Sunday, August 20, 2017
Which the president actually did, of course, from his first comments on the mess in Charlottesville.
Moments later, Rick Santorum, replying to a young black woman who had denounced embedded and entrenched racism in this country, systemic racism, mass incarceration, and income inequality (by race?), rejected that all whites are "somehow racist," as well as the idea of "systemic racism."
I turned it off at that point, not waiting for him to get to income inequality and mass incarceration.
He was stumbling over his words and she was trying to interrupt in rather chastising tone.
If they don't want that and they don't want to risk what could happen as a result they need to make the NKs abandon their nuclear project.
Kasich said all that to Jake Tapper on CNN just now.
Hope Trump ignores them rather than working off his frustration and anger with DC and the press by bashing somebody
North Korea warns of 'merciless strike' ahead of US-South Korea drills
North Korea warned Sunday that the upcoming US-South Korea military exercises are "reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war."
Pyongyang also declared that its army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can "dodge the merciless strike."
The messages in Rodong Sinmun, the official government newspaper, come a day before the US starts the Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises with South Korea.
Regularly scheduled and routine exercises that Trump could not possibly cancel without sending the most cowardly signal.
Although Bannon might get a laugh out of that.
It would certainly shake up the globalists.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
They say 20,000 counter-demonstrators far outnumber the demonstrators, no number give for them.
Police have been actively taking from people anything that could be used as a weapon except signs.
So far it looks like the CDs are demonstrating, in their view, against hate but not hate speech, not in favor of denying First Amendment protection to the extreme right.
The Ds are supposedly not the racist far right seen in Charlottesville, but libertarians and others on the right who are there to insist on and support First Amendment rights for all.
So they claim.
The CDs describe the Ds as "so-called free speech demonstrators, wink-wink."
How would they have described the very numerous left-wing free speech demonstrators of American history, I wonder.
MSNBC has shown precious little sympathy with the idea of free speech for all since the mess in Charlottesville began.
In recent decades, it seems the mainstream-ish left and many leading Democrats have grown more and more favorable to criminalizing speech that has been protected in the past, and advocacy that has been protected in the past.
Update, 08202017, 1012 hrs EDT.
A photo of the CDs shows a row of them carrying a sign stretching almost across a broad Boston street, "We will not accept a fascist America."
The CNN story is running a video of a helpful interview with a Holocaust survivor who must be nearly a hundred years old, and black and white video made by the allies when they found the death camps.
Right around the corner, it is.
According to some.
Or so they claim.
The left, like the right, never stops breeding loonies.
Looking at issues related to race and the Confederate monuments, the numbers are way to the right of, say, MSNBC.
- A strong majority (62 percent) of Americans favor leaving the Confederate statues standing as historical markers
- Overwhelming numbers of Republicans (86 percent) favor this, as do 61 percent of Independents
- The only group with a majority favoring removal (57 percent) are “Strong Democrats” — as opposed to “Soft Democrats,” who slightly favor keeping them (52 percent)
- When defined by political ideology, only Liberal/Very Liberal people muster a majority for taking statues down (57 percent). Among self-described Moderates, 67 percent favor leaving the statues standing. A whopping 81 percent of Conservative/Very Conservative people favor the statues staying in place
- Unsurprisingly, the Northeast is the region of the country most in favor of removing the statues — but even there, a majority (53 percent) backs leaving the statues standing
- Here’s a stunner: 44 percent of African-Americans polled believe in keeping the statues standing. Of Latinos, 65 percent believe the statues should remain
- Comfortable majorities — no less than 60 percent — in each age cohort support the statues
- This is barely an issue with white Evangelicals, 85 percent of whom back the statues. Only nine percent favor removal, with the rest unsure
And there's more.
Including some conclusions.
The news media have been seriously distorting public reaction to Trump’s handling of Charlottesville.
Whether this is a matter of only seeing what they want to see, or a matter of the talking heads being concentrated among coastal elites of both parties, is a matter of conjecture.
True, a slight majority of Americans think Trump didn’t go far enough, but judging from the coverage and commentary, you would have thought at Charlottesville, Trump met his Waterloo.
It didn’t happen.
Charlottesville is not nearly a big a deal to Americans as it is to the media and coastal elites.
That seems a bit spurious.
To the extent that they editorialize - and nowadays they do that a whole lot - the media are not attempting to report but to mold public opinion.
As was surely obvious from the polarization of the media on this point, with CNN and MSNBC going with the liberal establishment while Fox and Breitbart went with talk radio and the alt.right.
And that, as it happens, made the latter coincidentally but not intentionally (though no doubt gladly) more reflective of American opinion as a whole.
Still, Dreher is right that white liberals and pretty much all white supporters of Democrats who think the monuments to the Confederacy ought to come down are unable or unwilling to answer black extremists, though they do not agree with them and are very uncomfortable with the apparent racism of their views.
That is, the views of those blacks who seem to support our republican form of government but refuse to allow honor to the whites who created it - Washington, Jefferson and so on - because of what those same whites did to their ancestors - or, anyway, people the same color as their ancestors.
(They do not notably resent the blacks of Africa whose ancestors captured and sold theirs into slavery, or those black ancestors themselves.
They may know but they don't care that pretty much everyone in the world had slaves when American whites had slaves, and that American and other whites have done more to end slavery all over the world than anyone else.)
Like whites who identify with those who committed the wrongs of the past and are unfortunately moved to celebrate them to defend their self-respect, these blacks identify with the victims and resent those wrongs as if they themselves bore the stripes of the lash, hating the very sight of those who committed them.
In the West, there are similar people who want to renew the Indian Wars, at least rhetorically.
We will hear from them.
Russians and other Europeans seem to have no problems like these with their histories of serfdom, every bit as recent as our history of slavery, or only a little less.
(Though the Tsar Liberator might face differing judgements on his reign from Russians, Poles, and Turkmen.)
Well, the serfs and their owners were the same color, and their descendants cannot be recognized as such on sight.
Stabbings in the Finnish city of Turku that left two people dead and injured eight others are being treated as acts of terror, police said.
"The incidents were initially investigated as murders, but in the light of further information received during the night, the offenses include now murders with terrorist intent and their attempts," police said.
An 18-year-old Moroccan citizen was taken into custody after the attacks.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Grist for Buchanan's mill, these Children of Zinn, whether they know their spiritual father or not.
At no point did Indians collectively own or claim to own all of the current continental territory (contiguous or not) of the USA.
At no point did they collectively own or claim to own any territory at all.
Throughout their history, they were divided into nations and tribes as mutually hostile and prone to moving about as those of Europe.
And it was not unusual for those hostilities to result in ethnic cleansing or even genocide, from partial to utterly complete extermination of enemy peoples.
There is no basis whatever for the current racist moral dogma that every inch of the New World belonged by right collectively to the Indians, from whom current and past white occupants stole what they have.
No more than for the dogma current in white nationalist circles that Europe is rightfully the collective territory of the eurowhite wing of the somewhat broader white race, and everyone now there who is not a eurowhite is a morally criminal invader.
And every such person trying to go there, Mediterranean and black refugees and migrants especially.
What about those Confederate monuments? Dreher vs Buchanan. Standard conservatism vs Buchananite White Nationalism
Pat Buchanan: America’s Second Civil War
In Durham, North Carolina, our Taliban smashed the statue of a Confederate soldier.
Near the entrance of Duke University Chapel, a statue of Lee has been defaced, the nose broken off.
Wednesday at dawn, Baltimore carried out a cultural cleansing by taking down statues of Lee and Maryland Chief Justice Roger Taney who wrote the Dred Scott decision and opposed Lincoln’s suspension of the right of habeas corpus.
Like ISIS, which smashed the storied ruins of PalO fmyra, and the al-Qaida rebels who ravaged the fabled Saharan city of Timbuktu, the new barbarism has come to America.
Rod Dreher: Buchanan’s Shameful Defense Of White Supremacy
I was stunned just now to read the disgusting, racist, indefensible thing that Pat Buchanan has written in his syndicated column in response to the Confederate statue controversy.
. . . .
Buchanan is not meditating on the tragic nature of history, as any conservative worth the name must do.
No, in this column, Buchanan is defending white supremacy, straight up.
It is abhorrent, and must be rejected in the strongest terms by conservatives.
If this is where the Right is going, it can go right off that racist cliff without me.
It grieves me to see a conservative writer and thinker I have long admired, even if I did not always agree with him, descend to the gutter like this.
But it has happened, and it is shameful.
It is intolerable.
He has crossed a bright red line.
No, no, no!
Conservatives, this is not us.
It cannot be us.
We cannot put up with this.
Buchanan, of course, and those in bed with him from Breitbart to The Daily Stormer, are taking the same line in this fight over the Confederacy as some of the people who used to chant, "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Western Civ has got to go!"
The line that the core of America, American history, and Western Civilization, what made it all and made it all great from start to finish and from inside to out, has been white racism.
At last, the Children of Zinn, The Nation of Islam, and The Aryan Nation agree!
Spain saw one of its most violent days in recent memory as a spate of incidents throughout the country appeared to be connected to a terror attack Thursday in Barcelona that left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured.
Authorities said they are working under the assumption that two other deadly events, a terrorist incident in the seaside city of Cambrils and a house explosion farther down the coast in Alcanar, were linked to the van attack in Barcelona that had ISIS taking credit.
. . . .
Here are the latest developments in a tragic day:
- Two suspects -- one from Morocco, one from the Spanish enclave of Melilla -- were arrested in connection with the Barcelona attack, Catalan Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero said.
- One suspect in the Barcelona attack is on the run. "The driver abandoned the van and escaped from the area," Trapero said.
- About 115 kilometers to the southwest, there was a second attack early Friday. Catalan police tweeted that five suspected terrorists were killed in Cambrils. Emergency officials said six civilians and a police officer were injured.
- One person was killed in an explosion at a house in Alcanar, around 200 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Barcelona.
- Catalan police said early Friday they are "working under the hypothesis that the terrorists taken down in Cambrils were related to the events that took place in Barcelona and Alcanar."
- A driver ran over two police officers at a security checkpoint in Barcelona, police said, and the driver was found near the city. The two officers suffered minor injuries and did not need hospital treatment, police said. It was unclear whether that incident was related to the terror attack.
- ISIS' media wing, Amaq, said the perpetrators of the Barcelona attack were "soldiers of the Islamic State." However, ISIS has not explicitly claimed responsibility.
The Barcelona attack was one of the most deadly in Spain since more than 190 people were killed in a March 2004 attack against commuter trains.
I will dispense for now from discussion of the moral character of the president's Charlottesville statements.
Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.
His apologists strain to explain that he didn't mean what we heard.
But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric.
The leaders of our branches of military service have spoken immediately and forcefully, repudiating the implications of the president's words.
In part because the morale and commitment of our forces--made up and sustained by men and women of all races--could be in the balance.
Our allies around the world are stunned and our enemies celebrate; America's ability to help secure a peaceful and prosperous world is diminished.
And who would want to come to the aid of a country they perceive as racist if ever the need were to arise, as it did after 9/11?
In homes across the nation, children are asking their parents what this means.
Jews, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims are as much a part of America as whites and Protestants.
But today they wonder.
Where might this lead?
To bitterness and tears, or perhaps to anger and violence?
The potential consequences are severe in the extreme.
Accordingly, the president must take remedial action in the extreme.
He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize.
State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville.
Testify that there is no conceivable comparison or moral equivalency between the Nazis--who brutally murdered millions of Jews and who hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to defeat--and the counter-protestors who were outraged to see fools parading the Nazi flag, Nazi armband and Nazi salute.
And once and for all, he must definitively repudiate the support of David Duke and his ilk and call for every American to banish racists and haters from any and every association.
This is a defining moment for President Trump.
But much more than that, it is a moment that will define America in the hearts of our children.
They are watching, our soldiers are watching, the world is watching.
Mr. President, act now for the good of the country.
A lot of Democrats have made peace in their heads with the idea a Pence presidency would be better than this, even though he might be more effective at advancing a standard conservative agenda.
And more Republicans are thinking the damage to themselves, to their agenda, and to their party might well be less, even given the "transaction costs" of a nasty process and the displeasure of those angry, "forgotten men" who are already furious at Washington and the establishment GOP.
Are Republicans discovering they have absolutely got to abandon all traces of the Southern Strategy and what it has done to their party?
How much of the party will be left if they really do that?
The Duce just loves this story from one of those idiot emails the nitwit right forward to each other, that has been debunked repeatedly.
That he so loves this story of a fictional, violent war crime celebrating and encouraging amused contempt for Muslims is revealing, and so is the fact that he used this story of a fictional atrocity in a phase of the very real Spanish American War ostensibly to give encouragement to Spain and its people.
Sensitivity training, anyone?
MSNBC is covering the conflict and taking sides, the coverage itself a spotlight on the soft-on-racism GOP.
Maine Governor Paul LePage told WGAN-AM's Ken Altshuler and Matt Gagnon that the idea of lefties wanting to get rid of Confederate monuments is just like going to "New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11. That, it will come to that."
The Rasputin of Buchananism in foreign policy, in undermining the deep state, in economic and racial nationalism, is out.
In his descriptive terms, his nationalist faction has ultimately lost to the globalists of the deep state and establishment DC.
Didn't make it to today's national security meeting at Camp David, called to finally decide what to do about Afghanistan, where the generals and the globalists want to send more troops and Bannon wanted to hand over the war to mercenaries who would eventually be the Afghans', not our, employees.
And Trump was leaning toward Bannon.
The story is he submitted his resignation August 2 to be effective August 14.
Update, MSNBC broadcasts audio of exultant cheers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange greeting the announcement of the firing of Bannon.
The lemmings have had a bad week, what with Bozo proudly displaying his hooded Americanism.
Stocks turn mixed after bouncing on Bannon's exit
Stocks were mixed Friday after recovering from early losses on reports that Steve Bannon, one of President Donald Trump's top advisors, is leaving the administration.
The Dow had dropped about 140 points since Monday, said Velshi.
Update, a source now says it was Kelly who decided Bannon had to go and got Trump to sign off.
A sympathizer on a panel at MSNBC says with dismay the firing means the globalists have won, the nationalists will be swept out of the White House and wherever Bannon was able to put them.
She was thinking of the whole America First thing - trade, immigration, and isolationist foreign policies - that was in fact the beating heart of Trump's ideology, of Buchananism.
I hope she's right.
There is such a thing as didactic poetry.
And there are such things as pedantic novels.
Anyway, this one.
Presumptuous and patronizing to the reader and to his characters in authorial intrusions.
What is to be Done?
Rattling on about psychological egoism.
Jejune, insipid, fatuous, arrogant, and dogmatic.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
He's the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee.
Sen. Bob Corker slammed President Donald Trump's handling of the racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, charging that the President "has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation."
The Tennessee Republican told reporters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday that he thinks there must be "radical changes" within the White House.
"The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to be successful," Corker said, according to a video posted by local news website Nooga.com.
"He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today, and he's got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that," Corker added.
What we know so far
- A van has plowed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, killing 13 and injuring more than 50.
- Local police have confirmed that the incident was a terror attack; they have arrested one man.
- The number of dead is "bound to rise," according to local officials.
- The incident took place near Las Ramblas, an area popular with tourists.
- Police have told people to avoid the location, in the center of the city.
- Catalan emergency services have requested the closure of metro and train stations in the vicinity, according to Reuters.
Nothing to say it was terrorism rather than a mere hate crime, but I doubt we can expect Breitbart to be fussy about the difference, any more than (increasingly) partisans on the other side of America's racial conflicts.
Actual, religious Jihad, that is.
Update, revised to 12 dead and 80 wounded, 2 so far known involved, ISIS claiming responsibility with unknown veracity.
Some suggestions others are or were involved, and other attacks may happen.
Police still hunting.
These guys are a lot more serious than that schmuck in Charlottesville.
Al Sharpton: Defund The Jefferson Memorial
As if to vindicate Trump and the racist right . . .
Al Sharpton: When you look at the fact that public monuments are supported by public funds, you are asking me to subsidize the insult of my family.
Charlie Rose: Then I repeat Thomas Jefferson had slaves.
Al Sharpton: And I would repeat that the public should not be paying to uphold somebody who had that kind of background. You have private museums. You have other things that you may want to do, but that's not even the issue here, Charlie. We're talking about here, an open display of bigotry announced and over and over again.
Of course, that monument is not there to celebrate slavery or to commend Jefferson for owning slaves.
It was not put there as an affirmation of racism and white supremacy.
It is there to commend the revolutionary for the Declaration of Independence.
Can or should America consent to have no monuments to its past leaders?
Who among them was without sin?
And haven't we forgotten the Indians, who might have a grievance, too?
(If the Indians collectively owned the New World and late arriving whites were racial and racist invaders don't eurowhites collectively and racially own Europe?
PS. Given Al's past in the Brawley affair, should he be allowed a place of honor, the bully pulpit of MSNBC?
Perhaps he has never quite gotten over his then attitude toward white people and America.
Is that not an insult to all of white America?
If the narrative at MSNBC and elsewhere in Democratic anti-Trumpland starts to go this way it will soon enough start driving white Americans back into the arms of the GOP.
They will hold their noses and sit next to David Duke, if they feel they have to.
Poll: 40 Percent Now Support Trump Impeachment
Four in ten Americans now support the impeachment of President Donald Trump — a ten point jump in the last six months — according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).
The survey found that 40 percent of Americans — including nearly three-quarters of Democrats but just seven percent of Republicans — back impeaching the president and removing him from office. That’s compared to 30 percent who said the same in February.
Trump’s overall favorability rating in the poll stands at 38 percent favorable, 56 percent unfavorable.
The PRRI survey was conducted August 2-8, before last weekend’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Trump’s statement that “both sides” deserve blame for the resulting violence has prompted criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.
After Laura praised the president's Monday statements on Charlottesville and mostly blamed the media for Trump not staying on his agenda and falling into "a pundit trap," Charles Krauthammer lit into her, saying, "To critique what he did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda or was a tactical mistake, I believe is a cop-out."
"What Trump did today was a moral disgrace," Krauthammer said.
"This was instigated, instituted, the riots began over a Nazi riot riot, Nazi rally. The only killing here occurred by one of the pro-Nazi people."
Krauthammer said Trump's actions today exposed that Monday's remarks were a "hostage statement " and not Trump's real views.
Ingraham said, "If you are going to say Donald Trump is racist or is stupid, or some dumb troglodyte who is just doing a hostage tape, I guess you can tell all our Fox viewers that."
"And I resent that you said it was a cop-out, what I said on this set."
She continued, "To critique what he did today is what we were asked to do on the show today. I'm not going to pass moral judgment on whether Donald Trump is morally on the same plane as you are, Charles. I'm sure you are a better person than he is."
Possibly, many of them are doing exactly what they mean to do, totally exonerating the violence of the antifas, for whom MSNBC (for instance) has provided a bully pulpit and for whom they have shown indulgence - while at least showing a soft spot for denying First Amendment protection to the Nazis, the Aryans, and all the white organizations, anyway, committed to agendas of racial hate.
That would be a piece of Constitutional Disobedience for which I have no sympathy, and I find it dismaying that in recent years the defenders of the First Amendment have been much more often on the right than on the left.
By the way, the author of Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook, Mark Bray, was on MSNBC, the other night, arguing that since only violence in the end brought down the German and Italian fascists we ought to use violence now to keep them - er, to keep American fascists, I mean, or, er, racists - from gaining power.
Of course, they are about a lot more than anti-racism and those they are anti- extend far beyond fascists (pretty much none of them are actually that) and racists, and Bray was an organizer in the Occupy movement when it became anti-capitalist and pro-Anarchist, but never mind.
If only someone had done that in the Germany of the 30s, he said, overlooking the fact that someone did, as those in his movement generally know very well.
The Weimar hard left had their own street-fighters, and between them the Nazis and the Reds raised a lot of hell in Germany.
Obviously, those supportive of the novel handling of the First Amendment I mentioned above have similar views.
They might ask themselves how that's working out, right now, in Europe - and particularly how effectively decades of prohibition of Holocaust Denial and of publication of Mein Kampf in Europe - a precedent to which Geert Wilders implicitly appeals in suggesting a ban on the Koran in the Netherlands - have prevented the rise there of the same sort of populist extreme right as supports Trump in the US.
All the same, this seems to be an idea Democrats keep coming back to.
Recall the laments of leading Democrats that actual Koran burners and Terry Jones, who threatened it, could not be prosecuted owing to that inconvenient First Amendment.
A feature of the Constitution they lamented again at the time of widespread 2012 protests, on or just after September 11, in the Muslim world of a You Tube video mocking Mohammed put up by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, whom they shamelessly persecuted in shocking abuses of power.
The White House might have been asked for comment on the movement to take down Confederate monuments.
The White House and those who support it and The Duce, himself oppose that movement.
And for comment on the fact that the organizers or the Charlottesville march, "Unite the Right," to protest the removal of such statues and the renaming of a park previously named for a Confederate leader, were all of them white supremacists and nationalists of the most extreme ideology, anti-Semites of the deepest dye, like the neo-Nazis, the Aryans, and the Klan, and that nobody else seemed to be there but them and counter-protesters.
Nobody was there but the Klan and the Nazis.
What does that say about the cause?
The White House might have been asked why the flag of and monuments to the Confederate States of America, defeated traitors and enemies who tried to wreck the Union in order to perpetuate black slavery forever, are revered anywhere in the USA, today, and how anyone who reveres and defends them can claim to be a patriotic American.
And how anyone who marches under, or with people who march under, Nazi flags can make such a claim.
The answers would not have been any better than the ones we actually got to the questions actually asked, probably.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
No, don't pretend the antifas, committed to initiating violence against people speaking, demonstrating, or otherwise supporting ideas or agendas they hate and label, almost always falsely, as fascist, are on the side of the angels because they oppose a particular tribe of devils.
The Communists, after all, opposed the Nazis.
Somebody at MSNBC seems to have decided to take their side, to proved that there is no "moral equivalence" between the antifas and the Nazis.
Roughly speaking, the only reason that's true is that the Nazis have a program to do immense harm to nonwhites and also many whites, while the antifas only have a program to harm the Nazis.
Well, all right.
Their program makes them annoying beyond that.
But not on anything like the same scale, eh?
Jonah Goldberg famously claims that the Nazi and Fascist movements were actually leftist because the right in its essence reveres and protects the untrammeled market and the independence and power of corporations and plutocrats.
That is the meaning of "the right" to the faux conservatives of the United States of Amnesia, a country that was governed by an institutionally secular republic from birth and that never after had to endure or rebel against even lingering traces of a hereditary monarchy and aristocracy with Lords both Temporal and Spiritual.
Anyway, this narrow-minded radical who lies to himself that he and those like him are conservatives wrote this.
During the campaign, when Trump attacked the ethnicity of an American judge or the parents of a fallen Muslim U.S. soldier, the response from his defenders on the right was usually, “At least he fights!”
Such amorality was warranted, many explained, because if Clinton had won, America would be “over.”
National-security official Michael Anton, then writing from the safety of anonymity, dubbed it a “Flight 93 election” and argued that conservatives must do anything for victory or accept certain death.
In an interview with New York magazine, Anton went further.
“If we must have Caesar,” he said, “who do you want him to be? One of theirs? Or one of yours (ours)?”
The election is over.
Yet that spirit not only endures, it has intensified.
Trump’s conservative critics, or “apostates” as Conrad Black calls us, face the same ultimatum.
“The choice, for sane conservatives,” Black writes, “is Trump or national disaster.”
FOX13 asked Reverend Jesse Jackson about Memphis' Confederate statues when the Civil Rights icon was in town on Monday.
"There are no statues of Hitler in Germany today. The losers are vanquished. We have one American flag. The heroes are those who fight to save the union from secession. Who fought to end slavery. The best America is the America without slavery," said Rev. Jackson.
Tennessee is not alone.
In several red states with blue cities, the red state governments have passed laws effectively preventing local authorities from taking down monuments to the Confederacy.
Why would anybody think the GOP is the party of the Klan without the hoods?
Would that work to defend statues of Nazis in Germany, I wonder?
White racists use that expression as code for their heritage of white supremacy and racism.
Same about tax reform.
Of course, stirring the pot and keeping the chaos going suits the Dems and their supporters to a tee.
Calling on the memory of WFB chasing out the Birchers to defend conservatives, saying they must equally drive out the racists?
WFB defended white supremacy in the American South, in the then Rhodesia, and in South Africa.
I don't know that I'd want to claim WFB as a noble ancestor of conservatism while trying to defend conservatism against charges of racism
Right now on MSNBC, Rev. Al Sharpton and Craig Melvin arguing with Larry Kudlow.
Ali Velshi broke in announcing a presidential tweet dissolving two Councils of CEO's, one of them by the vote of the CEOs.
Kudlow fully embraced the GOP myth of trickle-down economics, saying what's important to him and the congressional GOP is getting to the agenda.
Tax reform, he said, - and it's well known that this is about big top-end and corporate tax cuts - will boost the rate of American economic growth to 4 %.
Velshi cut him off with scorn, saying there was nothing in the GOP plan that could do anything remotely like that, that he would grow an Afro before the US economy grows at 4 %.
Velshi is bald as a billiard ball.
US military leaders condemn racism after Charlottesville violence
In spontaneous tweets.
Two more CEOs leave the Council, Campbell Soup and 3M.
Now there are unconfirmed reports the Council has been disbanded (by the White House?) to head off the further embarrassment of leaders continuing to leave, one at a time and in small groups.
Former Presidents H.W. and W. Bush denounce racism in wake of Charlottesville
Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush joined the chorus of lawmakers speaking out to condemn the racist violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
. . . .
"America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms. As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city's most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights," they said in a joint written statement on Wednesday.
"We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country."
In a stealth purging of history, the city of Baltimore removed four Confederate statues from city property under cover of night early Tuesday morning.
Roger Taney, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.
Also eliminated in the middle of the night were monuments to Confederate soldiers and sailors and the Confederate Women’s monument.
Not significantly different from the view of Ann Coulter, Pat Buchanan, and apparently The Duce, himself.
Nor of the most repugnant folks of the alt.right, which allows the left to gladly put in the same sack the purely economic opponents of immigration with the latest Imperial Wizard, and opponents of what used to be called "forced busing" and affirmative action in the same corner with the Aryan Brotherhood.
Not that Breitbart, Coulter, Buchanan, or The Duce are either purely economic opponents of immigration or merely opponents of forced busing and affirmative action.
Several articles in Breitbart today opposing the movement to take down the monuments.
Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, for instance.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany denounced the deadly violence that erupted around a demonstration by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend as “racist,” “horrifying” and “evil,” and called for far-right violence to be condemned worldwide.
“It is racist, far-right violence and clear, forceful action must be taken against it, regardless of where in the world it happens,”
Ms. Merkel said in an interview with the German public broadcasters Deutschlandfunk and Phoenix.
She expressed her condolences for the family and friends of Heather D. Heyer, who was killed in the violence.
The chancellor declined to criticize the United States, noting that her own country still struggles with anti-Semitism and far-right extremists.
“Before we point our fingers at others, we need to take care of that which is happening at home,” Ms. Merkel said.
“Of course that country is torn,” she said of the United States, “but what needs to be condemned is any form of violence, especially any forms of extreme or aggressive violence.”
Other foreign reaction.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement Tuesday calling for the removal of more Confederate monuments.
"I don't pretend to know what it's like for a person of color to pass by one of these monuments and consider that those memorialized in stone and metal did not value my freedom or humanity," he said.
"Unlike an African-American father, I'll never have to explain to my daughters why there exists an exalted monument for those who wished to keep her and her ancestors in chains."
Cooper said the legislature should repeal a 2015 law that prevents the removal or relocation of monuments so local governments and the state will have the authority to decide.
A state agency has been asked to determine the costs of removing Confederate monuments from state property and find alternative spots for their placement, Cooper said.
Cooper said he will also urge the legislature to defeat a bill that grants immunity from liability to motorists who strike protesters.
Hey, what about Washington?
What about Jefferson?
The first 6 presidents of the United States were slave owners, what about them?
So, I don't know.
But did any of them try to destroy the Union to preserve slavery?
Are any of them celebrated for nothing but trying to destroy the Union to save slavery?
Racists celebrate Nathan Bedford Forrest for his role in founding the KKK, despite his second thoughts in later life.
Democrats and partisans of inclusion celebrate Jefferson for the Declaration, and Lincoln for ending slavery, saving the Union, and penning the Gettysburg Address, and neither of them for their sins.
Sure, remember your great granddaddy the horse thief.
But not with pride.
Well, no, you didn't do it.
During a report from Charlottesville, Virginia, [Fox News reporter Doug] McKelway noted that anti-Confederate activists were destroying Civil War statues in Virginia and other surrounding states after James Alex Fields, Jr. was accused of using his car to kill 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
“The crisis is going to be brewing in other cities,” McKelway said.
“Those who find the system of slavery to be so abhorrent that we should have no memories of it whatsoever to those who believe that what their great-great-great-great granddaddy did in the Civil War should be remembered and preserved.”
“And then, this ventures into the area of airbrushing of history,” the Fox News reporter continued.
“A tactic of totalitarian governments, a common practice in the former Soviet Union where people who fell into disfavor in the government were literally airbrushed out of history.”
Yup, that's one of those annoyingly figurative uses of "literally".
And those who want these monuments gone are a bunch of lefty goddam totalitarians, right?
McKelway added: “We’ve also learned when the funeral service will be held for Heather Heyer, the young woman, the 32 year old that was killed by the white vigilante who mowed down people in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday.”
I suppose it's no surprise that CNN (the Communist News Network, according to the right), and MSNBC are so frankly on the side of those who want to get rid of these monuments and flags, while Fox joins Breitbart in defending them.
This is why the Republicans and the conservative movement can't get away from the charge they harbor racists and are at least soft on racism, when they aren't openly supportive of it.
And they are.
The first paragraphs of the Wikipedia account say it all.
This guy is beloved of the nationalist (er, racist) and anti-immigrant right.
And The Duce.
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Taking advantage of the topic of the moment and the August congressional recess, MSNBC is putting in a good amount of time on the issue, explaining how widespread these memorials to the Confederacy are and how they were put up during waves of exceptional terrorism by the Klan in the South and across America.
It is a disgrace to the country that the South and its racism were influential enough all over America that even after all the states outside the South together fought a war to prevent the formation of a slave empire in North America and ended slavery in our country, the triumphant North accepted the simultaneous rise of Jim Crow, widespread segregation, and public institutional reverence all across the South for the Confederacy, its leaders, its war, and its cause.
It is time to put an end to any hint of public reverence for enemies of our country who would have destroyed the Union to maintain forever the enslavement of black Africans and the racist ideology that sustained it.
Meanwhile, MSNBC is by no means ignoring that the racists celebrate not only the Confederacy and its ideology but the European evils against which America and others fought the greatest war of the 20th Century, the Nazi ideology and regime of Adolph Hitler.
What the alt.right and their ideological kin stand for and celebrate is not America but two of our country's most deadly historic enemies.
This is the Breitbart take.
Founding Fathers in Peril
And here is the word from the leader of the pack, Pat Buchanan.
If We Erase Our History, Who Are We?
Pat Buchanan defends his heroes of the Confederacy and the loons at Charlottesville who revere them by implicating the entire history of the US, the age of colonialism and imperialism, and as much of Western Civilization and its history as he can in the deepest and most shameless racism.
It is not the history of the West as the story of liberty, as the rise of Enlightenment, as the birth and flourishing of scientific and industrial civilization, as the rise and spread of democracy and equality.
It is the history of the West as told in past years by Gobineau, by Houston Stewart Chamberlain, by Oswald Spengler, by Adolph Hitler, by the American Nazi party, and by the American Ku Klux Klan.
It is the history of the West as told, nowadays, by the disgraceful and shameful racist slugs whose influence on it has been its ugliest stain and its most bitter enemies, including people whose own racism is of the bitterly and deeply anti-white kind.
We might call its mildest version the Howard Zinn/The Guardian version of history.
Of course, the movement to tear down the monuments of the Confederacy and reject racism and its celebrants is not an attempt to erase history but partly to outlive it and live it down.
It is a refusal to revere those enemies of our country and the promise of universalist social and political egalitarianism, the leaders of the Confederacy and of Nazi Germany.
It is a refusal to revere figures from the past of this country whose agendas and values are simply not our own, expressly and officially for those alien values and rejected agendas.
As for the Founders, that's a mixed heritage and we'll figure out how to remember it and how and how far to revere it, and black and Indian and Asian and other nonwhite or not quite entirely white Americans will play a role in working out how.
The truth is, after all, that the America of today is not the America of 1860, 1789, or 1620, and the differences are all to the good.
And that, of things political pertaining specifically to race and identity, the most valuable things in the American past were and are the promises of equality and inclusion captured in the Declaration and saved from ruin by the Union victory over the Confederacy.
Just as Barack Obama said.
Not how business leaders treated the Council of the original Mussolini.
In case anyone wasn't sure the DC defense establishment is right there behind the president about Korea.
North Korea Says It Won't Fire Missiles At Guam After All
Now, about those nukes.
Gee, they are so frustrated and so angry that even with both houses of congress and the White House in the hands of the GOP they are still not getting all the political goodies they have wanted for years, if not decades.
Gee, that makes them so unique and so special.
Frustrated, are they?
Can't always get what they want, huh?
Well, I have wanted congress to plug the holes in Medicare that cost elders their life savings if they get sick since I knew they were there, three or four decades ago.
I have wanted congress to fix Social Security since I realized decades ago that people pay all their lives into a government mandated and controlled retirement system and it pays so piss-poorly that you can't retire on it, no matter how modest your needs.
I have wanted the states or the feds to man up and make quality education available to all from K through 16 and beyond, to professional and graduate school, and to cover other forms of vocational and trades training, too.
All of these have been goals of progressivism since Teddy Roosevelt articulated them in 1910, preparing for the historic election of 1912.
Are we there, yet?
Gee, maybe I'll drive a car into a crowd.
And the media can be oh so sympathetic and commiserate with my entirely understandable frustration and entirely justified anger.
Congress has gone home and it's a slow political news period.
Media need a story and extremists need attention.
White racists and their opponents, who do not include only liberals and Democrats but also opposing extremists, see their chance.
Spencer has become a star of the movement.
Did you notice how many of the white nationalists at rallies look like Mormon missionaries?
Or is it Hitler Youth?
Anyway, when Congress gets back the media will again mostly ignore these loons and their frequently loon enemies.
Better for everyone. Except the loons.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Jonathan Capehart, with boundless unjustified optimism, suggests as much.
For too many whites racism is not a bug but a feature.
And for too many other whites it's not much of a bug.
Right now on MSNBC a national leader of the NAACP, Sherrilyn Ifill, president of their Legal Defense Fund, is on Andrea Mitchell and she is just great, talking about white supremacy and what is expected of presidents in connection with that sort of thing.
Andrea is letting her talk and she is sharp as a whip, sharp as a tack, and loaded with true political history, speaking clearly on the side of the angels.
Jonathan Capehart said if the president comes through and damns white supremacy specifically for what happened Saturday it will actually be too late.
On the same point, no one will believe his heart is in the right place, said Ms. Ifill, unless he fires Bannon, Miller, and other alt.right racists in the White House and stops the policies of his administration.
Andrea raised the question of disallowing demonstrations by bigots, but nobody took up that unAmerican cause.
Later that same day a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter urged that the First Amendment does not protect hate speech.
That is a position increasingly urged on the PC, SJW left.
That is not the view enshrined into law over the years by the Supremes and not the view championed by the ACLU, over the years, and not the view accepted by anyone who thinks the US is all the better for not criminalizing hate speech, as the EU and others have done.
The world has never really settled on standard definition of 'terrorism,' but the US Code of Federal Regulations defines it as "the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives."
But it needs to be clear that it is terrorism only if it is intended by the perpetrator(s) that the intimidation or coercion resulting from the force or violence move some organization, some segment of the population, or members of some segment of a population to do something, or not do something, where it is the doing or not doing that serves the agenda.
The 2004 Madrid train bombings were aimed at getting Spain out of the Iraq War.
Attacks on abortion clinics are generally aimed at getting providers to stop providing or abortion seekers to stop seeking, or both.
It may also be intended to terrorize communities into opposing the presence of such clinics out of fear for public safety.
The demonstrations in Charlottesville by the racists were intended to defend and advance the causes of white racism and white supremacy in a variety of ways, and their violence was intended to discourage and retard the agendas of their opponents.
That includes not only the fights with sticks and bats but the car killing of Heather Heyer.
The FBI says a crime becomes a hate crime when there's an added element of bias.
For example, if the victim was killed because of his or her race, religion or sexual orientation.
"Hate crimes are different from other crimes. They strike at the heart of one's identity," former FBI Director James Comey said in a speech at the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in 2014.
"They strike at our sense of self, our sense of belonging. The end result is loss: loss of trust, loss of dignity and, in the worst case, loss of life."
While often true, none of that is really necessary, though owing to wording a hate crime law may forbid hate crimes only against persons on account of their supposed possession of certain specific traits.
It may criminalize hate crimes on account of race, sexual orientation, or religion, for example, while omitting to criminalize hatred on account of sex, national origin, or other characteristics.
They're motivated by bias, said David Stacy, government affairs director of the Human Rights Campaign.
"In a hate crime, the victim is targeted because of his characteristics," Stacy said.
"These are bias-motivated crimes, and often they are much more violent than traditional crimes."
It could be any characteristic.
It is only necessary that the motive be hatred of all who share the characteristic.
Usually, they are crimes of violence but, in principle, any crime could be a hate crime.
Johnson's racism is what led him to oppose, and oppose bitterly, the egalitarian aims and policies of the Radical Republicans, from land for the Freedmen to votes for them.
He was terrified of "Negro supremacy."
Would in fact the Radical program of Negro enfranchisement and rebel disenfranchisement have resulted in some states in Negro majorities among voters?
An interesting experiment, that.
"Third Annual Message," December 3, 1867
Reading John David Smith.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Looks like the former, but it's not entirely clear, yet.
Might have been collateral damage, like the victims of Muslim car and truck attacks in Europe.
Not a passerby.
Is Trump really a Nazi?
Remember this story about his bedside reading?
Recall his birtherism about O?
Remember his campaign for mass deportation of 11 million illegals and for a total ban on not only Muslim immigration but Muslim travel to the US?
Newt G was on TV today angrily reminding Big, Evil Media that Trump "explicitly disavowed" the racists and the Klan during the campaign.
See this about that.
Note how many self-identified Republicans, conservatives, and right wingers defend the people who came to Charlottesville to protest removal of monuments to the Confederacy, its cause, and its heroes, referring to them as "conservatives" and "the right".
And consider again who those folks were and what symbols and flags they carried amidst their Confederate battle flags and regalia.
They were Klan, they were neonazis, they were militia, they were white nationalists and identity types of many sorts.
That's who they were, and the theme of their march was "Unite the Right," and numerous are the rightists who evidently agree with their self-estimation, that these fans of The Turner Diaries and Nathan Bedford Forrest and Adolph Hitler are today's America right, or a legitimate part of the Republican coalition, deserving of all the respect and solidarity owed to other members like the sociocons, the Evangelicals, the Koch plutocrats, the libertarians, and the Wall Street global capitalists.
Many members of the Republican establishment, the Congressional leadership, have come forward to utterly damn these racists.
But a whole lot of others, the sort who routinely condemn the Republican establishment and Congressional GOP for letting them down and being part of the swamp, the sort who seem to be the core of Trump supporters, are openly on the same side as the nazis and the Klan.
Interestingly, Breitbart rejects them, claiming (they must have taken Jonah Goldberg to heart) they are not part of the right but of the left.
Insufficiently true-blue to the market and to capitalism, you know.
And that's a defining trait, you know.
A litmus test.
Flynn: Untie the Right from ‘Unite the Right’ Charlottesville Nutters
The White House, its spokesmen, and Trump himself are still praising the loons with faint damns and covering up for the nazis with implicit false equivalences, emphasizing the line that on both sides some people came to rumble.
David Duke, who was there, has been on TV several times saying the marchers supported Trump and would bring about the fulfillment of his agenda.
The Duce, the White House, etc., have said nothing to indicate Duke's endorsement is unwelcome and his understanding of Trump's agenda is repugnant.
Neither he nor they have yet said a word to condemn the mosque bombing of a week or so ago, which a controversial White House staffer has said might after all have been a leftist provocation.
All of this is the most recent fruit of the Southern strategy in response to which the racists of the South and of the whole of America left the Democratic Party of JFK, LBJ, and their successors to join the Republican Party of Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, and their successors.
White Racial Terrorism
An Ohio man is being held on charges related to the car crash that left one dead and 19 injured in Charlottesville, Va., in the wake of of a white supremacist rally, authorities say.
James Fields Jr., 20, is being held at the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
A jail official confirmed Fields was being held there Saturday evening.
Obama's Justice Department would already be all over this.
Maybe not so much.
Assuming authorities are right and this was intentional rather than some weird accident and we are not surprised with some unexpected alternative motive, this young man is almost certainly a white nationalist who killed people because they wanted statues of his heroes taken down, people who opposed what he loved and rejected his entire agenda.
It was a hate crime, then, and, given the apparent political occasion and motives - to protest, stop, and deter the removal of public statues celebrating heroes of the Confederacy and its cause - , an act of terrorism.
Too, if he wasn't there to visit his grannie or his high school sweetheart, it seems likely he drove to Charlottesville, Virginia from Ohio in the first place to participate in these racist demonstrations, possibly with the expectation and intention of participating in violence, though perhaps without any intent to kill or, specifically, to drive into a crowd.
All those details are yet to emerge.
But even now it is likely to have been outright, right-wing, racist terrorism, strictly speaking.
Where is the Justice Department?
Update, MSNBC says the FBI and the Justice Dept are on this, now, conducting a "civil rights investigation".
Charlottesville crash suspect James Fields brandished shield for Vanguard America hate group before attack
That's him in the middle.
More here on him and his victim.
He told his Mom he was going to an alt.right rally.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Trump made a statement in front of the cameras.
He condemned "all sides" involved at Charlottesville equally and left it at that.
He should have condemned all sides for violence but then separately and also the racists whose bigotry and hatred has no place in America.
He should have said frankly that the Confederacy existed to fight a war to preserve race slavery, and that that is not a cause any American should be proud of.
He should have commended the Charlottesville authorities for taking down monuments to the causes of racism and slavery, and expressed pleasure America was finally taking another step away from that.
But he knows full well that prominent among those who celebrate him and support him are those who celebrate the Confederacy and retrospectively support it.
And he has thrown stage winks in their direction all the way through his campaign and his presidency.
But men like David Duke, possibly the most famous white nationalist, directly tied Saturday's protests to Trump.
"We are determined to take this country back. We're gonna fulfill the promises of Donald Trump," Duke said in an interview with The Indianapolis Star on Saturday in Charlottesville.
"That's why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he's going to take our country back."
When Trump tweeted earlier on Saturday that everyone "must be united & condemn all that hate stands for," Duke grew angry, feeling that the man who help bring white nationalist to this point was slamming them.
He urged Trump -- via Twitter -- to "take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists."
Though earlier in the day Trump billed Saturday's event as a press conference, the President declined to respond to shouted question that would have allowed him to directly take on white nationalists.
"Mr. President, do you want the support of these white nationalist groups who say they support you, Mr. President? Have you denounced them strongly enough," one reporter shouted.
"A car plowing into people, would you call that terrorism sir?" another asked.
Trump walked out of the room.
Orrin Hatch, Marco Rubio, and several other GOP leaders condemned the president for not expressly condemning the racists.
Paul Ryan and John McCain were also forthright.
Ryan wrote on Twitter Saturday that "the views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant."
"Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry," he continued. He later added "White supremacy is a scourge. This hate and its terrorism must be confronted and defeated."
McCain issued a passionate statement Saturday evening in response to the rally and the car attack.
"Our Founders fought a revolution for the idea that all men are created equal," his statement read.
"The heirs of that revolution fought a Civil War to save our nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to that revolutionary proposition. Nothing less is at stake on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, where a violent attack has taken at least one American life and injured many others in a confrontation between our better angels and our worst demons."
"White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special," McCain continued.
"As we mourn the tragedy that has occurred in Charlottesville, American patriots of all colors and creeds must come together to defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry."
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Here are some marchers from this "Unite the right" rally.
The pic is from Huffpo.
A car plowed into the counter protesters killing one and injuring 19.
Police are looking at this as deliberate homicide.
A reasonable guess is that it was a white nationalist act of terrorism.
Paul Ryan tweeted a direct disavowal and condemnation of the bigots on the scene.
Melania and Bozo did not do that.
But it is only the ideology and agenda of these racists that is fundamentally incompatible with modern America, American liberty, and the American republic.
Successors to yester-year's anarchists?
Meanwhile, according to the MSNBC newsie on the ground, armed white militia were here early on and police, far from disarming them, checked them in and let them form up early in the day to provide security for rightist demonstrators.
I've no idea where they are now or what involvement they may have had in clashes, if any.
This image of some antifas is from Huffpo.