Day: December 29, 2017

The Islamic Brew of Racism, Apartheid, and Slavery


While the world is in a dither about America recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it is, predictably, totally unconcerned about the constant and ongoing practice of “legally or culturally enforced discrimination and/or persecution based on a person’s race or national identity” – to wit, apartheid – in the Muslim world.  Consider that:

  • Arab League states discriminate against and exclude Palestinians because of their national identity.
  • Palestinian refugees have been denied citizenship for two generations or more in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.
  • Palestinians have been expelled from many Middle Eastern countries – e.g., Kuwait, Jordan, Libya, and Iraq.
  • In Lebanon, Palestinians must live in designated areas, cannot own homes, and are barred from 70 occupations.

And yet, every year, universities across America host Israel Apartheid Week despite the fact that “Israel actually is the only apartheid-free state in the Middle East – a state whose Arab population enjoys full equality before the law and more prerogatives than most ethnic minorities in the free world, from the designation of Arabic as an official language to the recognition of non-Jewish religious holidays as legal days of rest.”

Contrast this with the fact that Muslim religiously based apartheid continues, since “Muslims historically view themselves as superior to all others and consider non-Muslims or kuffars as dhimmis.”  Thus, Christians, Jews, and Bahá’í remain second-class citizens throughout the Muslim world.  Racism is rampant in the Arab world, and “Africans of sub-Saharan descent are held in deep contempt, a vestige of the region’s historical role as epicenter of the international slave trade.”

And while Palestinian refugees are championed by the Arab world, they are treated like outcasts.  Khaled Abu Toameh writes, “[I]t was revealed that the Iraqi government has approved a new law that effectively abolishes the rights given to Palestinians living there. The new law changes the status of Palestinians from nationals to foreigners.”  In sum, “[t]he hypocrisy of the Arab countries is in full swing.  While they pretend to show solidarity with their Palestinian brothers, Arab governments work tirelessly to ethnically cleanse them.  Palestinian leaders, meanwhile[,] care nothing about the plight of their own people in Arab countries.  They are much too busy inciting Palestinians against Israel and Trump[.]”

Aside from the ongoing discrimination, gender apartheid is widespread in the Arab world.  Rape is blamed on women.  Rapists can escape legal punishment by marrying their victims, and women’s court testimony is worth less than men’s.  Moreover, women can be forced into arranged marriages.  Honor killings continue throughout the globe.  In Pakistan, an “estimated 1,000 cases a year occur.  Honor killings happen when family members murder a daughter, sister, mother[,] or wife because they believe she has brought shame to the family.  The reasons range from refusing an arranged marriage to owning a cell phone or even being a victim of rape.”

“‘It’s all just related to the idea that women are property, and you can do what you like with your property,’ says Heather Barr, senior researcher for women’s rights at Human Rights Watch[.]”  Moreover, “support for honor killing is far more likely among adolescent boys who have not spent much time in school.  And in a 2009 survey from the United Nations Population Fund, … 68 percent of young Iraqi men believed that killing a girl for dishonoring the family was justifiable.”  These are the very ideas now coming into Europe, where vetting of so-called refugees is basically nonexistent.

Notwithstanding that a recent decree in Saudi Arabia “permits women to drive for the first time in the country’s history, local authorities consistently refuse to issue women with a driving license, resulting in a de facto ban.”  And “although guardianship is not enshrined in written law, government officials, courts, businesses[,] and individual Saudis generally act in accordance with it, meaning that, in practice, women need their guardian’s consent for any major activity, including traveling, obtaining a passport, getting married or divorced[,] and signing contracts.” 

In Saudi Arabia, “public transportation, parks, beaches[,] and amusement parks are also segregated in most parts of the country.  Unlawful mixing will lead to criminal charges being brought against both parties, but women typically face harsher punishment.”  Women cannot compete freely in sports or use public swimming pools available to men.

In Yemen, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates, gay Muslim men can be stoned to death.  Why?  Sharia law dictates this. 

Religious apartheid is alive and well in the Muslim world.  Nonie Darwish in Wholly Different: Why I Chose Biblical Values Over Islamic Values writes how the “Bible revolutionized her life when she read about the joy of loving people.  Unlike the Koran, the Bible describes what love looks like[.]”  On the other hand, the “Koran has plenty of verses about those whom Allah does not love – especially the kafirs.”  In fact, “even the love of Muslims for their prophet Muhammad is conditional upon hating Jews.”  In addition, “neither Allah nor Muhammad tells Muslims to love people of other religions.”  “Islam teaches Muslims to despise life on Earth and shames those who want to flee from jihad for the sake of Allah in order to live.”

The difference between the Bible and Islam is clear, particularly when it comes to violence.  With “164 verses in the Koran dealing strictly with jihad and violence against non-Muslims, how can Islamic education teach peace” when Muslims find at least one verse per page teaching animosity, hatred, or violence?  Is it any wonder that a Palestinian Muslim intifada flag portrayed the following?  “It’s Saturday, so Massacre the Jews; on Sunday, Massacre the Christians.”

And then there is the issue of slavery.  According to the Clarion Project:

Slavery … ended [only] comparatively recently in the Arab world.  In Saudi Arabia, it was abolished in 1962.  Yet despite the formal abolition of slavery in the kingdom, the attitudes of superiority persist and are used to justify appalling treatment of overseas guest workers from countries such as the Philippines.


In Yemen, most slaves were freed in the 1960s, but researchers confirmed cases of slavery as recently as 2010.  [Al Jazeera] covered slavery in Yemen in a documentary feature exposing the brutal realities of the continued practice.


Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery, which it did only in 1981.  Slavery, however, still exists in Mauritania, where an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the population still live in slavery.  In 2007[,] the government passed a law saying that slave owners would be prosecuted.  But in 2014, the Global Slavery Index estimated there are 140,000 slaves still in Mauritania, out of a population of 3.8 million.

In his searing account of ten years as a slave, Francis Bok in his 1986 book Escape from Slavery exposes the horrifying raid on his Sudanese village when Arab raiders annihilated members of  his Dinka tribe.  He writes how northern Sudanese Muslims would swoop down and shoot Dinka men, “slashing with their swords, chopping off heads with a single swipe.”  Seven-year-old Bok was kidnapped and brought to an Arab family, where the children chanted abeed, abeed, (a derogatory term in Arabic meaning “slave”), all the while beating him with sticks.  “Never in [his] life had he been surrounded by people who did not care if someone was hurting [him].”  Finally, after two failed attempts to escape, Bok, age 17, fled his Arab captors.  It was not until 1999 that he finally was a completely free man.

In a 2017 report titled “Trafficking Terror: How Modern Slavery and Sexual Violence Fund Terrorism,” Nikita Malik examines “how terrorists use sexual violence, including rape, sexual slavery, and forced marriage, to bolster recruits[;] galvanize fighters[;] and, in the case of Islamist groups, punish kuffars or disbelievers.”  Furthermore, “there is a fixation on the part of Islamic State fighters with the concept of kuffar … so that barbaric acts can be condoned.”  In addition, “religious elements are infused into sexual violence practices to skirt … the moral wrongdoing of rape.”  Since “national laws on sexual violence within countries where extremist groups are present [–] i.e., Syria, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria [–] allow rapists to marry their victims to avoid prosecution and punishment[,]” it is the survivors who carry the burden of shame and stigma, rather than their perpetrators.

Robert Spencer writes that “in the past, as today, most slaves in Islam were non-Muslims who had been captured during jihad warfare.”  In “The Persistence of Islamic Slavery,” Spencer writes that “while the European and American slave trade get stern treatment … from historians, the Islamic slave trade, which actually lasted longer and brought suffering to a larger number of people, is virtually ignored.”  And when pressure came to end slavery, the Muslim world was “incredulous,” since the “words of the Qur’an and Muhammad were decisive in stifling abolitionist movements within the Islamic world.”

Nonie Darwish writes that “Islam is very useful for totalitarian regimes.  Islam provides weak governments with a  legal and religious formula that enables totalitarian control and forces the submission of citizens.”  She emphasizes that “the appeal of Islam to Western leftist politicians, who should know better, defies logic.”  Darwish asserts that “one and a half billion Muslims are living under the slavery of Islam, and they will never truly rebel as long as they can simply leave for the West – where they will work to impose sharia on the rest of us.” 

We have been warned.

Eileen can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com.

While the world is in a dither about America recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it is, predictably, totally unconcerned about the constant and ongoing practice of “legally or culturally enforced discrimination and/or persecution based on a person’s race or national identity” – to wit, apartheid – in the Muslim world.  Consider that:

  • Arab League states discriminate against and exclude Palestinians because of their national identity.
  • Palestinian refugees have been denied citizenship for two generations or more in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.
  • Palestinians have been expelled from many Middle Eastern countries – e.g., Kuwait, Jordan, Libya, and Iraq.
  • In Lebanon, Palestinians must live in designated areas, cannot own homes, and are barred from 70 occupations.

And yet, every year, universities across America host Israel Apartheid Week despite the fact that “Israel actually is the only apartheid-free state in the Middle East – a state whose Arab population enjoys full equality before the law and more prerogatives than most ethnic minorities in the free world, from the designation of Arabic as an official language to the recognition of non-Jewish religious holidays as legal days of rest.”

Contrast this with the fact that Muslim religiously based apartheid continues, since “Muslims historically view themselves as superior to all others and consider non-Muslims or kuffars as dhimmis.”  Thus, Christians, Jews, and Bahá’í remain second-class citizens throughout the Muslim world.  Racism is rampant in the Arab world, and “Africans of sub-Saharan descent are held in deep contempt, a vestige of the region’s historical role as epicenter of the international slave trade.”

And while Palestinian refugees are championed by the Arab world, they are treated like outcasts.  Khaled Abu Toameh writes, “[I]t was revealed that the Iraqi government has approved a new law that effectively abolishes the rights given to Palestinians living there. The new law changes the status of Palestinians from nationals to foreigners.”  In sum, “[t]he hypocrisy of the Arab countries is in full swing.  While they pretend to show solidarity with their Palestinian brothers, Arab governments work tirelessly to ethnically cleanse them.  Palestinian leaders, meanwhile[,] care nothing about the plight of their own people in Arab countries.  They are much too busy inciting Palestinians against Israel and Trump[.]”

Aside from the ongoing discrimination, gender apartheid is widespread in the Arab world.  Rape is blamed on women.  Rapists can escape legal punishment by marrying their victims, and women’s court testimony is worth less than men’s.  Moreover, women can be forced into arranged marriages.  Honor killings continue throughout the globe.  In Pakistan, an “estimated 1,000 cases a year occur.  Honor killings happen when family members murder a daughter, sister, mother[,] or wife because they believe she has brought shame to the family.  The reasons range from refusing an arranged marriage to owning a cell phone or even being a victim of rape.”

“‘It’s all just related to the idea that women are property, and you can do what you like with your property,’ says Heather Barr, senior researcher for women’s rights at Human Rights Watch[.]”  Moreover, “support for honor killing is far more likely among adolescent boys who have not spent much time in school.  And in a 2009 survey from the United Nations Population Fund, … 68 percent of young Iraqi men believed that killing a girl for dishonoring the family was justifiable.”  These are the very ideas now coming into Europe, where vetting of so-called refugees is basically nonexistent.

Notwithstanding that a recent decree in Saudi Arabia “permits women to drive for the first time in the country’s history, local authorities consistently refuse to issue women with a driving license, resulting in a de facto ban.”  And “although guardianship is not enshrined in written law, government officials, courts, businesses[,] and individual Saudis generally act in accordance with it, meaning that, in practice, women need their guardian’s consent for any major activity, including traveling, obtaining a passport, getting married or divorced[,] and signing contracts.” 

In Saudi Arabia, “public transportation, parks, beaches[,] and amusement parks are also segregated in most parts of the country.  Unlawful mixing will lead to criminal charges being brought against both parties, but women typically face harsher punishment.”  Women cannot compete freely in sports or use public swimming pools available to men.

In Yemen, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates, gay Muslim men can be stoned to death.  Why?  Sharia law dictates this. 

Religious apartheid is alive and well in the Muslim world.  Nonie Darwish in Wholly Different: Why I Chose Biblical Values Over Islamic Values writes how the “Bible revolutionized her life when she read about the joy of loving people.  Unlike the Koran, the Bible describes what love looks like[.]”  On the other hand, the “Koran has plenty of verses about those whom Allah does not love – especially the kafirs.”  In fact, “even the love of Muslims for their prophet Muhammad is conditional upon hating Jews.”  In addition, “neither Allah nor Muhammad tells Muslims to love people of other religions.”  “Islam teaches Muslims to despise life on Earth and shames those who want to flee from jihad for the sake of Allah in order to live.”

The difference between the Bible and Islam is clear, particularly when it comes to violence.  With “164 verses in the Koran dealing strictly with jihad and violence against non-Muslims, how can Islamic education teach peace” when Muslims find at least one verse per page teaching animosity, hatred, or violence?  Is it any wonder that a Palestinian Muslim intifada flag portrayed the following?  “It’s Saturday, so Massacre the Jews; on Sunday, Massacre the Christians.”

And then there is the issue of slavery.  According to the Clarion Project:

Slavery … ended [only] comparatively recently in the Arab world.  In Saudi Arabia, it was abolished in 1962.  Yet despite the formal abolition of slavery in the kingdom, the attitudes of superiority persist and are used to justify appalling treatment of overseas guest workers from countries such as the Philippines.


In Yemen, most slaves were freed in the 1960s, but researchers confirmed cases of slavery as recently as 2010.  [Al Jazeera] covered slavery in Yemen in a documentary feature exposing the brutal realities of the continued practice.


Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery, which it did only in 1981.  Slavery, however, still exists in Mauritania, where an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the population still live in slavery.  In 2007[,] the government passed a law saying that slave owners would be prosecuted.  But in 2014, the Global Slavery Index estimated there are 140,000 slaves still in Mauritania, out of a population of 3.8 million.

In his searing account of ten years as a slave, Francis Bok in his 1986 book Escape from Slavery exposes the horrifying raid on his Sudanese village when Arab raiders annihilated members of  his Dinka tribe.  He writes how northern Sudanese Muslims would swoop down and shoot Dinka men, “slashing with their swords, chopping off heads with a single swipe.”  Seven-year-old Bok was kidnapped and brought to an Arab family, where the children chanted abeed, abeed, (a derogatory term in Arabic meaning “slave”), all the while beating him with sticks.  “Never in [his] life had he been surrounded by people who did not care if someone was hurting [him].”  Finally, after two failed attempts to escape, Bok, age 17, fled his Arab captors.  It was not until 1999 that he finally was a completely free man.

In a 2017 report titled “Trafficking Terror: How Modern Slavery and Sexual Violence Fund Terrorism,” Nikita Malik examines “how terrorists use sexual violence, including rape, sexual slavery, and forced marriage, to bolster recruits[;] galvanize fighters[;] and, in the case of Islamist groups, punish kuffars or disbelievers.”  Furthermore, “there is a fixation on the part of Islamic State fighters with the concept of kuffar … so that barbaric acts can be condoned.”  In addition, “religious elements are infused into sexual violence practices to skirt … the moral wrongdoing of rape.”  Since “national laws on sexual violence within countries where extremist groups are present [–] i.e., Syria, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria [–] allow rapists to marry their victims to avoid prosecution and punishment[,]” it is the survivors who carry the burden of shame and stigma, rather than their perpetrators.

Robert Spencer writes that “in the past, as today, most slaves in Islam were non-Muslims who had been captured during jihad warfare.”  In “The Persistence of Islamic Slavery,” Spencer writes that “while the European and American slave trade get stern treatment … from historians, the Islamic slave trade, which actually lasted longer and brought suffering to a larger number of people, is virtually ignored.”  And when pressure came to end slavery, the Muslim world was “incredulous,” since the “words of the Qur’an and Muhammad were decisive in stifling abolitionist movements within the Islamic world.”

Nonie Darwish writes that “Islam is very useful for totalitarian regimes.  Islam provides weak governments with a  legal and religious formula that enables totalitarian control and forces the submission of citizens.”  She emphasizes that “the appeal of Islam to Western leftist politicians, who should know better, defies logic.”  Darwish asserts that “one and a half billion Muslims are living under the slavery of Islam, and they will never truly rebel as long as they can simply leave for the West – where they will work to impose sharia on the rest of us.” 

We have been warned.

Eileen can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com.



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We Don't Need No Stinkin' Predictions


With apology offered to B. Traven for the above appropriation of his words, I wanted to take a moment, as we approach 2018, to look back on tumultuous 2017 – or, more specifically, some of the comments made foretelling coming events.

It takes a certain person – cocky, self-assured, and thick-skinned – to make such predictions.  I am not that person.

The trouble with predictions is that if you are right, and you remind others of that, you end up looking like a jerk.  And if you are wrong, you will be reminded of that fact too often.

Another issue with predictions: The professional pontificators making them are rarely held to account when wrong.  Instead, they remain working at places like the N.Y. Times, CNN, and MSNBC.

No, you will not hear any predictions from me.  Instead, it’s more fun to look back at those foolish enough to make them to see who was right and who was wrong.

  • U.S. or Iraqi forces will drive ISIS out of Iraq in 2016. Politico contributor Mark Perry writes that Iraqi and Kurdish forces, led by U.S. [advisers], are preparing a major push into Mosul that should result in ISIS forces being pushed out of Iraq just before the election.  This should bolster Obama-Clinton favorability and further diminish Trump’s chances. –Bob Burnett, Huffington Post, 08/18/2016

“We’re going to have to do something extremely tough over there.  Like knock the hell out of them.  We have to get everybody together, and we have to lead for a change.  We’re being very gentle about it.  We have to be very tough[. … It’s called leadership.”  –Donald Trump, 09/19/2016

“ISIS has been militarily defeated in Iraq and Syria” –Inside Business headline, 11/21/2017

  • “This is Al Franken’s mo­ment in the spot­light, and if he chooses, he could par­lay his good for­tune in­to a bid for the pres­id­ency in 2020. –Josh Kraushaar, editorial writer, The Nation magazine, 02/06/2017

“Al Franken to Resign From Senate” –N.Y. Times headline, 12/07/2017

  • “It is possible to impeach Trump. I give it [’til] December.  Yes, December.  Our new special counsel, Mr. Muller [sic][,] has impaneled a grand jury as you know.” –Maxine Waters, 08/08/2017 interview on The Breakfast Club

“President Trump Back to Work at Golf Course Day after Christmas” –N.Y. Daily News headline, 12/26/2017

  • It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging[.] … The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear.  Still, I guess people want an answer: [i]f the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never. –Paul Krugman, N.Y. Times 11/08/2016 

“[T]he economy recorded its best 6-month stretch of growth in 3 years, a sign that it might be recovering from the long spell of slow growth.  The U.S. economy expanded at a solid 3% seasonally adjusted annual rate in the third quarter of 2017, according to Commerce Department data.” –Tirthankar Chakraborty, 10/30/2017

  • “If you think there’s still a historically significant dearth of quarterbacks and a problem with quality of play in 2017, you’re entitled to your opinion.  If that’s true, though, it’s close to impossible to make an argument against Colin Kaepernick starting for a handful of NFL teams right now[.]” –Bill Barnwell, ESPN Sports, 12/18/2017

“Kaepernick doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of making it back to the NFL – not this season, and not ever.  He’s done[;] I don’t think he’ll ever get a chance.  Never again.  Kaep’s not good enough for the headache.” –Tony Gonzalez, TMZ Sports interview, 11/06/2017

  • “Hillary Clinton will become the next president of the United States.  [I expect] things will settle down after the election and that Hillary will do a great job. –Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO, CNN interview, 10/192016 

    “Trump’s presidency is effectively over. I would be amazed if he survives [’til] end of the year.  More likely resigns by fall, if not sooner.” –Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal, CNN interview, 08/16/2017

“Trump Signs Historic Tax Cuts Into Law: ‘A Bill for the Middle Class and a Bill for Jobs'” –Independent Journal Review, 12/22/2017

As we look back on the year that was, and forward to the year that will be, one thing we can count on is that dire predictions rarely come to pass.  Proclamations of pending greatness follow a similar pattern – although, judging from the above, it appears that greatness is leading at the moment.

We as a nation have witnessed high levels of achievement rarely seen in history.  These successes are the result of efforts made when the nation stands united, working as one.  Problems arise when we are caught up in seeking to destroy others to gain some perceived advantage.

Tearing the nation apart to achieve an end is an exercise in futility, resulting too often in a backlash.

Working within the laws while projecting a high level of integrity is what is required to bring us back to being a nation that all Americans can be proud of.

Here is to hoping that 2018 will be the year we as a nation need it to be.

With apology offered to B. Traven for the above appropriation of his words, I wanted to take a moment, as we approach 2018, to look back on tumultuous 2017 – or, more specifically, some of the comments made foretelling coming events.

It takes a certain person – cocky, self-assured, and thick-skinned – to make such predictions.  I am not that person.

The trouble with predictions is that if you are right, and you remind others of that, you end up looking like a jerk.  And if you are wrong, you will be reminded of that fact too often.

Another issue with predictions: The professional pontificators making them are rarely held to account when wrong.  Instead, they remain working at places like the N.Y. Times, CNN, and MSNBC.

No, you will not hear any predictions from me.  Instead, it’s more fun to look back at those foolish enough to make them to see who was right and who was wrong.

  • U.S. or Iraqi forces will drive ISIS out of Iraq in 2016. Politico contributor Mark Perry writes that Iraqi and Kurdish forces, led by U.S. [advisers], are preparing a major push into Mosul that should result in ISIS forces being pushed out of Iraq just before the election.  This should bolster Obama-Clinton favorability and further diminish Trump’s chances. –Bob Burnett, Huffington Post, 08/18/2016

“We’re going to have to do something extremely tough over there.  Like knock the hell out of them.  We have to get everybody together, and we have to lead for a change.  We’re being very gentle about it.  We have to be very tough[. … It’s called leadership.”  –Donald Trump, 09/19/2016

“ISIS has been militarily defeated in Iraq and Syria” –Inside Business headline, 11/21/2017

  • “This is Al Franken’s mo­ment in the spot­light, and if he chooses, he could par­lay his good for­tune in­to a bid for the pres­id­ency in 2020. –Josh Kraushaar, editorial writer, The Nation magazine, 02/06/2017

“Al Franken to Resign From Senate” –N.Y. Times headline, 12/07/2017

  • “It is possible to impeach Trump. I give it [’til] December.  Yes, December.  Our new special counsel, Mr. Muller [sic][,] has impaneled a grand jury as you know.” –Maxine Waters, 08/08/2017 interview on The Breakfast Club

“President Trump Back to Work at Golf Course Day after Christmas” –N.Y. Daily News headline, 12/26/2017

  • It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging[.] … The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear.  Still, I guess people want an answer: [i]f the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never. –Paul Krugman, N.Y. Times 11/08/2016 

“[T]he economy recorded its best 6-month stretch of growth in 3 years, a sign that it might be recovering from the long spell of slow growth.  The U.S. economy expanded at a solid 3% seasonally adjusted annual rate in the third quarter of 2017, according to Commerce Department data.” –Tirthankar Chakraborty, 10/30/2017

  • “If you think there’s still a historically significant dearth of quarterbacks and a problem with quality of play in 2017, you’re entitled to your opinion.  If that’s true, though, it’s close to impossible to make an argument against Colin Kaepernick starting for a handful of NFL teams right now[.]” –Bill Barnwell, ESPN Sports, 12/18/2017

“Kaepernick doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of making it back to the NFL – not this season, and not ever.  He’s done[;] I don’t think he’ll ever get a chance.  Never again.  Kaep’s not good enough for the headache.” –Tony Gonzalez, TMZ Sports interview, 11/06/2017

  • “Hillary Clinton will become the next president of the United States.  [I expect] things will settle down after the election and that Hillary will do a great job. –Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO, CNN interview, 10/192016 

    “Trump’s presidency is effectively over. I would be amazed if he survives [’til] end of the year.  More likely resigns by fall, if not sooner.” –Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal, CNN interview, 08/16/2017

“Trump Signs Historic Tax Cuts Into Law: ‘A Bill for the Middle Class and a Bill for Jobs'” –Independent Journal Review, 12/22/2017

As we look back on the year that was, and forward to the year that will be, one thing we can count on is that dire predictions rarely come to pass.  Proclamations of pending greatness follow a similar pattern – although, judging from the above, it appears that greatness is leading at the moment.

We as a nation have witnessed high levels of achievement rarely seen in history.  These successes are the result of efforts made when the nation stands united, working as one.  Problems arise when we are caught up in seeking to destroy others to gain some perceived advantage.

Tearing the nation apart to achieve an end is an exercise in futility, resulting too often in a backlash.

Working within the laws while projecting a high level of integrity is what is required to bring us back to being a nation that all Americans can be proud of.

Here is to hoping that 2018 will be the year we as a nation need it to be.



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The Evils…No, the Virtues of Seduction



Both left and right seem to be taking the same tack in redefining female nature.  The results are not pretty.



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The Left's Strategy: When All Else Fails, Return to Race Hatred


In the 1960s and ’70s, under cover of peace and love propaganda, the radical left “marched through the institutions” (their slogan), especially American universities.  Beginning in the ’60s and ’70s, indoctrinated students radicalized American culture into the ancient hatreds of Marxism in the next half-century: class hatred,PEOgender hatred, hatred of serious religion, and of course race hatred.  Today, white heterosexual males are the scapegoats on campus. 

Race hatred and murder are the original mega-crime against humanity.  Here is a choice example. 

Two Hispanic “professors” at San Diego State University, Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J Bosco, paid by California taxpayers, have a new book from Routledge.  In it they write that “farmers’ markets in urban areas are weed-like ‘white spaces’ responsible for oppression” – because, they claim, “there is a correlation between the ‘whiteness of farmers’ markets'” and gentrification.  “Farmers’ markets are often white spaces where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized,” the SDSU professors write, according to the education watchdog Campus Reform.

So what do you do with “a weed like the white race”?  You wipe it out, of course.  This racist ideology finds a cousin in a Nazi-era movement in Mexico started by one José Vasconcelas called “The Cosmic Race,” published in the critical year of 1925, when race-hating was rising all over the world.  Japan was destroying Chinese people in Nanking for their race; the Germans were destroying the Jews and then the other “inferior” races, including the Russians; and in the U.S., to our shame, the KKK was still hating on blacks. 

Here is a sample of what our ignorant and indoctrinated college students are subjected to today.  The ideology these crooks follow is called the La Raza movement, an actual Hitlerite hate-whitey movement supported by the radical left, identical in its motivation to neo-Nazis.

The left is the most reactionary political force on Earth, as leftists would understand if they ever read their own history.  Hitler combined Marxist class hatred with race hatred and a willingness to kill completely innocent children, women, and defenseless men in massive crimes against humanity.  When Hitler was brought down, the Nuremberg Trials punished only a tiny fraction of the murderers, but it was widely greeted as a never again declaration by decent people. 

The Allies who beat the Axis Powers constructed a world of tolerance and peace, with the exception of Soviet-Chinese imperialism, which fell apart 25 years ago.  But to its credit, the Soviet Union was also anti-racist, like the democratic Allies.  Hitler and Imperial Japan represented the most wicked, merciless, and demonic themes in human history.  With the rise of Dr. Martin Luther King in the U.S., anti-racism became a part of ordinary decent human values.

That was the case until today, with the campus left having rediscovered race hatred, especially against whites.  But in the last five centuries, it was whites who developed all the humane benefits of science and technology – not because they were smarter than Asians, for example, but because the Mandarin class in countries like China were afraid that new inventions would undermine their power.  In fact, Chinese history is rife with advanced technologies, from gunpowder to an extraordinary range of arts, including a distinctive, beautiful aesthetic. 

So, in a kind of circular devolution, where the left looks for more and more scapegoats to keep its idiot legions hating somebody, the radical left has come back to the most ancient hatred, mixed with stupidity and ignorance, to keep the running mob going.  You could see it start to happen with the highly staged “Antifa” demonstrations recently; with the murder in effigy of a Donald Trump mask-wearing actor playing Julius Caesar in New York’s Shakespeare in the Park performance, sponsored, of course, by the New York Times; and with “comedian” Kathy Griffin’s career suicide by displaying an ISIS-type severed head of the president of the United States. 

This is all well known in psychiatry.  It’s called mob pathology.  It’s absolutely routine and constantly replayed throughout history in malignant cults that live by hate.  The left has just traced a complete circle back to Marx in 1848, which was identical to the French mass killers of the “Revolution” and onward to Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler.  The psychology and pathology of these cults are always the same. 

Because mobs always need a scapegoat, and because mobs are fickle, they always end up with race hatred or gender hatred.  White males are the current hate objects of the cult of the left.

Words are important in the propaganda war against moral primitivism, so “left Nazi” might be one useful word.  Hitler famously said you couldn’t recruit social democrats to become true Nazi-killers, but Communists made excellent cannon fodder because the basic psychology is the same. 

This story has no ending, because civilization must be defended and protected in every generation.  But it must have a new chapter.  In the 1960s, the FBI essentially destroyed the KKK by infiltration.  Since the FBI has apparently lost its way, maybe here is a new law enforcement target that would actually serve American democracy.  Maybe we should start by enforcing free and untrammeled speech on the campuses, as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and now lost on every campus in the land. 

In the 1960s and ’70s, under cover of peace and love propaganda, the radical left “marched through the institutions” (their slogan), especially American universities.  Beginning in the ’60s and ’70s, indoctrinated students radicalized American culture into the ancient hatreds of Marxism in the next half-century: class hatred,PEOgender hatred, hatred of serious religion, and of course race hatred.  Today, white heterosexual males are the scapegoats on campus. 

Race hatred and murder are the original mega-crime against humanity.  Here is a choice example. 

Two Hispanic “professors” at San Diego State University, Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J Bosco, paid by California taxpayers, have a new book from Routledge.  In it they write that “farmers’ markets in urban areas are weed-like ‘white spaces’ responsible for oppression” – because, they claim, “there is a correlation between the ‘whiteness of farmers’ markets'” and gentrification.  “Farmers’ markets are often white spaces where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized,” the SDSU professors write, according to the education watchdog Campus Reform.

So what do you do with “a weed like the white race”?  You wipe it out, of course.  This racist ideology finds a cousin in a Nazi-era movement in Mexico started by one José Vasconcelas called “The Cosmic Race,” published in the critical year of 1925, when race-hating was rising all over the world.  Japan was destroying Chinese people in Nanking for their race; the Germans were destroying the Jews and then the other “inferior” races, including the Russians; and in the U.S., to our shame, the KKK was still hating on blacks. 

Here is a sample of what our ignorant and indoctrinated college students are subjected to today.  The ideology these crooks follow is called the La Raza movement, an actual Hitlerite hate-whitey movement supported by the radical left, identical in its motivation to neo-Nazis.

The left is the most reactionary political force on Earth, as leftists would understand if they ever read their own history.  Hitler combined Marxist class hatred with race hatred and a willingness to kill completely innocent children, women, and defenseless men in massive crimes against humanity.  When Hitler was brought down, the Nuremberg Trials punished only a tiny fraction of the murderers, but it was widely greeted as a never again declaration by decent people. 

The Allies who beat the Axis Powers constructed a world of tolerance and peace, with the exception of Soviet-Chinese imperialism, which fell apart 25 years ago.  But to its credit, the Soviet Union was also anti-racist, like the democratic Allies.  Hitler and Imperial Japan represented the most wicked, merciless, and demonic themes in human history.  With the rise of Dr. Martin Luther King in the U.S., anti-racism became a part of ordinary decent human values.

That was the case until today, with the campus left having rediscovered race hatred, especially against whites.  But in the last five centuries, it was whites who developed all the humane benefits of science and technology – not because they were smarter than Asians, for example, but because the Mandarin class in countries like China were afraid that new inventions would undermine their power.  In fact, Chinese history is rife with advanced technologies, from gunpowder to an extraordinary range of arts, including a distinctive, beautiful aesthetic. 

So, in a kind of circular devolution, where the left looks for more and more scapegoats to keep its idiot legions hating somebody, the radical left has come back to the most ancient hatred, mixed with stupidity and ignorance, to keep the running mob going.  You could see it start to happen with the highly staged “Antifa” demonstrations recently; with the murder in effigy of a Donald Trump mask-wearing actor playing Julius Caesar in New York’s Shakespeare in the Park performance, sponsored, of course, by the New York Times; and with “comedian” Kathy Griffin’s career suicide by displaying an ISIS-type severed head of the president of the United States. 

This is all well known in psychiatry.  It’s called mob pathology.  It’s absolutely routine and constantly replayed throughout history in malignant cults that live by hate.  The left has just traced a complete circle back to Marx in 1848, which was identical to the French mass killers of the “Revolution” and onward to Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler.  The psychology and pathology of these cults are always the same. 

Because mobs always need a scapegoat, and because mobs are fickle, they always end up with race hatred or gender hatred.  White males are the current hate objects of the cult of the left.

Words are important in the propaganda war against moral primitivism, so “left Nazi” might be one useful word.  Hitler famously said you couldn’t recruit social democrats to become true Nazi-killers, but Communists made excellent cannon fodder because the basic psychology is the same. 

This story has no ending, because civilization must be defended and protected in every generation.  But it must have a new chapter.  In the 1960s, the FBI essentially destroyed the KKK by infiltration.  Since the FBI has apparently lost its way, maybe here is a new law enforcement target that would actually serve American democracy.  Maybe we should start by enforcing free and untrammeled speech on the campuses, as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and now lost on every campus in the land. 



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