Category Archives: Current Event

I am certainly no historian, but I do pay attention to the current events that I consider to be impactful. With that said, I offer this concerning the current political divide in America.

Bush/Gore

In my estimation, the great divide we our witnessing today began to manifest itself in the 2000 Bush/Gore election. The Democrats were so angered over the loss of that election that, by my observation, they were scarcely ever able to get on board with Bush. Sure, 911 brought some working together, but legitimacy was never extended to Bush. Then, came Obama. Never have we seen a President so bent on undoing America, nor one who was so successful at it. The right was unable to accept him. Then, as far as the pendulum had swung to the left, it swung to the right with Donald Trump. Unless you are in a coma, you can see just how shamefully the left is rejecting him. It all started in earnest with the Gore loss.

Three Parties

The wrestling together and haggling that we see happening in the Republican Party right now is what we used to see happening between Democrats and Republicans. So, in effect, we have a three party system: the far left, and two wings of conservatives.

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Ellen DeGeneres: Caitlyn Jenner Gay Marriage Stance Is ‘Confusing’

Ok, so let me get this straight: the Olympian Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner, who changed his name to Caitlyn in order to express himself as a woman is being criticized by the lesbian Ellen DeGeneres because he is a traditionalist when it comes to marriage and seems to have a problem with gay marriage. Hmm…Jenner’s stance is “confusing” you say. Hmm . . . (guy has a male body but expresses himself as a woman to another woman who is married to a woman and thinks Jenner is hung up on the word marriage . . .) Yeah, I’d say there’s some confusion going on here.

 

Source: Ellen DeGeneres: Caitlyn Jenner Gay Marriage Stance Is ‘Confusing’

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Most Muslims Are Peaceful?

I am so tired of hearing diplomatic journalists and politicians declare that most Muslims are peaceful. That’s what they say in order to appear fair-minded and avoid the tolerance police. When was the last time you heard any Muslim speak out passionately against radical Islam? image

Of course you can find peaceful Muslims. When you are in the minority being peaceful is wise. What happens when the balance changes? What happens when the balance changes in America? If somehow ISIS was able to take control of America, what would the average American Muslim do? Where would they stand?

Modern American bleeding heart acceptance of everything and everybody (Christianity and Christians excluded) is creating a Trojan Horse that someday will open and reveal that the enemy is all around us!

How safe is any person who works with an “evangelistic” Muslim? Is there a guarentee that they will not lose their heads?

I have never seen times like these!

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The Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series? Really? Are you kidding me?

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I guess I have been asleep! It’s not like I am not all over things like this when I see them, but since I pay little attention to tennis, I missed this one! Here’s the official line from the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series website:

Now in its ninth season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open.  Fans follow the action throughout the summer during national broadcast coverage while players battle for $40 million, including a chance for bonus prize money at the US Open.  The Series collectively reached a U.S. television audience of 39 million and drew more than 800,000 on-site fans in 2011.  In 2012, Emirates Airline became the title sponsor of the Series, as well as the official airline of the US Open. 

Could someone please tell me why the U.S. Open Series is sponsored by Emirates Airlines? Emirates Airline is based in Dubai! I understand that they are also located in the United States as is every other international airline you can think of. And as a result, I can understand that various international companies might be called upon to sponsor an event that features international players. But for nine years it has been the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series! Really? The image this portrays is simply intolerable to me! (Again, I am sorry that I never caught this before -z z z z z z!) If someday there is a truly American company that depicts itself as Muslim or Arabic, so be it if we arrive at that point. But this is an Arab company headlining as the chief sponsor of a major American sporting event! Are there really no American companies, born and bred in America that could step up and sponsor the U.S Open Series? Was this decision a purely financial one: to sell-out our patriotism because we needed money for stadium seats or was this a political statement being made by the United States Tennis Association?

 

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Obama, Syrian Rebels, And 500 Billion Dollars

I have never been opposed to America’s involvement  in other countries when it made sense for her to do so, but spending 500 billion dollars to arm and train Syrian rebels is just another stupid idea. We get lured in by atrocities. Yes. It’s bad. But arming and training Syrian rebels so that they can “take their future into their own hands” is the same as training and arming a future combatant against America, or Israel. Read this quote from a Washington Post article:

While we continue to believe that there is no military solution to this crisis and that the United States should not put American troops into combat in Syria, this request marks another step toward helping the Syrian people defend themselves against [Assad] regime attacks, push back against the growing number of extremists . . . who find safe-haven in the chaos, and take their future into their own hands by enhancing security and stability at local levels,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

This seems to me to be a twentieth century approach to a twenty-first century situation. Do you have an opinion?

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America DOES Negotiate With Terrorists!

I was shocked to learn Sunday of the prisoner exchange in which the United States released five high level Taliban prisoners for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, taken hostage by the Taliban five years ago.

Of course, if it had been my son I would have rejoiced, as any parent would. And I am sorry that Bergdahl suffered as he did (though it seems his capture came as the result of his own error in leaving the military base where he was stationed.) But, there is a reason for the resolve not to negotiate with terrorists. From now on, any terrorist who kidnaps an American on foreign soil has reason to believe that his demands will be met. This is just another way in which our President and his administration are demonstrating their disrespect for America and American values, and in which he and they demonstrate a fundamental lack of depth, insight, and preparedness to lead America.

 

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The Incident on Southwest Airlines Flight 479

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 (N235WN) t...

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 (N235WN) takes to the skies above San Jose International Airport, San Jose, California, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An incident happened on Southwest Airlines Flight 479 from Chicago to New York’s LaGuardia Airport last night. I was on that flight.

A man came very close to being placed on a different flight because of an argument with a couple he claimed refused to allow him sit down next to them because he was a minority.

I was in the front seat on the starboard side of the airplane, assisting my mother on our flight to New York. Across the aisle, and one row back, a woman was saving a seat. The flight attendant, a young woman who seemed new to the job, asked her to refrain from saving the seat because the flight was going to be full. The woman replied that she was saving it for a friend. To this the flight attendant said nothing and moved on. The next thing anyone knew a man was standing and waiting to sit in that saved seat.

As he went to sit down an argument erupted. The man waiting to be seated was a black man. Normally, I don’t punctuate my stories with the colors of the people in them. I hear people do that, and at the end of their story I’m thinking to myself, Why did I need to know the color of the person in your story since it had nothing to do with the details? I think it is a subtle form of racism. At any rate, in this case, the detail matters because the man openly accused them of refusing to allow him to sit down because they were being racist.

The conversation began to be very heated between the man and the woman’s husband. Then the pilot came out and began to correct the man. The man asked the pilot, “Why are you singling me out when they are the ones refusing to let me sit down?” The pilot replied, “Your voice is the only one I hear shouting.” The man and the pilot exchanged words and the pilot eventually told him to put his bag away and be quiet or he would have to go on another flight. For a few moments I was concerned that perhaps a fight would break out. The woman’s husband, frequently appealing to the fact that he had a small child within hearing distance, began to gain forcefulness once the pilot stepped in and was clearly reprimanding the man with the complaint. He even told him to shut his mouth. To be fair, the man who was making the complaint did elevate the conversation by making a thinly veiled threat of violence.

In the moment, my instincts were that the pilot should have put him off the flight. I’m not really willing to allow for violent threats to pass. But, hindsight being 20/20 as they say, there is another point to be made. I don’t know whether anything racist was said or if they even told him he couldn’t sit there. But the whole event could have been avoided if the flight attendant had enforced the open seating policy. The man in this question, who happened to be a minority, took the time to check-in the day before and gained for himself a certain boarding number. When he walked in the door he should have been able to sit wherever he wanted to sit. He was denied that right. The incident on Flight 479 from Chicago to New York’s LaGuardia Airport could have been avoided if the flight attendant had enforced the open seating policy.

As a side note: the whole incident was finally quelled when the guy sitting next to me, in an effort to separate the two men, was able to persuade the man with the complaint to switch seats with him. So, I sat next to the guy who was almost kicked off the flight. He was a nice enough fellow. I offered him air and he was very friendly. I do have one complaint though: He was an armrest violator. That’s another story though.

 

 

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