Archives June 2011

UNDERSTANDING THE PURPOSE OF TERRORISM

We are not in a war against terror! That’s the most absurd cliché ever invented concerning a deadly threat to America. It is also an omen for certain defeat, because if we haven’t the guts to identify and openly name the arch enemy of freedom, they will win.

“Terror” is a tactic. How can you claim a tactic as an enemy?

The enemy has a face, it has an ideology and it has a goal.  That enemy is Radical (or fundamentalist) Islam.  Why?  Because they — the radical Islamists — have said so.  They have no only said so with their actions, but with their words, written and oral, many of which were uncovered by investigative authorities in hiding places around the world.

I’ve written often about the Muslim Brotherhood, and their long range sinister plots to establish Sharia Islam in the west, mostly by subterfuge, deceit and infiltration. The Muslim Brotherhood is the major organization that is leading, overseeing and propelling the jihad movement. Yet, there are people within our government who would dare to afford that organization a status of legitimacy, and power. I’ll provide a link at the end of this essay.

Meanwhile, ten years after 9/11, we continue to feed into the term “War on Terror,” allowing ourselves to be brainwashed into thinking we are only at war with bombs and bombers. For fear of “offending” a world religion, our media, our politicians and our pseudo-intellectuals avoid using the term “Islam” in any negative context, and thus direct our attentions toward the “tactic” as being the enemy, not the people who use the tactic. That is a recipe for defeat.

God forbid, that any senator or congressman, yet the president, would ever acknowledge that the free world is at war against a 1400 year-old ideology hiding behind the face of a religion called “Islam.” But, that is the case. We use the terms “radical” or “militant” Islam to ameliorate the difference between good Muslims and bad Muslims. So be it. But with, or without, the attachment of “radical” the one common denominator of worldwide terrorism is: Islam. That’s a fact.

Without question, the “tactic’ has been very effective, especially over the last ten years, as terrorists have racked up over 16,000 bodies through multiple murders in more than thirty countries, strewing bodies all over, in shopping malls, buses, schools, hotels, airplanes, trains and more. Each time, the terrorists have their way. Why? Just look at the world today.

     Europe, from France, to Sweden to the UK, is capitulating to most every demand made by Islamic separatists. Sharia is being adopted as an alternative to established law in civil process in many European countries. France has over 750 “no-go zones” which are Islamic enclaves where the French authorities dare not enter, unless specifically invited, even if there are riots and murders. People like Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, are being banished and arrested if they dare to speak out against the threat of Sharia and radical Islam. Drawing a cartoon picture of Muhammed draws utter fear among the people of the world, for fear of being killed.

The random killing of people does have purpose. It’s certainly not for the fun of seeing dead body parts all over the roadway. What is the purpose of terrorism? To my mind, it is threefold:

1)      To punish.  We see this most often in Islamic countries, like Iraq and Pakistan, to punish anyone or any organization that has been cooperating with us in the on-going conflicts.

2)      To distract. Often, the purveyors of terror play the shell game, causing us all to look one way, while something more sinister is happening where no one is looking.  In the past, I’ve suggested the possibility exists that Osama bin Laden and his cohorts knew full well that our response to an act of war on 9/11 would result in us deploying military resources by the billions to countries halfway around the world. Meanwhile, we would remain comatose to the fact that the enemy is infiltrating the United States through the back door, by infiltration and deceit.

3)   To Intimidate. In other words, to scare.  

Most every country in the western world, including the U.S. and Canada, are caving in to demand upon demand being made by Muslims, in government, in legal systems, in colleges and universities, in law enforcement and, unfortunately, the military. The massacre at Fort Hood would never have happened in 1981, given the obvious anti-American, radical Islamic posture of Air Force Major Nidal Hasan who randomly shot forty-one and killed thirteen, just after screaming “Allah Akbar.” His co-workers and fellow soldiers knew, for months, that he was a radical nut job, but dared not say anything for “fear” of reprisals, or being dubbed “racist” “bigot” “intolerant.”

       Intimidation works. The U.S. and European countries are scared to death of dealing with another terror attack, so it’s better to relinquish culture, mores, and integrity and let our great-grandchildren deal with the fallout fifty years from now. Our current array of political representatives would make the likes of Jefferson and Franklin roll over in the graves if they knew how much we didn’t care about the future of freedom in the world.

     The world ignored “Mein Kampf” in the 1920’s. Instead of taking heed, Europe and the U.S. deployed the likes of noted appeaser, Neville Chamberlain.

     Remember, Jihad comes in two forms: 1) Violent and 2) Stealth.

     It is the naïve and ignorant folks within our borders, that will eventually play into the hands of our enemies. When the caliphate is ever established, we —  the citizens of 2011 — will be as much to blame, as the enemy itself.

And now, the Muslim Brotherhood is reaching their tentacles even further. Read on:

Additional links re: international terror and the Muslim Brotherhood:

     Click here: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: WHAT AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW

Click here: SOURCE OF WORLD HATRED: RADICAL ISLAM

 

 

MOVIE: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS" 8 1/2

 
“Midnight In Paris” : 8 ½
Finally, a summer flick that I can enthusiastically recommend to audiences of all ages.
“Midnight In Paris” is one of those feel-good pictures, complete with romance, conflict and a myriad of glitzy scenes through the streets of Paris, about a young man (played by Owen Wilson) on vacation with his fiancé (Rachel McAdams) and her parents, when the relationship begins to drift.
Owens plays an ambitious novelist with a heart for nostalgia and a mind-set in the past, admiring the good old days, much the way we’ve heard our parents talk about the old days being the greatest. In this story, the young writer finds himself more than thinking about it, as he comes across such notables as Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein (played by Kathy Bates), complete with period scenery, costumes, music and dialect. It’s a trip into the present as well as the past, genuinely funny, curious and sentimental. It’s a welcome departure from the mindless chick-flicks usually starring Owen Wilson.
Definitely refreshing to see a movie minus car crashes, no high speed chases, no gunfire or decapitations, no loud rock music, just a good story line and great chemistry between the actors. Best of all, there is a final message for us all to think about.
Written and directed by Woody Allen, who is not always among my favorites, does a fine job on this movie. It won’t win any Oscars, but it should rate among the best of the year in terms of enjoyability and just plain good entertainment… especially if you love Paris.
You won’t be sorry.

 

 

 

 

MOVIE: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS” 8 1/2

 

“Midnight In Paris” : 8 ½

Finally, a summer flick that I can enthusiastically recommend to audiences of all ages.

“Midnight In Paris” is one of those feel-good pictures, complete with romance, conflict and a myriad of glitzy scenes through the streets of Paris, about a young man (played by Owen Wilson) on vacation with his fiancé (Rachel McAdams) and her parents, when the relationship begins to drift.

Owens plays an ambitious novelist with a heart for nostalgia and a mind-set in the past, admiring the good old days, much the way we’ve heard our parents talk about the old days being the greatest. In this story, the young writer finds himself more than thinking about it, as he comes across such notables as Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein (played by Kathy Bates), complete with period scenery, costumes, music and dialect. It’s a trip into the present as well as the past, genuinely funny, curious and sentimental. It’s a welcome departure from the mindless chick-flicks usually starring Owen Wilson.

Definitely refreshing to see a movie minus car crashes, no high speed chases, no gunfire or decapitations, no loud rock music, just a good story line and great chemistry between the actors. Best of all, there is a final message for us all to think about.

Written and directed by Woody Allen, who is not always among my favorites, does a fine job on this movie. It won’t win any Oscars, but it should rate among the best of the year in terms of enjoyability and just plain good entertainment… especially if you love Paris.

You won’t be sorry.

 

 

 

 

WEINER'S BONER: IT'S ABOUT THE LIES

There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity.”
              — Tennessee Williams, from Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
William Clinton, John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliot Spitzer, Chris Lee, John Ensign and, of course, Anthony Weiner all have one thing in common that is more disturbing than their illicit sexploits. Each one of these elected officials demonstrated the ability to look you and me — their electors — into the eye of the camera with a straight face expecting us to believe a complete and utter falsehood.
If an elected servant in a position of power, can boldly and knowingly lie about their personal iniquities, they certainly can lie about anything else. Their credibility is zilch. It doesn’t matter if they are talking about campaign promises, the economy, national security or hookers on the side, a lie is a lie. Proven liars in public office should never get a pass nor be allowed to continue serving in highly sensitive positions of trust.
“My computer was hacked,” can only run a close second to, “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
In Anthony Weiner’s case, it’s a double whammy. Not only did he conduct himself in a sordid manner, not only did he violate his marriage vows, he looked us — the public — in the eye denying it all, and invented more lies until he faced the proverbial spot on the blue dress — in this case — the other woman on line.
What is amazing, is the gullibility of Americans who will make excuses for liars who have a charismatic personality. Or, when the liar represents a cultural, ethnic block that, in itself, supercedes the bar of integrity.
Voters didn’t care that federal judge, Alcee Hastings, was impeached for bribery and perjury in congress by a vote of 413-3, and then convicted and removed from federal bench in 1988. Yet, he ran for a seat in the very congress that impeached him, and won! Integrity mattered not. Today, Hastings, a proven liar, sits on the House Committee on Intelligence, among other positions of trust. Feel secure?
As a thirty-year cop, and someone who is related to a chronic drug addict, dealing with liars has been a life-long journey. With so much experrience, one gets pretty good at detecting lies and dealing with deceit. It has taught me that a sociopathic liar has no conscience or remorse. What matters most is not getting caught. Liars will go to great lengths to avoid detection. Until, of course, their back is against the wall.
Most career cops will tell you, for every thief and burglar that is apprehended, there are a hundred more out there that don’t get caught. If the same ratio of liars is applied to elected representatives, we could be in sorry shape.
There was a time when integrity was the pillar of trust upon which voters risked electing representatives and executives with access to the most sensitive national security issues or even, the power to send our kids into battle. In this age of media hype, personality and charm creates a blur over any questions of dishonesty. (As we know)
It’s all about character. The apologies of Rep. Anthony Weiner ring as insincere as many other elected officials, too numerous to name, who have been caught in embarrassing situations, thrusting their families into a quagmire of shame. Still, many still try to retain their positions of trust, the electorate be damned, despite being exposed as liars. And, too often, the electorate chooses charisma over integrity.
It’s a sad commentary on voters as well.
 Click here: Rep. Alcee Hastings, Florida Democrat, sued for alleged sexual harassment
 Click here: Alcee Hastings – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  

WEINER’S BONER: IT’S ABOUT THE LIES

There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity.”

              — Tennessee Williams, from Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

William Clinton, John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliot Spitzer, Chris Lee, John Ensign and, of course, Anthony Weiner all have one thing in common that is more disturbing than their illicit sexploits. Each one of these elected officials demonstrated the ability to look you and me — their electors — into the eye of the camera with a straight face expecting us to believe a complete and utter falsehood.

If an elected servant in a position of power, can boldly and knowingly lie about their personal iniquities, they certainly can lie about anything else. Their credibility is zilch. It doesn’t matter if they are talking about campaign promises, the economy, national security or hookers on the side, a lie is a lie. Proven liars in public office should never get a pass nor be allowed to continue serving in highly sensitive positions of trust.

“My computer was hacked,” can only run a close second to, “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

In Anthony Weiner’s case, it’s a double whammy. Not only did he conduct himself in a sordid manner, not only did he violate his marriage vows, he looked us — the public — in the eye denying it all, and invented more lies until he faced the proverbial spot on the blue dress — in this case — the other woman on line.

What is amazing, is the gullibility of Americans who will make excuses for liars who have a charismatic personality. Or, when the liar represents a cultural, ethnic block that, in itself, supercedes the bar of integrity.

Voters didn’t care that federal judge, Alcee Hastings, was impeached for bribery and perjury in congress by a vote of 413-3, and then convicted and removed from federal bench in 1988. Yet, he ran for a seat in the very congress that impeached him, and won! Integrity mattered not. Today, Hastings, a proven liar, sits on the House Committee on Intelligence, among other positions of trust. Feel secure?

As a thirty-year cop, and someone who is related to a chronic drug addict, dealing with liars has been a life-long journey. With so much experrience, one gets pretty good at detecting lies and dealing with deceit. It has taught me that a sociopathic liar has no conscience or remorse. What matters most is not getting caught. Liars will go to great lengths to avoid detection. Until, of course, their back is against the wall.

Most career cops will tell you, for every thief and burglar that is apprehended, there are a hundred more out there that don’t get caught. If the same ratio of liars is applied to elected representatives, we could be in sorry shape.

There was a time when integrity was the pillar of trust upon which voters risked electing representatives and executives with access to the most sensitive national security issues or even, the power to send our kids into battle. In this age of media hype, personality and charm creates a blur over any questions of dishonesty. (As we know)

It’s all about character. The apologies of Rep. Anthony Weiner ring as insincere as many other elected officials, too numerous to name, who have been caught in embarrassing situations, thrusting their families into a quagmire of shame. Still, many still try to retain their positions of trust, the electorate be damned, despite being exposed as liars. And, too often, the electorate chooses charisma over integrity.

It’s a sad commentary on voters as well.

 Click here: Rep. Alcee Hastings, Florida Democrat, sued for alleged sexual harassment

 Click here: Alcee Hastings – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia