buffalo-roundupby baldilocks

Most of what I could say about the situation we, as a nation, find ourselves in has already been said. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I won’t bring up something new about Black Lives Matter™, Dallas, and/or related topics in the future. It does mean, that my brain is a tad fried and you’d be better off with reading the offering of those who are better able to focus on their topic and organize their thoughts.

The rest of Da Magnificent Seven is doing a fine job on the topic. And so are the following bloggers and columnists.

New Details Emerge as Parents of Dallas Cop Killer Micah Johnson Break Silence

Denial Dies in Dallas

Reboot, America: Step Back from the Brink Before it’s too Late

Dallas Police Chief David Brown Is Helping Pull a Nation Back from the Brink

Why Does CNN Hate Police?

Dallas #BlackLivesMatter protesters, counter-protesters, police face off…then pray for each other

Please Help’ — Black Lives Matter Asks For Donations To Pay Bail And Legal Fees

Infiltration of the Civil Rights Movement (Can’t vouch for accuracy in this very long piece; but then again I can’t vouch for accuracy in any of the other writings either.)

The last link isn’t about Dallas, per se, but contains many examples of how the Organized Left manipulates mass movements and connects many dots. Readers may member my post about Eric Hoffer, who wrote down his observations about True Believers. “Infiltration…” documents the battles between opposing true believers—and how both sides were manipulated into those battles.

What’s old is new again.

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It doesn’t make much difference anymore.

by baldilocks

Today’s news is a vindication for conspiracy theorists, especially those who contend that a Clinton cabal exists. But I think that there is an overarching cabal; one that includes the entire Democrat Party and most of the GOP. It’s is one which intends to destroy the Rule of Law in America by handing over America’s secrets to foreign actors, hiding and/or destroying the evidence of the betrayals, and, when the cabal members are caught red-handed, allowing the members to escape legal prosecution.

All that seemed crazy and paranoid until this morning, did it not?

Of course, President Obama is an active part of this. Aside from his obvious personal enmity with the Clintons, he does what he is instructed to do, meaning support the Hillary Clinton by making her his first Secretary of State and by endorsing her 2016 bid for president. Bill Clinton can hate Obama all he wants, but the former will stand in for Obama and will remind members of the Obama Administration what the cabal’s goal is and of whom they all work for—whoever that is. (As one of the cabal’s generals, Bill Clinton has to keep the troops in step while they march the Long March.)

Remember when President Obama visited Russia in 2012 and had an audience with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev? This sotto voce assertion to the Russian leader was caught by the microphone, accidentally, to be sure.

Obama: “This is my last election. After my election, I’ll have more flexibility.”

Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to [President] Vladimir [Putin].”

Lots of commentary on what the president meant by that, but what I’m thinking is that we are seeing a possible explanation of the meaning now.

Recall that there were many State Department computer network breaches during Hillary Clinton’s tenure there. I contend that she had email servers installed in her home in order to make it easier for foreign entities–like the Russian leadership–to access the information, something which, obviously, would not be detected by the State’s IT department and would not, therefore, end up in the news. Of course, President Obama knew what was going on and I contend that this is part of what he was referring to in his conversation with PM Medvedev.

And FBI Director James Comey—either part of the cabal or being strong-armed by it—declines to prosecute Mrs. Clinton even while he admits that she blatantly violated 18 U.S. Code § 793 and 18 U.S. Code § 2071.

And when one considers the mishandling of classified materials by Clinton Administration appointees like his CIA director John Deutch, and his National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and their subsequent pardon and slap on the wrist, respectively, it’s beginning to seem more ridiculous to assert that there is not a conspiracy.

So, now the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign can proceed apace. It’s her turn, after all and she has done her service to her master(s).

RIP, Rule of Law.

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Istanbul Old Quarter. From the Telegraph (UK)

by baldilocks

I was going to write about my progress with my second novel and my two books—one about Kenya. But this happened today in Istanbul.

A gun and suicide bomb attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport has killed at least 28 people and injured up to 60.

Up to three attackers were involved, with one reportedly opening fire with a Kalashnikov as they targeted an entry point to the terminal.

Recent bombings in Turkey have been linked to either Kurdish separatists or the so-called Islamic State group.

This looks like a major, co-ordinated assault, the BBC’s Mark Lowen reports.

This morning, I read a piece on the killing of Mohamed Dulyadayn via U.S. air strike. Dulyadayn was the mastermind of the 2015 massacre at Garissa University in Kenya—a Christian university–where 148 students and professors were murdered. Dulyadayn was one of the leaders of al-Shabaab, the regional Islamic terror group.

This morning, just now and many times in the past, it has occurred to me that the West doesn’t pay that much attention to Islamic terror strikes when they occur in areas perceived to be Islamic, even though the body count is often much higher than in perceived non-Islamic areas—Paris and New York City notwithstanding.

As I’ve pointed out many times, Kenya is primarily a Christian nation, but because it is in Africa, where Islam had nearly free rein until the beginning of the European colonial era at the end of the 19th century and because Kenya has been at war with neighboring Somalia, terror attacks there seem common to the Western eye.

And, of course, Istanbul is the largest city in Islamic Turkey.

My observation is not a criticism. What it is intended to do is to point to something deeper: that we expect Muslims to murder people, even their co-religionists. So when they act up in a place where they are highly concentrated, it’s horrifying, but there isn’t as much outrage as when they shoot up a public benefits center in San Bernardino or a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Does that say something about us or about them?

Answer: yes.

RIP, Istanbul victims.

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Of course, people are still talking about the Orlando Islamic terrorist attack. And many of the funerals are probably being conducted this weekend. And the government, after so miserably failing to protect Americans once again is contemplating at least two methods of stripping law-abiding Americans from two areas of protection mandated in the Bill of Rights.

After San Bernardino, I remember wondering when the next time a Muslim would shoot up/blow up another set of Americans. No great insight was necessary to predict that it would occur again and now it has. And there will be a next time.

And the ridiculous shifting of blame from Muslims onto Christians will happen again, as well. How high will that mountain of lies be by then?

Funny thing (not funny ha-ha)—I believe that the blaming of Christians for something that an enemy of Christians does is a meme set in motion by a finite and unnamed group of government actors—a tactic made easier by Social Media, especially Twitter. As a result, individual anti-theists—along with other haters of the Church–grab it and run with it. This finite group and its witting and unwitting lackeys couldn’t care less whether the connection between being against same-sex marriage and murdering homosexuals makes sense or not. And the lackeys hope that the government cracks down on Christians. Why? Because we disagree with them.

But what is the hope of the unnamed government group? This isn’t difficult to predict either.

Every mass shooting is an opportunity for this unnamed group to stir up the hue and cry to ban guns. Additionally, every mass shooting not involving blacks as perpetrator or victim is an opportunity to stir up hatred toward Christians. In the one recent case where the victims were black Christians–Charleston— the unnamed group had to pivot to the Confederate flag as the thing to be denounced.)

But guns are always the primary target—if you’ll pardon the pun. Always. Because guns in the hand of citizens is the last defense against what the unnamed government group wants; complete control of the American citizenry—all races, straights, gays, Christians, Jews, atheists, Hindus, Sikhs…

You’ll notice I left Muslims off the list. The unnamed group wants them to have guns and to conduct more terror. That’s proven by both the events in San Bernardino and in Orlando…and many other events I’m not inclined to look up at the moment. And the unnamed group wants other chaotic elements–think drug cartels–to keep their guns, too.

Should the banning of guns occur, these violent elements–and others like them–will run wild, causing the larger American populace to beg for government protection.

And we’ll get it. And it will be the worst thing that has ever happened in this country.

That’s the plan. But you already knew.

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Before the death of the legendary Muhammad Ali—a Muslim–I said a prayer for him–that God the Father might draw him to Jesus the Christ—and I said so on Social Media. I expected one of my few Muslim friends to take offense to this, but it is many professed Christians who seem have more of a problem with my prayer.

I wonder what Bible they’re reading—a rhetorical musing because I know that reading and comprehending are two separate concepts.

Now let’s get this straight; I have no idea whether God answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to my prayer and I’m okay with not knowing. What gets me is how many Christians are saying that no deathbed conversions exist. I mean, how would anyone know one way or the other? And some are ridiculing the notion that we Christians should pray for the conversion of Ali’s Muslim family!

And then there’s that whole chronicle about the thief on the cross—the one who, through an act of faith, got a last minute get-out-of-Hell free card—a death “bed” conversion. When I mentioned it, someone actually told me that this was a one-time event—that it would never happen again!

Seriously, why believe in a god who can’t see what’s in your heart, who doesn’t know your heart infinitely better than you know it yourself, and who can’t have mercy on even the worst of us in seconds?

Why believe in a God who can’t make a day last longer than the standard 24 hours?

Why believe in a God who can’t take a murderer of Christians and turn him into Christ’s most convincing earthly apologist?

I’m unfamiliar with this deity in which many Christians say they believe—this god whose name is not El Shaddai.

I’m also unfamiliar with a deity who does not want us to pray for living unbelievers—like most of Ali’s family and a few members of my own.

I’m told that God is not willing that any should perish and that followers of Christ can move mountains with faith-fueled prayer, but some of my naysayers seem to be ignoring those words.

Whoever this limited deity is in whom some Christians say they believe, I don’t think he’s worth worshiping. As for Ali, he knows the truth now, and it’s likely that he’s full of regret. Not certain, but likely.

Don’t let that be your fate, Christians; the God I do know says that we will give an account for everything we say and do. I have enough stuff to account for and I’m sure that you do, too. Friendly advice: limit the list.

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Sculpture by Yeong-Deok Seo

by baldilocks

Even after seeing the process of how certain actions lead to certain results and seeing this simple reality present itself over and over again, there are still millions of people who are surprised at how far into the abyss Venezuela has fallen, with socialism acting as chauffeur. Washington Post:

Venezuela has become a failed state.

According to the International Monetary Fund’s latest projections, it has the world’s worst economic growth, worst inflation and ninth-worst unemployment rate right now. It also has the second-worst murder rate, and an infant mortality rate at public hospitals that’s gotten 100 times worse itself the past four years. And in case all that wasn’t bad enough, its currency, going by black market rates, has lost 99 percent of its value since the start of 2012. It’s what you call a complete social and economic collapse. And it has happened despite the fact that Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves.

Never has a country that should have been so rich been so poor.

The author of the piece blames this on the fact that the country has become a kleptocracy—as if any socialist state isn’t a kleptocracy.

But Venezuela has gotten something worse than death. It has gotten hell. Its stores are empty, its hospitals don’t have essential medicines, and it can’t afford to keep the lights on.

And worse. Much worse.

Right now, I’m rereading The Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin. The first few chapters detail the psychotic state that was Stalin’s USSR–specifically in regard to the planned famine in Ukraine. I’m reading it again to remind myself that, results like those in 20th century Europe don’t just spontaneously spring up, but are merely the end of a long chain of choices—governmental, economic, social, cultural, and spiritual—which a nation makes.

Sometimes, the chain of foolishness begins with a nation’s leader.

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Nevada, 1953

by baldilocks

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is general thought of favorably, but, in reality, it is a ticking time bomb as Barry Goldwater foresaw. It is the ideological basis for the reinterpretation of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.

I’ve talked about this before.

Public services—buses, trains, etc.– were segregated by law, but so were privately owned businesses—that is, businesses not “owned” by any level of government. And, while these laws were directed at black Americans, they didn’t just apply to them, but to all other Americans as well. Therefore, even if a white business owner did not want to segregate his business, he was compelled to do so under pain of prosecution. The issue was freedom and government did what it usually does: curtail it for all concerned.

Fast forward to the Civil Rights Act. It outlaws discrimination in public services—that is, services which are paid for by taxpayers: public transportation, public schools, public parks, etc. That’s a good thing. However, it refers to private businesses (“accommodations”) as public services.

This is part of what Barry Goldwater objected to with respect to the CRA. For his principled stand, he lost the 1964 presidential election—badly—and has long been labelled a racist.

One wonders if the conflation in the CRA language was done on purpose—to taint the document that underscored the [14th] Amendment. Or, perhaps the purpose was to make government control of individuals and their money easier.

With President Obama having ordered all public school districts in the nation to allow any student to enter and use any public school bathroom and locker-room at any time, I don’t wonder about the speculation mentioned my last sentence any longer.

The bomb was detonated.

When meaning is hollowed out, words can mean whatever those in power want them to mean and the powerful use this mutability of meaning in our miseducated minds toward their own purposes–purposes which usually involves the accrual of more power to themselves and the insertion of more chaos in the lives of ordinary citizens. In the CRA, private businesses became “public” accommodations, which lead to the persecution of florists and bakers many years down the road. In Title IX, discrimination against women becomes discrimination against those who say that they think they are women…

This postmodern foundation for chaos has been there for fifty-two years, embedded in a seemingly just Act of Congress designated to ensure the rights of all Americans. What better place to hide a bomb?

Now let’s see what the aftermath of the explosion will be.

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by baldilocks

At NRO, Dennis Prager provides an explanation for the ascendance of the demonstrably un-conservative Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee of the allegedly conservative Republican Party.

It took generations, but the Left has succeeded (primarily through the schools, but also through the media) in substituting its values for America’s [equality for liberty].

(…)

While the schools, starting with the universities, were being transformed into institutions for left-wing indoctrination, American parents, too, ceased teaching their children American values (beginning with not reading to their children the most popular book in American history, the Bible).

Schools even stopped teaching American history. When American history is taught today, it is taught as a history of oppression, imperialism, and racism. Likewise, there is essentially no civics education, once a staple of the public-school system. Young Americans are not taught either the Constitution or how American government works. I doubt many college students even know what “separation of powers” means, let alone why it is so significant.

So, then, thanks to leftism and America’s taken-for-granted success, most Americans no longer understand what it means to be an American. Those who do are called “conservatives” because they wish to conserve the unique American idea. But conservatives now constitute not only a minority of Americans, but a minority of Republicans.

In short, the intellectual-educational foundations for the American Ideal have been gravely injured. With American history and civics no longer being taught; neither are contrasting examples. So it follows that when you don’t know what a big government strongman looks like nor know the dismal history of big governments and strongmen, you are unable to recognize such when he “walks up” and asks you to make him your leader–or tries to shame/bully you into it.

As for Bible-reading, it’s interesting that there is almost always an analogy in it for modern times. Consider how the people of ancient Israel asked God for a king “just like the other nations have.” The rise and downfall of King Saul is one of the most cautionary tales in the Bible. But people don’t read that stuff anymore either, as Prager notes.

We have all been victims of the Coconut Treatment. There’s a cure, but anger and pride have to be put down and books have to be picked up, starting with this one.

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Got a link from Ace of Spades HQ, where a man from Haifa, Israel seeks to put a “restraining order” on God, claiming that The Ancient of Days has been very mean to him.

A protocol of the hearing noted that God did not turn up for the session, although it did not specify how the court determined the Omnipresent was not in fact there, as opposed to merely exercising the right to remain silent.

The petitioner, who was not named in the report, noted that he had tried to obtain the restraining order from police for the past three years but that police had merely sent a patrol car to his home on 10 occasions.

He argued that over a three-year period God, had exhibited a seriously negative attitude toward him, although details of just what divine mischief he had borne the brunt of were not mentioned in the report.

I know that people who do such things are crazy, but one wonders whether this dude’s craziness is genetic or willful. In my experience—and according to Paul–it is often kooky ideas about the nature of God which nuts-up a person. So is it the chicken or the egg?

At any rate, the petition, for which the man represented himself, was heard and denied by the judge.

Jurisdiction, jurisdiction, jurisdiction.

God does sometimes give people—and nations—what they want, including His absence if that’s what they request. He’ll give you Barabbas and “wonder” why you’re mad at Him because of it.

For this guy’s sake, I hope God decides to cut him a break. At least the guy knows God exists.

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Originally posted February 5, 2004, as one can tell by the names and positions of the principle players. Since I often repost my older work, but don’t keep track of it, I’m always a bit concerned that a post may be a repeat of a repeat. If this one is, please forgive me, but know this: I don’t repost my old posts at random. There is always a contemporaneous point to be gleaned. And, sometimes, I’ll let the reader glean it for self.

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It’s fascinating how the human mind works; how we’re able to block out memories that are too painful. I submit that this ability is a defense against insanity, with which some are more blessed than others.

I think also that some are too “blessed” with this ability. Often, this defense mechanism is so strong, that not only are some able to block out harm inflicted upon them, but harm that they have inflicted upon others.

Sometimes this neat trick of blocking unpleasant facts/occurrences is so strong, that some can’t even remember events that conflict with their view of how the world works. If they think all blacks are inferior, they won’t recall meeting the black physicist; if they think all rich people steal from the poor, they won’t remember reading about any self-made millionaires that had a “dream:” a product or a service for which millions of people shelled out money through their own free will.

Amazing, this ability.

A friend who thinks that any occurrence that might work in a given Republican’s favor is some sort of conspiracy, postulated that the [2004] ricin special delivery to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-TN) office was a plot hatched by the RNC. When I pointed out that the previous senate majority leader, Tom Daschle (D-SD) had also been the recipient of a similar terrorist—yes, terrorist—attack (anthrax) in the immediate wake of 9/11, she, somehow, didn’t remember that.

This good and warm-hearted lady didn’t even remember that three people died as a result of the anthrax attack. Is she a monster? Definitely not. Does she care about terrorists attacking fellow citizens of our country? Most definitely yes. Did she simply forget about it? No. Does she have a poor memory? No.

There was no “oh, yeah, that’s right” moment. The Daschle-postal worker anthrax attack simply no longer existed in her memory. No Democrat senate majority leader had been attacked exactly like the Republican one. The memory was blocked because it conflicted with the Big Concept: the Evil Republicans have their hand in everything.

Observing this phenomenon (yet again) reinforced a lesson I’ve tried (and sometimes failed) to keep at the forefront of my own mind when dealing with otherwise fine and intelligent human beings that irrationally—as opposed to rationally—disagree with an opinion of mine.

No matter how valid the reasoning nor how provable the item stated as fact, some people simply will not believe what’s right in front of their eyes if it conflicts with their cherished belief(s). Some will hold onto the block for dear life and attack you as if you’ve struck one of their children; for all intents and purposes, you have.

I’ll keep ‘talking’ about my own opinions, but if another’s reason isn’t more valid than mine, I’m not going to beat my head against a brick wall about it; not anymore. If the reasoning is more valid than mine, however, rest assured: I’ll re-think my position.

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