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A New Athens?

June 22, 2016

Although the economic case for Remain is, as the Brits would say, bollocks, the non-economic case is even weaker. Read More »

Reductio Ad Hitlerum

June 21, 2016

 

Add plotting assassinations to the list of jobs Americans won’t do, although I’m sure there are scores of deranged Hillary and Bernie supporters who would beg to disagree, based upon a cursory examination of Twitter. As Scott Adams has pointed out, the left’s insistence upon comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler-and establishment Republicans share the blame in this regard-has practical consequences beyond the political arena. Read More »

Smoke And Mirrors

June 20, 2016
Smoke And Mirrors

For those who were under the impression that the obfuscation and manipulation of the Justice Department ended with the departure of Eric Holder, I have some unpleasant news for you. Loretta Lynch, persecutor of Islamophobes, has decided to release a heavily redacted transcript of Omar Mateen’s 911 calls during his massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The sheer idiocy of this administration’s attempts to decouple jihadist atrocities from Islam would be laughable if the consequences were not so dire. Read More »

Muy Triste

June 19, 2016
Muy Triste

Update: A great account of the evening on Yahoo Sports.

Those were not jubilant  Texans waving their state flag last night at the Copa America, but ecstatic Chileans celebrating their nation’s victory over El Tri. Their team’s 7-0 ass-kicking of Mexico’s hapless squad of sulking incompetents, to be precise. We don’t often discuss soccer tournaments at American Rattlesnake, but anytime the most loathsome fan base in the Western Hemisphere is forced to bathe in its own tears-on American soil, no less-we feel compelled to report the news.   Read More »

Election 2016: Fault Lines

June 18, 2016
Election 2016: Fault Lines

While I’ve had to delay this post for obvious reasons, here are some of my thoughts on Donald Trump’s national security speech delivered in New Hampshire this past week. Although I’ve criticized Donald Trump’s deficiencies, re: prepared speeches, in the past, even while acknowledging the rhetorical brilliance of his extemporaneous remarks and verbal ripostes, I don’t think you can describe Monday’s speech as anything other than superb. He not only articulated the defining issues in this election brilliantly, he also boldly clarified the differences between himself and Hillary Clinton going forward.

The fact that the intellectually and financially bankrupt media spent most of the following day mendaciously parsing a single sentence merely illustrates how solipsistic they are and how little they have learned over the course of this campaign. They will continue to dissimulate because Trump, unlike past Republican nominees, is someone whom they truly fear. That said, there are a few liberal journalists who were able to briefly step out of their bubble to concede the effectiveness of this speech. Read More »

Waving The Bloody Shirt

June 17, 2016
Waving The Bloody Shirt

That there has been another gruesome public murder, whose details have been broadcast across the globe, is no longer a novelty, unfortunately. The fact that it was being exploited within hours by the usual cast of characters, who want to shape this horrific event into a narrative of intolerant, anti-European, anti-multicultural bigoted Britain is not surprising either. As Brendan O’Neill has pointed out in Spiked Online, the people who want to strangle what remains of British democracy have exploited this ghastly tragedy for all it’s worth-as anyone watching the BBC yesterday afternoon can attest to-and will probably only grow bolder in their Le Bonesque social manipulation in the remaining week before the official Brexit vote.

I would like to think that, like the Wellstone memorial, they are overplaying their hand. However, I have a deeply cynical, almost Menckenesque view of human nature, so I don’t put too much stock in that hopeful scenario. For those of you who’d like to understand why the arguments of Remain are patently absurd, I’d suggest viewing some of Sargon of Akkad’s fantastic videos on this subject. It’s also worth checking out Godfrey Bloom’s discussion of the barbaric Jo Cox killing and Brexit on Mises Weekend.  For those, like Labour politician Veronica Oakeshott, who believe that disdain for MPs imperils democracy, I have a few questions. What exactly is your conception of that term? Does it mean equality of rights and privileges? If it does, then why do MPs such as yourself deserve to be immune from criticism, as opposed to anti-EU, anti-mass migration politicians such as MEP Nigel FarageRead More »

Bloody Borders

June 16, 2016

Although there have been numerous global jihadist assaults since my last post-including an unsuccessful attack carried out by a Somali Muslim immigrant in a Texas town forced to accept the resettlement of refugees and the beheading of a Canadian hostage taken by Abu Sayyaf-it’s worth reflecting upon the atrocity which took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Not simply because of the staggering toll-you can read the stories of those who were killed here-but because the post-Orlando political climate is a reflection of our bizarre national discourse at the moment. Read More »

What You Can Do

The Red Death

June 7, 2016
The Red Death

Even as the collectivist enterprise in Venezuela implodes, spreading misery, resentment, and hopelessness among the 30 million people suffering under Chavismo-whose tales of woe are easily accessible-there are those who refuse to acknowledge the destruction their ideas have caused. The allure of Marxism, in spite of its astronomical body count, to public intellectuals and elite opinion-makers cannot be underestimated, in spite of its dismal track record.

That’s why organizations like the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation are absolutely necessary, even in our post-Cold War world. Read More »

Justice For Rotherham

June 6, 2016
Justice For Rotherham

 

One of the more astonishing moments during last month’s lecture in favor of open borders occurred when I brought up the Rotherham outrages, which the speaker-perhaps out of ignorance-declared to be a “recent” phenomenon within Europe. Actually, the systemic kidnapping, rape, sex grooming, and beating of white, Christian, English girls by Muslim Pakistanis-and the coverup of these abuses by the political class and law enforcement-has been occurring for well over 2 decades. Although it’s seductive to believe the Islamic predation sweeping Europe is a recent phenomenon-an aberration caused by the current political turmoil in the Middle East-that is simply not the case. Read More »

Right of the Soil

May 20, 2016
Right of the Soil

One of the defining features of our society is its strange approach to citizenship. We live in the only major Western nation which operates under a policy of unrestricted jus soli, which means that individuals seeking to acquire American citizenship for their children need only birth them on United States soil in order to do so, even if they have no tangible ties to this country. Read More »

From The Ashes (Baca House Fire)

May 19, 2016
From The Ashes (Baca House Fire)

Short of the death or illness of a loved one, or the passing of a beloved pet, it’s hard to conceive of something more traumatic than losing your house. To have to be confronted with 2 of those tragedies simultaneously is almost incomprehensible. Unfortunately, that’s what the Baca Family is facing after their family home was destroyed in a fire, along with their possessions, books, heirlooms, and their precious cat Tyga.

Recognizing how compassionate and generous our readers have been in the past, I’d like to ask you all to do what you can to help out the Bacas as they piece their lives back together. They’ve established a Gofundme page in order to defray the costs of a life-altering event. I’m certain that whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated.

 

Debating The World

May 16, 2016
Debating The World

Just a reminder that tomorrow night the Irish Exit will host Let’s Talk About Open Borders, a discussion of an issue that impacts us all. You can find out more about the event here, and purchase your tickets here. Is a borderless, multicultural society an atomized dystopia devoid of social capital? Read More »



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