Posts Tagged ‘radical’

I’ve really enjoyed Prickly City lately. It’s (conservative) political satire by Scott Stantis. Mr. Stantis has a way of abstractly representing modern society, and politics in an accurate, and funny way not seen since… Berkeley Breathed of Bloom Country.

Last week (9/15/14 –> 9/21/14) the strip addressed the rising of ISIS or more generally re-rising of “radical” Islam.

    Here are the metaphors to help you out:

  • Prickly City: 21st Century America
  • Carmen: a young black conservative girl (the breaking of stereotypes is no coincidence)
  • Winslow (as in Arizona): a liberal yellow coyote (Note: Carmen & Winslow are best friends both from “Prickly City”.)
  • Senator Kevin (the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse): a Senator from the great state Prickly City resides in who represents the political establishment (Republican and Democrat). He won his seat under the banner “Lefty Tea Party”, devised by Winslow. (Carmen and Winslow work as aids for Senator Kevin)
  • The Desert Hamsters: “radical” Islam in all it’s iterations

I particularly like the Friday strip that depicts the gut reflex reaction of each as the Hamsters advance on their position. 🙂 (As usual, you can click on a graphic to make it bigger and easier to read…. just sayin’.)

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Religion - Christianity - Jesus - with Staff by StreamMatthew 7:15-20 (NIV) True and False Prophets
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Religion - False - Islam - Not MohammadQur’an (33:50) – (Pithall) – O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war…

Qur’an (23:1-5) – (Paraphrased)- (Believers will be successful who pray humbly, who shun vain talk, who pay their poor-tax, and who abstain from sex…) [OK sounds pretty good so far] (23:6-7) (Pithall) – Save (having sex with) from their wives or the (slaves) that their right hands possess, for then they are not blameworthy, But whoso craveth beyond that, such are transgressors. (Repeated almost verbatim in Qur’an (70:29-31))

Qur’an (4:24) – (Pithall) – And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you.

[It must really suck if you’re a left-handed Islamist.]

I’ve tried my best to rewrite this posting a couple of times but how do you do it. But how to you temper your comments when confronting evil? Did Jesus show restraint when confronting the money changers? Did he seek compromise?

So let me plead guilty right now. I am guilty, guilty, guilty… of that worldly sin of “intolerance”. I freely admit that I am loath to tolerate evil, loath to tolerate those who practice it, and loath to tolerate those who support it by their silence and inaction. And I’m proud that I refuse to tolerate such things and pretend they don’t exist while the worldly encourage and even require one to practice such self-delusion.

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The flavor of the month of “radical” Islamic terrorist is none other than Boko Haram (lead by Shekau) in the African nation of Nigeria. They’ve been pillaging, and burning, and killing for years now; concentrating mostly on schools. Why… because they believe “western education is sinful”. It’s literally what their name, “Boko Haram” means.

Boko HaremThey are in the news because they recently kidnapped, raped, and sold into slavery about 300 young schoolgirls they captured as “spoils of war” (as Muhammad called them). That is terrible and something needs to be done about it; even if it’s us (Americans, Christians, Non-Muslims) who have to do that something.

“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah… the girls should not have been in school in the first place, but rather should get married… God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions.” – Shekau, leader of Boko Haram (Nigerian terrorist and follower of Muhammad)

But why now? Why all the concern about the Islamic terrorist now? It’s not as if Boko Haram popped up yesterday. They’ve been around for years. They’ve killed thousands. And they’re no strangers to atrocities. In September of 2013 and again in February of 2014, they attacked schools in Nigeria that offended them. The few girls they found, they told to run away… but as for the young boys… they killed them… over 100… shot, hacked to death, or burned alive. Ahhh, but NOW, they’ve crossed one of those little red lines. Now they’ve done something allowing us to identify with their victims.

These type atrocities happen all the time, and I agree that we can’t be the policemen of the world. But I say we can be a good neighbor. We can help when asked (and we have been asked by Nigeria) and the circumstances warrant it. The scope and nature of that I help I leave up to my elected officials. That’s their job, after all. I just wish we could have taken these bastards out a year or two ago; with drones if possible, special ops and helicopters if necessary.

But back to the cause of all this sh%t! Islam…

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I’ve done my best over the years to pretend (part of that peer-pressured worldly self delusion) that there were a few Islamist that are “moderate”, even honorable… No more. I’m done with you people. You’re at best cowards… at best numerical infinitesimal…

This is not a problem of “radical Islam”. I’ve come to the conclusion that the words “radical” and “Islam” are virtual synonyms. The only reason you would speak the two words together would be to adhere to political correctness. When it comes to atrocities in the name of Allah, the best you can hope for from “moderate Islam” (known as an oxymoron) is silence or vague platitudes. You’re more likely to get indignant shrieks demanding tolerance in the form of silence from the infidels (see the Council on American–Islamic Relations – CAIR).

But what do we (non-Muslims) expect? Really? Exactly what fruits do we expect from such a “religion”? Life for the prophet Muhammad was one big Allah approved booty call after another. The whole of Islam was created to protect Muhammad’s 1) power 2) wealth & 3) private parts… and little else. Those were and remain the three pillars of Islam. After Muhammad’s passing new war lords and tyrants picked up his mantle for the same purposes. We’re now 1400+ years into that cycle.

With a “religion” based on such worldly things, is it any wonder we (non-Muslims) have had to deal with pirating, pillaging, enslaving, and fornication from Muhammad’s followers for these many centuries? Today, fourteen centuries later, we’re still dealing with and cleaning up the constant messes created by these thugs; while inundated with constant propaganda that they saved civilization during Medieval times, or respect and protect others peoples in their culture, or that they are a “religion of peace”. All bullshit!

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The problem isn’t that the group Boko Haram are distorting or misinterpreting Islam (or it’s “prophet”)… it’s that they are following Islam all too well… and worse emulating by example the “prophet” Muhammad to a tee. Pillage? Sex with slave girls? It’s all spelled out “they are not blameworthy”; so go for it radical little soldiers of Allah. And even better, Muhammad assures you that if you die during this booty call, there’s an even better one waiting for you in the after-life. What a religion!

I would concede the argument that these nut-balls are perverting the teachings of Muhammad IF I could just see some evidence of something good coming from Islam. What I’d really like to see is for Muslims (for once) to actually clean up one of these messes on their own. If these thugs are to be dealt with, it will probably have to be done by the West (non-Muslims). So let me ask you this… where are the Saudi “advisors”, where are the Egyptian “special forces” where is one %$#@ing Muslim taking any responsibility for this crap what-so-ever? Even more, when WE finally take care of it… how about a little recognition or gratitude from you &^%$#ers? … … … I won’t hold my breath.

For all these fourteen centuries, the overall fruits of Muhammad and Islam have been death, pillage, greed, persecution, fornication, and slavery. Why? A bad tree cannot bear good fruit.

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Concept - Freedom No FreeThere is supposedly a civil war going on in the Republican Party; the conservative (tea party) base vs. the establishment. Most of the talk comes from the left through their minions in the Mainstream Media in the form of wishful thinking. To be honest, I find myself in the same boat in that I’m wishful the schism were wider and deeper and more contentious than it probably is. The media wants the war so as to divide the Republican Party. Accomplishing that, they believe the left will win more elections; and they’re probably right. I want the war so we conservatives can finally realize the establishment Republicans aren’t the answer and we can part ways in search of the answer; though we all know it’s probably way too late.

Who is the RINO?
I’ve always called many of the old Republican stalwarts RINO (Republican in Name Only)… but lately I’ve come to question that label as it applies to them. When you hear someone use the term. It really means the individual is not “conservative” as if “Republican” and “conservative” are synonymous. They’re not. They never were. And I’ve decided never will be.

As one conservative blogger put it, “The GOP will not give up its own big spending ways and love of big business at the expense of the entrepreneur and individual without a little ballot box violence directed at them from a base that has been far too permissive for far too long.” (Erick Erickson)

Personally, I don’t even think that will do the trick… but I’m willing to try.

I’ve come to question if the likes of John McCain are RINOs. Now I think maybe HE is what the Republican Party is and always will be… which means I’ve been the RINO all along. One thing is for sure… ONE of us is a RINO. And now, I’ve reached a point where I don’t know which. And I’ve reached a point where I don’t really care. I just want the question settled so we can part ways, amicably or not.

The Schism
The conservative base, the tea party, does not trust the “leaders” in Washington… and for good reason. We started something in 2010 by challenging establishment Republicans we don’t trust. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are two such examples and there are more. Sure we lost one or two of those elections, but we won more than we lost. And those we did lose? We traded wishy-washy “Republicans” who could never be trusted and counted on for an enemy who we can trust and count on to do the wrong thing. Now we know the score and can plan accordingly.

Our shot against the establishment bow was to send (real) mavericks to Washington to gum up the works; to make it harder to get the “compromises” (we would call them “capitulations”) through the House. We need more of that. We need more of that in the Senate.

The establishment returns fire with rhetoric. Calling our representatives “dirty birds” (from John McCain) and they dine and finagle with Obama.

At the same time establishment leaders in Washington hold nothing but contempt for its base (that’s us). They would much rather have a new (more modern and flexible) base and they would ditch us in a heartbeat if they ever find a way to win elections without us. It’s funny, in that they listen to their enemies (the Democrats and media) as they whisper in their ears “Just move to the left and you’ll be viable again”… as if “moderates” will then give them a second look. Only fools head the advice of those who would destroy them; but THAT is the Republican Party today.

So in the meantime the establishment Republicans “compromise” and try to string the base along in the same manner that the Democrats subjugate the black community. Personally I would like to think we’re smart enough to prove we know when we’re being used… but we haven’t demonstrated that yet; at least not to any great extent.

Blame and Freedom
What should be very, very clear to us conservatives is we’re going to get the blame! Let me repeat that. No matter what happens. Win, Lose, Draw… It’s our fault. If we win, we’re blamed for the new “radicalism” in Washington. If we lose, we should have backed the safe establishment candidate. The Dems take the seat? It’s our fault for being too rigid. “We” are the problem according to our enemies. What a surprise! The Republicans, Democrats, and Media will blame us… NO MATTER WHAT!

And to that concept I say good! Great! Blame? Serve me up with a double helping!

Why? Because it offers freedom. Freedom to go down swinging. When I come to grips with the fact that everyone in the fight has it out for me and they aren’t going to give me any quarter. I don’t have to bother with pretending otherwise. I don’t have to try and be friends. I can let loose, kick ass, and take names or go down trying. As conservative stalwart Janis Joplin once sang “Freedom’s just another word, for nothing left to lose.”

The sooner we conservatives realize and act upon that freedom… the better.

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