Archives June 2017

A LOW BLOW FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Women’s rights? Well, of course we are all sensitive and supportive of women who deserve human rights, not only here, but around the globe.
     Or, are we? Folks would not know that if they had been witness to a recent congressional hearing.
     Some politicians bluster about the rights for women, but they are always selective, ensuring the subject matter is localized which does not speak for women throughout the world. It’s all about getting elected and staying in office and to keep that political cash rolling in.  
     In truth, multi-millions of Muslim women live under subservient conditions where the male gender (husbands, fathers, brothers) is religiously, legally and functionally superior to women. In some fundamentalist countries, females are basically of equal value to a camel.
     Rarely do we hear anything from politicians about the plight of women within the Islamic world and the tortures and indignations they suffer just for being born female.  They comprise roughly half of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the globe and they are rooted throughout most every country on earth…including Iceland, (of all places) which has one mosque.
     On June 14th of this year, a congressional hearing was held in Washington in which two prominent women with extensive background living under strict Islam were held. The testimony of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani (authors, teachers and intellectuals) was chilling, informative and deeply moving. Not only that, but they took great risks going public, because of the numerous death threats received. You can see some of it in this video (note the first 13 minutes)
      Click here: Senate Homeland Security Committee, w Ayaan Hirsi Ali (6-14-17) – YouTube
     When the witnesses completed their brief testimonies, Democratic Senate committee members, including four women senators — Claire McCaskill, Kamala Harris, Maggie Hassan and Heidi Heitkamp — ignored Hirsi Ali and Nomani during the question-and-answer session, never once directing a question to them.
     What was it they didn’t want to know?  What was it that the Democrat women senators were afraid of?  If they truly cared about women’s rights in the world, this was the golden opportunity to dig in and take a stand, bring it all out.
     What did they have to lose? Hmm.
     Even the liberal NY Times had something to say about this.  See link:
Click here: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Q. Nomani Respond to Readers – The New York Times
     The listing of human rights abuse toward women could go on for pages, but let’s stick to a few examples of chronic rights abuse in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria and many others.

  • Honor killings
  • Child marriages
  • Polygamy
  • Sex slavery
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Wife beating
  • Unequal marital, divorce and custody laws
  • Rape laws favoring rapists

     Et Cetera
     Most Americans read this kind of material thinking “Well, that’s all over there, not here.” I have news for the uniformed: It may be a slow process, but in another generation or two, this will be a huge issue in America, just as it is today in England, France and Belgium…and even Germany, where creeping Sharia is slowly but surely altering the cultural and political landscape of Europe.  The skyrocketing birth rates and the liberal approach to immigration/refugee settlements will change all that.
     Just a religion, you say? Not exactly. Islam is a government, not just a religion. Sharia laws, which are basically incompatible with our constitution, would eventually prevail over any other laws much like they’re doing now in European nations in which the landscape posts signs: “You are now entering a Sharia Zone.”
     Twenty-five years ago, Americans in general knew little or nothing about Muslims and Islam. The words never crossed out lips. Today, those words are the dominant theme in world news. Twenty-five years ago, we would never have thought about violent invasions, fears of terrorism or even stealth jihad. Today, as the refugees continue to swarm into Europe and then, the U.S.., we have little or no power to alter the future wave of Islam, and under what conditions our granddaughters will have to live.
     Secreted documents (manifestos) penned by the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, explicitly declare their intent is to “Destroy Western Civilizations – From Within.”  (All this and more is detailed in my new book, “Amerikastan: Conquest From Within”)
     Sadly, today we think about the present and not the future. We care about today’s stock market and the agenda for the Supreme Court, Rap and Rock and Roll, but we don’t give a damn about the violations of human rights emanating out of fundamental Islamism.
     And that goes for the women on the Congressional Committee, who had an opportunity but didn’t give a damn about what Ayaan Hrsi Ali and Asra Nomani had to say. Almost like they weren’t even there.
     Who was happy?  CAIR – a creation of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hmm. 
     That’s the future, folks.
     Women? Look ahead.
Click here: Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Wikipedia
Click here: Asra Nomani – Wikipedia
Click here: Fake Feminist Kamala Harris Cowed In Presence Of Ayaan Hirsi Ali During Islam Hearing Tucker Carlson – YouTube

A LOW BLOW FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Women’s rights? Well, of course we are all sensitive and supportive of women who deserve human rights, not only here, but around the globe.

     Or, are we? Folks would not know that if they had been witness to a recent congressional hearing.

     Some politicians bluster about the rights for women, but they are always selective, ensuring the subject matter is localized which does not speak for women throughout the world. It’s all about getting elected and staying in office and to keep that political cash rolling in.  

     In truth, multi-millions of Muslim women live under subservient conditions where the male gender (husbands, fathers, brothers) is religiously, legally and functionally superior to women. In some fundamentalist countries, females are basically of equal value to a camel.

     Rarely do we hear anything from politicians about the plight of women within the Islamic world and the tortures and indignations they suffer just for being born female.  They comprise roughly half of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the globe and they are rooted throughout most every country on earth…including Iceland, (of all places) which has one mosque.

     On June 14th of this year, a congressional hearing was held in Washington in which two prominent women with extensive background living under strict Islam were held. The testimony of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani (authors, teachers and intellectuals) was chilling, informative and deeply moving. Not only that, but they took great risks going public, because of the numerous death threats received. You can see some of it in this video (note the first 13 minutes)

      Click here: Senate Homeland Security Committee, w Ayaan Hirsi Ali (6-14-17) – YouTube

     When the witnesses completed their brief testimonies, Democratic Senate committee members, including four women senators — Claire McCaskill, Kamala Harris, Maggie Hassan and Heidi Heitkamp — ignored Hirsi Ali and Nomani during the question-and-answer session, never once directing a question to them.

     What was it they didn’t want to know?  What was it that the Democrat women senators were afraid of?  If they truly cared about women’s rights in the world, this was the golden opportunity to dig in and take a stand, bring it all out.

     What did they have to lose? Hmm.

     Even the liberal NY Times had something to say about this.  See link:

Click here: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Q. Nomani Respond to Readers – The New York Times

     The listing of human rights abuse toward women could go on for pages, but let’s stick to a few examples of chronic rights abuse in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria and many others.

  • Honor killings
  • Child marriages
  • Polygamy
  • Sex slavery
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Wife beating
  • Unequal marital, divorce and custody laws
  • Rape laws favoring rapists

     Et Cetera

     Most Americans read this kind of material thinking “Well, that’s all over there, not here.” I have news for the uniformed: It may be a slow process, but in another generation or two, this will be a huge issue in America, just as it is today in England, France and Belgium…and even Germany, where creeping Sharia is slowly but surely altering the cultural and political landscape of Europe.  The skyrocketing birth rates and the liberal approach to immigration/refugee settlements will change all that.

     Just a religion, you say? Not exactly. Islam is a government, not just a religion. Sharia laws, which are basically incompatible with our constitution, would eventually prevail over any other laws much like they’re doing now in European nations in which the landscape posts signs: “You are now entering a Sharia Zone.”

     Twenty-five years ago, Americans in general knew little or nothing about Muslims and Islam. The words never crossed out lips. Today, those words are the dominant theme in world news. Twenty-five years ago, we would never have thought about violent invasions, fears of terrorism or even stealth jihad. Today, as the refugees continue to swarm into Europe and then, the U.S.., we have little or no power to alter the future wave of Islam, and under what conditions our granddaughters will have to live.

     Secreted documents (manifestos) penned by the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, explicitly declare their intent is to “Destroy Western Civilizations – From Within.”  (All this and more is detailed in my new book, “Amerikastan: Conquest From Within”)

     Sadly, today we think about the present and not the future. We care about today’s stock market and the agenda for the Supreme Court, Rap and Rock and Roll, but we don’t give a damn about the violations of human rights emanating out of fundamental Islamism.

     And that goes for the women on the Congressional Committee, who had an opportunity but didn’t give a damn about what Ayaan Hrsi Ali and Asra Nomani had to say. Almost like they weren’t even there.

     Who was happy?  CAIR – a creation of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hmm. 

     That’s the future, folks.

     Women? Look ahead.

Click here: Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Wikipedia

Click here: Asra Nomani – Wikipedia

Click here: Fake Feminist Kamala Harris Cowed In Presence Of Ayaan Hirsi Ali During Islam Hearing Tucker Carlson – YouTube

TEN VALID REASONS TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY

(The following Op-Ed appears in the June 23, 2017 edition of Florida Today.)

 

     “It’s time to put death penalty to rest in U.S.”

By Marshall Frank, Community columnist  

     One innocent executed is one too many — and that’s just one reason to abolish capital punishment. 

Now that the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that juries must vote unanimously for the death penalty in order to validate a sentence, we can anticipate many new appeals and/or commutations of sentences for over 200 death row inmates to whom this will apply. Such appeals, or new trials, would be an extreme cost to the taxpayer.

Thus, we re-examine the death penalty once more. As a 30-year career cop and former Miami-Dade homicide detective, I’ve seen the worst of criminal behavior. I’m no bleeding heart.

I propose 10 valid reasons why capital punishment should be abolished, not only in Florida, but throughout the entire nation.

Too many risks of executing the innocent: In Brevard County, we’ve been witness to at least three life terms in which human beings have wrongfully served 27 years, 22 years and four years as innocent men. Had they been given a death sentence, two would probably be dead by now at the hands of an imperfect justice system.

A recent Newsweek study has determined that 4 percent of death row inmates are most probably innocent. Since 1973, 144 convicts nationwide have been exonerated as innocent. One innocent executed is one too many.

Costs: Numerous studies have been conducted which clearly show that maintaining the death penalty consumes at least double, or triple, the cost of imposing life sentences.

No deterrent: Many more studies have determined that the death penalty does not deter violent crime.

Violates the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Death row inmates in Florida are confined to solitary confinement in a concrete and steel cell, 24 hours a day, with no A/C and no social interaction. Of the 13 executed in the U.S. thus far in 2017, eight rotted on death row for more than 20 years and then were executed. Gary Alvord, age 66, died of natural causes on death row, where he spent almost 40 years. It’s serving a life sentence plus a death sentence.

Economic inequities: Some court-appointed attorneys have been known to be over the hill, less than enthusiastic and/or do not have the resources (investigations) to present a first-class defense. In contrast, consider a defendant like O.J. Simpson, or others steeped in wealth, who can hire the Dream Team. It’s simply unfair.

Barbarism: The U.S. is seventh-highest in executions in the world, among such company as Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan. All countries in the Americas have banned executions, except Guyana, Barbados and Trinidad. Worldwide, 141 countries have abandoned capital punishment. Among nations that extol human rights, we have the worst record in executing people.

Eighteen states have banned the death penalty: Of 32 states still on the books, only five have been active in carrying out executions, including Florida. California has the largest death row population with 750 condemned inmates, but haven’t carried out an execution since 2006.

 

Execution by injection is not punishment: The real punishment is suffering death row for 10 to 40 years. Eternal sleep is hardly punishment. That’s how we carry out “humane” acts for sick pets.

It can be argued that perpetuating capital punishment basically endorses state sponsored murder: Regardless of jury verdicts which are occasionally wrong, we cannot and should not be killing other human beings. Why? Because killing is fundamentally wrong.

People change: Often, especially after decades in isolation, we are not executing the same person who committed the crime. Consider the words of Napoleon Beazley, a 17-year-old Texas boy who joined up with two hoods to rob and shoot a man for his car in 1994. At his execution in May of 2002, Beazley was given an opportunity to speak his final thoughts:

     “The act I committed to put me here was not just heinous, it was senseless,” he said. “But the person that committed that act is no longer here – I am.”

It’s time.

REMEMBERING A FATHER ON FATHER'S DAY


This story is for those people who don’t always have the best relationships in families, especially fathers.
    Marshall Strauss was ten years of age when the man he called “Dad” passed away after a long illness. His mother came home from the hospital, sobbing, telling of what a good man William Strauss had been. Later that afternoon, she composed herself and called her son over to have a serious talk.
     “What’s the matter, Mom?”
     “I have something to tell you. The man who died this morning loved you and wanted the best for you. But…he wasn’t really your father.”
     Marshall was stunned. “Wha…what do you mean?”
     “He adopted you when you were two years old, that’s why your name is Strauss. Your real father’s name was Arthur Frank.”
     Many thoughts swirled through the boy’s mind, most of all, why he was never told the truth before. “Do you mean my name is really Marshall Frank?”
     “Yes, honey. We wanted for you to not have any confusion, so that we all had the same name. We didn’t think it was necessary to tell you.”
     “But I want to know. I want to know more.  Who was my real father? Where is he? What did he do?”
     She peered at the boy a few silent minutes, then, “Okay. Stay here, I’ll be right back.” Three minutes passed and his mother returned with a large photo album, filled with black and white snapshots, plus a myriad of newspaper clippings. “He died, honey.  In 1941, in a hospital. Then I met Willie Strauss, and we were married. He wanted to adopt you, so we agreed.”
     “What’s in that big book?”
     “Pictures, honey.  Pictures of your father…and some of me performing with him.”

     The boy still could not get over the revelation. It was as though his entire identity had been altered in a matter of minutes. “What did he do? What was he like?”
     “He was a vaudeville comedian and dancer. A big star in the 1920s and 30s. He performed with top billing at the Palace Theater in New York, and many other places, portraying himself as an old Civil War veteran. He could dance with rubber legs. He had audiences screaming with laughter.”
     She opened the pages, and there he was, pictures of a handsome young Art Frank posing for the camera, then another while performing on stage, with old man, grey-beard make-up and costume, the Civil War veteran. The boy was fascinated. But there were so many more questions.  
     “How come he died? Do I have any aunts and uncles, or grandparents?”
     “I’ll tell you everything in good time.  Meanwhile, look here, a picture of your father with Ginger Rogers in 1929. Here’s one with Milton Berle when he was very young. George Burns and Gracie Allen.  And, Rudy Vallee.”
     “Rudy who?”
     She laughed. “He was a crooner.  But your father was among the biggest of stars.”
     And so, young Marshall Strauss embarked on a mission to know his father as best he could, and to know himself as well. He wished he could talk to him, hear his voice, feel his love and laugh, and laugh again. Alas, that would never come to be.
     Often, Marshall would listen to friends complain about their fathers. “Too fussy — Too aloof — Drinks too much — Too strict — Never satisfied.
     “Don’t complain,” Marshall often responded. “At least you knew your father.”
     Marshall Strauss took back his legal birth name and became Marshall Frank. He organized all the pictures plus an array of old 16 mm home movie films of famous people from the old days. Each year he thought about Art Frank’s birthday, special holidays, or what it would be like to give him a Father’s Day card and call him “Dad.”  Wouldn’t that be great. After all, he knew he would have been a loving father and a powerful force in his life.
     Marshall Frank still keeps his memory alive and somehow and lets his real dad know how much he loved and missed him these last eight decades. And…through the magic of cyberspace, he can acknowledge him as a “real” father uttering those magic words.
     Happy Father’s Day – Dad.

REMEMBERING A FATHER ON FATHER’S DAY

This story is for those people who don’t always have the best relationships in families, especially fathers.

    Marshall Strauss was ten years of age when the man he called “Dad” passed away after a long illness. His mother came home from the hospital, sobbing, telling of what a good man William Strauss had been. Later that afternoon, she composed herself and called her son over to have a serious talk.

     “What’s the matter, Mom?”

     “I have something to tell you. The man who died this morning loved you and wanted the best for you. But…he wasn’t really your father.”

     Marshall was stunned. “Wha…what do you mean?”

     “He adopted you when you were two years old, that’s why your name is Strauss. Your real father’s name was Arthur Frank.”

     Many thoughts swirled through the boy’s mind, most of all, why he was never told the truth before. “Do you mean my name is really Marshall Frank?”

     “Yes, honey. We wanted for you to not have any confusion, so that we all had the same name. We didn’t think it was necessary to tell you.”

     “But I want to know. I want to know more.  Who was my real father? Where is he? What did he do?”

     She peered at the boy a few silent minutes, then, “Okay. Stay here, I’ll be right back.” Three minutes passed and his mother returned with a large photo album, filled with black and white snapshots, plus a myriad of newspaper clippings. “He died, honey.  In 1941, in a hospital. Then I met Willie Strauss, and we were married. He wanted to adopt you, so we agreed.”

     “What’s in that big book?”

     “Pictures, honey.  Pictures of your father…and some of me performing with him.”

     The boy still could not get over the revelation. It was as though his entire identity had been altered in a matter of minutes. “What did he do? What was he like?”

     “He was a vaudeville comedian and dancer. A big star in the 1920s and 30s. He performed with top billing at the Palace Theater in New York, and many other places, portraying himself as an old Civil War veteran. He could dance with rubber legs. He had audiences screaming with laughter.”

     She opened the pages, and there he was, pictures of a handsome young Art Frank posing for the camera, then another while performing on stage, with old man, grey-beard make-up and costume, the Civil War veteran. The boy was fascinated. But there were so many more questions.  

     “How come he died? Do I have any aunts and uncles, or grandparents?”

     “I’ll tell you everything in good time.  Meanwhile, look here, a picture of your father with Ginger Rogers in 1929. Here’s one with Milton Berle when he was very young. George Burns and Gracie Allen.  And, Rudy Vallee.”

     “Rudy who?”

     She laughed. “He was a crooner.  But your father was among the biggest of stars.”

     And so, young Marshall Strauss embarked on a mission to know his father as best he could, and to know himself as well. He wished he could talk to him, hear his voice, feel his love and laugh, and laugh again. Alas, that would never come to be.

     Often, Marshall would listen to friends complain about their fathers. “Too fussy — Too aloof — Drinks too much — Too strict — Never satisfied.

     “Don’t complain,” Marshall often responded. “At least you knew your father.”

     Marshall Strauss took back his legal birth name and became Marshall Frank. He organized all the pictures plus an array of old 16 mm home movie films of famous people from the old days. Each year he thought about Art Frank’s birthday, special holidays, or what it would be like to give him a Father’s Day card and call him “Dad.”  Wouldn’t that be great. After all, he knew he would have been a loving father and a powerful force in his life.

     Marshall Frank still keeps his memory alive and somehow and lets his real dad know how much he loved and missed him these last eight decades. And…through the magic of cyberspace, he can acknowledge him as a “real” father uttering those magic words.

     Happy Father’s Day – Dad.