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Friday, January 30, 2015

Main Stream Media is Biased

By Tom Rhodes, 1/30/2015

Yesterday I posted a short note on why you should not trust the Main Stream Media. Noting that the bias the news and try to control what you know about in order to help the government control the people. Yesterday’s example was just exposing the simple fact that there could be 200,000 people of all races and sexes and ages at a civil rights protest in Washington DC, on a cold January 22 in mid-winter, and the MSM didn’t even bother to tell you.

Today I will point out an example is far more egregious. Did you know that on January 16, in the name of their god, members of the religion of peace, Islam, burned down 45 churches in one country alone. The lack of the MSM coverage is to the point of negligence

Imagine the MSM coverage if 45 mosques were burned down in Italy, and the excuse was because some no-name Turkish satire magazine printed some derogatory pictures of the pope. Now image the press coverage didn’t interview a single Muslim leader from one of those mosques, nor even a single Muslim who attended one of those mosques. Now Imagine that in the very slight (about 5 total paragraphs between AP and Reuters) to that they quote an Italian Cardinal stressing Catholicism is a religion of peace and that most Catholics didn’t participate (while never condemning the act or the perpetrators). That is exactly what happened only the country was Niger, where Islamists burned down 45 churches because a no-name magazine in France printed derogatory pictures of Muhammad.

Obviously the MSM is trying to divert attention from the truth that doesn’t protect their agenda that multiculturalism will cure all our evils, and that we should ignore the fact that the overwhelming majority of barbaric violence in the world is being committed by Islamists, and that everywhere Islamists become a substantial percentage of the population, violence against Christians and Jews to drive them out or underground happens. It doesn’t matter that most Muslims are peaceable, they do nothing to stop the small number of Muslims who resort to violence against others.

The January 16th burning of 45 Christian Churches by Muslims in a single day in Niger should have been the biggest news after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Instead the MSM covered it up. More than just being a voice for the state, the MSM is actively hostile to Christianity. Don’t trust the MSM, get your news someplace else.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Don't Trust MSM

by Tom Rhodes, 1/29/2015

You shouldn’t trust the main stream media, that includes Fox. Did you know that in the middle of wither this year 200,000 people showed up in Washington DC for a protest march? None of the major news organizations covered it; zero, zip, zilch, nada. What cause do you think would cause every major news media organization to boycott covering such a huge protest in our nation’s capital? January 22, 2015 200,000 people gathered to protest our government and you know nothing about it? Can you imagine a civil rights march anywhere in the USA of that size and the MSM not covering it?

Mario Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, had this to say about the MSM coverage, "When a massive group of 200,000 Americans of every ethnic, racial, religious, age and economic status peacefully unite for a cause that speaks to perhaps the most fundamental pillar of our society, it is news. Trying to pretend otherwise is irrational, irresponsible, and unprofessional."

If you don’t know what Civil Rights Protest brought nearly a quarter million Americans to Washington DC to protest last week, you should find another source of news. The MSM is biased, they try to dictate what you care about, find alternative sources of news and use them.

The reason you should not trust the MSM is clear, they are trying to direct your thoughts and knowledge, not report the news.

The Road to Barbarism

by Tom Rhodes, 1/29/2015

The road to barbarism is paved with good intentions. Let’s start with the definition so we’re on the same page. Barbarism being a barbarous or uncivilized state or condition. Sort of a circular definition so to be clear when saying something is barbarous, the meaning is clear. Barbarous means uncivilized; wild; savage; crude; savagely cruel or harsh: Modern western civilization is clearly reverting to barbarism, by opening its arms and letting inviting it to take over.

The following by most reasonable standards of western civilization are clearly barbaric acts; crucifixion, kidnapping girls and giving them away as wives or selling them into slavery, stoning for adultery, beheading people for religious beliefs, purging entire cities of people over religious beliefs, throwing acid on a woman’s face, slavery. These are all barbaric acts that happen in the news today.

Our acceptance of such barbarism is an indicator that we are becoming a barbaric not civilized culture. Our culture is rotting from within. The idea that is no moral difference between the Islamist barbarians waving hatchets at children in African orphanages run by Christian missionaries and American soldiers shooting armed terrorists in Iraq, you clearly are not civilized and embrace barbaric acts as equivalent to non-barbaric acts.

The idea that our government calls barbarians planning and acting out murderous deeds “workplace violence,” the logical conclusion is that the culture war is over and the barbarians have won. We no longer have civilized people writing our laws, prosecuting our criminals, and running our courts.

The source of this rot is easy to identify, multiculturalism. Rather than expecting immigrants to assimilate and change their culture to match where they move, we expect culture to adopt the ways of immigrants, or at least tolerate the invasion of cultures. When those immigrants are barbarians, civilized culture rots to barbarism.

From our entertainment to the actions of our president. As a society we are becoming barbaric. As entertainment we accept gory violence, rape, adultery, and a host of immoral and illegal acts as acceptable and “normal.” Society has unequivocally coarsened to savage standards. Liberty and freedom are dangerous, but for an uncivilized society much more dangerous. Our culture is rotting at its core. 30 years ago our president said “Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal,” that and his actions resulted in impeachment and being forced from office, and all he was guilty of was listening in on other politicians. Today the press, and political class praise the president for acting like a Warlord the way barbarian societies have done for eons. Our president openly defies the Constitution, and makes up laws at will, and clearly contradicts the laws as he sees fit, and the press and political elite justify it because the will of the people as expressed through their representatives won’t do as the warlord wants. That is an indicator of a society that is barbaric not civilized. The rule of law is gone.

Multiculturalism is the root of our cultural rot. Rather than having a culture that expects those who want to live within the benefits of that culture adopt the cultural norms, we’re destroying the culture by expecting society to accept barbaric and outlandish behavior. In essence multiculturalism asks majorities to abandon their culture.

Not all cultures are equal. Cultures that not only condone but call for barbaric acts as normative, are not equal to civilized cultures. Cultures that don’t believe in the rule of law, and believe laws should vary based on belief, birth, race, sex, etc. are not equal to civilized cultures that believe in both the rule of law and equality under the law. Such cultures are inferior and should be openly treated as such. Multiculturalism fatally handicaps a society. The idea that our culture is not superior to clearly barbaric cultures undermines our entire society, and is evidence of a society that is rotting from within.

Accepting people to live and be part of our society who reject the basic tenets on which our culture was established, is the seed that will destroy our society. If you reject the idea that all laws should apply to everybody equally, and that no person or group should have special rights, privileges, or punishments that differ from any other individual, you should not be allowed to enter our society.

Multiculturalism, the idea that you can have a society where people don’t have a shared set of values, and establishes governance on the idea that everybody’s values are equally valid, is not sustainable. Forcing multiculturalism on a society will not preserve the best of that society, it is observably destroying the fabric of the societies that embrace it.

The idea of multiculturalism, like many other utopian ideas, sounds like a nice concept. The intentions of those who promote multiculturalism are good. Those ideas ignore reality, not all cultures are equal, not all cultures are compatible, not all people have the same values. No amount of trying to force multiculturalism on a society will work anymore than trying to force people not to do drugs, or drink, or gamble is going to work. It assumes that all people are the same. They are not. Just as the road to hell is paved with good intentions, the road to barbarism is paved with multiculturalism.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Playing with Fire

By Pete Bloom 1/26/2015

Robert E. Lee once said “It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it.” That seems to me to be a hard lesson our leaders in Washington have forgotten.

Hundreds of times over the recent decades US armed forces have been called upon to block, impose sanctions, punish or otherwise persuade by force enemies and potential enemies. The pace of intervention is increasing. From full scale war, to drone attacks to no-fly zones, to surgical strikes, to training boots on the ground, it really does seem that the USA is everywhere all the time calling the shots, so to speak.
The shock and awe of it all is exceeded only by how little it appears to have cost us. The trillions in bills spent on defense never seems to come due, nor have the military casualties, as tragic as they are, been so heavy that there is any general public outcry about it.

For better or worse, the USA is in a continuous state of war. Conflicts of all types have gone on for so long that our youth lives with constant war as just another feature of growing up. The latest example is in the decision by the President to send training troops to the Ukraine, currently in a state of civil war, which may embroil us with its neighbor, Russia.

You can be complacent about a lot of things, but certainly war is not one of them. Someday the bills will come due for this country, the war will come home, and the casualties will become painful. It is just a matter of time.

But just as easy money has a very strong appeal, so do easy military victories. The intoxicating power of the best armed and most professional military force in the world can turn the head of the most demure President and Congress leading us down paths that are not in our long-term interest. When the military option becomes as painless as it seems to be, it becomes easy to begin thinking that common interests and diplomacy have no place. If things aren’t going our way, simply use the
military to fix it. The President orders it and Congress automatically
pays for it. This kind of thinking, of course, is playing with fire.

Paradoxically, it also leads to a weakened military. Military strength is not static. It takes continuous injections of money that can
bankrupt the biggest treasury. It costs lives. War is the King’s
gamble, and the line between acceptable and unacceptable casualties cannot be exactly calculated. . What could be the effects of a further two trillion dollars in debt for war on Russia followed, perhaps, by casualty lists like losing an aircraft carrier with 5000 sailors? Will the average citizen keep on supporting such interventionist policies when those lost are their neighbors and their wealth is gone?

The never–ending War on Terror has had other effects too. US government officials have admitted to authorizing torture on prisoners, and using the military to do it. Our Presidents have used military drones to kill suspected US citizens overseas without public evidence or a trial. Men like General Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, and John Brennan, head of the CIA, have been caught in bald-face lies to Congress, and they are not prosecuted for it. When such behavior is accepted, slowly, ideas like privacy, free travel, the right to property, free markets, the value of the individual, separation of powers, and due process become as quaint as great-grandma’s pantaloons.
There is now a whole generation of young people in the USA who have not known a world without an unconstitutional TSA or without government surveillance. Will our soldiers fight for unlimited debt, fewer liberties and endless war? Will we still value the Bill of Rights? It is this kind of devil’s calculus that Washington isn’t considering.

Maybe the Federal Government needs to go back to school and learn the hard lessons of those who have gone before.

But why do that when you can simply blow your problems away?

Pete Blome is a retired military officer and Chair of the Northwest Florida Libertarian Party, Niceville, FL 32578

Monday, January 19, 2015

Punishing Success

By Tom Rhodes, 1/19/2015

The socialist/Marxist values have taken over the USA. Rather than reward excellence we punish it. We reward just showing up. The whole idea that every kid who plays a sport win or lose gets a trophy is a problem. It teaches that regardless of how good you are, or how much effort you put in, you deserve admiration for just breathing. It has resulted in a group of people raised to believe that just because they show up they deserve an award.

A coach in the San Bernardino Unified School District has been given a 2 day suspension because his girls basketball team won a game. Coach Michael Anderson, who coaches both the junior varsity and varsity squads of Arroyo Valley High School’s girls basketball, after trouncing Bloomington High School, 161-2, was handed a 2 day suspension.

San Bernardino Unified School District official Maria Garcia said, “We are really emphasizing that we want them to pursue victory with honor, and that means playing the game with dignity, regardless of the outcome of the game.” The school district says that the walk-on coach’s suspension is a lesson in compassion and respect for opponents.

Respect is earned, Bloomington High Girls Basketball team did not earn any respect, they were clearly outmatched. If they had respected the superior ability of the Arroyo Valley team, when they were down by 50 or so they should have thrown in the towel, and forfeit the game. The accounts note that Arroyo Valley Girls tried (within reason) to give Bloomington a chance, running the shot clock down etc. But as the score indicates Bloomington was hapless against a far superior team. By not forfeiting when it was obvious they were perversely out classed, Bloomington did not show respect for a far superior opponent, wasting their time and effort.

That the San Bernardino Unified School District want to each is that you shouldn’t do your best if others can’t do as well as you. Imagine you doctor doing sloppy surgery because if he did his best it would make other surgeons look bad. Imagine a bridge engineer not putting in his best effort, because it would make other engineers feel bad about not being as good. Excellence should be rewarded not punished.

If you suck at something, too bad. Others shouldn’t be required to put in substandard effort because you aren’t as good as they are. Consider the U.S. men's basketball team beat Nigeria 156-73 in the 2012 Olympics, should the US men’s Olympic Basketball team have been punished?

Last night the Indianapolis Colts got their asses kicked by the New England Patriots, 45-7. This should be old hat to the colts who in 2011 lost to the New Orleans Saints 62 – 7. Should New England be penalized because they kicked Indy’s butt. Should the Saints have been penalized because they kicked the Colt’s butt. Or should we expect people to perform their very best and reward those who excel.

A coaches job is to teach his team how to work together, excel at what they do, and train them so their best effort wins. Coach Anderson took over the Arroyo Valley Girls Basketball team when it was a losing program and turned it around. For excelling at the very task he was assigned to do, the San Bernardino Unified School District punished him. The school system in America believes that it is more important that kids feel good about themselves than succeed. What the San Bernardino Unified School District is teaching the students is ill preparing them for college much less the real world. In the real world excellence is rewarded, just trying and failing, results in unemployment and minimum wage jobs.

Worse yet the government school is teaching kids that it’s wrong to do better than others, and demonstrating that doing your best will result in punishment. Image if the government applied that logic to other area’s they control. Imagine an entrepreneur who’s opened several successful businesses hiring lots of people being told by the government, “You’ve earned enough money”.

Can you image a top government official actually having the audacity to tell successful people that they’ve earned enough money? You might see people saying why bother, if I succeed I’ll be punished. Rather than spending their earnings, successful business might just sit on the cash, why risk it when success will result in punishment. Hell the whole economy would stagnate if that happened. The only new jobs would be minimum wage jobs, or part time. God forbid we should allow successful people have more than those who can’t or won’t perform to the levels of the successful.

You wonder what’s happened to America, we decided to give out trophies for just showing up, and started to punish those who do their best.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Islam Rejects Civilization

In Paris, Islamists in the name of Allah, brutally murdered 10 journalists and 2 police. They did so because they were upholding Islamic Law. Enough of this Politically Correct tolerance. Islam is incompatible with modern civilization.

At the heart of Islam are death penalties for free speech, reviled in Islam as “blasphemy,” and freedom of conscience, reviled in Islam as “apostasy.” As long as the majority of Muslim individuals who express revulsion at their murderous results fail to disavow these laws and demand their abolition, the non-Muslim world should consider and call out all of Islam as a barbaric religion of murderous violence not to be tolerated in modern civilized societies.

The Netherlands’ Geert Wilders, rightly responded to the Paris massacre with a statement:

The assassinations of 10 journalists and two policemen today in Paris serve as a warning to all the countries in the free world. We are at war. Charlie Hebdo was under police protection following numerous threats because of its outspoken criticism of Islam. Despite the protection by the police, terrorists were able to murder their opponents.

Western governments have to realize that we are at war. We should no longer show any respect for an ideology that rejects our fundamental values. The only way to defend our democratic values and fundamental freedoms is to start the de-Islamization of our societies.

We have to close our borders, reinstate border controls, get rid of political correctness, introduce administrative detention, and stop immigration from Islamic countries. We must defend ourselves. Enough is enough.

Even the Onion got it right “We live in a society in which every person is entitled to his or her own opinions, and every person is entitled to express those opinions without fear of harm. And that isn’t changing, whether a small minority of psychotic, murderous degenerates like it or not.”