Archives August 2010

THIS AND THAT: AUGUST MUSINGS

Thoughts that come to mind reflecting over the past month.   

1) JetBlue Flight Attendant, Steven Slater, is a jerk. (my opinion) What may seemed like an enviable act of courage, it was, in fact, an act of stupidity for which he should not serve as an example to others. Rude customers comes with the territory in service jobs, especially those dealing with a high volume of the public. That’s life.

2) Polls show that 20 percent of Americans now think that Obama is a Muslim, up from 11 percent. Count me among them. To me, it’s obvious. America was duped in 2008. A recent CNN poll also reveals that 60 percent of Americans doubt his birth records. Count me in as well.

3) Boo to the PGA. Golfer Dustin Johnson got the royal screw when officials docked him two strokes for grounding his club in a patch of dirt they called a sand trap. Otherwise, he was certain to be in the three-way playoff for the PGA Championship, with a possible prize of $1.3 million.

4) The due sensitivity of Americans and families of three thousand 9/11 victims should take precedence over the sensitivities of Muslims who want to build a mosque next to Ground Zero. A mosque can be built anywhere. The site of the attack is immovable.

5) Solution to the drug wars all over the world and in the U.S.: Legalize, tax and control. No black market? No crime. Cartels are out of business, so are street gangs. Courts, prisons and cops would depressurize case loads and taxpayers would benefit from redistributions of funds for more effective purposes. Meanwhile, studies show, drug use would diminish.

6) We should relocate the United Nations from New York City to Haiti. I can think of many advantages, especially the surge it would create to the economy of that struggling nation. The United States is voted down 77 percent of the time by third world countries, (to whom we provide foreign aid) while footing 22 percent of the annual operating costs, equaling $440 million. This would save enormous taxpayer dollars plus eliminate an open door policy for spies, insurgents and diplomats who abuse their immunity.

7) I don’t care if men marry men or women marry women. It’s better for people to love, not hate. Plenty of that to go around. Same sex marriage seems awkward and outside the box, but when I really think about it… so what?

8) Ever notice how Islam dominates the happenings in western affairs these days, compared to ten years ago? How much more in the next ten years? Twenty? With Islam, comes Sharia. Folks in denial choose to wear rose colored glasses. That’s dangerous for the future of western cultures.

9) The Glenn Beck rally in Washington D.C. drew a half million Americans, demonstrating peacefully for love of country, without spewing hate. What’s so bad about that? I enjoyed watching a taste of patriotic unity for once.

10) The prison system in this country is a national disgrace. There is no rehabilitation, no rights, very little schooling and preparation for release after long periods removed from society. That spells bad news for more crime victims, and high recidivism rates. Meanwhile, prison inmates are being used for slave labor while factories and corporations lay off workers at $9.00 an hour, in order to out-source to inmates at 50 cents an hour. Are you surprised, that corporations hire lobbyists to pass laws to keep the prison populations at maximum?

11) Another direct hit from a major hurricane to New Orleans would portend the end to a great city. Survivors would eventually migrate elsewhere.

12) America’s Got Talent has evolved into a junkie show with mostly circus acts and hip hoppers performing over audiences that scream constantly on command. But once in a while, comes a diamond in the rough, which is what happened with this 10 year-old child, Jackie Evancho. Enjoy:

Click here: YouTube – America’s Got Talent – Jackie Evancho

WHAT AMERICANS CAN DO? ACT!

 

Often, I’m asked, “Okay…we know radical Islam is becoming a major threat to the country, but what can we do?”

Here’s the answer: Throw your support to an organization known as ACT for America. If you are like the millions of Americans who a watching the slow erosion of our freedoms and the rise of stealth jihad within our borders, pay close attention. These are the people who are making a difference. Here’s the web site:

Click here: Act! for America – Home

I’m a writer nerd. I don’t go to rallies, marches and demonstrations, I don’t picket, carry signs, campaign for politicians or join organizations right or left. I’m conservative about some issues, liberal about others. One thing for certain, I am a fierce, patriotic American…despite the shortcomings.

When we learned that Brigitte Gabriel — founder of ACT For America — was coming to Deland, Florida, on August 26th to give a talk at a local church, Suzanne and I decided to drive up. We were not disappointed. Talk about swelling in your throat and hair rising on your arms. This woman got the crowd of nearly two thousand to their feet, cheering in support of America’s future.

I’ve been following Brigitte Gabriel since I researched my book, “Militant Islam In America.” This is an immigrant woman who gushes with love for this country and fears for its ultimate demise if we do nothing. She comes to the table with a compelling personal story of growing up in Lebanon when Beruit was considered the Paris of the mid-east, and multi-cultural diversity was the cornerstone of the nation. All religions, all cultures were welcomed and loved, until the radical Islamists grew in population and drove non-Muslims underground while slaughtering many. As a Christian family, Ms. Gabriel and her mom and dad suffered bombings and starvation living in a bomb shelter for seven years until they received refuge in Israel. She was shocked to learned that Israel was not the nation of evil people she had been taught. Rather they were welcoming and tolerant.

In early years, Ms. Gabriel became a journalist, then immigrated (legally) to the United States where she has since become a loyal citizen and strong activist for preserving the future of America. She speaks four languages, including Arabic and Hebrew. She has authored two compelling books about radical Islam, which I recommend strongly. (I’ll provide links after the text) She has spoken before the U.S. Congress, the British government, and has often been invited to appear on various national television news broadcasts as an expert, all stations.

In her speeches, she readily acknowledges that her mission is not without risk, that she knows there is a bullet somewhere out there with her name on it. Often, where she speaks at universities, she must be accompanied by police and/or armed guards.

ACT For America has become active as an awareness organization, reaching out to Americans all over the country with bulletins and information about the progress and happenings of radical Islam all over the world and in the U.S. Folks who care, should get on her e-mail lists. ACT now has 135,000 members and some 450 local chapters in all the states, where caring citizens meet and share up-to-date information, and listen to guest speakers.

ACT has also evolved into a powerful lobbying group, with lawyers standing up to radical Islamic forces in the courtroom, and to lawmakers in Washington D.C. An example of their successes:

* With the help of ACT, Congress passed the John Doe Bill which provides protection from lawsuits for people who report suspicious/possible terrorist activity

* ACT was instrumental in proposing Rachel’s Law in the State of NY, which protects American authors and publishers from intimidation law suits filed in foreign court jurisdictions. Passed and enacted into law.

* ACT was instrumental in getting the University of California at Irvine, to shut down the Muslims Students Union that was responsible for the organized interruption of an invited speaker from Israel.

Among many other issues, ACT is investigating and following up on such issues as:

* Terrorist sleeper cells in the U.S.

* First Amendment protections for journalists who report on militant Islamic Activities

* Islamic curriculums in public schools

* Anti-American, anti-Jewish and anti-Christian hate speech in various U.S. mosques

* Islamic charities that serve as conduits to Islamic terrorists

Much more.

The point is, ACT For America does not have to worry about political correctness. They have assembled a team that represents middle America. They are doing something, besides talk.

I happily docked my credit card with a small monthly donation which is no more than the cost of a lunch out for my wife and me. I consider it a small offering to do my part in helping an organization that is actually doing something to protect the future for our grand kids. We sure can’t rely on the government.

Give it some thought.

Videos of Ms. Gabriel’s talk to the Heritage Foundation:

Click here: YouTube – Brigitte Gabriel Part 1

Click here: YouTube – Brigitte Gabriel part 2

Click here: Amazon.com: They Must Be Stopped:

 

ISLAM LOOMING: LISTEN TO THE WOMEN

 

Please watch this 3-minute talk by Syrian-born psychiatrist, Wafa Sultan, now a citizen of the U.S. living somewhere in California. She wraps it up very well.

Click here: YouTube – Former Muslims United: Wafa Sultan

Dr. Sultan is well-known for her bold confrontational interview on Al Jazeera television some four years ago. This is a woman who has walked the walk, who comes from the inside, and risks her life to expose truths. This powerful confrontation is five minutes. She sums it up better than I, or anyone else. Please watch:

Click here: Arab Woman gives Muslims a Thrashing

Nonie Darwish is an Egyptian-born American author and anti-jihad activist, who also grew up in the closed world of Islam, and has boldly come forward to forewarn the people of America of the dangers that loom ahead if we continue on the path of appeasement. Now a Christian, this video explains why she left Islam, and what most naive Americans don’t know.

Click here: YouTube – Why I left Islam – Nonie Darwish

Here, she talks about the consequences of leaving Islam:

Click here: YouTube – PJTV: Apostasy And Consequences:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born ex-Muslim, who suffered female mutilation and life under Islamic oppression. Since, she has immigrated to The Netherlands where she wrote the script for the docu-movie “Submission” for Director Theo Van Gogh, a reflection on the life of women under Islam. Theo Van Gogh was murdered in the streets by a vindictive Muslim for “defaming” the religion, and Ali received her share of death threats as well. This brilliant woman has been speaking out, despite the risk, trying to warn the western countries of the impending threat of Sharia under Islam. Here is one of her 5-minute interviews:

Click here: YouTube – Ayaan Hirsi Ali – War on Terror, or War on Islam?

Raheel Raza is a Muslim woman and author, living in Canada who exemplifies what we envision to be a “moderate.” She speaks out vehemently opposed to the NYC mosque near Ground Zero in this 4 minute-interview, and articulates her reasons better than anyone.

Click here: Muslim Raheel Raza speaks out against Ground Zero Mosque

Brigitte Gabriel, a former Lebanese woman, now an American citizen, is well known for her founding of the American Congress For Truth (ACT) which has set up chapters throughout the U.S. to spread awareness of the threat of radical Islam and creeping Sharia. She grew up during the transition from Lebanon being a Christian country, to becoming a Muslim dominated country. Now she devotes her life to the cause of saving America from the intentions of radical Islam.

She tells her story in these videos. Very compelling. Please watch and listen:

Click here: YouTube – Brigitte Gabriel Part 1 (4 minutes)

Click here: YouTube – Brigitte Gabriel part 2 (9 minutes)

The National Organization for Women (NOW), League Of Women Voters, and other significant women’s groups should be paying close attention to the happenings within the global world of Islam today. The Muslim Brotherhood, who have declared their intentions of taking over the America “from within,” have spread their tentacles throughout Europe and now, the United States where the first victims of Sharia will oppress half of the America’s population: Women. One only has to look everywhere else in the world where Islam dominates…if you’re willing to look.

Yet, the women’s groups — who have the most to lose — do nothing. Naysayers with rose-colored glasses pay no attention to the obvious, and choose to dismiss, or even castigate, people like the brave women mentioned above, as “nuts” or “right wing fanatics” or, stupidly enough, “an arm of the Republican party.” In truth, those naysayers wearing in rose-colored glasses are inadvertently helping the U.S. to commit suicide.

Saving the best for last, the following link points out how the mask of deception is often used to present a “peaceful” or “moderate” facade, while the opposite is true when the doors are closed. Laura Mansfield is a journalist who attended a woman’s orientation program at a southern state mosque in 2005. The object was for the local Muslims to assure the American women how peaceful and misunderstood Islam is and, hopefully, pitch for future converts.

Mansfield arrived at the mosque early, and asked if she could sit in the back and await the other women. They granted her wish, not knowing that Mansfield is fluent in Arabic. So, she listened to the men’s conversations in Arabic., which included an Anti-American (non-moderate) rant by the Imam to continue the path of Jihad, then turning the rhetoric 180 degrees the other direction when the American women appeared. Suddenly, they were “moderate.”

Here is her story. It’s a reminder to bear in mind, what they tell you to your face, is not what they say behind closed doors. Please check her out.

Click here: Muslim Jihad Comes To Small Town, USA

Women, take notice.

 From the Koran:

* Sura 2.223: Your wives are a tilth for you, so go into your tilth when you like and do good beforehand for yourselves…

* Sura 4.34 : Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property, the good women are therefore obedient guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded, and those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in sleeping places and beat them, and then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them…

Click here: The suffering of Algeria’s women

Click here: THE TREATMENT OF WOMEN IN ISLAM

 

THE LEGACY OF BOBBY THOMSON

 
One moment can alter the life of a human being forever.
Such was the case on October 3rd, 1951.
I was a lad of 12 years, stopping off at a friend’s house after school. He and his father were listening intensely to the small wood radio atop a dresser. Baseball. Didn’t interest me much…then. The mood seemed tense. I could hear the crowd hooting and hollering in the background as the announcer jabbered on over the static. My friend motioned me over to listen. Our ears neared the machine.
Ninth inning. The count was two balls and two strikes. Two men on base for the Giants. One more out and the Dodgers would win the pennant. Suddenly, the sound of a “crack” echoed in a brief chasm of silence. The crowd roared. The announcer (Russ Hodges) went ballistic, screaming over and over… “The GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT, THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT…” My friend and his father started dancing and screaming all over the living room, and I felt this surge of elation, caught up in the excitement, so I danced with them, singing, “The Giants Won The Pennant, The Giants Won The Pennant…” not knowing what I was talking about.
Bobby Thomson was no Babe Ruth or Joe DiMaggio. A journeyman ballplayer of average ability, born in Scotland, his name would have withered to obscurity in the annals of baseball history had it not been for one defining moment, one swing off one pitch from Dodger pitcher, Ralph Branca, that was sent sailing into the left field stands. Two months before, the Giants were 13 ½ games behind in the standings with no chance of ever catching the Dodgers before end of season. But they did. And the greatest miracle in baseball history was topped off with the “shot heard round the world,” the infamous Bobby Thomson home run that brought him, and Ralph Branca, fame and friendship for the rest of their lives. Ironically, the next batter on deck…had Thomson not hit that homer, was a rookie named Willie Mays.
Thomson’s career ended with a lifetime average of .270, playing for a number of teams during his fourteen year career. But his name will forever be associated with one of the greatest moments in all of sports. And, I was there….well, not exactly.
Bobby Thomson died two days ago at the age of 86. He played in the era of purity, when you could take your kid to a ballpark and watch a game, eat hot dogs, and spend less than five dollars for the day. Ballplayers who made it to the majors were grateful to the owners, relishing their average salaries of $13,000 a year in the early ‘50s. The best players name’s were synonymous with their teams, Mantle: Yankees, Feller: Indians, Koufax: Dodgers, and Mays: Giants. Times have changed.
They say addiction begins with that first high, and then a lifetime of trying to recapture that same feeling. Such was the case with baseball and me, for that was the day I experienced my first dose. It has since been a lifetime pursuit…to recapture that same feeling.
I’m still waiting.
Click here: Bobby Thomson dies at 86,

THE LEGACY OF BOBBY THOMSON

 
One moment can alter the life of a human being forever.
Such was the case on October 3rd, 1951.
I was a lad of 12 years, stopping off at a friend’s house after school. He and his father were listening intensely to the small wood radio atop a dresser. Baseball. Didn’t interest me much…then. The mood seemed tense. I could hear the crowd hooting and hollering in the background as the announcer jabbered on over the static. My friend motioned me over to listen. Our ears neared the machine.
Ninth inning. The count was two balls and two strikes. Two men on base for the Giants. One more out and the Dodgers would win the pennant. Suddenly, the sound of a “crack” echoed in a brief chasm of silence. The crowd roared. The announcer (Russ Hodges) went ballistic, screaming over and over… “The GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT, THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT…” My friend and his father started dancing and screaming all over the living room, and I felt this surge of elation, caught up in the excitement, so I danced with them, singing, “The Giants Won The Pennant, The Giants Won The Pennant…” not knowing what I was talking about.
Bobby Thomson was no Babe Ruth or Joe DiMaggio. A journeyman ballplayer of average ability, born in Scotland, his name would have withered to obscurity in the annals of baseball history had it not been for one defining moment, one swing off one pitch from Dodger pitcher, Ralph Branca, that was sent sailing into the left field stands. Two months before, the Giants were 13 ½ games behind in the standings with no chance of ever catching the Dodgers before end of season. But they did. And the greatest miracle in baseball history was topped off with the “shot heard round the world,” the infamous Bobby Thomson home run that brought him, and Ralph Branca, fame and friendship for the rest of their lives. Ironically, the next batter on deck…had Thomson not hit that homer, was a rookie named Willie Mays.
Thomson’s career ended with a lifetime average of .270, playing for a number of teams during his fourteen year career. But his name will forever be associated with one of the greatest moments in all of sports. And, I was there….well, not exactly.
Bobby Thomson died two days ago at the age of 86. He played in the era of purity, when you could take your kid to a ballpark and watch a game, eat hot dogs, and spend less than five dollars for the day. Ballplayers who made it to the majors were grateful to the owners, relishing their average salaries of $13,000 a year in the early ‘50s. The best players name’s were synonymous with their teams, Mantle: Yankees, Feller: Indians, Koufax: Dodgers, and Mays: Giants. Times have changed.
They say addiction begins with that first high, and then a lifetime of trying to recapture that same feeling. Such was the case with baseball and me, for that was the day I experienced my first dose. It has since been a lifetime pursuit…to recapture that same feeling.
I’m still waiting.
Click here: Bobby Thomson dies at 86,