CUBA. That bastion of Freedom in the Western Hemisphere, has been removed from the ‘official’ list of those nations known to sponsor terrorism.
And travel restrictions have been lessened.
I wonder what has changed?
And I wonder about all those folks who suffered torture and death under the Fidel/Raul Castro regime? Who are still imprisoned.
And their families, both in Cuba and in The United States.
Of course, we still do mega-business with The People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam.
Perhaps we are just playing catch-up?
who shot up attempted to shoot up wounded a cop and became DRT* had lived and worked in Arizona.
One reportedly owned a pizza shop. The other was on probation. Somehow, they obtained a firearm and went to Texas to attempt to decimate the free speech of folks making fun of Mohammad.
fascinated annoyed by folks who come here or choose to live here, but don’t understand basic tenets of the Republic, like Free Speech.
If you don’t want to see cartoons making fun of your religious founder, go live in Saudi Arabia. I’m certain the State there doesn’t allow such fall-de-ral!
I remember one of the clowns who flew the planes into the Twin Towers lived here (right across from my former workplace TMCCC!) and went to flight school here.
It not Arizona’s fault. We just happen to be a somewhat-free venue.
A paradox, for sure.
Yeah, we need open borders. Hell, let everyone in – the more the merrier!
This is one topic with which I disagree with the Libertarian (large L) Party. In order to maintain some kind of National Sovereignty, I believe we need to control immigration. Sure, if the whole world were a free market, open borders could work.
But, it isn’t.
And there are those who think a Constitutional Republic needs to progress past it to ‘Utopia’.
Ain’t gonna happen.
(An unrelated aside – Have you noticed, no one says “It’s a free country!”, anymore? I wonder why?)
Ed Routh (the guy accused of killing American Sniper Chris Kyle) has been painted with the ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’ brush.
The poor bastard.
We know about PTSD – didn’t you see Bruce Dern in Coming Home?
The problem is, perhaps he is actually a terrorist?
When we evaluate cases for potential Muslim terrorists, we always look for physical signs like a trimmed mustache and a beard that is lesser trimmed. And when it comes to a crime that was committed, we look at who the victims are. In the story on Eddie Routh who murdered Chris Kyle, there are signs of concern, especially the facial hair, it does match the profile of a convert.Also, Routh was a prison guard over Muslim terrorists at Bilad Airbase in Baghdad in 2007. He never served in battle, but spent most of his time looking and talking to Muslims in jail. He could have likely interacted with the inmates and got converted; prison has a higher conversion rate than any mosque. Also, why would he kill a Navy seal who was known to have killed so many terrorists?Although there needs to be more investigations to prove that Routh converted to Islam, the possibilities are there. After all, there could be a motive to kill Kyle who became a wanted man for the Sunni insurgents he was targeting, had a price put on his head and was dubbed the Shaitan – devil – of Ramadi. That plus Kyle was an ‘Islamophobe’ who was open about his rightful hatred for Islam and the Quran. This makes him wanted.Examining his killer gives also clues. “During a phone call with his father, Routh expressed sympathy for the detainees and discontent over how the US was conducting the war as well as his reluctance to engage in combat” and “While working as a guard at Balad Air Base, Routh laments his [Muslim] prisoners’ poor living conditions”.What the media says that Routh had Post Traumatic Disorder is simply untrue. According to The Warfighter Foundation:
“Eddie Routh served one tour in Iraq in 2007, at Balad Air Base (the 2nd largest U.S. installation in Iraq), with no significant events. No combat experience. Let me say that again, he NEVER SAW COMBAT or any aspect of traumatic events associated with a combat deployment (i.e. incoming mortar or rocket fire). He never left the base, EVER.”
The Warfighter Foundation, a nonprofit veterans group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain information about Routh’s service record. It was through the information they received…
Surprised the Administration hasn’t labelled him with workplace violence, as they did the Fort Hood shooter…
h/t Mike Miles
One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is petitioning the European Union to pass new legislation that would permit Jewish community members to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Sadly, a leader in the European Jewish community NAMED COOPER (ironically), disagrees.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said that while guns could help Jews defend themselves against an individual attack, only authorities can protect them against a mass attack like those carried out in France.
“As to personally being armed, such a move could help when a Jewish person is threatened by thugs, but won’t help if G-d forbid, Charlie-type terror attacks are launched,” Cooper said.
And, of course, the ever more anti-Semitic Europe will continue to debate this, while not only the Jewish community, but most Europeans, are unable to defend themselves against crime or terror.
Except, of course, the Swiss!
While France, in response to the recent attacks, pushes for MORE gun control laws!
And to the
hundreds thousands of others…(in part)
First all, a little more self-confidence in your own culture and civilization is a must. Right now. Stop apologizing for existing. Stop acting like the West invented all the evils of millennia in the past 4 centuries. And that the West has contributed ZERO good in that time. We are the ‘Best Civilization EVAH!’ Sure it’s subjective, but we all gotta get on board with that. (New Jovian Thunderbolt)
As I oft intone, you should go to the link and see the whole essay.
I believe in The United States, warts and all. Western Europe, not so much. There are myriad reasons our ancestors left their shores to come here.
There are reports of massive Jewish emigration from Paris in recent days, and of Sharia Law Zones in Britain and Paris where even the police don’t wish to go. And of parts of Europe where Registration of Jews has begun again!
Sadly, the Islamic Experience is much more spotty, when it comes to evolving as a culture. They still subjugate women, and the fundamentalists despise those unlike themselves. There are exceptions – the moderate Muslims who have been protecting Christians in Egypt and those who have protected Jews in Morocco.
And the king of Jordan, a direct descendant of Mohammad, marching with the forty thousand in Paris.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana
I don’t need a twisted cross to see the handwriting on the wall.
First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the magazine staff slaughtered by Muslim extremists in Paris.
Having said that, I don’t know what nuances ‘freedom of speech’ hold in France, but I am familiar with those nuances here.
And I side with those who do, say and publish vile things – the Piss Christ (jar with a crucifix submerged in urine) as ‘art'; some play in NYC where a Mormon has a Book of Mormon inserted rectally as part of a ‘performance'; those Westboro Baptist Church idiots…
And those who burn the American Flag as a means of social and political protest.
I side with their right to freedom of expression; this doesn’t mean I agree with them!
But, now we come to those bastards who killed 12 people in Paris (a largely gun-free zone) because they had the nerve to publish cartoons making fun of the prophet Mohammad – something Muslim extremists find reprehensible.
I’ve no problem with Muslims going about their daily business and worshiping as they please. And I can understand being upset at Mohammad being made light of, just as most Americans find the artistic and dramatic expressions mentioned earlier disgusting.
But most Americans wouldn’t kill people for exercising their ‘freedom of expression’.
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The way to overcome them in this instance is to overwhelm them with disrespect and mockery. They can silence one magazine, but they can’t silence the entire Internet. Every blogger, of every political stripe, be it left, right, and everywhere in between, needs to realize that freedom of speech and freedom of the press are the two keystones of your ideology, whatever it may be. You need to make a stand. You need to make these terrorists lose the ideological battle. And the way to do that is to republish the Mohammed cartoons yourselves. Today. Right now.”(Sipsey Street Irregulars, PJ Media)
Lafayette, we are here!
(Recognizing, of course, that my tiny blog is infinitesimal in the world of self-expression and free press. But we must take a stand somewhere. Please go to the PJMedia link above and select one or more hated cartoons and put it(them) out there. For the good of all freedom-loving people – Guffaw)
So said (on camera) Michael Brown’s stepfather after the announcement of no true bill was made by the Ferguson prosecutor.
Rumors are The United States Department of Justice will be pursuing civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson.
No word as to whether or not Michael Brown’s stepfather will be brought up on inciting to riot charges…
If the above protestor’s sign is true, wouldn’t there be many more Black folks killed by White law enforcement officers than Black folks killed by other Black folks?
AND, if it is true, shouldn’t the reverse also be true? Shouldn’t this Constitutional Republic Nation be charged with capturing and imprisoning all the folks, who by their selfish acts of violence, thievery and terrorism, are trying to bring down the Nation? Isn’t the above suggesting insurrection and treason?
I know what some of you are thinking. You are thinking protest is allowed. A Right. It certainly is. Lawful protest, for a redress of grievances.
This doesn’t include destruction of property, and looting. Never has looting been a form of protest. It is a form of burglary and vandalism.
But (you say) the Founding Fathers destroyed property as a form of protest! Remember The Boston Tea Party?
It’s true, not only did the Founding Fathers and their brethren (and sistern) destroy property – they killed officers of the British Crown. And denied allegiance to the same. TREASON.
They already had concepts of a replacement government in place when they did so. I don’t think the
protestors burglars and vandals in Ferguson have such an agenda. I think most of them are self-serving useful idiots of Lenin.
And while we’re on the subject of Tea Parties. The Left has branded ‘the Tea Party movement’ as racist, largely because anyone against the President’s agenda is colored racist. No (or scant) evidence. The Big Lie. A Big Lie repeated often enough is perceived as truth. And that it was an idea from a Nazi the protestor above is using to further an agenda.
A Nazi who would have killed her just as soon look at her.
If only these protesters had read history, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s writings on non-violent protest…
h/t Theo Spark
Or at least use these flashlight functions on your cellular telephone!
From Old NFO
Spurious Flashlight Functions
500 million downloads nationwide so far…
Top ten flashlight aps are malware that log all your contact, position and transactions and send the data to one of three countries, China, Russia and India. Can’t just wipe the app, you have to wipe the app and then reset the phone to factory defaults to wipe out the Trojan code area.
You may have this on your phone!
And I thought cyberterrorism was just compromising our power grid.
NOPE – now it’s PERSONAL!
(I suspect I will be branded as such – as if I’ve not been already – after posting THIS! – Guffaw)
From Rev. Paul, in part…
While much attention has been paid to the administration’s announcement of further restrictions and infringements on that which shall not be infringed, we mustn’t forget that there are other forces at play. (…)
(…)Case in point: an Anglican bishop stated, in 2009, “”Many bishops prefer to turn their heads, to carry on as if nothing has changed, rather than face the reality that England is no longer a Christian nation.”
The use of Sharia, or Islamic religious law, is growing in Britain, with thousands of Muslims using it to settle disputes each year, but women’s groups and some others are objecting.
Meanwhile, in America, “40 Percent of US Muslim Voters Want Islamic Law, 12 Percent Want Death for Blasphemers“. (…)
(And these are persons rendered silent in a poll!)
(…)The Progressives are those who wish to “appease” the radical Islamists.
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
–Sir Winston Churchill
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John Adams, 2nd President)
I edited out some of the other material presented, because I believe the material above is sufficient to warrant concern and discussion, without the necessity of religious overtone.
Obviously, to obtain the whole picture, or if your are traditionally religious, feel free to visit my good friend Rev. Paul’s blog to see the entire post. I don’t generally post religious stuff on this blog. (Sorry Paul)
Unlike government, we promote transparency here!