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  • Youtube Politics

    05/29/2016 8:48:08 AM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 29, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, the value of a moving image is incalculable. That’s why the impact of a website like Youtube should never be underestimated. Although often marginalized as an endless repository for cat videos and dwindling supply of unlicensed songs and films, the truth is that Youtube, especially since its takeover by the Internet hydra known as Google, exercises a profound influence upon how we view the world. It’s why the people behind that website devote enormous resources to sponsor presidential debates, interview the President, and generally influence the tenor of political debate within this...
  • The Perils of Faceberg

    05/27/2016 6:07:06 AM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 27, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    I distinctly remember taking part in an online discussion several years ago where one of the interlocutors warned me what would happen if Google ever became an evil monopoly. I couldn’t help but think to myself, have you not been paying attention? Leaving aside its extensive invasions of privacy, its intense cooperation with the largest dictatorship on the planet, as well as its agreements with more benighted countries which might or might not censor blasphemous search results, there is the pervasive ideological bias which infects this corporation and periodically makes itself known through heavy-handed editorial and advertising decisions. However, a...
  • The Twitterverse (Conservatives Speak Out)

    05/28/2016 9:23:12 AM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 28, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    One of the most interesting social media platforms-and aside from Facebook itself, the most popular one in the English language-is Twitter. The evangelists of this global means of communication would claim it’s responsible for catalyzing a host of revolutions within otherwise repressed dictatorships, while its critics might describe it as a meaningless echo chamber which others use to exploit journalistic credulity. Even as its user base declines and it struggles to find a viable revenue model, it can’t be denied that Twitter exerts an outsized influence, if only upon the narratives crafted by the mainstream news media. A perfect example...
  • Inside The Googlelplex

    05/26/2016 7:36:52 AM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 26, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    When I first saw the now infamous Google doodle published last week I was a bit perplexed. Was every social justice warrior’s favorite search engine honoring an unsung Asian suffragette, or perhaps one of Anita Sarkeesian’s cyber-feminist forebears? As it turns out, Google was paying tribute to a Marxist, anti-American demagogue who admired cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and the late Al Qaeda emir Osama Bin Laden. Yuri Kochiyama would cut an odd figure today, coming as she did from what’s now one of the most well-educated and generally well-off non-white ethnicities in this country; a group which politically is more often...
  • Real Talk About Open Borders

    05/22/2016 12:29:53 PM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 22, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    One of the chief misconceptions about my immigration views is that they’re born of willful intransigence. The conceit that my political philosophy was shaped years ago-true, to a large degree-and has been unyielding in the face of overwhelming evidence which logically refutes it-completely baseless-is surprisingly widespread among my critics. The truth is that I’m actually desperate to be persuaded, to be convinced that open borders is somehow a desirable-or even workable-state of affairs. Admitting that you’re wrong, especially about sincerely, long-held convictions, can be psychically devastating for some individuals. One need only read David Horowitz’s disturbing memoir Radical Son to...
  • From The Ashes (Baca House Fire)

    05/18/2016 9:05:38 PM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 19, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    Short of the death or illness of a loved one, or the passing of a beloved pet, it’s hard to conceive of something more traumatic than losing your house. To have to be confronted with 2 of those tragedies simultaneously is almost incomprehensible. Unfortunately, that’s what the Baca Family is facing after their family home was destroyed in a fire, along with their possessions, books, heirlooms, and their precious cat Tyga. Recognizing how compassionate and generous our readers have been in the past, I’d like to ask you all to do what you can to help out the Bacas as...
  • The Joy Circuit (Gary Numan In Concert)

    05/15/2016 10:32:54 AM PDT · by OddLane · 14 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 15, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    One of the benefits of living in New York City-a place which often feels like it was expressly designed to discourage your presence-is the seemingly endless opportunities to see amazing, live music acts. Just within the past decade I’ve had the chance to watch the New York Festival Orchestra perform a remarkable tribute to the victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake, meet the Bangles at the Highline Ballroom, see a remarkable chamber orchestra at Lincoln Center, and attend concerts by groups and individual artists like Hello Seahorse, They Might Be Giants, Dramarama, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Big Daddy Kane, Bad...
  • Rattle On (May News Digest)

    05/10/2016 9:20:30 PM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 11, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    With the world aflame, it’s only appropriate that our periodical digest of immigration and cultural news returns. Starting off in the States, we find that Michelle Root, after a heartfelt meeting with Donald Trump, has decided to throw her support behind his candidacy. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the case, Michelle is the mother of Sarah Root, who was murdered by a criminal alien that is now at large because of our government’s brilliant oversight of this national disaster. For a good exposition of why Donald Trump is worth supporting, I recommend David Horowitz’s fantastic piece in...
  • Voting Against Self-Erasure

    05/09/2016 9:10:22 PM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 10, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    While I can’t say I share Mr. Condell’s faith in the democratic process, there’s not much else in this video with which I disagree. The pestilential influence progressivism has exerted over the United Kingdom can be felt in nearly ever facet of political and social life. However, the most concrete example is undoubtedly the indulgence of a irredentist, rapacious Islamic ideology-a wholly alien import, despite propaganda to the contrary-which has now resulted in the election of a man who can only be described as an Islamist fellow traveler. The fact that Europe’s premiere city, and one of the financial capitals...
  • Missed Connections (Ted Cruz Flops on GMA)

    04/21/2016 9:46:42 AM PDT · by OddLane · 36 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 21, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    We've come to expect dissimulation and manipulation from the news media in our country, especially major commercial and public broadcasting networks, national newspapers and prominent Web aggregators such as the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. We've seen this repeatedly in foreign affairs coverage, which has led to a host of disastrous policy decisions in countries ranging from Somalia, to Kosovo, to Libya, and now Syria. Perhaps the most catastrophic result of media deception and obfuscation can be seen in Europe, which is in the process of being subsumed by a mass of Middle Eastern, North African, and Central Asian refugees with...
  • No Sanctuary (American Victims Of Open Borders)

    04/19/2016 7:33:04 AM PDT · by OddLane · 12 replies
    Judiciary Committee ^ | April 19, 2016 | Subcomitte On Immigration and Homeland Security
    The American victims our our government’s reckless immigration policies speak out. Watch the complete hearing live. That’s some nice lying, Congresswoman Lofgren.
  • Freedom? (UK Witch Trials)

    04/17/2016 1:35:09 PM PDT · by OddLane · 1 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 17, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    A small victory for freedom of thought in a nation which has gradually descended into the muck of fascism, aided in no small part by the wholesale importation of Islamic radicals. Paul Weston, himself a victim of political persecution for expressing wrong think, explains why Tommy Robinson is the #1 target of the British government in a disturbing essay for Gates of Vienna, which you can read here.As frightening as what’s transpiring in the UK is to most rational human beings, the sad truth is that these anti-Western witch hunts could very well make there way to the United States,...
  • The Fifth Column (NY ICE Counters Anti-Trump Protesters in Manhattan)

    04/16/2016 10:44:49 AM PDT · by OddLane · 9 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 16, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    Some great footage from outside the Grand Hyatt during the GOP Gala. Really demonstrating the face of open borders fanatics/leftists in this country.
  • Breitbart Lives (Andrew's Fans Gather in New York)

    04/15/2016 9:08:56 AM PDT · by OddLane · 19 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 15, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    The last We Are Breitbart gathering I went to was also the first-at least, on the Eastern seaboard-and wasn’t an event that I relished attending. It was held to mourn and honor a man whom we all admired and loved, who had died less than a week before at the apex of a career spent shifting the media narrative in this country. It was a wake-organized by my friend David Bernstein-which also served as a catalyst to continue the work that Andrew wouldn’t be able to complete. The beautiful tribute by my friend Karol Markowicz, as well as the stirring...
  • On Liberty (Todd Seavey Explains Libertarianism)

    04/12/2016 10:15:19 AM PDT · by OddLane · 10 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 12, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    I just hope everyone there – and all of you out in blogland – keep in mind Bryan Caplan’s Ideological Turing Test: Strive to model your opponent’s thinking as human and well-intentioned, not demonic. I always do, even though everyone is stupid.I love the above quote for a number of reasons, not least because, although laced with irony, it gingerly hints at a fundamental ignorance among vast swathes of the population. Not simply of economics, which, admittedly, is a seemingly abstruse, esoteric area of knowledge that routinely confuses even credentialed experts in their chosen field, but of simple cause and...
  • Reflections On The Easter Rebellion

    03/29/2016 10:50:33 AM PDT · by OddLane · 14 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 29, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    This week marks the centenary of a series of events which would forever change the future Ireland and Great Britain. Planned and set in motion by the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood-a group of Irish republicans seeking a democratic Irish state free of British rule-and supported by James Connally’s Irish Citizen Army and the Irish Volunteers led by Patrick Pearse-the Easter Rising was a momentous historical event. April 29th was the date on which Pearse ordered his men-and all the other companies under his command-to surrender to General William Lowe of the British Army. Max Boot, despite his...
  • Cathy's World (Remembering A Conservative Iconoclast)

    03/22/2016 8:47:48 AM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 22, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    This month is bookended by two tragic anniversaries, which should serve as reflection points for not only the conservative movement but also the torpid, insular world of contemporary political journalism. While the untimely death of Andrew Breitbart has been discussed at length by numerous online news outlets-most of which would not exist but for his pioneering work in this field-yesterday marked the ninth year we’ve been without an equally brilliant American-by way of Winnipeg-iconoclast. If Breitbart was a blowtorch to doctrinaire leftist, media-regurgitated nostrums, engulfing them in his incandescent fury, then Cathy Seipp was a scalpel, skillfully and wittily excising...
  • Islam On Parade

    03/27/2016 2:39:41 PM PDT · by OddLane · 10 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 27, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    It turns out that the Religion of Peace isn’t through culling apostates and infidels this Easter Weekend. A breakaway faction of the Pakistani, i.e. the good, Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bombing of a park which has resulted in the deaths of over 60 people, most of them women and children. The city of Lahore has a long, illustrious history of jihadist-inspired pogroms, including a massacre which took place at an Ahmadi mosque, much like the one the departed Shah Assad probably attended, nearly six years ago. There have been more than 30 major terror attacks of this kind...
  • Political Correctness and the Death of the West

    03/17/2016 11:54:49 AM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake, ^ | March 17, 2016 | Vlad Tepes
    Paul Weston’s speech, unfortunately, has been removed from Youtube. However, watching this question and answer session-while you still can-will be an illuminating experience, rest assured. The lecture he had originally planned to deliver was quashed, naturally, by brutal, anti-Western thugs who happen to make their habitation in Canada. Illustrating, once again, the obstacles we face in spreading the truth about the greatest threat to Western civilization in the contemporary era.
  • Immigration and the Nation State

    11/12/2015 12:07:14 PM PST · by OddLane · 1 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 12, 2015 | Gerard Perry
    One of the enduring arguments between me and my anarcho-capitalist friends is the ideal immigration policy in a society where the state-and all of its many interventions-still, unfortunately, exists. While generally well-grounded philosophically, they seem to take an ad hoc, emotionally-laden, irrational approach to what is arguably the most important domestic policy issue of the 21st century. Often relying upon ad hominem attacks, or a misguided interpretation of the non-aggression principle, they insist upon defending the dissolution of borders, even if it means transgressing against the property and lives of people who do want to be enriched by third world...
  • Lupus Friends and Family

    07/14/2015 9:02:02 AM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | July 14, 2015 | Gerard Perry
    One of the unfortunate realities of clinical research is that much of it doesn’t bear fruit in the way its intended beneficiaries would like it to, i.e. resulting in cures for the diseases from which they suffer. It often leads researchers into blind alleys and cul-de-sacs rather than transformative medical breakthroughs. Even so, this experimentation is necessary, if only to learn from their past failures and mistaken assumptions-a process illuminated brilliantly in The Emperor of All Maladies, the first comprehensive biography of cancer-and ultimately discover successful treatments and therapies. But this presupposes a consistent stream of funding to enable research...
  • Stand With Pam (Je Suis Geller)

    05/15/2015 9:54:37 AM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 15, 2015 | Gerard Perry
    One of the tools the global jihad attempts to use against the West is the imposition of economic and fiscal costs-to the point of bankruptcy-upon its targets. Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, as well as their affiliates throughout the world, have made it clear that they seek to not only impose psychological terror but financial privation upon their intended victims. For those who want to get an idea of just how costly it is to protect yourself and your family from the rampaging armies of Allah, I suggest reading Joseph Anton, the beautiful memoir written by Salman Rushdie which...
  • 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...