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And We Sit

14 years ago, yesterday.

The world waited.

Would the United States send some sort of response immediately to points, yet unknown, in the middle east? A response for the acts of aggression taken against this country, it’s people, it’s culture (indeed the culture of Western Man written large across that particular metropolitan skyline).  An act of aggression not seen in such scope or scale since nearly 60 years previous.

That action, at least taken against a uniformed opponent, not aimed almost exclusively at an unarmed and unknowing civilian populace, started an armed conflict stretching across four years, it’s ending punctuated with two atomic exclamation points.

Could this…would this monstrous transgression propel us to the same course of action, up to and including the use of much stronger punctuation at it’s end? (Or sooner…much sooner.)

It did not.

And so now we sit.  Those of us who still chose to remember, seemingly becoming a smaller group, as the years go by.  A smaller voice.   Where once we were at least given the courtesy, of perhaps having a valid course of action, of remembering what our forefathers did, of what the generation previous to mine did.  That when faced with adversity, the kind which demanded you take no other course of action than of meeting your enemy on the field of battle.   That honor demanded….dignity demanded…moral reciprocity towards the Creator who bestowed upon all men such fundamental human rights…demanded, we act accordingly when any or all  are called into question.

Now we are treated ilke an eccentric Uncle … who after one too many beers … is relegated to the card table on the back porch, to eat his dinner alone…away from the more “diversified” adults….and far away from impressionable children.

Now we sit.   While an individual who was, at the very least,  exposed and indoctrinated, in the very ideology behind the events of 14 years ago, occupies the Oval Office.  Who for all we know, based on biased news and government sponsored PR reports, has been aiding and abetting said enemy up to and including giving them the keys to nuclear exploitation.

Now we sit.  While untold tens of thousands of the ideology of hate, behind the  events of 14 years ago, are allowed to enter this country freely.  And as our traditional rule of law crumbles and cracks, eroding away, they seek to impose their own brand of law over any and all who will allow for same.

If we sit much longer, the “war”  all but formally started 14 years ago, will have been lost.  With little more than regional battles fought in countries who have known little peace since their inception (at the end of WWI) amongst people, tribes, and cultures who have known little, if any,  peace in thousands of years.

We have done little to stem the tide.  At the very least, cause them to stay “self-contained” in their respective little hell holes of 7th-century sand and ignorance, ensuring they were unwelcome and unwanted in any part of the civilized world.  We couldn’t, or wouldn’t even do that.

And so…14 years after airborne jihad…  they have very nearly won, or are well on their way to doing so.  This will have been brought about by their doing the one thing we seem unwilling to do.  Having the will to fight…to advance their cause, their beliefs, their will, over any and all who do not believe as they do.  And it appears, to do any and everything, in order to achieve their goals.

And we sit.     And we wonder what’s next.  And we look to the political landscape pondering who will be next to take the helm of this nation.  To direct our affairs nationally and internationally.   And we look at the rest of the world … Europe is perhaps less than a generation away from existing … at least as we would have remembered her.   Israel perhaps a year away from same.  The economies of the world on the brink of collapse.   And perhaps the biggest agent, directly and indirectly behind all of these ills, is allowed to thrive and grow.

The same agent which was behind all which transpired on the 11th of September 2001.

In 14 years, it has grown stronger, more virulent.

In 14 years, we have not.

14 years from now…

Will it matter?

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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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None Dare Call It Islam … a reflection on a day, ten years after.

I tried to write something in honor of the day, in honor of the fallen, in honor of those who have given that “last full measure of devotion” since September 11, 2001. But it just won’t come.

The words don’t fail me. There are plenty of words. The images don’t fail me. They have permanent residence in my memories, perhaps a bit dusty after ten years, but when brought to the fore into the light, they regain their power to evoke a right and proper response and sense of outrage.

It is a sense of melancholy. A case of retrospect remorse.

Not for what we did, and have done since this day, ten years ago. But for what we have not.

It has been labeled “The War On Terror”, yet even from the start, we have been quite selective in whom we engage, or where we project our military might and assets.

Some have called it “A War for Oil”, addressing the resource most readily available throughout the regin where the roots of this war reside. Those folks would be wrong. (Have you seen the price of crude lately, or what a gallon of gas is going for?)

Francis Porretto, over at Eternity Road, remembers. Neither of us has forgotten what happened that day. But perhaps of even more importance, a decade after this nation was struck with a gauntlet wielded by the Muslim malignancy known as Islam, Fran continues to address that which we should have been at war with since day one … Islam.

“We are at war with Islam. We’ve been at war with Islam for forty-one years. Let’s get serious about it.”
Source: Eternity Road, Ten Years After

And he is correct. The sooner we honestly address … put the right and proper name to the evil we are facing; the sooner we elect to seriously take the fight directly to our enemy; to prosecute this war, as one we fully intend to win, then and only then will there be an honest reckoning for those who fell ten years ago today. Then and only then, will there be something akin to a squaring of accounts for the Marines lost in a barracks in Lebanon, Sailors killed and scared from the USS Cole, Spirits, and perhaps lost souls which still haunt Lockerbie…this being just a sample, from a list much longer.

Remember September 11, 2001. Never Forget.

More importantly, remember the root cause of same. Give that evil its right and proper name. Resolve to fight this evil with all your heart and soul. For it wants nothing more than to devour yours.

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, and other odds and ends.

I was going to post about this with lots of footnotes. It was going to be well researched and documented. But my heart just wasn’t in it. Yes Julian is scum of the earth, a muckraker who revels in creating hate and discontent. Who seemingly cares for little else other than “putting it to the man” and collateral damaged be damned. And that seems to be what bothers me most about him. At the end of the day it is not going to be the senior people in any of the organizations, agencies, or governments, who fall due to his release of classified documents. The ones who have the greatest potential of being at risk for any of this, are going to be the “grunts”. The lowest runged at the Department of State (or those who are at embassies away from the “mother ship” at DC), those foreign nationals who interacted with either the State Department, or other “alphabet agencies/agents”, who are now at risk of being found out or exposed. And despite what folks at the Department of Defense or the Pentagon say, perhaps even some of the troops on the ground. Will the information “leaked” directly place any in harm’s way, probably not (as evidenced by what has thus far been made public). Might it set the stage for something to happen, or provide incentive to those who are actively engaged against us to push harder in their attacks? I would have to think “yes” is the answer. And if so, then at least indirectly, Julian’s actions put at least some of the (potential) blood on his hands.

Having said all this, should we be bringing him up on charges? As I understand it he has not broken any laws that warrant our active pursuit of him. He is not an American citizen, so treason does not apply. He did not actively “steal” the documents in question. So it would seem at least for now, legally he is in the clear. (And please, let’s just ignore the trumped up “rape charges” for now. That is a smoke and mirror show or punch and Judy show I am not sure which. Grasping at condoms err straws is more like it.)

BUT the man is a moral reprobate, his ethics stink, if tried based on the content of his character, he would at best be imprisoned for life, and at worst, be (and should be) lined up against the wall for the firing squad of morality, so they can take their best shot.

Which brings us to what in my mind is the more important concern.

What, if anything, is being done to those who “leaked” this classified or sensitive information to Assange? For all the screaming about “traitor” and “treason”, these are the individuals who should be caught, charged, prosecuted, sentenced, and have said sentence carried out with all due haste. It does not matter if they are disgruntled military (as is the supposed case with one individual), or some other federal employee(s). Yet we hear little, if anything, about this side of the story. You want hangings, firing squads, or any other method of sending one to their maker, these are the folks who are most deserving. Assange is, at the end of the day, nothing more then a mouthpiece, (potential) convenient scapegoat, and possible martyr. And though he willingly set himself up for the first two, he is not deserving of martyrdom.

Oh, and one final note on all this. Am I the only one who sees the irony of the following?

Wikileaks confirms WMD’s existed in Iraq. Yet, this is the first person who should fall, due to traitorous actions of those who provided the information, and a government who has been notoriously slow in responding (if at all) to this event? From the President on down, it has been nothing but damage control, and spin. What were our intelligence agencies doing in tracking this before it blew up. And if they knew, why wasn’t something done before the fecal matter hit the oscillating air moving device?

More as the mood strikes, and my memory of what else I wanted to post about comes bubbling back to the surface.

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TSA’s new theme song?

By now everyone is aware of the mischief, madness, and mayhem perpetrated by the TSA on the public who chose, or out of necessity have to use, air travel to get from point A to point B. Scanning which leaves little, if anything, to the imagination, or pseudo-professional physical searches of ones person, leaving no external area untouched.

Any attempt at even suggesting to the powers that be, there are better ways of arriving at a more secure state of being of our aircraft prior to take off, are willfully ignored. Recognizing and or acknowledging the catalyst behind the threat (Which would be Islam, for those who can’t or refuse to deal with the reality and fact of the matter.) along with instituting some form of profiling, would be a relatively simple and cheap “solution”. Or they could literally copy the measures used quite successfully by the Israelis. This might cost a few more bucks than profiling and such, but they have not had any major problems, perhaps the Israelis know what they are doing.

No, the asshats at TSA can not be bothered with something which might not only work, but would enhance their professionalism and in doing so perhaps improve their image (both to the public and other agencies/”real” LEOs). They would, instead, prefer to be video voyeurs, or cop-a-feel rent-a-cops. So in light of their seeming dedication in lowering their standards of professionalism, civility, and courtesy toward the very people who happen to be the ones who provide their paychecks (let alone their whole departments funding), I have found the perfect song.

It asks a question which I am sure they will be asking all you lucky frequent fliers out there, should you be fortunate enough to be subject to their video or groping pleasure, if not now, than in the very near future. After all, how else are they going to know if you are “comfortable” with having explosives or some other potentially dangerous device(s) parked in your lower colon?

Ladies and gents I give you the new TSA “Screener’s Anthem”

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Here in lies the real issue

The book burning was looked upon as being “hateful”, “idiotic”, “insensitive”. A case of one agent of one religious sect willingly seeking to denigrate another’s “holy book”. But here is the bottom line. The pastor from Florida, Terry Jones, has every right under our constitution, to openly destroy as many Korans as he can lay his hands on. You may personally agree with him or disagree, but it doesn’t change the fact he has that right. Same goes for the flag burners, the Christian icon destroyers/blasphemers, and all the other folks out there who are wanting to vocalize (via speech, print, or other art form) their point(s) of view.

Now it would seem to me, any and all members of the military would be among the first to recognize this. And, in recalling what their sworn oath said, would take a strong exception to those who seek to dissuade anyone from exercising said rights. Further more, if the enemy they are currently engaged in armed conflict with, gets their panties in a knot over this, wouldn’t that be considered a major propaganda coup?

Take a gander at the letter below. This fella says it about as well as anyone ever has. And by all means, spread the love. Take said letter and repost it. Get as many folks to see (and read) it as possible.

OPEN LETTER TO GEN. PETRAEUS (Please re-post to anti-jihad sites)

“Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult.”
– Gen. David Petraeus

General, I ask you this: what in hell is your “mission” if We The People jeopardize it by exercising our First Amendment rights in our own homeland? Is your “mission” to defend our rights against foreign enemies, or to defend foreign enemies against our rights?

You made your choice, and you justified by claiming that you and those under your command have been taken hostage by our 7th Century terrorist enemy, and that the ransom demand you deliver to us is that we submit to your captor’s restrictions on our natural and constitutional rights – or they’ll kill you.

I remind you and your captors that we do not negotiate with terrorists.

And I remind you that you are the most revered general in the present day, commanding in the most powerful military in all of history, during the most justifiable war in the last seventy years. So please either remember your priorities and slaughter your captors, or resign in disgrace so that we may replace you with a warrior. And if you resign, you should do so right along with President Obama, Gen. Caldwell, Pentagon Spokesman Lapan, Sec. of State Clinton, Atty. Gen. Holder, NATO Sec. Rasmussen and all others in all branches of government and in all alliances who echoed your request, whether they did so mindlessly or with surrender aforethought.

To have our own military leaders beg us to refrain from exercising our Constitutional rights on our own soil is completely un-American. And to have you make that request of us in the name of cowardice is a shocking and unthinkable perversion I still don’t have the words for.

But I do have the plan for it. We The People will force the issue right here and now. We don’t want harm to come to our military, but if peacefully exercising our rightful freedom on our own property here in our own homeland endangers you, then we will endanger you!

We will burn the Koran for freedom and post the videos for all the world to see. We can be overt or covert, named or anonymous, sparse or numerous – but ultimately we will be unstoppable, and eventually we will be effective.

We will do this because you have no fucking right to sell our freedom down the river for the sake of our enemy’s sensitivity. We will do it because you more than have the power to defend yourselves against that enemy if only you would use it. We will do it because facing danger to defend our rightful freedom is why we pay you, train you, equip you, promote you, appoint you, deploy you, and – formerly! – revere you.

You work for us, General, not for our enemy. Therefore we will regain control over you and over this war from the command center of our own backyards. We will force you to end any of your appeasement and nation-building which would restrict our Constitutional rights. We will force you to defend yourselves and us, and to do the job you were appointed to do: destroy the enemy in defense of our freedom.

Our military has the power. We hired you to use it. Now we’ll make sure you do.
When Americans can burn our own copies of the Koran on our own soil without credible threats from jihadists or appeasement of those threats from our President and our Generals, then we will gladly stop burning them.

We are a free people, and although we clearly live in occupied territory psychologically, we do not yet live in occupied territory legally or physically. We will do as we please, and we will continue to expect all branches of our government to secure our right to do it.

I remind you that securing our rights is the only legitimate reason that governments are instituted among men in the first place, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
And not everybody among the governed consents to surrendering our rights to terrorists.

Freedom for all,

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!!
Respectfully reprinted from the good folks over at Eternity Road
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Looks like a solid “eleventy” to me!!

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911 Hard Hats

Found this site on face book today.

If nothing else, take a couple of minutes and watch the video. If you have the means to do so spend the couple of bucks it will take to send the applicable post cards to the powers that be.

The cynic in me wonders if it will really do any good. But the optimist (he is the one, lately on anti-depressives) thinks if enough cards find their way to the congressional, senatorial, administrative, mayoral, etc, etc, offices and or mail boxes … well, at the very least, it will annoy the hell out of them. And maybe this close to an election cycle, they might just do something. Or in the case of the Usurper in chief, perhaps he will shut his pie hole for once, having said far too much already.

In any case, the union folks (and all other trades folk) need to know when they are on the right page. If enough people from around the country are sending cards, especially back to the folks in NYC, they might just get the message, that the majority of the American people are behind them in their collective efforts to prevent this travesty from ever being built.

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