Thursday, January 29, 2015

Leftist Ideology Trumps All

A few years ago I floated my general theory that leftists put their ideology above everything.  Including religion.  Including exposure to glaring facts and events such as expanding glaciers, cooler temperatures, murderous muslims, significant post-abortion mental trauma, and more.  Including 100 million dead in just 74 years.

I resisted this conclusion then, and still do today, thinking there must be an exception.  It can't be all black and white with these people, right?  Is there something a liberal progressive communist will view without their Marxist lenses?

I have yet to see evidence of the contrary.

Today's quote of the day is Comrade Tam's quote of the day yesterday.  It is a small part of a fantastic blog rant about Holocaust Deniers at MunchkinWranger:
It’s because when you are invested in an ideology, you have to make reality subordinate to that ideology. And when the physical evidence points to the possibility that your ideology doesn’t match reality, then you have to deny that reality, or face the possibility that you ideology is wrong. It’s much easier to dismiss historical records or claim that a video was doctored than to examine your beliefs and concede that everything you believe is wrong.
Excellent drone video of Auschwitz, where an estimated 1.1 million were killed:

If one were to follow this phony self-serving behavior to the next level, one might think the plan is to dilute knowledge and values to a point where our betters in elected (and appointed) office can tell us what happened, what didn't happen, and why.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tribute Post: Dakota Meyer

(Wiki) Dakota Louis Meyer (born June 26, 1988) is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the War in Afghanistan. Meyer is the second youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, the third living recipient for either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan and the first living Marine in 38 years to be so honored.

On September 8, 2009, near the village of Ganjgal, Meyer learned that three Marines and a Navy corpsman were missing after being ambushed by a group of insurgents. Under enemy fire, Meyer entered an area known to be inhabited by insurgents and eventually found the four missing servicemen dead and stripped of their weapons, body armor and radios. With the help of Afghan soldiers, he moved the bodies to a safer area where they could be extracted. During his search, Meyer "personally evacuated 12 friendly wounded and provided cover for another 24 Marines and soldiers to escape likely death at the hands of a numerically superior and determined foe."
Check out his new license plate  FTWGA: For Those Who Gave All.

Tuesday Tab Clearing

Comrade Diogenes Sarcastica reacts to the recent muslim attack in France with her own European experience:
One day, as a young teenager shopping with my mother, two of these dark haired men touched me inappropriately. My mother turned and slapped one of the men in the face. He began yelling words I did not understand and knocked my mother to the ground.

. . . when I see scenes of muslims men in the news, I recognize the same soulless evil I saw that day in the market.
Bill Buppert at ZeroGov shows that Libertarians can be right when it comes to exposing the similarities between Communism and the current operation in DC:  Will the Last Capitalist Please Turn Off the Lights When You Leave…
I have often thought that to be a Communist at the beginning of the twentieth century was possibly an intellectually defensible position looking at the scant history of the movement in power and practice yet one hundred years later this extreme form of collectivism should be universally reviled and is intellectually and morally indefensible; and here in 2009, not only are the same miserable failures and barbaric practices heralded but endorsed by no less than the President of this decaying country known as America.

Comrade and hat owner, Googie, converts a Barry Manilow classic at ATRS.  Click over to see the full lyrics.
I’ll write the laws that make the people cringe
I’ll write the laws because I can, you see?
I’ll write the laws that over vilify
I’ll write the laws, I’ll write the laws
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit shares an update on the strength of our enemies - since our dear leader was elected:
. . . four-star General Jack Keane told Congress that al-Qaeda has “grown fourfold in the last five years.

[He said] “our policies have failed.”
Comrade Kerodin at III Percent Patriots shares an observation from a recent trip about America's general decline in useful skills and strong work ethic:  Plumbing, as to Third World America...
In the last two places we crashed for the night - national hotel/motel chains - at least one plumbing fixture was plumbed incorrectly.  This may not seem like a big deal.  But consider this - when national chains hire 'professionals' to do work, and those professionals either have not been taught the basics of their trade, or worse, perhaps know the basics but choose not to do the job properly, consider the devolution of standards that is on display.

This post isn't big-think.  It is simply observations and conclusions over many years that support a broader narrative.  America is devolving because the vast majority of people living among us no longer aspire to standards of a first world nation.  Pride and self respect are rapidly losing their place in society among our Countrymen.  Entropy is on display.

You won't find anything in the MSM about the goings-on in the Venezuelan worker's paradise.  The new media, however, is keeping track of the glorious revolution there, and there are some good lessons to be learned.  Specifically, stores are looted first, then delivery trucks.  An informed looter will target the trucks when the masses target the stores. WZ has the story:  Robbers Target Food Delivery Trucks In Shortage-Hit Venezuela.
Robbers and looters are targeting trucks carrying food across Venezuela in another sign of worsening shortages that have turned basics like flour and chicken into coveted booty.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Your Weekend Reading

Once again I'm buried in articles.  Please allow me to dig out.

Here is some good reading for your weekend.

Family Security Matters: From Lenin to Obama Alexander Markovsky has a great article, perfectly in tune with the focus and spirit of Ushanka.
"Our task," wrote Lenin in 1902 in What Is to Be Done, "is to utilize every manifestation of discontent, and to collect and utilize every grain of rudimentary protest." Indeed, if you want to change a society, here is Lenin's script: cause the problem. Spread the misery. Send a cadre of professional community organizers to unite all of the angry and disinherited spirits to fuel an organized revolt. Entice chaos and violence. Exploit chaos for larger political objectives. Blame your political opponents, demonize and criminalize them. Move decisively to request a temporary suspension of civil liberties in exchange for the restoration of law and order. Usurp power before the deceived masses realize that there is nothing more permanent in politics than something temporary.

From Lenin to Obama the political landscape has changed, but the scheme remains assertively consistent.
Victor Davis Hanson: Multicultural Suicide The West's failures to deal with radical islam can be blamed on multiculturalism.
. . . multiculturalism is the twin of appeasement.
. . . multiculturalism also serves as a way of dealing with affluent Western guilt: one does not have to put his kids in an inner-city school, visit the barrio to shop, or invite undocumented aliens over for dinner, when one can both enjoy a largely affluent and apartheid existence in the concrete, while praising the noble Other in the abstract.
Radical Muslims both emigrate to the West and yet, once there, seek through Sharia law to destroy the very foundations of what made the West attractive to them in the first place. Clean water, advanced medicine, entitlement support and free speech ultimately cannot exist in a society that routinely assassinates the outspoken satirist.
Fred On Everything: The Birth of Three Nations.  Diversity: Koom. Bah. Humbug.  A refreshingly scathing commentary on "diversity."  I sometimes catch myself doing the wave when I read this guy.  Does that happen to you too?
Few things cause more misery, hatred, death, and destruction than does diversity. One may wish it were not so, but it is so.
Those among us who prefer hope to observation invariably insist that dislike springs from some defect in the character of those doing the disliking.
Glenn Beck authored a three-part series called The Root of the Problem: Russia.  Our comrade over at Noisy Room shared Part 2.  I've always been a fan of Glenn's research.  He was linking Democrat policies to communism and talking caliphate years before others figured it out.  Here he discusses an expansionist Russia.

I believe the architect of Russia’s geopolitical strategy is Aleksandr Dugin (above). If this is true the future of Western and Eastern Europe is headed toward catastrophic possibilities.

Aleksandr Dugin is known to be an advisor to some of the most influential men in Russia.
. . . incite Russian nationalism. To put it bluntly, it’s nothing short of Russian fascism.
This is the blueprint to dismantling Western Europe.
Taking a cue from both Ivan the Great and even Stalin, the Orthodox Church is Russian Nationalism on tap.
The Russian Orthodox revival is in full swing.
Just one year after Putin became President of the Russian Federation Aleksander Dugin founded the Eurasia Party. It’s primary purpose is to advocate Russian aggression and expansion. It became a legitimate political party in 2002.
Oleg Atbashian translates a Russian article written by Yulia Latynina: Redefining Ourselves to Death Yulia reacts to the dilution of values following the recent Islamic murders in Paris.  This is a great article for two reasons: 1) it offers a great perspective on the poison of political correctness and our need to "renormalize," and 2) like most insightful opinions of late, it is from a foreigner - an outsider looking in.
It seems we now need a similar cut-off point in order to understand what is happening in the real world. Whoever brings "renormalization" into public life will also deserve a Nobel Prize because, frankly, we're killing ourselves with infinite refinements.

Have a great weekend!

Swiss Franc News

I don't like repeating myself, but the recent Swiss Franc News justifies duplication here, after last month's collapse of the Ruble.

Currencies are not supposed to move like this:

The Swiss Franc was pegged to the Euro.  They un-pegged this month after the European Central Bank announced that they would start their own Quantitative Easing (QE).  QE adds to the money supply, diluting said money supply, causing inflation and is intended to artificially benefit the economy.

QE in the States has led to roughly a 6% loss of purchasing power.  Or, another way to say it, QE has led to [an unofficial] 6% inflation.  Doug Ross recently shared a list of items and their rate of inflation.

In a complete surprise to apparently everyone, many who lost tens of millions, the Swiss decided to de-link their currency to the Euro.

European Central Bank President, Mario Draghi (above), announced today that the European Central Bank will print 60 Billion Euros per month.  It is an announcement of failure. 

MarketWatch (with video):

The 60 billion euros a month in bond purchases, equal to 1.1 trillion euros between March and September of next year, is bigger than had been telegraphed by news reports a day earlier.
I've been disappointed in the news coverage of this move.  98% of the commentary from the Swiss decision to un-peg from the Euro has been noise.  Yes, Swiss exporters will be hurt after their currency strengthens 30% in a day.  Yes, central banks must adjust their policies and future intentions because of the Swiss move.  But ask yourself "why?"  Why is it bad that exporters suffer when their currency is less artificial now than it was a month ago?  Why is is bad that central bankers must adjust to a dynamic, changing environment?  Why should one central banker care about what another central banker does - if their system isn't rigged?

What has been hard to find is the logic - and beautiful exquisite truth - behind the Swiss move.  Primarily, they aren't hitching their wagon to a sinking ship.  


The only article that I found that speaks from this perspective was at ZeroHedge (also the source of the graph above):  Thank the SNB for the Truth
So thank you, Switzerland! It's nice to get a little peek at how things are supposed to work.
A little background on this: Germany's Angela Merkel told Obama to pound sand back in 2009 when he told her the best way to improve Europe's economy was to print money.  She knew money supply dilution was counter-productive and destructive to the long-term health of the European economy.

Or, at least she did.

Because nothing happens with the Euro unless Germany approves.  Germany is the cornerstone of the European economy.  It has to do with that whole stereotype work ethic, dynamic and efficiency thing.

USA Today, June 25, 2009:  Obama, Merkel to meet under cloud of disagreement
. . . German briefers said Merkel will be looking for agreement on an "exit strategy," a means of moving toward long-term fixes of the global regulatory system and away from short-term crisis management.

Earlier in the year, she criticized Obama's decision to throw money at the problem as a rescue measure while paying less attention to improving the regulatory system that let the crisis run out of control in the first place.
I have another video planned on the topic of precious metals.  Gold is up roughly $120/oz (>10%) in just the past couple weeks.  And silver seems to go up 1-3% every day.  There are those 'doom and gloomers' out there taking credit for calling this, and I plan to address their claims in the upcoming video.  In short, anybody can look like a genius if they start yelling "BUY!" after a commodity or other security drops 40+%.  Others are saying "I told you so" about the current financial crisis.  They are right - but they were calling it 5 years ago.  Then 4 years ago.  Then 3 years ago.  And so on.  In hindsight, the correct advice at the beginning of an seemingly endless QE would have been: "Buy stocks."  That is the exact opposite of what the "experts" advised.  Stay tuned...

More about today's news at ZeroHedge:

Mario Draghi Unveils €60 Billion Per Month QE Through September 2016 With Partial Risk-Sharing: Live Conference Webcast

The Gloves Come Off: Germany Says Grexit "Manageable" As Tsipras Demands Greek Debt Writeoff

Here Are The Negatives In Today's ECB QE Announcement

5-Star Movies - UPDATED and BUMPED

[orig post 1.8.15 2pm]

The following movies have reduced, even insulting, ratings.  Take my word for it.  These are all top-quality movies well worth the price of the ticket.

Exodus (IMDB)

Pros:  Excellent scenes, acting and storytelling.  God's character was fantastic.

Cons:  Would have preferred no-name actors in supporting roles.  Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and John Turturro were good, but were also distractions.

The Imitation Game (IMDB)

Pros:  Great footage of WWII London - the seriousness, the destruction, the purpose.  Excellent acting.

Cons:  A politically-correct topic is part of the story.  They take it too far. 

Unbroken (IMDB)

Pros: A great WWII movie.  The best match to its book I've ever seen.  The book is great, but you'll have no need to read it if you watch the movie.  Excellent portrayal of the Japanese brutality, but without without excess.  Congrats to Director Angelina Jolie.

Cons: None.

UPDATED and BUMPED 1.22.15:

American Sniper (IMDB)

Pros: Another authentic American movie about a flawed man who rises to the peak of his profession.  A great story about the cost of war on the individual.  A movie with rich patriotic flavor - which is why liberals like Michael Moore, Seth Rogan and former human rights lawyers are so upset about it.  See cartoons below.

Cons: Let's have a patriotic movie about someone who was not a SEAL.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

State of the Union

I suspect this video has more to say about the state of our union than the our dear marxist will spout tonight in DC.

I'll wait for the transcript tomorrow to comment on his speech.

A hearty Ushanka Tip to you if you choose to watch.  You're a better person than I am.

UPDATED 1.21.15 Noon:

I still haven't looked at the transcript from last night's speech.  More pressing matters, such as selecting my next cigar, have taken priority.  I already know what I'll be thinking as I read each proposal:
Why wasn't this important when you had super majorities?
How do you plan to get that through Congress?
Ahh, life is full of questions with no answers.  And my Obama Cuss Jar is full of singles.

- I like Senator Ernst's speech (GP).

- I liked her speech even more when I saw the Liberal Progressive Communist comments (WZ), and more from Keith Olbermann (GP).

Prediction: History will show that Obama was a failed president.  It will show a key failure was to take advantage of all the RINO's in congress.  If he had taken a softer tone, he could have gotten amnesty, tax increases, gun-confiscation and more.  Historians will suggest this problem can be avoided by electing future presidents with real-world experience.

Of course, I am assuming there will be an honest and objective review of today's events in the future....

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lithuania Surrenders

Lithuania has acknowledged that history will indeed repeat itself.

Recent history (wiki):
1772-1795 - Annexed to Russia
1940 - Occupied by Soviet Union
1941 - Occupied by Nazi Germany

Lithuania is one of the three Baltic states that the Putin redistributionists have their eye on.  Like all tyrants who are incapable of creating wealth at home, Putin is anxious to expand his empire to acquire territory and wealth from others.  Think ObamaCare on a grander scale.

Lithuania's leaders see what is coming.  One just has to look at the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the impotence of the US to understand the new world order.

The Lithuanians published a pamphlet with instructions on what to do when the Russians come.

It might as well be a signed surrender.

The Moscow Times:  Lithuania's War Manual to Prepare Citizens for Russian Invasion
Lithuania is publishing a manual to advise its citizens on how to survive a war on its soil as the country's Defense Minister warn its Russian neighbor "is not friendly."

"Keep a sound mind, don't panic and don't lose clear thinking," the manual explains. "Gunshots just outside your window are not the end of the world."

The manual, which the Defense Ministry will send to libraries next week and also distribute at army events, says Lithuanians should resist foreign occupation with demonstrations and strikes, "or at least doing your job worse than usual."
I'll just leave these comments and suggestions here:
You can't stop the Russian army.  You can fight to the death.  You can make them pay for every inch of territory. You can put arms into the hands of every citizen. You have time to train.  You can do things today that will make Lithuania the less optimal target in the region for redistribution.  Hint: it is not printing a pamphlet.

Since we're talking about history repeating itself, let's remember that in the 60 days between the Soviets entering Berlin and the Allies, over one million rapes occurred in that WWII city of 1.5 million.  Lithuania has 3 million citizens.

Gunshots outside your window DO signal the end of the world.  If gunshots are not coming from your window, you are already a slave.  Or worse.

Lithuanians should not demonstrate, strike, or drag their feet at work.  They should apply the lessons from the Winter War in Finland, where the Soviets lost 10x the Finns and were eventually turned away.  Best told in Trotter's fantastic book, A Frozen HellMy book notes.

MLK and Civil Rights

Gateway Pundit shares a list of civil rights milestones from the post-Civil War era:  ON MLK Jr Day – Here’s the Real History of the US Civil Rights Movement You Won’t Read About

Here is a sample:
January 1, 1863: Emancipation Proclamation, implementing the Republicans’ Confiscation Act of 1862, takes effect

The Democratic Party continues to Support Slavery.

April 8, 1865: 13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate

Republican support 100% Democrat support 37%

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rubbing Salt Into Their Wounds

Liberals Progressives Communists are realizing their gun-control wet dreams are nothing but stains on the mattress.  Some would suggest we be honorable winners. 

I say "screw that."  Pass the salt.

So does Mr. Crowder (via 90 Miles: The 2nd Amendment: Liberal Edition):

So does 2nd City Cop:  BLOODBATH COMING!!!!!
24,000 citizens packing heat in Cook County alone! 
It is not just for the elite and politically connected anymore, eh?

Comrades, stay armed.  Stay vigilant.