Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Little Knowledge vs. Abundance of Ignorance

Who hasn't heard the the old saw, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing." I've always tended to suggest when that is used as an out for a mishap, a reasonable neutralizer is, "An abundance of ignorance doesn't help much either." It also seems that the degree of separation from the issue determines the reaction or comment.

Now I consider the degree of separation between me and one who would kill me factored by the diligence or indifference of duly established authorities empowered to prevent that event. And maintaining the integrity of that system. That should not allow for investing anyone who would not respect and maintain the laws that I must.

I look at this immediate threat to The United States of America growing incrementally within it when I recognize relative easements by communities authorities; whether it be Area D of the Boston Police, a political sinecure in Virginia, licensing illegal aliens, courts in Oregon, egregious endorsements of convicted criminals, and philosophical warping of basic formative education.

When a governor of a state, county commissioners, mayors and alderman, feign surprise at an appointee's hostile background tied to criminal activity, or with a record of stated hatred for the country and tradition of the domain in which he's named to honor; I tend to think it is not just as only a little knowledge (comparatively), nor only an abundance of ignorance; it is far worse. I see it purely as the mercenary pollitical character at its most vile.

Putting aside all the negative slants against PC, feel-good legislation, life-style communities issues, and legal exceptions for water-walkers - you may note I have a few - I cannot help but declare the greater part of Political Americana (not just non-partisan, but omnipartisan, pan-partisan, ?) bordering on treason. As so many of these situations crop up, the appeasement factor reeks. As so many of these situations crop up, the contempt is purely odious. As so much is being risked; the appeasement and contempt combine to become - In my mind's eye -criminal.

This is coast to coast, border to border; the Carolinas to Oregon, Manhattan to Phoenix, Boston to Dearborn, Columbus and Cleveland to Tampa and Boise. But, as recently as a day ago, a govenor had to recall an appointment, while another decided people culpable for breaking the immigration laws should be granted driving privileges as a reward for successfully doing so.
* a worthy point here: NY where this was done has a major population abiding in cities wherein an automobile is more of an expensive encumbrance. (OK Cab Drivers - but what is the legal standard for that?) OK, an ID - When a green-card would say more? I guess to get up to the range in the Appalachians.
I guess it would be real perjorative of me to cite the Islamic proselytizing in prisons since the 60's and 70's up to the present with an umma reaching directly into schoolrooms and public service. Look into their goals, IKWAN. Not since the penal colony of Australia matured into a self-governing nation has criminality reached such heights. The difference being the Muslim Brotherhood converts were convicted based upon evidence prior to sentence, the future Australians were just sentenced for being who they were at the time. I would bet, too that an Australian kid, whatever his or her lineage, knows the respect of the national symbol.
If that isn't enough, maybe I should recommend Bruce Bawer's work, "While Europe Slept". Okay, you must know by now, I don't believe Americana will read it, maybe they'll see it no more than a sociological survey.
But, you know what? I take it seriously. Damn seriously. In my heart and soul, it's good I do.

Some of the sources:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Who's who where you live

I guess the country had to go through repeated cycles of starlets burning their brains out, a few political embarassments, a religious scandal or two, discovery of lawlessness in a sub-culture, discovery of pious tummy-rubbing in a sub-culture, questions of political ethics (Thou shalt not get caught.), educational transparency, xyz-phones.....before it remembered...What was it that I the media should help us remember? Oh yes. Some nuts flew a couple of planes into a couple of buildings in New York; the army place outside Washington and that field in Pennsylvania. "Didja hear how the cell-phones worked, even back then? Gee, if they had pics...."

The media hasn't been doing much successful informing, awareness raising or shown any greater angst than the rest of Americana wants to read or hear. Hell, they were busy drawing out and pouring that banal drool that I cited above. Recently a couple of news runners must have endured a reality-moment and resurrected for their MSM a reporting that should be amplified.I won't call it news, because it isn't. It's far from it. I might stretch the term news if I thought it would make a difference, but it won't...George and Arthur are getting married, Brenda Bra is considering doing the rehab thing (might even run a poll), a celebrated thug is caught in thuggery, and the school drug crisis is causing a drop in demand for Ritalin.

Never-the-less, who are your new neighbors? Has anything in your neighborhood changed? Remember: If you see something, say something. Have you, did you?

Columbia Alumni WWII

Bret Stephens WSJ wrote citing the supposed situation of former Columbia alumni should Adolph Hitler have taken the forum at the prestigious university prior to WWII as one its deans, John Coatsworth, suggested:
"In just a few years, some of these men will be rushing a beach at Normandy or caught in a firefight in the Ardennes. And the fact that their ideas were finer and better than Hitler's will have done nothing to keep them and millions of their countrymen from harm, and nothing to get them out of its way."
In 2007, 2008, or further into the future, some Columbia student, alumni or professors could be taking their orange Volvo from a parking valet at a restaurant. And, though they are people high ideals; finer and better than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in only a quarter of a mile their values, if not their identities, will be in question.

Where did that rucksack with Semtex from the orange Volvo that exploded a couple of blocks up the street come from?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mental Issue Trumps Gun Law

Now here's the typical play of PC philosophical constipation having the runs.

Caught en flagrante in camouflage battle wear, carrying an AK47 shooter chique the court has ordered a mental exam of a Derborn medical student.
Now, here's an argument;
Will the mental exam take into consideration Islamic culture?
How many Islamic shrinks were en-panelled to create it (the exam)?
Was he advised of his rights as an American or as a Muslim of a greater umma wherein rights are irrelevant thus cancelling out any choice of option and making anything he said inadmissable?
Now the ACLU would suggest the answers would be; No, Zero, No.
Thus throw out the case. Dearbornistan probably will. Hell, he was just practising to celebrate a wedding, a cultural thing. Or show the exam results that he was disturbed; leaving him not guilty and thus removing the gun charge. Or show that he suffers no aberrational tendencies other being an average Islamic Dearborn resident who for his safety carrying an assault weapon probably looking for a foot bath.
He could even skate on the latter argument knowing as we do how lawless Dearborn has become over twenty-five years. Hmmn, Let's see. This population of people from the Levant has been escalating since 79' 83, 91,..? The mental test will become the issue, not the facts.
But it's the gun law - Your cherished creation to keep the world safe, not the mental exam.
But who'll notice that in this case a gun law isn't so important. In 08' gun laws might not get much play.

Friday, September 21, 2007

White Sale

It's not unreasonable to notice an impulse of France to assert herself after decades of playing varsity dogdeball. There's more than one element in France that would like the honor of representing France in the large field of Weltpolitik and that is its military. Long constrained, since the days of deGaulle, and manipulated into a marginal force of the UN along with Fiji and/or Ecuador; what were its resources in weaponry, were quite often bartered off for goals never realized, than employed in any military initiatives. Now remember, this is a well trained force of French army and naval elements (not to be mistaken with the Foreign Legion) with all the allegiance from any soldier to his homeland. This is also a force that has been missed in the in the confraternity of democratic nations.

Economically, France is a ship-wreck. Perhaps they could sell their former banners at the next Democratic Convention. Think about, "White Sale - Sheets waved at Dien Bien Phu, Algiers and PAris suburbs and slept on by John Kerry."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Who brought him?

Few people suffer fools lightly, or so we say. With inner candor, we will admit that it is especially so when we find the ourselves to be the bigger or biggest of fools. But for the most part it is usually expressed outward. In another area where we find this disturbing, is when we find stupidity in others in whom we have, or would, place trust. Yet, over time we have seen some brain trusts or people of account taken for real garden walks.
Years in the mechanical side of politics, I have witnessed some of the greatest con-jobs (I live in Massachusetts, after all.) yet to be recorded. It's always amused me to see an administration take reins and, blinded by its own success, dub to nobility a phalanx of people nobody ever heard of before. Frequently they ride in on the robes trailing the truly loyal and gnaw their way up to the ermine. One of them could comprise a quartet; two faced; speaking out of both sides of each mouth; and both noses would be brown. And they're dangerous. But, that's politics on the petty scale; corrupted and venal. But this type of creature can develop characteristics also venal and corrupt, and we add here sociopathic, egotistic and vain. Perhaps this all stems out from the early stages of affirmative action; the first's of black, black female, Hispanic and, as occurred here in Massachusetts - a first black, gay, RINO serving in a deathbed administration. These situations all emerge as the unintended consequences of doing the right thing. Few will admit to the fault that the measure ended with embarrassing results - namely the 800 pound gorilla in the living room.

It's a peculiarity that manifests itself in the case of Alexis Debat who is only among the few, who as I have previously suggested rise up out of the fog and confusion of crisis; the closet cavaliers. . This parallels the idiocy of the New Jersey governor who placed homeland security activities in the hands of his non-citizen boyfriend, the case of the Somali Muslim sitting on Columbus, Ohio's, homeland security apparatus or Mitt Romney's campaign security chief who flashed bogus police shields (cited more than once). But today, in a country that seems to be sleepwalking through great dangers, we have to anticipate what the unintended consequences of political largess can become. Debat was allowed into some influential places. At a time when competition within the media is throat-cutting, nobody seemed to check his credentials. ABC seemed to gulp down whatever he served up. A site search of Front Page with all it's conservative personalities show his works just as freely. The Counter-Terrorism Blog also ate it up . It would be one thing, perhaps, if we were not in a conflict and he was writing about racing boats, but we're in a conflict, and with official channels so tenderly dealing with the intelligence apparati, the absurdity occurred.
The Soviet spy, Richard Sorge, a journalist, led the WWII German Embassy in Tokyo into a bogus trust. Could either German or Japanese authorities have learned more about him? Yes. Easily, as it was eventually learned. How does Debat stack up against Sorge? I'd say on par. In each case nobody checked. Debat, by willfully filing disinformation for one political element, betraying those in whom he had trust, has now, by means of the 11the Commandment - Thou shalt not get caught, set a new low for those that used him (ABC, MOO, etc.,) - they claim they didn't know he was a fraud either.

Yet, these stories aren't new. And, should these agents of deceit survive they tend to survive well. Bet you didn't know that some people admire liars and mountebanks, for having got away with it. They have cult followers. And they think it's great stuff. It's those who allow this we must sanction.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Bay State Foreign Policy 07'

Originally, the following was intended as a reply to Kevin’s citing at who had captured an article by Michael Graham writing in the Boston Herald:

In office for only nine months and the Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick is making policy statements regarding the avowed enemy of the United States of America. One of these sovereign states of the fifty that are united in one country is that which he governs. But, terminally unique as his state is, he would have us see it all as a great misunderstanding. How unfortunate for more than three-thousand people who once lived and worked in Manhattan.
Patrick is the result of the sad condition the Massachusetts GOP put itself in, so sad that the voters chose the evil of two lessers. There was no question what his policies would be and his leftist contempt for his oh, so common countrymen should be no surprise. He is, after all, a first ranker of the 'Clintonistas'. He was able to use the route of interests groups to harness enough strength to buck an incumbent Democrat Attorney General and a money-heavy former Lt. Gov. candidate. How? It was "Oh, So Liberal". He's the extra topping for the liberal cake. With all the history from which the Commonwealth can learn, they blindly seek to refresh their liberal addictions.
Yet, before I launch a counter-attack, honesty and candor require me to inventory the MA-GOP. Patrick's final win was a cinch. Four years earlier Romney took the "Corner Office" pretty much by default and then did nothing with it. It was a pit-stop toward his current aspirations. His follow-on Lt. Gov. was a poster child for the 'neuveau riche' and she was just handed the nomination on a silver tray (which she thought she deserved by default). From even before her campaign, she encamped herself in party headquarters and indulged in her future. No farm-team was developed; loyalties were disparaged. Mitt was always elsewhere. The party itself was alienated and many of the high-minded took a walk. Meanwhile, the Patrick people were following all the Dukakoidisms and that rejuvenated the liberals that had been held in check for sixteen years. Many had been already been granted fiefs over the twelve Republican years 'Situ-Ante-Romney'. They re-registered as Democrats or bugged out of state. Bay State fascism was, once again, looking popular. Those who were getting what they needed wanted more. Those that now 'had', forgot what it took to get it, and "Let them eat cake (taxpayers cake)," was a reaction. Then, as in most fictional utopia, "Alice in Wonderland", or Potemkin Villages, the voters of the Commonwealth had a collective memory lapse. (It happens over the span of history - ask a German villager if.....), the social stigma sets in and the lemmings only follow the hoard ahead of them.
Now, we'll have more frequent paroles to 'decorator' half-way houses, scholarships for undocumented (with 'equivalency' diplomas), non-compliance with federal criminal statutes, increased tolls, and...oh, yes...driver licenses for the 'poor undocumented souls' (who'll probably get jobs driving trucks under contract to the "Big Dig" in a special minority business law), a state visit to Hugo Chavez and a ribbon cutting at the opening of the New England Islamic Center (maybe mullah Ellison will appear).

That's just scraping the top. After all, he's only been in office nine months, I’m sure he can do more harm if he and his mentors really put their hearts in it. Massachusetts surely doesn’t care. Massachusetts Republicans have forfeited any franchise they might have had to care.
Either way, maybe Pearl Harbor, too, was just a misunderstanding. But, what would a political martinet like Deval Patrick know?
(The photo is my uncle Edmund, USN {Submariner, "Dolphin"} who, with his family {sons (front and his left} were at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. My brother Bob is on his right..)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

On the Flag

My oldest friend (since 3 or 4 years old - yes dear friends for over 60 years) sent me a note recently on the American Flag. We grew up with, and still maintain, a reverence for our "tattered ensign". I responded with a picture of Our Flag unfurled from my apartment in Boston.

At the same time I was searching for how many different emotions have been stirred by its presence. One way is in the lines of lines of John Greenleaf Whittier:
"Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,But spare your country's flag," she said.A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,Over the face of the leader came;The nobler nature within him stirredTo life at that woman's deed and word;"Who touches a hair of yon gray head Dies like a dog! March on!" he said.
But that was written in 1864. At the time loyal Americans were in conflict with loyal Americans. Today we're in a conflict with forces far more alien, but, in spite of our strength, our delicate system is rife with inner plagues far worse than bullets or cannon.

Sunday, September 02, 2007


I currently hold no special brief at all in public affairs. But, from a pedestrian level, I question whether or not those of us who are concerned are being drawn into arguments in vacuums. So, rather that run a full 'screed', I am putting out, not arguments against liberals measures, but more means that might be used to alter their tone to a more realistic harmony and realize themselves as liberal in heart and mind as opposed to being leftist martinets. Remember - In attacking an incumbent you don't win over the opposition's former supporters by assaulting them. So consider the following more a tactical note than a.....manifesto...Leftists don't argue anyway. They spout mantras, employ moral equivalency and propagandize. Liberals freely and conveniently grant them unearned loyalty, failing to recall that blind loyalty gave us Fascism, Nazism, Communism, Inquisitions and many human against human crimes in the name of humanity and revolutions that imperiled civilization.

Needless to say, I regard highly those who have demonstrated initiatives to establish their views, create blogs and have articulated their concerns so well that they have garnered responses not only from those of us with appreciated points of view, but those of opposing trends as well. (What can we learn if don't we hear another's point of view {no matter how poorly developed, obviously programmed and cadenced, or vacant but for social approval... {oops: so much for my diplomacy}?)

A quote from a gay blogger, USMALE, is only so clear that I can understand how many liberals miss it through the leftist fog (“Only in the Western world can a gay man live a free life as himself. Hence, the health and strength of the West is fundamental to my survival”). Unfortunately, I see the situation (vis a vis gays as being in the premier position of liberal politics) as being a form of myopia. Many gays fail to see that out of the whole gay population, it's been the few out of time, not the numbers (the community), that have gained them acceptance (or in cases like Foley, Studds, McGreavey, Craig, Arafat, etc.; notoriety). I'll even gainsay the popular view and say that acceptance begins in the familial, or parochial, before it becomes provincial, national or global. And yet, for consideration, look at the imposing dhimmitude in Europe. She’s falling under the leaden clouds of sharia influence. Gays didn't achieve their franchise in the world through an add-water'n-stir concoction, but a tidal wave of alienating interpretations could wipe it out. And, let’s be frank, there are many others whose lives have been enfranchised, no less dramatically, by way of the Western Tradition (with its history of faults).

So....before I alienate you....further...

I have focused on the current terrorism not only for what it is, and only seen as interruptions of historical complacency by some, but the more targeted goal of those who would have a world without forums. It is war - with or without the bumper sticker. And it is immediate. The opposition isn't waiting for it to be scheduled for a dialogue with sociologists. It is being waged in places as remote as distant villages, fields and deserts, and governing councils in Foreignistan, Alliestan and as local as Dearborn, Edina and Columbus, Brooklyn, Oakland , Roxbury.., and next door to me on Saint Botolph Street, Boston. This, of course, raises the question of whether we can raise the war on two fronts; the political (US vs. external) and the criminal (enterprises that erode domestic security such as illegal immigration, drug and other contraband violations). The legal community will scream like Hell if we take more than one bite of the apple. But, let's remind ourselves. It's our apple. We can have it whatever number of ways we want.

Now, you're probably thinking (and I too wonder), "This cat's going paranoid."

How we approach this might be in the form of how Tom Sawyer got the fence white-washed. Was it subversion, disinformation, neighborhood enhancement or buddies helping a friend get on with things so they could all (together) go on to other ventures? So from the inert pallet (complacency) can vital messages be created? Hopefully, expressions can be developed that won't lead to "Well, the 'Christians did this', 'The Church did that', 'The Jews did.' and so on. The response to these objections from the bogs of indifference is, of course, 'Yes!’, ‘Yes, we did.’ (This is the history express. Nobody steps off until the ride is over.) But civilization didn't pedal backward to correct itself. Such arguments stem from the stale of spirit in the first place. On the other hand is the risk of coming tangent to the droning mantra of leftist ghoul politics and getting lost in discourse with them. They're only snipers, move on. (They love to indulge in the immediacy of present blood-shed rather than look at how step-by-step and side slipping they brought it on. They might read Bruce Brawer “While Europe Slept”). To take their theme of the 'Sixties', the cadence of their "different drummer" hasn't changed a beat. They would apply feelings as Band-Aids where surgery is the cure; rest where exercise would be the panacea; aroma therapy when the need for oxygen was critical.

Here and now is the issue, not who didn’t act or who muffed the “slam dunk”. And I don't see it being tabled to after Friday Prayers at the 'Mayberry Mosque'.

So....before I alienate you....even further...

Since September 11th 2001, there has sprouted an abundance of closet cavaliers and snake-eaters that only twelve years earlier were hollering 'Killa Commie for Christ'.
On the other hand there are some very well worked out resources. An example of encountering my own shortsightedness, I found I was taking a deeper look at Robert Spencer. From my rather inflated arrogance (having served on more than a few terrorism panels over thirty years), I just filed him in a memory recess. I am currently relying on his 'blogging the Qur'an". He didn't start out trying to neutralize Islam at all, and differing points of view are respected. (I have to admit has more to offer than I would be open to maybe ten or fifteen years ago.)

So, as we view sources, we should vet them. However, in doing so, we should recognize what is fairly said, and not marginalize one or another because of some idiosyncratic interpretation that riles the pangs of PC (or loosens the binds of philosophical constipation). A fair sample of open source material which I use is (oddly):,,, and; not to mention the Drudge collectives.

Do some of these sites suggest (to too many lacking even sophomoric qualifications) the unsophisticated, old fashion (to some) and strident US patriotism? Yes!
Do some exaggerate the adherence to the laws of the United States? Yes!
And to all the options of extremes that some will take….? Yes!

As I have cautioned there are so many options one must be a bit discerning. That means personally discerning, not just following the lemmings. Let's see what churns up.