Saturday, November 21, 2015

I'm Not Scared - Pet Shop Boys

Take a tour of River Styx, let Charon be your guide and go where Dante went.


Hillary goes southern drawl again


“I gotta tell you,” Hillary said with a distinct drawl, “I loved coming to Memphis in the past.

“You know, I didn’t live too far away for a long time, just across the river. Do we have anybody from Arkansas here toniiiiight?” she asked.

“Now, after the 2008 election, then president-elect Obama called me and asked me to come see him in Chicagooooo,” Clinton said.

“I didn’t know what he wanted. Turned out he wanted me to be secretary of staaaate.

When Donald Trump and Hillary made a McDonald's Commercial together!


It was yuuugggggeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Donald is a man of the people. No arugula for him you pansies!

Who do families with children with cancer turn to when they need help? Ronald McDonald that's who! Not some tofu eating arugla muching hipster douchebags!


Ronald McDonald houses have been around since 1978. There are over 700 around the world. Set up as lodging for families who have children getting cancer treatment who can't afford a place to stay. McDonald's is the leading corporate sponsor. They help so many people in their time of desperate need.

Just a generous loving American corporation. How many houses for cancer families does Star buck's sponsor? How about Apple? Microsoft? Any fancy restaurant you can name? None that's what.

Although they will step over you if you are sleeping on a grate outside their establishment.

Here is some info about the New York house. I once had to go there a few times with some friends who had family fly in with their kids who were getting treatment at Sloan Kettering. Their relatives couldn't put them up because they lived in tiny studio apartments. But the folks at Ronald McDonald house were so kind and generous

McDonald's saves a life! Does more for homeless people than De Blasio or Obama ever did! Good bless Mickey D's

McRefugee’ reunited with son after story goes viral by Associated press 

NY Post November 21, 2015

HONG KONG — After being tricked into selling her Singapore home and traveling to China to invest the proceeds, Mary Seow eventually found herself homeless in Hong Kong, having lost touch with her family.
Nearly five years after she was reported missing, and after her story was told this month in an Associated Press article about people who sleep at 24-hour McDonald’s outlets in Hong Kong, she has been reunited with her son and was on her way back to Singapore on Saturday.
Seow, 60, said she did not expect to be heading back to Singapore so soon after the story broke on Nov. 12.

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Seow drinks coffee at a 24-hour McDonald’s branch in Hong Kong.Photo: AP

“Until now, I’m still like dreaming,” she said at Hong Kong’s airport as she prepared to board a flight to Singapore with her 28-year-old son, Edward Goh.
Seow’s family members had reported her missing, but her whereabouts were a mystery until she was quoted in the AP story about people known as “McRefugees.”
Until then, Seow had been just one of an untold number of homeless and working poor spending their nights at the fast-food chain’s 120 restaurants that are open round the clock in Hong Kong.
Her tale caught the attention of family members, Singapore’s government and concerned citizens. They worked swiftly to reunite the widow with her son and only child, whom she had raised on her own after her husband died of a heart attack two decades ago.

WKRLEM She Moves Through the Fair


This is about the time she was in the City at one of the bars I used to do the taxes for. She knew one of the waitresses who worked there and was hanging around this joint in Times Square waiting for her shift to end.

Unfortunately I am not into anal. Waddayagonna do?

KLEM FM

Overheard at Lem's:

bagoh20 said... 
Troop: "I miss the 1950's and 1960's" 
and the Mills Brothers, especially when he's feeling frisky. 
November 21, 2015 at 4:41 PM



"McDonald's staff throw a surprise birthday party..."

"...for a lonely 93-year-old widower who has gone to McDonald's almost every day since 2013"



Is It Always Discriminatory to Reject Religious Beliefs?

#HashTagConfusion

Link to source

Glenn to protesters: Don’t throw a fit, make an argument!

Link to source

Friday, November 20, 2015

There's a storm coming, our storm.

They say if you don't like like the weather in Colorado then screw you, move somewhere else. Hang on.

Sorry, they don't say that, they say something else, but that other thing accidentally came out.

The little storm comes in from the North and the West, it is seen overtaking the foothills. It blusters right up to the town, does a little pixie dump and blows off, like, psych!


"In Paris attack, nurse discovers the man he tried to save was bomber"

"In the chaos of the explosion at the Comptoir Voltaire cafe, one of several targets hit in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, nurse David instinctively sought to help the wounded."
Among them was a man lying amid overturned chairs and tables...
When he tore open the man's t-shirt, David quickly realized that what he initially thought was a gas explosion at the cafe close to the Bataclan music hall where gunmen killed 89, was actually something far worse.
"There were wires; one white, one black, one red and one orange. Four different colors," he told Reuters. "I knew then he was a suicide bomber."...
"The first wire I saw was red. I think that was the detonator," David said. "There was something at the end."
As soon as he realized the person he was trying to save had just tried to kill him, David says the fire services arrived. Among them was a fireman he knew. He told him what he had just seen. "He looked at me and started shouting for everyone to evacuate," he said.

"Man posts passport to Facebook to prove his name is real"

"A Vietnamese-Australian called Phuc Dat Bich has spoken of his anger after repeatedly being blocked by Facebook. His picture of proof, and its accompanying message, has been shared more than 123,000 times."
Phuc Dat Bich (pronounced "Phoo Da Bic")
"I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it," he said.
"I've been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive."
He went on to explain that his frustration was due to what he suggested was a lack of understanding in the West for names which appear amusing to some.
"Is it because I'm Asian? Is it?" he asked in the post.

A Majority of Americans Feel Like Strangers In Their Own Country



Breibart News November 20, 2015 by Mike Flynn

A Super PAC tied to Ohio Governor John Kasich is annnouncing a new multi-million dollar effort to torpedo Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination.

Trump’s continued dominance of national and state-level polling has vexed the GOP establishment and pushed it to near-panic as voting nears.
recent survey of public attitudes by Reuters/Ispos, though, suggests caution for the GOP establishment.
Whatever failings there may be in his specific policies, Donald Trump’s campaign has tapped into a strong, visceral feeling of millions of Americans. Seeking to destroy Trump, the candidate, may further alienate the Republican party from a rapidly growing block of voters.
According to the Reuters survey, 58 percent Americans say they “don’t identify with what America has become.” While Republicans and Independents are the most likely to agree with this statement, even 45 percent of Democrats share this feeling.
More than half of Americans, 53 percent, say they “feel like a stranger” in their own country. A minority of Americans feel “comfortable as myself” in the country.

WKRLEM: Roundabout is fair play!


Paris commando teams used 5,000 rounds in St. Denis raid

That's a lot of bullets. A lot of lead pollution. If you shot them from one gun continuously the barrel would melt if only the firing mechanisms wouldn't fail first. Can you imagine what that looks like in terms bullet holes in a wall? At first I thought it said six thousand and that's what the anim shows but the news story says 5,000. 1,000 bullet holes over, it's still illustrative.


This here is what could be described as overkill, a disproportionate response, a lack of restraint given the imbalance of power and Israel lives with this every day and does not care to hear another word from Europeans and French and American diplomats about Israel's use of disproportionate force.  

Of course they will hear more  words of our positions regarding Israel's disproportionate use of force because we cannot help ourselves. Israel regards us and Europe as hypocritically critical. 

Double Standard? French Police fire 5,000 bullets in Raid. Israel National News

WaPo: ‘White Student Union’ challenges Black Lives Matter at University of Illinois

"A Facebook page ostensibly created for an audience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign called “Illini White Students Union” has drawn fire after it characterized the national Black Lives Matter movement as “terrorism.”"
The page did not last long in its original incarnation, but was taken down after three hours. It has since been revived here.
“We recognize the right to free speech, and we encourage you to exercise that right when you see examples of racism, discrimination or intimidation on our campus,” Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson, who called the page “extremely disturbing,” wrote in a message Thursday to the student body.
In an anonymous message to the News-Gazette, the page’s administrator discussed Black Lives Matter.
“We feel they disrupt student daily life and activity far too much,” the message read, saying that movement “marginalizes” white students. “… We are in the United States and not Africa and we don’t desire to have an African flag on campus.”

James Woolsey wants Snowden hanged

"A former CIA director [1993-1995] says leaker Edward Snowden should be convicted of treason and given the death penalty in the wake of the terrorist attack on Paris.

“It’s still a capital crime, and I would give him the death sentence, and I would prefer to see him hanged by the neck until he’s dead, rather than merely electrocuted,” James Woolsey told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Thursday.

Woolsey said Snowden, who divulged classified in 2013, is partly responsible for the terrorist attack in France last week that left at least 120 dead and hundreds injured.

“I think the blood of a lot of these French young people is on his hands,” he said."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/260817-ex-cia-director-snowden-should-be-hanged-for-paris

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How strange that Snowden found asylum in Russia, and that  Russia and France are now allied against ISIS.

Well This Is Alarming Old News

From the Wiki:

The rise of Nazism in Germany did not target Muslims. Adolf Hitler had a favorable view of Islam and Muslims. He repeatedly expressed the view that Islam would have been much more compatible to the "Germanic races" than "meek" and "feeble" Christianity:

I await Amartel's reaction to this. I note that around 70% of Moslems in Germany are Sunni Moslems.

Smile For The Camera

One of the masterminds of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was video recorded on the evening of the attacks in the Metro station east of the French capital. On Friday, the station BFMTV published a photo showing the 28-year-old on November 13 in the Croix de Chavaux Metro station in Montreuil.  link to original (in German)
This is important because I believe that this was not some investigator saying days after the attack "hey look who I saw on Candid Camera?" No, this was probably the first piece of evidence. This is how the Boston Bombers was were identified. 

USA Today: UnitedHealth warns it may exit Obamacare plans

"The nation's largest health insurer warned Thursday that it may pull out of the Obamacare exchanges after 2016 – forcing more hundreds of millions of people to find other coverage – after low enrollment and high usage cost the company millions of dollars."
If UnitedHealth drops out, consumers would lose one of the lowest-cost plans available in much of the country, and some wonder how smaller insurers could fill the void.
“If they can’t make money on the exchanges, it seems it would be hard for anyone,” said Katherine Hempstead, who heads the insurance coverage team at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In a sharp reversal of its previously optimistic projections, UnitedHealth suspended marketing of its Obamacare exchange plans for 2016 — which the company has already committed to offer — to limit its exposure to additional losses.
“We see no data pointing to improvement" in the financial performance of public-exchange plans, UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said on a conference call, though he added that "we remain hopeful" the market will recover.
The move comes amid indications that insurers are absorbing steeper costs than they expected from plans offered to individuals through the public exchanges, which are purchased online.

Defeat ISIS


This is retweeted by Free Beacon but it is also a joke on Ace, by Ace whoever that is, some man who is funny on podcast describing Bill Clinton breaking down an insuperable problem into five mini insuperable problems and is cheered by American media for being master of policy without having offered any solution. Now it's Hillary's turn. It's a game. Come on, let's play. It's fun. Good training. John Podesta is funny here, I think we can be even more specifically general, even more Hillary-genius.

✓ disrupt supply lines
✓ destroy sources of income
✓ take out leadership and crush morale.
✓ shrink enemy forces
✓ apprehend their spies and interrogate them for more information
✓ adapt rules of engagement without risking innocent lives
✓ boots on the ground but not in harm's way
✓ coalition of forces
✓ smart diplomacy

Tada. Hillary-genius acceptable for U.S. Media.

[Sidebar] Not game related. Podesta's first checkoff is hilarious by restating the original insuperable problem as if it doesn't exist, the formula: defeat ISIS by defeating ISIS, reminded me of an item yesterday in Daily Mail about nearly seventy arrests in the U.S. in the last eighteen months including refugees who had been given safe haven but then turned to terror. It is an interesting article loaded with photographs of strange characters in large part with disturbing eyes, all of them really disturbing eyes, several conveying sanpaku condition of doom, the bottom kind, not the upper nutter kind. But before you get to the photos with their mesmerizing sanpaku eyeballs and their word descriptions of ineluctable doom, their brief bios, apparently accepted doom and of their genuine making, all of it. All roads lead straight to doom as spokes of a wheel, you first read in the subheading the same formula, and must recover from reading it or you'll miss the first of the good stuff, the second bullet point in the subheading, "Analysis shows that they include refugees who entered the United States as refugees."

WKRLEM: Well America?


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why Paul Ryan should never have been elected Speaker of the House

Breibart News November 19, 2015 by Julia Hahn

House Speaker 
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
58%
 is ruling out making any cuts to Muslim immigration.

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Ryan declared that considering an applicant’s religion would not be “appropriate” and would be fundamentally un-American— insisting “that’s not who we are.”

George Will: Let's take another look at Chris Christie!


OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Man accused of assaulting girlfriend after she wouldn't smell his armpit"

Sara Bustilloz tells CBS 7 that Robinson Pinilla-Bolivar’s girlfriend claims that as she was washing dishes, Pinalla-Bolivar asked her to smell his armpit.

She says she said no, and then they got into argument.

She explains he responded by hitting her on the back of the head with a closed fist, and then held a knife to her.

She then says he fled the scene, and she called the police.

Hillary campaign -- comedy lead.

Hillary Clinton's campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of her at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. The comedian's brief acts are featured in this video of less than three minutes hosted on the Laugh Factory site. Jamie Masada at The Laugh Factory was called by a "prominent person" inside Clinton's campaign the moment the video was posted asking who put them up to this. Not only does the campaign want the video taken down they also want the names and contact information of the comedians.

Judicial Watch believes this appears to be a first for a serious presidential contender.

The Paris Attack Mastermind Is Dead...

...according to this German language news source. This is apparently old news but I've been out of the loop for a day. I'll leave it to you to find the equivalent English language story.

One interesting aspect I can't help but point out is the German language word for "mastermind." The word is "Drahtzieher" which, literally translated, means "string puller" as in the puppet/marionette metaphor.

George Will: we should look to Chris Christie

Paris was for all Americans, but especially for Republicans, a summons to seriousness that should have two immediate impacts on the Republican presidential contest. It should awaken the party’s nominating electorate from its reveries about treating the presidency as an entry-level job. And it should cause Republicans to take another look at Chris Christie, beginning with his speech in Florida the day after the Paris attacks.

... security concerns might be Christie’s opportunity. The more disorderly the world becomes, the less luminous is the one credential that supposedly qualifies Hillary Clinton for the presidency. The credential is not her adequate but unremarkable eight-year Senate career. Rather, it is her four years as secretary of state. Recall the question Ronald Reagan posed to voters at the conclusion of his single debate with President Jimmy Carter a week before the 1980 election: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? The electorate’s answer was emphatic.

...In a debate 10 months from now, the Republican nominee will ask a variant of Reagan’s question: Is America safer or more respected today, anywhere in the world, than it was when Clinton became secretary of state? Today, Republican voters need to ask themselves a question: Whom do they want onstage asking that question? It is beyond peculiar, it is political malpractice for Republicans to fritter away time and attention on candidates who, innocent of governing experience, cannot plausibly ask that question with properly devastating effect.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/after-paris-we-should-look-to-chris-christie/2015/11/18/9077dbea-8d58-11e5-ae1f-af46b7df8483_story.html

What would the person who named Walkie Talkies have named other items?

Reddit top voted answers:
Pregnancy test: Maybe baby.
Grand Theft Auto would be Stealy Wheely Auto-Mobiley.
Spoons would be soupy scoopies
Socks are feetie heaties
Condom: Pee-pee tee-pee
Screwdrivers: Rightie Tighties
Napkins would be swipie wipies
The Internet: kitties and titties

clouds

How about some idle cloud gazing?

I see a rabbit and hounds and a hippopotamus and snakes and another rabbit and a giraffe baboons and fish and a shark race cars geckos and birds mostly geese and a crane.


I would like a song to go with it. The one by Judy Collins is tired. What else is there?

[cloud song] 5,000 Sing Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds' at Mall of America.


In his memory. This song is well liked because it is a testament to Zach's Christian faith. Zach Sobiech is a teenager diagnosed with cancer that settled in his pelvis and his lungs and who died following a run of treatment until they all failed and nothing more could be done.

The story of Zach and the video here at  Twin Cities.

A bit twee a cynic might say.That makes it perfect for translation. [Yep]

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

KLEM FM

Palliative Cleanser:


Click the "Aqua Velvets" tag for more of this band
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(CNN)To the teacher, the assignment was a simple question of physics. To critics, it was a tasteless assignment about death at sea.

A teacher in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok gave the size of a boat and the number of people on board.

The students' assignment? To calculate how many Syrian refugees had to be thrown overboard for the boat to stay afloat and reach Greece.

The teacher, Grzegorz Nowik, said it was a matter of holding the students' attention.

"Pupils are not interested when I explain the lift of a wooden block floating on water," he said. "I told them it was a joke while saying words to be written down." Link

[added] from a darcy retweet:

Skillet Creek in Pewits Nest, Wisconsin

Taranto: "Kerry rationalizes the assassination of journalists"

Why the Bicyclists?
“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of—not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people.”
Those words were spoken yesterday by Secretary of State John Kerry. The reference to “legitimacy” calls to mind the remark that ended the political career of Todd Akin. But although Kerry’s statement was every bit as stupid as Akin’s, it was far more evil. Not only does he rationalize the mass murder of journalists; that rationalization is a fallback from his initial, impulsive though impolitic position that those murders had “legitimacy.”
The most charitable way to sum up Kerry’s view is that he believes discrimination is a mitigating factor when it comes to terrorist attacks—that murder isn’t as bad when the victim is someone who has publicly espoused views the killer finds abhorrent. The word for a murder carried out with this sort of extreme prejudice is assassination, and it is ordinarily considered even worse than murdering at random.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo, no less than the attacks last week, were intended “to terrorize people.” But the Charlie Hebdo attacks were also intended to terrorize people into silence. It was an attack on free speech as well as on freedom and Western civilization more generally. Kerry’s rationalizing of it is arguably the most un-American thing he has ever said in public—and that’s saying a lot, given that he made a name for himself slandering American military servicemen.

"Feds fight to end phone secrecy after Paris attacks"

Tech companies have taken a stronger stance on the issue [of cooperating with government agencies] since whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the U.S. government’s massive surveillance programs, in which tech companies under court order provided data to the National Security Agency.

To many tech companies, the revelations were an embarrassment that also endangered their bottom lines.

“I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services,” Apple CEO Tim Cook says in an open letter on the company’s site. “We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.”

Tech companies have insisted that building in any kind of guaranteed access for the government would breach consumer privacy and build weaknesses into the technology that would allow criminals to hack into devices just as easily as law enforcement.

Law enforcement sources argue that Snowden’s revelations led terrorists and criminals to go dark and move to encrypted devices, intensifying the need for companies to cooperate with police.

...The White House has sided with technology companies, saying last month it would not pursue legislation requiring firms to give law enforcement access to encrypted data.

“There shouldn’t be venom” between law enforcement and Silicon Valley, [FBI Director Comey]  said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing in September. “We should all care about the same thing.”

...Some believe that if the attacks on Paris don’t change the dynamic, nothing will.

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/260537-feds-fight-to-end-phone-secrecy-after-paris-attacks

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Is Director Comey right that tech companies and government security agencies should care about the same thing?

The Paris attacks were horrific, but I question logic of  compromising our individual privacy and security, both social and financial. The French are in shock, but to borrow a phrase from a comment I saw at another site, Americans have the constant background noise of mass shootings, so the Paris event doesn't evoke in us the terror felt by the French. 

More University disruption and abuse disguised as discourse

"University of Texas law student and cohorts disrupt Israeli professor’s talk"
Legal Insurrection has the details:
The ringleader of the group has been identified as a UT law student named Mohammed Nabulsi. Despite being asked repeatedly to either leave or sit down and listen to the lecture, Nabulsi kept insisting that he was going to give a speech, and as an argument ensued between Prof. Pedahzur and Nabulsi, the other protesters began chanting “Free Free Palestine” and other slogans.
The PSC, ironically, is circulating an (edited) video of the disruption, (see below) somehow believing that the end result is that Pedahzur should be punished (they misidentify him in the video). Give them points for chutzpah, at least. But in fact, the video, even in its edited version, should be enough for University of Texas to suspend the lot of protesters, Nabulsi in particular. Is the university going to tolerate preplanned disruption of campus events? Legal Insurrection has additional video.

"What is something that most people think they are alone in experiencing/feeling/thinking?"

Top voted answers from Therapists/psychiatrists of reddit:
Two things I've come across a lot:
1)Not caring deeply for family members. Especially for their children. They expect this instinct to kick in at some point where they'll feel fiercely protective, but it never happens.
2)Feeling "imposter syndrome", which is basically a feeling that you don't belong somewhere (work or school), that you're not capable, and soon everyone will figure out that you got there on a fluke and kick you out.
Feeling "crazy". I would say the majority of my clients at some point ask if they are crazy. It's sad that mental illness is seen as black and white, sane or crazy, and not a continuum that can ebb and flow over time.
Seeing shadows, figures, or other things or hearing murmurs, voices, or similar, during the half-asleep-half-awake state are not schizophrenic hallucinations. It's an in-between dream state and does not mean you have schizophrenia. It's normal.                           Also: sudden, unwelcome, sometimes even violent, thoughts that pop into your head are also normal and not indicative of psychopathology or sexual perversion. They're intrusive thoughts and as long as you don't think you're going to act on them, there's no reason to worry about them. The more you attend to them and perseverate on them, the more they're going to bother you. Like the pink polka dot elephant. 
Teenagers who think they are "special" and "mature for their age". It's almost all of them. Its kinda funny, actually.

Speaker Ryan: "It's better to be safe than to be sorry"

"A total of 30 governors, including one Democrat, so far have expressed opposition to the plan [to bring into the US tens of thousands of Syrian refugees] in the wake of Friday's attacks, executed by at least one suspected Syrian refugee with ties to the Islamic State terror group and who perhaps slipped through Europe’s vetting process."
However, scholars and legal experts acknowledge that governors have little if any power to stop refugees from entering their states, citing the Refugee Act of 1980 which gives the federal government the authority.
“Immigration is a federal responsibility,” James Carafano, a national security and foreign policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., said Tuesday...
Administration officials also reiterated that President Obama's top priority is "the safety of the American people."
"Even as the United States accepts more refugees-including Syrians-we do so only after they undergo the most rigorous screening and security vetting of any category of traveler to the United States," the White House said.
Speaking of "rigorous screening and security"... "Undercover DHS Tests Find Security Failures at US Airports" reported as recent as June of this year.
According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.
I know, apples and oranges some might say, it will probably be a different agency doing the Syrian refugee screening. But, do we really want to take the chance they wont miss any ISIS sympathizers? People who didn't notice Hillary was handling national secrets from a home brew server, for four years?  

By the way, remember the downed plane the press was focusing on before the Paris attacks?.. Russia says bomb brought down jet in Sinai.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nature.....we need to acknowledge reality


Facebook post: Who do we have to KILL to get out of this... predicament?

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar  November 15 at 4:27pm ·
It must be incredibly frustrating as an Islamic terrorist not to have your views and motives taken seriously by the societies you terrorize, even after you have explicitly and repeatedly stated them. Even worse, those on the regressive left, in their endless capacity for masochism and self-loathing, have attempted to shift blame inwardly on themselves, denying the terrorists even the satisfaction of claiming responsibility.

It's like a bad Monty Python sketch:

"We did this because our holy texts exhort us to to do it."

"No you didn't."

"Wait, what? Yes we did..."

"No, this has nothing to do with religion. You guys are just using religion as a front for social and geopolitical reasons."

"WHAT!? Did you even read our official statement? We give explicit Quranic justification. This is jihad, a holy crusade against pagans, blasphemers, and disbelievers."

"No, this is definitely not a Muslim thing. You guys are not true Muslims, and you defame a great religion by saying so."

"Huh!? Who are you to tell us we're not true Muslims!? Islam is literally at the core of everything we do, and we have implemented the truest most literal and honest interpretation of its founding texts. It is our very reason for being."

"Nope. We created you. We installed a social and economic system that alienates and disenfranchises you, and that's why you did this. We're sorry."

"What? Why are you apologizing? We just slaughtered you mercilessly in the streets. We targeted unwitting civilians - disenfranchisement doesn't even enter into it!"

"Listen, it's our fault. We don't blame you for feeling unwelcome and lashing out."

"Seriously, stop taking credit for this! We worked really hard to pull this off, and we're not going to let you take it away from us."

"No, we nourished your extremism. We accept full blame."

"OMG, how many people do we have to kill around here to finally get our message across?" 
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Here is a sample of what we are talking about...


This kid understand the danger better than his caretaker.

David Ortiz is reportedly retiring after the 2016 season

BREAKING: Reports that German police have discovered a truck bomb disguised as an ambulance near football stadium in Hanover (UPDATE)

Serious plans for explosions” forced the evacuation of a stadium in Hannover, Germany, on Tuesday night before a Netherlands-Germany friendly soccer match, the police chief for Germany’s Lower Saxony region told Germany’s public broadcaster NDR.
“We had concrete evidence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device inside the stadium.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and at least three other top government officials were expected to attend the match, Merkel’s office said.
OFFICIAL: Police announcement: "Move away from the stadium. Do not stand still." #GERNED— DW Sports
One of these days that climate change is going to be the end of us all.

Tweet from Australia...
 57 minutes ago57 minutes ago BREAKING: Hanover's chief of police has just confirmed "There was a device intended to be detonated inside the stadium."
UPDATE
There was no confirmation of rumors that an explosive device was placed in an ambulance or another vehicle inside or outside the stadium.
8.20am: No explosives have been found in the Hannover football scare, says the German regional minister.
It appears to have been a false alarm, but they still cancelled the game.

My strategy...what's yours?

"On the ground these days, ISIS is engaged in a war of inches that will likely test its capacity to the limits, like its (lack of) ability to manage and operate supply lines, for example. The poor training and quality of its fighters will also now matter more. And the absence of dramatic victories, indeed the reality of setbacks and retreats, will reduce the enthusiasm and undercut the morale of current fighters, to say nothing of the impact on potential recruits.

This may be one reason why ISIS has apparently shifted to prioritize attacks like the Paris horror. It likely needs the acts of drama and violence to replace the revolutionary theater that its military advances once gave it. Running wild through the streets, gunning down the crowds in a night club: This is fantasy violence, video games brought into the real world. ISIS is again the coolest of jihadi brands, the cutting edge of the war against the real. The intent is not so much to terrorize the West as to galvanize the faithful.

Understanding ISIS’ methods can help us counter its aims. One key for us: to step up the grim war of attrition against ISIS on the ground. Life for the average ISIS fighter has to become a miserable affair of holing up, getting shot, running out of food, and putting up with bad medical care and low supplies even as the higher-ups live it up in the ruins of Raqqa. That word needs to filter out across the jihadi grapevine. To cut the flow of recruits and funds to ISIS, we must make ISIS look unattractive and weak—drab. If at the same time we work aggressively to reduce its ability to repeat the Paris attacks, ISIS will continue to fade."

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/11/16/how-to-beat-isis-the-president-is-partly-right/

"While the U.S. and France have ramped up airstrikes against Islamic State targets, both countries have ruled out deploying ground troops in Syria in the midst of a civil war."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-16/france-widens-crackdown-at-home-as-bombs-rain-on-islamic-state

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I think this is the way to go. We've lost enough soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides, The Muslims do better at crazed savagery than us. Let us do supplies and air support and let the Shia and Sunni take it to the mat. If Russia wants in on the ground fight, more power to them.

"The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic."

"Many mainstream Muslim organizations have gone so far as to say the Islamic State is, in fact, un-Islamic. It is, of course, reassuring to know that the vast majority of Muslims have zero interest in replacing Hollywood movies with public executions as evening entertainment. But Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, “embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion” that neglects “what their religion has historically and legally required.” Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature, he said, are rooted in an “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.”..."
Every academic I asked about the Islamic State’s ideology sent me to Haykel. Of partial Lebanese descent, Haykel grew up in Lebanon and the United States, and when he talks through his Mephistophelian goatee, there is a hint of an unplaceable foreign accent.
According to Haykel, the ranks of the Islamic State are deeply infused with religious vigor. Koranic quotations are ubiquitous. “Even the foot soldiers spout this stuff constantly,” Haykel said. “They mug for their cameras and repeat their basic doctrines in formulaic fashion, and they do it all the time.” He regards the claim that the Islamic State has distorted the texts of Islam as preposterous, sustainable only through willful ignorance. “People want to absolve Islam,” he said. “It’s this ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ mantra. As if there is such a thing as ‘Islam’! It’s what Muslims do, and how they interpret their texts.” Those texts are shared by all Sunni Muslims, not just the Islamic State. “And these guys have just as much legitimacy as anyone else.”
All Muslims acknowledge that Muhammad’s earliest conquests were not tidy affairs, and that the laws of war passed down in the Koran and in the narrations of the Prophet’s rule were calibrated to fit a turbulent and violent time. In Haykel’s estimation, the fighters of the Islamic State are authentic throwbacks to early Islam and are faithfully reproducing its norms of war. This behavior includes a number of practices that modern Muslims tend to prefer not to acknowledge as integral to their sacred texts. “Slavery, crucifixion, and beheadings are not something that freakish [jihadists] are cherry-picking from the medieval tradition,” Haykel said. Islamic State fighters “are smack in the middle of the medieval tradition and are bringing it wholesale into the present day.”...
It would be facile, even exculpatory, to call the problem of the Islamic State “a problem with Islam.” The religion allows many interpretations, and Islamic State supporters are morally on the hook for the one they choose. And yet simply denouncing the Islamic State as un-Islamic can be counterproductive, especially if those who hear the message have read the holy texts and seen the endorsement of many of the caliphate’s practices written plainly within them. (read the whole thing)

French retaliation

The word sounds French.


Monday, November 16, 2015

It Depends On What The Meaning Of IS Is

I don't get the fuss about calling those bastards radical Islamists. Or radical Muslims. I just don't get it. Who would be upset with terms like radical Christians, or radical Jews? The term "radical" has long since lost its etymological roots in root.  Words change in meaning: for example "radical" means something very specific in chemistry about which most people are not even aware. So people can't be objecting to the adjective "radical."  It must be "Islam" that's driving them bonkers.

If using the word "Islam" bothers progressives so much, they must be seething with resentment over the first "I" in ISIS.

Paris reaction

Answering commenter Amartel at the end of the previous post, Obama: I'm Not Interested in "American Leadership or America Winning. 
[Instead] go on the offensive, shaming everyone who questions them, dithering over semantics and optics, and continuing merrily on doubling and tripling down on the same failed policies that got us to this point in the first place.
Two articles discuss similar views.

It's too late to save France by Rick Moran on PJ Media


The French you would expect to defend France have given up. They justify evil by entertaining the idea that French society has let down the terrorist by being insufficiently inclusive. They are frozen in doubt and cannot summon the courage or the energy to fight back. Similar to Hitler walking though France because the nation was similarly traumatized by WWI they lost the energy to acknowledge the threat straight on and protect themselves.


The piece is contradicted in the first  comment by the godfather of PJ Media. Simon believes the cite and the samples provided do not represent France, that the rest of the nation is not like that. 


Why the Paris Massacre Will Have Limited Impact on Danielpipes.org.


Pipes describes France as divided by the governed who tend to move right incrementally with each Islamic terror related incident and a ruling elite that moves left incrementally with each incident. The more right the people, the more left the leaders. So the citizens see such policies as increased immigration even as they grieve over loss and rage for concrete defensive action. That dynamic balances and so nothing happens. Pipes concludes, eventually things change through elections but weakened and decades too late.


We noticed that too. Comments here are rife with the same ideas.


There are a lot of things to look at all at once, chief among them our state of mind.

The collective psychological state can be characterized by schizophrenia on a national scale and on international scale such that disallows straightforward war with radical Islam by coalition and sustained to its defeat. France as a nation is psychologically schizophrenic and the United States is psychologically schizophrenic neither nation can be trusted as partner even among themselves in matters of sustained war. Both are unreliable partners for war because both are politically schizophrenic.

Addressing Methadras who follows Armatel in the previous post.


Not a single person is to be trusted in this very long thread of comments on Twitter to an MSNBC article about French Interior Minister saying directly to expect the "dissolution of mosques where hate is preached" The discussion is dragged into the weeds immediately in different directions. What about this, what about that, who decides what is hate, what about when that power is used against you? What about Christians? What about the crusades? Look at all the red-necks, there sure is a lot of hate. As a person who's served, as an atheist, as homosexual, as a person of color who has experienced... Within seconds all this and tons more of the same, these are not the people trusted to initiate, participate, cooperate, sustain war. One's other half is not trusted. One's twin is not trusted. Not one bit, and the feelings being mutual rule out sustained war to success.



Because of this, war cannot be straightforward. Damn, ALL dressed up to the nines and no place to go. It must be otherwise.

Expect mosques to be surveilled intensely without admitting it. Not so much proper services, rather, activities after services. The same with certain neighborhoods.  Electronic surveillance will penetrate even to game consoles. A lot of pin-prick arrests in the night. A lot of things will happen, speech laws will change.


Whose that girl?


It's the eternal question. One of them was marooned on an island. The other one had often explored Uranus. Or had her anus explored.

Be that as it may. Whose those girls?

I'm different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man. Dying's for fools, dying's for amateurs.

Charlie Sheen will reveal he is HIV-positive during an announcement on NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday morning, according to multiple sources.

Why are you running a campaign as a cartoon Super Villain?

One of the media elite douche bags made it his business to ask this question at one of the Republican debates. You see it blows their mind that someone would not be politically correct. Not kowtow to the Muslims and the Black Lives Matter and the Illegal Immigrants La Raza beaners and elite Main Stream Media. Who is not afraid to stand on a stage with people who were victimized by illegal immigrant criminals. Who is not afraid to say that bringing in Muslim refugees is insane. Who talks the way normal regular Americans talk without code words and euphemisms.

They tell me that he used to be a Democrat and very Liberal. That now he changed his mind but we can't listen to him because he was once a different person. Well I remember a guy who was very liberal. Headed up a union even. Was a staunch Democrat. But he changed his mind when the force of circumstance opened his eyes.

They call him a reality show star. A gross entertainer and low class vulgarian. I remember another guy that they ridiculed as a mere actor. The stuffy bow tie wearing conservative intellectuals asked how could we nominate an actor who costarred with a monkey? But he turned out to be the only Republican true to his word. At least most of the time. Nobody is perfect.

They say that it is all talk. Well the other candidates can't even talk. The Democrats can't even say "Muslim terrorists." They can't even acknowledge that Christians are being persecuted by Muslims and other religious minorities are suffering genocide at the hands of the religion of peace. They can't even acknowledge that the reason why so many blacks are incarcerated is because so many of them commit crimes against their own people. They can't acknowledge that the problem isn't cops killing minorities but other minorities killing minorities. They can't acknowledge that foreign imported and illegal workers are taking the jobs of red blooded native Americans. Shit they can't even acknowledge that Native Americans have Redskins because it is not politically correct.

The elite of both parties and the media and the academy look down their noses at the rest of us. The normal Americans who watch reality TV and football and baseball and the Miss America pageant. They sip their chardonnay or their triple mocha lattes and tut-tut at the rubes who go to church and volunteer at soup kitchens and collect cans of food for the poor at Thanksgiving. They laugh up their sleeve at the people who tear up when they see a wounded vet salute the flag on the Fourth of July. They tell themselves that only the elite and the consultants and the insiders know what is best and the rest of the unruly vulgarians should just sit down and shut up. Oh yeah. And pay for it with their taxes.

Well may be it is time to tell all the elites and the consultants and the media and the commentators and the inside the Beltway ruling elite something.  It time to tell them one thing.

"YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

WSJ: Paris Stadium Attacker Got to Europe Using Fake Syrian Passport

Mystery deepened over a Paris attacker who traveled to Europe via Greece and the Balkans, after French officials said Monday that the Syrian passport he had used was indeed a fake.

Authorities in France and Greece have said that fingerprints taken from the remains of a suicide bomber outside France’s national sports stadium, the Stade de France, match the prints of a man who entered Europe via the Aegean island of Leros on Oct. 3.

Police on Leros registered the man under the identity in the passport he showed them: Ahmad AlMohammad, 25, from Syria. The same passport was found near the man’s body outside the stadium on Friday night.

Whoever the man was, he posed as one of the many refugees fleeing Syria’s war—including the violence of Islamic State—to enter Europe through its lightly controlled frontier in the Aegean Sea. (read more)

Obama: I’m Not Interested In ‘American Leadership, Or America Winning’



During a press conference detailing his administration’s strategy to destroy ISIS following several devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, President Barack Obama said he’s not interested in “pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning[.]”

We have a strange president. Strange is not even the word for it.

"Where progressivism reigns, vigilant thought police will enforce a peace of wary conformity"

Here is why:
If you believe, as progressives do, that human nature is not fixed, and hence is not a basis for understanding natural rights. And if you believe, as progressives do, that human beings are soft wax who receive their shape from the society that government shapes. And if you believe, as progressives do, that people receive their rights from the shaping government. And if you believe, as progressives do, that people are the sum of the social promptings they experience. Then it will seem sensible for government, including a university’s administration, to guarantee not freedom of speech but freedom from speech. From, that is, speech that might prompt its hearers to develop ideas inimical to progress, and might violate the universal entitlement to perpetual serenity.
On campuses so saturated with progressivism that they celebrate diversity in everything but thought, every day is a snow day: There are perishable snowflakes everywhere. The institutions have brought this on themselves. So, regarding the campuses’ current agonies, schadenfreude is not a guilty pleasure, it is obligatory.
Link to the whole column by George Will 

"Trump Calls for ‘Study’ of Mosques After Paris Terror Attacks"

You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says on MSNBC when asked what should be done to protect U.S. citizens.
“From what I heard, in the old days, meaning a while ago, we had great surveillance going on in and around mosques in New York City and I understand our mayor totally cut that out”
Asked about possibility of France shutting mosques with radical ties and whether he’d do same as U.S. president, Trump says, “I would hate to do it, but it’s something that you’re going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hatred, the absolute hatred, is coming from these areas”
Agree or disagree, at least Trump is willing to discuss things that no insider politician would.

Mass Panic in Paris while laying down flowers for victims of terror attack


A YouTube comment said...
Someone lighted firecrackers with banging noise so people naturally thought it's gunfire again.

What Socialists In Germany Are Saying About Paris...

The Socialist party domestic policy spokesman, Burkhard Lischka, sharply criticized political opponents: 'Those who blame the refugees or hold them even indirectly responsible ignore (or hide) that they are escaping precisely the sort of barbarism now experienced in Paris' Lischka told the Stuttgarter Zeitung. 'Also, attacks could not be prevented by the closure of borders: Terror is everywhere, in countries with open borders, in countries with elaborate border controls and even in countries under authoritarian rule.'  Link to original (in German)
I get Lischka's first point -- however, and in view of my previous post, who exactly is escaping and who is staying behind?  Why is the majority of refugees young and male?

As to his second point, when was the last terrorist strike in North Korean? China? Maybe we just don't hear about it.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Where Are The Women, Children, and Old People?

A photo of "Syrian" refugees from a German news source.


The headline at the link says "30 percent of the refugees pose as Syrians - identities often not controlled (checked)"

Denver sunset Nov. 15, 2015


Madonna: Only love will change the world


Donald Trump embraces family of those murdered by illegal immigrants... all of you who will have family die at the hands of the Muslim Terrorists that Obama and Rubio want to let into our country please take notes.

Donald Trump showed Texas voters that he supports Americans, not “undocumented immigrants” or ‘Dreamers,’ by sharing his Nov. 14 campaign-platform with the stricken parents and siblings of Americans who were killed by illegal immigrants.
The emotional display — 9.30 into the video — effectively underlined the deep contrast between  Trump’s visceral pro-American attitudes, and the attitudes of his two main establishment rivals, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Rhino-FL) and Gov. Jeb Bush. The two have repeatedly spoken in favor of diversity, young ‘dreamer’ illegals, and greater immigration.

The audience responded to Trump’s pro-American attitudes by chanting his name.
On the stage, Felicia Ruiz’s mother described how she was murdered in 1999 by an illegal who subsequently fled home to Venezuela. “She was stabbed over 39 times… we just want justice for our daughter,” said her mother, Kendra. “We need to elect someone like Mr Trump so he can stop all this, please,“ she said, before hugging Trump.
“If I win, we will get [the murderer] out, fast,” Trump responded.
The families are part of the Remembrance Project, which is a “national campaign to remember victims killed by illegal aliens.”
By highlighting some of the many Americans who have been killed by illegals, Trump is giving his supporters — plus many swing-voters — a powerful way to publicly express emotional solidarity with other Americans, and a shield against the stigma of being called “racist” by progressive advocates for illegal immigration.