Now That The GOP Has The Power, What Will They Do With It? Squander It Of Course

Pat Buchanan at Vdare ‘Last November, Republicans grew their strength in Congress to levels unseen since 1946. What united the party and rallied the nation was the GOP’s declared resolve to stand up to an imperious president. Give us powerful new majorities, said John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, and we shall halt these usurpations of […]

For Me But Not For Thee

Free Beacon ‘One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is petitioning the European Union to pass new legislation that would permit Jewish community members to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The European Jewish Association (EJA), which represents Jewish communities across Europe, […]

Theory And Practice

Norwegian weather station on Jan Mayen Translation of the signboard: »Theory is when you understand everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but nobody understands why. On this station, we combine theory and practice in a way that nothing works and nobody understands why«

Fraser Fir

The Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) is our State Christmas Tree. It is an indigenous tree with a very small natural range growing only in Southwestern Virginia, Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina above 3900 feet.   Named for Scottish botanist John Fraser, it is cultivated for use as a Christmas tree locally as well as […]

Merry Christmas 2014

This Nativity night bestowed peace on the whole world; So let no one threaten; This is the night of the Most Gentle One – Let no one be cruel; This is the night of the Humble One – Let no one be proud. Now is the day of joy – Let us not revenge; Now […]

Viderunt Omnes-Perotin

“Viderunt Omnes” is a traditional Gregorian chant of the 11th century. The work is based on an ancient gradual of the same title, which was previously expanded upon by composers of the Notre Dame school. This organum, thought to be written for Christmas festivities, would have retained the same purpose as the original gradual – […]

GOP Control Of State Governments Is Not Going Unnoticed

According to the Washington Post, the GOP will control nearly 2/3 of state legislative chambers and 31 governorships. I’m sure that has nothing to do with this: ‘As announced today to the AP staff, the specialists will collaborate with statehouse reporters, as well as on their own projects and stories focused on government accountability and strong […]

The Cost Of The UK’s Monarchy

…is apparently negative 160 million pounds or so. I thought these were interesting enough to post and I feel like I need to post occasionally! Via comment by The Tory on Takimag Here is the annual report for the Crown Estate for 2012. Net profits were 240.2 million which all go to Parliament and out […]

Happy Thanksgiving

“When you sit down to eat, pray. When you eat bread, do so thanking Him for being so generous to you. If you drink wine, be mindful of Him who has given it to you for your pleasure and as a relief in sickness. When you dress, thank Him for His kindness in providing you […]

Don’t Shoot Coalition Proposes New Rules For Ferguson “Protests”

via SBPDL The rioters peaceful protesters in Ferguson have proposed new rules for police response to their burning and looting peaceful protesting. Here’s some funny ones: “2 Channels of communication will be established so that situations can be de-escalated if necessary.” Or, how about, no riot no escalation? 7 Police will wear only the attire […]

Zimmerman To Be Brought Before Grand Jury For Civil Rights Case

Via Amren Orlando Sentinel A federal grand jury will meet in downtown Orlando Wednesday to hear testimony about whether Trayvon Martin’s civil rights were violated when Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him in the chest, according to court paperwork. A U.S. Department of Justice attorney from Washington, D.C., Mark Blumberg, has issued at least […]

Worthless Elephants

Amren ‘Politics is more than economics. There is a war being waged for the soul of the Republican Party. It consists of a loose alliance of Tea Party groups and traditional conservatives, who are trying to wrest control from the politically moderate businessmen who have misguided the GOP for decades.  Just as Clemenceau warned that “war […]

Muslims Flee Secular Turkey For Family Friendly ISIL/ISIS/IS (Whatever We’re Calling Them Now)

Apparently, muslims in Turkey are looking for a place more in line with their values than a modern, industrial, secular country. ‘ISTANBUL (AP) — Asiya Ummi Abdullah doesn’t share the view that the Islamic State group rules over a terrorist dystopia and she isn’t scared by the American bombs falling on Raqqa, its power center […]

Immigration Protest Called Off For Threats

reuters A plan by U.S. protesters against illegal immigration to block traffic at more than a dozen border crossings in the southwest on Saturday was canceled after organizers said they received online threats from Mexican drug cartels. Billed as a “Shut Down All Ports Of Entry” protest against the Obama administration’s immigration policies, demonstrators had […]

Apparently, There Are More And More Jobs Americans, And Tarheels, Won’t Do

CIS Among the findings: The total number of working-age (16 to 65) immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job in North Carolina increased by 313,000 from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014, while the number of working-age natives with a job declined by 32,000 over the same time. The fact […]

Libertards

Daily Caller About 11% of Americans self-identify as libertarian. However: “However, when self-identified libertarians were asked to match up “someone whose political views emphasize individual freedom by limiting the role of government” with libertarianism, only 57 percent of respondents were successful. This means that 43 percent of self-identified libertarians do not understand the basic definition […]

Syrians In North Carolina

I thought it was odd that so many foreigners (and not just Yankees) lived in my area. We’ve got Hmong and Montagnards from SE Asia, Nigerians (some with tribal scaring- diversity bonus points!), Jamaicans, various South and Central Americans, Pakistanis and Indians (dots and feathers, but the feathers are indigenous). Turns out we have our […]