In life one of the things you often find that while you might hope for one thing, when you actually need another. This is often how God answer prayer providing what you need rather than what you want.

A great example of this is this story about Michael Sam:

The St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday, the team announced.

Sam’s hopes of sticking with the Rams and becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.

Westbrooks is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot on the team.

There were likely a lot of people, particularly in the MSM who while not in prayer were hoping above hope that Michael Sam would make that final spot in the Rams roster in order to advance, not so much Sam’s career but their own agenda.

But while they and perhaps the Sam’s fans may not believe it, the Rams gave Sam exactly what he needed. Respect and incentive.

Rather than giving him a roster spot that he didn’t earn which had the potential to set him up not just for failure but for derision as an “affirmative action” hire, the team treated him like any other 7th round pick trying to make a team who just didn’t do enough to earn that spot.

That does two things:

#1  It forces him to raise his game:

It takes skill and strength and drive to make an NFL roster. Being cut will make him work harder and do what is necessary if he wants to be one. That is exactly what a player of his caliber needs to succeed in the league

#2  It’s a sign of respect.

It tells him that media desires not withstanding an NFL roster spot is something to be won on the field, not behind a microphone. It tells them that he will be judged not as a man who prefers the sexual companionship of other men, but as a man who plays football in the NFL.

That exactly the type of respect a man wants.  The knowledge that what he gets he’s earned.  

The Rams showed a lot of character by making this choice and how Sam reacts to it over the course of the weeks to follow will say a lot about him as a player.

As for those in the media or the “Gay” movement If the actual goal of said movement is equality, they should be absolutely delighted.

If however their goal is raw bullying power, not so much.

Update: Robert Silverman, regardless of what he says doesn’t respect Sam as a player because if he did he wouldn’t be saying stuff like this:

It’s not worth giving these bigots any more oxygen than they deserve. Just take my word for it that it was, and probably still is, awful. Unlike, say, a random cornerback from Boise State, moments after the Rams announced they were cutting Sam, there was a near-celebratory outpouring of weirdly giddy hate, using the relative anonymity of social media as a modern-day Klansman’s e-frock.

Seriously a team is supposed to sign Sam because Silverman doesn’t like the results of a twitter search?

National Heritage Corridor tracksBy John Ruberry

While the protests and the riots were raging in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting by a police officer of Michael Brown. a nine year-old South Side Chicago African-American boy, Antonio Smith, was shot to death near railroad tracks that mark the boundary between rival factions of the Gangster Disciples street gang.

No one has been arrested for the killing of Smith.

Yesterday the funeral for the boy was held in a modest storefront church.

Last week the funeral for Brown took place in suburban St. Louis. The Rev. Al Sharpton, a race-baiter for nearly 30 years, gave the eulogy. He was among the media figures, such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has been in the racism business for nearly 50 years, who traveled to Ferguson to proclaim his outrage. President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, the most reckless man to lead the Justice Department since Harry M. Daugherty in the Warren G. Harding Administration, also journeyed to St. Louis to appraise the situation.

Jesse Jackson at an Occupy Chicago rally
Jesse Jackson at an Occupy Chicago rally

To my knowledge none of them commented on the Smith murder. None of them were at the Smith funeral, not even Jackson, who lives on Chicago’s South Side. The only nationally-known civil rights figure who expressed outrage over the Smith killing was Father Michael Pfleger, a onetime spiritual advisor to President Obama who chipped in to a reward fund to find the boy’s murderer.

Locals on both sides of the political spectrum are calling Chicago “Chiraq,” in recognition that during some months when American forces were still fighting in Iraq, more Americans were murdered in Chicago some months than died in combat in that broken nation.

Now that’s a real outrage.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Sgt. Schultz:  I see nothing, I hear nothing I didn’t even get up this morning

Hogan’s Heroes:  Hold That Tiger 1965

Webster:  I said shut up you fat Nazi Fuck!

German Baker:  Ich-ich bin kein Nazi.  Ich bin kein Nazi!

Webster:  Not a Nazi?  My mistake you fat, fucking prick!  How about a human being?  Are you one of those or are you gonna tell me that you never smelled the fucking stench?

Band of Brothers Why We Fight 2001

 

A few days ago I posted some questions on Rotherham that the media has avoided asking, those questions are summed up neatly in this tweet.

The responses to that tweet from Muslims were enlightening and but there was one in particular that I found amusing

As a  person of Sicilian ancestry let me say, as a matter of fact to some extent they do.

The Muslims of Rotherham are in basically the same position as the Sicilians in a NY or Chicago circa 1920-1950 or the Irish in south Boston during the height of the Bulger years.

To people outside of the neighborhoods, they were all the same, a bunch of crooks involved in the rackets. The people of those areas resented that they were tarred with the same brush as a bunch of gangsters who they had nothing to do with when they just wanted to get on with their lives.

But while the rackets didn’t involve them they knew who the gangsters were, and the kind of things they did.  They knew where they lived and the businesses they owned, they knew the places to avoid and the people not to mess with and warned their kids against them.

They even heard the rumors that were whispered when a shop was robbed or busted up, when something happened to a girl or when someone went missing and turned up dead somewhere but only talked of them in passing.

But once in a while something would happen right out in the street where you couldn’t help but see it and couldn’t pretend it was anything more than talk but when that did happen and the police came by, nobody saw anything, nobody said nothing.

They gave themselves many excuses to justify their silence: solidarity with their own kind, the police were corrupt outsiders who were against them, feeling sorry for the guy’s poor wife, kids or mother that they knew and that a rat was the lowest form of life there was.

They told themselves all those things because they didn’t have the courage to admit, even to themselves, the real reasons for their silence: The fear of the judgement of their neighbors and the retaliation of the thugs once the police were gone.

So they wrapped their cowardice into nobility and things didn’t change.

and that brings us to this piece in the Daily Mail:

Pakistani community leaders in Rotherham were complicit in hushing up the shocking ‘ethnic’ dimensions of the sexual exploitation rather than speaking out, it was claimed yesterday.

Parveen Qureshi, director of the United Multicultural Centre in Rotherham, revealed the shocking issue was widely discussed between leaders who were privately ‘trying to resolve the problem’.

She refused to name those who kept quiet, but was certain the problem of Asian men abusing white girls was known ‘for a long time’.

It takes courage to speak up to tell the truth and break that code of silence, it takes guts to free your neighborhoods of that kind of thing. The Muslim community has two choices. They can look at this problem and tackle it head on, or they can deny, dissemble or deflect saying the focus should be on the victims.

The decision they make will determine how their community and their sons are perceived by the British public for generations, make the wrong choice and the community will end up with the credibility of German civilians in 1946 insisting to British soldiers stationed there they had no idea the death camps existed

May you have joy in the choice you make.

Update: Related via HotAir Headlines: Where are the marches against The Islamic State?:

Sadly, mainstream Muslims have no choice but to come to terms with the fact that groups of people are car-bombing, shooting, starving, kidnapping and beheading people in the name of Islam — not to mention blowing up churches and mosques. Where is the anger? Is it possible that the marches in support of Palestinians are well-attended because Muslims hate Israel more than we hate criminal gangs who have hijacked the narrative of our religion?

The decision before the community is this: Either we reject the Islamic State and groups like it in the clearest possible terms, or we allow them to become the face of Muslims. When we say “It’s not Islam,” we are dismissing the criminals as someone else’s problem. The truth is, nobody else is going to deal with them. It might seem easier to evade this responsibility, but the price of doing so will be heavy. Because, to the rest of the world, that horrific picture is what Muslims have become. If we don’t do something now, that image will be the world’s perception of us for years to come.

Of course it could be that her fellow muslims, despite pro-forma statements actually support those guys. I wonder if Yasmine Bahrani considered the possibility?

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by baldilocks

Report: ISIS eyeing Mexican border to infiltrate America and execute terrorist attacks

Islamist militants tweet gruesome images of dead American soldiers and vow to blow up embassies

Saudi King warns that the west jihadis’ next target

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The weeds of fear are the favored crop of any terrorist.

Two years after that bit of unpleasantness in New York City, in Washington, DC, and in the Pennsylvania countryside, I wrote this:

Terrorists commit their acts not for the benefit of the dead, but for those who remain alive. “Look at what we’ll do to you and yours,” they say, “if you don’t do what we want you to do.” They revel in our horror. They rejoice in the sorrow of the families who will never bury the atomized [or beheaded] bodies of their loved ones. They say, “yeah, we did it and we’ll do it to you unless you….submit.”

Does anyone remember the story of Emmett Till? Several years before I was born, Till, fourteen-years-old, was the victim of another set of terrorists. This young black man, not knowing or not caring about the ways of the South of that period, was murdered for allegedly making an indecent remark to a white woman. He disappeared and, days later, his body, beaten and shot, was found in a river. The men who were tried for his murder were acquitted. Emmett’s murder wasn’t an isolated case of a man supposedly defending the honor of his wife. As we know, all over the South, black men were being murdered for “stepping out of their place,” whether they actually had stepped out of their “place” or not.

Those who committed these crimes did so not only for “revenge” on the dead, but to send a message to and strike fear in the living. That’s what made it terrorism. Sound familiar?

In 2001 (and 1968 and 1979 and 1983 and 1988 and 1993 and 1998 and 2003 [added: and in 2014] and every year in between), the players are different from that of 1955, but the message is the same: do what we want or this will happen to you or to those whom you love. In this case, it is “worship in the way we worship; bow five times a day to Mecca or else.”

I mention the Till case not to compare the two sets of terrorists, per se, but to compare the dissimilar reactions of the victims’ loved ones. Mamie Till, Emmett’s mother, had an open-casket funeral for her son. […]

[Till’s] head–monstrous from the beating, the bullet and the decomposition–contrasted against the normalcy of the casket and the suit that Mrs. Till had picked out for the body. It gave the picture that much more ugliness: your worst nightmare in banal black and white.

But Mamie Till’s steely words about the open-casket decision were electrifying: “I want the world to see what they did to my son.”

Well, the “world” did see and, though there was much more sorrow to be had–as it is with any major upheaval of a society–things changed. Some of us even think that things have changed for the better…such home-grown types of terrorists still exist, but when caught, they usually sit on death row rather sit at home having beers with their friends. We can send our message as well.

Keep sowing, jihadis. Most of us are good at pulling up weeds–and at cleaning metal.Baldilocks mini

All die once. But the feaful die twice.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game,
was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, 
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On Today’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio we welcome GOP candidate Mark Fisher to the show.

We’ll talk about the campaign, the latest Boston Globe poll.  Market Basket and more.

You can listen live here or call 888-9-fedora

And of course we are played on FTR Radio and the 405 media as well

You can join the conversation at 888-9-fedora.

And don’t forget for the next two weeks we’ll be live at the Natural Discount Shop Rte 12 Leominster Mass broadcasting live!

Hope to see you there.

For the rest of the time I was there I was stared at with contempt as if I was something lower than low. My race had not been an issue nor the Crucifix being Catholic in a very protestant state, but once it was known I supported the tea party it was as if I was wearing a Klan outfit. I heard the ladies talking among themselves saying you could tell I was a tea party man just by my appearance. When I left glares followed me out.

DaTechGuy, An Incident in Lithonia 5/27/10

A few weeks ago I warned that the looting in Ferguson has the potential to cement a rather nasty racial stereotype concerning young black men for generations.  This week a different stereotype carefully crafted by the media was under assault in that very same city when a group of people decided to launch a BUYcott of Ferguson business that has been hard hit by those same looters

I insisted on buying something–all the people in the salon were so happy and kind. She didn’t have much for white guy gray hair, but she took the time to pull together some gift bags. Then she didn’t want money, but I made her take it.

A gentlman (my age) in the salon (husband?) asked who we were with. I told him “St. Louis Tea Party.”

“Tea party?” he said. “You bad boys,” and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, “The tea party came up here to do this?”

His surprise was understandable.  For half a decade the media, professional left and black “leaders” have been telling black democrats what a bunch of awful racist the Tea Party is (In Mississippi the establishment GOP gave a hand to spread that meme as well).  I’ve lived the results myself ,  so naturally they had no inkling of the Tea Party plans on facebook:

The group spread the word of the “BUYcott” event on Facebook, hoping to get at least 20 people to show up and spend their hard-earned money at local Ferguson businesses on August 21. They apparently ended up with a group of about 40 “(mostly) white people”

and were totally taken aback, but were VERY grateful:

In other shops, we’d get hard stares when we walked in and shopped. Once we told them “we’re with the tea party, and we’re here to shop,” these people actually shouted. “Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.”

And you won’t be surprised if,  as Glenn Reynolds put it, you’ve been paying attention, that they’re not done yet:

The group did not do this BUYcott as a publicity stunt or a one-time feel good measure. They have bigger plans to do their part to help these businesses thrive. Their next BUYcott is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend and they are encouraging the state legislature to exempt Ferguson businesses from sales tax that weekend to encourage even more sales.

I wonder how much Al Sharpton & the black panthers spent in these shops?

I suspect the only chance this will have of breaking into MSM coverage is on Jake Tapper’s show under “The Buried Lede”

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The book of Ecclesiastes is a fascinating piece of literature albeit “Sacred Literature” from the ancient world.

The book of Ecclesiastes along with the books of Proverbs and the Song of Songs represent the trilogy of books authored by Solomon.

Old Testament scholars believe that Solomon – who was the son of David the first great King of Israel – wrote the magnificent “Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) when he was a young man enraptured in love (as an aside, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.. let us leave this subject for another discussion….).

Solomon composed the book of Proverbs during his mature years or during the time that his great Wisdom and Mental faculties were on display when men and women from the ancient world traveled days and months to imbibe the sage advice that flowed from his mind and heart.

Ecclesiastes was written during the latter stages of his life when it appears that he had become somewhat cynical and perhaps even somewhat melancholic as he reflected upon his life.

Solomon was one of the richest men who ever lived; he literally was able to do almost anything that his heart and ambition desired to do.

Yet, in the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon repeats over and over again that “all is vanity” and that “there is nothing new under the sun.

In the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, Solomon exclaims that:

What does the worker gain from his toil?

I have seen the burden God laid on men.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the hearts” of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.

That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 3.9-13 NIV).

 How would one even begin to exegete these verses?

The first verse in this stanza would remind the observant reader of “the book of beginnings” or the book of Genesis.  Adam was told that “by the sweat of his brow he would eat his food” (Genesis 3.19).

Solomon appears to be echoing this thought.

With regards to his statement that “he has seen the burden God laid on men” one might ask, “Is true work a burden or a joy?”  The answer to this question may greatly depend upon the job that an individual may have to do at a given moment.

Solomon continues and avers that “God has set eternity into the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Centuries later Sir Francis Bacon would concur with King Solomon when he wrote a commentary on one of Solomon’s proverbs (25:2):

“For he [Solomon] sayeth expressly, the Glory of God is to conceal a thing, but the Glory of a King is to find it out [Proverbs xxv, 2]:

 as if according to that innocent and affectionate play of Children, the Divine Majesty took delight to hide his works, to the end to have them found out; and as if Kings could not obtain greater Honour, than to be God’s play-fellows in that game;

specially considering the great command they have of wits and means, whereby the investigation of all things may be perfected.”  

— Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning (1605), Book I.

Yet, while Solomon extolled the glory and joy of work, investigation, and inquiry, he also would warned the readers of the book of Ecclesiastes that –

“…of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body” (Ecclesiastes 12.12).

There comes a time when we must take a time out to rest from our labors and lay our burdens down.

Perhaps we might begin to think of the Labor Day Holiday weekend as a time to –

  • …cease from making many books, articles, study, and the work that so often wearies the body.
  • …think creatively and meditate upon the things that matter most in life.

Perhaps “Labor Day” is a time for a reassessment to see if a life course change is in order and if we are in need of priorities realignment?

If indeed Our Creator has placed “eternity into our hearts” as affirmed by King Solomon, then just perhaps “Labor Day” is a time for us to cherish our families, our loved ones, and to be thankful for the freedoms that we have in this great land of ours.

Happy Labor Day!

 

 

 

What a difference a day makes

Yesterday I reported that Market Basket was slowing coming back to normal but today I can report that the adjective slowly doesn’t cut it.

On thursday at noon the parking lot was still pretty empty

When I pulled into the parking lot at just after 4 PM it was crowded, in fact there was nothing to suggest that anything had been going on except for a man picking a perfect time to voice a grievance against the company walked on the sidewalk holding a sign urging a new boycott.

He was not being heeded as entering the store I found it crowded with 9 registers open

On thursday we saw the start of deliveries returning

27 hours later the signs of the work showed. The fresh fish section was full including crab legs, scallops and whole fish. The meat section was populated and full. The cereal aisle had spaces but there was volume on every shelf, the juice section that had been nearly empty was more than half full.

The biggest difference was the produce section, almost empty the day before fresh peppers, corn and lettuce was there. About half that section was empty.

The bread section still had plenty of gaps but it seemed it was flying off the shelves as fast as the associates could put it there.

But the real sign that all was normal was the prepared foods. The ovens were in action, cakes and breads were apparent and the very first shipment of chickens were a mere 30 minutes from going from rrotisseries to sales floor.

If Market basket has reached this state less than 40 hours after the announced deal I would not be surprised if they aren’t completely back to normal by the middle of next week.

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

NYT: Obama Urges Calm in Face of Crises in Ukraine and Syria, while admitting that

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” he said. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.”

Well, some folks indeed “are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.” As Richard Fernandez so aptly puts it, Predators have always gone for the weak and defenseless prey from the beginning of time.

Putin:
Ukrainian PM: ‘Russian Military Boots Are on Ukrainian Ground’

ISIL:
ISIL has claimed responsibility for bombing attacks in Iraq going back to 2010.

ISIS:
WARNING: GRUESOME PHOTO
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The Report on the exploitation of over 1400 girls in Rotherham over 17 years is a damning indictment on the authorities but in all its pages there are no words more damning than these:

By 2005, it is hard to believe that any senior officers or members from the Leader and the Chief Executive downwards, were not aware of the issue.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham 1997 – 2013  Alexis Jay OBE  Page 107

And these words are all the more damning when you consider this news story in the Sunday Times the paper of record in England from 2007.

Schoolgirls in Lancashire and Yorkshire are falling prey to sinister gangs of pimps. Two men have been sent to jail, but the girls’ mothers, not the police, are at the forefront of the crackdown. Why are the authorities so reluctant to get involved?

This interview with one of the victims from 2010

Thirteen-year-old Emma was a happy child from a loving family when a gang of boys she met at a shopping centre introduced her to a charismatic older man. He plied her with gifts and drinks… then raped her and forced her into prostitution. Now aged 20 and in hiding from the gang, Emma talks candidly about how she was groomed – and how she is trying to help the growing number of others being picked out for a similar fate

this tweet from Tommy Robinson

And this yesterday from Robert Stacy McCain:
 

Let any American imagine, therefore, what the reaction would have been if something like this were happening in Huntsville, Alabama. Would we expect local law enforcement and child-welfare agencies to do nothing? If there were a problem so specific and so localized, involving the sexual exploitation of young girls, wouldn’t we expect a joint federal/state/local task force to target the perpetrators? The FBI would be swarming all over these vicious creeps.

EVERYBODY KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN ROTHERHAM!

That’s the astonishing thing, as you read Professor Alexis Jay’s investigative report: Case after case came to the attention of authorities, and yet the systematic exploitation of girls continued. The families of victims were terrorized, and the failure of police to act convinced many people in Rotherham that the Pakistani pimps had political protection through local Labour Party officials.

This IS the culture war, this is why it’s being fought and if you are unwilling and unable see how the culture of liberalism in general and the Labour party in particular have to do with this result I have two questions for you, one from Stacy:

Where were the feminists? Here you have girls as young as 11 being raped and pimped out, and you might think that there would be daily outpourings of feminist rage about it, yet this problem has been allowed to fester for years without decisive official action? Something is clearly wrong in British culture, if political correctness could keep feminists quiet about this savagery.

Perhaps they were too busy fighting over the Dyke March in London:

and one question from me:

Does anyone think for one moment if the scandal involved Catholic Priest rather than the Islamic community that the media and the police wouldn’t’ have been all over it?

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