Monthly Archives: May 2015

From Global Warming to Jihad

Obama: Climate Change Causes Jihad

Besides the junk science, his underlying theory that poverty causes terror is baseless.
By Robert Spencer, PJ Media.com, May 22, 2015

islamic-state-syriaState Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf was widely ridiculed in February for saying of the Islamic State (ISIS):

We cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war. We need, in the longer term, medium and longer term, to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs.

On Wednesday, Barack Obama made it clear that Harf’s ridiculous analysis did not originate with her; rather, she was reflecting the company line. Said Obama:

Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate threat to our national security. It will impact how our military defends our country. We need to act and we need to act now. Denying it or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security. It undermines the readiness of our forces.

This was just a slightly more sophisticated restatement of Harf’s argument, for Obama went on to explain exactly how climate change threatened America’s national security:

I understand climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world, yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

And not just in Nigeria:

It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.

Obama’s claims here are based on his fundamental assumption that poverty causes terrorism. Drought led to jihad in Nigeria, and drought, crop failures, and high food prices led to jihad in Syria. These claims are entirely in keeping with his steadfast refusal to acknowledge that jihad terror has anything to do with Islam. Continue reading

The Enlightened Socialist Progressive Network

c12b42fe-0a47-4811-8bf1-c4348253242a“Watching ESPN is painful these days.” Mike Adams

“There is a reason why you hear so many class warfare sermons from television sportscasters.” Mike Adams

Keith Olbermann who transfers back and forth between ESPN and MSNBC is the classic example of a sportscaster/political commentator. Ben Shapiro in his classic Bullies: How The Left’s Culture Of Fear And Intimidation Silences Americans says the following: “Keith Olbermann, the prettier Rachel Maddow, put down his vat of hydrochloric acid long enough to sanctimoniously lecture conservative Americans, and Sarah Palin in particular, that ‘this age in which this country would accept ‘targeting’ of political opponents and putting bulls eyes over their faces and of the dangerous blurring between political rallies and gun shows, ended.’…The new advocate of civility had, over the course of his MSNBC show, called conservatives ‘terrorist’ and ‘fascists,’ suggested that Rush Limbaugh had ‘blood on his hands,’ accursed the Tea Party of wanting to return America to the era of Jim Crow and destroy the country outright, called Michelle Malkin a ‘big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it,’ slurred Chris Wallace of Fox News as a ‘monkey posing as a newscaster,’ and compared Kenneth Starr to Nazi thug Heinrich Himmler, ‘including the glasses.’” (p. 60, 61)

ESPN: The Enlightened Socialist Progressive Network

Mike Adams, Townhall.com, May 8, 2015

Watching ESPN is painful these days. What used to be a good sports channel is now a platform for bad pop sociology and “progressive” political commentary. The commentary was in full force recently as I watched a sports commentator try to explain how the riots in Baltimore were a function of socio-economic factors. He had it wrong from the beginning. The cultural disintegration that is happening in Baltimore – and, indeed, all around the country – is not due to a lack of money. It is mainly due to a lack of education – or, to put it more bluntly, willful ignorance.

There is a reason why you hear so many class warfare sermons from television sportscasters: Many sportscasters used to be academically unqualified athletes who had to major in sociology in order to survive academically. When these athletes were in their sociology classes, certain subjects were taboo. Here are five rather obvious examples:

1. Abortion and Race. Although only 12 percent of the population is black, 37 percent of aborted babies are black. In fact, more blacks are aborted every week than have been lynched in the entire history of the United States of America. The prevalence of abortion has a ripple effect on the black community. It makes it easier for men to have sex without commitment to women and children. This weakens the family, decimates the average household income, and paves the way for big government. Continue reading

Iraqi Christians

“Some men were tortured, not accepting release, so that they might gain a better resurrection, and others experienced mockings and scourgings, as well as bonds and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they died by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated. The world was not worthy of them.” Hebrews 11:35f

The Assault on Christians, and Hope, in Iraq

As the Islamic State campaign continues, despairing refugees look to start over elsewhere.

Miles Windsor, The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2015, p. A 11

Erbil, Iraq

BN-IK702_howwin_J_20150514133937As in so many urban centers across the Middle East, the marketplace in Erbil before the mosques’ calls to prayer is a whirlwind of bright colors and noisy, animated bargaining. On the fringe of the town square, opposite the antediluvian citadel, stands the Bazaar Nishtiman, a vast mall that hosts a plethora of cheap-denim stores on its lower levels—and 150 Christian refugee families in the upper levels.

The mall’s owner, a Christian, has given the refugees permission to use the converted stalls for as long as they need shelter. Last June thousands of Christian refugees fled to Iraqi Kurdistan from Mosul, Qaraqosh and other villages on the Nineveh Plain following the advance of Islamic State. Conversations with some of these displaced Christians reveal a common, striking theme: The greatest threat to the future of Christianity in Iraq is no longer Islamic State assault but the evaporation of hope.

Followers of Christ recall their savior’s warning that they will face persecution, and they recall St. Paul’s teaching that suffering produces endurance and character. Most Christians in the Middle East retain their spiritual hope, but they are losing their temporal hope: They fear that they will never return to their ancestral lands, and that the Christian presence in the region might disappear.

Iraq is home to one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world, some of whose members still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. But their numbers have plummeted to around 200,000 from 1.5 million before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. A Christian exodus, if it isn’t reversed, would be a devastating loss for Iraq. Iraqi Christians are well-organized, and for years they’ve tended to the educational, cultural and social needs of the wider society. Continue reading