Barack Obama’s official portrait was unveiled this week. There’s so many things to say about it and so little time…
While in Vietnam in a Special Forces Camp A-341 near the Cambodian Border in 1967 I was the team XO and a 1st Lieutenant and this is my story
The Camp had been under attack for several weeks by VC/NVA units to our north and east when we came under attack for the third time and over the next several hours we continued to receive sporadic incoming mortar rounds from the Northeast. There was also some small arms fire but no signs of any kind of ground assault like we had beaten off previously. It appeared that this time we were just being harassed or probed and not attacked. As I remember it about 20 or 30 mortar rounds were fired at Bu Dop and the a joining 1-28th infantry positions during the night, more to keep us from sleeping than to inflict major damage. The 1-28th infantry was taking some casualties from shrapnel but I don’t think they had any KIA’s during this mortar bombardment. We fired counter mortar fire as did the 1-28th infantry but I don’t think any of us hit the VC/NVA mortar positions. They were probably just moving around firing a few rounds from one position and then a few rounds from another nearby position.
However, early in the morning at about 0300 hours one of these incoming rounds landed either: near the 4.2″ pit sending hot shrapnel into the ammo bunker; or it landed directly on the ammo bunker itself penetrating it with flash or hot shrapnel. In either case it didn’t matter for it ignited the propellant charges on the staged illumination rounds which are what propels the round to the target. Maybe even some of the illumination rounds themselves that we were getting ready to fire were set off. I do remember that there was a dull explosion and then several very intense waves of heat that went through the position igniting everything that could burn. Fortunately we had used up all the HE rounds that night and only a few illumination rounds were left unfired. If there had been any HE rounds in the pit and they had gone off when the incoming round hit they wouldn’t have found much if any of us. Just a few pieces and parts here and there scattered around the camp. For sure I wouldn’t be here talking to you.
I had on a standard issue steel pot, a nylon flack vest, jungle fatigue pants and jungle boots, your basic standard uniform for combat in Vietnam. Because we were in camp I did not have on any web my CAR-15 was in the pit with me but I did not have it in my actual possession. Most of us didn’t wear socks or underwear to try and prevent getting fungus infections from the heat and moisture that was always present. The heat from the blast hit me from the right rear while I was talking on the PRC-25 radio. I remember being engulfed by the flames as the fire ball rolled past me and several intense waves (I could feel the pressure as they hit me) of heat hitting me on the back and right side. These blasts or waves of heat were extremely hot such that the intensity of them melted the nylon flak vest completely off me as well as instantly setting fire to my pants and jungle boots. I must have instinctively closed my eyes as the fireball engulfed me and then there were a few seconds where I don’t remember what happened. The blast either blew me out of the pit or I crawled out (I’m not sure which), the next thing I do remember a few seconds later was that I was laying on the ground just outside the pit and seeing that I was on fire.
My first action was to put out the flames that were still consuming what was left of my clothes and flack vest. That probably took 20 or 30 seconds and while I was doing that I also saw there was an intense fire still burning in the 4.2″ mortar pit. After I put out the flames with dirt I got up and saw that SFC Broom and SP4 Schroeder were down on the ground in the pit and still burning, I think they were both unconscious. They were behind me, closer to the explosion, when the blast hit and so this was the first I saw of them after the fireballs rolled over us. I was in the process of climbing into the pit to help them when some of the other team members showed up. They stopped me and took care of the other two guys in the pit. I don’t remember which team members helped me besides that being a long time ago I probably wasn’t in the best state of mind.
I knew I was injured and burned but I had no sense that I might be seriously wounded. I was placed on a stretcher and I do remember getting a shot of morphine. A dust off was called and by 0400 hours we were loaded in it and we left Bu Dop for the last time. It was still dark and as we left I could see the camp and 1-28th positions dropping away as the chopper rose into the dark night sky. Still, not realizing the extent of my injuries I was concerned over my team and that I needed to get back right away, they needed my experience. I was thinking that I’d be gone for a few days, get some rest and then join my team in a week or so. I was very wrong in this assessment of the situation.
We were all medevacked to the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh for emergency treatment. I can remember going into the triage room and answering a few questions but then my memory starts to get fuzzy. Probably by that time shock was setting in as the next several days were disjoined and what I can remember is only a few images and feelings. At some point I remember being loaded on a medical transport and then being moved to the 106th army hospital in Japan I spent several days in Japan, of which I remember almost nothing but a few images of being in a hospital ward that I remember as being dark However, I was experiencing shock by this time and so I can’t really rely on anything I remember as being absolutely true. Then all three of us were placed on a military hospital plane and flown back to the states along with a lot of others. The ride back was one of constantly dropping in and out of consciousness and blurred images of patients, nurses IV’s and being very cold. I think there was a plane transfer somewhere in this process and then the three of us from Bu Dop were taken to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. I remember very little of that plane ride from Japan but I do remember the airfield in the states and the ambulance ride to the hospital.
Brooke Medical Center was then the premier center, in the world, for treatment of burns, so if you were going to be burned this was where to be. I had 3rd degree burns on my legs and 2nd degree burns on my arms, back, neck and face for a total of 67% of body area). I had also inhaled hot burning gases in the pit when the fire balls rolled over me which had burned the inside of my mouth, tongue and my lungs. Besides that I had some shrapnel wounds and was experiencing a sever loss of body fluids. In general I was in very, very bad shape Later, when I was discharged from Brooke Medical Center, the Doctors told me that when I reached the hospital in December they had given me only a 10% chance of living through this trauma. There had been so much physical damage to my body that they just didn’t think I would be strong enough to make it. However, I’m certainly glad they didn’t give up and that they did still tried to save me despite their doubts. As I contemplated this brush with death a few years later I came to the conclusion that my life after this was a gift and that since I should have died then, but instead I had lived, that I would do something before I died to justify my existence. As a result I have been driven to accomplish something ever since and what I’ll do if I’m ever successful I don’t know.
Being burned extensively is not pleasant and the burned person’s body reacts to this, in part, by allowing the mind to hallucinate. I guess the hallucinations allow time to pass without direct knowledge of the pain the body is going through. I was no exception to this developing situation even when I knew what was happening to me. However, to me going into the hallucinatory state was a very frightening situation, much more so than the burns and associated pain. The pain, I could control mentally to the point of being the only patient in the ward that didn’t scream or in any way get violent during the treatments. That’s not to say that I in any way enjoyed it but only that between the two at least the pain was real. The real I could deal with but the loss of reality was frightening to me.
I had always prided myself in being in control of my internal self as I recognized that I could not control the external world in any way. However the pain and shock I experienced induced a hallucinatory state in me that I would go in and out of, a dream world and that I could not stop from happening nor recognize that I was in this state after it happened. While in these dream states I actually “believed” that what was happening to me was real no matter how bizarre the situation I was experiencing was. Many of these dream states involved some kind of fight with a tiger which made no sense to me at the time. After this hallucinatory state happened to me a few times I could sense it coming on but it was way too powerful a force to fight and no matter how much as I tried to stop it from happening, it would take control of me and I would be in another world.
During the initial period of my treatment at Brooke I dropped from over 180 pounds to under 100 pounds (98 pounds if I remember correctly). As I started my recover I started to gain weight back and also to have fewer and fewer hallucinatory states. After getting skin grafts from by chest to my legs where the skin had been completely burned off and healing from those operations began I had to learn to walk again. That was a task, as the grafted areas would quickly swell up when standing as well as being very uncomfortable. It was probably five or six years later before I really felt comfortable walking and I was never able to run again for any length of time.
While I was in the hospital I received several operations and skin grafts to repair the massive burn and shrapnel damage I had received in Vietnam. Unfortunately, both SFC Broom and SP4 Schroeder died at Brook Army Medical Center while I was there. I was therefore the only one of the three wounded in the mortar pit at Bu Dop that made it. SFC Broom was very severally burned and there was probably never any chance that he could be saved. I was bad but he was even worse as he was the closest to the explosion when it when off. He may even have shielded Schroeder and I from some of the blast. SP4 Schroeder was only slightly burned and was actually on his way to being released. He had been transferred to a different, non-critical, ward and then he developed an infection which ravaged his body with extremely high temperatures eventually killing him. Fortunately for me I was not that aware of what was happening and so I didn’t really comprehend that they were both gone until later when I was out of immediate danger.
The following paragraph was something I wrote to summarize what happened to me after that night in Vietnam over 30 years later when I decided to write about my experiences. By then I realized it was a major turning point in my life that was actually beneficial to me as it showed me how vulnerable we all are to what we think we know, rather than knowing what the truth is and what we don’t know.
On that night in Vietnam I was mortally wounded (all mortal wounds don’t kill you immediately). I was medevacked and sent to a hospital in Texas where I meet the grim reaper soon after arriving. He told me he was coming for me but I told him I wasn’t ready; he laughed at me and said he was going to come anyway. I told him it didn’t matter whether he came or not I just wasn’t going with him. But he wasn’t to be denied and so he visited me every night in the form of a large Bengal tiger and we battled all night for the rights to my soul. He was a very vicious and determined tiger and he tried his best to rip my soul from my body with his sharp teeth and claws but I was strong and stubborn and I would not let go. This battle lasted for two months and he chewed me down to 98 pounds but in the end I prevailed and he disappeared and I was not dead and he had to settle for taking the souls of the two men who were standing next to me in Vietnam.
The lesson I learned was that we are a creation of our teaching and experiences, but and this is a big but, how do we know what we are taught is the truth? Vietnam killed almost 60,000 boys and men and a few women as well plus wounding another 300,000. The war was a pack of lies from our government from the start to the end from both political parties. I did not realize this until the 90’s when I started to write about my Vietnam experiences. I realized at that point why I had lived and not died — it was to write my story about what happened to America after Vietnam so that others in the future would understand what happened and why. That will only happen after I and all the other boomers are mostly gone after 2040 or 2050. In summation my research can summed up in the following nine words.
Passion of purpose does not constitute correctness of thought!
Then from Sir Karl Raimund Popper (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austrian and British philosopher and a professor at the London School of Economics. He is considered one of the most influential philosophers for science of the 20th century, and he also wrote extensively on social and political philosophy. The following quotes of his apply to the subject of research.
If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories.
Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.
… (S)cience is one of the very few human activities — perhaps the only one — in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected
I belong to the Special Forces Association (Green Beret’s) and last year we, in north east Ohio, were notified that one of our brothers had died and we were invited to the ceremony to be held on August 5, 2017 at 10 AM at the Veterans Memorial Park in Avon Lake Ohio. We always go when possible to these events as is it is a very small and close group. Most NCO’s and all commissioned officers are college grads and of course are in top physical shape. The 5th Special Forces Group “The Legion” is I believe the most highly decorated united in the Army (I was in the 5th in Nam). And we have almost all seen combat and lost good friends. About half on my local chapter made it to the service.
Drew was a very unique individual (most of the Green Berets are but he was the ultimate and I wish I had known him we had much in common) and, as proof there were hundreds there from his high school class in Avon Lake including teachers, to college friends from Ohio University, to active duty Green Berets and retired Green Berets. The speakers told of story of his life which was in summary: top of his class academically, an accomplished artist and musician, a top notch athlete. He went to Ohio University and while there it was much the same except he was also in ROTC and graduated with honors including being number 13 out of over 4,000 ROTC grads the year he graduated (I’m not positive on the exact numbers).
He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and severed in the 10th Mountain Division we he got jump wings (Paratrooper) and a Ranger Tab. He did two tours in Iraq. After making 1st Lieutenant and being on the way to Captain he applied for and was accepted to undergo Special Operations training and of course became a Green Beret and did one or two tours in Afghanistan. I may not have this exactly right but its close enough since they didn’t give all the dates.
While he was doing service to his country he continued to work on his art, poetry and music; I’ll type in a sample at the end of this. Needless to say he was good at that as well. I would guess Drew was born ~1984, graduated from HS in ~2002 (after 9/11), graduated from college ~2006 and left the service in ~2016 after 10 years; making him ~33 when he died.
After getting out he turned back to is art and was in the process of setting up a website for artists called Lifeblood Art when he committed suicide; the exact date was not given so I would guess it was sometime in late July. The family continued that work he started and The Cleveland Foundation set up the “Lifeblood Art Fund” How the hell could this happen and then I read his poetry.
Drew’s Song, I Know A Place
I know a place, I know a place where we can go, to pass the time
Pass. pass, pass the time
I know some friends, I know some friends, we can call, to share our night
Share, share, share our night
I know a drink, I know a drink, we can drink, to warm our bones
Warm, warm, warm our bones
I know a song, I know a song, we can sing to lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls
I know a dance, I know a dance, we can dance, to fill our hearts
Fill, fill, fill our hearts
I know a bed, I know a bed, where we can go, to rest our heads
Rest, rest, rest our head
I know a dream, I know a dream, we can dream to change our lives
Change, change, change our lives
I know a song, I know a song, we can sing to lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls
I know a song, I know a song, we can sing to lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls
I know a song, I know a song, we can sing to lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls
When I read this I know what happened since I had just finished ready CG Jung’s The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (as an artist I think you would appreciate his writing) and based on his work, which I agree with, we all have the male Yin and female Yang in us which leads to conflicts in some cases. Drew had both the warrior and the artist in him. What was bad was he was strong in both and so when he went in the army after 9/11 he was driven to be the best a Green Beret when then that put him in direct conflict with his artist side. Based on his rank and accomplishments there is no doubt that if he would have stayed in he would have made general so why did he get out? And why did he committee suicide right after getting out?
The 10 years of being in the military and being deployed 3 or 4 times where he was there to destroy things ripped his soul apart I know for I felt some of that after I got out; obviously not to the same degree, but I could see the conflict in that poem. After I got out I was working with a bunch of engineers at GE in New York and a lot of them hunted deer. I went out with them a couple of times after buying a rifle and I found I could not shoot a deer.
Andrew McCarthy has an excellent must-read review of how the Susan Rice email paints a clear picture of James Comey’s instructions -from President Obama- to obfuscate the intent of the FBI counterintelligence operation during the early days of the Trump administration.
Andrew McCarthy – On her way out the White House door and out of her job as national-security adviser, Susan Rice writes an email-to-self. Except it’s not really an email-to-self. It is quite consciously an email for the record.
Her term having ended 15 minutes before, Rice was technically back in private life, where private people have private email accounts — even notepads if they want to scratch out a reminder the old-fashioned way. Yet, for at least a few more minutes, Rice still had access to her government email account. She could still generate an official record. That’s what she wanted her brief email to be: the dispositive memorialization of a meeting she was worried about — a meeting that had happened over two weeks earlier, at which, of course, President Obama insisted that everything be done “by the book.” (continue reading)
Earlier today President Trump delivered remarks about the tragic school shooting in Broward County Florida in the community of Parkland.
Transcript] THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil.[
Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to reports of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — a great and safe community. There, a shooter, who is now in custody, opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. He murdered 17 people and badly wounded at least 14 others.
Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families. To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you — whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family, and your suffering is our burden also.
No child, no teacher, should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.
Each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them — a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. Each one had dreams to pursue, love to give, and talents to share with the world. And each one had a family to whom they meant everything in the world.
Today, we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. We comfort the grieving and the wounded. And we hurt for the entire community of Parkland, Florida that is now in shock, in pain, and searching for answers.
To law enforcement, first responders, and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We thank you for your courage. Soon after the shooting, I spoke with Governor Scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of Florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. I also spoke with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
I’m making plans to visit Parkland to meet with families and local officials, and to continue coordinating the federal response.
In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God’s word in scripture: “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.”
We trust in that promise, and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow.
I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared: I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. Answer hate with love; answer cruelty with kindness.
We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.
Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.
Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference.
In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil, and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need.
And so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.
Thank you. And God Bless you all. Thank you very much.
Armstrong Economics Blog/Germany
Re-Posted Feb 13, 2018 by Martin Armstrong
The politics in Germany remain in turmoil. The CDU leader Angela Merkel is being attacked from within her own party. The dissatisfaction concerning Merkel has engulfed the CDU base. It has reached at times outright seething rejection of Merkel. The future of the Union really hangs in the balance. The CDU party congress takes place on February 26, and that will be when they vote on the coalition agreement.
Meanwhile, the SPD leader Martin Schulz has come under persistent criticism concerning his personal ambitions for the office of Foreign Minister. The view has been he was willing to enter a coalition to get that political position for himself. This is the problem with career politicians and now he has been forced to come out and stating that he would refuse that position in order to save the coalition agreement.
Keep in mind that political turmoil in Germany underpins the Euro.
Hello, I would like to talk to you about Islam, but in particular, I would like to talk to you about political Islam and explain to you why the religion of Islam is of no concern to you, unless you’re a Muslim. But let’s ask a more basic question, is there some way that we can use rational, fact-based reasoning on Islam? Because notice carefully that the current methods are very subjective. How do people learn about Islam? Well, they go to an expert and this expert hopefully is a Muslim and then they tell ’em what Islam is, but notice something, you get the answer about what Islam is, depending on who you ask, if you ask a Jihadist, you get one answer, if you ask a professional engineer at work, you get another answer, so this method is subjective and I want to propose to you, that there is a completely objective way to answer all questions about Islam.
Now then, the most important question to ask about Islam is, what is Islam? No, it is not a religion found in the Quran, well, a little of that’s true, but actually, Islam is a complete way of life, it is a complete civilization, it is a religion, it’s a political system, it’s a culture, it’s a civilization and there’s no act so small as a human being, that Islam doesn’t have something to say about it.
So, what is Islam? Well, let’s begin with what every Muslim knows, there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger, this is called the Shahada and where do we find Allah? Well, we find Allah in the Quran, but there’s something peculiar about the Quran, it does not contain enough information to practice the Five Pillars of Islam. However, there’s a trapdoor built into the Quran and it’s the 91 verses, that say that Muhammad is the perfect pattern of a divine life.
So, where do we find Muhammad? Because if we’re going to imitate Muhammad, we need to know Muhammad. Muhammad is found in The Sira, his biography and in the Hadith, his traditions. So, Islam is the doctrine found in the Quran, the Sira and the Hadith, if it is in the Quran, the Sira and the Hadith, it is Islam, equally important, if something is said to be Islam, but it can’t be found inside the Quran, the Sira, and the Hadith, it is not Islam. So, Islam is Muhammad and the Quran or Muhammad and Allah, so if you’re speaking with the voice of Muhammad or the voice of Allah, then you’re talking about Islam.
Now there’s something sort of peculiar about this, the Quran and the Sira, the Hadith are mostly about the non-Muslim, the kafir, someone like myself and possibly you, the part that deals with the kafir is, I call it, political Islam, why? Because the Quran is defined as being completely outside of the religion, so if you’re not a Muslim and the Quran is concerned with you, it is not because you’re a Muslim, but because you’re just a human being. Now then, ways to talk about religious Islam, you’ll notice that it involves Paradise and Hell, whereas the political Islam is about how to treat the kafir.
What does the Quran say about the kafir? That the kafir is lower than an animal, filthy, cursed, mocked, can be enslaved, tortured and deceived and, yes, even raped. My most unfavorite part of the Quran is the part, 12 verses that say that a Muslim is never the true friend to the kafir.
Now then, if you’re going to talk about Islam, we have to talk about the tricky part, which is the confusion, because everyone’s heard this, everyone’s heard a good thing about Islam and a bad thing about Islam and so the question comes up, what is the real Islam? Well, the clue is this, it’s found in Muhammad’s career, after he became the messenger of Allah, he preached the religion of Islam for 13 years in Mecca and converted about 150 people, then he went on to Medina, where he became a politician and a Jihadist. Now then, Muhammad preached the religion of peace and converted 150 people, but as a Jihadist and a politician, he was a complete triumph, so what is Islam?
Well, it is the religion of peace and the verses of Jihad, so that’s what it is, it is both items, there’s two Qurans, the Meccan Quran, which is very religious and the Medinan Quran, written later, which is all about Jihad and politics, let’s be clear, there is no Jihad in Mecca, but 24% of the Quran written in Medina is about Jihad, Jihad is a systemic doctrine, it’s not about a verse or two, so Islam always has two meanings and this is very convenient, because it gets what it wants.
Now then, let’s talk about Jihad a bit, because it’s confusing, Jihad is not Holy War, Jihad comes in four flavors, Jihad of the Sword, Speech, Writing and Money, now let’s be clear, Jihad is not meaning war, it means struggle. Jihad uses pressure in all areas, food, migration, headscarves, education and the fact that you’re not allowed to criticize Islam, so Jihad is pure political Islam, Jihad is political action, designed to install a new civilization, based on Islamic principles, Sharia principles.
So there is an objective way to talk about Islam, as long as you’re listening to one of two experts, Muhammad or Allah, Islam is both a religion of peace and the politics of Jihad, which one is the real one? They’re both equally real. The religion of Islam is only important to Muslims, but the politics of Islam are important to all peoples, my advice to you is don’t discuss Muslims, but instead, talk about Muhammad and Allah.
We’re involved in a civilizational war, our civilization is based on critical thought and a unitary ethic, the unitary ethic is that all people should be treated as equal, Islam does not have those two principles, it has the authoritative thought, instead of critical thought and it practices dualistic ethics, instead of unitary ethics, the ethical system depends on who you are as to how you’re treated.
We can and must defeat political Islam, the religion of Islam is of no consequences to you, unless you’re a Muslim, this is a war of ideas and civilizations and there can be no compromise, our very existence depends on us asserting our ideas and our ideals. Thank you.
Armstrong Economics Blog/BRITAIN
Re-Posted Feb 9, 2018 by Martin Armstrong
It is no secret that I have no respect for George Soros and that is aside from the fact that we would often be on opposite sides of the market. I never saw Soros as a great trader. Even the reputation that he broke the Bank of England was nonsense. The “Club” was all on that trade and it was a guaranteed trade where if the peg broke, you made a fortune and if you were wrong, you got your money back. I was on the opposite side back then being called in by those in the British government. After a 7-year bull market in equities, Soros finally threw in the towel ending his bets on the stock market crash only after being wrong for so long.
Soros lost big time on the Russian manipulation when the “Club” was bribing the IMF to keep the loans to Russia going so they could make a fortune in interest rates. That failed and ended up in Long-Term Capital Management debacle. Soros lost $2 billion on that one. I believe he also lost when the “Club” was targeting the Japanese yen in 1999. So I never saw Soros as some fantastic trader. I believe he was just simply on the right side of a few big plays orchestrated by the “Club” and never by himself.
I personally find him very dangerous politically. He stands for control of the people and is always plotting for the manipulation of society. He is always on the side of Marxist/Socialism and disturbs me greatly. This is just his political philosophy. There has been a rising movement against Soros on a global scale. This is one person who the world will celebrate his death – not morn it.
The Telegraph is now reporting that Soros “is one of three senior figures linked to the Remain-supporting campaign group Best for Britain who plan to launch a nationwide advertising campaign this month, which they hope will lead to a second referendum to keep Britain in the EU.” Soros is on the wrong side. Europe has no chance of the EU Project actually succeeding long-term. The entire structure is completely unsound and the political process is anti-Democrat. The EU was purposefully designed to be as close to a dictatorship where the people are not trusted to make any decision and are too stupid to even know how to spend their own money. Nobody in the Troika ever stands for an election and they are the people who rule with an iron fist over the economy.
By Tabitha Korol
Linda Sarsour, American-born to Palestinian parents, is unreservedly an anti-Semite and anti-Israeli activist. Identifying as a feminist and an advocate for human and women’s rights, she attracted 500,000 women to the January 2017 Women’s March on Washington. She then added immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion and workers’ rights to the mix of grievances, and proceeded to discredit the newly elected President Trump.
A former employee of the Arab American Association, Asmi Fathelbab, in need of an advocate, brought her 2009 grievance to light on the Daily Caller and Fox News. She had complained to Sarsour, the AAA’s executive director and her direct supervisor, about a male volunteer who sneaked up from behind and sexually rubbed himself against her, but Sarsour vulgarly dismissed her, saying, “Something like that doesn’t happen to someone who looks like you,” thereby adding insult to injury. Fathelbab emerged as yet another woman who experienced an unsafe, abusive workplace environment, but Sarsour disclaimed the occurrence, threatening to sabotage Fathelbab’s career in New York for “as long as she lives.” Sarsour who lost her control and compassion for women when she tweeted her rage in response to the issue of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation): “Brigitte = Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s asking 4 an a$$ whippin’. I wish I could take their vaginas away – they don’t deserve to be women.” Is this the behavior and language of one who cares about women?
This devious activist called for jihad when speaking of Donald Trump, claiming that jihad is a “struggle” without violence, although the accepted Islamic definition for jihad is “holy war,” with as much violence as needed. Her expressions usually contain violence. Islam is dualistic and the two Korans, the earlier one written in Mecca and the later in Medina, offer a choice of contradictions where both benevolence and malevolence are at work. The doctrine that applies to kafirs (the non-believer majority) is political in nature and rarely positive or even neutral; by contrast, the doctrine that applies to Muslims, is cultural, legal, and religious. The system conveniently allows for interpretation to suit the circumstances. Like a chameleon, Sarsour uses deception to portray Islam as benign and the Palestinians as victimized by Israel, with the goal of luring unenlightened infidels to conversion. When she donned the hijab and declared her skin no longer white, she exposed her dedication to the holy war obligation.
A proponent of Islam’s mendacious dualism, Sarsour is also predictable with her use of the term Islamophobia to silence all dissent, and her promotion of the great Palestinian lie that they are willing to negotiate peace. The technique is taqiyyah, the Sharia-endorsed practice of blatant lying and deception in order to hoodwink the other. Her feminist and human rights causes are a cover for her true pursuit.
Traditionally, in the shame-honor Islamic culture, men are deemed superior while women are degraded and the punishment for any disobedience to the Koranic proscriptions may be severe to fatal. Children spend most of their early childhood raised by a distressed, devalued mother, deprived of a loving environment and fearful of losing favor, being beaten, punished with isolation, or even annihilated. In The Jihadi Dictionary, Dr. Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin explains this as trauma-bonding. Treated as objects, they fail to learn empathy and compassion, treat others as objects, and bond with hard objects (such as weapons).
The young boy will learn the art of beheading in kindergarten, slinging rocks at Israeli vehicles, taunting IDF soldiers, treating female as bodies for rape. The young girl is further traumatized by the physically and psychologically painful FGM that could lead to lifelong infection and other complications, followed by supplementary mutilation at the time of marriage and childbirth.
Understanding her unwavering, limited destiny, the Muslim daughter may develop a resentment, even a repugnance and shame for her femaleness. Sarsour was raised in an unassimilated environment in Brooklyn, helped care for her six younger siblings; attended a school she resented (her mother’s choice), where she joined an activist club; was forced into an early marriage and motherhood of three; absorbed her people’s resentments and hatreds but was required to repress the anger and aggression she felt against her family. This has produced hostility against other women, which is distinctly evident when she addresses an audience.
Linda Sarsour has become the jihadi, internalizing the male’s rage and undertaking his role of leadership to promote a Palestinian state and Islam for the masses – ironically, this is a campaign for continuing the extreme cruelty to women. Despite the pain at her own betrayal and surgery, she dismisses FGM as merely a “cut,” and, denying the right to free speech, rejects all further discussion. A civilizational jihadist, she works to attract people to Islam while also vilifying Israel.
Islam was born out of envy and hatred of Judaism and Jews, in particular. Their Prophet’s new religion of “peace” was markedly successful in converting the residents of Mecca and Medina when he slaughtered, enslaved, and thieved their resources as bounty. Over a hundred verses in the Koran decree war with Jews and Christians, including extermination, and while it is estimated that 300 million Muslims believe in violent jihad, Sarsour’s chosen method is to push the narrative of Palestinian injustice in order to invalidate Israel and, therefore, justify Sharia and terrorism. Her politics and perpetual rage, taking opportunity in American gullibility, enabled her to partially dismantle the New York Police Department (NYPD) and its stop-and-frisk program, and used the Harvey disaster-relief program to increase voter registration and direct funds to the villainous George Soros. She defames Israel to negate the Jewish right to their land and state, slanders our President, and works to replace our way of life with Sharia.
Sarsour displays no feminine sympathy for the girls who are sexually mutilated and condemned to marry older, abusive men; or the Yazidi girls and women who were captured for a lifetime of sexual slavery; or the world of oppressed Muslim women, such as the Iranians who are bravely removing their hijabs and protesting their subjugation in this post-Shah era. Rather, Sarsour’s mission is to promote Palestinian victimhood for Palestinian state to exist in place of Israel, and to vilify President Trump for his allegiance to American values and commitment to Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital, with the final goal being the destruction of Israel and America and the adoption of Sharia law for all under single world rule, a global caliphate.
Hello, I would like to talk to you about Sharia and how it destroys civilizations. Ever wondered how Turkey, Pakistan, North Africa, the Middle East and Egypt all became completely Islamic? Well, the answer is simple, Sharia was implemented, after Islam invaded.
Now before I tell you what Sharia is, we need to tell you what Islam is and no, Islam is not just a religion found in the Koran. The reason is simple, there’s not enough in the Koran to practice the Five Pillars of Islam. But there are 91 verses in the Koran, which say that every human being is to follow the perfect pattern of Muhammad’s life and Muhammad’s life is found in the Sira, his biography and the Hadith his traditions.
Now, Sharia is frequently called Sharia Law or Islamic Law, but it’s much more than law, it is a code of behavior, it is ethics, it is philosophy, it is religion. To call it Sharia Law is to make it too small, everything about how to lead your life as a human being, is found under this Koran and the Sira and the Hadith, but there’s too much information there and so what the Sharia does, it takes and summarizes and codifies and interprets the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith.
For instance, if you want to know about Islamic divorce, you don’t want to sit down and read all of the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith, but the Sharia does this for you. Sharia takes a topic like divorce and brings in everything from the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith, so that you can get a definitive answer. Since the Koran and the Sira and the Hadith include religion, politics, law and culture, Sharia includes religion, politics, law and culture.
There’s something interesting about the Sharia, you, whether you are Muslim or not, are found in the Sharia. This is a little odd, because Catholic canon law is for Catholics, Jewish law is for Jews, but all people are included in the Sharia. Sharia is Allah’s law and our laws are manmade laws, so it follows that the Sharia must rule all the world, including Europe and the United States.
All human actions have a place in Sharia rulings. The Sharia forbids criticism of Muhammad or the Koran or Islam, it also include Jihad and defines this Jihad. Jihad is simple, it is to be practiced, until the entire world submits to the Sharia. All Kafirs, non-Muslims, must become dhimmis. You don’t have to convert to Islam, but you do have to let Sharia rule and under the Sharia, dhimmis are second-class subjects, not even citizens.
Some rulings found under the Sharia, such as women, you have wife beating, which is part of the Sharia, child marriage is part of the Sharia, female genital mutilation is permitted, polygamy is permitted, honor killings are not punished and the rape of Kafir women is allowed, yes, that is true.
Under freedom, you need to understand something, under the Sharia, there’s a peculiar form of freedom, which is to be a complete slave to the Sharia. The Muslim is free as the slave of the Sharia. Free speech is forbidden, no one is allowed to criticize Islam, apostates can be killed without penalty, art may not include people or music and literature and songs may not blaspheme Islam, under business, interest is forbidden.
Now the purpose of migration is to establish the Sharia. Muslims don’t really care whether we convert or not, as long as we let the Sharia rule. Now Sharia is Allah’s law and our laws are manmade. Allah’s law is higher than man-made law, so therefore we must submit to Allah’s Law.
Now you probably say to yourself, I don’t know anything about Sharia, but you do know it without thinking about it. Every step of Islamification of your country is done under the pressure of Sharia, example, the demand to wear a Hijab at work, to have school prayer, the fact that you should not be allowed to criticize Islam, Muhammad or the Koran, these are all elements of the Sharia, the Sharia says that Kafirs, the non-Muslims must accept all Muslim refugees and support them. This is just the natural way that it is, the Muslim must be supported by the nonbeliever.
Now back to the question I asked at the start, the reason that all these native civilizations disappeared is that once Islam invaded, Sharia was implemented. Once the Sharia is implemented, the society becomes more and more Islamic, there may be a change of government, but it’s still an Islamic government.
Now most people are nice people and they say, “Well, if Muslims want a little Sharia, “we’ll give them a little Sharia,” but here’s the thing, Sharia includes codification for every act, so there is no end to the Islamic demands. You may not think you know anything about Sharia, but actually you do, all you have to do is to watch what Muslims do around you and they’re all part of Sharia. We must learn what Sharia is, if we’re to protect our society and we must not Islamicize any part of our society by yielding to the Sharia.