Elia Kazan’s classic A Face in the Crowd is a good primer on Barack Obama’s rise and fall. Lonesome Rhodes arises out of nowhere in the 1957 film, romancing the nation as a phony populist who serially spins yarns in the most folksy ways — confident that he should never be held to account. Kazan’s point (in the film Rhodes is a patsy for conservative business interests) is that the “folks” are fickle and prefer to be charmed rather than informed and told the truth. Rhodes’s new first name, Lonesome, resonates in the film in a way that Barack does now. Finally, an open mic captures Rhodes’s true disdain for the people he champions, and his career crashes. Continue reading
There is a great deal of confusion, mis-information, propaganda and outright lies flooding the Internet and the airways about the Keystone XL pipeline. Most people aren’t aware that three phases of the pipeline are already built and operating. It is the fourth phase that is creating all of the hot air and acrid smoke among the competing parties and the mostly uninformed public. There are many competing parties, most at odds with each other. Continue reading
In the last century and now this one, I have lived long enough to have been alive when the Nazis killed six million European Jews and another five million other “enemies of the state” that included unionists, homosexuals, Seventh Day Adventists, and any others that ran afoul of that hateful and hate-filled regime.
There were genocides in the last and this century. The killing of Kurds by Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator who used poison gas — a weapon of mass destruction—against them is largely forgotten by everyone but the Kurds. Continue reading
White Mountains Lecture #9: Creating seriousness and mercy in the American playground
This article suggests we do not have political models which can lead us to improvements in our urban public schools and we have to look outside our traditions for new ways of engaging working-class, minority communities.
I try to write less about public schools these days for several reasons. One, my own experience standing up to the ethnic bureaucrats and union officials ended badly, and the end was too painful and costly. Two, I am interested in the big picture: trends (such as the lack of immigration enforcement and the permissive philosophies taught in university education schools) which made success impossible for more than a small percentage of students each year. Three, it makes my own thinking small and increasingly that’s less interesting to me. Four, I cannot do anything practical about problem, and in my final year I was ready for experimenting and in spite of all the money flowing in the Houston Independent School District, there was not room for real change, there was only room for talk of change. Continue reading
Background: The concept of private individual property rights is a recent arrival in the timetables of human history, much less its official enactment in various degrees by governments around the world—specifically Western Civilization.
The concept finally caught fire in intellectual philosophers’ minds, mainly by the 16th century, to the extent that by the time our Founders were young pupils studying classical literature, languages & philosophies, the rarified ideas of individual rights were honored and struggling to be achieved in reality. The overwhelming significance was for the masses of people who had suffered nearly forever under the heavy hand of tyranny. Up until then it was unheard of that an individual had the right to keep the fruits of his labor and that no one had the right to take them by force of any means. Continue reading
“Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth, but the plain single vow that is vow’d true.” ~ William Shakespeare, All’sWell That Ends Well
Without a doubt, the most overlooked and abused object during an election season is the Oath of Office. When was the last time you heard the Oath to uphold and defend our Constitution and Bill of Rights mentioned in a political debate; on the evening news or by any of the so-called pundits in the media?
In today’s world, one must exhibit their ability to perform the job they have applied for, usually in the form of a test or examination; a driver’s license; a teaching certification; license to practice medicine; contractor’s license; POST certification; a concealed carry permit and many more. All these require a working knowledge of the job they have applied for or are being employed to do and some form of examination or test to demonstrate knowledge and application of the principals involved. Yet, for the literally hundreds of thousands of politicians, public officials, law enforcement personnel and government bureaucrats, there is no examination given on what is the most important and sometimes the only requirements of their jobs. Continue reading
To hear Obama, his administration and Secretary of State John Kerry say that they were “appalled” by the “disgraceful act” of the United Nations School in Gaza being bombed on August 3rd by Israeli Defense Forces, after the IDF warned residents in advance of this attack, shows Obama’s and Kerry’s willingness to distort and misrepresent the facts and the reality of the situation, as they exploit the peace process through their thinly veiled anti-Semitic positions, in a vile, dishonest and stupid manner. They are so anxious to achieve peace at any cost, that they make no moral distinction between Hamas and Israel, which, in and of itself, is unconscionable and shameful. Continue reading
In 2005 Gaza was unconditionally given to the Palestinians. They quickly handed it over to Hamas, made it a terror fortress, and smuggled in all the weapons of war that they could (which brought about a blockade). All efforts of peace since then have been met with “Massacre all the Jews!”
There is one very vital thing that must be said to all the Arabs of Palestine, as well as their supporters and defenders around the world. If you want to have peace and co-exist with Israel without war, violence, and death then stop voting in and supporting fundamentalists and extremists whose pastime is strapping bombs onto innocent women and children and launching rockets at Israel. And stop excusing such bloody actions when they occur. Leave Israel alone and you will soon have both peace and harmony with the Jew. If you are a peaceful Muslim then you must reject murder and terrorism in the name of Allah. If you are rational Westerner, you must do the same. It’s that simple. Continue reading
“Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? In Israeli prison, of course!,” was the title of an article by Jo Ehrlich published in Modoweiss.net on Dec 21, 2009. That was almost exactly one year after Israel’s concluded a major war against Gaza. The so-called Operation Cast Lead (December 27, 2008 – January 18, 2009) was, till then, the deadliest Israeli attack against the impoverished strip for many years.
Ehrlich was not in the least being belittling by raising the question about the ‘Palestinian Gandhi’ but responding to the patronization of others. Right from the onset, he remarked: “Not that I’m in any way playing into the Palestinian Gandhi dialogue, I think it’s actually pretty diversionary/racist. But sometimes you have to laugh in order not to cry..” Continue reading
“A delegated power cannot itself be delegated” ~ Anglo-Saxon legal maxim.
How did we get to this point in history; our country is hopelessly in debt and that debt is getting larger every day; more and more laws and regulations are passed, not to protect our rights, but to take them away; we spend more and more money on education, yet, our children are less and less prepared to make a living and most are driven by emotions instead of intellect; we are engaged in multiple wars against multiple inanimate objects (terror, poverty, drugs, crime etc.) requiring more and more money, but the enemies the wars are fought to eradicate continue to increase exponentially; the wars that are allegedly fought to secure our freedom requires more and more draconian laws that take our freedoms instead of protecting them; our country’s true history is forgotten or intentionally distorted to support a purely socialist agenda; we have thousands and thousands more “law enforcement” officers now than we had “peace officers” when I was young, yet, we have more laws, more crime and less peace. Continue reading
To some, US secretary of state John Kerry may have appeared to be a genuine peacemaker as he floated around ideas during a Cairo visit on 25 July about a ceasefire between Israel and resisting Palestinian fighters in Gaza. But behind his measured diplomatic language, there is a truth not even America’s top diplomat can easily hide. His country is very much involved in fighting this dirty war on Gaza that has killed over 1,050, injured thousands more, and destroyed much of an already poor, dilapidated space that is barely inhabitable to begin with.
US economic and military aid to Israel is measured annually in the billions, and the US government continues to be Israel’s strongest and most ardent ally and political benefactor. In fact, the US-Israel “special relationship” is getting more “special” by the day even though Israel is sinking further into the abyss of a well-deserved isolation. Continue reading
Last week (of July 14th) State Representative Joe Carr (R) brought his bid for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander (R) to the national spotlight. On July 14th, nationally recognized radio and television political analyst, Laura Ingraham endorsed Joe Carr and backed her endorsement with a rousing rally for Carr on July 22nd, in front of approximately 600 people at the Millenium Maxwell Hotel in Nashville, TN. And the very next day, Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, also offered her strong support and endorsement of Mr. Joe Carr. Continue reading
White Mountains Lecture #8: The Failure of Reaganism and the need for a nationalist party with Protestant and Catholic approaches to self-presentation.
My mother until her death remained perhaps the only post-presidential Jimmy Carter acolyte in this country besides President Carter’s remarkably attractive wife (have we ever had a sexier or more lovely first Lady?), and I could not share her enthusiasm.
My conservative roomates at Ole Miss convinced me of only one idea: “Carterism” was laughable. Carter’s presidency personified weakness. It had embarrassed the country. And the mention of his name wounded the spirit of any true patriot. When we went to the polls together, they voted for Reagan and I cast a protest vote for Anderson.
The following speaks to the manipulative power of national media marketing: the inwardly driven, contemplative, patient and stubborn Protestant Jimmy Carter cast as weak and vascillating and the half-assed dough-boy, policy chameleon Bill Clinton is sold to us as the greatest political artist of our generation. Continue reading
(Or how the government sponsored hate and hysteria directed at any substance or cause that is not approved and promoted by the government itself is the root of all evil and should be exterminated along with anyone foolish enough to use them.)
Author’s disclaimer: I am not now, nor have been, the user of drugs, legal or illegal, with the exception of Acetaminophen, over-the-counter allergy relief and the occasional ingestion of caffeine or an adult beverage.
Author’s note: I am also fully cognizant that I live in Bizarro World. Please take that into consideration as I cite as a recent example the claim by a proxy leader of a local group that claims fealty and allegiance to all things constitutional, that a candidate for Sheriff, recently vetted by that group, is “weak” on constitutional issues. This from the same man who recently publicly endorsed a candidate for that same office who has inundated this county with multiple lawsuits alleging repeated violations of the constitutional rights of local citizens and who knowingly hired and promoted a man who had been terminated in another state for violating the constitutional rights of citizens in that state, only to have him perpetrate these same unconstitutional acts on citizens here; So much for being “weak” on the Constitution. Continue reading
“Why in God’s name does anyone show sympathy, and support for a terrorist organization?” ~ Former Congressman Allen West
And that is the question that should be asked. It boggles the mind and offends the senses that there is EVEN ONE MEMBER OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION who is upset that Israel is pummeling the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Under Ariel Sharon, Israel forcibly removed its citizens from Gaza and turned the land over to the Arabs. Israel has been rewarded for that gesture of conciliation with the abduction and killing of its citizens and the launching of hundreds of rockets into its territory.
Such provocations have finally goaded the state of Israel into launching a ground invasion of Gaza to take on the infamous Hamas, a terrorist group famous for hiding behind women and children even as they target the same. Death and destruction is a deserving end to all those who purposefully target, kidnap, and murder young, innocent civilians. That’s the tragic event that triggered this latest round of the current conflict. May all those in Gaza who support such practices pay a very severe price for doing so. Continue reading
The best time of my life… for now!
June 23, 2014: I moved into my son’s house, as he and his family had relocated to Ohio for a two year run before moving on to North Carolina (which will give me an excuse to visit Donna).
My job? Renovate this house and prepare to put it on the market.
The project has been a longer and more difficult one than I had suspected, as we spent considerable time re-plastering a large portion of the main body of the house – the so-called “living area,” which includes the entry way, original living room, kitchen and dining area. There were so many different textures on walls that it looked like a jig-saw puzzle gone wrong.
Apparently the home had been built in the very early 1950′s, but there has been so many remodeling projects done, and at least 3 additions to the home – each of which was done as a weekend project by people who probably never even played with ‘Lincoln Logs’ as children. It’s kind of like making a military guy a General who never played G.I. Joe,’ or a President (of the United States) who only played with himself or his butt-ies in the Bath House. Continue reading
My Thoughts on this ISIS Mess
There has been a lot of talk lately about this problem in Iraq with the militant group ISIS and what to do about it. Sure what is happening over there is horrific and disgusting, but is it the responsibility of the United States to do something about it? Far too many Americans simply watch a four or five minute news story about what is happening over there and have no real understanding of who Isis is and what they are doing. Yet these people either support or oppose our government getting involved based upon the barest amount of information.
ISIS, otherwise known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is a self proclaimed caliphate which claims religious authority over all Muslims in the region. Some of you do not understand what a caliphate is, and therefore don’t understand what Isis is trying to accomplish. A caliphate is, according to their belief, is similar to the pope, a direct successor to Muhammad. Therefore they claim the authority to direct all religious activity in the region. This includes their requiring that all sects adhere to the dictates they impose. If anyone opposes them, or differs in their beliefs, they can, and routinely are, executed. Continue reading
“They don’t make ‘em like they used to…” – ‘Tough Guys,’ soundtrack. Words and music by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Touchstone Pictures, 1986
Some say that most of the time everyone wants to be great, because they have a natural desire for acceptance, recognition, and praise. Perhaps this is so.
And in a dark and pathological time this means that everyone wants to have power. Power becomes the standard of value, the coin of the realm in a deeply fallen world. And in such a perverse world the only virtue is greed.
So they who serve the world want to be tough guys, unafraid, quick and intemperate on the attack, harsh. Yes that is the mark of power, of one of the formidable wielders of weapons. As if there can be any just weapon that we may take up on our own, that is not given to us by the Lord for His purpose. Continue reading
It was 40 years ago today that Richard Nixon climbed into a government-supplied helicopter that was about to carry him into private life. He raised both hands in the famous V-sign, which supposedly symbolized victory, but which marked the most important single personal defeat in the history of the American presidency. Continue reading
In 1831 the French government sent Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont to the United States to study our prison system. But the underlying reason for their visit was to study our country as a whole, particularly with respect towards our young republic and our democracy. The result of their 271 day visit is Democracy in America with Volume 1 being written in 1835 and Volume 2 being completed five years later.
I recently purchased both volumes in one single paperback book. For the longest time it sat on my shelf because I was apprehensive about starting the daunting task of reading a book of nearly 1,000 pages. Finally I mustered up the courage to open it up and begin reading. I was pleasantly surprised that the reading was not as dry as I had expected. In fact de Tocqueville writes in a style that is quite enjoyable to read. My only concern is that I do not have enough highlighters as I have been highlighting passages left and right as I make my way through it. Continue reading
You can tell a political lobby by its signature policy.
Most of us know that Obama administration is encouraging and facilitating violations of the laws that are supposed to protect our national sovereignty. He begun with immigration non-enforcement (fallaciously referred to as “prosecutorial discretion” as if the Prez had any discretion which laws to respect and which to ignore) to end up with blatant attempts to dismantle part of the existing legal system by his unilateral “executive” acts that, according to Constitutional scholars, are outright illegal. One would expect that he should preserve, protect and defend the law of the land to the best of his ability, as opposed to rejecting and trashing it, as the Oath of Office he took clearly stipulates. But if that is or was what you expected then you are in for a huge disappointment. Continue reading
We exist in a vast sea of ignorance and lack of understanding in regards to history, politics, and ideology. Not to mention the implications of each upon our nation and civilization. Perhaps we should not be surprised that large segments of society can’t put the Civil War in the correct century or begin to find major countries on a map. There are entire political ideologies that rely on that mind-numbing, and sometimes frightening, misunderstanding and basic ignorance that a significant portion of society manifests as a source for their power and strength. Continue reading
White Mountains Lecture #6: The Big Picture
The fifty-fifty division in the electorate, or the 25-25 division between the Democrats and Republicans with the other fifty percent of Americans cast as non-participants, has not produced wise, careful and bold leadership on either domestic or foreign policy. The Clinton team led by not leading, it had no domestic or foreign policy initiatives worthy of note, and the past two administrations have increased spending without raising taxes, the Bush presidency flooding the Middle East with military dollars and Obama pulling back from those wars while fighting the Great Recession with new money. Continue reading
From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia…could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide. ~ Abraham Lincoln
Barack Obama has become the instrument of that suicide.
In a manner reminiscent of a pubescent potentate, Obama appears to be both disengaged and autocratic as he recklessly attempts to implement his catastrophic domestic programs and a feckless foreign policy.
The maniacal pursuit of goals so at odds with the country’s values and traditions, or even its survival, can only be attributed to a flawed character and an uncompromising devotion to a demonstrably unworkable leftist ideology.
Obama, who often mistakes himself for a messiah, displays many of the characteristics of a narcissist: expecting constant praise and admiration; has a grandiose sense of self-importance; expecting others to go along with his ideas and plans; lacking empathy and taking advantage of others to achieve his own ends; regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes; exaggerating his achievements or talents; thin-skinned, being easily hurt and rejected. Continue reading
Sorry that the Federal Observer has had no activity since mid-July – but we have been out of town on business – er – I mean – we’ve been fishing. . . Anyway – I’m baaaaaaack – but don’t expect much of anything until we get around to it – then we’ll put you into overload.
The activity on the “fishing trip” was more than I could bare – er – I mean – bear. Yeah – right!!!
The situation at America’s southern border is a “manufactured crisis,“one perpetuated—if not started—by the Obama administration. After all, the administration put out an ad in January 2014 asking for contractors to handle an influx of 65,000 children.
“The surge to 60,000 or so children seen this year was said to catch many off guard, especially since just 6,500 children entered the U.S. as early as 2011,” reported Pete Kasperowicz for The Blaze. “But [Republican Senator Jeff] Sessions [R-AL] said the advertisement showed that the administration knew the surge would happen.” And in reality, the 60,000 children represent only about 20 percent of the total illegal immigrants who have come into this country since April. Continue reading
“The whole conspiracy idea is cockeyed. We had orders to obey the head of state. We weren’t a band of criminals meeting in the woods in the dead of night to plan mass murders…” ~ Hermann Goering, 1 May 1946 (Committed suicide to avoid hanging)
“I was given this assignment which I could not refuse–and besides, I did everything possible to treat [the foreign slave laborers] well.” ~ Fritz Saukel, 23 February 1946 (Hanged for crimes against humanity)
“I don’t see how they can fail to recognize a soldier’s obligation to obey orders. That’s the code I’ve live by all my life.” ~ Alfred Jodl, 1 November 1945 (Hanged for crimes committed)
I fully understand why people get very defensive whenever any acts by supposedly good Americans are compared to Hitler and Nazi Germany, but when considering the rapid descent into abject Socialism in this country during the past 12-14 years, could it be time to take the gloves off and realize we seem to be following in the footprints of history? Continue reading
White Mountains Lecture #5: Protecting the Rock and Roll of Democracy, July 4, 2014
We cannot sanitize our politics without losing the essence of democracy because dangers lurk in all democratic societies.
When you eliminate entirely the inherent fear and threats of an empowered and enraged populace, you give up on the democratic project altogether. When you ban hate, you take away the possibility of love.
- Democracy requires every now and then Americans must go out into the streets and do battle the old fashioned way, creating injustices, martyrs and victims.
- Democracy demands more than audiences for scripts written by Ivy League graduates seeking status and recognition in New York City or Hollywood.
- Democracy cannot be made safe all the time.
- Democracy has produced in our country white race riots in the hundreds in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and Black ghetto riots from the sixties thru the nineties.
Extraordinary images of hundreds of Central Americans climbing on top of lethal cargo train ‘The Beast’ in attempt to reach Mexico-U.S. border
This is ‘La Bestia’ – or ‘The Beast’ – which is perhaps the most treacherous train in the world.
It is not built to carry passengers, but that doesn’t stop around 1,500 migrants piling on board the freight train’s roof. (PHOTO ESSAY: Be prepared to be sickened by the Invasion!) Continue reading
Could declining real estate values in the Southwest be the canary in the cage?
As suggested in this article, imbalances might be occurring in the real estate market in Phoenix AZ.
Demand has been much weaker since July 2013. The slight recovery in demand that had been developing over the last two months dissipated again in May. While move-up owner occupiers and second home buyers are starting to compensate for the departure of investors, activity by first time home buyers is unusually low. Continue reading
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