Monday, June 30, 2014

Leftist/Rabid Feminist Howling Over SC Hobby Lobby Decision

The computer is back to acting up, so no links will appear in this post.

Hobby Lobby, a retailer that is owned entirely by devout Christians, will not have to pay for abortifacients for their employees. That portion of the insanely deceptively named Affordable Care Act/Obamacare was struck down in regards to employers in similar situations. I assume that other employers, such as the Catholic Church, will also benefit from this decision.

The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) made a move that has unfortunately become an increasingly rare occurrence - it ruled correctly on a case concerning an issue that had everything to do with Liberty, Conscience, and Religious Freedom. Although again reminding us that the bulwark between right and wrong is tearing at the seams - the split decision was a razor-thin 5-4 margin, on this occasion the Court clearly got it right.

Pregnancy has come to mean only when a fertilized egg is impregnated in the uterine wall - an extremely narrow definition willfully concocted to render all other pregnancies non-starters and thus not worthy of any consideration by the law. This of course leaves the medical community in a "painted themselves into a corner" position as even a fertilized egg that has become implanted in the Fallopian tubes is referred to as an Ectopic Pregnancy. As pregnancy does occur prior to implantation in the uterus,  Ru-486 is therefore an abortifacient despite the Herculean efforts that the Left expends to claim that it is not.

Dana Loesch in a piece in The Blaze dated June 30, 2014, noted the massive degree of irony in the "wanting it both ways" claims made by rabid feminists and their Leftist allies:

".....Here are some of the slogans Loesch proposed:

“Not my boss’s business — but I want my boss to pay for it!”

“Hands off my uterus — just give it your dollars instead.”

“Women united will never be defeated (so pay for our birth control).”

“Not the church, not the state, women must control our fate (please finance our fate).”

Loesch said women’s access to contraceptives is no more restricted than it was before the ruling. All that has changed is that employers are no longer forced to pay for the contraceptives of others in violation of their religious liberties, she said......

"Women's rights remain unchanged. They were able to obtain birth control before and after ruling."

-From ABC News article  dated June 30, 2014:

".......In a 5-4 opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito the court held that as applied to closely held corporations the Health and Human Services regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Alito was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Anthony Kennedy filed a concurring opinion.

The decision is a victory for the Green family that owns the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain and the Hahns who own Conestoga, a cabinet making company, who had challenged the so called contraceptive mandate saying it forced them to either violate their faith or pay ruinous fines. The government defended the provision as an essential part of health care coverage for women.............

The court rejected the government’s claim that neither the owners nor the corporations could bring a religious liberty claim. “Protecting the free-exercise rights of corporations like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga … protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control those companies,” Alito wrote.

Alito says the court has “little trouble” concluding that the HHS contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of region: "The Hahns and the Greens believe that providing the coverage demanded by the HHS regulation is connected to the destruction of an embryo in a way that is sufficient to make it immoral for them to provide the coverage.”

“The Government has failed to show that the contraceptive mandate is the least restrict means of furthering that interest," according to the majority opinion.

Alito wrote that the owners of Hobby Lobby believe that the coverage required of the health care law "is connected to the destruction of an embryo in a way that is sufficient to make it immoral for them to provide the coverage … HHS [Department of Health and Human Services] has not shown that it lacks other means of achieving its desired goal without imposing a substantial burden on the exercise of religion by the objecting parties in these cases.”

"Protecting the free-exercise rights of corporations like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga and Mardel protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control those FRFR companies,” Alito wrote in the majority opinion.

Alito said the opinion was limited to closely held corporations: “Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs. Other coverage requirements, such as immunizations, may be supported by different interests (for example, the need to combat the spread of infectious diseases) and may involve different arguments about the least restrictive means of providing them. “

[Here comes the voice of those who will not brook any exercise of conscience in the face of State Power whatsoever]

"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a dissent, joined on the merits by Justice Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Steven Breyer.

In her dissent Ginsburg –disagreed with Alito --and worried about what other challenges might come next. :”Reading the Act expansively, as the court does, raises a host of “Me, too” questions. Can an employer in business for profit opt out of coverage for blood transfusions, vaccinations, antidepressants, or medications derived from pigs, based on the employer’s sincerely held religious beliefs opposing those medical practices.”

Ginsburg wrote , “The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would override significant interests of the corporations’ employees and covered dependents. It would deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage that the ACA would otherwise secure”

She took the unusual step of reading her dissent from the bench.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: "President Obama believes that people should make personal health care decisions for themselves rather than their bosses deciding for them. Today’s decision jeopardizes the health of women who are employed by these companies. As Millions of women know firsthand, contraception is often vital to their health and well-being. That is why the Affordable Care Act ensures that women have access to contraceptive care, along with other preventative care, like vaccines and cancer screenings. We will work with Congress to make sure that any women effected by this decision will still have the same coverage and vital health services as everyone else."

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "I am disappointed and deeply concerned by the Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have gained access to preventive services without out-of-pocket costs, including birth control. However, this decision takes money out of the pockets of women and their families and allows for-profit employers to deny access to certain health care benefits based on their personal beliefs. Nearly sixty percent of women who use birth control do so for more than just family planning."

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Will Russia React to the Islamization and Leftist Centralization of Western Europe?

-Hat tip to Gates of Vienna

In previous posts* (at bottom), I envisioned a scenario in which Western Civilization has declined to a point in which those who live in Western nations live and think in a manner that is little different  from peoples of East Asian nations. In the second and third of the three-part series, I suggested that Russia (and possibly to a lesser extent other East European nations) finally bring their potential to fruition and by doing so possibly salvage some of what is left of Western culture.

This post from Gates of Vienna has a somewhat similar approach, but the writer's scenario is not simply a West (in his case, that of Europe) that has declined, but one in which the EU, by successful importation of hordes of Muslims and the fettering (both physically and psychologically) of the descendants of  those who brought the greatest degree of freedom, prosperity, and achievement the world has ever seen, has become a full-blown belligerent to an Eastern Europe that will not do the bidding of the Western Socialists.

Some very good points were brought up in the post. In the above scenario, the US will likely have become fully under the political and societal  domination of the Left and will consequently applaud Western European efforts to start trouble. The main problem that I see with Russia at the moment is her terribly low birthrate. Perhaps more Boers and other cast-offs will take the Russians (Georgians, interestingly, are offering the same) up on their to settle in or near the lands from which Indo-European speakers originally spread (I strongly favor the North of the Black Sea school for an original IE heartland).

"Islamisation of Europe: When will Russia React?

For how much longer will Russia stand and watch while Western Europe is transformed into an Islamic dominated, nuclear-armed, EU-totalitarian entity? Since Russia is not governed by dreamy ideologues, but by political realists, one may assume that the Kremlin is coming to terms with the consequences for Russian external security of the Islamisation and ‘totalitarianisation’ of EU-West Europe. Russian strategists may be looking at the following themes in particular.

(By C. Jahn)

23 June 2014

1. The Islamisation of EU-West Europe threatens Russia

In spite of the growing opposition movements in some Western European countries such as France and England, it is to be expected that the present Islamisation policy of the Western European governments will remain unchanged. In the future, too, they will bring millions of Mohammedans to Europe, who for their part will continue their “conquest from the within” and step by step will secure for themselves a growing power and influence over policy, administration and the security forces. Particularly in Germany, with its feeble opposition, the government is advancing Islamisation with a singular aggressiveness. Even if it takes three or four decades for the Mohammedan minority to become the majority in important West European heartlands — in Belgium, Holland, large parts of France, England, Germany and Austria — the Islamic influence on the political leadership in Western Europe will have already become so strong in the short term, that Russia and the former Eastern bloc will represent the sole remaining bulwarks against the proliferation of Sharia in Europe and against the spread of the traditionally aggressive, Islamic ideology of world conquest.

An Islamised Western Europe will perforce fall into a cultural-ideological confrontation with Russia together with the rather nationalist-oriented, and in the medium term, the scarcely Islamisable states of the former East block, especially Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. It is to be feared on this account that it will be mainly Germany, being without an opposition but strongly under the influence of Islam, that will agitate against Christian Russia, but also against other countries of the former Eastern block. Merkel’s most recent tirade against Russia and the blatant hostility of the German government toward Hungary may already anticipate this future agitation and renewed front-line positioning in Europe.

Consequently in the coming decades an Islamised EU-West Europe, because of the war-readiness and battle-preparedness intrinsic to Islam, will then become militarily more offensive in its thinking and become a confrontational and potentially hostile sphere of influence to the west of Russia. This antagonistic power base in the West will constitute a geographical supplement to the hostile Islamic sphere of influence which already exists today to the south (Chechnya, Turkic states etc.). Since an EU membership is foreseeable for the recently re-Islamised and ever dangerous, nationalistic Turkey, Russia, in the not too distant future will find herself both in the west and in the south, completely trapped in a pincer movement by predominantly Islamic powers which are latently or openly hostile.

2. The EU will accelerate on its totalitarian course

The anti-democratic development of the EU will intensify in the coming years; the totalitarian trend inside the power apparatus of the EU will gain momentum. Almost all leading parties in Western Europe support a policy favouring a still more concentrated EU centralism, accompanied by democratically elected state parliaments surrendering their powers. This trend, comparable to the development of the conglomerate of states of the USSR, will ultimately result in a dictatorship of unelected bureaucrats whose power is no longer democratically legitimised at all, or only marginally so, and whose exercise of power, by analogy with the USSR, will take on absolutist features.

Since today it is already largely impossible for the Western European population to control the power of the EU leaders, this anti-democratic development of the EU, as the historical experience of all totalitarian systems has shown, will enhance the willingness inside the EU leadership circle to take political and military risks; or to state it more concretely, the threshold for military adventures will become lower, hence making the EU considerably more dangerous. The combination of these two great political trends in Western Europe, Islamisation and ‘totalitarianisation’, will form in the medium term a dangerous cocktail for the external security of Russia.

3. The EU will obtain access to armed forces and weapons

For years efforts have been underway in the EU, by means of the centralisation of national armies, to provide the Brussels bureaucrats with their own military apparatus. There is no doubt that the raising of such an EU army is only a question of time. This army will be small in the beginning; but as the overall development of the EU has always shown, it will over time fully replace the national armies. French atomic weapons will then no longer remain under the control of a democratic government, but will become directly or indirectly subject to an undemocratic, centralised bureaucracy, which will not have to justify its measures to constituents.

Consolidation of the as yet nationally fragmented military forces in Western Europe into a gigantic, combined military apparatus will represent therefore not only a completely new calibre of military potential on Russia’s western flank, but will also fundamentally change the decision-making procedures behind the unleashing of a military confrontation: — a few totalitarian leaders making rapid decisions, hence replacing elected democrats labouriously building a consensus. Both developments will lower the Western European political leadership’s threshold and raise their readiness for confrontation..........

In the coming years Western Europe will almost inevitably become poorer and more violent; and given the foreseeable ethno-territorial fragmentation, large areas will become ungovernable. Historical experience teaches that politicians in such situations, simply for reasons of self-protection, consistently yield to the temptation of externalising the internally fermenting potential for conflict by focussing on an alleged common “enemy”. Russia therefore is at risk of becoming the lightening rod for Western Europe’s economic downfall and for its growing inter-ethnic tensions.

5. When will Russia act? 

......................Since only Russia comes into question as an adversary in such a war — an Islamised Western Europe will not make war against the Arab world; and democratic Switzerland, which is being observed with growing hostility by the EU elites, constitutes no serious adversary — the question arises as to how long Russia will continue to watch this development and do nothing. From the Russian standpoint — and the Western European politicians should try to understand this standpoint — a Russian intervention into the current political and ethnic trends in Western Europe would not at all constitute “interference in the internal affairs” of EU-West Europe; rather, given the long-term geopolitical and military danger associated with these developments, it would lie directly within the immediate security interests of Russia.


Western Decline - Will The Third Rome Take the Torch? - Part 1

When I treat the topic of the decline of Western Culture and Civilization*, I hope to avoid being labeled as a fatalist. I have noted in many previous posts that Western people are not finished and that they still have a window in which they can return to that which made them great. That window is closing quickly though, and I want to present some possible outcomes in the event that our downward spiral is not soon arrested.

If the West reaches a point in which it  is no longer recognizable, I think that Russia may be the state that takes its place. China and India of course will be quite powerful and that is fine, but my thoughts are on a place in which at least some of the elements of Western Culture can be married to a related Culture.

[Added 6/5/13- I realized that I failed to note that the above supposes not only that the decline in the West is not stopped, but also that no move was made by Western peoples to leave most of the lost nations, coalesce in a nation that has a higher chance of being saved, and establish a reformed and restored Western Culture.]

Note that in the following historical notes I am generalizing very much.

The Slavic peoples were late in coming on the world stage. Like the ancient Gauls and other Celts, they did not have a sense of unity as a people or ethnic/cultural group. The Eastward movements of the Ostrogoths under Ermanaric, followed by the Westward movements of the Huns, Avars, and Magyars, were the first events that had the effect of subjugating many of the tribes and keeping them from coalescing and growing in strength. The post-classical  slave trade concentrated so much on them that the word for a slave - a cognate of Slav, made it way into several languages. Other invaders would follow; early Bulgars (A remnant Hunnic dynasty later to become fully Slav), Turkic tribes such as the Patiznaks, Khazars, and Cumans, and the longest-lived dynasties from the East - the Mongols.The Ukraine born much of the brunt of the Turkic invasions - their land was too attractive to horse and pastoral peoples who needed grazing lands and it was situated in a major avenue of approach for such peoples.

In the Medieval period, the Empire of Great Moravia was killed in its infancy by the Magyars, whose aggressions were diverted by the German king, anxious to both eliminate a rival and to prevet the  terrorizing pf his dominions. This move proved to be foolish as the invaders soon moved on to Central Europe and as far and France and Italy.

Russia first came into being as an organized state under the rule of the Varangians,  name for the Northmen (Mostly Swedes)that moved Eastward from their domains. My understanding is that the word Russia comes from the Finnish word Rus, which meant a rower, an attestation to their use of longships both on sea and in the great rivers such as the Volga. Like other European states, Russia underwent periods of unity and disunity in which principalities become independent. While Slavs that border Western Empire adopted, Catholicism, the Russians and other Slavs embraced Orthodox Christianity. This was to have a powerful effect on the development of the Slavic nations; they identified spiritually, culturally and politically with the Byzantine Empire. When Constantinople (The second Rome)later fell to the Ottomans, many in Russia were to see the Principality of Muscovy (It became the strongest Russian state) as being the heir of the Roman tradition and authority.

The Mongol invasions were to have the greatest effect of the Russian and other Slavic regions. Their cruelty was of a particularly savage nature and was applied in a wholesale manner to the peoples that resisted their domination. The Mongols lived off the tribute of the conquered peoples and vassal states of khanates. They ruled much of Russia and kept other principalities as tributary states from the early 13th century and were not finally ejected under Ivan The Terrible (meaning powerful or awesome).

With the many centuries of a frontier-state status, the people were never able to engage in acts of progress such as that which occurred in Western Europe. The nobility were set in their ways and the culture was a bit of a  mix of Slavic, Byzantine, European, and Mongol. Peter the Great (Sometimes viciously) attempted a 17th-18th century version of a Great Leap Forward, but as a middle class as strong as that of Western Europe had not yet developed in Russia, the economy did not have the ability to take off and grow on its own - it had been too centralized and directed right from the top.

This pattern did not change much until the collapse of the governments and the rule of the Bolsheviks. What decentralization and middle class growth had occurred was lost in the stagnation of a Marxist state. Seizures of lands, terrifying purges, forced collectivizations, attacks on the culture and religion, and purposely-created famines (The Ukraine again bears the brunt),  and the creation of a full-blown totalitarian police-state were to send this region into a backwards state that would last until the late 80's - early 90's. The horrific invasion by Hitler's Germany not only killed many more millions, it caused immeasurable damage to the industrially and agricultural infrastructure, thus undoing even what projects the Communists had attempted. It also made Russia yet again a frontier state with all that follows such a condition - only this time the threat came from Western Europe.

I will do Part 2 tomorrow-

* I prefer to differentiate between "Culture" and "Civilization" in the manner of German writers. To explain this approach as shortly (And probably as poorly) as possible, a society reaches the point of civilization when a culture has effectively given its all. The people in general have lost their virtue, desire to grow, intellectual and marshal vigor, and creative (Particularly in art and music) capacity. The shell of the Culture is maintained as a sort of a facade, and the people congregate in urban areas, where they start to become enervated - concentrating more on personal advancement and conspicuous consumption rather than living in and improving the Culture that was bequeathed to them.


Western Decline - Will The Third Rome Take the Torch? Part 2

What I wrote last night would no doubt be considered way too much by some, way too little by others, and way too generalized by the remaining third.

My point in starting with a brief background was to illustrate that the Slavic peoples, particularly those in the East, have long been held back from reaching their full potential as leading powers. Russia and the Ukraine's plight have already been noted. Western and Southern Slavs had to contend with foreign interference and domination from German and Ottoman powers and decades of Marxist rule, so they too were prevented from taking their place as innovators and leaders.

The main advantage of the Slavic countries in our era is that they still mostly enjoy a relatively homogeneous cultural base. Unlike the Western nations, their leaders did not go about bringing in near the amounts of immigrants from the Muslim or Latin American world. Consequently, their electorates, while certainly not always of the same mind, still have a sense of a common identity; a crucial factor in creating a vigorous and stable Republic or Democracy. In religion too the Slavic nations have greater homogeneity than the West; Catholic regions are still mostly so, and are those that are Orthodox have the benefit of a over a thousand years of  their Christian beliefs and traditions.

There has also been some good news with population growth:

Although he is raked over the coals for requiring that groups from other nations working in Russia register as foreign agents, Putin must feel that he has no other option. Hordes of all sorts of Evangelical and Fundamentalist organizations have descended on the Slavic peoples and relentlessly engaged in "sheep stealing" - the concentration of seeking converts not from the irreligious, but largely from practicing Orthodox Christians. As I noted in the recent post on the Evangelical factor in the decline of cultures, those who embrace this quite modern style of Christianity - disingenuously presented as one from the First and Second Century AD, quickly lose their taste for all aspects of their culture that do not meet with the approval of one's local pastor. When we are looking at a people who have such a rich heritage and tradition, a lot, tragically,  winds up being kicked to the curb as the Evangelical mindset becomes established. Few things make my heart sink faster and lower than to hear a friend tell me that his Ukrainian wife's family is, for example, Pentecostal.

As the West moves steadily towards its softer but much filthier and morally bankrupt style of Socialism, the people in Slavic countries can say  that they have "been there, done that". Even with the massive injections of foreign aid (Thanks to the banking establishment), the Marxists could never create a system that could compete with a system that mandates competition. When you have no real ownership over your work, you tend to just go through the motions until quitting time arrives. I am convinced that, when Western leftists assure us that "It just hasn't been done right yet", what they mean is that Socialism will work once the economic systems of the West have been removed from the board. If you take away the most effective players, anyone can win a spot on the team. I believe that the the threat of a restored Leftist system in any of the former Warsaw Pact nations is remote.

Russia is rich in natural resources. She has a culturally homogeneous people that has a great history but they have yet to truly make their mark. Much of the old industrial base from the USSR has no need to be updated, so it can be scrapped. This gives all of the Slavic nations a great advantage as they can start anew and in time challenge even China and other industrialized nations. Unlike the US, Russia has dropped the pointless and expensive military endeavors that were a big part of the Cold War.  As I noted in previous posts, Russia even has the opportunity to reach out to provide security and some order to the Christians of the Near and Middle East.

A country long hidden under the rule of  nomadic dynasties and Marxism, Russia has the ability to become what Germany is to the EU, only without the intentionally self-destructive mass immigration and Leftist propaganda in the schools. The Slavic world has a lot of open space. In the event that she does become open to immigration, Russia and the other Slavic nations have room for those who would rather leave the sinking ship that is the West. Russia has been a place in which cultures merge. I cannot rule out the possibility that, maybe a century from now, enough Westerners who are determined to live freely will seek to make a new home for their descendants - one that is likely to grow and avoid Leftist stagnation for many generations.

Many ancient and Classical works made their way to the West in the last decades of the Byzantine Empire. These contributed greatly to the revival of learning in the West. Those who saw the end coming could not bear to have these priceless treasures destroyed by the Ottomans. Like the farsighted Byzantines, many Westerners will - if they cannot save their own nations or culture, gather what they can so that the literature , arts, music, political theory, ingenuity and work ethic, have a place in which they can be preserved.

-and I hope, continue to be taught.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Independence Day "No Refusal" Motor Vehicle Checkpoints Will Force Blood Samples

To my knowledge, most US States are similar in outlook  to New Jersey in their policy on checks for blood-alcohol levels. Operating a motor vehicle is legally defined as a privileged, and the act of doing comes comes with what is referred top in statue as "Implied Consent". This means that, by getting behind the wheel, the driver no longer has the right to refuse to have his breath tested for alcohol levels in his blood.

It's a system that works. If a police officer has run a series of field sobriety tests (that's assuming that the driver is not a "fall down" drunk at the moment) and has cause to believe that the driver has drank too much alcohol before driving, the driver must either consent to a test of his breath to check his blood-alcohol level or face an immediate charge of driving while intoxicated.

A refusal charge is a guaranteed finding of guilty in court.

In the United States of today, that system for some reason is not enough for the totalitarians. Their remedy for drivers who refuse testing for blood-alcohol levels via their breath - is not to hit them with a charge of refusal, but with a forced taking of a blood sample.

This is going into effect on Independence Day weekend of this year in Oregon.

"During Independence Day weekend, a time to celebrate US freedom and unalienable rights, Americans in Oregon will be subjected to a “blitz” of ‘no-refusal’ blood-draw checkpoints, as part of a disturbing trend that now extends nationwide.

Local news station KVAL reports that State police are re-naming Fourth of July weekend “No Refusal Weekend”, as part of a crack down on drunk driving.

Any driver who is stopped by police and refuses to take an alcohol breath test will be subjected to a mandatory blood test either at the scene, at a medical facility, or at the nearest jail.............
The police say they will liaise closely with prosecutors and judges to immediately obtain “blood draw warrants” in an effort to paint the process up as legal and Constitutional........

The ACLU, previously critical of the practice, lauded the initiative, saying that obtaining warrants for blood test was “the right way to go about it in our view,” and “a good thing.”............

In previous examples of police conducting the practice, horror stories have emerged of Americans being forcibly restrained and having their blood extracted.

The following footage filmed last year in Georgia shows cops strapping down citizens to gurneys, before using a needle to forcibly draw blood as the victim screams, “WHAT COUNTRY IS THIS?”

Even those who show no resistance whatsoever are forcibly restrained and have their heads pressed down by an officer using his elbow.
“We all are American citizens and you guys have me strapped to a table like I’m in Guantanamo f***ing Bay,” complains another victim of the blood draw.............

In some states, decades old implied consent law, which allowed drivers to say no to blood or urine tests, has been overturned to allow the process to take place.

The practice of cops drawing blood at the side of the road has been in place in some areas since 1995 but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has indicated that the program is ultimately intended to be introduced nationwide.

As Alex Jones exposed over fifteen years ago, the eventual plan, under a 1993 executive order signed by Bill Clinton, is to institute mandatory blood and urine testing at the DMV."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ISIS Thugs Rape Mother and Daughter For Failure to Pay Tax

"Qur'an (9:29) - "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

ISIS thugs have, like their coreligionists in Syria, taken to  demanding payment of Jizya from, and committing atrocities against, Christians when they run out of surrendering Iraqi soldiers to murder.  

In this report is - aside from the horrific violence against innocent people, an occurrence that illustrates the massive differences in mindsets of Christians and Muslims. 

When a Muslim's wife and/or daughter is raped, the man feels shame that female relatives of his have been violated. He is now less of a man because his women are "used goods". He may divorce his wife and force his daughter to marry the rapist (if there was only one) to regain his standing in the local Muslim community.

When a Christian man's wife and/or daughter is raped and he is unable to seek any justice against the perpetrators, he blows his brains out - not from shame, but from abject grief and his sense of guilt for the emotional and physical trauma that his wife and little girl (for she will always be his little girl) endured and the fact that he could do nothing to help them.

"Mosul, Iraq (AINA) -- The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has begun to brutally enforce Islamic laws (AINA 2014-06-14) in Mosul, Iraq, which it overran on June 10.

Dr. Sallama Al Khafaji, a member of the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights, told AINA that on Saturday, June 21 ISIS began demanding a poll tax (jizya) from Christians in Mosul (AINA 2014-06-21). In one instance, ISIS members entered the home of an Assyrian family in Mosul and demanded the poll tax (jizya). When the Assyrian family said they did not have the money, three ISIS members raped the mother and daughter in front of the husband and father. The husband and father was so traumatized that he committed suicide...........

According to the Arabic language website Alghadeer, four Christian women were shot and killed by ISIS members because they were not wearing veils. AINA has not confirmed this and this website is known to be administered by Shiites."

Will Michelle Obama hold up a sign on a Twitter photo demanding that Christians girls and women in the Middle and Near East be no longer subjected to rape and murder?

Most likely not. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Irish "Septic Tank" Infant Burial Story Largely Debunked.

Here is one of the early reports:

"NEWSER) – Between 1925 and 1961,..........t as Ireland is now learning, some of those illegitimate children encountered a fate much worse.

The Irish Mail on Sunday reports that 796 of them were heaped into a mass grave — a septic tank, specifies the Washington Post — and forgotten. There is no gravestone, and no Home for that matter; housing and a playground occupy the long-ago razed location. But "the bones are still there," says Catherine Corless, the historian who learned about the children after hunting down death records tied to the Home."

One thing that we know with absolute certainty is that, if the story paints an ugly  picture of Catholics, the media will kick into high gear and run with it.

The second is that, of the initial story is not bad enough to suit the tastes of reporters, key details will be changed to make it very bad.

The third is that many people will enthusiastically swallow any of these stories as true, that (despite the actual facts) decades from now we will still hear people bringing it up, and the same will never admit that the report was so wildly exaggerated as to be a case of willful misrepresentation.

There is no doubt that the conditions of some of these facilities were appalling and that some of  those who were responsible for operating them were clearly guilty of  apathy and a lack of empathy.  

Nothing, however, takes away from the fact that - mere decades before the events in the report, children born to unwed mothers in Protestant England were often sent to workhouses where they were required to engage in what amounted to slave labor. We ascribe this to the times as they were in Victorian England, but in Ireland, where (to my knowledge) so such forced labor existed, the Catholic Church is given the blame.

When one looks at the history of homes for orphans or "illegitimate children" in other Catholic countries such as Spain, Portugal, and Italy the difference between these and England is like night and day, but this does not provide the desired  picture of the Catholic Church, so the spotlight is fixed on dirt-poor Ireland.

I for one wonder of the fathers of the children in the Irish "homes" were able to sleep at night with the knowledge that the girls they hurt and their children were (assuming that the fathers were unaware of the infant deaths) effectively cast out of society.

The truth of the common (apparently not mass) graves may never displace the original reports:

"Revelations this month that nuns had buried nearly 800 infants and young children in unmarked graves at an Irish orphanage during the last century caused stark headlines and stirred strong emotions and calls for investigation. Since then, however, a more sober picture has emerged that exposes how many of those headlines were wrong..........

The Associated Press was among the media organizations that covered Corless and her findings, repeating incorrect Irish news reports that suggested the babies who died had never been baptized and that Catholic Church teaching guided priests not to baptize the babies of unwed mothers or give to them Christian burials.

The reports of denial of baptism later were contradicted by the Tuam Archdiocese, which found a registry showing that the home had baptized more than 2,000 babies. The AP issued a corrective story on Friday after discovering its errors.

Brendan O'Neill, editor of the London-based online magazine Spiked, said journalists worldwide "got a whiff of Corless's findings and turned them into the stuff of nightmares." He noted that several top newspapers in the United States stated that 800 baby skeletons had been found in a septic tank, and that commentators fueled by a "Twitter mob" mentality compared the deaths to Nazi-era genocide.

The Irish Times in Dublin interviewed Corless about why she thought the former septic tank could have become a bone repository. She explained that her assertion was based on the study of old site maps and the 40-year-old recollections of two local men who, as boys, had found an underground chamber on the site containing skeletons. It had sounded to her like the tank could be the location.

But the newspaper spotted discrepancies in Corless' maps, and found records showing that the actual septic tank remained in use until the late 1930s, which meant it could not have been used as a burial spot. Other analysts pointed out that the decommissioned septic tank would be too small to hold many bodies. And the two men who had reported seeing skeletons in 1975 said, on reflection, that they doubted more than 20 were inside the concreted hole........."

"For a month now, sections of the Irish and international media have been convulsed by reports of shockingly high mortality rates at a state-funded, Church-run mother and baby home in the west of Ireland. It has been difficult to separate fact from fiction and too few commentators have sought to get to the bottom of the story, with many instead choosing to focus on salacious exaggerations, misinformation, and untruths.

Yes, there was a shockingly high infant mortality rate in the Tuam mother and baby home run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns. Between 1925 and 1961, 976 infants died. Many of the children, it appears, were buried at an unmarked grave, which was lovingly tended by local Catholic families for decades. Now, the tragic deaths of so many youngsters should be devastating enough in itself to warrant further investigation. But some media commentators and seasoned campaigners immediately sought to exaggerate the story in the most appalling fashion. The children were soon forgotten in the dash to hang their deaths as a crime around the neck of Catholic Ireland.

In media reports, the common grave soon became a “mass grave” and then a “septic tank.” The nuns were accused of “dumping” the children in the grave, and there have been suggestions that police should open up a criminal investigation into the deaths despite absolutely no evidence that any of the tragic deaths were in untoward circumstances. The government has promised a Commission of Inquiry to look at the issue. However, some are wary that the terms of reference may be set so narrowly as to include only Catholic-run institutions, leaving out so-called “county homes” where many unmarried mothers lived with their newborn babies. Former residents of a Protestant-run home in Dublin have also complained that their plight has been ignored.

The world’s media soon arrived, inevitably adding more heat than light. A Washington Times headline screamed, “Catholic Church Tossed 800 Irish Orphans into Septic Tank”; Salon’s stated: “An Irish Catholic Orphanage Hid the Bodies of 800 Children.” More fuel was added to the fire by Father Brian D’arcy, a liberal priest and darling of the Irish media, who likened the nuns’ behavior to that of the Nazis during the Holocaust.
So quick has been the rush to judgment that an eminent media outlet has been forced to roll back on earlier versions of the story. The Associated Press has issued a correction to earlier stories which included claims that were demonstrably untrue. In a response issued at the weekend, the AP admitted that

in stories published June 3 and June 8 about young children buried in unmarked graves after dying at a former Irish orphanage for the children of unwed mothers, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that the children had not received Roman Catholic baptisms; documents show that many children at the orphanage were baptized. The AP also incorrectly reported that Catholic teaching at the time was to deny baptism and Christian burial to the children of unwed mothers; although that may have occurred in practice at times it was not Church teaching. In addition, in the June 3 story, the AP quoted a researcher who said she believed that most of the remains of children who died there were interred in a disused septic tank; the researcher has since clarified that without excavation and forensic analysis it is impossible to know how many sets of remains the tank contains, if any. The June 3 story also contained an incorrect reference to the year that the orphanage opened; it was 1925, not 1926.

Despite the misreporting, it’s important to be clear: the Tuam mother and baby home was a terrible place with awful conditions that reflected a society build on petty snobbery; “illegitimate” children and unmarried mothers were treated in a very unchristian fashion by a country that professed to be a bastion of Catholic virtue. It is unlikely that other, similar homes—whether run by the Church, state, or another religious denomination—were any less harsh...................

The government Commission of Inquiry is expected to begin work within weeks. But what are the “known unknowns” in a sea of misinformation?

“I never used that word ‘dumped,’” says Catherine Corless, the local historian who painstakingly compiled the infants’ death certificates. “I never said to anyone that 800 bodies were dumped in a septic tank. That did not come from me at any point. They are not my words.”

Mrs. Corless, who lives near the site of the Tuam mother and baby home, has been working for several years on records associated with the institution. Her research has revealed that 796 children, most of them infants, died between 1925 and 1961, the 36 years that the home, run by Bon Secours Sisters, was in operation.

The children’s names, ages, places of birth, and causes of death were recorded. The average number of deaths during the 36-year period was just over 22 a year. The information recorded on these state-issued certificates shows that the children died variously of tuberculosis, convulsions, measles, whooping cough, influenza, bronchitis, and meningitis, among other illnesses.

The deaths of these 796 children are not in doubt. Their numbers are a stark reflection of a period in Ireland when infant mortality in general was much higher than today, particularly in institutions, where infection spread rapidly. At times during those 36 years, the Bon Secours Sisters housed more than 200 children and 100 mothers, as well as those who worked at the home, according to records Mrs. Corless has found.............

Mrs. Corless believes that many of the children were buried in an unofficial graveyard at the rear of the former home. This small, grassy space has been attended for decades by local people, who have planted roses and other flowers there, and put up a grotto in one corner. Mrs. Corless was keen that a memorial with the children’s names should be erected. Local Mass-goers were soon alerted and parishioners began taking up a collection for such a memorial.

If the commission is to paint a complete picture of what happened at the home, it will have to base its work on what is actually known and what can be uncovered. It will also have to focus on the wider context of post-independence Ireland.

According to Shane Dunphy, a social worker and expert on child protection, the commission should have a wide remit. He believes that religious orders can “answer very pertinent questions about why exactly the death rates in the homes were so at odds with that of the rest of the population, and if adoptions that occurred were forced and illegal.” However, he questions whether the nuns should be the only ones in the frame. “The Irish government must be viewed with a cold eye, as they specifically asked the religious orders to take the leading role in child care and protection in the newly founded Irish state.”.......

Historian Dr. Finola Kennedy feels that the investigation must concentrate on facts and not lurid headlines. “If the full story proves true, that would be savagery. But I, no more than anyone else, don’t know the full facts.”

Dr. Kennedy, who is the author of Cottage to Creche: Family Change in Ireland (Institute of Public Administration, 2001), contends that the national soul-searching now underway has underestimated the overarching fact of crushing poverty as it existed in the early years of the fledgling state...........

“We had the Civil War and the cost of damages on top of poverty as the new state began,” Dr. Kennedy points out. “What funds we had were spent on rebuilding.”
It was into such a reality that the nuns were so warmly received, “including, let’s not forget, those nuns who started the health services still benefitting Ireland today,” she says. “Mother and babies homes were part of a whole system of containment at the time and look sad and painful places now.”

“Now cast your mind back 50, 60 years—the challenges faced were incredible,” she adds. “People today don’t realize how poor we were then.”............

“These historical figures place current concerns about baby-home death rates from the past in a new perspective,” according to Mr. Costello. “They reveal a far more complex situation in which the whole of Irish society was aware of these figures, but accepted them.”

Mr. Costello believes that the traumatic founding of the Irish state must also be considered. “Ireland in the 1920s, the Ireland of the Troubles and the Civil War, was a violent place where murder was common. In 1921 there were some 1,096 male homicides from gunshot wounds. In addition 37 women died of gunshot wounds.”

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hillary Lies Again About Her Finances

Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton pretended to be under the impression that, for someone of her position, having more debt than current income or savings is in some way comparable to the same situation for anyone who is middle class or lower and has nowhere near the connections and notoriety that she and Bill have.

It was - put to it plainly, disgusting. My situation requires that I also have to pay for college for my son and his Mom and I will soon be living in two separate houses. I can also say with certainty that no one will give me $10 to speak nor will I be offered a book deal just because of who I am.

".......“You have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton said. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education. It was not easy. Bill has worked really hard. And it’s been amazing to me. He’s worked very hard.”

The comment immediately prompted criticism calling the unquestionably well-off Clintons out of touch, particularly the reference to plural “houses,” one of which cost $1.7 million and the other $2.85 million

It caused enough of an uproar that Clinton later clarified her statement, saying they “have a life experience that is clearly different in very dramatic ways from many Americans” but that “we also have gone through some of the same challenges many people have.”

PolitiFact evaluated the Clintons’ finances through public financial disclosure forms and news reports, reporting that “the public record shows that they possibly had more liabilities than assets, but it doesn’t show that conclusively.”

A few weeks before they left the White House, the Clintons were able to muster a cash down payment of $855,000 and secure a $1.995 million mortgage. This hardly fits the common meaning of ‘dead broke,’” the fact checker reported. Based on Hillary Clinton’s Senate financial disclosure form, after leaving the White House, “their highest possible assets totaled about $1.8 million, while their lowest possible debts were nearly $2.3 million. The most optimistic scenario left them in a hole of about $500,000.”

PolitiFact noted, “the federal disclosure form does not include homes used for personal use and the Clintons owned two.”

Before they left the White House, the Clintons purchased two homes: a $1.7 million, five-bedroom home in 1999 Chappaqua, New York, and a $2.85 million, seven-bedroom home in Washington, D.C., in December 2000.

Further, in December 2000, Citibank lent them $1.995 million to buy the Washington home. By Feb. 5, 2001, the former president was regularly earning public speaking fees of at least $125,000 per speech. Meanwhile, the former first lady and newly elected U.S. senator from New York was paid a $2.84 million by Simon and Schuster for her previous book.

By 2004, the Clintons could say they were better off than they were four years ago – at least financially. Their personal debt was erased and Hillary Clinton was ranked as the 10th-wealthiest member of the Senate, with a net worth between $10 million and $50 million, according to her Senate financial disclosure form........"

Hillary, who makes a habit of lying through her teeth, such as when she claimed that her arrival in Bosnia was met by sniper fire (* bottom), uttered yet another lie in order to claim that she and Bill have financial circumstances that are no or little different than ours:

".....On Sunday, Britain’s The Guardian posted an interview in which Clinton defended her and Bill’s wealth by saying they pay regular income taxes “unlike a lot of people who are truly well off.”........"

"......She said when she arrived in Bosnia on March 25, 1996, "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

But news video footage of her arrival at Tuzla shows Clinton, then the first lady, calmly walking from the rear ramp of a U.S. Air Force plane with her daughter, Chelsea, then 16, at her side. Both Clintons held their heads up and did not appear rushed.

The video shows Clinton spending several minutes talking with the group, including an 8-year-old Bosnian girl who presented her with a poem, and later greeting U.S. troops.

Clinton has mentioned the sniper fire at least twice earlier in the campaign, including in December in Dubuque, Iowa, before the caucuses in that state......."

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Palestinian Professor - Suicide Attacks Do Not Stem From Poverty

Here is one version of the assurances we are given that suicide attacks have no basis in Islam itself:

".........."Before we go any further, does anyone recall the days when we were assured by academicians and they who craft the official positions on terror attacks, that the 1983 Beirut truck bombing of the Marine barracks had nothing to do with a suicide attack?

That is no joke. In a move that echoed the official consensus at the time of the Kamikaze attacks in the waning days of WWII (They were drug addicts- we were told), it was said that the driver of the truck had been told (no evidence - not even a brief statement from anyone, was given to support this) that a firing switch had been placed under his seat and that his family would be harmed if he did not drive the truck to the desired location.

Now, a firing switch under the seat of the attacker is a common-sense move in case the bad guy is shot and killed before reaching his target (that was at least some of the targets may be killed), but we were fed a host of false conclusions over this one fact.

Of course the suicide/vest bomb attacks that would come to be almost commonplace in Israel prior to the West Bank security wall (and later in Iraq) later put these claims to rest, but the damage had been done in the minds of many Americans.-

"There are no real Muslim suicide bombers" was the refrain from the ignorant ones who
fancied themselves so much smarter than the rest of us.


The second version is much more fitting for the Leftist. We are told that suicide bombers are forced into their gruesome work due to crushing poverty. Israel and the Western world are thus at fault. This of course ignores the fact that college-educated Muslims who have either good jobs or actual careers account for an appreciable percentage of suicide bombers.  
A Palestinian professor seems to be sincerely offended by the assumption that poverty creates suicide bombers:

"A Palestinian professor at the Islamic University in Gaza says that terrorists are not motivated by “brainwashing” or poverty, but rather by their Muslim faith which “requires us to make sacrifices.”

The Middle East Media Research Institute posted an excerpt of a Hamas television interview with Dr. Subhi Al-Yazji in which he decried “biased media outlets” for promoting the brainwashing and poverty explanations for the terrorism phenomenon.

Al-Yazji referred to attacks against Israelis as “martyrdom operations” not terrorism.

“We must realize that the Islamic concept of sacrifice motivates many of our youth to carry out martyrdom operations,” said Al-Yazji. “Contrary to how they are portrayed by the West and some biased media outlets, which claim that they are youths of 18-20 years who have been brainwashed, most of the people who sacrificed their lives for the sake of Allah were engineers and had office jobs. They were all mature and rational.”

“Some people claim that they did this for the money. Take, for example, someone like brother Sa’d, who was an engineer, had an office job, owned a home and a car, and was married – what made him embark on Jihad? He believed that the Muslim faith requires us to make sacrifices.”......"

Saturday, June 21, 2014

US Presbyterian Church Will Marry Gays

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a mainline Protestant body that has been very much dricven the Cultural Left for a long time. It was one of the earliest Christian ecclesial bodies in the US to contribute funding to Planned Parenthood, and it came close to ordaining  women in the 1990's.

They have now proclaimed to the world that they no longer have any interest in remaining in the pale of Christianity:

"The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s official embrace of same-sex marriage at its General Assembly meeting in Detroit, Michigan, Thursday has sparked a wide array of responses. From utter shock and dismay to jubilant rejoicing, observers are divided on the denomination’s decision to bless gay unions.

Consider the response from Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a conservative Think Tank. Tooley believes the matrimonial amendment, while being touted by some as a progressive step in the right direction, will eventually lead to the denomination’s demise."

[The following quote is far and away the clearest and most accurate assessment of the state of any failing church  that I have ever read.  No religious body lives past the point when it surrenders core teachings to the demands of the secular world, which couldn't care less what churches actually do. This will not help the church to grow but will only hasten its collapse.  Believers will leave for churches that stand for basic Christian beliefs, and the secular-minded  will simply continue to stay away from any church]

“By overturning natural marriage the PCUSA is only accelerating its already fast-paced demise. It will become even smaller, whiter and older,” he said, according to Charisma News. ”Only declining denominations reject historic Christian standards and in nearly every case that rejection reinforces the decline.”

The Presbyterian Church was founded upon a Calvinist outlook. It's name come from the Greek word Presbuteros, which means elder. It is the same word from which the Catholic Church derived the word for Priest in English. The intention of the name choice was to reflect the move away from a bishop-centered church to one that saw church ministers not as Orthodox and Catholics viewed priests but as simply teachers of the Gospel and ministers that preside over individual churches. 

To illustrate how far the US Presbyterian Church has strayed from its origins, here is a description of the founder of the Church John Knox:

"......John Knox was indeed a man of many paradoxes, a Hebrew Jeremiah set down on Scottish soil. In a relentless campaign of fiery oratory, he sought to destroy what he felt was idolatry and to purify Scotland's religion...........

Dramatic events were unfolding in Scotland during Knox's youth. Many were angry with the Catholic church, which owned more than half the real estate and gathered an annual income of nearly 18 times that of the crown. Bishops and priests were often mere political appointments, and many never hid their immoral lives: the archbishop of St. Andrews, Cardinal Beaton, openly consorted with concubines and sired 10 children.................

In the early 1540s, Knox came under the influence of converted reformers, and under the preaching of Thomas Guilliame, he joined them. Knox then became a bodyguard for the fiery Protestant preacher George Wishart, who was speaking throughout Scotland.................

During a Protestant service one Sunday, preacher John Rough spoke on the election of ministers, and publicly asked Knox to undertake the office of preacher. When the congregation confirmed the call, Knox was shaken and reduced to tears. He declined at first, but eventually submitted to what he felt was a divine call.

It was a short-lived ministry. In 1547, after St. Andrews Castle had again been put under siege, it finally capitulated. Some of the occupants were imprisoned. Others, like Knox, were sent to the galleys as slaves.

Nineteen months passed before he and others were released. Knox spent the next five years in England, and his reputation for preaching quickly blossomed. But when Catholic Mary Tudor took the throne, Knox was forced to flee to France.

He made his way to Geneva, where he met John Calvin. The French reformer described Knox as a "brother … laboring energetically for the faith." Knox for his part, was so impressed with Calvin's Geneva, he called it, "the most perfect school of Christ that was ever on earth since the days of the apostles."

Away from his homeland again, he published some of his most controversial tracts: In hisAdmonition to England he virulently attacked the leaders who allowed Catholicism back in England. In The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women he argued that a female ruler (like English Queen Mary Tudor) was "most odious in the presence of God" and that she was "a traitoress and rebel against God." In hisAppellations to the Nobility and Commonality of Scotland, he extended to ordinary people the right—indeed the duty—to rebel against unjust rulers. As he told Queen Mary of Scotland later, "The sword of justice is God's, and if princes and rulers fail to use it, others may."

Knox returned to Scotland in 1559, and he again deployed his formidable preaching skills to increase Protestant militancy. Within days of his arrival, he preached a violent sermon at Perth against Catholic "idolatry," causing a riot. captionars were demolished, images smashed, and religious houses destroyed.
In June, Knox was elected the minister of the Edinburgh church, where he continued to exhort and inspire. In his sermons, Knox typically spent half an hour calmly exegeting a biblical passage. Then as he applied the text to the Scottish situation, he became "active and vigorous" and would violently pound the pulpit. Said one note taker, "he made me so to grew [quake] and tremble, that I could not hold pen to write."

Though he remains a paradox to many*, Knox was clearly a man of great courage: one man standing before Knox's open grave said, "Here lies a man who neither flattered nor feared any flesh." Knox's legacy is large: his spiritual progeny includes some 750,000 Presbyterians in Scotland, 3 million in the United States, and many millions more worldwide.

* (One example) After the death of his wife, Knox, then age 50. married a 17 year-old girl with whom he had three children.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Muslims Demand Cross Removal/Covering in German Cemetary

-Yet we continue to affect surprise when we read or hear of Muslim demands that we change for them and when Western officials cave in and give them what they want.

Picture if you will a Louvre or a Sistine Chapel in a nation that is or is near to becoming a Muslim-majority nation. Are we supposed to refuse to believe that many works of art will either have to be removed or covered when Muslim groups come for a visit?

The real irony for me in this case is that the town mentioned in the post is described as Hessian. Of course we know that German mercenary troops that fought for The Crown in the American War of Independence came from a number of German states, but the Hessians were the most well-known and their name has come to be applied to all German troops in the service of the British. Forget for a moment the story of drunken Germans at the Trenton barracks - their lack of preparation was the fault of their commander Col. Johann Rall, who despite warning from his own officers (and quite possibly one from an American loyalist - historians are not in agreement) failed to take any reasonable measures to guard against an attack from American Continentals or militia. The truth is that Hessians fought, and they were known for their discipline and  fearlessness in action. Their performance in the New York campaign  few months before was more than sufficient cause to let an American know that if his unit was to engage with Hessians, things would not go easily for them.

Now, the descendants of these men are required to stand by idly while their faith and culture are suppressed for the benefit of the new "Germans".

-Hat tips to Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes Blog.

"..........Recently there was such a case in the German town of Offenbach near Frankfurt on the Main. After an agreement had been reached between the two cultures, the Muslims demanded still more and more.

Cemetery without Crosses

Dying is no-one’s favorite subject, except in the following case: A Muslim community had asked for a special place in the cemetery in the Hessian town, Seligenstadt on the Main. So far so good. Such a place had been found for them. But now the (Muslim) community demands that all Christian symbols be removed from the entire cemetery grounds during a (Muslim) burial.

It had taken extensive negotiations to allow the Muslims their own ceremony. In this part of the cemetery, no coffins are to be put into the ground, but the corpses are to be wrapped in cloth, and laid out pointing towards East, i.e. Mecca. During this procedure, while Suras from the Koran will be read out, all crosses in the mourning hall are to be taken down or hidden away. These demands are made by Bashir Kumcu from the Ahmadiyya Community, with the explanation: “We are also making adjustments by following the rules of the cemetery administration.”

[Let's feel safe to assume that they have not made any adjustments whatsoever] 

"Nobody from this German town was willing to comment. However, the tones one can hear from the town hall are clearer: “The Muslims can hold their funeral ceremonies somewhere else, where there are no crosses”.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Washington Redskins Football Team Name Again Under Attack

The attacks on the name of the Washington Redskins has nothing to do with racism nor is it an issue of demeaning Indians/Native Americans.  This is only another means of dismembering anything associated with American culture.

 If they are not directly referring to the region or state in which the team is located or referring to the early history of the team, such as the New York Mets (Metropolitans) or White or Red Sox, team names are chosen because they convey a sense of strength, spirit, courage, or honor. Teams are not named after people, animals, or objects that paint a picture of weakness, lack of fortitude, or fear.

Taking the name of a vanquished former opponent(s) (whether the reasons for the violence were right or wrong) in nothing more than the admission that they were a determined, noble, and worthy foe. Even youth gangs on Constantinople styled themselves after the Turco-Mongol and nomadic Avars, who gave the Eastern Empire (Not yet called Byzantine) a lot of trouble for some time. In the case of American teams named after Native Americans, not only are their attributes considered, but we also are admitting to ourselves that the rapacity and aggression of too many of European decent ended a way of life that also should be recognized for its merit. Atlanta Braves fans are not mocking Native Americans when they chant to stylized native American war cry and make a chopping motion with their hand and arms - they are invoking the elan they after whom their team is named.

Like "consenting adults" went to civil unions, which in turn went to gay marriage, Cultural Marxists also want the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves,and other teams to dispense with their hallowed names.

News reports today are proclaiming that the Washington Redskins now will no longer be able to claim ownership of the name Redskin:

In the video in this link, though, Mark Levin puts that weak claim to rest:

Monday, June 16, 2014

"Open Carry" of Firearms - Too Much and Too Dangerous

Anyone who has read previous posts here will know that I am one of the staunchest defenders of the right to own firearms (nothing more than modern swords or bows and arrows) and am against laws that make it difficult to obtain a concealed weapons permit.

What I am against is making an effort to prove some unknown kind of point by taking an unfair advantage of laws that enable one to actually carry an exposed  firearm (normally rifle or shotgun but also handguns in some cases) while in public. The general term for this is "Open Carry" and the reasoning seems to be to ensure that someone who is transporting a firearm from place to another for any non-criminal purpose is not charged with a criminal offense.

There have been dozens of incidents in the last two months in which people have deliberately carried exposed firearms, apparently just "because they can".

This is not gentlemanly, ladylike, nor is is consistent with any American rule of decorum. In the US, people will understandably call the police if they see someone with an exposed weapon, and the cops are obligated to respond if called. Police that are dispatched to investigate are no longer available to respond to other calls for assistance, including accidents with injuries, fires, or actual criminal activity. 

The continuance of this selfish and prideful act by individuals will have one result - at some point, someone who refuses to cooperate and is determined to be an immediate threat will be shot by the police. If we are fortunate, open carry laws will be changed before this to enumerate circumstances in which it will be allowed and when doing so will be an illegal act.

Either way, state laws will be changed, and the open carry jerks will have no one to blame but themselves.

I also wonder of some of these people are anti-gunners who are doing what they can to make firearms appear as dangerous as possible to the public.

The cops who responded in this case did a great job and I commend them. I hope that he at least charged with a statue (If Michigan has one) such as New Jerseys' Obstructing Administration of Law. This law prohibits any willful act or acts that makes it difficult for a police officer to perform his duties in any way.

".......Video and records obtained by the Kalamazoo Gazette show 63-year-old Joseph Houseman in public with his rifle and his interaction with Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers, who weed their way through honoring the man’s right to openly carry the firearm while also trying to protect the public from any possible harm.

In Michigan, it is legal to openly carry a firearm, but not to brandish it, which KDPS Assistant Chief Donald Webster told the Gazette would include “waving or displaying the firearm in a threatening manner.”

The police responded to several calls from locals wanting them to check out the situation with Houseman in early May.

Here’s how the initial interaction between Houseman and Sgt. Sean Gordon went down:

Gordon: Hey partner, how you doing? Can you set that down real quick and talk to me?
Houseman: I’m not setting it down.

Gordon: Well you can’t cross the street like that.

Houseman: Am I being detained?

Gordon: Yes, you are being detained right now. You crossed the street illegally. Place the weapon down on the ground please.

Houseman: I will not.

Gordon radios that it appears the man will not drop his rifle.

Gordon: ”Look, you crossed the street illegally; I just want to talk to you. I just want to talk to you. You’re walking around here scaring people, man.

Watch this video obtained by the newspaper to see a few minutes of encounter, which the Gazette reported lasted 40 minutes total (Content warning: strong language):"

-Wasting  40 minutes of time for dispatched emergency service personnel - unbelievable. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Selfishness and Shamelessness Rampant in the US

Cutting and pasting links is still not working. This article is from The Blaze and is dated June 15, 2014.

A phenomena that is just too horrible to describe is becoming more frequent in the US - when in a public place, viciously selfish and shameless individuals are demanding that people (usually children) with cognitive or physical disabilities or are disfigured from an accident or injury be kept out of public view or required to leave if they have the gall to be in the same place as they are. 

It is happening in restaurants, stores, and churches. Generations removed from any true threats of war, crushing poverty, looting, and mass-rape, we have taken to deciding that we have the right to be free from any sight or sound that we do not find pleasing. Generations removed from a society with any real sense of empathy to our fellows, we feel no sympathy for those who are less fortunate but only want them out of our way. 

"A KFC Is Accused of Doing Something Awful to an Injured Little Girl. The Internet Responded by Pouring Out Donations."

"A Jackson, Mississippi KFC has been accused of literally adding insult to injury by asking a tiny girl, her face disfigured from a recent pit bull attack, to leave the restaurant.

The reason: her appearance was apparently scaring other customers.

The girl’s family struck back on Facebook, posting a picture of the little girl, Victoria, and asking, “Does this face look scary to you?”

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The attack occurred in April, when a pit bull burst through the back door of Victoria’s grandfather’s mobile home and dragged Victoria outside where two more pit bulls joined in and mauled the girl.

KFC’s social media team has reached out to the family, promising an investigation into the matter........

The story has a definite upshot: the Victoria’s Victories fundraising page, has seen a flood of donations pour in as the media covers the KFC incident.

Victoria lost her right eye completely in the attack, her family said, and she requires ongoing surgeries and other medical accommodations as she continues to recover........"

Few things prove the degree of societal decay in the US more than the purely selfish and mindbogglingly unsympathetic behavior of people today. Utterly devoid of even the least bit of shame, they ask the manger to have these people leave. Even worse was the response of the management, who instead of telling them  to leave (Here's your refund while we're at it - choke on it and the chicken too), told this girl's family that they had to leave. Had I been the Father in this case, I would have remained seated, waited for the cops to be called, and demanded that they either tell me that I could stay or arrest me."

Saturday, June 14, 2014

African Migrants Attempt to Rush Spanish Border Fence

I am still unable to paste links. This article is from FoxNews and is dated June 14, 2014. A previous and quite related post from this blog will be seen bottom.

What we are seeing on the US/Mexico border, the Italian island of Lampedusa, and the Spanish enclaves of Cueta and Melilla in Morocco are a new type of immigration - a planned rush of illegal immigrants that consists of so many people that at least some of them may avoid being caught or turned back.

"1,000 African migrants rush at Spain's border in African enclave of Melilla, all repulsed"

MADRID – Officials say around 1,000 migrants of sub-Saharan origin have failed in an attempt to get over Spain's three-tier barbed-wire border fence separating its North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco in a bid to enter Europe.

A regional government statement said fewer than 10 persons managed to overcome the first barrier in Saturday's charge. They were taken away by Moroccan police.

The statement says Spain's border guards detected the charge in an area known as "Villa Pilar" and deployed a helicopter to oversee operations.........."


Monday, August 12, 2013

Illegals Turning US into A Camp of the Saints

In 1973, French author Jean Raspail penned The Camp of the Saints, a work that described a Western World-destroying scenario that takes place in the future.

It is impossible to provide a synopsis that does not spoil the end, so the best that I can do is to avoid details.

A massive amount of people from a non-western country decide that they want to live in a prosperous nation. When I say massive, I mean roughly a million people; enough to swamp a medium-size nation nation, use up all of its resources, and change the demographics to the extent that the citizens - those descended from the people who had made the country great, are either politically marginalized or in time become a small minority and entirely (And violently) subjugated. The result is a region (No longer a country as the sovereignty of nations falls via a domino effect) that is little different from the place that the invading "refugees" left in the first place.

The Western world, in the span of a few days of landing and what follows afterward, no longer exists but in the propagandized version cultivated by a the elite of a future Socialist superstate.

The flood is not performed by force of arms, that would enable the military, police, and People of the invaded nation to defend their border without misgivings or fear of international outrage and criminal prosecutions in the Hague. No, this is done in the most cowardly manner possible; a crush of unarmed people who will not be stopped but affect to show that they are no threat. Recall the suggestion by one Leftist a couple of years ago that all Arabs descended from they who had had left Israel in the Arab-Israeli wars gather en masse and begin entering the State of Israel - a play taken straight out of the book. The idea is that the IDF would either never be given the order to shoot or that the soldiers themselves would refuse to fire on the invaders as the latter do not demonstrate (Despite the overt aggression of their act) any obvious intentions to act with violence. In the book, the people of the West, full of White Guilt and memories of past atrocities that are wrongfully conflated with the situation of of the invaders, can't bring themselves to defend the land and country that was bequeathed to them by their ancestors. Violence of course follows once they are ashore, but by then it is too late. The People have been cowed into submission.

In the book, Leftists, anarchists, and all other haters of the culture and society that bred them and gave them an opportunity to live is a safe and prosperous nation celebrate the imminent arrival of the invaders. They revel in the soon-to come destruction. Those who dare express their concerns are shot down and labeled as racists or fascists.

Church leaders, failing in their duties both to demand the protection of property/rights of peoples (A key element of the Natural Law and embodied in the Ten Commandments) and the preservation of the very civilization that enabled Western Christianity to grow without being smothered by Islam and other threats, throw all caution to the wind. The invaders, the People are told, must be welcomed. They are only seeking a better place to live and we have no right to deny them that opportunity. Like many Evangelicals and Catholics in the US, the leaders become agents of the dismantling of the Western world that allowed Western Christianity to develop. In your own house, you can only take in so many homeless people before the tipping point is reached when your house is now a slum. God of course demands that you give to help others, but He did not give the People what they have (and was also built by centuries of hard work and good planning) just so they could then wreck the place by self-righteous over-giving. In the end, the Church itself no longer even has a purpose and what is left of it withers away.

The People are, in short, shot-out from years of rich-bashing and indoctrination in and disgust with one's own culture. They have lost the spirit of their ancestors and are in no shape to defend their lands - they acquiesce to the dismantlement.

The book was quickly given the label of "racist" by the Left, which made many non-racist Westerners too afraid to read or discuss the book openly. (My three children are of mixed Korean and European ancestry so I can won't entertain any similar accusations)  The teller of the story may or may not reflect the attitude of the author, but what is clear is that the latter holds dear all that is precious about Western Civilization and is gravely concerned with the threats that face it.

With eleven million (Which is only an estimate) illegals inches away from being made citizens as thanks for their illegal acts, and others being granted asylum simply due to stating that they are afraid of the cartels* the US is also facing its own, albeit one administered more slowly but surely, version of The Camp of the Saints. The Left is rejoicing and is making it clear that they will accept nothing short of amnesty**, the People are overwhelmed with guilt, and Christians are set to give away the land to which they sailed that enabled them to live in Freedom.

If even ten percent of the new citizens vote for Conservative candidates (Which is itself unlikely) the fruit of amnesty will still be nothing more than a Socialist US, with even the US part being on the way out.