Thursday, February 26, 2015

Christians Burned Alive In Nigeria? The New Holocaust Ignored by the World (WARNING: Grisly Photo)

My friend Rick Darby of Reflecting Light sent me a photo he obtained from a French friend.  It shows a multitude of people who have been incinerated.  The source says these are Christians who were burned alive in their church by Muslims in Nigeria.

The French text reads: THIS IS WHAT THE ENTIRE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SUPPRESSES ... it is absoutely necessary to know.
Media scandal / It is politically incorrect to show the fate dealt by the Islamists to Christians who refuse to submit ...

Christians burned alive in a church in Nigeria: a monstrous holocaust before international indifference.

DENOUNCED BY SPANISH PRIEST JUAN CARLOS MARCOS

Can anyone shed more light on this photo and the story behind it?


Blog Break

I am unusually busy this tax season, and the extra money is nice.  I have to figure out how to squirrel some of it away for fun stuff before my wife spends it all on bills.

I need a good case for my string bass.  They are not easy to find.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Obama's Dangerous Delusions Regarding Islam

Barack Obama is dangerously deluded.  At his big conference the other day to discuss dealing with extremism, he repeated one meme over and over:  the West is not at war with Islam.  Terrorists are not Islamic.  The day before, some woman in the State Department made the asinine observation that the root cause of terrorism is poverty and frustration over non-responsive governments.  "We can't kill our way out of this war," she opined.  Yep, just like we couldn't drill our way out of high gas prices, but we did anyway.

Here's a big tablespoon of reality, Barack.  Yes, we are at war with Islam -- their choice, not ours.  Terrorism is indeed Islamic.  All of these Muslims in ISIS, Al Qada, the Taliban and Boko Haram are merely obeying their holy scriptures.  They are literally carrying out the dictates of their prophet and following his example.  Muhammad too, was a terrorist and mass-murderer.  Obama is following the progressive dictum that says reality can be changed by refusing to acknowledge it.

As for the airhead in the State Department, Muslims don't cut off people's heads and burn them alive because they seek a new vocation.  Leave it to a bureaucrat to see every problem solvable by applying their favorite panacea.  Remember the huge tsunami of 2004 that savaged Indonesia Sri Lanka?  Some absurd progressive sent a large shipment of condoms to assist the victims.  Yes, when one has been trashed by a tsunami, one tends to get a bit randy.  His panacea to every problem:  free birth control.

An old saying applies here:  When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Busy Me

The tax season has grabbed me.  That's why posting is light right now.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Defending ISIS: Obama's Assault on Moral Clarity at the Prayer Breakfast #ISIS, #prayerbreakfast #Obama

The Cowardly King
Everyone has now heard about Obama's defense of ISIS's evil at the prayer breakfast in Washington two days ago.  Obama sought to create "moral equivalence" between mass murder committed by Islamists and that allegedly created by Christians during the Crusades and the Inquisition.

In a nutshell:  Per Obama, Christian civilization is no more moral than Islamic civilization [this is pure horse puckey, but let's assume for the sake of argument that Obama is right].  Other religions besides Islam have brutalized people in past times.  Therefore, we shouldn't get up on our "high horse."

Let's see if we can come up with some logical extensions of Obama's thinking:

1.  Since other religions have also done evil things in the past, we should feel no moral outrage against ISIS for mass murdering Christians, Kurds, Shiites, beheading helpless captives, and burning a captured pilot alive.

2.  We have inherited the ancient sins and the guilt of our ancestors, and because of this, are unworthy of moral outrage.  Therefore, we cannot take any actions to stop Islamic barbarism in the here and now.  We must accept our deaths, because it is ISIS's turn to murder people; it's only fair, after all.  With any luck we will meditate on our shameful guilt before the scimitar separates our heads from our necks.

3.  Because of point #2, Obama is off the hook for doing nothing substantive to stop ISIS, and may not be criticized for the failure, nor for cuddling up to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic groups.

The fact is, Obama seeks to obliterate any sense of moral clarity in defeating Islamic extremism.  Without the clear sense that one's enemy is evil and his own cause is just, victory becomes more difficult to attain.  So, Obama hopes, we will do nothing instead.  The legendary "Fifth Column" is not only in our gates, but is occupying the White House.

Obama did not invent the leftist "moral equivalence" meme, but his words at the prayer breakfast last week were the epitome of this strategy, in all its disgusting falsity and destructiveness.  The left seeks to substitute moral ambivalence for moral clarity.  In the process, they weaken our will to survive evil.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Islamophobia is a Good Thing; or Reason No. 1386 Why We Should Hate Islam #IslamicAtrocities

I see the Muslim animals in the Middle East burned a Jordanian pilot alive.  They put him in a cage, drenched him with gasoline, and lit a fire under the cage.

Islam is so uber-evil, that it is impossible any longer to be shocked by what its followers do in the name of their fake god.

Nice try, ISIS, but I cannot hate you or your religion any more than I already do.


Sunday, February 01, 2015

Superbowl Sunday, But Not For Me. Band Update.

I won't be watching much of the Super Bowl today, if any.  I must venture out to do taxes for some of my personal clients.  I don't really care much which team wins today -- they both represent very "progressive" areas.

At big band practice last Thursday, the band director was very encouraging, complimenting my bass playing and saying that "the bass is the most important instrument in the group."  Of course I always knew that.  However, I suspect he was exaggerating.  All those trumpets, trombones and saxophones count a little.  The drummer and guitar player add somewhat as well.

Of course, they were all giving me dirty looks after the director's comment.  I simply stuck my tongue out at them and turned up my volume.

Well one more cup of coffee and then I have to hit the door.  Have a great Sunday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jonathan Chait: Political Correctness is "a Kind of Virtual Mental Prison."

Jonathan Chait has written a controversial essay for New York magazine on the subject of "political correctness":  Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say hat tip American Power.  Chait's explanation of this phenomenon is that it is a form of censure, thought control, permanent control of public discussion so that only certain memes and themes may be advanced, with any opposing views silenced and ostracized.  Political correctness is a new form of Stalinism (my description, not Chait's).

The goal of political correctness is to shut down debate on subjects beloved by the left.  Criticism, opposing ideas are forbidden.  The result is that in leftist venues like the college campus, a hostile culture and work environment holds sway over the populace.  A hyper-sensitivity to any imagined race or gender bias exists, and those who inadvertently trigger it are to be publicly humiliated, excoriated and socially and professionally ostracized.  This is the P.C, environment, which Chait has described as a "kind of virtual mental prison."

Political correctness is tyranny.  That's why I have been determined to say what I think in this blog, regardless of who it may offend.

If you have recently been enrolled in college courses, you probably noticed the strange culture that exists on campuses.  Attitudes about race, sex, gender and economics seem bizarre, odd and alien.  That is because of the intellectual bubble in which the left lives, the false reality they have constructed for themselves.  Their values are warped and unnatural.  You find yourself tip-toeing around crowds of weirdos to avoid giving offense and bringing down the anger of the strange alien masses.  Take a good look, for this is what America will look like if they have their way.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2014 Was the Hottest Year on Record! Yeah, Right. #climatechange

"2014 was the hottest
  year on record!"
One of the most hard-to-believe memes to come out this month is the absurd notion that "2014 was the warmest year in history."  Really?  Where, on Uranus?

In my life experience, 2014 was one of the coldest years since my parents moved to California sixty-one years ago this month.  Arctic ice is at record levels.  Snow is falling all over the globe [see coming New York storm for instance].  Yet you can ignore all of that.  The "climate scientists" have decreed otherwise.  Ignore the icicles, the storms, the snow flurries: the warmists have spoken.

Anyone who believes in catastrophic man-made "climate change" will never get my vote.  Mitt Romney is therefore out of the question.

UPDATE:  Powerline reports that 2014 was one of the coldest years in the last 10,000 years, based on ice core data.  Also, Powerline shows how leftist governments have "adjusted" the data of prior decades to give a fake warming effect.  Read it here.




A Courageous Voice: Vanderbilt Professor Warns Against the Islamic Threat, is Attacked by Campus Leftists #Islam

Professor Carol M Swain
Professor Carol M Swain of Vanderbilt University displayed a lot of moral backbone last week, when she warned:
“What would it take to make us admit we were wrong about Islam?” the professor began. “What horrendous attack would finally convince us that Islam is not like other religions in the United States, that it poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored better than it has been under the Obama administration?”
Professor Swain was immediately attacked by campus "progressives" for puncturing another of their illusions.  You see, it doesn't matter how many Fort Hoods, Boston Marathons or Charlie Hedbos we must suffer, or how high the body count may reach:  the illusion of "peaceful" Islam must be maintained.

Professor Swain teaches political science and law at Vanderbilt.  My only criticism of her comment is that it doesn't go far enough.  Islam should be banned, not merely monitored.

Read more here.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

American Sniper: Why Do Leftists Hate It?

The movie "American Sniper" is a true story, based on the life of Chris Kyle.  Here's how it is described:
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission -- protect his comrades -- to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.
The movie is smashing attendance records and appears to be the most popular film in a decade.  People who saw it say it is very moving.  It apparently also reawakens American patriotism.

Of course, "progressives" (Democrats, leftists and other crawly things) hate the film.  Michael Moore, leftist film maker and professional America-hater, denounced snipers as "cowards."

Why do "progressives" hate the film?  Simple.  "Progressives" hate the military, hate patriotism, hate white people, hate war against evil people with whom those progressives identify.  In fact, any time there is a struggle between good and evil in this world, the "progressives" will support and defend the latter with their dying breath.

The Legal Saga of an Abject Scoundrel #BrettKimberlin

Brett Kimberlin's RICO lawsuit is plodding along towards eventual resolution, hopefully in our lifetimes.  This is his "racketerring" suit in federal court against numerous conservative bloggers.  Kimberlin argues that these bloggers formed a massive conspiracy among themselves to get rich by "defaming" him.  They "defamed" him by publishing the truth about Kimberlin's criminal past, which included setting off bombs in and around Speedway, Indiana back in 1978.  Two people were injured by one of the bombs, one quite severely.  That victim later committed suicide rather than deal with the pain.

Kimberlin doesn't like people telling the truth about him, as it has significantly impacted his efforts to acquire donations for his two leftist non-profit organizations, i.e. "Justice Through Music" and "Velvet Revolution."  Maybe the well-heeled leftists who once donated hundreds of thousands of dollars were unaware of bomber-boy's past.  They are aware now, largely from Kimberlin's lawfare activities and the massive negative publicity he has generated himself.   Now, faced with a choice between poverty and having to get a real job, Kimberlin opted to instead sue everyone in sight, hoping, no doubt, that some of his legal targets would settle out of court.  Few have done so.

I have read almost all of Kimberlin's self-represented legal briefs and arguments, and they are truly off-the-wall and pathetic, in my layman's opinion.  His arguments are insulting to the intelligence.  For example, he is claiming, among many other crimes, invidious discrimination under the Ku Klux Klan Act, alleging that the defendants' "conspiracy" was persecution motivated by bigotry.  However, Kimberlin is white, and convicted felons are not a protected class envisioned by the Klan Act.  Nevertheless, Kimberlin continues making such absurd arguments, undeterred by shame or embarrassment.

Most of the defendants have now filed motions to dismiss the suit, because it is overly vague.  Kimberlin's claims generally do not specify who did what, when, how this harmed him, and how or why the deed was illegal, defamatory or false.  It is fairly clear that presenting actual deeds and damages is not Kimberlin's point; his point is using the legal process to silence and financially damage or extort the defendants. Since he represents himself, Kimberlin does not incur the same expenses as the defendants who are represented by counsel.

In my opinion, Brett Kimberlin is fueled by an unrelenting hatred of all who oppose him, criticize him, or frustrate his personal goals, e.g. of getting large cash donations from the public to pursue leftwing political goals.  He has no remorse, no human empathy, no kindness, no charity, no care whatsoever for anyone on the planet but himself.

In other words, Brett Kimberlin is a Rat with a capital R.  It is for that reason that so many of us continue to follow his frivolous lawsuit in federal court, no matter how slow and plodding it is.  We look forward to a just resolution.  We hope for legal redress for his lawfare victims.  And we hope for adequate punishment for the outrageously bad faith of an abject scoundrel.

Seeing Stars: My New Surgically Enhanced Vision

On Thursday evening, I returned from band practice.  The sky was black with night, and as I exited the car, I looked upward and saw stars.  With my blurry, cataract-burdened eyesight, I hadn't seen stars in a night sky for some time.  They were lovely.

I had a checkup yesterday to see how my cataract surgery is healing.  The doctor said it looks great, and my visual acuity is greater than expected - 20-15?  The doctor said "Wow" when he measured it.  Not bad for an eye that I previously considered to be nearly useless.

The surgery on my left eye is scheduled for April 28.  Now I need to make a decision.  Should the left eye be fitted with a lens that will leave it somewhat nearsighted?  The doctor recommends this, as I will then be able to read without reading glasses.  My left eye would be for reading and close-up viewing, my right eye for driving and distance viewing.

Right now, I am leaning towards making the left eye like the right, so I can see distance with added clarity.  I will happily wear reading glasses for close-up viewing.

I don't have to decide right away.  I will wait until my right eye is completely healed from the surgery, and see how it does with close-up viewing.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Famous Quotes About Islam #Islam #Muhammad

In the world of today, world leaders deny the tyranny of Islam.  They rationalize it and are in deep denial about the murderous nature of this so-called religion.  However, in times past, world leaders spoke out against it.  Those opponents of Islam include John Quincy Adams, Voltaire, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Sir William Muir, and many others.

Here are some examples:

Muslims are the first victims of Islam. Many times I have observed in my travels that fanaticism comes from a small number of dangerous men who maintain others in the practice of this religion by terror. To liberate the Muslim from his religion is the best service that one can render him.
– Joseph Ernest Renan
French expert of Middle East ancient languages and civilizations

In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle.
– John Quincy Adams
6th president of the United States

Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached. God is not pleased by blood – and not acting reasonably is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats… To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death.
– Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos 
Conversation between the Emperor and a Persian scholar, 1391.

Read these and many more quotes here.

Billy Crystal is Right: Stop Shoving Gay Scenes in My Face (like "Glee") #BillyCrystal #Glee

Somebody had to say it, and Billy Crystal, actor and comedian, finally did:  There are way too many gay scenes on television.  Some gay characters, now and again, are okay, because homosexuality is a part of humanity and a part of life.  However, due to pressure from radical gay advocacy groups, every television show, every new movie, every Broadway play has to have at least one prominent gay character.  Some have way more than that.  The television series "Glee," is a case in point.

"Glee" is about a high school glee club, giving it a credible basis for lots of singing and music.  the series is in its last season, having survived five previous years on the air.  "Glee" is appealing in that it features some excellent singing talent and some interesting plots and characters, e.g. the evil and crazy cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (played by Jane Lynch), who has now taken over as principal of the school (and who hates the glee club).  Various student club members, like the talented Lea Michele as Rachel Berry, provide excellent singing entertainment.

However, the fly in the soup is the gay component.  It is overdone to the point of suffocation.  Watching "Glee" one might get the impression that homosexuality is the natural and the norm, and heterosexuality the rare exception.  There are two gay male students, and two gay female students, and the first two  six-season episodes are exclusively devoted to the romantic intrigues and relationship storms of these four characters.  To make matters even more odd, the high school football coach is a masculine-looking woman who announces that she will be getting sexual reassignment surgery to gain a penis and become a man.  Except that she will then be a gay man, because she is still attracted to men.  If one wishes to enjoy the positive aspects of "Glee," he or she must be prepared to wallow in gayness as a condition thereof.

The fact is, "Glee" is a gay love story and always has been.  No doubt gay people love it, but as a non-gay man, I find its negatives now outweigh its positives.  I find the over-emphasis on the gay lifestyle vaguely disturbing and distasteful.  I'm glad that this is the last season for "Glee."  I am all gayed-out.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Erick Erickson Disappoints on Honest Discussion About Race #Redstate #ErickErickson

We all know that progressives and leftists have a hair-pin trigger regarding racial questions.  Say the wrong word, express the wrong sentiment, and you face severe social ostracism and professional ruin.  Any implication that black people are different from other races, other than in skin color, results in paroxysms of outrage and moral posturing.  However, this knee-jerk reaction is not limited to left wing moonbats; many conservatives suffer from this neurological malady as well.  In my opinion, Erick Erickson of Redstate.com is one of them.

Erickson still insists that the GOP made a mistake in not removing Steve Scalise from his committee position.   This in spite of Scalise's total exoneration of false accusations of racism.  To refresh your memory, Scalise spoke at a Civic Organization many years ago, along with other speakers, on such benign topics as neighborhood watch, how to give CPR and (for Scalise) a tax bill winding through the Louisiana legislature.   Unknown to Scalise, the  hotel meeting room where he spoke was used later that day by an alleged white supremacist group, thereby infecting Scalise with racism by osmosis.  In truth, the dubious attempt to slander Scalise is a typical act of Democrat bad faith.  It's called "guilt by association," an old and unethical strategy to smear one's opponents.  Erickson, however, appears too obtuse to see through it.

Now Erickson has found a new soapbox on which to pose and posture, that of  Dave Agema, a Republican congressman from Michigan.  Dave Agema republished a post from American Renaissance, an online newsletter that I link to (see left sidebar), that has caused liberal Republicans and faux conservatives like Erickson to hyperventilate and do a convincing imitation of the Southern Poverty Law Center.   The article was unflattering to criminal blacks.  Hell, TRUTH is unflattering to criminal blacks.

The article that Agema linked to was written by a public defender, a self-described liberal Democrat.  The article is called Confessions of a Public Defender.  The author describes the behavior and attitudes of blacks that he has represented at trial, as well as those of other racial groups he has served.  His descriptions and conclusions are highly credible and believable, especially if one has read Colin Flaherty's recent book, White Girl Bleed a Lot.

Erickson is now advocating that Agema be removed from his committee post for republishing that article.  His post "The Question on Dave Agema is Not Difficult," tells why.  Ironically, the post is right above another Erickson post titled  "New York Times Endorses Thought Crimes."  Hypocritical much, Erick?

Honest discussions about race are likely to put blacks in a bad light (all those nasty crime statistics, mob violence, incarceration rates, knockout games and such).  Therefore, anyone who wants to discuss black dysfunction will be slandered from here to Hoboken.  Black people, after all, are only white people with dark skin -- a notion that I abandoned after the O.J. verdict in 1995.

To be sure, there are many black people who think and act civilly and intelligently, and are a credit to society.  However, the black underclass is a major problem for society, and those problems should be discussed openly, not suppressed for partisan political reasons.

Erickson states:
On his Facebook page Agema asserts the inferiority of blacks, that they cannot control their impulses, and that they cannot reason.
Erickson is wrong.  Agema did not assert "inferiority," and the comment on impulse control and reasoning ability is that of the public defender who is quoted, not Agema.  The public defender wrote:
However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.

I do not know the solution to this problem. I do know that it is wrong to deceive the public. Whatever solutions we seek should be based on the truth rather than what we would prefer was the truth [Emphasis added for Erickson's benefit].  As for myself, I will continue do my duty to protect the rights of all who need me.
Possibly one of the dumbest things Erickson wrote in his hit piece is the assertion that
The Party of Lincoln should abide no person who cites Klansmen and no person who asserts that black citizens are inferior.
Such egregious moral posing and posturing is truly reprehensible.   With Republicans like Erickson, who needs Democrats?  However, let us see what Lincoln actually did say about blacks vs whites:
I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position.
And Lincoln also said this:
Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed breed bastards may some day challenge the supremacy of the white man.
Lincoln's comments were truly outrageous.  We should strip him of his Party credentials as well.  And give a big horse laugh to Erick Erickson, whose ignorance of history (and race) is appalling.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Back from Cataract Surgery: I Can SEE!

On Tuesday, January 13, I had cataract surgery on my right eye.  For the past couple of days following the surgery, I have been resting and recuperating.  I opted to have the right eye done first, as it was my worst eye, almost useless for years.  I could see out of the eye, but my vision was noticeably blurrier and darker than that of my left eye.  I relied on my left eye to get around.

I have been preparing for the surgery for several weeks, putting prescribed drops in my eye, planning which motel to stay in the night before my 6:45 AM appointment at the vision clinic.  When I found myself laying on a hospital bed that was being pushed through halls and rooms, the overhead lights whizzing by, I knew the time had finally arrived.  Then I was pushed under a white machine and suddenly felt some anxiety.  Preparation time is over, this is it!  My eye, my vision, my sight are in the hands of strangers.  Hope they know what the hell they're doing.

The doctor put drops in my eye, then put a gizmo into my eye that prevents me from blinking and closing the eye.  Intense light is then beamed into the eye; tears slide from my eye, but I can't blink or escape the light.  I see a ring of black dots as a laser is lowered onto my eye, and I hear the clack clack clack of it cutting through the cornea.  "Looks great," the doc says and my bed moves again, to a different room and machine.  Now I stare at a red dot with more clack clack clacking.  The doctor is destroying my natural lens, sucking it out somehow.  Next, he floats an artificial lens over my eyeball and somehow pokes it into place.  He closes the cornea flap and tapes gauze and an eye patch over my eye.  I'm done.  It took ten minutes, didn't hurt much at all, and doesn't hurt hardly at all, now that it's over.

The next morning I visit the doctor in his office for a followup.  The nurse takes the eye patch off.  I wait until it is all stripped away before opening my eye.  And there's the world!  I can see.  I check the difference between my right and left eyes by putting my palm over one, and then the other.  It is obvious that my right eye is now far better than my untreated left.  The right has sharper focus and white appears white, not white with a yellowish tinge, as with my left eye.

The doctor tells me the eye will get better over the next few days, as it heals.  I am thrilled!  I have no longer any need of glasses for the right eye, and I opt not to wear my glasses at all.  I can see that well.

I am impatient to have the left eye repaired next.  Due to the tax season starting, it will probably have to wait until after April 15.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

"FAR RIGHT" = THE NEW "SANE" #PEGIDA #UKIP #FN #Islamic

In the suicidal mainstream media, any European political movement is "Far Right" if it opposes Islamic immigration and Islamization.

Why "Far" right?  Is common sense and a desire for self-preservation "extreme" positions?  Is it unreasonable or irrational to fear being beheaded, shot, stabbed or blown up by Muslim immigrants?

No.  It's a no-brainer.  Muslims kill people.  All Muslims?  No, just the devoted ones who follow their own scriptures and the example of their "prophet."

What is extreme is an immigration policy that will replace Western civilization with 7th Century barbarism, backwardness and tyranny.  It is both rational and reasonable that Europeans are beginning to resist the national suicide imposed by their delusional rulers.  The mass murder of 12 French journalists this week was the "fire bell in the night"needed to awaken the European masses.  Meanwhile, Muslims throughout the Middle East celebrated the murders with hugs and sweets, once again demonstrating the vicious nature of Islamic culture and its anti-human values.

Some of the resistance movements include U.K.'s Britain First Party and the UK Independence Party (UKIP).  France has the French National Front.  Now Germany has an anti-Islamization movement growing in numbers.  It is called PEGIDA, which stands for  "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident," in German.  Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, denounced PEGIDA saying that they "had hate in their hearts."  If that be so, I am with them, for I too have hate in my heart:  I hate Islam, just as I hate Communism and Fascism.  All three ideologies have caused the murders of  millions, and Islam outstrips the latter two by a large amount.

The true "extremists" are those who don't hate such evil, but instead invite it in, give it aid and comfort, rationalize it and defend it.  They must be opposed and they must be stopped.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Why We MUST Blasphemy Islam: Russ Douthat of NY Times Tells Why #CharlieHedbo #jesuischarlie

Russ Douthat's essay in the New York Times, "The Blasphemy We Need," is a must-read article.  It clarifies better than any other why "blasphemy" is sometimes a courageous act that serves a free society's greater good.  He writes:
...some of the images (anti-Islamic and otherwise) Charlie Hebdo engaged in had deadly consequences, as everyone knew it could … and that kind of blasphemy is precisely the kind that needs to be defended, because it’s the kind that clearly serves a free society’s greater good. If a large enough group of someones is willing to kill you for saying something, then it’s something that almost certainly needs to be said, because otherwise the violent have veto power over liberal civilization, and when that scenario obtains it isn’t really a liberal civilization any more. Again, liberalism doesn’t depend on everyone offending everyone else all the time, and it’s okay to prefer a society where offense for its own sake is limited rather than pervasive. But when offenses are policed by murder, that’s when we need more of them, not less, because the murderers cannot be allowed for a single moment to think that their strategy can succeed.
Read it all here.

Muslims Need to Know: We Will NEVER Stop Mocking the "Prophet" Who Ordered Our Deaths #CharlieHedbo

Muhammad Meets His Maker
Note:  This is a reprint of a blog post I made back in October of 2012.  I am reprinting it now because it is very relevant to this week's Muslim atrocities in Paris, France.

Reflecting Light blog has referenced an article on a huge Muslim protest going on in London.  The Muslims there are protesting and picketing Google's London headquarters, demanding that Google remove the YouTube video "The Innocence of Muslims."  That film, they say, mocks their glorious prophet, Muhammad.  Indeed it does, and indeed it must remain.  Western freedom of speech takes priority over any and all religions, and it is more important when it addresses Islam.

Approximately 1,450 years ago, Muhammad pledged war on all mankind, at the Pledge of Aquaba.  All humans on earth would convert to Islam, or be killed or enslaved if they did not convert.  Those who became Muslims would live under a brutal ideology with little empathy for human suffering, and absolutely no tolerance for individual liberty.

In early times, Muslims invaded and conquered many Christian countries, including Greece and Spain, and forced their populations to convert.  The Muslims have also been aggressive towards Hindus, killing millions of them as well.  This aggression has reawakened in recent years, and once again Muslims are attacking us "infidels."

911, the London and Spain bombings, the mass murders in Beslan, Mumbai and Fort Hood, are the worst of recent Muslim mass murder, but there are many other smaller attacks and failed attempts (See here and here).  And when Muslims aren't killing non-Muslims, they are busy killing each other, all in the name of their religion.

We see Islam as a death cult.  Its mission is mass murder.  Almost no one is safe in the west these days, and for that reason we cannot and will not stop mocking Muhammad and the religion that he created.  We simply cannot offer any respect, reverence or credibility to a religion whose goal is to kill us or conquer us.  We must constantly show our contempt for Islam because of the evil deeds it does daily, and to retard its growth, cause doubts in its believers and awaken westerners to the threat.  We must, because if we do not, then death or dhimmitude will be our lot, and we acquiesce in our own demise.

Make no mistake, we don't care what religion anyone practices, as long as it is peaceful and tolerant of differing views.  We do not attack Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto or Sikhism; we do not mock these religions or their prophets or equivalents.  We say "go in peace, and may God be with you."  The only reason why we attack Islam and its prophet is because they are a mortal threat to us, and to all followers of other faiths.

I don't see any way out of this conflict, except for Muslims and non-Muslims to live separately and apart, in separate societies.  Once the Islamic threat is lessened to a significant degree, the mocking of Islam will decline naturally.  In any case, we will never allow any laws to be passed that restrict our freedom of speech and our ongoing criticism of Islam and its prophet.  We will fight before we allow that to happen.  So protest and picket until you are blue in the face; it will be of no avail.

Two Good Muslim Terrorists: They're Dead

French authorities tracked the two Charlie Hedbo murderers to an abandoned warehouse, then killed them.  Another scumbag, an associate of the first two, entered a kosher market to take hostages in support of his comrades, and was also killed.  Unfortunately, four of the hostages were killed as well.

Europeans are beginning to learn the folly of their immigration laws, and the danger of admitting millions of Muslims into their country.

Not all Muslims are terrorists, but many more support these terrorists in various ways, some by financial support, some by moral support, and others by refusing to condemn terrorism and jihad.  The problem is not necessarily bad people, it is bad ideology.  Islam teaches that killing infidels is mandatory, that armed aggression against non-Muslim communities is imperative.  The danger is that many peaceful Muslims may later become more religious, and read their holy texts, then opt to follow their commandments for murder.  And, if they do not, there is a high probability that some of their offspring will.

In one of the Haddiths, Muhammed was described as saying that jihad was the highest virtue.  If a Muslim does not die in jihad, that is, making war on non-believers, his chances of going to Heaven were only one in one thousand.  True believers, therefore, can be expected to murder people of other faiths -- and the history of Islam has proven this to be true, with millions murdered since Muhammad gave his commandments.

The lesson is clear:  Islam is incompatible with western values, and should be largely excluded from our nations.  No practicing Muslim should ever be allowed to immigrate into a western country.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I Am Charlie Hedbo #JeSuisCharlie



The above caption is being exhibited throughout Paris and France today.  It means "I Am Charlie."  We infidels are all Charlie Hedbo.  We are all the victims of 911, of London, Madrid, Beslan, Mumbai, Fort Hood, Boston, Benghazi, Nairobi and now Paris.

However, slogans and solidarity with victims and candlelight vigils are all well and good, but not nearly enough.  To prevent Islamic mass murder, we must isolate ourselves from this despicable religion, by ending their immigration into the west, and by banning Islam for the violent and seditious force that it is.


RE MURDER OF HEDBO CREW: SCREW THE PROPHET: ISLAM IS TERRORISM; BAN ISLAM NOW! #Islam #Terrorism #Hedbo

The Depiction of Muhammad That
Resulted in Mass Murder by Muslims
Muslim gunmen have attacked the Paris offices of Charlie Hedbo and murdered twelve people there.  This was in revenge for Hedbo's satirical depiction of the false prophet in its magazine in the fall of 2011 (see picture at left).  I printed the cover of Charlie Hedbo then and urged solidarity with its editors and writers, in defense of freedom of speech and freedom from Muslim mass murder.  See it here.

The leaders of western Europe have had their heads up their asses for years, allowing millions of these murderous barbarians to immigrate.  The slow and steady erosion of western freedoms has been the result, along with the occasional terrorist attack and murder of the host country's citizens.  Today's murder of twelve French citizens is just another one in a long line of atrocities.

Whatever idiocy led these leaders to adopt such immigration policies, it is way past time to call a halt.  Islam in Europe must be banned, because ISLAM IS TERRORISM,   ISLAM IS MASS MURDER.  It brings much harm and little if any good to the nations it infests.

This week illustrates the idiocy of allowing Muslim immigration.  The moronic leader of Germany, Angela Merkel, chastised a growing group of German citizens who have been marching and protesting the Islamization of their country.  Resistance groups are also active in the U.K. and France, though heavily censored and harassed by the establishment.  Incidents like this latest murder will cause such movements to grow.  We need to welcome and support these resistance groups, both spiritually and financially.  With regard to Islamization of YOUR country, I have one word of advice:  RESIST.

Some observations and opinions:
  • Every time Muslim immigrants murder citizens of western nations, the leaders of those nations are as guilty as the gunmen.  This is especially true for traitors like Angela Merkel, David Cameron, and François Hollande, the leaders of Germany, the U.K. and France, respectively.
  • Every time a Muslim atrocity occurs against the citizens of a western nation, one mosque should be bulldozed in return.  
  • Muslim perpetrators of these atrocities should be hanged, and their corpses incinerated.  They should not be allowed any religious rites nor buried according to Islamic traditions.
The solution to this immigration insanity is what Dutch politician Geert Wilders had been advocating for some time:  all Muslim immigration into the west must be stopped, and those Muslims already here encouraged to leave.  Building of mosques should be prohibited.  To that I would add, any and all tax advantages for being a "religion" should be ended at once.

Post the Hedbo depiction of the FALSE PROPHET (above) on your blog now to show solidarity with the murdered Hedbo staff and AGAINST Islam. 

The time for rationalizing this deadly ideology is over.  The time for liberal posing and posturing in defense of monstrous barbarians is finished.  ISLAM MUST BE BANNED in the western nations.  Let the deportations begin! 

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The Islamization of Europe

A very disturbing disaster-in-the-making is the ongoing Islamization of Europe. By Islamization, I mean:
  1. Allowing millions of Muslims to immigrate into European countries;
  2. Providing public subsidies of Mosque building therein;
  3. Providing public support (welfare) for many of those Mulsim immigrants;
  4. Forcing majority acceptance of unsavory Muslim practices, such as polygamy, wife-beating, Sharia law, burquas and veils, Halal slaughter and Muslim enclaves (no-go zones);
  5. Appeasement of the Muslim immigrants by suppressing crosses, piggy banks, beer and wine, music stores, dogs and signs about bacon;
  6. Restrictions on free speech, where Brits, French citizens, Italian citizens, Swedes and Danish citizens are fined or imprisoned (or both) for critically speaking about, writing about, tweeting about, blogging about, or otherwise objecting to Islamic practices and immigrant behavior.
Note that in these countries, truth is not a defense in voicing criticisms or concerns.  Some recent examples of European (and American) support for Islamization:
  • French citizens are heavily fined for objecting to Islamization.  See Moonbattery's listing of details.
  • German Journalist Michael Stürzenberger Fined 1200 Euros for Criticizing Islam.  See here for details.
  • Danish Woman Guilty of Racism for Criticizing Islam -- See this link.
  • Germany’s Silencing of Islam Critics --  See this link.
  • Censorship, "Mental Illness" Overrun France -- See this link.
  • And, even in America:  MAINE FINES GROUP FOR CRITICIZING ISLAM -- See this link.
Western Civilization appears intent on committing cultural suicide.  The mass importation of a barbaric, intolerant, hostile and unassimilable culture, while protecting it from criticism by Draconian means, is truly disturbing.  The question is, how do we fight this Islamization?  How do we reverse it?

Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year Thoughts: Happy 2015!

Two-thousand fifteen has a nice ring to it.  Many of us feel hopeful on the first day of the year.  Maybe this year will be better than the last.  Maybe not.

The political problems seem severe:  the worst race relations in decades.  Riots, the knock-out game, widespread wildings of young blacks, the hateful anti-police movement -- all worry me.

The good news includes falling gasoline prices, a shot in the arm to the economy, and the fact that a Republican majority will preside over both the Senate and the House.  The odious Harry Reid will no longer be Senate Majority Leader.

For the past four weeks I have been applying for jobs with various tax preparation firms, and was offered a job by two different CPA firms just this week.  The pay rate offered is reasonable and will pay some bills.  My economic situation will be a big improvement over the past six years.  I accepted a job with a firm in Campbell, California and look forward to the tax season.

Here is wishing all conservatives a happy and prosperous New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Innuendo: The Democrat Campaign of Soft Slander

When the Democrats are out of power, they resort to a pervasive campaign of soft slander of Republicans.  This effort generally doesn't accuse any Republican of specific dishonorable acts, it merely implies unsavory connections.  This is soft slander, or innuendo.  Innuendo is defined as an indirect intimation about a person or thing, especially of a disparaging or a derogatory nature.

The idea is for the public to hear the innuendo, and put two and two together to get five.  Let's consider some recent examples.

1.  Lena Dunham, a leftist feminist, actress, screenwriter and producer wrote her autobiography, Not That Kind of Girl.  In her book, she claims she was raped while an undergraduate at Oberlin College.  Her alleged assailant was the lone campus Republican.

What is the connection between rape and Republicans?  There is none, but the implication is that Republicans are scumbags, prone to rape and abuse of women...as in the Democrat propaganda meme, the Republican War on Women.  Republicans have researched Dunham's claim, and have concluded that she had consensual sex with a Democrat.  Dunham merely lied about the encounter being non-consensual, and lied about her partner's political affiliation -- all to portray herself as a victim and add spice and marketability to her book.

2.  Steve Scalise, the House Republican Majority Whip, has been "exposed" as a speaker at a white supremacist conference held in 2002.  The conference was organized by a David Duke ally, one Kenneth Knight.  Therefore, the Democrat media wants you to believe that Scalise is a white supremacist (whatever that is) and a Neo-Nazi.  Newsbusters summarizes the implications of these charges:
Scalise is facing calls for his resignation of his GOP leadership position from the editorial boards of USA Today and the Chicago Tribune, and the scandal about his longtime ties to Duke and Duke’s circles has rocked Scalise, putting his entire political career in jeopardy.
However, Steve Scalise is neither a David Duke supporter, nor a white supremacist, nor a Neo-Nazi.  It has not been demonstrated that Scalise has any "longtime ties to Duke and Duke's circles." The Democrat attempt to paint him as such is another incident of "the politics of personal destruction," a nefarious political program that Democrat strategists have turned into a fine art.

A writer at the liberal website Salon, however, sheds important light on this manufactured controversy.  The hotel conference room where Scalise spoke was not the room reserved for the "white supremacist" group (known as EURO), and the speakers therein spoke on common areas of civic interest.  Scalise spoke on political issues (taxes, not related to race), a Red Cross spokesman spoke on CPR techniques, and a Sheriff's representative spoke on the Neighborhood Watch program.

 However, since these talks were given before the EURO conference began, some members of the EURO conference came into the room to listen to the speeches, all of which were unrelated to their conference or political beliefs.  Read more about it here.

Scalise is guilty of nothing.  However, the negative impression has now entered the mainstream media and the public consciousness, where it will germinate negative inferences in the minds of voters.

The Democrat Slander Machine is in full operation, and will poison the well of public opinion with one drop of arsenic at a time.  They are despicable.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It's COLD in California

Those weather reports about frigid, arctic air hitting California appear to be true.

I'm freezing my tush off.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Kimberlin Unmasked Is Back Online!

Some good news.  Kimberlin Unmasked is back online!

The proprietors of this website were the focus of Kimberlin's lawfare, along with several other bloggers, and for a time the website was taken offline.  Kimberlin apparently settled with the blog owners, and withdrew his lawsuit against them.  I figured they had caved to Kimberlin's legal extortion, along with two other defendants.  Apparently, this was not the case. (Or maybe it is the case -- see update below -- the blog is under new authorship.)

I don't know why, or how, Kimberlin Unmasked decided to get back into the fray, but I am so glad they did.  KU posts some great satire against Team Kimberlin, creating some funny Photoshop cartoons in the process.

The blog has been re-linked in my sidebar, and I intend to enjoy its output on a regular basis.  Check it out at the link above.

UPDATE:  Apparently, Kimberlin Unmasked is under new management.  Another anonymous blogger has taken over in the absence of the original authors.  He or she was able to grab the twitter account for Kimbelin Unmasked after it was abandoned by the original authors.  He/she was unable to acquire the original website name of KimberlinUnmasked.com, so started the new version under a new URL, namely, kimberlinunmask.com.

The After-Christmas Mindset: Put Away The Ornaments, Time To Get To Work!

Funny, when the clock strikes midnight on the morning of December 26, Christmas ends abruptly.  Now all those candy canes, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas songs, and various other holiday hoopla seem so passe.  My son, his wife and two dogs left for Los Angeles this morning, and the house seems empty now.  However, I won't complain.  I really enjoyed this Christmas season.

Now the warm fuzzy feelings of holiday cheer are replaced with a more serious focus, getting back to work, defeating progressivism in all its forms, making money, paying bills.  I really need a hard shell case for my string bass, to prevent bumps, scratches and bruises when transporting it to practice.  The case costs around $400, with $200 more for freight, if I buy it online.  However, my bass is worth around $4,000, and I need to protect my investment.

I am looking for new employment for the coming tax season, and have had several interviews, with another one scheduled for Monday.  All seem interested in hiring me, so I just have to pick out the one that suits me best:  paywise, and proximity to home to limit the commute.

I am scheduled for cataract surgery in the middle of January.  Not looking forward to the surgery, but it will be nice to see clearly again.



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Jesus Christ
Trees with lights
Sprigs of Holly
Santa Jolly
Candy Canes
Frosted Panes
Pumpkin Pie
Snow filled Sky
Turkey Dressing
A Pastor's Blessing
Baked Hams
Yellow Yams
Swirling Snow
A Fireplace Glow

--AND-- (the non-rhyming part)

Christmas Wreaths
Pine Cones
Colorfully Wrapped Presents with Ribbons
Great old Christmas Movies on TV
Egg Nog and Rum
Garish Winter Sweaters
Christmas Cards
Family and Friends
Naps by the Fire

Whatever Christmas means to you, here's hoping you will make new and pleasant memories of this day.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

It's the night before Christmas, and all through the house, and all that rot.

Christmas carols are playing on the Cable channel, my cat is begging me for attention and so I can't type.  At least I have wrapped all of my Christmas presents.  It was my best wrapping job ever, thanks to Google and videos on "how to wrap a present."  For once my presents don't look like they were slapped together by a madman.  One of the major tools in accomplishing this is double-back scotch tape.  You can hide the tape between the folds and the package looks much better that way.

My third son is here with his new wife and their two Pomeranian dogs.  Our tradition is to attend a Christmas party in San Jose with family and friends.  There will be lots of food, drink and conversation.  By the time we get home it will be Christmas morning.

We will spend Christmas day watching corny Christmas shows on television, eating, drinking hot cider, coffee or cocoa and being gloriously and decadently lazy.

Hope you have a great Christmas.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Tree in the Woods with Animated Snow #photoshop

I published this Photoshop last year, on Christmas Eve, 2013.  That didn't give anyone time to copy and post it elsewhere.  However, now that we are almost one year after its initial appearance, it has become my number one visited page.

Here it is again.  Merry Christmas y'all!  Feel free to repost on your website or blog.

For full enjoyment, start the YouTube video below and listen to "O Come All Ye Faithful" while watching the falling snow.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

A White Cop Speaks Out On Black Violence

Via Cohen Flaherty, I learned of this blog by a police officer called "Anonymous Cop."  He writes about the inner city where he works as a policeman, and has much experience with the people who live there (black people).  He is a political conservative.

In his latest blog post, Anonymous Cop writes that the greatest enemy of black people is themselves.  See his post From a White Cop: Blacks Fight For an End to All Violence Except Their Own.  He writes:
With exponentially higher abortion and murder rates throughout black communities than any other race, what right do blacks have to imply that anyone values their lives less than they do themselves? In some areas blacks abort more babies than are born and kill each other several times more than any other race. Blacks also murder other races at rate higher than other races murder them. Statistically, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that life in general appears to mean the least to blacks.
I will link to his blog in my left sidebar.  Other bloggers may wish to do the same.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Two Democrat Post-Midterm Strategies: False and Destructive, As Always

The Democrats are seeking to regain political traction after their historic losses in the recent midterm elections.  Two memes are becoming obvious.

One meme is that, omigod, the CIA tortured Islamic terrorists during the Bush Administration.  They fed Ensure to one poor wretch, whose only crime was that he masterminded the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon.  What horrible torture!  Oh yes, they even waterboarded him and two others.  Shame, shame!

Today they are having congressional hearings about these terrible crimes.  Diane Feinstein is faking outrage at such inhospitable treatment of these poor genocidal terrorists.

What's the purpose of this meme?  To sow shame among Americans and indirectly slam Republicans, since Bush was in power when these horrible sins happened.  Feinstein and Co aren't seeking to apologize to the world for Americans in general, they are seeking to apologize for Republican rule.

The other meme is that blacks are being slaughtered in the streets by racist white cops.  This meme is not only false, it is destructive of social peace, and may help to incite the race war some have warned about.  The latest example is that of idiots wearing T-Shirts that read "I Can't Breathe," referencing the death of Eric Garner who died after being put in a chokehold by police.  Garner's death was tragic, and may have been the result of police error or even incompetence, but it certainly wasn't racially motivated in any way.

Some radical black leaders have promised massive demonstrations all across the US to protest this mythical racism.  If they can make a pretense of civil unrest, they may scare the public into restoring the Democrat Socialists to power.

The real reason for this new "racist" meme is simple:  to keep blacks on the Democrat plantation, which has been increasingly difficult as many realize that Obama's presidency has hurt them badly.



Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Final Touch on Midterms: Mary Landrieu Defeated in Louisiana Senate Race!

Today was the runoff election in Louisiana, between incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican Challenger Bill Cassidy.  Polls have been predicting a rout for Cassidy over Landrieu, and now it's official:  Cassidy wins by 16 points.  Another Obamacare supporting Democrat has been giving her walking papers, yielding the 54th senate seat to Republicans, nine more than the Democrats hold.

Louisiana voters are said to have been angry at Obama and those who supported him, like much of the rest of the country.  From hero to zero in only six years!

Meanwhile, President Obama checked into the hospital with acid reflux.  Guess the bad news finally got to him.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Bass and Big Band Class Update

Thursday evening my big band class had its final practice for the semester.  The next semester begins January 15.

My note reading skill continues to evolve, and my ear gets better too, as time goes by.  Songs we have been studying lately include Caravan, Blue Monk, Georgia On My Mind and Sing, Sing, Sing.  This is in addition to our songs carried over from last semester, e.g. In The Mood and Pennsylvania 6-5000.  Next semester we will study Corner Pocket, Killer Joe, The More I see You and Don't Get Around Much Anymore.  

If you haven't heard of some of these songs, neither had I.  They were popular songs in the 1930s and 1940s and are still used for jazz.  You can find all of them on YouTube, played by various musicians, including the original artists.

The last two songs interest me greatly -- they are called "standards" in musical parlance, which usually means love song ballads -- think Michael Buble or Harry Connick Jr.  Playing jazz versions is called playing "jazz standards."  Jazz standards is what I most aspire to.  These are some of my favorite standards (in addition to the two previously noted):

Fly Me To The Moon
Stardust
Moon Glow
My Funny Valentine
Taking a Chance on Love
Baby It's Cold Outside
Thanks For The Memory
All of Me
Besame Mucho
Quando, Quando, Quando
A Foggy Day In London Town
Fever
Autumn Leaves
Misty
I've Got You Under My Skin

Those are some that immediately come to mind.  There are many more.

After our last practice ended, some of the other musicians told me that "the bass sounds really good," and that made me happy.

During the Christmas break, I hope to continue studying and practicing the song list on my own.  I feel that I am on the verge of a break-through, i.e. that point at which one rises to a new level of performance.

Here's Frank Sinatra singing "Fly Me To The Moon."  He really nails it.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Death of Eric Garner: Police Negligence and Excessive Force?

Another white cop has been cleared of wrong-doing in the death of a black suspect.  The suspect's name was Eric Garner.  Wikipedia describes his death:
On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner, an African American, died in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, after a police officer put him in a chokehold, a tactic banned by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).[5][6] Garner was initially approached by Officer Justin Damico on suspicion of selling “loosies”, single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps.[7][8] After Garner expressed to the police that he was tired of being harassed and that he was not selling cigarettes, officers made the move to arrest Garner. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, also on scene, put his arms around the much taller Garner's neck, applying a headlock or chokehold shown in a widely viewed video recording of the event.[1] Garner was pronounced dead approximately one hour later at the hospital.[9]
The chokehold may have been a major factor in Garner's death, but Garner was in bad health, and that contributed as well:
After the incident, city medical examiners concluded that Garner was killed by neck compression from the chokehold, along with “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police”. Contributing factors included bronchial asthma, heart disease, obesity, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.[10][11] Garner had health issues, including diabetes, sleep apnea and severe asthma.
Eric Garner was no angel.  He had a long record of criminality, most of which appears non-violent:
Garner had been previously arrested and was out on bail for selling untaxed cigarettes, driving without a license, marijuana possession and false personation. Garner had a criminal record that includes more than 30 arrests dating back to 1980 on charges such as assault, resisting arrest, grand larceny. An official said the charges include multiple incidents in which he was arrested for selling unlicensed cigarettes.
Okay, so did Garner deserve the rough treatment that resulted in his death?  I would have to say NO. His attempted arrest was for suspicion of a trivial crime.  The cop who choked him should have seen that the obese and older Garner might have health issues that would endanger his life -- or so it seems to me.  Rough arrests have resulted in deaths of suspects in other cases as well, either by taser or by ignoring serious medical conditions such as asthma or accidental asphyxiation.

Did the cop intend to kill Eric Garner?  I seriously doubt it.  However, the issues seem to be (1) was excessive force used to arrest Garner and (2) was police negligence a major factor in Garner's death?

I would vote for "all of the above," and a civil suit for wrongful death against the NYPD would seem appropriate.  However, the defense could argue contributory negligence.  If Garner had peacefully submitted to arrest, he'd still be alive.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The Causes of Interracial Strife: White Privilege or Black Dysfunction? Two Must-Read Articles

There are two must-read articles today on the causes of interracial strife.

The first is from Colin Flaherty at American Thinker, "Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime."  This past week David Ruenzel, a writer for the infamous Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), was killed in a black Oakland neighborhood.  The SPLC is well-known for its attacks on anyone who is not far-left on the questions of race, immigration and crime.  It is so aggressive that it has often called people's employers and attempted to get them fired for beliefs and opinions not shared by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Others are merely listed online as racists and bigots, and include prominent conservatives who oppose unlimited third world immigration or report the ongoing atrocities of Muslims.  

David Ruenzel was a proponent of "critical race theory" and a critic of "white privilege."  It appears Ruenzel was killed by the people he worked so long and so hard to protect and defend. 

The second article is by Fred Reed, "Fergusons In Perpetuity, Thoughts On The Unfixable." Fred's article is brutal in its honest depiction of intelligence differences between blacks and other racial groups.  The IQ gap is significant, and probably explains why blacks regularly destroy their own habitat through riots, looting and burning.  Fred writes:
Two questions, methinks, arise from Ferguson's latest outburst. The first, political, is "Why does the country tolerate it?" The second, more anthropologically interesting, is "Why the eerie incapacity of underclass blacks to understand evidence, or law, or much of anything?" Of the countless explanations given for the poor performance and poor behavior of blacks in the US, one of them dares not speak its name: Low intelligence.
It seems that the lower average IQ of blacks also explains their low impulse control, their lack of empathy for their victims, their inability to foresee the likely consequences of their criminal behavior.