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Friday, October 17, 2014

“The answer to jihadism is intellectual – a conversation”

Reposted from Smizdata blog
A friend of mine who is a writer asked me to put up this short dialogue concerning what is probably one of the most, if not the most, important issues of our time in terms of the flourishing and survival of a free civilisation. Given the nature of the topic the writer has asked not to be named. I don’t normally do this, but the quality of the writing is so good, and the issue so important, that I decided to put this up. I hope readers find it interesting. The article is entitled: The answer to Jihadism is intellectual: a conversation.
The knock on the door was so soft as to be barely audible.
Carl Dinuto – a fortyish, greying, lean-faced professor of philosophy – looked up, wondering if he had heard right.
“Come in!” he called out anyway.
The door opened slowly and a slim young woman entered hesitantly.
“Dr Dinuto?”
“Sorry to interrupt, Doctor, but can you give me a couple of minutes?”
“Perhaps. What about?”
“Um, er, well, I was auditing your lecture on contemporary ethics this morning and was really puzzled by your comments on Islam. You see, I know some Moslem people, one of my best friends at school was Muslim, and she and her family are not at all like the way you said.”
Dinuto glanced at his watch, then pointed to a chair.
“Okay. Since you’re here, you can have a few minutes.”
“Er, thank you.”
Dinuto waited while the girl sat down, watching her as she did so. She was very pretty, with shoulder-length blond hair in a ponytail and bright, greeny-brown eyes, eager and shining with a sort of innocent intelligence.
“First,” said Dinuto; “what’s your name?”
“Holly. It’s Isabel Holland actually. But everybody’s called me Holly since grade school.”
“Why not Izzie or Bella?”
“It’s one of those family things. My Grandma was British, you see, a War bride, and Dad grew up using some of her British expressions. Well, one Fall, I was wearing a dark green tracksuit and was very red-faced from running around outside in the cold. Dad said I looked like a sprig of holly. Then my older brother, who kinda fancies himself as a wit, said, ‘Not the sprog of Holland?’ We all laughed, but Holly stuck.”
“Yeah, it’s British slang for a child, from progeny, I guess.”
Dinuto laughed briefly.
“Nice story,” he said. “And what are you studying, sprog of Holland?”
Holly laughed in her turn.
“When did you start?”
“This Fall.”
“Your faculty advisor?”
“Doctor Fowles.”
“I know him well. So, what’s your problem, Miss Holland?”
“You said Islam is a fascist political movement bent on world domination. Well, I felt that was untrue, and insulting.”
“I did not say that. I was quoting someone else who had. And I did not say ‘fascist’. I used the word ‘fascistic’ which has a different meaning. The first thing you have to learn at university, young lady, is that if you quote someone, whether in written or verbal form, you must do so accurately.”
“Say, I’m sorry…” Holly began but Dinuto raised a hand for silence.
“To be more precise, Miss Holland, what in fact happened was that a student asked me a question about the views of the Dutch politician Gert Wilders, who has recently been found not guilty of inciting religious hatred in the Netherlands. The student quoted what Wilders had said then asked what I thought of it. I said I knew little about Islam but Wilders’ description seemed accurate enough to me. What is insulting about that?”
“Well, sorry, I don’t mean to be rude, but isn’t endorsing Wilders’views same as saying ’em yourself? And you did quote him, you know, kinda approvingly. You see, my friends would say that Islam is a religion, devoted to spreading and obeying the revealed word of God. Isn’t it kinda slanderous to make out like it’s a political movement?”

“In a court of law, Holly … may I call you Holly?”
“Sure, of course,” the girl nodded and smiled.
“In a court of law, Holly, I believe that the standard defence for people accused of slander or libel is to show that their allegations are true. Would you like me to tell you why I think Wilders spoke the truth?”
“Er, um, yes, er, please,” replied Holly, but somewhat doubtfully.
“Alright,” Professor Dinuto breathed in deeply. “Well, Wilders likened Islam to Nazism. I’m sure he didn’t make that judgement lightly, any more than I did when I agreed with him.”
“So why did you agree then?” Holly asked.
“A lot of reasons. But, first, let me make it absolutely clear that, in saying Islam is like Nazism, I am not saying that all Muslims are Nazis. That would be a nonsensically false statement. There are millions upon millions of peace-loving Muslims around the world who do nobody any harm, nor wish to, and whose only goal is to mind their own business and live enjoyable lives. Nor, obviously, am I saying that Islam is identical to Nazism. It is not. It is indeed a religion, but through institutions like sharia law and clerical rulings, or fatwas, it also dictates the personal, family and economic lives of its adherents. Hence it is also political. Many, like Wilders, would assert that it is more political than religious. I believe he has called it a political movement with an overlay of religion. Alright so far?”
“Yes, thank you, it’s becoming clearer.”
“Good. Now, leaving aside the distinction between Sunni and Shia, and other Muslim sects, what I am saying, in likening it to Nazism, is that monolithic Islam, the Islam of the Ulama, of the ruling Muslim clergy, is essentially totalitarian in nature, just like Nazism, and Bolshevism too for that matter.
“This statement is not the least controversial. It is a matter of historical and contemporary fact. For example, the behaviour of the ruling clergymen in Iran during their Islamic revolution in the 1980s was near identical to Hitler’s after his acquisition of power in Germany in the 1930s. Their actions were purely political, their goal being total control over the lives of the people of Iran.”
Holly listened intently, her face showing that much of what was being said was completely new to her.
“You see, Holly, Islam has always been based on force, not on reason. Conquest, and the threat of, or actual violence, were and are the preferred methods for spreading and enforcing Islam just as they were for Nazism. Hitler’s attempt at world domination was no different from Islamic Jihad, which aimed, and still aims, at the conquest of the whole world. The wide geographic spread of Islam was achieved solely by military force. Thereafter, conquered people were given a simple choice, become Moslem, pay ransom, or be killed. It is actually happening today, as we speak, in northern Iraq.”
Dinuto reached behind him for a paperback book, Teach Yourself Islam, which he placed in front of Holly.
“Even this simple introduction to Islam, written by an apparently devout Muslim, acknowledges that historical fact. You’ll see it on page 25: ‘Islam, tribute or the sword,’ was the formula. Though the author rather disingenuously tries to pretend that it was not coercive.”
“But doesn’t the Koran say ‘let there be no compulsion in religion?’ My friend told me that.”
“Yes, in Surah 2. But of all Koranic injunctions that is the one which has been most ignored throughout the history of Islam. No dissent is permitted, as was the case under Hitler. All aspects of life were, and are, dictated from the top. Both creeds used, or use, torture, imprisonment and execution to eliminate dissent. Police brutality was and is common to both regimes. No sane person would want to spend time in an Egyptian, Syrian, Saudi Arabian or Iranian prison, any more than they would have wanted to be in the hands of the Gestapo.
“On another front, both Nazism and Islam were, or are, fanatically anti-Semitic. For instance, the influential Grand Mufti of Jerusalem actively supported Nazi Germany during the Second World War and welcomed Hitler’s actions against the Jews. Regardless of the rights or wrongs of the creation of the state of Israel, ever since it came into existence in 1948 its Muslim neighbours have actively sought its destruction, as much from anti-Semitism as any other reason.
“Going on, both Nazism and Islam engaged, or engage, in mass murder. You know about the Jewish Holocaust, and you must also know about the Twin Towers mass murder in New York, the train bombings in Spain, and probably also the London Tube and bus atrocities. But you may not know that long before, Muhammad had begun the process himself, in 627AD, beheading hundreds of Jewish prisoners. When Constantinople fell to the Muslim armies in 1453, the streets literally ran with blood. It was commonplace during the spread of Islam for entire male populations to be put to the sword, while women and children were sold into slavery or concubinage. During World War One, the Muslim Ottoman Turks committed genocide against the Christian Armenians, massacring over a million people. When the Ayatollah Khomeini was imposing Islamic rule on Iran in the 1980s at least ten thousand people were murdered by his minions. In Africa recently, what do you suppose has caused the non-Islamic parts of the Sudan to seek to break away, causing such tragedies as that of Darfur? Muslim murder and oppression.”
Holly was twisting her hair nervously with one hand, seemingly very shocked.
“Mind you,” Dinuto went on; “Islam has never been alone in this sort of brutality: communist regimes the world over have been just as murderous, particularly in the Soviet Union and China. The Tiannanmen Square massacre in Beijing took place only twenty- five years ago.”
Dinuto was silent for a few seconds, staring into Holly’s eyes.
“Turning to another area, look at public obedience,” Dinuto continued. “Absolute obedience is demanded throughout the Muslim world, just as it was under Hitler. There is no difference between flapping your arm and saying ‘Heil Hitler’ all day long and bowing your head in prayer five times a day.
“Public prayer, public fasting, public pilgrimages, all is public in Islam, including public floggings and public executions. Old women are flogged for being found alone with young male relatives; hungry young women are flogged for breaking the Ramadan fast. The utterly cruel and barbaric punishment of stoning to death for adultery is regarded as perfectly acceptable and just in several Muslim countries.
“I could go on, but I think those examples are sufficient to demonstrate that Islam is, and always has been, fundamentally totalitarian in nature. The word ‘Islam’ means submission. Islam dictates every aspect of life and demands absolute obedience. Likening it to Hitler’s Germany is thus neither exaggeration nor incitement. It is purely factual; an accurate, rational judgement. And I most emphatically do not say these things in order to insult Islam, or Muslims in general, or your friends personally. They are merely facts, painful ones perhaps, but ones which all Muslims must face.”
Holly frowned, her mouth opening and closing.
“I don’t know where to begin….” she stammered eventually.
“Wait,” Dinuto raised his hand again. “I’m not interested in debate, Holly. Go away and read your history books. You asked a question, I answered it.”
“But my friends say Islam is the word of God, of Allah….”
“Is it? How do they know that?”
“Well, they say the Angel Gabriel dictated God’s will to the Prophet Mohammad, and the revelations were recorded in the Koran.”
“I know that is what they were taught to believe as children, Holly, but I’m afraid it cuts no ice with me. I am a philosopher of science, and religion is of no interest to science. I am also an atheist, 100% confident that there is no such being as God. Hence, to me and all others like me, the Koran cannot be the word of God. There is no God. To the scientist as to the philosopher, Holly, God is neither possible nor necessary.”
Holly looked shocked, her mouth falling open.
“G…g…golly,” she stammered; “my family isn’t religious, but I’ve always sort of assumed there must be a God.”
“You and millions of others. But, I’m simply telling you the truth, Holly. If you go on my website, you’ll find a little dialogue I wrote on the existence of God. It explains everything simply and clearly. In essence, it says that there is no valid evidence, and no valid argument, for the existence of God so nobody is justified in believing in Him.”
“But surely one doesn’t believe in God on evidence, one believes on faith.”
“Precisely. But faith is merely the absence of thought. ‘I have faith’ means, literally, ‘I do not think’ which automatically excludes the speaker from any rational discourse. Go and read my dialogue, Holly, then make an appointment to see me – if you still want to.”
Conveniently, Dinuto’s phone rang just then so he was able to wave the slightly bemused girl out of the room as he picked up the receiver.

A week or so later, Holly was sitting quietly in front of Dinuto, her demeanour subtly different from their first meeting. It was as though in the intervening days she had grown up by several years.
“I apologize for not making an appointment last time,” Holly began.
“That’s alright, Holly, forget it,” answered Professor Dinuto; “water under the bridge.”
“Thank you. Um, I read your dialogue, several times. It was rather, er, disturbing. I’m not sure I agreed with all of it.”
“Don’t worry, it’ll take time to sink in. Just keep thinking about the ideas. You’ll get there in the end. In the meantime, I’ve done some more reading and thinking of my own. Would you like to hear some more about Islam?”
“Yes, of course.”
“Good. Well, the first thing I did was to read the Koran, or Qu’ran if you prefer.”
“Oh. I’ve never gotten around to that, I’m afraid. What did you think of it?”
“Not a lot. As a philosopher, I found the book totally uninteresting and unenlightening; as a general reader, I found it tedious and unpleasant.”
Holly’s eyes opened.
“Holy cow! I thought it was supposed to be powerful and moving.”
Dinuto shook his head ruefully.
“No doubt that’s what your Moslem friends think. But I can tell you, Holly, it took all my patience and determination to get through the book. It’s just so boring; with its water-torture repetitiveness, total lack of organization or proper reasoning, and its endless, simplistic promises of a very materialistic, worldly paradise for those who obey, and bloodthirsty threats of Hell for those who don’t. I also found the book to be devoid of enlightenment. I didn’t find a single sentence containing a new insight, not one passage to make me nod and say, ‘ah yes, how true.’
“Most of all, though, I disliked the book’s tone. It is dictatorial throughout. Submit! Obey! Or else! And the incessant threats of eternal torment in Hell – lovingly described – certainly did not support claims that the rambling declamations are revelations from an all-knowing, compassionate God. The book seemed to me to be much more like a litany of hate from an enraged and spiteful man.”
Holly twisted her lips.
“Lordy, I can’t think how my friends’d react to that.”
“I can. Even moderate Muslims would probably be offended, while radicals would have conniptions. But it was my honest reaction, Holly. If you take the trouble to read the book yourself you might even come to agree with me. I mean, look at this….”
Dinuto reached behind him and pulled a paperback translation of the Koran off a shelf. He opened the book, leafed through to near the end and read out:
“‘May the hands of Abu-Lahab perish! May he himself perish! Nothing shall his wealth and gains avail him. He shall be burnt in a flaming fire, and his wife, laden with firewood, shall have a rope of fibre round her neck!’ A footnote says Abu Lahab was Mohammed’s uncle and one of his main opponents.”
Dinuto laughed briefly.
“Now, do you seriously want me or anyone else to believe that those are the words of a compassionate, merciful God? That is spite, Holly, spite, pure and simple, if ever I heard it. The words are human, those of a very angry man, there’s nothing God-like about them.”
Holly stared at Dinuto silently for a few moments.
“Well, I can’t really say anything about that,” she said eventually; “but I’m pretty sure my friends would say that God’s words and meaning are often mysterious and that you need a Koranic scholar to interpret them.”
“No doubt they would, but Islamic scholars have had fourteen centuries to put a gloss on passages like that. To an impartial observer like myself such words contribute to an unwavering conviction that the Koran was written and rewritten by a man, or, more likely, men.”
Dinuto sighed.
“Listen, Holly, let me explain something to you before we go any further. You began last time by talking about insults. A few moments ago I said your friends would probably take offense at my reaction to the Koran. Well, there’s a sort of modern dictat – usually under the banner of what has come to be known as ‘political correctness’ – that, as citizens of what is increasingly seen as a multi-cultural society, we are obliged to respect beliefs which newcomers to the USA have brought with them. I dispute this, strongly.”
Dinuto paused for a moment to gather his thoughts.
“You see, Holly, all men and women have an absolute right to freedom, so are free to believe whatever they want. Though perhaps here I should reiterate what I said earlier. Under Islam, you have no such right. You are not free to choose your beliefs.
“But here, in America, if you choose to believe that a random heap of scrap iron, or an empty hole in the ground, are works of art, I would never deny your right to do so. I would merely know that you are ignorant of what art is. In other words, I would respect your right to believe, but not the content of what you believe. It’s a very important distinction.
“To give another example, you can believe in the Sasquatch if you want and I would respect your right to do so. On the other hand, I have an equal right to point out that no-one has ever captured a Bigfoot, or convincingly filmed one, or produced the body of a dead one, nor offered anything other than mountain folk tales to show that Sasquatches might truly exist. You are free to carry on believing in them if you wish, but I am perfectly at liberty to say that your belief is unjustifiable. Depending on my mood, I might even say your belief is ridiculous and, rationally, I would be completely justified in so doing. As I said a moment ago, we should respect a person’s right to choose their beliefs, but we are under no obligation to respect the beliefs themselves.”
Dinuto paused again.
“Which brings us back to the thorny subject of religion. I’ve heard it said that, at the dinner table, it used to be considered bad manners to talk about politics, religion or sex. Happily, the same is not true in philosophy, which is my profession. However, one nonetheless has to be aware that devotion to the religion they were taught in childhood often makes believers resentful of persons who doubt the truth of religious revelations. No matter how hard one appeals to the right of scholars to question or criticize, offense is taken.
“So, here, we have to be aware of a second important distinction: the difference between being offensive and taking offense. If, for example, you make an uncalled-for nasty remark about another person’s appearance, you are being offensive and should be brought to book for it. On the other hand, if, in a spirit of scholarly enquiry, you criticize a religious belief – say by questioning the Roman Catholic dogma that communion wafers are miraculously transformed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ – and a Catholic overhearing you flies into a rage, then it is he or she who is in the wrong, not you.”
Holly listened carefully but did not react.
“Historically, of course,” Dinuto continued; “matters have often gone much further than the mere taking of offense. Across the centuries, religious leaders and their secular allies have resorted to censorship, terror, and worse, in order to prevent or inhibit philosophers from publishing critical thinking which might undermine religious orthodoxy.
“The famous Scottish philosopher, David Hume, for instance, brave thinker though he was, did not dare publish a critique of ‘natural religion’ during his lifetime – that is, the ‘design’ argument for the existence of God – for fear of the consequences. No doubt he was remembering the fate of other intellectuals, such as the great scientist Galileo who, in Rome, in 1632, was threatened with death by the Inquisition for writing that the earth revolved around the sun, contrary to Roman Catholic teaching at the time. Or the scholar Michael Servetus, who was actually burned alive as a heretic by the Calvinist government of Geneva for questioning the existence of a Holy Trinity.
“In the Muslim world too, during its fourteen-hundred-year history, many who refused to accept the literal truth of the Koran have been imprisoned, tortured and executed for heresy, even well into the 20th century. The last case I know of took place in the Sudan in the 1970s. In recent times, the British author Salman Rushdie had a fatwa of death pronounced on him for appearing to mock the prophet Muhammad in his novel The Satanic Verses.
Holly nodded, her green eyes fixed on Dinuto.
“Let me stress again that I am a philosopher, and the business of philosophy is the impartial pursuit of knowledge. Muslims, however, tend to assume that any examination or criticism of their beliefs is motivated by antagonism. It emphatically is not. When we philosophers examine religious beliefs, our sole interest is in truth, and our sole intention after we find it is to inform.
“Finally, while your friends might find what I have to say hurtful, feelings of hurt could never justify any physical reaction towards me. The use of violence towards those who disagree with you, or the threat of it, is shameful and utterly immoral. It is hard to find words strong enough with which to condemn the actions of the Iranian ayatollahs towards Rushdie, and similar events which have take place elsewhere. They were totally disgraceful and uncivilized.
“I fully understand that the questioning of cherished beliefs can cause shock and horror, but those who are shocked must take care of their feelings in their own hearts. Nothing can justify violence or the threat of it against those who question the truth of one’s beliefs.”
Dinuto stopped talking to stare into Holly’s eyes.
“Okay so far?”
“Sure, absolutely, it’s real interesting.”
Dinuto drew another deep breath.
“Good. Now, after reading the Koran, I went on to a book I’d seen referred to several times but had never read, Ibn Warraq’s Why I am not a Muslim, which title was chosen I believe, to echo Bertrand Russell’s famous essay, ‘Why I am not a Christian’.
“We haven’t got time for a full review, so I’ll just tell you about a few points which struck me as especially interesting about Warraq’s book. But I do strongly recommend that you read the book. It’s a bit repetitive, and rather oddly organized as far as sections and headings are concerned, but I’d say it was an invaluable resource. If it were up to me I’d make it required reading at every high school in the US.”
Dinuto thought for a moment.
“Okay, let’s begin. It is Muslim dogma, a belief not to be criticized or doubted, that the Koran is the work of an all-knowing, all-powerful God, the exact transcript of an eternal book kept in Paradise. It is also Muslim dogma that the entire Koran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel on instructions from God between the years 610 and 632AD (or CE, Common Era, if you prefer) nothing being added or changed later. Another dogma is that the Koran was written entirely in pure, classical Arabic. Finally, it is Muslim dogma that the Koran is literally true: every word of it, from beginning to end is, Muslims maintain, God’s final revelation and the absolute truth, the infallible word of God.”
Dinuto stopped to stare at Holly.
“This is where it gets really intriguing, Holly. Because, you see, none of these beliefs are true.”
Holly nodded, but said nothing.
“Let’s start with one of the more straightforward problems,” Dinuto went on; “the claim that the Koran is written in pure, classical Arabic. This is simply false. Scholars have identified close to four hundred words which are foreign or of foreign origin. The word ‘Qu’ran’ itself is Syriac and was apparently derived from a Christian source. Of course, the presence of foreign words is hardly surprising since the Koran was largely borrowed from other religious sources, mostly Jewish, but also Persian, Samaritan and Christian. Naturally, the borrowings brought foreign words with them. Personally, I don’t think it matters that much. All languages borrow from one another. But it does matter if you are trying to maintain that the Koran was delivered to Muhammad entirely in pure, classical Arabic. It wasn’t.
“Besides, a critical reader has to ask, why Arabic? Few people spoke Arabic at that time, the Arabs were not very numerous in 610AD. If God wanted to make his final revelation known to mankind, why not make it in widely-understood languages like Latin or Greek? And why give the message to a single obscure man in a small town surrounded by a vast desert wasteland, with weeks of travel required to reach more populous places – so the message could be spread? As Warraq comments, if you really wanted to spread a message, you’d announce it in a packed soccer stadium at a World Cup Final with a billion other people watching on television.
“Leaving that aside, another, more serious, linguistic problem with the Koran stems from the way Arabic was written. Arabic script in the seventh century was a bit like shorthand, consisting of abbreviations, not complete script. Also, it only had letters or signs for consonants, there were no signs for short vowels, those were added later. There were however extra signs to indicate certain consonants, a ‘b’ for example, was distinguished from a ‘t’ by a mark like a comma.
“Vis-à-vis the Koran, the difficulty is that, in the early versions, all the extra signs were omitted and, with no signs for vowels, an immense number of different readings or interpretations were possible.
“Imagine nowadays getting a message on your cell with no vowels, just groups of consonants: b-t, b-n-d, etc. Well, is the first word bat, or bet, or bit, or but? Is the second word band, or bend, or bind, or bond? Obviously, one could guess the correct term from the context, but widely differing interpretations of the message would nonetheless be possible, and that’s without considering whether the first consonant is a ‘b’ or a ‘t’ and so on.
“And that’s what happened with the Koran. Although attempts were made early on to create a definitive text, by the ninth century, a hundred and fifty years after Muhammad’s death, there were some fourteen different versions kicking around the Arab world. To this day, there is not one, single, definitive text. Some early variant texts are actually preserved in Cairo, but Western scholars are not allowed to examine them. So, one has to ask, which, if any, is the true Koran, the one delivered to Muhammad? Nobody knows.”
Dinuto paused to smile quizzically at Holly.
“Another big problem with the Koran is that it is often impossible to tell whether God, or Gabriel if you prefer, is talking to Muhammad, or whether Muhammad is talking to the people. The English version is replete with footnotes which attempt to sort this out. In the original versions, however, there were no footnotes, so the scribes who copied out the various Korans added the word ‘say’ to indicate when necessary that it was God who was telling Muhammad what words to utter. The addition of ‘say’ occurs some three hundred and sixty times and, to any objective observer, the additions make clear that the Koran was edited after Muhammad’s death. Otherwise, the book simply did not make sense.
“The bottom line here, of course, is that given its many different versions and extensive editing, the Muslim dogma that the Koran was delivered entire and intact to Muhammad by 632AD, with nothing added later, is simply not true.”
Holly was following closely, a look of total absorption on her face.
“There’s a host of other things about the Koran which make scholars question the Islamic dogma; such as inaccuracies in transcription – for instance, Mary, the mother of Jesus, is confused with Miriam, sister of Moses – plus incorrect quotations from other sources, and actual grammatical errors in the Arabic.
“There are also many passages which are understood to be from the early days of Muhammad’s mission which are contradicted by passages held to be later. The later ones are supposed to supersede the earlier ones. But, the outside observer objects, surely an all-knowing God would get it right first time?
“The evidence suggests rather, that many hands were at work in creating the Koran. Further, when you study the dynastic conflicts and schisms which ensued after the death of Muhammad, it seems plain that much of the book was written later to support rival claims to legitimacy. All this is made clear in Ibn Warraq’s Why I am not a Muslim.
“The notion that the Koran is a revelation, entirely the work of an all-knowing God, is even more seriously undermined by the Koran’s cosmology. Its author, or authors one should say, thought the sky was solid, held up by invisible pillars, as in Surah 31. On the Day of Judgement, the Koran says earlier, in Surah 21, the sky will be rolled up like a piece of parchment. I’m not blaming the authors, telescopes weren’t invented for another thousand years, but such primitive thinking cannot possibly be the work of an all-knowing God, who would be aware that the sky is an optical illusion created by sunlight and the earth’s atmosphere. Besides that, in Surah 88, the earth is referred to as flat. Well, surely, of all beings, God would know He made it round!”
Smiling, Dinuto raised his eyebrows and opened his hands as if to say, ‘I rest my case.’
“I see what you mean by problems,” said Holly quietly; “those are really serious.”
“Yes. And I’ve barely scratched the surface. Let me give you a couple more illustrations of what’s wrong with the Koran. Throughout the book, for example, our life on earth is dismissed as a ‘sport and delusion’ or a ‘gaudy show’ yet everything in this world and in our lives is said to have been created and ordained by Allah, God. What does that say to you? That God’s creation is a gaudy delusion? And who is the speaker, be it Muhammad or Gabriel, to dismiss or ridicule God’s creation?
“More seriously still, one of the main doctrines of the Koran is incredibly unjust. A person’s final destination, Paradise or Hell, is said to have been decided in advance by God. ‘We have predestined for Hell…’ God is reported to have said, and ‘He confounds whom He will and gives guidance to whom He pleases.’ Elsewhere, God deliberately misleads: ‘We make their foul deeds seem fair to them,’ the Koran says in Surah 27; ‘so that they stray from the right path.’ The whole book is full of similar instances of deception and injustice. What sort of god would do that? Certainly not a compassionate, merciful one. No wonder Muslims are such fatalists. Everything, good or bad, is held to be caused by God. Insh Allah, they say; ‘it’s the will of God.’ How, therefore, can a sharia court blame a woman for adultery? If everything that happens is God’s will….”
The pair fell silent for a minute of two, thinking over what had been said.
“It’s a bit off topic, but could I ask about Salman Rushdie and The Satanic Verses?” asked Holly shortly. “I’d really like to understand why Muslims got so steamed up about it.”
“Well, it is hard for non-Muslims to understand,” said Dinuto slowly; “but, to begin with, the fatwa was issued by a religious fanatic, a mass murderer, the Ayatollah Khomeini, who was busy imposing a religious dictatorship on the people of Iran. I think his motives in condemning Rushdie were political, making a loud noise to impress people. I’m sure most ordinary Muslims would not have reacted so violently, nor even reacted at all. And of course, in reality, all the fatwa actually achieved was to give the book immense publicity – which it hardly deserved, it’s not a good novel.”
“Yes, we had a copy kicking around at home. One of his work colleagues gave it to Dad as a joke. I tried to read it once, but it seemed silly to me,” said Holly. “Though I do remember Dad being pretty caustic about the lack of response to the fatwa from the British government, though I was too young to understand what he said. Khomeini should have been hauled before the International Court in the Hague and charged with incitement to murder, Dad said. But it was all years before our time of course.”
“Indeed,” answered Dinuto. “Anyhow, the second reason Islamists got so steamed up, I believe, is because Rushdie is from a Muslim background so was regarded as a heretic. Orthodox Muslims have always regarded heresy as a far worse crime than murder.
“Thirdly, Rushdie was seen to be mocking Muhammad, an act which is very shocking to most Muslims. It’s much the same as mocking Jesus would be to devout Christians. Did you ever see that Monty Python movie Life of Brian? It seemed to be a spoof of the life of Jesus and caused outrage in Christian circles. Religious people do not like their gods and prophets being scoffed at.
“As to the story of the Satanic Verses themselves, it is related by impeccable Muslim sources that in order to curry favour with the pagan Meccans, whom he was trying to convert, Muhammad initially allowed three pagan goddesses to be worshipped alongside Allah. Since he was ridiculing the idea of Jesus being the son of God, and loudly proclaiming that Allah was the only god – in opposition to the pagans’ belief in many – allowing worship of other goddesses was a rather glaring contradiction. Muhammad soon realized his mistake and promptly, most conveniently, received a new revelation rescinding worship of the three goddesses and saying that Satan had put the words into his mouth.
“The problem for Muslims ever since has been the query that, if Satan could dupe Muhammad so easily, what guarantee do we have that Satan didn’t do the same elsewhere? Are there other Satanic Verses in the Koran?
“Orthodox Muslims have always been hypersensitive on such issues. They should be. Regardless whether or not there is such a being as Satan, the possibility of further Satanic interference in the Koran is yet another crack in the shaky foundations of their religion. Rushdie reminded them of their frailties, so they reacted as if he’d spat in their faces.”
Holly sat silently, thinking over what she’d heard. Dinuto waited patiently.
“Sorry to jump around so,” Holly said after a minute; “this is totally irrelevant, I know, but I read that in France they’ve banned the wearing of burkahs in public. Do you think we should do the same, Doctor Dinuto?”
“No, not at all,” answered Dinuto. “That would be an infringement of personal freedom and there have been so many unconstitutional infringements of freedom in our country in the last few decades that more of them is the last thing we want. People can wear whatever they want. It’s nobody’s business but their own.
“What I do think should be done, however, is to make it plain to everyone in the US that owners of private businesses are, and emphatically ought to be, free to refuse admission to fully-veiled people. Burkahs and niqabs have already been used in the commission of crimes. How can you trust people when you can’t see their faces? And how can you tell whether someone isn’t carrying a concealed weapon when all you can see of them is their eyes? Clearly, in such circumstances, it is neither racist nor discriminatory to look out for your own safety and peace of mind, and that of your customers.
“More than that though, in the long term, and at least as significant, I think a policy of refusing admission to fully-veiled people might help to free Muslim women from male dominance and oppression, of which niqabs and burkahs are the most obvious symbols.”
“But don’t a lot of Muslim women see wearing the veil as an act of self-assertion?” asked Holly.
“True. But that’s only because they have been brainwashed and browbeaten all their lives into accepting the subservient role of women in Islam. A far greater act of self-assertion would be refusing to wear any form of head covering, ever – except perhaps a hat in wintertime – or to adopt Western dress entirely.”
Dinuto put his hands down on the desk in front of him.
“Let’s wind this up, Holly. You’ve obviously got a lot to think about. I don’t want to load you up any more. But do read Warraq’s book, there’s a lot in it we haven’t touched on, particularly about the character and actions of Muhammad, whom, according to Islam’s own historians, hardly deserved the adulation which has been heaped upon him ever since.”
Dinuto stood. Holly followed suit.
“Come back and see me when you’ve read Why I am not a Muslim, Holly. I’d be interested in your reactions.”
“Thank you. I will, and I’ll read the Koran too.”
“Good girl. Nothing ever beats first hand experience.”

Monday, October 06, 2014

Alison Grimes Is Lying About Supporting Coal Industry

Here's a video showing just how craven Democrats are by Project Veritas.

It's amazing to what lengths Democrats will lie in order to get elected, and a major reasons why I will never vote Democrat or for a progressive candidate.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A German's View on Islam

This was forwarded to my by Linda D. I am publishing this because it's an excellent summary of where the world is vis a vis Islam...

The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.’

‘My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

‘We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.’

‘The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.’

‘The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China 's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.’

‘The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?
‘History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.’

‘Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.’

‘Now Islamic prayers have been introduced in Toronto and other public schools in Ontario , and, yes, in Ottawa , too, while the Lord's Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?). The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in.’

‘In Australia , and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food items in your local supermarket. Food on aircraft have the halal emblem just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within the nation's shores.’

‘In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of "no-go" zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.’

‘As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts - the fanatics who threaten our way of life.’ 
A very interesting and insightful piece.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


The company I work as a carpenter/installer for,  Atlantic Fixtures in the Baltimore, MD area, as a punishment for having to have a follow up appointment for some ribs I had broken back in April, decided to give a a week off unpaid...even though the job I was to work on in Annapolis, MD area, I would have been able to stay at home and drive there every morning...

To make a long story short, I am being evicted from my house tomorrow...because losing a week's pay meant I couldn't pay my rent this month. My wife is freaking out trying to pack everything by 10 am tomorrow...and to add insult to injury, I have about $80.00 in the bank.  We tried Jewish Family Services in Baltimore for help, but they turned us down. A friend has rented us a UHaul and a storage unit so that we can save as much of our stuff as possible...

...Is there anyone in the metro-Baltimore area that has a bed she can sleep on this weekend? I am stuck in Poughkeepsie, NY working on installing the millwork in a Kay jewelry store...she won't let me come home to help because I'll probably lose my job. I'm desperate...

I thought that we had another week, when my next paycheck would hit, with the expense money, etc., I could have done it...but not now. I have nothing coming in. We need help.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Demz Massive Tax Increase

On July 1, 2014...we saw the single highest increase in taxes in history:

Here is what happened on July 1st 2014:
Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
Top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
Capital Gains Tax went from 15 % to 28%
Dividend Tax went from 15% to 39.6%
Estate Tax went from 0% to 55%
These taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obama Care. All these taxes were passed with only Democrat votes, not one Republican voted to do these taxes. Remember this come election time. 

Not one Republican voted for these taxes...when you see your abilility to pay for these huge taxes...remember that they were passed by democrats. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Don't Mess With Texas: Dallas Edition

In Texas there is a huge problem with illegal aliens driving cars without insurance.  So...the City of Dallas had a solution.  Via Lynda D.:

Don’t mess withTexas
***The City of Dallas, Texas passed an ordinance
Stating that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement
And is not able to provide proof of Insurance, the car is towed.
To retrieve the car after being impounded, they must show
Proof of insurance to have the car released.
This has made
it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars.
Shortly after the "No Insurance" ordinance was passed,
The Dallas impound lots began to fill up and were full
After only nine days.
Over 80% of the impounded cars were driven by illegals.
Now, not only must they provide proof of insurance to
have their car released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow,
A*$350 fine, and *$20 for every day their car is kept
In the lot.
Guess what?
Accident rates have gone down 47% and Dallas' solution
gets uninsured drivers off the road *WITHOUT* making
them show proof of nationality.
I Wonder how Attorney General
Holder's US Justice Department
Will get around this one.
* * * * *
** Just brings tears to your eyes doesn't it? **
*** GO Dallas ***
I can't stop smiling!
That's a hell of a way to deal with a problem!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This Time It's Biblical: Israeli Reservists Preparing for War in Gaza

Video of Israeli Reservists mustering for combat in Gaza...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 04, 2014

The Intellectuals and Socialism

Via Happy Acres

F.A. Hayek

[Reprinted from The University of Chicago Law Review (Spring 1949), pp. 417-420, 421-423, 425-433,
by permission of the author and the publisher, The University of Chicago Press; George B. de Huszar ed.,
The Intellectuals: A Controversial Portrait (Glencoe, Illinois: the Free Press, 1960) pp. 371-84. The
pagination of this edition corresponds to the Huszar edited volume.]

In all democratic countries, in the United States even more than elsewhere, a
strong belief prevails that the influence of the intellectuals on politics is negligible. This
is no doubt true of the power of intellectuals to make their peculiar opinions of the
moment influence decisions, of the extent to which they can sway the popular vote on
questions on which they differ from the current views of the masses. Yet over
somewhat longer periods they have probably never exercised so great an influence as
they do today in those countries. This power they wield by shaping public opinion.
In the light of recent history it is somewhat curious that this decisive power of
the professional secondhand dealers in ideas should not yet be more generally
recognized. The political development of the Western World during the last hundred
years furnishes the clearest demonstration. Socialism has never and nowhere been at
first a working-class movement. It is by no means an obvious remedy for the obvious
evil which the interests of that class will necessarily demand. It is a construction of
theorists, deriving from certain tendencies of abstract thought with which for a long
time only the intellectuals were familiar; and it required long efforts by the intellectuals
before the working classes could be persuaded to adopt it as their program.

In every country that has moved toward socialism, the phase of the development
in which socialism becomes a determining influence on politics has been preceded for
many years by a period during which socialist ideals governed the thinking of the more
active intellectuals. In Germany this stage had been reached toward the end of the last
century; in England and France, about the time of the first World War. To the casual
observer it would seem as if the United States had reached this phase after World War II
and that the attractio n of a planned and directed economic system is now as strong
among the American intellectuals as it ever was among their German or English
fellows. Experience suggests that, once this phase has been reached, it is merely a
question of time until the views now held by the intellectuals become the governing
force of politics...

Read the whole thing!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

An Amazing Voice!

This man looks like he should be covering Metalica or  Black Sabbath...not opera.  Please listen to the immense range he has before you judge...he since BOTH soprano...and  tenor...simply amazing. I honestly hope that someone in the music industry will grab this guy because he's amazing!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Impeach Obama: Perhaps The Time Has Come...

With the latest violation of law by this administration it is perhaps time to seriously consider impeachment.  Judge Jeanine Pirro puts it this way:

Full transcript via Fox News Insider: Judge Jeanine to Obama: ‘Your Actions Demand Impeachment’

There is a sacred trust between a country and its leader, between a president and the people he leads. When a leader violates that trust, the people from whom he derives his power have the inalienable right to remove him. 
You may agree or disagree with what I’m about to say; it’s not meant to be political.
Whatever the context, when you let things slide – one after another – the foundation deteriorates. Even water sliding down a rock begins to wear at it and break it down. And like that rock, our very existence is in jeopardy. Barack Obama has put us in that jeopardy yet again. 
The latest: exchanging a man whose own platoon soldiers call a “deserter,” who voluntarily left his unit during combat – in itself a death-eligible crime – for five of the worst Taliban terrorists in Gitmo. 
Obama sends out old faithful Susan Rice to say this of Bowe Bergdahl:
      “He served the United States with honor and distinction.” 
What? Even the White House had to re-spin that. 
Now Susan, isn’t English your first language? Weren’t you briefed on what to say? And not for nothing, don’t you know that those Sunday morning talk shows are a danger zone for you? But then again, that despicable video lie got you moved up to national security adviser. 
And ironically, the reason for the trade:
     “What we did was ensure that as always the United States doesn’t leave a man or a woman on the battlefield.”
Pray tell, Susan, is it OK to leave some behind?

The trade surprised even Congress:
      “It comes with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following the law.” 
And that’s a Democrat! 
Enter our president:
“We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated, and we were deeply concerned about and we saw an opportunity and we seized it, and I make no apologies for that.” 
But when key senators didn’t buy the “ill” excuse, a new narrative emerged: the Taliban would kill Bergdahl if you followed U.S. law and told Congress. Seriously? 
Mr. President, my sources tell me you knew Bergdahl’s location for months. Why didn’t you send in SEAL Team 6? It would have made another great photo op. Why didn’t you send in those drones? Could it be, Mr. President, he was your excuse to release 5 Taliban terrorists from Gitmo? Those five men, the worst of the worst. Some wanted by the U.N. for mass murders, killing thousands, al Qaeda-connected, these are the guys who behead their enemies, including children. They hate America and everything we stand for. And you release them – knowing many return to the battlefield – because Arab country Qatar assured you that they do not pose a threat to us? And you’re good with that? You buy it? You think 12 years in Gitmo has softened their resolve to kill us? 
Mr. President, you didn’t just release them, you unleashed them, and you and you alone will be responsible for the hell that will be unleashed on us. You have teed us up for death and destruction. And don’t give me this hogwash that they are prisoners of war who have to be freed when we leave Afghanistan. They are not prisoners of war. The Taliban is not a country. They are enemy combatants who can be held indefinitely and should have been tried for their crimes. And as much as you want to take terms like “Islamic extremists” and “jihad” out of our lexicon, the War on Terror is far from over. 
You didn’t have to release them. And I don’t give a damn whether you try them at Gitmo, in a military tribunal or in a federal court. United States attorneys have prosecuted these dirt bags and convicted them time and again. 
Here’s the bottom line: you negotiated with terrorists. You broke the very law that you signed. You have shown terrorists that they can win concessions by kidnapping Americans. In the history of this country we have never traded mass murderers for a deserter.
My father and grandfather fought in World War II. Ironically, you go to Normandy 70 years later – where my grandfather was injured – and make like you respect the military.

You call yourself a commander-in-chief. But what commander-in-chief doesn’t support a surge, but sends in 40,000 troops anyway? What commander-in-chief reduces benefits to to those in the military? Closes the Veterans War Memorial? Reduces the army to pre-World War II levels? Knowingly allows veterans to die in our hospitals, while replenishing the enemy in a time of war? 
Mr. President: you are destroying this country. You have diminished us on the world stage. You have trampled on the very laws you swore to uphold. You are not a true commander-in-chief. We’ve impeached a president for lying about sex with an intern. Your actions, far more egregious, demand impeachment. - [.] – END -
The US Constitution provides for the removal of a President or Vice president in Article II, Section  4 and reads;
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Obama has violated the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) by repeatedly moving deadlines, that are set within the law.  He doesn't have the Constitional right to change laws passed by Congress without Congressional approval. He has not yet had that approval.  He violated the law by negotiating with terrorists to return a deserter from combat (an offense that the Uniform Code of Military Justice permits the death penalty).

When you include the IRS' targeting of conservative organizations in a blatant attempt to suppress opponents of the current president...then of course there is Benghazi...where both  the President, Vice President, Secretary of State and National Security Adviser all lied to the country about the attack that lead to the death  of an Ambassador as well as three others, in an attack that lasted NINE HOURS!

While I tremble in fear at the mere idea of Joe Biden becoming president...can we continue to afford the current incumbent's actions?  Can we afford to have a president who honestly believes that the Constitution doesn't apply to him?  If it doesn't apply to him, then it doesn't apply to ANYONE!

This is something that we as a nation may well have to think very hard about. Does anyone honestly believe that if this president was a Republican, that the media wouldn't be actively pushing for his impeachment?  Really?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014


Hey, a friend of mine sent this to me. It rather resonates with a clear sighted message for what ails America today:
Friends, would you believe that Lee Iacocca is 94 years old and is stillKICKIN’ butt? Check out his latest rant.

Just as true today as it was when his book first came out. He was, andstill is, a brilliant businessman! Often we need to be reminded of Iacocca'swords.

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes, and developed the Mustang?He's now 94 years old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.

Lee Iacocca Says:

Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers'money, much less build a hybrid car. 
But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'trust me, the economy is getting better.' Better? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned Titanic'.  I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the Democrats out, along with Obama!'

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.

The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Afghanistan , Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to know what to do. The liberal press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions.That's not the promise of the ' America ' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?

I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. We're immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. But our soldiers are dying daily. We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it's getting worse every day! 

We've lost the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.
Gas prices are going to skyrocket again, and nobody in power has a lucid plan to open drilling to solve the problem. This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought by the tree-hugging environmentalists. 

Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the  teachers' union. Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegals amnesty and free healthcare. The middle class is being squeezed to death every day. These are times that cry out for leadership. 
But when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where have all the leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened. Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it better for them. Now, that's just crazy. Deal with life.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing.
Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did about it. Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. 
The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn't elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is everybody  so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change? Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America . 
In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some ofAmerica 's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great Depression,' World War II,' the 'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years since 9/11.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Case for Reparations, A Response: Bullshit & Fuzzy Logic

In yet another example of the stupidity of modern Leftists, Ti-Nehisi Coates has published a lengthy article entitled "The Case For Reparations". However, while he's long on history, he's short on logic.  Essentially he's saying that every single white American owes every single black American reparations for slavery...regardless of when their ancestors emigrated to America (either voluntarily, or involuntarily).

What Coates ignores is the simple fact that the vast majority of slaves sold to traders on the west coast of Africa were sold by Africans, and Muslim slavers...not by "white people."  More over, his logic states that every single black American should receive "reparations" regardless  of when they arrived on our shores.  Furthermore, every single white American owes this payment...regardless of when they arrived in America.

For my case, my ancestors came to America in the 1630's in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony...and moves westward.  As far as I can discern, NONE ever owned slaves, but according to Mr. Coates, I should pay him because I am white.

BUT, if you  follow his logic chain, then every single black American should pay the descendants of every single Union soldier who was either killed or wounded in the Civil War because they fought to free Black Americans.

Mr. Coates, you owe me blood money because my direct ancestor was killed along with four of his brothers at the battle of Peachtree Creek, Georgia.  I want my money now, Mr.  Coates, YOU OWE ME FOR YOUR CURRENT FREEDOMS. My ancestors payed the ultimate sacrifice for your freedoms and now you must pay me for their deaths in  freeing you.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This is my last resort

To all of my husband's loyal readers:

We have come to a point where I have never asked for any assistance on his blog (even though he lists me as a contributor).

I am asking for any donations because the company he had been working for the past few weeks has not paid him any wages.

We are down to our last few dollars and with his medical bills coming in and the cost of my medications; we have nothing.

I would be very grateful for any assistance.

Thank you in advance,

Cheri Vail


UPDATE added by Rich:

Here's the name of the Company that has not paid:


It's a Canadian company located in Quebec.  I've recently learned that they have a history of not paying 1099 sub-contractors.  I worked for them for several weeks, and eventually stopped from lack of payment.  We have been trying to collect for more than three weeks.  I'd hire a lawyer, but can't afford to.  At this point they owe me more than $2200 dollars in return for services rendered at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. Feel free to contact this deadbeat company and voice your opinion. Here's how:

Contact us

 Ébénisterie Beaubois Ltée
521 6ième Avenue
Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada
G5Y 0H1
Phone: 418 228-5104
Fax:418 228-3524
Toll free:1 800 463-2237
GPS: 46°07.16.02. N / 70° 41.42.69 Wexternal link

Quebec City airport to Head Office:
  • Route de l'Aéroport Sud (South)
  • Autoroute Duplessis (South)
  • Pont Pierre-Laporte (Bridge)
  • Autoroute QC-73 Sud (South) and follow the road all the way to Beauceville, then follow Route QC-173 Sud (South) to St-Georges.
  • In St-Georges, take Lacroix Blvd. then turn right at 118th Street.
  • Cross the bridge over the Chaudière River up to Dionne Blvd./6th Avenue, then turn right on 6th Avenue and head north to Beaubois' office.

Montreal airport to Head Office:

  • Highway 20 Est (East) to Quebec City
  • Take the Saint-Georges Exit 312-South at Highway QC-73 and follow the road all the way to Beauceville, then follow Route QC-173 Sud (South) to St-Georges.
  • In St-Georges, take Lacroix Blvd. then turn right at 118th Street.
  • Cross the bridge over the Chaudière River up to Dionne Blvd./6th Avenue, then turn right on 6th Avenue and head north to Beaubois' office.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Top Political Donors

Gee, with Harry Reid's all-nighter to appease Tom Steyer so that Steyer would then agree to spend $100 million dollars for Senate Democrats...but that's ok right? He's not part of the .0001% or anything...and what about this lovely many of these are part of the so called 1%'ers...and give a vast majority to "Progressive" candidates and/or Democrats?

Company or name Rank Contributor Total Contribs Total Dem Total Repub

1 Fahr LLC/Tom Steyer $11,230,592 $118,800 100% 0% $11,111,792$11,111,792 16% 0%
2 City of New York, NY $9,070,152 $139,564 89% 11% $8,930,588$8,930,588 97% 0% 
3 Democratic Governors Assn $7,718,842 $0 0% 0% $7,718,842$7,718,842 100% 0% 
4 National Education Assn $7,024,087 $723,337 87% 13% $6,300,750$6,300,750 99% 0% 
5 National Assn of Realtors $5,103,115 $1,603,115 47% 53% $3,500,000$3,500,000 0% 0% 
6 Carpenters & Joiners Union $5,084,717 $1,236,750 80% 20% $3,847,967$3,847,967 100% 0% 
7 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $3,564,375 $1,333,125 100% 0% $2,231,250$2,231,250 94% 0% 
8 AFL-CIO $2,578,400 $203,200 81% 19% $2,375,200$2,375,200 100% 0% 
9 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,134,055 $1,633,055 97% 3% $501,000$501,000 100% 0% 
10 Comcast Corp $2,022,945 $2,022,445 54% 46% $500$500 50% 0% 
11 Republican Governors Assn $2,001,000 $1,000 0% 100% $2,000,000$2,000,000 0% 100% 
12 AT&T Inc $1,960,618 $1,956,568 38% 62% $4,050$4,050 12% 81% 
13 Northrop Grumman $1,878,633 $1,877,583 43% 57% $1,050$1,050 0% 52% 
14 Lockheed Martin $1,875,594 $1,872,971 38% 62% $2,623$2,623 0% 38% 
15 Operating Engineers Union $1,873,733 $1,725,733 81% 19% $148,000$148,000 95% 5% 
16 Honeywell International $1,750,743 $1,750,743 41% 59%  $0$0 0% 0% 
17 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $1,742,949 $1,727,449 41% 59%                                            $15,500$15,500 3% 97% 
18 Boeing Co $1,697,796 $1,696,642 43% 57% $1,154$1,154 0% 35% 
19 Laborers Union $1,648,660 $1,073,660 88% 12% $575,000$575,000 83% 17% 
20 American Assn for Justice $1,628,250 $1,352,750 96% 4% $275,500$275,500 91% 0% 
21 National Beer Wholesalers Assn $1,618,250 $1,618,250 42% 58% $0$0 0% 0% 
22 General Electric $1,609,360 $1,608,110 41% 59% $1,250$1,250 0% 40% 
23 Credit Union National Assn $1,573,250 $1,573,250 48% 52% $0$0 0% 0% 
24 Votesane PAC $1,562,108 $1,562,108 29% 71% $0$0 0% 0% 
25 Mostyn Law Firm $1,560,450 $167,950 100% 0% $1,392,500$1,392,500 28% 0% 
26 Every Republican is Crucial PAC $1,550,000 $1,550,000 0% 100% $0$0 0% 0% 
27 Plumbers/Pipefitters Union $1,540,500 $925,250 91% 9%                                            $615,250$615,250 84% 0% 
28 American Federation of Teachers $1,532,150 $1,181,150 100% 0% $351,000$351,000 100% 0% 
29 Goldman Sachs $1,528,251 $1,527,501 33% 67% $750$750 0% 0% 
30 American Crystal Sugar $1,515,349 $1,515,349 59% 41% $0$0 0% 0% 
31 Jordan Vineyard & Winery $1,505,103 $77,400 0% 100%                                            $1,427,703$1,427,703 0% 100% 
32 Berkshire Hathaway $1,461,148 $1,460,348 36% 64% $800$800 0% 0% 
33 Deloitte LLP $1,459,909 $1,459,359 41% 59% $550$550                                                0% 55% 
34 Contran Corp $1,417,850 $217,850 16% 84% $1,200,000$1,200,000 0% 100% 
35 Cooperative of American Physicians $1,404,998 $95,200 59% 41% $1,309,798$1,309,798 0% 0% 
36 Verizon Communications $1,374,670 $1,371,920 49% 51% $2,750$2,750 9% 55% 
37 Bank of America $1,349,973 $1,325,773 36% 64% $24,200$24,200 31% 66% 
38 American Bankers Assn $1,344,700 $1,337,700 24% 76% $7,000$7,000 0% 0% 
39 Raytheon Co $1,324,348 $1,323,548 38% 62% $800$800 0% 100% 
40 Google Inc $1,305,353 $1,296,233 60% 40% $9,120$9,120 52% 0% 
41 National Auto Dealers Assn $1,296,200 $1,296,200 31% 69% $0$0 0% 0% 
42 Communications Workers of America $1,283,500 $633,250 97% 3% $650,250$650,250 100% 0% 
43 New York Life Insurance $1,266,909 $1,266,509 45% 55% $400$400 0% 100% 
44 Wells Fargo $1,194,145 $1,164,395 34% 66% $29,750$29,750 84% 10% 
45 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn $1,191,697 $1,191,697 30% 70% $0$0 0% 0% 
46 United Parcel Service $1,181,716 $1,180,966 35% 65% $750$750 100% 0% 
47 CSX Corp $1,166,719 $1,166,469 36% 64% $250$250 0% 100% 
48 International Assn of Fire Fighters $1,160,080 $1,085,080 87% 13% $75,000$75,000 100% 0% 
49 Elliott Management $1,143,073 $990,000 0% 100% $153,073$153,073 0% 100% 
50 Perry Homes $1,142,200 $42,200 0% 100% $1,100,000$1,100,000 0% 100%
51 Koch Industries $1,122,025 $1,122,025 1% 99% $0$0 0% 0% 
52 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $1,110,265 $1,060,265 100% 0% $50,000$50,000 100% 0% 
53 Home Depot $1,082,820 $1,082,820 21% 79% $0$0 0% 0% 
54 Pfizer Inc $1,081,449 $1,081,249 47% 53% $200$200 0% 0% 
55 Microsoft Corp $1,078,926 $1,078,476 60% 40% $450$450 0% 0% 
56 United Steelworkers $1,072,486 $198,300 99% 1% $874,186$874,186 5% 0% 
57 EMILY's List $1,070,582 $965,023 100% 0% $105,559$105,559 100% 0% 
58 AFLAC Inc $1,070,270 $1,070,270 42% 58% $0$0 0% 0% 
59 Alliance Resource Partners $1,064,850 $464,850 0% 100% $600,000$600,000 0% 100% 
60 Boies, Schiller & Flexner $1,051,100 $49,850 97% 3% $1,001,250$1,001,250 100% 0%
61 Ernst & Young $1,037,700 $1,037,450 38% 62% $250$250 0% 100%
62 PricewaterhouseCoopers $1,029,634 $1,029,634 33% 67% $0$0 0% 0% 
63 United Technologies $1,029,350 $1,029,350 43% 57% $0$0 0% 0% 
64 Blackstone Group $1,008,601 $1,008,601 38% 62% $0$0 0% 0% 
65 UBS AG $984,648 $982,898 40% 60% $1,750$1,750 0% 0% 
66 Uline Inc $974,975 $94,975 0% 100% $880,000$880,000 0% 100% 
67 Ironworkers Union $960,200 $812,100 98% 2% $148,100$148,100 100% 0% 
68 Akin, Gump et al $956,688 $936,688 70% 30% $20,000$20,000 0% 38%
69 Teamsters Union $949,867 $894,869 94% 6% $54,998$54,998 55% 0% 
70 National Cable & Telecommunications Assn $948,700 $948,700 50% 50% $0$0 0% 0% 
71 National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors $945,900 $945,900 39% 61% $0$0 0% 0% 
72 JPMorgan Chase & Co $941,791 $935,566 37% 63% $6,225$6,225 0% 0% 
73 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $925,150 $925,150 70% 30% $0$0 0% 0% 
74 Investment Co Institute $920,750 $920,750 34% 66% $0$0 0% 0% 
75 Trust Asset Management $908,900 $58,900 100% 0% $850,000$850,000 100% 0% 
76 Air Line Pilots Assn $905,500 $905,500 66% 34% $0$0 0% 0% 
77 Service Employees International Union $904,430 $769,430 100% 0% $135,000$135,000 100% 0% 
78 American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons $897,900 $897,900 38% 62% $0$0 0% 0% 
79 FedEx Corp $894,100 $893,600 37% 63% $500$500 0% 0% 
80 Altria Group $888,265 $888,265 20% 80% $0$0 0% 0% 
81 Sheet Metal Workers Union $886,400 $806,400 93% 7% $80,000$80,000 100% 0% 
82 Exelon Corp $874,475 $872,975 36% 64% $1,500$1,500 0% 83% 
83 Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $872,200 $872,200 96% 4% $0$0 0% 0% 
84 Wal-Mart Stores $869,338 $868,538 42% 58% $800 $800 31% 69% 
85 Independent Community Bankers of America $849,550 $813,550 38% 62% $36,000$36,000 0% 0% 
86 Citigroup Inc $838,009 $809,259 50% 50% $28,750$28,750 0% 0% 
87 Morgan Stanley $827,649 $821,649 41% 59% $6,000$6,000 0% 8% 
88 Painters & Allied Trades Union $827,060 $827,060 83% 17% $0$0 0% 0% 
89 General Dynamics $817,058 $817,058 45% 55% $0$0 0% 0% 
90 Freedom Project $815,000 $815,000 0% 100% $0$0 0% 0% 
91 Union Pacific Corp $814,696 $814,696 36% 64% $0$0 0% 0% 
92 Associated Builders & Contractors $802,850 $752,850 0% 100% $50,000$50,000 0% 100% 
93 WPP Group $801,463 $795,963 62% 38% $5,500$5,500 91% 0% 
94 American College of Radiology $785,500 $785,500 30% 70% $0$0 0% 0% 
95 American Society of Anesthesiologists $778,200 $778,200 40% 60% $0$0 0% 0% 
96 United Transportation Union $777,650 $777,650 75% 25% $0$0 0% 0%
97 American Hospital Assn $776,449 $776,449 56% 44% $0$0 0% 0% 
98 AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America $774,600 $774,600 100% 0% $0$0 0% 0% 
99 Jon Stryker Architecture $770,400 $45,400 100% 0% $725,000$725,000 100% 0% 
100 Amgen Inc $767,245 $767,245 49% 51% $0

As you can see the boogiemen, the Koch brothers rank no higher than 51st. Now, count how many individuals/organizations ONLY donate money to Liberal/Progressives...they outnumber those who donate to Conservatives by a significant percentage.