We’re indebted to Mark Carroll for sending this one:
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The Congressman was very happy and left the shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.
Both politicians and diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason.
Yeah, but shouldn’t the baby have outgrown the diaper by now?9:53 am on May 18, 2021 Email Becky Akers
Says prominent evangelical Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse.
“I want people to know that COVID-19 can kill you.”
“But we have a vaccine out there that could possibly save your life. And if you wait, it could be too late.”
This is the same clown that said back in March that he had received the vaccine and believed Jesus would advocate for it, too.7:53 am on May 18, 2021 Email Laurence M. Vance
Modern progressives are the puritans of our day. They believe in a secular religion, progressivism, that mandates obedience and conformity. This is no different than the 17th century Puritans who ran around banning books, plays, newspapers, dancing, or anything else that was fun, including Christmas. If you want to find the earliest evidence of cancel culture, you need to look to Massachusetts in the 17th century. Brion discusses the first book banning in American history and its impact on modern American culture in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.
Professor Clyde Wilson’s seminal online essay on cultural imperialism, “The Yankee Problem in America,” sets the scholarly tone for this idea. Here is an Amazon book list of select titles which further authoritatively explores this history.12:08 am on May 18, 2021 Email Charles Burris
Are you as weary as I am of Our Rulers’ fiction that we’re all eager to “return” to our “normal” lives? Yo, Sociopaths: many of us never abandoned those lives, despite all your huffing and puffing. Furthermore, “normal” does not include muzzling ourselves, yielding friends and relatives a 6’ berth, and treating neighbors as if they’re lepers.
Nonetheless, politicians require all such nonsense if we attend the spectacles they sponsor via our taxes. And now that they’ve foisted their Grand Experiment In Killer Jabs on us, they often permit only guinea pigs to attend state or local events.
Doug Hand forwarded an article that highlights this nauseating trend; as he observed, “While the mask situation is changing, we are not even close to being done with the cooties nonsense.” But what really snagged his attention—and mine—is the top cop’s sneering dismissal of those guinea pigs, a.k.a., sheeple:
Businesses, officials, and people sick of being cooped up are celebrating the return of one of the area’s marquee festivals.
On Wednesday organizers spelled out their plans for Fairport Canal Days to return. …
Fairport’s premier festival will go forward with coronavirus compliant changes.
The nighttime activities of Canal Nights and the duck race are still off.
The footprint of the festival will be smaller, strictly on the north side of the canal, no more than 160 artisans, merchants and food vendors, and only 12,000 people. Police will monitor who gets in and expect guests to be good sports.
“I’m confident it will be a very hopeful community that comes out,” said Fairport Police Chief Sam Farina. “And it will be a very compliant community that comes out.”
What a damning indictment! Everlasting shame on all such cowards.7:02 pm on May 17, 2021 Email Becky Akers
A lot of the we-hate-America-and-Americans millionaires who play pro football, and their “woke” fans, have been acting more indignant than usual since the Jacksonville Jaguars offered Tim Tebow a one-year contract (if he makes the team). Tebow has been out of pro football since 2012 while he tried his hand at baseball, having ascended up the NY Mets minor league program before retiring from that last year.
The Lefties are upset because Colin Kaepernick, who is reportedly writing a book with a convicted cop murderer and who has also been out of pro football for years, has not been offered a contract by any team. They are screaming — wait for it, wait for it . . . . . . . . . . white privilege!
The real reason, from a business persective, is that Kaepernick pisses off at least half of the entire country whereas Tim Tebow, a devout Christian who prays to God in public after every game, only pisses off a small number of loudmouth, Christian-hating bigots.12:06 pm on May 17, 2021 Email Thomas DiLorenzo
Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church in Calgary[, Canada,] has been under police and Alberta Health Services surveillance for months, because he refuses to limit his congregation and force them into masks. …
[Yester]day, after services at Fairview Baptist, Calgary police came to Tim’s church and arrested him in front of his wife and crying children. … As of now, it’s not known why or where Stephens has been taken.
Thanks to Rocco Piserchia for sending this news of our persecuted brother and sisters. Please pray mightily for them.11:16 am on May 17, 2021 Email Becky Akers
“The Special Relationship” (Amazon book list)
Establishment Studies (Amazon book list)
Power Brokers, Fixers, and Elite Insiders (Amazon book list)
Carroll Quigley (Biography, Books, Book Reviews, Interview, Lectures. Images)
The Professor and the President
As a teenager I heard John Kennedy’s summons to citizenship. And as a student at Georgetown, I heard the call clarified by a professor I had named Carroll Quigley, who said America was the greatest country in the history of the world because our people have always believed in two great ideas: first, that tomorrow can be better than today, and second, that each of us has a personal moral responsibility to make it so.
When Bill Clinton spoke these stirring words to millions of Americans during his 1992 acceptance address before the Democratic National Convention upon receiving his party’s nomination for President of the United States, the vast multitude of his television audience paused for a micro-second to reflect: Who is Carroll Quigley and why did he have such a dramatic effect on this young man before us who may become our country’s leader?
Carroll Quigley was a legendary professor of history at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University, and a former instructor at Princeton and Harvard.
He was a lecturer at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Brookings Institution, the U. S. Naval Weapons Laboratory, the Foreign Service Institute of the State Department, and the Naval College.
Quigley was a closely connected elite “insider” to the American Establishment, with impeccable credentials and trappings of respectability.
But Carroll Quigley’s most notable achievement was the authorship of one of the most important books of the 20th Century: Tragedy and Hope – A History of the World in Our Time.
No one can truly be cognizant of the intricate evolution of networks of power and influence which have played a crucial role in determining who and what we are as a civilization without being familiar with the contents of this 1,348-page tome.
It is the “Ur-text” of Establishment Studies, earning Quigley the epithet of “the professor who knew too much” in a Washington Post article published shortly after his 1977 death.
In Tragedy and Hope, as well as the posthumous The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden, Quigley traces this network, in both its overt and covert manifestations, back to British racial imperialist and financial magnate Cecil Rhodes and his secret wills, outlining the clandestine master plan through seven decades of intrigue, spanning two world wars, to the assassination of John Kennedy.
Through an elaborate structure of banks, foundations, trusts, public-policy research groups, and publishing concerns (in addition to the prestigious scholarship program at Oxford), the initiates of what are described as the Round Table groups (and its offshoots such as the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Council on Foreign Relations) came to dominate the political and financial affairs of the world.
For the ambitious young man from Hope, Arkansas, his mentor’s visionary observations would provide the blueprint of how the world really worked as he made his ascendancy via Oxford through the elite corridors of power to the Oval Office.
The Conservatives Discover Carroll Quigley
Published in 1966, Tragedy and Hope lay virtually unnoticed by academic reviewers and the mainstream media establishment. Then Dr. W. Cleon Skousen, the noted conservative author of the 1961 national best-seller, The Naked Communist, discovered Quigley, and the serious implications of what Quigley had revealed. In 1970, Skousen published The Naked Capitalist: A Review and Commentary on Dr. Carroll Quigley’s Book Tragedy and Hope.
This was soon followed by None Dare Call It Conspiracy. This slim volume by Gary Allen (and Larry Abraham) provided the massive paradigm shift of grassroots, populist conservatives from mere anti-Communism to a much larger anti-elitist world-view.
Millions of copies of these books came into print, and the conservative movement changed forever.
Copies of Tragedy and Hope began disappearing from library shelves. A pirate edition was printed. Quigley came to believe that his publisher Macmillan had suppressed his book. Dr. Gary North, the esteemed writer well known to readers of LewRockwell.com, has an interesting discussion of these curious facts in the chapter, “Maverick ‘Insider’ Historians,” in his book, Conspiracy: A Biblical View, available on-line.
However some persons believe Carroll Quigley was simply amplifying earlier research in conservative authors Emanuel Josephson’s Rockefeller ‘Internationalist’: The Man Who Misrules The World, and Dan Smoot’s The Invisible Government, or that of the radical sociologist C. Wright Mill’s The Power Elite, which had outlined these same elite networks of power.
I disagree with that narrow assessment. Although there is much to disagree with in interpretation in Quigley’s book, the originality and titanic scope of the work cannot be doubted or disparaged.
In a book much praised by Murray Rothbard, author Carl Oglesby’s The Yankee and Cowboy War: Conspiracies From Dallas To Watergate, has a fascinating discussion of Quigley within a wider framework of American power politics and subterranean intrigue.
And in a volume hailed by Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, before he morphed from Trotskyist man of letters to Neocon mouthpiece, had some insightful musings along the line of Quigley in his Blood, Class, and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies.
In the Preface to his book, The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden, Quigley noted:
I have been told that the story I relate here would be better left untold, since it would provide ammunition for the enemies of what I admire. I do not share this view. The last thing I should wish is that anything I write could be used by the Anglophobes and isolationists of the Chicago Tribune. But I feel that the truth has a right to be told, and once told, can be an injury to no men of good will. Only by a knowledge of the errors of the past is it possible to correct the tactics of the future.
Although his book was written in 1949 it was not published until after his death in 1981. Ironically Quigley was correct concerning the contents of his expose’. As Murray N. Rothbard pointed out in his semi-autobiographical masterwork, The Betrayal of the American Right, the Midwestern voice of Old Right non-interventionism, Colonel Robert McCormick’s Chicago Tribune, published a contemporaneous series of hard-hitting muckraking articles in 1951 attacking what Rothbard described as “the Wall Street-Anglophile Establishment”: “Rhodes’ Goal: Return U.S. to British Empire,” “Rhodes Ideals Slant State Department Policies,” “Rhodes’ Wards Hawk Global Scheme in U.S.,” “Rhodes Grads Influential in Eastern Press — Aid British, Global Propaganda,” “Even Congress Not Immune to Rhodes’ Ideas,” and “OWI Propaganda Linked to Rhodes Men.” Quigley was the author of two other books, The Evolution of Civilizations: An introduction to Historical Analysis; and Weapon Systems and Political Stability: A History.10:31 am on May 16, 2021 Email Charles Burris
The tide finally seems to be turning in WWIII, with the enemy’s commanders at the CDC hollering, “At ease! You can take off those masks!”
But why? And why now? Is Leviathan about to unleash another, worse ploy, as so many of you suspect?
Meanwhile, what a marvel that Americans, with their notorious aversion to discomfort and inconvenience, allowed Our Rulers to muzzle them for over a year! But OK, if they didn’t object to those twin devils, isn’t vanity still a major component of the culture? And yet, even the deceitful CDC conceded that COVIDCon preys primarily on the elderly (and who wants to admit he’s ancient?) and—far worse—the obese. So why don’t the masses equate masks with—ugh!—FAT. Old, flabby, unhealthy: that’s the sort of Moron who muzzles himself. Why, then, did so many serfs happily grab a place in that ugly category?
Regardless, your fellow Patriots continue fighting WWIII in their particular theaters—some of them literal.7:52 pm on May 15, 2021 Email Becky Akers
I noticed at a local Walmart today that their large “mask required to enter” signs are gone. Instead, there is just a small sign on the window that says that those who are fully vaccinated can enter without masks. However, not only is there is no longer a nazi at the door checking people for face mask compliance, no one at the door or in the store asks anyone if they have been “fully vaccinated.” So, due to the recent CDC guidance, Walmart seems to have, smartly, just given up being the mask police, at least in those areas without mask mandates, like Florida. Yet, I would say that 95 percent of the people in the store still wore face masks when they did not have to. Certainly not all of these people are unvaccinated. And I am still seeing people at the local county park running or biking at full speed with a mask on their face.5:18 pm on May 15, 2021 Email Laurence M. Vance
When I thanked Kevin Taylor for alerting me to the State’s abusing the Church of God in Aylmer, Canada, he responded, “Jacob Reaume had his church locked, too. He has fines like 900K against him plus 50 Million against the church. He knows lesser magistrate, etc. He is pretty sound.”
So I researched Pastor Reaume and discovered two of this martyr’s most magnificent confessions:
“At this point, I’ve had enough of the government telling me how I should be leading our people to worship in an attempt to dictate to us what it is that Jesus Christ deserves.” said Reaume. “I don’t think we’re going to change the way we worship any time soon because our government all of a sudden decides it’s a bad idea to worship in person.”
Hold onto your hat, because the next one’s even more thrilling:
“One of the assumptions that I think our government has made during this time is that people should be reduced to biotic units whose sole purpose is to avoid contracting a virus that over 99.9 per cent of Canadians haven’t died from in fourteen months,” said Reaume. “I happen to believe that life is to be lived abundantly … and that means sure, we’re going to mitigate risk and reward when it comes to contracting contagions … but at the same time, there’s much more to life.”
Join me in beseeching the Almighty not only to bless us with more such heroes but to replace the Parsons Goat with them.11:39 am on May 15, 2021 Email Becky Akers
I estimate that the UK is roughly a decade ahead of us in its surrender to Marxism, while Canada is but five years. That explains both regimes’ intensifying persecution of Christians. Here’s news of the latest from our northern neighbor, courtesy of Kevin Taylor.
Parson Goat, you are directly responsible for this wickedness. Had you remained open rather than capitulating to power-hungry tyrants at the plandemic’s start, had you trusted God instead of government, pastors wouldn’t now rot in jail, nor would churches wear padlocks.
But you didn’t. Nor will anything short of civil war loosen the communists’ stranglehold.
May God have mercy on Parson Goat. Because Patriots certainly shouldn’t.10:41 am on May 15, 2021 Email Becky Akers
During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Tuesday, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and the FDA’s Peter Marks admitted nearly half of employees in their agencies have not been jabbed with the experimental COVID-19 vaccinations. …
Senator Burr also asked CDC Director Rochelle Walensky for a percentage of vaccinated employees, but she dodged the question and admitted, “We don’t know.”
“We’re encouraging our employees to get vaccinated,” Walensky said. “We have been doing town halls and education seminars… um, our staff have the option to report their vaccination status, but as you understand the federal government isn’t requiring it.”
Why would the CDC have to hold “education seminars” to convince its employees to take the vaccine?
Bill Martin, who sent me this story, also ridicules the propaganda: the Feds “can’t even convince all of their own kind,” he chortles.
The article optimistically concludes,
And maybe they do. Which means about half of these bureaucrats are as stupid and lazy as we all assumed.
But the other, un-Jabbed half—much as it pains me to admit it—aren’t (imbeciles, I mean. Lazy, yep).
If you’re like me, you often wonder, “Are the leeches in government stupid or evil?”
And now we know.9:50 am on May 15, 2021 Email Becky Akers
This Biden Proposal Could Make the US a “Digital Dictatorship”, by Whitney Webb
9:00 am on May 15, 2021 Email Charles Burris
A “new” proposal by the Biden administration to create a health-focused federal agency modeled after DARPA is not what it appears to be. Promoted as a way to “end cancer,” this resuscitated “health DARPA” conceals a dangerous agenda.
Young progressive political activists, as usual, attempting to silence honest and independent reporting about thuggish progressive groups.
It’s already made significant inroads, Art, but keep preaching!
And of course even if you’ve never had COVID, you can identify as someone who’s had COVID, so how can any progressive snowflake object to that?
Minnesota’s chief commissar, Tim Walz, may have revoked his illegal “mandate” forcing serfs to muzzle themselves, but as Mr. Anonymous cautions…
…let’s not start praising this guy for doing what he should have done a long time ago, or for undoing what he never should have done in the first place.
Instead, thank Northland Baptist Church, Living Word Christian Center, and the Upper Midwest Law Center for having taken Minnesota Governor Tim “Jong” Walz to court and defeated him. It’s brave and committed patriots like these who force tyrants like Walz to heel. Walz was enforcing capacity limits on worship; these courageous pastors and their congregations took him on and won. As a matter of fact, this is his first defeat on the COVID/mask front since he locked Minnesota down last spring.
This court defeat, combined with the reopening of a number of red states, has probably forced Walz’s hand. Rather than being rewarded a year from November, Walz, his Muslim Attorney General Keith Ellison, and corrupt Secretary of State Steve Simon should all be roundly defeated … that is, if Minnesota can manage to get rid of its Dominion voting machines in time.
Hear, hear!8:36 pm on May 14, 2021 Email Becky Akers
That sociopathic troll, Anthony Falsi, admits that masks and other “restrictions” are attempts to coerce us into accepting The Jab:
We want virtually everybody to get vaccinated. What we’re doing now with the relaxation of the restrictions on people who are vaccinated is trying to get back to a degree of normality which people who get vaccinated deserve to have that.
By the way, Falsi, whole swaths of us out here couldn’t care less about your “restrictions” or “relaxation” of them because we completely ignore you and the CDC—that is, when we’re not ridiculing you.
That’s been one of the things that’s been the concern, saying, if I get vaccinated, what difference is it going to make? My life hasn’t really changed that much. Well, now your life is going to change that much.
Breathtaking, isn’t it?
For people who are not vaccinated, this might be an incentive for them to get vaccinated.
Hey, Ohio’s paying a million dollars to The Jabbed. Seems Falsi’s a cheapskate in addition to his other sterling qualities.
But then he backtracks:
The decision that the CDC made was not as an incentive to get people vaccinated, but this could actually have the indirect effect of getting people to be incentivized to get vaccinated.
Wus! Stick to your guns!You confessed that it’s a quid-pro-quo; don’t back down. Let that ugly truth sink into Boobus.
One of the many joys of shunning TV is that Falsi’s whining never wastes my time. But thanks to an impersonation that Graham Dugas forwarded, I can now laugh at what I’m missing.4:12 pm on May 14, 2021 Email Becky Akers
1:55 pm on May 14, 2021 Email Charles Burris
As part of her ideological war to reclaim the GOP for neocons, the now-deposed House leader falsely denied her role in a tale designed to block withdrawal from Afghanistan.
I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s so I can’t speak from experience about their abuse of those suffering from a surfeit of common sense. But reading the letter Allan Stevo, founder of the organization “My Body, My Choice,” sent their CEO, said abuse is egregious. I gather this chain has persecuted those customers refusing to don a mask by
Inquir[ing] about specifics of a [medical] condition
Demand[ing] … a doctor’s note
Elevat[ing] tension with someone seeking accommodation
Insist[ing] someone wait at the curb for their groceries…
And the list goes appallingly on, through such outrages as “Encouraging customers to ‘give a piece of your mind’ to someone seeking accommodation” (ahem: isn’t that dangerously close to “inciting violence”?) and “Laughing the phrase ‘no shoes, no shirt, no service’ at a customer seeking accommodation and pointing them out the door…”
Allan is not a guy to sit back while freedom endures such assaults. He’s written a letter to the aforementioned CEO, asking for “assurance from you that such behavior will be taken seriously, will not be tolerated, and will come to a prompt end throughout your company.” He’s now looking for others to send a second letter, for which he’s written a template: you’re free to email the note as is or amend it as you see fit.
If you’d like to man the ramparts with Allan, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for his masterpiece to Traitor Joe’s and his suggested reinforcement from you. Someone who knows tells me that this chain abhors negative publicity; no one appreciates public criticism, of course, but apparently ol’ TJ harbors a special paranoia against it. Ergo, Allan’s campaign will likely succeed, and you’ll want to be in on the ground floor.9:16 am on May 14, 2021 Email Becky Akers
Attorney Robert Barnes returns with Greg Hartley & Scott Rouse of the Behavior Panel to discuss Body Language Membership! Greg and Scott’s latest online offering puts body language fans together in a community where everyone can learn together.
Gregory Hartley’s expertise as an interrogator first earned him honors with the United States Army. More recently, it has drawn organizations such as the Defense Intelligence Agency, Navy SEALS, Federal law enforcement agencies, and national TV to seek his insights about “how to” as well as “why.” He is the author of ten books on body language.
Scott is a behavior analyst and body language expert with a focus on healthcare. He holds multiple certificates in advanced interrogation training and has been trained alongside the FBI, Secret Service, U.S. Military Intelligence, and Dept. of Defense.
From small-town East Ridge, Tennessee, to the elite environs of the Eastern Ivy league, Robert Barnes walks among the humble and the haughty. Traveling from the everyday to the esteemed, representing clients fighting for their civil rights and celebrities taking on the IRS, Barnes heeds the advice of his newspaper-throwing father, Walter, who was fond of reminding, “Never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes”. As a young man, this exposure to widely varying walks of life gave Barnes a unique ability to empathize with and advocate for others no matter their background. Today, he uses this same empathy to serve his clients, persuade his juries, and win over the judges who preside over his trials.8:23 am on May 14, 2021 Email Charles Burris