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Μολών λαβέ

Over 2000 years ago, the Spartans gave the world the greatest story of Aryan heroism the world has seen. At Thermopylae 480 BC, Xerxes—the king of the Achaemenid Empire—ordered the Spartans to surrender their weapons. King Leonidas responded coolly, “Μολών λαβέ” (Molon Lave (molṑn labé)—come and take them).

In the ensuing battle, the Greeks, numbering about 7000 men and opposed by an army of over 100 000 Persians, fought for three days before being defeated. Crucially, the Greeks inflicted major damage on the Persian forces, giving the Athenians precious time to escape the city. Later in the year, Greek forces crushed the Persians at the Battle of Salamis, ending Xerxes’ dreams of conquest.

At the site of Thermopylae, there now stands a monument inscribed with these powerful words of King Leonidas.

Similar nefarious dreams of conquest emanate in the modern world from the militant left. In America, the boneless pseudo-men calling for the disarmament of free men take the form of the Democrat candidates for president. Beta O’Dork, the fake Hispanic, seems unable to understand the concise English of the American Constitution. He seems to think that he could simply undermine and ignore the freedoms guaranteed in that great document. What part of “shall not be infringed” does he not understand?

Over 200 years ago, it was clearly established that any law passed by any jurisdiction of the United States, if it contravenes the Constitution, is null and void (Marbury vs. Madison, 1803). All the prattle from the Democrats, aspiring to be the new Bolsheviks, is meaningless unless the US Constitution is violated. This is, of course, the aim of the communist and anarchist wing of the Democrat Party.

The Founding Fathers had the wisdom to understand that the Second Amendment protects the First. If the tyrants get their way, the suppression of free speech will be next on their list. In many other countries, Canada included, “hate-speech” laws are being ever expanded to suppress any ideas not approved by the political class. Criticism of immigration, Islam, is being suppressed all the time, aided by the leftist propaganda destroying our education system, and people can lose their jobs and livelihood if they make an “incorrect” remark. This is de facto tyranny—they’re just waiting until they can make it de jure.

So the courage of the Greeks at Thermopylae should stir our hearts once again. If the nouveau-tyrant Democrats want to try to violate the freedoms of Americans, let them hear just one thing…

Μολών λαβέ!

A fine Model 1911 Sig Sauer in .45 ACP bearing the immortal words.

Rebel Yell

You Want Fries with That?

Truly, whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. The Ancients had it right.

When it comes to depravity of any description, it has to come from California or Sweden first. Just the other day, a Swedish “professor”, a supposed “behavioral scientist”, Magnus Soderlund [here], suggested that the taboo of cannibalism must be overcome to save the planet, to combat climate change. Did you know that there was a Jeffrey Dahmer School of Behavioral Science?

And the inimitable Richard Dawkins, Britain’s font of stupidity, chimed in:

What if human meat is grown? Could we overcome our taboo against cannibalism? An interesting test case for consequentialist morality versus “yuck reaction” absolutism.

Humans have practiced cannibalism in more primitive societies, even in quite advanced ones, for example, the Aztecs were past masters of the trade. Despite sacrificing hundreds of thousands of men, women and children every year, no measurable effect on the climate was noted. Of course, the modern version would lack the Aztecs’ great architecture, mass spectacle and jazzy costumes.

Perhaps the esteemed professor could sell his idea to Planned Parenthood in the US. As we now know through Project Veritas, that organization sells the butchered remains of human infants for medical experiments. Why not expand on their grisly operations; open a companion restaurant next to every one of their death factories?

Frying tonight! Welcome to the Hannibal Lecter Dining Lounge! We cater to all tastes in people!

Wait for the Democrats to take it up in the US—they already support abortion right up to the day of birth, and, as one was caught saying, even afterwards. With infanticide on their list of promises, can cannibalism be far behind?

As the great Russian writer, Dostoyevski, wrote in The Brothers Karamazov, …without God, everything is permitted.

Swedish meatballs, …anyone?

Rebel Yell

Warming to Cromwell

With the Brexit drama approaching its end, we can recall the words of Oliver Cromwell when dismissing the Rump Parliament on April 20, 1653.

How fitting they are today for the shabby disgrace into which Parliament has been transformed by a degenerate political class!  Determined to thwart the wishes of the British electorate, they will stoop to any depths to undermine democracy.

Let them now make peace with their Maker.

It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place,
which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice.
Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government.
Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?

Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?

Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.

Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do.

I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place.
Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!

Rebel Yell

Banned in the Name of Freedom

From the category “You Can’t Make It Up”, a conference in London, England, on media freedom, hosted by England and Canada has banned the Russian news media RT and Sputnik from attending and reporting! [here]

Nothing like a good dose of hypocrisy and lies to get the ball rolling. Naturally, Canada’s Russia-hating bloviator Chrystia Freeland is among the commissars of the charade.

Only in this day and age where the Fake News Media are the organs of INGSOC and CANSOC could this pathetic show take place. And they wonder why their credibility is in the gutter.

Rebel Yell

Vivaldi Re-Discovered

Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is perhaps the most popular piece of classical music in the world. But did you know that it was virtually unknown, as was all of Vivaldi’s music, until 1950? And did you know that the famed American writer, Ezra Pound, played a large role in his re-discovery?

One of only two known likenesses of Vivaldi (by Ghezzi)

When Vivaldi died in Vienna in 1741 in obscurity and poverty, his music was already forgotten. During his life, he was a priest, virtuoso violinist, music director of La Pietà (a home for orphaned girls), and the toast of Emperors and Archbishops across Europe. His vast collection of choral music for the Church, keyboard and violin music, and operas, none of which were printed in his lifetime, vanished.

Then, in 1926, the National Library in Turin, Italy, received a letter from the monks of Monferrato offering to sell their music collection to pay for repairs to the Monastery. A Professor Gentili from Turin University was dispatched to examine the works, and, realizing that he had stumbled on a treasure trove he immediately set about finding a benefactor, as the Library was short of funds. He found one in Roberto Foà, a wealthy Turin banker, who purchased the collection and donated it to the Library.

As it turned out, they discovered that this was only half of the Vivaldi collection; the other half was still outstanding. A massive search traced the other works to a Marquis Durazzo who was persuaded by his Jesuit Father Confessor to sell his collection to the Library and, by 1930, the collection was complete.

At the same time, Olga Rudge, an American violinist and Ezra Pound’s long-time mistress, was Secretary of the Accademia Musicale in Siena. Pound had founded the Concerti Tiguilliani, an annual music festival, at Rapallo, where he lived at that time. Pound was captivated by Vivaldi’s music and he and Rudge organized at the 1936 festival a special performance of some of Vivaldi’s works. This was the first time they had been heard in over two hundred years!

Unfortunately, the increasing interest in Vivaldi’s music was interrupted by the Second World War, and only in the late 1940s were the first recordings made. Many of his operas have been heard for the first time as recently as 2006! Motezuma, a story of the Conquest of Mexico, was only discovered in Kiev in 1999.

In his book Vivaldi: Voice of the Baroque, H. Robbins Landon recounts his first encounter thus:

In 1950, I happened to be in New York when the famous Cetra recording of “ The Four Seasons” arrived at The Liberty Music Shop and a clerk put it on. The shoppers, myself included, stopped their own activities and started to listen, entranced, to this seductive music which had lain forgotten on library shelves for two hundred years…The Vivaldi renaissance had begun.

But Providence must have had her eye on Vivaldi, because when he died, although his pauper’s funeral could only afford the six pall-bearers and six choirboys, one of those choirboys was Franz Joseph Haydn, himself to become a giant in the world of music some years later.

Rebel Yell

Paychecks for Liberal Sycophants

 

Just once in a while, Andrew Coyne of the National Post says something sensible. In an article, Any chance the media bailout would not be politicized has now vanished, he accurately portrays the complete contempt displayed by the Liberal government for freedom of expression and freedom of the Press. As Coyne points out,

The government, for its part, is unapologetic about the choice of its objective allies in the union to help it decide how to hand out the cash. “After all,” said a spokesman for the heritage minister, “who is (better) placed to advocate for the future of journalism than journalists themselves?” He accused the Conservatives of attacking the independence of the media and “the professionalism of journalists.”

Well, of course, what else would they say? After all, who is better placed to advocate for the future of crime than criminals themselves?

Basically, the $600 million allotted for media bailouts in the Budget is a slush fund to pay Liberal presstitutes and their whores with taxpayers’ money. The “independent” panel that will decide where the monies go has all the usual left wing suspects on it.

Do you think for a moment that anyone who does not subscribe to the multiculti nightmare will get any money? Do you think that any institution that expresses opposition to Islamic immigration, abortion, the left wing indoctrination in our education system, the domination of our universities by ad hoc Marxist dictatorships will ever be the recipient of any of this taxpayer largesse?

Of course not. The entire project is a spit-in-your-eye assault on press freedom. Anyone who takes that money will be tarred with the brush of sycophancy; their scribblings will have the stamp of “Liberal-Approved Propaganda” on them, and justifiably so. This has been true of the CBC for years; it has always been the Lord Haw-Haw of leftism.

The recent events in the US, the campaign of hate against President Trump, have shown us all that journalists no longer “speak the truth to power”; they are the power, and have shown themselves to be a rancid left wing mob that shows not the slightest respect for truth.

The Puerile Nincompoop of Sussex Drive cannot be expected to understand this, but his puppet masters behind the screens do. If the Conservatives win the next election, one of the first things on the agenda must be: cancel this disgraceful boondoggle. And while you’re at it, deal with the CBC. We don’t need state propaganda in this day and age.

Rebel Yell

Cromwell Had A Point—Part 2

Renowned British historian, David Starkey, currently touring Britain and lecturing on “Henry VIII and the First Brexit”, writes in the Daily Mail on the recent developments in Britain pertaining to Brexit:

The referendum was a very British revolution. And it’s been followed by a very British counter-revolution, which shows every sign of succeeding.
Don’t be deceived by the lack of violence or the comparative good manners of those now seizing control. This is a coup, and what is at stake is the nature and legitimacy of Parliament itself.

His main point is that the historical traditions given to us from the Magna Carta are now disintegrating before our eyes…

It is no exaggeration to say that British democracy, which stands in direct line with Magna Carta, is now unravelling before us.
If today’s self-satisfied MPs and Ministers – I have already described them as a Parliament of Pygmies – have no time for the voters, they have little time for history, either.

The Labour Party, once the voice of the working class and the mighty trade union movement has been coopted by prissy Grauniad-reading dilletantes and the Conservative Party has transmogrified into a shape-shifting Blairite Thing.

The People voted 52 to 48 per cent to leave; an estimated 74 per cent of MPs voted to remain. No representative assembly can sustain such a gulf. Either People or Parliament must give way.
This is not the first time such a thing has happened. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Communist states were ruled by similarly pampered, out-of-touch and privileged elites who, against all the evidence, claimed to represent the People.

He concludes darkly…

And where will it end? In other very British revolution? Or something nastier? I don’t want to prophesy, good historian that I am, but I fear the worst.

If you read anything today, read Starkey’s article—it’s nuclear.

Rebel Yell

Cromwell Had A Point

Oliver Cromwell’s remarks to the Rump Parliament on April 20th, 1653, should be ringing round the halls of Westminster today.

In the Daily Mail, Richard Littlejohn points out that the British people no longer live in a democratic land, and that a rebellion of the political class including the bureaucracy, the media (of course) and the careerists in Parliament itself, has now rendered voting obsolete.

The politicians, who so ardently promised to respect the results of the referendum on leaving the EU, have shown all their cards. They never intended to honour their promises. Their abject surrender to the commissars of the EU has established their lack of character. Indeed, treason is not too strong a word in this case.

In the English Civil War, it was Parliament against the overbearing king who refused to recognize the limits to his powers. Now, it is the political class, the Deep State, the media, and all their accompanying parasites seeking to maintain their power at all costs—even to the extent of destroying the legitimacy of the British state itself.

Now is the time for a new Cromwell to sally forth, fan the flames of liberty, and cleanse the rot from Parliament.

Rebel Yell