Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jihad in the Heartland?

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  ~ Matthew 24:42

It's almost surreal, how the beheading of an American woman at work quickly evaporated from all American MSM outlets within hours of Colleen Hufford's brutal murder.

The Hufford Home - Moore, Oklahoma
I've been watching the news, on various MSM alphabet TV channels, since it happened. These evening "infotainment" programs have been uniformly strict about avoiding any mention of the atrocity. This means the news anchors will yammer on for long minutes about celebrity weddings in Italy, a former president becoming a grandfather, and even stray grizzly bears wandering into backyards on Main Street, USA. They will cover any semblance of a story except the fact that a fanatical Muslim radical beheaded a coworker. I've had to research international news sources--many of which are quite rightly covering the story in depth, by the way--to read the report and find a photo of poor Mrs. Hufford.

American MSM is avoiding this major news story like the Ebola plague because it has all the elements of your worst left-wing nightmare. A Muslim convert, on record as having tried to convert fellow employees to Islam, is fired from his job. In a rage, he attacks an innocent coworker and beheads her, shouting Arabic phrases as he does so. But, as Mark Steyn so acerbically notes, this has "nothing to do with Islam." Of course not.

To make matters worse for our homegrown leftie journalists, a company executive who is also a reserve peace officer shot the killer while he was stabbing his second victim. The shooter saved the other victim's life. If not for Mark Vaughan carrying a weapon, there would have been at least two beheadings, possibly many more. Too much news coverage of that inconvenient truth represents quite a potential setback for the gun control agenda.

On to the killer's Facebook page, since removed, which was jam-packed with all the usual "death to the infidel" jihad garbage we in America have unfortunately become quite accustomed to hearing and seeing. His Muslim name, Jah'Keem Yisrael, was on there, along with photos of him in Muslim garb. But all this, again, has nothing to do with Islam. Of course not.

The grand finale, which I have found nowhere in mainstream news, is the story about the second Islamic beheading threat at another workplace in Oklahoma. Our liberal media can't bury that one fast enough. Another Muslim, threatening to behead someone? Nothing to do with Islam. Of course not.

There is only so much baloney that the American citizenry can swallow before spewing it back. People in the USA are waking up, and the politically correct crowd, including the media and the government, would be wise to keep in step. Islamic "lone wolves" might begin to see serious resistance from everyday people. Especially in heartland states like Oklahoma.

Does anyone, even the Islamic jihadists, really think that millions of everyday, hardworking Americans are going to surrender our country to the slavery of radical Islam? Of course not.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Thumbs-Up" Movie

Ut-oh. Things are about to get interesting...
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer
As is my policy with my favorite actor's films, I trundled off to the theater this weekend to see the new Denzel Washington movie, The Equalizer. Although some critics are bemoaning Denzel's recent forays into "aging action hero" roles, I enjoy watching anything he's in. In my opinion, he's that good.

The Equalizer was originally a 1980s television series with a British star playing mysterious hero Robert McCall. This modern film reboot brings vigilante justice and retribution to a whole new level, and it's not for the faint of heart. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, who teamed with Denzel Washington for this Ocscar-winning role in Training Day, the new-and-improved "Equalizer" Robert McCall is as righteous as Alonzo Harris was evil.

But oh, dear, how very messy the meting out of justly deserved vengeance can be. There is enough gruesome brutality in The Equalizer to merit an "R" rating for half a dozen movies. McCall plans his strikes with cool thinking and lightning speed, employing all types of everyday items in lethal applications. He then strolls through the wake of his considerable carnage with calm detachment, somewhat like a flesh-and-blood Terminator. He sustains a minor scratch or two while leaving one-man massacres behind. As I shielded my eyes at various violent moments, I thought how effective it would be for our nation's national security if we could drop a few real-life Robert McCalls into ISIS territory and just let them be creative for a week or two.

The Equalizer actually starts out somewhat slowly, a wise choice that gives characters and relationships space to build. There is even a bit of humor in the early scenes. It would be difficult to accept what unfolds later without learning our hero's human side. Robert McCall is saved from caricature by an enigmatic backstory that gives the viewer enough insight into his past to understand that he has suffered, loved, and lost--and is done with letting the bad guys win.

We all have our favorites entertainers. For me, Denzel Washington is without equal.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cool It on Warming

AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Chris Huber
President Obama wants global action to fight climate change "while we still can." His warning continued with the grim admonition that the climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it.”

This from a man who stated that his nomination as the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate "was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal..." As usual, it seems that Mr. Obama overestimated his effectiveness right from the start.

The actual data is quite a mixed bag, with variations of hotter and colder temperatures in various regions across the USA. For example, South Dakota had its earliest snowfall since 1888 on September 11, 2014. Yet the Western states suffer continuing drought conditions. This variance probably explains why "global warming" has been conveniently reclassified to "climate change." Because really, the idea of "global warming" in places like Rapid City, South Dakota, would be a hard sell right now.

Look, I don't know what the real deal is on "climate change." I don't think anyone else truly does, either. At the risk of proving myself a politically incorrect heretic, I have a few questions on the subject. Could so-called "climate change" possibly be "weather" in a state of flux? Can we ever see real "global" change actualized without huge, developing countries like China and India going green? How seriously am I supposed to take "limousine liberal" politicians and celebrities that fly hither and yon preaching climate doom while simultaneously leaving gargantuan carbon footprints in the wake of their private jets?

Just some of my thoughts on the weather. Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine before it's illegal.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Man-Up Letdown

"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." — George Washington Carver

Imagine the media outcry if, every time former President G.W. Bush had spoken about the aftermath of September 11, 2001, he mentioned the fact that his predecessor, President Bill Clinton, had let the opportunity to kill Osama bin Laden pass by. 

Did you ever hear President Bush mention Clinton's presidential decisions in relation to his own actions? Of course, none of us heard any such remarks. Bush was not a whiner. He took the rap for his own decisions, no matter how bad they may have seemed in hindsight.

Now, at the other end of the spectrum, we hear both bragging and whining. It wasn't long ago that the chest-thumping President Obama was boasting that terrorists were "on the run." Now, he feels he is trapped in a "sort-of" war because of decisions made over a decade ago. The troop withdrawal way "not his decision," yet he never tires of reminding us that he is the commander in chief.

So which is it? Does Mr. Obama make the decisions, or is he the victim of previous decisions? It's a wearying pastime, waiting for President Obama to take responsibility for anything that has occurred at home or abroad during the past six years. With two-plus years to go in the president's second term, there is most likely a mountain of excuses yet to be climbed.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rock On, USA

The Freedom Tower, 1,776-ft tall, rises where the Twin Towers stood until 9/11/01.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Three Thoughts to Ponder

"On Friday morning, ABC, CBS, and NBC continued their blackout on the latest Gallup poll numbers showing President Obama's approval rating at an all-time low of 38 percent." 
~ Curtis HouckNewsbusters

"President Obama...believes that when his ideology collides with reality, it is reality that must give. Reality does not see it that way."
~ Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO 

"The problem is the enemy always gets a vote." 
~ Jonah Goldberg, NRO

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A Chilling 20 Minutes

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)

Interviewed by congressional colleague John CampbellCongressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, explains the imminent danger from ISIS with a clear honesty and depth of detail that you'll never hear from President Obama.

If you're at all interested in learning facts about the growing crisis in the Middle East and the terrible threat it poses to Western nations, make the time to click here and listen to this bone-chilling interview.

Rep. John Campbell (R-CA)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Coming Soon

Next week is the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001. I, for one, am worried.

I hope I'm wrong, but I think we are going to get hit by Islamic terrorists as they celebrate their domination over the diminished United States and the worst president in our history. In the second video of the beheading of a US journalist, Steven Sotloff, the Islamo-butcher directly addresses "Obama." He knows a weak horse when he sees one.

And what does the president do? In a bored voice, he mentions an "international community" to help render ISIS a "manageable problem," refers to the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff as a "terrible crime," and talks about "justice" for the murderers. It sounds like he's referring to the vying gangs in West Side Story rather than the brutal terrorists intent on destruction of the USA.

Although it is the primary requirement of his job, it's clear that President Obama is not going to defend our country. He wants "international" participation. So we Americans are on our own, and we should take the threat of Islamic terrorism in our homeland very seriously and do whatever we can in our limited power.

I'm not the only American who is concerned, as you can read hereIf you live in any proximity to the US/Mexican border, be prepared. As is well known, our southern border is wide open, and we have no idea who is already here. It's perfectly plausible that uncounted numbers of terrorists are already comfortably ensconced in our towns and cities, awaiting their orders. We know the Islamic terrorists like anniversaries, so be ready for an attack on 9/11.

I'm not being an alarmist, just a pragmatist. I'm stocking up. Anyone living within 100 miles of the Mexican* border should have enough water, medical supplies, food, and dry goods at home to sustain your family and pets for a few weeks (Terrorist emergency preparedness list linked here). If nothing happens next week, fine. You won't have to shop as heavily for a week or so.

But if an Islamic terrorist attack does happen, you will be ready to withstand the aftermath as best you can--until the executive branch of government figures out that we're at war.

*UPDATE: I think it would be wise to include the Canadian border areas for those precautions, also. In fact, it wouldn't hurt to be prepared for a terrorist attack anywhere in the USA.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Stupid is As Stupid Does...

This is Number 10 in the countdown of "Canada's Top Ten List of America's Stupidity"--
Only in America...could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 per plate campaign fundraising event.
To read the complete Top Ten list, click here.

For more in the same vein, read "A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots." Below is an excerpt:
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots. 
The "Idiots" list has some continuing controversy over authorship, but as Shakespeare would have said, "the play's the thing." The message is blunt and clear, and the sad-but-true lists will have Americans laughing through our tears.