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By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative
Today is Columbus Day, the day we honor the 15th Century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and the Catholic monarchs of Spain, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, for financing his quest. After Columbus discovered America in 1492, it was closely followed by the settling of New England by the Puritans who escaped England to protect religious freedom. Things worked well here until the atheists arrived, then came the communists and the liberals and the Democratic Party and then we all went to hell in a hand basket. Because of the holiday I expect the news to be relatively quiet today so I am going to recap some interesting stories about prominent Democrats that my liberal newspaper didn’t bother to write about. And follow up with a commentary on the violence in America that can be traced to the Democratic Party.
There are two important political races going on. In New Jersey they will be voting this Wednesday on a special election for the U.S. Senate to replace Democrat Frank Lautenberg who died in January and in Virginia, the race for governor will be decided on November 5, 2013. The Democratic Senate candidate in New Jersey is Newark mayor Cory Booker and the interesting part of this race are the allegations that Cory Booker doesn’t live in the city of Newark or even in the state of New Jersey. The allegations were reported on The Daily Caller which tracked down several residences listed by Booker, none of which were his home. Neighbors were interviewed and they said he never lived in any of them.
Multiple residents of Newark told The Daily Caller that the longtime mayor doesn’t live at any of the addresses he has claimed as home. The mayor is believed to live in New York even though he is registered to run for New Jersey’s special senate election.
Booker, who filed to run for the U.S. Senate from a P.O. Box in Newark, is registered to vote at 435 Hawthorne Avenue but his next door neighbors told this reporter and filmmaker Joel Gilbert on camera that they haven’t seen Booker in years and that he doesn’t live there.
In the state of Virginia, the Democratic Party candidate Terry McAuliffe has been caught up in a scandal involving Joseph Caramadre, a wealthy businessman who made high value contributions to the Democratic Party campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid and who pleaded guilty to a fraud that used the stolen identities of dying people to apply for annuities and bonds. This profitable practice was joined by Terry McAuliffe, himself, who also invested $47,000 in the scheme.
As expected, the pro-Democrat liberal news media hasn’t reported on this to any length.
Did the Devil make them do it?
A recent survey found that 57% of Americans believe the Devil exists. 65% of Republicans surveyed said they believed the Devil is real versus only 55% of Democrats. I believe that a sizable chunk of those 55% of the Democrats that believe in the Devil represent those who may actually worship the Devil as evidenced by those Democrats who attended their 2012 National Convention who loudly voted to remove the name of God from their party platform. To be fair, a large part of the 35% of Republicans who don’t believe in the Devil are probably RINOs. As liberal Democrats try to distance themselves from the Judeo-Christian beliefs that helped shape our country, their actions give credence to the literary proclamation that “The Devil’s greatest accomplishment was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” But within the scope of our national peril there must also be room for the argument that with the help of the Democrats, “The Devil’s second greatest accomplishment was convincing the world that Islam is a religion of peace.”
And this leads to one more observation. We live in a very troubled world today, both at home and abroad, where war and the slaughter of innocents take place every day. This widespread killing seems to come from two major sources of trouble: the mentally ill who roam our streets and the Muslims who hate everything that is not a part of Islam. We have the Democrats to thank for both. During the Democratic controlled administration of Bill Clinton, the enlightened liberals decided that putting mentally ill people in institutions was demeaning to their self respect so most of the insane asylums were closed and the patients released to live among society. That noble gesture resulted in a slew of mass homicides over the last 20 years committed by mentally ill people. Coincidentally, the Democrats used every act of gun violence to repeat their call for more Gun Control. Along the way, Democrats made allegiances with Muslim groups such as CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, their affiliated terrorist supporting groups such as ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, which includes the MSA, the Muslim Student Association active on almost every college campus, and The Muslim Brotherhood. Several members of The Muslim Brotherhood have been appointed to positions within the Democrat administration of Barack Hussein Obama, including Homeland Security. It was also revealed that during the Clinton administration, the Democrats had been given the opportunity to kill Osama bin Laden, the leader of the radical Muslim terrorist group al Qaeda, but Bill Clinton declined the offer thus allowing Osama bin Laden to further carry out plots against America, culminating with September 11, 2001. The same pro-Democrat liberal news media that covered up Obama’s radical, communist mentored past, his Muslim religion and his connections with domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, subsequently began to white-wash Muslim terrorist plots and their accomplishments in America while using the acts of mass killings by guns in the hands of the mentally ill as an excuse to push to disarming Americans. A few of the worst mass shootings by mentally ill people include the following as well as two mass killings by Muslims:
- April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students, one teacher and injured 24 others. One official report suggested that Harris was a psychopath and Klebold was a depressive, and consequently that Harris was influenced by sadism, whereas Klebold was influenced by revenge.
- September 11, 2001, 19 Muslims, financed by Osama bin Laden, 15 who were citizens of Saudi Arabia, hijacked 4 U.S. airliners and crashed them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon killing 2,977 victims.
- April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others. Seung-Hui Cho had previously been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder.
- November 5, 2009, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim and self-professed Soldier of Allah, killed 13 people and wounded 30 others in Fort Hood, Texas. The reason he gave at his Court Martial was because the victims were soldiers who were about to deploy to Afghanistan and fight Muslims.
- On January 8, 2011, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen others were shot by Jared Lee Loughner during a constituent meeting held in a supermarket parking lot in Casas Adobes, Arizona, in the Tucson metropolitan area. Six people died. Jared Lee Loughner had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
- July 20, 2012, James Eagan Holmes carried out a well planned assault in the Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and murdered 12 and injured 70 others. Holmes is currently on trial and his attorney is considering a plea of insanity.
- December 14, 2012 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza suffered from a severe mental condition and was living with his mother who had been trying to get him treatment. Adam Lanza also killed his mother and used her guns to commit the massacre at the school.
While many Americans relish in the soft and fuzzy thoughts of diversity and political correctness (aside from their newly created part-time jobs thanks to ObamaCare), the Democrats are hard at work plundering our treasury, pushing amnesty to gain millions of new voters, causing havoc with our economy and weakening our military. And their Republican counterparts, namely Speaker John Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell, are preoccupied with trying to make friends and attack everyone who has anything bad to say about the Democrats. The only one in the Senate who spoke the truth about this country club mentality was Sen. John McCain who stated during a presidential campaign stop in 2008 that he would never say anything bad about a fellow member of the Senate. Too bad more people didn’t pay attention.
My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.
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: What Do You Feel Are America’s Chief Foreign Policy Challenges In The Near Future, And Why?
Liberty’s Spirit: There are a myriad of foreign policy threats facing this nation. Whether the United States wants to lead or not, it is still the strongest nation on the globe with the responsible for facilitating the free flow of economies in order to prevent the outbreak of a true world war. The jockeying of growing powers creates an unstable volatile world that lends itself to the rise of extremism both in the financial markets and politics. When international leaders see a weak and unstable world they try to fill the global vacuum. When this is done by third world dictatorships and oligarchical tyrannies it does not mean freedom for the rest of the globe.
Middle East: rise of Islamism; shiite verus Sunni wars; Nuclear Iran threatening the oil channels to the west, Sunni states and Israel will not allow Iran to threaten their existence.
Europe: Implosion of the European Union,along with growth in nationalistic racist ideology specifically antisemitism and Islamism; culture war will end up with terrorism and a dead Europe. Europe has traditionally been a part of the USA support system worldwide, but through fear of Russia and their own growing radicalism will allow the US to stand alone, if the US ever finds its backbone again. (Of course this truly isn’t anything new as the EU did not stand up to the Soviets except for Thatcher and allowed antisemitism to flourish especially during the 70s and 80s.)
China: aggressive posture vis-a-vis important sea lanes particularly the South China Sea, which controls the economic viability of the planet; threatening Japan and Taiwan; however economically weak at home, which will lead to an economic implosion, which could lead to a more aggressive nationalistic posture in the region. The aggressive economic policies has seen a rapid and unprecedented growth in the cities however it has also led to an ecological disaster in most of the nation.
Russia: Putin’s desire to recreate the Russian Empire is a threat to Europe which is dependent upon Russia for natural gas; Russia has already invaded Georgia, giving it the Black Sea Port that it needed; Russia trying to flex muscles in the Middle East, supports aggressive behavior by Iran towards the Sunni nations and the western dependent oil lanes. This way Russia thinks it can hold the entire world hostage.
South America: Major nations Venezuela and Ecuador are economic disasters and ticking time bombs. These nations also export terror into South America on behalf of Iran trying to destabilize this one mostly stable area.
Mexico: economic basketcase, with life valve to the united States. Drug cartels basically run the country. Irony is that Mexico is an oil producer and was terribly mismanaged through corruption and graft. Already effecting the southern border of the USA economically and through violent crimes.
Africa: Poverty, civil wars and the tyrannies of dictatorships have led to the depletion of Africa’s natural resources to corrupt companies and nations like China. The horn of Afica is a breeding ground of radical Islam as seen in the Westgate Mall massacre, meanwhile North Africa is volatile due to the rise and fight agaisnt Islamism and the Moslem Brotherhood/al-Qaeda. The sea lanes around Africa are essential to the free flow of goods, partical oil out of the Arabian gulf. Somali pirates combined with Islamists make this area of the world more and more dangerous. South Africa is highly unstable and considered the rape capital of the world (India and SA are actually in competition for this moniker) and its economy is in shambles because of the ANC’s allegiance to communist ideology. Then there is Mugabe and is hold onto power. The civil war in teh Congo has resulted in a generation of child soldiers and a violent society. The rise of Islamism has put Christians at risk on the continent. Poachers and those in the blood-diamond trade take advantage of the volatility of the continent to continue their abuses. Slavery is very common in the mines and on the continent to this day.
India/Pakistan: The economic growth is stratospheric. however, it is also very unstable. This part of the world is caught between ancient cultures and modern technology and economies. There are two classes, the extraordinarily rich and the poor. This has led to a growth in Islamism and terrorism. Pakistan is one of the most unstable nations on the planet that is also a nuclear power. While the USA has tried to maintain an edge in that country the ISI is infiltrated by al-Qaeda as seen by its harboring of Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban in the Pashtun regions. This is a dangerous and implosive situation for the subcontinent.
East Asia: The economies of these nations are booming. They are perhaps one of the areas of the world that is economically viable (outside of Israel which had a 5% growth rate last year). However, they are facing a growing Islamist insurgence (Philippines have been dealign with this for deacdes) and it is begining to effect output and these nations world wde interactions. An attempt to modernize and bring in western culture has been met with Islamist threats and a terror campaign.
The irony here is that the more the world is economically interconnected instead of it bringing freedoms to the majority of nations of the world it has led to more and more repression. It is counterintuitve to what political scientist believed would happen when the markets opened internationally. When an organization like the United Nations, which is a microcosm of global realities, is basically run by third world oligarchies and dictatorships there is no reason to believe that the political and economic situation worldwide will improve any time soon. In fact the United Nations is pushing for less and less freedoms worldwide on the behest of their strongest political blocs. Whether the UN, through the OIC, is pushing a global law to prevent freedom of speech by outlawing condemnation of Islam, hence making Sharia Law paramount globally, and curtailing individual/private ownership of weapons, which is something any dictator or tyrant seeks, international organizations are abandoning the internationally recognized idea of human rights.
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Simple. Yet not simplistic.
At great risk of appearing all NeoConic on your assets the greatest buzzkill issue will be unfun and unfree illegit regimes. Despots and despotries. Whether a collectivist state like China, corrupt royalty in Ray Bans, Generals or Presidents For Life. They kill more of their own citizens than foreigners. They cause the refugee flows; they cause the poverty; they cause all of the problems au courrant.
Look at the current crop of dictator cats running from NoKo through China in an unbroken arc through Central Asia, on again/off again Pakistan, the Middle East, North Africa, and down to Angola, with three dictatorships: Belarus, Haiti, and Cuba; if you look at that those 43 men, no women (there are no lady dictators -happy to report); Look at what they are doing today—once again they are the cause of refugee flows; they are the cause of terrorism, direct and indirect; they are the cause of wars; they are the cause of poverty, in Africa, particularly, but also in the Middle East, where the World Bank recently has shown that if you could have normal governance, democratic governance in the Middle East, that there would be a real spurt in economic growth as well.
They are the root of all of our problems.
Despots are together and individually the major security threat to Great Satan, to their neighbors, and to the world.
Contrast that with a world, a 21st century, with no dictators. What would a world without dictators be like? What would it mean in terms of the lives of ordinary people in these 43 countries? What would it mean for American security? What would it mean for prosperity? What would it mean for refugees, environment, drugs, and terrorism—every single category you can think about?
A world without dictators in all likelihood is a world without war. It is a world in which religious differences can be reconciled; it is a world of tolerance; it is a far better world. There might be competition, which is a good thing. There might be pushing and shoving, yet there would not be large scale violence.
JoshuaPundit: In looking at the world today, I think the main foreign policy challenge America faces is not from out side but from within – leadership, plain and simple, leadership to get both our domestic and foreign policy houses in order. We have had three presidents in a row whom have been mostly dysfunctional when it comes to foreign policy.
The strong, intelligent leadership of a world power attracts allies and cooperation. Clueless incompetence and weakness repels them, as the current occupant of the White House has amply demonstrated.
The trick is not to attempt to change governments, or to attempt to indulge in nation building, because some nations culturally and politically simply function in different ways than we’re accustomed to. We tried that in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq and our efforts cost American blood and treasure with no benefit for either stability in the region, the local population or our own policy goals. Nor is it a good idea to retreat into fortress America. That simply doesn’t work anymore.
Britain, a small overpopulated island unable to feed its own domestic population maintained itself as a world power and held on to a huge empire for centuries by a judicious use of its military power and by finding nation states and in some cases tribal chiefs willing to ‘police’ and represent its interests as allies or clients. Rome did the same.
Both made errors in judgement, but essentially that formula worked quite well for quite some time, as it has for America when we’ve had leadership and foreign policy teams with the intelligence and ability to practice it.
On the plus side, at this particular time we still have little real competition, so we have an actual opportunity to maintain our position provided we actually get leadership that understands this.
Both Russia and China face severe demographic challenges and both would swap problems with the U.S. in a heartbeat. China’s one child policy ( and the inbred preference for sons over daughters) has insured that China, which is still a Third World country in a number of aspects will grow older and poorer before it grows richer. In Russia, something like 70% of pregnancies to ethnic Russian send in abortion, while the only segment of the population still growing is Muslims. While that in itself poses a problem, it is not a near term one and a greater problem for Russia ( which has been fighting Muslims for 400 years) than for us.
Problems like Iran and of resurgent Islamism are problems more because our dysfunctional leadership has refused to deal with them properly than because of any inherent power they possess. Islamism in particular has proven to be a dismal failure once the locals in places like Tunisia and Egypt got a good whiff of what Qu’ran-based fascism smelled like.
After the Muslim Brotherhood was booted out of Qatar and Egypt, the running joke was that the only Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers left were in Gaza and Washington DC.
The key to America’s foreign policy challenges is leadership.
The Glittering Eye: Going forward the primary foreign policy challenge facing the United States is, as it has been for most of our history, deciding what role we wish to play in the world.
We have no near-peers so a military preparing for conflict with a high tech near-peer is hopelessly out of date. How much in the form of lives, money, time, and attention should we spend opposing enemies who don’t constitute a threat to us but do threaten creaky regimes that aren’t particularly friendly to us? E. g. Afghanistan, Pakistan. I don’t have an answer for that but do think it’s an important question.
Today China is chafing under the “Americanized” world in which the U. S. is the irreplaceable country whose currency is the world’s exchange currency by default. Tomorrow it will be Russia, Brazil, India, and any other economic powerhouses that may emerge.
The future is likely to hold fewer friends for us and more “frenemies”. I see few signs that an economically and demographically stressed United Kingdom will be as reliable a supporter of U. S. foreign policy goals in the 21st century that it was in the second half of the 20th, joining notional allies like Germany and France.
Should we pivot east towards Europe or west towards Asia? I think a better choice might be south but our Latin American neighbors look on us with a certain amount of reasonable suspicion which for some reason they don’t hold for our European (who’ve actually colonized the region in the past) or Asian (who are even now renting major tracts of land beyond their borders, colonization by another name) competitors.
Well, there you have it.
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On Friday, October 11, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, which is handed out free to virtually every synagogue in the city of Los Angeles and which has a circulation of 50,000 copies and 150,000 weekly readers, ran the following cartoon, comparing the Tea Party to Islamic jihadists.
The Journal has both readers and advertisers acutely attuned to the needs of victims of Islamist terror. For the Journal to run such a cartoon comparing Tea Partiers, who simply want less government spending, to Islamist terrorists who murder babies in pizza parlors, is despicable.
Email editor Rob Eshman at [email protected] to express your displeasure.
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By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Cross-Posted at Right Wing News
The politics of hunger showed it’s desperate face over the weekend. For a few hours, America was treated to a preview of the coming hunger riots when our economy eventually collapses.
The videos show incidences in Louisiana, but the outages on EBT cards occurred in 17 states. They say the people who could not get food on their cards, tore through Walmarts like tornadoes… stealing carts full of food, under the pretext that Walmart said it would accept the EBTs during the blackout, sort of on the honor system — which seemed to be wholly lacking. When it was announced that the cards would work again, they left the overflowing carts behind — they did not have enough Obama stash to get all of it. This was an immediate reaction to a glitch that shut down the EBT system according to Xerox:
The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system allows recipients of government food stamps to purchase goods using a digital card with a set spending limit, but for a few hours over the weekend, that limit disappeared for many users visiting Walmart stores in Louisiana.
Walmart and local police in Springhill and Mansfield confirmed to CBS affiliate KSLA that officers were called into the stores to help maintain order Saturday as shoppers swept through the aisles at two stores and bought as much as they could carry.
Xerox, which hosts some of the infrastructure used by the EBT card system, told KSLA that a power outage during a routine maintenance test caused the temporary glitch.
Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.
“We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families,” Walmart representative Kayla Whaling told KSLA. She added that Walmart was, “fully engaged and monitoring the situation and transactions during the outage.”
If Obama gets his way and an ’emergency’ descends, this is a preview of what will happen to the shelves of food in the stores – you better be ready when it does:
Lynd explained the cards weren’t showing limits and they called corporate Walmart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700.00 and only had .49 on her card. She was held by police until corporate Walmart said they wouldn’t press charges if she left the food.
Lynd says at 9 p.m., when the cards came back online and it was announced over the loud speaker, people just left their carts full of food in the aisles and left.
“Just about everything is gone, I’ve never seen it in that condition,” said Mansfield Walmart customer Anthony Fuller.
These are Obama’s breadlines. These are the faceless hungry, who through poverty or a feeling of entitlement are only existing on the grace of a government handout. Morals go out the window when many people get hungry – especially if their children are hungry. Violence is one beat away and it walks hand in hand with chaos and anarchy. This weekend was akin to a movie trailer for a grand meltdown and reality bites. The aggression of hunger, fear and the entitlement mentality showed itself for a few hours — I wonder if America even noticed? They better and soon before the golden hordes come knocking.