June 19, 2013

Rubio's Cube-a; Gaming the Border

Timothy Birdnow


Rubio voted against an amendment to build a border fence.

What is the word I'm looking for? Liar!

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North Korea and EMP

Timothy Birdnow

Newt Gingrich warned Congress of the dangers of an EMP attack.
http://www.newsmax.com/US/Gingrich-electromagnetic-attack-civilization/2013/06/19/id/510713

According to Newsmax:

"Newt Gingrich went to Capitol Hill to warn lawmakers of the dangers of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, a nuclear blast in the atmosphere that could damage or destroy American power grids and electronics.

As the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea and Iran escalates, the former Speaker of the House, said Americans still don't take the EMP threat seriously, Politico reports.

"This could be the kind of catastrophe that ends civilization — and that's not an exaggeration," Gingrich said during an address to members of the Electronic Pulse Caucus, a House group founded by GOP Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona.

"The reason I began focusing on this a decade ago is there are very few events you can't recover from. You can recover from 9/11, you can recover from Pearl Harbor," Gingrich said.

"This is really different. This creates such a collapse of our fundamental productive capacity that you could literally see a civilization crash and tear itself apart fighting . . . internally," he said, according to Politico.

[...]

"Experts have long warned that America is unprepared for an EMP attack, and in May 2009, North Korea reportedly completed tests on a "super-EMP” weapon capable of disabling the electric power grid across most of the lower 48 U.S. states."

End excerpt.

The U.S. government has calculated an 80% to 90% kill rate in the U.S.; a staggering figure, comparable to many nuclear scenarios.

I wrote about an EMP attack and the damage it would do at American Thinker a number of years ago. See here. http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/07/emp_and_the_unfought_victory.html

And it turns out that North Korea is working on a more effective EMP device.
http://www.newsmax.com/KenTimmerman/super-emp-emp-northkorea-nuke/2011/06/16/id/400260

An electromagnetic pulse is generated when a nuclear device is detonated over the atmosphere. A burst of gamma rays ionizes the air, sending the charged particles in a pulse-like wave at high velocities. This pulse is too fast for most surge protectors, so most electronics will be fried. Everything uses advanced electronics these days, so the glue of our civilization will break down. No cars. No communications. no pumps for water. This will mean no food production, which will mean chaos as barbarians fight over the remaining scraps of food.

The original Starfish Prime test over Johnston atoll in 1962 saw light bulbs burst in Honolulu 800 miles away, as well as radios and televisons burn up. The amount of complex electronics was minimal then compared to now.

It used to be thougth that an EMP required a thermonuclear blast of ten megatons or more, but now we know a smaller blast can be finessed to produce a major EMP.

Here is a website explaining how a non-nuclear EMP works. The technique could no doubt be adapted to a low-yield nuclear bomb as well.

This is real, folks, and North Korea is pursuing it. This would explain why the Obama Administration is stockpiling weapons and setting up FEMA camps as well. Time may be short.



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How Quaint: Big Brother Demands 'Privacy'

By Daren Jonescu

 
The other day, as usual, I began the day by checking for messages on the NSA notice board, aka my private e-mail account. Imagine my delight when I discovered that I had received an official invite to Netroots Nation, the annual shindig for undocumented transgender community-organizing Marxists of color. I was bummed out, however, to learn that this year's festivities, being held in San Jose, California, begin tomorrow, on June 20, while I'm still administering final exams here in Korea, so I'll have to miss out on the opening "Liquid Courage" party with Howard Dean.

This four-day event, jam-packed with seminars and colloquia, includes guest appearances by an impressive list of progressive members of the United States Congress, from Pelosi and Begich to Ellison and Waxman; exclude the more moderate half of the House roster Allen West identified as communists, and the remainder, along with their senatorial counterparts, are on the schedule at Netroots Nation. Then of course there is the opportunity to meet Sandra Fluke in person!

Overwhelmed by the honor of being personally notified, but a skeptic by nature, I had to do a quick internet search using PRISM (Powered by Google) to verify that the e-mail was authentic, and not an elaborate phishing operation. (Remember the good old days when we thought anyone attempting to gain surreptitious access to our private information online was breaking the law?) Sure enough, the Netroots website gives a complete schedule of events. As with all large-scale conferences, the eager attendee is faced with agonizing choices, with talks, workshops, and discussion panels occurring at the same time at various locations. One must prioritize carefully. For my purposes, a few titles immediately jumped out as must-dos:

"Free Your A**: Defining and Creating a Progressive Sexual Culture"
"A Nation in Trans-ition"

"UndocuQueer: The Intersectionality of the Undocumented and LGBTIQ Struggles"
The last of these three is most enticing. Of course, we all know about "Ls," "Gs." "Bs," and "Ts" -- and the lecture's clever title gives away the identity of "Qs." But what, I'm dying to know, is an "I"? I'm sure I'm not the only "S" eager to learn the answer, if only to avoid feeling out of the loop at chic parties this summer.
Everything I have just described is publicly accessible on the Netroots Nation website. I would describe the details of the (euphemism alert!) "private" e-mail I received -- it included a link for requesting press credentials -- but I am bound to secrecy, whatever that might mean in the era of President Observatron, the international electronic grid's "fundamental transformer," if you will.

For at the end of my e-mail from the progressive deniers of all individual existence and natural rights comes the following notice, straight out of those halcyon flat earth days when words like "confidentiality" and "privacy" were still imagined to have meaning.
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication (and/or the attachment accompanying it)... is for the sole use of the intended recipient or recipients and may contain information which is privileged, confidential or exempt from disclosure and is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. §§2510-2521. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, distribution or other dissemination of this communication and/or the information contained therein is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this communication, please contact the sender at (xxx) xxx.xxxx and destroy all copies of the original communication.

I appreciate the effort to protect the privacy of our communication from state snooping -- that, after all, is/was the primary purpose of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act -- but given that this e-mail comes from Barack Obama's progressive authoritarian kin, I must propose the following addendum to the confidentiality notice above:
That is to say, review by unintended recipients is prohibited unless you are an authorized part-time clerk in any regional office of the Federal Agency for Metadata and Electronic Surveillance, in which case you need only contact the sender, recipient, or anyone among either party's recent contacts if you have grounds for suspicion that the relevant entity is engaged in terrorist-related activity, whether of the international (but non-Islamic) variety or the U.S. domestic (Tea Party) variety. (In the latter case, contact your local IRS swat team at once.)

My favorite part of the Netroots Nation confidentiality notice is "destroy all copies of the original communication." How quaint! Remember when we sort of half-believed we could "destroy all copies" of something? Remember when we dreamed we still had some voluntary control over our own personal communications, our own associations, our own lives?
"Confidentiality Notice" -- it's amazing what can make a person feel wistful and nostalgic these days. Almost makes me sorry I can't find the way to San Jose in time for the Saturday 3:00 p.m. panel discussion entitled, "Reclaiming Family Values from the Right." Well, it's either that or "Organizing Support for Abortion Rights in Hostile Territory" down the hall. Decisions, decisions.


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A DisGRACEful Display; Claims of Antarctic Melt are Bogus

http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/344/overrides/iceberg-pleneau-bay-antarctica_34423_600x450.jpg

Timothy Birdnow

A recent blogpost at American Thinker about ice ages and global warming saw a troll trumpeting talking points, and I had to slap him down. (Sadly, the editors at AT removed his comments so mine do not make much sense.) http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/06/out_of_the_ice_age.html

Suffice it to say he claimed the GRACE satellite "proves" Antarctica was losing huge amounts of ice and that this was, of course, the result of global warming.

Nonsense! First, Antarctica has actually been unusually cold and there has been no warming globally since 1995. If Antarctica has been enduring colder than normal temperatures, how is it that it is losing ice? See here http://notrickszone.com/2012/07/26/extremely-unusual-cold-deviation-of-20k-now-occurring-over-antarctica/ and here http://www.coldestmarch.com/science.html

What our trollish interlocutor is decrying is the GRACE satellite data. GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) is a Nasa satellite pair (launched in the early part of the last decade) that studies gravity and scientists make assumptions based on micro changes in the Earth's gravitational field. The GRACE satellites are old - See Space Daily.


http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Gravity_is_climate_10_years_of_climate_research_satellites_GRACE_999.html

"Like its predecessor mission CHAMP (Challenging Mini-Satellite Payload), GRACE will on 17 March be running for twice as long as originally planned. An end of the mission is, however, still in sight. Therefore, the GFZ have initiated a follow-up mission together with the U.S. colleagues. Professor Huttl is confident: "We hope that at Christmas 2016 two GRACE-FO (follow-on) satellites will orbit around the Earth, because only long time series can provide reliable information on global trends in climate."

End quote.

And these old satellites have always had problems. See here http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/09/06/grace-under-fire/ and here
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/20/graces-warts-new-peer-reviewed-paper-suggests-errors-and-adjustments-may-be-large/

Also, not just a year ago GRACE showed Antarctica's icecap to be up.

http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2012/09/grace-satellite-data-shows-antarctica.html

So the sudden revalation from GRACE that Antarctica is melting away is dubious at best.

In fact, other research shows Antarctica gaining land ice.
http://joannenova.com.au/2013/04/antarctica-gaining-ice-mass-and-is-not-extraordinary-compared-to-800-years-of-data/
and it has been gaining sea ice to a large degree. http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2013/05/new-paper-finds-antarctic-sea-ice.html

Meanwhile, Icesat shows both Antarctic ice is up http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/10
and Greenland. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/06/17

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has allowed our satellite capabilities to degrade.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/why_is_obama_degrading_our_satellite_capabilities.html

I asked the troll how the land ice could be melting away while sea ice is up if atmospheric warming from carbon dioxide is to blame, and he had no answer. The reality is sea ice would be the first to go and land ice would actually increase through greater precipitation. The land ice isn't melting; it would be sublimating at best. This would make sense if one assumes a solar-driven forcing but not an atmospheric warming. Sea ice loss would be the logical result of atmospheric warming.

And I would REALLY like to know how ice melts when there has been no statistical warming planetwide. That is quite a trick; matter changing states without entropy!

The reality is that Nasa has been playing games with their data for a long time. See here http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/roger-andrews-how-nasa-giss-manufactures-warming-in-the-antarctic/ to understand how GISS has gamed the data.

IF the Antarctic ice cap was melting, then we would see more icebergs in the southern oceans. We do not. http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/12/another_global_warming_drive-by.html

We also do not see any acceleration of sea level rise, which we would see if global warming was melting away the polar ice cap. http://notrickszone.com/2012/09/21/noaa-data-again-shows-no-sea-level-rise-co2-climate-hypothesis-is-in-a-free-fall/

In the end there is no proof that the ice caps are melting, and no reason to believe they are doing any such thing. What we have is data manipulated by an agency that has been a strong proponent of a failed theory. We have decrepid satellites which had just said a year ago no ice loss suddently "finding" the southern icecap has more holes than Swiss Cheese, and we are supposed to believe it.

Anybody want to buy a bridge in one of New York's burroughs? I can sell it cheap.

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The Common Core Straight Jacket



By Alan Caruba

American education was based on some very fundamental principles and, from the 1640s until the 1840s, they were, in the words of Joseph Bast, the president of The Heartland Institute, "real civics, real economics, and real virtues.”

Bast is the co-author of "Education and Capitalism” and in a recent speech at the Eighth annual Wisconsin Conservative Conference took a look at the way an education system that produced citizens who understood the values that existed before "progressives” took over the nation’s school system, turning it into a one-size-fits-all system of indoctrination.
http://heartland.org/policy-documents/speech-joseph-bast-education-us-and-how-improve-it

"One-size-fits-all is easier for bureaucracies, but it’s not good for kids. No two kids learn the same way, and no two teachers teach the same way”, but Common Core not only makes this assumption, but enforces it.

The good news is, as Bast notes, that "since the early 1960s, parents and activists have been fighting to return to the country’s education system to what had worked so well for 200 years.”

In a Wall Street Journal commentary by Jamie Gass and Charles Chieppo, they called Common Core "uncommonly inadequate” and documented the way it destroys student academic achievement. Gass directs the Center for School Reform at the Boston-based Pioneer Institute where Chieppo is a senior fellow. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324659404578503561386927962.html?KEYWORDS=Jamie+Gass+and+Charles+Chieppo


The brain child of Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education, and spelled out in a letter to Hillary Clinton following Bill Clinton’s election in 1992, Gass and Chieppo quoted its stated intention "to remold the entire American system” into "a system of labor-market boards at the local, state, and federal levels” where curriculum and ‘job matching’ will be handled by government functionaries.”

Gass and Chieppo cited the way in Massachusetts Common Core’s English standards "reduce by 60% the amount of classic literature, poetry, and drama that students will read. For example, the Common core ignores the novels of Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, and Mark Twain’s ‘Huckleberry Finn.’ It also delays the point at which Bay State students reach Algerbra I—the gateway to higher math study—from eighth to ninth grade or later.”

Common Core is not a plan to produce a new generation of citizens who understand the values on which the nation was based and built, but rather one that focuses on job skills to the detriment of civics, economics, history, the arts, and traditional values. It is a system for serfs, not citizens. It is yet another example of how progressives view people as mere instruments of the state and how they have used the schools to indoctrinate and train them for that purpose.

"We have a president,” says Bast, "who thinks wealth is created by redistribution, that the producers of the world will continue to produce no matter how high the taxes or how heavy the regulations. High school and college students are taught to think the same way” to the detriment of "honesty, hard work, self-responsibility, faith, hope, and love. Are these things being taught in public schools today?” asked Bast. "Maybe in some, but not in many.”

"As long as government owns and operates ninety percent of the schools in the United States,” Bast warns, "we have no right to expect that fewer than ninety percent of students who graduate will be socialists.” The result of the two Obama elections are testimony to that.

In a commentary on leftist school indoctrination, Bruce Thornton, a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a professor of classics and humanities at the California State University, described the distortions today’s students are being taught in K-12.
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/bruce-thornton/is-leftist-school-indoctrination-unstoppable/

"The founding of the United States, then, was not about things like freedom and inalienable rights, but instead reflected the economic interests and power of wealthy white property owners.”

"The civil war wasn’t about freeing the slaves or preserving the union, but about economic competition between the industrial north and the plantation south.”

"The settling of the West was not an epic saga of hardships endured to create a civilization in the wilderness, but genocide of the Indians whose lands and resources were stolen to serve capitalism exploitation.”

This is not what students who attended American schools in the 1940’s and 1950’s learned, but starting in the 1960s these distortions were, as Thornton noted, "married to identity politics, the defining of ethnic minorities and Third World peoples on the basis of their status as victims of capitalist hegemony and its imperialist and colonialist mechanisms.” Feminism added women to the list of victims "sacrificed to the white male structure.”

The result, said Thornton was "a student population ignorant of the basic facts of history, the vacuum filled with melodramas of victimization, racism, oppression, and violence that cast the United States as the global villain guilty of crimes against humanity.”

It’s a noticeable, though small, trend as parents homeschool their children. A report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased 75%, however that still represents only 4% of school-age children nationwide. These children do far better on standardized assessment exams than those in government schools.

The good news is that parents and activists across the nation are fighting back to ensure that school choice, based on a voucher system, and other options that include tuition tax credits, special needs scholarships, and education savings accounts. These empower parents to enroll their children in schools that have demonstrated higher standards and traditional values.

"If we can return to a free-market education system,” says Bast, "we can solve most of our political problems.”

© Alan Caruba, 2013

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ESPN’s Random Act of Feminism?

By Selwyn Duke

It’s really hard to know today where the stupidity ends and the propaganda begins. MSNBC recently  HYPERLINK "http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/12/msnbc-falsely-identifies-segregationist-george-wal/" made news by labeling infamous segregationist George Wallace a Republican during a recent television broadcast. Now ESPN has followed suit, with a random act of feminism.

On the sports network’s Friday US Open golf telecast, there was a short retrospective piece on golf great Lee Trevino’s gag at the 1971 Open at Merion, where he  HYPERLINK "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Q4VQq7sCA" tossed a rubber snake at opponent Jack Nicklaus right before their playoff. The piece’s narrator mentioned that it was history’s second most famous serpent story, next to that of the Garden of Eden. This was accompanied by Eden imagery, which certainly enhanced the work’s artistic quality, so the association made sense. But then the piece took an interesting twist:

The narrator closed with, "And Eve got dominion over Adam.”
Huh?

Does ESPN have a feminist in the machine? Could it reflect a confluence of ignorance and the henpecked-husband syndrome, where cultural illiterates couldn’t imagine a man having dominion in an opposite-sex relationship? Is it that the capons at ESPN have eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and liberalism and think that they, too, can be like God and change even Scripture if so inclined? Of course, it was quite likely a joke, a play on how dominated by women the Western man is. But just for the record, here’s what Genesis 3:16 actually states about who got dominion over whom after the Fall: "To the woman also he [God] said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband's power, and he shall have dominion over thee.”

Now, I realize that sports journalism would freeze over before ESPN would present this matter accurately in this politically correct world. But the reality is that nothing at all needed to be said about it, as it had no relationship whatsoever to the piece’s subject matter; it came out of the blue and was completely gratuitous. Yet ESPN decided to throw in revisionist theology from NOW’s Bible Tales, anyway. It’s just another example of how, as Orwell would say, we live in a time of "universal deceit.”
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The Bright Side of Amnesty

By Selwyn Duke

Saying there’s a bright side to amnesty may seem much like talk of the advantages of malignant cancer. But this won’t be a pie-in-the-sky article about the "economic benefits” of new workers, expanding the tax base or the wonders of "diversity.” There is no Ayotte-Rubio flip-flop here; in fact, for those who don’t know me, I’ve long called for a halt to even legal immigration. And understanding why is necessary to put amnesty’s "bright side” in perspective
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It is an inconvenient and ignored truth that the main problems posed by illegal migration are essentially the same problems of legal immigration. Are you concerned about an influx of low-skilled workers driving down wages and competing with native Americans? Legal immigration also floods the nation with low-skilled workers. Do you worry that amnesty will grow Democrat voter rolls? A vast majority of legal immigrants also vote Democrat. Most significantly, do you fret that millions of unassimilable foreigners with values contrary to Western ideals are transforming our culture into something distinctly non-Western? Legal immigrants are essentially of the same demographic, with 1965’s Immigration Reform Act ensuring that 85 percent of them hail from the Third World and Asia. The lesson?

Illegal migration isn’t the problem.

It’s an exacerbation of the problem.

To worry about it while accepting our current legal-immigration model is like losing sleep over the occasional counterfeiter while batting nary an eye at our government’s legalized counterfeiting ("quantitative easing”).

Of course, there is the difference that we can’t scrutinize undocumented Democrats and ensure that they’re not carrying bombs along with their bad ideology. But with respect to the only thing that matters over the long term — the destruction of Western culture in America — the most relevant way to define the types of migration isn’t "legal” and "illegal,” but good and bad. And, for the most part, the US has only one kind: the bad.

For those who would dispute this and say "Hey, everyone eventually assimilates; it just may take a couple of generations,” know that neither today’s immigrants nor today’s US are what they once were. For starters, approximately 50 percent of our new arrivals hail from Mexico alone, and 67 percent of American Hispanics have origins in that nation. University of Edinburgh professor Stephen Tierney explains what this means in his book Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution,  HYPERLINK "http://books.google.com/books?id=fY078NtGPkAC&pg=PA76&lpg=PA76&dq=%22percent+of+immigrants+come+from+mexico%22&source=bl&ots=7zPxnWlw2g&sig=BGiKs138Mo6g9qt4U6v4xOmAG8Y&hl=en&ei=dxTrS8LuN8L-8Ab1vvXLBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAw" \l "v" writing:
In a situation in which immigrants are divided into many different groups originating in distant countries, there is no feasible prospect of any particular immigrant group’s challenging the hegemony of the national language [ HYPERLINK "http://www.teaparty.org/sen-tim-kaine-speaks-in-spanish-on-senate-floor-pushes-immigration-bill-25310/" Tim Kaine’s español, anyone?] and institutions. These groups may form an alliance among themselves to fight for better treatment and accommodations, but such an alliance can only be developed within the language and institutions of the host society and, hence, is integrative. In situations in which a single dominant immigrant group originates in a neighbouring country, the dynamics may be very different. The Arabs in Spain, and Mexicans in the United States, do not need allies among other immigrant groups. One could imagine claims for Arabic or Spanish to be declared a second official language, at least in regions where they are concentrated, and these immigrants could seek support from their neighbouring home country for such claims — in effect, establishing a kind of transnational extension of their original homeland in their new neighbouring country of residence.

And the blindness to the above helps explain the logic to many Republicans’ capitulation on amnesty. If the main threats posed by the two separated-by-legality migrations are the same and people don’t recognize them with respect to one, why should we be shocked that they don’t recognize them with respect to the other?

The truth is that amnesty is inevitable. If not the current version, a future one; if not today, tomorrow. This is because the nation has long been moving left, and when it slides far enough, all of the liberal agenda will be realized. And the importation of socialist-minded voters is a major factor in this transformation. Oh, I know that some — notably Ann Coulter in an  HYPERLINK "http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2013-06-12.html" excellent article recently — point to polls showing that amnesty isn’t very high on Hispanics’ priority list. But this argument overlooks two things. First, all the polls mean is that Hispanics care about issues such as the economy and health care more, not that they don’t care about amnesty at all. Second, it’s much as with many blacks’ current opposition to amnesty. It’s irrelevant in a practical sense as long as, driven by anti-Republican prejudice and a desire for big government, these two groups continue supporting Democrats. People don’t smoke because they want tar in their lungs, but it comes with the choice.

Worse still, there will be no such thing as an amnesty with teeth, no matter what the Rubios of the world claim. Ultimately, there will be no significant border enforcement, no denial of benefits, no true accountability for illegal migrants. How do I know? It isn’t just that there never has been despite our having offered seven amnesties, and the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. It is because law means nothing without a certain necessary ingredient.
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The left continually proves this. The Defense of Marriage Act is law, but Barack Obama simply refuses to enforce it. We have long had sanctuary (i.e., lawless) cities and those that refuse to obey federal drug laws. And, of course, there are literally thousands of more obscure laws on the books that are routinely ignored by states and localities, and our government has been trampling much of the supreme law of the land — the Constitution — for 100 years. Even more to the point here, the Obama administration has refused to enforce immigration laws already on the books and has granted a form of amnesty by executive order. So why suppose that a few more immigration laws would make a difference?
And the truth here is a sort of Catch-22: What would it mean if we really had the will to secure the border and enforce unwelcome rules on legalized illegals?

It would translate into our saying in the first place, unabashedly and unashamedly, "Get the heck out of our country.”

If our will is so wanting that we’ll pander on the big thing and not do what any sane nation does instinctively — deport invaders — it’s beyond silly to think we’ll suddenly man-up on the little things (especially since we have no history of doing that, either).

Given the dark picture I’ve painted, you may wonder what its bright side might be. Amnesty is inevitable, but even if it weren’t we’d still be finished because of our bad legal migration? Pass the hemlock. Yet there is a possible lemons-into-lemonade outcome .

Americans have become inured to the legal-immigration problem, accepting a no-go status quo like that proverbial frog in the frying pan of water. So the question is, how can you awaken reptilian-brain voters, who can’t sense steadily rising heat, to their impending 212-degree demise?

You turn up the flame. High.

And along with the other ways that power is causing the left to stir the pot — the IRS abuses, ObamaCare, the anti-traditionalist rhetoric and violence — amnesty may help do just that. This could add fuel to the only hope for avoiding a descent into Third World autocracy. What is that hope? Well, if you have a severely gangrenous limb, you don’t entertain the fancy that the infection won’t spread if you simply label necrotic tissue healthy.
You cut your losses.

And our only hope is just that: the secessionist movement.

Hopefully, before states have to try to separate from Mexico Norte.

Lest I be misunderstood, this doesn’t mean I won’t fight the good fight. I’ll still oppose amnesty because doing so accords with truth. But I’ll also say that inside-the-box solutions are hopeless because that is the truth. And I’ll point out, as Christians would say, that God can bring good out of bad because that is the truth.

And we’d better hope and pray that this happens because, as far as our options go, bad is all we’ve got.
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June 18, 2013

How Democracies Perish, Deathbed Edition

By Daren Jonescu

 
This is the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of How Democracies Perish, an analysis of the spread of world communism by Jean-François Revel, one of freedom's most serious French defenders since Tocqueville. At the heart of this work, Revel details "The Tools of Communist Expansion," among which the most relevant for understanding our current situation comes in Chapter 16, "Ideological Warfare and Disinformation." The profound simplicity of Revel's nuts and bolts account of totalitarianism's Cold War advance, far from being obsolete, actually sheds light on a defining feature of today's progressive ascension: the perverting of the free press into a propaganda ministry.
Revel's trenchancy is proven in the fact that the mechanics of Soviet cultural infiltration he identified may now be seen at work again, this time undermining the West not from without, but from within. The war Revel described thirty years ago has progressed to its natural final stage: the West, having weakened before communist propaganda even as the communist nations themselves were crumbling, has now taken to propagandizing itself into rejecting its victorious heritage in favor of the "ideal" of complete state control. Marxist disinformation is now homegrown.
First, a look at the mechanism Revel isolated. Paradoxically, the totalitarian world's great advantage in its cultural assault was the openness of the democracies themselves. Specifically, our free press became the communists' best weapon, as it gave them a strategic advantage: the communist nations, being closed to Western observers, were able to impoverish, starve, and execute their populations at will, with almost no direct scrutiny until much later, whereas in the West, every government action was questioned and critiqued as it happened. The practical result was to shield totalitarian atrocities with a real-time information blackout, so that the state's official propaganda was all that the outside world was permitted to hear, initially. Meanwhile, Western society was continually wriggling under its own microscope, its imperfections fully exposed.
This exposure disparity fed very nicely into the mythology of communism as a grand ideal, by contrast with the rickety, flawed political machinery of the West. Everyone saw freedom's warts, blunders, and impurities; from the totalitarian world, there were only declarations of purity and superiority, supported by apologetics from Western intellectuals, and mitigated only by vague, unsubstantiated rumors of secret police, repression of political opponents, and other implausible-sounding evils.
This real-time information gap, as Revel explains, was the key to tyranny's ideological success. For when the ugly truths of communism did, at last, leak out, they inevitably came "too late," once the potential public effects of immediate knowledge -- horror, outrage, disillusionment -- had already been diluted by time. That is, the West received the worst of the news once it had already become mere "history," thus dulling its emotional impact.
More importantly, however -- and this is Revel's great clarification -- the delay served to detach the atrocities, perceptually, from the underlying ideology that had produced them.
As Revel explains:
The disclosures had come too late to purge Western thinking and politics of the golden legend of communism swallowed between the two world wars. The imposture maintained by Soviet propaganda during those years has had a lasting influence on Western countries' internal politics by diverting the left into a feckless fight for, or at least goodwill toward, totalitarian socialism. [p. 168]
Aided by the temporal separation between the propagandistic portrayals of communism and the subsequent revelation of its indisputable horrors, Western progressive empathy -- buttressed by devious Marxist intellectuals and rabble-rousing, Bolshevik-envying leaders of the "working class" -- had successfully constructed a broad public myth of communism as, in principle, a worthy experiment, a noble ideal, even a purveyor of "true Christian values." (Watching Henry Fonda's socialist speechifying at the end of John Ford's film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, or Charlie Chaplin's at the end of The Great Dictator, one is impressed by the extent to which brazen Marxist propaganda had infested the West's popular consciousness by World War II.)
In other words, by the time the truth became known, a nonmalevolent interpretation of communism had taken hold of much of the West -- a prerational programming not easily undone by demythologizing facts learned later. This forced information delay was essential to building the illusion of communism as a rational and moral ideology, thus rendering it impervious to later revelations of mass oppression and death at the hands of actual communists. This explains the progressive clichés we all grew up with, such as "Communism is a good idea, but it hasn't worked in practice," or "True communism has never really been tried." These are the lies whereby the West attempted to reconcile its emotional programming with the facts before its eyes.
By contrast, every action of democratic nations was reported -- and by the 1960s, literally watched "live," on television, a medium so vivid that one easily forgets that its selectivity inevitably conceals far more than it reveals. Western men never saw same-day footage of the Ukrainian forced famine or Maoist re-education camps. They did, however, see their own leaders being assassinated, riots and injustice in their own cities, their own soldiers killing and being killed overseas, and their own young people rebelling against anything and everything. The mass indoctrination in the idea that Western liberty was the compromised cousin of the pure equality and brotherhood represented, however "impractically," by communism, was overwhelming, even when it was unintended. (Consider the political trajectory of twentieth-century Christianity.)
By sheer force of easy access to information, free societies critiqued and projected counterargument against themselves readily (whether in the name of "news," sensationalism, or genuine political disputation), whereas totalitarian failure and brutality were experienced only peripherally, usually long after the fact. This precipitated defeat in the "propaganda war," leading to constant Western self-reproach and self-diminution through moral equivalency arguments that were only produced by the West to the benefit of the totalitarian world, never the other way around.
In sum, through the mechanism of delayed revelations, the sensibility of self-doubt and sympathy with the enemy was well-embedded in the West before the arrival of the decisive evidence that might have nipped this self-indoctrination in the bud. Consider the example of John Dewey: a brazen propagandist for Stalinist Russia who, when the truth leaked out, turned Trotskyite without missing a totalitarian beat -- and lost not one iota of public credibility in the process. He is "the father of modern education" throughout the civilized world, a world he spent a lifetime hating and attempting to undermine through an education theory built on the principle that all children must be forcibly divested of individual thought, personal initiative, and private motivation. Had the Soviet Union he admired been fully exposed without the delay effect, his own motives and credibility might have been damaged. Instead, he has been lionized as the great educator, while the educational establishment formed according to his theories has (intentionally) reduced the civilization of Shakespeare and Locke, Jefferson, and Melville, to an ahistorical, amoral, semi-literate den of dependency and submissiveness.
To summarize with Revel's own words:
So the non-Communist societies function permanently in the spotlight of criticism from both the Communists and their own inhabitants. Their defects, real, supposed or exaggerated, are condemned as absolutes, as the only ones on the planet, since the Communists' defects are not subject to daily scrutiny, are seen only as abstractions by anyone not living in the Communist world. The people who do live in it acquire concrete knowledge of those faults, but too late to do anything about them. [p. 187]
Revel's powerful analysis of defeat -- self-scrutinizing West against propagandizing East -- assumes a Western media full of gumption and essentially muckraking in nature, in perfect contrast with the repressed and subservient totalitarian propaganda ministries which orchestrated the information blackout on communist atrocities, from the gulags to the Tibetan genocide.
The ideological war Revel described has been lost, however. The new Western media, products of the fully propagandized Western university, have broadly succumbed to the sympathy with totalitarian ethics and intentions that Revel warned was the West's imminent danger, and the communists' long-term strategy. In the aftermath of their victory, the totalitarians have turned to the natural next stage. Having morally weakened the West by exploiting the legitimate free press to their clever advantage, and at last having converted that press itself into a de facto ally, the enemies of freedom could begin their work on the inside of the Western establishment in earnest. It was now time to bring the ideological war home.
This moral struggle between the totalitarian impulse and the defenders of freedom is no longer a "cold war" between nation-states. It is now a war within the so-called free nations themselves. The Western media has been factionalized into the totalitarian propagandist majority and the searching, skeptical minority which forms the last remnant of the true calling of that free press which was once supposed to be a bulwark of liberty.
Today's Western totalitarian propaganda apparatus, still operating under its former, respected title, the "news media," functions on precisely the same mechanisms as the Soviet or Chinese propaganda operations described by Revel: suppress, obfuscate, dilute and, when revelation seems unavoidable, delay. And since, unlike their spiritual forebears in the fully communist world, our new propagandists do not have the advantage of a complete monopoly on the dissemination of information (yet), they are forced to rely rather less on direct suppression, and more heavily on obfuscation, dilution, and delay.
Consider the current spate of scandals surrounding the Obama administration. Most of them relate to activities that were known or suspected to be ongoing long before the November presidential election. The American "news media," which in the past would have seen the obvious explosiveness of these stories, and would have pursued them if for no other reason than to "sell newspapers," chose -- collectively, without exception, which means by tacit agreement -- not to let any of them out of the bag until after the November election. Now, like a house of cards, they come tumbling down, fast and furious, as it were. In each case -- Benghazi cover-up, IRS targeting of conservatives, universal surveillance of private correspondence -- the response of most of the media may be summarized as follows: first, deny the story outright; second, accept that something happened, but claim that it has been blown out of proportion; third, admit that what happened was pretty bad, but insist that none of it is in any way traceable to the officials at the top of the hierarchy.
Observed as a consistent and repeated pattern of response to every revelation about the Obama administration, this uniform behavior on the part of the American media creates an inescapable impression: the bulwark of freedom has been usurped by the spirit of totalitarian propaganda.
The key to the method, as Revel explained, is to ensure a sufficient time lapse between an occurrence of tyrannical behavior and the revelation of its full ramifications. This not only dulls the public's response, an effect perfectly captured in Hillary Clinton's uncharacteristically honest "What difference, at this point, does it make?" As with its Cold War manifestation, the truth delay also serves the more profound purpose of detaching the state's horrors from the ideology that produced them, thereby protecting the ideology itself from public condemnation.
This last point -- Revel's important contribution to our understanding of ideological warfare, now manifest as the fully-realized enemy within that Revel was too hopeful to predict -- is essential to understanding the depth of the problem. Leaving Americans to die without lifting a finger to help, and then concocting an elaborate lie to protect oneself from scrutiny, is not an anomaly, or a fatal "mistake," independent of any underlying philosophy. Rather, it is a perfect expression of an underlying philosophy: it is progressive collectivism's natural method, using "mere individuals" to achieve one's devious ends, and abandoning them -- to death, if necessary -- when they are no longer useful.
Using the information-gathering powers of a federal agency to isolate, harass, and suppress one's political opponents is not the wayward act of a few low-level bureaucrats; it is the normal operation of a totalitarian faction that seeks not to "do a better job" than the other party, but to annihilate all principled resistance to its fundamental transformation of a semi-free nation.
Forcibly collecting data from every electronic communication, in order to have the power to determine a person's patterns of behavior, or to identify his contacts and associations, is not the product of a sincere disagreement about the best way to prevent harm to the community; it is an expression of progressive authoritarianism, pure and simple -- of a complete disregard for men as men, in favor of viewing them as interchangeable objects to be arranged and manipulated for the state's purposes, at the state's discretion.
By obscuring such despotic acts, or allowing details to be released only in dribs and drabs, months or years after the fact, the American media is not merely, or even primarily, protecting Barack Obama. It is protecting progressivism, by reporting all leftist abuses as "history," rather than breaking news, thereby implicitly reducing every outrage to the past misjudgments of men, rather than the defining nature of progressive collectivism. Just as in the earlier stages of the war described by Revel, the totalitarian ideology wins a moral pardon from most of its prey through sheer obfuscation, delay and claims of "noble intentions" -- hope, change, fairness -- regardless of what the facts might show.
This explains the refusal of some of Obama's critics to ascribe immoral motives to him or his fellow progressives, or to believe they could really have done, or be doing, what the facts reveal. On September 11, 2012, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton did what collectivist tyrants do -- and then they did the other thing collectivist tyrants do, namely lie shamelessly about their actions. The facts, the witnesses, and the gaping holes in the administration's lies were all available from the outset. The "free press" pursued none of these, instead actively obfuscating the facts, burying the witnesses, and dutifully disseminating the lies. They wished to save the re-election campaign of inhuman creatures, and in doing so they masked the even deeper horror that full and immediate revelation might have exposed, namely that inhuman brutality is no anomaly among Marxist-progressives, but rather the raison d'être of progressivism itself.
Jean-François Revel, a powerful voice against European anti-Americanism, and a bringer of clarity to the subtle mechanisms of the West's Marxist subversion, did not live to see the final poison fruit of twentieth-century ideological warfare in its full ripeness. What would he think of an American "free press" standing unanimously and eagerly as the bulwark of tyranny?


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Government Land Grab and Agenda 21

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Here is a map showing the land grab being implemented nationwide in compliance with U.N. Agenda 21.

See the article here.

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/06/u-n-agenda-21-to-seize-17-8-million-acres-from-missouri-and-arkansas-please-help-stop-this-land-grab-2678204.html

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Climate Models Fail

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Timothy Birdnow

Roy Spencer chronicles the epic failure of climate models in comparison to real-world conditions.
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/06/13/junk-science-week-epic-climate-model-failure/






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Bad Charities

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June 17, 2013

Chicago Gangster?

Just another thug with a gun.


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Meanwhile a kid is in JAIL for wearing an NRA tee-shirt.

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Smoky the Bear: Only you can prevent jihadi fires

Jack Kemp

Here's another reason to not welcome a new bunch of refugees from Syria.

From the Washington Examiner...
http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2531949

Colorado has two other active fires besides the Black Forest blaze, while New Mexico has five, California and Oregon each have two, and Idaho has one. The NIFC has counted 19,472 fires through June 14, compared with 24,198 for the same Jan. 1-June 14 period in 2012.

The NIFC's historical data shows suggests no consistent pattern of increase or decrease of during the past decade, but wildfires can be categorized in a variety of ways and some national security experts warn that terrorists associated with al Qaeda and other radical Muslim outfits view such conflagrations as tools in their war against the U.S., Israel and Europe.

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld of the New York-based American Center for Democracy's Economic Warfare Institute warns that last July "al-Qaeda's English-language online magazine, Inspire, published an article called 'It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb,' which featured instructions on how to build an incendiary bomb to light forests on fire.

"A few months later, Russia's security (FSB) chief, Aleksandr Bortnikov warned, 'al-Qaeda was complicit in recent forest fires in Europe' as part of the terrorists' 'strategy of a thousand cuts.'
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Apparently, we don't have enough problems in the U.S., we have to import more. Or so Obama - and the Gang of Eight "immigration reformers" - believe.

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June 16, 2013

Flu Vaccine; Bad or Just Plain Useless?

Timothy Birdnow

A scientist at Johns Hopkins criticizes the CDC and other government health officials for promoting the flu vaccine.
http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/Health-News/flu-shot-risks-benefits/2013/06/14/id/510050

According to the article:

"Peter Doshi, an influenza expert with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, contends vaccines pushed by health authorities are less effective and cause more side effects than acknowledged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

[...]

"Federal health authorities vastly overstate the benefits of the flu shot and, for most healthy people, vaccination is unnecessary at best and potentially risky at worst, a Johns Hopkins scientist tells Newmax's Steve Malzberg.

Peter Doshi, an influenza expert with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, contends vaccines pushed by health authorities are less effective and cause more side effects than acknowledged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doshi, who recently published a withering report on influenza vaccines in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), says the studies that inform CDC's flu policy show the vaccine doesn’t cover all strains of flu, and that life-threatening complications from influenza are fairly rare, but side effects can be serious.

"I’m not convinced that influenza is a major public health threat so I have problems with the overarching policy [pushing flu shots], but on a personal level I fit in the healthy adults [category] and so influenza’s particularly not a threat for me and for most healthy adults," says Doshi, noting he doesn’t get the flu shot himself.

"This is a disease which is unpleasant if you do get it and most people don’t get it — it’s far more rare than we think — and this is again one of the big problems … we’re lead to think that everybody’s getting it and everyone is at risk for serious complications. The risk is quite a bit lower than we’re led to believe."

Doshi also notes that the vaccine approved every year doesn’t protect against all circulating strains of the flu, so it doesn’t offer the protection against flu complications it’s believed to confer. The flu is caused by many different viral and microbial strains, with just one in six cases of flu actually tied to influenza, he argues.

"So if you imagine this as the perfect vaccine that works 100 percent of the time that means it’s going to work against one in six flu [cases]," he says. "You would think it would work 100 percent of the time but it's not.

"The other side is even if you do want to reduce whatever small [flu] risk there may be, it’s not clear at all that influenza vaccines are going to prevent the serious outcomes that really the reason the vaccine exists. If you want to take the vaccine to lower your risk of having influenza, there is some evidence that it does do that but … you need to vaccinate between 33 and 100 healthy adults for just one of those people to avoid having influenza."

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HAH! I never get the flu vaccine, even though I am a seriously at-risk person given my health problems.

Every time I have had a flu shot - and that would be five separate times - I have been absolutely wiped out with the flu ten days after receiving the shot. Once I received it in an office I was working at and half the staff was out with the flu ten days after the vaccination. The government tells us that it is impossible to get the flu from the vaccine, but I find it is impossible NOT to get the flu from it - or at least in my case. Perhaps I am allergic to it, but the resulting illness has always been a terrible illness with fever and chills, and it drags on and on, unlike most flu bugs which go away after a day or two.

I avoid the flu vaccine as I would avoid a live scorpion.

According to one Dr. R. Neustaedter:

http://vran.org/about-vaccines/specific-vaccines/influenza-vaccine-flu-shot/flu-vaccine-%E2%80%93-think-again/

"Here is a list of the most common side effects of the flu vaccine as stated by the CDC — fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and headache. Sound familiar?"

Yes it does sound familiar; it's called the Flu. And is it precisely what happens to me every time I get one of those accursed shots.

He also goes on to point out;

"The next big change in flu vaccines will be the introduction of a live intranasal flu vaccine, a dose that is actually sprayed into the nose. This vaccine has already been tested on young children. Live intranasal vaccine was found 93 percent effective in preventing influenza in children age one to six years old (Belshe et al., 1998). Unanswered questions about the live vaccine include the possibility of transmitting other, more dangerous viruses through the vaccine, the possibility of enhanced replication of the attenuated virus in individuals with compromised immune systems, and the possibility of bacterial super infection if the replicating live virus disrupts nasal membranes (Subbarao, 2000). This vaccine waits in the wings for its chance as the next big gun in the vaccine arsenal aimed at our children"

Which, one doctor admitted to me, is what can happen when you get a flu shot; the virus selected for in the vaccine may not get you but it weakens your resistance to another variety as your body tries to build antibodies to the selected variety.

And research has shown that other illnesses may come from the vaccine. For example:
http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/the-truth-about-getting-the-flu-shot

* Febrile seizure
* Narcolepsy
* Asthma
* Guillain-Barré syndrome


And no doubt many others that have not been documented.

For those who wish to receive the flu shot, more power to you! But I would rather stick my arm in a beehive than face another month-long bout of deathly sickness from one of those injections.

Good luck to those of you who get it.


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The Precipice of War

Timothy Birdnow

War is coming to the Middle East and the Obama Administration is stumbling right into it.

First the Iranians are sending 4000 troops to aid the Syrian regime.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-to-send-4000-troops-to-aid-president-assad-forces-in-syria-8660358.html

Second, the United States is going to supply weapons to the rebels - and is planning to set up a no-fly zone along the Jordanian border (where the rebels are maintaining their sanctuary). We have air-to-air missiles in the region.
http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/conflicts/14-06-2013/124843-usa_russia_syria-0/

And the Russians are moving forward with a plan to arm the Syrian regime.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/diplomat-russia-to-arm-syria-regime-with-anti-aircraft-missiles-to-prevent-foreign-intervention-1.526425

One must ask, if Russia is giving anti-aircraft missiles to Assad, will he not use them against a "no-fly zone"? Will American air support not lead to attacks on American aircraft.

Syria is a deal-breaker for Russia; a client state, the Russians will draw the line at U.S. involvement there. If we proceed with this "arab spring" attempt we may well draw the Russians out against us. And by against us, I in fact mean we could blunder into a real war here.

This could draw China in as well. See http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-07/syria-could-unite-russia-and-china-against-the-u-s-.html

If nothing else, it could encourage Chinese adventurism at a time we cannot afford to deal with it.

This is a very dangerous situation with the potential to explode at any moment. We could have a world war break out, one that could well include nuclear exchanges. The Obama Administration is beyond foolish in intervening in Syria at this time.

I was all for fomenting revolutions that would overturn state sponsors of terrorism and advocated that from the beginning. I always thought we should have been aggressive in promoting revolution in Iran, something the Obama Administration failed to do despite a general "arab spring" uprising; theere was nothing to lose in overthrowing the Mullahs there. Instead Obama aimed at Khadaffi in Libya and in Mubarak in Egypt, removing dictators who were not Jihadists in favor of Al Qaeda linked groups. Had Bush tried to do this in the aftermath of the Iraqi invasion he could have stabilized the new Iraqi government; the insurrection was supplied with men and materials coming out of Iran, and we could even see the Hasi-Minh trail of foreign fighters and supply convoys but failed to act. Bush bought the neocon argument about "the yearning of the human spirit" and completely failed to understand the nature of power politics. It could have been done by proxy, but Bush instead sought to stabilize Iraq through internal policing - a sucker's game, because you are essentially setting up a hide-and-seek situation over an entire nation. If you want to stop insurrections you have to strangle the supply lines and go after the source. That was Iran.

But we left the Iranian people twisting in the wind when they tried to overthrow their Islamic masters, and now we could not take any real steps. So we go after Syria, which has even more support from the Russians than does Iran. As I have said, it is a dealbreaker for them. Syria was and is the other state sponsor of terrorism and needed to be dealt with, but this isn't the way to do it. We need far greater stealth.

I will point out that Israel has been quiet as the principle supporter of terrorism against them has been otherwise engaged. That will change as this thing progresses; Assad has to know that drawing Israel into the conflict may be the only way to defend his regime. I expect a blitzkreig against Israel in the near future, and should Israel be forced to act other Arab nations may turn to the defense of Syria.

And Mr. Obama desperately needs a foreign war to distract from the evil his administration has been doing.

Meanwhile, chaos in Turkey.http://apnews.myway.com/article/20130616/DA6UR9R01.html

We stand on the precipice.

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NSA Admits to Warrantless Wiretapping

Timothy Birdnow

The National Security Agency (NSA) has admitted in a private briefing on Capitol Hill that, yes, they have been in fact warrantless wiretapping the American public.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57589495-38/nsa-admits-listening-to-u.s-phone-calls-without-warrants/

From the article on C-Net:

"The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed "simply based on an analyst deciding that."

If the NSA wants "to listen to the phone," an analyst's decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. "I was rather startled," said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.

Not only does this disclosure shed more light on how the NSA's formidable eavesdropping apparatus works domestically, it also suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.

Because the same legal standards that apply to phone calls also apply to e-mail messages, text messages, and instant messages, Nadler's disclosure indicates the NSA analysts could also access the contents of Internet communications without going before a court and seeking approval"

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So, no warrants and unlimited access. How is this fundamentally any different than Nazi Germany or the NKVD under Stalin?

If ever there was something all Americans can agree on, it is that the NSA must be defunded.

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The Continuing Collapse of the Global Warming Hoax



By Alan Caruba

While the nation tries to come to grips with the cascade of scandals involving the Obama administration, a significant phenomenon has been occurring. It is the demise of the global warming/climate change hoax that has driven national and international policies since the 1980s.

Directed from within the bowels of the most corrupt international organization on planet Earth, the United Nations, the hoax originally generated the Kyoto Protocols in December 1997 to set limits on the generation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The UN’s climate charlatans claimed that CO2 was causing the Earth to dramatically warm. It was a lie. The U.S. Senate unanimously refused to ratify it and, in 2011, Canada withdrew from it.

As reported by Craig Rucker, Executive Director of CFACT, fast-forward to the recent UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, and news that Russia, joined by Ukraine and Belarus, blocked the adoption of the agenda of the "Subsidiary Body for Implementation”, part of the standard fast-tracking toward a 2015 Climate Treaty scheduled to be adopted and signed in Paris. Part of the treaty is a scheme to redistribute the wealth of developed nations to those less developed.
http://www.cfact.org/2013/06/12/climate-talks-collapse/

The Russians were fed up with the usual behind-closed-doors proceedings that create such treaties, but no doubt they were well aware that the treaty would empower the UN to govern a large portion of economic activity around the world. All UN treaties require nations to surrender some aspect of their national sovereignty.

There is clearly a backlash against the global warming hoax, particularly from nations that have discovered the costs to their economies that idiotic "renewable” energy schemes and emissions reductions incur. In the real world, they are experiencing longer, harsher winters as the result of the cooling cycle the Earth has been in for the last seventeen years!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fGABcKXZwXE/UbzvM3Vs82I/AAAAAAAALMo/y3wZpPeT2_Q/s1600/Global+Warming+Hoax.jpg

Despite President Obama’s incessant claims that the Earth is heating, scientists in both Russia and China have been publishing data from scientific studies disputing the Big Lie of global warming/climate change.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences—50,000 members strong—recently published "Climate Change Reconsidered and Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report”, two hefty volumes with more than 1,200 pages of peer-reviewed data on climate change published by The Heartland Institute in 2009 and 2011.

In May, Marc Morano, publisher of ClimateDepot.com and a former member of the staff of the U.S. Senate Environmental & Public Works Committee submitted written testimony to the committee.
http://www.climatedepot.com/2013/05/31/submitted-written-testimony-of-climate-depots-marc-morano-at-congressional-hearing-on-climate-change-the-origins-and-response-to-climate-change/

"The scientific reality is that on virtually every claim—from A-Z—the claims of the promoters of man-made climate fears are failing,” wrote Morano, "and in many instances the claims are moving in the opposite direction. The global warming movement is suffering the scientific death of a thousand cuts.”

"There is no evidence,” wrote Morano, "we are currently having any unusual weather.” Weather events such as the Moore, Oklahoma tornado and the sub-tropical storm Sandy that hit the northeast are normal occurrences despite the damage they inflicted.

In The Wall Street Journal in May, Princeton University physicist Dr. William Happer and NASA moonwalker and geologist, Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt wrote that "Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That’s simply not the case.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323528404578452483656067190.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

Literally thousands of scientists around the world have disputed the IPCC "science” and many former "warmists” have reversed their former beliefs. Dr. Lennart Bengtsson, a top Swedish climate scientist, formerly affiliated with the IPCC, said in February "We are creating great anxiety without it being justified…there are no indications that the warming is so severe that we need to panic...

"The warming we have had the last 100 years is so small that, if we didn’t have meteorologists and climatologists to measure it, we wouldn’t have noticed it at all.”

The threat facing Americans is posed by the Environmental Protection Agency that clings to the Big Lie about CO2 and uses it as the basis for a flood of regulations that are doing great harm to economic recovery and development.

The same holds true for the Departments of Energy and the Interior that deny access to the nation’s huge reserves of energy resources and, in the case of coal, act to destroy its mining industry and plants using it for the generation of electricity.

The global warming/climate change hoax continues to be widely taught in the nation’s schools and that should end. Now.

It continues to be reported as truth by the mainstream media and as fodder for Hollywood movies and for television programs such as those on the National Geographic Channel.

Despite the lies surrounding global warming/climate change, the hoax is in its final death throes and has been for many years. That’s the good news.

© Alan Caruba, 2013

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June 15, 2013

The White River National Blueway and Agenda 21

Map care of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Map care of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


Timothy Birdnow

A.J. Cameron warns us of the imposition of U.N. Agenda 21 via the White River National Blueway scheme.
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55922#.UbuzN3ma3eg.gmail

According to A.J.:

"This 17.8 million acre watershed is part of the National Blueways System, which is part of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. The global elites, including notable U. S. citizens, who are orchestrating the controlled demolition of our republic and way of life, use words as weapons in a manner similar to how a professional assassin uses his/her weapon of choice in eliminating the intended target. In this case, the intended target is the law-abiding, patriotic and faith-filled U. S. citizen. The following amalgam of a paragraph is an example of their verbal treachery:

The National Blueways System is a program created to conserve natural amenities, enhance recreational opportunities, and foster sustainable economic activities within significant river systems across the country. The America’s Great Outdoors Initiative establishes a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century. Blueways are extremely important resources for filtration of fresh water supplies, conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat, sustainable economic activities and outdoor recreational outlets for millions of Americans."

End excerpt.

The initiative will be implemented July 8.

According to the State of Arkansas website:

"http://www.arkansas.com/blog/post/white-river-recognized-as-national-blueway/

"Along with this announcement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also said that they have approved a 101,110-acre expansion to the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge-one of the White River’s main tributaries-that will protect floodplain habitat.

Another announcement was from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, who said they are moving forward with the Lower Cache River Basin Restoration Project, which will increase fish and wildlife habitat.

The National Blueways System was created last year by Ken Salazar of the Department of the Interior. The goal of the system if to advance a watershed-wide approach to conservation, outdoor recreation, and other economic opportunities that rivers provide. The other National Blueway is the Connecticut River and Watershed in New England."

End excerpt.

Please note that this entails a huge land grab by the government, and will incorporate the entire White River watershed. This is a dangerous precedent because it means that any property can be confiscated, since the entire world is ultimately part of the watershed. It's called the hydrosphere.

It also presupposes that government is somehow better at conservation than private owners, who have a vested interest in keeping the land healthy. It isn't true, and there are quite a few historical precedents to back that up. 

Here are the more aggregious aspects of this power grab:

http://arkansas.securetherepublic.com/main/land-grab-in-progress-white-river-watershed-becomes-2nd-national-blueway/

From Page 18 Non-productive and/or frequently flooded farmland should be returned to wetland or forest, as appropriate.At their headwaters, theWhite and its tributaries should each beprotected to establish increasingly effective corridors for wildlife population migration and expansion. As each river boundary should be protected, so should the river’s natural hydrogeomorphology. (Editors Note: This comes right out of the U.N. Agenda 21 game plan.)

4a. Establish minimum 180’ wide vegetative buffers along all surfacewater

. Complete enrollment of 10% of eligible cropland into conservation programs (NRCS)

a. Develop conservation plans for 75% of the farms in thedesignated watersheds.

3. Complete restoration of 30,000 acres of farm land to desired condition for wildlife (NRCS/TNC

And this does not even include the thousands upon thousands of acres that will be grabbed by this program.

Here is what the Department of the Interior says about the America's Great Outdoors Initiative:

http://www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/index.cfm

"Instead of dictating policies, this initiative turns to communities for local, grassroots conservation initiatives. Instead of growing bureaucracy, it calls for reworking inefficient policies and making the federal government a better partner with states, tribes, and local communities."

End excerpt.

Now read U.N. Agenda 21:

http://www.unep.org/documents.multilingual/default.asp?DocumentID=52&ArticleID=76&l=en

"Basis for action

28.1.Because so many of the problems and solutions being addressed by Agenda 21 have their roots in local activities, the participation and cooperation of local authorities will be a determining factor in fulfilling its objectives. Local authorities construct, operate and maintain economic, social and environmental infrastructure, oversee planning processes, establish local environmental policies and regulations, and assist in implementing national and subnational environmental policies. As the level of governance closest to the people, they play a vital role in educating, mobilizing and responding to the public to promote sustainable development."

End excerpt.

Clearly, this is an attempt by the DOI to implement Agenda 21.

And that agenda is not one that comports with American values or American concepts of freedom. It is world socialism in a green, sustainable costume. Read it all.
http://www.unep.org/documents.multilingual/default.asp?documentid=52

"3.5. Activities that will contribute to the integrated promotion of sustainable livelihoods and environmental protection cover a variety of sectoral interventions involving a range of actors, from local to global, and are essential at every level, especially the community and local levels. Enabling actions will be necessary at the national and international levels, taking full account of regional and subregional conditions to support a locally driven and country-specific approach.

"4.3. Poverty and environmental degradation are closely interrelated. While poverty results in certain kinds of environmental stress, the major cause of the continued deterioration of the global environment is the unsustainable pattern of consumption and production, particularly in industrialized countries, which is a matter of grave concern, aggravating poverty and imbalances.

4.4. Measures to be undertaken at the international level for the protection and enhancement of the environment must take fully into account the current imbalances in the global patterns of consumption and production."

5.12. Awareness should be increased of the fundamental linkages between improving the status of women and demographic dynamics, particularly through women's access to education, primary and reproductive health care programmes, economic independence and their effective, equitable participation in all levels of decision-making.

5.17. Full integration of population concerns into national planning, policy and decision-making processes should continue. Population policies and programmes should be considered, with full recognition of women's rights.

9.7. The basic objective of this programme area is to improve the understanding of processes that influence and are influenced by the Earth's atmosphere on a global, regional and local scale, including, inter alia, physical, chemical, geological, biological, oceanic, hydrological, economic and social processes; to build capacity and to enhance international cooperation; and to improve understanding of the economic and social consequences of atmospheric changes and of mitigation and response measures addressing such changes.

9.11. The basic and ultimate objective of this programme area is to reduce adverse effects on the atmosphere from the energy sector by promoting policies or programmes, as appropriate, to increase the contribution of environmentally safe and sound and cost effective energy systems, particularly new and renewable ones, through less polluting and more efficient energy production, transmission, distribution and use. This objective should reflect the need for equity, adequate energy supplies and increasing energy consumption in developing countries, and the need to take into consideration the situations of countries that are highly dependent on income generated from the production, processing and export, and/or consumption of fossil fuels and associated energy-intensive products and/or the use of fossil fuels for which countries have serious difficulties in switching to alternatives, and of countries highly vulnerable to adverse effects of climate change.

10.5. The broad objective is to facilitate allocation of land to the uses that provide the greatest sustainable benefits and to promote the transition to a sustainable and integrated management of land resources. In doing so, environmental, social and economic issues should be taken into consideration. Protected areas, private property rights, the rights of indigenous people and their communities and other local communities and the economic role of women in agriculture and rural development, among other issues, should be taken into account. In more specific terms, the objectives are as follows:

(a) To review and develop policies to support the best possible use of land and the sustainable management of land resources, by not later than 1996;

(b) To improve and strengthen planning, management and evaluation systems for land and land resources, by not later than 2000; (c) To strengthen institutions and coordinating mechanisms for land and land resources, by not later than 1998;

(d) To create mechanisms to facilitate the active involvement and participation of all concerned, particularly communities and people at the local level, in decision-making on land use and management, by not later than 1996.

End excerpts.

These are but a few of the myriad revolutionary, globalist concerns and recommendations found in the document. Here are some other sections:

Combating Poverty

Changing Consumption Patterns

Promoting Sustainable Human Settlement Development

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

GLOBAL ACTION FOR WOMEN TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE AND EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT

CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

RECOGNISING AND STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND THEIR COMMUNITIES

STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF WORKERS AND THEIR TRADE UNIONS

TRANSFER OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND TECHNOLOGY, COOPERATION AND CAPACITY-BUILDING

etc.

In short, this is a sweeping document designed to promote globalism and leftist ideology through local and regional efforts.

And this White River National Blueway is exactly the type of program Agenda 21 has set out to devise. It is ostensibly local and grassroots but it ultimately empowers the government, takes resources away from private owners to place in the hands of "the People" and ultimately recognizes the authority of the United Nations.

This must be stopped!









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Welcoming Terrorists and Leeches; Plans to Settle Syrian Rebels in America

Timothy Birdnow

Barack Hussein Obama (Peace be upon Him), not content with flooding America with millions of illegal Hispanics, is considering importing a new demographic to the Democratic party.
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/06/importing-jihad-obama-considers-resettling-thousands-of-syrian-refugees-in-america-1.html

This courtesy of Atlas Shrugged:

" "U.S. considers taking in Syrian refugees" L.A. Times

A resettlement plan aims to help both the hard-hit Syrian families and the Middle Eastern countries that are straining to support 1.6 million refugees.

A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.

The State Department is "ready to consider the idea," an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.

The United States usually accepts about half the refugees that the U.N. agency proposes for resettlement. California has historically taken the largest share, but Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are also popular destinations

[...]
Homeland security officials require careful vetting of refugees, with multiple interviews and background checks before they are allowed to enter the country. Under normal circumstances, the screening process can take a year or longer.

U.S. officials are likely to be extra careful with Syrian refugees. As Islamic militants take a more prominent role in the rebel forces, officials worry about fighters with Al Qaeda ties trying to enter the country. Two resettled Iraqis were convicted of trying to send arms to Al Qaeda from their home in Bowling Green, Ky."

End excerpt.

So, America must accept blanket surveillance on all electronic communications as the price we pay to prevent terrorism, but we must also accept thousands of "refugees" with ties to our Jihadist arch-enemy into the country. Strange; Americans seem to be the enemy of our leaders, and our national enemies their constituents. The PRISM program of NSA spying had no key words such as Jihad, but plenty of key words that would implicate ordinary citizens.

And get this:

"Homeland security officials require careful vetting of refugees"

Yeah; like Tamerlan Tsarnaev was carefully vetted? The Russians suggested we not allow the guy back into the country and we did anyway, because surely a Muslim cannot be a terrorist, right? That's just a vile prejudice by bigoted hillbillies in green-toothed Appalachia.

IF we want to accept Syrian refugees then we should settle them outside of the continental United States. We own plenty of land that is isolated, and can easily build a nice temporary place of settlement for them. How about one of the Aleutian islands, or something in the South Pacific, say, Wake Island, or somewhere in the Marianas archipelago.

But they should be isolated from the mainstream of America, and should be considered refugees. If they decide to return to Syria so be it. But it is absolute madness to let them come here and live among us. I suspect if they thought they would be isolated most will chose to remain in Syria.

This is just one more attempt by the Obama Administration to sew chaos in this nation. The goal is to collapse the system and then present America with only one viable alternative - a socialist state and part of a new world order. It really is that simple.

How long before there is talk about a "pathway to citizenship" for Syrian refugees? Dzhokar Tsarnaev got citizenship, after all, and he was a refugee.

Which brings me to Jeb Bush's recent stupid statements. http://hotair.com/archives/2013/06/14/jeb-bush-immigrants-are-more-fertile/

Much has been made about Bush's remarks that immigrants are more fertile (and thus will add to our tax base; as Rush Limbaugh pointed out they need to replace the taxes that aren't being paid by aborted babies) and that really IS stupid because it shows what the elites are really thinking. But what does that MEAN for the United States? Certainly Islamic immigrants are going to breed more Muslims, many of whom will be spoiled and indoctrinated by our Leftist educational system. It means an end to America ultimately as we transform into something unrecognizable. All for the sake of the almighty dollar, so Washington can continue to spend money and buy votes. It is beyond despicable.

(Another stupid thing Bush said was "they start businesses" which is true. I live in Little Bosnia here in St. Louis and am wello acquainted with the Bosnian community. They do start businesses - many of them - but they do so because the United States offers unique loan programs with low interest and no fault, so if the business fails they simply walk away. Were these terms offered to native born Americans everyone would own a business, myself included. I would LOVE to, but could not get financing. Native born Americans have become second class citizens in our own country.)

Oh, and while these immigrants might pay taxes (will they? over half of Americans don't at present) they will also consume those taxes in welfare-state benefits. This business-loan program is just one example. Most Bosnian immigrants received welfare when they first came and I know many who have been here since the 90's who are STILL receiving welfare. America is to many of them a giant nipple to feed from.

A final note; when the Israelites prepared to finally settle in Canaan (after forty years of wandering in the desert) Yahweh issued this warning:

"You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out.

Leviticus 20:22

That land, defiled by the Canaanites, would vomit out those degenerate peoples in favor of a more Godly sort. And it would vomit the Israelites out twice after they settled there. And they were the CHOSEN People.

America has done this already to the aboriginal inhabitants, sweeping the Native Americans aside like dry leaves in a tornado. God favored the Anglo settlers because, despite many flaws and cruelties, they believed in Him and sought to keep His commandments. America has grown fat and complacent and thinks of God as little more than a child's fable. Muslims and Hispanics have their flaws - in the case of Muslims it is terrible cruelty and oppressiveness - but they still hold fast to a belief in God.

In Revelation 3:16 Jesus, speaking to the Church of Laodicia, said:

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

This is reminiscent of the warning to Israel upon entering the Promised Land. And it is doubly a warning to modern America which is largely indifferent to God. We are busily setting up our own demise as a People. We are the lukewarm beer that is making the land vomit.

It's no surprise that Obama is willing to import terrorists and leeches.)

HAT TIP; 7LB DAVE



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Marco Rubio is Dead to Me

By Selwyn Duke

Young, handsome and Hispanic, Marco Rubio was once hailed as one of the new faces of the Republican Party. But now we learn that he actually brings two new faces to the GOP.

One that says one thing one moment and another that says a different thing at a different moment.
After all, while Rubio appeared in  HYPERLINK "http://www.cis.org/rubio-deceptive-amnesty-ad" this deceptive ad touting the supposed conservative nature of his amnesty bill, The Examiner  HYPERLINK "http://washingtonexaminer.com/rubio-in-immigration-reform-legalization-comes-first-it-is-not-conditional/article/2531504" tells us the following:

In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, made his strongest statement yet that legalization of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen before any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place, and will in no way be conditional on any security requirements.

"Let’s be clear,” Rubio said. "Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”
And then comes the death of the nation.

The Gang of Eight (GOE) scamnesty bill would grant legalization to more than  HYPERLINK "http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-sessions-immigration-reform-20130610,0,4106824.story" 30 million migrants — and the number could be far higher — over the next 10 years, who will then have further access to taxpayer-funded services, programs and handouts. Moreover,  HYPERLINK "http://selwynduke.typepad.com/selwyndukecom/2012/01/what-conservatives-and-the-gop-dare-not-say-about-immigration.html" \l "more" demographic electoral analysis clearly shows that virtually all these new "Americans” would vote for socialist politicians (read: liberal Democrats), just as they did in their native lands. So I understand why GOE-Scam authors Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) consider the bill a good idea. I understand why Mexico considers it a good idea. I understand why China, Russia and any other nation that wanted American power and culture neutralized would consider it a good idea. But why, Senator Rubio, do you consider the bill a good idea? You and your politics keep some very strange and alarming bedfellows.
So I have something to say, and this isn’t just for Rubio. Any politician — Democrat, Republican or independent — who supports amnesty in any form or by any name is dead to me.
Dead.

Immigration is a deal-breaker issue because it involves forces with the power to reshape your land into a different nation altogether. Thus, I would say that there can be no compromise on it, except that compromise isn’t even on the horizon. That is to say, imagine the powers-that-be didn’t have the will to punish the current crop of apprehended bank robbers; instead, they wanted to grant them amnesty and let them keep their ill-gotten gains. But they promised that if we agreed to this plan, they would increase police presence and reinforce bank-vault doors in the future. Would you consider this compromise? Would it even be that if we granted amnesty to only 20 percent of bank robbers?
Agreeing to facilitate law-breaking isn’t compromise — it’s capitulation. In a sane world, you don’t allow criminals to reap the benefits of their law-breaking; you punish them. Compromise would be if we were discussing ending all immigration — as we should do — but then agreed to settle for a mere reduction in the numbers.

But it appears that some so-called "conservatives” have taken a high-dose stupid pill. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Ronald Reagan got bitten by his 1986 amnesty (which he called a "mistake”) when he agree to legalize the law-breakers in return for a Democrat promise of border enforcement, a promise that wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on. And since then we’ve had six more amnesties.

Fact: the Democrats have never secured the border.

And they never will.

Oh, if the new arrivals had a history of voting GOP, the border would be locked down so tight a bacterium couldn’t breach it. There’d be a wall with a fence on top of it, military patrols and Star Wars-type drones with heat-seeking technology buzzing about. But the Democrats have no intention of rejecting their main constituency: anyone who isn’t Americanized.

And that’s the point. Allowing immigration doesn’t just invite new people into your nation — it invites new voters into your nation. And any Republican who believes that the Hispanic voting bloc can be wooed with Rubioesque pandering is far too ignorant and dangerous to hold office.

If Marco Rubio and his fellow travelers want to hasten the death of traditional America, they are dead to me. Let’s ensure that their political careers rest in peace long before the republic does.

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