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Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Dares to Decry Dhimmitude


Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch noted that it is unusual for Christians in the Middle East to detail the indigities of dhimmitude living under aspects of sharia law. 
 

 

 
However, considering ISIS application of forced conversions, expropriation along with extermination of ancient Christian communities in Mosul (previously known as Ninevah), the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Saliba may have calculated that there was little to lose by speaking out and exposing cruel practices by jihadists from the so-called Religion of Peace. 
 

 

Jimmy Dugan on Adversity


As moving as “A League of Their Own” (1992)  is on the silver screen, it is a somewhat fantastic depiction of the All-American Girls Baseball League.  All of the characters in the film were fictional.  Moreover, the Rockville Peaches did not play for the 1943 championship as it was a series between the Racine Bells and the Kenosha Comets.  
Still, these sticky wicket of fact do not detract from the greater truths portrayed in the movie. 

Jon Lovitz on the Gaza Conflict


So much of the Palestinian propaganda sounds like the tall tales of Tommy Flanagan, Pathological Liar.






Yet the peace patsies of the international press will buy these yarns hook, line and sinker, and cover the event like Israel is the unprovoked aggressor.   Yeah, yeah, that’s it, that’s the ticket.



A Riled Reaction from the Right to the Ventura Defamation Decision


Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (Reform-MN), who also can boast that he was once a Navy SEAL, won a defamation civil lawsuit against the estate of American Sniper author Chris Kyle.  In  American Sniper (2012), Kyle’s best selling book about being a Navy SEAL and who  credited as the most lethal sniper in American history, he alluded to a bar brawl with “Scruff Face”.  This unnamed individual who was bad mouthing America military involvement at the wake for a fellow SEAL.  During the publicity tour for the book, Kyle was asked by Opie and Anthony if the boisterous attendee was Jesse Ventura and Kyle answered honesty.

Taya Kyle at her husband’s funeral Feb.2013

Ventura’s suit alleged emotional distress and defamation of character seeking a $15 million in damages.  Since Chris Kyle had been killed in Feburary 2013 as he helped a fellow veteran deal with PTSD, so that meant that defending the defamation suit fell upon Kyle’s widow and single mother Taya Kyle. Ventura’s lawyers argued  that: “it would be unjust to permit the estate to continue to profit from
Kyle’s wrongful conduct and to leave Governor Ventura without redress
for ongoing damage to his reputation.”

 Jurors were initially deadlocked as the eleven defense witnesses had slightly different recollections of “the punch”.  The defense consented to allowing for a split verdict.  When the judge sent them back for further deliberations, the jury rendered an 8-2 verdict awarding Ventura $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for “unjust enrichment”. Mrs. Kyle’s lawyers are considering an appeal of the federal civil case.

While the jurors rendered their verdict, the public relations appeal certainly was not favorable.  Ventura claimed that he initiate the defamation suit to clear his name in the prospect of a 2016 Presidential run  as an Independent.  Ventura better not expect any support from reform minded conservatives, based on the reaction to the Ventura verdict.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) used her presence on social media and her new SarahPalinchannel.com streaming network to go Mamma Grizzly on ex-SEAL and WWF wrestler sometimes known as “The Governor”.

Palin’s point about  the irony when a supposedly strong public figure like former Governor Ventura running to lawyers when words get rough and tumble in the public arena is made more poignant because of “Sarahcuda’s” savaging in the media.

Marcus Luttrell, the now medically retired Navy SEAL who wrote the book Lone Survivor (2007) about his ordeal in Afghanistan in Operation Red Wing, was not as subtle as Sarah Palin in her criticism of the Ventura verdict. Luttrell used social media to post several memes which reminded the world that Ventura was picking on a widow.

Aside from the bad optics of battling against a widow, Ventura violated a key precept of SEAL culture, namely having your brothers-in-arms’ backs.  No wonder why Jesse joked that he would be unwelcome at future SEALs reunions.

Glenn Beck has facetiously referred to himself as a “rodeo clown”  closely identifies with the honor of military men and women.  In fact, the impetus to hold Restoring Honor in 2010 was to both restore honor in  America but as a fund raiser for the non-profit Special Operations Warriors Foundation, a charity providing college scholarships to children of KIA special force personnel. So Ventura’s victory in court in a defamation suit against Special Operator’s widow prompted an unusual answer.

Beck is all about honor and pro arguendo could appreciate Ventura trying to recover his good name.  But Beck suggests that after winning the case Ventura should forgo collecting the cash from a widow.  It is a common sense solution which would restore his honor and burnish his brief for future public service.  But I’ll bet that is as likely as Jesse Ventura scoring Howard Stern for his VICE Presidential running mate in 2016.

Now that the courts has restored Jesse Ventura’s good name, as it is, it is appropriate for the court of public opinion to judge Jesse Ventura’s character.  After all, Ventura claims: “I would rather be uncomfortable with the truth than be lied to in comfort. That’s my nature.”

Do remember that Jesse Ventura has advanced 9/11 conspiracy theories when peddling his book “American Conspiracies” (2010) which were so far out that the HUFFINGTON POST deleted the piece.

Jesse Ventura was so incensed at airport security by the TSA that he blustered: “I’ve had enough of the Fascist States of America” and threatened to obtain dual citizenship with Mexico.

Ventura’s television venture on the Ora TV “Jesse Ventura: Conspiracy Theories” has evolved to “Jesse Ventura: Off the Grid”, as the 62 year old pro wrestler turned politician is hiding from drones and broadcasting someplace in Mexico Ventura claims that he will continue to broadcast as long as his solar panels and satellite connection holds up.

Still feeling comfortable with this body of truth?

World Class Gymnast Natalia Godunko Gives Up Gold to Aid Ukrainian Army


[L] Natalia Godunko performing Rhythmic Gymnastics  [R] Gold Medal being auctioned for Ukrainian Army

Natalia Godunka, a 29 year old world class Rhythmic Gymnast from Ukraine, decided to auction her team Gold Medal from the 2001 World Championships in Madrid to support the Ukrainian army in the War of the Donbass (Eastern Ukraine).

To get an idea of the caliber of athlete Godonko is, witness her frenetic but flawless ribbon performance at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

Godunka boyfriend, musician Sasha Polozhynsky, announced the auction of the medal on Facebook.  Plozhynsky regrets that Godunka put the medal up for auction but since it has been bid upon, he hopes that it will raise more money and inspire others to also help fund the cause. 






In one day, the auction had garnered bids had garnered bids up to $843 US.   The auction runs until August 10th, 2014.



During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia  a couple of Ukrainian athletes protested violence at the Euromaiden protests in Kiev by Russian backed paramilitaries  by not showing up to their events.



Godunko sacrificing her gold medal  to support her country’s army to inspire shared sacrifice to forestall Finlandization of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expansionistic incursions using  non-linear warfare.


Many celebrities will spout off about causes about which they know little or that lending their support comes at no cost.  It is admirable that Ukrainian athletes like Natalia Godunko as well as Olg and Bohdana Matsohski are willing to personally sacrifice for their country and their freedom. 



h/t: Ukrainian Pravda 


Obama’s Late Lament for Torture


During a long winded Friday afternoon press conference, President Barack Obama blithely blustered that “we tortured folks” when pursuing the War on Terror.  










The President’s imprudent utterance undermines a Senate Intelligence Committee Report which goes out of its way not to declare harsh CIA tactics as torture.   Obama’s opinion from the Oval Office could have serious legal, political, diplomatic and criminal implications.  But at least President Obama did not just Blame Bush, he threw the CIA under the bus too.  



Funny how this President is willing to imperil intelligence offers at the tip of the spear who get actionable intelligence to keep us safe, but will execute his forays against militants via drone to get a several news cycle lead headline.



This talk of torture in the War on Terror supposedly confused actor James Woods on Twitter:


 

Bog Snorkeling– What in the Wild, Wild World of Sports?


Bog snorkeling?   What in the wild, wild world of sports is that?  Bog snorkeling is a sport dreamt up at a pub (naturally) in 1976 by Gordon Green and other regulars at the Neuadd Arms Hotel (which now also boasts of a brewery) near Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.  Bog snorkelers must complete two consecutive lengths of a 60 foot water filled trench cut through a peat bog, in the shortest time possible.  Competitors must wear flippers and a snorkel but to make things more interesting, they can not use conventional swimming strokes.  Most competitors also wear a wet suit, but that attire is optional.
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Penn Jillette on Religion


Penn Jillette atheism

Strong believer Glenn Beck discusses religion and the Founding Fathers with atheist Penn Jillette.

 

 

Senator John Walsh Implies PTSD a Factor in Plagiarizing His Master’s Thesis


When President Obama chose six term Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) to be the Administration’s new Ambassador to the Peoples’s Republic of China in February 2014, there was a short term appointment into what had been the world’s greatest deliberative body, as that seat needed to face the voters in November 2014. Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) appointed his Lieutenant Governor John Walsh (D-MT) to the position, as he was already running for the seat and incumbency might help Walsh’s chances in a uphill year for Senate Democrats, especially in “purple” states.
The people were not able to fully vet now Senator John Walsh (D-MT) until the campaign was in full throes.  Unfortunately for Senator Walsh, this increased scrutiny exposed an embarrassing chink in his political armor.
Part of an elective appeal for John Walsh is that he spent 33 years in the Montana National Guard, rising to the level of Adjunct General.  Walsh led the 1st Battalion 163rd Infantry Regiment into combat in Iraq and is the first Iraq War veteran to serve in the US Senate.. The 53 year old freshman Senator made his military service a major Walsh had made it major selling point of his candidacy.

 

But the New York Times recently reported that in 2007 when Walsh wrote his “strategic research project” (akin to a Masters thesis)  at the United States Army War College,  he seemingly plagiarized substantial portions  of the 14 page project on American Mid East Policy.  The New York Times analysis indicates that a quarter of the quotes from “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy” were borrowed from other authors without attribution.  The Washington Post points out that Walsh “borrowed” from a paper written by a Harvard scholar in 1998.
This was more than sloppy scholarship on the part of Walsh.  Walsh concluded his thesis by offering six recommendations that were lifted nearly word-for-word from  2003 Foreign Affairs piece by Thomas Carothers from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Some scholarship.  Some honor. At West Point, the cadet honor code is A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal,
or tolerate those who do.” Cheating includes plagiarism defined as presenting someone else’s ideas, words, data, or work as one’s own without documentation.
When this plagiarism problem popped up in the press, Senator Walsh’s campaign spokeswoman  Lauren Passalacqua tried to quickly shoot down the scandal by saying:  “This was unintentional and it was a mistake.”  When that quick quip did not fly, Senator John Walsh told AP:  “I don’t want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to say that it may have been a factor.  My head was not in a place very conducive to classwork and an academic environment.”  Walsh maintains when he wrote the thesis, he had PTSD, was stressed at a fellow veteran’s suicide and was on medication. Anonymous Walsh campaign staffers  pointed to drugs to treat PTSD to give a context for Walsh’s circumstances.
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is a serious consequence of modern warfare, in which may not take as many lives or limbs but leaves mental scars.  PTSD is often manifested by recurring flashbacks, hyperarousal, and avoidance or numbing of memories of the event. Plaigiarizing a master’s thesis does not really seem to fit PTSD.
Other politicians have plagiarized and survived.  Then Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) plagiarized British Labor Leader Neil Kinnock rise from humble roots (and later Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey), which forced him out of the race for the 1988 Democrat Presidential nomination, but he bounced back and is now the Vice President of the United States.  What is more memorable than sloppy scholarship is a propensity to blame others and play for sympathy.
Citing PTSD as an excuse for academic dishonesty demeans PTSD, dishonors Walsh’s military valor, and smacks as a play for sympathy votes.  The Walsh Senate campaign’s tactic of employing underhanded excuses to invoke pathos makes one wonder if PTSD should signify “Plagiarist Thesis Shucking Disorder” in the District of Calamity.

What Does Hamas Really Stand For?


Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni Muslim group that is internationally recognized as a terrorist organization.  Hamas which has dominated the Gaza Strip since 2005 when Israeli settlements were voluntarily relinquished settlements to implement the Oslo Accords as part of the peace process.
Hamas is an acronym for Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah, Arabic for “Islamic Resistance Movement”.  The acronym means “Enthusiasm”.  But sometimes acronyms are given more meaning by actions. 
The modus operandi of Hamas is to indiscriminately lob crude missiles at their Israeli “enemy” (the one’s who ceded the territory where they operate).  But these “brave” Muslim Brotherhood affiliates operate their rockets in the middle of civilian settlements, schools  or mosques.   The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) discovered 20 missiles in schools run by UNRWA and then handed them back to the “local authorities” to then be fired at Israel.  Then there is  the Shuja’iya neighborhood in Northern Gaza, Hamas used a mosque and two adjacent buildings connected by tunnels were extended to the Israeli border and used as a depot for Hamas rockets. 
Even though the Israeli Defense Forces give early warning to civilians to evacuate before the IDF attacks in Gaza, the inhabitants defiantly refuse to leave.  Some pro-Palestinian apologies reason “Where can they go?”  But Hamas spokemen urged the civilians not to heed the IDF warnings.  These human shields can then be pointed to as brutality by their enemy.  This is why Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu labels Hamas tactics as a double war crime.
Hamas knows that it can not win conventional warfare against the IDF, but if enough Palestinian civilians are killed during Operation Protective Edge, the International Press can decry the humanitarian loss along with an anti-semetic gloss.  
Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meier anticipated this culture of death among militant Palestinians when she proclaimed: “We can
forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing
us to kill their children.  We will only
have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.
“.
Even though Hamas might sound like enthusiasm in Arabic, based upon their tactics and weltanschaaung, what Hamas really stands for is Hiding Among Mosques and Schools.
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