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Feb 17, 2014

The Ethos of Obama's Change

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."  ~   Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

While our freedom has been under siege for quite a while, historians of the future will most likely look back on 2009 as the year that President Obama's pledge to fundamentally transform America would become a reality.  With complete disregard to our constitution and the learned wisdom of nation's forefathers, Obama would sign legislation that would in essence subjugate one of our foremost human rights to the dictates and opinions of other men.   In October of 2009,  President Barack Obama signed into law hate-crime legislation that would criminalize one's very thoughts, thus delivering the coup de grâce for freedom in America.  At that moment and with the stroke of a pen, the ardent deep-held religious beliefs and convictions of millions of Americans would no longer be sacrosanct and the free expression thereof criminal...

Obama's change has brought about a Kafkaesque transmogrification in America where fear is ubiquitous. It is the fear of being ostracized, the fear of reprisal, of retribution, the fear of financial or personal ruin, that have forced Americans from all walks of life to practice self-censorship in every aspect of their daily lives.   It is self-censorship that forces one to choose between their own dignity and self-respect or the safety and security of not only themselves, but of their their friends and family.  It is the worst kind of censorship because it thrives on hypocrisy, sycophancy, and mendacity   It is self-censorship that infringes upon one's freedom of thought, and it is our freedom of thought that serves as the very progenitor of all our other freedoms. There is nothing in this world more destructive to human rights than self-censorship.

Perhaps even more insidious than the law itself is the continued promotion of the fallacy that the purpose of the law is to protect the rights of minorities.   As Ayn Rand so eloquently stated, "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

Obama's actions are not without historical precedent, from the fires of Qin to the the sinking of the Weimar Republic, it is the breach with cultural and religious tradition that is symbolized in a physical act, but as always, the essence of the ongoing revolution is mental.   In the circumstances that we are faced with here it's not just the mental revolution itself but of the profound symbolism of the physical act, for the gay rights movement, this wasn't just another milestone in their campaign for gay rights, this was Barack Obama their ecumenical saviour unsheathing his sword and leading them across the Rubicon.

For a leader to force change upon his people is to lift a sword against them, a sword that's sole purpose is not to preserve life, but to take it.  Having chosen the path of the warrior as opposed to that of the statesman brings us to the bitter realization that the êthos of Obama's fundamental change is not egalitarianism it is totalitarianism.

For Obama's ideologues and the gay rights advocates, having now crossed the Rubicon and being inspired not just by physical act itself, but moreso by the outlawry of it, the revolution has taken on a form of totalitarian intolerance.  A recent example of this totalitarian  intolerance was the lynching of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame for simply expressing his thoughts on homosexuality.  Rather than engaging Mr. Robertson, the left exposed their own bigotry and intolerance by virulently attacking him and demanding that he be silenced.  Kudos to Mr. Robertson for refusing to apostate himself as the left had demanded.  Ironically, this time around, the revolution is not just being televised but downloaded and watched by an audience of millions globally, many who are experiencing freedom for the first time in their lives and who recognize recrudescent totalitarianism when they see it.  Sadly the left, remains oblivious to the fact that the world has been down this path before, and yet the advocates of this perverse militant egalitarianism continue to march on,  led on by Obama's legions of jackbooted apparatchiks.

For Barack Obama, now refusing to lay down his sword,  alea iacta est.   Bolstered by his own unbridled narcissism, Obama now wields his sword with a religious fervour against the rest of the world in the belief that "from the ashes will rise the phoenix of a new spirit" of egalitarianism not only in America but throughout the world. Obama's belief is nothing more than an illusion, for it's only in mythology that a sword can cut through Gordian knots.



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Feb 5, 2014

America's Homosexual Jingoism

Imagine in America that as a precondition to receiving your welfare or social security check, the government demanded and forced you to accept homosexuality and same-sex marriage as a normal way of life or imagine that as a precondition to receiving humanitarian aid you were forced to change your religion.

It's an understatement to say that the majority of Americans would be outraged that the government would have the audacity to do such a thing.   Not only is it unethical, but it is unAmerican.

The ethics and morality of conditional aid aside,  there is something morally incongruous, whereas as a nation we stand for freedom of thought and expression on one hand and then on the other would demand apostasy in return for us granting humanitarian aid or assistance.

It's something that simply can't happen, not in America.

But it is happening and to paraphrase Amon Goeth, "it's policy now".  America's foreign policy.

Foreign aid money is now linked to a nation's acceptance of homosexual rights.  Countries that kowtow to this cultural imperialism and embrace the homosexual lifestyle by accepting same-sex marriage and all that comes with it will be put on the "good list" and will be eligible for humanitarian aid and support.  Those countries that stubbornly refuse to submit to this promiscuous iconoclasm and apostate themselves will be "dealt with" accordingly and will face being denied humanitarian aid.

To summarize that for the millennials .... In an act of cultural terrorism, Barack Hussein Obama a closet fanboi of Bushisms gives the world a good fisting.  "Hey, you're either with us or against us!"

In what Russia's President Vladamir Putin accurately describes as "homosexual propaganda", millions of dollars in United States taxpayer monies are now being spent annually proselytizing the homosexual agenda and same-sex marriage overseas.  Your tax dollars are hard at work paying for gay-themed parties and contests offering expensive gifts like iPad minis to overseas homosexuals.  Incidentally expensive gifts like an iPad mini might serve as a recruitment tool for some poor kid overseas who is confused about his sexuality.  United States embassies and government agencies overseas are urging homosexuals to come out and be confrontational by "promoting self-affirmation, visibility as a social group, and celebrating diversity"  While this confrontational  "in your face" behavior can be seen as instigating the citizens of another country to engage in behavior that can be interpreted as either seditious or crimes of moral turpitude.

Needless to say, the chief obstacles to this policy are the ardent religious beliefs, convictions and traditions of over four billion people throughout the world.  What the Taliban in Bamiyan could never completely destroy with dynamite, the United States and Barack Obama are now determined to destroy with policy.

No one could have ever expected that the day would come when Uncle Sam who once stood as a beacon for freedom and democracy around the world would disturbingly morph into the Grand Inquisitor, but then again no one ever expected the American Inquisition.

In a presidential memorandum President Barack Obama, appropriating the language of human rights, states that  "no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere."

Exactly what those rights are has left much of the world's intelligentsia befuddled.  Attempting to make clear in what can best be described as State Department sophistry Hillary Clinton compared the struggle for gay rights to women's rights and racial equality, and said a country's cultural or religious traditions are no excuse for discrimination, "gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights".

The fallacy in this statement should be self-evident, gay rights and human rights simply can't be conflated.  We all have human rights simply by virtue of us being human, without distinction to one's race, color, creed or sexual proclivities. One is founded in the tenets of moral objectivism and the other moral subjectivism, it's antithesis.  The mere juxtaposition of the two words exposes not only the antithetical nature that exists but the clear understanding that one cannot be promoted without the expense of the other, logic would therefore dictate that gay rights can only be promoted at the expense of human rights.

Before I get to the point of how gay rights have been promoted at the expense of human rights and how the promotion of gay rights inevitably leads to the decline of freedom, it is important to note that homosexuals around the world already have equal rights which are clearly enshrined in the United Nations declaration of human rights.   With regards to marriage, one of the principle complaints of the gays rights movement, is that gays are denied the right to marriage.  This simply isn't true.   The reality is that a homosexual man or woman for that matter, has every right to get married if they choose to do so.  Just not to someone of the same sex.  There is nothing discriminatory here, a homosexual has no more rights and no less rights than a heterosexual with regards to marriage.  By the same token, sibling marriage or getting married to one of your parents is prohibited.  Does a father and daughter who love each other have a right to get married?

Being desirous of certain course of action or simply wanting to do something does not make it a right and certainly not something that requires support at the state level.

"No country should deny people their rights because of who they love...[sic]"  - Is is arrogant sophomoric statements of policy such as this which open up Messieurs Obama and Clinton to derision and disdain abroad and bring shame to our country.

God Help Us.   


 
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Dec 27, 2011

Malaise Then - Apocalypse Now

There is a certain irony I suppose that I would be writing this from the steamy rainswept jungles of the Philippines not too far from where Francis Ford Coppola filmed the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now.   

From the start, Apocalypse Now, the film based on Joseph Conrad's novella, the Heart of Darkness was besieged with problems.  In the steamy Philippine jungle, the staff and crew were struck down with dysentery almost immediately, that together with a typhoon, delays and budget over runs, the film now, perhaps one of the greatest movies ever made was almost never completed. Grossly over budget and delayed countless times, the movie was finally released on 15 August 1979.

Looking back, Colonel Kurtz' final words seem today to be more prophetic than apocalyptic.  

"Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge?  He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision -- he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath:   " 'The horror!   The horror!' "

America's Summer of Madness

It was the summer of 1979, a hot summer plagued by long gas lines and a sense of hopelessness, never-ending that seemed to permeate everything.    That summer our nation would be subjected to Jimmy Carter's infamous "malaise" speech.  The opening lines of which failed to reassure and instead conveyed a man's impotence.     It was as if everything was ending and the cultural decay had hastened.  Chaotic and mad, a film released late that summer entitled "Apocalypse Now" seemed just fitting for the zeitgeist.

So where are we today thirty-two years later?  Has the erosion of our confidence in the future finally destroyed the social and the political fabric of America?   As 2012 approaches how many Americans are confident of what the future holds?

It has been over thirty-two years since and little remains of the film sets at Baler and Caliraya here in the Philippines.  The jungle it seems has a way of forgetting the past.


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Dec 24, 2011

Gimme Shelter

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Dec 4, 2011

Don't Ever Dream Of Freedom

While the international community and much of the world's media has been focused on the so-called "Arab Spring" and on events transpiring across the Middle East, they seem to have turned a blind eye to South East Asia and in particular on West Papua and the plight of the West Papuan's.

There was hope that with President Obama's visit last month, that the United States would take a tougher stance on Indonesia's brutal human rights abuses in West Papua but sadly the people of West Papua are coming to the bitter realization that their cries for freedom and self-determination have fallen on deaf ears.

The only crime of the West Papuan's has been to peacefully raise their national flag and declare independence from Indonesia and for that they have and continue to suffer the wrath of the Indonesian government.

There was a time when the United States supported the West Papuans and their right to self-determination, but it would seem no more.

Less than a month ago this is what Hillary Clinton had to say...

"There needs to be continuing dialogue and political reforms in order to meet the legitimate needs of the Papua people, and we will be raising that again directly and encouraging that kind of approach....[sic]"

Take a look at the video above, this is how Indonesia deals with the West Papuans.  The comments in the video regarding the pig sty deserve a closer examination and give a glimpse into the mindset of the Indonesian soldiers who see the West Papuans, the majority of which are Christians, as infidels.

For the Indonesians, the separatist conflict in West Papua has little to do with state sovereignty and more so to do with religious strife. 

The West Papuans deserve more than noncommittal gobbledygook from America.  They deserve freedom.




Obama:  Throwing Papua Under the Bus
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Nov 11, 2011

Curing Alesha's Lesbianism


Looking at Alesha, it is hard to imagine that she is any different than your typical twenty-something girl, petite with colored auburn hair,  she goes to college during the day and works at Starbucks in the afternoon as a barista, she listens to Lady Gaga on her Ipod and likes to watch CSI Miami on television when she has the time.

Like anyone Alesha has dreams, she dreams of one day becoming a fashion designer... she also dreams of a day when she longer has to live her life in fear.   You see, Alesha likes girls and she lives in Malaysia, a country where her sexual peccadilloes could see her behind bars or worse.

It is not uncommon that Alesha finds herself often preyed upon by vile lecherous policemen and other so-called "authorities".  Poking and grabbing at her, her oppressors feel that she is free game and they snicker among themselves as they offer to cure her of her lesbianism.  If Alesha had enough to fear, she has more now.

The Malaysian state of Malacca has said it will amend its state Islamic enactment to prosecute gays and lesbians by applying the same type of Shariah legal mechanism used against deviant Muslim sects.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said Wednesday 9 November:

“We will revise the current enactment to specifically deal with homosexuals and lesbians in the state, including groups that promote such uncanny sex.”

It was needed, he said, because no specific law at present exists to prosecute such groups.

“We will suggest the enactment to also cover bisexuals and transsexuals,” he said, adding that action could also be taken against any non-governmental organisation promoting and supporting such sexual practices.

“We don’t want such unsavoury culture creeping in and damaging the moral fabric of our society,” Mohd Ali said.

Mohd Ali also attacked the group Sisters in Islam, calling on them to drop the word “Islam” from their name as he claimed they had been “frequently issuing contradicting and confusing statements on Islam”. Sisters in Islam is one of the groups who supported the banned ‘Seksualiti Merdeka’ festival.

Seksualiti Merdeka has been held since 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, and represents a coalition of Malaysian NGOs (including Malaysian Bar Council, SUARAM, Empower, PT Foundation, United Nations, Amnesty International) and individuals. Apart from the annual festival, they also organize workshops, talks, film screenings and letter writings. It was banned by Kuala Lumpur City Hall who vowed to scupper any attempts at reviving or promoting the “immoral” event.



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Nov 5, 2011

Triumph The Dog Poops on #OccupyWallStreet

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Sep 15, 2011

Obama's Attack Watch - Comical or Kafkaesque

Hu Is Watching Yu
While many Americans are laughing at the Attack Watch video now going viral on the web or reading how Obama's ominous threats are "pointless", there are some Americans who are not laughing.

Perhaps someone should ask Gibson Guitar's CEO Henry Juszkiewicz just how funny opposing Barack Obama can be.

It's not like Americans were not warned or did not see this coming, before Obama's Attack Watch there was Fight the Smears where Barack Obama's campaign responded that the president would "respond to any smears forcefully with all means at our disposal".  Sadly there are some Americans who are finding out the hard way just what that means.

I can't help but ask myself if Americans deserving of freedom or liberty when they seem to have lost all respect for it.  Our children are being groped in the nation's airports and now a sitting president is urging his political supporters to spy on and report their fellow citizens.  Where is the outrage?

  
Seriously this is the kind of surreal spy vs. spy crap is something we would expect from some Cold War era totalitarian regime where some poor sod forfeits a kidney for listening to the wrong radio station.

The idea of a government or it's president attempting to restrict freedom of speech and/or inducing and encouraging it's citizens to spy on each other is not representative of a free demographic society respectful of human rights, rather it is the staple of an authoritative and at times totalitarian regime who is unwilling to embrace the principles of freedom or liberty.

Regardless of where Barack Obama was born, he is not an American.  He is an enemy of the State and should be treated as such.


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Aug 10, 2011

We Won't Get Fooled Again

"We'll be fighting in the streets with our children at our feet, And the morals that they worship will be gone. And the men who spurred us on sit in judgment of all wrong. They decide and then the shotgun sings the song. I'll tip my hat to the new constitution."   

'Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who

The prescience in Pete Townshend's words ring true across Britain tonight as  violence rages in London, Birmingham, Liverpool and other cities throughout England.  Impotent to stop the spread of violence the authorities have threatened to use rubber bullets in a sophomoric attempt to establish law and order.  Someone might wish to inform Messiers David Cameron and crew that lead bullets are much more effective.

Ask anyone the reason for the devastating riots and you will get a plethora of reasons ranging from economic uncertainty to racial strife. In a supposed rare glimpse of sobriety a couple of inebriated ladettes share their learned thoughts with the BBC and mumble that they are just showing the rich that "we can do what we want".

Well, score one for the ladettes.  You see this is not about economics or race, but rather relativism.  Reaping what it has sown, England is now discovering  that simple aphorism that cultural relativism inevitably drags moral relativism in it's wake.

Growing up in an environment that eschews moral absolutism and embraces cultural relativism and the "diversity of opinions", these drunken ladettes find themselves cursed now with the inability to distinguish right from wrong, where the truth now becomes subjective depending merely on one's point of view.  This isn't the first time we have seen this, we saw it in the aftermath of Katrina when countless celebrities and liberal politicians defended the actions of the looters and we see it today with a growing tide of politicians such as David Cameron and Barack Obama who believe that a nation's fiscal ineptitude can be rectified simply by fleecing the rich.

It was another politician, John Adams who in 1787 said  - "The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If "Thou shalt not covet" and "Thou shalt not steal" were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free."

In the name of tolerance, diversity and political correctness we have drifted away from God and embraced moral relativism. In our arrogance, we as a society have by "secular edict" decreed that sin no longer exists and moral precepts are unfounded. In complete defiance of the laws of nature and of God we have chosen to live our lives as we see fit and by "choice" - not by what is right and what is wrong.

"I'll tip my hat to the new constitution. Take a bow for the new revolution. Smile and grin at the change all around. Pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday. Then I'll get on my knees and pray We don't get fooled again. Don't get fooled again, no no."




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Aug 8, 2011

It's Not The Hat It's The Woman Wearing The Hat

If you ever visit Vietnam you will see many beautiful and charming Vietnamese ladies wearing the Áo Dài (Vietnamese traditional long dress) and Non La (conical leaf hat, Vietnamese: Nón Lá) walking gracefully along the streets.  While the hats are worn by both sexes, it is the Vietnamese woman who epitomizes it.

Vietnam's conical straw hat or the nón lá has its origin, coming from a legend related to the history of rice growing in Vietnam. The story is about a giant woman from the sky who has protected mankind from a deluge of rain. She wore a hat made of four round shaped leaves to guard against all the rain. After the Goddess was gone,  the Vietnamese built a temple to commemorate her as the Rain-shielding Goddess.

The conical straw hats are used elsewhere throughout Southeast Asia, but they are not as common as they are in Vietnam.  The hats are mostly worn in other countries by farmers and those working in the rice paddies.  Since I've been living in Southeast Asia I have heard the hat refered to in many different ways, a straw hat, an Asian hat, a palm frond hat, a coolie hat but I never heard the hat referred to in any offensive way until today.

In a post entitled Does American Apparel's Ching Chong Hat Offend You?  the website Racialicious asks readers if they find the wearing of the hat by Americans as offensive.  The irony of which apparently eludes Latoya Peterson the editor and owner of the site.  With a website though entitled Racialicious one might think that both the author and Ms. Peterson would be a bit more sensitive considering. 

Remember, it is not the hat, its the woman wearing the hat, and come to think of it, yes Ms. Peterson you would look offensive wearing it.



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