Two Very Different Anniversaries

Today is the eleventh anniversary of the founding of Gates of Vienna. It’s also the forty-eighth anniversary of the execution of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the patron saint of lefty protesters and college professors, and the inspiration for uncountable millions of t-shirts, coffee mugs, posters, and all the other commercial bric-a-brac that has been making hip capitalists filthy rich for the past five decades.

Except for the calendrical coincidence, there is no connection between these anniversaries. Still, they make a nice twofer.

Hat tip for the Che photo: Western Rifle Shooters Association.

15 thoughts on “Two Very Different Anniversaries

    • Mr. Spahn–

      I heartily concur: the People’s Cube is excellent; in a class by itself. Oleg is from Ukraine. We’ve had several email conversations over the years – he knows far more about us than we can ever know about Russia and his home country. I didn’t realize there was an Irishman in the mix. Now I like it even more.

      Here is a great comment left on the latest post from P.C.’s climate change expert, a category they call “global warminsk”…I think these guys read a whole lot of Mad magazine in their youth (yeah, that’s a compliment):

      I didn’t know about that graph Mikhail, very interesting to see that the ice is actually growing rather than collapsing at the World Trade Center-esque rates that environmentalists so fervently espouse. I’ve always believed in Global Warming, but I’ve also believed that the amount of variables in play and the unpredictability of nature have made it impossible to see if it’s man-made rather than natural. I’ve always thought that it was just a natural cycle, like how an oven will vary 5-10 degrees from what you set it depending on if the burners ran within the last minute or so. And I think for them to attack coal and natural gas and attack American jobs and American energy under the banner of environmentalism is damned close to treason. I mean, coal and natural gas are some of the most plentiful forms of energy we have, and unless we want to spend more billions of dollars having fruitless middle-eastern adventures we should keep them close and ready. I remember reading an article that the reason why oil prices fell early in the year was because OPEC was afraid of

      1) The new Tesla and natural gas cars that use electric+CNG and that they wanted to get everybody more addicted to oil so that Teslas+CNG cars wouldn’t be viable or look attractive


      2) The new Marcellus Shale and midwestern fracking booms were getting loads of oil and natural gas that were American and would make for less OPEC oil being bought.

      More here:

      Your comment made me realize again what a treasure they are. When I’m in bad need of laughter, I visit the P.C.

  1. Funny, but your post brings to mind when the wife and I were in Paris waiting to board a cruise on the Seine. While waiting for the boat to dock we got to talking to an English family with adult kids, and as I was looking around to see the type of people who may be joining us, I spied the ‘Che Clown’ – you know, the university type male with military boots, jungle greens, frizzy hair, beret on top and a Che T-shirt to boot.

    I drew that family’s attention to the Che caricature by saying, “Don’t look now, but there’s Che Ceuvara!”

    Well they all looked and then fell about themselves laughing. I couldn’t believe the reaction which also got the attention of ‘Che’ who appeared to be mildly irritated.

    But what did the young fool expect?

  2. Rivers of blood
    The anniversary gives an opportunity to affirm that it was Che Guevara (a serial murderer) who spoke of “rivers of blood”.
    English MP and Classics professor Enoch Powell was quoting Virgil when he said:
    “I see the River Tiber foaming with blood”.

  3. It’s interesting to see the expression on some people’s faces, when you inform them of Che’s racist views on black people.

    Wonder where he got the Sherman tank?

    • Thanks Mark for letting us know about that vignette of Saint Che’s character. It is no surprise of course that as a Marxist revolutionary he held black people in disdain. The great Karl himself used to attack and dismiss a German Socialist leader opponent named Ferdinand Lasalle, who had very dark “kinky” hair, as being part ni***r.”

  4. Kudos for your fine site. You have stayed where the action is–on the bloody edges of Islam–and you have remained tasteful and intellectual. Accordingly, I bet you have made some resolute apostates and fortified our spirits at once.
    Stay healthy and thank you.

  5. Congratulations GoV!

    If some remnant of the West survives, it will be in part because of the hard work both done and chronicled here by you, your contributors, and your readers.

    May God be with you all.



  6. Congratulations Gov! The internet equivelent of : land of the free, home of the braves!

  7. Eleven years! this is a special anniversary, as I didn’t know the che the murderer was killed on the same date.
    As a celebration of both, I am sending you a token of my appreciation for your tireless efforts. And I urge others to do the same. God Bless you both.

  8. Thank you for your great Churchillian work and sacrifice, pointing out as Churchill did of 12th November 1936 of the British Government response to Germany’s reoccupying the Rhineland

    So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all powerful for impotency.

    that lead to the next difficult phase of :-

    I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.
    You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs—Victory in spite of all terror—Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.

    May you see, the times change, to when

    “end of the beginning, and the beginning of the end”

    and to see victory how ever long it takes.

    Get stuffed Che.

    With Great Gratitude and thanks for the strength and courage, that has been a constant with Baron and Dymphna’s words of deeper wisdom, and shining light for our direction and action to take.

  9. My sincere congratulations on the 11th anniversary of the founding of your website. Until GoV came along my only succor from the MSM was from “Steynonline” and “The Brussels Journal”, but it is your daily news feed that keeps me abreast of what is going on in the world as I don’t watch TV or read newspapers or magazines.

    I’m sure you have the stats, but I imagine the site visits have grown exponentially especially over the past 3-5 years and will continue to grow. Whenever an acquaintance tentatively (terrified I might think them a “racist”) raises with me their concerns over Islam or Muslim immigration, my reply is always: “I have three words for you: Gates of Vienna. Google it. Gates of Vienna”

    On Che, you might be surprised to learn that one can also buy cufflinks bearing his iconic face in colored ceramic. I once saw a newly-elected parliamentarian (Labor Party – Left Wing faction) stroll into Parliament House in his expensive new suit and such cufflinks. I wanted to verbally assault him, but my professional position precluded me from doing so.

  10. I don’t remember just how I stumbled onto GoV to begin with. But I’m glad I did. There is a wealth of information here that is unavailable anywhere else (that I know of).

    Thank you!

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