03/25/13

Wake Up America – Or There Won’t Be An America

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

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Frank Gaffney is one of the few commentators in America today who actually understands the stakes we’re all playing for.

Obamamunism isn’t primarily about economic disaster or centralized government tyranny. Those things, bad as they are, are just means to an end.

The real goal is the destruction of the US military, to the advantage of the combined forces of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, militant Islam and all their soon to be revealed allies.

The aim isn’t to make America like Europe, it is to make her like Cuba or North Korea – by massive nuclear, EMP, biological, chemical, terrorist, infantry, naval, air and cyber attack if necessary.

America is to be destroyed as a political entity and even physically according to some plans.

Such an attack is inevitable, as soon America’s multiple enemies figure the balance of forces has moved far enough in their favor to guarantee victory.

That tipping point is way closer than most Americans could begin to imagine.

And if America goes, the whole free world goes. That is the bottom line.

Forget fleeing to Costa Rica or New Zealand. Russia, China and Iran will rule any who survive.

Some excerpts from Frank Gaffney at Breitbart’s Big Peace:

Unilaterally reducing our nuclear arsenal is not the only national security weakness of the current administration, according to Gaffney. “The Obama administration is engaged in a wrecking operation to create conditions under which the American military is riven with problems even worse than during the Carter administration hollowing out,” he said.

Gaffney described two simultaneous developments. Just as the world is becoming more dangerous, the Obama administration is in the process of breaking “the only military we have.”

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Along with the decline in presidential attention to these critical national security issues, Gaffney criticized prominent former Defense and State Department officials, as well as one prominent former senator. “You do now have this well-funded aggressive agitation organization, and they’ve enlisted what I call the Four Horsemen–Former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry, Former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Schultz, and former Senator Sam Nunn–all of whom should know better, and they’re touting this comprehensive test ban treaty. Most of these guys are part of the Global Zero initiative, a Ted Turner, George Soros, Warren Buffet-funded operation.”

This world view rests on three premises, according to Gaffney. The first premise is that you can eliminate nuclear weapons, “which you can’t,” he said. The second premise is that the world would be a safer place if you could eliminate nuclear weapons, “which it wouldn’t.” And the third premise is that others will follow the lead of the United States, which under the Obama administration is pursuing the goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. But, Gaffney maintains, the mere fact that the United States is pursuing this goal “has profound results when nobody else in the world is doing the same and no one is following our lead.”

Mitt Romney, Gaffney noted, did not raise the issue of national security in the 2012 Presidential campaign. “National security,” Gaffney said “was not something they wanted to talk about. It’s a reflection of the Republican Party that no longer has been thinking about these issues.”

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There are parallels, Gaffney believes, between the United States in 2013 and England in the 1930s. “Americans have mostly not been thinking seriously about national security since the end of the Cold War. That kind of inattentiveness has real costs. I see what Churchill used to call a gathering storm and we’re not paying attention; our leadership is largely averting its gaze and certainly not robustly taking to the American people the case that must be made.”

“As for the Democrats,” Gaffney continued, “people who are now the late baby boomer generation are still somewhat sensitive on these matters, at the very least. Younger and younger generations are further removed from hard experience with the world. The group I saw in evidence at CPAC–young people sporting “Stand With Rand” buttons–those folks are likely to be the cannon fodder for the next horrific conflict.”

“At some point,” Gaffney said, “we’re going to face a serious nuclear threat. The Chinese have invested in the construction of 3,000 miles of tunnels in which they are concealing their nuclear arsenal. That’s something the public has no knowledge of.”

If that doesn’t scare you into action, perhaps this will. I recorded it before last year’s election as a warning to my beloved America. It’s been viewed over 100,000 times so far.

I think it’s just as relevant today.

03/25/13

Local news media does propaganda for radical Islam.

By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative

When it comes to Muslims and Islam the Cincinnati Enquirer seems to display an overly friendly relationship with them that borders on covering up any and all disparaging news that would tarnish their image and almost never publishes any disagreeable comment. The Enquirer has published numerous columns lauding the good works of various local Muslims, as if they were just like everyone else, and one Muslim in particular, Karen Dabdoub, Executive Director at Council on American-Islamic Relations in Cincinnati, has written almost as many pieces under her own name whitewashing the criminal aspects of her group. Wikipedia notes that “CAIR officials are often interviewed by major national, local, and international media on news programs involving Muslims in America. In five years CAIR officials were cited over 11,000 times by media, including CNN, MSNBC, BBC, ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, Washington Post, USA Today, and the New York Times. Editorials written by CAIR officials are published nationwide.” Since the Associated Press has made its Style Book religious neutral when writing about Muslim acts of terrorism, substituting phrases like “Detroit man arrested for bomb plot” and failing to identify the man as a Muslim, national news no longer informs the public about the war being waged against America. But what excuses do the local news media have when the same thing happens in their backyard?

From the standpoint of public relations the political goals of Islam couldn’t enjoy a better arraignment. One detail about CAIR always seems to get omitted from the stories in the Enquirer: the little fact that the U.S. Dept. of Justice labeled the organization an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas, Texas in 2008 that sent a number of participants to prison for funneling charity donations to support the terrorist group Hamas. On November 24, 2008, the government obtained guilty verdicts against the Holy Land Foundation and five individual defendants. The jury found the Holy Land Foundation guilty on all 108 charges. The 2008 trial of the charity leaders was dubbed the “largest terrorism financing prosecution in American history.” In 2009, the founders of the organization were given life sentences for “funneling $12 million to Hamas.” Among those convicted was Ghassan Elashi, a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Texas branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who was sentenced to 65 years. Yet whenever CAIR is mentioned it is with the same esteem as the Boy Scouts. Were they writing about someone connected to the Mafia you can be sure they would make that understood.

Ignoring the facts doesn’t make them go away

One knowledgeable critic of Islam said that there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim. Islam is Islam and there is only one variation, one flavor as he put it, and the followers cannot pick and choose what they wish to believe. The laws of Islam are contained in the Sharia, a barbaric law dating back to the 7th Century, which every Muslim is required to follow. The punishment for not doing so is extremely harsh and often bloody. The Islamic laws that rule in Saudi Arabia and in Iran are the same that apply to Muslims in America. One part of the culture of Islam is based upon family honor upholding traditional Islamic rules and more than a few Muslims in America have committed “Honor Killings” against their own children and family members when they have tried to break away from that culture. Under Islamic Sharia law women are required to cover their exposed skin in public so that Muslim men will not become seduced by their femininity and rape them. But Islamic Sharia law dictates that a woman who has been raped must be tried for adultery and when convicted, will be stoned to death.

The most common crime committed under Sharia Law is Blasphemy which can be interpreted as almost anything that causes embarrassment to any Muslim or to Islam. Blasphemy is often used for revenge to get back at someone because even when proven false the accused is often punished. A non-Muslim who touches a Qur’an is guilty of Blasphemy and who can prove it didn’t happen. According to Pakistani religious scholar, Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, nothing in Islam supports Blasphemy law. Rather, Muslim jurists made the offense part of Sharia; the penalties for blasphemy can include fines, imprisonment, flogging, amputation, hanging, or beheading. A Muslim who converts to another religion is guilty of a crime called Apostasy and becomes an Apostate, and this also is punishable by death. The case of a local girl, Rifqa Bary, from Hilliard, Ohio a few years ago made headlines when she ran away from home after becoming a Christian because her father threatened to kill her in an Honor Killing.

There are Muslims in America who propose to incorporate Islamic Sharia law into our own laws and there have been Muslim judges in some of our courts who have applied those laws to trials before them. Judges who should never have been appointed or elected to the bench because in following their religion they put Sharia law above our civil law. Islamic Sharia law has been proven to be incompatible with a Constitutional Republic. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on 8-02-2010 that music is “not compatible” with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be practiced or taught in the country. And neither is free speech or freedom of religion. And in Saudi Arabia a Christian will be arrested for carrying a Bible or Rosary Beads.

Dhimmitude: How the press allows itself to be used to promote Islam

Case in point: A glowing tribute in the Enquirer to a local Muslim doctor doing charity work.

Wikipedia describes the word Dhimmitude as situations where non-Muslims in the West are championing Islamic causes above others. To understand my point of view you should know that I am not a Muslim and never was but I am a strong critic of their religion. I am a Baptized Roman Catholic and because of personal experiences with my father’s Muslim family I became interested in learning about Islam long before the attacks on 9-11-2001. After the attacks I looked deeper into the motivating factors behind it and so many other Islamic inspired attacks since. Attacks, such as the slaughter at Ft. Hood, Texas by self-professed Soldier of Allah, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, that the media refuses to attribute to Islam. What I found out is totally at odds with the politically correct, whitewashed image of this group portrayed in the Cincinnati Enquirer and in our national media. Taken at face value the Enquirer article on this doctor portrays a generous, dedicated and charitable medical professional, bringing needed help to impoverished people. (I’m not printing her name because it could put her in danger. This blog is read in many Muslim countries.) While my personal knowledge of Islam tells me this woman, if she is telling the truth about reading the Bible and singing Christian songs along with Christian missionaries, is very much at odds with the true teachings of her religion. In fact it could border on Blasphemy or Apostasy. If she has used this newspaper to promote Islamic propaganda then she has done nothing but practice Taqiyya – an instruction for Muslims to lie or deceive non-Muslims if it helps Islam. That the editors of The Cincinnati Enquirer would be a willing part in this propaganda makes you a Dhimmi and you are guilty of Dhimmitude.

True believers of Islam are not allowed to make friends with or associate with non-Muslims unless they do so to further the cause of Islam. See this Islamic web site for the following quotes from the Qur’an: http://www.altafsir.com/ViewTranslations.asp?Display=yes&SoraNo=4&Ayah=144&toAyah=144&Language=2&LanguageID=2&TranslationBook=3

The Qur’an says in sura 4:144
“O ye who believe! Choose not disbelievers for (your) friends in place of believers. Would ye give Allah a clear warrant against you?”

This verse clearly states that a Muslim can only befriend a Muslim. Mohammed in order to ensure that his followers will not befriend and get influenced by people of other religions, revealed this verse. This verse illustrates that if a Muslim befriends a Non-Muslim than the wrath of Allah will be on him. Therefore in Islam, people of other religions should be treated with contempt, disrespect and cruelty.

Qur’an 5:51
“O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.”

In this verse Prophet Mohammed is clearly instructing his followers never to befriend a Christian or a Jew. Because if they take a Christian or a Jew as a friend, they will commit a wrong deed and Allah’s wrath will be on them.

If you are curious about confirming my opinions then please check this scholarly Islamic web site on how devout Muslims should treat Christians at Christmas time. http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=articles&id=155796

Because of my last name, I receive a lot of mail from Muslim groups who do mass mailings to anyone with an Arab sounding name. One piece of mail from the Hidaya Foundation to solicit a donation to this Muslim charity included a detailed brochure about Zakat, the Islamic practice of charity giving. It is interesting to note, they explained in the brochure, that according to the Qur’an “Zakat is only given by Muslims to Muslims”. This is the opposite of many real Christian charities that distribute aid to the Middle East and Africa and around the world to people of all faiths. Here is a picture of that instruction from their brochure. If this Muslim charity, the Hidaya Foundation, acknowledges that according to the Qur’an Muslim’s charitable contributions should only go to other Muslims than how can a Muslim doctor work side by side with Christians doing charitable work and not be violating their holiest book? Because if they take a Christian or a Jew as a friend, they will commit a wrong deed and Allah’s wrath will be on them.

The “Satanic Verses” in the book of Hate

Islam is based upon the writings contained in the Qur’an and the Hadiths, comprised of commands from their Prophet Mohammad and stories about his life style. It covers every detail of a Muslim life including hygiene, using the toilet, and having sex with young girls as soon as they have menstruated. Mohammad was a warrior so most of his orders to his followers were condemnations against his enemies. Thus, the greater bulk of the Qur’an, more than 60%, is filled with hate against Christians and Jews. If Islam were not regarded as a religion then based upon the laws in most civilized countries the Qur’an would be considered hate literature. The only thing necessary to turn a law-abiding devout Muslim into a radical terrorist is for someone to remind them that their Prophet commanded them to be one and that is exactly what takes place in many of the mosques throughout America. The FBI has determined that a majority of mosques are recruitment and training grounds for terrorism. One reason for this is that almost half of the mosques in America were built with financing from the Saudi Arabian government and as a condition of receiving that financial support, these mosques are required to distribute literature teaching the Wahabbi version of Islam, the most radical anti-western religious sect that is the law of the Saudi government. A study conducted by the NGO Freedom House found Wahhabi publications in mosques in the United States. These publications included statements that Muslims should not only “always oppose” infidels “in every way”, but “hate them for their religion … for Allah’s sake”, that democracy “is responsible for all the horrible wars of the 20th century”, and that Shia and certain Sunni Muslims were infidels. Note the phrase, “for Allah’s sake”. The very logic used to convince a devout Muslim to oppose all man-made governments. And as a reminder, 15 of the 19 Muslim terrorists who hijacked those four airliners on 9-11-2001 were from Saudi Arabia.

Criticism of Islam consists of even just quoting passages from the Qur’an by a non-Muslim and that is why many Muslims in America are calling for Islamic Blasphemy laws to be put on our law books. Devout Muslims don’t believe in Freedom of Speech except when they lie about themselves. Devout Muslims do not believe in any man-made governments such as ours and only recognize governments ruled by Allah’s laws. This also means that every Muslim that emigrated to America and took the oath to be a citizen has committed perjury because the lied when they swore to uphold our Constitution.

My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.

03/25/13

Chief Justice Roberts Meet Obamacare

By: Sharon Sebastian

“Our doctors have told us to be prepared for the worst because right now we can hardly find a doctor.”

Liberals on the Supreme Court and in Congress refused to heed this warning as they brazenly imposed President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act on the American people. Under a cloud of controversy, Obamacare has now entered its third year.

In its 2012 decision on Obamacare, the U.S. Supreme Court based its ruling on a convoluted interpretation of law. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts voted alongside liberal justices to clear the way for the implementation of Obamacare. Roberts’ overriding concern was if the individual mandate to force Americans to buy medical insurance should be labeled a tax or a fine. Human loss and suffering were inconsequential. The human toll could not be factored in based on legal constricts placed on the court. Decisions are to be based on law and not emotion. Regardless and predictably, the leftist jurists’ ideology of applying social justice, a primary tenet of socialism, infused their decisions. Conservatives on the bench voted against the individual mandate, which would force Americans to purchase medical insurance under coercion whether by a tax or fine, as unconstitutional.

Soon after its passage, Obamacare began claiming casualties. Front-line victims became early warnings of the pain and suffering — the desperation — to come. Few in seats of power took heed. Obama and Congress had, after all, exempted themselves from the medical nightmare they created along with a swath of their political cronies and supporters. Supreme Court justices remain exempt as well. Question: Why exempt themselves? What is it that they are afraid of?

Mid-2010, Americans were beginning to experience the creeping effects of socialized medicine. During a radio interview, a caller who identified himself as a life-long Democrat told me of the particular form of hell that he and his young paraplegic wife were going through due to Obamacare. The caller wanted to warn fellow Americans. His wife was already being abandoned by her doctors who feared cuts in reimbursements. Doctors pointed to mandated cuts in Medicare monies being shifted to fund Obamacare. What follows in a limited transcript of my on-air interview with the caller about his wife’s ordeal.

Husband/Caller: “Our doctors have told us to be prepared for the worst because right now we can hardly find a doctor. We’re not in a small town, and when we go to find a new doctor for a new problem, a podiatrist or specialty doctor of any kind, we go through many, many, many, many names before one finally decides to take us. They tell us upfront that you are going to probably end-up being billed the 20% because we [the doctors] know that we don’t get reimbursed for that and they’ve changed their paperwork. You used to be able to pick up the phone and call any doctor and they say come on in, we take Medicare, we take QMB – now I spend two and three days trying to find one doctor with other doctors helping me to find a doctor that would accept the program. Through the Bush time, we thought GW was the worst thing that had ever happened to America. But, we were able to keep everything we had. Nothing was affected, our health plan was not affected, the doctors were not affected, nothing happened to us badly. Well, now since Obama has taken over we can no longer . . .” (Voice cracks.)

The caller explained further, that in desperation, he took his wife to a clinic. Clinic doctors informed him that they were not qualified to treat his wife, nor could they admit patients to a hospital. Frantic, he recruited the help of others in his continued search to find a qualified doctor who would accept their Medicare/Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program. Eventually, he said, a 74-year-old doctor, in semi-retirement, finally agreed to treat his wife.

As a result of that call, I have investigated first-hand accounts and concerns of those who provide medical care to our mentally and physically disabled and to our seniors. Medical care providers expect the human toll, from warehousing patients to loss of life, to be extensive. Obamacare results in fewer doctors available to middle and lower income patients. Corruption is embedded in Obama’s Affordable Care Act as it fosters breeding grounds for less skilled and less ethical doctors and clinics to run Obamacare mills based on quantity of patients and not quality of care.

A recent interview I did with an emergency room doctor disclosed traumatizing choices that doctors are already being forced to make. An experienced emergency room doctor found himself trapped between admitting two critically ill patients or adhering to newly applied government regulations. His hospital’s funding was under new government-imposed financial guidelines. Costs were to be lowered by turning away short-term, repeat Medicare patients. The doctor explains that he is now caught in a regulatory vice:

“As more and more are added to the Obamacare rolls, there will be less and less access. People will get sicker and yes, people will die because of it. I had a sick and sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach today after both of these incidents.”

Facing the prospects of turning away dying patients or facing a hospital reprimand for admitting them, this doctor chose patient care over job security. The doctor expects to retire in a few years.

Former top aide to Obama, Jeffrey Crowley, helped design how Obamacare is being implemented. Crowley openly admits that there are serious flaws saying, “We know it’s going to be messy.” “Messy?” Is that what President Obama, liberal Democrats and socialists on the Supreme Court call the heartache, suffering and sorrow that is already being faced by Americans and their families? Chief Justice Roberts and his liberal jurists on the high court have torpedoed the American economy along with the American health care system making the pain not just medical, but financial? Workers nationwide complain that their paychecks have been hit with the first-round of Obamacare taxes resulting in less take-home pay. It is just the beginning.

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey reveals that a 54% majority of Americans expect the U.S. healthcare system to get worse over the next four years. Benjamin Domenech of Health Care News reports that the latest Kaiser/Harvard survey found, “Obamacare’s Unpopularity Grows in New Poll.” The survey reports that the disapproval of Obamacare “was mostly driven by an increase in opposition from the politically significant independent voters — the survey found 57% of independents opposed the law, up from 41 percent last month.” The House of Representatives currently has the authority to defund the administrative arm of the Affordable Care Act and effectively nullify Obamacare. Having been given that authority by the American people, the latest polls indicate that they should use it – and then expand sales of personal medical insurance into the free-market to be sold at competitive rates across state lines.

Further analysis by Sharon Sebastian on YouTube: Click here.

Sharon Sebastian (www.DarwinsRacists.com) is a columnist, commentator, author, and contributor to various forms of media including cultural and political broadcasts, print, and online websites. In addition to the heated global debate on creation vs. evolution, her second book, “Darwin’s Racists: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,” highlights the impact of Social Darwinism’s Marxist/Socialist underpinnings on the culture, the faith and current policy out of Washington. Critics are calling Darwin’s Racists, “Incredibly Timely” and “A Book for our Times.” Sebastian is a featured guest on broadcasts nationwide on topics ranging from politics, the economy, healthcare, culture, religion and evolution to Agenda 21’s global green movement. Sebastian’s political and cultural analyses on a wide range of national and global events are published nationally and internationally. Website: www.DarwinsRacists.com. “Darwin’s Racists – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” may be purchased at: www.DarwinsRacists.com, www.Amazon.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com and at bookstores online and worldwide.

03/25/13

Election S(election) – the real story

By: Imran Owais Kazmi

Pakistan is on the crossroads of democracy, 5 years of elected government just ended amicably, there was no coup from any quarters of power. From a technical perspective all was good.

But was it? Two months of reserves left for imports, and IMF reluctant to support thereafter, brink of default and chaos. As if what exists isn’t just that, massive unemployment, Dollar touching it’s highest exchange rate in Pakistan’s history, sectarian and ethnic violence order of the day, flight of capital a misnomer as most of the former has flown already to greener pastures in the Middle East and onwards. The “writ” of the government an illusion in the face of foreign powers and local groups doing whatever, whenever, however they like.

The man on the street disillusioned by a nose diving economy, lawlessness, powerlessness (literally, no / hardly any electricity/energy) violence and foreign interference the likes of which any sovereign nation of the world hasn’t seen. Media that constantly blows the horn of “democratic ideals” oblivious to their implementation, a Chief Justice who tips the scales of justice in favor of personal enmity more than ideals of the same. The people find their backs broken or on the verge thereof.

The fruits of democracy? Or the punishment thereof? Beseeched by western ideals of the same in a very apples to oranges comparison; Western relatively stable economies, fair law & prevalent order, strong middle class driven and mostly educated and aware voter base supported by a generally credible choice of campaigners; in naked contrast to unstable economies, rampant corruption, nonexistent law & order, dwindling middle class sandwiched between increasing upper and lowest of the lower classes and murderers and looters for political campaigners. Was this a rocket science analysis or mainstream knowledge? And if it was mainstream knowledge then why did those aware kept mum inside the country? Waiting for disaster to strike? Why did the very well aware Western powers feign ignorance and continually “renewed support” for “democratically elected” governments, no matter how corrupt, non performing or criminal in thoughts and acts?

Vested interest, fear of the powers that be, or simply criminal negligence by all internal and external stakeholders? History shall prefer to choose the latter when it pens today in far away future.

In this backdrop come Pakistan’s elections 2013, three main contenders, two of them old wines in old bottles (PPP and PML-N) and one old wine in a new bottle (PTI), the picture further blurred by the return of retired COAS and ex President (Musharraf) counting on MQM and Army second tier echelons support, the Taliban factor with tacit support from Nawaz (PML-N) and the Mullahs that favor blood over peace, a very partial judiciary and a wait-and-see Army and bureaucracy top leadership.

What lies in store, realistically is further chaos and hopelessness. Many hope for Imran Khan’s (PTI) Tsunami, I concede a minor entry into politics at best for him – maybe 10 or 15 seats at most, for the rural areas are dominated by the “Waderas, Chaudhry’s and Sardars” the landlord mafia of Pakistan that literally control the lives and deaths of the village population – their paid or unpaid serfs and slaves, harshly punished for not voting for the king of their land through rapes, economic sanctions and bullydom the likes of which Europe didn’t see in it’s dark ages, only a clear reality in 2013 for the masses – 80% of the voter base of Pakistan.

In the current state of affairs, Nawaz (PML-N) vote base has been divided between PTI and the Mullah’s whereas the PPP base has strengthened, five years of governance, unlimited flow of funds to their vote banks in the name of BISP (Benazir Income Support Program) and countless government and non government initiatives will pay off as the victory speech of President Asif Ali Zardari and his “Bhutto” son when they shall speak “neither hundreds of thousands of Islamists who besieged Islamabad (Tahir Ul Qadri) nor the tsunami bringers (Imran Khan) deter the voters of Pakistan from choosing their rightful leaders, the true servants of Pakistan, the givers of the slogan ‘roti, kapra aur makan’ (bread, clothes and houses) – Pakistan People’s Party”

I do not say this, any Pakistani with half a brain left says the same, the leaders of ISI predicted the same few years back, and this shall be. The only thing that can change this reality is the return to common sense of the powers in the West that numbly support the corrupt.

To expect the voter bank of Pakistan to bring any “change” in it’s leadership is akin to expecting the slaves of the Pharoah’s to vote Moses in!

That, is the “real story” behind Elections 2013 Pakistan.

03/25/13

Forum: If you could make one change in the world today, what would it be?

The Watcher’s Council

Every week on Monday morning, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue of the day. This week’s question: If you could make one change in the world today, what would it be?

The Razor: This question is so broad I’m not sure where to begin. Banish Death? Hunger? Greed? Immortality would be a game changer. Philosophers have tried justifying Death since they began pondering the topic around campfires tens of thousands of years ago. Personally, I think we would be fine without it. We live in a universe that for all intents and purposes is infinite. We have plenty of lebensraum to expand, and the dystopia envisioned by the highly underrated movie Zardoz could be avoided with immortality being bestowed on everyone regardless of rank or privilege. Just think of the sports that would come about: Skydiving without parachutes. Lava swimming. High Explosives Catapulting. Maybe then the Olympics wouldn’t be so boring.

But seriously, if I could make one realistic change it would be to start an Islamic reformation. For over a millennia after its founding Islam had evolved into separate strains in the cultures, it penetrated to the point where the Islam in Indonesia shared little in common with the Islam of India or the Magrib. The centuries and its integration into varied cultures had moderated the religion, but that all changed with the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood by Hassan al-Banna, and later the discovery of oil wealth which fueled the spread of Wahhabi intolerance. In recent years centuries old mosques and madrassas throughout the Islamic world are being taken over by fiery Wahhabi preachers trained in intolerance and hate, forcing the religion to evolve away from peaceful integration with other religions and towards violence. Although it should not be forgotten that the Christian Reformation itself wasn’t exactly peaceful, it did lay the groundwork for eventual co-existence between sects and other religions.

Without such a reformation I don’t see an end to Islamic extremism. Instead I see it becoming even more intolerant and violent, consigning entire swaths of humanity to a barbaric existence akin to that of the 13th century instead of the prosperity the 21st century promises.

The Glittering Eye: That’s a tough one. I can think of a thousand things, both fanciful and serious, personal and universal. Chocolate and single malt scotch would be calorie-free. I would be able to write humor.

Coming up with a single, serious answer is just too tough but here goes.

People would genuinely care about each other, all people, more.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Is it any wonder? I reject you first…

Autocrats, dictators, leaders for life!

The latter bit of the last millennium shows perfectly well what a world full of despots looks like. The last century was like the bloodiest ever and all thanks to dictators. It was bloody not only because of the wars; it was bloody because of democide—the sheer mind numbing number of ppl that these creeps and jerks killed within their own Westphalian Sovereignity dodge proof borders – 169 million.

Tyrannies killed more of their own citizens than foreigners. Despots caused the refugee flows; dictators caused the poverty; any prob found in 20th century is correctly and sweetly attributed to control freaks, autocrats and VIP’s in Hell, jail or exile.

It’s a wonder they are still around – even tho from like the Thin Lizzy era up til the new millennium – 1/2 the world’s unfree, unfun dicts got the old heave.

While the hideously 2 dimensional (many with prestige and brains) discombobulate annihilating all the worlds despotries in a fun friendly non military way as a hot sticky fantasy or worse – deploy inappropriate jawflapping re: the sad played meme of imposing democrazy – it is the reverse that is true – despotry has to be imposed. Secret police, secret trials, secret prisons and secret executions do not ensure stability either.

Despite dissing dismissals as arrogant hubris (who what?) by the sad collective of unfun unexceptionals that for decency’s sake shall remain linkless (many of which most certainly would fail to recog a good time even if it sat on their face), ppl are catching on to the concept of democrazy world.

The truth is that a world without dictators may not be such a lark. Yes, it has never been harder than it is today to be a dictator. Totalitarianism, the ultimate expression of dictatorship, is virtually extinct.

And picture, for a moment, the benefits of a dictator-free world. No more rogue regimes sponsoring terrorists or giving haven to mass murderers. No more famines in NoKo. The humanitarian benefits would be enormous. Once the last tyrant had fallen, imagine the creativity that would pour forth from the millions of people who had known nothing besides fear, repression and the best ways to survive it.

Advocating fun and free choice for every one is not some slap happy buzz that never was. Uncle Tony taught “In all cases, to the same end, that the liberty we seek is not for some, but for all, for that is the only true path to victory in this struggle.”

JoshuaPundit: I ask forgiveness in advance if I sound incredibly smug here.

I thought about this for awhile.

My initial ‘wish’ was that Islam had never existed. I think the world would be a far better. peaceful and more decent place without it and I no longer believe, as I once did, that a ‘reformation’ is possible… not after Mumbai, Beslan and the deafening silence from the Muslim world that followed. Yes, there are many decent Muslims, but from personal observation, I feel that their decency is innate and would be present regardless of their faith.

I also considered a few other things, both personal and universal… that the Holocaust had never happened, that my father (Z”l) had not died as young as he did, that I’d gotten that huge mega hit record back in the day and actually held on to the money… (!!)

Then I realized all of this was inconsistent with my view of the cosmos.

I believe anything G-d sends us, He sends us for a reason. We may not be wise enough to understand that reason and its part in the divine plan, but I believe that part exists nevertheless. I’m convinced that there are things in this world that exist for the purpose of us overcoming them. Without the struggle to do so, the end result would be meaningless… perhaps even not beneficial at all.

There’s a reason everything that is occurring now is occurring, no matter how evil or distasteful, no matter how beneficent and pleasant.

That’s no excuse for just sittin’ back and not trying to change what we perceive needs to be changed or standing up for decency versus indecency (there’s that ol’ debbil free will again), but I don’t think it’s for me to ‘wish’ changes without knowing their full effect and at present that’s beyond my pay grade.

There’s an old Jim Carrey move called “Bruce Almighty” where he gets to assume G-d’s powers for awhile. At one point, to enhance a romantic evening with his girlfriend, he uses his power to bring the moon closer to earth so it’s more impressive looking. The next day, he reads a headline about a massive tide that flooded and devastated a Japanese island.

That may help give you a sense of my meaning here.

The Noisy Room: If I could make one change in the world today, I would replace our current Marxist President with a leader such as Calvin Coolidge. It is the one thing that would most significantly change the dynamics politically worldwide and would in effect reset the stage with America once again as the leader of the free world and would put a leash on our enemies if not bring about their demise and quickly. This is where the most power is concentrated and this would have the most effect on other areas that impact our lives.

Coolidge would slash the waste in our government to virtually nil. He would almost assuredly do away with the Department of Energy, Department of Education, the EPA and a whole slew of government agencies. He would slash government salaries and effectively drive out the elitists and money changers from the hallowed halls in DC. I believe Coolidge would do away with the IRS altogether and go to a flat sales tax, which all by itself would propel America into the world’s #1 financial seat once again.

I also believe that Coolidge would keep us strong militarily, while closing unneeded bases, bringing home our troops and not getting involved unless we are engaged militarily or our allies and interests are attacked. No more rebuilding for our enemies – if war is called for, go forth and break things, kill if you have to and win… then come home and let the defeated lick their wounds, clean up the mess and bear the costs. When we give a warning to someone like Iran, mean it and be ready to attack if the situation calls for it. Don’t hide behind diplomats and Taquiyya. No more funding non-allies and paying Jizya in the form of aid to radical Islamic regimes. No more supporting and coddling dictators who murder and suppress.

Coolidge believed in the Constitution and would return us to those principles. The majority of powers would lie with the states. People would be free to succeed or fail on their own and entrepreneurship would once again be encouraged. Free trade would cross state borders. Sane resource and energy development would rule the day and we would see another wildly productive and profitable era such as the 20s. We would unleash a truer form of capitalism and growth would take hold while paying off the debt. Replacing Obama with someone like Calvin Coolidge would change the game entirely for America and the world.

Bookworm Room: If I could make one change in the world today, I would have to think long and hard about the change that would redound to America’s greatest benefit. I’ve concluded that untethering the mainstream media from the Democrat party would make the greatest difference.

The media infiltrates every aspect of American life by controlling almost all information disseminated to the public, from entertainment, to info-tainment, to “news.” It’s tentacles also reach into every corner of the world outside of the United States.

Because of it’s increasingly hard Left ideology, in 2008, the mainstream media convinced Americans to vote for a manifestly unqualified candidate. Then, despite his disastrous performance at every level (economy, national security, immigration, etc.), it convinced a brainwashed public to reelect the man in 2012.

The media has consistently demonized the only democratically constituted nation in the Middle East (that would be Israel), although Americans seem to see through that one. How long Americans will hold out against this relentless propaganda against Israel, with the concurrent whitewashing of her enemies, remains to be seen.

Drive-by media has aggressively pushed for dramatic changes in American society. Perhaps some of these changes will be viewed as good or neutral in the long run, but Americans haven’t had the time to think them through. They’ve been forced through media pressure and shaming to embrace big government, ObamaCare, gay marriage, unlimited abortion, women in combat, etc., without any of the thoughtful debate that should accomplish such drastic changes. The media overwhelms necessary contemplation.

When I first read this question, I was tempted to say that the change I would make would be to make Islam vanish (with former Muslims being equally divided amongst Jews, Christians, Hindus, etc.). I think, though, that international Islamism would be much less of a problem if an honest media would identify it for what it is: a backwards, totalitarian, antisemitic, anti-Christian, misogynist cult. Calling it by its true name(s) would enable us to defend ourselves against it, and would provide a sanctuary for those people and countries trying to break way from it.

So, definitely… if I could change one thing, I would make the American media complex — everything from news to entertainment — VANISH. (This would be a blood-free change, of course. Currently movers and shakers in the media would — poof! — become truck drivers, grocery store clerks, farmers, etc. They’d hold useful jobs and come to learn how the real world, not the dangerous Leftist utopian world, actually works.)

Rhymes With Right: What would I change?

Wow — so many possibilities.

I can think of ways I would change our government, change our society, change the world in the political sphere.

I can think of things I would like to see changed, such as the elimination of a certain religion that is responsible for an inordinate amount of violence and repression around the world.

But when it comes down to it, there is one change that I would make that is much more simple — I would like to see our world change so that children do not suffer and die from serious illness.

I think of Tammy, my childhood friend who died of a brain tumor before her tenth birthday. I think of Kyomi, the classmate who went from her first symptom of leukemia to her death in 72 hours at the age of 12. I think of Kristi, one of my first students, who lost her battle with cancer a few months after she completed my English class, at the age of 16.

I think of Eli, age 5, who spent the last year fighting a rare cancer and — praise God! — apparently winning that battle. And I think of Martin, one of my students this semester, who instead of planning for Prom in a few weeks and graduation in June is hospitalized fighting a serious illness that I know is often life-threatening.

I know we all have to die — I know that we all have to fight the frailties of the human flesh in whatever time we have on this earth. But must young people suffer such things? Must they die before they have really had the chance to live? It does not seem right — and so I would make my change there.

Well, there you have it.

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03/25/13

Weekly Featured Profile – John Burton

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John Burton was a Democratic Party Congressman and state politician from California. In recent years he has served as chair of the California Democratic Party.

He is the brother of the late Philip Burton, another very radical California Congressman.

Burton has a long history of affiliation to Soviet and communist causes.

According to radical former San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan, an endorsement from Bay Area physician and publisher Carlton Goodlett, a well known Communist Party USA member, was important to the election of many political leaders. Goodlett helped to inspire and promote the political careers of Mayor Willie Brown, the late Representative Philip Burton, John Burton and Representative Ron Dellums.

From September 29 to October 12, 1975, the Soviet front World Peace Council sent a delegation on a ten-day tour of the United States of America, where it was “warmly and enthusiastically received.” In six of the ten cities visited, the delegation was officially welcomed by the mayors’ offices and presented with “keys to the city,” medals and proclamations.

One such occasion was a reception given by Congressman John Burton and members of Congress for Peace Through Law.

In 1978, Congressmen John Burton, Ted Weiss, Ron Dellums, John Conyers, Don Edwards, Charles Rangel and others… attended a World Peace Council organized meeting on Capitol Hill.

WPC delegation members included President Romesh Chandra, KGB Colonel Radomir Bogdanov and Oleg Kharkhardin of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union International Department.

Sponsors of the 1996 Bay Area People’s Weekly World banquet, at His Lordships, Berkeley Marina, included Oakland City Council members Ignacio de la Fuente, Sheila Jordan and John Russo; Berkeley City Council members Maudelle Shirek, Linda Maio and Dona Spring; San Francisco Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Sue Bierman; Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and California State Assemblyman John L. Burton.

On May 9, 1998, the Communist Party USA’s Peoples Weekly World held a centennial festive tribute celebrating the life of communist Paul Robeson. Among the events more than 100 co-sponsors was California Senate president pro tem John L. Burton.

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03/25/13

The White Rose Resistance

Hat Tip: SurvivalBlog

“Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanised state system presided over by criminals and drunks?” – Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose), Resistance Leaflet 3, 1942