“Murphy’s Law” By Jim Murphy

Greetings from The Association Of Intolerant Judgmental Anti-News Reporting Xenophobic Firearms Owners Of West Texas.

I am a day late as we had a houseguest for three days and have been busy showing her around and visiting with her. During her stay with us she taught me some stuff on my laptop computer (which I don’t like all that much). Our houseguest was our 24 year old God Daughter who flew over from Suwon, Korea to spend a few days with us prior to starting her new job. We have known her for about 5 years and she is a very thoughtful and beautiful young lady. She actually wanted to surprise us for my Birthday but could not make connections so she got here as soon as she could. She starts a brand new job next Monday and of course it has something to do with micro-chips and computer programs. Very early this morning I drove her to Abilene, Texas which is about 90 miles North of San Angelo and she got on an American Airlines plane which was the start of her 16 hour flight back home. And I must tell you all that I do not handle little girls shedding tears very well.

PRINCE:

I am sure that the family of “Prince” along with many of his fans were shaken by the news of his sudden death. And once again, the media did their usual pathetic job of not only reporting the story but actually over-reporting the story. In watching a few minutes of Bill O’Reilly’s program he did his best to down-play the possibility that just perhaps there were drugs involved. Although I did not watch it myself, a friend told me that Megyn Kelly’s program was pretty much about nothing else than the career of “Prince” and his demise. I thought that perhaps this would pretty much end the wall to wall coverage BUT I was wr- – -; mis—–; incor—-; ……. a bit confused on this subject. The very next morning in the (Sub) Standard Times (our local liberal rag) , there appeared the odd article on his death.

It began at the very TOP of Section A, the front page. Then in Section A, page 5 there was nearly a half page article. Then in Section B, page 7 (the sports section) there was about a quarter page devoted to “Prince”. I thought to myself… ENOUGH! Ah, but I was wrong because in the GO (the entertainment section) we had the ENTIRE FRONT PAGE telling us of the passing of this music icon and just to make sure we didn’t miss the story in the middle of this GO Section there was a two page poster of “Prince”.

SO, with all this being said, I am now officially declaring this a “PRINCE FREE ZONE”. I recognize that he had musical talent as to many entertainers for whom I have little regard. And as I said I am sure his family and friends are saddened by his demise BUT please do not try to make him out to be more than he was and do not try to make me believe that had he not come along that our Democratic Republic would have folded. It might fold on us in the next couple of years but it has NOTHING to do with “Prince’s” life or his death.

OH, and before I forget, during the section of The O’Reilly Factor that I watched, I seem to remember that Bill O’Reilly himself reported that while an autopsy had been performed on “Prince” it would probably be WEEKS before results of the toxicology report could be known. REALLY? Funny, but I would venture to say that I and many other law enforcement officers have had a bit more exposure with autopsies and toxicology reports than Bill O’Reilly and there have been several occasions when I have had the results of both at least verbally given within 24 hours….. It damn sure wasn’t weeks before the results were known.

EU:

For those of you currently residing in the People’s Republic of San Francisco, I am speaking of the European Union….. which is apparently in a bit of trouble with at least Great Britain possibly dropping out of said European Union. Instead of resembling our own United States, it appears that the European Union leans a bit more toward the former USSR. I say this since the lion’s share of European countries are Socialist to the core.

I also seem to remember that Barack Obama spoke somewhat harshly about Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu making a speech before the U.S. Congress in which he spoke against the US/Iran nuclear deal and most far left liberals expressed their displeasure at a foreign leader speaking against a U.S. policy. Of course, many other countries including some Muslim countries were also against the U.S./Iran nuclear deal.

I listened to one of the British delegates to the European Union yesterday on the radio and he said that even as a delegate to the EU, he was for Great Britain pulling out of the EU and returning to an independent nation. This British representative also said the Barack Hussein Obama had spoken before the British Parliament and urged them NOT to withdraw from the EU .. AND.. that should Britain withdraw from the EU, then they would be put at the end of the line on trade agreements with the United States. And this is coming from a man who got bent out of shape when the Israeli Prime Minister simply spoke against the US/Iran nuclear deal WITHOUT MAKING ANY THREATS.

Seems a bit one sided. From everything I have read regarding the European Union, it is not working well at all.

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Raoul McPeters, Bill Morrill -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Roger Goertz, Jerry Carpenter, Sherry Welch, Shirley Boatright, Dick Burnett, Freddy Dietz, Bobby Black, Kaylee King (2) – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa), Kenny McPeters – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey, Vicki Watson – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Joyce Marie Severino – GA – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA – CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer – WI – Timothy Lincoln Palmer* (Newborn Grandson of CDR Bob Palmer – smallest of quads), Tyler Seddon – RI

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, CAPT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, LCPL Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – US MARINE CORPS – Kenneth Thomas – USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates, – US AIR FORCE – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO), LT JG Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA 74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“It was bad enough for the voters to make the colossal mistake of being taken in by appearances and ignoring realities. But to repeat that very same mistake with Trump, immediately after the Obama administration, is truly staggering. How many pied pipers are we going to follow off to parts unknown?”….. THOMAS SOWELL

“Just the thought of Trump appointing justices of the Supreme Court, who will have lifetime tenure and make decisions, for decades, that will determine whether we will still be a free people, should sober up all who have not been irretrievably hypnotized by rhetoric or so embittered by the betrayals of the Republican establishment that they can see little else, including life and death situations.”…. THOMAS SOWELL

“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”………… GEORGE WASHINGTON

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”.. GEORGE WASHINGTON

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”….. PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA), Charles E. Samuels Jr., Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D), Suspended San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI, John Kirby (State Department Spokesman), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO), Terry McAuliffe (D-VA)

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Bill O’Reilly FOX News, Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel, BLACK LIVES MATTER, The SIERRA CLUB, Megyn Kelly FOX News, Quentin Tarantino, The University of Missouri

*By Request

MORE STUFF:

WOW! What a surprise! Andrew Jackson’s likeness will be removed from the face of the $20 bill. When they started all this talk about changing the face on the $20 bill I could have told the world that it was going to be a black female who would grace the new $20 paper currency. And I thought that it would pretty sure be Harriet Tubman. I have read some of Harriet Tubman’s actions in assisting slaves to escape their situations on Southern plantations and getting them to freedom in the North. I am also sure that what she did certainly deserves recognition by everyone. But this all seems to fall into the category of “Change For The Sake Of Change”, a situation with which I do not find much agreement. I still liked my idea of creating a new U.S. Currency note, a $3 bill with either Janet Reno’s or Janet Napolitano’s likeness on the face.

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I would like to thank everyone for their birthday wishes. I had a great birthday with my good wife and I going out for lunch and I downed a generous portion of Cocoanut Shrimp with Pina Colada sauce. My absolute favorite meal when we go out to eat seafood. My other favorites are Italian and Mexican food. We had a great Mexican Food lunch yesterday and the day before I had Spaghetti and Meatballs. SO, within a weeks’ time I got to go out and eat my favorite foods…. OTHER THAN AN OLD FASHIONED HAMBURGER which is my absolute favorite and I had one of them today. Also, a good friend baked a Rum Cake for my wife and I and we polished that baby off in three days.

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When I hear these political news hacks speak very authoritatively about the upcoming Presidential election, I just have to wonder if the truth is found anywhere in their lives? In one breath, they say that Ted Cruz is hated because he is ONE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT. Then you hear some members of THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT talk and they claim that Cruz IS NOT ONE OF THEM AND THAT HE IS HARD TO WORK WITH. OK. Which is it? It can’t be both ways.

Then within a week or so I have listened to “The Donald” talk about how he has bought off politicians and has donated to both parties and that he was a “HUGE DEAL MAKER” but yet when the news hacks reported that Cruz and Kasich had made a deal regarding campaigning in certain states, “The Donald” said that those two making a deal was CHEATING. OK. Let me see if I can get this straight. Donald Trump donating money to politicians in order to get something done which will benefit him financially is perfectly permissible BUT if Cruz and Kasich agree to not do heavy campaigning in several states, then that is cheating. SO, flat out bribery is OK but making an agreement with no money changing hands is somehow illegal.

I am pretty sure that Donald Trump will be the Republican Nominee and I am damn near positive that Hillary will be the pick of the Democrats/Progressives/Socialists. AND if this is the case and if Hillary can escape indictment then we need to all take yoga classes so that we can be flexible enough to kiss our own asses goodbye.

The media mutts who are now so friendly toward Trump will turn on him like a school of piranha if he is the Republican Nominee.

I do not want to vote for Donald Trump but if he is the Republican Nominee then I will vote for him as he is the lesser of the two evils. The thought of Trump appointing at least 2 and probably 3 Supreme Court Justices is flat out scary…… BUT Hillary Clinton being in a position to make those same appointments is more frightening than swimming with salt water crocodiles.

I have heard several people say that they will never vote for Trump and some say that they will never vote for Cruz. But the alternative of either a write-in or not voting at all gives the election to Hillary. Think about that.

GOOD GUYS:

TED CRUZ; ALLEN WEST; JOHN BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; DAVID CLARKE, TOM COTTON; MIKE LEE

SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK

JEM

From Slavery to Freedom by Daniel Greenfield

As another Passover begins, the echoes of “Once we were slaves and now we are free” and “Next year in Jerusalem” resound briefly and then fade into the background noise of everyday life. We can board a plane tomorrow and fly off to Jerusalem. Some of us are already there now. But will that make us free?

Since Egypt we have become slaves again, lived under the rule of iron-fisted tyrants and forgotten what the very idea of freedom means. And that will likely happen again and again until the age ends. What is this freedom that we gained with the fall of a Pharaoh and the last sight of his pyramids and armies?

Freedom like slavery, is as much a state of mind as a state of being. It is possible to be legally free, yet to have no freedom of action whatsoever. And it is possible to be legally a slave and yet to be free in defiance of those restrictions. External coercion alone does not make a man free or slave, it is the degradation of mind that makes a man a slave.

What is a slave? A slave is complicit in his own oppression. His slavery has become his natural state and he looks to his master, not to free him, but to command him. Had the Jews of Egypt merely been restrained by physical coercion, it would have been enough to directly and immediately smash the power of the Egyptian state. But their slavery was mental. They moaned not at the fact of slavery, but at the extremity of it. When their taskmasters complained to Pharaoh, it was not of slavery, but of not being given the straw with which to build the bricks.

The worst slavery is of the most insidious kind. It leaves the slave able to think and act, but not as a free man. It leaves him with cunning, but not courage. He is able to use force, but only to bring other slaves into line. And most hideously, this state of affairs seems moral and natural to him. This is his freedom.

The true slave has come to love big brother, to worship at the foot of the system that oppresses him. It is this twisted love that must be torn out of him. It is this idolatry of the whip before which he kneels, this panting to know who his superior and who his inferiors are, this love of a vast order that allows him to be lost in its wonders, to gaze in awe at the empire of tomorrow which builds its own tombs today, that must be broken. These are his gods and he must kill them within himself to be free.

The Exodus is not the story of the emergence of free men who were enslaved, but the slow painful process by which slaves became a nation of free men, a long troubled journey which has not yet ended. That is why we celebrate Passover, not as an event of the past, but as of a road that we still travel, a long journey from slavery to freedom.

Having escaped from Pharaoh, they built a glittering calf, and having left the desert behind, they sought out a king. Every idol and tyrant was another token of slavery, a desire to put one’s ear up against the doorpost and become slaves for life. The idols have changed, but their meaning has not. There is still the pursuit of the master, the master of international law, of a global state, the gods of the superstate who rule over the present and the future and dispose of the lives of men.

There are far too many synagogues that worship the Democratic Party, rather than G-d, that bow to the ghost of FDR, the glittering echoes of Harry, Adlai and John, and the great golden statue of Hope and Change squatting obscenely over it all. And in Jerusalem far too many eyes look longingly to Washington and to Brussels, to the cities on the hill which offer order, truth and peace.

It is easy to slip into this kind of slavery. The pyramids are grand, the slogans are clever and the future seems assured. It is only when the dusty messenger comes along to whisper that “He has remembered”. that those who have not forgotten gather and some among those who have forgotten, remember that they are slaves.

In Egypt the system of the state had to be smashed, but not simply smashed, but discredited. It could not be a mere contest of power, but of reason. The war between slavery and freedom could not end until the system of slavery had become ridiculous, until Pharaoh appeared a buffoon and his power no more than organized madness. And yet even so for a generation liberated from slavery, this majestic system, the only one they had ever known, remained their template, and in times of crisis, their immediate instinct was to retreat back to the only civilization they had known.

The slavery of the present is a more subtle thing. It grips the mind more tightly than the body. It still remembers that men enslave themselves best. It knows also that true power comes from making all complicit in its crimes so that they are also complicit in their own degradation. The system only asks that each man enslave himself and kill his own children. And once he has done that, he will only feel it right to demand that everyone else do likewise.

Do it for the environment, for social justice, for the Pharaoh of every age and his ideology. Enslave your mind. Kill your children.

This is the slavery of the system. It requires few whips and many words. It nudges men to be their own taskmasters and to reach out their hands to the new Pharaoh in the hope that he will save them. It is this slavery which is so pervasive, which Passover wakes us from, if it has not already been perverted into the Passover of the system, into civil rights seders and eco-matzas with donations to Planned Parenthood which will do what the midwives did not, if has not become yet another tribute to the Pharaoh of Hope and Change.

“Once we were slaves,” the ancient words call on us to remember that we have been freed. That it is no longer Pharaoh who enslaves us, but we who enslave ourselves. “Now we are free men.” But what is freedom really? Is it the freedom of the system or the freedom of the self? The system proclaims that they are one and the same. And that is the great lie which ends in death.

Like the slaves of ancient Egypt, we are shaken, dragged out of our everyday routine and commanded to be free. But how do you command men and women to be free? You can lead them through the habits of free men and women who think of themselves as kings and queens, who drink wine while reclining, who sing loudly in defiance of all oppressors, who boldly proclaim “Next year in Jerusalem” while the Pharaoh of Hope and Change bares his teeth at Jews living in Jerusalem.

You can unroll the scroll of history and show them how they were taken out, but all this routine is useless unless they understand and are sensible that they are free. Free not in their habits, but in their minds. Ritual is the gateway to a state of mind. A ritual of freedom only succeeds when it invokes a state of mental freedom. Otherwise it is a rite, a practice, a habit whose codes may help some future generation unlock its meaning, but which means little today.

Passover is the beginning and the end. It is the start of the journey and the end of it and we are always in the middle, on the long road out of Egypt, discovering that there are more chains in our minds than we realized a year earlier or a hundred or a thousand years ago. Each step we take toward freedom also reminds us of how far we still have to go.

It is the ritual that reminds us that we are still on the journey, that though we have been lulled by the routine of the system, the trap of the present that like the soothing warmth of an ice storm or the peaceful feeling of a drowning swimmer, embraces us in the forgetfulness of the dying moment, concealing from us the truth that the journey is not over. The desert still lies before us.

This journey is the human journey. It is the recreation of what mankind lost when it defied G-d, when it turned with weapons on each other, when it built towers, created systems and tried to climb to heaven on the backs of slaves and pyramids. It is a transformative road that requires us to not only endure, but to learn.

Surrounded by willing slaves who preach the creed of slavery, we must speak for freedom. Though few seem to remember the journey or the chains, it is our duty to remind ourselves. The message of Passover fully begins only when the holiday ends and its habits carry over into our daily lives. Once we were slaves, now we are free.

Source: Sultan Knish

“Murphy’s Law” by Jim Murphy

Hello once again from the Association Of Jingoistic SUV Driving Xenophobes Of West Texas.

Last Saturday I was listening to ESPN Radio when I heard the report that the City of Philadelphia had issued an APOLOGY to Jackie Robinson for booing him in the Philadelphia Phillies’ home games against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Let’s see now. Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers for 9 years, 1947 – 1956 and Jackie Robinson died in 1972 at age 53 and 44 years after his death, the City of Philadelphia finally got around to apologizing to him.

Yes, I know that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first black player to play major league baseball. And, I am sure that being the first black player to play in the major leagues that a lot of the boos were directed at him for reasons of his color. BUT, let us not forget that one year in Philadelphia during an NFL game when the Philadelphia Eagles were losing, the Philadelphia fans booed Santa Claus at half-time.

I would also bet a large sum of money that at some point in time during his 9 year career with the Cleveland Browns that Cleveland running back Jim Brown was booed in Philadelphia. And it was not due to his skin color but rather that he ran through the Eagles’ defense as though they were absent.

I watched a program when Jim Brown was interviewed after he retired and the subject of how much courage it took for Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier in major league baseball and Jim Brown, a black man, pointed out that while it took courage on Jackie Robinson’s part to take the field every day, the REAL CREDIT should go to Branch Rickey, who was the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. And after leaving the Dodgers was the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and was instrumental in the signing of Roberto Clemente.

I am certainly not trying to demean the contributions to major league baseball by Jackie Robinson and I am sure that he was the victim of racial prejudice particularly during his early years. BUT I fail to see where an apology issued by the City of Philadelphia to Jackie Robinson some 69 years after being booed and 44 years after his death is all that newsworthy.

SO, I think that more than likely, Kenny Washington, who broke the color barrier in the modern NFL in 1946, a year prior to Robinson’s appearance in major league baseball probably deserves a little recognition and perhaps an apology from the sports fans in Philadelphia. More than likely, every single athlete who opposed a Philadelphia team was more than likely booed by the Philadelphia fans.

AND while we are on the subject of apologies, just when are the American people going to receive an apology from Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton and a whole host of other politicians for making a complete mess in Washington. D.C.?

You see, I do not think that the City of Philadelphia particularly owed a man who has been deceased for 44 years an apology. BUT this present administration does owe the American people, if not an apology, at least an explanation of why they have made such a complete mess out of our federal government… OH YEAH, I forgot…. It’s George Bush’s fault.

And I will tell you some folks who really deserve an apology from these professional lying politicians currently in power. And those are the families of those Americans who were murdered by Muslim Terrorists in Benghazi. The entire world watched as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and his entire administration tried to blame some video for causing the terrorist attacks on our embassy.

AND, while I am at it, the American news media and I am including FOX News owe the American people TRUTHFUL REPORTING OF THE NEWS EVENTS. I watched the other evening as Megyn Kelly kissed up to Al Sharpton on one of her rapier like interviews. And FOX News owes us all an apology for trying to convince the American viewing public that their main objective is “FAIR AND BALANCED” reporting. It is very easy to tell just exactly which viewpoint each of their in the tank guests will try to put forward. ANY NEWS PROGRAM that regularly has Geraldo Rivera or Juan Williams or a host of other flaming liberals on for a “Fair and Balanced” view are just plain lying their asses off.

But I believe that the group who deserve the biggest apology are Conservative Americans from the Establishment from BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES. In particular, the RNC has bungled everything they have touched since the days of the George W. Bush administration when Jim Gilmore was the Chairman. But it seems that this organization really began taking a serious downward trend when Ken Mehlman was chairman; followed by Mel Martinez; followed by Mike Duncan; followed by Michael Steele; followed by the present chairman Reince Priebus. These professional political hacks have basically taken over the Republican Party and have done a really poor job of following conservative values. AND, once again, they appear to be not nearly as interested in what the Republican voters desire as they are in maintaining CONTROL over the Republican Party.

As you all know, I am not a huge fan of Donald Trump, BUT, if he is near the delegate count necessary to obtain the nomination and the ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS of the RNC deny Trump the nomination, then they will be instrumental in destroying the Republican Party. While I do not support “The Donald” in his bid for the candidacy I still will vote for him in the general election. Just keep in mind who the opposition will likely be. I have heard some so called Conservative Republicans make the statement that they would rather vote for Hillary than Trump. I cannot make that statement nor can I make the statement that I will just stay home and not vote. Either way gives the office of President of the United States to Hillary Clinton….. LIVE WITH THAT!

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Raoul McPeters, Bill Morrill -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Charlotte Williams, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Roger Goertz, Jerry Carpenter, Sherry Welch, Shirley Boatright, Dick Burnett, Freddy Dietz, Bobby Black, Kaylee King (2) – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa), Kenny McPeters – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey, Vicki Watson – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Joyce Marie Severino – GA – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA – CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer – WI – Timothy Lincoln Palmer* (Newborn Grandson of CDR Bob Palmer – smallest of quads), Tyler Seddon – RI

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, CAPT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, LCPL Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – US MARINE CORPS – Kenneth Thomas – USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates, – US AIR FORCE – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO), LT JG Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA 74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“Hillary Clinton’s biggest selling point is that she has lots of experience in government, having been a Senator and a Secretary of State. But what she actually accomplished in those roles gets remarkably little attention…. The foreign policies under Secretary Clinton have led to one disaster after another, whether in the Middle East, in Ukraine, or in North Korea. Where are her successes?”… THOMAS SOWELL

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who comes near that precious jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. When you give up that force, you are ruined.”… PATRICK HENRY

“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties or his possessions.”… JAMES MADISON

“An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass.”… GEORGE WASHINGTON

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”… PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA), Charles E. Samuels Jr., Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D), Suspended San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI, John Kirby (State Department Spokesman), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO)

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Bill O’Reilly FOX News, Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel, BLACK LIVES MATTER, The SIERRA CLUB, Megyn Kelly FOX News, Quentin Tarantino, The University of Missouri

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MORE STUFF:

Earlier this week I saw an editorial cartoon in which the words were what caught my eye rather than the character. It had to do with the sage advice given to us all by our present administration. It says:

“When it comes to terrorism — if you see something–SAY SOMETHING”**

** UNLESS:

It offends someone or

Hurts people’s feelings or

Stigmatizes any group or

Perpetuates stereotypes or

Holds any one group accountable or

Intrudes on someone’s safe place or

Makes the Dixie Chicks Cry

You see, in one breath they are asking us to open our mouths and reveal what we see UNLESS it offends some particular person or group. In fact, I would just imagine that should you report some suspicious activity, this present Department of Justice under this worthless Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, would probably more inclined to investigate you than the person/group whom you reported.

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And since it is political season, the Pearls Before Swine comic strip has joined the fun. It seems as if Rat had decided to run for President.
When Goat asks him:

Are you a moderate sort of Eisenhower Republican?

A conservative Reagan Republican?

A far right Dick Cheney Republican?

And Rat’s answer was “What’s about twenty clicks to the right of Dick Cheney?”
WITH THAT…… RAT GETS MY VOTE!

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I know that I am preaching to the choir but this coming Presidential election is absolutely the most important in my lifetime for our country. And, while Donald Trump is certainly not my idea of the ideal Republican candidate, he is nevertheless LIGHT YEARS AHEAD of Hillary Rodham Clinton OR Bernie Sanders.

I have no idea whom Donald Trump might nominate for the Supreme Court… BUT…. I would wager a large sum that whomever it might be would be as RAT would put it, “About twenty clicks to the right of anyone nominated by Hillary Clinton.” AND please keep in mind that if The Donald were elected and attempted to appoint a slug, the Senate could still block his nominee. SO, I believe it is very important to begin to hold our Senators’ and elected Representative’s feet to the fire and make damn sure they are doing the job that they were elected to do.

And keep in mind that a President Hillary Clinton would be the death of our Republic.

GOOD GUYS:

TED CRUZ; ALLEN WEST; JOHN BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; DAVID CLARKE, TOM COTTON; MIKE LEE

SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK

JEM

The Fallacy of Focusing on Islamic Radicalization by Daniel Greenfield

There are Jihadists from dozens of countries who have joined ISIS. What do they all have in common?

The official answer is radicalization. Muslims in Europe are “radicalized” by alienation, racism and unemployment. Neglected by governments, Muslim youth band together and become terrorists. Muslims in Israel are responding to the “despair and hopelessness” of the “Occupation”. Muslims from the rest of the Middle East are angry over their “dictators”. Muslims from the Ukraine? Who knows.

Radicalization comes packaged with a set of local grievances and explanations. It contends that all Muslim terrorism is a response to local conditions and that we are responsible for those conditions. Even though the “radicalization” is Islamic, it denies that Islam plays a positive role as a Jihadist goal. Instead, like Halal liquor or hashish, it’s what Muslims turn to when they have been disappointed in the West or in their own governments. Islam is just what happens when a Belgian Muslim can’t get a job.

And yet Islam is the only positive uniting factor for Islamic terrorism.

Why otherwise should a Moroccan youth from a French suburb who works at a nightclub, the son of a rural Saudi farmer who has never been outside his country and an American teenager who converted to Islam all risk their lives to form an Islamic State? The Jihadis of ISIS are a truly multinational and multicultural bunch. They have traveled to two foreign countries that most of them have never been to.

What else unites them into a common identity that they are willing to kill and die for if it isn’t Islam?

Radicalization favors local explanations. But those local explanations don’t add up nationally or globally. Europe spends a fortune on social services and yet Muslim terrorism has only grown worse. Other immigrant minorities in Europe have lower unemployment rates and aren’t blowing things up.

Removing Muslim dictators in the Arab Spring didn’t lower terrorism; it vastly increased the power and influence of Islamic terror groups. Nor have changes in American foreign policy and greater outreach lowered Islamic terrorism. If anything the scale of the problem seems to have only become more severe.

The Israeli peace process with the PLO likewise vastly increased the terror threat and no amount of concessions has brought peace any closer. There are stateless Muslims throughout the Middle East. Jordan is filled with the same exact “Palestinians” as Israel, many of whom are stateless and have few rights, yet terror rates are far lower. Instead Muslim violence spikes where there are religious differences.

As we see in Iraq, Syria and Israel, religious differences are more explosive than political ones. And where religious differences don’t exist, Jihadists create them by denouncing their Muslim enemies as un-Islamic. ISIS is the culmination of a process that you can see among “moderate” Islamists.

The official explanation is that a multitude of local factors cause Muslim disappointment leading to some sort of irreligiously religious radicalism which can be cured by preventing that disappointment.

We are expected to believe that there are hundreds of explanations for Islamic terrorism, but not one. And while no doubt individual choices and emotions play a role in the making of a Muslim terrorist, the same is true in the making of a soldier. An army exists as part of a positive national ethos. Reducing an army to a series of personal dissatisfactions is absurd. So is reducing ISIS to individually dissatisfied people while ignoring what its members actually believe. It’s as absurd as believing that Hitler became a monster because he couldn’t get his painting career off the ground.

Islamic terrorism is a positive ethos. It is horrifying, evil and brutal, but it is not some nihilistic void. You can look at unemployment rates in Brussels or dissatisfaction in Saudi Arabia, but nobody decides to fight and die for a Jihadist group because they’re having trouble applying for a job at McDonald’s. They join because they believe in its mission. Ignoring the organizing principle of Islamic terrorism while focusing on local conditions that might make Jihadist recruitment easier misses the forest for the trees.

Radicalization programs, under euphemisms such as CVE or Countering Violent Extremism, assume that Islamic terrorism can be countered by forming a partnership with Muslim groups and social services agencies. While the West will ease Muslim dissatisfaction by providing jobs and boosting their self-esteem to make them feel like they belong, the Muslim groups will tackle the touchy issue of Islam.

These partnerships achieve nothing because social services don’t prevent Islamic terrorism; they enable and fund the very no-go zones and dole-seeker lifestyles that are a gateway to the Jihad. Meanwhile the Muslim partners are inevitably Islamists looking to pick up potential recruits for their own terror agendas. Western countries fund terrorism to fight terrorism and then partner with still more terrorists to train their homegrown terrorists not to be terrorists, or at least not the wrong kind of terrorists. This is what happens when the “Islam” part of Islamic terrorism is ignored and outsourced to any Islamist who can pretend to be moderate in front of a television camera for 5 minutes at a time.

None of this actually stops Islamic terrorism. Instead it empowers and encourages it.

The Islamist alliances suppress any discussion of Islamic terrorism as “harming” national security. Condemn the Muslim Brotherhood and you’re interfering with CVE efforts to stop terrorism by “educating” Muslims on real Islam and helping the Brotherhood take over entire countries to address the political anger of Muslims. At least the anger of those that are part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

And yet without discussing Islam, there is nothing to discuss.

There are plenty of unemployed non-Muslims in Europe. There are lots of bad governments all over the world. The non-Islamic factors on which Islamic terrorism is blamed are not unique to Muslims. Only Islam is. Islamic terrorism is unique and so its causes cannot be reduced to joblessness or bad governments. A unique outcome suggests a unique cause. And Islam is a unique cause. Islam is the unique cause of Islamic terrorism. There is no way to fight Islamic terrorism without acknowledging its organizing principle, its objective and its worldview.

You cannot fight “radicalization” without dealing with what Muslim terrorists are “radicalized” to do. Without Islam, all that’s left is the political and sociological hunt for individual motives while completely ignoring what unites these individuals together. And so CVE plays the seven blind men while ignoring the elephant in the room. And the terror attacks and the futile efforts to avert them continue.

The issue isn’t radicalization, it’s Islamization.

Islamization is what happens to individual Muslims and to Muslim communities. Islamization is also the goal of Islamic movements, overtly violent or covertly subversive. Islamization is not the answer of some radical preacher, but of the Islamic religion. This is not about jobs in Europe or democracy in Egypt.

Islam is not radicalized. It is radical. Like Communism or Nazism, it offers a totalitarian answer to everything. To truly believe in Islam is to possess the conviction that every country in the world must become Islamic and be ruled by Islamic law. Islamic terrorism is one tactic for realizing this conviction.

We cannot and will not defeat Islamic terror without honestly and bluntly confronting Islamization.

Source: Sultan Knish

In the City of the Decadents by Daniel Greenfield

Civilizations go through three stages; Barbaric, Vigorous and Decadent.

We can find all the barbaric civilizations to suit an entire faculty’s worth of anthropologists in the Middle East. And then back home we can see the decadent civilization that employs their kind to bemoan the West. Vigorous civilizations are a rarer breed. They change the world. But don’t last.

America used to be vigorous when it was moving west, producing at record rates and becoming a world power. It is growing decadent. And decadent civilizations fall to barbarians.

The barbaric civilization is purely crude. It runs on kinship. It is pre-rational and its guiding ethos is self-esteem often misspelled as honor. It has no notion of enduring facts or objective reasoning. It is incapable of recognizing inconsistencies in its code because truth is whatever it feels at a given time.

The barbarian has no morals. He obeys tribal codes that he does not understand, but accepts. Fairness exists only relative to his own interests. Empathy is foreign to him. He holds life cheaply and kills casually. He loathes outsiders and obeys no universal laws. His tribe is ruled by hierarchies which gain their position through brutality and trickery. And he assumes the world works the same way.

He cannot and will not interact with a more advanced civilization on any terms other than these. Cunning barbarians may learn the languages of more advanced civilizations and even ape their values for their own purposes, but they never adopt them. When a barbarian speaks of democracy, he means power. When he talks of religion, he means the worship of his own power. When he prattles of morality, he does not mean universal laws, but anything that impinges on his own power.

To the barbarian, all values are reducible to power. They are his gods, his religions and his laws.

The decadents are obsessed with filtering hierarchies of ideas and people. Their societies have grown too complex, too full of ideas, cultures and interest groups. The management of this unmanageable plenitude occupies all the energies of their fading civilization. They are the miser with the fading memory still struggling to count his gold. Decadents have too much of everything and no idea what to do with it except to squander it in fits of misguided and destructive impulses.

The decadent civilization has a million laws which it applies selectively. Its universal laws, inherited from a vigorous civilization, are buried between equivocation. Decadents don’t believe in objective truths and so they cannot have universal laws. Instead they mire them in so many legalisms as to be meaningless. The laws must be interpreted by a specialized caste. Everyone is always in violation of some obscure law. Life depends on a lawless dispensation from the law. Justice is impossible. Corruption is mandatory. The only way for the decadent civilization to function is to bypass its own safeguards through corruption, black markets and lobbying. This is true in all things.

The crucial task of the law is interpretation that keeps everyone from constantly being punished. This task is accomplished by lawyers, lobbyists and the politicians who are constantly adding more laws to fix the interpretations in the old laws creating a complex mass of contradictory information.

This holds true in every other area of decadent life.

Interpretation is what the decadent civilization does best. While vigorous civilizations discover new things, decadent civilizations endlessly categorize and re-categorize them to accommodate intellectual fads. Decadents compulsively seek new systems of organization. The computer age is the glorious final era of the decadents who finally have infinite ways to manage infinite information.

What they lack is any way of distinguishing what is worthwhile in both information and systems.

The decadents are great categorizers. They know where everything should belong. They employ armies of bureaucrats to operate vast filing systems which never quite work as planned. They spend fortunes on intricate information systems and yet the more speed and storage space they have, the less they seem able to filter worthwhile information from the morass of junk clogging up their time.

The decadent civilization is convinced that if it can amass enough information, its interpretations will be superior, but its information gathering techniques and its interpretative techniques are both fatally flawed by an inability to focus, by ideological obsessions and structural corruption. Scientists may have more rapid access to more information, but their community is more intellectually contaminated leading to worse results. Similarly, corruption undermines information gathering efforts from the start.

Vigorous civilizations understand that a process must be kept clean by open debate. Decadent civilizations operate corrupt closed processes while convinced of their own innate superiority. Decadents and barbarians both believe that they are always right and that the outcome will reflect that. They learn to forget setbacks or blame them on others. This is why they frequently fail.

The vigorous civilization is confident and skeptical. It understands the importance of mistakes in getting the right result. Decadents and barbarians don’t acknowledge mistakes. For barbarians, it is a matter of honor. For decadents, mistakes violate their confidence in their cultlike baseless theories. Unlike vigorous civilizations, their path to truth is constricted by their own intellectual corruption.

But decadent civilizations are also less interested in discovering new things than in disproving old things. The middling talents at the helm rewrite history while justifying their misrule by denouncing the achievements of their vigorous ancestors. Instead of standing on the shoulders of giants, they point out their flaws to obscure their own worthlessness.

Where the vigorous civilization disproves the old through its achievements, the decadent civilization considers the disproving of the old civilization to be an achievement in and of itself. Where the vigorous civilization outside its parent, the decadent civilization is still stuck fighting “Daddy”.

If you examine our achievements today, they have much to do with the supposed social progress we have made since the fifties. Much of this progress is a matter of outlook, rather than in reality. We are better because we are morally superior. Not because we actually do more.

Despite the disdain for the past, decadent civilizations struggle to do more than deconstruct and then helplessly imitate the past. Chaotic deconstruction of past creative arts is followed by retro copying of them, first ironically and then earnestly. Nostalgia becomes the central industry of a dying civilization mired in irony and incapable of mining its own culture for creative energies.

The central cultural critique becomes updating older works to more politically correct forms. A classic character is remade black or gay. Problems with diversity or sexism are tackled. The critic becomes a commissar whose job is to sanctify the transformation of an old politically incorrect work as politically correct. That is the role of the social justice warrior.

All this energy makes it appear as if there is cultural ferment when nothing is actually being produced. Instead older works are being “cleaned up” in keeping with new social values by a civilization that frantically chews up the past in a desire to forget the problems of the present.

People living in decadent civilization have a greater need for entertainment due to leisure time, extended adolescence and the breakup of the family. But their lack of meaningful work, family engagement and adult responsibilities leaves them less able to produce it. Instead they become children putting together pieces of stories that “Daddy” once told them while taking the credit.

Decadents confuse criticism and curation with creativity. They develop great sensitivity to everything from literary styles to foods. In a decadent society, everyone is a cultivated critic, but these critics value style over substance. Their criticism is a cultural signal rather than a mastery of technique.

The decadent civilization is obsessed with taste as brand. It is sensitive to subtleties, but fails to see the large flaws in a work. Its creativity is microscopically innovative and macroscopically a failure. Its subtle refinements cannot compensate for the lack of vision. It has style, but no substance.

In a decadent civilization, everyone can be a critic or a collector of something, even as no one actually produces anything new until there are more critics and collectors than creators.

The decadent civilization spends much of its time and effort in a battle against apathy. It is forever “raising awareness” about something or other. Its sophisticated messaging however creates apathy as quickly as it erases it. Its messaging becomes more short term and more hysterical. Everything is a crisis and every message is pitched at the shrillest possible level. And the worst crime is not paying attention to its noise.

The outrage of today is quickly forgotten by the outrage of tomorrow. The organizers dream of sustaining awareness for real change only to dive into the next round of short-term messaging.

In a decadent civilization, life becomes a constant political battle. Everything is politicized and nothing is personal. The individual is constantly being trampled by mobs in the forum.

Barbaric and decadent civilizations are both so dishonest that they are incapable of seeing their own lies.

The barbaric civilization simply does not understand the concept of a fixed truth. The minds of its people are capable of understanding it as an abstract notion, but not of holding it in their minds on a specific subjective matter of interest to them. A barbarian can understand that stealing is wrong, but not that robbing you is wrong.

A decadent however can understand that stealing from you is wrong, but not that stealing itself is wrong. The decadent civilization does not have fixed truths. Its people are trained to apply mores to subjective situations, much as barbarians do naturally. While barbarians can evolve from the fixed truth to the fixed value, the decadents have devolved by rejecting the fixed truth.

Fixed truths have been deconstructed and routed through a complex array of relativistic values. A decadent understands that murdering this baby right here is wrong, but can be taught that it is acceptable to trade parts of dead babies. For decadents in an information society, definitions are very important. Decadents and barbarians have an empathy that is triggered by cultural signals.

For barbarians, these signals are honor-shame kin-based. For decadents, the cultural signals are group-based signals that are routed through complex intellectual justifications. These justifications create their own unrecognized hypocrisies. Both operate on the moral blindness of herd logic.

Groups are politicized and every moral code is routed through an identity politics based on insecurity. There are no morals, only sides. Responses are emotional to shortcut rational reasoning. Decadents function like barbarians, convinced of their own superiority with no self-awareness of their flaws.

A major difference between vigorous and decadent civilizations is objectivity and long term thinking. Decadents are incapable of either while vigorous civilizations thrive on both. If decadent civilizations could engage in long term thinking, they wouldn’t be doomed. If they could engage in objective reasoning, they wouldn’t be slaves to the media machines under a lawless tyranny.

The barbaric and vigorous civilizations speak little of sex and yet have high birth rates. Decadent civilizations are obsessed with sex and have few children. Perversions multiply in decadent civilizations, especially among the elites, who have the fewest morals, the most wealth and the greatest need for new taboos to violate. This is not a cause. It is only the symptom.

Gay marriage, like so much else, is the symptom of a decadent elite that confuses its own power and privilege with civil rights, that wants to legalize its illicit behaviors even though it only embarked on them because of their illicitness. In its perversity, it must find new taboos to violate each time an old one becomes socially accepted, before then embarking on a civil rights struggle to make its latest taboo socially acceptable.

Barbarians have large families and a tolerance for limited personal space. They speak loudly, are more casual about the deaths of their children, and view success in terms of power. Decadents speak softly, have a high need for personal space, have small families while obsessively controlling and coddling them and view success in terms of their own unattainable happiness. Vigorous civilizations have medium sized families, speak loudly, view success in terms of personal accomplishment, are not too concerned about personal space and value their children while allowing them to take risks.

Decadents want emotional rewards without commitments. As a result they are constantly unhappy. They pursue happiness as if it were a quality that could be permanently obtained through the right techniques, rather than a shifting response to the rigors of daily life. The more decadents do this, the more unstable they become, obsessively self-medicating and attempting to otherwise set the conditions of their happiness by controlling its application, and blaming others for their failure.

The more deranged decadents search for those who deny them their right to happiness by failing to accept them, reward them or otherwise please them until they find meaning only in attacking others. Behind their venom is narcissistic self-pity, they are searching for revenge against a cruel world when they are the authors of their own unhappiness.

The decadent civilization senses inwardly that it has no future. It becomes obsessed with apocalypses. Its people are always fixated on the next great threat to their health individually and the next great disaster that will bring their civilization to its knees. While vigorous civilizations boldly stride forward into the unknown, decadents are nervous and unsure. They veer between comfort zones and ritualized displays of destructive behavior that accomplish nothing.

Vigorous civilizations pursue meaningful risks. Decadent civilizations pursue meaningless ones. For a vigorous civilization, adventure ends with an accomplishment. For a decadent civilization, risk is the accomplishment.

The decadent civilization obsessively manages risk. Its layers of government are mainly dedicated to that task. Accomplishment in a decadent civilization becomes a difficult task because of the many lawyers of corporate and government risk management standing in the way of getting anything done.

Fear is the true currency of the decadent civilization. A corrupted fear that is used to expand a vast bureaucracy that claims to manage risk, but in reality manages who is allowed to circumvent it. Groups are stampeded into accepting new tiers of fear government and fear authority based on the risk that something might happen. And yet the source of the fear is never dealt with.

A vigorous civilization rushes out to deal with threats. A decadent civilization imprisons itself out of fear.

Decadence in a civilization can be reversed. While the barbarian civilization must evolve upward, the decadent civilization must undo the damage that is devolving it. This is easier than it seems. Unlike the barbarian civilization, the decadent civilization has most of the same infrastructure, physical and mental, of the vigorous civilization. Only its ideas have become corrupted. And ideas can be healed.

Barbarians advance by absorbing transformative new concepts. Decadents however must unlearn their new concepts by recognizing them for the dead ends that they are.

Source: Sultan Knish