by baldilocks

For some time now, I’ve struggled with the notion that commentary on specific and singular events of the day is futile and pointless. The outrages carried out by agents in the various levels of the American governmentpuzzle have been coming so rapidly that days in which no scandal is revealed seem boring. Or we are jumpy with anticipation for the new scandal, sure to be revealed the next day or the following one.

Over and over, I’ve tried to dispel this one-off event thinking and try to point to the pattern(s) displayed by these events. (There is always a pattern. Even chaos has a pattern.)

I once said that many people are unable to discern patterns. While that’s true, I think, however, that many who are actually able to do so are unwilling. It’s too scary to take the long view forward, especially when one senses that the future is bleaker than most imaginations can conjure. It’s a lot easier to deal with immediacy; with putting food on the table, paying the bills, nurturing the family and to keep one’s mind centered on those things alone.

There an epithet that has sprung up in the last few years: Low Information Voter, usually in reference to those who voted for Barack Obama in both elections. But such people are not the only ones who are failing to pay attention.

Really, it’s a lot easier to be the place of low information when you are still able to live in the manner you’ve always lived or close to it. But when something catastrophic happens, then what? How are you to know why and how you landed in the new place? And if someone is to blame how are you going to know the identity of that person/those persons? How are you going to know if that person is you? This is the minimum information needed to resolve a problem.

It never pays to ignore a problem even if you think that the problem is too big for you to unravel or if you are powerless to fix it.

Where we are in this nation is a result of ignoring severe problems over decades—well before any of us had heard of the present occupant of the White House. He is merely the result of our collective failure to pay attention to a pattern.

So I guess I’m saying that it’s time to wake up.

I’ve had my wake-up call. Don’t let yours be ruder than mine.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

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The first in a series of posts noting how today’s Democrats are indistinguishable from the villains in the classic TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Our first example comes from the episode The Borrowed Baby, the plot revolves upon the Count of Severne who is convinced Lady Marian is in league with Robin Hood, he plots to prove it with a baby as a trap.

There is a key moment when the Sheriff & Severne decide where to get

Sheriff of Nottingham: Giles is just the man we want, I collected the birth tax on his first child only last month

Count de Severne: Birth Tax? Do you mean your men-at-arms whenever their wives give birth?

Sheriff of Nottingham: Certainly, Taxing them discourages large families, a man with a large family grows cautious, and cautious men make poor soldiers.

Furthermore as you watch the episode consider who the child is to be used as a tool of the state. How her mother and father’s opinions have no bearing and consider how much this sounds like our Democrat friends

So congratulations modern members of the left, you have managed to become what your own leftist writers claimed to despise.

I’m remembering the coy saying about the French resistance. “If everyone who claimed to be in the resistance really had been, there would have been nobody left to collaborate.”

There was an interesting piece by Charles Krauthammer that raised an interesting point:

The rise of European anti-Semitism is, in reality, just a return to the norm. For a millennium, virulent Jew-hatred — persecution, expulsions, massacres — was the norm in Europe until the shame of the Holocaust created a temporary anomaly wherein anti-Semitism became socially unacceptable.

This is the dirty little secret about the modern hatred of all things Israel & Jewish, many in the west didn’t really care all that much how the Nazis were treating and oppressing Jews until they started conquering their countries. After all the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 and the Dreyfus affair in France took place at a time when the Swastika was still a popular religious symbol.

But once Poland, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Norway, Holland Czechoslovakia and France fell, Once Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were taken from the Russians (who occupied them first) these nations had a common enemy. And when this these lands that were occupied by the Nazi who slaughtered their jews were slowly freed by allied forces with no shortage of Jews among them (more that 1 million Jews served in the US & Soviet armies) it became impossible for those freed from this oppression to ignore that the when it came to Jew hatred the Nazi’s put them all to shame and as those same Jews in the Russian & American armies found the camps containing the survivors of their religion.

Thus the Nazi atrocities were pointed to and amplified and the collaboration and cooperation of those while occupied (or even after) was swept under the rug.

But with most of those involved in such things or feeling guilt or remorse for them long dead (an 18 year old from 1945 would be 88 today) there is no longer any restraint to hold back such views and plenty of oil financed incentives to those who take the “right” side in the debate.

So Charles let me tell you, those who say “Never Again” mean it, but what they mean is: Never again will we feel guilt over the slaughter of Jews past or present.

That’s the disgraceful truth.