HillaryGate?

We know the State Department under Clinton refused to classify Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.  Their “reasoning” is it would enhance their image & help them recruit more to their cause.  OK, lets say that is a reasonable thought & position.  For them to also threaten the Nigerian government for fighting those murders?

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/05/report_us_threatened_nigeria_with_sanctions_in_2013_for_fighting_boko_haram.html

 And what was the Nigerian government up against?

the recent abduction of nearly 300, mostly Christian, teenage schoolgirls in Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram, yet another Islamic terrorist organization plaguing mankind.  As expected, the group justified its actions in Islamic terms, with its leader declaring on video, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them on the market, by Allah. … There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell.”

Of course, for those in the know, none of this is surprising.  In March 2012, Boko Haram warned that it would do just this, declaring that it was preparing to “strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women.”

Moreover, of all the human rights abuses I catalog in Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians – and there are depressingly many – Boko Haram’s savagery has resulted in more Christians killed than in the rest of the world combined.

The group has bombed or burned hundreds of Christian churches, most when packed for service, including on Christmas Day and Easter Day, leaving hundreds of worshippers dead or dismembered through the years.  In its bid to cleanse northern Nigeria of all Christian presence – a repeatedly stated goal – it has threatened to poison the food eaten by Christians and stormed areas where Christians and Muslims were intermingled, singling the Christians out before slitting their throats.

Go to my monthly “Muslim Persecution of Christians” series, currently 30 in all, and see the countless atrocities that Boko Haram has been responsible for – most of which make the recent Nigerian girls’ abduction pale in comparison.

The real news here is that the so-called mainstream media actually reported on this latest atrocity, prompting both Western and Muslim authorities – who are much more accustomed to, and comfortable with, pretending these sorts of things don’t exist – to respond in awkward, hypocritical and, in a word, foolish ways.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/05/islamic_sex_slaves_throw_wrench_in_official_narrative.html

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Comments

  1. gmanfortruth says:

    :cool:

  2. Isn’t it something-can’t fight against this evil because you might incite violence, or you might insult Islam and what the hell, it doesn’t matter it’s just a problem of poverty anyway. And as always lets worry more about the guilty than the victim. So the atrocities continue. Anyone for a holocaust against Christians-seems to be very few worrying about them or the Jewish people. But by golly -don’t you even think about pointing out that most of these crazies are coming from the Middle East-and that the ordinary people from these Countries who wouldn’t go out and kill you-are happy to allow the powers to be to do so based on laws that anyone with any humanity in them would object too.

    • Mathius™ says:

      it doesn’t matter it’s just a problem of poverty anyway.

      Poverty, lack of education, lack of opportunity, lack of food, lack of health care, corrupt leaders, malign foreign intervention, etc.

      And as always lets worry more about the guilty than the victim.

      Why can’t we worry about BOTH?

      • It is not just a problem of poverty or anything else you listed-that is simply an excuse. There takes a certain type of evil to kidnap children, rape and intentional burn people to death-being poor or uneducated doesn’t make people this type of evil.

        There are different types of guilty and some we can help and some we can’t but you simply do not worry about the guilty at the expense of the victim. or in this case at the expense of not calling out evil when you see it. This is what I was talking about-our government is so worried about insulting or blaming that it is next to impossible to identify the guilty and stop the horror.

        • Mathius™ says:

          It is not just a problem of poverty or anything else you listed-that is simply an excuse.

          Certainly not “just.”

          But to lay the blame on the guy’s religion when, clearly, he is just nuts and using Islam as a pretense is unfair to the religion. More specifically, it is unfair to the 1.4 billion other adherents who some paint with the same brush based solely on that shared attribute.

          or in this case at the expense of not calling out evil when you see it.

          Who is not calling out evil. This is evil.

          We only disagree, it seems, on the REASON behind that evil. I say he was raised wrong, in a toxic mix of extremism, poverty, uneducation, or whatnot. Certainly, there is the added possibility of a neurological condition (remember, my brother ‘suffers’ from sociopathy – and this kind of thing is not beyond him if he thought he could get away with it). I don’t know him or his story well enough to know what the particular mix is in his case.

          If I’m not much mistaken, many people to the contrary seem to think that he’s doing this “because he’s Muslim.”

          And then they take that and extrapolate to “Muslims are dangerous.” And that’s just not fair.

      • The problem with guys like you Matt, and I am getting personal here, is that you have no problem insulting decent, hard working poor people without much of an education. I have worked in some damn tough neighborhoods full of native born and immigrant folk who can barely read or write. Know something? 99.99 percent are the kind of folks I’d have no problem living next to.

        The worst, the absolutely worst form of bigotry you can be guilty of in my opinion is making excuses for people’s behavior because you think their circumstances determine their morality. Wrong is wrong whether done by the CEO of Goldman Sachs or some hoople running around in a jungle with an AK. Harvard Law or a kindergarten drop out really does not make much of a difference. Perhaps the type of crime committed is different but not even by degree. The Wall Street Whiz-kid destroying company after company, robbing pension plans blind destroys far more lives than the two bit street thug capping somebody after he carjacks them. Ever know anybody who suicided after losing everything?

        Is there anything really different in what you said than someone else saying that blacks, Hispanics, or any other ethnic group are lawless because of who they are? Reads the same to me. It took some 6,000 years or so of recorded human history for someone to come up with “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Everyone is accountable for everything that they do. They have free will regardless of circumstance.

  3. Mathius™ says:

    LOI,

    Pet peeve.

    yet another Islamic terrorist organization plaguing mankind.

    Can we get over this term “Islamic” being used in this fashion? Islam is the religion, followers of Islam are MUSLIM.

    If it helps you, we can do an SAT exercise:
    Islam:Judaism
    Muslim:Jewish

    Boko isn’t an “Islamic” anything. He is a Muslim terrorist.

    —–

    We now return you to your regularly schedule programming.

    • Okay Matt, I’ll accept that criticism and change my rant to you might insult Muslims. But that isn’t allowed either. I will also state that I am not defining Islam-I am looking at how the people in the Middle East, the majority population defines their religion through their laws. I don’t disagree with your definition of bigot-I just simply don’t think you follow your own definition. Any use of any of these words and you, state with conviction, one is a bigot whether one qualifies their remarks or not. Hence it is impossible to talk about these subjects with any clarity.

      • Mathius™ says:

        V,

        I wasn’t commenting on what you wrote – in fact, I hadn’t even read it (yet).

        you might insult Islam

        This is exactly correct, actually. As far as grammar / terminology goes, anyway.

        And, to your point:

        Any use of any of these words and you, state with conviction, one is a bigot

        It’s not the WORDS that make someone a bigot. It’s the attitude behind them. Or, rather, the beliefs behind them. If you believe that “Muslims” as a group are evil/dangerous, that’s bigotry. If you think that “some Muslims” or even “many Muslims” are evil/dangerous, that’s just a factual statement.

        Just change the group to see what I’m saying: If you believe that “black people” are violent criminals, that’s bigotry. If you believe “some black people” are violent criminals, that’s just objective reality.

        Does this make sense?

        • Yes Matt it makes sense-but figuring out what the beliefs are behind them takes listening to the person and really hearing them-not being so touchy about the word that you ignore the qualifiers and just start hollering bigot. And I’m sorry but you do that-a lot.

          • Mathius™ says:

            And I’m sorry but you do that-a lot.

            I actually don’t think I throw that word around a lot – it’s why I think it carries some meaning when I say it. There are a lot of people who shout BIGOT! BIGOT! at every perceived racial insensitivity. I am not one of them. Of all the people I know, I strive the hardest to seek and understand nuance and “both sides.” It’s why I participate in this lunatic asylum instead of one closer to my personal ideology. People are constantly mad at me for trying to see both sides and the nuances involved in things rather than just accepting the view they want. I really don’t think your view is fair.

            I’m also uncomfortable with the fact that Muslims deliver food right to the airplanes. It just makes me uneasy, knowing their track record, and the fact of the cell that came right out of that kitchen. They also have a big part in the cab driving around the airport. And many of the cabin service workers are Muslim. It just makes me uneasy, especially since I can darn near throw a stone and hit the airport.

            But call it what you want – bigotry / racisim / Islamophobia – this is not ok. It’s NOT ok. It has no place in a modern American society.

            Just replace Muslim with “black” and read it again.

            I’m also uncomfortable with the fact that Muslims blacks deliver food right to the airplanes. It just makes me uneasy, knowing their track record, and the fact of the cell that came right out of that kitchen. They also have a big part in the cab driving around the airport. And many of the cabin service workers are Muslims black. It just makes me uneasy, especially since I can darn near throw a stone and hit the airport.

            That should set off some warning bells, no? Why would the second get you kicked out of polite society while the former is ho-hum? Try saying that – verbatim – at your next coffee klatsch, see how they respond.

            This isn’t a question of me being “touchy.” She’s saying that, essentially, the idea of any one of 1.4 BILLION people delivering to her airport or working in cabs near the airport makes her uncomfortable – based entirely on the fact that they share a religion with some people who did bad things.

            Be concerned about inadequate screening. Be concerned about inadequate security. Be concerned about lax supervision. Be concerned about inadequate police / police-response-times. But to be uncomfortable around an entire people just because their religion is NOT ok. It’s just not.

            • Crap, Crap, crap-wrote a long response and my computer just ate it-taking a frustration break before I throw this thing out the window.

            • If you believe that “Muslims” as a group are evil/dangerous, that’s bigotry. If you think that “some Muslims” or even “many Muslims” are evil/dangerous, that’s just a factual statement.

              I’m also uncomfortable with the fact that Muslims deliver food right to the airplanes.

              ????? How is it that taking a fact that you agree with, adding it to a factual observation, that a large number of Muslims are frequently servicing a high security threat area & admitting unease wrong. She has not accused them or attacked them, just voiced unease. I suppose if she is uneasy walking a dark street at night, it’s an offense to all men. Sure there are rapists out there, but to state her unease in insulting to the rest of us..

              • Mathius™ says:

                “I’m uneasy with black people near my property.”

                That’s fine, too, right?

    • Mathius™ says:

      Not for nothing, but I’d also like to add that people (notably conservatives) seem to like to deliberately misuse terms like this for the express purpose of pissing off members of the group. I sometimes wonder if this kind of thing is an intentional display of disrespect.

      See also: “Democrat Party”

      • Actually Matt, I don’t believe most people intentionally misuse the word. I personally have to stop and really think about it to make a distinction because I’m think Islamist/Muslim not Islam vs Muslim. I know there is a difference between Christian and Christianity but to me, I am both in the broader sense-if that makes any sense to you.

        • Mathius™ says:

          I understand what you’re saying – I know it may not be intuitive. I think the parallel would be if non-Christians started calling you (and I’ve heard this term once or twice) “Christers.” As in “V.H. is one of those Christers.”

          I think that would grate on you pretty quickly.

    • He is not even Muslim.

      A man can label himself whatever he wants, does not suddenly make him what that label infers.

      LOI can label himself “King” doesn’t make him King.

      Treat Boko Haram by how they act – they are criminals, and nothing more.

      • Mathius™ says:

        HUZZAH!

        Then again.. I don’t really like to be in the business of determining who is and who is not what religion. If, as you are fond of pointing out, I give myself that authority over him, then I give him that authority over me as well, no? Nothing good lies in that direction.

        I’d prefer to say “to my best understanding of the religion of Islam, Boko does not appear to be following the dictates of that religion in accordance with the expressed will of Mohammad.” Further, I am perfectly comfortable stating “he’s a criminal in any objective sense and absolutely committing an act of evil regardless of any justification provided by his religion.” Further, I’d like to add that “he’s an asshole” and “I would not be upset if one of those girls wound up stabbing him to death.”

        *disclaimer, I’m assuming guilt here. I haven’t been following this well enough to know what’s going on, but my understanding is that his guild it pretty well established. So, take this with a grain of salt.

    • Matt,

      Pet peeve. Raymond Ibrahim used that term in the fashion you object to, I just copied & posted his article. I thought the main point of the article was the numerous attacks by Boko Haram would be the main focus. I would also add Boko Haram calls itself Islamic/Muslim. Suggest you & Flag go to Nigeria & explain your positions forcefully to them & see what happens.

  4. .

  5. It may seem that I am changing the subject matter-but hang with me a minute and it will become clearer.

    Read this please

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/13/obamas-operation-choke-point-and-the-new-american-legal-system/

  6. Matt and everyone else-what’s your opinion of this? This is happening right in front of your eyes and I hear nothing-but feeling a little uncomfortable is being a bigot.

    And Matt-never thought I would use this phrase-but you can’t just change the names and expect me to get it-you are, wait for it, comparing apples to oranges. Well blacks and Muslims are both people. But blacks aren’t responsible as far as I know for bringing down planes or blowing up people as a type of war against the West. Muslim terrorist are. But I get your argument-I experience Christian basing every day when I start reading about present events. I know that Westboro Baptist Church isn’t representative of Christianity so I understand the argument that Boko Haram doesn’t represent Islam. But I do not have a fit when people say Westboro’s crazy members identify as Christians. I would never state that nobody should call out Westboro because it would upset them and cause more trouble.

    May 15, 2014
    Kirsten Powers: Leftists Create a New Dark Age of Intolerant Anti-Intellectualism

    The terrific thing about mob anger is that it requires so very little thought.

    Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II. We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.

    How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card.

    Each week seems to bring another incident. Last week it was David and Jason Benham, whose pending HGTV show was canceled after the mob unearthed old remarks the brothers made about their Christian beliefs on homosexuality. People can’t have a house-flipping show unless they believe and say the “right” things in their life off the set?

    Don’t bother trying to make sense of what beliefs are permitted and which ones will get you strung up in the town square. Our ideological overlords have created a minefield of inconsistency. While criticizing Islam is intolerant, insulting Christianity is sport. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is persona non grata at Brandeis University for attacking the prophet Mohammed. But Richard Dawkins describes the Old Testament God as “a misogynistic … sadomasochistic … malevolent bully” and the mob yawns. Bill Maher calls the same God a “psychotic mass murderer” and there are no boycott demands of the high-profile liberals who traffic his HBO show.

    The self-serving capriciousness is crazy.

    She writes that few of these assholes have bothered to think and ask the question, “What happens when they come for me?”

    Instapundit excerpts this article on PC mobism as a “positional good.” (The article has been linked here before, but is worth a read if you missed it.)

    And a member of the Washington Post’s editorial board, Jonathan Capehart, patiently explains dictates that tolerance is a one-way street, contradicting a man who offered the rather uncontroversial idea that it ought to run in both directions.

    Here’s his quote — and note the correction he makes to his words after blurting them out.

    [T]olerance, no, is not – it should not be a two-way street. It’s a one-way street. You cannot say to someone that who you are is wrong, an abomination, is horrible, get a room, and all of those other things that people said about Michael Sam, and not be forced — not forced, but not be made to understand that what you’re saying and what you’re doing is wrong.

    He accidentally spoke the truth with that “forced” choice of terminology, before attempting to say something less honest.

    But the formulation he settled on — “made to understand” — is actually worse, as it mixes the leftist’s adoration of mob coercion with the leftist’s fascination with sinister euphemism.

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/349180.php

  7. Everybody have a great Friday Night-I’m out of here. :)

  8. Ahhh..the things that I miss when I disappear for three days…..taking me awhile to catch up…

  9. gmanfortruth says:

    Catching up here :)

    @Buck: I:m not alone in my feelings about Democrats, do some homework and your eyes shall be freed of the rose colored glasses.

    @Mathius: Yes, you are way to quick to scream bigot. Sorry, but that is the way you jump the gun, only to be proven to be the bigot yourself (the real definition). I know you won’t believe me, tough, it’s true, ask everyone. :)

    @SUFA: I have said time and again that terrorists are boogiemen invented by the government and funded by the government, that being the main one Al Qeida. This rest of the piss ant copycats are criminals. Religion is their excuse, not their cause. I’m surprised no one seems to remember all my past posts on the subject of “Boogiemen”.

    The #1 Terrorist organization on Mother earth is the United States Government, with help from the Brits and a few other tag alongs. Governments, as an institution, since 1900, have killed more innocent people than any disease, all the combined wars (which is also a govt caused event), and any other bullshit thing anyone can think of. This is 100% completely indisputable and documented. We don’t need all this religious BS, it’s nothing more than a mind game to keep people from seeing who and what is the real enemy of mankind.

    Today’s Boogiemen, the Muslim Terrorists (the radicals of course :) ), are an invention of government, but, became mainstream because of the help the Left Wing MSM gave the narrative. Remember, “your either against them, or your with them”. What a load of utter bullshit that was. The Patriot Act was already written before 911, which, I can lay out link after link destroying the entire government story of the events that day.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, we have far bigger problems to deal with than a few bigots, racists, Islamaphobes, homophobes, neo-nazis, and especially that great boogieman in our minds, the Terrorists. Because they exist, even if by government invention, and they ain’t going away, so ignore them and deal with our #1 problem.

    PEACE :)

    • Mathius™ says:

      @Mathius: Yes, you are way to quick to scream bigot. Sorry, but that is the way you jump the gun, only to be proven to be the bigot yourself (the real definition). I know you won’t believe me, tough, it’s true, ask everyone.

      Ask anyone?

      Ok, Hey Buck! Buck, do you concur?

      • Sorry G, but I don’t concur.

        Not to mention:

        @Buck: I:m not alone in my feelings about Democrats, do some homework and your eyes shall be freed of the rose colored glasses.

        Just because other’s share your [choose adjective here (misguided?) (foolish?) (twisted?)] view, does not make your view correct.

      • LOL….that would be tantamount to Pelosi asking Reid if he concurs…..

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Now let me add one thing that some friends have let me know, you probably won’t believe it, but here goes: The Marines are training the DHS agents on terrorist counter insurgency (who are by DHS own papers, are Americans against socialist control) in one place called “Combat Town”. There is another training “Combat Town” being erected, both of which are twins to American Cities.

      AHH! It feels good to let out some cool CT stuff. :wink:

  10. Sedgewick says:

    Black Flag® says:
    May 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Bravo, Sed!

    Exactly what I was inferring above – people make claims about another group of people, yet rarely, if ever, have interfaced with this group to actually know them.

    So much hearsay and nonsense later, people begin to make judgements, and then begin to act on this judgements – which then end up creating the very monsters the hearsay proclaimed.

    This “preach the boogyman to create the boogyman” is so effective, you’d swear it is a conscience tool of the “Power” to manipulate the weak-minded masses.

    — —————— – ———– —— —— ——

    Yep, ..like a self perpetuating disastrous inter-cultural phenomenon… or something like that.

    I think understanding is key to remedying it, as it allows one to look at another and see their humanity rather than the demon on TV. In the 1940’s it was ‘Japs’ and ‘Krouts’, 60’s to 80’s it was ‘Commies’, and now ‘rag head’ Muslims.

    One thing I find interesting about Islam, is the basic structure has an inherent element of universalism, as Islam recognizes holy people and lessons from different faiths…(like Jesus’ ministry). The idea of denominations or different religions, the us/them concept, doesn’t have the same meaning as it would to a ‘typical’ westerner.

    A Muslim community moves in with honest intent and with high regards for the local deity and are wholly rejected in mass because, (according to propaganda), they are all like the guy that blew something up.

    …and so perpetuates the cycle

  11. gmanfortruth says:

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Going back to the early Metallica days, I considered them “speed metal”, vs what I liked, traditional classic rock. Over time, I have come to see them as classic rock with a kick, LOL. Got to see them live twice, once in Hampton Va, front row seats, traditional stage setup and in Cleveland Ohio, also front row with the stage in the middle if the floor and oblong. Both shows were well presented and professional, great lights and effects. One of the better “live” bands I have been lucky to see. But I must profess, Pink Floyd, Cleveland Stadium 1988 was still the greatest live performance I have ever witnessed (4 1/2 hours, non-stop, with the entire Dark Side album performed). :) AH the memories! :D

      • Sedgewick says:

        Indeed, they put on a great show. …both Metallica and ‘Floyd’.

        I once heard a man criticizing heavy metal music and ‘head-bangers’, calling it evil and Satanic. I called him on it… told him to go read the words to “Creeping Death”.

        Bible Metal?

        Slaves
        Hebrews born to serve, to the pharaoh
        Heed
        To his every word, live in fear
        Faith
        Of the unknown one, the deliverer
        Wait
        Something must be done, four hundred years

        So let it be written
        So let it be done
        I’m sent here by the chosen one
        So let it be written
        So let it be done
        To kill the first born pharaoh’s son
        I’m creeping death

        Now
        Let my people go, Land of Goshen
        Go
        I will be with thee, bush of fire
        Blood
        Running red and strong down the Nile
        Plague
        Darkness three days long, hail to fire

        So let it be written
        So let it be done
        I’m sent here by the chosen one
        So let it be written
        So let it be done
        To kill the first born pharaoh’s son
        I’m creeping death

        Die by my hand
        I creep across the land
        Killing first-born man
        Die by my hand
        I creep across the land
        Killing first-born man

        I
        Rule the midnight air, the destroyer
        Born
        I shall soon be there, deadly mass
        I
        Creep the steps and floor, final darkness
        Blood
        Lamb blood painted door, I shall pass

        So let it be written
        So let it be done
        I’m sent here by the chosen one
        So let it be written
        So let it be done
        To kill the first born pharaoh’s son
        I’m creeping death

  12. @ Mathius:

    Army Colonel Harry Riley (retired) wouldn’t happen to be our colonel, would he?

    Sigh………………………………………………………………………….

  13. Ya’ll had quite a discussion on funding and education while I was away on the border.

    You do realize that for a period of ten years that Texas tried the “Robin Hood” approach to school funding and education where all school districts participated equally in the funding. All schools go the same amount basis attendance. It was a dismal failure. The education did not change despite equal funding and equal teacher pay. For example the rich school districts were robbed to bring poorer school districts to a more equitable status. All classrooms were outfitted with computers and such. Teacher pay was equalized so that it did not matter where you taught, you got the same pay. Sports collectives participated equally in funding, both male and female. The cost per student was basically the same so attendance drove the dollar amounts. For instance, if the cost of education in the richest school district was $100 per student, so was the cost in the poorer districts.

    Despite the equality of funding, the equality of pay, and the equality of teacher certification, the drop out rates did not change. The test scores did not improve. Hispanics had the highest dropout/failure rates, the blacks were next, the caucasian were next, with the highest test scores, highest participation rates going to the Asian….and it did not matter the school district.

    So, in our experiment, funding was not an issue and it simply did not work. In another attempt in Dallas, Texas, a poor school district was closed and those students attended schools in more affluent districts. Transportation was arranged, school meals were arranged, and all the trimmings passed to the more affluent schools. The drop out rate at those schools increased proportionately to the attendance. I draw no conclusions from this except……throwing more money does not work. I suggest that it is a cultural issue…..IF not,,,,why are the Asians rich and poor, blowing everyone else away and I am talking in significant numbers.

    There has to be another approach OR recognize that there is no one pot that everybody can fit in.

    • And Yes…..I went to private schools and I ended the last sentence with a preposition. LIVE WITH IT.

    • I would like to see a comparison of school graduation/drop-out tied to the crime rate. If kids go to a local school & it’s in a violent neighborhood, that indicates something. And if, as expected, low crime area’s have better attendance/graduation, it’s not money, it’s safety & quality home life.

      “There has to be another approach OR recognize that everybody does not fit in one pot.”
      (snicker)(public schools, baby) Would still go with yours, makes the point better.

      And isn’t it funny how often we end up discussing the proper language & ignoring the subject of the conversation. We end up conversing over proper conversing. In these articles it’s established our Dept. of State under Clinton refused to label Boko Haram terrorist. When they kidnap 270+ school girls, suddenly the world & first lady become aware. Nigeria looks to be fighting a civil war on a par with Egypt. Again our Dept. of State under Clinton appears to have threatened the Nigerian government, resulting in de-facto aid to the not-terrorists. Follow the links in the articles. Thousands of Christians are dying in another ignored war. Their attacker identifies themselves as Muslims, true believers in the words of the prophet.

      Also wonder about the history/cultural aspects. Nigeria is the former slave capitol of Africa. They waged war against surrounding tribes, sold their captives to Arabs, Dutch, French & English. (Only about six percent made it to the United States)

      • Actually, mostly what we do is spend all our time defending ourselves from the accusation of bigotry. But somehow when articles about people attacking Christians, Jews, and even just White people in general-I hear crickets-nothing, nada, zilch.

        • Sedgewick says:

          When correction eventually happens, billions will be effected. All who are wrapped up into nonsense will likely not fare well.

          Forget fear hate hype and rhetoric. Focus on how to be reasonable and tolerant and how get along. Love thy neighbor with the golden rule. When the levee breaks, it’s too late to move to higher ground.

          People
          Keep on learnin
          Soldiers
          Keep on warrin
          World,
          Keep on turnin
          Cause it wont be too long.
          Powers
          Keep on lyin,
          While your people
          Keep on dyin
          World,
          Keep on turnin,
          Cause it wont be too long.

          Chorus:

          Im so darn glad he let me try it again,
          cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin.
          Im so glad that I know more than I knew then.
          Gonna keep on tryin till I reach the highest ground.

          Teachers,
          Keep on teachin
          Preachers,
          Keep on preachin,
          World, keep on turnin,
          cause it wont be too long.
          Oh, no
          Lovers,
          Keep on lovin
          While believers
          Keep on believin.
          Sleepers,
          Just stop sleepin
          cause it wont be too long.
          Oh, no!

          Till I reach the highest ground.
          Till I reach the highest ground.
          Till I reach the highest ground.
          Till I reach the highest ground.

          • Yes at some point there will be major problems and our petty differences will no longer be important-but what you fail to acknowledge is that it is the differences that aren’t petty that will cause the major problems.

            So we either face them head on or we simply wait for the fall. I see major divisions in this Country right now-always felt in the past that we would weather the differences because we as a people weren’t that far apart in our actual beliefs-I’m not so sure of that anymore.

            • Sedgewick says:

              It isn’t differences that are the issue. It is the inability or refusal to accept them that is the issue.

              • One small problem with these utopian type statements- it is so easy to both agree and disagree with them.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Not to mention it will never happen on this planet. I find the racism claim is totally diluted by it’s overuse and abuse it is no longer relavent in politics. In the real world, the true racists are the democrat politicians who claim as much of others, totally hypocritically to the core of their never ending lies.

              • Sedgewick says:

                ” One small problem with these utopian type statements- it is so easy to both agree and disagree with them. ”

                It isn’t utopian. This is basic real-world practical concepts I’m talking here. Getting along is as simple as making a choice to get over the hang-ups and do so.

                Vilifying gays, Satanists and Muslims (or any other label) and violating or denying them their rightful place, is not much different than making black people drink from a different water fountain or prohibiting them from marrying white women.

                You can justify it with as much rhetoric about religion, moral relativism, nationalist hype and statistics as you like, but the core of it is about fear and/or hate.

              • Is there a place for truth in your proclamation? Is there a recognition of right and wrong? Is there anyplace within your statement to actually have the ability to state the TRUTH. Things simply aren’t that simple-wish they were.

              • Sedgewick says:

                ” Is there anyplace within your statement to actually have the ability to state the TRUTH. Things simply aren’t that simple-wish they were. ”

                ~ January 1, 1863; Black slaves were emancipated by presidential order.

                ~ December 1, 1955; a lady in Alabama refused to move to the back of the bus, thus initiating the US Civil Rights Movement.

                ~ January 20, 2009; a black man was inaugurated as US President, elected by mostly white people.

                What happened to the ideas and opinions of white Americans in those 146 years that allowed a majority of voters to eventually choose a black leader?

              • Your gonna have to be a little clearer-Don’t understand the question in relation to your proclamation-that I simply must accept all differences and the world will be wonderful.

              • Sedgewick says:

                @ Gman,

                ” I find the racism claim is totally diluted by it’s overuse and abuse it is no longer relavent in politics. In the real world, the true racists are the democrat politicians who claim as much of others, totally hypocritically to the core of their never ending lies ”

                Browse this site for a while.

                http://www.rightwingwatch.org/

            • Sedgewick says:

              Here’s one for you Gman

  14. Sedgewick says:

    Mathius™ says:
    May 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    ” I don’t think this is so subtle and it’s one of my biggest arguments here. The point (on the newer thread) isn’t that Boko is a Muslim – it’s that he’s a terrorist who just so happens to be Muslim.

    But people don’t seem to want to see it that way. ”

    What I mean by subtle indications;

    Apart from the obvious propaganda, it is subtle things like when a blogger or person in a chat room or local pub is making a point, and without realizing it, uses the word Muslim when describing a terrorist. They aren’t consciously bashing Muslims. They don’t even realize what they just said. They make a point about something geo-political and a generalization slips in.

    The media does the same thing, only it’s program director somewhere deciding on this or that picture to accompany the narrative.

    All we can do is point it out and hope others see.

    ” It’s funny. We had fundamentalist Christians proselytizing at my back in the day. They were given a space in the main student building. They were screaming that we’re all going to hell unless we accept Jesus. I balked at the idea, and eventually established that I’m Jewish (nominally) – they don’t me, point blank: “All you Jews are going to hell to burn in a lake of fire.” ”

    ” I cannot imaging a world wherein my school would have ever – EVER – allowed radical Muslims to proselytize in a similar manner. (not that they should have let the Christians do so either, but that’s the point of the double-standard) ”

    I feel you, brother. I’ve seen similar such things myself.

    I read “lake of fire” and think ‘neo-Pagan-Judaic Gnosticism’ (or something to that order) that stems from something quite ancient. ‘Hell’ is part of the process. If you ever get smacked by ‘god’ so hard your mind and soul catches fire, you’ll surely get it.

    ” I agree. But what I find amazing is that, given how loud they are, that so many (non-Muslim) Americans are so oblivious to this fact. I’ve seen on here dozens of times where it’s implied or directly stated that Muslims are “silent” about extremism. I call it out every time, yet it never seems to sink it.”

    That’s because you are fighting against odds.

    ” I certainly blame the media for its part, but the idea that people can’t take three seconds and Google what Muslims are saying about X is unfathomable to me. ”

    I think the media definitely has a hand in it, but not necessarily all of it. Media personalities are often doing as they are told. I can’t argue with people not being more curious though. I think the reluctance comes from fear that the answer is different from what they want to believe, …either that or laziness as you suggest.

    ” Because they’re basically the same religion. As is Judaism. ”

    Yep. That’s what I get.

    I view the history and development of various religions similar to a tree-like connect the dots grid, one that demonstrates integrations of cultures, languages, bloodlines, etc, etc., etc…

    …A bazillion different spins on the same general concepts, one great big family of individuals stuck on a little blue marble together, floating around in the milky way.

  15. They’re baaaaack. Now they’re after the Jews at UCLA. Sorry but, this is hilarious to me. ROFL! http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/05/walls_closing_in_for_jews_at_ucla__and_in_america_comments.html#disqus_thread

  16. gmanfortruth says:

    Some interesting legal stuff that may be why the Feds haven’t done anything to Cliven Bundy: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/item/18278-to-protect-a-mouse-forest-service-cuts-off-water-access-in-n-mex

    • The Feds just declared 2 M acres in the Sierras yellow leg frog habitat. So restrictions on use of our forest lands are coming.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        The Agenda 21 takeover has begun my friend, keep your powder dry, I think we’re gonna need it soon.

  17. This article highlights Ukraine-but I think many people in this Country need to read it.

    On The Usefulness of Nationalism
    By Andrew Stuttaford
    May 17, 2014 11:54 AM

    Anne Applebaum, characteristically sharp in the New Republic:

    Donetsk, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk—is what a land without nationalism actually looks like: corrupt, anarchic, full of rent-a-mobs and mercenaries. For the most part, the men in balaclavas who have assaulted Ukrainian state institutions under the leadership of Russian commandos are not nationalists; they are people who will do the bidding of whichever political force pays best or promises most. And although they are a small minority, the majority does not oppose them. On the contrary, the majority is watching the battle passively and seems prepared to take whichever government they get. Like my friends in L’viv, these are people who live where they do by accident, whose parents or grandparents arrived by the whim of a Soviet bureaucrat, who have no attachment to any nation or any state at all.

    Thus do the tiny group of nationalists in Ukraine, whom perhaps we can now agree to call patriots, represent the country’s only hope of escaping apathy, rapacious corruption, and, eventually, dismemberment.

    And this should be no surprise: In the nineteenth century, no sensible freedom fighter would have imagined it possible to create a modern state, let alone a democracy, without some kind of nationalist movement behind it. Only people who feel some kind of allegiance to their society—people who celebrate their national language, literature, and history, people who sing national songs and repeat national legends—are going to work on that society’s behalf. This goes for Russians, too, though tragically they insist on looking to their imperial traditions as a source of national pride, instead of to their liberal leaders in the early twentieth century or to their outstanding Soviet-era dissidents, the founders of the modern human rights movement.

    To interrupt at this point, when it comes to Russia, matters are not quite as either/or as Applebaum suggests. There need be no contradiction between Russians drawing on some aspects of their imperial tradition as a source of pride and the target of transforming their country into a modern, democratic and law-based state, but that will take an intellectual leap and a political leadership of a type that Vladimir Putin is, to put it mildly, very unlikely to provide.

    Applebaum concludes:

    In the United States, we dislike the word “nationalism” and so, hypocritically, we call it other things: “American exceptionalism,” for example, or a “belief in American greatness.” We also argue about it as if it were something rational—Mitt Romney wrote a book that put forth the “case for American greatness”—rather than acknowledging that nationalism is fundamentally emotional. In truth, you can’t really make “the case” for nationalism; you can only inculcate it, teach it to children, cultivate it at public events. If you do so, nationalism can in turn inspire you so that you try to improve your country, to help it live up to the image you want it to have…

    Ukrainians need more of this kind of inspiration, not less—moments like last New Year’s Eve, when more than 100,000 Ukrainians sang the national anthem at midnight on the Maidan. They need more occasions when they can shout, “Slava Ukraini—Heroyam Slava”—“Glory to Ukraine, Glory to its Heroes,” which was, yes, the slogan of the controversial Ukrainian Revolutionary Army in the 1940s, but has been adopted to a new context. And then of course they need to translate that emotion into laws, institutions, a decent court system, and police training academies. If they don’t, then their country will once again cease to exist.

    Indeed. And to do this in a country that has yet to emerge from the intellectual and moral ruin that was the Soviet Union will, as the last two decades have shown, be profoundly difficult. Applebaum notes the experience of many in Ukraine (and a number of the other Soviet successor republics) writing that “they felt no pride in gaining or regaining national sovereignty, only confusion” and contrasts the experience in Poland and Estonia.

    This “confusion” was not shared by everyone in Ukraine, of course, far from it: Despite the worst efforts of Hitler, Stalin and history, there were those who had preserved a distinct sense of national identity, no easy task when their country had enjoyed (if that’s the word to describe those chaotic times of invasion, civil war and revolution) only the briefest period of very tenuous independence before finally succumbing to Soviet rule at the beginning of the 1920’s. By contrast, Poland re-established its independence in 1918 and preserved its identity as a state (albeit one under tight Soviet control) during the communist years after the war. Further reinforcing Poles’ notion of nationhood was a long and (in contrast with Ukraine’s complicated history) distinct period of statehood before the partitions of the late eighteenth century. Even Estonians (and other Balts) could, at least, point to two decades of independence between the world wars, a period that not only confirmed their sense of themselves as nations, but, after re-independence in 1991,saturated their societies with a determination to rebuild what totalitarian occupation had taken so savagely away.

    Their task was not easy, but Ukraine had, and has, a far steeper mountain to climb.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/378200/usefulness-nationalism-andrew-stuttaford

  18. The VA situation-seems like a good topic to discuss-maybe on a new page-posted this article frankly just because it irritated me beyond belief.

    VA Fast-Tracks Sex Change for Manning While Vets Die on Waiting Lists

    by Thomas Rose 16 May 2014 505 post a comment
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has formally approved the request of Pvt. Bradley Manning, convicted for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, to be temporarily transferred out of military custody in order to undergo expensive hormone therapy and surgery to become a woman.

    Manning, whose taxpayer-funded request to change his name from Bradley to Chelsea was approved last month by a Kansas court, has been able to obtain repeated diagnoses from military doctors that he suffers from “gender dysphobia”; a condition of someone ‘discontented’ with the sex they were ‘assigned with’ at birth. It was first listed as a medical condition in 2007 by the authoritative Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

    Two Pentagon officials quoted by WUSA-TV, the CBS News affiliate in Washington, D.C., claim the transfer orders were submitted because neither the Defense nor Veterans Department authorize such medical services, while the US Bureau of Prisons does. Pentagon Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby denies the claim, saying no decision has been made to transfer Manning to a civilian facility.

    As the medical needs of Manning, convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison for stealing 750,000 classified defense department documents in order to disseminate them to Wikileaks, were being assiduously attended to by America’s defense establishment, untold hundreds of American servicemen and women suffering from genuine life-threatening and acute medical conditions have allegedly been left to die on at least seven waiting lists managed by the US Veterans Administration.

    At least 19 veterans “served” by VA facilities in South Carolina and Georgia died apparently avoidable deaths from colon and bowel cancers after they were put on phony waiting lists designed to prevent from obtaining the necessary diagnostic tests.

    Phoenix VA doctor Dr. Sam Foote was the first to publicly expose the scandal when he claimed that up to 40 people in his jurisdiction alone had died preventable deaths while on VA waiting lists.

    Sex change treatments can last several years and, in Manning’s case, will cost taxpayers up to $40,000. The 2014 published Medicaid reimbursement for a colonoscopy is $479.39.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/05/16/Obama-s-VA-Fast-Tracks-Expensive-Sex-Change-For-Convicted-Traitor-Bradley-Manning-At-Same-Time-Vets-Die-on-Phony-Waiting-Lists

  19. gmanfortruth says:
  20. If you have a 1/2hr to kill……. I got 88%..couple of them I knew but was going to fast. So I’m giving myself a 90%! You only need 58 correct to pass?

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0104/Could-you-pass-a-US-citizenship-test/Who-signs-bills

    • gmanfortruth says:

      97% :)

      • Bah! Couple of then had to be written by the Common Core people like this one:

        What does the Constitution do?

        a) all
        b) sets up the govt
        c) defines the govt
        d) protects the basic rights of Americans

        I picked d because I didn’t think b was valid

        • gmanfortruth says:

          I agree, like the “what kind of economy do we have ” question. We are far from Capitalism, but that was the only correct answer. I hope the sun is shining at your place today, it is here and it makes for a better attitude :)

      • 91% Hate map questions.

        Gotta say-whoever wrote this seems to have a sense of humor. What does rule of Law mean-I know what the answer is supposed to be but several of the other answers seemed more reality based. :)

    • 100%

  21. Another one of those situations where people simply stick their heads in the sand.

    The Media’s Abortion Problem
    Brandon McGinley
    By Brandon McGinley
    May 16, 2014

    “It was like some horrible crime committed in a dungeon, all unseen and unheeded, buried out of sight and of memory.”

    This is how Upton Sinclair summed up the process by which hogs were transmogrified into meat in the turn-of-century Chicago meatpacking industry. It occurred in plain sight—he describes the horror on the faces of visitors to the plant—but Americans were broadly unaware of how their meat came to be. It took his novel The Jungle to douse the industry with public attention, resulting in reforms that still have force today.

    I couldn’t help but think of the celebrated muckraker Sinclair as Philip Bump’s attempt to discuss when life begins on the Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog ricocheted around the Internet yesterday. It wasn’t just the content of Bump’s effort at explanatory journalism—the obedient acceptance of a pro-abortion organization’s spin, the ignorance of embryonic science—that was so galling. More than that, it was the posture of incuriosity toward his topic that showed just how poorly today’s media compares with the courageous figures of years past.

    Bump writes with the insouciant incuriosity that defines media coverage of abortion in America: “‘Life’ is something of a philosophical question…” It never seems to have crossed his mind that whether the United States has permitted the genocide of 50 million human beings rests on the answer to this question. Bump and his media compatriots are content to leave this essential question sitting in shadow, even while shedding light is their job.

    In the same way, the media continues to permit the practice of abortion in America to go on without scrutiny. Let us be clear: This is not a political complaint, but a journalistic scandal. The great conceits of journalism—speaking truth to power, confronting the public with uncomfortable realities, giving a voice to the voiceless—are all abandoned when it comes to abortion.

    What if we had a latter-day Upton Sinclair willing to expose our abortion regime, rather than the incurious mandarins who pathetically claim his mantle? What would he find when he opens the door to the dungeon?

    He would find systematic slaughter, but of children rather than hogs. In Delaware, Planned Parenthood nurses reported “meat market-style assembly line abortions.” The conveyor of pregnant women moved so quickly that bloody discharge remained on the exam table. We know about this only because courageous nurses came forward; one can only imagine how many other abortion facilities still operate in such putrid conditions.

    He would find callous disregard for human dignity, as children are treated in life and death more like livestock than persons. Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson (again, a whistleblower rather than a journalist) reports that the organization had abortion quotas it expected its centers to fulfill, because abortion is the most lucrative part of the Planned Parenthood business model. And only a few weeks ago we learned from The B.C. Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver that children aborted in British Columbia were being incinerated as fuel in Oregon.

    And he would find that the squeals of hogs have a human analogue, as well:

    [Sherry West] hated working in the room where Gosnell performed abortions—never more than the night a staffer asked for help with a problem at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia.

    “There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it, and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West testified Monday at Gosnell’s murder trial.

    “It wasn’t fully developed,” West told the Common Pleas Court jury, referring to the 18- to 24-inch-long newborn in the pan. It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird. It sounded like a little alien.”

    Questioned by Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, West, 53, said she did not know what happened to the “specimen”—the term she said she used because “it was easier to deal with mentally.”

    “It really freaked me out, and I said call Dr. Gosnell, and I went back out front,” West added.

    And when Dr. Gosnell arrived, we can safely assume, with a snip the screeching fell silent.

    And the silence persists. The voiceless remain so, except for that terrible shriek of primordial fear. They have no champion to make them heard.

    Journalists should want to make us hear the plaintive and desperate cry of that child. Journalists should want to make us confront the gangrenous underbelly of our society, where suffering and anxiety and helplessness and death thrive. Journalists should want to make us look with clarity on that which we prefer to be obscured, to disturb our comfortable complacence.

    Instead they enable that complacence, and in so doing enable the Gosnells of the world. For, despite loud protestations from abortion advocates (that are credulously accepted by the media), there must be more Gosnells. Nurses in Houston, for instance, saw Dr. Douglas Karpen twist the heads off of live babies with his bare hands. Never heard of Dr. Douglas Karpen? Exactly.

    All these stories are only a smattering of what we know about abortion in America, and in not a single case was the story uncovered by the mainstream news media. More than that: In every case the news media covered these unflattering portraits of our abortion regime at all, they did so briefly and grudgingly. Imagine what we would know if the media treated the abortion industry with the even a scintilla of the suspicion with which they treat other billion-dollar industries. Imagine what atrocities might have been stopped. Imagine how many lives—women and children—might have been saved. Imagine what reforms would be clamored for.

    “It was like some horrible crime committed in a dungeon, all unseen and unheeded, buried out of sight and of memory.” It’s hard to imagine a more concise description of Gosnell’s clinic, and of the darkness of abortion revealed through his brief celebrity. And it’s not too much to ask for our journalists to grab a shovel to expose the dungeon to the light of public scrutiny, rather than to entomb it more deeply in convenient secrecy.

    The willful failure to do so doesn’t just violate the media’s own commission; it is nothing less than inhumane.

    http://thefederalist.com/2014/05/16/the-medias-abortion-problem/

  22. How does anyone on the left expect to be taken seriously when……..: The song YMCA has been banned…..the Village People are now racists….and….last but not least…..any reference or any advertisement using a camel….is insensitive to Easterners. In particular, the commercial ” What Day IS It??? Now, according to the left PC police…..using the term “Hump Day” to denote Wednesday is referencing camels and that is offensive.

    I can’t make this up…..unbelievable, The left has more censorship than anyone on the right and more than any bible pounder that I know.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      D13, That is because they are the :New Age Nazis” > History speaks volumes, the Democrats are following the same path. Sad, isn’t it!

    • Mathius says:

      Sure sounds like you’re making that up.. I haven’t heard (nor can I fathom) any of this.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Sadly Mathius, he is NOT making this up. Good Morning my Jewish Lefty Friend, I hope you had a good weekend :)

      • The YMCA song thing. Yep. A grammar school class was going to sing it in the end year talent show and it got scrubbed for the “Indian” wearing a headdress. On the news all last week. Surprised because the song is a “gay” anthem. Banning it was anti-gay. Don’t be surprised if these guys start eating each other soon! They shoulda done “In the Navy Instead”, right Colonel?

        So, that was the REAL reason for banning Joe Camel, Hmmmmm.

        • CNN was showing the camel walking through the office…..asking what day it is…..and also indicated that it was offensive to Easterners…( dont know if that was a CNN thing or being reported and when the camel responds to “its hump day”, accordingly, it was also mentioned that anything referencing camels is insensitive. They interviewed a person that said using the term “hump” day was offensive to secretaries.

          • gmanfortruth says:

            I don’t think Political Correctness can be taken seriously anymore. If someone whines about being “offended” I’ll just tell them to go away if they don’t like what I say. It”s beyond stupid anymore.

        • Sedgewick says:

          It’s been beyond stupid for a long time. How long has media been censored?

      • No sir…was all over the news……so I googled it….: A performance of the Village People’s 1978 disco hit Y.M.C.A. by a group of first graders in North Dakota was cancelled after one parent called the portrayal of the Native American member of the group “racist.”

        The performance had been slated for a talent show at Fargo’s Bennett Elementary school on May 6, according to WDAY.

        A first grade teacher at the school had requested that the children come to the show dressed as the Village People; a policeman, a cowboy, a biker, a construction worker, or a Native American.

        Have not found the reference to hump day yet….but still heard it. But found soe other interesting tidbits…..even though I don’t care for google……

    • The Hump Day promotion was at St. Thomas University in MN. Each day they were going to have some fun during finals week. They were going to bring a live camel onto campus – but nope as it was deemed offensive to certain cultures.

      Also read where a kid got in trouble in school for drawing a hangman. You know that game where you guess letters and draw a part of the hangman for every wrong guess. No longer acceptable.

  23. Mathius says:

    And now, an excellently concise explanation of “jihad”:

    “To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”
    -Buddha

    • Agreed……..Buddha was a wise old owl……..oops…..that was probably insensitive to the owls.

      • Mathius says:

        insensitive to the owls

        *RACIST toward owls.

        • Ahhh, of course…..errrrrr…..is an owl a race or a species? Can we have racist attitudes towards species?

          • Mathius says:

            If you’ve never seen it, I’d like for you to go watch PCU. I’m not sure how well it’s held up (20 years old), but it was a truly wonderful bashing of political correctness.

            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110759/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

          • Ok will watch it…..How is your youngun? Ruling the roost? Need my new rapto-sitter?

            • Mathius says:

              The youngun is 22 months. Learning at leaps and bounds – it’s scary sometimes. Whole books memorized verbatim, a vocabulary that’s probably north of 1,000 words. Sweet as a peach.. when she wants to be (which is most, yet not all, of the time). We’ve been working on learning our dog breeds (she’s partial to Schnauzers and Wheatens) and dinosaurs (prefers brachiosaurus, stegosaurus.. hates velociraptors – seriously – and I had nothing to do with it).

              She doesn’t rule the roost, but I get the sense that she’s perfectly aware of that fact and does not approve. She’s testing her limits. Always testing. Inch by inch.

              How goes your family? Any rugrats running around the D13 farm and oil rigs?

              • Me? Rug rats? THANKS!!!….nope, just grand children to spoil and send home. You know, give ‘em M&M’s followed by a Dr. Pepper….red skittles……wire em up and send em out. THAT is what granddads are for….and they love old “colonel granddad”…..he has no rules.

    • And the word ‘gay’ used to mean happy. And you’re the first person to say you won’t follow words that were written 2000 years ago.

      In Modern Standard Arabic, jihad is one of the correct terms for a struggle for any cause, violent or not, religious or secular

      An important aspect of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology is the sanctioning of Jihad, such as the 2004 fatwa issued by Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi making it a religious obligation of Muslims to abduct and kill U.S. citizens in Iraq

      All infidels, without exception, are to be fought and annihilated, and no weapons or types of warfare are barred. Furthermore, according to them, current Muslim rulers allied with the West are considered apostates and infidels.

  24. gmanfortruth says:
    • gmanfortruth says:

      Then again, it may be his plan. Remember, he can be more flexible now!

  25. On the lighter side:

    Phrases That Only People In The Military Will Understand:

    1) “15 minutes prior to 15 minutes prior”

    Military people are taught that they must show up to everything (especially an official formation) at least 15 minutes early.The 15 minutes to 15 minutes arises as the order filters down through the ranks. The captain wants everyone to meet at 0600, so the master sergeant wants folks to arrive at 0545, and when it finally hits the corporal people are told to show up at midnight.

    2) “A good piece of gear” (in reference to people)

    Only in the service is it OK to refer to one of your coworkers or (worse yet and most frequently) a person working for you in a section you manage as “a good piece of gear.”

    3) “Back on the block”

    Refers to the time before service, when a service member was a “nasty” civilian. (Nasty in the military generally means unkempt.) Often used in reference to meeting old friends while on leave, as if a military member is “back on the block.”

    4) “Blue falcon”

    Phonetic slang for “Buddy F—–.” A Blue Falcon is someone who blatantly throws another Marine/soldier/sailor/airman under the bus.

    5) “Breaking it down Barney-style”

    Refers to the kid show “Barney and Friends.” When something is broken down “Barney-style,” it’s being explained as if to a child.

    6) “Days and a wake-up”

    A “wake-up” refers to the last day you will be some place (generally while deployed). So, if a servicemember is getting ready for bed on a Sunday, and flying out on a Friday, he’ll say “four days and a wake-up.”

    7) A “drug deal”

    When personnel or materiel are obtained through unofficial channels.

    8) “Embrace the suck”

    For every five seconds of hanging out of a helicopter, there are countless eternities spent enduring safety briefs and doing mundane tasks (picking up cigarette butts, buffing floors, toilets, etc.).

    9) “Field strip”

    Literally refers to taking apart weapons to the extent authorized for routine cleaning, lubrication, and minor repairs while in “the field.” Field stripping can also be used informally to describe taking apart anything. If a Humvee becomes stuck or broken outside of base, troops will field strip it of anything classified or of value prior to leaving it behind.

    If you park your car in a bad part of town, it may be on cinder blocks by the next morning, completely field stripped.

    10) “Full battle-rattle”

    This phrase refers to all the gear servicemen and women are required to carry outside the wire. Generally: flak jacket with protective plates, Kevlar, 180 rounds of ammunition, water, rations, rifle. It’s called “battle rattle” because — unless we’re talking about Special Forces — walking with all this stuff usually makes noise.

    11) “Gear adrift, is a gift”

    It’s your own fault if you left something unattended and it went missing. Conversely, someone who takes unattended gear has not stolen it, they’ve “tactically acquired” it. Needless to say, if they get caught, it’s still larceny under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Tactical acquisition is taught in boot camp, where recruits from one platoon will prey on another possibly less-aware platoon in order to get supplies and bragging rights.

    12) “Good initiative, bad judgement”

    When a problem needs to be solved but the selected means of solving the problem is itself more problematic.Generally, it shows “good initiative” because the problem might have been above the pay grade of person trying to solve it.

    13) “Grunt by association”

    Said as a compliment: Someone who does not have the official qualification in an infantry field, who has worked on a daily basis with the infantry. Often said of artillerymen or drivers, usually folks augmented for periods of time deployed with the infantry.

    14) “No impact, no idea”

    If a shooter on the range is so far off target that spotters don’t see an impact. Used loosely to mean that the speaker doesn’t understand an idea, or that someone is totally clueless.

    Similar to “high and off to the right,” which is the military equivalent of “out of left field” — a personality type gone crazy, or an idea that no one saw coming.

    15) “Nuts to Butts”

    Very literally, put your nuts on the butt in front of you — said specifically when space is tight or when a situation dictates close proximity of many bodies.

    16) “Police call”

    A police call is when an entire unit lines up and walks across a certain area looking for trash.
    “Policing,” on the other hand, is when a unit internally checks the behavior of its members, or when an individual is ordered to take care of his or her own outward deficiencies (i.e. “Police that mustache!”)

    17) “Pop smoke”

    Refers directly to when troops use smoke to signal an incoming helicopter. In vernacular, it means to “leave in a hurry.”

    18) “Pucker factor” (pinching donut holes)

    Refers to tightening of the anus and a frightening situation.

    19) “Rainbow PT gear”

    Rainbow means that the unit is wearing whatever sporty gear they want to wear to do “physical training,” that the unit will not be in any matching PT uniform.

    20) “Secret squirrel” or ” Sneaky Pete”

    Intelligence personnel, secret communications, classified ops, or someone with higher classification

    21) “Soup sandwich” or a “Shit sandwich”

    A person or situation that is incredibly screwed up. If it’s a situation, often “everyone has to take a bite” of said soup sandwich.

    22) “Standby to standby” or “hurry up and wait”

    Believe it or not, the military is government, and government isn’t always efficient.

    “Standby” is what’s called a “preparatory command.” Usually the order to standby alerts a unit that it will be receiving some kind of marching orders — “standby to launch.”

    Unofficially, it’s used to tell junior members to be ready and wait. Often, troops find themselves waiting for long periods of time due to logistics or command indecisiveness.

    Said sarcastically, “standby to standby” means that a unit is waiting in order to wait some more.

    “Hurry up and wait,” also said sarcastically, pokes fun at the military’s propensity to perform tasks quickly, and then sit idly for long periods of time (no less) ready to perform another task.

    23 “Zero Dark Thirty”

    Until the movie came around people largely didn’t know what this meant. In specific, it refers to the 24-hour time 0030, or 12:30 a.m.

    At times it’s used loosely to mean “really early.”

    Also: “Zero Stupid Thirty” to deride formations deemed unnecessarily early.

    24) SNAFU

    Situation normal. all f***** up…..

    25) Charlie Foxtrot (phonetically C-F)

    Cluster f***. Refers to a really screwed up, non reparable situation.

    Last but not least………Oscar Sierra (phonetically O S)

    “Oh SHIT !!!” Usually refers to friendly fire.

    • Oh, I forgot….

      “In the bush” —- no, it is not a female reference…..it is a reference to being beyond the wire…in the jungle.

      Back in the world — means going home.

  26. Operation Choke Point is after the gun dealers now. Rules for Radicals in action.
    * RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/18/targeted-gun-sellers-say-high-risk-label-from-feds/

  27. Couldn’t make this up if you tried:

    1 – Heard about it from the media;

    2 – Mad as hell;

    3 – Next week it’s a phony scandal.

    Repeat as necessary.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jay-carney-obama-first-learned-about-va-scandal-in-the-media/

    • Yeah….for an administration that claims that they are transparent and on top of things, it is amazing how they learn of these atrocities…..the VA, the IRS issue, Fast and Furious…..all learned through the news media.

      That is enough to even make Buck throw up.

  28. A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

    To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up ‘revocation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

    Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy).

    Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

    Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

    To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

    ———————–

    1. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour,’ ‘favour,’
    ‘labour’ and ‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’
    without skipping half the letters, and the suffix ‘-ize’ will be replaced by the suffix ‘-ise.’ Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up ‘vocabulary’).

    ————————

    2. Using the same twenty-seven words
    interspersed with filler noises such
    as ”like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S.
    English. We will let
    Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter ‘u” and the elimination of ‘-ize.’

    ——————-

    3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

    —————–

    4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not quite ready to be independent.
    Guns should only be used for
    shooting grouse. If you can’t sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you’re not ready to shoot grouse.

    ———————-

    5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

    ———————-

    6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

    ——————–

    7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon.
    Get used to it.

    ——————-

    8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

    ——————-

    9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth – see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

    ———————

    10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one’s ears removed with a cheese grater.

    ———————

    11. You will cease playing American football.
    There is only one kind of
    proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

    ———————

    12. Further, you will stop playing baseball.
    It is not reasonable to host
    an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

    ——————–

    13.. You must tell us who killed JFK. It’s been driving us mad.

    —————–

    14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax
    collector) from Her Majesty’s
    Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

    —————

    15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m.
    with proper cups, with
    saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

    God Save the Queen!

    • Mathius™ says:

      I remember this circulating right after Bush’s second election.. got a smirk out of me then, and got a smirk out of me now.

  29. Here is one for you all to chew over. I have to read it again myself. It is a very different (for us) way to look at Capitalism. I’d be particularly interested in the Colonel’s take since he seems to fit the bill. Love the kudos the author throws to Dick Ramsey who I listen to on Sundays and almost always agree with. Get the hell out of debt, be your own person.

    http://theweek.com/article/index/259154/the-conservative-case-against-capitalism

    • My old pappy always says ( He is still alive at 95 ),,,,Son, when you are out of money, you are out of luck. My grandfather was a bankruptcy attorney in the depression era of the 30’s. He taught my dad the ins and outs of debt and finances. My dad, was a business graduate from THE UNIVERSITY of TEXAS…WWII interrupted his MBA. My background is business (BBA) Finance (MBA), my sister BA, MA (2)….my brother BS, MS ( He is also a Geologist ). We went to public schools until high school…My sister went to public school throughout high school. I went to Allen Military Academy and my brother went to New Mexico Military Academy. ( No, we were not problem children, but dad thought that the best teacher of discipline and independence was not to be coddled through public high school but to military school where we had to deal with being alone and figuring things out and standing on our own two feet. ( Home schooling was not prevalent back then…the 60’s) In addition, both schools were college preparatory…meaning that we were recruited to go to college. Even in the 60’s, our two academies were fully integrated.

      The whole point is that we were taught to be individuals and to also be a team player. We were taught never to borrow money that could not be paid back. We were taught how to leverage your cash position into returns in the event that your foray did not work. In other words, NEVER under any circumstance do you file bankruptcy to avoid debt. I was taught that to do so is a character flaw. And, I was taught, that you never shirk debt….if debt was inevitable, you paid back your debts even if it meant hardship at the time for your family. That is called integrity. Never lie and never cheat. I was taught from the beginning that you work for your spoils and you never use the Federal Government to your advantage…for to do so, made dependency upon the government easier and easier to where you gained favor not by hard work…but by buying influence becoming corrupt in the process. My father taught me that the government has but one job and that is to provide for defense and international treaties. Nothing more. So, we grew up staying out of debt and once you start that, cash flow will develop. We did not get big like the Kennedy’s or Rockerfeller’s because we did not and do not play the game. We lived and do live under one principle….take care of yourself and be honest. Never rely on handouts. We take our proceeds and invest, when the time is right, or dis-invest when the time is not right. Never buy anything on credit. Credit is a good thing, if used properly, but I was always taught that if you could pay for it….do it. If you cannot….it can wait. We do not believe in redistribution of wealth. Wealth, to us, is a combination of things (property, coins, jewelry, art, etc). We do not consider income as part of wealth…income or as we call it, cash flow is how we live. Do not spend what you do not have and take what is left over and invest it. Compounding is the greatest invention since sex with Marilyn Monroe, Our principles do not really mirror the article except in one place and that is independence.

      Even in my military career, I was always in the know on the family business. I always took part in the decisions…even over seas and even in war time. We worked as a team and still do. We follow the law and we do not give in to government or their intimidation. We do not like some laws and we work to change them and make our voices heard but we are not heard through the checkbook. Once you start writing checks for favors (blackmail), it is a never ending process.

      The article that you presented is interesting and I will have to read it several times to grasp the total meaning.

  30. gmanfortruth says:
    • Mathius™ says:

      The guy told his psychiatrist he was thinking about killing himself. The psychiatrist (in a standard and well-known exemption from doctor-patient-confidentiality) told the police.

      The police, as is standard in the event of a suicide threat, barged in to stop the suicide. Warrant not required as there was a C&P element.

      Officers conducted a “protective sweep” of the house. Fairly standard, in my understanding. A handgun was in an easily accessible location without any security (no gun safe / etc) on the kitchen counter, with a smiley face sticker.

      The guy was placed on a psychiatric hold (it seems – my inference) as it is stated that he is going to the hospital despite trying to kick the officers out claiming he’s fine. So, it seems, he was dragged off for a psych eval. Nothing outrageous here yet, I don’t think.

      The gun was removed from his kitchen table in order to secure a loose weapon while the eval was ongoing.

      The only point where I’d see any problem with this is the one thing I can’t find in the article – when did he get his weapon back? Once cleared, it should have been returned to him immediately. If not, then we have a serious issue. If it was, then this is hyperbolic nonsense.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Here is my main problem with this issue. Eight hours had past, a search warrant should have been secured. The person, a she I think, may have been speaking tongue in cheek so to speak, not seriously. This could lead to abuses based on politics, notice the “threat to others” part and how the DHS has denoted domestic terrorists as “tea party people, anti socialist government people etc”? The 4th Amendment doesn’t have an “unless” written in it, therefore, a warrant is required. (I would hold the exception that if the person can be seen with a gun to her head, the police should barge in and, like what seems to be a popular thing with cops these days, shoot the person so he/she can’t shoot herself (sarcasm intended). Without a visible threat a warrant is the clear right of the person and I wholly disagree with the 7th on this matter.

        You or I could say something here on SUFA that someone may take as suicidal and act upon it (even if it is totally out of context). Would you like your front door bashed in and your wife and daughter traumatized over such stupidity? Me either, that’s why we have Rights that are clearly guaranteed, to prevent such actions. To believe this to be OK is akin to giving up all of your freedoms, as it can quickly lead to that. Careful my friend, they take things a thimble full at a time and by the time it’s noticed, it’s to damn late. :)

        • Mathius™ says:

          The person, a she I think, may have been speaking tongue in cheek so to speak, not seriously

          Perhaps. Perhaps not. The psych was obviously concerned enough to call the cops.

          The 4th Amendment doesn’t have an “unless” written in it, therefore, a warrant is required.

          The 1st Amendment doesn’t have an “unless” in it either, but we make exceptions for libel/slander/C&P/etc.

          Without a visible threat a warrant is the clear right of the person

          There was a clear threat. It may not have been physical/visible. But she told the psych she was seriously considering killing herself. If she had said she was seriously considering killing her neighbor, you’d consider that a clear and present threat, no? So the only real difference is in the target of threatened violence.

          You or I could say something here on SUFA that someone may take as suicidal and act upon it (even if it is totally out of context).

          True. I often feel suicidal/homicidal when arguing with you lot.

          But then again, the psych made a judgement call. As a trained medical professional, this is her job. The psych listened to her, determined the threat was plausible and sincere, and reported it to the cops. Maybe it was tongue-in-cheek, but maybe it was serious. But it wasn’t the police who decided to act, it was her doctor.

          The police didn’t target her, then ask a doc to declare her nuts so they could raid her house. The doc thought she was a danger to call the police who came to protect her (perhaps a little too enthusiastically). These are two radically different scenarios.

          Would you like your front door bashed in and your wife and daughter traumatized over such stupidity?

          Yes.

          Yes I would.

          As a husband, as a father, yes. I absolutely would.

          That has exactly zero to do with whether they SHOULD, whether they had the RIGHT to, or whether it was MORAL. But, as a family man, I would much, much, much rather be safe than sorry.

          Me either, that’s why we have Rights that are clearly guaranteed, to prevent such actions.

          Personally, I happen to think you have an absolute right – 100% incontrovertible – to blow your own brains out if you so choose. As it happens, I think that the idea of anyone being allowed to stop you from harming yourself (provided you are of sound mind) is absurd and, frankly, immoral.

          Suicide is one of the most profoundly selfish things a person can do (not talking about euthanasia here), but it is your right. Your life is yours, and so it is yours to end if you so choose.

          So the idea of police interference is a problem for me.

          THAT SAID, that’s not the question. The question is the legal framework, not the moral one. And legally, I see no issues. LEGALLY, you do not have the right to suicide. Legally, the cops can investigate and take appropriate actions to prevent a suicide / suicide-threat / suicide-attempt. Legally, a psychologist can report suicidal thoughts. Legally, a loose gun can be secured while you’re being eval’d (so says the 7th).

          To consider the issue, I just imagine that the threat had been against someone else instead of suicide and ask myself if what the police did was warranted. I think it was.

          To believe this to be OK is akin to giving up all of your freedoms, as it can quickly lead to that.

          Yea yea yea.. you always say that. ;)

          • gmanfortruth says:

            Interesting, I heard very similar feelings from Austrians in the 1930’s, except for the suicide comments, which I agree with you on.

            In the end, there was no credible threat, just a statement taken out of context. You may your family traumatized by the paramilitary police, but you are the minority for sure, based on the theoretical situation presented. But I still like you. :)

          • @ Mathius………”Would you like your front door bashed in and your wife and daughter traumatized over such stupidity?

            YOu replied……….Yes.

            Yes I would.

            As a husband, as a father, yes. I absolutely would.

            That has exactly zero to do with whether they SHOULD, whether they had the RIGHT to, or whether it was MORAL. But, as a family man, I would much, much, much rather be safe than sorry.

            Are you really serious here?

            • Mathius™ says:

              Yes. If my daughter told her shrink that she was planning on killing herself, I would want her shrink to call the cops (assuming he didn’t know how to get in touch with me, or some such) and I would want those cops to bust her door down and take away the gun (with a happy face sticker on the muzzle!) until they can make sure she’s not serious.

              It’s much easier to fix a busted door than a bullet hole in the head.

              —-

              That doesn’t mean it’s the right answer for everyone, nor does it make it legal or moral to do so. That is what I – I personally – would want for my family.

              Those are separate questions.

              • Ok…I did not understand you that way above…got it.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Mathius, here’s the problem with this story. She wasn’t suicidal. What events like this will do is keep people for getting needed help, for fear of being wrongly labelled. This has far reaching issues that will not turn out good for those that genuinely need help but won’t take that needed step to get it, even if they have ZERO thoughts of harming themselves or others.

  31. Canine Weapon says:

    Colonel,

    Another one for you!

    • ROFLMAO……Dr Pepper all over the screen…………..however, sad, but true. Until Jerry Jones is gone……..there will be nothing.

  32. Mathius™ says:

    And one for G-Man

  33. May 20, 2014
    Of Course: Anti-Weapon Crusaders Force North Dakota College’s Fencing Team Off Campus
    —Ace

    They’re doing this for your own benefit, you know.

    “The current interpretation of the non-weapon policy [at] NDSU . . . understands our fencing equipment as weapons,” the club’s coach told Valley News Live, meaning that use or possession of the swords is prohibited and the club will have to find a home off campus.

    It’s a new club, which is irrelevant. More relevant is the fact that none of the weapons used in fencing has an edge because, you know, this is a sport, not Game of Thrones.

    The fencing club tried to argue that baseball bats were more serious weapons than a fencer’s slender, flexible, ball-tipped sport foil, and that argument was rejected by the college, for the usual reason: Because it’s True, and colleges are now officially opposed to things that are true.

    Glenn Reynolds writes that colleges have become jokes.

    Even fancy schools such as Harvard and Dartmouth have seen applications decline, with Dartmouth’s dropping 14% last year, a truly staggering number.

    It’s no picnic for public institutions either. “There have been 21 downgrades of public colleges and universities this year but no upgrades,” reported Inside Higher Ed. It’s gotten so bad that schools are even closing their gender studies centers, a once-sacrosanct kind of spending.

    ….

    From the economics to the politics, colleges and universities are looking less like serious places to improve one’s mind and one’s prospects, and more like expensive islands of frivolity and, sometimes, viciousness. And that is likely to have consequences.

    A Yale law professor penned a commencement address even though no one asked him to:

    And, before I go any further, I would like to express my personal thanks to all of you for not rescinding my invitation. I know that matters were dicey for a while, given that I have held and defended actual positions on politically contested issues. Now and then I’ve strayed from the party line. And if the demonstrators would quiet down for a moment, I’d like to offer an abject apology for any way in which I have offended against the increasingly narrow and often obscure values of the academy.

    In my day, the college campus was a place that celebrated the diversity of ideas. Pure argument was our guide. Staking out an unpopular position was admired — and the admiration, in turn, provided excellent training in the virtues of tolerance on the one hand and, on the other, integrity.

    Your generation, I am pleased to say, seems to be doing away with all that. There’s no need for the ritual give and take of serious argument when, in your early 20s, you already know the answers to all questions. How marvelous it must be to realize at so tender an age that you will never, ever change your mind, because you will never, ever encounter disagreement! How I wish I’d had your confidence and fortitude. I could have spared myself many hours of patient reflection and intellectual struggle over the great issues of the day.

    The literary critic George Steiner, in a wonderful little book titled “Nostalgia for the Absolute,” long ago predicted this moment. We have an attraction, he contended, to higher truths that can sweep away complexity and nuance. We like systems that can explain everything. Intellectuals in the West are nostalgic for the tight grip religion once held on the Western imagination. They are attracted to modes of thought that are as comprehensive and authoritarian as the medieval church. You and your fellow students — and your professors as well; one mustn’t forget their role — are therefore to be congratulated for your involvement in the excellent work of bringing back the Middle Ages.

    http://ace.mu.nu/

  34. Sedgewick says:

    @ VH

    ” Your gonna have to be a little clearer-Don’t understand the question in relation to your proclamation-that I simply must accept all differences and the world will be wonderful. ”

    The question was somewhat rhetorical, but, ..Okay, lemme put it this way…

    Most white people once viewed black people as sub-human pets to do their labor, or lesser-than worthy of integration with whites. Today the USA has a black president because the majority of white voters thought he would be the best suited to run the country.

    This means popular attitudes of white people changed, that a lot of people have accepted racial differences as no big deal.

    So why are people still hung up on all the other nonsense? If it can happen for the better concerning differences between whites and blacks, then it can happen with other labels too.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      One, Obama is Caucasian , not black, he is considered the same race as his mother, at least that’s how our birth certificate system worked for most of my life.

      Two, you Re assuming that the elections are legitimate, which, because they are done on computers, I have no faith in the legitamacy.

      Three, the elections are monopolized by two parties . Not what I call fair at all. Both parties and their puppets do the bidding of the Elite Ruling Class that controls the money, and it ain’t the government. A nice lesson that Rockafeller said, ” if I control the money, it makes no difference who is elected , I’m in control”. Or something like that.

      Go back to the vote to audit the Federal Reserve a few years back snd look at what the stock market did that day ,! The vote was No, because of the message sent.

      • Sedgewick says:

        Obama’s DNA should have no bearing on his position as president. Fit for duty or not is the real question.

        Fairly elected or not, the fact that he is the accepted leader of the USA, with so many white voters and in spite of his mixed racial identity, demonstrates that people are largely over their hang-ups that once existed in US culture. It shows progression and evolution of popular perception….with a few exceptions, of course.

        The above demonstrated timeline serves as an example to answering V’s question about truth in the idea that people can decide to get along.

        If people can decide they don’t care if a black man is unchained, or eats at the table next to them, or marries their cousin, or leads the country, then why are so many people in the USA still hung up on other labeled minorities and sub-cultures?

        • gmanfortruth says:

          Obama was never fit to be President, period. He was elected, BECAUSE of his skin color and his great oral abilities ( I think he’s a great public speaker). However, he was and is not qualified to do the job or he’s really screwing stuff up on purpose (I tend to lean this way). He has a plan and he is going for it.

          I was raised learning that character is what matters, not skin color or any other issue such as religion. I’m still that way, but I’m just far more experienced and wiser to the ways of the world. This country will always have racism and bigotry, I like to see it as simple human nature to dislike those that are different. It takes education, experience and the willingness to accept those who are different. Many got it, many don’t. I think those that don’t are the minority. I tend to ignore them.

          The Michael Sam issue: This one I thought was way overblown and should never have taken place to begin with. The NFL Draft is about teams drafting football players, period. I’m a big fan of the NFL, have been since I was old enough to understand the game. I don’t care about the players personal lives, it’s none of my business. I care about how they play the game, that is all. I felt that ESPN crossed the line by bringing in something so personal about ONE player, who may not even make the final roster, as a broadcast part of the telecast. For the record, I had guests and did not watch much of the live coverage, but did see the highlights.

          Let me make this very clear, I don’t care if a player is gay, what religion he follows, what color his skin is, what country he is from or any other issue that may come up. The only thing that matters is can the player play at the NFL level and be successful. ESPN chose to cater to political correctness. It’s safe to say that I’m against all the PC BS! Message to ESPN: Stick to sports, and stay out of political matters, it’s not your place on TV, leave that to the MSM whores.

          Rant and explanations complete, I think :)

          • gmanfortruth says:

            Now, let me speak on some reality. I grew up in Youngstown Ohio (aka Little Chicago). While the mob was pushed out by the Feds and the closing of the steel mills in the late 70″s, there was a vacuum of crime that was filled over time. This vacuum was filled mostly by the black population, mostly welfare families who didn’t bother to look for a job. Over time, Youngstown became one of the FBI’s 10 most dangerous cities in America. Facts are facts.

            I watched, over a long time, blacks would mostly destroy large sections of the city, move to another area, repeat. Property values were destroyed in every area they became the majority residents, and crime exploded in those areas, hence the FBI designation. All of this is factual and not based on any kind of racism, it’s just reality. Non blacks want no part of this type of environment. I blame the Democrats for the welfare/crime state they have ensured will never die. These blacks are still slaves, but they are slaves to the Democrats who always promise the free cookies. The schools suck, what was once the “burbs” are becoming the next area of increased crime as the welfare class blacks are moving from areas they have destroyed and made mostly unlivable.

            Don’t believe me, check the crime rates and the history of property values in every Democrat controlled area in the US today. Places like Detroit, Chicago and Philly are just the beginning. Look deeper and see the common denominators on these issues. I have no desire to t live in a crime infested shithole where the majority are black welfare families, who in their right mind would?

            I’m not sorry if anyone is offended by these comments, they are only facts that need to be heard. We can’t fix the problem, and the racism based on these facts, on the road the Democrats are taking us, period. Stealing money via taxes and throwing it at the problem will never fix it, people need to wake up and realize that.

            • Sedgewick says:

              Do you think it is because they’re black, or because they are supported by/as the ‘other side’?

              If it is because of their skin, how does this explain predominantly black upper middle class neighborhoods in cities like Chicago or Atlanta? If it is because they are liberal/democratic how does it explain rural poor predominantly white conservative Republican counties?

              • gmanfortruth says:

                I wish I knew the exact answer to that question, because then we can change things for the better. Is it culture, dependence, a slow developed class that is led to believe they are entitled? I have no idea, I only see what I have seen and the facts are indisputable.

                You question is what needs to be answered to begin to solve the problems that surround my posts. I have said before, change the common denominators and work from there, one being Democratic rule. History is on my side of the beginning of the solution :)

              • gmanfortruth says:

                how does it explain rural poor predominantly white conservative Republican counties?

                They’re both on the same side! But let’s begin with the majority! :D

          • Michael Sam is a frigging genius or his agent is. By “coming out” he guaranteed himself a signing or it would be discrimination. He guaranteed himself to make the cut or it would be discrimination, he guaranteed that he will play, or it would be discrimination, he guaranteed that he won’t be hit as hard or it will be discrimination, he guaranteed that no matter how bad he might turn out, he will stay or it will be discrimination. He guaranteed himself endorsements or it will be discrimination. As Yacov Smirnoff would say, “What a country!”

            • Mathius™ says:

              He guaranteed that he’d face substantial discrimination is what he did.

              Michael Sam was the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Defensive Player of the Year. The SEC is typically regarded as the toughest conference in college football, but even if you disagree with that it’s still not easy to become the Defensive Player of the Year of the SEC.

              Michael Sam, despite his resume, came close to being the last pick (249th overall pick out of 256) of the entire 2014 NFL draft. [...] Only one previous winner of the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award was drafted later than the second round of the draft. Michael Sam was drafted in the seventh round.

              And, for the record, that “one previous winner,” Chad Lavalais, was picked in the fifth round – over 100 spots ahead Sam.

              In short, either Sam is the worst player – by far – to be named the best defensive player in college football’s best conference, or other factors were afoot.

              From our friends at HuffPo:
              Among the players drafted ahead of Sam were:

              -Two kickers and a punter
              -A defensive end from Marist
              -A defensive tackle who missed all of the 2013 season because he was kicked off his team
              -A defensive end the same size as Sam who posted a slower 40-yard dash time than Sam and racked up only 5.5 sacks playing in the Conference USA
              -An offensive tackle who quit early during his own pro day

              ———-

              Also, I’m not sure why you put “coming out” in quotes..

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Mathius, I follow the draft quite closely and read hundreds of scouting reports on prospects. Mr. Sam, for the most part was graded between the 6th round to not even being drafted (undrafted free agent). College awards don’t mean squat in the NFL, not all Heisman winners make it in the NFL and not all get drafted in the 1st round. You should get a better understanding of how college awards are determined and how players are scouting before throwing around another bullshit discrimination claim.

                Frankly, most scouting reports didn’t speak highly of his football skills, but he does have some upside. The circus won’t last long, especially if he can’t play special teams, he’ll end up on a reserve roster somewhere, it’s not likely he will make a team as a linebacker just yet, but he can work up to that point. :)

    • The color of ones skin is a petty difference it should be ignored, many differences should be ignored. A lot of differences with time will be overcome. But some differences are not nonsense. And you do not change peoples beliefs by ignoring them. And you do not solve problems by refusing to acknowledge the problem, especially based on being afraid you’ll be tagged a bigot.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        The character of some cultures will always clash with other cultures when they try to live together. That will never change, no matter how many names the Left Wingers call people. It is human nature.

      • Sedgewick says:

        @VH

        How does ‘different’ violate?

        • Nope, not doing this again-you got some disagreement with my statements make your case-I’m going to eat dinner :)

  35. gmanfortruth says:

    Why many of us are getting ready for a new Civil War, Assholes like this idiot and the jerks that applaud him:

    At a fundraiser for Colorado Congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff last week, former Democrat Party Chairman Howard Dean had a message for people who aren’t Democrats: Get out!

    “They are not American. They would be more comfortable in the Ukraine, or Russia, but stay away from our country,” yelled the bombastic Dean to a wildly cheering and supportive crowd.

    During President Obama’s time in office, eliminationist rhetoric on the part of the left has been deemed acceptable and is rapidly on the rise. Vitriol reaches the highest levels, and the lip service paid to “working together” is belied by the true nature of Democrat politics, which is to exclude, isolate, ridicule, and destroy. From MSNBC hosts speechless at the idea of even speaking to Tea Party supporters to Howard Dean endorsing kicking out half the population, the new tone of the left increasingly means “burn the heretics.”

    Does Andrew Romanoff think Republicans should leave America? More importantly, do the voters of Colorado’s sixth district feel that way? Someone should ask him.. And them.

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/howard-dean-republicans-should-leave-america

  36. gmanfortruth says:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/clay-waters/2014/05/20/ny-times-thinks-hopes-el-nino-floods-landslides-will-re-energize-climat

    The genius of the Left Wing Media all but proves Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Disruption (or whatever name they want to use this year) is an effect of natural cause not associated with man actions. This totally proves that it’s a fraud!

  37. gmanfortruth says:
  38. I still think I would make a great Czar……..

    • I think O’Keefe is the last remaining investigative journalist out there! This clip is awesome and more to come.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Nothing like watching Liberal’s sell out their own country. Every kid in America should be shown this and explained that this is how Liberal’s feel about them, they would sell their entire future if they could. Shameful.

  39. Ugh. This was supposed to be a distraction, but it didn’t work. SUFA and grief don’t mix. Nephew died Monday. See yas next week.

  40. gmanfortruth says:

    A Veterans Affairs whistleblower has exclusively revealed to Infowars that the facility at which he works has engaged in a of cover-up in response to the VA hospital scandal, while also relating the story of how one supervisor expressed his desire to see older veterans “taken outside and shot in the head.”

    The whistleblower, who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, works at a large 250 acre VA hospital. He lifted the lid on a number of shocking details during an interview with Sgt. Joe Biggs.

    “Recently there’s been a very rapid race to move records, boxes, change labels, whatever it may be, they’re putting them in rooms that nobody would look in….and there’s multiple times that I have seen in the past week or so them moving boxes….so apparently they’re hiding their tracks somewhere,” stated the VA employee, adding that the activity preceded an inspection of the facility, suggesting it was part of an effort to conceal evidence in the aftermath of the secret waiting list scandal.

    Even more chilling was a warning sent out to VA employees at the facility which, according to the whistleblower, was meant to get across the message, “Do you see what happens to the people that try to get things straight around here, they’re not here anymore,” a tone the whistleblower described as “pretty telling.”

    The employee also revealed the shocking attitude of one supervisor at the hospital towards older veterans, who asserted that older vets “should be taken outside and shot in the head because they’re worthless.” The individual still works at the hospital and was not disciplined for his comments.

    “How can you stop the corruption and the insanity if you have a supervisor who is a non-veteran saying these things to veterans, scaring them about their jobs and telling them because they’re an older veteran ‘you ought to be taken outside and shot in the head’,” asked the employee.

    The whistleblower also related how he knew veterans that had been denied health care at the hospital. However, since the VA scandal broke in the news, the whistleblower states there has been a huge influx of patients into his facility, a move he describes as “a dog and pony show.”

    Explaining that the scandal went way beyond patient care, the whistleblower said that corruption within the VA was “overwhelming,” and that working doctors were being replaced by students and residential doctors on weekends to save money.

    “That creates a cost cut on the clinical side which lines the pockets of the upper administration and puts our veterans’ health at risk,” asserted the whistleblower, adding that his facility routinely loses patients and that “there’s lack of care everywhere.”

    The employee also revealed that cronyism was rampant within the hospital, with family members of existing staff being hired in preference of veterans in desperate need of employment.

    “It’s a huge bureaucracy and it’s a huge game and somebody has to break the corruption,” stated the whistleblower, adding that people were scared to speak out because they might lose their jobs and their pensions.

    “There’s more than just what you’re seeing on TV and they’re hiding a lot of things and you’re never going to see it on the mass media,” concluded the whistleblower.

    The new revelations come in the aftermath of a scandal that has claimed the lives of at least 40 veterans as a result of them being kept on secret waiting lists. The backlogs which caused the deaths are now known to have occurred in at least 19 states. New questions have also emerged about VA workers gaming the system at the expense of veterans. A whistleblower also revealed how she was ordered to falsify records of appointments at Fort Collins, Colorado to make it appear as if veterans were receiving speedy treatment.

    Concerns that the VA scandal represents an example of death panels waiting to happen under Obamacare have been expressed in recent days as Obama himself faces mounting criticism over his failure to address the issue publicly.

    “It’s simply unconscionable,” said radio host Rush Limbaugh on his national broadcast Monday. “So you have to ask, the natural assumption is that nobody wants these people to die, even if you add the death panel component, nobody wants these people to die, yet they are. At the very least what we’re dealing with here is a total inability to deal with this. And at worst it’s the death panel being done on purpose.”

    The issue of death panels and the eugenicist mindset of people having to die in order to allow others to have jobs or health care has stoked controversy for years, most notably in 2010 when Bill Gates suggested that elderly patients should be denied medical treatment in order to spend the money on hiring more teachers. Newsweek also promoted a similar idea in a 2009 front page story entitled ‘The Case For Killing Granny’

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/exclusive-whistleblower-reveals-new-va-scandal.html

  41. G – Out of curiosity, where do you stand on smart guns?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/21/jon-stewart-nra-smart-guns_n_5363091.html

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I’m not for or against, although I will never chose to own one. If there is a market, which isn’t very likely, then build and sell them. I wouldn’t invest in them either, not going to be a big seller.

      • Mathius™ says:

        May I ask why?

        I would think there’s a definite appeal to the idea that your gun is useless to an enemy and that, further, your kids can’t fire it (with all the attendant risks).

        Seems to me, the only downside is that you have to wear a watch. And you could lose or misplace the watch, or struggle to find it when in the event of an emergency. I suppose there’s also the risk of a technology malfunction, but that can get hammered out – nothing here is too radically new.

        Personally, though I know it’s a bridge too far for most people, the way I’d like it (were I a gun person) is an RFID chip implanted in your palm (smaller than a grain of rice) which you would sync with your guns. No annoying watch, never lost, always with you, cannot be stolen, cheap-mature tech – a win all around. I give it 30 years until it’s standard on every new gun in the united states.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          Yes, you may :)

          We teach our kids at a young age to respect guns of all kinds, hands off unless an adult is helping. It has worked just fine, but that’s a Liberal issue, not an issue where guns are a part of life.

          Technology is good for many thing, but it also fails far, far more often than several metal parts all working together to get an end result. D13 explained the military side, now, as a hunter, I hunt in extreme cold temps at times, which can and will make computer tech fail miserably (ask my cell phone, it will tell you that 10 minutes at 7 degrees will cause absolute failure).

          I also don’t trust the technology to NOT be a tracking device and to NOT have a government controlled kill switch. Technology has it’s place in this world, and if there is a market for them, that’s great. I’m sure a few Liberal’s who have always feared guns will manage to get trendy, buy one, and shoot off a toe within the first week. Smart guns don’t make people smart, just makes them forget their common sense. :)

          Does that help?

          • gmanfortruth says:

            Oh, when young ones are around, the guns get locked up :wink:

            • And people can sometimes forget to lock them up, not to mention how resourceful kids are at finding things they shouldn’t….

              Seems to me that if you are going to have a gun in your house for home protection purposes, and you have kids, you should have a smart gun to mitigate the risk of a perhaps fatal accident.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Buck, like I said, if there is a market, wonderful. If govt demands all guns be retrofitted, they can kiss my ass :) Kids get killed by accident in all kinds of ways, maybe we should make them wear bullet proof outfits and helmets to mitigate the risk as well, never know when a stray bullet flys in the house from outside, or a knife gets found in the kitchen, or when a 747 crashes into ones house. :roll:

          • Mathius™ says:

            Yup.. mark your calendar so we can see whose right in 30 years.

          • Not quite sure how you see this as a liberal issue, when it clearly hasn’t worked just fine. There are thousands of completely avoidable accidents involving guns in households each and every year. Seems to me that smart guns could go a long way towards reducing this horrible trend.

            • gmanfortruth says:

              Maybe we should just outlaw bikes, swingsets and all the other things that kids get hurt/killed on. Your generation is raising a bunch of pussies, not kids.

              • Sigh…now your making even less sense than usual…

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Buck, I already said that if there is a market for them, that’s great, What else would you like?

              • Just don’t understand your zeal to paint every problem as a “liberal issue” or to revert to the conspiracy theories (they’re going to retrofit all guns! they’re secretly going to use smart guns to track you! etc. etc. etc.) Then you ignore the real issue of avoidable accidents and immediately deflect to other causes of death/injury to children.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Maybe because it’s being pushed by Liberal Democrat politicians in Liberal democrat States. This is actually old news to me, while I have no issue if their is a market, I also know that Liberal politicians are mostly anti gun and will do anything to achieve their agenda. Gun manufacturers are moving out of California over this very issue, costing peoples jobs and livelihood. I’m also playing the very same game you guys play with us on issues, what comes around goes around my Friend :)

              • Ummm-they’ve already written the law in NJ . And experience is a biggy too.

                “In the United States, New Jersey was the first state to enact an eventual mandate for smart guns. Governor Jim McGreevey signed the Childproof Handgun Bill into state law on December 23, 2002, which will eventually require that all guns sold in the state of New Jersey have a mechanism to prevent unauthorized users from firing it.[3] Weapons used by law enforcement officers would be exempt from the smart gun requirement. However, this law will only take effect three years after such a smart gun is approved by the state.[4][5][6] In May of 2014, hours after the publication of an article in Forbes by Joseph Steinberg, in which he criticized the New Jersey law for “delaying the production of truly safer and ‘smarter’ handguns” by incenting “gun manufacturers – who earn a tremendous amount of profit from the sales of conventional firearms… not to develop smartguns if by doing so they will cause their flagship product lines to become unsellable,” New Jersey State Senate Majority leader, Loretta Weinberg, who had originally sponsored the New Jersey bill while serving in the State Assembly, stated that she would consider repealing the law if, after doing so, the National Rifle Association would agree not to impede the development of better smartguns.[7]

                In April 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is exploring smart gun technology as a means for curbing gun violence. The Justice Department has requested $382.1 million in increased spending for its fiscal year 2014 budget for “gun safety,” a figure which includes $2 million for “Gun Safety Technology” grants, which would award prizes for technologies that are “proven to be reliable and effective.”[8]

                In October 2013 the European Commission published a document by commissioner Cecilia Malmström, stating that “he Commission will work with the firearms industry to explore technological solutions, such as biometric sensors where personal data is stored in the firearm, for ensuring that purchased firearms may only be used by their legal owner. It will carry out a detailed cost-benefit analysis on the question of making such ‘smart gun’ security features mandatory for firearms lawfully sold in the EU.” ”

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_gun

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Gun companies will not make them, as they are not proven as of yet. NJ and Cali have the same idiot liberals who think they can legislate safety . Liberal ideology is clearly destructive, see any non liberal state and compare. It’s a no brainer.

                Safe guns may have worked, if not for the liberal politicians, what a shame.

              • VH – the original sponsor of that law has already gone on record (as your post indicates) to state that she would work to repeal the law (there is ample support in the NJ legislature to repeal the law).

                But as I believe I’ve made clear, I’m only talking about the voluntary sale/purchase of smart guns, not the forced sale.

              • Of course she is G- she wants the guns produced, if showing their hand too soon was gonna hurt that -they will back off until they are produced and then pass the legislation again.

                Not enough reason to disallow the smart guns, I suppose but it certainly shows Buck why we always look at these so called conspiracy theories.

              • Sorry Buck for some reason I thought your reply was G. But you wanted to know why we thought they would force the smart gun on everyone-I showed you.

    • You did not ask me but I gonna respond anyway. The only problem that I have would be retrofitting older weapons. Smart guns would not stop anything except an accidental shooting perhaps. It will not stop robberies or drive by shootings or criminals from getting weapons. And, technology can be by passed very easily. You are either using magnetic signals or frequencies. The military actually has a program using this technology where an enemy soldier cannot pick up a discarded weapon and use it. The only people that would be against this is people that feel that they have lost a right…which would not be true UNLESS, it is registered with the government. I am against any weapon being registered anywhere BUT there is technology out there already along these lines. The problem that the military has run into is that when the signaling device is rendered inoperative ( a chipped watch, for example ) then the soldier has a nice club in his hand but no bang bang. A soldier diving into a ravine or hitting a rock face or slamming his wrist into something hard would disable the signaling device. And trust me on this….there is nothing worse than pulling a trigger in a fire fight and hearing “click” instead of BANG. It increases the pucker factor substantially.

      I would be against smart guns on rifles and shotguns and I would be against retrofit. But the current trend is handguns at this time and I am finding it hard to be against this type of technology on new handguns. But, I reiterate, it will not be a deterrent. Only the law abiding will be hurt. It will not stop illegal gun sales nor even slow it down.

      • Buck, I don’t know how you determine that there is ample support in the NJ legislature to work for repeal. They just voted to ban another 150 types of semi auto, .22 rifles with tube mags that hold more than ten, reduce the mag size from the 15 they passed 20 years ago down to 10 and I think are on the verge of banning plaything with a removable magazine. Weinberg will say anything, she will never work to repeal any of her stellar accomplishments.

        The smart gun law was passed a long long time ago. Here is the latest on it.

        http://www.nbc40.net/story/25555423/new-jersey-sued-accused-of-ignoring-02-gun-law

        Of course it is a liberal/conservative issue, look at the party line votes. There are republicans who are anti-gun and democrats who are pro but they are in teensey-weensey
        minorities within their own parties.

        • Its pretty well documented that the NJ legislature can repeal this particular law. Weinberg will have a hard time walking away from her statements on this particular issue; she’s been pretty consistent on this.

          Regardless, I don’t see how the issue at hand (whether or not smart guns should be offered for sale voluntarily between a willing seller and a willing purchaser AND whether or not smart guns could conceivably reduce accidental injury/death especially with regards to children) is a political issue in the slightest.

          • I’d like to see a link on that because everything I see from the legislature is just the opposite. I am a collector. Most everything I own is 50 to 100 years old. Had to “lose” three rifles twenty years ago including my late Father’s carbine because of stupidity. Now they want me to lose the replacements I bought!

            If you use the phrase, “For the children” you can seem to get away with anything.

            Let’s get on the bandwagon to really do something to save our children. Ban Backyard Swimming Pools! To paraphrase the late Sen. Edward (the cheat) Kennedy, “If we can save one child’s life it’s worth it!)

            http://www.hannonboyers.com/accidental-drowning-statistics.html

  42. PeterB in Indianapolis says:

    Since we persist in talking about “easterners” and “offensive” and “bigotry” and “Muslim” and “racist” and everything else…. Here’s my offensive joke of the day:

    What do you call a middle-Easterner who likes the Disco??

    Sheik Djibouti

    If you are offended by that, I don’t care, piss off.
    :)

  43. Interesting

    The Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA image. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters
    Melting Ice Caps May Help Stem Global Warming
    1:54 PM 05/21/2014

    There may be a plus side to melting polar ice caps: British scientists suggest they could hold the key to stemming global warming.

    According to research published in the journal Nature Communications, summer meltwaters from polar ice sheets are rich in iron, which is critical for phytoplankton growth. And what do phytoplankton do? They capture carbon dioxide emissions that scientists say are contributing to global warming.

    “This study shows that glacier meltwater can contain iron concentrations that are high enough to significantly stimulate biological productivity in oceans that otherwise are oftentimes limited in the element iron that is essential to most living organisms,” wrote a team of U.K. scientists led by John Hawkings of the University of Bristol.

    Researchers collected meltwater discharged from Greenland’s Leverett Glacier during the summer of 2012, which was then tested for bioavailable iron content. Scientists found that water being discharged beneath the melting ice sheet was rich in iron — iron that was previously unavailable to plankton populations. As more ice sheets melt, plankton populations could boom.

    The ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica cover about 10 percent of the globe’s land surface and their coastlines harbor active ecosystems that are limited in iron, according to scientists. But as more ice begins to melt with rising global temperatures, more iron will be released from the ice sheets, fueling phytoplankton growth and leading to the capturing of more carbon dioxide.

    “Iron exported in icebergs from these ice sheets have been recognised as a source of iron to the oceans for some time,” wrote Hawkings and his fellow researchers. “Our finding that there is also significant iron discharged in runoff from large ice sheet catchments is new.”

    “This means that relatively high iron concentrations are released from the ice sheet all summer, providing a continuous source of iron to the coastal ocean,” the researchers added.

    Previous research has established that bioavailable iron boosts phytoplankton in other oceans. Melting ice could fuel more phytoplankton, which would absorb more carbon dioxide and stem some of the effects of global warming. Scientists noted that phytoplankton also feed on the bottom of the ocean, which would provide more food sources for other marine animals.

    Hawkings found that the amount iron from glacier runoff is 400,000 and 2.5 million metric tons per year in Greenland and between 60,000 and 100,000 metric tons in Antarctica — the combined average of these estimates weighs the same as 125 Eiffel Towers and about 3,000 fully-laden Boeing 747s.

    “This is a substantial release of iron from the ice sheet, similar in size to that supplied to the oceans by atmospheric dust, another major iron source to the world’s oceans,” the researchers wrote. “At the moment it is just too early to estimate how much additional iron will be carried down from ice sheets into the sea. Of course, the iron release from ice sheet will be localized to the Polar Regions around the ice sheets, so the importance of glacial iron there will be significantly higher.”

    “Researchers have already noted that glacial meltwater run-off is associated with large phytoplankton blooms – this may help to explain why,” they added.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/21/melting-ice-caps-may-help-stem-global-warming/#ixzz32NS3sFdh

  44. Buck, according to the FBI statistics, accidental deaths by gunshot in children ( under age 17 ) are one tenth of one percent. If your argument is child accidental shootings, I think you would not have a chance of passing anything along these lines. There simply is not any support in this even in heavy liberal enclaves. IF you subscribe to the theory that if it saves even one child’s life then it is worth it….I suggest that opens a whole can of worms on other things that cause far more infant deaths than unattended handguns.

    Mathius might be correct that an implanted chip is possible but I hope that I am dead and gone by then, I do not want to live in any society that controls people with implanted chips. It is bad enough now with trackable cell phones, but I do not own a smart phone….just a cell phone for texting and talking…..no gps or internet. I can get along without it and so can everyone else but they insist that they cannot. I guess that I am just old school. I did not lock up my weapons or ammunition or use trigger locks when my children were growing up nor do I when grandchildren come over. I also, by caveat, do not leave them sitting around,either…..I have a very extensive combat knife collection that I do not lock up but, by caveat, they cannot get to those. I know that if I walked into your home or the humble abode of Sir Mathius, I know what I will find. Considering the age of your children, I would suppose that, like my spousal unit and I, everything breakable or dangerous from a three foot level down is simply not there,

    But, as I stated above, I do not believe that smart weapons will stop anything not lower any statistics…it certainly will not stop random shootings, criminal mass shootings, robberies, or homicides.

    • Colonel — who is talking about passing any legislation? I am just trying to understand the NRA’s and far right’s opposition to allowing sales of smart guns.

      And I do like Mathius’ idea of a smart gun with implanted chip as opposed to the watch — but again, who is talking about legislation??

      • That is how I interpreted that article, although admittedly, I scanned it pretty quickly. Legislation is the only way you will get to that…however, in fairness, I just this minute got off the phone with the NRA ( I am a Benefactor ) and was told that the NRA has no objection to the sale and/or manufacture of smart weapons as long as it was a voluntary effort.

        • And, for the record, I can go along with that.

        • From what I’ve heard and read the NRA has lodged objections to the sale of smart guns. Which is what prompted my post – couldn’t understand why.

          • Here ya go, Buck. This is inline with what I was told. The following is an exert from an article.

            “However, there is immense pressure not to be the first to sell them. That’s because of a New Jersey law passed in 2002 known as the Childproof Handgun Law, which says that all guns sold in New Jersey must be state-approved smart guns within three years of a smart gun being sold anywhere in the country. The goal was to make smart guns mandatory as soon as the technology existed. Officially, no smart gun has been sold in the US yet — meaning if Raymond had sold one, it would have triggered the clause in New Jersey.”

            “Smart-gun advocates say the technology will stop kids from shooting themselves with their parents’ guns, undermine the market for stolen guns, and protect law enforcement from having their guns used against them. “We need the iPhone of guns,” said Ron Conway, a Silicon Valley investor, referring to the phone’s fingerprint unlock. Conway is backing a $1 million contest for smart-gun technology. “We want gun owners to feel like they are dinosaurs if they aren’t using smart guns,” he told the Washington Post.

            Opponents counter that the technology adds an unnecessary failure point — you don’t want to fumble with a fingerprint unlock if someone is breaking into your home. They also fear the spread of laws like New Jersey’s, since similar proposals have been introduced in other states and in Congress. “The NRA does not oppose new technological developments in firearms,” the group writes on its website. “We are opposed to government mandates that require the use of expensive, unreliable features, such as grips that would read your fingerprints before the gun will fire.”

            Criticism also comes from a surprising place: The Violence Policy Center, a gun control advocacy group, which has a long list of objections to smart guns. “There is this idea that the smart gun is a catch-all solution,” says director Josh Sugarman, but people use their own guns in murders and suicides most of the time anyway. “Even if every gun was a smart gun, it would affect a very small percentage of gun violence in this country.”Many gun owners don’t object to smart guns, as long as they’re still allowed to buy regular guns. “If someone wants to buy a smart gun, that is fine,” Raymond said in his Facebook address. “When the law legislates it, that is a sin.”

            —————————————–

            So, there it is in a nutshell. The advocates are wrong in that the technology will not undermine the market for stolen guns at all and no police force anywhere is going to accept it,,

            • gmanfortruth says:

              Why do I keep envisioning a Democrat politician talking about saving the kids from accidental gun violence while standing in front of an abortion clinic? And now we know why they can’t be taken seriously when they speak.

  45. @ Mathius: You said….He guaranteed that he’d face substantial discrimination is what he did.

    I wonder why you are so quick to holler discrimination. You seem to do it all the time…Why is it that because this guy was drafted low in the round,,,,,despite his credentials….is it discrimination in your mind?

    The Texas A&M quarterback did not go until 22 and he was youngest Heisman recipient, an SEC quarterback and expected to go top three yet everybody passed him over until the very end. Is this discrimination? Even Jerry Jones passed on him……..and that was amazing.

    I think he should not have even gone until the end if at all….Minnesota ( I think ) is the team that got him and they bought a pack of trouble. His credentials are meaningless unless he has the huzpah to go with it. Perhaps it was the same with this Sam guy?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Manziel went to Cleveland, a great pick for that team at #22 overall. Sam went to the Rams. I wish all the players drafted to have success, as I do every year. Many won’t make the cut. Some will end up in the CFL or Arena League, many will move on from football into a job (if they can find a job in the Obama economy).

      • Yeah, that’s right….Cleveland……Manzeil was on tv down here complaining about being drafted at 22, stomping around like a spoiled kid, and Cleveland almost did not take him then, I heard, but got a combination del…..He did not get the contract or the money he wanted……he is lucky to have been chosen any way. I do not think that he will make the pros…..he will be a flash in the pan, in my opinion.

        • BEREA, Ohio – On the night he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Johnny Manziel said he knew he was “starting at the bottom of the totem pole.”

          He was right.

          The Browns were on the field for their second organized team activity practice of the spring Wednesday, and Manziel spent part of that practice operating the third team.

          The Browns — from owner Jimmy Haslam on down — have been very clear that Brian Hoyer is their starting quarterback, and that if Manziel wants to change that he’s going to have work to earn it.

          “He was going to have to kind of check his ego at the door and earn that ‘Johnny Football’ nickname again,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said earlier this week.

          Later Wednesday, Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a radio interview with one of the team’s partner stations that Hoyer is the better quarterback “by a substantial margin” right now.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          He will get humbled quickly, long before the first game. I hope he’s good for Cleveland, they need some better luck.. Your right about the money, it’s all pre-determined now by the Union contract (a smart move). When a picture comes up with Manziel carrying the front lines equipment this summer, I’ll post it :)

  46. Oh, I might mention another Obama lie…….something about preexisting illness not being turned away…..that is bunk, now. I have been turned down by MEDICARE because of a preexisting condition that the VA does not cover any longer. So much for that…..I might mention that I checked on BCBS….and got the same answer. Not covered because it was preexisting under VA.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      The VA is in hot water these days. Just another scandal for the Democrats to OWN under their Messiah. My Father or I have not had any issues with the Pittsburgh VA at all. Our family VA doctor is at a small clinic much closer to home (a split clinic for vets and civilians). I’ve rarely walked in there to a long wait. Shameful what some have done to cover their own sorry asses. I won’t bother to express my total disdain for the Messiah. :(

      • Here, Fort Worth/Dallas, I have had a colonoscopy (sp) cancelled 6 times and rescheduled….which required 6 different blood and fecal tests….all within the last 18 months and still have not seen a doctor. I am now seeking private insurance but Obamacare carriers are also denying it….why? Because it was covered under the VA and is a war time illness ( meaning, it is a condition, and in their words, “likely to have been contracted in foreign conflict” and does not fall under what is considered a normal illness. It is because, colon cancer (as well as diabetes) has been diagnosed in 80% of veterans that have contracted the blood disease from this herbicide.

        The treatment that is being denied now, is to all vets that have Agent Orange poisoning from the Vietnam era. It is turning to cancer and diabetes. ( I have just been diagnosed as pre-diabetic). Medicare has refused to pay for it because it was a, and this is in their words, ” a preexisting condition originally diagnosed under the current VA system “. And because Medicare refused it, my supplemental insurance will not pick it up either…and rightly so because supplemental is supposed to pick up the difference from Medicare. This after being forced from Tricare for life.

        Fortunately, I have no cancer cells at this time and the pre-diabetes can be controlled with diet. But, as I understand it, if I come down with colon cancer, I am not covered under Medicare, at this time, and not covered under the VA, at this time….and no supplemental coverage. All agent orange poisoning funding was eliminated two years ago because the numbers of veterans that had it is becoming smaller each year. In Phoenix alone, 11 of the 40 odd veterans that have died due to neglect, were agent orange infected.

        This is our government system. The other fortunate thing is, I can afford to go to the concierge services and they have a private system that I can purchase to cover cancer, should it develop.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          Government run healthcare at it’s finest. I hope Mathius, Buck and anyone who thinks government run healthcare is such a great idea, because we are all seeing what it’s like now,.

  47. gmanfortruth says:

    Maybe we should have more “No Gun Zones” to keep the kids safe? NOT http://www.prisonplanet.com/nc-restaurant-posts-no-guns-sign-and-then-gets-robbed-at-gunpoint.html

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