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Saturday, June 27, 2015

A ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ ?

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Saw the movie ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ this morning and it brought to mind the recent SCOTUS decision on Obamacare and gay marriage. It isn't what was decided. It's where it can - and probably will - lead to.
The Nazis developed a ‘progressive’ theory of law in which ‘law’ was interpreted as a result of force and social struggle. According to the Nazi legal theory, the legal system should not contain fixed rules of law but evolve in continuous flow as a ‘living law’.
 Today’s Liberals argue that the Constitution – and all that it contains – is a living document – subject to change.  But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said, "The Constitution is not a living organism. It's a legal document, and it says what it says and doesn't say what it doesn't say." 
Germany thought they had a Constitution too. The Reichstadt  eventually handed power over to  Hitler - executive branch -  and the judiciary, whose responsibility was to place a check on the laws being rubber-stamped by the Reichstadt  disregarded their Constitution and it was all over for Germany.
Most German judges and lawyers were legal positivists who rejected the concept of God-given rights as defined by the Holy Scriptures and classical natural-law theory. As a result, a ‘master morality’ was developed, and it became meaningless to appeal to any higher law above the interpretations of the Nazi State.
I fear we are beginning to see a pattern here with SCOTUS.
The testimony of Ernst Janning is significant here.
"There was a fever over the land. A fever of disgrace, of indignity, of hunger. We had a democracy, yes, but it was torn by elements within. Above all, there was fear. Fear of today, fear of tomorrow, fear of our neighbors, and fear of ourselves........ Why did we sit silent? Why did we take part? Because we loved our country! What difference does it make if a few political extremists lose their rights? What difference does it make if a few racial minorities lose their rights? It is only a passing phase. It is only a stage we are going through. It will be discarded sooner or later."

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39 Dead As of Today: Majority of Tunisia Jihad Attack Victims are Britons: UK PM Cameron, “Islam is a religion of peace.”


From Jihad Watch:
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Tunisian attack. “Our brother, the soldier of the Caliphate, Abu Yahya al Qayrawani, reached his target the Imperial hotel despite the security measures,” the statement said. 
It said he had attacked a “bordel” and killed 40 “infidels”. 
The UK Prime Minister Cameron said, today’s jihad attacks are “not in the name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace.”
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Sloppy Legislation = Tyranny

Please watch this short video before reading my commentary:


For a moment, let's think about all this in different terms. Because I'm most comfortable discussing this matter in educational terms, allow me to do so for just a moment.

First, note these two examples of dangling participial phrases:
Hiking the trail, the birds chirped loudly.

Wishing I could sing, the high notes seemed to taunt me.
Grammatically correct revisions of the two above examples:
Wishing I could sing, I feel taunted by the high notes.

Hiking the trail, Squiggly and Aardvark heard birds chirping loudly.
You can learn more about dangling participles at Grammar Girl.

Now let's look at an example from the classroom:

A student turns in a composition to me. I find all sorts of errors in logic, dangling participles, and the like. I point out to the student what he has actually said in the essay.

He replies: "That's not what I meant."

I respond: "But that's what you said."

Then we laugh because the errors actually conveyed absurd images: in the first example, the birds were hiking the trail; in the second example, the notes were singing the high notes.

From that point on, the student is more careful to write exactly what he means.  And he proofreads, too.

Words matter — or used to matter.  United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was spot on when he stated in his dissent to the SCOTUS ObamaCare decision of June 25, 2015: "Words [now] have no meaning..."

According to the Roberts Doctrine, which overthrows the United States Constitution, my students no longer have to revise.  They can be a sloppy as they like with their words. HOORAY!  [sarcasm]

Furthermore, the words in all contracts to which you have penned your name mean nothing. Sound farfetched to you? Think again! A few short years ago could you have imagined that America would be in the sorry state which she is in today? And so rapidly?

Congress, packed with lawyers who should know how to write legislation correctly, drafted sloppy legislation and, worse, did not read the final gargantuan piece of ObamaCare legislation.  Of course, President Obama, a Harvard Law School graduate, also didn't read the law. In my view, all of them committed political malpractice.

Political malpractice is tyranny!

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Protected Minority Rights

Pop quiz America:
If the majority of Americans believe something, and that something is law, but your conscience, and or your religion forbids that behavior, is your objection a protected minority right?

What is it you think I might be talking about?

Gay Marriage?

Remember her? Yeah she faced a majority approved law.

Now, personally, I don’t CARE, and I mean I DON’T FRICKIN’ CARE, about color, and I don’t care who you marry. I DON’T CARE. I’m not for it or against it, I just DON’T CARE. Not my business.

But you know, there are a minority of folks out there, who for religious reasons believe to their souls that gay marriage is a religious abomination.

Now, I am not FIT to tell them what to think or believe. It’s also NOT MY PLACE to do so, any more than I would accept someone telling me about what God is or is not.

But now, as we have seen the just objection to the Confederate flag as a symbol of slavery morph into the Gettysburg battlefield getting rid of Confederate flags, and the NY Post call for the end of showing of Gone with the Wind, we have seen equal protection under the law taken from disgusting PERSECUTION of gay folks to a moment of compulsion of those who believe being gay is a great, great sin to take part in gay marriage by baking a cake for the celebration.

And now comes the Supreme Court yesterday. I am not sure that MARRIAGE belongs in SCOTUS. I HATE the idea that love, marriage and all that flows from it must even be CONSIDERED any part of equal protection under the law.

But surely there will be those who DO believe they are now being compelled by the state to take part in sin by being part of this process and do not have the resources to quit, or resist. Is it the state’s place to compel this?

How much majority dictation of private belief and behavior is right?

If you are a justice of the peace and you believe gay marriage a sin, should you be compelled to perform the ceremony of marriage and commit sin in your own mind and heart?

Is that who we are? While I do NOT support PREVENTION of gay marriage AT ALL, I cannot support the state compelling this behavior on individuals.

Today, JUST AS THE PURITANS FOUND, it is these people who are being put upon by the state.
Now my own preference is that the state grant only a civil contract TO ALL AMERICANS at the state level who wish to get married, and that each community decide church by church, synagogue by synagogue, temple by temple and mosque by mosque, what it is they wish to call marriage.

Every community, and every congregation is DIFFERENT. Full disclosure - as member of our board, I voted to SUPPORT gay marriage in our congregation.

The minority of people who wish to be Rosa Parks for their own civil disobedience in favor of their own belief and conscience, should be respected and a protected minority. There MUST be a SIMPLE, easily executed legal religious exemption.

LEGALLY.

And they should not have to jump through thousands of dollars of legal expenses to do so as a disincentive, and as the American way of repression of conscience.

For those whose response is this is now settled law, consider this:
Roger Taney
Dredd Scott
Plessy v Ferguson
It ALWAYS goes on.
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Our Government Is a Menace

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Sonny Landreth
Blue Tarp Blues
 
 
Congo Square

 
Zydeco Shuffle


& John Hiatt
Riding With The King



& Eric Clapton
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IS affiliate hits Shiite mosque in Kuwait, killing 25 people

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A suicide bomber purportedly from an Islamic State affiliate unleashed the first terrorist attack in Kuwait in more than two decades on Friday, killing at least 25 people and wounding scores more in a bombing that targeted Shiite worshippers after midday prayers.
The bombing struck the Imam Sadiq Mosque in the residential neighborhood of al-Sawabir in Kuwait's capital, Kuwait City. It is one of the oldest Shiite mosques in Kuwait, a predominantly Sunni Arab nation where at least at third of the population is believed to be Shiite Muslims.
It was the third attack in five weeks to be claimed by a purported IS affiliate calling itself the Najd Province, a reference to the central region of Saudi Arabia where the ultraconservative Sunni ideology of Wahhabism originated.
The upstart IS branch had claimed two prior bombing attacks on Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia that killed 26 people in late May. The group was unheard of until the first Saudi bombing.
The attack took place as worshippers were standing shoulder to shoulder in group prayer, according to one of the witnesses at the mosque, Hassan al-Haddad.
The explosion ripped through the back of the mosque, near the door, he said, adding that other worshippers behind him said they saw a man walk in, stand in the back with other congregants and detonate his device.
Another witness, Ahmed al-Shawaf, said he heard a man interrupt prayer by shouting "Allahu Akbar," or "God is Great" in Arabic, several times. The man then he yelled out something about joining the Prophet Muhammad for iftar, the dusk meal with which Muslims break their daytime fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, which started last week. Then, the blast came, al-Shawaf said.
The explosion took place near the end of a second prayer, which is traditional to Shiites and follows the main midday Friday prayer.
The Ministry of Interior said 25 people were killed and 202 wounded. Police formed a cordon around the mosque's complex immediately after the explosion, banning people from entering or gathering near the area. Ambulances could be seen ferrying the wounded from the site.
"We couldn't see anything, so we went straight to the wounded and tried to carry them out. We left the dead," said witness Hassan al-Haddad, 21, who said he saw several lifeless bodies.
A posting on a Twitter account known to belong to the Islamic State group claimed the explosion was work of a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt. It said the attack was carried out by the Najd Province, which also claimed the Saudi bombings.
The Islamic State group regards Shiite Muslims as heretics, and refers to them derogatively as "rafideen" or "rejectionists." The IS Twitter statement said the bomber had targeted a "temple of the apostates."
Immediately after the attack, Kuwait's ruler, Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who is in his mid-80s, visited the site of the attack. The Cabinet convened an emergency session later in the afternoon. Kuwaiti Justice and Islamic Affairs Minister Yaacoub al-Sanea condemned the attack in a statement carried by the official Kuwait News Agency.
But the attack also drew accusations from some Kuwaiti Shiites, who said that Kuwait's leaders should have been more pro-active in protecting Shiites, and that their response to the attack is too little too late.
Former Sunni lawmaker, Abdullah al-Neybari, said the Kuwaiti government "is not doing what it should be doing to fight extremism in the country. "
This is a wakeup call to fight harder," he said.
The last massive attack to take place in Kuwait was in 1983, when Iranian-backed Shiite militants from Iraq carried out bombings that killed at least five and wounded nearly 90.

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Death toll from Tunisia hotel shooting attack rises to 37

TUNIS, June 26 (Reuters) - The death toll from the shooting attack on a Tunisian seaside resort hotel on Friday has risen to 37, the health ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency TAP.
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A gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire at a Tunisian hotel on Friday with a weapon he had hidden in an umbrella, killing 28 people, including British, German and Belgian tourists, as they lounged at the beach and pool in a popular resort town.
Terrified tourists ran for cover after the gunfire and an explosion erupted the Imperial Marhaba in Sousse resort town, 140 km south of the capital Tunis, before police shot the gunman dead, witnesses and security officials said.
The attack took place during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, on a day in which a decapitated body daubed with Arabic writing was found in France, a suicide bomber killed two dozen people at a mosque in Kuwait and at least 145 civilians were reported killed by Islamic State militants in northern Syria.
It was the second major attack on Tunisia this year following the Islamist militant assault on Tunis Bardo museum when gunmen killed 21 foreign visitors.
The body of the attacker lay with a Kalashnikov assault rifle where he was shot. Local radio said police captured a second gunman, but officials did not immediately confirm the arrest or his role in the attack."One attacker opened fire with a Kalashnikov on tourists and Tunisians on the beach of the hotel," said a hotel worker at the site. "It was just one attacker. He was a young guy dressed in shorts like he was a tourist himself."
The man, dressed in shorts, pulled out a weapon he had hidden inside an umbrella he was carrying before opening fire at the beach and pool and tossing an explosive, witnesses said. A security source said another bomb was found on his body.
A health ministry statement said British, German and Belgian nationals were among the 28 dead. Six other people were wounded in the shooting, officials said.
Tunisia, which has been hailed as a model of democratic transition since its 2011 'Arab Spring' uprising, is one of the most secular countries in the Arab world. Its beach resorts and nightclubs on the Mediterranean are popular with foreigners.
No one immediately claimed the attack. But Islamist jihadists have attacked North African tourist sites before, seeing them as legitimate targets because of their open Western lifestyles and tolerance of alcohol.
Irishwoman Elizabeth O'Brien, who was staying at a neighboring hotel with her two sons, said there was panic on the beach when gunfire erupted.
"I honestly thought it was fireworks and then when I saw people running... I thought, my God, it is shooting," she told Irish radio station RTE. "The waiters and the security on the beach started to say 'Run, run, run!'"

CATASTROPHE

Sousse, alongside nearby Hammamet and the island of Djerba, is the heartland of Tunisia's most popular beach resorts, drawing visitors from Europe and neighboring North African countries like Algeria.
Six million tourists, mostly Europeans, visited Tunisia's beaches, desert treks and medina souks last year, providing seven percent of its gross domestic product, most of its foreign currency revenues and more jobs than anything but farming.
"This is a catastrophe, but we have to stay strong," Tourism Minister Salma Loumi said.
Since its 2011 uprising to oust autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia has been praised for its peaceful democratic transition bringing free elections and a new constitution seen as a model for the region.
But the country has also struggled with the rise of Islamist movements as ultra-conservative preachers took advantage of the upheaval and young democracy to take over mosques and spread their hardline message.
Several thousand Tunisian jihadists have left the country to fight in Syria, Iraq and neighboring Libya, where some have set up jihadist training camps and promised to return to attack their homeland.
Islamic State made some claim to the Bardo museum attack, but authorities blamed possible splinter fighters from the Okba Ibn Nafaa, a brigade of al Qaeda-affiliated fighters, operating in the Chaambi mountains along the Algerian border.

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Man Decapitated in Suspected Islamist Attack on Air Products Factory in France


Man Decapitated in Suspected Islamist Attack on Air Products Factory in France


One person was decapitated and two others wounded in an apparent terror attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France, President Francois Hollande said Friday.

A car crashed through the gates of the Air Products plant in Saint-Quentin Fallavier. southeastern France, shortly after 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET). It was followed by an explosion.

Hollande said a suspect had been arrested and there was "no doubt" that the attacker — possibly acting with an accomplice — intended to blow up the entire plant.

The president — who told reporters that the decapitated body was found with "inscriptions" on it — said the attack bore the hallmarks of terrorism, adding that security has been stepped up at sensitive sites in France.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters at the scene that the suspect was known to authorities and had previously been investigated for radicalization but surveillance ended in 2008.

An interior ministry official earlier told NBC News that an explosion occurred after a car drove onto the scene. 

Man decapitated in terror attack in France 2:18

One person was decapitated and two others wounded in an apparent terror attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France, President Francois Hollande said Friday.

A car crashed through the gates of the Air Products plant in Saint-Quentin Fallavier. southeastern France, shortly after 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET). It was followed by an explosion.

Hollande said a suspect had been arrested and there was "no doubt" that the attacker — possibly acting with an accomplice — intended to blow up the entire plant.

The president — who told reporters that the decapitated body was found with "inscriptions" on it — said the attack bore the hallmarks of terrorism, adding that security has been stepped up at sensitive sites in France.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters at the scene that the suspect was known to authorities and had previously been investigated for radicalization but surveillance ended in 2008.

An interior ministry official earlier told NBC News that an explosion occurred after a car drove onto the scene.


The severed head was found hanging on a fence along a nearby road, according to local newspaper La Dauphine Libere, which said that an Islamist flag also was found nearby.

Air Products said the situation at the site had been "contained" and that all its employees had been evacuated from the site and accounted for.

"The site is secure," the Allentown, Pennsylvania-based company said in a statement. "Our crisis and emergency response teams have been activated and are working closely with all relevant authorities."

The beheaded person was not a worker at the factory, Le Monde reported, citing prosecutors.
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If Only!

Great idea! And require a $50,000/year deductible per family member. Redistribute the wealth!

House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare

And every federal employee and politician, too. Give 'em a taste of their own medicine. NOW!

I don't count on the GOP to do any such thing, of course.

Stick a fork in our republic. She's done.


Additional reading: The Roberts Doctrine and ObamaCare (at my blog Always On Watch).

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The Music of Drugs and Promiscuous Sex

Ah, The Infidel Life

Almost Famous
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

IRS ‘MISTAKES’ erase all Tea Party email backups (after originals erased by ‘MALFUNCTIONS’)

Investigators are blaming mistakes by IRS employees — not a criminal conspiracy — for the loss of thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal.
IRS workers erased 422 computer backup tapes that “most likely” contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner, who has emerged as a central figure in congressional investigations, according to IRS’s inspector general.
The workers erased the tapes a month after IRS officials discovered that an untold number of Lerner’s emails were lost. The IG says the workers were unaware of a year-old directive not to destroy email backup tapes
ANY FRICKIN QUESTIONS?
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's non-existent apology

The jihadist who set off a bomb at the Boston marathon last year has received the death sentence. Before that, he allegedly apologized, but the Boston Herald's explained with the help of several victims how his babble is all phony:
Terrorism survivors limping on prosthetic legs, tethered to service dogs and battling through sobbing fits for one brief chance to express their pain to Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were left cold and confused by his attempt at apologizing.

Even U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. attacked the young jihadist’s “monstrous self-deception” yesterday, ignoring the last-minute remorse.

Tsarnaev, in his first words to the court, said, “I’m sorry for the lives I’ve taken,” and “I prayed for Allah to bestow his mercy upon the deceased, those affected in the bombings and their families.”

Transit police Sgt. Richard “Dic” Donohue, who bled out and was nearly pronounced dead when a stray bullet pierced a major artery during a shootout with Tsarnaev and his late brother, Tamerlan, said he was “surprised” to hear the native Chechen speak.

“It was hard to tell how genuine and true his words are,” Donohue said. “It’s tough to tell how truly remorseful he is, if at all.”

Bill Richard, speaking in court, said Tsarnaev “chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death.”

Lynn Julian, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and permanent hearing loss in the twin blasts, called Tsarnaev’s “Oscar-type” speech “shocking.”

“I regret ever having wanted to hear him speak,” Julian said. “A simple, believable apology would have been nice, but there’s nothing simple in what he said ... it seemed insincere.”
They're absolutely right, it wasn't real. The Dallas Morning News has more explaining how his vile mentality after being incarcerated also weighs against him:
The apology that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev offered today before he was sentenced to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings almost sounds sincere. But no one should forget the middle-finger salute he offered to a security camera shortly after his arrest for the bombing murder of three and injuries of 264 others.

If he were truly sorry, if he truly had remorse after standing in the crowd and surveying the faces of all the people, including children, he was about to maim with his pressure-cooker bomb, then it certainly wasn’t evident when he was arrested. It certainly wasn’t evident when he sat through day after day of his trial, straight-faced and appearing almost bored with the tedium of the judicial process.

It certainly wasn’t evident when the parade of victims spoke about the horrors they went through and the lives that were robbed from them because of this young man’s actions. So it’s hard for the outside world to feel remorse at the idea that he could face the death penalty for his crimes
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And they shouldn't feel any. Tsarnaev should have his brains blown out with a shotgun at close range for all the savagery he committed. Any so-called "apology" he offers at this point is nothing more than an insult to the intellect, and sounds more like an attempt to dodge punishment than an admittal to guilt. Especially if he won't condemn his upbringing through the Religion of Peace.
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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest today is IQ al Rassooli.

Listen to the June 26, 2015 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Beneath the 6-3 Decision

This court has DECISIVELY ruled that Obamacare is ok to give subsidies where it is not matching the word of the law.
Frankly, if the criterion of SCOTUS is the INTENT of Congress, I AGREE
But it still took a tortuous path to get there.
Roberts for the majority:
Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. …. from the challengers, the majority says “In this instance, the context and structure of the Act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase.”
But no one should doubt that SCOTUS has saved the incompetence, and misleading blackmail against states Obama intended as well.
For there can be no doubt that Obama intended to blackmail states into these exchanges “as established by the states”, but expected as did the Congress ruled by the D’s, the states to collapse and were then SHOCKED by the FACT that the majority of the states rejected the exchanges.
But remember that SCOTUS has ruled based on their judgment of what was intended in the mind of the president and congress.
They made this LAW.
It’s over unless Obamacare is REPLACED
WOW
This Chief Justice believes FIRMLY if we want different governance, we had better VOTE FOR IT
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You mean it’s not?

Report Urges Pentagon To Arm F-35Cs With Tactical Nuclear Weapons

Foxtrot Alpha:
A report from Center for Strategic and International Studies called “Project Atom” urges the Department of Defense to make the Navy’s F-35Cs “dual role capable.” In other words, they want to make sure the jet can drop conventional munitions and nuclear ones, all in an effort to surround potential enemies with a more “neighborly” nuclear deterrent.


According to our friends over at Flightglobal, the Pentagon has only committed to making the USAF’s F-35As nuclear capable. The CSIS’s report claims that adding a carrier-based nuclear deterrent would be a “visible manifestation” of the U.S. honoring its commitment to defend its allies around the globe. Such a strategy emanates from the idea that a deterrent is more effective when it’s forward deployed to positions in and around an ally’s geographical area. Basically, a much closer proximity manifestation of the U.S. nuclear umbrella.
The U.S. has relied more and more on long-range nuclear deterrents, include land-based ICBMs, submarine launched SLBMs and heavy bomber delivered nuclear bombs and cruise missiles, with only a small fraction of the American nuclear arsenal being tactical in nature and deliverable via fighter aircraft.
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Now, Gone with the Wind? OVERSHOOT #FAIL

TRY THIS

Maybe someone want s make GWTW a cult classic with more academy awards than any cult classic, and almost any other movie.

EVER.

Only the 10 Commandments, Ben Hur, and Titanic are in the same class.

But that’s not the reason this is now insane.

The book and the movie are essentially SOAP OPERA mirrors of life from antebellum Georgia to post civil war Georgia, complete with birth of the KKK. The movie makes no political statement, makes no attempt to glorify, ameliorate or re-invent slavery as an institution, If anything it shows how it made the development of a slave culture in the south made it VULNERABLE to being swept into …. A MOVIE, rather than survive and grow.

And I can tell you as a YANKEE (literally) I had no sympathy for those at that evening political meeting when I first saw this movie as a child in the 5-8 year old range. Of course at that age (~1955-58) I had grandparents and parent reminding me like clockwork that whenever I saw ‘them’ going after the black people, I should immediately connect and KNOW that I (the jews) was next.

But trying to be reasonable to a mob is impossible (unless the mob is small and you are Atticus Finch).

I have been one of those who ALWAYS thought the PUBLIC (i,e, govt) veneration of the confederate flag WRONG. Privately we all have the right to be stupid, ass holes, or stubborn misanthropes. So fly it out your door.

But now we are going too far.

How many people thought Rush Limbaugh’s warning about the American flag yesterday a ridiculous overshoot? Yet Farrakahn, a blatant racist with scant place among the civilized made Limbaugh into a prophet in 6 hours.

RE Lee was, devoid of the institution of slavery he FOUGHT FOR (whether he saw it that way or not) one of the most honorable, gentle souls-maybe until Norman Schwartzkopf, in US history, spent most of a career building fortifications to protect us, became the chief at West Point for years, and MAY BE the most brilliant tactical general who ever lived. The evidence is he thought slavery a bad idea (though like many at the time thought-it may not have been immoral) and he as a young man was friends in a group of those dedicated to voluntary manumission and return of the slaves to Africa.
So what? In the end he refused the command of Lincoln’s Army and went to war to kill those who wanted to kill slavery.

As did Thomas J Jackson. And Braxton Bragg. And AP Hill. Do we reward these men with PUBLIC honorifics?

I have a problem with that. I’d vote against it. But I live in a place where the statues are of Joshua Chamberlain, and the missing 35th Maine is talked of as if real.

It’s not up to me. But I have a feeling if the states in the south wanted to auction off for private display those statues, they would do all right, and that might be a proper way to end this. But it’s up to the people of the southern states to judge and rule themselves.

Scarlett O’Hara had no part in the evil of the KKK deranged killer in South Carolina. It’s a stretch to even say RE Lee did.

And we KNOW we’ve gone WAAAAAY too far when a truly ridiculous hyperbolic warning from Rush Limbaugh becomes made a prophecy by the likes of Farrakhan.

Everyone take a breath.

This is all about a SICK individual who would have found provocation from anything. If not Americans who happen to be black, then red, yellow, jewish (as he did), or maybe he would see wiccans around.

Maybe we should be mad about why we have no objective means of identifying these kinds of people when they are 8 or 9?

I can promise you one thing, removing GWTW from public showings will not stop the next racist lunatic.
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Humpday Blues

Albert Collins
Brick



Dirty Dishes


& B.B. King
Stormy Monday



& Gary Moore
Cold Cold Feeling


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ISIS minions are located closer to Israel than we might think

A documentary filmmaker warned that ISIS has terrorists nestled in very close vicinity to Israel:
In only four months, the Islamic State (IS) has captured territory larger than the country of Britain, a march unprecedented in modern history, according to journalist and documentary filmmaker Itai Anghel.

And IS fighters are closer to Israel than people think, he said. “I’m talking about the Peninsula of Sinai,” he said. “A large percentage of the Sinai calls itself IS. From the mainland of Egypt, they are afraid to go in.”

Anghel addressed the HonestReporting Mission on Tuesday to discuss how IS formed and how it operates. He learned the lessons firsthand reporting across Iraq and Syria, where he interviewed captured IS fighters as well as Kurdish soldiers, the only group that’s turned back the IS advance to date, among many others.

During one of his forays into Syria last year, news broke that a colleague of his, James Foley, had been captured and beheaded by IS. At the time, Anghel was only a mile away. He later interviewed a captured IS fighter who said he intentionally used dull knives for the beheadings he carried out to increase the pain. Anghel said he was forced to pause in the interview for a few minutes as he thought about the tragedy of his friend Foley.
Truly sadistic. The filmmaker's done the right thing to warn what kind barbarism is lurking right nearby, and sooner or later, IS is going to cause horrifying disaster.
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Two Mahan Air A346 planes now flying international routes, defying U.S. sanctions

Another piece of evidence of the 'vigilance' in US sanctions:



Two Mahan Air aircraft obtained 08MAY15 with Iraqi assistance are now flying international routes, in defiance of U.S. sanctions related to the airline's past IRGC-related logistical activities in support of Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanese Hezbollah, MODAFL and ICAO. The two aircraft are:

- Mahan Air Airbus A340-642, reg. EP-MMH (cn 391)

- Mahan Air Airbus A340-642, reg. EP-MMR (cn 416)

International flights for these U.S.-sanctioned aircraft now include the following destinations:

- Athens International Airport (ATH / LGAV), since 19JUN15

- Ankara - Esenboğa International Airport (ESB / LTAC), since 07JUN15

- Dubai International Airport (DXB / OMDB), since 03JUN15

Above: Mahan Air Airbus A340-642, reg. EP-MMH (cn 391) at Athens International Airport
Mahan Air Flight W558 photographed 19JUN15 by Antoni Sanagno


Table of recent flights for Mahan Air EP-MMH (cn 391)  [source: Flightradar24]

Table of recent flights for Mahan Air EP-MMR (cn 416)  [source: Flightradar24]

Also of interest, Mahan Air on 17JUN15 inaugurated flights to Milan – Malpensa Airport (MXP / LIMC). Inaugural flight undertaken by Airbus A343 aircraft reg. EP-MMB, obtained by Mahan Air on 23DEC12.

Mahan Air Airbus A340-311, reg. EP-MMB (cn 7335A2) undergoing water salute ceremony at Malpensa Airport
Mahan Air Flight W5110 photographed 17JUN15 by MXphotos
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Well, our allies have at least MINIMAL testosterone

Yesterday China warned Japan and the Philippines to AVOID the area near the disputed islands, China has been creeping into during the naval exercises they were conducting there.
and………..

Japan, Philippines make second flight near disputed waters


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PUERTO PRINCESA (PHILIPPINES) (AFP) -
Japan and the Philippines flew patrol planes near disputed South China Sea waters for a second straight day on Wednesday, despite Chinese criticism of this week’s air and sea exercises.

A Japanese P-3C Orion and a Philippine navy Islander conducted a search and rescue drill 50 nautical miles (93 kilometres) northwest of the Philippine island of Palawan, officials said.

The flight was in the general direction of the resource-rich Reed Bank claimed by both the Philippines and China, but officials refused to say if the planes flew directly over the area.

The Philippines is also holding separate exercises with long-time ally the United States off Palawan this week, as it seeks to bolster alliances in the face of its territorial disputes with China.

China’s claim over almost the entire South China Sea overlaps with those of the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan.

It has intensified construction of artificial islands on reefs to reinforce its claim, sparking protests from the US and Japan as well as regional powers.

China has a separate dispute with Japan over an island chain in the East China Sea.
The US Navy’s policy in the past was to IMMEDIATELY assert freedom of the seas (air) when such a claim/warning was made by overflying, or sailing right thru the area in question.

Since 19-24 months however, the USA has warned all entities to stay away from such area.

The US Navy has an exercise going in the area (one LCS and a mine ship ..as non threatening as can be, I suppose), but has not asserted freedom of the seas.

Related:

Why China warned the US to stay away

China says it’s building islands and airstrips in the South China Sea for better weather forecasts

CHINESE SHIPYARD LOOKS TO BUILD GIANT FLOATING ISLANDS

CHINESE CARGO SHIPS GET THE MILITARY OPTION

Now deployed to the immediate area:
THE J-11D SURPRISE: CHINA UPGRADES RUSSIAN FLANKER FIGHTERS ON ITS OWN

NEW CHINESE SUBMARINE SIMULATOR PROVIDES CLUES TO FUTURE NAVAL POWER

CHINA’S GETTING READY TO TURN ON ASIA’S BIGGEST WARSHIP
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Michelle Malkin Lays Out A Few Reasons Why The Pope Is a Bag of Smelly Douchewater

Pope Francis Poses in His Death Shroud

From Michelle Malkin:
Unlike Pope Francis, I believe that air-conditioning and the capitalists responsible for the technology are blessings to the world. Perhaps the head of the Catholic Church, who condemned "the increasing use and power of air-conditioning" last week in a market-bashing encyclical, is unaware of the pioneering private company that has donated its time, energy and innovative heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment to the Vatican's most famous edifice for more than a decade. 
That's right. While the pontiff sanctimoniously attacks "those who are obsessed with maximizing profits," Carrier Corporation — a $13 billion for-profit company with 43,000 employees worldwide (now a unit of U.S.-based United Technologies Corp.) — ensures that the air in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel stays clean and cool. 
Last fall, Carrier unveiled a groundbreaking HVAC system for the Vatican to help preserve Michelangelo's masterpieces against pollution caused by the estimated six million visitors who descend on the Sistine Chapel every year to see its famous frescoes. 
As the company described it, their new solution "uses two Carrier AquaForce(r) 30XWV water-cooled chillers with Greenspeed(r) intelligence, each with 580 kilowatts of capacity. It leverages specially designed software and components, as well as patented, energy-saving technologies to maintain optimal climate conditions for the protection of the paintings within the chapel." 
State-of-the-art intelligent controls "anticipate visitor levels and adjust its performance intuitively." It also "delivers twice the efficiency and three times the capacity of the former system, which was built and installed by Carrier in the early 1990s." 
Here's the lesson about air-conditioning capitalists that Pope Francis fails to appreciate: 
Carrier's technological know-how and breakthroughs didn't just descend from the clouds. As I recount in my latest book, "Who Built That," every perfectly chilled home, office, movie theater, mall, factory, hospital, lab and museum owes its existence to the profit-seeking pioneers of manufactured weather: Willis Carrier and Irvine Lyle. 
These early 20th-century inventive giants brought air-conditioning to the market and to the masses. Willis Carrier was the scientist-tinkerpreneur whose prolific stream of experiments and epiphanies, beginning in 1902, fueled historic technological advances in heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning. 
Irvine Lyle was the mechanical engineer-turned-salesman who imagined countless new commercial applications for Carrier's work — and successfully turned those ideas into a multibillion-dollar business through relentless promotion, pitches, networking, advertising and outreach. 
The scientists and their core team begged, borrowed and made stock sales to friends and neighbors. Carrier even enlisted his dentist for cash to get Carrier Engineering Corporation up and running in 1915. 
Carrier, Lyle and five founding engineers together pitched in $32,600 in start-up funds. The Carrier capitalists risked it all in defiance of an economic depression and amid the tumult of world war. They couldn't afford their own factory and scrounged for made-to-order parts wherever they could find them. They dug into their own pockets to cover salary shortfalls. 
The wealth wasn't handed to them. Carrier and Lyle, farm boys who both graduated from Cornell, drove their men hard and themselves harder. The Carrier team sold its products to businesses, large and small, that spanned the spectrum of human needs and wants. 
The pope should know that in addition to sparing countless lives from death by heat wave, Carrier designed a special system for Jonas Salk that helped maintain constant temperatures in the vats where Salk's poliovirus strains grew. The Salk vaccine saved thousands of lives and spearheaded the vaccine revolution. 
From Hollywood to the pharmaceutical industry to textiles to the retail industry to the military to homeowners, there isn't a sector of the American economy that Carrier and Lyle didn't help transform. Their zealous focus on helping businesses provide better products at cheaper costs resulted in the invaluable byproducts of increased health, comfort and happiness. 
While the pope blames commercial enterprises and the "global market economy" for causing "environmental degradation," it is a worldwide commercial enterprise made in America that solved the (SET (ITAL) human-caused degradation of, and environmental damage to, the Vatican's most prized art and assets. 
If the pontiff truly believes "excessive consumption" of modern conveniences is causing evil "climate change," will he be shutting down and returning the multimillion-dollar system Carrier generously gifted to the Vatican Museums? 
If not, I suggest, with all due respect, that Pope Francis do humanity a favor and refrain from blowing any more hot air unless he's willing to stew in his own.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Former ISIS Bride Recruiter Warns Girls Of Horrors: "The Caliphate Is Not What You Think It Is, Women Are Whipped, Corpses Displayed for Weeks"


From Fox News:
BERLIN – A Syrian woman believed responsible for helping to deliver hundreds of young European girls to ISIS has defected, and is now warning young women of the hell that awaits them in the black-clad Islamist army’s so-called caliphate. 
“You are young,” the defector, who used the alias Um Asma in an interview with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, told young women considering running away to join ISIS. “The caliphate is not what you think it is. Women are whipped, sold and stoned. Corpses are on display publicly for weeks.
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I stopped ADL donations when they wouldn’t call Armenian slaughter GENOCIDE, BUT NOW„

FREEBEACON
Okay slide the ADL next to SPLC..another descent into HACK orgs.

GOODBYE ADL!

ADL Joins Obama’s War on Israel
Anti-Semitism org embraces Dems under new leadership

One of America’s oldest organizations meant to combat anti-Semitism has joined an Obama administration campaign to discredit former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, whose new memoir documents how the White House fought behind the scenes to undermine the historically close U.S.-Israel alliance.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Sunday surprised many observers when it attacked Oren amid a broader campaign by White House supporters to discredit Oren’s soon-to-be-released memoir, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide.
The revelations contained in Oren’s book ruffled feathers among Democrats and Obama administration supporters who have argued for years that the president is staunchly pro-Israel.
The organization, whose incoming leader is a former Obama administration official, has come under increasing criticism in the last five years for repeatedly running interference as the administration worked to undermine the U.S.-Israel relationship, sources said.
In his memoir, Oren recounts being intimidated and threatened by senior White House officials at many times during his tenure as Israel’s ambassador and documents how the administration explicitly sought to weaken the U.S.-Israel relationship.
The allegations have triggered a campaign of retaliation, as the White House has sought to stem criticism.
The ADL—a non-profit organization that once shunned overtly partisan political causes—joined the Obama administration’s campaign to discredit Oren on Sunday.
“In the days leading up to the forthcoming release of a memoir of his experiences as Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren appears to be using the very legitimate and sharp policy disagreements between Israel and the U.S. as an insensitive and unjustified attack on the president,” outgoing ADL national director Abraham Foxman said in a statement.
“Ambassador Oren revives the meme of the president’s ‘Muslim heritage’ to make the case that American foreign policy in the Middle East is primarily being promoted and dictated by the president’s early upbringing in the Muslim faith and in Muslim traditions,” added Foxman, who will soon be replaced at the ADL by former Obama administration official Jonathan Greenblatt.
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Iran’s Forces and U.S. Share a Base in Iraq


Iran’s Forces and U.S. Share a Base in Iraq
The U.S. military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are getting closer and closer in Iraq, even sharing a base, while Iran uses those militias to expand its influence in Iraq and fight alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime in neighboring Syria. 
Two senior administration officials confirmed to us that U.S. soldiers and Shiite militia groups are both using the Taqqadum military base in Anbar, the same Iraqi base where President Obama is sending an additional 450 U.S. military personnel to help train the local forces fighting against the Islamic State. Some of the Iran-backed Shiite militias at the base have killed American soldiers in the past.
MEANWHILE:

Iranian Parliament Chants “Death to America” – Votes to Ban Nuclear Inspections
With some lawmakers chanting “Death to the America,” Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program. 
The bill, if approved into law, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. 
The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. Of 213 lawmakers present on Sunday, 199 voted in favor of the bill, which also demands the complete lifting of all sanctions against Iran as part of any final nuclear accord. 
The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog, to become a law. The terms stipulated in the bill allow for international inspections of Iranian nuclear sites, but forbid any inspections of military facilities. 
arliament Speaker Ali Larijani read the bill aloud in a session broadcast live on state radio. It states in part, “The International Atomic Energy Agency, within the framework of the safeguard agreement, is allowed to carry out conventional inspections of nuclear sites.” However it concludes that “access to military, security and sensitive non-nuclear sites, as well as documents and scientists, is forbidden.”
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Former Ambassador To U.S. Michael Oren: Obama May Reach Out To Islam Because His 2 Muslim Father-Figures Abandoned Him


From the Times of Israel:
In an op-ed published Friday, Kulanu Knesset member and former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren speculates that President Barack Obama’s relentless outreach to the Muslim world may stem from the fact that he was abandoned by the two Muslim father figures in his life and therefore seeks acceptance by their co-religionists. 
In the article, in Foreign Policy Magazine, Oren also posits that the world may look back on Obama’s approach to Middle East issues as naive and hard to credit. The piece marks Oren’s third op-ed critical of Obama published in major US media in less than a week. 
In the first of the series, the former ambassador published “How Obama abandoned Israel” in the Wall Street Journal, followed by “Why Obama is wrong about Iran being ‘rational’ on nukes,” in the Los Angeles Times. 
He also gave a lengthy interview to the Times of Israel this week in which he echoed charges in his new book, “Ally,” to the effect that aspects of US-Israel ties are “in tatters” because of the president. 
The Obama administration responded bitterly to Oren’s earlier criticism of the president, calling it “absolutely false.” His opposite number, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, said Oren was motivated by a desire to sell books. 
But while freshman MK Oren’s party leader Moshe Kahlon on Wednesday apologized and distanced the party from the Wall Street Journal piece, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly refused a US request to do likewise.
GO READ THE WHOLE THING.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton..Old times gone but not forgotten

Nice song.
Train of thought it provokes.
I am a graduate of UVa in 1971. I understand the flag.
I have been to southwestern France MANY MANY MANY times for extended business. After 900 years, on some to many days you can STILL see the flag of Oc flying in many places, and at many homes.
I get it. but THIS:
Represents SLAVERY to too many Americans, just as much as this:
Represents it to every Jew who ever lived.
This is HOW IT IS.
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