Mar
28
2016
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#NeverHillary: Damage To #Palmyra Cannot Be Overstated

My good friend (at least I hope he is a good friend) Jazz Shaw covers the re-taking of Palmyra and ISIS/ISIL (as well as Bashar al-Assad) looting of the place. The damage to archaeology cannot be overstated.

However I cannot express how ultimate blame should be placed on Hillary Clinton’s blood-soak shoulders. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani explains:

By being part of an administration withdrew from Iraq. By being part of an administration that let (Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki) run Iraq into the ground, so you forced the Shiites to make a choice. By not intervening in Syria at the proper time. By being part of an administration that drew twelve lines in the sand and made a joke out of it,” (Former New York City Mayor Rudy) Guiliani said.

O’Reilly then pointed out that as secretary of state, Clinton was not personally responsible for the decisions, and that the most she could have done to compel Obama to change his policy was resign.

“Which is what a patriot does,” Giuliani said.

Now only that, but she then went on to heap praise on Bashar “A Reformer” al-Assad during the first few months of the Syrian Civil War:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… drew a contrast between Syrian President Bashir Assad and his late father and predecessor, and said U.S. lawmakers who recently have visited Damascus regarded him as a “reformer.”

She made the startling comment while explaining why the United States will not intervene on behalf of Syrian civilians revolting against the regime as it has done in the case of Libya.

And now, thanks to EmailGate, we know that Sidney Blumenthal warned Hillary Clinton to stop the “reformer” nonsense:

Longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal warned then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 that Syrian President Bashar Assad is no reformer.

“Enclosed is an article by David W. Lesch, perhaps the U.S. expert with the closest relationship with Bashar al-Assad, developed out of my continuing correspondence with him, an edited version which I have appended,” in a message to Clinton on June 20, 2011.The bottom line is that Assad’s gestures at reform are delusional attempts to recreate the pattern of his own recent past when he gained a modicum of respect from the West.

The same reformer who looted Palmyra well before ISIS/ISIL got their bloody paws on it.

The Bush Administration didn’t want to have anything to do with Bashar al-Assad after the Hariri assassination. The blood spilt in Syria’s Civil War and Palmyra’s destruction is all on Sec. Hillary Clinton, because she and President Barack Obama both bear full responsibility for what happen under their watch. Clinton as secretary of state was chief ambassador and foreign policy maker for Obama, so don’t tell me she isn’t responsible. And you can take that all the way to the bank.

Now Sec. Hillary Clinton wants to be president? Well, fuck that noise! #NeverHillary is greater than anything right now!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Jan
28
2016
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My #Challenger Memories

Since everyone is posting their “memories” even if they were watching this on TV, I might as well add my own to the mix. I remember that I was at Cape Canaveral and watched it in person.

And I say “remember” because I honestly remember being there, but everyone tells me that I wasn’t there. When I look back on the event, I don’t see a TV screen. I can clearly see a road, trees, and a group of people all watching the liftoff. I also remember looking around out in the open with everyone in the crowd asking if that was supposed to happen when the boosters came off. Everyone was mulling about, checking their hand/car radios trying to get information. With nothing happening, the crowd broke up and that is all I remember.

I was five at the time, so my memory can be called into question. And it should. However why would my mind make something up like that?

Sorry if this is turning about me instead of being about the Challenger’s crew. Yet I mainly bring up my memories, mainly because I think the Challenger’s crew would be applaud to discover that we are remembering them on the ground instead of in space 30 years after their death.

Ask me my thoughts on the Space Shuttle, and I will yell at you asking why we only made so many ships. I have noticed a trend in history where we make a certain number of a class of warship and then we are off to build a newer model. Except with the Space Shuttle, everyone was asleep at the wheel until it was time to retire the shuttles. We need to work smarter, not harder. Okay, mini-rant over.

My prayers are with the family’s and friend’s of those left behind. The Challenger crew is at rest now, there’s nothing more that I can do for them. I will ask for peace for all those who need it today.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Dec
28
2015
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#Japan And #SouthKorea Agree To A #WWII #ComfortWomen Settlement

Good news, everyone! Japan and South Korea are finally taking steps to bury the hatchet:

Japan and South Korea have agreed to settle the issue of “comfort women” forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War Two, in their first such deal since 1965.

Japan has [apologized] and will pay 1bn yen ($8.3m, £5.6m) – the amount South Korea asked for – to fund victims.

The issue has been the key cause for strained ties.

No one is completely happy by this agreement, which is why it is a good one. In South Korea’s case, “comfort women” are not getting the funds directly:

The wording of the deal does not explicitly state that the “comfort women” will receive direct compensation, but states that the fund will provide “support” and bankroll “projects for recovering the [honor] and dignity and healing the psychological wounds”.

Some former “comfort women”, such as Lee Yong-soo, have taken issue with this.

Many in Japan think the deal is loop-sided:

In Japan journalist Nobuo Ikeda reflected the view of many on Twitter that the country had lost out, although others thought the deal could have been worse for Mr Abe.

“Japan pays 1 billion yen and our PM [apologizes] but South Korea will ‘consult about the girl’s statue’ (a “comfort women” statue which activists erected outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul in 2011) – that’s not a diplomatic negotiation,” Mr Ikeda tweeted.

I can understand his frustration at the perception that Japan is getting very little over the deal. However what Nobuo Ikeda fails to understand, is that Japan will get closure on this dark side of their history too. You guys need to stop denying this happen and come to terms with it. Revisionism does no one any good. Swallow your pride and take your lumps. You are not the only ones who get history thrown into your face.

I am elated that both Japan and South Korea have come to a respectful understanding on this issue and can move forward as allies. Because, Holy Shit, everyone who is Not-China and is within spitting distance of the South China Sea, should be friends right now. Just saying.

Now only if Japan and the United States can come to an understanding on the U.S. Military bases on Okinawa Island. *sigh*

Well, see ya’ later!
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Dec
25
2015
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#Christmas2015: Yet Another Merry Christmas Everyone!

I know you might get tried of hearing it from other people, BUT MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!! I love Christmas! My three top holidays are Christmas, Fourth Of July, and Halloween (in that order)! So of course I am going to share with you a YouTube video Christmas card I made:

I know it is not the best, but it is straight from the heart.

Also, are you offended by “Xmas” abbreviation? Don’t be:

Do you find the word “Xmas,” as an abbreviation for Christmas, offensive? Many people do.

But the history of the word “Xmas” is actually more respectable – and fascinating – than you might suspect. First of all, the abbreviation predates by centuries its use in gaudy advertisements. It was first used in the mid 1500s. X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word Χριστός. And here’s the kicker: Χριστός means “Christ.” X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years. This device is known as a Christogram. The mas in Xmas is the Old English word for “mass.” … In the same vein, the dignified terms Xpian and Xtian have been used in place of the word “Christian.”

So let the ignorant heathens use “Xmas” if they like. Little do they know that they are still using Christmas, just with fewer letters. The joke will just be between us.

Now if you will excuse me, IT’S CHRISTMAS!! I have to go be with family! God Bless!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Dec
16
2015
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#Trump2016: @realDonaldTrump, #PoliticalCorrectnessKills, And #Hypocrisy Abounds

I want to apologize to Donald Trump. He is not Ego, he is the ID. Trump is unfiltered. Trump is unbound. Trump is incoherent.

The fact that Donald Trump is the Id, scares a lot of people. I understand that sentiment. You see, The Left is Ego (where Political Correctness comes from) and The Right is Super-Ego (where Morality comes from).

However, The Right wants to (at the same time) embrace and dismiss the Id too.

What do I mean? Recently, The Right floated the hashtag #PoliticalCorrectnessKills. The basic idea is that Political Correctness will keep you from doing what is right, because you do not want to be shamed. The San Bernardino shooter’s own neighbor thought Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were acting suspicious, but did nothing because he did not want to be called a racist. We bitch and moan that President Obama is not doing enough to screen people coming into the United States and destroying ISIS. Then we turn around and condemn the Id, I mean Donald Trump, for speaking out as he does.

Like I said, I understand not being rules by the Id. However I think it is height of hypocrisy to summon the Id and then recoil when it rears its head.

Look, we are talking about war here. The whole point of war is to keep hitting someone until they say stop or stop moving. The idea is that we need to win the next five wars while winning the current war. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a horrific thing to do, but a prolonged invasion of Japan would have been even MORE horrific. The bloodshed, rape, and destruction across Japan would also not have sit well with anyone. It also showed the world the horrific nature of Nuclear Weapons in general. If we didn’t have those images from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I personally don’t think we could have come out the other end of the Cold War.

I am not saying we should nuke the Middle East, what I am saying is that we need to stop being politically correct about war. Donald Trump is not saying wants to put Muslims in concentration camps, he wants to pause Muslim immigration until we can get a better screening process to root out Radical Islam (YOU DO NOT HAVE CONSISTULTIONAL RIGHT TO MIGRATE OR VISIT THIS COUNTRY). Donald Trump wants to take the hand-cuffs off the US Military and stop pussy-footing with ISIS/ISIL (THEY DON’T GIVE TWO CENTS ABOUT OUR FAMILYS, WHY SHOULD WE?).

We need to either embrace political correctness and welcome our doom, or reject political correctness and defeat Radical Islam once and for all. I am exhausted from hearing from people talking both ends on this subject.

I am going to leave you with the best part of the video called Darth Vader, which actually matches more than the other parts of the video. Come to the Dark Side, we have Trump Steak!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Dec
06
2015
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#HappyHanukkah 2015! What Is #Hanukkah, You May Ask?

Happy Hanukkah, everyone! What is Hanukkah, you may ask?

Hanukkah (or Chanukah), which means “dedication” in Hebrew, is an eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C., when the Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Also called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the Menorah on each day of the eight days. Jewish traditional foods are eaten, games are played with family, and gifts are exchanged.

It is not the Jewish version of Christmas and that is offensive to equate the two. Please, do not be silly.

To my Jewish friends everywhere, may the lights of the Menorah guide you! God bless and peace!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Written by BigGator5 in: Politics | Tags: , ,
Aug
12
2015
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The #CivilWar From A Southern Perspective

This Prager University video is great, if you’re a Yankee:

Don’t get me wrong, Colonel Ty Seidule is right. However he is looking at the Civil War through the eyes of a Yankee and leaves out a lot of facts. Ed Morrissey fills in a large gap in Col. Seidule’s video:

(Col.) Seidule never gets around to mentioning the Compromise of 1850, in which the South vehemently opposed an attempt to prevent newly acquired territory from the Mexican War from allowing slavery. Their interest was clearly not just protecting their own rights, but to allow for an expanded market for slavery within the US – a market that would benefit the slave-holding states. The slaveholding states also demanded, and got, a tougher Fugitive Slave Law as part of the compromise. That law compelled the federal government to force non-slaveholding states and territories (and even its ordinary citizens) to treat escaped slaves as property to be returned, whether those states and citizens wanted to do so or not – not exactly a “state’s rights” position.

The compromise also insisted on popular sovereignty in the new territories for decisions on slavery. Both slaveholders and abolitionists rushed into these territories to plant the flag for their positions, which created a small civil war of its own in Kansas (“Bleeding Kansas,” “Bloody Kansas”). The violence started in 1855 and continued fitfully to 1859, all on the basis of expanding slavery. The presidential election of 1860 had the issue front and center, and Seidule picks up the narrative at that point.

Talk to any Southerner and nine out of ten of them will say that they are happy that The North won in the end, and that slavery should never have happen. WWII and the Cold War would have ended poorly if The South won the war. We may say “The South Will Rise Again!” only in an attempt to troll you Yankees (trust me, we don’t really mean it). Many, including me, maintain that The South fought a justifiable war, for the wrong reasons. They might have been justifiably mad at The North over States’ Rights, but slavery was not a good reason for States’ Rights.

To put it in a Southern perspective: The Confederate SECESSION was about slavery. The CIVIL WAR was about forcefully returning the Confederate States back to the Union. This is why we often refer to the Civil War as “The War Of Northern Aggression” when talking to ourselves. Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman is especially hated, even to this very day.

Also, using the Civil War as a blunt weapon against States’ Rights is just as wrong as The South use of States’ Rights before the Civil War. It was the bullying of The South that lead to Confederate Secession and the overlords of Washington DC are making the same mistakes yet again.

Again I want to point out that Colonel Ty Seidule is not wrong, just has a rather very biased perspective. Forgetting the Compromise of 1850 and “Bleeding Kansas” cannot be overlooked or its importance understated. I am, at the very least, disappointed.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Aug
06
2015
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#HiroshimaNagasaki70: Bombing Of #Hiroshima/#Nagasaki Was A Good Thing

After this posting, I will be putting Darleen Click’s Protein Wisdom on my links page. It is a great site and everyone will do well to follow it.

The reason why I am promoting this great site, is because of this great post about the 70th Anniversary of bombing of Hiroshima:

Anyone … and I mean anyone … that is sniffling about this being an “American atrocity” is a moral cretin. …

My dad enlisted at age 17 in 1946, Army 11th Airborne paratrooper. Because of the A-bomb, he spent ’46-’48 with the occupation Army instead of possibly dead, along with millions of Americans and Japanese who would have died during a prolonged invasion of Japan.

Fuck the people who refuse to understand that.

Now granted, it was a horrific bomb and my heart sinks for every life lost. But Darleen is right that a prolonged invasion of Japan would have been even MORE horrific. My grandfather was too young and was just an Army MP in Germany after the war ended, but his brother was in the Pacific theatre and, through the grace of God, made it out the other side. Both might have been sent, and killed, if we had invaded Japan. Bloodshed, rape, and destruction across Japan would also not have sit well with anyone.

It also showed the world the horrific nature of Nuclear Weapons in general. If we didn’t have those images from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I personally don’t think we could have come out the other end of the Cold War.

Now if you think what we did was bad, think about letting Iran have nuclear weapons. We used the nuclear weapons to end a war and prevent an invasion. Iran wants to use nuclear weapons to wipe an entire people off this earth and jump-start the end times. But I digress…

Despite everything, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was indeed a good thing. It doesn’t balance out (nothing ever does), but it did saved untold and uncountable lives.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Jun
20
2015
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The #SouthernCross Is Also A Warning

I am going to be brutally honest. While I did grow up in Florida, my Dad grew up in Indiana. So I didn’t fully get the southern obsession over the Southern Cross until I got older. David French sums it up best:

It is telling that the South’s chosen, enduring symbol of the Confederacy wasn’t the flag of the Confederate States of America – the slave state itself – but the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee’s army. Lee was the reluctant Confederate, the brilliant commander, the man who called slavery a “moral and political evil,” and the architect – by his example – of much of the reconciliation between North and South. His virtue grew in the retelling – and modern historians still argue about his true character – but the symbolism was clear. If the South was to rebuild, it would rebuild under Lee’s banner.

Since that time, the battle flag has grown to mean many things, including evil things. Flying it as a symbol of white racial supremacy is undeniably vile, and any official use of the flag for that purpose should end, immediately. Flying it over monuments to Confederate war dead is simply history. States should no more remove a Confederate battle flag from a Confederate memorial than they should chisel away the words on the granite or bulldoze the memorials themselves.

Right. I could not disagree with David French at all. Click through and read the whole thing.

However I would like to add, the Southern Cross can also be used as a warning to a painful reminder of our history. The flag should not be use as a call for rebellion or racism, but a warning that slavery and a costly war to settle our differences should never happen again. So we can’t expunge the Southern Cross, to do so would be to deny the ugly history of the Civil War. We must learn from both the good and bad times in history. Philosopher George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

I personally prefer the Gadsden Flag instead, since it is more of an expression of want for independence from a far off and uncaring government. It is not a Yankee or Southern flag, thus anyone can unite under it’s meaning of freedom. But I digress.

Only close-minded ban or burn stuff (unless we are retiring a flag). I am sad that people are resorting to name calling, just because some people accept the Southern Cross as part of our history. It is a legitimate link to our shared past. To deny the Southern Cross would doom us to repeat the mistakes that lead to its use in the first place.

Well, see ya’ later!
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