A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Trump Paid Lots of Taxes

MSNBC’s disclosure of some of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return proved one amazing thing:  Donald Trump not only paid his taxes in 2005, but it was 24 percent of his income, compared with 19 percent of Obama’s income.  He paid $36.5 million in income taxes on $153 million in earnings.

 

What Rachel the Marxist Maddow was after was not really whether he paid taxes, but how much money he makes in a given year. For Limousine Liberals, the sky’s the limit on high-income brackets.  But if you’re a Republican, especially a nouveau Conservative Republican like Trump, your income status gives the Liberals free rein to target you as a greedy, evil Capitalist.

 

Wow. Donald Trump is a Capitalist?  Who knew?

 

My older brother’s taxes are high. Not in the millions.  But he pays plenty for the privilege of working hard, owning his own home, and saving for the future so he won’t have to depend upon anyone else.  I’m not good at math, but I believe that Trump’s taxes are equal to about 2,000 people in my brother’s income bracket.

 

The question is: where does all that money go?  Do Trump’s sizeable taxes go to building up the military?  Evidently not. Have they brought down our debt?  Nope.  Have they repaired or rebuilt a single interstate bridge?  Have his taxes accomplished a single thing set down in the Constitution?

 

No. What Trump’s money and my older brother and his 2,000 income-tax bracket companions are paying for are bureaucratic salaries.  Northern Virginia underwent an incredible building boom shortly after Obama was elected in 2008.  Thousands of IRS agents were hired while our military was decimated, our border was relaxed, and those of us unfortunate enough to lose our jobs have had to rifle through our savings or take four part-time jobs in order to get by.

 

The time has come to tune out those chattering monkeys on the Fake News shows. How anyone can believe a word they say is simply unbelievable.  They must either be on public assistance, drugs or the snowflake baby bottle, filled with the Leftist Kool-Aid.

 

Donald Trump – a rich guy. Imagine that?

 

 

 

 

Published in: on March 16, 2017 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Day Without a Woman

Suffering from one of those infections to which women are prone, I wasn’t going to post a blog today.

 

But then I remembered it was A Day Without a Woman Day. There was no way I was going to be part of this Communist Holiday (March 8 is International Women’s Day).  The American Communists thought they were so clever, renaming the holiday for American women.  Thanks to Rush Limbaugh, however, the information got out.

 

International Women’s Day is just another one of those “days” the Communists use to sew division between women and men, women and their companies, women and their male co-workers, wives and their husbands, sisters and their brothers.

 

Thank goodness, I just happened to speak to my younger brother today. Take that, International Women.

 

I’m not your international sister, wife or mother. I happen to like men.  I happen to think men are superior to women in some ways.  This morning, the UPS truck pulled up.  A man was driving.  He picked up the package and brought to the common doorway.  Sometimes I see female drivers.  But not often.  Even if they could handle the packages (and there are some women who, God bless them, can tote a heavy load), they often can’t handle the stress of UPS’ demanding schedule.

 

As a species, women can leave a lot to be desired (not usually in that department). We talk too much.  We whine too much.  We complain too much and argue too much.  We’re very quick to pick out the faults of the other sex, but rarely examine our own.  We think temper tantrums are a natural, God-given right.  A Day Without a Woman?  Just think of the exquisite silence men must be enjoying in Woman’s absence.

 

We demand equal pay. We may demand it, but we don’t necessarily earn it or deserve it.  The one thing we can do that men can’t tends to get in the way.  We cost companies a good deal of time in terms of productivity (especially if one of our specialty “productions” shows up; work comes to a screeching halt).

 

Women have proven that they can do pretty much anything a man can do (including swear; still, I defy you to produce the woman who can naturally grow a beard) – and then they blow it by opening their mouths.

 

Show the importance of a woman? Show me the baby to which she gives birth and I’ll show you an important woman.  The rest is all pocket change.  Who cares if you’re the CEO of a company?  Who cares if you can weld a steel pipe?  Who cares what you do, “sister”?

 

If you were all that you say you are, you wouldn’t be giving yourselves a holiday, another excuse not to work while the men do.

 

International Women’s Day? Give me a break.

 

Here’s to my brothers, who are busy working today, and to the good women silently working beside them. I only wish I was.

 

Published in: on March 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mom and the Russian Winter Olympics Official

“I am Russian Winter Olympics Official and you MUST let me on board this bus!” the burly Russian yelled at my mother.

 

A snowstorm was raging, Mom was on her last run back to the Winter Olympics Village in Lake Place, N.Y. – there would be no more buses that night, and her bus was standing room only, right up to the yellow line. She was at least 20 passengers past her legal load.

 

Mom was at an impasse on the mountain. Did she follow the state transportation law and refuse this last group of passengers, thus probably creating an international incident?  Or did she follow common sense and humanity and let this guy – and the handful of people with him – on the bus?

 

“I’m already overloaded,” she said. “It’s against the law for me to allow any more passengers on board the bus!”

 

(“Mom!” I exclaimed, as she told me the story at our kitchen table. “You didn’t just leave that guy out in the snow?!  I mean, I know he was a Russian and all but…”

 

“Well,” she fretted, “I was overloaded and it was snowing. If the cops had stopped me or I’d gotten in an accident, I could have lost my license.

 

“So you stranded them?!”

 

“Oh, well, let me my finish my story!” she cried.)

 

But Mom knew very well what she had to do – it was also against the law and humanity to strand passengers. She’d done her duty in refusing them.  She turned in her seat and looked back to the passengers standing in the aisle.

 

“What do you think, folks?” she asked. “Can you squeeze in a little more and let these last people onto the bus?  I know you’re already crowed.  But there really aren’t going to be any more buses tonight.  We can’t just leave them here to freeze.”

 

The people murmured among themselves for a moment. Then followed a shuffling towards the back of the bus.

 

“Okay, driver,” a man said, finally. “We think there should be enough room now.”

 

The Russian Winter Olympics Official was the last passenger aboard.

 

“Dank you wery much,” he said. “You are wery kind lady.”

 

That was early 1980. Ronald Reagan was still struggling for the Republican nomination.  The Iron Curtain – the Berlin Wall – still stood between East and West Germany.  Certainly, my parents had no use for Communists or Communism.  Or bureaucracy.  Fortunately for the Russian Winter Olympics Official, God, not the state of New York, had the final say on whether he would get aboard my mother’s bus, a being whom the Russian government had discounted and outlawed.

 

A few years later, it would be my turn to deal with a “Russian official.” By now it was the Age of perestroika (“economic reform”) and glasnost (“publicity”).  Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachov, admittedly a very different kind of Russian from, say, Vladimir Putin, were “pals.”  The Berlin Wall was torn down and communism was defeated.

 

Personally, I thought the death of communism was very much a premature report. Communism was alive and well right here in the United States on college campuses, in worker’s unions, in our bureaucracy, and in our press.  I’d had a belly full of communism in college and high school.  It didn’t look dead to me.

 

In my career travels, I found myself temping, and then working “permanently” for a large oil company, in various departments, including Project Planning and Construction. I’ve described this job before and the encounter I had with some Russian official who might have said he was a minister of some sort – energy, probably.

 

I won’t bore you with too many of the detail of a story I’ve already told. Needless to say, I didn’t know what to do with him.  Unless he wanted to order a carpet, there wasn’t much I could do for him.  Finally, Olga, the Terrible, dealt with him.

 

Later on, I had the pleasure of speaking with the man he was trying to contact. He looked a lot like a younger version of that fellow we see on television now, our new Secretary of State.  I don’t quite understand why people take these curious assignments?  He worked for an oil company.  Why didn’t Trump nominate him to be Secretary of Energy?  I don’t know if they’re the same guy or not.  Probably not.

 

Oh well. Anyway, we were talking and he said that he contacted the Russian first.  I was a little concerned for this guy. Perestroika or not, I was worried he might get into trouble.

 

“If you contacted him first, why did he call my number?  Didn’t you give him your business card?” I cried.  The fellow looked a bit flummoxed.  Maybe the Russian official lost it.  Business cards are skittery things.  They tend to fall in between car seats and out of pockets onto the sidewalk.

 

According to the Democrat playbook, this fellow (who may or may not be our Secretary of State), my mother and I, should have all been placed under federal wiretap for conversing with a Russian. They use a very broad definition of “meeting” to include anything from bumping into a Russian on the sidewalk and saying, “Izvinite!” (“Excuse me”) to “Davayte zaplanirovat’ vstrechu na sleduyushchuyu sredu chtoby obsudit’ sverzheniye pravitel’stva Soyedinennykh Shtatov;  vot moya vizitnaya kartochka” (“Let’s schedule a meeting next Wednesday to discuss overthrowing the United States government; here’s my business card.”).

 

The Democrats began their henny-penny crying of “The Russians are hacking; the Russians are hacking!” last summer. When one FISA court refused the Obama Administration’s request for a wiretap order for Trump Towers last summer, the Democrats – with their help of their media counterparts – continued and increased their allegations – until another FISA court issued the order they wanted.

 

Once they began the wiretap, what did the Democrat operatives find? Absolutely nothing.  Zip.  Nada. Nichego.  Apparently, Trump was becoming suspicious and as president, they believed he would begin an investigative into Obama’s abuse of power.

 

So with the help of “Representative” Al Franken, they threw a curveball at Sen. Jeff Sessions during the nomination hearings for Attorney General. The question was a little like the loaded question, “How often do you beat your wife?”

 

Sessions had met with the Russian ambassador exactly twice.

 

According to Fox News and Heritage Foundation scholar Hans von Spakovsky, the Obama administration helped set up the first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian ambassador in 2016. Von Spakovsky wrote at FoxNews.com that the event at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that his employer hosted was attended by Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

 

Spakovsky writes that the event was a conference titled “Global Partners in Diplomacy,” where Sessions was the keynote speaker. It was sponsored by the State Department, the Heritage Foundation and other organizations. The Russian ambassador was one of just many guests at the speech.

 

The hand-shaking meeting was about the equivalent to Sessions bumping into Kislay on the street (goodness knows, I’ve covered enough such events as a photographer; not exactly the forum for verbally passing on state secrets; although Obama found the noisy atmosphere conducive to passing the message onto then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that “I’ll have more flexibility [to negotiate with Vladimir Putin] after my election”).

In the second instance, Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sregey Kislay in his (Sessions’) office, at the envoy’s request. Sessions, who sat on the Armed Services Committee while in the Senate, said they discussed a number of issues, including Russia’s involvement in Ukraine.

 

“We had a disagreement over that,” he said. “The Ukrainian ambassador had been into my office for a meeting the day before, and so we had a little disagreement over the Ukrainian issue.”

For not “confessing” to these “meetings” – only one of which was a true, scheduled “meeting” and which was perfectly within Sessions’ purview as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and not a matter which he necessarily had to “admit” to as though he were under interrogation for collaborating with a possibly hostile nation (the meeting itself apparently was hostile enough) – Democrats are still calling for his resignation, and a special prosecutor.

 

 

“It is insufficient for Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself from any matters concerning the presidential campaign. He must resign,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer thundered in a statement last Thursday.

After all, Hoyer is a Congressional Democrat official!!

 

The first meeting, a Republican conference to which the White House invited the Russian ambassador, could be misconstrued as a political meeting. Sort of.  But that means that the Democrats and the White House, in particular, knew about it.  The meeting was no secret, therefore, Sessions wasn’t “obstructing” the interrogation – er, investigation.

 

The second meeting had nothing to do with the political campaign at all, but rather a matter of national security, or at least the national security of our allies in the Ukraine. If Sessions was “schooling” the Russian ambassador, than where was the complicity.  How do Democrat charges of “collusion” stand up to scrutiny?

 

This is what we get for electing a clown – Al Franken – to the House of Representatives. This is also what we get for electing a communist-leaning Democrat – Obama – to two terms in the White House?

 

Could there be anything more absurd than a lame-duck president, Marxist in every way, along with his equally Marxist senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, accusing a man who is probably the most Capitalist former businessman in the United States of America, Donald Trump, of “colluding” with Vladimir Putin, who wants to return Russia to the Soviet Union of the 1950s, gulags and all?

 

Back at Exxon, I wondered about the soundness of seeking out the Russians (the former Soviet Union) as business allies. But then, thanks to former Pres. Richard Nixon, the business door to China was thrown open in 1971.  The Chinese were more than happy to welcome American businesses and steal all their ideas, business models, and inventions.  So how much worse could the Russians be?

 

Russia, like China, is a military threat. Putin is beating his chest and pounding the war drums.  Donald Trump does not want to see us go to war with Russia.  Or China.  But he also knows he can’t negotiate with a weak military hand.  We must increase our military might to be prepared in case that threat turns into a reality.

 

In the meantime, our Negotiator-in-Chief is, for his pugnacious posing, a peaceful bull. He’s willing to try diplomacy first.  I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The Russian threat and our naval stand-off result in our pulling our military bases out of Turkey.  We didn’t know it, but JKF negotiated with Khrushchev.  He negotiated badly, in my opinion, as did Pres. Nixon.

 

Meanwhile, the indoctrination of our nation’s youth into Marxism continues unabated. We have a single-minded policy that is attempting to criminalize the opposition.  Let us hope that Pres. Trump takes a firm hand, and makes a recess appointment of a new deputy attorney general.  The weasels (think Chuck Schumer) and vermin are clawing at the maw of freedom and justice, desperately trying to avoid the fate of despotism and bureaucracy – being flushed away by transparency and true democracy.  They’ll do anything to avoid being thrown onto the dung heap of history, as they so richly deserved.

 

The Democrats have no evidence, other than what they themselves have manufactured. They have no case.  They have no credibility.

 

They have – nothing.  Except arrogance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on March 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Minding Someone Else’s Manners

In today’s let-it-all-hang-out culture, which has dominated our society since the Sixties,  you wouldn’t think etiquette would be much of a subject for drubbing. But you’d be in error.

 

Many years ago (now), we were having a departmental luncheon, paid for by the department. I must admit, I didn’t hold a very high opinion of my co-workers or my supervisor.  Their manners were decidedly wanting.

 

Still, as I didn’t care much about them and I was tremendously hungry, I began to nibble at my meal. I was soon given to understand that I’d created a serious gaffe and was obliged to put my fork down.  Later, the said supervisor gave me a royal dressing down for disrespecting her.  This same supervisor would dress me down again for a birthday bash in which I not only grabbed a doughnut out of turn, but invited some temporary workers to partake of the breakfast feast.

 

I acknowledged my doughnut debacle but dressed the supervisor herself down (she was a good deal younger than I was) for her cruel rudeness in excluding the temporary workers.

 

You’d think I’d have known better, having been brought up amidst Admiralty Receptions. The admirals deserved my respect; I couldn’t say the same at all for that supervisor.

 

The year is not 1815 and we’re not guests at the Netherfield Ball. Those who’ve read Pride and Prejudice, the classic, 18th Century novel of parlour-room manners and romance, know the disgrace that improper behavior could bring upon young ladies of that era.  But in the 21st Century?

 

Still, some rules are supposed to still apply, even in our decadent age. One of those rules is that ladies seat themselves properly in public, with their knees together and their feet flat on the floor.  That is what I had to tell the young female pupils in my very brief career as a school photographer:  hands together, knees together, feet together.

 

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s senior advisors and the woman rightfully regarded as the key to his successful election as president, has come under the quizzing scorn of the “Ladies” of the Left, a word I use guardedly. Conway was photographed in the elegant Oval Office sitting on an Oval Office couch in a short skirt with her legs tucked under her and her visible legs spread somewhat apart.

 

“Heavens above!” to paraphrase Pride and Prejudice.  “Are the shades of the Executive Mansion to be thus polluted?!” shrieked the Mainstream Media, while college-educated Conservative women squirmed silently, unwilling to criticize a woman so critical to the election of our newly-minted Conservative president.

 

We were taught since toddlership that same rule I mentioned above: hands, knees, feet together on the floor (if our feet could reach the floor).  Never tuck your legs under your body while sitting.  Especially if you were wearing a dress.  Plus, always wait until the hostess signals that it’s time to eat.  Keep your elbows off the table.  Don’t talk with your mouth full.

 

Why such a flap over Kellyanne? This kind of gossip always brings out the Caroline Bingley in all of us, sneering at the lower classes who don’t know a cocktail fork from a dessert fork or how to eat bread properly (always pull the roll apart into small parts; never cut it with your knife).

 

Still, no matter how much we might want to defend her, the simple fact is, you don’t do The Wave in an exclusive West Side restaurant the way another set of co-workers did on a trip into the City after first sampling too much of the drinks at the bar in the front. Nor do we curl ourselves up on a couch in the White House as though we were getting ready to watch our favorite Pride and Prejudice movie on a Saturday afternoon when we’ve sent the kids out with their dad to play miniature golf.

 

We all make social gaffes, for which we suffer the consequences. However, the consequences should not go on longer than a lengthy dinner sermon by Mr. Collins or a piano concerto by sister Kitty.

 

Let us rather look to the example of Elizabeth Bennett’s sister Jane. “My dear Jane,” Elizabeth tells her, “you are too good.  Your sweetness and disinterestedness are really angelic…You wish to think all the world respectable, and are hurt if I speak ill of anybody.”

 

Mr. Bennett, their father, takes the folly of the world, his wife’s, his five daughters’, and even his own, in stride.

 

“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”

 

 

 

 

Published in: on March 3, 2017 at 6:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Does Anyone Have the Key to Solving Mailbox Crime in California?

Neighbors are neighbors, even if they’re 3,000 miles away on another coast.  What happens in their community concerns me as much as if it was happening in my own community.  Thank goodness for Facebook, which makes keeping in touch with them as easy as clicking my mouse.  What one former neighbor who now lives in San Jose, Calif., reported was particularly alarming.

J H

March 1, 2017· 3 hrs ·

I Must Vent! Someone broke into my street’s mailbox units….again! This is getting to be too common and beyond frustrating. Looking for 401K information I’m sure. This sucks. Neighbor’s identities were stolen last year after our mailbox unit was broken into, and the kicker… they break into it during the day! I need an outdoor camera that can handle getting wet and the battery life needs to last a long time. The one I have is not up to par. Please any suggestions would be great!

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B H That happens all the time at my house. Jim and mom’s mail was stolen twice. The second time, Jim had welded a cast iron locking mail box to a metal post and cemented it in the ground. They dug up the post and took the whole thing! I get mail delivered to the shop because of it…

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J C Oh no. That happened when I was living in apartments a few years ago. This time of the year, they are looking for tax refund checks. Can you have a wired one that can see the street?

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J W Jens we did away with the Arlo cameras. Given how much motion they ended up detecting, we were going thru batteries every few weeks. I’ll offer Steve the cam’s we’re not using any more. Maybe you can install one a lot closer to the mailbox? We stepped up to the new Nest weatherproof cameras. Much better for our needs, although far more expensive. …See More

 

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At this point, I joined in the feed and reminded her that mail theft was a crime and that they should report it to the postal inspector.

 

J H Oh we all know it’s a federal crime to steal mail, and my neighbors and I have reported it multiple times, but They don’t give a rats ass. It is happening all over San Jose. They target the group boxes because they can get a bunch of mail all in one shot. We have two of this metal boxes on our street and both got broken into yesterday afternoon. I came home with the kids from school and was going to get the mail when I spotted the main door where the mail carrier puts the mail in, was wide open as was the one down the street and all the mail was …

 

So I promised her I would research the problem and post the results here on my blog in the hope that someone will encourage the authorities to step up their investigation. My research revealed that it’s not just happening all over San Jose, but all over California.  I turned up a whole conga line of mail theft stories – and one video of a pair of brazen mail thieves armed with a mail box key – up and down the length of California, from Los Angeles to Bakersfield all the way up to the Bay Area.

 

In some cases, the units are ripped right out of the ground. But more often, someone has a key.  The period of Dec. 27-28, 2016 saw a spree of simultaneous mailbox thefts all using the same method.  As you’ll read, the Postal Service claims that postal service employees have not been found to be involved.

 

But then, how did the criminals get the keys? How hard would it be for someone with access to the key while on their route to have it duplicated?  Wal-Mart features a do-it-yourself key copier.

 

Following are the news reports:

Dec. 28, 2016

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Royal Coachman Estates sits on a hill in northeast Bakersfield with about 180 single family homes in a gated community. Just off Fairfax Road, the community is home to a mix of retired people, those still working and students.

“It’s a very quiet neighborhood,” David Davis said. He has lived there seven years and is president of the Royal Coachman Estates Homeowners Association.

But the tranquility gave way to some uneasiness recently.

Thieves rolled in under the cover of darkness at around 4 a.m. Dec. 24. A security camera recorded a gold-colored car that someone drove up to a set of mailboxes, and then two men wearing baseball caps got out of the car as the driver remained inside. The two men casually walked up to the mailboxes. They didn’t appear to be in any hurry.

Davis pointed to one of the men in the video.

“This is the guy that’s got the key,” he said.

The two men did not have to physically break into the mailboxes or vandalize them. One of them simply used a key to open at least five different mailboxes to gain access to multiple bins of residents’ mail.

Davis is clearly bothered.

“This is a break-in of a magnitude that annoys me, because the post office was well aware of the fact that somebody had duplicated their key,” said Davis. “And this is exactly what we have on camera.”

One of the men appeared to have a tattoo on his neck and wore a baseball cap with a diamond design in front. He didn’t reach into the box but rather held a plastic bag open and stood next to his partner, who decided which mail to take.

“The way he’s taking it out of here I thought was interesting,” David said. “He’s very selective as to which items and which boxes he goes into.”

Also telling is the fact that the thieves did not attempt to open three other sets of mailboxes. Davis said those make a great deal of noise when opening, and he believes the thieves already knew that information.

The thieves also apparently knew the code to enter into the gated community. Could all this have been an inside job?

Davis said he tried to reach the postal inspector on Tuesday to report the incident, but no one answered the phone.

Anyone who might recognize the pair or the vehicle in the video is urged to call police at (661) 327-7111.

 

Video: Thieves Steal Bank of Mailboxes From San Jose CA Neighborhood

Postalnews.com & NBC News Bay Area Dec.27- 28, 2016

Residents of a quiet San Jose neighborhood are concerned about identity theft after dozens of mailboxes were ripped out of the ground last week.

The theft happened last Thursday night at Heritage Bay Drive and Hassler Parkway in the Evergreen Valley area, where one of three large banks of mailboxes was stolen, leaving nothing but bolts protruding from the ground.

“We suspect this time a year, they’re looking for everything from W2s to billing information,” one resident said. “Who knows what it could be?”

Postal officials said someone ripped the stack of 40 mailboxes out of the ground, a rare occurrence even for those who investigate mail theft. Inspectors say thieves get especially aggressive around the holidays.

 

The Daily Press – Jan. 21, 2017

VICTORVILLE — Oak Hills resident Tim Hill snapped photos of his damaged community mailbox on Thursday and took a trip to the U.S. Post Office in Hesperia to put a hold on his mail.

 

Hill, who thought his community mailbox in the Summit Hills area had been broken into Wednesday night, was surprised when a Post Office employee handed him three days’ worth of mail.

 

“The employee told me that this happened three days ago and handed me three days worth of mail,” Hill said.

 

“This is the second time our box has been broken into. This first happened in December. That got fixed and then here we are some weeks later and lowlifes who don’t want to work damage our box again.”

 

Hill wasn’t the only one at the Post Office who left with a handful of mail that was undeliverable.

 

Phelan resident Myra Avina brought her two young children to collect her mail because several community mailboxes off of Phelan Road had been recently damaged.

 

Avina gave mail thieves the benefit of the doubt and believes strong winds are the culprit.

 

Regardless of how the boxes were damaged, many High Desert residents are forced to drive to their local Post Office because their mail is undeliverable.

 

One local United States Postal Service employee who declined to give his name told the Daily Press this is a problem that is “plaguing” not just the High Desert, but just about every community in Southern California.

 

Mail theft has been on the rise nationwide and crooks have become more brazen in their tactics in prying open community mailbox doors to steal mail. In one instance locally, thieves stole an entire community mailbox.

Until August, whenever a community mailbox was damaged and unable to have mail delivered to it, it was the financial responsibility of residents to replace or make repairs to their boxes.

 

According to USPS spokeswoman Eva Jackson, policy regarding financial responsibility for damaged or destroyed community mailboxes changed last August. The current policy for the “Pacific Area” states that the USPS is responsible for replacing damaged or stolen community mailboxes.

 

Prior to the change, according to Jackson, the USPS followed national policy, which states, “appropriate mail receptacles must be provided for the receipt of mail. The type of mail receptacles depends on the mode of delivery in place. Purchase, installation and maintenance of mail receptacles are the responsibility of the customer.”

 

“When the Neighborhood Delivery and Collection Box Unit or Central Box Units are no longer serviceable it is the responsibility of the homeowner to contact their local post office,” Jackson said. “The local post office will contact the Delivery Operations Support Department and Field Maintenance Department, who will order and replace the NDCBU or CBU. … Although we try to replace them within a week, it would depend on how many NDCBU or CBUs replacements we have available. If there is a high spike in replacement requests we would have to order more from the manufacturer if we run out.”

 

Locally, the Postal Service employees are seeing a heavy backlog of boxes in need of repair or replacement.

 

Victorville resident Sonia Padilla said her community mailbox was broken into and damaged in October. The mailbox has not been replaced and she has been forced to pick up her mail regularly at the Victorville Post Office.

 

However, Jackson told the Daily Press on Thursday that Padilla’s community mailbox has been repaired and the Post Office can resume mail delivery to her community.

 

While repaired, Jackson said it is still the USPS’s intention to replace the community mailbox as soon as the order of “new higher security units” was received.

 

More Video: Groundbreaking

 

 

July 3, 2016

BENICIA (CBS SF) — Police arrested a 20-year-old woman Wednesday in Benicia after officers found her in possession of a stolen car, stolen mail and heroin, police said.

Officers responded to an apartment complex on Rankin Way after they received a report that afternoon that someone had broken into the complex’s mailbox, according to police.

In addition to the missing mail, officer also learned a car had been stolen from the apartment complex, police said.

After a preliminary investigation, officers were able to locate the stolen vehicle and a suspect at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn at 1955 E. Second St., according to police.

The suspect, identified as Christina Figueroa, was found with stolen mail, heroin and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Officer arrested Figueroa on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. She was booked into the Solano County Jail, according to police.

Feb. 27, 2017

KPIX 5 (CBS) – San Francisco

We may be sending less snail mail but more of it is going missing. Authorities are seeing a spike in mail crime.

Michelle Pounder’s Valentines weren’t so sweet this year.

“They arrived delivered completely open,” she says.

Cards from her mother arrived ripped open, the cash inside missing.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was like, why would anyone do that?” she said.

She’s not alone. We received similar complaints via social media about money missing from Valentine’s and birthday cards.

Postal Inspector Jeff Fitch says they are aware of the problem.

“This video shot by a home security camera in Los Angeles shows a crook jogging from mailbox to mailbox,” he said.

Postal Service statistics on mail theft nationally indicate some progress is being made. The service investigated 1,400 cases in fiscal year 2015, down from 1,525 the year before, according to spokesman Frank J. Schissler.

Also, more than 2,500 arrests were made in fiscal year 2015, Schissler said, up from 2,335 in 2014.

If your mail has been taken, the chances are your neighbors’ has been taken.

Pounder believes, in her case, a postal worker may be to blame became her mailbox can only be opened with a key. When she reported the crime to her local post office, the postmaster told her it probably happened in their San Francisco facility by a ring of thieves throughout the USPS.

Another victim said she was also told postal workers were the culprits.

However, Fitch said, “The vast majority of people we pursue, investigate and arrest do not work for the postal service.”

He admits most people do not get stolen money back and advises people to register and insurer any valuables sent through the mail.

“These are federal offenses,” he says.

Pounder just wishes the people doing this would just have a heart.

“It’s not right,” she says.

Considering it is tax season, be mindful of sensitive information you’re sending through the mail. Opt for secure online uploads whenever possible, and lock or secure mailboxes.

San Jose Mercury News – Nov. 15, 2016

LOS ALTOS — A man and woman who were identified by Los Altos police in a press release Tuesday as mail theft suspects have been cleared of any wrongdoing, as authorities say they were actually victims of identity theft.

Kenneth Wayne Gates Jr., 28, of East Palo Alto, and Nichelle Rene Stanfield, 26, of East Palo Alto, were not the two people arrested for mail theft as originally reported by Los Altos police.

The two people arrested and released on citations illegally had Gates’ and Stanfield’s driver’s licenses and provided those to police when stopped. The photos initially released by police were also of Gates and Stanfield, not the real suspects.

Stanfield said in the time since the press release was issued her name and photograph have been circulating on social media.

“I don’t want anyone to think I’m a bad person,” Stanfield said. “That’s not me. I work for a living.

“This is pain and suffering to me. This is something that is going to remain in people’s heads.”

Sunday at 7:19 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Torwood Lane to investigate a “suspicious person” reported by a resident. Officers made contact with a man and woman who were in possession of mail taken from several mailboxes in the neighborhood.

Both were arrested for mail theft, and the woman was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Los Altos officers have been in contact with both victims and detectives are actively investigating two suspects for identify theft.  If anyone has any information, which might assist with this investigation, please contact the Los Altos Police Department Detective Bureau at (650) 947-2770.

 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

 

MILPITAS, Calif. (KGO) —

 

A Bay Area woman was jailed Thursday for mail theft and police say pulling off the crime was easy.

 

ABC News – A Bay Area woman was jailed Thursday for mail theft and police say pulling off the crime was easy. RELATED: Thieves use master key to steal mail in SF Leah Kaye Costa, 45, was in illegal possession of a U.S. Postal Service master key, allowing her to unlock mailboxes across the Bay Area.

Milpitas police arrested Costa after she parked illegally in a handicapped space. Police say she was high on drugs and that methamphetamine was found in her car. “A search was done of her car and located mail that did not belong to her,” said Lt. John Torrez of Milpitas police. Officials say the mail was from different addresses from the South and East Bay. “We also found a master key to one of the post office boxes in addition to handmade keys, possibly used to open up mailboxes,” Torrez told ABC7 News. Master keys can open community mailboxes found in countless neighborhoods across the Bay Area. Police believe that’s how Costa got more than a dozen pieces of mail.

“The arrest and recovery of the key will hopefully help stem some of the mail theft we’ve seen in the area,” Torrez said. Last Sept. two thieves were caught on tape breaking into a building on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco using a stolen or counterfeit master key to rifle through mailboxes. Mike Mani was the victim of mail theft and fears his identity may be at risk. “that’s what I’m afraid of, ID theft,” he said. “It’s happened to friends, a nightmare to get undone.” Police don’t know how Costa got a hold of the stolen or counterfeit master keys. The U.S. Postal Service is investigating.

 

East Bay Times – Jan. 31, 2017

FREMONT — Fremont police and federal postal inspectors said officers are investigating a recent increase in theft from mailboxes, including an episode where a mail carrier may have been followed during daylight hours.

After a busy holiday season where heavy shipment and package levels forced some workers to serve routes well into evening hours, the prospect of employees’ newly mailed W-2 forms and state and federal tax returns risks making even more vulnerable targets out of mailboxes.

Police mentioned hearing of reports on a social-media platform about the pursuit, which occurred around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 25 in the city’s Parkmont neighborhood, Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

“Unfortunately, mailboxes are not as safe and secure as they were 15 years ago,” Bosques said. “This was a super-unsophisticated crime of opportunity.”

Jeff Fitch, a postal inspector with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, said he spoke Tuesday with an inspector in the service’s Oakland office, which covers Alameda, Contra Costa and portions of Solano counties.

“We’re seeing an increase in mail theft statewide,” said Fitch, who added that stealing mail or breaking into postal vehicles can result in penalties of up to 5 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. “We are seeing a number of techniques through complaints filed with us, and reports made by local post offices.”

Fitch said it is critical to report any suspected mail-theft episodes not just with local police or sheriff’s departments, but with the Postal Service at 877-876-2455, as well as to monitor credit reports and bank statements in weeks following theft to catch possible fraudulent activity.

We hate to be the deliverer of bad news, California, but you can add wholesale mailbox/mail theft to your list of growing problems.

 

 

Published in: on March 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Trump’s Triumphant Address to Congress

Pres. Donald Trump has come a long way from his pugnacious campaign trail days. He still has a fight ahead of him, of a different nature than vying with candidates for the Republican nomination.  But he’s not that guy anymore.

 

Sometime around October or so, he stopped being that guy the Media loved to scorn and mock. He was giving a speech at a rally somewhere in Florida and it was amazing.  In fact, it was so amazing the Rush Limbaugh just about fell out of his chair.

 

“He’s not supposed to be able to do this!” Rush exclaimed. Rush said he couldn’t believe what he was hearing.

 

The Florida was no one-off, no freak or coincidence. In speech after speech, Trump proved that he had the stuff of which presidents are made.  Pundits (and Liberals) complained about his Inaugural address.  That speech was exactly what it needed to be – a repudiation of past administrations, especially Obama’s.

 

Last night’s speech, on the other hand, would have made Ronald Reagan smile proudly. Trump promised that it would be a positive, optimistic speech – and it was all that and more.

 

As a speechophile, I was listening carefully and critically. He had me at the first sentence, when he denounced the attacks on Jewish cemeteries.  He invoked civil rights.  Turns out, civil rights isn’t only about black people, or Hispanics, or women (who aren’t a minority at all).

 

Liberals have turned their backs on the Jewish people in favor of Muslims and the Palestinians. Trump got us back on track on that score.  One of his first meetings was with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the object of restoring relations with Israel.

 

The President touched on all the subjects nearest and dearest to Americans’ hearts: immigration and the Southern Border wall; jobs and the economy; terrorism; tax cuts for the Middle Class; infrastructure restoration; education and school choice; and support for the U.S. military and law enforcement.

Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice — in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.

That torch is now in our hands.  And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.

If his syntax is still a little jumbled, we must keep in mind that he is not a politician accustomed to public speaking. But he is a quick learner and he will catch on.

 

A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning.

A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation.

And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp.

What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American Spirit.

Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead.

All the nations of the world — friend or foe — will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free.

In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding — 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.

It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.

But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?

I will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future.

Choosing any single excerpt from his speech as an example of great speech-making and speechwriting is difficult, because the entire speech was masterful from beginning to end.

Then, in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet.  The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds — families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.

But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus — as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.

Finally, the chorus became an earthquake — and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first … because only then, can we truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

Actually, we Americans have been crying out since 2009. The trouble is, no one was listening, especially not the Republicans who tried to shut us up and shut us down.  Not every average American was on board, even though they agreed with our basic premises; they just felt little guys didn’t stand a chance against the entrenched bureaucracy.  They wanted a strong, out-spoken leader.  That’s when Donald Trump showed up and Americans went crazy with delight and relief.

 

Not everyone in the Congressional audience was “delighted” with Trump’s address. Someone apparently poured glue on the seats of the Democrats.  While the Republican side of the aisle roared with approval, giving one standing ovation after another, the Democrats sat on their hands, staring glumly straight ahead.  Once in awhile, a daring lone Democrat would stand up.  But they had to look from side to side to see whether they’d committed a Social Democrat blunder.

 

The Democrats suffer no rebels in their ranks; it’s a collectivist thing.

 

Trump’s affirmation of his promise to build The Wall was welcome news. The highlight of the speech, for me, was this:

 

As we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens. Bad ones are going out as I speak tonight and as I have promised.

 

If my guy friend hadn’t been sitting beside me, I would have jumped up and cheered. He also deplored the increase in gang violence in our inner cities.

“To protect our citizens, I have directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime.

“I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.

“We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth — and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted.”

And then there was this announcement, which drew loud gasps from the Left side of the aisle:

Trump said, “I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims.  The office is called VOICE — Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement.  We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media and silenced by special interests.”

He went on to list a number of people who have been killed by illegal immigrants that he would have banned from the country.

“It is not compassionate, but reckless,” he said, “to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.

 

“Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States.  We are also taking strong measures to protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.”

 

Yahoo! He said the words and called the enemy by its right name.

As for domestic issues, the main concern of Trump’s constituents, if not the Left and their propaganda machine, was whether he would keep his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress,” he announced, “to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare.

“Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do.”

Trump finished up his speech with some fine, patriotic rhetoric:

“We are one people, with one destiny.

We all bleed the same blood.

We all salute the same flag.

And we are all made by the same God.”

Glory, hallelujah!

Some pundits have been trying to hint that President Trump would grant amnesty to the so-called DREAM children; the off-spring of illegal aliens who were brought here as under-aged children. This has caused me some worry, living as I do in a town that supports such immigrants.

If these children are under-aged and their parents have been or will be deported, then the children should go with them. No one is talking about imprisoning them or placing them in internment camps.  They’re going to be sent back home to the country they came from.

If these children were sent here alone, as many of them were under Obama’s watch, then they should absolutely be sent back home to their families. Many of them are being employed as mules for drug dealers.

If these children are now adults, they have the same status as any other illegal immigrant. Trump’s first concern is to deport the criminal elements first.  If he and his administration were to examine the matter further, he’d find that the illegal communities, as a whole, are a close-knit group.  The families harbor the criminals, aiding and abetting them by providing food and shelter.  Sometimes it’s the other way around; the drug trade is so lucrative here in America, that the drug dealer is wealthier and serves as the main provider for the family.

A local newspaper in some other state published a story about a big drug bust in their area. The online article featured a huge gallery of some 40 “alleged” drug-dealers of all colors, shapes, sizes, races, and genders.  White, Black, Hispanic, Asian.  Male.  Female.  Young.  Not so young.

Deporting them is a good, solid start to dealing with the poisoning of our society. But it can’t – and certainly won’t – stop there.  We must make a greater effort to combat the drug culture as a whole.  The police do their best.  We must help them.

We must embark on a greater campaign to turn the tide on drug use. We must begin with small steps and start with what is generally considered the “gateway” drug:  marijuana.  This little cigarette thing does a good deal more damage than is generally admitted.

A British study in Psychopharmacology magazine found that smoking a single marijuana cigarette made people less willing to work while high. Lead researcher Dr. Will Lawn stated, “Although cannabis is commonly thought to reduce motivation, this is the first time it has been reliably tested.”

Leftists and Libertarians are violently opposed to Trump’s Southern wall, as are businesses that employ illegal aliens at lower wages than they would have to pay American workers to do the same job. The Leftists and drug-dealers see their profits “going up in smoke.”

Weed farms are sprouting up in states where the drug has now been legalized, usually on government-owned land that Obama himself set aside, ostensibly for the “public good.” We have a long way to go in combating this scourge on our society.  There is, despite pot-headed claims to the contrary, a “War on Drugs” which began in the 17th Century, when the English found China as unwilling to trade fairly as it does today.

Marxists have been on the warpath ever since, determined to “get even” for the opium epidemic (it ravaged China in the 1930s). A terrible thing it might have been, but that doesn’t mean that our children and grandchildren must volunteer to literally commit suicide ingesting their poison in order to right this particular injustice.

If I knew President Trump personally, I would implore him not to grant asylum and mass citizenship to these illegal immigrants. The drug problem is more insidious and entrenched than even he realizes.  If only we could deport their customers as well.  The use of these drugs ought never to have been decriminalized.

Since the decriminalization of marijuana, users have felt emboldened to begin driving while under the influence. The traffic fatalities are beginning to mount up.  They have yet to reach the rates of drunk driving, thanks to the legal prevalence of alcohol.  At least young people are listening to the message about the dangers of drinking while driving.

Listening to my police band radio, I was fascinated by an ongoing police chase which began at the Chili’s restaurant on our local highway. A friend of the driver called to say that his pal was quite drunk to the point of violence and to please help and do something.

Yet he climbed into the car with his buddy. They drove north on the highway, took the exit for a local town, and finally came to a stop at a gas station in the next town.  The caller gave 9-1-1 their destination address, which was just down the road from the gas station, where the police finally caught up with them.  How the driver managed to keep on the curvy roads in our area without killing anyone, God only knows.

The perception of marijuana is different – and completely wrong. Users claim that the pot mellows them out and that they drive slower, not faster.  They can’t understand – being high – that it doesn’t matter how fast or slow they’re going if they’re on the wrong side of the road or don’t see a car or pedestrian in front of them.

The Media enjoys focusing on the prescription drug problem and the eventual dependency upon heroin when the doctor stops prescribing the meds because it mainly involves white people. Back and joint pain seldom respond to common, over-the-counter remedies like Alleve, and it doesn’t go away – ever – unless or until you have an operation to solve the actual problem or find some holistic vitamin that helps alleviate the problem, not just the pain.

What’s more, with an aging population being thrown out of their office jobs and into the more labor-intensive and pain-inducing service jobs (the fast-food restaurant, the supermarket), the more likely the older person is to experience back and joint problems like arthritis and joint inflammation.

Companies favor the young to sit in offices and condemn the old to manual labor. I’ve seen people as old as octogenarians doing these jobs – little old men pushing shopping cart trains, for crying out loud –and hopefully am about to take a cashier job myself, which will require standing for long hours on a bad hip.  So of course there’s a prescription drug problem (increasing active and even violent school sports are another reason for the epidemic).

The Media, meanwhile, says very little about that other problem drug – methamphetamines, or speed. Developed by the Germans between the two World Wars to increase productivity in their war industry, they soon found it very useful for driving soldiers for days.  Not to be outdone, the Allied armies began prescribing the drug.  By the Sixties, it was a drug free-for-all:  uppers, downers, and everything in between.

It’s time to stop this madness. We need to deport the illegal alien drug dealers, jail their adult customers, and take a much firmer, less permissive hand with younger offenders.  We need a stalwart, persuasive media campaign that doesn’t shrink in the face of Leftist mockery and misinformation. Hollywood pulls out all the stops to enslave young minds; hundreds of movies merrily advocate the use of every kind of drug available. If you have forty dealers in one relatively small community, how many customers must each of them have?

Education was another keystone of Trump’s message last night. However, until you wipe out the drug scourge once and for all, students will not have the required focus, discipline or motivation to study, excel and go out into the business world, prepared to succeed.

Well done, Mr. President. You gave an excellent, “presidential” speech.  You may accept your accolades with all-due pride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on March 1, 2017 at 1:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cuomo’s Indecent Exposure Disclosure

CNN’s Chris Cuomo, brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, tweeted more than 90 messages on Thursday in response to the Trump administration’s rescinding of an Obama-era guidance on transgender issues.

 

One user asked Cuomo, “What do you tell a 12-year-old girl who doesn’t want to see a penis in the locker room?”

 

“I wonder if she is the problem or her overprotective and intolerant dad? Teach tolerance,” Cuomo responded, implying the daughter’s opinion was in fact not hers, but her father’s.

 

In what altered-state universe does Cuomo think the combination of young or little girls and naked men is tolerable? If a man were to do such a thing in public, he’d be arrested for indecent exposure, at least in a normal universe.  After he was taken to the hospital for the broken nose a righteously outraged father gave him.

 

Note the phrase “public restrooms” with the emphasis on “public.” The users of the restroom are in a public space.  In the formerly normal universe, that was why bathrooms were separate.  Men use a commode outside the privacy of the locked-door unit.  Women only need to use one commode for all purposes.

 

Under Cuomo’s irresponsible notions of “tolerance,” any perverted man or teen with a notion to do so could throw on a cheap wig and a dress and enter the private abode of women and girls and expose himself to them (or worse). Women who enter a men’s room can better perpetrate their fraud, at least until they reach the urinal and have nothing to show for it.  They’d be expected to clean up their mess.

 

The lunatics have taken over the asylum if we must legally suffer mental deficients who can’t adjust to the reality of their obvious gender. Not only must we accommodate them, but we cannot even challenge their presence in an inappropriate rest room, for that would be considered “discrimination.”

 

Naturally, parents don’t wish to expose their children to such aberrance. A parent’s job is to protect their children, something they cannot do when the children are in school, and where such once unthinkable scenarios are most likely to take place.  School locker room showers and bathrooms are no place to be redefining what is “normal.”  Locker room showers ought never to have been installed in institutions in the first place.  They should not now be transformed into a social justice orgy.

 

If we are to recover so much lost ground in the cultural wars, we must begin by reclaiming the high ground of “normalcy.” Decency, morality, and common sense must be reseeded back into the swamp of public values.  These problems began, to no one’s surprise, with government organizations defining-down deviancy for the psychiatric profession.

 

Mayhem is the goal of anarchists, those people you see roaming the streets with LGBQTETC signs. You know, whenever you see them, that the asylum doors have been flung open and the inmates are running riot in the streets while we seem to be helpless to do anything about them.

 

The Media supports them, so our outcries go unheard, or at best, censored as something-phobic or “intolerant.” Isn’t about time that we stopped tolerating deviancy?  We should not be ashamed to say that we won’t tolerate indecent exposure, sexual assault, and general public immorality, as defined by the most common of America’s religious books, the Bible (and others, as well).

 

When did we stop answering to God and start answering to the Government? Why on Earth didn’t we tell the atheists, the anti-Christians, and the secular thumb-suckers where to go?  “No,” a father should rightly say, “it’s not okay for you to whip out our manhood and waggle it in front of my seven year-old daughter, you pervert.”  Or 12 year-old.  Or 15 year-old.

 

Once upon a time, opposite-sex parents didn’t allow their young children to go into a rest-room unaccompanied. Among parents and adults in general, there was a silent understanding when a woman brought a little boy into the women’s room.  Sometimes, a man would wait for a woman with other children and ask her to bring his daughter with her.  Under hardly any but the most serious exigencies did a father bring his daughter into the men’s room.

 

Pundits have been arguing that we can’t turn the clock back against these issues; that it’s too late for that now. Says who?  Somebody obviously thought it was quite all right to move the clock forward without really asking anyone whether it was all right or not.  They just told us this is how it was going to be and to deal with it.

 

What the perverts want is license, not freedom. God certainly didn’t grant them the freedom to decide for themselves that they were whatever they thought they were, not how God created them; that takes us all the way back to the Tree of Good and Evil.

 

The government issues license as it deems politically profitable. But only God grants us freedom – the ultimate freedom from sin, for which none of us has the price.  Only God gets to decide what’s right and wrong.  We get our “rights” from Him; the government gets its power from us.

 

If we are a God-fearing people, then we have no reason to balk at telling an out-of-control government and a licentious population of profligates where to go.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on February 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Slanted Media

Breitbart.com reported today: “On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ co-host Mika Brzezinski stated President Trump ‘could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think.  And that is our job.’”

 

Pres. Trump is on a campaign against what he calls “Fake News:” the lies, the misinformation, the outright libel that media organizations spread.  The Media is under some misguided delusion that they comprise the “Fourth Estate,’ that their mission is to act as a hedge against corrupt politicians who don’t tell us the truth.

 

The Media editors and producers consider themselves “the gatekeepers” in the flow of information. They decide what the public needs to know and when they need to know it.  As long as there has been a printing press, there have been editors and reporters who “slant” the news, as it is known in the trade, writing news stories to a certain advantage.

 

Today’s Mainstream Media is very much the puppet of the government, its champion, not its detractor. That is, if the government happens to be Democrat or pro-totalitarian.  The Media is the champion of the supposedly “helpless” people – immigrants, minorities, Millennials, and anyone else upon whom the Democrats can count for votes in November.

 

Pres. Trump, at his rally in Melbourne, Fla. on Feb. 18, referred to the civil unrest in Europe, particularly citing Germany and Sweden.

 

“Look what happened in Sweden the other night!” he cried.

 

He was referring to an interview he did with Tucker Carlson on Fox News the night before. They were discussing an attack on a filmmaker Ami Horowitz’s documentary on the surge in crime, including rape, since Sweden began accepting large quantities of refugees.

 

Horowitz accused Swedish officials of being in denial about the problems.

 

Carlson joined “Fox & Friends” to discuss the fallout, first noting that all U.S. presidents should be “precise” with their words so people know exactly what point they’re trying to make.

But he said the media is ignoring the real story, which is the “massive social cost” and political backlash in European nations as a result of accepting large numbers of refugees.

 

Carlson said nations like Sweden and France have tried “really hard” and spent a lot of money on integration efforts and it “hasn’t worked very well.”

 

“Good for Trump and good for anyone else who raises at least that question. Let’s have an honest conversation about how you bring tons of people in and make them fully vested in your society. If they can’t do it, how are we gonna do it?” he asked.

 

Other pundits have followed Carlson’s example in tasking Trump for his imprecision of speech. Shouldn’t we forgive Trump, however, for thinking that the Media follows his every word and movement and would have been perfectly aware of his appearance on Carlson’s show earlier?

 

What about the imprecision of the Mainstream Media and the government of Sweden? They immediately mocked Trump for putting out a false alarm, only to have their own report of “Nothing to see here; move along!” belied by riots in Rickleby, Sweden, completely with news footage of burning cars and buildings.

 

This was a predominantly Muslim suburb of Stockholm. Were they protesting Trump’s criticism of their Sharia Law culture?  Not at all.  They were “protesting” the arrest of a drug dealer.  Considering Sweden’s laxity on drugs, this drug dealer must have been a pretty bad hombre.

 

If the Swedish government is in denial over its Muslim problem, then they must be keeping it a secret from the real Swedes of Sweden. Or they’re intimidating them into silence.  Trump and his “big mouth” revealed a secret the Swedish government and its state media has been trying to suppress:  that large portions of their suburbs are subject to Sharia Law; No-Go Zones were the police are not permitted to patrol.  Much like Dearborn, Mich.

 

Pres. Trump was “precise” enough to get the news out. If he had been more “precise” perhaps our Mainstream Media would have shrugged the matter off as typical urban violence that happens everywhere.  We’d never have learned the truth about the Sharia suburbs of Europe.

 

Just a few nights before, the Muslims were rioting in the port city of Gothenburg, on Sweden’s West Coast. A month before that, they’d been rioting in the same place.  Trump was trying to tell us that what is happening in Europe can and will happen here if we allow Muslim emigrants to enter our country unvetted.

 

The Mainstream Media is not some “alternative” publishing concern, trying to reveal a “suppressed” truth to the masses. They are an important part of the totalitarian machine meant to keep Americans ignorant and silent.  I had to find out for myself what was really going on in Sweden by doing a Google search for Swedish newspapers.  Alas, they’re mostly in Swedish.  But pictures do tell a thousand words.

 

What a boon for us that we’re no longer in the Sixties. This is the 21st Century.  21st Century citizens are armed with cellphone cameras that can take stills and video.  We have YouTube.  Twitter.  Facebook.  Instagram.  We have the media and the medium to get the truth out.

 

Citizen journalists of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan: Arms yourselves with your cameras and the truth.  The truth does not belong to those possessed of a state “license” to spread the truth.  The Media claims that you cannot be “trusted” with the truth.  The police will back them up, but don’t be deterred.

 

Clearly, it is the Media that cannot be trusted. They are no safe guardians of the First Amendment.  The First Amendment protects their right to spread their propaganda.  That does not mean that we cannot challenge them, however.

 

Every Media organization is a company with a place on the stock exchange. They are for hire to the highest bidder.  That makes the New York Times and the Washington Post as corrupt as any financial firm on Wall Street.  Even Facebook and Twitter are private concerns.  They could shut us down in a moment, and have vowed to do so.

 

Even if they did, another door or window would open for us. Paul Revere did not ride out alone on April 18, 1775.  A number of riders were dispatched to make certain that the outer boroughs of Massachusetts Colony got the message that the British Regulars (professional soldiers) were on their way to confiscate the colonists’ munitions and arrest certain rebels.

 

They didn’t shout because there were at least as many Tories living in that area as Rebels. They knocked and spoke softly.  Today, Republicans and fusty pundits would have us speak softly so as not to arouse the wrath of the Left.  Well, that day has long past.  Our college campuses are on free-speech lockdown.

 

We have a gutsy president. He may not speak softly or warily, as befits a typical politician.  He just blurts out the truth and lets the facts – like Rickleby, Sweden – speak for themselves.  Who cares if Trump wasn’t “precise”?

 

He was right about Sweden. I already knew that (as I had done my research, as every good reporter should).  And now you know it, too, for yourselves.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on February 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kriget Mot Terrorismen

Is there a war on terror in Sweden? Did some Islamic outrage, big or small, occur in Sweden yesterday or the day before, as President Trump claims?  The Swedish Embassy says not.  The propaganda media backs up their account.  According to The Spectator’s (U.K.) Swedish columnist, Toye Lifyendahl, it would be hard to tell; such accounts are relegated to the inner pages of Swedish newspapers.

Six months ago, a British boy of Somali-descent was killed in a grenade attack in the Swedish town of Gothenburg, Sweden. Visiting relatives, he was caught in what Swedish police say is a gang war raging within that town’s Somali community.  The year before, a four year-old girl was killed in a car bomb attack outside the same town.

This is his column about Sweden’s struggle with Islamic migrants:

How Sweden became an example of how not to handle immigration

We’ve taken in far too many people and we’re letting them down badly – especially the children

Tove Lifvendahl

 

3 September 2016 — For a British boy to be killed by a grenade attack anywhere is appalling, but for it to happen in a suburb of Gothenburg should shatter a few illusions about Sweden. Last week’s murder of eight-year-old Yuusuf Warsame fits a pattern that Swedes have come slowly to recognise over the years. He was from Birmingham, visiting relatives, and was caught up in what Swedish police believe is a gang war within the Somali community. Last year, a four-year-old girl was killed by a car bomb outside Gothenburg, another apparent victim of gang violence.

For years, Sweden has regarded itself as a ‘humanitarian superpower’ — making its mark on the world not by fighting wars but by offering shelter to war’s victims. Refugees have arrived here in extraordinary numbers. Over the past 15 years, some 650,000 asylum-seekers made their way to Sweden. Of the 163,000 who arrived last year, 32,000 were granted asylum. Sweden accepts more refugees in proportion to size of population than any other nation in the developed world — when it comes to offering shelter, no one does it better. But when it comes to integrating those we take in (or finding the extra housing, schools and healthcare needed for them), we don’t do so well.

It may be news to the rest of the world, but gang warfare has been a feature of our country for years now. Stockholm has been witness to Dickensian scenes of young pickpockets and thieves playing games of cat-and-mouse with the police, who feel powerless. Until fairly recently, Sweden was admired for its progressive social policies. Today, one in seven voters supports the Sweden Democrats, a populist party until recently reviled in polite Swedish society.

The problems relating to immigration have been building up for years, but the country’s left and right were united in maintaining employment regulations and rent controls that kept immigrants unemployed in ghetto-like suburbs. As a result, we lost valuable time. Three years ago, there were riots in socially deprived areas of Stockholm, and it’s only got worse since then. A parallel society is emerging where the state’s monopoly on law and order is being challenged. ‘Today, the gang environment is — well, I don’t want to exactly call it the Wild West, but something in that direction,’ says Amir Rostami, an authority on Swedish organised crime who teaches at Stockholm University.

 

Integrating adults into Swedish society has been tricky enough, but a much more difficult problem is how to deal with all the unaccompanied children. During the Iraq war, about 400 children arrived without their parents each year — and all of them needed a place to live, social support and proper schooling. In 2014, when the number of children arriving annually hit 7,000, there were serious questions about how Sweden would cope. Last year, just over 35,000 unaccompanied children registered with the authorities.

The children are every age and arrive from all kinds of countries. Afghans and Somalis are currently the two biggest groups. Then come Syrians, Ethiopians, Iraqis, Moroccans and Eritreans. Some are fleeing war; many are fleeing poverty and misery. Strikingly, boys outnumber girls by about five to one. And it’s far from clear how many may in fact be adults — unlike other countries, Sweden doesn’t test for age. Whatever age the applicant gives is accepted, unless it’s ‘obviously’ untrue. The definition of ‘obvious’ is unclear. During one recent interview on Swedish radio, several asylum-seekers confessed to lying about their age to improve their chances of settlement. One, called Dawood, put it bluntly: ‘If I say I’m grown-up, they’ll deport me.’

The cost of accommodating our child refugees is enormous: £160 per child per day. That could be money well spent, if it worked. There are serious concerns, though, about children falling victim to predatory adults who have lied about their age. Earlier this year, a boy of 12 was raped in refugee accommodation by another refugee who claimed to be 15. A dental X-ray suggested the attacker was closer to 19. Later that month, a 22-year-old Swede (herself the daughter of immigrants) was stabbed to death by one of the refugees she was caring for — another adult claiming to be 15.

Such horrific stories raise the fear that the authorities have lost control. This is reflected in the extraordinary rise of the Sweden Democrats. There have also been a spate of attacks on refugee centres, some of which have been burnt down. For many, this seems like history repeating itself — similar attacks occurred in the 1990s, after a rapid influx of Balkan refugees. Such acts cast a dark shadow over our reputation for tolerance.

A while ago, I spoke to Lasse Siggelin, a social worker living in Gotland, who is alarmed at how many unaccompanied children are being placed in refugee care homes that seem hopelessly unfit for the task. Carers are instructed not to talk about the asylum process, or even to ask about the children’s backgrounds. ‘We can’t ask about their home, or about their parents,’ says Siggelin. ‘But such things occupy 90 per cent of their thoughts.’

Child refugees are sent to Swedish schools, but they struggle to integrate and are sometimes placed in separate groups, because of their vastly different learning needs. It’s pretty hard to bond with your classmates if you have to return every night to a care home. Even if school staff want to help, they seldom have the time or capacity to offer a shoulder to cry on. Instead, the children are directed to scheduled appointments with a child psychiatrist. As Siggelin explains, ‘If we don’t acknowledge the hurt and sadness that is there, then there are always people queuing up prepared to lead them astray.’

Those ‘queuing up’ include drug dealers, pimps, gangmasters and even jihadists. Sweden’s care homes have become a rich source of vulnerable young men who are full of frustration and hopelessness and lacking in direction. They may be open to the temptation of easy rewards, or of a path that they are promised will bring new meaning to their lives. There have been reports of Islamic State recruitment drives, not just in public places, but inside Swedish government programmes. Last year my newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, exposed how some official schemes had been infiltrated by jihadists.

But stories of shocking abuse, the kind that would be front-page news in Britain, are relegated to the inside pages of the Swedish press. Tragically, the reason for this is that there is so much of it. In the last few weeks, we have heard about child prostitutes being pimped out in parking lots, and a Palestinian 15-year-old who, it is feared, was forced into prostitution while living in a care home in Malmo. For some time now, children in care homes have been notoriously easy prey and many of them simply vanish — over the past five years, well over a thousand have done so. These children face a sickeningly high risk of being sucked into a life of crime or even sex slavery. As their abusers well know, there is virtually no chance of anyone coming to look for the ones who go missing.

‘There is basically nothing we can do,’ says the head of Skane border police. ‘In some cases, we don’t even have descriptions of the children. So there is no means of identifying them… no information about relatives. We have nothing to work with.’ Lisa Green, who monitors human trafficking in Malmo, has reported 40 cases of suspected child trafficking to the police over the past few years but says her complaints were not even recorded. ‘Nobody is dealing with human trafficking,’ says Mattias Sigfridsson, head of the police department that deals with missing persons. ‘We have no ability to do that right now — there are no staff.’

In response to the crisis that threatens to overwhelm it, Swedish politics has become more realistic, less romantic. Passports are now being checked on the famous Oresund bridge that links Sweden with Denmark. As a result, the journey time has doubled, horrifying Malmo residents who like to regard their city as a satellite of Copenhagen, and making cross-border business more difficult. These new checks have helped fight other crimes, such as drug dealing and drink driving. (Sweden’s minister for sixth-form education failed a breathalyser test and later resigned.)

And still the authorities struggle to deal with the problem of what to do with migrants whose asylum claims are rejected. Between January and April this year, the Migration Agency handed over some 2,645 cases to the police for deportation. Just 1,255 of these are classified as complete — two thirds were deported by force, while the rest left the country voluntarily. Police estimate they will deport 4,000 people this year, up a third from last year, but not much of a dent in the 22,000 cases currently under consideration. Many, of course, will have been summoned and then suddenly disappeared into the expanding Swedish underworld.

As the refugees have arrived, ordinary Swedes have responded in an extraordinary way; individuals and families have opened up their homes, donated clothes and supplies, invested time and effort. Businesses have also found ways to help child refugees to integrate properly into Swedish society by offering opportunities for work. But with the best will in the world, it’s still a race against time.

‘If you are not prepared, you are unprepared.’ These are the words of Fredrik Reinfeldt, our former prime minister, and perfectly sum up Sweden’s migration crisis. We still hear politicians defiantly claim that our country is a humanitarian superpower — but they don’t do so as often, and they sound distinctly less smug when they do. The Swedish Way might not shine quite as brightly as a beacon to the world. But anyone who wants to find out how not to handle a migration crisis is welcome to pay us a visit.

More recent news, from The Express (U.K.) states:

 

By Lizzie Stromme

PUBLISHED: 04:01, Mon, Jan 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 19:22, Tue, Jan 17, 2017

           

Gothenburg police have been forced implement extraordinary measures to cope with the increased number of incidents, which have left shoppers and business owners terrified of their workplace. 

Nordstan is Sweden’s largest shopping centre in terms of sales and number of visitors, however once the shops close at 8pm, criminal youth gangs take over despite officers turning out in force. 

Jonas Bergqvist, one of the team managers of the city police, told Expressen: “We have seen an increase since last autumn, with mostly unaccompanied minors who are staying here in North Town.

“In the evening they deal drugs and violence between fractions sometimes occur. If there are conflicts from their home countries, they bring them here.”

EXPRESSEN.SE

Swedish police have been hard pressed to cope with the criminal youth gangs

While his colleague Rikard Sorensen added the thugs was experiencing increasing levels of increasingly more aggressive toward police. 

He said: “There is a lot of drugs circulating. I wouldn’t even let my son go down to North Town.

“There is a risk of robbery, but also harassment of girls.”

The shopping centre has become a central hub for youngsters to meet and despite Swedish teenagers also engaging in some of the incidents, the officials argued lone migrants from Afghanistan and Syria, in addition to Moroccan street children, were behind the drastic increase. 

There is a risk of robbery, but also harassment of girls

Rikard Sorensen

Just days after the busy centre was forced to close early on New Year’s Eve as thugs threatened to set off fireworks inside the building, around 150 teenagers also surrounded and threatened police officers, Mr. Bergqvist said.  

“There was an incident at Nordstadstorget and some policemen were surrounded by a large number of young people and they experienced the situation as threatening and called for reinforcements,” he revealed. 

Other incidents at the shopping centre, which is located in south-west Sweden, include a teenager being robbed while a broken glass bottle was held to his throat, and a shopkeeper being threatened after he tried to stop thugs from stealing. 

Mr Sorensen condemned the situation as he made a clear dig at the liberal country’s immigration policy, as many for the foreign youths wreaking havoc lacked identification papers. 

Gothenburg police have been forced implement extraordinary measures to cope with the increased number of incidents, which have left shoppers and business owners terrified of their workplace. 

Nordstan is Sweden’s largest shopping centre in terms of sales and number of visitors, however once the shops close at 8pm, criminal youth gangs take over despite officers turning out in force. 

A month after that story, we found this headline from five days ago:

Migrants clash with each other in overcrowded camps across Europe.

Wed, February 15, 2017

Explaining the lack of documentation forced them to hand the detained vandals over to social services because they could not prove they were adults, the officer said it lead to the crooks being back on the streets within a short period of time. 

“I’ve had people in front of me that look like they are 35, but who claim to be 15. I can’t prove they’re lying so we have to release them,” Mr. Sorensen said.

The admission that Nordstan has become a lawless hotspot comes as Swedish police last year issued a report where it detailed incidents from more than 55 areas which it branded as “no-go zones”.

It detailed brutal attacks on police, sexual assaults, children carrying weapons and general turmoil sweeping across the country. 

Malmo, Sweden’s third-largest city, has been embroiled in chaos as arsonists have torched cars across the city and on New Year’s Eve it was branded a “war zone” as police admitted they did not have control

Fifty-five areas in Sweden are now designated as “No-Go” Zones, meaning the police effectually have no control over those sections of cities or towns, filled with migrants from Muslim countries. Shopping malls which are no longer safe for Swedish shoppers.

 

The news wasn’t so difficult to find. In fact, it’s old news, according to the Swedes.  Thugs took over their streets and shopping malls at least 15 years ago.  Their government told them that allowing undocumented migrants – not even asking their age – into their country was now the law and that the citizens would just have to deal with it.

 

It doesn’t take an airplane filled with maniacal, Islamic zealots to destroy a city. The Vandals and Goths of the 5th Century A.D. did it with torches and clubs.

Ironically, the Vandals were an East Germanic tribe, or group of tribes, who were first heard of in southern Poland, but later moved around Europe establishing kingdoms in Spain and later North Africa in the 5th century.

The Vandals – and the Goths – are believed to have migrated from southern Scandinavia to the area between the lower Oder and Vistula rivers during the 2nd century BC and to have settled in Silesia from around 120 BC.  They are associated with the Przeworsk culture and were possibly the same people as the Lugii.

Expanding into Dacia during the Marcomannic Wars and to Pannonia during the Crisis of the Third Century, the Vandals were confined to Pannonia by the Goths around 330 AD, where they received permission to settle by Constantine the Great. Around 400 the Vandals were pushed westwards again, this time by the Huns, crossing the Rhine into Gaul along with other tribes in 406. In 409, the Vandals crossed the Pyrenees into the Iberian Peninsula, where their main groups, the Hasdingi and the Silingi, settled in Gallaecia (northwest) and Baetica (south central) respectively.

Despite their origins – and behavior – in the Dark Ages, the Swedes became a peaceful people along with the other inhabitants of Scandinavia. Now, a new Dark Age has been launched upon them, propagated by a media vested in the havoc of Communism and the lust for one, centralized government.

 

Pres. Trump is quite right when he deplores the violence in Sweden. In fact, all of Europe is ablaze.  These nightly riots, which have been going on these 20 years until the Media regards them as ‘nothing more’ than the frustrations of an alienated, displaced, despised ‘youth’, may not fit the spectacular definition of terrorism as we defined it on Sept. 11, 2001.

 

It’s worse. Worse, because our own politicians not only permitted this incursion of an alienated, seditious people bent on hammering their intolerant religion into law and our Media propagates it, inculcated as they are in the blandishments of Communism.  They are for “the people,” the Media brays.  The free press serves as the “Fourth Estate” (a societal or political force or institution whose influence is not consistently or officially recognized), the voice of “the people” holding the government accountable on our behalf.

 

What rot, as the English say.

 

Americans have always known the Media is but the propaganda arm of the Socialists and Communists. In the Sixties, they tried to laugh such charges off as “paranoia.”  Even when Walter Cronkite told the biggest lie of the Sixties, if not history itself, when he declared that the “TET Offensive” had failed and that we had lost the Viet Nam War.

 

The TET Offensive was a campaign launched on Jan. 30, 1968 by the North Vietnam People’s Army and the Viet Cong (also known as the National Liberation Front, a political organization and army that operated in South Vietnam and Cambodia) against the South Vietnamese Army of the Republic of Vietnam, the United States Armed Forces, and their allies. It was a campaign of surprise attacks against military and civilian command and control centers throughout South Vietnam.

 

The name of the offensive comes from the Tết holiday, the Vietnamese New Year, when the first major attacks took place. Though initial attacks stunned both the U.S. and South Vietnamese armies, causing them to temporarily lose control of several cities, they quickly regrouped, beat back the attacks, and inflicted heavy casualties on North Vietnamese forces.

 

“Walter” never bothered to report the fact that the South Vietnamese and U.S. Army beat back the attack. He simply declared that we had lost.  To this day, when students hear of the TET Offensive, they believe it was a loss for the U.S. Army.

 

The Media would have us believe that these migrants and refugees want to be here in the United States of America, that they’re proud of the privilege. They are not.  They are burning the cities of Europe to the ground and given a chance, will burn our cities as well.

According to ThinkProgress.com, “Islamic extremists have seized control of cities across the United States and have enacted sharia law, according to a speaker at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting who spoke about current and emerging threats to American gun owners.

“Author Steve Tarani said during a presentation in Nashville on Sunday that he has witnessed the alleged ‘no-go zones’ — areas where police cannot enter — while shadowing a friend who serves on the Detroit Metro SWAT Police on a drive in Dearborn, MI. He described pulling up to one of the alleged Muslim-controlled areas:

The street signs suddenly went from English to Arabic. There wasn’t a single English word on any shop or any street sign. And in fact, these little yellow signs were posted all along the edges. Jeremy said to me, ‘this is it. We don’t go past this line.’ And I said to Jeremy, ‘what do you mean? You guys are Detroit Metro. You’re the SWAT team. You can go anywhere you want. What if you get a call over there?’ He said ‘this is it, it’s hazardous for our team if we go past this line.’

 

Sarasota, Fla., is another city with a “No-Go” Zone in which two British tourists were shot dead in April 2011.

 

The goal of the Media – and those who support Big Government – is nothing less than totalitarian, one-party state. Far from supporting the Constitution’s freedom of the press, the Media would prefer that news organizations be licensed, giving only certain privileged news organizations access to and permission to print information.

 

Note the difference between “news” and “information.” You can’t fool someone who has worked in company public relations.  In public relations (or public affairs), there is no “truth,” as it were.  There is no “negative” news.  Heavens!  You write the positive stories the company wants you to write and that’s all.

 

In a government-sponsored news culture, reporters will write only the stories their government handlers approve them to write. Right now, their job is to write “positive” stories about illegal immigrants, drugs, climate change, and gun control and denounce any comments to the contrary.

 

Reporters are given wide berth to discredit, marginalize, and even insult any critics as “crazy,” “raving,” “off-the-wall” and so forth. They have their sources within the government, adverse to the current administration of Donald Trump who can confidently “leak” information to make Trump look back.

 

When Trump fights back, as is his nature, the Media gleefully paints him as anti-Constitutional and authoritarian. Operatives within his own party fret about his lack of discipline, fearing a backlash if he continues to swat at the Media instead of ignoring them.

 

The American people have long known the nature of “their” Media. We know they’re not for “the people” – not the American people, anyway.  Their stories read like just so much propaganda.  They might as well be selling soap.  Their articles are so slanted that you can dismiss reams of pages until you come to either the sports or the comics section.  That’s about all you can count on the print media for.

 

Television news is for the mindless, of course. We used to depend upon Fox News to give us the true American view of what’s happening in our country, not saccharin socialism. Fox News seems to have gone over to the “dark side” since the Election.  We’ve switched over to Fox Business News with Stuart Varney.  But it seems, Fox has caught on because there was Juan Williams the other night on FBN.

 

Local news is no better. I mentioned that I got a police band radio for Christmas.  Oh, the things you learn on the police band that you never read in the local newspaper.  While the Suburban Trends waxes positive about the five-storey apartment buildings the town of Pompton Lakes is about to inflict on its residents, the PBR reports on drug activity on Riverdale Road in Riverdale, where similar apartment complexes were built a few years ago.

 

Some girl, evidently, had overdosed on drugs. The responding officer had to warn headquarters not to alarm the rest of the little rats, lest they run before they could be questioned.  The local fast-food restaurants and Seven-Eleven and Quik-Check stores serve as illegal drug outlets.  They also have a tendency to be robbed, something that never used to happen.

 

Still, the Suburban Trend happily keeps us updated on our ‘urbanization’. Isn’t it wonderful?

 

That’s the Media – turning dire news into happy fluff. Oh, just look at these lovely five-storey apartments.  Oh yes, the garbage trails.  Well, never mind that.  That’s the fault of our consumerist society, not the low-life that consumes the stuff,  who first carefully remove the drugs hidden inside the bag, and then throw the bag and the rest of its contents out the car window.

 

It’s all good. Really.  Trust us (the Media).  If you don’t trust us or believe us, then you must be racist, Islamaphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist, Capitalist, pig-loving troglodytes who want their squeaky clean, leafy-suburb Fifties back.  Well, our precious Federal Hill is gone (mostly into the pockets of your politicians) and you’re going to be an urban blight zone whether you like it or not, because it’s just what you White-Privilege paragons of virtue deserve.

 

And the Media has the nerve to complain when President Trump declares that they’re the enemy of the American people, of freedom, of liberty, of prosperity, of peace?

 

You tell ‘em, Mr. President!

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on February 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Is There Hope for America? Removing the Burka Blinkers

Our good friend, David Bandel, while he says he’s not connected in any way to the Department of Homeland Security, is still alarmed at our government’s laxity towards Muslim immigrants, in general, and particularly those who pose a security threat to our nation.

Just yesterday, the state of Illinois stated that Muslim women will be permitted to wear the full burka when having their driver’s license photos taken. What kind of insane, upside-down world have we fallen into?  Adults in the United States are not allowed to cover their faces in public, except when participating in certain sports, like skiing.  If the purpose of the driver’s license is for identification, then the burka defeats the purpose.  There is also the matter of safety.  Can a driver see properly wearing that kind of mask?  A general rule of thumb in photography is that if the photographer can’t see you, then you can’t see the photographer.  The burka-wearing individual, it might be argued, can see.  But probably not well enough to drive safely.

Meanwhile, another group of Muslim women protested against Americans walking dogs. In 2012, a Canadian man was arrested for walking his dog near a group of Muslims.  In Bartlett Park in East London, a popular place for dog-walkers, someone posted a sign that read, “Do not walk your dogs here.  Muslims do not like dogs.  This is an Islamic area now.”  Local police took the sign down.

Then, this afternoon, our local police had to track down a suspicious vehicle with Michigan plates. The driver had stopped at a gas station just off the local interstate.  According to the report (on police band radio), he began nervously chain-smoking cigarettes and acting in such a peculiar way as to make the gas station attendants suspicious.  When he saw that they were calling the police, he jumped into the van and headed up my road (which reconnects with the highway one more exit north).

Happily, the police stopped him in time. The van was registered to a deceased couple from Detroit who apparently had left the van in their estate to some charitable organization.  Who the driver was, I didn’t expect to hear.  But anyone who thinks we’re not in danger should invest in a police-band radio (before all the police departments transfer over to Project 25, that is; a private-band radio subscription service) and listen in and listen up.

Here’s what David has to say about Muslims, Shariah law, and the Quran (let’s see how long it takes for this post to be banned):

Imagine if you will going to the nearest maximum security prison and finding (on death row, of course), the most vile, dangerous rapist and murderer you can. Bonus points if he’s also a pedophile and has beheaded thousands (not a few, not hundreds, but thousands) of people.  Now imagine you let this scum of the earth out and start worshipping this low-life as a prophet of God.

Sound a bit far-fetched? I have just described the prophet Mohammad, the man Muslims worship. Let that sink in for moment. Mohammad, the man who wrote the Koran (or Quran depending on your spelling) was one of the most violent warlords to come out of the Middle East. This man beheaded anyone who would not follow him. He was also a rapist and pedophile. To this day, the order to behead anyone who refuses to worship this vile cretin stands, and is carried out.

Anyone who is not familiar with the history of Islam might want to at least look at this video (Facebook login required): http://bit.ly/2kwvgpA and pay attention to everything. Get any legislators at the state and federal level to watch. Anyone know who this woman is? I have been unable to find her name.

I wrote to my Representative, Rick Miller. His letter back to me was as clueless as it was disheartening. These legislators seem to think Islam is a religion. But if I equate the following, folks would be understandably upset: Quran == Mein Kampf; Mohammad == Hitler; Mecca == Berlin; Muslim == Nazi; Islam == Fascism. Yet there are more similarities than differences.

Following is the representative’s letter and David’s response (address omitted):

 

Mr. David A. Bandel

 

Dear Mr. Bandel (David):

 

Thank you for your recent e-mail voicing your concern regarding the public use of burkas. It is a pleasure to hear from concerned constituents like yourself.  Voicing your opinion on important issues is crucial to a thriving democracy.

 

I agree with your thoughts about the possibility of terror-related actions that could result from wearing a full-face covering with the burka. I also agree that by wearing a burka, law enforcement are at a disadvantage when they need to use face recognition to prove a person’s identity.

 

However, from a religious freedom perspective provided in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a ban of the use of burkas in public would not be upheld under constitutional scrutiny.

 

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me with your thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance to you.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Rick Miller

State Representative

District 26

 

 

 

Honorable Rep. Miller,

 

I received your letter dated February 6, 2017 (no subject, copy attached).  To say the least, I was disappointed. You wrote in pen at the foot of the letter that you shared my concerns regarding the use of burkas. However, you don’t appear to be concerned enough to do your homework regarding burkas and their use. So let me help you out.

 

You asserted that burkas are covered under freedom of religion. In fact, nowhere in the Koran (Quran) does the term burka appear. If you look around, you will find many Muslims wear a hijab (head scarf), but if you look further you will find many who only wear the hijab when they go to the mosque (my Muslim co-worker’s family, with his wife and 2 daughters among those so counted). Please take the time to read http://bit.ly/1MAPzbk regarding the Islamic dress code for women.

 

Rep. Miller, when you see a burka-clad woman in public, this woman is screaming “F*ck America” at the top of her lungs. She (and her family) not only does not have a desire to assimilate into our culture, but is among those enemies of the state who will stop at nothing (and yes claim the burka is religious garb when it is not, taking advantage of “useful fools” and our own laws to further their goals) to subjugate us.

 

This video of Brigitte Gabriel is long (close to an hour), but as a retired Army CW3 who spent his career primarily in Special Operations Intel, this information is not psyops; there is a war on between Islam and the West.  Please take the time to watch this: http://bit.ly/2lCWzyw

 

Let me hear your thoughts/questions. I stand ready to serve again, but hope never to see this war progress to the shooting stage here.  Although, if you fail at your profession, I will not fail at mine.

 

Let me leave you with 3 quotations from the Quran:

Koran 3:28  – Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.

Koran 3:85  – Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.

Koran 8:12  – Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Koran.

just 3 of the over 100 calling for war against non-Muslims (religion of peace my a$$)

 

Back to David’s blog:

I don’t hear anyone worshipping Hitler. Had he declared Fascism a religion, Nazis would be screaming for 1st Amendment protection. Their “honor killings” would be being allowed under their beliefs to burn Jews in ovens. Tell me how Muslim beheadings of anyone who doesn’t accept Islam and become a Muslim differ? Muslims demand freedom of religion so they can behead anyone who does not accept Islam. So, we need to give them 1st amendment protections to allow them to murder anyone who want to exercise their religious freedoms.

Until folks understand that Islam is a political ideology and NOT a religion, the sooner we can deal with the slaughter that has already begun in this country. Why can non-liberal news outlets find these massacres happening in our own back yards, but the mass media remains silent?

We are playing into their hands. We need to get people to wake up. Yes, I know some “moderate” Muslims” who tell me they believe in the Constitution and that Sharia Law should not be implemented here, the two are 100 percent incompatible. How much of that is taqiyya I don’t know. I can tell you, when the fundamentalists come, I am sure that my Muslim friend will tell me: I won’t kill you, but the fundamentalists will if you don’t convert. I am also sure he will stand with them when the time comes.

I implore folks to start taking a look at the Quran and Sharia Law. But I will provide a few passages for the lazy [or who can’t find a copy of the Quran]:

Koran 2:191 – Slay the infidels wherever you find them. Koran 3:28 – Muslims must not take the infidels as friends. Koran 3:85 – Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable. Koran 5:33 – Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam. Koran 8:12 – Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Koran. – I will cast terror into the hearts of infidels. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. Koran 8:60 – Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels. Koran 8:65 – The infidels are stupid; urge all Muslims to fight them. Koran 9:5 – When opportunity arises kill the infidels wherever you find them. – …slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush… Koran 9:14 – Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people. Koran 9:29 – Fight those who believe not in Allah … Koran 9:30 – The Jews and Christians are perverts, fight them. Koran 9:123 – Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood. Koran 22:19 – Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water, melt their skin and bellies. Koran 47:4 – Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them. Koran 66:9 – Fight against the infidels and the hypocrites, and kill them.

FYI: hypocrites refers to Muslims in name only who refuse to actually murder infidels. Only the disabled and infirm are given leeway to not join the slaughter.

The above passages are just a sampling and are rough translations, but are what Muslims are taught in concept. They must force their religion on you and you must accept or die. Some useful few are allowed to pay a jizyah (protection tax or dhimmitude) for not converting, but a 50 percent tax is a bit onerous for most folks.

Just how many religions of peace do you know that call for any non-believers (infidels) to be beheaded? Remember, their prophet was a warlord who conquered lands by force and personally beheaded many people. How anyone can say this is a religion is beyond me. It is the most violent religion I’ve ever heard of. Muslims murdered many times as many people as Hitler, who looks like a boy scout next to Mohammad.

In 1979, while Jimmy Carter (D) was President, the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah of Iran. This was no surprise to folks who understood that people in that region of the world have no respect for a leader who does not slaughter a bunch of folks regularly just to show his strength. The Shah made the mistake of listening to our Democrat President and stopped his slaughter of those who opposed him. This made it easy for Khomeini (then hiding out in France) to call for the Shah’s own palace guard to rise up against him, which, because they saw the Shah as weak, they did.

If you believe that I am exaggerating in the least, keep an eye on Iran. They care not about our “sanctions” and will break any treaty as soon as they are ready. If we want to slow what is coming, we need to drop a nuclear device on Tehran. But as this is so repugnant to our Western way of thinking, it will never happen. So in the near future (certainly before any treaty we have with them is up) they will attack. Make no mistake, only the complete destruction/subjugation of the West is acceptable to them. I would say “war is coming” (a take-off on the Game of Thrones “winter is coming”), but for those who are not in complete denial, you can see by looking at Europe that war is already here.

In fact, dare any mass media channel to do an expose on Dearborn, Mich., and it will become obvious, war is already here. They start with simple things like insisting on teaching Islam in the schools (to brainwash young minds), demanding burkas and modest clothing for all women (raping those that don’t comply), and pushing for Sharia Law to be the law of their area (areas which keep expanding). They are patient. They’ve been at this for 1400 years; a few more won’t make any difference.

Is there hope for America? Just one: legislators become convinced that Islam is a political ideology and outlaw its practice here forever. Otherwise, we’ll see Islam as the only ideology here in my grandchildren’s lifetime. That, for me, is a horrifying thought. Hitler’s only shortcoming was not declaring fascism a religion or it would also be on the rise today. Denial only helps our avowed enemy. Islam is not a religion of peace, it is a political ideology of conquest.

David-

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We need to take off our burka blinders regarding the true nature of Islam. Otherwise, we’re as blinkered as though we were wearing just such a garment.

 

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