Monday, September 26, 2016

First DebateTonight!

The first presidential debate takes place tonight.  I surely don't need to listen to a debate to decide for whom I want to vote.  Some people do, apparently -- the low information voters.  Hillary will be trying to make Trump look like an ogre.  Let's hope he keeps his cool.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Michael Savage's Stream of Consciousness

I was just listening to Michael Savage on the radio.  I have noted this many times before, that Savage doesn't have a prepared show.  His show is just his own personal "stream of consciousness," saying whatever pops into his head.  His thoughts meander in many directions, but there is no show prep, no recordings of news snippets on which to comment, few, if any, references to published articles or news stories.  The whole idea seems to just keep talking for the two hours of his show.  For me, it gets boring quickly.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The 2016 Presidential Elections and Polls (#Trump, #Hillary)

Speaking of Great Pumpkins rising out of the Pumpkin Patch, it looks as if Hillary's pumpkin may not be rising after all.  She is behind Trump in the latest polls, and the electoral college is all tied up.  Some websites are saying that the race is over, that Hillary is headed for defeat.  I certainly hope so, but you never can count on anything until the votes are counted.

I see former President George H.W. Bush will be voting for Hillary Clinton.  Bush is all upset because Trump massacred his son's political chances -- I refer to the awful Jeb Bush.  Jeb Bush is the quintessential liberal establishment Republican, who supported Muslim and illegal immigration and even transgenders in the military.  He would have been a disaster as President.  Drudge Report today described former President Bush as "Hillary's Bush," a funny and not so subtle reference to the fact that Mr. Bush is one giant pussy.

The presidential debates are a week away, and Shrillary has to be trembling in her pantsuit.  She is a terrible speaker and has so many targets pasted on her prodigious behind that Trump should have an easy time of it:  Benghazi, Email Server, Clinton Foundation and corruption.  Then there are the books of former guards and associates that describe how vile, profane and vitriolic Hillary really is, when out of sight of the public.

The question is, will Hillary even show up?  She has far more to lose than gain in the debates.  Will she have another coughing fit during the debates?  Will she call in sick?  Or will she just state that she will not share a public platform with the "racist, sexist, Xenophobic, Islamophobic" Donald?


Monday, September 19, 2016

Linus and the Great Pumpkin Patch (#Illustrator, #Photoshop #Halloween)

This image is way too early for Halloween, but it is how I spent most of my day and I am anxious to share it.  I drew Linus and the Pumpkins with Adobe Illustrator, but the leaves and everything else was created with Photoshop.  Save it and use it for Halloween if you like.







Trannies in the Navy

IN THE NAVY

The U.S. Navy is now providing mandatory training to all personnel on the acceptance and support of transgender recruits in the Navy.

Transgender sailors are those who like to dress up like girls:  cute dresses, lipstick, mascara.  How sweeeeeeet.

Our country has become a bad joke.  What's a girlie-man going to do in combat?  Hit the enemy with his purse?

And what's next in the cultural disruption program?  Will exhibitionists be allowed in?  Will they be provided with trench coats?

Perhaps practitioners of bestiality will be the next victim-group.  Men will marry cows at Annapolis as uniformed officers present an arch of swords overhead to honor the newlyweds as they walk down the aisle.  Anti-cow people will be called racists.  Target will open its bathrooms and dressing rooms to quadrupeds.  The Democratic Convention will feature a horse as its keynote speaker.

We so need a revolution.  Until we can arrange one, VOTE TRUMP.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

My Drawing of Charlie Brown (#Illustrator)

I figured I could study or draw Charlie Brown.  Charlie won.  I drew him in a blue shirt instead of the usual orange or yellow.

Charles Schultz, the cartoonist who invented the comic series "Peanuts," knew well the cares and concerns of grade school kids.  There were kite-eating trees, baseball teams that never won a game, little Red Haired girls that captured your heart.  There was an obnoxious brunette (Lucy) who tricked you into kicking a football that was drawn away at the last minute.

 The upside of childhood, however, was a loyal dog with a great imagination (at times assuming the role of a World War I Ace pilot, a lawyer, or a writer), and whose best friend was a bird who often flew upside down.  There was Peppermint Patty, a kind of young hippie/tomboy who wore sandals and played great baseball, and Linus, a kid who was overly attached to a blanket and who believed in The Great Pumpkin.

Charlie Brown, however, was the chief protagonist in this drama of life, always screwing up, failing at everything he tried, enduring one humiliation after another, but who never quit trying.  Alas, he never was able to connect with the little Red-Haired girl whom he loved from afar.

There are a lot of us who can identify with Charlie Brown.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fall Scene 2016 #Photoshop

Just for fun.  Trying out brushes and experimenting a bit with Photoshop.

The bark on the tree is real.  I copied it from a picture and used the "paste into" function to put it on my drawn tree trunk.

The pumpkins could be more realistic.  I used Adobe Illustrator to make them, then put them into my Photoshop graphic.

I did not create the barn.  It is from a picture found on the web.




September 11: 15 Years Ago Today; Muslim Atrocities Continue

Twin Towers Destroyed, 9/11/2001

Fifteen years ago today, most Americans were introduced to a violent and hateful ideology:  ISLAM.  Nineteen Muslims hijacked four commercial jet airliners and used the planes as Kamikaze flying bombs to destroy the Twin Towers and damage the Pentagon.  The fourth airplane was diverted from its unknown target by the passengers, who attempted to storm the cockpit.  The panicked Muslims flying the plane opted to dive the plane into the ground, killing everyone on board.  Total people murdered by Muslins on 9/11/2001:  2,996.  Over 6,000 were injured, and property damage was around 10 billion dollars.  Link.

Since that terrible day, Muslims, acting on behalf of their religion, have perpetrated numerous atrocities all across the globe.  The major ones that occurred in the United States include:

1.  Fort Hood, Texas:  In November 2009, a Muslim officer, one Nidal Hassan, opened fire on soldiers and civilians, killing 13 and wounding another 32.  Link.   The perpetrator sits on death row in an army prison.

2.  Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts:  On April 15, 2013, two Muslim immigrants planted bombs among the spectators of the Boston Marathon.  When the bombs exploded, three people were killed and 264 others were wounded, some losing arms or legs.  The terrorist-Muslims also shot to death a policeman in their bid to escape.  Link.  One perpetrator was killed and the other now sits on death row.

3.  San Bernardino, California:  On December 2, 2015, two Muslim immigrants ( a man and his wife) invaded a Christmas banquet and shot to death 80 people and wounded 22 more.  Both Muslims were shot to death by police.  Link.

4.  Orlando, Florida:  On June 12, 2016, a Muslim American invaded a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and shot and killed 49 people, and wounded another 53.  Link.   The perpetrator was shot to death by police.

These are the major Muslim attacks on America, but there were numerous other failed attempts, and several smaller incidents where only one or two people were killed.

All of these attacks have these facts in common:

1.  All of the attacks were carried out by devout Muslims acting on behalf of their religion.

2.  All of the victims were unknown to the attackers, innocents killed at random for no other reason than this:  they were not Muslims.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Ahh, September!

A Stogie Photoshop Depicting Fall

September is here, and already I can feel the faint stirrings of Fall.  More subdued sunlight, a slight chill in the mornings.  I love this time of year.

Some slightly good news:  Trump is edging ahead of Hillary in political polls.  She will probably find a way to steal the election with so many powerful institutions on her side, e.g. the major media, the Dept of Homeland Security, the mainstream GOP.  Nevertheless, I have hope that she will be defeated and the country saved.

Right now, two things are vying for my attention:  a corporate tax return, due September 15, continuing professional education -- I need another 28 hours by December 1st to renew my CPA license.  After those chores are under control, I will explore ways to create more graphical art using Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.  I love doing graphic art.

Well that corporate tax return won't prepare itself, so over and out, homies.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Gene Wilder Died Today. He Was 83. #GeneWilder

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, one of my favorite all-time comedians, died today from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.  He was 83 years old.

For several decades of my life, Gene Wilder was a name that would bring a smile to my face.  He was fantastic in "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," as well as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."  The first two films mentioned were a source of great belly laughs to me and my family.  He was truly a very funny guy.

Gene was once married to Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner, until she died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

I'll miss him.

Carlos Danger (AKA Anthony Weiner) Returns! (#Weiner)

Drudge today tells us that Anthony Weiner, a sexting Democrat, has returned.  A few years back Weiner was pressured to resign from Congress after tweeting a picture of his erection (under his gym shorts) to the public by accident.  He claimed his account had been hacked, but was ultimately forced to admit he just screwed up.

Weiner is married to a Muslim woman, Huma Abedin, who is Hillary's chief aid.

I previously wrote about Weiner's escapades in several posts, but my favorite is this one from July 27, 2013, in which I described him as "the Walter Mitty of Masculine Sexuality":

Anthony Weiner:  the Walter Mitty of Masculine Sexuality #Weiner

July 27, 2013

What a Sex Pot
Anthony Weiner is an embarrassment, not only to the Democratic Party, but to men in general.  He is running for Mayor of New York, but it recently came to light that he has been "sexting," sending salacious text messages to young women, posing online as "Carlos Danger" and displaying his genitals digitally.  This week he held a joint news conference with his wife, admitting his online foolishness while his wife dutifully stood by him.

This is not Weiner's first forage into madness.  Back in 2011 he accidentally tweeted a picture of his crotch with an erection, which led to his resignation from Congress after it was revealed he lied about it to the media, falsely claiming that his Twitter account had been "hacked."  I wrote about his foolishness here.

After resigning from Congress, he kept right on doing his online pursuits, meeting women online and sending sexy texts and revealing images of himself.

The man has a serious problem.  He apparently has a deep need for young women to find him sexy and masculine and desirable.  Unfortunately, he has only the sex appeal of Don Knotts or Steve Urkel to fulfill his Sean Connery fantasy.  Anthony Weiner is not only not handsome, he is rather homely, nerdy and utterly forgettable.

Weiner reminds me of the Walter Mitty character featured in James Thurber's short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."  Walter Mitty is a senior citizen, not terribly competent at anything, and led around by his wife who manages him closely.  During a shopping trip to the city, Walter Mitty engages in one heroic fantasy after the other.  He imagines himself to be the commander of an airship during a fierce battle, a defendant in a murder trial who is a crack shot, a World War I Airforce captain who must fly through hell:
. . "The cannonading has got the wind up in young Raleigh, sir," said the sergeant. Captain Mitty looked up at him through tousled hair. "Get him to bed," he said wearily, "with the others. I'll fly alone." "But you can't, sir," said the sergeant anxiously. "It takes two men to handle that bomber and the Archies are pounding hell out of the air. Von Richtman's circus is between here and Saulier." "Somebody's got to get that ammunition dump," said Mitty. "I'm going over. Spot of brandy?" He poured a drink for the sergeant and one for himself. War thundered and whined around the dugout and battered at the door. There was a rending of wood and splinters flew through the room. "A bit of a near thing," said Captain Mitty carelessly. 'The box barrage is closing in," said the sergeant. "We only live once, Sergeant," said Mitty, with his faint, fleeting smile. "Or do we?" He poured another brandy and tossed it off. "I never seen a man could hold his brandy like you, sir," said the sergeant. "Begging your pardon, sir." Captain Mitty stood up and strapped on his huge Webley-Vickers automatic. "It's forty kilometers through hell, sir," said the sergeant. Mitty finished one last brandy. "After all," he said softly, "what isn't?" The pounding of the cannon increased; there was the rat-tat-tatting of machine guns, and from somewhere came the menacing pocketa-pocketa-pocketa of the new flame-throwers. Walter Mitty walked to the door of the dugout humming "Aupres de Ma Blonde." He turned and waved to the sergeant. "Cheerio!" he said. . . .
Weiner is the Walter Mitty of masculine sexuality.  Carlos Danger's desired prowess exists only in his imagination.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Problems With Black People: a Fred Reed Article

Fred Reed isn't always right, but he's right about this:  the chronic problems of black people appear unsolvable and intractable.  Fred writes:

It isn’t working. The racial thing, I mean. The hunting of whites, beatings of whites, calls for attacks on whites. In the age of cell phones, the media can hide only so much.
To avoid admitting that we are seeing a racial insurgency, the media insist that the police are the problem. They are not. Blacks are unmistakably gripped by a powerful racial hatred of white people. If the police were perfect, nothing would change.
There seems to be no solution. The underlying problem that will not go away is that blacks as a race have not shown themselves able to function in a modern society. Degrees and exceptions yes, but the central fact remains. One is not supposed to say this, and would that it were not true, but it is.
Read it all here. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Elections: We're Screwed Again

The polls are showing Hillary winning the election in November.  It's hard to believe that the American people could be that totally dumb, uninformed and out of touch.  But they are.  Here's why:

1.  The mainstream media has never been so partisan.  They report what they want you to hear, suppress what they don't, and spin bad news that they can't hide.  The major media is Democrat and an arm of the Democratic Party.  There is no objective journalism in the United States.

2.  Most people are low information voters.  They make their voting decision on sound bites and fleeting impressions of the candidates.  They are lazy and uninformed.  They don't bother to realize that how they vote affects their own pocket books, personal security and long-term prospects.

3.  Donald Trump has shot himself in the foot too many times.  When you are the head of a multimillion dollar corporation, you can say anything you want in the workplace; no one will dare challenge you.  That doesn't work in the public arena.  Trump has given the media a lot of ammunition to use against him.  His recent acknowledgement and apology for this may help some, but there are only two months before the election.  Time is not on his side.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pamela Geller: a Graphic Portrait in Adobe Illustrator CC

I have been working on this graphic for a week, spending many hours learning how to do it.  I did the graphic as a learning exercise for Adobe Illustrator CC, and yes, I did learn a lot.  You learn by doing.

This is my portrait of Pamela Geller.  Is it perfect?  No.  But it ain't bad for a first serious effort at creating a digital portrait using Adobe Illustrator.  This program is not user friendly.  It's complicated, because it does a lot of complicated things.  Use as you see fit.





Saturday, August 20, 2016

Watching Hogewash! on Your Computer

Per a request:


Learning Adobe Illustrator CC

I purchased Adobe Illustrator last week, and have been spending many hours attempting to learn it.  It is just about as difficult to learn as Photoshop.  What I really want to do is to create vector art with it, drawing and painting portraits of people, especially famous people.

This week I have been following a five part YouTube tutorial, using Pamela Geller as my chosen subject.  She is a beautiful, well-known conservative woman, and that is why I picked her.  Certain parts of the portrait have been completed with pretty fair results, namely, the eyes and mouth and teeth.  I am not satisfied with the teeth yet, however.

Still to do:  the nose, the contours of the face, using the blend mode.  The great thing about attempting this portrait is that it forces me to learn to use the Illustrator graphic tools, and to research problems as they arise.  In other words, to build a skill set through dire necessity.

Illustrator can create graphic art that is photo realistic.  Take for example this Illustrator drawing I found on the web.  The lips could be better -- they look too dry.  The teeth, however, are amazingly lifelike.




Friday, August 12, 2016

Adobe Illustrator: My First Attempt

I have added Adobe Illustrator to my graphics programs.  It is a vector graphics program -- that means it draws pictures.  The graphic at the left is my first attempt, using a tutorial I found on YouTube.  Frankly, it isn't very good.  However, the only way to learn a graphics art program is to use it, learn what controls do what.  So my first learning episode is done, and I will seek a more sophisticated tutorial for my next attempt.


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Brett Kimberlin Says W.J.J. Hoge is "Nuttier Than a Fruitcake"(Photoshop, Satire)

My latest Photoshop.  Lately Brett Kimberlin has been claiming in his court filings that his legal opponent, W.J.J. Hoge, is "nuttier than a fruitcake."  Yeah right.  If you are unfamiliar with Brett Kimberlin, he is a felon who dealt drugs and who was convicted of setting bombs in and around Speedway, Indiana back in the 70's.  His latest activities include filing numerous frivolous lawsuits against bloggers who criticize his past and present misdeeds.  One of his more determined legal opponents is Mr. Hoge, who is suing Kimberlin for malicious prosecution.  Mr. Hoge is the man on the right below.

Read Mr. Hoge's blog at www.hogewash.com.


Back From Spokane

I just got back from Spokane, Washington, visiting my son in the hospital.  Dooj (his nickname) is my eldest son and suffers from lupus and a severe infection.  He is healing, but has a ways to go before he can go home.  He has been hospitalized for two months, and will probably spend another two to three months in a rehabilitation facility before he can be released.

Spokane was interesting.  It has a small town feel, two lane roads, old houses and buildings of brick.  It felt comfortable.  Here in Hollister, California, where I live, there is a sizable Hispanic population.  In Spokane the population seems to be a white majority.  For me, that means there is no significant "other" there, and frankly, I liked that.  I am not big on multiculturalism.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hillary's Speech and Chances for Election

I got in from band practice Thursday evening and watched a replay of Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention.  Once again, I was not impressed and felt no fear of Trump losing to her in the general election.  He may lose, but it won't be because of her rambling, boring speech.

Will Hillary receive a bounce in the polls because of the Democratic convention?  We shall see.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dinesh D'Souza's Errant Tale: "Hillary's America"

I heard Dinesh D'Souza on Rush Limbaugh's show this morning.  D'Souza was discussing his documentary "Hillary's America," and made some misleading or downright false remarks about the Democrat Party that deserve to be refuted.

Now I am a strong Trump supporter, conservative and Republican, and would love to see Hillary go down to a historic defeat in November.  However, I am also a Confederate descendant, and I object to false memes which attempt to blame slavery and the Ku Klux Klan on the Democratic Party.  This is dishonest reporting and a distortion of historical truth.  However, even if it were true, which it is not, it would be irrelevant to the politics of today.

Further, the Democratic Party of 1860 and the one of 2016 are not remotely the same, nor is there any thread or carryover of 19th century politics into those of the 21st century.  The 21st century Democratic Party is a very different animal from that of 150 years ago.  To attempt to smear the current party with the one of ancient history is dishonest and unfair.  Moreover, it is irrelevant.

The fact is, the modern Democratic Party is the worst version of itself since the founding of the Republic.  It is fascistic in some ways, and communistic (as in globalist) in others.  It should be totally repudiated by the American people, but for its current malfeasance, corruption and tyranny, not for the actions of another century.

If you disagree, perhaps the Democrats should label us as the party of American Indian genocide, starvation of thousands of former slaves following the War for Southern Independence, high tariffs, mass murder of civilians, crimes against humanity, and theft of Hawaii from its people.

I'll have more to say about specific claims made by D'Souza later on.  Today I have to get ready for band practice and don't have the time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bubba's Speech to the Democratic Convention, 2016

Bill Clinton's speech to the Democratic Convention yesterday was telling.  His job was to laud, praise and recommend his wife, Hillary Clinton, to be President of the United States.  He didn't have much to say regarding Hillary's accomplishments:  she doesn't have many.  Instead, he talked about their grand romance, their courtship, their wedding.  Since everyone is aware of Bill's prodigious infidelity, the tale was a bit hard to believe.

After watching much of the proceedings of Day 2, I felt no fear or apprehension about Hillary's chances for election.  Even Slick Willie couldn't B.S. her resume into something substantive and impressive.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Politics Suck and The GOP Convention 2016

I haven't written much lately.  I have been too disgusted and too lazy.

I've been watching the GOP Convention in Cleveland, and feel that it has been pretty good so far.  I loved the way Giuliani and Gingrich savaged Hillary in speeches to the convention.

The Democrat Convention will be a freak fest of weirdos, Marxists and nut balls.  They will be vicious in their attempt to continue the destruction of  American liberty, prosperity and sovereignty.

Meanwhile, the butt-hurt anti-Trump "conservative" losers continue their descent into irrelevancy.  I will redo my blog face soon, and delete a lot of them from my blog roll.  That would include Moonbattery, Red State, National RINO Online and others.

Right now, I am looking forward to Donald Trump's speech to the Convention tonight.

Monday, July 04, 2016

RATS: Republicans Against Trump

To the Republicans who support Hillary, either directly or indirectly, I say, "A pox on you.  I can hardly wait to reregister as something other than a Republican.  I will never support the Establishment GOP again."

Graphic found on FaceBook

The True Meaning of July 4th


























Found on FaceBook

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Stogie Health Update

My illnesses have healed up and my son in Washington is improving.  Son will be in for a long convalescence, however, considering the seriousness of his infection.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father & Son Both Sick

Last week I came down with a kidney infection.  The pain was debilitating, and I spent several days in bed or on the couch.  I am on antibiotics and the infection is on the wane.  I will take the antibiotics for another ten days per the doctor's advice, to make sure the nasty bug is really dead.

My eldest son in Washington State also came down with a serious infection, and is currently in the intensive care unit of a hospital.  He is having his second surgery tomorrow (Monday) and will remain in the ICU for a few more days.  The nurse on station told us that he is responding to the medication and is in stable condition.  That's good.  I feared that we were going to lose him.

We are planning to fly to Spokane to visit him on Saturday this week.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Islam Has Got to Go

By now everyone has heard about the Muslim man who shot and killed over 50 people in a gay nightclub last night in Orlando, Florida.  Islam is a religion of mass murder -- anyone who has read the Koran is aware of that.  As long as there are great numbers of Muslims among us, these incidents of mass murder will continue.  I have harped on that theme over and over again for the past ten years.  Nothing has changed, not even the left's denial of Islam's barbaric nature.  Many on the Alt Right also deny Islam's true nature, blaming Muslim violence on "blow back" or the false flags of some great conspiracy.

Islam has got to go.  But until we can devise a plan for ridding the planet of this malevolent ideology, we must first separate ourselves from Muslims.  All Islamic immigration into the west must stop.  Now, without exception.  All foreign aid and military assistance to Muslim countries must cease. Recent Muslim immigrants must be collected and sent back to their nations of origin.

Here are some useful facts.

The enemy of my enemy is not my friend.  Some see in Muslim jihadists potential allies against the "Great Satan," the United States.  No matter what your beef against the USA, whether it be Mexicans who want California back, Southerners who want their country back, communists who want to end capitalism, paranoid conspiracy-theorists who want their theories validated -- Islam is not their friend.  Islam is only the friend of Islam.  This was well established by Muhammad, war lord and bandit, who invented the religion back in the 7th Century.

Muhammad was a megalomaniac, like other tyrants in history (Gengis Khan, Caligula, Tamerlane, Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great) he wanted to rule the world, or much of it.  He thirsted for power and riches, and had no empathy for his fellow man.  Muhammad was just another tyrant in the long sweep of history.  However, without royalty or station or any other claim to leadership, he had to invent his own.  Thus he became a "prophet of God," a man so revered and respected by God that the Deity granted him control of all the earth.  His mission:  to forcefully unite the world under the new religion of Islam, and kill or enslave any who refused to go along.

Of course, during the holy wars to accomplish this, a lot of "booty," i.e. treasure was collected in the process, one-fifth of which went to Muhammad, the rest divided among his henchmen.  Other prizes of war included human beings to be sold into slavery, and young women to rape.  And land, of course, like the date farms of the Jews he conquered.  This was an appealing profession for every Arabic cutthroat and bandit of the era -- to murder, rob, and rape for God, all with His blessing!  No need to even feel slightly guilty.  This was God's work.

But Muhammad wasn't satisfied.  He always wanted more, more, more.  So he ordered continuing warfare against all mankind, to make them obeisant to Allah, the god he invented.  Of course, a side benefit was that as Allah's prophet, Muhammad would get to rule the world and avail himself of all of its riches.  Some cynics suspect that this was Muhammad's main goal all along, Allah or no Allah.

Muhammad was a smart cookie.  He had to give his armies great incentive to prevail in battle, to be unconquerable and irresistible.  To do this, he had to remove their fear of death.  So the pretext for martyrdom was invented.  Any Muslim soldier who died in Muhammad's wars of conquest would go directly to Heaven, bypassing the Day of Judgment.  In fact, this was the only sure way to get to Heaven.  A non-combatant Muslim's chance of Heaven was only one in one thousand.  A Muslim who died in battle was sure of his Heavenly abode.  Further, he could bring with him 60 or 70 family members and friends who died peacefully -- so his mom, sisters, wives, uncles, cousins -- whoever -- could get to Heaven on his dime.  Muhammad's strategy was ingenious -- not only did it take away the fear of death among his followers, it actually made death desirable.  This created ruthless and relentless soldiers who were very difficult to defeat.

This strategy worked well for Muhammad, and Islam forcefully expanded rapidly throughout Arabia.  Unfortunately, 1,384 years after his death, the great killing machine that Muhammad set in motion goes on.  Young Muslim men are ready, willing and able to continue the War on All Mankind, dying in jihad (holy war) to ensure that they and their loved ones go to Heaven.  A Heaven, it seems, that is presided over by the most vicious version of God ever created.

Stogie's Background:  After the 911 attack on New York, I began reading books on Islam to understand its beliefs, methods and motivations.  I have read around 18 books on the history and practices of Islam, including the Koran and the classic "Life of Mahomet" by Sir William Muir.