19 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-14-17

  1. This is the latest article on our “Luv Gov”. Parts are painful and parts are funny.

    http://lagniappemobile.com/bentley-deserved-got/

    He was not only the worst governor in America, he was the worst cheater in America and the worst liar. Maybe someone somewhere in this great state would be sorry to see him go if he’d just been any good at any of the three endeavors he clearly spent the most time in office pursuing. I lived in Louisiana when Edwin Edwards had his last run in office, and people there at least appreciated the skill with which Edwards lied, chased women and brokered illegal deals. The man had worked at his craft.

    Bentley, by comparison, was out of his element. He was a bumbler pretending to be a slick, fully aware, insidiously corrupt politician — the kind who never has to face the music. In the pantheon of disgraced governors nationwide, he is certainly a joke. Edwards, Blagojevich and others of their ilk must be having a good laugh at Alabama’s would-be evil emperor.

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  2. la·gniappe
    ˌlanˈyap

    noun
    1.
    Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.
    2.
    a gratuity or tip.
    3.
    an unexpected or indirect benefit.

    (They always leave Mississippi and Alabama out of these things. Most people think the Gulf Coast consists of Texas, Louisiana, vast wasteland, and Florida.)

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  3. Hopefully she is prosecuted to the full extent of the law for this. Barbarians.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/doctor-accused-of-genital-mutilation-on-girls/ar-BBzOq9v?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP

    ” A Detroit area physician faces federal charges for allegedly performing female genital mutilation on multiple 6- to 7-year-old girls as part of a religious and cultural practice at a Michigan medical clinic, in what is believed to be the first federal prosecution of its kind in the U.S.
    According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Wednesday, the victims’ parents brought them to the clinic in Livonia, Mich., from Minnesota — pretending it was a “special” girls trip — and later told the girls to keep what was happening a secret.

    The accused is Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, Mich., an emergency room doctor at Henry Ford Hospital, who — according to the federal government — is a member of a religious and cultural community that practices female genital mutilation on young girls and women to curb their sexuality and make sex painful. In the U.S., female genital mutilation qualifies as a criminal sexual act as the intent of the procedure is considered to abuse, humiliate, harass or degrade.

    Nagarwala did not perform the mutilation at the hospital, the government alleges, but rather at the Livonia clinic.

    The U.S. Attorneys Office says this is the first such criminal case in the country, with prosecutors relying on a law that criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. The doctor, however, could get 10 years to life in prison for another crime she was charged with: Transportation of an individual with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

    According to the complaint in U.S. District Court in Detroit, which was unsealed Thursday, phone call records and surveillance video show that in February, two Minnesota girls and their parents went to the Detroit area for what was portrayed as a “special” girls trip. They stayed at a hotel and ended up visiting Nagarwala, thinking they were seeing the doctor because their “tummies hurt.” Instead, the complaint said, the girls had their genitalia altered or removed.”
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  4. Thoughts?

    https://www.worldcrunch.com/opinion-analysis/when-the-west-lets-christianity-die-in-its-cradle

    ” The Western world has long gotten used to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, as if their bad lot is inevitable and has to simply be accepted. As if Christianity is destined to die or have no more than a residual existence in what used to be its cradle.

    Christians have been rooted in the region for 2,000 years. And yet Islamists present them as invaders or foreign agents soiling a land that should be exclusively dedicated to Islam. And in our societies, people who express concern over the fate of those Christians are suspected of cozying up to the far-right, which has managed, apparently, to appropriate this cause and make it an ideological marker. Those same critics accuse anyone who feels passionate about the cause of Christians in the Middle East of actually concealing a shameful islamophobia or an identitarian view of Christianity. Justifiable outrage over what, in reality, is a steady massacre gets dismissed as reactionary whim.

    But as the savage attacks against two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday reminds us, the war of extermination being waged against Christians in the Middle East is very real indeed. We know the result: at least 43 dead — a massacre. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, the organization having made no secret of its goal to eradicate Christianity from the region, either by murdering Christians or by expelling them massively. For ISIS, it’s about making Christians understand that this land is no longer their home.

    For a long time, we’ve been saying that Christians in the Middle East needed a protector. This has never been truer. But who is willing to play that role? France was, for many years. Over the past few years, Putin’s Russia has claimed that role, as if it was being called to take over as Europe renounces its Christian origins. Now, Middle Eastern Christians feel abandoned, especially when they refuse to leave a region of the world in which they put down their roots.

    We need to have a comprehensive view of this gruesome undertaking. Because it doesn’t just impact Christians. Think about the Buddhas of Bamiyan, blown up in March 2001; the destructive fury inside Mosul’s museum in 2015; or in Palmyra the same year. For Islamists, it’s about erasing all traces of what is foreign to Islam, as if the religion’s reign can’t endure the mere reminder that in these locations and in times gone by, men worshipped other gods, kept a different faith. How can we not see that this is a frightening form of nihilism, an annihilating enjoyment, a destructive exhilaration?

    The most radical Islamism doesn’t just want to make men disappear; it wants to erase the memory of men. The war against remembrance is the uninhibited expression of savagery. The old stones aren’t just old stones: They are evidence of a human desire to immortalize oneself, from one time to another. They represent the trace of lost worlds that we refuse to sacrifice altogether to oblivion.

    But in the case of Christians, it’s also about getting rid of a people, as if their submission is no longer enough. We know that in less than a century, the demographic weight of Middle Eastern Christians has dropped in an unprecedented fashion. They’ll soon be limited to a residual presence and will be condemned to keep a low profile.”

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  5. This one is appalling, but par for the course for the UN. This isn’t the first time they’ve enabled pedophiles acting as protectors. And judging by their lack of action, it won’t be the last.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/04/12/un-peacekeepers-exploited-children-haitian-sex-ring-none-punished/

    “The Associated Press has an exclusive report on a long-standing problem involving United Nations peacekeepers who target women and children as young as 12 for sex in countries where they are stationed. The AP found thousands of accusations of sexual assault lodged against peacekeepers but the men responsible are very rarely held accountable. The article focuses in particular on a sex ring in Haiti that existed from 2004 to 2007. The AP has a copy of a UN report in which victims are identified by number, i.e. V02:

    V02, who was 16 when the U.N. team interviewed her, told them she had sex with a Sri Lankan commander at least three times, describing him as overweight with a moustache and a gold ring on his middle finger…

    During her interview with investigators, another young victim, V07, received a phone call from a Sri Lankan peacekeeper. She explained that the soldiers would pass along her number to incoming contingent members, who would then call her for sex.
    The UN report eventually concludes the number of sexual assaults is too numerous to describe in detail and involved 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers:

    “The sexual acts described by the nine victims are simply too many to be presented exhaustively in this report, especially since each claimed multiple sexual partners at various locations where the Sri Lankan contingents were deployed throughout Haiti over several years,” the report said.

    Investigators showed the children more than 1,000 photographs that included pictures of Sri Lankan troops and locations of where the children had sex with the soldiers.

    “The evidence shows that from late 2004 to mid-October 2007, at least 134 military members of the current and previous Sri Lankan contingents sexually exploited and abused at least nine Haitian children,” the report said.

    After the report was filed, 114 Sri Lanka peacekeepers were sent home, putting an end to the sex ring.
    The AP contacted Sri Lanka to ask what happened to the soldiers who were implicated in the crime. After refusing to answer for six months, the government finally replied that the UN considered the matter closed. None of the soldiers were imprisoned and some are still serving in the military.”
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    It’s way past time to defund the UN.

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  6. Tychicus, That horrible Ben & Commies (Ben & Jerry’s) Ice Cream makes me feel unsafe. Whenever I pass one, I think Stalin is going to come out the store and send me to a gulag. Hopefully, we can run them out of Texas.

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  7. The Real,the writer of that article doesn’t seem to have listened to the Christians of the Middle East themselves, to the priest in Cairo who preached after the attacks:

    At a church service in Cairo on Monday night, George called the label “an honor.” He spoke of the Islamist militants who slaughtered Christians a day earlier, and he asked churchgoers packed into the Coptic church he serves: “What shall we say to them?”
    Speaking to the terrorists during his sermon, titled “A Message to Those Who Kill Us,” Boules said: “You gave us to die the same death as Christ—and this is the biggest honor we could have. Christ was crucified—and this is our faith.”
    The priest also told the militants they are “filling up our churches.” He noted attendance at the Monday night service was usually scant, but on this evening people spilled out of the sanctuary: “The church is completely full. There isn’t even one empty nook …”
    Finally, he offered the terrorists a message he said they wouldn’t understand: “We love you.” Boules explained Christ commanded his followers to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them.
    “How about we make a commitment to pray for them?” he asked his congregation. “Pray that they will know the love of God.”

    It is one thing to attempt peacekeeping in a war torn region, so that all in that region may benefit. It is another to attempt to protect only one section of the population in that region. Doing so would almost certainly result in a genocide of those who were not part of that section. Besides, do we dare to pick up arms to protect our faith when our Lord said if anyone smites you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also? The writer of the article doesn’t seem to recognize that Christianity is not like other world religions. Its survival does not depend on the birth of new members to parents who are members of that religion. Its survival depends on the work of the Holy Spirit. As much as I am concerned and pray for those who suffer, the truth is that many Middle Eastern Christians were merely nominal, like the Catholics or Protestants who just go to church on Christmas and Easter. The persecution is causing many of them to reexamine their faith, to make sure they really believe. Using earthly means to stop the persecution will cause the church to start to die by politics and tradition, as the Catholic church did when it joined with the governments of Europe. A full cathedral in Europe during the Middle Ages meant nothing spiritually – perhaps a handful of the people did indeed trust the Lord, but for most it was simply a social event. As for the idea that the Christians of the Middle East will disappear altogether, that was a fear at the end of the Crusades, when the Europeans’ failed attempts to secure the Holy Land resulted in Islam spreading its hold even further than it had before, and yet, in the nearly a thousand years since then, the Christians have persisted.

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  8. I sympathize with the concept of defeating ISIS.
    However, as I said before:
    I supported the VietNam war during the time it was going on. At the Naval War College, I changed my mind when I asked some officers who served there,
    “How do you know when you’ve won”.
    I supported getting rid of Salaam. He was an evil guy. But his replacement is no better and the country is in turmoil. We wouldn’t have ISIS if we still had Sad am.

    So? I support the concept. But we need to ask:
    How do we know when we’ve won?
    i.e. What is the end of it?

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  9. Here is a couple of interviews on the recent bombings in Egypt which would indicate that taking up arms to defend the Christians would play straight into the hands of ISIS: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-14-2017-1.4069809/coptic-christian-says-recent-isis-attacks-won-t-deter-easter-celebrations-1.4069825
    Transcript: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-14-2017-1.4069809/april-14-2017-full-episode-transcript-1.4071274#segment2

    DS: What is ISIS’ goal in Egypt?

    RUKMINI CALLIMACHI: One theory regarding Egypt is that ISIS is trying to import the same sort of sectarian tactics that they have employed in Iraq against the Shia. And those attacks which consisted of attacking Shia places of worship, Shia politicians, Shia figures, led to really this evolution of that country into sectarian warfare that created the power vacuum that allowed ISIS to take rise. So the Coptic Christians are an important minority in Egypt. I believe that the Christians in Egypt are the largest Christian population in the Middle East. And so I believe that by targeting them, they are trying to fuel the same sort of sectarian tensions as they have elsewhere…

    DS: …It’s certainly sowing the discontent and the divisions between Muslims and Christians.

    RUKMINI CALLIMACHI: Right. Right. And I think that’s the point. ISIS has put out numerous articles and has frequently referred to the phrase “the gray zone”. They want to eliminate the gray zone in the world and the gray zone is basically that zone where moderate Muslims co-exist with other religions. To them, they want to see the world turned into a black and white panorama where on the one hand, you have ISIS and on the other hand, you have everybody else.

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  10. Roscuro,

    Pacifism is a concept that escapes me.

    “Besides, do we dare to pick up arms to protect our faith when our Lord said if anyone smites you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also? ”

    There’s a big difference between a slap in the face and standing by while your family is murdered, tortured, and raped.

    These are people, not just a faith. There is nothing wrong or sinful about defending those who cannot defend themselves. Pacifism may work for you and even some of the victims, but not everyone believes as you do. What of the victims who’s prayers are for help? Don’t they get a say too? While that may work on a personal level when the decision you make affects only you, it’s not the same as when you watch others die because you won’t act to defend them. It’s no longer just your life that matters.
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    ” Using earthly means to stop the persecution will cause the church to start to die by politics and tradition, as the Catholic church did when it joined with the governments of Europe. ”

    That’s ridiculous. Defending those being persecuted will not kill the church. And the Catholic leaders who covered the evils they were committing destroyed their version of the church themselves long ago. Don’t blame Europe’s govts for their downfall.
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    Also, you and the writer have no idea what ISIS wants, and little of what motivates them. It’s their opinion, nothing more. They seek world domination for Islam above all else. They aren’t picky about how they get there. But pacifism just makes their goal of world conquest even easier.

    And that’s why pacifism doesn’t work for me, and many, many other Christians.

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  11. The Real, the early Christians were pacific enough to be thrown to the lions. Christ tells us that we are to rejoice when we are persecuted and bless those who hate us. Where in the New Testament does it justify taking up arms to defend the faith?

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  12. It’s not the faith that needs defending Roscuro, it’s the Christians. The religion of Christianity needs no defense. There is a difference.

    We’re not talking about a worldwide Crusade here, simply defending an abused minority of people, in their homelands. The world already has enough refugees because people insist on standing by and hand wringing while atrocities are continually committed, and not just against Christians. It not a solution, and it isn’t working.

    When is enough, enough? Is there no line that would justify a response ever?

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