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Sunday, December 21, 2014

The CIA Torture Report: Through Arab Eyes

The CIA Torture Report: Through Arab Eyes

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EDUCATE! EGYPT, IRAN, IRAQ, SAUDI ARABIA, TORTURE


The fear that the US has lost its moral compass is vastly exaggerated, for the simple reason that the US – at least in the Arab World – never possessed this moral legitimacy in the first place.

The report recently issued by the Senate condemning and detailing the interrogation methods used by the CIA during the tenure of the Bush Administration has both surprised and shocked many average Americans, as well as the public in the west.

Although some details, such as the use of waterboarding, were known before the report was issued, there was the illusion that these techniques were used as a last resort, with a limited scope, and when a credible threat existed. The fact that more than 20% of the detainees were innocent and subjected to such treatment as a first resort, is only one of the outrageous disclosures of this report.

One of the fears highlighted by western and American media was the loss of American moral power in the world, and the possibility of the use of this report for propaganda and recruitment purposes by Jihadist groups.

As an Arab, I cannot help but think that this fear is vastly exaggerated, for the simple reason that the US – at least in the Arab world – never possessed this moral legitimacy in the first place.

The possible loss of moral authority

In the average Arab mind, there is a connection between the US, Israel, Arab autocrats, foreign domination and war.

In other words, the US is not seen as a moral power; it is seen as an imperial power that uses its local cronies – sometimes with direct intervention – to maintain its hegemony over the region and, most importantly, the people of the region.

From an Arab’s perspective these relationships the US maintains are the pillars of modern Arab political life – the most important, of course, being the connection between the US and Arab autocrats, which is well known and documented.

Here are just two examples of US support for Arab autocrats and despotic regimes:

In Egypt

The Egyptian military is the largest Arab military, the backbone of the current autocratic regime. This is the same regime that committed the worst massacre in modern Egyptian history, in 2013, and has since committed numerous human rights violations; imprisoning thousands of activists and innocent bystanders.

What is important to highlight here is that the Egyptian military is one of the largest recipients of US aid and plays a pivotal role in American foreign policy in the region.

In Iraq


After the 2003 invasion, and the deliberate dismantling of the Iraqi State, the US assisted in creating an openly sectarian political system by supporting a government that promotes such practices and policies.

In the meantime, ISIS has been rampaging across northern Iraq – much less reported – and Shia militias have been committing mammoth human rights abuses. This cannot have taken place without the implicit consent of the Iraqi government, which until now has failed to alleviate the isolation of the Sunni community, and continues to follow openly sectarian policies.

During this process, American aid of course continues unabated. In effect, supporting a highly sectarian regime that has been eroding Iraqi identity; all in the hopes of clinging to power.

US and Arab autocracy: why there are deep historical roots in the Arab psyche

During the heyday of Arab nationalism, the US was considered the patron of Arab conservative regimes. These regimes were considered autocratic and imperialistic by radical regimes. At the time, radical regimes had a genuinely popular following across the Arab world, and as such were not associated with autocracy – at least among large segments of the population.  Thus, there was a connection between the US, conservative Arab regimes and imperialism.

When Arab nationalism collapsed and radical regimes started to change their ideological bases, the US ensured that it was also connected to traditional conservative regimes and neo-conservatives regimes, like Egypt.

As such, the connection between the US and autocracy was further solidified. Once radical regimes lost their popular base, they turned towards the US for support. Egypt is the most vivid example.

It is important to note that the regimes just mentioned are notorious for their human rights violations and torture practices. In many cases, they are seen as direct pawns of the US. There is, therefore, a direct connection between these regimes, the US and human rights violations and as such talk about the US’ moral standing rings hollow.

As a protestor in Cairo mockingly said “a gift from the US to Egypt” while holding a tear gas canister up that was “Made in the United States”.

The connection between the US and Israel


Israeli crimes against Palestinians and attacks against other Arab States are not seen as isolated incidents; there are deep historical roots to the connection between Israel and the US.

For example, one very vivid memory in the Egyptian psyche is the raid conducted by the Israeli air force on an elementary school during the War of Attrition. Egyptians have never forgotten that the planes Israelis flew were American planes.

Moreover, the periodic wars that Israel launches on the Gaza strip are closely connected to the US, not only because of the military hardware used, but due to a general belief in the Arab world that Israel is the pawn of the US in the region.

This belief can sometimes take extreme forms, removing all agency from Israeli actions. As usual, popular beliefs simplify a rather more complex reality. Thus, there is a direct connection between the US and what is perceived in the Arab world as Israeli aggression, deliberate targeting of civilians, colonization and abuse of human rights.

The connection between the US and outright aggression in the Arab world

After the end of the Cold War, with increased levels of military operations in the Arab world, the US was more vividly portrayed as an aggressor and occupier of Arab lands.

The war on Iraq in 2003 placed the US in the frame of not only an imperial power that uses its allies in the region to do its bidding, but rather as a force that can be in our neighborhoods the next morning.

Of course, the images coming out of Abu Ghraib and the bloodbath in Iraq did not help the American image or their version of democracy imposed on the Iraqis, which entailed replacing one autocrat with another.

The American drone war in Yemen and the massive loss of innocent civilian lives also destroyed any claims of moral superiority for the US. The US is seen as a force that causes havoc; bringing injuries, death and chaos to wherever it interferes.

The effects of the Senate’s torture report


The notion that the last report issued by Senate Committee will have a long lasting damaging effect on the moral standing of the US, whilst becoming a recruitment tool for Jihadists, is aimed at domestic American audiences, not the Jihadists and their audiences.

Sadly, Jihadists have no problems recruiting; the grievances are already there, and very deeply enshrined. Compounded by the failure of the Arab revolt and US foreign policy, the Jihadists continue to have the fertile ground for recruitment which they have had since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The torture report will not alter this dynamic nor accelerate it. The Jihadists were created by these practices and wider policies that never received any international condemnation. The increase of extremists at an alarming rate is the result of US foreign policy.

Those living under the yoke of America’s allies experience real torture and this is not being addressed as a US responsibility. From the Palestinians in the occupied territories and refugee camps, to the Egyptians living under military autocrats, and Iraqis suffering from the violence of sectarianism; they all languish in a slow painful existence, which is not acknowledged as torture.

The US is responsible for the daily torture of millions of Arabs, as a matter of systematic policy, for which it is not being held accountable.

Maged Mandour is a Cambridge graduate with a Masters in International Relations. The title of his thesis was “Egyptian foreign policy towards the Palestinian issue: a Gramscian approach”.


By Maged Mandour, www.opendemocracy.net

You Are Not My Enemy. Violence Is My Enemy

You Are Not My Enemy. Violence Is My Enemy
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STRATEGIZE! NONVIOLENCE, POLICE VIOLENCE, RACISM 


A Call to Militant Empathy

The streets look like war. Two NYPD police officers were just “assassinated” apparently as revenge for the Eric Garner chokehold death. This is the first major physical attack on actual police officers after the Ferguson riots ignited the #blacklivesmatter movement. In this time of change and revolution it is absolutely paramount to be clear on what principles we are aligned with as we fight for justice.http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/20/us/new-york-police-officers-shot/

Recently I became certified as a Kingian Nonviolence (a system of conflict reconciliation built on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) trainer. The protests bring to mind two important principles from what I learned:  “Avoid internal violence of the spirit, as well as external physical violence,” and “Attack systems of injustice, not individuals within those systems.”
http://eastpointpeace.org/

When protests breakout there is often an abundance of rage. Where is this anger usually directed? At people. Often towards the police, or individual officers. This results in dehumanization, seeing others as less than human. When we dehumanize others, violence is justified against them, and the system which created them remains unchanged. The way out of this cycle is two fold: 1) Attack and transform the systems that created these individuals.  2) Refuse to hate individuals and instead empathize.http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/11/370055472/dick-cheney-on-senate-torture-investigation-the-report-is-full-of-crap

Empathy is the art of connecting to the real experience of another person by looking at the world from their perspective. It is at the root of all social evolution, and according to Gloria Steinem, “the most revolutionary emotion.”. When we empathize and look at other’s actions from the point of view of human needs, it becomes easier to understand why someone acts the way they do, even if the strategies they are using to meet those needs are flawed, and possibly unacceptable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT5X6NIJR88



http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/acquired-spontaneity/201301/the-what-and-the-why-in-human-needs

There is a tremendous need to empathize with the black community and what they experience at the hands of police. The history of trauma needs space for people to grieve and time for situations to heal. I am thankful to see this movement inspiring empathy in that direction and hopeful that others are awakening to the concept of white privilege.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/07/books/michelle-alexanders-new-jim-crow-raises-drug-law-debates.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fiona-teng/guide-to-getting-uncomfor_b_6310340.html

But, what about the police? Do they also deserve our empathy?

There is so much demonization of police going on right now, that we can forget that behind the uniform is a human being. Surely the unjust deaths of civilians at the hands of police are absolutely enraging, but if we want to awaken the police to be more humane and to create systemic change, will hating them advance our cause?

What’s it like for the police when they are beating on people, or killing innocents? What drew them to that kind of “work”? What kind of system of dehumanization did THEY have to go through before they were ready to brutalize others?

Recent studies have shown that in the moment of violence, aggressors lack empathy for their target. This lack of empathy can be temporary or permanent. One’s capacity for empathy is shown by the level of functioning of a special circuit in the brain, the empathy circuit. Dr. Baron-Cohen, a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Cambridge and director of the university’s Autism Research Center, explains that the empathy circuit can be underdeveloped or damaged by negative environmental factors (usually parental, sometimes societal) and a genetic component.

On December 9, 2014 I attended a protest in Oakland. When the riot gear came out with full weaponry in hand and emotionless facial expressions on display, the atmosphere was tense. I saw it as the perfect place to challenge myself to practice empathy. Here they are, ready to beat me at the command of their superior, and if I can open myself to empathize, maybe I can shift the energy. I raised my voice as loud as I could without screaming and started addressing all of the police at once:

You are not my enemy. Violence is my enemy. I have faith in you. I know there is a human behind that uniform. I won’t give up on you. I know you are not all bad. I know on some level you probably don’t want to be here right now. I know it may pain you to get orders to hit or arrest us. I know there is good inside of you. I know there is another way. You are not my enemy. Violence is my enemy.

Inside of me emotion was swelling and tears came as I felt that the police were softening up. Some of them acknowledged me with head nods or by waving their hands. The ‘us vs. them’ vibe seemed broken at least for a moment. I noticed the lack of hate within me, and instead the genuine concern for their humanity behind the cold exterior they were displaying. My partner Mica Stumpf described the scene, “There was a real energy shift when you started empathizing with them. The police seemed to relax a bit and feel some relief, maybe because they finally had a good interaction with a protestor. The other protestors seemed to be a bit shocked and intrigued by what you were doing as well. At the very least you planted some seeds.”

Research shows that bias is often unconscious, so even police who may identify as non-racist, may be unconsciously associating people of color with crime. Criminologist Lorie Fridell has developed a training to counteract the bias through promoting empathy between police and the community “the more we interact with individuals who are different from ourselves, including those we stereotype, that’s going to reduce both our conscious as well as implicit biases.”
http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/08/15/training-police-racial-profiling

If we want the police to be more empathic, I believe we should model that ourselves. Dr. King taught that if we are motivated by hate and vengeance, those emotions will be reflected in the change we create.  Let’s wake the police up to what they are doing - and could be doing instead - without resorting to their tactics of dehumanization. Let’s be fierce in our refusal to dehumanize! Let’s bring forth this form of confrontational heart-centered conflict transformation: Militant Empathy.
http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/police-violence-is-not-inevitable-four-ways-a-california-police-chief-connected-cops-with-communities

http://mettacenter.org/blog/statement-ferguson-shanti-sena-network/

If you’d like to learn more about what it really takes to engage in nonviolent conflict transformation and de-escalation, check out Peijman’s trainer page at the Metta Center for Nonviolence. He is also co-founder of Empathy App and a transformational coach.

Peijman has been published on numerous sites including The Coaches Training Institute Blog, and the Metta Center as well as his own blog. He has been a world traveling musician for over 15 years. As a certified life coach, empathy app entrepreneur, non-profit founder and nonviolence trainer, he is devoted to creating positive change in the world.
http://www.thecoaches.com/blog/2014/10/empathy-app-peerfunding-a-revolution-back-to-real-connection/

VIDEO: How To Start An Empathy Revolution



By Peijman Kouretchian,

Islamic Doctrine & Rape: U.S. Stats Will Mirror Europe’s Epidemic

Islamic Doctrine & Rape: U.S. Stats Will Mirror Europe’s Epidemic

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IT’S a truly sad juncture in American history, as citizens have to come to grips with certain unassailable truths.  about a rape culture. Islamic monsters are on the march, and Obama Inc. is giving them unfettered access all over the U.S.A.

This is Islam’s Blow Back..

Where do Americans go from here?



UNFORTUNATELY, while the crime of rape is no stranger to America’s landscape, the fact of the matter is that its presence wends across the board. An “equal opportunity” crime. In other words, while one grouping may, at any given time, be incarcerated for more rapes than another, it has never been the case that any “religion” (guess which one) actually backs up the sexual violations of its followers! Say what?
SO, statistically speaking, once their numbers and concomitant power grows, the number of rape victims will be commensurate. Guaranteed. Absolutely, the stats will climb to an exponential factor. Not good news, except for the rapists!

IN this regard, the Koran’s view of women, as sexual slaves, dovetails with the permission slips they receive from Islam’s “holy” book. Thus,  adding rape to their barbaric menu list is easy peasy. Deadly serious.

ITS sexual underpinnings are highlighted here.

Question:Does Islam condone slavery?  Does Islamic teaching allow Muslim men to keep women as sex slaves?
Summary Answer:Islam neither ignores nor condemns slavery.  In fact, a large part of the Sharia is dedicated to the practice. Muslims are encouraged to live in the way of Muhammad, who was a slave owner and trader.  He captured slaves in battle.  He had sex with his slaves.  And he instructed his men to do the same.  The Qur’an actually devotes more verses to making sure that Muslim men know they can keep women as sex slaves (4) than it does to telling them to pray five times a day (0).
NOW, why should Americans (and other non-European westerners) care about skyrocketing rape stats in Europe, after all, they have enough problems in their home countries? A fair assessment.

INDEED, before Muslims started their colonialist invasion of Norway, the city of Oslo was virtually rape-free. Go figure…

THEREFORE, some boomerang effects just can’t be ignored and they require the west’s hyper vigilance.

ALONG this vein, the Islamist-in-Chief is assiduously working towards aligning America with Shariah law dictates, the Constitution be damned. And if one thinks this is smack talk, feel free to believe in magical thinking. It’s your choice.

REGARDLESS of wishful thinkers, facts are stubborn and can’t simply be erased at will. Basically, once Shariah law overrides the laws of the land, well, rape (and the enslavement of women) will become legal! You got that?

YET, even though a culture is steeped in sexual depravity, it doesn’t mean that the rest of us are obliged to go along to get along. Agreed?

Mohammed’s most famous marriage did involve raping a little girl and plenty of Islamic clerics have made a case for doing it today. Just one more way that Islam is incompatible with the West. (via Religion of Peace)

Thirteen Muslims have been found guilty in Bristol for a whole catalogue of sexual offences including child rape and grooming  under age school girls. Two separate grooming gang trials took place with a complete media blackout being enforced.

A slight variation from the Muslim grooming gangs we are becoming so used to now. The repulsive paedophiles committing the sex offences were all Somali immigrants.

One nonce who had sex with multiple victims told the court at his trial that sharing girls for sex “was part of Somali culture” and “a religious requirement”.
Esmatullah Sharifi, an Afghan refugee, offered an Australian woman a ride home and then put his right hand around her neck and his left hand over her mouth and raped her. Sharifi’s lawyers claimed that due to cultural differences he was confused about the nature of consent.

This wasn’t Sharifi’s first misunderstanding of the difference between rape and sex. He had already been sentenced to 7 years in jail for raping an Australian teenager on Christmas Day in 2008.

 In the Ashfield rapes, four Pakistani brothers raped eighteen women and girls. Their father urged that his sons be pardoned because they “did not know the culture of this culture.”
Our culture and religion however tells us to keep men who behave like the Prophet Mohammed away from our families and our children.

Surely the Somalis and Pakistanis will agree to respect our culture.

ALAS, isn’t it befitting, tragically so, to apply the following appendage to America (the west), “now the end begins”?

Obama Authorizes First Wave Of 9,000 UN-Approved Muslim Immigrants For US Resettlement – The US Department of State announced on its website that the Obama administration has approved over 9,000 Muslim immigrants, hand-selected by the United Nations, for admission into the United States as residents.

HARDLY one to be a nitpicker, nor wishing to appear off course, do parents understand that Common Core is neck-deep in promoting Islam? Basically, their kiddies are being told that Islam is the way to go, believe it or not.

On Friday, Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported that a high school in Farmville, North Carolina, promotes Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in a Common Core vocabulary assignment handed out to seniors in an English class. Starnes said one parent he spoke to was troubled by the assignment, calling it classwork disguised as Islamic propaganda.

“In the following exercises, you will have the opportunity to expand your vocabulary byreading about Muhammad and the Islamic word,” the worksheet said. Starnes said the lesson uses words like astute, conducive, erratic, mosque, pastoral, and zenith in sentences about Islam.

For example, the reading says that, “The zenith of any Muslim’s life is a trip to Mecca.” Another sentence reads: “The responses to Muhammad’s teachings were at first erratic. Some people responded favorably, while other resisted his claim that ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammad his Prophet.”

“It’s very shocking,” the parent told Starnes. “I just told my daughter to read it as if it’s fiction. It’s no different than another of fictional book you’ve read.”

A Pitt County School District spokesman defended the lesson, explaining that it came from a state-adopted supplemental workbook and met the “Common Core standards for English Language Arts.” The spokesman also said it “is designed to accompany the world literature text, which emphasizes culture in literature.”

But, Starnes added, the problem with the lesson is that it emphasizes a specific culture and religion. The school district even acknowledged concerns “related to the religious nature of sentences providing vocabulary words in context.”….

IN this regard, do the promoters of Common Core even care that Islam condones rape and sexual slavery? Of course not.

NEVERTHELESS, more than a fair and urgent question!


Adina KutnickiAdina Kutnicki:http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

Cop: We Need Military Equipment Because of “Constitutionalists”

Cop: We Need Military Equipment Because of “Constitutionalists”

Cop: We Need Military Equipment Because of “Constitutionalists”


“We’ve got a lot of constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons.” Those were the words of a Spokane, Washington, sheriff’s deputy (shown) explaining why his department needed military-grade equipment.

In a video (shown below) obtained by Infowars.com, the deputy was answering a question from a citizen who wondered why his Spokane County Office of Sheriff had an MRAP armored vehicle. The deputy — only identified as a 20-year military veteran working under Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich — extolled the MRAP’s martial virtues using military language, which included pointing out that the vehicle allowed you to safely take “enemy fire.” The citizen then said that while she understood its use in Iraq, she wanted to know what utility it had on American streets. It was then the deputy replied:

“Well, I mean, we’ve got a lot of constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, lots of ammunition. They have weapons here locally.”



Not surprisingly, speaking of “enemy fire” and dangerous “constitutionalists” almost in the same breath did not sit well with many. One of these shocked observers was Spokane Valley Republican Representative Matthew Shea, who, writes Prison Planet’s Paul Joseph Watson, “responded to the video by asking, ‘Will law abiding citizens who love the Constitution and Rule of Law be hunted down with MRAPs?’ ‘Constitutionalism is fundamental to being an American. To hate the Constitution and those who support it means you are a traitor to this country,’ added Shea.”

Watson then continued:

Sheriff Knezovich shot back by claiming the Infowars report was “hatemongering,” “misleading,” and that it was “used to scare citizens and distort the truth.”

Instead of apologizing for the comments made by his deputy, Sheriff Knezovich essentially blamed Infowars for daring to report on the issue, claiming that the quote was taken out of context while failing to explain how such a brazen statement could be taken for anything other than its face value.

One YouTube respondent summed this up in stating, “Simple way to avoid making any future videos like this one. Don’t say that you have MRAPs to defend yourselves against constitutionalists.”

Knezovich also cited the deputy swearing an oath of honor and serving in the military for 20 years as a reason to excuse his comments, when those factors only make the remarks even more chilling.

Watson isn’t alone in this sentiment. In fact, many assert that having militarized police forces — partially manned by veterans with a military mindset — is contrary to the spirit of the Posse Comitatus Act, the legislation forbidding the use of the military in domestic law-enforcement matters.

As to the spirit of the deputy’s comment, it’s entirely possible that, like many of what are euphemistically called “low-information voters” today, he doesn’t quite understand what a constitutionalist is. Representative Shea said “Constitutionalism is fundamental to being an American” because the Constitution is the supreme law of the land; thus, “constitutionalist” is synonymous with “law-abiding American.”

But this may not be Sheriff Knezovich’s understanding. The Spokesman-Review’s Rachel Alexander reports him as stating, “Some people say I am a constitutionalist…. The term constitutionalist has a widespread meaning.” While the term does have widespread misunderstandings, it has only one valid meaning: a person who believes in adherence to the Constitution.

The sheriff then continued, according to Alexander, “But people need to understand that there are people who carry that title who have killed police officers.” This is no doubt true. There are also people who carry the title “American” who have killed police officers, people who carry the title “Christian” who aren’t at all Christ-like, and those who carry the title “law-enforcement officer” who have violated the law. Individuals who mislabel themselves shouldn’t cause us to misunderstand the labels.

Whether or not Sheriff Knezovich is a constitutionalist, it’s only fair to point out that he has defended the Second Amendment, saying just last month that his state’s disastrous new gun-control law, Initiative 594, “is just another attempt to erode the Second Amendment.”

Nonetheless, while Alexander writes that the sheriff has said that the “deputy who made the videotaped comment is being counseled against making broad statements characterizing large groups of people,” the real issue is that people be characterized correctly — and that law-enforcement officials understand their land’s supreme law.

Of course, it doesn’t help that the federal government has portrayed constitutionalists unflatteringly. As to this, WND.com wrote in 2010 that the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center was working with the Department of Homeland Security, and quoted Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes as saying that the SPLC was writing reports “naming constitutionalists as possible terrorists.”

Yet while being stigmatized, these constitutionalists aren’t being silenced. Today in fact, they’re taking a stand for the Constitution and against the sheriff’s deputy’s comments, as Alexander reports:

Scott Maclay, president of the Rattlesnakes Motorcycle Club, has invited other constitutionalists to join him Saturday at 2 p.m. for a protest at the “occupied” Spokane Valley Police Department on East Sprague Avenue. The Valley’s law enforcement services are provided by the Sheriff’s Office under a contract with the city.

Protesters will barbecue food in the parking lot, openly carry firearms and erect a Christmas tree to leave letters of complaint directed at the Sheriff’s Office in its branches.

As a show of good will, perhaps Sheriff Knezovich and his deputy might want to join them — minus the MRAP.


 by  Selwyn Duke

Veterans Project A Homeless Ministry

Veterans Project A Homeless Ministry

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD...” —Proverb 19:17

        Starting a Homeless Ministry is one of the simplest, easiest and most rewarding ministries to have. Every church should have an outreach ministry to the homeless in their local community. It is churches, and not the government, who ought to be helping the needy.

The Lord asks Christian believers to help the poor, visit the prisoners and reach the lost with the Gospel. It is our responsibility. Although we can't help everybody, we can certainly help somebody in the Lord.

There are many different ways to help the homeless, ranging from simply providing them with a free packaged-meal and some Gospel literature, to going as far as providing a shelter for them to temporarily lodge for the night to escape the brutal cold. I would definitely recommend giving out blankets, gloves, hats and warm clothing during the winter months.

It is heartbreaking to see someone living in a cardboard box in an alley as a makeshift home. It is common in big cities to see the homeless living down in the subways, away from the chilling winter winds, or sleeping on heated sidewalk air vents from nearby skyscrapers. The homeless are often shunned, despised and inhumanly treated by business owners. They are often beaten, bullied and robbed. Where are the poor to go?


BIBLICAL MANDATE TO HELP THE POOR

“But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” —1st John 3:17

Homeless people are dear to the heart of God. Most people today are selfish, having a nice place to live, and only think about themselves. As Christians, we ought to be different from the unsaved world, exemplifying the Lord in our daily lives. The Bible teaches us in Philippians 2:4-5 . . . “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Jesus was always thinking about helping OTHERS, which is what Philippians 2:4-5 says we are to do also. We ought to constantly look for opportunities to do things to help those in need. The hallmark character trait of being a Christian is genuine concern for others.

“Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble” (Psalm 41:1).

“Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy” (Psalm 82:3).

“Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:4).

“He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor” (Proverb:14:31).

“Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Proverb:31:9).

These are just a few of the multitudes of Scriptures that command us to help the poor and needy.

Make Christmas A Special Time Of Helping The Homeless
http://josephfreedomoranarchy.blogspot.com/2014/12/make-christmas-special-time-of-helping.html

SOULWINNING AND THE POOR


 Helping the homeless must NEVER take precedence over preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ . . . “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing ... Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth” (1st Corinthians 13:3,6). The word “charity” here means LOVE. 1st Corinthians 13:6 tells us that genuine Biblical LOVE rejoices in THE TRUTH.

Sadly, many apostate religious groups today such as the Salvation Army have compromised their convictions, spending most of their time helping the needy at the expense of preaching the truth. What does it matter if we feed the hungry, cloth the naked and shelter the homeless if they die and go to Hell because we failed to preach the Gospel to them? I wouldn't give you a dime for any ministry that is not aggressively preaching the Gospel and placing the truth of God's Word at the forefront of their ministerial efforts. This is critically important.

“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5).

“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).

Soulwinning is every believer's duty. There is no calling to be a soul-winner. It is a command for every believer. God said in Luke 14:23 that He wants His house “filled.” The Bible commissions us to “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in.” One of the biggest problems with most churches today is that they meet behind closed doors a few times a month, but never obey the Lord's command to “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in.” Many churches operate more like a secret occult organization than they do a New Testament church. What behind those church walls? How will people know if you don't have outreach ministries?

If we are to obey the Lord's command to “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in,” then we must “Go out.” This means putting forth a conscious effort to reach the lost for Christ. In Acts 20:20 (often referred to as the soulwinner's 20/20 vision) the Apostle Paul went soulwinning HOUSE-TO-HOUSE publicly . . . “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house.” That is God's method of winning souls—public evangelism.


SAFETY

The foremost concern when dealing with the homeless should always be your own safety. It is a matter of common sense. ALWAYS have someone with you if possible. It is unwise to minister alone in today's society. I have discovered that some people on the streets are mentally-ill. Whereas in the old days the mentally-ill were kept in mental institutions, now their families dump then on the streets and they collect social security or veteran's benefits.

 

Some have epileptic attacks and serious health issues. Others are psychotic and schizophrenic. They can't function in society and so they end up the outcasts, rejects and unwanted on the streets. Some are drug-addicts and alcoholics.

Many of the homeless, especially alcoholics, freeze to death in colder climates. The alcohol fools the body—making you feel warm while helping the freezing process. Some are medicated. Hundreds live in the storm drains under the billion-dollar Las Vegas casinos. Yet, they need to know that God loves them. They are troubled in their souls. Can you imagine wheeling everything you own in the world down the street in a basket cart? They are people whom Christ died for. Everyone is somebody's son or daughter.

http://josephfreedomoranarchy.blogspot.com/2014/12/what-to-give-homeless.html



Imagine being homeless at Christmas,


For most of us the festive period is a time to relax and enjoy being with our families, but for hundreds of thousands of people around the country Christmas merely underlines an uncertain future. With no permanent home, how can homeless people plan the rest of their lives?

Veterans project Works with some of the most vulnerable people in society, homeless charities are providing more than just a roof over people's heads. Most offer specialist services that address the problems that can be associated with homelessness, such as mental health problems, alcoholism and drug misuse, and in doing so enable people to rebuild their lives.

http://josephfreedomoranarchy.blogspot.com/2014/07/donate-and-support-veterans-project_30.html

Tis the season for giving and good cheer

Homeless “survival kits.” We Create and distribute kits that include items such as cups, pots, pans, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and cosmetics. (Try coordinating this through a group that gives out meals from a van, for example.)  During cold weather, organize drives for blankets, coats, hats, scarves, mittens, socks, and the like.
Phone calls.  Help people experiencing homelessness contact loved ones by offering the opportunity to make free long distance calls on holidays. Donate to or organize a cell phone drive for the homeless.


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The Christmas Spirit Can't Be Killed

The Christmas Spirit Can't Be Killed



Nothing brings out the unrelenting and self-righteous pettiness of the American left quite like Christmas.

A courthouse in Dallas, North Carolina, is the latest reminder. A nativity scene that has graced the Old Gaston Courthouse for the last 40 years has been removed, following complaints by a group of professional agitators known as the The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The group prides itself as defenders of the constitutional separation of church and state, and as “an effective state/church watchdog and voice for freethought (atheism, agnosticism, skepticism).”
http://ffrf.org/

The self-appointed watchdog part is certainly accurate, but the notion that this is a bunch of free thinkers is as phony as Hillary Clinton. Genuine free thinkers would be far more acquainted with a concept that stood this nation in good stead for more than two centuries: live and let live. For decades upon decades, those who believed in Christmas enjoyed such holiday displays, while those who didn’t countenanced them with the kind of grace and tolerance that live and let live evinced.

No longer. Today’s America is afflicted with a perpetual whine, courtesy of those for whom grace and tolerance are an affront to their “superior” sensibilities. Sensibilities whose hallmarks are hypersensitivity and the satisfaction one derives from a holier-than-thou effort to deny their fellow Americans the simple pleasures of traditional holiday expressions for one overriding reason:

Because they can.

Hence, FFRF is bursting with pride that they are able to spread their “enlightened” misery around. On their website they boast about their success in turning Tallahasee, Florida, into a free-for-all competition of holiday displays, “including a Flying Spaghetti Monster and a Festivus pole constructed from Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans.” They are equally proud of the fact that following “a denial last year, capitol officials agreed this year to let the Satanic Temple put up a display of an angel falling into hell, when the group threatened a lawsuit.”http://ffrf.org/news/news-releases/item/21905-ffrf-s-nativity-goes-up-in-florida-rotunda-for-second-year

“We vastly prefer to keep religion – and irreligion – out of the seat of state government,” declares FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “The Capitol ought to be above the fray of religious divisiveness. But if public officials unwisely decide to permit religious public forums, then there must be ‘room at the inn’ for nonbelievers.”

Those who worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster would undoubtedly agree.

Note the principal that drives this nonsense. It is the notion that every idea has equal merit. Thus for the true believers of such intellectual bankruptcy, there is no essential difference between Christmas, a two-thousand-year-old religious holiday celebrated by billions of people around the world, and Festivus, a “holiday” popularized by a 1997 episode of “Seinfeld.”

It is intellectual bankruptcy that arises courtesy of the American left’s infatuation with “nonjudgmentalism,” a pernicious concept that posits anything amounting to critical thinking as bigotry, racism, misogyny, nativism, homophobia and the host of other disparagements. Disparagements designed to produce both the self-censorship and outside suppression constituting political correctness.

Mix PC with the notion that every idea has merit and you get something else as well: a tyranny of the minority, courtesy of the perpetually offended. We now live in an age where 99.9 percent of a town’s residents who enjoy or tolerate a nativity scene can be denied that nativity scene by a single individual, or as FFRF reveals, a roving group of self-aggrandizers that threaten small towns with unaffordable litigation if their demands are not met. The town of Jay, Florida, was also forced to move a nativity scene when a single offended resident contacted FFRF, and Mayor Kurvin Qualls explained “a court battle could cost up to $100,000.”
http://weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/nativity-scene-removed-city-hall-jay-52955.shtml#.VI71oCfFm3d

FFRF is hardly alone when it comes to attacking American customs and traditions. Andrew Peabody School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an elementary school in a state that is one of the nation’s foremost PC strongholds, took absurdity one step further: they banned a visit from Santa Claus that had been part of a traditional celebration at the school’s winter concert. And once again, the ban was initiated following a single complaint.

Unsurprisingly, Jeffrey Young, superintendent of the city’s schools who had been unaware of the cancellation, defended it nonetheless. “Our mission is around education,” Young said. “Santa’s not on the top of my list.”http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/12/12/santa-disinvited-cambridge-school-holiday-concert/SwmET7k5Y9GeZ8PRvxvzWL/story.html

Neither is a backbone or a commitment to genuine tolerance. As for education, who’s kidding whom? What kids are really learning is an intolerance for anything that offends anyone, along with the necessity of suppressing it for the “greater good.” That would be the greater good as defined by the American left, who is making it increasingly clearer that the sum total of their happiness ultimately rests on making their fellow Americans as miserable as possible.

The assault on Christmas is part of the effort to fundamentally transform a nation for which leftists express skepticism at best, and outright contempt at worst. And perhaps nothing animates that contempt more than the reality that the greatness of this nation is derived from “dead, white, slave-owning Europeans,” animated by a Judeo-Christain culture. It is that culture that must now be deconstructed by any means necessary, because it rests on two foundations utterly anathema to the American left: individual liberty and free-market capitalism.

Instead, the left prefers equality, or more precisely a radical egalitarianism where ambition, talent and desire must be held in check to accommodate laziness, stupidity and sloth. It is the ultimate zero-sum game that, at this particular time of year, assumes those who enjoy Christmas must accommodate those who are offended by it, lest our commitment to “social justice” is found wanting. Thus “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” must be cast aside for “Happy Holiday,” and the Christmas season must become “Winter Solstice.”

That is not tolerance. It’s totalitarianism with the ultimate goal of making everyone equal, even if it’s equally miserable. Few things undermine that ambition more than the so-called Christmas spirit that is the essence of happiness, generosity – and live and let live.

And this is one American who believes it will emerge stronger than ever in the not too distant future, when younger generations of Americans grow tired of walking on eggshells, and remaining mired in a politically correct universe devoid of joy, imagination and self-expression. Time is short for the Grinches, the spoilsports, and the brats. The need for mankind to embrace the something far greater and more wondrous than stultifying puerilism of the terminally offended cannot be held in check forever. We are creatures with souls as well as brains, and matters of the heart will still transcend matters of the head. In short, no matter how much time the left invests in denigrating faith, they are doomed to fail.

Merry Christmas!

Voices From The Ghosts of Vietnam Are Being Heard Again: Which Should We Listen To?

Voices From The Ghosts of Vietnam Are Being Heard Again: Which Should We Listen To?


vietnamNew York, New York: It’s been nearly 40 years since what the American media called “The Fall of Saigon” and the Vietnamese referred to as the Liberation. I saw it then as the Fall of Washington.

The ghosts of Vietnam are back, thanks to two filmmakers with very different takes. The first is Rory Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy’s youngest daughter. Her one-sided account has already been nominated for an Oscar. The second is Tiana, an American of South Vietnamese origin, who made the film, From Hollywood To Hanoi, years ago to promote reconciliation between our two countries.

Tiana is finishing a movie called The General and Me, on her unlikely conversations (for someone from a virulently anti-communist family) with North Vietnam’s legendary and late General Vo Nguyen Giap, a.k.a the “Red Napoleon,“ a.k.a the man whose military doctrines defeated the French Army and later the Pentagon’s brutal Vietnamization strategy.

Giap created the Vietnamese resistance Army at Ho Chi Minh’s request in l944, and without training, became a military genius. Tiana has two other self-promoted US “geniuses” in her movie too: pathetic walk-ons by former US General William Westmoreland, and an arrogant ex-Defense Secretary, Robert MacNamara, who could not conceal his contempt for her.

Rory’s highly-hyped and well-funded movie depicts footage we have seen before of the hurried evacuation of US soldiers and some of their Vietnamese conscripts in a long and bloody war that was lost almost from its earliest days.

Rather than look at the reasons for that loss, Rory has, with support from HBO and PBS’s American Experience series, tried to present a heroic picture of Americans in their last days in Saigon, coping with a Mad Ambassador and in some cases rebelling against US policy.

(I have loved some of Rory’s work before, but this had ideological agenda written all over it.)

These two films, all these years later, mirror the cultural and political divides of the times with one film, in effect, rationalizing the war, and portraying the American military as compassionate, and the other, for one of the first times, offering views from the other side that Americans never heard.

Even if her Uncle JFK did escalate the war, despite his back and forth doubts, a member of the Kennedy Family is still treated as a cultural icon in a culture that can’t remember details of what happened yesterday, much less forty year ago. Rory’s work has been acclaimed; Tiana’s has not yet been seen. She labels the forgetting deliberate, what she calls, “Nam-Nesia.”

Gerald Perry writes in Arts Fuse: “The mushy reviews of Last Days in Vietnam (a 94% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating) are extraordinarily similar. They praise filmmaker Rory Kennedy for documenting a forgotten moment of American history, the chaotic days in 1975 when the US raced to leave Saigon and South Vietnam steps ahead of the advancing North Vietnamese Army. And the critics are pumped up with pride at the stories Kennedy has uncovered of brave and noble American soldiers and a few anti-establishment American diplomats who helped evacuate many South Vietnamese–by boat, plane, and helicopter–who presumably would be enslaved or murdered by the Communist North Vietnamese.http://www.lastdaysinvietnam.com/

What hardly anyone observed is that Kennedy, daughter of peacenik Robert Kennedy, is offering a flag-waving whitewash of the war in Vietnam. The North Vietnamese are characterized, with no exceptions, as Isis-like warriors murdering all their opposition on the way from Hanoi to Saigon. And, after entering Saigon, annihilating those who oppose them, or sending their enemies to re-education camps. The South Vietnamese? This amazed me: there is not any mention of the much-documented corruption of the various puppet governments, and of the South Vietnamese army as a coercive instrument of torture and killings. Each South Vietnamese ex-soldier who is interviewed is allowed to tell his shiny story, including a high-ranking officer. There’s no blood attached to any of them.”

This did not surprise me. In 1976, the anniversary of the American Revolution, I published a small book featuring the views of Vietnam’s top military strategists including General Vo Nguyen Giap called “How We Won The War.” It was based on articles I wrote in the aftermath of the defeat of the US –backed Saigon military in 1975. Predictably, it got no pickup. There were many post-mortems about what we did wrong but, few if any, about what they did right.

Surely, that story is historically more significant than how we cut tail and ran.

I wrote then:

“The American press was never much help in our efforts to find out more about those remarkable Vietnamese people who have now managed to out-organize, out fight, and defeat a succession of U.S. backed regimes. When the US media did recognize the other side’s existence, they did so with disdain, distortion and denigration…the U.S. never came to terms the fact it was defending a government which had no support and attempting to crush one that did.”

A group of LA-based film critics later wrote to PBS:

“Rory Kennedy’s egregiously unbalanced, out-of-context, dubiously propagandistic Last Days in Vietnam is currently in theatrical release, a production of the PBS series, An American Experience. We are appalled by the extraordinarily one-sided nature of Kennedy’s rewrite of history that only shows the U.S. government’s and the Republic of Vietnam’s side of the story, and never offers the points of view of the millions of Americans who opposed the war and of those who fought on the side of the National Liberation Front and North Vietnam.”

So much for “balance!”

The protest was all for naught. Public Television retreated into its archive of knee-jerk form letters and responded to criticisms of one program with a defense that cited all the programs they ran, most decades old, while announcing that a new multi-million dollar series on Vietnam by their always well-funded doc superstar, Ken Burns, is in the works. Typical!

They avoided details like these:

Rory focused on the story of efforts to save allied officers and their families in a Saigon (“Arvin”) Army known for its corruption and brutality.

It citied atrocities allegedly committed by the Communists like the “Hue Massacre,” an event thoroughly investigated and exposed as false by US Vietnam Scholar Gareth Porter.

It cited violations of the Paris Peace agreement by the North without mentioning the many more egregious and concealed violations by the US-backed South Vietnamese forces.

It showed the madness and mania of US Ambassador Graham Martin as if he was an exception to a history of earlier US officials who escalated the war with massive casualties. It offered no historical context or background

It implied that all the people of Saigon would be butchered or imprisoned; that was not the case.

It referenced escaping ships racing to ConSon Island without mentioning that that Island off the coast of Saigon hosted, like Guantanamo does today, brutal prison camps filled with “tiger cages” where Vietnamese opponents of the military regime were kept, killed and tortured.

Perry asks: “Where in this documentary are the anti-war voices of those who were American soldiers in Vietnam and became disillusioned by the terrible things we did there? Who in this film speaks of our random bombing of North Vietnam? Of the massacre at My Lai? And for the CIA, where is mention of the heinous tortures of South Vietnamese under CIA director William Colby? As for Kissinger, it’s madly frustrating to see his self-serving rhetoric go completely unchallenged. Where are you, Errol Morris, when needed? Instead, the world’s number one war criminal at large (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Chile, etc.) is a welcome and honored guest to this documentary commissioned by PBS’s American Experience.”

And, on and on!

It’s been 40 years. What have we learned? The Obama Administration, aided by our Secretary of State, a Vietnamese speaker no less, named John Kerry, once the leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, had turned into an apologist for the American role in the war, and an arms salesman to Vietnam which fears the Chinese today more than the Americans.

Whose voice should we listen to? Rory Kennedy with her slick and costly archive-footage based mockumentary of history, or Tiana who is struggling to bring Vietnamese voices and a deliberately buried history to life?

Why are these Vietnam films always—“AAUall About Us?”

Danny Schechter reported in North and South Vietnam in 1974, and returned in 1997. He has written widely on the issues of the war. He edits Mediachannel.org and blogs at Newsdissector.net. Comments to Dissector@mediachannel.org

Non-Violence and the Lost Message of Jesus. There is no such Thing as a ‘Just War’

Non-Violence and the Lost Message of Jesus. There is no such Thing as a ‘Just War’






In this column, Mairead Maguire, peace activist from Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace Laureate 1976, argues that in a world that has moved far from the Christic life of non-violence, a clear message and unambiguous proclamation is needed from spiritual or religious leaders that armaments, nuclear weapons, militarism and war must be abolished.

I recently visited Assisi, the home of St. Francis and St. Clare, two great spirits whose lives have inspired us and millions of people around the world.

St. Francis, a man of peace, and St. Clare, a woman of prayer, whose message of love, compassion, care  for humans, animals and  the environment comes down through history to speak to us in a very relevant and inspirational way.

Today, in the 2lst century, as we the human family face increasing violence, we are challenged to admit that we are on the wrong path, and that we need to find new ways of thinking and doing things from a global perspective.Peace is a beautiful gift to have in life, and it is particularly treasured by those who have known violent conflict, war, famine, disease and poverty.  I believe that Peace is a basic human right for every individual and all people.

Love for others and respect for their rights and their human dignity, irrespective of who or what they are, no matter what religion – or none – that they choose to follow, will bring about real change and set in motion proper relationships.  With such relationships built on equality and trust, we can work together on so many of the threats to our common humanity.

“For the first three hundred years after Christ, the early Christian communities lived in total commitment to Jesus’s non-violence. Sadly, for the next 1700 years, Christian mainline churches have not believed, taught or lived Jesus’s simple message: love your enemies, do not kill”
Poverty is one such threat and Pope Francis challenges us to take care of the poor, and has declared his desire that the Catholic Church be a church of the poor and for the poor. To meet this challenge, we can each ask ourselves ‘how will what I do today help the poor’?.

Pope Francis also has spoken about the need to build fraternity amongst the nations. This is important because building trust amongst people and countries will help bring peace to our interdependent, inter-connected world.

Violence begets violence as we witness every day on our television screens, so the choice between violence and non-violence, is up to each one of us.  However, if we do not teach non-violence in our education systems and in our religious institutions, how can we make that choice?

I believe that all faith traditions and secular societies need to work together and teach the way of non-violence as a way of living, also as a political science and means for bringing about social and political change wherever we live.

A grave responsibility lies with the different religious traditions to give spiritual guidance and a clear message, particularly on the questions of economic injustice, ‘armed resistance‘, arms, militarism and war.

As a Christian living in a violent ethnic political conflict in Northern Ireland, and caught between the violence of the British army and the Irish Republican Army, I was forced to confront myself with the questions, ‘do you ever kill?’ and ‘is there such a thing as a just war?’.

During my spiritual journey I reached the absolute conviction that killing is wrong and that the just war theory is, in the words of the late Fr. John L. McKenzie, “a phony piece of morality”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_L._McKenzie
I became a pacifist because I believe every human life is sacred and we have no right to kill each other. When we deepen our love and compassion for all our brothers and sisters, it is not possible to torture or kill anyone, no matter who they are or what they do.

I also believe that Jesus was a pacifist and I agree with McKenzie when he writes: “if we cannot know from the New Testament that Jesus rejected violence absolutely, then we can know nothing of Jesus’ person or message. It is the clearest of themes.”

For the first three hundred years after Christ, the early Christian communities lived in total commitment to Jesus’s non-violence. Sadly, for the next 1700 years, Christian mainline churches have not believed, taught or lived Jesus’s simple message: love your enemies, do not kill.

During the last 1700 years, Christians have moved so far away from the Christic life of non-violence that we find ourselves in the terrible dilemma of condemning one kind of homicide and violence while paying for, actively participating in or supporting homicidal violence and war on a magnitude far greater than that which we condemn in others.

There is indeed a longstanding defeat in our theology. To help us out of this dilemma, we need to hear the full gospel message from our Christian leaders.

We need to reject the ‘just war’ theology and develop a theology in keeping with Jesus’ non-violence.

Some Christians believe that the ‘just war’ theory can be applied and that they can use violence – that is, ‘armed struggle/armed resistance’ – or can be adopted by governments to justify ongoing war.

It is precisely because of this ‘bad’ theology that we need, from our spiritual or religious leaders, a clear message and an unambiguous proclamation that violence is not the way of Jesus, violence is not the way of Christianity, and that armaments, nuclear weapons, militarism and war must be abolished and replaced with a more human and moral way of solving our problems without killing each other.


By Mairead Maguire

Controlling the Narrative

Controlling the Narrative''




It is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog

This axiom is soon going to be put to the test in the United States. While many of the 260+ command level officers fired by Obama are informing many of us in the media about the current state of affairs, they are not on the record. Other than self-preservation, the major reason why these former military commanders are not on the record is because some of them are involved in planning a guerrilla war against the occupation forces commanded by this administration under the auspices of DHS. All of  my sources state that the coming civil war will be a guerrilla war and it will be prolonged.

Why the Coming Civil War Will Be a Guerrilla War

There are a total of 1,455,375 active personnel in the US military. The United States has over 200,000 troops stationed in 144 countries. These 200,000 men and women will not likely be a factor in the coming conflict and will prove to be in grave danger in the coming conflict.
http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/us-military-overextended-overseas

I constantly have former military write to my website and proclaim their allegiance to the Constitution and pledge to destroy all enemies both foreign and domestic. I do not doubt their resolve or courage, however, there are not 30 million combat ready veterans who would be ready to fight as they frequently claim. There are only 1.8 million veterans who are under the age of 35, which would be the prime fighting age for any resistance force. This means that in the best case scenario, that any resistance that the occupation forces could muster would consist of about 2.5 million men who have combat training in both our active duty personnel and our veterans. The mere size of the army that the Chinese could muster, in addition to the DHS, and the Russians, would dwarf any force that the American people could place on the battlefield. And if the confrontation came following a power grid take down, the odds would be worse.http://www.infoplease.com/spot/veteranscensus1.html

The only choice that this country would have to resist the coming occupation and genocidal purge would be to make the war a guerrilla war.

The Sides Are Drawn

The coming civil war will consist of the present administration , the DHS, the Chinese, and the Russians versus the American military and the American people.

Could a guerrilla war succeed? Is America equipped to fight a guerrilla war?

http://josephfreedomoranarchy.blogspot.com/2013/12/stage-one-of-american-guerrilla-war-is.html

http://josephfreedomoranarchy.blogspot.com/2014/04/to-arms-blueprint-for-american-patriot.html

http://josephfreedomoranarchy.blogspot.com/2014/01/can-m-16s-defeat-f-16s-in-coming-civil.html

Four Types of Conflict

Military strategists identify four levels of conflict; (1) nuclear war is the trump card of all conflicts; (2) conventional warfare; (3) guerrilla warfare; and, (4) terrorism.
http://thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/07/01/americas-coming-guerrilla-war/

Terrorism is the least preferred option by any insurgent group. With terrorism, there is absolutely no hope of final victory because territory is never occupied. For that reason, nobody aspires to engage in terrorism if they have a viable alternative and the American people do have a choice given how well armed we are. However, terrorism arising out of a defeated guerrilla force is a distinct possibility as it would represent American guerrilla’s fallback position should they be defeated.

Please allow me to make one point perfectly clear, all of us, in these dire circumstances will be front line participants. Being a sheep will not ensure survival, it will only mean that you will die like a sheep. Most Americans will be targets of the occupation forces as the MIAC Report which labeled Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Second Amendment Supporters, Ron Paul Supporters, veterans and now Christians as domestic terrorists. Does it make a little more sense as to why DHS made these bold proclamations as to who is a  domestic terrorist?

DHS understands and has demonstrated their understanding of these facts and has also prepared for what I just wrote about in the previous paragraph.

Can a Guerrilla War Succeed?

Guerrilla warfare, for most of human history, is not new. Tribal war, which traditionally pits one guerrilla force against another, is the oldest form of warfare. The new “conventional” form of warfare, which pits guerrillas against “conventional” forces, is more recent as it arose in Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323596204578243702404190338.html

The good news for future American freedom fighters is that guerrilla war has been getting more successful since 1945, but unfortunately guerrilla fighters still lose most of the time. An analysis of past conflicts featuring guerrilla war, reveals that only 25% of guerrilla forces, out of 443 such conflicts since 1775, were successful. The government prevailed almost 64% of the time with the remainder of the conflicts ended in a stalemate. Conversely, since the end of WWII, the percentage of success for guerrilla forces has indeed gone up to 39.6%. Yet that still means that government forces have continued to prevail 51% of the time.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323596204578243702404190338.html

When the American people engage in a guerrilla war in the upcoming years, the people have less than a 40% chance of success.

Guerrilla wars are rarely short and as a result do not favor the American culture and our collective psyche of instant gratification. When Americans flip the switch on the wall, we expect the light to come on. Will Americans set aside their entitlements as well as their entrenched soft lifestyle and rise to the occasion? Only time will tell.

Successful Guerrilla War


The Vietnamese culture with an external locus of control predominating the people in which the group is more important than the individual is the perfect mindset for guerrilla fighters. This could prove to be the American rebels biggest challenge because guerrilla warfare is not something that one does like driving over a speed bump. It is a way of life, a very hard way of life filled with misery, extreme sacrifice and unspeakable losses.
http://josephfreedomoranarchy.blogspot.com/2014/04/to-arms-blueprint-for-american-patriot.html

Successful guerrilla leaders such as Lawrence of Arabia, Mao, Castro and Giap all concur that there are three phases of any guerrilla war. However, before the phases can unfold there are two preconditions which must be met.

The first condition which is a prerequisite for guerrilla war, is based upon the fact that there has to be a decisive battle for the belief systems of the people as a whole. The globalists have invested billions of dollars in order to dominate the mainstream media. On the other side is the independent media. Both sides are vying for control of the belief systems of the country.

There are two very distinct ideologies playing out today in the court of public opinion. On one hand, the future rebels are adept at exposing the loss of national sovereignty and civil liberties every chance they get. Conversely, the globalist dominated media is spending billions of dollars to convince the masses that there is no such thing as a conspiracy theory and despite some governmental incompetence, the government loves and protects its people. And the globalists are being somewhat effective. Have you ever noticed that when you are describing a globalist inspired conspiracy such as what happened at Benghazi, and no matter how well documented your position is, that your audience frequently responds with “you must be one of these conspiracy theorists.” Our facts are rarely attacked because they are accurate, but the idea of the existence of any kind of conspiracy is what gets challenged. This kind of programming coming from the media is brilliant and effective. Who is winning this war of words? The jury is still out, but the unmistakable conclusion is that the ideological battle lines for the upcoming conflict have clearly been drawn.

The globalists sell the sheep on the notion that we have to control you to protect you (from a threat of our creation), and the other side is saying, “we will take our chances, give us freedom.”

The second precondition which must be met prior to descending into guerrilla war consists of both sides engaging in an arms race. In response to the Obama administration’s threat of seizing our guns for the false flag events of the Aurora Batman massacre and Sandy Hook, Americans went on a gun-buying frenzy which continues to this day. DHS has engaged in their own arms buildup as they have purchased 2.2 billion rounds of ammunition to go with 2700 new armored personnel carriers and that is not all. The federal government has invested in 30,000 drones, super soldier robots and intelligence gathering techniques which are mind-blowing.

The Instruments of Oppression






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russians invade mcdonaldsThe architect of the Viet Cong Resistance, Vo Nguyen Giap, once said that the war against the French, and later against the Americans was a “People’s War”. The center of gravity is always the people. This isn’t only the center of gravity of the enemy but also the center of gravity of one’s own forces. The “hearts and minds” of the people decide the victor in any “People’s War”.



Vo Nugyen Giap



Vo Nugyen Giap Giap further proclaimed that, “The war of liberation of the Vietnamese people proves that, in the face of an enemy as powerful as he is cruel, victory is possible only by uniting the whole people within the bosom of a firm and wide national united front based on the worker-peasant alliance.”(The Military Art of People’s War, p. 97-98).



 Using fear is the key to motivating the people to fight”.  General Giap


Giap tells us that fear of the oppressor is a strong ally. Tell your neighbors about DHS and their 2.2 billion rounds of ammunition and their 2700 armored personnel carriers. Speak about the Civilian Inmate Labor Program. Let people know they can be snatched off the street without due process under the NDAA. Talk to your friends about the detention camps and the Wackenhut buses that will take you there along with the trains containing shackles. Ask your neighbors how we can pay off $238 trillion dollars in unfunded mandates?  Make your friends see that a currency collapse is imminent.

The globalists have invented another term to complement the term “conspiracy theorist” and that term is fear-monger. If one tries to alert the public as to the dangers which lie in front of us, you are labeled a “fear-monger”.

It is time to scare the excrement out our fellow countrymen because these threats are real and they are life-threatening for the majority. Fact-based fear and repetition of the message are our best friends in terms of driving the public to our side. Subsequently, when Phase Two of the guerrilla war commences, we have the support of the people. However, don’t waste time on the hard core sheep among us. We do not need a majority to wage a successful guerrilla war.

Giap and his colleagues were brilliant at couching their words in such a way as to demonize his enemies, thus drawing closer support from the people. Notice his use of the term “The People’s War.” The “people” already resent the elite because they know that they are not and never will be part of the elite.

Average people understand that the golden rule is based upon those who have the gold, get to make the rules. Giap was a master at turning envy into resentment and then into hatred. People emote before they act. Consequently, we in the alternative media need to continue to appeal to the emotions of the people.

Remember, the use of the term “people” builds a sense of collective identity that is needed in every successful revolution. Therefore, fellow patriots, every word coming out of your mouth must speak of these problems in the collective. It is us vs. them, not black vs. white, gay vs. straight, citizen vs. illegal. The latter conflicts are the creation of the globalists to distract us while they continue to enslave us. This is class warfare and you need to pound the message into people’s head that the leaders of the major corporations pay no tax and you work until June of each year paying off your debt to this criminal government.

If you are talking to your friends about baseball, the weather and your child’s report card, do not fail to drop in a zinger about the globalists.  

Winning the Minds of the People 

The late Colonel David Hackworth, a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran, once told PBS that he knew very early on, that if the US was going to win the Vietnam War, they had to win the people. The French made the mistake of ignoring the people and the Americans committed the same mistake. The Viet Minh and later the Viet Cong won the hearts and the minds of the people and thus, won each guerrilla conflict.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/peoplescentury/episodes/guerrillawars/hackworthtranscript.html

Hackworth related the following metaphor in his PBS interview, “The guerrilla is the fish and the people are the water. If you want to kill the fish, you remove the water. If you want to kill the guerrilla, you remove the people, because they find all kinds of assistance, medical help, they put out the booby-traps, they provide the intelligence and they provide the trail-watchers. They are the sea in which the guerrilla swims.”

Conclusion

The “People” should commence a letter writing campaign to every friend and relative in the military and the message should be very blunt and very simple: “We need you to save us from the banksters who have hijacked our government”. The Nazi’s used to say that if one told a big enough lie, often enough, it would be believed. The same works for the truth. Remember, we do not need the size of the military as much as we need their technology. However, if you want to gain access to their technology which could stand up to the superior technology controlled by DHS, we need the military.



by Dave Hodges

Saturday, December 20, 2014

IT IS TIME FOR A CHRISTIAN VALUES PARTY

IT IS TIME FOR A CHRISTIAN VALUES PARTY



Like so many others, I have been warning for quite some time that the Republican Party is a fraud. I began to see through the facade about a dozen years ago.

The American political world is a two-card Monte. The Hegelian Dialectic calls it “thesis/anti-thesis”. In a nutshell, the Hegelian Dialectic is a process whereby the ends are played against the middle.

It is like the teeter-totter you played on as a kid. Weight on one end makes the opposite end rise. The goal is to get the board balanced which can only be accomplished by adding and removing weight from the ends of the board.

This is the way the American political system works. Democrats/liberals are the counterweight to Republicans/conservatives. The constant teetering gives the impression of movement, but the status quo rarely changes. This has never been more evident than what has occurred in Congress since Obama was ‘handed his hat’ in the mid-term elections; except nothing has really changed. The teeter has tottered to Republican control of the Congress, yet the policies that Obama has pushed forward still remain in place. The two-party system was designed to be easily controlled. Money is in charge in Washington. Both the Republican’s and the Democrat’s wheels have been greased, ensuring smooth operation of the whole contrived charade.

Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws.” —Mayer Rothschild

Politics is nothing more than manipulation. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Now they are talking about a tussle between Bush-Clinton in 2016. Has it ever dawned on you that there are royal families in Washington? Bush/Clinton replaced the Kennedys who replaced the Roosevelts who are controlled by the Rockefellers, Rothchilds, Chases, and the rest of the ruling elite.

Folks, please understand that the Central Banks rule America. The good ole U. S. of A. is in default to the Federal Reserve. No matter which party is in control, things will not change because the bankers control both parties. Voting has become futile. Boehner and McConnell are owned by the same folks that own Pelosi and Reid. The elections are merely a teeter totter where the balance of power moves from one end to the other.

The CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), Bilderbergers, and the NWO are real. We don't want to believe that, because accepting that brings with it a sense of futility and despair. Republicans and Democrats are the counter-balance that gives the appearance of self-government. After all, we get to vote…don't we?

It doesn't matter who votes...it matters who counts the votes.” —Joseph Stalin.

I spoke to a gathering of Tea Party leaders recently, and I told them that they must break away from the Republican Party. The two-party system is essential to the enslavement of ‘We the People’. The Tea Party will not be able to take control of the Republican Party, and Christians must do the same while realizing that they aren’t leaving the Republican Party…the Republican Party left them!

I love the Tea Party and the patriotic Americans that work to restore America to its foundational roots. They have truly made a difference in the past five years. But the Tea Party brand is dead. The Republicans and the Democrats, along with the media, have teamed up to do everything they can to tarnish their image. Both parties hate the Tea Party. That alone should tell us something.

Unfortunately, the Tea Party does not have a common vision. They love to rally around the term ‘liberty’, but that is not a strong enough bond. Liberty can mean different things to different people. That is why the Tea Party has such a broad spectrum of beliefs. The Libertarian streak that runs through the party is the poison pill that prevents greater victories.

To one person, liberty means the right to be free from government regulations and edicts, the right to carry a gun, and the freedom to worship God as one pleases. But to others, liberty means the right to abort a baby, the right to marry the same sex, the right to use drugs, and the removal of the Christian God as the standard of all morality.

Most Christians do not want to be part of a liberty movement where marriage and life are not sacred values. Without the Bible, what standard of right and wrong will America adopt? From the foundation of this land, God was the ‘decider’ of what is right and wrong. The Constitution is non-religious, but it is built upon the foundation of Biblical standards.

Muslims are welcome here, but should the values they hold supersede or replace our nation’s traditional values? Do their religious beliefs trump the laws of America? Does the Constitution give them the right to perform honor killings of their children? Of course not! Our laws are based upon the Bible. The Bible teaches that murder is wrong.

If we want to save this nation, we must engage in the political debate with unashamed, Christian values. The Republicans mouth the values, but they don't truly believe in them. Do John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership exemplify and codify into law Biblical values? Of course not! Why do we elect Republicans to be the standard bearers of Christian beliefs? Why don't we start electing openly Christian officials who will unashamedly fight for Christian values?

Who speaks for you, Mr. Christian? Who puts the Gospel at the top of their platform, Mrs. Christian? Karl Rove? Chris Christie? Jeb Bush? Why do we expect them to support principles they themselves do not believe in? To the Republicans, Christians are nothing more than a voting block (or should I say, stumbling block?).

A strong Christian values party with unashamed Christian leaders would draw from many different constituencies. Blacks are Christians. Whites are Christians. The young are Christians. The elderly are Christians. We must help them realize that only Christ and His precepts can ultimately bring true liberty. A nation cannot survive without a clear standard of right and wrong.

I know many cradle-Democrats who will never vote Republican. Heck, I don't even vote Republican. But the false labels of ‘liberal/conservative’ and ‘Republican/Democrat’ divide Christians and diffuse the power. The ballot-box ends up keeping us all bound in slavery.

Pastors could lead the charge. It would help them because they would not be forced to take sides during the political season. They could proudly tell their flocks that they vote for the Christian Party. It is time to stop worrying about who is President. Let's begin to focus on who represents us in Congress.

How many actual Christians are there in Congress today? What would it look like if the House of Representatives was 145 Democrats, 145 Republicans, and 145 Christians? What if the Senate was 33 Democrats, 34 Republicans, and 33 Christians? Jesus told us to “come out from among them and be ye separate.” Let's stop letting the Republicans speak for the Body of Christ.

The Tea Party has shown that grassroots activism can work, but the impact will be diminished if we cast our lot with the leadership of McConnell, Boehner and their ilk. A Christian Party would force the RINOS to compromise with us.

It is time for the Tea Party to stop catering to the libertarians. Let's put Jesus and His values at the top of the ticket, and unashamedly stand for the God we claim to serve.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Would Jesus put His trust in the Republican Party? No? Then why should Christians?



By Coach Dave Daubenmire
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