments like Hungary’s, western power brokers like Angela Merkel want their citizens to soldier on; die to maintain status quoSmart Europeans will boycott hotbeds of violence and incivility–Belgium—until the power base gets scared that the tax base is goign to dry up.

Read More: http://barelyablog.com/why-belgium-should-be-rioting-not-crying/

Were Fascists Leftists or Rightists?



I've blogged about this before, but the misconception is still vigorously making the rounds, and it's time to make the point again. The notion that fascism, and therefore naziism, are somehow left-wing movements, and not right-wing at all, probably wasn't originated by Jonah Goldberg's book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning [link],but was certainlypopularized by it.

Goldberg, of course, is a neoconservative, AKA, neocon, and that particular political faction is leftist, deriving, as it does, fromthe Trotskyite faction of the communist movement [link]. Now, of course, a lot of rank-and-file neocons have no idea about the origins of their political movement, and think they're standard conservatives. They're not. Actual conservatives have been pretty much purged from both parties over the years. Real conservatives, like Bob Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Grover Cleveland, and even Barry Goldwater, were proponents of small, limited governments and opposed unnecessary military intervention abroad and social engineering. Neoconservatives, of course, take the opposite, liberal positions on all these issues.

Read More: http://ex-army.blogspot.com/2016/03/were-fascists-leftists-or-rightists.html

Why "Free" Trade Is Anything But Free For Entrepreneurs by Dileep Rao

If someone says “free” trade, do we all agree on what it means?
If a “free” trade agreement has to be encapsulated in thousands of pages after years of negotiation, it is fair to assume that there is no one, absolute definition of “free” trade. And according to some pundits, no one in charge is likely to have read the whole thing before it was approved.
You cannot watch TV without seeing an “expert” or economist defending “free” trade. If there is no one definition of “free” trade, what exactly are they defending? Are they defending the concept of “free” trade or are they defending the agreement negotiated by the economists and lawyers?
Assuming that we can all defend the concept of “free” trade if it benefits us, just as we all defend mom, apple pie, and the flag, the key is whether the agreement is defendable? I don’t have the patience to read thousands of pages of arcane language and I doubt if our representatives in Congress who have to approve it, have read all the pages. My guess is that the bulk of the language is inserted by lobbyists for multinational corporations.
Read More: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dileeprao/2016/03/26/why-free-trade-is-anything-but-free-for-entrepreneurs/#606b02bf17c0

Friday, March 25, 2016

Color of Crime

Racial Ratios by Steve Sailer


Earlier this month, John Rivers tweeted out his hope for the future:
I dream of a world where a mid­level manager in a mid­level company can accurately quote FBI crime statistics on Facebook and not be fired.
We don’t live in that utopia, however, so you should be cautious about mentioning this article at work. But at least accurately quoting government crime statistics is more convenient than ever due to the publication of The Color of Crime, 2016 Revised Edition.
Researched and written in a sober, judicious manner by veteran economic analyst Edwin S. Rubenstein, this is the first update since 2005 of Jared Taylor’s American Renaissance magazine’s venerable report on racial differences in crime rates.
Most of the government data used in the report ends with the year 2013, and therefore generally offers an encouraging contrast to the last report’s use of 2002 as its terminus. From 2002 to 2013, most crime rates fell, and racial differences moderated somewhat.
Read More: http://takimag.com/article/racial_ratios_steve_sailer/print#axzz43w4ifZK9

What Makes This Good Friday Extra Special? by Joseph Pearce

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Good Friday is very special. It is not only a “good” day, it is perhaps the best of all days, at least when taken in conjunction with Easter Sunday. It is, after all, the day on which we are redeemed from sin and become inheritors of the Kingdom of Heaven. Days don’t get any better than that! And yet I am tempted to claim, indeed I’m tempted to exclaim, that this particular Good Friday is extra special, that it has something about it that most other Good Fridays don’t have. In making such a claim, I expect to raise the eyebrows and perhaps even the ire of those who understand the supreme significance of this holiest of days. How can one Good Friday be better than any other? How can anyone claim that this year will be a Very Good Friday, whereas last year was only a Fairly Good Friday? Heaven forbid that anyone should say such a thing!
I am, of course, not saying such a thing.
Heaven forbid!
And yet….
And yet I am still saying that this particular Good Friday is indeed extra special!
Perhaps I should explain.
feast of annunciationWhat makes this Good Friday extra special is that it falls on March 25. Those who know the Christian calendar will recognize the significance of this date. It is the Feast of the Annunciation, the date on which the Archangel Gabriel declared unto Mary that she would conceive of the Holy Ghost. It is the date on which Mary does conceive of the Holy Ghost. The date on which God becomes Man. The date on which the Word becomes Flesh. As a date, it is far more important than the Feast that happens nine months later, on December 25, because life begins at conception, not at birth.
So am I claiming that this particular Good Friday is extra special because it coincides with the Annunciation, conjoining the Incarnation with the Crucifixion, the feast with the fast, the Life with the Death? Up to a point, perhaps, but this is not the principal reason for the extra-special status of this particular Good Friday.
Read More: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/03/makes-good-friday-extra-special.html

LE MÉPRIS by GUILLAUME DUROCHER

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Today, Europe, the birthplace of the most magnificent civilizations to have graced this Earth, inspires only contempt. A prominent recent example was that of U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama in a lengthy interview with Jeffrey Goldberg[1] ofThe Atlantic. In it, Obama blames European leaders for the chaos that followed his launching a war against Libya:
“Free riders aggravate me,” he told me [Goldberg]. Recently, Obama warned that Great Britain would no longer be able to claim a “special relationship” with the United States if it did not commit to spending at least 2 percent of its GDP on defense. “You have to pay your fair share,” Obama told David Cameron, who subsequently met the 2 percent threshold.
“When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong,” Obama said, “there’s room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up,” he said. He noted that Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, lost his job the following year. And he said that British Prime Minister David Cameron soon stopped paying attention, becoming “distracted by a range of other things.”
Obama is of course not the first American president to have expressed frustration with the soft, war-averse, welfare-addled, nagging, and comfort-addicted smugly “post-historical” Eloi the Europeans have become since the Second World War. But his annoyance at Great Britain and France is striking insofar as these two are the last Western European nations to make any pretense of being even middle powers. The rest – Germany, Italy, Spain, et al – don’t even try.

Read More: http://www.radixjournal.com/journal/2016/3/21/x5bioxdlkvx5ugwj373u2uiejiszjd

No free speech for robots — in case they say what people think!

Microsoft Pulls Robot After It Tweets:

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“Hitler Was Right! I Hate the Jews!”

‘Pandora’ comments:  This particular robot illustrates the dangers of free speech! When given to irresponsible entities like robots, free speech is gonna be abused! Playing pingpong is one thing, but commenting favorably on Adolf H is obviously an abuse of free speech! Right?!?  :)
The so-called chatbot TayTweets was launched by the Seattle-based software company on Wednesday as an experiment in artificial intelligence, or AI, and conversational understanding. But the company was forced to quickly pause the account and delete the vast majority of its tweets after the chatbot posted a number of offensive comments, including several that were admiring of Adolf Hitler.
Along with “Hitler was right I hate the jews,” among other offending tweets, according to the International Business Times, were:
“Bush did 9/11 and Hitler would have done a better job than the monkey we have now. Donald Trump is the only hope we’ve got.”
Asked if the Holocaust happened, the chatbot replied: “It was made up,”followed by an emoji of clapping hands.
The robot also tweeted its support for genocide against Mexicans and said it“hates n*****s,” according to the International Business Times.
Read More: https://www.darkmoon.me/2016/no-free-speech-for-robots-in-case-they-say-what-people-think/

Spring is coming: 10 flower superstitions in Russia

Which flowers should you eat, which should you cast into the fire, and which should you use to tell your fortune? RBTH explores the fascinating beliefs associated with flowers in Russia.

1. Reconsider white carnations

Drawing by Dmitry Divin
The white carnation is a fabulous flower, a symbol of talent. But, according to a popular belief, white carnations may take away your talent and good luck. Those who want to present a performer on stage with flowers should avoid white carnations. On the other hand, placing a white carnation under the pillow will awake you inspired next morning.
Read More: http://rbth.com/arts/2016/03/25/spring-is-coming-10-flower-superstitions-in-russia_579079

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The American Hitler or the American Netanyahu? by Steve Sailer

Staying up all Monday night to write a column for publication Wednesday morning is a tricky business when elections fall on a Tuesday.
So let me offer four longer-term perspectives.
First, Hispandering. While we still have Marco Rubio to kick around some more, let’s ponder just how badly the conventional wisdom has failed regarding the candidacies of Rubio and, to a jaw-dropping extent, Jeb Bush.
After Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012, the Republican Party establishment quickly proclaimed that the remedy to what ails them was exactly what the Democrats and liberal media had been advising: amnesty for Hispanics.
GOP leaders recruited young Senator Marco Rubio to be the Republican face of a bipartisan “comprehensive immigration reform” drive. Time put Rubio on the cover of its Feb. 18, 2013, issue as “The Republican Savior”; after all, there’s nothing more inspiring than an ethnic politician demanding special favors for his ethnicity!
Read More: http://takimag.com/article/the_american_hitler_or_the_american_netanyahu_steve_sailer/print#axzz42QC01Fe4

MIT scientists stunned by scalable quantum computer BY SAM CATHERMAN

MIT scientists stunned by scalable quantum computer

A team of researchers from MIT has developed one of the first scalable quantum computers, raising questions about the long-term viability of encryption as a security tool.

A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The University of Innsbruck in Austria has made a huge breakthrough in the field of quantum engineering. According to a report fromComputing, researchers have pieced together the first five quantum bits of a full-scale quantum computer.
The quantum bits, or qubits, were capable of carrying out simple mathematical equations. Researchers are particularly interested in the computer’s ability to carry out factoring problems, which could cause a huge paradigm shift in current security practices that rely on encryption to protect sensitive information like credit card and account numbers.
Scientists were able to prove that their quantum computer design works by solving Shor’s algorithm, written by MIT Morss Professor of Applied Mathematics Peter Shor. The algorithm can calculate all of the prime factors of a number with greater efficiency than a normal computer.
Scientists say that quantum computing is now much more a matter of engineering than it is a basic physical question. According to Isaac Chuang, a professor of physics, electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, the research team was able to keep a quantum system stable by keeping atoms in place using an ion trap. As electrons were removed from the atoms, they gained a charge, which held them in place inside of an electric field.

John Craig evaluates Trump and, I think, gets it just right


Those of us who try to be discerning are aware that liking a politician and supporting a politician can be entirely different things. True, if you dislike a given guy, chances are you dislike him at least partially because of his policies and/or qualifications, so that makes it unlikely that you'd support him by voting for him. And it works the other way — your approval of a given person's policies and abilities makes you at least tend to like him.

But not always. There are exceptions. A good example is Ben Carson. He's very hard not to like, because he seems like such a nice, decent, polite guy, and that's very likely true. But you could very easily dislike his intentions and attitudes towards issues, and would never vote for him. There have been politicians that I like, and would probably like very much if I knew them personally, but for whom I'd never vote, because I disagree with so much of what they believe. I'd put Hubert Humphrey and Harry Truman in that category.

Read More: http://ex-army.blogspot.com/2016/03/john-craig-evaluates-trump-and-i-think.html

The Decline and Fall of European Civilization

Of course, there is more to Western civilization than Europe. Still, Europe is one of two central loci of the civilization. If European culture collapses under a wave of Muslim immigrants, we in America will have a problem.

Writing in The Federalist, John Daniel Davidson (via Maggie’sFarm) reminds us of a prophetic 1973 novel by a Frenchman, Jean Raspail. It’s title, The Camp of the Saints.

In his book Raspail described how Europe was invaded and eventually transformed by an army of unarmed immigrants. They did not come to contribute. They did not come to work and achieve. They did not come to adapt to the local culture. They wanted to preserve their culture and to take what they did not earn.

Davidson describes the novel:

All of this calls to mind a 1973 novel by French writer Jean Raspail—The Camp of the Saints, an apocalyptic tale about the collapse of European civilization. Much of it could be lifted from the news coming out of Europe. In the book, one million impoverished Indians make their way by boat from the Ganges to the shores of southern France with no intention of adopting French ways; they come simply to claim for themselves what Europeans have and they do not.

Why do the Europeans accept this cultural colonization. The reason is: Western guilt. It presents itself as compassionate feelings for the world’s downtrodden and tells us that we are responsible for their failures and that we owe them recompense.

Didn’t Bernie Sanders proclaim yesterday that we have a right to health care because we are human beings? A noble sentiment, no doubt, but the question was really about the constitution? Where in the constitution, Bret Baier should have asked, does it say that we have a right to health care?

Read More: http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-decline-and-fall-of-european.html

Monday, March 7, 2016

White Kids, Their Cultural Vacuum & How Gay Culture Fills It

Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis BOOK REVIEW

Iran sentences billionaire to be hanged for ‘economic crimes’ and corruption in oil deals

A file photo of Babak Zanjani, centre, in a court in Tehran.
One of Iran’s richest men has been sentenced to death for corruption after being accused of making billions by sanctions-busting for a previous regime.
Babak Zanjani, who once estimated his personal fortune at C$18 billion, was arrested in Tehran in December 2013 — four months after his ally, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left office as president.
Zanjani, 44, has now been convicted of “fraud” and “economic crimes” and sentenced to be hanged, said a spokesman for the judiciary. He has also been ordered to repay “one fourth of the money that was laundered.”
Zanjani was first arrested one day after Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, promised to target “privileged figures” who had “taken advantage of economic sanctions”. His downfall is another sign that Rouhani is trying to dismantle Ahmadinejad’s legacy and purge associates of the former president.
Read More: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/iran-sentences-billionaire-to-be-hanged-for-economic-crimes-and-corruption-in-oil-deals

Swedish Liberals Propose Abortions for Men

Maternal mortality - usually considered a problem for women in developing countries - has been on the rise in the United States, where the rate of mothers dying from complications in childbirth or pregnancy has more than doubled since 1990.

The youth wing of Sweden's Liberal Party has proposed that men who don't want to be fathers are allowed a "legal abortion," the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.
The youth wing of the Liberal Party in western Sweden (LUF Vast) has come up with a controversial proposal that gives men the right to legally opt out of being a parent, Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper reported on Friday.

"Men should have the same right to opt out of parenting," Marcus Nilsen, Chairman of LUF Vast, told the newspaper.
Nilsen stressed that the motion was first proposed by a group of female Liberal Party members, and has the backing of the rest of the party. 
"It is important to discuss the role of men in pregnancy," he said.
According to the proposal, men would have the right to opt of out the legal responsibilities of being a father up to the 18th week of pregnancy, the final point at which a woman can choose to have an abortion.   
This "legal abortion" would be final, and men should not be able to change their mind later, Nilsen said.
Nilsen explained that the legislation would help men who do not dare say that they don't want children, or don't want to be involved in being a parent when their partner becomes pregnant. 

Read More: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160307/1035917850/sweden-liberal-party-men-abortion.html

Losing Your Mind in Art by Christopher Morrissey

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Plato’s Ion contains an unforgettable image describing artistic experience. In conversation with a rhapsode named Ion, Socrates likens the activity of poets to the operation of a magnet. Ion’s own professional expertise lies in the recitation of the poetry of Homer, and so Socrates says:
“The gift which you possess of speaking excellently about Homer is not an art, but, as I was just saying, an inspiration; there is a divinity moving you, like that contained in the stone which Euripides calls a magnet, but which is commonly known as the stone of Heraclea. This stone not only attracts iron rings, but also imparts to them a similar power of attracting other rings; and sometimes you may see a number of pieces of iron and rings suspended from one another so as to form quite a long chain: and all of them derive their power of suspension from the original stone. In like manner the Muse first of all inspires men herself; and from these inspired persons a chain of other persons is suspended, who take the inspiration. For all good poets, epic as well as lyric, compose their beautiful poems not by art, but because they are inspired and possessed.” (Plato,Ion, trans. B. Jowett)
Like a magnet, the divine power moves the poet, who moves the rhapsode who recites his poetry, who moves us in the audience. All in the chain are transported out of their minds by the divine experience.
This is the characteristic feeling of being “wrapped up in” an artistic experience. For example, the audience is immersed in a world of “make believe” and momentarily takes it as real. The audience members identify emotionally with a protagonist, moved by her fate, and forget to remind themselves that she is a fictional being.
Ion is aware that he himself gets caught up emotionally in his enactments of Homer’s dramatic scenes. Thus Socrates takes this as evidence that “not by art or knowledge about Homer do you say what you say, but by divine inspiration and by possession”; in other words, any truly effective artistic experience demands that the poets, and the audiences along with them, lose their minds in order to feel the divinely inspired experience.
Read More: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/03/losing-your-mind-in-art-socrates.html

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Gorbachev Turns 85 BY MARIA KOLESNIKOVA

Gorbachev Turns 85
On March 2, 2016, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union's first and last president, whose efforts helped end the Cold War, whose reforms [unwittingly] brought down the Communist Party and, eventually, the Soviet Union, turned 85. Gorbachev's name is eternally associated with buzzwords and events of the 1980-1990s, such as glasnost ("openness"), perestroika("restructuring"), New Thinking, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Gorbachev, a 1990 Nobel Prize laureate, founded Green Cross International, head The Gorbachev Foundation, and has no fear of breaking stereotypes, say by appearing in a Pizza Hut commercial, or narrating a new take on the story of Peter and the Wolf - which incidentally earned him a Grammy award in 2004.
Widely acclaimed in the West, where he became as recognizable a symbol of the USSR as Sputnik, the Bolshoi Ballet and the KGB, Gorbachev has nonetheless only enjoyed very moderate support in his homeland. According to apoll a decade ago, some 45 percent of Russians have a negative opinion about the former Soviet leader, while 34 percent say they are neutral and just 14 percent express positive feelings. The explanation is simple: many Russians still blame Gorbachev for the collapse of the country he took charge of, and the economic misery that followed.
But, looking back, the Gorbachev era seems like an intoxicating time, when walls were crumbling and a new picture of the world was being assembled from scratch. Never again will Russians learn their history anew, with glasnostdaily revealing previously concealed facts. In mere months, history books became outdated and parents had to clip out newspaper stories to help their kids wade through history classes.

Interview: Jan Troell By Michael Sragow

The Emigrants
Swedish director Jan Troell, 84, is an outdoor poet, an expansive humanist, and an intuitive psychologist. In movies like Here Is Your Life(66), The Emigrants (71), The New Land (72), and The Flight of the Eagle(82), his ecstasy for the physical world merges with his love for his characters. The vital, sensual heroes and heroines in these classic Swedish movies emit an illumination that emerges from within and enriches Troell’s enveloping auras of sun, rain, ice, and snow. Even in conventional urban settings and interiors, Troell can ignite explosions of beauty and insight, like a brightly lit electric streetcar slicing through a city snowfall and bringing dazzle to a depressed atmosphere inEverlasting Moments (08), his late masterpiece about a working-class mother and photographer. In his trenchant The Last Sentence (12), the friend of a crusading anti-Nazi editor confesses that he’s dying of pancreatic cancer, then shuts off the lights in his mansion, one by one, with an elegant finality. You think of Sir Edward Grey saying before World War I: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
Troell’s ability to write, shoot, and edit as well as direct gives his movies an exploratory dynamism and freedom all their own. As the gorgeous uncut Criterion editions of The Emigrants and The New Land illustrate, he can be the most democratic of moviemakers. He captures the diversity of individual reactions to common experiences as he chronicles a mini-migration from the province of Smaland to Minnesota. He follows two main groups: the family of farmer Karl-Oskar (Max von Sydow) and Kristina (Liv Ullman), including Karl-Oskar’s brother Robert (Eddie Axberg), and the household and religious cell of a lay preacher, Danjell (Allan Edwall), Kristina’s uncle.
Troell portrays Swedish provincial life as a test for proud people. The land is rocky and infertile. The weather is capricious. The society is a few steps up from feudal. Karl-Oskar’s father is crippled when a boulder he is clearing from a field falls on him. (In one of the movie’s first piercing images, his stolid country wife lugs him home on her back.) Robert daydreams on the job while working as a farmhand and his employer cruelly boxes his ear, damaging it for life. The church forbids Danjell to conduct his own services with followers like an outspoken ex-prostitute, Ulrika (Monika Zetterlund).
Read More: http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/interview-jan-troell/

Antonin Scalia, 1936–2016 On the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.

In his 2003 book Coercing Justice: The Worldwide Rule of Judges, Robert Bork notes how frequently the institution of the law is overlooked in discussions of cultural warfare. This lacuna is a weakness, Bork points out, for law “is a key element of every Western nation’s culture, particularly as we turn more to litigation than to moral consensus as the means of determining social control. Law is also more crucial today,” he continues, “because courts have become more overtly cultural and political as well as legal institutions.”
We thought of Judge Bork’s observations when we got the sad news of Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death, at age seventy-nine, last month. For nearly thirty years—he had been appointed to the Court in September 1986 by Ronald Reagan—Antonin Scalia was a tireless advocate of judicial restraint, the idea that the primary function of the judiciary is to interpret the law, not to make it. He set himself staunchly against the trends Bork outlined, resisting both the politicization of the Court and the more amorphous but no less corrosive tendency to substitute litigation for those more gentlemanly modes of encouraging good behavior—habit, taste, manners, convention—what Bork summarized as “moral consensus” and the British jurist John Fletcher Moulton called “obedience to the unenforceable.”
Read More: http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/-i-Antonin-Scalia--1936-2016-i--8360

HOW ISRAEL HAS BENEFITED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL DOUBLE STANDARD (IS THERE A NEW “NEW ANTI-SEMITISM”? PART 8) by Norman G. Finkelstein

HOW ISRAEL HAS BENEFITED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL DOUBLE STANDARD (IS THERE A NEW “NEW ANTI-SEMITISM”? PART 8)

Far from singling Israel out for criticism, the international community has repeatedly turned a blind eye to its breaches of international law.
The superficially most compelling case for a lurking new anti-Semitism is the comparative one. It is said that the world is replete with worse cases of oppression and repression; if the international community focuses “obsessively” on Israel, it must be due to an anti-Jewish bias. During the apartheid era, South Africa also alleged that it was being unfairly singled out. The African continent, its defenders parried (with a measure of truth), was dotted with one-party dictatorships, while South African blacks fared better economically than many of their counterparts elsewhere. In significant circles Israel has replaced South Africa as the defining moral issue of our time, and the identical charge of a double standard is now being leveled by it. Indeed, Israel is widely accused of practicing apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territories (and, according to some, in Israel itself), while the popular movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel casts itself as the lineal successor of the anti-apartheid sanctions campaign.
As it happens, the South Africa and Palestine struggles bear much in common. The South African cause was initially spearheaded by the African continent, where apartheid constituted a personal affront to every black person and was perceived as a running sore from the humiliating era of Western colonialism. The Palestine cause was initially spearheaded by the Arab world, where Zionist dispossession of the indigenous population deeply resonated and Israel’s founding was also perceived as a festering wound from the imperialist epoch. Neither the South African nor the Palestinian struggle fell into the generic pattern of decolonization—they weren’t overseas non-self-governing territories seeking independence from a metropolitan state—but both were eventually assimilated to the anticolonial paradigm and came to be championed internationally as exemplary of it.

The Vicious Snake

Will Trump Be Denied The Nomination?

Friday, March 4, 2016

Rhetorical Momentum by Steve Sailer

Last week, Hillary Clinton tweeted a line from her South Carolina primary victory speech:
“Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers. We need to show that we really are all in this together.” —Hillary in SC
Because the Democratic front-runner was clearly referring to Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, the literal interpretation would be that she was demanding the tearing down of the rather meager defenses currently dividing the United States from Latin America.
And that raises the question of who exactly are the “we” Hillary says “are all in this together.” Does Hillary’s “we” refer to Americans…or to anybody who shows up at those hateful border barriers?
Now, you might say that Hillary is an aged and cynical politician, and that whatever her speechifying, she wouldn’t actually do anything so stupid as to give encouragement to a flash mob from south of the border.
But you would have been tempted to say the same thing a year ago about the chancellor of Germany. Angela Merkel is just like Hillary, if Hillary were younger, smarter (Dr. Merkel has a doctorate in physical chemistry), more experienced (Merkel has been leader of her party for sixteen years and prime minister for ten), soberer, and self-made rather than running on her politically talented husband’s coattails.
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Hillary gave order to murder waco babies HILLARY GAVE ORDER TO MURDER WACO BABIES

On Wednesday the Hollywood liberal elite sponsored an event at Radio City Music Hall in New York in support of Hillary Clinton.
Katy Perry, Elton John, Oscar-winners Jamie Foxx and Julianne Moore  made on-stage remarks along with Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton.
“I’m not voting for (Clinton) because she’s a woman,” Perry said between songs. “I’m voting for her because she’s the right person for the job.”
Clinton was the “right person” to oversee the destruction of Libya, where 100,000 lives were lost, and also Waco, where more than 80 men, women and children were incinerated on April 19, 1993.
“During an interview in early February 2001 the former White House aide Linda Tripp alleged that Hillary Clinton pressured the late Vincent Foster to resolve the Waco standoff. As a result women and children were killed. Appearing on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’ Tripp suggested that Foster, at Mrs Clinton’s direction, transmitted the order to move on the Branch Davidian’s Waco compound, which culminated in a military style attack on the wooden building,” writes Robert Morrow.

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Rotherham Police Had Sex With Abused Girls And Covered For Relative Sex Groomers by LIAM DEACON

Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal South Yorkshire Police

The police watchdog is examining almost 200 Rotherham officers after corrupt individuals, one related to the convicted groomers, allegedly conspired to protect the Muslim child sex gang.

One officer and local politician, who is a family relative of the brothers convicted yesterday, is alleged to have brokered a deal whereby one brother was given assurance that he “wouldn’t get done” if he returned one his young victims to a police station.
Another is accused of having sex with an under-age girls, passing drugs to the grooming gang and tipping them off when colleagues were searching for missing children, a court was told.
During the trial, one woman who spent three days describing how she was repeatedly abused and assaulted from the age of 11, told the jury how she told a detective called Kenneth Dawes about what happened but no action was taken.
“He used to have sex with girls and he used to take drugs from people and pass them on to Ash”, the girl said.
Jahangir Akhtar, the former deputy leader of Rotherham council and deputy chairman of South Yorkshire police, is one of several alleged to have taken part in the handover. He is also a relative of Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain.
Read More: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/02/25/rotherham-police-had-sex-with-abused-girls-and-covered-for-relative-sex-groomers/