Friday, July 3, 2015

The Kalifornication of America

(Image by Lisa Benson)
This is the latest, but probably not the last, goose-step in the cultural cleansing hysteria.
Mark Steyn points out that it's always been easier to "go with the flow"--but societies often pay a high price for doing so.
Our current problems inside the Crumbling Ramparts of Civilization, aren't just social:  Infrastructure is unravelling. 
Coming back to VDH, the Californian scholar reminds us we're all Californians now.
(Image by Gary Varvel)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Less Marriage = More Government

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On the very day SCOTUS ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, an article in Politico Magazine advocated shoving our culture further down the slippery slope:

It's Time to Legalize Polygamy--Why Group Marriage is the Next Horizon of Social Liberalism.

When polygamy gets the green light, what then?

One of my on-line friends made this succinct comment regarding our concerns:

The point is, once SCOTUS unilaterally removed the ban on gay marriage, there is no new or different argument to make for banning any sort of relationship between consenting persons (I specifically did not say "adults").  After all, polygamy has a far wider historical precedent than gay marriage.

We're entering uncharted waters in a big way...

Part of these uncharted waters is the looming shoals of Big Government.

Or, as Star Parker warns:  Fewer traditional values means more government.

Mona Cheran gives some good insights about the hidden message of same-sex marriage.

And for the upcoming culture clashes that lie ahead, Jonah Golberg recommends you can't compromise with social justice warriors.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Greece's Grace Period is Gone

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At the time I wrote this post, Greece's financial bailout expired
But here in the US, it seems like few are paying attention.
Too busy celebrating the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage and shoving the Stars and Bars down the Memory Hole, I guess.
Mark Steyn deftly ties both topics together in his article: Big Fat Greeks and Weddings.
The unfolding "Greek Tragedy" bears watching.
How events pan out could be an indicator on what lies ahead.  The Big Fat Caveat to this is:  Our national debt dwarfs that of Greece. 
If America were to go into default, who would bail us out?
(Image by Glen Foden)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Wildfire in Central Washington

A wildfire erupted in Chelan County yesterday just before I came on duty.

Hundreds of homes in Wenatchee were evacuated.

I spent a good part of my shift writing evacuation notices to be transmitted over the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Our Emergency Operation Center went to full activation, and will probably remain so for the next several days.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pride Goeth Before Destruction...?

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Last week, gays and their straight allies across the nation were patting themselves on their collective backs over the SCOTUS decision favoring same-sex marriage. 
And the party continues.
Today's the finale of Pridefest Weekend in Seattle.
None of the revelers appear to be bothered by the disturbing news outside the Ramparts of Civilization--
--Such as the bloody day of terrorist attacks that erupted in France, Tunisia and Kuwait this past Friday
(Personal Note:  Ever since I deployed for Operation Desert Shield/Storm, our media has made a fuss over the supposed holy month of Ramadan.  I don't think our jihadist enemies ever got the memo).
--Or by the latest ISIS snuff film.
--Or despite the "Western European Lifestyle," envied by leftists, NATO is retooling for a renewed stand-off with Russia.
How long this party's going to last depends on who you ask.
The Diplomad sums thing up nicely back in the real world.
John Hawkins believes there are 5 mistakes that will lead to the fall of America.
Mark Steyn rolled-in with "only" a couple of concerns. 
Second and most importantly, how the current war is now between Violent Extremistan and Dar al Gay.
Mark's statement that defines our dilemma: 
And so the leader of the free world lights the White House LGBT as the tourist corpses are removed from their sunbeds.
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

This Week's Twisted SCOTUS Tales

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This week ended with a one-two punch from the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the US).

The first hit came on Thursday, when the highest court in the land ruled by a 6-3 vote, that Obamacare subsidies can continue

(Image by Steve Breen)

The second hit came yesterday when SCOTUS extended same-sex marriage nationwide.

Some time ago, Father Jonathan Morris made a great on-air comment about the term marriage.  To paraphrase:  The term marriage implies a natural procreation aspect to a union between two people.

As I've mentioned in previous posts about transgender--and most recently--transracial, leftists feel they shouldn't be bound by biology. 

I wouldn't be concerned about gay marriage--if it were simply about calling gay unions marriages.

But as we've seen this week with the progrom against the Confederacy--where, for example, Hizzoner of Memphis wants to exhume the bodies of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his missus--it won't end here.

Pastor Robert Jeffress explains why the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage is wrong.

Friday, June 26, 2015

CSA Flag Flap Continues...

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Not satisfied with seeing the Stars & Bars taken down from official buildings, leftists are seeking to eradicate the symbol from our nation's history & culture.  

So far, it's just these electronic games that are now gone with the wind.

Speaking of which, one NY Post film critic is even suggesting it's time to retire Gone With the Wind.

I've seen the movie once, maybe twice.  I never read the book and frankly my dear, I didn't give a damn about the movie.  I thought it it was a four-hour soap opera in period costumes.

But this is my singular opinion.  I would never consider banishing either the book or movie in order to prevent others from enjoying them.

Why am I bothering to blog about symbols, books and movies that I don't particularly care about?

Because leftists have cried "havoc!" and let slip the PC Commissar dogs upon us.  If we happy few don't cry "foul!" now, then these self-proclaimed keepers of the Collective Peace may decide to outlaw something I do like.

Steve Green (aka Vodkapundit) offers thoughtful insights on what symbols belong in a museum, while Scaramouche answers the question:  When will the crackdown on Che T-shirts begin? 

And as our Che T-shirt sporting leftists play "Pin the Flag on the GOP Elephant," Mark Steyn reminds us that the Stars & Bars was firmly planted in the Democratic Party's camp well into the 20th Century.

(Image by Gary Varvel)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Confederate Flag Kerfuffle

(Image by Lisa Benson)

My family and I are still in the process of settling my late mother's estate.

During this time, I see leftists are still in the process of politicalizing the mass murder of members of a black congregation by a single racist loon.

The "Stars & Bars" has been the focus of leftist ire of late.

Having been born in Boston, MA and raised in Upstate NY, I've always considered myself a "Billy Yank" on subjects involving the CSA (Confederate States of America), and the ACW (American Civil War).

I do indeed have some "Johnny Reb" friends, and not a single one would condone the shooting in Charleston, SC.

The Diplomad, rolled-in a couple days ago on this subject: On Rebel Flags and Progressive Targets.

My feelings about the current display of the Stars & Bars mirrors my own, along with the concern of possibly banning an historic symbol, albeit a controversial one.

Todd Starnes observed the "Dukes of Hazard" just got culturally cleansed.  Despite the appeal Daisy Duke may have had for me when I was younger, I never watched the show and I'm not a fan. 

However, the ongoing progrom is plain wrong.

Yesterday, Ann Coulter explained why we mostly hear about white "micro-aggressions."

And Star Parker reminds us that government and politics won't solve our racial problems.

(Image by Bob Gorrell)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Transracial" Tribulations for the NAACP

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When I was younger and my knees could withstand the high impact of long-distance running, I liked to imagine myself as a Zulu Warrior, renown for their ability to run for hours on-end, along with their ferocity in battle.

In many of the table-top role playing games I've been involved in, I've taken on the roles of Elven warriors & wizards (Dungeons & Dragons), Duros starship pilots (Star Wars) and even a woman archaeologist.

But I've never included any of this on my resume or on any job application.

Apparently, that didn't stop Rachel Dolezal, a white woman, from becoming the president of the Spokane WA Chapter of the NAACP.

That is, until her "cover was blown" by her parents.

Despite claiming she "identified herself as black since five," she filed a reverse-discrimination lawsuit against Howard University back in 2002.

(Image by Robert Ariail)

Leftists however, who are hell-bent on convincing us that our biological genders are "social constructs" insist that Rachel Dolezal is not black.  But Ben Shapiro uses the left's logic against itself to conclude:  Yes, Rachel Dolezal is black.

Ryan Bomberger refers to the NAACP as the "National Association for the Advancement of Corrupt People."

Mark Steyn calls this three-ring PC/Identity Politics Circus act the New Minstrelsy.

Michelle Malkin reminds us that Rachel Dolezal isn't the first white person to crash the Oppression Chic fashion show.

And Brent Bozell considers the transracial tribulation of Rachel Dolesal to be another symptom of cultural nihilism.

Who knows where all this I-Identify-As Insanity will end?

(Image by Nate Beeler)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Politics and the Mass Shooting in Charleston, SC

I've spent the past several days getting over jet lag, along with helping my siblings long-distance settle issues surrounding my mom's death.

A lot's happened.

While murder, rape and torture are everyday occurrences under ISIS's rule, mass killings inside the Ramparts of Civilization still shock us.  And justifiably so.

Three days ago, a gunman opened fire inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.

A day later the suspect, Dylan Storm Roof, was arrested.

Yesterday, he appeared in court.

Of course, while some of the relatives of the victims offer Dylan forgiveness, leftists pounced on the issue of gun control.

Our Dear Leader went so far as to say "This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."

Such rhetoric will continue despite the fact that none of Obama's initiatives would have prevented the shooting.

In the wake of this tragic mass murder, Mark Styen complained about the politicization of everything.

Regardless of the politics, my thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the victims.

(Image by Gary Varvel)