Monday, September 29, 2014
That's a trumped up headline we have not seen, probably will not see and, indeed, SHOULD NOT see!
Why? Because factually, at least at this point, it's a FALSE CHARGE intended to raise the specter of racism when racism probably had nothing to do with it! (I said "probably" because, like the news media, I have been guilty of being too fast to rush to judgment.) Who knows what tomorrow's headlines will bring?
Why then, did only a few media sources question it when the tables were turned in Missouri and a large black man was shot and killed by a white police officer in the line of duty. The news media rapidly JUMPED on the racism angle. While most did not emphasize it, virtually every story mentioned that a "white" police officer shot a "black" man" and then left it up to the reader's imagination.
Take this August 16th sub head in the Daily Mail next to a picture of Darren Wilson: "Darren Wilson, the white cop who shot dead unarmed black man" (That's a direct quote and also the worst case from what may be the most irresponsible newspaper in the civilized world.).
It seems that white on black violence is still (all these years after racial tensions were actual headline-worthy news) looked at, regardless of the circumstances, as the 'evil that white people do', while black on white violence is often looked at as "understandable" if not "justified" due to the sins of our white ancestors.
Oh those "sins" were very real and white people, no matter how decent they act toward 'people of color' will, in many minds, always carry the 'white curse', the brand of racist.
Why is that so? Well I'll leave that up to your imagination.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In My View: The actions of ISIS and ISIL are the true expressions of Islam as dictated by the Qur’an.
When British Prime Minister David Cameron stood in front of the TV cameras days ago and made the statement: “They (ISIS/ISIL) are killing and slaughtering thousands of people; they boast of their brutality, they claim to do this in the name of Islam, that is nonsense, Islam is a religion of peace.” He was telling a bare-faced lie — but he might have had an understandable reason.
To be sure, the civilized world was (or should have been) shocked by Cameron’s apparent cowardice! Here is a man who certainly must be aware that the “monsters” who have beheaded several citizens of Western Nations (including his own) in videos spread all over the world are following the instructions to Muslims as laid out in the Qur’an, the holy book of this supposed “religion of peace’, the book they claim to be the true word of Allah.
According to the Qur’an, non-Muslims are simply “cattle” who can be slaughtered as a tribute to Mohammed, Islam’s ‘prophet’ of God. If PM Cameron claims Islam is the religion of peace it is either through inexcusable ignorance or a justifiable fear of a Muslim uprising in the streets of London if he should reveal his true feelings. Cameron, I’m sure, is well aware of the true nature of Islam, and well aware of the threat to British citizens. His lie is justified, at least in his mind, as protection of the home-front.
The same can be said about President Obama. His apparently cowardly stance is, in his mind, justified by what will certainly happen here, in the streets of America, if he admits that the Nation of Islam and it’s many offshoots are following the religion of evil, not Peace.
Both countries have the same problem. We ignored the truth out of a misguided “Christian Charity” until it was too late. Britain especially is flooded with Muslims.
What is Islam, really! It is a religion that is supposed to be based on the true word of Allah (God), as revealed to a man history has shown was a psychotic sociopath: the Prophet Mohammed, prophet of Allah. His revelations are set forth in the Holy Book of the Qur’an. The Qur’an itself is the most important religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a direct revelation from God.
Islam has one clear objective and that is NOT to bring peace to the world; a Muslim’s objective (clearly stated in the Qur’an) is to either kill or convert (by force if necessary) everyone who does not follow the teachings of the Qur’an. I repeat EVERYONE! This is the only path allowed to them by the Qur’an. This is done to advance the ultimate objective of the Muslim religion, the institution of a world-wide caliphate. A true Muslim who follows the teachings of Mohammed has no other choice.
The Muslim ‘religion’s’ teachings must be recognized as a declaration of war, a war by Islam waged against all non-Islamic countries and their non-Islamic citizens, and even some Islamic countries who prefer a less aggressive interpretation of the Qur’an.
The Qur’an is the source of the evil that is flooding Middle Eastern countries with blood and attacking the countries of Obama and Cameron who are both unable to acknowledge pure evil when the see it by publically recognizing the Qur’an as the source of that evil.
From the Qur’an (8:50-60): Let not the unbelievers think that they will ever get away. They have not the power to do so. Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of God and your enemy…
This is the Quranic justification for the action of the warriors of ISIS/ISIL.
And this from the Qur’an (47:4): When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly.
How then can we explain the many thousands of people who call themselves Muslim but are living in peace among those of us who are considered by the monstrous religion known as Islam to be worth less than cattle. These people are are either ‘closet terrorists’ who are waiting for their instructions to destroy as many of the Kafirs (unbelievers) as they can or they themselves are infidels (by the Muslim definition) who have rejected Islam; they are no longer true Muslims! If they were true Muslims they would not be able to live in peace among the camels, goats and pigs.
If you do not want to destroy all that is not Muslim you are an infidel. If, however, these closet converts were to identify themselves as followers of any religion other than Islam their lives and the lives of their families will be seriously threatened and the threats would, if at all possible, be carried out.
Monday, September 15, 2014
It's all guesswork. No one has looked into the face of any god, not while they were alive and could talk about it, but yet throughout the history of this planet, millions have died at the hands of those who believe in a particular god and as many at the hands of those who do not believe in any god. That does not illustrate the existence of any particular god,it simply illustrates an inate human need to hold onto a belief that helps explains life and the reason for existence.
WE ARE HERE! WE MUST HAVE COME FROM SOMEWHERE!
It seems virtually impossible for any sentient, thoughtful human to deny is that there was a creative process that brought our complex world amid all the ever-changing and sometimes opposing forces of life into being. Then look at yourself! Only a fool would suppose that a magnificent, complex 'machine' like the human body, or even any one of it's thousands of parts, just happened by chance. I'm not talking about the seeming impossibility of Creationism, or the best guesses of man (evolution and intelligent design) I'm talking about the almost certain objective reality that there was an unknowable, intelligent creative force at work in the universe.
The main diference between a religious person and me is, a religious person has given this force a name, a gender identity and the power to control life and nature, I on the other hand do not relate that creative force with the religious person's "controlling" force and I don't believe that anyone should claim to know the unknowable.
Back when man first started populating the earth he certainly also marveled at this miracle we know as life and because of his inquisitive nature he certainly began to create a scenario that allowed this "magic" to make 'sense.' After many thousands of years that scenario, passed down through the ages and embellished by each successive generation, created religion and religious texts.
The preceding is simply a collection of my thoughts on the subjects of life, human nature and the unknowable nature of life and it's equally unknowable origin. I do not claim to have written or divulged any truths.
Religion, in it's traditional sense, is a necessity for some as a guide to daily life with the ultimate objective of gaining eternal life for the spirit or soul at the end of ones physical life. For others, traditional religion is an anathema because they see it as pure mysticism that has no place in day-to-day life and they see faith as an excuse for not knowing what will happen next.
Believing in something however, even for skeptics, is a necessity -- it's something built into our DNA and for those of us with little or no faith in established religions we often turn to philosophy or science.
My personal inspiration and guideline for life has, since my early teenage years, been the following inspirational piece called the "Desiderata." For years a copy of the Desiderta hung on my bedroom wall and I always tried to follow the Desiderata's guidelines for life but, like most people, I am not always in control. Just another imperfect human!
The word desiderata is a form of the Latin word "desideratum" which means: "something that is desired or felt to be essential."
The origin of the written work is uncertain but legend has it that it was either found in Saint Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland and distributed to parishioners or it was actually written by the man who eventually copywrited it (in 1920), the American writer Max Ehrmann (1872 - 1945).
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann c.1920
Friday, September 5, 2014
The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that the death toll from the West Africa Ebola outbreak has risen to 1,350.(Boston.com)
More than 400 people have died in Sierra Leone alone from Ebola.
Three American doctors have been infected by the Ebola outbreak in Africa.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebolavirus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Typically, vomiting, diarrhea and rash follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally.
Don't forget to go to a church or synagogue this week to say thanks.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Maybe our incompetent, indecisive president would finally take revenge on ISIS if some African-American citizens/reporters were beheaded. Just being American doesn't appear to be enough of an incentive,
And you want a strategy Mr. President? Here's one. Send the United States Military, in force, to Iraq and kill every one of those low-life radical Moslem bastards. We have the justification but we still seem to be lacking the guts -- lacking an an administration with guts that is.
We need to RE-TEACH the world that the United States will never lie down and sit back while cowardly terrorists are kiling Americans OR our allies while hiding behind masks.