00h UTC; WEDNESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2012: As if the observance of 9/11 wasn't starting to become hackneyed in the minds of some, you can just imagine where the more blatantly fanatical specimens of jingoistic patriotism will start calling for observance of 9/11 to be one with apartheid South Africa's observing Geloftedag (the Day of the Vow) on December 16th to commemorate the 1838 victory of 470 otherwise helpless Voortrekkers encamped at Bloedriver against an army of 10,000 Zulu under Dingane, having vowed unto Elohim thus (via Wikipedia) beforehand:
Here we stand before the Holy God of heaven and earth, to make a vow to Him that, if He will protect us and give our enemy into our hand, we shall keep this day and date every year as a day of thanksgiving like a sabbath, and that we shall erect a house to His Honour wherever it should please Him, and that we also will tell our children that they should share in that with us in memory for future generations. For the honour of His name will be glorified by giving Him the fame and honour for the victory.
(In the end, only three Voortrekkers were wounded against 3,000 Zulu killed).

Under apartheid, December 16th was seen as a Holy of Holies on the calendar vis-a-vis Afrikaner Honour and White Christian Dominance as of Divine Will and Right, its high-water mark being the shining of the midday sun unto the Senotaaf's inscription ONS VIR JOU, SUID-AFRIKA at the Voortrekkermonument outside Pretoria (thanks to a quark of construction; its cornerstone was laid December 16, 1938 and consecrated eleven years to the day later), symbolically renewing the Vow per the Afrikaner mythos.

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Not many know this, but the Voortrekkermonument also houses the headquarters of the Voortrekkers youth movement, founded in 1935 as an Afrikaner-centrist and White Christian-conscious alternative to the "British-influenced" Boy Scouts and Girl Guides whose aim was (and remains) character-building and development of Afrikaner youth into positive role-models of leadership.

Yes, the same Voortrekkers (whose motto, "Hou Koers" ["Choose Us" or "We Direct," depending on source of Afrikaans translation], belies the influence of Calvinist Christian theology of predestination in the Voortrekkers programme) that Christian nationalists and "Tea Party" types would love to embrace as model for their ideal of a "REAL AmeriKKKan" youth organisation seeking to Promote Traditional Christian Values and True Patriot Love according to fanatically-driven models.

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News that the AmeriKKKan Exceptionalists will certainly be smecking and drooling over in their Luscious Glory of insisting on "energy independence," unaware of deeper significance thereof:
  • The European Union, citing want of significant air-quality improvement and diversion of crops to the extent of aggravating food shortages and worsening food-price inflation, has announced that it would abandon any attempt at biofuels promotion and development involving food crops. (But then again, they may want to look at a type of bitter hazelnut which can be processed into biodiesel while also keeping soil erosion in check; such being heavily promoted in the cleanup following the 2007 flooding in these parts.)
  • Delta Air Lines' Noble Experiment at operating its very own oil refinery to control jet-fuel costs (as in the former Sunoco such near Philadelphia) will be serviced by Williston Basin and Bakken Formation crude from North Dakota rather than from imported North Sea crude, notwithstanding where it requires all-rail transport absent direct pipeline interconnexions into the Williston Basin. As is already the case with refineries in McPherson and Coffeyville, KS and Cushing, OK refining Bakken Formation crude.
Next thing you know, expect this same element to push for "adding value" to the Noble Concept of "clean coal" by constructing coal-to-fuels facilities on the Sasolberg model, especially so "mouth-of-mine" versions, to "promote energy independence" at its most pathetically cheap and cheerful.



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