When our founding fathers drafted the Constitution, they did so with a goal of using democracy to protect freedoms that they perceived to be the inalienable rights of every American citizen, guaranteeing freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press, among others. And yet here we are, 234 years later, and democracy has been turned from a protective shield into a weapon of mass destruction and used to undermine the very foundations of this country.
American voices, particularly religious ones, are being stifled by those who wield democracy as a sword, cutting down those who dare disagree and leaving would-be dissenters afraid to speak up for fear of retribution. The underlying threat of being cancelled and being banned from online platforms is real and comes with a significant price tag, one that can ruin political careers, destroy businesses and eradicate a lifetime of accomplishments.
Having feared for years that it would be Communist forces emanating from Russia attacking all that we as Americans hold dear, it is all the more shocking to realize that the dangers we face come from within our own ranks. Big tech has taken over, controlling relationships at the highest levels of government so that it has free reign and can ban anyone who speaks out against its interests, whether they be private citizens, businesses, elected officials, or as we saw so clearly over the last few months, even the president of the United States.
[IMPRIMIS] I live about 20 minutes south of the Canadian border, which used to be called the longest undefended frontier in the world. People moved freely back and forth across it all day every day. But now it’s been closed for over a year. At one point my daughter asked me to drive her up there, because there was a 30-minute opportunity for people on one side to talk to their friends on the other. "Sad!" as President Trump would say. It was like Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin during the Cold War, except that both sides are now like East Berlin.
I don’t know how this happened, but it is just one indication that America, and the West in general, have become almost unrecognizable from what they were not that long ago.
Look at just three things we have lost.
One is equality before the law, something absolutely essential to a free society. In its place, we now have politicized law. If a policeman fatally shoots someone, whether his name is released to the public depends on whether the shooting is consistent with the preferred narrative of the ruling class. A policeman recently took down a young woman who was threatening the life of another young woman with a knife, and that policeman was immediately identified—indeed, his photo was posted and he was threatened by NBA superstar LeBron James on Twitter. On the other hand, we know nothing of the policeman who shot dead an unarmed woman in the U.S. Capitol on January 6. His name will apparently never be released to the public.
Second, border control. Functioning societies, at least since the Peace of Westphalia three centuries ago, have borders. America has no southern border and no plans to get one. The official position of our government seems to be that any of the seven billion persons on this planet has a right to come and stay in the U.S. for three years, until his or her assigned court date comes up. As the number of people with pending cases continues to grow, that three years will extend out to five or seven or 15 years. If we get all seven billion people to come here, the court system will break down entirely and maybe we can go back to having a functioning border.
[American Thinker] Listen up, proles: your failure to unquestioningly obey the useless mask mandate is going to cost you. The surge in passenger misbehavior on airlines, partially attributable to mask mandate resistance, is ending steerage class passengers their access to intoxicants while airborne. American Airlines has announced that it:
...will delay selling alcoholic beverages this summer to main cabin passengers due to the uptick in bad passenger behavior in recent months that includes refusing to wear masks and several assaults on flight attendants.
Fort Worth-based American Airlines told crew members that it won’t reintroduce the sale of beer, wine and spirits to main cabin class passengers until at federal government officials drop the mask mandate aboard aircraft and airports. The mask mandate is currently set to expire Sept. 14. American was scheduled to bring back alcohol sales Tuesday.
Ruling class members can relax, though. Those who can come up with the money for business and first class seats apparently are exempt from the booze ban, presumably on the theory that the better class of people there can handle their liquor better, or are more obedient to the pseudo-scientific mandates emanating from their ruling class brethren. Or maybe, if you pay extra, you get to behave a little worse. (In the ancient past of the late 1960s/early 1970s when I dated a couple of what were then called "stewardesses," I learned that in their experience first class passengers were more troublesome.)
Southwest Airlines, like American, based in Dallas, also banned alcohol sales after one of its flight attendants was bloodied and lost two teeth. But because it offers only coach seats, there is no class discrimination involved in the booze ban.
By Ales Mishchenko Direct translation of the article
[Regnum] The book "The Lord of the Rings" was written at a time when Tolkien's homeland, Great Britain, was losing influence and power over half the world.
And, undoubtedly, the writer foresaw that Asia, with its billions of people, would crowd out Europe.
The symbol of Asia, crowding Europe, is the Turkic hordes of Attila and Genghis Khan. Hence, the Orcs appeared, speaking a language very similar to Turkic (this cannot be considered a coincidence, since Tolkien is a philologist by education).
In fact, the Lord of the Rings is a call to destroy the Asian superpowers before they have had time to use their enormous potential (which is called in the book "the ring of omnipotence").
Moreover, this is a call to destroy Asia not so ceremoniously with the choice of means, judging by the description of how the Gondorians (Europeans) do not stand on ceremony with the Turks (orcs): I remember the proud description of how, after some battle, their corpses were dumped in a pile, in the middle of which was stuck some kind of stick, on which a goblin head dangled.
Note that Tolkien also recorded the Russians as the forces of evil - among the allies of Mordor there are “northern bearded men with berdyshs” and “thieves” (Varangians). Russians make the bestest Bad Guys in fiction In "The Lord of the Rings" Tolkien's admiration for the past is evident (remember that he is a teacher of ancient Germanic legends). But we know how it was written in those ancient German (like many others) annals that Tolkien taught: “they came to a new land and cleansed it” (as explained in the story “Janissaries of the Unknown Homeland” of the book “People's Indulgence” - all civilizations were built on bones and there is nothing good about that).
So the fact that Chingiz Khan's invasion of China holds the palm in the destruction of the civilian population is a "merit" of the large number of Chinese, and not at all of ancient European humanism. In ancient times, there was little humanism at all. He appeared later, after Buddha and Jesus.
But one should not judge Tolkien harshly: in his time, the topic of inequality and the competition of nations and races was not yet taboo (since it had not yet led to gas chambers) and, unfortunately, it was actively discussed alongside, for example, also popular topics of the world behind the scenes. secret societies or spiritualism.
And besides, in an attempt to disguise his call to attack Asia, he created a new literary genre - fantasy.
"But why can't you see it as a struggle between good and evil? !!" - one of my acquaintances objected to me.
But I did not see good there. I saw that Tolkien convinces us that the orcs are evil, because they smell bad and they eat all kinds of nasty things - a typical European view of uncivilized peoples. No sign of good or evil. On the contrary, I saw that Gondor attacked Mordor first, fearing its growing power. That is, discarding the Gondorian propaganda, objectively speaking, it is Gondor that can be called the evil that unleashed this war.
As there is no God in religious disputes, so there is no good in the Lord of the Rings - only inter-tribal showdown and propaganda like "Carthage must be destroyed."
So I saw ...
But then I did not find a single person who would look at this book in the same way ...
Well, let's assume I'm wrong. The struggle between good and evil, so is the struggle between good and evil. But the goblin heads impaled on the mountains of their corpses remain ...
Okay, so then this book is the Mein Kampf of the forces of good.
PS And the descendants of Tolkien chose a more risky and noble path: to take all those whom Tolkien considered "orcs" to their castles, to give them human rights ... And perhaps they will die in this battle, unable to cope with others, more totalitarian and cruel customs. But in this battle, they really are on the side of good.
Ales Mishchenko is a moral and mental retard. He must do obscene things to icons of Putin every night, while muttering "my precious, my precious".
Tolkien told a story of the fight against the lust for power. There were only three real-world cultures he used as models: the Anglo-Saxons (Rohirrim), loosely the Byzantines (Gondor), and the British country folk (Hobbits). To believe it was a screed against "Asiatics" and Russians, you have to be paranoid as only a Russian can be.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
05/31/2021 6:26 Comments ||
^ Given English academia of the time, I'm pretty sure the fairies had a real-world parallel as well.
The Nazis were in power when "The Hobbit" was being translated into German. A German official contacted Tolkien and asked about his heritage. Tolkien responded, "Thank you for your letter. I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch... But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people."
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
05/31/2021 15:33 Comments ||
Never heard that one about the Dwarves.
In The Hobbit, the Dwarves were the vassal of the plot point Dragon Sickness, both a literary and cultural concept during Tolkien's time which had to be explained in the movies, one of the good things about the movies. It is a reference to the olden times concerning the lords who would amass wealth trough taxes and tolls, and not spend it on anything other than the one who suffered from Dragon Sickness.
Bilbo points this out and is cast aside. In The Rings, it again bites the Dwarves in the ass as they stay inside their fortified keep to amass wealth, waking the Balrog this time.
More about English assholes who didn't want to untie purse strings for philanthropy, churches, or civic projects, likely from Caxton's 16th century translation into English St. George and the Dragon.
But that is how I was taught, with the heavy leaning on Nordic creatures and Christian overtones, is that the invaders from the East and South were Vikings, Gondor was King Alfred's London, and the question of the winner was parallel to whether the Isles would be Christian or Nordic Pagan.
As for this garbage think, there is an effort underway to Woke all things Fantasy, especially the well known Dungeons and Dragons, and what may be Game of the Year, Frosthaven.
By attacking the fountainhead of fantasy as racist, the attempt is on to, using their words, colonize Fantasy and Fantasy Gaming.
So instead of having the unexpected hero as an orc, like say in the movie Dudes and Dragons, they send in thought police to review canon, characters, and events to create a safe space. In fantasy adventure.
In other words, if you are thirsty, you have to drink the punch they shit in and make comments like, I never knew grape and corn go well together! I'm sorry, I meant maize! I meant maize! Don't punish my character!
#9: But that is how I was taught, with the heavy leaning on Nordic creatures and Christian overtones, is that the...
Or maybe, just maybe, Tolkien never felt the need to explore the history and myths of Ancient China or India to write his story. Silly of him, right?
Thanks to all the Rantburgers by discussing this Academic "digression from practical reality".
[MAIL] Michael Flynn has been blasted for comments he made at a QAnon conference where he told attendees that a military coup similar to one that recently occurred in Myanmar should happen in the United States.
Calls mounted on social media for the retired general to face a military court martial for his comments at a conference in Dallas, Texas, that had been organized by supporters of the QAnon conspiracy.
Flynn, who was National Security Advisor for former President Trump, was responding to a question from an audience member.
The man said he was a 'simple Marine' and asked 'why what happened in Myanmar can't happen here?'
'There's no reason', Flynn responded as the audience cheered. 'I mean, it should happen — that's right.'
notwithstanding this, Flynn, although having served honorably, is a careless fellow
after leaving active duty he became a consultant/lobbyist for foreign countries, e.g. Turkey, without bothering to register as a foreign agent and he didn't resign his consultancy before working in govt again - neither of these are usually prosecuted but they show an oblivious attitude toward what you are supposed to do
Posted by: Lord Garth ||
05/31/2021 16:03 Comments ||
He's only wrong in that the current regime is 100% illegitimate. It would not be a "coup" but a restoration of decency. Call it what you want, ZFG when the prize is all the marbles.
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
05/31/2021 17:57 Comments ||
Forcably removing the government IS treason and anyone participating in it shoul be arreste. Simple as tht. Whether to remove Trump, or remove Biden.
It is an ffront to the Constitution. The only way to permanently remove a sitting presient is to impeach and convict him/her. And doing so does NOT awar the office to the previous presient, it then goes to the Vice President, then the Speaker.
You idiots seem to think that a screwed-up election allows you to blithely just crap all over the Constitution. Like it or not, the processes were followed, and Biden was properly sworn in as affirmed by Congress, in accordance with the Constitution. The process was followed.
The fault here is in the States, and destroying the federal government is NOT the right answer. either that or you are just as bad as the marxists who ignore the Constitutiton and our duty to it when you feel like it.
I call ANYONE here out as a dishonest anti-constitutional traitor if they agree with a coup at this point in time. The day may come, but this isn't it, and your idiocy in promoting such talk just gives aid and comfort to those who would further subvert our government and use YOUR sedition to suppress free speech.
Just STOP IT. those of us who have bled for this nation don't take threats like yours lightly.
Posted by: These Forkbeard7574 ||
05/31/2021 22:30 Comments ||
Flynn denies saying this. Says audio/video is manipulated.
That is why you *always* should have at least one videographer of you own at such events and lock up the copies.
Ask Sarah Palin about her interview with ABC News.
Let us not forget that while China started it, the WHO helped it spread globally by telling the entire world in February 2020 to keep the borders open for travel and trade: the exact opposite of what might have contained it.
We didn’t have to have this virus but open borders globalism is more important to WHO than its primary function.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.