Tuesday, January 16, 2018

“Own” Truths vs. Reality

Saudi Arabian investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
Sells used cars and countries
 “We don’t care about facts. We ignore them. It’s racist to cite facts. It’s our feelings that determine what is real or relevant, not facts. What we feel is the true reality. We have our own truths. Oprah said so.” However, as many “non-#Resistance” commentators have observed, there is no such thing as one’s “own” truth. There is just reality, or facts. An individual doesn’t own reality, nor is it true if he does assert he that does. To him, reality is malleable, changeable,  clay putty to be turned into anything he wishes, because he  “doubts.” He is the practicing icon of Descartes’s dictum, “I think, therefore I am.”  And they don’t care if they’re called hypocrites. Labels, after all, mean nothing to these doyens.

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe (D.) swore on national TV that if he runs for President against President Trump in 2020, he’ll hit Trump, if he stands behind him, as he did to Hillary, and knock him down. He also said it earlier on an independent  boast on the Virginia state site. “You’d have to pick him up from the floor.” However:

Under United State Code Title 18, Section 871, it is a felony for an individual to “knowingly and willfully” make a “threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.” The punishment for this crime is severe, with a possible 5-year prison sentence and a fine of $250,000.

Doubtless the Secret Service would intervene immediately and cuff him on serious charges, one of which would be assaulting the President.  Synonymous to treason. Jail time for the pugnacious governor. McAuliffe’s madness is indicative of the rampant, emotion-driven hatred exhibited for Trump and his supporters by him, by most Democrats, and by the MSM.  All because his supports helped  Trump wipe the floor and used a broom to sweep her from presidential aspirations. McAuliffe and #Resistance all suffer from reckless delusions of wanting to be like Rocky. But all they ever do is “float like a butterfly” but never sting like a bee. Trump seems to be immune to their snickers and sneers.

The best way to confuse a Democrat or anyone who professes to be a Progressive is to insist on arguments from facts. To separate his feelings from what is. He’ll refuse to do it. He’ll sputter and look demonic and spray you with his drool.  End of argument. He’ll be so divorced from reality you could convince him that a bar of butter is a bar of gold. Asking a Progressive to think is like asking a turtle for the square root of 2.
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For example, the Democrats wanted a study that would prove that illegal gun sales were the bane of the country. But when the General Accounting Office concluded that such sales were hard to quantify, and also because too often gun sellers were reluctant to answer a question by a government agency, the Dems asked for a “better” study.

Kerry Picket of the Daily Caller wrote January 15th:

Democratic lawmakers don’t like the methodology that the Government Accountability Office used to find that it’s difficult to buy firearms illegally on the internet.

The Democrats requested the report on online gun sales, but now they seem to want a new study to be conducted with different methodology.

“Well, when we send something to GAO, we allow them to do the process that they think makes sense. But we do have a disagreement with their methodology, and we’re going to go and sit down with them and discuss how to get at the problem,” Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz told The Daily Caller last Thursday.

He continued, “Our view is that it is still absolutely possible to legally purchase guns online. The way that the GAO analysts did it is, they announced to the sellers, ‘Hey I’d like to buy some guns illegally.’ I think the sellers are wise enough to that to decline, so we did not agree with their methodology, but we’ll continue to work on this issue.”

The GAO report stated that its investigators tried to illegally purchase firearms on both the “Surface Web” and the “Dark Web.” The investigators “revealed their status to the sellers as individuals who would ordinarily be banned from buying these weapons legally,” according to the report.

“Private sellers on Surface Web gun forums and in classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to our agents that self-identified as being prohibited from possessing a firearm,” the GAO said.

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So, if sellers were unwilling to sell prohibited guns to government agents, it warps the study in a way the Dems don’t want to see. They’d rather the sellers sell their guns indiscriminately, to “Prove” that gun sales are unwelcome.

Of the 72 attempts agents made to purchase firearms on the Surface Web, 56 sellers refused to complete a transaction once we revealed that either the shipping address was across state lines or that we were prohibited by law from owning firearms.”

In the other cases, the investigators’ website was frozen or they encountered suspected scammers.

Ultimately, the GAO is “not making recommendations in this report.”

To the Dems, the conclusions were unwelcome. The reported facts did not fit into their ideal conclusion. They’d rather see a fairy land of guns salting the country in private hands and deserving of regulation (or more regulations). Reality is unacceptable to them. When Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, rigged “Fast & Furious,” there were no such complaints or whining. Holder eventually was revealed as the shyster he is, to help advance Obama’s crusade to disarm all those “gun clingers” Obama demonized.

There has always been a question of how Barack Obama attended Harvard and how well or badly he did there. Many of his personal records are still sealed, including his academic records.  In September 2008 Ken Timmerman asks the question.

How exactly did Barack Obama pay for his Harvard Law School education?

The way the Obama campaign has answered the question was simply hard work and student loans.

But new questions have been raised about Obama’s student loans and Obama’s ties to a radical Muslim activist who reportedly was raising money for Obama’s Harvard studies during the years 1988 to 1991.

The allegations first surfaced in late March, when former Manhattan Borough president Percy Sutton told a New York cable channel that a former business partner who was “raising money” for Obama had approached him in 1988 to help Obama get into Harvard Law School.

In the interview, Sutton says he first heard of Obama about twenty years ago from Kalid Al-Mansour, (not the Saudi soccer player) a Black Muslim and Black Nationalist who was a “mentor” to the founders of the Black Panther party at the time the party was founded in the early 1960s.

Sutton described al-Mansour as advisor to “one of the world’s richest men,” Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

Timmerman’s article winds up at a dead end, because Percy Sutton’s relatives denied he ever said that Mansour had anything to do with Obama, even though Sutton said Obama knew Mansour in an interview.  But the video connection between Sutton and Mansour and then to Obama must be archived somewhere.

Prince Alwaleed catapulted to fame in the United States after the September 11 attacks, when New York mayor Rudy Guiliani refused his $10 million check to help rebuild Manhattan, because the Saudi prince hinted publicly that America’s pro-Israel policies were to blame for the attacks.

Sutton knew Al-Mansour well, since the two men had been business partners and served on several corporate boards together.

As Sutton remembered, Al-Mansour was raising money for Obama’s education and seeking recommendations for him to attend Harvard Law School.

Whether or not Talal was a secret funder of Obama’s Harvard years is an open question. It is very possible he was Obama’s Harvard “sugar daddy.” It still remains a subject of speculation. Though, given Talal’s investments and holdings, he is too likely a candidate. Pittance like the cost of Harvard Law School tuition would be small drop in the bucket to someone like Talal, practically invisible, but Occidental College in California and Harvard would conform to the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal of conquering America by stealth and by blatant political action by an “Islamic Candidate.”
would be a good, long-term investment in the political grooming of a man who wished to “transform” America and subject it to the whims and demands of Islam. Funding Obama’s education at

High-profile Saudi Arabian investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns chunks of private and public companies in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East through Kingdom Holding Co., 5% of which is listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange (he is listed as owning the other 95%). Holdings include stakes in the ride-sharing firm Lyft, social media firm Twitter, Citigroup, hotel management company Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the swanky Hotel George V in Paris and the Savoy Hotel in London.

Will Never Give In
Reports of Islamic attacks come to this site daily. It is especially discouraging to read about what is happening in Germany and England (https://mail.google.com/mail/#inbox/160fe3bdb148d970 and from https://mail.google.com/mail/#inbox/160fdb8e65a28d1c). How to fight the Islamic Swamp and its clueless Lefty allies? Write. Use that freedom to oppose and fight the “inevitable.” Never submit.  Never give in.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Hollywood RIP

A tragic hero
This column is not about Islam per se, but it is about the growing decrepitude of Hollywood fare.  In a sense, it is about the secular version of Sharia, to conform to the nihilism of the Hollywood left. As Sharia’s purpose is to obliterate all personal values and make them Allah’s, the Hollywood left is busy obliterating them in its own manner. The decrepitude is part and parcel of current trends in the culture. 

But, what is Sharia?

Total and unqualified submission to the will of Allah (God) is the fundamental tenet of Islam: Islamic law is therefore the expression of Allah’s command for Muslim society and, in application, constitutes a system of duties that are incumbent upon a Muslim by virtue of his religious belief….

The second major distinction between the Sharīa and Western legal systems is the result of the Islamic concept of law as the expression of the divine will. With the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632, communication of the divine will to human beings ceased so that the terms of the divine revelation were henceforth fixed and immutable.

In short, Mohammad died, and all divine revelations ceased. His will ceased to be a power.  Men would  obey his will and utterances without question. This is, on the face of it, pure hokum. If he’s dead, he has no power over anyone’s actions or beliefs – except in those who want to believe in a ghost in the sky and could not live without believing there is a ghost.

The purpose of the Left’s brand of Sharia is to persuade one to conform to or compel one to surrender  one’s  personal values, and reason for living – for the state. For the “divine will” of the new elites, the SJWs, who will denigrate every value you might have to ensure that you have no values but their own.

My correspondent has plenty to say about what’s happening in popular culture. In this instance, she discusses the decline and ruination of The Walking Dead  (TWD), in which several of the key characters, who were heroes and objects of viewer adulation, have been diminished, changed over for the worse, or given nothing significant to do.  Sharia, Hollywood style, is being subtly introduced into the characters’ actions and motives. Fans may not notice it, but they will be fed Koranic “wisdom.” “Don’t be angry with your nemesis; be tolerant and make friends." The main event, several seasons into the future, will be Rick, quoting the Koran, and forgiving Negan, one of the most villainous and evil characters in cinematic history, for all the deaths he has consciously caused by his own hand, especially the deaths of some of Rick’s most valued friends, with a baseball bat.

I am not a Creature Feature or Zombie fan by any means, but years ago the original episodes appeared on Netflix and I tried them. I was surprised by becoming interested in some of the main characters, their development, and their struggles, and continued watching the series until recently. it had become less and less interesting as time went on, but when it introduced Muslim characters, I quit the series. It was when the first Muslim character quoted the Koran: “May my mercy prevail over my wrath.” I was certain that, because the character of Rick, a main character, was growing more and more mushier, unpredictable, and ambiguous (in a word, unstable), he would eventually adopt the Koran quotation as his rule of life. (The closest I can find to this quotation, which may have been altered by the series writers, is  “As to punishment, I inflict it on anyone I will, but My mercy embraces everything. “ (203-204)

Lots of good analysis here (though I'm wary of anyone who likes Negan and thinks Siddiq [one of two Muslim characters] has "potential"), on specifics of how TWD is being ruined. I've thought about the more basic issues a lot, with TWD, and the series I'm upset over, and the new Star Wars movie which I don't personally care about but has that fan base so upset. I see in common the destruction of heroic characters fans love, a message that we are going to ram our Social Justice Warriors and Muslims and white-Western-male-hating identity politics and gender-bending and militant feminism down your throats whether you like it or not, and we are going to so muddle and destroy the characters you do care about, the ones who have struggled to achieve heroic status, who are unshakable in confronting and destroying -- not "showing mercy" to – evil.

You will have no one left to genuinely admire. By chaotic muddling of behavior as in the recent TWD episodes they destroy coherence of plot and characterization. In "my" series a major character's heroic actions were trashed, in TWD we're seeing uncharacteristic behavior from Maggie, Daryl, Carl, Rick, Carol [in TWD] and others in dark, poorly filmed scenes, and apparently the SW universe has descended into total Social Justice Warrior chaos. Instances of producers betraying competent (and expensive) actors as in Chandler Rigg's case have also turned up in all 3 series. (Mark Hamill of SW has been openly denouncing this.) 

Scott Gimple, “Showrunner” of The Walking Dead, has run the hit series to the ground, veering  it in a direction that makes little or no sense to just about everyone. The series fan base is not very happy with it, some of it articulating their objections, some of them not but still expressing some valid reservations.

Al Gore: A first-class blowhard.
It isn’t just Robert Mueller in pursuit of a Russian mirage and the Pussy Hat brigade not marching in support of the women of Iran that have diverted news coverage from what’s important to focus on. It isn't just Al Gore claiming that the freezing temperatures are evidence of global warming. It’s the popular culture, as my correspondent has explained, that has been appropriated by the Social Justice Warriors. The SJWs, who are determined to “transform” the culture into a closet of ironing boards. They work hard to deny anyone heroes, except for themselves, who have decided that they are the real “heroes,” out to save the world from Donald Trump, Confederate statues, and male ”whiteness.” Netflix has contributed to this trend.

For your boredom, Netflix has dozens of films which may or may not have appeared on TV or in a theater, but which were eventually relegated to Netflix status. “Bright,  is a redo of “Alien Nation” from the 1990s. Zoo,” is a remake of “Day of the Animals” from 1977. Like “Alien Nation,” “Bright” is a lesson in racial and cultural diversity. The cast, headed by Will Smith, has as a police partner an alien in Los Angeles who has a skin condition aggravated, it seems, by being bitten by a thousand rats. In “Zoo,” the story is no longer a vanishing ozone layer that drives animals crazy. The main cast the redo pursues the cause of animals, wild or domesticated, acquiring intelligence and making war on man. The cast flies all over the world looking for the cause, investigating bats, spiders, lions, dogs, cats, rhinos, and elephants in Patagonia. The outbreak turns into a global epidemic. Animals attack and kill thousands of people. It is caused by something in commercial animal food made by an evil corporation. I watched enough of it to detect where it was going. Then, humans bitten by the predators begin to turn into monsters. When a sloth was able to communicate with spiders, and cause a 20-story building to collapse, I gave up. All Hollywood can do any more is take the forgettable films of the past and re-package them to be “relevant” and inevitably forgettable.  The result is unrelieved boredom.

 It isn’t Netflix’s fault that there is so little to offer. It just packages whatever is produced or which fails to grab the headlines and tries to sell it. It’s Hollywood in the tight grip of the Left, in the crusading smash-and-grab nihilism of the SJWs.  We're going to turn your heroes, they say, into ambiguous ones whose motives are doubtful; we will make you reject the outmoded and racist notion that there are such things as good and bad, life-affirming or evil, heroes and villains.

England used to be merry. But now it’s Muslim. Islam frowns on laughter, except when raping an infidel woman or child, or burying a knife into a kafir. Only Allah may laugh, but Muslims will never know it, because, like all mythological ghosts in the sky, he never shows himself. He’s a wallflower.  That’s an Islamic rule. Laughing infidels deserve to be made to suffer or be killed. Kill them as they dip into their cherry cobbler.

Fortunately, one has options. YouTube, Amazon, and other venues exist in which  one can renew one’s emotional need to see the heroic, to renew one’s emotional fuel to fight for one’s values. That us what Rand called it: emotional fuel.

A sense of life is a pre-conceptual equivalent of metaphysics, an emotional, subconsciously integrated appraisal of man and of existence. ... Art gives him that fuel; the pleasure of contemplating the objectified reality of one's own sense of life is the pleasure of feeling what it would be like to live in one's ideal world.

Values (and value-judgments) are the source of emotions; a great deal of emotional intensity was projected in the work of the Romanticists and in the reactions of their audiences, as well as a great deal of color, .... Romantic art is the fuel and the spark plug of a man's soul; its task is to set a soul on fire and never let it go out.

In our time, we must take what is there in the form of marginal or twisted values. Hollywood and the publishing industry stopped producing values decades ago, except in rare instances (e.g., Gladiator). And then there are real life heroes and heroines, such as the women protestors in Iran, one of whom burned the Koran and wrote that Islam was imposed on her country by Arabs.

Friday, January 05, 2018

New Year Started with a Bang: Revolt in Iran

An icon of Iran’s protests

The year 2018 started with a bang: mass protests in Iran and clashes with the populace (mostly younger people) and the notorious Revolutionary Guard, the enforcer of the mullahs’ will: Sharia. The Revolutionary Guard is a “paramilitary” army.

The Guard formed out of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution as a force meant to protect its Shiite-cleric-overseen government and later [was] enshrined in its constitution.

It operated parallel to the country’s regular armed forces, growing in prominence and power during a long and ruinous war with Iraq in the 1980s.

Though facing possible disbandment after the war, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei allowed it to thrive, granting it powers to expand into private enterprise. The Guard answers only to Iran’s supreme leader.

 The Iranian regular military, or Islamic Republic of Iran Army, consist of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces, Islamic Republic of Iran Navy,[22] Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force. The regular armed forces have an estimated 398,000 personnel: the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, 350,000 personnel, of which 220,000 are conscripts; the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, 18,000 personnel, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, 30,000 airmen.[1] The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force is a branch split off from the IRIAF.
The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, or Revolutionary Guards, has an estimated 125,000 personnel in five branches: Its own Navy,[22] Aerospace Force, and Ground Forces; and the Quds Force (special forces).

The protests and demonstrations continue, and possibly cause the downfall of the “Revolutionary” government.

The larger protests, which began on December 28 in Mashhad and have entered their seventh consecutive day throughout Iran, have focused on a variety of issues, including lack of food, high inflation, unemployment, and rejecting Iran’s costly wars in foreign countries, which have resulted in sending weapons and fighters to Syria and providing financial support to the Palestinians and Hamas and the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

Chants of “Death to the dictator!” referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and “Death to Rouhani,” referring to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, have been repeated for the past few days. Other chants include, “We don’t want an Islamic republic,” and  “Clerics shame on you, let go of our country!”

This can’t help but come to a boil: the Revolutionary Guard and the Iran army will crush the protests, or they will cave in. Some members of the Guard and the army have let it be known they will not help punish the protestors; this is a crack in the mullahs’ façade of omnipotence. We have had two administrations that have helped the mullahs erect that sense of omnipotence, Obama and Clinton.

Iran has planned and carried out dozens of acts of terror across five continents. The regime currently provides financial and military support to Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad, groups listed as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) by the State Department and designated as terrorist organizations by the European Union as well as several Arab nations. Iran enabled Assad to perpetrate genocide against his own people, enabled Hezbollah to swallow Lebanon whole, has spread misery in Yemen and provided deadly Explosively Formed Projectiles (EFP) to Jihadists battling American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The EU designating Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad as terrorist groups doesn’t really protect European citizens from them. The EU bureaucrats are insulated from their hatred, and the devil takes the hindmost. They have free reign to knife, run over, rape, toss fire bombs, and raise hell when they will. There is no action being taken against them. They are like poisonous mushrooms and they keep sprouting. We know these groups are there every time more victims add to the pile of corpses they produce. They’re still in Europe and their numbers are increasing as ISIS loses its steam and the U.S. and a few others reduce their numbers, while all the others flee Iraq and make their way to Europe through Turkey’s and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’ s not-so-underground railroad.

Brendan O’Neil, editor of Spiked, yesterday asked:

Where is the world media?’, asked Iranian-heritage actress Nazanin Boniadi this week as people across Iran continued to confront the theocratic authorities. It’s a good question. Iran has been rocked by brave, liberty-demanding revolts, and its Islamist rulers have responded with severe, fatal repression, yet much of the Western media has looked the other way. Liberal hacks in Britain have been too busy poring over Toby Young’s tweets from eight years ago to think about Iranian women fighting for the right to wear what they want and live as they please. Some media outlets, including the HuffPost, have churned out protester-shaming reports that could have been authored by the Ayatollah himself. We are now seeing the extent of Western observers’ disdain for the idea of democracy in this era of Brexit and Trump: they’ve become so convinced that politics is better done by wise, expert cliques, rather than by grubby, ‘low-information’ little people, that they are unmoved, and probably a little horrified, by ordinary Iranians’ democratic revolt against the theocrats and the Guardian Council and the Assembly of Experts. Having demeaned democracy at home, they cannot cheer it overseas.

All but a few MSM TV and print publications have either ignored the protests or smeared them in various levels. “We don’t want to know about this. These protestors are too much like the ‘freedom of speech’ protestors on campus. Besides it isn’t important enough to pay attention to.” They choose not to acknowledge that there are crucial radical differences:  freedom of speech protestors in this country were harassed and penalized by school and civil authorities, and attacked by Antifa thugs, who have the blessing of at least one U.S. congressman, Keith Ellison, a Muslim (shouldn’t he be wearing a Muslim night gown,  a beanie, and have an Arabic name, so we can better identify his true colors?).

In the meantime, in the U.S., the new governor of Wisconsin has revealed his Left narrative leanings by calling “The Star Spangled Banner” an “Ode to Slavery” while Bosch Fawstin, had his Twitter account terminated by a wonk over "hate speech content." (It was reinstated after numerous protests and a threat by Fatwin to sue.)

The craziness isn't limited to treasonous politicians.