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?

___________________

* 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?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I may be an odd duck…

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I may just be an odd duck.  I may be an odd duck with odd expectations of the messages and prayers during typical church services.

Over the previous week there have been several world-shaking events taking place and continuing.

Israel, the home of persecuted Jews, the cradle of Christianity and our best ally in the Middle East has been pummeled with hundreds of rockets from Muslim Gaza and is in a fight for its survival as a nation and as a people.  There are demonstrations around the world by Muslims who wish the elimination of Israel and who profess their hatred of Jews.

Russia shot down a Malaysian aircraft over Eastern Ukraine as part of its war of division among the Ukrainians.  Hundreds of lives were lost.

Central American cartels and governments are encouraging families to be split up by sending their children to the United States for an imagined “better life”.  This “better life” creates danger, uncertainty and fear for the children, encourages violation of our laws, creates havoc at our borders, and drains our own limited resources.

Every day, churches are burned, Christian families are martyred and Muslim converts to Christianity are killed – by Muslims.

The church service I attended today did not have one prayer, not one mention in the church bulletin, not one word in the sermon about any of the people impacted or terrible situations going on in the world today.  This odd duck found this to be strange.

So this odd duck felt a need to perform a reality check, thinking that today might possibly be “ignore the World Sunday” on the church calendar.

Odd duck called several friends who he knew attended several different churches in the area.  Here are the results:

Friend one:  His church did not say one peep about any of the above events, either.  Wow, I thought to myself.  Maybe there is such a thing as “ignore the World Sunday” on the church calendar.

Friend two:  Her church included a brief mention of a couple of these events during their corporate prayer time.

Friend three:  His church also mentioned these events in their prayer time.  But he explained that they don’t want to scare people away by dwelling too long on what is going on in the world from a Christian perspective.

All three of the responses to my odd duck survey confirmed that I am indeed an odd duck in my expectations for church services.  I confirmed that while today may not be a total and absolute “ignore the World Sunday” on the church calendar, it appears to be a quasi ignore-the-World-Sunday.

The troubling thing to this odd duck is that most Sundays in church seem to be pretty much the same way.  Ignore what is going on in the world.  Ignore the impact on and influence of Christianity in the world.  Ignore the impact and potential impact of Christians in the world.  Ignore the mention of the will of God in world affairs.  Ignore trying to express the will of God for the world in our prayers and our messages.  The huge majority of all messages appear to be focused inward, focused on ourselves as if we all require repetitious self-gratifying, narcissistic messages.

I do not know the extent to which the denominations of these various churches require strict adherence to their stock topics and scripts. But it seems odd that there is no provision for deviation from the stock topics when current events would warrant.  And worse, if there is latitude given for deviation from the script or topic why pastors do not take advantage of those situations to create an impactful relevance to their Biblical message.  Why create an imaginary made up “hook” or attention grabber at the beginning of the message when real life hooks are all around us that will and do impact us in real and significant ways.

Ahh, but odd duck, we don’t want to talk “politics” during the service.  News flash!  All of life is politics: The tension between personal autonomy and larger social forces.  All of the Bible is about politics.  The backdrop for the Gospel message was all about world events and politics of the day.   If the Bible limited itself to the topics the church limits itself today, its shelf life would have been no longer than that of a dime store novel. 

To this odd duck, the repetition of the message of the Gospel Sunday after Sunday loses its impact and becomes mundane when its context and relevance to current events and the world’s challenges to Christianity are ignored.

Yours truly,

Odd duck.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Coincidence that Putin informed Obama of downed plane during phone call about US sanctions?

Here is an interesting and possible scenario concerning the motivation for firing on the Malaysian aircraft that addresses the question:

Was the downing of the passenger plane a random error of judgment by Russian separatists or a premeditated, deliberate act by Russia?

First, the background facts:

At Putin's request, Putin and Obama arranged to be on the phone to discuss US sanctions against Russia relating to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. – FACT   http://www.ibtimes.com/mh17-crash-obama-putin-discuss-malaysia-airlines-plane-crash-phone-call-over-ukraine-1631764  It can be assumed that Putin established the timing of the call.

During the phone conversation, Putin expressed his displeasure with US sanctions on Russia (the Russian elite).  The final words of Putin during that phone conversation informed Obama that a Malaysian passenger plane crashed over Ukraine. - FACT   http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/22688

US and Ukraine intelligence reveal that Russian” advisors” fired the missiles that downed the plane.   FACT  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/18/smoking-gun-intercepted-calls-point-finger-in-jet-downing-at-russian/

Putin is seeking ways to retaliate against the US for US sanctions against Russia – FACT        http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/18/putin-set-to-retaliate-against-obama-by-trashing-iran-deal.html

Putin has expressed his revulsion toward homosexulaity in Russia by saying Russia must cleanse itself of homosexuality – FACT   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/putin-russia-must-cleanse-itself-of-homosexuality/

Aids is known to have initially spread through the human population through homosexual behavior and continues to be spread primarily through that behavior - FACT.  http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/epidemic-1-2-of-gay-men-will-have-hiv-by-age-50-if-current-rates-continue-w  and HERE.

As many as 100 people heading to the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne were on the doomed flight -  FACT   http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/07/18/aids-community-mourns-as-leading-experts-feared-killed-in-downed-plane/

It is likely that the Ground to Air Missile System used to take down the Malaysian plane was removed back to Russia – FACT   http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/19/malaysia-air-crash-missile-launcher-used-to-down-jet-likely-back-in-russia-us/

Based on the above 8 sets of facts, the following represents a reasonable scenario:

The shoot-down by Russian “advisors” in eastern Ukraine was a planned action, not an accident.  It served two purposes which could not be passed up: 

1) It was timed to impress Obama during Putin's phone call to him. The shoot-down demonstrated to Obama that any further sanctions, or even persistence of existing sanctions by the US on Russia will result in Russia renewing or reinvigorating its support of Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and perhaps actions equal to the downing of the Malaysian aircraft, or worse.  This whole episode is a pretext in the context of Russia’s natural predisposition to support Iran against the West.

2) It served Russia’s anti-homosexual agenda as a bonus.

Or was the missile firing at that particular plane at that particular moment merely just an unfortunate accident?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The US in 2050: Would we want to live here?

35 years from now, few people over the age of 50 today will exist.  Thirty somethings today will be 65.  Teenagers will be in their 50’s.  Newborns in their 30’s.

90% of kids today spend  more than 70% of their waking hours in public schools and public and private universities being indoctrinated in liberal and Godless ideologies.  Morality will become more and more “relative”, e.g. “situational.”  For example, can we kill others?  Sure, if it benefits society (which can be very problematic.)  So, abortions and birth control will be the norm, and euthanasia will flourish for the elderly and sickly.  The normalization of homosexual relationships will further erode birthrates.  Birth rates among native born Americans will plummet.  A rapid change in cultural “norms” will stress cultural transition and relations. 

Immigration standards will be relaxed and amnesty will be granted without requiring any significant indoctrination into American history, culture or government.  Not just the great numbers of immigrants, but their lack of education, their attitudes and motivation will overwhelm our service systems and financial capacity.  Government handouts will become a greater motivation to immigrate than work.  Assimilation will be neither desired nor encouraged among the newcomers.    See “Baby Democrats” HERE.

Today’s minorities - Latinos, blacks, Muslims – will become the majority.  Whites, Christians, western Europeans will become the minority.

The Judeo-Christian underpinnings that served our nations founding and its 200 years of prosperity and civil behavior will be long forgotten, erased from our history books and our collective memories.

If political correctness continues on its current track, be careful about expressing yourself.  Do you have a conservative view of economics, government, religion, or life in general different than the progressive “mainstream?”  Do you encourage or promote Judeo-Christian moral standards? If so, gird yourself for persecution.  See the movie Persecuted.  You will be subject to being marginalized in our culture in a number of ways:  Loss of job, loss of reputation, fines, penalties, and imprisonment.  Being labeled “bigot” and “intolerant” will be mild compared to the new version of “tolerance” promoted in 2050 America.  We are seeing the beginnings of this today.  See the new book “God less America.”

Today the practical policies of Republicans and Democrats are barely distinguishable (despite the rhetoric), only by degrees:  Degrees of excessive taxation, regulation, and government largess to special interests.  Most of our working age population will lose most of their incentive to work.  We will be conditioned to game the system.  National productivity will plummet.  Work ethic?  What’s that?

By 2050 we will rival 3rd world nations economically, or, at best, we will mirror today’s struggling Eurozone nations.  In 35 years (if we survive that long as a nation) we will have given away the government farm, so to speak.  We will not only lose much of our identity as a nation, but our government will submit itself to international control – the “one world” government that many of our leaders have promoted since the 50’s and which most are promoting today, either consciously or unconsciously.  The vested financial interests of too many of our leaders lie outside of our nation.  Our national borders will be no more than the boundaries of taxation and census zones.  Promoting nationalism or national autonomy will be contrary to federal policy. 

We will, by 2050, have gone through several severe austerity programs in the manner of recent Greece and Italy fiascos.  As a consequence of having to reduce government entitlements (in this case excessive government largess that bankrupted our nation), we will see periods of sustained urban rioting.  There may be periods when political factions call up militias, where states call up the national guard, where our military is called upon to suppress an angry citizenry, or  where rogue units of our military attempt to thwart an out of control authoritarian government.

This chaos is likely to result in some regional balkanization (northeast/Midwest/south/north central/far west) or rural regions vs. urbanized zones.  There may be some point where either the “haves/have nots” or the “patriots*/progressives*” become polarized to the point of creating their own mini-states or enclaves, formal or informal.  The “have nots” are likely to be the aggressors against the “haves.”  The “patriots” will be subject to legal sanctions by the “progressives” to the point of patriot rebellions of various sorts, a la the Boston Tea Party of old.

Living in the US in 2050 will be like living in Rome in the early 400’s.  See HERE.

Dinesh D’Souza’s movie “America” asks us to imagine the world without her.  Now we can imagine an America without the America as we knew her.

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*Patriots:  Comprised of fiscal and social conservatives, devout Christians and Jews, most libertarians, most hard workers and entrepreneurs, and those who feel strongly about preserving the US Constitution.

*Progressives:  Comprised of liberals, Communists, hippie types, Muslims, most of academia, most uneducated, and those who rely on the government to maintain their style of living (either employees or welfare recipients.)