October 21, 2014

Medical Malpractice of Doctor Pepper?

Timothy Birdnow

A recent study conducted by the University of California San Francisco concluded that drinking soda - any soda - shortens your lifespan.

According to the article:

"About 21% of subjects said they drank that much soda daily (20 ounces or more), while the average intake was 12 ounces. Researchers also looked at the effects of diet soda and fruit juice on telomeres; while "100% fruit juice was marginally associated with longer telomeres," they write in the American Journal of Public Health, diet sodas and non-carbonated "sugar-sweetened beverages" weren't associated with telomere length. Still, the study points to the dangers of soda beyond its role in obesity. "The extremely high dose of sugar that we can put into our body within seconds by drinking sugared beverages is uniquely toxic to metabolism," says a study author"

End excerpt.

Now, if only 21% are in this category, how can the researchers state categorically that soda makes you age quicker? Does that make the other 79% the controls? The article is unclear on this. I haven't been able to find anything on the methodology of the research.

Also, what kind of soda are we talking about? Coke? Pepsi? Dr. Pepper? 7 Up? Without distinguishing one soda from another you do not have a true picture of what is happening; there are different ingredients in soda, and Coca-Cola is quite different from 7up or Nehi Orange. Is it the Cola causing this? We aren't given this information either.

The thrust of this research is that telemers are shortened in people who drink soda (but not sugary fruit juice). Telemers are endcaps on chromosomes. If you look at a chromosome you see the maypole-llike twisted double helix with straight lines at the ends. Those ends are called telemers. They are thought to tie in with aging, because they grow shorter as we get older. People with diseases that cause premature aging (like Down's Syndrome) generally have shortened telemers. Every time a cell divides the main body of the gene is replicated but the telemers get shorter. In fact, at some point the telemers recede to the point where a new gene appears, which is thought to be an "end run" code telling the hardware to shut down i.e. a death gene. This is speculative, but it is certainly true that there is no reason for death by old age; the human genome seems programmed to self-destruct, probably to avoid competition with one's offspring, and to avoid passing along unwelcome mutations. We are the vehicle for the survival of DNA; that is our primary biological purpose. If we as people get in the way...

At any rate, the researchers conclude that there is a shortening of telemers that coincide with drinking soda. I would like to point out that correlation is not causality. I would also like to ask who exactly the subjects were in this project? How did they control for other environmental or genetic factors? It should be pointed out that people who drink lots of soda also tend to eat some pretty bad stuff; how did they control for other dietary behaviors?

This was done in California, too, and no doubt these are people getting more sun than the rest of us.

The confident way this story and others like it were written suggests a political agenda at work. The authors of the study claim diet soda has this effect too. This smells of Michael Bloomberg.

I wonder who funded this study?

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October 20, 2014

Islamic Burial Practices Spreading Ebola

Timothy Birdnow

Islamic burial rituals leading to the spread of Ebola.

From IBD:

"When Muslims die, family members don't turn to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In Islam, death is handled much differently.

Relatives personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. Often, several family members participate in this posthumous bathing ritual, known as Ghusl.

Before scrubbing the skin with soap and water, family members press down on the abdomen to excrete fluids still in the body. A mixture of camphor and water is used for a final washing. Then, family members dry off the body and shroud it in white linens.

Again, washing the bodies of the dead in this way is considered a collective duty for Muslims, especially in Muslim nations. Failure to do so is believed to leave the deceased "impure" and jeopardizes the faithful's ascension into Paradise (unless he died in jihad; then no Ghusl is required).

Before the body is buried, Muslims attending the funeral typically pass a common bowl for use in ablution or washing of the face, feet and hands, compounding the risk of infection.
Though these customs are prescribed by Shariah law, they're extremely dangerous and should be suspended. Mosque leaders must step in to educate village Muslims about the dangers of interacting with corpse."

End excerpt.

Islam is unhygenic. It allows child marriages, multiple sex partners (for men), genital mutilation for women, cannibalism under certain circumstances. An Iman recently said it was o.k. to have sex with your wife hours after she dies. Nice.

Now we learn that burial practices involve close contact with corpses.

This really is medieval.

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Green Cards for All!

Timothy Birdnow

Obama prepares 11 million green cards.

According to Neil Munroe at the Daily Caller:

"President Barack Obama deputies are secretly preparing to print work permits for up to 11 million illegal immigrants over the next two years, despite the nation’s high unemployment, stalled wages and increasing automation.

If Obama actually goes ahead with the plan that is sketched in a federal contract document, he would provide employers with the ability to legally hire 13 million foreign workers even as 12 million Americans turn 18 in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The plan to print millions of work permits and green cards — dubbed "permanent resident cards” — is outlined in Oct. 3 and Oct. 6 federal announcements to contractors.

The contract plan was discovered by the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a lower level of immigration.

"The objective of this procurement is … to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards,” said the Oct. 6 official announcement at FedBizOpps.gov."

End excerpt.

Immigration law lies in the purview of Congress. This is tyranny.

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Bad Data at Mammoth Spring Surface Temperature Station

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Timothy Birdnow

On my recent trip to Mammoth Springs in Arkansas I noticed something peculiar; a government temperature station sited next to the spring pond.

Mammoth Springs is one of the largest natural springs in the midwest, probably in the country. The water coming out of it is cool. There is no logical reason to site a surface temperature station next to a cold spring; it introduces a clear cooling bias to the data.

When Global Warming was all the rage meteorologist Anthony Watts agreed to conduct a survey of surface stations, since nobody knew where they were sited or how they were operating. He found a clear warming bias, largely a result of the urban heat island effect; cities grew up around these stations, and many of them were next to air conditioner condensers or on hot blacktop parking lots or whatnot. Some are quite ridiculous; one photo shows a station sited between two huge wastewater treatment plants, steam rising from them in the cold winter air.

This instance is a reverse bias, but the whole point is we aren't getting accurate data. See Watt's project at www.surfacestations.org.

And the answer has been to simply remove older stations then data norm. If we eliminate station x we then take station y and w and split the difference. This is illogical; station x may be miles from either station, and may well experience temperatures unique to the particular area. The whole point is to get an accurate reading, not a "good enough" average. It is rather like a diabetic taking two blood sugar readings, one shows his sugar at 250 and the next at 50 and concluding he is doing just fine because this averages out to 150. No doctor would be pleased with this, but climatologists are perfectly happy to accept this type of thinking. Crazy.

In point of fact the surface station readings show global warming and the satellite data do not. Slipshod data recording is undoubtedly the cause of the perceived warming. And we are told we must make policy based on this - draconian policy that will be a mammoth spring of greenbacks and will reduce human energy consumption, making the world poorer and killing people in the Third World. We cannot do that; we need accurate measurements to hold any rational discussion.

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Vacation Saga


Timothy Birdnow

Blogging has been light this past week, and I owe Aviary readers an explanation. I had a birthday on Saturday, a big one - I turned fifty. Now, for the past several years I have been pretty much homebound due to reasons both physical and financial, and so the wife and I decided to make up for lost time with not one but two trips. We didn't want to go very far, because we have a cat at home, one who had never been left alone before, and so we wanted to drop in to make sure all was well between the trips. We chose to go to two places within just a few hours of home.

The first trip was a backwoods adventure in south central Missouri. (Adventure may be a bit strong a word, but there you are!) We stayed in a "treehouse cabin" on the North Fork River, a tributary of the White River. The North Fork is trout country and we stayed in the blue ribbon area, what is known as the "miracle mile". Absolutely stunning country. The resort we stayed at was called River of Life Farms and it was beautiful, with numerous "treehouses" on or near the river. (I use the quotation marks because they are stilt houses built into the trees.) Our cabin was not right on the river but was built into the hillside with a spectacular deck. It featured knotty pine interior siding with a hot tub, bath and kitchenette. What was nice about ours was that, unlike most of the cabins there, we didn't have to climb stairs; it was just a matter of pulling the car up and carrying everything on the deck into the cabin. A good thing for a man with Congestive Heart Failure.

My only complaint was the bed and couch; the bed was hard, and I didn't sleep really well. The couch was a worn-out love seat that sagged when you sat in it. But that can be endured by intrepid campers such as myself and my lovely wife (well, myself anyway) and the facility was first-rate otherwise.

I really didn't come to fish but rather to explore. This place was remote, deep inside the Mark Twain National Forest. We did a lot of driving, just soaking in the countryside. We visited Grand Gulf, the Grand Canyon of the Ozarks, for instance.

Grand Gulf was a giant cave, something that Missouri is lousy with due to limestone soil and plentiful rainfall. The roof of the cave collapsed, leaving a rugged canyon with a river pouring from the rocks and then returning to the underground. The underground river that flows through Grand Gulf is part of the watershed of Mammoth Springs down in Arkansas, which we also visited. Mammoth Springs is the largest spring in the midwest, larger even than Big Spring. Sadly, it is not anywhere as scenic; there is just a small lake with obvious water coming from the ground and a river that pours forth from it. The water churns the bottom so the water is brown and unclean looking. It doesn't help that the great state of Arkansas chose to build a highway right next to this natural phonomenon.

We drove a number of back country roads, and saw some really amazing sights. I also let myself go while on this trip, eating foods I have been denied since suffering CHF. Rare and wondrous delicacies like hot dogs, balogna, real American cheese food. I ate meals fit for a king, a very fat unhealthy king, granted...

We looked to sample some of the local beverages but were stymied; nobody was open during the week. I had thought to travel to Little Yeoman Brewery, but it is in a private residence these days and open largely by appointment during the week. Ditto the Aux Arcs wine trail; three wineries and not one of them open except on weekends. I didn't mind; we really weren't on this trip for drinks. I didn enjoy a fine tawny port one night.

After coming home and visiting our cat, we headed to a more boozy destination, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. We had discovered this back in the early'90's when there were only four wineries tucked into the hills in southern Illinois. The area, known as Little Egypt, is close to the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, and is the Illinois portion of the Ozark Mountain plateau. It is a natural wonderland, with spectacular vistas and deep canyons. There is the Little Grand Canyon along the Big Muddy river, a deep canyon (not as spectacular as Grand Gulf) that features a natural stone bridge. There is Giant City State Park, where one can find the remains of a stone fort built by native Americans long ago. There are numerous cliffs with spectacular views. Oh, and the lodge serves excellent food, the best I've ever eaten at one of those government affairs. Breakfast was enormous and included gourmet coffee, not the cheap stuff you usually get. Their dinner service includes steaks and whatnot, although their fried chicken dinner is their specialty and it is all-you-can-eat.

But perhaps the most inspiring thing in this area is Bald Nob. The highest point in Illinois, if I am not mistaken, Bald Nob is a mountain by any estimation. The top is clear (hence the name) and it is always very windy. But the main attraction is a giant white crucifix, over a hundred feet tall, that can be illuminated at night. It is an awesome sight when you visit the area; a glowing cross in the night sky.

I was happy to see it there; last time we visited (three years ago) the cross was in such disrepair that it had to be taped off with warnings that parts fell from it. But the locals all chipped in and the Bald Nob Cross is good as new, a beacon of God's love to the good people of Little Egypt. The pillar of fire that led the Israelites would have been no more impressive, nor angered Pharoah any less.

But the main attraction is the wine trail. There are two sides; the U.S. 51 corridor and the 127 side. The 51 corridor is the monied side, since it is a major highway connecting Carbondale, with the University of Illinois Carbondale in the north and Anna/Jonesboro to the south. We stayed on this side this time, although we prefer the 127 side because it is the more rustic. We stayed in the quaint village of Makanda, a sort of hippie refuge. Makanda's claim to fame is the boardwalk, a collection of old 19th century buildings. One building is an art metal shop, which shelters a secret garden in the rear. If you follow the path through the shop you come out in a wonderfully whimsical place with faux pirate ships, log cabins, forts, all manner of children's dreams. It's built in the back yard of the building, so it isn''t large, and everything overlooks everything else. While I'm not into hippies by and large I have to say I have a soft spot for someone willing to do so much work for a purely whimsical thing. And they do not charge for it; just walk in and wander around.

Makanda Boardwalk

We didn't go there this trip, however, because the yearly Vulture Fest was in progress. Pop artists, artisanss, and assorted hippie types swoop down on Makanda every year for a sort of Woodstock for vultures (since many are around at that time). It's a carnival atmosphere, with food booths, games, music, beer, and the ubiquitous favorite of all carnivals, funnel cake. We didn't attend, even though it was close enough to our accomodations to walk; we weren't there for a street fair. But it was nice to know we could attend if we wished.

But back to the wine trail. As I said, this is the monied side (plus Giant City lodge was only two miles from Makanda) and so the wineries are swankier and more commercial. There is a ring of four of them, with a fifth on Highway 51 and a sixth up a side road a ways.

The wines themselves are as Caesar/Dom Deloise says in History of the World "nice, not thrilling but nice". Mostly French American hybrids, one can find plenty of Chamborcin and Chardonnel. A few wineries grow the old american varietal Norton, and a few others manage to grow the vinifera Cabernet Franc. (I don't know why that variety and no other classics, but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.) Missouri wines, which are much the same varieties, are better but these are decent enough. The best wines I had on the trip were at Orlandini.

Sadly, the days were beautiful and buses, coupled with events, made some of the wineries too crowded. As I said, this is the monied side, and tours usually start - and frequently finish - here.

I prefer the other side; most of the wineries are smaller, home-spun affairs. Many are deep, deep in the woods. Perhaps my favorite in terms of setting is Hickory Ridge, which is a vineyard carved out of a wilderness woodland. They specialize in red wines too, which I prefer, and make some decent Cab Franc. As I say, they are about as deep in the woods as one can get.

In previous years we stayed on that side, in Alto Pass at the Broken Wheel ranch, a horse farm on Bald Nob not far from the cross. I like it; you get a whole cabin to yourself and it's very cheap. You also have a winery and restaurant just a half mile down the road at Hedman. Swedes settled here, and the food is Swedish family food. Alto Pass is interesting; it features a root beer saloon complete with swinging doors. Too bad the staff is so snotty to the customers...

At any rate, we stayed in a cottage in Makanda, the Makanda Inn. It is a straw-bale construction, with thick, muc plastered walls and an earthen roof covered with vegetation. Unfortunately it was designed with "sustainability" in mind, meaning it was too cramped. It was set up like a townhouse with a bedroom (and I mean bedroom; a king sized bed and that was all there was room for) a bathroom featuring a big tub and the shower in the actualy bathroom (got water everywhere). You had to go through the shower to reach the deck off the back. A spiral staircase led to a smallish sitting room with a mini fridge, a hotplate, and microwave. They did have a television with cable (a treat for us). Outside the door below was a shared area (this was a duplex) with barbeque pit and fire place. Beautiful wooded setting. All in all I liked the inn, although it was a bit cramped and they used low-wattage light bulbs making it hard to see what you were doing. Sustainablility is fine if you don't want to live that well.

At any rate we visited a number of wineries, ate some good food, did a little bit of walking about, and generally had a wonderful, pleasant week. We had rain and overcast on the first trip, but it was not too bad, and the wine trail trip featured spectacular weather, none better. Still, I was glad to come home. Elliott, our darling little feline friend, was VERY happy to see us, and he about wore my lap out last night.

It was a great trip, but I'm glad to be home.

Thank you all for your patience during my absence.

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October 19, 2014

Killing Confidence in Our Government

ByAlan Caruba

What has been the over-riding theme of life in America since Barack Obama became President in 2008?

It has been the continued loss of confidence Americans have regarding various elements of the federal government. From the Centers for Disease Control, the Veterans Administration, the Secret Service, to the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, these and other agencies have been tainted in ways that have turned his two terms into a litany of scandals and failures.

Obama is a President for whom politics is the sole reason against which every decision is made.

The latest example was the naming of an Ebola Czar. "Sources confirm to Fox News that President Obama plans to name Ron Klain, a longtime political hand with no apparent medical or health background.” In the past, Klain has served as chief of staff to Al Gore and Joe Biden. Does this make you feel any better about the Ebola threat?

I think that most Americans—not the "low information” ignorant ones—are experiencing a generalized depression about the nation these days. It’s a sense of weariness because our paychecks don’t stretch enough in the supermarket where the cost of food, particularly meat and fish, is soaring.

We wonder about the quality of education our children or grandchildren are receiving. It’s poor when compared to other nations and it undermines a belief in America's exceptionalism.

In growing numbers younger Americans are choosing not to marry because of the costs involved and because we live in a society that no longer frowns on a couple living together; nearly half of marriages end in divorce. And then there’s same-sex marriage, a concept that was unthinkable not that long ago and for centuries in all societies.

We’re now six years into the Great Recession thanks to a White House that thought that, if the government spent $834 billion on top of the national debt, it would somehow "stimulate” the economy but government spending did not relieve Americans during the Great Depression, generate new jobs or achieve anything else thatthis tried-and-failed liberal theory was said to do. Who was in charge of Obama’s "stimulus” program? Ron Klain, the new Ebola Czar.

Cutting taxes, slowing and reducing regulations, and generally getting out of the way to allow people to start or expand their businesses works, but the White House went the other direction.

As an October 16 Wall Street Journal editorial noted, "Millions of American families haven’t had a raise in after-inflation incomes in years, but in Washington times are flush…the U.S. federal government rolled up record revenues of $3.013 trillion.” Individual income tax receipts rose by 5.9%, along with payroll taxes and corporate income taxes—very nearly the highest in the world—increased 16% to $321 billion.

Only the naïve or ignorant believe that the government knows how to spend our money better than we do, but liberals—Democrats—do. Their answer to every problem government encounters is more money, but not to repair and expand the infrastructure, roads and bridges, on which the nation depends and not for a military that is currently at low pre-World War Two levels of personnel and old equipment of every description.

Our current Secretary of State, John Kerry, is going around echoing the President, telling people that mankind is doomed because "climate change” is coming and will destroy all life unless billions or trillionsare spent in ways that will avoid it. Only no one can avoid climate change because that’s what climate does; it changes with well-known and predictable cycles tied to the Sun’s cycles.

Our military’s mission is now being redirected to addressing "climate change” at a time when, having been withdrawn from Iraq, a new, larger and far more dangerous entity, the Islamic State, has emerged, stretching into Syria as well.

The President recently gave an interview to France’s Canel+ TV Channel and said that the American people need to be better educated about Islam, claiming that the U.S. should be regarded as a Muslim country because of the number of Muslims living here. The truth is that the U.S. has one of the smallest percentages of Muslims of any Western nation, about 1.5% of the population. Americans know everything they need to about Islam. They recently watched two of their countrymen beheaded by the Islamic State.

The President appears to prefer unapologetic liars as his advisors. Consider Susan Rice who came to fame by lying on five Sunday television shows that the Benghazi attack in 2012 was the result of a video no one had seen and more recently said that Turkey had agreed to permit the U.S. to undertake military flights to attack ISIS only to have Turkey deny that within hours. She is Obama’s national security advisor and that is cause enough for concern, but guess to whom the new Ebola Czar, Ron Klain, will be reporting? Susan Rice.

While Obama has been in office the population has been growing by virtue of the millions of illegal aliens that have been entering. This year there was a dramatic virtual invasion of children and others from Guatemala and San Salvador at the invitation of the President. They were quickly dispersed throughout the U.S. and just as quickly schools around the nation began to report outbreaks of the diseases they brought. At the same time, deportations have declined this year.

The President has sent more than 4,000 of our military to Africa’s Ebola hot zone and he did so rapidly as what will be described as a humanitarian gesture, but he has never seen any necessity to dispatch our military to our southern border to stem illegal entry. Indeed, his administration has taken Arizona to court when it passed legislation to address the problem. In the meantime, we are left to wonder what will happen if our soldiers become ill with Ebola?

Indeed, his signature legislation, ObamaCare, is destroying our healthcare system and is a testament to the lies he repeatedly told before the Democrats in Congress passed it in 2009. No Republican voted for it. After the midterm elections, hundreds of thousands will learn that their employers will no longer provide them with healthcare insurance.

Americans are left to wonder how the nation can survive a President who has steadily engaged in programs that have harmed America’s economy—he is the first to have hadour national credit rating reduced.

In the process he has ignored the limits imposed on his office by the Constitution. The courts have repeatedly rebuked this.

On November 4thvoters will have an opportunity to go to the polls and vote out as many of his supporters, incumbent Democrats and candidates for Congress, as possible.

Our confidence in our government must be restored with new leadership.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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October 17, 2014

Eye Witness to Brown Shooting; Hands not Up!

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Timothy Birdnow

Mike Brown, the 18 year old shot dead by a Ferguson police officer, did not have his hands up when he was shot, a witness testified before the grand jury investigating the shooting.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"One Canfield resident — who said he saw the killing of Brown from start to finish and talked to the grand jury recently — has given the Post-Dispatch an account with some key differences from previous public statements from other witnesses.

Among the recollections of the witness, who agreed to an interview on the condition that his name not be used, were:

• After an initial scuffle in the car, the officer did not fire until Brown turned back toward him.

• Brown put his arms out to his sides but never raised his hands high.

• Brown staggered toward Wilson despite commands to stop.

• The two were about 20 to 25 feet apart when the last shots were fired."

End excerpt.

The Post-Dispatch, trying to downplay these devastating claims, quotes the witness as saying Officer Darren Wilson didn't need to kill Brown. It also entitles the article "Witness adds new perspective to Ferguson shooting" to discourage readers.

The article returns to the supposed contractor witnesses:

"Two men from outside the area who were working outside the apartment complex previously told the Post-Dispatch that Wilson chased Brown on foot away from the car after the initial gunshot, and fired at least one more shot in Brown’s direction as he fled. They said that Brown stopped, turned around and put his hands up, and that the officer killed him in a barrage of gunfire.

The men also said they never heard the officer say anything to Brown before opening fire, and that they heard Brown scream, "OK! OK! OK! OK! OK! OK!”

The man who spoke recently to the newspaper said those witnesses were about the same distance from the action as he was."

End excerpt.

The good people at Conservative Treehouse demolished the plausibility of these witnesses accounts. See all posts on Mike Brown at CT here.

Those contractors were very far from the scene of the shooting and at an odd angle. They couldn't possibly have seen what was happening clearly, much less heard clearly.

The media is desperate to keep the narrative alive. They want Brown to be a good kid murdered by a racist cop, and even though they have to report this sort of thing they will continue to try to spin it in their preferred direction.

The media caused much of this. Had they not started wall-to-wall coverage much of the violence and chaos that happened to Ferguson (which was in the midst of a wonderful urban renewal until this) would not have occured. Now Ferguson WILL become an impoverished hell-hole. But liberal news people can pat themselves on the back, because they CARE.

In related news Vonderrit Myers, the punk killed by a white police officer in the Shaw neighborhood spawning renewed violence by the grievance crowd, had residue from the pistol he fired at the officer on his hands, according to forensics. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/10/14/sandwich-fail-forensic-evidence-supports-vonderitt-myers-was-shooting-at-police-officer-gun-shot-residue-on-hands-and-clothes/

Either he was planning to eat a saltpeter sandwhich or he was shooting. I doubt he wanted the sandwhich; it would have caused him disagreeable side effects, particularly where the ladies are concerned.

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of Sheep, wolves and sheepdogs

Wil Wirtanen forwards this:

An article, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may an social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself.

The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for?"

- William J. Bennett
In a lecture to the United States Naval Academy
November 24, 1997 One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: "Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another.

Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

"Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, "and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

"Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, "and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.” Or, as a sign in one California law enforcement agency put it, "We intimidate those who intimidate others.”

If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath--a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.

The gift of aggression
"What goes on around you... compares little with what goes on inside you."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson Everyone has been given a gift in life. Some people have a gift for science and some have a flair for art. And warriors have been given the gift of aggression. They would no more misuse this gift than a doctor would misuse his healing arts, but they yearn for the opportunity to use their gift to help others. These people, the ones who have been blessed with the gift of aggression and a love for others, are our sheepdogs. These are our warriors.

One career police officer wrote to me about this after attending one of my Bulletproof Mind training sessions:

"I want to say thank you for finally shedding some light on why it is that I can do what I do. I always knew why I did it. I love my [citizens], even the bad ones, and had a talent that I could return to my community. I just couldn’t put my finger on why I could wade through the chaos, the gore, the sadness, if given a chance try to make it all better, and walk right out the other side."

Let me expand on this old soldier’s excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are dozens of times more likely to be killed, and thousands of times more likely to be seriously injured, by school violence than by school fires, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their children is just too hard, so they choose the path of denial.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, "Baa.”

Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog. As Kipling said in his poem about "Tommy” the British soldier:
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind,"
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind.
The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door. Look at what happened after September 11, 2001, when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word hero?

Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones.

Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, "Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, "Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference.

While there is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, he does have one real advantage. Only one. He is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population.

There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory acts of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself.

However, when there were cues given by potential victims that indicated they would not go easily, the cons said that they would walk away. If the cons sensed that the target was a "counter-predator," that is, a sheepdog, they would leave him alone unless there was no other choice but to engage.

One police officer told me that he rode a commuter train to work each day. One day, as was his usual, he was standing in the crowded car, dressed in blue jeans, T-shirt and jacket, holding onto a pole and reading a paperback. At one of the stops, two street toughs boarded, shouting and cursing and doing every obnoxious thing possible to intimidate the other riders. The officer continued to read his book, though he kept a watchful eye on the two punks as they strolled along the aisle making comments to female passengers, and banging shoulders with men as they passed.

As they approached the officer, he lowered his novel and made eye contact with them. "You got a problem, man?” one of the IQ-challenged punks asked. "You think you’re tough, or somethin’?” the other asked, obviously offended that this one was not shirking away from them.

"As a matter of fact, I am tough,” the officer said, calmly and with a steady gaze.

The two looked at him for a long moment, and then without saying a word, turned and moved back down the aisle to continue their taunting of the other passengers, the sheep.

Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I’m proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.

Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, "Let’s roll,” which authorities believe was a signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers--athletes, business people and parents--from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.

"Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?”
"There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men."
- Edmund Burke
Reflections on the Revolution in France Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn’t have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision.
If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior’s path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

For example, many officers carry their weapons in church. They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs. Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. You will never know if there is such an individual in your place of worship, until the wolf appears to slaughter you and your loved ones.

I was training a group of police officers in Texas, and during the break, one officer asked his friend if he carried his weapon in church. The other cop replied, "I will never be caught without my gun in church.” I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a police officer he knew who was at a church massacre in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1999. In that incident, a mentally deranged individual came into the church and opened fire, gunning down 14 people. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. His own son was shot, and all he could do was throw himself on the boy’s body and wait to die. That cop looked me in the eye and said, "Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?”

Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Yet these same individuals would be enraged and would call for "heads to roll” if they found out that the airbags in their cars were defective, or that the fire extinguisher and fire sprinklers in their kids’ school did not work. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them. Their only response to the wolf, though, is denial, and all too often their response to the sheepdog is scorn and disdain. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, "Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones were attacked and killed, and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?”

The warrior must cleanse denial from his thinking. Coach Bob Lindsey, a renowned law enforcement trainer, says that warriors must practice "when/then” thinking, not "if/when.” Instead of saying,"If it happens then I will take action,” the warrior says, "When it happens then I will be ready.”

It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up.

Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: You didn’t bring your gun; you didn’t train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by fear, helplessness, horror and shame at your moment of truth.

Chuck Yeager, the famous test pilot and first man to fly faster than the speed of sound, says that he knew he could die. There was no denial for him. He did not allow himself the luxury of denial. This acceptance of reality can cause fear, but it is a healthy, controlled fear that will keep you alive:
"I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit."
- Brigadier General Chuck Yeager
Yeager, An Autobiography Gavin de Becker puts it like this in Fear Less, his superb post-9/11 book, which should be required reading for anyone trying to come to terms with our current world situation:
"..denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn’t so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling. Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level." And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes.

If you are a warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be "on” 24/7 for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself... "Baa.”

This business of being a sheep or a sheepdog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-grass sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors, and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth.
LTC (Ret) Dave Grossman

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Ebola Hits Russia

Timothy Birdnow

Two patients were put into isolation on suspicions of infection with Ebola in Russia. Acccording to Pravda:

"First cases of Ebola infection suspected in Russia. 53777.jpeg

Panic gripped the Oryol region of Russia today, October 16. Two young students of African descent were hospitalized with symptoms of Ebola virus.

The patients were placed in isolation wards of the department for infectious diseases of the Botkin City Hospital of Oryol. The day earlier, 20-year-old Monteiro Bolde Iuri and 23-year-old Santos Monteiro Euk Lidish came to Oryol by bus from Moscow, after they had arrived in the Russian capital by plane from Guinea-Bissau."

End excerpt.

Ebola seems to be traveling.

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Black Bus Driver Aids in Assault on White Passengers; Media Ignores it

Timothy Birdnow

A black Baltimore city bus driver organized a mob to beat up a white family on her bus - and the Baltimore Sun did not even bother to report it.

From American Thinker:

"It happened in June: A Baltimore couple was escorting their 9-year old son home from school on the city bus. The bus was crowded, so the driver asked the family to move to the back. They said they could not. There was no room. That is when the driver started yelling at them. From WBAL TV news:

"If you would have gotten your (expletive) off you wouldn't be having these problems,” the bus driver told the family. "You better watch the way you're talking to me.… Come up here and I'll show you what I'll do. You better get your ass way back there in the back.”

Eventually, the driver confronted her white passengers, said the mother of the family:

"She got out of her seat belt, stood up screaming in both of our faces, 'Don't tell me how to do my job. If you have a problem, come across this line and I'll knock you the F out.’”

At that point, other black passengers started yelling for the bus driver to remove the white family from the bus. One of passengers urged the bus driver to use her phone and "call them up.” The family would soon find out who "them” was:

"Two bus stops later, (the victim) said a large number of Mergenthaler Vo-Tech and Academy for College and Career Exploration students boarded the bus.”

The victims were standing next to the bus driver and they heard her tell the newly-boarded students: "I don’t care where they get off. You handle that (Bleep) and I’ll take care of you. I’ll wait for you.”

End excerpt.

These young thugs proceeded to beat, choke, and pepper-spray the family while the bus driver looked on, waiting for them to finish.

The bus company took no action. The police took two months to begin an investigation.

Black on white violence is routinely ignored by the media, and in the post-racial Obama era has become an epidimic. See here http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/19170-black-on-white-violence-rampant-ignored-by-authorities-and-media and here. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/299918/censored-race-war-thomas-sowell

And yet the media was wall-to-wall on the protests in Ferguson of the shooting of Mike Brown, a black young man who had just beaten up a store clerk while robbing the store. Strange the priorities; if it involves white on black violence, even by authorities, it is defacto racist and oppressive. Blacks apparently can't be racist because they don't have power. Funny; seems like they have a lot of power when they are beating someone half to death. I would call that power. And there is a good chance there will not be any prosecutions in this era of Obama. One of their own is President as well as Attorney General. Not sure where the powerlessness resides.

In Africa there are few nations that are stable and prosperous. That is because Africa is composed of innumerable competing tribes who are always at each-other's throats. Liberals are trying to turn the United States into just such a nation, a land of endless warfare and strife. Whether black people, or Hispanics, or Chinese, or Indian, like it or not, the white majority has been a source of order and stability. Yes, we have had some bad things historically, things that the white majority itself ended. Contrary to what black America thinks the civil rights era was not thrust upon the whites by black strength; it was a gift by white Americans who realized they had been behaving very badly. White people decided to share their power and wealth with poor blacks and other minorities. Many black people - especially the youths - think that they took what they have through strength, through violence. Without the white majority stabilizing things that attitude will become more pervasive, and America will descend into chaos and civil war.

And the white liberals will retreat to their gated communities and search for ways to blame George Bush and conservatives.

As Thomas Sowell warns:

"What the authorities and the media seem determined to suppress is that the hoodlum elements in many ghettoes launch coordinated attacks on whites in public places. If there is anything worse than a one-sided race war, it is a two-sided race war, especially when one of the races outnumbers the other several times over."

End excerpt.

This doesn't need to happen. There are plenty of decent black folks who would rise up against this thuggery if the media would simply report it. By the time the black community wakes up it will be too late. It certainly is for the whites, who accept this sort of thing as a given.

What kind of society have we become?

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October 16, 2014

City of Houston demands copies of pastors' sermons

Dana Mathewson

The City of Houston, TX, having elected an openly lesbian mayor, has just "issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or [Mayor] Annise Parker."

Continuing to quote from the article:

"The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. The city council approved the law in June.

The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.

However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.
After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational."

End excerpt.

The entire article, which I heartily commend to you, is here:

To paraphrase a president of many years ago, those of us who are committed Christians (or Constitutional American patriots) "are all Houstonians now."

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William Been

The following article published by Thomas Sowell is by far the best document that I have seen describing how the National Democrats and their allies have effectively eliminated the old adage that "All politics is local." That this article was published today in local papers is even more appropriate when one considers thatGeorge Soros's sonJonathan is having a $5,200 per couple fundraiser tonight for the Democrat challenger seekingthe US Senate seat held by Republican Pat Roberts from Kansas. This Kansas fundraiser is being held by Soros in a private home inNew York City!!!!!

In addition, the reformed Democrat insider, Dick Morris, published an article on Monday of this week titled "Democrats Using 'False Flag' Plan to Steal Senate." He specifically discusses the Senate races in Kansas, South Dakota, and North Carolina. For all you Libertarians, Morris makes it clear that the Libertarian candidate in North Carolina is funded by the Democrats and will be the cause of this seat going to the Democrats if Republican efforts fail. WE NEED TO UNIFY! If the Libertarians really care about Constitutional government, I would strongly suggest that they form a coalition with the Republicans and jointly stop the destruction of our Constitution and restore the rule of law. Time is not on our side!!!

Thomas Sowell's superb article follows and is attached. URLs for all three articles mentioned above follow:




Local or National Elections?

Thomas Sowell | Oct 14, 2014

Thomas Sowell


Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local." That may have been true in Tip O'Neill's day, but some elections are decisively on national issues -- and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery.

In 1860, some abolitionists split the anti-slavery vote by running their own candidate -- who had no chance of winning -- instead of supporting Abraham Lincoln, who was not pure enough for some abolitionists. Lincoln got just 40 percent of the vote, though that turned out to be enough to win in a crowded field.

But what a gamble with the fate of millions of human beings held as slaves! And for what? Symbolic political purity?

This year as well, there are third-party candidates complicating elections that can decide the fate of this nation for years to come. No candidate that irresponsible deserves any vote. With all the cross-currents of political controversies raging today, what is the overriding national issue that makes this year's Congressional elections so crucial?

That issue is whether, despite all the lawless edicts of President Obama, threatening one-man rule, we can still salvage enough of the Constitution to remain a free, democratic nation.

Barack Obama will be on his way out in two years but, if he can appoint enough federal judges who share his contempt for the Constitution's limits on federal government power in general, and presidential powers in particular, then the United States of America can continue on the path to becoming another banana republic, even after Obama has left the White House.

President Obama understands how high the stakes are, which is why he is out fundraising all across the country -- seemingly all the time -- even though he has no more elections to face himself. Obama came to power saying that he was going to fundamentally change the United States of America -- and he intends to do it, even after he is gone, by giving lifetime appointments as federal judges to people who share his view that this country's institutions and values are fundamentally wrong, and need to be scrapped and replaced by his far left vision.

If only Obama's critics and opponents understood this momentous issue as clearly as he does!

The issue is whether "we the people," as designated by the Constitution, continue free to live our own lives as we see fit, and to determine what laws and policies we want to live under.

President Obama's vision is very different. In his vision, our betters in Washington shall simply order us to live as they want us to live -- telling us what medical insurance we can have, what doctors we can go to, what political groups shall be favored by the Internal Revenue Service, with more of the same coming in the years ahead, long after Obama has left the White House.

Critics who deplore President Obama's foreign policies in general, and his weak response to the ISIS threat in particular, as showing incompetence -- and who see his incessant fundraising as just a weird distraction -- fail to understand how different his priorities are from theirs.

Barack Obama understands clearly that his ability to fundamentally remake what he has long seen as a deeply defective and corrupt America in the image of his far left vision depends crucially on having control of the Senate that has the power to confirm his appointments of federal judges with lifetime tenure. His fundraising is key to maintaining the Democrats' Senate majority.

Foreign policy is subordinated to Obama's overriding ideological vision. The president will not risk losing this year's Congressional elections by taking military actions that will alienate his political base. Token military actions can minimize the political losses from other voters.

That people will die while he stalls on military action is a price he is willing to pay. His ordering thousands of American troops into Ebola-infested Liberia shows the same ideologically driven callousness.

The big question is whether those who wish to preserve a free America see the issue and the stakes equally as clearly as Barack Obama does -- and see that this is the overriding national issue of our time, with our votes for Senators not to be confused by local issues.

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Climate Change Insanity

By Alan Caruba

I went out for a walk today and enjoyed seeing how the autumn leaves are changing color because autumn, simply stated, is one of the four seasons that affects the Earth. It is part of the change that occurs as it has for billions of years.

The notion that humans have anything to do with autumn or the other seasons or that we should be spending billions of dollars to have any effect on the climate of the Earth is utterly insane.

On October 10, The Hill http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/220386-peru-minister-us-may-contribute-significant-amount-to-climate-fundreported that "The U.S. might make a substantial contribution in November to an international fund that helps poor nations fight climate change, according to Peruvian Foreign Minister Gonzalo Gutierrez.” Does anyone actually believe that any amount of money will change the climate? And yet, there is a United Nations Green Climate Fund. The UN is the locus of the climate change, formerly global warminghoax.

"So far, countries have put $2.3 billion into the fund” described as "a crucial negotiating piece for developed nations trying to woo poorer ones to the table for a global climate accord.” Can you imagine how that money could be put to better use to fight the real problems of poorer nations?

"The fund was officially launched in 2013, after industrialized nations first pitched it in 2009 during the Copenhagen meeting, setting a target of $100 billion by 2020 for developing nations.” The U.S. has yet to have contributed, but the U.S. is $18 trillion in debt and can ill afford to throw millions at this absurd scam.

Unfortunately, the U.S. is being led by a President who has said that climate change is the greatest challenge facing the Earth. Our Secretary of State repeats this absurdity. There is surely an agenda behind this that I have yet to have determined except to think that this President has done everything in his power to destroy the nation’s economy and the claim is part of that agenda.
The climate change lies Obama keeps repeating are more than just obscene, they pose a threat to national security as he directs our military to address climate change. In a sane world, he would be removed from office.

As a recent October 1st Wall Street Journal noted, "President Obama prophesied at the United Nations last week that climate change is the ‘one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other,’ and perhaps this vision of Apocalypse explains why he thinks he can disregard the law to regulate carbon.”

Obama has been using the Environmental Protection Agency as his primary means of foisting the global warming/climate change hoax on the nation via a deluge of regulations to control "greenhouse gas emissions.” Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the bogyman the EPA and environmentalists have been telling us is driving up the Earth temperature. Only the Earth has been in a cooling cycle for eighteen years and, at the same time, the CO2 level in the atmosphere has increased! Without any effect on the temperature!

As the Wall Street Journal opinion noted "The EPA wants to reorganize U.S. electric power generation and drive coal and eventually natural gas out of the energy mix under a rarely used backwater of the Clean Air Act called section 111(d), whose mandates apply state by state.”

Now, however, thanks to an Ohio-based coal company, Murray Energy, along with a dozen states, the EPA is being sued as they seek a writ of mandamus, "a type of injunction the courts only grant when the government has taken an extraordinary action beyond its statutory authority.”

The courts are beginning to reject the EPA’s expansive claims of authority under the Clean Air Act. "The courts seem increasingly alarmed by abuses of executive power.” That is the only line of defense between this outlaw federal agency and the rest of us. The EPA has succeeded thus far in driving coal-fired energy plants out of business, reducing the amount of electricity they have produced affordably and efficiently for the last century and ours.

If the EPA is permitted to continue the U.S. might as well just turn off the lights because we are being systematically deprived of sufficient energy. That is the Obama agenda for America.

© Alan Caruba, October 2014

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October 14, 2014

Vatican Paper Calling for Acceptance of Homosexuality; the Wages of Sin

Pope Francis and the Vatican surprised church members on Monday when the traditional view of homosexuality and same-sex unions was changed to reflect

Timothy Birdnow

A group of Catholic liberals in the Vatican have put out the call for acceptance of homosexuality.

According to the Yahoo News article:

" The document, prepared after a week of discussions at an assembly of 200 bishops on the family, said the Church should challenge itself to find "a fraternal space" for homosexuals without compromising Catholic doctrine on family and matrimony.

While the text did not signal any change in the Church's condemnation of homosexual acts or gay marriage, it used less judgmental and more compassionate language than that seen in Vatican statements prior to the 2013 election of Pope Francis.

"Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home," said the document, known by its Latin name "relatio".

"Are our communities capable of proving that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?" it asked."

End excerpt.

Homosexual behavior is a mortal sin, according to Church teaching, and always has been so. Anyone guilty of a mortal sin is excommunicated from the Body of Christ and has a final destination of Hell unless he or she repents. This is not a subjective issue. The Apostle Paul called homosexuality an abomination, and other Biblical writers condemned the practice. Bear in mind this is a condemnation of the practice of homosexuality, not of a latent desire; there is no sin when one feels attraction to another of the same sex, but it is a sin to act on it - as it is a sin to committ adultery based on an attraction for someone who is married. Or is that to be repealed too?

Being gay is no worse a sin than many, but it is no better either, and cannot be excused. I'm sorry if that sounds callous, but neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor the carnal, nor gluttons, nor drunkards, nor the effeminate, shall enter into the Kingdom of God. Says so in the operator's manual.

The article continues:

"The Vatican document will be the basis for discussion for the second and final week of the bishops' assembly, known as a synod. It will also serve for further reflection among Catholics around the world ahead of another, definitive synod next year.

A number of participants at the closed-door gathering have said the Church should tone down its condemnatory language when referring to gay couples and avoid phrases such as "intrinsically disordered" when speaking of homosexuals.

That was the phrase used by former Pope Benedict in a document written before his election, when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and head of the Vatican's doctrinal department."

End excerpt.

How do we find a role for sinners who sin openly and demand we accept them? Do we find a place in the Church for hit men? For professional thieves? Do we welcome into our ranks child molesters or drug pushers? While these are people needing our help, and we should not turn away from them, we also do not simply excuse their sins - something these liberal bishops seem intent on doing.

And I am sorry, but the phrase "intrinsically disordered" is quite correct. The blogger The Anchoress, a latent lesbian, actually relishes the term, because it explains that it is not just a particular issue she is weak on but a systemic problem that requires daily effort. It's like being ill with a chronic disease that requires management. It is not something to be celebrated and enjoyed.

Yes, we are all sinners and have all fallen short. There is no condemnation in "intrinsically disordered" any more than there is condemnation in saying someone has a weight problem. But the advocacy of gay marriage and the like is rather like laying out an all-you-can-eat buffett at overeaters anonymous. You don't feed a guy who needs a triple bipass creme brulee on a regular basis. And it would be better to kill the body than to let people die in a state of sin. The body is only temporary.

There is indeed a place for openly gay people in the Catholic Church; it's called the confessional.

The forgiveness of Jesus was always predicated with "go and sin no more". Too many in the Catholic Church now say "come and sin as you please" thinking that forgiveness is an absolute, like a calculation of Pi. God will always forgive sins provided the sinner is sorry. Acceptance of gay marriage is a demand that God change His laws to accomodate human desires. It doesn't work that way; we have to conform to Him, not the other way around.

I am not surprised that this hippie Pontiff we now have is trying to normalize homosexuality; he's a thoroughly modern man, an image of the spirit of the times. I fear God is acting in judgement of us here, giving us the leadership we deserve. Since we won't listen to Him we can have a delusion to continue to lead us astray - and reap the whirlwind.

We have already done just that in Catholic parishes across the world. The Church knew that many of the men who were going into the priesthood were homosexual and pedophile, and yet they saw it as a private matter. The idea that there should be a place for such men led to countless acts of molestation. Now liberals in the Vatican want to metastasize that particular problem.

Remember, the wages of sin is death.

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Whatsoever Things are Honest; RINO Republicans are Not


Timothy Birdnow

In an article posted at American Thinker on Sunday, Doris O'Brien argues for "ratcheting down the RINO rhetoric". http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/10/ratchet_down_the_rino_rhetoric.html This argument rears it's serpentine head every election cycle, but is it actually a rational argument?

O'Brien is understandably worried about the upcoming Presidential elections, and the need to take power away from the Democrats, who have rammed through a catastrophic agenda over the last six years. I agree; America is not just in trouble but in chaos, and responsible people have to be put back in charge. (Interesting; America keeps voting for the irresponsible, what does that say about our approach to educating the public?) My agreement ends with the fundamental goal; Doris O'Brien's answer is to double down on what we have been doing for the last 18 years. How's that been working out?

She bemoans;

"but that hasn’t stopped some in the GOP from already deciding who would make "acceptable” Republican candidates"

I was rather of the opinion that that is the purpose of a primary season; to decide who would make acceptable candidates. Doris seems to be putting party above principle here. Conservatives are Republican as a matter of purpose. We want to promote our agenda, which means a restoration of traditional views of morality, of politics, of economics, of the relationship between citizen and State. The Republican Party is a tool to promote that end, not the end itself. If the party willfully fails us we have a right, nay, a duty to reject it. Yes, there are times when a tactical compromise are necessary, but there is also a time to make a stand as one may get in the habit of taking one step forward and two steps back, leading to an Ebola-like death from excessive hemorrhaging by paper cuts.

O'Brien argues;

"Certainly, this would seem to be a time for Republicans to pull together and concentrate on that immediate objective, even if it means encouraging the election of moderates in states where more right-leaning candidates would not likely have a chance of success."

Here she makes a fundamental logical error; she assumes people hold immutable beliefs on every conceivable subject, are hard-wired to think this way, and a candidate must tailor his or her message to fit the electorate viewpoint. She disregards the idea of teaching the public, of promoting our core beliefs (as conservatives) and explaining exactly why we believe this. Honesty is the best policy; right now the GOP has a credibility problem precisely because of this "all things to everyone" strategy. There is no there there; the voters see unprincipled scoundrels who merely seek power. Granted, they know the same is true of the Democrats, but the Democrats have character - bad character, but they are willing to fight. There is a grudging admiration for Harry Reid and company that cannot be held for John Boehner. Reid was willing to push the button on, say, the filibuster. Boehner would never have had the courage of his convictions to do likewise were he in a similar position. The public knows that. The RINO strategy is a blueprint for defeat.

People rally around an honest man.

Doris argues for a big top, er, tent:

"What the Republican Party requires in a changing world is inclusiveness, not exclusivity. As the metaphor goes, it’s past time to build a bigger tent and encourage more people to enter it, even if they are not, by some standards, as "conservative” as desired. Yet little effort has been expended in that direction. Instead, there are self-appointed bouncers posted at the flap of the tent to make certain that those who want in have the "right” credentials..."

I'm not sure I see Inclusiveness on the parts of RINO candidates like Thad Cochrane, but I digress.

There's a quote that comes to mind:

"Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet."

Who said that? His name was Yesua, a Nazorean who lived in the First Century. Perhaps you have heard of Him? Christians call Him the Son of God, the Second Person in the Trinity. HE didn't tailor His message to appeal to broad swaths of the population. No; He spoke the Truth and let the chips fall where they may. His success was determined by His honesty and unyielding pursuit of Truth.

If Jesus thought a big tent approach was a bad idea, who are we to disagree?

See, the point is, the tent grows as people are drawn to an honest message. It does not really grow if one allows in anybody with a green card. People want to be part of something greater than themselves; it's one of the reasons Barack Obama was such a political juggernaut early on. He was lying to them, but he seemed outside of politics and was considered an "historical" candidate. Many thought he was honest. John McCain and Mitt Romney failed because they both represented the tired old political warhorses. They were men whose opinions changed with changing political winds. The public knew Romney was the creator of the template for Obamacare, for instance. He was for Obamacare before he was against it. The public seeks what Paul wrote "whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest". This is precisely what the RINO wing fails to offer.

The Big Tent philosophy is political balkanization - and like the Balkans leads to endless strife. It is useless for actually advancing a positive agenda, the whole point of our involvement in the dirty business of politics.

She continues;

"But the judgmental fate of Republicans like John McCain, Mitt Romney, John Boehner, etc., who have been around politics awhile, suffers in the final analysis, because in order to be effective, governance often requires a degree of compromise. It is easier to sound like a conservative than to act like one in today’s political climate. "

Uh, Doris, these men aren't leading but following along behind the Democrats like street sweepers following the elephant in the parade. They appeal to the Democrats, to the media, to everyone but the people at the core of their base. We don't elect people to elect them; we elect them to do a job for us. This is not a necessary political compromise; these guys have advanced virtually none of our political agenda, and have not even tried to stop the Democrats, but rather try to put a GOP fingerprint on the opposition agenda for political advantage. They have not stopped any spending, have allowed Obama to openly defy the law, have failed to demand any accountability from the Democrats. Granted, the Democrats control the Senate, but that isn't an excuse in the mind of the public. Look at the way the GOP ran from Ted Cruz during the government shutdown; they fought him from the beginning on defunding Obamacare out of fear. They never read Saul Alinsky:

"if you push a negative long and hard enough it will break through and become a positive."

There is a corollary by the Chinese military philosopher Sun Tzu;

"When invading hostile territory, the general principle is, that penetrating deeply brings cohesion; penetrating but a short way means dispersion."

RINO politics involves little to no penetration, and has repeatedly led to dispersion.

And Madam O'Brien questions the definition of conservative, as if we haven't had centuries of experience with the fundamental philosophy, going back to Edmund Burke (and indeed earlier). There is no sound-byte definition, but we can generally tell the difference between a principled conservative and a political opportunist. Read Russell Kirk's definition.

As Kirk argues:

"Abraham Lincoln wished to be known as a conservative. "What is conservatism?” he said. "Is it not preference for the old and tried, over the new and untried?” It is that; and it is also a body of ethical and social beliefs."

So when a Marco Rubio works with Democrats for "comprehensive immigration reform" and offers lies to the media about his friends in the conservative movement to promote a revolutionary change in American law and culture, one that guarantees dominance by the Left, he is not acting as a conservative but rather a Progressive, a liberal. Of course we turn against him; he has shown himself dishonest and devious, a man of flawed character. Such men do have some use, but we can never trust him again. Ditto most RINO types, who pick and choose their ground on the basis of political expediency. Such men ultimately compromise away everything.

This is not a gentleman's disagreement; the modern Left is waging a war of extermination on old America, and we are fighting for our lives. We cannot expect to even hold our ground with many of the current crop of Republicans, who seek their own position above our core principles. If insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results we are mad as march hares.

In the long run we face oblivion if we continue in this way.

The GOP Establishment Thinks You’re Stupid

The GOP Establishment Thinks You’re Stupid

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October 13, 2014


William Been

On November 4, 2014, American voters will go to the polls and either choose to pursue a different direction or confirm the policies that have dominated during the Obama Administration. While this is an opportunity for those who believe that our country is going in the wrong direction, the same divisiveness within the right-of-center voters that existed prior to the 2012 disaster is still prevalent.


While books have been written citing the various causes for the 2012 GOP failure, the reality is that there were not enough right-of center voters that understood the need to seek a different direction. Various analyses show that 4-8 million GOP voters stayed home in addition to the Libertarian voters. Effectively, these citizens chose another four years of Barack Obama and Democrat Party control of Washington. Accentuating this failure was the success the Democrat Party had in Congress where the GOP lost seats in the House and the Senate remained in the control of Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

Unfortunately, future demographics and polls of current voters strongly indicate that America is very close to being governed by a permanent Democrat Party majority. It is this belief that is prompting me to write this article, Article 4, with the hope that there are still enough Americans left who understand the dire consequences of the current transformational direction if allowed to continue without meaningful opposition. Article 1 addressed how we got to where we are from a political perspective. Article 2 addressed the need to understand "How” current Obama Administration policies are creating multiple scandals while demeaning our Judeo-Christian heritage. Article 3 addressed the corruption of the Democrat Party that is leading the Progressive transformation of America. Article 4 will now address what is perhaps the last opportunity to accomplish meaningful restoration of America in accordance with the Constitution and the intent of the Founding Fathers including the belief in a Higher Authority.


One of the most alarming elements that has become apparent is the lack of understanding of how the legislative branch of our government is constructed and how it is designed to operate. In the current situation, it still appears that a great percentage of the right-of-center voters do not understand the role of the Senate in terms of passing meaningful legislation. There is a good reason why Barack Obama has never vetoed any of the legislative actions initiated by the House of Representatives. Not one piece of legislation that supports Republican principles has reached the president for a very simple reason--the Majority in the Senate belongs to the Democrats.

President Obama consistently blames congress to the point that he has declared that he is being forced to work around congress because of the obstructionist Republican House. Meanwhile, the Democrat Senate refuses to even debate House approved bills that fail the litmus test of Harry Reid and the Democrat majority. The media sings in tune with Obama while conservative media personalities provide validation to the Democrat position by constantly and repetitively blaming John Boehner and the Republican House for not getting anything done.

The reality of the current capabilities of the United States congress is that no legislation will be passed, come out of committee, or be debated in the Senate unless it meets the agenda of Barack Obama and the National Progressive Democrat Party. As long as the Democrats have a simple majority in the Senate, the only impact the Republican House can have is to block Democrat legislation and to shut down the government through ill-conceived defunding efforts. If readers know anyone who believes otherwise, then please educate them. (Also, recall that Boehner and the House gave the Senate a bill defunding Obamacare during the recent budget crisis and the Senate would not even allow it to come out of committee for debate, let alone a floor vote.)


Very simply, if the Republicans do not take the Senate and maintain the House, it will be strictly because the right-of-center voters did not go to the polls.

While a large contingent of right-of-center voters continue to play "the Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats” game, some of us are appalled that we are not united in an attempt to elect Republicans in the upcoming elections to create a super majority in the Senate. With a super majority in the Senate, the Republicans could pass any legislation without a single Democrat vote thereby forcing Barack Obama either to veto bills or throw the Constitution totally in the scrap heap while dictating through regulations and Executive Orders. It is time to stop the RINO hunting and work to take back our country because the clock is ticking in the final minutes of the final hour in this writer’s opinion.

It will probably again be the case when we wake up after the next election that it will be evident that many right-of-center voters stayed home. Never have we had such corrupted national leadership as that residing in the Executive Branch under Barack Obama and we still refuse to unite behind the only political force that has even a remote chance of stopping and then repealing the damage done by the Progressive Democrats.

In many of my presentations given since the election of Barack Obama, the plea has been to unite behind the GOP candidates to stop the Progressive Democrat destruction of our country, its traditions, and its heritage. That this plea has fallen on deaf ears is clearly substantiated by calls for a 3rd Party, calls to support Libertarians, failure of 10-15% of Christians to even register to vote, and the constant negativism directed toward the GOP.

Another of the most aggravating and potentially damaging factors to achieving unity of purpose is the behavior of conservative opinion leaders who constantly chastise the GOP for not standing for anything. While typing this paragraph, an email was received from the NRSC that expressed the GOP candidate’s objectives in five debates held recently—Replace Obamacare, Balance the Federal Budget, Secure Our Borders, Repeal Anti-Business Regulations, Energy Independence, and Fix Tax Code. In addition, referencing the GOP Platform prepared in 2012, the objectives are stated clearly including Jobs Creation, Economic Growth, Business Tax Policy, Oppose Common Core, Oppose Agenda 21, and 62 pages more that encompass the scope of meaningful government.

In closing, it is time to put the many litmus tests being used to criticize and even destroy potential candidacies and unite behind the clearly stated principles and objectives that are extensively documented by the Republican Party. Failure to do so will only assure the final steps required to complete the Progressive Transformation of America. We have awakened to the magnitude of the problem that we face, now let us awaken to recognize that the only pathway to stop and then reverse the Progressive Movement runs through the Republican Party.

William E. Been

October 9, 2014




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New White House Reality Show

7lb. Dave forwards this:

duck responsibility A&E is now canceling Duck Dynasty and replacing it with a new reality show about life in the White House

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St. Louis Endures Black Supremacist Rally

Timothy Birdnow

The Gateway Pundit has unearthed a photograph of Vonderrit Myers Jr., the criminal shot by an off-duty police officer in St. Louis recently, holding a gun and flashing gang signs.

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Vonderitt Myers, Jr. shows off his gun with his friends. (PBS)

This latest shooting has touched off renewed protests in the metropolitan area, with a nationwide crowd descending on St. Louis, storming the campus of St. Louis University and the Grove neighborhood Sunday.

Hoft also has a shot of protesters - some of them white - carrying "end white supremacy" signs. Strange; if we had white supremacy would we even have these riots? Would the cameras be on hand filming them for a national and international audience?  Would we have a black President, black Attorney General, black Congressional caucus?  Would we be arguing about "comprehensive immigration reform"? This is the strangest form of white supremacy...


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Several protesters are carrying "End white supremacy” signs.

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October 12, 2014

Another Climate Change Apology; Antarctic Ice Growth

... the Eiffel Tower discovered under Antarctic ice sheets | Mail Online

Timothy Birdnow

The just won't give up! Here is yet another story desperate to explain why global warming isn't, well, working. http://www.newser.com/story/197134/antarctic-ice-is-growing-but-why.html

From the story by Neal Colgrass:

"(Newser) – Amid the rising calamity of climate change, Antarctic sea ice has hit an all-time high—but why? Well, scientists aren't quite sure, the Smithsonian reports. "It's really not surprising to people in the climate field that not every location on the face of Earth is acting as expected—it would be amazing if everything did," says senior NASA scientist Claire Parkinson. The mystery is that Antarctic sea ice reached 7.78 million square miles last month, the most since scientists began tracking it in 1979. Before we get to any theories, however, note that Antarctica's mainland ice is diminishing quickly, and the sea ice may only be increasing in area, not overall mass (we could be walking on thin ice here, in other words). OK, the theories, as per NASA:

•The Antarctic continent's edges could be melting, creating "just-above-freezing water," which can easily refreeze into sea ice.
•Snow falling on thin ice can push it underwater; cold water then moves up into the ice and snow, creating a slush that freezes and forms ice that's thicker and less prone to melting.
•A more complex theory involves a low-pressure system that could be blowing cold Antarctic air over the Ross Sea and creating more ice. "The winds really play a big role," a scientist says.

"The Antarctic sea ice is one of those areas where things have not gone entirely as expected," adds Parksinson. "So it’s natural for scientists to ask, 'OK, this isn’t what we expected, now how can we explain it?'"

End excerpt.

Actually, land ice has been growing, as has been confirmed by data from Icesat http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/10/icesat-data-shows-mass-gains-of-the-antarctic-ice-sheet-exceed-losses/ Antarctica is only losing land ice in WAIS, which sits over active volcanoes. http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/wais-outlet-glacier-being-melted-by-magma-not-co2-global-warming-after-all/ And sea ice is growing. Overall ice mass is stable. http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2014/08/new-paper-shows-ice-mass-stable-to.html

So, land ice is up, sea ice is up, and temperatures are at best stagnant.

Growing Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Breaking All Records

Growing Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Breaking All Records

Perhaps it's icy down there because it's cold? There has been no statistical global warming since 1995.

Why the intellectual gymnastics to come up with creative explanations while ignoring the obvious answer?



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Gentrification, Multiculturalism, and the Way of the Gun in Ferguson and Shaw

Hard to hide: It seems it would be hard to conceal a gun in his outfit

Timothy Birdnow

A thought on the riots here in The 'Lou. The troubles we are having are tied to two specific neighborhoods - the city of Ferguson, which is a close suburb of St. Louis, and the Shaw neighborhood.

Ferguson is not an impoverished hell-hole, contrary to the way it has been portrayed by the media. The media has a template and squeeze the facts into it. The reality is Ferguson is a mixed-race neighborhood, exactly what liberal multi-culturalists said we needed to promote racial harmony. The old town of Ferguson was once a country town, a rail stop for trains destined for Florissant and beyond back before there were decent roads. Old town Ferguson has interesting historic architecture and wonderful old houses. It is just a couple of miles from the airport, and also a couple of miles from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Concerned citizens have worked tirelessly to renovate and restore Ferguson, and the community was becoming one of the more desirable destinations in the metropolitan area. Young white professionals were moving in, and money was coming into the community. Ferguson had a bright future.

The same holds true for the Shaw area. A venerable old neighborhood on the near south side of the City of St. Louis, Shaw is just south of St. Louis University and borders Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. It has a great appeal to people interested in cultural attractions. To the east lies Grand blvd and the beautiful water tower that stands sentinal to the Compton Heights neighborhood, a well-to-do area. The Shaw neighborhood itself has some beautfiful high-end homes mixed with the traditional two and four family flats of south St. Louis. Following on the heels of the successful rehabbing of the Botanical Gardens neighborhood, investors have been aggressively working to redevelop this area.

Both communities are on the rise after a period of terrible stagnation. Fifteen years ago nobody wanted to live in either community; now they are both trendy.

And both very much mixed, both racially and economically. Just the sort of thing Liberals have claimed they want.

So why the troubles in both these areas?

Money attracts the criminal element.

And it is equally true that money coming into a neighborhood that is bad means wealthier individual live cheek-by-jowel with the poor - guaranteed to stoke envy and anger in the poorer residents. There is often much complaining about "gentrification" among the Left in areas controlled by Democrats. I should like to point out that both the City of St. Louis and Ferguson are heavy repositories of Democrats.

Policing is quite difficult in such a neighborhood; you have property that needs to be protected, you have people coming in to spend money and they will stop coming if they do not feel safe, but you have these people who lived there before the renewal who still act as though they are in "the hood". Criminals come and mix with the original residents, hoping to take advantage. The police are caught in the middle.

Granted, there are all manner of shootings and violence in the poor neighborhoods, but the news media largely ignores that, and the police have been told they are not welcome in these areas. When there is a shooting or robbery the cops show up and write a report and that's the end of it. But they are expected to do much more in a neighborhood in the throes of renewal, and yet they are dealing with many of the same types of people they deal with in the bad parts of town. It's a serious problem.

Bear in mind that these were both local cops who knew the neighborhoods. They knew who the good guys and bad guys were, and understood behavior that signified trouble.

Certainly Vonderrit Myers was a member of the criminal element, and while he may have purchased a sandwhich in a local convenience store he was also packing heat. Why? And that while wearing an akle monitor. He was under indictment for criminal offenses.

Weapong: Police claim they recovered a 9mm Ruger (above) at the scene

Here is his entry from Casenet:


Description: Unlawful Use Of A Weapon (Subsections 1 – 4) { Felony D RSMo: 571.030 }
Date: 06/27/2014 Code: 3102000
Next Charge/Judgment
Description: Resisting/Interfering With Arrest, Detention Or Stop { Misdemeanor A RSMo: 575.150 }
Date: 06/27/2014 Code: 2704000



Vonderrit Myers Jr. had an electronic monitor and was house arrest.


Why was Myers even wandering around outside when he was under house arrest? He had no business being at that store buying sandwhiches or otherwise. And where were his parents? Why didn't they keep him at home? Now the family is crying about how their baby was just buying a sandwhich and was killed. It wouldn't have happened had they OBEYED THE LAW and restricted his movement - as they were legally obliged to do.

If you break house arrest it is no different than going over the wall in a prison, and one cannot be upset that a guard shoots the convict.

Mike Brown's story is more problematic, since the courts refuse to unseal his juvenile record. I have heard considerable hearsay that Brown was involved in all manner of bad things including an attempted rape and an assault with a claw hammer on a passerby. We don't know, and all we have to go on is a statement that Brown was never charged with a class A felony.

But he certainly assaulted the store clerk when he stole the box of cigars, and he certainly wrote violent rap lyrics, and he certainly was enamored of gang culture, flashing gang signs and wearing the appropriate apparel. Oh, and that business about him being a good college boy is silly; he was going to Vatterot, a trade school that accepts pretty much anybody. It could be argued that he was signed up to prove to the court that he was not just an unemployed gangbanger.

Again, that is hearsay. But we do know he was hanging out with a known petty criminal and that he robbed a store and punched around a store clerk.

At any rate, I find it interesting that neither of these upstanding young gentlemen were shot in Pine Lawn, or Kinloch, or Wellston, or Castle Point, or any of the other dreadful neighborhoods in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Actually, there WAS a shooting in north western St. Louis at around the time of Mike Brown, and after the briefest protests that issue died. Why? Because the guy was robbing a black store in a black neighborhood and wind up getting shot by police. It had nothing to do with white people.

This is a critical distinction. These riots are an assertion of dominance by black radicals. They don't care about violence in all-black communities but want situations where whites and blacks intermingle. Do not dismiss the racial aspects of this. There is no, zero, interest in shootings in all black areas, because this is about political power, about demanding more from the white community. It is about money, about what the grievance community can squeeze from the guilt-ridden whites. It is about acquiring special set-asides and goodies. And it is about the joy of rage, of raising hell, of going into battle.

It is not about justice. It is not about promoting the welfare of the black community. It is not about the safety of black children. If they cared about those things they would partner with the police. They would try to end the criminality in these communities. They would try to stamp out drug abuse, illigitimate births. They would promote education. They do none of these things.

The purpose of power is power, George Orwell observed. And that is all that this is about.

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