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November 18, 1978

“We didn’t commit suicide. We committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.”

If anyone wants a perfect example of what the left will do with willing people who follow blindly this is it. The massacre at Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple compound in Guyana, forty years ago today. I say massacre and not suicide because the people who killed themselves were led on that road by Jones — and many followed willingly.

I remember, as an almost twenty-two year old, how horrified I was that so many people would willingly follow someone like Jones. In my dotage, I sadly realize that people with no sense of self or intelligence can be easily led astray by charismatic leaders. The left is full of them.

The “cult of personality” on the left is alive and well. We will never be free of it.

These four excellent pieces recap that terrible event.

“Revolutionary Suicide: The close – and nihilistic – relationship between Huey Newton and Jim Jones,” by Daniel Flynn, the author of a new book about Jonestown titled Cult City:

“We didn’t commit suicide,” Jim Jones insisted 40 years ago this Sunday. “We committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.”

The transition from idealism to nihilism that the American Left experienced in a few short years during the 1970s finds expression in that short, peculiar phrase. Apart from encapsulating the decline of the Left, revolutionary suicide also advertises the link between the Black Panthers and Peoples Temple, Huey Newton and Jim Jones, the murder of a cop in Oakland in the fall of 1967 and the murder of 909 communards in Jonestown on November 18, 1978.

Jones utters some variant of the expression four times on Jonestown’s death tape, which concludes with his followers imbibing grape Flavor-Aid laced with less than a penny’s worth of cyanide per serving. The phrase strikes as idiotic as the act it gave its name to. But to Jim Jones, and the ’60s icon who gave him the idea, revolutionary suicide impressed as the next big thing in Marxist thinking. […]

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Parents poisoned their children first, which sapped a will to live from the adults. What outsiders later clearly saw as an act of nihilism, the cultists regarded as an act imbued with profound meaning. Jim Jones told them that they gave their lives for the glory of Communism. They did not surrender in laying down their lives. They protested.

“This is not the way for people who are socialistic Communists to die, no way for us to die,” Jones announced as children cried and his followers convulsed and collapsed. “We must die with some dignity.”

No adult, save for Christine Miller, publicly objected (though four African Americans escaped or evaded the fate of the 909 others). The communards shouted Miller down. Several followers expressed gratitude to Jones for allowing them to die for Communism.

“It’s been a pleasure walking with all of you in this revolutionary struggle,” one explains on the death tape. “No other way I would rather go than to give my life for Socialism, Communism, and I thank Dad very, very much.” […]

“Jonestown Massacre: 40th Anniversary of Jim Jones’ ‘Revolutionary Suicide’ for Communism” also by Daniel Flynn:

[…] Perhaps the most persuasive voice for murder rather than suicide witnessed the events of Jonestown in microcosm a hundred miles away in Georgetown, Guyana. Thomas Beikman, after fixing a chicken dinner for Jones devotee Sharon Amos and her family, ceded the knife over to her after the meal. She proceeded to slash her children’s throats in a nearby bathroom.

“I think she thought she was so muckety-muck that everybody would follow her example of what to do,” Beikman told me in an interview for Cult City. “We didn’t realize until after it happened. But people didn’t want to die out there. People didn’t want to commit suicide. You can’t shoot people, cut people, and inject people, and then say it’s suicide. That’s the biggest farce I ever heard.” […]

“Jim Jones’ deadly, leftist strategy still alive and well,” by Jack Cashill:

[…] In 1974, Jones leased 3,000 acres of land in a Guyana jungle and began construction of a commune called the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project. Hundreds of his followers were dispatched there to work. What they discovered was a South American gulag equal parts Werner Erhard and Pol Pot.

The buzz about Jonestown persuaded Rep. Leo Ryan, a vestigial Democrat who cared more about people than “social justice,” to check the place out.

When Jones found out about Ryan’s impending visit, he resorted to the ultimate Democratic gambit – race baiting. He denounced Ryan as someone who had “voted sharply in racist terms and fascist terms” and began rehearsing his people for “White Night,” the night when Ryan and other evil white people would come to kill them.

In preparation for visits from outsiders, Jones had earlier issued proclamation No. 75: “Give your original name when guest is here – do not use your socialist names such as Lenin, Che Guevara, etc. …”

On his visit Ryan quickly saw through the subterfuge. When he attempted to fly back to civilization with some escapees, a Jonestown security team murdered him and four others on the runway.

That night Jones put his well-drilled minions through a “White Night” exercise. They had been through this before, drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid and surviving. This time the drink was heavily laced with valium and cyanide.

Everyone who drank it died. Those who refused to drink it were injected with it. As to Jones, he shot himself. […]

“Tim Stoen got out of Jonestown, barely, but still paid a huge price,” also by Daniel Flynn:

Forty years ago [today], Jim Jones orchestrated the deaths of 918 people in Guyana. He blamed one man, also in Guyana at the time, for Peoples Temple’s demise and hoped aloud that his followers would murder him.

“Can they not talk to San Francisco to see that [Tim] Stoen does not get by with this infamy, with this infamy?” Jones asks on the Jonestown death tape. “He has done the thing he wanted to do, to have us destroyed.”

But all these years later, Tim Stoen, Jim Jones’s second-in-command who became his public enemy #1, remains alive and well. The man Jim Jones most wanted dead escaped that fate — but at great price. […]

All these people, led down the garden path of utopia. A cautionary tale indeed…

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November 11, 1918

One hundred years ago this morning, the “war to end all wars” ended with a message:

Official Radio from Paris – 6:01 A.M., Nov. 11, 1918. Marshal Foch to the Commander-in-Chief.

1. Hostilities will be stopped on the entire front beginning at 11 o’clock, November 11th (French hour).

2. The Allied troops will not go beyond the line reached at that hour on that date until further orders.

[signed] MARSHAL FOCH 5:45 A.M.

The war that had started on a sunny June day in Sarajevo lasted over four years. At the end, over 19 million had died, including 8 million civilians. But on this date, one hundred years ago, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, it was finally over.

Sadly, this “war to end all wars“—the worst ever up to that time—laid down the template for the remainder of the twentieth century, the bloodiest hundred years in human history.

Here are three excellent pieces on this somber anniversary:

“The Guns of November” by the always excellent Michael Walsh

[…] Of the putative victors, Britain and France had both been bled dry, losing the cream of their young manhood to Big Bertha and her legions of bayonets and machine guns. Only the Americans, whose troops eventually turned the tide during the summer and fall of 1918, and who suffered significant casualties as well, emerged from the carnage as a bolder, stronger nation.

In other words, almost no good came out of the First World War. It was the greatest calamity in the history of Western civilization, a fratricidal conflict that made the American Civil War look like a mere warm-up for the Armageddon to come. From the time of the Greeks and Romans, warfare had been generally conducted on open fields, where the clash of two great armies would be settled in a day or two, one side triumphant, the other defeated, captured, or slaughtered to the last man. When sieges were necessary — the Romans and, later, the Turks, conducted many — cities were gradually surrounded and cut off from their supply lines as the besieging forces settled in to await the inevitable.

True, there were pitched battles aplenty during World War One, but what we most remember today was the four-year long mutual siege in the trenches on the Western Front, where the same piece of ground — No-Man’s Land — was fought over repeatedly by general staffs who had not the slightest idea of how to decisively end the conflict. “Home by Christmas” they had said when war broke out in August 1914. Now, here in bleak November, that brave slogan would finally come true. But at what price?

Wars that don’t end conclusively exact a terrible price at their next, inevitable, iteration. The Germans withdrew to find that their Emperor had fled and the old Prussian order was tottering toward the grave (it would vanish entirely by the end of World War Two). The notion of the Dolchstoss — the “stab in the back” — arose in post-Wilhelmine Germany, festered, and took hold in the minds and imaginations of the National Socialists, who were itching for another go at it, just as soon as they’d cut their teeth with their street battles with the Communists during the Weimar Republic. Meanwhile, communist “republics” briefly took hold in Bavaria, and in what was left of Hungary. Nothing, it seems, had been solved by the “war to end war” and, absent a definitive conclusion, its sequel would come along in the span of one generation. […]

“The War That Made the World We Live In” by the great Mark Steyn

[…] It was that kind of war. Four years earlier – at dusk on August 3rd 1914 – Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary, stood at the window of his office in the summer dusk watching the lamplighters go about their daily business in the Whitehall gloaming. And then he made a remark that endured across the decades:

The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.

Grey died in 1933, a couple of months after Hitler outlawed all German political parties other than his own. But you could have lived a lot longer than Sir Edward, and still recognized the truth of his words – in France until 1945, in Hungary until 1989, and in the Middle East today, where we’re still dealing with the unfinished business of the Great War. […]

“The Great War’s Great Price” by Allen C. Guelzo

[…] The First World War left deeper shocks than just the ones inflicted by the campaigns and the Versailles Treaty. The folly that had led Europe’s leaders into a pointless four-year nightmare tore the heart out of Western civilization’s self-confidence. Never again would the nation-states of Europe be able to call so easily on the loyalty of their peoples for war; never again, the Oxford Union declared, would “this House . . . fight for its King and Country” quite so eagerly as it had in 1914.

Purely in monetary terms, the Great War cost its participants a mind-numbing $208 billion; the British empire, which had been the world’s economic and financial colossus since the 18th century, had only four weeks’ worth of gold in reserve at the war’s end, and at the armistice was actually in debt to the United States. The Versailles Treaty made matters worse, not only by imposing impossible schedules of reparations but also, through division of the old empires of Central Europe into new nation-states, by creating 4,000 miles of new national trade boundaries. But the United States staggered under the war’s costs, too. For Americans alone, the bill amounted to $32 billion, at a time when the last pre-war federal budget had been only $725 million. As late as 1970, pension costs related to First World War veterans amounted to nearly $2 billion a year; and even though the last American veteran of the Great War died in 2011, the government still paid $16.1 million in survivors’ benefits in 2014. […]

British and German wounded, Bernafay Wood, 19 July 1916. Photo by Ernest Brooks

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November 10, 1775

Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corps!

United States Marine Corps

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November 9, 1938

Today marks the eightieth anniversary of what would become the genocide of European Jewry by the Nazis. Although the Nuremberg laws had already begun the process, this event catalyzed the Germans into open aggression against the Jews. The result was the extermination of 6,000,000 Jews in Europe, starting in Poland after September 1, 1939, and ending with the conveyor belt murders of the death camps. Never again.

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From JJ Sefton over at Ace of Spades HQ:

[…] today marks the 80th anniversary of what became known as “Kristallnacht.” Though much of the growing persecution of the German Jews in the 1930s was either whitewashed or minimized by the press (sound familiar?), the pogrom unleashed on the pretext of a Polish Jew in Paris shooting a German ambassador touched off a night of such wanton violence that the world could no longer ignore the facts in front of their face as to the peril Germany’s Jews faced. And in hindsight, it is said to be the first act in the genocide of Europe’s Jews from 1939-1945.

How sadly and horribly ironic then that in the wake of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue last week that the Democrat Left drapes itself in the mantle of justice, equality and tolerance with which to bash its political opponents as racists, antisemites and bigots. Sadder still is the fact that the Democrat party has amongst its leaders Linda Sarsour, Louis Farrakhan (yes, he’s one of yours), Barack Obama, Sid Blumenthal, George Soros, Al Sharpton, Andrew Gillum and on and on and on, as well as acolytes on college campuses beating up Jewish students and calling for the destruction of the state of Israel. And saddest of all, eight decades after Kristallnacht American Jews themselves that are among the loudest and most virulent anti-semites of all.

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The Horribly Lopsided Left vs Right Truths

You can follow the whole thread here.

Not kidding.

AT: Trump Didn’t Start the Fire

The Blaze: Actor warns ‘blood in the streets’ if Dems don’t win midterms: ‘We will have a revolution for real’

Dennis Prager: I’m Jewish, and I Think the Biggest Increase in Anti-Semitism Is From the Left

Reason: Has There Been a Surge of Anti-Semitism Under and Because of Trump? In short, probably not. And about that ADL study everyone is citing…

NRO: Conservatives Don’t Get to Mourn: In the aftermath of terrible events, there are calls for unity. For Republicans, it’s always except you.

Twitchy: Conservative woman writes thread shredding each and every Leftist talking point and it’s SPECTACULAR

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Halloween 2018: Just Bag It!!!

Scary Sweet Tidbits…

Circa: Shut down Halloween. This little girl’s headless costume is unbeatable

Country Living: Century of Scares: What Halloween Was Like the Year You Were Born

Geek: Reese’s Vending Machine Lets You Swap Unwanted Candy for Peanut Butter Cups

He does this every Halloween. He’s a Snickers guy…

HEH!!!

Yahoo: Could ‘Exorcist’ Steps in Washington soon be a historic landmark?

NYP: Woman who had sex with 20 ghosts is now engaged to a spirit

FOX News: ‘Mind-boggling’ monster black hole at Milky Way’s center seen by scientists

The Wrap: Tyler Perry on Why He’s Ending ‘Madea’ Franchise Next Year: ‘Time for Me to Kill That Old Bitch’

Dirty Rocks in the Bottom of the Bag…

NYP: Scares for Bill Maher, Michael Moore in wake of mail bomb threats

Breitbart: Planned Parenthood Encourages Birth … for Illegal Aliens

Bloomberg: Venezuela’s Hard-Partying Beaches Are Now Deserted and Filthy

RS: Thanks Obama: The 5 Prisoners Freed From Gitmo in Exchange for Bergdahl Join Insurgency in Qatar

FOX News: Barbra Streisand ‘thinking’ about moving to Canada if GOP wins the House

Twitchy: Don Lemon: ‘…the biggest terror threat in this country is white men…’; ‘there is no travel ban on them’

Have a very sick Halloween 2018

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Just Rats With Wings…

A Big Bag`o Tricks-n-Treats.

Tricks…

This wicked witch is so fucking hilarious!—- Imagine anyone else cracking this side-handed joke…

FPM: If the Synagogue Shooter Were Muslim, the Media Would Be Defending Him

Tablet: Correcting the ADL’s False Anti-Semitism Statistic: The spread of misleading information on hate crimes is counterproductive in the fight against real and rising anti-Semitism

Glenn Reynolds: AT THIS POINT, THE SPLC IS JUST A HATE GROUP SPREADING HATE SPEECH: SPLC Ties Trump to the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, Even Though Shooter Hated Trump…

PJM: ‘MAGA Bomber’ Worked at West Palm Nightclub Where Stormy Daniels Stripped in Anti-Trump Tour

WashTimes: Actor James Cromwell warns of ‘revolution’: ‘There will be blood in the streets’ if Democrats lose

Twitchy: That’ll do? Actor James Cromwell backpedals after getting busted for ‘blood in the streets’ warning

DC: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Asks For God’s Help With Election Against ‘A Fascist, Hate-Filled, Fear-Mongering’ Ruler

PJM: SPLC Leads Soros-Funded Groups in ‘Orwellian’ Attempt to Ban ‘Hate Speech’ on Social Media

The Federalist: How Public Schools Indoctrinate Kids Without Almost Anyone Noticing – Teaching the value of free thought matters now more than ever. Unfortunately, most American public schools take the opposite approach.

“nutty chunks”

Alongside all those nutty chunks, this pint packs a powerful message under its lid: together, we can build a more just and equitable tomorrow. We can peacefully resist the Trump administration’s regressive and discriminatory policies and build a future that values inclusivity, equality, and justice for people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, refugees, and immigrants. Pecan Resist supports four organizations that are working on the front lines of the peaceful resistance, building a world that supports their values. Get to know them, then find Pecan Resist here!

WashTimes: 5,200 active-duty troops deployed to border ahead of migrant caravan

AP: Trump: End birthright citizenship for some US-born babies

Twitchy: ‘Sh*t just got REAL!’ Lindsey Graham DOUBLES DOWN on Trump’s birthright citizenship policy (Lefties FLIP!)

FOX News: Infighting, plunging morale plague caravan as migrants plod into Mexico

DM: Second migrant caravan storms into Mexico: ‘Violent’ group from Central America carrying BOMBS and guns defies a huge police presence to cross the border from Guatemala as Trump deploys 5,200 troops

FLASHBACK from Harry:

Treats…

Reason: Ready to Get Off Facebook? Reason Reviews 5 Alternative Social Networks. – Facebook, Twitter, and other mainstream social networks have their issues. Are these 5 platforms viable alternatives?

ME: Kanye West designed ‘Blexit’ shirts calling for black people to leave the Democratic Party

But wait…

Twitchy: ‘Nailed it’: Looks like Ben Shapiro was right about Kanye West

NRO: Everyone Wants You to Be Scared

Intelligencer: 12 Young People on Why They Probably Won’t Vote

Frrrrriday Frrrrreddy! This actor just might win an Oscar for this…

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