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Media Bombardment

Though this is nothing new, it sure seems like we are being inundated with one crisis after another these days. Any one of which is guaranteed to cause your blood to boil, cause you to break out in a severe case of righteous indignation, or make you run straight back to bed, get into the fetal position, and pull the covers over your head, hoping all of this will “just go away”.

It has gotten to the point were instead of saying “I can’t believe this is happening” or “I can’t believe (he/she/they) just did that”, to a more numbed out; *Sigh* “what’s next?!”

1. President Obama Brokers a Nuke Deal with Iran.

The administration claims there will be language in place preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power (ie: having the “bomb”), and there is nothing to worry about. Any number of sources question that. Israel, obviously feels otherwise. As well they should. Somewhere, in one of the eight circles of Hell, Nevel Chamberlin has to be smiling. For much like Jimmy Carter no longer having to carry the albatross of being “The worst President this country has ever seen”, having passed that mantle to the current occupant of the Oval Office, Chamberlin’s “Peace in our time” fiasco has now been trumped by Kerry and company. History may not exactly repeat itself, but it does produce amazingly close reminders.

2. Donald Trump running for President.

I am reminded of the “spoiler” from back when Carter ran. Sharp business mind, charismatic, pro-America/strong defense. Spoke his mind. Ross Perot. Yeah, we saw how well that worked out in keeping the Dems from the Oval Office. Like Trump or hate him, it doesn’t matter. He is going to be attacked from both sides of the professional political club, and (when they figure it is most advantageous to do so) from all branches of the media as well. If nothing else, unless the actual debates are, actually debates, and not manufactured puff pieces, he will be an entertaining diversion from what is really going on in the world.

3. Hillary Clinton

All you need to know is that everything she says is a lie. Everything she does is for/to her own advantage/advancement. And … and … damn that Bernie Sanders, doesn’t he know it’s my turn! I earned this, I am owed this (I’m married to Bill for crying out loud!!). Well, you get the idea. She is evil in a pants suit, and the media will fawn over her… until they are told not to. More diversion from the real problems/issues out there. (The exception being her involvement in any number of them, not that she will come to any political or personal harm because of that.)

4. Gay Marriage
It’s their RIGHT!! The Supreme’s (the court, not the Motown artists) say so!! No hidden agenda(s) here…keep moving along. Oh, and be careful who you refuse to bake a cake for, and if you want to “taste the rainbow”…hey, that’s your business and I don’t wanna know about it.

5. Islam is still a religion of Peace

Unless you are an American, Western Europian, white, female, or working in a gun free zone…or Jewish, you have nothing to fear from them…nothing at all. That’s why we are allowing so many of them to immigrate over here. This can only go well.

6. Planned Parenthood

In yet another of the eight circles of Hell (I assume, not near Nevel Chamberlin, see above), Margaret Sanger , is also smiling. While enjoying a nice chianti .

What do all the above have in common? Besides the sad picture of humanity and or the sad state of western civilization, and the feeding frenzy of the various media outlets in getting their spin on it ASAP (the truth behind any given story being at best a secondary consideration, if at all). The evil present in each and every story. Or as a by-product of same. It is there, it is real, and it is working.

If you, like me and countless others, are becoming numb to what is happing around you, your city, your state, your country, and to some extent the world at large, this is a by-product of evil. That we become not so much blinded but anesthetized to that…that which but a generation ago would have been something causing massive outrage, which now only merits a “meh”.

The title of this post, “Media Bombardment”, for those who are of an evil mind/heart, this is a very effective tool. Folks want to stay informed, especially when there are so many players out there who are acting against one’s best interests. At the same time, this constant saturation of legitimate news mixed with divisive and diversionary content (who gives a rats ass about Kim Kardashian anyhow) can grind a person down. I guess one has to pick the wheat from the chaff, doing their best to try and see what is really going on out there. And it isn’t pretty. Or easy.

More to come as I get the rust off the keyboard. I refuse to go quietly into the night.

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Odds and Ends, Random Neuron Madness on a Monday

1. It seems we finally received around an inch of the white stuff today. The weather guessers were forecasting anywhere from 3-5 inches. Once again proving you can have a job which pays good money, requiring you to be correct only 20-50 percent of the time.

2. The latest news (at around 1pm this afternoon) is the Grand Jury for the shooting in Ferguson MO has reached a decision …when this will be released to the general public is anyones guess. If the media spin is to be believed (yeah, right), the protesters, rioters, looters, their fellow travelers, and any who enable same, will be ready to give us a hot time in the boarded up town tonight! (Or, perhaps tomorrow?) Oh, wait perhaps this might give the more cautious ones cause to refrain…

Get your popcorn ready kids.

3. And let’s close out this bit of randomness, with a comment or two.

Some of this is perhaps a bit dated…but I have been away from the keyboard for a bit.

If the owner of a professional sports franchise wants to name his team “The (Washington) Redskins”, or the “Peter Puffers”, that should be his choice, and his choice alone. The State, assorted victims groups, and or those with agenda(s) of their own, should just shut the hell up. If the public at large finds it objectionable they have the right to “vote with their feet/pocketbook”. Vacant stands, low viewership ratings, and the like will either cause him to rethink the necessitate for the current name…or he may continue on with same knowing he is not going to be making any money off of same (or perhaps not as much money as he would like).

The same is true for any business.

I liked smoking in bars. It seemed like a very logical place to do so. If I had the money, time, and opportunity, I would have had a bar, and there would have been smoking allowed. If you don’t like it (smoking), and I understand there are many reasons for not wanting to be around same, that’s fine. But you wouldn’t see me “turning off the smoking lamp” anytime soon. Rather than banning the use of tobacco products in bars and restaurants, here’s a thought, let the market decide. If I can’t get enough patrons for my establishment, then I will face the same choices the Washington Redskins fella would above.

The State needs to be out of the “bandaging the buttheart by enacting idiotic lows”. It was never about the children, or second hand smoke. It was (always) about control, and or increasing revenue for the State. This is as true (give em time, they will figure out a way to pressure the Redskin’s owner into changing their name) with the Redskins kerfuffle as it was with the smoking. Hey, just give the LGBT community a bit of time, and you may see them attacking Green Bay in much the same manner. (At least when you put “Fudge” in front of my teams name, it sounds like a candy.)

Crossposted at League of Outlaw Bloggers

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League of Outlaw Bloggers

It appears I will have to start posting a bit more often, now that the good Mr. Porretto has been unusually kind in allowing this old retired Sailor to post over here.   There is a nice little group there now…and would not be surprised to see the number grow.  Given the (very) non-PC stance, and the tacit (if not official) understanding that “butthurt” and “offended” will be two words only, and not a state of being …at least for all interested parties, it sounds like a perfect fit.

Click on the sigil off to the right hand side, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

And thanks again Fran!!

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Veteran’s Day …

… “Thank You For Your Service”.

For those who have served, it seems we hear these words a lot more often than in decades past. For those currently serving, recently (honorably) discharged, or recently retired, these words are more familiar, something often said since at least the first Gulf War.

There was a time, some thirty years ago, or longer, these words were not heard at all. Instead, often times if a civilian happened to notice you were in the military, you would have been greeted with words of another sort. “Baby killer”, “Imperialist”, “War Monger”, are just a few which come to mind. There were others.

The more nuanced response, perhaps from “friends”, family members, or other acquaintances, would evolve into a “discussion” centering around “Why”. “Why would someone of your character, intelligence, talents, chose to embrace (for however long a time) military service?” “Were you not aware of all the other educational opportunities available (to someone like you)?” Or (particularly if it was currently, a Republican administration in the White House), “How can you serve under such a ‘regime’?” As if the President was specifically ordering me (or your fellow military member) to commit some heinous crime in his name.

To be clear, we are not talking about those who had honest questions. (What is it like on a ship at sea? What is the training like? Can an Officer really make you do anything, if he gives you an order to do so?) There are many aspects of life in the military which those who haven’t served would not have any real idea what it was like… or perhaps would base their assumptions on what they have seen on a tv show or movie. So legitimate questions were never a concern, and not what I am trying to address here.

So, forgive this ol’ retired Sailor, if I find at least some of those who offer a “Thank you for your service”, to perhaps being a bit disingenuous. From the various media talking heads, political figures and bureaucrats, right on down to some of those folks in our respective villages, cities, and towns. Would they be saying this at all, if it wasn’t the “politically correct” thing to do?

After all, most of these folks would see the military shrunk to little or nothing, if they had any direct choice in the matter. They would have no problem with voting in individuals who have little or no respect to that which all members of the military repeatedly swear an oath of allegiance to…the Constitution of the United States. And how many are, in their heart of hearts, of a like mind to that expressed in Kipling’s little ditty?
Indeed, the current administration, even while sending troops hither and yon, has exhibited little more than contempt for the health and welfare of those currently serving, let alone for those who have honorably gone before.

I guess I am still a little gun shy when a “Thank you for your service.” is sent in my direction. Don’t know if I blush anymore when hearing it, but it still gives one pause. Hell, I was just doing my job (hopefully, to the best of my ability). Wasn’t really expecting any thanks. Just the chance, when the time came, to be allowed to assimilate back into (the civilian) society, and have that which was promised (by the government) upon honorable completion of service, delivered.

If you really want to thank a vet…donate time to any of the many charitable organizations out there. Failing that, send em a buck or two, so they can continue to do the fine work they do, for those who have served or are currently serving. (The USO, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society, just to name a few.) This is the kind of thing which really says thank you…thank you for your service.

Finally, to those I have served with, and those whose paths have crossed with mine via the internet, that have…or are serving…hope today, Veteran’s Day, was one in which you were able to spend time remembering shipmates, brothers-in-arms, fellow aircrew, along with friends and family members who have worn the uniform. And if possible, have let them know they are not forgotten.

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Signs of the Times

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The “commentary” bordering the picture, misses the point, probably intentionally. The fact is, and the majority of those who are, or have served, already know and understand this…the “Sign”, held by the serviceman, is absolutely correct.

Ok, you may have initially signed up, to see the world, or get a “free education”, learn a skill…or any of the other reasons one is given to join by their respective recruiters. Still, at the end of the day…especially after you’ve finished Basic Training/Boot Camp…you know the bottom line is you are serving the needs of the Navy, Army, Air Force, or Marines. You are there to SERVE your country.

One of the first things you learned (at least it was this way 30 some odd years ago, back when I was a boot) was that the constitution was no longer your “protector”…that the bill of rights was not what covered your butt. The UCMJ took the place of same. And though it mirrored it, there were (and still are) some fundamental differences. One of them being, that you could NOT besmirch your Commander in Chief. Nor could you (at the very least while in uniform…but not necessarily exclusive to that point) speak out publicly against our military actions (in their planning stages or otherwise).

Bottom line…if you feel that strongly about what the current administration is doing, or is planning to do, there are proper channels in which to address these concerns. Indeed, if the actions ARE of an unconstitutional nature/blatantly illegal, one would expect a large chunk of the military to go up the chain of command with their grievances. But you had better have your ducks in a row…cause it isn’t going to be a cake walk.

Your other options, quite frankly, are to see if you meet the requirements for some sort of Administrative discharge, or if you are eligible, submit your papers for retirement. Any of these three choices are far superior to taking the cowards way out…of hiding your face behind a piece of paper….

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Change

Most everyone is saying change is a coming. Doesn’t matter which side of the political fence you are on, one way or another, things are not going to remain the same.

It has been a long time in coming, but as noted here, and elsewhere, it is not like we haven’t seen that the path we were on was not going to lead us to anywhere but where we are right now. There is no need to go into details…you are either well aware of what persons, actions, incidents, or combinations of all the above brought us here; or you are blissfully unaware … following the capricious winds of chance and fate … letting them take you where they will. After all, your “mom and dad” are in the White House, and if you haven’t grown up by now, at the very least thinking about taking something akin to taking responsibility for yourself and your actions, why on earth should you start now. Thinking is soooo 20th century.

So here we are, halfway through the first quarter of the 21st century. The people have been conditioned enough to believe it is the duty of their government (there is that pesky “mom and dad” thing again) to grant their every wish. Free health care? Poof! There ya go, no problem! Want your particular race, religion, creed, and or gender to be considered not merely equal, to what was once “the norm”, but given preferential treatment or status. (Does anyone in the business of mental health and or the study of man/civilizations even consider there to be a “norm” anymore? A bar or standard set to which all else was measured … and heaven forbid perhaps being found to be different, or worse. wanting?)

The language is being dissected to the point where, for any number of reasons, clarity of thought presented via the printed page, is allowed … demanded, to be muddled. Words are banned from use. (Even if they have been used quite correctly up to this point. Try using the word “niggardly“, properly, in conversation and see what happens.) Those not banned are at any given time, bent and messaged to suit the needs of the player (mis)using them.

But enough is enough. The story nears it’s end. The country I grew up in, the values, spirit, and most of the underpinnings which kept it all together, are either long gone or have become discarded rusted out relics. Whatever happens next to the country at large, or various parts of this country, may be commented on here, but there will not be any major pontificating. Certainly there will be no hard and fast information about my preparations (or lack thereof) against the coming storm. The internet is not, and never has been a place of private fire-side chats. All the world can see what has been said (or shown) with little or no effort. The governments need even less to pry.

One last thought before closing this particular rant.

California Murderer Cop, A Staunch Democrat, Clinton and Feinstein supporter!

Perhaps the place of “home grown media” is to be the one(s) who trail just behind the journalistic Caesars, whispering in their collective ears; “Respice post te! Hominem te memento!” (Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man!”). And here again is a case of the media giants freely editing a story in order to meet their own agendas, the facts be damned. The real irony here; those on the net are doing what the media was tasked to do. Keep an eye and an ear on those in power, and pass this along to the public in order that we would know (and hopefully,remember) their excesses, and abuses of power and privilege … along with their successes…when it came time to place our ballets.

Now we have to monitor the monitors.

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Islam, Ann Barnhardt, and experiences with Islam.

Over at Eternity Road, there was a recent post, with video, on Ann Barnhardt. Specifically, it addressed her commentary about Islam, and in this particular case, its “sexual identity”. This woman is a dynamo. She is passionate about her faith, her country, her culture, and about those who would seek to diminish or destroy same. I think she could be accurately thought of as a modern-day John Adams, certainly she is a firebrand. If she wore the uniform, I would put here in the same mold as a George S. Patton. Perhaps a more snarky image (but no less accurate) would be, she is Ann Coulter, with a tad less snark, and a lot more testicular fortitude. And though I am not 100% in alignment with all she says, Ann is far more often right, than wrong.

This brings us back to what I consider to be the main thrust of her video.

1. Islam is evil, by definition, and design.
2. All good men, when knowingly faced with evil, and recognizing it as such, must act; or become part of said evil.
3. In the case of Islam, there is no black and white, all who practice it, as in following its tenants and guidelines, are by item 1’s statement above, to some lesser or greater extent, evil. There is no middle ground.

I have no problem with any of the three statements above. (These are, by the way, my interpretation of her views. Go watch the video and see if you reach the same conclusions.) It has been stated here at the Harbor, many times, that Islam, its facilitator, and practitioners, are a cancer. A malignancy advancing on all fronts of the world. We ignore, or appease it, at our cultural and civilizations peril.

The second statement is also true. This is not limited to Islam, but in facing any evil, it applies. Even if you do nothing, are passive, by taking no action against any thing which when exposed by the light of truth, is evil, than you, at the very least, are an enabler of same. What is more, you are perhaps even more vile than those who are active agents of any particular evil, for at least we know where they stand.

The third statement, in and of itself, is true. If you take the time and effort to read the Quran, and Hadith, it is a requirement to adhere, to the letter, to the first, and, at the very least, to your Iman’s interpretation of the second. It is no surprise only three major “branches” of Islam (Sunni, Shiite, and Wahhabi) “exist”, if it were not for the perceived need on all their parts to actively pursue and attack the “infidel”, they would be at odds against each other. Like the fictional Highlander series, in Islam’s case, “There can be only one.”

Any who deviate from, or leave, Islam are considered apostate. And as such are subject to persecution, prosecution, (possible) imprisonment, and finally, death. There is no middle ground on this. Which brings us to my concerns.

Given there are a billion plus Islamists throughout the world, and at present, there seems to be as much unrest and descent in any number of places where Islam exists; where are the factions which would seek to reform Islam, bringing it out of the dark, and into, at the very least, a benign state?

Does such a body of “enlightened souls” exist?

Given the violent reaction of the mainstream (it never was “just the fringe groups” or individuals) toward those who seek to modify or update Islam, is such a thing as a “moderate muslim”, or “Enlightened Islam”, even possible? Or is the legitimate “moderate muslim”, a figment of the media, and governments which have other agendas … agendas which require a blind eye being turned toward the reality of what Islam really is, and intends to do to the civilized world, given the chance.

I believe there are those who would seek to practice a benign form of Islam. But they need to make their choices now. They need to become one voice, and they need to stand well apart from the malignancy they were spawned from. The time is fast approaching where we are all going to have to make a stand. A time when being on the fence, being passive as to what is going on around us, and in the world at large, is no longer a choice, but is in fact, by the very lack of action, “a choice”.

If you profess to be Muslim, but believe this is not the “real road” your faith should travel, yet you sit quietly on the side, while allowing violence, destruction, domination, and death to be done in the name of your “religion”, than you are part of the problem, and not part of the solution. You are enabling evil to not only exist, but to profit.

Either stand up for what you believe in, or be well and truly prepared for what may eventually come to pass … the complete and total eradication of your cult, by those who see no other solution as being possible, in order to save their own.

The “good German” fell when the bombs decimated Berlin, just as quickly as the ardent Nazi. The “good (North) Korean” suffered the same fate, during the Korean War, as did the “good (North) Vietnamese. The same will happen with you, if you do not make a choice, or make an effort.

As much as it would hurt, when the time comes, should I have to be a part of it, I will not shirk from removing the threat of Islam from my shores, my state, my town. It may be nothing more than transporting them to “points of deportation”, and perhaps some sort of screening process, for we are like that here. We have learned from past mistakes (the Asian interment camps of WWII). However, should there be conflict, even on these shores, than all gloves are off. No quarter will be taken, or given.

For you will have been given the opportunity, to speak up, to stand aside from that which is evil, and you will have waited too long. It is a waiting game you can not afford to take part in. Or hope to benefit from. In the case of any and all fence sitters, he who hesitates is not only last, but lost as well.

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