Friday, August 19, 2016

The Lemming Society

Once upon a time, in a dimly remembered snippet from a science-fiction story the following anecdote stuck in my memory. As the legend goes, Man has discovered how to communicate with lemmings. At the time of a lemming mass suicide (where millions decide to march over a cliff and drown in the sea) a human representative temporarily stops one of the lemmings as it approaches its death and says, “We humans have never understood why lemmings suddenly decide to kill themselves.” The lemming replies, “That’s funny, we lemmings have never understood why humans don’t.”

As it turns out, despite the popular belief in periodic lemming mass suicide, this is an invention, originating at some unknown time in the past. It was mentioned in a 1951 short story by Cyril M. Kornbluth. A 1953 American Mercury article inspired an episode of the Uncle Scrooge adventure comic in which huge numbers of Norwegian lemmings are shown jumping over cliffs.

The lemming mass suicide myth became pervasive in societal memory with the 1958 release of a Walt Disney documentary titled White Wilderness.  “According to a 1983 investigation by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation producer Brian Vallee, the lemming scenes were faked. The lemmings supposedly committing mass suicide by leaping into the ocean were actually thrown off a cliff by the Disney filmmakers. The epic ‘lemming migration’ was staged using careful editing, tight camera angles and a few dozen lemmings running on snow covered Lazy-Susan style turntable.” As a Wikipedia article notes, “lemming suicide" is a frequently used metaphor in reference to people who go along unquestioningly with popular opinion, with potentially dangerous or fatal consequences.”

What better term than this to describe the behavior of present day American society—and indeed most of European and U.K. society today? The examples of this irrational behavior pour in daily through countless blogs and reports of new thought control efforts. See for example a few of today’s gems: Princeton University’s banishment of the word man, the Charlotte, NC school district who advises teachers “to stop calling the children ‘boys and girls,’ according to a training presentation on transgender issues” or the University of Houston student who was punished by a 50-day suspense for saying “All Lives Matter” on a Facebook page. If you are masochistic enough to stand daily reminders of the country’s descent into madness, subscribe to Todd Starnes AmericanDispatch or tune into some of the intelligent conservative talk radio shows. (See below for a few source lists of radio shows and Web sites.)

 The Left’s demented obsession with self-destructive behavior is manifested most notably in an increasingly insane pre-occupation with political correctness run rampant. Combine this with a majority of the voting public being part of the “low-information voter” class. Throw into the mix the billionaires like George Soros, whose funding tentacles extend through Progressive agenda, pushing globalism and dangerous ventures such as unrestrained immigrations. It all leads to only one rational conclusion. The West has, perhaps unknowingly chosen a path of societal suicide akin to the mythological lemming suicides.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Losing Rights—A Step at a Time

Although the United States broke with monarchical rule in England, our beliefs in ideals such as individual freedom still came from there—going all the way back to the Magna Carta in 1215. Does anything remain of these ideals today? Among a fairly significant part of the population, very few it seems. In the U.K. most of the “Great Charter” claus-es have been repealed or modified into non-existence for all practical purposes. The basic concept of a right to defend yourself has been written out of the law and bred out of the belief system of most people in that country. Look at this advice from a UK police FAQ Q589: “Are there any legal self-defense products I can buy? Answer: The only fully legal self defence product at the moment is a rape alarm. These are not expensive and can be bought from most local police stations or supermarkets. You must not get a product which is made or adapted to cause a person injury. Possession of such a prod-uct in public (and in private in specific circumstances) is against the law.”

As stated in other legal briefings in the U.K, “The law does not recognise the concept of a ‘defensive weapon.’ You are not permitted to carry an offensive weapon—even to defend yourself. You may, however, provided it constitutes reasonable force, defend yourself with an ordinary everyday object, such as keys, an umbrella or a comb, provided you have them with you for their ordinary everyday purpose.” [italics mine] In Scotland recently, 11,569 crossbows, rifles and pistols dating back to World War Two were among thousands of air weapons surrendered during a police amnesty. Effective December 31, 2016, it will be a criminal offense to have an air gun without a license or permit.

How is the Bill of Rights working in the U.S.? The basic concepts of the Magna Carta have been corrupted in the UK to fit a socialistic, paternalistic government that forbids individual rights of self-defense. In the United States countless exam-ples exist of changes in once-inalienable rights such as self-defense, religious liberty, the right to peacefully assemble, etc. Many of the principles embodied in the Bill of Rights are either under attack or already have been nullified by court or executive actions/orders.

In our country, a goodly percentage of the populace feels that it is morally wrong to defend yourself by owning any kind of weapon, particularly a firearm. Instead they say, “the police will protect you,” ignorant of the fact the police have no duty in law to protect anyone. Even the appearance of something like an AR-15 has the power to strike terror and mis-conceptions in supposedly rational individuals. Generations that have been taught to believe everything is about ME (the Me Generation) are unlikely to perform heroic acts in the midst of an attack. Perhaps this explains the tendency of victims of mass shootings to simply lie down and accept what is going down with no attempt to resist. Does anyone any-more still give Todd Beamer’s rallying cry of “Let’s roll” on Flight 93?

A few examples of how our world has changed:

Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego. Ninth Circuit Opinion. On June 9, 2016, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, ruled 7 to 4 that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms does not apply to any law governing the concealed carry of any protected firearm in public.

School rejects teen's gun-toting, flag-waving photo. The 15-year-old country boy from Ringoes, New Jersey is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He’s a member of two state shooting teams and he serves as a United States Sea Cadet. A photo of him for a class project showed him holding an American Flag and a shotgun.

School sends sheriff to order child to stop sharing Bible verses during lunch.

A New York City man could be facing a manslaughter charge for defending his wife against a would-be rapist.

According to a Pew Research Center Study, “40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 believe the government should be able to ban any speech that is offensive to minority groups.”

Boykin bounced: Fort Riley cancels Delta Force hero's prayer breakfast speech.

In Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell no longer rings due to a crack. Will it ever, even figuratively, ring again?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Political Correctness Triumphant

Reading a story about current techniques used by universities and colleges to banish all forms of thought and free expression that can no longer be tolerated by the Left after watching and listening to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." by the Texas Tenors is like going from the heights of patriotism to the depths of the sickness that is Progressivism.

Although more insidious forms of "Right Think" have indoctrinated generation after generation of our young, one specific technique became more blatant after the publication of an article in 2007 on "Micro-aggression." Writing online in Fox News on July 2, 2015, Kyle Rothenberg describes "Political correctness 101: Praising America, virtues of hard work dubbed 'micro-aggression' on campuses."

Rothenberg goes on to say that, "Other examples of 'offensive' statements include, 'I believe the most qualified person should get the job,' 'Affirmative action is racist,' 'Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough,' 'When I look at you, I don’t see color,' and 'I don’t believe in race.' A full list of these “offensive” statements can be seen here. These forbidden terms were initially identified in a 2007 American Psychologist publication by Columbia University’s Psychology and Education Professor Derald Wind Sue, which has now become a key training primer for incoming faculty at schools including the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point." (Other obvious universities such as the University of Chicago and Loyola University in Chicago adhere to these principles as well." The unstated but clear purpose in inculcating these guidelines in new faculty is to ensure their students are indoctrinated into the ultimate insanity of Political Correctness.

Below are a few examples taken from  Sue, Derald Wing,Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Wiley & Sons, 2010 of the kinds of quite possibly innocent remarks you are not longer supposed to make. Eventually, by banishing micro-aggression phrases from the language, in the end these liberals will accomplish what George Orwell described in 1984, "Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it."
Themes Microaggression Examples Message
Alien in One's Own Land "Where are you from?" You are not a true American.
Color Blindness "There is only one race, the human race." Denying the significance of a person of color's racial/ethnic experience and history.
Myth of Meritocracy "I believe the most qualified person should be given the job." People of color are given unfair benefits because of their race.
Myth of Meritocracy "America is the land of opportunity." People of color are lazy and/or incompetent and need to work harder."

Hint: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."(Attributed to Voltaire but not confirmed.)

America: An Interrupted History Part III

Revelation or Apocalypsis

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it,”
Unidentified U.S. officer talking about the Vietnamese city of Ben Tre in 1968.

Barring the two scenarios described in the preceding sections is there  a third, perhaps improbable but one subscribed to by a surprising number of contemporary Christians as well as Muslims?[1] Various surveys on the question of a coming Apocalypse range from six to 22 percent. According to major surveys In April 2010, the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian Magazine asked Americans about life in 2050. “One of the prominent predictions is religious: Jesus Christ will return. Forty-one percent of Americans said they believe that, by 2050, Jesus will return or, in other words, the Christian Apocalypse will unfold.” The results point out that white Evangelical Protestants are the most likely believers, almost 60 percent, while less than 33 percent of Protestants and Catholics agree.[2]

Considering that between 154 and 160 million people over 18 in the U.S. consider themselves part of the Protestant and Catholic Church, the Apocalypse as a possible future warrants at least some consideration as a third alternative future.
Writing on the Book of Revelation, Elaine Pagels says, "I don't think we understand this book until we understand that it's wartime literature," she says. "It comes out of that war, and it comes out of people who have been destroyed by war."[3]

According to a post by Daniel Burke in the online Huffington Post, “Wars and rumors of war, increasing wickedness, new technologies, the age of steam, the age of electricity, the coming of the telephone and the telegraph. These are all signs that the end times are being prepared, and the Rapture could come at any moment.”[4] What war of the 21st Century will lead to this possibility?
If the only source of concern about an apocalyptic end to the world came from a single book published thousands of years ago, then this kind of future might be dismissed as simply a misinterpretation or a religious belief that has no real validity in this postmodern world. Unfortunately, all of the major religions of the world—Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam even Zoroastrianism share similar concerns about eschatology— a fancy word for the study of end times, a day of judgment or similar endings.

One form of Buddhism, for example, believes that “ultimately, conditions will deteriorate to the point of a ‘sword-interval,’ in which swords appear in the hands of all human beings, and they hunt one another like game.” After the final cycle in Hinduism, “All of creation will contract to a singularity and then again will expand from that single point, as the ages continue in a religious fractal pattern.”[5] Zoroastrianism has its Frashokereti, the “doctrine of a final renovation of the universe, when evil will be destroyed, and everything else will be then in perfect unity with God (Ahura Mazda).[6]

[1] Daniel Burke, “Muslim Views of the Apocalypse,” Huffington Post (February 7, 2013), accessed October 30, 2014.
[2] Wayne Baker, “New research: Do Americans think the apocalypse will unfold by 2050? Ann Arbor News (July 2010), accessed October 30, 2014.
[3] Elaine Pagels, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation,
[4] Michael White, “Prophetic Belief in the United States,”, accessed October 30, 2014.

Friday, March 13, 2015

America: An Interrupted History Part II

An Islamic Caliphate

 "About sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of the unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted to show goodwill toward humanity. About seventy-five percent of Muhammad's biography (Sira) consists of jihad waged on unbelievers," Dr. Moorthy Muthuswamy.

Either before possible Future One (see March 7, 2015 post) takes place or concomitant with the first future scenario, actions already taking place in America to increase the influence of Islam and spread the acceptance of Sharia law may gradually erode the freedoms American grew up taking for granted. Some of this is happening under the disguise of political correctness, multiculturalism and in some cases, simple apathy or ignorance. The decades-long subversion of the American educational system by Progressives contributes to the Islamization of America. For just one example of how peoples’ minds are warped by the educational system, Skokie, Illinois, a city where once one in every six residents was a survivor of the Holocaust, in 2013 had the dubious honor of having the first School District (68) to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a Muslim high day, as a school holiday in lieu of Veterans Day. Skokie is one of the last places one might expect where an open welcoming of Islam might be found. In 1977, this same Skokie fought the National Socialist Party of America who wanted to march through Skokie wearing Nazi uniforms and carrying swastikas. The City obtained an injunction against the marchers carrying those detested symbols. The ACLU represented the American version of the Nazi Party all the way to the Supreme Court. The case was remanded to state courts, which stayed the injunction. In the end, the Nazis did not march. I wonder if they would be welcome in the new Skokie now? Apparently, someone prevailed upon the school district in the 2014-2015 school year calendar to revert to Veteran’s Day, but still, the holiday change is an example of how Islam creeps continues on its creep in America.

Mosques in the United States increased by 74% between 2000 and 2010, rising from 1,209 to 2,106. Muslim population in the world is steadily increasing because of a higher birth as well as conversion while the Christian population in the West including America is dropping at the same time. In 2014, it is estimated that the world’s Muslim population is 2.08 billion while the Christian population is 2.01 billion.[1] “According to the same source “if the present rate of increase of Muslim population continues by 2031 out of every three people in the world will be Muslim.”

As some indication of the attitude of the Obama administration towards Muslim influence in the justice system, particularly in the area of Muslim attempts to silence critics by accusing them of hate speech, Trent Franks (R-AZ), House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on the Constitution, asked an Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department (Thomas Perez) “Will you tell us here today that this administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Perez refused to answer four times.

It is quite significant that free speech that castigates the Christian religion is well tolerated in the United States; however, any attack on the Muslim religion is viewed as hate speech and may even lead to fatwahs against those who violate the precepts of Islam. While the US military at the instigation of the administration seems dedicated to purging all references to Christianity from the Armed Forces, the same forces are promulgating lessons in tolerance towards Islam. It is difficult not to view this as a planned attack upon Christianity to promote the influence of Islam.

Immigrants from Islam nations bring along Sharia Law, which claims an ultimate supremacy of Muslims over all non-Muslims. This is clear in the Koran. For example, verse 48:28 claims “It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion. And sufficient is Allah as Witness.” The beliefs espoused by Sharia are completely contrary to both the laws and beliefs held sacred for generations in the European Union and the United States. Apologists for Islam and Sharia may claim this is untrue, just as the current President and others in his administration frequently avow that “Islam is a religion of peace,” or even more ridiculous, “ISIL [Islamic State] is not Islamic,” while in truth ISIL embodies the pure essence and precepts of the Islamic religion. Simply reading many related verses in the Koran proves the case, but the progressive mentality driving this country to ruin has never been interested in facts or the truth.

The danger that faces America in this second possible scenario is already present in legal cases where Sharia law concepts have been brought into American legal cases. According to one study, there have been 50 such cases in 23 different states that involved conflicts of law between Sharia and American state law. Studies of these cases have found instances, contrary to what liberals will assert, where Sharia was found to be applicable.[2] For an excellent essay on Sharia and its inroads in American law, see “Sharia’s Encroachment into American Courts,” by Janet Levy in American Thinker, November 6, 2011.

American law relies heavily on precedents set by case law. It will only take a few left-oriented members of the judiciary using tortuous reasoning to build more opportunities for Sharia to become endemic in America. Put this together with increasing dominance in American society by Islamic interests as well as spawning terrorist training centers in U.S.-based mosques and perhaps an Islamic Caliphate in America is not a completely unbelievable scenario. 

Next: Revelation or Apocalypsis?

[1] accessed October 24, 2014

Saturday, March 7, 2015

America; an Interrupted History. Part I

In comparison to the long history of some civilizations, the United States may be in its late teen-age or early adult years. Whether we progress into a healthy and mature adult stage or devolve into a failed state might well depend on the outcome of the elections in 2016. At this point, given the mental and emotional state of the majority of the American voting public, where it is more profitable for many to be on the dole than working even for minimum wage, where a decades long Progressive educational system has deteriorated the reasoning capabilities of many and where unthinking allegiance to a cult leader has become the norm, it does not seem overly pessimistic to foresee three possible futures.

 A Socialist Dictatorship

 “Democracy is the road to socialism,”
Karl Marx

The burden of debt begins to exceed the ability of the government to pay debt service leading to more and more cuts in essential services such as the military and health care. The expenditures needed to support the majority on the dole grow astronomically. As the Federal Reserve resorts more and more to  “quantitative easing,” a technical term that attempts to sugarcoat increasing the amount of the money supply, inflation increases with each dollar worth less and less. This is exactly what happened in Weimar Germany in the 1920s. By the middle of 1921 the German exchange rate, which had fallen from 4.2 Marks per U.S. dollar to 60 Marks per dollar, began to collapse as inflation set in. By November 1921, the rate was 330 Marks to a U.S. dollar, or one-third of penny in U.S. money. To comply with the demands for payments on the First World War debt, Germany resorted to printing money to buy foreign currencies and used this in turn to pay the reparations demanded by the Treaty of Versailles.
By 1922, Germany was experiencing hyperinflation and the Mark became essentially worthless. Five Mark notes became 50 Million Mark notes. Instead of printing new paper currency, Germany simply used the old molds and imprinted higher and higher values. A 1,000 Mark note with an overlay became 500,000 Marks. The same thing happened to postage stamps. A 200 Mark stamp turned into an 800 thousand Mark stamp with a simple overprint. Finally, people used wheelbarrows to carry enough nearly worthless money to the store, and used Marks as wallpaper.
 As the situation in America worsens and such things as food riots become common, the leaders institute firmer governmental controls, including detention camps for the relatively few places where a free people still resists. Finally, it becomes necessary to ignore the elected people’s representatives, suspend elections, disband Congress and run the country under a central Leader in Washington. At first promoted as a temporary emergency measure this ends in a true, permanent dictatorship. By this time, the populace will be so brainwashed and dependent upon the public dole no revolution is possible. The model of Nazi Germany is there for all who have the wit to see it.
The end of the grand experiment in a free society has arrived.

Next: Part II—An Islamic Caliphate