WTF 11/18.. Terrorism…

 

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Terrorism is a four letter word that isn’t spelled with four letters.

We need to find a way to combat it… WTF doesn’t have that answer… but… today I will talk about it in one form or another throughout a large part of the column…

All I can ask from all who read my words is to think for yourselves…

A word…

joe1I need to make a comment on an issue that has been something of a bone of contention among various folks on various social media sites…

And it seems we will have to disagree on a certain point…

What point?

This one… some of us have chosen to color our icons on social media sites… me on Facebook… with the French Tricolors… the colors on their flag…

Some of us have decided not to do so.

And, that’s fine…

My showing the French colors is my way to be in sympathy with the French and for the people who are suffering from loved ones lost.

I also flew the American flag from my car after 9/11… Not as any patriotic move…

(… although I do think of myself to be a common sense kind of a patriot and thus as patriotic as the next guy… mind ya, not your right wing nut nutso America Love it or Leave type… but… a person who thinks America for all of its faults… all of its warts and pimples… and other imperfections… is damn okay…)

…but as a show of solidarity, and, that as an American citizen, I felt the pain of all those who suffered during that horrendous day of terrorist murder…

…that is… I flew it right until that bastard Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld invaded Iraq on false pretenses.

Now, I wish to show to all who see my icon, that, I also feel solidarity and sympathy for the French people.

It is just a small token of my sympathy, but, right now, it is all that I have… so, it is what I chose to do.

I have other friends and acquaintances who have chosen not to change their icons for various reasons and that is fine… I know they mourn or show sympathy in other ways. Or maybe they don’t… and ya’ll know what? That’s fine, too. They have their reasons and I respect that.

I am, as always, yours in peace… may it someday come…

Now… then…

…the following may seem in complete contradiction of what I just said, but, I think it is not…

Before, I continue further with WTF musings let me point out something that I think has fallen by the wayside…

We cried for Paris but who cries for Beirut?

On November 12, 43 Lebanon citizens died and at least 200 were wounded and/or hospitalized.

Why? Because of twin ISIS suicide bombers…isis beirut

Most media reports said it was in a so-called Hezbollah stronghold but in reality the explosions occurred in close proximity to each other and were essentially in a swarming open market area in the southern fringe of the city… really in neighborhood areas where Lebanese men, women and children congregated to shop, to eat, to converse, to worship, to live as people… not any Hezbollah “soldiers” or fighters…

The first bomber targeted a Shia Muslim place of worship, aka Hussainia, on the last day of the month of Muharram, when Shia Muslims mourn the death of Ali, who is a venerated historical figure in their faith.

Adel Tormos, who was worshipping inside the Hussainia, when the bomber attempted to enter, stopped the terrorist from getting into the crowded place of worship… he and a young daughter were killed when the suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest outside instead.

He was a hero…

How many knew his name before I it wrote here?

The second bomb struck some seven minutes after the first… in videos from the scene, screams of panic and shock from the first murderous explosion can be heard, as the second ignites. All told the aforementioned 43 people were murdered and another 200 or so folks were injured… many seriously.

How many knew that before I wrote it here?

So, it was on February 14, 2015 when most of us were waking from warm beds in the US… there were 128 innocent people dead in Paris, France… and there were 43 innocent people dead in Beirut, Lebanon.lebanon flag

Yet I have no seen anyone… including myself… posting on Facebook with their icons shaded by the colors of green, white and red… the colors of Lebanon’s flag… or… maybe shaded with a green cedar tree… which appears on the flag of Lebanon as a symbol of holiness, eternity and peace…

Funny about that, huh?

And to be sure the media did cover the Beirut bombings… The New York Times covered it as did the Washington Post, and the Economist…. Daily Mail… CNN… and many TV news broadcasts… but as one piece I read said… there’s coverage and then there is coverage… The writer made the point… “On November 14, the New York Times dedicated a huge banner headline and nearly its entire front page to the Paris attacks. On November 13… well, don’t bother looking for their Beirut story…. they had one, but it ran on page A6.”

After the ISIS terrorists did their murderous deeds, Lebanese people lit candles during a vigil at the site of the two suicide bombings that occurred… and… Palestinians and International activists held the flags of Palestine, France and Lebanon during a rally in front of the Nativity church in Bethlehem.tribute-bethlehem-victims-terror-attacks

But…  as the Paris shootings made headlines worldwide… the fact is after people died and were left bloody in the streets of Beirut on November 12th… there was no world wide condemnation… oh; to be sure, there was some smatterings of outrage…

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam condemned the attacks as ‘unjustifiable’ and called for unity against ‘plans to create strife’ in the country. Regional powers including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan condemned the attack… and… ironically… French President Francois Hollande, on Friday, called it “despicable”… but… there were no worldwide statements expressing sympathy with the Lebanese people… no global outrage that innocent people’s blood was shed… or of families being torn asunder… not even a Bamster comment issued about how despicable it was what ISIS had did in Beirut, as he did so easily for Paris… for France…we stand with Paris

In fact, the only comment issued from the US of note was from Everett Stern, a Pennsylvania elephant candidate for the senate, who twittered “I support any attack on Hezbollah or ISIS. That includes the attack launched today against Hezbollah in Lebanon”… and… “Good news!!! I hope Hezbollah terrorists were killed. news.yahoo.com/twin-blasts-he… Twin suicide blasts kill 41 in Hezbollah bastion in Beirut.”

He later posted that he didn’t support innocent people being killed in Beirut, but, funny how that was an afterthought rather than forethought…

A part of the problem is maybe we have become inured… and maybe even jaded… to the violence in the Mideast… or maybe when violence happens in places like Paris it is just closer… closer to home… so we stand up and take notice and express outrage… but… murder is murder and bloodshed is bloodshed and terrorism is terrorism no matter where it happens or how often it happens… no matter whether it is ISIS.. ISIL.. Daesh… or… any other murderous terrorist group… past… present… or from the future to yet take place.

But, the real fact is, as far as the media and many of us… ourselves… are concerned, it isn’t news… what happened in Beirut… it just ain’t news any more.Beirut Paris

It’s now just a few inches of column space… or maybe just lines of print… to be relegated to the middle pages of whatever rag is chosen to be read over the morning croissants and coffee…

And… ya know that’s a sad commentary on what’s going on in  this damn world of ours… we have come to accept murder and bloodshed as a part of our lives…  unless… unless it is so shocking that it forces us to stand up and notice…

So, we cried and prayed for Paris but who cries and prays for Beirut?

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 STFU…

Whether, we all think France deserves some sort of mass public display of sympathetic attention is open to discussion but I think for the most part we all can agree when peeps is at a public place… like being at Madison Square Garden to see a hockey match between the Rangers and the Maple Leafs… and… the PA announcer dude calls for everyone to please rise for a moment of silence and then there is a playing of the French national anthem in remembrance of those lost to the terrorist attacks that peeps should do so, just because it is the respectful thing to do.MSG

That is unless you are the guy who thought it was cool during the moment of silence to chant “Let’s Go Rangers.”

Proof positive that even when we try to show some respect and decency to folks who were involved in something horrible that there are still those that are ignorant and lower than the slime on the underbelly of a slug gnawing on your rotting garden crops.

At least a few people in attendance at the game told the moron to STFU… while other folks groaned at the slime balls lack of common sense and decency. .

But, NYC doesn’t hold exclusive claim to harboring insensitive boobs as fans…

During a moment of silence at Lambeau Field before Sunday’s Packers/Lions game some other shit for brains ass shouted out an anti-Muslim comment.

Aaron Rodgers in postgame comments later said… “I think it’s important to do things like that, we’re a connected world, you know… six degrees of separation. I must admit, though, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate during the moment of silence. It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world.”aaron

Rodgers wouldn’t repeat what he heard… however at least one “Muslims suck!” could be clearly heard over the TV broadcast that was airing as an American flag was unfurled across the field and the moment of silence was being held. Other folks also came out on social media outlets and said they heard comments that said stuff like  “Death to Muslims” and “Muslims suck.” And there was even a number of fans who tried to begin a “Go Pack Go” cheer but they were emit with other fans who shouted back… “Have some respect.”

At least one media report I read said… “Whatever was said, if Rodgers heard a prejudiced comment, he should be commended for speaking out against it. And any fan who would take a moment of silence and turn it into an opportunity to spread bigotry should be ashamed.”

I concur… and I only got one thing to add…

Karma is a bitch and somewhere down the line I hope it meets you in some dark corner of your reality when you least expect it.

Anonymous rising…

The online vigilante group Anonymous has vowed to wage cyber-war against ISIS… A member of the group was on a recent YouTube and speaking in French told the world… and isis… “Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared. Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down. You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you. The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.”Anonymous

And then on Twitter the group sent out a threatening tweet to Daesh… aka ISIS… they said… “We’re also better hackers,” and “There will be nothing left” of any online ISIS propaganda sites after Anonymous finishes with them.

And… ya’ll know what? I betcha these Anonymous peeps are a lot more successful at disrupting the evil that these ISIS peeps do than all the kings horses and all the kings men put together who are gonna be sent to try to kill all them ISIS terrorists that be waging war on all of the rest of the world.

War is not the answer…

Listen up… agree with me or not… but all them elephant prez candidates calling for war because of what all happened in Paris? They are in a word… insane. Putting 40,000 boots… or whatever number they are calling for… on the ground and trying to bomb ISIS back to the stone age ain’t gonna do a damn thing in the end except lose us a bunch of good men and women and kill a lot of innocent people over there… both military and civilians. Vietnam all over again…

And all that will happen is this… ISIS will just rise up somewhere else and all we will be left with are a bunch of full up cemeteries… and walking wounded…

This is what the Bamster had to say…obama

“As I listen to those who suggest something else needs to be done, typically the things they suggest need to be done are things that we are already doing. The one exception is that there had been a few who suggested that we should put large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground. And it is not just my view, but the view of my closest military and civilian advisers that that would be a mistake. Not because our military could not march into Mosul or Raqqa or Ramadi and temporarily clear out ISIL, but, because we would see a repetition of what we’ve seen before. Which is, if, you do not have local populations that are committed to inclusive governance and who are pushing back against ideological extremes that they resurface unless we’re prepared to have a permanent occupation of these countries.”

I agree with what the man said…

If, we get involved in putting up to 100,000 soldiers in the Mideast to fight ISIS, as one elephant candidate suggested, all we will do is get stuck in another big muddy and waste billions of billions of dollars and countless lives…

This is not to say we don’t need to do something but an all out war is not the answer to combat ISIS… but… did we learn nothing from our involvement in Vietnam?

I ain’t a gonna kill nobody…

“I took a bath this morning in six war speeches and a sprinkle of peace. Looks like everybody is declaring war against the forces of force. That’s what you get for building up a big war machine. It scares your neighbors into jumping on you and then of course they themselves have to use force, so you are against their force and there are against yours. Looks like the ring has been drawed and the marbles are all in. The millionaires has throwed their silk hats and our last set of drawers in the ring. The fuse is lit and the cannon is set and somebody is in for a frailin. I would like to see every soldier, on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle your kit, lay down your rifle, and, set down at the side of some shady lane, and, say nope, I ain’t a gonna kill nobody. Plenty of rich folks wants to fight. Give them the guns.”

From Woody Sez… a collection of articles written for the “Peoples World”

And… this last ISIS thought… maybe…

Surprise: Defending ISIS isn’t good politics.

A Minnesota state House candidate abruptly ended his campaign Sunday…

ANd why was that?

He tweeted the previous day… “ISIS isn’t necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though.”

Dan Kimmel, a Democratic candidate, immediately tried backtracking…  dan-kimmel

First…

He tweeted… “I deplore the evil acts of ISIS. I do not defend their acts,”

Then on his website, he said the tweet “was in response to a statement made during the candidate debates, not in response to the activities in Paris. It was poorly worded and did not convey my intent.”

Then, he finally faced reality… and added…  “I am folding up my campaign tent.”

And so goes another fool who opened his mouth and spoke the first words he thought of without thinking…  so, goes the war…

The gay parenting debate…

Utah’s Seventh District Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen issued an order during a routine “permanency” hearing three months after a married lesbian couple took an infant into their home as foster parents and it essentially said… the foster child was would be removed from their care because the baby girl would be better off with a straight couple.

Johansen said research shows that children living with heterosexual parents turn out better than those with same-sex couples…Utah-Judge

Needless to say, the hue and cry was voluminous and vociferous after that ruling… even Utah elephant governor Gary Herbert called the ruling “puzzling” during a Thursday news conference.

The Division of Child and Family Service immediately field a motion to stay the order, the first of its kind in the state since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June. And, the biological mother’s lawyer also plans to appeal the decision…

The couple called the order to take away the 1-year-old girl in seven days “heartbreaking”  and one of  the woman  added  “It’s not fair and it’s not right and it just hurts me really badly because I haven’t done anything wrong. (The judge)  said through his research he had found out that kids in homosexual homes don’t do as well as they do in heterosexual homes. When they asked to show his research, he would not.”

News flash… Gay parents are just as good as straight parents… 

While there may be thems that think homosexual parents can’t parent as well as heterosexual parents… it just ain’t true.

Science reporter Joshua Krisch explains in the third episode of Vocativ’s “Junk Science” series that “Every major psychiatric and pediatric organization in the United States now agrees that same-sex parenting is fine for raising children.

He then adds, “Gay parents do not screw up their kids any more than heterosexual parents do… politics aside, children languishing in foster homes right now could really use a couple of moms or a couple of dads to help them out.”

Update…

Judge Scott Johansen reversed his order last week to remove the child from the home of the gay couple and now rules the baby girl can with the married couple.

Seems his ruling came after the couple asked that Johansen be disqualified from the custody case. His honor said while the couple don’t have an yleagl standin I nteh case he will nonetheless step aside from the case.

 April Hoagland, center, and her wife Beckie Peirce after a Utah juvenile judge amended an order to remove the couple’s foster child.
April Hoagland, center, and her wife Beckie Peirce after a Utah juvenile judge amended an order to remove the couple’s foster child.

What the truth really is that after he got his ass kicked by widespread criticism from national gay rights groups, the Republican governor and others including gay rights group who filed a complaint with state judicial officials, and the Alliance for a Better Utah, a watchdog group, who called for state lawmakers to impeach the judge, he came to the conclusion to turn tail and change direction…which means he reversed his prior order and said… “I GIVE.”

Maybe justice was properly served for once even though it took a village of folk to get served.

Excuse me????

Canadian federal judge Robin Camp faces removal from the bench because of comments he made during a rape trial. A 19-year-old woman testified that she was sexually assaulted over a bathroom sink during a house party in 2014.

Camp criticized he woman for not doing more to prevent the violence.

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Federal Court Justice Robin Camp

He asked during cross-examination, “Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?” He also asked, “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

He also was said to have said during the trial, “If you were frightened, you could have screamed” and  “(The victim) certainly had the ability, perhaps learnt from her experience on the streets, to tell (him) to fuck off.”

Camp acquitted the alleged rapist of sexual assault…

… but that ruling was later overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal last month.

Camp says through a statement issued through the Fedral court, that he is very remorseful and sorry for causing “deep and significant pain” to the victim… “To the extent that what I have said discourages any person from reporting abuse, or from testifying about it, I am truly sorry.I  will do all in my power to learn from this and to never repeat these mistakes.”

Ummm… lets hope there is no next time ever because let’s hope his ass is removed from the bench permanently…

This guy is a Cro-Magnon has-been who has no place ever judging another case ever.

This week’s gratuitous pictures…

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Melissa Rauch (35) is an American actress and comedienne.. yep… that’s Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz from the CBS sit-com… The Big Bang Theory…melissa1melissa_rauch_bra_mxm1

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Another thousand words…

 

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… or two…

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  1. By the way… I must correct something I wrote in my column… about noone posting in Facebook and having their icons have any reference to Beirut… I do know of one person who did something… his name is Zac… I applaud him for being conscientious and for caring enough to put the colors of France AND Beirut out there…

  2. Joe — very good post.

    With respect to your comments about everyone bearing arms in the various conflicts laying down their weapons, I was reminded of the 1960’s song by Phil Ochs: “I ain’t a marchin’ any more.”

  3. That was one of three Och’s songs I considered posting… Flower Lady and The War Is Over were the other two…

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