by baldilocksbaldilocks

I said this five years ago when President Obama had only one year in office.

I don’t feel like writing to convince anymore. I’m sure many have figured that out by now.

The problem, however, is that my “conscience” (read: the Holy Spirit) continuously reminds me that one should not be complacent or fearful when advocating a just cause. That just cause? Keeping the people of America free and, to that end, adding one more small voice to the millions who are angry and fed up at the daily encroachments on that freedom—daily since January 20, 2009.

That feeling remains, but once I finish getting a post off my chest, I usually feel better.

What am I feeling right now? A myriad of emotions. I’m still torqued off on how many people, including the president, seem intent on shaming those of us who are adamantly against allow more Syrian Refugees into the United States. New Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) managed to spearhead the passage of a bill suspending the refugee proposal until “tougher screening measures” can be implemented, but that doesn’t make me feel better. (Even in the Senate passes it and even if President Obama’s promised veto is overridden, what will stop the president from doing it anyway? It isn’t as if he hasn’t ignored the Separation of Powers before.)

Some proponents of the approval of Syrian refugee seeding are using their poor memories of what the Bible says about Jesus and about foreigners in order to shame–there’s that word again—the naysayers. Can you spot the evidence that the maker of this poster hasn’t opened a Bible in a while?

(The upside of pointing to this displayed Bible illiteracy is that some will actually go read the story surround Jesus’s birth in order to see what’s what. Some.)

In the meantime, most of us are sitting back to see what happens, praying, and practicing evil capitalism. Feelings are mostly irrelevant at this point. Okay. I feel better.

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 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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In the United States the difficulties are not a Minotaur or dragon—not imprisonment, hard labor, death, government harassment, and censorship—but cupidity, boredom, sloppiness, indifference. Not the acts of a mighty, all-pervading, repressive government, but the failure of a listless public to make use of the freedom that is its birthright. (qtd. in William J. Bennett, “Redeeming Our Time,” Imprimis, November 1995)

Leon J. Suprenant The Sin of Sloth

There are times when I think I’m one of the last holdouts who thinks that the legalization of Pot is a bad idea driven by a lot of people in the culture who don’t understand the real world costs.  The best explanation I’ve seen on the subject comes form an old post at a practically empty bog called Trapped on Planet stupid.

I have long said that the only ones who should be allowed to use pot recreationally are those in the entertainment industry as they really don’t do anything important. 

You see marijuana has one prominent effect.

It has been the entertainment industry that has used its cultural power to push the idea of that pot is basically harmless fun for almost two generations, but as is always true, once you normalize the vagaries of the rich and indolent it comes with baggage:

However, if the people who do the really important jobs in the world become “unmotavated”  You know who I mean. The person that cuts my hair, makes my hamburger or repairs my car is phoning it in then that effects me personally.
I don’t know about anyone else, but the possibility of the person handling my medication at the pharmacy or hospital or being only marginally interested in doing a proper job scares the crap out of me!

These all seem like minor things compared to the big jobs in the world, but the person who cuts your hair deals with minor cuts and blood, the person who cooks your hamburger (you know the guy liberals want to pay $15 bucks an hour) is charged with making your food safely, and a car that’s fixed wrong is a piece of heavy metal and plastic moving at a lethal speed.

And the writer’s fears are not just for the present:

I’m far more interested in my personal future as an aging American. Having to depend on the coming drug induced generations  as I grow older and more personally dependent is a frightening possibility. Ending up immobile and dependent in a nursing home or assisted living community and having to depend on someone who’s had prolonged exposure to a brain altering substance.

Frankly that thought never occurred to me.

Like most cultural changes it will take a generation or two for the full effects of this to take place, but I see this  expanding a permanent underclass in the long run.

The question I would ask is Cui Bono?

You should ask this question too

During Day 8 of the blog back in the days after Barack Obama was elected but while George Bush still held the White House I wrote this 

In the end it comes to this, Militant Islam is going to have to be either stopped, submitted to or changed from within.

The current president and our military have made a good effort at the first particularly going on offense, but it will take time, effort and treasure.

As far as submitting goes laws in the west have already headed in that direction even to the point where Sharia law is gaining in England and Canada. I hate to say it but frankly I suspect that those who cry loudest at the “Oppression” of the current administration would find a reason and excuse to submit if Sharia comes to call.

As far as change goes it can either be from within or imposed. There are men and woman with a whole hell of a lot more courage than me such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Nonie Darwish and Walid Shoebat trying to make the case at the risk of their lives but unless the avg Muslim supports them they can’t do it alone. It still remains to be seen if they are the William Lloyd Garrisons of their times.

If they don’t its up to us

This was written December 6th 2008 and it’s become very apparent that the “change from within” option is disappearing quickly.  Muslims in America and the west are either too afraid of the Islamists, too addicted to the power of fear over westerners , or really indifferent to the fate of non muslims.  That leave the imposed change option.

However our president is apparently more interested in attacking republicans, our media is more interested in trying to play gotcha with Donald Trump and while 70 years ago our military age youth of the country was fighting the threat of Hitler today they are interested in fighting Woodrow Wilson whose only similarities to Hitler is a dislike for blacks and having died  both died in the last century.

Of course it’s a lot easier to face down a dead president than live islamists but the clock is continuing to tick and the body count continues to pile up and it’s not just from the big attacks in places like Mali:

Two Israelis and a Palestinian man were killed late Thursday afternoon when a two Palestinian terrorists shot at cars stuck in a traffic jam near the Guish Etzion junction in the West Bank.

Initial reports suggest that the terrorist fired at the cars and then sped in the direction of the Alon Shvut settlement and slammed into a car. The terrorists exited their vehicle and attempted to fire off further shots. Security forces shot at them and then arrested them.

This stuff is happening in Israel on a regular basis and if it wasn’t for the presence of an American student among the dead nobody in the west would have noticed.

But I shouldn’t expect better from the west, after all in Israel where this stuff is going in front of their faces the left is in denial even when the palestinians admit in public their intentions.

Against the bloody background of stabbings and other deadly violence in Israel and the West Bank, Daniel Polisar’s thorough analysis of Palestinian polling data, “What Do Palestinians Want?,” makes essential reading for anyone interested in more than just the grim daily headlines. His central point—that the majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have long supported “armed struggle” against Israelis—is not only accurate but a fact regularly distorted by media focus on the seemingly “individual” nature of today’s terrorist incidents.

It is human nature to put off unpleasant things until there is no other choice, it takes a leader to move things early.

Let’s hope we pick one who can. You all know my choice.


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