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Thursday, June 30, 2016

How ISIS Is Ripping Turkey Apart

Image: “151027-M-ED118-004 DOGANBEY, Turkey (Oct. 27, 2015) A Turkish Marine gives hand signals during an amphibious assault as part of exercise Egemen 2015 in Doganbey, Turkey,, Oct. 27. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed to the 6th fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jalen
On June 28, three suicide bombers armed with AK-47s attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, the eleventh-busiest airport in the world. The terrorists killed more than forty people, leaving more than 200 wounded. The attack, presumed to be carried out by ISIS operatives, reveals alarming operational and tactical sophistication, especially considering the fact that Ataturk International Airport has been known to have a very tight security apparatus, which was recently reinforced in the wake of terrorist attacks in Belgium’s Zaventem airport.
Different from most airports of its size, Ataturk Airport has two, not one, security checkpoints, the additional one guarding the very entrance to the main terminal building. Regardless, the terrorists behaved like a special forces unitand carried out a three-stage attack. The first bomb went off in the parking lot and served as a distraction for the security forces in the second (outer) checkpoint. This allowed the second attacker to blow himself up right in front of the outer checkpoint. The third attacker then exploited the very physical breach and chaos created by the second explosion to advance into the “safe zone,” shooting his way deep into the terminal, only to be shot by a member of the airport’s security establishment before he had the opportunity to inflict more damage. As can be seen in a video taken from the airport’s surveillance system, the wounded terrorist then went on to explode his suicide vest before reaching a more crowded section of the terminal, which most likely limited the number of casualties.
The level of sophistication displayed by the terrorists in Istanbul should serve as a cautionary tale for all of us. The terrorists are diligently studying the soft targets, aiming to exploit their weaknesses where they find them. At Ataturk International Airport, the security forces focused on making sure that the potential attackers never made it to the planes, which then created choke points where a great number of people had to wait in the outer checkpoint, vulnerable to suicide bombers and/or shooters. The terrorists exploited this vulnerability and ended up wreaking havoc in one of the most guarded airports in the world. Moving ahead, we should start thinking about airport security in a more comprehensive fashion. The attacks of September 11 sensitized us about securing the planes. The attacks in Belgium and Istanbul, in turn, should make us think harder about how we can secure not only the planes, but also the airports, which remain high profile and vulnerable targets for terrorist groups like ISIS.
Read More: http://nationalinterest.org/feature/how-isis-ripping-turkey-apart-16793?page=show

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Game of States - Taki's Magazine

The question of whether Britain should be in or out of the European Union might seem like a complex technical matter upon which people of goodwill might differ.
But nationalism is now the worst idea of all time, because Hitler. Lex at WWTDD notes:
Some portion of the American public is vexed about Brexit. Almost none of them understand the precise meaning of the vote…. If it weren’t for the catchy Brexit moniker, ninety percent of them wouldn’t have been tracking it. It’s always important to ask yourself, did I discover this issue through my One Direction Fan news feed?
The near universal response of the punditry to a majority of Brits voting to leave the E.U. has been so enraged that the average voter must have begun by now to notice that their furious elites just plain don’t like them. As a Bizarro World Sally Field might have exclaimed in wonder, “You hate us, you really hate us!”
The past week has been the mirror image of the Stale Pale Male taunting and touchdown dances that followed Obama’s reelection. Then, it was Democracy Rules (because we’ve imported millions of ringers). Now, it’s Democracy Sucks (because voters are stupid).
I’ve long been suggesting that it would be prudent for elites to moderate the policies under which they’ve flourished, such as by scaling back mass immigration. Open borders might make sense to individuals who see themselves as Randian supermen who could dominate anywhere. But the more humble or realistic might prefer a place to call home—“Home is where you don’t have to explainyourself.”
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MITT ROMNEY, "CONSCIOUS" CUCKSERVATIVE by GREGORY HOOD

Mitt Romney, "Conscious" Cuckservative
His eyes were misted with tears, but his jaw was set in resolute determination. There was a hint of tension in the facial muscles as he steeled himself to his duty. He stared into the eyes of his interlocutor, a former AIPAC employee and therefore a trusted moral authority. Resisting the quiver that threatened to creep into his voice, Mitt Romney boldly staked his claim as the conscience of a generation with words that will echo through the eons – “I don’t want to see trickle down racism.”
Even when trying to bare his soul, Romney can’t help but deploy a line obviously slapped together at a meeting of unemployed political consultants. And even this clumsy and lame formulation reveals the deep inner sickness. “Trickle-down economics” was the leftist smear term for Ronald Reagan’s “supply side” policies, whereby tax cuts for the rich would ultimately benefit the poor through economic growth. Here, Romney casually co-opts the leftist insult directed against the unquestioned deity of the GOP and recycles it against the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. He can’t even come up with his own political attack lines.
It’s not surprising, as Mitt Romney outsources both the jobs of his employees and his deepest sources of his own morality. "Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, and trickle-down misogyny - all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America," Romney intoned. Of course, to those in control of the media and academia who actually get to determine who is a “racist,” “bigot,” or “misogynist,” Romney is already an example of all three of these categories. And his statement begs not just one, but several questions. What is the “nature of our nation?” And do we have a “heart” and “character?”
If the nation is the people who created the state and its institutions, America was founded by men who were racists, bigots, and misogynists by today’s standards. They built a herrenvolk Republic designed for “ourselves and our posterity.”
The “American Idea” cited by the likes of Romney, Paul Ryan, and other cuckservatives is a kind of heresy derived from the actual beliefs of the Founding Fathers. They take the universalist and egalitarian ideas inherent in the Revolution and completely remove them from the context understood by the likes of Washington, Jefferson, and Adams.

Read More: http://www.radixjournal.com/journal/2016/6/27/mitt-romney-conscious-cuckservative

Monday, June 27, 2016

More Questions Than Answers - Taki's Magazine

Dancing around an unpleasant reality is what politics are all about nowadays—Donald Trump excluded—with political correctness the enveloping cloud that hides truth and the facts. There are boundaries that are set by those faceless gray men and women none of us ever see, those who control the networks, the newspapers, and the academy, in other words the so-called elite, and woe to anyone who dares defy them. Our elected officials are the first to play this game, starting with the man who sleeps in the White House as I write.
Things have gotten so bad that biology has been replaced by chosen gender, with heavy penalties decreed for those who prefer the scientific interpretation of what is a man and what constitutes a woman. The great Roger Scruton calls it “transphobia,” just as “Islamophobia” is the excuse by our elite for the attitude that leads to mass murder and the enslavement of women. In reality, trans women are nothing but men with fetishes, and vice versa, and if anyone wishes to debate this, please go reproduce yourself first and then call me.
Which brings me to the Orlando tragedy and all the lies that have followed. My first question is, and I posed the same one after the Boston Marathon bombing, what the hell was this family of Afghan con men doing in this country anyway? Why was the father given TV time to spout lies? Why are we letting Chechens, Somalis, Afghans, Nigerians, and Eritreans—rather than the millions of Europeans I know are dying to immigrate—into the good old U.S. of A.?


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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summer Reading List by Lawrence Murray

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All right goyim, summer is here! Get ready for standard pool parties and of course, summer reading assignments. Here is a list of political and historical books I have found valuable and which could be considered part of an alt-right canon of sorts:
Patrick J. Buchanan, Suicide of a Superpower — Paleoconservative commentator Pat Buchanan has a number of titles dealing with American decline, but this one is the most relevant in my opinion. Much of his analysis of what is happening to the United States culturally and politically is very spot-on. The weakest point of the book is the emphasis on preserving the Christian identity of the United States, a statistical reality which will ironically survive the demographic changes Buchanan draws attention to elsewhere in the text. And considering how devoted the churches are to our colonization by the third world… He is still a very accessible author with good instincts about what is going wrong, but keep in mind that he gets to be a public figure because he stays just within the Overton window. Still a great read.
Guillaume Faye, Archaeofuturism — A French New Right author who I mentally refer to as William Fay, Guillaume Faye wrote Archaeofuturismalmost twenty years ago. The book does not feel dated (except when he talks about 1980s far-right intellectuals in France and why they failed) and indeed many of his predictions are eerily correct, especially on Islamic terror (the book was published in 1998) and troubles in the Eurozone. The French perspective is particularly useful because they have no hangups about being critical of the United States, which is something we must be, and are based in Europe (obviously). If we are truly to build a nationalist order, the very American alt-right should remain informed of ideological developments in the homeland. Continental Europe and the Anglo-Saxon satellites have long seen the world very differently, and nowhere is this more obvious than in Faye’s zeal for European integration, an issue that remains deeply contentious.
Read More: http://therightstuff.biz/2016/06/26/summer-reading-list/

September 2005: The end of virtuous Albion by Theodore Dalrymple

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My wife, who is French, has lived in England for twenty-five years. When she arrived, she was both surprised and favorably struck by, among other things, the comparative uninterest, even of the rich, in material comfort and pleasures, and by the uprightness and straightforwardness of the public administration. Her subsequent career as a doctor was spent treating old people, and she developed a great respect for the British character as exhibited by her patients. Among their virtues, which visitors to our shores earlier in the century had also noted, were politeness, lack of self-importance, stoicism, fortitude, emotional self-control, and an ironic detachment from their own experience, especially when it was unpleasant. Irrespective of their social class, they had dignity, self-respect, and a fundamental integrity. Their virtues far outweighed their vices.
My medical experience of my older compatriots bears out this impression completely. I remember at the beginning of my career serving for a short time as a doctor in a rural area, where one day an old man called me out to his home. He had had rectal bleeding for some weeks, and by now had lost so much blood and was so weak that he had difficulty in raising himself from the sofa on which he was lying.
“I tried for as long as I could not to bother you, doctor,” he said, “but I can’t manage it any longer.”
What he meant by this strange but moving little speech—strange, for what could a doctor like me possibly have been doing that was more urgent than attending to someone like him?—was, “I am not so important that I expect others to dance attendance on me.” This kind of humility is not much in fashion nowadays, to put it mildly, because so few people are able any longer to distinguish between humility and subservience, convinced as they have become that the exercise of power is the only important or real relation that exists or can have ever have existed between men. We are all Leninists now: and “Who whom?” (who does what to whom?) is the only question worth asking.
Read More: http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-end-of-virtuous-Albion-1254

African migrants force their way into Spain's Melilla enclave



About 30 people forced their way into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla on Sunday, a local government official said, one of few successful attempts to storm the border so far this year following increased patrols and security.

Spain has two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, and migrants from all over Africa regularly try to reach them, by climbing the triple barriers that separate them from Morocco or swimming along the coastline.

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP: A WRY, WHITE MOVIE by Andy Nowicki


There is a subtle irony in the title of Love and Friendship—Whit Stillman's caustically glib and delightfully insouciant cinematic adaptation of the obscure Jane Austen novella Lady Susan—in that the film's protagonist appears to be uninterested in love and incapable of friendship.

Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsdale) in fact reveals herself in short order to be a loathsomely self-interested woman: manipulative, scheming, and cunning; the sort of individual who might today be labeled a "sociopath." Like most sociopaths, she possesses a high degree of intelligence, always masking the diabolical cadaverousness of her soul behind a sweet, soft voice and lovely smile. 


Yet in spite of the anti-heroine's deep-rooted character flaws, Love and Friendship is far from being a depressing film. It does not linger excessively on pathological behavior, nor does it immerse the audience in despair by imparting a sense of overwhelming human evil. Instead, Lady Susan's deplorable nature is somehow ameliorated by the charm and decency of the courtly, refined, kind, and charitable culture in which she dwells (and whose very kindnesses she not infrequently exploits).

Read More: http://alternative-right.blogspot.com/2016/06/love-and-friendship-wry-white-movie.html

Southern California still best place to get creative By JOEL KOTKIN and CHARLIE STEPHENS

Over the past decade, Southern California has lagged well behind its chief rivals – New York and the Bay Area, as well as the fast-growing cities of the Sun Belt – in everything from job creation to tech growth. Yet, in what the late economist Jack Kyser dubbed “the creative industries,” this region remains an impressive superpower.
By creative industries, we mean not just Hollywood’s film and television complex, which remains foundational, but those serving a host of other lifestyle-oriented activities, from fashion and product design to engineering theme parks, games and food. We may be lagging Silicon Valley in technology and New York in finance or news media, but when it comes to entertaining people, and defining lifestyle, the Southland remains a powerful, even primal, force.
Overall, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., creative industries employ more than 418,000 people in L.A. and Orange counties. This is larger than second-place New York, and more than five times larger than the San Francisco and Seattle regions. Orange County and Los Angeles account for 80 percent of statewide employment in entertainment and fashion. In toys, L.A. and O.C. account for over two-thirds of statewide jobs.
As a whole, visual- and performing-arts providers have done best in percentage terms, growing by 23.8 percent, followed closely by fine arts and performing-arts schools, with 23.2 percent growth. The SoCal creative economy took a big hit during the recession, when overall employment decreased 14.5 percent, compared with 8 percent for all other industries. But recent trends speak to the resiliency of the region’s creative industries. From 2009-14, employment finally began to grow, even as the rest of L.A.’s economy was still shrinking.
As other local industries fade, the creative ones become more important, making up a growing share of the regional economy. New research by Chapman University’s Marshall Toplansky and Nate Kaspi found Orange and Los Angeles counties boast among the highest per capita employment in these creative fields of any major region in the country.
These jobs are also critical to supporting the region’s beleaguered middle class; 63 of the 80 creative occupations in California have annual wages higher than the statewide median of $38,920.
The Inland Empire does less well in these industries, but has a strong presence in such design fields as furniture and decorative arts. The Coachella music festival, taking place in Riverside County every year, is widely seen as the most successful concert venue in the world and a global incubator of lifestyle trends and fashion.
Overall, in most creative industries, we simply crush the nerd culture of the Bay Area. Los Angeles easily leads the nation when it comes to independent artists, writers and performers, with a location quotient eight times the national average, twice the share of New York. If Arby’s has the meats, we have the artists.
Read More: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/creative-716611-industries-california.html

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in “Love & Friendship” by Christopher Morrissey

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Whit Stillman, in the novel version of his film, Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated, has Lady Susan’s daughter Frederica visit a church at a key moment in the plot. This happens in the film too, but the novel supplies us with some extra information that the film does not.
As Frederica speaks there to the young curate, Thomas Edward Braddock, he makes some interesting remarks to her, both in the film and in the book, that she finds comforting. But only in the book do we learn that the following remarks cause Frederica briefly to entertain in her imagination the notion of a marriage with Braddock, because they reveal him to be “a young man who might have been a truly sympathetic companion over a long life”:
We are not born into a savage wilderness but into a beautiful mansion of the Lord that the Lord and those who have gone before us have built. We must avoid neglecting this mansion but rather glorify and preserve it—as we should all of the Lord’s Creation. The superb Baumgarten has outlined the aesthetic trinity as ‘Truth,’ ‘Beauty,’ and ‘Good.’ ‘Truth’ is the perfect perceived by reason; ‘Beauty’ by the senses; and the ‘Good’ by moral will (p.99).
What significance are we to find in this? First and foremost, I think we must take this speech as a hilarious little bit of pedantry being offered by the curate. The pretentious observation about “the superb Baumgarten” and his “aesthetic trinity” is a total non sequitur coming after the sentence that precedes it. On its own, that is enough to perfectly satirize the common habit of some bookish members of the clergy to speak in this disconnected way.
Read More: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/06/aesthetic-trinity-truth-beauty-good-love-and-friendship.html

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Was The Juice on the Juice? - Taki's Magazine

I’ve been pointing out for years that O.J. Simpson’s 1994 white Bronco run for the Mexican border from his lawyer Robert Kardashian’s house was a turning point in American cultural history, spawning the Kardashians, Caitlyn Jenner, and much else that you could be watching on your TV right now.
It was the point when the world figured out once and for all that those countless channels being opened up on cable could be filled with all sorts of cheap-to-produce crud and people would watch.
This is the year that the media finally figured out this bit of its own history and is running various lengthy miniseries and documentaries about O.J. Simpson. But that raises the problem of explaining to young people who O.J. was and why.
All good young people today know that America was virulently racist until, roughly, last week.
But the O.J. story is hard to fit into The Narrative of endless white racism. Here’s a black man who was wildly popular with white Americans in the distant past.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Postmodern Music: Groans Wrapped in Mathematics by Roger Scruton

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In GurreliederVerklärte Nacht, and Pelléas et Mélisandes, Arnold Schoenberg showed total mastery of tonality and of late romantic harmony, and these great works entered the repertoire. But by the time of the Piano Pieces, op. 11, Schoenberg was writing music which to many people no longer made sense, with melodic lines that began and ended nowhere, and harmonies that seemed to bear no relation to the principal voice. At the same time, it was clear that Schoenberg’s atonal pieces were meticulously composed, according to schemes that involved the intricate relation of phrases and thematic ideas, and this was another reason for taking them seriously.
In due course, meticulousness took over, leading to an obsession with structure and the quasi-mathematical idiom of twelve-tone serialism, in which the linear relations of tonal music were replaced by arcane permutations. The result, in Schoenberg’s hands, was always intriguing, and often (as in the unfinished opera Moses und Aron, and A Survivor from Warsaw) genuinely moving. Schoenberg’s pupils Alban Berg and Anton Webern developed the idiom, the one in a romantic and quasi-tonal direction, the other towards a refined pointillist style that is uniquely evocative. For a while, it looked as though a genuine school of twelve-tone serialism would emerge and displace the old tonal grammar from its central place in the concert hall. Figures like Ernst Krenek in Austria, Luigi Dallapiccola in Italy, and Milton Babbitt and Roger Sessions in America were actively advocating twelve-tone composition, and also practising it. But somehow it never took off. A few works—Berg’s Violin Concerto, Dallapiccola’s opera Il Prigionero, Krenek’s moving setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah— have entered the repertoire. But twelve-tone works remain, for the most part, more items of curiosity than objects of love, and audiences have begun to turn their backs on them.
It should be remembered that those experiments were begun at a time when Mahler was composing tonal symphonies, with great arched melodies in the high romantic tradition, and using modernist harmonies only as rhetorical gestures within a strongly diatonic frame. In England Vaughan Williams and Holst were working in a similar way, treating dissonances as by-ways within an all-inclusive tonal logic, while in America inputs from film music and jazz were beginning to inspire eclectic masterpieces like Roy Harris’s Third Symphonyand Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. A concert-goer in the early 1930s would, therefore, have been faced with two completely different repertoires—one (Vaughan Williams, Holst, Sibelius, Walton, Strauss, Busoni, Gershwin) remaining within the bounds of the tonal language, the other (Schoenberg and his school) consciously departing from the old language, and often striking a deliberately defiant posture that made it hard to build their works into a concert program. Somewhere in between those two repertoires hovered the great eclectic geniuses, Stravinsky, Bartók, and Prokoviev.
Read More: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/06/postmodern-music-groans-wrapped-in-mathematics.html

From Churches to Condos. A look at five transformations in the city. By Mariya Manzhos

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1. The Lucas136 Shawmut Avenue, Boston
Year built: 1874
Prices: Ranging from about $600,000 to $4 million per unit
Unit sizes: 650 to 3,500 square feet
The awe-inspiring 19th-century Holy Trinity German Church and its rectory in the South End are expected to be transformed into contemporary luxury condos by spring 2017.
The architects from Boston-based firm Finegold Alexander Architects embarked on the project last fall and aimed to harmoniously marry the old and the new in the design. “We recognized the historic fabric was very significant,” says Jim Alexander of Finegold Alexander. The firm specializes in adaptive use of historic buildings, with former residential conversions including the Salem jail and General Cable mill complex in Williamstown.
Within the church’s existing Roxbury Puddingstone walls, the new interior will include eight floors and 33 one to four-bedroom units. Two of the units will get their private street entrances framed by Gothic arches. A stunning steel and glass addition rises from the top of the old building and will contain three floors of spacious 2,000- and 3,000-square foot condominiums surrounded by a continuous deck outside. The bell tower, that lost its steeple and dome-like structure over time, will also be a home to a unit.
Read More: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2016/06/14/church-condos-boston/

Hillary's Foreign Policy Is Scarier Than Trump's by Ivan Eland



The senseless murder of forty-nine revelers at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub has amplified our need for a long overdue national conversation this election season about the overall direction of U.S. foreign policy and our proper role in the world. With the party nominating conventions just weeks away, now is a good time to start.
In what was billed as a major foreign-policy address several weeks ago, Hillary Clinton, who will carry the Democratic banner in this year’s contest for the White House, got the ball rolling, characterizing presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s views as “dangerous.” Focusing on Trump’s statement that Japan and South Korea should defend themselves, rather than rely on the United States—even if this includes the possible use of nuclear weapons—Clinton was anything but subtle. “This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.”
By comparison, Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 television ad smearing Barry Goldwater, which featured a nuclear mushroom cloud and a little girl with a flower, was the epitome of subtlety.
Clinton’s biting attack on Trump got high marks from many in the media. Yet, ironically, Trump’s foreign policy views, if you think about it, are less scary, even in their implications for possible nuclear war, than Clinton’s belligerent interventionism—sold as “American world leadership.”
Even if one fervently opposes nuclear proliferation, a strong case can be made that the United States should spend more time worrying about the radical or unstable countries that either have nuclear weapons or are seeking them—such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan and North Korea—than worrying about Japan and South Korea.
But that’s not where Clinton chose to take us. Instead, Clinton and much of the U.S. foreign policy elite, Republican and Democrat alike, obsess about Trump saying what should be obvious. It would not be a catastrophe if Japan and South Korea—stable, democratic societies and good world citizens—were able to deter aggression, if need be, even with nuclear weapons.

Why Aren’t Disabled Athletes Paid The Same As Normal Female Athletes?

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Women’s sport has more than a few problems. In addition to the pathetic wrangling of female athletes for “equal pay,” despite having separate gender-based fields that spare women from being embarrassed by superior male players, feminists do not mention how calls for equality completely ignore the grossly inferior remuneration given to disabled, mature-age, and even youth competitors. So, using feminist and SJW logic, in advocating for so-called women’s equality in sport, leftists and self-aggrandizing female athletes have condoned and perpetuated discrimination against the disabled, older people, and the young.
During the recently ended French Open, the able-bodied women’s events for this tennis tournament featured a total prize pool of €14,712,000 (ca. US$16,700,000), pretty much half of the nearly €31,000,000 handed out across all parts of the tournament. This was nearly 70 times higherthan the meager €217,000 given to wheelchair tennis players across both the male and female fields. But why? What happened to equal pay for equal work? If anyone seriously suggesting that wheelchair athletes do not work as hard as female able-bodied athletes?
Here’s the catch, though: able-bodied women will never support equal pay for disabled athletes. Because of the number of very high-profile global or semi-global sports, mixed in with swathes of internationally-recognized athletes, it could be said we have reached a dead-end for sport-related financial expansion. If not, then at the very least the rate of expansion is slowing. If wheelchair-bound and other disabled athletes start to get the attention of their able-bodied counterparts, the able-bodied women lose and will have to sacrifice much of their own ignominiously-acquired earnings. They clearly sensed this from the start, as they never called for “equal pay” for the disabled when they were demanding the same as the able-bodied men.
Read More: http://www.returnofkings.com/88411/why-arent-disabled-athletes-paid-the-same-as-normal-female-athletes

The Southern Baptist Convention Attempts to Create Another Hitler by Nathanael Strickland

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This week marked the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, by far America’s single largest Protestant denomination.  At the meeting, the SBC passed Resolution 7condemning the display of the Confederate Battle Flag beyond basically that of a gravemarker and once again accusing their forefathers of imaginary sins.  This predictably caused outraged among those people, particularly white Southerners like me, who view the Confederate flag as part of our ethnic identity.
There are many points that could be made at length in response to this resolution: the irony of the SBC retaining their name after this, the case that the U.S. flag is far more evil than the Confederate flag by the standards of the resolution, the injustice of making it harder to minister to whites in order to make it easier to minister to blacks, the SBC’s plainly stating in that very resolution that they aren’t having trouble ministering to minorities, the application of this standard to any political symbol because it will always be offensive to someone, the transgression which this resolution makes against the fifth and ninth commandments, and so on.  But frankly I’m a bit tired of making those points over and over again every time something like this comes up.  Someone always pipes up asking what the big deal is, “it’s just a flag” or whatever.  And you know what, taken in isolation in the grand scheme of things, they’re not entirely wrong.  But these things never happen in isolation.
Over the past couple of years, white Southerners have faced a widespread and determined assault on our heritage, symbols, monuments, graves, and identity by secular and governmental forces.  At the exact time we needed the church to come up beside us and defend the right of every people to their heritage and symbols, they chose to twist the knife instead.  This combined with Resolution 12 calling for the third-world floodgates to be opened via the mass immigration of refugees and their defense of using SBC funds to build mosques in America forms a rather sinister overall picture.
Together these three form a three-pronged weaponization of Christianity against white people, particularly white Southerners.
  1. The wholesale ethnic replacement of white Americans in their own homeland
  2. The forcing of white Americans to fund their own dispossession
  3. The forbidding of white Americans from displaying political symbols used as rallying points against this dispossession
The fact that this program traces a path which is neither Christian, just, nor wise should be obvious, but, instead of endeavoring a point-by-point rebuttal of the resolutions, I think taking a step back and asking ourselves, “What lies at the end of this path upon which the modern American church has set us?” would prove to be more enlightening.
Read More: http://faithandheritage.com/2016/06/the-southern-baptist-convention-attempts-to-create-the-another-hitler/

The Real Ernest Hemingway

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Source: Instauration magazine, February 1979

THE MENTION of Ernest Hemingway (pictured) in the December Instaurationtriggered a flood of memories, ranging from amusing to grotesque. He cultivated the rich and powerful assiduously, and our paths crossed often. I ran into him in East Africa, hunting with Winston Guest; bellied up to the bar at the Ritz with Leland Hayward; lunching at 21 with Marlene Dietrich; playing king to the whole world in Havana.
Pertinently enough, he embodied every strain of racism from pitiless clarity to utter confusion. And in him the spectrum was doubly pertinent because he was a national phenomenon, like Byron in his day and Jack Kennedy in his, acting out the fantasies of an entire nation, boozing and womanizing and generally living the American male dreams up to the hilt. His alcoholism, brutality and battiness were ignored and covered over by friends and enemies alike, where those traits in other famous figures were broadcast in detail. He had, again like Jack Kennedy, a strange power over his countrymen — a sort of blackmail in which he said, by implication, “If you dare to tell the truth about me, I’ll tell the truth about you, which is the same truth.” And, yet again like Jack Kennedy, he was the perfect chicken American male, the capon talking in terms of action but perfectly passive (or absent) when it came to going against established interests.
The only people he couldn’t bully were those in positions of power, and to them he was exceedingly deferential. He was always quite polite and pleasant with me, and I enjoyed his company. Oblique and cunning in everything, he nevertheless let you know his exact feelings one way or another.
His ambivalence on race was marvelous. All Jews were “kikes” and “yids” behind their backs, and treated with playful condescension when present. He detested David Selznick with a passion and once said, while looking at a Time photograph of that producer with his arm around his wife, Jennifer Jones: “Can you imagine that rubbing all over you? How does she stand it?”
“No different from any other fat businessman, is he?” someone replied.
“Quite different,” Ernest said. “Those kikes smell different and feel different.”
“You speak from experience, I suppose,” someone else said.
“Got to try them once,” Hemingway said with a mean grin.
Later that evening, when a stranger asked him what was the most brutal sight he’d ever seen, expecting some war tale, he said, “A yid eating an apple in the back seat of a Rolls-Royce.”
Of course, such talk was not uncommon in privileged white circles before World War II, and for several years thereafter in scattered pockets of disgruntled resistance. What distinguished Hemingway was the somewhat broader range of his dislike, the absolute lack of mercy and the perfect hypocrisy. Two minutes after giving Selznick the works, he could be on the telephone with some Jew and buttering him up shamelessly.
Read More: http://nationalvanguard.org/2016/06/the-real-ernest-hemingway/

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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Czech FM On Muslim Immigration: Integration Has Failed by VIRGINIA HALE

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The Czech foreign minister has slammed mass Muslim migration to Europe. Lubomir Zaorálek defended Eastern Europe’s hardline approach to the migrant crisis, pointed to Paris and declared: “Don’t tell us that integration has succeeded”.

In a wide ranging interview, Mr. Zaorálek said the Czechs feared Muslim migrants would create Islamised ghettos. The pro-Europe minister also slammed the “politicised” European Commission for “pouring oil on the fire” which is destabilising Europe.
Mr. Zaorálek said the Czech Republic accepted the migrant quota that the European Union (EU) imposed on them, but said the quotas are the “wrong approach”. Of those the country has taken so far, Mr. Zaorálek said many of them quickly left for Germany, which, the foreign minister says, poses questions.

He said: “It is an absolutely alien environment, they have no family, no infrastructure, nothing that could satisfy their religious needs.

“They had the feeling of being total strangers here. Now, if an automatic mechanism would specify that we should take 3,000 people per year, then the problem is not that we couldn’t take them, but what are they doing here?”
Read More: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/06/17/czech-fm-muslim-migration/

Azis dichoso...Si el triunfo que ama

“Fuck That Cracker, He’s a Racist!” BY ANN STERZINGER


If you think the behavior in the following video is OK in a democracy—or, even worse, if it gives you a visceral thrill of righteousness and justice served—then I hate to tell ya this, my friend, but you are the fucking brownshirt.


Look, it’s not like I would trust Donald Trump as far as I can throw him. That goofy birther debacle aside, I still can’t believe how many otherwise rational people, up to and including libertarians, are flinging their panties at a guy whose stated objective is to run the federal government.

But whether or not you like the man is beside the point. What’s Nazi-tastic about the documented violence against Trump supporters is that citizens (or not) are physically attacking other citizens for participating in the democratic process. They are attacking them for their ideas. They are using the excuse these thoughts are so “dangerous” they require vigilante justice. (Notice how many times the word “dangerous” has been used in this campaign? Most noticeably, it’s been used against Trump by a certain female whose favorite hobby is bombing the Middle East till the entire population thereof dumps itself into Sweden. Yeah, that doesn’t sound dangerous at all, Lucretia Borgia.)
Read More: http://www.singledudetravel.com/2016/06/fuck-cracker-hes-racist/

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Killing Fields of Chicago

When, in everyday parlance, we speak of the Wild West, we are describing a chaotic, anarchic situation where people shoot each other at random, willy-nilly.

It seems fair to say that, in the real Wild West the gunfights were between law enforcement and outlaws. Or sometimes between outlaws and outlaws. If you did not belong to one of those groups you were generally exempted from the action.

It was like old Mafia neighborhoods. If you were not a “soldier” in one of the gangs, you did not have problems. The neighborhoods were known to be extremely safe for women and children.

Comparing the killing fields of in today’s Chicago to the Wild West is not entirely fair. It defames the good name of the Wild West.

Aside from that caveat, Heather MacDonald’s analysis of what is happening in Chicago today is accurate and frightening.

She shows what happens when cynical politicians and idealistic social justice warriors hijack law enforcement to impose a narrative on reality. In this case, the narrative is designed to shift the blame for inner city crime from the individuals committing the crime to the police. More specifically, the narrative exculpates minority group criminals and holds white police officers responsible for the crime wave that has infected those communities.

The larger narrative attempts to explain away the fact that the Obama presidency has been a miserable failure, especially when it comes to the lives of the inner city blacks who supported him so fervently. As with all things Obama, the president’s failures are explained away by racism.

As for the notion of exculpating criminals and terrorists, the response to the terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub has shown us the pathetic spectacle of leftists, liberals and progressive shifting the blame from Islam, from Muslims and from the Obama administration… onto guns and on Christians. In their eyes it all comes down to white privilege.

MacDonald summarizes the state of Chicago:

Someone was shot in Chicago every 150 minutes during the first five months of 2016. Someone was murdered every 14 hours, and the city saw nearly 1,400 nonfatal shootings and 240 fatalities from gunfire. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one an hour, topping the previous year’s tally of 53 shootings. The violence is spilling from the Chicago’s gang-infested South and West Sides into the business district downtown. Lake Shore Drive has seen drive-by shootings and robberies.

How did this come about? MacDonald explains:

The growing mayhem is the result of Chicago police officers’ withdrawing from proactive enforcement, making the city a dramatic example of what I have called the Ferguson effect. Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, the conceit that American policing is lethally racist has dominated media and political discourse, from the White House on down. Cops in minority neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities have responded by backing away from pedestrian stops and public-order policing; criminals are flourishing in the vacuum.

The new national attitude toward minority crime, actively fostered by the Obama administration and the Obamaphile mayor of Chicago, has set the community against the police. With the police now being the enemy, local residents refuse to cooperate with them.

In MacDonald’s words:

Police officers who try to intervene in this disorder often face virulent pushback. “People are a hundred times more likely to resist arrest,” a police officer who has worked a decade and a half on the South Side told me. “People want to fight you; they swear at you. ‘F--- the police, we don’t have to listen,’ they say. I haven’t seen this kind of hatred towards the police in my career.”

And also,

… the post-Ferguson Black Lives Matter narrative about endemically racist cops has made the street dynamic much worse. A detective told me: “From patrol to investigation, it’s almost an undoable job now. If I get out of my car, the guys get hostile right away.” Bystanders sometimes aggressively interfere, requiring more officers to control the scene.

Enter the ACLU. You might be wondering what an organization that pretends to be defending civil liberties has to do with making law enforcement policy. As it happens, the ACLU declared that Chicago policing was racist because more blacks were being stopped than whites. The question of which group was more likely to commit crimes did not seem to cross the mind of the defenders of civil liberties.

Read More: http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-killing-fields-of-chicago.html

JULIAN BARNES AND THE SHOSTAKOVICH WARS By Nikil Saval

Dmitri Shostakovich in 1950. What the composer’s music had to do with history has been one of the most fraught questions in the history of music.

On the evening of January 26, 1936, Joseph Stalin and several other Soviet leaders went to the Bolshoi Theatre, in Moscow, to see a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.” Shostakovich, only twenty-nine years old, was a rising star among Soviet composers, and his show was a hit; when Stalin came to see it, it was enjoying its eighty-fourth performance at the Bolshoi, after a successful première in Leningrad in 1934, and appearances in several European and American cities. A portrait of the desperate life of the Russian lower-middle class, the opera was sardonic, nervy, and violent, veering constantly between satire and vaudeville and naturalism.

The plot, based on a short story by the nineteenth-century Russian writer Nikolai Leskov, tells of a bored and frustrated housewife, Katerina Ismailova, who begins an affair with a clerk, Sergey, when her merchant husband leaves on a business trip. When her overbearing father-in-law discovers her transgression, she murders him; when her husband returns, she murders him, too. Controversially, Shostakovich portrayed Katerina’s murders and sexual liberation as justifiable responses to the awful environment of Tsarist Russia. The music is often more scandalous than the moral it points to: at one point, the orchestra whips itself into a mechanistic, pounding fury to accompany the lovemaking of Katerina and Sergey, before declining over a long trombone glissando, mimicking a post-coital comedown.

Though the opera had pleased audiences, it did not please Stalin. Somewhere during the third act, he and his comrades conspicuously departed the theatre. Two days later, Stalin’s displeasure was made manifest in an unsigned editorial in Pravda, titled “Muddle Instead of Music”—possibly the most chilling document of philistinism in music history. The author of the review begins by lambasting Shostakovich’s opera for its obscenity, both musical and dramatic (“The music croaks and hoots and snorts and pants in order to represent love scenes as naturally as possible”), and suggests that its success abroad came from the fact that “it titillates the depraved tastes of bourgeois audiences with its witching, clamorous, neurasthenic music.”

Read More: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/julian-barnes-and-the-shostakovich-wars

Hillary's Huge Libya Disaster by Charles R. Kubic

Prior to the February 17, 2011, “Day of Rage,” Libya had a national budget surplus of 8.7 percent of GDP in 2010, with oil production at 1.8 million barrels per day, on track to reach its goal of 3 million barrels per day. Currently, oil production has decreased by over 80 percent. Following the revolution, the Libyan economy contracted by an estimated 41.8 percent, with a national deficit of 17.1 percent GDP in 2011.
Befor
e the revolution, Libya was a secure, prospering, secular Islamic country and a critical ally providing intelligence on terrorist activity post–September 11, 2001. Qaddafi was no longer a threat to the United States. Yet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly advocated and succeeded in convincing the administration to support the Libyan rebels with a no-fly zone, intended to prevent a possible humanitarian disaster that turned quickly into all-out war.
Within weeks of the revolution there were two valid cease-fire opportunities, one presented to the Department of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and a second opportunity presented to U.S. Africa Command for direct military commander negotiations to effect Gaddafi’s abdication, in which I was personally involved. Both opportunities were rejected and shut down by Secretary Clinton. Internal communications that went public last year revealed that on March 18, 2011, a colonel in JCS wrote, “. . . Due to the UNSCR, Libyan forces sped up ops to get to Benghazi, and will soon cease fire. As expected. Our contact will arrange a face-to-face meeting with Saif, or a skype/video-telecon to open communications if time does not permit. It will have to be with a high level USG official for him to agree. If there will be an ultimatum before any ops, the USG must be in communication with the right leaders and hopefully listen for any answer. A peaceful solution is still possible that keeps Saif on our side without any bloodshed in Benghazi.” However, on March 14, 2011 Secretary Clinton had already met with rebel leaders in Paris, including Mahmoud Jibril, number two in the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood, and had committed to support their revolution.
Read More: http://nationalinterest.org/feature/hillarys-huge-libya-disaster-16600