Islamic terrorism is the modern world’s bubonic plague. In five years, from 1347 to 1352, the plague ended the lives of 25 million people. Terrorism hasn’t reach those numbers yet, but with the development of chemical and nuclear arsenals, it certainly could. And, like the plague, Islamic terrorism strikes without warning and it kills women, children, old, young. Last week, a suicide bomber, took 37 lives and injured 125 in Ankara, Turkey. The same day, armed men attacked a beach resort in Ivory Coast, slaughtering 16. Yesterday, a suicide attack in Istanbul killed 5 and injured 36. But we usually only hear about the big ones. The averages are quite stark. I took the raw numbers from 2007 to 2013 and EACH MONTH we are averaging 926 terrorists attacks, killing 1,470 people, injuring 2,669 people and kidnapping 476 people. Yes, it is true that those numbers are found primarily in the Middle Eastern nations and there are a number of people who are trying to play down terrorism saying that it doesn’t affect us here. But that is not only naïve, it is also callous and self-centered.
Reports last week told us that ISIS is forcing their female prisoners of terrorism to take birth control because it is “unholy” for a Muslim to have sex with a pregnant woman but okay to rape them as long as they are not pregnant. Consequently, the terrorist’s motivation to force “the pill” down their throats so they can keep raping them with a clear conscience. And we should ignore this because it isn’t happening here?
ISIS released a video showing the bonfire they built out of Bibles and Christian literature. This was in Mosul, a center for Iraq’s Christian population. It was overrun in 2014 and the Christians are all gone, dead or fled. The persecution of Christians is not new nor the attempt to eradicate the Bible. All attempts in the past have failed and they will continue to fail. But the tragedy is real and should put us on our knees praying for our brothers and sisters around the world who will be losing their lives or homes today because of their faith.
The House unanimously passed a resolution condemning Islamic State’s targeted actions against Christians and other groups, calling it “genocide” and “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”. The images of Christians being marched out onto the beach and beheaded or the 147 Christians singled out and shot in the Garissa University in Kenya or the massive number of churches burned and pastors murdered come to mind. The Administration, however, balked at the resolution, thinking that it was a little over the top to use words like “genocide” and “war crimes”. After all, we wouldn’t want to have a legal problem with the language or end up hurting anyone’s feelings here.
Iran, who convinced the Administration that they were really nice people and that their nuclear program was dedicated to develop nuclear power (in a nation that is awash in fossil fuel) continues to act strangely at odds with the picture they sold the President. In gratitude for the billions of dollars released to them, they have renewed their vow to wipe Israel from the face of the planet; they have renewed their “death to America” rhetoric; they kidnapped U.S. sailors; and this week, in violation of U.N. resolutions, they test fired a long-range ballistic missile. I suppose this was simply testing a new transportation system to deliver nuclear power plants to other areas of the world. Silly us.
Call me a skeptic, but the President’s nomination of Merrick Garland to take the seat vacated by the still extremely saddening death of Justice Scalia, appears to me to be a calculated political ploy. With the Senate vowing not to examine any nominee, but to wait for the next President, this nomination will put the Republican’s in a no-win position. If they now examine him, they will again appear wishy-washy. If they don’t, they will be clearly portrayed by Blue Media as obstructionist and playing politics and that will disgust them in the eyes of the citizenry even more than they already are…although it is tough to believe that their ratings could go any lower. In my opinion, the Republicans made a huge mistake when they loudly announced that they would refuse to consider any nomination by this President. Because, he then craftily nominated a perceived, but not, moderate Garland. This was a brilliant move by Obama. As we now head closer to the general election, it may become quite clear that Hillary will be the next President, which will happen by a landslide if Trump is the Republican candidate. The Republicans will be faced with the dilemma of having to consider whether they are going to get a better deal with Garland or a nominee from Clinton. Either way, they will be backed into a corner they should have never painted themselves into. [see today's blog post: Senate Outfoxed Playing Politics Versus Taking a Stand]
I am not a fan of the Federal Health Care plan. Many who chose to not buy a Federal policy will be fined this year when they pay their taxes. The average fine will be $378 compared to $172 for last year. This is why I have to snicker (as I sadly shake my head) when we hear the boasting of the numbers that have “signed up”. That is like boasting about the number of people who were in front of the firing squad and given a choice to walk away if they wanted. By the way, the Administration craftily used the millions of illegal immigrants to boost the number of “uninsured” in America to help sell the deal in the beginning. Now, illegal immigrants have been dropped from the uninsured numbers to boost the numbers in the laws favor. This is unethical, but it is how politics plays with numbers. And, by the way, it irritates me that we continually lose freedoms to the Federal Beast. In this case, those who wish to “self-insure”, which has been my objective for much of my adult life—to save enough to pay for your own refrigerator repairs or car repairs or even life insurance, when you know that it makes economic sense to do so—are no longer allowed the freedom to make that choice. “Pro-choice” only gets a liberal thumbs up when it comes to killing pre-born babies, not for choosing to insure yourself or where to send your kids to school or to buy a gun or not make a cake or drink a big-gulp in New York.
In the middle of Venezuela, one of the world’s most devastated economies, sits a utopian city. It’s name? Socialist City of Hugo Chavez. 15,000 people, mostly poor, were picked to populate the city where most everything is free. People don’t have to work if they don’t want to. They are totally dependent upon the Venezuelan government. It became the showplace for socialism, to provide a picture of what it could be like all over the country…new building, clean streets, and grocery stores whose shelves were full. The problem is that reality is beginning to set in. The government is having a hard time finding the money to continue to fund it and it is having to fend off increased pressure from the extremely poor who live on the other side of the police checkpoints who are breaking in to get their share. Socialism is a sham. It has never, ever worked and it never will. It runs counter to God’s design in virtually every area of life. The Socialists who are in charge love it, because all power is consolidated at their level. But the mass of people, the citizenry, will eventually suffer horribly as the Ponzi scheme inevitably will crash. I shake my head at the number of Americans who increasingly buy this fraudulent line.
In a shake-down USA Today article, “climate deniers” were linked with allies of slavery and colonialism. Climate deniers are those who dare think that we are not on a fast track to global Armageddon due to our use of fossil fuels—those two dastardly words that Blue Media has manipulated into a phrase which, when spoken, must be followed with a look of disgust and a contemptuous spit on the imagined grave of oil and coal companies. The author claims that the issue of climate change is just as morally fraught today as slavery was in the 19th century. I find myself becoming numb to the insanity of that which masquerades as journalism today. Equating someone who looks at the data and the bias in the global warming climate models and says “I don’t think so” to someone who supported human slavery is beyond the realm of any sensibility I know of. Beware, for this is the media world we live in. When truth is abandoned, one if free to manipulate others with whatever means that seem to be effective…and to do it without guilt or shame.
On a very positive note, my daughter and her husband are in China at the moment I am writing this, in an orphanage receiving their new little girl, Grace. We are praying that she will immediately recognize them as her long awaited mommy and daddy.