The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated
Saturday, May 02, 2015
How STUPID ARE EARTH PEOPLE: the canary in the mine is DYING … AGAIN
See??? This is why I was taking a mental vacation..
Any day, any where, Paris, Baltimore, Race stupidity, Obama division, Russkis TESTING US defenses, China building islands to build airfields on them, Sharpton ...
WHAT WILL IT TAKE AMERICA?
We need a huge change here and in the world, and if the world is to change WE MUST LEAD, and that is HOW IT IS
Jewish residents of Paris were assaulted on the street by a gang of
about 40 people on Friday, Israeli French JSS News reported on Friday.
attack against the two Jewish residents, both in their 20s, occurred
about 2:30 p.m. on Boulevard Voltaire in Paris’ 11 arrondissement,
according to the report.
Police launched an investigation into the
incident and warned local Jewish businesses owners to be extra
vigilant, JSS News said.
Witnesses on the scene said members of
the Jewish community volunteered to watch over the many local Jewish
businesses on Boulevard Voltaire, according to French antisemitism
watchdog group the Bureau National de Vigilance Contre l’Antisemitisme.
gang of attackers were associated with anti-Israel groups Gaza Firm and
the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, said security personnel
responsible for protecting the Jewish community.
The attack marks
the latest in a growing antisemitic trend in France and Europe as a
whole. Earlier this year, Islamist gunmen seized a Kosher supermarket in
Paris and killed four Jewish hostages. Just a few weeks later, a
security guard was killed in Copenhagen when a lone gunman opened fire
in front of the city’s Great Synagogue.
In 2006, a French Jew was kidnapped from his cell phone store from the same Boulevard Voltaire, tortured and ultimately killed.
Two angles of today’s jihadist suicide attack against Syrian Army soldiers defending Jisr as-Shugur National Hospital. Extra footage depicting militant tank shells targeting the area. Occurrence date 5/1/2015
Islam does not respect anything that promotes order, health, or happiness. Allah desires disorder, misery, and death.
On Friday the so-called Sharia Court of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) reportedly executed 600 hostages from the Yezidi community of Shingal (Sinjar) in the Talafar district in northern Iraq.
The group piled the bodies into the well of Alo Antar on al-Ayyadiya highway, local sources reported.
Shahin Shingali, a fighter in the ranks of the Peshmerga forces, stated to ARA News that since Friday the IS radicals transferred nearly 700 Yezidi hostages to Talafar.
“Without a direct intervention by the international community, Iraq will be witnessing more genocides against innocent people at the hands of the IS terrorists,” Shingali said.
Aseel al-Nujaifi, governor of Nineveh province in Iraq, confirmed on Friday that the IS terrorists executed hundreds of Yezidi captives.
“A new crime was committed by Daesh (Islamic State) against our Yezidi people on Friday,” al-Nujaifi said in a statement.
Here They Are, The Oppressive, All-White Police Force That Murdered Freddie Gray In Cold Blood as Part of a Genocide Against Young Black Males
The six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are (top row from left) Caesar Goodson Jr., Garrett Miller, Edward Nero and (bottom row from left) William Porter, Brian Rice and Alicia White. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)
— Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr.: Second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, manslaughter by vehicle, misconduct in office. — Officer William G. Porter: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office. — Lt. Brian W. Rice: Involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment. — Officer Edward M. Nero: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment. — Officer Garrett Miller: Second-degree assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment. — Sgt. Alicia D. White: Manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office.
The six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are (top row from left) Caesar Goodson Jr., Garrett Miller, Edward Nero and (bottom row from left) William Porter, Brian Rice and Alicia White. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)
Obama State Department Won’t Let Persecuted Iraqi Nun Enter US to Speak
Threat to Obama's Version of "Peace"
From National Review:
Earlier this week, we learned that every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for official meetings in Washington — save one.
The single delegate whose visitor visa was denied happens to be the group’s only Christian from Iraq.
Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena was informed on Tuesday by the U.S. consulate in Erbil that her non-immigrant-visa application has been rejected.
The reason given in the denial letter, a copy of which I have obtained, is: You were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa.
She told me in a phone conversation that, to her face, consular officer Christopher Patch told her she was denied because she is an “IDP” or Internally Displaced Person.
“That really hurt,” she said. Essentially, the State Department was calling her a deceiver.
The State Department officials made the determination that the Catholic nun could be falsely asserting that she intends to visit Washington when secretly she could be intending to stay.
That would constitute illegal immigration, and that, of course, is strictly forbidden.
Once here, she could also be at risk for claiming political asylum, and the U.S. seems determined to deny ISIS’s Christian victims that status.
Kevin Moore and two members of Cop Watch from Ferguson, Missouri – Chad Jackson and Tony White – were arrested tonight, in Baltimore.
Kevin Moore’s footage of Baltimore Police’s actions that day went viral, touching off protests for a week in Baltimore prior to Freddie’s funeral, and have begun sweeping the nation since then.
Kevin claimed that the police had been harassing and intimidating him after he went public with the footage.
So far there is no news of what he was arrested for.
It had better be good, because if it is not then this has the appearance of retaliation against a citizen who was not breaking the law, and was well within his rights in photographing the Police.
I have written almost nothing about the Baltimore riots, because I tend to believe that Freddie Gray, while he was a bad guy, was indeed mistreated by the Police.
I think it is likely he was, indeed, given a "Rough Ride" that led to the spinal injury which killed him.
Of course, I have no evidence for that. But it seems more plausible to me than the idea that he banged his own head against the inside of the van until he snapped his neck.
Hey, maybe that is how he died. Maybe he slammed his head against the metal at just the wrong angle and died. But if so, forensic evidence will likely show that. And then we'll know the truth.
If, on the other hand, forensic evidence shows bruises and lacerations consistent with a Rough Ride, then we know the truth of that. Truth is truth.
And a final word: Just because Police are out of control (if they are) does not mean the citizens have to riot and revel in chaos.
In Baltimore, the citizens are out of control, and I do not think it is a reasonable response. Instead, I think the riots are being stirred up by people who want to overthrow the Constitution and the duly elected government of We The People. I think these riots are revolutionary in nature. And I think the people who are organizing them ought to be arrested, convicted and put to death for the crime of treason.
But that does not mean that the cops did not intend to do injury to Freddie Gray.
At this point, the Baltimore police are making themselves look very bad.
MORE: I want to give us all some more food for thought. The Police were told to "Stand down" and let the rioters do their thing, right? The Police were told to give the rioters "Space to destroy". Right?
That's terrible, right?
That's a crazy, insane order.
Well then, why did the Police heed the order?
If we think the Police are the thin blue line between us and chaos, then aren't we supposed to be able to trust them to do the right thing in a time of darkness.
Here we have a Mayor in Baltimore who, essentially called for the destruction of property and the Police went along with her orders?!?!?
And we're supposed to think the Police are on the side of what's right?
We need a better contract with those who are supposed to serve us.
If those who are employed by us are given orders to do something that is not in the public good, then they ought to serve us first, not the leaders.
If they don't, then we can not trust them.
What are we supposed to think when we have a Police dept. who gives a bad guy a Rough Ride, is filmed, arrests the videographer for no apparent reason (or at least we don't have one yet), and also "Stands down" and allows the destruction of property on orders from those who are in charge of their paycheck and pension?
What are we supposed to think?
What would they do if they were ordered to enact Martial Law against us?
Attempts by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to secure a more stringent nuclear deal with Iran are “not gonna happen,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview published Tuesday.
“The whole mythology I’ve heard, from [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to Republican members of the House and Senate — ‘Oh, just squeeze them to death, raise the sanctions’ — not gonna happen,” Kerry told the Washington Post.
He said the deal in its current form would scale back the amount of time it would take Iran to produce enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb from three months to one year, and it would require daily inspections of Iran’s enrichment facilities for the next “25 years.”
The secretary of state, who along with negotiators from the UK, Russia, China, France, Germany and of course Iran has been trying to hammer out a deal by June 30, lamented the possibility that Congress could kill an agreement even if all the countries involved accepted it.
“Look, if Russia, China, Germany, France, and Britain, all of whom have nuclear programs, sign off on this, and all their experts say it’s a good deal, and Congress for political reasons wants to go kill it, they’re walking away,” he said.
He said this will spell the end of the sanctions regime because none of these countries would back it if they felt a good deal had gone to waste.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed "Jade Helm 15" amid Internet-fueled suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover.
The request comes a day after more than 200 people packed a meeting in rural Bastrop County and questioned a U.S. Army commander about whether the government was planning to confiscate guns or implement martial law.
Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said "conspiracy theorists" and "fear mongers" had been in a frenzy.
Pape thanked Abbott for the letter to the Texas State Guard, which he believed helped emphasize the benefit of the military training rather than further fuel theorists.
"It's a sad when people's greatest fear is their own government," Pape said. "Think about the ramification of that. If Americans go to sleep at night worrying whether their own government is going to sell them out before morning, it'd be hard to sleep."
Suspicions about Jade Helm intensified on some conservative websites and social media after a map labeled Texas, Utah and parts of California as "hostile" for the purposes of the three-month training exercise that begins in July.
Such war simulations aren't unusual, though the Army has acknowledged that the size and scope of Jade Helm makes it unique.
Texas and six other states are hosting the exercises on public and private lands.
The Army says the terrain and topography in the areas selected are ideal to replicate foreign combat zones.
No other governor had so publicly addressed the training exercise.
"It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed," Abbott wrote. "By monitoring the Operation on a continual basis, the State Guard will facilitate communications between my office and the commanders of the Operation to ensure that adequate measures are in place to protect Texans."
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria told the crowd in Bastrop on Monday that the exercise will involve 1,200 soldiers and all four branches of the military, according to the Austin American-Statesman. He said people with a "personal agenda" about the exercise had been spreading misinformation.
Lastoria spoke for two hours, but some left the meeting still unconvinced.
Texas Ranger Drops Jade Helm Bombshell: “There Are Trains With Shackles On Them”
A letter sent to Dave Hodges at The Common Sense Show by a concerned Texas Ranger indicates that the government is preparing for a scenario ... in which ISIS terrorists cross the southern border of the United States and simultaneously attack soft targets across the nation.
But the letter doesn’t stop there.
The Ranger, who has kept his identify private for obvious reasons and makes clear that the scope of Jade Helm is so secret that the intent is not completely clear, says that the JH15 mission objectives may go much farther than just preparing for terrorists.
According to the law enforcement insider there are trains moving throughout Texas and some of them have been outfitted with shackles, presumably to “transport prisoners of some sort.”
Actually, it does not seem outlandish that the military would be preparing for a strike by ISIS terrorists from across our Souther border.
When hundreds of U.S. Special Operations Forces descend on Texas (and six other states) for an eight-week training mission in July, they will not be "incognito," nor will they threaten the constitutional rights or civil liberties of Americans, the White House said on Wednesday.
"My understanding is that the -- that the individuals who are participating in the exercise won't be traveling incognito, that they'll be wearing arm bands," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
Well, that's good. Right?
Yeah, sure, it's good. It real good. We think it's good, don't we?
Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered members of the Texas Military to monitor federal troops in an upcoming two-month training exercise planned for the Lone Star State. Operation Jade Helm will bring the U.S. military's most elite soldiers, including the Green Berets and Navy SEALS, to Texas for simulated special operations in a hostile territory. But plans for the exercise have roused fears in some Texans of a federal occupation.
It's completely fucking ridiculous that we even have to have this discussion.
In shuffling of officials, nephew is named as new heir apparent, nonroyal named as foreign minister
He replaced veteran Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal with Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. Adel al-Jubeir.
The Saudi shake up can have important implications, yes. I came upon the link at BING's News headlines for Saudi Arabia. The link there remains readable without the subscription:
RIYADH—Only three months have passed since Saudi Arabia got a new king. But in its foreign and domestic policy, it is already a kingdom transformed, and not necessarily in ways that please the U.S.
King Salman, 79, assumed the throne after his older brother, King Abdullah, died on Jan. 23. Within days, the new monarch reshuffled the ranks of power, delegating many day-to-day affairs of government to his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 29, and to his nephew, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 55.
Under their leadership, confirmed by Wednesday’s changes in the line of succession, Saudi Arabia has become increasingly independent of Washington as it wages a war in neighboring Yemen while opening up to conservative Islamic clerics who opposed the late king’s liberal reforms.
In a kingdom where elderly and infirm monarchs made all major decisions for decades, this empowerment of younger members of the House of Saud is a significant departure.
It has already translated into a surprisingly activist foreign policy that has asserted Saudi leadership of a Sunni Muslim bloc confronting mainly Shiite Iran.
Angered by the U.S. outreach to Iran and eager to showcase its own ability to use military force, Saudi Arabia last month began airstrikes in Yemen, the first foreign war that Riyadh has run since it led a military campaign on the same soil in 1934.
“During King Abdullah, we did not have a foreign policy, and just watched events unfold in front of our eyes in Yemen,” said prominent Saudi sociologist and commentator Khalid al Dakhil. The new administration in Riyadh, he added, “is making the right choices and having the will to follow through.”
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei predictably had a less charitable take on Riyadh’s new approach, complaining earlier this month that Saudi Arabia’s traditional caution in world affairs has been jettisoned by “inexperienced youngsters who want to show savagery instead of patience and self-restraint.”
Though the world’s attention has focused on these changes in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy, the developments at home have been just as important.
Along with his moves to curb Iranian influence, King Salman shored up domestic support by appeasing Saudi religious conservatives who had come to view King Abdullah’s tentative modernization drive, which included the creation of a coeducational university, with open hostility.
Within days of taking over, King Salman replaced the head of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, removing an official long criticized by conservatives for attempting, under King Abdullah’s direction, to defang the kingdom’s feared religious police.
Under new leadership, the Committee’s enforcers have already become more active, resuming patrols in shopping malls where they have not been seen in years and raiding beach-front compounds used by foreigners.
Wednesday’s decree by King Salman also removed from her post the most senior female official in the kingdom, the deputy education minister, whose appointment in 2009 was hailed by the West as an encouraging sign of the kingdom’s progress on women’s rights.
Mohsen al Awaji, an Islamist lawyer and activist who was imprisoned six times, most recently in 2013, praised King Salman’s new outreach to fellow conservatives as “a very positive indication.”
“During King Abdullah, a lot of the decisions were taken against the will of the people—in internal and external affairs. King Abdullah had opened a very serious conflict with the conservatives,” Mr. Awaji said. “But King Salman is a man of common sense.”
While Saudi Arabia remains one of the world’s most repressive societies, the new administration in Riyadh has also made conciliatory moves toward Islamist dissenters, relaxing or ending restrictions on some, and ending King Abdullah’s policy of trying to crush the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a nation where stability and continuity have long been the official mantra, these changes are barely acknowledged in government discourse. But combined with the Yemen war, they have already bolstered the new king’s popularity, even among longtime critics of the regime.
“What was happening under King Abdullah was not real reform but fake liberalism,” says Saudi political analyst Abdullah al Shammari, a former senior diplomat and professor.
Saudi Arabia’s conservative brand of Islam is the glue that holds the kingdom together, and the new regime has wisely recognized the perils of attempting to dilute it, Mr. Shammari observed.
“Saudi Arabia is the center of Islam, and it is not our choice to be liberal. The moment Saudi Arabia tries to be liberal, it will collapse,” he said.
The architect of King Abdullah’s policies to roll back conservative restrictions—an approach welcomed by the U.S.—and to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood was Khalid al Tuwaijiri, the head of the Royal Court.
King Salman removed him within hours of taking over in January, appointing to that position his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who held the job until his elevation on Wednesday to deputy crown prince. The young prince remains in charge of the Defense Ministry and the inter-ministerial committee overseeing economic affairs and development.
Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who succeeded his father as interior minister and has worked closely with the U.S. to curb al Qaeda and Islamic State, runs a separate committee responsible for political and security affairs.
The new economic committee, in particular, has brought significant changes to the way Saudi Arabia’s economy is governed, with ministries formerly run as individual fiefs now put under the prince’s direct control, and ministers deemed to be underperforming fired without ceremony.
“Every minister knows they are watched much more closely than before,” said Khalid al Sweilem, former head of investment at Saudi Arabia’s central bank and a fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Prince Mohammed bin Salman “is very much involved and he is looking at what is good for the country, not at what is good for a particular ministry.”
An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 71 people to life in prison over the torching of a church in Giza, shortly after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
A life sentence means 25 years in jail, according to the penal code.
Two more received ten-year jail terms in highly secured facilities in the latest in a series of mass sentences passed over the past year and a half.
The defendants can still appeal against the verdict. They faced multiple charges, which included fomenting chaos, torching the church and preventing local residents from putting out the fire.
They were also charged with possessing bladed weapons and ammunition, as well as blocking roads, resisting authorities and belonging to an illegal group.
Ten young children who were pulled out of a school trip to a mosque by their parents have been publicly humiliated by their school in Cornwall. The children, aged between eight and 11, were singled out in assembly and made to answer questions about their planned non-attendance.
Junior school children from Lostwithiel School in Cornwall are due to visit Exeter mosque, Devon in May as part of their Religious Studies lessons. The rural school has just 156 pupils on its books, nearly 100 of whom, aged between eight and 11, are expected to be taking part. The school says the aim of the outing is to teach children that jihadist groups such as ISIS are not a true reflection of Islam.
But the parents of 10 children refused permission for their youngsters to take part in the trip due to safety concerns, citing fears over Islamic terrorism. They reacted furiously to the news that their children had been made to publicly answer questions about their non-attendance, pointing out that it was not the decision of the children involved.
An Islamic terrorist leader who jumped straight from his job at the Clinton Foundation to a post with Egypt’s jihadist Muslim Brotherhood has received a life sentence back home for seditious activities.
It provides yet more damning proof of the ties of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to totalitarian Muslims while throwing more light on the shady goings-on of the terrorist-friendly international cash-for-favors clearinghouse known as the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation
ISIS is taking advantage of racial tensions in the U.S. by attempting to recruit dissatisfied Muslims among the American black population.
This according to Abu Saqer, leader of Jihadiya Salafiya, an Islamist militant group in the Gaza Strip.
Jihadiya Salafiya represents al-Qaida in Gaza and has made statements in support of ISIS.
Saqer, speaking to WND from Gaza, would not provide further details other than to confirm ISIS is taking advantage of what he described as the “growing movement within the black community toward Islam and the racist policies of the U.S. government.”
Saqer said he was not aware of whether ISIS actually recruited any dissatisfied black Muslims within the U.S. or whether any such cells have been established.
He said Arabic Internet forums supportive of ISIS were “encouraged” by what he claimed was a pro-ISIS T-shirt worn by Ferguson protesters that became popular on social media.
It appears, however, that ISIS supporters may have misunderstood the intent of the message written on that grammatically incorrect shirt, which reads: “I rather get stopped by ISIS terrorist than Ferguson PD.”
The shirt clearly was not meant as a sign of support ISIS.
It’s not the first report of ISIS viewing the racial protests in America as possible fertile recruiting grounds. The protests in recent days have spread to Baltimore, where some protesters have turned violent.
The two mortar rounds fired on Israel’s Golan Heights from Syria on Tuesday in estimated “spillover” were launched by the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization, which is the closest it’s ever been to the Israeli border with Syria.
The ISIS-linked Jaish al-Jihad has captured the border town of Qahtaniya in southern Quneitra province on the Syrian Golan, thereby taking up its closest position to Israel yet at a distance of just 2.5 to 3 kilometers (1.5-1.8 miles), according to Walla!.
Qahtaniya had been in the hands of the Free Syrian Army and the Al Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front which had kept the status quo vis-a-vis Israel, concentrating their efforts against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Now that the town has fallen to ISIS, it may turn into a base of attacks against the Jewish state.
On Tuesday morning Nusra Front launched an operation to try and recapture the town, with clashes between it and ISIS including machine gun fire, anti-tank missiles and mortar rounds. During the clash two mortar shells slammed into Israel near Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
Obama’s Lawyer To Supreme Court: Religious Institutions May Lose Their Tax-Exempt Status If They Don’t Back Gay Marriage
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...
Shall make NO LAW ...
That means the government should stay out of religious affairs ABSOLUTELY.
There is an absolute wall between Church and State.
That does not simply mean that we do not have a religious government. It also means the government should stay our of religion.
Good luck to Obama and his minions if they want to choose such a battle.
This is a line in the sand. This far and no further. First Amendment is backed up by the Second Amendment.
From National Review:
Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today.
“It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
Alito was continuing a line of questioning started by Chief Justice John Roberts.
“Would a religious school that has married housing be required to afford such housing to same-sex couples?” Roberts had asked.
Verrilli tried to defer to the states on that point, but Roberts pressed him about the significance of the court’s ruling as it might pertain to federal law.
“There is no federal law now generally banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, and that’s where those issues are going to have to be worked out,” he said.
One of the most inane concepts of Leftist semantics right up there with ‘micro-aggressions’ is ‘White Privilege’. An irrational nutty concept that sickens me to no end.
We own two luxury cars, live in a gated community near a golf course and own a house there (mortgaged) and own a small condo (mortgaged). We have saved enough money for a modest retirement and are collecting Social Security and Medicare that we’ve paid into in taxes all these years.We worked at middle class wages during our lives. But my wife and I were entrepreneurial. I started took a risk and started businesses with no help from my color.A customer at the other end of a phone or on the Net can’t tell. Like they say, on the Internet no one knows you're a dog. My wife is a nurse professional and her patients don't care what color she is as long as she has a license to practice and any ethnic group can get one if they go to school.
I am a pure blooded Italian-American born into a very middle class family in every sense of the word. I grew up in apartments. My parents, like theirs on my father’s side before them, were not home owners. They owned cars until they fell apart. My grandfather came over on the boat and through Ellis Island as a very young boy. His father was a stone smith. My grandfather made his living as a simple barber. My father went to trade school and became a draftsman working for the US Naval Yard.
My mother was a part-time housewife. She needed to work to pay my tuition to Catholic high school, but still was able to put a nutritious meal on the table for my father, sister and I every night. We rarely ate out. I didn’t do well in high school and had to attend CCNY night school as a non-matriculated student. No Harvard or Yale for me. After a while, I joined the US Army, was discharged and finished my BA degree later in Liberal Arts. That and a few bucks would get you a latte.
My wife is a WASP. Her family literally came over on the Mayflower. Unlike the Rockefellers and such, that fact didn’t add to their financial status much since their entire family, like mine, lived a modest middle class life squirreling away what they could. My wife’s parents were able to buy a modest home in the 1950s and lived there to almost the day they died. It was almost collapsing around them. Both worked to maintain their middle class lifestyle and put my wife through school.
Did I mention we were white?
So lets look at the privileges we had that were not open to any other ethnic group that gave us a leg up on those poor trodden souls.
My wife went to public schools open to any ethnic group. I went to Catholic schools – free if you went to that Church and open to any ethnic group. High school was private but costly but opened to any ethnic group and my mom had to work hard to pay the tuition. She worked as a piece worker in a factory.My dad went to a trade school – open to any ethic group.
After the war, my wife’s dad worked for an insurance company – open to any ethnic group. His wife worked in a public school as a secretary – open to any ethnic group. Neither families belonged to any ‘clubs’ and were pretty much invisible along with the common herd they inhabited.
So – where’s my white privilege?Did my white family have any better opportunity than any other ethnic group? Or perhaps we used the same resources any other ethnic group had and decided to use the opportunities available to anyone by using a little sweat and taking on some responsibiliy for our lives.
I bet my 'white privilege' is no different from many others.
Today, with racial quotas, government laws and resources, there is more opportunity and ‘privilege’ available to all ethnic groups if they choose to take advantage of them.
But I guess it’s easier to accuse white America that you are a victim of some amorphous prejudice and sit back on your ass and complain and say, “The 1% has our money!” Really? Then where was my families? Who do I see to get my ‘fair share’.
I Pity the Fools Who Live in a Democrat Controlled City
Let’s take a city with forty years of poor race relations. Convince the Black citizens that any type of white rule is a detriment to them so elect a Black Mayor, a Black majority of the City Council and create an ethically diverse – 41% Black, 46% White – police force.
EXCEPT: The results of the current Black Democrat leadership – you know who - in this country has produced an unemployment rate of twice that of whites and with an over 15% black teenage rate.
And speaking of Democrat leadership in times of crisis, what did the potential Democratic candidate for President, former governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, do to relieve the situation? In 2014, he signed into law legislation that will raise the minimum wage over time from the level of $7.25, at the time of signing, to $10.10 an hour.
Yup, poorly trained black youth, who aren't productive enough to find jobs at $7.25, will eventually not be allowed to work unless they can find jobs paying them $10.10 per hour.
Yep. Democrat leadership.
More Democrat leadership.The Black Mayor states publically before the protests turned to riot, "While we tried to make sure that (protestors) were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well."
Yep. Democrat leadership.
More Democrat leadership. Schools in Baltimore were closed today. Hey! Lets allow the rioting kids to roam the streets!
Then we have real leadership.
One Vietnam War vet said, “The young rioters need to "have their butts home" and be "studying."
UPDATE - Now, Fox News is reporting this ship flies the flag of Marshall Islands". It is not an American ship, and the New York Times is saying the ship is Danish and there are no American sailors aboard. Ace of Spades points out:
1. Iran Boards Marshall Islands-Flagged Ship 2. The Marshall Islands are In Free Association With the US; The US is Treaty-Bound to Protect Them 3. Obama Administration & Media Start Shouting "The Ship Wasn't US-Flagged!"
Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam, and the Baltimore Riots
Farrakhan is back. He’s fostered relationships with a number of premier rappers, and seeing something of a power vacuum in black leadership, the controversial cleric is moving in to align a more radical approach to racism. He’s rallying black Americans to be ready for an eventual eruption in the face of police violence in communities of color.
“You’ve got to prepare your people for what is coming down!” he screams as he recounts the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, and what he sees as the failure of black leaders to appropriately respond–to actually change a system under which virtually every black man feels threatened. He indicts Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as inveterate civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. Black preachers are called out for being “pacifiers for the white man’s tyranny.”
“This is a new generation and they don’t want to hear your compromising talk!” he screams. What they do want to hear, though, is rap music. Rappers are listened to. Kanye West and Jay Z are listened to. Killer Mike is listened to — he even attended the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner and was ushered about by none other than Arianna Huffington. Jeezy speaks to a different audience than Mike, even, and so on through the growing list of rappers Farrakhan has met with in recent months.
Speaking at an Atlanta banquet for music and media figures, Farrakhan and Killer Mikeshared an emotional exchange in which Farrakhan implored Mike and other rappers to speak truth to power and to use the mic for dissent. “It’s getting to the point that it’s throw-down time,” he warns, “and you are the one to wake your people up and unite them.”
A particularly contentious period of disagreement coincides with the twilight of President Obama’s tenure and the recent emergence of a robust national discourse about police violence against black Americans, structural racism in general, and white privilege.
The recent high-profile beef between professors Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West exposed a rift in the black academy. Dr. West, Tavis Smiley and others parted ways with President Obama fairly early and now criticize the first black president in no uncertain terms. Killer Mike is similarly skeptical of Obama. (Jay Z, on the other hand, remains in support of the president.)
A radical contingent is emerging, and it appears that Minister Farrakhan is looking to lead a youthful rebellion against what he sees as a dangerously conservative footing.
there is a pragmatic value to liberalism-- liberalism permits strongly-disagreeing peoples to live among each other peacefully. if we no longer have this sort of liberalism--if the left is determined to simply "win"--then we shall no longer live together peacefully that's not a threat, that's just an obvious observation. I think it's pretty clear the left no longer wishes to live peacefully among us, and, for my part: The sentiment is shared. we should probably being discussing the inevitable division of the country.
And remember: *We* did not press this. his doesn't have to be an acrimonious thing. The left does not want to be among us; we do not wish to be among them. There is a time when divorce is not to be dreaded, but looked forward to as a liberation. The good thing about a divorce is: you get to stop thinking about hating another party. You get to just *be* without interference. The thing is, this shouldn't be talked about angrily or threatened as "vengeance." Divorce from an unhappy marriage is not "vengeance." Divorce from an unhappy marriage is freedom for both parties, and a starting anew. I don't wish to hate the left any longer. Hate is an unhealthy emotion. I want them to be free to pursue their socialism as they like. And i want the rest of America freed from them. GO READ THE WHOLE THING.
All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same unalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, if the governments of the world can't get that through their thick skulls, then, regime change will be necessary.
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"We are looking forward to the day when moderate Muslims will be able to take control of their governments, their educational systems, and their law and order, so the Western world could resume mutual constructive relations based on friendship and respect. The whole world is looking forward to that day and praying for a peaceful Middle East. The ball is now in the Muslim world's court."
-- President Elect Donald J. Trump
"An Islamic regime must be serious in every field," explained Ayatollah Khomeini. "There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam."
"I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It's real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let's not pretend it isn't." ~~~~~Bono~~~~~