Daniel Greenfield on “The Second Civil War”

Daniel Greenfield is a well-known commentator, blogger and author.  In a speech to the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach last January, he outlined what he sees as the Second Civil War in the USA – and it’s happening already.  In the light of the fuss about the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, I thought it might be worthwhile to remind ourselves of the roots of the opposition to his appointment. If you prefer, you’ll find a transcript of his speech here.  Food for thought, indeed. Peter

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Note the lie in the headline

An article at CNBC caught my eye yesterday, particularly because the headline – and the body of the article – contain a blatant, out-and-out lie, designed to con the consumer. Homeowners are sitting on a record amount of cash – and not tapping it U.S. homeowners today are getting richer by the minute, but they are less likely to cash in on their newfound wealth than during previous housing booms. As home values rise, home equity lines of credit, often used to tap home equity, are flatlining, and the overall amount of money people are taking out of their homes

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LibertyCon is outdoing – and outgrowing – itself

As you know, Miss D. and I just returned from LibertyCon in Chattanooga, TN last weekend.  We’re tired, but getting over it, and picking up the threads of normal life once again.  (Miss D.’s after-action report is here.  We came home with a couple of lovely paintings by Melissa Gay from the Con’s art exhibition.  My wife picked out this one for the lounge, and I bought this one to go over our fireplace.) It was a great weekend.  We enjoyed the company of old friends, made some new ones, gave seminars, took in others, learned a lot, and hopefully helped others learn. 

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Starting over: replacing one’s firearms battery

Ryan, over at the Total Survivalist blog, put up a thought-provoking article recently titled “Starting a Firearms Battery Over“.  In a situation where “the guns I currently have were ALL lost in a boating accident/ fire/ etc.”, he asked how and with what he would replace them.  Click over there to read his proposed solution to the problem. I found his answers interesting, but I approached the problem from a different perspective.  My biggest concern with most firearms owners is that, in a practical scenario, they aren’t able to produce rapid, accurate, aimed fire on demand.  If you were to take

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On America’s birthday, blinkered vision endangers her

I’m sure many readers have seen the alarm expressed by commentators on both sides of the political divide about our present political situation.  Both the far left and the far right of US politics appear to have been seized by extremists, who are promoting views that can only lead to a headlong clash with each other.  Those in the center, wishing to keep America united and work out our differences in a rational, reasonable, civilized manner, are increasingly being either radicalized or marginalized. What’s worse, many of the screeds offered by both sides are so partisan, so biased, that even

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Equine racism?

I had to laugh at this report from Britain. A talented mule has been blocked from competing in high level British dressage competitions, amid outrage from horse riders. Christie Mclean, 30, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, had hoped to ride Wallace The Great, an 11-year-old rescue mule, in competitions with her dressage team. But he has been barred by British Dressage because high level competitions are only open to horses and ponies – a rule branded “equine racism” by Christie. Wallace, who only took up dressage at a low level last month, has been doing well in local competitions, placing third in

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Will SCOTUS rein in activist judges in lower courts?

One of the most interesting aspects of this week’s travel ban decision in the Supreme Court is Justice Thomas’ carefully-reasoned opinion on the lower-level court injunction that led to the decision.  His views are provided in pp. 46-56 of the judgment (link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format).  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. I write separately to address the remedy that the plaintiffs sought and obtained in this case. The District Court imposed an injunction that barred the Government from enforcing the President’s Proclamation against anyone, not just the plaintiffs. Injunctions that prohibit the Executive Branch

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NIMBY in California???

I’m laughing my fundament off at the outraged reaction of California liberals and progressives to the news that the US Navy has identified two possibly very large illegal alien detention facilities in that state. Sites identified by the Navy include: Abandoned airfields near Mobile and Orange Beach, Alabama that could house up to 25,000 migrants. the former Naval Weapons Station Concord near San Francisco that could house an estimated 47,000. A site at Camp Pendleton California that could house up to 47,000. A potential site at the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Arizona that needs further study of potential

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Chain migration’s effect on one Pennsylvania town

City Journal recently published an in-depth article about the effect of chain migration on Hazelton, Pennsylvania.  It’s a startling and eye-opening piece of journalism.  Here’s a lengthy excerpt.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. With a population long dominated by the descendants of European immigrants, Hazleton has been radically transformed since the early 2000s by secondary chain migration, principally driven by Dominicans—immigrants, both legal and illegal, as well as second- and third-generation citizens arriving from the New York metropolitan area. In 2000, Hispanics made up less than 5 percent of Hazleton’s population; they now account for more than 50 percent.

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