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  • Jorg Aadahl 3:53 pm on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s dangerous rhetoric 

    With such a loose canon for President as Donald Trump, with threating rhetoric in every direction, lies, irrational behavior, and suggestion that nuclear weapons should be more wide spread and put to use, – we run a risk that another nation, like Russia, China, North Korea or Iran, would try to take us out with a preemptive strike.
    Like what we did to Iraq, – inspired by another lying loose canon.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:38 am on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Trump’d up travel mess 

    It is difficult understand why we have this embarrassing Trump-caused travel mess all of a sudden!
    The first line of defense against airborne terrorists should be the visa process!
    If no visa, you won’t fly. And to get a visa, you have to prove that your background is clean, and that you have no adverse associations. You must account for what you intend to do here in the US and whom to visit, etc., especially for applicants from “trouble” nations. If it doesn’t check out, you won’t get a visa, and you won’t fly!

    If anything turns out fishy, the claimed contacts here in the US should be checked out. Thoroughly!
    Put the burden on the applicants to prove they are OK, and hold each country’s US Embassy responsible for verification and background checks before a visa is issued. Whatever time it takes, a month, 3 months, forever, – so be it.
    To visit the US is not a right for anyone, it is a privilege, and you have to prove you are a worthy visitor! The burden of proof should be on the would-be travelers, not on us!

    On the other hand, if you are a US citizen or holding a green card, you get back in without a hitch. A green card holder has already been found OK. If he/she commits a crime, the card and the holder go!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:34 am on September 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    9/11 reminder 

    9/11 lessons learned? (SM Daily Journal, 9/17/2013, reprinted with comments)
    Dear Editor,
    The MSNBC 9/11 documentary, “On Native Soil”, was a timely reminder of atrocities that must never be forgotten. It was also a shocking exposé of what went wrong prior to and during the Islamic terrorist attacks on that fateful day. Just about everything that could go wrong, and more, did.
    How could all the signs, warnings and actual reports about the pending attacks be ignored?
    Why would American linguists fluent in Arabic languages be fired, just because they were gay, while intercepted documents with clues were left un-translated? How could so many agencies hang on to bits and pieces of important info without communicating with each other? How could then Secretary of State Condoliza Rice claim that “no one could imagine that someone would steal our airplanes and use them as bombs”? That was her job to “imagine”! Besides, ever heard about WWII and the Japanese?
    While the country was attacked, President Bush sat in an elementary school classroom reading for the students! That’s a job for the president, while all indications were that something huge was about to happen? On top of the info mismanagement prior to 9/11, – almost total confusion while it happened, important phone calls were left on hold, fighter jets scrambled without clear mission or goal, etc.
    The Bush administration even tried to torpedo a most needed comprehensive investigation, until forced by 9/11 victims and relatives of the dead and maimed. Apparently none, or only a few, of the “9/11 Commission Report” have been acted upon. Did we learn anything, beyond taking our shoes off and on before flying anywhere?
    Jorg Aadahl
    Excellent! Glad to see someone is writing the truth about 9/11. Julie Muller
    Plenty of people who have spun your facts differently would call your article 100% lefty claptrap. I suspect the truth lies in the middle. Al W
    Yes, Al! I’m fully aware of that! Facts and logic are claptrap to what appears to be the majority of Republicans. That’s why they vote lunatics into office. Jorg
    I heard from good sources that if Clinton was still in office, due to his more inquiring style of management the event would probably have been stopped. Mike C.
    Yes, indeed! Clinton warned Bush that Osama bin Laden was planning a major attack, – which Bush simply ignored. He had more important things to do, – like reading “My pet goat” for little children, – without stumbling. Jorg

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 5:43 am on August 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy white wash 

    Various Trump apologists keep trying to explain away his death threat on Hillary Clinton. One particularly irate LTE-writer “saw” Trump’s speech and “he was clearly referring to the organization’s political power and funding – not anything even remotely connected to violence”.
    My goodness, how much of a Trump apologist do you have to be to misunderstand these words, right out of his mouth, startling listeners of all political persuasions: “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said to the crowd of supporters gathered in the Trask Coliseum at North Carolina University in Wilmington.
    “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.”
    “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”
    Adding: “But that would be a horrible day”.
    Besides blatantly lying about Hillary’s plan for the 2nd Amendment, the last sentence should remove any doubt about what Trump really meant! He certainly didn’t mean it would be a “horrible day” if his opponent were prevented from picking SCOTUS judges because she didn’t win! Even Trump seemed to admit it would be a “horrible day” if another politician were gunned down, – or, did he just add that to sound more reasonable?!

    Every Southerner, black and white, knows exactly what Trump was suggesting when he said the “Second Amendment people” know what to do if Clinton is elected.
    Trump’s methods line up with the historic pattern of white hate groups who wait for politicians to use code words to call them to arms. Secret and not-so-secret political societies have been aroused by the success of multi-ethnic fusion coalitions across the South. Right there in North Carolina, political and corporate elites have spent enormous sums of money to suppress the votes of a fusion coalition mobilized by the “Forward Together Moral Monday Movement.” Just recently, a federal court overturned North Carolina’s voter-suppression law. Trump knows that just made it harder for him to win this swing state. I am not surprised that he would sink low enough to tap the repressed hatred of angry white voters. But I am surprised that someone feels so obligated to defend a sinking Trump, that he tries to misinterpret what he actually said, with entirely illogical linguistic acrobatics.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:32 pm on June 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Ban assault weapons! 

    Why on flat Earth could someone with the background of the Orlando mass murderer be cleared for purchase of, not only assault weapons, but any weapon at all more powerful than a sling shot?
    Actually, why should any civilian be able to acquire any kind of assault weapons, – weapons whose sole purpose is to kill as many people as possible, in a short amount of time, and at a distance? Assault weapons are only meant for war, not civilian use! Short of making purchase and ownership of weapons in general more restrictive, a good start would be to totally ban assault weapons for civilians. Less powerful weapons are, of course, dangerous enough in the hands of the wrong people, but they are at least somewhat slower, while the need to exchange smaller capacity magazines, leaves a better chance for potential victims and others to interrupt the slaughter. Civilians running around with assault weapons, are unbecoming a civilized society! We better grow up from such madness!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:38 am on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s macabre massacre claim 

    As expected, Republican presidential presumptuous nominee Donald Trump wasted no time in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre before trying to score political points, claiming he was “right”.
    Right about what?
    Right about making assault weapons illegal? Right about calling for more thorough background checks to make it harder to obtain weapons for those not responsible enough? Right about equal rights regardless of gender, religious background, ethnicity or sexual orientation?
    No, Trumpy, you were dead wrong on all accounts, and more!
    Your opponent, Democratic presidential pre-eminent nominee Hillary Clinton, was right on all accounts, and more!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:48 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    ISLAM NOT HIJACKED! 

    Muslims all over the world have been quick to denounce the latest, vicious waves of terrorism, claiming that it is an attempt to hijack the religion of Islam and saddle peaceful Muslims with defending a religion whose very name is rooted in peace.

    There is no doubt that by far the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, decent and contributing members of their various societies, and that Islam-inspired atrocities reflect badly and unfairly on them. However, to the extent that Islam is based on The Quran, even peaceful Muslims must admit that their “holy” book does not exactly advocate love and peace. Quite the opposite, The Quran makes it clear that it is a Muslims duty to kill any so-called “infidel”, including Muslim apostates, if he has a chance to do so. The Quran is rather specific on that point, advocating hate instead of love, and death and mayhem instead of peace. In other words, the atrocities we have witnessed, both recently and over many, many years in the past, are directly in line with the expressed spirit of the Quran.

    That means that the jihadist terrorists have not “hijacked” the religion of Islam, they have followed that religion to the letter. Fortunately, most Muslims do not follow their religion, and some have even turned Atheist, like famed author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Unfortunately, too many take the word of The Quran literally, as we have seen, and obviously wooed by the Quran’s promise of virgins in heaven for mass murderers of innocent fellow human beings. Some religion in that sense, and very tempting for those weak of mind and morality, and easily persuaded by an outdated religion based on a book made up by superstitious desert people hundreds of years ago, partly to counter Christianity, and for some very good reasons.

    Since Islam obviously was cooked up to counter Christianity, it is about time to reveal the truth, that it was all a hoax, – just like any other religion! Completely made up. There is no heaven, there is no after-life, – and certainly no tempting virgins waiting to entertain mass murderers of innocent people, – regardless how much they’ve been fooled into considering themselves martyrs! Once that silly dream is taken out of the minds of disturbed, sex-hungry Muslims, – perhaps some of the incentive for killing others left and right, including many of their own, is eliminated. It may be worth trying, – and who knows, perhaps we can move towards a friendlier, safer world for all by not promising religious rewards for inhuman behavior. It might work, – eventually.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:29 am on March 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    CHRISTIANITY HELPING TERRORISTS? 

    There should be no doubt that those Islam-inspired terrorists who commit suicide and take as many other people as possible with them, have been fooled to believe that sultry virgins are waiting as reward on the “other side”. That is clearly stated in the Quran, and must be quite a temptation for young guys raised in a backwards society with very strict rules against just about everything considered normal in more modern, progressive nations. For us non-Islamic westerners, such belief is obviously pure nonsense.
    Perhaps, over time, it might help to promote the truth, that not only aren’t there any virgins waiting, – not even slightly used young maidens, but that there simply is no heaven or afterlife to look forward to for mass murderers?

    That’s certainly a truth that without any religious opposition can be promoted in more secular cultures, especially the Scandinavian countries. But would that be possible here in the US, where religion is still so widely spread and prominent, and where religious belief so heavily rests upon the myth that there is an afterlife, with either a heaven or a hell waiting after judgment, – all made up, of course?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:53 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guns, Tears and Republicans – commentary # 3 

    For the full text, please refer to ARTICLE-LINKs – Common sense vs. Republicans
    AnneLiese Busch Florida
    I used to identify as a Republican. I used to try and overlook all of the nonsense spewed by Republicans, and allow the less crazy viewpoints to overrule what I knew to be blatantly wrong, and oftentimes ridiculous. I think the turning point for me, like many, was Sandy Hook. I was living in Peru at the time, and remember thinking, “this has got to be it, surely we’ve had enough, this is the turning point, surely new gun control measures will be passed.” And nothing happened, not one thing changed. And I watched in horror as those in my own perceived party, the Republicans, asserted that clearly the problem was that not enough people were armed, that had the teachers been armed, they could have saved lives. That’s when I knew I was not a Republican. From that day forward, I felt more and more drawn to Obama, a man who spoke with patience and dignity over the chorus of idiots who comprise the congress, and the Republican Party. Statistics, facts, and reality don’t seem to matter to many Republicans, and I can’t think of anything more dangerous. So thank you President Obama, thank you for taking a stand, and thank you for allowing me to open my eyes to the reality of the party I once thought represented me.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 4:14 pm on January 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guns, Tears and Republicans – commentary 

    Please refer to the article “Guns, Tears and Republicans” under ARTICLE-LINKS – Common sense vs. Republicans. Here is another commentary, this one by Socrates, a trusted commenter from Downtown Verona:
    Reason, evidence and logic has never been the strong suit of a large swath of the American public.
    Religion holds large sway in this country, unlike all other rich countries, which helps explain how other countries reached the very logical conclusion along time ago that guns kill people while many Americans still think that’s simply not true.

    Guns in fact are a type of religion in America with tens of millions blindly worshipping the medieval-like 1791 wording of the 2nd Amendment exactly the same way fundamentalist Christians worship the Bible’s words, fundamentalist Muslims chant Koranic verses and Hasidic Jews recite and sing their favorite passages from the Torah.

    America’s gun religion – like any medieval religion – is predicated on fear of death, paranoia, live-saving delusions, fantasy scenarios, end-time scenarios, groupthink and a blind, unshakable faith in the God of Guns who will always solve every problem.

    Never mind the dead children, slaughtered innocents and preventable deaths by adopting basic gun safety measures; the God of Guns is pure and he works in beautiful, mysterious ways.

    The God of Guns is great !

    Welcome to America’s gun jihadists, coming to a theater near you…to kill more Americans thanks to the freedom of gun religion.

    Let us pray to our guns.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:11 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guns, Tears and Republicans 

    Under ARTICLE-LINKS you will find a very readable, enlightening and timely article “Guns, Tears and Republicans” from NY Times.
    Here is just one of hundreds of reader comments, referring to President Obama’s emotional talk on the need for improved gun control on January 5, 2016:

    Pat New York City
    To me, the telling line from President Obama was that every time he thinks about the Newtown kids, “it gets [him] mad.” Indeed, this was when his tears fell in earnest. Mad. Mad? Publicly acknowledging that anger, showing emotion, nearly breaking down? This from a man who, as one of the best public speaking politicians in recent memory, is not a fire-brand, not overly impassioned, and actually quite reserved. From a man who has endured, at minimum, 7 years of hateful, racist, xenophobic insults from unbalanced news channels and ignorant Americans alike, who has certifiably received more death threats than any President in history, who expresses his frustration with a Congress more focused on repealing legislation that actually helps millions of Americans (and which derisive moniker, “Obamacare”, he now accepts) than, say, ensuring our veterans are properly cared for, but who, in the face of such frustration, still “holds it together.” Amazing. Not calculated, not scripted, not “losing it.”

    So mad, so frustrated, so truly sorry that he could do nothing to protect those children in the face of nonsensical arguments that any limitations on gun purchases are complete abridgments of Second Amendment rights (what is a “well regulated militia” anyhow?) . . . that he cried. I have seen men moved to tears over far, far less.

    As he stated, if we can save a single additional massacre by even a modicum of restraint, it must be done.
    To fail do so should make us all cry.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:23 am on November 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Islam not hijacked! 

    Muslims all over the world have been quick to denounce this latest, vicious wave of terrorism, claiming that it is an attempt to hijack the religion of Islam and saddle peaceful Muslims with defending a religion whose very name is rooted in peace.
    There is no doubt that by far the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, decent and contributing members of their various societies, and that Islam-inspired atrocities reflect badly and unfairly on them. However, to the extent that Islam is based on The Quran, even peaceful Muslims must admit that their “holy” book does not exactly advocate love and peace. Quite the opposite, The Quran makes it clear that it is a Muslims duty to kill any so-called “infidel”, including Muslim apostates, if he has a chance to do so. The Quran is rather specific on that point, advocating hate instead of love, and death and mayhem instead of peace. In other words, the atrocities we have witnessed, both recently and over many, many years in the past, are directly in line with the expressed spirit of the Quran.
    That means that the jihadist terrorists have not “hijacked” the religion of Islam, they have followed that religion to the letter. Fortunately, most Muslims do not follow their religion, and some have even turned Atheist, like author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Unfortunately, too many take the word of The Quran literally, as we have seen, and obviously wooed by the Quran’s promise of virgins in heaven for mass murderers of innocent fellow human beings. Some religion in that sense, and very tempting for those weak of mind and morality, easily persuaded by an outdated religion based on a book made up by superstitious desert people hundreds of years ago, partly to counter Christianity, and for some very good reasons.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:16 pm on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    BOMBING AWAY! 

    Republican position before 2016:

    Afghanistan: We bombed!

    Iraq: We bombed!

    ISIS: We should have bombed!

    Syria: We should have bombed!

    Iran: Let us bomb!

    Republican position after 2016:

    We bombed — big time!

     
    • Al Ward 10:04 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Time will tell. In the event that Trump runs as a third party candidate we will probably have the coronation of Hillary whose main claim to fame is derived from having been married to a philanderer

  • Jorg Aadahl 8:03 pm on September 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Terrorists already among us! 

    Republican intellectual leaders Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin have been very outspoken lately, warning that terrorists are already among us, ready to do even more harm from inside the Homeland than ever before.

    It is obvious that the evil-doers they refer to, hate our concept of democracy, with equal rights for all, women’s standing and freedom of choice, health coverage for all, our educational system, voting rights, etc., not to mention freedom of and from religion.

    It is abundantly obvious that those two outstanding politicians are right. But all of a sudden such a devastatingly true exposé of their fellow Republicans, – was a totally unexpected sign of enlightenment!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 4:30 pm on September 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Hindsight, or foresight? 

    If only …
    President Obama hadn’t withdrawn from Iraq,
    George W. Bush hadn’t attacked Afghanistan and Iraq in the first place,
    George W. Bush hadn’t been re-elected in 2004,
    Supreme Court hadn’t selected George W. Bush in 2000,
    The Bush administration had been awake and prevented predictable 9/11,
    We hadn’t sided with Sadam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq conflict of the 80s,
    We hadn’t supported the Afghanistani Taliban against the Soviets during the ’79 conflict,
    If only McCain or Romney had been elected instead of Obama, – oh, my goodness, a
    thought too scary to contemplate …
    Oh, well…
    Perhaps we should think ahead more and consider the consequences, instead of looking back with regret!
    If only we could learn from history …

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:22 am on September 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Kerry gravely mistaken on Islam! 

    The day after the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) released a video showing the brutal beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist ISIS has decapitated on video, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech stating that Islam is a “peaceful religion based on the dignity of all human beings,” and that ISIS is not “the real face of Islam.”

    What utter nonsense! What is “peaceful” about Islam? Has John Kerry never read the Koran? The actions he is referring to, along with numerous barbaric terror acts committed in the name of Islam, are directly in line with the word of the Koran and in the spirit of Islam! Not “radical” Islam! Islam itself IS radical!
    It is about time we get real and honest and call a spade a spade, or Islam the worst hoax perpetrated on the human race. The only “peace” that can be achieved in the spirit of Islam, is when all of us so-called “infidels” are wiped out. That includes not only Atheists, but everyone harboring a religion not accepted by the islamists. However, the remaining islamists will in all likelihood keep on slaughtering each other for the slightest, insignificant difference of opinion on the made-up origin of that religion.
    About time we distinguish between Islamists who follow the letter and spirit of The Koran, and everyday Muslims who live peaceful lives without a threat to others. They don’t follow The Koran any more than most Christians follow the Bible, fortunately. What all religions have in common, is that they are made up. The difference is that Christianity is ashamed of its bloody past, while Islam advocates an even bloodier future.

     
    • Al Ward 3:58 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As I listened to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning spout the Obama Administration’s glut of wishful thinking regarding the Middle East, I was reminded of this Sept 6 blog post, “Kerry Gravely Mistaken…”.
      What brought this post to mind was Kerry’s statement today that “ISIS is making a mockery of a peaceful religion”. That made me also recall the Hesitant President stating on Sept. 10 that “ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents”.
      I must admit though, it was exciting to see our President pretend to show military resolve, stepping right up BEHIND the sweeping change of public sentiment regarding Middle East involvement by America.

      This whole stream of wishful thinking regarding a “coalition of the willing”, and the promise (either another Obama lie for political purpose, or a reflection that he doesn’t really care about military success) that there will be no American “boots on the ground” is obviously only a ploy trying to help Democrats in the Nov election.
      If there was REAL intent to contain OR degrade OR destroy (pick one) the enemy, the last thing a responsible Commander In Chief would do is announce what military force he is willing (or not) to use.

      Regarding the coalition of the willing: on or around Sept. 15 Prime Minister Cameron of Great Britain echoed Obama, announcing “These are not Muslims, they are Monsters”, but then he confirmed that Britain ( our only ally with significant military muscle) will not participate with airstrikes.

      So what is left to join Obama’s coalition? The Lilliputian military of the majority of nations who for decades have been defense freeloaders riding on the back of the US military and taxpayers ( Jordan, Albania, Bahrain, Greece, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Italy, etc., etc.).

      • Jorg Aadahl 3:08 pm on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        US military help to Norway, – of all countries??? That defies all common sense and logic, not to mention facts. In Table 1299 – US Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country, Norway isn’t even listed, although countries receiving just a few millions, are. And why would Norway even need any foreign help, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a very healthy trade balance and balanced budget, contrary to the state of the US economy? The fact is, that Norway actually manufacturers a lot of weaponry and ammuninition for the US military, while US itself manufacturs a substantial amount of sophisticated weaponry on license owned by Norway or Norwegian companies. Norway is also a member of NATO and has been on the side of the US in the Mid-East conflicts, contributing both military expertice, special forces, and weaponry.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:08 am on July 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Fighting terrorism 

    The first line of defense against airborne terrorists should be the visa process! If no visa, you won’t fly. And to get a visa, you have to prove that your background is clean, and that you have no adverse associations. You must account for what you intend to do here in the US and whom to visit, etc., especially for applicants from “trouble” nations. If it doesn’t check out, you won’t get a visa, and you won’t fly!
    If anything turns out fishy, the claimed contacts here in the US should be checked out. Thoroughly! Put the burden on the applicants to prove they are OK, and hold each country’s US Embassy responsible for verification and background checks before a visa is issued. Whatever time it takes, a month, 3 months, forever, – so be it.
    To visit the US is not a right for anyone, it is a privilege, and you have to prove you are a worthy visitor! The burden of proof should be on the would-be travelers, not on us!

     
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