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Day Without A Woman

Today is International Women’s Day.  In order to properly celebrate groups across the United States are sponsoring A Day Without A Woman.  The celebration is supposed to involve ladies withdrawing from their regular activities at work and home in order to show the rest of society how important their role is and how they need more appreciation.  Not only aren’t you supposed to go to work you’re not supposed to shop either.  I think they made an exception for shopping at female-owned businesses but obviously, those would likely be closed for the day since the owner should be leaving her usual responsibilities to make a point about how important she is to the proper functioning of society.

Let’s see.  Women are supposed to leave men alone AND not shop?  This sounds like something a man made up doesn’t it?  It’s clearly a trick and the celebrants have been had!  The secret name for A Day Without A Woman is Men’s Freedom Day! 

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I can’t believe they fell for it! See ya ladies!

Men are free from henpecking, nagging and whining for a full day. Sounds like party time to me!

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She won’t be home for HOURS!

Plus, you know darn well, when those women decide to come back home, their husbands and sons are going to be having a great time lolling about in their sweats, watching action movies with their feet up on the coffee table with pizza boxes and soda cans strewn all about…happy as clams!

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Mommy’s gone for a while. We can be ourselves. Hop up on the table and let’s beat the drum!

Seriously ladies, If you’re an American and you think you need to participate in a Day Without A Woman event, may I suggest you need to do some intensive soul searching. If you don’t feel appreciated and you’re not being paid what you should be for the work you do, you’re hanging around the wrong people…and you need to go get yourself a new job.

American Athlete-“Social Justice Warriors”

*This is an off topic post but I’ll be back on the gym track next time.  In the meantime, get those good workouts in!

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Dear Protesting Athletes,

You’re going to be on your knees forever if you’re waiting for there to be an end to injustice in America. You better get used to living your life down in the mud because there’s never going to be perfect harmony under this flag or any other.  Human frailty, weakness and purposeful wickedness will always exist because we live in the realm of men.  This isn’t heaven and therefore your goal will not be achieved here.  Please point to one country, particularly a large, racially/ethnically/religiously mixed one where social justice has been perfectly accomplished (it does make you wonder why, if it’s so terrible, black and brown people from other countries still seek to come to America in droves). 

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You’ll never be able to stand erect again.  You’ll live there on your knees breathing the dust of those who actually stand, walk, work for and fight real battles for justice.  You know, those who roll up their sleeves and spend their time uplifting the poor, the sick, the weak, not just pointing to the problem and demanding someone else fix it.  But then again, that’s a much harder thing to do.  It’s exponentially more difficult than sinking to the floor at the sight of the flag. It takes place out of the spotlight and is most often unacknowledged and unnoticed by the word at large. 

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How about some of you concerned athletes who have long off seasons take some at-risk kids under your wing?  Maybe you could show up every week on Saturday night when lots of young people are getting into trouble and hang out at an inner city rec center, playing with them and keeping them off the streets where they’re more likely to engage in behavior that might catch the attention of the police?  Why don’t you sponsor a tutoring program where you and some of your buddies help teach a few struggling young people how to read or do math? You don’t have to be a trained teacher to do that.  Pay a trained teacher to organize the learning materials, demonstrate how to execute the lessons and oversee the tutoring sessions that YOU run.  How about driving every Wednesday during off season to a high school with low performing students and run the after school study program?  During the season when you can’t show up, you can arrange to Skype for a few minutes a day with them or send a video message each week to encourage them to stay the course until you return to duty in person.  Perhaps you could adopt a child who has lost their parents to drug addiction.  What about leaving the sport you play and going into law enforcement instead?  It’s clearly a place you think needs improvement…improve it!  Fifteen seconds of thought and more importantly desire, and you could come up with a way to actually do some good. There are myriad places to put your time and energy but it requires you give of yourself, not just insist that someone else resolve your grievances. Dropping to your knees whenever you hear our anthem or see our flag isn’t going to get the job done.  Neither is throwing money (in small or even large amounts) in the general direction of the problem.

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I’ve never heard of a single battle won, at any point in history, by warriors who engaged in the campaign on their knees.  Have you? Stand up, wipe the dirt off your pants and get to work!  If you choose not to, the rest of us will know exactly who you are…yet another tiresome, self centered, grandstanding agitator who loves to throw matches in puddles of gasoline but won’t lift a finger to be helpful. We’ll know you were simply seeking a public forum and a TV camera so everyone could watch you clutch your pearls and virtue signal in high definition.  In the final analysis, we’ll see that though you had the power and position to have contributed mightily, your life was naught

but a walking shadow, a poor player 

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, 

And then is heard no more.  It’s a tale 

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, 

Signifying nothing.”  (William Shakespeare)

Breath Of Fresh Air (Off Topic Post)

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Congratulations to the people of the UK and all freedom loving people.  Last night I was on pins and needles waiting for the results of the Referendum.  I’m delighted that those who wanted to leave the EU prevailed.

For my friends who wrested back control, make no mistake, the globalist forces that so badly want your power in their hands will seek economic retribution.  They will do so to punish the people of the UK, who they now see as enemies and to strike fear into others who would seek to go their own way.  Their carefully crafted bonds are unraveling and that makes them more dangerous in the short term.  Nevertheless, it’s good to remember that freedom has always had a price; one that’s much more easily paid at the ballot box than on the battlefield.  Well done!

 

Importing Trouble

This is one of my off topic posts.  I’ll always give you a warning when I go off the beaten path, since it’s a pet peeve of mine when other writers do it to me.  If you just like the gym stuff, skip this and I’ll be back on track next time…

*This video is in German but you can read the transcript of what’s being said directly below it.

Transcript:


Hello, you can read the newspapers but this video is about the real situation in Germany. I would like to tell everyone about this on Youtube and Facebook. I am almost 16. I would like everyone to know what is going on, what I am authentically feeling at this moment.

And I am so scared everywhere. For example, if my family and I go out together, or if I see a movie with my friends. Usually, I stay at home, but sometimes I stay out until 6 pm in winter, and it is so scary. It is just very hard to live day-to-day life as a woman.

I just want to say that I am not a racist. But one day, a terrible thing happened at the supermarket. I ran all the way home. I was so frightened for my life. There’s no other way to describe it.

My aunt and her friend have said you have to grow up. Why should we, children, have to grow up in such fear? It’s not just me, my friends too. You can see on Facebook, a 17-year-old attacked, a 15-year-old attacked, two 12-year olds attacked, so many. It is really so sad that this is happening … because of YOU PEOPLE. 😦

I cannot understand why they do this. But more importantly, I cannot understand why Germany is doing nothing! Why is Germany standing by, watching, and then doing nothing? Please explain, why. Men of Germany, these people are killing your children, they are killing your women. We need your protection. We are so scared, we don’t want to be frightened to go to the grocery store alone after sunset. The politicians live alone in their villas, drink their cocktails, and do nothing. They do nothing! I do not know what world they live in, but please, people, please help us! Please, do something! I cannot understand why this is happening. One day, my friend and I were walking down the street, and a group of Arabs were protesting and demonstrating. They shouted, “Allah! Allah! Allah is the one God! Kill those infidels! Allah! Allah!” What should I do? Should I wear a burka? Why should I have to convert to Islam?

It’s fine if you believe in Allah, but why do you want to make everyone else believe in Allah too? I just think it would be better if there were no religion. Stop trying to make everyone else believe in your God when they do not want to.

Please, people of Germany. Do something!

When I try to tell the authorities about what has happened, they hold their hand up towards me and they say it is a problem and then ignore it. and they laugh. It is unfair. They laugh at us. They say we are dumb. They think this not only of me but of the entire state of Germany. They don’t care about our fear. Please help us. This is an emergency! There are more and more of them.

One time in summer, the Muslims said we were sluts for walking outside in a t-shirt.

Yes, we were wearing t-shirts. It’s summer!

Another day, I was wearing this. My friend and I purchased it while shopping. If we feel like wearing it, we will wear it! And you Muslims have no right to physically assault or rape us for it! God willing, never in my life. You have no right to attack us because we are wearing t-shirts. You also have no right to rape.

The life of Germany has changed because these people cannot integrate. We give them so much help. We support them financially and they do not have to work. But they only want more babies and more welfare and more money. Men of Germany, please, patrol the streets and protect us. Do this for your women and your children. If you do that, I believe that we will have a chance.

This sort of action would be wonderful. We would be so grateful and thankful. So many thanks, if steadily, more men would come to protect us. We are so scared.

I am so upset about what Merkel has done.

Thank you, Angela Merkel, for killing Germany! I have no more respect for you, Merkel. I do not think you know what you have done. You do not see how our lives have changed. Open your eyes! Is this normal? Should I, a 16-year old who is almost 17, be so scared to walk outside my house? No, it is not normal. You have killed Germany!

This is the truth. We are no longer allowed to walk outside. We are no longer allowed to wear our clothes. We are no longer allowed to live the German life. This is the sad truth.

I think it’s about time to end this video. I believe I have given a full account from a normal person. I hope others can see this and understand.

I only want to end with one message: Men, please, help your women. Help your children. I am so scared. My friends have the same fear. We are shocked that this has happened. I hope this video can convince you, and that these terrible events can stop.

Here you have a terrified, 16 year old German girl begging German men for protection from the North African and Middle Eastern men that Angela Merkel recently encouraged to come make a home in EU countries.  These fresh, new residents, many of whom have settled in Germany are primarily poorly educated, unattached, young men who were strong and persistent enough to make the long journey from their various countries of origin (Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Iraq etc.) into this young woman’s homeland.  

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Invited into Europe by Merkel et al…photo taken October 21, 2015 in Dobova, Slovenia. This mass march of men across Europe continues day after day unabated.

Most arrive on European shores from countries where their own women are seen as little more than chattel, functioning as child bearers but having no standing in their communities to make decisions or guide their own lives.  Many are used to living in Sharia-compliant areas, where those outside their communities are considered kafir trash; the women, little more than whores to be used as they see fit. 

In their view, unaccompanied women and women not properly covered (in this girls instance wearing a t-shirt or other standard western dress) are asking to be robbed, aggressively groped and/or raped.   In their minds they richly deserve it.  First and foremost because of their kafir status and further for “flaunting” themselves.

Welcome to the new normal…the inevitable clash of culture between vast numbers of these Islamic men and western sensibilities.  The recent sexual misconduct by up to 1,000 muslim men in Cologne is just the beginning.  You would think that the horrors in Rotherham, England and the well documented, astronomical number of rapes in Sweden committed by “migrant” men would have been a tip-off to Ms. Merkel that trying to incorporate a million of these men in a single year into German culture might present problems.  

Europe is in a world of hurt. In Norway they’ve become so desperate to try and stop sexual aggression by these men that they’re holding classes to teach them that rape is not acceptable.  Good luck. Their ideology fully supports their contention that it is and if you care to look, you can see rape and sexual slavery used as a weapon (and reward) in Islamic inspired aggression against those outside their circle for the past 1,400 years.  If it seems too laborious to investigate the distant past, you need look no further than the detailed, official rules regarding the treatment of captive women that ISIS issued a couple of months ago.  The guidelines use Islamic law to clarify exactly how it’s permissible to use the women they’ve enslaved. Keep in mind that many of the “women” are actually children…some younger than 6 years old.

Now you have young women in Germany afraid to go out, and instead of dealing swiftly and firmly with the lawlessness of recently arrived, foreign men, you have politicians like Henriette Reker, the Mayor of Cologne, telling German women to change their own behavior in order to avoid cultural misunderstandings.  Similarly, a group of German parents were recently warned not to allow their girls to wear skirts to school since they had placed a Syrian migrant center nearby.  Apparently the thinking by those in authority is that all will be well as long as the Germans bow to Sharia rules.

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The vast majority arrivals into Europe are unattached males, not families. Women and children are underrepresented in the masses of people who are coming.

Anyone familiar with a tiny amount of history knew what was going to happen when a massive influx of young, muslim males, from poverty stricken backgrounds marched into Germany.  It was obvious that their mindset and actions would result in increased incidents and calls from frightened women for their men to protect them.  Many men won’t because they’ve been feminized and intimidated to the point of uselessness. I suspect those will represent the majority.  They’ll wring their hands and despair while their sisters, mothers and daughters are attacked.  However, some will answer the call.  A few men will still feel the instinct to protect their own and to punish and repel those who wish them harm. These are the men who will reach their limits and take matters into their own hands knowing the government and police have abandoned their job to protect them.

And then what will happen?  

I predict the German men who fight back will be vilified.  Stretched to the end of patience, they will act.  When meting out street justice, there are, inevitably, innocent people who suffer.  Infuriated people who feel backed into a corner tend to lack calculated, tactical, surgical responses. There will be incidents of muslims being hurt who have had nothing to do with aggression toward women or other undesirable behaviors. Therefore, the predictable reactions of those German men will give the politicians the very stick to beat them with.  They will be held up as violent extremists, terrorists, xenophobes, racists and they will, of course, be called Nazis.  They will be hunted by their own government.  Merkel’s forces will try to crush them using the press and the courts. There will be ongoing unrest.  Those who band together against the migrant hordes will be fighting on two fronts. They’ll be defending themselves (and their women) from the influx of predatory men who’ve massed in Europe from all over the world, to take advantage of weak immigration practices and generous welfare benefits and they will also be forced to face a hostile, native government that has already demonstrated they will take the side of the new arrivals over their citizens. 

What turns itself over in my mind is not the question of the migrant men’s behavior when they get to Europe. It’s the bizarre welcome extended to them by Merkel and other European politicians and their refusal to move quickly to remedy the situation.   They had to know internal unrest would be the result. Therefore, I can only conclude that they want turmoil for purposes of their own.

Why, I cannot fathom.  Is it because it’s easier to rule a diluted and troubled citizenry?  Does it take the people’s attention off destructive economic policies of western countries and therefore free the politicians from being held accountable? Are the oil rich muslim-majority nations buying the political class in western nations in order to facilitate hijrah (migration for the cause of Allah…jihad by immigration)?  Have our politicians fallen for the idea that these young men can be used to provide cheap labor as a bulwark against failing economies?  Are they infected by a pathological altruism? Is there an “order out of chaos” scenario being put into motion?  Perhaps it’s a combination of things.

I do know that massive legal and illegal immigration into western cultures has increased dramatically and simultaneously.   I don’t think it’s a coincidence. The shiny, new Obama-Ryan budget allows at least 300,000 more muslim migrants into the country shortly (each with multiple family members to follow).  Remember, the FBI and our security agents have already said they cannot vet all of these people.  There’s no way to separate people peacefully seeking a better life, who are eager to adopt our views of proper conduct including behavior toward women from those who will stubbornly stick to their own cultural norms or even from those who are absolutely hell-bent on our destruction.

European women (grown ups and children alike) are in increased danger from current immigration policies and so too will be the daughters of America if we continue allowing our politicians to have their way flooding our nations with young men who do not share our values and do not wish to assimilate when they arrive.

We need to stop the madness of importing people who do not understand or appreciate our way of life.  There are ways to help refugee populations closer to their own countries but for unfathomable reasons, our politicians insist we do so on this nation’s soil.  We don’t yet have the severity of problems that Germany and the rest of Europe is experiencing BUT we most certainly will if we keep on the same path.  Now is the time to demand elected officials serve the interests of Americans and stop bringing sure trouble to our shores.  I don’t want to facilitate conditions that will have a young, American girl feeling compelled to make a video literally begging someone to stand up for her.

Europe is an object lesson in what not to do.  It’s far easier to keep troubles like this at arms length than it is to foment chaos and destruction in your own culture by willfully bringing people who embrace an incompatible ideology into your country and just hoping it all works out one day.

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References

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160124/1033625832/germany-sex-crime.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35231046

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/cologne-imam-girls-who-drink-beer-deserve-to-be-raped/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/world/europe/reckoning-starts-in-britain-on-abuse-of-girls.html?_r=0

http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-report-details-widespread-child-sex-abuse-in-rotherham-england-1409095700

http://www.allenbwest.com/2015/10/mainstream-media-wont-tell-you-why-sweden-is-now-rape-capital-of-the-west/

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429395/colognes-mass-sex-abuse-new-years-eve-part-trend

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/12/norway_teaching_muslim_refugees_not_to_rape_women.html

http://news.yahoo.com/no-means-no-norway-sends-migrants-anti-rape-212933003.html

http://www.newsweek.com/isis-document-policy-sex-slaves-409591

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/09/05/slavery-isis-rules

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-islamic-state-sexslaves-exclusive-idUSKBN0UC0AO20151230

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-issues-guidelines-for-sex-slavery/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-03/sex-slaves-sold-by-islamic-state-the-younger-the-better

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mayor-of-cologne-says-women-should-have-code-of-conduct-to-prevent-future-assault-a6798186.html

http://news.yahoo.com/mayor-cologne-just-blamed-hundreds-011347213.html

http://www.thelocal.de/20150626/refugee-school-calls-for-uniform-modesty

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3249667/Germany-state-SIEGE-Merkel-cheered-opened-floodgates-migrants-gangs-men-roaming-streets-young-German-women-told-cover-mood-s-changing.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3317978/Torn-apart-open-door-migrants-Sweden-seen-Europe-s-liberal-nation-violent-crime-soaring-Far-Right-march-reports-SUE-REID.html

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/264268-ex-dhs-head-we-cant-vet-syrian-refugees

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/11/17/senior-obama-officials-have-warned-of-challenges-in-screening-refugees-from-syria/

http://www.allenbwest.com/2015/12/new-budget-admits-more-than-two-muslim-migrants-for-every-one-republican-voter-in-this-state/

Warning Bell

This is an off topic post.  If you want some good fitness/gym talk, please check back on Thursday!

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Recently, a 19-year-old Christian woman from the Middle East told me (through a priest who was acting as an interpreter) of her experiences over the previous couple of years. What she had to say was hair-raising. She had been taken prisoner and held in an ISIS rape camp along with many other women and girls.  

The jihadis used them as rewards for the men.  They would sell them between themselves with the money going to their captors.  She tried to sell herself more so they would leave the youngest children alone but the young ones, some of whom were just 5 years old, were in high demand and were often raped multiple times a day.  

This particular woman was rescued, and is now living in the United States.  She arrived a few weeks ago. 

She says she wants to die.

John Kerry announced that he intends to allow up to 200,000 refugees, many from Syria, into the United States over the next two years.  That is in addition to those already resettled here by the Obama administration over the course of his term as President.  They make no preferential differentiation between muslims and Christians who are fleeing their homeland.   As a matter of fact, Christians, who are persecuted mercilessly in Syria, don’t meet the official definition of “refugee” since they’re under attack from ISIS and not the official Syrian government.  Therefore, they receive little consideration.  The result is that muslims will make up the vast majority of those placed into communities in the US.  

ISIS stated more than a year ago that they intended to hide among refugee populations in order to gain more access into Europe and the US.  

John Kerry assures us that the new crop of refugees from Syria will be carefully vetted before they enter our country. Government officials like him tell us they can discern between fundamentalist muslims, like ISIS members and more moderate muslims who are simply seeking a better life. 

Our intelligence community, however, has stated that the refugees cannot possibly be properly vetted since entire regions of Syria including government offices housing police records and other pertinent information have been utterly destroyed.  ISIS often raids the offices before demolishing them and steals passports and official paperwork.  They sell these items on the black market or keep them for their own use.  Therefore, even if people possess personal identification documents, they are highly suspect.

I will remind you that our military members have had many instances of throughly and supposedly properly vetted, government sanctioned, indigenous “helpers” in the Middle East turning on them in case after case of green on blue murder.  Clearly, vetted or not, our government officials can’t assure anyone, except the blissfully uninformed, that they are actually up for the job.  

If you’ve ever wondered how many refugees, wealthy muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia are taking, the answer is none.  According to them, they are afraid the refugees would be pose a significant “security risk.”  In other words, they think terrorists may be hiding among them. 

ISIS is at war with us whether we acknowledge it or not. They intend to destroy us…one or many at a time.  It seems reasonable to request our government representatives behave in a more prudent and cautious manner.  Islamic fundamentalists engage in violent acts against the “Kafir” all over the world and they do so in accordance with quoted religious text they reference to support their behavior.  We have seen their handiwork up close.  They killed approximately 3000 Americans (men, women and children) in one fell swoop on September, 11 2001…and have been foaming at the mouth with eagerness to continue their attacks on our soil ever since.

I recommend people inform themselves about ISIS and other Islamic fundamentalists.  Read their speeches, study their behavior, find out what they’re saying in their self-produced videos before forming an opinion regarding moving potentially hundreds of thousands of additional muslims from Syria into this country.  

It’s noteworthy that those politicians who most strongly encourage us to take in more refugees do not intend to live among them with their own families.  Our politicians live in well guarded, gated communities or tucked inside beautiful compounds constructed with imposing perimeter walls, alarms and surveillance cameras to protect them.  They have expertly trained security forces at their disposal twenty-four hours a day to make sure they aren’t the ones hurt if they make a miscalculation in who should be able to come here.  Notice, they’ve never once placed the refugees’ children in their own children’s classrooms at those exclusive private schools they attend.   They live in safe bubbles, happily insulated from negative ramifications of rolling out the welcome wagon.  

You and I don’t share in those luxuries.

They tell Americans who urge caution that we’re hard hearted although since 2010 we’ve welcomed 71% of the refugees that have come through the UN sanctioned program (they are included in a total of 2.2 million legal immigrants per year) We generously house, feed and educate them out of our tax dollars. 

 If we express worry about trying to assimilate people who prefer to live under Sharia not American law, we’re accused of being racist (even though muslim is not a race).  If we ask for different options, like helping the refugees closer to their own homes, we’re called selfish.  If we point out that there’s no possible way to vet those coming in from war-torn areas like Syria, and therefore we don’t want to take foolish chances admitting them, we are called hate-filled, hysterical, Islamaphobic, Nativist and Xenophobic.

I can live with that if I must.  What I can’t do is sit silently while ISIS and their fundamentalist brethren rampage across the earth; raping, enslaving, beheading, torturing, beating, drowning, burning alive, crucifying and displacing millions of their fellow human beings.  I also won’t support opening a door for potentially hundreds of thousands of additional muslims (refugees can eventually bring their extended families), whose backgrounds and history can’t be checked to be legally ushered into my country by officials who won’t bear the burden if they bet wrong when they’re passing out the golden tickets.

Politicians speak from positions of safety.  The rest of us are expected to shoulder the risk.  No thanks.  I consider it my duty to offer warning.  I owe at least that much to the innocent and defenseless, like that 19-year-old girl whose life was shattered by muslims who insist that they are behaving in accordance with their religion; a religion, they say, allows them to perpetrate what we Americans consider heinous, repellent, flagrant and utterly vile, criminal acts.  I don’t want people who think like that anywhere near me, my family or any of you…and I don’t want my government inviting them here on my behalf.

References (The things I write about are easily verifiable.  I encourage you to research these things for yourself, especially if you think I’m an alarmist).

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/europes-border-crisis/john-kerry-u-s-accept-85-000-refugees-2016-100-n430576

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/world/europe/us-to-increase-admission-of-refugees-to-100000-in-2017-kerry-says.html?_r=3

http://abcnews.go.com/International/officials-fear-syrian-refugees-pose-threat-us/story?id=28930114

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/21638-no-vetting-of-syrian-refugees-in-obama-s-resettlement-invasion

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/555434/Islamic-State-ISIS-Smuggler-THOUSANDS-Extremists-into-Europe-Refugees

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/isis.terrorists.can.use.migrant.crisis.to.sneak.into.europe.pope.francis.warns/64856.htm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3235320/PASSPORT-TERROR-MailOnline-reporter-buys-Syrian-papers-sold-ISIS-fighters-sneaking-Europe-hidden-refugees.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/08/world/gulf-states-syrian-refugee-crisis/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/why-the-islamic-gulf-states-arent-taking-syrian-refugees/article/2571469

http://www.state.gov/j/prm/releases/statistics/228666.htm

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/The-refugee-who-welcomes-the-refugees-6468958.php?t=5f776781bd438d9cbb&cmpid=email-premium

http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/228670-no-room-in-america-for-christian-refugees#

Thoughts on the Black Lives Matter Protesters

This is an off topic post so if you’re here for the gym stuff, come on back and see me tomorrow!

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For the Black Lives Matter Protesters and Supporters

Useful Idiot is a term that you may or may not be familiar with.  It’s use is often attributed to Vladimir Lenin.  Regardless of it’s actual point of origin, it’s used to describe people who function as tools in a cause whose ultimate goals they are blind to and whose leaders hold them in contempt while simultaneously using them for their own ends. In the case of Black Lives Matter, it describes a purposeful manipulation of emotion and a spoonfeeding of propaganda on the part of the more powerful leaders that is taken up by the street level protestors or “marks” as truth.  

You see, they are using you, my friends.  They’re using you as attack dogs to help in their desire to create chaos and disorder.  What kind of leaders willfully try to set people against each other?  Those who want to replace what once existed with something new.  In this case, that means enemies of America who want to “fundamentally transform” her.  When things are chaotic, when the public is upset, when groups are running around calling implicitly and explicitly for violence they get what they want…a general population longing for a return to order, safety and increased security.  

That order, safety and increased security translates into expanded government control. It means the people will more willingly give up their freedoms and privacy so that they may feel safe.  Citizens will allow the government to overreach in ways they would normally reject out of hand. Setting people against each other is simply a tactic. 

Few of those encouraging you care one whit about identifying or addressing the real causes of problems in the black community.  That’s why they remain silent when young, black men shoot and kill each other in major cities, every single weekend, in staggering numbers.  Have you noticed that those black lives don’t matter?  Nobody reports on it, nobody marches or chants to bring “awareness” to the carnage, no government official condemns it, they just allow the bloody bodies to be carted off; out of sight, out of mind and keep talking about how WHITE people (police in particular) are racist and therefore dangerous to black people.  The thousands of young, black men dying at the hands of other young, black men don’t matter to them one bit.

Only certain black lives matter…the ones the government/media complex can plug-and-play into the storyline they wish to promote, the ones that will stoke discord and create unrest.  The ones that will pit black against white people.  

Why?

Social cohesion is the enemy of “transformation.”  Our citizens will reject losses of personal freedom and increased government meddling and control as long as things are going well.  Social (and economic) chaos is the goal because it eventually brings calls for order.  The government will position themselves as the solution when they step in with the permission of a weary, psychologically battered and confused population to impose the requested order.   What comes next is a predictable and historically repetitive repression of the population “for their own good.” They purposely encourage the problem in order to solve the problem in a way that causes the people to willingly cede their power.

My friends, they have you marching in the streets, calling for violence against your fellow citizens, spewing vile, hateful, divisive rhetoric.  They have you encouraging mayhem, murder and screeching for a race war you cannot win.  They have you rejecting the very people who wade into urban pockets of criminality and try to keep the innocent from being preyed upon. Without them, those same communities will be completely swallowed up by the violent. The result will only be more misery, more despair.

I can promise you one thing.  Nothing you’re doing will improve the lives of black people.  It can only further deteriorate the cause of peace and true justice. They have you working against your own interests and doing it with great vigor.

While you are useful to them, you will be allowed to continue stirring the pot.  When they are done with you, you’ll be discarded without a second thought; no more print coverage, no more spots on the nightly news, no more understanding murmurings coming from those government officials you think have real sympathy with your cause.  If you dare to keep it up after your Use By date, they will crush you without mercy.

Stop what you’re doing, take a pause and look back into world history.  You will see that this is nothing new.  It’s been done time and time again to lessen the power that people have to affect their own destiny and to deliver more power into the hands of the ruling class.  I assure you, THEY know history. They are functioning as puppet masters, pulling strings and fomenting unrest to chip away at the bedrock of your liberty.

Your future could and should be bright.  The opportunities and possibilities this country traditionally offers her citizens exist in no other place on this earth.  A better life won’t be bestowed by the government (that’s the dangerous lure of socialism and the sweet song of fascism) but it can be achieved. Your actions are a rejection of the very order that allows upward social and economic movement in America.  You’re helping the ruling class wrest the possibility for advancement from you in your improperly focused efforts.  You’re helping them close the door on the possibility of a prosperous future for yourself and for the rest of your countrymen.

Black people and white people in America are in the same boat. Like it or not our fortunes and future are intertwined. We must not allow ourselves to be moved around the board like chess pieces in a wicked game.  We must resist becoming useful idiots; misguided and energetic fools, complicit in our own destruction.

An Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter

Update – My letter was written on Friday, July 17, 2015.  At that time, it was reported that in addition to the four Marines who had been killed, a policeman had been injured and a member of the U.S. Navy had been shot and was in surgery.  There was little information about their condition at the time.  I assumed from the tone of the reports that both would survive.  On July 18th, 2015, Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith succumbed to his injuries.  His death is yet another that can be added to the lengthy (and growing) list of American citizens ambushed and killed by Islamic fundamentalists.

An Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter

July 17, 2015

Dear Mr Secretary,

Four United States Marines are dead.  Sergeant Carson Holmquist, Sergeant David Wyatt, Lance Corporal Skip Wells and Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan were killed on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.  Soon thereafter, you issued a statement indicating that our Marines were lost in “a senseless act of violence.”

Let me clarify the issue for you.  This act was not “senseless.”  It was purposeful.  It was an act of jihad undertaken in the name of Islam.  The attack was carried out in accordance with fundamental Islamic ideology.  It’s an ideology specifically oriented toward creating terror in order to dominate and ultimately defeat the infidel.

Infidel.  That means you, Sir.  Unfortunately, that also means me, my children and the rest of the population who do not ascribe to the same ideology.  Hence, my objection to your prevarication with regard to this matter.

As the current Secretary of Defense, you know this.  I can’t imagine that this is a new concept for you.  Therefore, I implore you to stop with the obvuscating, mealy-mouthed labeling of an obvious, Islamic inspired terrorist attack as “a senseless act of violence.”

Perhaps you’ve mistaken us for imbeciles.  Your refusal to properly and clearly define what led to the deaths of those Marines, changes nothing except to make you look pathetically weak and to shred your credibility in the eyes of the public.

I implore you; halt with the politi-speak.  Grasp your dignity around you, stand up and say it like it is.  You, Sir, owe it to me, my children, the rest of the American citizens and most of all to the memory of those four Marines.

Provocation

*This is off topic but something I wanted to comment on.  We’ll return to regular programming with the next post.

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On May 3rd, 2015, Pamela Geller held a “Draw the Prophet” event in Garland Texas. Most people are aware that two jihadis showed up, armed, with the intention of murdering Ms. Geller and the attendees. The jihadis were killed before they could do any great harm.

Since then, it’s been noteworthy to watch news reports of these events. Ms. Geller has been excoriated for holding this contest because it was “provocative.” Many question the wisdom of having such a contest and posit that perhaps she and the attendees deserved the attempt on their lives. There’s been a strong she-brought-it on-herself thread running through commentary about the event.

In a new threat yesterday, ISIS has said they are going to continue in their quest to murder Ms. Geller…and also anyone who shields her.

The following is the threat, reported on The Gateway Pundit, posted by Abu Al Ameriki

Our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is the Golden Era, everyone who believes… is running for Shaheed”.

The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter. This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.

We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan. The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.

The next six months will be interesting, To our Amir Al Mu’mineen make dua for us and continue your reign, May Allah enoble your face.

May Allah send His peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhummad and all those who follow until the last Day.

Perhaps you’re one of those who think that she deserves what she gets. She did, after all, exercise her free speech rights unwisely, right? She probably shouldn’t have done something fundamentalist Muslims would be driven to violence over, right?

Going from there, it’s critical that you understand that violent jihadis the world over are linked by a common philosophy. That philosophy, embraced by groups like Boko Haram, ISIS, Al Nusra Front, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and many other large groups and individuals, is fundamental (commonly called radical) Islam. Sharia, or Islamic law, dictates that they kill those who make images of their prophet.

Knowing those facts, one should know not to provoke them. One should also be aware of some additional facts.

Being a Christian is considered provocative by Islamic fundamentalists.
Being a Jew is considered provocative by Islamic fundamentalists.
Being a Buddhist, a Hindu, a Zorastrian is considered provocative by Islamic fundamentalists.

Declarations of being an Atheist or Agnostic won’t help you either. Both are also considered provocative by Islamic fundamentalists.

Think about it for a minute. We’ve all read about atrocities being committed across the world by these people. ISIS just executed another group of Christians on video a couple of weeks ago. Abba Mulugeta, an official with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church’s Patriarchate Office said, “I believe this is just another case of the IS group killing Christians in the name of Islam. Our fellow citizens have just been killed in a faith-based violence that is totally unacceptable. This is outrageous.” This mass execution took place on the heels of the February video beheadings of the Coptic Christians.

I guess those Christians who were shot and beheaded shouldn’t have been so provocative.

Does anyone remember what’s happening to young Christian and Yazidi girls in Iraq? Countless news reports document their experiences being raped, tortured and killed by ISIS fighters in the region. Did you know they sell and trade the little girls amongst themselves? There’s an official price list. Girls between 1 and 9 years old are the most expensive. Girls with blue or green eyes command a premium. ISIS members explain (in their own words for all to read) that this is permissible according to their religion. They are following religious dictates which say they can use captured, minority religion women and girls as sex slaves.

I guess those little Christian and Yazidi girls shouldn’t be so provocative.

Do you remember that hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls? That campaign was a response to Boko Haram, Islamic fundamentalists, who went into a school in Nigeria and snatched approximately 300 girls for their use. That was a few months after they shot and/or burned to death 59 boys at a boarding school. Do you know what Boko Haram means? The translation of Boko Haram is Western (or non-Islamic) education is a sin. Those girls and boys were getting a western education.

I guess those young women and men shouldn’t have been so provocative.

Just a short time ago, in early April, Al-Shabaab showed up at a college in Kenya, separated the muslim students from the Christian students, then massacred the Christians.

I guess those college students shouldn’t have been so provocative.

How about the Pakistani school attack? How about the Kenyan mall attack?  How about the countless attacks in England, Canada, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Israel and France?  How about Fort Hood, Oklahoma, Boston and New York?

So much provocation!

Whether you think Pam Geller was unwise or not in holding her contest, you better stand up for her Constitutional right to do so.  Otherwise, terror accomplishes it’s purpose, the jihadis triumph and Sharia law is upheld over American law.  As for Ms. Geller being provocative, I have news for you. YOU ARE TOO.  You’re provocative the very same way the Christian men, the Yazidi girls, the young students, the little boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and the people in the Twin Towers were provocative. If you’re not an Islamic fundamentalist, the fact that you’re alive on this earth is provocative. By their own words, you present a legitimate target, for forced conversion, subjugation or for killing (they also call for other muslims to be killed if they don’t think they’re practicing properly).  Refusing to confront their ideology will not make them stop.  As long as the ideology stands, you and those you love are at risk.  It doesn’t matter if you speak up, ignore what’s going on or cower in a corner. As far as they are concerned, you’re fair game.  If you draw their ire, for something you did or just for who you are, you better hope your fellow citizens see fit to stand up for you instead of sitting around snarking about how you brought it on yourself.

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Celebration Of Service Friday (#7)

“Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”
President John Adams

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John Adams’ quote serves as a reminder that whether we choose to serve in the armed forces or not, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who worked to win, preserve and pass on the gifts of liberty and freedom. Many have been military members but there are those who worked diligently for freedom, as civilians, in the realm of ideas as well.  ALL citizens of the United States are responsible for doing the same. We cannot rest on our laurels.  Freedom is a forever fight, one that takes place on the battlefield of ideas long before arms are taken up.  Don’t think that because you’re not in the military you’re excused from duty.  You are expected to show up and you’re expected to work.  It is your responsibility as an American!

It doesn't matter which side of the barrier you find yourself on.  We are all equally responsible for preserving the welfare of this country and for protecting the gifts of liberty we inherited from generations past.

It doesn’t matter which side of the barrier you find yourself on. We are all equally responsible for preserving the welfare of this country and for protecting the gifts of liberty we inherited from generations past.

 

Riding On My High Horse

Warning – This is an off topic post…and not particularly cheery.  If you want gym stuff, skip this.  I’ll have something for you tomorrow.

Every parent has had to respond to a child trying to use somebody else’s bad behavior to excuse their own. Who hasn’t heard the line “But mom, Jimmy does it all the time” when they call their child out for some misdeed or another. It’s a universal parenting experience. So what is the good parent’s response? Do we slink into the corner muttering “Oh, yes, that’s right. Jimmy does do that. I guess it doesn’t matter then. I shouldn’t have brought it up” or do we look our little darling in the eye and say “What Jimmy did was wrong. If he got away with it, it doesn’t make it any better. it’s still wrong. Furthermore, I don’t have the power to stop Jimmy from (insert bad behavior here…stealing, lying, hurting other children) but I’m most definitely going to see that YOU know right from wrong and if you make bad choices, you will be held responsible. There will be consequences.”

Aren’t we in agreement that this is the reasonable way to respond to our darlings when they make this worn argument?

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What if He-Did-It Jimmy lived a thousand years ago? Would that change the discussion in any significant way? Of course not, yet this is the same weak argument that the President of the United States made when he admonished his audience at the recent National Prayer Breakfast against throwing stones when they “live in glass houses.”  He was addressing legitimate concerns over a barrage of alarming violence across the world being committed by people who identify themselves as Islamic.

“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ” (he added slavery in the U.S. and Jim Crow as Christian misdeeds as well). “Murderous extremism” he explained, “is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.”

First, let me fix that for the President. The murderous extremists that we’re all concerned about, that he’s taking about but refusing to name properly would more precisely be called violent (or murderous, if he’s settled on that word) Islamic jihadists. They are the people currently among us who quote both religious text and Islamic law to support things like

*Crucifying children (Iraq)

*Entering schools and taking young girls to use for their own pleasure i.e. sex slaves (Nigeria) This refers to one specific incident in Nigeria but using captive women as slaves, sexual and otherwise, is rampant in Syria, Iraq and Northern Africa. 

* Throwing gay people off the tops of buildings to kill them (Syria) 

*Slaughtering boys who watch soccer on TV by lining them up and killing them by firing squad (Iraq)

*Sentencing musicians to 90 lashes each for playing non-Islamic instruments (Syria)

*Entering a school, killing in excess of 120 children and burning some of the teachers alive while insisting that the children watch (Pakistan)

*Walking into the headquarters of a publication and killing 12 journalists/cartoonists…and then proceeding to kill people in a Jewish deli for good measure (France)

*Putting bear clamps on breastfeeding women’s breasts to punish them (Syria)

*Attacking a soldier in the street and beheading him with a meat cleaver (Britain)

*Taking hostages in a cafe which resulted in the deaths of two patrons (Australia)

*Burning churches to the ground by the hundreds (Nigeria and countless other places)

In the U.S., just off the top of my head, I can list the Boston Bombings, Fort Hood shootings, the beheading of a woman in Oklahoma, the recent execution of two policemen sitting in their squad car in New York…and of course the events of 9/11 when close to 3000 Americans were killed in one day.  I could go on and on because the list of atrocities go on and on.  People here and across the world are suffering because of violent Islamic jihadists.

Remember, the President needed to point out that this type of behavior “isn’t unique to one group or one religion.” I would counter that while that may be true over the span of human history, right now it’s violent Islamic jihadists that preach (and act to promote) the domination, death and destruction of people with differing beliefs all across the globe.

Second, a salient point ignored by the President, is that people in his audience weren’t alive during the Crusades. For the sake of this particular argument, I won’t challenge his interpretation of events (although there are countering readings of history that acknowledge known excesses during the Crusades but also provide a contextual view and discuss the instigating events). For the sake of brevity, I will leave his slant unchallenged.  I will respond to his take that in the past there were Christians who killed innocent people using their religion as an authoritative reason for it. Surely, he’s aware that since those he was addressing weren’t there, they couldn’t have pointed out the wrongdoing or done a single thing to correct that behavior. I wasn’t alive 1000 years ago, or 500 years ago, or 100 years ago, but I’m alive now. In what deranged view do I not have the responsibility or the standing, because of the shadows of history, to call out terrible transgressions and wrong doing in the here and now when I’m aware of them?

It seems the President thinks it’s odd or that it points to some sort of unsavory personality trait that violent Islamic jihadists should capture our attention. I think it’s eminently reasonable to turn my eyes upon them and give their motivations and actions investigation and thought when they daily declare war against me and mine…and when they exhort their followers to kill my children (I watch them kill other people’s so I know it’s not idle talk).

I pay attention because I want to shield the innocent. I read and study their philosophy because it poses significant danger to large numbers of people across the world and must be counteracted. I do it because I don’t want wrong thinking to win. I talk about it because my children deserve a parent who will stand up for them (and I’m happy to stand up for the children down the street from me, and on the other side of the world as well). We are stewards in the here and now. If I shut up because of transgressions made hundreds of years before I was born then evil wins twice. I can’t change the past. I can’t take responsibility for something that happened when I wasn’t there but I can tell you that if Islamic jihadists prevail in my lifetime, it won’t be because I sat down and refused to name them, because I wouldn’t point out the crimes they commit against their fellow man (and all decency) or because I wouldn’t support a superior philosophy of proper conduct.

I’m perfectly comfortable on my high horse. I can’t and won’t absolve a violent Islamic jihadist of responsibility today because Jimmy acted up…centuries ago.

References (I provided these for people who think I’m making this stuff up.  You can google each instance I cited above yourself and you will see countless supporting documents for each one)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/04/isis-crucified-children_n_6613578.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/isis-throws-gay-man-building-stone-death-article-1.2101930

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-nigeria-schoolgirls

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/20/islamic-state-terrorists-kill-13-teen-boys-for-wat/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2918061/ISIS-police-sentence-musicians-lashes-playing-Islamic-electonic-keyboard.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-asia-30491113

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/world/europe/charlie-hebdo-paris-shooting.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2890911/All-female-Islamic-State-police-squad-tortured-woman-device-called-biter-caught-breastfeeding-public.html

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/19/woolwich-murder-soldier-street-adebolajo-radicalised-kenya

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-australia-30475711

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nigeria-boko-haram-torch-185-churches-captured-towns-borno-adamawa-1468763

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