Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I feel sorry for the average Muslim next door…

Someone recently commented that because of the recent beheadings by Muslims of  two western journalist, we ought to feel sorry for the “average” Muslim.  What?!  Did I hear this joker correctly?  Sad thing is, he wasn’t joking – he was dead serious.

We hear this line of heartbreak frequently from those who STILL believe that Islam has been hijacked by a small minority of radicals.

These folks tend to be the same ones who believe Islam is a “religion of peace” and beheadings of Westerners by Muslims is similar to the “Crusades.”  They are terribly confused and misinformed.  Unfortunately, this sloppy equivalency is widespread among the those who refuse to distinguish one religion from another.

There are a few facts that these careless talkers fail to acknowledge:

1.  No, Muslim beheadings have no equivalency whatsoever with the Crusades.  This false equivalency shows a gross ignorance of or disregard for differences between belief systems and history.  The Crusades were a brief Christian response to 400 years of Islamic terror and conquest of Christian occupied lands in North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe.  There were roughly 20 times more battles waged by Islamic Jihadists in their conquests than there were Christian battles to regain lands invaded by Islamic Jihad. See HERE.    Christians exhibited restraint for way too long (400 years) before they began to fight back against relentless Islamic aggression and terror.  Unfortunately, the same is happening today.

2.  The nice “Muslim next door” has a choice of remaining a Muslim or disavowing that evil ideology.  Those who purposely maintain a Muslim identity do so either for lack of courage to disavow Islam or because they believe in what Islam represents.  Lack of courage, like fear, is a negative trait that creates trouble for the individual and those around them.  Lack of courage is a negative trait.  Fear is not to be pitied.  Is is to be overcome.

This leaves those who actually believe in the evil of Islam.  To believe in any ideology despite it being best known for ongoing  threats, terror, intolerance, and beheadings certainly takes lots of courage and conviction.  We have experienced too many years of consistent, widespread Islamic terror promoted by too many thousands of Muslim leaders supported and promoted by too many millions of “ordinary” Muslims to still deceive ourselves with the belief the Islam is “a religion of peace.”  That is old and thoroughly debunked news.  Not only do current events belie this stupid claim, but Islamic history confirms it.  The so-called “radicals” today are doing exactly what Muhammad taught and did himself and what most Islamic leaders have promoted over the past 1,400. years.  It is pure, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, orthodox Islam.  Those who insist on naming themselves “Muslim” are as much to blame as those currently doing the beheading.  It is just a matter of time.

So no.  Feel sorry for the average Muslim who is not presently chopping some poor blokes head off?  That is a huge waste of “sorrow.”  Give him time.  The average Muslim does NOT go around saying he can’t wait to chop the nearest infidel’s head off.  He pretty much keeps that wish to himself.  In fact, he is taught to bend over backwards to make nice with his neighbors.  He is taught to blend in with the culture – but not to take the  infidel or kafir as a friend.

Those who ejaculate the “poor Muslim” whine because that “poor Muslim” persists in associating himself with Islam is the one to pity.  He is the one who is deceived.  That “poor Muslim” has no one to blame but himself because he chooses to remain “tainted” with the dark ages behaviors his chosen “religion” has held as immutable doctrine for 1,400 years.

Those who pity the poor Muslim ought to ignore their preconceived Pollyanna-esque notions (aka remove their head from their butt) and learn a lot more about Islam aside from Islamic apologists like Karen Armstrong and John Esposito.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Race and gender identity trump behavior…

The Civil Rights Act of  1964 was the official federal policy that promoted discrimination based on race and gender.  That Act was the spawn of affirmative action, legislation that mandates that preference be given based on race and gender for all manner of services:  Education, housing, jobs, you name it.   White males who excel academically have been denied scholarships or admittance to universities in favor of blacks or females who are less qualified.  The same has been true of filling jobs.  That legislation elevates the importance of race above earned qualifications.  Any sane person would call this a form of racism.

Now consider the black electorate.   93% of blacks voted for Obama in 2012.  There’s a darn sight more than 7% of blacks who are conservative.  I know a number of blacks who are self-described conservatives who voted for Obama because he was black.  Race to them was more important than qualifications or ideology.  An honest definition of the actions of those voters would be “racist.”

Now consider the folks of Ferguson, MO.   The visceral reaction of the majority of that 67% black community was that the black hoodlum was innocent and the white cop was a racist murderer.  Has the black population in America been conditioned to believe that they will get a free pass, no matter what, just because they are black?  The Ferguson population automatically discounted the facts.  Their predisposition superimposed an image of white oppressors on what they saw in spite of the better reality.   Reality, being better than delusional fabrication, shows a different picture.

Brown was in fact a drug using, violent, out of control marauder in his community.  Is that the norm for Ferguson?  Is that the accepted cultural norm there?  Or are Fergusonians excusing that behavior because he is Black?  Are they expecting special treatment for a hoodlum because he was black?  Are the blacks in Ferguson racist?   Has our nation’s 50-year history of giving blacks preference over whites conditioned the blacks to expect preferential treatment in our criminal justice system just because they are black?  After all, the law of the land gives them preference in just about every other aspect of their existence, so why shouldn’t they be given preferential treatment when police try to enforce the laws the rest of us are expected to follow?

I wonder.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Islamic Quest: The same yesterday and today…

Here is a timely guest column from Matthew Bracken to inform our misled, gullible Western sensibilities what we are in for over the next few years:

 

The Islamic Jihad Conquest Formula

By Matthew Bracken

August, 2014

Mohammed’s unchanging formula for conquest is time-proven; variations were also used in history by the invading Mongol hordes among others. Emissaries ride forward of their advancing armies, offering to spare the lives of the targeted population in return for their unconditional surrender and explicit submission to their new rulers. In the Islamic context this submission is exemplified by the fresh converts repeating the Shahada prayer before Muslim witnesses.

There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger.

The Shahada prayer is the first of the Five Pillars of Islam. The Shahada prayer is also what is written on the black battle flags of Islamic jihad. Along with Allahu Akbar—our God is greatest—the Shahada is the battle cry of advancing Islamic armies. In fact, the very word Islam means submission, and not peace, as it is often intentionally mistranslated by duplicitous Muslims practicing taqiya, or sanctified lying for the cause of advancing the spread of Islam.

It’s purposefully made very easy for a town or a city to submit and convert to Islam. But the entire city must surrender without posing any resistance at all. In the event of any violent or even physical resistance, a new formula applies: the Islamic jihad conquest formula. From the time of Mohammed until today—as we are seeing in the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq—the formula has not changed.

1. During the battle and immediately afterward, there is a period of unbelievable savagery and wanton hyper-violence.

Any of the defeated population from infants to grandmothers may be subjected to the most extreme cruelty, including beheading with knives or swords, crucifixion, being burned or buried alive, or thrown down wells or off cliffs or high walls. During this period, women, girls and boys are routinely gang-raped by frenzied jihadists, to the point that survivors almost always suffer lifelong crippling internal and external injuries. Suicide among the survivors of these savage gang rapes is common. The Christian and Zahidi girls and boys in Northern Iraq are only the most recent victims of this traditional Muslim depraved cruelty.

Those who survive until the victorious jihadists have consolidated their hold and sated their blood-lusts are the fortunate ones. They may have caught a potential protector’s eye, or hidden themselves until the jihadists’ most bloodthirsty passions have subsided. No jihadists will ever be called to account by Muslim jihad leaders for their atrocities committed during the battle and victory consolidation phase.

For the first time in history, today we are seeing what the previous millions of victims of Muslim conquests have experienced for 1,400 years. The recent beheadings and crucifixions in Syria and Iraq are not new or novel. What is new and novel is that today these Muslim jihad atrocities are being filmed and transmitted for the purpose of spreading the propaganda of Islamic State terror, to encourage their next intended targets to submit and surrender without resistance.

2. Captured men will be beheaded, shot or enslaved.

Following a fresh conquest, when the defeated men are tied up, imprisoned, or held under the barrels of Muslim guns, they may either be murdered or enslaved. Their fate depends upon the tactical situation and the best advantage as perceived by the victors. If the Muslim victory is thought to be temporary, the jihadists will immediately murder all of the men and boys over the age of twelve, eliminating them as future threats. They may be beheaded if there is sufficient time, otherwise they will be shot in ditches as we have recently seen in Iraq. The heads of the decapitated will be stuck on poles, fences or walls as a gruesome public warning against further resistance by the living.

If the latest jihad victory is thought to be secure and slave labor is desired, the captured men and boys will be fettered in chains and put to work under conditions similar to those experienced by slave laborers under the Nazis during World War Two. They may be fed or starved at the sole discretion of their new overlords. They may be worked fifteen or more hours a day, every day, in all weather and climates with no shoes, gloves, coats or hats. Often they will be both starved and overworked to the extent that a significant percentage of them will perish every month. When these wretched slaves are too weak to haul boulders or dig trenches, they may be executed at the sole discretion of their overlords. No discipline will ever be meted out for starving, beating or killing “infidel” slave laborers.

3. Women and teenage girls will be kidnapped as sex-slaves, to be sold at auction to the highest bidders.

The prettier young women and girls will be fortunate to become the concubine of one powerful man. The plainer women and girls will be sold as house or field slaves, doing fifteen or more hours of hard work every remaining day of their lives: hauling water, cleaning floors, cooking and so on. They may be raped, starved, beaten or killed at the whim of their owners. They may be subjected to forced female genital mutilation—the razor-blade excision of their clitoris and other horrors—depending on the whims of their new masters. No discipline will ever be applied to their masters. They are chattel property with no rights at all.

4. Children younger than twelve will be kidnapped and raised under Sharia law by the very men who murdered or enslaved their parents.

Girls may be assigned to the victors or sold off as future house slaves, beginning their arduous life of toil as soon as they are able to gather firewood or haul water, often by the age of seven or eight. Young girls showing the promise of becoming pretty teenagers may be assigned to harems for sex-slave indoctrination. At the whim of their owners, the luckiest might even be adopted and raised as family members. From starvation, beatings and overwork, to being assigned to a harem as a sex-slave, to being adopted and raised in some comfort, the relative misery of the kidnapped and enslaved girls will be entirely up to their new masters.

The young kidnapped boys will be sent to madrasa schools to memorize the Koran by repetitiously chanting it, in order to become fully brainwashed Islamic killer zombies as adults. Perhaps most perversely cruel, in time they may join with the murderers and enslavers of their very own forgotten parents, while engaged upon new missions of Islamic jihad conquest. Black slave boys from sub-Saharan Africa will routinely be castrated, turning them into placid adult eunuch slaves.

5. Conquered property will be looted as legitimate war booty.

Buildings and homes will be occupied by the victorious jihadists after the murder or enslavement of their former owners. Any moveable property will be stolen by the victors. Concealed money, jewelry or other valuables will be found by serially torturing family members until someone breaks and reveals the hiding place. This looting, like the rape and murder of enemies in battle, is fully sanctioned by Mohammed’s Sharia Law. This is nothing more than the worst kind of piracy codified into practice and called a “religion.”

It is worth noting that before Mohammed descended into the desert cave to hear the messages of Allah, he was an actual desert pirate, falling upon caravans and plundering them—after beheading the men, and raping and enslaving the women. He later applied the same formula to conquer the Arabian deserts in the name of Allah. If it was good enough for Mohammed, Islam’s perfect man, then it is good enough for any believing Muslim, then, now or in the future. Thus the Islamic jihad conquest formula is unchangeable and Islam can never be reformed. Would-be reformers are beheaded as apostates to true Koranic Islam.

6. The promised Islamic reward for dying in jihad is a perpetual orgy in “paradise” with 72 virgins.

For impoverished Muslim men with little hope of finding a women to marry during their earthly lives, this is a strong inducement to engage in violent jihad. If they are victorious in jihad, they might capture, rape and enslave actual living, breathing infidel girls (and boys). If they die while engaging in jihad, they are vaulted to the front of the line into paradise, and immediately obtain their 72 virgins. This is why suicide bombers often rush toward their “infidel” enemies to blow themselves up: they are convinced that their perpetual orgy will begin the instant after their self-detonation. The Islamic promise of 72 virgins in “paradise” means that jihad is a win-win proposition for a fervent Muslim man. They may well enjoy their jihad rape-fest in this world, but if not, they will enjoy it in the next world immediately following their violent jihad deaths.

7. The Black Flag of Jihad has been the battle flag of Islam from the time of Mohammed until today.

The Saudi Arabian flag also carries the Shahada prayer, but on a green field, indicating that the home of Mecca is part of the Dar al Islam, or House of Submission. Outside of nations living under Sharia Law, in the Dar al Harb, or House of War, Muslims fly the Black Flag of Jihad to indicate their clear intention to violently force that country to submit to Islam.

Islam began with a cruel desert pirate named Mohammed, and it soon took to the seas. In the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Flag of Jihad was simplified to show only a scimitar sword or an arm holding a scimitar, indicating to the crew of the “infidel” ship being attacked their simple choice: surrender and submit to Islam, or face beheading at worst, or enslavement at best.

During the Corsair era, lasting into the 19th Century, many captured Europeans chose to convert to Islam by repeating the Shahada prayer, rather than to be killed or enslaved. Many of these “renegade” Europeans even signed on as crew aboard Muslim pirate vessels, some even rising to the rank of corsair captain. Islam is always welcoming of converts, and under Islam what we call piracy is fully sanctioned as “sea jihad.” Some of these European converts-of-convenience to Islam later escaped and took up piracy on their own accounts. The Black Flag of Jihad was the origin of the familiar non-Muslim black pirate flags, borrowing its fearsome reputation to cow and terrorize targeted ships into surrendering without resistance.

Simply put, the Black Flag of Jihad is the black pirate flag of an evil pirate “religion.”

8. The lure of capturing male and female slaves and obtaining other forms of loot and plunder is the Islamic jihad conquest formula.

Average men in polygamous Muslim societies have little hope of obtaining a wife, not when the wealthy and powerful already have several wives apiece. Jihad offers ordinary Muslims a chance to obtain wives or sex-slave concubines by force in battle, or 72 virgins in the afterlife. Jihad also offers poor Muslims a chance to obtain a home and other forms of wealth by force, as we are seeing today in Iraq.

Unlike Christianity with its Golden Rule, Islam has always appealed to the worst desires of evil men, and the most ruthlessly evil men, like its originator Mohammed, are its greatest beneficiaries. Normal human beings ask the question: what kind of a sick and twisted so-called “religion” promises its highest rewards in exchange for engaging in organized looting, mass murder, mass rape, torture and slavery in the name of its god? Only Islam, which has been an insane rape and murder cult since Mohammed crawled out of the bat cave and barked at the crescent moon.

Moses and Jesus are reported to have climbed to the tops of high mountains to communicate with God. Just who was whispering the gospel of plunder, rape and murder into Mohammed’s ear, deep under the surface of the earth in that dark Saudi Arabian cave?

Who taught Mohammed the Islamic jihad conquest formula?

Courtesy of the Western Rifle Shooters Association

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Impact of Ferguson, MO, riots on local law enforcement and local autonomy…

Granted, details of the confrontation between Michael Brown, the black Ferguson teen, and the Ferguson police department are murky.  Undeniable is all the blowback from this incident that will reverberate against police departments and race relations across the nation.

The President and all “progressives” who loath local government and seek to exert federal control over all aspects of our lives are using this incident to promote their oppressive agenda.

In the wildly presumptuous words of Obama…

"There is also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights."

This statement is equal in its presumptuous and incendiary effect to his untimely remarks made several years ago when he prematurely stated that “the Cambridge police acted stupidly…”.

Obama has zero evidence that excessive force was used against “peaceful” protests or that those jailed were lawfully exercising their “rights.”  He is every bit as much of a flame fanner as the excruciatingly “reverend” Al Sharpton.

And Michael Brown:  6’ 4”, 300 pounds, described by his uncle as a “gentle giant” and “very shy”.  “Very shy” large men don’t try to grab guns from cops.  Do we have another Treyvon Martin – another son of Obama?

Just like druggy Treyvon, Michael Brown was no saint despite the impressions “the hood” tries to portray about him:

“…MICHAEL BROWN…was the suspect in the strong-arm robbery of a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store which was caught on surveillance video” just minutes before he confronted the cop.

His actions may or may not have justified his death.  But neither do his actions justify being declared a martyr.

The media, 90% liberal and some unknown percent Islamic, is especially fanning the flames.  There are articles all over the internet complaining that police departments are too well armed and their uniforms look “too intimidating.”  What do they want the police to wear?  Dresses?  A Washington Post and Huffington Post reporter was arrested, most likely for not obeying lawful orders during a civil emergency.  Al Jazeera (pro-Islam/anti-US)photographers were chased away with teargas and are now demonizing the Ferguson police and gaining the sympathies of other media outlets. 

Here is a flyer sponsored by the Nation of Islam, among others, calling for the immediate firing and murder charge for the police officer who is alleged to have killed the 250 lb. 18-year-old…

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It has been well known for a couple of decades that many gangs and hoodlums are better armed than many police departments.  This is the first time in my 60+ years that I’ve heard that police were too well armed to face lawlessness.  That is close to being an oxymoron.  Let’s see, should the police just hang out and allow the plundering and burning, or should they do all they can to restore order?  That seems like a no brainer to me.  Should the police wear their tourist-friendly shorts and fedora’s while confronting the rioters, or should they wear apparel that both protects them and projects some semblance of authority?  Even the anarchist-in-chief wannabe Rand Paul would love to declaw police departments.

The Ferguson police department is not the only force that is in the spotlight. Police Chiefs across the nation are on the firing line as a result to the widespread liberal media onslaught.  This plays into the Obama/progressive agenda in spades.

The agenda is this:

Take advantage of every bad situation to promote greater federal government power and control by demonizing local governmental authority, governance, and self-determination.

If I was a police chief or mayor of any American city, I would be very concerned that the nation is hell-bent on limiting police department capabilities and actions in the face of anarchy and civil violence.  In fact, this bodes ill for local autonomy and is part of a multi-decade tsunami of federal authority over local rights in virtually every function of local government. 

Friday update: 

Now that the Missouri Highway Patrol captain has taken over the operation in Ferguson, things have quieted down.  He doesn’t want any police presence at demonstrations.  If a few rocks are thrown, some property is damaged, so be it.  When police confront violence in certain neighborhoods, they need to back off because they incite violence – that is the message.  The message to all police departments across the nation is this:  Tolerate lawlessness; don’t get in anyone’s face; back off; ignore law-breakers in certain neighborhoods where lawlessness is a part of the culture.   This is part of our perverted “tolerate everything” culture.  I expect the Ferguson Police Chief to succumb to the same fate as the Sanford Police Chief – unemployment.

Saturday update: 

Predictably, evil filled the vacuum created by evil’s intimidation of law and order.  The police were ordered to “stand down” so as not to offend the latent rioters, and rioting and looting were the order of the night.

Regrettably, this is the same mindset that prevails in our culture with regard to Islam:  Don’t confront the Muslims who are known to be plotting to impose a different legal system – Sharia – to transform our nation.  They may be offended and may be upset, may sue, or become violent.  “No-go” zones are likely to pop up all over America, not just to satisfy Muslim ghettos, but the desire for lawlessness in black communities as well.  Are we seeing the beginning of a government mandated tribal system – each region having its own system of morality and justice?

Sunday update:

On Saturday the Governor declared a curfew to run from midnight to 5am.  Many in the community criticized that declaration.  Violence again erupted on Saturday night after the curfew began.  The police chief is under fire for being “too aggressive” and relinquished (i.e. “compelled” to give up) much of his authority to the County, then to the State.  If there are enough protests, I imagine authority will be taken by  the Feds.

Monday update:

Violence overnight Sunday led the governor to call in the Missouri National Guard.  Certain to provoke more violence is the defense autopsy report given during a press conference on national TV this morning.  To illustrate the cultural polarization in places like Ferguson, and hundreds of other communities nationwide, here is an article about the Ferguson convenience store manager in fear for his life in a news conference where he promises he never “snitched” to police about Michael Brown’s robbery.  Such establishments need to maintain the trust of their lawless customer base.

This video was just released by FOX news.  It shows the emotion real time minutes after the shooting.  It is sure to incite a lot more anger and violence.  They won’t bother to hear other eyewitnesses say that Brown turned around and was approaching (confronting?) the officer:

The videographer’s first words:  “Killed for no reason.”  Yes, killed for no reason that he was aware of at the time, not having all the facts yet.

Here is a plausible scenario that I assembled from a number of facts produced by the media that few in Ferguson, the media, or the White House are willing to consider:

The 300 pound young adult was high on marijuana, robbed a store, and assaulted a store clerk.  Someone called police who responded near the scene.   While near the scene, police spotted two males walking in the middle of the street and requested them to walk on the sidewalk.  One of the males, the suspect, high on drugs, approached the cop, assaulted him, and attempted to grab the cop’s weapon.  The male retreated and the cop pursued while directing the male to stop.  The young adult then turned around and began to rush the cop at which time the cop opened fire.  The first four shots to the body merely slowed the male down, and as he was falling forward, the cop continued to fire in self defense with the last two shots fired into the aggressors head.  The shooting likely occurred within a 6 to 8 second period fueled by training, muscle memory, and adrenaline in the face of the rapidly approaching, violent, large, drugged aggressor.

And HERE is affirmation of my account from the officer’s wife.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bugging out: Why and Where?

Bugging out:  Going somewhere else where you will feel safer.

Why wouldn’t you feel safest in your own familiar, cozy home?  In the event of most conceivable cataclysmic or life threatening events certainly you can store ample food and water in your home  - and be perfectly safe – perhaps more easily than in a distant location.  But then again, maybe not.

There are two reasons for getting out of dodge:

  1. Your house is in danger of being seriously damaged or destroyed or has already been damaged or destroyed.  The most likely causes include hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, sinkholes, and fires (house and forest).
  2. Your life is in danger of being seriously violated.  The most likely cause is civil unrest created by roving bands of hotheads, ragheads, potheads, or desperately panicked people provoked by a wide variety of black swan* or even more predictable events.  Something as common as alleged police brutality triggers riots and mayhem in an instant, as currently witnessed in a suburb of St. Louis.  More esoteric triggers could include an Ebola or other pandemic provoked panic, bank closures, and EMP-generated destruction of electrical infrastructure – all of which will create food and water shortages within days or weeks that will quickly create a psychotic population.

Given Reason 1, natural disaster, most any alternative location removed from the immediate area of destruction will be an option:  a motel, a friends house across town, and even a nearby shelter.  Sheltering in place may be the option of choice for most folks in all but the most life-threatening events.

Reason 2, civil unrest, requires much more careful thought and preparation.  If you KNOW that the civil temper tantrum is localized AND temporary, then you can either batten down in place or spontaneously relocate to a safer location for a few hours or a day or two until things calm down.

On the other hand, if you suspect that the unrest is spreading, or likely to spread to broader areas and is likely to continue and worsen as a result of a major trigger event, then an alternate location may be your only rational option.  Guess what?  If you didn’t plan ahead for this eventuality, it may be too late.

Since it is a good idea to plan ahead, several questions arise.  Where should you go?  How will you get there?  Who should you be with?  What should you bring or have on site? 

This article will focus only on the “where you should go” part of protecting your existence.  What are the best locations to insulate you from any chaos that you suspect may not only worsen but be long lasting?

Here is a list of the most important locational criteria for your safe zone:

  • Off the beaten path
  • Easily defensible from others
  • Easily accessible to you
  • Accessible food and water

Taking these criteria one at a time, here are several specifics that ferret out the characteristics of each one:

Off the beaten path.  Look for places…

  • Away from population centers:  At least 20 miles away from large cities (over 100,000); at least 10 miles away from mid-sized cities (20,000 to 100,000); at least 2 miles away from small cities/towns (below 20,000).
  • With low density population.  Rural is better than urban or suburban.  The fewer homes and people per acre, the better.
  • With little or no existing public infrastructure.  The less dependent nearby residents have been on public infrastructure, the easier it will be for them to adapt to having no public services and the less stressed and psychotic they are likely to become.
  • Away from throughways.  Desperate people will travel roads of every type that go from population center A to population center B looking for something “better.”  Whether an Interstate, State Road, County Road, or farm road - if it extends from one populated area to another, it will get traffic.  Look for retreats that are at the “end of the line” that don’t go anywhere.  These might be at the edge of a National Forest, on a body of water, or on a road that loops in and out of an area where people have no reason to be.
  • Hidden from view or “blending in” the surrounding area, appearing to be nothing special.  Avoid looking “prepared”.  No obvious barbed wire; no obvious stores of supplies or food; no off-site noise from generators; no out-of-place looking windmills.

Easily defensible from others.  Look for places…

  • Having limited, monitorable, and controllable routes of access.
  • Having natural defensible boundaries, such as bodies of water, ravines, or bluffs.
  • Having heavily wooded terrain that shields on-site activity from off-site view.
  • With ample acreage around the perimeter of the retreat that serves as a buffer zone that can be patrolled to keep uncivil behavior from occurring within the retreat area.  This would ideally extend a quarter mile or more with several hundred feet being a minimum.

Easily accessible to you and other retreat members.  Look for places…

  • Within an easy drive or manageable hike.  Within 15 to 30 miles would be an ideal.  Events may turn fast.  You may not have time to bug out to your North Carolina mountain cabin in the woods.
  • With alternate routes of access in case the principle route becomes blocked.
  • With other like minded folks to help you get there in case you can’t.

Accessible, sustainable food and water.  Look for places…

  • Next to or near a body of water – a lake, river, stream.
  • Where rain barrels can be installed in abundance without being seen off-site.
  • With enough open space clear of trees either on-site or close by that can be used for growing edibles.
  • Near areas where wild game is in abundance and can be hunted without shooting other desperate hunters.  Ideally the location would not have dozens or hundreds of other hunters doing the same thing.

These measures seem extreme to most people.  Most are blinded by their normalcy bias.  However, most people don’t really pay much attention to what is going on in the world – the rapid pace of cultural, governmental, economic, religious, demographic, and moral change.   Cultural clashes from economic, religious, and ethnic differences and disputes from feelings of inequality, injustice, or “devine right” to annihilate those who disagree – example:  Islam – are becoming more common.  We live in an increasingly polarized and psychotic society. 

The odds of conflict are increasing.  Do you care?

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* Black Swan event:  Named after the rarity but existence of black swans.  An event in human history that was unprecedented and unexpected at the point in time it occurred. However, after evaluating the surrounding context, domain experts (and in some cases even laymen) can usually conclude: “it was bound to happen”.   More HERE.

 

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Trigger points of fear and civil unrest as Ebola progresses…

As Ebola progresses, as it looks like it surely will, (see HERE),  there will be events in its progression that increase fear and lead to regional civil unrest and potentially, widespread societal breakdown.

Here is some well thought out speculation of some of the trigger points to various outbreak events:

When…

Event trigger…

Possible reaction of governments

Possible reaction of population 

First week of August 1. Confirmation that 72 year old woman at London airport died of Ebola [She in fact tested negative] Greater scrutiny/testing of passengers traveling from African nations with confirmed cases. Increased concern expressed by British media.  Panic among some segments of the British population
Second week of August 2.  Additional cases of Ebola confirmed among airplane passengers and among airport workers Cancel flights from African nations into London.  US may do the same. Broader panic in Great Britain.  Calls to quarantine the airport.
Third week of August 3. Confirmed cases beyond the London airport Government calls for people of London to remain in their homes.  US cancels flights from London. Panic buying of food and other essentials in London and surrounding areas.  US citizens increase alarm.
Third week of August 4. Spread through many more African nations Travel bans to and from most of Africa – if not the entire continent Civil unrest in many African nations; death toll increases exponentially; African commerce to other continents begins to be seriously  impacted
Fourth week of August 5. First confirmed cases originating in US .  See potential scenario HERE and HERE.   Many from infected countries cross our borders – see HERE. Flights greatly curtailed in the US to and from areas of infected population.  Calls for persons from infected nations to be quarantined. Segments of US population begin considering measures to take to shelter in place to minimize exposure
First week of September 6. Cases reported in multiple states Government invokes travel bans in areas of outbreaks.  Quarantine is established in several locations.  Hundreds of people feared to be infected are quarantined. Panic sets in among many.  Grocery stores in areas of outbreak are mobbed and depleted.
Second week in September 7. Dramatic increase in number of cases reported in US Triage centers open.  Marshall law considered in some areas.  Number of quarantine centers increase.  Restrictions on travel and deliveries begin to cripple commerce and our economy. Panic increases.  Civil unrest in most affected areas.  Food shortages result from controls on commerce restricting travel and deliveries.  See HERE about how civil unrest progresses.
Many people will self-quarantine to avoid other people.  Many will not report to work.
Third week of September 8.  Epidemic declared in the US National emergency declared.  Detention centers open.  President and military given extraordinary powers.  Increased travel restrictions. Commerce is crippled.  Civil unrest spreads.  Food shortages increase.  Desperation drives behaviors.
Fourth week of September 9.  Death toll in thousands and increasing exponentially Marshall law established in many locations.   Travel is virtually suspended. Societal breakdown begins.

While the above is admittedly wild speculation,  the potential is there for something along these lines to transpire.  An Ebola outbreak in the US is just one among many potential causes of societal breakdown and the need to anticipate likely consequences and prepare accordingly.  It just so happens we have this current event unfolding before our eyes at this moment.  Stay tuned…

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The insanity of referring to “radical” Islam…

I repeat for the umpteenth time:  ISLAM is the problem.  Not just “radical” Islam.  Whenever I hear Sean Hannity (and most everyone else in media and politics) speak about “radical” Islam, I cringe, because that tells me he STILL doesn’t get it.  With regard to Islam, the word “radical” should ONLY be used in the same way we say “fire is hot.”  That is the nature of fire – hot.  To say “hot fire” infers that there are cooler fires, which is true, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get burned by the “less hot fire.”  In the case of Islam, Islam is radical.  To say  “radical Islam” assumes there is another form of Islam that is not radical.   This is misleading to many people because saying “radical Islam” implies there is a non-radical Islam. No . No. No.  There is no other kind because Islam itself is radical.  

Islam is an all-inclusive culture.  It includes all aspects of a typical culture:  social, religious, economic, political, legal, and military.  What we call “radical Islam” is merely the military aspect of Islam.  ALL other aspects of Islam support the military aspect.  Given the mission of their “military”, which is the mission of Islam, to engage in terrorism and conquest to further the spread of Islam, and given that all of the Islamic doctrine is geared toward conquest of the infidel (non-Muslims), that clearly makes Islam radical.  It also clearly indicates that there should be no distinction between “radical Islam” and Islam.  Islam is as radical as fire is hot.

The inspiration for this article comes from this posting from The Religion of Peace.com

Ramadan Bombathon
2014 Scorecard
 
Because, if you think all religions are the same,
then you haven't been paying attention
.

2014

In the name of
The Religion
of Peace

In the name of
ANY Other
Religion

By Way of
Anti-Muslim
Hate Crime

Terror Attacks

272

0

2*

Suicide Bombings

37

0

0

Dead Bodies

2429

0

2*

Wounded

2028

0

0

(Not all attacks are immediately posted on TROP)

* 2014.07.03 - A Myanmar Muslim was killed by Buddhists on rumor of a rape. (A Buddhist was also killed by Muslims during the same riot). 
*2014.07.02 - An Arab teen was murdered by Israeli Jews following the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens.

Here is the link to a list of all attacks around the world in the past month in the name of Islam:

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/index.html#Attacks

Is Islam radical or are we just plain insane, in fear or in denial?

This also reveals the insanity (or duplicity) of the US and UN in forcing Israel into ceasefires with Islamists whose sense of morality is derived from their fascist Islamic beliefs.   Oh, and the poor “innocent” Gazans?  It is extremely likely that the vast majority of the so-called “civilian population” heartily endorse and support the efforts of Hams against Israel.  That is the nature of Islam.  Period.  Not “radical” Islam.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Gaza: The Muslim Detroit…

Detroit could have remained prosperous.  Gaza could have become prosperous.  But neither occurred.

Detroit represents what happens when the workers and middle classes, the average Joe’s on the street, get greedy:  They are seduced into wanting more – more of the money and lifestyle of their corporate leaders.  The leaders accede to their demands.  In the case of Detroit, the leaders are the bleeding hearts who tax the rich and redistribute to the poor – ever ready to gain the allegiance of the electorate by whatever means necessary.  They  were the liberals of government and the union weary management of the auto industry.  To the ghetto dwellers in Detroit, the cops remain the “pigs.”  The “pigs” are subdued, generally restricted to the more civilized parts of town.

Gaza presents a slightly different picture.  The theme is the same but the actors are different.  The theme is the workers and middle classes, the average Muhammads on the street, get greedy:  They are seduced into wanting more.  In the case of the Gazan Muslim, their religion taught them to want more -  more land, more power, more dominance over the people who they were taught to hate, the Jews next door.  Their leaders accede to their demands.  In the case of Gaza, the leaders are whoever achieves the most power by bribes, deception and terror – and ever ready to gain the allegiance of their tribal subjects by whatever means necessary – usually by torture or murder.  Presently the top dog is Hamas.  To the ghetto dweller in Gaza, the Jews remain the “pigs.”  Fortunately for the civilized world, in the case of Gaza the “pigs” are not subdued.  They have the courage to fight back against unprovoked attacks.  Through their continued greed and the teachings of their evil Islamic ideology, the Gazans forfeit any hope of a better life – except what they might gain through their continued lies and deception which they have refined into a notorious fine art – directed to a gullible world.

In both cases, the results are the same: Poverty, shacks, anger, violence, lawlessness, crumbling infrastructure.  Detroit:  The Liberal’s Gaza.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When a single issue SHOULD derail a candidate’s campaign…

A friend suggested I take a look at a “promising” Republican presidential candidate, Kerry Bowers.  So I did.  I went to his website at http://kerrybowers.com/index.html and looked over some of his belief and platform statements.

I noticed there was nothing mentioned about either national security or Islam (the primary reasons the US is spending billions of dollars per year and causing massive heartburn with regard to government invasion of privacy).  These are the same omissions I noticed about Obama early on in his first presidential campaign.  This void caused me to send Mr. Bowers the following email asking him his views on these  oddly avoided topics:

From:  Me

Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 11:27 AM
To:
Kerry@KerryBowers.com
Subject: Info

I read much of your website with interest.

I notice there was no specific mention of Islam or National Security, both hot buttons related to foreign policy.

What is your view of Islam, or the threat it may pose to the West, to Christianity, or to the US specifically?

Do you believe the historic, orthodox ideology breeds the "radicals", or the "radicals" are being "un-Islamic."

Thanks,

A week or so later I received the following reply posted below in its entirety.  His first two paragraphs do not relate specifically to the topic of Islam (I dimmed the font), but the balance of his comments do:

Kerry Bowers via eigbox.net

Greetings Mr._______,

First, thank you for taking the time to begin reading the material I have provided on my website and thank you too for your inquiry.  I believe the number one priority of the Federal Government is to provide for the defense of the nation, something I devoted 30 years of my life to as an officer in the US Air Force and would continue to do as the nation’s executive servant. I addressed in the documents ‘Introduction’ and ‘Foreign Policy,’ accessible from my website, both my principal and principled ideas on the threats and the strategy I propose to engage them when diplomacy is exhausted.  I invite you to review those if you have not and, hopefully, they will answer your question about my focus on national security.  Bottom line, this nation will be protected from all threats to the extent it can be through both defensive and offensive operations inclusive of preemptive attacks against unquestionable war- or terror-postured threats. Time and the vastness of an ocean are no longer on our side to react with a defensive response alone to every conceivable threat, leaving preemption as the least favored but perhaps best option. 

Let me say too, I will not violate the 4th amendment right of our citizens to be secure in their persons, papers, houses and effects to the extent I believe they have been violated under the Patriot Act, among other measures since 911. Freedom comes with a certain amount of risk to security and I will work to achieve the proper balance between risk and lawful surveillance.           

With respect to religion, does religion breed terror or is it the individual criminals of humanity who beckon or force the vulnerable to follow them under the banner of a particular religion to achieve their own agenda?  I have read the Quran, cover-to-cover, as a military officer trying to understand the threat and I have not been drawn to be an Islam-proclaiming terrorist.  In fact, it drew me closer to Christianity for what Christianity holds for me over that of Islam, and to make that statement is not a condemnation of Islam. So, is it Islam from which the terror rises or the tyranny from the inability to decide for oneself when forced into a form of subservience under the banner of Islam?  I tend to think the latter is true as has been demonstrated throughout history under more banners than that of just Islam.    

I reflect on the atrocities committed under the banners of Christianity and particularly between Catholics and Protestants over the last millennia?  Did the banner of Christianity and our New Testament create the terror or did those few with an agenda indifferent to Christ create the terror and leave no reasonable option to the pawns of their tyranny?    

Perhaps the greatest fundamental threat to our nation today is not from Islam, but from the increasing exclusion of Judeo-Christian values, the very same upon which our nation was founded.  If we exclude those values, then we create a void to which evil may evolve and under any banner it so chooses to raise above those vulnerable to such demagoguery.          

It will be my responsibility as the nation’s executive servant to protect the right of every individual to practice their religion (or none) as they desire, but within the confines of the Constitution and other laws that may apply.  

I apologize for the brevity and some reflective questions to answer questions, but, hopefully, I have satisfactorily responded and given you some confidence of my focus on these issues.  Thank you again for your questions and your interest in this campaign to Restore America’s Blessings.

Sincerely,

Kerry                          

His comments on Islam and the Qur’an  reflect a shallow, naïve,  inaccurate, and dangerous understanding of that ideology.  His gloss-over is as naïve as calling Nazism a neutral, peace-loving ideology highjacked by a few radicals as Hitler was rolling through Austria in the late 30’s.  Except Islam is worse because there is a psychotic religious component and 1,400 years of cultural perversion behind it.

I found Mr. Bowers portrayal of Islam so far removed from reality that I had to reply.  And so I did.  His comments are in quotes.  My responses are in white:

From: Me

To: Kerry

Thank you for your thoughtful reply.

Yes, I see that you address "national security" more or less indirectly through your other topics.

I do have something to add with regard to your approach to Islam and the Qur'an.  I will address your comments in the context of your paragraphs, below:

"With respect to religion, does religion breed terror or is it the individual criminals of humanity who beckon or force the vulnerable to follow them under the banner of a particular religion to achieve their own agenda?"

My own 13 years of study and writing about Islam, learning intently from experts such as Robert Spencer, Bill Warner, Andrew McCarthy, and a number of former Muslim terrorists, and observing the actions and motivations of virtually thousands of so-called "radicals", many of whom were thought to be "moderate", I am firmly convinced that in the case of Islam, it indeed breeds what we call criminal and psychotic behaviors.  Islam both reflects and forms the culture.  The Islamic culture has a radically different morality from Judeo-Christianity.   Today's Islamic radicals reflect the behaviors, pronouncements, and teachings of Muhammad. These teachings promote Jew hatred, abuse of women, lying and deception (taqiyya), intolerance and violent supremacism.  These behaviors are integral to the orthodox and most popular interpretations of the Islamic trilogy today.

"I have read the Quran, cover-to-cover, as a military officer trying to understand the threat and I have not been drawn to be an Islam-proclaiming terrorist."

I am pleased for you that reading the Qur'an did not draw you to be an Islam-proclaiming terrorist.  However, your above statement makes it clear you understood neither what you read, nor the influence of what you read on over a billion souls, sadly.  To proclaim something that you do not understand to be "harmless" takes a lot of faith.  Why is there no other religion that instigates so much violence, terror and hate by such a huge margin, in the name of Islam, as Islam?  To ignore this disparity is to practice self-deceptive moral equivalency.

"In fact, it drew me closer to Christianity for what Christianity holds for me over that of Islam, ..."

For the Christianized western mind, that would be the expected outcome.

"...and to make that statement is not a condemnation of Islam."

That is because you do not yet understand Islam.

"So, is it Islam from which the terror rises or the tyranny from the inability to decide for oneself when forced into a form of subservience under the banner of Islam?  I tend to think the latter is true as has been demonstrated throughout history under more banners than that of just Islam."

It is Islam from which the terror rises.  The "banner of Islam" is what Islam has taught for 1,400 years.  Islam has been awakening from a century of slumber and is becoming what it was meant to be.  We are seeing an Islamic reformation - it is reforming itself back to its violent, intolerant roots.

“I reflect on the atrocities committed under the banners of Christianity and particularly between Catholics and Protestants over the last millennia?  Did the banner of Christianity and our New Testament create the terror or did those few with an agenda indifferent to Christ create the terror and leave no reasonable option to the pawns of their tyranny?”

You have reasoned yourself into a bad case of moral equivalency that does not exist.  If you understood the Islamic trilogy and tradition, you would understand that today's Muslim leadership (both the mythical "moderates" as well as the mainstream "radicals") are faithful to the historic spirit of orthodox Islam.  To compare that to atrocities of Christians who deviated 180 degrees from orthodox Christianity is making a comparison that is at odds with reality.

"Perhaps the greatest fundamental threat to our nation today is not from Islam, but from the increasing exclusion of Judeo-Christian values, the very same upon which our nation was founded.  If we exclude those values, then we create a void to which evil may evolve and under any banner it so chooses to raise above those vulnerable to such demagoguery."

Loss of our Christian compass and the rise of Islam go hand in hand.  A giant void is being filled by evil.

One of the greatest disservices to our nation ever committed by a sitting president (except for Obama's entire term of office) was committed by George Bush a day after 9-11 when he proclaimed that "Islam is a religion of peace."  You appear to be following in his footsteps.

Thank you for your reply and your willingness to be transparent in your positions.  An educated electorate is our best hope.

Sincerely,

Me

Mr. Bowers, while articulate with (I assume) good intentions, should be an example for all of us of how a single issue – a single snafu of understanding and logic – in this case his Pollyanna-esque understanding of Islam – should disqualify a candidate from election to public office.

He could be the most wonderful man, the most fiscally conservative human to walk the planet.  But if he refuses to understand Islam, what it is, how it works, what it wants – and the fact that the people who call themselves “Muslim”  generally agree with that evil –that should be a deal-killer for any intelligent voter.

Sadly and outrageously, Mr. Bowers is repeating what our military is promoting to its flag officers concerning Islam:  That Islam is not the problem – it is the “radicals” who misunderstand Islam and distort it.” 

No.  No. No!  Islam is not being distorted by radicals.   Islam is creating the radicals - making radicals of Islam’s most devout followers.  Islam is the root of the evil.  And don’t be deceived into believing the “moderate” Muslims are benign.  Most of the higher profile “moderates” have been found to side with terrorist groups and vile Islamic doctrine every bit as faithfully as the so-called radicals.

Our military leaders are being reeducated to tolerate the intolerable and intolerant – Islam.  That has GOT to change, and a Commander-in-Chief like Mr. Bowers will not do that.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Church: Relevant or Relevant?

The loss of interest in attending church, especially among young people, has a variety of causes.  One of the causes is “relevance.”

But the term “relevance” has a wide variety of meanings in the context of connecting church with people.  Some definitions are positive; others negative.  Here is a list of possible meanings.

“Relevance” as applied to the church is listed in order of usefulness in accurately and persuasively presenting the Biblical message:

  1. World view-centered content:  Messages and teachings of the church containing timely real life examples, situations, and people outside the church that provide a meaningful backdrop for presenting or contrasting a Biblical world view.  These examples may include other world religions and ideologies, government policies, economics, wars, cultural oddities and snafu’s and other timely topics.  This approach offers numerous opportunities for tying in news and current events into virtually any Biblical teaching.
  2. Personal needs-centered content:  This form of relevance is more ego-centric, or self centered and deals with the personal needs and infirmities of the congregation.   This is inward focused relevance compared to the outward focused relevance of 1, above.
  3. Pop culture style: Pop culture in the form of pop music (rock, rap, hip hop – with feel good Christian-sounding lyrics) and casual “pop” attire, in a sterile, modern setting, is another, albeit negative, form of relevance.  This is thought to be necessary by many churches to attract the younger un-churched.
  4. Pop culture content:  The content of the messages and teachings are in accord with the popular secular mood swings of the day, most often including acceptance of homosexuality as normal, the “right” of abortion, the normalcy of gay marriage, and the idea that every religion is an ok path to God, with “god” being whatever you want to believe him, her, or it to be.

The above definitions of church relevance degrade from the most mature and Biblical (1. World View-centered content) to the least mature and Biblical (4. Pop culture content). 

Personal needs-centered content (#2) is appropriate as a part of most services, but should not dominate the messages and teachings.  But it does.  An inward, self-centered focus of the church service is what I have experienced in the majority of churches I have attended.

The reasons people of all ages stop going to church vary widely.  At root is church being viewed as an irrelevant lower priority.   Most of those who do attend do so for self-centered and superficial reasons:  To “feel good”; to be entertained, etc. 

That is why few churches focus on worship and teaching that focuses on a Biblical world view – an understanding and application of God’s Word to our lives that is increasingly foreign to our pop culture.   “World view-centered content” is rarely offered.  Consequently, the Gospel message has little context with today’s challenges and fails to grab the attention and relevance to the listener without this Biblical world view focus.  The Biblical world view contrasted against other ruling principles of life is the back drop necessary to provide context to the Gospel message.  As the old saying goes, “a text without a context is a pretext.”  Translated:  The gospel message is a meaningless pretext without the context of timely, significant current events and cultural anomalies required to grab our attention and to provide a context.  The Bible did it.  Why don’t pastors?