Archive for February, 2013

Canadians can no longer speak freely or express themselves freely, Re: Censorship by any other name, National Post, February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada just took away Canadian’s right to express themselves fully and freely by placing limits on their freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

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If Canadians express themselves in any way, shape or form that may expose an aggrieved person or group to hatred or that may lead to an aggrieved person or group being harmed they may be hauled before a Human Rights Commission and suffer terrible consequences, including financial and emotional ruin. Note the word may and take note of how vague it is…in fact, in this day of thin skins and political correctness run amuck even the most innocuous or innocent descriptive expression about anyone or anything can be construed as exposing them to hatred or exposing them to harm in some way…and will be too.

As for questioning, criticizing, refuting, exposing , speaking out against or fighting against someone or something Canadians can forget about doing any of that no matter how knowledgeable they are about the subject and no matter whatever they express is true or not Questioning, criticizing, refuting, exposing, speaking out against or fighting against someone or something can also be construed as possibly exposing an aggrieved person or group to hatred or possibly leading to an aggrieved person or group being harmed in some way and anyone who does anything like that can easily have their life ruined by the Human Rights Commission apparatchiks.

As for mocking, ridiculing, satirizing or joking about someone or something…any of that is now verboten in Canada.as well.

Unfettered freedom of speech and freedom of expression are two cornerstones of free countries. No country can call itself free and no free country will remain free for long if limits are placed on its citizens right and ability to express themselves fully and freely. The Supreme Court of Canada just removed Canada from the ranks of free countries by placing these limits on Canadians. The decision is beyond disgraceful, idiotic, shortsighted and abhorrent…it is also suicidal. Canadians better do everything they can to get it overturned because if they don’t freedom and democracy will disappear entirely from the country, because whatever freedom they have left won’t be around for long.

What’s next, taking away Canadians right to think, their freedom to think?

Not that Human Rights Commission apparatchiks or their apologists and other useful idiots, like the Supreme Court Justices who stripped Canadians of their right to express themselves fully and freely, do think though.

Fools.

Oops.

Mahmoud’s matches, Re: Playing with fire, New York Post, February 26, 2013

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is orchestrating a campaign of violence, destruction, bloodshed and death against Israel and Israelis because he is chagrined that the world isn’t paying much attention these days to Palestinian grumbling and complaining and because he wants U.S. President Obama to make Palestinian issues a focal point of his visit to Israel and the region in March, rather than focus on Syria, Iran and a multiplicity of other topics as the White House said he would do.

Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are using violence and the threat of violence to try and grab the world’s attention and grab Obama’s attention too. So far the violence has been relatively low-key but it will escalate and could easily turn into a full-fledged intifada at his instigation if he doesn’t get his way. He is manufacturing reasons for Palestinians to feel aggrieved and encouraging them to react violently when they do. If the violence provokes the Israelis to reply in force and defend themselves all the better as far as he is concerned. That would certainly grab the world’s attention and Obama’s as well, especially if it happens just before he arrives or even during his visit.

Abbas’ actions are cynical, cold, calculating, manipulative and utterly devoid of concern or respect for human life, Israeli or Palestinian. They are blackmail of the worst kind. The results have to lie squarely on his shoulders and he should be held fully accountable for them.

Even Obama should know that.

Even Obama should know that the blackmailing won’t stop if Abbas and the Palestinian Authority succeed, that it will just get worse and worse because that is the nature of the beast.

Abbas and the Palestinian Authority don’t think he does though or else they wouldn’t be orchestrating and carrying out the campaign.

Or maybe they think he doesn’t care.

We’ll see if they’re right.

In the meantime look for the violence and everything that goes along with it to continue and to escalate.

Talk about cynical, cold, calculating, manipulative and utterly devoid of concern or respect for human life, Israeli or Palestinian…Abbas and the Palestinian Authority embody all of that and more.

If Obama had an ounce of sense and an ounce of morality he wouldn’t fall for their ploy for a minute.

If he does that would make him just like them, wouldn’t it?

So what will you do?, Re: Europe: A Continent in Flight, EuropeNews, February 26, 2013

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

All over Europe people are fleeing before the onslaught of Islam and Islamists.

They are fleeing their homes, their neighborhoods, their cities and their countries because they have become Islamic, dangerous and violent…because their culture and way of life is being overwhelmed, negated and replaced by Islamic hordes…because Islamists have forced or are trying to force Islam and its imperatives down their throats…because everything has changed for the worse and they can’t live normal lives anymore…because living where they are isn’t safe for them anymore.

Europe is not an Islamic continent quite yet, but it is more than well on the way to becoming one and is getting close. Islam being Islam and Islamists being Islamists Jews and Christians are particularly vulnerable and have suffered the most, but all of Europe is being rapidly Islamized and unbelievers lives are being changed and their cultures attacked and wiped out at the hands of Islamic hordes throughout the continent.

Some people speak out and fight back but those that do put their lives on the line. A large and growing number of people have decided to vote with their feet and leave instead. Who can blame them? If things keep on going the way they are it is as plain as day that Europe will soon become an Islamic continent…that Judeo-Christian values and culture will disappear… that they will have to live Islamic lives under Sharia, Islamic law, or suffer terrible terrible consequences.

Fight, flee or live under Islam and Islamists and be governed by Sharia, Islamic law. That’s the choice Europeans are faced with, that’s the choice unbelievers in Europe, especially Jews and Christians, have to make.

You might as well say unbelievers, particularly Jews and Christians, in every country in the West too, Australia, Canada, the United States, every one. All of them are under assault by Islam and Islamists and all of them are being Islamized to one degree or another, with much more to come unless the tide is turned. Europe is just the most extreme example of the Islamization of the West but it is a serious and growing problem everywhere and unbelievers, particularly Jews and Christians, have decisions to make wherever they live.

So what will you do?

Better hurry up and decide.

Soon.

If North Korea, Iran, Russia and China want them they must be right, aye Barack?, Re: Former Security Officials to Obama: Cancel Nuke Cuts, Washington Free Beacon, February 24, 2013

Monday, February 25th, 2013

President Obama is planning to make deep cuts to America’s nuclear weapons arsenal, on top of deep cuts that have already been made.

Eighteen former military officers and civilian national security officials of the highest rank recently wrote to Obama and advised him not to go ahead with the cuts because they would seriously jeopardize the national security of the United States.

They also advised Obama to modernize and upgrade America’s nuclear weapons arsenal because it badly needs both and failing to do so would also place the national security of the United States in jeopardy.

Signatories include two former Directors of the Central Intelligence Agency, a former Ambassador to the United Nations, a former Commandant of the Marine Corps, a former Chief of Naval Operations, a former Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff, a former Commander of the Eighth Air Force, Strategic Air Command, a former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative and so on…all hardheaded, experienced people who live in the real world and know what they are talking about, who know that cutting America’s arsenal and failing to modernize and upgrade what’s left will make her far more vulnerable to attack and virtually guarantee that she will be attacked.

You can be sure that many, many other former military officers and civilian national security officials of the highest rank think exactly the same and so do current, serving people who are unable to express their opinion publicly because they are serving and those who contradict Obama are penalized and suffer the consequences, which aren’t pretty by any means.

What do America’s enemies think?

Does North Korea want Obama to make cuts to America’s nuclear weapons arsenal and not modernize and upgrade what’s left?

Absolutely.

Does Iran want Obama to make cuts to America’s nuclear weapons arsenal and not modernize and upgrade what’s left?

Absolutely.

Does Russia want Obama to make cuts to America’s nuclear weapons arsenal and not modernize and upgrade what’s left?

Absolutely.

Does China want Obama to make cuts to America’s nuclear weapons arsenal and not modernize and upgrade what’s left?

Absolutely.

What about America’s other enemies, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, assorted terrorists, terrorist organizations and terrorist states, the lot, whoever and wherever they may be-do they?

Absolutely.

So why do the North Koreans, the Iranians, the Russians and the Chinese in particular want Obama to make cuts to America’s nuclear arsenal and not modernize and upgrade what’s left even though all four are working very diligently to increase their nuclear weapons capability…why do the North Koreans, the Iranians, the Russians and the Chinese want Obama to make cuts to America’s nuclear weapons arsenal and not modernize and upgrade what’s left, even though they are all rapidly improving and expanding their own capabilities even as this is being written?

Four reasons really…because without the deterrent effect of nuclear weapons it gives them impunity to attack America itself and/or American interests and assets abroad…because it makes it easier to threaten and intimidate America into acting the way they want it to, makes it easier to impose their will on America…because it gives them free rein to impose their will on America’s friends and allies…because they smell blood.

What do America’s friends and allies think about the plans to cut America’s nuclear weapons arsenal and to not modernize and upgrade what’s left?

They are appalled, angry, mortified and frightened and busily working to modernize and upgrade their own defenses.

Americans should also be appalled, angry, mortified and frightened by these cockamamie plans and should do everything they can to make sure they aren’t implemented.

A weak America invites bloodshed, death, destruction and war.

A weak America makes bloodshed, death, destruction and war dead certain..

A weak America makes it dead certain that she will be attacked, that American blood will be shed and that America lives will be lost, at home and abroad.

A weak America makes it dead certain that America’s friends and allies will be attacked too.

The signatories, America’s enemies and America’s friends and allies know all that.

To bad Obama doesn’t know any of it.

Or doesn’t care.

That means standing firm against Islam and Islamists, Re: Stand firm against hatred, intolerance, Toronto Sun, February 22, 2013

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Anyone who examines Islam dispassionately, objectively, knowledgeably and honestly, anyone who examines Islam’s historical record dispassionately, objectively, knowledgeably and honestly, anyone who examines how Islam manifests itself in the world and has always manifested itself in the world, knows that it is far more than a religion…they know that it is a completely proscribed way of life that is full of hatred and intolerance towards unbelievers and their ways, wherever or however they live…they know that it is supremacist and expansionist and seeks to make everyone subject to its dictates, to make everyone practice it and live an Islamic life under Islamic law…they know that freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, hell, freedom of any sort, has no place in it and that freedom disappears wherever it takes root…they know that conquest and submission of unbelievers are at its core and that it is constitutionally incapable of respecting or accepting others, constitutionally incapable of respecting or accepting the other…they know that it is by nature, essence and practice violent, bloody, cruel, misogynistic and dare I say sadistic and brooks no dissent of any kind, or of anything that can remotely be seen as dissent no matter how innocuous or innocent it may be…they know that it spreads by the sword and lives by the sword and has since it first came into existence 1,400 odd years ago…they know that there isn’t a country in the West that isn’t under heavy assault by Islam and Islamists, that Western countries are becoming rapidly Islamized, that Islam and Islamists are changing the face of Western countries and that the Islamization of Western countries, the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, virtually every Western country there is, is well and truly underway.

And that is why people of stout heart and good conscience who are free and want to remain free in the West have to stand firm against Islam and Islamists, have to stand firm against the hatred, intolerance, violence, cruelty, misogyny, supremacism and expansionism that are inbred in Islam, have to stand firm against the Islamists who would take their freedom away, make them live Islamic lives and turn their nations into Islamic countries governed by Islamic law. If Westerners don’t stand firm and defend and fight for their freedom and way of life, their freedom and way of life will disappear and Islam will reign supreme.

It is as simple as that.

Sound hateful and intolerant does it?

Examine Islam dispassionately, objectively, knowledgeably and honestly, examine Islam’s historical record dispassionately, objectively, knowledgeably and honestly, examine how Islam manifests itself in the world and has always manifested itself in the world dispassionately, objectively, knowledgeably and honestly and you’ll see what hatred and intolerance really are, you’ll see that Westerners cannot tolerate it if they want their freedom and way of life to survive.

So…go out and examine and learn…be appalled…get mad…and fight like mad.

For your own survival.

While you still can.

Coptic Christians Beheaded in New Jersey, Re: Islamic Butchery Manifests In America With Muslim Immigration, Right Side News, February 21, 2013

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Two Coptic Christian students from Egypt studying in the United States were beheaded in New Jersey earlier this week by a 28 year old Muslim man named Yusuf Ibrahim…he also cut off their hands in accordance with Islamic Law… “When Allah was revealing to the angels, ”I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so cut above the necks, and cut every finger of them!”-Quran 8:12”

Their bodies were buried behind a home in Buena Vista Township, New Jersey and the heads and hands were buried separately at a different site.

ABC News has reported that the two men were targeted, mutilated and murdered because they were Coptic Christians.

This is consistent with the terrible conditions Coptic Christians live under in Egypt.

Approximately ten percent of Egyptians are Coptic Christians. They have always been the victims of persecution in Egypt because of their unbelievers’ status. Their situation in Egypt has always been egregious, but it is particularly egregious today under the current Islamist government, under Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Under Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood Coptic Christians are routinely beaten, mutilated, raped and murdered…their property and churches are vandalized, burned and destroyed…they are forced to renounce their religion and convert to Islam…all at the behest and instigation of the government, all with the encouragement, support and collusion of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood…all in the name of Islam…all because they are unbelievers’.

Unbelievers’ like you and me.

Hany Tawardros and Amgad Konds, the two Coptic Christians murdered and butchered in New Jersey must have been exceedingly relieved at being able to come to the United States, at being able to escape the terrible conditions Coptic Christians live under in Egypt. Being slaughtered in New Jersey is more than tragic, it is also very ironic because Tawardros and Konds must have thought they would be safe in the U.S.

Little did they know.

Little do most Americans know.

While Islamic beheadings and behandings are virtually unheard of, so far, in the U.S. Islamic violence most certainly is not. It is a large and growing phenomenon in the Islamic community itself and is also spilling over into the wider, non-Islamic population as the Islamic community becomes larger, more prickly, more assertive and more…Islamic. Islam by its very essence and nature, is violent, cruel, misogynist, intolerant, supremacist and expansionist and as its influence and power grow in America the Islamic community is feeling more and more entitled, is becoming more and more emboldened and is becoming less and less hesitant about carrying out Islam’s imperatives, like suppressing unbelievers’ or ignoring the law of the land or establishing the supremacy of Islam and Islamic law or forcing conversions or any number of other things, violently if necessary. To say that Islam and Islamists are a serious threat to freedom, democracy and civil liberties in the United States is no exaggeration…to say that the threat is growing day by day and that Islam and Islamists are changing the character and reality of the country as we speak aren’t exaggerations either. Americans are beginning to wake up to Islam’s reality and the threat it poses to them and the American way of life but the country as a whole remains more or less somnolent.

Perhaps this horrible, disgusting, ghoulish oh so Islamic incident will open peoples eyes.

Beheadings and behandings on American soil in the name of Islam…what a loud and clear wake-up call that is.

God help us all if we don’t hear it.

And act on it.

 

Obama, Kerry, Hagel and Brennan…the Four Horsemen of America’s Apocalypse, Re: Obama nominations lock us into downward spiral, Washington Times, February 19, 2013

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are mythic figures which represent war, famine, pestilence and death.

Synonyms for apocalypse include disaster, catastrophe and destruction.

Barack Obama, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel and John Brennan are real figures and may be seen as the Four Horsemen of America’s Apocalypse.

Obama has been President since 2009. In his first term he has established new standards for futility, incompetence, deception and abuse of power and has cemented his standing as the worst President in the history of the United States. He has led the country to the brink of rack and ruin and could easily lead it over the edge by the time he leaves office at the end of his second term, if not before. America and American’s are worse off in every conceivable way than they were in 2009 and there is no possibility of improvement in any area as long as he is President. In fact, things will get worse, not better and it will take years, perhaps generations, for the country to recover, if it can do so at all. There is no doubt at all that Obama’s presidency has been disastrous, catastrophic and very, very destructive.

John Kerry is Obama’s newly appointed Secretary of State. He is a long-time Senator and failed Presidential candidate who has distinguished himself by being dead wrong about every single major foreign policy issue there was throughout his career, by regularly resorting to deception and prevarication to mask his mistakes, by flip-flopping along with shifts in the political winds, by aiding and comforting America’s enemies, by acting on the edge of the law, by mocking and denigrating America’s armed services and American military personnel, by smearing and undermining former President Bush, by supporting massive cuts in the past which would have crippled America’s ability to defend herself and by doing the same today, by exhibiting a naive, ignorant and dangerous attitude towards Islam and Islamists and the danger they pose to the United States and the rest of the free world, by valuing appeasement above all and by exhibiting an aversion and disdain for America and Americans. He is the mirror image of Obama and will dutifully and faithfully carry out Obama’s wishes and policies because they are in the end his own as well, which is of course why Obama called him the perfect choice for Secretary of State.

Chuck Hagel is Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defence. He too is a long-time politician and he too shares Obama’s attitudes, biases and chequered past. The confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee he went through in January shone a clear light on his fitness for the post. To quote from a piece I wrote about the hearing…

“Hagel’s performance before the Committee was disastrous and embarrassing for him and President Obama and did nothing to assuage critics worse fears about his attitude and incompetence. In fact it confirmed them. He was glib, evasive, misleading, confused, smug, belligerent and played fast and loose with facts…he said many things that were either wrong or simply untrue and contradicted himself on several occasions…he backed away from or disavowed positions he has taken in the past…all of that, and more, was bad enough but he also showed a clear lack of understanding about the role, function and responsibilities of the Secretary of Defence, a clear lack of understanding about America’s place in the world and the obligations that come with it, a clear lack of understanding about the nature, depth and strength of America’s enemies and the threat they pose to the country’s very existence and a clear anti-military, anti-Israel and some say anti-American bias. He revealed himself to be a man of weakness instead of a man of strength, a man who would diminish American military strength and preparedness at a time when strength and preparedness are absolutely necessary, a man who wouldn’t question anything, who would simply do as he was told and act as a prop and a sop for Obama and his policies of appeasement (which is probably why Obama nominated him in the first place), a man who wouldn’t bring management or leadership skills to the position, a man who would be a slave to his and Obama’s biases and ideology and a man incapable of making clear-eyed, objective, hard-headed, independent, hard decisions or providing clear-eyed, objective, hard-headed, independent advice to the President.”

That’s Kerry and Hagel for you. Notice any similarities? There are a great many, including the facts that both are lapdogs for Obama and both are as competent, skilled and suited for their positions as he is.

Which brings us to John Brennan.

John Brennan is Obama’s nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He has served as Obama’s counter-terrorism advisor for the past four years and has been instrumental in devising and implementing Obama and his administrations spectacularly unsuccessful ‘hear no evil, see no evil, head-in-the sand, appeasement’ approach to Islamic terrorism against America and Americans, both at home and abroad, including the Middle East. He is a former CIA Station Chief in Saudi Arabia and may well be a convert to Islam. The jury is still out on that but in any case his sympathy, identification, advocacy for and dealings with Islamists are well-known and well-documented. He has been accused, with very good reason I might add, of aiding and abetting Islamists to the detriment of America and Americans and the West in general, has whitewashed and excused terrorist acts by Islamists against America and Americans and the West in general regularly and frequently, is associated with sworn enemies of the United States like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, has brought Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas leaders and representatives into the government, was intimately involved in the Benghazi debacle, is a strong advocate of downsizing the U.S. military and has a benign, simplistic, naive, complacent, and utterly false view of Islam and Islamists and the mortal danger they pose to the United States and the free world, a view which has no basis in reality and colors and pervades his thinking and actions. His bias is palpable and that bias, along with his questionable background, his lack of judgement, his weak strength of character and his non-existent analytical skills make him totally unsuited and unqualified for the CIA Director position.

Put another way, he is every bit as suited and qualified for his position as Obama, Kerry and Hagel are for theirs, which is to say he isn’t and they aren’t.

Obama, Kerry, Hagel and Brennan…the Four Horsemen of America’s Apocalypse.

God help us.

These guys won’t.

In fact, if we let them they could easily destroy us.

Shutting up critics and shutting down criticism, Re: OIC stepping up efforts to intimidate free nations into criminalizing criticism of Islam, Jihad Watch, February 18, 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Are you a criminal?

You will be if you live in the non Islamic world and you criticize Islam in any way, shape or form and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation gets its way.

As a criminal, you will also be subject to punishment if you criticize Islam in any way, shape or form.

Islam being Islam and Islamists being Islamists virtually anything can and will be interpreted as criticism, even innocuous questioning. Anything that could possibly be seen as casting doubt or ridicule or trepidation or disgust or encouraging the casting of doubt, ridicule, trepidation or disgust about Islam or the Islamic narrative will be viewed as criminal. The object of the exersize is to make it illegal in the non-Islamic world to speak out against Islam and its imperatives and practices and criticism will be defined in the broadest possible terms. The scope will be so broad that you might even be punished for reading something that was seen as un-Islamic, something like this for example.

That is entirely consistent with Islam’s essence, nature, history and reality. Islam and Islamists have always defined criticism of Islam and its imperatives and practices in the broadest possible terms and critics (artists, writers, doubters, cynics, free-thinkers, free people, people of conscience, unbelievers et.al., you know, criminals) have always been shut down and punished, much of the time in ways that can only be described as brutal, cruel, horrific, sadistic and inhuman. Millions of people have also been killed down through the years. This has been going on since Islam first came into existence and it is going on throughout the Islamic world today.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, commonly referred to as the OIC, is an international body made up of 57 member states which brands itself as the collective voice of the Muslim world and is the largest single voting bloc in the United Nations. It has long been interested in shutting up critics and shutting down criticism of Islam and its imperatives and practices in the non-Islamic world, criticism again being defined in the broadest possible terms, and has been working hard to achieve this goal for many years. Using Islamophobia as a guise and excuse and rationale it is getting closer to making this happen, some even say it is on the the verge of making this happen, even though Islamophobia is demonstrably a figment of fertile imaginations and nothing more than a ruse Islamists use to foster the Islamization of non-Islamic countries. That too is is entirely consistent with Islam’s essence, nature, history and reality. Deception, trickery and outright lying to achieve an Islamic end have always been part of Islam and Islamists have always used them to achieve Islamic ends.

So what is the end that the OIC, Islamists, want to achieve by making it illegal to criticize Islam in any way, shape or form? It has nothing to do with Islamophobia that’s for sure. Since Islam is supremacist and expansionist with no room for anything that is non-Islamic the answer is simple and obvious…it is to make it impossible to prevent Islam and Islamists from turning non Islamic countries into Islamic ones by making it impossible to speak out against Islam and Islamists and their efforts to do precisely that…to turn free, democratic, secular, pluralistic, non-Islamic countries into Islamic countries…to make Islam dominant and all pervasive everywhere…to force everyone to live an Islamic life in an Islamic country whether they want to or not.

Are you a free person living in a free country, the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, anywhere?

If you want to stay that way you’d better speak out and fight against Islam and Islamists, you’d better make sure your national government speaks out and fights against the OIC and that the OIC is defeated, that it doesn’t succeed in its effort to criminalize criticism of Islam, to turn you into a criminal, to make Islam dominant and all-pervasive in your country and to force everyone there to live an Islamic life under Islamic law.

And if you don’t think any of that can happen, stop living in a dream world, open your eyes and take a good look around.

It already is, wherever you are.

Drones in the United States…good grief, what’s next?, Re: Drones are taking to the skies in the U.S., Los Angeles Times, February 15, 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Americans are becoming more and more concerned about the use of drones in the United States as their use is widespread and increasing. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 1,428 permits have been issued to drone operators in the U.S. since 2007 and 327 of them are still listed as active. Operators include police, universities and various state and federal departments and agencies. The Federal Aviation Administration also has a September, 2015 Congressional deadline to open airspace in the U.S. to drones, which will dramatically add to their numbers and increase their use.

Americans are right to be concerned, especially in this era of big government which wants to know everything there is to know about everyone, the better to manipulate and control people. Drones threaten Americans right to privacy and their privacy itself and can be easily used to collect information on people without their knowledge or permission, which is a clear violation of their freedom and civil liberties.

That information can and will be used for all kinds of secretive and nefarious purposes. Given the current mentality in Washington and state capitols around the country and given government officials, bureaucrats and functionaries inborn desire and proclivity to gather information on people for its own sake if for no other reason than that they most assuredly will be used in this manner and very probably already have.

Governments ability to spy on people is increased exponentially by drones and government being government Americans concerns about privacy, freedom and civil liberties are prudent and well-founded. Drones really do threaten American’s right to privacy, their privacy itself, their freedom and their civil liberties and Americans are absolutely correct to be concerned about their widespread and growing use.

They also can of course be weaponized and used to kill Americans on American soil as well and Americans have also expressed concerns about that. To quote the Los Angeles Times “No state or federal agency has proposed arming domestic drones with weapons, but the prospect has raised alarms in Congress and elsewhere.”

That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, it just means it hasn’t happened.

Yet.

Americans are right to be concerned about that too.

Drones seem to be with us to stay but how and why they are used is still open to question. Americans should do everything they can to make sure their elected representatives place strict limitations on their use and make sure those limitations are respected. Their right to privacy, their privacy, their freedom and their civil liberties depend on it.

Their lives might depend on it as well.

Governments and government bodies will try and assure the American people that they have nothing to fear from drones as they try to get free rein to use them at their own discretion. Americans shouldn’t believe them for a minute because they have everything to fear from their use and should insist that ironclad safeguards and limits on their use exist and are enforced. Drones give governments and government bodies great power and great power always comes with the possibility, actually the probability, of abuse. Make no mistake, abuse of power can and will occur unless their use is strictly controlled.

Government and government bodies using drones in the United States…if that isn’t a serious threat to Americans right to privacy, their privacy itself, their freedom and their civil liberties nothing is.

Governments and government bodies using drones in the United States…that doesn’t pass the smell test and never will. The very notion is un-American.

Drones in the United States…good grief, what’s next?

Particularly in the age of Obama, a President whose abuse of power is legendary and who presides over a government in which abuse of power is rampant.

Hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day, Re: Hating Valentine’s, FrontPage Magazine, February, 15, 2013

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Love your partner? Have romantic feelings for someone else? Better not express that love or those feelings in the Islamic world, especially on Valentine’s Day.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Islamic world could easily get you in a whole lot of trouble…it could get you beaten, tortured, mutilated, even killed. Islam demands complete, total, unwavering commitment to itself and its imperatives and personal romantic love, a personal romantic commitment to another human being, means that the commitment to Islam cannot be all-encompassing. That is why celebrating Valentine’s Day is verboten in the Islamic world, that is why Islamists revile the holiday, that is why Islamists all over the world forbid celebrating it and punish those who do, many times very severely. Valentine’s Day represents and celebrates love and commitment to something, someone, other than Islam, Muhammad or Allah and Islam and Islamists cannot abide or permit that.

Valentine’s Day 2013 has come and gone and the Islamic world remained true to form this year, as it has every other year as well and as it will every year until Islamists come to their senses and see love and commitment to human beings as a higher value than commitment to an ideology, until they recognize that personal romantic love and commitment to another human being is a higher value (and far more important and human) than commitment to a creed. This year as in other years, wherever Islamists live, Imams and other Islamists raged against Valentine’s Day and people who wished to celebrate it have been prevented from doing so and punished if they tried. So were people who wished to profit from it by selling goods which have become synonymous with it, like chocolates in heart shaped boxes or some such thing. There were angry sermons and angry mobs and Islamists did their utmost to suppress Valentine’s Day, to suppress and prevent its expression or celebration in any way, shape or form, to suppress and prevent expressing or celebrating personal romantic love and commitment to another human being in any way, shape or form.

For those of you out there who thought that loving another human being and being committed to someone other than yourself is the ultimate expression of humanity, is what being human is really all about, is the highest human value of all…not in Islam they aren’t.

Especially on Valentine’s Day.

Commitment to Islam precludes commitment to anything else, including other human beings. Loving someone else and being committed to them gets in the way of being committed to Islam. Valentine’s Day represents and celebrates commitment to something other than Islam, which is why its reviled and suppressed throughout the Islamic world.

If suppressing love and commitment for another human being and suppressing the celebration of that love and commitment isn’t sick and inhuman I don’t know what is.

Anyway, not being an Islamist and not living in the Islamic world, my love and I had a wonderful, joyous and meaningful Valentine’s Day.

I hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day too. The more love and commitment there is in the world the better and holidays that represent and celebrate love and commitment are fine by me.

That’s love and commitment to other human beings, not ideologies and creeds.