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  • Michael Malice For The Hour (On Hillary, The Depravity of Kim Jong-Un, and influence of Ayn Rand)

    01/30/2015 11:13:48 AM PST · by OddLane · 12 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 30, 2015 | Gerard Perry
    Although most of you are at least partially familiar with the work of Brooklyn author and Fox Business pundit Michael Malice, there’s always more to learn. Which is why I decided to sit down with him this week and pick his mind about topics ranging from the calculated inhumanity of the Kim Dynasty to the rapidly evolving publishing industry.
  • The Daily Rattle (Election Eve Edition)

    11/03/2014 7:19:07 AM PST · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 3, 2014 | Gerard Perry
    With Election Day imminent, it’s only appropriate that this edition of the Daily Rattle begins with a few news items dealing with important votes taking place throughout the country. One of the most revealing contests does not involve a single political candidate, but is actually a referendum taking place in the deep-blue state of Oregon. Measure 88, a ballot proposition that would invest illegal aliens living in that state with driver’s licenses-just like their fellow lawbreakers to the north-looks to be headed towards a resounding defeat, to the surprise, no doubt, of everyone but those of us who have been...
  • Fates Worse Than Ebola (Dr. Frieden and Political Correctness)

    10/17/2014 4:10:46 PM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | October 17, 2014 | Gerard J. Perry
    The public face of the Ebola epidemic, now that Thomas Eric Duncan has expired, is unquestionably Thomas Frieden, the current head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the media regularly tout his role in stemming a tuberculosis outbreak in India-and addressing a similar proliferation of the disease in New York City-there is little discussion of his actions as this city’s Health Commissioner, particularly the more controversial aspects of his tenure. I only raise this because of the perplexing behavior and words of Dr. Frieden in recent days, which, if anything, have only increased Americans’ suspicions that...
  • Songs of Liberty (The Boston Tea Party Opera At Fringe)

    08/18/2014 11:35:18 AM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | Gerard J. Perry
    I’m not what you would characterize as a typical fan of opera, be it of the buffa or not-so buffa variety. In fact, when a close friend of mine-who also happens to be a classically trained pianist-asked me whether the opera I intended to see today was dell’arte, I had to make a trip to Wikipedia in order to answer her question. As it turns out, it did include a number of masques, all of which had either practical or symbolic significance, although it didn’t rely upon stock characters, and is not really what you could accurately describe as a...
  • The Daily Rattle: Children's Crusade Edition

    06/24/2014 7:00:33 AM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | June 24, 2014 | Gerard Perry
    The mendacity of our current administration is at times stunning, even for those of us who should by now have become inured to the lies regurgitated by the Obama administration and its factotums for the better part of two terms. The disavowals by La Raza graduate Cecilia Munoz and village idiot Joe Biden notwithstanding, the systematic emigration of unaccompanied minors from their homelands to the southwestern United States is nothing if not a ploy designed by those in power to destroy whatever prophylactic measures the government currently takes to prevent the complete dissolution of our nation’s system of border controls....
  • Inside The Mind Of A Mad Man (The Unauthorized Autobiography Of Kim Jong-il)

    03/04/2014 6:47:34 AM PST · by OddLane · 13 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 4, 2014 | Gerard Perry
    One of the most common critiques of contemporary American society, and Western culture more broadly, is its purported enthrallment to the opiate of celebrity. The notion that ordinary Americans are so dumbfounded by popular entertainment that they can’t understand linear, logical thought, let alone come up with workable solutions to complex problems which require such understanding, is not new. The late Neil Postman wrote an entire book exploring the damage wrought by modern communication techniques-namely, television and advertising-to the process of information-gathering, and by extension, rational argument and inquiry. However, even Henry David Thoreau-who lived before radio had attenuated the...
  • Muzzling Dissent (Covering Immigration to the UK)

    01/25/2014 12:39:33 PM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 25, 2014 | Gerard Perry
    The incalculable damage that mass immigration from the third world has inflicted upon the United Kingdom is a subject that we’ve explored at length on American Rattlesnake. Although the ritualistic murder and dismemberment of Drummer Lee Rigby is the most notorious recent illustration of how this phenomenon has adversely impacted native Britons, there are many, many more such tragic examples that bear scrutiny. The most tragic loss experienced by those living there, of course, is the forfeiture of the right to discuss this issue in an honest and frank manner. One need only point to those critics of Islam and...
  • The Daily Rattle (Amnesty Roundup)

    06/28/2013 2:51:39 PM PDT · by OddLane · 2 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | June 28, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    As we predicted, the Senate passed the Gang of Eight amnesty yesterday, setting the stage for the final battle in the House of Representatives, which is ostensibly controlled by Republicans. You can view the roll call vote, which will serve as a handy reminder of which cringing Republicans need to be removed from office the next time they come up for reelection. The Senate debate over disassembling our republic was a thoroughly unedifying spectacle, from the senescent tirades of the Republican Party’s chief open borders pom pom twirler to the irrefragable idiocy that we’ve come to expect from his mini-me,...
  • Support Senator Cruz (FReep open borders protesters)

    05/28/2013 3:26:35 PM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 28, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    One of the few bright spots in the recent immigration debate-such as it is- has been Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas. Unlike the spineless Republican leadership-which has been shepherding the Gang of Eight scheme through the Senate-he has resolutely stood against any attempt at legalizing the 10-20 million illegal aliens granted amnesty under the terms of this bill. Tomorrow afternoon he’ll be traveling to New York City and will most likely be greeted by an antagonistic open borders mob. NY ICE, on the other hand, is planning to stage a show of support for one of the few members of...
  • Two Americans (The Case Against Joe Arpaio)

    05/01/2013 6:12:29 AM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 1, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    With the United States Senate rushing headlong into its rendezvous with destiny, i.e. deconstructing what remains of this nation’s anemic and beleaguered economy, and the U.S. House following suit, it seems appropriate to examine cui bono from these developments. Obviously not American citizens, beyond Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and the politicians who’ll be handsomely rewarded by his corporation as a result of yet another mass amnesty. Undoubtedly the thousands of immigration attorneys who’ll be enriched through the passage of the Gang of Eight proposal-whose case was pleaded by Laura Lichter, the president of the AILA, in laughably skewed immigration hearings-will...
  • Paul's Story (An Immigrant Speaks Out Against Amnesty)

    04/15/2013 10:25:46 AM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 15, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    The depressingly familiar “debate” we’re having over the aptly named Gang of Eight’s amnesty plan has covered a lot of territory, most of it found within well-maintained Potemkin villages created by a barely credible fourth estate. We, along with others of a similar disposition, have already explained the stupendous innumeracy-to say nothing of intellectual bankruptcy-of the Republican Party’s volte-face on illegal immigration. In the future, we’ll explore how the open borders left has succeeded in framing this debate, which-as Mark Steyn points out-consists to a large degree of ruling contrary opinions-or even established facts which contradict their dogma-illegitimate. Today we’d...
  • Hating Breitbart

    03/05/2013 3:41:21 AM PST · by OddLane · 12 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 5, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    It’s been over a year since we lost Andrew Breitbart, although it seems much longer, and his departure is just as piercing today, as we confront an administration unencumbered by the rule of law, overseen by a politically neutered Congress, and whose actions are facilitated by a press whose slavish devotion to the left’s ideological agenda is something you would expect to find in the former Soviet Union. I don’t think we can exaggerate the importance of the space he occupied within the counterrevolutionary movement against the domestic left, and particularly, its allies among the mainstream media. Sitting through a...
  • Brown Pride (Cain Velasquez and the issue of identity)

    12/30/2012 2:24:01 PM PST · by OddLane · 22 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 30, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    We don’t often cover the sporting news at American Rattlesnake, but after Cain Velasquez’s decisive victory over mixed martial arts rival Junior Dos Santos yesterday I thought it appropriate to revisit a post from last year where we examined the identity politics behind these fighters’ first matchup. Although MMA pioneer and uber-promoter Dana White would like us to believe that the ’Brown Pride’ tattoo emblazoned upon this fighter’s chest is nothing more than an innocuous expression of ethnic pride-akin to the collective sense of accomplishment felt by those in Little Italy or Chinatown when a native son succeeds on the...
  • Vote Fraud (Questionable Spanish Language Ballots In New York)

    12/27/2012 7:52:50 AM PST · by OddLane · 21 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 27, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Although many on the left have a vested interest in denying it exists at all costs, the ineluctable truth of the matter is that voter fraud is a widespread phenomenon. Whether it is so rampant that it influences the outcome of major elections, as some maintain, or has unseated incumbent congressmen in past races, is open to debate. However, the recorded episodes of fraudulent voting and the manipulation of the election process, from corrupt Democratic officials in Indiana, to vote harvesters in Texas, to political apparatchiks in Ohio, to the Republican secretary of state of Indiana, demonstrate that the number...
  • Feet In Two Worlds (Somalian Refugee Resettlement in the United States)

    12/12/2012 7:28:44 AM PST · by OddLane · 16 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 11, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One of the themes we’ve emphasized on American Rattlesnake this year is the damage inflicted upon American society by ill-conceived policies of refugee resettlement carried out by the federal government. Unlike past generations of refugees who came here from nations behind the Iron Curtain, Cuba, or other Communist states, the ones transplanted to the United States now are not educated, white collar elites or aspiring middle class professionals who have been dispossessed of their property and wealth by tyrannical despots. Unlike the much-maligned Polish plumbers who have migrated to the United Kingdom in order to increase their earnings before returning...
  • Too Much Of A Good Thing

    12/09/2012 1:47:35 PM PST · by OddLane · 18 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 9, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One of the unofficial mottos of the United States, this phrase-which is minted on this country’s coins and emblazoned upon our paper bills-embodies the common heritage of the American nation, which was created from the union of thirteen distinct, unique former British colonies. Over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it came to symbolize the melting pot forged from a collection of people who came to the United States from various European nations in order to reconstitute their lives. It is a concept that, like many of its inhabitants, has become alien to contemporary America. We now...
  • Fight Or Flight (The Stupid Party Bargains With Obama)

    11/12/2012 8:57:48 AM PST · by OddLane · 6 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 12, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Last week’s election results undoubtedly left many readers deeply disappointed, if not disaffected, including those of you who couldn’t bring yourselves to cast your ballot for Mitt Romney for any number of well documented reasons. The prospect of a president unencumbered by electoral consequences, whose administration has already shown itself to be flagrantly indifferent to-if not contemptuous of-the rule of law and quaint Constitutional notions like the separation of powers, seems daunting to ordinary, patriotic citizens. What’s more, the same malleable, anemic species of Republican which has represented GOP voters for the past two years, and whose leadership has led...
  • Disastrous Response (Why The Government Won't Be Your Savior)

    11/09/2012 5:47:47 PM PST · by OddLane · 25 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 9, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One of the tragedies of Hurricane Sandy, in addition to the enormous human and material cost it has exacted from our city, is the misery which the chronic inefficiency and incompetence of our government has wrought. From the economically incoherent and historically ignorant institution of price controls to the resuscitation of policies as intellectually vapid as the men who impose them, the specter of the state making the lives of those already suffering even more unbearable is everywhere. Even the federal bureaucracies established to ostensibly aid people who have been the victims of natural disasters are woefully incapable of executing...
  • What's Wrong With Music Today

    11/03/2012 1:38:09 PM PDT · by OddLane · 92 replies
    NYC Talking ^ | November 3, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    It’s often said that art appreciation is wholly subjective. Aesthetic tastes naturally differ, de gustibus non est disputandem, etc… And if art is a matter of taste, and not subject to critical scrutiny, then so it is with music, which is simply a subset of art. In one sense, the people who posit this argument are correct. There’s no objective, non-arbitrary measure by which you can judge the quality of a musical composition, artist, or genre. In another sense, these people are completely wrong. I hew to the Adam Carolla theory of musical appreciation. That is, there is a distinct,...
  • The Paradox of the PMOI

    10/03/2012 3:47:06 AM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | October 3, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One simple word which encapsulates the sum of the aspirations harbored by Iranians throughout the world, both those in exile and those living, and suffering, in the land of their birth. It was one of the demands invoked repeatedly throughout the pro-democracy demonstrations which took place last week at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. These protests were held against the backdrop of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s last speech before the United Nations General Assembly, evoking memories of the election he purloined in order to remain in power.
  • Revolution/Evolution (Free Speech at the UN)

    09/28/2012 4:17:03 PM PDT · by OddLane · 9 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | September 28, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Most New Yorkers-especially natives-are inured to the daily spectacle which makes their city something of a super-sized freak show. However, most of the time that sideshow is of the sort one normally expects to see in Coney Island, i.e. entertaining enough as a diversionary pursuit, but not so garish or mind-altering as to force you to reconsider your general opinion of humanity. However, every year the United Nations General Assembly-the Mos Eisley Cantina of international diplomacy-convenes in Turtle Bay so that ostensible heads of state from around the world can make pompous, almost universally forgettable speeches before an assembled crowd...
  • Disloyalty From The President?

    07/23/2012 2:39:34 AM PDT · by OddLane · 1 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | July 18, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One of the more remarkable aspects of President Obama’s political career – and this is not a novel observation on my part – is his inability or unwillingness to sacrifice political capital on behalf of his ostensible allies. A perfect illustration of the lack of reciprocity between Barack Obama and his putative friends is his relationship with organized labor. Despite the fact that he most likely would never have been elevated to high office were it not for the efforts – and millions of dollars in campaign contributions – of the Service Employees International Union and AFL-CIO, his assistance in...
  • Petty Tyranny (Galt's Gulp)

    07/12/2012 6:48:16 AM PDT · by OddLane · 10 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | July 12, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    I attended Tuesday's small, yet spirited, rally against the decision by the Board of Health-at Chairman Bloomberg’s urging-to prohibit the sale of sugary drinks above 16 ounces at restaurants and food carts throughout New York City. There were many civically-minded New Yorkers in the crowd-such as the man seen above-brought together by the capricious whims of our current mayor.
  • The Rights Of States

    07/03/2012 9:50:31 AM PDT · by OddLane · 2 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | July 3, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    It’s difficult to gauge the ultimate impact of this past week’s Supreme Court decision invalidating much of Arizona’s landmark immigration enforcement law, with the exception of Section 2(b), i.e. the clause empowering local police to ascertain someone’s immigration status if ”reasonable suspicion” exists when he or she is detained. Even this seeming bright spot is obscured by Justice Kennedy’s muddled opinion, which seems to invite future litigation by the usual suspects, who will have their cases heard before the same judge who has thwarted the implementation of the bulk of SB 1070 for the past two years. Heather Mac Donald,...
  • The Case Against Legal Immigration

    06/11/2012 5:53:37 PM PDT · by OddLane · 20 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | June 11, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    The issue of immigration-or even the mention of immigration enforcement-has been wholly neglected by the presumptive nominees of this country’s two major political parties. Even as prominent politicians find new ways in which to exploit ethnic divisions for the sake of political expediency, the perverse incentives of America’s federal immigration policies remain unaddressed. While Democrats seek to harvest what they expect to be a political windfall from Hispanic voters, Republicans pander, or hispander as some deem it, to what they view as an ascendent voting bloc, even going so far as introducing a bill eerily similar to one the GOP...
  • Justice for Jamiel

    05/11/2012 12:32:44 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 11, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Even as California increasingly seems intent upon sinking into the abyss, there is some encouraging news to report from the Golden State. Most of you are familiar with the tragic story of Jamiel Shaw Jr., a bright, energetic young student-athlete from Los Angeles who was indiscriminately killed by a criminal alien while his mother was serving her country overseas. After four painful years of pursuing justice, the Shaw family can now take some comfort in the knowledge that the illegal alien gangbanger who murdered their son has been convicted by a California jury. I urge you all to listen to...
  • The Heckler's Veto (May Day Attack On NY ICE)

    05/04/2012 7:56:55 PM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 4, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Here's a followup from Joanna Marzullo, president of New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement, describing the events surrounding her assault at the hands of pro-illegal alien thugs during the May Day march to Foley Square. Unfortunately, the banner seen above is no more. However, the spirit of defiance it embodies lives on. Here's Joanna's report: Hi NY ICers,Thank You.I can barely keep up with my emails of encouragement that I have received from people throughout our country who have viewed the footage of NY ICE, which, at the point of filming, was down to just 3 members being mobbed...
  • The Daily Rattle-April 15, 2012 (Immigration News Roundup)

    04/15/2012 10:48:37 AM PDT · by OddLane · 1 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 15, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    This month’s Rattle brings us a host of stories that the mainstream media didn’t cover sufficiently-preferring instead to shower accolades upon the man responsible for abandoning immigration enforcement in the name of political opportunism. We’ll cover everything from the latest spate of violent crimes committed by illegal aliens to Barack Obama’s continued roll out of administrative amnesty, which now includes directives to ignore both interior enforcement and border security. But first, we’ll examine this administration’s ongoing obstruction of Congress’s investigation into the ever-broadening gun-walking scandals. Courtesy of Sipsey Street Irregulars-whose coverage of Fast and Furious is non pareil-we learn that...
  • Swimming Upstream (My Analysis of Roy Beck's Speech to the Penn Club)

    04/08/2012 2:40:36 AM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 8, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    That, of course, is Roy Beck, the founder and executive director of Numbers USA, which-as I’m sure my readers are well aware-is the single most effective grassroots organization lobbying on Capitol Hill for immigration enforcement. I had the pleasure of listening to a fascinating address he delivered at the Penn Club in Manhattan last month, the penultimate in a series of lectures sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies-events that attempt to cultivate journalists, writers, and intellects living and working in New York who share a common interest in the subject of immigration. Mr. Beck’s speech focused largely upon the...
  • The Daily Rattle-Immigration News Summary For March, 2012

    03/15/2012 3:23:17 PM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 15, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    In today’s Rattle, we cover everything from the Obama administration’s continued dismantling of border security and immigration enforcement, to the trivialization of the Civil Rights Movement by the open borders left, to congressional oversight into Attorney General Eric Holder’s obstruction of justice in the Fast and Furious probe. But first, we look at the increasingly misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center, which continues its progressive slide into buffoonery with a report into the national security threat posed by purportedly misogynistic weblogs. As Mark Krikorian explains in The Corner, the SPLC has adopted new hate objects now that its demonization of patriotic...
  • We are Breitbart (Honoring Andrew in Hell's Kitchen)

    03/07/2012 4:20:02 PM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 7, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Monday night I had the honor of attending a tribute to the late Andrew Breitbart held in Hell’s Kitchen. I’m not sure what I was expecting from the evening, but what happened is something that can’t quite be put into words, although I’ll try my best. Over the course of three hours, over a hundred people filtered into a cramped, slightly raucous Manhattan bar that-as one of my friends remarked at the time-Andrew himself might have enjoyed. After all, he spent more than a few pages of Righteous Indignation cataloguing the extracurricular activities he engaged in while matriculating at a...
  • Remembering Breitbart

    03/02/2012 11:41:35 PM PST · by OddLane · 14 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 3, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    A man dying in the prime of his life, even as he was ascending to the summit of his vocation, is something that rarely occurs in this country. Even my paternal grandfather, and his son, i.e. my own father, whose lives were tragically cut short by bad genes-as well some unwise personal decisions-lived long enough to see their children graduate from college, and in some cases, bear children. That was not the case, unfortunately, with respect to Andrew Breitbart, someone who was kind enough to inscribe my copy of Righteous Indignation-his stirring memoir cum polemical call to arms-and provide me...
  • Sharia Law: Coming to America?

    01/08/2012 10:08:06 PM PST · by OddLane · 6 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 9, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    As those of you familiar with this website well know, Pamela Hall is not only a great photographer, videographer and documentarian, but a good friend of American Rattlesnake. And like American Rattlesnake, her websites, The Silent Majority No More and No Mosques At Ground Zero, extend political discussion into the important realm of culture. One of the more recent subjects she's explored is the intersection between a highly politicized, doctrinaire interpretation of Islam with traditional American institutions, e.g. our constitutional and common law, freedom of association and religion, and national security prerogatives. The video below is the first installment of...
  • The Iowa Caucuses and Immigration

    01/03/2012 3:13:43 AM PST · by OddLane · 11 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 3, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Months of strenuous campaigning, millions of dollars in political advertising, and countless days of retail politicking will culminate in just a few hours, when a select few will decide who will be awarded the first presidential delegates of the 2012 Republican race for President of the United States. Although not always an accurate gauge of who is ultimately nominated by the Republican Party-a fact pointed out rather inelegantly by Jon Huntsman-the Iowa caucuses do have a significant impact upon the results of future contests, particularly the New Hampshire primary. That’s why it’s important that we scrutinize the words and deeds-and...
  • An Open Debate About Open Borders (Why Libertarians Are Wrong)

    12/29/2011 5:40:29 AM PST · by OddLane · 30 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 29, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    One of the most persistent divides between traditional conservatives and their libertarian/anarcho-capitalist counterparts involves a fundamental philosophical disagreement about immigration. While most conservatives view immigration primarily through the lens of preserving American culture by only accepting those immigrants who are assimilable and will tangibly benefit our society in the future, a view expressed repeatedly during debates over illegal immigration in this country, many libertarians view the subject in an altogether different light. For them, the question is not so much whether a particular cohort of immigrants will be an asset to the United States but whether we have any right...
  • Open Borders Zealots Meet Occupy Wall Street

    12/20/2011 12:24:06 AM PST · by OddLane · 11 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 20, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    Sunday, as most of you who’ve followed the past few updates probably know by now, was the day when Occupy Wall Street demonstrators decided to link up with open borders advocates a few blocks from City Hall. Of course, a number of speakers invited to the event were themselves illegal aliens, including the young girl sporting a disfigured American flag fashioned into a graduation gown. She was entreated to deliver a ten minute-long speech which-if the consequences were not so grave-would have been jaw-droppingly hilarious. In addition to lamenting the misfortune that has befallen her family merely for consciously and...
  • El Narco: Mexico's Parallel State

    11/29/2011 8:49:52 PM PST · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 29, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    Last night I had the pleasure of attending the latest installment in the Half King’s weekly reading series. It’s only fitting that the guest of honor that evening was intrepid, English-born, Mexico City-based journalist Ioan Grillo, since the bar is owned by renowned journalist and documentarian Sebastian Junger. Junger is probably best known for his reporting from war zones, specifically Afghanistan, and there is a plaque in the bar honoring his former collaborator on the film Restrepo, the late English photojournalist Tim Hetherington. Mr. Grillo was there in order to share some anecdotes and observations related to his newly released...
  • Keynes vs. Hayek: The Debate Continues

    11/27/2011 5:15:24 AM PST · by OddLane · 25 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 27, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    Such was the title of a debate held at the Asia Society, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, which I attended several weeks ago. Coming at a time of agonizing societal fissures arising from debates over austerity, stimulus, and the wisdom of government intervention into the economy, this event pitting the backers of a Hayekian view of economics against those who espoused a Keynesian model seemed incredibly timely. After explaining to the audience the general structure of the debate and how it would be judged-spectators were given gadgets similar to those distributed at IQ2 debates, which they were to use to vote...
  • Giving Thanks (Remembering Those Who Aren't Here)

    11/24/2011 9:00:25 PM PST · by OddLane · 1 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 24, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    We at American Rattlesnake would like to wish all of our followers a very contented and happy Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, there are many Americans who are pained by the absence of loved ones this holiday, including the family of Marizela Perez. More than eight months after this vivacious, precocious University of Washington student disappeared from her campus in Seattle, she remains missing. Michelle Malkin has a deeply moving meditation on the trauma, frustrations, and unexpected blessings that her family has experienced in their search for her cousin, which I strongly recommend reading. I also urge everyone to visit Find Marizela, a...
  • Muslims Up In Arms In Foley Square (Rally against NYPD, FBI, CIA)

    11/18/2011 6:51:03 PM PST · by OddLane · 83 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 18, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    Earlier today I took it upon myself to journey to Foley Square in Manhattan, where an anti-NYPD, anti-intelligence agency gathering sponsored by CAIR, Al-Awda, and Desis Rising Up & Moving, among other Islamic activist organizations, was taking place. For a full recap of what occurred I suggest you check out my Twitter account, which I used to live-tweet the event as it was occurring. However, for now I’ll just lay out my impression of the gathering and thoughts about its message, then let the photographs speak for themselves. The question of whether American citizens should be surveilled, watched, and interrogated...
  • Identity Politics (Why is Cain Velasquez Fighting For Mexico?)

    11/12/2011 4:23:38 PM PST · by OddLane · 17 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 12, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    I normally wouldn’t devote an entire post to mixed martial arts, especially when there are such vital issues to discuss-including the Obama administration’s continued war against the State of Arizona. The sport doesn’t particularly appeal to me as a spectator, and I’m of the opinion that if I wanted to see men who didn’t know how to throw a punch properly, I’d watch boxing. However, I believe that an exception must be made for the much-anticipated UFC fight that will be broadcast on CBS shortly. The reason being that this fight involves a fighter, Cain Velasquez, of Mexican heritage who...
  • Hanging With The Liberty Bells (USO Benefit In Manhattan)

    02/11/2011 9:10:40 PM PST · by OddLane · 1+ views
    American Rattlesnake ^ | February 12, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    Two days ago I had the pleasure of attending a benefit concert for the USO at a neighborhood bar in the East Village called Billy Hurricane’s. As you can see by the pictures posted below, the chief attraction that night was the Liberty Bells. I’d just like to thank my dear friend for inviting me to the event, which was a success across the board. The Liberty Bells are beautiful, talented, bright women who are rendering a great service to their country.
  • When Heroes Go Down (Thoughts On Russell Pearce's Recall)

    11/08/2011 10:09:44 PM PST · by OddLane · 21 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 9, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    I’ll discuss this at length in the days ahead, but I’d be remiss in not reporting the news that Senator Pearce seems to have been recalled by voters in Arizona’s Legislative District 18. The people who want to turn Arizona into a haven for illegal aliens would appear to have achieved a significant political victory, although it should be noted that they needed to resort to gross deception in order to win. Even so, it can’t be denied that this is a huge feather in the cap of a well-funded, media-supported open borders political machine and that the strategy used...
  • Return to Zuccotti Park (Occupy Wall Street)

    10/23/2011 11:04:56 PM PDT · by OddLane · 22 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | October 23, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    That is a photo of myself and Andrew Wilkow, host of the Wilkow Majority on the Sirius XM Patriot channel, standing outside of Zuccotti Park. He was there this weekend co-hosting a live remote with David Webb, seen below, at the scene of Occupy Wall Street.
  • Open Borders Eggheads

    10/15/2011 8:25:18 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | October 15, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    The image you see above is a flow chart describing the process by which the bodies of illegal aliens, or in the parlance of the presenter, “undocumented border crossers,” found in the United States are identified and returned to their families. Or, in the case of those whose identities can not be verified, disposed of. It was part of a presentation by Luis Torrens, a student pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, who was invited to address a day-long seminar hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center and the Immigration Working Group which I attended yesterday.
  • Above The Law (POTUS Goes Rogue)

    08/19/2011 9:34:25 PM PDT · by OddLane · 23 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | August 19, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    The Obama reelection campaign has begun in earnest with the announcement yesterday that the administration will henceforth be ignoring the expressed will of Congress, its Constitutional obligations, and the desires of the American public. In a move that President Obama’s functionaries have been telegraphing for months, and which was made official yesterday, the White House has announced that it will be “reviewing” the cases of individuals who are in the process of deportation, or who are subject to deportation, in what is effectively a sweeping amnesty for nearly all illegal aliens currently residing in this country. The Wall Street Journal...
  • America The Beautiful (Part I)

    07/30/2011 11:03:00 AM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | July 30, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    This woman is smiling because she is a newly naturalized American citizen. I caught her exiting the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, which houses an office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. This was the site of the Jericho Walk,a sometimes amusing, often exasperating parade of horribles, from illegal alien advocacy groups, to members of the Service Employees International Union, to actual illegal aliens, demanding that we recognize their “right” to violate violate our laws, in sharp contradistinction to the process followed by the jubilant East Indian woman seen at the beginning of this photo-essay. The irony of...
  • Defaming Anti-Jihadists

    07/26/2011 10:34:48 AM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | July 26, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    Some of you might be wondering why I haven’t yet addressed the horrific Utoya shootings and bombings targeting Regjeringskvartalet which occurred this weekend. The simple answer is that I don’t think there’s much of substance that I can add to the discussion, other than deploring the unspeakable actions of the mass murderer and expressing my deepest condolences to the people of Norway, especially the loved ones of the over seventy young men and women who lost their lives on the island located on the picturesque lake seen in the photograph above.
  • The Decline and Fall of the New York Times

    07/11/2011 10:54:15 AM PDT · by OddLane · 18 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | July 12, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    William McGowan, author of Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America, spoke to American Rattlesnake about immigration and how it has been covered by the newspaper. He explained the basic premise of the book, and how the New York Times has betrayed its long journalistic tradition as the paper of record.
  • L’affaire Strauss-Khan

    07/03/2011 12:45:04 PM PDT · by OddLane · 23 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | July 3, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    There are a number of lessons to be gleaned from the rapidly imploding criminal case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Beyond the usual, insincere breast-beating and lamentation over the media’s predictable rush to judgement, as well as questions of whether the traditional perp walk is a violation of a defendant’s due process rights, there is a much broader discussion that has yet to be fully broached. And that discussion entails the morass of fraud that lies at the heart of our country’s immigration system, especially the application process for potential asylum-seekers. The New York...