This is what reality looks like with regard to Iraq

An excellent article over at PJMedia.al bagdadi

http://pjmedia.com/blog/jihad-the-failed-surge-and-the-abandonment-of-iraqs-non-muslim-minorities/?singlepage=true

Andrew Bostom tells the realities of the Iraq war not based on the GOP or the DEM rhetoric but how things really happened.

The successful post-World War II paradigm of neutralizing Japan’s bellicose, religio-political creed of Shintoism has been turned on its head with regard to Islam and the theocratic Islamic legal code Sharia, which is imbued with jihad and completely antithetical to modern human rights constructs.

Despite the proven, concrete success of the post-World War II reforms in Japan, past intellectual honesty on Shinto was replaced by craven, politically correct ignorance on Islam in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, as championed by a callow American pseudo-scholastic apologist for Islam’s Sharia, who evangelized for “Islamic Democracy,” Sharia-compliant Iraqi and Afghan constitutions were crafted (and of course extolled by this same “scholar,” here and here)…

…Pew survey results reported in 2013 have confirmed the abject failure of the U.S.-midwifed Iraqi and Afghan “democracies” to fulfill the utopian aspirations of the Bernard Lewis doctrine. The negative prognostications, epitomized by my colleague Diana West’s evocative description “Making the world safe for Sharia,” have instead been realized…

 

Check it out. Andrew states very closely to what I’ve thought and said here better and with quotes and facts. Your own conclusion may not be the same but knowing what has really transpired in Iraq and to a great extent in Afghanistan is important when discussing the wars or listening to pundits and politicians go on about the wars and decisions.

BB King gone

I’ve traveled across this country a few times listening to BB King in the CD player. I keep a disc in my truck all the time.

I first really started listening to BB while in high school. My records (yes records) included BB king, Jimmy Hendricks, Merle Haggard, Charley Daniels, and of course Elvis with some other varied artist thrown in for good measure.

Lucille however is the purest sound there is.

Blues would have not been the same without him.

RIP

National Review has a good piece on free speech

Pamela Geller’s Critics Are Proving Her Point By David French

Let’s be clear: The great freak-out over Pamela Geller’s “draw Muhammad” contest isn’t about love for Islam or for robust and respectful religious pluralism. Indeed, many of those expressing anguish over blasphemy against Islam show no such concern over even the most vile attacks on the Christian faith. Beyond that, they’re among the leaders in movements designed to banish religious liberty — including Muslim religious liberty — to the margins of American life.

A good article against appeasement. 

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Pamela Geller’s draw Mohammad contest may have been crude and provocative but isn’t that what the 1st Amendment is all about?

If we can never provoke thought and ideas what’s does freedom really mean? This does not mean we don’t promote civil conversation and look down upon rude and boorish behavior but we can not also look away from real dangers and ideas that threaten civilization. 

Censor the critic and lose freedom. Who decides what is offending speech?  Those in power? Well what if the power shifts? 

Note my Banner –

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

George Washington

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From the London Journal ~ somewhere in the early 1700s re-printed by Benjamin Franklin in 1722 I believe.

Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or controul the Right of another: And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only Bounds it ought to know.

This sacred Privilege is so essential to free Governments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness of Speech; a Thing terrible to Publick Traytors.

Republicans just like Democrats

Don’t believe me, check out

How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies by BRENDAN BORDELON

The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies.

The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the Obamacare exemption, it was clear that someone in Congress had falsified the document in order to make lawmakers and their staff eligible for taxpayer subsidies provided under the exchange for small-business employees.

We can’t let the people see what’s going on can we?