Hoaxes, Snafus, and Really Dumb Ideas

For many years we’ve seen news reports of the many outrages of radical Islam in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, from suicide bombers blowing themselves up on buses and in crowded shopping malls, to car bombs exploded near government buildings and police stations, to the mass slaughter of non-Muslims, to the ritual beheading of captured newsmen and aid workers. Now these atrocities have come to the shores of America.  We’ve seen mass killings of troops at Fort Hood, Texas, the beheading of a female office worker in Oklahoma City, the attack on four policemen in New York by a jihadist armed with an axe, and many more.  It causes us to wonder how long it will be before we hear news reports of a suicide bomber blowing themselves up in a crowded suburban shopping mall or at a major sporting event.  It’s not a question of if it will happen; it’s a question of when it will happen and where. 

If the American people are to survive the never-ending onslaught of Islamic jihad, the single most important thing we must understand is that we can never defeat radical Islam on the field of battle. To put it in stark terms, if we were to draft every young man and every young woman in America into military service on their eighteenth birthday, and if we were to send them off to fight Islamic jihad in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East for the next 100 years, we could never win a war of attrition against the forces of Islam.  And even if we were foolish enough to wage such an endless war on foreign soil, we would still be faced with the problem of radical jihadists here at home as they randomly kill, maim, and murder innocent men women and children on the streets, in their plants and offices, and in their schools and homes.

We are told by liberal apologists for radical Islam that we have nothing to worry about. After all, they argue, only five percent of the worldwide Muslim population (one in twenty) are potential suicide bombers or those who slice the heads off their captives.  What they fail to recognize is that, if we have to worry about only five percent of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims, we only have to worry about some 70 million radical jihadists.  To put that into context, the combined uniformed forces of the Germans, the Japanese, and the Italians in World War II numbered only 34.1 million.  What should be immediately obvious to almost everyone is that the only way we can ever survive and/or defeat Islamic jihad is by de-radicalizing them in any way possible.

On at least two occasions in the past year I have suggested an elaborate hoax as a means of getting inside the heads of radical Islamists and living there rent-free. What I have proposed is that those who have the responsibility for our national security enlist the services of some of Hollywood’s most skilled special effects technicians for the purpose of developing a major information warfare program to be used against radical Islamists.  The plan would utilize a photographic projection technique called “holography,” the creation of images that appear to be three dimensional, when in fact they are only images created by focused beams of laser light.

I have suggested that the Pentagon or the CIA undertake to produce a “second coming” of the prophet Mohammed… a “second coming” in which he would appear before a crowd of radical jihadists, chastising them for misinterpreting the words of the Koran. If such a “second coming” could occur simultaneously at several locations around the world, so much the better.

Some might say that what I suggest is a bit “off the wall,” but is it? Every war in recorded history has been replete with its share of hoaxes, snafus, and just plain dumb ideas.

For example, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is one of the most monumental hoaxes of all time, principally because it has been the basis for anti-Semitism, and even genocide, for more than a century.  Reportedly written by Russian journalist Matvei Golovinski, circa 1900, the Protocols purports to describe the closely-guarded secrets of a clandestine group of Jews known as the Elders of Zion, outlining in great detail a Jewish conspiracy to achieve world dominion through proselytizing, the acquisition of governmental power, and even violence.  And although the Protocols were proven to be a gigantic hoax as early as 1938, it was used by the Nazis of the Third Reich as a justification for the mass slaughter of European Jews during the Holocaust.  Even today, the Protocols continue to have credence throughout much of the Muslim world.

In the hours and days following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a great many Americans refused to believe that we’d actually been attacked… largely because Orson Welles’ October 31, 1938, War of the Worlds radio broadcast was still fresh in their minds.  They had vivid memories of Welles’ dramatic reporting of a Martian invasion of Planet Earth and the mass hysteria and panic it created.  What gave credence to the broadcast was that CBS had interrupted a weather report to announce that Martians had actually landed on Earth.  Some six million people heard the broadcast, causing telephone lines to police stations to be overloaded with calls from panic-stricken listeners.  CBS was forced to apologize and to promise never to repeat the outrage.  Nevertheless, the memory of the Welles broadcast was still fresh in the minds of many Americans on December 7, 1941.

In the category of really dumb ideas, in the planning for Operation OVERLORD, the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II, the U.S. War Department prepared a recommendation proposing that the allies dig a tunnel under the English Channel, from Dover to Calais, a distance of 25 miles. It was estimated that 15,000 men could completed the project in one year.  A tunnel 10 ft. wide by 15 ft. high would have required the removal of 792,000 tons of soil and stone.  However, the idea was discarded when someone in the allied high command asked what would happen when troops, trucks, and tanks poured out of the tunnel and onto French soil.

Other military planners, while planning for the D-Day invasion, were concerned about the heavy fog that regularly engulfed British airfields, hampering flight operations. A plan for a “fog dispeller” was presented to General Eisenhower in which flames would be blown high into the air around airstrips to eliminate the fog.  It was estimated that the fog dispellers would consume some sixty thousand gallons of gasoline per hour.  Eisenhower filed the idea in the “round file” without giving it serious consideration.

In the category of the elaborate hoax, in the weeks prior to D-Day, the allied high command recruited a British Army payroll officer, Lieutenant Clifton James, who was the “spitting image” of British General Bernard Montgomery. In a deception called Operation Copperhead, the lieutenant was put through an intensive course of study in which he learned all of Montgomery’s tics and mannerisms.  Then, dressed in a British general’s uniform, complete with Montgomery’s trademark black beret, Lieutenant James was sent to Gibraltar on May 26, eleven days before the invasion, and from there to Algiers, where he was seen moving about in public.  German agents reported back to Berlin that General Montgomery was inspecting British military installations on the Mediterranean coast, leading the German high command to conclude that the D-Day invasion of France was not in the immediate offing.

In the category of the major SNAFU (or FUBAR in Vietnam era military slang), in the weeks and month prior to D-Day, the U.S. Navy developed a radio-controlled landing craft, called the “drone boat.” These vessels were not available for use on D-Day, June 6, 1944, but the Navy rushed them into production and they were available for the invasion of the French Riviera on August 15.  Each of the radio-controlled landing craft was loaded with four tons of explosives, intended to blow holes in German beachfront fortifications.  Unfortunately, military planners had failed to take into account that the radio frequency used to control the explosives-laden landing craft was the exact same frequency used by the Wehrmacht on shore.  As a result, the allied drone boats were uncontrollable.  As one eyewitness described it, many of the boats “milled around at high speed in crazy directions, completely on their own.”  Some of the boats reversed course and headed out to sea, in the general direction of the allied invasion fleet, and had to be sunk by destroyers in self defense.

During the early 1980s, a master forger named Konrad Kujau, produced what he claimed were the personal journals of Adolf Hitler, recovered from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Germany in 1945.  According to Kajau, the diaries were smuggled out of East Germany by a man known only as “Dr. Fischer.”  The diaries created a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and were ultimately purchased for the sum of 10 million Deutschmarks by the German magazine Stern, which published portions of the diaries in 1983.  Because of the secrecy necessary to maintain the value of the diaries, they were not made available for examination by historians or by handwriting analysts.  It was not until after Stern’s publication of extracts from the diaries that they were found to be forgeries.

If radical Islamists wore uniforms, as is customary in war, so that they could be distinguished from non-combatants, it is arguable that our technological supremacy might win the day on the field of battle.  But that’s not the nature or practice of radical Islamists.  Instead, they wear non-military clothing and hide themselves among women and children.  In addition, unlike soldiers of civilized western cultures, jihadists cannot be captured, imprisoned, and sent off to “reeducation” camps… they can only be killed.

Convincing radical Islamists that they are committing a great sin by carrying out jihad against western nations is our only recourse. Since we can’t begin to envision the killing 70 million jihadists, it’s time we found more creative ways of defeating the most barbaric enemy in all of recorded history.  And while it may not be kosher to mess around with someone else’s religion by staging a “second coming” of the prophet Mohammed, in the present circumstance we are dealing with religious fanatics whose only goal in life is to kill us all, and for no other reason than that we exist.  Our lives, and the lives of our children and grandchildren, hang in the balance.  Drastic measures are called for.  It’s time to start thinking “outside the box.”

 

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Barack Obama: Grand Caliph of Islam?

The American people are understandably curious about Barack Obama’s appointment of political hack Ron Klain as his Ebola Response Coordinator. So exactly who is Ron Klain and how can Obama be so blithely indifferent to criticism of the Klain appointment?

Klain joined the Clinton presidential campaign in 1992 and, upon joining the White House staff in January1993, was put in charge of overseeing Clinton’s judicial selections. In that capacity, he led the effort to win Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

During the 2000 election campaign he served as general counsel for Al Gore’s Florida recount committee. As such, he was up to his eyeballs in the scheme to get the Democrat-dominated Florida Supreme Court, which had absolutely no jurisdiction in the matter, to order recounts in only the four most heavily Democratic counties in the state.  He also played a role in the cynical effort to have county election board officials across Florida invalidate the absentee ballots of overseas military personnel on minor technicalities related to date stamps and delivery dates.

In 2011, in spite of concerns that the solar-panel company Solyndra was not a viable investment, Klain played a major role in getting Obama to visit the Clermont, California facility, even though he was aware that, if Obama visited 10 such “green energy” plants during the next 10 months of his campaign, a few of them would go “belly-up” by Election Day.  Nevertheless, Obama sunk more than $500,000 of the taxpayers’ money into Solyndra… all of it lost to bankruptcy.

Why would Obama make such an appointment when Klain has absolutely no background in medicine and wouldn’t know the difference between Asian flu and Ebola? We have only two choices: either Obama is completely “tone deaf,” politically, or he has a hidden agenda and simply doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him as he pursues that agenda.

In an October 19 editorial for the New York Post, writer Michael Goodwin suggests that, “(I)t will take a miracle worker to restore Obama’s credibility.  While there are many things to say about his tenure, the one thing you cannot say is that the nation trusts him.

“Poll after poll, on subject after subject, shows a collapse.  Consistently now, a majority of Americans say Obama is not trustworthy.  Most think he’s a failure, many say he is incompetent, and the vast bulk… 70 percent in some cases… say his key policies are wrong for America.  He is so unpopular that members of his own party don’t want to be seen with him, lest his failures spawn a political plague.”

Is Obama capable of feeling shame or embarrassment? We have overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  For example, during his 2008 campaign, he made the claim that he had campaigned in at least 57 states.  When political commentators laughed and reminded him that the U.S. has only 50 states, he didn’t seem to care.  He was not embarrassed and simply shrugged off the criticism.

In a June 2009 speech before the American Medical Association, Obama proclaimed, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.  Period!  If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan.  Period!  No one will take it away, no matter what.”  Subsequent events have proven that to be a lie, but he didn’t care.  He knew his low-information voter base would take his word as gospel, so the lie served its purpose.

In April 2011, Obama publicly announced that his long form birth certificate had been uploaded to the White House website. He was fully aware that the document in question was a poorly crafted forgery, but he didn’t care.  He was not embarrassed by the deception and has spent millions of dollars on lawyers, fighting every attempt to unearth his true identity.

On September 25, 2012, just fourteen days after the terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly. In his prepared remarks, he said, “In every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask themselves how much they’re willing to tolerate freedom for others.  And that is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, where a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.  Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.  It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well.”

Obama spoke those words before diplomats representing every nation on Earth, knowing that they were untrue. But, again, he didn’t care.  His low-information voter base was reassured that he knew what he was saying and that what he said had to be true because he said it

The list of his “in your face” deceptions and outright lies is endless, but it doesn’t seem to bother him. He is not embarrassed by them and takes no responsibility for them.

What is clear is that, after nearly six years of observing Obama in office, it is impossible to make the case that he is politically “tone deaf.” Unlike every president before him, party politics is the motivating factor behind everything he does.  So the question arises, if Obama is not politically “tone deaf,’ then why has he never cared what the American people think of him?

In Islam there is a tenet called “Taqiyya” which allows devout Muslims to lie to infidels, even to the point of denying their faith in Allah, so long as the lie inures to the benefit of Islam.  Could it be his obedience to the concept of Taqiyya that causes Obama to be so indifferent to the truth?  If not, how else could he lie so consistently and so frequently with no apparent regret or remorse?

When Obama leaves office in January 2017, he will be just 55 years, 6 months, and 16 days old, a relatively young man, but a man burdened by an acute case of narcissistic personality disorder. The psychiatric division of the Mayo Clinic defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration.  Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they are superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings.  But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”

No one could ever compose a more accurate word picture of Barack Obama. And since he is far too ambitious and far too narcissistic to take a lesser job than president of the United States when he leaves office, then what could he possibly have in mind?  Allow me to venture a guess.

If we are to believe Obama, he was born on August 4, 1961 to an American mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and a Kenyan father, Barack Obama, Sr. Inasmuch as his father was a British subject, a citizen of British East Africa, otherwise known as Kenya, Obama was born with dual US-British citizenship by descent from his father and his mother.

Following Kenya’s independence from Great Britain on December 12, 1963, all those holding British citizenship as a result of their Kenyan roots, including Obama and his father, became citizens of the Republic of Kenya. However, because the 1963 Kenyan constitution did not recognize permanent dual citizenship, and since Obama had never renounced his American citizenship, he lost his Kenyan citizenship on August 4, 1984, his 23rd birthday.

But then, during fiscal year 2010, Obama contributed some $24 million in U.S. foreign aid funds in support of a “yes” vote on a new Kenyan constitution. The people of Kenya approved the new constitution on August 4, 2010 (Obama’s 49th birthday) and he was once again a citizen of Kenya, eligible to run for president.  Chapter 3, Section 14 of the 2010 constitution establishes a category of citizenship called “citizen by birth.” That section of the 2010 constitution provides that, A person is a citizen by birth if on the day of the person’s birth, whether or not the person is born in Kenya, either the mother or father of the person is a citizen (of Kenya).”

Understanding that Obama is motivated by little else than delusions of grandeur, how could such a man ever be happy in any position in which he was not the center of attention, worshipped and adored by people around the world?  So what could Obama possibly do that would allow him to carve out a niche for himself in world history greater than the presidency of the United States?

Allow me to suggest that, after spending eight years attempting to “fundamentally transform” the greatest, most powerful nation on Earth, and doing great damage to the nation in the process, it is entirely possible that Obama will relocate to Kenya and run for president of that east African nation.  But the presidency of Kenya is far too humble a position for Obama.  He is a man who thinks in nothing but the most grandiose terms.

Instead, I would venture a guess that, given his popularity among black Africans and with Muslims around the world, his long term agenda would have him uniting all of sub-Saharan Africa, all of Muslim north Africa, and most of the Islamic nations of the Middle East into one massive Islamic caliphate… with Obama, himself, as Grand Caliph for Life.

Impossible you say?  Perhaps.  But I would argue that what I suggest is no more far-fetched than the notion that an inexperienced, pot-smoking, cocaine sniffing, America-hating, black agitator from Chicago… a man whose only discernible talent is the ability to read someone else’s words from a teleprompter and make them sound convincing… could plan and implement a career path that would take him from a racially-oriented “community organizer” scam in south Chicago to president of the United States in just 12 short years.  That just couldn’t happen, could it?

 

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Black Americans at the Crossroads

Black Americans have arrived at a crossroads. It is one thing to take three steps forward, one step back, three steps forward, and one step back, as they have since Reconstruction, but to arrive at a point where they are sliding backward, losing two or three generations of progress in a few short years, represents a sociological catastrophe of major proportions.  But that is precisely what the paternalism of white liberals, Democrats, and self-appointed black leaders has accomplished.

It has been a long, hard 220-year struggle for blacks as they attempt to gain parity with whites in education, economic opportunity, and civil rights. It is a struggle in which the first 160 years were characterized by indescribable racial brutality, while the last 60 years can only be described as an era of smothering paternalism… the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” to use the words of George W, Bush speechwriter, Michael Gerson.  Unfortunately, most blacks are not yet ready to admit to themselves that much of the progress they’ve seen in the past 220 years has been stolen from them by people who pose as their benefactors: white liberals and Democrats.

The black relationship with the Democrat Party dates back to 1792. When the U.S. Constitution was drafted in Philadelphia five years earlier, Democrats won a major concession when, for the sole purpose of increasing the number of pro-slavery Democrats in Congress, the convention agreed to give slave states the legal authority to count each slave as three-fifths of a person.

In 1820, as the State of Missouri was entering the Union, congressional Democrats won passage of the Missouri Compromise, insuring that, as new states entered the Union, there would always be an equal number of slave-states and free-states. But then, in 1854, Democrats replaced the Missouri Compromise with the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which gave each state the right to decide whether they would be a free state or a slave state.  Later that year, in July 1854, anti-slavery Democrats decided they’d had enough.  They met in Jackson, Michigan, for the purpose of forming a new anti-slavery party: the Republican Party.

On May 1, 1856, pro-slavery Democrats from Missouri invaded the town of Lawrence, Kansas, an abolitionist community which supported efforts to bring Kansas into the Union as a free state.  Democrats attacked the town with cannon and small arms fire, killing a number of residents and burning several buildings to the ground.  Contrary to popular belief, the first shots of the Civil War were not fired at Fort Sumpter, South Carolina, in April 1861; the 1856 attack on Lawrence, Kansas, represented the first shots of the War Between the States.

Three weeks after the attack, Senator Charles Sumner (R-MA) delivered a fiery speech on the floor of the senate, condemning slavery and the Kansas invasion.  As he spoke, Congressman Preston Brooks (D-SC) crept up behind him and struck him over the head with a cane, knocking him unconscious and severely injuring him.  Following Brooks’ arrest on assault charges, pro-slavery Democrats were quoted as saying, “It would not take much to have the throats of every abolitionist cut. If the northern men had stood up, the city would now float with blood…”

Meanwhile, the Republican Party was gaining in popularity among abolitionists and quickly attracted large numbers of supporters… so many, in fact, that the party was able to elect its first president, Abraham Lincoln, just four years after it was founded.

Following the Civil War, and in the wake of the Emancipation Proclamation, Democrats were very creative in finding ways of oppressing blacks by enacting Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws. The Black Codes dictated where and for whom blacks could work, where they could live, where they could eat and sleep, which restrooms and drinking fountains they could use, where they were allowed to sit in movie theaters and on trains and busses, and what time they had to be off the streets or outside city limits each evening.

Then, in 1866, in order to enforce the Black Codes, Democrats established an auxiliary called the Ku Klux Klan.  Its purpose was to keep the freed slaves in line and to intimidate them into voting for Democratic candidates.  The history of the Klan is an ugly one, comparing well to Nazi atrocities during World War II.  Although no official records of Klan atrocities are available for the years 1866 to 1882, Tuskegee Institute records indicate that, between the years 1882 and 1951, some 3,437 blacks and 1,293 whites, nearly all Republicans, were lynched by the KKK.

Many Klan atrocities were of the most heinous kind imaginable.  For example, in May 1918 there were a series of lynchings in the State of Georgia.  When Mary Turner, a black woman who was nine months pregnant, announced that she would seek the prosecution of the white men who lynched her husband, Hayes Turner, a mob dragged her from her home, tortured her, and hanged her.  While she was still alive, hanging from the rope, they cut open her womb, the child spilled out onto the ground and they crushed the baby’s skull under the heel of a boot.

A year later, in Elaine Arkansas, some 200 black sharecroppers and tenant farmers were murdered after meeting to discuss how they could stop their white landlords from cheating them out of their share of the cotton crops.  Seventy-nine other blacks were arrested.  Twelve were later sentenced to death and the remainder was sentenced to prison terms of up to 21 years.

Such was the relationship between blacks and the Democrat Party between 1792, when the party was founded, and 1954 when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education decision, outlawing the concept of “separate but equal” in public education.  It was then that Democrats came to the cynical conclusion that, if they could no longer oppress blacks by force and violence, they would purchase their allegiance with funds from the public treasury.

The immediate result was the Kennedy-Johnson War on Poverty.  And while young blacks had access to the stories of giants such as George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington, white Democrats found that it was not in the best interest of their party for young blacks to see such men as role models.  Instead, at the behest of self-appointed race hustlers such as Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, and Al Sharpton, blacks offered themselves as an all-but-unified voting bloc with their votes going to the highest bidder.

The relationship between blacks and liberals has not been a beneficial one for blacks.  And while white liberals and Democrats have benefitted immensely from the captive black vote, blacks have received only crumbs from the Democratic table.  One does not have to be a psychologist to understand that recent racial unrest in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri; the number of black-on-black murders and drive-by shootings in black neighborhoods; as well as the increasing number of young blacks playing the “knockout game” in major cities across the country, is evidence that the level of frustration and hopelessness among blacks is fast approaching critical mass… especially among young black males.

Yes, Democrats have regularly carved out congressional districts that were certain to elect black candidates, but white Democrats are not prone to nominate and elect blacks to the U.S. Senate except under extraordinary circumstances.  Forty-one black men and women were elected to the 113th Congress, all liberal Democrats and all heavily committed to the narcotic of the welfare state.  In recent years, only two black Democrats have been elected to the U.S. Senate: Carol Moseley Braun and Barack Obama, both products of the corrupt Chicago political machine.  Two others, Roland Burris (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), were token blacks appointed by Democrat governors, leaders of corrupt political machines in Illinois and New Jersey.

In recent decades we’ve had the first black associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall, who never saw an unconstitutional constitutional right he couldn’t embrace.  Now we have the first black president Barack Obama, who is not only ineligible to serve, but is by far the most incompetent man ever to occupy the Oval Office.  We have a black attorney general, Eric Holder, the most corrupt and lawless man ever to serve as our top law enforcement official.  And we have a black national security advisor, Susan Rice, who is not only the most incompetent and inexperienced person ever to serve in that capacity, she is widely known as an accomplished liar.  To think that a woman of her caliber would be advising our acting president on questions of national security is enough to scare the pants off every American.

Yes, many corrupt and incompetent whites have achieved high public office, but because blacks are under the public microscope far more intensely than their white counterparts, the failures of Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, and many black members of Congress are magnified.  They cause a great many Americans, of all races, to question whether or not a black man is capable of running the country.  They have set race relations back several generations, bringing blacks to the point where only black conservatives such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Dr. Ben Carson, former head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, can lead them back from the abyss… if only they will listen to reason.

Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett did not give blacks new cars or make their house payments, as many blacks expected; all they got was cheap cell phones.  As they leaves the White House, they will leave behind nothing but an angry and highly agitated black community, a large blank space in American history, and a record of failure that will make it even more difficult for an African-American to ever again be elected to lead the country.

As syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer has described Obama’s $870 billion economic stimulus package,”It left not a trace behind.  For God’s sake, at least FDR left the Hoover Dam.  Obama leaves behind the ruins of that Solyndra factory; that’s it.  That’s where the Obama library ought to be.”  Black Americans are at a crossroads and its time they took a long hard look at their political allegiances.

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