In what Indiana’s governor and his supporters describe as defense of any given individual’s religious convictions, detractors roundly decry as blatant discrimination against the LGBT community. Possibly the best explanation of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) rendered down to two sentences would be that as reported by CBS News on March 30, 2015, “Supporters say it protects a person or business owner from government persecution when following their religious beliefs. But opponents say the measure gives businesses a free pass to refuse gay and lesbian customers on religious grounds.”
Despite the Hoosier State’s Governor Mike Pence stressing the new law wouldn’t legalize discrimination against certain individuals or groups, but instead would protect the religious convictions of service providers such as pro-life pharmacists forced to sell abortifacients (abortion-inducing drugs), a number of high profile pro-LBGT advocates have slammed Pence and the Indiana legislature. One of the more prominent would be Apple CEO Tim Cook, who the Gawker.com news portal tagged in 2011 as “The the Most Powerful Gay Man in America.”
As reported by CBS, Cook took to the editorial pages of The Washington Post to slam the RFRA as he believes it “goes against the very principles our nation was founded on.” Not done yet, Cook also opined “On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement.”
However, Cook made no mention of Apple Inc. expanding to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last year. As reported by Arabian Business on Dec. 20, 2014, Apple opened two new stores in Riyadh and Al Khobar. According to Apple’s official website, the corporation has well over 14 retail stores within the Kingdom, as well as numerous other stores the width and breadth of the Muslim World. A number of the same Muslim-majority nations also adhere to Islamic Shari’a law which clearly states homosexuality to be illegal.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia takes it a bit further. Saudi Arabia executes homosexuals. Publicly executing homosexuals isn’t the only Shari’a compliant move taken in the oil rich nation. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the powerful Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared in 2012 that it is “necessary to destroy all the [Christian] churches of the region.” Not finished with calling for the death of homosexuals or bulldozing churches, the Sheikh also gave the official thumbs-up for 10-year-old girls to be married off against their will.
It’s not everyday that the United States Secretary of State invokes the Islamic deity, but as reported, that’s just what John Kerry did. As reported by the Western Journalism news portal (via Google News) on March 30, 2015, Secretary Kerry gave the one word response in Arabic when asked the chances are for a deal with Iran.
Some call it cosmic karma, others call it a case of what comes around goes around, and in the Marine Corps family-friendly version is that payback’s a med-evac. Call it what you will, but few will deny that the life of Adam M. Smith, an ex-adjunct lecturer at Eller College in Arizona and also the ex-CFO of Vante medical device manufacturing company has certainly nosedived since his verbal savaging of a hapless Chick-fil-A cashier back in 2012.
As the joke goes: Do you know why the terrorists didn’t hit the UN Building on 9/11? Because too many of their relatives work there. Yes, official international hatred of Israel has been around for decades. Unfortunately its ugly, terrorist-friendly head has reared itself into the West. Even worse, our allegedly free and objective press has jumped on the bandwagon.
The old adage is that uniformed military personnel are often referred to as pawns due to more than a few politicos usually giving their fates very little thought before throwing them into the meat grinder of war. With the legacy media/mainstream media widely ignoring that the same camouflaged chess pieces often used as election campaign props, Team Obama – Biden scored quite a few points with the American public during the 2012 presidential election with the oft echoed vow regarding our troops involved in combat operations in Afghanistan that all US troops would be out by 2014. The reality of affairs in the Central Asian nation is that three months into 2015, 10,000 American troops, roughly the size of two Marine Brigades, remain in-country.
As reported by the Bloomberg news service on March 24, 2015, reporter David J. Lynch nuanced the announcement that the Obama Administration will “slow the withdrawal” of the remaining thousands of American troops still in Afghanistan. Lynch also incorrectly penned there are “new doubts that he [Obama] will complete a promised draw down before leaving office.”
In actuality, during the 2012 campaign Team Obama – Biden were very specific in the vow they made to the American people. Despite Lynch reporting the departure from Afghanistan would be completed “before leaving office (in 2017), Vice President Joe Biden made quite clear something very different.
As evidenced by Joe Biden’s comments recorded for posterity during the 2012 Vice Presidential Debates against challenger Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the ticket of Obama – Biden promised a complete withdrawal of American forces from the Afghanistan Theater of War by 2014. With little room for equivocation, Vice President Biden stated, “With regard to Afghanistan, he [Obama] said he will end the war in 2014.” Later in the debate, the Veep also painted a clear picture that no Americans would be involved in any combat operations, “… we will not go on joint patrols. We will not train in the field. We’ll only train in the — in the Army bases that exist there. But we are leaving. We are leaving in 2014. Period.”
Later in the same debate, Rep. Ryan defended both his and running mate Mitt Romney’s position as to not have a set date to withdrawal all American troops, “what any administration will do in 2013 is assess the situation to see how best to complete this timeline. What we do not want to do…” It was then that Biden interrupted by flatly stating, “We will leave in 2014.”
Yet the obvious reared its ugly head in late 2014 as Reuters and the Independent Newspapers consortium of Cape Town, South Africa, both on Nov. 30, 2014, reported that what has begun as hushed whispers in the nation’s capital has been verified as true. While unconfirmed reports of reliable sources bubbling to the surface by Reuters (via the Washington Free Press) as early as mid-November of 2014 that the United States would leave upwards of 10,000 troops available for combat actually in-country, most American media organizations spilled very little ink reporting Team Obama – Biden promised in 2012 something clearly and without reservation quite different.
Overseas news organizations, such as The Philippines Star verified in late November, 2014 that 9,800 American troops will remain in-country, while typical American news sources, much like the cited report from Reuters have generically reported that only a “few thousand” American troops will be the bulwark of the 12,000 man NATO contingent, ostensibly slated to train and advise the Afghan National Army.
There have been whispers in the corridors of power inside the Washington, DC beltway that Michelle Obama has been dropping more than a few taxpayer dollars on wigs that seemingly change by magic her hair from cut bangs to flowing tresses. Amazingly enough, both styles are of noticeably differing lengths, despite denials by the White House. Yet what has the Twitter universe in full meltdown mode would be her recent appearance on an American game show that clearly reveals a Mi-Mi minus tresses that may have surrendered to stresses. In other words, why is the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) sporting a buzz cut if not flat-out bald?
The north of Iraq and Syria aren’t the only places the Kurds have been knocking ISIS and their supporters around. As reported by the Haringey Independent (of London, UK) on March 23, 2015, and also by the Breitbart news portal on March 22, 2015, Kurdish expats living in Great Britain literally chased and beat some of the more radical jihadist elements from the streets of foggy olde Londontowne.
Novelist George Orwell once penned “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” That very well could be the case of double standards reaching Orwellian heights on a Canadian university campus. As reported by the Campus Reform news portal on March 20, 2015, two white students enrolled at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada were politely told they weren’t allowed to even be present at an event hosted by the Racialised Students’ Collective (RSC) held on campus.
It’s usually never a good thing to have your name added to a law, either officially or unofficially. Yet that’s exactly what’s happened to Country-Pop music über-megastar Taylor Swift. As reported by The Washington Examiner on March 20, 2015, the Pennsylvania-born songstress has found her name unofficially attached to the latest tax scheme recently unveiled by Rhode Island’s Democrat governor.
Not quite reaching his 20th birthday, native born Londoner Brusthom Ziamani was sentenced at the Old Bailey to a 22 year prison stretch for conspiring to murder by decapitation either a British soldier or school child currently enrolled in the nation’s Army Cadet Force, the British version of American high school ROTC. As reported by Great Britain’s BBC and also by the Associated Press (via The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington), both on 20 March, 2015, Brusthom Ziamani, 19-years-old, was found guilty of ‘preparing an act of terrorism’ last month. But today, Judge Timothy Pontius sentenced the would-be killer to spend the next 22 years of his rather short life locked behind bars in one of Her Majesty’s Prisons.
With more than a few conservatives looking for a potential 2016 presidential candidate who will advocate a tough stance against international terrorism, specifically violent Islamic jihadists seeking a world-wide caliphate, those same right-leaning voters may have found their man. As reported by NewsMax.com on March 18, 2015, and also by The Daily Caller news portal on March 17, 2015, Louisiana’s Republican Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal is leaving little doubt exactly where he stands on allowing, or in Jindal’s case – not allowing, avowed Muslim radicals the opportunity for American citizenship.
If you live in a country where professional athletes are ordered to surrender their blood, but an ex-Secretary of State boldly refuses to surrender 60,000 government documents… you might be an American.
If you live in a country where Chaplains in the Armed Forces are ordered to never utter the name of Jesus Christ, but an Army Major slaughters 14 innocent people while screaming “Allahu Akbar!”… you might be an American.
With the Texas State Legislature making headlines across the nation due to House Bill 562 moving forward to the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, the spotlight in Islamic Shari’a law and its possible implementation in American criminal and/or civil law is making headlines in other states. As reported by Sarita Chourey of the Morris News Service via the Athens (Georgia) Banner Herald on March 11, 2015, both the Palmetto and the Peach States are introducing proposals that would ensure that Islamic Shari’a law, as well as any other “foreign laws and foreign forum selection” from being used within their respective states.
From Republicans to Democrats, from Key West to Nome, tongues are a waggin’ regarding Hillary Clinton’s quasi-news conference held on March 10, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Surely not going over big with many in the Fourth Estate, Fox News reported on March 11, 2015, that the only reporters allowed to be present were actually handpicked by Team Hillary.
Rationalizing their choice of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo as the winner of the International Islamophobe of the Year award by citing how Jews were “otherised” by the Third Reich, a British Muslim advocacy group has decided to take “a light-hearted” and “tongue in cheek” swipe at the satirical and often provocative publication. Somehow, the same advocacy group failed to mention the dozens killed or wounded by Islamic jihadists during a recent military-style assault on the magazine’s main office in Paris.
Few in the Western world would deny even the most despicable of characters a valid legal defense to defend themselves of crimes accused in a court of law. Yet what has many in the United Kingdom raising their eyebrows are the reports bubbling to the surface regarding a number of Britons raising the equivalent of $27,000 to defend the individual dubbed “Jihad Johnny” by the international press, and identified by the British government as the executioner of a number of American, British, and Japanese citizens.
There’s a saying that quickly becoming a truism inside the D.C. beltway, “Clinton is a place in Washington where scandals go to die.” While both Bill and Hillary Clinton have weathered their share of scandals ranging from the mere eyebrow raising to the jaw dropping level of the supposed Gulf of Tonkin incident, talking heads have their tongues a waggin’ over the latest twist in HRC’s private email kerfuffle.
As the bumper sticker says: “Ready for Hillary” – Her now headline grabbing email scandal laid dormant for two years. Only time will tell if this buried-at-the-time scandal will pick up traction with the public.
The right-of-center news portal Town Hall is citing on June 11, 2013, multiple news sources exposing that during her tenure as the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s time at the helm was marred by various sex scandals so vast, one was described as “endemic.”
According to Benjamin Netanyahu and the Republican Party, the possible Obama nuclear deal with Iran is a disaster in the making. According to Barack Obama and the Democrats, the possible accord with the Islamic Republic is the best hope of keeping the mullahs and the ayatollahs out of the Nuclear Club.
Unfortunately for the human race, we as a species sometimes resurrect certain things that were best left to remain moldering in the grave.
Namely, the word “groovy,” hippie-wannabes flashing the peace sign and anyone wearing anything tie-dyed. Sadly, the Mullet is one of those cultural mistakes that’s making a comeback.
As recently reported by such diverse news sources Australia’s The Brisbane Times,The Guardian (of London, UK) and the Los Angeles-bases entertainment news site Zap2it.com, the much-loathed Mullet is suddenly fashionable again not only among 50-something Night Ranger devotees, but also among young Hollywood royalty as well as a certain leader of Britain’s screamingly liberal Labour Party.
The heebie-jeebie inducing hairstyle reached its zenith during the 1980s when everyone from super heroes to convicts were putting the world on notice that while there may be buisness in the front, all concerned could rest assured there was certainly a party in the back.
A ‘Do by Any Other Name…
As the festivities and roofie-fueled attempted date rapes continue amongst Jersey Shore Guidos, Southern Peckerwoods and Aussie Bogans everywhere, normal people keep a sharp eye open for certain code words and aliases should the Mullet rear its semi-shorn head in their cities and towns:
Possibly not using the same style of converting unbelievers that Saint Francis Xavier used, fanatical Islamic jihadists in Australia have reportedly threatened a parliamentarian with decapitation unless she converts to Islam, and then champion’s instituting Shari’a law Down Under. As reported by Radio New Zealand and also Sky News of Australia, both on March 1, 2015, Senator Jacqui Lambie, and Independent from the island state of Tasmania, has responded to threats communicated to her by letting the self described “mujahiddin” understand in no uncertain terms that she has no intention of backing down or to be cowed by their threats. As the legislator stated to the press, “I will continue to speak out about the threat that supporters of Islamic State and Sharia law pose to the Australian democratic culture and people.”