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15h51 UTC; SUNDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2012: "Sacred War" is a prolefeed concept North Korea enjoys deploying as a threatening tactic bordering on bluff against the South Koreans and United States forces therein stationed ahead of military drills, either singular or joint; Pyongyang's desire throughout being one of seeking the Complete and Final Reunification of the Koreas under Jucheist ideology and articles of faith. (In fact, making the whole notion even more dangerous is the fact that both Pyongyang and Seoul are still theoretically at war under the Truce of Panmumjon, vintage 1953, which esentially ended the Korean War after a prolonged stalemate in the conflict.)

It'll be interesting to see how much longer before certain overzealous specimens of conservative prolefeed Zealotry and True Belief start using the "Sacred War" meme, a la Pyongyang, to call for "pre-emptive" measures against the so-called "Islamic Republic of Iran" and its presumed nuclear-weaponry ambitions, notwithstanding Tehran's insistence that its nuclear scheme is for "purely peaceful purposes" (i.e., electricity supply).

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Another new and disingenuous avenue by which the "Sacred War" meme could be provoked is through what amounts to "paper terrorism" by way of a weird and unwholesome element, the Dregs of Society essentially, as style themselves "sovereign citizens" unaware that they're reducing themselves to a par with Stateless Nationals as per international convention and treaty. Elaborating on what was discussed yesterday in passing about a pending lawsuit questioning President Obama's fitness for office as a "mixed-race mulatto" is the Hatewatch blog of the Southern Poverty Law Centre, thus:
An Alaska man who is challenging President Barack Obama’s eligibility for office on the grounds that the president is a “mulatto” based his complaint on an argument common to the neo-Confederate and antigovernment “sovereign citizen” movements, Hatewatch has learned.

In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Alaska Division of Elections, Gordon Warren Epperly of Juneau argued that Obama isn’t eligible for office because, as a person of mixed-race descent, he is not a “natural-born citizen” of the United States.

“As Barack Hussein Obama II is of the ‘Mulatto’ race, his status of citizenship is founded upon the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Before the (purported) ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the race of ‘Negro’ or ‘Mulatto’ had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution,” the complaint says. “As the Fourteenth Amendment is only a grant of ‘Civil Rights’ and not a grant of ‘Political Rights,’ Barack Hussein Obama II does not have any ‘Political Rights’ under any provision of the United States Constitution to hold any Public Office of the United States government.”

Though this appears to be the first time it has been used in an effort to challenge Obama’s citizenship status, Epperly’s argument is not unique. Indeed, it seems to be an amalgam of two bizarre extremist legal theories — one that says that blacks do not have the same legal rights as whites because their citizenship is founded on the 14th Amendment, and another that claims that in order to be a “natural-born” U.S. citizen, one’s parents must both be U.S. citizens as well.

The latter theory most recently made its appearance in a Georgia court, where attorneys Mark Hatfield and Van Irion argued unsuccessfully that since the president’s father was never a U.S. citizen, Obama not a natural-born citizen and is constitutionally ineligible for political office. Van Irion is affiliated with the Southern Legal Resource Center, a neo-Confederate outfit co-founded by white supremacist attorney Kirk Lyons, who was married at the Aryan Nations compound in a ceremony officiated by the late Aryan Nations leader and Christian Identity preacher Richard Butler.

The 14th Amendment component of Epperly’s challenge stems from an idea promulgated by the Posse Comitatus, a racist and anti-Semitic group that roiled the Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s and believed that the county sheriff is the highest legitimate law enforcement authority. Posse ideologues argued, in effect, that God gave America to the white man and therefore the government cannot abridge most rights of whites unless they submit to a “contract” with that government. Black people were only made citizens by the 14th Amendment, they argued, meaning that they have permanently contracted with the government and therefore must obey all its dictates. Or, put another way, black people were truly second-class citizens, forced to obey government and tax laws that, the Posse argued, apply to white sovereign citizens (the Posse often called them “organic citizens”).

Epperly appears to have been comingling sovereign and neo-Confederate ideology [for] some time. In 2006, he sued Congress for unconstitutionally enacting the Reconstruction Acts of 1867, which, he alleged, placed him “in a state of involuntary servitude” and made him “liable for the debt of the United States.”

The Reconstruction Acts, enacted in the wake of the Civil War, placed the former Confederate States under military rule, and required them to draft new constitutions and ratify the 14th Amendment. Some neo-Confederate sympathizers argue that the 14th Amendment was not properly ratified because its ratification involved strong-arm tactics. Sovereign ideology – a form of which has recently been embraced by the neo-Confederate League of the South – says whites can reject the 14th Amendment and proclaim themselves independent, free from what they perceive as an overweening and downright criminal federal government. [In essence, asserting a supposed "natural right to self-determination" here?--Your Correspondent]

The modern-day sovereign citizen movement, whose adherents believe they are exempt from most laws and are often confrontational with police officers, is a direct descendant of Posse Comitatus. Most modern sovereigns, however, seem unaware of the movement’s racist origins – and in recent years a permutation of sovereign ideology has gained traction among blacks.

Amazingly enough, this is not the first time Epperly has challenged the eligibility of an elected official he does not like. In a 2010 letter to the Alaska director of elections, he declared that Lisa Murkowski, who had just been elected senator, was not qualified for office “as she is not a citizen of the United States under Article I of the Constitution for the United States.”

His argument stemmed from a 22-page “Proclamation,” apparently researched solely by Epperly, which supposedly proves that female and non-white elected officials are “usurpers of office” who “have no political privileges to hold public offices of the United States under the qualification clauses of Article I, Article, II, and Article III of the United States Constitution.”

In the same proclamation, Epperly concluded also that Obama is a “usurper,” and that the president, Murkowski and all other non-whites and women who hold government office were “inserted” into their positions by seditious “domestic enemies” intent on infiltrating and destroying the United States under cover of “political correctness.”

Epperly ends with a barely veiled threat. Demanding that Congress and the Supreme Court “come forward and give answers to the allegations of sedition as stated herein,” he wrote: “If those who are participating in the sedition of the Constitution of the United States of America do not remove themselves from public office, the people will have no choice but to remove those individuals from office by what ever means it may take.”
Is it any wonder that nuance of language matters among the weird and unwholesome seeing themselves as "patriots," and perhaps tending to the obnoxious?

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Rick Santorum's Presidential campaign in Indecision 2012 makes so much of a fuss about the Defence of Faith and Freedom among its articles of faith as will Reclaim Our Dear Lovely Nation from Itself ... not to mention adding (howbeit subtly) that the Defence of Ekonomesie Vryheid met Amerikaanse Eienskappe "gebore ons die Volk, die Volk te doen" is interlocking with that of Faith and Freedom (as if insisting that the defence of one is automatically that of the other; or, alternately, that the two concepts are reversible as required, not unlike what O'Brien explaining thus to Winston in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four during the latter's "reeducation" through torture and humiliation):
"We are the priests of power," he [O'Brien] said. "God is power. But at present power is only a word so far as you are concerned. It is time for you to gather some idea of what power means. The first thing you must realize is that power is collective. The individual only has power in so far as he ceases to be an individual. You know the Party slogan: 'Freedom is Slavery'. Has it ever occurred to you that it is reversible? Slavery is freedom. Alone -- free -- the human being is always defeated. It must be so, because every human being is doomed to die, which is the greatest of all failures. But if he can make complete, utter submission, if he can escape from his identity, if he can merge himself in the Party so that he is the Party, then he is all-powerful and immortal. The second thing for you to realize is that power is power over human beings. Over the body but, above all, over the mind. Power over matter -- external reality, as you would call it -- is not important. Already our control over matter is absolute."
(And just where exactly does Meneer Santorum's beloved Holy Bible insist that concepts can be reversible to the extent deemed necessary in service to His Luscious Glory?)

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The Fox News crowd is certain to start weeping and wailing and bawling and boohoohooing about the Clear and Present Danger Facing Our Dear Lovely "REAL AmeriKKKa" over the recently-announced news from the Postal Service that it will close, and in the process consolidate, some 280 Regional Sorting Centres from Mt. Katahdin to Mauna Loa to the effect of extending transit times for traditional letterposts under the banner of "reducing costs."

Which is especially distressing on the small-town/rural Arcadia thus labelled in a Luscious Glory of idealised arrogance lacking affordable high-speed access to Teh Innerwebz (i.e., the only Innerwebz connexions likely to be available are via dial-in services, with potential degredation of connexion speed proportionate to distance from the local exchange) ... not to mention those in lower-income and National Minority communities as are all the more unlikely to have decent Innerwebz access save for what's available at libraries or Community Centres where such is likely to be time-limited and/or severely monitored.

To expect ekonomesie vryheid, &c., and their Dear Lovely Marketplace to save the Postal Service from itself may be asking for trouble, especially where conservative action portals start launching online petitions calling for the "complete and final" corporatisation of the Postal Service as a Limited Liability Company (taking the name and stylee of "The United States Postal Service, LLC"), to be reinforced with a concurrent share issue as could include calls for arbitrarily-inflated mininum share subscriptions among those of "questionable or dubious loyalty" (in particular suspected "liberals," "secular-humanists," Muslims "and their enablers") which would reek of Liberty Loan drives during World War I as saw German immigrants or those suspected of sympathies towards the Germans or the Central Powers targeted for higher bond-purchase quotas ... and, in the end, the ensuing shares would more than likely be traded on the Pink Sheets or, at best, the OTC Bulletin Board, never mind their having a repute for hosting such companies whose shares are favourite "pump-and-dump" targets, originally through "spam" e-mails but now relying more and more on social media.

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So much for GOP Presidential wannabe Mitt Romney's campaign suggesting that Federal subsidies for Amtrak be abolished in the name of "taxpayer value," insisting that ekonomesie vryheid, &c., as is practice in Great Britain, is best equipped to handle passenger-rail services in Our Beloved AmeriKKKa: What Meneer Romney fails to tell you here is that, for one, he essentially wants Amtrak reduced to the level of a centralised sales and marketing company for and on behalf of the private passenger-rail service companies (as in National Rail Enquiries in England's Green and Pleasant Land).

Too, there would also have to be a crash reequipment programme to supply adequate levels of requisite equipment and rolling stock for the newly-corporatised passenger-rail paradigm, which, though promising much in the way of badly-needed jobs creation, would raise questions of whether such a hastily-called programme risks translating into compromising established Government (as in the Federal Railroad Administration) and industry (as in the Association of American Railroads and International Union of Railways) standards, safety in particular, for passenger rail rolling stock, even allowing for "Buy American" mandates in the interest of "protecting American jobs," to hasten the final achievement and perfection of such a Noble Experiment. Not to mention establishing railcar- and trainset-leasing schemes that ensure adequate utilisation of equipment so as to generate safe and yet generous returns for investors.

And there's also the railways themselves to deal with, especially absent any sort of adequate division of labour (so to speak) similar to that in Europe vis-a-vis track and infrastructure (as in construction and maintenance) and network-access rights (and charges) for both passenger and freight service operators. Too, you also need industry-specific standards for all aspects of the passenger-rail experience (including establishing standards for ticketing, passes, fare structures, settlements and schedule and service performance), which could best be accomplished according to a model similar to Britain's Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) working in tandem with apropos State regulatory bodies ... as well as performance metrics monitoring through such groups representing stakeholders, in particular actual passengers (such as the British group Passenger Focus, which monitors rail and bus services) and provision for having rail service franchises reviewed and, if need be, revoked (and the concession reopened for bidding) where established metrics are not met.

Something to think about among such insisting that Amtrak should be euthanised "in the taxpayers' interest." (Or what otherwise intervenes?)



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